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Spring is always convulsive, with new things heaving into life. Under every dead leaf, something stirs and seeks light, the old must make way for the new, and to some degree the earth is not quite the same place as it was the last time it turned, though the scene looks superficially familiar. Winter’s torpor is, at least, a cold comfort, but springtime’s warmth and movement rattle the nerves. Things unseen shift ominously beneath us. Everything is pending and tending, and nothing is resolved.

Having wrecked its latest business model —hypertrophic financial fakery — Western Civ stumbles into the blinding new reality that it takes real stuff to run an economy, and that money itself is not an adequate replacement for the stuff. The trillions supposedly vested, for instance, in stock market valuations mostly represent mere wishes and promises, and for what? Why, for more money — which responds by losing value, so that we’re racing ever faster toward a receding horizon.

The net result: a world with less available stuff and plenty of money that’s increasingly worthless in pursuit of stuff. It isn’t long before people recognize the disutility of both conditions. The idea that we can fix this problem with central bank digital money is hilarious. When faced with less available stuff, resorting to “money” ever more abstracted from any relation to stuff only puts you in thrall to more empty wishes and promises when this is exactly the moment to be less in thrall and more in touch.

America has had enough of being in thrall, especially to figures and forces dedicated to our destruction. This spring is the beginning of a national life with less stuff, including, looks like, stuff to eat. That will sure enough put folks in touch with something real, and then they will naturally have to do something about it. Centralized control of the population via trackable digital money is the last thing that will avail in the face of hunger and desperation. In fact, that is just another set of empty wishes and promises.

The reality is that centralized government, such as the one in Washington DC, is less and less in control of anything — except the manufactured pretense that it can fix the problems of less stuff and decaying money. The federal government is increasingly impotent, unable to discharge its basic obligations to preserve public order and safety. Its previous attempt to fix something was the response to Covid-19, which has culminated in the fiasco of the mRNA vaccines, now pending and tending toward an astounding wave of early deaths among those in thrall to the transparently dishonest promises of officialdom (“safe and effective”).

That’s the trouble with thrall. It narrows the field-of-vision so badly, you can’t see what’s coming at you indirectly, like: hardship and death. The country has been in serious trouble for more than a decade. Cavalcades of bad choices — and then lying to ourselves about these bad choices — has shoved us well over the edge of our cherished expectations. One way out, then, is to simply refuse to remain in thrall to officialdom and the manufactured bullshit that is its only product.

We are lately in thrall to the melodrama in Ukraine, largely engineered by figures and forces in our own government and for their own ends, which look suspiciously at odds with the nation’s actual interests (the nation being us, its people). Perhaps this illustrates the widening gulf between the slouching beast government has become and the people trying to operate their lives and destinies under it. No food for you, no fertilizers for future food for you, no spare parts for you, no free speech for you, no social or economic role for you, no health for you, and (watch it, now!) soon no life for you.

Collectively going crazy has been a luxury we can’t afford anymore. You fell for RussiaGate and it kept you in thrall for years. You fell for the Adam Schiff orchestrated Ukraine phone call impeachment gambit. You fell for the Covid scare and the dangerously defective vaccines forced on you. You fell for the fraud-drenched election of the empty vessel known as “Joe Biden.” Don’t fall for the invitation to World War Three.

Russia means business in its historic sphere of influence. It’s none of our business, and we’re only making it worse for the Ukrainian people by pretending it’s our business with the false promise of our support. The only thing that matters to us about Ukraine just now is that we’re standing in the way of useful negotiations to end the conflict there and egging on various other countries in Europe to aggravate the situation.

It’s been a fine distraction from everything else that is slipping away in our own country, including the loss of liberty, the right to a livelihood, the need for legitimate meaning, the value of our money, our respect for the law, the ability to speak our minds, and our duties and obligations to each other. Our government is not interested in supporting any of that, and we might doubt that it even could anymore if it wanted to. It only wants to keep you in a state of abject thrall while it fritters away our posterity.


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  1. Penelope Dreadful April 18, 2022 at 9:46 am #

    Speaking of fake crap – That Twitter NFT that some dude bought for over $2 million, is on an auction site, and the high bid is about $30,000. T.S. Eliot was right – April is the cruelest month!

    • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 10:13 am #

      Yes PD, Americans love to pay higher prices for worthless crap than they do for things with real value. As Jim says, “This spring is the beginning of a national life with less stuff”. This normally played out as a Spring cleaning followed by a Summer of wild purchasing of even more new stuff, but what I feel is meant by this statement is that there will be far less purchasing of new stuff than ever before. Stuff and parts of stuff is in short supply and the worthless green crap they call money is on life support that will probably end shortly. Hang on.

      • Penelope Dreadful April 18, 2022 at 11:02 am #

        Not to mention, $5/gallon gas and that truly b!tch slaps the heck out of discretionary spending.

        • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 11:15 am #

          Gasoline is an interesting issue because if my guess is correct, the federal government has total control over the prices charged, even at the pump. How is this possible one might ask? Why, if the feds tell the oil companies to sell at any particular price and the supply chain claims that the price is too low, the Fed can simply back-door them the cash difference and thereby exert control over the American public. If I am correct, then if and when the prices at the pump become catastrophically unaffordable, it will be the federal government pulling the plug on our lives. Clearly not something out of the range of possibility.

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        • elysianfield April 18, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

          PD,
          Jim Rickards has a take on the perception of upcoming inflation.

          He opines that there will be a deflation of sorts. Most people need gasoline as a requirement to go to work. Extra money spent on the gas means fewer discretionary purchases elsewhere, which had follow-on consequences. Increases in pay do not keep parity with inflation, so that is another negative.. Rickards says the seven or eight Trillion ( Capitalized, because a Trillion dollars is the wrath of God) is not in actual circulation amongst the consumer…it is in the Fed or Treasury. Required purchases of energy…electricity natural gas, etc. continue the issue. Imports will be higher, when available, again another negative. Ditto food.

        • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:37 pm #

          Do you have any idea of the value of gallon of gas based on energy equivalents in human labor?

          $1200/gal minimum, as far as my research of the literature seems to indicate.

          ~toktomi~

      • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 1:07 pm #

        In spite of my very real fear of what the future holds, it will be fascinating to see how some things play out. Among the stuff that we’ll increasingly be doing without will be items of technology such as the iPhones to which so many people are addicted. A while back, I read about a study of millennials that monitored the parts of their brains that lit up when doing different activities. The part of the brain that lights up in normal people when we see someone we love lit up for millennials when they looked at their iPhone screens. So many (not just millennials) have no real lives and seem to exist only for their little screens. I can’t imagine how much of a shock it will be for them when they have to turn their attention to matters of survival, as in acquiring enough food to stay alive. Will they just give up when they realize they have absolutely no skills of any kind with which to deal with real life? I have no idea, but I’m not optimistic.

        • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

          “I can’t imagine how much of a shock it will be for them when they have to turn their attention to matters of survival, as in acquiring enough food to stay alive. Will they just give up when they realize they have absolutely no skills of any kind with which to deal with real life? I have no idea, but I’m not optimistic.”

          You see the future; they will make it so.

          Optimism is seriously over-rated. Reality is much more, well, real!

        • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

          Plus they already wanna commit suicide over someone misgendering them.

          So… incredible wussies who won’t be able to survive, IMHO.

        • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:42 pm #

          @Rowdy

          As if these youngsters are or will be any worse off than the rest of us…

          How about working on yer own shit before ya take off on others?

          ~toktomi~

          • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 2:04 am #

            @ toktomi:

            Yes, people having been losing practical skills and the ability to connect with other people for several generations.

            In my father’s generation, a high percentage of the men were capable of building their own homes. When I took Home Ec in the 8th grade, we did a unit on sewing, and all the girls in the class already knew how to sew–perhaps not well, but they were capable of sewing themselves a dress with little guidance.

            There were still a lot of family farms back then, so kids were growing up with many practical skills that have since been lost to most people.

            The loss of connection with other people was probably largely due to the advent of television. But to be honest, my parents’ generation seemed to have lost the ability to connect with other people long before television came along–or at least some could and some couldn’t, and the ones who could connect with other people were greatly outnumbered.

          • Rowdypiglet April 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            @toktomi

            There’s no question that they will be worse off than people with backbone and real world skills. If you really believe that supposed adults who can only push buttons on a phone and who run off screaming when “misgendered” are as able and capable of survival as anyone else, your confusion is beyond my ability to address.

            And, since you don’t know me, you know nothing whatsoever about what I have worked on or what my own situation is. Your imagination is out of control.

    • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

      Good. NFTs are a grift for the detached, perhaps it will wake them up. In many ways, NFTs were/are a model for anything pretending to be of worth in the “Metaverse” and yet, where I work, we’re being told we must aggressively advertise and tell our clients to advertise in these virtual spaces. Clown world.

      Regarding JHK’s comment on govt. crypto;

      “When faced with less available stuff, resorting to “money” ever more abstracted from any relation to stuff only puts you in thrall to more empty wishes and promises when this is exactly the moment to be less in thrall and more in touch.”

      I couldn’t agree more, and that includes his comments on the true value of money invested in the stock market being nothing more than hopes and wishes for more future money versus being tied to directly tangible “things”.

      I’m having a tough time getting my partner to wrap their head around the fact that all is not fine. That the same people who predicted supply chain issues and mask and vaccine mandates might just be correct about an incoming famine. No, that is all crazy talk, let’s invest more in the stock market – as bad as it gets it will all come back, right? This same partner can see through the vaccine and covid BS, but a collapse of proportions we’ve never seen is a bridge too far to imagine.

      I’m at the point of wanting to pull the trigger on converting money into actual things you can use to survive the unthinkable – like food, water, storage for the aforementioned, survival gear, power-supplies and investing in remote bugout locations. But, that’s just crazy talk, until it’s too late.

      • Not_GeorgeT April 18, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

        “I’m at the point of wanting to pull the trigger on converting money into actual things you can use to survive the unthinkable ”

        You get it, imo.

        I’ve become somewhat careful when I use the word ‘money’, as it is usually associated with currency. The world is awash with fiat currencies. I’ve been making an effort to substitute ‘currency for ‘money’ in conversation.

        Real money, imo, has no counter-party risk. I would suspect if you are this far along in the thought process, precious metals are on the list.

        Sure, one can’t eat them. They can be traded for edibles, etc.

        Not to diminish storing essentials in the event of supply chain failure.

        Stories I have read about Weimar Germany tell of people rushing out to buy tangibles with the currency as soon as it arrived.

        • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

          NGT – for convenience’s sake, silver more easily traded than gold. Twenty $5 bills vs. a $100 bill. Smaller denominations. Just something to think about.

          • Not_GeorgeT April 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

            Ron,

            I agree. My opinion is, in the US, the junk silver coins will be the go-to item. They are easily recognized.

            The 1 oz silver sovereigns will be for larger purchases.

            Amazing as it might seem, I’ve exchanged a couple of silver eagles over the past year for work I would normally have paid for with currency. I was testing the waters. Occasionally someone understands the value.

            Gold sovereigns are for saving, a form of insurance.

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

            NGT – you’ve got it dialed up. Good for you, my friend.

        • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:44 pm #

          @Not_George

          Too late.

          ~toktomi~

          • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:44 pm #

            “I’m at the point of wanting to pull the trigger on converting money into actual things you can use to survive the unthinkable ”

      • djk April 18, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

        Its already too late

        • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:46 pm #

          @djk

          I didn’t see your reply.

          ED ZACKERY!

          ~toktomi~

      • pyrrhus April 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm #

        Yes, my beloved partner is firmly ensconced in Utopian thinking here..and she is otherwise pretty level-headed…

  2. JC Penny April 18, 2022 at 9:48 am #

    Zelensky is a drama queen. The West is a middle-aged, over-weight, high-school girl going through Kleenex boxes enthralled with his every wild claim.

    Unless the former is muzzled the latter will continue to self-destruct.

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 11:03 am #

      Excellent analogy. The tear-jerker Ukraine infomercials remind me of nothing so much as the pet rescue spots, with cuddly little abused kitty cats and doggies who’ve been shit on by their malignant owners. Nothing against abused animals, but these emotional appeals are nothing more than a shameless attempts to get into your wallet, and nothing more. The obvious retort is, if you want to stop Ukrainians from being abused, stop sending them weapons to abuse each other with!

      • SW April 18, 2022 at 11:21 am #

        It’s insanity, isn’t it? President Potatohead was bragging about sending $800 million in weapons to Ukraine and the only result will be prolonging the misery of Ukrainians. And then Putin made it clear that importing weapons will be stopped with military means that we won’t like.

        What kind of a game are we playing here? I know we’re used to only fighting proxy wars that destroy other people’s countries but at some point, the abyss is going to be brought home.

        • messianicdruid April 18, 2022 at 11:54 am #

          In 1905 the Palestinians [ surely ] thought Zionism was a conspiracy theory.

          https://www.islam-radio.net/islam/english/books/hodos/three-khazarias.htm

        • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

          How many stolen trillions are we up to since the beginning of Covid? And this “war” just keeps the gravy train going. And what do any of us have to show for those trillions of our money being spent? A couple stimulus checks that were mere speed bumps on our descent? Nowhere near making up for the preventable if not manufactured inflation, gas prices etc. But congress sure got a raise that exceeded inflation – not us schmuck who’s money they spend.

          Every time I see a commercial for Ukraine, or watch 60 Minutes (the official state propaganda for old people who rely on tv) go on about how tragic and important it is we do for Ukraine what we wouldn’t let any other world leader do against us, I want to vomit in my mouth.

          The pearl clutching, the emotional appeal stories, the calls for arming a citizenry to the tee in order to defend democracy, all such blatant bullshit. The US is losing it’s ill-gotten bargaining chip that doubles as a playground for corruption, and it doesn’t care how many Ukrainians it sacrifices in the process of preserving its own interests. This has nothing to do with caring a lick about the Ukrainian people or democracy.

        • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

          We don’t seem to realize that this is not Vietnam, or some other place that we can destroy while making fools of ourselves and abandon when there’s nothing left to fight over. Putin is a whole different kettle of fish. When he says there will be consequences such as we’ve never seen, I see a steely determination and I absolutely believe him. He’s prepared to put a stop to this insanity or play it out to the logical end.

          • SW April 18, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

            You are right. Putin has no intention of folding and Zelensky’s frantic (and entitled) pleas/demands for money, troops, weapons and anything else he can get his hands on are going unanswered by most of the other nations. I guess Zelensky didn’t get the memo he’s a tool, not a player.

            Here’re some timely words of wisdom from Orwell:

            “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”

            “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.”

            “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

            “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”

            “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

          • ThorsHammer April 19, 2022 at 4:28 pm #

            SW

            So what will it take to get Zelensky to move out of the spotlight and retreat from his production studio ( in Poland?) to his Miami Beach permanent vacation home?

            Perhaps the Biden Managers from the Demonic Party should seize Trump’s Mar al Largo property (because he is clearly a Russian agent) and give it to Zelensky as reward for his valuable services. Then he would have a golf course and gold plated toilet fixtures instead of a mundane 31 million dollar Miami Beach mansion.

        • toktomi April 18, 2022 at 11:48 pm #

          @SW

          The governments are not calling the shots.

          Never have since the creation of central banks.

          ~toktomi~

      • Not_GeorgeT April 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

        Dis-

        It appears we might have today’s winner!

        • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

          Thanks for the consideration!

      • Paula D April 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

        It seems that the charity scam goes along with the Military-Industrial scam.
        The more people they kill the more money the ”charities” get and we know that that money doesn’t leave the bank accounts of the charity owners.
        Add in the trafficking of widows and orphans and pretty soon you’re talking real money.
        No wonder the US likes the long, drawn-out wars.

    • happiface April 18, 2022 at 11:16 am #

      excellent JC

    • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      Zelensky is also a standup comedian. How appropriate that he was chosen for the job by the bad joke that our government has become.

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        Apparently his advisors are fellow showbiz people, directors, writers, set decorators and the like.

        • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

          Set decorators.

          • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

            Harvey Weinstein perhaps.

        • Paula D April 18, 2022 at 4:34 pm #

          The visible ones, maybe.
          I have no doubt that some very hard-ass US/NATO advisors are actually pulling his strings.

    • pyrrhus April 18, 2022 at 6:32 pm #

      Remember how for only $18/month you can save a 3d world baby commercials? How much of that money do you think ever showed up in the 3d world?

    • bluedog April 21, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

      No, the West is a whore working the johns and the street you can find them anywhere in Washington, congress the Whiter House and everything in between, in fact if you have enough money they will even chase you down the street even tho you voted for the lessor of the two evils.

  3. NickelthroweR April 18, 2022 at 9:52 am #

    Greetings,

    As the owner of a company that manufactures precision tools here in the USA (and has products sitting on shelves in 17 countries), I can tell you for a certainty that our just-in-time supply chain is in tatters with famine being the only logical outcome.

    I haven’t changed my tune one bit and was warning every and everyone when talk of a lockdown to flatten the curve was first being pushed on us that the end result would be famine.

    The problem is that the people in charge have never in their lives produced anything of value. They’ve never worked with their hands. They’ve never had to manufacture anything. Because of this, they have zero clue as to how any of this works and believe that the solution is to just lock people in their homes and give away fiat to the victim class of their choice.

    In my opinion, we are now entering the 4th inning, and believe me, you’ll know when you are in the 9th inning because that is when the cannibalism occurs as it ALWAYS occurs in the 9th inning. After all, whenever we uncover a lost civilization, human bones charred and covered with cuts are on the uppermost layer.

    • Penelope Dreadful April 18, 2022 at 9:57 am #

      Yeah, and why in the world were we doing Just-In-Time stuff when the inflation rate was low, and the interest rate was 1%. Never made no sense to me. JIT was born of high inflation and higher interest rates. To me, JIT stands for “Just Inviting Trouble!”

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 10:47 am #

        Very good point PD – JIT was introduced to greatly reduce inventory “carry” costs, but in a low or ZIRP environment, it doesn’t make too much sense. Greed to wring out every last cent of costs?

        • Penelope Dreadful April 18, 2022 at 11:04 am #

          I think it is as much Managerial Inertia as anything else. Once they get on a kick, they stay on a kick, until something comes along to knock them course, and make them start thinking again.

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 11:50 am #

            Astute!

            Let me add on to your managerial inertia term.

            Hiring managers hire “likes”, that is how we have created a totally liberal power structure in our country. Organized hiring produces organizations that are uniform in philosophy. Our country is all to the Left side due to organized hiring from a managerial structural that hires Left.

            That managerial structure starts with our government and it’s boss the NWO.

            Anyone who has worked in a corporate settings know with fear the term “managerial reorganization”, the lead in to the inevitable lay offs. After senior management turnover happens, nothing sticks in the craw of a new management more than the old management with its differing philosophy. Only one thing to do, fire the whole kit and kaboodle.

            Continuing managerial house cleanings including the consequent workers, lead to some of the union fervor of the late 19th century of the startup of the corporations.

            Anyway, managerial changes are a very negative, sometimes violent occurrence.

            Trump was just one. Biden returned the favor. Working with the Congress to replace all those managers you do not like, takes forever. One of Trump’s biggest problem was getting folks passed by Congress, the Deep Staters he got passed never changed squat in the philosophy of the Deep State, no change, no firings, no philosophical turnover, 80 year old hierarchy of a government.

            Think about it, Trump trying to effect change and being cancelled out by a media by just championing the likes of the Squad. What a joke!

        • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

          I always thought JIT was meant as a cost-saving maneuver, albeit one that made you vulnerable to oh, say, lockdowns or natural disasters etc.

          I also believed it to be a product/result of over-centralization, which again, IMO, makes us all hugely vulnerable, and is why I can imagine that 90% could die if the SHTF, because we are all sooooo dependent on everything we need to survive and don’t have the local means or knowhow to produce or distribute it ourselves.

          • SpeedyBB April 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

            While ancients like the lovable Henry Ford were pioneers in JIT manufacturing, it was Toyota that ran with it. Makes eminent sense for an itty-bitty island country with a monoculture, unbelievable interlinkages of firms, where everyone sits on everyone else’s BoD. Smooth transport, precise communications protocol: it’s a natural, at least compared to a big rambunctious western society.

            It works until some cosmic joker pulls the plug and gives a kick to tectonic plates off the coast of Honshu, leading to the sorry chain of events we are all too familiar with (Helpful Hint: take that portable radiation detector in your pocket next time you are out for sushi). Fukushima was that unexpected, large-scale percussive point that saw their cost-and-time-efficient JIT arrangements ending in tears.

          • pyrrhus April 18, 2022 at 6:35 pm #

            Afraid it would be more like 95% dying in a Mad Max scenario…

          • justanotherguy April 24, 2022 at 1:44 pm #

            it can be enlightening to think of a balance between efficiency and resilience.

            a warehouse full of 2 years worth of production materials can allow almost bulletproof resilience, but at a high cost.

            jit is efficient in that the only capital tied up is material work-in-process or transit, but if one think is missing, no finished product.

            the chip shortage has resulted in acres of nearly finished cars, waiting for $3 chips (processors, probably – given what we’re seeing at my company)

    • thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      Outstanding comment.

      One perspective that is currently baffling me are all the commentators running around saying the MIC is going to magically ramp production to flood Ukraine with weapons and equipment and replenish rapidly depleting Western stocks.

      Sure, the regime can print up bucks and pass a Defense Production Act.

      That won’t solve their electronic chip or labor shortages. There is already evidence they are searching hither-and-yon for broker chip stock and begging to use them in production.

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 10:52 am #

        Exactly TCL – we got the talk & the paper, but we got no goods. It’s hard to understand how people can’t understand.

        • pyrrhus April 18, 2022 at 6:40 pm #

          And that’s why Russia has no worries in this fiasco…It has loads of petroleum, lots of scarce minerals, and is a major fertilizer source…Everybody needs that stuff, regardless of the antics of that murderous thug Zelensky…

      • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 11:16 am #

        True that. War stocks replenishment is going to be a major problem and will certainly limit conventional warfare options. Unfortunately, that will increase the likelihood of resorting to the nuclear option. All signs say nuclear, chemical, and of course biological if this thing continues to escalate, as it looks that it will. A logical progression from the global scamdemic thingy, only this time for real.

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

        Good observation.

        Question, why is Fox using only poor widdle me people, like moms and infants plus general officers to do commentary on Ukraine show the stupidity of what the media thinks of us, the people.

        If what I am hearing from the officers shows the quality of our senior military, no wonder we never win a war. Just the fact that they do not seem to realize that the town of Kviv in the west is a bottleneck for military shipments. Russia sends in a strike once in a while as a reminder, do not try to arm the East, we will destroy it.

        Why is there no boots on the ground, imbedded coverage by the media? No honest on site reporting? Why no recent unscreened reporting? Why no opinions and news from the Russian side? Just bullshit statements by our “experts”, NOT, about what the Russians, Putin in particular, are thinking and doing. A great example is the 70+% approval rating for Putin by the Russian people. The idiots here dismiss it as propaganda with absolutely no backup to that statement. What if 70% were backing him up, so much for the NWO BS saying Putin is finished.

        Russia, Putin in charge is going to win a long drawn out conflict here that will end in dissolution of the Ukraine brand. That is what he wants, followed up by anyone else that wants to cross the redline. Zelensky is no friend of his people using every strategy he is given by the US led NWO forces to destroy his own country. Makes a lot of sense, defend Ukraine with every male life, until there is nothing left to defend. There will be no Ukraine, no Ukraine SSR, there will only be Russia.

        • thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 2:21 pm #

          JAZ-

          Terrence Popp spent 33 years in the US Army until he was medically discharged in 2018.

