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    Have you forgotten the Chinese balloon incident yet?  Don’t worry, you will. It was just a momentary distraction from the slow-motion crack-up of our country. And it came along with a boffo jobs report, led by hiring in “leisure and hospitality.” Oddly, the same month saw a record car re-po number, even higher than it was in the depths of the 2009 Great Financial Fiasco — raising the question: how will all those people without cars actually get to Disney World? And if they do, what will they use for money there?

    America was bundled up last week, huddled beside space heaters and wood-stoves against an Arctic super-blast that also distracted us from the global warming scare-talk which the agit-prop industry has ramped up to replace the disintegrating Covid-19 story in the public’s attention-space. Lesson: The more impotent and inept our government gets, the more it will seek the appearance of exquisite control over everything… employment… the weather. The key fallacy of the climate change crusade is that there’s nothing our government can do about it except posture and pretend — and issue more idiotic regulations that prevent people from doing business and leading their lives.

     The citizenry, a.k.a. the public, has been successfully divided and groomed into two political factions. On the Left: those who believe anything government officials tell them, no matter how absurd. Most of that faction’s senior members used to be people who believed nothing the government told them, but then they got “Woke.” Now, they believe that mRNA vaccines are really good for you… that basing all social conduct on skin color will exorcise racism from society… and that sexual confusion is the highest-and-best psychological state of being. If you try to debate any of these points with them, they’ll block or cancel you. If that doesn’t work, they’ll orchestrate a new episode of political chaos as an excuse to push you around.

    On the Right: those skeptical and worried about government overreach, those opposed to meddlesome official censorship, those who resist the manipulation of language to invert and subvert a formerly coherent value-system, those who recognize a hustle when they see it and coercion when they feel it, those who respect the long struggle of mankind to construct a comprehensible view of reality and mechanisms for testing it. Those who insist on a certain degree of personal liberty under a fair and upright rule-of-law.

     Nothing is more self-evident than how implacably at-odds these two factions are. The ascendance of the Left follows exactly our glide-path into collapse. The so-called mass formation phenomenon rises as a function of suppressed panic over America’s wobbling business model, especially among the managerial class and the “experts” who are supposedly in charge. The more their management and expertise fails, the more desperately they seek to control every lever of daily life. Pretty soon, their policies become mindless — in the pure sense of the word.

     The Right perceives that its opponents have lost their minds, but there is no arguing with people who are literally insane. What must be done is to wrest political power away from them. In the madness of the Left, power is solely a destructive force, and coercion is a form of pleasure-seeking. Unable to control the dynamics in-play, they seek to wreck the dynamics, to induce as much chaos as possible, so as to punish the non-insane.

     That is exactly what the Green New Deal does. Unable to control the dynamic disruptive changes in the global oil-and-gas industry that our high-tech economies depend on, the Left pretends that there is work-around “Green” energy system that can replace fossil fuels with wind and solar devices that don’t scale up and which require fossil fuels to make and deploy. It’s slick and grandiosely hypothetical (i.e., wishful thinking), and the net effect of this major crusade will be to hasten the collapse and impoverishment of our society (ergo: the punishment).

      Keep all this in mind as you watch the Congressional inquiries now just getting underway. Much as they are likely to reveal the insane and arguably criminal machinations of a panicked bureaucracy, and the figures who run it, the Left will remain impervious to any truthful revelations that emerge. Of course, many of these officials are culpable for actions extremely damaging to the people of this land, and the masses on the Left who supported those actions — such as mandatory vaccinations — will be among the most damaged. These True Believers will find it hard to admit that they did it to themselves.

      So, the hearings upcoming, such as the House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Government, will probably not change the minds of your friends and relatives stuck in the mass formation of Jacobin-Wokery. But the hearings will be a step in wresting power away from these maniacs. Part of that step must be to demonstrate the dishonesty of recent elections, so as to remove the implanted mechanisms that enabled that dishonesty: mail-in, no-ID ballots, “motor-voter” laws, electronic vote-counting machines. If that can be fixed, the left can be voted out of power.

     The hearings will take place against the back-drop of our deteriorating charade over in Ukraine. The Zelensky regime that we employed to foment this conflict with Russia is losing its mojo for creating chaos in that corner of the world. The newly-announced tank caper will amount to nothing. Russia’s war-aim is simple: the elimination of chaos on its border. This rational objective is something that America’s Party of Chaos can’t understand. How will it react when chaos gets cancelled in Ukraine? Probably by attempting to foment chaos in another corner of the world, or on the home front — another reason that power must be wrested away from it.

     Also, of course, there is the deteriorating economic scene in the background of things political. The insolvency contagion is spreading now among the big boys — the global corps, the national brands, the car-makers, the giant retailers who are shuttering their outlets by the hundreds. This change on the economic landscape is actually a positive trend. As the giants fall, their roles in daily life will be assumed by the smaller organisms occupying niches in local economic ecologies. This is one bright horizon for young people otherwise sunk in hopelessness. Get ready to do business! Opportunity awaits! When you embrace it, your insanity will dissolve and the world will look meaningful again.


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1,044 Responses to “Where Do Things Stand?”

  1. tresho February 6, 2023 at 9:48 am #

    “the world will look meaningful again” But, but it looks meaningful now. It looks meaningful the way an ER patient looks when he complains to staff that the aliens have implanted a radio in his brain.

    • Walter B February 6, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Perhaps it was the aliens, but more likely it was the Chinese that implanted the clown without a brain in our nation’s top spot, along with his scum bag family of grifters and sellouts.

      Now that the balloon has been shot down, (after successfully completing it intelligence gathering mission), and America’s next owners have the ground penetrating radar images and all of the other cool data for target acquisition, the only question should be are they actually going to wipe us out and out an end to our Planet Bullying operation, or simply demand our surrender, facilitated by Dopey Joe and the Deep States handing over the keys. I mean, they have paid these clowns gazillions and sooner or later they are going to collect.

      America has to be stopped and once Israel decided to abandon US(A) I think we are going to be toast. Unleavened,toast, of course.

      • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

        The Cabal may not be able to defeat Putin in the Ukraine. But we won the battle against those Chinese looky-Lu’s. Our jet versus their balloon, a great victory. Yeah, take that Xi. Bring it on, and we’ll do the same to your whole balloon collection!

        • Walter B February 6, 2023 at 11:02 am #

          Very telling that they shot it down AFTER it made its way across the entire country and NOT as soon as it flew over Alaska. It is a clear statement to the world that Dopey Joe is not the only limp dick in the leadership of America and that the MIC is ready and waiting to serve their new masters. How much more evidence of impotence does America have to display to the world before someone steps up to put us out of our misery.

          • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:13 am #

            Leaving behind untold billions in military equipment in Afghanistan was a clue. These woke clowns can’t organize an evacuation. Nevermind, no military on earth has more diversity and gay pride. Liza Minnelli for Secretary of Defense!

          • Not_GeorgeT February 6, 2023 at 11:54 am #

            The balloon dominated the news cycle for days. It is still showing up regularly today, now with supposed ’20/20′ hindsight Monday morning quarterbacks.

            The story can develop, maybe something falls through the cracks.

            My concern is it created a multi-day distraction. What else went on?

            Back when people actually bought and read newspapers which contained some news, the Saturday edition was very important and greatly overlooked by many. It would contain all the ‘stuff’ snuck through late Friday.

            Good chance it was a weather balloon, could be something else, many rule ins & rule outs.

            Why wasn’t it eliminated as soon as it crossed into US airspace in Alaska? This question has many possible answers and some of them might go together.

            Still, what else went on? Why was the military so reluctant to act (quite a few possible answers, some not very good for our ever-diminishing freedom).

            Truth? The train already left the station.

          • Yirgach February 6, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            They waited on the balloon to obfuscate the Jobs report.
            Amid all the hoopla, not many noticed that the +500K new jobs were:
            1. Mostly part time work.
            2. Based on +3 M “seasonally adjusted” jobs, so the real total was a -2.5 M loss.

            Just so our glorious grifter could brag about his great economy.

          • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

            Hmuller you lost the plot of leaving weapons behind:

            so they can make more, newer and more expensive

          • EdD February 6, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

            It didn’t drift across the country from the Atlantic coast. It was much more likely to have drifted across two states and then over Montana from the Pacific coast, if it originated in Asia.

          • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

            Um. . actually . . .

            1.) Blinken never had an appointment with Xi; nothing whatsoever scheduled.

            2.) The ‘diversion’ provided a dropback for the U. S State Department’s decision to cancel our Secretary of State’s visit with Xi; said visitation however, having never been scheduled to begin with.

            3.) It would appear that this was a psyop; said psyop devised to acsertain the following:

            A. To what extent can an inanimate object [diversion] be fixated upon by the majority of the populace, and remain the sole focus of MSM’s attention [by design], before being superceded by a real news event?

            B. Can the attention of the populace be caused to remain upon an inanimate object [diversion], to the extent, that our Secretary of State’s outright lie regarding a puported scheduled meeting with XI – the apparent perpetrator of the inanimate object [diversion] upon becoming visible to the populace; said populace thereafter giving no thought whatsoever to the fact that they were being — en masse, lied to by an appointed Cabinet member?

            4.) I believe they have now collated the result, and now know what to do (to us) next.

          • wokethis February 7, 2023 at 2:06 am #

            George, Balloon. The balloon has left the station. Trains are different…

          • Not_GeorgeT February 7, 2023 at 11:00 am #

            ViceGrip: Item 1: check; Item 2: check; Item 3A & 3B: check; Item 4: check

            Came across these, took my ‘pause for a few moments’ approach, and here they are in your reply.

            Yirgach: same re: your reply

            So… what else went on?

            wokethis: truth got on the train, however if you want truth to float away on a balloon, go ahead. This particular balloon went sort of ‘poof’ in a ‘puff’ of smoke. Truth might well have been on board.

            At least it was stopped before it reached the Ukraine territory.

        • Ron Anselmo February 6, 2023 at 11:27 pm #

          Right H! Biden is a badass! He sent up an F-22 Stealth Fighter and blew that balloon right out of the sky!

          I know exactly how he feels. When I was 18, I destroyed my great grandmother in the 100-yard dash! Never forget how tough I felt!

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      • Rodulf February 6, 2023 at 11:57 am #

        Why would our Best Parasite in the Middle East abandon us?

        • SpeedyBB February 6, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

          I presume that is a misprint, and you meant “Paradise”, referring to Saudi Aramco. They probably make as much dough from the eye-slamic pilgrims as they do from the petrocarbons. Aloha Snackbar.

      • towhatend February 6, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

        and do we seriously think this was a “spy balloon” ??? what happened to drones, satellites, mapping of the entire globe, hacking of anyone with intel. i’m not buying the spy balloon story for one minute.,,,,, and i’m seriously concerned how people go on & on about it without question.

        • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

          Right? It would be funny if it weren’t so alarming.

          Is there nothing people will not fall for? Common sense is completely gone.

        • UN OUT OF USA February 6, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

          Exactly! Jesus Christ, people, it was a f–kin’ BALLOON! Are we seriously gonna spend any more time on this clown show? Are we seriously going to task our military with shooting down every damn weather balloon that drifts over our skies now? Did you see any steering mechanisms on board the balloon? Did you see lots and lots of tanks of fuel (like the ones used by balloonists when trying to go for long distance records)? How do you explain similar balloons now flying over South America? What great military secrets are they hiding that the Chinese need to see? Why don’t the Chinese use their spy satellites to obtain this info??? It’s incredible to me that so many supposed intelligent people think this was some kind of super duper spy balloon. Especially when during this dastardly deed we had a Polar Vortex that pushed the normal jet stream way south (hence we had ice storms here in Texas again). Does anyone seriously think that a balloon can be accurately steered and hovered in place during that?? We continue to embarrass ourselves to the whole wide world. A bunch of pussies. We are becoming like France but with worse food and wine….a nuclear powered bully who just doesn’t have what it takes anymore.

          • 5.56 February 6, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

            Another possibility is that there was no balloon. How would anyone know for sure unless they actually saw it themselves. It shows how easily the masses can be “told” by any form of media that such an event happened. And it spreads like wildfire; as planned. Believe it when you see it.

          • 100th Avatar February 7, 2023 at 8:41 am #

            All this balloon proves is that people do not know what to believe anymore except to believe that they will not be told what to believe no matter how unbelievable their theory is:

            Here is how a typical press piece looks these days:

            “What You Thought About the Chinese Balloon is All Wrong”

            1) This balloon has been flying since Trump
            2) It is harmless and Biden was forced to placate Republicans and shoot it down

            Which demands an alternative theory:

            Y’see what really happened is that there was a balloon that the US and China agreed to spar over so that the US would not have to meet with China during the Russian crisis so the Chinese agreed to pretend it was a weather balloon and the US agreed to say it was a spy balloon but really it was a WEF balloon brought to us by Pfizer carrying Klaus Schwab and Fauci as they surveyed their realm, but they parachuted into Gates’ yacht before it was shot down.

      • Rain Waters February 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

        Speak for yourself.

  2. zappalives February 6, 2023 at 9:49 am #

    Show us on the doll where the balloon touched you honey.

  3. shotho February 6, 2023 at 9:50 am #

    I wish there was a clear cut delineation between the right and left as Mr. K seems to suggest.

    • SteveK9 February 6, 2023 at 9:54 am #

      The NH State Legislature is almost evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans (200 each). About 75% of the Democrats are wearing masks at the General Session. Not one Republican was wearing a mask. Is that clear enough for you?

      • NickelthroweR February 6, 2023 at 10:07 am #

        The Covidians just can’t give it up. Their messiah didn’t return as promised yet they are still thrashing about in their St. Vitus Dance.

        Someone that deep in a cult needs to be reprogrammed – there is no other way.

        • thirdcoastlegend February 6, 2023 at 10:18 am #

          The Covidians are on track to replace the monster Fauci with the even bigger monster Hotez.

          Hotez is so in denial about the jabs that he wrote an entire book about how his heavily jabbed daughter couldn’t possibly have been harmed by all the jabs she got.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

        NH, where it is too white to hold the Democratic Primary?

        • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:00 am #

          Maybe they can get many woke Democrats to identify as different races, maybe even from different time periods – just to make it more interesting. I am an Aztec warrior princess, I am a Chinese potter from the Ming dynasty, I am an African shaman.

          • Rodulf February 6, 2023 at 11:58 am #

            No need. They will just import the shit-people.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            Yes, the only thing that can save us is the attitude, “We matter, they don’t.”. Not coincidently, this is the same ethos that allowed us build us.

            How terrifying to allow people who don’t understand this to vote! If they get it, they think it makes us uniquely evil, when in fact it makes us utterly human. Every nation was built in the same way and is maintained in the same way: Prejudice. We matter, they don’t.

          • badberries February 6, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            I’m a Klingon fry-cook.

        • Not_GeorgeT February 6, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

          Search the Miss Derry pageant. Winner is moving on to Miss NH.

          Southern NH is a Boston suburb. Boston is beyond ‘woke’. Woke has been migrating North for years.

          The NH state line is about 30 miles away.

          New England is compact. For example, Rhode Island would fit inside Albemarle County VA. One can drive Boston to Hartford in about 90 minutes. Boston to Providence is about 40 minutes.

          NH residents are getting pushback to ‘Live Free or Die’.

      • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 11:19 am #

        Maybe the mask wearers are all just ugly?

        • JackStraw February 6, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          There’s a basis of truth in this. Leftists are ugly people inside and out.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 9:05 pm #

            Ugly is the new pretty.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            Recently saw the Calvin big fat ones ad.

      • literofoyl February 6, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

        They will lend VP Harris to New Hampshire to break any ties if it becomes a tie at 200 maskers/200 critical thinking adults.

        It appears that time is expiring for Kamala and her ‘passage of time’ speeches. Old Hillary is giving Kamala love taps in the ribs in the media, nudging her to make Hilly VP when Joe fails his Montreal Cognitive Test and cannot be in compliance with the 25th Amendment.

        • Not_GeorgeT February 7, 2023 at 11:09 am #

          Harris goes first, it’s the Agnew strategy. Otherwise it is too complicated to sell.

          Section 4 of the 25th Amendment has too may moving parts and possibilities. Section 1 is the cleanest way.

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:06 am #

      There is. Do not confuse GOP and Dem. With Right and Left. The Deep State is Left, period. They want centralization, they want their power. The controlling GOP in Congress are mostly RINOs with a few exceptions that are pretty much ostracized. Their primary desire is to remove the vote and become Uniparty so they cannot be challenged for their jobs. For example, look at the insanity displayed by the Squad when Omar, the Jew hater, was removed from the Foreign Affairs committee.

      The only real Red groups are at state level, with some pretty big states being conservative. That is why jerks like Soros work on reducing the Red influence at the state and local levels. Arizona is a perfect example as a Big time RINO government departs after denying the illegal election that “elected” Katie Hobbs.

      • rudyspeaks February 6, 2023 at 10:38 am #

        And you had such a promising first line: ” Do not confuse GOP and Dem. With Right and Left” PERFECT! Then you extol the superiority of the “Red” groups, which, in my youth (’50’s/60’s) were promoting Jim Crow oppression/voter fraud by means of laws, Klan violence and murder. Do only I recall this?

        • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

          As I say later, the Dems were the political force of the Solid South that you are recalling.

          Wallace, Hyde were just two powerful Dems that were actually in the KKK and fought civil rights.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            In other words, the Democrats were conservatives back then, fighting the nascent global power.

            I know, confusing. Like an Italian restaurant that no longer serves Italian food. From that, you conclude that it never did? Wrong, it changed management.

            You won’t get it. Leftists understand our history better – and hate it with a passion. “Conservatives” can’t even get to the stage of understanding.

          • rudyspeaks February 6, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

            Yes! And that’s why I pointed out the irrelevance of the “Dem.Repub” pseudo-dichotomy. The Democratic Party of the pre-1964 South was known as the “party of the white man”. The post-Civil Rights bill movement of southern racists to the Republican party was easy, as neither party stands for anything above & beyond enriching the .01% Plutocracy (Mafiacracy). Convicted election fraudster Dinesh D’souza loves confusing these terms.

        • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:05 am #

          I recall those were southern Democrat politicians, like Senator Byrd, former KKK Grand Wizard. The guy Biden remembers as a beloved mentor. Do you recall that part?

          • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #

            Hillary loved him too.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            Therefore Hillary was KKK.

            This is how people “think”.

          • hmuller February 8, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

            No one said that. This is how Jarek “thinks”. Along with thinking that being a Nazi or Klansman is highly commendable.

          • Jarek February 9, 2023 at 12:11 am #

            In other words, America was better before Europeans came. Whitey go home.

        • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:32 am #

          Rudy, the Democrats were the part of Jim Crow. There is a term for the compromise, but I can’t recall that term.

          The “deal” was that Southern Dems stuck with the main party program as long as Northern Dems let them manage the segregated Jim Crow South as they saw fit.

          It was only with Nixon that the South broke away from the Dem Party and turned Republican.

          Largely, I believe, as a reaction to the fact that Johnson, who started out as the paradigmatic Southern Jim Crow type of Democrat, in the end pushed through the Civil Rights Act—thus “completing” the work of John F. Kennedy, a Northern liberal who had put civil rights for African Americans on the front burner of American politics.

          • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:32 am #

            make that “party of Jim Crow”

          • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            That civil rights legislation was opposed by southern Democrats. It only passed because Senator Everett Dirksen brought over the Republican votes.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            Jim Crow: Back when we ran things. When we had our own nation. When the streets were safe.

          • hortonz February 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

            The Chinese sent up spy balloons to spy on all the politicians they own in Washington and Ottawa. They never meant to spy on civilians.

          • literofoyl February 6, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

            Hortonz, the balloon cameras likely got a good glimpse of British Columbia and its key assets and weaknesses. The CCP was hoping to land it on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, but had heard from the tractor trailer sector that getting a face-to-face meeting with Trudeau is a long process. Trudeau, known to many as ‘blackface’ uses trial balloons for most of his eventual decrees, but prefers dark colors over white. If the balloon had been painted in rainbow colors, the meeting schedule would likely be near immediate.

          • Vegan Shark February 6, 2023 at 5:35 pm #

            Oh, for [bleep] sake.It’s unbelievable any readers of Jim’s blog are so lame as to be stuck in “Democrats are the real racists!” mode.

            Accusing people you don’t like of being racist is what the woke gangsters do.

        • Tate February 6, 2023 at 11:33 am #

          Jim Crow was archaic but what about Jim Snow which is law of the land in 2023? Looks like we’ve gone full circle. Is it proper to punish whites by elevating black crime to sacred cow status just because the white ancestors had some practical experience with the problem?

        • badberries February 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

          “I shouted out; who killed the Kennedys? When after all, it was you and me”

          The Stones – Sympathy for the Devil.

          • jim e February 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

            “Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby/ Can you tell me where he’s gone/ I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill/ With Abraham, Martin and John.” Dick Holler

        • EdD February 6, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

          I remember that period well. I can only guess that you’re mistaking your memories of the film “Mississippi Burning” for what happened back then.

          Of course, the dominant media in the ’60s was leftard even at that time, and their tale on the news was always that anyone resisting the civil rights act was a KKK member.

          With the mainstream media, the more time passes, the more they stay the same.

          • badberries February 6, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

            I’m from Montana, do you know who settled Montana after the “War of Northern Aggression”? The Losers.

            KKK ain’t just a Southern thing. They brought with them quirky names like Radersburg and Unionville.

        • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

          Jim Crow and institutionalized segregation were really just practical, economical methods that allowed blacks and whites to live side-by-side (if not “together”) without having the whole society /culture crumble under the burden of black violence, lawlessness, and vulgarity.

          It acted as a form of social quarantine, making it unnecessary to pass and enforce laws against vulgar language, loud talk, public twerking, and wearing your pants around your knees. Whites and blacks did not occupy the same spaces. The problem of black violence and lawlessness was largely solved (for whites), simply by not allowing blacks in “white spaces.”

          It was an economical solution, too. I am pretty sure that the main reason–the real reason–that urban areas do little or nothing about crime is because they simply can’t AFFORD to. It costs a lot of money to put criminals in jail, and where you have a large black population, you’d have to put a LOT of people in jail for a very long time to have any impact on crime.

          Jim Crow and strict segregation solves these problems, mostly inexpensively.

          The KKK existed alongside Jim Crow and segregation as a means of extra-judicial enforcement of both laws and cultural standards. I suspect that its existence was because high levels of black lawlessness (and disorderliness and cultural offensiveness) made enforcement through the regular judicial system too burdensome, in both time and money. Also, during the Reconstruction, whites often couldn’t obtain justice through the official judicial system. My impression is that his is how the KKK originated. (Kind like the Mafia, which is said to have originated as a means of extra-judicial redress, where there was no justice to be had from the official judicial system.)

          One of my old friends, now long deceased, once mentioned that some of his older family members had been in the KKK in Texas, in former times. By his account, it was a more or less innocuous organization, and what it mainly did was stuff like forcibly drying out the town drunk from time to time.

          • Tate February 8, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            When I was a kid, I couldn’t figure out why this old white guy talked about the klan of his youth in Oklahoma with trembling in his voice. After all, we were being informed non-stop by the TV talking heads that the klan only oppressed blacks.

