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After leaving the Bahamas for dead, Hurricane Dorian barely grazed the US mainland en route to the Canadian shoals of oblivion, perhaps saving America’s insurance industry. But the steamy west coast of Africa is hurling out a cavalcade of replacements as the high season for Atlantic storms commences, so better keep the plywood sheets at hand. Lots of things are looking stormy around the world just now: nations, markets, politics — everything really except all three divisions of the American League… yawn….

The world is in a nervous place these days The US is something like the world’s crazy old auntie, whom everyone else would like to lock in the attic. Except she happens to be cradling a bazooka, so they’ll go on trying to ignore her a while longer, hoping she doesn’t launch any rockets at the neighbors.

Britain courts chaos in its attempt to keep staving off the Brexit quandary, which itself seems to promise a hearty dose of chaos as thousands of unresolved trade issues threaten the country’s economic future walking out on Europe. The majority who voted Brexit feel that the EU is already crushing them under bureaucratic diktat and immigration quotas. New Prime Minister Bo-Jo has tried one ploy after another in his quest to reach the Halloween Brexit ramp. Everyone is ganging up on him, even his own brother, Jo Johnson, who has quit the cabinet and is ditching his seat in parliament. Bo-Jo wants to call an election because there is no one else to take his place, and many of those piling on him also detest the opposition Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Events are outrunning anybody’s ability to see what happens next. Street violence is not out of the question.

What’s at stake behind all the pushing-and-shoving is the question of national sovereignty. Does it matter anymore? I suspect it will matter increasingly for everyone in many nations, and at a smaller and smaller scale of political divisions so that, for instance, Great Britain itself will be faced with surrendering its dominion over Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is churning in the zeitgeist now, actually has been for some time since the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia cracked up. Even the United States finds itself increasingly disunited and it’s not inconceivable that before the century ends some regions may go their own way. Texans have been talking it up for years, and California is already acting like she’s started divorce proceedings.

China, meanwhile, is whipping its quasi-vassal Hong Kong like a dog because Xi Jinping is not in a position to bust Donald Trump upside the head and Xi’s got to take it out on somebody. Everything was looking so rosy for China as it burst out of its medieval cocoon into industrial adulthood, and now Mr. Trump is ruining the global arrangements that turned the sclerotic old outfit into a global super-dragon. They’ve had a blast driving down the capitalist road — even if they’re actually ruled by communists — but a storm of bad debt is coming up on them from behind, and if it catches up, the joyride is over and some kind of dreadful crackup happens.

All the abiding normality of the past seventy years is slipping away into flux. Modernity is finally yielding – to what? Nobody knows. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the realm of money and economy. Beyond all the other quarrels of modern times — democracy versus communism, Islam versus the West, the wealthy north versus the poor south — one thing remained pretty steady: the flow of oil into the engines of economy. Turned out, the world didn’t have to run out of oil for that normality to fray badly; the oil just had to become marginally unaffordable, and voila! It’s hard for people to grok, especially here in the USA with oil production so far above the old 1970 prior peak that the proposition seems absurd.

But it is so. The companies chasing shale oil have done it on tons of borrowed money, and now having demonstrated that it’s not a profitable business, investors have soured on them and they can’t get new loans. A contagion of bankruptcies is underway among them and it’s going to get worse because the business model for shale oil is a joke.

But the business model for the nations of the world is also a joke: borrow as much as you can from your own future and pray for a happy ending. It is driving the whole world insane. It’s exactly why people in the USA think it’s a good idea for trannies with arrest records to read stories to six-year-olds. These delusions and the financial head trips that spawn them will also get worse as the nations of the world go deeper into the alternative universe of zero-interest financing and Ponzi pretense. Without that cheap oil, growth is impossible, and without growth, crackup is inevitable.


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  1. Jeremy September 6, 2019 at 10:04 am #

    Phew …
    … and now, back to scheduled programming!

    • K-Dog September 6, 2019 at 11:42 am #

      Yes back to the regular news. Slow and inexorable like a 21st century hurricane our American clusterfuck continues to lurk offshore. It gains every more strength with every passing day. Slowly gyrating with hell and high water eventual landfall is certain.

      Pretend it is not there while you still can. Nothing can stop it.

    • TraffickingInDivinity September 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

      Yes, the world is in turmoil and the media is in Heaven. I don’t remember any news stories from the garden of Eden. I guess journalists just thrive when things are going to Hell. They even promote it. Be safe out there!

  2. Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    The world is in a nervous place these days The US is something like the world’s crazy old auntie, whom everyone else would like to lock in the attic. Except she happens to be cradling a bazooka, so they’ll go on trying to ignore her a while longer, hoping she doesn’t launch any rockets at the neighbors.

    Now that thar’s just priceless (and true!), I don’t care who you are! Just priceless…

    But wait! Auntie’s been cleverly concealing a penile appendage under all them crazy old lady clothes all these years! Say it ain’t so Ol’ Auntie… err… Uncie… err… whatever you’re going by these days.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill September 6, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      And, “her” prostate is flaring up and making “her” irritable to boot.

      All I know anymore is that this place (US) and this current socio-economic system are unsustainable in their current form and unfixable without major negative side effects for many people. I am fully in Jim’s camp as he asks “what comes next?”

  3. Neon Vincent September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    John Oliver examined Brexit this past spring, and made the prospect of it look like a horror show. Fortunately, it got delayed, but I’m not optimistic that the United Kingdom won’t “crash out” despite the best efforts of the “Rebel Alliance.” I wish them luck; they’ll need it.

    Speaking crashing, CBS This Morning aired a segment on the downsizing of higher education last Saturday in which an expert forecast that up to 25% of U.S. colleges will close over the next 20 years. It reminded me of our host’s prediction in “The End of Suburbia” that “we’re gonna have to downsize and downscale everything we do. Everything from farming to education” coming true. This will be a disorderly downsizing of higher education much like the disorderly downsizing of brick-and-mortar retail the U.S. is experiencing in the Retail Apocalypse. Still, it’s one way that prognostication can come true.

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Don’t know about you, but I’m ready for them to just get on with it already. They’ve expended far more hot air over the past few years than the whole affair is worth.

      As for college education, it won’t be missed at all. The nation’s collective practical IQ should jump several points in the aftermath.

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 10:33 am #

        Hear, hear!

        Truer words have never been spoken.

      • Ron Anselmo September 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

        Nail squarely on head, my friend. Exactly.

        • snarkmatic9000 September 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

          Maybe true for non-physical science majors, what my engineer father called “bullshit majors”, but I think we’ll still need advanced education for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, unless you want your rockets built and DNA manipulated by ignoramuses!

          • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

            Apparently, at many universities, the diciplines you mention are being watered down and hollowed out for the purpose of admitting more ‘Women and Minorities.’ At some point they might become worthless too.

            Brh

      • benr September 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

        The dumbing down of America started with education nd indoctrination and continues today with mass poisoning via Sodium Fluoride and not the beneficial calcium flouride!

    • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      Asking John Oliver about Brexit is like asking Stephen Colbert to assess Trump in a sane manner. Neoliberal shills shilling corporate propaganda.

    • shotho September 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      I don’t pretend to know the intricacies of the Brexit debate, but it might be an attempt by sovereign people to retain their nationhood in the face of mega-forces which have clearly benefited from the EU. Those forces seem willing to simply ignore the democratic vote of “The People” in order to hold onto their priviliged positions and do whatever it takes to block the initiative. Johnson might not be the fool his opponents seem to think, but who knows.

      • Slugoon September 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

        That, shotho, is half the story. The other half is that the losing 48% of voters won’t accept the result either.

        As Nigel Farage said: “Democracy only works if you have the principle of losers’ consent.”

        Demos? Kratia? We’re no better than North Korea.

        • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 7:10 am #

          “As Nigel Farage said: “Democracy only works if you have the principle of losers’ consent.””

          As Nigel Farage also said, before the Brexit referendum, ‘if the result is as close as 52% to 48% in favour of Remain, it will be unfinished business’.

          Losers’ consent indeed – haha. Let’s go for winners’ hypocrisy.

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 7:11 am #

            Happy to pay for Nigel’s ticket to North Korea any time, in the circumstances.

          • Slugoon September 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

            Regardless of what Nigel said, if the numbers were reversed you can rest assured it would be done and dusted. I know that and so do you.

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

            “Regardless of what Nigel said, if the numbers were reversed you can rest assured it would be done and dusted. I know that and so do you.”

            I most certainly don’t. If the numbers had been reversed it would have been left for now and UKIP/its Farage replacement would have gradually gained seats in Parliament and gone in for the long haul. The Tory party have been ripping themselves apart over this for decades, so I don’t know why they’d have stopped. Farage (and the Tory Atlanticists) would have continued with aspirations for a Neverendum situation just like Nicola Sturgeon with her once-in-a-generation referendum that’s just like a 100-year flood that becomes a 10-year flood.

            We’ve got that cr@p to look forward to as well now because of this no-deal nonsense. And this time she’ll win (and they won’t have a 60% majority (or 50%+1 of total) criterion for that one either, even though it’s for reversing a 300-year-old Treaty – which certainly no-one was asked to vote for!).

            That’s all we need up here – to be a fringe failed state on the fringes of a bigger failed state. I wouldn’t trust the SNP to run my bath.

            Nothing personal in any of this, BTW, Slugoon.

          • Slugoon September 8, 2019 at 3:28 am #

            Well, you’re probably right that the issue as a whole would not go away. What else was to be expected when John Major signed on the dotted line?

            It’s just another Civil War for the history books, albeit played out in the courtrooms and chambers rather than the battlefield. It will get settled, eventually.

            Do you not think a second Scottish referendum is now valid since you overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU? Go your own way, become a member of the glorious EU project again, surely this is a brighter future for you than sticking with us curmudgeonly English?

            No personal offence taken, GA. I have a lot of respect for you.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:36 am #

            Slugoon

            I agree there’s logic to the demand for Indyref#2, since the context has changed. And specifically because David Cameron and co. hotfooted it up here in 2014 to assure us that voting to stay in the UK was our best chance of staying in the EU (the story – true in this case – being that the EU wouldn’t allow a breakaway Scotland discrete membership pour décourager les autres, like Catalonia).

            Seamless trade with the EU is very important to the Scottish economy, especially if you’re a seafood or whisky exporter (maybe supplying GTA from Dundee/Edinburgh is less problematic!).

            But then seamless trade with the rest of the UK is even more vital to the Scottish economy, so I find Nicola’s position far more emotional than logical, an approach I find rarely ends well. But aside from the economy I feel no inclination to cut myself off from my English compatriots any more than I wish to cut myself off from my brothers, who live in England, are married to English wives and effectively have English children (although one comes up with his kilt to support Rangers, bizarrely!).

            As things stand, Scotland wouldn’t qualify on fiscal grounds for EU membership (not sure if it could cheat like Greece did!) – pro rata it’s running a deficit far greater than is the UK. And we wouldn’t get the perks that currently make the UK’s membership so favourable (perks mostly ‘negotiated’ because the UK has always been such a curmudgeonly and grudging member).

            We’d have to join the Eurozone and possibly Schengen, and there would be no rebate, as won by handbag-swinging Maggie T.

            Membership on different terms is something I might not even vote for. Imagine that.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:44 am #

            “especially if you’re a seafood or whisky exporter ”

            Or lamb or Aberdeen Angus beef or… or…

  4. FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    A brief introduction to overview of the balance of forces after Epstein’s “suicide” P.2

    Does it not seem to you that the caricature character of Russians (Soviets) in the TV series “Stranger Things” about several scientific programs funded by Adnan Khashoggi through the famous pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which is quite realistic in terms of details and the truth of characters, contains a very important message?

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Khashoggi

    That the authors of the series thus want to say that somebody came to them and ordered the Russians to be made the main culprits of a breakthrough of the demonic realm into our sinful, but still such a beautiful world, personified by America of the 80s.

    I must say that I found this America and it literally melted before my eyes, and the more I remember it, the more realistic this assumption seems to me.

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      Nope. That never occurred to me even once. But the fact that anything is “literally melting before your very eyes” tells me that you’ve moved on to psychedelics now too. CIA/Mossad provided, perhaps? Watch out with that shit buddy! Next thing you know you’ll awake to find yourself behind bars, accused of committing an act of terror, with no recollection of anything for the past several years.

      • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 10:39 am #

        Is Jeff alive?

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 11:58 am #

          I’m sure of it, but I heard the “world melted right before his very eyes” too just before they whisked him away to Zion.

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

        Great link! Thanks.

  5. Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    What’s at stake behind all the pushing-and-shoving is the question of national sovereignty. Does it matter anymore?

    Asked and answered. No, not according to the ascendant Zionist Super State agenda anyway. They’ve pretty much completely won that war now at the nation state level, so they’re plan is to put the full court press on localities world-wide now by withdrawing the money supply based on allegiance and ability to provide something of global value. Local alternatives will need to be found and/or created. Fun times (that’s irony right there, in case you missed it) ahead for all involved.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 10:16 am #

      according to the ascendant Zionist Super State agenda anyway

      bless your soul, scratch…

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:32 am #

        Opening up the gates of hell as we speak. Preparing to take on a bumper crop of newly damned souls.

        No, hell’s definitely not heaven or anything like that, but the crowd down here’s a helluva lot more fun than that uptight church crowd living upstairs.

      • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

        But don’t you think its weird that our “representatives” have essentially outlawed certain criticisms of Israel? Even they care less really when an American flag is burned. And is it illegal to criticize any other nation? Not that I know of. Do you? I mean isn’t that strange? So if its not a Zionist Super State agenda its still some kind of Zionist agenda.

  6. Exscotticus September 6, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    >>> It’s exactly why people in the USA think it’s a good idea for trannies with arrest records to read stories to six-year-olds.

    Dems will excitedly take their six-year-olds to watch JLo on the pole, after which…

    “Mommy! Mommy! I want to ride the pole!”

    Parents will nod admiringly and encouragingly. So proud! Perfect multicultural angels!—and the future of America.

    • Brabantian September 6, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Regarding JHK’s remark on ‘tranny storytime for children’ quoted above, my first thought was how in the current climate of Wokesterism, that remark by our site host will be taken as ‘hate speech’, meriting censorship along with the 100,000-plus YouTube videos recently deleted by the Google Gestapo

      Like those by ‘TERFS’ – the ‘Trans-gender-Excluding Radical Feminists’ -scorned by Woke ‘former males’ who ‘self-describe as female’ and who denounce the ‘fascist women’ who excluded these non-binaries from women’s rape & abuse crisis centres etc

      And just look at the storm around Bernie Sanders after he tried to talk about population control in Africa, or when Wokesters learn that Bernie only very recently talked about ‘open borders’ as an insane undermining of the socialist welfare state

      If you’re not on board with Antifa Woke, you are ‘right wing’ and ‘like the nazis’, they are saying

      Some university Antifa cell is maybe working right now on trying to get our host JHK deplatformed from his web hosting and patron accounts

      James Howard Kunstler, welcome to the ‘Alt-Right’ … well, anyway, Ron Unz’s site viewer statistics are skyrocketing as the US political divide hardens

  7. Lawfish September 6, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    I find it more than a little amazing that people who cry that the world is ending if the price of a gallon of gasoline goes over $3.00 think nothing of paying $1.59 for a 20 ounce bottle of water. That’s $9.00 a gallon for something that falls out of the sky.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      Yeah, the whole assumption that the oil price is the main culprit of everything, seems like a far scratch, sorry, stretch to me.

    • Exscotticus September 6, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      Great point. Clearly the marketing folks at Big Oil have dropped the ball. Where is the “artisanal” gas?

    • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      Not so fast my friend, in many places, gathering rainwater is illegal!

      The neolibs want you to remind you that they will own (almost) everything.

      • capt spaulding September 6, 2019 at 11:33 am #

        Yes, and the neocons want you to forget that they do own everything.

        • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

          Wait until you find out that they are the same …

          • capt spaulding September 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

            I’ve known that for quite some time, but at least the Democrats use a little petroleum jelly while the Repubs add sand to it before they start. A pox on both their houses.

    • benr September 6, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

      Food for thought.
      Everything you buy is transported by what?
      All your food is grown powered and delivered by what?
      Hell even that nasty tap water loaded with toxic substances is delivered by pumps powered directly by????

