The Revolution WON’T Be Reported

Everyone knows that the Dutch Farmers are in revolt, but we might miss how far in revolt they are: Protesting Dutch Farmers Refuse to Back Down Despite Police Crackdown. And the entire world knows about Sri Lanka. But here and there other things come through, that indicate trouble in other places: Albania, Italy, Germany. Everywhere the Farmers are revolting against the revolting Green Agenda that would exterminate mankind and keep the few survivors alive to be play things of the elites, living in sewers and eating bugs to gratify the self-styled “best people.” And they dropped the masks and are talking about their agendas in public, as though they weren’t completely crazy-cakes and repulsive to any not-completely-perverted human being.

And it’s really repulsive and insane. Lately UN put up an article explaining how world hunger was a good thing because if provided ready serfs. No one could make sense of it, and people maintain it’s satire, but is it the job of the UN to publish satire, particularly when it’s satire about a real situation we’re facing: World hunger. Not the localized world hunger created by kleptocratic (largely socialist) governments, but real world hunger, born of the idiot international kleptocrats f*ck f*ck plots and machinations.

Then there was that idiotocrat of the Junta, who talked about how of course the gas prices must go through the roof to “preserve the international liberal order.”

Not to mention all the idiots at various conferences talking and publishing openly about the Great Reset and how in fifteen years, you’ll own nothing and you’ll love it, as if they could remake the essence of humans, like that with their stupid foot stomping and commands. And as if their completely insane plan for production or trade worked, like their dreams. As if humans — contrary to millennia of history and evolution — would continue to work, to sacrifice, to create for nothing.

Seriously, it’s almost like these crazy people never met a human being, and I understand all too well why ERS wrote his blog about lizard people. Because it seems impossible that humans could misunderstand humans that badly.

But, alas, humans are, in fact, capable of believing the most absurd things, as cults and conspiracies through history have proven. And when it comes to cults, there is none loonier than the one embraced by the Marxist would-be elites.

I never believed in conspiracies, because I didn’t think conspiracies could stay quiet about their intent and all would be discovered.

I wasn’t exactly wrong. What we had here, for the longest time was not a conspiracy, but a prospiracy, or if you prefer ideological cultists that took over the system of education and information of free societies, because Marxism gave intellectuals who really knew nothing the idea they knew everything. Because, again, so long as you stay inside the theory, “everything can be explained.” It just has no contact with reality.

But over-educated idiots who want to feel smart hold onto the cult, because without it they would have to face their irrelevancy. And actually smart people caught up in know that rewards come from speaking the right words and pretending to believe the cult, and keep quiet out of self interest.

Like that, the juggernaut moved forward until it took over all our institutions, and every place that hired university graduates, particularly in the social sciences. Yes, that does mean government bureaucracy.

It was unstoppable. It was ever moving. It couldn’t be stopped.

Until reality intruded. The reality is that the cult precepts — which I want to point out include an extreme hatred of humanity as is, and of western civilization that feeds the world — don’t work. Can’t work. Where they meet reality, they fail.

Real, normal human beings — no, not even the ones brainwashed by colleges. Those just think they’ll be on top and exempt — don’t want to die for the cult’s Gaia worship and hate of humanity. Real, normal human beings, don’t want to be kept as pets: a cross between college students and medieval villagers. Real, normal human beings have had about enough, and not just now.

I’d like to remind you the Tea Parties started as soon as we could realize we were not alone. Yes, they were “defeated” in a way, but in another way that genie can’t be put back in the bottle. At that point people who had participated, and who knew most of the stuff reported about the tea parties was nonsense (including the left’s only explanation for anyone opposing them, which of course is that it’s white males, afraid of losing power, only …. it’s not white. Or males. And we know that. And white males, except for a very few of kleptocrat families like the Bidens and the Clintons and the Pelosis/Newsome Clan, haven’t had any power for a very long time. Certainly no power inheres to being white and male.)

So people didn’t forget. They didn’t forget they were not alone. And that’s enough. That, in my opinion, is what led to the election of Trump, and the election in 2020 when everything they threw at us failed and they had to cheat at the last minute, in front of G-d and everyone, including definitely us.

In a way without the Tea Parties there would be no Trump. And without the extremes they went to to control the election failing, they wouldn’t be in a panic.

And being in a panic, they conspired to steal the election and did it obviously and blatantly. And when their stomping down on any rumors of its being stolen didn’t work, their productions of show trials didn’t enthrall us, they went unhinged.

It is a conspiracy now, and as I said, conspirators can’t help but talking about it. And they do. Oh they do.

It’s all twenty four seven, stomp stomp “We know better, let us rule.” While they are in fact making it worse, much worse for everyone.

If they could, we’d still be locked up and wearing masks — did I or did I not tell you at the time that when governments lock their people up it’s because they’re afraid of the people?

They’re terrified. We didn’t go along with their plan of lockdowns forever. We didn’t go along with mandatory jabs, and vaccine passports, and aps that track our every movement, and we didn’t believe the gas was Putin’s fault or the gas stations (!) fault.

They are using mechanisms that worked before — such as when the media convinced everyone that a communist killing JFK was a right wing conspiracy — but it’s not working.

It’s not working, I think, all over the world.

In the US we haven’t gone critical, yet — I THINK — because I think we’d have heard of it. There are too many phone cameras, too many blogs, too many people who talk to other people. But note the “I think” because there’s still the possibility for sweeping minor incidents under the rug, and sometimes I do wonder.

If we haven’t gone critical, it is because we have more “give”. Not just more give in terms of more wealth — we do have that. Michael Yon says we too will be taken by the pan famine, but honestly, I doubt it. Parts of the country, sure, like the big cities. Even there, I wouldn’t be surprised to see serious fight back. If even the Europeans who are older (I mean that, on average age), and not nearly as well armed as us are fighting back before the famine comes to them, I suspect we will too.

Besides the wealth, we have a vast country and the ability to move around in it. In the last year more of my friends have taken flight from blue to red states than I care to mention. Sometimes it seems all of us have moved. It’s not quite that, but it’s close. Telework unleashed us, sure, but there’s more than that.

That took some of the pressure off. Some of the most motivated people, in the areas already feeling the pressure, have moved to places not critical and closer to food supplies. So I don’t think there’s outbreaks of fighting, yet.

I don’t know how wide the fighting is in Europe. I plain can’t tell, just like I can’t tell how scarce things are getting in the markets. I can’t tell, because the rest of the world (with the exception of the anglosphere, and even there not as much) never took to blogging like we did. They just didn’t. And their news are way, way, way more biased than ours and more under government control.

I think if we’re seeing leaks of revolts, it is why more widespread, kind of like the people who comment on a blog are maybe 1/100th of those who read.

This thing is in motion, because humanity won’t surrender without a fight. We’re not going to go down for the long sleep to please crazy people who want to believe they’re intelligent.

Where hunger meets human true change happens. There is a great reset coming, just not what they wanted.

Everything they do, to try to stop the “top down, center out, would be global order from falling, just makes it fall harder and more painfully.

I do believe the next three to four years will be… difficult. I don’t believe like Michael Yon that famine or foreign invasion will take down the US. I believe the Junta will try, yes, I just don’t think it will succeed. Because they don’t have much sense of reality.

Until then… I’m wondering if I should buy a generator. And perhaps propane heaters that work inside without poisoning us. We can survive (if not like) hot summers, but not freezing winters. I’ve hesitated to make that kind of expense, but I believe it’s getting serious. And perhaps all of us need to take stock of our freedom seeds and invest in them (It’s not like stocks are going to do better, guys.)

But we are a clever ape. And the US is exceptionally good at adapting, improvising, overcoming. I thin we will find ways over around and through.

And the bad cultures in our midst, brought over by the Junta, are going to find out really quick that it’s bad to get in the middle of a family quarrel.

What emerges on the other end, I don’t know. But I’m going to fight really hard to re-create a republic that helps us retain our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The fire has already started. It’s just not come to our shores yet.

It’s time to spit our our hands and grab hold of the rope. The boat is about to hit choppy waters.

Be not afraid.

It is our duty, our glory and our very great honor to preserve/revive the republic for generations still unborn.

What greater destiny could fate have dished out to us?

Now go prepare.

300 thoughts on “The Revolution WON’T Be Reported

  1. Perhaps I was just busy this weekend and didn’t see it, but I’ve seen nothing on the farmer protest on the TV. Just a link from Drudge and something from Brad Torgerson, which linked to Michael Yon.

    It seems over the last decade I’ve found out more about what happens in the US by reading British news sites.

    “Now go prepare.”


        1. Not only plant based but bug based….It’s a real mystery how it could have caught fire….The Dutch farmers are completely based, and are trying to force Rutte and his despicable fellow travelers out…

          1. Since it looks like Comrad Rutte and fellow creeps are doing what they can to force the farmers out, it’s only polite to return the gesture, IYKWIMAITYD.

            Speaking of things going up in flames, the go-to explanation for natural gas facilities going ‘Splody or Fiery in the US is “Russian Cyberattacks”. Yeah, it wouldn’t hurt them, but there seems to be another entity or five that seem to be happy with a shortage of readily accessible fossil fuels.

            The conspiracy-minded character in Bones doesn’t seem so far fetched any more.

