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Things Went Awry

      If you’ve never had major surgery before there’s the cool part after they’ve got you all scrubbed and prepped in pre-op, and inserted IVs in your veins, and you’re ready to rock and roll with whatever’s on the program. I’m familiar with this routine. It’s the only part of the surgery your apt to remember. Then they start pumping fentanyl and versed (midazolam) into you and things get extremely pleasant instantly. You’re riding a gurney, a rolling taxicab, through the maze of subterranean hospital hallways and everyone’s wearing the same outfit: green scrubs with a big puffy beret, and there’s a party going on exactly where you’re headed: the room where they disassemble you and put you back together.
      I was in for a minimally invasive cervical decompression on March 4. They were going to thread some arthoscopic instruments into the spaces around my neckbones – the cervical vertebrae – and grind down some bone spurs and fix some other crap that was pressing on my spinal cord and giving me grief. I was goofing with the anesthesiologists as I rolled into the OR, doing an old routine from a Samuel Beckett novel, Molloy, that I’d memorized back in college called The Story of the Stones … “I took advantage of being at the seaside to lay in a store of sucking-stones. They were pebbles but I called them stones. Yes on this occasion I laid in a considerable store….” It’s a great piece, goes on for pages and pages of absolutely absurd poetic drivel, and the chief anesthesiologist (Albany Med is a teaching hospital) was an Irishman like Beckett so I thought he’d appreciate it.
     They’d just given me the final chemical push into dreamyland and inserted the breathing tube when the EKG unit that my heart was hooked up to started reporting strange activity. The waveform looked bad. My blood pressure shot way up. They stopped the operation. I don’t know this on my own, but I’m told that as they yanked the breathing tube out I seamlessly resumed The Story of the Stones “…I distributed them equally among my four pockets and sucked them turn and turn about. This raised a problem which I first solved in the following way….”
     In the commotion I assumed that that operation had concluded and all was well. I was then informed what actually happened, wheeled off to some post-op holding pen, and left to stew in drugged mystification and disappointment for a while. Eventually, they wheeled me up to a neurosurgery recovery ward to cool my jets until some new order of business was lined up.
     The next two days I had heart tests. First was the common stress test. You get a dose of radioactive fluid, wait an hour watching Honey Boo Boo videos until it penetrates your tissues, and then get a set of fancy pictures of your heart taken under this big revolving drum of a camera. Then they put you on the treadmill to study how your heart performs under a controlled strain. Turned out the treadmill interface with the EKG was on the fritz, so they took me off and opted for the “hot-shot” instead. The hot shot is a dose of some chemical that fools your heart into thinking it had just run the 100 yard dash. Meanwhile you’re hooked up to an EKG readout. It was like a chemically-induced anxiety attack. The EKG on me produced a strange wave form. The pictures, on the other hand, showed nothing conclusive.
     The next day I went to the angiogram lab. It’s a subterranean room chilled like a walk-in-fridge because all the computer equipment stuffed into it doesn’t like to get warm. I got another IV “cocktail” down there while they shaved my groin and threaded a catheter wire into my femoral artery up toward my heart. There were at least eight technicians roistering around in there including the cardiologist who ran the lab. Some kind of Star Wars type of “music” filled the room, and the ambience was rather like a dance club around two o’clock in the morning, minus super-models. The upshot of the test was that I had a 90 percent blockage of the Left Main coronary artery, the “widow-maker.” The other coronary vessels were clear.
     It had to get fixed. The next step was to decide whether they would fix it with a stent or a bypass surgery. The stent is a little wire basket inserted with a catheter. They have two kinds: 1) plain; 2) coated with anti-clotting chemicals. It will hold a blocked artery open, but it has its limitations. You have to stay on blood-thinner drugs practically forever and the stent can just fail. The heart-surgeons and their cardiologist office-mates came around to talk it over with me and we all decided that a bypass was the way to go.
     I spent the next six days as a hostage waiting for a surgery slot. The doctors didn’t want to cut me loose because the widow-maker might take me out just lifting a bag of onions in the supermarket, and I suppose there were liability issues – like: this guy’s heirs and assigns will sue us if we let him go for a few days and something happens. I had visitors, and my girlfriend kept me company for big chunks of the day, and I read a biography of Stalin – a much more interesting chap than I’d previously understood him to be – and, of course, I enjoyed the fabulous hospital cuisine. Oh, I wrote last week’s blog somewhere in there, too, on my iPad.
     Tuesday morning it was back to pre-op. This time, I didn’t feel as frisky as the last when I performed Beckett. The anesthesiologist resident was a whip-smart Asian beauty with a jaunty head-rag and a droll sense of humor, and that was good enough. I don’t even remember them shaving my chest, let alone sawing through my sternum and retracting the ribs to reveal all the marvelous pulsing wet gunk inside. The operation lasted about five hours. For about four of them, my heart was stopped and my lungs collapsed (on purpose, to get them out of the way). My blood and oxygen circulated through a machine. That was my “Kurzweil” moment. I don’t remember dreaming up any avatar super-model sex partners in the process.
     The surgeon “harvested” a couple of blood vessels from around my pectoral muscles to use as grafts. They used to go straight for the leg veins, but the chest veins are stronger and more flexible. They ran two bypasses around the blocked Left Main coronary vessel. The Left Main provides nourishment and oxygen for the whole left side of the heart, so you want to make sure that the bypasses deliver a lot of flow. They left three drainage hoses and a temporary pacemaker wire in my thoracic cavity, wired the sternum back together, and called it a day.
     I came to, partially anyway, in the post-op with the breathing tube jammed in my craw and, quite possibly, the most unpleasant range of sensations I’d ever felt. A nurse or patient assistant sat nearby and I tried to communicate that the breathing tube was killing me, but he just said he couldn’t understand me. So, I tried writing it out on my forearm with my index finger. He remained perplexed. Finally, I wrote it upside down and backwards, and he said, “Oh, ‘gagging.’ Yeah. Don’t worry, it’s normal.”
    The next 48 hours in the cardio intensive care unit amounted to a diminishing set of ghastly sensations. I was wired up to several machines and the hoses were dumping liters of accumulated fluid. Sleep was out of the question, such a racket of beeps and gurgling surrounded me. They got me sitting in a chair and then walking around the unit within a day of surgery. The other people on the ward were amazingly old, it seemed to me, pale, shriveled, grub-like creatures, like the nematodes you find digging up a patch of lawn. It was a stretch to imagine them surviving this.
     The doctors came by now and again to check in with me. They mostly gave you the impression that they wante
d to be somewhere else, and were impatient to get there. But since they came by in the evening, and still wore the scrubs they put on at seven in the morning, you got the feeling that they were horribly overworked, too. After two days in the ICU, they sent me upstairs for one more night, and then I came home. 
     The feeling of having been hit by a truck and then having had my brains pulled out of my head through my nostrils is beginning to dissipate. A few provisional conclusions. 1) I was lucky to find out I had a blocked artery in the way I did. 2) I was lucky to get it fixed, pronto. 3) Unlike many of my boomer friends in these later innings of life, I know exactly what the condition of my heart is now. 4.) I didn’t have a heart attack at any point in the ordeal, and the muscle is actually quite strong, so I will be here to torment my adversaries and auditors for quite a while.
     I now await the cavalcade of bills. It was impressive to see how hermetically sealed off the “care-givers” (doctors, nurses, etc) are from the business side of the hospital. At no point in the ordeal was the cost of anything discussed. Therefore, apart from the great benefit of staying alive, one is firmly in the grip of what amounts to an outrageous and indecent hostage racket. I’ll keep you posted on how that unravels in the weeks ahead, when I’m not running my mouth in other directions.
     Apart from that, too, I’m grateful to the doctors and nurses whose skills allowed me to stay on board the mystery train and see how Ben Bernanke’s grand experiment works out, among other temporal melodramas. And thanks to many readers who sent emails of support and concern.
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308 Responses to “Things Went Awry”

  1. jim e March 18, 2013 at 9:19 am #


  2. Hammering Truth March 18, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Jim, Just be happy you don’t have your bank account in Cypress: http://youtu.be/gM6Tb5hjrSk

  3. TrE March 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Holy Crap! So glad you came through all of that with your trademark sense of humor, and that you’ll continue to be able to torment your adversaries and auditors for quite a while.

  4. Neon Vincent March 18, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I just had major surgery three weeks ago today, so I can relate to your story. One of the things that I was worried about was that my heart would be in good enough shape for the operation. Fortunately, I got “cardiac clearance” first thing that morning. Lucky for me, everything went as anticipated. I’m recovering nicely. I wish the same for your recovery, too.
    I mentioned my surgery once over at Crazy Eddie’s Motie News this past week, but I plan on posting on it again, as it turns out I have something in common with the new Pope; we’re both missing part or all of an organ. It seems that both of us are doing fine without it.
    I’ve mostly been goofing off this past week on my blog, posting about Pi Day, the Ides of March, and St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll continue doing so this week, as both the Vernal Equinox and the second birthday of the blog are coming up. In between, I’ve examined the price of gas, China and Japan getting into a dispute over air pollution, the second anniversary of Fukushima, sinkholes, and the latest climate change news.
    Happy Motoring–for now–from Detroit!

  5. pedal pusher March 18, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    As a function of my high office as Pedal Pusher, I had fully intended to admonish you in this week’s post for having sustained an injury while riding a bicycle without both hands firmly on the bars – an absolute no-no! As it turns, however, you may have never discovered the coronary problem had it not been for the cycling accident. The gods have their ways.

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  6. Neon Vincent March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I second this emotion. Glad you made it through and lived to tell us about it!

  7. BeingThere March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Sounds like an episode of House.
    Glad to hear you averted a big and terrible surprise!
    I’m sure I speak for everyone on CFN when I say we all hope you have a speedy recovery.

  8. Steve knox March 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Scary stuff Jim, but just maybe a blessing in disguise. Without that wake up call, you may have been picking up that bag of onions at the grocery store. We need you around so listen to the doctors.

  9. tstreet March 18, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I had surgery a couple of months ago, nothing like what you experienced, but I do remember what a fun ride it was on the gurney on the way to the operating room. The worst part was a sore throat for awhile after the surgery. The main thing was that I was amazed and happy that I was alive after the anesthesia. The lack of control was very scary for me.
    The bills, of course, will be stupendous. I hope you have insurance.
    Anyway, glad to have you around and thanks for posting every Monday. Reading you is the first thing I do every Monday morning.

  10. adequatio. March 18, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    CFN doomers ignore whatever tends to disprove the theory of oil supremacy.
    Thanks to new technologies and discoveries, North America is now awash in cheap natural gas. The fuel has already replaced oil as a petrochemical feedstock, home heating fuel and in electricity generation.
    Could it do the same for transportation, the primary reason oil remains dominant today? There are significant obstacles, but they’re not insurmountable.
    In Iran, for example, almost a quarter of vehicles run on natural gas. Pakistan is moving in the same direction. I ride frequently in taxis and buses powered by LNG in South America. Many CFN doomers simply want to ignore the implication: Natural gas is a potential substitute for oil in the transportation sector.

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  11. KWN1953 March 18, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Wow. Get better and feel better soon!
    “It was impressive to see how hermetically sealed off the “care-givers” (doctors, nurses, etc) are from the business side of the hospital. At no point in the ordeal was the cost of anything discussed. Therefore, apart from the great benefit of staying alive, one is firmly in the grip of what amounts to an outrageous and indecent hostage racket.”
    Boy is that ever the truth.

  12. Loveandlight March 18, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Anyone who hasn’t yet should read this Time magazine article about our broken, larcenous healthcare-delivery system.

  13. John T Anderson March 18, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Jim: Congratulations on your survival, and best wishes for your recovery. (I thought that Honey Boo Boo videos were used only for interrogations at Guantanamo.)

  14. Dirk March 18, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Well done, sir! James……very happy indeed you came through OK. A friend had a similar experience with drugs undergoing a far less serious knee surgery: He was also given the final knock out drugs just before surgery but, for the life of him, could have SWORN he had been awake the entire time and wondered why they were wheeling him out before anything had been done. They assured him he had indeed been out cold and that the surgery was done. So…when he had the other knee done he made a pact with himself that he would remain awake by telling a joke to the surgical team. Again the final knock out drug was administered and he immediately dove into his joke. About halfway through the joke, the surgical staff started laughing…but he said he hadn’t even told them the punch line yet! They said they were laughing because he had been out cold, but as soon as the drugs wore off he started right back into the joke were he had left off when the drugs kicked in. My friend had no recollection at all of being unconscious or in surgery. I imagine these are the same forgetful drugs Benny B. has been taking because he has certainly forgotten that history is fraught with the failures of reckless money printing.

  15. pequiste March 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Jim and welcome back to the land of the living (or is that zombie.) Sounds like the sick-care industry sure gave you the full E ticket ride. Yet as bad as the “business” is, that doesn’t diminish the fact that there are still supremely skilled surgeons and other medical practitioners who can, combined with modern technology, work something close to a miracle. I’m glad yours worked out well.
    A toast of Jameson’s ( a day late is of no matter) to your health Jim( yeah I know it’s 9:44 A.M. but we are talking about our Chieftain, Jimmy Kunstler of the Clusterfuck Nation clan.) Slainte.

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  16. Bukko Canukko March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Now you’re talking my world! Or at leas the world I used to live in when I worked on a cardiac ward at a hospital in San Francisco circa 2003-2005. You have described it all perfectly. Pretty good for a non-medical layman. But that’s why we read you, eh? because you’re a good descriptor.
    People! Never forget that ANY medical procedure can kill you. I had a friend whose heart stopped during a routine colonoscopy. (The doctors tickled his vagus nerve wrong. The vagus runs from the brain to the heart to the asshole, supplying control signals along the way. The reason so many people are found dead on the toilet like Elvis is that when they squeeze too hard on the pot and their hearts are in a dicey condition to begin with, that vagal nerve stimulation puts them over the edge.)
    But JHK, I’m surprised you didn’t liken your perilous health situation to the financial situation facing the world as a whole. The money machine is 90% blocked in its widow-makers, and central bankmaggot sociopaths are doing everything they can to keep it pumping a little while longer. While stealing whatever they can. But the whole world is “circling the drain” as I used to call the routine where I’d see the same patients coming back to hospital again and again with the same problems, only worse each time. Until they made the final exit. And for the planet???

  17. ozone March 18, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    You were “fortunate” to have a diagnosis and repair in such an off-handed and strange circumstantial way. Wow.
    Do you feel a little like the 6 trillion buckaroo man? Knit well and kick ass!

  18. michael_in_adelaide March 18, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Wow Jim, you have just made me think that dying early may not be such a bad idea. But then again, I have a couple of kids to raise first. I’m glad you pulled through OK. Guess I will be out for a run in the next few days to try to keep the ticker fitter. (Yes, my hips are still working fortunately.) And there is the low-dose aspirin which seems like a good idea. But you have made me think of what it must be like in Greece just now and how healthcare may be (or, rather, not be) in future for all of us. Take care of yourself!

  19. Casual Observer March 18, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    For chrissakes the man just had impromptu heart surgery and you want to ramble on about LNG in South America…just wish him well and be thankful that he gets to keep happy motoring!

  20. noel bodie March 18, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Hang in there big boy, I want to read 3rd installment of series!

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  21. wisewebwoman March 18, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    And you live to tell the tale! Safe passage and healing to you to fight another day.
    Universal health care in Canada (for now) keeps those bills as NOMB.
    I can’t imagine what your bill-shock is going to be!!

  22. wisewebwoman March 18, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    If JHK DIED would you still be promoting your own blog here week after week after week? It is both both discourteous and tiresome.

  23. DeeJones March 18, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Modern medicine is indeed amazing. Just think: Your heart & lungs were not being used by your body for 4 hours, it was all handled by a machine, and you are still around to talk about it. Not something that will be happening in a WMBH.
    Of course when you see the bills for $100+k, and figure out what your ded & copay is, well, lets hope you are sitting down. Glad to hear you are recovering. Keep up the posts.
    adequatio: LNG may be a substitute for some oil based applications, but certainly not all. Think about it, you are probably sitting in front of a computer made mostly of plastic (oil based) products. Look around you at all the other things that are also plastic (oil based) and realize that LNG cannot be made to substitute for all that.
    Go to the store and look at all the products that are packaged in plastic (oil) of some form or another. Do you even see anything still packaged in a glass jar anymore?
    LNG may replace gasoline as a fuel, but it will not replace all that oil provides.
    Dee, in sunny CR, where gas it $5-6 a gallon, but who needs to drive anywhere?

  24. Toni Leuer March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Heal well James, heal well.

  25. dale March 18, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Best luck on your recovery Jim, and don’t forget to take those baby aspirin going forward.

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  26. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Wow, all that going on and you still wrote your blog.
    That’s dedication, buddy.
    I am glad now I fortuitously reregistered recently so I could have an account to say I’m glad you’re feeling better and, agree or disagree with your topic du jour (much more agree than disagree), I have the chance to say how much I have enjoyed and been edified by your columns these past years.
    Thanks. Truly. Sincerely.

  27. greyghost05 March 18, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Jim, I’m sorry to hear about your heart issue. The good side is that this proves you have one. Please heed whatever advice the doctors give and stay on the green side of the lawn.

  28. denred March 18, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Hey James,
    As that famous lady of the screen once said, “old age ain’t for sissies”. You passed congratulations.
    I’ve had my fair amount of “hospital visits” not for your condition, (something maybe worse). When my son was a teenager he and his pals referred to us adults as human carbon units and not in a very positive way. That pretty much summed up what I felt as at my hospital visits.
    All in stay well.

  29. Fissile March 18, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Jim, I assume you have some type of medical insurance? Consider yourself lucky. Every year millions of people in this country face the choice of having life saving medical treatment, and end up homeless, or dieing and leaving something for their kids.
    Fact is that the majority of personal bankruptcy cases in the US are because of unplayable medical bills. The most disturbing thing about that fact? Most of those people HAD MEDICAL INSURANCE.
    It’s obscene.

  30. Smokyjoe March 18, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    So glad you are with us to educate, torment, and entertain.
    One wonders, of course, when such procedures will be as obscure as our fading memories of moon-landings. They both seem to represent the pinnacle of a soon-to-be-forgotten and arcane art.

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  31. RyeBeachBum March 18, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Really glad you came out OK on this, your bike crash seems to have saved your life, some times things happen for a reason. Someone upstairs is looking out for you, because you have more work to do here on earth Jim.
    You were lucky enough to get it done before the ACA makes such operations un available to all but the uber rich and politically connected.

  32. Loveandlight March 18, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I don’t have any kids and certainly won’t, so like Reverse Engineer over at Doomstead Diner, I’m perfectly ready to get my ticket to the Great Beyond punched when my oft-abused mortal coil is no longer able to slog onward on its own devices.

  33. Michael Rothman March 18, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Jim, Maybe you should have recited Eliot’s Hollow Men. Get well soon. We need your keen insights as the emergency becomes shorter.

