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Dr. D: Nothing’s changed except to further prove Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”, where illiterate Americans live in bark huts and eat rabbits. WHY do you prove Ayn Rand right? Doesn’t that just scream failure?
I think rabbits will be more and more popular going forward, as they are relatively easy to raise, can be fed scraps or grow their food in a weed patch. Bark huts, maybe not. But a tiny house from reclaimed stuff, sure thing. Trailer park aesthetic.
LESS –Less Energy, Stimulation, Stuff–is a big part of what many of John Michael Greer’s followers practice. It falls under the slogan Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush. Except now of course, the rush is on. But the signals are all jarbled and confused at this point, with everybody all for it–for the other guy. Back in the 70s during the first energy crisis, we drove slower to save gas, turned down the thermostat, etc. Now we want electric cars and solar panels and no disruption of our Amazonian lifestyles while “saving the planet.” Unless Tucker Carlson, who is otherwise doing a great job, wakes up to the facts around energy economics, it could get ugly, with everyone blaming everyone else for the involuntary LESS.
Just when you think The Atlantic can’t lie any harder, can’t be more of a tool of our despotic, larcenous government, they use “quiet courage” and “moxy” to describe “Joe Biden.” I really want to throw up on Tim Nichols’ keyboard.
Rutte is another evil moron. Would love to hear a conversation between him and Kamala Harris. Have Guinness Records standing by to witness World’s Largest Word Salad being created. AKA Biggest Pile of Horsepuck.The guy talked for over 2 minutes and said absolutely nothing. That takes some kind of talent I suppose.
“I was quite convinced of the lab leak myself until we dove into this very carefully and looked at it much closer.” In one study, which incorporated data collected by Chinese scientists, …
Well that’s reassuring. If you can’t trust scientists–never mind Chinese scientists–who can you trust?
Those Annie Leibowitz photographs are truly the most barbaric and grotesque images imaginable. A complete and utter indictment of our value system. Maybe they can send her to cover the next mass shooting. Hideous.
One more: Thank Dr. D for the GW quotes. I live right across from his Revolutionary War headquarters, and he really did sleep in lots of places around here. Yesterday the auction house next to the bike shop where I work put out a bunch of free books and records, including a biography of Benjamin Franklin, which I grabbed. Coincidentally, watching Jason Whitlock later in the day, he mentioned Ben Franklin in his latest show, in which he took a viewer to task for not getting the solution he espouses every day:a biblical world view. Also in the midst of reading Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson, which covers the years leading up to the Civil War. It’s instructive to go back in our history–especially since very little of it was taught when I was in public school 50 years ago. One big akeaway is the complete lack of moral character or integrity or capacity for intellectual thought in the majority of public figures today as compared to the founding fathers and dudes like Lincoln.
Oh, and that mini Kingfisher needs some Head & Shoulders….
I will refrain from entering the Picasso debate, but I must say his portrait of AOC in today’s post is spot on.
And plus one to the suggestion of Russian artists!
Dr. D wrote: Other notes: Saudi says seeding clouds is a mature technology that they spend a little money to use there. The U.S. have any explanation for why this isn’t true in our southwest, like Lake Mead? No? Physics is different here, we don’t try things…that we ourselves invented? And are so old we successfully used them in the Vietnam war 50 years ago?
Uh, I think the idea of a technological fix for a problem created by technology…hasn’t been such a good idea. Wonder what might happen if every country started seeding clouds for rain. Let’s find out! As Kunstler says, It seemed like a good idea at the time. And it’s just another step or two from “seeding” clouds for rain to letting Bill Gates and Co. “solve” the climate change with their hairbrained ideas about blocking the sun or whatever the fuck..
Pablo Picasso Guernica [Study] II 1937
‘…and we just do not fucking learn!!!!!!!!!”
