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The Houses of Dead and Crooked Souls

Edward Curtin

“A house constitutes a body of images that give mankind proofs or illusions of stability.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

There is a vast and growing gulf between the world’s rich and poor. An obscene gulf. If we can read houses, they will confirm this. They offer a visible lesson in social class.

Houses stand before us like books on a shelf waiting to be read, and when the books are missing, as they are for a vast and growing multitude of the homeless exiled wandering ones and those imprisoned, their absence serves to indict the mansion-dwelling wealthy and to a lesser extent those whose homes serve to shield them from the truth of the ill-begotten gains of the wealthy elites who create the world’s suffering through their avarice, lies, and war making.

Many regular people want to say with Edmund in Eugene O’Neill’s play, Long Day’s Journey into Night:

The fog is where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here. Or any of the other places down the avenue. I couldn’t see but a few feet ahead. I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is.That’s what I wanted – to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself….Who wants to see life as it is, if they can help it?

Yet the rich don’t hide or give a damn. They flaunt their houses.  They know they are crooks and creators of illusions.  Their nihilism is revealed in their conspicuous consumption and their predatory behavior; they want everyone else to see it too.  So they rub it in their faces.  Their wealth is built on the blood and suffering of millions around the world, but this is often hidden knowledge.

For many regular people prefer the fog to the harsh truth.  It shields them from intense anger and the realization that the wealthy elites who run the world and control the media lie to them about everything and consider them beneath contempt.

That would demand a response commensurate with the propaganda – rebellion.

It would impose the moral demand to look squarely at the houses of death with their tiny cells in which the wealthy elites and their henchmen imprison and torture truth tellers like Julian Assange, an innocent man in a living hell; to make connections between wealth and power and the obscene flaunting of the rich elite’s sybaritic lifestyles in houses where every spacious room testifies to their moral depravity.

The recent news of Barack Obama’s vile selfie birthday celebration for his celebrity “friends” at his 29-acre estate and mansion (he has another eight-million-dollar mansion in Washington, D. C.) on Martha’s Vineyard is an egregious recent case in point. 

If he thinks this nauseating display is proof of his stability and strength – which obviously he does – then he is a deluded fool.  But those who carry water for the military-intelligence-media complex are amply rewarded and want to tell the world that this is so.  It’s essential for the Show.  It must be conspicuous so the plebians learn their lesson.

Obama’s Vineyard mansion stands as an outward sign of his inner disgrace, his soullessness.

Trump’s golden towers and his never-ending self-promotion or the multiple million-dollar mansions of high-tech, sports, and Hollywood’s superstars send the same message.

Take Bill Gates’ sixty-three-million-dollar mansion, Xanadu, named after William Randolph Hearst’s estate in Citizen Kane, that took seven years to build.

Take the house up the hill from where I live in an erstwhile working-class town that sold for one million plus and now is being expanded to double its size with a massive swimming pool that leaves no grass uncovered. Every week, three black window-tinted SUVs arrive with New Jersey plates to join two white expensive sedans to oversee the progress in this small western Massachusetts town where McMansions rise throughout the hills faster than summer’s weeds.

Take the blue dolomite stone Searles Castle with its 60 acres, 40 rooms, and “dungeon” basement down the hill on Main St. that was recently bought by a NYC artist who also owns seven grand estates around the country that he showcases as examples of his fine artistic taste.  “All these houses have endless things to do — it’s just mind-boggling,” he has said.

The artist, Hunt Slonem, calls himself a “glamorizer,” and his “exotica” paintings, inspired by Andy Warhol’s repetition of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe, hang in galleries, museums, cruise ships, and the houses of film celebrities.  Like his showcase houses, his exotica must have endless things to do.

What would Vincent van Gogh say?  Perhaps what he wrote to his brother Theo: that the greatest people in painting and literature “have always worked against the grain” and in sympathy with the poor and oppressed.  That might seem “mind-boggling” to Slonem.

Such ostentatious displays of wealth and power clearly reveal the delusions of the elites, as if there are no spiritual consequences for living so.  Even if they read Tolstoy’s cautionary tale about greed, How Much Land Does A Man Need?, it is doubtful that its truth would register.  Like Tolstoy’s protagonist Pahόm, they never have enough.  But like Pahόm, the Devil has them in his grip, and like him, they will get their just rewards, a small room, a bit of land to imprison them forever.

His servant picked up the spade and dug a grave long enough for Pahóm to lie in, and buried him in it. Six feet from his head to his heels was all he needed.

Where does the money for all these estates, not just Slonem’s, come from? Who wants to ask?

Getting to the roots of wealth involves a little digging.  Slonem’s castle was originally commissioned in the late 1800s by Mark Hopkins for his wife. Hopkins was one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, which was built by Irish and Chinese immigrants.

Labor history is quite illuminating on the ways immigrants have always been treated, in this case “the dregs of Asia” and the Irish dogs.  Interestingly enough, the great black scholar and radical, W. E. B. Du Bois, a town native, worked at the castle’s construction site as a young man.  No doubt it informed his future work against racism, capitalism, and economic exploitation.

Wealthy urbanites flooded this area after September 11, 2001, and now, in their terror of disease and death, they have bought every house they could find. Their cash-filled pockets overflow with blood-money and few ask why. To suggest that massive wealth is almost always ill-begotten is anathema. But innocence wears many masks, and the Show demands washed hands and no questions asked.

It is rare that one becomes super-wealthy in an honest and ethical way.  The ways the rich get money almost without exception lead downward, to paraphrase Thoreau from his essay, “Life Without Principle.”

Since the corona crisis began, investment firms such as the Blackstone Group have been gobbling up vast numbers of houses across the United States as their prices have gone through the roof.  The lockdowns – an appropriate prison term – have set millions of regular people back on their heels as the wealthiest have gotten exponentially wealthier. Poverty and starvation have increased around the world.  This is not an accident.  Despair and depression are widespread.

There is a taboo in life in general and in journalism: Do not ask where people’s money comes from.  Thoreau was so advised long ago:

Do not ask how your bread is buttered; it will make you sick…

But the super-wealthy do not get sick.  They are sick.  For they revel in their depravity and push it in the face of regular people, many who envy them and wish to become super-rich and powerful themselves. Of course, there are the blue bloods whose method is understatement, but it takes many decades to enter their theater of deception.

In many ways, these people are worse, for their personae have been crafted over decades of play-acting and public relations so their images are laundered to smell fresh and benevolent.  They often wear the mask of philanthropy, while the history of their wealth lies shrouded in an amnestic fog.

Yet soul murder includes suicide, and while the old and new moneyed ones smoothly justify their oppression of the vast majority, many regular people kill the best in themselves by envying the rich.

Years ago, I discovered some documents that showed that one of this country’s most famous philosophers, known for his lofty moral pronouncements, owned a lot of stock in companies that were doing evil things – war making, poisoning and killings huge numbers with chemicals, etc.  But his image was one of Mr. Clean, Mr. Good Guy. I suspect this is typical and that there are many such secrets in the basements and attics of the rich.

But let us also ask where the writers and presenters of the mainstream and alternative media get their money.  Although “to follow the money” is a truism, few do.  If we do, we will learn that money talks and those who take it toe the line, nor do they live in shacks by the side of the road or rent like so many others. 

They invest with Black Rock and their ilk and have money managers who can increase their wealth while shielding them from the ways that money is made on the backs of the poor and working people. 

And they lie about people like Assange, Daniel Hale, Reality Winner, Craig Murray, et al., all imprisoned for daring to reveal the depredations of the power elites, the violence at the heart of predatory capitalism.

Yes, houses speak.  But few ever speak of where their money comes from. 

Those that are on the take – which has multiple meanings – always plead innocent.  Yes, I can hear you say that I am being too harsh; that there are exceptions.  That is obvious.  So let’s skip the exceptions and focus on the general principle.

There is a Buddhist principle that right livelihood is a core ethic in earning money.  Jesus had another way of putting it but was of course in agreement, as were so many others whom people hold in highest esteem.

Thoreau wrote:

If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications.”

The truth is that for most people, work, if they can find it, is drudgery and hard, a matter of survival. The late great Studs Terkel called it hell and rightly said that most jobs are not big enough for people because they crush the soul, they lack meaning. 

And behind all ledgers of great wealth lie crushed souls.

This reality is so obvious and goes by many names, including class warfare, that further commentary would be redundant.

A few years ago, I visited Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, Connecticut. It is advertised as “a house with a heart and a soul.”  It is not a house but a mansion, and it was an ostentatious display in Twain’s time.

Similar or worse than Obama’s mansion on Martha’s Vineyard today.  It has no soul or heart.  It was built with Twain’s wife’s family money.  Her father was an oil and coal tycoon from upstate New York. 

Twain reveled in opulent respectability. He lived the life of a Gilded Age tycoon, an American magnate. It is not a pretty story, but the Twain myth says otherwise. Not that he catered to popular tastes to please the crowd and his domineering wife and that he lived in luxury, but that he was a radical critic of the establishment. 

This is false.  For he withheld for the most part the publication of his withering take on American imperialism until after his death. He committed soul murder. But his mansion impressed his neighbors and his humor distracted from his luxurious lifestyle.  His house still stands as a cautionary tale for those who will read it.

Baudelaire once said that in palaces “there is no place for intimacy.”  This is no doubt why in people’s dreams small, simple houses with a light in the window loom large. 