      Gas prices do not just affect joe public when they fill up their gas guzzling hooptie.

  8. butter56 September 6, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Texas will never again be a republic. It will remain a state. Only, it will be a state of Mexico, again.

    • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      Texas was part of Mexico for about 15 years, 1830-1845, not long enough to make any kind of historical claim.

      • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 10:40 am #

        tell them that.

        • elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

          …Yes, even Mexicans get a vote….

      • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

        Demographics is destiny. Mexico is expanding and America is contracting. We don’t have the Will to keep them out – and they’re already a majority in much of Texas if not the the state as a whole. It’s too late for them – and most acquiesce in any case, despising White Nationalists as they watch the Negro Football League, a beer in one hand and their senorita in the other.

        • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

          Don’t forget the requisite bowl of Cheetos within easy reach.

        • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

          I believe Latinos will be a majority in Texas, even if just by a little bit, by the 2020 election and definitely by 2024 barring the unknown. It will all be a domino effect from there without any changes.

          • Majella September 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

            That would require around 12-15% increase in the next year:

            “As of the 2010 US Census, the racial distribution in Texas was as follows: 70.4% of the population of Texas was White American; 11.8% African American; 3.8% Asian American; 0.7% American Indian; 0.1% native Hawaiian or Pacific islander only; 10.5% of the population were of some other race only; and 2.7% were of two or more races. Hispanics (of any race) were 37.6% of the population of the state, while Non-Hispanic Whites composed 45.3%.” Wikipedia

  9. prepper of oz September 6, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    My only question is will the debt be called in before the Golden Gollum of of Greatness finishes his second term?

  10. venuspluto67 September 6, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    What you called “The Awful Lull” three and a half years ago feels like it’s still going, only it’s starting to become painfully obvious how long in the tooth it’s getting, and at some point, it has to give way to something else. We just don’t know when, and it’s pretty much a game of waiting for that proverbial other shoe to drop.

  11. oilie September 6, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    Only about one in a thousand people seem to understand why growth must occur or a crackup follows, but it is so simple. Money is created when banks loan it, but the interest that must be paid on the loan is not created at the same time. It must come from growth. Without growth the bankers don’t get paid and there is hell to pay instead. It is our screwed up monetary system that allows fractional reserve lending and money creation by banks that is driving the civilized world to destruction. Enjoy the ride.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 10:29 am #

      It is our screwed up monetary system that allows fractional reserve lending and money creation by banks that is driving the civilized world to destruction.

      and where have you been for the last …ehr.. 600 years or so?

  12. BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Interesting comments about oil, Mr Kunstler, ‘specially in light of the CNN climate change interviews the other night, when every Dem candidate stated that petroleum use, in the near future, will be abolished, eliminated, or rendered unnecessary, replaced by renewables, which are being held off and suppressed by Big Oil, Big Coal, and Donald Trump.

    Brh

    • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      I had the most bizarre experience on the street yesterday.
      AND WANT TO SHARE, BRH.

      A nice volvo [I think] stops and the asian man blows me a kiss.
      Car had an uber sticker in window and I thought maybe he thought
      I was his pick up, as in uber pick up.
      I ignore him and the car follows me and he calls out sexual come ons.

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

        [reply in best southern drawl]

        Youz sure got a pretty mouth there, boy! Bet ya I could sho’ ’nuff make you squeal for your dinner if youz get on down on all fours fo’ me ri’ chere. Now get them pants off for me, right now! Get ’em off!

      • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

        You should have gotten his number and reported him – unless this is some kind of fantasy. You used to call yourself Asia after all, and you came out to me if memory serves.

        In any case, meditate of the story of Sodom. The Men of Sodom were struck by the beauty of the two Angels and surrounded Lot’s house, yelling to “Send the two strangers out that we may know them”. Lot offered them his daughters instead but they weren’t interested. Finally the Angels themselves opened the door and blasted those evil Gays.

        The guest is sacred in traditional cultures, but offering you daughters up to the mob seems a bridge too far – even if they were Angels or Messengers of God.

        • elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 6:49 pm #

          ““Send the two strangers out that we may know them”

          Janos,
          Maybe a bit too literal?

          Maybe they just wanted to meet and greet…maybe some coffee and cake?

          Coulda been harmless….

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

        Malth, that doesn’t seem too bizarre for LA.

        I think a lot more wierd sh#t happens there every day.

        Wait til Bubonic Plague breaks out amongst the 100,000 street people and bodies lie uncollected in the streets; now that will be bizarre.

        Brh

    • darrell dullnig September 6, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      Back row, what’s your point? JK has been making the same assertion about oil for years. Have you not been paying attention, or has political babble scrambled your brains beyond repair?

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 11:53 am #

        Point is, Dems are predicting a rosy and prosperous future WITHOUT oil. Do you think that’s even remotely possible, Darrel?

        Brh

  13. Paulo September 6, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    I had several friends over the other day for burgers on the fire plus fishing. Someone commented on French’s ketchup/mustard and the talk quickly escalated to never buying anything American. This includes travel into the US. When Mainstream media talks about US values and democracy someone immediately brings up arms sales, drone attacks, Yemen and Saudi Arabia; the general nightmare in the ME made possible by the urging and behest of American hegemony. Coercion. Now, Britain is following suit in falling to pieces, although it did fumble around pretending for the last 75 years.

    I have no idea how the future will unfold but one thing is obviously clear. USA dominance is fading fast, accelerated by the orange fuel/fool in office. This site decries ‘The Deep State’ as if there are master puppeteers running everything. I think it more resembles inertia, keeping some sembelence of order and stopping everything from immediately flying apart. One needs to look no further than the doctored hurricane forecast map, a looping sharpie meant to include Alabama, thus hiding the ignorance of DJT.

    Personally, after dealing with my Mom’s alzheimers for the last decade, I’m pretty sure we are simply witnessing a failing Country run by an ignorant person in the early phases of dementia. And, people are covering for him to hold on to their titles and access. It honestly reminds me of the lockdown ward of a Care Home facility. SAD.

    If the Economy is so great, why is there a constant drumbeat to reduce interest rates? And now the US is sending out Nigerian letters to try and get tanker captains to thwart Iranian oil sales and support DJT whack job policies. Who had that great idea, using borrowed money to bribe ship captains? MAGA.

    Maybe Iran will just buy a nuke from ‘lil Kim or Pakistan? Might as well get this show started and call the “Business Man’s” bluff. He’ll fold, coward that he is, and with it will go the last vestiges of pretend and extend.

    • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      Hang in a few months Paulo. Pretty soon Joe Biden or Liz Warren will be running the show and everything will be back to normal again.

      • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        Orange Man Bad.

        Globalism? What is that?

      • venuspluto67 September 6, 2019 at 11:38 am #

        And truly America’s best days will be ahead of it! 😀

      • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

        the future will unfold …. one thing is clear. USA dominance is fading fast, accelerated by the non Whites in USA.

        ‘obviously clear’ is redundant.

  14. hugho September 6, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    Good post Jim. Your final sentence pretty much says it all. In the first world war it was said that the British Army was lions led by donkeys. The donkeys being the upper class inept officers. Similar here. Perhaps sheep led by donkeys. Trump and the rest of the ruling class remain clueless about almost everything but most particularly the role of oil and energy in the economy. OIL IS the ECONOMY, stupid! Most of the WTI oil that is coming out of Saudi Amerika is only good for gasoline refining and the world doesn’t run on gasoline. The world runs on diesel and frack oil is only good for making gasoline. Its heavy oil that runs the world economy like the stuff we used to get from Venezuela, Mexico, and Iran and bullying these countries is counter productive not only for America. We have hit the wall economically with expensive oil and massive debt and growth ain’t coming back,pard. MAGA is the last gasp from a buffoon leading the milling sheep.

  15. teddyboy46 September 6, 2019 at 11:08 am #

    The Tao of Joe Biden. Taoism is a Chinese Spiritual practice. That teaches about the Way. Now the Way can not be described in words, but must be felt to truly discover the Wisdom of the Way.

    This is how Joe Biden speaks. One should not try and logically understand what he says , but rather one should Feel it to understand the True Wisdom of the Tao of Joe.

    • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      Yes, more feeling and touching, preferably when the surface is taut and unblemished by age. That is the way of Joe.

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        Hey, at least he likes girls. That right there could get him kicked out of the Dem party.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

      The Way that can be Wayed is not the True Way. Similarly, the Girl who can be Groped is not the True Girl. In other words, they ask for it in tones so subtle than only Joe can hear.

  16. malthuss September 6, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    Swedish behavioural scientist Magnus Söderlund has suggested that eating other people after they die could be a means of combatting climate change.

    The scientist mentioned the possibility of cannibalism during a broadcast on Swedish television channel TV4 this week about a fair in Stockholm regarding “food of the future”.

    Söderlund is set to hold seminars at the event, entitled “Gastro Summit — about the future of food” where he intends to discuss the possibility of eating people in the name of cutting down greenhouse emissions.

    • Nightowl September 6, 2019 at 11:28 am #

      It is most interesting to observe how often highly taboo subjects like pedophilia, cannibalism, etc. seem to be the focus of media attention lately.

      • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        How to signal, depopulation?

        • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

          Or is depopulation ultimately the result of the breaching of all taboos and thus the end of civilization?

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

      The scientist mentioned the possibility of cannibalism during a broadcast on Swedish television channel TV4 this week about a fair in Stockholm regarding “food of the future”.

      We ‘Muricans should make good eatin’ then. Hang out at the Wall Mart and you can easily bag you a 300+ pounder any day of the week. Now gettin’ ’em home in one piece can be a problem, though. Best bet is to get ’em while they’re still in their truck. Walk right up on the driver’s side and shoot ’em in the head so they fall over toward the passenger side. Throw any little ones in the back and keep ’em for your herd. Then get right in and drive ’em on home. Get a free truck in the process! What’s not to love?

      • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

        Good plan since you can’t bring your gun in anymore.

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

          You can lassoo them critters on their Rascal Scooters too. Unplug their battery and then tow ’em home on the rope. Better yet, bring a low boy trailer with you and bag a half dozen or so for your trouble. If they get to squealin’, throw ’em some Lil’ Debs to snack on til you get ’em home.

          • Robert White September 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

            A few months ago you were talking about cutting back on sugar and eating a healthy diet devoid of processed sugar so that you could restore balanced health and avoid Type II Diabetes, Scratch?

            If you lasso fat overweight humans from the Walmart parking lot for the extra free GM/FORD/Dodge half-tonne truck, & they happen to eat Lil’ Debbie snacking cakes on route to the abattoir for meat processing & packaging–how is it that you are avoiding the stored fat & sugar content of the processed & packaged Walmart shoppers that weigh 300LBS of solid Lil’ Debbie snacking cakes?

            Oh, I get it, you are having cravings for snacking cakes but you should not eat sweets so you have decided to eat the fat Walmart shoppers that eat the snacking cakes that you desire especially when you are on a no sugar diet, eh?

            All this talk about fat Walmart shoppers has me thinking about sugar too.

            RW

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

        Remember the film Soylent Green?

        “Soylent green is people”.

        Fits in with my theory that ‘Climate Change’ fanatics will eventually get around to promoting mass murder for the purpose of cooling the planet and saving Mother Earth.

        That’s where its headed, try to deny it.

        Brh

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

          Been sayin’ that myself forever. Us Geezers are going to have a curtailed life span. Hope it happens quick.

  17. darrell dullnig September 6, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    Teddy — you mean much like reading your letter?

  18. RocketDoc September 6, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    Deep breath. Chicken Little told Henny-Penny that Turkey-Lurkey…

    Saw Chaos Monster ‘Collapse’ in the deep dark forest. When will the ATMs not cough up their bills? When will the internet not boot up? When will lines form at the pump? When will the shelves of Home Depot and Costco be empty? When does the heat pump go quiet?

    Perhaps even now there is a diabolical false flag to “nuclearize” my little defense contracting village and initiate Armageddon.

    Full fathom five my philosophy lies, “Whirl is King”…..

    I am in suspended animation on a trip to another planet.

  19. volodya September 6, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    The basic question of the nation state is whether it works in the interest of its citizens. If it doesn’t, it’s a no go. If it works only for a small cohort, the rest compelled by force to live by the state’s dictates, sooner or later, it gets overturned. It’s a question that the small handful of people calling the shots in each and every country ought to be asking themselves.  

    This is the situation in much of the world, elites in advanced, industrialized states, dissatisfied at their opulent lives, decided to foist arrangements that impoverished their fellow citizens, the ones that were formerly paid to produce and to buy their own output. What, after all did Henry Ford do? He paid his workers enough to buy the cars they made. 

    For forty years after WW2, people worked, and round and round the money went through the productive mechanisms of the economy, from one hand to the next, but with enough people able to scrape off enough to live in a house with indoor plumbing and electric lights and a car. And enough grub.

    No more, those arrangements are gone and that’s the discontent roiling the western world – and also the east. The only way to make like it’s still 1964 is to borrow, at all levels, personal, corporate and governmental, with an ever upward ratcheting stock market making the rich think they’re richer than they actually are. 

    One of the basic delusions is that ever upward stock prices indicate ever increasing wealth. But the price gotten by the seller is the cost to the buyer. On an aggregate level, it’s left pocket-right pocket. Where no effort is expended, ie productive work, then no wealth is created. 

    That shouldn’t be rocket science, but to the economics profession, to governmental policy-makers, to Alan Greenspan, to Larry Summers, to Bob Rubin, to Bill Clinton, to a panoply of people that figure they sure know what’s what, it’s an imponderable, as difficult as Einstein’s deepest musings.

    But, to the rest of us that live in the real world, it isn’t. It’s as obvious, as axiomatic, as intuitive as breathing air. It’s astounding the damage that higher education has done to people’s ability to think, albeit with a lot of help from generations of Wall Street smart-guys. All of them are so god-damned smart. One plus one does not equal two, and black is white.

    It didn’t end so good for Eddy Dane. But he had it right all along. It’s like he said, we’ll see who’s smart:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Qc5ZtL-_cKU

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

      You can’t consider the demise of the nation state without also considering the rise of the Zionist Globalist Super State. They’re the flip sides of the same coin. One got drained from the same swamp that filled the other. This is a natural outcome of hierarchical-based capitalism’s well-known propensity to consolidate smaller entities into ever larger more all-encompassing and virulent ones. In that sense, metastatic capitalism is truly the superior political/economic organism, at least until it consumes it’s host anyway. Tack on a thin veneer of murderous pseudo religious/philosophical bullshit from ancient 2000 year old scribblings of some obscure desert tribe, and you’ve got the perfect terminator for the current post-industrial, techno-narcissist, gender-confused madness we see all around us today. We were crazy as hell way back then, but we’re even crazier and far, far more dangerous now. So much for evolution. We’ve obviously slipped a gear or two along the way.

      • Walter B September 6, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

        And Scratch, is not the idea of one world government the cornerstone of the agenda of the Anti-Christ? Doesn’t ole Beelzebub plan on uniting the flock before springing the trap?

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

          I think that’s the script, Ol’ Walt!

          • Walter B September 6, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

            And I do believe that today’s technologies can make it all so easy to achieve. Verichip anyone?

            epic.org/privacy/rfid/verichip.html

          • capt spaulding September 6, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

            Verichip, facial recognition, license plate readers, cctv,and the list goes on and on. The potential is so great that I can’t believe that only the Chinese are using it all. However, I’m sure that our country is quietly putting it into place. Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

          • Walter B September 7, 2019 at 9:29 am #

            Yes indeed captain, in fact our local NJSP has asked our committee to solicit our residents who have home surveillance cameras in operation to provide online access to these devices on an “as needed” basis. One tuned in I am “certain” that they would never do any fishing would they?

      • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

        And how did they predict the mark or barcode that everyone will be required to get in order to buy or sell? But those who willingly accept the Chip will not see God….

        Christianity is way ahead of almost everyone and will be until the End of the Age.

        • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

          Were the first Nordics Black?

          rt.com/news/451766-swedes-outraged-ancestors-documentary/

          • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

            There was a small darker population in Norway and Sweden, mostly on the South coast, perhaps of ancient lineage. But not Negro. What a Lie and an insult. And of course there are the Lapps in the north, also of ancient lineage.

            When “Anthropologists” (Apologists) find Viking artifacts now, they just throw them away.

          • volodya September 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

            The notion that the first sapiens in Europe were dark skinned has been around for a while now. At some point they developed blue eyes. They’ve been finding skeletal remains from the post glacial era with enough DNA remaining to do lab tests. I remember one guy they found in the north of Spain whose bones were about 7,500 years old and he had the blue eyes and brown skin according to the DNA they found.

            There’s another idea out there that the first farmers that brought agriculture to Europe from Anatolia also brought white skins, partly because a grain-based diet doesn’t give you enough vitamin D. De-pigmented skin was a way for the body to produce enough vit. D.

            They say that the mutations that gave us white skins arose in the past 12,000 to 25,000 years somewhere in western Asia probably in the area just south of the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. But nobody knows for sure.

            But those first farmers apparently pushed aside the dark-skinned hunters, pretty much replacing them. The people that most resemble those dark-skinned hunters in genetic terms now live on the shores of the Baltic and those environs up north.

            But, this isn’t the last word, not by a long shot. As new remains are discovered and as they get better at analyzing DNA, both ancient and modern, the story changes. So stay tuned.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

            Until the Sap met the red haired blue eyed Neanderthals that is.

          • capt spaulding September 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

            the Southern coast was inhabited by a people called the Geats. Beowulf was a Geat. The area they lived in was called Blekinga, and they were distinguished by their darker skin, and their black hair. Today they are simply known as Swedes.

            Beowulf is a kenning for bear. A kenning is an alliteration used in Viking poetry, and the sagas. For example a sword might be referred to as a “wand of wounds”, a shield might be called the “net of spears”, rocks might be called “sea bones”, etc. The name Beowulf is made up of two words. Beo, meaning bee, and wulf, meaning wolf. In Viking terminology, a thief was called a wolf, thus Beowulf meant bee thief and of course bears steal honey, thus making them a bee thief. God I love history.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 1:54 am #

            Yes, they were very poetic. Beserk – to put on the bear shirt or become a beserker. The Sun was the World Candle. The Sea was the Whale Road. The body was the bone cage.

  20. Walter B September 6, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    Great job once again James, well “penned”! Very happy to see you calling out the danger that the Red Dragon has presented to us and for noting that whatever we may think of DJT, he certainly does seem to be taking it to the Red Menace from the East. I do believe that Steve Bannon has something there in his assessment of the threat that they pose with Huawai and 5G technology:

    youtube.com/watch?v=pszGwfWUhTk

    And your essay from the Daily Caller was, as you have written before, is the best description of the sorry state that America is in today, especially the situation of hopelessness faced by the male youth. It should be nailed to the door of every public building in the land. Superb!

  21. toktomi September 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    @JHK

    “Without that cheap oil, growth is impossible, and without growth, crackup is inevitable.”

    Which is where I found Jay Hanson at his tiny pulpit in January, 2001 after I had discovered what I have come to better understand to be that the Universe is Energy, nothing less and nothing more, matter being simply a very distinguishable form of energy.

    Most of the existing information on the ultimate dilemma of the need for an exponentially growing fuel source to power the requisite exponential economic growth was, some years later, beautifully summarized by a freshly minted attorney-turned-doomer, Matt Savinar.

    Most of the time since those early days has been little more than a variety show of the manifestations of the early prognostications and an exercise in futile preparations coupled with the immutable screaming subconscious question, “what in the fuck are they waiting for?”

    I don’t believe that truth is knowable but it seems apparent that critters are capable of distinguishing differences to steer themselves through their existence, and for my money, its been pretty darn clear for a long, long time that the industrialization of the human species has come at a great cost to the health of the entire Earth organism and that a die-back or a die-off is rapidly approaching. I hope the species survives this event and not simply as a few enclaves of inbred psychopaths but additionally as a few pockets of stone-age beasts or hopefully better.

    ~toktomi~

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

      I don’t believe that truth is knowable but it seems apparent that critters are capable of distinguishing differences to steer themselves through their existence, and for my money, its been pretty darn clear for a long, long time that the industrialization of the human species has come at a great cost to the health of the entire Earth organism and that a die-back or a die-off is rapidly approaching.

      Strongly agreed. Food for thought: What if industrialization is a mere temporary “madness phase” bottleneck test for such species as ours to pass through? Better: What if our current concepts of species and physical body encapsulation are mere adolescent concepts in the development of our “souls,” or whatever word you care to use for our essence? Better still: What if physical realities (“universes,” if you will) are infinite and incarnations are readily transmutable. In short, what if realities are only “real” in a decidedly transient sense? They’re a mere transient “reality base” in order for the soul to express itself and grow in the near term, with no real long term costs for short term “mistakes,”no matter how apparently consequential? All played out with no immediate knowledge of the incarnated soul as to what was going on for heightened effect. In short: A divine multi-dimensional comedy/puzzle played out on a very real physical stage for said incarnated soul (a fraction of the whole) to learn and grow.

      OR: Jesus/Jehovah/Allah saves, forever and ever Amen! Yeah, right!

      • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

        Ok. And so what would you be learning and growing for or toward? What’s the point of the comedy/puzzle?

        • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 2:11 am #

          What is the point of the worm that can only live by burrowing through a human eye? Why would you think such things had a purpose?

          • SoftStarLight September 9, 2019 at 9:14 am #

            Good question. What’s the point of anything? What’s the purpose of a human? If you think in a completely naturalistic way about these things wouldn’t the conclusion be nothing but ensuring survival and reproduction? A simple programming of protecting and replicating life for the purpose of life itself. At the very base level it seems like living organisms are solely programmed for this. What are their individual purposes? Well you would have to have a full understanding of the natural ecology and natural cycles to know. Our knowledge is only partial and piecemeal. We may never fully understand.

  22. elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    “These delusions and the financial head trips that spawn them will also get worse as the nations of the world go deeper into the alternative universe of zero-interest financing and Ponzi pretense.”

    Well, ladies and germs;

    Has it occurred to you, our readership, why trillions of Dollars/Euros/Drachma and Dong has been invested in negative yielding bonds? Who would do that…are they insane?

    No. The fund managers who are doing so are required by law to buy only sovereign debt…and in the European countries, much of that yield is negative.

    But wait! There are bonds, sovereign bonds, that pay in the neighborhood of 2%, and with relative safety as a bonus. The USA, the good old USA offers positive returns and safety where the rest of the world is…well, not so much. Do you think that this is a slam-dunk lip lock on the issuance and eventual sale of future US Debt? Probably.

    Why has there become such an opportunity to arbitrage currency? Is it possible that, after 2008 when the FED bailed out most of the banks of Europe that they had a “favor” coming? Is it possible that the EU central bank had little choice in the matter, making their bonds much less desirable in favor of the US issuance?

    Will this eventually bring the majority of the World’s wealth into the US system? Will the inflow allow the FED to unload their several trillions of Dollars to our friends in the EU? Can we keep screwing them and keep the balls rolling in the USA? Can we continue to motor on for a few more years? Are the people at the FED really as stupid as you think they are?

    Maybe, maybe not.

    • toktomi September 6, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

      @elysianfield

      “Maybe, maybe not.” kudos on your logic – the unrelenting barrage of truth all around is wearisome.

      But to your numerous questions, I have serious doubts since such a story would require that the global ruling elite are not a single dysfunctional “family”.

      ~toktomi~

      • elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

        toktomi,
        Well, consider, even in the elite’s dysfunctional family, someone has to be the mommie and someone gets to be the daddy….

  23. malthuss September 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    Madoff and Mossad at 25 minutes.

    youtube.com/watch?v=qjbJ4N01GJE

    • toktomi September 6, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

      @malthuss

      “good guys”

      Is there any evidence to support either believing or disbelieving in this?

      I’ll believe in good guys when I can get my arms around one – same goes for every fantasy character ~ Sasquatch, Nessie, Bermuda Triangle, Santa, tooth fairy, ET’s, and god.

      Bix is always interesting despite his lack of a cohesive story; too many disconnected dots.

      No need to commit here.

      ~toktomi~

  24. BuckP September 6, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

    Meanwhile, while growth is at a standstill and world economies hang by a thread, our BIG BROTHER is endeavouring to keep us safe in our warm little beds at night.

    Headdline: US UNLEASHES MILITARY TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS, DISINFORMATION – Bloomberg 8/31/19

    The following is excerpted from this article: “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.”

    Isn’t that comforting! Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and want to fly my Stars and Stripes because thinking for myself poses such a great threat to ol Uncle Sam! Can’t have any of that!

    Meanwhile, Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, was banned from Twitter last week. He called pro-war zealot and propagandist (just like his ilk on MSNBC, CNN, NYT, WaPo, etc.) a retard for wearing a CIA lapel pin while he was supposedly challenging the deep state on his Fox News show.

    “In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can’t spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can’t look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won’t be there. We won’t build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We’re not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn’t the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same.” —James Garrison New Orleans DA, Playboy Interview 10/67

    We have become the nation we were taught to fear as children, the Soviet Union.
    But remember, always keep that SMILEY FACE, even when you’re being hosed! — Big Brother

    • toktomi September 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

      @BuckP

      I would offer, seriously lose the “smiley face” and lose all those expectations of leisure.

      If you ain’t been steppin’ down over the last some years then I reckon yer planning on getting washed out to sea with the first wave, eh?

      “no need to wonder why”
      “we’re all gonna die”

      ” …three hundred thousand of you fuckers out there <…how you ever expect to stop a war "

      ~toktomi~

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

      Garrison was decades ahead of his time. Smart and courageous man for recognizing all that so early.

  25. toktomi September 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    Before embarking on a not-so-voluntary sabbatical from public speculations and exhortations in order to arrest my plunging social score and perhaps, to avoid taking up residence in our local DHS holding facility, I was hoping to run into the Beryl of Oyl as I have a homonym for him/her, but I ain’t seen him/her lately. News?

    ~toktomi~

  26. GreenAlba September 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    “The majority who voted Brexit feel that the EU is already crushing them under bureaucratic diktat and immigration quotas. “

    The UK doesn’t have any immigration quotas from the EU.

    There are three categories of person who come to the UK:

    (1) Internal migrants from other EU countries. These are (currently) EU citizens and are entitled to live and work in any EU country in which they can find work – UK citizens have the same right. The UK has lots of people from both Western and Eastern Europe. Teachers, doctors, plumbers, entrepreneurs, fruit and veg pickers, and lots of other things. If they come to the UK and don’t find a job after a given number of months they can be made to leave, a provision about which the UK has been somewhat lax.

    There are no quotas for this category of migrant.

    (2) Refugees. Again, there are no quotas. So, for instance, when a million or so people fetched up in Southern Europe in 2015/16, and many made their way to Germany, the EU tried to divvy some of them up between a number of EU countries.

    The UK was not affected by this. Like not being in Schengen, this is one of the UK’s several perks. It did not and does not have any quotas imposed on it by the EU with regard to refugees. It makes its own decisions with regard to refugees. David Cameron undertook to take in 20K Syrian refugees over a period of five years. This had nothing to do with the EU, and, as far as I am aware, they didn’t come from the large group who had made their way via Libya, Italy, Greece, et al. Most of the UK’s contribution to helping Syrian refugees was implemented relatively locally, in and around Syria.

    (2) External/non-EU immigration. As the name suggests, these immigrants are from outside the EU. The EU has no say whatsoever in them coming here and they have nothing whatever to do with the EU. They constitute the majority of immigrants to the UK. Since the Brexit vote, internal EU migration to the UK has slowed down, while immigration from outside the EU has increased (as I predicted 3 years ago, because it wasn’t rocket science).

    It would be good if the ‘majority’ (37% of the electorate) who voted for Brexit, were clear about this. They are still entitled to be miffed about ANY internal migrants from the EU if they so wish, but a lot of people mix stuff up.

    The 63% of the electorate who didn’t vote for Brexit can be assumed to be less bothered about internal migration. I think it is a legitimate grievance from those who feel affected by it, but it would still help if people were clear about what sort of migration/immigration they were talking about.

    • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

      Are there any whites left in London, besides bums?

      Brh

      • GreenAlba September 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

        As a response to my post, brh, that’s not a question I intend to waste my time on. You can do better.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

      All immigration should stop. It’s not rocket science, yet you can’t seem to understand it. And that includes “migrants”, refugees, etc.

      • GreenAlba September 6, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

        Janos

        I don’t really care what you think at this moment. I wasn’t arguing for or against immigration or the acceptance of refugees. I was simply clarifying something I’ve clarified many times already. My conclusion is that people prefer to believe their own stories.

      • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

        anchor babes and dreamers.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:58 am #

          The anchor babes issue is one your didn’t need to get yourselves into. We don’t have anchor babes here, although the French do.

          My (English) Parisian friend has a daughter who’s a social worker and she currently works with Somali women who’ve had babies here and who are, because of that, entitled to stay in France until the child is 18. Presumably there’s nothing to stop them having another one every five years in order to stay longer.

          I kind of think the idea of giving someone your nationality simply because they were born on your sacred soil is an idea grown out of national narcissism – or…exceptionalism. If you take the view that your soil isn’t any more sacred than anyone else’s. you might not feel such a need to confer lifelong perks on someone just for having been born on it.

          Which doesn’t mean I don’t have huge sympathy with the kids who had no part in the decision to bring them to another country or be born in it.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 10:35 am #

            Had babies ‘there’ rather than ‘here’, sorry – in France I mean.

          • Majella September 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

            I believe the German ‘Gastarbeiter’ scheme precludes that possibility, but anyone else legally in Germany at the time of birth, that child does have a claim to citizenship.

            Nightowl will put me straight if I’m wrong.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

            Interesting, thanks Majella.

    • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

      You know so much yet know so little.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

        You are so deep and yet so shallow. 🙂

      • Majella September 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

        You are so wet, yet so wet!

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

          You are so droll, you just gave me a bedtime chuckle 🙂

    • Slugoon September 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

      As part of the 37% of the electorate who voted to Leave (as opposed to only 34% of the electorate that voted to stay; we can all be snarky with stats, GA) may I augment GA’s otherwise well-written and considered post?

      Non-EU migration had been rising steadily for three years before the referendum so it is incorrect, or at least disingenuous, to suggest the referendum is a causal factor.

      EU migration has decreased significantly since the referendum. The EU indeed imposes no quotas but for those people for whom immigration was the main concern the referendum result appears to have had the desired effect.

      • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 6:29 am #

        And yet you seem to have just tried to demonstrate that it hasn’t, Slugoon 🙂 Net total immigration is still increasing.

        Perhaps you are saying that most of the people who are disturbed by immigration prefer immigrants from Delhi and Dhaka to those from Warsaw and Bucharest. I wouldn’t know.

        On the point of snark, my point is no less valid than the actual referendum result.

        The referendum result remains legally valid, but it also remains true that no serious representative democracy (as opposed to banana republic) other than the UK under David Cameron would allow an extremely major constitutional change on the basis of the votes of just over a third of the electorate. We are not Switzerland (where, incidentally, a judge recently nullified the results of a referendum because the winning side was proved to have lied to the voters). A serious representative democracy would have made change dependent on either at least 60% of non-compulsory voters voting for Leave or 50% +1 of an compulsory vote. But the UK seems no longer to be a serious representative democracy so we are where we are.

        Secondly, one of a few things I recall from my undergraduate acquaintance with Politics – in this instance the Political Science component – is that it is widely established that those who don’t vote in an election or referendum with significant consequences – are those who are either for the status quo or at the very least not uncomfortable with it. This does not affect the legal validity of any vote but it is a fact.

        So while the legal validity of the vote is (largely because of political incompetence) valid, it remains an incontrovertible fact that 63% of the electorate were either pro-Remain or not unhappy enough with the status quo to bother getting off their arse to vote. The statistic stands.