  2. I am terrified that the Democrats will do something else stupid and we will see #teamheadsonpikes…

    I hate what Democrats and other communists do; but I don’t hate their poor deluded followers. Well, at least I don’t want to do so.

    May the LORD have mercy on us all.

    1. Now there are serious goings-on in Netherlands, Argentina, China (banks, food, etc.), and Sri Lanka…

      We seem to be in a room filled with gas fumes and Brandon is trying to light a match…

          1. Spain has been going on since the winter. Same thing: stupid green crap from stupid green lefties.

            Germany and France are the tell. I’ve taken to following the headlines in Welt, the main German tabloid. When it ends up on the cover of Welt. It’s a thing. Right now it’s all about airports and heat. I suspect they’ll get through the summer, it it will be “interesting” come winter.

              1. England and Scotland didn’t seem overly agitated, aside from the railway strike in England (which, according to the Scots, means it’s Thursday). The possibility of Johnson’s government folding didn’t seem to be a surprise. Note, I was in the part of England and Scotland that would probably look at London disappearing overnight and leaving nothing but a crater as an improvement.

        1. Yes, Germany and Switzerland are facing a winter without 40% of normal energy delivery…It gets seriously cold in both places and people are going to die if they don’t make peace with the Russians..

      1. To quote Brandon’s boss, “Never underestimate Joe’s ability to f$ck things up.” I think case, I sincerely hope he’s not even competent to strike that match

        1. Problem is though we know Buck Fiden is too shaky to strike the match, there are plenty of folks around him that’ll hold his hand steady.

      2. I think the Establishment’s reaction to the Tea Parties also helped to take a lot of the punch of their standard rebuttal – “that’s racist!” I was a Tea Party supporter, back in the late Aughties and early Teens. I have the pocket constitutions to prove it. And Democracy in America. And a copy of the Federalist Papers, underlined and annotated. Bless my heart, I thought we could set it right, if we could just figure out where it went wrong. (The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments, would be a good place to start, I expect,) When you know for a moral certainty that your own opposition to the Establishment’s schemes are philosophical, not demographic, the usual reaction starts off ridiculous and quickly becomes infuriating. It’s also hard to take the snark about “stupid, racist rednecks” seriously when you’re being smeared as one, while reading John Locke and Frederic Bastiat.

        1. Precisely this. Particularly since one of two tea parties I attended was half Amerindian, who came in full Native attire from the reservation in chartered buses.

        2. Heck, that cropped photo of a very dark, broad-shouldered fellow with a long gun over his shoulder, which the media cropped and screamed at as a white supremacist…..

      1. but will the heads be left on pikes outside the Capitol as a warning to the next hundred generations that some things come at too high a price?

        and then can i wave at them like this does a little wave ? 😀

              1. It is natural as passing through my incarnations in every age and race…

                1. Considering that we might be getting to the terror and slaughter part very soon, this particular call and response isn’t very fun right now.

                  1. I am willing to deal with Copybook Headings. They will suck, but have another side to come out of.

                    City of Brass is what keeps me up at night.

            1. Was trying to figure out a subtle way to do it. One of the best scenes ever

    2. Hate the sin, love the sinner.
      But sometimes you do have to be the one to put Old Yeller down.
      And even though I’d shoot a man for trying to kill me to steal my food, that doesn’t mean I might not take his kids in and feed them.

    3. I am trying very hard to remember that civil war is always horrible for everyone, and that there is a serious chance that even if the globalists lose, the winners won’t create a nation I want to live in, but it is increasingly difficult for me because I have a burning hatred for the bastards who are doing this to us, and for their deluded spoiled brat supporters. America had built the greatest human standard of living imaginable. I could walk into Kroger, a mile from my house, not in a ritzy neighborhood at all, and buy fresh produce year round, from all over the world. You could sit at home googling recipes, decide on something exotic and drive a few miles and buy the ingredients, just on a whim. It is staggering to imagine the level of wealth that capacity equates to, and any median income American had it at their fingertips. The people who have ruined that deserve to die.

      1. Another point to remember, other countries love civil wars. It creates opportunities to see a country weaken itself to be easily taken over afterwards.

      2. “…I have a burning hatred for the bastards who are doing this to us, and for their deluded spoiled brat supporters.”

        THIS! Oh, so MUCH this! And my little list grows daily.

  3. Sarah, something’s wrong with the formatting on this post. Your 1st, 2nd and 6th paragraphs are all completely indented and the font is slightly different.

    1. I noticed that while I was typing, but I couldn’t change it. I did what I normally do and typed directly into the “write new post” page, so…. weird as heck? I didn’t lie when I said the internet hamsters were NUTS yesterday, okay?

  4. > “Until then… I’m wondering if I should buy a generator. And perhaps propane heaters that work inside without poisoning us. We can survive (if not like) hot summers, but not freezing winters.”

    The 8-bit guy had a recent video on his preparations. Some of you might find useful ideas in it:

    1. Yes, you should definitely buy a generator. I got a small portable version that (I tested) has enough oomph to run my fridge and chest freezer and network. And I have a wood-burning fireplace and 1 1/2 cords of wood, just in case things go sideways in the middle of (Seattle, fairly mild) winter.

      1. I sorta wish the old cole furnace was still in this place, Wood will work in one too, but coal went away, and now Michigan makes it impossible to have on inside, and outside one suxxor

    2. Just remember, the generators only run as long as you have fuel. The question then becomes, how big, and how many, gasoline, diesel, or gas tanks do you have? And what do you do when you run out? Granted, you may be able to go a week to a month, but what then?

        1. Indeed. If the power goes out for a solid month then we’re at sauve qui peut, zombie-apocalypse levels of f***ed and a whole different set of priorities takes precedence.

          1. Most people have never lived where they were without power for a couple weeks. You learn a lot. (Hurricane in the FL Keys.)

              1. Pish. There is no repellent strong enough for the Keys. Thick clothing and time are the only deterrents. Eventually you’ve been bitten so often it isn’t so bad.

                    1. Sympathies.

                      I’d be head to toe cellulitis, that is what happens when I get multiple bug bites on top of bug bites. Bad enough when I get one or two that don’t overlap, or they hit my ankles/feet, wrists/hands, or knees.

                    2. I think six years in the bugs made me more sensitive to bites now than I would have been otherwise.
                      Your issue sounds way worse. Try to sleep with itchy ankles? Nope!

        1. Hm. That’s probably best for making other people’s cars your generator’s fuel supply.

      1. I prefer solar for AC generation backup. Cost per watt sucks rocks, but if you’ve got decent insolation and the square footage to install an array, (and alas, the cubic money), it can be viable. FWIW, even though it gets windy in Flyover County, the only windmills are ornamental. The very rich rancher has one at his house; it looks like it might be good for a hundred watts or so. The green meanies put in solar farms to replace a third of the power our doomed hydroelectric dams have generated. No eagle slicers in use in the county.

        I have a couple of largish (for values of large) solar systems. The smaller one fits on a 16′ trailer parked behind the house (and secured to the ground because of wind). That has handled refrigeration in a few multi-hour outages, with enough to spare to run a CPAP machine and a light or two.

        The larger one shares a lot of characteristics of the smaller. It could be mistaken for a small grid tie system as favored by the local ranchers, but with the storage set up in the pumphouse a little ways off. It’s oversized for the well’s pump, and if the grid went out for a long time, there are ways to take advantage of that capacity. OTOH, one neighbor just installed a good sized array on her house. I don’t get a chance to talk to her that much, so I don’t know if it’s grid tie (the way I’d bet) or if it’s hybrid, with storage. Hers is roof mount, and rumor has it she’s going to install a solar hot water system on the rest of that roof surface.

        Another neighbor has a similar system to our pumphouse. A more distant neighbor has a system smaller than the trailer-one that powers their house, and the way it’s abused, it’s backup to a whole-house propane generator that was supposed to be backup to the solar. Not the way to do it, folks.

      2. WPDE! It seems to have eaten my longer comment.

        If (and it’s a huge if) you have the money, a storage-type solar system of sufficient size can cover critical needs. I built a couple of medium sized systems; one’s 1.2kW, the other 3.6kW. Not impressive by gas generator standards, but if I can’t get gasoline, I still have refrigeration and critical needs.

        I know grid-tie systems are being installed by the cool kids; not sure how much additional a hybrid system would cost. I gather grid-tie is still subsidized in Oregon, my stand-alones not. So be it.

        1. I just purchased a grid tie system that came with my new to me house. This might sound weird, but what I want to do is rewire it so that I can disconnect the main while the solar inverter is still tied to the building. Then I’m adding a 30 Amp 240 volt interlock for my generator that can only be activated when the grid breaker is disabled.

          In theory this should let my generator provider a 60 Hz signal to reactivate the solar inverter and let my generator idle when there is enough daylight… adding batteries is more money than I have right now… It won’t be as efficient as pure solar, but it should help stretch my generator fuel a bit farther.

          1. Make sure you get a permit for that, because insurance companies look down on fire claims from unapproved DIY electrical work, especially if it’s bigger than wiring a new socket. And there are some jurisdictions require exclusive grid tie.

            1. The permitting process for the pumphouse system was, er, impressive.

              Had to do a site plan, get the ground mount design (predone by Iron Ridge) redesigned for local conditions–the pros are more pessimistic. The all-on-mains electrical had been permitted and approved earlier, so the permit and inspection was for the addon. My retired EE mind had me overdesign elements; heavier wire where practical.

