August 7, 2022

Gold in the comments.

Here's a comment by chopsuey4[1] on ZeroHedge:
[T]hese lawbreakers in DC are [really] insane and a complete waste of everyones time. For gawd sakes, they are always backpedaling to maintain their financial interests and to cover-up lies from the past. The past they helped destroy by sending manufacturing like semiconductors to oversea interests. THe country has been sold out, gutted and betrayed by these utterly useless, unintelligent and uncaring bitches in DC, and all their associates. Day in and day out we see DC thugs bickering, gaslighting and misprioritizing the issues close to americans.

The power to destroy our way of life use to be one of their sickest objectives. Now its simply their power to destroy life whether through direct violence, policies, arrogance or vile selfishness. A sickening bunch at best that needs weeding out.

CS4 gets down to business and captures the astonishing hostility of the political elite to the nation and its people. I particularly like his word "misprioritizing." Every minute of our lives we're faced with choices that have tradeoffs. Individuals generally figure out what matters to them the most.

But not at the federal level. We just extricated ourselves from Afghanistan and within months there we were fooling around in Ukraine -- hugely sensitive territory to the Russians -- at huge cost and great danger to us. And we've been playing around there since 2014 at least.

In what school of statescraft is it considered wise to engage in pointless, reckless, murderous foreign military adventures back to freaking back and dumping $40B on on the bizarre state of Ukraine with no more than an afternoon of consideration in the Congress? Money for a wall on the southern border? So difficult, my fellow citizens. Keep out foreign job thieves and welfare parasites? So many human rights complications. So sad. Not run up the debt by $40B? You're joking, right?

But training and arming Ukrainian troops right on the Russian border? Makes perfect sense. Our lives depend on it.

Notes
[1] "Biden Wants China Hawks To 'Put The Brakes' On Bill Gutting 40 Years Of Taiwan Policy." By Connor Freeman, ZeroHedge, 8/6/22.

August 5, 2022

The Weather Channel one-note ukulele.

Climate change hysteria time again, folks.

8/3/22 -- "New Climate Change Study Predicts Timeline For Next Mass Extinction."

It's the big one, Elizabeth.

8/2/22 -- "UK Heat Wave ‘Extremely Unlikely’ Without Climate Change, Scientists Say."

"An analysis by the World Weather Attribution initiative found climate change made the event 10 times more likely."

7/31/22 -- "Beaver Dams Helping To Mitigate Severity Of Climate Change."

Nuff said.

7/30/22 -- "WHO Has A Climate Change Message For Your Mayor."

"Here’s what local leaders should do to help their communities take action on climate change."

7/30/22 -- "Can Slowly Evolving Penguins Survive Climate Change?"

Ok. Now I'm REALLY worried.

7/29/22 -- "Congress Considering New Climate Bill – Here’s What It Could Do."

Climate change mitigation, tax credits, more energy-efficient vehicles.

7/28/22 -- "US To Plant 1.2 Billion Trees."

Forests fight climate change by storing CO2 and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

7/26/22 -- "Beloved Air Conditioning Comes At Big Cost."

"The heat wave encompassing much of the country is leading to widespread use of air conditioning, which puts a strain on energy grids and leads to more greenhouse gas emissions." And we know what happens when there are greenhouse gas emissions. Don't we?

7/26/22 -- "How Climate Change Makes Floods Like In St. Louis More Likely."

"Climate change is making floods, like the one in St. Louis, more likely."

7/8/22 -- "Fin Whale Populations Recovering From Near- Extinction."

And there's a bigger environmental impact here because the recovery of fin whales in the area could help restore an ecosystem that's crucial for controlling carbon in the atmosphere.

6/13/22 -- "Taxing Cow Burps?"

Taxing farmers for methane emissions" will help New Zealand reach their "long-term climate goals." Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That sort of thing.

6/13/22 -- "Two Major Antarctic Glaciers May Be Melting Faster Than Any Time in Past 5,000 Years."

The earth continues to warm so what do you expect?

6/7/22 -- "The Alps Are Losing Snow and Becoming More Green."

Culprit = climate change. Seriously.

6/6/22 -- "Average Summer Temps Have Increased Since 1970."