            It turns out that this second klan of the 1920s was more concerned with general immorality than anything else. So yeah, maybe his family were cattle rustlers or bootleggers or something like that.

    • Rowdypiglet February 6, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      There is, but only at the level he’s referring to here. If you dig deeper, there’s as much variation in opinion as you would expect humans to display among those who now consider themselves on the right. On the left, on the other hand, everyone appears to be on the same page even when you get down to the level of minutiae. Their Borg-like uniformity of belief is a large part of what makes them successful.

  4. Penelope Dreadful February 6, 2023 at 9:53 am #

    Speaking of PANIC – I think that I read somewhere that 51 Intelligence Agents said that it was a spy balloon??? 🙂

    • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:33 am #

      I love the way numbers get trotted out:

      51 agents
      17 agencies (remember that?)

      • Lyndy33 February 6, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

        But the rest thought it was a weather baloon.

        • jim e February 6, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

          In 1947, A High-Altitude Weather Balloon Crash Landed in Roswell, NM.

      • SpeedyBB February 6, 2023 at 10:13 pm #

        “57 Communists in the State Department”. The Congressman (or “Congersmuhn” as LBJ used to call them) was groping for a number when his eye caught a bottle of Heinz catsup. Heinz. Poetic.

        (from the excellent CITIZEN COHN film, as I recall.) (Maybe not though.)

  5. mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    Interesting take on the divide. I have a slightly different view that recognizes the left as new model citizens for a controlled society. The right and the former USA culture of course are those being eliminated via population substitution.

    I also disagree with the notion that anyone in charge is ‘panicked’. The future of limits was easily projected by WW1, began driving gobal policy by WW2, and fully formed the nuclear Navy and armed forces by the 50s.

    Again, it’s just game theory 101: for the elite, failure is identical to defeat. If nothing had been attempted, they would be in the same situation. So who really cares if they tried with a slim chance of success, and it didn’t work out.

    People with sufficient capital and group identify can easily depart for moscow, being or delhi. In retrospect, the US had a fine run, but like Rome and other empires, the seeds of its destruction where sown from the start.

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    • NickelthroweR February 6, 2023 at 10:21 am #

      I disagree and I will use the Pfizer Docs (the ones they wanted to keep buried for 75 years) as my star witness.

      The Pfizer Docs are absolutely horrific. A group of 3500 medical and legal volunteers have poured over the 55,000 pages and have pieced together the conclusion which is. . . wait for it. . .. Targeted Genocide.

      70% of adverse events happen to women with the mRna specifically attacking the reproductive organs with the result being the largest-ever decline in live births as was reported in 2021. Oh, and you can expect it to get worse as the effects build up over time and are cumulative and permanent.

      The LGBTQPZ crowd is the most heavily vaaaxxxed group out there. They have removed themselves from the gene pool.

      The Marxist indoctrination centers and everyone that attends them have removed themselves from the gene pool. Those that worked in the tech industry have removed themselves from the gene pools. Suburban leftist females have removed themselves from the gene pool.

      This demographic shift is going to be as insane as the Chinese one-child policy. Yes, we will have to listen to these hysterical exhibitionists for a while but not forever.

      • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 10:31 am #

        But Mexicans didn’t. Hispanics aren’t woke, but they are also govt dependent. (Basically an extensión of family)

        There’s no stopping the US becoming more like MX. Now, is that a bad thing? Not really, but it’s much different than what the US was

        Empire is dead, the dollar is still losing value to the peso, mexicans won’t fight around the world to maintain empire.

        Were well past peak and we don’t have the engineering talent to compete with very competitive chinese. It’s done

        • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

          “Mexicans won’t fight around the world to maintain empire.”

          Mitch,
          Why do you suggest that?

          • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            They can’t afford to do so? Perhaps? Of course, neither can American but that doesn’t stop the charlatans in DC.

        • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

          I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish. I used to be fluent after living in a Spanish speaking country for a time but 20 years of not using it has left me rusty. It’s still in the brain though. I figure the time is coming where Spanish is going to be as often spoken as English and might as well be ready.

          Mexicans by and large are still a humble, God-fearing, hard working, family oriented people. Yes, there are bad Mexicans, just like there are bad Americans and bad Canadians, but for the most part they are a people that has not subscribed to the insanity and perversions that decadent Americans have. I have no fear of a reduction in living standards and becoming more like Mexico. There are far more important things in this life than a big house we cannot fully live in or more cars than we can drive or more clothes than we can possibly ever wear. America has become a land obsessed with the acquisition of money, property, things and junk that moth and rust doth corrupt. I don’t see this among the majority of the Mexicans I meet.

          Personally, the religious side of me believes that God is turning this Country over to a more spiritual, humble and dedicated people. The Gentiles had their shot and they blew it.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

            Yes, the Mexicans (the Southerners) run the California prison system. The Aryan Brotherhood is allied with them. This may be a model for the future of parts of the FUSA (former United States).

            The Northerners are allied with the Blacks. Why? Why aren’t the Northerners and Southerners united? Different Mexican gangs or ethnic groups?

          • Vegan Shark February 6, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

            “Mexicans by and large are still a humble, God-fearing, hard working, family oriented people.”

            Right, there’s only one race, the human race. We’re all the same except for IQ, crime statistics, civilizational accomplishments, and economies based on bribery. Thank goodness for MS-13 showing us the way to a God-centered life.

            “America has become a land obsessed with the acquisition of money, property, things and junk that moth and rust doth corrupt. I don’t see this among the majority of the Mexicans I meet.”

            Right, the Mexican hordes that have annexed California and continue to pour across our border don’t care about U.S. material advantages and a chance to sponge off our welfare systems. They just want to enjoy our freedom.

            Yeah, right.

          • kewanee boiler February 6, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

            I work closely with Mexicans. They are not happy with the open border policy. They are also extremely concerned about the growing power of gangs and the cartels both in Mexico and here.

            Basically, they are as described by Cankerpuss – i.e. normal people.

          • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

            @ Cankerpuss:

            I agree about Mexicans. The ones I know are solid people. Of course I also know a lot of white Americans who are solid people, but I’m in very rural America.

            It might be worthwhile to try to figure out why Mexicans are more often family-oriented, well principled, and religious. There are probably many reasons.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            The main one being is that their women haven’t been corrupted by feminism yet, and don’t just “cash out” of marriages because they suddenly decide they aren’t “happy” or because their husband loses his job, gets sick, etc. Their extended family wouldn’t like that and that still matters to them.

            It won’t matter to next generation raised here. Those women will be liberated, single mothers,careerists, and cat ladies – unless the collapse intercedes and enforces morality and the natural order against women’s own lower nature.

          • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Well, I suspect it has more to do with Mexican men’s devotion to their wives and families, and their willingness to work and sacrifice for them. They take pride in being good providers.

            When I did the farmers’ market, I noticed that it was the Mexican men who took pride in buying luxury items (such as the stuff I sold) for their wives and daughters.

            I am slightly acquainted with one Mexican family. The dad, in broken English, spoke of his plans to build an outdoor kitchen, “for my daughters.”

            When you visit a Mexican home, Dad is proud that he’s provided his family with nice things.

            You simply don’t see this attitude towards family among most American men. They tend to view the kids as nuisances, expenses–or brats. And they don’t mind saying so. Usually they don’t want kids in the first place. Their goal in life is to “win” vis-a-vis the wife and the kids, and “winning” means avoiding being a provider by letting the kids do without, or figuring out ways to get the wife to pick of the tab for the kids’ needs. If the wife buys some personal or domestic finery, they resent it, rather than being proud to be able to give them nice things.

            Long story short, a wife and family are too much of a sacrifice for the American man. He fancies himself abused by being expected to support his family.

            Take yourself, for example. You fancy yourself abused if anyone expects you to support yourself–let alone anyone else. You’ve even got a mean sister who is scornful of your unwillingness to get a job and support yourself. Poor you!

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 10:09 pm #

            Yes, and they’re devoted to their wives because they trust she’s not plotting kick him out of his own home and their life together. And he’s devoted to his kids because he hasn’t been kicked out of the family and he’s able to be devoted to them.

          • elysianfield February 9, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

            “, I suspect it has more to do with Mexican men’s devotion to their wives and families, and their willingness to work and sacrifice for them. They take pride in being good providers.”

            Anthea,
            What you are describing is a manifestation of their current culture. Our culture is…different. Give them a generation or two in our corrosive culture, and they will then conform to your “American paradigm”

            Sacrifice and good providers? Revisit our country in 1950.

        • badberries February 6, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

          Are there going to be more Mexican/ Venezuelan/ Nicaraguan/ Guatemalan/ Honduran restaurants? I like ethnic Foods!

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

            Foodies are the lowest of the low. One is reminded of Edmund who betrayed Aslan to the Witch Queen for raspberry tarts!

          • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            So you can’t cook, either?

          • Jarek February 9, 2023 at 12:13 am #

            As I said before, the more you eat, the better for everyone. More eating, less talking.

      • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 11:36 am #

        A recent Jimmy Dore episode details how WHO and the CDC now have a tracking code for everyone related to jab uptake.

        The unvaccinated have their own code as do the “partially” jabbed.

        A group of scientists and physicians in Japan are now demanding autopsies for all “sudden and unexplained deaths” in the jabbed group and they are demanding that everyone jabbed be sent a booklet to detail their adverse reactions.

        They want the data done with ink and paper. That whole computer thang apparently isn’t working out for them.

        • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

          When requested by a medical professional regardining your vax status, simply look him or her right in the eyes, and state the following:

          “Oh. I am actually in the placebo group, and was told by [ insert pharma mfgr name] to tell you that my vax code should be entered as 930.627”

          out

          • Ron Anselmo February 6, 2023 at 11:49 pm #

            930.627? Legit?

          • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 8:58 am #

            Ron . . .

            The better question to be asked:

            What would be the net result — systemically, if 100’s upon 100’s, if not 1000’s of seemingly unrelated people — distributed throughout the USA, answered the question as I have suggested, keeping in mind that we will ALL eventually be asked — sooner than later.

            Tell me one (1) thing about this debacle that IS ‘legit’ !

            930dot627 Placebo Group

          • Ron Anselmo February 7, 2023 at 10:27 am #

            Vice – thus far, my answer to any inquiring minds, medical professional – and I use that term loosely now – or otherwise, my answer has been that I am in the Control Group. Perplexing for them and always gets a blank stare – as if I may go on to explain – then more uncomfortable silence.

            Your plan is legit for sure – good idea. Problem I see is that 100’s upon 100’s or 1000’s requires at least minimal organization, and most people can’t organize a 3-employee company picnic.

          • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            When Obama pushed through the ACA the first thing the feds did was hand out $50 billion to all clinics and hospitals to put all medical records on computers.

            So instead of the government having to break into an office and steal medical records, they had easy access.

            But what it did was make it harder to chart, because the computer programs had a structure that you had to follow, no matter what the actual patient said. And you had to ask stupid questions because the program had stupid questions on it.

            Back when they first rolled out universal ICD codes I remember an ER doctor who diagnosed a problem, but there wasn’t an ICD code, so he made one up. I was laughing and asked him if that would work and he said “Well, we’ll find out”.
            But that was before computers and I don’t think that anyone noticed.

            The code for non-compliance is Z28.310. As far as I know there is no code for placebo group, especially because Pfizer destroyed the placebo group after a couple of months into the trials.
            I did a podcast on it. But here is an article on it.

            rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/new-diagnosis-codes-for-covid-19

          • Ron Anselmo February 7, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            Thanks Paula.

          • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

            Ron . . . the ‘Control Group’ is the ‘Placebo Group’.

            Paula . . . also saw the data you had referred-to regarding coding.
            However, when you stated that Pfizer destroyed the control group several months into trials, it caused me to do a ‘double take’!

            I believe you are referring to the coding which had been set up for that group. Though Pfizer killed the ‘Code’, the recipients are likely still alive having only received a saline shot.

            I guess my thought about this was as follows:

            1.) The intent is to murder.

            2.) The code pertains to *that* intent only; having nothing whatsoever to do with “Health Care”.

            3.) Why should I willingly take part in a process to help them identify me to be eventually murdered; apparently –now sooner than later.

            4.) Why should I not do everything in my power, to not only not comply, but also everything in my power to throw a monkeywrench in that system.

            5 ) All remaining targets have *already* been acquisitioned.

            6.) The ‘Code’ is a mop-up operation.

          • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 7:17 pm #

            Vice, I was referring to the fact that Pfizer vaccinated the control group a couple of months into the trials. That ruined them as a control group.

            The ICD codes were only recently rolled out and I think they are not coming into effect until April. I’d have to reread the article.
            Therefore they do not have a code for the defunct control group, except the code for the unvaccinated, which is no help to us, because it will flag you as a resistor. (Whatever uses that will be put to in the future).

            I also refer to myself as part of the control group, but as I said, medical staff can’t get creative with the damn computers. They can’t make up a new code for ”control group” and have the computer accept it.

            Maybe if we used their language and said “I identify as a member of the control group” and throw a hissy fit if they tell us they can’t accommodate us.

            How dare they!

          • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 7:30 pm #

            There was a brief controversy about the unprecedented claim that ”equity” demanded that the placebo group be “allowed” to receive the spike protein vaccine after only two months.

            But the Fauci wing won.
            bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4956

          • Ron Anselmo February 8, 2023 at 1:16 am #

            Vice – the Control Group is not the Placebo Group.

            1) Vaccinated Group – those who voluntarily took the death shot as part of the experiment.

            2) Placebo Group – those that who voluntarily took the death shot, unbeknownst to them receiving saline as part of the experiment.

            3) Control Group – ain’t no fucking way we’re (our families nor our children) taking any death shot as part of the experiment.

            In Florida, we still operate under the rule-of-law as to property rights – Stand Your Ground & Castle Doctrine Statutes.

            When they come for me, which they will, my property is legally posted prohibiting trespassing. Anyone entering upon my property without my permission or my agent’s permission is subject to arrest.

            Per the trespassing related statute, if persons are asked to leave the property and refusing to do so, I have the legal right to detain them until law enforcement arrives.

            In a pro se argument in court, I will argue that detain means by any means necessary, defending my having held them at temple-touching gunpoint.

            Our County Sheriff takes if from there – he doesn’t look fondly upon federal overreach – bless his heart – and Soros hasn’t funded our prosecutors and DA’s.

            Freedom still rings here – to the extent that it can nowadays.

          • Paula D February 8, 2023 at 10:36 am #

            Search engines are now worthless or I would try to look up information about the ”placebo” groups in vaccine trials.

            As I recall, part of the pre-covid vaccine controversies was that they didn’t actually use saline for the placebo group in vaccine trials.

            They frequently used the same adjuvants used in the vaccine, just leaving out the virus part.

            That means that if the adjuvants caused problems, which they are known to do, the placebo group would also have those same problems, so there would be no signal flagging the problem with the vaccine.

            In the spike protein vaccines they used nano-lipids, which could very well cause problems. I don’t know if the “placebos” also had the nano-lipids, but the drug companies have a history of doing that.

          • Ron Anselmo February 8, 2023 at 10:55 am #

            Vice & Paula – my point is that the Vaccinated Group and the Placebo Group are both subgroups of the mentally challenged Eagerly-Willing-to-Participate, Do-as-You’re-Told Group.

            The Control Group is a whole ‘nother thing.

          • Ron Anselmo February 8, 2023 at 11:08 am #

            Jim is a long-time hero of mine and I’ve told him so many times. I hope he keeps his foot on the throat of any and all these fucking criminals involved in any way with the Covid mass murder.

            They continue to distract and obfuscate with lies wherever they can – truth-dripping where they have to, because they’ve been caught in the lies.

            They continue to disperse the damning data in an effort to dilute the truth – as if scattering a target into a thousand pieces, making it harder to hit.

            They are criminals. They are evil. This is murder. We won’t forget. They need to pay.

          • Paula D February 8, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

            Yes, Ron, both of the volunteer groups are much different from those of us who refused to have anything to do with the experiment. They volunteered to ”do their part”. That’s probably why they went ahead and screwed the entire experiment up by taking the spike protein jab after 2 months.

            There isn’t a ICD number for those of us who refused all the pressure in order to protect ourselves from their evil experiment. Well, there is, but we don’t want it used.

            Did you see that there is also a ICD number for ”vaccine education”?
            That means that the government will pay doctors for the time they spend haranguing the resistors.
            Expect the harassment to escalate when that rolls out, I think in April.

    • Woodchuck February 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Empires come and go, always have. And they leave behind the ruins of once great buildings in ancient capital cities. We like to explore these historic places as tourists. Imagine someday in the future “touring” through the ruins of our former automobile culture. Imagine places like Las Vegas or Gatlinburg TN all boarded up, vandalized, and crumbling apart while being scrapped for building materials. Imagine derelict and rotting skyscrapers being explored by the wanderers of a century from now. Imagine North America returning to the way it’s been for the last 30,000 years or so. Inhabited by squabbling semi-tribesmen living the good life in simplicity, Living Amish style. Clopping down dirt roads in horse drawn buggies and using coal and wood powered steam engine trains for long distances.

      No soup for you! And no nat gas or petroleum!

      • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 10:34 am #

        It was evident on the east coast a generation ago. The DC – NYC train runs through the former industrial parts long abandoned and resembing your artifact sites.

      • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        Yes, those empires are gone but there are still people living there. Rome still has Romans. Persia still has Persians. Spain still has the Spanish. There will still be Americans in America once the vile empire has faded away into eternity. I look forward to a day when the empire is dead and all of our resources can be focused here instead of throughout the world.

        Best,
        CP

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

        Does the good life include Cannibalism? It did for some Indian tribes.

        Watch the movie, The Road.

        • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

          . . .are we not awaiting the sequal ?

      • badberries February 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        Except they wont be astride Horses, they’ve all been eaten.

      • wokethis February 7, 2023 at 2:27 am #

        That’s a bit rustic. Ever read The Stand? Try the unabridged version. Well worth it.

      • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 7:39 am #

        Collapse is well underway when a civilization is cannibalizing it’s infrastructure.

    • jim e February 6, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

      Population substitution…

      Like Dahlonaga, Georgia in 1828.

      Or the earlier battle of Horseshoe Bend? “Battle of Horseshoe Bend, also known as the Battle of Tohopeka, (27 March 1814), a U.S. victory in central Alabama over Native Americans opposed to white expansion into their terroritories and which largely brought an end to the Creek War (1813–14)” wiki

  6. Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    RE the Chinese balloon incident: the mass distraction events are getting more numerous and comical by the day now. I see that the MSM has more or less officially dubbed it a “spy balloon” now that it’s been conveniently shot down by our heroic flyboys – possibly even by Maverick as part of the filming for the next installment of Top Gun III? Maybe they were just trying to glom on to some free cable TV? Or maybe just keeping an eye on some of that pricey real estate they’ve been buying up all these years? Who knew that the end of industrial capitalism would be so gol’ darn weird?

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Dis

      My question is

      Why a F22 and Sidewinder? Why didn’t they just shoot a couple of holes in it and let it float gently down to Earth? They could have just run out and
      Picked it up.

      A theory is that it actually a climate change vehicle that Biden’s boys were behind and its discovery in Montana is a major surveillance fiasco. Biden cannot afford to be accused of surveillance his own country, he could not allow it to come down where the public can get ahold of it, so they shot it down over the ocean, after it did its job.

      This fiasco is far from over, I do not think it will stay buried.

      • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        My question is, did any of it even actually take place? I take nothing for granted these days.

        If true, they should have used the F-35, as a balloon is one foe it night actually be capable of defeating. For the US MIC, ya gotta take your victories where you can find ’em these days.

        • Not_GeorgeT February 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

          With the Snow Moon giving a hazy glow through a light cloud cover last night, I looked over at it (low in the sky) and thought … ‘another balloon ?’

          • badberries February 6, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

            Chrystal clear here, (the frozen, white wasteland known as Wisconsin.) last night.

          • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 8:08 pm #

            We’ve had several warm, sunny days here, after that brief “Arctic blast”–even in the high 50s for a couple of days. There was a lovely moonrise last night, a big, orange full moon through the bare trees.

            It’s been a mild winter, overall.

            Around here, the early crocuses often bloom at the end of February, followed by daffodils in March. At my previous house, I had two witch hazels that bloomed at the end of February. But I’ve always been a believer in having a few evergreens, so things don’t look quite so drab in winter.

            There’s always a week or two in early spring when the trees are budding out, and the woods are just heartbreakingly beautiful, like an Arthur Rackham painting. A good time to read Tennyson’s “May Queen.” (I’d copy and paste it, but it’s too long.)

      • JackStraw February 6, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

        That was my first thought when I read it was shot down by a F22 with a missile.

        What’s the cost of a Sidewinder? A few hundred thousand? A few rounds of cannon fire would have down the same for a few hundred.

      • Yirgach February 6, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        At that altitude it would take several days to deflate even with several hundred holes in it. Just the way gas works at high altitude.
        Big hint: Lighter than air means not much stuff under not much pressure.

        • Not_GeorgeT February 7, 2023 at 11:15 am #

          “it would take several days…” thus would have distracted a segment of the population for several more days. Lost opportunity? Wasteful show of force? Poor judgement? many possibilities

    • thirdcoastlegend February 6, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      Dis-

      How about the massive earthquakes in Turkey near their disputed areas?

      The timing seems *awfully* convenient in light of the Syrian/Kurd situation and their strong objection to Sweden joining NATO.

      That said, I don’t think the Party of Chaos fully understands how dimly the Muslim world views their push to add Quran-burning Sweden to NATO.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        The Muslim world isn’t too fond of the head-chopping jihadists the US turns loose on them, either.

        It’s the Empire of Chaos, (h/t Pepe Escobar) and both parties support it.

        • edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:22 pm #

          Pepe would shudder at you quoting him.

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 12:56 am #

        Ooh.. do tell Mr Geologist of how these quakes happened.

        • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

          The main focus of Netherlands ‘General Intelligence and Security Service’ (AIVD) recently centered Netherlands government funded research institute ‘Solar System Geometry Survey’ (SSGEOS) researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, who on Friday February 3rd posted the warning message on Twitter:

          “Sooner or later there will be a ~M 7.5 #earthquake in this region (South-Central Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon)”, followed by catastrophic earthquakes striking this exact region.

          The pre-warning posted by Frank Hoogerbeets barely 48-hours prior to Turkey being struck by devastating earthquakes, strongly suggests he had prior knowledge that the Biden Adminitration was preparing to strike Turkey with the HAARP earthquake weapon that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the Obama-Biden Administration of using against Haiti in 2010; later shut down in 2014, but reactivated by the Biden Adyministration in January, 2021.

          Under the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), the U.S. is has created a new integral geophysical weapon that may influence the near-Earth medium with high-frequency radio waves.

          The significance of this qualitative leap could be compared to the transition from cold steel to firearms, or from conventional weapons to nuclear weapons.

          This new type of weapon differs from previous types in that the near-Earth medium becomes at once an object of direct influence and its component.

          The U.S. is planning to test three facilities of this kind.

          One of them is located on the military testing ground in Alaska and its full-scale tests began in early 2003.  The second one is in Greenland and the third in Norway. 