Bachelard says, “When we are lost in darkness and see a distant glimmer of light, who does not dream of a thatched cottage or, to go more deeply still into legend, of a hermit’s hut.”  For here man and God meet in solitude; here human intimacy is possible. “The hut can receive none of the riches ‘of this world.’  It possesses the felicity of intense poverty; indeed, it is one of the glories of poverty; as destitution increases, it gives access to absolute refuge.”

He is not espousing actual poverty, but the oneiric depths of true desire, the dreams of hope, reconciliation, and simple living that run counter to the amassing of wealth to prove one’s power and majesty. A humble house of truth, not a mansion of lies.

This, to borrow the title of William Goyen’s novel, is “the house of breath” where the spirit can live and pseudo-stability gives way to faith, for insecurity is the essence of life.

There is such a hermit’s hut where the light shines. It is the tiny cell in Belmarsh Prison where Julian Assange hangs onto his life by a thread. His witness for truth sends an inspiring message to all those lost in the world’s woods to look to his fate and not turn away. To follow to their sources the money that greases the palms of all the so-called journalists and politicians who want him dead or imprisoned for life, who tell their endless lies, not just about him, but about everything.

The house of propaganda is built on unanimity. When one person says no, the foundation starts to crumble. The houses of the rich dead and crooked souls, erected to project the stability of their bloody illusions, start to crumble into sand when people dissent one by one.

Soon the fog lifts and there is no hiding anymore.  At the end of the path, you can see the vultures circling overhead as their prey go running out of their mansions in terror.

Sing Hallelujah!

Edward Curtin is an independent writer whose work has appeared widely over many years. His website is edwardcurtin.com and his new book is Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies.

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plasos
plasos
Aug 19, 2021 8:00 PM

Pretty good
Remind me of a story of a old game “Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs”
https://killscreen.com/previously/articles/the-aztec-pessimism-of-a-machine-for-pigs/
The text above is not the best but presents the critique in game about the rich, consumism, industrialism and slavery…

Who D. Who
Who D. Who
Aug 18, 2021 12:35 PM

Great essay, Ed Curtin. Thank you.

zane grey
zane grey
Aug 17, 2021 7:44 AM

Keep capitalism small.

GregJaxon
GregJaxon
Aug 17, 2021 8:59 PM
Reply to  zane grey

The whole point of an -ism is to capture political ground. Capital succeeds at this wherever politics is careless enough to authorize a power. Capital left to itself stays small because free markets continually challenge any monopoly. Capital-ISM grows without bounds as soon as government institutes legal monopolies, legal thefts, or subsidized warfare. A capitalist and his system can be easily contained by privatizing the courts and law and disenfranchising all forms of collective political action; left in the ‘public sphere’ those things form the economic and coercive resources that amoral capital excels at exploiting.Don’t tempt them! And never naively think mankind’s better angels will forever rein in a deadly power you believe you could delegate to the government.

Colin Todhunter
Colin Todhunter
Aug 16, 2021 1:13 PM

Another highly impressive, thought-provoking piece by Edward C.

Walter
Walter
Aug 16, 2021 10:45 AM

Fine essay, Friend!

The “Saigon Moment” we see is but the manifestation of rule unbalanced by virtue and enslaved to vice…

And the gods despise unbalanced rulers. Make them insane. And as anodes create cathodic response, terror follows.

As in “The Unpleasant Profession of Johnathan Hoag”, or, for traditionalists, the story of Sodom and Gormorrah…

les online
les online
Aug 16, 2021 9:28 AM

Space is a valuable commodity in crowded cities. the more money you have, the more space you can buy. Space also offers protection.

Humans thrive best in small groups, wherein there’s an intimacy, and face-to-face contact. Anthropologists claim 25 or less is comfortable and stress free. Dissenters say the groups ideal size is around 100members.

Large groups are stressful. So many strangers .Cities teem with crowds, and stress. Everyone believes The World is Overpopulated because they feel overcrowded.

Crowded cities give rise to Frontiersmen who forge ways out of the crowded cities to the open, spacious, New World. Clever politicians exploit the stress by promising Lebensraum, and launch campaigns to clear other places for resettlements. Ethnic cleansing is the price that’s paid for the space for the kids to grow up’ free’.

Hawaiians are taken to court because they refuse to sell their land to a Big Tech Mogul who feels they are a threat to him because they live miles from his house. Money buys you lots of Space (And launches you into Space) And there’s those stories of billionaires buying pristine rural bolt-holes in New Zealand, away from psychopathologies of city folk.

Space – the antidote to the stresses of civilisations crowds.

(PS. if it werent for the oversized classrooms in my day, i’d not have been able to cheat on daily ‘social studies’ tests. Discipline too was harder to maintain, but The Authorities caught on (Those “Progressives” again !) and set about reducing class sizes..

Platov
Platov
Aug 16, 2021 8:52 AM

For a person who obsessively pursues the accumulation of wealth there invariably comes a moment where, instead of possessing that wealth, the person is possessed by it. Over time that person becomes a hollow shell of a human, one who mouths the same words and professes the same beliefs and feelings as before, but without any sincerity or conviction. This is the curse that befalls the obscenely rich.

David
David
Aug 16, 2021 5:21 AM

I was enjoying the article, until the propaganda hook revealed itself. ‘Capitalism’, which is simply private ownership of property and private ownership of business, is an evil akin to racism and responsible for this massive wealth concentration. Wow. Philosophy, that is not.
Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s the age-old idiot’s excuse because understanding economics would require too much work. And that irrationality is one of the cheap ‘gateway drugs’ that’s led us to this devolution into blatant ‘liberty is the enemy’ hysteria.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 16, 2021 7:49 AM
Reply to  David

Philosophy, that is not.

No, it’s the truth.

Capitalism is not “simply private ownership of property”. There was private property before capitalism. To say that capitalism is “private ownership of business” is getting closer. But that takes us into the question of what “business” is. Capitalist business is all about generating profit. Profit looks magical – you throw money in and the same comes back but with additions. Where do the additions come from? Well when you see those concentrations of wealth where a few are getting massively rich whilst the rest are sinking into greater destitution then it’s pretty clear where the additions come from.

David
David
Aug 16, 2021 8:41 AM
Reply to  George Mc

So you’re suggesting that a farmer shouldn’t be allowed to own his farm, make a profit, or reinvest his profits to improve his farm. So the liberty-killing propaganda is ‘truth’ for you, and that obviously makes you feel good. Congratulations.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 16, 2021 10:24 AM
Reply to  David

I know plenty of farmers and they wouldn’t last a day without the nanny state they never stop complaining about.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Aug 17, 2021 4:17 AM
Reply to  David

This is the classic ‘mom and pop store’ rebuttal to any criticism of capitalism. Its actually a bit of a bait and switch argument because it conveniently overlooks the social context of the enterprise. A farmer will generally be a good steward of the land because they have a personal interest in ensuring the survival of the enterprise. A capitalist approach to the land doesn’t care what the land is used for, its just a vehicle for making the maximum return on investment. You can look to history for various strategies used to maximize RoI but they generally involve exploitation — of labor, soil, incentives and tax breaks and so on — and generally ignore the social or environmental effects of these policies.

There’s nothing wrong with liberty but it has to be tempered with social responsibility — understanding the Big Picture. All resources are implicitly shared, our history is littered with people who prided themselves on their liberty only to leave a trail of environmental and social problems for others to clean up. Everyone has neighbors.

Clive William
Clive William
Aug 17, 2021 12:28 AM
Reply to  George Mc

George I see, like Vichy Paris France, how do the French feel about it?

Howard
Howard
Aug 16, 2021 1:36 PM
Reply to  David

I would be curious to know how it was that you were “enjoying the article” until Capitalism reared its ugly head. Right from the first sentence there is the gulf between rich and poor. And since this particular gulf was built on a capitalistic base, why did it seem like “propaganda” only when the actual word (capitalism) entered the picture?

Is it really “private ownership of property” when one person or one company owns hundreds or thousands of acres of land? Back in feudal Europe, ownership of so much land constituted, not private property, but a fiefdom.

By what right does anyone claim ownership of so great a parcel of land? Indeed, by what right does anyone claim “ownership” of even a square inch of land? We borrow pieces of the planet, nothing more. And when we die and no longer need our piece of the planet, it should be returned to nature.

We can “own” something, like a house, which was built on a piece of ground; but never the ground itself.

Clive William
Clive William
Aug 17, 2021 12:21 AM
Reply to  Howard

Foreign ownership of a sovereign nations land is theft, pure and simple.

Jubal Hershaw
Jubal Hershaw
Aug 17, 2021 2:27 AM
Reply to  David

“I was enjoying the article…” says the enjoyment seeking tourist. ‘It was enjoyable ’til the author used one of those nasty Trigger words. Put me right off what he was on about.
So i will write to The Editor: ‘Please sir, can you please censor any Trigger words in the otherwise enjoyable articles you provide for my savouring and delectation ? your humbled …..etc

Tony_0pmoc
Tony_0pmoc
Aug 16, 2021 5:02 AM

So very rich people in Poland built Massive Mansions?

They gave the builders a job,,,and I know a few Polish people, and in my experience they always do a good job

Magnificent Photograph, but where is it?