              So far, it’s been in operation since May 2019. Had to shut it down for most of a week that winter when I had a medical trip, and this late spring when the propane regulator packed it in. Had to order a new one from the ‘zon, and that took a while, plus another week to get the round tuit.

              I use lead acid batteries; Trojan T105s. When I got them, they were $140 (with a 10% discount subtracted). Rolls-Surrette batteries have twice the storage capacity, at 3 times the price. Since I needed 8 batteries (48V DC), the Trojans were attractive, plus I could get them locally without having to pay truck shipping rates. The power trailer uses 4 of the Rolls-Surrette. Good batteries, but a nightmare to deal with. I rather liked those pants–electrolyte spills in shipping and you can’t get all the acid off. Even lost the overalls I wore when trying to wash down the batteries. I wear rubber gloves and safety glasses on water check day. That goes for the Trojans, too. I did a tent trailer with AGM batteries, but they’re too expensive in large sizes.

            2. I’m still working on the plan and getting the right electrician. Fortunately my meter is bidirectional so exclusive grid tie shouldn’t be a issue. Everything will be UL listed and to local code…

  5. Some might remember there was a fairly economic slowdown during the Obama administration, even with the economy being generally sh-tty during the administration They never named it a recession, one wonders why? Same thing going on now. The argument is around unemployment and jobs. There are two sources of jobs, household and establishment survey, both of them are based on surveys, both get revised sometimes years later.

    One of those is signaling recession, one not so much. Guess which one has been reported?

    The statistics aren’t really lies, their adjustments are well known by people who need to know, the reporting on them by people who should know better is lies. Always in the same direction.

    Oh, and Cholera is being reported in Wuhan. F-cking Cholera!

    1. Video of what certainly looked like a bank run in Zhenzou yesterday. Claims the bank of China (city branch? National bank? Don’t know.) told the depositors they were “making improvements,” and nobody has been able to get to their money for six months.
      Is this even close to correct? Because a bank run, in China…

      1. China is a mess. There have been several bank runs on small, rural banks. This one is reported to be on Bank of China, which would be an entirely different kettle of fish. I suspect it’s not Bank of China since they’re a commercial bank and don’t have a lot of small depositors.

        The sad fact is that China has significantly more debt on significantly lower output than the US does. Given the state of real state and industry the actual default rate has to be immense. the state has ordered that there be no defaults but much like WuFlu, or HArald Hardrada ordering the tide to stop, the defaults are coming anyway.

        Here in the US we have periodic crises. The CCP has forbidden crises, hence what they will get is a catastrophic, systemic failure. The only question is when. I wish I knew, since I would end up among the wealthiest people in the world.

        1. A YouTuber I follow recently said something to the effect of, he doesn’t know what’s really going on in China, and is pretty sure nobody knows, including the Chinese Communist Party supposedly running the show.

          1. That’s true of anything more complicated than a hamlet, a village is too complicated for anyone to understand. The CCP is changing Yul Brunner “so let it be written, so let it be done.” That cuts off any possibility of an intermediate crisis.

          2. Ahhh it is good to know the rest of the world is as badly whitefished (schrod) as the US. Although Winnie the Xi can likely find his posterior 5 times out of 10 without aid from his wife.

            1. The US is the one eyed man in the land of the blind. As bad as we have it, they’re all worse.

          3. There is a term in accident reports about some aircraft crashes: CFIT.
            That’s ‘Controlled Flight Into Terrain’ – the pilot/crew BELIEVES there is control as flight is as expected… except something is horribly amiss. The result is that the plane flies right smack into the ground or a mountain… and those ‘in control’ are SURE they are doing everything right. And China looks like it’s heading for a CFIT…

            Or they sure are giving that impression. For all I know, internally they ARE panicking and trying like mad to make things work with a PANEL full of flashing lights saying things are NOT right. And even if they “looked like a centipede with case of poison ivy”[1] they just can’t work all the controls fast enough, EVEN if the controls worked… and they don’t. Not enough.

            [1] I forget which story, but I recall that line one of The Mad Scientist’s Club stories.

          4. Pretty much guaranteed regarding China. In your typical authoritarian government, no one wants to be the bearer of bad news for the bosses. For example, the contaminated baby formula disaster would have been dealt with much more quickly (and less disastrously) if it hadn’t happened just as the Olympics were about to open in the PRC. And Beijing had warned the entire country, “NO BAD NEWS DURING THE OLYMPICS!” So the company kept quiet about the fact that a good chunk of the most popular baby formula in the country was possibly contaminated. And then the Olympics ended, but the company couldn’t really come forward at that point or they’d face angry questions about why they hadn’t reported the issue weeks earlier when they’d first become aware of it. So they fixed the supplier issues that were causing the problem, and hoped no one would notice that a lot of the stuff that they’d already shipped was contaminated.

            IIRC, it wasn’t until investigators in New Zealand turned up evidence of the contamination that Beijing finally learned about the problem. And, again, this was probably the most popular baby formula in the PRC at the time.

            Of course, if the company in question had used proper QC testing controls on their suppliers (which is pretty much standard at any reputable manufacturer in the US), that would have avoided the problem entirely…

        2. I saw the story on it yesterday (ZeroHedge, maybe). Four smaller rural banks, owned by the same person who bugged out out of town while the banks were “making internal improvements” or something similar. The banks are accepting savings (say some sources) but it’s Hotel California for withdrawals. Bank of China is coming into play because the people assume (rightly? dunno) that BoC is the guarantor. Security goons are making the protests a bit hairy.

          Sorry, not a lot of hard data, but it’s what I could find yesterday.

          1. My post below has some info on it. Basically, the chain of banks did have a link to Bank of China. The depositors assumed – wrongly, as it turns out – that this meant that Bank of China was guaranteeing the deposits at the bank. When the bank executive vanished along with billions of dollars in deposits, people went to Bank of China for their money. And Bank of China’s response was, basically, “We’re not a guarantor for that bank. You should have read the fine print.”

      2. I saw a Zero Hedge article on the bank runs (our hostess linked it at Insty). But even though Bank of China was name dropped in the title, it didn’t appear to be one of the banks suffering a run.

        Serpenza and Liaowhy86 had a segment on this in their video blog, The China Show (formerly ADVChina). The banks in question are local banks, but had an affiliation (I can’t remember the details) with a big Chinese bank (it might have been BoC) that led the locals to believe that bigger bank was backing the local banks. When things went bad, depositers appealed to the bigger bank, but were basically told, “You should have read the fine print. We never guaranteed them.”

        1. Correspondent Banks. It’s common for small banks to enter into corespondent banking relationships with bigger banks to facilitate more complicated transactions like wire transfers or foreign transactions. If you bank with a small bank in this country they almost certainly have a correspondent banking relationship with one of the big NY banks. The big bank has no obligation to make ghe smaller one, whole, in fact they have exposure to them and can lose money should the small bank default though the NY bank will almost certainly be paid because all the transactions are collateralized, certainly before the “depositors.”

          There is deposit insurance, sort of, in China but there are a lot of schemes in China that might seem to be deposits but aren’t.

      3. There is a run under way in Henan, separate from the ones in Zhengzhou that ought to be, but are not, in the press.

        The real tell is the run on the “policy banks” e.g., Agricultural Bank of China. Since February, global investors have unloaded $27B US in yuan-denominated policy-bank bonds, or ~1/6th of total holdings of such debt…outflow is part of a $61B exodus from yuan bonds.

        Some of that is weakness in the Yuan and some is higher US rates, but that’s a run on China. Capital flight is what they call it when it happens to a nation as opposed to a neighborhood.

        An economic bomb went off in February, you can see it in the repo markets, and there’s a great shortage of collateral. Only on-the-run US treasuries will do.

        1. There were reports a couple weeks ago that a bank run was thwarted when the pissed-off depositors all had their Covid-passport-app mysteriously going from Green to Red, So, their permission to travel went away. Amazing, that coincidence.

          Ain’t e-Apps and central control great? Is my sarcasm dripping?

          1. Wasn’t a run. It was a protest of the sudden “inability to withdraw funds due to system updates” mentioned above after one of the bank executives disappeared… along with a lot of deposited money. Beijing isn’t happy about the protests (they make China look like a place that’s not safe to do business in), and in at least one case did a mass flip of the COVID passports of a bunch of depositors so that they had to stay home instead of going out to protest.

        2. Daily Caller had an article that there was a run going on at “People’s Bank of China” in Henan, and also Anhui.

      1. Offered without comment:

        “Wuhan University recently reported one case of cholera. U.S. ambassador Nicholas Burns recently led his team there. So the U.S. probably could be linked with the cholera, says notorious nationalist Shi Wei 师伟微博 broadcasting to nearly 2 mln followers.”

    2. Wait, I remember the great recession of the Obama years, I started a business during that time period. You are saying they have paved over it now?

        1. FWIW, I friend of mine from high school once said, “A recession is when your neighbor is out of work. A depression is when you’re out of work.”

          1. recessions like bear markets have no definition, they’re “named” after the fact. I pay very little attention to the NBER dates other than noting that their calling a recession is usually a good sign that it’s over.