          When these facilities are launched into space from Norway, Alaska and Greenland, a closed contour will be created with a truly fantastic potential for influencing the near-Earth medium.

  7. Dr. Coyote February 6, 2023 at 10:00 am #

    We need to be careful that the Woke Jacobins don’t burn down the house as they’re being shoved out the door. Keeping watch over these destructive idiots is a tiresome job, but we’ve got to do it. Just a few years more – indeterminately few, unfortunately, but as Jim hints, the end of this Fourth Turning may be coming into view. Just be careful that you don’t mistake it for the headlight of an oncoming train.

    • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 10:25 am #

      Ah, still at the negotiating stage? Let’s assume everything you hope for comes true. Then consider the demographics are permanently altered, the frontier – both domestic and global – is closed, and peak surplus is decades past.

      I don’t get why people continue to project what was an incredibly short span of time out to the long term. In 1945, US pop was 150m, 2/3 of the country was empty (ie west coast), king dollar had just been birthed, and the country was awash in outrageous surplus.

      Think about it: it’s why we were born in the first place. 98% of your avg educated middle, upper middle were born of parents who lived during the depression. The incredible post WW2 wealth showered on all allowed normies to have enough confidence and means to have kids.

      That ship sailed long ago; there is no retrace.

      • Dr. Coyote February 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        >>> Ah, still at the negotiating stage?

        Heh, not that at all. It’s just that I don’t have the time for black pills. And neither does anyone here.

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

        Mitch like to talk as if he’s on the Super Elite Predators when he’s just a shit kicker like the rest of us.

        A coping mechanism?

  8. NickelthroweR February 6, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    All Putin has to do is announce that the day the first Leopard tank appears in Ukraine is the very day that Iran receives nuclear weapons from Russia.

    That will put an end to the shenanigans in the ME right away.

    • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 10:39 am #

      It’s funny how the Allied supporters bemoan the Wests media advantage in the Hybrid war, but apparently fail to recognize what’s going to happen when the first leopard shows up:

      Whether captured or destroyed, it will be painted in ww2 werhmacht colors & insignia, either physically or shopped.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

      Well said. Some in Israel want to give the new Israel (Ukraine), the Iron Shield missile defense system. Bibi said, Well I I don’t want to offend Vlad.

      The Russian Army is the only force left defending the West. Think of Russia as Gondor and the United States as Mordor.

      • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

        Tell me how you find the Shire and I promise to wear a pointy hat.

      • Jimpa February 7, 2023 at 11:21 am #

        And pity those who the eye of Sauron turns to, like Ukraine…or Syria….or…..

  9. docmartin February 6, 2023 at 10:07 am #

    Great post Mr Kunstler!!!?

  10. docmartin February 6, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    Forget that question mark!!

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  11. Zoltar February 6, 2023 at 10:13 am #

    I agree with every word that Jim says about the Left today, and share his fanciful wish that they be investigated and prosecuted into oblivion. But he still seems captive to binary thinking and the assumption that, since the Left is obviously a horrible problem, the Right must be the solution.

    If so, who are the courageous, wise, and virtuous leaders of the Right who will put this nation on the road to recovery? Where are there policies to dismantle the Corporate State that owns both Left and Right, and is determined to conduct its class warfare until we are all the subjugated serfs of the .1%?

    Who on the Right stands implacably opposed to our endless wars that destroy one nation after another and only enrich war profiteers? Who among them cares to lift a finger to stop fracking or save the oceans?

    Anyone who thinks that either the Left or the Right is the solution is still part of the problem. If there is to be a solution, it will have to emerge from elsewhere, and that can’t possibly happen until the Uniparty has become too weakened to prevent its rise.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:25 am #

      If the Republicans were going to fix this, they would’ve fixed it by now.

      • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

        The Republican scum haven’t done a damned thing even when they had Congress and the Executive. I despise Republicans more than Democrats. Democrats are honest about what they desire to do. The Republicans lie than line up with the Democrats to rob and plunder the public treasure and wage illegal foreign wars in countries that pose no threat to the U.S. Rotten and filthy to the core they are. All of them.

        Best,
        CP

        • Zoltar February 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

          Puss

          “Democrats are honest about what they desire to do?” Balderdash. Obama betrayed every empty promise he made while campaigning, and his supporters still pretend he delivered.

          Democrats promise unicorns and rainbows and then eat our babies.

          Republicans proudly declare their intention to eat our babies and then, by God, they eat them.

          • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

            Zoltar, I shouldn’t have used the word “honest” as I agree with your statements about Democrat promises. It was the wrong word to use. Let me say that Democrats aren’t shy about showing who they really are. I believe that if you vote for a Democrat you pretty much know what you are getting. big government, high taxes, more welfare, abortion and more social programs. When you vote for a Republican you believe you are getting someone who will represent less government, lower taxes, right to life and reductions in welfare but what you actually get is the same thing as a Democrats only at a slightly slower pace.

            Believe me, I wasn’t complimenting the Democrats but I know what they are and what they stand for. The Republicans are charlatans, nothing more.

            I cannot not disagree with you, though.

            Best,
            CP

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:27 am #

      As before, the game in DC is preservation of the Deep State. Right and Left or Dem and RINO make little difference.

      Abolitionists made DC a Uniparty in 1850s. The minority, southern Dems, became totally ineffectual and took their only recourse, they seceded.

      We are approaching the same state today. Dems and RINOs are the abolitionists of today. Do the outcasts of today have the cojones to pull out?

      They elected Trump and watched him get pulverized. Any serious opposition will start at state level, IMO, just like 1861.

      I do have one question. Where are the IT experts that should be investigating the balloting process to see if corruption does exist? Are they being blocked by the Uniparty in DC who like things just as they are.

      • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

        . . . “Where are the IT experts that should be investigating …?”

        The ‘IT Experts’ have left the building because:

        1.) They discovered the fact that they ‘IT Expert’ is now oxymoron.

        2). After having discovered that the very algorithms which they had been overpaid BIG $$$ to produce, had also somehow enslaved them — along with everyone else, as an ‘unintended consequence’ of their actions.

        The mRNA platform is not a biological construct, but, rather, an IT construction. [read computer code]

    • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

      You guys should really consider taking a chill pill. The solution is already underway and being formed by events out of our control

      US defeat in Ukr will lead to the loss of the dollar. The dollar is why there is still food in the market, gas at the station, and people still nominally following the rules.

      The US and its existing governing structure is done. A more resilient culture could conceivably survive, say like the Russians in 1991, but this nation is the fatties and mentally unstable.

      Iow, weak and done

      • Zoltar February 6, 2023 at 11:43 am #

        Mitch-

        I agree with your assessment and prediction, but your presence on this forum betrays that you are as addicted to following current events as the rest of us.

        Yes, we are probably all screwed, but I will continue to try to understand them and voice my admittedly impotent disapproval until the Internet goes down for good.

        We’ll see that day, too.

      • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        Part of me agrees but part of me disagrees with your pessimistic outlook on the future of the Country. I believe the Governmental structure of America is finished. The debt alone is insurmountable and will never be recovered. Period. We all know this is coming. You don’t pay back $31 Trillion. Not gonna happen. I, personally welcome a collapse and subsequent death of America’s Government. Less Government in our lives the better.

        Where I diverge from your outlook is I believe there are still many smart, good, intelligent Americans out there who are prepared to start anew with a lean, proficient and more effective governing system. Take the currency issue for example. Some states are already preparing an alternative currency. My home state of Utah along with Nevada, Wyoming and New Hampshire have already instituted the use of a precious metals backed currency called the Goldback where the gold is infused in the layers of the note itself. Many businesses here in my state accept the Goldback for transactions, though, not all, yet. When the dollar collapses, and it will, I believe we will see clever solutions to many of our problems, like the Goldback, arise to fill the vacuum created when the Federal Government collapses. Not saying it’s going to be easy or without pain, I just believe in the ingenuity of the individual, especially the individual not dependent upon the current Government structure for survival. Something will rise up to take its place.

        I enjoy Mr. Kunstler’s writings as they always give me hope that maybe justice will finally prevail. Unfortunately it never does. Humanity can’t fix this mess, it’s too great, too big, to complex. Congress and all of its committees will certainly not fix this mess.
        Only God or natural laws will fix this mess and the days that lie ahead are bright and beautiful. IMHO.

        Best,
        CP

        • Vegan Shark February 6, 2023 at 6:19 pm #

          “Where I diverge from your outlook is I believe there are still many smart, good, intelligent Americans out there who are prepared to start anew with a lean, proficient and more effective governing system.”

          For sure. All those humble, God-fearing Mexicans. Once they take over completely they’ll teach the money-obsessed, status-seeking legacy American grubs what really matters.

    • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:46 am #

      I’m not sure there are any “leaders” on the “right” to look to for . . . well, leadership.

      I interpret JHK’s sitrep to imply, or suggest, or point out, the the only people—that is, American citizens— questioning one or more of the various narratives being pushed down our throats do seem to be on the “right” in one way or another.

      I have long maintained, since well before the current tsunami of wokery and left/right confusion, that the American two-party system leaves a lot f people with no real political home.

      Both parties are centrist and have, actually, similar Overton windows. Both parties have so-called extreme wings that would in a parliamentary system, probably form new political parties and then, if they could get enough votes in elections, join coalitions. At least the members of those parties have someone voicing their political views.

      But we don’t have that option here. That is why there are more and more independents/ unenrolled voters.

      JHK didn’t make any mention of this point in his essay. Maybe it is irrelevant.

      I mention this because there are a hell of a lot of Democrat agnostics who are not of the “right” just because they have fled what the Dem Party has turned into and are horrified when they look in the rearview mirror.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

        The “leaders” have actual duties that go with their positions. Our problem is that they think they are leaders, and do not stay in their lane.

        “Biden” for instance. Nothing in the duties outlined for our chief executive even hints that he’s supposed to concern himself with ‘diversity’ or the well-being of foreigners, for example.

        They all leapt at the chance to become our overlords over a cold virus.

        We have a ninny on the Supreme Court who thinks unelected officials get power over Americans in an “emergency”, without even defining what an emergency might be.

        If they would all just do their jobs the entire wold would be better off.

        • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

          The President, under what was once our Constitution, was only to execute the will of the Congress. The Congress in turn was supposed to be a part time Congress meeting annually to approve a budget and pass a few laws and then turn it over to the President to execute. Congress was never suppose to be a full time job and a career. Representatives were supposed to leave public service and return to their jobs and careers at home. The Senate was supposed to be selected by the individual States legislatures to represent the state as a this was determined by the founders as an essential element to maintaining States rights (represented by the Senate and eliminated by Abraham Lincoln when he forced the South back into the Union), peoples’ rights (represented by the House) and the Federalists (represented by the Presidency). The precious balance lost between the three began with Lincoln but culminated during the Wilson administration more than 100 years when the Senate became nothing more than a glorified House of Representatives and the States lost all representation. In other words, the damage was done 60 years before I was even conceived by my parents and 25 years before my parents were conceived. The experiment has failed. Career politicians will never take any action to destroy their jobs and careers and we the people are too divided to come together and invoke a convention of States to amend the Constitution. Yeah, we have us a real mess on our hands.

          Imagine what we could accomplish if Americans would simply cast off the political party stupor and come together against Leviathan? Yeah. Imagine……

          Best,
          CP

          • badberries February 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

            And the Federal Govt. was funded by,

            “Taxes, Tariffs, Duties and Fees”, levied

            upon Imports and Exports.

          • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

            Admittedly, perhaps the best solution would be for everyone who still maintains critical thinking skills invest in the manufacturing of composting toilets.

            Solves the supply chain dilemna /dilemma [IT can’t figure which either] pertaining to food; waste [solid and liquid] output becoming input for food production, scale it up, rinse and repeat.

            Farmers for 40 centuries in the Orient never knew squat [pun intended] about the Haber–Bosch process, and survived wonderfully.

        • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

          “If they would all just do their jobs the entire world would be better off.”

          Yes, it is NOT “government bad” as K-chien would have us by-live.

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        The “right” accepted the left as their de facto moral superiors long ago. See John Az’s post about how evil the Democrats were because KKK. Republicans good! They never enslave Blacks! He buys into the whole anti-White narrative in other words.

        • hmuller February 8, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

          I sense Jarek believes enslaving black people was the best thing Democrats ever did. Am I wrong?

          • Jarek February 9, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

            Always! Or at least often. As the Devil told Daniel Webster, when the first slave ship put in to harbor, I was there. The seeds of destruction were thus sown.

    • Jimpa February 7, 2023 at 11:27 am #

      I gave up on the Uniparty in the 90’s when Newt Gingrich and his contract with America got control of the House and Republicans held the Senate. They didn’t do a damn thing, though a few tried. The Deep State rules all.

  12. redrock February 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

    Since we have scrapped North American Air Defense Command can we now use that money for solar panels and Beyonce albums??? What a clusterfuck nation. Consumed with bullshit from sea to shining sea. Whining victims on every corner. No accountability. Total denial of reality. Where the fuck is my crack pipe??????

    • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:28 am #

      OMG the Grammys. No I didn’t watch. Someone sent me a link to a story in the NYP, and I accidentally saw much about the program. It’s about everything but music, mostly about who should’ve one instead of who did.

      There was, of course, a satanic performance. Some people still won’y get it.

      Beyone albums is what made me think of the Grammys.

      • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        Bonnie Raitt won for best song and she was clearly shocked.

        Even the Daily Mail headline said, “Who is Bonnie Raitt?”

        • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

          I didn’t know she even had a current song.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            I thought she was just mythical. Like Alice being ten feet tall.

          • badberries February 6, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

            I wond’rin if she’d changed at all

            if her hair was still red?

            Tangled up in Blue -Dylan

            Keep on keepin on

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Redrock

      There is something more devious here than it is just a Chinese Spy balloon. Biden’s boys are up to something.

      Let’s ask John Kerry.

      • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        Dr. Peter Breggin pointed out very early on in this fiasco (over two years ago) the fact that both Biden and Fauci were compromised by strong ties to China.

        Those paying attention remember the video with Hunter Biden’s erstwhile partner, Tom Something, in which the latter described the deals the whole Biden Bunch had been making with the Beijing Bunch.

        BTW, Dr. Breggin is the same Dr. Breggin who sharply criticized Mattheus Desmet and his victim-blaming “mass formation psychosis” theory.

        IMO no one should bandy that term around without providing a clear definition of it.
        IMO it is a very blunt rhetorical instrument with, therefore, close to zero actual analytical value.

        • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

          Vague – like the Holodomor? I had a female friend who would stop liking a song if it became popular, or try to make herself stop liking it (imagine that process). Snobbery. Is this why you support Paula in her Stalinist mania?

        • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 5:52 pm #

          so … why bring it up even Islander?

        • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 8:13 am #

          Islander . . .

          Since for several weeks now, you have been griping about the term ‘Mass Formation Psychosis’ being bandied-about, would It be permissable going forward, if we were to simply refer to this universal, planetary phenomenon as ‘Mass Formation Phenomenon’ ?

          It would appear that you are more fixated upon how *this* process should be labeled, rather than a better understanding of the obvious catastrophic results thereof; aka . . . “What’s done is done.”

          Please be assured Islander, that my comment is being proferred to you with all due respect; Doctor Peter Breggin and his wife likewise.

          • Islander February 7, 2023 at 6:06 pm #

            Read my earlier posts.
            Obviously.

            Misdiagnosis leads to wrong “cure.”

          • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 7:52 pm #

            Understood Islander.

            However, there is no “cure” for a planet-wide event which now comprises 15 to 16 billion kill shots (to date) having been administered to 6 billion of the total 8 billion planetary inhabitant’s.

            Try to grasp the scale of this and the small amount of time required for it’s completion; I simply can’t.

            The sole cause for this could only have been political ponerology; nothing else.

            Who woulda’ thunk it?
            Bread and Circuses without the bread.

            see Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes [Lobaczewski, Andrew M., Knight-Jadczyk, Laura] 

      • ViceGrip February 6, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

        Kerry has left the building.

  13. tom clark February 6, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    For any Ronnie Reagan Republicans still out there, remember, trickle-down economics works and happy 112th birthday to the Gipper!

    • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 11:18 am #

      Remember, no less than Saint Barry O himself told us that we’re ALL Reagan Republicans now.

      • Islander February 6, 2023 at 11:54 am #

        He did???
        When was that???

        • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

          Barry was lavish with his praise of Reagan and the “power of free-markets” before and after he was elected. Pretty much how he came up with Obama Care, a GOP Trojan Horse, in the first place, GOP hysteria about “socialized medicine” notwithstanding. Billy Jeff was more than sympathetic in that regard as well. Disregarding social issues, which are all just smokescreens anyway, both were probably to the right of Ronny when it came to everything but possibly defense, although Barry certainly came around by the the end of his second term, drones apparently being just plain impossible to resist.

  14. thirdcoastlegend February 6, 2023 at 10:28 am #

    For those keeping score at home, the US government has been flying its own surveillance balloons for years.

    The latest push was 2019, courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corp.

    Sierra Nevada is yet another mysterious Turk-run company like BioNTech.

    It’s funny how Turks seem to show up at these key points.

    Maybe Sibel Edmonds really was on to something…

    • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      I used to listen to Sibel Edmonds. Remember when she talked about that Turkish terrorist who was in a Swiss prison and the US sent a NATO helicopter into the prison to get him out and send him to Chicago?

      I can’t remember the name of that prisoner and I tried a search engine without any luck. Do you remember his name?

    • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      And to think, I thought the only thing they made was beer.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

      The Ottoman Empire never ended. The Nazis were just disguised Turks. Their ally, the Mufti, was used to give Hitler orders.

      We’d all be speaking Turkish if the Nazis had won. We really dodged a bullet there. See the old posts of BRH for more.

  15. BULLITT February 6, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    Another great week of lie, cheat, and steal. We no longer have a government that serves and protects the people. Money and greed are the main object of survival. The left is a criminal organization aided by the right.
    Most people look at recent events as issues that won’t affect them. They think that Russia and China are nice people that would never do wrong. They believe that their smart phone will always ring and there’s no such thing as a national emergency. While the stupid in this Country continue to believe the government, those who question the government are thought to be the crazy people.
    Face it, the government has made life easy for those who are non-productive. The government has made it nice for the very rich. One of these days, the Americans will wake up to a new world and they won’t be prepared for it.
    In 1968, we had a war and the draft. I decided to be a good citizen and join the ARMY via ROTC at my college. Reality for me was the day our Professor of Military Science told us senior year cadets about our future. He said, “Look to your left, look to your right, one of you won’t be alive next year”. At that time, the life expectancy of a 2nd Lieutenant in Vietnam wasn’t great.
    Is our Country ready for hardship? I think not!

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    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      The criminal organization contains the Left and Right.

      I wonder what would happen to the financial situation in DC if the border was effectively blocked and drug, human trafficking and all other criminal activity was successfully stopped.

      DC lives on our criminal business, both here and overseas, think Ukraine.

      It would shut down overnight if a blockade to criminals actually occurred.

      That is why there has been no effort to control the border.

    • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      You are correct, Bullitt. The kick in the balls is when you realize that most of this BS was already in motion 100 years before we were born. I woke up a few years back and finally understood America is not the “good” and “benign” freedom loving Nation I was raised to believe it was. I woke up and realized that Abraham Lincoln was a tyrant who destroyed State’s rights and turned them into administrative districts of the Federal Government. It was Abraham Lincoln who essentially overthrew the Constitution of 1788. We are living in the “democracy” he created when he told the South they couldn’t secede.

      Yeah, the kick in the balls still hurts.

      Best,
      CP

      • edpell February 6, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        Exactly right about Lincoln.

      • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

        The lamb that speaks like a dragon.

      • Jimpa February 7, 2023 at 11:32 am #

        Hear ya.

    • redrock February 6, 2023 at 8:27 pm #

      Bullitt. A second louie in Vietnam was a clusterfuck. Would get you killed. In a war rely on the sergeants and the dog. If the dog senses something, fuck the lieutenant.

      • Jimpa February 7, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        My brother was a Second Lieutenant in Nam. Stepped on a land mine leading point. He survived and prospers today, but it was a close thing. He heard the trip wire and dived flat. Got his lungs and feet bad though.

  16. Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    Speaking of Ukraine, another assemblage from that Clandestine person:

    IMPORTANT THREAD on the infamous Trump-Zelensky meeting, 9/25/19.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1621590429396238338.html

  17. toktomi February 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    @JHK

    Yup.
    In a couple of words, mass hysteria.

    Gosh, who could have imagined this coming, back in those early days at the turn of the millennium during the online discussions of the the Peak Oil Theory and TEOTWAWKI?

    …And the future of humanity in the hands of those who have no clue that the species is a single organism, each individual wholly dependent upon all of the others for its very survival…

    ~toktomi~

  18. Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    I would like to forget the balloon, but my husband has NPR on and they are still all over it.

    Congressional hearings on election dysfunction? Oh hell no!

    They are going to hold hearings to find out if vital US balloon technology somehow got into the hands of the Chinese!
    They even quoted Mitch McConnell, who I’m pretty sure has strong Chinese connections.

    What a farce! Congress stood by and watched, and gave tax breaks, as corporations moved entire industries over to the cheap labor and lax laws in China, advanced tech and all.

    Did they care that entire towns were thereby devastated? That shutting down a factory that pays hundreds of workers decent wages has an actual trickle down effect on the rest of the town?
    Unemployed workers can’t pay their mortgage or their car payments or go out to eat or to see a movie, etc.
    You can go to any downtown in flyover country or take Amtrak through the Rust Belt and see the results.
    Congress doesn’t care.

    But now they’re very, very concerned about the cows of Montana under weather balloon surveillance. What about their privacy?

    • Woodchuck February 6, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      vital US balloon tech? balloon tech? You gotta be kidding. Balloons aren’t high tech, the very first airships were balloons. I might buy into high tech dirigibles, something rivaling “The Hindenburg”. A balloon is just a gas bag floating in the wind.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        I wish I were kidding.

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        But it had them fancy newfangled solar panels attached and stuff.

        • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:58 am #

          LOL. Well, they are going to investigate it and reverse engineer it.

          Because……science.

        • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:23 am #

          I say we scare the Chinese with a balloon that looks like a giant Ronald McDonald head. Let them know we’re serious.

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:56 am #

            It’s too late to look serious. We have half the country sniveling in fear and screaming with rage over a damn balloon.

            The Chinese are probably watching the mass hysteria and wondering what the hell is wrong with Americans.

          • Woodchuck February 6, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

            Well, there’s a great story out there of mass hysteria happening in the USA due to a science fiction play in progress on the radio back in the 30’s. It also involved hostile airships, except these were from mars instead of from Chinal Orson Welles was the narrator and the radio drama was “War of the Worlds”. Hitler liked to bring this event up in his speeches after the US declared war on Germany. He claimed that no German radio audience would have reacted in such cowardly fashion, nor would any Germans have been fooled by a such a story of hostile men from mars invading.

          • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

            “I say we scare the Chinese with a balloon that looks like a giant Ronald McDonald head…”

            Muller,

            Matsui Iwane looking would be a better choice.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

            I heard it was floating over Idaho. I shrugged and went back to what I was doing.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 10:55 am #

      Yertle’s wife is Chinese, from a dynasty family in China so yeah, he’s got ties.

