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Open thread 2/26/24

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  • Joe Krill February 26, 2024, 8:06 AM

    From the magazine “First Things”. A quote from Gustav Mahler: “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”

  • ghostsniper February 26, 2024, 8:16 AM

    Are you waiting for it?

    Rewind a little to 1793 in Paris, the revolution in full swing: King Louis XVI went to the guillotine in January. The National Convention had replaced the National Assembly as the furnace of political action. The radical Jacobin faction, led by Robespierre and Saint-Just, coalesced into a power-seizing majority there. They took their name from a political club founded by anti-royalists, but their platform became increasingly extreme as the revolution lurched toward pandemonium.

    During their year in power, the Jacobins turned the life of the nation upside down in their zealous quest to create a perfectly equitable society. They abolished the church (and replaced it with their own “cult of the supreme being”). They changed the week from seven days to ten days, they changed the names of all the months of the calendar. (1792 was denoted “the Year One.”) They put in price and wage controls while churning out money (paper assignats) which triggered (voila) monetary inflation! They confiscated grain from farmers all over the country. They condemned thousands (estimate: 20,000 to 40,000) of political enemies to the guillotine in their “Reign of Terror.” In short, the Jacobins made a bloody mess of things and pissed-off a lot of their countrymen.

    By the summer of 1794 (in their renamed month of Thermidor), everybody else finally had enough of the Jacobin nightmare. On July 27, Robespierre was at the rostrum once again denouncing his enemies and crying for blood when the out-group members present started throwing food at him and shouting him down. That was the magic moment when everything flipped — the shock of recognition that the Jacobins had lost power. Just like that! The chamber fell into a melee, a lot of shoving and shouting. . . Robespierre and his cronies were chased across town to the city hall (Hôtel de Ville) and barricaded themselves inside. The mob broke through and arrested them. Somewhere in the confusion a policeman shot Robespierre in the face, shattering his jaw (no more speeches for you!). . . and the very next day, Robespierre, Saint-Just, and twenty of their associates had their appointment with “the national razor.”

    This event became known as the Thermidorian Reaction. The insane Jacobin program of terror and social derangement was swiftly abolished. Nothing like it was seen again until the Bolsheviks, the Maoists and the Khmer Rouge came along in the 20th century, and now, in our time, The Party of Chaos as led by “Joe Biden” (or whoever and whatever is behind him), with their open border, their lust for another world war, their drive for censorship, their sadistic lawfare, their race and sex hustles, their compulsive lying, and their sick destruction of every norm and boundary in daily life.

    America is headed for its own Thermidorian Reaction. It’ll end up being called something else, of course, because it is a different time, place, and set of circumstances. But it feels close, doesn’t it? Everybody I know or correspond with mentions this feeling that something is going to blow in our country, and pretty soon. The air is alive with it, just as the air is alive with portents of spring. Are you waiting for it?


    • Norham Foul March 1, 2024, 11:12 AM

      Will I still get my Social Security should such a revolution happen?

  • SK February 26, 2024, 10:25 AM

    A most excellent posting Mr Ghost. Thoroughly cheered me up.

  • Anne February 26, 2024, 10:29 AM

    Nice post Ghostsniper and you are so right–there is a feeling of something doing a slow burn underground. The thing we must ascertain quickly is how well organized the resistance is in each state, or even if there is an organized effort.

    I have a request I would like to make of the readers here at AD. I am hoping someone here can help. My DH is putting a course online–independent of any university. He is not a computer technician, but has taught himself how to use Square Space and he has created two presentations of slides using that service. The problem is how to post videos on the internet. He is trying to upload half hour videos to Vimeo and Vimeo is refusing them saying that they are too long (too big). Does anyone here have any idea of how to upload longer videos? Thank you for your help.

    • ghostsniper February 26, 2024, 11:39 AM

      Anne, you’re probably not going to believe me and try to find other ways to do what you’re wanting to do but you’ll eventually find out I am right.

      The only way to successfully do anything permanent online and have full control is to have your own domain and website.

      Without full control you’ll soon find out about the ugly side of the internet most people are unaware of.

      I only know enough about this “domain” stuff to get myself in trouble. My wife and I each have several websites and fortunately we have a son that is an educated and experienced master at this stuff as long as we feed him wheelbarrows of C notes on a regular basis.

      • Anne February 26, 2024, 8:45 PM

        Dear Ghost:
        He has a domain name and a website! He has managed to train himself to that point!

  • John A. Fleming February 26, 2024, 11:00 AM

    The Reaction is not close yet. And those that are currently entrusted with governance aim to keep it that way, by manufacturing and responding to ratcheting “crises”, naturally occurring and artificial, that require that they act now “to preserve democracy”, to “restore public order”, to “keep us safe”. To keep any potential reactionaries off-balance.

