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Jim C.
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 James Howard Kunstler
Flying Blind  (8)
Correct, for the most part. Socialism produces nothing and takes everything. Democrat Socialism appears to be of the most virulent kind, like parasites so unevolved as to kill their host. Republicans, at least when in power, were smart enough to allow the shared host to lift its head above water now and then for a gulp of air. Now they’ve joined the Dems in a sort of political intercourse - with Pelosi on top...
1/26/2021 at 6:11 AM  3  2  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Zeitgeist Wants What the Zeitgeist Wants  (8)
Trump appeared weak, and was...weak. And always was more talk then action. Asking Democrats if they wanted their help with suppressing massive looting and arson in their cities, which they encouraged...rather then sending in force to protect the rights of HIS citizens. He allowed mini-State tyrants to exist, emboldened them.

But then Democrats would have called him a dictator, and that apparently he ...
1/20/2021 at 11:03 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Signs and Wonders  (10)
It is very late in the game for some deus ex machina to save our Republic, especially given yesterday’s Joint Chief of Staffs memo indicating intent to accept Biden as President.

Revelations there may be, but so heavily redacted to be unreadable and incapable of sending anyone to prison...even if we had an unbiased judicial system, which we do not.

What appears to be certain is the demise of th...
1/15/2021 at 8:38 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Insurrection Versus Insurrection  (9)
The game is afoot! If President Trump has the hard evidence that the Democrat Party stole the election - a treasonous act - and given, as Kunstler said, his oath to preserve and protect America from enemies foreign AND domestic...then he may well forcibly act to so, and justifiably so.

However, while a Trump supporter, his previous non-actions do not bode well for his acting now.

1) His inacti...
1/11/2021 at 8:38 PM  2  2  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
In Darkness Visible  (9)
Great article...our Republic hangs by a thread. This is where Superman breaks down the door, Batman sweeps through the window, Spider Man slides down a web. Heck, I’d settle for Popeye right now with an open can of spinach.
12/30/2020 at 10:05 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Yuletide Visitations  (8)
I’m not an advocate of the Government handing out free money, and feeling grinning with joy when a thug - who has just stolen your wallet - throws you back a buck. I’m referring to the passage of the Covid relief bill throwing back $600...while authorizing millions to Pakistan for Gender Studies.

Is it a coincidence that $600 today is equivalent to 30 silver coins? Merry Christmas!
12/22/2020 at 5:54 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Gyre Widens  (9)
The Long Emergency of which Mr. Kunstler has long spoken seems at hand. Ironically, it is not for the reasons for which he has spoken in the long ago....peak oil, environmental disaster, automobiles, strip malls. Those were always the Trojan horses by which the Socialists hoped to gain access to power, of which they now appear to be on the brink of.

This is not to say that Mr. Kunstler was or is a Soc...
12/20/2020 at 5:24 PMPermalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Panic Buying Grips America Ahead Of World War III: “Never Seen It At These Levels… We Can Barely Keep Up” Says Leading Preparedness Distributor  (1)
Adding this: one can't begin soon enough. Suddenly seeing the light and rushing to Walmart is just the beginning of a long process. It isn't just food (family and pets) and water. It's communications (Ham radio), defense, sanitation, water purification, cooking and fuel, medical, personalized items, hygiene, lighting, batteries, radiation meters, barter items....and more. Also getting word out to friends and...
8/11/2017 at 10:25 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Battle of the Behemoths  (5)
Another mindless Kunstler rant. After preaching the end of oil for decades, Kunstler was mortified that Capitalism - even under Obama's thumb - was able to discover enough oil to make America independent well into the distant future. Yet his rants continue. You see Kunstler has a loathing for individuals controlling their own lives - whether preferring their private autos to crime ridden public transit or, in t...
8/11/2017 at 9:57 PM  1  3  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Things To Come  (8)
Surely Kunstler cannot be ignorant of economics, of the direct correlation between the production of wealth and Capitalism, and the subsequent creation of a middle class. So, for Kunstler to disparage Trump is the height of deceit given that Kunstler is and has been a proponent of big government handouts and control of individual life....Socialism.

I guess he doesn't think anyone will recall his past ...
6/12/2017 at 8:32 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Gimme Shelter  (11)
Despite his confessed indifference, Kunstler - embracing the dictum of never letting them see you whimper - must have felt gutted by Trump rightfully ditching the Paris Accords.

He shows his angst with this: "It's Trump wish to bring back the America of humming factories and happy workers seeing the USA in their Chevrolets and all that." He calls such a wish a "fantasy". It is - rather - an effort to...
6/5/2017 at 11:26 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
A Paler Shade of Gray  (8)
I've read a lot of negatives about healthcare in the UK. A government can for a while deliver free healthcare that seems good...until, like Thatcher said, governments run out of other's people's money. And it is other people that government's rob via taxation to pay for any freebie. It buys votes. It's usually a slow decline in the standard of living as private enterprise gradually wilts and is happen...
5/7/2017 at 1:00 AM  4  3  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
A Paler Shade of Gray  (8)
Kunstler's gripe about US healthcare is deceiving. He may have mentioned Denninger - more of a free market advocate - but his real goal is a tighter grip on individuals by Government. He isn't against Govt control of heathcare...he just wants it enforced better...more of an iron hand approach.

All of Kunstler's positions confirm this: he's railed against technology, and advocated for govt to eliminate...
5/5/2017 at 9:31 PM  5  3  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
He Is Risen… But For How Long  (10)

If people would take the time to read Kunstler's archived articles here they would see fully what his agenda is -- that of Government control of individual lives in every aspect. I can't recall how many times he urged that people be forced - with the emphasize on forced - out of their automobiles and onto mass transit...mass transit that's plagued with crime and open targets for terrorist attacks. ...
1/24/2017 at 6:15 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
He Is Risen… But For How Long  (10)
Kunstler is the old voice of Progressivism in America, an old voice that wants Government to take control of us freckles individuals...and by control, it's DO OUR THIS WAY OR ELSE. This is what Kunstler ends this article with: "The sun only went down a few minutes ago and it’s a long hard slog to daybreak."

So, the departure of Obama was the setting of the sun???? Really????

Like all these di...
1/24/2017 at 2:37 AM  3  1  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Deep State Blues  (3)
Lest you wonder, I regularly do my best to heap opprobrium on Kunstler - as he has justly deserved. However his current article is spot on re Democrat shenanigans in the past election and in their current efforts to shanghai Trump's electors - now derailed.

So kudos to Kunstler where such kudos are due.

12/20/2016 at 3:29 AM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Deepening Deep State  (5)
Kunstler wasn't concerned about 'The Deep State' when he voted for Obama...since Obama's agenda seemed to coincide initially with Kunstler's own.

But Obama failed Kunstler miserably by not chasing people out of their automobiles and ordering the masses onto mass transit and by not doing more - the ultimate goal - to curb industry. The final step: cutting roads into the deep forests to herd the popula...
12/10/2016 at 3:24 AM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Rediscovery of Men  (5)
So Kunstler thinks Trump is not a "man," and that we need one for instance, "being on the side of the truth instead of reflexive mendacity."

But what Truth would fit Kunstler's description of a Man free of 'reflexive mendacity'? We know, at least, what it is not. It is not a man like Trump who by and large espouses Capitalism, the creation and retention of wealth created by individuals and relatively...
11/29/2016 at 12:08 AM  3  1  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Boo Hoo  (7)
Well, well, what do we have here from Kunstler? After voting twice for Obama and the Democrats, he now seems to be highly critical of the Party. More than that: he thinks they're going the way of the Whigs. You see, as dictatorial as the Democrats were, they weren't dictatorial enough for Kunstler: they didn't banish automobiles and order people to take mass transit, not did they place a total ban on oil cons...
11/21/2016 at 5:27 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Slouching Towards Election Day  (5)
So what to make of Kunstler's incomprehensible convoluted rants? This line is the most revealing, if anything from his jabberwocky style can be deciphered:

"They don’t recognize the basic energy equation that has made it impossible for industrial economies to keep growing..."

Those who have followed Kunstler know that he has long predicted the end of oil - Peak Oil - as he called it. He seld...
10/27/2016 at 7:56 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Odor of Desperation  (11)
Of course Kunstler, who self-admittedly voted twice for Obama, won't mention that Obama smashed the whole Middle East which sent tens of thousands of radical Muslims into Europe and thousands to America. Nope, silence on that one.

And nothing in this rant explains anything about anything...other than Kunstler hating America. What kind of government would he like? Some kind of forest commune sans st...
10/19/2016 at 12:52 AM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Desperate and the Dispirate  (5)
Kunstler said, re the Islamic terror in Orlando, "No one knows what to do about it, including, of course, the blowhard Trump."

If Kunstler could ever get over his personal guilt of having voted twice for Obama, he would acknowledge that Trump has, repeatedly, told America what he would do to combat Islamic terror in America. He would 1) make an end to ISIS in the Middle East 2) place a temporary ban on...
6/14/2016 at 5:00 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Mistakes Were Made  (5)
Mistakes were made??? I'd say so, but not the ones Kunstler promotes. Kunstler's critique of Obama is that he hasn't been MORE dictatorial, usurping more power to the State, forcing people out of their cars into mass transit, closing down more polluting factories, herding more people into the wilds to build wigwams and collect acorns. These are all ideas Kunstler has advocated to some degree or another.
3/7/2016 at 9:11 PM  2  2  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Notes from the Locked Ward  (11)
Yet another article from Kunstler about the coming end of the world...and everyone an idiot. But notice the difference from his previous rants? No longer does he babble about Peak Oil doing us in - that argument has been thoroughly destroyed. So what else does he propose that will send us scurrying into the woods in a return to Mother Nature? I'm sure he's working on it by candlelight, but for now he just bell...
2/9/2016 at 6:37 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Ground Control to Captain Zhou Xiaochuan  (5)
Kunstler says:

"Get off this messed-up home planet and light out of the territories, say Mars. Of course, this is a vain and stupid idea, since we already have a planet engineered to perfection for all the life systems associated with the human project. We just can’t respect its limits."

You don't hear Kunstler's mantra of PEAK OIL much idea knowingly based on the fallacy that the ...
2/2/2016 at 6:33 PM  0  4  Rating :  -4 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Agonies of Sensible People  (16)
Bloomberg an honorable and serious man??????? He said the same thing about Obama, Gore, Kerry. I fear that Kunstler's Peak Oil fallacy collapse has left the poor man dazed and confused. Oil cheaper than a gallon of milk? No wonder Kunstler is babbling.
1/28/2016 at 7:21 PMPermalink
 Ron Paul
When Peace Breaks Out With Iran...  (6)
International relations has never been Ron Paul's strong suit. Economics, maybe; politics, no. His praise of a peaceful Iran smells like a decomposed skunk given Iran's repeated rants of "Death to America and Israel." First, we don't where the America ships were when they were captured. The American sailors were held at gunpoint, forced to kneel, and more than likely forced to apologize for their release.
1/20/2016 at 6:41 PM  0  4  Rating :  -4 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Worse Than 1860  (16)
So the Kunstler - two time Obama voter - dislikes Democrats as much as Republicans. The world, he posits, is coming to an end and the 'shit show of 2016' will hasten it along.

What does the Kunstler, then, recommend? Well, no longer do we hear his rants about Peak Oil being our doom -- that canard has been fully demolished: we have never been in danger of oil depletion and probably never will be...a...
1/18/2016 at 6:48 PM  1  4  Rating :  -3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Discovery  (15)
Another 'Run, run, the world is ending' article from Kunstler...but with a difference. Normally he gives a reason for his skedaddling into the woods with a box of matches and, hopefully, a change of underwear. No such reasons offered in this article. Why? His constant harping on Peak Oil is no longer remotely rational and can no longer be rationally blamed for the demise of Western Civilization. But rest as...
1/11/2016 at 5:15 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Pretend to the Bitter End  (21)
Kunstler calls Trump a "Hitler without the brains or charm." So he thinks Hitler had charm??? Does Kunstler get a tingle up his leg when he thinks about Hitler? Anyway, as far as brainless actions are concerned, we have no further to look than Kunstler himself -- who TWICE voted for Obama (as he has confessed in many articles.)
1/5/2016 at 6:03 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Questions and Answers  (14)
Well, this is nonsense from Kunstler. He's been predicting the demise of civilization and the depletion of oil for decades. This modern luddite ignores the technology - shale - that revolutionized oil production in this country. We are almost oil independent and in the face of stiff opposition from the Obama administration. Interestingly he use the very modern technology he decries to criticize technology!
1/5/2016 at 2:13 AM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Fate of the Turtle  (21)
Kunstler, commenting on the government he helped vote into power, says about that government: "The one thing it does exceedingly well is drain the remaining capital from endeavors that might contribute to the greater good." Despite the socialist Obama has been, apparently he has not enacted enough social legislation to satisfy Kunstler. And the people of America as well have disappointed him. He says, "For in...
11/10/2014 at 8:08 PM  6  7  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 Michael J. Kosares - USAGold
The Reinvention of Alan Greenspan  (6)
Is Greenspan returning to the fold (gold backed currency) -- or has he never left it?

As most know, Greenspan was an early follower of Ayn Rand and wrote many articles on economics for her monthly journal THE OBJECTIVIST. Within the inner circle he was called 'The Mortician.' In Rand's novel ATLAS SHRUGGED the heroes withdrew their efforts from society not wishing to be slaves to a system of expropr...
11/6/2014 at 5:51 PM  4  0  Rating :  4 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Struggle to the Death  (22)
Heavens to the proverbial Betsy! I agree with Kunstler in this article (except for the final peak oil comment). It is clear to all that Hamas initiated the violence, is shooting its missiles at Israel from centers hidden among its people; and has no intention of ending its aggression any time soon.

This may end, but the situation as a whole cannot end well for Israel or the entire middle east. As Kun...
7/14/2014 at 9:24 PM  3  3  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Should the Pope Excommunicate All Catholic Politicians  (13)
DiLorenzo makes the case for politicians as thieves when coercive taxation is in place. Unfortunately he would say the same even if we had no taxation. You see, DiLorenzo is that specie of thinker who believes in no government at all -- which, history shows, leads to unending mayhem, and rule by the strongest clan.

Then DiLorenzo goes from semi-sane to inane with the following quote from Rothbard which...
7/14/2014 at 5:35 PM  1  5  Rating :  -4 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Reality Optional Economics  (15)
Kunstler's tirade against oil shade production lacks believability given his histrionics over our industrial civilization in general. In plain English, Kunstler doesn't like the fact that humans use their brains to harness the earth for the betterment of themselves and their children. Worse: he seems to loathe the fact that there is no overriding supervision for such wonton behavior. People, he thinks, need t...
7/10/2014 at 4:49 PM  1  3  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
We Are All Ninja Turtles Now  (21)
So, Kunstler, who freely admits he voted for Obama twice -- like Charlie Brown who is fooled by Lucy ad infinitum -- says this: "I don’t have the statistics but I suspect a lot of the males around here are on federal disability payments, and probably in the psychological categories including “depression,” “learning disabilities,” “ADHD, and so on.”

Now what, if I may ask, did Kunstler expect from the D...
7/9/2014 at 12:37 AM  1  3  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Coasting Toward Zero  (22)
Kunstler does want to return to a world made by hand, and has expressed such many times. In one article he urged the Japanese to return to their Samurai culture! I guess what makes him so appealing to some is the perception that we are headed downhill and he is offering an alternative, albeit a step backward in civilization.

I agree that the Demos and Repubs are essentially one -- taking turns running...
6/3/2014 at 4:55 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Coasting Toward Zero  (22)
Kunstler speaks in such generalities that his articles are meaningless. For instance he opens with this: "In just about any realm of activity this nation does not know how to act. We don’t know what to do about our mounting crises of economy." And he closes with this: "We need clarity and an appreciation of boundaries in every conceivable sphere of action and thought." What the hell does that mean?????
6/3/2014 at 4:05 AM  1  2  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
How the Free Market Ends Discrimination  (5)
Strange to hear DiLorenzo argue, apparently, against discrimination -- when he has repeatedly attacked Lincoln for freeing the slaves; and argued that the Slave South had a right to secede from the Union with their slave system intact.

DiLorenzo probably believes in no government whatsoever and so considers even government action against evil an evil in itself. In such a society, he probably believes, ...
6/1/2014 at 10:23 PM  2  7  Rating :  -5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
The Rising Sea Level in the Northeast  (14)
Climate change is real -- geologists will tell you that. Any number of natural events influence short and long term climate: volcanoes, sun cycles, asteroid impacts, species disappearance or expansion. But that humans are the cause of the current flux is very much in doubt.

