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If this (first?) summer of Covid-19 has revealed anything about the current version of civilization, it’s the profound exhaustion of a culture reduced to going through the motions of its once-vital activities. A lot of things that we hope will come back are probably gone forever in the form we knew them, though they will eventually return in another configuration, reduced in scale, but perhaps finer in quality.

I miss baseball horribly, and its sad, half-assed attempt to present a rump season with no live bodies in the seats only amplifies the loss. But then, I haven’t gone to a stadium in twenty years, and I certainly won’t pay a hundred bucks or more to sit in Fenway Park. I used to go to night games there all the time when I was a starving bohemian writing for the Boston hippie newspapers back in 1972. You could get a decent field-level seat behind first base for five bucks. When I was a kid in Manhattan in 1960, a bleacher seat in the old Yankee Stadium was a quarter (plus 30 cents round-trip on the IRT subway).

They weren’t writing $100-million-plus player contracts until fairly recently, either, and of course that’s been a symptom of pro sports’ slide into fatal decadence. If baseball does try to stage a full season in 2021 or 2022, they will not be selling many hundred-dollar seats to an economically demolished middle-class. The teams will be functionally bankrupt by then and if they survive restructuring, there won’t be many million-dollar players. Maybe none. Carl Furillo, the veteran right-fielder for the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers, used to work construction in the off-season. He was on the crew that built New York’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Imagine Mike Trout hanging sheet-rock (if sheet-rock even exists as a product a few years from now).

I can imagine baseball reorganizing into two separate East and West leagues for a while, to reduce costly airplane travel, but even that might not last very long. If pro sports survives the political turmoil ahead, it will come out the other side as a strictly local and regional thing — and that will be the theme for all the things we like to do and must do. The idiocy of pro football will not survive at all. Its farm system (college sports) will be long gone.

Higher education committed suicide with its dual racketeering model. First was the college loan racket, in which schools colluded with the federal government to jam too many “customers” through the pipeline who didn’t belong there, and who buried themselves under a lifetime debt obligation they could never escape. The second was the intellectual racket of creating sham fields of study that contaminated all the other “humanities” with poisonous bullshit theory, and eventually even invaded the STEM disciplines. Covid-19 screwed the pooch on all that, scotching the four-year party-hearty in-residence part of the deal. For now, who needs an online class in Contemporary Sexual Transgression ($2000-a-credit) when you can just click on Porn-hub for free? Hundreds of colleges and universities will be going out of business in the years ahead.

The outlook for the big centralized high schools is also pretty dark. The teachers’ unions’ insatiable needs are only part of the picture. Consolidating many smaller schools to save on administrative costs seemed like a good idea at the time. But we ended up with thousands of gigantic schools that looked like insecticide factories and felt like minimum security prisons. They all depend on the costly yellow bus fleets to collect the kids from far and wide. The whole scheme ended up as an elaborate day-care operation that actually retarded the development of young people into functional, autonomous adults.

Covid-19 and the economic collapse it triggered will put an end to all that. How will the school districts cope with an epic loss of tax revenue from all the homeowners defaulting on their mortgages? They won’t. Schooling will have to reorganize, and probably at a very grassroots level, with home-schools evolving into neighbor-pods of tiny schools, and only among parents who have the literacy and numeracy to pull it off. We’ll be lucky if, years from now, we’ll see something like local academies spring up that can handle a few hundred students. I’d also warn you about assuming that the Internet is a permanent installation of the human condition. It depends utterly on a pretty fragile electric grid. We do, after all, have libraries, and maybe they can be persuaded to stop trying to get rid of all their books.

These Covid months have prompted Americans to pass the idle hours of joblessness and anomie with Hollywood’s canned entertainments. Could that all be over, too? The theaters were already sucking wind before the virus landed — relying on an ever more brain-dead repetition of comic book movies — while the quality product moved to Cable TV. Now that’s saturated, with the newer product fermenting into garbage. But who is going to keep paying for all that with unemployment at 30 percent, and moving higher?

Are you already bored out of your skull with reruns of the old classics? People truly need narrative art forms to make sense of reality, but they have to be tuned to the times we live in. My bet would be on the eventual return of live theater on local stages for original stories keyed to the new post-collapse reality — which will not be understood via Star Wars or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Broadway is finished, with its endless reiterations of old hits, and also, of course, because New York City itself is only beginning a long journey down the drain before it can be reorganized into a functioning entrepôt. I’ve got half a mind to invest in an outfit that can put on puppet shows in my little flyover town.

As you can surely tell by now, the trend is local and smaller for all of these things. That may even be true for national elections and the venerable thing called the United States of America. The Democratic Party was initially only striving for mere suicide, but lately it looks like they want to destroy the country altogether — and they may succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Fifty years from now, several separate American nations may be sending their own regional baseball league champions to some kind of World Series, if we’re not still at war with each other.


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  1. akmofo August 7, 2020 at 10:08 am #

    ATTENTION MR KUNSTLER

    I’m not sure what’s your views on Holocaust deniers posting on your blog, but there is one here that goes by the alias “Kim”. For the last several of your entries on this blog, “Kim” has been spouting that the German Nazis did not mass murder the Jews as is well knows, that the gas chambers and ovens were nonexistent, and that Holocaust history is generally a hoax. He also cynically asserts that because the German government specifically won’t entertain the Overton Window of normalizing such Holocaust denial, the Holocaust is a hoax. I and some others have asked this “Kim” to stop posting his Holocaust denial assertions, but he persists in doing so already for weeks, baiscally since his appearance here. I personally warned him that if he persists in this, I will report him to you, and that’s what I’m doing. Thank you for your attention.

    I will give it my attention. — JHK Admin

    • bluekayak August 7, 2020 at 10:30 am #

      And how about you knock off your ridiculous demonization of the Vatican?

      • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 10:55 am #

        How about you read some history books on the subject and then get back to me. Learn about the reality that they don’t teach you at your shit Vatican schools.

        • bluekayak August 7, 2020 at 11:10 am #

          I’ve probably forgotten more history than you know, foul-mouth. Care to suggest a book title for starters? Nothing by Lyndon LaRouche though, please.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:31 am #

            You didn’t read history. Like most everyone else you read canned Vatican propaganda eulogizing Romanism. If you actually read history your mental attitude and behavior would be completely different.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

            @bluekayak

            Here’s just one book. Just one!
            Let me know when you’re done reading it:

            Vatican Assassins by Eric Jon Phelps

            https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1511241.Vatican_Assassins

            https://www.amazon.com/Vatican-assassins-diabolical-including-Fitzgerald/dp/0970499922

          • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

            DINAH SILVERSTEIN:

            all countries now have laws against hate speech
            except for the united states

            “the us needs to set up similar human rights tribunals in each state to prosecute people for hate speech on a state level, along with a federal american human rights commission (like the federal canadian human rights commission) to prosecute people for hate speech on a federal level.”

        • vengeur August 7, 2020 at 11:20 am #

          Is this a comment section or a forum? Comment section as in comments about what Mr Kunstler has written? Or a form where you can discuss damn near anything you want to talk about? It’s really becoming ridiculous.

          • amb August 7, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

            Agreed. Would be nice if people such as akmofo disappeared off this site. Constructive analysis and commentary re the current writing of JHK is what would be the ideal here–what was actually intended by JHK, I’m certain. Yet, a good thing gets polluted by low-level, ill-mannered posters, spewing special agendas, ad hominem attacks, insults, et al.

            It would be nice if JHK disposed of those on the comment section who demonstrated these characteristics. If one can’t demonstrate the basics of discourse (manners, respect, willingness to learn, etc.) they shouldn’t qualify to participate on this blog.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

            @amb

            You just lectured me on “free speech” for Holocaust deniers. That’s fscking respectable. What a worthless cock you are, Mr “free speech advocate”.

          • zenfugue August 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

            Note that this section has no official title, only a tally of the number of ‘Responses’… which would suggest some relativity to JHK’s missive of the day… but rare is such a submission.

            In fact, this is a free range ‘chat room’ where rabid trolls run wild and brave citizens occasionally try to cram a relevant comment in edgewise, before retreating in disgust. And, apparently at random, ‘JHK Admin’ will chime in to rebuke or ban someone occasionally.

            The elephant in the room: WHY? Is there any ‘socially redeeming value’ inherent or does Jim simply find it perversely entertaining, as ‘we’ (hey, we’re reading this mess) seem to?

          • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

            I’d like to think it could stay focused on what was written by JHK. Perhaps he views all the unrelated nonsense spewed forth as additional proof that only confirms his original exposition that we are indeed in TLE territory.

            I like ‘Consciousness of Sheep’ blog by Tim Watkins and I understand why he has no comments allowed. He would have to spend an inordinate amount of his time correcting the trolls or filtering them out.

            Jim, do you need some (free) admin/mod help or would you prefer to leave it like this? Serious question.

          • jmar98 August 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

            The holocaust? Don’t know about numbers but I was sure impressed as a kid when my Uncle (D+1) showed me the pictures he personally took as he went through several of the camps. Oh yeah, Mr. Kunstler mentioned baseball today.
            My father played semi-pro ball in the 1930s for $3.00 a game.
            Afterwards he spent a dollar on White Castle hamburgers at 5 cents each and gave the other $2.00 to his mother to buy groceries for the week. The old man said he would have played for free.

          • Boiledfrog August 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

            So, porn hub it is….

        • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 11:38 am #

          “How about you read some history books on the subject and then get back to me”

          Mofo,
          I believe that is what Kim is hinting at.

          ” Learn about the reality that they don’t teach you at your shit Vatican schools.”

          Ditto.

          Mofo, I am not a denier, but I question all things. I know my answer puts me in danger on this site, but I believe there is a vast difference between denial and intellectual curiosity.

          Did the Holocaust occur? Yes, without question, in some form. Critical thinking demands that everything be questioned. Would the Holocaust be less egregious if found that only 3 million were exterminated, rather than 6? Must the official narrative be maintained? At what cost? Credulity is strained.

          Our Host’s first obligation is to protect his site from thought crimes and the inevitable sanctions…this I understand and can accept…it is not an issue of freedom of speech, but rather the reality in which we currently exist.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:52 am #

            Mofo, I am not a denier, but I question all things.
            ==

            You lie. You certainly don’t question Palistani propaganda. You stuff it at my face with every opportunity. You are an avid BBC/AlJazeera reader. You re-post their Commie/Jihadistani shit here almost every day. You, like they, have ZERO credibility with me. And I’ve already told you as much.

          • shotho August 7, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

            The best thing to do is ignore this ignorant man. He would eventually go away.

          • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm #

            “You lie. You certainly don’t question Palistani propaganda. You stuff it at my face with every opportunity”

            Mofo,
            Of course, I understand the propaganda as such…I only confront you with it because it is one of your hot buttons…a guaranteed response full of vitriol, piss, vinegar… offered with a maximum of violence and without filter.

            At some point, we all become entertainment.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

            Indeed. Ely, what you don’t seem to realize is, I see all through the eyes of the old prophets. There will come a point in my emotional development where I won’t care anymore. Not care about you, your disgustingly corrupt country, and your disgusting morally bankrupt compatriots. Then the fun and entertaining entreats will end, and God’s cosmic misfortune and fury will begin. I confess we’re almost there. Actually, we could be there already.

        • bluekayak August 7, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

          OK, I’ll give it a read

          • GreenAlba August 7, 2020 at 6:46 pm #

            bluekayak

            The author certainly seems to be an er… interesting chap.

            https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Eric_Jon_Phelps

            Just one of the good bits:

            https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Eric_Jon_Phelps#Flat_Earth

            Anyway, you’re in luck. Amazon has a copy left at $780. I’m sure it will be worth every penny. Although, according to the comments below the blurb, copies seem to arrive with about 50 pages missing. Maybe you have to pay more for those ones.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm #

            Mrs Green only learned how to access dumbass commie propaganda outlets with her limping computer.

            You can find free PDF copies of this book and many such others floating on the net.

          • GreenAlba August 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

            “You can find free PDF copies of this book and many such others floating on the net.”

            I know you can, akmofo, my dear – and my limping computer allowed me to click on both links. A moment of sarcasm regarding the Amazon price for this wonder of conspiracy theory is allowed nevertheless, in free-speech world. It seems to be in a category all of its own – the author certainly is. One has to be careful, though, where one ‘floats’ on the net. Sometimes it is akin to surfing too near to a sewage outfall.

            It would be wonderful if you could acquire some manners and some humility, akmofo. Really it would.

            I don’t like Holocaust denial, as you very well know. But, I do wonder, when considering your general arrogance, rudeness and violent language, if anyone close to you has ever suggested to you the radical idea that just because you, akmofo, have been persuaded of something, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily so. If that small fact could be made to penetrate your brain, you’d start to be a much nicer person. And you wouldn’t need to call everyone a cock who disagrees with you.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm #

            It would be wonderful if you could acquire some manners and some humility, akmofo. Really it would.
            ==

            I’m not about false airs. My fury equals my anger and deep disappointment. But there’s only so much of that even I can withstand. The point will come, and maybe it already has, where I don’t care anymore. And that will be that. And then you already know what will come next, because I already told you.

          • Majella August 8, 2020 at 7:17 am #

            Remind us, please.

          • Majella August 8, 2020 at 7:22 am #

            I mean, if your anger and deep disappointment become unbearable, will you go away and actually DO something to express it -to “do something about it”?

            I say go for it. Hanging around a bog -roll (sic) throwing shit all around you is, essentially, utterly futile. Just don’t involve an AK (47?) in that ‘what will come next” threat.

          • GreenAlba August 8, 2020 at 10:42 am #

            “And then you already know what will come next, because I already told you.” [my italics]

            OK, so my point didn’t get through the first time. Let’s try again with the main proposition:

            “[…] just because you, akmofo, have been persuaded of something, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily so.”

            Muse upon it, akmofo, in those moments when your dander is down, rather than up. The insight could change your life. And that of those who interact with you.

            You come over as a hissing, spitting, foul-mouthed ball of hate and derision. Consider that this may not be what your Hebrew God wishes.

            Remember what Cromwell said in his address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland?

            “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken.

            Now, pots and kettles aside, and leaving Christ’s entrails out of it, it’s a thought, nevertheless, isn’t it?

      • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

        Agreed. He can start his own blog instead of polluting this space with his nonsense. It could all be true, but this is not the pace to discuss it.

    • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:37 am #

      @akmofo
      Is it a crime to deny mass murder anywhere except Germany?
      You are not taking part in it nor even really covering for it if you do.
      So is it equally evil for Socialist to deny claims of mass murder by Soviet Russia, Communist China, Communist cuba, Islamic mass murder of Hindus, Buddhists and the mass murder of Armenians by Turkey?
      Jews got a bad rap in in WWII but by no means are they alone in being victims of such.
      Hell mass murder of Christians in Africa and the middle east is still going on to this day and next to no one cares nor is it even discussed but perish the thought someone should dare utter extermination camps did not exist in NAZIS Germany.
      I’m not a member of the tribe nor a practicing Jew but my Grandfather was a Russian Jew. He was also a real evil POS who I am glad I never met.
      I would suggest you don’t like Kims posts and have no ready refute for them then simply do not read them.

      • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 10:50 am #

        What does that have to do with the above?

        Kim’s villainy is an insult to injury. I should cut his head off and deny that he ever exited and should be fine with it. Your pretzel moralizing is completely bankrupt.

        • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:58 am #

          No your decent into tyranny is a form of villainy especially since you harp on and on about things most around here think as nutty talk.
          For petes sake exposing people with that point of view is very important.
          As far as that keyboard warrior mentality where in you threaten to “cut off someones head” that is an actual crime depending on where you live.
          Far better to poke fun at them if you have the whit to do so.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:02 am #

            I gave you an analogy and equivalence to Kim’s behavior, you stuffed up imbecile.

          • benr August 7, 2020 at 11:13 am #

            There you go as I said if you have the whit to do so and it appears you do not.

            No matter what you proclaim you were doing you still put onto public record a threat.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:25 am #

            You are truly an imbecile.

      • Ishabaka August 7, 2020 at 10:58 am #

        China is putting Uighurs into concentration camps right now – nobody cares, just as nobody in the West cared what Hitler was up to in the 1930s.

        • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:09 am #

          They only care about getting a discount price on slave labor produced goods.

          • SW August 7, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

            @ akmofo —-The holocaust is a well documented historical fact as is the waning political influence of the Vatican. I attended Catholic schools for a while and never heard a word against Jews or a hint of denial of the holocaust, pogroms or minimizing the scope of their problems in a predominately Christian west.

            “Thousands of schools that look like insecticide factories “ No joke and the multimillion dollar stadiums that go with them. If you’ve got a little Covid time on your hands google Allen TX HS stadium & see what pops up. Truly taxPayer boon doggles with no football team to take the field in September.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

            What did they teach you about Rome? What did they teach you about Rome’s victims and how and why they were victimized?

      • cbeard August 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

        “I would suggest you don’t like Kims posts and have no ready refute for them then simply do not read them.”That is my take on the comments here. Some I just skip over for I know the drill. The comments here are usually worth reading, entertaining and sometimes thought provoking as are JHK’s articles. Though I’m generally in agreement with a lot of his writing, on one occasion, when I made a statement in disagreement with our host, I received a little tongue lashing from JHK. I don’t remember what it was about. No harm done, as I can get cranky sometimes myself.

        • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:31 pm #

          I disagree. Our host was not talking about the holocaust or the Vatican today. We should not have to skip over spam. This a place to discuss what was posted.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

            How come I’ve never seen you complain about spam when Holocaust denial and Jewish conspiracies was offered on endless blog posts literally by confessed Nazis for years on end?

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

        In reply – and I am sure some people won’t like this – I propose to object to Mr Kunstler about people’s excessive resort to Godwin’s famous Law.

        Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) is an Internet adage asserting that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”.

        That is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds, the point at which effectively the discussion or thread often ends.

        Nothing that Mr Kunstler could do would have a more salutary affect on the discourse of his comments section than to institute a rule that anyone resorting to Godwin’s Law would be placed on a “first strike” ban warning for three months.

        In its potential to raise the level of discussion here, this would rank with his wonderful policy of banning silly name-calling like “Repugnicon” and “Demoncrat”.

        Of course, I understand that many would say that only a Canute of the interwebs would be so presumptuous ot take a stand against Godwin’s cruel Law, but I am sure that if we make an effort, a really big effort, maybe an effort on a scale such as was made during WW2 to fight the evil of…oh, hold on a second…

        Anyway, my point is that I am sure that – with a little effort and good will – we can get these discussion back on track again. If only Hitler doesn’t intervene to throw sand into the works again, like he did in Japan in the 1950s.

        • Majella August 8, 2020 at 7:29 am #

          Thanks, Karen, but you’re coming across like a real “little hitler”, you know?

        • xxzzy999 August 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

          Just go away fool……. no one wants you here.

    • amb August 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

      akmofo: freedom of speech my friend. stop the authoritarian attempt to censor others. everyone has the right to spew whatever “information” or viewpoints they wish. it is up to the receiving individuals to process that information through the filters of critical thought, history, and facts. let’s not go 1984 on JHK’s blog please.

      Note: This is NOT to say that I in ANY way agree with Kim’s assertions.

      • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 12:22 pm #

        Yes, I get it.

        Exposing Vatican villainy and global conspiracy is rebuked and criticized by you cocks. Nazi Holocaust denial, and you loud cocks turn into silent fish.

        • Doc Holliday August 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

          Nazi Holocaust Denial: My Step-Dad, of 100% Irish decent, honorable discharge from the US Army in 1946 stated:
          S SGT HQ DET 112 AIRBORNE (not parachutes, gliders instead) SIG BN. Three battle stars. Landed in Normandy D-Day + 2. One of the GI’s to ‘tour’ a death camp in Germany. Never spoke about it, until one day…
          2007, after he began his spiral into dementia and Alzheimers, during a visit to he and my Mom’s place, I decided to rent “Band of Brothers” because it was one of the few VCR tapes the rental place had. During the third or fourth episode, when the Americans were attemping to knock out the German 88s, I was surprised and dismayed to see he was crying…After that episode, we talked about his experiences… I knew this man for 43 years. He never owned a gun in his life, never hunted after WWII. He knew ‘weapons of war’, Thompson submachine gun, “Great for clearing buildings, great in the trenchs.” M1 Garand, “Excellent rifle, great for shooting through building without masonry but watch out for your thumb when reloading a clip”. M1 carbine, “Very accurate but not much stopping power, but you sure could carry a lot of ammo’. Then the death camps…my God, the disgust….I can’t believe the people on this blog feel a need to even discuss if this happened. Stop watching national news. Quit debating with pink haired tatooes about how their rights are incessantly violated. Understand there is real evil in this world. Figure out what is important for your family, first, and you a slight second. And forget about those that are always victims and its everyone elses fault. “CAUTION, BEWARE, REAL LIFE AHEAD”.

          • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

            Doc,
            Well, my father was a combat glider pilot, and in the “jump across the Rhine” carried paratroopers. He also visited the camp in question (possibly Bergen-Belsen). He described the dead, the fact that the Germans left the camp immediately before the paratroops got there, and the fact that they marched the town people thru the camp.

            He also mentioned that upon capturing the camp, that the absent German guards were replaced with allied troops, to keep order, etc. He said that within a few weeks 30% of the inmates died under allied care.

          • Epicur August 7, 2020 at 7:44 pm #

            “And forget about those that are always victims and its everyone elses fault.”

            Hear! Hear!

            Well said and worth repeating.

        • amb August 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

          I’m of the opinion, based upon your commentary, that you get… nothing. I won’t have any further discussion with you. I wish that you and your ilk would just go away.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

            I thought you wished for free speech?

            “akmofo: freedom of speech my friend” — That was your mantra defending “respectable” Holocaust deniers just a few moments ago, you worthless cock.

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

            I’m pretty certain that a worthless cock as yourself would have been goosestepping along with the Nazis in the 1930s, because, hey, Hitler gave damn good speeches, and the Nazis knew how to stage a parade, and their faggoty uniforms were to die for.

            Worthless cocks as yourself can’t see anything in its substance. Everything for you is esthetics and how things are made to appear. You are a perfect Vatican Nazi dumbass stooge.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:12 pm #

        Clark’s Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology will be perceived as magic by those far behind.

        Possibly Corollary: Any free speech sufficiently far away from the approved consensus narrative will be perceived as “hate speech” by the adherents thereof.

        • Majella August 8, 2020 at 7:35 am #

          But objective reality still exists, whatever you care to say, Skorenzy. Belsen-Bergen is the example cited here today. Holocaust deniers are most likely also found at “the.moon.landings.were.faked.com’

          • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

            Indeed, so let us examine and speak about all things. What are you people so afraid of? Why do you try to stifle free inquiry and the discussion thereof?

            And such inquiry goes well beyond the “he said, she said” and so Mommy decides paradigm that you are familiar with. It involves not just documents and logic, but actual physical science. For example, where is the physical evidence for these claims? They’ve never been produced. I speak of the Mountains of Ash.

    • feralandroid August 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

      My Grandmother lost 9 siblings to the holocaust. They were Polish Catholics by the way, not jewish.

      But who cares if people want to come here and deny the holocaust. Let them.

      • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

        You never had a grandmother and he never lost any siblings. Neither are you a Polak. That place doesn’t exist. Now imagine there were legions of us saying that to you. It would be a happy place for you, wouldn’t it.

        • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

          YOU (akmofo) need to go away. It will be a better place without you. Please find some other place for your screed!

          • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

            Why would it a better place? I’m just showing what you are, so you can all see yourselves better. I’m sure James is getting to know his audience better. He’s getting to know his country better. It’s all good. We all need such education.

      • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

        They were ‘in the way?’

    • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm #

      KIM????

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

        I am here, friend malthuss! I just walked in the door and was about to order an ale when I saw all of ths commotion going on down here in the back. What’s the problem? Pinball machine on the Fritz again?

        I swear that machine is worse than Hitler. Which is apparently to be not quite as bad as the Vatican. Truth to tell, I am not exactly sure of the order. But you get my drift.

        Anyway, what can I do to help?

        • akmofo August 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

          Pinball machine. You must have been a little nervous.