            It’s like China. All the headlines say China’s back. All the price data in China are crashing.. steel, houses, cars, the lot. I believe the prices. In that vein, copper — Dr Copper they call it — has been crashing as have most commodity prices, including oil futures if not spot. Oil is in steep backwardation right now, you can buy oil a year from now for $80 bbl today. That’s historically been the sign of a top followed by a general crash. just sayin. the dollar is still climbing. And the Euro will likely reach parity in the next few days. A strong dollar is a sign of tightness in credit and, thus, a sign of economic weakness. Again, just sayin.

            NBER can kiss my a-se.

            1. I’ve read that the talk of oil reaching $380 a barrel is getting pushed by people looking to do a huge short in the medium future. (Presumably, oil would crash just before the midterm elections.)

          2. I’ve made sure to tell my kids that recessions don’t hit people equally. The housing crash that kicked off the Great Recession, for example, was a stroke of luck for us, and we had a stable income while a lot of our contemporaries were hit hard.

            1. Sometimes hard times aren’t counted as “recessions”. Pretty sure the ’80s didn’t count as one. But our region, housing, and us, were hit pretty hard. Stupid Owl. Stupid mountain.

              Who other than those working in tech, or held tech stock, felt the bubble burst? We were aware, got hit, and felt it.

              Housing bubble burst in 2008? Well the house “lost value”, for degrees of value, since we weren’t selling anyway. Did get credit jacked. But otherwise we both stayed employed, for once.

              1. There was an acknowledged recession in ’81 and ’82. Those were the first two years of Reagan’s presidency, and that was when Volker hiked the interest rates to put a stop to the double digit inflation that the country had been dealing with for years. The economy took a hit as a result, and the only reason why things didn’t get even worse is because Reagan was able to push his tax cuts through.

                1. Whether the rest of the country/world acknowledged it or not, we felt it, and it hit hard locally. Wasn’t just ’81/’82, either. We felt it at least until early ’90s.

            2. I’m an options trader, basically at least for the portion that I trade so I go long and short. The single most profitable year I ever had was 2008 followed by 2007 and then 2001, all big down years. If this year were to end today, this would be about averagem the bonds are dragging it down. If they go the way I expect then boom baby. Stocks climb a ladder but go down an elevator and I have a nice bunch of puts.

              Recessions are the reward for being prudent and saving — the ant as opposed to the grasshopper. The Fed, of course, tries to make sure the grasshoppers always win.

              1. Hubby does covered calls. Some long, some short. But we own the stock until it is called away. Or never hits the call price, times out, and then he sells it again. IDK if that is a “Put” or what it is called. A few stocks sell on the call, then dropped, so he’s bought it back, and sold more calls on it. Between that and dividends, we are earning 10%+ year to year, not counting the money we pull to balance expenses. Only the last two years have we had to figure out when taxes are due, and how to taxes work, on this process, because most of it is done in our IRAs. There wasn’t a taxed account with enough money in it to trigger taxes ($100). But with the cash sale of the RV trailer, truck, boat, and a car, that cash went into the taxable account, also gives an account that, when we pull money, we don’t have to pay taxes when it is pulled.

                Value on accounts this year, is currently down. Not earnings. Stock values. Who knows what will happen long term.

            3. LIke I heard once, “The Great Depression wasn’t so bad if you had a job.” The 2008 housing crash wiped out a lot of people I knew, but it was the only time I would ever be able to buy a house, and I had a steady job and a decent income, so I did.

          3. > “A recession is when your neighbor is out of work. A depression is when you’re out of work.”

            And to continue borrowing from Reagan: a recovery is when statist officials are out of work.

          1. Considering that any criticism of The Lightbringer brought the Raaaaacism card out, there were a fair number of people who decided that silence was the better part of wisdom.

            After the Tea Party (and the troubles they got from TPTB in both wings of the Uniparty), locally people tried to dump the worst offenders. That succeeded, but only for a while. Now we’re dealing with a new generation of Establishment, along with candidates who’ll campaign Right, and legislate Left. (Our only “R” congresscritter fills that. Didn’t succeed in getting him tossed in the primary. 2024 might be better.)

  6. There was a time when I trusted that the various international news sources would give a fairly accurate report of what was going on in the world. I don’t, anymore. The major media will put the sensational on endless repeat and give up-to-the minute gossip, rumor, and innuendo, and completely ignore anything inconvenient to the Preferred Narrative. To a certain extent, the press has always been like that, but I thought journalistic standards had improved by the mid 20th century. If they did, they have certainly regressed. As the saying goes, If you don’t watch the news, you are uninformed, if you do, you are misinformed.

      1. I know of some examples of 19th century journalism which were atrocious. But between then and now, ideals of honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fairness, and accountability were commonly accepted enough to make it into my grade school curriculum. The practice never reached the ideal and never will as long as humans remain fallible humans instead of angels, But nowadays, it appears that major “news” outlets aren’t even trying except in the most cursory, perfunctory ways.

        1. Bari Weiss (and probably others) attributes this to the rise of the subscription model. When newspaper revenue was tied to mass advertising, the incentive was to appeal to as large a population as possible. Now that newspapers are paid for by people willing to directly pay money, the incentive is to reinforce the appeal to them and them only. So we get more and more clickbait articles and biased reporting because it keeps the paying customers engaged.

  7. Very well done. It is amazing to me what stories the MSM do not cover…. not a word about Dutch, Italian or German farmers… nothing about the children who “transitioned” as teens and realize later what happened to them, and nothing about instances of self defense with guns.

  8. I found myself nodding in agreement with each thought, seeing the greater forest and not just the trees alone. Clearly, the ‘world liberal order’ megalomaniacs, blinded by ideology, have a tenuous relationship with objective reality. They are, at the same time, amoral and anti-human!

    Immutable fact “As if humans — contrary to millennia of history and evolution — would continue to work, to sacrifice, to create for nothing.”

    1. Not actually. “The liberal world order” just refers to the American world order. The one that emerged after WWII that was anti-authoritarian and promoted institutions as the path to, if not world peace than certainly world not-war.

      You can certainly have your issues with the US being the guarantor of world order, including things like patrolling the high seas to prevent piracy, but the phrase simply means a world order in which American ideals of classical liberalism prevail. I’d far prefer it to an illiberal world order. It’s just that it fell victim to the American changing of what the word “liberal” means. Most US conservatives or libertarians are classic liberals.

      1. “The liberal world order” once upon a time referred to the American world order. It has since been skin-suited. (“1. Identify a respected institution. 2. Kill it. 3. Gut it. 4. Wear its carcass as a skin-suit, while demanding respect.”)

        1. Well, the word “liberal” has been skinsuited.With knock-on effects. But the “liberal world order” still refers to the American-led world order post WWII.

          It’s important to note that “liberal” has been skinsuited IN THE US. It still has its old meaning OUTSIDE the US, and it is that meaning that is being referred to. Because globalists like to think of themselves as citizens of the world, but what they mean is, citizens of the world where they’re still in charge because American elite. They do this weird thing where everywhere else in the world is like and wants to be like America, but with quaint, charming differences that don’t matter at all. It’s WEIRD.

            1. I GUARANTEE you he did. That’s what the phrase means in globalist discourse. That is, it refers to the current American-led world order. Which they want to continue because they’re the ones in charge. Not, mind you, because of “American exceptionalism”, but because it is self-evident that “everyone wants our benevolent leadership”.

              As distinct from an “illiberal world order” which is to say authoritarian, and led by China or Russia. I have my quibbles about the US government and mission overreach with Pax Americana, but I would far rather have us “in charge” than Russia, China, or basically anyone else at all.

  9. And this is why I moved to Texas back in 2017. It’s been writ large for many years now, but people have this ability to ignore reality. Especially if the reality coming down the pike is going to be a harsh one. Rather than say do something about it.

    1. Colorado changed very quickly. I thought we were safe there, then vote by fraud….
      I will be honest, it took that, the health/altitude thing, and the fact both boys wanted away to move me from there.
      My heart will always belong to Denver. It just took me a little time to realize it was the Denver of 20 years ago, not now.

      1. That’s how we feel about San Diego. A pleasant city with an amazing zoo (and no, I don’t refer to the city government). But that city is gone.

          1. Yes – my parents lived in Northern SD county for years, in a house they built themselves on a knoll overlooking the Guajito Valley. We hated to let that house go, after Dad died, and then when Mom fell and damaged her spine so badly that she had to have full-time nursing care. I had owned some property there on the edge of the Cleveland national forest, but I sold it and broke even – when I realized that I would never return to California, and couldn’t possibly ever afford to build my retirement house on it.

      2. You did end up in a very nice place, though. If it wasn’t for the delays I’d be out there with you and the Huns in the area already! Hopefully they’ll finally let up and my current other plans won’t complicate them further…

      3. I watched your family leave with a sense of dread – I am still here, b/c I and wife don’t want based people to leave all the good real estate to the commies… but my sense of dread is still sensing… and more urgently.

        1. I had stopped sleeping. It’s not good for me.
          Dave Freer says “When the Jews leave it’s time to start thinking about it, when the Portuguese leave it’s already too late.”
          Given my family ancestry, perhaps my leaving was “just right?”
          He is right about Portuguese, btw. I knew a lot of people who left various places from South America to Africa with only the clothes on their backs because they waited too long.
          Someday Colorado will be recoverable. Maybe even in my life time, though I don’t think the altitude will allow me to live there again. But I’d like to visit.