  34. ront March 18, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    P.P. offers: “As it turns, however, you may have never discovered the coronary problem had it not been for the cycling accident. The gods have their ways.”
    Many years ago in a poor Chinese village, there lived a peasant with his son. His only material possession, apart from some land and a small straw hut, was a horse he had inherited from his father.
    One day, the horse ran off, leaving the man with no animal with which to till the land. His neighbors – who respected him greatly for his honesty and diligence – came to his house to say how much they regretted what had happened. He thanked them for their visit, but asked:- How can you know that what has happened has been a misfortune in my life?
    Someone mumbled to a friend: “he can’t accept reality, let him think what he wants, as long as he isn’t saddened by what happened.”
    And the neighbors went off, pretending to agree with what they had heard.
    A week later, the horse returned to the stable, but it was not alone; it brought with it a fine mare for company. Upon hearing this, the villagers – who were flustered since they now understood the answer
    the man had given them – returned to the peasant’s house, in order to congratulate him on his good fortune.
    – Before you had only one horse, and now you have two. Congratulations! – they said.
    – Many thanks for your visit and for all your concern – answered the peasant. – But how can you know that what has happened has been a blessing in my life?
    Disconcerted, and thinking he must be going mad, the neighbors went off, and on the way commented: “does he really not understand that God has sent him a gift?”
    A month later, the peasant’s son decided to tame the mare. But the animal unexpectedly reared up and the boy fell and broke his leg.
    The neighbors returned to the peasant’s house – bringing gifts for the wounded boy. The mayor of the village offered his condolences to the father, saying that all were very sad at what had happened.
    The man thanked them for their visit and their concern, but asked:
    – How can you know that what has happened has been a misfortune in my life?
    They were all astonished to hear this, since no one could be in any doubt that the accident of a son was a real tragedy. As they left the peasant’s house, some said to others: “he really has gone mad; his only son might limp forever, and he is still in doubt about whether what happened is a misfortune.”
    Some months passed, and Japan declared war on China. The Emperor’s envoys traveled throughout the land in search for healthy young men to be sent to the battle front. Upon arrival in the village, they recruited all the young men except the peasant’s son, whose leg was broken.
    None of the young men returned alive. The son recovered, the two animals bred and their offspring were sold at a good price. The peasant began visiting his neighbors to console and help them, – since they had at all times been so caring. Whenever one of them complained, the peasant said: “how do you know it is a misfortune?” If anyone become overjoyed, he asked: “how do you know it is a blessing?” And the men in that village understood that beyond appearances, life has other meanings.

  35. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    In case you don’t know it, adequatio is asoka, which is to say either a paid or unpaid disruptor
    Someone I think busted him as logging on from DoD network, perhaps asoka’s one of Cass Sunstein’s Own – google him – if you don’t know of him and his program already.
    Yeah, it sounds crazy, but the world is now officially insane, and like other totalitarian nations before us, things that would seem absurd occurring in a Free Nation, and surprisingly, a much higher percentage of “conspiracy theories” are actual literal and often openly shamelessly performed actual criminal conspiracies, large and small.
    But I digress. Waste your time with this indivudal knowing his literal only hope is to confuse, disrupt and befuddle with pointless sophistry. To draw you into his web and keep you there.
    Every person he lures into his web of BS, this little sociopath must derive such glee (probably dervies glee from me even mentioning his name…pathetic..and will now try hard and pathetically to engage me in conversation after an appropriate period for plausible deniability purposes…not going to happen).
    Also, just so you know the adequatio persona is “soaked” (pun intended) in more plausible deniability and better mimcry of a real humn being rather than a indefatigable, sociopathic troll, paid DOD or unpaid contemtuous lunatic, it matters not.
    In other words, this little nutball is learning and improving his insanity. It’s obvious.
    Man, I’d love a look at Cass Sunstein’s Ops Manuals, just to see how close I am.
    Now, you have two choices:
    1) Heed my words and never directly engage with him again, for it is a 100% complete and pointless waste of time (the smart move in my opinion).
    Feel free to then “pay it forward” and warn someone else before they waste hours their of life’s precious time, as you are in danger of wasting hours and days of yours.
    2) Ignore my words, engage with this sociopathic troll who’s only purpose here is to disrupt, decieve, push emotional buttons, repeat repeat repeat Cass Sunstein’s propaganda by the laws and rules of advertising/marketing, say so very little while appearing to be sagacious, engaging in sophistry of the most vile (and psychologically advanced) kind, etc. etc. etc.
    Try as you might, you will make no headway, you can do nothing, and nothing reasonable you say will be met with anything besides pointless, soul-sucking, logic-defying, emotional button pushing sophistry.
    You will either come to see I was correct or he will have entrapped you as he has entrapped others into endless and pointlessly dancing with him, diverting conversation and clogging the comments section with nonsense.
    It’s your choice. I’ve said this to others and they consciously chose Option #2, which is nuts, IMHO.
    But at least now you make the choice with eyes open.
    And that goes for anyone else who reads this and sees red when one of Casss Sunstein’s Own pushes your buttons (his only purpose here).

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  36. Richard March 18, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Congratulations on you’re recovery. I had the same operation five years ago and I’m now in great shape. I walk three and a half miles a day for exercise.
    The only difference is that I live in Canada and everything was paid for by the government health plan (except the hospital TV rental). I will be interested to find out what your expenses are. You must have had insurance otherwise you would have been out of luck.

  37. zoidion March 18, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Egads, James. Glad you survived. But reading a bio of Stalin?! That can’t be good for anyone’s heart.

  38. Clay March 18, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.”
    Glad to hear you will survive. One would expect you to tone down your comments about the reduced usefulness of technology, but I don’t count on it.
    Best of luck.

  39. Zev Paiss March 18, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    James – Glad the techno medical circus was able to extend your life so I can look forward to many more Monday morning rants! I couldn’t help thinking what would have happened if we were all living in a “World Made by Hand.” Very simple actually, you would be dead and I would be out in the garden picking my breakfast. Glad you are still around… smile.
    Zev Paiss
    Author of From Here to There: A Story of America’s Future

  40. pedal pusher March 18, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Ront; good story. I think that a workable rendition of reality lies somewhere between Chaos Theory and “One day at a time” philosophy. The recognition that the variables presented in most situations are virtually infinite must be adopted as a necessary component of a sane mindset.

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  41. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Oh, and one more time, for discussion purposes:
    Not to worry though. I am 99% certain nothing major (like the coming 9/11 #2, perpetrated by the same people who most likely perpetrated the first 9/11 through control of the Patsy Group, or something like that) isn’t coming until the ascension of Emperor Jeb (whenever that may be but it’s already 95% certain it will be in 2017).
    Just so everyone knows. When Jeb ascends the throne, it will be a countdown to 9/11 #2 just as his idiot brother’s seizure of the throne counted down the inevitability of the first 9/11.
    Again, for marketig and mass psyhcholgical purposes, and using Skinner’s’ and other’s behavior and mass psychologies, American are being reporogrammed through TV and the rest of the electronic mind for our coming role as the Germans.
    For the coming DubyaDubyaThree which is the purpose of all of it.
    Why? The Gods on Earth (ie. the Global Supranational Aristocracy, to which both the Bushes AND the Obamas belong) have looted and pillaged just about everything there is to pillage. The American People have been completely neutralized as a force for liberty, human dignity, and even simple human decency, for the foreseeable future.
    Now, they must set the global peasantry to fighting each other like bugs in a bottle not just to reduce surplus population (thanks Ebeneezer Scrooge and Dick Cheney for showing us all that the bottom 99% of humanity (and the bottom 80% of Americans) are considered still, in fact, to be the “surplus population” – the more things change the more they stay the same) but to keep the peasants confused and direct ttheir anger AWAY from them who deserve it, the Supranational Aristocrats who collapsed human civilization for fun and profit, and are now leading us to a keyhole or extinction event.
    Crazy sounding, yes. So is almost every single day of every single month of every single year of human history since agriculture was discovered and probably before.
    If there’s one thing anyone should take away from all this is that when Jeb ascends the throne in 2017 or the much less likely 2021, the countdown to 9/11 #2 and DubyaDubyaThree begins.
    Simple as that.
    It’s really too late and way too far comically far along to even waste time arguind about.
    I may have the individual details wrong, but the trends are now so longstanding and unwarvering, only a literal miracle can stop 9/11 #2 and DubyaDubyaThree which are now aristocratioc sociopolitical imperatives, that cannot be avoided even if our Global Masters wanted to (they don’t).
    Still, chances are slim to none that a placeholding houseboy who sits on the throne like Obama will be allowed to pull the trigger on such fun stuff. That can only be done by the highest royalty in the land, the Final Transition to RW Corporate Socialism’s Final Solutions to various problems.
    So there you go. Don’t blame the messnger.
    But everything should be “fine” well as fine as any totalitarian corrupt and insane land can be, until the Ascendancy of Jeb.
    So we’ve got at least three more years of Status Quo before The Next Big Shock (see Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine).
    Enjoy yourself. In three years, maybe 10 at the most, everything’s going to change again.
    (and on that I end my post with a hearty, deep, laugh)

  42. Casual Observer March 18, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks for the tip off.

  43. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Dee, someone has copied my handle with a (dot) after it, and copied Asoka (who no longer exists).
    adequatio. is not adequatio
    To JHK:
    I believe it was Bill Clinton who, after his heart surgery, said the biggest post-op lie is: “the patient is now resting comfortably”
    May you be well and happy.

  44. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Also, Jeb might choose the VPs sot and run things from there, like Cheney did 2000-2008 and like his dad did 1980-88 over the befuddled puppet Reagan.
    So you know, whether Jeb decides to rule directly from the throne or to rule from the Cheney Spot, it makes no difference to us.
    Just so that’s clear, too.

  45. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Casual Observer, before firing please observe the handle more carefully. I did not post what you are replying to. adequatio is not adequatio (dot)
    Someone has created a handle with a (dot) after it to imitate me and plagiarize Asoka (who no longer makes his 40 posts a day here). I do wish JHK well in his post surgery recuperation.

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  46. ctemple March 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Thumbs up to Jim for having the tenacity to write all this right after major surgery.

  47. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Jim, glad to learn that you stayed tough through some frightening adversity. Seems you’ve got a brass cluster there my friend. Had no clue that you were neck deep in it this month; although, I think it explains the GN reply a few weeks ago. Thanks for still producing content for youngins like myself who enjoy reading Doom affirmations from old salts like you.
    Aha, and back to the culture of magical thinking. Seems Jeremy Grantham’s notion of America’s transition to phase 3 of rapacious oil & gas extraction is to be celebrated as a miraculous new dawn or renaissance of energy independence. I must say, articles like this truly fuck with my mind. I want to be positive. I want to think that it’s OK to have kids, hope for a nice retirement, but it just doesn’t seem convincing. Perhaps I’m asking too much.
    Oh, I saved the Fracked-up USA link someone offered from last night. Reading now. Much more detailed and argumentative compared to the fluff above.
    Does anyone care to point out diagnostically why the first article is pure hyperbole? I can only draw this conclusion intuitively myself. But I’m curious what a few others think.

  48. Loveandlight March 18, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Off-topic, but even a doomer blog should feature an occasional ray of hope:
    Pentagon weapons maker finds method for making cheap, clean water from salt water

  49. Phutatorius March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    It’s nice to meet another fan of the man from Turdy. (Sort of Beckett’s version of “Lake Woebegone” I think.) I have actually met an author/professor from a small liberal arts college here in Michigan who admits in her book to resorting to sucking stones herself, so perhaps Beckett wasn’t being as absurd as it appeared. What a harrowing medical adventure you describe! My understanding of Midazolam is that it is only used if a patient wakes up during surgery, to produce “ante-retrograde amnesia.” In other words they don’t want anyone remembering that they awoke during surgery in extreme pain, and suing the medical team. Welcome back to the land of the living – and do stick around.

  50. FrogCounter March 18, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Ufta! I’m so glad you survived this ordeal. Not too happy to be reminded of my own mortality though 😉 Looking forward to many more Monday mornings with you.

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  51. ComradeDystopia March 18, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Many popular writers don’t last too long; Jack London, Frank Norris, Hart Crane, Fitzgerald and Kerouac didn’t even make it out of their 40s. It looks like those wild days of hippies excess in the late 60s finally caught up with you, Jim! But you’ve beat the odds and it looks like you’ll around for awhile. And despite everything you didn’t even miss one week’s column. Where would we be without you? God Bless. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  52. Piper Michael March 18, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Get well James…
    We wouldn’t want our weekly dose of verbal abuse from any other curmudgeon.
    If another shrub gets in office, just shoot me and end it. My concern is more around the crash of Europe and the Euro followed by the domino crash of the dollar followed by the political ramifications, war, etc…
    All Hail Caesar Obama, Emperor of Beast World…
    (No barf icon?)

  53. Outpost of the Empire March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    T hree years ago I experienced a similar series of events as JHK. The end result for me was a quadruple bypass. In my outpost of the empire (Canada) I pay approximately $1,400 in medical premiums per year. (in many parts of Canada the premiums are nil!) The bottom line for me was seven days in the hospital, transfusions, specialist visits pre and post op tests from ying to yang and my total bill was nothing more than my annual premium. I shudder to think what it would have been if I had been a citizen of the empire instead of one of its client states.

  54. ComradeDystopia March 18, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Hey Hancock forget about Jeb Bush.
    He’s not running for anything. If you’re going to worry, worry about Rick Perry from Texas. He’s your worst nightmare, politically speaking, of course.

  55. stuckintheburbs March 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Glad to read you’re okay. Best wishes, and keep writing.

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  56. JNK March 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Jim great to hear that they were able to repair your artery. You need to to read The China Study, by Colin Cambell. This shows how diet and nutrition causes these events. Once you read it you will know what to do to prevent a recurrence. We need you around my friend.

  57. RJGrones March 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    “..later innings in life..”.. eheheheh.. good one.. The whole piece today is just fine writing as usual..

  58. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    probably dervies glee from me even mentioning his name
    Hancock, you are wasting bandwidth and encouraging the entity you are so concerned about, on a morning when our thoughts and prayers should be for JHK’s speedy recovery. Please cease and desist comments about the entity. Do not engage. Do not even mention, directly or indirectly, and maybe he/she will depart. You are probably right in saying your verbal diarrhea is providing him/her glee. Please stop. Now. End of communique.

  59. mow March 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    glad you made it.
    you’re good for the next thirty years.
    many thanks to the albany medical center.
    and to samuel beckett.

  60. resignationacceptedokc March 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    It is a privilege to share the planet with you, James. Be well.

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  61. lonestar62 March 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Best of wishes for a speedy recovery Jim. Glad to see you survived the ordeal of the “care-givers” with your normal sense of humor. Prepare for a thorough “wallet-ectomy” in the coming months.

  62. Mike Hunt March 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Too true. And asoka never visited Ecuador or even New Mexico for that matter. How’s The weather in Arlington, Virginia today?

  63. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I know there’s not a lot of Charlie Rose fans on this site, but I personally don’t pass up the chance to hear from the actual persons running the world. This link is a fascinating interview with Rex Tillerson, CEO of EXXONMobil. It falls in line with the fracking topic, which I hope stays worthy of thoughtful comment this week. Rex Tillerson (his company) actually takes credit for raising the climate change debate several years ago, but he argues that “absolutists” have hijacked the debate and that the idea that climate change is predominately a man made phenomenon is uncertain. He says outright about man-made climate change, “there is nothing that confirms the link.” In his view, man-made climate change is still only a hypothesis, which is a scientific claim, not an ideological one, and I find those sorts of arguments indeed reconcilable, different to the racial bullshit that gets perpetuated here most of the time. What say you? Well, not all of you.

  64. sevenmmm March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Happy you made it through all that surgery stuff. I bypassed (intended) all the gory details lest I faint and fall off my chair. Read you next week.

  65. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I share your concern about the possibility of bank runs, Euro collapse, and consequently the Dow at 4,000, just as JHK has predicted. But our focus this morning should be to wish JHK well in his post-op recovery period.

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  66. Kyooshtik March 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    our thoughts and prayers should be for JHK’s speedy recovery.
    Please describe the prayers of an atheist. To whom or what are they directed? And what result do you anticipate from these prayers? Why not say “Jim, our thoughts and our prayers go out for your speedy recovery… metaphorically speaking.”

  67. Steve M. March 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Sorry to hear about everything, hope you’re doing better!

  68. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    With all due respect and to reiterate what I said above, it’s too comically far along to argue about, and I don’t want to badger or insult you by mistake.
    Let me just say my piece one more time and then I will let it go.
    If you continue to analyze the situation as if the USA is still the same, in terms of human liberty or any of the other things that truly count, as it was in 1978 or even 1983, nothing will make sense and your predictions will be hopelessly incorrect.
    That place you are analyzing simply doesn’t exist anymore, not more than a few rotting shreds and scraps worn as cloaks by sociopathic monsters for marketing purposes.
    Regardless of political affiliation it’s all the same to us if the Democrats were leading and the Republicans their subsidiaries, as it is to the actual situation in which the Republicans rule even when they aren’t in power, and the Democrats are either a de facto or actual subsidiary of the Bush Family and it’s pet Republican Party.
    Been trying to tell you that for years now, but you’re having none of it. Even at this comically late date.
    However, were I you I would remember this conversation so that when Jeb ascends the throne in 2017 (by the Kremlinology 95% certain at this very second), and Rick Perry has played his usual part as frilly lace curtains of plausible deniability, covering what I am nearly certain is no more than a decade or two before the former USA becomes the most monstrous evil the world has ever known, sicced like dogs of the enemies of the Global Supernational Aristocracy (which includes, just like the Nazis, their own people).
    But again: You’ll see. Nothing left to prove and nothing to be done that the Gestapo won’t know what you’re thinking even before you do, thanks to the now-steady stream of SigInt we all emit and which is all recorded and datamined constantly, flagged for additional HumInt analysis where needed.
    I must admit you brought a smile to my face with that Rick Perry comment. First of all, if you think I give one tiny sparrow fart about the Corporat Socialist Sideshow (i.e Republicans and their subsidiary organization, the Democrats, when both are RW Corporate Socialist and who cares who they spend our last credit card bucks?), then you must not have paid much attention to my last month or two of posts before my account got axed.
    So let me be clear: Even if I was still a member of the Corpzi Team Left, Rick Perry is about as dangerous to me as a cream pie dropped from a height of three feet.
    Even in the extraordinary event (

  69. Mike Hunt March 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I’ve never been to Arlington, VA. How is it this time of year? Shithead…

  70. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    With JHK’s health on the line, this is not the time for cosmic nitpicking.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim this morning and my intention is for his speedy recovery, however it happens.

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  71. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Please use http://weather.com in the future, friend, instead of wasting bandwidth with your noise.

  72. Kyooshtik March 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    They were going to thread some arthoscopic instruments into the spaces around my neckbones
    I realize it is extremely bad form to correct our host but as an OCD sufferer, you all realize, I cannot be held responsible for my actions.
    Jim, you left out a letter r. It’s arthroscopic.

  73. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    From Rex Tillerson we should know: there have been over a million fracked wells in the U.S since the 1960s. There has not been a substantial case of water contamination documented in any of those 1 million data points. Over 5o years, “if it (fracking) was a problem don’t you think we would have figured it out by now?” Approx 33:00 minutes into the interview I submitted.
    Maybe it’s all good after all.

  74. Leonidas March 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    GET WELL and fasten your seat belt for the final chapters of project America.

  75. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Whups, dropped a line or two from my text.
    It should read:
    “Even in the extraordinary event (

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  76. WSHancock1864 March 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Whups, AGAIN it dropped some of my text.
    It should read:
    What I measnt to type was:
    “Even in the extraordinary event (less than 1% possibility, IMHO) that Rick Perry is scheduled to be another Imperial Throne Placehold placheolder for another round of the phony Bush-Clinton and Bush-Obama scripts before 9/11 #2 and DubyaDubyaThree now pushed back a decade, what does more Status Quo matter really when everything is all about waiting for the others shoes to drop and pushing the reset button and trimming the Global Surplus Population (as the Supernational Global Aristocracy surely sees us)?”
    To we peasants, one placeholding houseboy is much the same to us as any other, regadless of said placeholding houseboys’ race color or creed.
    I will say this, Rick Perry would make a fine placeholding houseboy, if there was only time to run another round of the Bush-Clinton and Bush-Obama Reality TV Scripts.
    Simple as that, the way almost all mass psychology is at the business end.
    NOTE ABOUT POSTING ON CFN If you use the “less than” or “greater than” sign in your text, the site will read it as an unfinished html, get confused, and drop blocks of text.

  77. jay March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I can Surely relate. Getting old is not my first choice, only preferred to the only alternative. the hope of seeing the industrial era endgame and my grandchildren grow up are strong incentives to stick around awhile. get well and carry on.