    • ghostsniper February 26, 2024, 12:02 PM

      Everything is so fragile now it could snap at any moment.
      2 things would calm my nerves.
      1 If we had a good size solar array, with back up supplies, up and running.
      2 If we had an acre size pond stocked with 1000 bass and a submerged water pump feeding the house.

      On all other fronts we’re in pretty good shape for riding out whatever the future holds.
      It would hurt the wallet big time but I could make 1 go away in the next month.
      But 2 is a financial bridge too far. I’d have to go into debt to make #2 happen and I’m not willing to do that. My only solace in this regard is the people across the road have a 1/2 acre pond stocked with bass, bream, and crappie, and at least one big ol’ mama snapping turtle that comes over to our yard every year to lay her (80+) eggs.

      • Snakepit Kansas February 27, 2024, 4:51 AM

        Those with the guns, make the rules.

  • ghostsniper February 26, 2024, 11:53 AM

    Language Conversion

    Through consistent use of shear brute force these rotten bastiches are trying to convert the meaning of whole words. You’ve seen them over the past months using the word “democracy” as a noun, a verb, an adjective and anything else that pops into their tiny little pinheads. I wouldn’t be surprised if a fair amount of the spongeheads in this country have already been converted into believing democracy is everything other than what it actually is.

    Now the tyrants have set their sights on the word “inflation”, and they are using the same method all over again. Thinking people already know why inflation happens and what it is, but the many across the fruited plain that have been criminally, mentally incapacitated by the academic institutions have not a clue. So as usual the criminal media has stepped right up to teach them.

    Look at the article below. You might be surprised to find out that YOU are the reason for inflation and YOU have the ability to control inflation. Yes, little ol’ you! Nevermind that the debt clock ( https://www.usdebtclock.org/ ) keeps winding higher and higher with each passing second. You just keep on driving 5 extra miles to the next store that has bananas 5 cents a pound cheaper and if we all pull together that nasty ol’ inflation monster will turn tail and head for parts unknown. Go us!

    Changes in consumer habits helping to bring down inflation
    by CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | AP Economics WriterSun, February 25th 2024 at 4:22 PM


    Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop. Now, those changes in consumer habits are helping bring down inflation.

    Fed up with prices that remain about 19%, on average, above where they were before the pandemic, consumers are fighting back. In grocery stores, they’re shifting away from name brands to store-brand items, switching to discount stores or simply buying fewer items like snacks or gourmet foods.

    More Americans are buying used cars, too, rather than new, forcing some dealers to provide discounts on new cars again. But the growing consumer pushback to what critics condemn as price-gouging has been most evident with food as well as with consumer goods like paper towels and napkins.

    In recent months, consumer resistance has led large food companies to respond by sharply slowing their price increases from the peaks of the past three years. This doesn’t mean grocery prices will fall back to their levels of a few years ago, though with some items, including eggs, apples and milk, prices are below their peaks. But the milder increases in food prices should help further cool overall inflation, which is down sharply from a peak of 9.1% in 2022 to 3.1%.

    Public frustration with prices has become a central issue in President Joe Biden’s bid for re-election. Polls show that despite the dramatic decline in inflation, many consumers are unhappy that prices remain so much higher than they were before inflation began accelerating in 2021.

    • Casey Klahn February 26, 2024, 1:08 PM

      Magical thinking keeps the pawns in check. As if “Big Food” and retailers are governing inflation.

      They want more free phones paid for from Obama’s “stash”.

  • DT February 26, 2024, 4:25 PM

    Joe and company meeting Mr Guillotine.
    Pleasant dreams …
    But the terror comes first

  • ghostsniper February 27, 2024, 4:02 AM

    Good Effen Riddance
    2 diseased, mentally damaged human animals killed, 1 caged
    The very idea of what these 3 retards do to each other is almost enough to prompt instant, spontaneous projectile hurling.


  • Snakepit Kansas February 27, 2024, 5:01 AM

    Garden time soon. I plan on the ultimate variety of chilis. I have one plant left over from last year that I dug up and put in a big pot. Since last Fall I’ve been digging post holes in the garden and filling with coffee grounds, egg shells, orange peels, grill ashes, etc. Awful nice to eat a warm tomato off the vine in the summer.

  • Anne February 27, 2024, 9:20 AM

    Any more insight as to how to manage an online business? What do you know about working with pay pal? All of your thoughts and info are welcome! Thank you for your time.

  • Anne February 27, 2024, 10:51 AM

    Construction question–small construction.

    DH and I try to keep our young men employed and off of the couch in their mommy’s house. We use them to do handyman jobs and pay better wages, plus transportation. Then we try to provide them with the insights necessary to do the job–mostly from video tutorials (not affiliated with what my DH is doing for his business). These are tutorials about plumbing, construction, re-seeding. etc. Our current project is for raised garden beds. I would like them build to a height of 28″. The best I can figure is 4 6″ wide and a 4″ wide on top. Do you think this is best solution? We are using pressure-treated wood. We plan to line the interior. Do you have any thoughts to offer for this project? Thank you.

