The Shadows and the Light

We live in a world of light. The light illuminates us, who we are and our relationships. But all around us, from our private lives to our more complex affairs, are shadows, in which move shapes we can’t see clearly and don’t quite have a way of knowing.

There is a commenter — ahem — who comments here and who — having been “limited” for wearing a stylish chapeaux de derriere — keeps asking how I know this or that, when I venture a guess at what is really happening in the places we can’t see. Where we can only guess what really happened.

The truth is that — of course — ther eis no way for me to know exactly what is happening in the shadows. All I can do is take what I know, what I can see and make it into a coherent whole. When it fits — same as with any puzzle –w hen the shape and the look of the thing actually makes sense, I venture a guess. Is it the truth? Sometimes. Or at least, I can assume it’s the truth, as the events unroll that fit into what I could predict.

And sometimes they don’t. I honestly thought that Trump was running for the presidency simply to hand it over to Hillary. In the same way, i was surprised by how he governed, despite his obvious hampering.

I still don’t know how or where to fit the covidiocy in relation to Trump, nor in fact what to do with the post-stolen-election debacle. All I can do is …. continue to struggle with what I see and fit the unseen patterns into it.

This is difficult since we’re living — apparently — in a more insane world than we previously thought. A world in which our attempt to decide whether a puzzle piece is part of the cat or the rug changes as the rug becomes a cat and the cat a rug.

The only thing that is obvious, as the overreach of authoritarians who mistake dystopias for blueprints for the future — it’s a problem, as the feeble of mind tend to confuse fiction with instructions — and are determined to create 1984 or Brave New world from our real world.

It won’t work. Trust me, as the creator of several plots and stories, I know that kind of all-pervasive story only works when it is between the pages of a book.

This kind of ever tightening noose can prevail in a small country — Cuba, North Korea — or a relatively “simple” one like Venezuela. In a more complicated land, it falls apart. It did in Russia and the only way to keep it going was perpetual war (which strangely they accused the “capitalists” of.) And to be supported by a more functional country, such as us.

Here? In the country that has supported others in their insanity?

It won’t work. It won’t work particularly when they’re running on a philosophy so discredited only fools and academics — and children — believe in it.

I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, they are attempting to build the iron curtain as the Berlin wall is falling.

They can obscure reality for a while, as long as they control the media — which they still do in most of the world — but their ability is faltering, their powers failing.

Does that mean I know everything that’s going on in the shadows? No. It’s impossible to know. Particularly impossible as their plots and plans veer off the path of sanity.

I have no idea — absolutely none — what they’re going to do next, just like I had no idea they were preparing the covidiocy.

All I know is that it will be crazy. And that there’s a good chance it will fail of its purpose.

Will it be destructive? Likely. Will it spin us further and further into dystopia-land?

Who knows?

I remain firm in my belif that they can’t herd us into dystopia. They will try. They will fail. But in the meantime, there will be insanity, precipitating unforeseen events, which come out of the darkness to create very bizarre events in the light.

Perhaps more bizarre than we can even guess.

All we can do, all we can ever do is keep the light on our own private world; keep ourselves as safe as possible; keep our world spinning.

And remember the Republic, the Constitution, the Declaration. And the truths we hold to be self evident.

These things we hold sacred and will not let go.

They belong in the future. And so do we.

221 thoughts on “The Shadows and the Light

  1. The Reader offers today’s dose of crazy for everyone’s consumption.

    The Reader hopes he makes it to 2030 to see the outcome of this grand experiment. He knew we hadn’t reached peak crazy but thought he could see it from here. Now he isn’t so certain. The Reader understands the need to believe that someone or something is planning all this; the alternative (that Homo Sapiens is collectively too stupid to survive as a species) is almost too much to accept. The Reader attempts to do that daily.

    1. “If California wants it by 2035, I’m gonna make Washington do it by 2030! Ha!”

      JFC. I don’t know about homo sapiens, but Jay Inslee is certainly stupid.

        1. And there’s always trees. Maybe we’ll have american chestnuts that are chestnut blight with their broad spreading branches for the purpose, Of course we can always make pointy takes as an alternative…

        2. Will the lanterns withstand the load, I wonder?

          Who cares? There’s other methods of execution. Firing squads, guillotines, etc. We’re the inventive types; we’ll think of something.

    2. I go camping a lot. Electric cars are impossible for camping. The whole point of camping is to get somewhere without electricity, often very far away.

      We won’t even get into supply chain or problems with the grid as-is. Or the fact that we go to visit the in-laws 500 miles away in a one-day drive, and electric would make that impossible.

      1. I love camping etc with fam. That said you are right about electric. not sustainable and the sheer amount of windmills and solar fields needed would mean there is no wilderness to camp in. The only way any of these ideas for net zero work is if the population is drastically reduced. And I mean by orders of magnitude. I unfortunately think that that is part of the plan. The fly in the ointment is of course us uncooperative deplorable s who do not know what is good for us and will refuse to cooperate in our own demise.

        I think they also (as our host repeatedly alludes to) do not understand us and also think that there is no problem building and managing complex systems and that they will not need us because all they have to do is flick a switch, go to amazon and buy it, stop by for some good ribs at the local grocery store without one whit of knowing how it comes about. The back to nature groove they think they have going for them simply means they do not actually last more than a couple weeks.

        Going to get very interesting.

        1. I think someone estimated that, if we had spent the money that’s been spent on “green” energy had instead been spent on 2nd and 3rd gen nuclear power, we would already be at net zero.

          1. Indeed, but the people pushing “green” have huge, government subsidized, investments in green. Nuclear power, not so much. It doesn’t benefit them so it won’t be done.

            Same thing with the trans thing. It’s no accident, as the commies used to say, that one of the primary backers of the trans movement are the drug companies that make the drugs used to block this and that.

            1. It does appear to have started up just after it was discovered that nearly all the anti-aging hormone treatments were not just ineffective, but often counter-productive.

              Funny how it turns out that menopause increases lifespan.

            2. It’s not just the subsidies. It’s that “nuclear” is a bogeyman word that makes people panic. You can fund-raise off of things like that.

          2. Probably true, but that would put money into the hands of nasty construction workers. And even nastier engineers.

      2. My wife was interested in an electric car, but then took a road trip with a friend in one of them. They almost ran out of electricity late at night and had to sit in an empty, spooky parking lot for about an hour until they were charged enough to continue home. No more talk of electric cars in this household.

        1. Good example. I have not had a car payment since 1981. Not about to start with a new electric. And of course the six years later replacement battery for (by then) ten grand. These folks (to be charitable) are stuck on stupid. They also do not seem to have any face saving off ramp. I for one am not willing to give them one as they have made so much of life very tricky at best.

        2. We’ve talked about it for around town Only. Meh. No. Not interested.

          Haven’t finished all the comments, yet, but has anyone in Oregon pointed out where CA, and WA, lead, our lovely Queen Bee, SFB, Brown follows with “Oh looky. You want by 2030, we’ll shoot for …” probably 2025.