  78. carlostheobscure March 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    best wishes and good luck with your recovery, mr. kunstler.
    Now some speculation on the hospital billing racket with the idea that jim might decide to share his ongoing experience as a kind of “testimony.” Jim almost certainly had “adequate” insurance, or else he would not have been in a position to undertake the first procedure on his neck. Based on his description of his following travails, the top line hospital and doctor bills (before its knocked down by about 2/3rds because he will get the contracted rate mediated by insurance), will be north of $300,000. The insurance companies will pay somewhere around $100,000 or so give or take $20,000, and Jim will spend years trying to straighten out and make sense of the ongoing larcenous billings from said hospital’s billing department.

  79. Mike Hunt March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Are you still black and Muslim?

  80. lonestar62 March 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Best of wishes for a speedy recovery Jim. Glad to see you survived the ordeal of the “care-givers” with your normal sense of humor. Prepare for a thorough “wallet-ectomy” in the coming months.

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  81. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Glad you got through that OK Jim. Probably associated with Saturn crossing your ascendant and the recent Quincunx to your health ruler roundabout 2012. In fact, both Saturn and Neptune have been roistering about that Mars for sometime.
    You have been through a lot. It looks like the worst health transits, and discomfort would have been September 2012 through last Feb. These were Saturn and Neptune hits to your prime health ruler. So from the astrological p-o-v the worst is likely past and you appear to have held up very well.
    Fond regards, long may you riff.

  82. jim e March 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm #


  83. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Yeah, I’m sure.

  84. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    They just found signs of heart disease in a number of mummies from several culture – including ones who were thought to have lived very healthy lives. The frightening thought: heart disease may be an almost inevitable event, at least for some people – no matter how healthy your diet.

  85. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Remember, when Asoka was uncovered, he freely admitted it. He interacted with us for two weeks as his true self. Don’t stay in illusion just because its more comfortable or because you don’t want to have been “wrong”. The Ego is protects itself even when there is no reason to. We all were tricked to some degree or other. If you persist now, then it becomes a fault – showing that your Ego is indeed, too large or muy largo.

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  86. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Still blaming everything on Bush. How pathetic can you get?

  87. Ogier de Beauseant March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is why US medical costs are astronomical. In the good old days Jimbo would have been allowed to die like a gentlemen. But nooo, he clings to life with stubborn determination as if the future of the Republic depended on it. Death Panels, anyone.

  88. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    The Devil in new Bible series looks like Obama. Pure coicidence? Or Divine intervention? The producers say coincidence. I “choose” to believe Divine intervention.

  89. Micheal Skinner March 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Glad you’re alive Jim.

  90. notaneoliberal March 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    “muy largo”, in Spanish means very long. The Spanish word for large is grande’.

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  91. ComradeDystopia March 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Not to change the subject, but what the hell is going on in Cyprus? With all due respect, of course! How could events in a little place like Cyprus have any bearing on the USA? Or maybe Cyprus is like the Canary in the Coal Mine, so to speak.
    OZ or RipT, is it too early to plant potatoes? Another snowstorm tomorrow?

  92. Bustin Jay March 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Adequesto, blow by blow:
    “CFN doomers ignore whatever tends to disprove the theory of oil supremacy.”
    Oil is still key. It’s the biggest slice of pie in the chart. No one can dispute that.
    “Thanks to new technologies and discoveries, North America is now awash in cheap natural gas.”
    A price will be paid in excess of the market price, a price paid in polluted aquifers, Carbon dioxide emitted that would otherwise be stored, and, not least, reducing the fiscal incentives to put more resources toward post-carbon energy technology- which would help prevent the atmospheric carbon buildup which is accelerating- and liberating more and more greenhouse gasses from the soil ecology of the Northern Hemisphere.
    “The fuel has already replaced oil as a petrochemical feedstock, home heating fuel and in electricity generation.”
    And is still subject to Hubbert’s curve of consumption and depletion. The question of whether it is wise use to allow mega-corporations like Dow or Corning to make cheap disposable plastic junk versus just burning the stuff so that fat, overweight women can wear spandex indoors and pretend they live in Honolulu in March… or shove heat into the vast empty indoor spaces of our unfortunately gigantic commercial building structures.
    “Could it do the same for transportation, the primary reason oil remains dominant today? There are significant obstacles, but they’re not insurmountable.”
    The question is, why would we want to? The investment required by consumers, producers, governments and taxpayers approaches mind-boggling levels of boondoggle. All for a technology older than most living people, which will be used (wasted) driving all over America’s suburban wasteland- leaking methane and spewing carbon dioxide. Did I mention GLOBAL WARMING?
    “In Iran, for example, almost a quarter of vehicles run on natural gas.”
    The really regret their error in not building a petroleum refining industry. And what does all this activity- all this driving- accomplish? Every Football game requires 5,000 people to climb into crowded buses and cars to create hellish traffic jams.
    “Pakistan is moving in the same direction.”
    Pakistan is moving nowhere. Its a backward, doomed nation. They use LPG and natural gas because its cheap and easy, no moving parts after you have it compressed in big tanks. Pakistan is overpopulated, stuck with 1930s technology, and governed by a military junta. What part of that should rational first-world people emulate?
    “I ride frequently in taxis and buses powered by LNG in South America.”
    As do I here in America.
    “Many CFN doomers simply want to ignore the implication: Natural gas is a potential substitute for oil in the transportation sector.”
    Not in any way, shape or form. Speaking of which I own a converted vehicle. There is no advantage. There is no gain in efficiency. There is only marginal benefits in emissions. At the end of the day the energy spent navigating the mousetrap of commuter byways to obtain morsels of the modern mass-production is unsustainable, as well as undesirable.
    Given all the fuel in the world, what most people would do is leverage that (temporary) power to get above the disaster that the modern world has certainly become.

  93. Michigan Native March 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    As a healthcare provider, I can tell you firsthand that the medical expenses/billing procedures are not our specialty and with all the stress that comes from this line of work, is the farthest thing on our minds.
    When I read or hear stories of how much patients are raked over the coals by a greedy, for profit healthcare system that soon will likely no longer exist, aside from the thousands of people who die every year in this country and the millions who are bankrupted, I feel livid. Healthcare providers themselves are not immune to this legalized robbery (your money or your life, quite literally). When my little aveo kissed a full sized dodge RAM pick up truck in early 2007 head on at 45 mph and I was hurled through my windshield, the hospital tab would have bankrupted me for life if I hadn’t just signed up on my wife’s U of M care just a few months prior. Amazingly, they did not automatically refuse to cover me like many of these HMOs and PPOs, hoping people will not be able to afford some blood sucking lawyer and just shut up and pay that $60,000 dollar tab because you had the audacity to get sick or injured.
    My knee cap was split in half, I broke or fractured almost every bone in my body, knocked out several teeth, and never let them kid you. It never goes back to its pre injury condition. I don’t know why I lived as the front end of my car was pushed to the back seat, but my ice hockey and jogging days are over as I walk with a limp and the strain causes my back to hurt along with the constant leg pain because I walk with a limp.
    I am glad JHK made it through this ordeal, my point was been there, it isn’t any fun where you are the patient and when I am being a caregiver, costs to the patient are on the back of my mind, and it really pisses me off, but we don’t have time to concern ourselves with that, we typically have slave drivers standing over us trying to cut staff, make us take on too many patients, tell us we are no good, we aren’t working hard enough, if we don’t step up they will terminate us, etc etc ad naseum. All in a healthcare racket that will soon cease to exist, as it is already showing signs of collapse….hospitals closing and consolidating, nursing homes being shut down (usually because the state fines them out of existence in their ceaseless and futile efforts to steal money as a result of chronic budget shortfalls due to an ever eroding tax base).
    Life expectancy will plummet within the next decade as the collapse runs its course.

  94. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    “The Devil in new Bible series looks like Obama. Pure coicidence? Or Divine intervention?
    Divine guidance. He is pro-abortion after all. What could be more evil? One of his first official acts was to expedite and encourage the dismemberment of little ones during or after their harrowing exits from their confused mothers. Or was it his 1st official act? I don’t remember. But pretty early on. So, verily: Obummer is evil and it’s an inspired casting decision.

  95. rembrandt March 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I know of what you speak. Seven years ago after five bypasses and a heart valve repair a five hour surgical event the total bill came to ZERO. Being Canadian made all the difference!

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  96. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Given all the fuel in the world, what most people would do is leverage that (temporary) power to get above the disaster that the modern world has certainly become.
    Bustin’, was with you all the way to this statement. I either didn’t get what you were drivin’ at or just simply disagree. There is no significant societal transition or leveraging of this new so called energy abundance to mitigate the disasters you aptly describe. Most people are doing what they’ve always done. Zip. It seems the magical desire to keep things growing as they once had trumps all, while the mathematical improbability of that dream will demand otherwise.
    Thanks for weighing in.

  97. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    One of Canada’s greatest men passed away last week. A Canadian Freedom Fighter sounds oxymoronic, but there was one, One who fought against the vicious hate crime mongers and their “human rights panels”.

  98. Kyooshtik March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I was goofing with the anesthesiologists as I rolled into the OR, doing an old routine from a Samuel Beckett novel, Molloy, that I’d memorized back in college called The Story of the Stones … “I took advantage of being at the seaside to lay in a store of sucking-stones. They were pebbles but I called them stones. Yes on this occasion I laid in a considerable store….” It’s a great piece, goes on for pages and pages of absolutely absurd poetic drivel, and the chief anesthesiologist (Albany Med is a teaching hospital) was an Irishman like Beckett so I thought he’d appreciate it.
    This recalls to mind my own (feeble) attempts to say something clever to the OR staff before nervously going “under” for a colonoscopy, perhaps never to return. The desire to be well remembered is universal, I think.

  99. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Thank you or Gracias. Have to review the old high school Spanish since they are slated to be the new Americans. It all makes sense if one is foolish enough to accept the premises the Media gives us: America is a Nation of Immigrants. Nay, more: immigrants are the very Essence of America. The Mexicans are immigrants, legal or illegal, it matters not since immigration is holy. Therefore Mexicans are the essence of American – more American than Whites.
    The new is always better than the old – that’s how you make money. Why build something that will last? Something that breaks needs to be replaced, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and so on.

  100. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Yes, I’m sure the Producers were more surprised than any to see what they had wrought!

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  101. angstromatic March 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Hey man, a Cardiologist dissected my LAD during a cath. I was put on a balloon pump on the way to emergency bypass surgery and woke up in the CCU with five bypasses. That happened 12 years ago. I’m lucky to be alive. So are you. Live each day as if it’s your last. Best of luck.

  102. Desertmer March 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks for this column! It is very reassuring for those of us entering into the ‘years where crap starts to catch up with you’ phase of life , to know you can be grateful to be diagnosed quickly, have a serious procedure done, feel freaked out and happy to be alive at the same time, and come out the other side still with your sense of self intact! Best wishes on your recovery.

  103. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    …so I will be here to torment my adversaries and auditors for quite a while.
    The parking lot builders and road-wideners torment us with their carhells, so we appreciate you tormenting them for the sake of the urban quiltpatches that never were or once was. Who else can torment them more skillfully?
    …I’m grateful to the doctors and nurses whose skills allowed me to stay on board the mystery train…
    Mystery train! What delight. Jim, you should listen to Jai Uttal’s “Conductor.” He makes a skillful use of the dulcimer. Also features a violin from some brimstoney bardo. It’s cosmically cornponey. And sung by a brilliant Jew. Much nicer than Norman Greenbaum’s covert Christian-mockery and one-hit wonder “Spirit in the Sky.”
    I have met Mr. Uttal along with Krishna Das and they are both very nice guys and genuine bhaktas. I would not have enjoyed meeting Greenbaum and would have told him he’s a cunt.
    I think that this competition is largely emotional and neurotic.

  104. troutsfarm March 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery you old poop!
    I can’t imagine having to endure the Long Emergency without you!

  105. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    La Emergencia Largo.

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  106. lucky 13 March 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Forbes offers: http://www.forbes.com/sites/c

  107. lucky 13 March 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    oops, link does not work

  108. lucky 13 March 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    He is way beyond ‘abortion’.
    He voted 3x [?] against ‘abortion survivors’
    as in, live births must be acknowledged.
    See ‘Obama Nation’ book for gruesome details…
    baby left to die at Chicago hospital.
    While we are at it Google, ‘After Tiller’.
    Latest Sundance smash.
    The New Mexico doctor [cough] who stars in it just killed a NY woman. The operation was a success,
    in that its purpose wasto kill the baby.[8 months gestation].
    The patient died as well. Not much word on that
    at huffpost etc. Just kudos for ‘after tiller’.

  109. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    “He makes a skillful use of the dulcimer.”
    I think it’s rather a banjo. Mr. Uttal can play a great many instruments of the east yet also respects folk instruments of the west and can play those. Sometimes he’s like a cornpone Kunstler meets octave-challenged Bono meets guru throne room under a Bollywood sunrise.
    His “Never Turn Away” off Shiva Station is, in my book, one of the greatest musical creations of the past 20 years yet few have heard of it. I brought him up for the banjo-trainride in “Conductor,” y’unnerstan. Long may he wail.
    “Monkey” is his best album.
    I understand that Jim appreciates American folk music and even plays the fiddle or some such. We need some folk songs that decry carhells and name the names of them that built them. But nobody balls any more. How could the. Most raised by single mothers with devastated daddies AWOH. (Away without hope.)
    We don’t even have decent protest songs anymore. If you hear some magnificent melody like The Shinns’ “Split Needles” you find, upon examination, that the lyrics are nothing but some guy still crying about some over-bedded chick not worth a lyric. What a waste.
    Why couldn’t the Shins sing out in that regal, pure voice about Jim’s carhells once? But then, even the lyrics to “Hey Jude” are mostly worthless babble nobody cares to remember. It is, verily, the nadir of the Dark Age or Kali Yuga. Soon things will turn.

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  110. lucky 13 March 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    KD was arrested while trying to buy cocaine and
    was a womanizer.
    I once had the misfortune of spending a week w him when I was young.
    If you like his music, great…but a few days ago
    you were mentioning ‘new age gals who chant the chalisa’….
    well what bout bagavan das..did ya read his book?

  111. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    “But nobody [has] balls any more. How could the[y].”
    America’s Best Walking Communities
    Don’t know if that’s ever been posted here.

  112. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    There has not been a substantial case of water contamination documented in any of those 1 million data points … over 50 years…
    Not true.

    Federal environment officials scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process. The findings by the Environmental Protection Agency came partway through a separate national study by the agency to determine whether fracking presents a risk to water resources.

  113. routersurfer March 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Jim. Very glad you are still on board. Wish you the best. Please keep us updated on the “Bill.” My wife & I had a run for a few years in which 75% to 115% of income went for the “Bill.” Yes, we had insurance.What a demented society. The Bankers and bookkeepers run the show. Everyone else is a jester or serf.You and yours are in our thoughts. Damn,fine look into the maw of the hospital industrial complex.Sorry you took that ride. Happy you can write about it so well.

  114. notaneoliberal March 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Muy bien.

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  115. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    “KD was arrested while trying to buy cocaine and was a womanizer.
    I would have expected that. What can you do. He’s a… Bhaktas have no discipline, and women crowd around him fawning. Who can hold up even were he trying?
    I once had the misfortune of spending a week w him when I was young.
    If you like his music, great…but a few days ago you were mentioning ‘new age gals who chant the chalisa’….
    Yes, yes, but I want to put the best face on things now and then for the sake of Jew-Gentile communion.
    well what bout bagavan das..did ya read his book?
    I used to see him parading around Ojai with his Big Hair and an entourage of trashy-looking females trailing behind him who look like they’d slept on the floor the night before. I’d find myself standing behind him repeatedly at delis while he tried to chat up the white chick at the register and add to his harem. Once when hearing him ostentatiously chant some Sanskrit over his cup of coffee I turned and said: “I see you dressed up like an Indian renunciant. Have you ever tried renouncing fame? Or dressing yourself up and calling attention to yourself?”
    He said — and I was surprised by the effete and east coast tone of his voice — “I tried that back in 1981”. Or some year. Pathetic. I always just assumed he was a fake with no renunciation. Wearing a huge traditional Indian saddhu getup around the streets of Ojai and having an entourage of women marked him out as a showboat at least and a mini Adida at worst.
    I had a similar but worse conversation with some Ohso victim that was visiting town, a New Zealander calling himself “Isvara Maitreya” or some such. I could tell some tales.
    But one of his tracks (on one of his albums)is kinda cool, but whatever. There is no discipline with pure bhakti. Brahacharya has to be combined with the high fallutin stuff or it’s quick a joke and embarrassment. I think White men understand this.
    Aum, Amen.

  116. Phil K March 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Hey Jim,
    I’ve enjoyed your blog – and books – for years. Thank you. Had my own heart event, and a stent, in December. So far, so good. Exercise and diet, genetics and luck. Heal and be well, and keep the faith.
    Best Wishes, Phil K

  117. TQ March 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    After I wracked up a bunch of medical bills (in spite of being 100 percent insured) I applied for their “patient assistance” program, filled out a bunch of forms that proved I was too poor to pay, and got 100 percent of the bill forgiven. You should try that too; they may not forgive the entire bill but certainly some of it, unless you’ve got a bunch of money. When my husband was hospitalized for 12 days, we hired a specialist in hospital billing to go over his bills, and she saved us $6000 (again, this was AFTER the insurance company paid). She kept a cut of what she saved us and it was well worth the money. No matter how grateful you are to the staff, don’t overlook the power of negotiating with the billing department.

  118. notaneoliberal March 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Well technichally-larga-(feminine).

  119. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Well-wishes are so nauseatingly insincere. Why do people feel compelled to say things they don’t mean? Take these shrines people build for those who die in traffic accidents on the sides of roads. They’ll put teddy nears out there. What? A teddy bear? Seriously? It’s sick.
    Alright, that aside, did JHK dream at all whilst under the influence for four to five hours. It is claimed you don’t dream under the influence of anesthesia. I beg to differ.
    Also, bypass surgery is a huge racket these days. What are you going to do? Refuse? No thanks, doc, I’ll take my chances with the 90%-blocked widow maker. It would be interesting to see the statistics of longevity without these bypasses. They claim Jim would have, or could have, died at any moment, but is that really true? It’s an industry, remember, and these docs are like salesmen. When it comes to your health, it doesn’t take much convincing. You’re a captive customer.

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  120. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Oh is he dead now? I like his voice also. Very deep and priestly, a hierophant type. His Hanuman Chalisa is great. Hanuman is great. Ever see the Hindu Sacred Heart where Hanuman tears open his chest to reveal Rama, Sita, and his brother, what’s his name?

  121. Limpy_in_Chi March 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I was almost conned into having an important organ removed at age 30. Being more naïve at the time, luckily I was still freaked out enough to say, uh….maybe later. (I was captive in a hospital at the time).
    Surgeons WANT you on the table so you are not likely to get the whole, real story in the decision process. I have learned over and over, sometimes the hard way, NEVER to take medical advice as gospel. Motives are not revealed, ‘cause they’re not all about you.
    How about this tidbit: “We now know arteries that are 30 to 40 percent occluded may actually be more likely to contribute to a heart attack than arteries that are 90 to 95 percent clogged.”
    Something to chew on. Read, learn, and be inspired to be your own advocate, which I know Jim has done in this area before.

  122. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    A crew of Americans developed around the guru Neem Karoli Baba, including 3 who later became prominent in the Judeosphere who were ethnic Jews: Ram Das (Richard Alpert), Bhagavan Das (Kermit Michael Riggs, Laguna Beach), Jai Uttal (Douglas Uttal, NY), and Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel, NY). I vaguely recall a 4th as well. Jai Uttal is the most gifted of these.
    All of them do a desultory job of representing Indian yoga in the west. But two of them do a nice job of representing the bhakan/bhakti-yoga principle.

