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The be-Muellered, bothered, and bewildered American public may find US-China trade talks about as interesting as a rain delay in an Orioles-Chisox game, but the Friday collapse of negotiations may be marked by historians as the day that the global economy died. The Big Box blue-light-special orgy of bargain shopping ran about thirty years, with China exuberantly pumping out cheap consumer goods to feed the US beast-of-Mammon. Americans happily payed for it all with IOUs based on long daisy chains of previous IOUs. Tom Friedman of The New York Times said it would last forever. Alas….

The paradigm kicked off for one simple reason: energy flows dictated capital flows. By the mid-1980s, the non-OPEC world was once again swimming in oil from the last great bonanzas of the oil age: The Alaska North Slope and the North Sea. Twenty years later, they were running down. Meanwhile, the USA had fecklessly “offshored” its factories in the mistaken belief that we had entered a shimmering new digital economy of virtual business were nobody had to make real stuff. China became the world’s workshop and the USA became the world’s financial bucket-shop, churning out endless swindles and frauds. The predictable result was the financial crisis of 2008, which coincided with oil prices rising to over $140-a-barrel (and six months later they crashed, with the economy, to under $30-a-barrel).

The “recovery” from that was based on Wall Street’s premier swindle: the shale oil “miracle,” based on high-risk lending to companies that couldn’t make a red cent even while accomplishing the majestic stunt of exceeding America’s old 1970 oil production peak of around 10 million barrels-a-day (now at around 12 million). Notice, too, that the final push to 12-million barrels occurred during the last two years: thus, Mr. Trump’s miracle economy. All that, to paraphrase the immortal words of Mr. Dylan, balances like a mattress on a bottle of wine.

The China-US trade impasse, if it stands for even a few months, will crash the US economy again and it will also crash the price of shale oil back to levels that destroy oil companies. You understand, of course, that the rise of shale oil was amazingly swift, ten years, and that its fall will be similarly fast and furious. The feds may have to either bail it out or nationalize the whole shootin’ match — and that will end up as just another rat-hole we pound sand into, along with our long-running campaign to build failed states overseas. Translation: not so good for the value of the US dollar.

We’re moving into a summer of grave discontent. I don’t believe that China-US trade relationship can be repaired. The disturbances we have set in motion will surely unleash the wicked animus against the USA that has been building among other nations since before 9/11/01. Even the Europeans, our old pals, have soured on us. The war hawks are steering our ship-of-state into reefy waters. The dithering Federal Reserve (America’s central bank) has painted itself into a corner with years of interest rate suppression and market manipulations. Bad weather in the American breadbasket portends rising food prices for us, and less to export (or give away) to the really hungry corners of the world. Less food makes for belligerent nations.

There is already enough tension in the world as it faces not just the end of a global trade fiesta, but a world-wide synchronized economic depression. This is the one from which there will be no “recovery” but only adaptation to lower standards of living and new arrangements for getting by. In other words, the contraction will be permanent. Our fantasies about the super high-tech nirvana of endless leisure with sex robots will dissolve with it. The dark apprehension of all this has already produced a psychotic break in US politics. We now live in a land where Nabisco uses transsexuals to sell Chips Ahoy cookies.  Next to us, the old Weimar Republic looks like a Boy Scout camporee.

This economic meltdown will play into the worst insecurities of Mr. Trump, the Golden Golem of Greatness. His domestic political antagonists long ago declared all-out war on him. The perpetually rising stock market was all that tempered his behavior in the face of that obloquy. With the economy fizzling, he will fight back Golem-style, like a demon from the underworld. But for all of Mr. Trump’s Teutonic neuroticism, he holds an advantage in that battle: the documented facts appear to show that he was unfairly persecuted for two years by opponents who outsmarted themselves in actually breaking the law, and they are on the run before a gathering juggernaut of referrals for indictments. The craziness of their desperation is now on view for all to see in the antics of the House committees.

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  1. Ol' Scratch May 13, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Mr. Trump would be a most unlikely figure to provide the necessary moral support. He’s no Franklin Roosevelt reassuring the immiserated masses with fireside chats over the radio, and he sure ain’t Fiorello LaGuardia, reading the Sunday funnies to people out of work and out of luck. But never forget that history is a trickster.

    Regarding current events, the old saw, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce,” comes immediately to mind.

    • capt spaulding May 13, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      Somebody also said “History wouldn’t have to repeat itself if people learned to listen once in a while.”

    • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      “Even the profoundly flawed sometimes strangely find themselves on the hero’s journey.”

      Ironic, a blog which takes perpetual umbrage at unreality being a unfortunate defining fact of postmodern American life suggests the the Golden Golem could actually be great.

      This is expecting water to flow uphill. The trend will not be for Trump to put America on the mend. The trend is for America to be at the end. An idiot who thinks that the only measure of a man lies in the size of his bank account does not have enough clues to do any right thing for the nation.

      This issue is not about what is likely , the issue is about what is even possible. Trump acting in the long term best interest of the nation is something not possible unless by accident Trump should randomly stumble in the right direction. That would take a miracle which suggests…………………………………

      That if we are now going to use canned wisdom to decide our affairs, instead of:

      But never forget that history is a trickster.

      how about:

      And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

      What could Trump possibly do to save the nation? He has no idea what our problems really are. Seriously. It is enough to make you toss your cookies.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

        Have to agree. His Cabinet picks were sickening. Was he ever really serious about the Wall or staying out of Middle Eastern Wars? Or was that just the lies of a Master Liar? To the extent he’s serious, he’s serious about his obligations to his faction of the Elite – the Neo Cons and Zionists. We’re just pawns to be manipulated and cannon fodder.

      • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

        Give it time, kdog. In 18 months it might be President Cory Booker, and the presidential ass kissing can begin once again.

        Brh

    • Paulo May 13, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      ” The disturbances we have set in motion will surely unleash the wicked animus against the USA that has been building among other nations since before 9/11/01. Even the Europeans, our old pals, have soured on us.”

      Trump, the only casino owner to go bankrupt in just a few years, the deal-making genius afraid to show his tax returns, the con man the USA voted in as President. What could go wrong?

      The only hope for the World and our future is if the US Economy does tank, and I write this as someone feeling utter disbelief over the recent tanker sabotage and the Abe Lincoln aircraft carrier target steaming into a developing war zone. Gulf of Tonkin? WMD? But don’t worry, Kim and Doofus are in love. Surely, their haircuts deserve each other.

      This Canadian is rooting for China and has been for almost 3 years. MAGA. Hilarious.

      • benr May 13, 2019 at 11:54 am #

        @Paulo
        Fear of showing his tax returns?
        I suspect it has more to do with trolling the opposition than actual fear.
        It could also have some he is not as rich as he claims truthiness to it.

        • Ron Anselmo May 14, 2019 at 12:08 am #

          Yes. Trolling the opposition. They’re not smart enough to figure it out. He baits them every time.

          Elizabeth Warren ~ “I’m Native American.”
          Trump ~ “Prove it.”
          She takes DNA test and is 1/1024th Native American, what an idiot.

          HRC & Company ~ “I lost because of Russian collusion.”
          Trump ~ “There was no collusion.”
          Let’s have a 2-year investigation – no collusion, what idiots.

          Lefties ~ “Let’s get his tax returns.”
          Trump ~ “I will not disclose my tax returns.”
          There will be an investigation, which again, will turn up nothing, what idiots.

          Trump is no Boy Scout, but how much you want to bet his misdeeds are hidden in plain sight?

          Yes. Still being trolled. What a bunch of idiots.

          • libertysghost May 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

            Good points. Seeing them listed in that format kind of makes one understand a bit better how he keeps his insatiable enemies at bay…it’s just amazingly so simple as well.

      • Anon1970 May 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

        I suspect that there are a lot of Canadian Millenials who resent the fact that Chinese milionairess have priced them out of their ability to buy a home in the Vancouver and Toronto areas. For years, the Canadian and provincial governments looked the other way as dirty money found a home in Canada. Has anyone at the Canada Revenue Agency bothered to cross check property tax assessments and personal income tax returns or is the CRA still in the dark ages?

      • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

        “… rooting for China …”

        Be careful what you wish for. The documentary series about the New Silk Road initiatives exposes what Chinese masters are really like. The most interesting things are what interviewees reveal casually, such as, “What do you like best about Xyzistan?” “Clean air, clean food. There is no poison in our food here.”

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter May 13, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

      I guess a lot of people would have viewed Winston Churchill as someone not likely to make a good leader. He was rash, impetuous, drank way too much, and was fat.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • shotho May 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

        He was also a warmonger who never saw an enemy he didn’t want to kill. That man was responsible for as many killed by arms as Hitler or Stalin.

  2. Mountain gal May 13, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    There was a book that someone wrote titled “A Year Without Made in China” that documented one family’s attempt to live for a year without purchasing items made in China. They found it rather difficult and inn some cases there were no options in a product category. If I recall correctly they may have decided it was ok to buy used goods that were made in China but I don’t recall exactly. Anyway, the extent to which China has come to dominate our consumer goods is nothing short of incredible. And the extent to which the American public has become addicted to cheap China crap is quite sad. May get interesting…….

    • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 10:29 am #

      Id prefer a year without plastic.
      Oh, my PC has plastic parts.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      It is past time to break the addiction. Ending such a bad addiction is going to be extraordinarily painful but it has to happen. There is no reason such a large and resource rich country as ours cannot produce most everything we need.

      • Mountain gal May 13, 2019 at 10:49 am #

        Ah, but then we would need to contemplate the difference between “needs” and “wants”. I’d say that much of the cheap crap we get(got) from China at Walmart, Family Dollar, the now defunct Toys R Us, on eBay etc. would fit in the “wants” category. So yes, we could very well produce what we “needed” but not at the cheap prices we’ve gotten used to by selling our economy to China, and certainly not the sheer quantity of cheap stuff we’ve gotten used to buying at prices so low it’s often unbelievable. And if oil prices go up, producing a lot of it will cost more just for that, let alone wages and benefits for workers who expect US salaries. And then there is the prospect of rebuilding the factories, the machinery etc. On the bright side though, there is so much out there to be found at every yard sale in the country, we all could make do for quite some time for many things.

        • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:09 am #

          Yes, all the problems that you point out will be unavoidable. But you are correct about there already being so much “stuff” around that many things can be “recycled” for new uses. We are no doubt a throw away society. That is a behavior that we are going to have to get a grip on. Some things are tossed to the side when they can still be used or scrapped for use in making something new altogether. The whole creative reuse movement could become a mainstream phenomenon!

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 11:25 am #

            And if we get really hungry we can eat each other.

          • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:32 am #

            In terms of food production though we export a great deal of food to the rest of the world. The bad weather and flooding in the Midwest though does not portend well for this growing season I wouldn’t think. That may cause us some serious grief in the coming months….

        • shotho May 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

          Congratulations, Ms. Gal, you win the jackpot. In the fight between fear and greed, greed has won out over the last, oh, sixty years or so. Now we are at the point where we ‘need’ a car for every moron over 16, restaurant meals 24/7, incessant travel, instant central hvac and constant ‘shopping’. As wants degenerate into knawing needs, fear will reassert itself with a vengeance.

          • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

            You can’t always get what you want.

            But sometimes, you will find,

            you get what you need.

            And then, maybe you don’t get that either.

            Life is a bitch.

      • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 11:59 am #

        Soft, “There is no reason such a large and resource rich country as ours cannot produce most everything we need.”

        Reasons:
        1. an oligarchic class that hates you and will not permit you to build a factory because it might diminish their wealth;
        2. an infantilized, drug addicted population which has been engineered to not solve its own problems;
        3. a lack of skilled workers, from carpenters to tool makers;
        4. global warming which will put every city on the coast half under water;
        5. global warming which will make every city not on the coast uninhabitable in the summer;
        6. global warming which is setting the countryside on fire;
        7. political warfare openly declared by the Republicans in 1993 and renewed by them in 2009;
        8. a population with the attention span of earwigs, an attention span so short that they cannot remember anything from 1993 or 2009, or even be made to believe that there ever was such a time.

        Other reasons will occur to your thought.

        • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

          when will this happen?
          4. global warming which will put every city on the coast half under water;
          5. global warming which will make every city not on the coast uninhabitable in the summer;
          6. global warming which is setting the countryside on fire;

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

            About 4 and 5, no one can say with any certainty. So far the forecasts have underestimated the observations, but climate refugees are already massing on the border with Mexico. The Fearless Leader tells us so. However, the floods in the midwest are not normal and not even desirable.

            About 6, it’s already happened. Last year the palls of smoke extended from California to Alaska. This year, the fire season is already beginning.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

            Oh so now they’re “climate refugees” fleeing hot temperatures in Central America. I thought they were seeking a higher living standard.

            Since mid-western floods may drown them, the humane thing is to keep them out of this country.

          • GreenAlba May 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

            I’m not suggesting you take them in, hmuller – perish the thought. Just keep burning that gas…

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

            HM “Oh so now they’re “climate refugees” ”

            Got in one, boyo.

          • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

            Next thing you know Green Alba will be recruiting for the ‘Climate Extinction’ movement, anti world thugs who make the Red Army Faction in Germany look like Cub Scouts, keen on destroying western civilization and exterminating human beings to stabilize the climate and save humanity and Mother Earth.

            Based in London, I’ve seen some of them interviewed, True Believers and fanatics willing to destroy the world over a bad long term weather report.

            brh

          • GreenAlba May 13, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

            ” fanatics willing to destroy the world over a bad long term weather report.”

            Sometime, brh, someone says something and you realise there’s really no point. None at all.

          • City_of_76 May 14, 2019 at 9:07 am #

            @hmuller – Read up on how climate change is driving migration from central America:

            newyorker.com/news/dispatch/how-climate-change-is-fuelling-the-us-border-crisis

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

          Good list except for 4,5, and 6. You forgot the invasion from our non-existent Southern Borders and beyond that, in general just a an utterly destructive diversity.

          • libertysghost May 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

            But there are media links you “must read” that prove it all…and if not, they are just samples anyway.

            The “news media” would never lie about something so important…or overstate the validity of any “research”…

            Nor would any academics looking for grant funding, or NGOs already getting their funding from someone possibly goal-seeking for other reasons, or some alphabet agency here or “international” because how could they possibly benefit from convincing everyone that they need more power (and wealth) to “keep us all from dying”?

            Only a rube would ignore such unabashed and objective “wisdom” after all. Only a rube…you understand? You don’t want to be a “rube” now do you?

        • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

          sauerkraut thank you for outlining the headwinds as you have. May I propose solutions to your list? They are as follows…

          1) Nuke the oligarchs 🙂
          2) Massive detox (Build a real Wall!)
          3) Education and trade camps and real schools!
          4) Ice Age is coming don’t worry
          5) Ice Age ” ”
          6) Ice Age ” ”
          7) Disband the Republican and Democratic parties
          8) See 2 and 3 plus pull the plug on all electronics, radio and TV several hours a day so people must really live beyond the screen.

          What do you think about that??

          • swtNEK May 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

            I agree SSL!

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

            Sauerkraut sounds like a millenial so totally brainwashed with left-wing bullshit, so incapable of critical, logical thought, I hold out little hope. But keep trying, SSL.

          • Majella May 13, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

            I think you just continue to illustrate your unmitigated stupidity.

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

            SSL, I think that most of that has real merit.

            1. But the oligarchs would never agree.
            2. Agreed, massive detox. And especially, deFox.
            3. Damn right.
            4,5,6. Not according to the models we have and the data we observe.
            7. VERY damn right.
            8. I would go further. I’d leave them ON for several hours a day.

            HM, beats me how you come to that conclusion; maybe you are new. For years here I explained and discussed logic, math, and science, but that was before this blog degenerated into a very far right wing nut-space. Or don’t you believe in nun a that thar noo fangled si-unce?

          • GreenAlba May 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

            “Sauerkraut sounds like a millenial so totally brainwashed with left-wing bullshit,”

            I thought SSL was the millennial. Now I’m confused…

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

            Sauerkraut,
            The proposition that if you don’t like the heat where you live, you may violate US Immigration Laws – is that what you call “logic, math, and science” ?

            How self-satisfied you must feel with tying together your favorite pseudo-scientific myth “man-made global warming” with your open borders agenda to destroy American society.

            But forget me, I’m just a deplorable lacking your smug self-righteousness.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

            Sauerkraut, Just look at what you wrote:

            “…this blog degenerated into a very far right wing nut-space. Or don’t you believe in nun a that thar noo fangled si-unce?”

            First, you consider those with traditional values at variance with your own to be “far right wing nuts”. This illustrates the smug intolerance of your kind. The people who don’t agree with you couldn’t possibly have values as legitimate and based on life experiences as you own.

            Then you descend into something I assume is your idea of redneck patois. Obviously, the intention is to belittle and dismiss me as a stupid and uneducated hillbilly right out of “Deliverance” – complete with a banjo and a family tree which looks like a wreath. This air of superiority didn’t help Hillary and doesn’t endear you either.

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

            No HM, a willfully ignorant patois. Like global warming denial.

            Almost no-one who is not willfully ignorant denies that the globe is warming. I assume that you’re not that brainwashed. Am I wrong?

            The only remotely respectable question is whether global warming is caused by human activity. That is called anthropogenic global warming (AGW); it has been pretty much settled for 15 years now, and the answer is ‘yes, AGW is happening’.

            If you think AGW is not real, and want anyone to take you seriously, all you have to do is demonstrate that you know enough to have a useful opinion on the subject.

            For example, tell us where you studied advanced mathematics at the post-graduate level. Better yet, show us the error in the modelling. Like for example, the differential equation in line 24,563 implicitly assumes non-linearity, when everyone knows that phenomena of that sort are best modelled by a separable d.e. (Taylor, page 273).

            Show us an error or two like that and you’ll be the darling of the fossil fuel industry, with so much high priced consulting work you won’t have time to post here any more.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm #

            Oh yes, the argument from authority:

            Great people like you tell “brainwashed” little people like me what is within the pale of respectable discussion and what isn’t.:
            “Shut up, you stupid little asshole; you know nothing. Believe what your leaders: politicians, priests, and bankers tell you! We are the experts in charge and will tell you what to believe.”

            Sort of like CNN, MSNBC, et al telling us how Trump is guilty of so many crimes, except it turns out, he’s not. I’ll bet that chews at you libtard innards!

            Anyway, 5 Arguments against AGW

            conserve-energy-future.com/is-global-warming-real.php

            1) The upswing in the temperature started from 1975, continued till 1997 and the temperature has been flat since then which clearly states that there isn’t any significant change in temperature in the last 17 years.

            2) Since 1998, more than 31,000 American scientists, have signed a public petition announcing their belief that “…there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/07/17/that-scientific-global-warming-consensus-not/#19df51323bb3

            3) Arctic ice increased in volume of 50% in 2012 alone. Core measures of the Arctic ice show that it has increased in volume since 2012, which argues against global warming causing ice caps to melt.

            4) The climate model calculations used to predict the effect of global warming have been proven to be flawed which means that the long term predictions that they have been making are meaningless. Some scientists argue that any increase in global temperatures could be a natural climate shift.

            5) Advocates who promote arguments against global warming being real, point towards all the dates have come and gone where predictions were made about effects that never happened. For example:- Al Gore predicted that all Arctic ice would be gone by 2013. But, on contrary Arctic ice is up by 50% since 2012.

            I wouldn’t dream of asking you to believe what I believe. Just get off your high horse, and quit insulting those who disagree with you.

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 11:34 pm #

            Well Mr. Muller, you started it. You wrote, “Sauerkraut sounds like a millenial so totally brainwashed with left-wing bullshit, so incapable of critical, logical thought …”

            And when I hit back, you get all affronted. Poor little snowflake! And you are wrong that I want you to take anything on authority. But before you criticize, I do think you should to be able to understand the vocabulary.

            That’s how science works: a theory is advanced to explain some data, and then it is discussed by people who understand what was said. It’s up to you to understand, it’s not up to everyone else to set you straight.

          • venuspluto67 May 14, 2019 at 12:33 am #

            hmuller: Despite all that, northern Siberia experienced many days during the summer of last year in the nineties, and the permafrost there is melting and the thawing is releasing methane deposits into the atmosphere. I can’t help but find that alarming.

            And as for Arctic sea ice, all indications are that the ice is still retreating.

          • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 12:47 am #

            Sauerkraut, the data that hmuller cites is supportive of the assertion that global temperatures have stabilized or in fact, are cooling. There is more evidence out there supporting this theory. Also, based on the cyclical nature of the ice ages in the past it would appear we are overdue for the onset of a new ice age. I have read that through ice core samples scientists have found that levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere appear to have skyrocketed immediately preceeding past ice ages. If this is true perhaps increasing CO2 levels mean an eventual flip to very cold conditions? Spraying massive amounts of aerosals into the atmosphere the way Western governments are doing to combat warming could make the situation that much more unstable.

          • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 12:56 am #

            Siberia has the most extreme temperatures on earth. Summer highs easily exceed 90F every year. Winter lows dip below -60F every year too.

            Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are gaining mass. Arctic sea loses ice every year but it always returns in winter.

          • sauerkraut May 14, 2019 at 1:29 am #

            OK SSL, for you.

            1. Temperature data is a time series. Time series analysis is about extracting cyclic fluctuations from trends. Both are important, and it is quite hard to get it right. People with agendas are paid to get it wrong. They are also paid to be convincing.

            2. Global means global. Not just Peoria, not just Illinois, not just all the land in the world. The land, the atmosphere, the rivers, the oceans. But of course, cherry picking data can present a misleading picture. That’s why some people do it. It’s also why ‘cherry picking data’ is a scientific insult.

            3. When all that fails, some might resort to straight out fabrications. That is, lies.

            4. There are lots of particulates and aerosols in the air. They suppress temperature. They are put there by industrial processes, like burning fossil fuels. When those industrial processes stop, the particulate and aerosol content will plummet abruptly. Greenhouse gasses are much more long lived. The result will be a massive jump in global temperatures when we stop burning fossil fuels, as we will when they run out, whenever that is. Then we fry.

            5. The permafrost is melting in the arctic. When it decays, methane forms. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. The permafrost decomposition alone could fry us, and there will be no stopping it.

            6. There is a lot of methane stabilized on the ocean floor. Rising ocean temperatures could disturb that balance. This is being observed in the arctic. Ocean methane clathrate alone could fry us. And we can’t stop it.

            7. The oceans are acidifying because they are absorbing CO2, turning the oceans into dilute carbonic acid. This kills coral. It also kills the plankton which process CO2 into oxygen. We observe the death of coral. Can our oxygen supply be far behind? Just how far? Bet your life?

            8. Let’s suppose for a moment that the entire climate science community (or the 97% consensus of 2003), have it all wrong, and there is really only a very small chance of global warming becoming a deadly problem. Kind of like the small chance of my house burning down. Even though it’s a small chance, I have house insurance because I can’t easily afford to replace my house. Now, should we not consider a bit of insurance on our planet?

            9. I do understand where all this distrust is coming from. Real experts tend to keep their heads down when the BS hits the fan. That is a real problem for the layman because the real experts do not denounce the pseudo-science. They should. It is their patriotic duty. But before you judge them, ask yourself if you would give up a job you love, give it up forever, and go from a respected, well-off professional to a homeless bum.

            For starters.

          • sauerkraut May 14, 2019 at 1:44 am #

            One more thing.

            1. We have incontrovertible data showing global warming.
            2. We have a plausible mechanism (greenhouse gasses).
            3. We have an excellent correlation between the two.

            All this has been worked out in the greatest detail. Even so, it is not perfect; and so research continues to remove the remaining uncertainties. But note that previous estimates of global warming were far too low – the error was to minimize the problem.

            But that’s just thousands of scientists working long hours to understand things. Maybe it’s better to put our faith in paid lobbyists and professional liars – you know, the swamp.

            Your call.

          • sauerkraut May 14, 2019 at 1:53 am #

            I’ve said all this before, over and again.

            This is the last time. Life is too short, and I’ve done my duty.

          • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 9:15 am #

            Thank you for the additional info Sauerkraut. I was still curious as to your thoughts regarding the very high CO2 levels noted in ice core samples dating back to the previous ice age. Today average atmospheric amounts of CO2 are around 415 ppm. And for example, during the last age the CO2 concentration was twice as high as it is today. Yet, the global climate was much colder.

          • GreenAlba May 14, 2019 at 9:43 am #

            SSL

            Here you are:

            skepticalscience.com/co2-higher-in-past.htm

            I find the best thing to do if you want to fill in the gaps in your knowledge or answer the questions that are vigorously promoted on denier sites is to check a site like this first, then if you don’t accept the findings, perhaps because of some better verifiable data that you have, then dig deeper and read the actual papers. Lots of them. The reason why these particular climate myths are answered on this site is because they are the ones much belaboured by denialists. They’re even listed in order of popularity.

            Asking people the same questions over and over and over and over ad nauseam on a blog is pretty pointless.

            And it’s utterly pointless having them explain it to you, because even when they’ve explained it to you you will continue to repeat the same thing. Endlessly. As if they’d said nothing. As sauerkraut says, life is too short, so maybe we have to accept the climate deniers can’t be convinced and leave them to their myths and comfort blankets.

            I have a couple of neighbours like that – they don’t deny science but when there’s a repair to be done in the common passage and stair (which they and we, being the two maindoor flats in the block, don’t use for the most part) they nitpick through their title deeds to say they have to contribute to this but they don’t have to contribute to that. So, what we do is we divide the bill between the other 7 flats instead of 8 and we pick up their tab, because the rest of us can’t be arsed with people who avoid responsibility at all costs and we don’t reckon £200 is worth arguing about among neighbours. To my mind it’s the same thing – some of us will have to carry more responsibility because others want to avoid theirs. Tough. ‘Twas ever thus.

            The climate crisis has long since stopped being a scientific problem and become a psychological one. So we’re on a loser, sadly.

            I for one am not going to beat myself up endlessly about the refusal of obstructionists to get on board. We are where we are and we’re going where we’re going.

            Homo sap does it again. But properly this time. And, who knows, maybe some madman will press the red button so you’ll never have to see the worst of it come to fruition. Fast-tracked climate change.

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 10:19 am #

            Green Alba,

            Maybe clinging to the AGW pseudo-religion is a sign of mental imbalance.

            You really want to know why I don’t ride your little AGW Jonestown kool-aid train?!

            When evil, lying enemies of humanity push a dogma, I recoil from it. The Globalists are pushing AGW,- using it as the excuse to strip the Western middle class of wealth, power, and freedom, reducing us to worse than medieval serfdom.

            At least the serfs could mock and curse their lords in hushed voices around the family hearth. We will live like zoo animals, controlled by our “smart appliances”, monitoring every movement, word, and likely – even thought. Even now Alexa is listening. One day Alexa will be compulsory.

            Their plans for our future are not “Star Trek”; but rather the “Hunger Games”. UN Agenda 2030 and other documents lay it out. Don’t make it any easier for the Cabal by swallowing their propaganda. Resist the evil bastards!

          • sauerkraut May 14, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            Last time to reach you, Mr. Muller.

            You write, “When evil, lying enemies of humanity push a dogma, I recoil from it. The Globalists are pushing AGW …”

            So, since the Globalists push arithmetic in schools, you recoil from arithmetic? You reject 2+2 = 4? Because that is your logic.

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 11:29 am #

            sauerkraut,

            You know that is a sloppy argument.

            If a Satanist said 2 pus 2 equals four. Would he be correct. Yes.

            If A Satanist said adopt my moral values and political opinions, that’s something else.

            I don’t consider AGW to be a simple mathematically proven truth, Despite you calling it “incontrovertible”, that does not make it so.

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 11:33 am #

            And sauerkraut,
            I didn’t hear you denying that globalists are evil or that globalists are pushing the AGW agenda. Do you agree with me then?

          • sauerkraut May 14, 2019 at 11:41 am #

            As I said, Mr. Muller, last time to try and reach you.

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            Sauerkraut
            You couldn’t be bothered to type “agree” or “don’t agree”, why are you afraid of registering an opinion on the globalists? You are generally outspoken on topics.

          • GreenAlba May 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            And you saying it’s a religion doesn’t make it so, hm.

            It’s a standard ploy of religious people, but not confined to them.

            Maybe you think the fossil-fuel lobbies aren’t globalists. That would take a certain amount of naivety but I’m sure it can be done if you hold on to your idée fixe.

            But using your argument of ‘this person is pushing this, and this person is bad, therefore this is bad’, here’s an article by Boris Johnson, arch-Brexiter, arguing for globalisation.

            independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-globalisation-brexit-george-osborne-british-chamber…

            ‘Don’t let globalisation become a dirty word, Boris Johnson says”

            Dear, dear, what to do… Is Brexit good, then, or bad, if it’s being pushed by globalists. Maybe better if people look at evidence and think for themselves. Which doesn’t mean think for yourself without evidence. Which is why I just see different sets of globalists. And a climate crisis caused by humans.

            At the same time, the climate crisis is a global crisis…

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

            Green Alba,

            Sometimes, I think your intention is to cloud the issue by presenting anomalies. Like finding a bald squirrel to prove how stupid I am when I say squirrels are furry.

            But this time you raised some very good points which should be addressed.

            Do you know any big corporations in the hydrocarbon field who have been speaking against AGW lately? I don’t, but I may be wrong. In general, such corporations would not pay carbon taxes or go out of business, Extra costs and taxes would be passed on to the consumers, as always happens. The corporations would obtain and use carbon credits and keep polluting. Because the real goal was never a cleaner environment. It was to load Western people with back breaking taxes and impoverish them. (Hence the China-India exclusion which we’ve discussed at length.)

            And if a few coal companies close up shop, so what! Buggy makers had to make way for car manufacturers. Globalists are playing the long game. We understand checkers; but they are playing chess.

            Globalist controlled candidates are often on both sides of a contest. in the USA most House and Senate races are between Globalist A and Globalist B, (DEM or REP): take your pick. The candidates can differ on some issues within set parameters. But one never wanders too far off the reservation and starts telling people the truth – that we live in a controlled prison and our choices are mostly illusory.

            They call it full spectrum dominance, controlling both sides, so no matter who wins, the Globalists win. They do it with wars. It may matter to the foot soldiers who wins the war, but not to the international bankers. They are happy to load both sides with unpayable debt and gain control over the nations’ resources.

            Maybe the poverty of resource rich Africa has something to do with such devious games?! Globalists and local politicians feeding off the African people with a naked savagery and injustice they are only beginning to roll out for us.

            I think you understand these things and much more, Green Alba.

          • david higham May 15, 2019 at 1:16 am #

            I just read some of the comments here.Green alba and sauerkraut are correct. I am from Australia,and would just like to add one point to sauerkraut’s comment regarding coral.
            The main reasons corals are dying now is high nutrient and sediment pollution,and ocean heating,which causes bleaching .and death of the coral if the bleaching event if prolonged.
            A lot of the Great Barrier Reef is affected to varying degrees
            by sedimentation and high nutrient river-off from cities and agriculture. The northern section was not affected by that,as
            Cape York Peninsula has no cities and no intensive agriculture.
            A few years ago,that pristine section was mostly killed by a severe and prolonged bleaching event due to unusually high
            ocean temperatures. A truly tragic event. This year,the southernmost section of the GBR was also affected by bleaching. I don’t know how long the GBR will survive now,maybe a couple of decades at the most.

          • sauerkraut May 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            Hello David. Thanks for adding that to the discussion.

          • GreenAlba May 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

            DavidH

            Thank you, likewise, for adding your input. You seem to be unfortunate in Australia in some ways – a young country but with what seems to be government by dinosaurs. Anyone who tries to govern differently, i.e. in a way that would give Australia a chance of a long-term future without making its climate unlivable, is given short shrift. It’s almost as if those white men (to allude to the obsession of this board) don’t want white men to be able to live there in the long term 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba May 15, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

            hmuller

            “Sometimes, I think your intention is to cloud the issue by presenting anomalies. ”

            You may think what you like, hm. I just get fed up with simplistic generalisations, such as the one that proposes that Brexit is about nationalists against globalists. I see the difference between what the electorate were offered and what the globalist Brexit leaders really have in mind, which, far from being the wellbeing of working families, but is a race-to-the-bottom economy which still feeds the wealthy. But there’s no point is doing anything other than wait until you see the results for yourself. I will keep you posted!

            Re fossil fuel interests and AGW, I give you the notorious Global Warming Foundation, a fossil-fuel-lobbying organisation headed by climate denier Nigel Lawson, erstwhile Chancellor of the (UK) Exchequer.

            Note that Baron Lawson of Blaby, PC does not call his organisation ‘The Global Warming Denying Foundation’, because that would not suggest what he wants to suggest.

            Lord Lawson has had ridiculous amounts of BBC air time and the BBC has even had to apologise, after complaints, for letting counterfactual statements by him be broadcast without any attempt to correct them.

            And yes, what all the globalists have done to Africa is a disgrace, whether home grown or in the old colonialist countries.

            The book ‘Treasures Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World is instructive on the underground financial networks that took over smoothly when actual colonialism hit the dust. I got as far as reading the chapters on the UK and France (there’s also a chapter on the US, although its ’empire’ operates differently) but I’ll have to go back to it for a reminder and read the rest.

          • GreenAlba May 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

            sorry, superfluous ‘but’ in para 1

          • Elrond Hubbard May 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

            The question of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) being a religion is a provocative one, hmuller.

            People debate what is and isn’t a religion. What I think is essential is that religion is a storyline that someone subscribes to. It’s a master narrative that all other narratives are supposed to be subordinate to. Of course, we all believe in certain narratives. What distinguishes a religion from other kinds of narratives is its relationship to facts. Any story you believe where you fit facts to the story instead of updating the story when the facts contradict it could be called a religion.

            When you think of religion that way, it explains a lot. Subordinating facts to a story explains, for example, why I was brought up to believe that certain morsels of food and drink were the actual body and blood of Jesus. Subordinating other stories to a master storyline explains why some evangelical Christians think Dungeons & Dragons is literal Satanism — because their master narrative tells them demons are real, and not imaginary.

            And what about the present case? AGW doesn’t qualify as a religion, because (a) it’s the result of updating the story to fit the facts (i.e. science), not the reverse; in other words, it’s actually true. And (b) while AGW proponents do try to subordinate competing narratives, there’s nothing wrong with that if AGW is true, which it is, and the competing narrative (that AGW is a hoax) is false, which it is.

            It’s also pretty clear what your religion is, hmuller. I can sum it up in a few words: They Are Out To Get Us. You keep coming back to that idea. Why is AGW a “Jonestown kool-aid train”? Because They (meaning people who accept the scientific consensus) Are Out To Get Us. Why do Globalists push AGW? Because They (this time meaning Globalists-with-a-capital-G) Are Out To Get Us. Why is UN Agenda 2030, whatever that is, eeee-vil? Because They (the evil bastards, the Cabal — you know, them) Are Out To Get Us.

            Don’t get me wrong, there’s some truth in what you say. For example, the Western middle class is losing out, and has been for a long time. What’s more, there are actual reasons why this is happening. I don’t think you understand what those reasons really are as well as you might, though, because you assimilate everything back to your master narrative: They Are Out To Get Us. Your thinking could be a lot clearer if you stepped back, took a breath, and looked at what the facts actually support (such as anthropogenic global warming), and what they don’t (most conspiracy theories), and adjusted your storyline accordingly.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

            SoftStarLight: “Today average atmospheric amounts of CO2 are around 415 ppm.”

            Correct. “This weekend, sensors in Hawaii recorded Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) passing 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since before the ancient dawn of humanity.” — sciencealert.com

            SSL: “And for example, during the last age the CO2 concentration was twice as high as it is today. Yet, the global climate was much colder.”

            SSL, can you please explain where you got that information? I really want to know a source. Because last time the atmospheric concentration of CO2 goes much, much farther back than the latest ice age. We’re talking millions of years here, whereas the most recent ice age ended ~10,000 years ago. Follow my link to see a chart, which you will see is nice and flat between 260-270 ppm right up to the giant spike that covers the past century or two.

          • hmuller May 15, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

            Elrond,

            So to summarize, what you believe is scientific and factual. We know it is because it is “true”.

            What I believe is based on delusion and falsehood.

            Thank you, if only I had known it was so simple. I feel better already.

          • hmuller May 16, 2019 at 12:23 am #

            You know Elrond, we supposedly live in the same world of facts, but we don’t. You have your facts: I have mine.

            To revisit an old argument. If someone has a penis and two testicles with which he was born, I would call that person “a man”

            You maintained that if he put on a dress and “wished” to be female, then he was no longer “a man”.

            You are convinced that your facts are the “real facts”, and my facts are a load of delusional thinking. Or did I misunderstand you?

          • TPTB-USA May 16, 2019 at 10:24 am #

            People who are emphatic don’t understand that they are on the wrong side of the equation.

            As Mark Twain would say: ‘It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

            Is Germany’s Active Volcano Awakening?
            armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/nature/germanys-active-volcano-awakening/

          • Elrond Hubbard May 16, 2019 at 10:36 am #

            hmuller, I won’t be painted as someone who is arrogant or a bully because I respect the achievements of science, and hold that others should do so as well. If the fact that I agree with myself (and science) and not you makes you feel bad, then govern yourself however you like.

            I also will not be cornered into a debate where each side can have its own facts — and speaking of which, stuff your quote marks around ‘facts’. Actual facts are hard-won. Science starts by recognizing that we don’t know what we don’t know. Facts task us, and science earns the authority that it has by doing the work to establish something real about the world. It’s not the case that I have my own facts, and you have yours. What I have is facts, as established by science, because I recognize and respect what science is and the value of its results. As for whatever it is that you have, that’s something for you to think about.

            And if you want to make this about transsexualism, I’m well prepared for that discussion. You propose a simple equation: penis, plus testicles, equals man. Well, yes. And no. What the hell do I mean by that? I mean that the gender binary is simple (hard to get any simpler), but human beings — actual, living, breathing, biological creatures — are immensely complicated. To see just how complicated, everyone should watch this video:

            youtube.com/watch?v=WFCvkkDSfIU

            Those are just some of the processes that go on inside just one cell as it divides into two. All of this and more is happening all the time, trillions of times over, again and again over the course of our entire lives. The degree of complexity that goes into the growth and development of a human being beggars description. That being the case, it’s hardly surprising that these complex processes sometimes go down unfamiliar alleys.

            Yes, male and female are opposites, but so are north and south. But between those two poles there is a vast landscape of possibilities, some of which actually come about. I put it to you, hmuller, that the following is a fact: there really are people who come out with their genitals saying one thing, and their brains saying another. In this situation, you say, genitals carry the day — penis, plus testicles, equals man. And my response is: why genitals alone, when there’s also a brain, and much else besides? When people tell us what it is that they’re experiencing, when they go through enormous effort and trouble (and endure all kinds of resistance and threats from people who they make uncomfortable for being different) to live out their reality, why is it that the rightful response is to push them into a box based on their junk and nothing else?

            There is no threat from trans people. None at all. The ‘pervert who puts on a dress so he can hang out in women’s washrooms and rape your daughter’ is a slander, born out of people’s discomfort with the unfamiliar. No one puts themselves through what trans people put themselves through for reasons that are trivial, or as cartoonishly villainous as this nasty stereotype.

            Trans people are foredoomed to live in a world of cis people, because the species will always need to procreate. We’re not stuck with them, they’re stuck with us. So if I meet someone who looks to my eyes like a man but they dress as a woman and assure me that that’s what they are, I do them the courtesy of agreeing with them. Why? Because it’s the kind thing to do.

          • hmuller May 16, 2019 at 11:18 am #

            Elrond, beieve it or not I support the scientific method. I should have mentioned that it’s not all about the penis, but rather the DNA in every cell of our bodies which determines male or female. So surgery does not change one’s sex.

            Now you can talk about people who are XXY, or XYY, or who have ambiguous sex organs. But rare anomalies don’t define the overall situation. Finding a bald squirrel doesn’t destroy the proposition:”squirrels are furry.”

            For a scientific, fact based guy, you certainly wander off into emotionally based truth. I guess you believe: “If Bradley’s mind tells him he’s a woman, we should agree and start calling him Chelsea.”

            Those aren’t my scientific facts. But not only are they yours, you will say they are universal facts and anyone who disagrees should be jailed for “hate speech”.

            I’m sure you never noticed the irony of how your kind are now eliminating free speech, allegedly to serve the greater good of love and tolerance. If you had your way, you’d imprison me until I adopted your interpretation of fact based science, love and tolerance.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

            hmuller, I applaud you taking greater account of individual exceptions to the gender binary. The fact is, there are whole subfields like epigenetics and developmental biology that study how cellular mechanisms interact with the genetic code to produce living beings. Even taking account of accidents with the X and Y chromosomes misses a lot. Read Behave by Robert Sapolsky – lots of good info there.

            But really, here’s where I take exception. Quote: “Those aren’t my scientific facts. But not only are they yours, you will say they are universal facts”.