          We also have camped. We’ve used batteries for camping (RV). Brand spanking new large capacity marine batteries (hold up to the environment we camp in) do not hold up with any draw on them (heat). An air conditioner won’t run on a battery, period. Takes at least 24 hours to fully charge two of them too. Someone up the comment stream mentioned replacing batteries in 10 years. HaHaHaHaHa. Not a chance. Not even close. Worse the weather. The worse the performance. Even if not stressed.

          1. We have a solar panel atop the fifth wheel. The hope was that it would maintain the fridge when we park it. It doesn’t. Don’t know if we can add more solar, but right now it’s mainly good for lighting…am
            ND ND if it won’t hold the fridge, the lights don’t do us a lot of good in the long run.

            1. You probably already hve,but– poke the RV folks to see if there’s a battery trickle-charge setup that will let you get SOME power tothe fridge, an hour a day or something?

              1. Unless keeping something in the fridge, really not needed. But if off, then you need to leave the fridge OPEN, or else … (It. Will. Stink. Horribly. Cleaning will not get the smell out entirely.) I used to block ours open to ensure it would not closed when stored. Ours mostly stored at home, plugged in to the house, so we could have kept the fridge running. Didn’t. But could have. We did keep a light on to trickle drain on the constantly charging batteries.

            2. We’ve always had dual propane/power refrigerators (power if external, not battery). Water heater always been propane, but last RV had an electric “booster”. The heater was propane, but the fan, so it actually did any good, was battery powered. All the propane required a functioning battery to startup. The water pump required a functioning battery. Lights required functioning battery. Now the first two RV’s we had had alternative propane light options, which we never used (because we had bigger propane lanterns available, didn’t use it in Camper RV because size limitations, but we had it). New batteries (large marine RV), fully charged would not maintain a charge if the heater fans had to be used all night. Then we may have had hot water, and water, but useless because water pump wouldn’t pump. We used to move around when we camped on long trips, so generally batteries would last until the move, then move would charge while RV being moved. Until the move wasn’t long enough to do that. We finally got a small generator. Wouldn’t fully charge batteries, but it would run the water pump. We also figured out how to safely use a tent camping propane heater in our last trailer (on kitchen counter with kitchen window open slightly, and a window near bed opposite side of trailer also slightly open. Kept trailer warmer. Note, this was in August … but Yellowstone, Tetons, Yosemite High Country, can freeze and snow 12 months of the year; we’ve been there when it has. Note, none of our RV’s were “big”. The last one even had “winter insulation” (hadn’t planned that but that is what that model had). Didn’t help.

      3. If this were to continue, I predict some bright spark would make an “electric” struck with a diesel generator providing the electricity. And thus the electric tractor/trailer would be invented. And inevitably cost more, break down 5x as often, cost more to insure, be less cost efficient to run fuel-wise, raise prices across the board from beans to iphones…

        And be heralded as the next green innovation that is so good it must be illegal not to use it.

        And as for the power grid, well. That’s going to depend on local conditions. Some places the grid is actually fine. Pretty robust for the load, lots of spares for when things bust (wear and tear is inevitable), and kept up to date.

        This is notably and especially not the case in large metro areas. Even more especially on the East coast. Lot of old infrastructure out there.

        And don’t even get me started on Europe. The only thing that makes Europe’s infrastructure look good is third world countries and China (from what I gather, nobody is quite sure about China, including the people in China that are responsible for it).

        How many greenies will still be for it on the second week of brownouts? Or when the wifi starts to fail?

        1. James May did that on Top Gear years ago. He hooked a Diesel engine to a milk float battery. It’s the same as a diesel electric train engine. The Eagle i Thrust. has to be the lower case i because as Jeremy Clarkson said “ecomentalists are stupid.”

          They almost asphyxiated themselves. The episode is on the tubes of u and really should be required viewing for everyone since it sums the whole thing up. Couple it with Jezza’s question to Boris Johnson: “where will the power come from Boris?” The answer was “from the mains”

          1. The diesel electric train engine is what led to the idea. Well, that and the continued insanity of the greenies. The concept itself is workable… just making it economical would be the sticking point.

            There’s no way that battery technology is at the point it’d need to be for electric trucks to be feasible. And given any sane economy, diesel beats electric for a long time until there’s enough technology advancement and infrastructure to support it. Which is not even being considered seriously yet.

            1. I’m sure the thought process of the “electric trucks YEAH!” crowd is along the lines of “trucks are big, therefore trucks have a lot of room for batteries, therefore electric trucks will work perfectly.”

              Except, trucks are big (excluding the trailer) because they need big engines to provide a LOT of power / torque to be able to MOVE those big, heavy trailers. Which means any electric truck of the same size would either burn through most of its’ battery charge just getting rolling, or would take so long to get up to surface road speeds the driver would be out of hours and have to pull over.

              And lets not talk about how LONG it would take to re-charge the batteries…

                1. And the charge/discharge life of batteries is much more sharply limited than the fuel system of a working diesel. Big trucks are some of the most well-understood machines on the planet, given the number of hours they operate at to be as cost efficient as they are.

                  Suboptimal designs do not last in the trucking industry. They get squeezed out by more efficient designs because trucking companies care about their bottom line. There would have to be staggering amounts of graft sufficient to distort the country-wide budget to get them to consider going electric.

                  And most of them still wouldn’t do it, because it would be cheaper to stick with diesel.

                  What’s going on in Seattle with the ban, I bet you there will be some sort of political indulgence given to truck freight so that they can continue to operate. That’s if the stupid thing even lasts that long.

            2. I’m actually surprised they haven’t pushed more electrification of the US rail network. That would seem to be the perfect Democrat coalition green energy project: electrification since we know electricity comes from unicorn farts, lots of infrastructure projects installing all the third rail and overhead wire needed, probably some industrial retooling (I think even export US locomotives are diesel-electric instead of straight electric), and so on.

              Guess they figured it would speed up a return to nuclear power though.

              1. I think the same. It really would be right up their alley, politics wise. But yeah, they’re death on nuclear. Stupid of them, but hey, at least they’re consistently stupid. Kind of like the anti-compass. Whatever’s the fad of the political left, figure out the opposite and look into it and more often than not you’ll find something worth doing.

                Not every time, because they’re not perfectly stupid. Sometimes they’re just bloody bonkers. And wrong.

                1. Yes, occasionally the left veers away from evil and into blue and orange morality.

                  1. There are the evil things they do. And the bad-not-evil things they do. And the wrong things they do. And the weird- not fun weird but just weird things they do.

                    Blue and orange morality fits. Because seriously. What kinks happen behind closed doors between consenting partners of legal age ain’t my problem and ain’t my business. But Guam tipping over? Yeah… That’s a special kinda messed up.

        2. Gasoline fuel cells. I am not kidding, either.

          Electric motors are very good at converting energy into torque, and gasoline fuel cells can pretty effectively convert gasoline and oxygen directly to electricity. Add in a small battery for breaking recovery and you can have a very good performance car, that’s every bit as torquey and efficient as an electric, with the same or better range and fueling times as a gasoline car, and with fewer requirements in the gas too, so you can run it on cheaper gas.