  123. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Some more at this link on unnecessary coronary bypass surgery:

    Patients who are given the bypass operation “to prolong life” fall into four major groups, only one of which has ever been shown to gain the promised result of such surgery. The first group is composed of those who suffer no symptoms at all. Such people may seem unlikely to end up on the operating table, but in fact many do. Typical would be the 55-year-old whose family doctor detects a slight abnormality on the electrocardiogram during a routine checkup. If an exercise stress test seems to confirm the abnormality, the doctor will refer the patient to a cardiologist for coronary angiography. And if the angiogram shows partial blockage of one or more of the three major arteries feeding the heart, the cardiologist may well recommend surgery, explaining to the patient that should one of these arteries become blocked, he’ll have a heart attack and might die. So the patient submits to a bypass operation, after which he tells his friends at the health club how lucky he is to be alive. Those who see him jogging marvel at the sight. Unfortunately, not a shred of scientific evidence indicates that members of this group benefit from surgery; the operation may, in fact, cause such patients harm.

    Sound familiar?

  124. Borisov.ca March 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    In addition to adding to the chorus of “get better soon”s, I just wanted to highlight the rather obvious: simply the fact that there are so many people out there wishing you well and worrying about your health. I hope that alone makes you feel that your work is worth it.
    Speaking of being worth it, I am looking forward to buying your new book soon (I am assuming at least one will be needed to pay the bills).

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  125. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    “Carol”: “Well-wishes are so nauseatingly insincere.”
    Speak for yourself.
    Are you sincere in presenting yourself as a female by the way?

  126. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Per further review of that link, it turns out that in JHK’s case, it can, or will, prolong his life since it’s the left main artery. That’s the exception. Keep in mind that depression can set in after a major heart operation, and you can add several medications for life to your list, all of which have side effects. Too bad they didn’t have coronary bypass in Stalin’s day.

  127. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Carol: “Too bad they didn’t have coronary bypass in Stalin’s day.”
    Why. Are you a fan of Stalin?
    Your genocidalist and bloodlust credentials have been already noted, honeypie.

  128. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    This statistic per the link is particularly damning:

    The fact that 79 % of all bypass recipients are men is usually explained by the higher incidence of coronary-artery disease among males and by generally poorer results of such operations among females (whose arteries tend to be smaller and thus larder to bypass. The race difference, on the other hand, has nothing to do with biology. Age-adjusted mortality statistics suggest that coronary-artery disease is just as prevalent in blacks as in whites; in fact, angina tends to disable blacks earlier in life than it does whites. Yet whites receive 97% of all bypass operations performed in the United States. The relative youthfulness of the bypass population is equally difficult to explain in purely medical terms. The median age at which patients first develop angina or suffer a heart attack is 65; the median age for death from coronary-artery disease is 75. Yet only 25 % of all bypass operations are performed on persons age 65 or older. The inescapable conclusion is that the poor, the nonwhite, and the elderly receive a disproportionately low share of this medical service.

  129. Eleuthero5 March 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Well done, James! That you could stare death in the face (and general anesthesia as well which is a lot like a temporary death) and sing songs speaks well of you!
    Best Wishes for a speedy recovery. Thanks for being one of the few Western media pundits who sees through these Soviet-style economic statistics we’re spoon fed on a daily basis.

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  130. Eleuthero5 March 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Oh, BTW, Jim … those guys are now so good at bypass that if you did not have any preliminary “silent” heart attacks then, guess what … you now essentially have a NEW HEART. You’ll be our resident curmudgeon for a couple more decades.

  131. JJF March 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    We have to ask ourselves why is oil expensive? Supply or demand? Without hesitation I’d say demand, we’ve added another economy to the equation in the last 20 years (china). The real question is will oil get any cheaper? Most of these technologies, from what I’ve read, are not new. The price has risen enough to make them viable correct? So, we’ll still be buying oil at that price, and we’ll all go broke doing it. Even in The article it said demand has dropped to 1990’s levels, what does that mean? I believe it means we’ve had enough demand destruction here in the US due to the depression. So, what happens when demand comes back? I mean they don’t really think an economy fueled by petroleum can heat up and lower its demand at the same time? Really? What happens when many oil producers stop exporting and use their oil domestically? Lots of questions, and weren’t we wondering how we’d run the economy on hydrogen, then ethanol, then wind and solar? Now we’re back to oil.

  132. Mike Aucott March 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Awesome that you’re still with us, wherever that is. Old maxim – “If it doesn’t kill you outright, it makes you stronger.”

  133. JJF March 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow….. Jim…… You have a squeeze? Good for you! Get better! And since your gonna be on your ass get some writing done! These books don’t write themselves! No really…all the best Jim. Now get to work.

  134. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    It is expensive and Black don’t have the money for such opearations. And of course, Blacks don’t take care of their bodies very well.

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  135. Janos Skorenzy March 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    There was a clip of Bhagavan Das in the movie Guru: he was raving about being a sexy old man and how it was natural for young girls to want to be with him. I saw him in the 90’s and he seemed serious and sober. I think the guy might go in cycles: he gets very serious about Christ or Yoga and then he crashes and gets very self indulgent. The Ego is the Snake lurking in the Grass and unless killed or kept under control, it will come roaring back.
    Did you see the movie? What did you think? A young Hindu guy was fascinated by the way people just give their power away and he decided to impersonate a Guru, complete with sing song Maharishi voice and style. He didn’t seem to be a racist as he tried it in India first before he did it here in America. He felt very bad about deceiving his followers with whom he got very close.

  136. JJF March 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Wow….. Jim…… You have a squeeze? Good for you! Get better! And since your gonna be on your ass get some writing done! These books don’t write themselves! No really…all the best Jim. Now get to work.

  137. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I didn’t believe that particular statement was true. The documentary Gasland first came to mind when I heard ExxonMobil’s CEO utter it. It did amaze me, however, that the man could so easily and confidently brush away the the general consensus surrounding climate change and the all the concern regarding the destructive, toxic nature of fracking so easily without Charlie genuinely challenging his bullshit.

  138. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Sorry for the double post:
    I didn’t believe that particular statement was true. The documentary Gasland first came to mind when I heard ExxonMobil’s CEO utter it. It did amaze me, however, that the man could so easily and confidently brush away the the general consensus surrounding climate change and the all the concern regarding the destructive, toxic nature of fracking so easily without Charlie genuinely challenging his bullshit.

  139. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    If I follow your questions, here’s my response. Whether one believes Peak Oil theory or not doesn’t matter. The fact that it simply costs more to produce resources, whether it be sweet crude or tight shale or lower grade mineral ore, is indisputable. Personally, I’m trying to figure how “they” could suppress demand in the conspirational manner you suggest. Too many other things in the system depend on access to cheap energy in order to be marketable.
    Even if there is a new abundance via tech that allows access to formerly hard to acquire energy, it doesn’t mean that said technology makes it cheaper to acquire, right? In fact, the inverse is true as counter intuitive as that seems. I think the point that many better informed voices on the topic make is that the window to transition to alternatives by using the cheap stuff to do so is GONE. To suppress demand now causes so many other things to begin to fail, correct? I think “they” are all in on phase three, and the have nots are simply fuked.

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  140. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    It contradicts your claim whites are being genocided by the system. Those statistics reveal that the opposite is true, especially when you consider heart disease is the number one killer.
    I wonder if JHK is a smoker, and I’m not just talking tobacco?

  141. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    In answer to your question, and as asserted by BeingThere on a number of occasions, yes, Inverted Totalitarianism per this definition:

  142. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I was almost conned into having an important organ removed at age 30.
    Yeah, it is good to question the doctors. My wife had a pinched nerve in her lower back which the orthopedic surgeon said needed to be operated. He showed us the x-rays and told my wife she would be disabled and in a wheel chair for life without the surgery.
    My wife smiled, and said no thank you. She began alternative/complementary treatments like massage, acupuncture, stretching, visualization, chiropractic, etc.
    In six weeks she was hiking, playing basketball, and dancing. She continues with regular daily stretching and has never had back pain return.
    The doctors don’t always know what’s best for the patient, but they sure know what is best for them to be able to make the BMW car payments.

  143. jim e March 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    “thus larder”… a coincidence? Freudian?
    BTW- To all you cluster fuckers- The Grateful Dead did there first “Fire on the Mountain” 36 years ago today.
    song #9

  144. insufferable March 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    isn’t it unbelievable how sickness is the all time equalizer. Everyone gets old, everyone dies. its inevitiable. when you are at that spot of life where it could go either way, you have to be humble and scared. You are looking at eternity and wondering if there is something else after this how will I fare.
    The question is did you feel humbled and scared? You looked at the older people around you. did it scare you. It could be you or me. We will all be there someday.. How are you making peace with God while you are here. Here is the place you can make a difference in this dark dark world. How many mitzvahs have you done. Or is it all complaints.
    Just the very fact you made it through so far means that you still have something to accomplish on this earth.
    Make it a good one Jim. Make someone so happy in this life that when you are gone they will miss you and say you were a good man.

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  145. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    and general anesthesia as well which is a lot like a temporary death
    It’s true. If you think about it, it’s simulated death, and as such, it’s not too bad. It’s a humbling experience to lose all control, and a moment later, fade to nothing. Live for today, gone tomorrow, that’s me, HaHaHaHaHaaaa!

  146. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Yeah, I noticed that too. Plaque as lard, and arteries are a pantry for it.

  147. Mannes March 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Jim, good conclusions and very best wishes for a full recovery.
    Also, when you get the bills, do yourself a favor, go online and contact an independent medical billing consultant to provide you with a cost analysis of each code you are being billed for – at least those “uninsured” ones. When I did so for a family member’s procedure in 2005, the real cost was a small fraction of what the hospital had billed me and armed with that data, I was able to negotiate it down to about 30% of the original total.

  148. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    “There was a clip of Bhagavan Das in the movie Guru: he was raving about being a sexy old man and how it was natural for young girls to want to be with him. I saw him in the 90’s and he seemed serious and sober…Did you see the movie?
    No, I tend to not be interested in the movies now for longtemps, especially those that are obviously cynical about the highest things. I would guess that the fellow from Laguna Beach was not the profoundest seeker in the first place, then going to Indian and failing to see the forest bec. distracted by so many trees. (Missing basics and getting over-interested in bric-a-brac and the merely perverse.)
    He felt very bad about deceiving his followers with whom he got very close.
    I would too. Thus I would not wish to do such a thing. He obviously had a lot of animosity to start out with. If you manifest a world “full of fake gurus” it’s because you have shitty religion karma (many impurities.) When you projected exterior saints and genuinely good people, it’s because of your own self-purification. You get the religion you deserve. Sad. And he made a movie to enshrine his cynicism and draw him further into it lifelong.
    One of the dynamics around gurus is that once they have even a small following that following and that group scene becomes a huge engine of attraction, and it begins to matter less and less what the guru actually is like, and more and more they feed on the food of their particular mythology. (And I’m using the world mythology in a positive sense, not a cynical sense.) This definitely went on around Rajneesh/Osho (I have known many people who lived at Antelope.) Same thing happened with Da Free John. In fact, his first little grist-group was some homeless people in LA and some fans who owned a bookstore. Even women raped by Da Free John who considered him an ugly thing kept ties with “the community” — the friends they had associated with — years later.

  149. lucky 13 March 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    He felt very bad about deceiving his followers with whom he got very close.
    And what was his name?

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  150. BROOMSGOAT March 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    BRAVO Jim, you have now joined the club of mortality , welcome.

  151. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    I think I saw Jim wandering around when he was in his hospital bardo. He was floating up in the corner of my room scowling at me. I exorcised him by playing Turkey in the Straw on my fiddle. (I am bad on fiddle.) It reminded him of all the turkeys in the straw here of which he’d like to beat with a long stick. Thus it sent him sky-flying back to his well-tried b-d praying to G-d about his bl-g. Thus credit my sour fiddle-playing with continued clusterkvetching and towns we could love some day in that bright multi-racial Coke Commercial on the Hill.
    It’s good get get practiced about what to do in various bardos and cosmic waiting rooms. The Tibetan Book of the Dead needs updating: If you see six lanes, don’t go there. That’s the realm of the Feckless Venturans. Hopefully by spiritual culture we make some of the transitions automatically good and get a decent mother and the rest during the next Clusterkvetch.

  152. elphilipe March 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I’ve been a “weekly reader” of your site and delighted fan of your occasional talks and rants. Has anyone tried to connect your decision to return to butter and other nourishments some time back to your current predicament?
    In any case; so glad to see a new post today! Phil (Spokane, WA – though I became a fan while working in Boise, ID)

  153. Disaffected March 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I now await the cavalcade of bills. It was impressive to see how hermetically sealed off the “care-givers” (doctors, nurses, etc) are from the business side of the hospital. At no point in the ordeal was the cost of anything discussed. Therefore, apart from the great benefit of staying alive, one is firmly in the grip of what amounts to an outrageous and indecent hostage racket. I’ll keep you posted on how that unravels in the weeks ahead, when I’m not running my mouth in other directions.
    Granted Jim, but do you not now owe them your very life? And at what point exactly would you have said no if costs were brought up?
    Not defending the health care racket, just askin’.

  154. ozone March 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Thanks to a concerned viewer.
    From a review:
    “The play is the story of a hyperbolically typical middle-class New York family that has seen all its time-honored moral standards eroded by the endless stream of “little murders” (snipings in the street, air pollution, obscene phone calls, power failures) that make up that existence that passes for life in the sixties. The father, Carol Newquist (played by Vincent Gardenia), asserts his masculinity by claiming to be able to spot fags “a mile away”–yet is paranoid about his first name and fails to notice that his own son is a raving queer.”
    Huh. Inscrutable? No. Odd? Yes.
    Somebody needs re-re-invention for better pretendings (and pretensions).

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  155. Disaffected March 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Many CFN doomers simply want to ignore the implication: Natural gas is a potential substitute for oil in the transportation sector.
    For how long and at what cost? Really now, to be so flippant is to be… stupid. Not to mention, natural gas is usually just a by-product of oil production itself.

  156. Disaffected March 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Here’s another thought Jim. You’re NOW LIVING on the proverbial BORROWED TIME! (Perhaps literally as well!) Think about it. Your old sorry ass would have been dead if this had happened 50 years ago; not missed, not mourned, not celebrated, more than likely not even noticed except for your immediate friends and family. Maybe it’s time to turn this blog around and tell us all what’s right about this fucked up world we’re living in now?

  157. xhalor March 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler,
    So glad that you are still with us. I can’t tell you how frightened I was while reading your account. I’ve come close too. I hope you can get about soon. We need you in the ranks of the few remaining who futilely shake their fists at the sky.
    It will probably be easier for me when the moment of mortality comes. I will be digging some shit out of a trench in a landfill and suddenly, I will know. It will make the body disposal issue so simple. I can just be pressed into the mud with the amputee G.I. Joes and unloved Salad Shooters.
    That methane coming out of the ground? It won’t be from the Salad Shooters.
    My final salute.
    Hey! Race ya to nearest Cyprus ATM….when you can put your Red Ball Jets on again.

  158. San Jose Mom 51 March 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I think James Gandolfini would play Carol.

  159. adequatio March 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    For how long and at what cost? Really now, to be so flippant is to be… stupid.
    Stupid? Disaffected, you are stupidly replying to adequatio (dot), not to me, and the information was plagiarized from a poster who no longer posts here. So calling me stupid is itself stupid. Not to mention that your supposition is suspect.
    It would appear that all roads lead to a natural gas-fueled transport sector.
    The selling point is that natural gas used for transportation cost 25 percent less than petroleum. It’s also cleaner. Consider Weld County, Colorado: It says that it received its first LNG truck in July 2012 and that it has already realized a 22 percent reduction in fuel costs, or $25,000 a year in fuel savings per truck, according to a news story in the Northern Colorado Gazette.
    “Right now, it is costing us 20 percent less per mile to run our LNG trucks versus our diesel trucks,” Jay McDonald, a country supervisor, told the paper.
    Clean Energy Fuels is a champion of LNG, saying that it costs the equivalent of a $1.50 gallon.

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  160. Ixnei March 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Wowzerz… Your poast this week really horrified me. I’m glad you made it through without a hitch. Both my mom and dad did that questionable surgery on their neck vertebrae. Dad had two bones fused between a *supposed* squashed disc – Mom had something injected into her discs. They’re both kicking, and the pain is apparently *gone*.
    I’m horrified by the needle/knife/drug culture of *health care* today. I’d personally rather suffer the pain (which I do, from time to time – lower back sciatica) or even death, than have those butchers slicing and dicing, charging $1-5,000 an hour (just for the *bed*).
    Let us know how much those bills (and the *insurance*) cost.

  161. stelmosfire March 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your travails with us Jimbo. It sounds like you are well on the way to recovery. Modern American medicine is unbelievable. I am afraid that it may not be available in the future. I had some heart issues a few years back. Knowledge and technology are almost always lost as civilization declines. We have some of the best hospitals here in NE, also NY. A fine Irish Doc cured me, at MG , in what I would have to say was quite a procedure. Your right, the versed and fentanyl are quite a hoot. My work was so well done I was able to resume work in a physically strenuous job. I am happy to hear you chose the bypass over the stent. More invasive but I believe more durable. My uncle, had a quintuple bypass, yep 5 carotids, he lived another 15 years. He was 75 at the time of the bypass and never quit smoking! Hang with us bro! As far as the bills go, I checked in at 7 AM , stayed overnight, and was released at 1 PM the next day. Bill came to $67 K plus. I did not leave a tip. I am sure your bill is more like 300-400K. Insurance is a lifesaver. I could not sleep at night without it. Happy Trails.

  162. xhalor March 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    “We don’t even have decent protest songs anymore”
    If you were here I would whack you with a rolled up copy of Mother Jones. Sometimes it takes a journeyman songwriter and poet. Bruce Springsteen? Ring a bell? From last year. Pay attention.

  163. Shakazulu March 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I guess you were “lucky.” Maybe some of that Irishman’s luck rubbed off onto you. Hope you had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day among the living.

  164. jim e March 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    James, let me know… if and when!

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  165. Kyooshtik March 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    and the information was plagiarized from a poster who no longer posts here. – Adequatio (Asoka) to Disaffected
    One of your most disingenuous posts ever. The information was plagiarized from YOU. You do not cease to be YOU just because you changed your screen name. Talk about brass balls… I think even Walt Whitman would be ashamed.

  166. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    You’d smack me? Settle down.
    Yeah but he has no voice and barks instead. Bob Dylan wrote impressive sounding rhymes too but it was hell to listen.
    Melodically and structure-wise, never heard one song by Bruce that charmed the ear. (Revisit the reference the musicality of The Shins.) There used to be something called singing and voices. And where’s the moral force in a rock star who lives in Pacific Palisades no matter what he pens.
    We already have Kunstler talking about the death of the hometowns and at least he guides his children rightly by pointing to a cornpone thing like a garden notwithstanding woman troubles, colic, and a creaky hip. Springsteen, not so much.
    Because he has no people he has nobody to lead and nobody to save. Thus he breaks no taboos and does nothing brave. People like Springsteen play it safe. Study songwrisking and a bit of love not just kvetch-all:
    My apologies to the nice Jews and the not-so-nice ones who at least like humanlike urban fabric and the old ways, anomalous as they be. Question always becomes: Where’s the love.

  167. xhalor March 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    If only…if only…I had some respect for you.
    Why don’t you go re-visit the scabs on The Shins.

  168. Carol Newquist March 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Wow, this can be fun.

    Ozone is a highly reactive form of oxygen. In the upper atmosphere, ozone forms a protective layer that shields us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. At ground level, ozone is a harmful air pollutant and a primary constituent of urban smog. Ozone is produced when air pollutants from automobile emissions and manufacturing operations interact with sunlight. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of ozone can cause a significant reduction in lung function, inflammation of the airways, and respiratory distress. People with lung diseases are particularly vulnerable to the respiratory effects of ozone. Results from an NIEHS-funded study show that children who played three or more outdoor sports in areas with high ozone concentrations were more than three times as likely to develop asthma as children who did not engage in sports activities.