You see, The human race has been doing this kind of stuff, for an exceedingly long time..and it doesn’t really matter what their religion of philosophy is…

If you want to build Mayan Temples in Mexico. Pyramids in Egypt, or Stonehenge in England, you have got to be in control a bit, and also completely crazy. It doesn’t just happen, even 10,000 years ago. Someone has got to have a plan….to organise for example lugging the Stones from Wales to Stonehenge. and then get them arranged in a circle, with some of stones balancing above(for the sunrise on midsummers day)…I mean how tf did they do that??? (and yes I know Stonehenge was largely rebuilt in the 1950’s and the 1960’s)

But all these places are spiritual, holy, peaceful, works of art, cathedrals, churches, mosques, temples etc

We are all pretty much the same people, irrespective of our beliefs..when we travel and meet.We get on, and invite each other into our homes.

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We were there, and we are still here. We got engaged at Stonehenge 1982

There was no other girl I wanted.

She’s Great, and about to tell me to turn over and stop snoring

Tony

steadydirt
steadydirt
Aug 16, 2021 4:43 AM

everybody like’s a happy ending

Wayne Vanderploeg
Wayne Vanderploeg
Aug 16, 2021 3:58 AM

Story in the Chicago News about Obama taking 29 acres of a Chicago City Park (Jackson Park) to build his presidential center. The park fronts on Lake Michigan. It is near his Chicago Home neighborhood of Hyde Park. Nice. About 20 years ago the Chicago Mob coerced Cook County into selling 2 acres of Forest Preserve river front to facilitate the construction of a casino. The public went crazy. But the mob got it. May have been a horse head involved. Daniel Burnham had the working class in mind when planned the City of Chicago and it’s widespread park system. Working class families did not and do not have the money to go out of town on vacation. The parks were and are badly needed. But the City jumped when Obama asked for the 29 acres. Not only did he get it but got it for a dollar. Sickening. And some of it is wetland. He is filling wetlands. 95% of the wetlands in the U.S. have already have been filled or drained. Much of the South Side of Chicago is badly degraded. Vacant lots where beautiful homes once sat are everywhere. thousands of acres of industrial brown fields are scattered throughout the Lake Calumet region. They were slated to be covered by Chicago’s third airport that did not happen. Once a massive marsh that entertained some of the largest masses of migrating waterfowl anywhere on earth, most of Lake Calumet was filled with toxic industrial waste and then filled and/or paved over. The leftists that led the charge against the third airport don’t seem too worried about Obama taking 29 acres of beautiful lake front land. Talk about arrogance.

MaryLS
MaryLS
Aug 16, 2021 3:07 AM

Very moving piece. I once heard that when Harry Truman left office he was so impoverished they decided to establish a small pension for ex Presidents. How much things have changed in just a couple of decades, Sadly, the corruption and abuse in Washington reflect a corrupt and abusive population. Not everyone, of course, but the broader culture, sense of honor and sense of social connection to a strong and moral nation are very much gone.

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Aug 16, 2021 12:52 AM

…Remember when *They* invited us all to laugh at the absurd images of toppled dictators’, such as Saddam’s, Idi Amin’s, etc., apparently obligatory gold-plated palaces?…

…- *Ho, Ho, Ho*…

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Aug 15, 2021 10:40 PM

Imagine we are sitting, safe in our hamlet of thatched cottages with a forest on one side and a river down below where the coracle is tied. As we wait for the evening fire to catch in the grate, I tell a tale of what I saw that day.

On my way to visit a farmer I came across evidence of road building and when I got to the farm I spoke to a blacksmith who was making something new. He told me of innovations in hubs and spokes. Then I saw iron wheel rims in the corner of his shop. He told me he’d taken lots of orders from the garrison.

Impatient, you interrupted: “What an imagination. They’ve no use for heavier wheels. They’d sink even faster into the mud on these awful roads, the fools!”

“But they’re building more roads,” I say.

Another person chips in and says, “It’s much easier to go by river. Why would they use wheels just to get stuck in the dirt?”

Because, I say, our town is here and their fort is there, and they want to get from A to B in a straight line. I want to speculate that it would give them much more control and…

… and I fear the worst but I am forced back into a discussion of the mechanics of hubs, spokes and the limited use for wheels and the wonders of river craft.

Some months later the legion passes by, charting maps and planting a line of wooden stakes as far as the eye can see. The legion puts the populace to work, breaking rocks and grading stone by size and smoothness.

“You, see, they plan to build a network of roads to control us. It won’t just be the army with their chariots. They will be able to send out assessors and demand a part of your harvest, and if you resist the tax collector they’ll take your farm or haul you to the debtors’ gaol.”

“That’s a conspiracy theory,” says the other, dismissing defiantly what he’s not seen and is incapable of imagining. “The chariots they’ve got couldn’t do that. They wouldn’t build straight lines all over the place just to wear out horses. Anyway they’re here to protect us; the barbarians are waiting.”

Some years later, that other man looked down a row of turnips yet to pick, the empty baskets readied as far as the eye could see. “You know, I would have been sitting down to tea just now, with nothing to do until tomorrow’s milking.”

The hamlet has emptied. The roads brought rumours of plague. Some people fled, others were rounded up by the legion, taken off for testing and never seen again.

There are few opportunities to talk: less people and more caution. Some say the departed were taken as slaves to work in stockades called factories; others that they were loaded on ships and transported to lands so distant that no one knows their name, except to say, down under.

***
The only logical leap you must make is that someone is constructing a mechanism with new levers of power and they might just use it to increase control. Legions cost money and the only reason to spend it is so the powers can use them as a mechanism to extract more money.

Do not be frustrated if your audience cannot progress beyond the legion’s narrative. Or if they cling to established wisdom that the coracle is more comfy than the horse.

When you see something, don’t say something right away. Don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, combine those pieces of information, the steel wheels plus cobbled roads, the surveyors with their maps, and work out what it means. Your neighbours may be slow to catch on. They may hear only what the legion tells them: that it’s come to keep them safe.

In times of upheaval the first question people should ask is perhaps the last they will answer.

In full at https://moneycircus.substack.com/p/chariot-of-death

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Aug 16, 2021 1:04 AM
Reply to  Moneycircus

…”Anyway they’re here to protect us; the barbarians are waiting.”…

…- “Spartans!!… – *What* is your *Profession*?!…”

“Every autumn, Spartan ephors would declare war on the helot population, allowing any Spartan citizen to kill a helot without fear of punishment.[11] During this time, the chosen kryptai were sent out into the countryside armed with daggers with the instructions to kill any helot they encountered travelling the roads and any who were tending to fields they deemed too plentiful. They were specifically told to kill the strongest and to take any food they needed. The reason for this practice’s adoption may have been to reduce the repressed aggression of the hêbôntes.[12] However, it is most commonly thought to have been adopted to prevent the threat of a helot rebellion and to keep their population in check. According to some sources, kryptai would stalk the helot villages and surrounding countryside, spying on the servile population.[13] Their mission was to prevent and suppress unrest and rebellion. Another point of contestation is the time of day at which the Crypteia operated. Plato described their movement as travelling both day and night.[14] On the contrary, Plutarch states that they would hide during the day and would travel by night, then aiming to kill any helots who they came across.[15]”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypteia

juno
juno
Aug 16, 2021 1:18 AM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Poetic and thought provoking, thanks!

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Aug 15, 2021 10:39 PM

Beautifully written, and certainly not too harsh.

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 10:33 PM

The picture of the palace, indeed the pictures of most palaces, immediately brings to mind prisons. A palace is just a souped up prison. Its occupants are no more free to go where they want than common criminals.

The best houses I’ve ever seen were in a documentary on Mongolia. They were tents and their doors always faced south. Now that’s a house built to nature’s specifications.

Arfur Mo
Arfur Mo
Aug 15, 2021 9:58 PM

Don’t look behind the curtain of western perfection.

BLM has nothing to say about the current rapacious colonialism in Syria, Afghanistan (now ending), Yemen, the looting of African/South American resources using slave labour, and especially the blatant Apartheid Regime.

It’s all “Look at the statue of the nasty white man who did bad things aeons ago”.

Asymmetric
Asymmetric
Aug 15, 2021 7:20 PM

The houses, as per illustration, could house hundreds of people, and the grounds where they are situated could probably feed them too. I live in a concrete box under a tin roof; it’s ok, but I could use a bit more space for my workshop. P.s, The Yanks are out of Afghanistan, a la Saigon.

Tor Guttorm
Tor Guttorm
Aug 15, 2021 6:55 PM

What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:00 PM
Reply to  Tor Guttorm

I always liked this exchange:

F Scott Fitzgerald: “Listen! The rich are not like us!”

Ernest Hemingway: “True. They have more money!”

Stewart
Stewart
Aug 16, 2021 11:21 AM
Reply to  Tor Guttorm

I’m not really sure where the “famous socialist” GBS is coming from here.
“Uselessness” is a strange choice of adjective, it subtly suggests the rich are ineffectual or inconsequential, when clearly they are neither.
Even the phrase “the matter with the poor” seems almost to blame “them” for their poverty.
The fact of the matter is that poverty is a condition inflicted on powerless people by evil people and their minions. It is not a moral choice.
The accumulation of over half the total wealth in the world by small group of individuals NECESSITATES poverty for billions.
And it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the “Great Reset” is intended to transfer all the remaining wealth to those same individuals.
Klaus Schwab’s message to the entire World: “You will own nothing and you will be happy”
I used to feel that war was coming to the “West”, a terrible feeling of impending doom with no clear cause. I have slowly come to realise that the war was already here, it is constant, never-ending – it is waged by the masters, the rich, on everybody else, on our bodies, our minds and our souls.
To realise this is to win your first battle.

draeger
draeger
Aug 15, 2021 6:42 PM

thank you for this wonderful essay!

niko
niko
Aug 15, 2021 6:17 PM

Nice essay. Taps into the spiritual warfare of the material world’s class war being brought down on humanity. I browse Sunday news headlines like the comics, in fits of dark humor over the macabre tabloid trash exercising the psyops. Like watching bad soap operas, only without the laughter. Whatever, I just can’t believe that that many are marching along with this absurd propaganda spectacle, a body of brainwashing unfit for all but the infantilized.