          His at times profane comments about current retention rates, PT, and leadership are terrifying:

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hu-yCgVRKBk

    • Ishabaka April 18, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      Speaking of just-in-time supply chains: I started working in hospitals in the mid-70s. Back then, your local hospital kept about 3 months worth of supplies in stock, and many supplies were reusable, such a surgical drapes made of cotton fabric.
      Hospitals in the US have switched to just-in-time because it saves a few pennies. Likewise, many supplies are now single use – surgical drapes are now made of disposable paper, again, to save a few pennies.
      Your local hospital probably has less than a week’s worth of supplies in stock, and is likely run by a for-profit company based in another state, which only cares about the bottom line. If you want to speak with someone, you get a canned “Your call is very important to us…” and then a wait time of hours.
      In the 70s, hospitals were local, and had boards of directors made up of doctors and prominent local citizens, who you could actually visit and talk to if there was a problem.

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 11:07 am #

        Ish – part of the reason for “disposable” anything, is it becomes an annuity of revolving sales. Think of it as planned obsolescence on a very short timeline.

        Also, shading useful life – change your oil every 20,000 miles, no every 10,000 miles, no every 5,000 miles. While synthetics making oils last longer? Yeah, OK.

        Johnson & Johnson doubled shampoo sales with one word – “repeat”. Old product said “wash & rinse”. Added the word repeat and voila! Sales doubled.

        The moral: “An uneducated consumer is our best customer.”

        • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 11:19 am #

          Points all well taken. By the way, oil changes are down to 3K/mi now. Dental and most MD visits 2x/yr now too, more if they find anything at all.

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

            Dis – I hear you on MD visits.

            Doctor: I want to see you in 3 months.

            Me: Of course you do. Doc, please don’t take this the wrong way, you’re a great guy and I do like you, but I don’t think we should be seeing each other so much. I’m not really looking for that kind of doctor-patient relationship. I hope you understand.

            You have to let them down gently.

          • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

            LOL! Mine will be heartbroken.

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm #

            Ron

            Rule of thumb with MD

            Any change ordered by a MD, especially meds.

            Follow up in three months to make sure it is working correctly.

            Good practice!

            Otherwise see you next year.

          • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

            Mine’s every six months now, no matter what. I think he’s got a crush.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 10:28 am #

            He’s got a crush on your wallet. Remember, let him down gently.

        • draupnir April 18, 2022 at 11:30 am #

          Back in the day when women only washed their hair once a week, it was SOP to lather twice.

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            Yes, they’ve gone from lathering their hair twice a week, to 14 times a week (washing away the body’s healthy, natural & essential oils, on a daily basis).

            I repeat – an uneducated consumer is their best customer.

        • messianicdruid April 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

          They say Dave Thomas was unhappy with his double-burger sales, so he introduced the triple- burger. Wendy’s double hamburger sales took off.

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 4:30 pm #

            Druid – this was a Dave Thomas ingenious play on assuaging guilt of the “can’t-put-the-fork-down” obese fast-food crowd.

            They couldn’t bring themselves to order the Wendy’s Double – too guilt-ridden, too embarrassing.

            When DT introduced the Wendy’s Triple, double hamburger sales took off, because they could rationalize it now – “at least
            I didn’t get the triple”.

          • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

            Yes, he wasn’t really concerned if he sold the triples- just wanted a “new normal”. There’s a lesson there…

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

            Druid – you’re exactly right – incremental steps to “new normals” – same ol’ game.

            Maybe they’ll roll out a Wendy’s Quadruple, although our local Wendy’s (Anastasia Island, FL) has gone to drive-thru only.

            Several restaurant owner’s I know locally refuse to believe me when I tell them, the model progression is moving along to where they will be “food fulfillment centers” only – if they survive that is.

            Not all restaurants will die off but eat-in dining establishments will be greatly reduced – leaving “food fulfillment centers” – orders delivered by Uber Eats, Door Dash, Bite Squad, et al.

            Same model retail has taken. Buy online – have delivered.

        • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

          FYI

          Toyota scheduled service oil changes are 10000 miles.

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

            JAZ – what does Toyota scheduled service say about wiper blades?

            A good friend, a painting contractor, tells customers they should paint their houses every week.

            As soon as he gets 52 clients, he’s done. No more marketing – no more sales – guaranteed work – ingenious!

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

            Edit: paint their houses every *year*, not week.

            Although if he could find people stupid enough – not impossible – to paint their houses every week, he’d only need 7 clients. Can you imagine? I can.

          • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

            JAZ: Great timing! My Toyota Aygo is due for its 10k check up. But, seeing how things are going, I’ve decided to wait another 5k. Probably a false economy, but car services are expensive here.

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

            Hereward

            Is your service part of a Toyota prepaid service?

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

            Ron

            Looked it up

            Wiper blades are inspected every 5000 miles, replaced at your discretion. I would say that only you know if they are hardened and streaking or squeaking.

      • rainmaker April 18, 2022 at 11:27 am #

        Boonville MO, where I live, no longer has a local hospital. Our former hospital started out as the county hospital, then got sold off to a big medical corp., then went “bankrupt”, whatever that means.

        • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

          It means that it was competition for the bigger system which eliminated it.

          It is another huge negative about capitalism, the elimination of competition creating monopoly. With no competition, for lack of a term, en corporation phase goes into totalitarianism of the marketplace, either fascism where the government directs the economy or communism where it owns it.

        • cbeard April 18, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

          Wiper blades don’t last as long as they used too, because they stopped the manufacturers from using a product that kept the synthetic material in them from breaking down when they were finally discarded. They wouldn’t break down in the landfill. EPA rules again.

          • cbeard April 18, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

            An auto parts salesman told me this when I was bitching about how they didn’t last.

          • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

            Might not be the best example. High-quality rubber often does not last long in these sort of applications. The price for being supple.

          • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 8:44 am #

            The last time I bought wiper blades, the guy at O’Reilly’s advised me to spring for the MUCH more expensive silicone ones. They last a lot longer and work better.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 11:32 am #

            Anthea – did you ask how many more miles they’ll last?

          • spaingaroo April 22, 2022 at 8:24 am #

            I bought a little tool off an internet ad, it allows you to resurface the blades, twice even. I have used it on my car and got a near perfect wipe as a result.
            Unfortunately, I also tried to do a friends car, whose blades were older and it destroyed them completely. I mean, they were already shot, but after my attempt to help they were completely gone.

        • tully April 18, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

          Rainmaker, I had not heard about Boonville’s hospital closing. Did a little online searching and it sounds like the outfit that bought the place ran it into the ground. Poor management or intentional? Who knows. But Boonville is large enough to have its own hospital; shouldn’t have to drive a half hour to get health care.

          Seeing your post got me curious about the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. I grew up there, and my mother worked at it and it’s city hospital predecessor. I knew it was still open, but figured it had been bought up someone. To my surprise, it is still owned and operated by the county.

          Now wondering just how many of these small, publicly owned rural hospitals might still exist?

          • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 8:47 am #

            Up until the 1960s, every little town had it’s own hospital. I was born in a small-town hospital where the town’s population was only 2,000.

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

        You have forgotten to add that most of these health care supplies are made in China. Thanks to coverups by our government and its media, we do not even understand if the drying up of our JIT supply chain is intentional.

        There are horrible people behind all of this.

        • JC Penny April 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

          I get a chuckle whenever I see a “Made in China” comment…

          There I was, hiding under a table at a chow hall (DFAC) in Baghdad because the Sadr Brigade was lobbing some more “made in China” rockets at us….only to notice the wrapper on my plastic silverware packet: “Made in China”.

          YJCMTSU

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

            JC

            I think Made in China should be assumed as our government sold them the stamp.

    • JC Penny April 18, 2022 at 10:58 am #

      The EOQ model is useful, regardless the interest/inflation rates, as long as you don’t hold them constant.

      Of course, that’s not a new problem in modeling…

      Analytic sloth begets resistance to accepting n-space which begets failure of the model.

    • 4014HAMPHEDGE April 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

      Just-In-Time was necessary to maintain herds of trucks appearing as we systematically shifted from rail-based distribution and local warehousing. Branch rail lines were necessary. Retail life (Mom & Pops as well as chains) Included stock rooms and storage basements in retail establishments. Stock boys (and more than a few girls) had decent after school jobs, many working through college.

      Inventory tax killed branch line railroads, killed Mom & Pops, and forced off shore manufacturing, ultimately. You have to ask yourself, can we tolerate ugly branch line railroad tracks again?

      NickelthroweR (9:52) has 9th inning doings probably a bit later than reality.. Please see William Forstchen’s “ONE SECOND AFTER” narrative on EMP induced trucking failure… Der Putin has already brought Troposphere nuclear detonation to the table. As in, “High Altitude Magnetic Pulse”. The webmaster can talk to the Peter Vincent Pry organization and give us a report on HAMP.

    • elysianfield April 18, 2022 at 12:18 pm #

      “As the owner of a company that manufactures precision tools here in the USA…”

      Nickel,
      The name of the company” I might own some or a lot, of your products.

    • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

      I just need things/the panic to hold off until I’m settled in my new place and have a bugout plan and backup bugout plan and am equipped and stocked enough to retreat to safety and ride out the storm – so I need until about the end of May, can the famine gods accommodate?

      • djk April 18, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

        Glen Beck said last week, where ever you are living this fall, is where you will spend the rest of your life, He has been pretty accurate over the last 15 years

    • ThorsHammer April 19, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

      Nickel

      Lockdowns do flatten the curve. Just not the COVID curve.
      China just announced that they had experienced the first deaths from the latest massive surge in “cases” that compelled them to lock 21 million people in their apartments without access to food and water in Shanghai alone. And even those three deaths were among the elderly who had substantial co-mobiities.

      Madness.

      The Pandemic of Fear has never been about a virus. When you mass test a population with the PCR procedure that has no utility whatsoever for medical diagnosis you can have as as large a Pandemic as you need just by moving the decimal points around. And you can convince people that wearing muzzles will protect them from the horrible dragon waiting outside the door.

      It is speculated that China is using mass lockdowns to cover a selective destruction of the supply chains to the West that the Round Eyes can’t live without while they force transfer China’s economy to one based upon a domestic market living on all the raw materials they have bought/contracted for from Russia and Latin America.

      Perhaps, but I prefer the simpler explanation. Once Exalted Leaders, commit to a National policy with their name on it they will do almost anything to cover their asses. True in a fake democracy like the USA, and a hundred times more so in a country that culturally values “saving face” above all else. China’s leaders chose an impossible goal of Zero COVID. Impossible as demonstrated in Cuba, New Zealand, and certainly in China. But the Party must go on.

      It is really hard to keep the fear level high enough now that the WuHan COVID has mutated into the Omicron variety that it is nearly impossible to actually die from. Look at what is happening in the US, where only by creating a shooting war with Russia in Ukraine were the Leaders able to smoothly transition the Fear from fear of a Pandemic to Fear of the Evil Putin.

  4. Penelope Dreadful April 18, 2022 at 9:54 am #

    Dang it, J. H. Kunstler! I bought that Mass Psychosis book you have listed and 2 others besides it. The Time Travel Megapack for 99 cents, and White Guilt by Shelby Steele (hardcover). I can not be trusted in a book store or a shoe store, and I am already way over budget for books this month.

    • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

      I figure if people still read after we settle down into the world made by hand, and if I’m still alive, I’ll have an excellent lending library. At least, that’s what I tell myself every time I buy another book. Library book sales are the worst temptation of all, but one that I can’t pass up.

      • spaingaroo April 22, 2022 at 8:32 am #

        there are several businesses dedicated to dispersing those library books all over the world, at excellent value for the buyer. And it must still come out as a money making business.
        Or not.
        I bought a copy of “The Shock of the New” by Robert Hugues from Abebooks and inside was Denver Public Library sticker. It cost me 2 euros (almost the same as two bucks) and about maybe four, or six in shipping.
        It’s a book that probably weighs about three pounds.
        (can’t tell you as I lent it to my neighbour and she isn’t too forthcoming on giving it back.
        But she’s a fool if she thinks I will forget. She has six books of mine and I can name them and their authors without trouble.)
        I live on a different continent from Denver. It’s a long way to carry a big heavy book.
        maybe they did that too often and ate the profit margin

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

      No one could have possibly foreseen this, when the trans activists got all the special rights they wanted…

      This is the shit I’ve been fighting against for 5 years going now.

  5. Jeremy April 18, 2022 at 9:56 am #

    So much in thrall, in fact, that folks still haven’t figured out that their very DNA has likely been changed.

    Oops, didn’t see that one coming did ‘ya?!

    https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/worst-fears-realized-pfizer-mrna

    The mRNA gene therapy looks more, and more, like Russian Roulette but with only one EMPTY chamber!

    • Diablo467 April 18, 2022 at 10:13 am #

      Now connect that article to news that unexplained liver disease, hepatitis that is not of the a-f strain, is cropping up in Europe at an alarming rate. Medical science is baffled, and no one knows what to do.

    • thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 10:30 am #

      Russian Roulette with a 9mm semi-auto.

      • elysianfield April 18, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

        TCL,
        Relax, it ain’t so bad…use only one bullet! Your chances will improve.

    • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      Jeremy – in a smarter world, we’d give them each a gun with one bullet. Instructions, in multiple languages of course, would say, “Chamber round, insert in mouth and pull trigger.”

      In all honesty though and for clarification – we’d have to tell them that this is the last thing they’ll ever do. It forestalls their next question, “What should I do with the gun after that?”.

  6. Dr. Coyote April 18, 2022 at 9:57 am #

    “For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.” -Max Boot, 2022

    Oh gosh, I feel so much more secure now that our betters have recognized the importance of controlling the narrative.

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 11:55 am #

      Democracy dies in the sunlight. If you tell the Truth, you will be hated – which means you won’t get elected. People demand to be lied to.

      The art of good politics is to move the Overton Window gradually. And this is also the art of politics for the good. Small steps will get you there if it’s possible at all.

      Luckily, the Enemy seems to have forgotten this and is now imposing whole new ways of toxic life on the people, very abruptly and absolutely. This spells Opportunity for the resitance.

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

        Janos – excellent observation.

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

        Plug in Jesus!

        He t9ld the Truth!

        They crucified him, literally.

        However?

        He is the Light!!!!!

      • Mac April 18, 2022 at 7:51 pm #

        Jarek- Not sure there’s enough time left to do anything gradually.

    • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

      Was it Robert Reich that was saying something along the lines of unchecked free speech is a dictators dream? I really wish he would explain his logic though, because that means you can criticize and expose the dictator, and somehow that is exactly what a dictator would want?

      These people must get all their exercise from mental gymnastics.

      • Prospero April 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

        It looks like we have already entered the unchecked free speech era and can freely discuss the following topics:

        Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop, the Democratic criminals who are destroying the USA, the obviously-rigged elections, the US-funded, lab-created Corona virus along with the “safe and effective” deadly experimental mRNA Covid drugs being pushed by Big Pharma.

        Yes indeed. We know all about these and many other high level crimes. But, since nobody will be arrested and held accountable, we can freely discuss them.

    • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

      I’m always struck by the smug inherent assumption that it is themselves and others exactly like them who will be deciding what content to forbid. If they had a scintilla of imagination, they’d realize that all it would take is for the wind to change direction and they’d be reaping what they wish to sow.

      • SpeedyBB April 18, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

        Yep, Rowdypiglet, and each such confident utterance once again seals my conviction that we live in an Irony Age. Unintentional ofttimes but that makes it just that much more ironic.

        Ask a Trotskyite.

        Or corner one of those Shining Path maniacs who completely lost it and went berserkers when Dung Shopping decided that the Maoist path to economic glory wasn’t working that well so let’s play capitalist awhile. They had the rug whisked from under them and their worship of Mousey Dung.

        • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 9:03 am #

          @ Speedy:

          Writing is not enhanced by cuteness.

          There should even be a degree of moderation in the use of (actual) wit. There’s such a thing as too much cowbell.

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 7:55 pm #

      Democracy = censorship

      War = peace

      Up = down

      2+2=5

  7. benr April 18, 2022 at 9:58 am #

    Entropy!

    • HowardBeale April 18, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      One day in the future, we will once again half a flat Earth–at least as far as you can see. As all the structure and organization raised from the Earth by the orgy of energy extraction will have decayed and fallen.

      • happiface April 18, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        hey howard–do you get off on your little fantasy,ten times a day? all across calif nev,utah id wash,ore wy are massive structures of energy “extraction”..some say at least a million times more than the extraction of the organic oil that mother earth gives us–i can see right down the road from where i live the decaying volcanoes after millions of years but there are ones right next them that are only babies,6,000 years old–they are massive like Mammoth Mountain at 11,000 ft….my point is ,how weirdbeale,your a freakin idiot

        • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 11:45 am #

          No need to call anyone names. At this juncture some just want to indulge in a little fantasy of their own because it’s all they have left going for it in a world that’s headed for a giant shithole.

          • happiface April 18, 2022 at 11:59 am #

            sorry to offend–i know we are suppose to feel empathy for the less than mentally able but i was not talking to you-i grew up in family where both parents alcoholics and i was the only one of my bros,sises who raised hell about the drinking-cannot not help myself,programming takes over

        • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 11:57 am #

          In Hawaii, geothermal is ready to go, bubbling out of the ground as it were. But not one erg can be taken. It belongs to the Goddess, Pele. The Native (supposedly) Hawaiians have told us so.

          • SpeedyBB April 18, 2022 at 9:27 pm #

            When itchy fingers were ready to release nuclear-tipped missiles toward the east:

            https://www.tacmissileers.org/okinawas-first-nuclear-missile-men-break-silence/

            Some excellent (scarily credible) reading, particularly the Comments section.

            I was reminded of the Okinawa event by a comment made to his men by an officer commanding the Mace missile site: “Men, at this juncture we would ordinarily head for Hawaii after launching our birds. But there is not going to be any more Hawaii.”

            Pele, you Ground Zero. Screw the volcanoes.

        • HowardBeale April 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm #

          “i can see right down the road from where i live the decaying volcanoes…”

          I imagine you can see quite a few things…

  8. megabeth April 18, 2022 at 10:00 am #

    I want a genuine World Made by Hand stuffed coronavirus plush toy, and I want to pay for it with rubber dollars.

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 11:59 am #

      Roubles, not rubber. Those things must be worth quite a lot at this point.

  9. shotho April 18, 2022 at 10:01 am #

    We are getting very close to financial events that will bring on many of the situations Mr. K is talking about today. The bond market is indicating sever distress and the bond market is several times the magnitude of equities.

  10. Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 10:04 am #

    Surveying local and national media this weekend, the thrall still appears to be strong in the people, Jim. No let up whatsoever in the ConVid narrative (matter of fact, new surges widely reported!, with the sneaky vaxx mandates continuing to widen), while Ukraine hardly makes the news anymore, other than occasional “informercials” warning us of the new Hitler/Stalin/Every Evil Villain in the History of the World Threat coming from Putin and Russia. Won’t be long before they roll out that catchy little WWII ditty “Over There” again to bring a tear to the eye of the sentimentalists among us. Personally, I think the thrall might still come down to magnificent local fireballs brighter and hotter than the sun in as definitive sign of lasting change that we’ve come up with yet. We’ve been in thrall to the bomb since it first came along not far from here, and the thrall has a mind and a desire all its own. It might not be the change that we claimed we wanted, but it will definitely be the lasting change that we can believe in, provided you’re unlucky enough to one of the few left to believe in anything at all.

    • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 11:19 am #

      I wonder if the CCP’s new lockdown in Shanghai is an attempt to reboot the whole Covid hysteria? How long before the psychopaths here start warbling, “OMG! Another Variant!!!!!!” and push for lockdowns once more? Red states ain’t playing anymore, but I’m sure the blue sheep will dig it.

      • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 9:17 am #

        @ Hereward the Woke:

        There was an interesting comment on Zerohedge yesterday, claiming that the lockdown in Shanghai (and apparently elsewhere in China) is an attempt to suppress the overthrow of the Xi regime. Supposedly a revolution is brewing. I have no idea whether or not this is true.

        • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 3:45 pm #

          Anthea & HTW – another theory is that the CCP is trying to pivot their manufacturing to wartime production, hidden under the guise & distraction of a Covid response.

          Makes some sense – it’s obviously not Covid (unless they know something we don’t), and at some point, they’ll move on the Taiwan & the South China Sea.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 3:49 pm #

            Upthread, Third Coast Legend touched on the need to resupply equipment & ammunition in wartime. CCP will be ready – we aren’t.

    • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

      My pulse over the weekend of casually observing the MSM was:

      #1 Ukraine is still the top story, and how tragic is it that people celebrating Easter have to go through this (no mention of the US egging it on)

      #2 Cyber attacks are real and could happen any moment! So we (the US) should shut down Russia’s internet for a few hours to show them we can retaliate if they do something – what could possibly go wrong?

      #3 Hey, it’s Covid, don’t forget about me!!! The new Omicron subvariant is potentially on the rise according to authorities experts say. So we’re introducing a covid “breathalizer” to test people to make sure they’re “safe”, again, what could possibly go wrong?

      #4 Got to get a daily story of racial injustice in the mix – no seriously, there HAS to be a daily story that is race -related, can’t have people forgetting that racism is rampant and omnipresent.

      • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

        Divide and conquer works not just on the relations between human beings but on our ability to comprehend and effectively respond to numerous emergencies at the same time. That applies just as well when some of them are fake or self-created emergencies, because our energies are diffused in trying to sort them into some kind of order by which to respond or to ignore. We’re being assaulted on too many fronts at once.

      • Paula D April 18, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

        Orthodox Easter is next week.
        Catholic Easter was yesterday.
        The west of Ukraine is highly Catholic, and also highly nazi.
        Interesting that the “news” only talks about them.
        How do they do racial injustice and also ”look at all those shootings”?

        • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

          But the Azovs are/were centered in Eastern Ukraine. So much for your theory.

          The Church condemned National Socialism. But some of the clergy saw the terrible dangers of Communism and Zionism, and sympathized a bit with their Cause, at least in part. .

          • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

            Hence the Ratline.
            And ”During World War II, nearly half of the 22 NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS operating in the Nazi allied state of CROATIA were under the command of ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS.
            These priests — with the knowledge of the VATICAN — were responsible for the grisly slaughter of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. Serbs, Roma, and Jews were specifically targeted for extermination.”

          • Kim April 20, 2022 at 8:46 am #

            There were no “extermination camps”.

            The idea is silly. If one were exterminating people, why accommodate them in a camp?

          • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 8:10 am #

            Oh, goodness, the quality of argument is really something from our returned holocaust-denial obsessive.

            He’ll be telling us slaughterhouses aren’t slaughterhouses next, because you could just exterminate cattle in the fields they’re grazing in, so why would you ‘accommodate’ them in an industrial facility.

            Sheesh. I thought this was a site for adults.

            As for the idea that you might ‘accommodate’ (great word, that) people and work some of them to death, while processing others by a faster route, goodness, it becomes complicated, and therefore couldn’t have happened.

          • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 8:19 am #

            You might want to look up HMP Wellingborough, Kim-laddie. it’s one of several new mega-prisons just built, with private funding, in the UK, timed to open just as the Orwellian NWO is taking root in this country. Reminiscent of a previously claimed NWO that got put on hold for 80 years.

            Beside the ‘accommodation’, is a crematorium. Call me jaded, but I suspect not everyone who goes to HMP Wellingborough is going to come back out the front gate.

    • SpeedyBB April 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

      Regarding “…local fireballs…” my Baul guru, a theatrical Bengali named Ashok Sarkar who had been kicked out of the USA. for hanging out with the T. Leary gang, reminded me of something I should not have failed to take into account: “No weapon has ever been invented that has not been deployed on the battlefield.”

      Of course there was the Surprise Party for the dozy Hirohito, but that doesn’t really count. Ever since the Cold War warmed up our guys have been aching to pop a few over to Uncle Joe. During the Cuban Missile Crisis my late elder brother, a career USAF tanker pilot who would have flown fighters had he not been six-four, remarked “The only danger to our bombers would have been them running into each other”.