          I suspect even once we’ve got fusion power, we’ll still see gas fueling. We’ll just be condensing the gas from the air and local waste, because it’s easier, rather than more efficient.

          1. Possibly. I know that DARPA was working on a fuel cell that had a pre-cracker that would take hydrocarbons and crack out the hydrogen for fuel cell use. Not sure what happened to it.

            (DARPA has a license to fail…and usually does. But when they get something to work, it’s earth-shaking. Had the privilege of working on one of those programs.)

          2. I’m mildly surprised no one is working on a “closed” carbon fuel cycle: crack water vapor and carbon dioxide and recombine the carbon and hydrogen as various hydrocarbons. Release the oxygen back into the air. Fill the car and its exhaust just replaces what was taken out.

            Truly carbon neutral.

            Because you’re right, we’ll always see some kind of fueling barring some insane breakthrough in battery or solid-state technology. Only things like uranium beat hydrocarbons for energy density per unit of weight or volume, but the tech to build a car-sized fission reactor is…well, far off. Finding a system to create fuel easily without mining or importing would seem like a wise choice.

            1. Filtering 0.035% carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is not a trivial operation. I can’t see such a process being remotely practical.

              What they need to do is get serious about developing sodium batteries, and build electric cars with high-efficiency turbine APUs. A turbine engine can be made much more efficient than a piston engine, and can run on a wider variety of fuels. Turbine engines are also more reliable, and so compact and light-weight that a faulty turbine engine can simply be swapped out for a rebuilt one in half an hour.

              THAT would be a world changer. A turbine-electric car that gets 60 MPG or better and can operate as either an ordinary fuel-burning vehicle or as an electric vehicle. It can run on gasoline or diesel fuel TODAY and still be ready for alternative fuels tomorrow. Large numbers of such cars would create a market for alternative fuels. Starting with a full tank and a full charge, such a car could have a 1,000-mile range.
              Nietzsche: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
              Primitive Man: “That which does not kill us is lunch.”

            2. It is very power expensive, so it’s only likely when you’ve such energy abundance that the energy cost of doing it is less than the time and effort costs of drilling and shipping petroleum products.

              1. Petroleum, once the need to use it for transpo is gone, will still be useful. Plastics, lubricants, that sort of thing. Plastics make modern medicine possible, not just better. Lubricants? Anything that moves needs some sort of lubricant, I think. Or just about anything.

                Energy abundance also requires better storage mediums. The next huge leap forward, if it should happen at all, will be an exponential increase in the storage capacity and efficiency of electric power storage. Imagine batteries that could hold a city’s worth of power, long term. Or even just vehicle batteries that come close to par with the chemical fuels.

                It’s why improved batteries is one of my go-to lies in sci-fi. It makes so much possible.

                1. Batteries have gotten incredibly good and will be even better soon. That’s “soon” as in “next year or two”, not “ten years from now”.

                  We are already just about at the point where timeshifting electrical energy stops being a stupid wasteful idea. That by itself turns the entire energy economy on its head.

                  1. “Batteries have gotten incredibly good and will be even better soon. ”

                    Might want to look at the raw materials they’re made from before deciding that. How much is available, and who controls production?

                    1. There are simply not enough raw materials to make the number of batteries that would need to be made for them to provide a substantial part of the power that is needed for day to day life. Further, the environmental damage done by the mining is far worse than drilling for oil or gas, or by fracking, and the impact of CO2 and other fossil fuel emissions, especially with modern technology is vastly overstated.

                      A reminder that all those batteries and solar panels made by the CCP are made through use of energy from coal plants.

                      The ONLY source of large scale electric power that is CO2 emission fee is nuclear (which still has the same battery issue for cars, etc); which the Green New Deal folks expressly reject, because such power ‘doesn’t advance the cause of social justice”. it’s about control, not energy folks. Their “solution” to not having enough batteries for cars will be to tell people to “take the bus”.

                    2. Hydroelectric power provides us with 80 GW of completely emission-free electricity. So, of course, ‘Greenies’ are having the dams blown up “To save the little fishies!”

                      In a story I’m working on, a couple of people try to convert the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant to fusion power with super-science technology from a more advanced civilization. ‘Environmentalists’ and ‘Green Energy’ activists oppose them at every turn.

                      As one of my protagonists puts it:

                      “They’re all in favor of fusion energy so long as it remains a pie-in-the-sky impossibility, but let somebody threaten to actually deliver practical, large-scale fusion power in the immediate future and all of a sudden they’re agin it.”

                    3. Is this a “zomg china has the rare earths” argument? Because that was dealt with years ago when they tried to play games.

                      And “what materials they are made from” has nothing to do with “batteries are really good now”. I’m not quite sure how you managed to conflate the two.

                    4. “I’m not quite sure how you managed to conflate the two.”

                      How good is a battery that’s overpriced and unavailable due to raw materials costs?

                      Sounds like the typical Leftist approach to renewables: tout the benefits, ignore the costs.

                    5. How good the battery is is a question of energy in / energy out, plus energy density.

                      How much it costs is an economic question, one which is not particularly hard to answer. And I’m becoming seriously skeptical of the reeeeing over materials availability given that we are talking about some of the most common elements in the universe. It was bullshit when it was Peak Oil. I fail to see why it isn’t bullshit when it’s Peak Lithium.

                    6. Lithium is a rare element. It is not part of the primary nucleosynthesis process in main-sequence stars. There is not enough recoverable lithium available to replace the 200+ million cars in the U.S. with electric cars. Which is why the ‘Greenies’ are so gung-ho on mandating electric cars. They know there won’t be enough for everybody. They don’t want people to have cars.

                      We need to get cracking on sodium batteries. There is enough sodium in the seas to build 7,500 electric cars for every person in America without noticeably reducing ocean salinity (1 ppm out of 35,000 ppm).
                      The government can mandate stupidity, but they can’t make it not be stupid.

                    7. Why are we talking about cars?

                      Go back and read the comment I made and what I was responding to that started this thread. That goes for you too snelson and cardshark.

                      It may be a shocking discovery, but there is more that exists in this universe than leftism.

                    8. Because electric cars require batteries and are the best example of why so-called green power isn’t.

            1. Well fine and dandy. If they don’t like people can they kindly off themselves and the rest of us will have that much more to share and not have to listen to that incessant whining. Oh did I say that out loud 🙂 .

      4. Hurricane evacuation. Period. Full stop. Get out of Florida in an electric car. Or better yet, get stuck and power is out for weeks. How are you going to go back and forth? You can carry gas cans, but you can’t really carry an extra battery to help you out.

        1. Hell drive an electric car in anywhere that gets real (Teens and twenties F or colder) winter. For the batteries to work they have to warm themselves (basic electrochemistry, lower temperature lower output). And then the car has to warm the environment for the humans. Electric heat, truly an efficient way to use power (NOT). A 150 mile range is good for like 30 in cold temps. And Air conditioning for high temps is not fun either.