I think there is enough evidence to suggest war is an innate human trait, like reproducing or seeking food and shelter. It may only show up in times of resource shortages–or out of control greed (in ohter words, constantly, somewhere)–but inevitably it makes an appearance sooner or later. I don’t think it is subject to learning, or unlearning, no matter how many times or how loudly we sing Kumbaya. Of course after a “big” one, we go through the motions of “Never Again!” Again. Nuclear-equipped dying empires may be particularly dangerous…. Good luck to us all!
2008 Honda Fit here, manual transmission, 130k miles. Bought it a year and a half ago for $2,400. Only real issue is windows won’t go down. I hate electric windows. I bought a control switch panel, but it was aftermarket and did not work. Have to use the ac on days like today, which I dislike even more than electric windows….
[somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond]
By E. E. Cummings
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
Thank goodness we no longer have to worry about all the U.S. biolabs around the world. Time to start cracking down on those crazy ass food markets around the world. Heathens!
From today’s NYT front page (I have not read it.):
Coronavirus Originated in a Market, Not a Lab, in Wuhan, Studies Say
Two extensive scientific studies released Saturday say the coronavirus was present in animals at the Huanan seafood market in 2019.
You can get Coke with cane sugar, comes in the little bottles and premium price.
When I was a kid 60s/70s my parents did not allow us to have overly sweetened cereal (though even the regular cold cereals have a ton.) I would get a box of Cap’n Crunch for my birthday. No Coke in the house either, but orange juice made from concentrate, Welch’s grape jelly and Skippy on white bread, & many more food items laden with excess sugar.
Even worse today, as so much of it is labeled “healthy.” Granola bars, Gatorade, tomato sauce, instant oatmeal, applesauce, etc. Nature Valley granola bars have around 11 grams. Older kids should not have more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, one of these bars will use up a significant portion of the recommended limit.” A 20 oz. Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar. So, if your teenager’s snack during a game is a Gatorade and Clif bar, they more than doubled their daily allowance of sugar in that one snack.” Manufacturers have dozens of forms of sugar so you really need to know when reading labels.
But really, the important thing is to get your kids vaccinated and boosted. That will make them good healthy citizens of the world.
Um, wouldn’t blowing up a lab filled with lethal viruses be, like, not a good idea? Like, you know, what if one of the test tubes broke or something? Or are we certain that all the nasties will instantly be incinerated in every strike? Just kinda wondering.
(I will add that obviously Putin will have full knowledge of where most if not all these labs are located, if they are in Ukraine, and how to safely take them out. If there are indeed U.S.-funded labs there, then the whole U.S. germ warfare situation is even more out of control than I figured; putting it in such an unstable country filled with actual Nazis seems a bit irresponsible. At least China also makes our phones.)
Tucker Carlson continues to impress me. I’m sure I will hear from someone that he is simply “controlled opposition.” Whatever. In my opinion, he is truly speaking truth to power. How he gets away with it is beyond me, but I really don’t care. His latest take on the situation in Ukraine is powerful and spot on. It’s scary to think half of America believes the talking heads on the other channels when their hypocrisy is so obvious.
Sometimes I read the comments from last to first. You start to see the responses to Def***ista, and there is the anticipation of getting to the actual comment that ignited the kerfuffle. Try it! It’s fun!
Or if you can’t stand the suspense, use these handy search terms to locate the comment(s):
^^Find the homophone in that video!
I don’t mean to out The One Who Deflates, but I think he writes for The Atlantic when not making artisanal PSAs here on TAE:
COVID is likely to remain a leading killer for a while, and some academics have suggested that pandemics end only when the public stops caring. But we shouldn’t forget the most important reason that the coronavirus isn’t like the flu: We’ve never had vaccines this effective in the midst of prior influenza outbreaks, which means we didn’t have a simple, clear approach to saving quite so many lives. Compassionate conversations, community outreach, insurance surcharges, even mandates—I’ll take them all. Now is not the time to quit.
He is still enthralled with the miracle of modern science: The COVID vaccines are, without exaggeration, among the safest and most effective therapies in all of modern medicine.