          The floor is yours. I’m out.

    • EnterpriseSpaceship August 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

      Arab-Israeli, now-100 years ongoing show – is nonsense – the The Laws of Physics Remain Supreme

      Time for peace by – Physics.

    • xhidarta August 7, 2020 at 10:07 pm #

      I have been followed Jim’s work since “The Geography of Nowhere” and thus his blog since day one, while I don’t read the comments all the time I tend to dig into the first ten or twenty and have for the most part experienced a general tone of civility, which I see lacking in your complaint.

      I wouldn’t have known that “Kim” espouses a “denier” stance about the Holohaux if you didn’t bring it up.

      What I find out of place is that someone should interject that type of subject in this comment section as it is a non sequitur to JHK column, ever.

      But since you imposed the subject on the comment section today fending off attention from the very interesting lines that Jim shared today, I’m much obliged to give you my two cents.

      What if I or anybody else doesn’t believe in Holocaustianity? What gives? Why is it that this and only this event in History can not be discussed, questioned or revised let alone mocked as Israeli TV regularly does at Christmas time with the crucifixion of a monkey puppet or American TV for that matter as Larry David of “Curb your Enthusiasm” pisses on the image of Christ? And absolutely nothing happens.

      But long and behold soon, questioning the real number of victims of the hollowcost will put anybody in jail in America as is the case in Germany with the 90 y.o. granny Ursula Haberveck. Or Canadian Monika Schaefer that served a year in jail while visiting Germany for the crime of having posted a youtube video asking her late German parents forgiveness for not believing them about the so called holocaust? Her brother is still serving time in solitary for not conforming to the dictates of the thought police.

      For short I’ll say that not even the late Senator Raoul Hillberg, the foremost authority on the holocaust and the testimony of holocaust survivors to boot with all the money and resources of organized jewery ’round the world could demonstrate the existence of the gas chambers in the Erns’t Zundel trial in Canada, then much less you can.

      Hillberg took a pass from testifying in the second trial, who can blame him after taking such a beating…

      It seems to me that truth does not need defending to the point of putting people in jail for questioning it or worse beating people up to the point that requires hospitalization as it happened to the late Prof. Rober Faurisson, or Joel Stein who had to change names and disappear for a number of years after the president of the ADL put a bounty on his head.
      Zundel’s house got fired bombed and his archives burnt.
      The list of the kosher mafia crimes is long but I’ll leave it at that as good enough to present an idea.
      What is this insanity? a prequel to the new dark ages? with a Thought Police run by AI?

      There’s a stinking whiff in all of this of what Churchill intimated: “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

      But the goyim have smarted up to the racket long before Finkelstein wrote “The Holocaust Industry”.

      If there was a real interest to learn the truth of how so many jews were killed it’d be easy to start with David Irving who unveiled in detail the British transcripts of the encrypted messages of the SS, police and high ranking III Reich figures that were, unbeknownst to them, decoded, written down and saved for posterity and reveal the only extermination plan, the Reinhardt plan.

      But that wouldn’t support the lucrative story that we have been bombarded with from cradle to grave, would it?

      I reclaim the same freedom that John Milton did in 1644:

      “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

      If I get booted out or censured for saying this, then my time is no longer worth it of this site the brilliant work of JHK notwithstanding.

      • xhidarta August 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm #

        Correction, “I have been following”

      • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm #

        And let’s balance that out with the plans to genocide the German People, namely the Kaufman Plan (sterilize men) and Morgenthau Plan (starve them to death).

        And of course the long term Kalergi Plan to genocide the White Race.

    • zizzybalooba August 8, 2020 at 12:16 am #

      akmofo, you have a filthy mouth so please gargle some water and liquid dish soap. JHK should ban you and Kim.

  2. SouthernYankee August 7, 2020 at 10:18 am #

    The new world order (ala Kunstler) will actually be a relief. I sense it already, although the journey to that place is dreadful and frightening. Still, I for one am intrigued by the coming WMBH. What will non-exceptionalism look like in the coming years? What will life on a human scale be like? Maybe shitty at first, I dunno, but here we go.

    • SouthernYankee August 7, 2020 at 10:28 am #

      Actually watching a rerun of Sharky’s Machine starring Burt Reynolds. Hopefully, one day we’ll be entertained by more than just the same old themes of cops and robbers and drug lords and rappers and gangstas and psychos and debase flyover culture on reality programs and cooking channels and, and, and, Oh no,I think I’m gonna choke on my revulsion. Gag, Vomit.

      • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

        I watched the movie years ago. Was that the one where Burt used a credit card as a physical weapon?

        • SouthernYankee August 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

          Hmmm. Dunno Bill, I missed some parts this go round.

      • EnterpriseSpaceship August 7, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

        Humans will be entertained by back-breaking physical work they do to survive – owing to Energy scarcity – mind you!

        JHK is shy telling us this is all no more than an Energy-Hunger Game – all along!

        JHK was among the first who knew what’s going on – since his book on Suburbia 20 years ago!

    • bluekayak August 7, 2020 at 10:29 am #

      It’ll be a relief only if you are one of the lucky ones to make it there. A USA (or ex-USA) WMBH cannot possibly support 330+ million. If we go full early 19th Century most of us won’t make the transition. I’m on my “gun lap” anyway… my kids aren’t, though.

      • SouthernYankee August 7, 2020 at 10:42 am #

        Well, bluekayak, I may NOT make it. But I’m 53 now and don’t give a shit as much as I used to. On the other hand, I’ve managed to come out on the other side of the Matrix, divorced from the delusion it peddled like so much dope. I am hopeful and more often at peace these days. And though the War is over for me death will still come and I know it.

        • bluekayak August 7, 2020 at 10:45 am #

          Good luck to you just the same!

        • benr August 7, 2020 at 11:21 am #

          53 plenty of fight left in you if you decide to do so.
          Your older but not dead.

          • SouthernYankee August 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

            Yes benr yer right. Not actually ready to push daisies. Just movin on from “the dream,” the nightmare of habitual, incessant economic activity, motoring, etc. Ya know, over consumption as a way of life.

          • Kim August 7, 2020 at 11:28 pm #

            53. Lots ahead. Just stay healthy and fit if you can and the rest should be okay.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:42 am #

          Two towns north of Boston in Arlington Square there is a plaque to a Revolutionary War hero. At age 89, he killed three British soldiers during their retreat to Boston. Mortally wounded, he made a miraculous recovery and lived 11 more years.

          • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm #

            Since we were not at that time independent, and would not declare (let alone WIN) independence for another year, to describe how he killed “three of his rightful government’s soldiers.” Antifa in Portland is attacking the same, now.

            Just to keep perspective.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

            The difference is that they were decent men ready to create a new nation. Can one say the same of our current crop of revolutionaries?

          • feralandroid August 7, 2020 at 12:22 pm #

            History is written by the winners right? If the British had succeeded in holding the country, we would be reading about the terrorists of Arlington Square instead.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm #

            Facile. Most revolutions are done by bad people with bad results as per the French and Russian revolutions.

            The American Revolution was of much higher quality.

          • Kim August 7, 2020 at 11:24 pm #

            @ Sredni Vashtar

            I recommend this to to you.

            https://archive.org/search.php?query=Paris%20under%20the%20commune

            The full title of the book is:
            Paris under the Commune: The Seventy-Three Days of the Second Siege; with Numerous Illustrations, Sketches Taken on the Spot, and Portraits (from the Original Photographs)
            by Leighton, John

            We can read all we like about the Paris Commune (and the arrogant and evil lunatics who ran it) but nothing beats eyewitness accounts.

            Leighton stayed in Paris from beginning to end. He starts with one opinion of the rebellion and ends with quite another. Just as Paris starts in one condition and ends up in another.

            He is amusing company on a very interesting and enlightening journey.

            I recommend reading it on a portable device with internet access because he uses occasional latin phrases (maybe you know them), and miliitaryterms, and assumes that we know the main local historical players. The internet lets you quickly loook them up.

            That isn’t essential, but it is nice.

          • Kim August 7, 2020 at 11:26 pm #

            @ Sredni Vashtar

            “The difference is that they were decent men ready to create a new nation. Can one say the same of our current crop of revolutionaries?”

            My book recommendation is in response to this comment of yours. The character of a leader matters.

    • shotho August 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      There are alternative versions of a new world order. I would suggest reading The Road by the great Cormac Mccarthy. That dystopian nightmare is just as likely as a new localism.

      • CancelMyCard August 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

        It is a truly amazing book.

        If reading “The Road” doesn’t send shivers down your spine,
        nothing will.

        • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

          I couldn’t read it or see the movie – too depressing. I also noticed that one of the streaming channels, either Prime video, Netflix or Hulu is showing Threads, another depressing movie.

          • Majella August 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm #

            Sign in a local bookstore window;

            ‘Due to COVID19 et al, we have moved our “Dystopian Novels” section to “Current Affairs.” ‘

      • cbeard August 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

        McCarthy is one personal favorite, second maybe to Steinbeck. “The Road” nightmare is a real possibility as is a new localism. Hopefully it will be the latter.

      • jgalt August 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

        I would suggest another book, “Unintended Consequences” for another dystopian nightmare, but very entertaining with too many twists and turns of the plot. Paints a stark and unflattering picture of our governing elites.

        • Daddyotis August 7, 2020 at 9:43 pm #

          I’m assuming that’s the one by John Ross (there’s actually a lot of books by that name)? In any event, I was able to find a copy (John Ross as author) via pdf on the internet since the books out of print now. Thanks for the intel.

      • jmar98 August 7, 2020 at 9:54 pm #

        Think “The Road” is tough. Try reading his “Blood Meridian.”
        I have a pretty strong stomach but I had to put it down on several occasions and walk away from it.

    • Kim August 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

      JHK said “My bet would be on the eventual return of live theater on local stages for original stories keyed to the new post-collapse reality”

      I have been attending a wedding these last three days. Yes, here in my locality they go for three days. People – relatives, friends, local
      dignitaries – wander in and out over the period and then on day three day all sit down for the meal and ceremony and photos.

      Of course, people have to be entertained for these three days. So there is the big bank of very loud yes-it’s-a-wedding speakers playing music, sermons, comedy skits on the theme of marriage and domestic life, and even scenes from the Ramayana.

      On Day Three there is invariably live singing, usually a couple of young women who knock out the local classics but if you are lucky they will also have a man and a woman or maybe just two men who will voice-perform bits of the Ramayana. They don’t do it in elaborate costume. They just wear local traditional clothes and carry a small gong and some clapping sticks. But they are amazing.

      They will perform for maybe two hours, doing some comedy about domestic married life and also doing a big cast of Ramayana characters, voice acting them all and even performing parts of the stories. These are people who have clearly been doing this for decades and they are really great.

      So in my view a return of regional theater circuits and small time performance that produced stuff like this is much to be desired.

      Anyone who was interested in what this kind of thing was like in the USA of the19th C and early 20th C might like to read some biographies of people who worked in that period touring the various vaudeville trails (usually defined by the train lines but not always. sme went about in covered wagons.). It was a hard life. Hell to my mind.

      Some relevant books that I can recommend off the top of my head are Barnum’s Own Story: The Autobiography of P. T. Barnum, Harpo speaks! by Harpo Marx and an autobiography of one of the Three Stooges, maybe it was Moe, where he covers their journey to the big time via the Southern circuit and the Missisippi river boats.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

        We all yearn for Raj Ram or the reign of the godly under a Godly King, if not God Himself.

  3. rainmaker August 7, 2020 at 10:21 am #

    “Customers” for the college racket. The late Mike Brown of Ferguson comes to mind. “But…But he was gonna go ta college!!!!

    • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:40 am #

      Right after he strong armed another liquor store for some blunts and beers.
      The world is a better place without Old Michal Brown.

      • rainmaker August 7, 2020 at 11:09 am #

        Amen to that. The world is a better place without Mike Brown and George Floyd.

        • benr August 7, 2020 at 11:17 am #

          Yes old saint George was a real piece of crap.
          Drug addict, strong arm home invasion and God only knows what other felonies.
          After listening to the rediscovered audio of him acting a fool I double down on the fact he was dead without a narcan injection.
          He was going on and on about how he could not breath long before that imbecile got pissed off and sat on him.

  4. shotho August 7, 2020 at 10:23 am #

    “. . . . the profound exhaustion of culture . . . .” Yes, and nothing can stop it now. The Democrats would accelerate the degradation, but the Republicans would do nothing to stop it or even slow it down. Economic collapse is necessary to reinvigorate the American people and it will happen. Hunger and insecurity are powerful motivators.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:46 am #

      An Attorney General in Boston responded to the mass arson in American Cities by saying that the forest is often strengthened by fire. Shades of Chauncy Gardner. Or was it the land in general? Oh well mass destruction will be good for somebody no doubt.

    • sevensec August 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

      JHK’s mention of “exhaustion” brings to mind a passage of Spengler I had just been perusing:

      “The sovereign waking-consciousness, cut off by walls and artificialities from living nature and the land about it and under it, cognizes nothing outside itself. It applies criticism to its imaginary world, which it has cleared of everyday sense-experience, and continues to do so till it has found the last and subtlest result, the form of the form – itself: namely, nothing. With this the possibilities of physics as a critical mode of world- understanding are exhausted, and the hunger for metaphysics presents itself afresh.” (Decline Of The West, p. 311, v. 2)

      I find this very relevant to our situation: the postmodernism that is now choking our universities, sciences, and the minds of the youth is really that very *skepticism* that once allowed the thoughtful delineation of Forms and hence the upbuilding of our culture.

      Now, having critiqued everything to nothingness, this skepticism turns to universal destruction (or “deconstruction”, a pretentious term for the exact same thing, save for the added “con”-job).

      So we have met the Nothingness—and it is U.S.

      And we do seek metaphysics, as Spengler says—Wokeism being a heavily debased and mindless metaphysic but metaphysic nonetheless. Thus we see the principle of Darkness (Blackness) becomes the transcendent animating principle, the root of all existence.

      One can only hope that a better metaphysic will yet steal the show; frankly a Second Religiosity based on woken-nihilism is almost too nasty to contemplate. (Oh right, that must just be my “privilege” talking…)

  5. Pucker August 7, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    Have you ever noticed that the infrastructure (such as the Internet) is always breaking down? This can’t be an accident? At first, you just naively assume that it’s accidentally broken, and you patiently wait for the repairman to come to fix it. But eventually you come to realize that since the disrepair is a permanent condition that it must be a “Racket”. I guess that if the infrastructure is always in disrepair, then they can make more money by always having to show up to temporarily fix it? It’s “Politics”?

    • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:47 am #

      Ever seen the equipment vaults and rows up on rows of humming servers, switch’s, routers and infrastructure it takes to run even a small sized business much less something like internet?
      I assure you its all very delicate and sensitive to power fluctuations, heat and moisture.

      One of my servers has gone through four hard drives in less than three months I am constantly reaching out to Dell for replacements and that is just one of my servers I have fifteen more buzzing away all across Southern California.

      One of my sites in El Centro has had the fiber run into the building severed at least five times in the last decade! It takes AT&T for ever to make those repairs and why? Because the fiber run is as big around as your thigh and it is composed of thousands of strands little larger than a human hair. Having had to make fiber connectors I can’t even imagine what it took to effect that repair. Back in the day making one connector took hours of polishing and getting it just right.

      • Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

        What is your line of work, benr?

        • benr August 8, 2020 at 6:46 pm #

          Depends on what days of the week it is.
          It support, it specialist, system administrator, network administrator, help desk costumer support.

          • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

            Ha.

    • feralandroid August 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm #

      I own a company that is responsible for keeping a very small section of the internet humming. Its a constant job. Power surges, hackers, software lock ups, etc. We do as much as we can to keep it humming, with multiple redundancies, but sometimes it still goes out. Its not a conspiracy. Its just the nature of a very complex system.

      We don’t make any money by having the system go down either, in fact many times we lose money in the form of refunds if it is down too long.

  6. Pucker August 7, 2020 at 10:26 am #

    “You too can stay at home isolated, alone, and unemployed and get an online, virtual education from a brand name, “prestigious” university.”

  7. rainmaker August 7, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    The Gov of Florida said that homeschooling pods were unfair to poor kidz whose parents couldn’t afford those kind of arrangements. I assumed he was defending the unsustainable current arrangements so loved by the nation’s teachers unions. I personally know several families of low income people who are doing a fine job of homeschooling their kidz. You just have to be dedicated to your children and want to put in the effort.

    • Pucker August 7, 2020 at 10:36 am #

      Parents seem to want the kids to go back to school?

      I once knew a bloke who taught elementary school in the US. He said that one afternoon he was having a private, one-on-one session with a weird-looking kid to go over the kid’s failed exam paper. As the teacher was diligently explaining to the weird-looking kid how to do the math problem, the teacher looked up and saw the kid trying to surreptitiously squeeze out a silent fart next to the teacher.

      Chasten Buttigieg
      @Chasten
      ·
      Aug 4
      School is not childcare.
      Teachers are not required to “take one for the team.”
      If it is unsafe for the president, it is unsafe for the rest of us.

      • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:48 am #

        Do you have this canned response on a notepad document or something?

    • sevensec August 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm #

      I think the growing emphasis on either homeschooling or at any rate smaller, more human-scaled schools will not only retard or reverse pernicious state indoctrination, but is a natural tie-in with the libraries and local theater. They naturally reinforce each other.

      I have been wanting to get involved in some local theater but the institutions for this are so atrophied now. And good luck getting a small theater going with “social distancing”. Covid may localize, but alas it also atomizes.

      I remember Greer not too long ago had a nice bit exhorting folks to begin restoring/re-launching local libraries and book exchanges:

      https://www.ecosophia.net/a-place-for-books/

      Interesting how many people are on the same page on this (so to speak).

  8. Lawfish August 7, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    If nothing else, this Covid hoax has awakened some young folks. My son was about to return to his third year at a private college. But they jacked tuition up from $52,000 per year to $64,000 and told him he would have to take online classes until the end of October. He informed them that he would be taking a semester off because paying that enormous sum to stare at a computer was not worth it. His girlfriend who attends the same school did the same thing. Maybe now that enrollment drops by perhaps 30% those administrators will wake the hell up and realize it’s time to cut tuition.

    • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

      No, it’s time to cut the fat, And that’s all the administrators. They’ll do that after they’ve replaced the last faculty member with an IIT grad in Bangalore making 5k a year.

      The Professional Managerial class is DESPERATE to hold onto its privileges in a shrinking economy. That’s why they’re so freaked about Trump: even SUGGESTING cutting the working and lower middle classes in on the wealth of society is treason to them.

      • rainmaker August 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

        Bureaucratic deadwood.

        • SW August 8, 2020 at 3:36 am #

          I have an idea how to cut expenses in universities by half: fire half the administration & coaches, then cut their salaries in half, make the remaining ones clock in at 8am, no “conferences”, no sabbaticals with full pay, no new building projects (especially state of the art gyms). And stay within the yearly budget.

          To weed out students who would be better served leaning a craft or skilled profession, make the first year of college in person and no on line classes accepted. If they had to write even a one page paper in class once a week that alone would clarify who was prepared for college.

  9. RaymondR August 7, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    With regards to the education racket, society is now dealing with the consequences of what Peter Turchin calls “elite overproduction”, i.e. too many people trained for administrative positions in the so called elite. It can only end in years.

    • RaymondR August 7, 2020 at 10:32 am #

      With regards to the education racket, society is now dealing with the consequences of what Peter Turchin calls “elite overproduction”, i.e. too many people trained for administrative positions in the so called elite. It can only end in tears.

    • rainmaker August 7, 2020 at 10:32 am #

      End in years? Or tears?

      • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:52 am #

        years of tearing down America end in tears

    • Bobby Brown August 7, 2020 at 11:14 am #

      There another side to it. My little brother graduated with a BA in Phsycology after 15 years and $40 K in debt. Got a job as a bellboy in a hotel. Banks hounded him so bad that he decided to go to law school, Thomas Cooley, same one Mike Cohen went to. Probably ran up another $200K over 8 years. When he graduated he couldn’t pass the bar. Quarter million in debt and no job prospects in sight, he died in his sleep last week in “supportive housing” in Brooklyn, which was a kind way of saying a phsyciatric ward. It’s like when you see died suddenly in an obituary. It conjures up visions of a stoke or heart attack but what it really means is the bloke committed suicide.
      He had an enlarged heart so maybe Covid 19 got him. He was 56. For the majority of his life, maybe 50 years, he believed he was one day going to be a professional. Until reality caught up with him, he had a pretty good self image. Reality is a track star. Only the really wealthy or really lucky or really gifted can out run him. My little brother, as with most of us, was none of the above. There are so many relatively young people out there in that same boat. Student loans are a way for people to avoid growing up for most of their life.

      • benr August 7, 2020 at 11:19 am #

        Man I am sorry for your loss that is a bitter pill to swallow.

      • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 11:47 am #

        BB,
        Jesus, what a horror story. My condolences.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

        One is reminded of Trump’s older brother, Fred Jr.

        https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a13098008/fred-trump-jr-addiction-history/

        Trump admitted regret over some of the things he said to him. It wasn’t seen as a disease back then. Of course one can go to far with that pov as well. There is a moral element too – thus the success of Alcoholic’s Anonymous. And for some, a religious aspect too as per AA’s teaching.

      • Doc Holliday August 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

        Bobby, I hate to point this out, because it seems callous, but “graduated with a BA in Phsycology [Psychology?] after 15 years and $40K in debt.” A BA in Pychology is, at most, a four year (some do it in 3 years) time frame to obtain that degree. And, about the most you can do with it, is be a librarian or a very low entry level job in a corporate setting. Maybe not even that, these days. I mean, did anyone ever suggest a trade school or alternative? Certainly you, as his brother, must have asked what he planned on using it for. Bachelor of Arts or pretty worthless, I can attest to that, since I have two. And at 66, no one has ever requested my transcripts nor wanted to see my diploma. Pretty much why I got a job as a construction peon when I finished college as a destitude student with $12 in my checking account and owing three months back rent. I have been in construction all my life. Luckily for me, I have worked for myself the last 16 years.

      • Robert White August 7, 2020 at 11:05 pm #

        I’m 60 with Commercial Construction experience from back in the day when I worked Construction in Executive Homes/Custom Home builds, and E.B. EDDY Forest Products Ltd. I have a college diploma in Mechanical Engineering as a certified Mechanical Engineering Technician. Moreover, I have an Honours B.A. in Experimental Psychology from an accredited American Psychology Association sanctioned school.

        Your little brother got eaten up by Sally Mae. I, on the other hand, most assuredly will avenge your brother’s memory lest Wall Street thinks it’s bigger than me.

        RW

      • SouthernYankee August 9, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

        BB, I’m sorry for your loss. Truly I am. I too thought for many years, repeatedly, that higher education was the solution to my problems. I was always trying to “become something.’ I earned my first degree in 1993, went back again and again pursuing several other “tracks:, earned a second degree in 2015, now working in a call center doing nothing I was trained to do and earning a pittance. But they said that if I just…but they told me, they promised me, but, but….Shame on me. But shame on the self-dealing educational system as well and all its patently false promises and useless curriculums. RIP

  10. snagglepuss August 7, 2020 at 10:37 am #

    In September 2006 the pre-Olympic baseball qualifiers were being played in Havana. At the game between the Cuban National Team and the American team the catcher Ariel Pestano caused a ‘candela’ (uproar) when he accused an umpire of transmitting pitch signals to the batter. Pandemonium. An ancient yellow bi-plane buzzed Latino stadium for the standing room only crowd while I sipped strong sweet ‘cafecito’ from small paper cups. I was hooked. Transported back to a time before baseball became ‘Moneyball’. In subsequent visits to this small country with a big heart I visited every stadium and saw many games. JHK, I have a three game series with Pinar del Rio Vegueros playing the Santiago de Cuba Avispas that I can send you on a USB stick. Just say the word.

