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Kunstler: Fall of the Great Pumpkin

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Welcome to the witching month when America’s entropy-fueled death-wish expresses itself with as much Halloween jollity and merriment as the old Christmas spirit of yore. The outdoor displays alone take on a Babylonian scale, thanks to the plastic factories of China. I saw a half-life-size T-Rex skeleton for sale at a garden shop last week surrounded by an entire crew of moldering corpse Pirates of the Caribbean in full costume ho-ho-ho-ing among the jack-o-lanterns. What homeowner in this sore-beset floundering economy of three-job gig-workers can shell out four thousand bucks to decorate his lawn like the set of a zombie movie?

The overnight news sure took on that Halloween tang as the nation woke up to what is probably a national record for a civilian mad-shooter incident. So far, fifty dead and two hundred wounded at the Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival (one up in fatalities from last year’s Florida Pulse nightclub massacre, and way more injured this time).

The incident will live in infamy for maybe a day and a half in the US media. Stand by today as there will be calls far and wide, by personas masquerading as political leaders, for measures to make sure something like this never happens again. That’s rich, isn’t it? Meanwhile, the same six a.m. headlines declared that S &P futures were up in the overnight markets. Nothing can faze this mad bull, apparently. Except maybe the $90 trillion combined derivatives books of CitiBank, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs, who have gone back whole hog into manufacturing the same kind of hallucinatory collateralized debt obligations (giant sacks of non-performing loans) that gave Wall Street a heart attack in the fall of 2008.

Europe’s quaint doings must seem dull compared to the suicidal potlatch of life in the USA, but, believe me, it’s a big deal when the Spanish authorities start cracking the heads of Catalonian grandmothers for nothing more than casting a ballot. The video scenes of mayhem at the Barcelona polls looked like something out of the 1968 Prague uprising. And now that the Catalonia secession referendum passed with a 90 percent “yes” vote, it’s hard to imagine that a good deal more violent mischief will not follow. So far, the European Union stands dumbly on the sidelines. (For details, read the excellent Roel Ilargi Meijer column on today’s TheAutomaticEarth.)

Next in the cavalcade of October traumas: the USA versus the nuclear weapons ambitions of North Korea. This has been ramping up all year, of course, but it looks to be headed for a climax now that the Golden Golem of Greatness is at the helm. Most astounding, though, is America’s new method for conducting the most sensitive matters of foreign policy. The day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that his office was in contact with North Korean officials, the Secretary’s boss, You-Know-Who, tweeted out: “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”

Could this possibly be a cleverly orchestrated good cop / bad cop effort to bamboozle Kim Jung-un? Or is the US government just completely dysfunctional? Or maybe something else is afoot. Under normal circumstances, Mr. Tillerson would just resign after such a gross insult, but we must suppose that a patriotic sense of duty compels him to remain in office in case the need suddenly arises in this witching month to run over Mr. Trump with the 25th amendment — the clause in the constitution that allows a consensus of a pretty small number of national political leaders to toss out a sitting president on the grounds of derangement and incompetence. Stay tuned on that one.

Finally — well, who know what else may pop up now — there is the matter of Puerto Rico. Halloween there is not like New England, with our nippy fall mornings, steaming mugs of hot cider, and quickening fall color. It will remain 90-degrees-plus down there in the fetid, stinking ruins, with lots of still-standing water, broken communications, shattered supply lines, and very little electricity. FEMA and the US Military may be doing all they can now, but they must be on watch for the ominous blossoming of tropical disease epidemics. The story there is far from over. Trump travels there this week. That may be exactly the moment that the Deep State moves to take him down.

Kunstler



209 Comments on "Kunstler: Fall of the Great Pumpkin"

  1. Boat on Wed, 4th Oct 2017 11:32 pm 

    mak,

    Using your stats……. 11,572 for 9 months compared to the 30 years of 30,000 plus gun deaths. You then tell me to do real research. lol
    2010 to 2016 gun deaths
    The U.S. saw on average 8,592 gun homicides each year — 2.7 gun homicides for every 100,000 people — between 2010 and 2015, according to the latest data from the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research initiative that tracks guns.

    So on further review, this site claims peace broke out compared to 30 years of the past. mak just admit it, your hate just won’t allow you to comprehend data in a fair and balanced way.

    You have no clue about the US even though you claim to have lived here. You are to lazy to google the anti-American trash you pick up from your many sites.

