James Howard Kunstler
Are you starting to wonder what, if anything, will be left standing of the life we once called “modern” when Christmas 2021 rolls around? Shopping? Motoring? Working? Mingling? Eating? Sleeping? Waking…? Suddenly, everything is coming apart. The supply lines are wobbling and many will go down. No stuff, no parts, before long no food. Energy supplies are shaky everywhere. China’s electric grid is going dark from insufficient coal. Russia lacks the surplus NatGas to keep Western Europe warm. Global shortages drive up US oil and gas prices while people lose jobs and incomes over vaccine mandates — meaning families will freeze as the daylight dwindles. “Joe Biden’s” dark winter is coming on fast.
Food prices to rise further: Report: General Mills Will Raise Prices up to 20 Percent in January Food inflation is hitting the entire planet hard. A major factor is the big increase in the price of natural gas causing a similar price increase in ammonia and ammonium nitrate fertilizers, which are made from natural gas. The largest fertilizer plants in both Britain and the EU have shut down due to high natgas prices. Food prices will be a lot higher by November 2022, and not just in the US: Food Inflation Is the 2022 Crisis, Not Supply Chains More deaths despite vaccines: New York Times Admits More Coronavirus Deaths Under Biden 'Despite Vaccines'
Saule Omarova -- who attended Moscow State University on the Lenin Academic Scholarship, compared America unfavorably to the USSR, and called for nationalizing finance -- isn’t Biden’s first Communist nominee. Omarova is only Biden’s first openly Communist nominee. Omarova isn’t saying anything that her new party hasn’t already advocated. Biden’s whole Build Back Better program is just another interim step in nationalizing the economy. Biden’s pick for comptroller of the currency has been taken to task for her calls to "end banking as we know it”, bankrupt oil and gas companies, and seize control of the entire economy. Those used to be Communist articles of faith. Now they’re Democrat “solutions.”
The Biden administration has taken advantage of our already weaponized law enforcement institutions and made them into his version of East Germany's Stasi. The Stasi's main job was spying on the population, exactly what Merrick Garland has authorized of American citizens. Political dissent is a crime to this administration. Such spying is built into Biden's absurd Build Back Better bill. If it passes, all bets are off. Our overlords will have access to our bank accounts, our medical records, our children's school psychometric records (part of Garland's son-in-law's intrusive educational program he sells to schools). We will be communist East Germany, Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany. Watch the 2006 Academy Award-winning film, The Lives of Others, set in 1984 East Germany. That is the direction Biden is taking us.
In the movie Moneyball, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) queries his team of scouts when discussing a prospective player, “If he's a good hitter, why doesn't he hit good?” [first 60 seconds of clip above]. The scouts all have solid explanations, at least in their minds, of why a prospect might be a good hitter, from the sound of the crack of the bat when they hit the ball to the player’s good looks. These explain why the player should be a good hitter, but what if the numbers, from batting average to on-base percentage, tell a different story? What if we ask the same question about COVID vaccines, rephrased as “If the vaccines work, why aren’t they working?” The CDC website states, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.” Those three words are all relative. Let’s quickly unpack them.
Giving and helping others are wonderful things. What’s often overlooked though is how much consciousness, caring, time, money, and energy each one of us already puts into significantly helping other people every day – through the work we do. It’s popular these days to dismiss all this because we’re doing it for the money – as though earning money cheapens our efforts, makes our efforts base, selfish, or materialistic. When demagogues lecture young college graduates to forego making money, and instead to do something else that helps people, they are telling them that what we do to make money does not help people. This, of course, is exactly the opposite of the truth.
G.K. Chesterton — 'When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.' Why Wokeism is a religion: Why Wokeism Is A Religion Why have an “unusually large number of professional and amateur soccer players collapsed recently”? Something to do with getting vaxxed perhaps? German Newspaper Highlights “Unusually Large” Number of Soccer Players Who Have Collapsed Recently The wheels are coming off the publics' trust in Xiden, too. Note this is a poll by left-wing Politico: Poll: Majority of Voters Believe Joe Biden Is Untrustworthy, Dishonest, Incapable
When Kamala Harris considers movie titles that make people think of her, she probably goes straight to “Wonder Woman.” I have news for her: Every time she opens her mouth, people are wondering, “What Planet Are You From?” It’s pretty clear everyone in the White House hates her and is blame-leaking to every reporter around in hopes of emerging from this explosion in the stink-bomb factory without carrying any failure fragrance. All politicians blather, but Harrisblather is like an air salad with vapor croutons and nullity dressing. She went all the way to France to offer insights like, “We must together. Work together. To see where we are. Where we are headed, where we are going and our vision for where we should be.” Where did she learn to talk like this? Every time she speaks, it’s like watching Wile E. Coyote’s feet keep spinning madly even after he’s run off the cliff.