  11. scoubidou123 August 7, 2020 at 10:40 am #

    “the intellectual racket of creating sham fields of study that [] eventually even invaded the STEM disciplines”

    If I may submit this as exhibit A:
    https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2019/09/20/3-concordia-researchers-collaborate-to-engage-indigenous-knowledges-in-the-study-of-physics.html
    Decolonizing light

    By engaging Indigenous understanding and involving Indigenous communities in the co-creation of knowledge, the project aims to decolonize contemporary physics research and attract Indigenous students

    high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary and international research

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:55 am #

      No doubt White science will be revealed as inferior…..

      • shabbaranks August 7, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

        Perhaps at the drum circle they can sing a new version of Thomas Dolby’s classic “Blinded by Science” as they burn Isaac Asimov’s masterful three volumes of “Understanding Physics.”

    • Jigplate August 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

      The NYC schools chancellor (the one before the present piece of work) declared that she wanted “Computer science for all”. A typical class size for me was around 25 students. In a multi decade career, I can honestly state that I probably had only that number of kids pass through my classroom who could have hacked a career in computer science

  12. JohnAZ August 7, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    A comment on pods in school.

    Reduction of the virus takes increasing personal space. Crowding kids into a classroom, regardless of how many screens and masks are worn is going to breed environments conducive to the virus.

    So, how to reach the kids with low density environments.

    The pod concept is now in an infantile Stage with wealthier folks hiring tutors or teachers to instruct in small groups. Spacing is possible with this concept.

    However, public schools have the charter to educate everyone. How to use pods To educate everyone?

    How about using the schools in existence now to be broadcast centers into groups of pods. Teachers still teach, through the internet connections going to the pods. The public room teacher is still the primary educator. Each pod will have an aide or a notch above to control the classroom and do one on one with the kids.

    Coordination between the main teachers and their assistants to make sure that content is received.

    As long as Covid is around in present form, over crowding classrooms is a thing of the past. So the public education system better come up with something that works and keeps kids apart.

    Another weakness is the fragility off those classroom teachers. Losing a teacher to the flu for 2-3 weeks would be bad news. Unless the subs are up to par.

    Again, expanding personal space is key to controlling the spread of the crud. Kids may fight it off, elementary kids, but late studies say that their ability to spread the virus is the same as and adults. And jr and sr high have the same characteristic that Adults do.

    It is up to parents and educators to come up with a day to day system that works. Shuffling kids off to an viral environment is not “cool”.

    • Ishabaka August 7, 2020 at 10:48 am #

      Anywhere there is another person is a “viral environment”. The only way to avoid it is to lock oneself into ones home for the duration (I’m guessing two years total). Two year lockdown = complete collapse.
      Pods don’t stop the spread of the virus – if anything, they only slow it down.

    • BC_EE August 7, 2020 at 11:06 am #

      The missng part of this system is transportation. Crowding kids into school buses would be wrose than classroom densities. Ever notice what looks like the average for the typical school bus driver? The system could collapse just due to the lack of bus drivers.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      Herd immunity is the name of the game. Flattening the curve was just a way to slow the inevitable so as not to overwhelm the hospitals for the exceedingly few who would need them. Remember?

      Or has eating the apple taken away your memory too?

      • JohnAZ August 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm #

        The “scientists” do not know currently how effective the virus will be or if herd immunity will even work with this virus. So shoving people into getting the virus might be a really stupid thing to do.

        HIV and SARS do not have vaccines. HIV was slowed, not stopped by Mitigation and drugs, SARS, they do not have a clue what happened.

        The only thing I have noticed about this virus is what a lousy job the experts have done in characterizing it.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

          It is legion as Neurodoc said a few days ago. Mutation? Or were different versions created and released to sow chaos?

          Look into the effectiveness of Corona vaccines that we already have. There’s no panacea there. Probably why Gates and Co chose it. They’re going to have to be constantly sticking us, at the very least, yearly.

          • GreenAlba August 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

            There are 140 vaccines being developed and tested. You don’t need to go for anything related to Gates.

            Seven are currently in Phase 3 trials (large-scale safety and efficacy trials).

            https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/aug/06/covid-vaccine-tracker-when-will-we-have-a-coronavirus-vaccine

            The UK government is hedging its bets by targeting 12 vaccines from around the world to acquire stocks. I’m sure your government will be at the head of the bidding queue for any and all that are shown to be safe and to work.

            You can ignore them all, of course.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

            Oh we’ll get to choose which one of these we take? One will make a woman sterile. Another make a man more docile and effeminate. Another, shortens life by enhancing the effects of the disease, etc.

            Consumerism at its best. But you have to choose one or one will be chosen for you.

          • Kim August 8, 2020 at 7:23 am #

            @ Green Alba

            You can ignore them all, of course.

            That is the problem: we may not be permitted to ignore them.

          • GreenAlba August 8, 2020 at 10:13 am #

            @Kim

            I am not, a priori in favour of compulsory vaccination or any other medical intervention. Unwanted medical intervention is ‘assault’ in law.

            However, there are always exceptions, e.g. when a person is ‘sectioned’ under the relevant mental health act to prevent harm to themselves or to other people. Such events are not undertaken lightly and involve police, doctor(s), community psychiatric nurse(s) and paramedics. All to protect the person’s individual rights and to make sure the ‘section’ is absolutely a last resort.

            I don’t know under what dire conditions I might approve of a change to the principle of vaccination always being voluntary. I certainly approve of legal intervention to prevent, say, Jehovah’s Witnesses from being allowed to cause the unnecessary death of their child through a refusal to accept a blood transfusion.

            Ebola might do it for me in a genuine crisis, were there a vaccine. Nasty disease. And no reason why doctors and nurses should give their lives to kowtow to other people’s principles, perhaps. They’re not paid danger money. But, for the moment, there are no voices here favouring compulsory vaccination, although the anti-vaxxer movement has been acknowledged and discussed, in the context of consequences for herd immunity and protection of the vulnerable (who aren’t all old and might not all be safe candidates for vaccination).

            There is a view in the scientific community that vaccination is likely to be less effective when administered to those who are at most risk. So perhaps social solidarity will turn out to be a thing, and perhaps it won’t, depending on where one lives, geographically as well as digitally.

            I have no problem considering accepting vaccination against Covid19, but I will only do so when I am convinced of its safety and I certainly won’t be taking anything incorporating a chip, which isn’t an issue anyway in this instance, despite the technology being technically available.

            I recall the excitable theorising about the potential consequences of the experimental cloning of Dolly the sheep and how this was going to mean cloning people, armies and gawd knows what in consequence, a story which ended up as the next week’s fish and chip papers (figuratively speaking, since less ecologically sound wrappings have taken their place). People love a sensational story.

          • GreenAlba August 8, 2020 at 10:51 am #

            Janos

            “Oh we’ll get to choose which one of these we take? One will make a woman sterile. Another make a man more docile and effeminate. Another, shortens life by enhancing the effects of the disease, etc.”

            OK, help me out by confirming which one it is which is going to make a woman sterile, which is going to make a man more docile, and which is going to shorten life. Details of the mechanisms by which these effects are going to come about would also be appreciated, although I realise that immunology really is rocket science, only more rocket-y. Science needs your insights.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

            Bravo Alba, you got right to the point of the poignard: We don’t know. We’re going to need much better consumer information than we’re likely to get. We need to know the ingredients as a bare minimum. As a Christian, aborted baby cells are out for me. I don’t want to be made docile, etc.

          • GreenAlba August 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

            I would expect to know the ingredients too. I don’t find that controversial.

    • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm #

      Crowding kids into a classroom sounds dangerous. It will probably cause a lot of cases. Let’s check the case fatality rate for children under 19:
      https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid#case-fatality-rate-of-covid-19-by-age

      Huh. It appears the CFR for 0-9 is, uh,0. And the CFR for 10-19 is 0 for three of the four countries in the dataset, and 0.2 for China.

      Care to reconsider?

      • abcdef August 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

        Hi DrTomSchmidt,
        Those kids have parents and grandparents that they visit… and potentially infect. I wonder if we take your statistics and apply it to people who are 50, 60, 70, or 80?
        Would you be prepared to concede that this is more complicated than you initially put forward?

        • DrTomSchmidt August 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

          Read it and guess my answer:
          https://nypost.com/2020/04/30/no-evidence-of-kids-passing-coronavirus-to-adults-studies-show/

          “No child under age 10 is known to have transmitted the coronavirus to an adult, a review of several studies has found.

          Experts can’t find a single case in which a young kid passed the virus on to a grownup, according to the review led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and reported in the Telegraph Thursday.

          Kids are also far less likely to become infected, the research found.”

        • DrTomSchmidt August 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

          There’s also this:

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8607961/No-cases-school-pupils-passing-coronavirus-teacher-exist-expert-says.html

          “No confirmed cases exist anywhere in the world of school pupils passing on Covid to their teachers, an expert has said.

          All the available evidence points to children being poor spreaders of the virus, said Professor Mark Woolhouse, who cast doubt on the theory that reopening schools will trigger a deadly second wave.”

          And this:
          https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/14/schools-coronavirus-infection-rate-low-german-study-finds.html

          It is the largest study in Germany to date and was carried out after the country reopened schools after lockdown, with the aim of assessing how many students and teachers carry antibodies against the virus and how its spread changes over time.

          The results showed that “the dynamics of virus spreading have been overestimated,” the universities said, adding that the study suggested that schools did not become the coronavirus “hotspot” after reopening, as had been feared.”

  13. Ishabaka August 7, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    Traveling puppeteer (think “Punch and Judy”) was an occupation for thousands of years – no electricity or internet required.

    • benr August 7, 2020 at 10:53 am #

      I can think of a couple of court jesters we could use as real life puppets.
      The big stick schtick might knock some sense into them as well.

  14. Disaffected August 7, 2020 at 11:07 am #

    Best column have read in a long, long time! Well done Mr. K!

    • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm #

      Yeah, he covered all the things slowly and now rapidly degrading.

  15. tom clark August 7, 2020 at 11:12 am #

    Jimbo…the onset of the long emergency has been considerably hastened and magnified by covid. Sad to see baseball try to carry on under “covid rules”. But that’s what happens when you have a worldwide pandemic without a vaccine. I’m sure there’s another waiting in the wings not too far down the road. “Living in the Long Emergency” takes on more meaning every day.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:59 am #

      Yeah – Covid 20. Same lab that Covid 19 came from or at least the same creators and financiers.

      • Majella August 8, 2020 at 6:49 am #

        Blah blah blah…same old tropes…

    • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

      The first one worked so well at giving power and control to sociopaths. In the next one, they’ll be sure to make it even more obscure so that good data can not counter the narrative.

    • draupnir August 7, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

      They are rushing the vaccine and hope to have it available early next year. The problem is with selling it. Over 50% of the people in a recent poll are not planning on taking it. Another 30 or so percent are not sure. Most no longer trust big pharma, the medical industry or the government anymore. There is talk of forcing compliance.

      • Majella August 8, 2020 at 6:51 am #

        And thanks to President Chlorox, much of his base won’t trust mail-in voting…so won’t do it. Bye bye…

        • Kim August 8, 2020 at 7:16 am #

          @ Majella

          https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/nevada-sent-more-than-200k-mail-in-primary-ballots-to-wrong-addresses/

          Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses

          One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses

          More than one-sixth of the mail-in ballots sent to voters in Nevada’s largest county during the 2020 primary went to outdated addresses, according to a new watchdog report.

          The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, reviewed the 1.3 million mail-in ballots Nevada’s Clark County sent during the June primary. It found that more than 223,000 of the ballots were sent to outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as “undeliverable.” The undeliverable ballots accounted for 17 percent of all ballots mailed to registered voters. Nearly 75 percent of Nevada’s total population resides in the county, which includes Las Vegas.

          “These numbers show how vote by mail fails,” said J. Christian Adams, PILF’s president and general counsel. “New proponents of mail balloting don’t often understand how it actually works. States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not somehow transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November.”

          “The addresses that we used were provided by the voters when they registered,” Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Clark County, told the Washington Free Beacon. “If they no longer reside at the address they provided to us, then we would expect that mail to be returned to us, which is what happened.”

        • Kim August 8, 2020 at 7:19 am #

          @ Majella

          https://nypost.com/2020/08/05/84000-mail-in-ballots-disqualified-in-nyc-primary-election/

          Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess

          The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections.

          The city BOE received 403,103 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary.

          But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted.

          That means 84,108 ballots were not counted or invalidated — 21 percent of the total.

          One out of four mail-in ballots were disqualified for arriving late, lacking a postmark or failing to include a voter’s signature, or other defects. The Post reported Tuesday that roughly 30,000 mail-in ballots were invalidated in Brooklyn alone.

        • Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

          Why shoud they?

          Be detailed, Dr. Gelatin.

  16. daytrip August 7, 2020 at 11:13 am #

    I’ve been learning a lot from youtube guitar instructors lately. Pretty much anything you want to learn is there, from music theory to guitar specific stuff, to learning particular songs, breakdown of particular songs ( ie. what makes this song great by Rick Beato), to backing tracks to play along with. If one has the desire to learn, the information is out there. These guitar instructors are some of the best in the world.

    I think we could get away with much less actual teachers in many disciplines by going online and choosing the top posters to educate anyone and everyone who wants to learn. Then, we avoid the distractions of being in classrooms with peeps who don’t want to be there. And we could save huge amounts of money.

    • Bobby Brown August 7, 2020 at 11:20 am #

      I’ve done the same. I wish it had been around when I was a kid. Great backing tracks, great instructors. Just think of any song you ever wanted to learn, type it in the youtube search box along with guitar and poof it’s right there. youtube has put out of business every music teacher out there. You can say Covid 19 put working musicians out of work, but every working musician I ever knew could never support himself with just gigs. They made their real money teaching others how to make pennies per hour playing music in clubs.

      • Billy Hill August 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

        There was an era before MADD when first the silents and then the boomers were in heat during which one could still make a decent living playing in clubs with a real rhythm section and maybe even a horn section. So long as one respected the dictum that the club owner was not interested in art, only in bar receipts, the system worked.

        Things gradually fell apart, leading at last to the abomination of a lone guitarist with MIDI instruments and sequencer singing Margaritaville backed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

        Those of us still involved — even if no longer to pay the rent — discovered “events” (weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc) as a way to continue the fellowship with good players. We used to joke that the table floral arrangements cost more than the band and we only got paid to move equipment; the music was for us.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

          Did you watch the movie “The Wedding Crashers”? They did it for sex. You did it for music. But is not sex the poor man’s opera?

    • MiddlePeninsula August 7, 2020 at 11:22 am #

      Daytrip, you are right. Colleges and universities today are credential mills. You pay your money and you get your credential. Maybe you have the requisite knowledge and maybe not at the end of the education. I thought it was interesting that the federal government is going to a skill model instead of exhibiting a piece of paper to signify competence. Of course, many of the professions have licensing exams which tends to weed out the unqualified. The education is out there virtually free if you care to seek it out.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

      Knowledge is not taught but rather, caught. The in person transmission is vital but only at the higher levels. No doubt much of the preliminary work can be done as you say.

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

        The same material presented to different students produces very different results. Up to a point you can trick students into learning but beond that the students have to want to know more.

        You can lead a horse to water…

        • Majella August 8, 2020 at 6:54 am #

          Just out of curiosity, what level of students do you teach?

  17. akmofo August 7, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    There’s more to it than just economics. There’s also commie politics. Woke sports is broke sports.

    And it’s not just sports. The commie MSM is losing audience. They can’t even give away their commie shit for free.

  18. wm5135 August 7, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    scoubidou123 how sure are you there is a line of demarcation between the quantum world and the macro world? Do you fancy yourself as an empiricist or a rationalist? Not many things are more humorous than an empiricist using GPS.

    • scoubidou123 August 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

      Pff, I have moved beyond the empiricist-rationalist dichotomy.

      Don’t know why empiricists using GPS are funny.

      As to me, my best physics joke:
      Does a radioactive cat have 18 half-lives?

  19. wm5135 August 7, 2020 at 11:41 am #

    scoubidou123
    If I may submit this as exhibit A:

    https://phys.org/news/2020-07-quantum-fluctuations-jiggle-human-scale.html

    • scoubidou123 August 7, 2020 at 11:11 pm #

      Kudos to the engineering team.

      Now the motion detected was 10^-20 meter. If I may quote the article itself:
      “A hydrogen atom is 10^-10 meters, so this displacement of the mirrors is to a hydrogen atom what a hydrogen atom is to us”

      I am not a quantum physicist. I am told that quantum effects are always there, they’re just negligible until you get close to atom scale (10^-9m), the way relativity effects do not kick in until you get to a fraction of the speed of light.

      10^-20 m is mind-bogglingly small

  20. jeff2002 August 7, 2020 at 11:44 am #

    All due to a pedestrian virus provably no more lethal than a bad flu. (More contagious does not mean more lethal.) It’s like a single devastating move in a chess game that brings about multiple undoings. And whether we realize it or not, we are pawns on that chessboard.

    Oh, well, since I lost my job to the bad flu, I have the time to play some chess . . .

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:04 pm #

      Yes, a Terror strike by the Elite. Life is what we focus on. They focused us on this and in so doing, created the terror they so desired. That and the subsequent lockdown were the keys for the rest of the coming changes now called the Great Reset.

    • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

      You’re forgetting the semi-lethal, probably permanent, organ-damaging aftereffects. Many so-called recovered people are still feeling poorly months after getting it. Unless the medical professionals never told us about similar aftereffects with the standard flu, COVID-19 is not a pedestrian illness. It is a coronavirus like the “regular flu”, but is a cousin, not the same.

      • jeff2002 August 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm #

        Fair point. Nevertheless, the overall lethality, going by numerous seroprevelance studies, is .2% to .3%. Dr. Fauci himself alluded to this possibility in March in the New England Journal of Medicine. So it’s a coronavirus with a nasty twist for those with weak immune systems. It does not justify imploding the world economy as a countermeasure. In no previous pandemic, including the Hong Kong Flu pandemic of 1969 that killed a million people, has there ever been a response has overcooked as the current one.

        • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

          Yes, much of the response is political. But what does a weak immune system mean? Given Americans’ poor lifestyles, how many people have weak immune systems? If aftereffects from just this one disease costs a weak immune system person just $1,000 per year for medicine and treatments, and 3 million people (1% of the population) have these aftereffects, then the medical establishment would gross $60 billion dollars over the next 20 years – and I think I’m using figures that are way too low. And this is just for this disease. What about all the other new diseases and variants that are sure to come? The pharma industry is superbly profitable.

          I mentioned in a prior post that I cashed out my investments in November. What I didn’t say was everything else being equal, I made the most profit from my pharmaceutical company stocks.

          • jeff2002 August 7, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

            Cashed out in November? News of the virus didn’t break till late December. Some prescient instincts you have there. I wonder if I should cash out . . .

          • MiddlePeninsula August 8, 2020 at 9:16 am #

            I don’t know about the cost of a weak immune system, but I can tell you the cost of a primary immune deficiency. The monthly cost of the human immunoglobulin is about $5,800 per month. Now you know the type of folks that sell their plasma. Even though it is “purified”, who knows what else you are getting….like mad cow disease. What do you think the chances of this particular industry surviving in the long emergency? The future belongs to the young and strong …..and lucky.

          • GreenAlba August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am #

            We had a very nasty scandal here, Middle Peninsula, where 2400 people died after using contaminated blood products from the US.

            https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/26/contaminated-blood-scandal-victims-win-ruling-to-launch-high-court-action

            Blood products here are donated, not sold. All you get is a cup of tea and a biscuit, and a little badge after 10 years of donations!

      • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

        And you’re forgetting the millions if not billions that will die if this is allowed to go on.

        Or the countless death that will accrue due to the stoppage of testing, regular procedures, etc. And that have already occurred because of these and mental illness leading to suicide or homelessness and then suicide or divorce then homelessness and then suicide.

        • jeff2002 August 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

          I doubt that. Every past pandemic was self-limiting; viruses tend to weaken as they move through populations, which is why the fatality rates are declining (contrary to those who solely credit masks and social distancing for that outcome.)

          And let’s talk about those collateral deaths. We’re going to see a tidal wave of them because of the shutdowns. My local hospital lost over a million dollars a day–for three months!–clearing beds for a Covid surge that never showed up. A lot of people here and elsewhere who needed cancer treatment, COPD treatment, and the like are now either worse off or dead. The suicides and homelessness you mention are a direct result of the unnecessary shutdowns, which only proves my point.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

            We’re on the same general page. I think the disease is mostly hype. But the famines in the 3rd World and the surge in American homelessness are going to be very real.

      • cc rider August 7, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

        Yes, COVID-19 is an illness that is a result of a lab engineered virus. So, no, not pedestrian. Now many scoff at the idea of it being engineered because it just isn’t really all that deadly. Nothing like the Spanish Flu pandemic, for example. Well, if it was released accidentally that may explain why it isn’t all that deadly in terms of numbers. “They” weren’t ready for it to be released.

        But, what if it was released purposefully and the intention was NOT to kill millions and millions? What if the intention was for it to do exactly what it is doing? And what if we’ll know more about the overall intention six or twelve months from now? Of course when I say “we” I mean those who have “eyes to see”. Those, in other words, who are willing to pull head out of ass and not depend on liars and idiots for information. (Politicians, Dr. Fauci, WHO, CDC, MSM, etc….)

        • Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

          It likely was engineered. Whether the release was intentional or not is something we plebes will never know.

          One thing seems clear though, it is a means to an end. This “pandemic” and the accompanying falsified stats and deluge of disinfo. are a perfect means for expanding the surveillance state and moving closer to a centralized global system of governance.

          The speed of societal change over the past two years has been astonishing.

          • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

            ….and we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

    • Epicur August 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

      “All due to a pedestrian virus provably no more lethal than a bad flu.”

      For those whose genetics trigger a cytokine storm it is devastating, and this bug seems to trigger more of those than most others. I just wish they would level with us about that risk instead of pretending that we all bear the same risk if we catch the virus.

      For the majority this bug is nothing, but for some it means a horrible death or, if they survive, they are seriously compromised. There is a genetic lottery playing out in the dark.

      • Majella August 8, 2020 at 7:07 am #

        Epicur:

        I just wish they would level with us about that risk instead of pretending that we all bear the same risk if we catch the virus.‘

        But we do all have the same risk, because ‘risk’ is the potential for change occurring – either to advantage or disadvantage -from a definable event.

        While there may be compromising PECs, even these are still only ‘potentials’. The risk equation is solved only when an outcome has been determined.

        So, if your 13 year-old granddaughter carries COVID from school to your place, there WILL be an outcome. (Hopeful it’d be a non-event, but that’s the risk.)

  21. Pucker August 7, 2020 at 11:48 am #

    I wonder why they ordered a crappy old Italian WWII bolt action rifle through a Texas mail order catalog for the JFK hit? I wonder why they didn’t “Buy American”? Maybe that was the cheapest rifle in the catalog?

    • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      Puck,
      Assassination on a budget… During that time, a decent 03 Springfield would cost $29.95…The old Carcano less than 10 bucks.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

      Prince Harry sold two very expensive English rifles because Meagan didn’t like them or him shooting.

      He now lives in Hollywood where he doesn’t know anybody or have anything to do. So Me Gain can kickstart her career. I suppose he takes care of Archie.

      Poor Mr Markle!

      • shabbaranks August 7, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

        “Me Gain.” LOL. Brilliant!!!!!

      • Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

        It is sad. So very transparent. Would have thought the kid would have had some serious reservations with all the soft-core porn and T&A shots she had all over the Web (that the royal family furiously scrubbed when they got serious), but nope. He actually bought the cow.

  22. 4014HAMPHEDGE August 7, 2020 at 11:52 am #

    Gatestone Blog has an article this morning 8/7/2020 describing Chinese version of the Nazi Death Camps, -for their Muslms- complete with hair and personal effects harvesting. Some may have noticed videos a few months back showing the overlarge trucks, look like huge garbage truck,s plying the streets of Wuhan? Mobile “Waste Disposal Incinerators”. No incriminating brick & mortar ovens for the thoroughly modern inscrutable ones…

    Of course this brings worldwide push back on everyone from the Billion plus Muslims, perfectly understandable. More to the pocketbook, how does a sane world deal with China now? What of the poor business models like Walmart, Target and Home Depot, what goes on their shelves as the China model ushers in WWIII?