He also still gives “Joe Biden” props: President Joe Biden said in January that “this continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and vaccine holdouts are indeed prolonging our crisis. The data suggest that most of the unvaccinated hold that status voluntarily at this point. Emphasis on voluntarily not mine. Can you imagine, a Voluntary choice of whether to take a drug?!
The piece equates vaccine holdouts with smokers:America’s unvaccinated and current-smoker populations seem to match up rather well: Right now, the CDC pegs them at 13 percent and 14 percent of all U.S. adults, respectively, and both groups are likely to be poorer and less educated.
While we do not know what, if anything, sponsors TOWD, we do of course know who pays the bills for The Atlantic’s pandemic “journalism,” as they include this proud declaration on the website:The Atlantic’s COVID-19 coverage is supported by grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Someone mentioned Orlov being contemptible in person. I’ve met James Kunstler several times in person, including a visit to his home in Upstate NY to interview him for a blog I was doing a few years back. He has always been cordial and very generous with his time in each situation.
Although I do not pretend to know him or his motivations, Kunstler does not strike me as someone who is overcalculating about what he writes, aside perhaps from an occasional peak at a thesaurus. My guess it that he is not fully convinced that the Pandemic was a finely orchestrated Plandemic. He may also be thinking that ultimately, there will be no way to prove it–or at least to convince the average Western Citizen that it was. He is likely also gunshy after going all in on the idea that the last election was stolen AND that this would soon be revealed.
My thought is that there are too many entities and persons with too many of their own plans to have this be the result of any great meeting of the twisted power-obsessed minds behind the scenes. Which of course does not mean that outcomes are going to be any better. I find it chilling that software engineer Bill Gates assures us that the next pandemic will not be a SAR Covid strain. Sheesh, it was practically a hundred years between pandemics fi you don’t count the Hong Kong flu, and now we need to expect one the next time Fauci sneezes?
There is the trope about the monkeys with the typewriter; at some point during eternity, they will bang out Shakespeare by chance. When you have scientists with DNA splicing equipment in a lab full of viruses, we won’t have to wait an eternity for them to cook up a tragedy even Shakespeare could not imagine–the hubris alone is unfathomable. But of course we needn’t worry, because they are developing the vaccine for it at the same time….
I think we need to continue to phase out the covid stuff and put the financial fiasco front and center once again. I don’t pretend to understand high finance, but I do understand printing trillions with no way to remotely match that with real goods and services. I thought I might still have a year or two to figure out what to do with my under six figures life savings, but now I’m thinking I’d better grab a piece of land or build a tiny house on a trailer asap. I’m limited because I have part time custondy of my 12-year old and that is my top priority, so I can’t wander off just yet.
Blah blah blah. Mandate this, Freedom that, Titanic deck chairs, truckers truckers truckers–On and on you go about this crap while the Lamborghini I ordered last summer burns at sea. There are other problems in this world, people.
The WEF bestowed some kind of Leadership in Hawaii honors on her 7 years ago and based on that they threw her bio up on the website.. Is there something deeper than that to connect her with the WEF?
Yes, there are many forces more powerful than the president. But I would rather have her talking to Russia than “Joe Biden” and his insane clown crew.. I doubt she would have such warmongers on her team.
Based on her regular appearances on Fox, I suspect, and hope, that she is planning another Presidential run.
Pardon me, former Congresswoman.
Oroboros wrote: Desantis, Gabbard, controlled opposition
Why can’t they tweet a comment about Turdeau as ass clown tyrant?
Give me a break, controlled opposition. I guess there are no sincere actors in your world? Sad.
I suspect former U.S. Senator Gabbard has more balls than most out there, both in words and actions. She has been a Fox guest with Carson recently where he covered the Freedom Convoy. But he chose to talk with Gabbard about the goings on in Ukraine, which is slightly more important both in the U.S. and on the world stage.
Here is Tulsi recently on authoritarianism:
Re Prince Andrew: I will say some of the internet humor posted here, along with TAE homegrown, is definitely funny. Funny is good. Everybody funny, now you funny too
@bosco — Actually abs galore is hoping to bounce something off Dr. Day, so I guess I’m the potential taker in this exchange.