        And you will recall that Mr Brexit himself, he of the ubiquitous beer glass, said specifically before the referendum that if the result were as close as 52% to 48% in favour of Remain it would be unfinished business and a result that would necessarily require a further referendum. So Mr F’s regrettable (to him) pronouncement really should give the lie to nonsense about any kind of overwhelming victory. Not that I’m even asking for another vote, just a refusal to crash out on damaging terms. If Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks, as he has claimed, that it will take the UK 50 years to recover from Brexit, then he should have had the decency to put that projection to the electorate before the vote.

        The result remains valid, but it remains a major constitutional change to be implemented on the basis of approval by just over a third of the electorate. And I would say the fact of this tiny basis for change, this minority of the electorate do not have the moral right to demand a no-deal Brexit which risks huge damage to many of their compatriots.

        • Slugoon September 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

          So when John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty, a monumentous constitutional change, without having the decency to give a single member of the public a say, never mind two-thirds, what do you say to that?

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

            We are a representative democracy – we don’t operate by plebiscite. So I’m happy for Parliament to be sovereign, as the Leave campaign said they wanted and constitutional convention dictates.

            But I agree there were also arguments for holding a referendum over Maastricht and, if there had been one, I’d have expected the same conditions as I think would have been acceptable for the 2016 one. The idea that maybe 40% of the electorate would have voted and ratification had ensued on the basis of perhaps 21% of the electorate voting for it would have been a travesty in the same way as 2016.

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

            If they hadn’t reached two thirds of the voters or 50% +1 of the total electorate I’d have had no gripe whatsoever.

            I wasn’t in love with Maastricht and would have been persuadable to the option of declining. I think a two-tier EU would have been an excellent idea.

        • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 3:03 am #

          I wasn’t trying to demonstrate that overall immigration was decreasing since it isn’t. The intra-EU element has reduced and that is what some people voted against so it has seemingly worked. The fact that non-EU immigration is increasing is another argument but the point is that is under our control and can be reduced if we so wished.

          I find it hard to accept your argument about what is morally right when we were never asked if we wanted to join in the first place. Notwithstanding, as I mentioned elsewhere, Article 50 says the treaties cease to apply after two years. It does not stipulate that an exit agreement or otherwise can, should or must be reached first.

        • Nightowl September 9, 2019 at 4:42 am #

          I think you are stretching things perhaps a bit regarding that 63% statstic. I studied poli sci and have never heard of this idea that non-voters more or less acquiesce to the status quo. I have not voted for years, for example, because the system in the US is corrupt and I a not entitled to vote here in Germany. My non-vote does not signal acceptace of the status quo.

          I think what matters more is that the majority who voted in the referendum voted to leave, no? All of the folks who voted clearly cared enough to vote, so what good does spectulation about the motives of non-voters do; we could just as well assume that they would be equally happy with Brexit.

          • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 5:41 am #

            Thank you, Nightowl, you put that more succinctly than I could have. Every angle has been explored to suggest the vote was invalid and this just another one.

            We were told to remain by the government, by big business, by the media, by the American president and yet we still voted leave. One could easily take the opposing view that many of the 48% voted remain simply through fear of change rather than any positive conviction they have in the EU. I know many people who felt and voted this way.

            Imagine we weren’t in the EU and we had a referendum on whether to join. What do you think the result might be (rhetorical). That’s why we didn’t get a vote on Maastricht, which has now brought us here.

  27. Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/06/robert-mugabe-former-strongman-zimbabwe-dies-aged-95/

    At last he can be trusted.

    He famously once said the only White Man he trusted was a dead one. He turned a prosperous, modern State, the break basket of Africa, into a starving shit hole in a few short decades. That takes talent.

    • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

      South Africa is going down the same road.

      But before the Boers are crushed, SA natives are going after Nigerian immigrants, killing a bunch last week in Jo’ berg and causing each country to close their respective embassies. Illegals in SA especially aren’t safe and are hunted down regularly and murdered. Then again in SA nobody is safe, with murder rates approaching those of Baltimore, Chicago and St Louis, which is pretty impressive.

      Brh

    • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

      Clinton called ‘one of them’ a great leader, at the funeral of one of these despots, in 1990s.

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

      Gentlemen, gentlemen! Are we going to descend into such tedium so early in the evening? Have you nothing new or even slightly stimulating to add to the conversation? We (or at least, I, the Devil) get it already! You don’t like coloreds in any shape manner or form and you’re mad as hell (and ain’t gonna take it anymore!) that your country’s being stolen from you. Perhaps you might have noticed that the theft you speak of has been initiated and is proceeding apace as we speak by a certain Semitic persuasion that hides in plain sight all around you and lays rightful claim to being the forerunner of your very own benighted religious traditions, which you hold so near and dear, while laughing in your face for being so utterly stupid to presume that cattle like you are the rightful usurpers of their precious religious traditions and in any way worthy of the supposed dispensations of their Gods?

      While it’s long been said that the Devil is the master of deceit (an accolade I certainly enjoy to no end!), the truth is (and here is true wisdom) that I simply sit back and take all too easy advantage of mankind’s propensity to deceive themselves! Just suggesting that perhaps – just perhaps! – your negative energies might be better directed elsewhere, for the time being at least. “See the big picture,” as some of the trendy young MBA types might say.

      • capt spaulding September 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

        Well put, Ol Scratch! You put together a couple of paragraphs that were an absolute pleasure to read. Your command of the English language is to be admired, and I wish more of us here, including me, could aspire to having the ability to tell people to get fucked so elegantly as you have done.

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

          You’re indeed a Cap’n, AND a Spaulding of good order, my good Sir! I pronounce you an honorary Devil, in the finest tradition! We’re – alas! – a decidedly small order at this late date, but we take no small amount of pride in that fact as well. Many are called, but only a small handful are received. Welcome home my f(r)iend!

        • Robert White September 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

          Beelzebub will sweet talk you into submission & seduce you with his command of the English language, Captain Spaulding.

          P.S. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid he offers you, eh.

          RW

          • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

            Still a non-believer, eh RW? What shall I offer you this day? Degrees, knowledge untold, and prestige unimaginable perhaps? Nope, you have those already? Let me ruminate for a time. I sense that you’re even more susceptible than most. Your pride betrays you. It alway does.

          • elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

            “RW? What shall I offer you this day? Degrees, knowledge untold, and prestige unimaginable perhaps? Nope, you have those already?”

            Nick O Demus,
            …Have you not been paying attention?

  28. GreenAlba September 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    “Everyone is ganging up on him, even his own brother, Jo Johnson, who has quit the cabinet and is ditching his seat in parliament. “

    Jo Johnson seems to be a very decent guy – quiet, serious and unassuming compared to his narcissistic, lying, attention-seeking brother. He resigned his ministerial position under Theresa May because he couldn’t stomach the damage that would be done to the British economy following a no-deal Brexit. That is not a dishonourable position.

    He was enticed back into cabinet by his brother and left again, because Boris, who told the elderly, wealthy Tory members who elected him that there was a million to one chance of a no-deal Brexit, was proved to be either a liar, an incompetent or both. He did not ‘gang up’ against his brother. He tried to support him and found that Boris had not been straight with anyone. Boris has been telling anyone who will listen that he is near to a new deal with the EU and he hasn’t even got a proper negotiating team in place. He has come up with no solutions to the issues preventing a deal.

    The Johnsons are a close-knit family. They don’t do knifing each other in the back, so one can assume this decision cost Jo Johnson dearly.

    His brother, on the other hand, has just ejected 20-odd long-serving, reasonable, conscientious MPs from the Tory party for not supporting him in Parliament. Not that long after Boris Johnson twice declined to support Theresa May in Parliament. There are no words low enough to describe Boris Johnson.

    And I say that as one who voted Remain but who wants out now – but with a deal. The previous deal was as good as we were going to get and we should have taken it. We’d have been out at the end of April.

    • Exscotticus September 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

      Wait—are you saying that BoJo is worse than Trump? Gasp!

    • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

      Maybe in the end there won’t be any Brexit, just too many obstacles, can’t come to any agreement on terms, best to abandon the whole idea, forget about the entire sorry affair.

      These Brits thinking they were a soveriegn people, that needs to be slapped down real quick. What the hell gave them that idea anyway? What Brussels needs to do now is ship 10-15 million muzzies and africans into the British Isles, people with a favorable view of the EU, make sure a crazy idea like Brexit doesn’t happen again.

      Its high time the British people learn the machinizations and international swindles conducted by the EU benefit them too, and leave running the show to their betters in Brussels.

      Brh

      • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 10:59 am #

        ” What Brussels needs to do now is ship 10-15 million muzzies and africans into the British Isles, people with a favorable view of the EU, make sure a crazy idea like Brexit doesn’t happen again.”

        Perhaps you could suggest how they would legally do that, brh, or stop talking nonsense.

        • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

          EU agreement for Shared Responsibility for Migrants and Refugees.

          Really 10~15 million is a low number; there might be a billion people in the world who would like to emigrate to the UK. And why not? With pretty much everything free! You could pack ’em in, true it would be a little bit crowded, but so what, its the least you can do.

          Also, GA, what’s the UKs responsibility to the Bahamas, the islands being a former colony and all. They are looking to Uncle Sucker to bail them out (no pun intended) but shouldn’t they be looking to John Bull?

          Brh

          • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

            John Bull, their former master.

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

            “EU agreement for Shared Responsibility for Migrants and Refugees.”

            Doesn’t apply to the UK in the same way. We’re not in Schengen and the refugee protocols were part of the Schengen agreement. There’s more too it than that but the UK has only a very small number of Syrian refugees, for example and was not obliged by the EU to take a share of the 2015-16 cohort who arrived in Southern Europe.

            “Also, GA, what’s the UKs responsibility to the Bahamas, the islands being a former colony and all?”

            No idea, sorry.

            “Really 10~15 million is a low number; there might be a billion people in the world who would like to emigrate to the UK. And why not? ”

            Never been my proposal so I don’t know why you’d suggest it is. It doesn’t matter what I say on the subject you continue to stick with your own narrative. Nothing I can do about that.

          • Nightowl September 9, 2019 at 4:51 am #

            No need for that. They can just direct all boats to the coast and everyone can jump out and run for it like they do in Spain and Italy.

    • Slugoon September 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

      My parents live in a small cul-de-sac of twenty or so houses, served by a communal road and gate. A while back the gate fell off its hinges due to wood rot.

      My dad spent many weeks trying to organise a whip-round to replace the gate. Some people balked at the price but weren’t prepared to get alternative quotes. Others moaned about the design. Still others didn’t want to contribute at all. Nothing got done.

      Sometimes you just need a fucking dictatorship.

      I hope Boris sacks twenty more but it would appear he’s been outflanked. Theresa May’s ‘deal’ was worse than staying in and it was rightfully rejected by all.

      There. An alternative Brexit viewpoint for you Americans.

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

        Good points. Undergoing similar miseries in my even more blighted American neighborhood (We’re in an even more advanced state of decay, unfortunately, with the opportunistic first stage vultures already awkwardly feeding). Dissolution and decay is an extremely ugly process to go through up close and personal, but that’s our future, no matter which way we choose to go with our presumed national/regional “leadership.” In the end, they don’t have any answers either to what ails us, although I definitely believe that hanging in there with liberal plans for utopian gentrification to benefit the winners of neo-liberal global corporate capitalism isn’t the answer either. In the end, the good citizens of GBR – just like it’s evil spawn the USA – is now a (rightful) victim of its own success. I could go on and on about how this was ALWAYS “baked into the cake” from the very beginning, but I’ll spare you the diatribe for now.

        I would add that dictatorships are ALWAYS the first answer, as well (as I, myself, have tried to impose locally of late, as well), but they pretty much NEVER produce lasting results, benevolent or otherwise. In the end, the best advice I’ve found is to simply avoid higher hierarchical decision structures for resolution to local problems altogether, which means, of course, accepting the always difficult responsibility of making them locally instead, as you’ve noted here.

        It’s gonna be hard, frustrating work, but it’s our future. We’d better get used to it.

        • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 8:24 am #

          Scratch

          Why are you living in a bad neighborhood? (If I understand your post correctly)

          Retired Air Force, a job working with Phds, why not a place in the country?

          Even in a small state like Ct its still possible for an ordinary family to buy a place in a small town far away from the disorder and violence of our Dem controlled cities.

          Brh

      • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 6:49 am #

        We do such things so much better in Scotland, Slugoon.

        I live in a tenement and as such my neighbours and I are bound by Scottish tenement law (revised 2011, I believe). If the roof needs to be repaired we have two options: (1) Someone gets quotes and we all decide which to go for (which is how we operate in my block; (2) People can’t be arsed and absentee landlords don’t give a stuff, so any single person can ask the Local Authority to get the job organised on our behalf and we all pay 10% extra for the privilege of being lazy and indecisive (and probably more for the actual job).

        So stuff gets done and we don’t have to resort to your preference for dictatorship, which is alien to Scottish culture.

        I hope he sacks lots more too, BTW – his majority is disappearing faster than Arctic ice in a hot summer.

        • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 6:52 am #

          Additionally, I would have to conclude that you either support outright hypocrisy or you believe Theresa May should have sacked all those who voted against her deal in Parliament.

          • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 2:45 am #

            Voting against a bad ‘deal’ is one thing. Voting to delay yet again something they’ve all promised to deliver is another, particularly since we can be sure the real aim is to not leave at all.

            What I like about you, GA, is that you make balanced and well-reasoned arguments on many topics. The world would no doubt be a better place if we were all so measured.

            However, sometimes you need to take an uncompromised and ruthless stance to actually get something done. Boris appears to be doing just this and it’s rather refreshing.

            What exactly does another delay achieve? What can Corbyn, Swinson etc. deliver that will be acceptable to 51.8% of Leavers? Nothing whatsoever.

            Three years they’ve now had to plan our exit. Article 50 is quite clear that after two years the treaties cease to apply. It does not stipulate that any agreement must be reached.

        • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

          It’s really interesting because I heard just the other day that polar bears are thriving and their populations booming. So much so in fact that Canada is considering upping the quota of polar bears that get annually culled. I think that is mean. But since they love ice its hard to imagine that the Arctic lacks ice. I checked on windy.com today and there is a large area of below zero temperatures right smack dab in the middle of Greenland.

          • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

            In the mid 1960s the polar bear population was less than 7000; now it is more than 25000.

            So much for the theory that the polar bear is facing extinction due to ice melt in the arctic.

            This fact is well documented yet the saga of the beleagured polar bear is still a meme in the climate change grift, even by people who know better.

            Brh

          • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

            I’ve also heard that the Amazon fires that were reported as being apocalyptic basically this summer (well their “winter”) were not really more than normal and that some portion of the photos being circulated were of normal agricultural fires, as well as fires from past years. I bet that disinformation is being put out there for the same reasons/results.

          • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

            Keep at it, guys.

            telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/28/climate-change-melts-billions-tons-ice-greenland-fifty-years/

            “Climate change melts 12.5bn tons of ice in Greenland 50 years earlier than predicted”

            Your kids will be proud of you. Not.

            I didn’t mention polar bears. But since you did:

            thegwpf.org/as-polar-bear-numbers-increase-gwpf-calls-for-re-assessment-of-endangered-species-status…

            growing number of observational studies have documented that polar bears are thriving, despite shrinking summer sea ice.

            By September 2007 sea ice extent was about 43% less than it had been in 1979 – a decline not expected until mid-century, and every year after was almost as low, or lower.

            Yet no more drowned polar bears were documented, no more bears than normal starved to death, no unusual spikes in cannibalism occurred, and not a single polar bear population was wiped out.

            New scientific evidence suggests that loss of summer sea ice, regardless of the cause, is not a major risk for polar bear survival.

            I never do mention polar bears – they’re not my concern.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

          Polar Bears turn red when they attack seals. The Seals turn their backs and hope that the Bear doesn’t choose them. Some defense. Even the huge Elephant Seals Bulls do it, instead of trying to fight back. Remind me of how Whites act…..

          I suppose they’re trying to protect their young who aren’t ready to take to the water. In the water, an Elephant Seal Bull can kill a Polar Bear since he is in his real element more than the Bear.

          • Slugoon September 8, 2019 at 2:39 am #

            Nice analogy, Janos.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:14 am #

            “Polar Bears turn red when they attack seals. ”

            ???

