Derangement On Your Part Does Not Constitute A Mandate On My Part

This is something I would have thought was obvious. Deranged people do not get to mandate behavior of folks who are sane. It has been that way my whole life; at least until recently.

The sane, rational, and grounded folks are the ones who set the social norms, decide what ought to be done, and generally keep things running socially.

Those that are deranged, depending on the severity, may get an appointment with a counselor, psychologist, “mood coach”, drug prescription, or in severe cases: forcibly institutionalized and / or tossed in jail. What they do not get is power and authority over others.

In the last 20 years or so, that seems to have become broken. I suspect this is by design, but with some accidental bits mixed in.

It seems to have started with the closing of the “Nut Houses” that States used to run. The “Crazy People” were just mainstreamed into society. Mostly that meant they lived on the streets (“Homeless”) or moved in with relatives who could tolerate them. In many cases, new drugs were prescribed so folks could hold down a job (even if of limited ability) to offset at least some of their expenses. These drugs generally do not improve their ideas, but often quiets them down and lets them focus better. (A few, very few, do wonders, but most of the anti-anxiety drugs make things worse and SSRIs can cause insanity breaks).

This, then, put a whole lot of Deranged People out in society with all us Normals. We were instructed to just tolerate them.

At the same time, the strongest enforcers of a good Moral Compass and social order, Churches & Religion, began to be replaced with some kind of Secular Rationalism (that wasn’t particularly rational… “My Truth” being an example. There is only “THE Truth”. IF you believe something else, it is called “Being WRONG”.

And yes, people are allowed to argue over what THE Truth might be as they search to find out if they are the one who’s OPINION is wrong. BTW, having a strongly held opinion does not make it Truth. Just a belief.

Communism fell and Global Socialism was tossed out of Eastern Europe and the USSR. Unfortunately, a lot of it landed in the European Union and American Universities… who began corrupting all sorts of Academic Fields.

Now, once again, we have a crop of Political Hacks, probably with various degrees of psychopathology, who got the best degree Daddy could buy from the best school that only let in rich idiots; who are now running the world and most institutions. Having been force feed a load of tripe and told it is their truth.

Some of them, in positions of great power (and lucrative too no doubt) have invented all manner of Crazy Stuff to use to attempt to tell us, the sane ones, how to live just the way THEY want us to live.

Chief among them is the notion that if YOU have a FEELING (often at odds with reality, BTW) that gives you the right to mandate my behaviour. Perhaps even demanding I be locked up in jail (or a Loony Bin if we still have any…)

Well, I’m here to tell you that their notion is as daft as the notion that if one fantasizes they are a dog, going in a litter box at school is normal, not deranged.

We all have certain INALIENABLE Rights. Freedom of speech. Freedom of assembly. The right to self defense (and by using weapons too. “Arms” are not just guns.) The right to control our own bodies and medical decisions. All manner of natural rights, derived from God. But deranged sociopaths don’t like that. They never have.

So we are presently being presented with all manner of Deranged Mandates. Like the biology defying idea that one can be any gender they want (papered over with the idea that “sex” is the hardware but “gender” is just how you feel about yourself.) At one time, “feelings” were something to be controlled. Now, it seems, that the deranged can not control them, but do want to force them on others.

When in doubt, look in your pants. Innies, Outies, and a very vary few (under fractional 1%) that have a medical condition such as XXY chromosomes or being a hermaphrodite. Those are medical conditions, and no, they are NOT normal. Innies are girls and use the girls rooms. Outies are boys and use the boys rooms. Everything else is just a long complicated derangement fantasy based on being confused (often, deliberately, by other sociopathic authority figures with An Agenda for control.)

Note that you ought to be free to do what you wish with whomever agrees. I grew up watching a Bull try to mount a tractor, and one cow trying to mount another one. That’s just nature. What you want to rub your parts on to feel good is not your “gender”. It is just what you like to feel. (Note that this did not make the bull into a tractor and did not make one of the cows a bull…)

But that’s just one example. There are many more. Take “Hate Speech”. The notion here is that if I don’t like what you say and I choose to be upset about it then you have somehow hurt me with hate, so ought to be punished. The problem here is that the punishment is to be inflicted without any objective basis. So, for example, if YOU say to ME that “there is no God” or that “A fetus is not a baby”; then that can be something that I decide “hurts me” and is “hateful”. While another person might decide that if you did NOT say those things, it “Hurts me” and is “hateful”. “Hate Speech” is just a cover fantasy for “Give me the power to punish anyone who has ideas I don’t like”. “Hate Speech” codes & laws need to be fought at every turn.

Similarly absurd, the notion of “Reparations” for something done by only a few rich families, 100+ years ago, who are no longer alive at all; ought to be paid to other people who have never been subject to that act. Oh, and it ought to be paid by people who were not alive at the time, and often came from other countries later. My Mother came from England after W.W.II. You know, the England that ended the slave trade that had African Blacks enslaving tribes they didn’t like, selling them to Arab Muslim slave traders who took them to the coast and sold them on. Well in about 1830 it was England that set up a sailing force to stop that. Nor did my Amish paternal grandmother have slaves. Nor did my Irish great grandparents who cane in from Ireland as “poor folk”.