    Fall-back to the pre-1970 Nixon China visit view of America, and we see predominately USA based manufacturing. Viet Nam War is going full swing, with remaining stocks of WWII army surplus munitions used up. Up to 1970 America was orders of magnitude more a lending not a borrowing nation, even though the War and importing oil was forcing debasement of the currency,

    Viet nam was a mechanism to suck millions of young unemployed black men off the streets via the draft, Law & order was simpler then. If Trump is reaction to government incompetence post 911Day, then so was Reagan the reaction candidate for the post-Viet Nam wandering, OPEC, giving up Panama, climaxed with the Hostage Crisis. North Sea and Alaska oil gave the west breathing space and sidelined Russia for 2 decades . Here & now, the Chinese holocaust revelation means an extraordinarily bad period for the world, and whichever poor sucker is president for the 2020 decade. The Valley Forge Vision Trial # 3.is upon America.

    This writer along with pagemeister Kunsller mentions railways as a “Long Emergency” fallback component, JHK more as an amenity when cars are not so much part of the scene, This writer is more concerned with railway as an existential component of Famine Hedge. It is faintly amusing to see otherwise intelligent posters hereabouts looking forward to holing up with their computers as things go from bad to worse. They must think the great China war will leave communication satellites intact.

  23. neurodoc August 7, 2020 at 11:53 am #

    ‘…..if we’re not still at war with each other.’

    Almost every significant war in the ‘modern era,’ has taken place in a time frame of an economic depression. The best example is WWII. We only came out of it with the war (look at the charts of the DOW and ‘GDP’ in the late 30’s/early 40’s pre war). Some famous guy has said something to the effect of ‘if nothing else works, they always take us to war.’ That was Gerald Celente, and I think he was right.

    I will be shocked if we’re not at war, probably with china, by the end of 2021.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm #

      If Civil War doesn’t take us. Or maybe as a way of avoiding Civil War?

    • DrTomSchmidt August 7, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

      Yes, but: all those previous wars came in the context of no nuclear weapons. There won’t be another large war for three reasons: 1)Nukes. 2) Old countries don’t start wars, though they may be attacked. Median age in the USA is high 30s. 3) the Military complex extracts about $1trillion from the economy now without a real war; in a sense, we never really demobilized from WW2. Why would the MIC risk losing that gravy train by showing it was all and always just pork?

      • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

        ” Old countries don’t start wars”

        DrTom,
        Hunh…how old was Great Britain when it declared war on Germany over a Polish incursion?

        • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:20 pm #

          This string of the discussion is exactly why we need JHK to introduce that Godwin’s Law rule, and why we need it stat!

          On the other hand, maybe this view is too harsh. After all, it could be damaging to the psyche of the organism to expect it to give up hitler/nazi analogies overnight, cold turkey so to speak.

          I have an idea of how we could moderate it: anyone who has used a hitler/nazi analogy – we understand the impulse – but perhaps you could consider instead using a Napoleon analogy – he was a great autocrat and killer – or occasionaly instead of hitler/nazis maybe you could refer to someone more obscure but also interesting who has captured your imagination in your reading, for example, like Hideyoshi (he was a very mean guy too).

          Wait, I’m sorry, what’s that? You’ve never heard of Hideyoshi? Understandable I suppose.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyotomi_Hideyoshi

          Anyway, you could suggest someone else yourself. You have all of history to choose from. Thousands of years.

          What’s that you say? The only historical ideas that you have ever been taught about and that you have constantly free-floating in your heads – waiting to attach themselves to any other passing idea, no matter how vague the relevance – concern be-monocled nazis in Hugo Boss uniforms?

          Uh-huh. I see. I am starting to see that this Godwin’s Law problem is much larger and goes much deeper than I had imagined.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

            One PC Nazi accused me of giving speeches from the balcony of my mom’s garage, smoking my cigarette backwards, and having an unhealthy desire to wear jodspurs or some such thing. He seemed to know more about it than I did or do.

            The weird military pants with the bulges on the side? Why were they like that or what were they for? Any idea?

          • GreenAlba August 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

            *Jodhpurs*, after the Indian city (from whose baggy pants the name was coined).

            For comfort in horse-riding, before stretchy fabrics made them unnecessary and tanks made the horses unnecessary.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

            Interesting, thanks.

        • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:57 pm #

          @ elsysianfield

          Yes, there was that little problem of the Polish and bolshevik ethnic cleansing of Germans that was going on in Prussia, Danzig, and Silesia.

          But I should not have replied to this. I blame you for provoking me.

          • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

            “I blame you for provoking me.”

            Mein culpa….

        • DrTomSchmidt August 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

          A good question. You might note that the populations in 1939 were a lot less eager for war than 1914. According to this:
          https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/world-war-ii-wartime-domesday-book-showing-life-in-1939-to-be-made-publicly-available-online-a6717281.html

          The data shows that the average age for men was 33 and for women 35 (compared to 38 and 40 today).

          As for Germany, take a look at the population pyramid: you can see millions of unborn babies due to WW1. It looks like the median age of men was about 30:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_in_Germany#/media/File:Germany_Sex_By_Age_1939.png

          Germany is more than 10 years older than that today. There simply isn’t enough cannon fodder.

          There’s plenty of cannon fodder in a country the size of the USA, and China, but those children represent pretty much ALL the male sons of families in a country like the USA where only 1.8 children are born per woman.

    • Epicur August 7, 2020 at 8:28 pm #

      They have been called “trough wars” and Kondratieff wrote about them long before Celente (or Turchin).

  24. John1945 August 7, 2020 at 11:56 am #

    =I certainly won’t pay a hundred bucks or more sit in Fenway Park=

    ‘‘Sir Isaac Newton would have found out much about the laws of gravitation if he had seen Ruth bang baseballs. He probably would have decided that there weren’t any.’’-Brooklyn Eagle,1927

    Yes.That’s what has let to our intellectual decline.I was mightily affected too.

    Now that baseball tickets are priced out of reach of almost everybody the SAT scores will skyrocket. 😉

  25. beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    Jim, I loved today’s post. Ah, Fenway Park, that grand old stadium. I spent many a day at that ballpark. When I was a kid, the Red Sox stunk and there were always empty seats. Us kids would buy bleacher seat tickets for under a dollar, then a few innings into the game we’d sneak into the box seats near the Red Sox dugout on the first base side. Those seats were expensive; I believe they were a whopping $3.50 per ticket.

    The ushers would kick us out after a few innings, but occasionally a kind-hearted one would let us stay. What a treat that was.

    Speaking of rich athletes, if I remember correctly, Ted Williams was the first, or one of the first ball players to get a $100,000 per year contract.

    I could tell you a lot of stories about my Fenway days.

    What’s really sad is that I loved baseball very much then. Now, I couldn’t care less because of what MLB has turned into.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

      Too much focus on any one thing imbalances life and in the end will destroy the thing itself, at least on a societal level. One reporter said that Williams and guys of his generation were most proud of their military service. And if you hung around them, you were more likely to hear war stories not baseball ones.

      The curse of professionalism destroyed the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Instead of all around athletes who competed for honor and the glory of the gods (symbolized by a wreath of laurel), there began to be professionals who focused on wrestling or boxing, etc for money.

      • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

        Yeah. I was in the little league and it was fun. Greed killed pro sports, but the fans allowed it to happen. In hindsight we all should have refused to watch or attend the games.

    • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

      Thank you for staying on topic and not going off into some screed about aliens or the Vatican.

      I actually remember Carl Yastrzemski.

      • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:47 pm #

        From Carl: I was lucky enough to have the talent to play baseball. That’s how I treated my career. I didn’t think I was anybody special, anybody different.
        I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.

  26. amb August 7, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    Re causality, these social and planetary conditions (minus natural disasters) that run throughout history, all have the basic common denominators of: immorality, low IQ, and ignorance. These are the reasons for history always repeating itself.

  27. RB August 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

    Pardon me for smiling regarding the economic hit on professional sports. These modern contracts are obscene and so if they disappear then Xmas has come early. Also obscene is the money that so called celebrities are paid, and I include Ms. Oprah into that mix. If Americans are forced to stand down from supporting these people, then Covid is worth it. No, no socialist here, but i do enjoy the celebrity suffering. But more enjoyable is the media’s job losses which are growing. Hooray I say. I wish I could comment on social media but I’m not part of any of that. I read about Facebook and its tyranny but friends who use it seem to have no interest in quitting it. Same with Twitter and Instagram. I frankly don’t know what those really are except that we have a president who communicates via Twitter while using the toilet. Fitting.

    The current days are far more dangerous than any other part of our history. The ship is sinking. The government is installing screen doors and windows. NYC and Chicago and Seattle and others are already under water. The ship cannot be refloated nor are there nearly enough life jackets and life boats. Who will be saved?

    • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

      The richer and more successful she became, the more Oprah seemed to resent the system and people behind her success. Human, all too human.

      • SW August 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

        A friend of my sister’s who’s a flight attendant told her that years ago Oprah was on one of her flights. She was very excited but didn’t want to annoy her so she politely treated her like any other passenger. Oprah wouldn’t even look at her to say “no thank you” to the common inquiry what she’d like to drink. She lost a fan.

        • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

          She was lucky it wasn’t Bump Wednesday. Oprah could knock you over.

      • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm #

        With a ‘Black’ president and fake Blacks like Kamala, what do you expect? Fake equality. Treat Whites as inferiors but give lip service to equality an diversity.

        • SW August 7, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

          It probably had more to do with her entitlement as a high profile entertainer than anything else.

          • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

            I read a worse story online about Aretha and her entourage
            but I dont know if it is true.

    • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

      I’m with you on the pro-sports and celebrities. They seem almost desperate to stay relevant. Once the whole marketing/advertised based economy starts to collapse, we (the US) will be in free-fall. Many millions of newly unemployed will not be buying anything in the very near future.

      At that point, advertisers will start to realize they are just throwing money out the window. That will just accelerate the collapse. The rest of the year should be enlightening for those paying attention.

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

        The funny thing for me is that for many people (sports stars) having vast amouts of money doesn’t seem to free them from being at the mercy of the opinions of the crowd. After all, why court popular opinion?

        What is the point of being a billionaire sportsman if you are still addicted or enslaved to the “likes” of people you don’t know?

        This is a very profound example of what is bedrock to being a human being. And it am’t pretty.

  28. neon sky August 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

    Jim, with your reference to puppets, I suspect, although I could be wrong, that you recently watched “Being John Malkovich.” Good pandemic fare to take your mind off the BS associated with the strange new world we now live in. One of the wackiest movies out there. Good NYC scenes too to remind us of how things used to be. It will be a must see in the future, if servers still exist then.

  29. Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

    https://www.amren.com/commentary/2020/08/an-active-duty-officer-analyzes-the-latest-george-floyd-video/

    Good article. I’m sure the knee on the neck didn’t help, but there indeed many other factors in play. He started complaining about not being able to breathe even before he was out of the car. The drugs? Anxiety attack due to the drugs and/or because he was about to be arrested? Just typical BS, since Blacks typically say this now?

    He had enough fentanyl in his sytem to kill according to the autopsy. Or had he built up an immunity?

    They were trying to get something called a hobble that would have helped restrain him and/or help get him in the car. Maybe they should have had this with them to begin with.

    So maybe he would be alive without the knee to the neck. No one can say one way or another. But to say that they murdered him is clearly wrong. And the attempt of the prosecution to hide this evidence is simply criminal. As was using it as the spark to set America on fire. A lot of people have a lot of answering to do…..

    • SW August 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm #

      It hi k one of the reasons this has been buried in the news is because of the videotape evidence that tells a different story from the one BLM want told. If it backed the police brutality one then there would be nonstop coverage. Rachael Maddow’s hair would burst into flames and the show trial would be center stage.

    • amb August 7, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

      No one has time for or cares about, the dregs of society. Only the Marxists in this country would seize upon this for their own special, destructive agenda. The attention should only be on the productive, law-abiding citizens, the assets of the society, who are the ones that should be rewarded. The thinning of the herd of low-lives is a natural phenomenon (they do it for us).

      Things need to be reversed in this degraded society:
      Reward the producers.
      Penalize the non-producers and trouble sources.

      Simple.

      • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

        Only to the extent that they are purposely non-productive. It’s only human for some good people just not being able to be productive. I know several people who got destroyed by drugs. They never understood in the beginning how difficult it was to get off them. They really tried, but the drugs got their hooks into them and wouldn’t let go. Yes, some people are strong enough to overcome their addiction, but many, many try but can’t. I used to be like you, get rid of them, until I saw some nice people I know get wiped out by them.

        Other non-productive people include those physically unable to work, some mentally ill or disabled persons, and those unable to find a productive job. Those that I agree with you on are ones who play the system and are purposely parasites who live off the rest of us for whatever non-legitimate reason.

        • amb August 7, 2020 at 10:07 pm #

          That is what I meant beantownbill. Consider your qualifications to my communication as tacit in my post. Of course I mean the purposely non-productive, criminal, destructive, etc. We are on the same page.

    • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm #

      Yes, this is an interesting take.

  30. joejoepelligrino August 7, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

    If the wokesters win, maybe I can try out for left-fielder in the National Caucasian Baseball League.

    • beantownbill. August 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

      And if you are a really good outfielder, you can be the new Joey D, except you’ll be known as Joey P.

    • amb August 7, 2020 at 10:09 pm #

      If the wokesters win, maybe you can try out for a re-education work camp. Since, that is what you’ll get.

  31. RocketDoc August 7, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

    Before selecting WMBH, have we considered some other less drastic arrangements of human society? The transition to something else is admittedly going poorly but is there some half way house of modernity before we all try subsistence farming again? My town is exploding with DOD expenditures and money, of the made and made up variety, is everywhere. There is no political constituency for austerity. The local election is in two weeks and the 3-term mayor should have little problem with re-election.
    Democrats here are a solid low impact minority of irrelevance. But the Democratic Senator, Doug Jones, has actually a small chance of winning again. Trump is still the Man and the Republican candidate his lackey but middle of the road earnestness may yet triumph over dedicated foolishness. Biden, despite 95% support from 30% of the population, has no chance.
    Who can even envision a different game? Until the Dems win and cut the military budget. 25%, we will party on here down South……

  32. malthuss August 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm #

    Although the ADL and YouTube had co-operated since at least 2008, intensification of this relationship in early 2019 culminated in YouTube changing its content policy.

    Jonathan Greenblatt announced the ADL had “been working with technology companies, including YouTube, to aggressively counter hate on their platforms.
    We were glad to share our expertise on this and look forward to continuing to provide input. While this is an important step forward, this move alone is insufficient and must be followed by many more changes from YouTube and other tech companies to adequately counter the scourge of online hate and extremism.”

    The international Jewish strategy to bring the ethos of “secure tolerance” into tech culture again involved the high-level involvement of American Jewish groups in Europe’s “democratic” institutions.

    For example, in May 2015 the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute (note again this constant reliance on a motley of Jewish ‘think tanks’), launched a fervent lobbying campaign at the EU with the aim to “detoxify social media. … Internet Service Providers are free to—and should—exclude raw hate speech.”
    Just to make sure the message was sent loud and clear, the AJC even hosted its main 2015 “Strategy Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism” in Brussels, during which the “AJC unveiled an action plan for European governments to address the intensifying crisis of anti-Semitism.”
    This, then, is our “democracy” — unelected, uninvited American Jewish groups presenting “action plans” (lists of demands) to a bloated, corrupt, and unaccountable bureaucracy.

    AND

    Regular readers will remember Michael Hansen, the independent Danish-American filmmaker who produced the documentaries Killing Europe, Killing Canada, and Killing Free Speech, among others.
    Amazon has now removed the first part of Killing Free Speech from its listings. Which is ironic, given that the film is a documentary about the threats to freedom of expression posed by Antifa and its allies in the media and the Democrat party.
    A second part of the documentary, focused on the power of Big Tech, will be released shortly.
    This is the second time that the documentary’s creator has been censored by Amazon.

    As Breitbart News reported last year, Hansen’s previous documentary, about mass migration and Islam in Europe, was also censored by the Big Tech platform.
    Breitbart has a report on Amazon’s action against Killing Free Speech.
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  33. Pucker August 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    Trump is talking about developing a Covid 19 vaccine at “Warp Speed”.

  34. Pucker August 7, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

    Tell an employee that he’d better get his ass over here at “Warp Speed”.

  35. Paulo August 7, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Excellent post. I was disappointed to read so many Zero Hedge type comments and personal attacks. The overt racism is pretty bad.

    Regardless, the US is falling apart. Gotta have that freedom Libertarianism is why the virus is currently winning in the USA. The comments about school reminded me of elementary school. The age old lesson posted at the front of every classroom, “Rights and Responsibilities”. Basically, R&R are the rules that allows a classroom to function and promotes personal development and relationships. The US seems to have forgotten the responsibility aspect, as everything is ‘my rights’, damn the others, and me me me.

    Here is a concept. If you control infection spread your economy opens and unemployment drops. With more personal responsibility about spread people are actually free to resume a more normal life. Sure, no parties or bars, but at least where I live people have mostly returned to work and unemployment is dropping.

    A big plus is the Canadian border is now closed to US travelers until there is no more virus being spread down south. Our only problem has been the goofs on their way to Alaska, who choose to vacation along the way. There are those rights, again. My sister in law runs a large grocery store on Vancouver Island. Some Florida tourists were on their way to Alaska and chose to stop off on the Island and shop at her store, about 1,000 miles and one ferry ride off course. They were hauled away by the RCMP and fined.

    Oh yeah, our public schools are slated to open the day after Labour Day. The exact date is being negotiated with teachers and parents. we had 40 new cases out of a population of 5+ million. Most of the cases were from house parties (young people). The public helth officer id in charge and politicians keep quiet. That is why we work together keeping the infection at bay. Hockey playoffs are doing pretty good. 🙂

    • Paulo August 7, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

      Forgot to add:

      That Sturgis is even happening says it all. The National Guard should block the fucking highways off.

      And who pays 54K per year US dollars tuition for university? Crazytown.

      • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 8:14 pm #

        I would bet on the bikers kicking the National Guard’s ass.

        • Majella August 9, 2020 at 5:59 am #

          Huh? Sturgis is older, rich, comfortable Boomers on holiday. Kick ass? Unlikely.

          • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

            Not all of them are older, rich and comfortable Boomers Maj. But you go ahead and believe whatever you want. The same crowd comes here every June for the Republic of Texas bike rally. Some of them couldn’t fight the Boy Scouts. But more than half of them are very capable of taking care of business if they had to. Including the women!

    • Kim August 7, 2020 at 11:06 pm #

      https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/virginia-rapist-released-from-prison-over-covid-murders-his-victim/

      I wonder if this should be classified as a COVID death?

  36. Roundball Shaman August 7, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

    “I miss baseball horribly, and its sad, half-assed attempt to present a rump season with no live bodies in the seats only amplifies the loss.”
    .
    The 2020 World Series champion should just be named as the last MLB team that can still field nine players whenever this “season” comes to an end.
    .
    As for “missing baseball”, the core MLB fan is still pretty much older White guys. And since older White guys are the current lepers of society to be vilified and blamed for everything rotten in the world, MLB doesn’t have much of a future anyway.
    .
    “I can imagine baseball reorganizing into two separate East and West leagues for a while, to reduce costly airplane travel, but even that might not last very long. If pro sports survives the political turmoil ahead, it will come out the other side as a strictly local and regional thing…”
    .
    MLB for years has had a caste system of Favored Teams and then The Ignored. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals are on the Highly Exalted List. Other proud and foundational teams like the White Sox, Indians, Pirates, Reds, and Tigers are on the Always To Be Ignored List by corporate sports media and others. Therefore, MLB will simply contract down to the favored teams and the rest of the players will be working construction or collecting $1,000 weekly checks from the Government’s Making-Up-Money-As-We-Go Program.
    .
    Then MLB will be declared as “racist” because the bases and plate are White. Woke-ites will storm and burn the ball fields, and the carcasses of stadiums will be used as Autonomous Free-State zones for the Woke and Broke seeking freedom from tyranny.

    • emme August 8, 2020 at 7:13 am #

      A few years ago, my small city acquired an AA team. We have a beautiful new stadium in a traditional style, and while tickets and concessions are too expensive (8 bucks for a beer last summer) the games are very well attended. The community loves finally having their own ball team–adults, kids, men, women–the crowd is by no means just older white guys.

      But no games at all for the minor leagues this year; the decision was made early to scrap the season. The games are sorely missed; people who worked the games every season are missing their paychecks and the locals the fun of going to a game.

      One bright spot I suppose is that when baseball becomes more local, they are a lot of minor league ball parks in small cities that could host future local semi-pro teams.

  37. John1945 August 7, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

    Gentlemen;

    If you need a deeper understanding of what goes on in Portland and elsewhere-may I recommend you some books.

    Author Eugene Methvin,Senior Editor at Readers Digest,studied late 60’s riots close and personal and got beaten up more than once in the process.

    …….

    Chapter 1. The Social Avalanche.

    Shortly after dark on a hot July night in 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey hauled a cursing, struggling Negro prisoner from their cruiser and dragged him up the steps into the Fourth Precinct Station House.

    Across the street, from two towering 14-story public housing buildings, Negro residents saw the struggle. Some later swore the policemen “beat” and “stomped” their prisoner. Within minutes the rumor flitted: “He’s dead, Brother-the whitey cops beat him to death!” A crowd of 1,200, mostly teenagers and young men, gathered. Soon Molotov cocktails and firebombs smashed against the police station, and two cars were set on fire. The crowd stoned firemen away. Down the street, a garbage can smashed Harry’s Liquor Store window, and looters leaped through. The Newark riot was on.

    It raged for four days, requiring State Police and National Guard to restore order, and left 23 dead and $15 million in property destroyed. In five other Northern New Jersey cities, violence flared simultaneously. The next weekend Detroit erupted into the worst U.S. riot in a hundred years, and like a crowning forest fire, explosions burst in 43 other American cities over the next ten days…….

    Last chapter is about the police inaction:

    XVII POLICE ACTION AND INACTION

    1. “The Peace Officer.” 2. Shoot Looters? 3. Fraud, Irrelevance and Ignorance. 4. Inaction is Inaction is Inaction. 5. The Calculus of Killing. 6. Phased Force, Restrained Precision. 7. The Myth of the Monstrous Mob. 8. Due Process for Ku Kluxers. 9. Avoid the Police Panic Spasm. 10. What the Law Prescribes. 11. Another Kind of Blunderbuss. 12. “The Eye of the God.” 13. Police Must Act. 14. Signaling Order.

    First Eugene Methvin published an article in the January 1965 Reader’s Digest, “How the Reds Make a Riot”

    Then he wrote 2 books:

    The Riot Makers: The Technology of Social Demolition, 1970
    The Rise of Radicalism: The Social Psychology of Messianic Extremism, 1973.

    I discovered his books by chance because “Marine Corps Gazette” published a review of “Riot Makers” in February 1970.

    You can lend a high-quality 600dpi fre digital copy of “Riot Makers” at the

    archive.org

    • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:36 pm #

      I see it there at archive.org but it is not free to download. Maybe I am doing it wrongly. I will look around elsewhere because it looks very interesting.

      Anyway, thanks. Appreciate the suggestion.

  38. lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

    I have a suggestion. Why don’t all of you not directly commenting on JHK’s post for the day, find some place else to go or start you own blog.

    Stay on topic, don’t comment if you can’t.

    • elysianfield August 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm #

      “Stay on topic”

      Latestarter,

      …is that a rule?

  39. shabbaranks August 7, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8576371/Police-bodycam-footage-shows-moment-moment-arrest-George-Floyd-time.html

    Narrative collapse continues. The George Floyd hoax ranks alongside the Weapons of Mass Destruction hoax and the Gulf of Tonkin hoax as one of the triumvirate of great frauds perpetrated on the American people.

    • lateStarter August 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

      I don’t think he was writing about that today. An comments relevant to the original post?

      • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

        One thing leads to another. As Bilbo said, a road is a very dangerous thing. You never know where you will end up on these roads of thought.

        Please try and be a fearless traveler. It is our Way here…..

    • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

      hoax? how so?