            Wrong. What I said about the role of trans people in society wasn’t based in fact, it was based in value. Trans people are, first and foremost, people. They deserve a role and a place in society, no different from other people, but also one that respects them as individuals. To have that, they need cooperation and understanding from the wider society. What they don’t need is fear, or condemnation, and especially not to be confronted on all sides by the demand that they fit a predetermined role so others won’t have to feel uncomfortable. In the past, it was this attitude that put people with serious physical deformities into freak shows, to be hauled around and exhibited to gawkers for money. Nowadays we don’t do that, and we don’t think highly of our ancestors for doing it.

            There’s no threat to the wider society in all this. It’s a matter of allowing for some people who aren’t strictly men, aren’t strictly women, but a third category, and who may need to make a choice the rest of us don’t have to face. That’s not so much to ask.

            hmuller: “anyone who disagrees should be jailed for ‘hate speech’.

            You go too far here and give me too little credit, that’s all I’ll say. But if I ‘wander off into emotionally based truth’, that’s because the world is complex. We owe one kind of duty to the truth, and we owe a different kind of duty to our fellow human beings. These can be reconciled, and I think I can walk and chew gum at the same time.

          • hmuller May 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

            The point I was getting at in a roundabout way is one you apparently agree with, Elrond. That is:

            Moral and ethical values are based on emotion, not science. After we believe something, then we look for the logical, rational, & scientific justifications for our belief.. And no surprise, we find them.

            Hence, can you really be sure that what you believe about X, Y, or Z is based on pure scientific fact? Maybe a belief system attracted you for some emotionally fulfilling reason. Then you built a wall of data to support it, rejecting contradictory data.

            It appeared that your attitude was that everything you believe is purely science based, and nothing subjective enters into it.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

            No, hmuller, I haven’t transcended the human condition. My final point is, when the facts change, my opinions should change; and I would recommend this way of thinking to anyone else, because that’s my value system. If my values ever changed, then I would no longer recognize myself, and I don’t think anyone willingly signs up for that. In the end, all any of us can do is take our own side in a fight.

  3. thenuttyneutron May 13, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    Shit! Wallstreet had better rush those unicorns to the glue factory, errr I meam IPO market before the opening prices rise even more! *sarc*

    I have the feeling that price discovery is not dead. It is instead knocked out with the drug called cheap money and the drug is wearing off.

  4. Neon Vincent May 13, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Happy Monday the 13th, Garfield the Cat’s least favorite day! Well, if the global economy crashes, then over-consumption and production of waste and pollution will make the United Nations report warning that one million species could go extinct less likely to come true. Always look for the silver lining!

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      I doubt very little information from the UN can be trusted anyway. It seems as if that organization is highly agenda driven. No one can ever say the world’s richest and most elite are not represented though.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 13, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

        SSL: the agenda makes the organization, so I don’t understand your criticism. What would an organization without an agenda even mean?

        If the UN has one agenda above any others, it’s to serve as a forum for member countries to… each pursue their own agendas. Your comment doesn’t make much sense unless the very idea of a country other than your own having an agenda is illegitimate in your eyes. Which isn’t very sporting of you, especially considering the USA is one of five countries with a Security Council veto — which renders any other agenda moot to begin with.

        • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

          Lol you are right Elrond! Looking back on that I see it sounds kinda silly. Ok so what I SHOULD have said is that the UN is an organization driven by a Globalist/Marxist agenda. I do not appreciate that.

          As for being a good sport…Canada is welcome to have an agenda of its own ;-). Just don’t mess with your southern friends! And you’re welcome.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

            Justin Trudeau is a globalist sock puppet who makes our own George W. look like a renaissance man.

          • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

            Justin Trudeau is an asshole of the highest order.

      • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

        So, SSL,

        please give us a list of those sources

        who YOU DO trust?

        Hmmmm, PLEASE?

  5. Rodster May 13, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    A worldwide depression coming soon? And here I thought that’s what happened in 2008-09. If not for all the government giveaway programs and the BLS not fudging the unemployment numbers which John Williams from Shadowstats.com says are really 25-29% unemployment, that’s what a real depression looks like.

    Anyway, whatever it takes to stop the ship of fools aka (Bolton, Pompeo and Pence) from blowing up the world. So I say bring on the global depression.

    • Rodster May 13, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      Oh and lets not forget the $275,000 homes that were being advertised on street corners for a mere $47K cash when the last depression in 2008 happened. But that got all corrected once the Federal Reserve and Central Banks around the world began to inject $ Trillions of dollars in the markets so as people wouldn’t get the idea something bad really happened, like a depression.

      • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 10:35 am #

        where? I read in the 00s, Portland homes were going for cheap.

        • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

          This stock market and indeed this whole economic system has become a balloon in search of a pin. China trade wars may finally be that pin. If you want to hear trader-blogger Greg Mannarino ranting about the hypocrisy, lies, corruption, and coming apocalypse which will leave the world devastated, check out the latest x22report spotlight interview.

          youtube.com/watch?v=c-DZjPmP-1M

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

            Agreed.

    • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      China and Russia look upon the U.S. like a drunken lout and are hoping we fall in the gutter in a stupor, that way things will be peaceful and calm.
      They are trying to wait us out hoping a financial collapse happens before a nuclear war does.
      Trump and the MIC believe more force and belligerence is always the answer which is hastening our slide into the abyss.

      • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

        The fucking Chinamen are the drunken louts.

        Fuck China,

        Fuck the Misogynist, Control freaks they are.

        Screw these motherfuckers to the hellhole they live in.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      As long as that depression pummels the Elite then that is ok with me. Typically the middle and working classes and the poor take the brunt of economic downturns.

      • Majella May 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

        SSL_ “As long as that depression pummels the Elite then that is ok with me.” Newsflash – it won’t.

        “Typically the middle and working classes and the poor take the brunt of economic downturns.” Exactly. The ‘Elite’ ALWAYS make out like bandits – very nicely, thank you – in a time of ‘depression’ or recession – viz. what’s happened to the wealth gap since 2008/09. The 1930s was also a great time for those with the wherewithal to invest and remain invested.

        It’s the poor schmucks in the middle classes who lose out, particularly to insidious creeping inflation and real wages going negative.

        • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

          I totally agree with your statement. Am I still illustrating my unmitigated stupidity?

        • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 1:04 am #

          Wow we have reached a point of agreement Majella! This is an amazing moment. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Epicur May 13, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      “Anyway, whatever it takes to stop the ship of fools aka (Bolton, Pompeo and Pence) from blowing up the world. So I say bring on the global depression.”

      More likely the depression will bring on the war(s).

      The Pax Americana has been purchased with borrowed money. The bursting of the credit expansion will bring an end to that Pax. I’m not a fan of our foreign policy, but the world will not be a peaceful place without the World Police.

      Peace is not the “natural state” of the world.

      • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        If you remove the U.S. from world history starting in 1953, the Iran regime change, looks like it would be pretty peaceful to me.

        • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 11:38 am #

          The Soviet Union would have had run of the place since 1953 then.

          Gulag from Vladivostok to Wales.

          A malignant peace, rooted in mass murser.

          Brh

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

            Two thugs are better than one?

          • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

            murDer I assume is what you mean.

          • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

            I disagree, Russia has only one military base outside the country and only spends 60 billion a year on defense. The gulags are long gone and the U.S. has been the leading mass murdering country for decades.

            It really sucks how this country turned to shit and it looks like it is going to get a lot worse shortly.

          • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

            Kiss Putin’s ass much??

  6. BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    Not to mention, war could possibly break out around the Persian Gulf some time very soon. US Carrier Group headed that way, Iran making threats, and last night 2 or 4 Saudi ships full of petroleum sabotaged at sea. Perhaps this will blow over like most things do, but the ingredients for a conflaguration are in place.

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks Brh, I hadn’t heard about the sabotaged Saudi ships as of yet. Wow!!! No doubt this could worsen tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    • tahoe1780 May 13, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Another false flag event? Why would Iran attack, now that U.S. carriers and B-52’s are in place? Who benefits? Seems to me, if they did want to attack they’d make it worthwhile – FULL tankers, LOADED cargo carriers, block the strait, etc., not a half-assed “sabotage” of empty, and possibly aging, vessels. Deals have been broken, sanctions levied, but their oil is still flowing. They have been pushed into a corner, but I don’t believe they would attack until the flow is stopped.

      • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

        False flags? We don’t need no stinkin’ false flags!

    • Anon1970 May 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      When the Great Powers of Europe went to war in 1914, no one thought the war would last as long as it did and cost as much as it did in lives lost and in marks, pounds and francs. The Neo-Cons pushing for another war in the Middle East may soon have buyers’ remorse.

      • Majella May 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

        Anon, the Neo-Cons have extremely recent history to give them a hint as to how such a new war would play out.

        However, with Iran, they’re playing ‘spin the pistol wheel’ with a Russian associate, which does add a new frisson of danger to get Bolton’s ‘porn-stache’ twitching.

  7. fugeguy May 13, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Another good one from Jim.

    My take is a little different on the trade deal. I think the impasse is a set-up. There is no way China can make all the concessions currently on the table. So the resulting impasse is a primer to let the markets stew for awhile. Then when we magically get a deal, Trump can declare victory from the resultant market run-up and get the markets to accept a less than stellar deal having recently faced the specter of no deal.

    If only the players involved were so cunning and smart!

    The Dow has not made its run to 30K yet which I think will be the trigger for the next serious crisis. This “milestone” should occur in the next 18 to 24 months, possibly during or just after the climax of the next Presidential reality show.

    Either way it is too late for the chute to fully deploy before we reach the ground.

    Boomy the clown will have the last laugh.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      LOL Boomy the clown….Very interesting take on things!!!

    • City_of_76 May 13, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      @fugeguy – Your noting the 30k Dow as something significant reveals your overly stock-market-centric view of things. A nice round number is nothing but that, and given ecological & economic realities, indicates only how dangerous our attention to that numbers game is.

      • Mountain gal May 13, 2019 at 10:53 am #

        Only about half the US owns any stocks at all.

      • fugeguy May 13, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

        I agree it is just a marker.

        But those in power (Fed, congress, the Pres) are watching and acting to those ends. And will most likely continue to act until circumstances degrade so much it is either no longer possible to keep the game going or until the game obviously no longer matters.

    • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

      Based on today’s performance,
      I don’t think the Dow is going to make
      a run at 30,000 anytime soon.

      Just sayin’.

      • fugeguy May 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

        9 days ago it was at or near all time highs.

        A trade deal here, rate drop there and a QE cherry on top and 30K by Christmas 😉

        If you’re gonna be over valued might as well make it a record!

        But who really knows the timing but the end result is clearer piece-by-piece. It is the only way to exit.

        • fugeguy May 15, 2019 at 9:32 am #

          Maybe the end game will be Dow 1 trillion.

          It will pair nicely with the new 1 billion dollar bill with the bigly Trumpster on it.

  8. malthuss May 13, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians to death..
    • benr May 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

    Communists and their close cousin Socialists have murdered 100 million people in the last 100 years.

    –Id guess way more than 100 million.

    Lazar Kaganovitch > Lazar Kaganovitch repeated it when he starved Ukrainian peasants to death in their millions.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      Communists not socialists. And it is more like 150 to 175 million between Russia and China.

      • benr May 13, 2019 at 11:10 am #

        Dimes bit of difference in the end they both destroy peoples lives in the long run.

        • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:18 am #

          Capitalism destroys peoples lives in the long run (and the environment too). If you believe in social responsibility Socialism is the only system that can balance those needs with the needs of freer enterprise which Communism doesn’t allow for at all.

          • capt spaulding May 13, 2019 at 11:28 am #

            Greedy people and greedy corporations destroy people’s lives regardless of what system they purport to follow.

          • benr May 13, 2019 at 11:32 am #

            No pure ism of any sort works.
            You can’t point at any working Socialist model that does not have Capitalism as the stronger under pinning and when they go in and start usurping peoples wealth, property, skills and output you get Venezuela.
            In the end it always fails without a hefty does of common sense.

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 11:36 am #

            You have been thinking. I agree with you that Socialism is thinking dog politics so you might like the video I put up on my website yesterday. It is a history of labor and the politics of labor in America.

            American History

            I wrote a few paragraphs of introduction and stuff, ending with this:

            ‘Going forward in an age of limits what kind of social arrangement produces the best outcomes? It is my hope this video causes a few people to think about that question.

            To make the trend our friend lets change the end!

          • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:37 am #

            I agree. Any form of socialism that would work would require regulation of corporations so that they do not harm society. Corporations would not be considered people that is for sure!!!! And I don’t believe in usurping people’s wealth and property that has been earned and accumulated honestly. People should be allowed to thrive, succeed, invent etc. Your point about common sense is true benr. The best and the brightest should be our policy makers and much thought and common sense would need to be employed. This is the truth no matter what type of government there is.

          • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            Thank you K-Dog!

          • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

            Socialism is the breeding ground
            of nihilism.

            The death-wish of republics and democracies is
            socialism.

            Read it and weep.

          • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 1:18 am #

            It took some time but I finished crying. Now will you tell me why you said socialism breeds nihilism? Nihilism is when traditional beliefs and philosophies are rejected and existence is seen as useless and futile. It would appear to me that Capitalism has brought about nihilism in the US. From everything I’ve read it appears that Communism brought nihilism to Russia. And is nihilism a problem independent of political system/practices altogether?

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

          Capitalism created Communism – not just by reaction, but consciously – as in funding it. Why? To bring the Monarchies and Traditional Economies into the Capitalist/Communists nexus. They aren’t really opposites at all – thus Rockefeller set up in Moscow and loved Kushchev.

          And thus did the two system united against the real reaction – Fascism and National Socialism – and will again if need be. They are both Globalist whereas Fascism and National Socialism are nationalist. That’s the crux.

        • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          Ah, so this is where this outrageous saw,

          The more than 100 million murdered in communist nations and by the Nazis during the 20th century? Ancient history that has gone down a memory hole.

          Comes from. A two year old article with incorrect distorted facts. What some people will do to serve the empire is scary. Is it true that Christian fundamentalism and Moslem fundamentalism are the same thing too? That makes as much sense as equating Nazis with Communists.

          Nazis were capitalists without shame or moral conscious of any kind. There was nothing socialist about them except part of their name. As that goes Pheasant Ridge could be the name of a development of McMansions but that does not mean any Pheasants live there so what is in a name.

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

            Fact checking again? Don’t you know that reality is irrelevant? And may not exist anyway?

            BAD dog!!!

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

            pheasantridgebellevue.com/

            I don’t see any Pheasants.

            Reality at this time is irrelevant, this is true. But saying that it does not exist at all is logically impossible and defeatist.

            Reality could easily become popular again in the future. When convenient reality will be used to justify all sorts of things but right now denial serves that agenda better.

          • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

            Kdog

            Comes from

            ‘The Black book on Communism’ published by the French Academy in mid 1990s. Incidentally, your hero Trotsky gets a mention in that book.

            Also, ‘Death by Government’ by a prof at the U of Hawaii whose name escapes me.

            Brh

          • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

            “Reality could easily become popular again in the future.”

            Very nice!

          • capt spaulding May 13, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

            I respectfully disagree on both points, dog. Fundamentalism is defined as “a form of religion, ESPECIALLY Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.” That’s from the dictionary. I submit that there are further similarities in that both religions tend to be extremely conservative in the way the scripture is interpreted and applied to the practitioners. I always said: “Scratch the Ayatollah, and you’ll see Jerry Falwell underneath.”

            In the second instance, both right wing (German) and left wing (Russian), were totalitarian govts. With regards to business, the German govt. exercised all of the powers of ownership, not the nominal private owners, unlike thew Russians who did the same thing without the charade of private ownership.

            Please respond if you disagree, you are always interesting to read.

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

            Found it:

            archive.org/details/TheBlackBookofCommunism10

            Thanks.

            Looks like a book with a very clear agenda which is really too bad. Objective facts would be nice. While some may be in this book, how could I possibly tell the forest from the trees?

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            You make a good point BR but if we relax rules enough to make Nazis and Stalinists appear equal we can just as well compare the Nazi system to our own and find equivalencies there which ring just as true (ignoring the mass murder of course). Similarities that I’ll say are even more congruent. Nazis were capitalist on steroids committed to 100% exploitation and personal profit.

            And considering current American conduct concerning the war in Yemen and other ignored and planned instances of regime change and the pain of all the aftermaths in all the countries that we have ‘rescued’; perhaps I am too quick in dismissing a mass murder comparison.

            Way too quick.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

            Nope. Wrong. Their economy was Planned and corporations had to obey the higher ups. You’re doing exactly what the John Azes do when they claim National Socialism was Leftist, except from the other side. You can’t accept they had achieved a subtlety beyond right and left. Of course they had to be destroyed before they outshone both the Left and the Right.

            All this comes very naturally to East Asians by the way. The idea of just letting Corporations replace their own people with coolies is too disgusting for words. They have a health we can only dream of now. The keep their Corporations on a leash – and that means Socialism. But again, the real focus is above Economics so it’s a both and neither – not just a shaky midpoint on a flat line but rather the High Middle.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

            Charade, Captain? No one owns anything ultimately. You don’t own your body, otherwise you’d live forever and never grow old. Did the rich get rich all by themselves? Without workers? Without road maintainance? Without police to protect them from thieves? It’s ludicrous. They owe a debt to society just like anyone else. Fascism and National Socialism acknowledge their right to their riches, but deny any ultimacy to it. They demand they pay their debts just like anyone else.

            Nor do they capitulate morally. The rich aren’t better, just richer. If they do good things with their wealth, only then do they deserve acclaim. Very different from how we see them, eh? Or the blind and murderous hatred of Communism.

            Try harder, please. I know that such evil people shouldn’t have attained such a nice balanced viewpoint, but they did. Hint: Maybe they weren’t evil? Maybe you’ve been lied to by the Capitalists and Communists?

          • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

            “Nazis were capitalists without shame or moral conscious of any kind.”

            This is not my understanding at all. The National Socialists did regulate business activity stringently and there were also some aspects of central planning no? Perhaps you are conflating the idea of the amoral capitalist with the alleged crimes of the Nazis to get to the idea that they were Capitalists on steroids essentially? Now, we know there were Capitalists (Prescott Bush) in the states that were willing to make a buck by working with the National Socialists…

          • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

            Captain there is way to much equivocation occurring in your arguments. People in Saudi Arabia are still being crucified. Please point out where this practice occurs in the “Christian” world. Also please point to a nation in which Biblical law is directly incorporated into the national constitution. Meanwhile, there are at least 50 nations that incorporate Islamic Shariah law directly into their national constitutions.

  9. Proud to have boycotted China since 1989

    Today’s New York Times has a scintillating article of RT America’s promulgation of Antivaxxer-tier bullshit about 5G communications networks. At the same time, Putin’s heralding the technologies’ adoption in Moscow.

    Also, podcasts are starting to take hold in China. If you weren’t aware, we are entering the golden age of podcasts. Still unable to figure out how to co-opt and interrupt the format, politics and commerce alike are shut out while real humans have the kinds of one on one intimate conversation that begins to realize the potential of new technology to expand human intelligence and understanding. So there are reasons to be optimistic that intelligence, which has been so abused by media excesses, may begin a renaissance.

  10. Elrond Hubbard May 13, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    “Heigh-ho the derry-o, the trend is not your friend…”

    JHK: “Even the profoundly flawed sometimes strangely find themselves on the hero’s journey.”

    Donald Trump is a world-historical headcase, a man whose overcompensating self-regard is as titanic as his underlying soul is puny, shrivelled and traumatized. The only thing heroic about him is the scale and scope of his dysfunction. We have come to a pretty pass when we find ourselves being counselled by a social critic to invest our hopes in a slapstick circus Hitler somehow bass-ackwarding us into a brighter future.

    Trump’s no holy fool. He’s just what the patient coughs up.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      LOL Trump = Hitler – really? Seriously, really? Doesn’t the Hitler name dropping ever get tiring? To me it doesn’t have any meaning any more since it is used like every day.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 13, 2019 at 11:51 am #

        *snicker* Not one, but two people pounced on ‘Hitler’ and disregarded what I was actually saying about Trump. This is for you, benr, as well as SoftStarLight.

        My evaluation of Trump was based very much on the man as he is, or at any rate what the voluminous public record of his words and behaviour say about him. I borrowed ‘circus Hitler’ from Matt Taibbi’s reporting on the Republican nomination fight leading up to the 2016 election, and I’m quite content with it.

        If you’re relying on the Godwin’s Law trope that comparing someone to Hitler supposedly disqualifies you from being taken seriously, note that Mike Godwin himself has more than once approved of the comparison in the case of Trump, and of those Trump approves of (calling them ‘very fine people’).

        benr: “There is next to nothing in common between Adolph and Trump except megalomania.”