  19. rudyspeaks February 6, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Perhaps the worst example of the fantasy/amnesiac history that is replacing reason. When, for example, did “the left” (myself included) get shot-gun wed to Gender Confusion, the press (6 billionaire-owned companies controlled by 5 right-wing families & Comcast), and the (for God’s sake!) War Party (DNC election cheats). JHK cites ” On the Right: those skeptical and worried about government overreach, those opposed to meddlesome official censorship, those who resist the manipulation of language to invert and subvert a formerly coherent value-system, those who recognize a hustle when they see it and coercion when they feel it, those who respect the long struggle of mankind to construct a comprehensible view of reality and mechanisms for testing it. Those who insist on a certain degree of personal liberty under a fair and upright rule-of-law.” Where to begin? Born in 1950, I’ve watched the right jail people for smoking pot, kissing a same-sex buddy, marry outside one’s “race”, destroy reputations for any “leftish” advocacy beyond progressive taxation (& even THAT!). Their aversion to “government overreach” didn’t prevent them from fighting for a Jim Crow double-justice (one black, the other white) legal system. Just because the present DNC is a bare-knuckles Ruling Class juggernaut doesn’t make the right-wing’s actual history of racism, red-baiting and anti-science intransigence go away. Both “parties” suck. But, like kids in an alcoholic family, we HAVE TO imagine someone isn’t crazy, will look out for us. Don’t feel bad. I worked for peace in Vietnam by backing Democratic senators… how much dumber can one be?

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:45 am #

      Most of the Old South Jim Crow activity was a product of the Democratic Solid South.

      How could you vote for Dems when LBJs phony Tonkin Gulf incident was the kick off of the war escalation.

      You sound like a product of the always Liberal MSM and believed the constant stream of lies they have promulgated over the decades.

      Remember that VietNam was not the only reason LBJ could not run in 1968. His party crucified him for the Civil Rights Acts he pushed through.

      • rudyspeaks February 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        “How could you vote for Dems when LBJs phony Tonkin Gulf incident was the kick off of the war escalation.” Exactly my point… it was naivety and a baseless faith that there was a difference… which we evidently agree was, um, stupid. But, once again, that does not make the “other side” my ally. The US Ruling Class constantly pushes the fantasy that, when one wing of the party goes nuts, the other wing is some sort of solution. Name one time it was.

        • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 11:16 am #

          Very true! Their basic strategy is: If you think WE’RE fucked up, just take a look at the other side!

        • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 11:18 am #

          You make a good point.

          I suggest you consider the role of the RINO in this debacle.

          What has made the government work for most of its history is the back and forth between centrists and small government administrations through the decades. The long term averaged out.

          That ended with the RINO administrations of the Bushes. Without the movement to the Right of these two administration, our drift toward centrist values has been uninterrupted since 1992.

        • hmuller February 6, 2023 at 11:38 am #

          Instead of supporting parties, factions, this guy versus that guy…focus on principles.

          Ideas like constitutional rights, fairness and rule of law, support peace over warmongers, and oppose the free speech censors, the total surveillance state, the bullying 3 letter agencies, the controlled propaganda MSM.

          Do you get the idea, Rudy? Support good, oppose evil. And quit blaming us who support the freedom movement for 1950’s Jim Crow! You’re displaying the confused, twisted thinking the woketards promote!

        • Rowdypiglet February 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

          @rudyspeaks, I don’t think most reasonable people think that switching to the other wing is a solution. It’s just, so far, the only other option we have. We haven’t figured out how to make a genuine alternative, so we don’t have one!

          I notice the same thing in Britain, where the Tories have completely betrayed the voters who put Boris Johnson in power. They seem to have a little collection of alternatives but none of them are strong enough to displace the Tories or the Liberals. The point being that they don’t know how to make an alternative either, when the existing structure is so powerful and entrenched.

        • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

          The two party system ties in precisely with our lower human psychology of like/dislike, right/wrong, fight/flight, yes/no.

          People think they thinking when their binaries are being activated.

          Even ONE third party would have helped break this log jam of human consciousness. Trump could have done it, but he’s utterly lacking in vision. If he had, he would have ruined it from the get go by calling it the Trump Party.

        • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

          Republicans get power, they do nothing to reduce the size of Government. They only pad their own pockets and pilfer more of the public treasury. When Democrats get power, they do nothing to reduce the size of Government. They only pad their own pockets and pilfer more of the public treasury. I learned this lesson a long time ago.

          It’s staggering to me that millions and millions of Americans still believe one party is better than the other or that one party will act differently than the other.

          We are stupid people, blinded by sloth, greed and corruption.

          Best,
          CP

    • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

      ” I worked for peace in Vietnam…”

      Rudy,
      So did I….

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

        The Elite ended the Peace Movement (which had lasted for two generations) when the voices pointing out Tribal control over our foreign policy were growing ever louder. I forget her name, but one woman who had lost her son may have tipped the scale. She wasn’t the first to notice, but she was being quite effective.

        Gone. Almost overnight. The Democratic Party has absolute control over their marching zombies.

    • JackStraw February 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

      You need to deprogram yourself, if that’s possible at this point.

      Tucker said it best when he described the Democrat party as “angry women and weak men”.

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

        Sean Connery made a good video about how to discipline a woman by spanking her. I don’t know if it’s still up or not.

  20. Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:33 am #

    Enjoy your bicycles when we get 1 degree days.

    Arnold ran a cyclist over the other day, I heard.

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    • rudyspeaks February 6, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      I wonder what, exactly, your post is about. Bicycle? Huh?

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        It’s about the price of tea in China. Obviously.

    • Woodchuck February 6, 2023 at 10:48 am #

      On one degree days during the long emergency you’ll keep your bicycle and/or electric bike parked. Instead, you fire up your 2024 model Honda 125 cc Super Cub that starts and runs easy in cold weather because it has fuel injection. It sips gas at a claimed 188 miles per gallon, and you’ve got a rack and saddlebags on it for hauling stuff.

      You’ll get dressed to ride it the same way you would for riding a snowmobile, and you take off for a trip to the hardware or grocery store. Your former big late model diesel 4×4 pickup truck was sold to Asia a few years back. With fuel strictly rationed and new parts unavailable sometimes, it was no longer practical to own it. So it’s either go two wheels or wait until you hook up with some people who will cram 5 or 6 souls into one car for a joint shopping trip and everybody shares their gas ration cards for a costly fill up.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:03 am #

        I bought this house many years ago because it was 2.3 miles from where I worked and I wanted to be able to walk to work. The grocery store was 1.2 miles away, but it shut down. Luckily a General Store is now there.

        I expected the oil to stop a long time ago. So far it hasn’t, but I don’t believe in Magical Thinking, the idea that if I want something to continue, therefore it will continue.

        • Cankerpuss February 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

          I do not believe oil will ever completely disappear or “stop” as you say. Why? Populations are shrinking. Without population growth there is no economic growth. Without population growth there will be nobody to buy the new cars, buy the new homes, build new businesses because the demand won’t be there. The petroleum problems being presented to us today will be non-existent because of the collapse in population and subsequent collapse in demand. It’s already happening.

          Just my opinion. I admit I don’t know very much.

          Best,
          CP

          • Vegan Shark February 6, 2023 at 6:44 pm #

            “Without population growth there will be nobody to buy the new cars, buy the new homes, build new businesses because the demand won’t be there. The petroleum problems being presented to us today will be non-existent because of the collapse in population and subsequent collapse in demand.”

            Cankerpuss, I don’t like to keep slagging you, but you make it so tempting.

            So, there can be no prosperity without endless population growth?

            So in your view we can carry on being humbly rich (at least your God-fearing Mexicans can) as long as the world gets ever more crowded and resource-demanding. Tell us, will there ever be a point where we look around and ask, “Whatever happened to quality of life?” When global population reaches 20 billion? 50 billion? 10 trillion?

            When I was born the U.S. population was 150 million. How did we ever survive? Who bought all those cars and suburban houses?

            “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey

      • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 11:13 am #

        That sounds plausible, but I think the delivery model is more what they’re going for. Or lack thereof. Consumption in general will also be radically downsized, which won’t be an altogether bad thing. We have far too much stuff.

        • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:27 am #

          I think you’re right. They are going for home delivery and work-at-home if possible.

          I had a job that required me to actually go there, but I see no reason for people to drive to a building to do something they could do from home.

          Back when I worked graveyard shift in Silicon Valley and had to sit in traffic for an hour to go 6 miles home I would have loved it if all those people were home and off the freeway.

          It took me 10 minutes to get to work at 11pm and an hour to get home at 7:30am, when I was dead tired and quite crabby, because tech workers were filling the freeway.

          It is stupid to have people going to work when they don’t have to.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

            I agree completely. Even if your job isn’t online, I don’t see why one couldn’t go into the business, grab all assignments, head home and complete them there, only commuting maybe 1 day a week.

            This is yet another reason why I call bullshit on the “Green New Deal.” All the companies are touting their “green policies” but most refuse to allow their workers to work from home.

            Ridiculously hypocritical. They haven’t come up with any reason that people shouldn’t work at home. Productivity is up, according to statistics. Because people have a couple of extra hours at least in order to work and then have more time with their families and friends, and to exercise, etc.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            They’re afraid people will goof off too much. Many people post here at work.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

        I know many bikers, or former motorcyclists. I know of none who continued to ride during upstate New York winters.

        • Woodchuck February 7, 2023 at 11:48 am #

          It can be done. You won’t be comfortable, but that’s not the point of it. Back when I was a hard core biker in the 70’s, I rode in winter in Tn and often in the mountains where it was much colder in the high elevations. Favorite ride back then and still maybe the best ride in the country is the Blue Ridge Parkway. My hands used to get too cold to be able to use the controls, so I’d stop and warm them up on the exhaust pipes. Now that I’m a senior, I’m not sure if I’d be up for something like that anymore, but if necessity arises I’d certainly give it a try.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

      He was also seduced by his Mexican house keeper and cheated on his WASP princess wife, what’s her name – something Schriver? Her voice – chalk on the board.

  21. Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    Some thoughts on the balloon and the reaction:

    That brings us to the Chinese spy balloon. On Saturday, the U.S. shot it down after it floated from Idaho to the Carolinas over five days. Though it wasn’t the first time a Chinese balloon entered U.S. airspace, it was unique in its duration and visibility. Congressman Matt Rosendale was right to demand a briefing from the Department of Defense.

    I initially had no desire to comment on the recently obliterated balloon. But I changed my mind when neoconservatives and some MAGA Republicans converged on the issue, which is never a good place to be.

    The desire to “own the libs” has prevented us from acknowledging and addressing a more fundamental problem: it is not clear the U.S. could even burst these kinds of balloons and other threats if they really wanted to penetrate and evade our defenses in an actual attack, which, whatever this was, it wasn’t that.

    I’ll allow my friend, a foreign policy expert and defense analyst who is a realist in his outlook, to explain why that is in his immense wisdom. He told me:

    “We spent 20 years developing systems and doctrine to fight illiterate goat herders to ensure the gay pride flag can fly in the Baghdad and Kabul embassies and the daughters of the corrupt elite of both countries can learn to hate white men instead of investing in real homeland defense.”

    https://contra.substack.com/p/one-chinese-spy-balloon-goes-by?r=lj90&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      Yeah, what were the Chinese trying to do? What would they get from any information?

      What is the US detection capability? Could they just float a balloon over us and EMP us into the Stone Age? Do you think NOKO is watching this?
      Just think about this for a moment, the ludicrousness of this. We get all concerned about NOKO and all its missiles and nukes and the Chinese just float a balloon over the entire country. Where the hell was NORAD. When it floated down over Alaska and Canada?

      Biden’s boys are claiming that three balloons floated over the US during Trump’s administration, what a limp excuse for the incompetence shown now. No. One, if they were undetected, how do they know? No. Two, what the heck is going on at the pentagon when no detection or reaction happens anyway.

      Our government can no longer protect us, what is the point of having a Deep State.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

        Protect us from a balloon?

        John, calm down.

        • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 11:24 am #

          Yes, protect us from a balloon. Or a ICBM or a high speed missile.

          A balloon can cause a lot of mischief, the EMP being just one suggestion. How about the Chinese dropping a MOAB over a U.S. city, you would not even need nukes.

          The Pentagon’s attitude about this balloon is suspicious.

          • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

            A plane had a near collision with it.

            I think we are all being played on this one.

            China and the U.S. are in constant communication on all matters up to national security matters.

            The U.S. had to know what this balloon was, when it would be flying and for what purposes.

            There is zero chance the Biden administration didn’t have a heads-up on this balloon months ago.

            But this fiasco DID take the U.S./NATO ass whipping in Ukraine off the front pages, eh?

          • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

            Abby, if they didn’t know what it was already, they would have been grossly negligent in allowing it to keep flying, because they would not have been certain it was just a balloon.

            Those are the only two choices, as far as I can see.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            I’d love to see historically where a balloon caused an EMP.

            I’m with abbywood, there is no way the US didn’t know about its every move from the second it came anywhere close to the country.

            I call bullshit.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            Milley warned his opposite number in the Chinese military about Trump. Now the Biden Dynasty threatens war with them, but allows this.

            Can’t defend us? They don’t want to. Our military may help the Chinese military take over or they may start a nuclear war with them.

            Some say Milley is sane on Ukraine and is behind the Rand report saying that it can’t be won and to get out before Catastrophe strikes.

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            Apparently it was the polar vortex jet stream that caused it to come down into the states. It was unexpected.

            But Blinken used it as an excuse to cancel his trip to China.

            It is possible that this contrived hysteria is just a cover to make his cancellation seem less weird.

            It doesn’t, though. It is very, very weird to cancel a summit over a stray balloon.

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            John, don’t you even read the answers to your assertions?
            Two people with knowledge last thread said that it is not possible for a balloon to carry a device large enough to cause an EMP.

            And to think that China would load a nuclear device on a damn balloon, hoping that it would drift over the US, and then somehow having a way to set it off…….I’m sorry, but that is looney tune batshit crazy.

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            Notes from a Washington State Dept. of Health report on EMP

            “For weapons purposes, EMP producing sources other than nuclear detonations have been successfully developed.”

            ” An EMP shock wave can be produced by a device small enough to fit in a suitcase.”

            And definitely could be carried by a high altitude balloon as big as three buses. Who knows what China has developed?

            For Paula and Mary

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

            When was that put out, John?

            Because once the propaganda starts, it is ubiquitous.

            It’s just like with covid. You can no longer use a search engine to find out research that says corona viruses are considered stable.
            Nope. That all went down the Memory Hole when the propaganda push started.

            So, no. I do not believe that the Chinese put a tiny EMP device on a non-steerable balloon and then set it loose, hoping it would float over Montana and Kansas, so that they could blow it up and disable the grid of the US without anyone noticing.

            That is literally Too Stupid To Believe.

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

            September 2003

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

            Paula

            Not this time anyway!

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

            So how does this device supposedly work if it’s not nuclear?

          • edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:26 pm #

            Well, if Q calls bullshit, then we KnOw ShE’s ReAlLy SeRiOuS!

          • ViceGrip February 7, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

            JohnAZ . .

            see . . .

            johnhelmerdotoorg

            You will find the specific answer as to why “The Pentagon’s attitude about this balloon is suspicious.

        • Hereward the Woke February 6, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

          It’s okay, folks, the balloon was jabbed. It was safely and effectively destroyed.

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

            You make a good point here. If you wanted to spread biological agents all over the place, fill a balloon and bust it over a metro area, or chemical weapons.

            I remember an attempt by Japan to spread bubonic plague over the US by crop dusting the US with fleas.in 1944. Balloons would make this a snap. Load up the balloon with the agent, send it over on the winds, then blow it up remotely. If the enemy tries to blow it up, they contaminate themselves.

            People of the US did not beleive Japan couls attack Pearl Harbor with its shallow draft, until they did.

      • Disaffected February 6, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        Our government can no longer protect us, what is the point of having a Deep State(?)

        Asked and answered. To feed on us. In that light, “Deep State” doesn’t really do it justice. “Predator State” is much more descriptive.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

          And, they never ‘protected’ us, that’s just the mantra they used over and over to instill it in the brain of the masses that they are “keeping us safe” by constantly attacking other countries and making us take off our shoes in airports.

          It seems to work though, even as they strip our last rights and wealth from us.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            Yes, they did. When the Indians attacked settlers in force, the settlers would flee to Federal forts for protection until the US MILIITARY arrived to deal with the hostiles.

            Smaller attacks were dealt with by local militias.

            As a non-American, I don’t expect you to know about any of this of course. And obviously, not to be in favor of it either. I’m just correcting your factual error. But I agree that they haven’t served us in any real way in a long time. Only preyed upon us.

        • Rowdypiglet February 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

          Catherine Austin Fitts is fond of saying that we are being harvested, and that the government is being run as a criminal organization. I think that covers it pretty well.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

            Some have called the Earth a prison planet. But maybe it’s a farm with the alien entities feeding off of our negative emotions. Milking us as it were.

            But now, they want to get rid of us and we’re the chickens.

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

            Just the fact that the government “of the people, by the people and for the people” does not exist any more is disgusting. The Deep State has separated itself from the people.

            DC is a gigantic suction site, sucking in resources to its locale and having the power to do it.

            The real question for us is how do we take away their power?

            Right now, the vote is not an answer.

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

            Stop using their money.

      • tresho February 6, 2023 at 11:11 am #

        “Biden’s boys are claiming that three balloons floated over the US during Trump’s administration” The Deep State, if it knew about these, would not have bothered to inform Trump anyway.

      • thirdcoastlegend February 6, 2023 at 11:35 am #

        Get some details about the ICBM facility it passed near in Montana and the stealth bomber base in Missouri?

        Those are the sorts of info even Congrescritters wouldn’t have easy access to.

      • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        John,
        Where was NORAD indeed! I would suggest that there was not a moment when NORAD was unaware of the balloon…and who is to say it was sent from China, who has all the surveillance they need from satellites and citizens with dual allegiance? Might be a NORK balloon, or even one of ours.

    • mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      Your friend has it all inverted.

      We looked at who had the juice: MENA, Russia and Venezuela and crafted war policies for each knowing we would need to capture their resources.

      As part of an effective Hybrid war (color revolution), divide and conquer necessitates creating división. So we have to create conflict with Islam in MENA, nationalism in Russia and socialismo in VZ.

      Hence, the creation of radical terrorist groups abroad for mena, development of freak rights in the west to contrast with russia, and imposed sanctions on vz.

      Who supports war with Russia? The freaks – as long as real men do the fighting. But who supports russia? Real americans …

      If it seems a bit illogical and confused, you can thank the elites who have been playing this game for millenia.

  22. MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    Another great essay, James, thank you.

    I doubt that the Republicans will do much, given they were the party whose watch 9/11 was conducted. And yes, it was an inside job. I suppose we shall see. Who knows what could happen if the populace overwhelmingly moves in support of them?

    My concern is that there are still no shortage of neocons in their midst whose biggest desire is global control.

    Which of course is looking more and more ridiculous, especially when one considers what they have done and are doing to the military. I still puzzle about that. Even congress didn’t have the jab forced on them, but the military did? Then they introduced tranny rules to further damage it? Insane.

    But the split down the middle on policy is a thing. I just saw a vote to force jabs on the public and the Republicans won that & said no. Almost all Democrats voted to force jab the populace.

    So there is some difference.

    I have to admit being entertained by Ilhan Omar and Adam Schiff being kicked out of the Intel committee.

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 10:59 am #

      Omar. foreign relations committee.

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        Oh right, thanks for the correction.

        • Hereward the Woke February 6, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

          Omar knows a lot about foreign relations. She married one.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

            Zing!

    • Rowdypiglet February 6, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

      @MaryQ, it does dismay me when people say there is no difference between the parties. I’ll agree there isn’t sufficient difference and that many Republicans are useless or worse. But the vote on some things, like forcing the jab, makes it clear that your vote is worth something – if not all that you would want. If marginally better is all that’s on offer, I’ll take it and keep trying.

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

        How is it marginally better?

        Has anything improved when they are in power?

        • Rowdypiglet February 7, 2023 at 11:17 am #

          MaryQ, I’ve made this argument before and haven’t had an answer. As a small difference, marginal if you will, Trump’s removal of the penalty for not buying health insurance made more than a marginal difference in my life; it made the difference between living inside and living in our car.

          People’s lives sometimes turn on these small differences, and they do exist. I’m not making the argument that Republicans are substantially better, which is why I used the word “marginally.” But I refuse to sulk in my room because I can’t get everything I want. Most of us didn’t create the situation we find ourselves in, in the broader sense. We’re just trying to live in it as best we can. If a small improvement, even a minuscule one, is all that I can get at a given moment, I’ll take it. That’s all I’m saying.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 3:26 pm #

            Well said, Rowdy, thank you for your real world examples.

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:04 am #

      An inside job says the wise one… be specific and enlighten us on the facts yoda….

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 8, 2023 at 8:54 pm #

        Appreciate the laugh. 10 minutes of reading would tie that all up for you.

  23. malthuss February 6, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    T U R K E Y

    estimated 20,000 dead in quake.

    • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

      The fault of Climate Change.

      • malthuss February 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        PUN?
        san andreas fault?

  24. neurodoc February 6, 2023 at 10:46 am #

    The idea of being able to ‘vote out’ the democrat/communists is based upon the assumption that the US Corporation is still intact in terms of its basic processes, e.g. court system, law enforcement. My read of history is that once communists get into power in a country, they will rig elections, murder, obfuscate, and intimidate to stay in power. The only way they have been removed is by extermination, often by the military.

    Just say’in.

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:06 am #

      Dems are not commies dipshit.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 8, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

        Allen West estimated around 80 House Dems were members of the Communist Party over a decade ago. Congressional Progressive Caucus.

        Also, if you want a list of those currently calling themselves something else:

        wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Democratic_Socialists_of_America_public_officeholders

        Am I supposed to finish this comment with “dipshit”? Or is it better to leave it as is?

  25. Bill of Rights February 6, 2023 at 10:50 am #

    As the number of WOMEN IN CONGRESS DOUBLED over the past 20 years, the NATIONAL DEBT QUADRUPLED.

    In Peacetime mind you! You can’t blame it on a world war.

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    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      You suggest the debt is the fault of women? if so, that is a new one.

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 11:52 am #

        I’m chuckling at him channeling his inner A-Jerk and also believing that we’ve ever had a “peacetime.”

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 11:59 am #

        Everything is the fault of women.
        “She made me do it”.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

          Yep.

          Number 1 rule of misogyny: Women are responsible for what men do.

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            Women influence men more than men influence women.

            I guess if you limited it to married people, it might be more obvious.

          • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            Men willing to listen to their wives are more likely to be/stay married.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

            Yet women bring over 70% of the divorces, often after the man has lost his job, become sick, etc.

            No for better or poorer, in sickness and in health, any more.

            Women have thus revealed their real natures when not kept down by law and custom. And men are horrified…..

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            I’m gonna have to see some statistical proof on that one, MD.

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

            You know what they say about statistics.

            Women willing to obey [ be subject to ] their husbands are practically unheard of and it is a given that it is mostly ‘trust’ issues, either childhood trauma or displayed [ sometimes inferred ] incompetence, which is highly subjective.