    I do not argue that 1 gun death is ok but like any stat, you should put those stats in historical context.

  2. GregT on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 12:06 am 

    “You have no clue about the US even though you claim to have lived here.”

    He lived there for much longer than you have Boat, and he is your elder. IOW, he has knowledge and experience, that you do not have.

    You are to lazy to google the anti-American trash you pick up from your many sites.

    For fuck’s sakes Boat, that would be ‘you are too lazy to google’.

  3. makati1 on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 1:46 am 

    Greg, but if they do nothing to reign in their killer government, they are guilty by association. They certainly outnumber the government drones at least 10 to one. If they are not willing to die for their freedom, “let them eat cake” to quote a famous queen who later lost her head. They deserve what is coming.

  4. makati1 on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 1:52 am 

    Boat, what does history mean if the numbers are going exponential? As they are in the FSofA. Increasing gun deaths, suicides, drug abuse, bankruptcies, retirement plans going into the dumpster, the dollar losing its place in trade, obesity, Etc. ALL are the signs of a progressing FSofA collapse.

  5. makati1 on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 1:56 am 

    Boat, I lived in the US for 63 years and have returned there every year since I moved. I have seen/experienced everything that happened in the US since 1944. I liked Ike. How many years have YOU lived there and you still don’t know what is happening around you?

  6. Davy on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 4:23 am 

    Mad-cat1, you don’t deserve respect you earn it and you have not earned it. You left and are gone from the US now for 10 years although you live the daily deadly serious passion of American hate and resentment. You are the reason this board has been polluted with polarization. You have no interest in respect and compromise. While you were here in the US your life was a failure. Just because you are a sick old man means nothing. There are old people that respect others and have a proper education. You are a drop out and act like a PHD. pathetic

  7. makati1 on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 4:50 am 

    Davy, I don’t want your respect. You are a nobody. “The board” would be just fine without your sorry ass.

    I can debate with the rest of the contributors without being called names and being putdown by a 12 year old bully. They are civilized and mature. Even Boat and MM can debate my assertions in a mature way. We see the world in different ways, depending on our location and experience.

    It appears that I have the most experience of all but two here. By “experience” I mean life experience counted by years lived. You cannot say the same. I raised a very happy and successful family.

    I served in the US military for 11 years as an officer, armor platoon leader, medical platoon leader, maintenance platoon leader and artillery forward observer. I served in various religious positions for 30 years. I traveled to eight countries including to Dubai twice.

    I moved up from laborer to project manager/designer/estimator without a college degree. I am skilled in masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.

    I also gardened most of those years and raised all sorts of animals, giving me a basic experience in farming. Not to mention learning biology first in high school and then in college.

    I worked for a few years in chemical labs as an assistant. And ran a testing lab in a quartz crystal company grinding and polishing quartz and ruby crystals.

    My experiences are many over my 73 years. What can you boast for your few years? Goat farming? LOL

  8. Davy on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 5:05 am 

    You don’t debate mad-cat, you cut down people and an entire nation in generalized daily puke of unfocused hate. You promote Deagel dot com mass murder solution to solve the American problem and free up resources for China. You cut down people and have now for years. Do you remember telling me I didn’t like Asians because my daughter was screwed by one? Yea, that is on file just google the board. You are an asswipe hypocrite who points fingers at me for cutting you down. If you will notice I only attack people that attack me. Namely the “gang”. I have a particular enjoyment with attacking you since you spend every day redundantly and excessively cutting down everything about me.

    You are skilled at nothing but being a failure. You are a school dropout. You failed in your marriage. You failed as a parent or you would not have gone half way around the world to get away from your family to live with a Filipino boyfriend. You have no skills and just waste your day away drudging up shit on the US. You talk about farming but you are never at the fantasy farm. You are a fake and a farce.

    BTW, I am winning mad-cat1. You are now wasting so much time attacking me that you can’t spread your anti-American hate. I am winning and you are losing. This is just like I have told you several times over the years. I have asked you multiple times to moderate and show respect or I would attack you relentlessly. You may have thought I was joking but I was serious.

  9. makati1 on Thu, 5th Oct 2017 8:11 am 

    Look in the mirror,Davy. Again you are putting words into my mouth and dreaming up a life I never had. Does this insanity run in your family?

    BTW: Only in your little fantasy world, Davy. Not in the real world. I will continue to post what I want as long as I have the time to do so. You are insane Davy. And very frustrated. LMAO

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