Climate Central is on it. Temps rising. (Cue video of coal trucks, gas flares, belching smokestacks.) "Extreme heat is becoming more common due to climate change." And that's due to such things as fossil fuel burning and deforestation. Not looking good.

6/3/22 -- "Federal Government Seeks Tougher Building Codes to Respond to Climate Change."

"Experts say coastal communities should brace themselves for more intense storms as a result of climate change."

6/3/22 -- "2020 Hurricanes Were Stronger Because of Climate Change." That would be climate change being considered. As being involved.

6/1/22 -- "Number of Intense Hurricanes Could Double in the Next 30 Years."

"Researchers found that warmer ocean waters due to climate change will fuel more Category 3 and higher storms."

6/1/22 -- "Back-to-Back Landfalls To Become More Frequent, Faster."

Communities getting less time between hurricanes. "That's getting more likely as the world warms."

6/1/22 -- "Tropical Cyclones Could Hit Northeast More Often, Says Study."

"A new study using satellite observations and simulations found that the Northeast could see impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes in the future due to global warming."

6/1/22 -- "France Waters Green Spaces With Swimming Pool Water to Combat Drought (PHOTOS)."

"France's drought comes as areas across the world have seen severe drought worsened by climate change over the last several years."

5/31/22 -- "Archaeologists Work Furiously To Study Ancient City Revealed by Drought in Iraq."

Extreme drought a result of climate change.

5/3/22 -- "Where Tornadoes Strike Most Frequently Is Changing." By Ally Hirschlag.

22 videos in today's list. 118 videos in all previous lists.

Previous lists of Weather Channel hysteria:

5/31/22 -- "The Weather Channel on 'climate change.' Beatin' it like a rented mule." 26 videos.

5/5/22 -- "The "we're all going to die" narrative. Version 87.01." 22 videos.

4/12/22 -- "Another load of Weather Channel climate change hysteria." 16 videos.

2/14/22 -- "Yet more Weather Channel hysteria, campers." 21 videos.

12/4/21 -- "Stuffing us like a goose." 15 videos.

12/1/21 -- "More Weather Channel climate hysteria." 10 videos.

11/11/21 -- "Six days of Weather Channel climate hysteria." 8 videos.

For some perspective, see also "From ice age to global warming – the climate doom-mongers’ swift about-turn." By Ivor Williams, The Conservative Woman, 4/26/22. It's well worth reading even if you're not a conservative woman.

And Prince William gets it about messaging:

"Prince William Praises TV Writers For Inserting Climate-Change 'Programming' Into Shows." ZeroHedge, 5/10/22. Isn't he "the good one"?

August 2, 2022

Political language.

[In 1977] When Alfred Kahn, Jimmy Carter's chief inflation fighter, used the politically taboo word ''depression'' in a statement from the White House, the economist was pounced upon by assorted communicators and soothing-sayers; as a result, the hapless but happy man pledged to substitute the word ''banana'' for ''depression'' in any future economic message.
That's a quote from a very droll 1982 article by William Safire in The New York Times."

I found it in a great piece by Michael Every.[1]

Safire was a brilliant commentator on language. Up there with Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, George Orwell, and Joe Sobran. One can never tire of the bafflegab, horse feathers, flapdoodle, and linguistic dogs' breakfasts that are served up by the people who play at being "leaders," "intellectuals," or "statesmen." I mean never.

Matters have progressed considerable like since 1982 and today we witness the phenomenon of terms like "lactaters," "chest feeders," "birthing persons," "progressivism," "husbands," "women's health," "elections," "rules-based international order," "New World Order," "social justice," "scrimination," "vaccine," "horse paste," "white supremacy," "new variant," and "democracy" being uttered with a straight face, if not a face contorted by rage.

Well, I've written about Confucius's warning about the rectification of names. In short, if you can't use precise language to describe what is happening in the kingdom don't expect public policy to be formulated that deals with real problems.

"Why are millions of foreigners walking about freely in my kingdom, you brainless putz?

Just visitors, your majesty."