          • Hereward the Woke February 6, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

            And we’re off!

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

            Take note of who starts these threads, Hereward 😉

          • Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            Note the symbiosis of weak man (Hereward) and angry woman (Mary). Now multiply it by tens of millions and you have the United States.

          • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            I have been watching some Fr. Chad Ripperger videos, and he mentioned once or twice that women should be subject to their husbands. (He also says some other things that would be less welcome to the guys here.)

            In any case, I’ve never known either Fr. Ripperger or anyone else to give a specific example of a case where a wife should be subject to her husband. What? Whether or not to pay the electric bill? When to get an oil change on the car?

            And, obviously, in matters of right-and-wrong, a woman could not in good conscience submit to either doing immorality or condoning it.

            I don’t see how the issue of women being submissive to their husbands could even come up, except in a context in which a husband wanted to compel his wife to go along with wrongdoing of some kind, or participate in it or condone it.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

            Number 1 rule of misandry: Say that men say women are responsible for what men do. Thus women are automatically innocent of everything!

            Ant: The Fathers have commented on that. Women are not required to obey immoral commands.

            Moreover, men are required to love their wives unto death. Women are only – given their lesser capacity for love – required to respect and obey their husbands. And yes, if the man isn’t wiser than her, it’s a poor match.

            That you never wanted to submit to any man simply indicates you were never marriage material. But you couldn’t leave it alone – you wanted children anyway. And you were too conventional to do it like Obama’s mother did it. The rest is a very sad tale.

          • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 7:56 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            Well, as you know, it is the teaching of the Church that children are the purpose of marriage. Why else would anyone get married?

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 10:13 pm #

            So you admit it? You married although you had a distaste for men and marriage. You just wanted kids but had to keep up appearances! Your poor husband was the sacrifice.

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

        Yeah, but it he wrong? Voting patterns say no. Women want more socialism. If only men were voting, we’d be a very, very different and better country.

        • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

          Women want their kids fed, housed, and clothed. The men won’t do it. The flight into the arms of Uncle Sam is thus existential. The solution is simply for men to accept responsibility instead of evading or abdicating from it.

  26. Paula D February 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    Personally, I don’t believe that humans can control plate tectonics, but I know there are people who do believe that. And I know that there is no doubt that the US military has tried, because they try everything possible.

    How will Erdogan respond to this earthquake? He got pissed off by a measly terrorist attack a couple of weeks ago.
    Note that 7 countries moved their embassy staff out of Turkey a couple of days ago. And then an earthquake?

    How will Germans respond to the blowing up of the pipelines when they run out of stored gas? And their industries move to the US, leaving them unemployed and hungry?

    Who leaves NATO first?

    • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

      Hungary?

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

        Also a possibility.

        And if France only had another DeGaulle.

      • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 7:40 pm #

        I found this comment on MoA to be interesting.

        ”Hungary forced Zielensky to stop mobilizing ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia; as a result of this, the forced mobilization stopped there, but the AFU started brutal mobilizations in Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, etc.”

        I don’t know how Hungary stopped Ukraine, but expect another round of anti-Orban propaganda soon.

    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:12 pm #

      I’ve read women are responsible for plate tectonics… ; )

      • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

        Yes, we are all-powerful!

  27. malthuss February 6, 2023 at 10:59 am #

    Did anyone watch the Grammies [TM]?

    I heard about a song called ‘Unholy’.

    wth?

    • malthuss February 6, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Pfizer sponsored Grammys and Jill Biden spoke.

    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:39 am #

      Wth? But seriously you forgot its UNHOLYWOOD.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      I never watch that tripe but I’m guessing that it’s being called unholy because they put on yet another satanic ritual as entertainment.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

        Had to do something to top Miley Cyrus’ vulgar performance or that Cardi B thing. Performances at music awards aren’t about talent, they are about shock value.

        • malthuss February 6, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

          a german tranny co sung ‘unholy’ and went trans as a teen.

          agendas pushed.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

          Exactly. I am expecting nothing less than a naked tranny playing piano with his penis, like happened in UK. I really would never have thought UK would get there first.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            There is no there there.

      • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        Shania Twain wore a witch costume.

        • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

          The stars from the Before Times will do anything to keep on the good side of the Woke.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            OWS (OCCUPY WALL STREET) was Before Times I gather.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

      OMG just saw a photo of the performers, they were all dressed as devils and satan, in all red.

      Pretty obvious at this point.

      • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

        I saw the video. Unfuckingbelievable.

        They are out in the open.

        • Amman February 8, 2023 at 6:04 am #

          Hellish red backgrounds are in as per Biden speech

  28. Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #

    MoA is interesting today. Apparently Syria was also hit hard by the earthquake. B made a call for the US to lift sanctions on Syria, so that they can receive international help.
    As if! What part of “We will sanction you and steal your oil and wheat until we starve you into submission” does he not understand?
    Starvation and misery of the targeted population is a feature, not a bug.
    Remember last year, when Biden and his gang gleefully predicted that their Big Bad Sanctions were going to spread poverty and misery in Russia? They were quite excited about their prospects.
    That is how they do. They aren’t going to lift sanctions on Syria.

    Bernard also says that the same polar vortex which froze us last week and caused me to fall on the ice (let’s make this all about me) was what blew the Chinese balloon down into the continental USA.

    But do go on with your bad paranoid selves. It is mildly entertaining.

    • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 11:50 am #

      One of many things I liked about the America I grew up in was our building codes and our lack of corruption among regular workers, like building inspectors. We had standards to protect us from earthquake damage in Los Angeles and I never worried that the laws had been ignored.

      Look at these buildings collapse in Turkey. They look like the towers on 9-11, collapsing straight down, as if the builders skipped on construction laws. Some collapse and some don’t. Hmmm….

      .youtube.com/watch?v=0K0N-7zk7Do&t=94s

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

        I can’t even imagine that level of terror, buildings just collapsing all around. Horrifying.

        One has to wonder if that is possible just from bad building practices? And were they collapsing after the earthquake or during? Looks like after? Really bizarre.

        • Amman February 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

          It has to be after. It was a very strong quake which weakened the building and probably other buildings too.

        • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:08 am #

          Uh, it’s called a massive quake at a shallow depth in a very tectonically active part of the world. But share whatever conspiracy is rotting in your brain right now with us please.

        • Amman February 7, 2023 at 8:02 am #

          Looks like you have a new fan.

        • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          Well, there are always what the call ”aftershocks”.

          I never understood what was the difference between an earthquake and an aftershock.
          Aftershocks also shake the earth. They sure feel like earthquakes to me.

          I think that the unpleasant troll is simply a rebranded previous troll. Best to ignore it.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            Copy that.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

        I had to leave out that . before youtube to get the video.

        That’s pretty much how buildings collapse. People too, for that matter.

        • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

          Usually they partially and unevenly collapse, sometimes falling over.

          Coming straight down like that makes me think that crucial weight-bearing structures were skimped on.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            They had to pull Bldg 7. Calling all “wackos”. Report to Clusterfuck asap. Attack when in formation.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 4:19 am #

            Very poorly built, yes.

      • Paula D February 8, 2023 at 10:41 am #

        I forget the context, but I remember Speedy BB talking about a hotel collapse in Thailand, where it turned out that the builders had cut corners and the inspectors were bribed. It killed 500 people, he said.

    • abbybwood February 6, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      Sanctions are an act of war.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        Indeed they are. The US is at war with a good part of the world.

        And the Germans will have to figure out some day that the pipelines destruction was an act of war.

      • Hereward the Woke February 6, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

        Sanctions are also an act of stupidity. They have never worked and they never will.

        • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 6:57 pm #

          That is a good thing. When the US tries to starve an entire population and they fail, that is a good thing.

          Is the population of Yemen still starving? I haven’t heard anything about that in awhile. They must have found a way to get past the US naval blockade.

  29. hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 11:29 am #

    Dear JHK Admin,
    Your neat split of Left and Right attitudes is really fun to read–especially because those on the Left think the same thing, with the difference being that the Right is caught up in myths and fantasies whilst the Left are the hard nosed realists! What to do? Conspiracy theories everywhere! I will go with the scientific method, keeping an eye on causation and correlation and working hard to keep them separate, and methodological heuristics–sourcing, corroboration, contextualization, and absence of relevant information. Doing that has helped me not think too much about pedo rings in pizza parlor basements, Nazi run bio-weapons labs in Ukraine aimed at destroying Russia, and stolen kraken election claims that have not been supported in courts of law. I think a bit more about an ever-receding temporal tidal wave of absent dead people from mRNA Frankenstein vaccines that exploded their systems after introduction–and focus on rationally reading data on actual side-effect reactions to taking the vaccines are warranted as part of a cost benefit analysis that everyone should go through.

    But the tools I mentioned above about modes of thinking do allow me to be angry about a hammer wielding mentally dis-eased individual, mourn a lot of dead people who either couldn’t or chose not to take the vaccines offered to them, celebrate with others the removal of a real threat to democracy in this country at the beginning of 2021, and rally to the aid of a flawed country resisting the war foisted upon it by its neighbour.

    Mass formation is an idea–and it can be applied quite nicely and analytically to those on the Right as well as the Left.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

      No one is really interested in a Media Matters inspired report, but I applaud you for your persistence.

      .20 more in the bank account!

    • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

      “,,,But the tools I mentioned above about modes of thinking do allow me…”

      Hustled,
      You might be confusing education with wisdom.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

        He’s confusing propaganda with knowledge. I am embarrassed for him.

      • hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

        But of course that possibility exists, elysianfield!
        I can be wrong.
        I go where the evidence takes me.
        If I get it wrong? I acknowledge it, update my models and move on
        I am commenting on the proclivities of many people here to make predictions that do not come true and then ignore that they do so leaving their models of reality unchanged. And also the tendency of people to confuse correlation and causation. And use fallacious modes of argument.
        Your comment could fit many commentators here.
        Unleash the Kraken, Sidney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • elysianfield February 6, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

          Hustled,
          Well, I also, would go where the evidence takes me. But I currently am in a sad position where I cannot accept evidence that is widely presented…. The Internet presents a new paradigm, and my reaction, from 76 years of life, is to currently believe nothing (at face value)that I see, hear, or read on the Internet. I will see, hear, and/or read it, salt it away for reference, but accept nothing as absolute.

          To suspect many things, I would be guilty. To know those things as basic truths, I know nothing.

          Wisdom, or self delusion? Who the hell knows….

          • hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 5:54 pm #

            I guess that you and I are different, elysianfield, in that I read the scientific papers, look at the stats, and the consensus scientific position (e.g., global climate disruption is real; vaccines work but one has to weigh cost-benefits; etc) and compare this with the wilder less conventional approaches that proliferate on the web. The one thing I find is that the wilder approaches tend to get stuck on correlation rather than causation, and don’t use methodological heuristics/rational argument that we tend to use in thoughtfuil and reflective daily life. So, yes, I distrust what I read on line, but having some training in methods means that I tend to trust those scientific institutions that have an on-line presence, if they are practicing real science–falsifiability is important.Their caveats matter. I read those, carefully. Some statistical analysis comfort helps a lot, I find. Much of the stuff supporting the wilder stuff on-line is not falsifiable and have few caveats concerning their breathless pronouncements… violating basic rules of rational argumentation is a red flag for me.

            And you sound pretty wise to me, elysianfield; just saying

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

            “vaccines work but one has to weigh cost-benefits;”

            Perhaps you should reassure Bill Gates. He’s saying they don’t work. He doesn’t care because he’s already on to the next thing. Next ‘pandemic’, WHO pandemic treaty, and climate lockdowns. Oh, and global digital ID for vaxx purposes, currently being pushed by a war criminal.

            Nothing to see here …

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

            My best friend from school (a retired biology teacher, no less) forgot to consider any kind of cost-benefit analysis, despite my warnings. She was a fit as a butcher’s dog, hill walkng constantly, cycling, running.

            Two jabs and a booster, then a fatal catastrophic heart attack. Oops. Not a lot of benefit there, then.

          • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

            Well, see, Green Alba, HE and K have weighed the risks and benefits for her, and have decided that your friend was right to take the spike protein vaccine because she didn’t die of covid.

            Also, that everyone else should also be forced to submit.

            It’s science!

          • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 11:28 pm #

            @ Paula D:

            Well, to a leftist, taking the vax and dying is a better outcome than staying alive. They figure most people would be better off dead, anyway. Or at least THEY would be better off if a lot more people were dead.

          • hustled enough February 8, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

            Hi All, I am replying to GreenAlba and her friend’s experience because it is a great case in point of what I am talking about, and that many of you actively reject.
            First, I am so sorry your friend had a fatal heart attack. That had to have hit you very hard.
            Second, we do not know what the causation of the heart attack is. Did the vaccines do it, or was this fit individual just going to have a heart attack as other fit individuals (of her age, whatever it was) have been know to have?
            That is where the law of big numbers comes in, and you have to look at statistical data to tease out meaningful (as in causative) connections.
            Jarek mentioned “maybe yes, maybe no; it depends.” The data we have at the moment, apart from your anecdotal experience and the occasional mutilation of statistics that some blogs indulge in does not–as yet–support your contention or JHK Admin’s for that matter. But the benefit of taking the shots in terms of diminished death rates in the US is clear cut. Hence, why the vast majority of medical professional say–get the shots. That is the cost-benefit analysis, for you and I. I take the shots. You do not. Okey dokey; that is your choice. And mine.

          • GreenAlba February 9, 2023 at 9:32 am #

            Give it a rest, clown. One person in 800 has been killed by the injections, that’s way more than for any vaccination in the history of vaccinations. The infection fatality rate for covid at the start was 0.096% (that’s recorded in black and white in Hansard, in response to a parliamentary question) and the average person who died was aged 83, with 2.5 comorbidities. AND huge numbers were euthanised in care homes, so didn’t die of covid at all. Nor did the people who just happened to have tested positive with a fraudulent test but died of something else and were put down as covid deaths. So you can add some extra zeros after the decimal point.

            Also,the 1/800 who have died includes all ages including children and babies. And it’s under-reported by a factor of at least 10 and possibly anything up to 100. And it’s only the short-term effects.

            Four percent of Germans were made sufficiently ill by the ‘vaccines’ that they had to make a claim on their medical insurance.

            Re my friend who died from the booster 7 weeks after the husband of one of our mutual friends also died from the booster, take your fake sympathy somewhere else. It isn’t welcome.

          • GreenAlba February 9, 2023 at 9:39 am #

            “But the benefit of taking the shots in terms of diminished death rates in the US is clear cut. ”

            Stop lying. Dr Shankara Chetty has personally treated 14,000 covid patients. Treated them, not given them shots. He has not seen even one patient hospitalised, let alone die. And not one got long covid. Long covid is merely untreated moderate covid. And no-one anywhere EVER needed a ‘vaccine’ because covid is the most treatable respiratory disease ever. The AFLD doctors had the same experience as Dr Chetty. So did Dr Zelenko. So did Dr Marik until they stopped him prescribing ivermectin and his patients started to die in front of him.

            STOP TROLLING, you sick liar.

            And get a copy of Ed Dowd’s book. He’s a numbers man, which you clearly aren’t. It’s a beautifully presented book of DATA.

          • hustled enough February 9, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            Hi Green Alba,
            Your post is again instructive. One of the heuristics is sourcing. Mr. Dowd is a finance guy. Does he have expertise? Should I listen to him or to the consensus of epidemiologists?
            Contextualization–do his claims stand up to scrutiny with others claims and what was going on at the time? After all, can one think of alternative explanations to the vaccination being the cause of excess deaths? After all, more contagious variants of Covid emerged in these periods of time, right? And they killed young apparently healthy athletes… and others. Do his statistics take this into account? Or lump “excess deaths” together?
            Consider: reuters.com/article/factcheck-excess-mortality-idUSL2N2VS1BI. One of many criticisms of Mr. Dowd’s methodology. There is an alternative explanation offered in the article. Do you think they are wrong? If so, why?

            When I checked out the book you are probably speaking to, on Amazon, this caught my eye:
            “The book begins with a close look at the actual human reality behind the statistics, and when you see the people who are represented by the dry term Excess Mortality, it’s difficult to accept so many unexpected sudden deaths of young athletes, known to be the healthiest among us.”

            That is a straight out appeal to anecdotal evidence and argument to emotional appeal. Straight away, that is a major red flag–someone is engaging your hind brain, not your frontal lobes… I can tell, from the insults and high emotion in your replies that this book definitely hist its mark with you, but as sad as I might be at the loss of life, this is NOT proof for your claims. Science usually has CAVEATS to its results. One of the things that is often characteristic of those who embrace your position, GreenAlba, is a complete embrace of your position–it cannot possibly be wrong… because it feels so right. There are no caveats. You know.

            This is the difference between me and you. Evidence might come to light that supports your position in a way that consensus science can accept, rather than use sleight of hand. If that happens, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will change my mind, licketty split. You can take some schadenfreude in knowing that I “backed the wrong horse”! 🙂 And I will acknowledge you are right. But, as a follower of JHK Admin’s line on this, I cannot imagine any circumstance where your point of view would change on this. It is a self-contained hermeneutic circle where only information supportive of a point of view is allowed.

            As for death rates in the US, sorry, its really obvious: one example … cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7104e2

          • GreenAlba February 9, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

            Give it a rest. No-one cares to read your word porridge.

            And I’m hardly likely to feel schadenfreude when I’ve been jabbed twice myself.

            “Should I listen to him or to the consensus of epidemiologists?”

            If only I could give a toss who you listen to.

        • Night Owl February 7, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

          “Correlation does not equal causation”

          “Correlation does not equal causation”

          “Correlation does not equal causation”

          “Side effects are normal”

          “Side effects are normal”

          “Side effects are normal”

          “In late May, one of these individuals, a former doctor and current Senator from Iowa, responded to a
          second vomiting video by tweeting, “Don’t be buffoons! Kalocivir is 100% safe and 100% effective.
          Correlation does NOT equal Causation!” After being shared tens of thousands of times, the tweet was
          picked up by traditional media outlets. This led to multiple awkward news interviews with FDA and
          CDC officials who had to clarify that while the sentiment of the message was correct, Kalocivir did
          have potential side effects and was not completely effective at treating SPARS.”

          https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/pubs_archive/pubs-pdfs/2017/spars-pandemic-scenario.pdf

          The Hustled Enough Corona Hoax Bot.

          • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 11:34 pm #

            Correlation may not equal causation, but sometimes it’s a very broad hint–and one that most of us figure out with ease. Hustled enough still hasn’t figured out that the toaster works better when it’s plugged in.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            It may not, on the other hand, it may. It depends on the strength of correlation and if there are other factors.

          • Night Owl February 8, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            The line about correlation and causation is in this context one of the talking points repeated by every propaganda organ involved in this steaming pile of shit.

            My point is that it was taken straight from the playbook, as were several others like it.

            It is a script.

          • Paula D February 9, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

            Yes, those were definitely part of the script.

            Also: “If you’re deathly ill, that means it’s working”.

            And: “They are safe and effective”.

            And now: “The death was sudden and unexpected”.

            Also: “Show your vaccine passport or be refused entry”
            is now: “It is disrespectful to inquire about the vaccine status of the suddenly and unexpectedly dead”.

    • JackStraw February 6, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

      That’s quite a rant there, HE.

      First of all, none of the data out there can be trusted on either side, so telling us how educated you are on the data is complete horseshit.

      The stolen election hasn’t been proven in a court of law? I’m not sure what country you live in, but it sure as hell isn’t the USA, because it wasn’t reviewed.

      Oh, and educate yourself on the history of Ukraine and how we caused the whole problem back in 2014 when we backed an illegal overthrow of a democratically elected government.

      You appear to be the very epitome of the mass psychosis that has infected the left.

      • hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

        Hi JackStraw,
        You can’t review what was NOT offered!
        You make a claim in court–you back it up with EVIDENCE… The Trump camp could not do this.

        “First of all, none of the data out there can be trusted on either side, so telling us how educated you are on the data is complete horseshit.” Interesting. So, what filters do you use to weigh and judge what is likely to be true if you don’t use the tools I suggest? You seem pretty sure of yourself, JackStraw. How come? Direct link with the divine? Or you just decided some people were right because … you had a feeling? What allows you to get a picture of the world as it is, in your mind. Or are you completely agnostic as to what is actually happening in the world?

        And if you want to educate yourself about Ukraine, review Russian history going back a few centuries to better put Ukraine-Russian relations in context (Riasonovsky is ok, I think), and for the events of 2014, check out Snyder’s Road to Unfreedom. Most illuminating. You could also check out Accidental Czar by Weiss and Brown. It helps to not look at Putin in a vacuum…

        Mass psychosis? Interesting claim! 🙂
        Cheers
        HE

    • literofoyl February 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

      From the tone of hustled enough, its sounds as if he wrote Al Gore’s unusual rant at Davos a few weeks ago.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

      You start well. Indeed, the Left knows that America was founded on “racism” or “We matter, they (Blacks, Indians, the French, etc) don’t.” But they say it like it’s a bad thing. There would be no United States if our forbears hadn’t taken this attitude. Or any other country.

      And that’s the real reason behind the attitude. Marxism is an earlier form of Globalism after all.

      • hustled enough February 7, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        Hi Jarek,
        ” But they say it like it’s a bad thing. There would be no United States if our forbears hadn’t taken this attitude. Or any other country.”

        I can agree with the first claim–the US would have been a different country if it had different attitudes to its people–if there hadn’t been the slavery and the attempted genocide. I wonder what that country would be like? That last part? That is the kind of maximalist thinking that is a bridge too far for me. One of the great freedoms we have, as Wengrow and Graeber pointed out, is the freedom to imagine and try to bring into being new forms of social, economic, and political association. I think humans have the capacity to embed their xenophobic tendencies within a shared notion of humanity. It is an article of faith for me, for sure, as your cynicism is for you, but otherwise, I think you end up with following a dusty road to nihilism. I am not interested in travelling that road.

        • Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          “Its people” – you’re assuming the very thing that we’re supposedly debating, thus ending the debate.

          Then you change the meaning of xenophobic to, well nothing. It doesn’t exist or doesn’t have to. Well it does exist, but yes, the out group can be changed to class or religion or ideology rather than race – thus facilitating war inside a state. Marxism 101.

          Yeah, there doesn’t need to be a racial problem once Whites are genocided as in Haiti. Or blended out of existence – Jefferson’ s nightmare anent the future of America.

          Marxism 2.0 stopped trying to ignore race, rather it took up the cudgel against the founding race, Whites, not only in the United States, but every nation in the West. They betrayed their own ideology – that’s how fundamental race is. They get the rubes to say it doesn’t matter or exist. They know better.

          • hustled enough February 8, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

            Hi Jarek,
            “Assuming the thing we are debating”? Hmmmmm. Well, aren’t you making the point that you do not consider Amerindians and African-American folks to be “real or as real”(?) US peoples? If I have that wrong, help me understand your point here. I can hardly allow you to define America as “all the people I like but not the ones who I don’t like, right… based on some criteria you judge most important?” After all, you just defined the problem away–because if these are not part of “its people” well, there is no problem, right, and I must agree with you? And so, you leave me thinking, hmm, your comments are apropos of your own intentions! Succinctly, if you stay in the castle of your definitions and don’t want to come out and play, and take a risk, no one is going to be interested in playing with you.