Seems to show, for one, how much people have been swallowed by the full spectrum mind control, as to see no big deal to such goals of elites as bio-digital convergence, ‘smart’ cities, or social credit scores of the hive. But maybe as much at work is simply the force of habit, where people for millennia have been pushed down by others on the planet who may as well be reptilian aliens for the parasitical psychopathy they worship in blood. Oppression is all too common as to escape its effects, including when it dumbs down consciousness by numbing the soul to the “wretched of the earth” (Fanon), Jesus’ “anawim” of the beatitudes, or reverence for all sentient beings of the Buddha.

Suffer: to feel with. Compassion. For the commonly oppressed. It’s time for humanity to unite and fight.

Edwige
Edwige
Aug 15, 2021 5:45 PM

Not saying I’m totally convinced, but this claims that PHE figures show that nearly 90% of UK covid deaths are in people who’ve been vaccinated:
https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/07/29/87-percent-covid-deaths-are-vaccinated-people/

It’s also worth re-emphasising that in conventional virology they’ve always claimed that as viruses mutate they become less lethal (because a virus doesn’t want to kill its host). Therefore if they start claiming – as many suspect they will in the autumn – there’s some new extra-lethal variant on the loose they will be contradicting their own “science”.

At the moment their claim that the delta variant is more transmissible is in line with standard virology – but if a virus transmits and hardly anyone gets seriously ill then so what?

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Aug 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Delta is a fabrication. In October last year India changed from PCR to rapid antigen and 95% were false positives. The people died due to 40 degree temperature, 80% humidity, and hazardous pollution just like 2 million people do every year in India

Judith
Judith
Aug 15, 2021 7:02 PM

I wholeheartedly agree. Fabrication. People are getting sick and dying from whatever is in the injection.

Alex
Alex
Aug 15, 2021 7:08 PM
Reply to  Edwige

evolution of viruses is toward more transmissible and less lethal/less sever illness

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Aug 16, 2021 1:17 AM
Reply to  Edwige

“It’s also worth re-emphasising that in conventional virology they’ve always claimed that as viruses mutate they become less lethal (because a virus doesn’t want to kill its host).”

…*Absolutely Correct*, Edwige…

…- *Thought Experiment*:…

…Had there in fact, at *Any* point in history prior to ours, been a virus that *Had* mutated into progressively deadlier and deadlier variants of the original, then *No One* would be here now, reading this comment and entertaining this thought experiment…

…- *QED*…

mik
mik
Aug 15, 2021 4:59 PM

The truth is that for most people, work, if they can find it, is drudgery and hard, a matter of survival. The late great Studs Terkel called it hell and rightly said that most jobs are not big enough for people because they crush the soul, they lack meaning.

In general life has become about survival, not living. ‘Rona madness is only possible with people in survival-mode, not in living-mode.
Economy is deity of nowadays and sure, if you expect your own fulfillment by participating with your job in economy’s bizarre rituals, you might end up with crushed soul.

I’ve irretrievably lost time reading this lamenting that is miles from seeking the truth.

John Oliver, from the times he was funny, got more truth on the subject.

Wealth Gap

mik
mik
Aug 15, 2021 6:07 PM
Reply to  mik

Magic turned John to George

here is John

mik
mik
Aug 15, 2021 6:24 PM
Reply to  mik

holy shit, ghosts don’t want you to watch
Wealth Gap: Last Week Tonight with John Oliverxxx.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno

Stewart
Stewart
Aug 16, 2021 12:31 PM
Reply to  mik

Nobody needs to want me not to watch this egregious little turd

mik
mik
Aug 16, 2021 9:27 PM
Reply to  Stewart

It’s not about him, it’s about what he says
and what he says is more to the point than the article

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Aug 15, 2021 4:27 PM

Can crooked souls exist in Christian and Islamic heaven where we are assured these days by many who claim to ‘know” that god is a real estate broker?

John Pretty
John Pretty
Aug 15, 2021 4:16 PM

There is a Buddhist principle that right livelihood is a core ethic in earning money.

Hmm, well, I’m not a Buddhist, but I am to some degree familiar with it.

It’s not coercive in the way that we might understand Western or Middle-Eastern religious ideology.

That’s perhaps why you don’t find many Buddhist fundamentalists as you might find for monotheistic religions.

So when the author talks about “right” livelihood, this for a Buddhist is not an order. It’s not a commandment – it’s an invitation.

You don’t have to live in a particular way, but in Buddhism they would say it’s wise to live in a particular way.

Wise, because in this instance, it is understood that the accumulation of “riches” will not make you happy. That is an illusion.

If Gates, Obama, Trump, Branson, Musk and Bezos and their like are happy it’s not because they have big numbers in their bank accounts.

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 10:19 PM
Reply to  John Pretty

I suspect that for these kinds of people, happiness would be an unacceptable distraction from the accumulation of wealth.

Happiness, to them, would be just another propaganda piece aimed at keeping the masses in line.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 4:14 PM

One example of the false dichotomy of Left/Right is that various “Right Wing” sources start blathering about introducing kids to concepts at an unsuitable, inappropriate and damagingly young age whie the Left roll their eyes and talk about “reactionary” fossils misleading through fearmongering. Thus UK Column complain about

Gender Reassignment for Four Year Olds Without Parental Consent

This is echoed by e.g. the Daily Mail.

I couldn’t find the reference to four year olds on official govt sites but here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/supporting-transgender-young-people-schools-guidance-scottish-schools/pages/2/

there is this:

Recognition and development of gender identity can occur at a young age. Some young people are exploring their gender identity in primary school settings. Primary schools need to be able to meet the needs of these young people to ensure they have a safe, inclusive and respectful environment in which to learn. This guidance is, therefore, applicable to primary school settings although careful professional judgement must be applied to ensure support offered is age appropriate.

Primary school starts in Scotland at the age of four. So the “Right Wing” concern is legitimate.

Edwige
Edwige
Aug 15, 2021 3:15 PM

“The recent news of Barack Obama’s vile selfie birthday celebration for his celebrity “friends” at his 29-acre estate and mansion”.

You mean all the news’ coverage that it was a reckless super-spreader event that would produce a spike in cases and probably kill grandma?

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 3:15 PM

First reaction: I want one of those palaces like in the picture.

Second reaction: I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it…

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Aug 15, 2021 4:33 PM
Reply to  wardropper

George Harrison seemed happy enough puttering about the gardens of his palace with his son in his dotage ?

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 8:55 PM
Reply to  Jim McDonagh

I’m planning not to make it into dotage.
To paraphrase Plato: “There comes a point when it is only good manners to die.”

He put a figure on it: 70.

But today’s 70 isn’t the same as during his lifetime, so I probably have a few years left…

George Harrison was of course no Plato, and in any case I doubt his palace filled any empty spaces there might have been in his soul.
But I have to say I liked him well enough as a musician.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Aug 15, 2021 8:32 PM
Reply to  wardropper

“free” tennantry, for responsible “peasantry”, with 2.5 hectares husbandry lol

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Aug 16, 2021 1:23 AM
Reply to  rubberheid

…- *3 Acres And A Cow*, or GTFO!…

😉

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Aug 15, 2021 3:12 PM

Until three hundred odd years ago, the rich needed serfs and slaves to build and sustain their wealth. Then a change took place with the development of a middle class. The rich needed the middle class for their creativity in order to build the technology which will now lead to the demise of the human race as we know it through the integration with the “cloud” which will eventually eliminate human thought. Arch psychopath Henry Kissinger’s famous phrase “useless eaters” evolved from our contemporary situation where the rise of robotics eliminates the need for either a serf class or middle class to preserve their wealth. According to the Georgia Guide Stones 95 percent of humanity is redundant. That is why they felt it time to initiate this global operation to re-install feudalism and a massive depopulation.

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 15, 2021 8:21 PM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

There’s a lot of talk about mass die-offs coming up in the near future.
I do not know if this is true or not. For a small group of people to have will and and the ability to commit such a crime is hard to believe.
But the same folks have had no problem promoting endless wars for decades, so anything is possible.

Here’s a thought.
If this mass killing is in the cards there are logistical things that must be done in advance to prepare.
The main thing that comes to mind it where to put the corpses? They would need a place to locate mass graves. This place must be close to population centers, but out of sight and smell range.
If this is coming soon then the folks behind it have already started to prepare these sites. If 10 of thousands are going to be murdered these sites will have to large and they will need heavy equipment to do the digging.

So my point is this. Maybe take a Sunday drive and see if there are unusual earth mover activity in places where it doesn’t add up.

I hope I’m wrong, because I suspect I’m one of the folks our friends at the top would like to see take up permanent residence in one of their mass graves

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 10:23 PM
Reply to  2fat2surf

You assume the purveyors of destruction would be bothered by piles of corpses in the street. They wouldn’t. They already have their New Zealand bunkers ready for when any mass die-off begins.

Martha
Martha
Aug 15, 2021 11:20 PM
Reply to  2fat2surf

What makes you think they won’t load the corpses onto cargo ships & dump them in the ocean? They obviously don’t give a shite about the oceans, or they wouldn’t want them filled with plastic etc. Might be more fun to drop them from planes into active volcanoes. Watch ’em sizzle. (she says, doing her best impression of a sociopath.)