Regarding the comments section, I don’t think my comment yesterday needs much clarification, but nevertheless–it was mainly expressing my current relationship with the comment section, with the YMMV disclaimer attached (Your Mileage May Vary), along with my opinion of the root cause of some of our behaviors, which is not exactly a theory I cooked up myself;^)
I have definitely found TAE to be a port in this storm, and I have in the past expressed my gratitude to Raul and all those who participate here. I do so again now. There is not a single contributor here that I have not benefited from reading, even if it was to point me to my own vast array of compensating behaviors. If anyone is about to file this as a backhanded compliment, please resist the urge! I think in the end, if we can step out of ourselves enough, that can be one of the most powerful ways we grow toward understanding what it just might be all about.
I hope I was just saying that, for me, right at the moment, the tenor of many of the comments is not particularly helpful. Nothing more. Nothing less. I also believe that for me, reading TAE has become almost an addiction. Of course, it is a high class one — Unlike, say Instagram, it is more of a long form social media addiction, suitable for the likes of many of the commenters here who may tend to ponder more deeply about the world than the average bear. Still, you are what you eat, and there is no denying we are not strolling down the sunny side of the street here. Peace.
Oops, forgot my PS: @JohnDay, I left my info as instructed, but maybe too obscure? Let me know and I will try again. Thank you!
re: Boogaloo and masks, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore vs. Western countries: It seems like it is not a strict apples to apples. For instance, China, while highly vaxxed, does not use mRNA vaccines, not sure about the others. It has also been reported that Japan employed Ivermectin on a fairly large scale, don’t know if that has been verified. And I believe those countries do not have the same percentage of comorbidities found in the West, which might affect the level of asymptomatic or mild and unreported cases. Finally, even the CDC now admits that anything less than a professionally fitted N95 mask is ineffective against an aerosol virus like SARS.
Regarding the Vagus nerve and long covid, a couple of interesting articles on Nature:
It sure is a tough crowd here on TAE, as the saying goes. I never click on the Denninger links—even the excerpts are so full of vitriol and anger as to be virtually unreadable for me. Our communication to the world is a direct reflection of our ego and its defenses—or at least, so I have observed for myself.
In that vein, I was puzzled at the over the top hostility directed at Jim Kunstler yesterday. Kunstler is an astute social observer with strong opinions and a writing style that describes his take on the way things are in a sometimes florid and often funny way. I tend to agree with much of his world view, and credit him as a source that has opened my eyes in many ways over the past decade and change.
I agree that his prognostications have proven to be off more than once—he has recently displayed an overly optimistic viewpoint when it comes to the various persons in authority being held accountable for their malfeasance—although one can still hope he will be proved right. However, the idea that “they got to him” or he sold out in some way is beyond the pale to me. Nobody in authority is concerned with what he has to say in any way that matters.
In any case, I would never expect Kunstler to be solely responsible for any particular actions I take or beliefs I hold—that is up to me based on a whole lot more information than that of a single social commentator with a website, no matter how thoughtful or witty and engaging they might or might not be.
This comment section does seem to go through cycles. Right now, with one or two exceptions, I am not finding much that is particularly insightful or helpful Your mileage, of course, may vary (YMMV, as the acronym goes). Perhaps we’ve reached a state of the world where there is little further of use we can actually say? I don’t know.
But I do know fear, in any and all of its many manifestations—hostility, judgement, defensiveness, sarcasm, ridicule, etc.—is not what I am seeking at the moment, and I’m actively working to release as much of my own as I can by staying as present as I can through each day that comes my way. I wish health and peace for everyone here.
MPSK:“Liquid Death” is a canned water whose tag line is “death to plastic”. I am not watching the Super Bowl right now, and this commercial left me speechless. I recorded it because I’m pretty sure it won’t be run again. I was sure it was a PSA against little kids and pregnant women drinking.