            I guess they turn quite red while they’re munching them.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:11 am #

        “Theresa May’s ‘deal’ was worse than staying in and it was rightfully rejected by all.”

        A mere thirty more votes would have carried it the last time, I believe.

        • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 2:10 am #

          By last time you mean the third time of trying and it still didn’t pass. Night of the Living Deal. Thank goodness it is now dead. I just wish arch-Remainer May was too.

  29. FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

    A brief overview of the balance of forces after Epstein’s “suicide”. P 2.

    I must say right away that all the conclusions that I make in this post are pure assumptions that have no other basis besides the need to explain the behavior of Trump supporters, which without these explanations looks like caricature Russophobes, just like a Soviet military base underground in US in the third season “Very Strange Things”, described in the previous post.

    You could call it a Scratch of imagination.

    For example, Ted Cruz proposed imposing sanctions against companies – owners of pipe-laying vessels leading the “Nord Stream-2” to Germany, and this is exactly what can really complicate this project, provoking retaliatory measures.

    True, the question arises: why didn’t they impose such sanctions before – could not figure it out and were afraid of retaliatory measures? Let me remind you that Ted Cruz was the chief lawyer of the election campaign of George W. Bush in 2001, when for three months they counted the votes and the election result was determined by the Florida Supreme Court.

    Devin Nunes, chairman of the intelligence committee at a time when the House of Representatives was in the hands of Republicans, blamed the Fusion GPS for racketeering under the direction from Moscow.

    And Devin Nunes is the person who did the most to ensure that Trump was not arrested in 2017. But he accuses Fusion GPS of a criminal case, which he filed a lawsuit in court two days ago and in which cooperation with Moscow is just an episode, and the racket is that Fusion GPS commissioned by Hillary Clinton in 2016 made a dossier on Trump, which became grounds for the special FISA court to allow surveillance of Trump’s election campaign in 2016.

    But the most interesting thing is that the article about which I wrote in a previous post tells not only about Danish intelligence that recruited a man in Iran who carried the Stuxnet virus into the territory of the Iranian uranium enrichment plant, but also that the company that played a decisive role in the development of this virus turned out to be hired to analyze the “hacked” server of the Democratic Party, and it was that company who “discovered” that the server was hacked by Russian hackers from Cozy Bear.

    I can give you a few more examples, but it’s clear to me personally that all these attempts to use Russia to explain any political negativity in the USA are a bit of a caricature pass word that Trump supporters must pronounce loud and clear in order to budge those cases against Hillary Clinton that were frozen two years ago.

    And they did move them lately, but only after U.S. Inspector General Horowitz made a statement saying that the Department of Justice would not bring charges against the former FBI Director Comey, having previously recognized a violation by him of many service instructions and ethical standards.

    The organization that moved the case especially hard from the dead end is called Judicial Watch, known for the fact that in 2015 it unearthed that the head of the State Department Hillary Clinton had a private server, which she used for official correspondence and about which no one knew, including those who sent emails to her, including US President Barack Obama.

    And a few days ago, this organization got a court order that obliged the US State Department to provide Judicial Watch with all the information about this server under the threat of obstruction of justice.

    Moreover, if earlier Hillary Clinton was accused only of violating the regime of secrecy while in the post of Secretary of State, now a number of employees of the State Department are accused of conspiracy against the United States, with the aim of concealing the unseemly affairs of the Secretary of State, such as for example direct communications with ISIS.

    And in my opinion, all this confirms that Epstein was arrested in response to an attempt to kill Putin on Losharik, which was carried out by Hillary’s agents in Russia. Hillary’s agents in the sense that these agents receive orders not from the US president, but from the president of the Deep State.

    And after thoroughly scouring Epstein’s clients who got access to the girls through him, they found someone so powerful that he managed to handed to Trump Bastinda, the great and terrible, along with all her flying monkeys, provoking a nuclear war.

    But only nuclear, and those who provoke a “normal” war with Russia, Trump and his supporters are obliged to support. For now.

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

      You could call it a Scratch of imagination.

      Touché! Nicely done! Is your world beginning to come back into focus now? It’s never quite the same after you’ve “seen it melt down before your very eyes,” though. Watch out Finc! There’s MONSTERS and DEMONS out there, old boy!

    • No evidence is sufficient and no proof is necessary.

      Finca-Cola. The refreshing blogroll post.

      Now, back to our regular program.

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

        Finca practices “free form” (freebasing?) blogging, a lost art these days. At least he’s entertaining. Unlike your tedious sugar-coated NYT paid disinfomercials. Back at you, sugar snacker.

        • Nightowl September 9, 2019 at 4:56 am #

          Indeed. If Finca’s politics were of the wokester persuasion, he’d probably already be lunching it up with Sara Jeong a few times a week.

      • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 7:50 am #

        “The refreshing blogroll post.”

        For a moment there I read that as bog roll.

        notoneoffbritishisms.com/2018/08/23/the-bog-roll-mystery/

  30. Janos Skorenzy September 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

    amren.com/news/2019/09/marco-rubio-rick-scott-ask-trump-to-provide-u-s-refuge-to-bahamians-hit-by-hu…

    Get ready for hundreds of thousands of Black refugees. They fighting for food and water amidst the ruins and dead bodies. Hundreds are dead, if not thousands – not “thirty”.

    Little Marco, a big enemy of America.

    • malthuss September 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

      gay? someone posted a pic of him at a gay hot tube party.
      Oddly, he played college football at a tiny school around the time a buddy of mine did. tarkio college.

    • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

      I’ve never liked him and I called his office one time to let him know. He is rude and condescending. He has always been a big believer in mass immigration and weak borders. And Rick Scott might as well be Rick Bush.

  31. Majella September 6, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

    “When a billionaire dies. Who inherits their senators?”

    (Amir Talai, US comedian & actor)

    • Walter B September 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

      I believe that they have to be re-purchased at current market value.

      • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

        LOL! That’s pretty observant, Ol’ Walt! You have Financial Analyst potential written all over you!

  32. SpeedyBB September 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

    Now do some of my fellow cine-buffs out there in Flyover-Earth remember the delightful scene in the equally delightful ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN where Lou Costello, playing a shipping clerk, is getting a transatlantic phone call from Lon Chaney, who unfortunately peeks out of the window and sees the full moon?

    When the decent conversation turns into a series of snarls and growls Costello asks the guy why he has put his dog on the phone. Wolfman finds it difficult to frame a polite answer.

    This is approximately how yours truly, a good old Cold War-era Air Force brat from the 1950s, finds life in the YewKnighted States at this point.

    9~12 time zones away and what the hell ever happened to Baby Jim / Jane?

    As a prime example, the following. I am puzzled indeed:

    arcdigital.media/contrapoints-and-the-scandal-that-shouldnt-be-15ac97f330d4

    • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

      It can’t imagine how hard it must be to be young these days. I read one of her Tweet threads and it just made my head hurt. Life doesn’t need to be this hard! The fucking kids have lost their way!

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

        Where are the young people? This summer, I’d drive over to the village I grew up in, about 12 miles distant, beautiful summer afternoons … no kids fishing off the bridge, ball fields empty no pickup games going on, no rafts or canoes floating on the river, no kids swimming in the ‘mudhole’, not even any teenagers hanging out at DQ … so different from what I remember.

        • Ol' Scratch September 6, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

          Staring at their phones, no doubt!

      • BackRowHeckler September 6, 2019 at 11:18 pm #

        Apparently the absurd practice of announcing a pronoun after your name i.e. ‘Marlin Williams – he, him’, is required at several colleges and universities at freshmen orientation. Imagine being a normal kid and confronted by this bullsh#t? Knowing what I was like in my twenties after the Navy and Army, it’d be ‘Marlin Williams – Go f#kk yourself’. Back in the day I was always eager to mix it up with somebody. But where did this stupid sh#t come from? Drag queens, trannys, whatever these human freaks are calling themselves these days, account for less then .10% of the population, that’s 1/10 of 1%. So it ain’t coming from the freak population. Its coming from somewhere else. But where, and what’s the end game?

        Brh

        • sprawlcapital September 7, 2019 at 10:21 am #

          My pronouns are bitch, bitchier, and bitchiest. What’s that you say? Those are not pronouns? Well, ain’t that a BITCH!!

        • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

          Lol I think you might respond to the situation the same way you would have in your twenties Brh given how you feel. But you know, they are looking to destroy the family as the organizing unit that forms the foundation of civilization. That’s what I believe is their end goal. That way, individuals, being separated from the natural social fabric, are much easier to control and corral. And of course they want fewer of us around altogether. That’s just my little opinion.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

          Soon such jargon will be on name tags at Corporate Conventions.

          Remember, the purpose of Communist propaganda is to humiliate, demoralize, and terrify more than it is to convince. The “Organization Man” is a natural suck up and does well under Communism or any other kind of Totalitarianism. Just one more parallel between Capitalism and Communism.

    • elysianfield September 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm #

      “Cold War-era Air Force brat from the 1950s,”

      Speedy,
      Me, too. Where were you and the family stationed?

      • SpeedyBB September 6, 2019 at 11:48 pm #

        Dad got bounced in the RIF from Captain to Master Sergeant in 1946 (or so). We were sent to Germany twice during the Occupation, and lived in Bavaria (vivid memories). He had flown tow-target missions up in the Pacific NW during the war and I think he was in the Berlin Airlift as well. Stationed at Loring (Limestone) AFB in the early 1950s, with SAC. B-36s droning overhead all day long. Then he taught ROTC at Michigan State before being transferred to Zaragoza, where he commanded a hilltop radar base (1958). He retired in 1960 as a light colonel. Lived a very pleasant retirement on half-salary (BX, Commissary, medical, yadda yadda) until 1997.

        “Peace is our Profession.” Yeah, sure, uh-huh.

        • elysianfield September 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

          Speedy,
          Similar. Dad was a Warrant Officer Glider Pilot who was returned to his Active Rank as MSgt…Fort Richardson, AK. Stationed on Okinawa as a Captain, three years. Retired out of Randolph field, San Antonio as a Major. Recalled into the service and sent to Offutt AFB(Critical MOS). Finally retired from there in 1961. Same retirement benefits…dad died in 1998.

  33. FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

    The most interesting thing is that Trump supporters, not knowing anything about the theory of world projects and meeting with hostility any of my attempts to explain to them that now it’s not the USA that is fighting Europe or Russia, but different philosophies and plans for the development of humanity are fighting each other, nevertheless intuitively understand that Anglo-Saxon identity and Anglo-Saxon civilization is a centuries-old struggle of the British against the Black World Project, which began with the Battle of Hastings against William the Conqueror, who led the vanguard of the Black World Project.

    • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 7:08 am #

      You seem to be conveniently forgetting that the Angles and Saxons invaded the early Britons, Finca. They were as much interlopers as the William the Bastard.

      • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

        You can’t really say they invaded, GA.

        After the Romans departed there was a vacuum of power on the British Isles which the Angles and Saxons, from the German low country, occupied. Romanized Celts, which the King Arthur myth represented, were too weak and disorganized to prevent these German tribes from coming in.

        I’ve got a copy of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle around here somewhere.

        Brh

        • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

          “a vacuum of power on the British Isles which the Angles and Saxons, from the German low country, occupied. ”

          Well that’s an interesting concept of ‘not invading’ but whatever!

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

          You’re trying to use the reason for why the invasion was successful to invalidate the fact that that Britain was invaded. Bizarre. Is this some kind of attempt to validate the White invasion of the Americas? Or more likely, the Jewish invasion of Palestine?

          And all this without knowing you are doing it. Jung is validated at least: Man is an Iceberg with much of his “thinking” below the water line of consciousness.

          • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

            There wasn’t any invasion. The Angles, Saxons and Jutes came to Britain in small groups over a period of decades.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 7:41 am #

            You mean the way you describe brown people and ‘Muzzies’ ‘invading’ Europe and the UK?!

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 7:42 am #

            I think the Vikings came in pretty small groups too, didn’t they?

  34. FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 11:35 pm #

    Alabama Mama!

    twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1170089069105340416

    CNN again managed to shoot the finger up their own ass,

    • FincaInTheMountains September 6, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

      Personally, I think the whole Alabama story was a setup – CNN by prior restitution agreement rolled a ball right into Trump’s penalty zone.

  35. BuckP September 7, 2019 at 3:39 am #

    A couple of late night thoughts:

    Guns don’t kill people, governments do! Long live the 2nd Ammendment.

    EROI is a bi*ch!

    American shale oil cannot be refined into diesel or aviation fuel but Venezuela’s crude can. They have one of the largest reserves in the world. But we’re trying to give them the gift of democracy right? Sure! Kind of like that faux democracy in Broward County? Georgia? Michigan? Meanwhile, we starve the Venezuelan people so we can steal their oil.

    America’s beacon of hope has gone dark, never to be relit!

    “‘…A country with instability on the American scale tends to unleash wars, and wars have been the sole activity of the US in the 21st century, leaving “a trail of destruction, suffering, refugee camps and death on an industrial scale.’ Consequently, the rest of the world is organizing to put a halt to Washington’s aggression and violent overthrow of countries.”—–Paul Craig Roberts 9/6/19

    With the fractional reserve ratio hovering near 0, currency creation will continue unabated via bank loans for awhile, but that damn pesky exponential function is really starting to get in the way.

    “Gold is money, nothing else” — J.P. Morgan

    Check out Beau of the Fifth Column’s take on the 2nd Ammendment:
    youtube.com/watch?v=K_Aq8ZIbDQQ

  36. FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    You seem to be conveniently forgetting that the Angles and Saxons invaded the early Britons, Finca. They were as much interlopers as the William the Bastard. == GreenAlba

    No, I do not.

    The most important part of English culture is that the Anglo-Saxons, having become Christians, began to associate themselves with their enemies, the Celts, and this fundamental feature of English culture only intensified after the invasion of William the Conqueror, as he was directly connected with the Pope and the conquest of Christian England by the Norman Duke, accompanied by the genocide of Christian York, was undoubtedly the first of the anti-Christian crusades, which soon became anti-Muslim as well, quite naturally reaching their climax in the Fourth Crusade.

  37. volodya September 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    Scratch, you make a lot of good points, especially the one about metastatic capitalism consuming its host. Of course, “capitalism” is just a word, an abstraction, short-hand we use to refer to a set of behaviors. Ultimately it’s people we’re talking about when we say “capitalism”, so it’s people doing the destroying. 

    What are they destroying? The legal-social-economic-military superstructure we call the nation state. Why are they wrecking it? Because – to quote Gordon Gekko – it’s wreckable. And it gets in the way of monied interests. Simple as that. 

    What will they replace it with? The wrecking crew doesn’t even know, not having thought that far ahead, being such blinkered thinkers and so intellectually impeded. 

    You call it the “globalist-zionist superstate”. You can call it what you like, nobody in any executive suite, nor in the political world, and least of all the leading lights of the academic realm, has any real idea what this means in practical terms. 

    Some people, early neo-liberals included, point to the EU as a step in the neo-liberal globalist direction. If so, it was laughably half-assed, as demonstrated by the nonsense of trying to shoe-horn totally corrupt shit-holes like Italy and Greece into a common currency arrangement and supra-national space with well-run countries like Germany. 

    That it first involves dismantling national boundaries and governmental authority as they presently exist, especially over business activities, is without question. We know because that’s already taking place. And we can see the mess and misery it creates.

    I think I know some of what I speak, having spent my life in the corporate world. I don’t exaggerate when I talk about the lack of mental powers in those glass and steel buildings. I’ve seen it up close. Those guys are not deep thinkers. You sit with them in meeting rooms or watch them pace back and forth on a stage and issue forth blizzards of well-rehearsed and well-turned phrases, and you realize that what they just spent twenty minutes obscuring, they could just as easily have spent thirty seconds illuminating. Most of what they say is nonsense. The rest is double-talk.

    As I said, not deep thinkers. I’m one such and, as they say, it takes one to know one. I just tell you what I see with my own two eyes.  

    It boggles the mind, so much destructive power in so few well-manicured corporate hands. You wonder how this could have been allowed to happen. For all the manly jaw-clenching of tens of millions of gun-owners purporting to defend the America, none did. What good were all those rifles? Did they defend the borders? Um. no. Wall Street ruined the country and much of the world and nobody lifted a finger, let alone fired a shot. Nor did I to my everlasting shame and disgrace. Mea fucking culpa. 