    2. I’m glad that my daughter and Wee Jamie and I are well-established in Texas, myself. I wish that we had the country retreat with a huge propane tank, a well with a windmill pump, and some solar panels – but until then, we’ll make do.
      I think that whatever will happen, won’t happen so disastrously in Texas, so we have that going for us.
      As near as I can tell, most of the news stories about the riots in Sri Lanka and the farmer protests in the Netherlands are either on English newspapers, or on other foreign sources, linked to by various blogs with an interest, We are not being well-served by our establishment media, these days.

  10. Time to figure out where to buy bags of oats and wheat, just in case. I have a grinder, and an alternate power source . . . .

    1. The “Rice and boxed pasta” aisle of our grocery store would be a good place to start.

      Sure, it’s only one lb bags, but that’s a convenient size for storage and transport.

    2. Azure Standard sells all kinds of bulk goods all across the country. You buy it, and they ship it out to the nearest drop site, where you pick it up. Bonus, most of the things they sell come from US farmers directly, and they’re high quality.
      Is it the absolute cheapest option? No, but then it depends on what you’re going for.
      If what you’re looking for is ‘readily available’, try the bulk foods section of your grocery store. They’ll often have basic grains, especially at places like Winco. Or try ethnic stores, if you’re feeling adventurous; the Indian place down the street from me has spices, legumes, and rice.
      Sam’s Club and Costco and other wholesalers are also good budget options.
      Also try finding out where restaurants get their bulk items in your area, because they’ll often sell to one-time customers as well.
      Or, if you don’t live in a big city, look for local farmers and ask what they grow. In my neck of the woods, we have a lot of dairy, meat, poultry, and wheat, and most of the time farmers are more than happy to sell to locals. They like recognition just as much as the next person, and seeing the faces they help feed is heartening, or so I hear.
      Just be sure that you also figure out how you’ll store that bulk food. Leaving it in a hot garage in a paper bag is a surefire way to get a mouse infestation, and weevils happen when wheat is improperly stored.

  11. The vileness of these folks is starting to seep out into the world. They don’t want to just keep us as pets, they want our children as their playthings. They’ve been trafficking children for years and the claim that this is all a conspiracy Pizzagate story is falling apart. Hunter Biden’s laptop, his phone, Ashley Biden’s diary — it’s all starting to come out. And I think bringing back public hangings is an idea whose time has come again.

  12. … you’ll own nothing and you’ll love it,

    And streaming stuff suggests this. But I must be a throwback, for I make a point of getting a LOCAL COPY whether by buying a disc, or by using a program that records what the machine plays, independent of the “provider’s” tools. It hits MY wiring (or fiber), IT. IS. MINE. The license claims? I’ve FLUSHED those. MOO! Now, I am perfectly willing to pay for a local copy, but if I am denied that? Then they can damn well go broke – as a LESSON.

    1. I saw something interesting along those lines yesterday. There was some forgettable Assassin’s Creed tie-in game released for the PSP years back that was also apparently available on Steam. Well, come later this year, not only will that game no longer be available for download/purchase, it will be unable to be played. As in, Steam will not let you play it, at Ubisoft’s direction, even if you have it installed. The ostensible reason is because it’s very buggy and Ubisoft isn’t going to support it anymore but it’s been out for eight years.

      Everything is a rental nowadays. And those EULAs that all of us click through without reading all 44 pages, me included, tell us that.

      1. That’s dumb. Admittedly I lost interest in the Elder Scrolls years ago, but last time I checked you could still download Arena and Daggerfall (25+ year old games) from the official website and run them with dos emulators.

        1. The Daggerfall engine was remade in Unity, and the new version has mod support + lots of mods. Razorfist has LPed it several times on his channel. If you’re interested, GOG has both the original and a “GOG cut” which is basically the Unity version with a selection of mods preinstalled. Both are free.

          Do note that Razor tried the GOG cut and had some problems with it – like much tougher combat and the journal not updating properly – so you might need to disable some of those mods.

      2. Considering the Founder’s understanding and intentions in the copyright and patent law clause of the Constitution, which seems to be considerably less than the background on other clauses, it seems the intent was that while the authors/inventors were to be able to secure exclusive rights to their work for a limited time, the intent was that at the end of that time, that work would go into the public domain. Which means this withholding/revocation of access to an obsolescent product is contrary to that intent. And while the code to an old game isn’t on the same impact as say, a working recipe for cold fusion (if one exists) pulling or destroying it reduces the overall wealth of our country.

        1. THIS

          Perpetual information monopolies have been a point of frustration for me since I first realized how long the copyright period has become vs the founder’s intention. Orin Hatch had a tragic bit of misrepresentation that Rhapsody in Blue would some how become lesser music once it entered the public domain. As if publishers would stop reproducing it and performing it. :facepalm:

          1. It’s not Rhapsody in Blue that’s driving perpetual copyright extensions, it’s Steamboat Willie.

            1. Yup. If Disney is going to keep infinite extensions of copyright, I suggest that we create a new category called “corporate copyright.” As in, sure, you can keep copyright on certain items—but you’re going to have to pay increasing amounts to do so.

              A geometric progression of fees would be just about perfect.

            2. I know, the big D Corp wants to perpetually mine their prior work. I think it should be much more limited, and if pulled out of production for ten years the copyright should be deemed abandoned….

              1. if pulled out of production for ten years the copyright should be deemed abandoned

                That is a very good start, yes; maybe some protections on licensed work to avoid obvious screwballery. (IE, five years without production– not just special order, actual production– it goes back to the creator)

        2. And while the code to an old game isn’t on the same impact as say, a working recipe for cold fusion (if one exists) pulling or destroying it reduces the overall wealth of our country.

          The impact logic would mean that there is no reason for us to put the same effort into protecting it, either.

          I like the idea of protecting the stuff, long enough so folks can get money for their work, so we can have nice stuff.
          Even if someone else judges them to not be worth much…..

          1. Yes, enough there is an incentive to make new nice things, for individuals I’m ok with life of the author +20 to give any young progeny a income stream. But for corporations if it’s just not available so it can’t compete with current stuff it isn’t enriching our society.

    2. > “But I must be a throwback, for I make a point of getting a LOCAL COPY”

      Don’t know if you’re a gamer, but this is why I prefer GOG instead of services like Steam: once you buy a game from them you’re allowed to keep an offline installer that doesn’t depend on GOG or internet to work. So it’s effectively yours forever as long as you keep backups.

  13. The Powers That Be don’t want the farmers of America figuring out that they too can trundle their John Deeres down to Washington and start spraying bovine fertilizer all over government buildings and their occupants. Can’t have the serfs getting uppity. Hence the entire reason for the draconian and disproportionate response to January 6.

      1. If you go in the fall, DC isn’t bad. If you go in the summer, it’s swampy hell, but then again, the heat and humidity will make the fertilizer smell even more pungent. So there’s tradeoffs.

        1. I think it would be better to run dozers and excavators down to D.C., and destroy those incarnations of the Bastille that they have the Jan 6 protestors un-Constitutionally held in.

          1. The Bastille’s only prisoners were a handful of aristocrats. The revolutionaries hit it largely to stock up on weapons. I acknowledge the 13th of July as Corday (my own invention, so far as I know), but I have no use for Bastille Day.

  14. As always, I feel stronger after reading the post. Thank you, Sarah. I really appreciate it.

    I’d never watched Jim Breuer before last night. His hour long comedy show titled “Someone Had To Say It” is really, really funny. And it shows me that America and Americans will not put up with Klaus and his lickspittles.

  15. A conspiracy doesn’t have to include a large group. Just enough money or clout to influence enough people to move in the direction you intend. A small percentage will do exactly what you want them to do. Then it’s a matter of using the supposed coincidence.

    1. Expanding on that a bit, a great quote I came across via Rob Henderson:

      “Here is a secret about humans: for most, loyalty to one’s own comes before ideals of impartial justice. If convinced that their own group characteristically does X, where X is something they previously regarded as immoral, many humans will switch to the view that X is perfectly alright, sooner than conclude that their own group is bad.”

    2. Also you don’t have to keep it a secret forever. Secret long enough to accomplish your goal works as well.

  16. Just as a heads up, I saw a Twitter post with a picture of a tractor pulling a fighter jet. The person who posted the tweet claimed it was a Dutch fighter stolen from a military base by protesting farmers.

    However, closer inspection revealed that it was a Mig-21 (the distinctive nose was covered, so it wasn’t immediately obvious). The Royal Netherlands Air Force has never operated this plane. There’s at least one that was in private Dutch hands in 2009 (former Polish), but I doubt a private individual would let his very expensive and very fragile fighter jet get pulled through the streets during demonstrations.

    1. The farmers grabbed the private jet of the Dutch Prime Minister and other government big-wigs. Strangely, no one on the airport saw a thing or got the registration of the tractor borrowing said jet . . .

      1. That’s because it’s a photoshop job. The plane has a US tail number, the signage in the hangar is in French, the guy driving the tractor is black, etc.

        1. Alas. It would be such delightful propaganda. And so suggestive of the idea that perhaps the military and some of the police had decided to step out of the way and let the bureaucrats stew.

          1. It is also, unfortunately, another example of why we need to be on guard about “good news”. I haven’t yet seen anything to disprove the claim that someone brought their restored tank to the protests. So that story might be true.