      The example of mustard gas is often brought up, in the argument against the statement shared above, and the fact that none of the combatants in WW II saw fit to use it, undoubtedly because it was so hard to control – and of course as soon as you dropped it then the other fella will respond with some kind of CBW twice as nasty.

      As I have mentioned here before, the idle jokers in the Pentagon (idle when they aren’t stealing us blind) came up with the notion of “winnable nuclear war” a few years back. Good old Google did not fail to deliver the goods, in case you are interested. I am personally astonished at the chutzpah, but those flyboys have to have something to keep them out of trouble. Idle hands and all that.

      https://irp.fas.org/doddir/dod/jp3_72.pdf

      • Kim April 20, 2022 at 8:52 am #

        Germany had 30,000 tons of mustard gas available in WW2 and was urged to use it in Normandy, but he chose not to use it bcs Germany was signatory to treaties banning the use of such weapons.

        The Allies, in contrast, had an official target of destroying 40% of Germany’s civilian housing stock. As it turned out, they went above and beyond their orders in that area.

        Doing that of course required using pattern bombing to target civilian-dense areas of cities.

        They had similar fire-bombing policies in Japan.

        • Kim April 20, 2022 at 8:53 am #

          Hitler was urged.

        • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 8:26 am #

          Bizarre, because for 10 years I had a French father-in-law who escaped from a German POW camp in Poland and made his way back to France on foot, with a comrade in arms. After the war, he got an extra pension because the German gas he inhaled caused him respiratory problems for the rest of his life.

    • fugeguy April 18, 2022 at 11:33 am #

      Yeats is always a good choice.

      • Bilejones April 18, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

        I’m in a Larkin mood.

        “They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
        They may not mean to, but they do.
        They fill you with the faults they had
        And add some extra, just for you.

        But they were fucked up in their turn
        By fools in old-style hats and coats,
        Who half the time were soppy-stern
        And half at one another’s throats.

        Man hands on misery to man.
        It deepens like a coastal shelf.
        Get out as early as you can,
        And don’t have any kids yourself.”

        ? Philip Larkin, High Windows

        If we all tried, we could solve the problems of humanity in one generation.

  11. messianicdruid April 18, 2022 at 10:08 am #

    mitch said, “The contra position is the elite have always guided the masses, and that bernays spilled the beans.”

    How many of “the masses” know anything about him? Go ahead and include everyone – maybe 7%.

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 10:57 am #

      But they sure know of his works. In the end, that’s all that’s important. No credit needed.

    • Alfred April 18, 2022 at 10:57 am #

      The Century of the Self

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ3RzGoQC4s

  12. bigcollapso April 18, 2022 at 10:21 am #

    Wow James, great post. Usually you only send me to the dictionary once. Today it was twice.The part about money is something that I have been thinking about all weekend. I just can’t get it on paper like you do.

    • butter56 April 18, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

      He sends me about every third line. Thought I had been to school.

  13. Walter B April 18, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    “The federal government is increasingly impotent, unable to discharge its basic obligations to preserve public order and safety.”

    Sort of makes the case of why we have a brain-dead dotard in not only the top spot, but in about 1/3 of the entire upper levels of government. It really makes sense now why so many of the futuristic novels written included euthanasia as the solution of the problem. Unfortunately for US(A), the young’uns appear to be pretty useless too, right Kackles?

    • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      Yes, we call it die versity.

      and what will basic items cost? Food, gas, rent [forget owning a home].

      • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 11:06 am #

        I’ll save you the mystery. You can’t afford it. Next!

    • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      “The federal government is increasingly impotent, unable to discharge its basic obligations to preserve public order and safety.” I disagree with Jim on this one. He assumes that DC and the other psychos WANT to sort things out. They don’t. With Obama lurking in the background, what they want is to destroy everything and reduce it all to a Soros-like state of chaos.

      • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

        Good point, though we are equally screwed under both possibilities.

    • Unperson37854 April 18, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

      It’s only going to get worse, incompetence begets and promotes incompetence. Like the scourge of CRT that ruined higher education, this too shall come to life on an exponential curve, and I think we are accelerating to the peak now, prepare for the fall.

    • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      @ Walter:

      The cities have been crime-ridden for decades, with little or no attempt to apprehend the criminals. I remember many incidents from the 70s: burglaries, rapes, car thefts, domestic violence, etc., where the police made no effort to apprehend or arrest the criminals.

      Ten or fifteen years ago when two of my college-age kids lived in a city apartment for awhile, their cars were constantly broken into.

      This was in Kansas City, Missouri. In actual practice, the police diligently patrol certain high-rent districts, while the other neighborhoods are the wild west. The reason the high-rent districts are policed is to protect the real-estate investments of favored interests.

      • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

        My sister-in-law told me why she doesn’t use cash.
        In the 70s she went to some city in New Jersey where her then-boyfriend lived.
        She, he, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend were sitting around playing cards when 4 black teenagers broke in and held knives to them.
        She had $200 because she was going to buy tires, so they stole that. Her sister and her sister’s boyfriend also had money, so they stole that.
        My (future) brother-in-law had no money so they threatened to kill him, but didn’t.
        After they left they went next door, because the thugs had cut the phoneline. The next door neighbor’s teenager recognized the boys, so when the cops came they told them who had done it.
        The cops also recognized the names, but said it was Friday night so they would wait until Monday to arrest them.
        The same boys robbed other people over the weekend.

        • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 12:19 am #

          I remember one break-in during the 70s where the lady who was robbed knew the robber, his address (he lived in the same building), and where he worked. The police would not arrest him.

          In another case, one of my friends was amazed that a guy he knew was in the hospital for about a month, but no one ever came around to arrest him for any of his many warrants.

          One of my old friends (now deceased) said that he one called up family services about why they were not collecting child support for his granddaughter. They told my friend that they could not locate the child’s father. My friend replied, “Have you tried the phone book?”

  14. goldern April 18, 2022 at 10:32 am #

    The whole world ? has turned into a great big kabuki theater ?

    • thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 10:34 am #

      Pro wrestling.

      It’s kayfabe, all the way down.

      • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 11:07 am #

        The wrestling’s more entertaining, though.

        • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 11:36 am #

          Fully agree. Wrestlers are so often such finer and more homoerotic specimens of male beauty than politicians. I’d rather be held in thrall by hot, handsome, half-naked studs like Seth Rollins and Timothy Thatcher than by the sorry spectacle of disgusting ogres in three-piece suits like Xi Jinping (*poo-ey*).

    • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 11:22 am #

      I’ve heard things are pretty grounded in Lichtenstein. The rest of the world I’m not so sure about.

  15. gustafson.robert.22 April 18, 2022 at 10:36 am #

    “Collectively going crazy has been a luxury we can’t afford anymore.”

    Ha-ha-ha. Not for much longer anyway.

  16. Walter B April 18, 2022 at 10:49 am #

    Good call Jim on warning the world to not fall for WWIII. Let us hope that there are enough people of character out there to see to it that this road is not travelled down. During my lifetime it has been the norm for the old people to be more than willing to send the young folk off to die in wars of regime change and profit. It is time to stop this dreadful practice and my love of Tulsi Gabbard stems from her dedication to ending this habit, though I fear those who profit from death will not let her get near elected office at a national level. Hope springs eternal.

    • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 11:23 am #

      Walter, at least in the Cuban Missile Crisis we had two reasonably intelligent and sane individuals in Kennedy and Khrushchev. Who is their equivalent today? I can think of no-one. They are maniacs, one and all.

      • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 11:38 am #

        Cannibalistic maniacs.

      • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

        I wish I could say Trump, but he didn’t stand his ground on covid, so I don’t believe in him, despite his obvious commonsense. He just doesn’t have the backbone.

        • butter56 April 18, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

          All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not doing the fighting.
          George Orwell

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

            Mel Brooks

            When it comes to war,

            It’s good to be the king!

        • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

          I don’t think it’s backbone that he lacks. He showed considerable personal courage and doggedness, more than I ever would have thought. His big flaw is the need for his ego to be fed. He wanted people to put his picture up on their walls as they did once with Kennedy and Roosevelt, and to say “Trump saved us.” And because of that, he did try to act on behalf of those who voted for him. He showed poor judgment in the people he chose for positions of power, possibly because they flattered him, but it may be that he just didn’t have enough discernment. The other unpleasant possibility is that there just aren’t enough people who can resist the dictates of the Deep State. He certainly seemed to be abandoned or surreptitiously opposed by people he’d trusted,and I don’t think any one person can take on the Deep State and hope to win.

          • cbeard April 18, 2022 at 6:38 pm #

            He also doesn’t understand that any immigration, legal or otherwise is a bad thing. Had the cards been played right, this country could have been as close to Utopia as humanly possible

          • Mac April 18, 2022 at 8:03 pm #

            Rowdy: Trump “did tty to act on behalf of those who voted for him.”

            Not sure the 1/6 prisoners would agree.

        • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 6:15 pm #

          He is free to indulge in nonsense, so long as he doesn’t mandate it, IMO.

      • Paula D April 18, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

        I think that Trump, for all his faults, did keep us alive for 4 extra years.
        He has a real horror of nuclear war because his uncle scared him as a child talking about it.
        I remember how the media ridiculed him when the debate question was about the nuclear triad, and he talked about the horrors on the ground for the recipients of nuclear bombs.
        No serious American talks about the victims of our bombs!
        Clearly he was not fit to be president.
        Hillary knew what the nuclear triad was, so she should have won, according to the talking heads.

      • Walter B April 18, 2022 at 9:19 pm #

        True Hereward, all too true. Today they are all brainless dimwits.

  17. Billy Hill April 18, 2022 at 10:54 am #

    “…we’re racing ever faster toward a receding horizon.”

    A dizzyingly apt metaphor. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

    Here’s another, perhaps related: phase change.
    The moment in the travel of the pendulum when it is at absolute stasis, movement neither from nor towards.

    At the still point of the turning world, where past and future are gathered.

  18. a kullervo April 18, 2022 at 10:55 am #

    With any luck, the future will be Amish, but armed to the teeth.

    • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 11:10 am #

      NO

      • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

        No? Why, no? And if no, what then?

        • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

          Amish = Whites. The future is yellow / brown / black.

          • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

            Ok. That’s logical albeit without hope.

          • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

            it may be ‘the future’ but it’s a future of all quantity and little to zero quality based on results from those portions of the world

          • a kullervo April 18, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

            You’re probably right.

            My bet is on the yellow as the main/brainy puppets.
            (Why ‘puppets’? Because I do fancy the alien ant farm discombobulated theory – personally, it’s easier to accept humans as naive, maneuverable entities at the “hands” of a superior intelligence than to see us as such a hopeless mix of denseness and cruelty.

    • Alfred April 18, 2022 at 5:51 pm #

      That would be Armish?

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

        Beauty!

      • a kullervo April 18, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

        Witty – well done!

        Thank you.

  19. messianicdruid April 18, 2022 at 11:10 am #

    A pile of money seeking to become a larger pile of money, a cancer disguised [ now ] as a person with usury running through its veins. A monster tied down with rubber bands. Stand back brothers – this is like when Jack planted his beans.

  20. Islander April 18, 2022 at 11:13 am #

    Well, the usual suspects do expect to make a dime or two on the Ukraine “clash” (funny term for civilizational conflict; this time “stopped clock” Tom Friedman happens to be right).

    I no longer read Tom Englehardt’s dispatches—my politics and world-view diverged from his and most of his contributors’ a long time ago—but this a.m.’s did catch my eye:

    “Back in September 2008, Senator Joe Biden offered a bit of wisdom while running for vice president on Barack Obama’s ticket. In a speech criticizing the Republican presidential campaign of senatorial colleague John McCain, he claimed to be quoting his own father when he said: “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.”

    Almost 14 years later, how apt his father was when it comes to the country his son now presides over (more or less). After all, Joe’s $1.75 trillion domestic social-spending package, the Build Back Better bill, is in a ditch at the side of some West Virginia road. Meanwhile, as TomDispatch regular and Pentagon expert William Hartung and Julia Gledhill, a defense analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, make all too clear today, the next Pentagon budget, at an astronomical $813 billion dollars, is heading for passage by a humongous congressional majority. (To put that figure in perspective, it’s $75 billion more than Donald Trump’s last “defense” budget.) Worse yet, numerous representatives, particularly on the Republican side of the aisle, are already demanding yet more of the same. In fact, in think-tank Washington and beyond, there are now even calls for a future Pentagon budget that would top one trillion dollars annually. Imagine that, in a country already spending more on what’s still called “national security” than the next 11 countries combined, even as crucial elements of the domestic budget that would actually keep so many Americans more secure increasingly end up in that West Virginia ditch.

    So, give Joe Biden’s dad a little credit. He was all too on target. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you do indeed value. Is there any question about that in the America of 2022? As retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and historian William Astore wrote recently, this country has “reached the point in our collective history where we face three certainties: death, taxes, and ever-soaring spending on weaponry and war.” And that should be the definition of “insecurity.” If you doubt me, just let Hartung and Gledhill fill you in on the ever more militarized “gold rush” this Ukrainian moment of ours represents. Tom

    The New Gold Rush
    How Pentagon Contractors Are Cashing in on the Ukraine Crisis
    By William D. Hartung and Julia Gledhill

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought immense suffering to the people of that land, while sparking calls for increased military spending in both the United States and Europe. Though that war may prove to be a tragedy for the world, one group is already benefiting from it: U.S. arms contractors.

    Even before hostilities broke out, the CEOs of major weapons firms were talking about how tensions in Europe could pad their profits. In a January 2022 call with his company’s investors, Raytheon Technologies CEO Greg Hayes typically bragged that the prospect of conflict in Eastern Europe and other global hot spots would be good for business, adding that “we are seeing, I would say, opportunities for international sales… [T]he tensions in Eastern Europe, the tensions in the South China Sea, all of those things are putting pressure on some of the defense spending over there. So I fully expect we’re going to see some benefit from it.”

    Click here to read more of this dispatch.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      The US uses its isolation to its advantage fighting in global wars and yet not being affected by it much. Looking at it from the opposite perspective, IE Russia in WW2, we are cowards, not committing our people to the fight and letting others fight the wars.

      Ukraine, here we go again. Ukraine is about to be eradicated by Russia, no matter how many weapons we send.

  21. happiface April 18, 2022 at 11:14 am #

    i think this has been one of Jim’s best short writings–man that is good …but on the down side i can more understand why Iran called the usa the “Great Satan”…freakin sad

  22. draupnir April 18, 2022 at 11:20 am #

    There’s a shortage of baby formula. No excuse seems to be forthcoming, but it is being rationed. They are advising women not to make their own under any circumstance, but in the fifties, that was all there was, and my mother fed all her babies using reconstituted evaporated milk with a little Karo syrup to make it more palatable. It didn’t seem to do us any harm. It would certainly be cheaper than what they offer today. Nonfat dry milk, if stored in glass mason jars, is shelf stable practically forever.

    • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      Baby formula? Isn’t that Boy + Girl = Baby? My wife breast-fed.

      • draupnir April 18, 2022 at 11:43 am #

        So did I. However I weaned my youngest at about 7 months to whole milk, because the little troll kept biting me.

        • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

          Since the beginning of mammals, mom’s have weaned when the baby teeth come in.

          Smart!!

    • megabeth April 18, 2022 at 11:41 am #

      Evaporated milk with Karo syrup is all my mother fed me. That was time-honored, since about the turn of the 20th century.

      I’m dismayed that more women will not or can not use their own human milk, but that seems to be the culture. If I dare point out that breast is best, cheapest, and easiest, I get emoted upon by a bunch of women who fed formula.

      • draupnir April 18, 2022 at 11:45 am #

        My grandaughter wanted badly to breast feed, but her milk never cam in. I blame stress.

        • megabeth April 18, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

          That can be caused by retained placental fragme nuts, and a very small percentage of women lack enough glandular tissue. (Tubular hypoplastic breasts). Add to that mothers who must work or who get very little family support, and it is an easy fix to resort to formula.

      • Hereward the Woke April 18, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        Isn’t there a link between breast cancer and mothers NOT breast-feeding?

        • farmgal April 18, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

          HTW I believe there is or at least there was in the early 80s. I read a study in a magazine (imagine no internet) that showed a decrease in both breast and uterine cancer. It helped me with my decision and at 69 I’ve still got all of my parts

        • GreenAlba April 18, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

          Yes, there’s a definite link – breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer. It doesn’t remove it, as breast cancer has multiple causes.

          You are also less likely to get breast cancer if you have your children early rather than late.

          • megabeth April 19, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

            Yes–less of a protection if you bear and nurse children later on.

    • happiface April 18, 2022 at 11:46 am #

      twinkies have a shelf life of 50+ years–after you open them 50 years later they will taste the same as the day made—survival food,stock up,you will need them…

      • butter56 April 18, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

        I hate to admit, i love them

        • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

          those red twinkies with coconut shredded on top are a heavenly way to perish

      • draupnir April 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

        They’d never last that long in my house.

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

        What a treat it was, upon opening your Bat Man lunchbox you find out your mother had packed in Twinkies for dessert! Hostess cupcakes with the creamy inside were good too.

        • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 6:12 pm #

          In the 80s it was the Yoda or Darth Vader lunchbox.

          I was a Sno-Balls kid myself. As I got older, they reminded me of boobs.

          I still love them, despite knowing they are the worst of the Hostess chemical cocktails.

        • CrusherMuldoon April 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm #

          And the squiggles on top…..don’tr forget the squiggles, Marlin

    • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 11:49 am #

      Anything’s better than Chinese melamine-flavored formula.

    • Islander April 18, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

      Shortage of baby formula.

      Maybe htat means there is a shortage of GMO soy.

      that is one of the main ingredients in baby formula, at least in the US and UK.

      This is the kind of news that might actually be good news.

      Soy baby formula options include:

      Enfamil ProSobee.
      Similac Soy Isomil.
      Gerber Good Start Soy.
      Parent’s Choice Soy (Walmart’s store brand)
      Earth’s Best Organic Soy Infant Formula.

      There are plenty of recipes out there for DIY baby formula, for those women who choose not DIY using their own boobs.

      As for “don’t try this at home,” pretty soon they’ll be saying “don’t try MAKING babies at home . . .”

    • farmgal April 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

      We were called “Carnation” babies after the brand of milk. Supposedly my mom was unable to nurse but I seriously doubt her prudish self would have allowed me within ten feet of her naked breast.

    • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

      How ridiculous! You’d think no one survived to adulthood before the existence of commercial baby food in jars. Probably many of us here grew up just fine without ever being exposed to that gunk.

      • thwack April 18, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

        bring back the wet nurse

        • Redneck Liberal April 18, 2022 at 6:24 pm #

          A Nanny Goat for every breeding household…

          • benr April 18, 2022 at 6:43 pm #

            Nice comment and I agree goat milk was the go-to if no other lactating women was around.

        • GreenAlba April 19, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

          My maternal grandmother, who died long before I was born, was a wet nurse to a baby she and my granddad (who also died before I was born), ended up adopting. She apparently didn’t think she could have children, so I presume she had more than one miscarriage. But after adopting my oldest aunt (born on Christmas Day, 1900, so always easy to remember), she went on to have seven of her own.

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 8:15 pm #

      A woman can breast-feed until the kid’s freakin’ 8 years old if they want to. The only ones who should need formula are gay male couples with their surrogate babies.

  23. oilie April 18, 2022 at 11:21 am #

    The gubmint couldn’t even produce thrall without its handmaidens in the media, but someone is very good at getting all of these geese to honk the same song at the approximate same time. Even more amazing is that most folks take it for the gospel truth. Maybe ignorance really is bliss.

  24. BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 11:30 am #

    Federal National Impotence is front and center in the Ukraine/Russia conflict. US and NATO contribution seems to be nothing more than worthless sanctions, obsolete weapons and bombast. With 6000 nuclear warheads and millions of square miles of mineral resources and grain, Russia seems to be holding the winning hand. Russia is rubbing the West’s noses in its impotence.

    • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

      What grieves me is how much we Asians seem to buy into all the spin spun out by the West regarding Russia and Ukraine. We seem largely incapable of critical and independent thinking. Certainly I have yet to find a Chinese James Howard Kunstler. But maybe that’s because I haven’t been looking — I hope.

      • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

        You need to go to the Mainland, the People’s Republic. They’re allied with Russia. You did not know this?

        • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

          I’d be startled if there were any mainland Chinese analyst who saw and presented the facts about our current predicament like Kunstler or Heinberg. I’m sure you know what sort of government they have there. To be sure there were a couple gentlemen who tried to expose the social injustice rife under the bloody regime — and (not surprisingly) they have gone the same way as Julian Assange.

    • mitchellc April 18, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

      But that’s the bet, isn’t it?

      State & MIC think Russia can’t effectively defend. That we can disable their missiles, influence their people, remove their leaders, have them fold and be incorporated into the Borg.

      Russia says nyet to that, which is why the race is run, to see who actually has game.

      The prize are the last great stores of natural resources to keep the machine running. Let’s say Russia disappeared from history overnight. Everything Jim wrote about would be instantly invalid, as the machine would now have renewed access to true inputs.

      But they are there, now aren’t they? And if we’re wrong, if they aren’t an easy pushover, guess who takes the hit?

      We will know who the winner is by the inflow of talent: tech, engineering, services, even professionals. If your oil work neighbor one day is quietly gone along with his family, will you know why?

      • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

        Russia knows how to fight off invasions of all sorts, with the possible exception of propaganda – before which they seem a bit helpless. But I don’t think that will matter in the long run. However much people in the West shriek about Ukraine, when they run out of fuel and food their attentions will become local and there will be a lot of rage. This mess is just not, as Jim as frequently said, sustainable in any way. At this point, it’s just a question of what gives way first. He’s really hit it on the head this time, and it is indeed a question of not enough stuff being chased by ever increasing amounts of worthless money. It can’t go on.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

      Yup!

      BTW, your smoothies were the hit of our Easter Sunday brunch,

      Again!

      Thanks always for the recipe.

      Being free of Covid for the next year is a comfort!!

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:15 pm #

        For Brh

      • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

        brh will be changing his moniker to MixMasterMarlin soon to celebrate the spring season.

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

        My pleasure, Gentlemen.

  25. mitchellc April 18, 2022 at 11:55 am #

    Beautifully written.

    The most dangerous stage for govt is acceptance. No, not the people accepting servitude, rather the people collectively moving past rhetoric and excuses.

    It is what it is, the resigned fait accompli that this is where we are and there are no unicorns coming to the rescue.

  26. thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 11:57 am #

    Here’s a really interesting Twitter thread trying to analyze why the last several years have been so dumb:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/wolfejosh/status/1515783637265965074

    I really like the insight from the book The Revolt of the Public that, “…distributed networks can protest and overthrow, but never govern…”

    To me, that really seems to line up with what we saw in 2020.

  27. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:18 pm #

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/2022/04/18/nose-back-to-the-memestone/

    Memes mean a lot to me. One picture is worth a thousand words as Confucius says. One picture with words is worth a thousand pictures. Dilbert and Doonesbury changed America for the worst. Now we change it back with OUR Memes.

    • SomeoneInAsia April 18, 2022 at 9:13 pm #

      I really doubt Confucius said that.

  28. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

    Fred Destin: “What I do know for sure is that this old Silicon Valley proverb is grounded in age-old wisdom that still applies today: Good boards don’t create good companies, but a bad board will kill a company every time.”

    Jack Dorsey: Big facts

    Jarek: Sounds like Old Jack is rooting for Elon all the way.

  29. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 12:34 pm #

    Gonzalo Lira: If you don’t hear from me after 12 hours, consider me captured or dead.

    He’s been quiet for two days. Pray for Coach Red Pill.

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

      Yep. He’s likely toast, or wishes that he was.

    • thwack April 18, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

      he should have known better than to try and pull a stunt like that

    • Paula D April 18, 2022 at 5:09 pm #

      What stunt?
      And I hope he’s alright.