          1. Yep. My entire experience with battery stamina is RV. Heat? Well A/C wouldn’t work on batteries. But cold? Battery life was halved if the heat fans weren’t used. More if fans, which were needed to heat, were used.

      5. Or that the same people who demand that everyone use electric cars and only have electric heat, etc., also oppose building any new power lines to transmit that electricity to the places it will be needed. It’s as if they want to deliberately create power shortages so they can have pretext to impose rationing…oh wait.

        1. There are two options here 1) The SJW/Tranzi have no idea of how electricity works or where it comes from, for them its black magic why cant they plug everything and have plenty and everything work? 2) They SJW/Tranzi KNOW its not possible and they WANT the rest of the people to NOT have the mobility and comfort that became standard some time mid last century in first world countries. They want serfs (or more realistically slaves) that they can push around and control to their nasty little hearts content. If it is1) take the poor creatures hand them a shovel and point them at a pile of manure, they haven’t got brains for anything more taxing (and it’s doubtful they’ll make even passable manure shovellers). If it is two then we are highly overdue for Aristo A La Lanterne, People like that are not even worth keeping to shovel manure, someone might give them power again and then we’re in this mess again

          1. The challenge the Reader sees is that the group in question is a mix of 1) and 2). Group 2 clearly requires #teamheadsonpikes. The Reader keeps looking for the approach to shock Group 1 back to sanity without watching people freezing in the dark or running out of water but hasn’t seen it yet.

            1. There are days that my penchant is to say, “Okay put ’em all on spikes and let the Author sort them out”. No sense taking chances…

              1. The Reader was once asked by his boss what he thought should be done with a troubled department that the boss had inherited in a reorg. The Reader suggested that he fire 40% at random and then call the rest into a meeting and say simply ‘do you get it now?’. Something similar might be needed here.

    3. So all those green (so called) vehicles powered by natural gas are banned as well?

      1. I don’t think this bill bans the use of IC and natgas vehicles post-2030, just the sale of new ones. Otherwise there’s going to be torches and pitchforks at the governor’s mansion* come the deadline. And Seattle is going to have to replace a whole hell of a lot of very expensive buses.

        of course, Inslee won’t be governor in 2030, so what does he care?

      1. To play on another famous meme
        What did SJW/tranzis drive before buggies? Cars!

  2. First, the light and the dark. I agree with your post entirely, and indeed there is so much intentional shadow out there, the search for light in today’s world is a 24/7 job. A job you, and a handful of other bloggers I have sorted, do very well. BTW, what do ya figger is the blogger to like-minded reader ratio? Pretty big number I imagine so I hope you know how important you and they are to the mental well-being of us readers ( and yourselves no doubt ). In the fog of war, it’s nice to hear and pursue like-minded trains of thought. Yes pursue because everything I think now has been triangulated to death- and still it’s only “I think I know”.
    I also agree, with the I believe 100% concensus of like-minded bloggers et al, that TBTB will not only not win, they will exit as TPTWere. Blofeld was never this ham-handed.
    What a two-edged sword the internet turned out to be; Blofeld thought it would be the final best piece to aid and abet existing MSM, but hmm a very big bug. The proles are using it to communicate amongst themselves , lighting up the BS, and word is trickling out. Meanwhile, all the TBTP protocols are themselves waking the proles up. Even some of the slowest are getting up out of bed and saying WTF??? And the means of communication still exist for said Pursuing the Trute ( prole for Truth ), even while the MSM blares the Un-Trute 24/7.
    So here we are. One point of sanity for me is knowing we have to go through this, no around under or over. OK, wea rre at war. Plan and act accordingly, and know no matter how horrific, yes there will be pain aplenty, its war after all, that pain is the key element to waking up the normies/proles same as it ever was.

  3. What a delight to read in the predawn dark as I sip my magic bean juice. It’s difficult to hold on to even the tiniest shred of hope amidst the constant stream of doom porn. The flickering candle of faith and optimism you hold aloft at the end of this post is of more help than you know. Thank you.

    1. You just wrote what was in my head.
      I’ve never been quite so lost, or so determined to keep my head up.
      And Sarah’s blog helps immensely.

      1. At least you have the brand new “I’m in Idaho motherf***ers!” avatar. 🙂

  4. “What we see today is an attempt to form a certain image of a new world order with a world government at the head, where people are driven into an Electronic Concentration Camp. You can see by the example of restrictions during the pandemic how it happened: all people are given tags, access to public goods is regulated through QR codes, everyone is forced to walk in formation.” – Sergey Glazyev

    Not a brick and mortar Berlin Wall – history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme – an electronic wall, seperating the Clean from the Unclean, the Just from the Unjust, the Virtue-Signalers from the Deplorable people bitterly clinging to their guns and Bibles.

    The government no longer needs to send Brown Shirts in the middle of the night to make you disappear. Pajama boy clicks a few computer keys and you digitally disappear. No access to money, no driver’s license for ID, no passport to escape.

    Welcome to dystopia. Do you remember where you buried your rifle and ammunition? Time to start digging.

      1. I’m sorry, I don’t believe this is a conspiracy and don’t believe that the conspiracy believes in me either. While it’s true that incompetence becomes indistinguishable from malice, incompetence is almost always a better explanation or one ends up looking for reds under the bed, or the trilateral commission, or Bilderberg, or The WEF, or Soros, or the jooos, or the Masons, or Opus Dei, or whatever suits your fancy. The guy that runs the WEF and keeps talking about the great reset is a known scam artist and fraud. Seriously, stop giving them breathing room and get on with organizing for the next election. The margin of fraud only works if the count is somewhat close.

            1. Well, yeah, he is. Because if he weren’t, he would have to admit that 2020 was well outside the margin of fraud, that a fraudulent government was installed, and that no legal recourse was allowed to either prevent it or remediate it.

              1. He does admit that. He doesn’t think it’s repeatable.
                Charlie Martin believes the same, btw, from watching when “Fraud goes too far” in rural CO in the past. Shrug.
                Me? I pray they’re right. It would be easier and cleaner than any other solution.
                I still haven’t forgiven the supreme court, though

              2. Les extremes se touchent, just sayin. There’s a whole world between what i wrote and what you accused me of.

          1. No it isn’t, but I’m not surprised with the reaction. Conspiracy and drama are so much more fun than dull things like working on campaigns and you can’t be blamed if you fail so it’s a win/win.

            The election came down to more blatant fraud than usual in a couple of cities. Organize and get out the vote so they can’t get away with it again Sure, vote by mail gave them more scope for monkeyshines than usual, but monkeyshines there have always been, ask John Adams. Deal with the monkeyshines. The GOP invested in poll watchers in Virginia, which is why they didn’t get away with it there.

            If it comes to the shooting that some people here seem to be looking forward too with such relish then the whole game is over. Whatever comes after won’t be what came before and probably won’t be nice.