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 15, 2021 11:26 PM
Reply to  Martha

Maybe. But that implies these folks are invincible. They are not.

I disagree about letting bodies pile up on the street. When that happens people will see they have nothing to lose and will revolt. They can’t have that.
Especially in western nations.
As Jim Morrison said; “They got the guns, but we got the numbers”.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Aug 16, 2021 2:50 AM
Reply to  2fat2surf

They will use the divide and conquer technique as they have for millennia. They will turn brother against brother and sister against sister. Insanity and berzerkers will reign. The corpse will remain where they fell to remind the living from whom to exact vengeance. Most will probably be too gullible to point their pitchforks in the appropriate direction.

Al least that is their agenda. It doesn’t have to be that way.

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 16, 2021 6:02 AM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

I doubt it. No matter what the conditions bodies have always been removed asap to be buried or burned. They are not left to rot in front of one and all. Even during major wars bodies are removed from the battle field as soon as it is safe to do.
There are exceptions, of course. But, the rule is to bury the dead. This applies even in the least civilized and organized societies.

Howard
Howard
Aug 16, 2021 3:01 PM
Reply to  2fat2surf

In the past the ruling class still needed the pretense of caring about the masses – because, in the past, it was still possible to get to them.

It is no longer possible to extract vengeance on the psychopaths – and won’t be again until they transhumanize themselves, at which time hackers will rule the world.

Imagine what a feast hundreds of brains hooked up to computers would be for hackers. “Let’s see, whose brain shall we take out today? Gates or Schwab?”

Kind of brings a smile to your face, doesn’t it?

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 17, 2021 1:11 AM
Reply to  Howard

Don’t you think you’re being a little bit defeatist?

kevx
kevx
Aug 24, 2021 9:01 PM
Reply to  2fat2surf

are you bringing a gun to a microwave fight?

grr
grr
Aug 16, 2021 12:23 AM
Reply to  2fat2surf

US has passed or is passing legislation that will allow liquefying of cadavers. The tech is already to go.

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 16, 2021 6:04 AM
Reply to  grr

I don’t know anything about that. But even still with a mass die off that will require large infrastructure that is close to large population centers.

Stewart
Stewart
Aug 16, 2021 12:50 PM
Reply to  grr

What is the problem that liquefaction solves? You spend a lot of energy turning compact human-sized units into a liquid mass of identical volume and weight which is just as or even more prone to putrefaction in room temperature conditions.
Seperation of the solids from the liquid will involve another process (centrifugefiltering/dehydration) which will use more energy and you will STILL have solids and tainted water to dispose of.
Burning is by far the most efficient method, the chemical reaction is fuelled by the corpse itself. A cremated human being results in somewhere between 2kg and 4kg of ash (depending on their size)
Or is there a financially profitable use that liquefied humans can be put to? Fertiliser?

juno
juno
Aug 16, 2021 2:13 AM
Reply to  2fat2surf

If ‘conspiracy theory’ is correct, all of this is mostly already in place. Lots of talk about what you describe going on post 911.Discounted as hysteria. I took it with a grain of salt back then, but given the fruition of so many ‘theories’, I do think about it.

2fat2surf
2fat2surf
Aug 16, 2021 6:13 AM
Reply to  juno

My response is that any rational honest person who observes the world trade center towers collapsing can not be help come to the conclusion that the governments story is BS.
If that is the case then the folks we are up against are mass murderers who consider folks like us to no more than insects to be disposed of at their pleasure.
And most important these same folk or the next generation of them are still running things and have been preparing for this covid fraud for years.
I believe they will fail. But not before killing millions.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 3:05 PM

Fascinating talk about Jake Davison, the Plymouth shooter:
https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-news-13th-august-2021
 
Note:

  • The attempt to link him with America and the Incel movement
  • The speedy withdrawal of Davison’s YouTube content and effective “privatising” of this content to be reshaped in whatever way the media sees fit.
  • The ludicrous linking of Davison’s spree with the Luftwaffe attack on the UK in WW2 (Yes really!) The commentator puts this down to the effort of local MPs to appear concerned (in this case one Luke Pollard) but the WW2 meme has been fairly tumescent as of late.
  • Linking to Trump support
  • Davison’s shotgun certificate revoked but then returned. (As with Thomas Hamilton the Dunblane shooter.)
George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 3:09 PM
Reply to  George Mc

These commentators are droll. I love the patter over the African “pandemic” at 13:23. “Ooh that’s a big number, Mike” … “Ooh that’s not so big!”

Watt
Watt
Aug 15, 2021 5:54 PM
Reply to  George Mc

“droll”?… They are cheeky as flamingo!

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Aug 16, 2021 1:31 AM
Reply to  George Mc

…Plymouth is a tier-1 *Military* town and as such, a *Well Known* regional ‘Spook-Central’…

…For example: – Patrick Henningsen is ‘former’-Infowars and a practical co-presenter on RT’s ‘Crosstalk‘, is he not?…

Malatok
Malatok
Aug 15, 2021 2:29 PM

There is such a hermit’s hut where the light shines. It is the tiny cell in Belmarsh Prison where Julian Assange hangs onto his life by a thread.

BRAVO indeed!

Meanwhile the toxic lies and perversion spread by guttersnipe purveyors of filth and disinformation such as the rancid Daily Flail, pathetic Grauniad and the rest of the so-called press that venerate the sickness and contagion that is the collapsing anglozionazi empire of puss, threshing ad nauseam as they stoke the brainless masses in their consumerist binging of all things poisoned and rotten as they are herded with cheap smut to their covaids vaxx graves.

In the end we all go down the hole or up the chimney and only the soulless demons like the Obombers, Bojos and Merkills, these clowns and servants of the darkness have sold their stunted souls for five minutes of vanity, trinkets and the delusion that they are not destined for hell.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 2:28 PM

Open Democracy gets inspired by … Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

“Buffy’s message to a post-COVID world” 

Buffy as Greta!

Note the co-optation of Marxist class war rhetoric to fit the new wokery:

“Now that we’re emerging from lockdown and into a new world, the lesson Buffy teaches couldn’t be more relevant. We can stand up against the forces of darkness. Neoliberalism is dead, and the future of the planet will depend on what replaces it. Will we bow to a misogynistic and racist authoritarian capitalism that looks like it will burn the planet? Or will we learn to follow the powerful young women of the world, who more than any other demographic, are resisting, and insisting on something different?”

kevx
kevx
Aug 24, 2021 9:07 PM
Reply to  George Mc

yes, because the young women i see are so nurturing… we failed as the paternal protector and gave into greed and lust. they are failing as the maternal nurturer giving into ego and dominance…

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 2:11 PM

I now feel instinctively suspicious when I hear articles that attempt to draw “Right Wing” connections as a demonization tactic. From Open Democracy:  

“Revealed: Files expose ‘culture war’ ties between anti-abortion groups and Brexit
Leading Conservatives, including a Tory Party donor and Vote Leave’s Matthew Elliott, named in some of the 17,000 documents released by Wikileaks last week
he depth of the ties between leading Conservative Brexiteers and the global Christian Right, anti-abortion and anti-LGBT movement are laid bare in a series of documents released by Wikileaks last week. They are among 17,000 internal files originating from controversial ultra-conservative campaigning organisations in Spain.

“Reactionary and authoritarian movements are springing up everywhere [… and they can] share resources, ideas, strategies and even individual actors … This is the tremendous irony of Brexit. It wasn’t just about Britain. The reaction to globalism is no less global than globalism itself.”

‘What these documents reveal is the degree of covert cross-fertilisation and collaboration between Right and far-Right organisations globally’”

This from WikiLeaks, eh? Well I always had doubts about that site. But even those who support Assange as a genuine freedom fighter may wonder if his site has been co-opted?

And this isn’t an argument for Brexit – just an observation that, instead of arguing against Brexit, all this shower are doing are drawing supposed connections with the Right.
 

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 3:05 PM
Reply to  George Mc

My answer to all of that is simply to refuse to recognize ‘left’ and ‘right’ as terms which have any meaning for today’s human beings.
Just as we no longer talk of ‘The British Empire’ as if it was a thing, I don’t believe mankind fits any longer into ‘right or left’ categories.

We’re down to good versus bad here.

In fact the baddies here have played into our hands in that regard.
They have infiltrated ‘the left’ so that it has become ‘the right’, while the ‘far-right’ are now supposed to be guilty of ‘communism, socialism and leftism’.

So what does a critical thinker do in the face of that soup?
He throws the whole lot out and looks at the human, or sub-human qualities of the individuals concerned.

No ‘isms’ are going to save us now. Only clear, informed, personal thinking.
Those that can’t keep up simply won’t, although I find it quite conceivable that if they survive somehow, maybe their time will come later…

For now, I think many of us are going to be saying goodbye to some former friends and allies.
I think everybody realizes that people are not all on the same rung of the ladder, but that doesn’t need to be interpreted by the politically-correct as a negatively judgemental statement, any more than to state that a sparrow isn’t an eagle.

Both are birds, and both can fly, which we can’t do.
But they are still not the same as each other.

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 3:37 PM
Reply to  wardropper

It’s only humanity that makes sparrow and eagle the same thing: they are both things God has given us dominion over. Therefore, whether they live or die depends entirely on us.

Compared to man’s hubris, his mansions are dung hills.