    Clever? No. Pedestrian? Yes.

  169. San Jose Mom 51 March 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Today I ordered a used copy of Chin Kung’s “Changing Destiny: A Commentary on Liao-fan’s Four Lessons.” Thanks for the guidance.
    I have a question about Asian xenophobia. Maybe you’ve read something on it, maybe not. Many years ago, when my husband was a liaison for HP with Hitachi, he was in Japan and the Hitachi host (an exec) took them to a place of interest during the weekend. My husband was shocked when the host gestured toward a group of Koreans and said something derisive. Is there a story behind that?

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  170. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Here, you visit. The following song has a well-chisled original melody, a melody and presentation that has to be called royal. The structure has about 4 different parts. (Springsteen often barely manages two.) It’s beautifully sung in by the white, clear- and satvic-voiced singer with an unusually high range beautifully free of strain.
    Even the bass part alone has more musical interest than all tracks of any Bruce Springsteen recording. All it needs is some kind of lyric that would have some value or meaning for their natural people; lyrics worth learning. Which was my original point.
    I don’t require respect from anon-o-mites by the way. How much less anon-o-mites who are not a gentleman.

  171. shorty March 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Here is a fact…..there was no incidence of coronary artery disease in asia until they started eating dead animals and animal products. Eat dead animals and eventually your arteries clog up same as your kitchen sink trap. Ever clean out a sink trap??? Looks and smells yummy….that’s the stuff you been eating, dummy. Every carton of milk, loaf of cheese, pound of butter, packet of hamburger should have a skull-n-crossbones on it……..

  172. Julian C. Lee March 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    “I have a question about Asian xenophobia.”
    We had a cat once with Xenophobia. It wouldn’t consort pleasantly with dogs, mice, or people it didn’t know. We put it in cat counseling for years to try to make it bond and merge with all entities. Finally we had to lobotomize it to get it to stop discriminating and distinguishing between one entity and another. Since that time I’ve learned to let nature be nature and that some types bond with one type, but not with others, and it’s beautiful and all in divine order. The cat really didn’t have phobia at all. It was just being a cat and interested in continuing on as a cat.

  173. xhalor March 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    OK. Even though I know that I’m getting sucked into the vortex of this blog’s foolishness, I will respond for the sake of everyone else who is evaluating “protest” songs.
    The Shins song is very well crafted and I will probably listen to more of that recording. But The Shins clearly do not write songs that will rally unarmed people that are about to get into the face of soldiers.
    “They brought death to my hometown.”
    That’s a song that you rally people with.

  174. stelmosfire March 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Yo Vlad, My daughter tells me your hero Hitler was totally misunderstood. He screamed at Heinrich “You fool” “Vat have you done?” “I said, I vanted a glass of juice! Not to gas da jews!”. I know, not funny but this is what you hear as a bartender.

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  175. Mike Moskos March 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    I urge any of you who think you may have hardening arteries to look at vitamin K2 (not regular K, which is K1). You can listen to this podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bd-now!-podcast-015-dr.-kate/id494779470?i=135455916&mt=2 or simply search for it on the westonaprice.org website. This article is a good start: http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-soluble-activators/x-factor-is-vitamin-k2?qh=YToxOntpOjA7czo1OiJuYXR0byI7fQ%3D%3D
    Among other things, K2 (what Price called “activator X”) keeps calcium from calcifying in your arteries. Sources are mostly pastured meat and dairy (big emphasis on “pastured”, also know as grass fed/finished), but the best source is a nasty tasting type of fermented soybean called nattokinase or natto for short, which you can ferment at home. They do sell it from at Asian markets or in pill form, but what you make at home will probably be much better.

  176. rocco March 19, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    JHK– I am glad you are well, and as a 33 year front line blue collar hospital guy, I do understand your adventure. We need your sanity to help us as the insane rise to power. Did you read any comments about the CPAC? Poor Barry Goldwater is crying. Get well, BEWARE of the many Alternative medicine scams, pills ,potions, stick to evidence based medicine, quackwatch.com or read Rira Swan at childrenshealthcare.org.

  177. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    Yes! Good question. Each of the great Asian Nations consider themselves Supreme, the Center of the Earth. The Japanese consider themselves superior to all other Peoples. Now of course, they realize the debt they have to China, so they can’t exactly trash the Chinese completely. But they do the Koreans – even though the Koreans are perhaps the closest to the ethnically, and definitely linguistically. Or is that perhapw WHY they hate them the most? Island Nations are notoriously xenophobic, even more than is healthy to be. And it is known for a fact that one of the Ancient Japanese Dynasties began in Korea.
    Koreans were invaded by the Japanese during WW2 and treated savagely with tens of thousands of Korean Women forced into prostitution for the Japanese Army. I’m not sure if it was then or earlier, but a considerable number of Koreans went to live and work in Japan. They are considered a foreign population and will never be Japanese. Is this “just” social and do they have full rights and citizenship? I assume so but I don’t know. They are definitiely looked down on. They are about 3 or 4% of the population – Japan’s major minority group.
    The World Community has put alot of pressure on Japan to start “helping out” and become multi this and multi that. Thank God they resist. They relented and took in some Vietmanese boat people and then treated them with such contempt that the boat people were desperate to get out. Like the Chinese (and the Koreans), the consider the Malayan peoples of Southeast Asia as inferior. Studies bear this out btw – at least in terms of the intellect.
    Don’t feel to bad for the Koreans – they treated the mixed children left by the American G.I’s with extreme brutality. On one level this is deplorable but it is how Nations are maintained. Life is Ugly, not to mention full of suffering, devoid of self, and temporary. That’s why Buddha wanted out.
    So Koreans would probably rate Humanity: Koreans first, then Chinese, the Japanese, then Whites, then Hindus, then the “Browns”, then the “Blacks”. Japanese, Chinese, Hindus – the same with each putting themselves first. Some might put the Hindus ahead of the Whites. Hindus might put Whites ahead of the East Asians.
    You PC Whites are a tiny and shrinking minority. The World is Racist. I’m part of a small but growing movement back to normalcy and sanity.

  178. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    You tend bar now? Tell us some stories about beautiful and wise drunken sages – and the ugly whores who love them. Ugly? Only objectively. To the inebriated they are all lovely beyond compare.
    Hitler loved animals and children. He was a consumate gentlemen to ladies and to the elderly. Your daughter is right. Maybe I should meet your daughter. You have no objections, I trust.

  179. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    “And he made a movie” – famous last acts. I wish I could refute your cynicism but I’m too old. Ah, for the foolish idealism of youth! But then again (my youth stirs), he did seem like a nice guy and he did seem to feel really bad – so bad that he couldn’t face his students the first time he had resolved to tell them the truth. Anyway, if it comes around again, you might enjoy seeing it with some of your students – if you are a Guru. Or friends if you aren’t. It might be thought provoking for them.
    The most interesting part of the movie was of course the reactions of the students. The more new agey ones were able to see it as a teaching. The Yoga teacher, who had been looking for authentic roots, was not.
    Perhaps the young Indian American Man learned a lesson himself – don’t “experiment” with people, it just another way of fucking them over.

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  180. Ramone_Kalsaw March 19, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    I’m GLAD you came through ok : ) Joe Bageant is just going to have to wait a while to enjoy your company ; )

  181. Poet March 19, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    Having to come face to face with your mortality is a humbling experience. May your recovery be speedy and complete.

  182. bproman March 19, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Did you meet GOD.

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  184. Eleuthero5 March 19, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    There have been many extreme opinions about medicine and its necessity or lack thereof. Jim’s operation was the heart surgery that IS medically justified and will likely extend his life considerably.
    I had a double anterior cervical fusion done in 1989 when my congenitally malformed neck disks between C5/6 and C6/7 collapsed. Due to the great job done by two old sawbones at Stanford University, I have had nothing but minor soreness at that site for the last 24 years.
    Modern medicine is a highly inexact science and there are many iatrogenic illnesses. However, that does not mean it is worthless. Even doctors themselves know that many medications and many surgeries are Faustian Bargains which merely trade one set of problems for another. It’s up to PATIENTS to educate themselves before seeing doctors so that they are not steamrolled with their “expertise”.

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  185. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    My opinions on the topic are not extreme in the least if that was the implication of your innuendo. I concede JHK’s (I won’t intimately call him Jim because I don’t know him personally and never will, so I won’t pretend that I do, speaking of pretenses) surgery in all likelihood will extend his life. These surgeries you are discussing are indicative of a certain standard of living; a standard that requires a plenitude of cheap energy to continue unabated. The notion that this standard could be rolled-out to an exponentially increasing population is ridiculous, and your admonition anent being an informed patient is not only silly, but will soon be moot. It’s a contradiction to sound the alarms people do at this site, and then offer advice like you have that contravenes those dire alarms.

  186. Bob Wise March 19, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Glad you’re still with us, Jim! Hope the recovery goes well. I heard a similar story from a buddy three months ago; four of us were about to get together for our monthly bike trail ride when two came down with heart trouble; one had an extra stent installed, the other had a surprise bypass operation after chest pains following a “minor” surgery. At this age — though you’re probably younger than us — we should appreciate every day of good health. (Both my friends were dutifully taking their statins for years. Maybe they should ask for a refund.)

  187. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I was wondering when the magic pill advice was going to be proffered. Not to be disappointed, we’re advised to consume K2, a magic pill that will prevent plaque build-up. Modern Western culture is many things, but this, more than anything, is emblematic of its magical thinking; one magic pill will absolve you of all those little murders. If only it were that simple. The Western way of life, to include its increasingly ignominious healthcare system, is in direct contradiction to living healthy and practicing preventive healthcare. That fact has spawned a multi-billion dollar magic pill industry whose sorcerers exploit the gap without addressing the root of the problem, and why would they solve the problem when the problem is their bread and butter.

  188. BeingThere March 19, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Yes, indeed Carol,
    But if you were following Jim’s story in the last 2 years he had a cobalt poisoning by his artificial hip and went off the statin he was prescribed although he had high cholesterol. He also went on a hunter’s diet, I forget what that’s called.
    Oh isn’t it special that you refer to “Little Murders” when you took your name from the main character:
    [ The father, Carol Newquist (played by Vincent Gardenia), asserts his masculinity by claiming to be able to spot fags “a mile away”–yet is paranoid about his first name and fails to notice that his own son is a raving queer. His daughter, Patsy (Carole Shelly), has ten people working under her; she is so successful that she cannot find any man who can dominate her.]

  189. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Yes, indeed Carol, but if you were following Jim’s story…..
    I haven’t been following Jim’s story. I’m not a stalker like many here, and I don’t want to know too much about a person’s personal life, above and beyond the context it can provide for a larger conversation about life as we know it.
    Your post sounds hostile even though I’ve extended an olive branch, of sorts. Am I reading your intent correctly? If so, I will proceed accordingly, meaning if you want to jab me, I’ll swing back hard and furiously. How do you want it? Either way is fine with me.
    Scapegoating is another magic pill fantasy that Western culture has turned into a science. NumbersUSA and its feigned concern for the environment is a carefully veiled platform for scapegoating; a magic pill solution that doesn’t address the root.
    There are studies that have linked hip and knee replacements to cancer, so JHK should have his blood monitored regularly for free-floating cancer cells. This raises a very important point. Speaking of the root, there is a common factor that ties JHK’s Western culture indicative afflictions together; inflammation. It’s the precursor for most common diseases whose symptoms, not source, are treated by contemporary healthcare. High Cholesterol is not necessarily an issue if your arteries are in good shape. It becomes an issue when your arteries become damaged from inflammation and the plaque has a place to latch onto and nestle. Inflammation is responsible for JHK’s hip problems, so Western medicine, rather than creating a preventative healthcare environment, attempts to repair the result of this inflammation by subjecting the body to a foreign invader, i.e. cobalt hip joint, which only adds insult to injury, meaning you’ve augmented the disease environment by providing yet another platform for disease manifestation.

    The British scientists at the Bristol University have based their conclusion after detecting abnormal cell changes in the bladders of more than one in five patients who were monitored after being given “metal-on-metal” hip replacements.
    In fact, problems occur with the implants when friction between the metal ball and cup causes minuscule metal filings to break off which can seep into blood and cause inflammation, destroying muscle and bone, say the scientists.
    There are also concerns that metal traces in the blood could put major organs at risk of being slowly poisoned, and increase the chance of cancer – in particular in the kidneys and bladder, they say. The in-depth research on 72 patients found genetic damage to the bladders of 17 people – including three patients who developed full-blown cancer.
    The proportion of patients who had suffered DNA damage may be significant, because such changes can cause mutations which in turn lead to cancer, say the scientists adding they hope to present the results to other surgeons next month.
    Their study was launched after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency warned that all 40,000 Britons with “metal-on-metal” devices should undergo annual checks, with scans and blood tests if doctors find symptoms that suggest metal leakage. A spokesman for the University of Bristol said analysis of the results from the trial was still ongoing, and that the research would be peer reviewed and published.

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  190. loveday March 19, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Best wishes Jim. Try to not get too upset at the latest nonsense going on in Cyprus. Just concentrate on getting fit in time for the main event in North America. I am sure it is only a matter of time. Max Keiser was not very comforting with his assessment that a collapse economically is 99.9% assured.
    Oh well we all knew that has been in the cards for a long time. We will all have plenty of time to get those spring gardens planted anyway.
    Cheers clusterfuckers the main event is imminent!

  191. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    We will all have plenty of time to get those spring gardens planted anyway.
    Yes, but you’ll drop dead whilst planting them from the damage that’s already been done and no more machines that go bing and their physician pilots to save the day.

  192. icurhuman2 March 19, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I head into hospital tomorrow to have bandages removed after the second plastic surgery to repair an eye after cancer surgery. The entire staff were from everywhere, three nurses were from India, Ireland and America (Seattle) and the head doctor was an Indian and the assisatnt surgeon an Australian. The aneasthetist was Scottish and his assistant was Somalian… The whole thing cost me nothing as all the previous surgery did because here in Australia we have universal health care, thank fuck for that!
    I’ll be waiting to seeing how much JHK gets stung for his medical… Glad he’s okay, I look forward to his weekly rant as much as any other weekly event…

  193. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    The whole thing cost me nothing as all the previous surgery did because here in Australia we have universal health care, thank fuck for that!
    If it didn’t cost you a thing, then how was everything reimbursed? The physicians, nurses and entire hospitable staff magnanimously volunteered their services? The companies who manufacture the equipment and drugs donated it to the cause of keeping you alive so you could help murder another several hundred species per day with your luxurious lifestyle? Somebody/something had to pay. Somebody/something did pay, so don’t thank fuck, thank those who involuntarily sacrificed.

  194. ozone March 19, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Ah, laddie me lad. A veritable empty desert of oppositional personnas to your derivative and diversionary crapola. It’s just sad. If it ain’t you, it’s another paid poo-flinger at a nearby rickety card-table; clacking away for gawd and country. But, keep it up; job opportunities are getting thin on the ground “out here” where your once and future enemies are hardening their hearts toward those who protect the uber-privileged. (Hey, it happens, sorry.)
    Did you look at the number of people with that name in the entire FUSA before you consciously picked that one BECAUSE of that role in the Pfeiffer play? Nine, me lederhosen-clad, iniquitous twit… nine. Jesus, you’re about as opaque as shrink-wrap on a CD.

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  195. ozone March 19, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Very interesting, Mike.
    …And we do need to begin preserving and growing non-GMO varieties of soybeans, so, two good outcomes from one direction.
    Thanks for the link.

  196. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    What’s new, man?

  197. ozone March 19, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Lots and lots… but not too much that’s germane to this h’yar blog! ;o)
    I see you’re still finding things that require a heavy dose of critical thought. Good on ya, mate.
    Other than the in-your-face crisis-du-jour, and very quick searches, I haven’t been following the breadcrumbs very well, so, I’m glad you and a few others are. :o)

  198. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Sheesh, Carol. You are a brutally gifted writer. I understand taking people to task when one has the capacity and breadth of knowledge to draw from, but why so punishing? I haven’t followed this blog for so long that I can recall every crazy thing that any given frequent poster has written, so maybe I lack the context for your battles, but damn, you dig pretty deep. Just wondering why it’s so important to crush these old folks.

  199. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Right on man. I’ve been trying to settle down and find a bit of focus lately. Hasn’t worked. Just finished midterms and have begun an extended Spring break reprieve. Met a new girl, too. Dammit! Too many broad interests and not enough time away from the rat wheel to really settle down with anything in particular, pretty girls included. Shoot, I’m ready for the world made by hand already. Hurry up Doomsday!. Just kiddin’.
    Take it cheezy, sir.

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  200. ront March 19, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    “March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United Nations and the American people.”
    whole article:

  201. ozone March 19, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Oh, one thing that you may find intriguing:
    The Cyprus-swindle is to be “backed” by promises of future revenues from na’chul gas to be extracted from the surrounding sea-bed. …Na’chully.
    (Let me look for a quick link.)
    Took a couple minutes, but here’s a good outline [of a teetering domino].

  202. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Just wondering why it’s so important to crush these old folks.
    I’m not crushing, I’m bonding, Mosh Pit style.

  203. ozone March 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Ouch. Dr. Roberts appears to be performing historical surgery on the Bushie-boyz without benefit of anesthesia! Will the empire pull through, or are complications ensuing? Stay tuned.

  204. Mrs. Soake March 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Your wife? That’s a good one. What a howl!!

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  205. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    The true litmus test for Reagan’s Assistant Treasury Secretary would be his musings on the Vietnam War, specifically anent to this Hedges article on Turse’s book about Vietnam, Kill Anything That Moves:

    This is not the book Turse set out to write. He was, when his research began in June 2001, a graduate student looking at post-traumatic stress disorder among Vietnam veterans. An archivist at the U.S. National Archives asked Turse whether he thought witnessing war crimes could cause PTSD. He steered Turse to yellowing reports amassed by the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group. The group, set up in the wake of the My Lai massacre, was designed to investigate the hundreds of reports of torture, rape, kidnapping, forced displacement, beatings, arson, mutilation, executions and massacres carried out by U.S. troops. But the object of the group was not to discipline or to halt the abuses. It was, as Turse writes, “to ensure that the army would never again be caught off-guard by a major war crimes scandal.” War crimes, for army investigators, were “an image management” problem. Those charged with war crimes were rarely punished. The numerous reports of atrocities collected by the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group were kept secret, and the eyewitnesses who reported war crimes were usually ignored, discredited or cowed into silence.

  206. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    “The move to take a percentage of deposits, which could raise almost 6 billion euros, must be ratified by parliament, where no party has a majority. If it fails to do so, President Nicos Anastasiades has warned, Cyprus’s two largest banks will collapse.”
    followed by:
    “Anastasiades, elected only three weeks ago, said savers will be compensated by shares in banks guaranteed by future natural gas revenues.
    Cyprus is expecting the results of an offshore appraisal drilling this year to confirm the island is sitting on vast amounts of natural gas worth billions.”
    So does this point a gun to the Cypriot’s heads and say, ‘let us confiscate your deposits, plus give us access to all sovereign natural gas, and we’ll give you some future bank stock kickbacks”? What a deal! It’s the backhanded privatization of everything.
    How likely is simple debt forgiveness instead of this overly complex maneuvering? Trick question.

  207. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    That’s funny, but don’t you get battered in the process?
    I get it though. I was young and resilient once, too :>)

  208. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    From the PCR article submitted earlier:
    “A case could be made that the historians’ comparison of the Bush regime with Japanese war criminals doesn’t go far enough. By this October 7, Washington will have been killing people, mainly women, children, and village elders, in Afghanistan for 12 years. No one knows why America has brought such destruction to the Afghan people. First the Soviets; then the Americans. What is the difference? When Obama came into the presidency, he admitted that no one knew what the US military mission was in Afghanistan. We still don’t know. The best guess is profits for the US armaments industry, power for the Homeland Security industry, and a police state for the insouciant US population.” – Paul Craig Roberts
    The Exceptional American Gov. Out Nazis the Nazis and out kamikazes the Japs. Who da thunk it?