Overlooked is the political agenda of core environmentalists which, like communism, is the control of human beings for personal g...
5/13/2014 at 5:32 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Lying or Just Stupid  (37)
Kunstler is becoming increasing annoyed that the world hasn't run out of oil and hasn't returned to the primitive hunter gatherer society he has hoped for. After years of arguing for the demise of industrial civilization and seeing, rather, progress and an increase in energy supplies one can well understand his humiliation.

The title of this article LYING OR JUST STUPID? might well apply to his own fai...
5/5/2014 at 8:00 PM  0  6  Rating :  -6 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Piketty Dikitty Rikitty  (18)
According to Kunstler Capitalism "... became both a moral embarrassment and a political inconvenience. So among the intellectual grandiosities of modern times is the idea that this massive wealth can be politically managed to produce an ideal equitable society — with no side effects."

...which shows that Kunstler either doesn't know what Capitalism is or is trying to mislead his readers. Capitalism has...
4/28/2014 at 10:38 PM  2  5  Rating :  -3 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
What’s Been and What’s Next  (25)
Kunstler's tirades against America, while trading on Obama's very real incompetence and Socialist agenda, serve his agenda of what appears to be the creation of a totalitarian state. What is Kunstler's agenda? This statement of his implies it: "Does the sheer immersive ugliness of the human imprint on the American landscape not give you the shivers?"

It is the "human imprint" on nature that Kunstler w...
4/21/2014 at 7:21 PM  3  5  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
All This and World War, Too  (30)
Here, at least, is a bit of honesty from Kunstler:

"Barack Obama, who I voted for twice, is on his way to becoming the worst US president in my lifetime, at least — and maybe in the whole cavalcade going back to the very start of the republic. ....isn’t it stupendously asinine that Mr. Obama’s Justice Department and his SEC appointees only just last week became interested in the pervasive swindle of hi...
4/15/2014 at 5:43 PM  3  2  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Ft. Hood: An Avoidable Tragedy  (18)
I agree with you -- and Paul -- on the recent useless wars America has fought, including the useless Vietnam war I was too stupid to get out of.

My gut feeling is that Ron Paul, once a Libertarian (and now strongly allied with the Rockwell crowd) is now an anarchist believing in NO government, No government organized defense. He took a number of positions in the last Republican primaries that indicate...
4/9/2014 at 1:48 AM  0  6  Rating :  -6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Ft. Hood: An Avoidable Tragedy  (18)
I agree that these useless wars have taken a toll on our military, but I doubt if Paul would approve of ANY war organized by the government for the defense of America. Like Rockwell and his clique, he doesn't believe in any government at all. PTSD is a fact of combat, any combat, whether the cause is justifiable or not -- and our recent efforts have not been justifiable.

A better way to avoid this ki...
4/8/2014 at 4:57 PM  1  7  Rating :  -6 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Weak Sister  (33)
Kunstler, as usual in his articles, is both right and wrong. He's right about the USA needing to mind its own business, spending taxpayer dollars, at the least, for other people's problems. But he's wrong about the world's looming energy shortage:

"We have no idea how we’re going to manage most of the crucial economic activities of daily life in ten years, when the illusions of shale gas and shale ev...
3/24/2014 at 8:14 PM  1  12  Rating :  -11 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Deep State Descending  (24)
Whatever poverty stricken areas Kunstler goes out of his to visit -- and those areas do exist -- have nothing to do with dwindling energy supplies, but to Socialist policies rampant and increasing at an exponential level these past decades, Democrat AND Republic parties both to blame.

As the oil fields in Saudi Arabia may be dwindling, new fields have been discovered (yet to be exploited); offshore Cypr...
3/10/2014 at 9:33 PM  10  5  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Deep State Descending  (24)
Kunstler would certainly love to believe we are running out of oil and natural gas, but there is ample evidence that we are not and will not for the foreseeable future. Constant new discoveries of oil reserves and natural gas must gall him to no end casting a cloud over his fantasy return to nature schemes.
3/10/2014 at 5:29 PM  9  9  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Let’s You and Him Fight  (52)
At first read I would agree with Kunstler -- why does the USA need to finance another's nation's freedom with taxpayer money or, worse, blood? We have a failed history of doing both and apparently haven't learned. National defense is one thing; foolish waste of assets another.

...but then Kunstler doesn't believe in any state, believes we are destroying the planet, running out of resources (which we'r...
3/3/2014 at 9:28 PM  0  8  Rating :  -8 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Savagery for All  (25)
I agree with Kunstler on this one -- for a change! If this is a change in Kunstler, responding to a problem without dragging in his pet peeves of Peak Oil, Global Warming, and ugly strip malls, then I applaud him.

Too often America spends tax money, and worse, spills America blood to change world events to the liking of some political party or special interest. I fear we haven't learned from two world...
2/24/2014 at 10:11 PM  4  1  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Thomas Frank: Pity the Billionaires, Marxism for the Master Class  (11)
I had to read this article twice to determine what the writer is excoriating. Apparently he agrees with the quote by Gore Vidal calling Ayn Rand's philosophy immoral and with Frank's condemnation of billionaires like Tom Perkins, and, it seems, billionaires in general.

Rand was certainly in favor of wealth accumulation and the elimination of any impediment thrown up by government to limit one's capacit...
2/17/2014 at 7:30 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 2 AnswersPermalink
 Axel Merk - Merk Fund
No Honeymoon for Janet Yellen  (1)
As if Yellen ought to have a 'honeymoon' given the tens of thousands of seniors living now with no interest on their hard earned savings. She'll acknowledge that fact but then say, "but...."

Government manipulation of the currency is and has been a stab in the back to hard working American households.
2/12/2014 at 9:04 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
“A Bug in the Bitcoin Software”  (2)
The last cyrpto-currency chart I looked at showed 99 individual digital currencies with various capitilizations, Bitcoin being the highest. I certainly am in favor of any form of exchange competing with a government controlled one but this recent fraud is disturbing. With ALL of these currencies how does a buyer and seller do business or even agree on which to choose?

I would agree with Ron Paul, an...
2/11/2014 at 5:07 PM  3  2  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Smog of Fraud  (30)
For 3/4 of this article I was prepared to give Kunstler a rare thumbs up. It seemed he had, for once, limited an article to the discussion of a problem without tying it to some pet cause of his. But no: he did a 180 added and this, "By the way, the reason trust and credit are gone is because oil is no longer cheap and world economies can’t grow anymore. They can’t afford to run the day-to-day operations of a t...
2/11/2014 at 8:57 AM  4  1  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Was Hitler Inspired by Lincoln’s Army  (26)
Yet another ridiculous Lincoln smear by DiLorenzo. Had Hitler ANY inspiration for genocide and enslavement it surely came from the slave south and its culture based on subordination (and extermination) of certain races for the good of the state.

For the record here is a site devoted to Lincoln's anti-slavery comments:

To be sure DiLorenzo can ...
2/9/2014 at 10:13 PM  3  10  Rating :  -7 Permalink
 Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Dark Gold: Shedding Light on a Mysterious Market  (12)
Good facts by Schiff, but nothing followers of gold haven't heard before. The bottom line, or minimum line, is that gold ought to be thought of as insurance. Something we can do to protect ourselves from government tyranny or bankster fraud. There is no guarantee of that but, at least, it is something tangible we can have. Like owning a gun: it might save your life, but it might not -- but at least the real ...
2/7/2014 at 7:59 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Matt Drudge Issues Warning: “Have An Exit Plan”  (11)
Generally I don't believe in conspiracy theories involving aliens or Illuminati plots for a one-world Fascist state. But I do believe in human stupidity as evidenced by the 60+ millions who TWICE voted the Socialist Obama into office. Those who think Obama is the cause of all our ills need to reflect on the mindset of those millions.

So, whether conspiracy or stupidity, being as prepared as one can be...
1/28/2014 at 7:06 PM  10  0  Rating :  10 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Like Your Hair’s On Fire  (19)
Nice to be back into the fray -- a few of life's inevitable issues having been momentarily resolved. Shooting for less confrontation and more resolution this time around. 2014, I fear, will not be a happy year for the world.
1/28/2014 at 4:16 AM  6  3  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Like Your Hair’s On Fire  (19)
Curious that Kunstler views BREAKING BAD -- certainly a morality tale of what NOT to do with one's life (and very well done at that) -- as a reflection of what Americans have done with their lives. Well, maybe not so curious for Kunstler who has made a career of opening garbage pail and visiting run down strip malls to make some kind of analogy with America life.

He ends by saying, "This is who we ar...
1/28/2014 at 12:48 AM  6  6  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler - Peak Prosperity
Growth Is Obsolete  (19)
In this article Kunstler attacks oil as the vehicle that created the Industrial Revolution which led to an increased population, pesticides, automobiles, and his major bane in life, strip malls. He seems to say that had oil not been deposited in the earth, humanity would have been better off. But the historical record shows the opposite: basic human hunting and gathering societies were anything but idyllic. A...
10/25/2013 at 6:45 PM  5  4  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Snapback  (20)
Kunstler has a unique view of history that, not surprisingly, facts contradict. He loves to take a recognizable problem, twist it, and come up with some off-beat solution -- all with his usual splattering of foul language and big words. For instance he says of on-going conflict in the Republican party: "It killed itself just as the Whigs did in the years before the Civil War, by splitting up into factions — on...
10/22/2013 at 6:23 PM  6  2  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
An Opening to Iran  (13)
My criticism of Ron Paul is by no means an endorsement of Obama: both are anti-Israel. Nor do I think Israel beyond accusations of human rights violations - but compared to Iranian Islamic Law Israel is a most benevolent nation.

My position on the Democratic and Republican parties is that they are, in essence, rival Socialist gangs - the Republicans really more deceitful giving but lip service to the o...
10/11/2013 at 7:33 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
An Opening to Iran  (13)
Foreign policy has never been a strong point with Ron Paul. It's the height of naivety to believe Iran, by speaking with Obama, is doing anything for peace other than buying time to develop nuclear weapons. Iran is a nation that has many times vowed complete destruction of Israel. Paul compares Iran to the former Soviet Union which, in fact, feared destruction from the United States; Iran has no such comparati...
10/10/2013 at 8:24 PM  1  7  Rating :  -6 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Paradigm Blindness  (23)
Kunstler, as he always does, states the obvious: that our economy is in trouble -- which is something all can agree to.

As to the cause of that, at least in this article, Kunstler is vague; but we know from previous articles that he thinks our civilization based on oil is doomed and about to collapse. He says as much here in the following: "There is absolutely no way that the American people can continu...
10/8/2013 at 6:43 PM  6  1  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jon Matonis - The Monetary Future
Armory and the Monetization of Bitcoin Wallets  (1)
I recall two news stories within the last year of bitcoin failures though I can't say how serious or prolonged. And in at least one case the US Government stepped in either from perceived fraud or to prevent any competition. This is a hint that the Government may step in at any moment and seize accounts for any 'justified' reason. In any event there is nothing to prevent multiple bitcoin companies from 'minin...
9/30/2013 at 10:42 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
James Rawles Warns: “Be Prepared To Hunker Down For Months”  (5)
Great audio interview and something everyone needs to think about. I liked the emphasis on those who, for whatever reason, may have to hunker down in place either in a large city or a surrounding community.

But this was only an outline and needs to be fully thought out by each individual and family according to needs and abilities. For survival fiction I highly recommend ALAS BABYLON! by Pat Frank a...
9/26/2013 at 1:44 AM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
Who Are the Champions of the Common Man  (11)
Rockwell is correct in attacking the State, our current State, as crooks and robbers of individual created wealth, and -- when the draft was law -- killers as well. All that is true.

But what is not true is Rockwell's assertion that Rothbard is the image of current Libertarian thought. The movement is divided. Rockwell and his mentor Rothbard believing in NO government, and Rand Paul/Tea Partiers and...
9/23/2013 at 10:02 PM  3  1  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
The Libertarian Paradox  (26)
Thanks, frankly I think most of us here are very like minded -- certain personal hot button issues aside. I've even thought Rockwell might be right: sweep out the corrupt government structure entirely rather than just chipping it back as Rand Paul and his breed of Libertarians would have, but then slowing introducing some basic objective law to protect from internal criminals and external aggressors (Rockwell, ...
9/16/2013 at 12:10 AM  10  -5  Rating :  15 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
The Libertarian Paradox  (26)
Here Mr. Rockwell articulates his position and takes his stand in the current battle of ideas that is now tearing at our society.

It is this: "Some will protest that a third option is available: a judicious combination of the state and liberty, it may be said, is necessary to human flourishing. But this is merely an apologia for the state, since it takes for granted precisely what we libertarians dispu...
9/15/2013 at 5:21 PM  12  -5  Rating :  17 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Japan "Wins" 2020 Olympics: Final Nail in Yen Coffin  (2)
Don't know. Maybe it signifies a new me: milder, kinder, more loveable. 6 up arrows! Whee!
9/13/2013 at 10:22 PM  10  -6  Rating :  16 Permalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Japan "Wins" 2020 Olympics: Final Nail in Yen Coffin  (2)
Not to mention the "unbelievably small" (as Kerry might say) problem of radiation at Fukushima. Since the event the situation has worsened but it's possible things could improve by 2020 -- but who would believe it anyway. Even if there's no disinformation, some are divided on the seriousness of the problem. And the world is sending their best young athletes to compete there? However, the official line is that t...
9/13/2013 at 5:11 PM  13  -6  Rating :  19 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Gassy Politics  (17)

If you would take the time please scroll down and check out the individual who calls himself or herself IESOS. He or she has a rating of 73 and yet consistently engages in personal attacks. The following is an example, directed at VOX, of his or hers intellect.

"Go crawl back into whatever putrid hole you slithered out of and stomp your little zombie feet..."

Check his o...
9/11/2013 at 4:51 PM  8  3  Rating :  5 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Gassy Politics  (17)
Kunstler condemns the government and others for believing America can ever be oil independent. The fact is that Obama, the man Kunstler has acknowledged he voted for, has done his best to stop any drilling on public land; has stopped the construction of pipelines and blocked oil drilling even in the relatively shallow areas of the gulf.

That America has produced and is exporting oil despite Obama's a...
9/9/2013 at 11:05 PM  11  5  Rating :  6 2 AnswersPermalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Map: Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan  (12)
Few people have the resources to relocate to a less populated area, let alone having some remote retreat well stocked. The worry of that place being ransacked before anything happens or even being able to defend it would be troublesome. There are those on the internet that advocate the alternative: being prepared to seize the assets of those who have prepared -- the predator mentality.

I like the link...
9/8/2013 at 9:48 PM  11  -3  Rating :  14 1 AnswerPermalink
 James howard Kunstler
Between a Rock and a Laugh Track  (32)
Kunstler is a social planner and has written numerous articles on the ideal urban community. Here's an except from one called HOME FROM NOWHERE, published in the Atlantic Monthly:

In that article he states: "The neighborhood is limited in physical size, with well-defined edges and a focused center. The size of a neighborhood is defi...
9/3/2013 at 1:33 AM  8  3  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 James howard Kunstler
Between a Rock and a Laugh Track  (32)

If you allow others to delete comments - mine and others - by hitting the 'abuse button' without review you will destroy the integrity of your commentary section.

Those who do claim 'abuse' without justification ought to be blocked from making any further comment.
9/2/2013 at 8:47 PM  12  1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 James howard Kunstler
Between a Rock and a Laugh Track  (32)
Kunstler is at it again. He criticizes America for interfering militarily in the affairs of other nations and says, "Lately when America mounts a high moral horse about how other nations behave, we have gone into these places and smashed things up, bringing much more death and destruction than we anticipated."

...and then 'mounts a high moral horse' of his own by ranting again about peak oil in this ar...
9/2/2013 at 6:29 PM  13  5  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Self-Rehypothecation of Ben Bernanke  (15)
Well, Kunstler is correct in criticizing Bernanke's QE and warning of the dire circumstances ahead. The continuing of QE won't help and tapering will be just as bad -- like withdrawing food from a domesticated tiger, and the tiger now mentally unable to fend for itself. Dire circumstances are ahead and the recent upsurge in gold and silver prices may just be a beginning.