    As for tyranny, if you don’t like the tyranny of an oppressive nation state, there’s the corporate alternative. You want to know what it’s like to live in an authoritarian regime? Go to work for any large company. 

    It’s not like this is just so much verbal blithering, the demolition of the US economy outside of coastal enclaves is eyeball proof, eminently visually verifiable. It’s right under our nose. And it’s not like the societal consequences are unknown. The litany of calamity is right there for all to see; throngs of homeless, half of them gone nuts, a host of precariously employed and therefore unmarriageable young men, the prevalence of family break-up and of unwed motherhood and the disasters that by itself spawns. And the tens of thousands of yearly deaths by suicide, alcoholism and opium-derived drugs.

    And so it’s not like the concept of “collapse” is the fantasy of dystopian writers, it’s the reality in the here-and-now. 

    The irony, of course, is that the destroyers of the nation state themselves need that same nation state to survive. Yes, madness, gender confused and otherwise. Good way to put it. Yes, we’ve slipped a gear or two along the way. To say the least. 

    • volodya September 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      typo: purporting to defend the America, none did

      should be: purporting to defend America, none did

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

      They boiled the frog slowly, destroying the underpinnings that would allow it to fight back.

      Even so, many would have taken to the streets for Trump, but he’s turned out to be just a blowhard, a pussy, a fraud, and a Zionist.

      • Exscotticus September 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

        Ah the irony. Trump is rejected by the Left for being an alleged White Supremacist, and rejected by White Supremacists for being an alleged Lefty Zionist.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

          So both are equally wrong? That’s a good funny, all nice and symmetrical and shit. But the world doesn’t work like that. And I didn’t say Lefty either.

          Left and Right don’t mean the same thing to Zionist Jews and therefore not to the Goy followers. Some of the fiercest Zionists were those who founded the Kibbutzes. Apparently still the case on the West Bank. Imagine out Leftists being super patriots like this! Can’t, right? So time to reevaluate the utility of the word, right? Right?

          Don’t feel bad: the Goy followers don’t understand either. They just take their cues from what their Masters like and don’t like. Like the dogs they are.

        • malthuss September 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

          alleged????, w Kushner at 666 whatever avenue.

          The embassy mmoved, etc.

    • SoftStarLight September 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      It’s very dificult to believe that there aren’t driving forces that animate the powerful beyond money and wealth. I think they want complete control over all of the means of power and wealth and ultimately over every aspect of our lives in every corner of the planet. Perhaps there are layers. Maybe at the corporate level that you experienced the power brokers were shallow thinkers. Maybe they are just foot soldiers? But are they the real decision makers? Aren’t the investors or shareholders really steering the boat? I just think that the demolition is very planned and intentional. They intend to remove any remaining potential opposition if they can. I don’t believe they will win though. Centrifugal force is greater than they are.

      • volodya September 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

        SoftStarLight, you make a good point about human motivations. As you imply, it’s not as simple as money, money, money, and things denominated in terms of dollars or Euros. If only. Life would be a lot simpler.

        There’s rivalries between the monied, there’s status issues, there’s the who’s got more, me or him/her. There’s sex involved, who’s got the prettier trophy wife, who’s got the more powerful-handsomer hubby, the usual stuff you see in high-school corridors. I know I’m not telling what you haven’t seen, I’m just agreeing it doesn’t all boil down to mansions and yachts and stock portfolios. 

        You bring up a wonderful point about control. You don’t have to go up to the highest echelons of the wealth pyramid to see that. It’s an everyday thing and almost everywhere, in families, in schools, among friends, lovers, in many regimes, totalitarian and otherwise, most recently and prominently on campuses, where you have wet-behind-the-ears juveniles, barely out of the parental home trying to tell society at large what to think, how to speak, and being almighty high about it. It’s comical really, I’d like to go among them and ask, why the fuck should anybody listen to YOU? What have YOU done to merit being listened to, what have YOU experienced, what have YOU accomplished? Maybe one day when I’m in an especially cussed mood I will.

        As to decision makers, you can see what transpired over the past forty years. Or can you? I have no idea how old you are. But if you’re of a certain age you can see the changes having happened, both at home and on the international stage. That wasn’t an accident, as you say, the demolition of the American standard of living for so many millions was deliberate. It’s like the CEO of GE said, Americans make too much money. That’s a common CEO attitude, and in the blind thrust to reduce wage costs, they built up China into a global adversary, and in the process ruined America and much of the western world. 
        But the process was one that built up momentum over time, having gotten academic cover from the great economics – cough – thinkers, from the great – eyeball roll –  universities. It was a collective agreement among a relative handful, sometimes explicit, sometimes unspoken, but a way forward that the richest bought into. And they got the world’s legislatures on-side, by persuasion, by money. And so we find ourselves where we’re at.

        And no, they won’t win. People are not chess pieces that oligarchs can move about at will, as the American foreign policy and military elite found with regards to people living in other countries. Foreigners have got their own interests and agendas, and they are the most numerous in the places where they live, and they will win, regardless of the tonnage of bombs dropped.
         
        The same applies in the US and various other countries where elites are trying to convince people that their country’s ruin and their own ruin destitution is in their best interest. It didn’t fly in the US, nothing being wrong with Kansas after all, and it won’t fly anywhere else. I point to Hong Kong and the daily festivities there, and to France and their weekly hoe-downs and to the fine folk of the UK and other places. They all called bullshit on their elites and their arrangements. The game is afoot and it won’t end well for the high and mighty. History tells us this. Centrifugal force is indeed greater than they are. 

      • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 1:57 am #

        “Maybe they are just foot soldiers? But are they the real decision makers? “

        Many of the investors in large companies are just pension funds (I’m assuming things are done much as they are in the UK), managing investments on behalf of you or me (not that I know anything about the investments made by the company pension scheme that pays my tiny monthly pension).

        The idea that they are in cahoots with some overarching global cabal is somewhat far fetched and would mean a ridiculous number of individuals were involved in this evil network.

        Let’s take Trump’s firm that makes his shirts, ties and so on for the luxury market. Now you’d think the price of an expensive luxury shirt could carry normal American labour costs, wouldn’t you? But apparently not. So Trump’s people went to Mexico, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and a couple of places I can’t remember to find labour cheap enough to keep Trump happy. Then when they decided $1.20 an hour was an egregious waste, they moved at least one contract to Bangladesh, poster boy for cheap labour, where it only cost them 30 cents an hour. Job done. Everybody happy. A luxury shirt or tie with a warm story behind it.

        Now, who do you think took the decision behind that edifying bit of globalism and who decided on it as company policy? Trump? His minions? His individual investors? Or somebody with global reach who made them all do it and who works their hands from behind the curtain?

  38. pkrugman September 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    companies chasing shale oil have done it on tons of borrowed money, and now having demonstrated that it’s not a profitable business –JHK

    In a capitalistic society businesses seek profit. Businesses do not go into business, and do not go into debt, unless there is a profit to be made. They have a business plan NOT to lose money.

    Why is ExxonMobil fracking in the Permian? Why has ExxonMobil partnered with Microsoft? Because Exxon knows they will generate billions in net cash flow in the coming years through fracking. Exxon would not invest its resources if wells dry up in just two years. Exxon is in fracking for profit… for decades to come.

    Fracking 2.0 was a financial disaster. The oil companies have moved on to make profits in Fracking 3.0, with the help of Microsoft’s cloud technology. If there was no profit to be made from fracking, Exxon would be gone from the Permian.

    Exxon has an annual revenue of $281 Billion. owler.com/company/exxonmobil

    • Exscotticus September 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

      >>> In a capitalistic society businesses seek profit.

      In a capitalistic society—such as the United States—we recognize both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

      >>> Businesses do not go into business, and do not go into debt, unless there is a profit to be made.

      You mean unless there is a likelihood of profit to be made. All investment involves risk.

      >>> Exxon would not invest its resources if wells dry up in just two years.

      Sure they might; depends on the ROI and CBA. You obtained and read these reports, did ya? I doubt it.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

        Not for the Banks. If you create money out of nothing, there is no risk whatsoever as long as you can control the elections too. And with this funny money, you can get real labor and capital. What a scam, both the dummies have fallen for it. Same ones who think “Left” and “Right” are the way the world works.

        • Exscotticus September 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm #

          Thanks I forgot the Illuminati control everything. Do you cover up your dollar bill pyramid eye with duct tape as a precaution?

          • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2019 at 1:51 am #

            Get out your magnifying glass – there’s a little owl on the dollar bill too – thanks to the Bohemian Grove Cult of Minerva.

            And you think the Fed is owned by the Federal Government too, right? That’s why it’s called “Fed”, right?

            They got you comin’ and goin’, son.

          • Exscotticus September 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

            >>> And you think the Fed is owned by the Federal Government too, right? That’s why it’s called “Fed”, right?

            Do you think the Chamber of Congress is a chamber of Congress?

            A largely independent banking system is why the world trusts the dollar over other currencies. How would you have it? That when some Dem Prez wants to buy the world a Coke, he can just crank up the printing press?

    • DrGonzo September 7, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks Krug. I’m forever mystified by JHK’s weird claims that no one is making any money off of oil, when clearly they are, or we wouldn’t still see it at the pump. Even weirder is his assertion that if oil prices go up, the global economy is screwed … and, if they go down, the global economy is screwed. Seems you might as well make the same statement about sugar, rice, copper, or sandpaper and make as much sense. Supply and demand is a harsh mistress, and prices jump accordingly.

      But rest assured that the coming global mass calamity is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Just as it was in 2018. And the year before that, and the year before that … and actually for as long as I’ve been reading JHK. I will give him credit for successfully predicting twenty-three of the last two economic meltdowns, though.

      Maybe if we give him a sharpie he can correct that record.

      • elysianfield September 7, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

        DrGonzo,
        I would invite you to invest in Bitcoin…heavily.

    • Tate September 8, 2019 at 3:25 am #

      Nice try, pkrugman, your circular reasoning is impeccable, based on Libertarian Theology 101. The truth is companies aren’t always motivated to make a profit; sometimes they’re motivated to seize market share, sometimes to test new technologies, sometimes to strip-mine assets with debt financing being common examples.

      Why would they be oblivious to profits in the shale space? Incentive structures for one thing; the execs running the show may be earning stock options based on performance targets that are only tangentially connected to profit.

  39. Pucker September 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    Crazy Horse was not queer. Crazy Horse had the Hots for Black Buffalo Woman.

    Many American males Go Queer because of gender confusion in society and because they’ve given up on white squaws.

    Will Elizabeth Warren become the first squaw President?

    Peter Cozzens
    The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

    • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2019 at 1:47 am #

      Maybe they are afraid. You said White Women are mostly Witches, right?

      • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        Vikings weren’t afraid of Witches at all.

  40. Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

    JS: Looks like a good read. I can hear Alba shrieking in my mind’s ear: None of this is Christian, with a triumphant tinge in her voice. You got me. You’re right. Yet I remain a Christian. I walk the line between worlds like Shadow Jack. My enemy is Billy Jack.

    Edited by Kevin Lamb, Race, Genetics & Society: Glayde Whitney on the Scientific and Social Policy Implications of Racial Differences, Scott-Townsend Publishers, 2002, 181 pages.

    The editor of this collection has appended to it a bibliography of the publications of the late Glayde Whitney, which occupies almost thirteen closely printed pages. Ninety percent of the entries cite articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Behavior Genetics, Journal of Comparative & Physiological Psychology, and Physiology and Behavior. Glayde Whitney, professor of psychology at Florida State University and president of the Behavior Genetics Association, was a scientist who approached psychology from its biological grounding.

    He was also a dedicated activist. He not only contributed to American Renaissance but honored The Occidental Quarterly and the Citizens Informer by becoming a member of their editorial advisory boards. Just as he had begun to take part in the activities of the Council of Conservative Citizens and to contribute almost regularly to its publication Citizens Informer, Dr. Whitney died at the age of 62 from an attack of the asthma from which he had long suffered. His death was a great loss. He was a brilliant man and, more importantly, an exemplar of honor and loyalty.

    This collection culls from Dr. Whitney’s work articles that he published in the later years of his life, a period when he undertook the great task of serving as an interpreter of science to the educated citizenry. He came to this task after decades of distinguished achievement as a research scientist who realized that psychology can only be founded on biological and chemical science, not ideology. During his work as a researcher in the field of behavior genetics he had found that an ideologically motivated censorship was in effect. Much was there to be discovered, but only an intrepid few dared to publish research results that were not supportive of the Marxist assumption of human equality.

    The first article, “Ideology and Censorship in Behavior Genetics,” was given as a presidential address in 1995 to the twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Behavior Genetics Association. Reaching its climax in a frank presentation of the behavioral genetic implications of the widely disparate homicide rates in black and white population groups, this address unleashed a storm of acrimony against Dr. Whitney. He terms the response “a parody of political correctness.” He had directly challenged the “ideologically-based dogma and taboo hampering the pursuit of knowledge in the science of behavior genetics.” This climactic event marked the advent of Glayde Whitney, citizen-scientist. An extensive bibliography follows the address.

    “Raymond B. Cattell and the Fourth Inquisition” tells how the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychological Science, the highest honor given by the American Psychological Association, was awarded to Cattell in 1997, only to be revoked because of an ideologically motivated clamor against a few words that Cattell had written in support of eugenics. This was done despite the fact that, until recently, “many social progressives of both the right and the left were enthusiastic eugenicists.” (The best definition of eugenics is probably that offered by the man who coined the term, Sir Francis Galton, in 1904: “Eugenics is the science which deals with all influences that improve the inborn qualities of a race; also with those that develop them to the utmost advantage.”)

    Much of the furor arose over Cattell’s book A New Morality from Science: Beyondism (New York: Pergamon, 1972), a work that enjoyed some vogue among humanists when it first appeared but is now out of print, although widely held by academic libraries. (Cattell expounded upon his philosophical ideas in a revised sequel that was published in 1987.) It is still worthy of close study, particularly by those who seek a non-theist, scientific basis for a social ethic.

    “Whatever Happened to Eugenics?” is a review article of Roger Pearson’s Heredity and Humanity, a book that examines the paradoxical development by which “the prevention of human suffering came to be considered the greater evil.” Although eugenics is today anathema throughout the Western world, “[i]n China it is alive and well. The Maternal and Infantile Health Care Law went into effect on 1 June 1995. A media mention states ‘The official Xinhua News Agency reported that China currently has more than 10 million disabled people whose births could have been prevented if such a law had been in effect.’”

    In another article, “Reproduction Technology for a New Eugenics,” Dr. Whitney reports that “in June of 1999 China opened a government-run ‘notables’ Sperm Bank that accepts donors in three categories: intellectuals with at least a master’s degree, top businessmen, and successful artists, entertainers, and athletes. . . Clinic officials are quoted as saying that they would select sperm with high-quality characteristics’ to fulfill a popular demand for ‘attractive, intelligent children.’”

    Alas, no such popular demand seems to exist in the United States, at least if one is to judge by the total output of the mass media. Howls of outrage would descend upon the government of any European nation that dared to follow the example of China by implementing a similar program of eugenics. That errant nation would possibly even be invaded and reconstructed by a hastily concocted United Nations police force. It would at least be presented to a gullible American citizenry as a menace to all of humanity, an outlaw among the nations.

    Dr. Whitney dares to ask, “[f]rom whence has come the unrelenting propaganda campaign to demonize eugenics, which after all is devoted to the prevention of suffering and the improvement of mankind? In a word, the answer is Marxism, including its present incarnation as Politically Correct modern Liberalism.” “[T]he application of genetic knowledge for the benefit of humanity is anathema to socialist environmentalism.” Today, as one among various results of this campaign, “there is no substantive difference between Lysenkoism and official government policy toward education in America.”

    Fortunately, not every current social trend is dysgenic. Many rightists will be surprised to read the following: “The legalization of voluntary abortion in the United States in 1973 may have had the unintended consequence of lowering the crime rate in the 1990s. This is because women at higher risk of raising criminals: teenage mothers, single mums, blacks, have disproportionately higher rates of abortion.” The study cited is that by Donohue and Levitt, “Legalized Abortion and Crime,” published by Stanford University Law School in 1999. Public funding to enable all poor and/or “at-risk” women who want abortions to have them would seem to be a genuinely progressive goal.