  209. lucky 13 March 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Korea, where baby girls are left out in the cold.
    [A friend married one of them, who had been adopted
    by Americans].
    K has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, perhaps even lower than Italy or Japan.
    Payback, brides are imported from Vietnam, North Korea, China.
    Farm towns there are dying.

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  210. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    That bad, eh? Modern Capitalism quickly destroy – even more than Communism perhaps. Brutality breeds compassion (to suffer with) and thus solidarity. But pleasure just creates isolation. Add to that mass immigration and the endless moving around of modern life, and the bed is made.

  211. ront March 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    The following is a letter I wrote in response to a recent George Will column and the column:
    Unconscious suggestion?
    In his March 14 column, “Art of good writing is slipping from our culture,” George Will shares with readers (tells readers): “Then there is sharing, ‘the word I most loathe in the feel-good lexicon.'” (quoting William Zinsser, “On Writing Well”).
    I find it very interesting that Will, a shill for Big Biz interests, puts forth an unconscious suggestion that sharing is in some manner loathsome. It certainly does fit with the past 40 years of observing corporate business interests dictating how business profits shall be divided.
    I use the word “divided” because shared implies fairness, equality, practicality and consideration for the welfare of others. During this period, these principles have been gradually jettisoned — now being considered naive, foolish and poor business practice.
    A preference for using the word “tell” rather than “share with” is exactly what is exemplified in the current business paradigm that so strongly informs us in these times of scarce well-paid positions: “This is what you get; take it or leave it. There are plenty of other people who would be happy (read: desperate) to do this job for less.”
    Ron Greenstein
    El Cerrito
    GW’s column:
    By George F. Will
    WASHINGTON — When asked to explain the brisk pace of his novels, Elmore Leonard said, “I leave out the parts that people skip.” You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser’s short essays written for the American Scholar magazine’s website and now collected in “The Writer Who Stayed,” a book that begins with him wondering why “every year student writing is a little more disheveled.”
    One answer is that too few have read Zinsser’s earlier book “On Writing Well.” His answer is: “People now get their information mainly from random images on a screen and from random messages in their ears, and it no longer occurs to them that writing is linear and sequential, sentence B must follow sentence A.”Tooting his own trumpet is not the style of this self-effacing and decorous WASP, who never leaves his Manhattan apartment or boards a plane or train without a jacket (J. Press, of course) and tie. Others, however, who cherish the craft of writing should toot it for him, lest young writers miss exposure to lapidary sentences such as: “I doubt if I’m the only person who has never quite understood what postmodern means, or how long post is supposed to last; the word floats in a vast sea of postness.”
    Style reflects sensibility, and Zinsser’s style of clarity and economy derives from a sensibility that recoils from blurry words that carry deplorable thinking the way mosquitoes carry malaria. When his broker tells him a new person will be the “assistant assigned to your relationship,” Zinsser wonders whether he hasrelationships with his barber, and with Maria at the coffee shop. “Cole Porter,” he notes, “didn’t write, ‘let’s do it, let’s have a relationship.'” And nobody, nowadays, is too young to have issues:
    “Toddlers have sandbox issues. Issues are what used to be called the routine hills and bumps of getting from morning to night. They have been around a long time; Job had issues. By calling them issues we wrap ourselves in the palliative language of therapy. We no longer phone or visit friends who are in trouble; we reach out to them. That way we can find closure.”
    Then there is sharing, “the word I most loathe in the feel-good lexicon.” Beginning in the 1970s, “share” crept on little lizard feet into conversations, a signal that the speaker is about to tell you some personal matter about which he should remain reticent. Now, Zinsser says, “share” is a synonym for “tell”: “‘Did Rick share with you that we’re coming for dinner tonight?’ He did. He told me.”
    “Writing,” Zinsser says, “is learned by imitation; we all need models.” This columnist has had two, columnist Murray Kempton and novelist P.G. Wodehouse.
    Kempton’s 75-word sentence about President Eisenhower’s 1956 campaign visit to Florida is probably too labyrinthine to be navigated by brains whose circuitry has been shaped by 140-character tweets: “In Miami, he had walked carefully by the harsher realities, speaking some 20 feet from an airport drinking fountain labeled ‘Colored’ and saying that the condition it represented was more amenable to solution by the hearts of men than by laws, and complimenting Florida as ‘typical today of what is best in America,’ a verdict which might seem to some contingent on finding out what happened to the Negro snatched from the Wildwood jail Sunday.”
    The American painter Robert Henri once said: “You should paint like a man coming over the top of the hill singing.” Zinsser says such enjoyment is “a crucial ingredient in writing.” Wodehouse was enjoying himself when he began “Leave it to Psmith” this way: “At the open window of the great library of Blandings Castle, drooping like a wet sock, as was his habit when he had nothing to prop his spine against, the Earl of Emsworth, that amiable and boneheaded peer, stood gazing out over his domain.”
    Some of Zinsser’s models were lyricists of the Great American Songbook. A few were WASPs; Cole Porter went to Yale. Many were Jews, such as Israel Baline from Siberia who became Irving Berlin, immigrants who, Zinsser says, embraced the American language with fierce love. Or E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, who saw infinite possibilities “Over the Rainbow,” where happy little bluebirds fly and troubles melt like lemon drops.
    Our “endlessly supple” English language will, Zinsser says, “do anything you ask it to do, if you treat it well. Try it and see.” Try him and see craftsmanship.

  212. Julian C. Lee March 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I was wired up to several machines and the hoses were dumping liters of accumulated fluid. Sleep was out of the question, such a racket of beeps and gurgling surrounded me.

    Crass upon crass upon crass. Hospitals disgust me. Thing One, Thing Two, Thing Three-Thousand. All trying to stave off natural karma and kill duality, but only piling up Crass. You sure are a fighter though.

    ” I came to, partially anyway, in the post-op with the breathing tube jammed in my craw…

    And then you come to your blog and your peanut gallery is throwing more stuff in your craw.

    “The other people on the ward were amazingly old, it seemed to me, pale, shriveled, grub-like creatures, like the nematodes you find digging up a patch of lawn. It was a stretch to imagine them surviving this.”

    Like that Beth Neilson-Chapman song: “Life holds on, given the slightest chance. For the weak and the strong, life holds on.” How the baby fights the abortionist as he cuts him into pieces fully alive!
    Well they were actually people, once little girls and boys, somebody’s beloved mother or wife. You’ll look pretty similar down the line! If they were out in the wind, rain, and sun wandering homeless as the pre-Christian Dharma-Manu Shastra advises, maybe living in little sheds in the woods or by the sea instead of over-padded against life’s little hits so long — they’d a looked pretty good in age. Just going hungry a week really freshens a body up.
    “But The Shins clearly do not write songs that will rally unarmed people…
    Neither does Springsteen because he would never go out on that limb. My point was that he lacks both musicality and the courage needed, and that it was shame that really musical and well-sung material today (such as the song cited) lacks worthwhile lyrics. I will admit that Springsteen at least works for worthwhile lyrical content. But he is no leader of a people and nobody ever comments on how weak he is both as a singer and in terms of composing.
    Janos: “The most interesting part of the movie was of course the reactions of the students. The more new agey ones were able to see it as a teaching. The Yoga teacher, who had been looking for authentic roots, was not. Perhaps the young Indian American Man learned a lesson himself – don’t “experiment” with people, it just another way of fucking them over.”
    An inner guru gets externalized in various forms. They are a lucky hat-hook to hang the hat of the mind on. The truth is it’s possible to project one’s divine ideal on various and sundry externals and to derive benefit from it. A child projects an ideal of father onto her/his father even though the father, in truth from his p-o-v, has flaws and limits. One can project something great upon a mere crucifix and get divine feeling. Or Ramakrishna was so good at it that a statue became a live and spoke to him.
    Everybody is some kind of guru to somebody, but the great ones, God makes them and followers choose them according to their karma. If one gets bliss, in my view, and life-upgrade: It was good. A lot of people had blissful experiences associated with Rajneesh/Osho and even Da Free John. But in a sense this was the merit of that follower and the efficacy of their projections combined with whatever kundalini-reality was going on with those flawed teachers. It’s like I say: You get the world you deserve, you religion you deserve, and you get the guru you deserve. It takes a great devotee to mine a great guru.
    What the guy did that was ham-handed and negative was to mock the guru principle. Even Karunamayi, who is a siddha with the inward-turned eyes and associated with many miracles. I saw a light nimbus around her constantly. Yet she has her human side and her sides that could be faulted or even mocked by these types. But it’s better to cultivate the capacity for faith than to damage it. Flaws in outer gurus are our own impurities. Keep seeking for the better one. Signs do attend the great ones. Oh Faith! Shraddha. All this comes from faith. Faith is instinct about the possible.
    Sheesh, Carol. You are a brutally gifted writer.
    You teasing? He tries too hard. The product shows it. You can smell the sweat. Attempting to overween everybody he overweens only himself. He seems to post for emotional reasons desiring simply to be a part of this blog and to jack himself up as a worthy mind; not that he has personal interest in town design or living simple. Then spins huge personality melodramas to justify his existence, like a fat teenager sitting in the middle of the feast table puffy tennis shoes and all.

  213. cooldog March 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Hell, in the old days, in that sweet old “world made by hand”, people learned how to live with a few bone spurs. I have bone spurs now. But most people today are pussies. They want their lovely little made by hand icons, their locally grown food, their locally grown business mafia, their bone spurs removed, and think it should be cheap and available to everyone.

  214. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Why don’t you link to my post that you are responding to so I can insult you back properly. Don’t tell me you are still pretending not to read my posts? You are so vain and supercilious!
    What do you want? Does it bother you that I have many interests besides Race, and know alot about alot of different things? And that instead of being a walking book, I can analyze and Prioritize the information?
    I do know what you hate the most: that we agree on so many issues. That you can’t stand. But the Truth is the Truth. I hate Capitalism just as much as you do. But I also hate Communism and the FOOLISH Anarchists who support it. Maybe America was too big. Was it Thoreau who said New England was about as big a chunk as he could feel anything for. Indeed, do we even know our own City, Town, Street, or House? I have traveled much, in Concord! Or how about Lovecraft: I am Providence. So you see, we are brothers. I am Caspar the friendly ghost and you are Blacky.

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  215. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Good points. There alot of nonsense about this: Ram Das saying that the Guru was nothing but faith so therefore it didn’t matter if you ended up with a fraud. Maybe becase he became a fraud – or at least not the Man Neem Karoli tried to make him?
    The mining idea is key. Or as they say in the East, when a pickpocket sees a Saint, all he sees is pockets. If sophisticated people sat with me, they wouldn’t get much of anything. They sat with Rajneesh and Da Free John and got incredible experiences. I assume that they were both great fallen yogis, seduced by power, women, and money.
    You got alot of from Karuna, I liked her but got little. I asume the lack was in myself. There were people who didn’t even think the Buddha was anything special. My clearest memory was one of her disciples, a little Jewish guy. He told us, “My mother used to say, ‘I’m hungry, have something to eat’. You need to get a Mother who wont cripple you”.
    I talked to someone from Portland last night who confirmed much of what you’ve been saying. She had a student who was deeply involved in the Sexual Underground there. The student had come to realize that it was evil and getting worse; that breaking up marriages wasn’t cool; and that having sex with a child wasn’t either. The young woman’s departure created great anger in this “secret society” and she felt threatened enough to go into hiding.

  216. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    That’s funny, but don’t you get battered in the process?
    Not a bit. Anyone trying to hurt me is grasping at straws. They couldn’t be further from the truth, but it does reveal something about themselves, and that’s the point.
    Seriously, though, it’s not about purposely crushing anyone. If they’re crushed by it, it’s not intentional, but it is telling. The density of truth is bone shattering to those who have already petrified.
    Age is a state of mind. It’s a perspective. Physical age need not define you. Those committed to true growth and learning, rather than validation of their cemented prejudices and bigotry, will always be young.

  217. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Anne knocks it out of the Park, mocking both Rubio and the Bushes. She is now a “One Issue Voter” and that issue is Amnesty. Not bad for a self seeking mud shark.

  218. Jack March 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Glad you’re still with us !

  219. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    The crowd goes silent on the Vietnam link. Not surprising. Right wingers will not acknowledge it, and avoid it like the plague, that’s why I say it is a litmus test. Also, right wingers have a burning hatred for Fidel and Che. They choose Batista and puppet dictators every time, and support executive branch assassination when it comes to leftists like Fidel and Che. Come on, folks, step up to the litmus plate and let’s see your true colors. Where are all the get well condolences for all those maimed and murdered Vietnamese. The silence for their senseless involuntary sacrifice is deafening.

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  220. lsjogren March 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    The doctors don’t always know what’s best for the patient.
    True. But sometimes they do. My dad in his 80s had a scan that showed a little piece of loose cartilage rattling around in his spine, I think probably around the lumbar area.
    They removed it and after years of agonizing back pain, he didn’t have the pain anymore.
    Sometimes they get it right, other times they don’t.
    An old colleague of mine bumped his head working in his attic. He had headaches and some perceptual anomalies. The doctors and insurance didn’t think it was a big deal. Finally he became concerned enough to get a scan, MRI I think. It turned out he had blood in one side of his brain and probably would have become severely disabled physically and mentally if not died, if it hadn’t been for the scan and subsequent operation to address the problem.
    It’s a crapshoot.

  221. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    It’s a crapshoot.
    Yes, it is. In fact, it always has been, and yet this unsustainable system we’ve erected that is crumbling as we speak is based on a crapshoot. It’s not sustainable to administer millions of coronary bypasses every year with the unsupported contention it will save a certain percentage of lives, but that’s where it’s headed. Until. Still waiting on that until. It’ll get here any day now. I know it will. It’s caught in transit without a cell phone or lap top to say it’s late, but like the Terminator it is, it will not quit until its mission is accomplished, whenever that may be.

  222. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    He seems to post for emotional reasons desiring simply to be a part of this blog and to jack himself up as a worthy mind…
    …believing words like whilst, nay and anent will do the job.

  223. adequatio March 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Don’t you guys have anything better to do than criticize Carol’s vocabulary. At least Carol focuses on content instead of style. What you are doing is petty and I eschew it. 🙂

  224. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    They’re like toddlers roistering in Romper Room. Don’t put a crimp in their birl. Let them have their day in the sun, for tomorrow may be their last.

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  225. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Not to mention, it’s a delight to guide Q-Schmuck into playing Samwise Gamgee to Semen Lee’s Frodo.
    They continue to pay me the greatest of compliments. To arouse such vitriol means I move them, otherwise, they’d be apathetic. You do what you have to do to make the world a better place. I reveal them for what they are, and I keep their blood flowing to alleviate precipitous plaque build-up. Perhaps I should change my name to K2.

  226. KaraokeVox March 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    2 points popped out at me about this week:
    1) There’s no WIDOW to make.
    2) How can someone be concerned about something they didn’t know about because things have been going on as NORMAL in the public realm?

  227. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    The State of British Columbia just married 320,000 people without their consent: couples who have a child or cohabitate for more than two years now have all the benefits and obligations of married couples. It’s called being an undwed spouse! Gents, it’ll be here before you know it. Keep her toothbrush out the bathroom and check for small articles of clothing that she may have secreted in your closet or under seat cushions.

  228. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Stop, will you? You’re giving Carol a katzenjammer.

  229. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Don’t you guys have anything better to do than criticize Carol’s vocabulary.
    No, frankly, not at the moment… unless it is YOUR disingenuousness which I wrote about last night and you never responded to.

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  230. Martin Hayes March 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    You get the world you deserve.
    Evil statement. And bankrupt. You do not get the world you deserve. You get the world that is run by those who inherited the world at the same time as your father did. What are they like? They are told what to like. What do you like? What they like.
    And unless you are very lucky or very gifted or are educated by someone untouched by the prejudices of your father’s generation you will not have an education that speaks to a rootedness and a continuity with the past but is instead alienated from it.
    To say that you get the world you deserve is a wholesale abandonment of culture, but you really mean this because you have abandoned your culture because, as T.S. Eliot said, it’s pretty thin soup, because culture is not your friend, as Terence McKenna said, because Christianity is finished, as you know, and now you have nothing left with which to defend your fellow whites …
    What are you going to do
    with your life?

  231. Bustin Jay March 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    UFIA said, “There is no significant societal transition or leveraging of this new so called energy abundance to mitigate the disasters you aptly describe. Most people are doing what they’ve always done.”
    What I meant was that people will use available energy to mitigate the problems caused by modern life.
    Given access to available energy, people will simply apply it to whatever problem is at hand, without much regard to future considerations.
    Natural gas or oil gluts will simply become fodder for export markets. What happened to the 3rd world resource baskets will be applied to the USA. Its already happening. They will build pipelines to the sea and send that oil overseas to be burned in foreign gas tanks.
    someday the carousel will stop spinning. Until then, surpluses will cause more energy use. Jevon’s paradox indicates gains in efficiency or conservation will also simply increase total energy use.
    More first-world people will use energy at first world rates. This is why immigration is BAD, BAD, BAD. (Not that they are genetically inferior)
    The comparison of oil to a drug to which humanity is addicted is clearly an apt metaphor. An addict is a pathetic being.
    Those who come here and troll on about how everything is just peachy are just addicts. They sit in the crackhouse and imagine its the Ritz Carlton. They finger the dime bag in their breast pocket and imagine Crystal Mountains.

  232. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Just heard on Rush: a crushing defeat for the Assualt Weapons Ban. Can’t even get out of Committee. Feintstein about to split in two like Rumplestilskin.
    God has given us a reprieve. Make the most of it.
    With sweat and tears and conservation of semen, we may be able to avoid blood.

  233. Bustin Jay March 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    MN says “My knee cap was split in half, I broke or fractured almost every bone in my body, knocked out several teeth….”
    To think this is a common occurance is slightly horrifying. The undivided highway was and is an unmitigated disaster.

  234. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    What are you going to do
    with your life?
    Interpret non-existent messages from the patterns of light clusters of bygone stars for a scant pittance?

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  235. Bustin Jay March 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    All this talk of infirmity just makes me more glad I have been working out in some fashion regularly for the last 12 years.
    In some sense all preventive physical exercise is rehabilitation and conditioning. And it must continue in some form on a constant basis. In terms of our fight with gravity and oxygen:
    That which resists, persists.
    A corollary might be the the one about the pound of prevention.
    I stress that this concept is incompatible with what most people regard as “exercise” which is simply “chores” or other physical activity in which the focus is on a task or other outcome than specific, guided application of stress toward some physiological goal, whether endurance, heart rate, strength, agility, or whatever.
    I’m talking to YOU, brisk walking, dog-walkers, gardeners, lawn-cutters, and living-room vacuum warriors.

  236. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Apropos to nothing currently under discussion on this thread… I just sent the following e-mail to the letters editor of the NYT:
    Kindly forward this e-mail to your Obituary section.
    Dear Sir or Madam,
    If you are above 50 years old and have lived your life in the NYC region you almost certainly know a good friend of mine. His name is Bob Teague. He was the first African American news anchor on TV (NBC Ch 4) and, I believe, one of the longest running news anchors, black or white. Much more about Bob can be found via Google.
    At the moment Bob is in a hospital (with cancer) and, in my layman’s opinion, is on his deathbed. I read the NYT Obituaries daily and have often wondered how you are made aware of the passing of certain people and how you decide who is deserving of the honor of an obituary article. If I didn’t know that the word unique requires no modifier I would tell you that Bob Teague is exceptionally unique in many ways beyond merely his familiarity as a TV personality.
    My plan is this: If and when Bob Teague passes away I will notify you by e-mail and will include the full name and phone number of his wife.
    Note: Neither Bob nor his wife know that I am writing this letter.