Normally, after this usual dam...
8/26/2013 at 8:28 PM  8  -1  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo -
Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism  (20)
As long as 24hr Gold reprints articles that have little to do with finance - gold and silver - I assume they wish and expect commentary pro and con and expect spirited debate (as has been the case!)

So..... DiLorenzo goes on and on about fascism and imperialism and all the misuse of power that goes with that. All that is well and true and most who frequent this site would agree. The question is why d...
8/22/2013 at 7:12 PM  8  4  Rating :  4 5 AnswersPermalink
 Charleston Voice
Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of Federal Tyranny! - "General Sherman has silver and gold enough to s  (21)
As always you resort to personal attack instead of argument.

You forget that it was the 'innocent' southern farmers that supported the southern military and kept slavery alive. The farmers in the north that General Lee plundered in his invasion of the Shenandoah Valley had no such guilt. It was Sherman's stated intention to wreck the South's economic foundation and wreck it he did. Curious that the S...
8/21/2013 at 5:51 PM  9  5  Rating :  4 4 AnswersPermalink
 Charleston Voice
Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of Federal Tyranny! - "General Sherman has silver and gold enough to s  (21)
True or not, whatever plunder General Sherman visited upon the slave South was well deserved -- the South having enslaved, murder, and sold human beings for generations.

There are plenty of letters from Northern cities about the plunderous invasion of Gerenal Lee and his minions into the Shenandoah Valley.
8/21/2013 at 8:40 AM  9  9  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide  (34)
Let's see, this week, if Kunstler has anything to contribute to solving America's problems. It is possible the man has some ideas that I've overlooked, and I think some here have been overeager to criticize him.

First he says,"the country had changed from a nation of farmers and factory workers to a nation of pole dancers and waiters, now awaits his sublime moment of Hooverization." Well, that may be ...
8/20/2013 at 2:22 AM  9  10  Rating :  -1 2 AnswersPermalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
I Can't Get No Satisfaction  (5)
Right. The tipping point was the last election: no matter what Obama had done, even the Benghazi betrayal, he wasn't going to lose the election. If the Democratic immigration bill passes it will give then millions more voters (dependents) and control of the House next year.

The Republicans? As my good buddy Kuntsler would say "forgitaboutit." They not only fear voter retribution for the next 50 years...
8/14/2013 at 12:32 AM  7  -1  Rating :  8 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Here is my final word for this topic: many here call whatever they disagree with "hate" --typical Orwellian Newspeak, while issuing personal insult after personal insult. Their comments are in the record.

I critique Kunstler because he repeatedly advocates going back to a world made by hand, his own words -- notwithstanding the millions that would die from lack of food or medical attention.

I ...
8/13/2013 at 11:29 PM  9  3  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
They're on the move with screams and insults -- Hart/Verboten/Iesos/prljr! Is it the WALKING DEAD or ATTACK OF THE CLONES?
8/13/2013 at 10:16 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
People read your articles and know who the jackass is. So, you're okay with Admin expelling you for personal insult if they find it? Be honest now.
8/13/2013 at 9:54 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Let's go one step further and charge the Administration here to expel from this site all those who have initiated personal insult against commentators. Go back and check you articles and recall what a complete idiot you've been -- and let's hope Admin will as well.

8/13/2013 at 9:46 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Now the usual suspects are coming out of the woodwork! Are you, too, a Hart clone?
8/13/2013 at 9:39 PM  8  1  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
It's DiLorenzo --at least give your hero the courtesy of a correct spelling.
8/13/2013 at 9:37 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
But no one else, in the thousands of articles here, begins a comment with "whoa" but you and Hart. And if admin gave a damn they would've stopped clone logins out long ago.

In truth what matters is the quality of the argument, not personal insult.
8/13/2013 at 9:26 PM  8  1  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
You began with "Whoa...." Now where have I heard "whoa" before? Oh, yes, Hart began an article with that some time back: "Whoa... Now you’re saying that Lincolns continuation of...."

And you still say you are not the same? How words give us away!
8/13/2013 at 9:16 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
I love it when you and your friends get flustered. I only wish 24hr Gold would post a new DiLorenzo article attacking Lincoln. It's been way too long.
8/13/2013 at 9:00 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Verboten you have no Hart -- or are you Hart???? Either way 'both' of you can't rationally defend Ron Paul and so resort to personal attack and the ABUSE BUTTON.
8/13/2013 at 8:46 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
In the Valleys of Blog  (22)
What we have today from Kunstler is mishmash of nonsense. I'm coming to the conclusion that Kunstler is really a computer programmed to crank out articles with as much verbiage as possible. Today, somehow, coffee was spilled on the keys and the program went haywire spewing out an unusually incoherent diatribe.

For example:

"Judging from the sheer number of tattoos-per-capita, one might thin...
8/13/2013 at 4:50 PM  6  -1  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Apparently certain individuals don't like to have their favorites critiqued and automatically hit the 'abuse button.'

If Admin doesn't take the time to curb the abuse of the 'abuse button' then anything and everything might and will be so tagged.

Once again, Ron Paul is no friend of America. It is a fact, not opinion, that he accused American of being responsible for the terrorist threat of ...
8/13/2013 at 4:54 AM  7  -3  Rating :  10 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
Ron Paul is no friend of America and certainly not one to pontificate on foreign policy as he does in this article.

His past pronouncements, during last year's Republican Presidential Primary, accusing the United States of being responsible for the terrorists attack of 9/11 will forever damn him as a marginal and highly flawed personality in the political arena. How anything he says, beyond the economi...
8/13/2013 at 4:18 AM  7  0  Rating :  7 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Why Are We At War in Yemen  (29)
When it comes to economics, protecting our financial system, Ron Paul has some expertise and excellent advice. When it comes to advice about physically protecting America from foreign threats, Ron Paul flounders dismally. His foreign policies are contradictory. On the one hand, as he states in this article, he is against attacking known terrorists with drones in Yemen, or any terrorists anywhere for that matt...
8/12/2013 at 9:43 PM  6  4  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Dreadful Summer Wind  (30)
It has been my opinion all along that Kunstler leans to the philosophy that man exists to serve the State or some greater good, name it what you will. And to achieve that end all sorts of social manipulation are justified, from Bloomberg's drink size edicts to Obama's mandatory participation in health care, to Kunstler's desire to eliminate the automobile and herd us onto mass transit.

You, by disagree...
8/7/2013 at 4:42 PM  7  -5  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Dreadful Summer Wind  (30)
Again Kunstler predicts doom. And we are clueless because, as he says, "...the deep woods of paranoia where our own failures will be projected onto the motives of others who mean to do us harm..." But projection can work both ways.

In addition, we find out that he is sorry for Obama -- despite the fact that he voted for him, as he admitted freely. But nonetheless he is pessimistic, "I just don’t see ...
8/5/2013 at 11:11 PM  13  2  Rating :  11 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Dreamtime  (30)
Kunstler starts with this: "The idea that techno-industrial society is headed toward a collapse has become very unpopular the last couple of years."

If anything, the opposite is true. The culture is rife with end times scenarios, with television shows like PREPPERS and the WALKING DEAD to economists like Jim Rogers and Dr. Doom Mr. Faber. The idea is very popular.

What is the cause of this K...
7/30/2013 at 11:46 PM  6  1  Rating :  5 2 AnswersPermalink
 David Galland - Casey Research
“Trained-Monkey Collaborators of Death”  (7)
This jury did get it right this time and are now being subjected to ridicule by the media and possibly even death threats. The rabble rousers have been out in force, threatening protests in hundreds of cities, and a further attack on the 2nd Amendment is to be expected.

The oft repeated descriptions of Trayvon as a "child" have been especially ridiculous.

7/30/2013 at 5:38 PM  11  -1  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Requiem for Detroit  (22)
Kunstler opens his article by describing his experiences in a bankrupt and decayed Detroit during a drive there. He doesn't give a reason for the mess. It just is. But it is "fitting" he says because:

"...Detroit is the first great American city to officially bite the dust, because it produced the means of America’s suicidal destruction: the automobile."

Now he gives his reason for Detroit's...
7/24/2013 at 4:56 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 2 AnswersPermalink
 James howard Kunstler
American Anxiety  (30)
Kunstler points to a problem, race relations in the United States, and then just shakes his head in mystification about what is to be done, or even how the current situation came to be. He might have said that the problem with race relations, especially with Afro-Americans, lies with their accepting the victim label handled out by the Democrats to win their vote and maintain power. Once the majority in any eth...
7/16/2013 at 5:17 PM  7  7  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
What Americans Used To Know  (22)

The attacks against both of us, primarily me for supporting Lincoln and the North against Slavery and the South, and you -- for speaking your mind on other issues -- have been uncalled for. These articles have been posted by this site for debate, not unconditional acceptance.

Anyone call go back and see what bias DiLorenzo has against Lincoln and the North and also that of his supporters....
7/11/2013 at 4:57 PM  8  1  Rating :  7 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
What Americans Used To Know  (22)
The ignorance of history by individuals on this site is mind-boggling. To somehow support a state or a state's rights for this or that while ignoring the human rights violations of that state is beyond contempt.

States have no rights -- only individuals do. And a state exists for the sole purpose of protecting those rights. The moment such a state repudiates that protection is the moment that state h...
7/8/2013 at 11:54 PM  10  2  Rating :  8 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Darkest Pool  (19)
Kunstler's ire is not really directed at the FED or the dilution of our currency, but at the whole concept of technology itself. As he writes the EPA, given extra powers by Obama, is preparing to further decimate the coal industry and anything else smacking of human intelligence.

The idea is control, and to control you must first destroy all means of production and reduce the population to living 'in ...
7/8/2013 at 11:46 PM  7  -2  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
What Americans Used To Know  (22)
What taxes that you say Lincoln personally impose are you talking about? He was inaugurated on March 4th, 1861. As President Elect his policy was to say, and do nothing to give the South reason to secede. Can you point to anything in that time period to refute that?

The South fired on Fort Sumter on April 12th, a bare 2 months after Lincoln assumed the Presidency. The issue was slavery and the Repub...
7/8/2013 at 9:26 PM  9  1  Rating :  8 2 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
What Americans Used To Know  (22)
DiLorenzo is of that warped mindset that believed the South had a right to secede from the Union -- somehow believing that Jefferson's Declaration of Independence applied that stated ''whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government . . .."'

The problem is that, in the case of the North, that was no ...
7/8/2013 at 4:55 PM  9  6  Rating :  3 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
We Are the Pea  (23)
Kunstler monosyllabic? No. But neither was Hitler in Mein Kamptf or Marx in Das Kapital.

7/2/2013 at 8:50 PM  6  3  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
We Are the Pea  (23)
You said, "everyone is allowed an opinion." Apparently only if it agrees with yours. It's clear any deviation from the liberal line is met by you with invective and slander.

Apparently it is fine for Kunstler to denigrate others -- but let someone respond in kind and you liberals have a panic attack.
7/2/2013 at 5:12 AM  8  2  Rating :  6 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
We Are the Pea  (23)
What in the heck is Kunstler talking about? The price of gold worth no more than sheetrock? My opinion is that Kunstler has been and is undergoing a major case of depression having nothing to do with the outside world and everything to do with personal issues, maybe even heath ones as he has regaled us of in the past.

Talk about personal issues: BART (Bart Area Rapid Transit) went on strike this morni...
7/1/2013 at 6:31 PM  10  2  Rating :  8 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Neocons Are Unhinged  (14)
DiLorenzo attacks on Lincoln are an attack on moral authority and objective law -- neither of which DiLorenzo, and others, accept. DiLorenzo believes in no government at all, least of all a government willing to intervene and prevent a state, or states, within a union to violate the rights of others. He, and others, won't even blame the South for the initiation of the violence, the attack on Fort Sumter -- onl...
6/26/2013 at 7:59 PM  8  3  Rating :  5 3 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Neocons Are Unhinged  (14)
And once again DiLorenzo attacks Lincoln. DiLorenzo sees NO reason why the government ought to intervene in ANY state affair -- even if those affairs include the violation of individual rights, like Slavery.

He completely ignores, like other commentators here, that the South initiated violence against the North. For the brain dead like Hart, that means they STARTED the war. According to DiLorenzo Lin...
6/26/2013 at 5:12 PM  6  -4  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Dead Things To Memorialize  (12)
Only a complete fool like you would denigrate Lincoln while not even mentioning the evils of a state or states defending with violence their right to enslave others. You are a disgrace as an American.

As long as DiLorenzo spews out his slanted view of history, and draws kudos from imbeciles, I'll correct him.

6/26/2013 at 4:45 PM  6  1  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
How sad the corruption of history -- where the forces of good are called evil; the evil, good.
6/25/2013 at 4:55 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 2 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
You better hope your daughter doesn't read your emails when she grows up and away from your cockeyed view of history. Delete them now while you still have her respect.
6/25/2013 at 2:13 AM  7  2  Rating :  5 2 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
Putting Lincoln in the same category as Robert E. Lee (an actual slave owner) just because his wife's family owned slaves is nonsense. Do you think his wife or her family approved of the Emancipation Proclamation or the 13th Amendment?

And, again, like DiLorenzo, no condemnation of the South's slavery or of Southern slave owners from you -- only of Lincoln who didn't end the institution fast enough for...
6/24/2013 at 11:57 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 2 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
" hero"?

If you want to make a hero of pro-slavery expansion Jeff Davis and Robert E. "slave owner" Lee instead, go right ahead.
6/24/2013 at 11:26 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
Why didn't Lincoln act quicker to end Slavery before the end of the war?

Without winning the war, or even with the appearance of winning it, Lincoln's effort to issue any kind of universal amnesty would have been futile. Aside with the rabid abolitionists of the North, abolition did not have widespread support. It was only after the battle of Antietam,
a stalemate for the Union -- but nonetheless ...
6/24/2013 at 10:46 PM  8  2  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Mid Year Digest  (23)
Talk about leaping from a false fact - that the world's oil supply is diminishing - to an insane conclusion: that the "the suburban project is over.." By that Kunstler means the end of individuals having the temerity to think for themselves, to desire personal transportation, to desire to move away from crowed cities into the suburbia he hates. You see Kunstler wishes us all to be banned from our automobiles a...
6/24/2013 at 6:57 PM  6  1  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Words That Got a Congressman Deported  (16)
To my knowledge DiLorenzo has never criticized any Civil War individual for their support of slavery - from Jeff Davis, who led an insurrection for the expansion of slavery; to Robert E. Lee, who sent thousands of young men to their deaths in support of it. DiLorenzo has even denigrated General Sherman's march through Georgia while never mentioning Lee's invasion of the North and spoilage of the Shenandoah Vall...
6/24/2013 at 5:11 PM  7  4  Rating :  3 2 AnswersPermalink
 Marin Katusa - Casey Research
The Global Race for Shale Development Is On  (4)
Typical mindless response from you - attacking the individual rather than the content. But I understand: the fallacy of Peak Oil is something you and the back to nature radical environmentalists don't wish to hear.
6/19/2013 at 7:37 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 4 AnswersPermalink
 Peter Zihlmann
Silver: Will it Drop to $ 10/ounce  (8)
The fact that this question is even being asked is disturbing -- especially to holders of silver coin like myself. Zihlmann does ask the question, throws up a chart, and quickly disposes of the question as not likely.

I hope it is not likely, but strangely many items from candy bars, basic food items and homes, are only 10% above their 1964 level -- the last time silver was in circulation as official...
6/19/2013 at 4:30 PM  7  -3  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Paths of Folly  (17)
Nothing more full of folly than an article by James Howard Kunstler -- the back to nature, live in a cave, use leaves for toilet paper guy.

Nothing is more full of folly than those who ignore facts -- like a guy who panics and jumps overboard into a raging sea when some drunks jokingly tell him the ship is sinking. The drunks in this case are those who have mistakenly, or for political reasons, accepte...
6/18/2013 at 1:59 AM  7  3  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
DHS Source Warns: “World War About to Break Out… Will Kill Millions of People”  (30)
Yes, says Marc Slavo, the end is near. Millions will be killed. FEMA camps. Gas. Plague. You name it. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

Oh, by the way and just by utter coincidence, Mr. Slavo has a website that will sell you whatever preparations you may need to survive the looming Obamapocalcaspe or whatever.
6/10/2013 at 6:56 AM  7  6  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
The Real Lincoln  (12)
DiLorenzo constantly attacks President Lincoln and Generals Grant and Sherman for 'rights' violations but NEVER Confederate President Jeff Davis, leader of the slave South, or General Lee! This is mind boggling and can only leave me to conclude the obvious. DiLorenzo cherry picks quotes from Lincoln's voluminous speeches to create false arguments while ignoring others -- not to mention Lincoln's abolishing of s...
6/9/2013 at 8:55 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Out On a Limb  (20)
So apparently others are finally taking note of Kunstler's 'back to a world made by hand' lunacies. And here he fully verbalizes his premise: " Industrialism is an entropic project. It accelerates and intensifies entropy, which is to say the drive toward disorder and death."