The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is an important moment in American culture, because this isn’t just about Kyle Rittenhouse. In a sense, Antifa is also on trial. So is the narrative that the media has been peddling for months, not just about Rittenhouse, but also so many other things it lies about. For me, the unacknowledged heroes of the Rittenhouse case are the intrepid videographers who were on the scene recording what was taking place on the street. Without them, Rittenhouse would probably be facing a real risk of being convicted for double murder. Why? Because he’s dealing with a dishonest prosecutor, who doesn’t hesitate to say things he knows are misleading; dishonest detectives, who don’t hesitate to twist the truth; and a dishonest media, which has been brazenly lying about what happened between Rittenhouse and his combatants for a whole year.
The Left is addicted to projection—the psycho-political syndrome of attributing all of one’s own sins to one’s opponents. The Woke apparently do this out of some Freudian effort to square the circle of their own guilt or sense of privilege, by fobbing off their own fearful realities onto others. It is the atheist version of confession or medieval penance. Here we examine four examples, the Privileged condemning privilege; the Colluders investing collusion; Election Denialists becoming denialist; Racists being racist. How did they get this way?
As we wait to see what our commie-fascist ruling class has planned for us next, this might be a good time to pull out Gregory H. Stanton's "Ten Stages of Genocide" as a helpful reminder for keeping track of how things are "progressing" (pun intended). Stanton, an academic and the founder of Genocide Watch, organized a sobering list of red-flag actions undertaken by governments over the last century on their way to committing mass murder. See if any of them rings any bells with how supposedly "free" governments are behaving today. Start counting…
The 'Crats will learn nothing from the latest election. They will triple down on their bad ideas. Tighten the strap on your crash helmet; 2022 will be a challenging and hard year for us, but is likely to be catastrophic for them: Luongo: Expect Democrats To Not Learn The Real Lessons From Virginia's Elections The supply chain wreck is going to get a lot worse. My advice? If you don't already have a few months’ supply of your everyday canned and dried foods, get it while you can. Pet food, too. Don't buy survival foods; you don't need expensive ultra light weight portability. Buy what you eat regularly, and rotate your stock. Don't forget detergent and toilet paper - and fuel. Whatever the government does to "fix" the problem will certainly make a bad situation even worse Here's Why US Supply Chain Problems Will Only Get Worse
Last Thursday (11/04), it was announced that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is forcing employers with over 100 employees to comply with President Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate by January 4th, 2022 or face heavy fines. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is also giving 17 million healthcare workers until January 4th to be fully vaccinated. In 2022 we will witness the emergence of a parallel society and I hope to help make that happen with the work we are doing here at Gab. Over the past year we’ve provided tens of millions of people with a variety of resources to fight back against this medical tyranny and infringement of basic human rights. Here they are
From the beginning, the Covid “vaccines” have felt like a massive timeshare scam. Initially, consider the source. Vaxxmania arises from, and is zealously sponsored by, the same “experts” who masterminded the epic Covid overreaction: Fauci, Walensky, the Democrat governors, and the media. Like a timeshare sales pitch, the folly of lockdowns, closures, masking and mass testing should have been obvious from Day 1. Viruses are ubiquitous, and respiratory infections are an unavoidable part of community life. Fortunately, such infections tend to be self-limiting. Further, Italian data from March, 2020 should have told everyone that healthy, non-old people were not at serious risk. Nonetheless, as with timeshares, many Americans bought the scam. Nineteen months of mass psychosis later, many vaxxers are still fearful, wearing masks—even outside—and demanding universal “vaccination.” Why?
We have a wonderful deli/bakery nearby that has great, healthy food -- and in the next display case very yummy, not-so-healthy treats – cookies, éclairs, pastries… very tempting stuff. Every once in awhile I’m seduced by these delicacies, and when I am, I almost always notice something afterwards: I don’t feel as good as I did before. It’s not a severely bad feeling, and I can easily ignore it if I want to. But if I pay attention to the sensations in my body, there’s a clearly different feeling from my insides; it’s not as pleasant as it was before I had eaten the sugar filled morsel. This is the key to making our fight against bad habits a fair fight.
