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Let’s Review 83: The Eternal Good, The Eternal Bad, and The Eternal Ugly


The one-shot room is where the Human Resources Administration, the city’€™s social-services agency, processes emergency payments to extinguish the arrears of tenants facing eviction. The payments, called one-shot deals, are talked about all day, every day. They’€™re the magic elixir of housing court. In a single wondrous act, a one-shot vanishes that $2,351 in debt, that $6,802, that $4,013. That’s right — if you have the stomach to fall behind on your rent by a few months once a year or so, and you get yourself hauled into eviction court, and you can offer some plausible excuse why you can’t “afford” the arrears, then magically the New York City taxpayers will bail you out!

The reason western economists were so laughably wrong about the Soviet economy is that it was worth their while to be wrong. The Left side of the ruling class wanted to believe the commies were doing well. They owned the media and the academy, so it is not hard to figure out the rest. That, of course, calls into the question the integrity of the field, but in reality they just believed what was convenient.

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.” — DONALD RUMSFELD

“Hey, Look, I’m Driving a Giant iPhone!” I never quite got the whole Tesla thing. Is there some connection between multi-millionaires and ecological crusading that I was previously unaware of? Do people really buy $138,000 cars so they can save the planet from greenhouse gas emissions?

Shidol Chutney To make this pungent delicacy, Bangladeshis ferment a fish in a pot oiled with its innards.

I have been horrified over the past several years at how much freedom we willingly surrender. Now, we actually pay to have voice recognition recorders in our homes all for the convenience of sitting on our butts instead of getting up to dim the lights or turn on the oven. Yes, the big companies advertise these things as “smart speakers” but they are not speakers, they are listeners, monitors and if you put one of these things in your home and did not realize that they can and will listen, monitor and record your private (if there is such a thing today) conversations, God help you. If you did so knowing that you would be monitored and your conversations recorded for future reference, or subpoena, then your transition to a good comrade is complete….

Driver Riddled with Bullets in ‘Machine Gun’ Attack in Khan’s Gun-Free London

‘They deserve no mercy’: Iraq deals briskly with accused ‘women of Isis’ The proceedings had a sense of urgency, and so did the 10-minute hearings in Baghdad’s central criminal court that have summarily dispensed with the accused foreign women, sentencing more than 40 to death, and dozens more to life in prison since the so-called caliphate crumbled.

Morally, we live in a Bizarro World of inversion; where sexuality, marriage, family, tribe, national are all mocked, vilified, subverted and given negative evaluations – and the system propagandises and enforces an upside-down ethical system (including dishonestly denying about the fact that this is what it is doing).

The problem with explaining what’s going on with the transgender movement is this: When you try to explain craziness, you sound crazy. People look at you like you’ve lost your mind, because no sane person can imagine the arguments being made by these deranged activists.

“Eyes resting. This hushed and mazy Sunday. The heart beneath the breastbone pumping. The blood on its appointed rounds. Life in small places, narrow crannies. In the leaves, the toad’s pulse. The delicate cellular warfare in a waterdrop.” — Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

Atlanta Fed Boosts Second Quarter GDP Forecast to 4.8% |

“When Matt posed the one legitimate question about the FBI investigation concerning her homemade server and the unsecured emails, we could see Hillary was beginning to boil and her eyes looked to pop.” “It was toward the end of her interview so she was becoming unglued by the time Lauer finished with questioning. Hillary went ballistic, throwing a huge tantrum and screaming at her staff, “you f – – – ing idiots, you were supposed to have this thing set up for me and you’ve screwed it up! If that f – – – ing bastard wins we all hang from nooses! Lauer’s finished…and if I lose it’s all on you ass – – – – s for screwing this up.”