"Asylum" and "refugee" in our own time are words that deftly disguise the actual invasion of the Western world by third-world primitives -- "primitive" in the sense of "honor killing," FGM, violent, supremacist, tribal religion, and sacrificing chickens outside the courthouse, in case you were wondering -- leading to the dispossession and impoverishment of white people in the countries that they founded and built.

So it's deteriorated since 1982. But, political speech has always been murderous and ghastly really. Nothing new under the sun and all that. As Orwell said, it's "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Russia engaged in "unprovoked aggression" in Ukraine but the U.S. engaged in -- and engages in -- "regime change" in Syria. It did something in Serbia back when that killed a lot of people and destroyed a lot of stuff but it sure wasn't murder or aggressive war in the, oh, Nuremberg sense. Hell no.

The rest of the Safire article is worth your time, as is Michael Every's article on the straits jacket we find ourselves in the East Asia neighborhood.

Notes
[1] "What Happens Next? Nobody Knows – But It Doesn’t Look Good At All." By Michael Every, ZeroHedge, 8/2/22.

July 31, 2022

A passionate voice of normality.

Let's see if the majority of Italians are willing to bestir themselves to save themselves from leftist fanaticism, malevolence and stupidity.

Oriana Fallaci warned them years ago that Italy is threatened by the invasion of hostile, aggressive, arrogant, parasitical third-world primitives but that didn't seem to energize Italians.

Twenty years down the road we'll see who comes out on top in the forthcoming election. If recent history is any guide, Italians, like all Europeans, will demonstrate yet again that they are comfortable with socialist "freebies," absurd debt, hostility to the traditional family, and immigration that will destroy each of their countries and Europe as a whole.

July 29, 2022

The enemies of normality.

Love him or hate him, during Trump’s presidency, the economy was strong, markets were up, inflation was under control, gas prices were low, illegal border crossings were down, crime was lower, trade deals were renegotiated, ISIS was defeated, NATO allies were stepping up, and China was stepping back (a little). Deny all that if you want to. The point here is that something like 100 million Americans believe it, strongly, and are bewildered and angered by elite hatred for the man they think delivered it.

Nor was Trump’s record all that radical—much less so than that of Joe Biden, who is using school-lunch funding to push gender ideology on poor kids, to cite but one example. Trump’s core agenda—border protection, trade balance, foreign restraint—was quite moderate, both intrinsically and in comparison to past Republican and Democratic precedent. And that’s before we even get to the fact that Trump neglected much of his own agenda in favor of the old Chamber of Commerce, fusionist, Reaganite, Conservatism, Inc., agenda. Corporate tax cuts, deregulation, and bombing Syria: These are all things Trump’s base doesn’t want, but the oligarchs desperately do, which Trump gave them. And still they try to destroy him.[1]

Think about that. Trump was obviously a man who asked what are the best interests of the nation and its people. ALL its people. The nation was demonstrably better off under his leadership and the MAGA faction damn well knew that and knew why. At last the country was being led by someone who wasn't a crackhead ideologue who hated the people and everything about their history, culture, and laws. Yet, the vast political class that had been so inconvenienced by the operation of the American electoral system in 2016 went ballistic over the fact that their lunatic, malicious agenda of mass transformation had been rejected.

As someone who writes Contemplations on the Tree of Woe observes:

. . . Our contemporary consensus is not just wrong here and there, not just mildly out of step on reality. It is wrong on the fundamentals. The very building blocks of our entire society are misshapen and fractured, and they do not fit together. They are, in fact, so broken that they are leading us to ruin.[2]
Trump's action were so wildly out of kilter with the wishes of the political class -- the holders of those misshapen and fractured opinions -- that the very highest officials engaged in open sedition with their concocted cries of Russian influence with Trump or/and interference in U.S. elections (Washington Post, New Yorker/James Clapper, Foreign Affairs, BBC/James Comey, Brookings Institute, and Daily Beast). With impunity, let it be said. A massive where-there's-smoke exercise in distortion ensued.

Trump's ballpark normalcy was a threat to the proponents of the abnormal. Think about the implications of that. The celebration of that abnormality today is the summum bonum of the political class with their zealous embrace of what is perverted and stupid.