Australia’s nightmare is Xiden’s dream for America. One lesson is that Aussies have no 2nd Amendment and have been forcibly disarmed. Australia Confiscating Bank Accounts, Property, Licenses, & Businesses For Non-Compliance With COVID Fines Vaccinations and vaccination mandates are NOT an effective public health measure. But don't expect any policy changes from corrupt government officials. Here is the real science: “There appears to be no discernible relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases… the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have HIGHER (emphasis added) COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.” Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States
What an absolutely huge win this was for us yesterday — not just the election in Virginia, which was huge in itself —but the tightness of the race in New Jersey. And then there are other important referendums and races around the country all pointing in the same direction. This is great news going forward. It shows us in a sense the formula for beating the Democrats and it's just such a huge relief. I woke up this morning, I was looking in the mirror, and I thought, "I look a year younger." It wasn't just jubilation over the outcome, it's also just the sense that we've been suffering a little bit of PTSD, our side, going back to the 2020 election.
For very good reason, the media and Democrats feel threatened and terrified by the “Let’s go, Brandon!” chant, which is why we must never stop saying it. Like the persecuted Christians of old who identified themselves to one another by drawing a fish in the dirt, “Let’s go, Brandon!” is shorthand for I’m with you. You are not alone. We are in this together. Oh, and eff Joe Biden. It’s good, clean, rebellious fun – and here’s why it’s so terrifying to the Joyless Left.
[Note by Jack Wheeler: I have taken quercetin daily for many years, for overall health and life-extension purposes. That research is emerging of its being protective against the Chicom virus, indeed all viruses as reported here by Dr. Joondeph, should be of interest to us all – although I’ll now have to double my dose to around 1 gram a day (500mg 2xday), the therapeutic dose of the research. Note that Amazon sells some two dozen quercetin formulas, at a cost of $20-$30 or so for 2 months supply.] Quercetin has been in the news lately, particularly as one of many potential therapeutics that might have some benefit in the prevention or treatment of COVID infection. Is there anything to this? Could quercetin be of benefit against COVID, or for that matter, the common cold or the flu? As are always told to “follow the science”, what does science say? Let’s take a look.
We are all familiar with the basic guidelines for good health: exercise, eat right - more fruits and veggies, less red meat, more fish, fewer calories, more fiber, less sugar- don't smoke, don't abuse alcohol or drugs. If people would follow these guidelines and maintain an optimal weight, many health problems would be greatly diminished. But there is another dimension to our health. How we think and feel, how we interact with others, and the kind of activities we spend our time engaged in can have a huge impact on our physical health. There have been many conflicting theories of psychology, and each one can lead you to practice very different ways of thinking, behaving, and interacting. A Freudian would have you spend hours free associating about memories and fantasies, absorbed in your internal process, with an emphasis on your past.
This Halloween has a different feel than years past. My smaller city celebrates Halloween with enthusiasm. Hundreds of children are usually on the prowl and the neighborhoods are decorated with lights and spider webs and all types of creepy things. Well almost all, you see the millennials now buying into the area turn their porch lights off and hover around their computer screens. They don’t want to be bothered and they don’t see the kid’s costumes as anything out of the ordinary. To these folks, everyday is Halloween. Welcome to the Halloween HFR, Come on over.
Back in the USSR: $250 Billion Fund CIO Blasts Washington's 'Soviet-Style' Central Planning: "Disassociating Demand From Supply In Fundamental Ways" Xiden's nominee to regulate banking is a Soviet Communist (yes, for real: her graduating thesis at the Soviet Union’s Moscow University in 1989 was Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in Das Kapital) who wants to require that all bank deposits be transferred to the Federal Reserve - really!: Biden's Bank Regulator Nominee Would End Community Banking What if the supply chain collapse isn't due to incompetence, but is purposely driven by lockdowns, vaccine mandates, paying people more not to work than to work, zero interest rates, and so very much more? Planned Supply Line Demolition – A Feature Not A Bug
They’re all around us, especially those of us who live in relatively prosperous metropolitan neighborhoods in the US or Western Europe. Despite being—at least in material terms—among the most fortunate people who have ever walked the earth, they are very scared. And they want you to be very frightened too. Indeed, many of them see your refusal to be as frightened as they are about life’s inevitable risks as a grave problem which entitles them and their often powerful and influential fellow travelers to recur to all manner of authoritarian practices to ensure that you adhere to their increasingly neurotic view of reality. Why?
Despite the COVID-19 vaccines having been promoted as safe and effective by legacy media, many health care workers are refusing to take them, and those who openly speak out about their concerns get censored by Big Tech companies or kicked off their platforms. Some nurses and doctors are refusing vaccine mandates even if their refusal will cost them their jobs. I recently interviewed a number of them to learn why. I believe they are representative of many thousands of health care professionals all over America who refuse to bow down to vax mandates. This is what they told me in their own words.