    2. U.S. military uses specially designed vehicles for pulling aircraft around. And all of them use a long trailer-able link to connect between the tug and the plane. You could use a farm tractor, but I’d bet most 1st world airports use a special tug.

      1. wags paw Most airports do. What you need is something with a lot of initial pull to get the mass moving, and that moves slowly enough in turns that it won’t break the nosewheel steering linkages. Not that people don’t do it, and then loudly announce that they had no idea what those bright crimson “do not exceed” vertical stripes on the nose-gear are . . . loud kitty sigh Some places use a Y shaped bar, with the forks going on the main gear, but those are usually for tailwheel aircraft. Biz-jets and smaller can also be moved by using a special tug that clamps onto and lifts the nosewheel, thus preventing the breaking-steering-linkages problem, but those are size limited and require being very, very aware of where the tail is and where the horizontal stabilizers will be when the nose goes down and the tail comes up. Very Aware.

        1. Jeremy Clarkson used a farm tractor to tow a 747 on Top Gear. he said his colleagues “lacked ambition.”

          1. I’d be more inclined to say his colleagues lacked as much stupidity. You don’t use a sledgehammer to tack decorative carvings to furniture.

            1. That was a “Who can pull the most weight” test of their respective tractors. TG had a defunct 747 at the dead airport. They hooked the standard tow bar for large Boeing planes to the pintle hook on the rear of his Case. A heavy tug /pushback uses the standard pintle for towing. I forget what the Tug brand pushbacks SWA used at MSY when I worked there, but at the first FBO I worked at, the bit bigger than a garden tractor sized Harlan we had was 9,000+ lbs. The rear “fenders” were 2 inch steel plate.
              SWA’s pushback tugs were likely 3 times that weight.

            2. heh, went looking for our old tug and it seems not to be a Harlan, and I can’t find what it was. We had an older early 70’s Harlan as well, but it was always broken the 3 years I worked at the place. Anyhow, the Tug pushbacks SWA used were on the order of 40,000 lbs if theirs match the specs of similar tugs on Textron’s site.

  17. That’s something I’ve said and said: the tea parties were a symptom. When they were stopped, Trump was the result. Trump was a symptom.

    The people who are trying to take control don’t understand that; they thought Trump was a cause, a popular leader telling us what to do, rather than what he really was: an EFFECT, a backlash against their attempts at seizing control.

    Getting rid of the tea parties got them Trump. What will getting rid of Trump get them?

    1. Hopefully it will get them two bullets in the back of their heads and unmarked graves.

        1. We’re going to need a limbo bar that can sink into the floor, or some weird, Lovecraftian geometries, to accurately model that.

        1. However, they also need to be bright enough to know that they’re not competent. That doesn’t appear to be the case with Biden and Harris.

    2. > “Getting rid of the tea parties got them Trump. What will getting rid of Trump get them?”

      If Kari Lake has her way? States officially declaring 2020 stolen and the Biden administration illegitimate. Stock up on popcorn before we get shortages of it.

  18. Get the generator. You aren’t getting younger, and with our generator, I’m the only one who wakes up for power outages (I hear it). The CPAP and O2 users sleep right thru, and are surprised the next morning by the blinking microwave clocks. “Was the power out?” “Yes, from two-thirty to four.” “Huh, I didn’t notice.”

    Get the generator and breathe.

    1. I wake up pretty quickly if the power goes out. My untreated apnea was 60, so I’d wake every minute.

      I don’t have a transfer switch, but the emergency solar system is an extension cord (and a bit of muttering) away.

  19. I’d suggest yes, buy a generator. As most house circuits are fused 20 amp, a 2 or 2.5 kw (two to five hundred bucks) generator could power necessities, like furnace/fridge etc., if one judiciously switched loads back and forth.Been there, done that during power outages when it was fifty below outside.

    1. Depends on how much of a starter load your electrical devices require. We have a 300 foot deep well with jet pumps on it that take a pretty big start before the load dumps down. Getting one that can handle 10K to 12k might be necessary; especially if you might consider supplying a couple of neighbors too.

      That said, I have noticed that we’ve been getting power drops the past 6 months that are popping breakers. New England may well be facing brownouts and blackouts later this summer. And all those greenies complained about running powerlines down from the Canadian hydro plants. Hope they roast and freeze.

      1. All generators are rated for “starting watts” and “running watts”. “Starting watts” cover initial motor startups. My little 2500-watt starting/1850-watt running, generator definitely vrooms up whenever my refrigerator compressor kicks on, but as long as my fridge and freezer don’t start at the same time I’m okay.

        So one thing to check before you buy a generator is how big are your various starting and running loads, and get enough power to handle all running/one or two starting at a time.

        1. The Reader notes that the other issue with generators is power quality. If you intend to run electronics off of a generator you need an inverter generator. A standard generator puts out crappy power – okay for fridge / freezer / coffeepot but not so good for electronics (although today with buried electronics in everything you don’t know whether the appliances will crap out). A little information here – Note that inverter generators are much quieter. The Reader once ran one for a week outside our bedroom (because that is where power needed to come into the basement) and he had to go outside or open a window to check if it was on. They are also more expensive.

          Another approach is to get an uninterruptible power supply and put all your sensitive electronics on it and then attach it to the generator. It will do an adequate job filtering the power.

          1. Inverter generators are more variable RPM, but they often don’t load as well for running inductive loads like AC units. So UPS plus traditional is how I’ve handled my generation needs.

            My Dad went the inverter route, spent more, but can’t run the large freezer because the compressor startup surge blows the inverter breaker…

        2. I tried using the 1 HP table saw on my 1850 Watt generator. Not enough grunt to start the motor.

          I have a “5.5kW” generator that I used with a “2HP” compressor when I was doing some work. The generator would start the compressor, but at the end of the cycle, it would crap out. Running everything at 4000+ feet elevation didn’t help.

          I put the compressor back in the barn and invested in a couple hundred more feet of air hose.

          FWIW, not all inverters are alike. Cheap ones (like what you plug into the cigarette lighter socket in your car) might be “modified sine wave”. Bad news for electronics. You want “true sine”. The Honda generators are supposed to be good–don’t have first hand experience with them. My solar systems all have true sine invertors, even the tiny one in the garage. Makes for much less drama when using them.

          1. Actually, really cheap inverters might use a square wave, and some solar systems have used modified-sine wave (picture a sine-wave as rendered on an Apple 2 ). True-sine is good, and there are a fair number of vendors who do that.

    2. I bought a “portable” 8KW that could produce 30 amps of 240 volt power. I had a manual interlock at my last house that let me transfer the entire house from the grid to the generator with the flip of a switch. I still need to rework my new house to support the generator. My new house has grid tied Solar and a less flexible main feed panel, so there will be more work to accomplish this.

      But I found at my last house that I could run the whole house AC and fridges plus my work computer off the 30 amp generator without blowing a breaker, I couldn’t do everything at once, but it was pretty amazing.

      1. They’re reporting rolling blackouts around Austin Tx, Don’t know if that’s a normal thing or not.

          1. Must be. They hadn’t thought of that.

            There’s some idiot pushing the notion that “republicans pouncing” on all the green failures is political grifting. ESG is the biggest grift and boondoggle in history with the possible exception of Chinese High Speed Rail.

          2. Either forgot to be windy or was too windy in Texas. Either stops the turbines.

            Or maybe they forgot to dust off the solar panels …

            1. There’s a week or so every few years when I switch the pumphouse back to mains because of foul weather. A major snowstorm means I have to sweep the panels, and if it stays cloudy, I have to watch the system closely. If that’s not doable (had a run of medical trips that coincided with bad snowstorms a few years back), it’s best to switch to mains. If power goes out, I have instructions to switch back and forth posted.

              And yeah, my annual eye exam trip is now in July. I don’t even pack tire chains. 🙂

              Beyond one decorative 100 Watt windmill, I haven’t seen any wind power in use in Flyover County.

              1. Only place I’ve seen windmills, in Oregon is along the gorge (doesn’t mean they aren’t other locations, but I haven’t seen any).

                Solar farms however, are regular along the drive between Bend to Burns to Ontario. More than a few between Bend and Baker too, except through the canyons/gorges through the mountains.

                Once back on I-84/I-80 through Idaho, windmills are very much visible. Often windmills not moving as we’ve managed to hit the road there during the high speed wind times.

          3. Alas, yes. We are under a ridge of high pressure, so limited clouds, lots of heat, and almost no wind. It happens more often than the wind-power pushers want to remember. I can point them to ranch records from the 1880s-1930s talking about having to use ropes and horses to turn the ranch windmills to pump enough water for the cattle. (One person on the tower wraps a rope around the windmill shaft. Rider rides away from tower, turning shaft to pump water. Over, and over, and over . . .) Matador Ranch, XIT Ranch, JA, the South Plains ranches, the 6666 ranch . . . But no, no, “it’s windy in summer! Or we just add solar panels too!”

        1. It has been happening; however, there were none in the DFW area that I am aware of.

          1. Hopefully they keep the rolling blackouts in Austin, along with the weird, rather than let them spread.

        2. Central Texas is experiencing a bad heat wave right now. Temps in and around Austin hit 110F yesterday, with energy usage spiking due to all the AC usage. Hence, rolling blackouts. All I can say is, I’m glad that we replaced our 25 year old AC last month.