Notes
[1] "They Can't Let Him Back In." By Michael Anton, Compact, 7/28/22.
[2] "Why Has Our World Gone so Crazy?" By Contemplations on the Tree of Woe, 7/29/22.

July 22, 2022

Pearls of expression.

It is one of the great mysteries—or perhaps I should say it is one of the reliable reminders of human imperfection—that higher education often fosters a particular form of political stupidity [“the repudiation of inheritance and home”].[1]
There is abroad in the land the poisonous notion that government at all levels should naturally have "partners" or that there should be "public-private partnerships." Centralization, supranationalism, multiculturalism, diversity, and critical race theory are the vertical iteration of that horizontal splay of sovereignty into dilution and remoteness from public actions taken by public servants accountable to the voters.

Everything's peachy so long as important decisions are taken by effing strangers such as Bill and Melinda, Mark, Georgie, Jeff, and your garden-variety federal judge. It's bad enough when political decisions ARE made by officials putatively answerable to the voters even if at second hand. Some kind of a problem with THAT as it turned out to my way of thinking but no need to stray too far afield. Look up "unaccountable administrative state" and "out-of-control, contemptuous, contemptible U.S. Congress" if you've got time on your hands.

And anybody have an email address or phone number for the asinine freak dressed as a Klingon battle cruiser commander whose mind is populated by sugarplum fairies and big rock candy mountains? Own nothing and be happy, my ass. Who elected that one?

Notes
[1] "On Popular Reason and Self-Rule." By Roger Kimball, The American Mind, 7/19/22.

July 20, 2022

More on deliberate destruction.

[G. Edward Griffin, author of The Creature from Jekyll Island] says, "The Federal Reserve is the cause of inflation... When you have a central bank that creates as much money as it wants to, it's a scam."

Griffin contends that today's rampant inflation is constricting anyone who isn't wealthy. He says, "The middle class is being squeezed out of existence. The rich are getting much richer, the middle class is getting smaller, and the poor are getting poorer. We're almost going back to a medieval stage."

He contends that the Federal Reserve is intentionally driving down the value of the U.S. dollar in an effort to transition into a cashless monetary system.

Griffin makes it clear that, "The reason why we have inflation is that the money supply is not pegged to something that takes human effort to produce."

He says, "[The Fed is] actively trying to destroy the U.S. dollar... Whatever savings you have or wealth you've been able to build, you want to get that out of dollars and into something else."

Griffin believes that countries around the world have soured on the U.S. dollar because they disagree with how funds have been used throughout the pandemic. He says, "They don't have trust in the dollar anymore because they see how foolishly politicians and the bankers at the Federal Reserve have been playing at the roulette wheel."[1]

With emphasis on the word "foolish." I dunno. When the man who literally wrote the book on the Federal Reserve says it's a ruinous scam maybe we better listen.

Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke wrote that "No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the main enemy forces." The poet Robert Burns had the same insight with "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley." Then there're "Too clever by half"; "Many a slip twixt the cup and the lip; and Mike Tyson's "Everybody's got a plan till they get hit in the face."

These clowns sit or skulk around in their conclaves, koffee klatches, confabs, eyrie, cabanas, bathhouses, faculty lounges, broom closets, fantasy islands, and Ted Talks and think about how they'll command and eliminate the unwashed once their plans come to fruition. Well, we'll see about that. As the old military maxim goes, "Never give an order you know won't be obeyed." The guys down at the local National Guard armory may just ask, "You want us to do what to our friends and relatives here in town?" Federal forces will be no different. An explicitly destructive agenda will not be implemented without protest such as when the globalists make their final move. Social peace is something that the treason class does not understand.

I doubt it will even get to that point. We'll see The Great Unraveling before there's any Great Reset. The last bit of glue holding it all together is the stake that the productive people have in even this marginally functioning economy. When they're squeezed unmercifully and then impoverished that last bit of glue will vaporize. Herb Stein's famous maxim is still valid. What can't go on won't. Reckless war, currency debasement, raging inflation, lunatic spending, massive migrant invasion, and worship of the foreign and the perverse hint at social peace and economic stability with a half life of three years.

Notes
[1] "Fed Fights Inflation Monster It Created While Destroying Dollar, 'Jekyll Island' Author Warns." By Daniela Cambone, ZeroHedge, 7/20/22 (emphasis removed).