              1. I agree it’s a problem, The only way to stop the fraud is to expose it and get involved with the count. The GOP is way behind on this, which is why the Dems like it. Damned GOP seems to think that politics are for gentlemen, or some such rot, forgetting that when push comes to shove, gentlemen fight with whatever comes to hand. Everyone knows who the operatives are, they’re low level functionaries and ward heelers, expose them, prosecute them, put them in jail. make them afraid.

            1. It’s a common mistake here to use “to be looking forward to” when the reality is “are resigned to the necessity of”. Again, 2020 was well outside the margin of fraud, it was obvious, and no legal recourse was allowed.

          2. I don’t believe that as many as 60 million actual, breathing United States citizens voted for the FICUS. Although I suspect that some of them voted multiple times.
            “Our dead voters have risen from the grave, and they’re PISSED!”

        1. The count wasn’t close. But the fraud was the most extensive, etc. I don’t think they can pull it off twice. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

          1. Biden provably stole seven of the three states he “won” by. And that doesn’t include NH, where in each of th half dozen state legislative seats, out of more than 400, that were recounted, and where they check all the races, Trump picked up the same number of votes.

            No one stopped them. Even with video evidence. And when the odds of the votes flipping in even one state was billions to one, Benford’s Law, nevermind 7 states, and that was when they didn’t run the DOJ.
            They got away with flagrant targeted vote fraud that flipped the sElection, and everyone looked the other way,

            Why wouldn’t they do it again?

            1. Because they elected Biden and Harris and the world’s events flipped against them threatening their gravy train. They face a complete wipe out. Evil will oft doth evil mar.

              When you look at it closely, you see how few they really are. They only win because the bulk of the population isn’t interested and their opponents have surrendered. Become a poll watcher, get out the vote, canvass, knock on doors, sue, run for school board, go to the town meetings. All that democracy stuff.

                  1. Just remember, official poll watcher is something that generally depends on the party in charge of the county. You’ll have to apply, and you may not get a decision in time to ask why only Democrats and RINOs are being picked.

                    1. Which is what that Texas Supreme Court ruling I linked on this post does. If the Soros DA for Harris County wants to ignore the massive fraud you report, you can’t take it to the Texas AG and have him file charges elsewhere.

                      Now, if I were AG Paxton, I’d charge the DA with conspiracy to commit vote fraud and then ask the TTSCOTUS how they propose to address that.

              1. Keep in mind it might not be enough. I still stay that they’d have lost without MASSIVE fraud at all levels, and not by a little bit. What we saw was just …. the patch at the last minute.
                HOWEVER yeah, we need to try this FIRST, and hope it works. Enough blinders are falling just through watching these clowns “govern”.
                BUT the “hang them all” MIGHT come to pass. Might be needed. Like you I fear what comes after. At that point all we can do is fight/hope for the best.

                1. There is quite literally no downside to more secure elections. Well, none for us. The other side needs the fraud. Needs it, because elsewise they lose. And they keep losing.

                  And when they lose enough, and I’m talking the establishment which is all the democrats and not a few of the republicans, and people see the difference between what we have NOW and what we had THEN under Trump, even hamstrung and backstabbed all the way through…

                  That happens, they’re discredited for a generation or more, and they have to reinvent themselves again. Means that those in power, even those who’ve been in political power all their lives, even they are left in the dustbin of history and new people rise to take their place.

                  That is why they are so terrified of Trumpian lions. They don’t play by the rules. They don’t go along and get along. They’re not like them.

                  They actually mean what they say.

                  That’s why they had to fraud so bloody much in 2020. There was no other option. Four more years of Trump would have spelled their end. Might’ve even been the tipping point that started the dominoes falling for the establishment.

                  That would have been the bad kind of chaos for the establishment. Trump was a real, literal threat to their entire lives. They know and knew nothing outside of the political bubble they were born in, educated in, play in, have friends in, work in, and will eventually die in. It’s more than just the fear of the unknown.

                  It’s the fear that everything they care about, everything that’s normal to them, that all of that will go away. Or even be proved a lie. That immediate, visceral denial of anything smelling of Trump? That’s why.

                  And that’s why they will try to fraud again.

                  BGE, Snelson, and Miss Sarah are right. Do all the things. Become involved, be active, pay some bloody attention at local levels and on up. We’ve seen the establishment flinch. We know they’re scared. They should be. The rot in politics has begun to smell, and everyone with a nose knows it. Now’s the time to watch those polls, knock on doors, register people to vote, speak out, point out the establishment quislings and primary them right the heck out.

                  And don’t go back to sleep after. 2024 is going to be a monster, by the look of things.

                  1. ’24, ’26, and ’28. One of the weak spots of the Populist movement is lack of stamina. They’ll win ONE election, discover that one victory isn’t enough to give them control, and give up. We have to thrash the Left (and the quislings on the pseudo-Right)…and do it again. A third time. A fourth time.

                    By that point, we will have a self-sustaining reaction.

                    1. 24 is going to be different. They’re prepared for ’22. They’re psyching themselves up for the loss that, as of now, is going to happen. If the election were held today, there is no doubt that they would be losing seats. None. Only how many, that would be the thing.

                      But ’24? They know Biden’s a lost cause. Absent miraculous intervention, he’s done. ’24 is what they will build up to, try and gin up some scandal or other to distract the voting public, while still running the same stupid game they’ve always done only harder. They are going to try and fraud harder in ’24. Bet on that. Count on it.

                      We absolutely have to keep beating the establishment goons. It won’t always be the same old establishment- AOC is not the same as Pelosi and here ilk. Crenshaw is not the same as Mitch McConnell. There will always be threats to liberty, some subtle, some blatant.

                      As Ronaldus Magnus was wont to say, freedom is but one generation from extinction. Our children and grandchildren will have their own battles. Of this I am quite certain. It is our duty to what we can to make sure they have as much of it as possible when the baton is passed on our dying day.

                2. Oh, I’ll fight for it. Lost causes are a family specialty. My grandchildren can sing dirges about it —- if I have grandchildren to sing. I have my targets picked.

                  Better to fight effectively now and the way to fight now is through the system. Raise the price. Hit them where they’re vulnerable, not at the top, at the bottom.

                3. ” At that point all we can do is fight/hope for the best.”

                  Sarah, we’re “hoping for the best” NOW. We’ve bet the farm (literally; between green regulation on production of fertilizer and chemicals, and war, we’re not going to have a normal ag yield for years) that the Junta can’t do damage enough to civilization before they are toppled.

            2. Everyone didn’t look the other way. After all, we’re here talking about it. Most people did look away because they didn’t want to deal with a stolen election on top of everything else in 2020. In the big scheme of things a stolen election isn’t that big of a deal. We’ve had them before and recovered.

              But if they do it again they’ll make it clear that they intend to never let us have a say in our governance ever again. At that point normalcy bias flips and something like Governor DeSantis declaring that the federal government is illegitimate and will no longer be obeyed becomes the sensible thing.

                1. Yep. Even in Texas, blue controlled counties can allow election fraud without effective challenge because only the county DA can bring the cases. Just in time for midterms.


                  “Texas’ highest court for criminal cases on Wednesday struck down a law that allows the attorney general to unilaterally prosecute election cases.