So tell me again why the son of folks close to slaves them selves ought to pay for the actions of a Ruling Elite from 200 years ago? Eh? And give that money to folks who emigrated to this country after it was all history? If you think that sounds “Deranged” then you are on your way to a tidy mind.

BTW, most folks can’t keep out of each other’s pants. We know from shown history that many of the slave children were via the “Masters”. So to truly do justice, those with slave owner ancestry ought to do the paying… which will largely make it from themselves to themselves… Just leave my Northern White Trash Union ancestors out of it. All we did was fight a Civil War to end it…

You can pretty much go down the list of all the “ideas” being pushed by “Progressives” and “Lefties” of any sort and do a similar deconstruction.

Ukraine has a color revolution driven by the USA / UK / EU and then, starting in about 2014 until 2021 drops explosives on the Russians in Eastern Ukraine (that had always been Russia). So that makes Russia bad? When you have a WT? reaction to the logical syllogism, you know you have a Deranged Idea under inspection.

Similarly: Ukraine has wasted a 150,000 to 200,000 man army, has had thousands of its tanks destroyed, used up all its artillery and ammo for it. It is, at this very moment, losing a war that was instigated by The West (Ursula von der Leyen and others have confirmed that Minks Agreements were just to buy time for Ukraine to attack Russia, so that cat is out of the bag…). So NOW the hot topic is just how many more tanks, big guns, rockets, etc. is The West (i.e. NATO) going to pump into Ukraine to be similarly destroyed?

Note that while Ukraine has been losing about 8 soldiers for every Russian casualty, and is running out of replacements: Russia has called up 500,000 more (about 80,000 of them volunteers) and said it will have a 1.5 million man army in the next step. It is most likely that almost all of this heavy equipment will only arrive after Ukraine ceases to exist (if it gets there at all).

Furthermore, there just no way that Ukrainians can learn these systems in time to do anything with them other than be a “Target”. It takes at least 4 months to get adequate. A year of practice to get good. As this NATO proxy war with Russia has already used up most of the ammo stocks: we don’t have the ammunition needed for the amount of training required.

It will be an absolute disaster to have 3 or 4 entirely different types of tanks, with different maintenance packages, and using different ammunition. All by folks who have only just seen them. Yet that is what “Our Leaders” are hell bent on doing. That is Deranged Thinking. Doing something incredibly stupid, especially after having been told why it is incredibly stupid, is a Red Flag saying “This person is Deranged. Do not accept their ideas or requests.”

Then there is “Modern Monetary Theory”. It says a sovereign nation can never go broke and can spend as much as it wants by just printing more money. Yet we have a long history of nations sent to ruin by doing just that. Theory, meet reality:

It is an unholy mating of ignorance (few politicians are trained economists) with arrogance seasoned with excess greed and not enough self discipline. Yet it is what is running our economy today (most economies in The West…).

We know that more Good Guys with guns cuts crime. Yet The Left tells us they want to take away guns from Good Guys to reduce crime. Again, Deranged thinking. Emoting from false premises, not looking at The Truth in facts on the ground.

We know that the mRNA Jab does not stop spreading Covid, does not keep people out of hospitals, and does several kinds of damage (from heart damage to prolonged brain fog, to lethal clots and increased cancer risk). All with more damage than benefit for anyone under about 50. Yet we are told it’s A Good Thing to mandate them for everyone. Either incredible stupidity, or more likely a mixture of greed with malevolence. In any case, a Deranged Idea that is NOT to be accepted.

Eat Ze Bugs? They can cause a lot of food allergies.

Climate Change? Been going to put Florida under water in 12 years… since about 1980. The water level at the erosion plateaus in the Florida Keys is no higher than when I was there 20, and 50 years ago.

Perpetual Drought in California? Well it’s flooding right now. Just like several other Flooding Droughts over the last few decades that I’ve posted about.

This really is a Clown World driven by a load of Inverted Thinking. Just Say No.

When someone tries to foist some of this crap on you, just look at them and say:

“Deranged Thinking on your part does not constitute a Mandate on my part”

Then laugh just a little bit at them. Yes, it may feel a bit cruel, but it seems that laughter at their stupid ideas is what works sometimes.

I’m also rather fond of “That’s an incredibly stupid idea; and I don’t DO stupid”, but that can be a bit argumentative ; Besides, it might hurt their precious feelings and get you accused of “Hate Speech” for calling an idiotic idea idiotic.

I’m sure Y’all can think of more. Like not prosecuting crimes to enforce laws against crimes. Just self contradictory from the start.


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32 Responses to Derangement On Your Part Does Not Constitute A Mandate On My Part

  1. Julian Jones says:

    Thank you EM … absolutely yes, “a Clown World driven by a load of Inverted Thinking.”
    But where to start and is there a common theme here, to enable positive movement in the right direction? And “inverted thinking” is surely understating it …
    Here’s another classic case study – the Carbon Credits Racket. Turns out “more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless”.
    This is of course, a racket upon a racket … funny how this is co-ordinated by people who have precisely no practical expertise in the subject (but do fund a lot of academia to support their schemes). eg
    If soil carbon sequestration (and localised climate moderation) is required, then it can be done for ‘cents on the dollar’ – by leaving it to local practitioners, who know best. Here’s a great exemplar, wholly self-originated, and wholly effective. All profits accruing to local level.