    3. Assuming that your state will let you. California has started taking steps to ban them. They’re touting it as a law that will stop people from using those noisy backpack leaf blowers. But the bill also bans the purchase of almost any gas-powered generators (iirc, there are some carve-outs, but none that would be of use for a homeowner).

  20. IIRC the propane heaters that can be used indoors are called “Buddy Heaters”. Dunno if that’s a brand name or just a description, but they’re pretty effective.

    1. Mr. Heater is brand and Buddy is the name of their model lines for smaller space heaters, iirc. They got everything from a little bottle topper style to 10,000 btu iirc, and outside that they have some really big ones in the lineup. Like one a customer I used to have had, around 200,000 btu and will give a 20 foot circle of warmth even outdoor in mild wind conditions.

      1. Get one or more now, because the usual suspects are beating the ZOMG INDOOR POLLUTION drum really hard and who knows how long they’ll be legal.

        1. I’ve inherited one, and I have a diesel/kerosene heater. Less indoor friendly in diesel, but this old place is not tight as a drum like newer houses.

          1. I have a 9000 BTU one propane and a kerosene heater that I used in the garage/shop in California. Air quality wasn’t an issue, but excess moisture was. When we moved, I kept the propane heater and sold the kerosene one.

            The two outbuildings that have propane heat use through-wall mounted heaters. The first one I installed myself, but the code changed and I had to fire a licensed pro to do the same job for the second. His install was prettier, though. 🙂

            1. That is possible, though sometimes a bit dodgy. There are canisters/system made to be refilled (Flame King?), made in Thailand, I think. Have such. And the adapter as swapping & refilling 1 lb canisters might get a bit tiresome and in an extended outage the 1 gallon (~4 lb) tank might be better.

            2. There might be one of those hiding somewhere in Dad’s old workshop. I need to get a tank and fill it. I’ve had nothing needing a tank before.

          1. Get the Mr Heater filter for the line too, if you are going to use the BBQ tank with your mr buddy heater. The company says they will fail pretty quickly without the filter. I have the hoses and filters to use the BBQ bottles if needed, but normally I use mine with one pound bottles, and refill the bottles. If you are going to refill them, get some brass screw on caps to be certain they are sealed. The caps, and the mr buddy filters, are available online.


      2. Have a small-ish one. It won’t heat the whole place, but it will warm a bedroom up to allow comfortable sleep (run heater, then sleep, repeat as needed. And there is a battery CO monitor/alarm to be sure of things).

  21. On the Lizard People thread, eugyppius had an interesting sub stack up today:

    His basic argument is that the government acts like a giant zombie vampire squid because that’s functionally how bureaucracies work. They’ve got to many people to direct so the only way to do something is persuade all the crats that everyone agrees it’s a good thing. That drives them into simplistic self-popagandizing echo chamber systems, which then drives the actual government actions.

    Up shot is, government actions are going to be hyper simplistic, completely unresponsive, and driven by large swarmed of moralistic functionaries, because that’s the only way it can act.

    The question is, how do they end? I don’t see the current path as even remotely sustainable (ref Shri Lanka), but I don’t know if we’re more likely to see members of the group break off from the horde, or the horde thin itself out through continually sticking it’s mandibles into meat grinders, or a bit of both, or something else entirely?

    Very uncharted territory here, I think?

  22. The path to a prosperous future is paved with the corpses of the Greens and Globalists and Communists… but I repeat myself.

  23. I know people who bragged in awe of themselves at how well-informed and politically aware they were leading up to the 2020 election – this consisted of them memorizing mainstream leftist slogans and talking points and repeating them back to each other – and of course they know nothing of any of this.

    Truly this country is pathetic. None of us are worthy of the blood and sacrifice of he founders.

      1. looks around at the past three-four years

        I’ve been very ashamed the last two July 4ths or so, just not for the reasons our designated betters would approve of, and if ever I come face-to-face with the founders in whatever extradimensional plain of existence there might be, the first words out of my mouth will be an apology for helping to drop the ball.

        1. Hubby and I spent the 3rd and 4th of July this year traveling from the West Coast to the center of the country for family reasons. I am decidedly NOT ashamed of my country.
          Absolutely everywhere we stopped on our 12 hours on the road on the 4th we were greeted with Happy 4th! by clerks gas station attendants, patrons and truck drivers alike. People may not be aware but truck drivers are in large part minorities. Many Sikhs, Arabs, Hispanics and a few Asians were on the road that day as well as the usual deplorable white males. But everyone was pleasant and happy and celebrating the 4th as they could even while working. We were rerouted a few times for parades and even invited to a BBQ by a gas station clerk in Wyoming. Sadly we declined because we didn’t have time. We thanked a lot of truckers for working so hard for us.

          The heartland is full of great people and I am very proud to call them my countrymen.

          I grieve to think of all these people suffering.

    1. They were men, not gods, the hagiographies of our civic religion notwithstanding. They did what they did with and for some men who were rather worse than themselves, and probably with and for some who were better men than themselves. That’s not actually the point. “All men are created equal.” Some of those equally created men are saints. Others are practically devils. They’re still equal, because they’re still human. That’s the point.

      Even granting your point, which I don’t, we have a word for what happens when the worthy suffer and die for the unworthy. That word is “Grace”. Grace and mercy will get us through this.

    2. Bob, I enlisted in 1977 when joining the military was sticking your thumb in the eye of the hippies calling military members baby killers. Was one of the least popular choices post-Vietnam. I spent 22 years serving this country until the Clintons declared war on one of my employee’s families and I decided that I couldn’t obey any more orders by a tyrant, and cut my career short.

      And I think you may be forgetting that form the blood and sacrifices our founders took won’t sit well with the current members of our country. They’re not mad enough or desperate enough to brook that level of violence, yet. And they’re going to need people with realistic goals and plans, or any “revolution” is going to flop, badly.

      If we’re going to do this peacefully, legally, and I’m not too sure about that either, then we still need leaders with realistic goals and plans to do it that way too. Persuasive leaders, because conservatives usually take a bigger kick in the pants before they decide to “go bother somebody, even if they’re the enemy.” (Unlike the Left, which seems to love smashing and burning things with abandon.) Backup plans to the backup plans.

  24. What’s that line from RAH’s “Farmer in the Sky” ?? A fireplace and a cord of wood can save your life….
    Also, I’ve had good luck with the ‘buddy’ propane heaters in my garage during the winter.

  25. …and we didn’t believe the gas was Putin’s fault or the gas stations (!) fault.

    The station HAS to raise prices so the station can afford ITS OWN next tank. (Even ox figure this out, and… [anyone not see it coming?] OX SLOW!)

    1. Not quite entirely the way it works. The majority of a station-owners profits (and, likely where a chunk of the $$$ needed to buy their next tank) comes from people going in and buying “stuff.”

      With the prices going ballistic, people go in to buy less stuff, cutting the profits, leaving less cushion for the next tank-fill, and I’d suspect they tack on a couple extra cents (can’t get TOO crazy or the station on the other corner will undercut you!) to help make up the difference.

      1. there were two changes back under clinton that really messed with the station owners. First was a change to how they buy gas. Used to be, you ordered, they delivered and told you what the cost was going to be when you sold it. Add your 6 or so cents (Exxon had a minimum mark up of 6 cents/gl) and when they delivered next you handed them a check for the gas you had just sold. After Bill signed some bill, the method changed to Buy the load for $X and sell to customers adding enough to cover the price changes, BUT the second change was you were only allowed to change pricing once in 24 hours. Have it jump twice in a day and you took a loss until you could jump your price to match.
        this made the stations even more reliant on C-Store sales. It also killed off the Full Service stations with repair and whatnot. Repair profit with too small a store could not exist with gas sales. You needed more retail to stay in biz.

        1. I know how the counties average their fuel inventory.

          (($Current Average * inventory) + ($New Inventory Cost * Added Inventory)) Divide by (Inventory + Added Inventory) = ($Running Average Cost) * Overhead%

          They aren’t likely to get more than one fuel delivery a day.

          OTOH there are the counties who are doing away with their own inventory and using commercial options instead. Counties can download the data and import into the system.

          1. Houston/Harris County, TX just had that use cards at specific stations bite them as they came up short on funds for paying for the gas and the stations started rejecting their cards.
            Buddy of mine owned an Exxon in Jefferson Parish, then in Nashville. Nashville station was given to him, all he had to do was put the gas in the ground and stock the shelves. This also marked his change from pay after selling to pay at delivery. He managed to “sell” it back to Exxon before sales dropped (new stations north and a truck stop the other side of the interstate) and the BP that barely outsold him is no longer there, and his old station is rebuilt into 7-11 or something.

          2. There are a few card-pay fuel stations around the county for fleet users. The county uses them, as do some (all?) of the ambulance services. One tiny town in Lake County switched from a commercial station to card-pay. Covers the ranchers and county vehicles; through traffic there is slim. (Adel, OR, on OR/NV 140 between Lakeview and Winnemucca.) Travelers are supposed to know better, since the nearest station east of there is 100 miles away. And I’d be dubious about that station being available.

      2. I am well aware that a “gas station” is REALLY a cigarette stand that sells some other stuff on the side. There is also the matter of state mandated minimum pricing in many places, so “gas war” simply never happens as it’s illegal.