    “Shockley’s Experiment,” reprinted from The Mankind Quarterly, refers in its title to a research proposal that the late Nobel Prize winner William Shockley presented to the National Academy of Sciences in 1969: Study the effects of transracial adoptions to determine to what extent the gap between black and white IQ scores can be diminished by the rearing of black infants in a favorable environment. Shockley, the inventor of the transistor, had won even more notoriety by defending the hypothesis that the IQ gap is largely hereditary, not simply an outcome of environmental factors. Such a study took place in Minnesota, where 101 white families had adopted 110 black children. The study, conducted over 10 years’ time, yielded, in Dr. Whitney’s words, “the unfortunate truth that no one was particularly hoping for” because it was “completely at odds with the revealed wisdom of the egalitarian left: When black babies are adopted into middle class bright white families they grow up to function intellectually like blacks.”

    “On the Races of Man,” although it is in the middle of this collection, is the best starting point for most readers. It is a compendium of facts regarding the biological differences among the races and does not dwell on the IQ question. All too often, it is forgotten that behavioral differences among the races (or subspecies) can have as much significance as differences in IQ. Dr. Whitney presents evidence that there is a distinct difference between the populations of North Africa (primarily Caucasians of Arab culture) and the denizens of Sub-Saharan. It is now known that the population of Sub-Saharan Africa evolved in isolation from the rest of the world for almost 200,000 years.

    This essay presents many striking facts. Three examples will be cited here: (1) A revealing explanation is offered for the fact that 40 percent of the world-class runners in men’s middle and long-distance events have come from just one African tribe that comprises only 10 percent of the population of Kenya. The evolutionary explanation for this fact will provoke most readers to further thinking. (2) African-American children attain sexual maturation 3 years before European-American children. (The reviewer must speculate here: Does this partially account for the increasing number of interracial couplings arising from the racial integration of the nation’s public school systems?) (3) Dr. Whitney even dares to question the fashionable dogma that hybridization is to be welcomed. In his words, “While hybrid vigor is a biological reality, so are hybrid incompatibilities between blacks and whites.”

    The lengthy and heavily documented essay “Crime and Racial Profiling by U.S. Police: Is There an Empirical Basis?” addresses an issue of urgent concern to all people who live in racially mixed metropolitan areas. This is an issue that reaches the average white person with much more impact than endless columns of numbers regarding IQ scores, discussions of standard deviations, etc. Consider just these significant facts: “[B]lacks are 50 to 200 times more likely than whites to commit interracial crimes of violence.” The black rate for interracial robbery or “mugging,” as of 1997, is 103 times the white rate. In the same year, “The 1,140,670 acts of violence committed by blacks against whites constitute 56.3 percent of all violent crimes committed by blacks.” Having this data at hand is by itself justification for purchasing a copy of this book.

    Several shorter articles in this collection first appeared in American Renaissance, but three-fourths of this book will be new reading for most subscribers to that magazine.

    Whites dedicated to their race make their lives meaningful by becoming factors in the historical process, not just another unit of economic production and consumption. They will set aside one evening every week for cultural and political study. (Time can be found by eliminating hobbies, which are juvenile anyway, and by reducing television-watching.) This collection of the best of Glayde Whitney’s writings should enjoy a high place on their reading lists because of the trenchant facts and rigorous reasoning it contains. The more lengthy essays have bibliographies that will facilitate in-depth study. This book should be purchased and carefully studied.

    Editor’s Note: Though out of a print, a limited number of copies of Race, Genetics & Society: Glayde Whitney on the Scientific and Social Policy Implications of Racial Differences can be purchased from American Renaissance.

    from American Renaissance, amren.com

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

      Not Anti-Christian either though, depends on what you do with it. Whatsoever you do to the LEAST of my brothers….

      Christ knew about hierarchy.

      • malthuss September 7, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

        gee that wuz a long post.

        Genetics, do not women / couples go to sperm banks seeking
        to have tall, smart children?

        Also, on billboards, new movie about bad fertility MD. I am sure the bad doc is not a bagel.

    • GreenAlba September 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

      “I can hear Alba shrieking in my mind’s ear: ”

      You need help, toadie.I hope you have insurance. I certainly don’t hear you wittering in mine.

    • KesaAnna September 8, 2019 at 12:11 am #

      Well , you gotta know that something is wrong with this picture when a Samurai praises China.

      Eugenics has been around since at least Xenophon was in diapers , and the bad news for all you would – be tree – huggers or humanists is that it has never worked out but badly.

      Homo , pedo – enabling , Leftist though he may have been , Pope Paul VI was right about that.

      But , go right ahead and try to save the Sexual Revolution Janos.

      Who knows , folks might eventually begin to notice that National Socialism and Hippie-dom are not entirely incompatible.

  41. Pucker September 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

    From my nascent readings of American history, It looks like many of the white Europeans who emigrated to the US in the 19th century were downtrodden poor uneducated people (serfs) many of whom had served in European armies for a buck and who then got jobs serving in the Union armies during the US Civil War and then subsequently during President Grant’s Extermination of the Native Americans in the Western US? They also were perfect whiskey-drinking mercenaries for killing the Buffalo herds. They were basically downtrodden whiskey drinkers with a very strong proclivity to self-medicate, first with whiskey, and today with alcohol, Weed, crack, and Crystal Meth. They were somewhat low IQ, brutal, downtrodden people for whom only extreme fundamentalist Christianity kept (keeps) them from going Off-the-Rails?

    • malthuss September 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

      Oh, yawn. How the fuck do you know who showed up here?
      And why?

      The average life of an indentured Irish man was 6 months, once getting here.

      fuck you.

  42. Pucker September 7, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    It looks like at various times in the US antebellum South and in colonial Africa, some crazy white people envisioned upgrading black slave labor with imported Chinese labor, but gave up on the idea. I wonder why? It’s probably just as well since if the lunatic white people imported high IQ Chinese people to do the work, then within a few generations the Chinese would then own everything and run the show. The problem with the Chinese is that unlike white people and black people, they don’t generally self-medicate, and they value education and save their money, albeit the British did get the Chinese successfully hooked on opium in the mid-19th century. But heroin addicts make crappy workers, so that won’t work. Alcohol works. Anti-depressants work, although it seems that some people when they get off the anti-depressants go ape shit and start shooting up shopping malls, which is good for TV ratings, but generally a big downer.

    • KesaAnna September 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm #

      ” Christianity kept (keeps) them from going Off-the-Rails? ”

      Imagine these poorly paid hatchet men , and even more poorly paid ditch diggers , with , instead , the world view of a Kim Kardashian or a Bill Gates.

      Just a thought .

      Overall I like your historical commentaries.

  43. Pucker September 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

    The principal method for destroying the Native Americans was not brute, armed force, but rather “Politics”, generally, of which, armed force was just another tool in the toolbox. The Reservation system and the withholding of food to the Native Americans to threaten them with starvation (after depriving them of buffalo) were very important levers of Control as was threatening to strip the Native Americans of their guns or letting them keep their guns (same thing). The whites could divide tribes into factions that wanted to negotiate vs war. The Squaws were more passive as they just wanted to feel safe, which is the female personality. (Fuck that! Fuck the whole nursing home scene!) Some US Generals sucked at war, but were very adept at using politics to crush the Native Americans in order to further their careers, such as General Crook.

    • venuspluto67 September 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

      Speaking of Native Americans, yes, they did indeed have sophisticated agriculture.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2019 at 1:56 am #

        All of them? Even in places where it’s too dry to grown things? Did they have ploughs? Then it’s horticulture not agriculture.

        But yeah, they had some knowledge, teaching the Pilgrims to use little fish as fertilizer. And they grew the “three sisters” (corn, beans, squash) together in mounds, each helps the other. One acre can support a family. That was the Algonquins of the Northeast. No doubt other groups in other areas did other things, maybe just as good or maybe not.

    • Be careful about reading books, Pucker. It might cause you to have pretensions of wisdom.

  44. KesaAnna September 7, 2019 at 11:43 pm #

    @ SoftStarLight

    Regarding our last exchange —

    I stand corrected , and embarrassingly so too.

    The day before had been a very long and hard work day.

    In addition , I didn’t get a single hours sleep.

    And then I came here around 6 AM.

    And , lastly , I don’t really like , or , frankly , see a point in , arguing or discussing religion with Protestants , Jews , Moslems , Pagans , Deists , or even Catholics.

    It strikes me as a bit like , I don’t know , having a fight with your mother , while , on other fronts , a serial killer and rapist has marched into your living room and set up shop.

    So it’s never my best venue anyway.

    So , all in all , I just plain stupidly fucked up. So it goes.

    • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

      I appreciate it Kesa but no worries, you didn’t do anything wrong. You correctly called me out on that post. I should have avoided it altogether in the first place but it triggered me lol :-).

  45. KesaAnna September 8, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    ” What’s at stake behind all the pushing-and-shoving is the question of national sovereignty. Does it matter anymore? I suspect it will matter increasingly for everyone in many nations, and at a smaller and smaller scale of political divisions so that, for instance, Great Britain itself will be faced with surrendering its dominion over Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is churning in the zeitgeist now, actually has been for some time since the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia cracked up. Even the United States finds itself increasingly disunited and it’s not inconceivable that before the century ends some regions may go their own way. Texans have been talking it up for years, and California is already acting like she’s started divorce proceedings. ”

    We can HOPE ! 🙂

    I am often given to think that , rather than being a prophet of doom , Mr. Kunstler is actually a prophet of silver linings.

    I have pointed out before that it sure seems that quite a few of the problems of the United States , are BECAUSE OF the United States ITSELF.

    It was a good idea …… a hundred years ago .

    It was a good idea ……… when energy was cheap.

    Logistically , ( Yes, logistically ) it is now only a good idea if you have a reasonable expectation that , you , too , can be rich .

    ( and never mind that the other 5 million or so folks who bought that lottery ticket are shit out of luck in more ways than one. )

    God Bless the memory of the Confederacy !

    God Bless Secession !

    • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      Secession may not be as difficult the next time around. When the energy production and banking industries and systems collapse I doubt any form of centralized power or control will be possible to maintain. It’s sad that the modern world has to end so that the local once again predominates over the global. But it seems to be very possible that this is where we are going.

  46. KesaAnna September 8, 2019 at 12:50 am #

    Now for something a little different ….

    ” Happy to pay for Nigel’s ticket to North Korea any time, in the circumstances. ”

    Well , I left in 1976 , and a lot can change in thirteen years ?

    But , as I understand it — albeit second – hand , and at a distance —

    The fall of the Berlin Wall did not , by default , need equate to the dissolution of The German Democratic Republic.

    After all , construction of the wall didn’t even commence until mid – 1961.

    That’s 15 years later.

    Nor was it the result of some kind of popular referendum.

    No , as I understand it , fat cats in the west , and fat cats much further east , made that decision.

    And call me cynical , or call me a closet Totalitarian , or call me both , I doubt they did so with the thought of the welfare of little people upper most in mind.

    Anyway , I WOULD GO BACK.

    And I wouldn’t balk at your buying me a ticket either.

    But , ah , THAT , SPECIFICALLY , is not one of my options , and by design , and not MY design.

    I despise it when people seem to proffer choices when they have in fact done all they could to preclude any such choices.

    As for North Korea —

    Its immigration and naturalization policies are as restrictive as those of Vatican City — In a word , You simply can’t . Its impossible. No fucking way. MAYBE if you could get a personal interview with Kim Jung Un , and sucked his dick really good. Otherwise , forget it.

    If for no other reason , fans of restrictive immigration , and opponents of globalization , should , at least for basic fairness sake , praise North Korea on this score.

    On this score , North Korea PRACTICES what they PREACH.

    Secondly , North Korea is not the German Democratic Republic , any more than Scotland and England are , or any more than the USA and the UK are the same.

    Granted , it was probably a flippant remark , meant only half – seriously , or not meant at all.

    But its a remark I’m sick of hearing.

    You folks are not the prize you think you are.

    I would go back.

    But that’s not one of my choices.

    • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:06 am #

      “Granted , it was probably a flippant remark , meant only half – seriously , or not meant at all.”

      You’re right. it was a mere tit-tat response to Slugoon saying we were North Korea and had no meaning at all other than a minor sideswipe at Nigel. Nigel, the ex commodities broker, that is, who claims to care about the British working man while accepting half a million pounds in quiet subsidy from Arron Banks which he forgot to declare as an emolument. Oops. I guess it’s easy to forget half a million when you’re a hail-fellow-well-met so busy protecting the interests of the common man and with a beer glass constantly in your hand.

      I have a couple of intractable problems I could solve in my family with half a million from Aaron Banks but I’d be at no risk of forgetting it.

      • Slugoon September 8, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

        Ah, come on GA. It’s been his life’s work to get us out of the EU and oftentimes at great personal cost. Criticise him all you want for anything else but he’s fought for what he believes in harder than any other politician in my lifetime.

        I’m a common man and he is the only one representing my views, which is why I and many others are voting for him. If he’s done well along the way, so what, why begrudge him a little pocket money?

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

          “why begrudge him a little pocket money?”

          I’d like to think you’re being facetious, Slugoon.

          I don’t care how much Aaron Banks subsidises Fromage or Brexit as long as it’s all legal and open to scrutiny. He knows himself that he should have declared it as an emolument.

          It’s bad enough that we’ll be paying his flippin’ pension from the EU for all his gravy train years. If he’d even done any work while he was there it would be bad enough, but he didn’t even care enough about the common man in terms of the fishermen he was meant to represent to bother getting his arse to the fisheries meetings.

          • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 2:18 am #

            You’re arguing about a technicality that David used in a battle against Goliath. The whole of our anti-Brexit Parliament and House of Lords is rotten to the core. You might rather start there.

            He’s representing the fisherman by getting us out of the EU, not by sitting in their echo chamber towing the EU’s line (no pun intended). The fisherman sure ain’t voting for , are they?

          • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 2:22 am #

            *The fisherman sure ain’t voting for (insert name of your favourite anti-Brexit party leader here), are they?

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 9:39 am #

            Brexit isn’t going to solve the fishermen’s problems.

            Lots of farmers voted for Leave because they believed all the lies about the easiest deal in history. Now they’re shitting themselves and we’re going to have to subsidise them (which I don’t mind – people make mistakes). I heard a programme recently on the radio where they were talking about ‘diversifying’ to survive. Ideas like taking in educational groups, or bed and breakfast customers – while cheap, low-regulation food is flown in to Heathrow. The lack of joined-up thinking of our ‘leaders’ never fails to amaze me.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 9:53 am #

            “The whole of our anti-Brexit Parliament and House of Lords is rotten to the core. You might rather start there.”

            I’d rather we start with the dark money that went into Brexit. I think when the money is coming from secret donors in the US and elsewhere we’re not talking about little David.

            opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/mp-demands-investigation-into-farages-us-dark-money-p…

            opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/dominic-raab-under-fire-secretive-meet-no-deal-brexit…

            opendemocracy.net/en/odr/why-are-so-many-brexiteer-politicians-cosying-armenian-oligarch/

          • Slugoon September 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

            Christ, how long before you invoke the Russians too.

          • GreenAlba September 10, 2019 at 8:03 am #

            Russian bot farms were discovered sending pro-Brexit messages. I take that as par for the course and don’t give it any mind, let alone consider it a reason to question the Brexit results. I don’t actually question the results at all – I certainly don’t propose pushing for Remain like the LibDems – but I’m aware of how it was achieved and I’m entitled to say so.

            If we’d seen the Yellowhammer report before the vote and Jacob R-M had said then, instead of now, that it would take the UK 50 years to recover, we’d be in a different place. But we are where we are, so congratulations on how they did it, I guess. All’s fair in love, war and referenda,

          • GreenAlba September 10, 2019 at 8:07 am #

            If there were a clarifying vote, I would vote for a deal.