A long and tawdry web composed of lies, obstruction, and leaking has slowly been unraveled until the falsehoods of the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department, and other assorted deep state actors were revealed. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been fired, and is counting his GoFundMe cash in preparation for large legal bills. Former FBI Director James Comey publicly set fire to his reputation during his recent book tour. James Clapper was hired recently on CNN to analyze all the nefarious stuff he did as the former director of the national intelligence. Last, but certainly not least, former CIA head John Brennan has had to settle for pompous raging on Twitter—which is just about the most amateur thing that an ex-spymaster can possibly do. The erstwhile leaders of our “intelligence community” have proven to be not very intelligent at all.

The city is loud, it smells like pissed-on garbage, there are ads for fast food, the cars roll by playing truly appalling rap—and one “Kyrie” later, you’re transported back in time a millennium or two. But the time travel doesn’t stop there. It’s impossible to participate in an ancient ritual without feeling a connection to the people who practiced it before you. There’s an unbroken line: I kneel and pray as my father did, and as his father did, and as they did back in the old country, all the way back to the first time an ancient pagan knelt down and praised Jesus as the Son of God.

Camouflaged Elites People like Zuckerberg are actually far more powerful than their looks suggest. The robber barons of the nineteenth century are disparaged today for their greed and power. But Amazon, Facebook and Google operate virtual monopolies, the influence of which exceeds the oil, rail, steel, and banking trusts of the Gilded Age. The chief difference is that companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, or Apple are worth more in inflation-adjusted dollars than were Standard Oil or U.S. Steel, and their global reach now affects 6 billion people, not a continent of 60 million. Yet because their leaders wear the costume of the ordinary man, they seek an informality to help exempt them from old-style trust-busting and product liability suits from which their Gilded Age predecessors—with their top hats and gold-tipped canes—were not immune.

The Amish use us as an experiment. They watch what happens when we adopt new technology, and then decide whether that’s something they want to adopt themselves. I asked one Amish person why they didn’t use automobiles. He simply smiled and turned to me and said, “Look what they did to your society.” And I asked what do you mean? “Well, do you know your neighbor? Do you know the names of your neighbors?”

Facebook and 6 companies aim to bring the world affordable Internet access with a catch. The Free Basics program will let consumers access certain websites that meet the Facebook’s criteria, a kind of closed garden, for cheap. Facebook’€™s “Free Basics”€ will not be the only one of this type but it is the most publicly discussed. Google has a similar effort called Project Loon which will deploy a high-altitude balloon network operating in the stratosphere, where the position of the balloons can be controlled by adjusting only the balloon’s altitude.

The Best Quotes from Jordan Peterson’s ’12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos’   “The fact that automobiles pollute only becomes a problem of sufficient magnitude to attract public attention when the far worse problems that the internal combustion engine solves has vanished from view. People stricken with poverty don’t care about carbon dioxide. It’s not precisely that CO2 levels are irrelevant. It’s that they’re irrelevant when you’re working yourself to death, starving, scraping a bare living from the stony, unyielding, thorn-and-thistle-infested ground. It’s that they’re irrelevant until after the tractor is invented and hundreds of millions stop starving.”

Something profoundly disturbing is going on with the bodies of, in particular, American Millennials. Sexual dimorphism is flipping; the sexes aren’t just converging on an asexual norm…they’re swapping body types! I see so many 20s and 30s women with the broad shoulders and narrow hips natural to men, and so many men with the narrow shoulders and broad hips natural to women. It’s as if the sexual market turned upside down and switched sexes. Manjaws lumber cityscapes on africanized pelvic fulcrums as their cantilevered shoulders cut swathes through cowed crowds. Their vaginas seem misplaced on them.

Bannon: I Think Trump Will Shut Down Government Over Wall Funding Before 2018 Elections

The Smell of Death | R. R. Reno The culture that formed the young men who have killed so many in mass shootings—or who kill themselves with drugs, alcohol, and guns to the head—cannot be blamed on the usual suspects, the “bigots” of flyover country and the “religious right.” On the contrary, it is institutions such as Harvard, Google, and the Ford Foundation that determine the mainstream. Their priorities set the tone, with the buzzwords of “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” and other omnibus terms for a post-traditional way of life. With their vast wealth and prestige, our elites sponsor attacks on the usual bugbears: heteronormativity, patriarchy, logocentrism, and racism. Today’s culture is the result of a more than fifty-year effort of deregulation, rejection of traditional norms, and denigration of commonplace pieties.