July 10, 2022

Pearls of expression.

Oil Price[s] acts like [they're] managed by Klaus Schwab, George Soros, Bill Gates, the Biden Regime, Lindsey Graham, the ghost of John McCain, and Greta Thunberg. [They are the result of] Russophobic, cheerlead[er]s for "green" "energy", and [these cheerleaders are] consistently wrong about everything related to energy. Case in point:
Now the country [Germany] faces another problem, the rocketing cost of natural gas that results from the Ukraine war.
The Ukraine War did not cause gas prices to skyrocket. It was the result of the EU's use of the conflict to fully "transition" to green energy despite not having a viable plan to do so. Acting as vassals of the GAE [Global American Empire], [the E.U. member states] imposed draconian sanctions against Russia not only because they are tributary states of the American Empire, but [because they are also] true believers in the "Liberal World Order" being advocated by the Biden Regime. The left's stupidity, self-loathing, totalitarianism, pedophilia, infanticidism, transgenderism, hatred of Christianity, Socialism, climate change cultism, Gaia worship, etc. is what is going to lead to Europe's long, dark winter.[1]
Apologies for the heavy editing but it's still a good comment.

The left was been responsible for unspeakable suffering and murder in the last century. In the present one, it is solely responsible for a public square that is degrading to all forced to endure it. The left's enthusiastic and violent embrace of perversion, hypocrisy, and repression has gutted the concepts of normality, reason, and patriotism.

And not just in Europe.

Notes
[1] Comment by CryptoingTheLightFantastic comment on "Europe's Big And Expensive Energy Mistake." By Leonard Hyman and William Tilles, ZeroHedge, 7/10/22.

July 4, 2022

Just what are we celebrating today?

We won our independence from England but do we really have any of our freedoms left?
After 1865 the American government’s “just” powers were no longer derived from the consent of the governed, as Jefferson so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence, but by the whims of politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and enforced by their “supreme” court and their military and police state apparatus.

The Jeffersonians had long warned that if the day ever came that everyone’s constitutional liberty depended on the pronouncements of a few government lawyers with lifetime tenure, Americans would then live under a tyranny. That tyranny arrived in 1865 and was celebrated by future tyrants such as “progressive” icon Woodrow Wilson who, in his early twentieth-century book on congress, wrote approvingly about how, with the effective abolition of federalism, states’ rights, the Tenth Amendment, and especially the rights of secession and nullification, the limits of liberty were indeed in the hands of those five politically-appointed government lawyers with lifetime tenure. The wolf was finally in charge of “guarding” the sheep and has been ever since.

"Lincoln’s Repudiation of the Declaration of Independence." By Thomas DiLorenzo, LewRockwell.com, 7/4/22.

July 3, 2022

Deliberate destruction.

Food production and the fossil fuel industries are not the only ones on the globalists’ chopping block. Last weekend I was invited to a zoom call with the German firebrand "MEP Christine Anderson." who gave us a brief report about the recent vote in the EU parliament to extend the Covid pass requirement for another year. The parliament voted in favor of the extension in plenary session in spite of the fact that the measure is wholly useless and unjustified – to say nothing of the fact that 99% of Europeans are opposed to it. Mrs. Anderson’s explicit assessment on the matter was that EU’s democracy is a sham and a fraud. The plenary never debated the measure – they simply took the vote. Why the majority of MEPs voted in favor is entirely a mystery, and a sinister one at that.

But perhaps the most interesting and unexpected part of the 3 hour long call was about the airline industry. Three of the participants on the call had deep inside knowledge of the airline industry (one of them a pilot) who said in no uncertain terms that the industry is now being systematically and deliberately demolished. Apparently, the ultimate purpose is to kill airline travel altogether.[1]

I'm not going to hide behind a demure "what the hell is going on?" post. I know what's going on. The deliberate attempt to destroy the West is as plain as the nose on my face. And we're talking Mt. Rushmore here.