      • thirdcoastlegend April 18, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

        I think it’s shorthand for posting reasoned content about the situation from inside Ukraine via cellphone and WiFi.

        Russia is more reasonable than its opposition, so it can be argued his content supported Russia. Obviously the Ukrainian regime wouldn’t like that.

        Finding someone’s physical location via the cell network or WiFi is pretty trivial in this day and age. The Ukrainian SBU could have done it, or perhaps they got a tip from one of their Western backers.

      • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm #

        I hope so, too, but he decided not to flee when he had the chance, which was always confusing to me.

        In any case, now it’s 3 days. Not looking good.

  30. Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

    Hey Beantown Bill, did you go race the marathon today? I see the top American male finisher, one Scott Fauble, bears a striking resemblance to the original Boston Billy himself, Bill Rodgers. Sadly, Americans will never win this race again, barring banning the Africans altogether.

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      Guess I should qualify that. The Americans seem to be dominating the Gimp Races, of course! Won’t be long before its all gimps, and the able bodied (especially white) runners will be shamed out.

      • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

        Wheel chairs are faster and Whites have the upper body strength compared to the East African skinnies. Let the Whites start behind them and then run over them!

        The old gladitorial Chariots had scythes on their wheels. We don’t have to go this far, do we? Do you really care this much? Are you going to force us to do this?

        • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

          LOL! I love it!

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

      Yes, the Kalenjin lineage of East Africa appears to be best in the world. It’s not just living at high altitude since others live higher and don’t have whatever it is they have.

      The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico are said to be extraordinary, but not sure if they’ve ever really competed. They race amongst themselves on fifty miles jaunts.

      An early member of the Kalenjin invasion, Steve Biko, hated this whole line of thought. It’s not genetic, but because we train harder. In other words, they’re better people than Whites!

      • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

        I will give you a new name, Jaya.

        do you know any details on— I ask because I was a victim of a Hawaiian hate crime,

        Judge acquits Hawaii Island woman accused of murdering …
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        Big Island child who starved to death … – Hawaii News Now
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      • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

        There’s huge resistance to the idea that any trait people exhibit has a genetic origin. If it does, so many of their ridiculous assertions just fall apart. We all know that a collie is different from a corgi, and we all know why.

      • thwack April 18, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

        Africans have an extra bone in their foot.

        I read it in an old book written back when white people could say what ever they wanted (pre 2nd WW)

        White people used to be awesome.

        • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

          or other races lack a bone.

        • Alzaebo April 18, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

          An extra quadriceps muscle, source of the booty shelf

        • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 6:10 pm #

          Some folks have vestigial tails. Not sure if it is more common in any particular group.

          I would be most interested in hearing Jarek’s take on this. But only if he makes it funny.

          • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 7:45 pm #

            did sharks and whales once have legs?

      • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

        an early 1600s account of a Massachusetts Indian (Wampanoag?) stated that the individual ran 40 miles to deliver a message, and then ran back 40 miles the following day.

        also, they were of such physical perfection that the settler wives needed to be shielded from viewing them to deter intermixing

  31. JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

    An article I have read says that in essence, the folks on Gen z have not made the connection between accomplishment and hard work.

    Without a work ethic, they are groomed to be good little Democratic gimmes.

    Hmmm, who to blame?

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

      Free Rascal Scooters for everyone!

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

        Dis good idea,

        How about Monopoly money?

        • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

          We’d have to devalue the dollar even more to issue it.

  32. RelativeGuise April 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

    “Our government is not interested in supporting any of that, and we might doubt that it even could anymore if it wanted to. It only wants to keep you in a state of abject thrall while it fritters away our posterity.”

    Well said. Fine article. As ever the reason escapes in precisely the events alluded to. It isn’t as if the warning’s not taken, or that even reason is controlled because with worthless money the object is ever changing as if it were some “gif” that conjures the thought of that hallucinated economy and when the product is declared fake and one has no more resource to manipulate a thing with it’s ever changing nature the first thing targeted is a weakness by someone judged to be weak. This is what every war has ever been about, and it’s why some seem to be so uptight about the most seeming triviality. No matter the thought of utopia of how “red” one’s blood is, the Father of Lies, will always have a trick to get the perception to oppose the reality, and to him it doesn’t matter what side you’re on.

  33. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-nixes-dozens-math-textbooks-134459396.html

    CRT and/or Common Core, although possibly rebranded or unnamed. The purpose of Common Core is to insure that no one leans math, but attaining equity with Blacks who can’t or won’t.

    • Disaffected April 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      You will know nothing and love it.

    • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

      lens? leans? learns?

  34. JTinMD April 18, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

    Thralldom = The Gamesters of Triskelion

    That’s all I got. Too damned busy! Thanks for the excellent distraction, Mr K!

  35. JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:45 pm #

    Fox is putting out a really important story today that sums up the US and its priorities very well.

    We now have an emoji available that is a pregnant man.

    Wooowie!!

  36. Roundball Shaman April 18, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

    “America has had enough of being in thrall, especially to figures and forces dedicated to our destruction.”

    Part of America has had enough of this. The other part is cheering on and aiding the destruction in a twisted orgy of clueless Wokesterism and a misguided sense of deviant purpose.

    People need a reason to feel good about themselves. Some people make real contributions to Life. Some people still work hard and get satisfaction out of earning an honest paycheck and getting a feeling of accomplishment from useful employment.

    Other people exist mostly without a real sense of good purpose and so they mindlessly glom on to whatever the latest flavor of virtue-signaling social engineering nonsense cause comes along. And in the Monkey-See, Monkey-Do, Simon-Says, Follow the Leader useful idiot parade of following along a path of bad intentions paved by pretty flowers and crafty slogans, They try to gain a sense of self-worth and purpose. But is fleeting at best, and wholly fake and empty at its core.

    “The country has been in serious trouble for more than a decade. Cavalcades of bad choices — and then lying to ourselves about these bad choices — has shoved us well over the edge of our cherished expectations.”

    The country has been in serious trouble since 1963. Or some might say, 1945 when a certain group of serious-looking Germans in lab coats were spirited in the dark of night over into the USA and given new identities and cleansed and polished biographies and then they were handed very high positions in the American government. And that human rot has fully flowered and bloomed with the Deep State power structure and is bearing ever-more-rotted fruit with each imbedded generation of Darksters.

    Or, was it 1913 when the entire USA monetary system of fakery, fraud, and conjuring fake money out of real thin air was codified by Our (laughing called) Public Servants. And THAT rotten system has also stunk to high heaven more with each passing year.

    These were ‘bad choices’ only for We the People. They were damn good choices for the vultures and con artists and grifters who have made and benefitted from these socially-engineering atrocities for generations.

    We the People did not want any of this cultural filth. It was imposed upon us. Some argue that We allowed it. But really, what could we have done to stop it. The Thieves had already stolen the valuables before We the People even knew what was happening and that anything was missing.

    And once the theft had occurred, it was too late to stop it. And the Thieves have now had generations to hide Their crimes and commit more.

    Yes, Springtime is here. But to a great measure, it still feels like the dead of Winter.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

      Fakery, fraud and conjuring fake money.

      All caused by one thing, trying to buy power from an ignorant voting public.

      The more you spend, the more you need, the more you need, the more you spend.

      A fatal snowball.

    • Rowdypiglet April 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

      Well put and true, except I wouldn’t entirely agree that we “did not want any of this cultural filth.” Some among us welcomed it and reveled in it, and continue to do so and to entice others to join them. Beginning with the Boomers, we seem to have lost our resistance to corruption of all kinds. Eventually, we ceased to even recognize it as corruption. So now we have people who genuinely cannot understand why anyone would not want their kindergarten age child to be subjected to the “genderbread fairy.” It isn’t possible to reanimate the shock and revulsion, the sense of absolute wrong that we felt the first time we saw a man pretending to be a woman. We see it every day now, it’s commonplace. I have no idea how we can make it stop.

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

        Right Rowdy – for the umpteenth time – “What we allow becomes acceptable”. So, here we are.

        How can we make it stop? Reintroduce the idea of telling people – “That’s not acceptable” and meaning it.

      • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm #

        i refuse to call a man a woman or refer to him as she.

        i got nothing against anyone dressing up per their whims and fetishes, but i can’t stand the obligation to ‘like’ it.

        ho hum it’s all a cheesy clear attempt to tear down the fabric of what they know is healthy normalcy so they can get control.

        basic commie stuff

    • Islander April 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

      “People need a reason to feel good about themselves. ”

      I think this is a fundamental aspect of what drives the pro-CovidCraziness and pro-Ukraine activism.

      All of the ridiculous covid fearmongering and finger-tsking have been replaced with blue-yellow flags and fundraisers for the Ukrs. People do not get that their own govt is responsible for getting this war started and for continuing. I see no antiwar activism. Just the “feed Ukr. refugess” type of activism.

      It ‘s like a need has been created via covid that is ready to be triggered now by any appropriate news story.

      It is like an addiction to get on certain bandwagons and show that one is responsible and empathetic and get the drip feed of feeling good about oneself.

      Of course, no empathy for people who dissent from the dominating narrative.

  37. JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 1:53 pm #

    Got a new job for the CDC.

    What is in the water of the Pacific Ocean, the air of the west coast or the minerals washing out the the western coastal ranges that is contagious and infects every person that moves there and converts them to Progressive Gimme Zombies?

  38. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

    https://www.amren.com/news/2022/04/race-is-central-to-identity-for-black-americans/

    According to Pew, 76% of Blacks feel their race is very important to their identity.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

      Very tribal!

      Gangs! Sports!

      Certainly not multi ethnic America.

      These folks are a hair ball that the US cannot spit up!

      • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 5:37 pm #

        Great image. The whole integration thing was a shit test we failed because Blacks don’t want that. They just want everything we have for their race.

        • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:10 pm #

          correct for likely 80% of svarts.

          best to steer clear

        • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

          @ Jarek:

          Unfortunately, “everything we have” (though much eroded) consists mostly of intangibles, rather than material wealth: education, culture, civility, restraint, and far less inclination towards criminal behavior. To these we can also add know-how; whites are willing and able to do productive things.

          It is these things that make for a good life, though its material basis may be slender.

          Blacks will never “have what we have,” since it appears that they lack the capacity for them. But they demand the worthless tokens of high school and college diplomas without being educated, and insist that we dignify black social behavior as “culture.”

          Nothing resembling a “good life” is possible for blacks, even if they attain the good job, the nice car, the big house, and the fake degrees, as long as they remain “N” words.

          I think this is one of the main roots of their frustration. That “everything that we have” is, for blacks, unobtainium.

  39. JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

    Aren’t you glad the Mob is watching out for us. They are pumping oil from emergency services.

    While the bond rates up again, oil is up to $110/barrel. With friends like the Mob, who needs enemies.

    33% of the public think he is doing a good job.

    OMG, what do they think is a bad job?

    • rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

      33% says WHO

      you actually believe the media?

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm #

        Says today’s approval rating on Fox.

    • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

      80% of Democrats. Delusional – these people cannot be helped.

      https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/4-takeaways-on-americans-views-of-biden-ahead-of-state-of-the-union

      • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

        My sister (delusional) argues she’s doing better under Biden than Trump.

        Which makes no sense, as she’s retiring, because her current job sucks, which is under Biden.

        Yes they are insane.

  40. Bilejones April 18, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

    A couple of things that intersect.

    Putin’s PHD thesis was on the topic of real resource based economies v. financialized fantasies.

    Tom Luongo ( Gold, Goat’s ’n’ Guns) podcast with Mr K a month or so ago touched in “inside Money” and “Outside money” the former being what the West is awash in. He also mentioned the US’s approach to International Relations – That of a 14 year old playing Dungeons and Dragons – Killd everybody and steal their stuff.

  41. Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

    I am becoming very concerned about my brain. There are only a handful of comments that made any sense to me up to this point today. (This should draw a smart-ass response from Night Owl.

    • elysianfield April 18, 2022 at 4:31 pm #

      Q,
      A quick test to assess your comprehension;

      A billiards player is assumed whereas pocket pool sloppy seconds and devil take the hindmost Skoll represents beatification.

    • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

      Your actions would have been sad enough if your corrections were sensible and your own posts free of errors. Alas, that was never the case. You felt the need to spend most of your time doing something that not only annoyed a fair share of people here, but that you are also not equipped to do.

      You calling me out on a regular basis for pointing and laughing at your bullshit simply speaks to your insecure self image and childish nature.

      Do something positive here some time.

      • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

        Even JHK has had enough of his bullshit.

  42. Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

    Owl.)

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:06 pm #

      LOL

  43. dannovac April 18, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

    I recommend everyone to read Real Anthony Fauci by Bobby Kennedy Jr. On chapther 3 he explains how Ivermectin could have saved 80 percent of deaths Worldwide. This book have opened my eyes. I now know that, 90% of all medicine is not for anything else than profit for them. Low profit and effective medicines are bashed and marketed as ineffective because they go against their narrative and profit plans. One of them is wonder drug Ivermectin. I see that everyday people search for it but can’t find a place to obtain. You can get yours by visiting https://www.livingnatural.net

    • Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:16 pm #

      dan, see my comment just below. I assume it’s too late to take Ivermectin once you (i.e. my son) has tested pos for Covid??

      • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 5:04 pm #

        Q – absolutely not ever too late to take Ivermectin. In my 17-day bed-ridden fight with Covid, I waited too long, until breathing difficulties on day 8. Dosed Durovet 1.87 Ivermectin Paste @ 68mcg/lb bodyweight & immediately turned uphill. From there, back to about 95% at Day 17.

        • Redneck Liberal April 18, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

          …which probably would have occurred anyway…

          • Ron Anselmo April 18, 2022 at 7:20 pm #

            Nope RL. The good Lord helps those who help themselves, and I don’t mean a ride to the pharmacy for the death shot.

          • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

            And again we meet with liberals’ absolutely astonishing ability not to know anything about anything.

            The efficacty of Ivermectin has been proven over and over again, and information about how and when to use it is abundant.

            Apparently Q. Shtik and Redneck are among those liberals who insist that their opinions on all matters are based on “research.” It has become a popular liberal rejoinder to say, “I researched it, and that’s why I believe [some bullshit].”

            Actually, they did no such thing and still don’t know anything at all about any subject under discussion.

  44. Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:13 pm #

    This year our family decided to have Easter dinner on Saturday rather than Sunday. There were 9 adults and two boys, 9 and 10. We got word this morning that my older son, the one with the two boys, was not feeling well, went to the doc and tested positive for Covid. Now the rest of us are wondering what will happen next. We were all in close proximity…lots of hugging and kissing. I feel fine so far.

  45. Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:28 pm #

    Last Friday, 3 days ago, I received a State tax refund check for >$1,000. I quickly made out a deposit slip and drove to my local B of A Bank. The door was locked and there was a sign saying “Temporarily Closed” but giving no reason nor stating when they would again reopen. I Googled the other BofA banks in my area and found the same thing.

    Anybody know what’s up with these BofA banks in Central NJ? In fact, is it just in Central NJ or everywhere?

    • Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

      Neh ver mind. I got the answer. Google tells me “Big banks are temporarily closing branches across the nation as they cope with labor shortages and ongoing complications from Covid-19”

      Why couldn’t BofA have put those words on the sign in their window?

      Pricks!

      • Kim April 19, 2022 at 12:12 am #

        Worrying. Of course it is not covid.

        What could those lying sh1ts be up to?

  46. Paula D April 18, 2022 at 4:44 pm #

    I think that the Great Reset of the 80s has led to a lot of this lack of reality so prevalent in the US.
    The financial scum were set loose to do leveraged buyouts of sound companies, and one of the things they did was raid the pension funds.
    No problem! The bankers came up with 401Ks, which were private accounts sold to workers as a way to make them millionaires.
    But not until they retired, you see. For the next 40 years or so, see, you contribute to your ”account” and it just multiplies like rabbits and when you retire…….what?
    The idea of getting dividends from owning stock was dropped right down the Memory Hole and you were supposed to get your thrills from simply owning a constantly rising number, with no actual benefits derived. The firmly held belief was that when retirement came you could cash in that large sum of money and live for the rest of your life off of it.
    What kind of bullshit was this?
    Meanwhile, pension fund holders like Vanguard became powerful players in the grifter’s paradise called Washington, DC and laws were passed to allow them more power.
    So the workers contribute for 50 years to Vanguard and Vanguard makes sure that worker’s wages never improve and oh yeah, that they can’t afford housing because Vanguard has ”invested” in housing and look how much more money you have in your 401K statement.
    Wow, you’re rich! Maybe you can invest in a nicer car to live in.
    Oh, no, wait, you can’t.

    • Q. Shtik April 18, 2022 at 5:25 pm #

      “The firmly held belief was that when retirement came you could cash in that large sum of money and live for the rest of your life off of it.” – Paula D (formerly Wage Laborer from yesteryear)

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

      Is your comment at 4:44pm a response to a previous comment made by someone else?

      If so, I can tell you YOUR comment is filled with errors. For example, whether your 401k balance would ever total up to a million dollars would depend on a couple of things: 1) how much you put in every month and 2) what you had that 401k money invested in (which was YOUR choice, not someone else’s).

      Also, the idea that a person would “cash in that large sum of money and live for the rest of your life off of it” is totally the wrong concept. If you withdrew ALL the money in one shot (in a single tax year) you would be taxed at the highest rate. Rather, the best strategy would be to ONLY take RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) once you reached the magic age.

      In my own case, I knew that I would have a sizable amount of money in the 401k plus I’d be getting a Soc Sec check and a pension check. The 3 amounts combined would be enough to live on assuming reasonable frugality. And then in 2014 my brother died suddenly and I inherited all his money, home and car. He had never married and his hobby was saving money so it all fell in my lap.

      • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 9:31 am #

        Q. Man,

        The period in which you lived has been rightfully called The Days of Wine and Roses. It won’t be coming back again anytime soon.

      • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

        The firmly held belief I refer to was the belief of the workers that they were going to be millionaires.
        This belief came from the shucksters who sold the plans. They never said anything about RMDs, I can assure you, plus, most people never saved enough to withdraw enough money to live on for one year, let alone possible decades of life.
        You hold yourself up as an example, but I don’t see why. 401 plus SS plus pension equals frugality?
        The odds of most people having a deus ex machina like a rich brother dying are slim. Lucky you, but how you extrapolate your good fortune into defending 401Ks is beyond me.

        • Q. Shtik April 19, 2022 at 5:50 pm #

          defending 401Ks – Paula

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

          When 401k’s were invented (I forget what year that was) I signed up and had the maximum taken from my pay (I think it was 15% at the time) and I continued on right up till my retirement in Feb 2006. Over all those months and years it adds up to quite a bit of money. BTW, I was never a highly paid employee.

          Even if I had not inherited my brother’s money I would have been able to live in reasonable comfort. I had arranged my finances so that my house and cars were fully paid off a couple of months before retiring. I also NEVER allow a credit card balance to go unpaid at the end of a month. As a result I have almost never paid interest.

          You asked “401 plus SS plus pension equals frugality?” What I said was “reasonable” frugality. I never piss money away unlike my BIL, Peter.

          Unfortunately for many people they can’t make a plan and stick to it. I can. It’s in my nature.

  47. Htruth April 18, 2022 at 5:09 pm #

    Robert Malone Hides Video Robert Malone’s Wife Is A Bill Gates Fan: https://americanyellowvest.wpcomstaging.com/blog/

  48. Bilejones April 18, 2022 at 5:21 pm #

    Zman’s good on the meaning of nationalism. it’s uses and abuses and why Poland’s fucked while Hungary isn’t.

    https://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=27197

    • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

      According to The Duran the game is up in Mariupol. It looks like the Azov Brigade is determined to make an Alamo inspired Last Stand inside the massive steel plant they’re holed up in after rejecting a demand that they surrender. One has to give credit where credit is due; the Ukranian chaps and foreign mercenary fighters did well against the mighty Russians, holding out much longer than anybody thought they would.

      • Night Owl April 18, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

        Not sure I agree. They were largely steamrolled, despite having a larger army, and weapons deliveries on a regular basis from the corrupt Western leaders supporting the puppet regime.

        The Russians could have taken Kiev several weeks ago.

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

        That’s a good point Owl. One thing that’s a little puzzling is that the weapons systems the Ukrainians are receiving take training to operate, sometimes a great deal of training. A Ukrainian soldier cannot just unbox a Javelin Missile and start taking out Russian armor. I’m sure there’s a lot that goes in to deploying the thing. Who is training the Ukrainians, and where are they being trained? In Poland? Germany?

        • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 12:56 am #

          Jeez BRH – just search YouTube for “How to fire a Javelin Missile” – get with the program. I kid you not – welcome to the 21st Century.

        • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

          They have been trained by US and NATO troops, right there in Ukraine.
          Putin explained it in his speech.
          This ex-NATO guy also explains it.
          ”In fact, the army is undermined by the corruption of its cadres and no longer enjoys the support of the population. According to a UK Home Office report , when reservists were called up in March-April 2014, 70% did not show up for the first session, 80% for the second, 90% for the third and 95% for the fourth. In October/November 2017, 70% of callers did not show up during the “ Autumn 2017 ” callback campaign. This does not include suicides and desertions(often for the benefit of the autonomists) which reach up to 30% of the workforce in the ATO zone. Young Ukrainians refuse to go and fight in the Donbass and prefer emigration, which also explains, at least partially, the country’s demographic deficit.

          The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense then turned to NATO to help it make its armed forces more “attractive”. Having already worked on similar projects within the framework of the United Nations, I was asked by NATO to participate in a program intended to restore the image of the Ukrainian armed forces. But it’s a long process and the Ukrainians want to go quickly.

          Thus, to compensate for the lack of soldiers, the Ukrainian government resorted to paramilitary militias. They are essentially made up of foreign mercenaries, often far-right activists. As of 2020, they constitute around 40% of Ukraine’s forces and number around 102,000 men according to Reuters . They are armed, financed and trained by the United States, Great Britain, Canada and France. There are more than 19 nationalities – including Swiss.”

          https://scheerpost.com/2022/04/09/former-nato-military-analyst-blows-the-whistle-on-wests-ukraine-invasion-narrative/

        • Night Owl April 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

          BRH,

          There is a Major General from the US who was reportedly training the Ukrainian army in Ukraine.

          He has not been seen in quite some time and is said to have been captured. The Brits are definitely providing training. They were discussing this on a recent UK Column program.

          • Night Owl April 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

            Roger Cloutier was the Maj. Gen.

      • thwack April 18, 2022 at 9:48 pm #

        They train using apps on their phones.

      • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 1:12 am #

        BRH – rumor has it that the Avozstal Tunnels (14 miles in length) under the foundry & plant, contain bio-weapons labs (Metabiota), supported & staffed by many NATO country personnel (estimated @ 250) – the reason the Ukies have dug in so hard.

        Supposedly why the Azov Brigade refuses to surrender & are holed up in the tunnels until the bitter end. The Azov fighters are known to be the fiercest, ruthless and most vicious fighters in Ukraine.

        Consequently, the Chechen fighters – their equivalent on the Russian side have been tasked with smoking the remaining Azov fighters out of the tunnels.

        As JHK is wont to say, I’ll stand by on this one, but if true, it’ll be a very big problem for everyone but Putin. Very big.

        • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 1:16 am #

          Edit: *Azovstal* Tunnels

        • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 1:25 am #

          Also, supposedly Macron is getting dragged because he couldn’t get the French biolab personnel contingent out before Mariupol was surrounded.

          Le Pen is giving him a run in the French presidency final on 4/24. I’d love to see her win. There are hopes in her camp for a Trumpesque victory. A prior head-to-head poll had MLP at 50.5% & Macron at 49.5%. What say any French CFN’ers?