Professor Alexander Lukin’s book “China and Russia: The New Rapprochement” discussed the promise of Sino-Russian cooperation. That was in 2018. In contrast, Lukin now frankly admits that “any possible changes in U.S. policy will probably prove less of a deterrent to further Russian-Chinese rapprochement than will Russian concerns over China’s growing assertiveness.” He argues that “the peak of Russian-Chinese rapprochement has probably passed.” There’s an old saying that best friends can make the worst enemies. Is that happening between Russia and China?
The whole Progressive, Leftist enterprise can be characterized as the astonishing practice of trying to improve things by making them worse. It has always been so. Today, Lenin’s heirs insistently promote equity and anti-racism, even as the results of their policies look like chaos. Border control is non-existent, vagrancy is explained away, crimes have been de-criminalized, and everyone must be injected with substances that are not entirely safe or effective. But rejoice brothers and sisters in the struggle, for we’re eradicating inequalities and disparities. How is it, though, that despite the wretched examples of Soviet Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, and other experiments in political and social ruin, up to and including the Biden administration, we can’t shake this ever-failing philosophy?
Don’t want this to happen to your state’s schools? Here’s a suggestion or two to prevent that. Until quite recently, American parents thought of public schools as democratically accountable local institutions. But the pandemic revealed how much of K-12 education is controlled by teachers’ unions, unelected bureaucrats, and non-governmental organizations. This reality, considered alongside the apparent collusion between the Biden White House and the National School Boards Association to create a pretext for a federal law enforcement intervention to chill parental opposition to critical race theory (CRT), will raise the specter in many parents’ minds of a public education “deep state.” This has to be stopped.
Since the dawn of time, parents have wanted the best for their kids. They are our link to the future beyond our own time here on earth. But more importantly, we feel a connection with our kids, a visceral bond. When they’re happy, we feel delight; when they hurt, we feel pain. When they succeed, we feel proud; when they fail, we feel the loss. It’s natural to want good things for our kids. We want them to grow into strong, good people; we want them to have work they love that enables them to live well; we want them to find good friends and a wonderful mate with whom they can grow a wonderful, loving life. We want them to succeed. There’s an expression of this natural sentiment, though, that is growing across a larger spectrum of our population, and it troubles me. This is why.
The Fourth Quarter, 2021On May 16, 2020, President Trump said in his “Opening of America” speech that 2021 would be an amazing year and would have a great transition in the fourth quarter.
Situation Analysis: Historic Anomaly & Revaluation of All ValuesAn anomaly is a phenomenon that defies understanding and explanation based on the existing paradigm (theoretical framework and practice). An anomaly reveals critical aspects of reality hitherto unrecognized and exposes the theoretical limitation of the current paradigm or the outright fallacy of the current belief systems or “narratives”. Today we live in a highly anomalous time.
War Front: Turning Pointis the name of a real-time strategy videogame set in an alternate World War II in which Hitler is assassinated in the early days of the war. Currently, we are at a real war front in a real war, facing a historic turning point with two basic alternate scenarios and outcomes—global totalitarian tyranny or planetary restoration and expansion of liberty.
CRT & Woke vs. WakeThe “Woke” ideology typified by the Critical Race Theory (CRT), and the other kindred postmodern ideologies have their modern philosophical root in the Hegelian Dialectics, of which Marxism is a philosophical offshoot. ... All this in this week's edition of the Half-Full Report.... 🙂
Biden Admin Threatens To Make Unvaxx'd Navy SEALs Repay Their Training Costs This looks like a major tipping point in our direction: People change their minds on government involvement amid pandemic: Poll This is a powerful reason why the 'Crats need to keep the pandemic fear porn going; they need scapegoats for double digit inflation, shortages, declining percentage of people working, unfilled jobs, failing businesses, and so much more - and the unvaxed are their targets of choice: Deputy Treasury Sec’y Adeyemo: ‘Only Way’ Past ‘Transition’ That’s Causing High Prices Is to Get ‘Everyone’ in U.S. and World Vaccinated [Note by JW: Look at Adeyemo’s bio: he’s nothing but a Dem government hack with no business or real world economics experience whatever, yet he’s DepSec of the Treasury!]Did the CCP order China Joe to do this?