        How silly are you, to make my argument for me? History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. Donald Trump is afflicted with a dark cancer of the soul, and he’s inflicting it on all of us. Nothing about his influence bodes anything but ill for the future.

        • benr May 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

          Pounced?
          Hardly just pointing out the reality that Trump is no Hitler not even close no matter how hard you try and make a comparison.
          All the same points you make can and should have been made for Johnson, Bill Clinton, Nixon, GWBush and most of all Obama.
          Talk about megalomania Obama takes the cake in ego and bloviating.
          It must really hurt to go from media types swooning all over you to not even being able to pack a small theater with people when you speak.
          The patina has worn off fast from the one.
          We survived all the other fools we will survive the current one. and the next one as well.

          • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

            Actually on the empathy scale they are very similar.

        • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 1:24 am #

          Yeah his dark cancer of the soul is that he didn’t build the Wall, deport all illegal immigrants and put a moratorium on immigration the way he said he would.

      • Nightowl May 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        No crimes uncovered, no nebulous “collusion” identified, now wokesters are back to calling Trump Hitler and Il Duce.

        I used to watch old videos from the McCarthy era and wonder how any human being could fall into such rabid delusion. Never thought I’d live through something similar in my lifetime.

        I like that Mr. Hubbard also took the time to write out “snicker” in italics. Such verbal devastation. Gamma male style.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

          Except he was right about almost everything. His mistake was that he Underestimated the amount of Communist infiltration and he assumed it was all coming from Russia. In fact, much of it was home grown.

          No we see the fruits. If only we had listened to this great Man instead of destroying him.

          • Nightowl May 13, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

            He was a nut on a witch hunt. History repeating itself.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

            Says the mainstream media and its credulous readers.

    • benr May 13, 2019 at 11:21 am #

      Where has Trump unleashed an operation hummingbird event?
      A Riechstag fire, built up a VW plant OR pushed a national car upon the Volk, where are the brown shirts other than on the Democrat side?
      There is next to nothing in common between Adolph and Trump except megalomania.
      Nor has our President attempted to over throw a government that is also clearly on the other side of the aisle.
      No Trump youth but there was an Obama youth at one point.
      Has Trump banned the communist party…no the DEMOCRATS ARE NOT BANNED.
      No secret police created by Trump.
      No book burning.
      No withdrawal from the UN as much as we probably should.
      He has not dissolved the Congress or the senate nor had the US invade anyone as of yet.
      All altercations occurring now existed under the last POS in the peoples house.
      Elrond a little grasp at history might help.
      Is the Donald thin skinned and he likes trolling yep.
      Does he have a high opinion of himself oh yes and he is New York abrasive in fact have you ever met a New York male that was not abrasive and down right corrosive?
      Something in the water I think.

      • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

        What is it that you don’t get about the modifiers “slapstick” and “circus”?

        • benr May 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

          There is nothing slapstick or circus like in the comparison not even close the modifiers did not fit.
          Better to have left Hitler out of the discussion and used slap stick and circus like or even better an old fashioned celebrity roast where in the roasted takes themselves way to serious and does not even realize they are being roasted.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

        Hitler was real and Trump is a joke. That’s the difference. Hitler succeeded and Trump capitulated – or was never serious. Both are very engaging speakers, especially for the downtrodden. But beyond that, there are few similarities. Trump knew what needed to be done and what the People wanted – so he was able to fake it in masterful style. A great Magician perhaps. Just like Obama for the other side.

        • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:21 pm #

          Compare Trump to Hitler, and Janos objects that Hitler is being defamed and belittled. You gotta love the broad spectrum of ideas found here.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

            Broad spectrum? Tune in to the right frequency. Freedom by itself is meaningless unless you choose well. Hitler was a great leader – as John F Kennedy said. And as did many of Hitler’s peers before the Tribe consolidated their hold on the narrative and extended it back into the past as well. Huge peace demonstrations before both World Wars – also down the memory hole. Those are good wars now.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

            Yes, history keeps getting rewritten. Example: Lindberg went from hero to Nazi collaborator and finally back to semi-flawed hero. Henry Ford was forced to publicly apologize for his candid remarks on the tribe. (Though they never forgave him.)

            I gather from reading and films, those New York Jewish Bolsheviks had a lot of tap dancing to do when Hitler and Stalin became best friends for about 22 months (AUG 1939 – JUN 1941). I’ll bet they were greatly relieved and happy in a way when Russia was invaded. They could hate Nazi’s again!

        • benr May 14, 2019 at 9:42 am #

          Trump an engaging speaker and masterful?
          Really?

          Pull the teleprompter away from Obama and he was a stuttering fool.

      • BornToKillPeace May 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm #

        Thank you for your comment, Benr.
        “Operation Hummingbird Event, etc”

  11. John1945 May 13, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    What,me worry ?
    ( “MAD” magazine immortal phrase)

    I will never read about the Depression in NYT or WSJ.
    69% of stock trades is automated trading.
    Algos react to the news and trade.accordingly.
    Therefore publishing bad news may kill the relentless rising,
    surging and soaring of DJIA

    • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      ‘MAD’ has been on my mind.

      That Juan Guaidó guy who our state department wants to put in charge of Venezuela looks exactly like what would happen if Barack Obama had gay sex with Alfred E. Newman.

      Unacceptable; there should be an election so Americans decide who should run Venezuela. Just having our state department decide for us who should run the place is undemocratic and having someone unpleasant to look at is gross. Double badness, this shit is not right.

      • John1945 May 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        The question of who should/should not run the country is not decided by referendum.Persians (Ancient Iranians ) were never conquered by Romans because Persian bow was mightier than Roman sword.

        The question of whether U-2 should/should not soar over the USSR was not decided by the President Eisenhower either..It was decided by the SA-2 anti-aircraft rocket.

        Let’s see how good are those russian C-300 antiaircraft complexes which Venezuela recently purchased at Sam’s Club.

        • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

          So having to look at the product of gay sex with Alfred E. Newman is OK with you?

          • John1945 May 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

            I am not OK with gay sex (much less with the product thereof) because I am L7 aka Square from Delaware (using the ’50s expression).

            My point is that russian C300 antiaircraft complexes will decide in Venezuela who we will have to look at .

          • Majella May 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

            John 1945…”product of gay sex”? WTF?

          • John1945 May 13, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

            @Majella

            Mr.K-Dog is referring to the movie featuring pregnant Arnie Schwarzenegger w/o realizing that it was pure fiction 🙂

        • jdhines May 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

          Alexander The Great did conquer Persia with spears (Sarissa). What happened to the Persian bows?

          • John1945 May 13, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

            “What happened to the Persian bows?”

            They got even better.

            Composite bows and crossbows are sold on Amazon,only now they are made from carbon fiber,450lbs pull not being uncommon.

            VC used strong bows pulled with legs to shoot down light choppers (utility and observational helicopters) during the Vietnam War.They tied steel wire to the arrow and aimed at the rotor.Success rate was low yet it was not impossible to dowh UH-1 which cost $2M back then,so it paid off nicely.

            Persia (Modern Iran) eventually got tired of being conquered by each and every Tom, Dick and Harry and became very peaceful country.

            After learning about the Peak Oil they started a large-scale uranium enrichment program.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

            The ancestors of the Inuit had these when they crossed over – and they wreaked havoc on the more primitive northern Indians with them. They seemed to have lost the technology though. No need or didn’t have the right resources to make them anymore? They never got along with the Indians.

            War is natural, the most natural state of all. No war on these shores has made for a most unnatural and weak White race. That has to change and will change.

          • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

            What? The American Civil War wasn’t “race strengthening” enough for you, Janos?

  12. malthuss May 13, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    JimInFlorida May 12, 2019 at 11:51 am

    everybody here can type. Nowadays the classes are in keyboarding.
    Typewriters went out with phone booths, chimney sweeps and black n white TVs.

  13. malthuss May 13, 2019 at 10:41 am #

    This is for BRH, who likes crime reports, news on street action.

    : Rival rappers exchanging semi-auto gunfire. South Africa rising. Just a matter of time until these incidents spill over into politics on a grand scale.

    ‘Man gunned down outside Trump resort in Miami; woman hospitalized’

    (CNN) – A man died and a woman was injured in a shootout near a Trump resort in the Miami area Sunday.

    According to witnesses, the shooting began when two groups of rival rappers started arguing outside the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.

    Someone who knows the man who was killed said he was not involved in the shootout but got caught in the crossfire.

    A 19-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

    According to witnesses, she is the girlfriend of rapper
    NBA YoungBoy.

    Police are searching for three suspects who had guns, including an AK-47 and handguns.

    wbrc.com/2019/05/12/man-gunned-down-outside-trump-resort-miami/

    • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

      Damn, I didn’t know Trump ran establishments which were such ghetto trash magnets.

  14. Tate May 13, 2019 at 10:43 am #

    Pot calls kettle black somewhere in the midst of that thang.

  15. BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    All in a days work, Malth.

    US cities resembling Paris Grand Guignol 1927. Theatre of blood and violence.

    In SA, Malema gathering strength, look for a bloodbath when farm confiscations begin in earnest later this year.

    In fact, its shaping up to be one helluva a year.

    Brh

  16. SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    The “US beast-of-Mammon”….I love that Mr. K :-).

  17. aibohphobia May 13, 2019 at 11:02 am #

    And underlying all this, there is still the approaching juggernaut of the 2020 elections–

    Someone pointed out that the behavior of the Democrats towards flyover state residents is eerily similar to the Martians in the 1996 movie, “Mars Attacks!”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Attacks!

    They roam around saying “Ack! Ack! Ack! We come in peace!” while frying civilians with their rayguns. No, that was the movie. In real life, they stayed in their penthouses on the East and West coast dreaming up ways to profit from the offshoring of the economy, at the expense of the flyover population. Death by raygun would have been kinder.

    The politicians in the movie kept trying to make deals with the Martians, until all of them were incinerated. Rescue only came when a little old lady found that a recording of a yodeling cowboy caused the Martians’ brains to explode.

    The dems ran a Martian for President in 2016. Shillary would have started a war with Russia, among other things. Well, any national party can make a mistake–But the current field of candidates is rich in Martians just now…

    Meanwhile Trump, the clueless yodelling cowboy, keeps causing their brains to explode.

    • Tate May 13, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, I hated that because that yodeling cowboy was a recording of the Sons of the Pioneers, one of my favorite singing groups.

      youtube.com/watch?v=JQc5gDXQGIs

      Typical Hollyweird bias.

      • elysianfield May 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

        “that yodeling cowboy was a recording of the Sons of the Pioneers”

        Tate,
        Really? I thought it was Slim Whitman’s “Indian Love Call”

        • Tate May 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

          Whatever. Another of my favorites.

        • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

          John Denver yodeled on occasion; and was a better man for it.

          • elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 12:53 am #

            Hmuller,
            I would opine that John Denver, that anti 2nd Amendment son of a bitch, took flying lessons, and was a better man for it….

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 10:43 am #

            I wasn’t aware of his political causes; but most of the entertainment figures are into all that left-wing crapola.

            Looking at his bio on wikipedia, I was surprised to learn that
            “In 1985, Denver asked to participate in the singing of “We Are the World,” but he was turned down”
            Maybe they thought he would start yodeling – the worst is an uncontrollable Tourette’s style outbreak of yodeling..

            Denver certainly had a few personal demons: alcohol, drugs, wife beating. Angered by the terms of a divorce settlement, he once cut the bed in half with a chain saw. Funny, he never seemed like the power tool savvy kind.

        • Tate May 13, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

          I always liked the yodeling style of Patsy Cline as well. Wait, what?! Haha, “was a better man for it.”

          • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 12:53 am #

            An idea for a movie. Family suffers from a rare genetic disorder and are unable to speak normally. They can only yodel.What’s more they are relocated in the Federal Witness Protection Program for betraying the mob. They get placed in this small religious town where yodeling is forbidden. But one courageous teenager turns the town around with his MYGA campaign. Make Yodeling Great Again.

            Too much like “Footloose”?

          • Tate May 14, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

            You missed your calling, hmuller.

    • SoftStarLight May 13, 2019 at 11:12 am #

      Meanwhile us deplorables are developing a very powerful ray gun of our own. The Martians will be very sorry ;-).

    • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      ” In real life, they stayed in their penthouses on the East and West coast dreaming up ways to profit from the off shoring of the economy, at the expense of the flyover population.”

      Partisan memories, the Bush admin changed the tax codes to facilitate the the greatest off shoring of U.S. jobs in history. Remember those head lines, “300,000 jobs lost this month”.

      Believe it or not Republicans harmed the country with idiotic political policies also.

      • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

        It’s not idiotic to smash a $50,000 Rolex for a $10 jewel. If it’s not your Rolex.

      • Nightowl May 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

        Neolibs and neocons one and the same. More shocking news at 11.

        Viva the Purple Revolution. Purple pantsuits for the ladies and ties for the guys.

  18. messianicdruid May 13, 2019 at 11:08 am #

    EvelynV said, “There is an all consciousness, consciousness permeates the universe and all things animate or inanimate possess it at some level. No words can properly explain it.”

    “The conclusion must be that, as currently read, the Bible is incomplete – its translators having ignored, or otherwise overlooked, the coordinated numerical structures that our Creator has thought fit to include in His word to man.”

    whatabeginning.com/Misc/Wonders/P.htm

    • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      Where is Evelyn today? Dusting off her collection of stuffed Republicans?

      • messianicdruid May 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

        Only the ones with horns.

  19. volodya May 13, 2019 at 11:20 am #

    The ninny-ologies inflicted by our intellectual betters are many and varied but they all seem to be in aid of the great-grandmother of them all, neo-liberalism, that framework of ideas purpose-built to keep economic decision-making out of the halls of legislatures and likewise the hands of the little guy, and money safe in the pockets of those that have a lot of it, and out of the pockets of those that have little.

    Never mind the me-too fits and identity screamies and, oh, gender fluidities that dribble off leafy green campuses, those are in part the effluent of useful idiots that serve to distract from the looting and ruination of innumerable mas ‘n’ pas back home that used to be able to earn a reasonable if not exorbitant living doing useful work. Trannies selling Chips Ahoy?

    Of course, sure, trannies selling Chips Ahoy. For my part I constantly under-estimate the creativity of those entrusted with the task of steering national discourse in a direction away from any having anything to do with anything useful. What did I see not too long ago, but the tail-end of a piece about drag queens doing story-time for pre-schoolers by the look of them, and the reaction you’d expect, furious parents out demonstrating, one with a sign saying Not Today Satan.

    Drag queen story time. Imagine that. A brilliant ploy don’t you think? To the barricades, progressives vs their opposites. Can physicists at the world’s foremost scientific institutes, thinking the deepest, most insightful thoughts about the nature of gravity and inertia and space and time, conjuring ideas using the most difficult and subtle mathematics, come up with any concept as dazzling? If I sat for a thousand years thinking of ways to create tumult to run interference for my paymasters I wouldn’t have come up with drag queen story time. I doff my hat and bow with deepest reverence.

    • benr May 13, 2019 at 11:25 am #

      More proof of insanity and one of the drag queens had a serious history of abusing young boys.
      The library in question never ran a background on said person.
      Sad that we have to run backgrounds on people giving up there time to hang out with the young ones.
      Normalizing the bizarre seems to be a severe sign of the times.

    • montsegur May 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

      volodya, yeah the disconnection from any kind of objective reality has become so profound that it is now entering the stupid and bizarre.

      But it has to work that way, doesn’t it? When a political movement smells a win by shocking people, the shock eventually wears off and ups the ante in terms of what will be shocking the next time …

      The economy may or may not crap out. It has proven before to be more resilient than some expect. I think there is a better chance of the Dem Party self-destructing in the next four years or so.

      I think, at some point, the ‘normies’ will bite back and bite hard. There are a lot of people who then learn bitter lessons about the value of being at least somewhat discreet in their public deportment.

      Cheers

      • volodya May 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

        Montsegur, there’s a lot of potential trajectories that the economy can take, the path actually taken will be one that no economist will actually predict, nor explain after the fact as post-diction doesn’t seem to be their forte either.

        I shouldn’t say NO economist. SOME economists, especially those working for less illustrious institutions, who may be off the beaten-path in terms of their thinking, may actually say something useful.

        But, by and large, we’re on our own on this. IMO the economics profession (if you can call it a profession) is one that’s as disreputable as they come, as bad as the accountants, covering themselves in disrepute, giving lawyers a run for our money (not that we’d ever hire an economist).

        How many times have I heard an economist tell an interviewer, “As an economist, I believe in free trade.” These would be the usual suspects, economists employed by Wall Street banks, or working for an Ivy League school or associations representing particular commercial interests.

        Best thing? Make up your own mind.

        One possible economic track is a year-by-year Brazilianization, with Fly-over America already well along the way. That is, no collapse as such, no jump-off-the-cliff “crisis”, but rather a 2 percent per year degradation in circumstances. Maybe we should talk to the Yellow Vests as they may have some insights but not through the filter of a media outlet that frames the discussion and then spins it, with the interviewer rolling the eyes, sighing deeply in a stagey “frustration”, you know the drill, you’ve seen it.

        And yeah, the normies could indeed bite back, with closets getting re-fitted and remodeled.

        • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

          I saw that Tranny-cookie commercial. I found it very funny. I want that Tranny on stage at the Democratic Presidential Debates. I predict he’ll outlast most of the field, as it gets whittled down. Hell, he could win the nomination. LOL

    • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      Credit where credit is due.

      • volodya May 13, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

        Indeed.

        • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

          Good to see someone state it so clearly, instead of demonizing whichever brand their parents taught them to hate.

          • benr May 14, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            What happens when one of your parents is communist far left 70 year old wokester and the other is a libertarian centrist with a complete hands off mellow surfer vibe?

    • ozone May 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

      Blammo! Right on target.
      Thanks V.
      It’s all about sleight of hand distractions from things of actual import. Sorry to say, on a blog that’s all about extrapolation into the future from current and pressing trends, there are “responses” right here that accomplish that self-same diversion from looming predicaments. Whether intentional or accidental, it’s a shame that they work so well. There will be a lot to do and little time to do it in. As I have said before, realists will be in desperate demand while fantasists will (necessarily) be unsupported and discarded.

      It’s looking more and more likely that we’ll live to see such a turn of events… like it or not.

      • volodya May 14, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        It’s looking more and more likely that we’ll live to see such a turn of events… like it or not. – Mr Ozone

        I think you’re right. History is a trickster, and if there isn’t a sneering deity pulling strings in this fold of the cosmos, it sure works as if there is.

        What I mean is that the universe works as if there’s local divinity that has a two-foot long razor-sharp prick and a tongue to match, and if anyone fervently hopes to be safely rotting in the grave before it all goes hay-wire, then they will surely get barebacked by aforementioned demiurge. In short, they will live to see the worst stuff they hoped to avoid by shuffling off this mortal coil.

    • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 2:01 am #

      Bow your head in deepest reverence? It’s not a brilliant ploy at all. It’s a direct attack. Perhaps you have been too lost in the weeds of math and science to see the obvious. You have been defeated economically, socially, culturally and politically. They get more power from you believing they are simply a ploy. The abuse unleashed on children and adolescents is real. This is not a joke. If they have their way you will either confirm and affirm or you can rot in jail and be socially ostracized. Part of the new social credit system maybe. The Elites are stealing from you and destroying the social fabric at the same time. Not brilliant. It’s called war and its happening on many fronts.

      • volodya May 14, 2019 at 10:59 am #

        SSL, I was being sarcastic about the doffing of the hat and the bowing with deepest reverence.

        You’re missing the point of it. The Davos people don’t give the slightest shit about what they destroy, whether it’s kids, or the moral fabric of the country, or the viability of a bitterly divided polity that’s at factional daggers drawn. The worsening of a 150 year Cold War between the two founding American ethnicities – North and South for want of a better term – is fine because conflict is a center-piece of the strategy to distract while they loot.

        See, all the oligarchical elite give a shit about is prestige and score-keeping, and money is how they keep score. That’s it, that’s the sum-total of their existence. Simple-minded? You bet. OK, maybe to some extent yachts, maybe glittery parties, maybe the gigantic, walled compound, but mostly it’s all about “wealth”, or net worth in terms of money, the primary denomination being the greenback.