Which is in error. All life on earth for the past few billions of years has used energy -- plants using CO2, animals O2. Energy...
6/3/2013 at 9:52 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Dead Things To Memorialize  (12)
DiLorenzo has no credibility when it comes to individual rights. His constant defense of Southern secession with slavery a case in point. The only group that slanders Lincoln and defends the old South more are the Neo-Confederates.

One might understand such a defense based on the North violating the individual rights of Southerners -- but given that was not the case, and given that it was the Southe...
5/27/2013 at 10:28 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 3 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Let's All Go Medieval  (17)
So Kunstler says today, "Japan's only good choice is to go medieval, that is, to give up on the rather hopeless 150-year-long project of being an industrial-technocratic modern super-state, and go back to being an island of a beautiful artistic hand-made culture." An earlier article of his waxed poetical about the Japanese returning to the glory days of the Samurai.
And not only Japan, but the world as wel...
5/27/2013 at 10:17 PM  6  3  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
Who paid for the Civil War   (18)
The only 'minor' good from the Civil War was the end of Slavery??? 'Minor?'

The undeniable fact is, except for reality deniers, the South initiated the conflict via violence -- making it a rebellion -- out of fear Lincoln would hinter the expansion of their slave system, which he would have.

Unfortunately the Libertarian party has been infiltrated by anarchists who see no worth in ANY kind o...
5/21/2013 at 1:31 AM  7  4  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The New Abnormal  (20)
I've always sensed something slimly about Kunstler's articles, almost ghoulish -- a shadowy figure haunting graveyards anxiously awaiting the newly dead.

So he appears to relish in the latest specific American disaster and extrapolating it to a generalized irrational comment on American society as a whole. And when some good news appears such an American oil independence from recent discoveries, he fal...
5/20/2013 at 7:36 PM  7  9  Rating :  -2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Another Nail in the Neocon Coffin  (29)

I too admired Paul for his free enterprise economic stances, and even voted for him a few time in the 70s. But somehow he became radicalized, I believe, by the anarchist fringe of the Libertarian Party. I see him now more as a puppet of those forces of Constitutional destruction than as a defender of individual freedom. One has only to read Paul's screeds of Lincoln -- whom, for all his faults, ...
5/6/2013 at 10:48 PM  9  3  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Deep End of the Risk Pool  (19)
Kunstler said, "Consider, for instance, that if our national government under Obama has continued the practical policies of the Bush II regime -- wars, Gitmo, non-regulation and non-enforcement, wealth confiscation (and reassignment) -- than it may have also continued the underlying principle that "we make our own reality."

The erudite, intellectual, multi-talented Kunstler, attacker of strip-malls and ...
5/6/2013 at 7:02 PM  9  5  Rating :  4 3 AnswersPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Another Nail in the Neocon Coffin  (29)
I think the real manifesto of the Ron Paul Institite for 'Peace and Prosperity', and its advocates, is this:

1) Never acknowledge a military threat to the United States of America.

2) Always place America at fault for any attack against it.

3) Never, under any circumstances, lend military or moral support to our ally Israel.

4) The advocacy of State secession supersedes any is...
5/5/2013 at 7:00 PM  10  10  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
We Wish  (21)
So, finally, the MSM is exposing the myth of peak oil as well as global warming -- and Kunstler is pissed. As well he should; his diatribes against modern industrial society being exposed for the mindless screeds they are and have been.

The Atlantic Monthly article, WE WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF OIL, detailed and factual, strikes to the core of the fraudulent environment movement. Our problems have never...
4/29/2013 at 7:18 PM  8  5  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Limbaugh's 'Big Lie' Technique  (19)
DiLorenzo is wrong as he is on almost every issue. Islamists, like all authoritarians, DO hate us for our freedoms. That DiLorenzo, like Ron Paul, believes otherwise is a testament to extremism to the nth degree. Western values would free their women from slavery and their youth from the mandate of terrorism that the Koran preaches.

You see individual freedom is not DiLorenzo's prime concern -- it i...
4/29/2013 at 2:28 AM  8  7  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Julian D. W. Phillips - Gold Forecaster
Better "Safe Haven" Switzerland or Canada  (2)
Best to hold metal in one's home in a safe anchored to a cement floor. Governments cannot be trusted and banks are easy pickings: coming to a home to collect might risk armed confrontation -- which is why they want to eliminate private ownership of guns. Since there is no guarantee of safety anywhere one must decide the best alternative and depending on one's situation.
4/27/2013 at 8:07 PM  8  -1  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Aftershocks  (19)
Kunstler, this week, asks important questions concerning the precious metals market. That manipulation has and is occurring in those markets seems hard to refute. The question is how long it will go on and when is the right time to add to one's stack. Many have commentated on the scarcity of metals and, if found, on the high premiums and I have found this to be the case in Northern California.

It may...
4/24/2013 at 5:19 PM  11  -1  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Alf Field
Gold Confidence Shaken  (6)
Field summed it up well, "You do not cancel your fire insurance when you can see fires burning all around you."

Nothing has changed in the human condition since humans lived in caves: when enemies prowl the dark you hunker down with your weapon at the mouth of the cave, move your loved ones and supplies out of harm's way, and wait for the dawn.
4/16/2013 at 5:12 PM  7  -1  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
More Lincoln Myths  (16)
More attacks on Lincoln -- the man who ended slavery -- and, again, no attacks against Jefferson Davis and the slave South. One knows a man's soul by who he attacks and who he doesn't.

4/14/2013 at 4:24 PM  8  4  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Trace Mayer - Run to Gold
Why Michael Pento Should Just Keep His Mouth Shut  (6)
Bitcoin is the latest revision of Murphy's law, in this case: What can be hacked will be hacked.
4/5/2013 at 4:40 PM  10  -3  Rating :  13 Permalink
 Dan Dontrose - The Fundamental View
Silver Has Broken Down  (5)
Here is Armstrong's recent comment on silver:

His article sees silver possibly falling to a low of $23 to $17 before a rally back in 2017. I have a large silver investment and have no intention of selling any time soon. I've been thinking about buying more at the $26 level but may now wait, accumulate cash, and be ready to buy below $20. ...
4/4/2013 at 5:07 PM  9  -2  Rating :  11 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Are You Going To Entropy Faire  (17)
Here is something new I've realized about Kunstler. Although many are those who scream "the end of the world is coming," and give various reasons for their utterances, most are at least aghast at the prospect. Not, I sense, Kunstler. This peculiar man seems rather to relish the thought of the end of our machine age (the same age that kept him alive and well in his recent hospital stay). I suspect some childh...
4/2/2013 at 4:51 PM  8  0  Rating :  8 Permalink
 Michael Kilbach - Investment Score
Buy Silver Now  (6)
A long article just to say, "yes, buy silver now."

Here's my short response. I recall a song written in the 1930s: BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? Now that dime then, a silver dime, is now worth $2.02. Back then you could buy a cup of coffee with it...and you can still buy a cup of coffee with it today, and not much more. So, silver, at least from that perspective is not overly priced; if anything, it...
4/2/2013 at 12:57 AM  8  0  Rating :  8 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
Krugman and the Soviet Poverty Law Center  (12)
Speaking of Krugman, DiLorenzo says this: "Instead, he played along with his fellow totalitarians and their meaningless "Neo-Confederate" blather." DiLorenzo, in his myraid articles here, has never critique the South and its inhuman slave system even 1/10th as much as he has critiqued Lincoln. If anyone can point to even that 1/10th I would be glad to look it over.

Do I think DiLorenzo is a racist? ...
4/1/2013 at 11:06 PM  10  1  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
USDollar: Ring-Fenced Checkmate  (18)
Willie's main thesis is that the West is failing, though its fiat monetary policies (rejection of true Capitalism), and that the East is laying in the foundation to become the new world's reserve currency. I believe both to be true, but doubt the timeline and even the eventual outcome.

The recent events in Cyprus show the coming collaspe of the EU: the landmark theft of private accounts from banks. Na...
3/30/2013 at 5:18 PM  10  2  Rating :  8 Permalink
 Chris Powell - GATA
Cyprus being used to scare savers into spending, Sinclair says  (2)
Good article by Sinclair, but I think he gives the powers that be too much credit for unanimity. The cash withdrawn could just as easily go into gold or silver -- or just remain 'under the mattress.' Why would those powers let the chickens out of the coop?

Something omnious is coming round the bend, some bogeyman -- whose shape and purpose is yet to be determined.

3/29/2013 at 12:56 AM  9  -4  Rating :  13 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Neo-Con War Addiction Threatens Our Future  (20)
Ron Paul hates war, all wars.....well, not all wars.

He approved of the South initiating war against the North in 1860 to protect slavery. That war was okay, really dandy even. So wars are fine and proper if they're cloaked in some kind of secession garb - and nevermine the internal repressions of individual liberty those garbs cover.

3/25/2013 at 9:12 PM  8  5  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Money Worries  (20)
Well, for once, I'm going to go thumbs up on Kunstler's article this week. He stuck to the facts of the Cyprus money grab and its dire implications without using it as a pretex to damn civilization in general. Perhaps his medical stay, and the wonders of modern technology, has altered his mindset. Who knows?

In any event, just as the financial world was thinking the Cyprus agreement was to be localiz...
3/25/2013 at 6:01 PM  14  -2  Rating :  16 Permalink
 Egon von Greyerz - Matterhorn AM
Get Your Assets out of the Banks – NOW  (9)
A good idea given the historic IMF breach of bank trust: now allowing banks desposits to be seized. A precedent coming to a bank near you. Unsaid is what to do with withdraw assets after purchases of gold, silver and other necessities. They obviously must be placed under one's control and protected -- as one is now one's own banker. Now what a coincidence on the recent move by our government to ban weapons a...
3/23/2013 at 11:50 PM  11  -1  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Steve Keen - Debt Deflation
EU’s Cyprus madness should be resisted  (6)
Confiscation just voted down. But whatever happens now in Cyprus the cat is out of the proverbial bag: anyone in any nation now not seeing the handwriting on the wall is beyond hope. The wolves are circling private accounts in whatever form; that they have been pushed back does not mean they won't return -- with a better, wider attack. They're hungry and won't be denied.

In any event, cash will flee ...
3/19/2013 at 8:40 PM  11  -1  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Things went awry  (19)
Kunstler is too much! In article after article he bewails modern civilization, denigrates technology, and urges a return to the pre-industrial 'simple life'.

Then, when he has a major medical issue, where does he turn? To the local jungle shaman? No. To some religious sect to be prayed over? No. To the Christian Scientists who don't believe in medical intervention? Not to any of those. He turns,...
3/18/2013 at 5:13 PM  11  1  Rating :  10 2 AnswersPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
If I Were President  (8)
I don't know what to make of Casey. He's a self-admitted anarchist and yet wishes to be King for a Day -- only long enough, he says, to reduce government. So he'd become a dictator to eliminate dictatorship? I recall something about power corrupting absolutely.

What he doesn't say, that is between the lines, is that he would do his utmost to allow every state in the Union to secede. And after that, ...
3/17/2013 at 8:27 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Keith Weiner - Keith Weiner Posterous
Bitcoin Crashed. Again  (5)
Frankly down arrows from most responders on this site are a mark of honor -- like being booed both by the faculty of the University of Berkeley and the anarchist fringe. The more the better.

I have made a small Faraday cage to store some Ham radio equipment and AM radios. Let's hope should something like that occur the effects would be local and restorable within a few months. And of course you can'...
3/15/2013 at 8:17 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Keith Weiner - Keith Weiner Posterous
Bitcoin Crashed. Again  (5)
Hardly a day goes by without some revelation of a security breach, whether of a government site or a business one. To suppose the secure technology of bitcoin to be impervious to hacking goes against experience. Where there's a will there appears always to be a way, both for war and greed -- and there has already been several minor breaches of bitcoin security.

And then you have the danger of a mega...
3/14/2013 at 10:14 PM  9  1  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 Andy Hoffman
Ammunition Sold Out!  (7)

One final comment on this and I'll let it go. Capitalism does not devolve into an oppressive system if the original idea of our Founding Fathers is followed: government established and limited to the protection of individual liberty from enemies foreign and domestic. And "enemies" defined as those that would use force to either to harm life and seize property rightfully earned.

3/14/2013 at 5:03 PM  8  0  Rating :  8 2 AnswersPermalink
 Andy Hoffman
Ammunition Sold Out!  (7)
Ranting Andy saying Moore is "misguided" is like saying a doctor is "misguided" by not believing in the germ theory of medicine. "Misguideness" can be excused; stuipidty and evil, no. The results of both Moore's and that doctor's actions are deaths both to society and to patients. Andy excuses Moore and that is the issue.
3/13/2013 at 10:09 PM  9  2  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Andy Hoffman
Ammunition Sold Out!  (7)
Whatever credibility Ranting Andy had with me was destroyed by this: "I still think Michael Moore is a champion of the people; albeit, a misguided one with seriously flawed views. For one, he believes firmly in socialism – if not communism – and secondly, he is anti-gun."

No one can be a "Champion of the People" believing in socialism and gun control -- like saying a man is a doctor, although he doesn'...
3/13/2013 at 9:17 PM  9  4  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
Peak Oil R.I.P.  (5)
These facts of increased oil production are a dagger to the hearts of peak oil mythogists like James Howard Kunstler who would use that scare to force human beings into a rigid society of their liking. Glad to see these articles making their appearance on 24hr Gold.
3/13/2013 at 4:02 PM  7  0  Rating :  7 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Fortress of Lies  (27)
Kunstler continues his denigration of our modern society by his usual gimmick of damning the general by damning a particular. The one does not necessarily lead to the other.

He opens with this general statement: "History has a special purgatory where it sometimes stashes feckless nations punch drunk on their own tragic choices: the realm where anything goes, nothing matters, and nobody cares. We've sure...
3/11/2013 at 8:09 PM  6  9  Rating :  -3 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Why Our Current Way of Living Has No Future  (24)
Okay, so things are a mess. Kunstler explains that "everything looks the same." Of course he doesn't mention that living in nature, as he advocates, everything looks the same as well. Trees, rocks, squirels -- the same. Things are, according to Kunstler, downright ugly and something has to be done. Look at Walmart -- ugly, ugly, ugly. Hey, I like the way Walmart looks. I've been to 3rd world countries and ...
3/9/2013 at 5:13 AM  8  0  Rating :  8 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Reply To Gary North  (73)
Well, Gary North hit a home run with his critique of James Howard "Industrial Civilization Bad" Kunstler. It seems James can foul mouth whomever he wishes, but becomes indignant when he's called out for it.

What's REALLY gnawing at Kunstler's graw? He voted for Obama, which he admitted, and he can't stand (I suppose) the 'slow' pace of his hero's converting America to a Socialist state. To allow fr...
3/4/2013 at 6:46 PM  10  5  Rating :  5 Permalink
 John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Why We're Ungovernable, Part 7: Italy Does Chaos With Style  (7)
I give Rubin 5 stars for the article's content and 1 star for the its title.

Italy has been eminently governable from Mussolini to, in fact, anyone passing out other people's money. But America has also been similarily governerable, from the Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin, to the recent election of Obama. Just wave a sawbuck, EBT card, or Obamaphone in our faces and you'll get our vote -- nevermine th...
2/27/2013 at 4:54 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Not so smart  (38)
And Kunstler's answer to the current world economic mess? From this self-affirmed "non-right-winger" politically the answer is this: "We need more people to start working at local farming."

That's right, bring out the bean seeds and hoes, the shovels and manure, and plant and dig. You see when liberals (non-right-wingers) take over the govenment and destroy free enterprise moving back to the farm is ...
2/25/2013 at 5:40 PM  8  4  Rating :  4 2 AnswersPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Our Enemy, the Executive State  (23)
Interesting and could be taken seriously if Rockwell, and his surrogate Ron Paul, believe in ANY government at all. Could just as well have Stalin, at the opposite political end, pointing out the faults of a representative republic -- of which there are a few.