        • thwack April 19, 2022 at 7:24 am #

          flood the tunnels with either gasoline, or water

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 9:43 am #

            That’ll take care of the Azov fighters, but if there are in fact biolabs, there might be some pathogens released that we’d rather not deal with.

        • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

          I have heard that they have biolabs down there also.
          Supposedly the prisoners they held at the port were threatened with ”the pit”, which they thought was an actual pit, but was probably the basement bioweapon labs in the steel mill.
          The people taken there never came back.
          They were probably experimented on until they died and their bodies burned in the steel furnaces.
          Supposedly the NATO trainers tried to leave,, but their sweet little resistance fighters, being nazis and all, held them hostage.
          It’s hard to feel sorry for them.
          I do hope they are caught alive and sing like canaries, not that the western media would ever cover it.

      • cbeard April 19, 2022 at 9:39 am #

        As has already been said, the only reason Putin hasn’t already wiped the plate is because he did not want to destroy infrastructure that he may eventually have to rebuild. This fiasco would have been over in short order otherwise. Plus, I don’t think he wanted to put his country and troops in a bad light by instigating a slaughter. If the enemy refuses to surrender against overwhelming odds, and slaughter becomes necessary, then so be it.

  49. rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:07 pm #

    “The idea of getting dividends from owning stock was dropped right down the Memory Hole and you were supposed to get your thrills from simply owning a constantly rising number, with no actual benefits derived.”

    —————————————————————————————-
    The stocks you own in your 401k earn dividends AFAIK and are generally reinvested.

    On the whole, the 401k system has likely benefited significantly the average person who has contributed.

    • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      Yeah, sure.
      That is how the pyramid scam works, as I said. For 50 years, you give them money and they tell you that your dividends are reinvested and Look at all that money you have on that piece of paper we send you every year!
      You’re rich!

      • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

        Except when the market crashes, of course.
        Then all that money is gone and you have to invest double to make up for it!
        After the crash of 2001 they pulled that shit on me and I thought, Do you think I’m stupid?
        And then my co-workers earnestly told me that they had doubled their “contributions” so that they could build their 401Ks back up to where they were before the crash.
        OK, yeah, they think we’re stupid.

        • Q. Shtik April 19, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

          Seriously Paula, in these last two comments of yours above you are talking out your ass.

          • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 9:00 pm #

            I am speaking from experience.
            The same thing happened in the 2008 crash. My co-workers lost tens of thousands of dollars that they had on paper.
            I guess you don’t know about stock market crashes.

          • Islander April 19, 2022 at 10:36 pm #

            “My co-workers lost tens of thousands of dollars that they had on paper.”

            Well, it all depends on what the “paper” was.

            If the stocks were shares in decent companies, they recovered their value.

            If they were trash, like some weird derivatives, then they stayed trash.

            It’s really best to invest your own pension funds instead of relying on a manager who has an undeclared interest in selling you his companies financial “products.”

            You can open an account at Ameritrade and trade for free.

    • Paula D April 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm #

      Again, the idea that if you own stocks you are paid dividends seems to be beyond the ken of Americans nowadays.
      But that is basic capitalism.
      It took a lot of brainwashing to get people to forget it, even those who fancy themselves savvy investors.

      • Q. Shtik April 20, 2022 at 10:11 pm #

        It took a lot of brainwashing to get people to forget it, even those who fancy themselves savvy investors. – Paula

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

        What in god’s name are you talking about!? If you own the stock of a company and they declare a dividend You will receive that dividend.

        There are 500 companies in the S&P 500. 84% of them pay dividends.

        • Paula D April 21, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

          So why don’t 401Ks issue dividends when you retire?

          • Q. Shtik April 22, 2022 at 12:02 am #

            Someday maybe we can have a cup of coffee and I can explain these things to you.

  50. rube-i-con April 18, 2022 at 6:20 pm #

    “Africans have an extra bone in their foot.

    I read it in an old book written back when white people could say what ever they wanted (pre 2nd WW)

    White people used to be awesome.”

    =========================================
    blacks run faster
    their femurs are more bowed than those of other races i believe

  51. MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 6:27 pm #

    Another ‘conspiracy theory’ openly discussed by the CIA.

    Yep, chemtrails are geoengineering and it’s been going on for decades.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBG81dXgM0Q

    • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 7:44 pm #

      30 years in california, or longer than 30 years.

      • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

        For sure.

  52. MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 6:34 pm #

    Prof. Sam Vaknin brings the goods. This is a much-watch/listen:

    “This is the most nightmarish period in human history. It is the age of Splitting: This is the age of splitting: black vs. white, 100% right against 1000% wrong. Nothing in between, no subtleties or nuances. The world as a morality play of angels fighting demons.

    Public intellectuals, “experts”, gurus, and coaches thrive on splitting. They sacrifice their intellectual integrity for the sake of dumb popularity.

    Splitting is an infantile psychological defense mechanism. It is a hallmark of immaturity and an antidote to empathy. It precludes cooperation and compromise and fosters conflict.

    Age of Death
    Age of Spectacle
    Age of Self-sufficiency
    Age of Risk Aversion
    Age of Magical Thinking
    Age of Entitlement

    Age of Distrust: This is the age of pervasive distrust: of experts, of science, of the authorities, of the future, and of each other. Everyone is wary of being played. Every has a pet conspiracy theory.

    Nowhere is the mistrust more profound than between men and women in all age groups, from all backgrounds, everywhere in the world.

    Around 70% of men and women say that they deeply or somewhat distrust the opposite sex. The remainder totally or “somewhat” trust their counterparties.

    Women complain that men are “feminine”: not committed or invested, weak, ineffectual, and craven. The vagaries of online dating served to augment this inauspicious view of men.

    Men describe women as sexually unboundaried, prone to cheating and drunkenness, and cunning.

    A whopping 16% of people under age 25 cheat in their relationships every year (compared to 2% per annum in the 1980s). Cheating had become a default casual sex behavior and is now intimately coupled with excessive drinking.

    This supernova of infidelity is driven by empowered and financially independent women who no longer tolerate male abuse and bad or no sex in their primary dyads.

    This abysmal mutual resentment and hypervigilance has dire outcomes: about one third of the surveyed in Pew Center studies are lifelong singles, another 15% are in between rapidfire pseudorelationships.

    The marriage rate is at an all time low, having declined by 50% since 1990. Birth rates in industrial countries have plummeted and the populations in many nations are aging and declining at dizzying speeds.

    Since 2016, aloneness is the new normal for the majority of men and women worldwide.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oacE4IgaQ74

    • malthuss April 18, 2022 at 7:43 pm #

      A whopping 16% of people under age 25 cheat in their relationships every year (compared to 2% per annum in the 1980s). Cheating had become a default casual sex behavior and is now intimately coupled with excessive drinking.

      are those young married? if not, are they cheating? or mating dating?

      • Anthea April 19, 2022 at 6:49 pm #

        @ malthuss:

        The most sensible comment I’ve ever heard on the subject of “cheating” is, “If you’re not married to her, she can date anyone she wants.” Also, obviously, vice-versa. Commitment is a two-way street; if you won’t commit, you can’t expect commitment from your SO.

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 8:01 pm #

      Yes, so many women want men with traditional traits, even though they themselves aren’t interested in being traditional. Rather, they want protection from a hard working man, whom they can divorce/rape when the time is right, such as when the man is sick or when he no longer makes more money than she does. Or when someone more exciting comes along.

      A truly Traditional Man has no interest in serving conniving women like the above. And he values himself and extends that value to his mate. He’s not some toy soldier that can be put into a box when not needed.

      • thwack April 18, 2022 at 8:16 pm #

        The main problem with modern women is that most of them are looking for a wife.

        • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

          Nice. They actually think that men want a “strong woman”. Or that being a slut doesn’t rule them out as marriage material.

          • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 10:03 pm #

            How many girlfriends have you had, Jarek?

            LOL.

          • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

            Tell us more about Lesbian Skiing in Salt Lake City.

          • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 10:40 pm #

            No way! I don’t like to feed incel fantasies. Y’all might get violent ala your hero, Eliot whats-his-name.

          • Suburban_elk April 19, 2022 at 10:40 am #

            Take an L once in awhile, Mary, such as on this exchange. It would be the sign of a strong position, to acknowledge when it fits.

            You slung an insult, he slapped you back.

            Lesbianism as a turn-on for hetero males is just more porn world degeneracy. Granted, it’s perhaps not as deviant and disgusting as some of the others, but it’s absolutely NOT a fixation for normal, healthy men, to watch dykes doing their thing. Anyone telling you otherwise, is full of it.

            One man, one woman.

        • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 12:54 am #

          Anyone with a full-time job, whether male of female, needs a “wife”–in the sense of someone to do the housekeeping, cooking, child care, and various other chores that were formerly attended to by the stay-at-home wife/mother. Now that married women are expected (by their husbands) to support the family, this “second shift” will fall to the wife, unless she insists that her husband share the work load.

          If a husband does not want to pitch in and help with these chores, he needs to be willing to support a stay-at-home housewife/mother–and provide his wife with adequate compensation for that work.

      • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:12 pm #

        Hmmm. Where are those men? I see trannies, bisexuals, dudes with moobs and fat hips, trans “allies” who despise women, incels, etc.

        This is what women have to choose from, now.

        • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 10:16 pm #

          That’s just what you focus on because you want to feel superior. But certainly men aren’t as masculine as they used to be – screwed up by being raised by single mothers, female teachers, the pervasive anti-male and feminist ethos, and of course plastics in the environment that mimic estrogens, as well as the endless birth control hormones being released by women on the pill.

          Women have a huge role to play in other words – and there’s nothing women hate more than taking responsibility for their wrong doing.

          • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 10:39 pm #

            Awwww won’t SOMEBODY think of the MENS?

            Poor babies!

            They are weak because of the womenfolk.

            LOL.

          • malthuss April 19, 2022 at 12:28 am #

            Plastic
            estrogen [in chicken etc]

            what else? physical / chemical, not conditioning.

          • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

            Yes, hater. Your bile shows the Truth of it. After all, the child is the father of the man. And male children are fed this kind of bile right from their mother’s metaphorical breast. With no man around to protect them, and to be a model for them, there is nothing to counter-act the poison.

          • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 1:00 am #

            @ Mary Queen:

            Jarek doesn’t know any actual people. His views on the relationship between the sexes are based on his imaginary friends.

          • spaingaroo April 22, 2022 at 9:05 am #

            I’m afraid I am one hundred percent with the male in this convo, and the women commenters, who I thought were all right, are just making fools of themselves.
            Just calling it as it stands right there in print

    • Night Owl April 19, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

      I am not a huge fan of Vaknin, but the splitting trend reminds me of “ghosting” in friendships — another trend with similar characteristics practiced by similar personality types.

  53. tom clark April 18, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

    Rube-i-con is back. Hip hip hooray!

    In the meantime, PLEASE stop feeding your songbirds! Avian flu is rampant. Do the world a favor and rob yourself of all the joy you have in life…and by all means, watch those backyard chickens. They may KILL ya!

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm #

      If you feed hummingbirds, don’t use honey. It caused an infection on their tongue and they will die. Only sugar water. I’m not even sure that’s a good idea either. They may not leave when they should.

    • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

      The squirrels ruined my bird feeder, so I decided to quit feeding them. But the cardinals hung around and gave me sad looks, so I just put it out on a shelf.
      No way I’m giving up my chickens. The government can go screw themselves.
      I assume they have released another bioweapon, this one aimed at backyard hens.
      People should demand that they shut down the bioweapon research labs, instead of falling for each new disease scare.

      • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

        Oh come now, how else would Tyson Foods gain dominance in China, Asia, and South Asia’s poultry markets?

  54. thwack April 18, 2022 at 6:49 pm #

    Here is my Subway Shooter worldview analysis. In this 2 minute clip someone is, I suspect, ,trying to make him out as an anti semite; but the truth is, he is just using Jews as a proxy for black people so that his analogy works.

    its a clumsy one but I get it.

    Here is his worldview in a nut shell:

    1. Black people act like niggers; resentful, lazy, obnoxious, criminal…

    2. White people tolerate, support and defend niggers acting like niggers…

    3. One day White people are going to use the excuse of niggers acting like niggers as a reason to genocide all black people.

    I think thats what he is saying; and why he feels like a John the Baptist type character, sounding the alarm, sending the warning…

    Im not trying to defend this guy; Im only saying he should not be dismissed as “crazy” due to his expressed opinion of what could occur in the future.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDhx0pvYz8I

    *you’re welcome*

    • Jarek April 18, 2022 at 8:11 pm #

      If he is John the Baptist, who is the Messiah? Why not you? Why not go up and see him and tell him you will pick up the baton from here?

      Blacks need their own Nation in the Deep South. All wise Blacks know this. Go confer with Minister Farakahn if you still have any doubts.

      I assume there are videos where he hates on Whites too? Or did he light up a train car full of Blacks?

    • Suburban_elk April 19, 2022 at 10:43 am #

      u can say niggers on here?

      • thwack April 19, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

        thwack can.

        Is Greg Eliot still around?

        or did he kick the bucket?

        • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

          Thwack is aware that there is a civil war in the Black Community and has labelled one side.

          What should the other side be called? Americans?

        • Suburban_elk April 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm #

          GE had the good graces to retire.

  55. tom clark April 18, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

    MQ…Prof. Sam certainly is a bundle of laffs.
    Excuse me whilst I tend to my backyard chickens.

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:14 pm #

      He’s nowhere near as funny as you, TC.

      Enjoy your chickie-doodles.

  56. Jarek April 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm #

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/18/us/politics/federal-mask-mandate-airplanes.html

    Mask mandate struck down. Very timely since they obviously intend to bring the covid madness back. The Trump appointee declared it Federal overreach. Yet many agencies hate this ruling and seem intent on ignoring it according to the article.

  57. thwack April 18, 2022 at 8:32 pm #

    unconfirmed CoachDeadPill report, big if true:

    https://twitter.com/kyparissiotes/status/1515772455650009089

    • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

      No one has any proof, and his city’s being shelled, so there are many possibilities.

      • thwack April 18, 2022 at 10:27 pm #

        I hope he is ok, but based on his reckless behavior, it doesn’t look good for him.

        what was he thinking?

        (((shaking my head)))

        • MaryQueen April 18, 2022 at 10:38 pm #

          Yeah I thought he was acting stupid too, taunting and using the internet knowing it’s traceable. He seemed to like to taunt fate.

          • Night Owl April 19, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

            I had a feeling his time would be short after the interview with Scott Ritter.

            We shall see.

          • Islander April 19, 2022 at 10:42 pm #

            His interview was an embarrassment.

            Not to Ritter.

            Lira was asking for trouble (quite apart from the Ritter interview; I was surprised that Ritter even agreed to it.)

        • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

          I feel that free speech should not be taken as reckless behavior.
          “He was asking for it” is not acceptable, imo.

          • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

            You’re being ridiculous. Ukraine is a realm of chaos and death at this point. It’s like young women who get drunk and then stagger around deserted city streets in high heels and short skirts after the clubs close. Something bad may very well happen to them. Should it? No. But something bad may very well happen to them, the probability depending on the city in question.

            I watched him only once. Superb. He was abused by his father as a boy and it obviously colored his personality. He hated bullies – like his father and the Ukrainian thugs. He wanted to get back at them….

            He knew that the thugs weren’t behind all this, but rather the Internationalists of a certain ethnic group. He admitted that the thugs may have taken control, at least in certain places. He was able to admit he wasn’t sure.

          • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

            Omigod, Jarek.
            You are the one who constantly complains about the state of manhood today.
            You should be singing of the glory of Gonzalvo and praising his courage to the skies.
            He was afraid, but he did not let it stop him from standing up like a man and speaking out against the nazis.
            The azozs have captagon supplied to them, (just like ISIS does), artificial courage in a pill given to them by their US masters, which makes them fearless and violent.
            Gonzalvo has true cojones. He stood up to the azozs out of principles.
            I guess I have to sing his praises alone, because you men’s rights dudes are blaming him instead.

          • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 11:27 pm #

            Again you don’t quite get it. I didn’t condemn him. I just speculated on the background of his motives. In any case, doing what he did is what makes journalists famous. Maybe this played a part too. He gambled and he lost. But if so, he died fighting for what believed in, apart from any career motivations. .

            Your “he deserved it” remains bizarre. No one was saying that. Bravery always looks foolish to some. I wasn’t criticizing him, but you!

    • Night Owl April 19, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

      A part of me thinks that most of this net zero climate tech. and the big push to implement it all is just going to collapse under its own weight, like most of the lies that drive the development.

  58. wm5135 April 18, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

    “The country has been in serious trouble for more than a decade.” JHK

    Volker shock – 1980 – yes that is more than a decade about 4 times more than a decade. Oh thats right, everyone still believes in the Reagan bovine pasture enrichment and the Clinton surpluses. The deindustrialization was about a decade in progress in 1980 and the gig economy was starting to take hold, everything was just ducky.

    “manufactured bullshit” (JHK) Morning in America, that was some serous bovine pasture enrichment. “and then lying to ourselves about these bad choices” (JHK) same old same old.

    happy to screw over labor (make stuff to expensive), happy to screw over every minority in the nation (low IQ they don’t deserve anything) happy to murder North Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotions, anyone in central and northern south America and almost anyone in the fertile crescent and Africa(brown skin don’t make it) and then they came for me

    Here’s one for ya “Love it or leave it”
    and another “My country, right or wrong”

    MIssion Accomplished
    Good Job Brownie!!!!!

    and people believed Colin Powell took a glass vial of anthrax into a U.N. General Assembly – “manufactured bullshit” for sure

    What, i bear some responsibility for this? Not A Chance

    May not have any nitrogen fertilizer. Not to worry there is an abundence of bovine pasture enrichment.

  59. thwack April 18, 2022 at 11:24 pm #

    Something like this probably happened to coach deadpill:

    https://t.me/TheEternalUkrainian2/4063

  60. thwack April 19, 2022 at 12:01 am #

    Ron Unz Covid theory

    COVID-19 Was an ‘Anti-Economy’ Bioweapon by the U.S. Against China

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsuiaTgZ-zs

    • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 9:56 am #

      I’ve always thought that. Quite sure of it, in fact.

    • elysianfield April 19, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      Elysianfield Thwack theory

      CRACKER!

  61. Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 1:51 am #

    Here’s a beauty.

    Checking “Big Lots” (a retail store specializing in bulk item sales) for something I was looking for, when I called, the recorded message said, “Press 1 for directions, press 2 for store hours” and then went on to say they were looking for sales associates.

    The message went into detail about the benefits of being a sales associate. Employee discounts, etc. Here’s the kicker – there was an option for “daily pay”.

    Are you kidding me? WTF? This could be anecdotal evidence of an economic problem, no? “Day Laborers” are creeping up the corporate ladder.

    To be honest, I may start working there. Sometimes it is hard to make it until Friday. I repeat. WTF? Over.

    • thwack April 19, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      Daily pay makes sense for a lot of entry level jobs; because you are going to hafta work for two weeks (14 days) before you see your 1st paycheck, and during that time you must still eat, pay transport…

      lots of people can’t go two weeks without a paycheck.

      • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 11:49 am #

        Maybe it’s me – maybe I made the wrong association – thinking people so desperate that they can’t go until Friday for a paycheck – giving new meaning to the number & definition of “working poor” – are a bad sign for the economy.

        Maybe though, the benevolent employers see a coming hyperinflation that I’m missing. Realizing that if their people have to wait until Friday to get paid, their weekly wages of $500 on Monday, will only have a purchasing power of $250 when paid on Friday.

        • thwack April 19, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

          Let me clarify.

          Even if you get paid once a week on Friday, its SOP for the employer to withhold your first paycheck as a type of bond of sorts incase you steal something, break something…

          So it takes two weeks to get your first weeks check.

          Then when you quit, you still get a check after 7 days not working.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm #

            Thwack – that’s my point – it’s been SOP to pay people on Friday’s – until it’s not.

            I understand “day labor” & “daily pay”, they’re only employed for that day, but for a corporate employer to offer “daily pay” as an option, is a little surprising.

            How common is it? Like Rumsfeld alluded, we don’t know until we know. Whether we know or not – no question, it’s not a positive.

          • thwack April 19, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

            maybe they have some kind of daily pay “processing fee” that grabs 5% of your check if you get paid at the end of the day?

          • Ron Anselmo April 20, 2022 at 12:46 am #

            Ahhhh.

      • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 1:11 am #

        @ thwack:

        Daily pay is one reason why entry-level employees or marginally employed people like waiter/waitress jobs. Most of the income is from tips, and you go home with full pockets at the end of your first day on the job. (And back in the day, they gave you a free meal or two.)

  62. SoftStarLight April 19, 2022 at 2:32 am #

    Thank you for making sense of it all Mr. K. The regime demands that you never look behind the curtains. The narrative is their theater. They decide when one play ends and another begins. And they do expect a captive audience. But they can’t hide that it’s all a mirage. And often they appear sad and silly. Even the empty suit isn’t allowed to stray off script.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/whos-inside-the-bunny-suit-the-big-reveal-explains-why-the-easter-bunny-wouldnt-let-biden-go-off-script

    • tucsonspur April 19, 2022 at 4:49 am #

      It’s all so sad, and yet look at the fun they’re having in the last picture.
      See how gentle the big fat bunny is, seemingly harmless and at play while it nefariously guides the hoax of a president to safer ground.

      A blimp of a bunny rabbit covering for Biden’s incompetence and incoherence. Gotta be a first, and it’s just another indication that he’s a controlled Deep State puppet. Too many idiots though will think, ‘Oh, it was all so cute.’

      Bats in the belfry Biden, breaking us down better.

      • SoftStarLight April 19, 2022 at 9:45 am #

        Definitely! This spectacle is a very visible indication that he is a puppet. I personally found the blimpy bunnies to be horrific and terrifying.

    • stelmosfire April 19, 2022 at 9:28 am #

      Potatohead was happy to sniff the bunny’s hare. A disgrace to the Office.

      • SoftStarLight April 19, 2022 at 9:45 am #

        LOL that’s a good one!

  63. KesaAnna April 19, 2022 at 5:08 am #

    ” An article I have read says that in essence, the folks on Gen z have not made the connection between accomplishment and hard work. ”

    — JohnAz

    I’m far more concerned and depressed about the shear number of people , Gimmes or hard workers , Whites or Blacks , Left – Wingers or Right – Wingers ,

    who disavow the connection between inherited wealth and accomplishment.

    Inherited wealth is why off- shoring industry is suicidal.

    Millions of Serfs for thousands of years have worked themselves to death , and none of that hard work did them a lick of good.

    It’s pencil factory workers who can afford to buy pencils that gets you to the point where a pencil factory worker can accomplish something.

    The absurdity of the modern educational establishment that should have been recognized no later than the 1970’s was that sending your children to college is only a for – profit move , and a good bet , IF YOU CAN ALREADY EASILY AFFORD IT ANYWAY. ( i.e. sufficient inherited wealth available so that the investment constitutes a nice extra , not a necessity. Presumably the necessity has already been taken care of before the excursion. )

    Sun Tzu said in ” The Art of War ” ; ” Good strategy is to go to war already knowing you have won.
    Bad strategy is going to war hoping to win “.

    Such it is in war , and such it is in college.

    What you have seen instead is people spending money they don’t already have to acquire an education in the hopes that the ( really a casino – type ) bet will pay off.

    Any casino should be familiar with that scheme.

    Without psychic powers or any particular math skills one should be able to predict that the outcome of that will typically be ;

    Bigger and richer colleges ,

    but not a bigger and richer middle class.

    Indeed , the trend we have seen over 50 + years is that in 1960 a plumber or carpenter was typically solidly in the middle class.
    Whereas typically today their engineer or technician children are not in the Middle Class.

    Now the call is for ever more student aid , and more , and more , and still more ,

    I suspect not because the greatest number of college graduates in history is also the greatest percentage of wastrels in history ,

    but because the fact is that without the outside infusion of cash , these engineer and technician children would simply not be able to afford to give the grandchildren the same.