    So it appears that scale is very important here (along with ‘Saying No’ to those seeking to impose their byzantine, self-seeking idiocy upon us).
    All well explained in the 1973 ‘Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered’.
    (The ‘advice to socialists’ needs updating ! This was 1970s UK !)
    Big is not beautiful … it is self-selecting and grossly inefficient – a major reason for continuously escalating debt within the economic system.

    Looking for a “Just Say NO” T shirt …

  2. H.R. says:

    Controlling language is a method of coercion used to get people to accept the deranged ideas.

    Last night, Mrs. H.R. remarked that she has noticed that the ‘homeless’ have suddenly become the ‘unhoused’. To what purpose is this change in language occurring?

    My first thought was of the old saying that “a house is not a home.” Many homeless are housed if only for a night in various shelters and perhaps a different place every night, but they are housed. It is not their home. Homeless is accurate. Unhoused is a lie.

    Tent cities have been erected after disasters or during wars to house displaced people. It’s not bricks and mortar or wood and siding, but the people are housed. Again, it is not their home. They are homeless but housed.

    A home, rented or owned, is where you stay and have the say (morals, customs, etc.) until you decide to leave, or circumstances (fire, flood, job loss) force you to leave. Then you are homeless. If it’s for financial reasons, perhaps you are sent to public housing. Notice it’s always called housing and ‘home’ is nowhere to be found. Just as you were given the place to stay today, so it can be taken away tomorrow. And those who provided the housing may have rules that limit what you can do in that housing. You have little or no say. It is not your home.

    So, I’m guessing the change in terms is all about money and power. Solving the “housing crisis” (there’s that word ‘crisis’ again) will require money, a bureaucracy, and people in charge to say what will be done to provide the ‘solution’. Of course, then it will never be solved because the bureaucrats would be out of a job.

    Now, I’ll point out that there’s another old saying that goes, “home is where the heart is.” There is some portion of any population that chooses to take shelter as best they can, be it a cardboard and tin sheets shack ‘down by the river’ or just anywhere out of the weather where they can lay their head at night. These are the truly ‘unhoused’ but by choice.

    Their home is in their heart and wherever they are is home. They are not homeless. They just don’t want the care and responsibility for some shelter or dwelling. We used to call them hobos and they preferred and were happy with their choice. They weren’t crazy or mentally ill in any way. They had a say in their life and were at home wherever they were.

    I’ll quit for now. Discussing ‘homeless’ vs. ‘unhoused’ could go on for pages and pages, but my point was how the deranged also use language as one of the tools in their kit to force people to do what they want. Power, control, money.

    Don’t let the deranged control the language. Always push back.

    Oh BTW, people used to know the difference between ‘homeless’ and ‘unhoused’ precisely because of those old sayings that contained the wisdom of generations which taught the meaning of the difference between the words, house and home.

  3. cdquarles says:

    Those that don’t learn (the proper lessons) from history are doomed to repeat it (not necessarily exactly as it happened previously).

  4. H.R. says:

    Hmmmm… we need to add an acronym to our everyday discourse, PETs or Petty Evil Tyrants.

    We have the GEBs, a perfect descriptor, but they can’t get ‘r done without the aid of useful idiots… and PETs.

    There is a mindset in some portion of the population that is what we call a ‘Karen’. They have also been called ‘hall monitors’, ‘HOA Nazis’, ‘busybodies’ and other terms that I can’t immediately call to mind.

    PETs don’t have the global ambitions of the GEBs, and they are not necessarily useful idiots. But they seize on or create ‘rules’, if only rules in their own mind, that confer power and a sense of self-righteousness upon themselves that satisfies their inner tyrant. It’s all petty, none of their business, and just their ‘hobby horses’ they choose to ride.

    Those prone to being PETs can be very useful to the GEBs if they seed certain ‘rules’ or ‘musts’ in the minds of the PETs.

    P.S. The acronym is also a useful rejoinder to Karens who attempt to intimidate you. All you need to do is respond with, “You’re just some GEBs PET”, with all that the word ‘pet’ implies.

  5. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, they can’t get the quote right, so they sort of rhyme it ;-)


    I am disposed to a certain Nomadic Urge. When I’m running back and forth across the country, I prefer to nap in the car, or put up a tent / cot in a park. Hotels are NOT comfortable experiences for me. Why? The hassle of checking in. The cost (like 1/2 my gas cost to cross the whole country for one night in a California hotel…). Then there are allergy and smell issues. Will I wake up middle of the night with red itchy eyes, stuffy nose, etc? Does the room smell funny? Is there “noise” from the rooms on either side?