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 8:59 PM
Reply to  Howard

Strangely, Howard, I don’t feel as if I have the slightest dominion over either of them. In fact I rather look up to them.

But I heartily agree with you about man’s hubris.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Aug 15, 2021 10:49 PM
Reply to  Howard

God has given us dominion over…. ? Really?!

Stewart
Stewart
Aug 16, 2021 1:43 PM
Reply to  Veri Tas

Yes, really. It is self-evident that the Animal Kingdom has no answer to, or defence against, Human intelligence and co-operation. If you believe in God, then you necessarily believe that our “dominion” over animals is God-given. You may have decided to not believe in God, but the fact of our power remains.
The important question is not who or what gave us this power, but what are we going to do with it?

kevx
kevx
Aug 24, 2021 9:12 PM
Reply to  Stewart

is that your gods word or the word of some man that said he wrote down your gods word. if i was a psycho, i would ask you to turn the other cheek. calm down, its okay, while i strangling…

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 17, 2021 1:07 PM
Reply to  Veri Tas

I greatly fear the truth of that statement lies in the fact that we can exterminate them all at will.
Now there’s a test of what it really means to be human…

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 3:56 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Sure enough but false dichotomies die hard – especially when they are deliberately stamped in. I am now in the curious position of having to revise just about every preconception I have.

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 9:13 PM
Reply to  George Mc

You’re not alone, George.
I find myself doing the same.
Also, however, I can see that some of my former controversial views have turned out not to be so controversial after all.
It doesn’t look to me as if literally everything is about to be swept away, but I often wonder who it is that will be doing the sweeping…

Schwab and his likes seem to me to be eminently expendable freaks, and I suspect that some of the people behind his global prominence are bright enough to find him expendable too.
We have already discovered that mankind has become so lethargic that it will let any old thing control it, but if Schwab is the ‘chosen one’, then I’d say our doom is very nigh…

The application forms for high political office now have a box to tick for ‘HUMAN’, or ‘OTHER’, while a footnote states that nobody indicating ‘OTHER’ will be discriminated against…

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:03 PM
Reply to  wardropper

My biggest false preconception was that there is such a thing as The Left. There isn’t.

Willem
Willem
Aug 15, 2021 2:03 PM

Years ago, I discovered some documents that showed that one of this country’s most famous philosophers, known for his lofty moral pronouncements, owned a lot of stock in companies that were doing evil things – war making, poisoning and killings huge numbers with chemicals, etc.’

He must have been a pragmatist*

Well, there is some kharma in the possessions of rich people. One is, what you own, ends up owning you. Two, what rich people have in money, they lack in taste. Three, is that they are condemned to the endless task of filling their coffers with money that has no bottom.

*No, it is Chomsky: https://www.reddit.com/r/chomsky/comments/bwrqec/noam_chomskys_comments_on_his_ownership_of/

Who D. Who
Who D. Who
Aug 18, 2021 1:49 PM
Reply to  Willem

I’m a little stunned, I must say. “To survive…” says Chomsky. Stocks in armaments and pharmaceuticals? To survive? With his MIT salary and rich royalties from his books, he needs armaments and big pharma “to survive?”

The idols are crashing down. Beware falling debris.

Hank
Hank
Aug 15, 2021 1:45 PM

“It is rare that one becomes super-wealthy in an honest and ethical way.”
It is just as rare that poor people are honest and ethical also. Money has nothing to do with morals.

The hard working person who made their millions honestly also took the most risk and more than likely put in many more hours to get to where they did. They went all in and won, not all win of course, most lose but fortune favors the brave not the lazy and timid.

People today are happy spending money on phones, drugs, alcohol and living it up every weekend while other put their shoulder to the wheel and grind it out till they find reward or go bust. Not everybody gets a trophy. 

Why deny those that work hard and take risks or label the majority of those that make it as unethical or dishonest?

Find me an honest an ethical person in society today for even the police,church and courts are corrupt.

You quote Jesus or the bible but it doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, it says the love of money is the root of all evil. Pity you didn’t quote the story of Lot and how he was granted much more than he had before.

Is food evil or is being a glutton evil?

OffG flying that Red Star proudly again.

October
October
Aug 15, 2021 2:22 PM
Reply to  Hank

Are the drug companies that are fattening on their refusal of any liability for their products among those “that work hard and take risks” ?

Hank
Hank
Aug 15, 2021 5:04 PM
Reply to  October

You talking about Pablo Escobar or Albert Bourla?

Both take risks. One is dead the other won’t be sleeping well for a long time.

Big al
Big al
Aug 15, 2021 3:30 PM
Reply to  Hank

“The hard working person who made their millions honestly”. Exactly Hank, but the point was, “it is rare that one becomes super wealthy in an honest and ethical way”. You didn’t refute that, just pointed out that not all rich people are assholes, and yes, some do work hard for their spoils. But for every one of those, now, in 2021, there are ten (at least) who aren’t. Take the Hedge Fund billionaires (please!). Take the vaccine billionaires (please!!). Take the MIC CEOs and the Blackrock investors, and, etc., etc. Take Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and George Soros and all those slimy sociopaths and send them to Mars. Not to mention the Queen of England and her fairy tale princes and princesses.

Wealth inequality goes with lack of democracy goes with the controlled slavery we’re being forced into, what has happened and is happening can’t be justified.

Hank
Hank
Aug 15, 2021 5:07 PM
Reply to  Big al

You didn’t refute that,”

You must have missed the part where I said,” It is just as rare that poor people are honest and ethical also” or “Find me an honest an ethical person in society today for even the police,church and courts are corrupt.”

Big al
Big al
Aug 15, 2021 6:58 PM
Reply to  Hank

Right, you didn’t refute it. You simply said that poor people (and those in the police, church and courts) are just as bad. So your view of humanity isn’t very favorable. Just about everybody sucks. I can’t argue with that much today.

Hank
Hank
Aug 16, 2021 1:25 PM
Reply to  Big al

Again they are your words not mine.

What I said was there is just as many Unethical people who are poor, middle class and rich.

Money has nothing to do with it.

Spoon feeding people is getting boring.

My solution is justice for the corrupt criminals with capitalism.

What’s yours?

Maybe I shouldn’t ask questions I know the answer to?

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Aug 15, 2021 10:53 PM
Reply to  Hank

Bang on!

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 3:48 PM
Reply to  Hank

You have accepted the basis of all human evil: that it is good to strive for as much as you can get out of life.

Hard work and extra hours produce wealth; but they can never produce ethics. They will always deflect morals: who has time for morals when there’s a job to be done? The doing of the job produces all the morals a man will ever need.

The story of Lot is the single most evil parable in human history. His friends stood by him through all his trials – until he lost his wealth; then they finally deserted him. Ah, but there’s a happy ending: God gave him much greater wealth, and a brand spanking new family ever so much finer than the one God took away. Who needed those losers anyway?

All’s well that ends well.

Hank
Hank
Aug 15, 2021 5:10 PM
Reply to  Howard

“You have accepted the basis of all human evil: that it is good to strive for as much as you can get out of life”.:

They’re your words not mine.

For you also didn’t read “Is food evil or is being a glutton evil?”

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 5:20 PM
Reply to  Hank

Soon that’ll be a moot point. If Bill Gates has his way, food will be as evil as gluttony – maybe his “philanthropy” will cure the world of one of its seven deadly sins! Who would possibly approach lab grown food with gluttonous eyes?

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 10:25 PM
Reply to  Hank

I forgot to add that food and wealth are different categories. Food is a requirement of nature; without it we die. Wealth, however, is a choice.

Hank
Hank
Aug 16, 2021 1:36 PM
Reply to  Howard

Give all the wealth you have away see how you go. Give it to the poor. At least you’ll be rich in spirit.

The food analogy is not about sustenance but about your ability to control your feelings whether they be to stuff yourself or be generous with your wealth and share. You know to be ethical with food and money.

James
James
Aug 15, 2021 3:56 PM
Reply to  Hank

I get what you are saying. I don’t think the author was necessarily speaking to the typical small-business owner who put in 100-hour weeks for years on end to get his business afloat (though that can be a soul-crushing experience if done without balance and reflection). The article was more to those who pursued obscene wealth or gave themselves over to the lure of easy money, and the hypocrisy of their public image vs. the reality of their lives. Just last night I was thinking again about those Pf1zer execs who became billionaires this year, while millions suffer from the effects their poisons. How can they sleep at night?

Every one of us is born with sin, and the poor are no different. It’s just in his poor condition, the poor person is more likely to cry out to God and find his sustenance in him. There’s an interesting piece of scripture that points to the dilemma confronting both rich and poor:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

-Proverbs 30:8-9

Hank
Hank
Aug 15, 2021 4:34 PM
Reply to  James

Not saying you think this way but if anyone thinks wealthy people don’t suffer are either jealous or blind.

Wealthy cry out to God as well.

Just as many people say the love of money is the root of all evil just as many say money doesn’t buy you happiness.

Apsara
Apsara
Aug 15, 2021 5:22 PM
Reply to  Hank

Responsibilty. I am a small ethical business owner, it is nearly impossible to achieve. My business is in holistic health, so ethical values are 100% aligned with thé vision and bélief of my business. I honestly believe that maximum 1% of large buisnesse are truely ethical. The system makes it nearly impossible. If the excessively rich are crying to God, they should start by taking responsibilty for all their actions. Then, maybe God might, hopefully, give a helping hand.