2/24/2013 at 9:26 PM  6  1  Rating :  5 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Want To Understand Lincoln  (15)
Once again DiLorenzo attacks Lincoln and once again DiLorenzo fails to condemn slavery, Jeff Davis, or any Southern General who murdered in support of slavery. Where are DiLorenzo's sympathies? It can't be with state secession as envisoned by Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed it valid only in response to tyranny -- for it was the South that was violating individual rights. And it certainly can't be because the ...
2/24/2013 at 8:05 AM  8  3  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Antal E. Fekete - Gold University
Silver and Opium  (49)
Fekete, as an advocate of free trade and capitalism, makes an error of the highest order. He says, "China was forced to pay silver for her addiction to opium smoking that was artificially induced by the pusher: the British." China, in fact, was forced to do nothing. The word 'force' cannot be used lightly as it is that single charactistic that defines dictatorial societies.

Addictions are not the fau...
2/23/2013 at 5:20 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 Permalink
 Dan Dontrose - The Fundamental View
Silver and Gold Continue To Bleed  (15)
I agree. Now may not the time to buy, or sell: Ag may drop another $10 or rise suddenly back to $50.

In many areas items we commonly purchase are only 10 to 12x pre 1964 Ag prices -- not everything, but many food items and even automobiles. A new 1964 auto cost on the average $2400 and a can of Campbell's soup 10 cents, and I was buying McDonald's hamburgers for 10 cents back then (a silver mercury ...
2/21/2013 at 11:16 PM  11  2  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Ron Paul
The Drone Threat  (19)
The flaw in Paul's argument, and Judge Napolitano's, against the use of drones is that they are categorically against them. They are correct that the rule of law should prevail, but only when such rule can be applied. When a terrorist who has murdered, citizen or not, is outside the continental United States and unabled to be extradited -- and is considered to be planning further attacks against our nation -- ...
2/19/2013 at 7:04 AM  7  7  Rating :  0 3 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Scale Implosion  (23)
It is my opinion that Kunstler, under the guise of environmentalism, may have a totalitarian agenda. His constant refrain, in article after article, is the need to 'manage' human affairs -- from forcing human beigns into mass transit to mandating alternative forms of energy. His initial support for the Socialist Obama is additional evidence for that agenda; his recent attacks on Obama reflects a view that the ...
2/18/2013 at 6:09 PM  9  6  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Lincoln Baloney  (19)
Now THAT'S the real baloney!
2/15/2013 at 7:08 PM  7  2  Rating :  5 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Lincoln Baloney  (19)
DiLorenzo won't respond only becasue he hasn't read or doesn't care to read any books about Lincoln and his efforts to abolish slavery. All he cares about is that Lincoln prevented the Southern States from leaving the Union -- nevermine that they initiated violence against their neighbor states in an attempt to maintain the trafficing of human beings.

DiLorenzo is that sect of Libertarian, including ...
2/15/2013 at 5:22 PM  7  3  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Lincoln Baloney  (19)
Tom DiLorenzo has extreme animosity for President Abraham Lincoln. He'll nitpit a Lincoln statement or two and will say, incredibly, that the Civil War was not about slavery. And he'll criticize ad nauseum Lincoln's violation of habeas corpus while overlooking the larger picture of slavery.

Speaking of slavery, this new article by DiLorenzo reinforces a few observations:

1) I have never read,...
2/13/2013 at 10:24 PM  8  5  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Beware The Consequences of Pre-Emptive War  (21)
Ron Paul, more or less correct on economic issues, has become with his foreign policy pontifications a traitor to the nation. His recent tweet comment on the murder of Chris Kyle (that he who "lives by the sword, dies by the sword") confirms the suspicion. His son Rand, asked about his father's comment, did not defend it -- what can you do when your pop goes Benedict Arnold?

When nations such as Iran,...
2/13/2013 at 9:54 PM  6  8  Rating :  -2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
State of the Union  (16)
I understand that facts confuse many on this site causing spasms to tiny brains. Here they are nonetheless:

The myth of peak oil:



2/13/2013 at 1:50 AM  7  3  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
State of the Union  (16)
The fallacy of peak oil has been exposed by the legitimate scientific community - those whose brains haven't been fogged by the nonsense of Mother Gaia seeking revenge on humanity for daring to create mankind's greatest civilization. Kunstler would have us gather up our rakes and hoes and head for the hills; build mudhuts and perhaps even offer up a child or two so as to placate the weather gods.

In th...
2/12/2013 at 8:21 AM  8  7  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Quizzing Lew Rockwell  (5)
If only we could REALLY quiz Mr. Lew Rockwell!!!!! It might go something like this:

1) Mr. Rockwell, as a close friend of Ron Paul, have you ever asked him who it was that wrote the racist and anti-semetic articles that appeared in his newsletters?

2) You frequently published articles by Tom DiLorenzo who routinely takes President Lincoln to task for not allowing the South to secede from the...
2/11/2013 at 5:22 PM  9  1  Rating :  8 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Cattle Drive  (28)
Kunstler, as usual, faints with a truth and that sucker punches with a lie: that the Fed has screwed the economy is true, that the United States can't be energy independent is not.

He says, "Apparently that shale oil bonanza we hear so much about has not left the USA swimming in cheap oil." We would have cheap oil if only Obama, the environmentals, and the anti-industrial Kunstlers of the world allow...
2/4/2013 at 10:23 PM  8  6  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Peter Zihlmann
Silver: Buy, Hold Or Sell Update #24  (7)
Mr. Zhilmann throws out a lot of stats and charts and concludes that silver is a good buy and long term investment. I question that it is now a good buy, not that it is a good long term investment, which I believe it is. Something in the price of silver, or in the price of commodities, is seriously amiss.

My concern comes not from any kind of professional or even amateur expertise, but from experience ...
2/3/2013 at 9:06 PM  10  1  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Freedom and Federalism  (30)
Like Jason of horror movie fame, DiLorenzo has returned from the grave to prowl the otherwise noble abode of 24HR GOLD -- and his groupies applaud his return.

The idea of secession which DiLorenzo advocates based on the ideas of Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers is not at fault. But for states to use it as a means of maintaining (and expanding) a slave system as the Southern States did is absurd...
2/2/2013 at 6:13 PM  9  5  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 The Gold Report
The World According to Doug Casey  (5)
Casey admits to being an anarchist in no uncertain terms: "I am an anarchist. Contrary to popular opinion, anarchy has nothing to do with a guy dressed in black holding a little round bomb with a lit fuse. Anarchy is a system of self-rule; you do not have someone telling you what to do and not do."

Unfortunately the history of mankind is not one of leaving others alone to do what they would according to...
1/29/2013 at 7:11 PM  7  1  Rating :  6 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Master Meme  (34)
The Clintons have no connection to WALMART, though I can't say they don't own stock. Since WALMART is non-union I go there as often as I can.
1/29/2013 at 2:22 AM  8  3  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Master Meme  (34)
Kunstler, who voted for Obama, says this about Obama: "Despite all the blather about his graying hair, and the wisdom of age, and the supposed music of his rhetoric, I couldn't detect a single idea in Mr. Obama's inaugural address that wasn't either self-evident, or devised to flatter some "identity" bloc, or an imitation of old tropes out of the "Great Speeches" book."

A shame Kunstler didn't have that...
1/28/2013 at 8:26 PM  9  7  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Commitments and Obligations  (18)
So, according to Kunstler, the greater issue facing our civilization is "...suburban sprawl and everything it entails." Seriously????

That single comment illuminates Kunstler's authoritarian mindset: individuals ought not be allowed to make choices of where to live or what life enhancing machine made products to purchase. He objects to the ugliness of strip malls, the grocery store on the corner, auto...
1/21/2013 at 11:52 PM  10  2  Rating :  8 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Going To the Movies  (20)
So Kunstler went and hauled his carcass "...over to see Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty.." And then, disappointed, he says, " If anything, the event leaves you with a hollow feeling and a bad taste for the time we live in." Duh! If you stick you fingers in a toliet bowl don't be surprised, or disgusted by what you pull out. This is consistent with Kunstler approach to life: he seeks out the worst, find...
1/16/2013 at 5:58 PM  9  5  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
On Obama's New National Security Team, Keep Your Eye on the Policy  (13)
On economics issues - advocating a return to real Capitalism where individuals are responsible for their choices and government is not run by political parties trading public money for votes - Ron Paul is spot on.

On foreign policy issues, Ron Paul's brain is mush. His prejudice toward Israel is palpable and his blindness toward the dangers of a nuclear Iran is mindboggling. We need to go back to the...
1/15/2013 at 5:53 PM  8  7  Rating :  1 3 AnswersPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On Orwell's Nightmare – the Darker Side of Modern Technology  (12)
A little self-serving paranoia here by Casey: he would have us move away from Orwellian America to the 'freedom' resort he's building in........Argentina! Argentina, land of dictators with a history of government oppression and disappearances of the opposition. Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Casey doesn't believe in nation states anyway - an atitidue that would not go over well ...
1/12/2013 at 6:17 PM  10  -1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
The Coming Isolation of USDollar  (10)

Sound money and individual rights ARE directly related. If one is not free from government or criminals to keep the products of one's efforts, where is the incentive to even make the effort? Wealth will not then be created, accumulated, invested. Such is the case in socialist societies as I'm sure you're aware of. The plight of North Koreans is but one example.

And the rise of the West...
1/8/2013 at 5:48 PM  10  1  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
The Coming Isolation of USDollar  (10)
Great analysis by Willie -- yet he overlooks a significant factor. That the West has abandoned, or is in the process of abandoning its heritage of individual rights and freedoms, does not mean that the East will choose to pick that up. A new currency originiating from that sector may well supplant the dollar, but will have no hope of success unless a firm philosophy of individual rights -- such as the West had...
1/7/2013 at 7:39 PM  11  2  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Some Sunny Day  (26)
Another mindless rant by Kunstler who says, "The wonder of it all is that there hasn't been civil disorder yet. When I go into the supermarket, I marvel at the price of things: a single onion for a dollar.." A dollar for an onion? Where does the fool shop? And for that he urges civil unrest? What, a dollar for an onion? Barricade the streets! Attack the police! Vandalize! And the mindless say, "yes, sir" an...
1/7/2013 at 6:15 PM  9  4  Rating :  5 2 AnswersPermalink
 Chris Laird - Prudent Squirrel
Gold Going to $2500, $3500  (2)
Caution urged here before you spend your last buck on gold or silver coins. Leading economist Martin Armstrong recently indicated possible low for gold of $1100 this year -- before it climbs back up to Laird's predictions.

Best course might be to stand pat with what one owns and keep some cash handy in case of Armstrong's eventuality -- and then jump in with both feet.
1/4/2013 at 11:31 PM  10  -1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Ron Paul
New Year's Resolutions for Congress  (17)
Now this from Paul is interesting: "I certainly hope more members of Congress consider the strict libertarian constitutional approach to government in 2013."

Interesting because Ron Paul is NOT a Liberatrian as defined by one who advocates limited government. He was at one time (and I voted for him). But for some years now he has come under the Rasputin sway of Lew Rockwell of the Von Mises Institute ...
1/2/2013 at 6:15 PM  7  8  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 Food for thought
Who will destroy the World  (17)
Sounds like Albert was speaking about the Ron Paul types - those who would advocate doing nothing while nations like North Korea and Iran pursue nuclear weapons and threaten the total destruction of others.
12/23/2012 at 8:14 AM  8  9  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
Correct. Shine a light on Liberal environmentalists like Kunstler and their supporters come out like in all their ugliness like the zombies in The Night of the Living Dead. I love pushing their buttons and literally can't wait for Kunstler's Monday posts - they're ridiculously easy to put down, like....zombies.
12/19/2012 at 6:47 PM  7  5  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
US Congress To Move Against Guns: “It Will Ban the Sale, the Transfer and the Possession”  (6)
Feinstein has been in the forefront of banning guns for decades. As Mayor of San Francisco in the late 80s she tried to pass a total gun ban in the city itself and failed -- the proposition being voted down. It had come to light that as Mayor she not only had personal bodyguards (as expected) but carried a handgun as well. The hypocrisy was too much even for San Francisicans.

Now, again, she will att...
12/18/2012 at 5:49 PM  12  0  Rating :  12 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
Right on schedule comes Kunstler, the Grinch that stole Christmas. In this latest buffonery he says (regarding the recent murder of children), "For what it's worth, the Newtown Massacre to me is largely about the failure of men in America..." As a so-called journalist Kunstler overlooks the fact that the slaughter of innocents is not an American monopoly. The world is replete with these incidents: from radica...
12/17/2012 at 8:47 PM  9  5  Rating :  4 4 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Expanding Covert Warfare Makes Us Less Safe  (16)
Ron Paul would have more credibility if he had not said that American deserved the 9/11 attack killing thousands of innocents because of our bases in other countries -- nevermine that we had been invited there by the ruling governements and that our presence injected vast amounts of money into the local economies.

Ron Paul would have more credibility speaking about how our Government ought to act if he ...
12/11/2012 at 5:27 PM  7  5  Rating :  2 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Christmas Story  (21)
Ah, the good life according to Kunstler, when buildings were small and quaint - and lacked fire prevention shower heads. When fireplaces burned brighly and one had the immense pleasure of inhaling smoke. When candles filled everyroom making reading such a pleasure -- nevermine the eyestrain, if one even had books to read.

The good life that Kunstler constantly envisions never existed except in fairy t...
12/11/2012 at 5:11 PM  9  7  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
An Emerging Consensus to Go Over the Fiscal Cliff  (4)
This year end 'fiscal cliff' is but a small waterfall compared to what we're just experienced. On Nov 6th we went over Niargra Falls (sans barrel) when the majority voters decided to partake of the minority's assets -- and abetted by the Democratic Party as a means of retaining power. We are now in the London of Oliver Twist with Fagin in charge leading a chorus of "We've going to pick a pocket or two."
12/10/2012 at 10:45 PM  7  0  Rating :  7 Permalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
The US Is Now the United (Police) State of America  (7)
Here we have from Casey the most morally repugnant remark a man could make about the Civil War: "While slavery was and is a wholesale criminal activity I object to in every way possible, the southern states did have the right to secede, both legally and ethically. But the question was settled by force, not reason, and the wrong side won."

The South had an ethical right to secede from the Union? Having ...
12/6/2012 at 5:20 PM  8  2  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
The Rothbardian Way  (10)
Mark Twain once consented to critique the writings of a young man and said this: "Sir, your work is both good and original. However, the good part is not original and the original is not good."

And that sums up the work of Murray Rothbard. His ideas are not original, nor are they good/valid/workable. The idea of the state, any state, having no authority over an individual was articulated long before ...
12/5/2012 at 6:21 PM  8  0  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Homeless  (26)
Since your comments are reduced to grammar and not content, you were incorrect in saying "With a wide margin even" which is an incomplete sentence. You should have written, "You won again and with a wide margin even."

Also re "sorry , sorry , sorry !" It is best not to leave a space between the ends of words and commas or exclamation marks.

Also "By the way. It is spelled "idiocy" is fragment...
12/3/2012 at 11:36 PM  6  -3  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Homeless  (26)
Kunstler hates anything modern, electrical, time-saving, life-enhancing. He prefers the old ways, the trudging into the snow with an ax to fell a tree, the long haul home by sled with firewood to warm one's cozy candle-lit abode. No machine made civilization for him, or us. He and his Back-To-Nature Police would not allow it -- for our own good.

Ayn Rand once predicted that the discredited Socialists...
12/3/2012 at 4:55 PM  11  1  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Modernity Bites  (15)
Once again James "Chicken Little" Kunstler emerges from the henhouse to squawk that the world is coming to an end -- all the evidence of peak oil being and man-made global warming being daily refuted notwithstanding. He has staked his credibility on those canards and is determined to convince the guillible on the urgent need to grab porta-potties and head for the nearest mosquito infested wilderness (talk abou...
12/3/2012 at 8:25 AM  8  3  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Immutable Gold Laws  (19)
Though I have criticized Willie in the past for his conspiracy theories, this article is spot on. I recall gowing up in the 60s when I had real (silver) money in my pocket, that I could go to the bank and exchange a $10 bill for 10 silver dollars. Sadly, no one thought that unusual or that our money could ever be debased.