    I’ve developed a whole process for Chemically Treating A Room to remove all the annoying things. (Alternating misting with acid / base with a 20 minute rest in between. Using vinegar and ammonia. In hard cases using Chlorine from a pool tablet kept in a jar. Opened and dampened just a little, then left open a few hours. Close it up before bed.) This works on everything from perfumes to tobacco odors and more. But I need not deal with it sleeping in the car…

    When on the road, my car is my home… a hotel room is just housing with a better bed (though it might smell of fragrance from the detergent they use and make my eyes red or my breathing wheezy…)

    @Julian Jones:

    For the folks who are just saying Stupid Stuff, it is fairly easy to figure out, then you can just flag it as Stupid Stuff and move on. Like the folks saying they saw Sasquatch at the 7-11 on Friday Night. Pretty obvious what they saw was M.J. to excess or magic mushrooms.

    The hard ones are those from the very wealthy greedy paying smart folks to create an elaborate fantasy from which they gain. The deliberately Deceptive Evil. Kerry & the Global Warming Scam. “Must Save Ukraine – whatever it takes” from those profiting from the Rake off of the money flow, and the Military Industrial Complex profits. “Mandatory Jabs to save Granny” from the Big Pharma Grift. For those, it takes a fair amount of time, exposure, examination and skepticism to spot the Grift.

    I guess the only good news in all this is that a whole lot of people are catching a whole lot of clue out of the Pandemic Grift and the Ukraine Fraud. “Demonize Russia” is worn out after 4 years of “Russia Russia Russia!” from the MSM per The Donald. Frankly, the only reason I “went down the rabbit hole” and learned about the Maidan and color revolution of 2014 and the Ukrainians shelling and oppressing Russians in the Donbass was that I’d come to suspect that “Hate Russia” was just a Troll Tool of the GEBs.

    Then I’ve now got the nice little tools of: ANYTHING from the WEF or any acolyte of the WEF is almost certainly wrong or inverted. They also nicely publish their agenda. Then there’s the UN. Pretty much anything they advocate is a political Grift by the globalists and the politicians they own. They also publish their agenda. Between just those two you get a whole encyclopedia of what fraud and grifts are being pushed at you. So the first step is just “Awareness”. Then comes “Catalog the Scams”.

    Then the hard part: Defend against the scams and the attacks launched at you by the True Believer Idiots; all while finding ways to show others “The Way to a Tidy Mind”.

    I put a LOT of effort into rooting out The Crap being shoved at me via The Media et. al. and only letting in things that are provably valid. Teaching that to others is not easy; and it is impossible if they do not care…

    I don’t pay any attention to “Celebrities”. None of their shows or interviews or pronouncements. (More people are joining me too: Note how the various “awards” shows have fallen off a cliff of viewership.)

    In the last few years, I’ve gone from MSM News Hound doing a round robin sample of CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, and others; to essentially no longer watching them at all unless it is to “spot the scams”. Just ran into way too many provable lies from them. This, too, is happening more broadly in the USA. (Don’t know about the EU / UK). CNN now gets fewer viewers than a modestly famous blog… There’s a show that pulls stuck people out of sand that has more viewers… Pointing out the lies in the media to those folks still watching can help get them thinking critically. Once you start spotting it, the “Game Of Spot The Lie” becomes addictive.

    IF a politician is a smooth talker, they are likely lying. If they are rough and spent most of their life doing something else; and especially if they are being demonized by the In Crowd, you likely have a good one. Folks are getting this one too. See Trump, DeSantos, MTG.

    Then, anyone pushing the ESG Agenda is a sure loser. Either they are lying, or they are an empty suit puppet. I kind of like that image. Instead of Sock Puppet, the “leaders of industry” pushing ESG conformance are Suit Puppets ;-) See the recent ousting of the Disney CEO for just that. Disney stock down by about 1/2 and CEO booted. So “Clue Stick!” time: If a company is busy pushing the Woke Agenda and ESG crap, they are headed for a very bad fall and best to dump their stock and avoid their products. We see this one being understood in the “Get Woke, Go Broke” mantra.

    Then there’s the “Boycott Means BUY!”. When The Woke Idiots tell you to boycott this or that person, vendor, product, whatever, it is a clear flag that most likely that person or company “Has Clue”. Yes, you still need to validated it, but it is a very good first filter. A twist on “My enemies enemy is my friend”. So look at the ideas of the folks saying “Boycott!” and flag them for proving up as lies and Grift; but also look at the one being attacked and “cancelled”; what they are being attacked for is most often a good truth.

    I’ll stop now as most folks already know these things; but they do illustrate the process.

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    That PET seems a good one. I’m going to ponder it for a while ;-)

    I think it is substantially the same as my “True Believer Idiots”, but maybe more broad. Some of the PETs are not idiots, just power addicted…

  7. Jon K says:

    Speaking of the deranged and homes, have you seen the WEF’s idea for the world’s future dwellings?

    They’ve lost their bloody minds…

  8. erl happ says:

    Chiefo, thank you for this blog. It keeps me grounded.