                  The state’s Court of Criminal Appeals issued an 8-1 opinion saying a provision of the law violates the separation of powers clause in the Texas Constitution, representing an intrusion by the executive branch into the judicial branch. The attorney general can only get involved in a case when asked to by a district or county attorney, the court said.

                  Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has been aggressive in trying to root out voter fraud, bashed the opinion from the all-GOP court. He said in a tweet that the ruling “could be devastating for future elections in Texas.”

                  At stake was a part of the election code that says the attorney general, the state’s top law enforcement officer, “may prosecute a criminal offense prescribed by the election laws of this state.” “

              1. Not everyone looked the other way…just all the people who had the power to do something about it. They saw a situation crying for justice, and they collectively shit their pants, the cowards.

                1. Yes, politicians are cowards. They’re generally going to do what most people want them to do.

          2. Normalcy bias is an incredibly powerful force. The only reason they got away with it in 2020 is because a significant number of people chose their desire that it be a normal election over the evidence in front of them. But normalcy bias isn’t without limits. The more people are confronted by the facts the more they acknowledge them and discard their sense of normalcy. That’s why the Left has freaked out at any mention of the stolen election. And why it’s unlikely that they’ll steal significant elections in 2022. The last thing Democrats want is people talking about stolen elections going into 2024.

            Not that I think it will do them any good. Not only will people have 2020 still fresh in their memories, but whoever replaces Biden at the top of the ticket will be so unpopular that 2020 levels of fraud will simply be inadequate. Remember that they went with Biden in 2020 because every other Democrat who threw their hat into the ring was actively repellent to voters (except for Gabbard, but she was repellent to the Democrat base). Normalcy bias, even if it isn’t damaged by widespread fraud in 2022, isn’t going to survive the kind of fraud the Democrats will need to keep the White House.

            1. This is what happened last year in Virginia. There was fraud in Northern Virginia and Richmond. That it was planned was the only way McAuliffe, who is not a political dummy, could have thought he’d get away with pleasing the teachers union by saying that parents didn’t have any right to know what their kids were being taught. The people planning the fraud did not plan on record turnout in the red areas of Virginia with the result that the margin of fraud was exceeded. Turnout in those areas exceeded most presidential elections in Virginia and the added turnout was all Republican.

          3. The late (and much lamented) Pat Caddell, Carter’s 1976 campaign manager, said in 2016 that the Democrats routinely counted on a 2-4% margin of fraud. I estimate that that was doubled in 2020.

              1. Perhaps…but Caddell was thinking nationwide. The big cities are the engines of fraud. Republicans refuse to engage in counter-fraud, and are pathetically weak in mounting challenges.

                I found it telling that Youngkin in Virginia had the wits to flood the state with poll watchers…and won the election.

        2. When the end result of either malice or incompetence is the same, then the punishment/solution probably should be the same too.

          The solution for malice of that level was almost always to stab the bugger through the heart with a dagger, lop off their head with a sword, or shoot ’em.

          The fallacy of the modern western world is to think that incompetence should be tolerated, instead of obliterating the incompetent.

        3. A secure election requires at least the following

          Authentication — who are you?
          Authorization — are you allowed vote?
          Accounting — did you vote?

          The computer security geeks will recognize this and without it all other proposals are just lipstick on a pig.

      1. Aye. They keep forgetting Flyoverlandia is where STUFF (food, fuel, other things) comes from. And if cut off, well, we’ll just KEEP that stuff for ourselves, see. Have fun eating your digital tulips, er, NFTs and whatnot.

        1. I do need to poke the local(ish) egg farm. You can even buy them in bulk unwashed, so you can handle them unrefrigerated.

          I also gather they can show kids around the place. Apparently the little one loves chickens, so she might get a real kick out of it. Unfortunately the HOA doesn’t, so can’t (yet) have any of our own.

          1. I need to get the back fence installed, so that we can start with chickens again. I like chickens, and very fresh eggs. The way that chickens scarf down fruit and veggie peelings and scraps is actually kind of heart-warming.

              1. I’m wondering if we can raise quail with a shed and “indoor kennels” in our area…. You see, the people in this house before bred dogs. We keep meaning to tear them out, but…. well….

                1. I’ve seen professionals raise quail and pheasant in big “runs” like that, although the ground wasn’t paved over, so they had plants for additional cover. (Fencing over the “run” to keep hawks out.)

              1. Over the past few decades, the likes of Biden, Harris, and friends have made Quayle seem like a good option. ;-p

    1. If I wanted to implement an Electronic Concentration Camp to contain and suppress my enemies, but without destroying my own standard of living, I might run the idea past a group of varied international experts (much as a writer would run a draft story past her Alpha Readers). Then I’d run a couple of beta tests, maybe in a nearby foreign country or a large city, to identify unforeseen flaws such as collapsing the banking system or destroying the restaurant and entertainment industry.

      It might be necessary to temporarily withdraw the plan for refinement and meanwhile implement other measures to make the eventual adoption of the plan go more smoothly, such as kindling rampaging inflation to destroy an economy or starting a world war to arouse patriotic fervor against nay-sayers, wreckers, saboteurs and other malcontents, all of whom would be branded ‘domestic terrorists’ to give neighbors a good feeling when they rat out their former friends. During the pause, it would look as if the plan wasn’t working but that’s just a pause; it isn’t working yet, because it isn’t time for full implementation, yet. That’s how I’d do it.

      But then, I’m an alternative-future-history fantasy writer, so what do I know?

        1. But again, it’s not the highly unlikely dystopia if they succeed that worries me, it’s the entirely certain collateral damage from them repeatedly doubling down on failure.

  5. Evil will oft doth evil mar. I was reminded of that watching Barry the Unready yesterday. I don’t buy the conspiracy theories that he was signaling that he’s the President. No, his narcissism is so vast that he simply can’t help himself. There’s a small, and it is very small, number of crazy people that big tech has allowed to morph into big left, I look around and see people coming to their senses and, once one stops and thinks for a second, the whole edifice crashes down.

    Should they manage to steal the next election, I’ll begin to look toward another solution, till then, God looks after children, drunks, and the United States of America.

    1. Barry the Teleprompter wasn’t Prez when he was Prez; he could barely read the teleprompter the first two years. He is just another meat puppet.

    2. If events continue too much further along their current course, I’m afraid God will “look after” the United States of America the way he did Sodom and Gomorrah.

      Just sayin’.

      1. I’m afraid God will “look after” the United States of America the way he did Sodom and Gomorrah.

        So, time to start hunting around for 10 righteous men, then?

          1. Reminds me of a great line from Warbound:

            “I think that if God don’t burn Shanghai down, then he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”

  6. If it’s all electronic they can cheat…..

    “A paper shortage is looming over the 2022 elections. Seriously,” Politico warned two weeks ago.

    “Worldwide paper shortage causing concerns for balloting ahead of midterm elections,” Detroit station WDIV trumpeted.

    “Midterm mess: States grapple with poll worker and paper shortages,” CNN intoned.