Imagine the mindset of all of the people who worked for the last administration & media, who lied, cheated & stole to create the narrative they’ve worked on all that time. Imagine the terror of realizing all of the crimes you’ve committed, under the protection of a socialist govt, suddenly not getting the protection you were promised for helping a corrupt govt win. There are people who have to scream 24/7 about GOP corruption, just to cover for the moment when their corruption is uncovered, so they can claim it’s payback & lies.

The fascinating thing of “The Final Year” is the glimpse it affords into the engine room of a certain species of elite bureaucratic presumption. It is earnest, articulate, educated, well-meaning, and utterly, dangerously naïve. When you review the series of foreign policy disasters over which Obama presided — €”the names Libya, Syria, and Iran offer a good start — €”and then contrast it with his warmhearted rhetoric, you begin to understand why Graham Greene could warn that ”innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.”

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  • Morgan K Freeberg June 3, 2018, 11:54 AM

    There are two kinds of countries, the ones that install skyscraper windows successfully and the ones that use the Metric System.

  • ghostsniper June 3, 2018, 3:04 PM

    “The erstwhile leaders of our “intelligence community” have proven to be not very intelligent at all.”

    The only thing wrong with that sentence is that it limits itself to the intelligence community.
    It’s the entire charade called “government”.
    ALL of it.
    Nothing but a criminal institution legitimized.

    If you don’t know Lysander Spooner you don’t know reality.
    What you have been taught since birth, and daily, is the matrix.

  • Brendan June 3, 2018, 3:57 PM

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  • Terry June 3, 2018, 6:02 PM

    The most accurate essay on *Government* ever written: The Most Dangerous Superstition, by Larken Rose 2011.

    The ghost is dead-on.

  • Vanderleun June 3, 2018, 7:28 PM

    And it is MORGAN for the win!

  • ghostsniper June 3, 2018, 7:47 PM

    Get the pdf here:

    “The Most Dangerous Superstition”, by Larken Rose


  • Howard Nelson June 3, 2018, 8:32 PM

    Another use for WD-40:
    Oiling fish innards for non-squeaking when chewed Shidol Chutney.

  • Howard Nelson June 3, 2018, 9:16 PM

    Larken Rose deflects our attention. An alternative to his government as villain essay is our Declaration of Independence describing the rationale for our government, means for changing it if it becomes abusive, and the commitment needed to support
    just expression of its just principles.
    If the government is too authoritarian blame the neglectful citizenry for rejecting their duty.
    The fault dear Brutish is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. Projecting the result of our deficiency on or as government’s independent tyranny is unsane and irresponsible.

  • Casey Klahn June 3, 2018, 10:45 PM

    This amount of information, alone, in one blog post. I am a rich man for being here.

    Bring it.

    I was suspicious of the suction cups, but in the event it was the rope that bitter-ended. It’s the commonest of all mistakes. Shipdits.

    Gubmint: I bring you the FBI agent dancing and his pistol misfires on the dance floor. Re: a YouTube seen today. We are, indeed, in the soup of governmental end state. I only hang around here to see what’s next.

  • ghostsniper June 4, 2018, 6:51 AM

    Howard, you seem to be missing the point.
    Have you ever been an employer?
    It’s a thankless job because you simply cannot please everybody all of the time.
    Such is the role of the politician and his employees are endless and relentless.
    No, there is only one employer that can satisfy all of your wants, needs, and desires and that is you.