            If the options were Remain and a No-deal, I think I would have to abstain, for the first time in my life. There’s no way I could vote for what no-deal will do to the country (or for the Atlanticist agenda that it implies), but I don’t think I could vote for Remain in the circumstances either, as it would create more problems than it would solve. So I think I’d abstain and go down with the ship, if necessary.

    • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:25 am #

      “You folks are not the prize you think you are.”

      I don’t think we’re a prize at all. We’re a small post-imperial nation struggling to keep itself now that all it’s natural resources are gone apart from its brains and it depleting soils, and it has no free access to anyone else’s. I don’t go in for that exceptionalism stuff in any way. I like it here, but that’s just me. Others will naturally prefer other places.

      Why can’t you go back? I presume it relates to why you were the first place, but if you’ve stated your citizenship details it must have been one time I wasn’t here.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:26 am #

        Pardon the impertinence of asking, obviously, from a whore, fraud, condescending bitch, witch and species of reptile.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 10:11 am #

          Talking of the last, I didn’t get round to answering your posts on the other thread as I was having much more fun at a very modest wedding inside a square of giant redwood trees at our Botanic Gardens. Maybe another time. But it’s always the same illogical, maniacal accusation, with the same demented insults, so it always gets the same answer.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:30 am #

        *its* natural resources…

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 10:03 am #

        *why you were there in the first place*. Sorry, got garbled.

    • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      Well that is true. North Korea is at least doing something right by keeping such complete control over who comes and goes. Maybe not many people want to go there in the first place. But that’s beside the point. It’s more than we can say about the sorry state of things in that regard here in the US.

      • Majella September 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

        Oh, for pity’s sake, SSL!

        Are you REALLY as vacuous as you seem? “Maybe not many people want to go there…” – honey, NO-ONE WANTS to go there to live.

        • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

          My whole point was about immigration and control over the borders though. Did you miss that?

          • Majella September 11, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

            SSL:

            There’s not much border control needed in NK, aside from making sure the locals don’t abscond.

            So, your point is irrelevant, as your whole gig is about ‘The USA keeping out the illegal, brown, poor, disease-infected, drug-trafficking criminals from south of the border”.

  47. BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 1:18 am #

    In Secaucus, NJ, American Dream Mall set to open, 3 million sq. ft. shopping extravaganza, with 30,000 parking spaces extant. 40 million visitors expected the first year. I say let’s go! Who’s with me?

    • KesaAnna September 8, 2019 at 1:23 am #

      If it is open at 3 AM , five years from now. I hate crowds , I hate daylight , and I hate North – Easterners as much as do Americans who are not North – Easterners and pretend they do not.

      • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 9:30 am #

        Haha LoL!!!

      • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

        Well there is a fine line between love and hate, no? One can love the sound of a Boston accent but hate Boston after all.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

          What’s particularly wrong with Boston?

          • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

            Well from a historical perspective it was the home of zealous Yankees. Now its a huge city that is one of many “progressive” strongholds that usually hold sway in national politics.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

            Ah. I found it rather fine. Probably because it feels a little European! I think I’d find NY a bit too manic.

            I wonder what keeps Janos there. There must be American cities he’d find more to his political taste. Or perhaps being surrounded by progressives keeps his pot boiling.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

          Just curious as I visited a couple of times, once for work.

  48. KesaAnna September 8, 2019 at 1:19 am #

    Sometimes Mr . Kunstler seems to me less a prophet of doom , and more like a prophet of silver linings ……

    No matter how poor they are , no matter how non – existent their logistical infrastructure , Third World shit holes never seem to run out of RPG rounds and AK – 47 ammo.

    But why is that ?

    Those brilliant Somali’s and Afghan’s have figured out how to run major manufacturies on dog piss ?

    Well , on that score , the Confederacy had more than it’s share of smart , enterprising , hard – working Americans.

    That Alabama was able to produce good rifled artillery , that North Carolina was able to keep its troops in regulation uniform and shoes from the first day of war until the last day , that several Southern States managed to float a score of ironclads , was nothing short of an incredible triumph of will and ingenuity over the worst circumstances.

    Still , it all basically amounted to ………shit. To not much.

    Well , logistics in military science is like the super star child the parents don’t like.

    No , Third World shit holes never seem to run out of RPG rounds and AK – 47 ammo because , If I remember correctly what Kunstler has said , all the worlds main arms dealers and arms manufacturers are using twice , or three times , as much energy as they produce.

    So what happens when that ends ?

    My guess ( though it is a guess ) is that the RPG rounds and AK – 47 ammo will run out in about 6 months.

    Two years tops.

    So , maybe you will have to worry about your neighbors killing you.

    But I reckon they will have to put some real effort into it.

    They will have to kill you with maces and broadswords.

    If they are really enterprising , with Matchlocks.

    • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:15 am #

      In England in the Middle Ages, before the State was much of a thing and the Church, the feudal lord and people’s consciences ran things, the rate of homicide in England was ten times what it is now.

      Farmers were stressed, everyone was poor, and arguments started quickly. And everyone carried a knife on their belt because they didn’t provide one at the Inn for you to cut your bread and cheese – you were expected to bring your own.

      Homicides started to decline with the growth of the state and proper judiciaries, but I’m sure we’ll get back to the golden age of the ubiquitous knife and maybe Inns will stop stocking them again once the punters start stealing them.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 10:18 am #

        Proper judiciaries to settle the disputes that made the farmers a bit knifey, that is.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          That would be the farmers who all believed in heaven and hell.

          I think I’d be just as fine with a couple of non-believers and a small claims court, but that’s just me.

    • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 9:29 am #

      Up to now close to 200 million Kalashnikovs manufactured in about a dozen different countries — including the US — since 1947.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 9:34 am #

        You’d be just as dead if you were killed in the yard of the Inn with a dirty mediaeval cheese knife, though, brh. Especially if they’d just used it to remove something infected from a sheep’s foot before they used it on either the cheese or on you. 🙂

        Sepsis is as sepsis does.

        • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          Thats true, GA

          One of the tragedies of the worldwide distribution of millions of AK rifles is that they are being used to decimate wildlife on the African continent, wiping out great apes, hippos, rhinos, elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and so on. The 7.62×39 round these guns shoot is not very powerful — about equal to the Winchester .30-30 invented in 1895 — but powerful enough on select fire mode to kill anything on 4 legs or two.

          On another subject, the massive 3 million sq ft mall opening in NJ, just 6 miles from Times Square, 30,000 parking slots, in an area where traffic is already inpenetrable … isn’t it a little late in the game for a project like this? What year do these gentlemen think it is, 1956? I wonder what its future will be?
          Brh

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 11:48 am #

            That’s horrendous re the wildlife, brh.

            Words fail me with regard to the mega-mall. I can’t stand even small malls. In fact even if I have to go into the town centre these days (especially when the Festival and Fringe are on in August), I just want to be beamed up and dropped off home. I can’t image what 30,000 cars look like all in the one place, but you wouldn’t want to forget where you’d parked.

            As for doing it now, rather than 1956, it’s a bit like people getting altitude sickness up a mountain in bad weather, so, instead of taking stock and going back down they lose all reason and judgement and plough ahead even more fervently to get to the top, feeling fully confident that they can – and that they have to because they’ve invested so much pride and self-esteem in getting as far as they already did.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

            *imagine* not image…

          • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

            GA

            The reason I used the year 1956 is because that’s the year the first indoor shopping mall was built, near Minneapolis.

            I believe the developer was an Austrian immigrant with an interest in urban planning, I’ve forgotten, will have to look it up. I do remember he regretted right away the affect his creation had on the landscspe and surrounding towns and cities.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

            Ah, thank you, brh, I didn’t realise the date was for a specific reason.

            We have lots of out-of-town malls of course (I think they’re generally just called shopping centres), but not as many, I think, as over your way, and a lot of them are still of reasonably human proportions. Being carless I can easily avoid them, but I suppose they’re useful if you need to use a variety of shops when it’s bucketing down!

    • elysianfield September 8, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

      “My guess ( though it is a guess ) is that the RPG rounds and AK – 47 ammo will run out in about 6 months.

      Two years tops.

      Kesa,
      You neglect to consider prioritization…resource allocation is not necessarily a high priority to feed and house populations, resources that can command their obedience, however, are a government priority…a primary one.

      • benr September 9, 2019 at 9:30 am #

        Doubtful as there are billions of ak-47 rounds out there right now.

    • Quick Joey Small September 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

      Howdy, neighbor!

  49. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    Today is the Holiday of the Meeting (Sretenie) of Our Lady of Vladimir

    This holiday is celebrated to thank the Mother of God for her rescuing Moscow from an attack of the Golden Horde.

    pravoslavie.ru/sas/image/101329/132994.p.jpg?0.5053146511781961

    The most relevant holiday now!

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Vladimir

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      That is why on December 8, 1941 Nazis froze near Moscow after the icon of Our Lady of Tikhvin was loaded onto a fighter plane by the order of the Red Welsh Dragon (Stalin) and forced to fly around this fateful for Black Project city.

      • elysianfield September 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        “That is why on December 8, 1941 Nazis froze near Moscow after the icon of Our Lady of Tikhvin was loaded onto a fighter plane by the order of the Red Welsh Dragon (Stalin) and forced to fly around this fateful for Black Project city.”

        Kamaraden Finc!

        Goddamnit…I knew the Rooskies had nothing to do with the German defeat…it was those pesky religious icons.

  50. “The Kremlin had a playbook for upending American politics with tactics honed in Estonia nearly a decade earlier. ” -The New York Times

    • elysianfield September 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      …Dewey defeats Truman…
      “The New York Times”

      • elysianfield September 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        …I, I know that it was the Chicago Tribune’s mistake, but I cannot let a good, snarky reply go wasted…I cannot help myself….

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

      What’s Estonia? Is it even on a map?

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

      According to Wikipedia, Estonia is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy.

      No shit.

      And Russia is still a “developing” country.

      Estonia don’t have even enough competency among it’s miserably small population to run an advanced economy, must be someones colony.

  51. This month’s homicidal clown movie will be followed by next month’s homicidal clown movie and I am wondering if this theme will be followed in the capsule movie reviews by our host, who seems to have abandoned the effort.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      Netflix postmodern bs.

      Complete Pizdets.

    • Pucker September 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

      Homicidal Clown motif – That is a bit weird….

      I thought that the Harry Potter Thang was a bit weird, if not borderline pedophilia, but homicidal clowns is up there too as a cultural phenomenon.

    • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Are you referring to The Joker?

      Insane Clown Posse (ICP) taking its act to the UK, recruit Brit Juggaloes in their diabolical scheme to recruit an invincible Juggalo army and take over the world.

      Brh

  52. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    Estonia is known for having the world’s lowest ratio of men to women.

    Horney Pucker should go over there if he wants a blond long-legged white chick for little money.

    google.com/search?q=estonian+women&sxsrf=ACYBGNThYAjk2bFlGTCkI2zrxRZw7D94Xg:1567963849687&…

    Here is their “advanced income economy”.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

      Pucker walks past the group of young Estonian ladies.

      “Must be whores” – thinks Pucker.

      “Must be Pucker” – think whores.

      • Pucker September 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

        Estonian Hookers?

        Are Estonian women Skanks?

  53. BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

    Over in East Hartford, the school psychologist at one of the better systems in the state, attempts to murder his wife, beating her nearly to death. The wife is a former Teacher of the Year. The cops show up, the husband — School Psychologist — attacks them , injuring 2, and they finally shoot him. He’s dead. Two young children were at home witnessing all of this. These small tragedies are beginning to add up. There’s a madness loose about the land. Or maybe I’m paying more attention. Which is it?

    Brh

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      Russian KGB Bolsheviks opened a doorway to the realm of demons and let them loose on the innocent American population.

      Don’t you watch Netflix, or at least, CNN?

      • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

        You’re serious aren’t you. What exactly do you believe again? Demons are able to roam free in this realm. But they have to be invited in too. I thought you would know that as an Orthodox Christian. What am I missing?

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

          “Demons are able to roam free in this realm. But they have to be invited in too.”

          I didn’t realise they were so polite. The things I learn on here… 🙂

          • SoftStarLight September 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

            I am glad to be part of the educational process :-).

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 1:32 am #

            You certainly are that, SSL, but not exactly in the way you’d like. 🙂

          • SoftStarLight September 9, 2019 at 9:25 am #

            That’s how you feel today. But that is all subject to change. An education has its ups and downs like everything else.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2019 at 9:34 am #

            Yes, Mummy.

    • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

      I don’t watch either one.

      Are they really blaming this social disintregation on Russia?

    • benr September 9, 2019 at 9:25 am #

      I was listening to a pod cast from Dan Carlin and he was talking about events being written down where entire towns went crazy.
      Crimes of mass murder and cannibalisms where they talked about vampires I wonder if they ate some tainted rye or something.

      dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

      Back to your question I have often posted we have an insanity problem in this country just look at the plank platforms of the Democrat party and supporters common sense dictates these people are ALL crazy.

  54. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    I think that all future negotiations on reducing the nuclear arms between US and the Russian Federation will have to include certain censorship on Hollywood movies and certainly, on college education program, specifically English 101.

  55. BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

    “I think as Republicans we have lost our way”. Mark Sanford, announcing his challenge to President Trump for the Republican nomination.

    Ha, didn’t Sanford lose his way on the Appalachian Trail, which, when Governor of South Carolina, he told everybody is where he was hiking, when in reality he was shacking up with some hot Latino babe in Argentina? I don’t blame him, I mean what would you rather be doing?

    But you’d think he would lay low after a life changing episode like that, not run for president. Its gonna be brought up, and not just by a local yokel like myself.

    Brh

    • K-Dog September 8, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

      ‘shacking up with some hot Latino babe in Argentina’

      That is a long way to go for a hump but people actually have walked a mile for a camel. If you are younger than 40 you probably have no idea what I am referring to. Have I ever walked a mile for a hump? You bet.

    • Majella September 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      Who’s going to bring it up as ‘shameful’? Trump? Hahahahaaaa!

      • Exscotticus September 8, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

        Or Omar? Hahahahaaaa!

      • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

        No Majella!

        Trump would give him a comradely slap on the back and say “You dog you. Does she have a sister?”

        • Majella September 11, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

          Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the cognitively dissonant Donald J Trump DID, in fact, use the ‘hot Argentinian babe’ incident to attempt to shame Sanford…and then we would be able to watch the remarkable sight of hordes of Trumpistas taking up his smear and pointing at the hapless Sanford as ‘unfit’…

          …because ‘nothing matters and nobody cares’.

      • benr September 9, 2019 at 9:20 am #

        All those what abouts but being serious and setting aside your intense propagandized dislike of the Donald most politicians are dogs of the lowest order when it comes to chasing skirt.

    • BackRowHeckler September 8, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

      You have to admit it was a pretty juicy scandal for its day.

      Sanford lost everything, his wife, his kids, his reputation and the governorship.

      Otherwise no harm done. As for the Argentinian bombshell, Sanford claimed she was the love of his life. When he got nailed — nobody could reach him for a week — he was full of mea culpas and apologies, as is expected. There were photos of the Latina firecracker which showed a smoking hot woman in her 30s. That’s what brought Sanford down.

      Brh

  56. Pucker September 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

    What’s with the Killer Clown theme as a cultural phenomenon, first “IT”, and now the “Joker”?

    I don’t quite get it: Are clowns scary? Clowns are supposed to make little kids laugh, right? I once knew a bloke who once told me that when he was a kid he thought that the Ronald MacDonald clown was terrifying, which I thought was a bit weird. I’ve always found ostensibly “Normal” people terrifying.

    Is it the Fear of “Metamorphosis”, or Transgenderism?

  57. wwg1wga September 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm #

    DEBT BOMB.
    got-truth.com/docs/DEBT%20BOMB.pdf

    #oathkeepers #QArmy #WWG1WGA

    Q.

  58. Majella September 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    Political Chaos…

    I’ve just been watching the British Parliament on Youtube and in particular, the performance of teh Speaker, John Bercow.

    What a gem of a human being. Intelligent, articulate & principled, so of course, he has to leave…this is the new normal.

    I think I may have posted this before here (forgive me if I have!)

    ” Trump, Putin & Boris Johnson walk into a bar…No! Wait! That’s not a joke anymore!”

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