    Re the Ukraine:

    General, Douglas Macgregor has the ring of authenticity about him.
    From Wikipedia: In 2019, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) General Staff made MacGregor’s 2003 book, Transformation under Fire, required reading for all officers in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above. On February 17, 2020, Macgregor traveled to Israel as a guest of the IDF Chief of Staff to meet with the IDF General Staff, and many of his senior officers to discuss General Kohavi’s ongoing initiative to transform the IDF for future warfighting missions in the 21st century.[18]

    By the way, what’s your take on the performance of the NASDAQ at this time. Seems to me that a group of believers have decided to do ‘whatever it takes’ to prop up the ‘growth stocks’ and they have a lot of money at their disposal. Many a rescue operation seems to have been mounted late in the day.

    I agree, all that printing of money can’t end well. But, for the moment they are getting away with it. However, the 6 month bond rate is consistent with a desire to secure a lot of funding that would be unlikely to be committed at the 10 year bond rate with the inversion at 1.3 to 1.5 percent.

  9. E.M.Smith says:


    Yup, MacGregor has his head on straight and knows what he’s talking about. I’ve watched a lot of his stuff.

    Ukraine is toast (especially now that the ground has – finally- frozen). Putin has stated that he wants the summary equipment status report on the Russian military by February. You know, 2 weeks away… This is to be provided by the Uber commander of the whole thing… So figure he wants to know for certain that everyone has the gear they need (specifically called out uniforms, coats, weapons, ammo,…) before he gives the GoCode. So I figure this all goes up about 3 to 4 months before any of the promised Wonder Weapon & Tanks from The West could even reach the theatre.

    I was off by about 2 months, mostly because I thought the ground would freeze in December and not take until end of January. But the weather does what it does.

    Per NASDAQ:

    Still in a declining pattern on the 5 year weekly, but with the last two bottoms at the same point, so maybe making a bottom formation. Long term (5 year) Indicators all still saying “Stay Out”. On the 1 year daily it looks like a “trade-able bottom”. I usually call that “weaving on the bottom” or a “flat weave”. Sometimes that happens when it is just unclear if things are going to be better or worse. (So war with Ukraine by the USA directly? Or $US blows up? No answers anywhere, so trade sideways…)

    BTW, with about 75% of all trading now done by autonomous computers: it is more likely due to some news cycle than anything else. Late Day is when margin calls go out too. So a late day rise can be shorts getting margin calls and forced buys. That includes put options. Options are a wasting asset, so value erosion over time in a flat weave can result in sales and margin calls…

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, this is a good one too:

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    While I’m on it, this video is Putin talking to a Russian “Think Tank”. It is 3 1/2 hours long, and dense with thought. Even if you just listen to the first 15 minutes, it will give you an insight and a bit of the flavor of Putin as he is, not as the Lame Stream Media paints him. A calm intellect, well educated.

    I’ve admonished folks that they ought to just actually listen to what Putin says. Well, here’s your chance. He starts off complaining about things like Cancel Culture, GEBs actions “pot stirring” all over the world, destruction of Classical Culture. Now think about that. No wonder the GEBs and DNC hate him. He is against globalization, rule by the GEBs. He is for freedom of countries and cultures.

  12. Keith Macdonald says:

    Re the “Deranged people”

    Has this been mentioned here?
    Mattias Desmet, Robert Malone, and Peter McCullough – A Must Watch
    Mass Formation Psychosis

    Re Col.MacGregor and his excellent insights into Ukraine and strategic thinking. By chance, just reading this which has topical overlap:

    ‘People, ideas, machines — in that order!’ Colonel Boyd.

    Whether one loves or hates Dominic Cummings (for his strategic role in UK Brexit), he offers some great insights into how our governments are Serial Failures. Organised to moderate the “normal” and the status-quo, and abjectly useless in times of crisis or rapid change (the “not-normal”).

    “The most valuable information is and will be almost always at the edge. Elite self-deception was critical to the context of WW2 and looking over the centuries it seems only safe to assume it’s a permanent state of affairs” …

    “we stumble into disaster after disaster where the details change but the fundamental patterns don’t. Covid and Ukraine are just the latest examples.”

    Meanwhile, how to solve the heating crisis in Germany…

    “Germany, standing atop a billion-dollar mountain of masks purchased by the panicked Merkel government in 2020, begins to “thermally reprocess” (i.e., incinerate) the rapidly expiring surplus”

  13. catweazle666 says:

    I can’t argue with any of that!

  14. Keith Macdonald says:

    According to Al Beeb today:

    “Germany is reluctant to send Leopards unless they are part of a wider Nato package that preferably includes America’s powerful M1 Abrams tanks. The US has rejected this, saying the Abrams tanks are impractical for Ukraine’s forces because they are difficult and expensive to maintain.

    German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said opinions remained divided over supplying Leopards, and he denied that Berlin was blocking such a move.

    Under German export laws, other countries who want to supply Leopards – like Poland and Finland – are unable to do so until Berlin gives the all-clear.

    Germany also remains haunted by the Nazi-era devastation it caused in World War Two, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been cautious about having anything to do with an escalation in Ukraine.

    More than 2,000 Leopards are sitting in warehouses all over Europe. President Zelensky believes about 300 of them could help to defeat Russia.”