        I’ve seen some of them up close and they aren’t that “smart”, or rather, they have some facets of what makes up “intelligence”, but theirs isn’t a well-rounded repertoire of intellectual skills, or they sure wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing on this self-destructive fool’s errand broadly defined as neo-liberalism. Theirs is a small, withered world-view, their bodies of knowledge narrow, and any field that isn’t directly in aid of increasing their position on the score-board is a time wasting irrelevance. They’re ruining the societal and economic food-chain that sustains them and protects them and they’re too bone-headed to realize it.

        The study of history, geography, philosophy, literature, religion; such fields are for dusty, absent-minded perfessers and their soft-headed acolytes who don’t pack the gear to do what real men do – make money. But these bodies of knowledge, insofar as they’re actual knowledge as opposed to political indoctrination, aren’t irrelevant, they fill out how the world works, how people behave, all useful in living life and conducting affairs.

        The Davos crew don’t give a damn who and what they wreck, kids included. As far as those witless ninnies working diligently in service of their masters whether or not they know what they do (to paraphrase those famous words), ninnies that will without a stitch of doubt come up with a “Social Credit System”, they will get hanged by the rope they measure out.

        • SoftStarLight May 15, 2019 at 12:27 am #

          I get where you are coming from V in regards to the primary drive of the Elite being the preoccupation with accumulating more and more money and wealth. However it seems unlikely that they or incapable of long-term planning. Seems to me that the Elite, the Deep State they are all connected. If anything they are sort of an Invisible Hand. Always behind important social, cultural, and political events, movements, and changes. They rely on the herd for their profits so it is important to shape the herd into docile and obedient beasts of burden. And they have no plans of being held to the same set of standards as the common person. Social credit is for slaves.

          • volodya May 16, 2019 at 11:15 am #

            Oh yes I agree, they are VERY capable of long-term planning. What we’ve seen is a multi-year or multi-decade scheme to re-vamp global investment and trade arrangements so that they can exploit cheap overseas labor in despotic countries with no or few environmental regulation or workplace standards.

            It all happened right under our noses with legislative and academic support, complete with fairy-tales about millions of new jobs and great prosperity and re-training for displaced workers into careers far up the value-added food-chain.

            Of course the business about riches for everyone was nonsense. As Pat Buchanan said a few years ago, the returns are in.

  20. Paulo May 13, 2019 at 11:47 am #

    Finally read all the comments and was actually amazed today’s article and responses were not about Hillary, the Deep State, Clapper, Steele, or FISA warrants. Surely, someone could blame the FBI. Oh well, I’ll just go over to Zero Hedge and read how it is all Obama’s fault for not taking on China 8 years ago. Plus, they gave Iran all those billions, don’t you know?

    Psssst (Don’t tell anyone, but Jeb Bush was right). “Donald, you know, is great at the one-liners. But he’s a chaos candidate. And he’d be a chaos president. He would not be the commander-in-chief we need to keep our country safe,” Bush declared.
    abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bush-donald-trump-chaos-candidate-hed-chaos/story?id=35788736

    • benr May 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

      Jeb Bush what a pathetic candidate and President he would have made. It takes no discernment to see what Trumps game is he puts it out there with every twitter post.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

      No, Trump’s ideas were the right ones – he’s just not going thru with them. Jeb was all for Globalism, mass Hispanic Invasion by this superior race, etc.

      Remember Trump was for bringing all the troops home, staying out of Middle Eastern Wars, ending birthright citizenship, the Wall, etc. All gone.

      • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 2:06 am #

        Remembering is painful. I know we must remember so that we learn from our mistakes. But right now I am in a state where I just don’t want to think about it too much. I just wish we could get someone to actually do what Trump said he would do back in 2016….

        • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am #

          Here is the problem saying what it takes to get elected and then following through with those promises is often impossible.
          Just look at American politics through out history bitter nasty and rarely does one of the presidents actually put “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.“

  21. Robert White May 13, 2019 at 11:47 am #

    Great article today, JHK. Fully agree with the sentiment which is why America would be better off with Democratic or Green Party leadership rather than Republican. The repubs have just been far too arrogant this electoral round.

    The Duck is in far too deep to resurface with popular voter support on round two. Americans are NOT going to be willing to suffer for The Duck or his failing ego & histrionics run amok.

    Most Americans will want The Duck quietly placed in a rubber room pre-election. Trade talks will necessitate his removal from office faster than you can say hyper-inflation.

    RW

    • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      Trump keeps repeating over and over that China is paying billions to the U.S. treasury with the tariffs in place which is nonsense. China is not paying a dime, it is the American public which is paying the bill.

      It is just another tax on the public and start an inflationary spiral starting June 1.

  22. Elrond Hubbard May 13, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Saskatchewan man rips down, burns Nazi flag flying on house

    ctvnews.ca/canada/saskatchewan-man-rips-down-burns-nazi-flag-flying-on-house-1.4418595

    “A Saskatchewan man says he ripped down and burned a Nazi flag that was hanging on the roof of a house in the village of Kelliher.

    “Caleb Pelletier told CTV Regina that he decided to take down the red and black swastika flag after it became clear that ‘authorities weren’t going to.’

    “‘I believe it affected so many of our people,’ said Pelletier, who is from George Gordon First Nation.

    “On Friday, Kelliher Mayor Darcy King said that the man who hung the flag was a 34 year old who ‘never grew up’ and was living with his grandfather. King said he’d spoken with the man and he had promised to take it down.

    “RCMP Cpl. Rob King told The Canadian Press that police had spoken to the homeowner but nothing illegal had occurred.

    “Pelletier posted a video of the flag burning on Facebook.”

    • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      Anybody tear down the Hammer & Sickle flag yet? Or is it still flying proudly at Antifi rallies.

      • benr May 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        Saw them big as life out front of Sea world San Diego at a protest when the Blackfish hit piece came out.
        Was surprised to see people foolish enough to fly them.
        No one stomped the idiots flying them nor burned that hateful flag unlike the Antifa villains.

        • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

          Blackfish hit piece ????

          • benr May 15, 2019 at 10:52 am #

            Have you watched it?

    • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

      First they burn flags and books,then they burn people. Self-righteous left wing scum!

    • CancelMyCard May 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

      Canadians are the most fucked-up people on planet Earth.

      Just keep reading this idiot Elrond Hubbard.

      Go away from this US forum, and go back to your
      Trudeau-cocksucing useless country you came from

  23. Walter B May 13, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    You know Jim, this whole endgame has been setting up even as you and I were being born. The US secured a friendly relationship with China when we jumped in with both feet and aided them in their resistance to the invading Japanese hoard in WWII. Almost immediately after the war ended with our occupation of the islands, we and the Japanese became pretty close butt buddies, and today are the best of friends. Do you think the long memoried Chines have forgotten the Rape of Nanking? Does anyone really think that this fact was not noticed by China and that perhaps our quest for global dominance was somehow overlooked? If these is anyone who would doubt this, I would point to the millions upon millions of Chinese soldiers and equipment that America fought in Korea in the fifties and once again in Vietnam in the sixties.

    With the lesson of the impossibility of winning a land war in Asia finally learned, American businessmen were air dropped into Beijing to connive a slow economic assault, that I do believe has backfired. What do you think? American mass consumers have since bankrolled the expansion, economically, militarily, and infrastructurally facilitating the Chinese to expand their assets and influence all over the globe. Has the American manufacturing base that defeated the Axis powers in 1945 not gone the way of the Dodo bird?

    Is there is even one fool out there that thinks that the Chinese have developed and built anti-aircraft carrier destroying missiles as gifts to strengthen our friendship? Or that they are building more and more aircraft carriers so that we can play together happily in the Pacific Ocean? What do WE do with our carriers, make friends? Ya think the Chinese might do the same? Duh.

    It has been clear for a long time that the Chinese are working diligently to take over the top of the shitpile one day as the next dominant superpower and I do believe they are doing a bang up job of it. In fact, it is my opinion that one day in the not too distant future, they will not fire a single shot but will merely tell US(A) to “turn it over” and we will.

    Anybody out there still have any faith in the sellout scumbags in Washington DC that says they won’t comply? I hope not.

    • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      But, most assuredly, Americans will fight for the right for hateful Imams to conduct the invocation in the halls of US Congress. We believe in freedom.

      Brh

    • benr May 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      I read an interesting piece on how we used China to offset and attack Russia at one point but I can’t find it nor do I remember the exact details or timelines.

    • DEFCON1 May 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      Hard to think of anything funnier than Godless Heathen Commies taking over the world.

      • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        The Clinton Crime Cartel may be powerful indeed, but I don’t they can actually take over the whole world.

        • Nightowl May 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

          No? Here is some food for thought: I work for a very large international consulting firm. At one of our Europe-wide events, we had a speaker extolling the virtues of globalism the “new economic order.”

          They lit the entire room purple and served us purple champagne afterwards.

          The Clintonian Purple Revolution is a global effort.

          • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

            In 2018, Financial Times of London named George Soros ‘Man of the Year’. They’re not pulling any punches, the Globalists. Why should they?

            Brh

    • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

      The only reason the U.S. would need a military as big as we have is if there was another U.S. in the world.
      If not for our extreme militarism around the world Russia and China would not have spent as much on their defense.

      • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        An Army of less than 500,000 active duty soldiers is not that big. Grant had a larger army in 1865.

        Brh

        • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

          And a nzvy with 350 ships is pretty small too.

          • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

            Sure, and spending 1 1/4 Trillion a year on defense, actually offense, is not a lot of money either.

      • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:05 am #

        Do you think that money is being spent only on personnel and equipment?
        You lament about the US spending money on defense and yet we ARE ALL using something defense money was spent on a lil project called ARPANET!
        darpa.mil/about-us/darpa-history-and-timeline

        Have a go research is expensive.

        • James Hansen May 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

          The money spent nowadays on non weapon research is minuscule. I would like to see the U.S. spend the same amount of money as Russia, 60 billion a year.

          • benr May 15, 2019 at 10:53 am #

            Never going to happen.
            The politician that even suggested that would not last a month.

          • Majella May 15, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

            $60bn would barely touch the sides on the way through!

            As the perspicaious benr says, “the politician… wouldn’t last a month” and neither would the money.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      You think “our” businessmen went over there on a Patriotic mission – and not to make themselves filthy rich at our expense? Disagree in the strongest possible terms. Any slightly sane person could have forseen that giving China our infrastructure would ruin America as a nation. Thus any Plan beyond the acquisition of riches must have been Globalist in nature. And the ruin of America has been first on their agenda. And I admit, that is very strange thinking and may have been a mistake from their point of view. Or at least they’ve gone too far.

      Of course the Neo Con Globalists want a strong America in order to pursue Global dominance. The UN faction doesn’t, seeing our ruin as a gesture of good faith in pursuance of the Great Goal of the Global Shit Village.

      Agree about the Chinese. They have a clarity and and singleness of Vision that dwarfs that of “our” Globalists for the most part. We’re nobody’s friend, obviously. And the Founders said we shouldn’t be. But neither should we be anybody’s enemy. We were supposed to mind our own damn business. That we didn’t do and that nobody can deny.

      • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

        If you are addressing me Janos, I am not so sure that the business men were NOT sent for after all, would they not require government clearance to do what they would up doing? I would think so considering that communist China was not exactly a friend.

        As far as minding our own business, I wholeheartedly agree being an isolationist by nature. After all, we would not need a wall if our military was defending our borders instead of pillaging the Middle East would we?

        • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2019 at 12:27 am #

          I would say the Economic was all ready ascendant over the political. In other words, the Donor Class, the nascent Globalists began a new phase of their Power Drive and their errand boy Nixon went and did what he was told. He may have even thought it was his own idea, since the their ascendancy wasn’t as overt as it is now. But he was serving them nonetheless. Only a very deluded consciousness could have imagined that this would serve America. But yes, people lie to themselves about their real motives all the time.

    • Mountain gal May 13, 2019 at 10:46 pm #

      I agree Walter. I just think that every administration until now has been content to kick the can down the road in hopes that when TSHTF with China, it will be during someone else’s administration. Americans, in general, have been oblivious to what has been happening and are unaware of how much the US is now in hock to China. As well, as we’ve outsourced most of our production there, We have ceased to make most things here in the US. Can we even manufacture any electronics here in the US? I’m not talking TV’s but computers, cell phones and other useful items.

      China has been watching and waiting as our insatiable desire for cheap stuff abetted by our gluttony and laziness has allowed them to gain the upper hand over us. Most of us have just been too blissfully unaware of this while engaging in endless shopping orgies of useless plastic crap at Walmart.

      • Walter B May 14, 2019 at 12:01 am #

        Yes Mountain Gal, the Chinese are a very formidable competitor, and now that they have studied how the US has extended its influence/power across the globe and has emulated it, well we are in for tough times ahead. They remind me of the same overgrown termite colony society that was Japan before the second world war. Grow, grow, grow quietly and then expand quickly in search of resources and places that have sufficient supplies to fulfill their growing needs. They shall be a formidable enemy especially for a culture such as ours that has been coddled and spoon fed for so many generations now. It’s gonna get real.

        • Mountain gal May 14, 2019 at 8:24 am #

          Yet the Dems are fixated on Russia. As usual, we are always fighting the previous war.

          • benr May 15, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            Odd considering Obama made fun of Romney for suggesting Russia was a problem.

            youtube.com/watch?v=T1409sXBleg

            Could it be the real Russian collusion was our former resident in the Whitehouse?

            youtube.com/watch?v=AcGlqdBZIdM

            Might be that the newest look into the failed Trump collusion investigation will get into EXACTLY what details this POS was really talking about.

  24. K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    I subscribe to the White House Propaganda feed and this comes from the house of the golden one.

    President Trump is Right on China, and Now is the Time for Congress to Act

    “President Trump understands that now is the time to hold China to account. For far too long China has repeatedly threatened U.S. economic and national security interests. Finally, we have a president who is serious about getting tough on China and fighting for reciprocal trade deals,” Bradley Blakeman writes in Fox News.

    “In order to keep the pressure on China, now is the time for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to pass the trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, (USMCA). There is no doubt that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave it her green light it would pass the House.”

    This will not end well.

  25. Tate May 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

    “Colorado students walked out of an event billed as a vigil for Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old killed in a shooting at his school on Tuesday, when prominent speakers attempted to turn it into a rally for gun control. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado) each took a turn calling for gun control at the Douglas County event before students streamed out in protest.”

    thefederalist.com/2019/05/09/colorado-students-walk-out-of-school-shooting-vigil-after-it-turns-poli…

    • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

      Good find Tate.

      ‘Two suspects are in custody, one is an adult male and one a juvenile transgender femaleb who was in the transition process of becoming a male. Officers said that they initially thought the suspect was a male based on her appearance.

      Do we want the transition process cut short? Perhaps a deal with Nabisco and a tell-all book can finance the remainder of the process. But that won’t be necessary if tax money kicks in instead.

    • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

      Do we want the transition process cut short? Perhaps a deal with Nabisco and a tell-all book can finance the remainder of the process. But that won’t be necessary if tax money kicks in instead.

      It came out as part of the quote but it is me.

      • Tate May 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        Stock market down 2.38%. All your dreams crumble to dust.

  26. Soloview May 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    It’s clear that China has no interest keeping the U.S. economic wreck afloat long-term but I doubt Xi’s Politburo is ready to write off 20% of China’s exports in one fell swoop. It would mean a very deep recession in the country which is the last thing the leadership would want. They want to showcase stability to the enthusiastic One-Belt-One-Road audience. Most likely, Beijing will let the U.S. markets stew for a few months (which might not come with a steep price tag GDP-wise, as the economy has so far produced above the annual target), and then have new talks with Trump, who by that time will be saddled with much weaker economic numbers in addition to everything else.

    • volodya May 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      The only answer I can see for a way forward for China with minimal mayhem – economic and financial and otherwise – is to pay Chinese workers to buy the products they make, that is, create an internal market to replace exports to the US.

    • malthuss May 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      Fortune cookie ax ‘when’

      • volodya May 13, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

        Nobody knows when. You know you’ll die. You don’t know when. You know that if you visit bath-houses and don’t use a condom you’ll catch HIV but you don’t know when. You may catch an incurable strain of the clap which may make what’s left of your life miserable or even syph (an untreatable strain) that can even shorten your life. But the unknowable is when. You just know that if you do certain shit, certain shit will happen. But not when.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

          Sooner if you date Black women. But no doubt White whores will suffice. When are we going to regulate this? Turn America into Nevada Grande? Give every patron a Cowboy hat and a con-dom? Test the girls every month? Or are we going to have to go the sex robot plastic route? What about the health risks of all that plastic? In either case, “real girls” (100 doesn’t believe there are any) are going to have step up their game. The competition is a comin’.

          • San Jose May 13, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

            I don’t know if this is unique to San Jose or not…..but there sure are a lot of “foot spas” and massage parlors opening up around here, Most often, the front glass is darkened so you can’t see inside. (There is one next to the gym where I work out.) I think that they might be whore houses! There is no way that the population of San Jose is suddenly having massive problems with their feet.

            Law “enforcement” is a joke around here. I was very sad to lose about $400 worth of pottery with succulents stolen out of my front yard at night, just 10 days ago. These succulents were rare, given to me by my sister before she moved to Durango. I’ve never seen them for sale in a nursery. What kind of person steals plants! (Maybe someone was thinking “Hey its mother’s day soon, I should go out and steal something nice for her.”)

            Side note, the city doesn’t even plant anything new in the part of town called Little Siagon, because they plants get ripped off within days of planting.

            Question: Anyone out there also experiencing a massive influx of foot spas?

            Jen in San Jose

          • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

            Well Jen in San Jose, I attended a two hour information session given by Hunterdon County, New Jersey last Fall on the topic of human trafficking. The presenters were from CENTERFFS.org/SERV and spoke about the growing number of humans being trafficked for sex slavery (open borders) through nail parlors, massage parlors and the like as what you spoke of. Apparently it is no secret although the public is either unaware or are perhaps frequent customers. Only God knows for sure. And a law enforcement relative of mine who has just turned whistleblower recently has spoken out about the officers that frequent the local whorehouse in the town he works in so I would say that the sex business is alive and well and is probably pretty much everywhere.

          • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

            Here is the direct link to the Human Trafficking section of their site….

            centerffs.org/serv/human-trafficking-services

          • TPTB-USA May 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

            Walter B,

            Concerning the national news high profile cases where “victims” families have received significant compensation as a result of “wrongful” police shootings, do your relatives ever discuss the possibility that individuals are setting themselves up for failure?

            I also sense that some pedestrians, and drivers, are operating in this manner. Do they have any thoughts about this?

          • San Jose May 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

            Walter B.

            Thanks so much for the link.

            Jen

          • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

            Yes TP TB, they, we are all aware that the streetwise understand how to play the system for a payday and some even make careers out of it. Of course others screw up and become statistics, but the family members understand all too well that this can mean a payday for them. In the end, I do believe that all of us understand that it is the lawyers who play the corrupt system for the most profit, for it is they that have degraded it all far past usefulness, except of course for them.

            I am fortunate though, in that my friends and relatives also can discern the insider’s abuse of the system as well. They say that if it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it, but if it IS broke, and severely broken, perhaps we should simply abandon it. No?

          • TPTB-USA May 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

            “They say that if it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it, but if it IS broke, and severely broken, perhaps we should simply abandon it. No?”

            Like the tent cities/homeless issue, the migration issue, the polarization infecting DC and the country, etc., etc., etc., at this point there do not seem to be any good answers/solutions.

            In my neck of the woods, in the last 2 years, it has become blatant where drivers roll through, or flat-out run stop signs; and in 55mph areas (with few exceptions, the maximum speed limit in the state), I would estimate that many are traveling at 65 to 75 mph (these idiots don’t realize that they are setting themselves and/or others up for failure).

            Has law enforcement lost the ability to enforce the law? Or is it that disparity is an issue, where the cost of a ticket for the upper income group is the equivalent to the cost of a stick of gum for the common person, and they just figure the monthly speeding ticket statement is just a subscription to “support your local Sheriff”?

          • TPTB-USA May 14, 2019 at 10:06 am #

            “In the end, I do believe that all of us understand that it is the lawyers who play the corrupt system for the most profit, for it is they that have degraded it all far past usefulness, except of course for them.”

            Only taking Russia-gate into consideration, it is a no lose proposition for the lawyers!

            Jim constantly touches on this aspect, and after sleeping on it, this strikes me as a key element that needs to be fixed if there is any hope for our systems survival.

            What happened to the Smollett case? I may be dumb, but I am not stupid. If the court can’t present an equitable resolution, then in this public’s eyes, “there are no rules”! … and, DC fiddles, while Rome burns!

          • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:11 am #

            @san Jose

            San Diego is awash in said foot massage places.
            Most of them even fly red lights all day and night out front.
            They might be rub and tug joints but I suspect their real use is money laundering.