[As a prelude to his HFR tomorrow, Yasuhiko wrote this introductory note for your consideration ---JW] A war is being waged between the destructive forces of Tyranny and the creative forces of Liberty. This war is as much political as psychological. A tyrannical program has been enrooted and infixed into the governance and the constitution of human consciousness, depriving it of its innate longing for liberty, for freedom, and for evolution. For millennia, the powerful forces of tyranny have triumphed over the feeble forces of liberty, politically and psychologically. An entire new way must be created in the human mind and consciousness that will bring about a victory of liberty over tyranny.
Not that long ago, China was the dominant power in global bitcoin mining, a position that presented the cryptoworld with a profound threat: If Beijing wanted it could simply take control over a majority of global mining rigs and launch a "51% attack", in the process nuking the blockchain and effectively destroying the world's greatest monetary experiment overnight. However, in the span of just a few short months, back in May, China’s State Council - which was focused on marketing its disastrous digital yuan and hoped to eliminate all competition - expelled its entire domestic bitcoin mining industry. It was a move that many have said will be remembered as the "single greatest geopolitical mistake of the 21st century." Especially as it has been to the enormous benefit of America.
led to thousands of unnecessary COVID deaths, as assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Biden has now made that man a four-star admiral and proclaimed we should all cheer at his administration “making history” for doing so. I repeat, this is not a joke. Here is the CBS News headline this morning (10/20): Dr. Rachel Levine Makes History As The Nation's First Openly Transgender Four-Star AdmiralYes, the photos above are of the same person. Richard was married with two children until he decided at age 52 to pretend he was a woman named Rachel. He is now 62. Not only did Joe Biden appoint Richard, a man who claims he’s a woman, and whose poor public health decisions
There is a massive propaganda push against those choosing not to vaccinate against COVID-19 with the experimental mRNA vaccines. Mainstream media, the big tech corporations, and our government have combined efforts to reward compliance and to shame and marginalize non-compliance. Never has there been such an effort to cajole, manipulate through fear, and penalize people to take an experimental medical treatment. However, as time has passed with this pandemic and more data accumulates about the virus and the vaccine, the unvaccinated are looking smarter and smarter with each passing week. This is why from a medical perspective.
The highest echelon of the U.S. military has become dysfunctional. Somehow a gradual drift in the agendas of our military leadership has resulted in too many various emphases on domestic cultural, social, and political issues. And naturally, as a result, there is less attention given to winning wars and leveraging such victories to our nation’s strategic advantage. The consequences of these failures are downright scary for a world superpower upon which millions at home and billions worldwide depend. There are too many concurrent Pentagon crises. Any one of them would be dangerous to our national security. Together they imperil our very freedoms and security. Here they are.
As I write this, I’m training for the Water Polo Masters World Championships in Kumamoto, Japan next May. My teammates and I are in the 60 and older group, with some players well into their 70’s, and even a few in their 80’s. It’s exciting, it’s fun, and when I’m playing, I feel about twenty years younger. I also feel happier… not just while I’m playing, but happier in general. It’s no secret that exercise is good for our physical health. But exercise is vital for our mental health as well; and sitting a lot and not exercising is tremendously harmful for our emotional and psychological life. Here’s why and how.
It’s all in the family, and no, this is not from the Babylon Bee. Attorney General Garland, who has sicced the FBI into intimidating parents who object to school boards about critical race theory has a conflict of interest; his son in law sells CRT products and services to schools. Thank goodness that Mitch McConnell made sure that Garland didn't end up on the Supreme Court: https://www.breitbart.com/education/2021/10/07/ag-merrick-garlands-son-in-law-cofounder-of-company-promoting-critical-race-theory/ Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) demands that Garland show the alleged threats: Boebert Demands DOJ Show Data Behind Decision to ‘Attack American Parents’ Who Oppose CRT Proof beyond a reasonable doubt that vax mandates are about obedience to authority, not concern for public health: UCLA Threatens to Drop Online Student over Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate John Nolte on the likely shape of things to come: Joe Biden Will Become More Destructively Radical as His Poll Numbers Crater
[In her just-published book, “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” Mollie Hemingway reveals how social-media companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook responded to the 2016 election of Donald Trump to go from free-speech advocates to woke cancel-culture censors. Here is a key excerpt:] Donald Trump’s 2016 victory was a shock to much of the country, but Silicon Valley took it especially hard. The progressive bastion of San Francisco had turned tech companies from libertarian idealists into liberal crusaders. The industry as a whole felt complicit in Donald Trump’s rise and was intent on doing everything in its power to suppress his voice and those of his supporters. From the beginning, the tech overlords were plotting how to strike back. Here’s how they did.