            A substantive moment–you think I do not have a definition of xenophobia or reject it out of hand. No. I just recognize that you set up a false choice here… you are either xenophobic or you are not. Well, here is another option–you can be xenophobic, recognize it, and use your reason to help you deal with what you rationally think might be a problem trait–especially in a world that looks very different from the day way way back when xenophobia (AND ethno-centricity as well by the way–we are hardwired for both as you know–what a potent combination!) made some sense.

            Once you entertain that possibility, we are backed out of the “purity of the white race” or “the poisoning of our bodily essence.” I think that once you take class seriously, the race thing shrinks back quite a lot, especially when poor white folks are aware or becoming aware of the fact that they are getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard forty fucking years ago, to paraphrase George Carlin. That was not poor black folks doing that to poor white people–that was rich white people doing that to poor white people.

            Evil Genuises by Kurt Andersen is an interesting read…

          • Jarek February 9, 2023 at 12:17 am #

            Marxism 2.0 (or is it 3.0?) embraces racism completely, with the White race as Satan. They (you) know what works.

            It is said by some that Trotsky himself invented the term, even though he didn’t develop it.

    • K-Chien February 6, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

      hustled enough

      Vaccines are warranted as part of a cost benefit analysis that everyone should go through.

      You are pissing in the wind. Libertarians Don’t do cost benefit analysis on anything. That would violate the ‘all guvmint bad’ axiom and require more brain cells than they have.

      Repeat after me.

      ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.
      ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.
      ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.

      The consistency of the ‘oppose the government’ message here makes this place look like it is a place which is all about finding out who hates the government as top job. Content be dammed.

      How is that conservative? Seems pretty Jacobin to me.

      • K-Chien February 6, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

        And now I am going to be accused of being pro-vax. Which I am not. Trolls here are all about my way or the hi-way. There is no middle ground.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

        Weighing risks and benefits is not something the government gets to do.
        That is an individual decision, because only the individual knows and can evaluate their risks.

        Informed consent is a well known and long time principle of medicine.
        The right to bodily integrity is a basic human right.

        The Nuremberg Code after WW2 and the atrocities of Nazi Germany, addressed the human right to be protected from evil doctors, mad scientists, and medical experimentation on humans.

        You two liberals are standing proudly with Hitler. You may no longer insult Jarek.

        • hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

          Hi Paula D,
          A substantive comment, thank you.
          Actually, people and institutions make these kinds of calculations all the time. Corporations do and we even think they are people in a legal fashion–just ask Ford and its approach to Pintos and fires.
          Still, I think your issue is about claiming sovereignty for yourself that is absolute. If you thought that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was her right and no one else’s I would think your point to be coherent and consistent even if I disagreed with it. Do you believe abortion is a woman’s absolute right?

          • GreenAlba February 6, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

            “If you thought that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was her right and no one else’s I would think your point to be coherent […]”

            How can that be coherent when an abortion also involves the bodily integrity of a baby?

        • K-Chien February 6, 2023 at 4:12 pm #

          ‘Weighing risks and benefits is not something the government gets to do.’

          Wrong

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

            About medical decisions, obviously

            As I said, it is a long standing medical principle.

            But now you claim that the government has the right to force drugs into unwilling people?

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:23 pm #

        I’m not a conservative and I don’t trust the US government at all.

        For good reason, it keeps killing folks and destroying our livelihoods, putting us in danger, etc.

      • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

        K-chein says,
        ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.
        ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.
        ‘ I am at CFN, all government bad’.

        Repeating a strawman all day long does not make it true.

        Try this ‘unconstitutional government is bad’.
        It is true without repetition.

      • hustled enough February 6, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

        Hi K-Chien,
        “The answer my friend, is pissing in the wind,
        The answer is pissing in the wind…”
        Apologies to Bob Dylan…
        Cheers
        HE

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:10 am #

      Uh oh HE, you’ve activated the silly snowflakes that just hate pushback. Spot on post btw.

      • hustled enough February 7, 2023 at 11:18 am #

        🙂

  30. Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:38 am #

    Credit to JFK for giving a vision to the young in this post.

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    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

      JFK was a fraud who didn’t write any of his own books, much like MLK in this regard as well as being an inveterate womanizer.

      JHK writes his own books!

    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

      (Errata : JHK)

    • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      I thought you didn’t read me…..

      Erratic!

  31. vengeur February 6, 2023 at 11:39 am #

    Another amazingly brilliant piece . Thank you Mr. Kunstler.

  32. Opie February 6, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

    I have it from a source deep inside of one of our alphabet agencies that the balloon was an experimental aircraft designed to capture the smoke that the current administration is blowing up everyone’s ass. What they wanted with it is beyond me.

    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

      Beyond me too. Perhaps check the Hunter Laptop for clues?

      • Amman February 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        Or this…

        Xhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zhDfUAQSbs

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

      Perhaps a Steampunk propaganda of the deed? To bring balloon technology and “gases” back onto the front burner?

      Imagine Nelson on at the stern of a giant air ship, spy glass in hand. Or John Paul Jones, crying out, I have not yet begun to fight.

      Watch Vincent Price in “Master of the World”. A pacifist dreaming of One World, he was outraged when he saw Blacks and Arabs fighting far below. War? I’ll give them war. He blew them all up. Peace thru Strength!

      • malthuss February 6, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

        you might enjoy a book called ‘Cave in the Snow’ a brits 12 years in isolation.

        she lived in a hut not a cave at 13000 feet.

        Not sure about her lama. he did 2 reincarnations at once?

  33. 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

    I’m unsure if the description above really encapsulates all those on the right.

    I would say it’s more of the centrist position that has been totally abandoned, although an argument can be made that a faction of the conservative side has al least attempted to corral them, and that a portion of the GOP has become more centrist and less hawkish.

    Because on the right we still have the “They terk err jerbs!” faction: pro war, pro america world-police, pro pentagon, pro military, pro gun, pro christian fundies, pro rightwing israel at all costs, pro big business, etc.

    As far as the balloon, apparently South Carolina hoisted a Ukrainian flag over the statehouse and Biden was obliged to protect the airspace.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

      They were given our jobs. That’s true, you cur. Many of them know it too. It’s not the furriners fault, it’s the American Elite.

      • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

        Are you one of those who prefer that your salt-of-the-earth white brethren still be employed to journey into holes in the mountainside to scrape away for coal nuggets?
        Lay asphalt?
        Tar roofs?
        Process meat?
        Ask if you want fries with that shake?

        I’m not saying to learn to code, but one should have aspirations, particularly after generations, beyond life as the subservient menial.

        • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

          Are you alleging that “salt-of-the-earth white brethren” have no aspirations?

          • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

            The ones who mine coal for generations?

            Or lay asphalt?

            Or tar roofs just like granddaddy!

            Absolutely

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

            It is options they do not have, not aspirations.

          • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 11:27 pm #

            You cannot actually believe that.
            Like Sam Kinison implored to the starving in Ethiopia: move!

            How many millions come here and make well in one or 2 generations?

            There is a laziness inherent in these people. With so many available educational options from trades to professional licenses they tie themselves to a cultural anchor that needs to be severed: poor towns, poor jobs, poor education, poor expectations.

            My daddy was a lobsterman, factory worker, farmer, contractor, rancher, bitcoin trader, etc.

            Tens of millions of people move for educational and economic reasons in this country. Far from their birthplaces or homes.

            They do not have the courage or the resourcefulness to take advantage of what is offered.

            Nobody said economic migration is only transnational.

            Wait until the robots take even more of derr jerbs

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 8:07 am #

            “You cannot actually believe that.”

            Not in an absolute sense, any more than you can believe they have NO aspirations.

            “Like Sam Kinison implored to the starving in Ethiopia: move!”

            I had an uncle who would not move from his hometown. He had friends and family and a network that he would not abandon for monetary success. They took care of each other, made do, and avoided the cesspools of civilization.

            “How many millions come here and make well in one or 2 generations?”

            I don’t know. Some folks can’t wait a generation.

            “There is a laziness inherent in these people. With so many available educational options from trades to professional licenses they tie themselves to a cultural anchor that needs to be severed: poor towns, poor jobs, poor education, poor expectations.”

            He worked harder than I did. Different aspirations I suppose.

            “Tens of millions of people move for educational and economic reasons in this country. Far from their birthplaces or homes. They do not have the courage or the resourcefulness to take advantage of what is offered.”

            Bloom where you are planted. If you can’t, then move. Like you, I did not understand his reasons, but after reading this blog for ten+ years, now I do.

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 8:20 am #

            “I had an uncle who would not move from his hometown. He had friends and family and a network that he would not abandon for monetary success. They took care of each other, made do, and avoided the cesspools of civilization.”

            IOW – the poor have been doing the long emergency for months, years, decades and have a much better idea of what it takes to survive in their locality. Have you ever spotlighted deer or kept a 65 pound catfish in you bathtub until you had time to clean it?

          • 100th Avatar February 7, 2023 at 8:29 am #

            Your point, in a nutshell, is that they’re most prepared for regression.

            The return to the dark ages.

            I cannot argue against that. You set the bar too low: survivability.
            They can kill and eat… because the power might go out… some day… because a blog tells me so.

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 10:43 am #

            No, because a chronology of written history and a hundred blogs [ & growing ] tells me so.

          • 100th Avatar February 7, 2023 at 11:19 am #

            Well, one can never start too soon when preparing

            to die

            Old timey religion mind virus will do that to you

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

            And yet death is overtaking the ungodly. Go figger…

          • 100th Avatar February 7, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

            You’re right again:

            West Virginia has the lowest life expectancy in the US.

            51st… even behind the fit heathens of Samoa

            and Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky

            dey terrkin our lirrrvvvs!

        • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

          Laying gas pipes has been the highlight of Anthea’s life. She “rails” on me for not doing it – even though she admits she had male help.

          Talk about weird fixations…..

          • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 8:27 pm #

            Of course men should continue laying pipe.
            And they should endeavor to lay pipe where there is no pipe nearby
            They should also resist the urge to lose their pipe in favor of an empty trench

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

            @100th – lol

          • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 12:01 am #

            @ Jarek:

            I have also suggested that you join a travelling carnival. The reason I make these suggestions is because you clearly don’t do anything at all, and never have done anything at all. It’s also worth mentioning that you seem quite determined never to do anything at all.

            You seem to be in a position in which you don’t really need to work for a living. Most people, if they were in that position, could think of a million things they’d love to do: cooking, sewing, woodworking, animal husbandry, gardening, yoga, playing the violin, volunteer work–SOMETHING.

            But not you….

            You’d rather do nothing at all but come on here and bitch.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            And you didn’t even lay in the pipes by yourself, yet you brag on it as if you had.

            If you ever try to do so, remember – no smoking little cigars while working with gas.

          • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 8:06 pm #

            @ Jarek:

            You do know that you shut off the gas before working on the gas lines, right? (Well, no, I suppose you wouldn’t know that.)

            Also, laying gas lines is best accomplished as a two-person job. But I don’t suppose you’d know that either.

        • gustafson.robert.22 February 6, 2023 at 9:07 pm #

          Revolutionary aspirations, maybe.

        • Anthea February 7, 2023 at 11:46 pm #

          @ 100th Avatar:

          Perhaps they should all aspire to work in a cubicle.

          • 100th Avatar February 8, 2023 at 9:00 am #

            Perhaps they should aspire to something beyond unskilled or minimally skilled labor that allows them to be very easily replaced.

            As far as the “dey terk err jerbs” people go, I feel that the American educated programmers and tech workers have a more credible complaint. Despite all the “learn to code” and urging for students to enter STEM careers by politicians, the US Department of the Enemy of the State has issued record levels of H1B indentured servitude visas to Indians (at the behest of Zuckerberg, Google, Apple, etc.)

            India, the most populace place on the planet (they’re not a minority here or anywhere) has over 10,000 colleges and universities pumping out students looking for that golden ticket. To sweeten the deal for the Indians (really, the tech companies) their spouses are also permitted to work in the US. A two-fer at our expense (you do pay taxes that support public education, universities, jobless benis).

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            Read Vance’s, Hillbilly Elegy. In case you’ve missed it: Tens of millions of people are trying to get back to what half of Vance’s people never left. A writer named James Howard Kunstler has written a number of books about this, both fiction and non-fiction. These books are the foundation of his blog called Clusterfuck nation. You’re commenting on it right now.

            Have your read any of them? What did you think? Why are you here? Do have the slightest idea?

            I agree that there is more to life than survival and peasant culture. But higher culture is only for the few. And office work and IT should only be the few as well. Most people’s “higher” is to be found in religion. Some of these can enjoy the higher culture produced by a healthy artistic elite. Obviously this strata of society is long since gone, replaced by lizards and purple haired monkeys.

            You don’t disappoint. Your forbears in Russia thought exactly the same way about the Russian peasantry. And they managed to exterminate 20 million of them. Will you and yours be able to match that here? Is this is your aspiration, your “higher”?

          • 100th Avatar February 8, 2023 at 6:55 pm #

            There’s no going back to Mayberry Janos.

            I’m not Russian or whatever other ethnicity you are insinuating.

            I found the host back in the good old days when he did a TED lecture lamenting our horrible built landscape designed around roads and the automobile.

            Boy, do those seem like 1st world problems now when we have a totalitarian government/media/tech industrial complex intent on ruining our lives, starting WW3 and treating us like laboratory guinea pigs.

            I digress. The author went on to explore peak oil, peak energy, and techno-narcissism. The last one for me is a home run.
            Tech as the salvation for everything.

            Ask Stockdale “why am I here?”

            Religion is for people who can’t cope with the right now. They can’t accept the right now. They know they have no hope in changing the right now, so they seek solace in the hereafter.
            Too much hope in a non-entity and misplaced hope in an irredeemable people.

            The primary reason why we are here is because too many ignorant dumbass white people sat on their asses and let it happen. Duped time and time again. “The silent majority” my ass. The giant gaping *ussy is more like it. Waiting to get ****ed again.

            “Who cares about dem city folk, that nonsense won’t pass in Mayberry!”

            So go ahead, soak in the nostalgia, because soon that will be banished.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 9, 2023 at 8:34 am #

            Ahh, 100th Avatar.

            This is the epitome of faux-elitist condescension.

            FYI – the “real” jobs you speak of are the fake jobs. Those that can roof a house or know how to extract essential resources from the earth have an actual skill worthy of human history. Tech jobs are neat (like EVs), but they are temporary in the grand scheme. Enjoy your run, hopefully it holds you flying high throughout. Others will pick up the slack later, when it matters again.

            In the mean time, you can continue to feel superior if you wish. We are not better humans than our ancestors, we are increasingly and demonstrably inferior.

            Universal tech worship is largely to blame. But yes, it is neat. We have some really cool toys. Enjoy your coding and your paycheck that is, oddly enough, probably notably smaller than a contractor that owns his own small business that, you know, makes real things.

          • 100th Avatar February 9, 2023 at 9:18 am #

            Mr. Magoo, I never said I am a coder, programmer, or tech worker, so I am unsure what “run” I am on that I should enjoy.

            If you would have read closely, you would have understood that I empathize with the American tech workers who were told to code and seek STEM careers only to be replaced by wage depressing indentured servants granted visas.

            I have a feeling that you don’t know any real contractors. Successful ones. I do. Many. In fact, almost all of them are in a generational business. Inherited. Let me tell you about the tacit knowledge, the key to our future stuff, that they are imbued with:
            You employ cheap foreign labor, to build the designs of a cheap architect who merely alters plans/designs brought forth by the client, using cheap “contractor grade” materials, on cheaply aquired land (the sprawl of the exurbs). You make a ton of money, take your boat to what is left of Havasu, do a lot of cocaine, but you make sure to squirrel enough away to padyour nest during the downturn (very cyclical). Probably own a few retail and residential rental units in very desirable (safe rent proces) areas. Repeat when interest rates decline or, like many of them, move into building cheap apartments. Quite a few of them are building on the grounds of old malls. Again, cheaply acquired land (was a parking lot) and a lot of incentive from the city/town to revitalize a dead space.
            So yeah, you can depend on a contractor. Someone who knows how to exploit illegal labor, cheap materials, to build inferior products, to make a buck. The only “real” thing they care about (you really need to stop watching HGTV programs of people tidying up derelict homes)
            Now if that ain’t the murican way.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 9, 2023 at 10:17 pm #

            Avatar – Take it as you will. I presumed you were referring to yourself about learning to code.

            I’m not saying to learn to code, but one should have aspirations, particularly after generations, beyond life as the subservient menial.

            No need for antiquated cartoon ad hominems. My name is Mango, sir. You’re dating yourself, and that’s okay. We all do that.

            You made no actual reply to me, just presumed I know no one truly successful that does a man’s job. That’s not true, but okay.

            I make my living with a computer and a shitload of gear, so I’m no blacksmith or farrier. But I recognize their worth, as should you. I was just pointing out that you sounded condescending to those that actually do.

            Appreciate the South Park ref though (great episode), but other than that good night.

    • gustafson.robert.22 February 6, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

      This sounds more like the Right circa 1997.

      Today’s Right is becoming anti big business, anti-Israel, and averse to international meddling and unecessary investment in conflicts.

      • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

        The right of McConnell, Graham, Romney, Eyepatch McCain, Cotton…

        • gustafson.robert.22 February 6, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

          All weak, capitulating, purchased centrist globalists.

  34. Roundball Shaman February 6, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

    “Have you forgotten the Chinese balloon incident yet?”

    We are surrounded by Gas Bags. Gas Bags floating from the Far East. Gas Bags from Davos. Gas Bags from CNN and other State Media. Gas Bags from Blue Slophole American Cities. And perhaps the biggest nest of Gas Bags… from what is laughingly called Our Nation’s Capital.

    Is it ‘Our’ Nation? Really? Has it ever been that?

    Is it ‘Our’ Capital? Or has it been long and fully purchased by endless streams of filthy tainted money from Dark Sources that have made ‘Our’ Capital… ‘Their’ purchased property for a very long time?

    We may forget the Chinese gas bag incident. But we are all captives of the Gas Bag State.

    “The citizenry, a.k.a. the public, has been successfully divided and groomed into two political factions. On the Left… On the Right…”

    The citizenry is most clearly divided into two factions: The Sane, and The Insane. Everything else is just misidentification. Wokeism is but form that The Insane take.

    The Sane begin by having no confusion over what kind of internal plumbing Our Creator gave them for this live. And anything done after that to the contrary is just another manifestation of The Insane being The Insane.

    Woke, sexually deluded, and Insane. Not the most pleasant way to spend your days on Planet Earth.

    “… hearings will be a step in wresting power away from these maniacs. Part of that step must be to demonstrate the dishonesty of recent elections…”

    Forget about the recent election cheating. We are entirely holding the wrong kind of elections in the first place. We should not be electing a President. Since ‘Our’ Nation has been fully purchased and taken over by Big Pharma… we should holding ‘elections’ over who gets to be CEO of Pfizer and Moderna and other other Nazi-inspired atrocity corporations that rule over us. That’s where the real power is.

    “Get ready to do business! Opportunity awaits! When you embrace it, your insanity will dissolve and the world will look meaningful again.”

    The World is always meaningful. It never loses that sacred quality. It is we humans who can turn something beautiful and work to turn it into what looks like a Slophole. But at least that gives ‘The Insane’ something to do with their time. In between deciding what kind of plumbing they want to install for themselves for the day.

    • K-Chien February 6, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      How do we really know the balloon is Chinese.

      The Chinese took credit for a balloon, but how do we know it is the same one?

      Launching a balloon north of the Rat Islands would make a Homeland Security balloon look Chinese. Admitting to a weather balloon would be knee-jerk for China. Weather balloons are let loose every day. When saw it was not a weather balloon staying with the original story was the Chinese thing to do.

      I guess I will have to get Chinese today so my fortune cookie can tell me the real deal.

      What was the point of waiting until the balloon went all the way across the country? What was the danger of taking the balloon down over Montana Wilderness? If it was a real spy balloon, bring it down right away. Waiting is irresponsible.

      The Guardian Article about balloons Night Owl put up last time is closer to the truth I’ll opine. Media reports reeked of psy-op. Exposition without detail. No close up pictures. All we got were back yard phone videos. Three finger zoom.

  35. 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

    What is the true agenda behind the “Green New Deal”, the “New World Order” the “Climate Change” cult?

    Why did Tony Blair, rather prematurely, get behind a carbon trading scheme decades ago?

    A profitable new false commodity is one reason, the other reason being a scheme by the elites that will preserve their wealth, their lifestyle, their privileges in the face of an enormous younger, wealthier, better educated, more mobile, global population pursuing the middle-class standard.

    There is an incredibly enormous population of people in India, China, and Africa dead set on achieving a western middle class lifestyle: home, car, pet, and 2.something kids.

    And here’s what “they” have known for a long time: the world, its resources, its financial scheme absolutely cannot support anything approaching this.

    Curbing population growth is only one theater of change/war. The other is “what do we think of as middle class”. If you change the standard of middle class living, you can absorb more youthful demographics into it.
    In case you have not noticed it will soon mean:

    -apartment living
    -ride sharing (no more personally owned vehicles)
    -no or few children (too expensive)
    -limited (due to exorbitant pricing) air travel and vacations abroad
    -limited vehicle travel (odometer meters, carbon footprint schemes)
    -limited animal protein consumption (pricing, carbon, etc.)
    -reduced public education standards) if they’re stupider they cannot compete)
    -accepted infringements on: association, travel, health/medical decisions

    The elite do not want to share anything and are unwilling to reduce their standard of living, but they can reduce yours and your realistic expectations.

    Trust them, you’ll love it.

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    • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

      Avatar, you left out dining on insects.

      • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

        I suppose that fills in the void created by limited fish/animal/livestock proteins

        I keep reading how the “beyond” meat meat substitute businesses keep sustaining losses.

        I would not doubt if they’re behind all the “you’ll be eating crickets” stories and studies coming out.

        Perhaps fear of eating bugs will force people to reconsider fake meat.

        But then again, a giant French insect harvesting company bought a large facility in North Carolina… mmm pulled potato bug BBQ

      • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

        Levitcus: 21-22 declares a few insects as clean. Maimondides specifies four types of locusts, two types of crickets, and two types of grasshoppers.

        One remember John the Baptist who subsisted on locusts and honey in the wilderness.

        • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

          Insane abrahamics all

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

            In fact, the ancient laws of cleanliness where far, far ahead of their time. They didn’t know what germs were per se, but they acted as if they did.

            That Kosher has degenerated into what is often mindless ritualism as well as a money making scam for some, doesn’t change that.

          • 100th Avatar February 6, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

            Well, have at it.

            I’ll offer a toast of my mimosa to you before enjoying my bacon

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

            Jarek Right.

            If you read in the Torah, the design and construction of the Tabernacle, where God dwelt, it sounds like the set up for a clean room with most of the interior gold surfaces. Gold is aseptic.

        • Woodchuck February 6, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

          The locust bit was a miss translation, the passage should read “pancakes and honey”. John was probably a vegetarian Essene.

          • Islander February 6, 2023 at 9:52 pm #

            Let’s hear it for Miss Translation!