Hank
Hank
Aug 16, 2021 1:44 PM
Reply to  Apsara

And what do you want “God” to do make you rich? Then everything will be alright? I’ve seen corrupt poor people and rich people. If you can’t see that then I have nothing else to say. I’ve seen poor people rip off their own mother as I have seen Gates rip off people.

Again not everyone gets a trophy in this life.

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 5:25 PM
Reply to  Hank

Here’s where every rich person, at least in America, goes off the rails: they will point out how hard work and dedication is what creates wealth.

They’re not too pleased when you point out there are people throughout the world who work so hard and so long that they earned an early death – and have absolutely nothing to show for it.

So it’s not the “hard work” that matters – it’s where that “hard work” was performed.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Aug 15, 2021 7:38 PM
Reply to  Howard

spot on, the hardest working fuckers are often the poorest, so it goes. they are also usually kept as sarge or foreman and never reach the giddy heights and wages of the professionally incompetent.
Meritocracy is a fucking lie!

Hank
Hank
Aug 16, 2021 1:49 PM
Reply to  Howard

Did you get to choose to who and where you were born?

Luck can be with you or not. Such is the universe.

A lot of people here crying about the unfairness of it all but nobody has ever spoke about a solution?

kevx
kevx
Aug 24, 2021 11:09 PM
Reply to  Hank

yes hank, those that support the system and ideals behind it seem to my 1st pick as the actual enemy. i know the psycho, rich or poor, and what to expect. it is those that hold up the capitalistic ideals that everything is a commodity are the actual suspects in my mind.

Lulu
Lulu
Aug 16, 2021 2:28 AM
Reply to  James

Every one of us is born with sin – ??? What on earth do you mean, James?

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:05 PM
Reply to  Hank

The hard working person who made their millions honestly also took the most risk and more than likely put in many more hours to get to where they did.

Like say Bill Gates?

Hank
Hank
Aug 16, 2021 1:51 PM
Reply to  George Mc

No like Lucky Luciano?

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 1:34 PM

Breakthrough cases are a bigger problem then has been let on. And right at the beginning of this piece is is acknowledged what some of us have known since 2020.. the vaccines were never going to reduce or stop transmissibility
Public Health Authorities & Media Messaging LIED/LIES About Covid Vaxx Effectiveness- Breakthrough Cases Bigger Problem

“The vaccines were

    never tested to prevent transmission,

only symptomatic disease, and those who knew the science expected, from the outset, that we would see some number of such cases,..” (breakthroughs) If you read through the report you’ll understand the breakthroughs are coming abundantly among the vaccinated- the numbers were fudged to create the perception that this was a ‘pandemic’ of unvaccinated. That was a gross misrepresentation of reality- How the data was fudged to create this false reality is explained.

“The message that breakthrough cases are exceedingly rare and that you don’t have to worry about them if you’re vaccinated — that this is only an epidemic of the unvaccinated — that message is falling flat,” Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina”

their big concern is, they just want to get vaccinations up. And they don’t want to punch any holes in the story about vaccines.

The central distortion reflected in the Kaiser report — and echoed by communicators elsewhere,

Echoed by the communicators? Lies repeated by liars… in the msm and in the alternative, ahem, media. A couple of specific alts come to mind…

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 1:37 PM
Reply to  Penny

apologies the edit function is not functioning so I can’t tidy the comment up. The broken up sentence above should run as below

“The vaccines were never tested to prevent transmission, only symptomatic disease, and those who knew the science expected, from the outset, that we would see some number of such cases,..”

(breakthroughs)

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 1:29 PM

The darkness removes illusions for it calls forth the light within. At night all houses become mansions; their ugliness dissipates into mere shape.

I used to walk the dog at night in a nearby tract of homes – not McMansions but McSomethings. Seeing just their lights and shapes, I was amazed at how immensely rich ordinary Americans are, to be able to live in such mansions.

Yet inside each would have been the same clamoring to get out, to get away, to get something bigger and better. Inside lived not people but dreams – the American Dream, to always want more as proof of having lived a good life.

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 2:16 PM
Reply to  Howard

I’m a teacher who works privately with students of very wealthy parents. It’s depressing when visiting their opulent houses to see how soulless most of these places are. Lots of shiny white and black goods, appalling modern art, and very, very few books. It’s amazing how empty wonderful creations such as human beings can be.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 1:09 PM

I just overheard a zoom meeting which my wife was “attending” and there was the talk about “What are we going to do about covid?” with stuff about how we can’t currently insist on folk getting vaccinated but nobody wants to sit next to an unvaxxed person etc. And how someone felt deeply anxious about being on a train with no social distancing and watching with horror as children were allowed to run about etc. This is the kind of “mind soup” which the media has created. The rulers won’t have to impose fascism. They can now let the dumbass majority do it.

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 1:21 PM
Reply to  George Mc

“They can now let the dumbass majority do it.”

And they are relishing it!

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 2:18 PM
Reply to  George Mc

One of the great and to my mind, humorous, ironies of the current history: the people most terrified of this “virus” are the vaxxed. Anti-jabbers don’t give a shit!

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Aug 15, 2021 10:58 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Yes, dumbass and evil. So, evil exists among the poor and middle classes, too.

KarenEliot
KarenEliot
Aug 15, 2021 1:07 PM
Edwige
Edwige
Aug 15, 2021 12:55 PM

More people being sent to the big house under Biden:

https://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2021/07/federal-prison-population-starting-to-grow-again-as-we-approach-six-months-into-biden-administration.html

And in the UK the House is being recalled to debate Afghanistan. Are we going to war with all countries that force face-coverings on women?

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 3:26 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Excellent news that they are being recalled. If we plebs can’t have summer hols, why should they?

rubberheid
rubberheid
Aug 15, 2021 7:43 PM
Reply to  Steve

anyone know a useful Guy? ; )

dr death
dr death
Aug 15, 2021 12:29 PM

observations can be useful, but also limiting… one has to take a long hard look at the ontological… as unpleasant as that may be..

from there one can view evil being rewarded…. and useless fabrications such as an after-life as imagined by human imbeciles posited as imaginary reward for indentured servitude to pointless and self refuting ideology… the knee-jerk automata replete with rictus grin shuffling about their demonic business..

‘work’ is one of the ‘things’ that ‘defines them as ‘entities’ but their ‘work’ being more or less useless, casts back a poor reflection.. (which is why the ‘stars’ whom the imbeciles follow as they always have, for guidance and direction, will be well rewarded, and well beyond talent.. one has to differentiate amongst the common vermin you see)…

mechanisms to consume ‘time’ and ‘life energy’ thus neutering ‘growth’..

growth being a universal inarguable….. reformatted by the inverse and hollow as debt and imprisonment..
within a fake reality within a fake reality..

one can understand the ‘hollow mens’ obsession with the mechanical and an imperfect creation..

and they may have a ‘point’… but one must also remember that anything below perfection will of course be by nature ‘imperfect’..

thus malleable and dynamic…open to suggestion and ‘change’… the Creators gift to all.

because if your society seems evil and immoral, well it probably reflects accurately the imbeciles that inhabit it…

wardropper
wardropper
Aug 15, 2021 2:12 PM
Reply to  dr death

Of course once you have dismissed all concepts other than those espousing crass materialism, you aren’t going to recognize serious arguments concerning morality, or the notions of good and evil.

From that starting point, it is only logical that the victims of diabolic machinations have only themselves to blame.

Thank heaven there are other ways of looking at the matter.

dr death
dr death
Aug 15, 2021 2:46 PM
Reply to  wardropper

indeed mr ‘wardropper’…. the notion of culpability….

the hollow men have obtained much via their use of misdirection and of course ‘guilt’…

or original sin etc etc….

but sometimes it seems that the universal man is really just a lazy creature…. and suffers for his sloth.. and conformity..

it’s always better for such imbeciles to allow someone else to do the ‘heavy lifting’ mentally and spiritually, thereby sidestepping ‘responsiblity’ for outcome..(which invariably will be ‘bad’, the socio-pathic being far more motivated and materialistic)… they will of course then belligerently apportion blame (usually at those they are instructed to by the usual organs)..having been shagged right royal..

it’s interesting to now observe the ‘construct’ (or constructs) they inhabit, all the more clearly as the hollow mens ‘magic’ wanes (the end of history?)… the ridiculous and infantile virus nonsense offering optimum perspective ..

at the very least one can experience first hand the machinations that compelled millions of men to line up in ditches in france to be slaughtered 105 years ago..

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
Aug 15, 2021 12:26 PM

The CDC and NIH commissioned a Specialist in functional Respitory Immunisation and Inflammation Regulation in a sponsored study and trials regarding Covid and covid Vaccines…Being an expert in Respitory Viruses, his findings are coming out now.

Firstly he has stated, that as far as masks are concerned, the minute aerosol particles from the virus go straight through any mask, so the masks are NOT effective in ANY WAY, as a preventative measure.

He said that the respitory virus circulates all year long seeking out a low immune system, which usually occurs in winter, when vitamin D levels are lower, unless it can find a host with what’s called a symptomatically deranged immune system. The COVID VACCINES ARE PROVIDING THIS SORT OF SYMPTOMATICALLY DERANGED IMMUNE SYSTEMS…They have animal reservoirs, unlike smallpox or other vaccines, and create respitory viral syndrome enhancement…the vaccinated then shed pathogens especially viral respitory pathogens to THE UNVACCINATED..thereby SPREADING THE VIRUS.

He said that people who have had covid would NOT receive any benefit whatsoever from the vaccines and in fact, would be 2-4 times likely to have serious side effects.