The withdrawal from Afghanistan might be explained by rank incompetence. That said I can imagine what would have happened to me as an Army lieutenant if I had screwed up something as simple as a movement, not under fire, from A to B with 10 deuce and a halfs, a map, a radio, and 12 months to plan it out. I still don't know who was "it" for conducting that particular Afghan tea party but he seems to have skated on over to his new assignment with no apparent damage done to his career.

So, maybe a screw up that was not punished for domestic political reasons. And that's a big "maybe." A general officer always has a hard-headed command sergeant major and a vigorous, competent operations officer to advise him about, in this case, truly massive movements of men and materiel. The task of cutting our losses and getting out of Dodge would have been uppermost in his and their practical minds and questions would have been asked of the commander seeking information about the broad outline of "The Plan." More likely we saw something deliberately screwed up. I have too much respect of military training, procedures, and leadership principles to believe that the exact nature of the predictable disastrous withdrawal was not communicated by the commander up the chain . . . and ignored. Bidenism over West Point. Guaranteed.

This was a rather unfortunate sideshow to the overall all-units, all-jurisdictions, all-hands Klown Kavalcade now hoving into view these last few decades. And that Kavalcade beggars the imagination. I need not repeat my usual list of economic, social, monetary, spending, welfare, immigration, cultural, trade, educational, and diplomatic land mines, booby traps, and idiocies. Every decision in every area and every zip code, without fail, is the wrong one. As with the Afghanistan skeedaddle, it's simply not possible for smart people to screw up with such regularity and all across the board if "git 'er done" were the first principle and not some bizarre, sinister political agenda.

Sure. Janet Yellen thought that inflation is "transitory."

So recall from your recent memory the astonishing way in which the Western world acted when faced with the recent "pandemic." Was there ever a more authoritarian, destructive, anti-science, manufactured hysteria? The simple concept of risk-benefit analysis was completely abandoned and decisions that affected the lives and livelihoods of millions were taken as though a .2% mortality rate signaled the return of the Black Death. Clearly beneficial alternative treatments were anathematized and the clearly astonishing side effects of the "vaccines" were hidden, downplayed, or disguised. Dangerous drugs became part of the approved protocols and perverse . . . no, evil incentives were offered to all hospitals to misidentify Covid-19 as the culprit. Career ruin awaited experts who questioned the salvific "vaccines" now well known to be virtually useless and, arguably, extremely damaging. Ivermectin was characterized as something in the "eye of newt" category.

Now think of the Biden assault on fossil fuel exploration and production, the equally-dishonest climate change lie factory, the slobbering over electric vehicles, tiny houses, "alternative" enegy, hideous chemical and surgical mutilation of young, confused people, and the vicious attacks on white people, white culture, and the foundations of our country. Then think of the pointless, baseless, manufactured hostility to Russia and our insane efforts to bring down its government and destroy its economy, all with serious damage to ourselves. Then think of the rash of fires at American food production plants. Then of the bizarre, officially-sanctioned looting, arson, and murder of the summer of 2020. Random somethings? Or agenda-driven?

The author of the above passage sees something sinister in the EU lock-step extension of the Covid pass requirement. It's not that hard to figure out. The founding of the EU was premised on the lie that "nationalism" rather than totalitarian government (informed by the monstrous lies of socialism) had been the cause of Europe's woes in the first half of the century and that "globalism" was the righteous path for all to take in the future. The EU had to tread carefully at first but it can now be more overt in pursuing its authoritarian agenda that no European citizen signed onto. It started on a corrupt basis and now we see the result. Economic and cultural madness is the Order of the Day. The crazed importation of hate-filled, arrogant, unassimilable Muslims and other third-world primitives is just the lagniappe. I mean, really freaking unassimalable. Consider, while you're at it, the loathsome E.U. member Frans Timmermans and his multicultural bullshit.[2]

You may already know my mantra: If you hated America (or your own Western country) and wanted to destroy it, what would you do differently from what is being done now by your own leaders? What about all our national governments is decent, kind, rational, patriotic, or constructive?

Notes
[1] "A small short? The coming collapse of the air travel industry." By Akrainer, ZeroHedge, 7/2/22 (emphasis added).
[2] Ask yourself who decided that the future he adores is the only path? Why is wanting to have one's own culture and nation such a corrupt, antiquated desire in his view?