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 11:10 pm #

        People are not in the habit of being exact. He probably means it is a “beat up”, which is what journalists used to say, meaning exaggerated or distorted or sensationalized.

  40. Jimbobla August 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    The emptying of the public schools is the one upside to this planocalypse. Once baby momma realizes she is going to have to stay home and take care of those chirren instead of packing them off to school starting at age 3 instead of living her life as she sees fit, all those new babies will stop popping out. She will probably settle for the necessary single baby to qualify for all the free goodies. I doubt they will stop until the complete collapse of central gov’t happens.
    The Germans look like they are getting their acts together. Big anti-mask demo’s there. Maybe there is hope for us, though we do seem to love our slavery.
    Until then, party like its 1984.

  41. EnterpriseSpaceship August 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm #

    Higher education committed suicide… when it stopped researching What Energy Really Is since Einstein 100 years ago.

    • roccofire August 7, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

      OH man, thank you for the link. Seriously, it blew my mind, it destroyed the concept of a magical world like Harry Potter, and any free clean unlimited energy source dreams. I am still am getting my head around it.. JHK, excellent article about another aspect of our civilization in decay. The hospital world where I work is having fun dealing with this “fake Virus”. You should see the lung xrays of folks that get this illness so bizarre, and flu, and rsv season is also approaching. BUT do not fear we got another 2 hour in-service on harassment and discrimination, and the one big thing I learned, we cannot say pregnant woman anymore, it’s pregnant people.

      • EnterpriseSpaceship August 7, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

        Great comment…

        There is no enough fossil fuels left that allow an x-ray for every lung coughs.

        Humans better understand The Tragedy of the Commons and the physics behind it.

      • Kim August 7, 2020 at 10:40 pm #

        “we cannot say pregnant woman anymore, it’s pregnant people.”

        You must be pulling our legs.

        I never got used to husbands who would say “We are pregnant” and that has been around for thirty years now.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

          It discriminates against women without vaginas. Or I should say “front holes”. The whole idea of “women” and “men” is exclusionary. And trangenderism is also bigotry by just reversing it or something. There’s just people with various appendages and holes. One is reminded of the Great Old Ones!

          Transgenderism is just a stage towards Nogenderism.

          Evolution was a mistake. The Amoeba was the perfect form of life, only lacking in IQ. Now that we have that, we can “devolve” back to it.

          Or does IQ need form and function to develop? We’re going to find out!

        • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 10:29 am #

          Husbands taking responsibility for their kids is not a bad thing. Better We are Pregnant than she got pregnant and I am out of here.

  42. canuckster10 August 7, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    This was a very interesting essay.

    I have always been a huge fan of sports: Baseball, hockey, football. Growing up in Canada, I was a huge hockey fan. Now, my interest in pro hockey is as low as it has ever been. I grew up a big baseball fan, but again, my interest has waned.

    The NFL for the last many years has been my favourite sport. But I am seriously tired of the political nonsense.

    I love college football, but I see troubled times for that sport.

    I’m not an NBA fan at all, but I do enjoy college basketball.

    I have spend a lot of money on pro sports in various ways over the decades. No more. I considered myself a die-hard, but I find myself caring less each season. I haven’t watched any baseball or hockey in this fake return.

  43. Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

    After a thousand years of humiliation, and the largest holocaust in human history, the Hindus have their revenge.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/india-hindu-nationalists-reverse-tide-003002386.html

    National Socialism is behind it. It raised them up as it raised up old Germany – and it could raise us up as well. The Group before the individual – and your group before all others. The King, the Land, and the People – all One. What serves them, that is good. What hurts them, that is evil and not to be tolerated.

    • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

      DINAH SILVERSTEIN:
      all countries now have laws against hate speech
      except for the united states

      “the us needs to set up similar human rights tribunals in each state to prosecute people for hate speech on a state level, along with a federal american human rights commission (like the federal canadian human rights commission) to prosecute people for hate speech on a federal level.”

  44. tucsonspur August 7, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

    Sports is now, more so than ever, an enterprise of and for millionaires and billionaires that feeds on base human desires, empty lives, fanciful wishes, and a need to escape and be entertained, the latter being understandable.

    The more fucked up society becomes, the greater the desire to escape, so in that sense one could say sports would welcome society’s increasing dysfunctionality, not including the covid virus.

    Sports has also succeeded in spotlighting the excesses of capitalism, and particularly now has been contaminated with the politics of race and injustice. One escape hatch closed.

    The NFL is especially hypocritical and racist. What happened to Robert Kraft, billionaire owner of the Patriot’s, who was caught having sex with sex slave prostitutes?

    One poster here used to say, ‘kill all the billionaires’, a sentiment becoming more and more understandable as the nation tries to work through its pitfalls and paroxysms, with no prospects for anything getting better any time soon.

    Medical bills will skyrocket, while the economy plummets. And our medical system and covid 19 response? Here are some sad, sobering numbers:

    Deaths yesterday (close if not exact)

    US 1250

    Britain 49

    Germany 5

    South Korea 1

    Hey, Tyson is gonna take on the shark! Will he cut that mutha fucka up or just bite it to death? Fuggedaboutit!

  45. malthuss August 7, 2020 at 8:21 pm #

    I havent used Drudge much. Its not so good anymore.

    Sredni linked to Yahoo news. I see comments are no longer happening there. The intolerance of the left is what it is.

    • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 11:42 am #

      Was Drudge always working for them, or did he start working for them when he changed or appeared to change? It seems like that happened like two years ago now.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

        A knife in the back at American’s gravest hour. Tucker had on his biographer who said he really only cares for his own career. Maybe. Or maybe his allegiance is to a different nation?

        Does Jared Kushner really want Trump to win? Would he be heartbroken if he didn’t? Bet he wouldn’t be.

        • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

          Oh wow I’ll have to see if I can find that. What a let down he has been for sure! You know, I bet Jared would be ok with a Trump loss. But IMO not even per se because of the politics of it all but because he doesn’t seem to have emotions. So its like anything could happen around him and he would be unmoved because he doesn’t feel anything. He has his little empire so he will be fine.

  46. Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm #

    https://cookross.typepad.com/cook_ross_blog/2013/12/there-is-no-war-against-christmas.html

    So nice and ruthless. Or how to kill with kindness.

    • malthuss August 7, 2020 at 10:06 pm #

      Page would not link.

      Baxter > was in Syria and Lebanon in 2018, and the Syrians would shop in Lebanon because things were cheaper. Locals would cross the border and buy bread, medicine, gasoline and other items.

      Now, hyperinflation.

      .

  47. BuckP August 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

    Tis a privilege to read Jim’s creative, brilliant writing twice a week.

    I, too, miss, baseball with real fans in the stands. It now reminds me of slow pitch city league softball games that started at 10 at night back when we Boomers were young with an occasional “good hit” or “good catch”exhortation puncturing the silence.

    Jim discussing his ability as a kid to cheaply attend Dodgers’ and Yankees’ games in NYC was welcome. Although a Colorado kid, I was a huge Yankees fan who dreamed of attending Yankee stadium back in the 50’s and early 60’s. I finally made it in 1990.

    Enjoyed the take on the future of education.

    Colorado’s most prestgious, accomplished and esteemed native son did not attend high school at Andover, Choate or Groton , but, instead graduated first in his class of six at tiny Wellington (CO) High School, a farm town north of Ft Collins, CO. Being valedictorian, entitled him to a tuition scholarshio from the state, which allowed him to attend Colorado University.This man from modest means subsequently, graduated first in his class, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in econmics. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was an All-American in football (2nd in Heisman), He still found time to become student body president. Upon graduation, he was named a Rhodes scholar, attended Oxford, and was drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st Round. After serving as a Naval officer during WWII in the Pacific, he graduated first in his class, magna cum laude, at Yale Law School. Under the JFK admin, he became Deputy Attorney General and was then appointed to the Supreme Court. His name is Byron “Whizzer” White.

    Getting a good education does not require attendance at an elite prep or large public school.
    Getting a good education does not require interference and unwanted meddling from billionaires (Gates) and their Common Core dogma!

    • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 10:23 am #

      It takes parents that teach and convince kids what education is for, then backs up the teachers during their upbringing. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to grab as much education as they can and realize that education is a life long process.

  48. Robert White August 7, 2020 at 11:16 pm #

    I’m reminded of the Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison and that Fenway Park moment where Felix calls him at the height of the game and he misses the greatest moment in baseball.

    Sometimes I wish I was a New Yorker.

    RW

  49. Sredni Vashtar August 7, 2020 at 11:45 pm #

    Blacks endeavor to destroy a group of pretty high school blonde cheerleaders for posting with a Confederate tshirt that read, “I love redneck boys”.

    https://www.ajc.com/news/high-school-cheerleaders-in-hot-water-after-posing-with-confederate-flag/E4JVA4NYRFGKZJALTPNYZTDRCA/

    All resistance must be crushed. Free speech? What for? We know the Truth!

    • tucsonspur August 8, 2020 at 12:19 am #

      And most black guys wouldn’t give a damn, as long as they could boff their buns off.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

        Yes. And society would applaud that and that’s the problem. Any child from such a union will be like the Black parent, not the White. Thus miscegenation is such a disaster, an aeonian crime.

  50. axisboldaslove August 8, 2020 at 4:04 am #

    What a great essay, Jim! Well… except for… groan… that one sentence. Yeah, one party destroyed the whole county. Got it.

    Oh, but I’ll be back to read here Monday. The rest was spot on!

  51. dowd August 8, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    Great stuff Jim. All coming true and much faster than expected.

    The folks in Davos want a new world order beginning in 2021. The kickoff was the Virus scamdemic followed by the election of Biden as puppet. Looks like they will get a reset but it will probably turn out different than expected.

  52. Bobby Brown August 8, 2020 at 9:19 am #

    “People are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is.” Donald Trump
    Biden/Whitmer will demolish this clown. Just keep talking Mr President. Just keep talking. We’re begging you. Please. Keep talking. 2,000 deaths. Most since May. Remember the good ole days of 60,000 deaths. Now that same model is predicting 300,000 by December. Just keep talking Mr. President. Please. Don’t shut up.

    • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 10:57 am #

      Nother day nother Donald huh. Yes people are dying. Technically we are in the process of dying as we type now. So prepare to meet your Maker boo. I understand you hate Trumpie, but why are you not also blaming all the Democrat governors who thought it would be neat to stuff live corona carriers in nursing homes?

      • Bobby Brown August 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

        Do you realize if we hit 300,000 dead that is .1% of the population? At least most of the others have given up defending this clown, for the simple reason he is indefensible. All you have to do is watch him present statistics that make him look good when everyone knows America has 4% of the population and 22% of the deaths. It is so pathetic watching a man try and paint a picture of a president doing a good job as opposed to a president actually doing a good job. Go back to 2016. HRC said we cannot take a chance with Trump. Imagine Trump leading during a crisis? Now fast forward to today. He has destroyed the economy. He has killed 300,000 Americans. And we still have 3 more months of him!!!!

        • Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

          Registered Green here. Living in Europe for over a decade.

          Have not voted in many years. Will vote Trump this time around.

          • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

            I understand that Governor Gretchen of Michigan has made Nutty Joe’s final cut of VP choices. Lol… Oh please pick her Nutty Joe! Pleeeeeeeeze pick her!

          • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

            Yes, Governor Cunt. A petty tyrant and every man’s crazy ex-wife.

            But worse for them: They’ve promised the Left a Black woman. Now they’re going back on that? Way too late.

        • canuckster10 August 8, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

          I guess Trump should stick 100% to the script like all the other owned politicians.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

          So what? We’re overpopulated. As Cuomo said after he killed countless elders in nursing homes, “People die”. He’s far more directly responsible for deaths than Trump is.

          Even the Times admits there is much natural immunity. This goes against the narrative needless to say. But if they don’t mix in some truth with their lies, they will lose all credibility.

          https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/health/coronavirus-immune-cells.html

        • cbeard August 8, 2020 at 6:52 pm #

          Your Democratic congress, governors, along with a lot of Rinos, etc destroyed the economy. As I recall, Trump didn’t immediately want to shut everything down, but was browbeaten and practically forced to do it.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

          C’mon maAN! Have you taken a cognitive test yet?

        • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

          He has killed no one. The virus has killed that many. Trump is not God that he can change the direction of a plague. No one in the world has found an answer for this pandemic. It is not Trump that has done anything wrong, it is the idiotic people of the US continuing to rub all over themselves even after being told what causes it to spread.

          Speaking of alternative crisis handling, shall we bring up Benghazi, one of the most stupidly managed crises ever, or even the Iran rescue operation by Carter. Glass houses!

          You remind me of the typical Monday night quarterback, a criticizing no nothing with 20-20 hindsight.

          • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:09 am #

            Spot on, John.

            Second para in article below points out your wisdom here:

            https://www.directrelief.org/2020/08/a-team-of-5-million-how-new-zealand-beat-coronavirus/

          • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:32 am #

            Maj, how many people did you know who died from the Covid? How many people do you know who have had it? I asked your internet pal Cargill, but he would never answer me. Why does California have 540K Covid cases and Germany with twice the population has 40 % of that with 216K cases. Is Germany not testing? Perhaps they do not inflate the numbers? I know they are not all wearing face diapers like I am forced to. Curious minds want to know.

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 10:48 am #

            @stelmosfire

            I can easily answer that.
            We have a third world country next door where the medical system is sub par.
            Our border is porous and the Mexican nationals are flooding across and living 10-30 a house.
            One person gets it they all get it and then they wander out into public and pass it on.
            It takes far longer for sick people to get into Germany then say a border state in the US.
            California is awash in Mexican nationals and OTM illegal aliens.

          • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

            StElmo

            To quote from the article –

            “Academics and the media have pointed to the trust which political leaders and health experts were able to cultivate amongst the population as a key reason for why the results there have been so strikingly different than in other developed countries. ”

            benr – there you go – blame the poor and desperate. Straight out of the ‘conservative’ political playbook. It’s ironic how Mexican politicos are trying to keep Americans OUT now.

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

            @maj

            Seriously with your ignorance to the topic at hand but there it is your partisan bullshit on display.

            Where do you live?

            News flash I live in San Diego and have an office in two hot spots! Chula Vista and El Centro it has NOTHING to do with politics and EVERYTHING to do with the truth.
            Sometimes you should learn your place and keep that gob shut you would look far less foolish if you did.

          • Majella August 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm #

            Seriously, benr? Your absolutism about how ‘right’ you always are, and how dissenting voices should be silenced is ALSO right out of the ‘conservative’ playbook.

            If you have confidence in your point of view, you shouldn’t need to denigrate with puerile ad hominems. It just makes you come across as pathetic.

            Still, congratulations are in order – you’re using full sentences, so your abuse is much easier to read.

      • benr August 8, 2020 at 6:52 pm #

        Notice how this clod did not even answer your question.

        I can answer for him its patently obvious he is a complete sell out and shill for the DNC.

        • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

          He is definitely angry at Trump 24/7/365. It seems like at a certain point exhaustion would set in lol.

    • Kim August 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm #

      Is President Trump to blame for any negative covid-related policy outcomes?

      @ Bobby Brown

      First, thank you for a comment that is neither pornographic nor scatological. Whether this improvement come from pills or prayer, please keep at it.

      On your Trump hysteria:

      It is hard to figure out which of President Trump’s actions or non-actions you think may have increased the death rate of COVID in the United States.

      Experience from around the world has shown that the virus has a steady and predictable mortality rate of between .02-.03% and that well above 99% of those who sicken and die from corona wil be the very elderly who were holding tickets for the Pearly Gates in any case. We all know that now.

      Still, people desperately want to blame Trump for something and so they glom onto covid. But how is covid an area of Trump’s responsibility?

      Well, we could discuss perhaps two areas of potential public policy: treatment and prevention.

      In the area of treatments, Trump made some early pronouncements re hydroxychloroquine which have since been shown to be true. We can give him high marks for that, notwithstanding that this advice was controversialized in the media.

      Early in the whole situation, too, a lot of the panic was around getting sufficient number of ventilators. Trump dealt well with that issue, the supply of ventilators, it seems, but in the end it was claimed that ventilators were doing more damage to patient lungs than good. So there is no possible knock on the Donald in that area of his management either.

      So the Trump response gets high marks in the area of treatments.

      In the area of prevention, the desiderata of public policy in the public eye has boiled down to two issues: 1) masks or no masks 2) lockdowns.

      So if we are going to criticize President Trump for the handling of the response to COVID, we would be expected to be taking a position on these two areas.

      But, as it happens, both are moot since

      1) Masks don’t work

      https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy

      2) Lockdowns also do not “work”, as their effect is merely to alter the shape of the transmission curve. That is, a lockdown may slow transmission of the virus but it will not reduce the number of people who ultimately will contract the disease and die from it. Tha will remain at .02%-.03%

      The following is a very clear discussion of how lockdowns work in the slowdown (only) of disease spread.

      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/08/07/the_myth_that_lockdowns_stop_pandemics_143899.html

      Note in particular that

      Publicly available data shows no causal relationship between government orders and COVID-19 mortality outcomes. Sweden’s all-cause, per-capita mortality for 2020 is approximately 290 per million above the prior five-year average, while lockdown-loving New Jersey’s is almost 1,900 per million above the prior five-year average, and Michigan’s is over 700 per million. (In case you suspect Sweden “naturally” locked down on its own, mobility data reveals it didn’t.)

      You can now stop trying to demonize President Trump over his covid response and turn to some more profitable way to spend your time. Not porn!

      • benr August 9, 2020 at 9:52 am #

        You don’t get it Booby is low information propaganda pusher all anti-Trump and anti-America its not about the truth its about pushing everything possible to make Trump look bad and the destruction of the current American government form.

        He hates America and its founding like all other regressive progressive types and thinks America needs to be dashed on the rocks of history.
        Which is exactly why he should be made fun of for everyone of his pathetic posts they are not grounded in reason nor fact just hysteria and stupidity.

      • Majella August 9, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

        “Trump gets high marks…” (Kim)

        For a broader and less blatantly contrived analysis, read:

        https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/covid-19-end-of-american-era-wade-davis-1038206/

        A telling extract:

        COVID-19 didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken. As the crisis unfolded, with another American dying every minute of every day, a country that once turned out fighter planes by the hour could not manage to produce the paper masks or cotton swabs essential for tracking the disease. The nation that defeated smallpox and polio, and led the world for generations in medical innovation and discovery, was reduced to a laughing stock as a buffoon of a president advocated the use of household disinfectants as a treatment for a disease that intellectually he could not begin to understand.

        As a number of countries moved expeditiously to contain the virus, the United States stumbled along in denial, as if willfully blind. With less than four percent of the global population, the U.S. soon accounted for more than a fifth of COVID deaths. The percentage of American victims of the disease who died was six times the global average. Achieving the world’s highest rate of morbidity and mortality provoked not shame, but only further lies, scapegoating, and boasts of miracle cures as dubious as the claims of a carnival barker, a grifter on the make.

  53. SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

    Is she really just saying this to get her teeth fixed like they’re saying?

    https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/1261193/mariah-carey-sister-suing-their-mother-child-sexual-abuse/

  54. Bobby Brown August 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

    Desantis is an idiot hugging someone in PPE defeats the very purpose of PPE …. It’s called transference. This is so irresponsible and idiotic. Wow.Yet anNegligent Homicide. Disantis should have resigned in disgrace weeks ago.other Republican giving medical advice without medical training.

    • canuckster10 August 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

      Covid isn’t a death sentence. The common cold is more uncomfortable for many.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

      No. You are safe with you MASK on. And that means over your nose too, Bobby. No cheating.

      What I do with my face is none of your concern. Your MASK keeps you safe.

      These transparent masks are cheating. The Elite want us despersonalized. But it’s still a mark of submission, so there’s that.

      • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 8:33 pm #

        The depersonalization part is a really big deal I’m thinking. Sort of like how their whole agenda is about breaking the world as we know it down and remaking it into their new utopia. So what better way to get the masses generally, especially in more individualistic countries, to start breaking down the old customs. The mask is a way of making us the same. And perhaps they want us to be a faceless collective just droning about doing their bidding when they allow us out of our homes.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 9:58 pm #

          Yes, stress is the key to reconditioning.

          Saw a video of an old lady trying to stop the antifa vandals. They threw white paint on her and kept shouting at her to put on a mask. In other words, become one of them? The only freedom left being the freedom to destroy as they do? Everyone else must cringe at home, worshiping the Blacks on TV.

      • Kim August 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm #

        This is a good one, SV.

        https://www.rebelnews.com/brampton_ontario_mayor_patrick_brown_caught_breaking_pandemic_rules_closed_hockey_arena

        Another “rules for thee but not for me” type. Ther are myriad.

        Mayor Patrick Brown of Brampton Ontario at a city-controlled and maintained ice rink in Ontario caught maskless playing (forbidden) ice hockey with his pals.

        – no mask.
        – rink officially closed to these activities.
        – cost of mantaining the ice sheet for these private games $1000/day
        – many people fined under his watch for equivalent breaches
        – cockroach lies and then scurries off when caught on video

        • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 11:09 pm #

          I dare say there must be a lot of this going on. The need for the National Enquirer has never been greater. We need as many pictures and as much footage of as many of the Elite breaking the rules as possible.

    • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

      …and you, Bobby, are just a plain old regular idiot. Hugs or no hugs.

      Oh, probably one of your favorite world leaders, French President Macaroni hugged some Lebanese people in Beirut while in PPE. Look it up. It’s twoo! Gonna call him out too? Gonna accuse him of homicide? Probably not. He’s one of your cool guys.

      Half wit.

      • benr August 9, 2020 at 9:56 am #

        Indeed Booby is a one note color of pantone 448 C in all his posts.

  55. canuckster10 August 8, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

    The farmers here in Canada are going to have great crops. Land prices are through the roof. Will agriculture be the only industry that thrives? People are buying land just for the write offs it produces.

  56. Nightowl August 8, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

    Big stuff seems to be on the horizon with Trump going into lockdown in Bedminster.

    Check out this thread that links to a longer one by Brian Cates (OANN/Twitter guy who has been indispensible in laying out SpyGate).

    https://twitter.com/ernie_plumley/status/1291967070008049664

    Rudi’s work in the Ukraine coming to fruition …

    • Majella August 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

      *yawn* – wake me when this long-heralded ‘bomb’ finally goes *fizz*.

  57. Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm #

    Anglin on Falwell’s expulsion from Liberty University:

    Falwell is forced to resign, very conveniently, while he is in the middle of supporting Donald Trump and attacking this stupid hoax. For behavior that people have known about for a long time. The guy drinks, okay? He likes a party, okay? Does that make him the perfect Christian? No. But who is these days?

    This is a HIT by the Jewish media, by Jewish shills like McCain and Cupp. It is an attack on Donald Trump as much as it is an attack on Falwell, and it is as much about this stupid coronavirus hoax as anything else.

    The timing is no coincidence. The people who were demanding this resignation were not coincidental.

    Christians should be defending Falwell. Instead, they’re going along with non-Christians trying to bully them with their own morality. By the way, not being a drunk is one of the most superficial parts of Christian morality at a time when most “Christians” are promoting literal abortion and transsexualism.

    Virtually the entire “Christian world” has gone pro-homo. They support the sickening blacks. If Christians want people who are willing to stand up for real Christian values in the face of all of these threats, they’re going to be looking at people who are a little bit rough around the edges.

    The Jews and homos can roll out a perfect shill, who never has a drink, never has a party, to be the head of Liberty. Then you can watch him transform the school into a haven for aggressive sluts, deranged homosexuals and revolutionary blacks.

    Just to clarify:

    YES, Christian leaders should be totally moral in the ideal universe.
    NO, we do not live in the ideal universe.
    NO, drinking and partying is not good.
    YES, drinking and partying is a small problem in comparison to the ABORTION and HOMOSEXUALITY being promoted by most “Christian” churches in 2020.
    YES, Megan McCain is less moral than any drunk because she is a fat whale who supports war, feminism and homosexualism.
    YES, whoever replaces Falwell is going to be MUCH WORSE.
    YES, Christians should have been paying attention to the fact that it was anti-Christians who were so concerned about Falwell having a party.
    YES, Christians should have come out and supported Falwell, who has continued to take the right position on issues, despite his personal flaws.
    What a stupid decision these Christians have made.