    1. Gee, you could ‘short out’ an election with some weights and bare wire arranged as a bola into the transmission lines? How VERY secure that election must be!

      1. They also apparently left a lot of firewalls down on a lot of the voting machines. Some DA’s have tried to criminalize asking questions about that, but security through obscurity isn’t.

        Basically, anyone who doesn’t run a secure election is going to have a raging dumpster fire on their hands, and probably no way to get a vote total even the total fraud a would be willing to float out the door.

        Think 133707 to 513003 in a district of 100k crazy numbers

    2. New Hampshire is all paper ballots. But the Dominion software flipped votes just enough to be outside the margin of a recount. In the local legislative districts that had recounts Trump gained votes, in eac
      H one, and in equal amounts.

      Everyone looked the other way, because they were afraid of being accused as being in The Big Lie

      1. Hmm. Ballot count in our town matched the electronic one the machines coughed out. Those numbers are manually entered into the state system by the town administrator. The biggest place fraud could have occurred was with the mail in ballots.

  7. All I can do is take what I know, what I can see and make it into a coherent hole.

    While we are being ruled over by a bunch of incoherent ‘holes. 😛

    I still don’t know how or where to fit the covidiocy in relation to Trump

    The Enemy latched onto something they could use against OrangeManBad, and now they’re addicted to the heady sense of power they get from issuing insane decrees. “What can we make those deplorables do next? For their own good of course!”
    Jordan Peterson: “If I told you to cook in the bathroom and shit in the kitchen, that would be a new idea. Doesn’t make it a good one.”

      1. He’s a germaphobe. The early reports hit him right in the darkest fears. Then as he brought up sensible things like Ivermectin and Quinine the left jumped in to ridicule and block him. I think He could have done more, but (1) every death would have been laid at his door and (2) gut deep fear.

        1. every death would have been laid at his door

          Pretty much my understanding of why he didn’t fire Fauci and Birx, because his advisors were telling him it would create a backlash against “rejecting their expertise” and hurt his re-election chances. Unfortunately, they managed to hurt his re-election chances anyway.

          By the way, comes now Rochelle Walensky to announce a top-to-bottom review of the CDC in light of all the criticism it’s gotten over the pandemic. True to form, of course, the goal isn’t to get the CDC out of obvious partisan politics, but to improve their “messaging”.

          1. If the Republicans take Congress and have any wits, they will hold an investigation…then zero out the CDC budget and send every penny over to the Pentagon.

          2. Except we all know now that Fauci’s expertise is anything but. The man’s as corrupt as they get, and worse, because he’s an MD. Do no harm my left little toe.

          3. Well, his,political advisors were incompetent. I still don’t know why they didn’t use Fauci’s two million dead as a campaign point: “they said two million dead, but with our policies it’s only 400,000. We saved over 1,500,000 lives so far.”

            1. It’s not that they didn’t use it; it’s that the standard actually reported was “It should have been 0 like China’s reporting.”

      2. Because Trump is a known germaphobe whose behavior involved a lot of social distancing anyway.

      3. Phobias are phobias precisely they are dysfunctional.

        You can study the object of fear to a great degree, understand it intellectually, and it doesn’t stop the little voice yammering away at the back of your head.

        The thing about Trump, that is different from you or I, he works with staff. His picks make sense if, whenever he needs someone in a field he doesn’t know, he has staff find people in that area, and his staff learns about people of strong reputation, summarizes, and passes it up to him. You and I have contacts, and we talk to them, and this maybe gives us some of the same sort of stuff that a staff might be directed to provide. But the dynamic could be wildly different.

        You and I work alone a lot, and have devoted pretty significant chunks of time to learning stuff about unusual thought process. This may mean strengths when it comes to finding unconventional perspectives on unusual situations.

        He would spend a lot of his time organizing and interfacing with his various staffs. And, a lot of the people you will find to hire for a staff are conventional thinkers. Friendships and active contacts can be much more heavily weighted towards the strange, the bizarre, and the unusual.

        It is possible to have an information operation act against you through your social circle and contacts. It is also possible to have an information operation act against you through your staff.

        At this point, it seems pretty clear that serious efforts were made to attack Trump through his staff and employees, to a degree that his previous experiences probably would not have prepared him for.

        1. Trump is/was a businessman, accustomed to operating in an “employment at will” legal environment. If he didn’t like someone’s performance, he could fire them and then hire someone else, without Senate confirmation, civil service laws, whistleblower laws, etc.

        2. He’s one of those rarities, someone who knows what he doesn’t know. So he can become a bit overreliant on those with expertise (or “expertise”) in a sub he doesn’t necessarily understand. And he’s a “thinking out loud” kinda guy who also apparently tends to actually let people whose job it is to do things (like local and state governments) do their jobs instead of trying to create a single national response that wouldn’t have done much good for anyone because of different infection rates in different areas.

          He was basically hamstrung from the beginning of his administration and had a lot of legacy bureaucrats working against him, as well as the added issues of an election year. Which may have freed him up for some things but hobbled him in others.

      4. To be blunt, panic. With “muh feddlism” as a chaser.

        As others have noted, Trump is a germaphobe. He also did not have firm control of the Federal bureaucracy…and failed to get a second opinion. A competent President (I’m available) would have had the Army’s biological warfare team at Fort Detrick running in parallel.

        But then Trump turned a lot of the response to governors and mayors who were Democrats…and were quite willing to consign tens of thousands of their own citizens to misery, poverty, and death in order to attack Trump. They took an already panicky situation and fueled the fear.

        I keep thinking of what I call the “Katrina Rule”. In a major disaster, the top Democrat will ALWAYS be making things worse.

        1. The Army’s biological warfare/research teams at Fort Detrick do not appear to have a lot of useful people in them, or at least, not enough useful people. The useful people have been chased away into early retirement, or left in disgust a while back.

          Maybe this is too pessimistic, but it seems to be happening on all levels in the military.

          1. Perhaps. But what I saw during the panic-demic indicated that they had more professionalism than Fraud-ci and his gang.

  8. More and more, we are engaged in a daily “Spot the Idiot” contest and it’s a target-rich environment. Pomposity and position no longer shield public idiots, they are totally exposed!

      1. Sarah, it’s not that they don’t realize it; it’s that they don’t fear any consequences.

        1. I think it’s more that they genuinely believe the only reason we don’t go along with them is because they haven’t found the right way to explain it to us. When we understand what wonderful things they’re doing for us, our doubts and complaints will disappear, and we’ll happily go along with it.

          So they put it all on display and brag about it.

          But many of the public still has trouble recognizing the wonderful things that are being done. So the elites need to impose harsh but temporary (just until everyone recognizes that all of this work is for their own good) measures to keep things moving along until we understand, and stop resisting.

          1. To a certain extent that’s true. But they exhibit religious fanaticism: you disagree once or twice they try to convert you; more than that or actually oppose or mock them and you are the infidel who must be cowed or crushed. Like any fanatic, reality that contradicts them will be explained away in some satisfactory fashion. Only something that rocks their core beliefs or long-term persistent attack on their core beliefs has hope of changing them. The latter requires knowing their core beliefs and then planning the attack. It’s basically what they have done to western civilization: attack its core beliefs with slow corrosion over decades and then rush in to crumble the edifice in the past couple of decades. The problem, as Sarah points out, is they have nothing to replace what they destroy. They’re sawing off the limb they’re sitting on.