    Student aid = it’s a line of credit at the casino.

    Forgetting that the bankroll that financed this institution to begin with was the accumulated , inherited wealth of carpenters and plumbers.

    Whatever the merits of The Declaration of Independence or the Communist Manifesto may have in themselves ,

    I despise them both because they have given rise to a propaganda narrative that claims we no longer live in a world where accumulated and inherited wealth is king.

    No , three – fourths of all wealth is still traceable back to accumulation and inheritance . No less today than in AD 1200.

    • SoftStarLight April 19, 2022 at 9:51 am #

      The regime is considering a student loan forgiveness before the midterms in order to bolster support. However, while it may help the intended recipients to some degree it will not raise their standard of living or provide them with better prospects.

      • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 10:08 am #

        To date, they’ve forgiven $16B in student debt.

        Sounds very generous & impressive, unless you consider the total outstanding student debt at $1.61T. For those who struggle with math, that rings in at 0.99% – less than one percent.

        Just the soundbite of it will buy some votes though. Democrats too easily fooled – bad at maff.

      • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 11:50 am #

        Why just student loan forgiveness?

        They’d get a lot more votes with a mortgage loan forgiveness scheme.

        • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

          BRH – probably has something to do with the way they are backed.

          Like the MBS (mortgage-backed securities) in 2000-2008, the student loans are already bundled into SLABS (student loan asset backed securities), with various tranches of risk.

          Whoever the predatory backers are, holding those securities – will fight tooth-and-nail before giving up their pound of flesh.

          Ultimately, they are backstopped by the Government (us), thanks to the Magic Negro who started the mess by having us (taxpayers) guarantee the student loans.

          When that happened, it opened the flood gates to every predation & predator imaginable. JHK dove deeper into it in one of his podcasts years ago.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

            Addendum:

            May also have to do with the unbelievable fact that student loans had no collateral. Zero. Hard to believe. We (the taxpayers) got suckered.

            Think about it – who lends with no collateral? At least with RE loans, they were collateralized at probably 50% minimum.

            Hard to foreclose on a diploma – if they even graduated. It’s another example of the lunacy of paper having value.

          • malthuss April 19, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

            It is all beyond me. mbs/slabs.

          • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

            There is a reason why Biden won’t forgive the loans.

            He has no money to do it with.

            Your comparison of real estate and the loans is right on.

            The Big Short tells the story very well. Christian Bales character, Michael Something, was able to predict the fall of the CDO market very closely by just averaging when the ARMs were going to come due. He shorted the US Bonds and made billions. There was little collateral involved then either.

            inspiration for the loan program was probably the GI Bill. The US put up money for a very small group. GIs, figuring their success would pay back the “loans”.

            The losers these loans are allowing to F off for four years do not have the ambition that the vets did. They are gimmes. Just like all the other gimmes the Dems support.

            1.6 trillion dollars in student loan debt. Where does Biden get the money? Write it off? The dollar collapses. Student debt could finish off quite a few banks and investors.

            Think about culpability. Who is responsible for all these debts being un payable? Who should pay the price for default? The Dems answer? The taxpayer. F the Dems. Let the kids pay for their own stupidity.

          • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 3:31 pm #

            The uni’s are in the business of selling lemon loans. Any fake subject will do.

          • Ron Anselmo April 19, 2022 at 11:47 pm #

            JAZ – all good points – well taken. That was an exciting time – the froth in the RE markets was palpable. It was insanity. There were a lot of different predatory players, more than people realize, as I’m sure you saw in The Big Short.

            I could see it lining up, starting around 2004. It was another big money & land grab – exact same as the consolidation & liquidation of family farms in the late ’70’s. Hard to believe they were going to that same well again. People just not smart enough to see it happening.

            Get people to overleverage themselves with easy money, based on false value; collapse prices & take all the land/properties back at pennies on the dollar.

            A few epiphanies at the time, indicating the RE unwind was very near it’s crescendo:

            107 loans – where lenders would lend 107% LTV – insanity. A young couple closes on a $300K house, with a $321K mortgage. Twenty-one thousand dollars underwater at closing. I get the overzealous, undereducated young couple, but lenders?

            Ben Bernanke standing up and saying the contagion was “contained in the Sub-prime Tranches” – he was sweating profusely – the Chairman of the Fed – it was such a lie – I couldn’t stop laughing. He couldn’t tell the truth – it was like someone off camera had a gun to his head – he was shaking.

            A futures trader for many years, the kicker – the death knell – was in May 2006, when the CME introduced a new futures contract – housing futures! Everyone on the buy side (lenders) knew they were far overleveraged with no way to hedge their risk. Enter the new futures contract and now they can take the short side of the market to cover their asses.

            At the time, I played dumb and talked with a senior trader at one of the big Chicago brokerages and asked him what he thought of the new housing contracts. His answer? Don’t worry, they won’t affect housing prices. FJC, this was a senior trader – no shit – he had completely confused cause & effect.

            The contracts weren’t going to affect housing prices; the collapse in housing prices was going to affect the futures contract pricing, making the short sellers very wealthy overnight – or at least hedge their (over) exposure.

            At the time, I sold every last bit of RE I had at ridiculously overinflated prices, to probably the last greater fools & shorted the housing futures market – a setup that likely will not occur again in my lifetime.

            On the kids – if you research & understand the entire complexity of the student loan racket & all the predatory players involved, I think you’ll have a little more sympathy for the kids (which is what they are/were – vulnerable).

            Of all the criminal predatory financial rackets, this one is closest to my heart. I’ve said before, economic cannibalism, which is where we have been and are today, is one thing, but eating our own children is another thing entirely.

            You know who got pissed? The car companies and the developers, because these kids were not going to be able to afford new cars & new houses – the student loan lenders had already devoured them & they weren’t going to get their pound of flesh.

            Who should pay? Every motherfucking Democrat (and Republican) involved in that gang rape of our children. I’d be more than happy to be the collector – would relish it actually.

            Many kids committed suicide to escape the debt – especially the ones whose parents co-signed and then the kids felt responsible for unknowingly bankrupting their parents.

            Point is, as you say, some of these kids are gimmes, yes, but most are victims of the lust for profit & the insatiable greed & predation of the system and its players.

            Their stories are heartbreaking – I don’t cry often, but some of these kids’ stories will do it to you.

            https://studentdebtcrisis.org/stories/

        • Rowdypiglet April 19, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

          Don’t forget “you’ll own nothing and be happy.” Somewhere on page 312, in the tiniest of tiny print, you’d find that you don’t own your house anymore.

    • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      True, but it takes more than just luck to hold onto a fortune. The book, “The Millionaire Next Door” said that about 3/4 of fortunes are lost within three generations. Skill in investing is required, and of course, probably work, if one wants to increase it exponentially.

      This doesn’t negate anything you said. The old saying, Hard work never killed anyone, is a crock. As is the idea that everyone can become rich.

  64. james charles April 19, 2022 at 6:30 am #

    “Don’t fall for the invitation to World War Three.”

    Unless ‘policy’ has ‘changed’?

    “By the time you got to the first Bush administration, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they came out with a national defense policy and strategic policy. What they basically said is that we’re going to have wars against what they called much weaker enemies and these have to be carried out quickly and decisively or else there will be embarrassment—a way of saying that popular reaction is going to set in. And that’s the way it’s been. It’s not pretty, but it’s some kind of constraint.”
    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/03/noam-chomsky-populist-groundswell-u-s-elections-future-humanity.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

    • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 9:42 am #

      Trouble is, ain’t no one asking our opinion. People will fall for it alright, at least until the bombs start falling locally. That usually bring them to their senses, although I’m not sure we’ve got any of that left either.

  65. BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 9:36 am #

    F##k me, another day of sleet/cold rain. How the hell is anything going to grow under these conditions? Jim mentioned recently in an interview we may be entering a phase of Climactic Cooling, which could explain why an article in yesterday’s local newspaper suggested the earliest we should put in our gardens is May 13; it used to be May 8 but in the past few years the last frost of the season is extending about a week beyond May 8.

    • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 9:45 am #

      Be glad for rain and cold brh! Out here we jump for joy for that kind of shit. Relentlessly sunny and bright is surprisingly depressing too. To everything there is a season and all that… Or at least there used to be.

      • stelmosfire April 19, 2022 at 9:58 am #

        Don’t know where you are Dis but it’s gonna get pretty hot in the Sonoran when the power goes down. Snowpack in the Rockies about average so no excess water to top up the reservoirs.

        https://www.pressherald.com/2022/03/16/lake-powell-hits-historic-low-raising-hydropower-concerns/

        • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 10:32 am #

          Northern NM. Probably about as good as it gets out here, but still gonna crumble when the water dries up, which it will one day.

          • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 10:35 am #

            Hoover was pushing it. Glen Canyon was a dam too far.

          • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

            Glen Canyon was a paradise. Man destroyed it.

            Ed Abbey

          • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

            Okay, I am hearing Sierra Club stuff here.

            Dammed rivers are a necessity for civilization to expand into the desert. Dis Both of our states would have about 2% of the people here if these two dams did not exist. You live in the Northern part of NM, I assume around Santa Fe, where the mountains provide a haven from the desert.

            Look around, not just here. The Missouri River is dammed throughout its length. The Columbia, the same. The rivers of the East Coast are all dammed.

            Do not pick on one spot. Until the drought, Glen Canyon was a recreation paradise. Las Vegas would not exist except for Lake Mead.

            Arizona is about to find out what drought is all about, Same as SOCAL and Nevada. Southern NM also.

            Another danger exists in the future. Silting. Eventually the reservoirs fill up with silt and lose their volume. Glen Canyon flushes out the Grand Canyon once a year to minimize silting an allow the silt to populate the sand banks in the Canyon. I wonder how long that will last?

          • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 4:40 pm #

            Las Vegas would not exist except for Lake Mead.

            EXACTLY! Fucking cesspool. Too many dams brought too many people. Now we’ve got a problem.

    • stelmosfire April 19, 2022 at 9:45 am #

      The spring planting season in the Dakotas is way behind due to the 3-4 foot snowstorm they had last week. I would imagine up in Saskatchewan and Manitoba conditions are the same. If the weather does not improve things could get dicey. Fuckin’ Putin!

      https://americanagnetwork.com/2011/06/north-south-dakota-planting-progress-reports/

      • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 9:55 am #

        North or South? I’ve considered relocating up that a way. Pros/Cons?

        • stelmosfire April 19, 2022 at 10:03 am #

          ND is still covered in snow as of yesterday. SD not so much. ND is quite a bit colder than SD.

          https://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/snow_model/images/full/Upper_Midwest/nsm_depth/202204/nsm_depth_2022041905_Upper_Midwest.jpg

          • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

            Just a reminder. Snow is an indication of climate warming, as the atmosphere holds more moisture when warmer. The biggest deserts on Earth are The Arctic and Antarctic. The low replacement rates of snow on both poles is the reason the melt off is so abrupt.

            Dis

            For the upper Plains

            Wind

            Extreme cold when the troughs drop from the Arctic.

            No relief in the landscape.

            As the jet moves north, AGW, the incidence of stormy violent weather will increase.

            Think about Mary’s inputs, her surprise to find that Idaho is getting hotter and drier.

            Need to extrapolate out twenty years and expect to see areas very different than now.

          • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

            Mostly just looking for places with few people, JAZ. Beggars can’t be choosers. Might end up just staying put.

      • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

        Putin got the UP railroad to deny shipping to fertilizer plants, so no Midwest spring planting this year.

        Damn those Russkies! They want a food shoetage in the US.

        Idea! Nuclear winter would cool down our overheated planet, yes?

    • SoftStarLight April 19, 2022 at 9:56 am #

      The Concordia station in Antarctica recorded a low temperature of -111° F the other day which was very near the minimal temperature record for Earth in the month of April. It was 46 here this morning which I thought was very cold.

      • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 10:01 am #

        46′ in Looz-eee-anna is quite cold. Especially if you’re in the south, eh? Been quite warm up here in Enchantment Land. Windows open all night again, already.

        • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 11:52 am #

          We’re seeing more and more bears around here. Why now, I don’t know.

          • elysianfield April 19, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

            Why now, I don’t know.

            BRH,

            Because they are hungry.

          • thwack April 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

            Bears are a good sign, they keep joggers away

          • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 2:14 pm #

            E. unlike your Grizzlies in Oregon our Black Bears in Ct aren’t eating people. The town council just passed an anti bear ordinance banning bird feeders and requiring we secure our trashcans better, so as not to attract bears into the neighborhoods. Two black bears are living on the mountain behind my neighbors house. One thing people don’t realize: Bears are good tree climbers. Don’t think you’re going to get away from a bear by climbing a tree. You won’t, the bear can climb a tree better than you.

          • thwack April 19, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

            how fast are they, and do they have an extra bone in their foot?

          • Islander April 19, 2022 at 11:01 pm #

            BRH–

            Sounds like a regular reconquista by the bears!

      • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 11:47 am #

        SSL do you have alligators around where you live? They’d be moving kind of slow when its 46°F.

    • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

      Marlin

      I lived in Denver for a big part of my life. Planting season is very short. Memorial Day was when you set out tomatoes. So many early bloomers like fruit trees destroyed by late freezes. Then the thunderstorms strike starting in June, every day almost. Hail! Hail stories abound. In Colorado Springs, I have seen hail the size of tennis balls. and I have seen hailstorms come through, five in a row. the landscape looked like mid winter, not a leaf left.

      Colorado puts out PR as a paradise, Reality is that it is cold, windy, violent weatherwise, overcrowded with traffic and near California in cost of living.

      If you do not ski, forget this place. Even if you do, four hour commutes from ski country to Denver will cool your ardor.

      • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

        So I take it then there isn’t much agriculture in Colorado. Don’t they grow wheat out there, tho? Denver was founded by prospectors anyway by argonauts from the east and west coasts who were searching for gold for the exact reason they didn’t want to spend their lives behind a plow.

        • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 10:40 am #

          Colorado is two places geographically. The mountains and the plains, about half and half.

          The plains are Aggie, wheat, corn, sorghum, with two zones, dry land and irrigated. A canal system irrigates along the S. Platte River, big rotating sprinklers away from the rivers, tapped into the Ogollala aquifer, and dry land farming further away. Each has its own type of crops.

          Right now, a huge amount of eastern Colorado is being fracked for oil with the economically strapped farmers leasing land. Big controversy.

          The mountains, mining, quarries, tourism, and summer and winter sports.

          There is actually a third area, the western slope, centered on Grand Junction. Fruit trees being slowly changed to wineries.

  66. Jarek April 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/2022/04/19/ive-always-heard-good-things-about-upright-jamaicans-positive-bias-confirmed/

    Unvaccinated visitors may enter Jamaica without restriction.

    Vaccinated visitors must present a negative covid 19 test.

    Jarek: It has come full circle. Bravo Jamaica. Just don’t drink the water or wander alone. Stay with the group.

    • malthuss April 20, 2022 at 3:26 pm #

      Tell that to the Holloways [granted their daughter was murdered in Aruba].

      how about this, I knew someone who had a friend who looked like Ms Holloway. She too disappeared in Aruba.

  67. Jarek April 19, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

    RT

    Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is entering a new phase, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told Indian media. In an interview aired on Tuesday, the chief diplomat said the goals of the offensive in Ukraine had been declared by Moscow from the start, and one of those was the liberation of the entire territory claimed by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as their sovereign territory.

    “This endeavor will continue. Another stage of this operation is beginning,” he confirmed. “And I am sure this will be a very important moment of this entire special undertaking.”

    There were reports of intensified hostilities in eastern Ukraine late on Monday. The Russian defense ministry reported on Tuesday morning that its troops had delivered artillery strikes at 1,260 Ukrainian military targets overnight, including 1,214 locations where Ukrainian troops amassed their forces.

    In addition to the artillery strikes, Russian warplanes targeted 60 military sites in Ukraine, the update stated, including 53 locations with a large presence of Ukrainian troops and military hardware.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Monday that the nature of hostilities in his country had radically shifted.

    “We can now confirm that Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbass, which they have been preparing for a long time,” Zelensky said in a video posted on Telegram on Monday evening.

    Jarek: The Cauldron will soon be bubbling.

    Q: Zelensky has a red line under it. My guess? The one y is the Russian way of spelling it, now utterly wrong. And the two y’s is the Ukrainian way of spelling it.

    Our boys will soon be in there, giving them hell! We need to destroy the Ukraine in order to save it. Then it can be built back better. Or as Captain Smith said, The beans on Beta burn better on a burner.

    • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

      New Russian tactics sound like US tactics.

      Bomb them, shell them for a month. Then mop up what is left.

      Iraq twice, and Afghanistan.

      Wonder why they started any differently?

      • thwack April 19, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

        because Ukrainians are not brown people; they are their brothers; plus some large percentage of the population are ethnic Russians, speak Russian, support Russia…

        • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

          Are Russians Brown people? No way, but our illustrious government hates them anyway.

          • Kim April 20, 2022 at 9:00 am #

            The people who run the West have a long history of hating Russia.

            Solzhenitsyn wrote a book about it.

            “200 Years Together”

            https://en.id1lib.org/book/3647824/3d39ff

            I cannot of course vouch for the translation.

            It has been very hard to get it published unabridged in English…for some reason.

      • Islander April 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm #

        It is called Phase 2.

        Quite different aims and tactics from Phase 1.

        Follow the military analysis of Nightvision and Andrei Martyanov at The Saker blog to eliminate temptation.

  68. Jarek April 19, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-i-sued-comcast-for-discrimination-minorities-women-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-large-corporation-11650225374

    Is it legal to discriminate against White men? It’s certainly seen as virtuous by many. Can the Law hold firm? It didn’t with affirmative action and enrollment in colleges. How much further will be pushed back? Can White women recover their commonsense in time to help us? Not to appeal to their loyalty of course (it’s utterly lacking), but only to their self interest since they are next.

    • malthuss April 19, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

      pay wall on site.

    • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

      Jarek

      Every group is going to push its agenda with every other group until they are stopped.

      The carpetbaggers use of the freed slaves in Reconstruction went on until it was stopped by the KKK.

      Today the same thing is going on by the Democratic Party. What will come on to stop them? Or La Raza in the Southwest?

      This country has lasted this long because the dominant culture, European, ran things and treated others like guests. What will happen when the culture is no longer dominant and the guests want to be Lords? JHK says with Peak Oil will come localization. I say that that localization will become ethnic in nature and Balkanization will naturally occur.

      Hint, it has already started.

      • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm #

        “I say that that localization will become ethnic in nature and Balkanization will naturally occur.”

        If it was happening “naturally” you would be correct. But there is something bigger happening. [ you wanna talk about thralldom !? ]

        https://clifhigh.substack.com/p/the-new-jew-question?s=r

        • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

          Jews are like lubrication in a mercantile society. Always there, greasing the skids to keep things going. Necessary and tolerated. Mostly unbiased about the societal elements, turned into themselves.

          • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm #

            You don’t do links do ya?

          • SpeedyBB April 19, 2022 at 7:02 pm #

            Again (& again & again) like the ethnic Chinese in southeast Asia. No surprise. It’s why they call them “the Jews of Asia”.

            Without the Chinese the economies would seize right up.

          • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:55 am #

            “Seize right up” – in other words get slow and real.

            You like fast food too, right?

        • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

          Pilpul at its finest. “It wasn’t us!”

          Simplest summary: the bad guys won in 712 BC; the radical minority sold off the normal majority that had been breeding and mixing with white aryans for centuries.

          Khazars aren’t fakes; Khazaria (Eastern Ukraine, the Pale of Settlement) is where they landed after 70 AD, in a cycle that goes back to the dark age before Ur, after the meteoric destruction of the Fertile Crescent: the Fall of the Ehdeen.

          The Edeen, The Garden, destroyed by “angels with swords of fire”…meteor trails, hitting with the power of nuclear bombs.

          The Book was written to try to deal with this unending internal civil war cycle between the tribes. Both the parts written by the good guys and the bad were kept.

          Good stuff, druid, many good clues into the deeper history. I have a deep personal interest as a literal descendent of the Ten Tribes, maternally a German Jew.

          • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm #

            PS- Abraham was the Lucifer; neither is a name, but are titles, as is “the Voice of the Lord.”

            Av-ra-ham, Beloved of Ham, Hamm-ur-abi, Ham Ur’s King, the right hand man of his lord.

            The Lucifer, Morning Star, the High Chamberlain.

            When his Lord told him to stop the slave raids on the neighbors, they paid tribute and the Empire was at peace, the vizier led a third of the nobles and army officers in a revolt to try to kill the king; his personal bodyguard, the Host of loyal army units, stopped the faction.

            The radicals had to grab their clans and run for the wastelands.
            As to how they ended up there, the explanation became, “it wasn’t me!”

            Set-Moses, (Moses), whose Set faction lost to the Isis faction in Egypt, repeated the cycle
            after Joseph bankrupted the place, tearing it apart in religious civil war demanding fealty to his god as supreme above the rest of the pantheon.

            Its a social cycle. The Book is, from beginning to end, a political history and sociological study by survivors of the mindbending catastrophe that ended the larger civilization in whose shadows they lived.

            As to the spiritual- that is a deeper story still, but they couldn’t understand the much older Aryan science that addressed it.

          • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm #

            Aw crap! Druid, I originally just wanted to thank you for finding the Opera Linda. Youtube, under Google’s new Pajeet regime, has wiped all Aryan historical documentaries and replacrd them with tons of Hinduvata revisionist propaganda.

          • Alzaebo April 19, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

            Oera Linda

            I never got to see Asha Logos’ epic series on “Our Subverted History”, beginning with the Oera Linda.

            Fumin’!

          • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

            Don’t know about all that stuff.

            Anyway:

            https://messianicdruid.blogspot.com/2005/12/druids-r-us.html?m=1

          • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm #

            Don’t say Abraham, say a Brahmin.

            Joe was the absolute worst. The Egyptians paid his grain tax for the Seven Bad Years to come. And then when they came, he made them buy back their own grain – the equivalent of not paying people their own Social Security.

      • thwack April 19, 2022 at 3:01 pm #

        “What will happen when the culture is no longer dominant and the guests want to be Lords?”–JohnAZ

        *******************************

        Thats easy,

        white people will do the same thing they did in Brazil; expand the definition of “white person” while increasing the number of nonwhite “categories”

        “theres no racism in Brazil; we just don’t have any money” — Confused Black Brazilian

        • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 5:33 pm #

          That’s a good point, Thwack. Cuban families I know in town act whiter than me. At one time the Irish and Italians weren’t considered white either LoL. In a few generations Hispanics will be fully assimilated and identify themselves with who’s in charge: Whitey! Adding to our ranks and creating a supermajority.

          • Kim April 20, 2022 at 9:03 am #

            “our”?

            I was under the impression you are jewish.

          • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 8:35 am #

            Just because two posters have names that start with the same letter of the alphabet it doesn’t mean they’re the same poster, Kim-laddie.

            Your Jew-dar seems to be malfunctioning.

    • thwack April 19, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

      You need to define what a white man is?

      Is there a LEGAL definition of “White Man?”

      Are YOU a White Man?

      • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

        I will ask it back atcha.

        Most “Black” men in US society hasve elements of “White” blood in their ancestry.

        How much is tolerated by the Black community before someone is a half breed, an outcast?

        How much White is White? How much Black is Black?

        35% melanin?

        One of my best friends in the Navy was a cook, who happened to be Black. funny guy. He told a horror story one time about a trip he made through the Deep South in the fifties and the Jim Crow shit he saw and experienced. One of his statements has always stuck with me:

        I am not Black! I am paper sack Brown. The man lived with his identity and was proud of it.

        • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

          Do you “show blood in the face” when you really, really get angry?

          Are you able to blush when you are really, really are ashamed of yourself?

          You might have to ask your wife.

      • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm #

        Well said, John. We’re actually more White than he is Black in all probability.

      • Kim April 20, 2022 at 9:04 am #

        At the very minimum, a White man is someone I can leave my unlocked bicycle around.

        • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 10:40 pm #

          Once again, depends on the neighborhood.

        • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 8:40 am #

          Best not go cycling in Edinburgh, Kim-laddie. Even locked bicycles aren’t necessarily safe here. We have no shortage of white Scots with ingenuity put to bad purpose. I’ll grant you most of them are ‘men’, though.

          Have you had some sort of regression to childhood innocence while you were away? It’s looking awfully like it.

  69. JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 1:53 pm #

    Dis

    Continuing a discussion.

    I think we need a new game.

    Bidenopoly

    Rename the Banker The Government

    All properties cost 2x as much. Rents up 400%

    Passing go gets you just $300.

    Every chance card is a Get out of jail free card.

    Boardwalk with a hotel costs landers $8000.

    Going bankrupt gets you a reissuance of money, the game goes on forever.

    • messianicdruid April 19, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

      “Forever” – Not an infinite amount of time, just an undetermined amount of time, amirite?

      http://gold-silver.us/forum/showthread.php?95865-Eternal-Punishment-is-Against-The-Law

      • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

        Inflation economics has been going on for a long time.

        The antithesis of inflation is recession. Recession is certain death in National politics. Hence, DC refusing to act against the inflation in an election year.

        A fellow named Powell may do in the Dems this year with rate increases, just desserts for the group that caused the malaise.

        I do have a question. Is there a single Democrat that understands macro economics in DC? How about Econ 101, the Phillip’s Curve?

    • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

      Bidenopoly’s been going on and was inevitable since 2008, Biden’s just the lucky holder of the shit bag now that the bottom’s soaking through. But he had no answers either way.

      The only game that can be played now is to continue the inflationary Ponzi until it blows – which is always the traditional strategy, as it allows time for the rich to shelter hard assets – or pull the plug and let a deflationary spiral destroy everything – the eventual policy whether anyone likes it or not. There are no other choices in a bubble economy, especially one as large as the one we’re in now.

      Open default and an emergency adoption of a new currency will almost certainly be the “way out” of our current predicament, although for most it will be far less than an ideal alternative. But that’s by design as well.

  70. Jarek April 19, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

    CF Industries: Union Pacific Curtails Fertilizer Shipments, Delaying Deliveries and Preventing New Rail Orders from Being Taken

    CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, today informed customers it serves by Union Pacific rail lines that railroad-mandated shipping reductions would result in nitrogen fertilizer shipment delays during the spring application season and that it would be unable to accept new rail sales involving Union Pacific for the foreseeable future. The Company understands that it is one of only 30 companies to face these restrictions.

    CF Industries ships to customers via Union Pacific rail lines primarily from its Donaldsonville Complex in Louisiana and its Port Neal Complex in Iowa. The rail lines serve key agricultural areas such as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and California. Products that will be affected include nitrogen fertilizers such as urea and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) as well as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), an emissions control product required for diesel trucks. CF Industries is the largest producer of urea, UAN and DEF in North America, and its Donaldsonville Complex is the largest single production facility for the products in North America.

    “The timing of this action by Union Pacific could not come at a worse time for farmers,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “Not only will fertilizer be delayed by these shipping restrictions, but additional fertilizer needed to complete spring applications may be unable to reach farmers at all. By placing this arbitrary restriction on just a handful of shippers, Union Pacific is jeopardizing farmers’ harvests and increasing the cost of food for consumers.”

    On Friday, April 8, 2022, Union Pacific informed CF Industries without advance notice that it was mandating certain shippers to reduce the volume of private cars on its railroad effective immediately. The Company was told to reduce its shipments by nearly 20%. CF Industries believes it will still be able to fulfill delivery of product already contracted for rail shipment to Union Pacific destinations, albeit with likely delays. However, because Union Pacific has told the Company that noncompliance will result in the embargo of its facilities by the railroad, CF Industries may not have available shipping capacity to take new rail orders involving Union Pacific rail lines to meet late season demand for fertilizer.

    The application of nitrogen fertilizer is critical to maximizing crop yields. If farmers are unable to secure all the nitrogen fertilizer that they require in the current season because of supply chain disruptions such as rail shipping restrictions, the Company expects yield will be lower. This will likely extend the timeline to replenish global grains stocks. Low global grains stocks continue to support high front month and forward prices for nitrogen-consuming crops, which has contributed to higher food prices.

    CF Industries intends to engage directly with the federal government to ask that fertilizer shipments be prioritized so that spring planting is not adversely impacted.

    “CF Industries’ North American manufacturing network continues to produce at a high rate to meet the needs of customers, farmers and consumers,” said Will. “We urge the federal government to take action to remove these Union Pacific rail shipment restrictions to ensure this vital fertilizer will be able to reach U.S. farmers when and where they need it.”

    Jarek: Keep increasing the population with an open southern border, refugees, legal immigration, etc and at the same time, drastically lower the crop yields. It’s the Cloward-Piven strategy, Yep.

    • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

      Meanwhile, factory farms have huge lagoons of animal manure polluting the rivers and the Gulf of Mexico.
      But Americans are too stupid to solve both problems?

      • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

        Today’s Americans are too stupid.

        Eastern Colorado story.

        Sugar beets and cattle used to be staple crops of the Colorado plains.

        Synergy! the beet farmers would harvest and cut the beet tops off. They were given to the cattlemen as feed for cattle. The cattle pooped out their manure which was given to the farmers as fertilizer.

        The real problem? Inorganic fertilizer from oil and natural gas. The soils are depleting without the organic base.

        • JohnAZ April 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm #

          Paula one more

          Manure lagoons, where did that come from?

          NIMBY! No one likes the smell of animal waste. As developments have surrounded farms and ranches, public outcries have mandated pollution and odor control over the rural areas, hence the pools.

          • benr April 19, 2022 at 4:26 pm #

            More like manure and urine ponds.

            Dirty jobs showed the star working on processing some of this waste into a useable product.

            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0941380/

            Poo pots!

          • Disaffected April 19, 2022 at 4:26 pm #

            On whiff of a a hog shit lagoon and you’ll never forget it, JAZ. Strong notes of vomit and putrefying corpse, but sweeter and MUCH MUCH stronger. Smells like the devil’s asshole after a hard night of drinking and eating every foul and disgusting thing imaginable. One whiff will easily wake you from a sound sleep and make you run for the hills.

          • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

            I wonder if those hog lagoons attract bears? Or do they repell bears? Bears have a good sense of smell, not so good eyesight.

            I’m talking Black Bears here, not Grizzlies.

          • stelmosfire April 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

            I don’t know why everybody thinks bears can’t see well. They actually see as well as we do.

            https://bearwise.org/faq-items/myth-black-bears-have-poor-eyesight/

          • thwack April 19, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

            Bears may “see” like deer; i.e, if you don’t move, they don’t see you?

            Ive had deer approach to within 15 yards without seeing me while I was fishing.

            But Im also brown colored.

            And I also don’t wear “deodorant” so my scent is similar to other forest smells like raccoon poop and fungi…

          • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 9:15 pm #

            I remember when the old timers would say, as we drove past a newly manured field “Smells like money to me!”
            But yeah, no one likes the smell of lagoons.
            As you said, we should just go back to spreading it on fields, not concentrating it in pools, wasting it, polluting the water, and using fossil fuels on the fields instead.

          • MaryQueen April 19, 2022 at 9:39 pm #

            Bears have predator eyes. Deer have prey eyes.

          • Islander April 19, 2022 at 11:10 pm #

            I don’t see why all of this poop can’t be recycled to fields.

            Keeping out of “the cycle of life and death” seems sacrereligious, not to mention a huge waste.

            The grass is always greener on last year’s cow flop.

  71. SpeedyBB April 19, 2022 at 3:11 pm #

    Here’s some keen reading, on viruses and their aunties, although in truth it gave me the classical monkey-with-typewriter sensation as I felt very much out of my depth – in spite of it being a clearly-written piece for a general audience.

    https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-medicine/beyond-the-booster-shot

    The way they used to describe this sort of bewilderment when I was in Colombia: “…lo que sabe el burro de telegrafía…”

  72. 100th Avatar April 19, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

    “The reality is that centralized government, such as the one in Washington DC, is less and less in control of anything”

    Because it is not.
    It is a proxy.

    The “elected” “leaders” are bought and financed.
    The cabinet members and agency heads of the aforementioned are industry insiders.

    The laws and bills are written and fed to them by industry.

    The petite-elite, the .01%, the mega-corps and most importantly the large banking clans wield authority and influence at the very top of government and the propaganda organs.

    What does control look like to the little man?
    The petite bourgeoisie and below:
    You get canceled? Doxed? Blacklisted? Banned? Arrested? Audited?

    You think this applies to those above?

    That is how power is perceived from below.
    This is your perception.

    Class born.
    The rules that apply to me apply to them.

    It has never been this way, now it is only more obvious.
    And this is their failure.
    Now we can see.
    See it all.
    If we choose to.

    • MaryQueen April 19, 2022 at 7:38 pm #

      Bravo. Well said.

      I keep seeing delusional posts from people up here who should know better.

      “Oh if only the Republicans can win the midterms” – lol.

      • 100th Avatar April 19, 2022 at 9:21 pm #

        Precisely.

        Republicans like Graham, Romney, Cotton, Crenshaw, Cheney, McConnell, Kinzinger and on and on.

        If only they held the levers.

        “You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”
        -Pirsig

        • MaryQueen April 19, 2022 at 9:40 pm #

          I am liking that quote, quite a lot.

          • Ron Anselmo April 20, 2022 at 1:14 am #

            Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ~ Robert Pirsig, an excellent read, and reread, and reread…

          • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 10:14 am #

            I read that decades ago, so don’t remember much. It was a slog for me.

        • Jarek April 19, 2022 at 11:41 pm #

          The old Maya and Aztecs of Mexico and Central America believed that if they didn’t do human sacrifice, the Sun wouldn’t stay on schedule. Eclipses were particularly terrifying.

          The Spanish Friars did a lot of yelling at them after the Conquest. The Sun stayed on course, proving that their religion had been wrong.

          Which do you prefer or hate more. Christians or the Libs of Tik Tok infesting our schools? The Christians, right?

          • messianicdruid April 20, 2022 at 8:08 am #

            Going from “dedicated” to “fanatically shouting” to ” fanatically dedicated” seems a little progressive.

          • messianicdruid April 20, 2022 at 8:18 am #

            Is anyone here not devoted to the sun coming up?

          • 100th Avatar April 20, 2022 at 3:59 pm #

            No, just as I am not devoted to respiration, gravity, Earth’s orbit, and Kissinger’s absurdly unjustified lifespan.

        • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 8:38 am #

          People in general believe whatever it is in their interests to believe–or, more to the point, whatever it is in their interests for YOU to believe. And often they believe what they THINK it’s in their interests to believe, and they are mistaken about that.

          • messianicdruid April 20, 2022 at 9:31 am #

            “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.”

            Some believe and some think they believe.

          • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:29 am #

            Chimps are seen to greet the rising Sun with a ritual of facing it and waving their hands. They never take it for granted. We take all the greatest things for granted. In other words, we are corrupt.

            The Church has always utterly slandered Pagans. The Pagans naturally reverenced our great Luminary. But worship? Maybe they were worshiping that which is behind it, using it as It’s symbol?

            The Aztecs and May had obviously lost the plot. The Aztec priests were terrified that Cortez was Quetzalcoatl who had returned (as he promised he would) to punish them for perverting his religion of love.

        • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 11:04 am #

          And Bush, do not forget the GOP dynasty.

      • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 11:03 am #

        The Deep State, Mary.

        The Deep State has no party. DC first, party second. Mittens is a perfect example.

        The drift right of a GOP landslide just lets some people into power positions that will make a difference. Impeach Biden, as a message to the Deep State? Never happen.

        Trump was eliminated by the Deep State, both parties, because he wanted to remove centralized power from DC. Were you aware that his group was starting to move cabinet power centers away from DC and out to other areas. Biden put a quick stop to that.

  73. thwack April 19, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

    The trans agenda/era has provided mine with a whole other metric to judge female attractiveness on.

    Because in the past I would not hold a womans masculine features against her; because I would just assume nature did it?

    And I ain’t about to fight nature cause Im a natural man.

    But nowadays I gotta consider that its a whole man trying to fool me with a slick advertising game of make up and false eyelashes…

    Im not transphobic; its just that as a black man, I ain’t letting no tranny get around their marginalization as long as I can’t get around mine.

    Am I a bad person?

    • benr April 19, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

      Nope.

    • KesaAnna April 20, 2022 at 12:50 am #

      ” Am I a bad person? ”

      Yes.

      But then so is everyone else.

      The results may not be the same for everyone , but in my personal experience ,

      Once you throw meritocracy out the fucking window ,

      and flush this never – ending , hair – splitting , business of dividing the world into sheep and goats , down the fucking toilet,

      with just those two steps ,

      life suddenly gets a lot less complicated ,

      less hectic , more tranquil ,

      and even ten times happier.

      At least some folks on CFN are apparently old enough to recall when hitch – hiking was a common thing.

      All sorts of people hitch – hiked , and all sorts of people picked up hitch – hikers .

      Then the Serial Killer – thing came along.

      Never mind that ANY psychological , sociological , or criminalogical study will tell you that Serial Killers are a TINY percentage of the population.

      You can’t be too safe !!

      Sorta like the Killer Bee thing.

      The shittier the movie , the more seriously people take it.

      No doubt when they get bored with Serial Killers they will make another shitty movie about Killer Bees for folks to freak out about.

      Never mind that outside of a movie they have gassed all the Killer Bees , Honey Bees , Sweat Bees , Wasps , etc , etc , etc.

      Anyway ,

      Then the Pedo thing came along .

      I suppose Pedo’s are a much larger percentage of the population than Serial Killers?

      But , presumably , that still leaves you with a large majority who are not.

      Perhaps you would still say that the odds are pretty grim , if 19 out of 20 folks who pick you up are not pedos, but one is.

      I would say that I would doubt that math though because even here we aren’t really talking about the Pedo – thing per – se.

      I’m sure the Elephant Man himself couldn’t possibly guess how many pervs fantasized about fucking him.

      Whether the number was 5 ( ? )

      or 50,000 ?

      My best guess is the Elephant Man would probably say ,

      ” I would rather have some real oral , sexual , or anal intercourse ,

      than know the number of those who thought about doing me , but never made a move. ”

      Same here .

      What the hell do you care if the person who gave you a ride daydreams about fucking a Thwack dialed back 20 years ( ? ) ,

      if you never know about it anyway , and current old fart Thwack got a trouble – free free ride to destination 50 miles away in 100 degree heat or ten degree cold ?

      Here again we aren’t really talking about what does or does not go on in someones head , but what someone actually does,

      and here we are pretty much right back to extreme fucking behaviors ;

      Class A Felony Murder , and Class A Felony Rape.

      So the relevant math is not that one in twenty is a pedo.

      That’s about as relevant or threatening as one in twenty favors the color Mauve.

      No , the relevant math is what percentage of that one in twenty is willing to go in for Class A Felony Murder , and Class A Felony Rape ?

      At that point you might still think the odds are really dicey.

      I’ll venture to bet though that if gasoline goes to fifty dollars a gallon, suddenly , miraculously , coincidentally , hitch – hiking will cease to be such an unacceptably risky proposition.

      Serial Killers , and Serial Killers who prefer younger prey , not withstanding.

      To put that another way ;

      People tend to discriminate to the precise degree that they CAN AFFORD to.

      Anyway —

      After all that bullshit ,

      It really didn’t matter who is still willing to Hitch – hike.

      The burden instead shifted entirely to who is willing to give someone a ride , and under what conditions.

      And the new conditions were that it is probably OK to give someone a ride if they are your own age and your own sex.

      …….

      Then the gay thing came along.

      ………

      Now if you pick up someone your own sex , and five years your senior , the assumption is that you must be Jeffrey Dahmer on the prowl.

      After that ,

      We scotched the problem of discrimination by discriminating against EVERYTHING.

      We assume bestiality.

      We assume necrophilia.

      Now if you pick up road kill to dispose of it in a sanitary manner ,

      you must be up to no good.

      I’m inclined increasingly to think that gasoline going to fifty dollars a gallon could only be an improvement ,

      because I don’t know what you could possibly call the current environment but Rock – Bottom.

      • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 7:46 am #

        Seems like most — but not all — of the Serial Killing has been on the West Coast. What explains that I don’t have a clue.

    • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 10:23 am #

      I’m just glad to see anyone up here saying the words “trans agenda” and not in a good light.

  74. Steelin April 19, 2022 at 7:23 pm #

    I created an account to say for all the things that you said i wasnt aware of, no I wasnt, rinse and repeat. ,

    It did seem like i was talking to zombies though when I tried to inform others of the truths that were obvious. I was told that I had a tinfoil hat or was a conspiracy theorist. Everything thing I tried to warn about has come to pass.

    Once you recognize their tactics, each successive ploy is easily apparent. The Ukraine conflict is a great example. I’m so frustrated it’s beyond belief.

    God bless everyone and take care. It’s getting rough out there.

    • Steelin April 19, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

      Duh. I was on to all of those despicable thongs.

      • Ron Anselmo April 20, 2022 at 9:32 am #

        What’s the matter with thongs?

    • Paula D April 19, 2022 at 9:17 pm #

      Everyone but Democrats know.
      They just tell you “He stutters”.

      • MaryQueen April 19, 2022 at 9:41 pm #

        LOL!

  75. Pucker April 19, 2022 at 8:03 pm #

    How does American public education affect Cognitive Ability? Particularly, the “Woke” dogma that stifles creative thought and making logical connections by rendering people terrified of being labeled “Racist”, “Sexist” and “Misogynist”?

    Does it enhance, or retard Learning and Thinking?

    Why is it that at a time when the Society should be doing its utmost to augment cognitive abilities in order to gasp the rapidly accelerating pace of new technologies, the Society seems to be trying to retard cognitive abilities? Why deliberately create an underclass of Useful Idiots?

    • 100th Avatar April 19, 2022 at 9:24 pm #

      Idiots are most useful when divided

  76. SpeedyBB April 19, 2022 at 8:18 pm #

    That this is the Irony Age (as I stoutly assert) does not imply that it dawns upon the befuddled masses that this is the Irony Age.

    Get this magnificent headline from today’s MSN News:

    “Russia’s propaganda machine is so powerful that many Russians don’t even realize they’re in a disinformation bubble”

    Article is worth reading, for its inherent innocence [lack of awareness]. Really:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-s-propaganda-machine-is-so-powerful-that-many-russians-don-t-even-realize-they-re-in-a-disinformation-bubble/ar-AAWn4dO?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=0a33134e877a425f830acf2525fbe271

    Angrily accuse the opposition of precisely what you are up to. Never fails.

    • 100th Avatar April 19, 2022 at 9:22 pm #

      The MO of American Empire and the DNC/Establishment

    • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

      There are about 200 Brown Bears living in Ukraine — in mortal danger now that hundreds of thousands of soldiers are running around the country with Kalashnikov rifles. (I’m assuming both sides are using AKs) The first thing a young infantryman is going to do if he sees a bear out in the field … is to shoot it.

      There’s also about 800 bisons — what we call buffaloes — roaming around the Ukrainian steppes, a small herd of buffs, very similar to the buffaloes we have out west. In fact over the decades eastern European buffaloes have been brought to America to restock our own herds and introduce fresh blood into the population. These Ukrainian buffaloes are in danger too.

      • MaryQueen April 19, 2022 at 9:44 pm #

        Other animals always pay for human follies. It makes me sick. But at least while they live most of those other animals have the luxury of living a natural type of life.

      • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 9:18 am #

        Simple answer, brh, and one Zelenskyy has already proposed, I think: Give the bears AKs too! It’s only fair.

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  80. SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 2:21 am #

    I think that Zelensky may be working for Putin. I don’t have any evidence per se beyond intuition. But so much of the narrative simply doesn’t compute. For example, the Ukrainian forces in the east of the country cannot stop the Russian military but the regime insists that the Ukrainians fight in a brutal war of attrition to their doom. And in areas that would probably rather be part of the Russian Federation than part of Ukraine. So what would be the mission? It’s clear that the Azovs don’t necessarily respect Zelensky’s authority. And he has to suppress his detractors. Perhaps the war provides him with the opportunity to put his political enemies through the meat grinder?

    Another curiosity for example is Zelensky’s constant imploring for ever more weapons from the West. For whom exactly? The Ukrainian military is being decimated and there have been mass surrenders. If the troops are surrendering is it not plausibe that the Russians are collecting those weapons too? And he insists on begging for weapons and money with litanies of insults. Is that supposed to be a morale booster?

    It’s these types of things that make me wonder if Zelensky is Z. The final impediment of the empire of lies as they say.

    • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 6:58 am #

      Zelensky out there begging for more and better weapons from the West is a curious thing, SSL. Tons and tons was ordnance was donated 2014-2022, what happened to it? Well, it was sold on the Black Market — to criminal organizations inside Europe, narco terror groups in Latin America, various militia involved in the Syrian Civil War, ISIS — by corrupt Ukrainian Pols and Army Officers, many of whom long ago absconded from Ukraine (got out of Dodge, if you will. Remember, Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, which is why Hunter Biden & Co. was there.). This is what most likely will happen to the weaponry arriving in Ukraine now. The rest of it will be captured by the Russian Army as war booty.

    • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 7:31 am #

      And altho many of Ukrainian sourced weapons end up in the hands of illegal rebel groups on the African continent, legitimate governments are also the recipients of weapons systems sales from Ukraine, the two largest being China and India. Seeing that Ukraine manufactures very little munitions of it’s own, these represent nothing more than weapons transfers from NATO and the US. For Ukraine, weapons sales represent 100% profit since they’re getting the stuff for free to begin with.

      • stelmosfire April 20, 2022 at 9:29 am #

        Asshole Z-man runs around begging and belittling the West, Give me weapons! Planes, Guns, tanks! We will destroy the invaders! Why doesn’t he buy his own damn planes. It’s not like there are none for sale. Good shit too. F/A 18 Hornets, not piece of shit cold war Mig 29’s. As the USA sells their new crap F 35’s around the world everybody is dumping their proven F 18’s. This fella picked up 46 of ’em for a song.

        https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32869/this-man-owns-the-worlds-most-advanced-private-air-force-after-buying-46-f-a-18-hornets

        • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 9:52 am #

          Great aircraft.

      • SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm #

        Very interesting! So they are likely selling the weapons they are provided and they are also getting direct payments from the West. They seem to have it made in the shade. Zelensky may just turn out to be way richer after all of this than he ever dreamed of. And of course the world will likely become an even more dangerous place as these weapons circulate around. The pentagon has admitted they don’t even know where all the weapons are going or what happens to them once they apparently make it to Ukraine! And now many Western countries including the US have diminished stockpiles of weapons and no quick way of manufacturing new ones since the ability to produce things was completely leveled in most Western countries.

    • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 10:28 am #

      Well, from what I have discerned from reading and listening to many people very educated on the situation, it’s not Zelensky vs Putin. It’s Azov vs Zelensky and Putin. So yes, they have a common enemy, but it’s also not that simple. When Zelensky was puppeted in, apparently he tried to influence the Azov contingent but instead they made him their bitch for the next few years. So I can see where Zelensky would want to be rid of them, even if he currently ‘commands’ them and goes along with the US puppet regime bullshit.

      • SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

        It seems like the US is using the Azovs like it did ISIS in the Middle East. ISIS was used to remove antagonists against the US from power such as Gaddafi in Libya. That strategy was also used against Bashar Al-Assad but didn’t work because Russia stepped in. The Azovs were critical to the coup that put Zelensky in power. So I see them as being used as a proxy by the US. Thus why I wonder if Zelensky finally decided to push the envelope to get Russia to step in.