Now comes the plan to eliminate pennies and nickels from our coinage next year, ...
11/28/2012 at 8:32 PM  14  -3  Rating :  17 Permalink
 Ron Paul
How to End the Tragedy in Gaza  (24)
Racism and anti-semitism at its most ugly from you: "The jews killed jesus and I find it quite hilarious that in the US of Israelica,the christmas celebrations are all controlled by the jewish owned, controlled and censored mass media. So called christians in the US letting the killers of Christ provide the backdrop for the celebration of his birth! Ironic to say the least."

That your article has not be...
11/28/2012 at 5:35 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Ron Paul
How to End the Tragedy in Gaza  (24)
So how relevent is advice from a man who thinks the South had a right to secede from the Union with its slave system, that Iran is no threat building nuclear weapons, or that America was responsible for the 9/11 attack killing innocents? Not very.

In this article his anti-semitism seeps though: "But as long as Israel can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the US taxpayer it can con...
11/27/2012 at 4:59 PM  12  5  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Keith Weiner
KeithGram: The 'Crash JP Morgan'Campaign”  (17)
You want the banks to fail? Not bright. Weiner is right, much to much conspiracy going around spread by opportunists trying to make a buck from gullible readers such as yourself.
11/26/2012 at 9:07 AM  9  4  Rating :  5 1 AnswerPermalink
 Julian D. W. Phillips - Gold Forecaster
A Change is Coming – 2013 Onwards – Part II  (7)
Another refutation of James Kunstler's prediction that the world is running out of oil and that the only solution left is to run into the woods, or caves, and take up the life of prehistoric man. That is not to say one ought not lay in a supply of gold, silver, and other commodities for the coming effects of Obama's and the Democrats foray into socialism. Hopefully when that storm has past, saner heads will re...
11/22/2012 at 4:43 AM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Secession: Are We Free To Go  (17)
Are States free to leave a Union/Association that tyrannizes its people? Yes, based on the abuse of individual rights.

Yet Ron Paul, and others (Rockwell, Judge Napalitano), show amazing confusion on the issue. Paul has argued that the South of 1860 had such a right of secession, even though the North showned no such tyranny, and even though the South was the abuser of individual rights via slavery. ...
11/21/2012 at 6:08 PM  8  4  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Lincoln’s Greatest Failure (Or, How a Real Statesman Would Have Ended Slavery  (21)
Didn't think it would take long after the excellent movie about Lincoln was released before the neo-confederates came a running. And come a running they're coming. By the way, Lincoln the Movie is excellent history and details the struggle to abolish slavery forever in the United States with the passage of the 13th Amendment.

And then there is DiLorenzo of the Von Mises Organization: is he a neo-confe...
11/20/2012 at 5:55 PM  8  -1  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Epic Disappointment  (18)
Doomster Kunstler (rhymes!) is wrong. Here are a few interesting oil production facts.

1) There have been massive oil discoveries recently: British Petroleum recently discovered Tiber Field on Keathly Canyon Block 102 is estimated to contain 3-6 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Other recently recently discovered fields are expected to come on line at more than 100,000 bbl/day.

2) According...
11/19/2012 at 4:56 PM  9  2  Rating :  7 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
Strategic Relocation: Where To Go When It Hits the Fan (Full Movie)  (5)
Getting "out of Dodge" as Salvo suggests may be the answer for the extremely wealthy, but it's feasibility for the majority of us is nil. Even if one had had such a hideaway the chances of being able to reach it in an emergency is iffy -- and even reaching it is no guarantee of safety. Far from it: unless one has enough family members able to man the battlements, one and one's family will be at the mercy of an...
11/18/2012 at 4:33 PM  6  -5  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Ron Paul 'Farewell to Congress' speech and transcript  (14)
This is useless but here goes:

1) The Republican party did not come until existence until 1856. Before that time the government was controlled by either the Whigs or Southern Democrats, the later holding the office of power in the Presidency and the Surpreme Court for the majority period.

2) The creation of the Republican party was sparked by Stephen Douglas and the Democrats overturning the ...
11/16/2012 at 9:34 PM  9  -1  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Ron Paul 'Farewell to Congress' speech and transcript  (14)
But everything I said about Paul is true and can be verified if you'd care to check -- inconvenient truths are just that. I forgot to mention that although Paul ranted and raved against NDAA 2012, he avoided the final vote and Obama signed it into law. Why did Paul miss the vote? His supporters say he was "too busy compaigning."

You really need to dig a little deeper into those who profess a love of ...
11/15/2012 at 10:29 PM  8  0  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Ron Paul 'Farewell to Congress' speech and transcript  (14)
Ron Paul will go down in history -- unfortunately not as he intended, as a champion of individual liberty.

He will go down in American history, rather, as a later day Neville Chamberlain. Where Chamberlain played the fool to Germany and Hitler, Paul played the useful idiot to Iran.

He will down in history as well the man who blamed American for the terrorist attack of 9/11, having made the in...
11/15/2012 at 8:39 PM  8  2  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
A look in the mirror  (33)
One fact destroys Kunster's credibility as a rational commentator on anything: he voted for Obama in 2008.
11/12/2012 at 9:33 PM  13  3  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 JS Kim - SmartKnowledgeU
How Can You Help America Do not vote Tomorrow Buyg 1oz of Physical Gold Silver Instead  (8)
Why not vote AND buy silver? At least kick Obama out.
11/6/2012 at 4:30 AM  9  -5  Rating :  14 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Tides of Event  (24)
Kunstler makes this highly intelligent comment about Romney: "Finally, I just don't like Mitt Romney. He's the over-eager twerp in the classroom with his arm always sticking up. He's the missionary bozo in a necktie ringing your doorbell to sell a fairy-tale cult religion dreamed up in the 1820s by another over-eager con artist."

An 'over-eager twerp'? 'Bozo'? What a creative mind Kunstler has!!!!
11/5/2012 at 7:02 PM  13  1  Rating :  12 1 AnswerPermalink
 Dan Dontrose - The Fundamental View
On Further Inspection A Troubling Pattern May Be Taking Shape For Silver  (5)
Silver and gold must be seen as an insurance against the madness of monetary printing, as something set aside for (if and when) the destruction of our fiat system, or other disaster, comes to pass.

I'm speaking not as a trader whose blood pressure rises and falls with silver's pulse, but as someone wishing to have a measure of independence from the powers to be. It's the same reason I have 2 55 gallon ...
11/3/2012 at 4:09 PM  7  -5  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
The Lincoln Curse (Obama Edition)  (15)
In article after article Thomas DiLorenzo has denigrated President Lincoln and Generals Grant and Sherman -- the obstensible reason being Lincoln's adamant position of not allowing the South to secede from the Union, and the military skills of Grant and Sherman in preventing it. In article after article DiLorenzo has castigated Lincoln for starting the Civil War when it was the South that initiated the physical...
10/30/2012 at 5:47 PM  8  -2  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Apocalyptoween  (19)
Kunstler is and has been a critic of our modern industrial society for years. In article after article he has extolled the simple, back-to-nature life, to a 'world made by hand.' He has even gone so far as to spiritualize the very dirt bringing visions of Mother Gaia wrecking civilization.

Now, with super storm SANDY bearing down on the East Coast, he says, "My own main worry, sitting here in comfort,...
10/29/2012 at 11:06 PM  11  -1  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
What Should Freedom Lovers Do  (14)
Rockwell asks, "What should freedom lovers do?"

His offers this first, "The usual answer – go into government – is wrongheaded. Too many good minds have been corrupted and lost by following this fateful course." So, if you love freedom do not go into government. What follows logically is that we ought have no government at all and Murray Rothbard, his hero (and Ron Paul's) said as much. We should liv...
10/26/2012 at 11:21 PM  9  1  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
What Ron Paul Might Have Said About That 47  (19)
DiLorenzo at great length extolls Ron Paul and Paul's hero John C. Calhoun (1752-1850):

"Ron Paul is a seriously learned man when it comes to economics and political philosophy...As such, he must know that Rothbard considered John C. Calhoun, the nineteenth-century U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, and Vice President of the United States to have been one of America’s greatest political philosophers as wel...
10/25/2012 at 5:00 PM  8  -2  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On the Five Reasons not to Vote  (11)
Doug Casey is an anarchist.

Asked why it would be unethical to vote in the upcoming election, Casey said, "The first reason is that voting is an unethical act, in and of itself. That's because the state is pure, institutionalized coercion." Casey's judgement on voting has NOTHING to do with the choice of candidate and their political positions -- it has to do with the act itself. Doug thinks all gove...
10/23/2012 at 4:58 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Snake Garden  (21)
Jack Vance fan? Now that was a writer who could use vocabulary, as opposed to......

Jim C. (aka Magnus Rindolph)
10/22/2012 at 9:56 PM  7  -2  Rating :  9 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Snake Garden  (21)
Lewis Carroll at the moment, though dead, is quite disturbed. He has been unseated as the nonsense king of the English language. By whom? By Mr. James Howard Kunstler of course. Carroll's famous inanity "Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe" has been replaced by the following convolution by Kunstler: "a rapture of techno-narcissism holds in thrall even people who ought to know b...
10/22/2012 at 5:27 PM  9  1  Rating :  8 1 AnswerPermalink
 Charleston Voice
Are Americans Abolishing the US Cent on Their Own  (5)
Americans giving up on the cent? I don't think so. I'd rather have the cents to pay sales tax than not. You know prices would be rounded up to the nearest nickel without it. And whatever money is saved by the governemnt in not coining cents will not be passed on. Probably given as additional foreign aid.

So, it makes sense to keep the cent. Without the cent more will be spent -- though to pick up ...
10/18/2012 at 1:23 AM  6  -5  Rating :  11 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Heretics Unite !  (30)
So, Kunstler looking into the tea leaves of history -- seeing poverty and depression in the 14th centruy -- finds a parallel for our own times. The polar caps are melting and all edible life in the oceans is being destroyed.

A little fact checking here: although the north pole may be melting the ice on the south pole is expanding. Would he prefer the ice on both poles to expand back over the contine...
10/15/2012 at 6:41 PM  14  0  Rating :  14 1 AnswerPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
Securing Property Rights in the Absence of a State  (18)
Having property rights in absence of a state (defined as objective law) is like having a meal in the absence of food. It ain't very satisfying.

And who or what will arbitrate or enforce a conflict over property rights? Private groups who somehow will agree to the abritrage of another private group? Anybody against the campaign doner/bribery issue with today's politicians will quickly see the same iss...
10/11/2012 at 12:10 AM  11  6  Rating :  5 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - shtfplan
When the Riots Start the Government’s Response Will Be Brutal *Video*  (14)
Marc Salvo is correct in reminding us that the government protects our innate rights and that, should it become destructive thereof, the people have the right to abolish/amend it by violence if necessary -- using violence when violence is used upon them.

Yet care must be taken. Some people define their innate rights as including free medical, food, gas, housing, minimum wage, etc -- and when such is no...
10/10/2012 at 5:38 PM  13  12  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Empty Pageantry  (23)
In my opinion there's nothing of sigificance from Kunstler in this article: just an occasion to use unusual words such as 'hebephrenia', and 'zeitgeist', and 'entropic' to make up for the fact.

Then he throws this poetic quote, from W. H. Auden, to describe our times: "...a low, dishonest decade."

Well here's a quote from Shakespeare's MacBeth, Act 5, scene 5 to describes Kunstler's article: "...
10/8/2012 at 11:54 PM  15  21  Rating :  -6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jesse - Jesse's Cafe
Empire of the Exceptional: The Age of Narcissism  (11)
Frankly, a bunch of gibberish here about the selfishness of the wealthy -- as if ALL wealth creation were somehow an evil, selfish thing. As if ALL wealth creators were Bernie Madoffs.

Capitalism, as explained by Ayn Rand, is a selfish act. A legitimate act of the individual to take control and direction of his life and to care for those whom he wishes to care for. Criminals like Madoff who cheat and...
10/7/2012 at 10:57 PM  10  14  Rating :  -4 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
Russian General: “The USSR Collapsed and the Same Fate Has Been Prepared for the USA”  (36)

Sorry you have been taking heat for defending free commentary -- even though you have disagreed with much of what I have said. It is sad that such rebuttals to feature articles on this great site generate personal hate (rather than honest debate) among certain readers -- but that can't be helped.

For the record I am a limited government Libertarian. I qualified that because many so-cal...
10/5/2012 at 11:36 PM  17  27  Rating :  -10 2 AnswersPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On American Socialism  (4)
I'm giving Casey 5 states on this one, though I disagree with his dismissal of Romney as an alternative to Obama. Casey's critique of Alan Colmes and the progressive Socialism in American (currently led by Obama and the Democratic party) is a great one. Also, his opinion that coercive Social Security is morally wrong is spot on.

Here is a segment of the interview that illuminates the difficulty betwee...
10/3/2012 at 7:07 PM  11  -5  Rating :  16 Permalink
 Charleston Voice
Should the States Secede Now   (23)
The Neo-Confederacy is alive and well and on the rise!

You see the South really didn't start the Civil War. According to the VOICE, and with the proverbial straight face: "That South Carolina's firing on Fort Sumter started the Civil War is a bold-faced lie. That 'historical' account is absurd to the extreme." Neo-Confederates would have you believe that honorable Southerners were forced into the wa...
10/3/2012 at 6:37 PM  10  29  Rating :  -19 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
Russian General: “The USSR Collapsed and the Same Fate Has Been Prepared for the USA”  (36)
So the world, USA included, is being manipulated by a global cabal -- the Global Mafia (also known by some as the Illuminati). Salvo presents some Russian general as holding views he probably himself holds, "the orchestration of the 9-11 attacks to engage America in a mid-east war, the puppeteers behind the politicians and the coming premeditated collapse of the United States of America as we know it."

10/3/2012 at 6:00 PM  19  45  Rating :  -26 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
In Full Flight  (37)
Kunstler begins his cogent and highly intelligent analysis of the current political scene with this: "Mr. Romney who, to put it as plainly and directly as possible, is the sort of person commonly described as "an asshole." Very, very deep.

To make sure his readers did not miss his erudition he reinforced the above with this: "Hence, the thought that must be flashing through many people's minds these ...
10/1/2012 at 5:24 PM  16  53  Rating :  -37 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell -
Twin Demons  (19)
Just what is Rockwell condemning here? It appears to be the State as the oppresser of individual rights - and, were that so, he would be justified. But no: it is the idea of the State, any state, that is being condemned - even the concept of the State whose mandate is limited to protecting individual rights as envisioned by the founding fathers. I hear echoes in Rockwell of Lysander Spooner's infamous quote: ...
9/28/2012 at 9:26 AM  11  31  Rating :  -20 Permalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Death Knells for the USDollar  (42)
No, tomorrow.
9/28/2012 at 3:14 AM  11  0  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Death Knells for the USDollar  (42)
Willie writes about "a secret gathering of over 200 Arab billionaires convened in Abu Dhabi. They arrived in unmarked jets." How does he know. He said, "My source was one of only two or three white faces in the crowd..." The meeting was to find ways to replace the United States and the dollar as the mover and protector in the Middle East. I certainly hope the CIA reads this. A source placed that high would ...
9/27/2012 at 11:33 PM  11  70  Rating :  -59 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Duty  (44)
All I learned from this article is that Kunstler is having some premonitions of doom; some hint that what technologies exist now will not exist in the near future; that some immense convulsion to society is coming soon.

What should people do? He isn't saying here, though prior articles would have us prepare for life in the woods, gather leaves for toliet paper, chip away at obsidian to make spearpoints...
9/27/2012 at 11:12 PM  17  70  Rating :  -53 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
What are the MiliPolice Planning On Doing With These Heavily Armored Vehicles  (24)
Anything can be made to sound omnious to sell survival equipment -- which Mr. Salvo does. Not to say recent stories about ammunition purchases aren't disturbing, as well as the above armored vehicle report. But I'd rather be more inclined to accept the intepretation of such events from a source not tied to making a living off their interpretations.

It may very well be that preparations are being mad...
9/20/2012 at 5:31 PM  13  38  Rating :  -25 Permalink
 Jesse - Jesse's cafe
Chris Hedges on 'Empire of Illusion' and a Vignette of The Fall of Berlin 1945  (9)
According to Mr. Hedges America is in decline. How did he come to that conclusion? By studying, of all things, wrestling. You see it is through popular culture that the soul of a society is revealed....and so Mr. hedges chose wrestling after much in-depth intellectual effort and strain.