          2. I think that’s one of the major reasons they stole 2020. They thought if they could just get through this election and start implementing their agenda everyone would jump on board and we’d be living in a communist utopia in no time. Hence the histrionics when BBB stalled out.

            I liken stealing 2020 to Operation Watch on the Rhine (AKA the Battle of the Bulge). In both cases there were some initial successes, but not as many as hoped, and the ultimate goals were never achieved because they were based more on wishful thinking than actual planning, with the ultimate result of leaving the attackers in a worse position than when they started.

            1. Yep. That’s the thing to remember. I think most of what they’re doing, with skyrocketing gas prices, and just print more money are things they GENUINELY believed would bring about amazing improvement. Including, yes, the open border. It will show everyone how great it is.
              The fact it’s all backfiring at speed has them confused and scared.

              1. Well, we’re dealing with Extremely Stupid People. They hold positions of power because of inherited opportunities.

                I keep thinking of the French Revolution. Which was led by the middle class and poor nobility (who were effectively middle class but with a better pedigree). And a certain second son of a minor noble family in a distant province…

            2. I hope so…but let’s take Patton’s advice this time. He wanted to strike northwest to cut off the entire German army, not due north to relieve Bastogne directly.

  9. Well, we can always look forward to inviting Mr. Morden over for stake.


  10. On a happier note, the local comics shop had Barbarella issues 3-7, so I’m sort of caught up. Sort of. Last time I was there it was, “Uh, what?” so I take it as an improvement.

  11. It did in Russia and the only way to keep it going was perpetual war (which strangely they accused the “capitalists” of.)

    In fairness, it is not obvious there is a slice of the American elite, and one more associated with the right than the left, that is for perpetual war. The way to identify them is large, hidden investments and children who don’t serve. Yes, I know that sounds like a conspiracy but look at the Clintons, Bidens, Bushes, Romneys, et al who never found a country they couldn’t figure out why to bomb and tell me there isn’t something there.

    I remain firm in my belif that they can’t herd us into dystopia. They will try. They will fail.

    No, but there are doing a yeoman’s job of reverting 350ish years of the English enlightenment back to the mean of history. Slavery troughed and is on an upward swing. While the industrial revolution killed it off more or less as a means of production, house servitude is still viable post mechanization as well as less savory forms.

    More importantly, they’ve been successful in convincing the mass that freedom is bad for them. While we were perhaps never as universally out and proud about it, freedom is hard work after all and most people will just cruise in the conformity grove to some degree, we weren’t as a whole hostile to it.

    It seems we have a couple of generations taught open hostility to freedom. In a very much Orwell was right moment they have embraces the standardization for equity as the real freedom. While the more they experience the more they much value genuine freedom a mix of too late, crabs in a bucket, and ignorance may stymie them or worse, create French/Russian/Mexican/etc revolution responses.

    I think even too many of us pro-freedom types subconsciously buy the whole “right side of history” meme. I’m afraid history will revert to her mean and it will be a long time before deviations towards freedom re-emerge.

    1. I have been amazed by the amount of zoomers and tankies who unthinkingly conflate “freedom from” with “freedom to”. Flocks of manbabies and grown preschoolers whining about “how am I really free if I have to work before I can eat?”

      I will take my “freedom to” and hang on with both hands. Freedom from want is not how entropy works, freedom from judgment is not how a society works (for more than maybe a generation, maybe). I am free when I can work where I please, travel where I please, and defend myself at need. Not when somebody gives me my juice and crackers and settles me down for storytime with a copy of “Rainbow Fish”.


      1. It’s amusing…I retired nine months ago, with a comfortable pension. And am looking for a decent job, preferably part-time (but after August, full-time is an option).

        Hopefully the FY23 Defense budget will get increased by Congress.

  12. You’re my favorite unreliable Oracle. You at least point out that there is something moving in those shadows. I’m not always sure you are right about what that movement means, but I’m hardly ever sure you’re wrong.

  13. Off topic question- I’m trying to track down a cookbook one of the regulars shared during a somewhat recent book promo. The title was something about no one taught me to cook/cooking on a budget. I have someone I want to share it with, but my search-fu is lacking.

    1. I remember the conversation, but not sure it was a book promo post. Sounds like something one of the regulars would talk about- maybe Foxfier, MCA Hogarth, someone like that with more cooking fu than me? I’m a decent enough cook to make stuff edible, but there are lots of folks that know more and make delicious foods cheaply, too.

      1. Thanks helping me remember and maybe someone else will chime in too. I just checked MCA Hogarth’s Amazon page and didn’t see a cookbook. Foxfire or maybe KaitlynWeeIrish would be my guesses, but WP handle vs. Amazon author name and I’m stuck.

        1. You might also check out Monster Hunter Nation, the post where Larry fisked the [fool] who wrote that poor people can’t cook, and that you’d starve to death on not-quite-minimum wage. There were a number of comments with recipes and cooking tips for stretching dollars/Pounds/yen/lira.

      1. Wait until Biden’s grain shortages kick in and they ration the amount of Beer t
        Hat can be brewed. Let’s Go Brandon!

  14. I keep trying to make sense of the actions, actors, and interests behind the patterns of light and shadow that I can see from where I am, but the more that the picture is revealed; the more I come to believe that M. C. Escher was the artist.
    John in Indy

  15. Cheer up! Soyez gai! Remember that crisis brings opportunities with it. I don’t think about survival. I think about victory.

  16. I’m irritated, and not sure what to do as a result.

    I’m taking a shower.

  17. I think it may have been Samuel Johnson who wrote, “Whom God would destroy, he first makes mad” (i.e., crazy, not necessarily angry).

    The Apostle Paul, in Romans 1:22, writing of those who reject the Creator God and instead worship His creation, says they claim wisdom and become foolish.

    I’m no prophet; but even I can see we’re heading into deeper trouble than will be fun.

    All we can do is remain true to our belief and each other. If you love America, then we’re kin.

  18. Team HarrisBiden pushing for price controls due to the high inflation they created.

    For Team HarrisBiden and the Democrats high inflation is a feature not a bug. They want to expand government control over the economy and indeed over every aspect of people’s lives until that control is total. They have intended to impose price controls as part of their doing so the entire time, and needed high inflation to create a pretext for doing so. They believe government should control supply and prices. Above even the radical leftist “woke” ideology the ideology that is driving the Democrats is “all within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

    Its not just stupidity and incompetence. There is plenty of that, but they are acting with malice aforethought.

    1. And they will argue that “it didn’t work in the 1970s because it was a Republican who tried it. We’ll get it right this time!”

  19. So, Nancy Palsi was going to visit Taiwan. PRC objected. Nancy diagnosed with asymptomatic WuFlu. How utterly convenient

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