    Are American Christians really so petty?

    SV: Yes, they seem to be. Real Christians are only in the catamcombs now, eating locusts and honey out of garbage cans. The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls. And the skulls of the saints gleam bright in the stygian darkness.

    • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

      Uhhhhhh SV you might want to be more circumspect in defending a crud and a sexual lout like Falwell Jr. You do know that he was having a three way affair with a young pool boy and his wife about four to five years ago in Florida, right? Maybe you don’t know. He’s a bisexual himself. In other words, he was helping his wife “do” the pool boy. I say boy, but he was a very muscular 19 or 20 year old young man.

      During the primaries it was Paul Manafort who approached Falwell Jr. and told him that he had pictures of this….sexual arrangement with the pool guy. A day or so later Falwell Jr. dropped his endorsement of the more Christian Ted Cruz and swung his enthusiastic support to Trump. It was a head scratcher among most Evangelicals.

      He’s extremely immoral and in my opinion not in any way a true Christian. Period. Not only is he a pervert, but he’s greedy and corrupt. A POS.

      • Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 10:08 pm #

        What about his father, Jerry? Was he for real at least?

        • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 10:17 pm #

          His father isn’t the issue now. He’s been dead awhile, obviously. But, I think his father was a real evangelical southern baptist in the way he believed and lived his life. Probably never drank alcohol. At least not after he was baptized. Probably never had bisexual sex with pool boys along with his wife, or any other woman. Probably never committed adultery.

      • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 10:51 am #

        “Uhhhhhh SV you might want to be more circumspect in defending a crud and a sexual lout like Falwell Jr. You do know that he was having a three way affair with a young pool boy and his wife about four to five years ago in Florida…”

        CC Rider,

        A simple explanation;

        “To fight see-un, you have to know see-un….”

      • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

        This TV show was loosely based on the Falwells. Even John Goodman adapts Big Jerry Senior’s ‘look’

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6eMRyxGdaI

    • SoftStarLight August 8, 2020 at 9:10 pm #

      I saw that pic. Forcing him to step down over it is dumb. Whatever happened to forgiveness? And on the scale of things was the offense really that offensive anyway? But I think Anglin is right. Whoever the new chancellor is will no doubt be an anti-Trump, virus compliant, SJW.

      • cc rider August 8, 2020 at 10:20 pm #

        Well you’re a silly little dove. A man in his position should never, ever engage in that behavior ever. Especially not in front of a camera.

        Even Jesus says if you break the law you’ll have to deal with the consequences in this life. Forgiveness is for the next. You should know that. Unless you’re Catholic like Janos. (They don’t read the bible you know).

  58. Amman August 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

    “People truly need narrative art forms to make sense of reality.” – A fantastic point! If you need to hear about anew type of narrative cinema, beep me.

    • Amman August 8, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

      (yes, all cinema is narrative but you get my point, sir.)

  59. abcdef August 8, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi Mr. Kunstler,
    I enjoyed this post and your thoughts on culture. It is interesting to me that for you “culture” is “mass culture.” Folks in small rural towns (and in cities, though I am less familiar with dense urban environments) have access to that of course, but there is also a large component of culture generated by the people who live in these towns themselves. And that has taken a hit during the time of COVID because culture has always been a communal enterprise, usually embodied, and COVID has really messed this up in a very clear ways that deny this avenue of physical connectivity, Sturges Rally this weekend to the contrary. So, there may be new cultural expressions coming our way in the Zoom era that we have not considered as yet. Community in the Zoom era will look different from what has come before. As with any new technology, as McLuhan pointed out, we start by replicating what the old technology did before figuring out what new modes of activity the new technology allows. As for the Internets? With the proliferation of micro grids, I expect that the Internet will be more of an Intranet, used within the community—something that favours your view of things to come.

    Second, the teaching situation may go the way you think, but even if school districts collapse, people will still need teachers, and I expect that you will get a hybrid model in which towns will pay people to teach their kids, as they did back in the colonial days, and with less administration…

    Third, Higher Education is hosed but not because of what you say. We have too much supply and not enough demand—and that was the situation before the pandemic. The pandemic will just hasten what will be a significant fallout and gutting of American intellectual life. This will help increase the supply of school teachers at a time when so many are retiring, as college adjuncts will look for HS teaching gigs.

    The key thing is that this is more likely to happen now than it has been in the past because—in my opinion—we have pathetic leadership—from the President on down and a dysfunctional social attitude that puts individualism dangerously ahead of the social good. Sturges is a good example. People not following health directives, is another. A leadership that cannot model the behaviour it wants that will reduce the pandemic impact. I am sorry, but when we compare the US to many other countries in the world, we are doing so very poorly, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/us/coronavirus-hotspots-countries.html. I believe that our President has hastened this crisis through his initial inaction and mixed messaging, and let us be frank, a clear inability to get any sort of a rational grip on what is happening, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/. This may be the upcoming Presidential contest of shared senescence.

    And finally, theatre. Theatre will continue, even in the COVID & post-COVID era. I can see groups of actors and stage crew getting on buses and self-quarantining, going from town to town, offering performances of Shakespeare and Moliere—both of whom can be made relevant to us today. The current day—why? They speak to universal and unchanging human concerns—love, hate, fear, revenge, and ambition. And we have a lot of those emotions today! And plenty of folks who are calling for action in a season of anger and grief. Theatre will be needed to help us process what we are going through, so it will be necessary and supported, even if smaller scale. As MacDuff replies to Malcolm’s call to action as a way to channel his grief and wrath in Act IV, Scene 3, of Macbeth, MacDuff replies that first, he must feel it as a man…

  60. elysianfield August 8, 2020 at 7:33 pm #

    An update on those wacky Canadians;

    The BBC, this PM, reports that a Canadian brewery misnamed one of their beers that was for Maori export. The name given, in common Maori usage, meant “Pubic Hair”

    The name will be changed. I have it on good information*, however, that their first choice of names, meaning “Tastes like the Devil’s Ass” was, unfortunately, already taken….

    *Who knows? Maybe.

    • elysianfield August 8, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

      And…the link;

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53706732

      • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 12:52 am #

        Informed sources now report that the Canadian brewery has officially named the beer. It will be called oh-o-ca-Ka…Maori for “Pineapple Blossom”.

        Unnamed Maori sources also state that the expression oh-o-ca-Ka is most commonly used to describe anal leakage.

        Oddly enough, beer sales remain steady….

    • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

      * yeah, Budweiser

  61. Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

    https://www.amren.com/blog/2020/08/rumble-in-the-east-european-jungle/

    All the terrible things you’ve heard about Gypsies? All true. A terrible curse to much of Eastern Europe. A Nation can only really be mono-racial. Even different ethnic White groups might have trouble getting along or assimilating, but it’s possible. But completely different races? No. One will come to dominate and destroy the other. Or they will separate.

    • malthuss August 9, 2020 at 10:22 am #

      from that link,
      s ago • edited

      Gypsies aka Roma were allegedly chased out of India. Imagine what sort of group gets chased out of India, of all places.

      I know them very well first hand and wrote about this in more detail in the past.

      My guess is that about 90 % of them have an IQ in the 70’s range thus entirely unemployable.

      Nobody knows how many of them are in Europe – estimates vary between 6 -12 million.

      The only thing for sure is that their numbers exponentially grow due to their chaotic mating habits – almost exclusively crime and welfare sponsored.

      • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 11:18 am #

        You know me – I don’t like to say negative things about groups of people. I have had some dealings with Gypsies in the past – not a lot, but some. In my experience, I have to agree with you. In my cases, the Gypsies are appropriately named – gyp. They were such scammers and liars, and they never tried to hide that fact, as if it was written into their DNA. They tried to steal anything that wasn’t tied down. They used sex to try to get their way. The females blatantly came on to me. The women were attractive and it was tempting, but I wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. After first lying, then trying to seduce me, and not getting what they wanted, they gave up.

        • Majella August 9, 2020 at 11:31 pm #

          We had experience with “Pikies” as they’re known in Southern England. most transients of Irish extraction. There was a settled group, in council housing, at the end of a lane in Surrey, on which stood a pub we worked in, the Plough at Effingham (https://www.plougheffingham.co.uk/ – lovely pub if you’re in the area). They were under no circumstance to be allowed into the Establishment and generally didn’t even bother us.

          The Landlord took a few weeks off and headed to Hong Kong, leaving us in charge. Word must have got out because one Sunday night, out of the blue, two very flamboyant middle-aged women showed up and within 20 minutes had managed to scam the bar staff (yours truly) out of two drinks, before going on their merry way, with much guffawing & nasty insults over the shoulder as they left. To this day, I have NO IDEA how they ran the scam on me, so deft were they. Hats off!

        • Majella August 9, 2020 at 11:32 pm #

          Recommended movie – “Snatch” – Brad Pitt as a very convincing Pikie, and you’ll LOVE the Pkie dog.

  62. Sredni Vashtar August 8, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

    Any time anyone (including his brother William) expressed doubts to Harry about Meagan or advised them to slow down, Harry would become grossly offended.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/prince-harrys-childhood-friend-had-141150093.html

    He wouldn’t see this friend for over a year. Harry is infatuated and being abused. Now Meagan has isolated him from his friends, a classic abuser move.

    • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

      Abuser = narcissist. Reformed narcissists are very rare.

  63. BackRowHeckler August 8, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

    Ah, Carl Furillo, ‘Skoonj’, one of the Boys of Summer, 1953 National League batting champion with a .344 BA, a few years later working on the Verrazano Bridge … well, why not? Johnny Unitas himself used to work putting down floors during the NFL off season. Last month the Dodgers signed outfielder Mookie Betts to a $350 million contract, and that same night Betts was on his knees during the playing of the National Anthem, opening day … apparently he’s down with the struggle … rumor is the Red Sox will cover the Green Monster left field wall with a giant “BLACK LIVES MATTER” mural next season; that ought to fill the seats.

    Brh

  64. BackRowHeckler August 8, 2020 at 8:38 pm #

    One has to wonder, where will the Dodgers get $350 million to pay Mookie Betts? Or the Yankees $300 million to pay Stanton? The numbers seem unreal.

    • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

      BRH

      An extension.

      What are the really dumb cities going to do with those multi billion dollar stadiums with the debt load they are going to create with no income being produced.

      • JohnAZ August 8, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

        Maybe we are witnessing a microcosm in sports of the coming collapse. I would imagine there is a lot of boardroom sweating going on today. It really is a Mission Impossible.

        Where is Peter Graves or Tom Cruise when we need them?

        • Anon1970 August 9, 2020 at 9:52 am #

          If i were 50 years younger, I would be looking for career opportunities abroad.

          • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 10:47 am #

            …If I were 50 years younger, I would be looking for…just a broad….

      • BackRowHeckler August 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

        I know JAZ

        And those stadiums seem to depreciate in value so fast, plus the cost of maintenance must be astronomical.

        Hartford built up a Civic Center, an indoor sports venue for Hockey and college basketball in the 1970s (at great expense) and rebuilt it after to roof fell in in the 1980s. It is now obsolete and largely abandoned, a terrible liability and a white elephant.

        Brh

      • Anon1970 August 9, 2020 at 9:49 am #

        Some cities may default on their stadium bonds. It depends on how the stadiums were financed. During the Great recession, Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection and in the end, even owners of city bonds backed by unlimited property taxes took a hit. Owners of limited property tax bonds took a bigger hit.

        The US is dying from a thousand cuts. Bush 41’s thousand points of light went out years ago.

        • benr August 9, 2020 at 11:35 am #

          There is a new world order and its a big deal!
          Do you remember when Barry disappeared for half a day in the middle of his campaigning and everyone went into a panic?
          He showed up at the bildaberg convention and was quietly given the nod to be President.

          A conspiracy shock jock banned from the Facebook and twitter world reported it in one of his documentaries called endgame.
          It is scary how much of the stuff he reported in this looked like far out ravings of a crazy guy but much of it is coming to pass as true.

          The Obama Deception also picked up where the other one left off and too much of that came true.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrp37y-jwn4

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

        Stopped following sports a couple of years ago. Don’t miss it. It’s like an annoying relative now.

    • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 1:00 am #

      BRH,
      They get the money from the contracts to telecast the games…same with the NBA and NFL…billions.

      • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 8:14 am #

        I think at some point that big TV schwag won’t be there, E … hereabouts, ESPN is laying off staff. One of my neighbors — a Producer — got furloughed recently.

        Brh

  65. Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 1:48 am #

    https://banned.video/watch?id=5f2dd1b068370e02f2b68012

    Trump fires the bat signal! Says that many rich people are very unhappy with him and that “this may be the last time you’ll see me for awhile”. Alex Jones interprets this as saying that he thinks he may be assassinated; that we’ll see him in heaven in other words.

    See what you think.

    • malthuss August 9, 2020 at 10:15 am #

      eh..site looks cheezy

      • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

        Give him a break – he’s been savaged by being thrown off youtube. His regular show isn’t shown on his website for some similar reason.

    • SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm #

      I think it’s a sign that he is going to expose exactly who these people are. We only have this one chance to save ourselves from them he implies too. Because they will try to get him he may very well have to go into hiding basically. But I think it’s possible that a lot of info is going to come out in connection with the Ghislaine Maxwell photos and videos that exposes the international Satanists child traffickers, the Elite.

      • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm #

        Now he’s saying John Roberts has been compromised? Just the usual tripe…

    • Majella August 9, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

      It appears you’ve got the benr virus…

  66. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    Are people going to risk their health crowding for hours at the polling stations to vote for the creepy politicians this year in November?

    They stormed the Bastille because that was where the gunpowder was stored. French people seem to get really pissed off when the price of those French bread Baguettes gets really high? And then they run out to grab the muskets and gun powder.

    In America, they seem to get mad when a white bloke puts his knee on some weird-looking black bloke who is out of his mind high on a lethal overdose of Fetanyl? Or, they get upset when they have to wear face masks. Why don’t the Americans get upset when the price of baguettes goes through the roof?

    • SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      A weird looking black bloke :-). He is the real gentle giant though if you think about it. He never attempted to grab the officers’ guns.

  67. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 8:14 am #

    Trump is talking about developing a Covid 19 vaccine at “Warp Speed”. Trump’s cutting all the corners normally put in place to ensure drug efficacy and safety. Trump has also exempted the drug companies from liability. All of the doctors have openly declared that they will not be the first people to take the vaccine.

    The kids who are all plugged into the ridiculous popular culture via cartoons, Marvel comic book movies, and Internet games have to explain to their parents at the dinner table what “Warp Speed” means.

    “Warp Speed? Wow! That’s…like…super fast!”

  68. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 8:26 am #

    Donald Trump wants to suspend payroll tax. Said tax funds social security. Anyone over 65 years of age that voted for Trump should donate their brain to charity, because it has no value.

    • benr August 9, 2020 at 9:58 am #

      Hah while I am looking forward to the extra pocket money I like you believe this to be a huge mistake.
      Unlike you how ever if this would put forward by a Democrat I would still think it was a huge mistake you on the other hand would be crowing to the world about what a great idea it is.

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

        Nostradumbass you are.

  69. messianicdruid August 9, 2020 at 8:29 am #

    akmofo says, “ Indeed. Ely, what you don’t seem to realize is, I see all through the eyes of the old prophets.“

    No man sees all. And you are not the only one to study the prophets.

    Your tendency to tell others what they believe based on one sentence of text is ridiculous, but you are not the only one here that does it.

    If you cannot be wrong, there is no reason for a discussion. Simply pontificate and then go away. Appealing to the teacher makes you a snitch and makes it look like someone else is the bully.

  70. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 8:31 am #

    Donald Trump eulogy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDh4cNtY4gs

  71. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    The local Chinese governments (Chongqing) must be paying foreigners now in Renminbi to make crappy Youtube videos of Chinese tourist sites that foreigners will never visit? No one is going to fly 18 hours to visit these places. Men will fly 18 hours to Thailand for the Thai women. They won’t fly 18 hours to visit some second rate river.

    Did you remember the Andy Griffith show?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2fv65XKaPVk

  72. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    ‘People thought everything was fine’
    Turner said the state’s decision to usurp his and other local officials’ authority in March meant the messaging on mitigation became “very conflicting” and undermined his administration’s efforts. He argued it’s been more difficult to convince Houstonians to stay home the second time around.

    “People thought everything was fine — the wrong signals were sent,” Turner said. “I don’t really blame the people because if you start opening up, they just assume everything is fine.”

    When Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who has authority over Texas’ biggest county, attempted to mandate mask-wearing and implement a fine for non-compliance in late April, Abbott stepped in to overrule her.

    “My executive order, it supersedes local orders, with regard to any type of fine or penalty for anyone not wearing a mask,” the governor said.

    Earlier this week, Turner ordered Houston police to begin issuing citations and $250 fines to those who don’t wear masks in public. The mayor said in order to maximize the public health benefits of mask-wearing, at least 90% of people need to abide by the order. He thinks the threat of a fine will encourage residents to comply.

    “You really just can’t just tell people to wear masks and engage in social distancing and exercise proper hygiene and hope that people will comply at 90% or more,” he said.

    From May 1 to August 6, Texas’ total case count went from around 29,000 to nearly 480,400, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. It’s now the third worst-hit state in the US.

    When the pendulum started to swing, “it moved very fast and very far all at once,” Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse told Business Insider.

    Houston is starting to see the beginnings of progress, but is still “chasing the virus,” which is disproportionately impacting Latino and Black residents, Turner said.

    The city’s weekly average positive test rate has dropped from 23% on July 24 to 17% on July 31. The World Health Organization says COVID-19 positivity rates above 5% reflect an uncontrolled outbreak.

    August will be a “critical” month to contain the virus, Turner said, as schools are set to reopen for in-person learning on September 8 and flu season is slated to begin in the fall.

    The governor has empowered local school boards — not governments — to decide when it’s safe to reopen their schools.

  73. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 9:05 am #

    Happy Nagasaki Day!

    • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:12 am #

      A piece o’ the Sun to ya!

      • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:13 am #

        Hey, they started it.

        • benr August 9, 2020 at 10:22 am #

          Did they?
          We the west and the US specifically backed them into a corner with our oil laws and then we ignored the intel saying an attack was coming.

    • Pucker August 9, 2020 at 9:17 am #

      Happy Nagasaki Day!

      I think that the flight crew of the plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki missed the target because of bad weather? Since the nuclear bomb was fully armed, they had to drop it somewhere because no one dared to try to return to home base with a fully armed nuclear bomb. I think that the bomb landed somewhat off-target outside the city?

  74. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 9:05 am #

    ROME (AP) — The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections.

    Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe’s epidemic. Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February and the country still has one of the world’s highest official death tolls at 35,000.

    But after a strict nationwide 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new clusters and general acceptance of mask mandates and social distancing, Italy has become a model of virus containment.

    “Don’t they care about their health?” a mask-clad Patrizia Antonini asked about people in the United States as she walked with friends along the banks of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions … They need a real lockdown.”

    Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units. Yet, more than four months into a sustained outbreak, the U.S. is about to hit an astonishing milestone of 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world. Health officials believe the actual number is closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all cases are asymptomatic.

    “We Italians always saw America as a model,” said Massimo Franco, columnist with daily Corriere della Sera. “But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.”

    Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza hasn’t shied away from criticizing the U.S., officially condemning as “wrong” Washington’s decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization and marveling personally at President Donald Trump’s virus response.

    After Trump finally donned a protective mask last month, Speranza told La7 television: “I’m not surprised by Trump’s behavior now; I’m profoundly surprised by his behavior before.”

    With America’s list-leading 160,000 dead, politicized resistance to masks and rising caseload, European nations have barred American tourists and visitors from other countries with growing cases from freely traveling to the bloc.

    France and Germany are now imposing tests on arrival for travelers from “at risk” countries, the U.S. included.

    “I am very well aware that this impinges on individual freedoms, but I believe that this is a justifiable intervention,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said in announcing the tests last week.

    Mistakes were made in Europe, too, from delayed lockdowns to insufficient protections for nursing home elderly and critical shortages of tests and protective equipment for medical personnel.

    The virus is still raging in some Balkan countries and thousands of maskless protesters demanded an end to virus restrictions in Berlin earlier this month. Hard-hit Spain, France and Germany have seen infection rebounds with new cases topping 1,000 a day, and Italy’s cases inched up over 500 on Friday. The U.K. is still seeing an estimated 3,700 new infections daily, and some scientists say the country’s beloved pubs might have to close again if schools are to reopen in September without causing a new wave.

    In the U.S., new cases run at about 54,000 a day — an immensely higher number even when taking into account its larger population. And while that’s down from a peak of well over 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most.

    In contrast, at least for now Europe appears to have the virus somewhat under control.

    “Had the medical professionals been allowed to operate in the States, you would have belatedly gotten to a point of getting to grips with this back in March,” said Scott Lucas, professor of international studies at the University of Birmingham, England. “But of course, the medical and public health professionals were not allowed to proceed unchecked,” he said, referring to Trump’s frequent undercutting of his own experts.

    When the virus first appeared in the United States, Trump and his supporters quickly dismissed it as either a “hoax” or a virus that would quickly disappear once warmer weather arrived. At one point, Trump suggested that ultraviolet light or injecting disinfectants would eradicate the virus. (He later said he was being facetious).

    Trump’s frequent complaints about Dr. Anthony Fauci have regularly made headlines in Europe, where the U.S. infectious diseases expert is a respected eminence grise. Italy’s leading COVID-19 hospital offered Fauci a job if Trump fired him.

    Trump has defended the U.S. response, blaming China, where the virus was first detected, for America’s problems and saying the U.S. numbers are so high because there is so much testing. Trump supporters and Americans who have refused to wear masks against all medical advice back that line.

    ?“There’s no reason to fear any sickness that’s out there,” said Julia Ferjo, a mother of three in Alpine, Texas, who says she is “vehemently” against wearing a mask. ?Ferjo, 35, teaches fitness classes in a large gym with open doors, where she doesn’t allow participants to wear masks.

    ?“When you’re breathing that hard, I would pass out,” she said. “I do not want people just dropping like flies.”

    And health officials watched with alarm as thousands of bikers gathered Friday in the small South Dakota city of Sturgis for a 10-day motorcycle rally. The state has no mask mandates and many bikers expressed defiance of measures meant to prevent the virus’s spread.

    Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who is leading a team seeking treatments for COVID-19, decried such behavior, as well as the country’s handling of the virus.

    “There’s no national strategy, no national leadership and there’s no urging for the public to act in unison and carry out the measures together,” he said. “That’s what it takes and we have completely abandoned that as a nation.”

    When he gets on Zoom calls with counterparts from around the globe, “Everyone cannot believe what they’re seeing in the U.S. and they cannot believe the words coming out of the leadership,’’ he said.

    Even the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has taken the unusual step of criticizing the U.S. when she urged Washington to reconsider its decision to break ties with the WHO. She also issued veiled criticism of U.S. efforts to buy up stocks of any vaccine that might prove effective, vowing the EU will work to provide access to everyone “irrespective of where they live.”

    Many Europeans point proudly to their national health care systems that not only test but treat COVID-19 for free, unlike the American system where the virus crisis has only exacerbated income and racial inequalities in accessing health care.

    “The coronavirus has brutally stripped bare the vulnerability of a country that has been sliding for years,” wrote Italian author Massimo Gaggi in his new book “Crack America” (Broken America) about U.S. problems that long predated COVID.

    Gaggi said he started writing the book last year and thought then that the title would be taken as a provocative wake-up call. Then the virus hit.

    “By March the title wasn’t a provocation any longer,” he said. “It was obvious.”

    • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 9:29 am #

      Back in the real world:

      1.3 million march against the Corona Con in my adopted homeland.

      https://www.epochtimes.de/politik/deutschland/berlin-anti-corona-demo-redner-spricht-von-1-komma-3-millionen-teilnehmern-spahn-zeigt-sich-entsetzt-a3303857.html

    • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:47 am #

      So, either the US was targeted with some sort of more transmissible and deadly variant of the Covid 19, which I doubt as containment would not be possible, or the rest of the world has not been inflating figures with bogus case/death counts. The US has 22% of the worlds cases with only 4% of the worlds population. The US may have a faulted health care system, which I never saw as a care provider, but the numbers don’t seem right. Everybody in the US can get health care when they need it. Any shit bum can go to the ER and get treated.