    • Woodchuck February 7, 2023 at 10:13 am #

      “-apartment living
      -ride sharing (no more personally owned vehicles)
      -no or few children (too expensive)
      -limited (due to exorbitant pricing) air travel and vacations abroad
      -limited vehicle travel (odometer meters, carbon footprint schemes)
      -limited animal protein consumption (pricing, carbon, etc.)
      -reduced public education standards) if they’re stupider they cannot compete)
      -accepted infringements on: association, travel, health/medical decisions”

      All of the above will be the inevitable results of peak oil and fossil fuels sometime soon being too expensive to be practical for everyday use. We are simply speeding up the process of getting to this point by pretending to believe the pseudo-scientific AGW fantasy that if we don’t stop current consumption of ff we’ll all burn up in ten years. No way in hell the human race will be willing to admit that we are all so collectively stupid and uninformed that we built a doomed civilization with an expiration date on it because we never had enough resources to keep it all going. Nobody wants to admit to the type of stupidity as death and downfall coming from simply running out of fuel and not being able to understand we have a finite supply.

  36. Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

    I didn’t know there was an Alastair Cooke. Where did he get an idea like that from?

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

      Because he’s a Crooke.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 6, 2023 at 4:13 pm #

        Of course he is, that was a typo. Why does he think the world is righting itself?

  37. BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

    In Ct., the Political Class — mostly lefty Dems but not all — are balls-in for Trannys — men dressing up like women. It’s the hill they’ve chosen to die upon. Apparently, nothing is more important than grown men presenting themselves as women, not electric bills that have tripled from 2 years ago or heating bills that have doubled.

    It seems these fanatics have infiltrated public school systems and are targeting children as young as kindergarten.

    It’s a strange cause, is it not?

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

      If one looks at a political map, one sees a tiny red blip in CT. No doubt this is where you are. One is reminded of Beorn and his sons, the Beornings, in Lord of the Rings. Men who could turn into bears, they kept the pass free for many years against the Orcs.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

      They’re coming after the kids… this should be obvious by now.

      Getting them used to grooming, mutilating themselves, etc.

      Sick but it’s the path to transhumanism.

      • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

        Pagans have always sacrificed their children.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 10:36 pm #

          No moreso than the religious.

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 6:44 am #

            That word is way too broad. Are you saying the worshippers of Moloch are irreligious or are you equivocating them to someone else unnamed?

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

            So you missed all the slayings that happened to women and children when Christianity was forced on them? Or do you not consider that to be “sacrifice”?

          • Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            Feminist mythology. Millions of witches were burned in Europe! Children too, Mary? Of course!

            She’s a classic Hysteric.

            Even Margot Adler and Starhawk admitted that it was all nonsense. That didn’t quash it though. Women like it too much.

          • messianicdruid February 7, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            It is a sad commentary that intelligent people cannot recognize when someone is wearing labels to conduct tyranny.

            Using religious labels and accoutrements does not make me think that imposters cannot usurp authority and pursue evil.

            “By their fruits you shall know them.”

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

            A-Jerk is really riled up this week. I must be presenting too much truthiness.

            Another obvious strawman “argument” as well. Those seem to come out when he doesn’t have any clever retorts handy.

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

      BRH

      I saw today that Minnesota is going to declare itself a Trans sanctuary.

      Problem solved, buy them one way tickets to Minneapolis!

      • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 10:37 pm #

        That’s so funny – a relative of mine& her hubs who are both social workers just moved there.

        I don’t know if people realize this yet, but social worker types are the BIGGEST trans advocates. Esp. on college campuses.

        • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:12 am #

          It’s amazing how much you know Q!

        • Amman February 7, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

          Figures. MN is an Infanticidal state.

    • Amman February 7, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

      Strange cause. Transgression. Whatever.

  38. mitchellc February 6, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

    Spot on assessment, but it appears you still care. That is, you have some kind of emotional attachment.

    Now why is that? If raised Xian, do you feel any afinity for Islam? Likewise, for Americans raised in an environment where the pledge was recited each school day, do they have any bond with Canada?

    The answer to both is of course no, and the reason for that is the intentional shaping and brainwashing of young, impresionable minds.

    This is why you care. But if you can break those bonds, those various mental shackles, then you’re free to objectively evaluate and assess the true situation.

    In the cold light of reality, the truth is so obvious it’s utterly silly to still concern yourself with the inevitable outcome. We had a fabulous run, but it’s all over except for the crying.

    • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

      Xian. He fears to say the name of Christ. He is most wise to do so.

    • Anthea February 8, 2023 at 12:16 am #

      @ mitchellc:

      You must be a Buddhist. Their whole philosophy is that you can attain freedom from suffering by not giving a shit about anything.

  39. BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

    Alright, next Saturday Night on Svengoolie …

    ‘Killer Clowns from Outer Space’

    An 80s Classic.

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

      I love Killer Klowns, a true Klassic.

      • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

        Of course, Killer ‘Klowns’. The title is part of the allure.

        Remember a few years back the big Clown scare? Evil Clowns stalking the streets, up to no good? Clown have always creeped me out anyway; I sort of bought into it, keeping half an eye peeled for the errant Clown walking out from the shadows in the treeline across the way.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:28 pm #

          Same here, always thought clowns were creepy and not funny at all.

          I remember suddenly lots of people were talking about how they feared clowns, and it became a bit faddish. Is that what you’re talking about?

          • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

            Have you seen IT?

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

            I think I saw part of it, and may have read it, but it was decades ago.

          • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

            Yes, the Big Clown Scare of about 2014.

            I think the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) was promoting it.

        • Blackbird February 7, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

          I shook hands with Bozo the Clown, as he rode in a convertible, in a parade, through my hometown, when I was 6.

          They don’t make clowns like that anymore…

          • BackRowHeckler February 7, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

            Bozo was one of the good clowns. So was Krusty.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 9:40 pm #

            I liked Bozo too, but I really liked his sidekick Cookie, who was really sweet.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder February 9, 2023 at 9:46 am #

            So was Krusty.

            “Hey, Hey!!”

  40. Htruth February 6, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

    We Are All Ukrainians Recorded 3/2/2014: https://americanyellowvest.wordpress.com/

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  41. Suburban_elk February 6, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

    Of course it is disputed and it is no surprise that you don’t know.

    We are surrounded by a sea of propaganda and “Everyone I know believes it so it must be true” is the result for the vast majority of easily bamboozled and gullible people.

    I am not impressed. — Paul D, in re the Holodomor, previous thread

    Why not leave out the snarky “I am not impressed” and just make your case?

    It’s a fair response, including your more detailed one on below (on the previous thread), that asserts that the famine was regional and not specific to Ukraine, and not politically motivated, also seems to be your assertion.

    The truth is I do not know about it on a level beyond the knowledge of someone vaguely interested in it; and yes having my own political lens which is anti Communist.

    You are categorically wrong tho, in applying your assertion that “everyone knows about it and therefore it is true” to the Holodomor.

    That assertion applies to the Holocaust of course, where everyone can tell how many victims there were. But in the case of the Holodomor, how many people can say how many victims there were?

    It seems that you acknowledge that there was famine and people starved, by don’t think it was about targeting Ukrainians, for political reasons, and (as I already said), you may be right about that, I don’t know.

    It’s a well known thing that the Soviet Union abused its citizens, and including deprivation of food. The assertion that that isn’t part of what is commonly understood as the Holodomor, is a bold one. I don’t buy it, I think you are wrong on this Paul D.

    But yeah, it is history thru a political lens, and who knows. The same applies to you-know-what.

    • Suburban_elk February 6, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

      This is in response to Paula D, not Paul D.

      The larger point about the Holodomor, which Paula D, denies or at least disputes, is that Ukrainians were starved, with deliberate malice, by the communists in charge of Russia and the Soviet Union at the time.

      Either it happened, and millions died, or it did not.

      Of course weather patterns, drought and a bad crop, might were the precipitating conditions, but that’s the deciding factor as to whether the Ukrainians were starved for political reasons, in order to harm that population.

      Paula D says the government at the time tried to feed them but were prevented from doing so by the British.

      In all fairness, I have not heard that claim, but do now know one way or the other, and remain skeptical that the starvation that did occur can be laid at the Brits and not the active government in the Soviet Union.

      Saying that Holodomor is the fault of the Brits for not allowing the Soviets to feed the starving Ukrainians, as Paula D asserts in the previous thread, would be like saying that the jews who died in the camps, was the fault of the Americans and Brits not allowing the Germans to feed their prisoners.

      It’s a bold claim, made by Paula D, about the Holodomor. I had never heard it before, but will keep an open mind.

      History is often not what you know, but what you know that just isn’t so.

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

        I didn’t say that the famine was caused by the Brits, I said that it was caused by drought and crop failure, and that the attempt by the Soviets to alleviate the famine was thwarted by the Brits. That is not the only time the Brits aggravated famine. Look at the Irish and the Bengal famines.

        Drought and famines were very common all over the world, up until after WW2. They are still a factor now in parts of the world and will be a factor here again, once we lose industrial agriculture and go back to subsistence farming.

        I can’t help being snarky, it’s part of my nature.

        • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

          Before the Great Depression, farmers subjected to drought died. The Dust Bowl killed many people.

          Biblical history is full of stories of droughts destroying empires.

          Without the support of modern technology, specifically the Green Revolution, millions will starve.

          What do you think the Long Emergency is all about?

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            Chastisement leading to repentance.

        • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

          Stalin said he was going to “eliminate” them and so he did. He said as much in the article of his that I posted

        • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

          The late Robert Conquest wrote a pretty good book on events in Ukraine 1931-1933 called ‘Harvest of Sorrow’. Solzhenitsyn touches upon the famine too in the first book of ‘The Gulag Archipelago’.

          Read those two books and you get a pretty good idea of events in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

            So you say BRH. My sources say Solzo was a bigtime liar about the Soviet Union.

          • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 7:50 pm #

            Conquest and Snyder, the kind of tag-team propagandists we still see working on anti-Russian propaganda today.
            Christopher Steele anyone?

            Hustled Enough is still enamored with Timothy Snyder, who is still at his anti-Russia hustle. H E recommended him last week, and again today, because he can’t resist a hustler, his nom de plume notwithstanding.

            The 80’s propaganda was mild compared to the tsunami we are experiencing today, but it was still heavily pushed.

          • Amman February 8, 2023 at 5:21 am #

            Which is saying a lot because 80s propaganda was no joke. Then again, so was the mid-90s.
            I remember in particular the big fat arrogant f Rush Limbaugh and another radio guy playing in NY and Newt Gingrich and his right wing “congress”. It led straight to the 1M man march but then, alas, came the OJ Event and Trial…

            Anyone in mass propaganda should be sprayed.

        • Islander February 6, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

          Re “I can’t help being snarky, ”

          Don’t be silly. Of course you can.

          But back to famines, it is quite clear from evidence presented and discussed by Sven Beckert, in Empire of Cotton, that famine was often a result of imperialists’ coercing (in various ways, which I won’t go into) peasants and small farmers in colonized or conquered lands to abandon traditional subsistence farming (which of course included plenty of food crops) in favor of planting cash crops that the imperial metropolis required for industrial output. Especially cotton. Discussion of the expansion of cotton production in the Central Asian khanates conquered by Russia in the mid-nineteenth century in order to provide raw cotton to the Russian textile industry are fascinating (see chap. 12).

          Thus local farmers, peasants, and nomads were no longer food-self-sufficient, and became victims of swings in the price of the cotton on global markets, over which they had no control. If the global prices for raw cotton went down (and the cotton industrialists and traders were always trying to drive the prices of the raw material down anyhow), farmers and peasants couldn’t afford to buy food. Also, the regions that came under this regime often had to start importing food after the imposition of the cotton hegemony.

          (Per Beckert, cotton textiles constituted a larger portion of “first industrial revolution” economies of imperioal powers than coal and steel production.)

          Beckert’s analysis of the negative results for actual farmers of the imposition of regimes to produce raw materials needed by industry suggests that it is quite possible that Soviet central planning produced conditions where monoculture of various crops led to famine if those crops failed or market conditions were unfavorable and farmers did not have cash to buy food.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            That’s pretty funny, given you’re extremely obnoxious and don’t even seem to realize it, and probably couldn’t stop even if you wanted to.

          • Jarek February 8, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

            Freddy vs Jason. Place your bets!

            Islander, read Stalin’s article where he said he planned to eliminate them. He carried through with that. Why are you prevaricating? Some remnant of your neo-Marxist programming that keeps you tied into the Matrix? Delete it!

      • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

        Also, you happened into a long-term attempt by Jarek to force me to accept his firmly held belief in Holodomorism. He proselytizes endlessly, like those annoying Black Israelite street preachers.

        He thinks that if he hassles me enough I will succumb to him like the brainless bimbos he dreams of.

        I have a rooster who attacks me every time I turn my back to him. He is relentless. I can kick him off but he just keeps attacking.
        His name is Foghorn, but I should rename him ”Jarek”.

        So yeah, I get aggravated and then I get snarky, because Jarek cannot comprehend that I am not a stupid bimbo and I refuse to go along with the propaganda, no matter how many people join the bandwagon. If it is too stupid to believe, I will not believe it, just like the balloon.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

          Brava, Paula.

          I love your snark.

          BTW, you should rename the attacking rooster “Jarek” because it will be all the more satisfying when you have to give him a boot.

          And, good comparison. I tend to think of Jarek as the creepy guy on the playground always hovering near the girls and occasionally pulling one’s pigtail in a desperate plea for attention, good or bad.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

            Of course, the rooster would be more like the actual Jarek if he spends all day squawking at the hens and they ignore him.

          • Suburban_elk February 6, 2023 at 5:12 pm #

            If there’s a better reason to avoid than this, I haven’t heard it.

            aka hens clucking

            Ffs ladies, you are better than this.

          • Suburban_elk February 6, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            “a better reason to avoid SNARK” is what I meant to type.

            I am not oblivious to jumping into the middle of the drama.

            The topic is worth the trouble, but let’s keep it reasonable please.

            I have lurked here for years and know about how Janos gets it from the hens. Tbf I sympathize with him, and admire his willingness to stand the abuse, for in order to make his point(s).

            Generally the contentious topics are “Who is more to blame for failing society, men or women?” but that has a way of being part of other questions.

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

            God holds the men [ husband’s/fathers ] responsible.

          • Jarek February 6, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

            Stalin announced what he was going to do and he then did it.

            A man’s man as BRH likes to say about Bibi.

            All heterosexual sex is rape to Mary. And if a man looks at a woman, he is raping her with his eyes. She’s a bad one.

          • Paula D February 6, 2023 at 7:11 pm #

            Still preaching, but the choir is not listening.
            Too bad, so sad.

            I’ll just roll my eyes and move on.

          • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

            SE thinks A-Jerk is abused?

            That’s rich. Just scroll up at all the obnoxious and unsolicited comments by him.

            And, I’ll post whatever I want. I don’t need your tone policing.

        • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

          Silly SE doesn’t understand that A-Jerk gets off on the attention, no matter how negative.

          • messianicdruid February 6, 2023 at 9:39 pm #

            But his question:

            “Who is more to blame for failing society, men or women?”

            Who is to blame for sin [ lawlessness 1John 3:4 ]?

            Some would say Eve. Some would say Satan. But Adam got the credit.

            The blame game ain’t working. Our enemies keep us fighting with ourselves and laugh behind their hands.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

            If A-Jerk & others cease their gratuitous and relentless misogyny and assault on women, I’d be very happy not to comment back at them.

        • Islander February 6, 2023 at 10:20 pm #

          I guess snark directed at Jarek is reasonable.

          If response to Jarek cannot be avoided altogether.

          Except that it just seems to goad him to more and more wild accusations and general silliness.

          • Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            Mary is supporting Paula because of sisterhood – even though I believe she said that she believed in the Holodomor last time it came up.

            You supported Paula because you didn’t like the word – because everyone was using it. Snobbery. And of forms of snobbery, intellectual snobbery is the worst.

            Neither one of you are coming out of this well, but you’re coming out worst of all. Paula needed your clarity, and instead you gave her your worst.

  42. WadeWaters February 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

    “It is a terrible thing to lose your mind.”

    Please donate to the United Negro College Fund.

    • JohnAZ February 6, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

      How about the United Caucasian College Fund

      or The United Asian College Fund

      or The United Latino College Fund.

      Blacks in this country have had advantage over others via Affirmative Action from the Feds for two generations. It is not anyone else’s fault if it has not been used well.

      • WadeWaters February 7, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        Vice President Dan Quayle gave a speech to the NAACP and wanted to use the United Negro College Fund slogan ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste.’ But he couldn’t remember the quote and instead said, “It is a terrible thing to lose your mind.” Just one of his many faux pas.

        Nowadays the woke liberal contingent, black and otherwise, has truly lost its mind.

  43. Islander February 6, 2023 at 5:15 pm #

    Gail Tverberg has a new post up at her blog, Our Finite World:

    httpX://ourfiniteworld.com/2023/02/03/ramping-up-wind-turbines-solar-panels-and-electric-vehicles-cant-solve-our-energy-problem/

  44. Pucker February 6, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

    “The Right perceives that its opponents have lost their minds, but there is no arguing with people who are literally insane.”

    They’re going to just line up for it….

    “ Eichmann was not the only Nazi who believed in his remarkable ideological “benignness.” The entire Nazi discourse on the extermination camps testified to this. They called death in the gas chambers the “death of grace” (i.e., the least painful solution for people they felt were better off dead than alive).

    The Führer had that same death in mind even for the entire German people if Germany were to lose the war: He promised on his word of honor that he had set aside a sufficient volume of gas in case of this scenario. Even at the Nuremberg Trials, the Nazi leaders continued to speak matter-of-factly of such death as a “medical act,” a precision therapeutic intervention to render society “healthy.”

    Arendt notes that there was something even more remarkable than the appeal for cooperation that Eichmann addressed to the Jews: that he also obtained that cooperation. Arendt writes:

    The Jewish Councils of Elders were informed by Eichmann or his men of how many Jews were needed to fill each train, and they made out the list of deportees. And the Jews registered, filled out innumerable forms, answered pages and pages of questionnaires regarding their property so that it could be seized the more easily. And then, right on time, they assembled at the collection points and boarded the trains. The few who tried to hide or to escape were rounded up by a special Jewish police force. As far as Eichmann could see, no one protested, no one refused to cooperate, that thanks to the “general cooperation” everything was right. “Immerzu fahren hier die Leute zu ihrem eigenen Begräbnis.” They knew it. All of them.7”.

    Mattias Desmet
    The Psychology of Totalitarianism

    • MaryQueen February 6, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

      I am of the opinion that the Jews who got on the trains may have known on some level; but much like delusional westerners, they hoped beyond hope that someone was coming to save them.

      No one is coming to save us.

      • edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 10:56 pm #

        Q, w no life, besides here at CFN, attempts to equate Americans to Jews heading for the gas chambers…classy move Q, classy.

        • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:18 pm #

          Wait, Do you believe in the gas chambers or do you believe it is a hoax?

          • edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:41 pm #

            Reading comprehension story time for Amman…of course the holocaust is not a hoax. You’d have to be a certifiable nutjob to believe otherwise.

          • Amman February 7, 2023 at 4:16 am #

            So the Holocaust, NAZI physical gaslighting of the European Jews in concentration camps is true, right?

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 8:32 am #

            I think I answered the question.

        • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          You bet.

          I equate the clotshot and the lockdowns and the psychological torture and the destruction of jobs and lives and livelihoods resulting in suicide, death, sterilization and maiming of millions in the western world akin to another Holocaust. You have to be blind not to see that we are being systematically programmed, tortured and killed, slowly as its being done.

          A woman who is an actual Holocaust survivor has said so herself. There is a 5-part documentary that is hosted by RJK, Jr.’s site.

          But I am guessing it’s just easier to come to this blog and name-call. Because that’s all a troll is good for.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 11:23 am #

            As far as having no life, well, I think it’s apparent to most here who that applies to.

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

            You’re being tortured Q? Sent to the ovens? Maimed? Get a grip.

    • Islander February 6, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

      Uh-oh, more eggs broken to make the toxic omelette:

      httpX://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/fire-new-zealands-largest-egg-farm-kills-75000-hens-amid-national-shortage

      • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:06 pm #

        Something about a fire in some fish factory as well.

        • edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:17 pm #

          Oh snap..sounds fishy! Fires never happen!

          • Amman February 6, 2023 at 11:24 pm #

            3 fires in 3 fish factories is fishy.

  45. PeteAtomic February 6, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

    Jim,

    This is an excellently concise description of the current milieu.

    The aftermath of WWII & the Cold War created a monster. This monster is the permanent Deep State/Security State and its attendant government bureaucracy.

    The tension of these forces which you describe will need to come to some kind of reckoning for the US to survive moving forward in the future. Otherwise, I think we’ll be in for some real serious tyrannical outbreak which is slithering just under the surface in our society.

    This will most likely come in the form of more “emergencies” declared by the federal government in response of developments such as “misinformation” or “white supremacy.” Whatever it will be, will be vague, and based on some isolated incident that will be used to falsely generalize an entire population.

    A central question is whether the actual guiding principles of the United States, written & inherent in our Constitution, founding documents & Bill of Rights– will have enough popular support to fight back against the Party of Chaos, and the War Machine.

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    • Woodchuck February 7, 2023 at 9:15 am #

      “A central question is whether the actual guiding principles of the United States, written & inherent in our Constitution, founding documents & Bill of Rights– will have enough popular support to fight back against the Party of Chaos, and the War Machine.”

      The only way to fight back against the uniparty of Chaos is secession. There’s nothing wrong with the founding documents. There is something terribly wrong with all the psychopaths and obvious criminals we’ve stupidly elected over the years. That’s why we need secession and the total collapse of the current system with *ALL* the people currently working for it or in it removed and forever banned from holding any government jobs. Then maybe after 5 or 10 ten years or so, we can hold another constitutional convention and decide if we want to form another central/federal government. If not, then we’ll occupy North America as collections of states or confederations of states. That’s how freedom and democracy is supposed to work – what we have now is pile of crap run by mentally ill and delusional psychos.

      • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

        Secession will NEVER be allowed under any circumstances. Any breakaway states will be treated the same as any third world renegade state is now: cutoff and ruined economically, infiltrated by CIA terrorist hitmen and NGO’s, followed by a full scale military invasion if it ever gets that far.

        None of this will be to preserve the integrity of the US, but to continue to enforce the transition to the long sought after one world government, of which the US will be the tentative ruling center The so-called “Uni-party of Chaos” is inherently globalist in nature, not nationalist. The US is just serving as the launching pad for a much larger movement that’s been well over a century in the making. It will take a MUCH bigger effort than a few renegade US states to derail all this.

        https://thesaker.is/why-shinzo-abe-was-assassinated-towards-a-united-states-of-europe-and-a-league-of-nations/

        • Blackbird February 7, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

          While I think it would be ideal for the US to break up into smaller statelets, voluntarily joined together and bonded by mutual interests – and not just the US, but throughout the world – I don’t think it’s possible.

          Suppose the US breaks apart – that means no dollar hegemony, no NATO, no rule of the US over most of the world.

          Will all those countries, all those peoples, who have been sodomized by the US over the past 80 years, just stand by and say, “Let’s wait until the dust settles over there and see who we can do business with”? I don’t think so.