That is exactly what I thought, if a bit surreal (and over-obvious.) But it got surreal times ten when I realized it was an actual commercial for water, god help us. That thing will be the talk of the town amongst the media critics whose biggest assignment all year is rating the Super Bowl commercials.
This was the first game all season my 12-year-old son and I watched on a big screen tv (at his mom’s house while she was in NYC with her boyfriend for the Valentine’s Day weekend). During the regular season, we watch highlights on my computer (no commercials) and playoff games on my phone (I mute and turn the phone over.) Half the SB commercials were over my head, half were annoying, all were stupid. (Except the one where the cartoon players jumped out of the tv and trashed the house while the kids watched, that was mildly amusing.) It truly is the entertainment arm of the dystopian future, here live now.
I have no interest in determining whether the virus release was planned in some fashion. They had me at the fact that they are fucking around with these things in the first place, in labs all over the world. The monumental hubris, stupidity, and evil is truly beyond comprehension. Then to try to make science the hero and save us. What was that book by Naomi Klein, Disaster Capitalism? I guess this could be Disaster Authoritarianism. We humans deserve our fate.
@johnday Is there a way to contact you privately? i thought you once had an email contact on your blog, but i no longer see one.
From today’s NYT:
Fact-Checking the Joe Rogan Interview That Caused an Uproar
The popular podcast host and his guest, Robert Malone, a controversial infectious-disease researcher, offered a litany of falsehoods over three hours.
Here is a sample of what they call “False:”
“Now one of the things that people have said in response to the vaccine injuries is that it’s approximately one in 1,000 that are getting these significant injuries like myocarditis.” — Mr. Rogan
False. Studies have shown that the Covid-19 vaccine can be associated with an increased risk of myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle, but Mr. Rogan’s one-in-1,000 figure comes from a retracted study.
Seriously? An entertainer (I believe this “takedown” was published in the NYT Arts and Leisure section) says “one of the things people have said…” is that a definitive statement of fact? I don’t think so. Ninety percent of the piece is like this and worse. Most of it is weakly labeled “Misleading”. Wow. The convolutions are amazing.
Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong in terms of trying to embed a video? I cut and paste the Youtube code directly. It looks exactly the same as other video embed code in the comments section. But I must be missing something?
Coincidentally, Bill M. makes a few of my points–well not exactly, but I will call it Exhibit B:
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sumac.carol — so you think you would only join a protest in which all the other participants shared all of your other ideological positions? That seems..extreme. If not virtually impossible.
sumac.carol wrote: THere’s a challenge question: I will virtue signal here and say that I have on numerous occasions protested against non-democratic global institutions (IMF, World Bank) that have in no small way enabled corporate control of governments which has absolutely had a massive role in this hyper focus on money-making vaccination of the world. Were any others here involved in these protests?
I guess it was 8 or 9 years ago now that I took a bus down to Washington, DC and got arrested protesting the XL Pipeline. I was a fan of Bill McKibben and Heinberg and that crowd, and I thought it was the right thing to do at that time. But I was already digging deeper into the energy issues, and not long after I came back, my position started to change. I realized that their “solutions” were completely untenable, and that their actions were unavoidably hypocritical.
Since that time, the co-opting of “Climate Change” has been completed by the techo-industrial complex to serve its purposes. Electric cars for all? Please. Check out today’s link above regarding Lithium. Then look into how it is mined. Then look into Cobalt and Nickel, and the fact that it still takes as much energy and raw material to make the car, etc. etc. etc. Same for Chinese solar panels, carbon taxes, the idea of net zero carbon–all a complete and colossal sham to keep corporate profits rolling a bit longer as fossil fuels become less plentiful and more expensive to extract.
Right now the clear and present danger is censorship, passports for conducting our daily lives, and mandated drugs. You can argue that we long ago gave up our freedoms, in the sense that 99% of us are completely reliant for physical survival on the very system trying to impose this final round on us. Maybe. It’s complicated.