          • TPTB-USA May 16, 2019 at 9:16 am #

            Something to think about (a peek behind the curtain).

            Congress v Trump – Have They Destroyed the Constitution?
            armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/rule-of-law/congress-v-trump-have-the-destroyed-the-consti…

  27. malthuss May 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    Leftist Professor worries about the

    ‘looming disaster for EU towelheads.’

    Joan Wallach in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Lottie (née Tannenbaum) and Sam Wallach,

    youtube.com/watch?v=sYg0CzmwYUo&t=86s

    • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm #

      Somebody apparently burned down a Mosque outside New Haven the other night.

      My bet its an inside job.

      brh

      • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 12:14 am #

        inside job, eh?

      • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 12:26 am #

        Has to be. What kind of idiot would risk an arson and hate crime charge just to torch one of those crapholes? The ‘Congregation’ looks to be prison converts, with the Imam and a few other followers Arab transplants to give the joint an air of authenticity.

        brh

        • Q. Shtik May 14, 2019 at 1:34 am #

          What kind of idiot would risk an arson and hate crime charge just to torch one of those crapholes? – BRH

          ==============

          So, what is this then, an insurance scam, a case of ‘Muslim Lightning’?

          • hmuller May 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

            If 80% of the congregation have felony convictions, it might not be so crazy to start there.

  28. malthuss May 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    REVILO–Do ye lurk here?

  29. RocketDoc May 13, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    JHK argues the trend is Down — 180 degrees from up– but miniscule 1.3% growth might be indistinguishable from actual slow decline in today’s world..In any case, I have no doubt the Progress Myth is alive and well among the protected class and the great unwashed do not seem to have any spokesmen…
    .
    On a positive note–when I became a committed declinista in 2007 my youngest son was in 4th grade. He just graduated this weekend from university with high honors and is going to med school. I was sure things would fall apart before now BUT every town I visit is booming–including my own and the students are earnest and very smart accepting jobs at Bain Capital, Goldman-Sachs, Deloitte, and the like with no apparent awareness or parental concern about peak oil or the sixth extinction. I had a summa cum laude student ask me about my 70’s career as an international development assistance specialist because he wanted to go to Washington to “make a difference”. I left 40 years ago because no one seemed to understand the “growth” and “externalities” problem. I only imagine an “Ah-ha” moment when the perceptive say what has gone before will not be continuing…..I am celebrating the achievements even though I know education IS a racket and what can’t continue, won’t.

    • elysianfield May 13, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      “international development assistance specialist”

      Doc,

      I once read a book entitled, as I recall “The diary of an economic hit-man”…. It was not complementary to our International development specialists. Are you familiar with this book? It was very unsettling.

      • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

        And the videos as well…..

        youtube.com/watch?v=RVsB07CcSNw

      • RocketDoc May 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

        @EF- “complimentary”

        I have read this book and it addresses a big picture that I was not cognizant of at the time, being a very small, do-gooder kind of person. Is it true? Probably. His experience was how to make money in poor countries where there is not a lot of it and apparently he did so and was guilty about it. My(our?) interest was in making poor countries actually better off. We received our money from the Ford Foundation, USAID, and other non-profit contributors. We lobbied our US Congress for greater development assistance to poor countries for food, education, women’s empowerment, and health clinics. Not military assistance which was the bulk of our “help” at the time. My feeling then was that there was too much corruption both here and abroad to be effective. The essential injustice was inequality: India/China/Nigeria – PCI: (per capita income) $300/yr., Mexico/Taiwan/Iran -$2000/yr. The developed world -$20,000/yr. I determined that WE would have to sacrifice some of our standard of living to enable their “development”. It seemed politically “unlikely” with Reagan’s election. We also encouraged greater trade “openness” because poor countries needed the markets and could produce cheaper. That has had a bad effect on our working class.
        We actually supported “alternative development strategies” that MIGHT allow poor countries to become better off without necessarily following in our industrialization footsteps. Even then we had significant environmental concerns….
        There is a larger question of course. Was it an honest effort or a subterfuge? I sat at the Chase conference room table with David Rockefeller and Theodore Hesburgh in 1977 and despite what I heard at that meeting, there may have been a longer term underlying plan for making the world safe for “globalization”, a word that had not yet become current. My thinking at the time was pretty simple–we wanted to make where people lived better so they wouldn’t need to come here. Massive inequality is destabilizing. There were books by Richard J Barnett and others that criticized multinational corporations but there was not a solid awareness of transnationalism as a possible organizing principle in opposition to Nationalism. The EU did not exist, China was a “developing” country, and the Soviets were our nemesis. In the late 70’s communism seemed particularly ‘unworkable’ and hardly desirable. Given the choice in 1978 by a developing country immigrant, I thought 99% would prefer the USA to Russia. I doubt that ratio has fallen much despite 40 years of unbelievably stupid policy-making here…..

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

          But they wanted “them” to come here and drag us down into the Global Village shit. All White countries must sink into the mud. Not bug, feature.

          • RocketDoc May 13, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

            It seems axiomatic that minorities would prefer majority “dilution” to increase their opportunities. That is just politics. If everyone is a minority than there is no majority consensus of what being an American means. The late 70’s had an inflation problem not a recognized immigration problem until the Mariel boat lift. Immigration became an issue in 1986 when we politically decided that we would amnesty the problem. We have now done that several times…. I have informed my congressman and Senator that a country that cannot control it’s borders is not a country. For whatever dark reasons you can conjure, we have been politically unwilling to address the problem for 40+ years….

        • elysianfield May 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

          Doc,
          I, of course mid-identified the book…it is the “Confessions” rather than the diary. It occurred to me that the Chinese are doing exactly what the book described we did in the 70’s…build the infrastructure of 3rd world countries…the Chinese providing massive loans, usually unpayable, and employing Chinese companies and labor to repatriate the money through construction of dams, roads, etc. The US was given much leverage in the control of the debtor country’s politics…ditto the Chinese in today’s gambit, I would expect.

          • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            Good book.
            Eye opening in fact.
            What hit home for me was when he was talking about the young lady bathing in a polluted river.

  30. sanspeur May 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

    ITs funny you use the word trickster for POTUS. In many esoteric circles of late, I have heard that POTUS is the latest Heyoka spirit incarnated on the north american continent.

    “The heyoka (heyók?a, also spelled “haokah,” “heyokha”) is a kind of sacred clown in the culture of the Lakota people of the Great Plains of North America. The heyoka is a contrarian, jester, and satirist, who speaks, moves and reacts in an opposite fashion to the people around them. Only those having visions of the thunder beings of the west, the Wakí?ya?, and who are recognized as such by the community, can take on the ceremonial role of the heyoka.

    The Lakota medicine man, Black Elk, described himself as a heyoka, saying he had been visited as a child by the thunder beings.”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heyoka

    • Tate May 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      Described himself? And they believed him? Sounds not unlike giving yourself a nickname.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

      Are Heyokas always good? Doesn’t it depend on why they’re tricking people? Or which Thunder Beings perhaps?

      Neutrality is possible – just shocking people to use the energy of the shock for one’s own development. But that’s only Ok if the Culture allows for it. Gay Pride live sex shows on the street? Not Ok. Not now, not ever, nowhere. Bad Heyoka influence? As in demonic?

  31. JohnAZ May 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    Think about Chinese strategy. They have depended on us to be their consumer base for two generations. The trade balance has driven favorably towards them as more goods enter the US from the West Coast year to year. Trump is wise to the accumulation of increased imports from China and has basically stated that he wants us to build more of our stuff and import less. Hence, tariffs. Until the public accommodates to the new pricing, it will be politically painful. Cowardly presidents that just kow- towed to China made all this possible. Traitorous Liberals who want to bring down the US make this possible. China just sits there and watches us loading the guns to commit suicide with, laughing all the way

    Is China just waiting for us to shoot ourselves? Hell, no. They are developing a new set of trading partners in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. They are working their way in diplomatically and building huge infrastructure projects to put the Silk Road into the 21st century. When it becomes cheaper to ship goods through the heart of Asia than to the American west coast, China will pull the plug.

    If we are not prepared to build our own stuff by then, JHKs collapse may be China caused.

    Hey, do you think China is laughing it’s ass off at the Dems assault on Trump? And Russia getting the blame for being the bad guy. The Politico Americanus is so damned dumb it is scary. Yes, it is scary. Our enemy is to the West!

    Oh yeah. Let us not forget another Sino ploy. More destitute immigrants are entering the US illegally from China today than from Latin countries. How do you defeat a country without firing a shot? From within, through the ballot box.

    • volodya May 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      From within through the ballot box is one way. Buying politicians like cattle is another. Has anyone looked at Chinese-controlled companies making political contributions? What about funding for lobbyists? What about straight-out bribes? Or black-mail? Or extortion? Do we think the Chinese play fair? What are all those busy bees busy doing?

    • K-Dog May 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

      The ones I meet are far from destitute. They if anything give themselves away with bling. Yet need for such scrutiny to determine origin is moot. They have different personalities than native born. They can be spotted from the way they act right away.

      • JohnAZ May 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

        Canada has large influx from what I understand.

        On our Alaska cruise, about 80% of the folks on board were from California and I would estimate that 50% of those were Asian. My wife and I were really surprised. If California were to secede, it would be a battle between who would be in charge, Latinos or Asians. I know who I would put my money on. Washington and Oregon also.

        • dorn May 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

          Asian aristocracy with “Latin” peasantry sounds about right.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

            Like the Arch-Druid so desired.

  32. BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    It wouldn’t be long before the Chinese Elite Marines invited themselves in, landing in Baja, then making their way north. There’s a border wall near San Diego, but Chinese marine engineers would make short work of it.

    Brh

    • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Before being slaughtered by American militia, ex – military types and current military.

  33. BuckP May 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    “The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth.” – Sarte

    Maybe, we are still a democracy.
    Maybe, the Constituition is still in effect.
    Maybe, we are a nation ruled by laws.
    Maybe, Wall Street and the TBTF banks are not sovereign.
    Maybe, the petrodollar reserve currency will last forever.
    Maybe, the world will bow when we desire to steal their resources.
    Maybe, the Fed via ZIRP will keep the psedo-boom going forever
    Maybe, our markets and instituitions are not fraudulant.
    Maybe, we will all, oneday, have accss to affordable healthcare.
    Maybe, we will invest in infrastructure.
    Maybe, the MSM and government will quit lying.
    Maybe???
    Doubt it!

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false” -Former CIA Director Bill Casey.

    Maybe Ol’ Casey told the truth for once.
    Maybe!
    .

    • Walter B May 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

      So you believe his quote to be accurate Buck? Looks accurate to me….

      quora.com/profile/Barbara-Honegger

      Of course, we wouldn’t need proof anyway since we know these people and the fact that they live lies and profit from deception, don’t they?

      • BuckP May 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

        Hey Walter, quote seems accurate to me!
        I’m a big fan and admirer of Brabara Honegger. Her book, entitled “October Suprise” brilliantly exposed the Reagan campaign’s nefarious deal with Iran which delayed the release of the embassy hostages until after the 1980 election. They were released twenty minutes after the end of Reagan’s inagural address. Her 9/11 Truth expose proved beyond a reasonable doubt that a missile hit the Pentagon on 9/11 rather than Flight 77. So much for the official narrative! Truth- tellers, like her, are patriots, who risk their well-being and futures, trying to save the country for future generations.

        “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.
        —-George Orwell

        • elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 12:09 am #

          “Her 9/11 Truth expose proved beyond a reasonable doubt”

          Et Tu, Buck?

          • BuckP May 14, 2019 at 2:16 am #

            If our government lied about WMD’s in Iraq why wouldn’t they lie about everything else? kind of like Venezuela now.
            Without the performance of an investigation by the NTSB , which is required by law for all domestic aircraft accidents or crashes, and by the FBI with all evidence protected from alteration and removal, there is no way to know for sure what happened that horrible day. There has been a plethora of research done by very prominent, respected SME’s and muckrakers who have taken the official narrative to task. Chances of the official narrative being true are worse than the lotto.

            BTW, as an example, a paraffin test performed by the FBI after the JFK ssassination revealed no gunshot residue on Oswald’s cheek, therefore, he never filed a rifle. The FBI could not simulate the firing of a similar rifle without GSR on the cheek.

            Our education system is a lie. We are taught to conform, follow the herd and be obedient. Questioning authority, asking hard questions, thinking for yourself, and taking the road less traveled are not condoned by our masters.
            Be careful, however. We are not a free country anymore. Going against the grain can get one fired from their job or worse.Yes,there are worse things than being a so-called “conspiracy theorist” such as being a sheep.

            Where haveall the patriots gone, long time passing!

            Et tu elysian?

          • Nightowl May 16, 2019 at 2:58 am #

            Eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable. More interesting is to look at the flight path the plane is said to have taken. Pilots for Truth tried to recreate it on a simulator and not one professional pilot could do what that plane did. Furthermore, the actual plane was flown by a guy who couldn’t fly a Cessna (failed his flight training courses).

            It stinks to high heaven, even if you ignore the fact that they won’t show the public even ONE video of what hit the building.

        • benr May 14, 2019 at 10:37 am #

          I call bullshit!
          A missile did not hit the Pentagon I have physically spoken to a lady that saw the plane hit it was not I repeat not a missile but an Jet aircraft.

          • BuckP May 14, 2019 at 11:09 am #

            We’ll never know for sure! After 18 years, where are the confiscated (by the FBI) security tapes from the Pentagon and surroundinmg businesses showing the 9/11 attack? Why can’t the public see them? Planes (aluminum balloons) can’tgo through steel and concrete buildings. I call bullshit!!!!

          • benr May 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

            @Buckp

            I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy but this lady is not part of the system per se and if she says she saw a jet plane hit the pentagon then I believe her.

            Please educate yourself further.

            accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/weathermatrix/edu-tornadoes-p-1/3597

            Call bullshit all day long but you would be wrong.

          • BuckP May 14, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

            All those Pentagon emloyees smelling cordite in the air that morning. White hot explosion long after whatever hit the Pentagon. Small shards of wreckage on lawn. Laws of physics were broken that day but I should believe the government and the MSM because they never lie! isaac Newton be damned!
            Like how you pulled Conspiracy theory out of the hat. So original. Term coined by CIA to discourage bona fide critics of the Warren Commission. Really overused.
            Pentagon employee April Gallop with her infant son was in the path of the supposed,magic plane and said the room just exploded. Heck, Rumsfeld said it was amissile. He was probably a truth teller that day.
            Your entitled to your opinion, belief or dissonance.
            I studied physics in college. Forced to choose between Sir isaac or the lying government and MSM, I chose Isaac.
            To paraphrase Dick Gregory: once you put on the magic glasses and see things as they are, you can never take them off or give them to someone else.

            Question authority, think critically, seek the truth or don’t.
            Not sure we have a republic anymore, but don’t ever tell me what to think bub!

          • BuckP May 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

            Hey bullshit benr!
            I bet I’m more educated than your arrogant arse!

          • Q. Shtik May 14, 2019 at 10:38 pm #

            I bet I’m more educated than your arrogant arse! – BuckP

            =============

            Oh, Jesus, here we go: my daddy can beat up your daddy. My dick is bigger than yours.

          • BuckP May 14, 2019 at 11:07 pm #

            My apologies! Little on edge today. Live well and prosper!

          • benr May 15, 2019 at 11:29 am #

            @buckp

            Arrogant OK I can see how that came off as rather course possibly even rude.
            It should have said please look at the following link showing wind driven items buried impossible depths in trees and telephone poles? Hell even myth busters managed to get a piece of straw to stick into a telephone pole several inches.

            It was NOT a shot at your college education or even intelligence just that things traveling at 400+ miles an hour and smashing into something do unusual unbelievable things and add in this one was going as fast as it could under full thrust weighing in at over 169,000 pounds.

            Further having been in the military and having launched sm1 missiles no way in hell is a missle going to get all the way in and maneuver at that angle it would have hit more at the top so the missile theory does not stand up to even a small amount of common sense and scrutiny. Nor is one cruise missile large enough to punch that kind of payload. Just where was said missile shot from?
            Why did no one in the area not see it or HEAR it coming in?

            Nor would any US military person shoot a missile into the pentagon and it would take many people to fuel the aircraft, prep the missile and load it.

  34. Ol' Scratch May 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    Evidently, US foreign policy has now officially reverted to 6th grade.

    cnn.com/2019/05/13/politics/pompeo-russia-brussels/index.html

    Shortly following Pompeo’s meetings, US President Donald Trump warned that “it would be a very bad mistake” if Iran does anything.
    “If they do anything — I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything they will suffer greatly. We’ll see what happens with Iran,” Trump said in the Oval Office Monday.

    Trump later said that he’d be “ready to rumble” down by the bike racks as soon as school lets out. He quickly added, “I know what you’re up to Iran, getting detention everyday to wait me out, but me and Mikey [Pompeo] are on to your tricks. I’ll send Johnny-Boy [Bolton] in to drag your sorry ass out if I have to, and then we’re gonna POUND YOUR PUNK ASS! We’ll just see who’s a tough guy then!

    • James Hansen May 13, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

      I just saw pictures of one of the damaged ships, it must of hit the dock because it had a three foot dent in the stern. Pure idiocy to threaten another country with out even knowing what went on.

      • Majella May 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm #

        Pure Idiocy is precisely what we must expect from this clown-car sideshow.

    • hmuller May 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      Very funny. I can even picture Bolton in the 6th grade with that horrible mustache. Freaky. You could hide weapons of mass destruction in all that hair.

      • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 7:06 am #

        I can imagine the little demon bastard coming out of the womb of the hyena that birthed him with it.

    • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 7:02 am #

      The dogs of war continue to be stirred. Won’t be long now before they’ll be unleashed.

      foxnews.com/world/iran-middle-east-ship-explosions-assessment

      An American military team assessing blasts that damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday has blamed Iran or Iranian-backed proxies using explosive charges, a source told Fox News on Monday evening.

      Each ship had a 5-to-10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. A Norwegian-flagged vessel, two Saudi oil tankers and a bunkering tanker flagged in Sharjah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, all suffered similar damage Sunday.

      The UAE asked the U.S. to help investigate the damage, which Gulf officials have characterized as sabotage. UAE’s state media said Sunday there had been “no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels” and “no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.”

      The U.S. has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and America has moved additional ships and aircraft into the region.

      Trump expounded in his typical style: “My totally smoking hot girlfriend Israel – I call her Izzy – heard you running your mouth in the hall between class Iran! Talking all tough and shit about how you were gonna fuck with me and I ain’t shit. So don’t think I don’t know what’s going on you little bitch! I’m gonna put my foot SO far up your Persian ass…!”

      • elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

        Nick O Demus;

        google.com/search?source=hp&ei=zebaXL29O6uF0wKGoYuIBA&q=my+boyfriend%27s+back&oq=my+b…..10554…0.0..2.2368.10704.7-2j2j2……0….1..gws-wiz…..0.5UnVcZPg518

      • Q. Shtik May 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        Trump expounded in his typical style: “My totally smoking hot girlfriend Israel – Scratch

        ===========

        Am I to believe, based on the quote marks in that last paragraph, that these are the words of Trump verbatim? If not, please respond /sarc on.

      • Nightowl May 17, 2019 at 3:59 am #

        Trump just told his acting defense secretary (Shanahan) that he does not want war with Iran.

        Turn off MSM.

  35. Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    amren.com/news/2019/05/mette-frederiksen-the-anti-immigration-left-leader-set-to-win-power-in-denmar…

    But Left means pro-immigrant, right? Wrong – only when they’re Marxists. Too confusing? That’s why they use this vague term to begin with – to confuse the easily confused.

    Forget Left and Right. I put before you Life and Death. Nationalism or Globalism. Nationalism (call it Fascism, National Socialism or anything else) or Capitalism/Communism or any other economic philosophy of life (death). Man does not live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of the Father.

    • sauerkraut May 13, 2019 at 11:10 pm #

      You are making some astute observations today, Janos. Just don’t agree with your conclusions.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

        All dogs are mammals
        Fido is a dog
        Therefore Fido is not a mammal?

        If you accept my observations, the conclusions follow almost as closely.

    • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 7:09 am #

      Give me the Cliff’s Notes version of why you label everything bad “Marxist.” What’s Marx – a 19th century political economy philosopher of some renown – got to do with it? Serious question.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2019 at 11:34 pm #

        He took a good idea – Socialism – and made it into a system of bad ideas (Communism, Meta-Physical Materialism, hatred of Religion, hatred of Traditions, hatred of the Rich, etc), then weaponized it into a political movement to accomplish this evil Agenda – that goes far beyond the merely economic. Dip into Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward” by way of contrast. The latter is still Western Culture. Marx never was.