  237. adequatio March 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I didn’t respond precisely because your pettiness did not merit a response. Carol has you pegged: you are a weasel and contribute nothing to CFN.

  238. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Gotcha, Jay.
    Thanks for the clarity.

  239. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Adequatio, the violence directed at me from Semen Lee and Q-Schmuck is not unprecedented. This has happened to me on many occasions; the first instance when I was quite young. Let me explain.
    From an early age, I was attractive. I only know this because of the abundance of compliments and attention I would receive from all ages, adult and child alike. I didn’t let it go to my head; instead, I took it in stride. My parents gave me sage advice, and warned that good looks is as much a curse as it is a blessing, especially for a female.
    Not surprisingly, I developed somewhat early. My first period was several months prior to my twelfth birthday, and my cycle was predictable by the time I was thirteen. At the early age of fifteen, I was, at least physically, a woman; one that could have graced the pages of Playboy if I wanted to sacrifice my intellectual development. Psychically, I still had a long way to go. I had, and still do, the perfect figure and my physical measurements reflected it; 36-24-36 C-cup. My areolas were full, pink and perky, and my nipples would, and still do, respond with the slightest sensation. My muff was light brown to sandy blond, full, yet neatly manicured. This was back in the day when a bush was not considered unsightly. I still maintain a bush despite the fashion being to have it shaved like a prepubescent. Women these days don’t understand the biological purpose of a muff. It helps secure and disseminate the musk of our sex hormones like a natural odorous loofah in which to attract potential lovers; and potential lovers I did attract, believe me.
    Needless to say, boys, and later men, were attracted to me, and I found the job of managing this constant barrage of attention to be tedious and distracting, but we do as we must, so I dealt with it as best I could. The attention wasn’t always positive, though. When I was in the fifth grade, there was a boy Brent who sadistically bullied me day in and day out despite the consequences he suffered for his disparaging and violent encroaches. I hated him for it, and at the time I could not understand why he acted as he did when most everyone else was always so kind to me. Fortunately, Brent attended another school in the sixth grade and I didn’t see him again thereafter, until one day in the airport when I was thirty one.
    I was walking to baggage claim when I heard someone calling my name. I turned to look, and there was this rather ordinary, milquetoast male of indeterminate age flailing his arms and running in my direction. I didn’t know whether to run or scream for help. I did neither, and instead waited to see this ripple in the routine through. Once he reached me, he said hello and how are you, and asked if I remembered who he was. I told him I didn’t. He said, “it’s me, Brent, from fifth grade!” I was flabbergasted, not only at the fact he grew up to be so unattractive and unremarkable, but also that he would have the nerve to confront me like this after what he had done all those years before.
    My concerns were quickly alleviated. He didn’t waste any time before he apologized up and down for his disgusting behavior all those years ago. He was quite sincere and genuine and explained that he didn’t know why he did it, but he did know that he had a crush on me and liked me very much. He had been to therapy since then and had discussed possible reasons why with the therapist, but he couldn’t be sure. He admitted that it was a bizarre contradiction for him to act that way, but all he could think was that he sought to destroy that which he so admired.
    I believe that is what is going on with Q-Schmuck and Semen Lee and their stalker-like attention. They’re attracted to me. They see in me what is inadequate in them, and the cognitive dissonance that conjures, manifests a violent and vitriolic response to the stimulus; me. My loofah has had an effect on them, albeit their response to that effect is dysfunctional because these two, unlike Brent, have never worked through their issues with a good therapist. Instead, they’ve remained in arrested development, and when they feel vulnerable, they attack, rather than embrace.
    You’re the converse of that, adequatio, and that’s why I have such respect for you. In fact, I married a man just like you. He’s handsome, intelligent, loving and a fantastic lover. He has all the right moves. Just talking about him now makes me moist and my breasts engorged. Don’t let them get to you, adequatio. You are a strong, good and decent man. Your wife is a lucky woman. May you live long and prosper.

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  240. Martin Hayes March 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Jesus, what a big homo Carol turned out to be. I hope you’re going to fuck off now, homo (blows kiss).

  241. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I guess it was only a matter of time… the entity of indeterminate gender has lost it. I’m guessing even Asoka is embarrassed for It.

  242. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Whoa there. That was a little awkard. Funny, but a long exposition to make in order to coax a response from arguably impotent semen preppers. I don’t think a real woman would describe her body that graphically and publicly. Could be wrong though.
    Back to the Greek sovereign confiscation scandal for me.

  243. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    You are under control of her “loofah”. I haven’t laughed so hard in months.

  244. Janos Skorenzy March 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Asoka, you are utterly without shame. Congratulations for overcoming this.

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  245. SNAFU March 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Hey James, You will do fine subsequent to your single bypass surgery. My “old man” went into a Tampa hospital as one of those “pale, shriveled, grub-like creatures” at the age of 80 expecting to have a triple bypass came out subsequent to a quadruple and lived for another 14 years.

  246. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I don’t think a real woman would describe her body that graphically and publicly.
    One who belongs to a secret sex society would.

  247. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Sorry, you’re not sponge-worthy. Them’s the breaks.

  248. Buck's A Stud March 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Not one of your better efforts; in fact, it’s downright “affected” and forced. Of course, on a bad day you’re still heads and shoulders above Geriatric Weasel, that obnoxious goof who writes ‘with a thread too big for the pattern’ every single sentence, which has been a ton of shit lately.

  249. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    It was on the fly. A lark. It won’t be going in the novel, that’s for sure. In otherwords, I know, but it was quick and dirty satire, so I didn’t expect much from it. It did evoke some interesting responses, and as with any satire, there’s a point. The first two posts after it proved that point, and many that came before it. Plus, storytelling is a lost art I’d like to try to revive with full knowledge of the fettering effects of a blog on such an effort.

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  250. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    You degenerate. I swear the tide is rising. It’s all about give me, give me, give me. We need honesty. We need honest cops. We need a revival of honor and trust. We need the army. We need a giant fence around this great nation of ours; an electronically charged fence. And anyone who wants in or out must apply for a pass, and get a haircut, and they can’t talk with a filthy mouth. We need respect for a Man’s reputation.
    TV cameras, that’s what we need. TV cameras in every building lobby, in every elevator, in every apartment and in every room. We need public servants who are public servants; and if they catch you doing anything funny to yourself or anyone, they’ll break the door down and beat the shit out of you!!
    A return to common sense. We have to have lobotomies for everyone who earns less than one-hundred thousand dollars a year; I don’t like it, but it’s an emergency. Our side needs weapons too. Is it fair their side has all the weapons? We have to protect ourselves and steel ourselves, it’s freedom I’m talking about, God Dammit, FREEDOM!!!
    There’s a fox loose in the chicken coop! KILL HIM!! KILL HIM!! I want my freedom! You’ve got to get me my freedom!!

  251. stelmosfire March 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I certainly do not want to brush away your injuries. You will never be the same. I crashed a dirt bike when I was 17 and my shoulder still will not bend right. Hey, that’s life. I doubt you broke nearly every bone in your body. I have been to literally hundreds of car wrecks. A broken sterum, pelvis,or femur can kill you in 30 minutes. You are a lucky dude. Next time wear your seat belt.

  252. Julian C. Lee March 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    “Evil statement. And bankrupt. You do not get the world you deserve. You get the world that is run by those who inherited the world at the same time as your father did.
    Politicians decreed that a great canyon of red rock would exist in a state called “Arizona,” placed the constellation Orion, and decreed your mother’s nature?
    The external is the external. All external is of the same nature. There’s not a single part of it that is not directly related to you.
    “What are they like? They are told what to like. What do you like? What they like.”
    If you entertain this causation theory long enough it will be true for you, at least for a while. As for me I had interests radically different from my father’s; I disagreed with my mother’s values.
    Maybe you just have too many planets in Cancer. See, your world-experience is personal. Thus it tallies again with: You get the external experience you deserve.
    And unless you are very lucky or very gifted or are educated by someone untouched by the prejudices of your father’s generation…
    What if they were teched my “prejudices” of some other generation? Uh Oh.
    (Note: Most so-called “prejudice” is really judgement gained by experience.) Is judgement of one guy better because it comes from a certain year?
    My daddy gave me lots of valuable postjudices. Each person is brimming with their own potentials. My father didn’t make me; I made him. This is the correct view and the empowered view. And is the judgement and teaching of the man who loved me (Father) faulty while the judgement and teaching of the white-knuckled-at-the-wheel world-controller, propagandist, and public school talkbox to be more trusted?
    “To say that you get the world you deserve is a wholesale abandonment of culture,…
    Then why am I so concerned about culture? And why are you a fan of Terrence McKenna who rejected western culture? (See below.) I’m the one who says “Return to your churches.” Did brain-addled Terrence say the same?
    but you really mean this because you have abandoned your culture…
    Speak for yourself. I abandoned TV, sitcoms, and often the automobile but sought out our real culture. You know nothing about it.
    …it’s pretty thin soup,…
    I’m sorry to hear your personal world dream was a thin soup. Your fault. Put a bit more in it next time. I was richly blessed just sitting in our old quiet church alone. Blessed beyond the riches of most cultures.
    because culture is not your friend,
    Culture can be either friend and enemy. If culture gives you bliss and world upgrade it is your your friend. If culture destroys your mind (see Terrence McKenna, below) and gives you world downgrade, it is your enemy. Try to discriminate.
    as Terence McKenna said,
    The failed prophet and early-dead drug frypan is your guide? Funny. By their ‘fruits’ he shall know them! Did you notice his Year 2012/Timewave/I-Ching promo was a flop? Lucky he died young first so as not to be embarrassed. Did he have AIDS by the way?
    because Christianity is finished,
    Terrence McKenna said that about the world @ 2012.
    Christianity exists wherever one soul seeks and experiences God. And God is not a vegetable or chemical. If Terrence McKenna had known the path of bliss sans drugs (Christianity/Yoga) he would have managed better.
    as you know,
    I didn’t know that.
    …and now you have nothing left with which to defend your fellow whites…
    I have myself and my own voice. That’s all each of us has for defending loved ones. Religion comes from man; man doesn’t come from religion.
    What are you going to do with your life?
    I’m already doing it. You’re the kvetcher defending no one and making no constructive statements. Or are you defending sosmebody? Was your post on behalf of the Jews?
    The impression arises indeed: Is this the post of a Jew and is he basically saying: “Look, Gentile, you abandoned your culture — too late now sap! Cut this metaphysical talk about getting the world you deserve because we control everything! Admit you’re powerless!” That’s the sense of message it leaves me with.
    No, it ain’t to late until after the pregnant lady sings. And still then it’s not. Because you get the world you deserve. Does it scare you, Martin, if we get our spiritual life back and arrive at fearlessness, beyond your power to control or touch?
    You started saying this: “Evil statement. And bankrupt.
    What is “good” to you? Control of the culture? It’s evil to tell people the external is a snake when it’s really a rope.
    Bankrupt? Need for drugs (McKenna) is bankruptcy. I think by “bankrupt” you mean: “Look, we control the money.” Bankruptcy is having your happiness depend on outer conditions, the conditions you want to control. But Mammon is just Mammon. World is just world, and the divine behind the mind has charge of it — not Jewss. This is the lesson of the Cross, see. You couldn’t touch Him. And the more you attacked the Divine the more you attacked yourself and set yourself back. Thus it shall be again.

  253. Bustin Jay March 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Good luck in the 21st Century if you happen to be one of the 2.5 billion people on the wrong side of the world.
    The movie is called “Journey Through Hell”… it sure ain’t no pleasure cruise.

  254. Julian C. Lee March 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    “Adequatio, the violence directed at me from Semen Lee and Q-Schmuck is not unprecedented.”
    It needs to be noted that Carolonius Pornquist is the one who thinks often of semen, speaks often of semen, and likes to see his own semen more often by writing pornographic material.
    In another post on another thread he was broaching the subject of oral sex with the subtext ‘C’mon guys, let’s not be prissy about discussing oral sex.’ So it is clear “Carol” likes to see his non-generative material as often as possible.
    My ideal is to see it as little as possible and let my creative potential feed my brain and concentration from within — the principle employed by both the Christian saints and the yogis. So it’s quite a different value from ‘Carol.’
    Thus from now on he’s Carolonius Spermquist in my lexicon.
    He brought it on.

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  255. adequatio March 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

  256. Carol Newquist March 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Great message. Did you notice the practically all-white audience was less than enthused? Not surprising. They just like to sit and talk about shit, like he said.
    Plant some shit. Love it. Spread the word, and the manure.

  257. msplupp March 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    GET WELL SOON!! Gardening time is fast approaching.
    Please look into vascular lesions and how to heal and prevent them.
    I Send My Very Best Wishes for your recovery.
    Nathan Privitt

  258. Zed Leppt In March 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for the account of your hospital hostage experience. I commend you on your blogging perseverance. It sounds rather suspicious to me that the doctor was so reluctant to let you go home to wait for an opening in the surgical ward, certainly prevents you from getting a second opinion. I don’t suppose they will be giving you the Motel 6 discount rate for the accommodations. Using a term like “widow-maker” for a clogged coronary artery doesn’t exactly aid rational decision making either, “money-maker” might be the term used when patients aren’t around. This reminds me of the mechanic who took my truck for a test drive to diagnose some minor gear shifting problems in the transmission. “Don’t drive this thing another mile or it’ll be a total write-off! The transmission needs to be rebuilt” he frantically warned me. A minor linkage adjustment at another shop fixed it. Doctors nowadays need to be regarded with the same scrutiny as garage mechanics, once they have you in the shop, up on the rack with your ball joints hanging out, it’s pretty easy to manipulate you into signing up for pricey procedures.
    Your description of the ordeal was well done in that it made my skin crawl. I starting thinking about the gruesome open heart surgery scene in the film “All That Jazz” where Roy Scheider, playing a hard-drinking, womanizing, workaholic Broadway show director, goes under the knife. The instrument used to crack open his breast bone looked like a medieval torture device. The operating room scene intermittently cut to a boardroom scene where the producers of the over-budget show were debating the financial pros and cons of the operation’s outcome. A fat insurance payout for the director’s death, it was decided, would be most profitable.
    I look forward to updates on your experience. I’d certainly like to know what they charged you for the bed and all that wonderful hospital cuisine. If you ever write your memoirs, maybe this chapter could be titled “All That Jello”.

  259. stelmosfire March 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    HI Zed, Crackin’ a chest ain’t like crackin’ a walnut. It is an ugly and brutal process, especially in a trauma setting. Can we say “Hand me a breast retractor please! http://www.accuratesurgical.com/docs/breast_instrumentation/retractors/index.asp pleace?”.
    Seen it, been there. Although mostly for tree crashes, knives ,and bullets.I never partook but I watched in awe.Modern medicine is something to be admired. Inspiring to say the least. I am sure that this stuff will not be available in the future. Just like it is not avaible in the 3rd world now.

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  260. San Jose Mom 51 March 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Oh my!
    You are the Kim Kardashian of CFN–gaudy and ill-bred.
    I don’t know who said it, but I recall a phrase:
    Modesty answers not the crude “how” of femininity, but the beautiful “why.”
    Be advised.

  261. Julian C. Lee March 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    “You are the Kim Kardashian of CFN–gaudy and ill-bred.
    It’s worse than that. It’s an African American male turning himself on by posing as a lewd White woman in front of men.
    Modesty answers not the crude “how” of femininity, but the beautiful “why.”
    The sentence lifts and opens up the mind to a higher plane. The phrase is both touching and beguiling, as is woman.
    Real ones.

  262. Julian C. Lee March 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Evil Empire Goes After Homeschooling
    Homeschooling offers hope for the return of the World Made by Hand and transmission of right values parent-to-child. One huge cause of the loss of “Firefox” knowledge (how to do stuff) is public school, no doubt. Raising Your Own Kids (homeschooling) reclaims the process of both passing on your knowledge, plus teaching them what’s worth knowing instead of crap. It used to be natural before the wholesale institutionalization of children.
    I really like Dick Morris. He’s a nice guy and often on the right side of issues i.m.o.

  263. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
    Sorry Asoka, I couldn’t take it any more. The slowww cooool strolling around the stage… I thought any second he was going to yawn. Why must blacks make such a display of being unperturbed? But anyway, the clincher came at 2:09. I had to bail when he said “so what I dit was..”

  264. Kyooshtik March 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    I really like Dick Morris. He’s a nice guy and often on the right side of issues i.m.o
    I like Dick Morris too but I have a hard time watching him. The odd movement of his lips when speaking greatly distracts me from what he’s saying. Same as with Ebonics as mentioned above.

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  265. Erik Esselstyn March 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Hello Jim,
    Let me add my relief that you are on the mend and will soon once again be slaying dragons. Please, in this brief time out in your busy life, take a moment to be sure your by-pass arteries do not occlude as your LAD did. The reason your main coronary artery was plugged was the nutrition approach that provided the building blocks for the sludge. Eliminate the sludge ingredients in your diet and you can be sure your arteries will never clog again.
    Ask your lady fair to do some research for you. Visit learn what Bill Clinton did when his new by-pass artery became occluded. Become acquainted with the science that will keep you free of any further heart issues. While some may consider a shift in nutrition a radical approach, nothing can be more radical than having your chest cracked open, your IQ put a risk, all in a procedure that does absolutely nothing to reverse or address the underlying illness.
    Go for it. We need you around for awhile.
    Sincerely, Erik Esselstyn

  266. Erik Esselstyn March 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Hello Jim and his Lady Fair,

  267. Erik Esselstyn March 19, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Hello Jim and his Lady Fair,
    The website address in my first email did not not print. To learn what Bill Clinton did to address a clogging of his new by-pass artery, visit the information laden, heartattackproof.com. Carefully researched science about why arteries plug up and what we can do to keep them clear.
    Good luck.
    Warm best, Erik Esselstyn

  268. eud2e5s7 March 20, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    ?gyptische Beh?rden haben am Donnerstag Berichte über eine Flucht des Sohns des unter Druck stehenden Pr?sidenten Husni Mubarak aus dem Land zurückgewiesen. Gamal Mubarak habe am Morgen an einem Treffen der Regierungspartei RCD teilgenommen, sagte ein hochrangiges Parteimitglied der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters. Auch in Regierungskreisen wurden die Meldungen über den 47-J?hrigen zurückgewiesen. Der Sender hatte über eine Flucht Gamals Mubaraks berichtet. Im Internet hie? es auf mehreren Websites, er habe sich nach London abgesetzt. Viele ?gypter gehen davon aus, dass 82-j?hrige Husni Mubarak seinen Sohn zu seinem Nachfolger machen will.

    Seit drei Tagen finden in ?gypten gewaltsame regierungsfeindliche Demonstrationen statt. Angeregt wurden sie durch den Sturz des tunesischen Pr?sidenten Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, der nach Saudi-Arabien geflohen war.

  269. Coyote March 20, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Jim, have enjoyed your book the Long Emergency and have had family read it too. I had a stent to address my 90% blockage 12 years ago, you may find out you don’t have to stay on blood thinners for the rest of your life (unless you’re leaving us soon, not) it will take a few months to TRUST the chief muscle–your heart–but you’ll do it, just keep in mind what the 4,000 year-old mummies and more recent North American and Peruvian mummies revealed–plaque builds up in humans even if there’s NO corporate trash to scarf. May I suggest, you get to know CoQ10 and high quality vitamin C. Thanks Jim, be strong.

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  270. Kyooshtik March 20, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    Poor old Liz Warren. Might as well have tendered her resignation from the Senate. She suggests a $22/hr minimum wage. Once goofy liberal notions take hold of the brain there’s no end to it. Why not $122/hr?

  271. BillinTaiwan March 20, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Mr. Kunstler,
    I wish you a full and quick recovery. Thank you for your blog postings and writing. May you continue to do them for many years to come.