The people pulling out their hair (and those pretending to) over Climate Change have zero interest in the only kinds of solutions that have (now probably had) a chance to work, namely heading toward subsistence and a much “lower” standard of living, a la E.F. Schumacher and Small is Beautiful. and similar approaches. None of that, oh no. Please pass the electric car and the plane trips to my eco vacations and my Amazon Prime membership. The only thing that will stop the Technosphere is a lack of enough energy to keep its grip.
“This short clip might be the greatest description of everything that goes on here at TAE:”
This from a commenter whose only contributions consists of links to tweets on twitter that they somehow found compelling. I guess we could call that Twit Research.
The most recent tweet’s message, summed up in one sentence: Only trust CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, CDC. All the rest is false narrative.
Cute, but no thanks.
“That the Inferno is a picture of human society in a state of sin and corruption, everybody will readily agree. And since we are today fairly well convinced that society is in a bad way and not necessarily evolving in the direction of perfectibility, we find it easy enough to recognise the various stages by which the deep of corruption is reached. Futility; lack of a living faith; the drift into loose morality, greedy consumption, financial irresponsibility, and uncontrolled bad temper; a self-opinionated and obstinate individualism; violence, sterility, and lack of reverence for life and property including one’s own; the exploitation of sex, the debasing of language by advertisement and propaganda, the commercialising of religion, the pandering to superstition and the conditioning of people’s minds by mass-hysteria and ‘spell-binding’ of all kinds, venality and string-pulling in public affairs, hypocrisy, dishonesty in material things, intellectual dishonesty, the fomenting of discord (class against class, nation against nation) for what one can get out of it, the falsification and destruction of all the means of communication; the exploitation of the lowest and stupidest mass-emotions; treachery even to the fundamentals of kinship, country, the chosen friend, and the sworn allegiance: these are the all-too-recognisable stages that lead to the cold death of society and the extinguishing of all civilised relations.” —Dorothy Sayers, Introductory Dante Papers, 1954
(And that was 68 years ago, and it’s only been going one way since. Uh-oh.)
From the Charlie Chaplin video ” …a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiiness.”
Well, yeah, no. That didn’t quite pan out.
I’m reading E.F. Schumacher’s A Guide For The Perplexed at the moment. He gets right to dismantling this idea. Recommended reading!
I’ve written to Neil and Joni to see if they have some free time to come over and go through my books, just to make sure I don’t have anything here with dangerous disinformation. Oops, better hide The Real Anthony Fauci before they get here. I have a few loose floorboards…
“Others, like transplant or cancer patients — although fully vaccinated — are not able to mount a sufficient immune response to protect themselves from serious disease when they become infected.”
The quote above is from an article in today’s NYT, When Omicron Isn’t So Mild
Sounds like they are setting up to make it impossible to diagnose whether it was Covid or the vaccines themselves that are causing these problems.
Here is a NYT headline today on the top of the fold that will strike TAE readers as the pot calling out the kettle:
Living by the Code: In China, Covid-Era Controls May Outlast the Virus
Apps for tracking the spread of illness gave Xi Jinping a way for the Communist Party to reach into the lives of citizens.
This sharpened surveillance may last beyond the pandemic, as officials use potent techno-authoritarian tools against corruption and dissent..
Those crazy communist fascist Chinese. How evil! Thankfully we have a democracy. God Bless America.
I also admit to being puzzled as to what objective these people have at this point in the game. It’s been over a year that the vaccines have been available. Their propaganda has been going 24/7 full volume. At this point, it would appear to be a serious case of diminishing returns. Those who want to be or in many cases were forced to be vaxxed, are vaxxed. Those who are not vaxxed–is Neil Young leaving Spotify going to convince them? Is the constant cancellations and bans going to persuade them? I mean, if Bill DeBlasio offering a hamburger, fries and a coke can’t get you to see the light, you are never going to be saved.
My thought is, at this stage, the unvaxxed are going to stay that way unless they get dragged off and held down.