        • Redneck Liberal April 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm #

          @MaryQueer & SSL

          You two are a matching pair of fuckwits…speculating on what are essentially unknowables, yet you carry the air of “insiders”. What a laugh.

          • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 10:29 pm #

            And yet, you yourself have nothing to add either, other than to sling shit. I hear monkeys like to do that too. Perhaps you should go find some and join their troop?

    • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      As Putin says, the West cannot be negotiated with. They (the Globalists who control the West) want to end Russia and have access to its resources.

      Zelensky says something different every day. One day vowing to fight to the death, the next asking to negotiate. He is playing his part perfectly. The Clown also has his enemies put to death. He is as vicious as the Azovs in that sense, though he probably doesn’t get his hands wet.

      While the Azovs die for “Ukraine” or for Satan, he will skip off to Israel, a billionaire.

      Anglin reiterated that the Azovs have some kind of secret religion, with Charlie Manson as one of their influences, lol. Of course this fits right in with people who believe in the cartoon Nazis the media has created. But in fact the real ones wouldn’t accept these low lifes who use their own people as human shields.

      It will never make sense if you think of it as one nation against another. The Globalists don’t believe in nations. Does “Biden’s” policies for America make any sense?

      If you want to go really dark and deep with ultimate Conspiracy, the question becomes, Is Putin working with the Globalists? If not, why did he get involved with the Vax? In this scenario, both Zelensky and Putin are working for the same people and against not only Ukraine and Russia, but humanity. Anyway, that’s my darkest fantasy about global politics.

      • SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

        Yes I have also wondered if Putin is working with the globalists as he had some relationship with the WEF though they have excommunicated him apparently since the beginning of the special operation. And of course this has provided Biden and other Western leaders with the perfect excuse to destroy their own economies via the sanctions scheme. This appears to be achieving the green new deal goals without necessarily having to implement the green new deal itself or talk about it. And since Ukraine is a major exporter of wheat and other crop staples it seems that this whole event is a perfect cover for the literal implementation of a global famine. So there are definitely some very curious things occurring here which appear to favor the globalists. Colonel McGregor calls them rootless cosmopolitans.

        I know Anglin doesn’t like the Azovs and I do agree that they are likely simply invoking the word “Nazi” in order to associate terrible things to that word to keep that whole narrative alive since Western leaders consistently use it to continue the destruction of their own countries. I personally don’t believe there are any Nazis on either side. The Ukrainians also refer to the Russians as fascists and Nazis. It seems to be part of the propaganda on both sides. I also think the Azovs have a deep connection with the Khazars which may explain their strange pagan practices as well as their general viciousness and bloodlust. Supposedly pagan idols were found near Mariupol after the Azovs had been cleared from the vicinity.

        • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

          Of course having a relationship may not be the same as being a follower. Putin may know these people because he had to. In other words, diplomacy. That doesn’t explain caving in to the Vax agenda though.

          And maybe Tulsi Gabbard came up through WEF’s program and now rejects it. I admit I’m not sure either way. She is a gun grabber apparently.

          Yes, Christ can bring together many disparate people and peoples. So why wouldn’t the Ape of God do the same?

        • workingclasshero April 21, 2022 at 1:33 am #

          The Azov’s are simply 21st century national socialists which in the Eastern European non-Russian world implies anti-Russian near hatred and soft antisemitism with a healthy and commendable amount of anti-Marxist/Woke political ideology.They had to gun up like most right-wing nationalists anywhere do and got played by western Intelligence agencies to screw Russia for the sake of carrying on Western dominance for another century. They will be conveniently forgotten when Russia is defeated.

  81. Kornado April 20, 2022 at 7:28 am #

    My roommate got his truck broken into again.  He’s had a front tire slow leak for about a year now, so he’s bought two mini pumps that are both now stolen via jacked door handles. 

    He/She/Subhumandruggie did not take the bowling ball or $30 in bills. My roommate’s been parking in the next door back yard driveway, behind a two story building that’s been boarded up for the past year, after some meth heads, unbeknownst, were living there illegally.  It was distracting to see different people sitting on their front porch when i went to work at 7 am. 

    Anyway, the owner inherited the property from his mother, but what can he do?  he lives in Cali, and all the properties his mother bought have been tied up for years with some ponzi scheme from some greek asshole.  So there the building stands vacant, a lighthouse for crackheads and junkies.  They want to get in and do dirty wrong stuff.
    I came home from doing karaoke two weeks ago to an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway.  As I finished bringing my equipment in, a dude appeared by the stairwell that had its plywood barrier recently pried open.  He suddenly ran at me, although he might have been trying to get to his car.  But in the drunken 2am moment I decided to begin punching him in the face until he fell down.  I had him get up, get in his car, and told him bye, only to have him pop off a couple rounds in the air as he drove off.

    My fist was fine until it went completely swollen and the big gash on my knuckle pulsated painfully.  Urgent Care gave me an IV and antibiotics, but nothing broken!  $400 though.

    I just bought a car for $200! The first car I’ve owned since 1997.  The price was so cheap because a friend”s girlfriend had it but it got broken into in their garage, and they cut the catalytic converter, good bidness here in South City STL.  Usually Missouri, St.Louis even more so, is very lax on regulations, laws…but not getting a used car to get plates!  As my friend told me today, “man, you’ve been living off the grid for too long” sardonically.  He is referring to the fact that I’ve been an ‘outlaw’ road cyclist for 2 decades and thus enabled me to transport myself so freely. 

    Well, I got the converter replaced today, but of course, due to the mechanic resetting the codes, I have to now drive 50-100 miles, still without plates, for the fucking car computer to..re calibrate?  It takes that goddamn long?  So now my car with the new highly stolen item is parked there openly on the street.  My roommate said mechanics are now welding steel plates over converters ala Mad Max. 

    Meanwhile I got to be a vigilante, peeking out windows every hour.  Please wait until I get my emission passed before sawzawing it from me, let me please get plates so i can drive to Illinois, my home, and the county, where i could pick up karaoke gigs.  

    Within the city limits of St. Louis however, they don’t give a FUCK.  Half the drivers either have an expired temporary plate or nothing, usually running stop lights or passing you in the suicide lane.  The lack of enforcement demonstrates though, how effective laws and regulations are anyway.  Most things are a workaround, a loophole, nothing really seems to matter on a certain level.

    I guess my point is, modernity really sucks and it looks like the future will be much worse.  I’m 50 next year and it’s just getting harder.  I’m glad Chris Martenson is disproved the snake venom religious theory.  I admit, I had a moment with it.  I just imagined warehouses of snakes dripping from the ceiling, Hunter standing there taking a naked selfie.

    I just need to take my Honda out on the open road, windows down, bluetooth speaker blaring, and finally get my bad boy into 5th gear.

    • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 8:34 am #

      Damn! The third world has finally come home.

      The US’ new motto: Be thankful for what little you’ve got while you’ve still got it. It can always and will certainly get worse!

      I’m reminded of a FX TV Fargo soliloquy a few years back delivered by villain V.M. Varga (David Thewlis). I shuddered at the truth of it, knowing that only a handful of people in the world can possibly meet this standard, and they are already know who they are. Even more importantly, they know that YOU are not one of THEM, to the degree that they know or even care who you are in the first place:

      “You see it, don’t you? Millions of people bought houses they couldn’t afford, and now they’re living on the streets. 85% of the world’s wealth is controlled by 1% of the population. What do you think is gonna happen when those people wake up and realize you’ve got all their money?”

      “In the favelas of Brazil, there are six-year-olds with Glocks. They roam in packs, stealing whatever they can find. Mexican lowlifes stream into this country like wolves, eyeing our women and children. In the Congo, a family of six live on 10 cents a day. You turn on the TV, what do you see? Boat people. Mass migration. You’re living in the age of the refugee, my friend.”

      “There’s an accounting coming, Mr. Stussy, and you know I’m right. Mongol hordes descending. Now what are you doing to insulate yourself and your family? You think you’re rich. You’ve no idea what ‘rich’ means. ‘Rich’ is a fleet of private planes filled with decoys to mask your scent. It’s a banker in Wyoming and another in Gstaad. So that’s action item one, the accumulation of wealth, and I mean wealth, not money.”

      • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 11:37 am #

        Dis

        History is replete with societies that evolve into 1% and 99% economic messes.

        Then the violent Turning. The have nots will always outnumber the haves.

        The 1% parasites in the US right now are running out of places to escape to. What is left of the Deep State elite are trying to “buy” their way out. They are being found out, as we speak, as their gimme ways are blowing up in their faces in a collapsing economy.

        Not to worry, Dis, the NWO is riding in like the Magnificent Seven, ready to rescue us from ourselves.

        I feel so relieved.

      • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

        That Season (3) of “Fargo” was the first time I realized – really realized – that it was widely known by people out there in the mainstream that the jig was truly up and that we were rapidly approaching a bottleneck. One in which the hyper-rich were not only NOT trying to avoid, but which they had both feet on the gas accelerating toward in the reasonably sure knowledge that they were going to come out the winners. Always had strong suspicions before that, but hearing it so plainly put on a quality national TV show like that really hammered it home for me. That whole season was about that one topic and all the greed and desperation associated with it, and even the ending, although somewhat ambiguous (the Coens actually toned it down at the request of the network), went in favor of the antagonist. It was quite sobering.

        • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

          Coen’s No Country For Old Men (filmed near here) on HBO this afternoon. Talk about coincidence, this must be my lucky day. Lookin’ and feelin’ more and more like the Tommie Lee Jones Sheriff character by the day now. Face like a beat up old pair of leather boots.

    • Anthea April 20, 2022 at 10:06 am #

      @ Kornado:

      The way it works with the enforcement of regulations/laws is, the cops stop enforcing them when a large percentage of the population starts to ignore them.

      E.g., the cops in my rural area stopped enforcing car insurance laws when the local economy dried up. The area was booming during the run-up to the 2008 real estate collapse, when there were plentiful construction jobs. When the construction jobs dried up, they stopped enforcing this–although, during the boom times they were strict about it.

      Kansas City, Missouri, has never in my recollection enforced car insurance–and my recollection goes back tot he 70s. Some cities don’t even enforce expired tags (Independence, for example).

      Enforcement stops when it become uneconomical: the cost of putting people in jail exceeds the potential revenue from fines.

      • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 11:23 am #

        And there yet may be one more reason why cops are no longer ‘Pro Active’ in enforcing law and order, and it come from a news story this morning.

        About 2 years ago a recent immigrant from the Sudan went into an I Phone store in Stamford and held a knife to a young women’s throat, demanding phones and whatever cash she had. He then made a break out the door and carjacked an older lady at knifepoint, throwing her onto the pavement. State and local police responded, and the suspect led the cops on a high speed chase up I-95 into New Haven, where he was boxed in. When troopers went in to make the arrest the suspect threw the car into gear and tried to run the troopers down, when he was shot dead.

        Case closed? Not so fast. The Trooper involved was arrested today, not sure yet how serious the charges are. It could be murder. Our AG is a Chinese guy who seems to have it in for cops, especially white cops. If you’re a LEO why bother to go above and beyond and put yourself at risk of being prosecuted yourself just by doing your job?

      • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 11:27 am #

        And here is the Clown World part of it: this guy clearly was a thug, but the photo of him the local news is showing reveals a young teenager dressed up in his sunday best lol.

        • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 11:40 am #

          BRH

          Multiply him by a million and you have the Southern border.

  82. PeteAtomic April 20, 2022 at 8:14 am #

    JP Morgan’s energy strategy group putting out a big report about the critical need for OPEC/Big Oil to reinvest in fossil fuel discovery and extraction.

    Christyn Malek, part of the strategy group (via Bloomberg interview this morning), predicting a barrel of Brent crude price per barrel to reach $150 by 2023.

    Best quote by Malek in the interview: “Oil is non-fungible. You can’t get petro-chemicals from the energy from solar panels.”

    Malek is citing evidence from his research that oil production will soon be 20% lower than demand, which is going higher as fossil fuel supplies lower.

    Malek argues more fossil fuel supply must happen, otherwise not only everyday consumer prices for oil and natural gas will be more higher, but also “social disorder” will occur.

    • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 8:45 am #

      No problemo!

      We don’t need fossil fuels.

      Indeed, Governor Newsom, Gov Inslee, and President Biden himself — as well as many other prominent and powerful people — are committed to banning all and every fossil fuel commodity by 2030, 2035 at the latest.

      Everyday without fail publications like The Guardian, USA Today, Wapo, NYTs etc. run stories about the necessity of divestment, fossil fuel bans, “Transition to Renewables”, ending natgas hookups in new construction, phasing out gasoline vehicles by 2025, jailing coal company executives for ‘Climate Crimes’, touting $100,000 EVs, nationalizing oil companies, dismantling the national grid, decommissioning nuclear power plants … the list is endless. Surely you seen these stories yourself, Pete.

      • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

        See my last post. Planet of the Humans available on You Tube.

        Mr. Liberals reality check on Green.

      • malthuss April 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

        We don’t need fossil fuels….translate–you dont get gas, they do.

    • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 9:00 am #

      Vicious cycle. Fossil fuel supply via new exploration or expansion of production of depleting stocks can only happen with rising prices, but rising prices stifle demand on the part of monetarily depleted consumers. The dreaded see-saw of supply and demand as we descend Hubbert’s curve. Barring nationalization of the Oil industry (effectively open subsidization by the Fed at the expense of the Treasury, a short term only fix which will NEVER happen in any case) or miraculous new discoveries of HUGE reserves, there’s no way out of this dilemma.

      Social disorder already here and guaranteed to continue. See above.

      • stelmosfire April 20, 2022 at 10:03 am #

        The USA went whole hog into the fracking business and pulled a ton of energy out of older and harder to access deposits. You can bet as prices rise and supply drops the whole world will jump in feet first to keep the spigots on. The price will be way up but some how the oil/gas will flow no matter what. This is a 3 year old article but you can bet the holes are being drilled as the price rises around the world.

        https://www.desmog.com/2019/03/04/global-fracking-expansion-oil-gas-climate-risks/

        • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 11:52 am #

          One adder to the equation.

          Fracking is NOT the way out!

          No way.

          Banking right now has looked at fracking as an investment and is finding it wanting under today’s conditions.

          Why?

          A big reason is the decline of sweet spots. As the fields being exploited move away from sweet spots, potential production declines. Biden’s idiocy has allowed the “industry”, finance wise to examine this fact and IMHO money will not be so free flowing.

          Right now, demand is pushing supply so supply “bumps” will control the price.

          So, if you want to increase the price on purpose, you slow supply by embargoing a source, by pissing on your primary foreign source, and by bottlenecking your own FF industry in every sneaky way possible.

          When the people realize they have been had by DC, I hope they will react. It disgusts me that 30+% of the American public approve of Biden.

          • stelmosfire April 20, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

            “Today’s conditions” yes but when oil is $200 bucks a barrel fracking works. As long as there is “money” (questionable) there will be “money” for oil, if only for the chosen ones.

          • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

            St Elmo’s

            How much oil is recoverable from shale? Not just cost involved, but availability.

            We leased land in Dimmit County Texas for two fracking wells. JHKs model of a short term lifetime and high initial output with a tail off IS real. Ours lasted about five years with 60% in the first two. The further from the sweet spots, the less output per well. Each well costs millions.

            FYI, my great grandfather was in oil in Western PA in the 1800s. He bought land in Dimmitt County Texas then. Was considered one can short of a six pack by the family for a long time. No longer.

            We sold lease rights last year. Fracking does not pay enough.

        • NoLongerHuman April 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm #

          The US took oil offline from Libya, Venezuela, Syria and Iran to make fracking successful. US production went from about 7 million to 12 million bd.

          We subtracted from the market to sell it. The problem as others have said is that fracking has a bad ROI. Trillions were burned to get 5 years of production.

          I think what was really decided is who would make the last dollars on fossil fuels. The US and the Saudis were preferred. The elites are really spooked about climate change or the global population going after them. You decide which.

          The Ukraine War is the next step in population reduction by famine and energy shortages.

    • mitchellc April 20, 2022 at 9:36 am #

      Well yeah, that’s the entire point, now isn’t it?

      We wouldn’t even be here without FFs. Pop started ramping up circa 1900, so we can include back to great grandparent generation in that statement.

      Now invert that observation: we won’t be here without FFs ie Pop will go back to 1b. If one were to look back from 500 years hence, there will be this giant arc that explodes and retraces.

      Now, as I keep saying, if you get that basic fundamental element, everything falls into place. It explains the 2 great gobal wars fought over who would control global resources.

      Now we’re in the final chapter, control over the last great store of precious resources. Buts it’s only enough to provide shutdown guidance, not restoration.

      It’s foolish to get worked up over what is completely logical. More importantly, it’s critical to understand that anyone in a leadership position knows exactly what’s happening. All actions are perfectly rational and intentional.

      They are attempting to bring this down in a controlled fashion; from their pov, hopefully with them still in charge.

      But there aren’t any guarantees – this could easily go sideways. Worse yet for the west, Russia hangs tough and we actually begin to take on water.

      We can look to Rwanda to see what happens in a “diverse” environment when there isn’t enough to go around.

      • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 9:54 am #

        Death by machete. Not the end anyone ever imagines.

        • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 11:05 am #

          And the Rwanda genocide occurred in a country where the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa people were indistinguishable by an outsider; insiders however, knew who was who. They were intermarried, inter related, all of that. But when it got down to stems and seeds none of that mattered.

          Incidentally, the machetes came on a single ship from China. Probably cost $1 apiece. Now that’s what I call a weapons sale!

          • GreenAlba April 20, 2022 at 11:11 am #

            https://www.imb.org/2018/06/12/the-curse-of-ham-genocide/

            “The Curse of Ham: How Bad Scripture Interpretation Inspired Genocide”

          • thwack April 20, 2022 at 10:07 pm #

            Im sorry, but I ain’t buying the Goonalba Rwanda genocide hypothesis.

            The RG is nothing more than classic race war code.

            The Tutsi were cattle men and the Hutus were farmers; what could go wrong, right?

            The white people just lit the fuse by supporting the Tutsi who were a minority.

            Now I think the Tutsi are back in charge?

            So I suspect there will be a 2nd Rwandan genocide at some point in the future?

          • GreenAlba April 21, 2022 at 6:37 am #

            No-one asked you to buy it – it’s not my hypothesis, it’s just, you know, ‘a hypothesis’. And some consider that the Catholic Church did have some responsibility in whipping up the hatred and ignoring its consequences.

            But we thank you for your time and consideration.

            https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/the-role-of-the-catholic-church-in-the-rwandan-genocide-and-post-genocide-reconciliation

            And guess what? Sometimes there’s a perfect storm of different hostilities that lead to the big one. It’s worth considering all of them. Just like in Northern Ireland it’s not all about Catholics and Protestants and equally not all about nationalism and unionism.

      • GreenAlba April 20, 2022 at 10:56 am #

        Actually, Rwanda is advertising itself as an immigration holding hub. The UK is apparently going to send its asylum applicants to Rwanda for processing, in a scheme devised by Home Secretary, Priti Patel, drawbridge immigrant extraordinaire.

        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rwanda-asylum-seekers-france-patel-b2061365.html

        • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 8:25 pm #

          Good lord.

      • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:23 am #

        Thank God for the 2nd Amendment and heavily armed Whites. Idaho was considering making militias legal, instead of just looking the other way. Don’t know how it turned out.

        Unarmed men shouldn’t be allowed to vote. The citizen soldier is the Ideal we have to get back to.

        • Disaffected April 20, 2022 at 11:33 am #

          Citizen soldiers, yes, but I doubt most will have voting on their mind. When power comes openly from the end of the gun, voting pales in comparison. Think the old west.

          • stelmosfire April 20, 2022 at 11:47 am #

            Potatohead Joe says the 2nd is not for fighting tyrants. It’s for deer hunting and the deer don’t wear kevlar. He openly stated that if you want to fight the tyrants in DC you’ll need F-15’s and nukes. Screw the F-15. I’ve got my eye on a used RAAF F/A 18 Hornet trade-in. Never used in anger. Now if I can only find a couple bunker-busters.

          • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:48 am #

            And when you go to actually vote, you bring your gun just in case. But you bring your gun everywhere in any case. You’re not dressed without it.

            Of course “the Ladies” won’t like it even though it the only reason they have anything at all. And thus the whole cycle of corruption will start again – if we listen to them.

            Democracy dooms us you see. Because when we talk about the Ladies we are also talking about their male minions and camp followers who will do anything to win their favor. Women are more than half the population. Add in the minions and they have a clear majority since the minions always out number good women who will take our side.

            We’re a fallen species, Dis. You need to get back to Church and start prayin’.

          • BackRowHeckler April 20, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

            Germany is giving away all its weaponry to Ukraine, maybe we’ll do the same thing.

            Putin sez thank you, our stocks were running short.

          • JohnAZ April 20, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

            The 2nd was written in an environment of state level supremacy. Arming the citizenry of a state, the militia, was the way power was to be enforced at the state level, ie how the states would protect themselves from the Feds.

            The Founders knew they needed a cohesive force to hold the 13 colonies together, the Constitution but at the same time hated the idea of a powerful central government.

            Hence the militia.

            Then someone tried to exercise the “right of the militia”, aKA the Civil War, and was crushed.

            The militia concept has been under attack ever since.

            The militia concept permits potential rebellion, its original intention, which is why any centralization move by the Deep State requires the militia to be disarmed and disbanded.

            Eventually, any Balkanization attempt will be led by state militias fired up by discordant state governments.

            Hopefully soon.

        • NoLongerHuman April 20, 2022 at 6:41 pm #

          Last large scale citizens armed resistance in the US was the Whiskey Tax Revolt. 600 Pennsylvanians went up against the US and they folded against an army 13000 federal militia

          I don’t count the Civil War as armed citizen resistance

  83. Jarek April 20, 2022 at 11:52 am #

    https://twitter.com/BreitbartNews/status/1516517406331572229

    P-Sack cries about Florida’s Anti-Groomer Law. Sounds fake to me. Her normal emotions are rage and contempt. But if she’s going to make it on MSNBC she has to project a softer image. And if she hopes to get her own talk show, she has to be able to cry on cue. Yes, one of the many burdens of being a woman I suppose! Fake tears are the sweetest for some however…..

    • SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

      Lol well I agree that it is totally fake. Psaki is typically very unemotional and stern. So what I hope you do come away with is that this is an issue or a hill that they are willing to die on. For her to make this particular spectacle on this issue makes it clear that this is the top agenda of the regime. They must completely capture this next generation. You see, their indoctrination has worked to some degree on previous generations but Biden’s cratering poll numbers prove that the indoctrination has only gone so far. They need to completely capture these kids and change their hormones and bodies because in doing that they can completely change them and own them. And then they can vax them all too. Normal people were hoping she would cry about inflation and the border invasion but of course that will never be with this particular regime.

      • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

        Yes, this will separate kids from their parents far more abruptly and totally than rock music (and its culture) separated boomers from their parents.

        As Plato and others said: Change the music and you change the culture.

    • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      Yes because no men cry on cue. Except Barack Obama and John Boehner and Jesse Smollett and Will Smith etc etc etc

      • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

        Psychic moobs. When the feminine is exalted over the masculine, this is what you get.

        • malthuss April 20, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

          more like femi nazi uplifted.

        • MaryQueen April 20, 2022 at 8:08 pm #

          OK then I guess we’re winning.

  84. messianicdruid April 20, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

    They really are assuming [ presuming ] the role of gods [ those that make rules for others ].

    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/video-wef-speaker-yuval-harari-the-next-phase-is-the-surveillance-going-under-our-skin-we-are-acquiring-divine-powers-greatreset/

    • SoftStarLight April 20, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

      Si! The next phase of the transhuman agenda. Bite into the apple. We can be like God..

      • Jarek April 20, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

        The apple with the razor blade in it.