    • DT February 27, 2024, 3:50 PM

      We’ve recycled old tires for raised beds. Seems to be OK. Pressure treated wood has all sorts of nasty chemicals that can leach out. Not sure it makes it into plants though … though I’d bet it does.

      • ghostsniper February 27, 2024, 5:19 PM

        Arsenic (no lace)

  • ghostsniper February 27, 2024, 11:14 AM

    In case you didn’t hear, the MSM are now admitting that Ukraine is a CIA proxy.

    Meaning Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was NOT unprovoked, and that the US are the expansionists, overthrowing sovereign nations for geopolitical gain.

    The US brought war to Putin’s doorstep.

    Meaning that every single thing Western media told you about the war in Ukraine, was based on a lie. All the analysis you heard from pompous MSM talking-heads, was based on the presumption that Putin did this unprovoked, just because he is “literally Hitler”. None of it was true.

    Turns out, Putin’s accusations of Western intelligence controlling Ukraine were correct, therefore his attack is more than justified. Just imagine if Russia funded Nazi militias in Canada, started a civil war, overthrew the government, then installed their own puppet regime, then put Russian intelligence bases and biolabs all over our northern border. Every American would be calling to flatten Canada and Russia. Well that’s exactly what the US did to Russia, and they are pissed.

    Russia tried to join NATO, they were denied. Russia tried to negotiate non-violent means to resolve the conflict, they were denied. Russia tried to present their grievances of US bioweapon production and espionage to the UN, they were denied. Russia tried to go the diplomatic route, and the West just cried “Russian disinformation”, while they were the ones pushing disinformation.

    The West also went out of their way to censor independent journalists like me who have been telling you this from day one, because if the public knew this detail the entire time, they wouldn’t have supported sending our tax dollars there.

    This is going to be a tough pill to swallow for many Americans, but Russia are not the bad guys in this scenario. The West are, and it’s not even close.

    The sooner we all recognize this, the sooner we can clean up the mess.


    • Dt February 27, 2024, 3:51 PM

      This is a surprise?

  • ghostsniper February 27, 2024, 2:36 PM

    How big is the US GDP compared to other countries?
    This map will give you some perspective.
    A whole lotta room for fleecing.


    • DT February 27, 2024, 3:57 PM

      I believe Nvidia itself has a GDP greater than Russia’s. Apple and Microsoft are each higher on the list. A company worth in the trillions isn’t even really comprehensible. (though considering the loss of “true” value of the dollar …). The collapse is coming soon. A real good war resets everything though it won’t be WWII where “America Saves The Day” this time ’round.

  • ghostsniper February 27, 2024, 2:50 PM

    Equal Pay my ass.
    It’s always been a lie.

    While the BLS reports that full-time female workers earned 81% of full-time males, that is very different than saying that women earned 81% of what men earned for doing the same jobs, while working the same hours, with the same level of risk, with the same educational background and the same years of continuous, uninterrupted work experience, and assuming no gender differences in family roles like child care. In a more comprehensive study that controlled for most of these relevant variables simultaneously—such as that from economists June and Dave O’Neill for the American Enterprise Institute in 2012—nearly all of the 23% raw gender pay gap cited by Mr. Obama can be attributed to factors other than discrimination. The O’Neills conclude that, “labor market discrimination is unlikely to account for more than 5% but may not be present at all.”

    These gender-disparity claims are also economically illogical. If women were paid 77 cents on the dollar, a profit-oriented firm could dramatically cut labor costs by replacing male employees with females. Progressives assume that businesses nickel-and-dime suppliers, customers, consultants, anyone with whom they come into contact—yet ignore a great opportunity to reduce wages costs by 23%. They don’t ignore the opportunity because it doesn’t exist. Women are not in fact
    paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.

    Proponents of the gender pay gap myth would have you believe that any difference in earnings between men and women is the result of gender pay discrimination. The reality is that men and women are different – they gravitate to different college majors, they have different levels of work experiences, they play different family roles, and they often work in very different types of jobs. It would be inexplicable to imagine that despite those many differences men and women would earn precisely the same amounts. It would also be completely unrealistic to suggest that the 20% difference in annual earnings is exclusively or even largely the result of gender discrimination. But to celebrate Equal Pay Day, those are some of the statistical fairy tales that you have to accept.

    Camile Paglia wrote:
    Indeed, men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists, who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible. It is overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete, laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines, cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing the landscape for housing developments. It is men who heft and weld the giant steel beams that frame our office buildings, and it is men who do the hair-raising work of insetting and sealing the finely tempered plate-glass windows of skyscrapers 50 stories tall.

    Every day along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, one can watch the passage of vast oil tankers and towering cargo ships arriving from all over the world. These stately colossi are loaded, steered and off-loaded
    by men. The modern economy, with its vast production and distribution network is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role — but women were not its author. Surely, modern women are strong enough now to give credit where credit is due!


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