      • Disaffected August 9, 2020 at 11:33 am #

        The US has indeed been targeted with a more virulent, deadly, and compliant mass media which shamelessly whores for the powers that be who are seeking to crush the population in anticipation of an uprising. The statistics are manufactured bullshit.

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

        When you wear a mask, the primary benefit is the source of transmissions, meaning someone who has it, likely does not know he has it. Unmasked that person can infect thousands of people. Masked he infects no one. That’s how you bring the rate of infection down. And when you do that, deaths go down as well. It’s not rocket science… well it is to the people on this blog but they still think Trump is a good president.

        • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

          Complete and utter lie. The virus passes right through the mask.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

            Two compelling case reports also suggest that masks can prevent transmission in high-risk scenarios, said Chin-Hong and Rutherford. In one case, a man flew from China to Toronto and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. He had a dry cough and wore a mask on the flight, and all 25 people closest to him on the flight tested negative for COVID-19. In another case, in late May, two hair stylists in Missouri had close contact with 140 clients while sick with COVID-19. Everyone wore a mask and none of the clients tested positive.

            Evidence you’re full of shit. Post evidence that I’m full of shit. You can’t. Which means you are a complete and utter liar.

          • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

            https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-prevention-face-mask-not-helpful-wash-hands/

            The N95 is the only mask of any use, and it is not for the public.

            This has been known for quite some time.

            You are full of shit.

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

            @booby brown.

            Says the guy posting lies with zero proof.
            No one believes anything you post.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

          So then the masked are safe. Only the evil UNMASKED will be infected by another evil UNMASKED. Karma. They deserve it, right Bobby?

          So you have no point whatsoever….

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

            Sure he does its at the top of his head and on the dunce cap he is forced to wear daily for his imbecilic posts.

    • SouthernYankee August 9, 2020 at 10:20 am #

      Hey BB, I am of Italian heritage. I have family in Italy with whom I stay in touch. They too are in somewhat disbelief over the US reaction to 19; however, they do not understand what has been going on here over many years. Had the the ruling class been not so dishonest, had it sought to truly retain unity in these United States, had it not sought to so thoroughly bleed dry the very last of many people’s livelihoods and wealth, had it not engaged in the sort of evil it does when it send troops to fight bullshit wars cloaked in propaganda to market, had it not imprisoned its people because of repressive drug laws which some Europeans find shocking, had black people in this country not had to endure and finally throw off the inhuman and horrible treatment they received since Reconstruction, had America’s children not been lured into addiction, human trafficking, and other horrors because of “market forces,” had America’s living arrangement, which has engendered so much anomie, isolation and anxiety among its inhabitants, been better conceived but wasn’t due to pathetically poor foresight, greed and corruption, had America’s industrial base not been hollowed out and shipped off half way across the world, and on and on and on. Had none or even most of these things not happened then I could sympathize with the reactions of European leaders to America’s response. Instead I say fuck them and fuck you because our leadership merits neither credibility not legitimacy and in due time it will be torn down like a Confederate monument and the homes and assets of the ruling class burned to the ground like a police cruiser or Federal building.

      • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 10:56 am #

        Wow!, Southern Yankee. You certainly don’t sound like a Yankee. Why such harsh criticism of your country? My Grandparents came to the US through Ellis Island and they were damn glad to get out of that shithole Italy. They worked a vineyard outside of Mortbegno and were poor peasants. Beautiful country but I am glad they left otherwise I would still be pickin’ grapes. If it wasn’t for Il Duce and WWII the rebuilding of Italia would never have occurred. My Father was in Italy at the end of WWII and he looked up my relatives. Piss poor. Best thing about the place is the beautiful women.

        • SouthernYankee August 9, 2020 at 11:45 am #

          All I’m saying St Elmo is that they (all Europeans) are in no position to judge our reaction. I love my heritage. I’ve visited my parents’ hometown in the south of Italy several times and it is poor but beautiful. Still they seem to have a much better quality of life than we do. The family structure is still largely intact, beautiful architecture etc. And though there is much corruption there the level of social insanity is no match for the US. I look forward to another visit there one day but unless Europeans in general have had boots on the ground as I have they cannot really appreciate the decay and degradation of American culture and the Covid reaction.

          • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

            Hey SouthernYankee, I also love the homeland. Beautiful country. My family is from the Alps border. I love the snow and hate the heat.

        • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

          Yes, nothing like those Meditteranean babes Rip, Greek, Israeli, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, even French from Cannes and Marseilles … they’re to die for.

          Brh

  75. benr August 9, 2020 at 9:41 am #

    Covid19 Self Test

    A new and easy self test for the horror of Covid 19 is doing the
    rounds and it’s simple, quick and positive (or negative if you see
    what I mean).

    Take a glass and pour a decent dram of your favourite whisky into it;
    then see if you can smell it. If you can, then you are halfway there.

    Then drink it. If you can taste it then it is reasonable to assume you
    are currently free of the virus because the loss of the sense of smell
    and taste is a common symptom.

    I tested myself 7 times last night and was virus free every time thank goodness.
    I will have to test myself again today because I have developed a
    throbbing headache which can also be one of the symptoms.

    I’ll report my results later.

    • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:50 am #

      Hair o’ the dog dude! Works every time.

    • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 9:50 am #

      Only 7? Your restraint is better than mine.

    • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 10:42 am #

      Benr,
      Funny you should post this today…I just two days ago spent…$430 buying…testing supplies. Zombie Apocalypse, don’t you know.

      • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 10:57 am #

        Get it while ya can!

      • benr August 9, 2020 at 11:25 am #

        I will make a prognostication right here right now.
        If Trump wins the election Covid19 will continue to be the bane of everyone’s very existence.

        If Biden and the cabal of imbeciles and morons manages to get everyone to mail in ballots they will steal the election and Covid will magically cease to be a big deal.
        The funding for groups like Antifa will dry up and BLM will be left in the ash heap of history where it belongs.

        • Disaffected August 9, 2020 at 11:30 am #

          You are exactly right. I wonder if there’s a futures market for that proposition? Could make a killing.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 11:59 am #

            Nostradumbass you are.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

          Maybe they’d let us have a bit of celebration, sure. But they like the idea of no independent middle class, and controlling our movements, etc. Covid 20 will be coming down the pike in any case, along with mandatory vaccinations and chipping.

    • Majella August 9, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

      Good stuff, benr. Very funny!

    • benr August 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

      Still free I retested all day as my typing skills can attest to but no virus.

  76. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 9:46 am #

    Did you learn your parenting skills from Robert Reed (aka “Mike Brady”) on the 1970’s sitcom TV series “The Brady Bunch”?

    • Pucker August 9, 2020 at 9:53 am #

      Wasn’t there an episode in which Mike Brady is shooting heroin in the garage and then Alice walks in on him in the act of shooting up and then Mike Brady beats the hell outta Alice? There was a lot of incest on the TV show….

      • Disaffected August 9, 2020 at 11:27 am #

        LOL! And let’s not forget young master Greg. I always thought he looked a little too cute in those curls, psychedelic shirts, and groovy bell bottoms. I heard he became a charter member of the Village People a few years later (the guy in the chaps, I think). Left poor younger brother Peter in psychoanalysis for years in his wake…

      • SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 12:22 pm #

        LOL ok. I’m thinking a lot of that occurred within your imagination and not necessarily on screen. Maybe they were manipulating your thoughts with a mind machine?

  77. malthuss August 9, 2020 at 10:12 am #

    swedish-court-overturns-child-rape-conviction-afghan-migrant

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/08/09/swedish-court-overturns-child-rape-conviction-afghan-migrant/

  78. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus
    By Nina Bai

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    Woman wearing a cloth face mask in a grocery store
    Editor’s Note: This story was updated on July 11 to include information on why valved masks do not block exhaled droplets.

    As states reopen from stay-at-home orders, many, including California, are now requiring people to wear face coverings in most public spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization now recommend cloth masks for the general public, but earlier in the pandemic, both organizations recommended just the opposite. These shifting guidelines may have sowed confusion among the public about the utility of masks.

    But health experts say the evidence is clear that masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and that the more people wearing masks, the better.

    We talked to UC San Francisco epidemiologist George Rutherford, MD, and infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-Hong, MD, about the CDC’s reversal on mask-wearing, the current science on how masks work, and what to consider when choosing a mask.

    Why did the CDC change its guidance on wearing masks?
    The original CDC guidance partly was based on what was thought to be low disease prevalence earlier in the pandemic, said Chin-Hong.

    “So, of course, you’re preaching that the juice isn’t really worth the squeeze to have the whole population wear masks in the beginning – but that was really a reflection of not having enough testing, anyway,” he said. “We were getting a false sense of security.”

    Rutherford was more blunt. The legitimate concern that the limited supply of surgical masks and N95 respirators should be saved for health care workers should not have prevented more nuanced messaging about the benefits of masking. “We should have told people to wear cloth masks right off the bat,” he said.

    Another factor “is that culturally, the U.S. wasn’t really prepared to wear masks,” unlike some countries in Asia where the practice is more common, said Chin-Hong. Even now, some Americans are choosing to ignore CDC guidance and local mandates on masks, a hesitation that Chin-Hong says is “foolhardy.”

    What may have finally convinced the CDC to change its guidance in favor of masks were rising disease prevalence and a clearer understanding that both pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission are possible – even common. Studies have found that viral load peaks in the days before symptoms begin and that speaking is enough to expel virus-carrying droplets.

    “I think the biggest thing with COVID now that shapes all of this guidance on masks is that we can’t tell who’s infected,” said Chin-Hong. “You can’t look in a crowd and say, oh, that person should wear mask. There’s a lot of asymptomatic infection, so everybody has to wear a mask.”

    What evidence do we have that wearing a mask is effective in preventing COVID-19?
    There are several strands of evidence supporting the efficacy of masks.

    One category of evidence comes from laboratory studies of respiratory droplets and the ability of various masks to block them. An experiment using high-speed video found that hundreds of droplets ranging from 20 to 500 micrometers were generated when saying a simple phrase, but that nearly all these droplets were blocked when the mouth was covered by a damp washcloth. Another study of people who had influenza or the common cold found that wearing a surgical mask significantly reduced the amount of these respiratory viruses emitted in droplets and aerosols.

    But the strongest evidence in favor of masks come from studies of real-world scenarios. “The most important thing are the epidemiologic data,” said Rutherford. Because it would be unethical to assign people to not wear a mask during a pandemic, the epidemiological evidence has come from so-called “experiments of nature.”

    A recent study published in Health Affairs, for example, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. The first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage-points compared to the five days prior to the mandate; at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage-points.

    Another study looked at coronavirus deaths across 198 countries and found that those with cultural norms or government policies favoring mask-wearing had lower death rates.

    Two compelling case reports also suggest that masks can prevent transmission in high-risk scenarios, said Chin-Hong and Rutherford. In one case, a man flew from China to Toronto and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. He had a dry cough and wore a mask on the flight, and all 25 people closest to him on the flight tested negative for COVID-19. In another case, in late May, two hair stylists in Missouri had close contact with 140 clients while sick with COVID-19. Everyone wore a mask and none of the clients tested positive.

    Do masks protect the people wearing them or the people around them?
    “I think there’s enough evidence to say that the best benefit is for people who have COVID-19 to protect them from giving COVID-19 to other people, but you’re still going to get a benefit from wearing a mask if you don’t have COVID-19,” said Chin-Hong.

    Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther.

    Another factor to remember, noted Rutherford, is that you could still catch the virus through the membranes in your eyes, a risk that masking does not eliminate.

    How many people need to wear masks to reduce community transmission?
    “What you want is 100 percent of people to wear masks, but you’ll settle for 80 percent,” said Rutherford. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown.

    The latest forecast from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation suggests that 33,000 deaths could be avoided by October 1 if 95 percent of people wore masks in public.

    Even if you live in a community where few people wear masks, you would still reduce your own chances of catching the virus by wearing one, said Chin-Hong and Rutherford.

    Does the type of mask matter?
    Studies have compared various mask materials, but for the general public, the most important consideration may be comfort. The best mask is one you can wear comfortably and consistently, said Chin-Hong. N95 respirators are only necessary in medical situations such as intubation. Surgical masks are generally more protective than cloth masks, and some people find them lighter and more comfortable to wear.

    The bottom line is that any mask that covers the nose and mouth will be of benefit.

    “The concept is risk reduction rather than absolute prevention,” said Chin-Hong. “You don’t throw up your hands if you think a mask is not 100 percent effective. That’s silly. Nobody’s taking a cholesterol medicine because they’re going to prevent a heart attack 100 percent of the time, but you’re reducing your risk substantially.”

    However, both Rutherford and Chin-Hong cautioned against N95 masks with valves (commonly used in construction to prevent the inhalation of dust) because they do not protect those around you. These one-way valves close when the wearer breathes in, but open when the wearer breathes out, allowing unfiltered air and droplets to escape. Chin-Hong said that anyone wearing a valved mask would need to wear a surgical or cloth mask over it. “Alternatively, just wear a non-valved mask,” he said.

    San Francisco has specified that masks with valves do not comply with the city’s face covering order.

    If we’re practicing social distancing, do we still need to wear masks?
    A mnemonic that Chin-Hong likes is the “Three W’s to ward off COVID-19:” wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance.

    “But of the three, the most important thing is wearing a mask,” he said. Compared to wearing a mask, cleaning your iPhone or wiping down your groceries are “just distractors.” There’s little evidence that fomites (contaminated surfaces) are a major source of transmission, whereas there is a lot of evidence of transmission through inhaled droplets, said Chin-Hong.

    “You should always wear masks and socially distance,” said Rutherford. “I would be hesitant to try to parse it apart. But, yes, I think mask wearing is more important.”

    • benr August 9, 2020 at 11:26 am #

      Links you dolt links not walls of text!

    • Disaffected August 9, 2020 at 11:29 am #

      Give. It. A. Rest.

      Masks are for dolts!

    • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

      Are you wearing goggles yet? Why not? How long until they became mandatory too?

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

        You’re still operating from the protection meme. It is stopping the transmission by people who are infected. Last time I checked they don’t sneeze or cough with their eyes.

        • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

          The cotton mask does not stop transmission. The virus passes through the mask.

          The only mask that stops some of the virus particles is the N95, which is not suitable for public use. The N99 also works but has a severe effect on breathing.

          You were bent over a few posts earlier on this. Time for another reaming.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 4:50 pm #

            It’s the dosage numb nuts. If a person is infected, the droplets are contained and only the – 5 or -6 sigma sized particles get through. When the un-infected person breathes, the mask just by being in the way, intercepts many of those. What’s left is not enough to overcome a healthy person’s immune system. But just continue dreaming about my ass. At least your mind is capable of lewdness.

          • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

            The cotton mask intercepts next to nothing.

            Facts. They are pesky.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm #

            OK here’s an experiment. Get yourself a mask. Get yourself a can of aerosol. Could be deodorant. Could be Lysol. Yeah make it Lysol. Don’t inject it though. Now hold up the mask and spray it with the can of aerosol. How much gets through? A little huh? Does you understand now? Or do I need to simplify it further?

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

            @booby brown

            I used wifes perfume smelled it perfectly.

            You really are an idiot.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

            Yeah but did you feel it land on you? Like the burn when you spray after shave on? No. You didn’t did you. You just smelled it didn’t you dumbass?

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

            ahahah we can go back and forth all day calling each other idiots but if I can smell it then it got through. In explanation it was ineffective.
            Just admit it you are clueless and move one to your next incorrect topic.

          • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

            He is reduced to Lysol.

            Such a powerful brain.

            LOL.

          • Bobby Brown August 10, 2020 at 4:32 am #

            You think you can call your argument effective and it is so. You’re as clueless as Trump . He thinks he’s done a great job. 165,000 dead Americans. 10% unemployment. Keep patting yourself on the back.

          • Bobby Brown August 10, 2020 at 4:58 am #

            OK here’s an experiment for you. Next time you take a shit, smell it? Now get up and spoon a turd out of the bowl. Now smear it all over your face. Stick some in your nostrils, Eat some if you want. That’s the difference between perfume landing on you and you smelling it. Did it get through? You’re such shit eater.

          • benr August 10, 2020 at 9:58 am #

            @doodle brown eater

            Tell me something what is your fascination with poop?
            I know you named yourself Seawolf but you don’t need to act like a dog rolling in horse shit.

            Do you even understand how smell works?
            If you did you would not post the drooling angry mess you did.
            I suggest you do some research and stop regurgitating what ever your handlers tell you to post you really do look like a dope.

            Here is a google link.

            https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=ZlExX7quJZ690PEPgfGxOA&q=how+does+smell+work&oq=how+does+smell+work&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyBggAEBYQHjIGCAAQFhAeMgYIABAWEB46DgguELEDEMcBEKMCEJMCOggIABCxAxCDAToFCAAQsQM6CwguELEDEMcBEKMCOggILhDHARCvAToFCC4QsQM6AgguOgcIABBGEP8BULwIWNkbYOEeaABwAHgAgAFjiAGuC5IBAjE5mAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwi6-c_C5JDrAhWeHjQIHYF4DAcQ4dUDCAk&uact=5

            I know you are not only stupid but lazy so just click it and then you will at least understand how you have been conned.
            A properly fitting and working mask does not allow scent in and if that is the case it will not allow a virus in.!

            https://www.osha.gov/video/respiratory_protection/fittesting_transcript.html

            You have been found wanting but I took the time to educate now.
            What will you do with the new found knowledge?
            Continue to prove to everyone here you are either stupid or working at an agenda or do the smart thing and concede you were not only wrong but sharing data that could get someone hurt.

            Which is it Brainiac?

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

          Fauci wants goggles. Who are you to question him?

          Think of the explosive weeping once Trump wins. Tears will shoot from eyes like beams!

  79. scoubidou123 August 9, 2020 at 11:37 am #

    I know Mr Kunstler has an interest in all things Russiagate-related.

    This may be of interest to him (or others): https://taibbi.substack.com/p/our-man-in-cambridge-93f

    The piece goes into details and should be read in its entirety. Since I am a subscriber to Mr Taibbi’s reporting, I am not sure what access non-subscribers get.

    If I may quote a summary and conclusion:
    Russiagate was two narratives, initially. One involved the FBI’s pre-election effort to use “informants” to obtain information about the likes of Flynn, Page, and Papadolpoulos. []

    The second narrative involved the hire of Christopher Steele by the Hillary Clinton campaign, the production of his famous “dossier,” the dossier’s use by the FBI, and its eventual leak to the press.

    To recap: a Washington-based contract employee of Christopher Steele’s firm traveled to Russia armed with a series of names, which he then bounced off cash-hungry contacts in liquor-lubricated meetings that, in an amazing coincidence, produced a series of devastating if ultimately unconformable stories.

    Russiagate began as a few aging bull artists from Cambridge who cross-burnished other’s dicey reports to sell the World’s Finest Law Enforcement Institution, the FBI, on a shaggy dog story of supreme dumbness and improbability.

    The FBI then compounded the error first by launching real investigations of the real people named in these dubious reports, then by leaking their names to the news media. None of this might have ever done that far, but Trump ruined everything by winning the 2016 election, by which point this mess had grown out of control. Key actors in a third, post-electoral stage of the scandal then opted for total commitment rather than transparency, with the result that real human beings went to prison and a democratically-elected president was forced to fight off phony accusations of espionage for years.

  80. SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 11:44 am #

    cc rider. It is very possible that I am a silly little dove. But I have been looking into that Jerry Falwell Jr. story you brought up yesterday and I have found conflicting and inconclusive evidence. Because it’s connected to business/real estate deals going bad I’m just wondering why you don’t think that story is a potential smear. I’m not saying it didn’t happen. It just seems like there is shadiness to the accusations. And then again, we are living in a society where Rolling Stone can condemn Falwell for this alleged sin while at the same time embracing and celebrating the sin of others.

    • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      Oh SSL I was just being a bit mischievous in calling you a “silly little dove”. I was bored yesterday. Oh, and my crack that “Catholics don’t read the bible” was also me being mischievous. Or cheeky. One of my best and longest time friends is a Catholic and we have a running joke about how his bible just collects dust.

      Regarding the Falwell Jr. story I admit that I have not really looked into it. There is so much else to keep up with I just haven’t had the time. But I shouldn’t have a strong opinion either way until I do look into it more. So you may very well be right for all I know.

      • SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm #

        Hey a silly little dove is not that bad right :-). But what I did find is actually weird. One account from Michael Cohen (and I know he has issues too) is that Falwell’s wife’s phone was hacked into and some racy pics of her by herself (presumably taken for her husbands private benefit) were stolen and used to propagate the story that something untoward occurred at that Miami hotel with the “pool boy”.

        • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm #

          Oh, that’s interesting on the possibility of the phone hack. Well, now I have more homework to do. Doh!

          We truly live in a world full of sneaky snakes. It really gets tiresome.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

          A dove is a nice pigeon. The d and the v are feminine sounding. In contrast, the p and g are harsh, especially in succession making the “pig” sound/word.

          The word is inexact, usually used for smaller species.

  81. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    At this point in time you would have to be certifiably insane not to wear a mask. 4% of the population and 22% of deaths. Why? Half the population refuses to believe in science and facts and continue to follow a fake president. He has driven the country into the ground. He was handed a fantastic economy by a great president and vice-president, and he drove it into the ground, like everything else he did in life, right into the ground. A football league. Straight into the ground. An airline. Straight into the ground. Atlantic City. Right down the crapper. His university. A joke, except to everyone on this blog, probably all students. Nero fiddled, Trump golfs.

    • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

      Bobby do you consider the New England Journal of Medicine to be a reliable source of information?

      https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372

      “…..We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic…..”

      “…..What is clear, however, is that universal masking alone is not a panacea. A mask will not protect providers caring for a patient with active Covid-19 if it’s not accompanied by meticulous hand hygiene, eye protection, gloves, and a gown. A mask alone will not prevent health care workers with early Covid-19 from contaminating their hands and spreading the virus to patients and colleagues. Focusing on universal masking alone may, paradoxically, lead to more transmission of Covid-19 if it diverts attention from implementing more fundamental infection-control measures…..”

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm #

        Masks work. The evidence is clear. A person who has Covid 19 who wears a mask will not transmit the disease. There is a tiny chance he will spread it with his hands, almost infinitesimal now that handshakes are history. Health Care workers are tested at far higher rates than the general population for just that reason.

        • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

          No, it is not clear. Not at all. You did not read the New England Journal of Medicine paper. Perhaps that’s because it takes at least a ninth grade education level to comprehend it. Or you’re just a know-it-all and you believe that Dr. Fauci is the source for all info. Even though in the beginning even HE said masks in the general population were not workable. (He knows the real truth. But he is a part of the agenda. And you’re one of the agenda’s fools).

          Unless you deck out in goggles, face shield, full body gown, and a mask you are just wasting your effort with a mask in public.

          And try reading this paragraph again. Go very slowly if you have too. Maybe get someone to read it out loud for you and then explain it:

          “Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal.”

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

            Then take your mud colored glasses off, you fucking imbecile. Why does USA have 4% of the population and 22% of the deaths? Because the Republican leadership refused to embrace mask wearing. What’s your answer, smartie fucking pants?

          • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

            Calm down Bobby Brown.

            Why did you call yourself Seawolf? Are you a Jack London fan?

            I am.

            Brh

          • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

            Bobby Brown = low IQ.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

            Just what I thought I’d hear, cricketts.

          • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 4:53 pm #

            Bobby Brown there are more deaths in the US because more people in the US are generally unhealthy. More obesity…more diabetes….more cancer….more heart disease…etc…

            You’re not worth tangoing with because you are complete and totally clueless moron. Do you think the people at the New England Journal of Medicine are imbeciles? They did the research and wrote the paper on masks. You fucking idiot.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

            Took you long enough to come up with such a weak ass bullshit answer. There are unhealthy people all over the word. America doesn’t have a monopoly on unhealthy living, obesity, cancer or anything else. We’re just led by a dumb ass president who believes in magical thinking and miracle cures instead of tactical strategies that will mitigate the spread until strategic therapies and vaccines become available. In plain and simple language that you will understand, he’s fucking idiot just like you.