  36. RB May 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    I am just sick with worry. Where am I going to get this year’s Xmas decorations if China cuts us off? I don’t think I can bear the season without the neighborhood decorations contest. I mean my values are at stake here. I don’t give a damn if China is persecuting Christians, Uyghurs, citizens via social credit torture, reeducation camps. I just want my damn lights and blowup characters to make the holiday a little brighter. I’m an American dammit and I want my shit. I can overlook formica in baby formula and pet food that kills little Poopsie, but I have to have the lights and other stuff.

    I tell ya we have a crisis on our hands. I can only hope that some startup will start making the Xmas shit here. Maybe in Mississippi in some shit hole town. I can see it now, Americans making stuff right here at $15 an hour. I see a new beginning for the nation. I’m close to weeping over the very idea.

    Merry holidays folks.

    • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      That’s all right. We’ll be at war in the ME by then and the affordable oil will be cut off, so economic activity will be approximately zero and the commercial holidays will be effectively canceled. Who knows, Americans might even finally rediscover the long lost “Christmas spirit” again!

  37. Pucker May 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    Brexit….

    How Come Nigel Farage was able to cobble together a new political party, the Brexit Party, so quickly while “The Yanks” are still playing with their penises?

    “Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want
    So tell me what you want, what you really really want
    I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want
    So tell me what you want, what you really really want
    I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
    Really really wanna zigazig ha”.

    – Spice Girls.

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7018477/Poll-Brexit-Party-win-votes-Labour-Conservatives-COMBINED-Europ…

  38. Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

    NOW this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
    And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

    As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
    For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

    Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
    And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.

    The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
    Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.

    Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
    And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.

    When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
    Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.

    When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
    Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.

    The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
    Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.

    The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
    The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.

    If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
    Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.

    Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
    But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!

    If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
    Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

    The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
    And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.

    The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
    But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.

    Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
    Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.

    Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
    One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.

    Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
    He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.

    Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
    In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.

    Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
    But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!

    Law of the Jungle by Rudyard Kipling. A complete philosophy of National Socialism in a few lines. Have you washed from nose tip to tail tip today? Is this a threat? No, “just the Law. But yes, he who steals from the pack – “He dies”. And any pack or Nation, any wolf or man, any tribe or race who breaks Natural Law on a regular basis – they die. God is not mocked. And Nature working under Him, bats last.

    • Kafkaesque May 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

      Paul Volcker, author of the reverse Bretton Woods, now calls for its return, alas, w/o statesmen, sans its grip on banksters.
      See: Henry the IV, Pt 2, 5
      ‘.. the oldest sins in the newest kinds of ways… ‘

    • FincaInTheMountains May 13, 2019 at 8:03 pm #

      When Kipling was talking about the “white man’s burden”, he meant an Englishman and maybe a Scot, but definitely not the Yankees – people who used to put their feet on the table without removing their boots or shoes.

      Or worse, removing them.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

        Or going to foot clinics and not taking them off during service. Kipling was talking about White Men. That’s why he used the term, White Men. But of these he felt that the Anglo-Saxon was best. And America was still an Anglo-Saxon nation at that time. So you’re wrong, from the tip of your nose to the tip of your tail. Now go wash them.

      • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

        For years Kipling lived amongst us Yankees, outside Brattleboro, Vermont. His wife was from Brattleboro.

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy May 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

          That’s lower knowledge. Don’t use it to hide from the Law of the Pack. Knowledge of that is Knowledge indeed.

  39. Pucker May 13, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    With regard to the US – China trade negotiations, it seems that Xi Jinping has been using the Anti-Corruption purges and Cultural Revolution techniques for creating a Cult of Personality to excessively concentrate power in his hands. This may be re-manifesting bizarre Chinese-style political and social pathologies in China? In other words, the Chinese may have “Drunk the Koolaid” again such that a normal business negotiation may not be realistic?

    But what can you do?: They’re Mainland Chinese People….

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=F6xpKqrytDI

  40. FincaInTheMountains May 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

    March 30, 2008
    Bridge-building Vladimir Putin wants tunnel to US

    The 64-mile tunnel would run under the Bering Strait between Chukotka, in the Russian far east, and Alaska; the cost is estimated at ?33 billion. Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club and governor of Chukotka, has invested ?80m in the world’s largest drill but so far has denied that it is linked with the bridge development.

    It was mentioned earlier that only infrastructure projects of planetary scale can absorb the present volume of US dollars and prevent world wide economic crisis, caused by it’s inability to perform as a world reserve currency. But this kind of projects require close cooperation of US and Russia, impossible if hostility between this states will continue.

    nidras.org/

    In my opinion, the main cause of the global economic crisis is overproduction of US dollars and the only way to remove this crisis in a relatively peaceful way is to implement infrastructure projects on a planetary scale, of which the most easily implemented is the construction of a high-speed transcontinental railway from the South Korean port of Masan through North Korea and Russia, to Berlin, Paris and London.

    Of course, the emergence of such a railway means big losses for banks that insure sea transportation, and the emergence of a unified Korea that combines the technological development of South Korea with the nuclear and rocket production potential of North Korea can frighten not only Japan.

    But on the other hand, an infrastructure that will appear around such a road, which will absorb a couple of tens of trillions of dollars, which may well direct the development of the world economy on a different course.

    • BackRowHeckler May 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

      I don’t know Finca, you’re talking about thousands of men working in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. I don’t think that tunnel is going to get built.

      I have this book by George Kennan, the original George Kennan, not the diplomat of the 30s and 40s (his uncle), a telegraph operator who left his Civil War regiment in 1862 and signed on with an expedition to build a telegraph system from NYC, up thru Canada, into Alaska, across the Bering Strait, into Siberia, across Russia, into eastern Europe, and finally into western Europe and Great Britain. They made it into Siberia but after about 4 years and millions of dollars had to give it up because working conditions were so rough there. The whole project became moot anyway when a guy from Stockbridge Mass. figured out how to lay a trans Atlantic cable from NY to London.

      I doubt Siberia is any easier to work in in 2019 than it was in 1864, Climate Change not withstanding.

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains May 14, 2019 at 7:19 am #

        We choose to go to the moon.

        We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

        John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    • hmuller May 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

      Fincaln,

      You reminded me of a movie titled “Snowpiercer” about a high speed train which runs all over the planet (both hemispheres) never stopping. It carries the remnants of humanity after chem-trails brought about an ice age which wiped out human civilization. ( I think there’s a bridge between Alaska and Siberia)

      The train has an endless power source, grows its own food, and functions as a self-contained world. There is a rigid class structure – lower classes in the back cars. Lots of guards to enforce a very brutal, oppressive regime. Of course, it’s a metaphor for the world we are moving towards. Worth a look.

      • K-Dog May 15, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        It does not end well.

        Snowpiercer reminds me of this place. The machine keeps printing out new comments and keeps on rushing down the silver rails. What is that up ahead? Oh, it is the frozen dog. He tried to escape the train years ago but did not get far.

        How long will it go on? Not forever. Nothing lasts forever.

      • Majella May 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

        Snowpiercer as sequel to Willie Wonka?

        youtube.com/watch?v=jEX52h1TvuA

        • hmuller May 16, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

          I watched that video, It was brilliant. No, I don’t think Snowpiercer was intentionally a sequel to Willie Wonka, but the parallels are amazing.

  41. KesaAnna May 13, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

    ” Also please point to a nation in which Biblical law is directly incorporated into the national constitution. ”

    ” Biblical ” , and , ” directly ? Well ; No.

    The likes of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson could hardly invoke a Church authority directly , being Protestants .

    And one of the basic premises of that being something like , ” Church bad , every Tom , Dick , and Harry , their own Magisterium , good . ”

    Not really workable that , and they knew it.

    But then they really didn’t invent anything new either , or even particularly innovate.

    ” All men are equal ( before , or in relation to , God. ) ”

    They just left out the important part.

    So much for inventions or innovations.

    The very idea of human rights , or notions like that using your neighbors wife as a whore , or beating someone to death for jollies , might be a bad thing ,

    rest squarely and solely on the notion that the origins of man are divine.

    Or , to put that another way ; While humans themselves may not be gods , they are RELATIVES of God.

    If a man abuses your son , though not you , do you take it then that he has not abused you ?

    No , who attacks your son attacks you.

    So it goes .

    Of course , if you absolutely , positively cannot stand all of this theological hocus – pocus , then we could just as well say the same thing in a more oblique and nebulous way ;

    The very idea of human rights

    rest squarely and solely on the notion that man is ….err ….special.

    Err……”special” as in more special than dogs , or cows , or cockroaches. More special than roses or lilies , more special than your car or your baseball card collection .

    Of course it seems to me this is no refinement , but a bowdlerization.

    A coarsening , not a refinement.

    Let’s look at the development of things in a rather more dry and chronological way ;

    Well , oops , in that regard the American Revolution isn’t of much help. It is unfortunately rather opaque. ( But then you might prefer that anyway ? )

    It is an open question what sort of Christians Benjamin Franklin , or Thomas Jefferson , for example , might have been.

    If , indeed , they were Christians at all.

    But the English revolutionaries were quiet familiar to them , if not to us . Indeed , the English Revolutionaries were their heroes and their role models.

    And the English revolution is anything but opaque in that regard.

    Things are rather unavoidably blatant , and on both sides too !

    BOTH Oliver Cromwell and Charles I were unabashed religious zealots. Jeez , they were the type that cannot decide on tea or coffee without the decision having a religious rationale.

    And certainly such was the case in their politics.

    Where is the Bible in Anglo – American law ?

    Well , read Charles I ( sort of ) defense at his trial.

    And know that he was absolutely serious. ( He already knew they were going to chop off his head , but he said such things anyway. )

    Or read pretty much any damn thing Oliver Cromwell ever wrote.

    Ok , well that was 300 fucking years ago , and three out of four white Americans aren’t even of UK origin anyway —

    How many people are capitalists and communists willing to burn at the stake for their presumably non -religious ideals ?

    Oops , excuse me , they don’t burn people at the stake ;

    They destroy people much more efficiently ! ^-^

    And that’s , ” Non – religious ” for you.

    As I have said before , of course these moderns want to avoid the religious label like the plague.

    Because once you start to make that comparison , then , in say comparison to the crudest and bloodiest animism for example , it might begin to look a lot worse in comparison , not better.

    Or , at least as I said , not clearer , not more refined , but muddier , grayer .

    No , the Bible isn’t directly applied in Anglo – American law.

    It is only and merely the origin of anything coherent , or basically worth a shit , in that law.

    • Well well well, looks like we got a live one here

    • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you Kesa. That makes a lot of sense to me. I thought that Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were deists. So not really Christians in any real sense but certainly immersed in a Christian culture as religious practice was much more integrated into daily life during the course of their time here on planet earth. Since the deists and freemasons set up the government and constitution rather than the puritans we find ourselves in a highly secularized culture. If the original puritans were responsible for the establishment of our constitution I believe that America would be very different today. I am sure most people would believe such an America would be a horrible place. But look at things as they are now. You are right too that the secularists “burn people at the stake”. And yes, their destruction is more efficient as they are capable of destroying the mind as well as the body.

  42. KesaAnna May 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

    ” Are the moral lessons of the WWII completely washed away?

    That is why from my point of view, the most important ideological battle of our time is the battle for the recognition of the war against Hitler Germany as a Christian Holy war, that is, the war against an attempt to build hell on Earth. ”

    Well ……yes , and no.

    Yes —

    whether German , Russian , American — err , I don’t know about those Brits , anyone’s a fool who takes anything they say or do without a large pinch of salt —

    No doubt the bulk of those who suffered and sacrificed , got their head blown off , and actually never even gave a thought to any prospective G. I . Bill , were religious types.

    But No —

    It was Social Darwinists fighting Social Darwinists and every party to the fighting , from the Japanese to the Bulgarians , financed by Social Darwinist arms dealers.

    And , well , to put it another way , the ideas that prevailed in the war were the very worst parts of National Socialism.

    Have you really been to America ?

    What was worst in Hitler’s heart won over the Americans completely.

  43. JohnAZ May 14, 2019 at 1:32 am #

    Two items tonight

    Barr has appointed and investigator named John Durham to investigate the Steele dossier and the FISA startup of the FBI investigations that led up to Muellers hoax.

    Rosenstein is firing shots back at super patriot Comey. Could Rosenstein be the John Dean of this situation and bust open the corruption of the DOJ for the last two or three presidents.

    Interesting times approaching.

    • Mountain gal May 14, 2019 at 8:29 am #

      Yep. Excited to see that. Will see……….

    • Nightowl May 17, 2019 at 4:04 am #

      Advance copies of the IG report were distributed to those involved, which may explain Comey’s media blitz.

      Furthermore, in international news, Salvini just dumped 6 Italian deputy intel heads thought to be connected to Brennan and the Papa setup.

      It’s on.

  44. Pucker May 14, 2019 at 3:06 am #

    Because of his White Privilege, one of his ancestors was kidnapped off the coast of New England and gang pressed into the British Royal Navy and then over a period of 3 years Gang sodomized and whipped by sailors drunk on grog. Being a white person in the New World has always been a fuck’n Bowl-of-Cherries….

    Dumb Fucker’s are totally ignorant of History.

  45. Pucker May 14, 2019 at 4:33 am #

    I’m going to have a few hundred posters of Woody Allen and Bill Cosby with the Logo #MeToo printed up in China.

    “But you know I, I should be the poster boy for the Me Too movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one—big ones, famous ones, ones starting out—have ever ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.”

    Woody Allen

  46. 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 8:16 am #

    “Even the profoundly flawed sometimes strangely find themselves on the hero’s journey.”

    Like this one, reported in the Times:

    “White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War

    The plans envision sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack U.S. forces or accelerate nuclear weapons work, officials said.”

    If you are now a member, or considering joining, the US Military you are not a hero. You are an ignorant simpleton who deserves his or her fate. If the future you envision is one where you and your country is lead to death and destruction by a crazed mustachioed neocon determined to use the blood and debt-fueled treasure of the United States for Israeli right-wing zealots, you deserve every horror coming your way.

    He is certainly a golem. Look at his cabinet. Look who supports him.
    The unlikely figures speaking out for him. This golem is on a hero’s journey all right, but not for you and yours.

    • Mountain gal May 14, 2019 at 8:31 am #

      I think pretty much the US is looking out for our oil supply. As Iran has plans for the entire ME which would include taking over the countries that comprise it and thus, much of our oil supply, the US has a problem with that. It has zero to do with “Israeli right-wing zealots” as you put it.

    • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 9:35 am #

      All of your criticisms are understood but just to be clear. No matter what the US does one way or the other Iran is likely to be very belligerent in regards to it’s own expansion and colonization of the entire Middle East. Have you read anything about the Shia sect of Islam and their particular beliefs in the coming Mahdi? The Shia believe that they must initiate massive worldwide destruction and chaos in order to bring about the appearance of the Mahdi. What better way to start chaos then openly attacking nations perceived as Dar al-Harb. And what better way of attempting to pull Sunni Muslims onto their side by attacking Israel or the interests of the US? This is respected by Muslims regardless of sectarian persuasion because it is an attack on infidels. All of this to say….it takes two to tango…

    • ozone May 14, 2019 at 9:52 am #

      “…officials said.”

      Isn’t it interesting that for some time now, spokespersons for military actions eschew identifying themselves? Aside from megalomaniacs like Bolton and Pompeo, it seems they fear future “repercussions”.

    • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 9:59 am #

      Ok Avatar, the time may have arrived to choose sides, your own country, or the enemy.

      You seem to have picked the enemy.

      Duly note.

      Brh

      • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        Laughably simplistic and spoken like a true “patriot.” Which country? The one run from NYC and DC for the benefit of an elite few by a handful of Zionist whack jobs, or the one the rest of us live in? Likewise which enemy? The ones they sell us like so much laundry detergent whenever they need to generate some more funding for the MICC, or the ones who have already infiltrated our borders and now own or are foreclosing on everything of worth?

        Declaring war would be an altogether good thing and I’ll rejoice when we finally do it. It will be a genuine peoples war and it will be full scale and unrelenting on the NE corridor from DC to Boston and it will not be done until the entire war-mongering Globalist Zionist Corporate Capitalist scourge that afflicts us is completely stamped out. Until that happens, all the rest is just so much smoke and mirrors.

        So, return volley. Which side are you on? America or the Zionists?

        • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 10:39 am #

          Right, blame Israel, a country of less than 10 million people, and an ally with the US, for the geo political tensions in the world.

          If it comes down to Israel and Iran, I think I I would side with Israel, Scratch.

          Brh

          • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 11:16 am #

            Allies are important.

            Lend a bed, lend an army. lend millions:

            “Jared Kushner accompanied President Trump, his father-in-law, on the pair’s first diplomatic trip to Israel, part of Mr. Kushner’s White House assignment to achieve peace in the Middle East.

            Shortly before, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, an insurer that is one of Israel’s largest financial institutions, according to a Menora executive.

            Netanyahu has long been a friend of the Kushners, and particularly Jared’s dad, Charles Kushner, a major donor to pro-Israel and Jewish causes. One time, Kantor reports – she doesn’t specify when – Jared gave up his bed and moved to the basement so Netanyahu could spend the night at their home in Livingston, New Jersey.”

            And of course allies need support. Like infrastructure. Never mind our country’s infrastructure failings, friends and guests should come first:

            “U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin praised investment opportunities in Israel and said Washington would increase its participation in infrastructure projects there.

            “We have a very important relationship with Israel. This is really a great place for investments, particularly technology investments,” Mnuchin, launching a Middle East tour, told reporters in Jerusalem.

            “We are going to make sure we do more infrastructure investments here,” he added, without elaborating, in remarks alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

          • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

            why is a part of total sum of humanity [10-50 million of 7 billion] so
            rich
            powerful
            obnoxious??

            why is a land the size of 1/10 or 1/100th of Texas so
            in the news
            important
            funded by USA?

      • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 10:48 am #

        I recently read a post here where someone lamented the hijacking of the board by rightwing types.

        So let us get into the details of the right-wing people one should worry about.

        Is it those labeled right-wing for resisting the Democrat driven Russia collusion narrative?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for not voting for Hilary? Voting for Trump?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for posting generally racist, xenophobic, antisemitic, and misogynistic comments?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for resisting, or not embracing the trans zeitgeist?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for their harsh opinions against the culture and PC wars?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for their desire for an orderly and lawful immigration system? For having effectively managed borders?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for resisting another call to war in the middle east?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for not believing in yet another middle-eastern bogeyman? For embracing it?

        Is it those labeled right-wing that want a future free from foreign wars, armed interventions, and American imperialism? Or those that desire this?

        Is it those labeled right-wing for having any opinion different than your own?

        When the uninformed argue with the misinformed, why choose a side?

        • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 11:03 am #

          What imperialism? Puerto Rico? American Samoa? Virgin Islands? Some empire. What’s happening in the ME right now has nothing to do with Israel and a lot to do with oil markets.

          And if Israel is in the picture, how is it any different from aiding France — another ally — in 1918, 1944, and 1954?

          Brh

          • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 11:30 am #

            As such a poorly thought-out and factually deprived response it deserves no further commenting.

          • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

            1000? military bases?

            bombs killing millions, in 20-21st century.

            Why was USA fighting in WW1?

        • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

          Not sure what you mean.
          I dont love Israel and Zionism.

          Is it those labeled right-wing for having any opinion different than your own?
          satire?

          • Mountain gal May 14, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

            In response to your question, Israel is in the news so much as the NYT, WAPO, CNN and it’s leftist ilk is obsessed with it; not in a good way alas. And I can assure you that the ONLY country in the ME that has the back of the US is Israel. There are many who hate us in the ME and around the world and it’s NOT due to Israel. Islamists despise western culture and the west and want to destroy it.They wish to either force everyone to convert to their form of Islam or be killed. Not sure what you don’t understand about that. And I DO love Israel and Zionism.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2019 at 1:28 am #

            As the late great Joe Sobran said, “We’d be thrilled with dual loyalty.”

    • James Hansen May 14, 2019 at 10:07 am #

      It is hard for me to believe that Russia and China will let Iran become another Iraq, they have to draw a line in the sand at some point. They cannot let every country that is a friend become destroyed.

      We cannot win in a ground war against Iran and our navy is a sitting duck with all the new missile technologies so the only option is nuclear.

      Russia is sitting in the catbirds seat with their hypersonic gliders so unless we want a Jim Jones event the military has to back down.

      • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        I don’t think we should be getting into any kind of conflict with Iran. Yes American politicians have demonstrated they are cravenly blood thirsty. But do bare in mind as I said above, the Iranian ruling mullahs are a very bloodthirsty bunch too. They are likely to eventually provoke a conflict either way. We would do best by developing our own super weapons for that coming day and getting prepared. They will go big when they do something. Think EMP….

        • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 10:23 am #

          On the other hand, it will be the best thing that can happen to us in the long run. Greer’s Twilight’s Last Gleaming lays it our pretty well. The Federal Leviathan’s long overdue breakup might well be at hand as we speak.

          • AKlein May 14, 2019 at 10:43 am #

            On December 26, 1991, the Soviet people woke up to find that the great and powerful Soviet Union was no more – and that 70 years of wars, gulags, pogroms, purges, show trials, assassinations, famines, Holodomors, extreme deprivation, and strident propaganda had come to a bitter, ignominious finale. Their “leaders” and their populace had not bargained for that during the heyday of their empire when the future seemed to be theirs. That winter morning it was over, with a whimper, not a roar. So, the question is, does a December 26th await us? Or, worse, will our “leaders” opt for kicking over the chessboard. At least the Soviets had the decency to not blow up the world.

      • elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

        “We cannot win in a ground war against Iran and our navy is a sitting duck with all the new missile technologies so the only option is nuclear.

        Russia is sitting in the catbirds seat with their hypersonic gliders so unless we want a Jim Jones event the military has to back down.

        James,
        …According to current wisdom found on the internets….

        • James Hansen May 14, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

          You disagree?

          • elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

            James,
            I really do not know, the DOD does not confide in me. The Trillions spent on Defense since our last soiree in 1991 (guided bombs, stealth aircraft) might show that the planners have a few tricks up their sleeves? I do not dismiss the abilities of our opponent of the month, and neither should we dismiss the US war fighting ability, whatever it might currently be.

            The planners, however, can be counted on to be anything but stupid, and to put a 500+ Billion dollar carrier group in harm’s way? We do not need a carrier loss to start a war…a he said/she said occurrence seems sufficient today. Give ’em credit….

  47. FincaInTheMountains May 14, 2019 at 8:17 am #

    Regarding Pompeo’s visit to Sochi: “I say as a mother, as a woman, I urge you to answer!”

    Lately, I’m not trying to keep track of even the major events taking place in the world, as the history went into a gallop and the number of these events has increased so much that I’m just physically unable to analyze them all.

    And in order to choose, you must first read about them, and not one article, but three or four, covering these events from different points of view. In general, most of the time is spent on viewing the headers and storing links for analysis in calmer times.

    But Pompeo’s visit is not just a major event – its size is a controversial issue, unlike the issue of influence of size on world politics in the era of Hillary Clinton.

    Pompeo’s visit to Sochi is an occasion and an opportunity to look at the balance of power that has arisen after the Big Bargain between Trump and Bushes.

    And in order to understand what opens as a result of this peeking into the keyhole of the Trump’s cabinet, we must first recall the United States representative to the UN Nikki Haley, who at official meetings always picked a fight with the representative of Russia Nebenzey, but kissing with him on the sidelines.

    And in general, they were friends with their families, which Nebenzey himself told about after journalists confronted her with questions, puzzled by this phenomenon that made Nikki Haley leave her post, which suited her perfectly.

    The answer to this is very simple, if you believe your humble servant, who saw with his own eyes the press conference of Nikki Haley, at which journalists had already harassed her with questions about the meeting between Putin and Trump, in particular the question of why Trump did not make claims to Putin about the Russian interference into American elections and civil war in Ukraine.

    And Nikki Haley answered them:

    “And why do you need him to ask these questions to Putin, if I ask them to him, exposing Putin from the UN podium! And from that podium calling him for an answer!”

    Well, now you understand the role of Pompeo in the Trump’s cabinet?

    • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 9:24 am #

      Do you think there will ever come a time when you feel like Hillary Clinton is finally old news? To this point the Clinton crime family, like others, have escaped justice. She could make it to the grave without suffering nary a consequence for her actions in this world. The Swamp circled the wagons to protect her. Even Trump said he didn’t want to hurt the Clinton’s. So clearly their money and influence will keep them safe from an earthly judgement so it appears. I don’t like hearing about big bargains. When bargains and people in power are mentioned in the same sentence it typically means that a lot of little people just got ripped off.

      • Ol' Scratch May 14, 2019 at 10:05 am #

        The Clintons are WAY too well connected. Prosecuting them would open up the mother of all hornet’s nests, so they will never be touched. Same with Obama, Cheney, the Bushes, and that entire gang of criminals as well. They’re all “made,” and thus untouchable.

        • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 10:13 am #

          I believe you are correct Ol’ Scratch. The only thing that can change it is getting a “new Sheriff in town”. At this juncture that seems like a distant hope. But they do say that reality is stranger than fiction. So I can’t give up hope even though I know many have.

          • Majella May 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

            Yeah, you already gave us a ‘new sheriff’, SSL, and what a loser he’s turned out to be.

            The only possibility to get a ‘new sheriff’ – one who could & would actually LIVE and ACT by principles that include speaking truth to power (the elite/deep state/1%ers…whatever demonizing label you choose to apply to TPTB) and to seek justice for all – regardless of political persuasion – is the Progressive Left as embodied by Bernie Sanders.

            A Sanders Administration could be as transformative as FDR’s was in 1933 – he’d actually DELIVER on the empty promises of the GGG – universal medical care, a fair tax system, infrastructure investment, clearing out of dark money & lobbyists in political campaigning, incentives to attract industry & living wages back (rather than this BS ‘tariff’ imposition, which is a tax on the US consumer, no more, no less).

            It’s ironic that in 2016 both Trump & Sanders were talking to the SAME electorate and enunciating virtually the same points. Thanks, DNC. We got Trump instead of Bernie.

          • Nightowl May 17, 2019 at 4:10 am #

            Bernie Sanders was robbed by his own party and then sold out to the ultimate corpratist pig.

            Glad to see a prog finally admitting that Trump and Bernie were quite similar, with the exception that Bernie is a fraud.

      • JohnAZ May 14, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        Never! The Clinton’s source of power is derived from international sources, look for them to emigrate if John Durham’s investigation take off. These people are evil, along with the other power driven elements of the Left. And they are ubiquitous. They almost had this country in their pockets. Maybe the Russian interest at beating the Clintons and their minions is directed at their own self defense as if the globalists go after us and win, Russia is next.

        Ironic, isn’t it, that we may be a protective front for Russia? Russia will not put up with the BS generated by the the globalists in the US.

        • FincaInTheMountains May 14, 2019 at 11:34 am #

          The closest to the Truth as far as I could tell.

          In fact, I am convinced that Hillary Clintont is an agent of EU, aka the Fourth Reich, in the US.

          That is why she doesn’t really care is US were destroyed, even by nuclear fire.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 14, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      Hillary Clinton is a figure of Historic, I would even say Biblical, proportions.

      And the image in Bible that suits her best is the Babylonian Whore.

  48. Pucker May 14, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    NEGR. O

    No Exceptions To God’s Rules

    Many people think they deserve to be exempted from certain rules, regulations and even laws; but there are no exceptions made for anyone when it comes to God’s Word.

    With music by: Joshoua and Corinthia Bell, The Cathedral Boys, The Cathedral Trio, The Singing Men’s Quartet

    Aired the week of: May 12, 2019

  49. MrMangoOnMyShoulder May 14, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I had to look up obloquy.

    • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 9:53 am #

      This must be an intentional summoning of the Q :-).

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder May 14, 2019 at 9:55 am #

        A la the fnords?

  50. messianicdruid May 14, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Farmer McGregor asked, “Are you aware of where (how, by whom) dispensationalism originated?”

    The Scofield Six had a hand in some of it but Darby was the one who came up with the theory of dispensations to be able to misinterpret pieces of prophecy. Misidentify a few of the players and change a few definitions, piece of cake. One [ or more ] of the six recognized a way to use it politically to fund his agendas.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

      Never heard this before. Got a link? And/or do you dare to enunciate the six names? Are they those special names?

      • messianicdruid May 14, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

        “In the early years of Zionism, Scofield was preaching his doctrine of the Postponed Kingdom, in which a Jewish Kingdom would rule the world. He had adopted John Darby’s idea that Christ would rule from the old Jerusalem in a Jewish setting, and hence, they believed it necessary for the Jews to establish a Jewish state in Palestine.

        This caught the attention of certain powerful Jews, and so Scofield was contacted by Samuel Untermeyer, a prominent Jewish lawyer who was one of the framers of the Federal Reserve Act.

        “He took an active part in preparing the Federal Reserve Bank law, the Clayton bill, the Federal Trade Commission bill, and other legislation curbing trusts.”

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Untermyer

        Untermeyer was not a Christian, but he found Scofield to be very useful in the Jewish plans for a state of Israel. He introduced Scofield to many Zionists and financed “research” trips to Oxford. As chairman of the Lotos Club in New York, an exclusive club for journalists, Untermeyer recommended that Scofield be admitted as a member, and the same Club also provided him with free living quarters to support his writing of the “Scofield Bible.”

        The marginal notes of the Scofield Bible set forth his brand of Dispensationalist theology. With his views being placed in a Bible, it had an incredible psychological effect upon Christians, for they were unable to separate Scofield’s views from Scripture itself. Eventually, even the term “Dispensationalism” was dropped from Church vocabularies, because it was no longer simply a viewpoint–it became the mainstream Christian viewpoint among Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatics.

        The view set in stone the idea that the Jews were Israel and that the Jewish state was the fulfillment of Bible prophecy of the regathering of the ancient House of Israel. Biblical history showed the Israelites to be the 10 tribes of the Northern House of Israel, who were deported to Assyria and “lost.” But Scofield identified the Jews as Israelites.“

        gods-kingdom-ministries.net/daily-weblogs/2011/10-2011/the-scofield-factor-part-1/

        • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2019 at 12:55 am #

          Thanks. Plans within plans and wheels within wheels. Their time horizon is longer than ours. That’s one result of being part of an ancient People and not just an “individual” like Americans are. It’s just psychological poverty.

          • Q. Shtik May 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            Their time horizon is longer than ours. That’s one result of being part of an ancient People – Janos

            ==========

            It is becoming quite evident that you are jealous of the Jews.

  51. SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    While ALL of our leaders dither in the midst of a real and massive invasion there are Real Patriots attempting to do everything they can within the law to hinder the invaders. These patriots should be memorialized! And their hands should be untied. They should be deputized and allowed to round up the invaders. Mexico should be forced to take them back. Oh if we only had real Leaders!!!!! The law as it is enforces the invasion and the sentence is our destruction.

    theamericanmirror.com/armed-patriots-vow-continued-patrols-as-monthly-border-crossings-reach-100000/

    • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      This is what happens when govt won’t enforce the law and protect Americans, the main reason for its existence to begin with. Patriots will step up, the kind you describe at the border.

      Brh

      • SoftStarLight May 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

        I hope so Brh. It looks like the government is doing everything it can to prevent citizens from taking action. Yet, they refuse to do the job and the military refuses to protect the border. We know that a huge majority of Americans want the border situation under control so it can’t be any clearer that we are not a government of the people for the people and by the people. Even the dimmest and dumbest among us see it. It’s only a matter of time before a large mass of people start questioning why they pay taxes anymore.

        • Majella May 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

          SSL: “.and the military refuses to protect the border. We know that a huge majority of Americans want the border situation under control …”

          Huh?

          1) when did (and where is it documented that) the military refuse an order to protect the border?; and

          2) where is this ‘huge majority of Americans want the border situation under control’ survey result?

          Not everybody has drunk the Kool-Aid that there’s a ‘crisis on the border’ – at least, that it’s particularly worse in recent times than earlier.

          Also, what does having ‘the border situation under control’ mean? To you it means a wall, undisciplined armed militia, the army (with tanks, no doubt, and live rounds to drive back the hordes of destitutes (your own ‘deplorables’ no doubt).

    • Majella May 15, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

      SSL: “Oh if we only had real Leaders!!!!!”

      Why do you so often read like you’re having an attack of “The Vapours”?

      As well, to endorse & encourage vigilantism is a very serious mistake, SSL. How would you feel if unsanctioned informal bands of armed ‘randoms’ had YOU and yours in their sights for some purported misdemeanor?

  52. BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Coldest temps recorded in NE for this date since mid 1940s. Snow in northern Berkshires.

    Brh

    • JohnAZ May 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      How are the AGW folks going to explain a downside from the heat plateau of the past few years. Easy, ignore it like they ignore everything else.

      Deblasio threatening Trump, what a joke. Of all the Liberal loonies, this guy is no. 1. The leader of the NE corridor along with Andy Cuomo. As the power shifts to the big cities, the loonies are so warping our national charter that the rest of us need to control the effects of their insanity. If as Ol’ Scratch suggests it will take violence to shut these suckers down, so be it.

      • Weather patterns you dip shits. Transient fluctuations of the jet stream boundaries.

        John, you’re going to fry this year.

        • JohnAZ May 14, 2019 at 11:41 am #

          We have had a very cool Spring. You are right though, global effects pushing local conditions.

          Wonder what is warming things more? CO2 or paving more and more of our real estate. Heat islands are real!

          Frying in Phoenix is SOP. Last year was weird though, lower temps 110 degrees, (ha), instead of 120 in June. But higher humidity..

    • stelmosfire May 14, 2019 at 11:21 am #

      I’m wondering if O3 picked up any snow? He’s up in the high country west of here. My wife lived up there and back around ’79-80 they had a “Mother’s Day Storm” with perhaps a foot of snow. She worked in Hartford and said she couldn’t make it to work, the management tried to call bullshit on it.

      • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

        Thats a long commute, Rip.

      • ozone May 14, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

        stelmo,
        I have footage of a very Christmas-y snow coming down thick and heavy on 5/12/19. Only amounted to a “covering”, but unwelcome all the same.
        Yeah, Happy Merry Mother’s Christmas Day! Woo-hoo!

    • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

      BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE

  53. Elrond Hubbard May 14, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    What is the Most Expensive Water in the World in 2019?

    svalbardi.com/blogs/news/what-is-the-most-expensive-water-in-the-world-in-2019

    SUMMARY:

    A Google or YouTube search for “most expensive water” or “most expensive bottled water” turns up a quick series of lists. Most use old incorrect data including brands that no longer exist, and/or the prices are wrong. So we’ve gathered an updated list. We exclude the few “crazy” waters sold for tens of thousands of dollars as publicity stunts and count only brands that are really available somewhere in the world. So here are the world’s top 10 most expensive waters in 2019.

    #10 – $34 per litre – Berg from Canada
    #9 – $40 per litre – BLVD from Tasmania, Australia
    #8 – $48 per litre – MINUS 181 from Germany
    #7 – $48 per litre – ROI from Slovenia
    #6 – $56 per litre – Lofoten from Norway
    #5 – $60 per litre – Uisge Source from Scotland, UK
    #4 – $104 per litre – Bling h2o from the US
    #3 – $166 per litre – Svalbarði from Svalbard, Norway
    #2 – $190 per litre – NEVAS from Germany
    #1 – $616 per litre – Fillico Jewelry Water from Japan

    Full details on the brands and why they are so expensive can be found in the rest of this post. From super-premium to luxury water, each brand carries a story.

    They go into details about each one. Meanwhile, Madame Defarge is getting out her knitting.

    • Thats nothing, I’m charging $1,209 for artisinal water in commemorative vacuum sealed flask. It’s sourced from the bilge water of Gary Hart’s yacht, Monkey Business, and has gone through a rigorous process of desalination and irradiation, and reconstituted with mineral salts derived from the retreived kidney stones of the Dalai Lama. 1L.

    • malthuss May 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

      links?

      links for finks.

  54. JohnAZ May 14, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    Iran is the leader of the Shia branch of Islam, more fundamentalist and more interest in the war credo of the Quran. It is also Persian, psychologically desiring to reinstate the Persian empire. The combination of the two make them a dangerous adversary.

    They have been exporting their militancy for decades. They are Zealots, dangerous to the world order. They are playing a dangerous game, how to out finess the US and Israel without reaping a violent reaction. Drop a bomb, maybe the MOAB on Tehran and the opposition is done.

    Right now all the terrorist activity can be tied back to Iran. Just how long will the US and Israel put up with their BS. Time may be growing short.

    Russia will not interfere, Iran isn’t worth the effort. China, well maybe.

    • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      It took no time at all for me to get the cockroaches out into the light.

      • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

        Well, there doesn’t seem to be many people on this site favorable to Israel, blaming the country for everything. I don’t understand it.

        Brh

        • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

          Enough with the histrionics.
          Nobody is “blaming” Israel en masse. This logical fallacy is an attempt at arguing from.. idiocy.

          It is what it is.
          As if nobody else would want the US supporting their goals.

          These are facts.
          The Obama administration was very hostile to Israel’s right-wing ruling regime and their agenda.

          Trump not so much. He has very few people in his corner. Do you think Alan Dershowitz is so vocal in his preservation of this presidency out of a love for Trump? For the constitution?
          Wake up.

          One more supporter is a relation through marriage, and the remainder are powerful and determined people who are relentless in their bloodthirsty pursuit of hegemony. First came the Wolfowitz doctrine and now sits Bolton and the agenda as envisioned by Trump’s largest donor, Sheldon Adelson.

          You do understand that there are plenty of people in Israel that have differing opinions on this, right? That there are plenty of Jews in the United States who do not support war, right?

          To not see this reveals the real bigot.

          • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

            I wasn’t calling anyone a bigot, or a cockeroach.

            Brh

          • BackRowHeckler May 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

            “Support the war”

            What war?

          • 100th Avatar May 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

            Again, nuance.

            It escapes you. Why you get led around by your nose.

            I wrote “support war” not “support the war”

        • Mountain gal May 14, 2019 at 11:15 pm #

          It’s a sign of the overall ignorance displayed by many posters here. Antisemitism and being anti Israel/Zionist is just so in these days. But hey, Iran blames Israel for everything so maybe they like Iran as they are parroting what they say. Sad, as I full well know what Iran would with do with most of these guys……..

          It’s kinda sad in a way as we are talking about a country the size of NJ that seems to be the focus of hate from so many ignorant people. But there’s always gotta be a scapegoat I suppose. If Israel did’t exist it would be someone else who was to blame. Always is…….

          • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2019 at 1:01 am #

            Daddy Warbucks was Warburg. You people are War Mongers, and you love to get Whites to die for you.

          • 100th Avatar May 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

            Fault your inability to separate the haters from the facts.
            I will go further and fault your willful obfuscation of the facts by employing a well worn tactic that need not go addressed.

            There exists a Middle East agenda when it comes to Israel against Iran vis-à-vis the US.

            John Bolton is a surrogate for Adelson and a long simmering neocon agenda.

            When the defense/geopolitical needs or desires of right-wing/hawkish elements supportive of or inhabiting a country the size of New Jersey may result in war, death, and financial ruin for the inhabitants of this one then it seems all the more ignorant to deny it.

            Or, STFU.

    • Majella May 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

      The key point is their point of difference – they are NOT ARABS.

  55. Great New York Times today. Science Times is always interesting. Laws of physics, the immune system, quantum indeterminacy, stem cells, Apollo 8, 10, 11, 17 details, dinosaur fossils inform phylogeny, wasp intelligence, penguin shit, Fusion, Ebola strategy, lichen planus’s burning agony, medical ethics, statins & glaucoma, baby brains, etc.

    Hard news Australian drought & climate change, Rural British pensioners forgotten, Sri Lankan mobs turn on muslims, Bolton’s war plans.

    Editorials, Brooks: men going rogue, the legacy of the idiocy of stocking noon native fish in lakes across the west, Roe v. wade under that from the cryptofascist religious right and it’s lap dogs led by Clarence Thomas in the Supreme court.

    China/US negotiations, tariff targets, Apple lawsuits and fallout…

    Dollar for dollar the New York Times is the best value for the money you can find. $3, newsstands worldwide.

  56. FincaInTheMountains May 14, 2019 at 11:56 am #

    .. or Delilah, or Jezebel or Salome, or the Queen of Sheba == JohnAZ

    I’ll say right away that, generally speaking, the events and people described in the Holy Scripture are stencils that are repeatedly reproduced in History, but of course secondary circumstances are superimposed on this stencil, distorting the purity of the picture, and to the greatest extent this stencil is reproduced at the end of times realized one-to-one.

    This is about the Babylonian Whore, if you haven’t guessed.

  57. elysianfield May 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    It has to be said. For there to be racial justice, some black people might have to die.

    Correction!

    The above comment was in error. The actual quote, by a University of Georgia Teaching Assistant was to the