  26. I rather randomly got pointed to Peter Zeihan on Youtube and watched a bunch of his videos and read his book The End of the World Is Only The Beginning. It’s written in exactly the same style in which he talks, so it’s an easy and quick read and I recommend it. I’m not 100% sure he’s diagnosed everything going on correctly, but he draws a lot of connections between things that I hadn’t thought of and hadn’t ever seen elsewhere.

    His basic thesis is that demographic collapse is going to implode most of the Old World within a decade, which will have knock-on effects on energy, standards of living, food availability, and so forth. North America (US/Mexico/Canada) will have bad things happen but everywhere else will be much worse and we’ll come out in pretty good shape — we have the farmland, we have the resources, we have a high-value-add workforce right next to a low-value-add workforce (i.e. Mexico). China is doomed: they’ve been lying about their census for decades and will crash their population in ten years, not thirty, and they can’t defend their trade routes. Russia is doomed from demographic collapse and inability to maintain their resource-extraction economy. India might come out okay but is going to suffer through a lot of famine in the interim.

    He assumes that the nationalist-populist-reshoring trend in American government is going to continue, leading to less US involvement in things like maintaining world shipping lanes (which will be much diminished anyway). As Glenn Reynolds has put it, we used to worry about keeping the Strait of Hormuz open. Soon we’ll only need to be able to close it.

    LIke a lot of people in his line of work, he talks a good game and is very convincing, although like I said I’m a bit wary of his conclusions. Nevertheless, his take is worth considering.

    1. With Zeihan I think his most important points are also the ones least likely to be wrong, such as: the math of not having kids simply doesn’t work, or having a complete upending of oil extraction tech has major repercussions, or that any country in a very long list has a knife to China’s throat.

      1. Yup, and having huge percentages of your population all go into retirement at once means that capital will get scarce and tax receipts will plummet.

    2. Good to see you back.

      I tend to agree with Zeihan’s conclusions, though I think he is waaay too certain. His facts are not to be argued with though. The US, and only the US, could be self sufficient should it need to and the demographic collapse has been obvious in the data for a long time, How that will play out, no one knowers. I suspect it’ll be volatile.

      Harry Dent would be a good person to read since unlike Zeihan, he has a long, published track record to measure. He has the same data as Zeihan and makes similar predictions. To date his batting average is mixed. I suspect he’ll be right in the end. It’s hard to get the direction right, it’s very hard to get the timing right witness my call on inflation and my, so far, underwater play on US treasuries.

  27. Get the generator NOW, in as large capacity as you can comfortably afford. We got a propane one last year and were told that the folks after us on the list would be waiting 6 months to a year for installation, due to a combination of parts and skilled labor shortages. (A bottle of something tasty may have changed hands with the head installer at some point….)
    We live in a reasonably mild climate, but with our frequent thunderstorms/ice storms, we needed it as backup for Mom’s oxygen concentrator. Now it’s backup for our neighbor’s O2 as well. When you have folks who are dependent on machines, even if it’s just CPAP, outages go from annoying to life-threatening the minute the batteries run out.

  28. Real, normal human beings, don’t want to be kept as pets: a cross between college students and medieval voyagers.

    Relevant, especially Sargon’s commentary:

      1. I was reading that bit and going “St Brendan and Leif Ericsson were nobodies’ pets.”

        (Also, technically medieval villagers were treated as draft animals, not pets.)

          1. It is far too easy to get cross with college students these days, what with the nonsense they’re being fed.

  29. Courage is Contagious! (My motto these days). Remember we are on the side of light and they will never be. Most people are basically good and will come together when the evil becomes clearly visible. We must make sure we shine light on these cockroaches and they will scurry into the crevices and holes where they came from. Afterward. we must make sure we have a good exterminator! LOL

  30. The bad news is that it’s hard to get accurate information. The good news? The other side has no idea what’s really going on. And that’s a huge advantage. Even now, when the media is starting to admit that maybe Joe Biden is perhaps kind of a little too old to be president, they don’t know what’s coming. They don’t know how despised they are.

    But they will.

    1. The Daily Mail is reporting on Hunter Biden transporting hookers across state lines and how that’s a federal offense. The best place to find US news is the DaIly Mail, best of all one doesn’t have to actually read it. My wife likes to say that she doesn’t want too much news in her newspaper so she reads the Daily Mail.

      1. The Daily Fail is not always right. Not even close. But it does provide a wider base of coverage than pretty much any other news org that I’m aware of

        1. Without the Daily Mail, I wouldn’t know who the Kardashians are.😀

          I think they’re the absolute best gauge of middle class women’s opinion. Certainly in the UK but really everywhere. During the run-up to WuFlu, I watched the story go up the site, once they had it above Kate and Meghan Markle, I knew it was a thing. I follow it for that reason and try to ignore the let’s make fun of the working classes articles that fill the rest of the paper.

        1. The page 3 girls in The Sun were more US news coverage than the American MSM provided.

          A infinitely tiny positive quantity that is basically zero has a higher value than a negative number.

    2. Lefties on Twitter are all “jaNuaRy 6” and “tHe waLLs aRe cLoSinG iN oN tRuMp” while pictures of the President’s son with pre-teen girls are making the rounds. Clueless.

      1. Saw a comment over at Ace’s blog today that the specific picture you’re talking about is likely not, in fact, Hunter Biden. Apparently the people over at 4chan are of the opinion that the picture in question is of someone else, and was intentionally planted in the thread along with the Hunter Biden phone information so that it could be pointed to later as “proof” that everything in the thread was false information.

  31. There’s this feeling of absolute desperation and chaos and confusion with these people.

    Too many people are pointing out that Hunter Biden is the sort of person that these people normally rally against.
    Too many people are seeing the pro-choice protests as far too shrill (seriously, most of the TV news showings are heavily cut to hide things.
    Too many people have seen the Emperor without any clothes on.
    And, Joe Biden might not be the worst President we have, but he’s pretty damn near close. Or, the people that are “running” the White House are that incompetent. Or worse.

    It’s going to be rough. I don’t think the US is going to fall apart, but it’ll get rough here for a while. Save what you can, stock what you can, and anything that has to be done-do it now.

    1. Harvard/Harris poll, so no right wing conspiracy, has support for full term abortion at 10%. The majority has it at around the time of quickening, which is where the consensus around when the baby is a baby seems to have been cross cultures forever,

      1. The normal culture cut off is at a point after birth. Roman writers singled out Egyptians and Jews as the two cultures that didn’t kill babies.

  32. “In the US we haven’t gone critical, yet — I THINK — because I think we’d have heard of it.”

    Discussion I find credible might suggest that an opening salvo has been fired. And it is very carefully being kept quiet.

  33. The media must be so stressed this month. Between Joe Biden reading his teleprompter instructions aloud, Jill comparing Hispanics to tacos and Hunter being . . . well, Hunter, there’s so many narratives they’re wilfully trying to ignore. I’d say that I’m really sorry this is happening to them, but that would be a lie.

    1. Hunter…. ah, remember when the Presidential Familial Embarrassment was rather mild and could even have an attempt profiting from it, Billy Carter and the alleged beer?

      1. To be fair, Billy Carter was the Idiot Brother (or played that role) and wasn’t “feeding money” to his brother like Hunter was “feeding money” to his father.

        Oh, there’s some evidence that Billy was more playing the “idiot brother” to the News Media than anything else.

        1. Drak, would you be able to email or facebook me?

          mail dot mcgill dot ca

          I finally got a new computer and am trying to set up thunderbird for NNTP access to the Bar (I haven’t been on in ~3 years due to slow computer), but I think I am missing a setting somewhere

        1. Or the Obama kids smoking pot in college. Ooohh….. crazy stuff ☺

    2. Jill comparing Hispanics to tacos

      I believe the accepted term these days is tacx. Go educate yourself.


      1. Of course. I shall go think shame on myself and send lots of money to a Latinx activist group in penance.

  34. This reminds me of an exchange from Star Trek Deep Space Nine:

    Quark : “Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people… will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.”

  35. I agree with get the generator if you can afford it.
    AND get the propane heater. I have one. It works, and has no odor (as kerosene can have) and is simply cleaner – and doesn’t need electrical power to run. Even if all it does is warm up one room to be livable/sleepable (run heater, then sleep, cycle as needed…) and get propane canisters (or small tank and adapter). I would say that as good as it is, I would ALSO get a battery power CO monitor/alarm to be sure of things.

    1. When we got our home generator installed last year, one of the requirements by City of Plano was basically CO detectors in every room.

  36. There’s a reckoning coming against our out of touch and insane elites in the West. Just look at Sri Lanka and what is happening in the Netherlands and the non-reporting of Germany. Being cold and hungry focuses the mind in a very specific way and the ruling class is clueless the coming repercussions.

  37. On generator and propane heater, maybe you should combine them. Get a propane fired generator, or convert a gas generator to run on propane. A generator is a pretty good heat source, propane keeps better than gasoline, and is easier on the engine.

  38. The worst things they plan to do to us — supply chain disruptions, forced changes to our eating habits, and lots of people being forced out of their homes for migrants to take over — have already been set in motion, but the blows haven’t landed yet. When they do, I hope the people will be ready for a real national divorce at least.

      1. Whether it actually gets used or not – whether it SHOULD be used or not – the THREAT of secession has to be there. Do you really think the Fed would have gotten this out of control if everybody knew that states could just walk away and form a new union?

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