    So – lots of PR that “NATO is supporting Ukraine” – but also (especially Germany) being careful to not get sucked into escalation.

  15. IUV says:

    @ Keith Macdonald

    Re “Desmet” and “his” “mass formation psychosis” story line…

    The official framing of the mass formation (or mass psychosis) “phenomenon” is misleading and wrong in terms of what the whole true reality is. The false hope-addicted psychologists and their acolytes want you to believe this is “just some temporary occasional” madness by the masses when it is but a spike of a CHRONIC madness going on for aeons with “civilized” people — read “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” ….

    One of these mainstream psychologists who have been spreading this whitewashed reality, Dr. Desmet, also fails to see that the PLANNED Covid Psyop is a TOTALLY deliberate ploy because he doesn’t think (after more than 1 year, even 2 years, into this total PLANNED scam!) it’s ALL intentionally sinister as he stated in a prior podcast (this makes him witting or unwitting controlled opposition). It should be apparent that Desmet’s lack of truth-telling is then also present in his largely plagiarized truth-distorting mass formation theory.

    In the May of 2022 podcast with James Corbett he stated that “some people tend to overestimate the degree of planning and intentions” (behind the COUNTLESS, VERIFIABLE, FULLY INTENTIONAL, FULLY PLANNED atrocities by the ruling tribe of psychopaths over the last century alone) and see all of it as being planned which Desmet called “an extreme position” … Sound logical thinking is “extreme” and therefore false and sick in his demented delusional view!

    In his overpriced misleading whitewashing old material regurgitated book the psychology of totalitarianism he too states that “There are countless … examples that seem to point in the direction of a plan being implemented, such as the fact that the definition of ‘pandemic’ was adjusted shortly before the coronavirus crisis; that the definition of ‘herd immunity’ was changed during the crisis, implying that only vaccines can achieve it … [he continuous with several other obvious facts of an ENTIRELY PLANNED event, especially discerned through the totality of all these facts].” “SEEM to point in the direction of a plan”??? No! They most evidently, clearly, and irrefutably DO demonstrate and prove it IS a COMPLETELY AND FULLY DELIBERATE PlanDemic! A big scam. An Entirely Planned Holocaust against the non-ruling herd of people (see cited link above). A coherent 12-year old kid can figure that out. But not Mr. I’m entitled to teach my deep wisdom to the world professor.

    It clearly shows Desmet’s own complete lunacy. But because almost everyone in the culture is a member of mass formation (madness), including the “woke” people of the alternative media domain, hardly anyone recognizes Desmet’s lunacy. Not surprising that he has even become some type of popular “guru” among the adherents of the alternative media landscape and his whitewashed fake narrative strongly resonates with both mainstream people and alternative mainstream folks.

    “All experts serve the state and the media and only in that way do they achieve their status. Every expert follows his master, for all former possibilities for independence have been gradually reduced to nil by present society’s mode of organization. The most useful expert, of course, is the one who can lie. With their different motives, those who need experts are falsifiers and fools. Whenever individuals lose the capacity to see things for themselves, the expert is there to offer an absolute reassurance.” —Guy Debord

    As expected, “useful expert” Desmet has been also advocating and pushing the false misleading dogma-based non-scientific holy mantra of trust the official science … “everything and everyone should follow the scientific consensus” [ ] — meaning trust and follow the fabricated fraudulent official consensus science behind the Covid jabs that the killing of millions of people around the world is based on(!!). Are you STILL wondering whom he’s wittingly or unwittingly serving? That’s why it’s no wonder he’s been heavily popularized globally by the dominant psychopathic world instead of censored and suppressed (as lots of truth-tellers have been), yet in his crafty stylish total hypocrisy and public misdirection ploy, he wants you to buy his belief that everyone should have a voice. Everyone BUT the true truth-tellers is what the reality is.

    With his SUPPORT of the Covid holocaust-driving official consensus science he OKAYS and PROMOTES the idiotic herd Covid mass formation (they way the masses “think” and act)! Yet in his absurdity, irrationality and lunacy, with his mass formation/mass psychosis notion he frames the problem as the public being a mere unaccountable non-culpable victim in this phenomenon (the gist of the circular argument is: the masses should change their thinking but they got brainwashed so they’re victims). Nothing could be further from the truth (see first referenced source above).

    With his false use of language Desmet also obscures or hides the true reality instead of directly and uncompromising exposing it — aiding the obfuscation of the vital reality of what the ruling authorities really are. He speaks of ‘the elite’ (as he does in a number of podcasts) when, in reality, they are THE SCUM OF HUMANS because they are REALITY-VERIFIED PSYCHOPATHS (see referenced source above). Yet in the Corbett podcast he “teaches” us that we, the masses, need to start thinking differently. Right… how about YOU start with sane instead of insane thinking/talking/”teaching”/etc, Dr. Desmet?

    How do self-styled “truth-tellers” wake up the masses to the so-called truth when they THEMSELVES use lies with their deceitful fake language???
    No one is “teaching” or “waking up” the ignorant masses to the CORE truths with lies, with the official “language of lies” (see first cited source above).