He said the vaccines CANNOT STOP INFECTION.

He also did trials on covid patients using Iver mectin, zinc, and vitamin D with outstanding success, with ZERO need for any hospitalisations.

He said the reason that the covid outbreaks are happening in warmer seasons now is because the virus is infecting the compromised immune systems of the vaccinated and spreading to those who are unvaccinated…He said THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN VACCINES GO WRONG.

He said it is IMPOSSIBLE TO VACCINATE AGAINST COVID, but it can easily be treated with Iver mectin zinc and vitamin D, with no problem.

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 1:19 PM
Reply to  Pig Swill

Where can one find this information?
A report? A link?
I’m interested in reading about about what this specialist said and who it might be?

Annie
Annie
Aug 15, 2021 11:59 AM

Don’t know if this is off subject but the shooter in Plymouth has been called an incel?Dont even know what that means,A woman hater and a conspiracy theorist,Plus a domestic terrorist according to the Telegraph.

JohnEss
JohnEss
Aug 15, 2021 1:11 PM
Reply to  Annie

incel” is short for “involuntary celibate,” or a person who “can’t have sex despite wanting to.” Incels believe that they are inherently disadvantaged from having a romantic or sexual partner because they are unattractive, insecure, not masculine enough, or too mentally ill, among other reasons. Most incels are straight, cisgender men.”

Here is the link to the site containing the meaning.

https://www.dailydot.com/irl/what-is-an-incel/

A longer-established description for such people is “sad bastard who hates everyone”.

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 2:34 PM
Reply to  JohnEss

I wonder how the definition of ‘incel’ came to be?
In fact I wonder how the word ‘incel’ came to be?
Does anyone know?

JohnEss
JohnEss
Aug 15, 2021 3:09 PM
Reply to  Penny

It’s a concatenation/contraction of “involuntary celibate”

I am unsure if they picked the name or if the name picked them.

It’s not a branch of society with which I am au fait…

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 3:28 PM
Reply to  JohnEss

“Sad bastard who hates everyone” I thought that was Bill Gates.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Aug 15, 2021 7:49 PM
Reply to  Steve

no, that’s “gimp bastert who hates everyone,” : )

Ernest Judd
Ernest Judd
Aug 15, 2021 7:39 PM
Reply to  JohnEss

Incels make narcissists VERY uncomfortable.
What Incels reveal is that society’s behaviour is so repugnant that the Incels find it hard to participate in that society. The narcissists always make it personal, as if they ARE the behaviour they express.
Which is why MSM evoke Incels in a pejoritive fashion.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:08 PM
Reply to  JohnEss

The irony is that “involuntary celibacy” describes the lives of most people most of the time. No matter what the media and the movies and the TV tell you, the world is not a non-stop round of rampant pumpery.

Edwige
Edwige
Aug 15, 2021 11:44 AM

Presented as when, not if and the serious arguments get buried in with a ton of whimsy:

https://dumptheguardian.com/money/2021/aug/15/cashed-out-a-fond-farewell-to-coins-and-notes

No comments allowed in case anyone confronts people with the serious points in a way that doesn’t obfuscate them. Whimsy is an effective weapon, especially with the English middle classes for whom it functions like something of a lullaby.

The conclusion is that cash is doomed because her sons don’t use it – as if she has no leverage over their behaviour and didn’t play any part in its formation. It’s just progress unfolding, not engineering of course.

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 12:03 PM
Reply to  Edwige

On the other hand, she does show awareness of what is being lost: 

“We’ll lose more than our anonymity if we let cash die. Without it, all in-person shopping could soon resemble Amazon’s spookily dystopic Go stores. “So much of how shops look and how they are organised is based around the transaction,” retail historian Graham Soult explains …
 
“People’s memories are shaped not so much by what they bought but by the process of paying for it.” If our high streets lose the interpersonal element of a physical transaction, what will they offer? “One of the areas where bricks and mortar retail can deliver something different is that human interaction, that act of handing over the product and paying for it and being given it back in a nice bag.” If Covid has dealt cash a possible death blow, Soult highlights the new fondness for smaller retailers it has fostered. “After Covid, some people are craving that social aspect of shopping more than ever. It might not be about the act of payment per se, but it’s that human, experiential aspect that makes them stand out.”

We’ll also lose a rich cultural resource. The British Museum’s Money gallery has coins from around 200BC which are the only evidence of 22 kings and two queens ruling an area of modern-day Pakistan and northern India: we only know they existed because of the collection. The Royal Mint holds never-circulated coins for Edward VIII, created pre-abdication, so sensitive their existence was a tightly guarded secret. Tokens used daily to acquire goods and services are a perfect medium to convey political messages, too: Roman emperors sold the idea of empire through coinage. Soviet ruble notes of the 1920s exhorted workers of the world to unite in multiple languages, while coins depicted the bright Bolshevik future: a factory bathed in sunlight.”

In our sadly atomised world, hard cash transactions are one of the last remnants of face-to-face community. I have a disabled son and it seems the highlight of his week is going to the local supermarket and buying stuff – which he tellingly has little use for after he buys. 

Annie
Annie
Aug 15, 2021 12:08 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I agree it’s the interaction with the seller that highlights the experience,Not the ping of a card on a machine.By the way I always use money.

JohnEss
JohnEss
Aug 15, 2021 1:13 PM
Reply to  Annie

I have recently gone back to using cash.

Anything I can do to obfuscate their tracking of me, then I will do it.

Penny
Penny
Aug 15, 2021 1:20 PM
Reply to  Edwige

I’m still using cash. Daily.
From groceries to gas. And I’ve used it always. The pandemic, so called, changed nothing in that regard

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 11:39 AM

It seems that some tweets are simply too dangerous. This from Catte’s Twitter:

“Catte Black
@catte_black

This is the road map. They are barely hiding it. It will happen whether you have the courage to face it or not.

Your kids will have to live in this hell you were too scared to oppose. https://twitter.com/_inthistogether/status/1426434420152602626

This Tweet is unavailable.”

Clicking on the link, leads to this:

“Hmm… this page doesn’t exist. Try searching for something else.”

Hmm indeed!

Annie
Annie
Aug 15, 2021 11:31 AM

Let me tell you about wealth here In Cornwall.Prince Charles has built a village on green belt land outskirts of Newquay,The homes are damp and cracked.He’s a supposed environmentalist.

October
October
Aug 15, 2021 12:43 PM
Reply to  Annie

And Gates is a supposed philanthropist 🙂

KarenEliot
KarenEliot
Aug 15, 2021 1:00 PM
Reply to  Annie

Would I be right to assume Annie that these will be for working class people, to rent, while the homes they used to inhabit will be gentrified and priced beyond the means of locals?

James
James
Aug 15, 2021 4:04 PM
Reply to  KarenEliot

That’s already happened in the Scillys.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Aug 15, 2021 11:28 AM

The Gilded Age and the Robber Barons of Mark Twain’s time never left. In fact it and they became even more depraved, deranged and cruel than they already were. The war racketeer corporate fascist oligarch mobster psychopaths need to go.”

Now for some Debs

https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1918/court.htm

Annie
Annie
Aug 15, 2021 12:15 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

👍

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Aug 15, 2021 11:05 AM

History – Shakespeare – Macbeth. Here’s some editing – I’m sure the Bard would concur.

So ‘,,,a tale told by an covi-idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

Howard
Howard
Aug 15, 2021 4:07 PM
Reply to  Donald Duck

Ah, but a tale told by a covi-idiot would more likely be full of whining and fear, signifying their demise as humans. (Truth doesn’t have quite the same ring though, does it?)

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:31 AM

A recent thread on Twitter made me realise the whole nature of our societal/ political/ media scam.

First this from one Steven Donziger. “Advocate, writer & public speaker on human rights and corporate accountability.” 

Time to call out the 20-year adventure by the U.S. in Afghanistan for what it is: another epic failure by the “mightiest military” in the world.

Then a response from OffG:

Afghanistan was NOT a failure. Billions of tax dollars poured into military industrial pockets. Huge resurgence in the heroin trade. Bases on the borders of Iran, Pakistan AND China.

Thus the Left/Right march of our scribes. The rulers continue with their plans which never cease and whenever any particular act of carnage, genocide and destruction becomes too obvious to ignore, the Left step in to call it “a failure”, “a colossal mistake”, “incompetence” etc. This accusation looks gratifyingly retributive but is only a cover up for what is clearly calculated.

Thom
Thom
Aug 15, 2021 11:17 AM
Reply to  George Mc

No, the US empire really is dying on its feet The covid scam was a last throw of the dice to try to crush its rivals but is now also failing fast as one government after another breaks ranks, and peoples set themselves free. The US can no longer even win a war against meagre opposition Syria, so withdrawal from Afghanistan was inevitable. The rulers will indeed rule but the days of the US calling the shots over most of the world are over.

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 3:31 PM
Reply to  Thom

The US is simply going through the final stage of the Civilizational Cycle: terminal decline. Happens to all empires, societies and civilizations, and the signs are always the same: stupid military adventures, corrupt psychopathic leaders, sexual perversion, freakish art and debased coinage.

Steve
Steve
Aug 15, 2021 10:22 AM

Blessed are the truth-tellers.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 15, 2021 10:41 AM
Reply to  Steve

For they shall be nailed to a cross…..

George Mc
George Mc
Aug 15, 2021 10:10 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

And celebrated afterwards when their truth has been turned into its opposite.