  272. adequatio March 20, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    [Warren] suggests a $22/hr minimum wage.
    OK, senile weasel, she suggested no such thing. You are twisting what she actually said.
    Senator Elizabeth Warren: “If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And if that were the case then the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour. So my question is Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn’t go to the worker.”
    Dube went on to note that if minimum wage incomes had grown over that period at the same pace as it had for the top 1 percent of income earners, the minimum wage would actually be closer to $33 an hour than the current $7.25.
    Warren was not actually trying to make the case for a $22 an hour minimum wage, but rather highlighting the results of a recent study that showed flat minimum wage growth over the past 40-plus years coinciding with surging inequality across a number of economic indicators.
    Warren went on to argue that raising the federal minimum wage to over $10 an hour in incremental steps over the next two years — a cause championed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address and since taken up in the Senate — would not be as damaging for businesses as some critics have argued.

  273. Eleuthero5 March 20, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Ah, the liberal mindset. At my former school, they spent half a billion dollars of bond money uglifying the campus because the beautiful liquid amber trees on the quad were “not indigenous to California”. Never mind that the potato isn’t indigenous to Ireland but without it there would now be no Ireland. We’ve got a hideous new performing arts center that they now have no money to staff.
    David Brooks wrote an excellent article about the ever burgeoning Federal budget. Government is now so enormous in the USA that current Pravda writers are absolutely aghast with some combo of hilarity and consternation that the country that defeated the old Soviet Union is now BECOMING the New Soviet Union.
    The liberals on this site like Adequatio/Asoka are just beside themselves with glee over the possibility that we aren’t too far from an “economy” where half of all jobs are public sector jobs. The liberal execs in the public sector retire with $180K pensions for life and there are “jobs” where no one knows what the doer of the job does between nine and five.
    And their getting more brazen about it with bureaus being created in California with $150K admins to “study” some alleged problems. I don’t know how people can work in the public sector and still emerge as liberals once they see the graft, waste, and incompetence of the public sector. Yet on this site, liberals are certainly well represented.
    I think they believe in Santa Claus.

  274. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I wouldn’t expect someone as unintelligent as yourself to get it. You’re too much of a bigoted, ideological literalist.
    If I’m your characterization, then you are most assuredly the Anette Funicello of CFN; Brainwashed at the Mouse House.
    At least my renderings are satirically absurd fabrications. If you’re to be believed about who you really are, and that is debatable “Jen”, what a sad portrait you paint of yourself. I have no respect for you or your loathesome corporate whore/pimp of a husband, whatsoever, and the sooner your way of life comes to an end, the better. The entire planet welcomes your demise with baited breath.

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  275. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    How about you grow some shit, you lazy-ass smear of fecal matter, rather than relying on the slave-labor of migrant workers for your affordable produce. You have never known hard labor. In order to avoid it, you sold your soul, if you had one to begin with, to the corporate vampire, and spent the better part of your life looking down your nose at those who truly sacrificed as your mind, spirit and unused physique atrophied from idle lack of use. You are the disgusting epitome of a dying way of life, the pinnacle of which was demarcated by Napalm and Miracle Whip. You, and what you represent, are going down, and it can’t happen soon enough. We will dance on your metaphorical grave, and find a way to prevent your phoenix from ever flying again.
    See you in the garden, Sucker! I can’t wait to see you sweat.

  276. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Thank you for setting the record straight. Bigoted right wingers like Q-Schmuck consistently and purposely misleadingly characterize. It’s the act of cowardice, and reveals the weakness of their argument, if they have one at all.
    A livable wage is part of what would render immigration moot, but they will have no part of that. Why? Because they prefer to hatefully scapegoat. It’s cowardice, plain and simple. Their end cannot come soon enough.

  277. qiaotianj175 March 20, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I congratulate, it seems brilliant idea to me is

  278. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Thank you for your support. It is a great idea. The world will be a better place without these bigoted Rosicrucians. Yeah, I know, I used the “R” word. I couldn’t help myself.

  279. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    where half of all jobs are public sector jobs.
    I know I’m not in “glee” over it, but I’m not a “liberal” either. Neither am I a “conservative.” I refuse to be fettered by those foisted labels.
    The above statement is a trope, imo. If the percentage of public sector jobs is increasing versus private sector, perhaps it’s because the privatization effort that’s been well underway for decades now isn’t keeping pace with the recent nose dive in private sector jobs, but rest assured, it will catch up. Soon enough, Q-Schmuck and other assorted nefarious peeps here will have their way, and so-called unskilled labor will be required to render their forced services for zero remuneration, or better yet, they’ll be required to pay to work, just as depositors in Cyprus are required to pay to have savings. Here’s an excellent article on the privatization efforts of MARTA in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note that black political leaders, like Obama, are in bed with the fleecing of the Plebes. And talk about Soviet style anything, perhaps Pravda can write up a piece comparing and contrasting what’s gone on with Grady, and what’s going on with MARTA to the fleecing of public assets that took place immediately subsequent to the so-called fall of the former Soviet Union. This is the same thing, and let’s not forget, that theft of state assets in the former Soviet Union by former state officials led to what has become infamously known as the Oligarchs. This is a page out the exact same playbook.

    The silence is deafening. While the state is quickly moving toward mandating MARTA to privatize its operations, there has been no word of opposition from the elected officials of Fulton and DeKalb counties and the city of Atlanta. This legislation also includes the racist reorganization of the MARTA board in favor of a mostly white led North Fulton county; revising the procedure for collective bargaining, allowing the governor to appoint an arbitrator or retired superior court judge; lifting of the 50/50 (capital/operations) split, but none of the money freed up can be used to increase employee wages or benefits; and suspension of the defined benefit pension plan for future MARTA employees. HB 264 passed the house on February 21st and has now moved to the Senate.
    MARTA is the largest transit system in the country to receive no operating help from the state but this same state now wants to increase its paternalistic control over the affairs of the Authority. Where are the voices of outrage from our elected county and city representatives? How can they sit by quietly while the theft of an essential public asset takes place? Their job is to protect the forty year investment made by taxpayers from the avarice of profiteers. The MARTA board itself – which is made up largely of appointees of these same county and city leaders – is particularly negligent as they act in collusion with the forces who aim to turn MARTA over to the private sector.

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  280. ozone March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Just between you, me, and the lamp post, here’s a look into another facet of the “health industry” and the codification (and acceptance) of mass psychosis. (Rather than things GOING awry, they continue to BE awry.) A good many signposts to different pathways in the article as well.
    There’s another aspect mentioned in the article that I’d be interested in discussing with you, but in direct antithesis of its’ creation, the noise in here doesn’t allow it. Unfortunate. I’ll think on another avenue…
    …The Shadow Knows.

  281. adequatio March 20, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    It is an endless task. People like Q and E do not respect facts. E., for example, just today was braying about “public sector jobs” but what he won’t say is that under Obama public sector jobs have DECREASED by 600,000. That is 600,000 fewer chances for “graft, waste, and incompetence” that E. appears so concerned with now that a Black man is in the White House. Under Republican administrations E. was silent. Yet the share of jobs in the economy provided by the public sector went up following the 2001 recession under George W. Bush, went up in the 1990 recession under George H.W. Bush, and went up in the 1981 recession under Ronald Reagan. Only, after the latest recession, which hit just before democrat Obama took office, did the share of public jobs drop under democrat Obama. Them’s the facts. Government growth under both Bushs with huge deficits. Government growth under Reagan with huge deficits. Balanced budget under democrat Clinton. Government shrinkage and lowered deficit under democrat Obama.

  282. Julian C. Lee March 20, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Oh, radio drama. Superior to the boob tube bec. leaves your mind free to imagine. I used to listen to The Shadow on night shifts as a security guard.
    Not to distract but the POTUS seems not to set much example in simple living or renunciation during this dark time. His current visit to Israel:
    “Obama is scheduled to leave the airport to Jerusalem in a helicopter. A parade of Black Hawk helicopters will follow the presidential helicopter carrying his delegation.
    A parade of Black Hawk helicopters! Pricey stuff. What president has made a royal progress to town hall like that kind of showboat? It’s like something out of Star Wars.
    Apparently somebody ‘messed up’ in the first days and filled Obamatronic’s gas limo with diesel, obummering the bulletproof thing straightaway. So they have to mail him another kingly limo from Jordan they say. A message of broken glass?
    His unholy Lordship Obama felt constrained to apologize to the PM about the size of his entourage:
    Obama to Bibi, as they walk away, on mic: ‘it’s embarassing, our entourage. My wife, Michelle, teases me mercilessly’
    My understanding was that the Bumtourage is usually huge-and-pricey because Michelle brings all her relations and friends. Is she teasing him for it not being big enuff?
    Not being rastus or nuthin. But there he is. It’s an insult to the country. All this and my kids can’t get jobs.

  283. Kyooshtik March 20, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    OK, senile weasel, she suggested no such thing.
    As you are fully aware, I quoted a headline from Moneynews which read “$22 Minimum Wage Suggested by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren”
    You (the Slimy Eel) selected a paragraph to quote from that article, perhaps the second or third down from the top. What you failed to quote (by a process you are famous for known as cherry picking) was the following FIRST paragraph:
    Tripling the minimum wage to $22 an hour from its current $7.25 an hour has been suggested by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who until now..etc.
    Let’s face it, Elizabeth Warren is a typical delusional socialist who thinks corporations should incur the risks of investing to increase productivity and give all the resulting success to those who have taken no risk. Yes, that missing $14.75 she speaks of is ALL the resulting success.
    Look at the issue from the other side. What earthly motivation is there for corporate owners (stock holders) and managers to invest in productivity increasing machinery and methodology if they are expected to give the gains 100% to non-risk takers. What do you think business is, a freakin charity?
    Liz has the perfect job, she’s a big wheel in the world’s largest not-for-profit organization: The US Federal Government.

  284. pedal pusher March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I just returned from Atlanta where I have an interest in a bicycle shop in Decatur – an Atlanta enclave. I was shocked to learn that MARTA is cutting back on its service – reducing its hours mainly. This will have a disastrous effect on businesses that operate into the late evening: restaurants, bars, theaters, etc… It will also exacerbate the problems of an already ghastly traffic situation in that city.
    While other cities across the nation are expanding their mass transit services, the town that needs it most – Atlanta – is cutting back…Madness!

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  285. Julian C. Lee March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Commander Cody says:
    “the noise in here doesn’t allow it. Unfortunate.
    I understand, I understand. But it ain’t me, it ain’t me. If I ran a blog I’d just ban the worst or even the steadily annoying. I wouldn’t take it personally if I was caught up in the dragnet. Bein as I come off antesimtactically, notwithstanding my goodwill, or add odder unction. The blog need not be lost in the ozone each and ev’ry Saturday.

  286. Jay Mc March 20, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    JHK, you and I now have two things in common. We’re the same age and we both have had open heart surgery (mine was in October, for an aortic dissection). So I know in far more detail than most of the commenters what you have been through and I symphasize.
    It will be a while before you feel like your old self – 3 months before you can sleep on your side again, 4 months or so before the various roving pains in your chest go away. And if they prescribe Lasix for you watch out – as I found out the hard way, it causes gout.
    If depression lurks, just remind yourself how lucky you are to have survived the surgery (mortalty is about 25% – you get better odds playing Russian roulette. Bet the doctors didn’t tell you that!) and come out of it with an undamaged heart. Rejoice also in the people around you who are helping you through this. As miserable as you may be now, you will get better with time.
    Be well.

  287. lucky 13 March 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Dude, the easiest money to spend / waste is
    someone elses!
    Remember the talk of ‘trillion dollar coins’?
    Meanwhile, the US empire is in question.
    Todays news brings:

  288. lucky 13 March 20, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Never mind that the potato isn’t indigenous to Ireland but without it there would now be no Ireland.
    ???? You mean an over populated 1800s Eire?
    Meanwhile on the homefront,I am unhappily surprised that JHK has not mentioned Al Bore and his big $ell out to oil!

  289. Kyooshtik March 20, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Bein as I come off antesimtactically, notwithstanding my goodwill
    asymptotically, perhaps?

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  290. lucky 13 March 20, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Have you seen the article at Taki about Oberlin and
    microagression [?]. Schooldaze.
    Speaking of Taki, what other sites do you go to for news?

  291. lucky 13 March 20, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    You PC Whites are a tiny and shrinking minority. The World is Racist.
    Whites are a smaller piece of the pie [world pop]
    each passing year.
    The World is Racist
    Have you seen the tee shirts ‘eracism’?
    Get with the program.
    The World is Racist…too bad Whites were sold
    the bogus bill of goods called die-versity.

  292. adequatio March 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I quoted Senator Warren verbatim.
    You are quoting from an article which incorrectly states that Senator Warren “suggested” “tripling” the minimum wage. She did not such thing. She supports the Obama proposal of $10 an hour.
    “Cherry-picking” is another way of saying I deliberately did not transmit false information from the article. Instead I provided verbatim testimony from Senator Warren and I provided context to show how much of a slimy eel you are.
    I am challenging you to show me when and where, in her own words, Senator Warren ever “suggested” the minimum wage should be raised beyond $10 an hour.
    Senator Warren has certainly succeeded in getting attention by referring to the study that said the minimum wage WOULD BE … ONLY IF … etc.
    And she is providing cover to Obama, making $10 an hour sound like a wage that is about $12 an hour short of economic justice. So her tactic is working.

  293. Buck's A Stud March 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Although I enjoy the sarcasm of Q he is definitely a card carrying member part of “Most Privileged Generation”. Most Privileged Generation types were born right around the time of WW2 or slightly before, and their mother and fathers’ were predominantly supporters of FDR and the concept of unions and social/economic justice. Like the ungrateful offspring they turned out to be, they milked the benefits of their progenitors for all it was worth and then attempted (quite successfully) to close the door (read austerity) on those that followed because it’s just not “fiscally viable”.
    Most of these duplicitous frauds and phonies were initially known as “Reagan Democrats” but now they don’t even pretend to remember the labor war sacrifices of their forebears and just sign-in under the generic banner of “Conservative”.
    Occasionally they can also be found rubbing up against the legs of a creepy, vile racists masquerading as Spiritual Know-It-All intellectuals, like a domesticated, purring kitty fawning for their next dose of smelly right-wing tuna. And in the aftermath, they spread kitty litter to cover their rotten hypocritical sentiments and pretend they’re normal and kind as they hold hand over heart and sing “God Bless America” in honor of the country they sold down the toilet of self-interest and greed.

  294. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    A superb poast. Another diamond in the kitty litter. If we keep this up, we may just have to rename this place Agape Nation versus Clusterfuck Nation. The right wingers here are going to have a conniption and blow out their widow makers. Oh well, our small service to humanity.

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  295. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I agree, it’s insanity. Are you an investor? I like the idea that you’ve invested in people and not some “Too Big To Fail” corporation. We need more people of means to do this. If you have extra funds to invest, I have an investment opportunity that will provide a nice return. It’s a proven model so long as the location and management are right. It will take approximately $5 million and that will be payed back in less than five years per the successful model this is based upon. Let me know if that’s in your ballpark, or you know of any others who may be interested.

  296. UnstoppableFarceImmovableAbject March 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Thanks a lot for the perceptive read on what types of discourse someone like myself seeks in sorting these issues. The article spoke directly to many of the stages of perplexity in which I’ve found myself through recent years and months. I’ve been forced to really change my disposition to the “both/and” demeanor mentioned in the content; although, it wasn’t a smooth, conscious undertaking. The hardening heart mentality occurs in my interactions with people regularly. I’m better at not biting back like a cornered beast today, but the emotion crosses my mind often.
    I’m admittedly consumed with the issues discussed by JHK and select others. Very few people have interest let alone the patience and faculty to discuss these topics without coddling their own egos. And it’s astonishing to me that so few people from either the senior or junior cohorts with which I regularly interact can sensibly explore topics without whipping some sort of dead ideological donkey and without trumping up a personal pet theory.
    I deplore social science generally, along with metaphysical pseudo intellectualism – by extension most aspects of post modernism – and I am especially bored with right VS left duality. The White Wizard and his spindly pet Gollum “shadow” this space with Aristotelian inventions that are utterly useless to argue; rarely, there is some fleeting cleverness presented only by accident; the unintended consequence of voluminous brain-farted posturing, and the logic never pans out.I stay out of that.
    On the other hand, dialogue of a cleaner, healthier and genuinely scientific bent does make it’s way onto this site. I did pick up on the article’s subtle allusion to neurological/biological scientific research that I believe influences its subtext. I’m acquiring many books and net sources and will be sure to try and send you things that you haven’t already stumbled upon in coming exchanges. But I think that’s gonna be tricky for me to deliver on with you, OZ. I’m the neophyte here, sir!

  297. huanbaiu535 March 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

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  298. stelmosfire March 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Lizzie is nothin’ but a high falootin’ overpaid and coddled legal windbag. She is my Senator in the hallowed halls. Her opinions are NOT mine.I can’t stand the smug look on her face as she speaks down to US. I envision Feinstein and Pelosi whenever I see her. Finally we got rid of the shithole Billion dollar Kerry.He wears Hillary’s shoes now. No really, he does wear her shoes and panties. I wish Brown would run again. Sure he is a lawyer also, but he does real estate closings. I think he could not stomach the DC reach-around gladhanding. Lizzy is a class action type, whoring out to the big buisness crowd. ????? FM all

  299. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Yes, the so called Right sold us down the river. But you think the Left hasn’t? The Democrats have moving towards the Left for generations, secretly at first and now quite openly. And Marxists don’t even believe in Nations to begin with. Look how both “sides” (often funded by the same donors), cooperate on immigration and open borders.
    Good points about the boomers of course. Kyoo’s philosophy is specific to that period, and will seem incomprehensible a few dedades from now. Needless to say, the only way it has been workable this long is that nether side was able to completely triumph. But now, under Neo-Liberalism they are openly converging. They were always ultimately the same since both are Centralized Economic Philosophies.
    Kyoo never sucks up to us though. Give him that. He seems to know about racial inequality and the secret power of the Jews, but is unwilling to talk about except once in a blue moon.

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  300. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Dying Vet accuses Bush and Cheney of Lying us into Iraq. And the Lies continue with all the Talking but brain free Heads saying that Iraq was worth it. To who? In what sense? Again, the American People know better.

  301. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I trust no politician, but at least she and the others you mentioned weren’t caught soliciting gay sex in a men’s public restroom after supporting anti-gay legislation and rhetoric like Larry Craig.

  302. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Remember, Brown was the protege of McAmnesty and so was just another Republican Stooge underneath that Blue Collar facade.

  303. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    No, she just lied on applications about being an Indian (not Native American, Whites are then Native Americans).

  304. pedal pusher March 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m strictly small potatoes where investing is concerned. I run my own home-based business, and I’m helping my stepson with his bike shop in Atlanta (a store-front specializing in European town bikes) but the big bucks have always managed to elude me. Still, I’ve never missed a meal. Good luck on your project, though.

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  305. Carol Newquist March 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Alright, that is conceded, but you don’t see a difference between the two deceits? One pol backed legislation and rhetoric that was in direct contradiction to the behavior he practiced in private. In fact, he was even more deceptive anent the minority group he opposed and his deceitful behavior, lurking about in dirty, detritus-inundated public restrooms in order to avoid the embarrassment of “coming out.” She, on the other hand, lied on an application in the wrong direction, considering herself a minority when in fact she was not, but at least she doesn’t support legislation and rhetoric to the contrary of her deceit, in fact, quite the opposite.
    I’m sure the above is a bit too nuanced for someone like yourself who likes to see all things in dualistic black and white.
    None of that is to say I’m a fan of Warren’s and that she isn’t also a tool of the corporations, but on a scale of hypocrisy, Craig has her beat by a long shot due to his moral, self-righteous stance on the wedge issues; gay marriage and abortion.

  306. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    You took that poast spelling from me without attribution. I demand you cease and desist.

  307. Janos Skorenzy March 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Breaking News. America’s Top Cop, Joe Arpaio, says that President Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud. Mysterious witness in the offing. Is this the Hour long awaited?