    This all means Desmet is ALSO a member of the masses of lunatics, an ACTIVE CARD-CARRYING MEMBER of mass formation!!! When, if at all, will he wake up from his state of mass psychosis, his “invisible” stupidity? When, if at all, will he face the TRUE and FULL reality instead of hiding behind fantasies such as his whitewashed “reality” of human civilization?

    It shows we live in a global mental asylum with criminal and/or delusional mainstream psychologists, scientists, and docs as the guards, “teachers” and “therapists” … The blind/criminal/mad leading the blind/criminal/mad; the blind/criminal/mad adhere to the blind/criminal/mad = the human madhouse.

    In October of 2022, once a few people caught onto his public-misdirecting game he took no responsibility for it but dishonestly and conveniently framed himself as the victim of frivolous attacks against him —

    Desmet is right in that truth-activists must fight against mass formation psychosis (human madness). That also means exposing HIS deeply destructive mad part of it. This comment serves, in part, that objective.

    “… doctors and scientists are now on the same lever of public confidence as the scum living in the swamp.” — Unknown in 2022

  16. another ian says:

    We’d better all change our printing fonts so we don’t get mis-identified!

    “Biden State Department Bans Times New Roman Font. Really.”

  17. Jeff says:

    They probably figured, with fonts like those, who needs enemies…

    (Calibri should take the M$ ribbon with it an disappear, but I digress)…

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    Can my preferred Times New Roman font identify as Calibri?

    FWIW, I do not like sans serif fonts at all. The Serif helps to make it clear what letter you have even if parts of it are missing or obscured. It makes speed reading easier too as you really only need to pull in parts of the visual line to know what words are there.

  19. Ossqss says:

    Reminder. We only rent things regardless. Think about it>

  20. beng135 says:

    Thanks EM, very good composition. Unfortunately the “modern” people you’re describing wouldn’t/couldn’t understand a word of it.

  21. jim2 says:

    Here’s a transcript of Putin’s speech at Valdia if you can’t understand the video.

  22. The True Nolan says:

    @IUV “Re “Desmet” and “his” “mass formation psychosis” story line…”

    You make quite a few excellent points, but I would still recommend that anyone interested read Desmet’s book. Like you, when I read his book, I was surprised (sadly) that after his exposition of the process and factors which trigger mass psychosis, he either failed to see (in my opinion) or lied about the fact (in your opinion) that the current insanity was artificially and intentionally started. It was almost as if someone studied and explained how lightning strikes can cause forest fires and then came to the conclusion that “arson is impossible because we know that lightning is the cause of forest fires.” We know that high intellect is not a shield against falling for mass psychosis. His failure to admit the obvious may just be some mechanism to prevent him from seeing just how evil our “leaders” have become. However, and in spite of Desmet’s failure to jump the last mental hurdle and point to the obviously artificial nature of the COVID (and Ukraine) hysteria, I think that most people would benefit from his explanation of the psychological states which lead to mass psychosis.

    If you are interested in psychological brainwashing and mass insanity, I would also recommend a book from the 1960s, “Rape of the Mind” by Joost Meerloo, as well as an earlier (1900?) book that Desmet mentions a few times, “The Crowd” by Gustav Le Bon.

  23. An arggie says:

    In case anybody cares Argentina is today 2023 01 24 at 150% annual inflation.

    Argentina has a poverty rate of more than 50%.

    Life in Argentina is miserable and ruinous.

    Nobody can make an economic plan for more than 30 days because nobody can be sure of what crazy thing will come next.

    Argentina is a veritable natural paradise, a large country with everything on it, mostly deserted of inhabitants with about 50 million people “governed” by local mafias that give the pauper, meek and ignorant argentineans no respite.

    The mafias motto is that “the printing of spurious money as fast as the printers go does not cause inflation” so they print with abandon.

    Trucks and trucks of funny argentinean money are distributed everyday to pay for subsidies that buy the mafias the gratitude of the foolish sheeple that live miserable lives and prices continuously outrun salaries and subsidies.

    The current “black” (free, under the counter, from mafia control) exchange rate is 1 U$S = 374 A$Pesos and the Peso sinks almost daily.

    America is following the same blueprint as Argentina and it is going to find itself in the same place.

  24. YMMV says:

    @An arggie, perhaps you could clarify the mafia you mention. Do you mean a non-government crime organization which controls a corrupt government? Or do you mean that the government itself is the mafia, somewhat like our Swamp or Deep State?

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    But you can get an Argentine Passport very easily! Just show up with something like 30,000 Argentine Pesos of income (which is much much less $US about $800 and getting lower every day!

    Upon meeting the age criteria, the Argentine government wants you to get a monthly pension of at least 30,000 Argentine pesos ($820 USD). You must additionally demonstrate that you get this amount as a pension or retirement benefit from a government agency or an international organization.