Not to base his analysis on a single aspect of culture, he also chose (again in great depth) to study the porn ind...
9/18/2012 at 7:24 AM  7  15  Rating :  -8 Permalink
 Charleston Voice
Israel’s New Secret Weapon Unveiled  (352)
Iran has threatened Israel with annihilation any number of times this year and before. They are currently close to producing a nuclear weapon by all rational accounts. Obama has shown himself helpless at best -- complict at worst -- in preventing Islamic terrorism.

I sincerely hope Israel uses whatever means necessary to prevent those threats from becomming reality, and all the ranting and raving by A...
9/17/2012 at 3:18 AM  10  86  Rating :  -76 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
A Republic, Not a Democracy  (101)
Well, your attitude has convinced me to continue on -- as well as urges from fellow contributors.

Dissent has a place on this site, hopefully free of the personal insult you have so offen engaged in. The attacks on our US Embassies in Libya and Egypt should remind us of the need to be tolerate of opinion.

I wish to thank the editors for reinstating my comment.
9/13/2012 at 8:02 AM  12  45  Rating :  -33 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
A Republic, Not a Democracy  (101)

Censorship is despicable, especially when criticism is validly based on an individual's past statements and positions -- in the case of Ron Paul. I would encourage the editors to look at the many instances this writer was personally called names without responsind in kind -- and no editorial actions taken against those name callers.

Yet to offer a differing opinion from ...
9/12/2012 at 10:07 PM  18  58  Rating :  -40 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
A Republic, Not a Democracy  (101)
Everything Paul says here is true and relevant. But what he omits to say is more relevant.

He concluded the above article with these words: "When government is restrained, liberty thrives." What did he omit? That his position is not less government, but NO government. He admitted in the Republican primary debates that as President he would have no authority under the Constitution to stop any state fr...
9/12/2012 at 7:40 AM  15  75  Rating :  -60 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Zeitgeist Failure  (52)
James Howard Kunstler, man of vision, seer of verbiage, student of denunciation -- all of those accolades and more. This week he don't like Obama. No way Jose, Pablo, Francis, or any non de plume of your choosing.

The problem with being a self styled seer is, of course, the quality of one's seerness, the depth of one's vision. And with Kunstler, alas, he has revealed himself as myopic. You see he vo...
9/10/2012 at 5:08 PM  22  84  Rating :  -62 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jesse - Jesse's Cafe
Chris Hedges: The Tinder of Revolutionary Movements  (6)

May not come as a surprise to you that Chris Hedges frequently writes for the Von Mises Institute along with such 'luminaries' as Lew Rockwell and Tom DiLorenzo -- many of those writers favoring a completety stateless society without the rule of objective law. The idea being, apparently, that human beings will somehow or other come to a complete consensus on every issue with no recriminations af...
9/3/2012 at 9:27 PM  9  69  Rating :  -60 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Join Up!  (37)
Is Kunstler being inconsequential today? He says of the Democrats and the Republicans, "They choked to death on the toxic fumes of their own excreta." To give Kunstler his due, he is a master of the verbal jab, pummeling everyone and everything modern civilization stands for -- taking real problems and offering less than satisfying solutions.

Now, for what specific reasons have the two major parties e...
9/3/2012 at 7:29 PM  12  40  Rating :  -28 Permalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Firestorms Currency Twisters  (43)
You call me "deep slime?" Very, very, Hartless.
8/31/2012 at 12:15 AM  12  29  Rating :  -17 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Firestorms Currency Twisters  (43)
Mr. Willie speaks of a 'Secret Source' informing him of coming apocalyptic events and a mysterious 'Eastern Coalition' like an anaconda squeezing gold from the western banking system. His secret source has also told him this Eastern Coalition is now on vacation somewhere but will soon be back. Disneyworld?

Then, to top it off, he mentions again the destruction of the Twin Towers -- not a terrorist att...
8/30/2012 at 4:58 PM  14  82  Rating :  -68 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Ron Paul and the Future  (45)
True, the rule of law has gone out the window: theft of funds without prosecution.

Would we be any safer without any government? Better the original idea of government limited to internal and external defense. And any government position limited to a set number of years without re-election possibilities -- that might cut the ties between govt officials buying votes and 'elites' paying for favors and p...
8/28/2012 at 6:59 PM  9  32  Rating :  -23 2 AnswersPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
Ron Paul and the Future  (45)
Lew Rockwell wrote in DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENCY: "The modern institution of the presidency is the primary political evil Americans face, and the cause of nearly all our woes." He added in a later paragraph: "The presidency – by which I mean the executive State – is the sum total of American tyranny."

He believes in a stateless society, one run only by the voluntary association of individuals. To achieve...
8/28/2012 at 4:55 PM  10  64  Rating :  -54 2 AnswersPermalink
 Ron Paul
Meaningless Words in Politics  (104)
Ms. G,

Lincoln was NOT pro-slavery. His earliest recorded writings explain as much. He did not want the Civil War, but once commited, resoved to end slavery entirely. Has everyone here forgotten the 13th Amendment, that he initiated and that was implemented after his murder????

As far as Ron Paul is concerned, no one at the time envisioned the tremendous loss of life that would ensure. It w...
8/27/2012 at 11:33 PM  10  41  Rating :  -31 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Meaningless Words in Politics  (104)
Platitudes from Ron Paul that belie his attitude toward Lincoln and the Civil War -- and what his real attitude toward freedom is.

He is for freedom, but in the context of State Rights. Which is why he's argued Lincoln had no right to defend the Union against Southern secession -- nevermine such secession would have prolonged the sufferings of thousands of African-Americans, the rapes, the tortures, th...
8/27/2012 at 6:47 PM  14  109  Rating :  -95 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Male Energies  (93)
Another Monday morning incoherent screed by Kunstler this time targeting male valor -- mainly Republican and because of one idiotic remark by Akin. Kunstler will use any incident to condemn a nation, a culture, the universe. He is as full of contradiction as Joe Six-Pack's bladder.

1) He says the Democratic party is more interesting to him mainly because of his Jewish upbringing. That the Democrats, ...
8/27/2012 at 6:35 PM  12  98  Rating :  -86 1 AnswerPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On Syria and the Global RoboCop  (73)
Doug Casey, dipolmat extraordinaire! He rents a car in Syria, calls it a horse, surveys the terrain and pontificates on life and death. From the 'saddle' he observed the following, "The people did not seem particularly ground down with poverty or repression." Some horse, huh!

Hopalong Casey also does not believe in government. Not some government, but no government. He said, "It's too bad that th...
8/23/2012 at 8:43 PM  13  55  Rating :  -42 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The AFTA Act of 2012  (102)
Kunstler's anti-technology mindset passes the unreasonable. He says this in his opening paragraph: "This sort of negative "blowback" occurs when you apply technological innovation to make a system work better, and you actually make it worse."

And then he complains that communications are worse now because he can't talk to a live operator! Or that an occasional call of his is dropped. Nevermine that ...
8/20/2012 at 6:21 PM  12  72  Rating :  -60 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
The Only Choice on November 6th  (43)
Rockwell says of the coming election in November: "This year especially there is no lesser of two evils. There is socialism or fascism." Rockwell would have liked a third option - Anarchism, but Ron Paul is not in the race having placed his foot in his mouth so many times that he ought to be acknowledged as the most limber man in America. I refer to Paul's comments blaming America for 9/11, and saying over and...
8/16/2012 at 4:51 PM  14  24  Rating :  -10 1 AnswerPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Obama’s 'You Didn’t Build It' Canard  (23)
Unbelievable! Five stars! Finally something intelligent from DiLorenzo that doesn't slam Lincoln for saving the Union and freeing slaves.

The real terror behind Obama's words is the logical conclusion that if "you didn't build that" you don't have the right to your profits. The government can take everything and 'give' it to those who 'helped' you. Maybe that is what his post election agenda will be...
8/14/2012 at 6:58 PM  12  -1  Rating :  13 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Pure Americana  (26)
There is no one who wants more control over the individual than Kunstler. Re-read his articles about forcing people into mandatory public transportation. Re-read his rants against technology and molding society to his environmentalist mindset.

You defend the indefensible.
8/13/2012 at 9:49 PM  14  17  Rating :  -3 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Pure Americana  (26)
Kunstler's obsession with bodily functions continues:

"...we just can't keep running our shit the way..."

"...they would amount to pissing up..."

How erudite can you get!

And he ends this week's incoherent diatribe with this: "You'd think the American public would be getting a little sick of this routine." Naturally he rarely offers a solution, but when he does it almost alwa...
8/13/2012 at 5:48 PM  14  31  Rating :  -17 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
That Old Martial Spirit  (26)
One has to be overwhelmed by the class and quality of Kunstler's writing. I hope the Pulitzer committee makes note of this. For instance we have in the very first paragraph alone:

"A great orgasm shuddered through the money world..."

" feels good to have quantities of smoke blown up your ass..."

"..the American experience will be more like getting flushed down a toilet."
8/6/2012 at 5:40 PM  12  31  Rating :  -19 3 AnswersPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On denationalizing the Olympics  (11)
Casey doesn't like the Olympics and National Anthems because he doesn't like the concept of nations at all. He believes in something called 'benign anarchy' -- a contraction if ever I've heard one.

Casey makes all kinds of off-the-wall comments in this interview.

He said of the British Government: "Much more dangerous than the presumed terrorists, however, is that the British have turned the...
8/2/2012 at 5:18 PM  10  23  Rating :  -13 Permalink
 Jason Hommel - Silverstockreport
Vote for Silver!  (10)
Although I am loathe to speak ill of any contributor to this site, I will make an exception with Mr. Hommel.

An exception based not on any fallacy in reasoning, or recommendation for action, but on hypocrisy. The reasons for purchasing silver and gold are well advised given the current economic descent that worsens by the day.

I object to Mr. Hommel's use of Bibilical quotes to make his case...
8/1/2012 at 10:34 PM  11  36  Rating :  -25 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Salutes to the Homeys  (16)
And what does Kunstler like?

It should come as no surprise that he would recommend THE AUTOMATIC EARTH, a site featuring the supposed on-going degradation of the Earth. I doubt if you'll find mention there of the fudged climate warming data that more or less killed the whole global warming movement.

Next is ZEROHEDGE (which I monitor myself). He loves the articles but not the commentators and...
7/30/2012 at 4:51 PM  13  30  Rating :  -17 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jesse - Jesse's cafe
Chris Hedges: The Careerists and the Banality of Evil - The Sickness Unto Death  (14)
James Howard Kunstler talks about the failure of Maxist's economics (though he calls it Capitalism) and urges a ridiculous return to nature, a world made by hand.

Thomas DiLorenzo condemns the U.S. Government's use of torture and then rants against President Lincoln and General Sherman stopping the South from tortuing slaves.

Now Chris Hedges mentions bureaucratic stupidity (a real problem) and...
7/28/2012 at 1:38 AM  15  44  Rating :  -29 3 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Totalitarian Tools  (23)
I'm glad you agree that the South fired the first shot. The initiation of violence constitutes guilt in any court of law. I'm not aware that Lincoln did anything to provoke anybody. in fact the abolitionist northern press was angry at Lincoln for saying nothing about slavery as president elect. Even had Lincoln said something, would condemnation of the evil of slavery constitute provocation and a resort to ph...
7/27/2012 at 8:26 PM  12  10  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Security and Self-Governance  (32)
Unfortunately many of Paul's supporters believe in NO government at all, and perhaps even Paul himself. One of his favorite philosophers is Lysander Spooner - famous for his quote: 'The Constitution is unfit to exist.' Many of Spooner's articles have appeared on Ron Paul official websites.

Paul is also supported by the Von Mises Institute with many of it's leaders calling themselves 'anarcho-capitalis...
7/24/2012 at 11:09 PM  16  22  Rating :  -6 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
What the Summer Breeze Said  (21)
I suspect Kunstler, having nothing to add this week to his usual idiotic rants about the world coming to an end, just thumbed through the dictionary - like a kid picking jellybeans - and selected the most incompatible combination of words to create this Frankenstein of an article.

At least he had mercy and denied us the glorious image of future man in a thatched hut slapping away flies from his shaggy h...
7/24/2012 at 3:41 AM  13  35  Rating :  -22 1 AnswerPermalink
Chris Hedges: Brace Yourself, the American Empire Is Over  (4)
Well, Mr. Hedges views are not uncommon -- blaming the big corporations for all things evil; but maybe he merely wishes to catch the current wind and ride his book into big sales.

He appears to have a lot compassion for the downtrodden poor, neglecting to mention that the majority vote Democratic so as not to upset the welfare cart or to have their EBT cards invalidated. So it's not the welfare system ...
7/21/2012 at 1:25 AM  9  -1  Rating :  10 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Rising  (20)
Dear vox cadaver:

I love to put opposition in the public domain to those who put destructive ideas there. Hart loves doing the same, as he sees it, and we'll all 'happy' campers. And, who knows, we may change our opinions.

So get lost.

7/17/2012 at 10:27 PM  12  14  Rating :  -2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Doug Casey. - Casey Research
How to Save Your Money And Your Life  (11)
So the best thing is to sock away prescious metals and move to another country? Socking away gold and silver coins is a good idea. But, as bad as the USA is now, or will get, I can't think of a better nation at the moment. Greece? No. Any of the other PIIGS? No. South America: too volatile, lots of nationalization going go. Canada? Socialized medicine already in place and people are crossing into the USA...
7/17/2012 at 1:53 AM  8  -5  Rating :  13 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Rising  (20)
Kunstler's title THE RISING is psychologically revealing: it should be called THE LOWERING. The lowering of intellectual standards to push an anti-industrial agenda; the lowering of journalistic standards to make a buck rather then to enlighten a readership -- the goal to laugh and throw peanuts to a dumbed-down readership that somehow finds his interspersing of profanity with obscure words exciting.

7/16/2012 at 4:32 PM  16  35  Rating :  -19 2 AnswersPermalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
The Party of Great Moral Frauds  (15)
Historical nonsense from DiLorenzo, a member of the Von Mises Institute. The great man's name was unfortunately taken over by Murray Rothbard who labeled himself an anarchist, a believer in no state at all, every man for him or herself. Lew Rockwell is currently the power behind the institute now.

In this context we have DiLorenzo's constant diatribes against Lincoln, Sherman, and the attempt to free ...
7/12/2012 at 5:29 PM  17  14  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Drowning Pool  (40)
Kunstler is that type of hysteric that, seeing a cockroach in a kitchen, runs screaming out of the house in his undies urging the whole neighborbood be blown to smithereens.

Just last week he was lamenting that he was facing the knife for some unspecified malady and hoping the modern medical community would not fail him. Apparently he survived, by the expertise of modern civilization, and is now free ...
7/9/2012 at 7:00 PM  20  39  Rating :  -19 1 AnswerPermalink
 Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Exposure of Banker Corruption  (29)
Willie is fine, precise, economically astute...until he begins the 9/11 Truther crap. Steve Quale is the same way...until he begins the ET Aliens crap.

Does that invalidate everything else Willie says? No, buy it casts a clould over it. The whole economic mess is so complex and convoluted, so difficult for the comman man to untangle. But the mess is there and prescious metals, like Willie says, may ...
7/5/2012 at 5:40 PM  17  24  Rating :  -7 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
When Americans Understood the Declaration of Independence  (23)
DiLorenzo begins by quoting a passage of the Declaration of Independence: "...And "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government . . ."

And that is the last of his logic, intelligence, argument -- because he goes on to attack Abraham Lincoln and the North for preventing the Southern States from ...
7/5/2012 at 4:42 PM  17  43  Rating :  -26 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Hostage Racket  (17)
If nothing in the past convinced readers of Kunstler's hypocrisy, this should do it.

In article after article he had derided technology of all kinds, urging a return to a world made by hand. Now that he faces an operation (and I hope it does go well) he laments that he might not get the attention modern technological medicine offers.

No more can be said.
7/2/2012 at 11:01 PM  13  0  Rating :  13 Permalink
 Julian D. W. Phillips - Gold Forecaster
The Black Hole of Deflation Gold and Silver - Part 2  (2)
According to Mr. Phillips, because of the Fed's initial QE, we "...sit with a healthier U.S. banking system, but a barely growing economy."

The banks made bad loans, were re-monitiezed by the FED, and now are healthy? A drunk has the DTs because he ran out of money or people to mooch booze from; we then give him all the hooch he can drink, and then he feels 'better' because he no longer has the DTs. W...
6/30/2012 at 11:35 PM  8  -4  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
Disintegration: What It Looks Like When a Nation Collapses  (6)
Good article on need to prepare. Gold and silver coins are a must. The author also mentioned the evaporation of medical care in a crisis, or at least the difficulty in obtaining it, as well antibiotics.