          Excellent article you linked to on the Saker, lots of informative links too.

          It is unfortunate that the Saker is flying off into the sunset at the end of the month. I can’t see anyone – Moon of Alabama, Geopolitica – filling that gap.

          • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

            Yes, I can’t see anyone out there currently filling the gap with all his guest authors. He’s not admitting as much, but I think that he senses the heat is about to come down. Once the war with Russia officially commences, he’ll likely be expelled, imprisoned, or worse for his activities. We are closer to the WWI, Part III festivities now than even most on this board suspect. It’s going to get really ugly really soon.

            Without the power to coin their own currency (among many other things) and have it widely accepted, breakaway republics are a fool’s errand. Not to mention raising some semblance of a standing army to resist the current globalist hegemon in DC.

          • Paula D February 8, 2023 at 10:49 am #

            The Unz site carries a lot of guest authors.

  46. Mark Felt February 6, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

    As usual a very enjoyable read Mr Kunstler, thank you.

    Sadly, it is a prayer for the dying and totally dependent on hope. Hope has never changed anything only the actions of man have.

    Any article that fails to recognise and record the absolute control exercised by the ‘hidden hand’ lacks the required gravitas that explains, to the many, that life is like a hand of bridge, society has made its bids the hidden hand controls us all and we are the dummy and all we can do is sit there and watch everything unfold

    Unless……

    • Amman February 6, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

      Deus ex machina.

      Anyway, a shock from Europe 1st sounds about right.

    • Blackbird February 7, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

      Was Mark Felt really “Deep Throat”?

      My suspicion: “No”.

      If we’re supposed to believe it, it’s probably a lie.

  47. Billy Hill February 6, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

    “The more impotent and inept our government gets, the more it will seek the appearance of exquisite control over everything… employment… the weather. The key fallacy of the climate change crusade is that there’s nothing our government can do about it except posture and pretend — and issue more idiotic regulations that prevent people from doing business and leading their lives.”

    In the 1930’s no less a luminary than John Dewey could say of the Soviet Union that he has “seen the future” and it is Soviet Russia. The 1939 Soviet-Nazi non-aggression pact put an end to the delusion and what remained of the indigenous American Left was reduced to tatters until the McCarthyite excess offered an opposite polarity.

    Similarly Climate Change as a viable rallying point for a coherent program of socio-economic doctrine is dead, partly owing to the venality of its high-profile popularizers but mainly owing to the economics of the alternative. Lately there has been a flurry of reports on the failures of wind power technology. At least there can be wind energy at night. The same cannot be said for solar. In short, the verdict is being delivered and it does not augur well for the future of “renewable power.”

    This does nothing to diminish the potential validity of the climate models that project changes both in the near and long term. But, as out host suggests above, so far at least all government can do is prevent people from “doing business and leading their lives.”

    Despite the tsunami of doubt embedded in the current zeitgeist, as individuals we retain agency, and minimizing our ecological footprint via the hundreds of choices we make daily in our oil-powered techno space impacts the biosphere. I recently was obliged to exist without indoor plumbing (frozen pipes). It is not too far-fetched to project this in the near term on a mass scale. I suspect even large urban centers will adapt. Perhaps that is silly optimism but nothing is impossible so lang as we retain our belief in our agency.

    That, and rain-water barrels, stored above-ground water already, and sufficient ammo to fend off the unprepared. Nevertheless, Austin Texas was undone by an ice storm. Watch as the citizens exercise their agency and dismiss the City Manager (making a comfortable $300K or so) and the CEO of the local muni power utility (also pulling down – what– $400K?). This is where it begins.

    • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 1:37 am #

      Yes exactly. And this is why they are doing everything in their power to rob people of agency. They want people completely dependent on both the agents and symbols of their centralized power structure. That is why they are really working their way toward criminalizing peoples abilities to live on the margins of or outside of the system. Ideally they want everyone chipped like cattle or plugged into the internet of bodies specifically for control.

      • Redneck Liberal February 8, 2023 at 7:51 pm #

        Hilarious.

  48. Amman February 6, 2023 at 10:44 pm #

    Where do things stand?

    What does American Redemption look like?

    – TRUE LINES

  49. edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:11 pm #

    It’s a marvel that Jimmy K can rehash the same article twice a week for what, like 10 years and his minions lap up the repetitive drivel that he shoots their way with the predictive responses. Jimmy is completely bonkers as he has things completely bass ackwards regarding our corroded two party system. Just look at how ridiculous the Rethugs are….. Santos, Stefanik going to bat for ….chocolate milk? MTG’s whinings, Desantis antics in Fl and I’m just getting started. Anyhow, it looks like a few more cretins and people that had trouble getting out of 6th grade have entered the sordid mix of the usual suspects. Let’s see…let’s start w Q, who not along ago was convinced, w opinions derived from the most ludicrous of sources that ‘lawsuits were coming’ because of all the excess deaths that are supposedly from the ‘clot shot.’ Hardy har har…get it? the clot shot? Wink-wink. Well, numerous experts, tired of the idiocy and scientific illiteracy, emanating from sites like CFN have thoroughly demolished that in the last few weeks. You know, people who actually know what they are talking about.
    How’s cowbell doing? Still producing Pulitzer winning poetry extolling the manly virtues of a mass killer? Poor cowbell, probably never been to Russia where no one goes to church and 5% of the population has read the bible. It’s ok to be insecure cowbell….
    Incel boy? You have no life so you still gotta be around…

    • elysianfield February 7, 2023 at 12:22 am #

      Christ, he’s naming names….

      “…Don’t let him shit on you like that Q…open your mouth….”

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 12:54 am #

        If anyone needs to be taken down from her arrogant perch, it’s Q.

        • Night Owl February 7, 2023 at 8:40 am #

          Have you located the Pee-Pee Tapes, yet?

          • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 9:22 am #

            Has anyone told this Liberal type that we have another poster known as Q?

            Mary is Mary, thank you, please keep your derogatory mouth closed.

            Contribute to this post with your opinions, your constant name calling is demeaning to the blog, and more so yourself.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

            It’s got the Dem delusion, there is no cure.

    • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 9:32 am #

      “Well, numerous experts, tired of the idiocy and scientific illiteracy, emanating from sites like CFN have thoroughly demolished that in the last few weeks. You know, people who actually know what they are talking about.”

      I guess they paid you a special bonus to come out with that one. Get hold of a copy of Ed Dowd’s excellent and beautifully presented book, “Cause Unknown”- The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 and 2022.

      He’s a numbers man with an eye for patterns and trends – used to be a very successful portfolio manager at Blackrock. Check the numbers and get back to us. The numbers are from governments and from insurance companies. There’s a QR code beside every assertion, photograph, graph etc. which will lead you back to the source of the data. Happy debunking.

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 10:17 am #

        Like a good Pavlovian dog, GA responds w the Dowd book. Ooohh…delicious…QR codes! The cause is known and his book has been brilliantly dissected by people much smarter than myself. But, yeah, a financier….

        • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 11:14 am #

          So give us YOUR debunk of the details or shut up, quisling. All you say is ‘people cleverer than xxxx have debunked this or debunked that’. It is beyond pathetic.

        • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 11:15 am #

          What is the known cause of a 600-odd percent increase in child deaths in the EU since the vaxx rollout? What is the known cause of athletes dropping like flies?

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 11:28 am #

            Well….GA, it isn’t the vaccines, if that’s what you are wondering.

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 11:53 am #

            I asked you what it is, not what it is not. If you don’t know what it is, then by definition you can’t say what it is not.

            Try to look as if you have a brain, please. I know it’s hard.

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 11:59 am #

            GA….your reasoning is simple…’iT’s GoTtA bE tHe VaCcInEs.’

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

            Your reasoning hasn’t even made an appearance. We’re waiting.

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            But you are literally too stupid to waste time and space on.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

            Thanks for giving this idiot enough rope to hang itself, GA. LOL!

    • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      Epic meltdown.

      This sounds like Take-a-poo.

      Maybe too much crisp chardonnay (again).

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        Original stuff Q…I had a jolly good time typing this…no meltdown.

        • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

          It reads like the rantings of someone suffering a psychotic break.

          I hope you seek help (the jabs have been known to affect the brain, after all).

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            Right back at you sweetheart.

    • Rowdypiglet February 7, 2023 at 11:29 am #

      I was tempted to reply directly, but I’ll instead suggest we ignore this creature. It can’t actually be engaged with because, like others of its kind, it confuses playground name calling with argumentation. Let’s give it the silence it deserves.

      • Blackbird February 7, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

        I agree Rowdy. I think we should try to starve the trolls out of existence. I don’t know if it will work, but I think it’s worth a try.

  50. edgewoodio February 6, 2023 at 11:16 pm #

    Jimmy always gives the game away by failing to mention certain current events that undermine his columns over the last few years……McGonigal spy scandal anyone??

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    • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 1:26 am #

      There’s literally an endless parade of you people isn’t there. Oh wow let’s hope Jim spends his precious time getting into the Byzantine court minutiae of James Comey and Christopher Steele’s friend!! The wreckage that is your psyche is truly wild. And you seem so on edge and perturbed. Maybe its the quirky shellfish toxins and snake venom pumping through those jabbed and boosted veins. wink wink

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 9:34 am #

        More worn out projections from ssl.

        • benr February 7, 2023 at 10:02 am #

          No she nailed your ears to the wall.

          Why do you keep coming back after getting booted?

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 10:14 am #

            Coming back?

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 10:28 am #

            Does it ever register with you morons that bemoan, bitch and complain about everything, that you have an inordinate of free time to post one stupid comment after another on blog that borders on parody? Go do something productive with your day…

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 11:17 am #

            Why don’t you take your own advice, clown? Oh sorry, you can’t can you. Haven’t put in the requisite number of hours for your paymasters yet.

          • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 11:41 am #

            It is a day and you are here woodio. What are you doing that is productive?

        • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 11:42 am #

          You love every moment of it sweetie xoxo

  51. Night Owl February 7, 2023 at 2:52 am #

    “Jeremy Hunt is preparing to announce Britcoin digital currency by 2030

    This propaganda piece states “The digital coin is not intended to be used for savings and will not pay interest.”

    CBDCs will have a use by date! Meaning your money will expire”

    https://twitter.com/BernieSpofforth/status/1622858590468931585?cxt=HHwWgoC82cXSxoUtAAAA

    As predicted over two years ago. Digtial currency that you are not allowed to save.

    Brought to you by the creators of the Covid Hoax.

    • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 3:22 am #

      Wow! Not allowed to save and not allowed to earn interest. Money that expires sounds like another push for instant gratification and a further degradation of the functioning of the personality. Obviously it is about controlling what a person does but it is also about shaping patterns of thinking and behavior. The digital jails are a reoccurring theme too!

      • 100th Avatar February 7, 2023 at 8:45 am #

        But Bitcoin = freedom

        Just like tranny agenda: make it appear rebellious, cutting edge, and against the wishes of the masters and the ulterior motives will go unnoticed by the low functioning masses.

        • John001 February 7, 2023 at 9:47 am #

          In Jan 2022 the House of Lords Economics Committee criticised / condemned (not sure which, they’re always ultra-polite) the idea of a CBDC. They said that it was a solution looking for a problem and could cause financial instability.

          One member of the Committe is, er, Mervyn King, the last but one Governor ot the Bank of England. He’s no fan of global government and made that clear in his memoirs.

        • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 11:44 am #

          Agree with your take. It’s sort of like smart appliances. They sound really convenient and great. Then you realize your home is an intel data collection center.

          • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

            Read up on CBDC this morning. Scary thinking except to a globalist.

            My first question is who holds the key for Pandora’s box. What a wonderful way for a group or an individual to control money, therefore the economy.

            We are in trouble right now because of Nixon’s folly and the rise of fiat money. This will just aggravate that a thousandfold.

          • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 10:12 pm #

            He who perfects AI is the one who holds the key

          • Blackbird February 8, 2023 at 6:53 am #

            Anyone who needs their refrigerator to tell them they are running out of milk never should have left mommy.

    • Islander February 7, 2023 at 8:56 am #

      Wow, this sure sounds like a signal for a run on gold and other precious metals.

      In Russia the citizens are encouraged to buy gold and silver. Bars, etc.

      Same in India.

      Why not here?

      I still can’t wrap my mind around buying gold.

      Yesterda my Moscow friend sent me a link to a story about Sergei Glazyev’s plan to create a new gold-based currency.

      It is on a site that seems to specialize in purchasing gold.

      Here is the link:

      httpX://www.moneymetals.com/news/2023/01/19/could-golden-ruble-3-0-knock-out-the-us-dollar-002661

  52. JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 9:38 am #

    Not sure if the numbers are correct but the gist is here.

    The US population has increased by nine million since Biden took the reins. We know where most of the increase has come from.

    The number of jobs created has been four million, which he has bragged about over and over.

    The gist is that there are five million more folks out there with no jobs, dependent on the government and many are homeless. Our country is choking on the number of non-productive people it tries to support. Our ballooning, pun intended, non-productive sector as a load on our finances is why the BRICS+ folks are kicking the hell out of us, economically.

    Good job, Biden. Think about this during his lying session in the SOTU tonight.

    BTW, those five million folks do not even contribute to the unemployment rate which is total BS. The idea that long term unemployment does not count, which makes things look better, was created by Reagan to make the 13% unemployment in the 1981 Volker recession look better.

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 10:32 am #

      I love it when JAZ plays economist.

      • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 10:52 am #

        Wow, what a statement.

        It is a bitch when you have no logical response to offer, isn’t it.

        I, at least, understand enough about economics to know when we are in trouble, which is a magnitude of order more than the “experts” in the Deep State.

        And definitely more than you.

        • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 11:24 am #

          BAHHAAAAAA!

          • Woodchuck February 7, 2023 at 11:40 am #

            baaaaaaaahhhhh! baaaaaaaahhhhhhh! goes the sheep!

            woof woof!! woof woof woof! woof! goes K-Hund

        • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 11:55 am #

          This iteration of Take a Poo is the stupidest yet. It makes you yearn for the previous incarnations. They’ll be sending us a chimp next.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

            On second thought, pretty sure this is Redneck Liberal/Fake Trae. Sounds the same and uses the same mindless retorts.

            Unless Take-a-Poo and Fake Trae are the same dude, which certainly could also be.

          • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

            You forgot your other favorite contestant that appeared to take great joy in mocking you… riverrunner.

          • GreenAlba February 7, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

            Not mocking – desperate. All of you. Bless.

          • Redneck Liberal February 7, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

            Goldarn, MaryQAnon! You’ve figured it out!

            The Powers That Be are SO concerned at the avalanches of truth being exposed so easily by the myriad experts within the ClusterFuckersCohort that ‘They’ have dispatched hundreds of trolls (on their black-money payrolls) to tirelessly undermine the CFN Narrative. But ‘They’ pay so well, what else could I do? Having a wide range of sock puppets means more moolah for the ‘King Troll’.

            Not.

            Aside from the random bullshit you keep spoonfeeding each other (and gobbling down with such gusto) this ‘paid troll’ trope is really THE most amusing one, and indicative of how self-absorbed you have all become. Can you not see how stupid you are?

          • benr February 7, 2023 at 7:13 pm #

            @rl

            Naw we are all too busy laughing out how stupid you are.
            What makes it all the more amusing is how utterly lacking in self-awareness you appear to be.

          • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 8:47 pm #

            All the troll socks sound the same & Rednut et al. seem to be oblivious of how bad they are at it.

          • Redneck Liberal February 8, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

            Mary has updated her profile!

            http://www.theladders.com/expert/mary-vogt-58c233

    • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      If we had a smart opposition party the responder to SOTU could detail the environmental devastation that is occurring because of the endless flood of newcomers. They could outline the carbon footprint of the invasion and talk about how it will impact the use of energy resources, etc., in an effort to reach the other side’s base. This won’t happen because it sounds too good. There’s a lot of good ideas in here. Ignore me at your own peril lol. 😉

      • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:28 pm #

        SSL

        Wow, that is one of the best suggestions I have heard on the blog in a while. I saw that over 60% of the public thinks Biden is bad news in all categories. Why the hell did they vote for his agenda in November?

        • Redneck Liberal February 7, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

          Huh? Wasn’t it ‘stolen’, Johnnie?

        • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 10:11 pm #

          Well they didn’t really. Republicans had millions of more votes than Democrats on a nationwide basis. But it was not enough to make a dent in the Senate. The media and social media election interference was out the wazoo and then look at all the in your face voter fraud in Arizona and Nevada. So yeah it was pretty much another stolen election. Or a selection, if you prefer.

          • Redneck Liberal February 8, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

            Did the Repubs ‘lose’ their millions more votes, SSL? Well…what DID happen to them?

            It’s a right mystery, sure enough…like the invisible/unprovable “in-your-face” voter fraud in Nevada & Arizona.

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

      Hey JAZ….entertain me…which party racks up more debt?

  53. Kornado February 7, 2023 at 11:46 am #

    I always imagine some douchebag talking to me in person like that..it excites me to picture the outcome.

    • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

      My guess is he/she is 20 years old by the lack of sensible knowledge.

  54. BackRowHeckler February 7, 2023 at 11:59 am #

    The Ukrainian Army is being annihilated in Bakhmut. Russian artillery — the King of the Battlefield — is pouring in 60,000 shells per day.

    Remember last March when western media was reporting that Russia had run out of artillery rounds, Katyusha rockets, & 7.62×39 ammo lol?

    • Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

      The Killing Fields of Bakhmut. Another Kosovo or Karbala. And in military terms, their Gettysburg perhaps.

      If only Americans could claim it was their victory. But they’re not even on the same side this time. WW2 was an exercise in stolen valor. The Russians beat the Germans, but they couldn’t have done it without massive financial and technological aid from us.

      Of course our little invasion of may have taken some German units from the Eastern Front. Enough to tip the balance?

      • BackRowHeckler February 7, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

        I believe in 1944 there were about 25 German Divisions in Italy & France, and 200 Divisions on the Eastern Front.

      • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

        If only Americans

        The problem here is that the Deep State has become so anti-American that all the America First crowd realize that our own government is a bigger enemy than Russia or China. The WEF, which Biden’s Mob is trying to fold us into, is the antithesis of what the MAGA crowd wants, small government and liberty.

        Tonight, I expect to hear the biggest crock of political BS in American history.

        • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 5:59 pm #

          Well, at least we’re aspiring to be better at something!

  55. Paula D February 7, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

    This is an interesting essay. Apparently our overlords have decided to admit that the shots have caused harm to the population and they are experimenting with what kind of spin will keep them from lawsuits or hanging parties.

    I usually call the product they pushed so hard “the GMO injectable”, but he makes a case for calling it “the spike protein vaccines” instead. I think he is right.

    ://amidwesterndoctor.substack.com/p/dissecting-the-new-plea-for-covid?utm_source=substack&utm_campaign=post_embed&utm_medium=web

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    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

      Substack….where all quacks and covid deniers go to congregate. Yay!

      • Night Owl February 7, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

        You sound like a homosexual.

        • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

          Reminds me of Dylan McDermott a bit.

    • Amman February 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

      All the WEF has done is build a deeper hole fo they-selves.

    • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

      Absolutely, Paula. IMO, the spike proteins are what is causing the inflammation and consequent, not subsequent, consequent clotting. That is why disease or vaxx contributes to the clotting risk. We really do not know how long the s proteins remain intact, so for example if more than a year, the proteins will acumulate. Again, my guess is everyone is an individual in respect to inflammation sensitivity, so any collective accumulation is just going to take out another select group.

      Strawman?

      The models that the mRNA dropped on us said that s proteins only last a couple of weeks. UH huh.

      • Night Owl February 7, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

        Still no isolate of “Covid-19.” right John?

        Curious, as they did claim to isolate SARS I in accordance with Koch’s Postulates.

        How can this be?

      • Paula D February 7, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

        I agree that it is the spike proteins, John.

        But is the problem that they last longer than expected, or that the mRNA in the cells produces them longer than expected, or both?

  56. Jarek February 7, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

    Apologies are kind of weak. Pleas for mercy can be listened to in court at sentencing. And of course apologies to the relatives can be said at that point as well.

    • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

      Multiple victims are a reason to give the death penalty instead of life.

      They say over a million folks have died from Covid in the US.

      I would say that is much closer to zero, as Covid does not cause death, extenuating circumstances do.

      I wonder how many deaths have been caused by the Vaxx in the same way.

      • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 5:37 pm #

        My god, you’re a dense one.

  57. MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

    People forget that Trump supported/legitimized Guaido.

    What a farce, with a goal of stealing Venezuela’s gold, which they did.

    Well, it’s over:

    Guaidó is Gone But London Keeps the Gold

    https://consortiumnews.com/2023/02/06/guaido-is-gone-but-london-keeps-the-gold/

    • edgewoodio February 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

      Q finally posts a link to a reputable source…

      • Islander February 7, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

        U R a dodo.

    • JohnAZ February 7, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

      Question Mary.

      How much of that gold is finding its way to Russia, China and the BRICS+ crowd?

      • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 5:57 pm #

        From London? Precious little, I would think. A few oligarchs in exile, perhaps.

        All of this just reinforces the west’s basic credibility problem, although that’s pretty much shot now anyway. But keep in mind, they’ve got the same plans for our pensions, bank accounts, and assets – mortgaged or otherwise – as well. It’s THEIR money, we’re just borrowing it.

      • MaryQueen February 7, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

        Oh I’m sure the UK was not alone in its endeavor. 😉

  58. Q. Shtik February 7, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

    It has taken me hours to catch up reading all the comments and I have to tell you it’s been boring. Especially the part where many of you attempt to deflect the latest troll, edgewoodio. It should be obvious the answer is to NEVER respond to him. It’s a fruitless exercise that only brings joy to his heart.

    Anyway, here is what IS important: Rutgers plays Indiana on Indiana’s home court at 6:30 tonight. “Away” games are always the toughest. I am very anxious about this game. Rutgers and Indiana are the only two teams to have beaten #1 nationally ranked Purdue this 2022-2023 season. A perfect setup for a great game. Indiana is ranked #18 nationally and Rutgers #24.

    Things have been going well for Rutgers lately, They beat the piss out of Minn 90-55 last Wednesday then held on to defeat Mich State 61-55 on Saturday. While this was happening Illinois (ranked #2 in the Big 10) lost a game and slipped to #3 while Rutgers edged into the #2 slot.

    These rankings become all-important once all the regular season games have been played and it is time for the BIG 10 conference playoffs. Whoever wins the BIG 10 championship gets an automatic entry into the NCAA playoffs.

    Of the 8 games remaining in Rutgers’ season schedule tonight’s game against Indiana is the most important.

    • SoftStarLight February 7, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

      omg yawn Q lol! Are you getting excited about tonight’s game? What are your preps for tonight’s fun?

      • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 4:57 pm #

        He’s inviting Peter down from the third floor to gather ’round the TV for some quality family time. Maybe even some pickup ball in the driveway at halftime, provided Peter can manage to keep his pants up!

        • Disaffected February 7, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

          Rumor has it that Peter’s a basketball savant.
          In his younger days they called him “Basketball Jones.” That’s why Q. can’t stand him.