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

          People who have no symptoms won’t transmit it either. A WHO scientist said that and the bureaucrats freaked out and walked it back. It destroys the whole narrative.

          • GreenAlba August 9, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

            OK, so people who have no symptoms won’t transmit the disease (as was the case with SARS-Covid-1, which was MUCH easier to contain because of that).

            That means that the disease was ENTIRELY transmitted by symptomatic people. Symptomatic people who were clearly told to stay at home if they had symptoms.

            That means that people would have to be about a thousand times more stupid than we gave them credit for, right?

            Now I’m worried. 🙂

          • abcdef August 9, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

            Hi Sredni Vashtar,
            I would not be stating this with such confidence. If this is to be believed, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-1595_article, you can be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and still spread the disease.

      • abcdef August 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm #

        Hi cc rider,
        On that–let us go agree with you that NEJM is reliable. What do you think about this, from the authors: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2020836

        To whit:

        “TO THE EDITOR:
        We understand that some people are citing our Perspective article (published on April 1 at NEJM.org)1 as support for discrediting widespread masking. In truth, the intent of our article was to push for more masking, not less. It is apparent that many people with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic or presymptomatic yet highly contagious and that these people account for a substantial fraction of all transmissions.2,3 Universal masking helps to prevent such people from spreading virus-laden secretions, whether they recognize that they are infected or not.4

        We did state in the article that “wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection,” but as the rest of the paragraph makes clear, we intended this statement to apply to passing encounters in public spaces, not sustained interactions within closed environments. A growing body of research shows that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is strongly correlated with the duration and intensity of contact: the risk of transmission among household members can be as high as 40%, whereas the risk of transmission from less intense and less sustained encounters is below 5%.5-7 This finding is also borne out by recent research associating mask wearing with less transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in closed settings.8 We therefore strongly support the calls of public health agencies for all people to wear masks when circumstances compel them to be within 6 ft of others for sustained periods.

        Michael Klompas, M.D., M.P.H.
        Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
        Charles A. Morris, M.D., M.P.H.
        Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
        Erica S. Shenoy, M.D., Ph.D.
        Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA”

        • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

          I think the powahs that be got upset that their paper was being cited and it was going against the agenda. They were probably taken out to the woodshed so to speak. So they had to issue this “retraction”, so to speak. Or “walking back”. I don’t care what this retraction says, the gist of that paper did NOT call for more masking use. That’s just horseshit. They are covering their ass.

          The fact is that they STILL say that masks are of no use for passing encounters in public spaces. Read it for yourself again in your post.

          So why are we being forced under law to wear them in public spaces when we pass by other humans? It’s one thing to require people in an enclosed office environment all day to wear a mask. It’s another to make us wear one while filling up gas…walking on the street…on a sidewalk….in a park….or even in a large, spacious grocery store.

          • Majella August 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm #

            …or you could just accept the facts as stated. Not everything is a conspiracy.

  82. SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm #

    The Federal Reserve prez wants the country to shut down COMPLETELY for at least six weeks again. They are never going to stop doing this now that they have you living in terror and wearing masks in your houses while you’re shut in listening to 24/7 breaking virus crisis coverage.

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/08/09/fed-head-who-bailed-out-big-banks-in-2008-says-u-s-should-shut-down-completely-for-six-weeks-957888

    • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

      The Fed obviously reckons it needs about six more weeks to complete the looting, aka giga wealth transfer. Then the next phase of the..uhhhh….program can begin.

      And what is that phase? Oh it’s a gonna be real nasty. Don’t know the details. But it will suck.

      The famous words of a very drunk Jim Morrison at a concert in Miami just before he got arrested again on stage come to mind: “Do you know that you’re all slaves?” Or maybe it was, “I want you to know that you’re all slaves”. Or it could’ve been more simple like, “You’re all slaves”.

      You get the drift. He knew the score pretty much.

      • SoftStarLight August 9, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

        Yeah for sure. And with so many peoples’ finances and job situations messed up after the previous shutdown it will likely pretty much do a lot of people in financially once and for all. And then it will be like even the pretense of our freedoms will be gone and most people will be wards of the state. And yeah, I believe that is how they want it too.

  83. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

    Why does Trump keep holding news conferences? He gets asked a tough question and he walks off stage, pouting the whole way. He’s like a big baby. A huge baby. A 300 lb baby. When Swan confronted him with “A lot of people think you can do too much testing,” with “Who says that?” and Trump replied “Read the books and manuals,” and Swan said “What books, what manuals?” and Trump squinches his arms together while splaying his hands apart and says “Let me finish.”

    • Majella August 12, 2020 at 6:19 am #

      ’Why does Trump keep holding news conferences?’

      Because he can’t hold “ Hillbilly Nuremberg Rallies” when LOCK HER UP!!!’\” etc and there are NO questions (hence the drama-queen walkouts)

  84. Billy Hill August 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    Two thoughts:

    1. Cast Brad Pitt in the starring role as Martin Luther King in the to-be blockbuster movie “I Have a Dream.” (Hey — Pitt’s a fine actor with range and depth and now that we’ve crossed the Rubicon with Hamilton to say nothing of Africans playing Richard III in London , well, Are We Not Woke?)

    2, Obvious workaround for the Cleveland Indians conundrum:
    Put Shiva on the ballcap. And bedeck the stands with Indian-Hindu paraphernalia. Bhangra music between innings. Curry vendors.

    • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

      LOL! Thanks Billy Hill. I needed some humor today.

  85. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

    For fiscal year 2020, CBO’s early look at the fiscal outlook shows the following: The federal budget deficit is projected to be $3.7 trillion. Federal debt held by the public is projected to be 101 percent of GDP by the end of the fiscal year. 4 times the next largest. Quadruple.

  86. Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

    Good, new piece on Flynn and the RussiaGate hoax from Matt Taibbi.

    Most of this info. has been known for quite a while to those who have followed jeff@themarketswork, thelastrefuge, or brian cates and co. over on Twitter these past few years, but if Taibbi is writing about it, it means things are just about mainstream. The McMedia can’t do anything to stop the train coming down the track now.

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-spies-who-hijacked-america

    Hang ’em high.

  87. messianicdruid August 9, 2020 at 1:15 pm #

    Kim proposed, “Anyway, you could suggest someone else yourself. You have all of history to choose from. Thousands of years.
    What’s that you say? The only historical ideas that you have ever been taught about and that you have constantly free-floating in your heads – waiting to attach themselves to any other passing idea, no matter how vague the relevance – concern be-monocled nazis in Hugo Boss uniforms?
    Uh-huh. I see. I am starting to see that this Godwin’s Law problem is much larger and goes much deeper than I had imagined.”

    Maybe we could invent a [ Yagoda Law ].

    Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda

    holodomoinfo.com/ glossary/jewish-bolshevik- murderers/genrikh-yagoda/

  88. Pucker August 9, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

    Isn’t Biden impeachable for his quid pro quo gig in Ukraine?

    • Nightowl August 9, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

      Jailable. Such a genius is he that he openly bragged about it on tape.

  89. stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

    So I’ve had it now. I was just in the car picking up supplies and
    ” Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits came on the radio. Mark Knopfler , one of the greats, Finger pickin’ master. I love that song. Anyway.

    They dubbed out all the faggot phrases. What are the faggots afraid of?

    We are totally fucked when the powers are killing us like this.

    Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
    You play the guitar on the mtv
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
    Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
    Maybe get a blister on your little finger
    Maybe get a blister on your thumb

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchen deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these color tv’s

    (See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
    Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
    That little faggot got his own jet airplane
    That little faggot he’s a millionaire)

    Gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchen deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    Gotta move these color tv’s

    I shoulda learned to play the guitar
    I shoulda learned to play them drums
    Look at that mama, she got it stickin’ in the camera
    Man we could have some
    And he’s up there, what’s that? Hawaiian noises?
    Bangin’ on the bongos like a chimpanzee
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchens deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these color tv’s

    • stelmosfire August 9, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

      Even Mark dropped the faggot part of the song.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zOjRlVpAOQ
      Mark and Eric, WOW

      • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

        Did you lose electrical power in the storm?

        • stelmosfire August 10, 2020 at 7:32 am #

          Yea, for about 6 hours. I am on a Hospital circuit. Even though they have a monster generator the G&E has a rush job on them. Lots of trees and branches down around here. Some people after 3 days still no power. Oh the horror!

  90. Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

    Excerpted from Greg Johnson’s article, “George Floyd Got Justice”, Counter-Currents.com

    Was George Floyd a victim of injustice? No, he died because (1) he committed a crime, (2) refused to comply with the police, and (3) was so high on drugs that he was not up to the rigors of being forcibly arrested. If he hadn’t done any of those things, he — and a lot of other people — would still be alive today. George Floyd’s death was entirely his fault. It wasn’t murder. It was the predictable result of Floyd’s own bad character and bad choices. It was his just desserts.

    George Floyd got justice.

    Now we have to secure justice for Derek Chauvin and his fellow officers, as well as for the millions of Americans whose lives have been turned upside down by this massive hoax perpetrated by the government of Minneapolis, the State of Minnesota, Black Lives Matter, the mainstream media, and the far Left — aided and abetted by the craven eunuchs of the mainstream Right.

    If I were Donald Trump, I would invoke the Insurrection Act, then spend the next few weeks arresting the leaders of BLM and antifa, as well as their collaborators in state and municipal governments, for the crimes they have already committed. Once the Leftist beast is decapitated, I would pardon Derek Chauvin and his fellow officers. Then I’d grab some popcorn.

    “But we could never do that! Blacks would burn the country down!”

    If that is your initial reaction, I want you to reflect on it. Derek Chauvin, his fellow officers, and the whole planet have been victimized by a blatant hoax. If we can’t do the right thing and call a stop to it, then aren’t we admitting that we have to choose between having justice and having black people in America? Well I choose justice. Which is reason number one-hundred-million-and-one why I believe that blacks and whites in America need to go our separate ways. We need a racial divorce.

    SV: Don’t focus on the details, but rather the very good question in the last paragraph: Aren’t we admitting that we have to choose between having justice and having black people in America? Or at least our America? Or if that doesn’t float your boat, how about basic quality of life? That includes freedom of movement, cleanliness, peace, safety, education, etc.

    Invoke the Insurrection Act? That sounds very good!

    As for the lowly details: Getting arrested obviously freaked him out. The struggle ending with the knee of the neck. Maybe he’d still be alive if all that hadn’t happened, bad heart and Covid notwithstanding. It was hardly likely to have been his first time in such a state. But like the cop in the other article said, What were they supposed to do, just let him go? Drive in that crazy condition after perpetrating forgery?

    Or should we just start bringing them down with tranquilizer darts, like we do large, dangerous animals? I mean if they refuse to accept authority and fight to the death, perhaps that would be more humane for both and the officers. Think of the law suits from that!

    I fell for the scam too, initially. I repent of my folly. Please do likewise.

    • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

      Was George Floyd a victim of injustice? Yes, because 1) the crime he was accused of was not proven, the alleged $20 counterfeit bill is now evidence in his murder case, and may yet be proven to be real money. We don’t know yet, and I suspect it’s because the bill was not counterfeit. 2) Even if it was counterfeit, it is not a crime until it is proven George Floyd knew it was counterfeit. Such proof has never come to light. The more appropriate police response was to question him as to where he came into possession of the bill. 3) The autopsy revealed he had meth and fentanyl in his system, but did not reveal the levels. It is a bigoted assumption to claim he was so high he was not up to the rigors of being murdered.
      The man who killed him should get the death penalty.

      • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

        Officer Chauvin will be acquitted. An apology will be issued, and he will be granted a full pension.

        A few years from now a humble proclamation will be declared, thanking Officer Chauvin for protecting the citizens of the United States from the predator and narcotics addict, George Floyd, convicted felon.

        Brh

        • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

          What’s more this arrest happened in the middle of a pandemic. George Floyd tested positive for Covid 19 and could have had trouble breathing because he was sick, not just because he had some cracker’s knee on his neck.

      • benr August 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

        Have you watched the video of them trying to get this idiot into the Police car?
        Not the highly massaged part where it only shows the officer putting a knee on the out of control panicking man but the entire part where he was claiming he could not breath before the even attempted to subdue him?
        He was having a massive panic attack or was starting to die from the amount of synthetic opium in his system.
        Confusion and trouble breathing are some of the very first symptoms of over dose but the meth in his system will confuse the situation and cause even trained people to not recognize an Opiate overdise often until to late.

        https://americanaddictioncenters.org/meth-treatment/overdose

        Common symptoms of a meth overdose include:
        Chest pain
        Arrhythmias
        Hypertension or hypotension
        Difficult or labored breathing
        Agitation
        Hallucinations
        Psychosis
        Seizures
        Rapid or slow heartbeat
        Hyperthermia

        https://aplahealth.org/fentanyl/

        Fentanyl’s effects include
        • extreme happiness
        • drowsiness
        • nausea
        • confusion
        • constipation
        • sedation
        • problems breathing
        • unconsciousness

        https://towardtheheart.com/ezine/8/peer-study-fentanyl

        https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

        • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

          When a man is on the ground in handcuffs and he’s begging you to get off his neck because he can’t breathe, YOU STAND UP. YOU GET THE FUCK OFF HIS NECK. What are you some kind of fucking retard? I saw the film. I saw a man scared out of his mind begging for his life. I don’t know what the fuck you saw.

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

            Exactly you don’t have a clue like always look around seadolt he started his bullshit before they even touched him.
            Of course since you are a dolt you don’t get it.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

            Of course since you are a dolt you don’t get it. I know you are but what am I?

          • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm #

            “When a man is on the ground in handcuffs and he’s begging you to get off his neck because he can’t breathe, YOU STAND UP. YOU GET THE FUCK OFF HIS NECK.”

            BB,
            Spoken like a man who is a stranger to violence.

            You have no idea.

          • Bobby Brown August 10, 2020 at 4:26 am #

            Violence of action. If I know that I know more about violence than you will in a 100 years.

          • benr August 10, 2020 at 10:03 am #

            @booby brown

            Right on another keyboard warrior.
            Come on tough guy regal us with your tough guy Sea stories.

        • Majella August 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

          Benr – so what…there’s no value in relitigating the George Floyd story. Everyone knows it’s bullshit, but it was co-opted as the *spark* for the civil unrest that was coming anyway. If it hadn’t been Floyd, it would have been some other incident. So, just give it a fucking REST!

      • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

        The reason the clerk knew it was a fake bill was because she saw the ink starting to run on it from the moisture of her hand. That’s when she ran out and demanded that he give the merchandise back. He told her to fuck off. Then he and his buddies sat on the car and starting smoking the cigarettes they bought with the counterfeit bill. Then she called the police. An ex-employee (herself black) who was there during some of this as it played out confirmed that the bill was obviously fake. You can also hear on the 911 call how “drunk” he was. She assumed it was alcohol at the time. Of course it was a drug cocktail.

        God, you’re such a total idiot. With each post you just expose yourself more and more.

        • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm #

          She’s a currency expert. I see. Sweaty handed one. And she’s the security for the corner store. Security should never be handled by people who have no training in security. There’s film of this I’m sure. If it was so obviously fake why did they take it? Your arguments are like little turds circling the bowl as they disappear into the sewer. You fucking moron.

          • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm #

            It was a poorly made bill fool. Even a moron like you could’ve seen it was fake. It didn’t take a currency expert.

            Eat shit and go fuck yourself.

    • abcdef August 9, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Sredni Vashtar,
      “But we could never do that! Blacks would burn the country down!”

      I think that as we saw in Portland, it would be more like half the country that doesn’t like these tactics would “protest and use acts of civil disobedience (and hopefully avoid widespread counter-violence, one can hope). I don’t think that ends well for the President or the country. And neither for you or for me or for us.

  91. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

    If I convince 10 people out of a 100 to wear a mask, and 1 out of those 10 is infected, I possibly could prevent thousands of people from getting infected. I am part of the solution. Everyone else is part of the problem, and they know it.

    • benr August 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

      You are nothing but a seadolt you are part of nothing but a delusional subset of voters with zero real common sense.

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

        An anti-mask fellow talking about common sense. What’s next Nostradumbass? You gonna juggle for us?

        • benr August 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

          haha Im not anti mask for you wear your burka by all means free country just don’t tell me to wear one unless its a requirement to conduct business ie in a store.

          Why are you always wrong about everything?

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

            “Is there anything wrong with anything? Is that what you’re asking me?” Anton Chigur
            You’re as big a a dumbass as that hen-pecked husband running that gas station.

          • elysianfield August 9, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

            BB,
            Anton Chigur, played by Javier Bardem…great actor, and married well;

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Kn51pMm5o

            If I married that well, I would never go out of the house….

      • Majella August 12, 2020 at 6:27 am #

        Benr – you’r\ve got to get over constantly accessing your inner 7 year-old self, and make an argument. Otherwise, just stick with your inside voice and resist the keyboard..

  92. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    More evidence mask wearing works if the infected wear the mask. It helps for the uninfected, but it’s primarily to stop transmission, not to protect the wearer.

    https://nypost.com/2020/08/08/elderly-florida-couple-braved-covid-19-for-one-final-embrace/

    • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

      The mask works or it doesn’t. If you want to wear one because you think it works, fine. Now you’re protected. If it doesn’t protect you, wearing one is not going to protect anyone else. Don’t try to complicate something simple. And if I don’t want to wear one, how is it any of your business? You’re protected with your MASK. My face is my business. I wish I could sign a waiver opting out of any health care coverage if I get it.

      I never get sick, thank God. So I will probably not get this either, or only in very light form. Genetics, Bobby. Just like my movie star good looks and high IQ.

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

        You know I’m watching Tombstone and Virgil Earp becomes sheriff and says you can’t wear your guns in town. He took away their guns when they were in a public place. Their GUNS! You think they said my hip is my hip and you ain’t touching what’s on it. No they went along with it for the common good. Just kind of manipulate and transpose that with masks.

        • Majella August 12, 2020 at 6:28 am #

          Gee! Is that on “The History Cgannel”?

  93. BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

    CC Rider

    I have another Yankee connection to Texas for you …. General Edmund Kirby-Smith, Confederate Commander of Trans Mississippi forces in the West, including Texas, his parents were Congregationalist missionaries from New Britain, Ct, gone South to minister to slave populations in Georgia in the 1820s when Edmund was born. The Smith’s and Kirbys were founding families here and some of their ancestors are still around. Its beyond irony that a son of Yankee abolitionists became a Confederate General … Fighting Joe Wheeler had roots here too (in Derby).

    I’ve driven by the Moses Austin house in Durham, Ct many times on the way to the Sound, stopping to read and photograph the State of Texas plaque posted in front of the colonial homestead. I wonder what Stephen Austin would make of the political situation in Austin, Texas today?

    • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

      Steve Austin, the six million dollar man. “We can rebuilt him. We can make him better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

      Six milliion? Where did I hear that number before? Now do you understand how our minds have been colonized? They tried to implant the number both before and after WW1 as well.

      • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

        Geez, Sredni, the Jews have really taken up a lot of space in your mind. To that extent, they have succeeded in limiting your effectiveness through inaction.

        • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

          Well, he is consistent. Lol…

        • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

          Yeah, and I’m upping the rent. How can men act unless they know? And how can they know unless they see? And how can they see unless they look? And how can men look unless they know? Please review the movie, “They Live” (We sleep).

          • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

            Sredni, I’m an empiricist; at least I try to be. Therefore, what is essential to me is what I see – as it’s happening. Everything else is to some degree a conjecture. Quoting someone else’s words doesn’t make them true. I know you read a lot; so do I. Words are powerful because most people are too lazy to think them out, but actions do speak louder than words, but only if they are your actions, not someone else’s. In science, results are only considered valid if they are repeatable. Just because you read something or listen to someone, what they say doesn’t mean they are true.

            Who are the speakers? Who are the writers? Do they have an agenda, an ulterior motive? Where did they get their information? Is it reliable, or are you just assuming it is? How do know the difference? Truth is there, but most times one needs to work very hard to get at it.

          • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

            Nevertheless, the Jews did push the six million number before the end of WW2 or even its beginning. There is no doubt about this. The question is, Why? It seems to be some kind of Kabbalistic thing. But why are they so damned determined to make us accept this part of their religion?

        • malthuss August 9, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

          Jeez [Jesus] Jews have really taken up a lot of space in your mind. Bill.

          • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 7:26 pm #

            I would think that is natural since I am a Jew.

    • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

      BRH, I think Stephen Austin would say, “By all means take my name off of this most repugnant city filled with vapid fools.”

  94. Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

    Trump thinks he belongs on Mt Rushmore. Think about that. JFK. LBJ. FDR. But Trump thinks he belongs up there. Well I guess when you wreck an economy, fail to protect your citizens during a global pandemic, and on your watch there are race riots not seen since the 60’s, you get an inflated sense of self.

  95. beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

    Let’s try to analyze, at least a little, about the effectiveness of masks. Picture a cotton mask under a microscope, magnified to around 200 times, more or less. What would it look like? Well, I don’t know the structure of cotton fiber, but I imagine it’s made up of microscopic individual strands of cotton, kind of like a window screen. I don’t know if all the strands are vertical or horizontal, or a mixture. But I do know that each strand has some amount of thickness.

    A swath of mask then would be impenetrable to a certain degree to the much, much smaller in diameter virus particle. But remember the window screen analogy. There’d be some empty spaces between strands and some virus particles could get through to the outside. So, ignoring any other factors, if the fiber strands take up 30% of all available space, then I would say 30% of virus particles wouldn’t get out, and if 60%, then the mask would be 60% effective.

    But there are other factors that must be taken into account, such as the bounceabi

    • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

      Sorry, I was thinking how effective the masks were and I accidentally posted the above. Rather than go into full detail, the conclusion I came up with is that determining the effectiveness of a mask is seriously complicated and requires the use of calculus, as well as making a few assumptions. The bottom line is that effectiveness varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, time wearing the mask, and the distance between people, plus a number of other factors. In other words, until some mathematicians come up with a good formula, we don’t know if wearing a mask is good, and we all have to make our own decisions.

    • Sredni Vashtar August 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm #

      Yes, it’s amazing how complicated it gets. The virus apparently has no aerosol ability at all. Just drops like a stone. But it can ride on water droplets. What’s the physics of that? How long? How far? Aerosols is a whole subbranch of physics.

      How big is the average droplet expelled from a human mouth or nose? That’s the premier question. I have yet to see an answer.

      • cc rider August 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm #

        Yes more of the virus probably ends up on shoes. They should make us wear shoe covers. Lol…

      • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

        Google it dumbass.

        • benr August 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

          My good ness look at the angry idiot spewing venom.
          Get over yourself you are as wanted as a serious case of blooding hemorrhoid’s in a high def porno.

          • Bobby Brown August 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

            Anger. Frustration over idiocy and ignorance is more like it. But you keep imagining whatever you want.

          • benr August 9, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

            So move on no wants your message at least the political ones I rather enjoy your other posts just avoid politics and the Corona virus.

    • BackRowHeckler August 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

      Bill, I look at masks as something like wearing a Cross or Star of David around one’s neck; it shows you’re part of a community. Even if it has no practical value it is significant. I wear an American Flag neckerchief tied around me whenever I go out, a garment from my days in the VFW color guard, like Jesse James or John Wesley Hardin in the old west .. . So when I enter an establishment with a sign on the door that says ‘Masks Required’ I pull it up over my face before entering. So far nobody has challenged me, and it seems to satisfy everybody concerned, other citizens and the proprietors.

      Brh

      • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

        Yeah, except if I ran into you in a dark alley, I might be tempted to just hand over my money before I got hurt. Lol.

        • tucsonspur August 9, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

          Yeah, I know that you’re kidding, gamblers are usually tough hombres. Carry the blade or that hidden piece.

          • beantownbill. August 9, 2020 at 5:41 pm #