An episode of Doomsday Preppers mentioned purchasing fish antibiotics online for pennies of what a Dr's presb would cost. I was surprised and skeptical that they were the same, but they appear to be: co...
6/26/2012 at 8:50 PM  7  -5  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Rocky Mountain High  (19)
And Mr......Hart......enters stage center with predictable gas.
6/26/2012 at 3:20 AM  17  6  Rating :  11 1 AnswerPermalink
 Dan Dontrose
Discussing My Silver Short Position In Greater Detail  (3)
A reasonable analysis. $20 Silver and below would be a good opportunity to buy a few more rolls.
6/25/2012 at 10:52 PM  6  -2  Rating :  8 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Rocky Mountain High  (19)
Typical hypocritical article from Kunstler this week. On the one hand he complains about the industrial destruction of the environment by man and on the other casually mentions nature destroying 82,000 acres by fire (with more to come) near Aspen.

It appears that returning to nature and a world made by hand ain't so satisfying after all. In his nature utopia there won't be heliopters dropping water -- ...
6/25/2012 at 8:18 PM  17  8  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Jon Matonis - The Monetary Future
Why Apple is afraid of Bitcoin  (7)
To think that bitcoin (backed by nothing) could not be manipulated by cheaters in this age of Stuxnet is naive beyond belief. We need a gold and silver backed currency and an end to fractional reserve banking.
6/18/2012 at 6:05 PM  8  -4  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Hazardous Games  (21)
According to Kunstler, "the world is dead broke." Naturally, to him, the solution is not a return to a system of economical responsibility (real Capitalism - not the poisond one laced with government intervention), but a return to a "world made by hand."

Man must give up any pretense of transforming nature for his benefit and thus the benefit of all -- and return to the world of the Cro-Magnon, thatc...
6/18/2012 at 4:48 PM  14  5  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Cloacal Finance  (15)
All rant - no reason. ideas? Solutions? Not in this screed. But Kunstler's 'solutions' are there for those who check the archives.

What are they? Ban cars - forced mass transit. Ban industry and a return to nature with only that which can be made by hand. in the meantime he urges us to take to the street and "bang those pots and yell." Mayhem and riot? Why not.

When the Ships of State flou...
6/11/2012 at 11:14 PM  10  8  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Ron Paul
War Drums for Syria  (24)
Classic Orwellian re-write of history. Lincoln was willing to bend over backwards to avoid war, saying nothing as President Elect to inflame the South, willing to keep the status quo thinking slavery would eventually die out. The South was not so willing, wishing to expand slavery into the newly created States - a violation of the Missouri Compromise.

It was the South that initiated violence by attack...
6/5/2012 at 9:51 PM  14  8  Rating :  6 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
War Drums for Syria  (24)
Civil War NOT about 'preserving the Union' or 'eliminating slavery'? How can ignorance of basic American history run so deep? We have here a 'graduate' of our failed progressive school system.
6/5/2012 at 4:44 PM  15  13  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
War Drums for Syria  (24)
Ron Paul could be taken seriously if there would be any circumstance in which he would go to war to defend American. Sadly, there appears to be no such case: he is a pacifist pure and simple.

He has even argued that the Civil War ought not to have been fought either to preserve the Union or to eliminate slavery. Apparantely human freedom is worth no such effort.

Where is this coming from? I ...
6/5/2012 at 3:37 PM  15  15  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Welcome to the Wormhole  (26)
And out from the 'wormhole' we have this from Kunstler:

'For all the epic volume of blather on the Internet and elsewhere, few have even remarked on extraordinary passivity of the vulgar masses in the face of having their future looted out from under them.'

You see this is what Kunstler and his ilk think of their fellow man: 'vulger masses.' Which is why he constantly urges the forced make-ov...
6/4/2012 at 8:47 PM  13  16  Rating :  -3 Permalink
 Jason Hommel - Silverstockreport
Silver Headed to $75-$125/oz. in 1-2 Years  (7)
What a benefactor of mankind is Mr. Hommel! He'll sell you silver for only a few dollars over spot and allow you to reap the harvest when it triples in value.

Why doesn't he just keep his silver (and buy more) and rake the bucks in himself? Like I said, he's concerned for you, your wife, your kids, your cats and dogs and your moocher inlaws residing on your living room sofa.

What a guy this S...
6/4/2012 at 4:26 PM  12  3  Rating :  9 1 AnswerPermalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
End of the nation state  (8)
So end the nation state? Even the best foundation for the preservation of freedom will not work? End the national defense force, public court system, public trials, public incarcerations? Fine, and do what?

Unfortunately Casey does not, or will not spell it out -- he's does that elsewhere and can't be bothered. But there is only one option and that is anarchy, every man for himself -- judge, jury an...
6/4/2012 at 4:11 PM  14  4  Rating :  10 Permalink
 Michael S. Rozeff - Mike Rozeff
U.S. Military Defeated in Vietnam  (4)
The U.S. Military was NOT defeated in Vietnam. The famed TET offensive failed, costing North Vietnam the lives of thousands of irreplaceable Viet Cong.

I arrived in Vietnam three months after TET, 1968, and had no safety concerns about freely moving around the major cities of the South: Can Tho, Ca Mau, etc. Whatever remained of the VC were relegated to what strongholds remained for them. They were...
5/31/2012 at 1:11 AM  9  -2  Rating :  11 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Ponzi’s End  (14)
One either overcomes obstacles in life, or, so beaten down, blames others: individuals, cultures, society. So it is, I believe, with James Howard Kunstler. Someone or something must be responsible for one's failures; surely it cannot be oneself.

What 'ends' we have come to is not Ponzi, but man-made global warming, Peak oil, government control of individual lives.

Kunstler's reasoning is circ...
5/28/2012 at 5:05 PM  12  1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Dancing Shoes  (13)
Kunstler went on vacation this week deciding only to state the obvious -- that the world economy is in a bad way, which is something we've known for several years now.

And not a peep about peak oil, man-made global warming, the need for government to ban automobiles and herd us onto crime ridden public transit, the 'glory' of living off the land like Australopithecus . Perhaps even he is tiring of his ...
5/21/2012 at 8:00 PM  9  2  Rating :  7 3 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Still standing amid the wreckage  (8)
Who are the 'New Urbanists'? Kunstler says they are, "...the only organized group of adults in the nation who have not completely lost their minds."

But who are they really? Gleamed froom Kunstler's past rants about modern society, they are those who (among other irrationalities) would make mandatory the banning of the automobile, the compulsory use of public transit with its rampant criminality, inco...
5/15/2012 at 8:26 PM  10  -1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
1, 2, 3, Puke  (20)
1,2,3, Puke - is what I normally feel upon seeing a new Kunstler article. And then I don surgical gloves and mask, like someone entering a dysentery hospital ward.

Well, today, he has it somewhat right. He says, "The lies are promises that the debt will be paid back." Which is true.

So today I give him a 4/5.

5/7/2012 at 5:20 PM  10  -2  Rating :  12 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - shtfplan
Body Armor: Because If You’re Shooting Down Range, You Can Bet Someone’s Shooting Back At You  (8)
Body armor is expensive and the effectiveness of Kevlar deteriorates over time. What is it's uselful life? 5 years I recall, but even reduced it would be helpful.
5/2/2012 at 7:35 PM  9  -4  Rating :  13 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Elegy  (15)

Yes, we need solutions, not a weekly report on the number of sidewalk defecations one encounters walking to the local bar.

The problem is not Capitalism, but the extent that government has been and is hintering a free economic system. Returning to a world made by hand where lifespans were short, child mortality high, and anything beyond scrambling for survival was out of the question, is ...
4/30/2012 at 11:02 PM  8  -4  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Elegy  (15)
Kunstler is at it again. What do you call an individual that seeks out urine filled alleyways, vomit stained pavements, devastation, turmoil, head-on collisions, and every kind of human and societal malfunction?

A Doomster, a Chicken Little - and those names out of politeness. There is not a little glee in Kunstler's discoveries. I imagine his smile widening, his breath coming fast, at every new reve...
4/30/2012 at 5:26 PM  12  -1  Rating :  13 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtf
100 Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years  (8)
All the more reason to prepare one's family for an extended period of food, water, power shortages. Don't be caught up in the last minute rush for supplies. Hopefully such a diaster would last no more than six months -- but who knows?
4/26/2012 at 5:32 PM  7  -5  Rating :  12 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
As If Nothing Matters  (23)
Kunstler returns, a day late and a dollar short -- as the bromide goes.

He begins by saying the world economic situation is so complex "...that the public can't possibly be expected to follow each twist of the plotline." Not to fear because Kunstler has the brain power to slice though such complexity. It is really simple as he always explains it: the toilet bowl of world will be flushed and we are all...
4/24/2012 at 5:26 PM  11  0  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Rethinking America’s Supreme Judicial Dictatorship  (10)
Can DiLorenzo's article be condensed into an agenda?

The key paragraph is this: "Each of the several States is sovereign, and as sovereigns they have the prerogative to inform the national government that it has exceeded the grants of its authority. Whether that is by nullification (or interposition) via blocking national policies or a complete withdrawal from the onetime voluntary union of the States ...
4/18/2012 at 4:50 PM  8  -1  Rating :  9 2 AnswersPermalink
 Mac Slavo - Shtfplan
It’s Not Over: Government Plans for the Worst: Forced Evacuation of Tokyo  (4)
I live in California and have 2 radiation detectors - low and high - and have detected nothing abnormal.
4/10/2012 at 2:41 AM  9  -4  Rating :  13 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Strange Jubilee  (13)
How ironic! The day after Easter, the day long ago when the Savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead, emerged from a cave (as the story goes) to proclaim everlasting life -- the troglodyte Howard James Kunstler emerges from his cave to proclaim everlasting misery, chaos, a slide into desolation and a world returning to the hand ax, the flint spearpoint, dung rubbed on wounds to cure infections, and pungent herbs ...
4/9/2012 at 9:14 PM  11  4  Rating :  7 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - shtfplan
MIT Research Team Predicts Global Economic Collapse and Precipitous Population Decline  (4)
Predicting doomsday is and has been the fashion of some humans since the first Australopithecus grunted his concern to his fellow man-apes for the dwindling number of banana bunches in the trees. Peak Banana he would have shrilled -- no doubt a distant ancestor of James Howard Kunstler.

Threats of overpopulation have been cried out now for over 100 years, to no avail. Humans keep cranking humans out a...
4/6/2012 at 5:23 PM  9  -4  Rating :  13 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
The Supreme Court and Obamacare  (15)
More nonsense from Paul. He said, "It is federalism and states’ rights that should protect our liberty, not nine individuals on a godlike Supreme Court."

So it's States' Rights that protect liberty? The same States Rights argument that fueled the Southern Rebellion to keep their slave system intact? The same rebellion that Ron Paul argued Lincoln was wrong in supressing?

It's individual li...
4/4/2012 at 1:44 AM  7  -3  Rating :  10 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Unthinkable  (24)
Kunstler, apparently recovered or at least stablized from his health issues (of which he bored us with), is back on the howl with another rant against oil.

His ire this week is aimed at Larry Kudlow. "The other day, Larry Kudlow, the king popinjay at CNBC, told viewers that the US has over a trillion barrels of oil waiting to be drill-drill-drilled on our way to "energy independence."

There ...
4/2/2012 at 8:16 PM  14  10  Rating :  4 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Matrix of Rackets  (11)
Ironic, isn't it, that Kunstler -- that exponent of anti-technology, everything made by hand and all that crap -- runs to medical technology at the first sign of illness? In his world made by hand there won't be any blood testing or drugs for his hardening arteries or surgical bypasses that appear in his future. You would think he would be informed of various and sundry native remedies: boiled leaves from the ...
3/26/2012 at 5:09 PM  7  0  Rating :  7 Permalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance  (10)
Mr. Casey is an excellent commentator on financial matters; however, when it comes to the political, he is out of his depth.

To compare the United States to Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia is a stretch too far. He said, "The reason is that a certain class of people – sociopaths – are now fully in control of major American institutions."

That is a comment only a simpleton might make -- and thus...
3/23/2012 at 2:40 AM  9  5  Rating :  4 1 AnswerPermalink
 Ron Paul
Demolishing Due Process  (20)
Paul has no credibility regarding due process, having announced that Bin Laden - who had killed Americans and was no doubt plaining more mayhem - ought not to have been killed.

He naively stated that our government should have notified Pakistan in advance of the attack on Bin Laden's compound. Paul lives in a Polyanna world. He is truly the Mr. Bean of politics.
3/20/2012 at 8:10 PM  10  15  Rating :  -5 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Juked by Medicine  (12)
Kunstler mentioned, before hs descent into personal health issues - and I do wish hm well - that the Occupy movement might become violent. Well, hello, they already are violent as any peek behind the main stream news curtain would reveal.

Regarding Heath and Kunstler's constant 'back to nature mantra' I suspect his issues ought revise his diatribe against modern technology: should he, or anyone, need h...
3/20/2012 at 12:01 AM  8  -3  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Charleston Voice
Bye-Bye to Russian Kopek Coins - US Cents Nickels Soon, Too  (1)
Wouldn't hurt to sock away five bricks of nickels (50 $2.00 rolls) you can get at any bank. I tell them I need them for my weekly poker game. Put them in the bottom of a closet and let them sit for 10 years -- triple in value or more? If things get very bad they might be the only U.S. existing currency still accepted.

These will probably disappear by next year. I've just talked myself into doing jus...
3/14/2012 at 12:43 AM  6  -5  Rating :  11 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Intermezzo  (14)
Now we have James "Thoreau" Kunstler extolling on the beauties of the simple life, preparing in his own little way, for the demise of industrial society and the coming world made by hand.

Ah, nevermine that his chainsaw is in the shop -- nothing you or I could make my hand, but let it go.

And, nevermine that, in his own words, "I stopped on a country road to take a leak. I stepped into the wood...
3/12/2012 at 5:25 PM  9  -2  Rating :  11 1 AnswerPermalink
 Michael S. Rozeff - Mike Rozeff
The United States’ War on Terror Threatens America  (10)
Another blame American article for the world's woes. Four talking points issued by Ron Paul or to Ron Paul and Rozeff are as follows:

1) We 'occupy' their counties and thus cause much animosity and so deserve to have our citizens murdered and our buildings bombed (I guess the money we spend 'occupying' them and helping their economy somehow infuriates them). No good deed goes unpunished I guess.
3/7/2012 at 11:20 PM  10  5  Rating :  5 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
Down With the Presidency  (9)
We have here, in Rockwell, the voice behind Ron Paul, the puppet master behind that wizened wizard of 'peace in our time.' Let us hear that voice:

"The US presidency is the world's leading evil." Really? The 'leading evil'?


"Look at the human toll taken by the presidency, from Dresden and Hiroshima to Waco and Ruby Ridge, and you see a prime practitioner of murder by governm...
3/7/2012 at 5:18 PM  9  0  Rating :  9 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Reality Check  (21)
Here's the real reality check: America has no shortage of oil.

Kunstler is becoming increasingly shrill. He is America's Captain Schettino, hysterical and ready to abandon the ship at the least bump in the night. His articles are dictated from a lifeboat near our stricken ship of state.

He uses the least pretext, the newest scare headline, to promote his end of...
3/6/2012 at 5:22 PM  10  1  Rating :  9 Permalink
 Paul Tustain -
Ionia - Riches without strength [700 BC]  (3)
And let that be a lesson for us all, especially for that modern Greek: Geralkious Celentinius.
3/4/2012 at 9:47 PM  6  -5  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo -
Learn What You're Not Supposed to Know about War  (4)
Yes, take DiLorenzo's class and 'learn' how Abe Lincoln started the Civil War; how he taunted the South until they had absolutely, positively no recourse but to initiate force against Fort Sumpter. Learn how the noble South with their wonderful Slave system was invaded by the despicable North; how the Southern Gentlemen, and women, heroically defended their homeland (and slaves).

Learn how the horrible...
2/27/2012 at 6:49 PM  7  -3  Rating :  10 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
A Fog of Mendacity  (14)
Kunstler should rename his article 'A Fog of Words' -- at least it would give him a crumb of honesty.

He has returned to his rant that "one central fallacious idea: that American life can only continue if we keep all the cars and trucks running." American life CAN only continue if we keep all the cars and trucks running. Without that we have society back in the horse and buggy era, which is exactly ...