    All of this nonsense that always ensues after I mention such a thing about roaming thug gangs, tyrants, etc., are the real distractions you speak of, cause those things already exist. Every gov’t is simply a thug gang sanctioned by the nitwits. T. Jefferson said, “The gov’t that gov’t the best, governs the least.”, and the least gov’t is the gov’t of self. I’ll settle for nothing less, nor more.

    People unable, unwilling, or incapable of standing up on their hindlegs as all humans should need to be placed in foster homes and treated as unthinking draft animals.

  • Jaynie June 4, 2018, 7:34 AM

    Fantastic collection of links this morning!

    I like the comments also. Especially Howard Nelson’s on Larkin Rose.

    There is something in me, conflicted, and maybe because I am female, that sort of fears the anarchy of libertarianism, a bit, but that is not to deny that I am also attracted to the theory. Because, maybe that theory is at work in the so-called ‘failed state’ nations? I’m just not sure. Milton Friedman asked Phil Donahue about controlled economy, “who are these ‘angels’ ” who will make the centralized economic decisions? Likewise, I wonder too, who are these angels who are going to live and let live within a completely libertarian structure?


    While I didn’t enjoy the Cormac McCarthy book I did read, I find the quote above very moving and thought provoking.

    Thanks very much for the wonderful video on ‘Buster Keaton: The Art of the Gag’! That made me laugh aloud and that sure felt good.

  • Jaynie June 4, 2018, 7:52 AM

    Fantastic collection of links this morning. Thank you

    Especially enjoyed the Cormac McCarthy quote and the Buster Keaton video gave me a good laugh (feels great)!

    But, egad, HRC versus Matt Laser, the vile Bee, and lying Ben Rhodes! Holy Mackeral!

    Libertarian versus limited government. Just thinking out loud here. Neither seems likely in this day and age barring the apocalypse. The first is more rugged individual style, the man and family unit on their own, the second, though just as unlikely to be seen, seems more suited to a society working together for survival. Maybe because I am not a man, though I am drawn to the freedom of libertarian way, I do fear the whole ‘failed state’ brutality on exhibit. Potential for brutality versus potential for oppression? To paraphrase Milton Friedman speaking to Phil Donahue, who are these ‘angels’ who are going to simply live and let live adjacent to one another?

  • Vanderleun June 4, 2018, 10:09 AM

    You’re welcome, Jaynie. Very welcome indeed.

  • ghostsniper June 4, 2018, 11:33 AM

    “I wonder too, who are these angels who are going to live and let live within a completely libertarian structure?”

    Probably those that are already living that way, maybe you’re one of them?
    The Zero Aggression Principle is the way most people live everyday.
    If you were born to proper parents you were probably taught to live this way at an early age.
    You don’t hit people. You don’t take other people’s stuff, etc., etc. You know, the golden rule, the 10 commandments, that sort of thing.

    There will always be people that go around violating the rights of others and there’s probably nothing that can be done to prevent that but one thing is certain and that is by creating a whole nuther legion of thugs to take care of the first set is a dismal failure. What’s worse than a group of thugs? Why, 2 groups of thugs.

    In our case, if the first set of thugs attempt to violate us we can dispatch them but if the 2nd set does so we have no recourse. No, the 2nd thugs “just us” system is not an answer.

    Anyway, this rotten assed gov’t can do whatever it wants and I will continue to live as I believe to be right, by not aggressing against others and minding my own business. As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t exist.

  • Casey Klahn June 4, 2018, 4:46 PM

    My compliments. On this topic of who are the angels who will perform the civic magic that will secure our persons, under any system, I refer you to the Code of the West. Not the official BS one of the state of Wyoming, either. The old timey way of the frontier. The West, where the only law is right. Let bygones be. Do not inquire into a man’s past. Show him your hand when you pass on the trail.

    We do that on the country road where I live, only from inside our cars as we pass. In addition to being a neighborly greeting, it is also a code for who does and does not belong. If a temporary resident is living off the grid here, and they do not wave, this tells one something, also.

    Speak slowly, and look a man in the eye. Let your word be your bond.

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