    So if you want a passport for, oh, “Leaving Australia” when they lock you in if you are a citizen, get yourself an Argentine passport and just say “Yo Gowing Home me casa!” and Bobs-ur-Uncle! 8-) (of course…)

  26. An arggie says:

    “YMMV says: 24 January 2023 at 6:08 pm”

    Argentina is like an onion. Each concentric level is several mafias all belonging to the same political party. In the center the all powerful federal government. And it extends from there.

    Everywhere you go you have to deal with mafias. Little ones. Big ones.

    Since the 1930s when the tyrant of cursed memory by the name of “juan domingo peron” (his memory doesn’t deserve capitals; from now on “jdp”) European fascism came to Argentina in a kind of light way and grabbed it like a monstrous octopus with a million tentacles.

    Nothing can be done in Argentina that in any way depends on any of its mafias without (a) paying the mafias and (b) doing things according to mafia dictates or else.

    “Do you mean a non-government crime organization which controls a corrupt government? Or do you mean that the government itself is the mafia, somewhat like our Swamp or Deep State?”

    Both. The peronista party founded by jdp owns Argentina and has the government totally infected, taken over, occupied and gatekept in such a way that it is indistinguishable from the state. The peronistas ARE the state.

    The peronista party is a political party. But 99.99999999% of government at all levels, federal, provincial (state) and even less than that by county and city is fully taken over by peronistas.

    In Argentina there are always two ways for everything. One according to the rules. The other, the reality of peronista mafia rule.

    Anything you want will end up with you having to deal with the peronista in charge no matter if it is an investment of 200 million Dollars for a large business concern or a hundred thousand for a small local business, you will end up having to pay the peronista mafias in charge of a hundred rules and regulations and kickbacks and bribes and it never ends and if you don’t pay, things don’t get done.

    The peronistas are corrupt and all they touch is corrupt and their mafias control everything.

    Everything that is in any way government in Argentina is peronista and corrupt and Swamp and just State. You don’t need to call it “Deep” They own everything.

    Think of it like an American university.

    Allegedly diverse, free speech, everybody represented, open minded, all welcome, blah, blah, blah.

    But the reality is that the lefto-pukes have it all and infect it all and occupy all the posts and gatekeep it all.
    Only the left is represented.
    The minds are quite closed to anything non-leftist.
    Non-leftists are definitely NOT welcome.
    And there you have it.

    Unless you toe the official line, you don’t work there.

    Argentina is like an American university taken over by the peronista party.

  27. An arggie says:

    “E.M.Smith says: 25 January 2023 at 12:17 am”

    That’s about it.

    Argentina is full of refugees from other latin-american countries that are even way worse than Argentina. That will give you an idea of the kind of third world pigsties that you will find in these latitudes.

    Nobody worries too much about formalities here and everything can be “fixed” with a little money.

    And mind you that A$Pesos 30,000.- is today U$S 80.

  28. YMMV says:

    @An arggie, thanks for that.

    I visited a few years ago and used the black market exchange. Surprisingly open for a black market! Maybe it should instead be referred to as the free enterprise market…

    In the news (maybe only on RT?):

    Inflation is currently approaching 100%, while Buenos Aires also owes roughly $40 billion to the IMF.

    Argentina’s largest denomination banknote – 1,000 pesos – is currently worth around $5.40 on official exchanges, but barely reached $2.65 when valued at informal exchange rates last week. Amid the surge in prices, Argentinians have been forced to carry hundreds of banknotes to pay for ordinary purchases, with transactions becoming increasingly difficult due to the need to use a greater number of bills.

  29. An arggie says:

    “YMMV says: 25 January 2023 at 5:09 pm”

    I agree completely.

    “Black” markets are free markets.

    “Black” means “choosing freedom and thus hiding from the feudal masters”

    The “100%” inflation is the official peronista government number and, as everything they say, it’s a lie. Peronistas are always trying to make inflation smaller than what it really is to hide their disastrous handing of public affairs.

    REAL inflation is around 150% and growing by the day because the peronistas are printing funny Monopoly “money” as fast as the presses go.

    Yesterday the 24th the rate of exchange was U$S 1.- = A$P 377.00 381.00 (for the spread between selling and buying)
    Today the 25th at 17:30 local, the rate of exchange is U$S 1.- = A$P 379.00 383.00.
    Argentina, as usual, is sinking by the day.
    We joke that we’d better learn and fast to breathe under water.
    Everybody that earns any money doesn’t waste any time converting it to Dollars.
    One day you guys are finally manage to destroy the Dollar and Argentina is going to fall off the planet.

    The arggie banknotes storage problem is very real.
    There are so many A$P 100.- notes that people are all the time trying to get rid of them.
    All the time people are handling what we call “bricks” that are 100 bills of the same denomination bound by rubber or paper bands.
    A$P 100.- note bricks are a very common sight these days and their U$S 26.- value doesn’t buy much.

    To give you an idea of things a pasty about half the size of an American taco costs A$P 240.-, A$P 100.- is a good tip for home delivery while a good ham stuffed pizza goes for A$P 2,200. (BTW, arggie pizzas are about half the size of American ones.)

  30. Keith Macdonald says:

    Neil Oliver ‘…they are trying to alter the fabric of our reality’

    Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder, CEO Social Capital and former Facebook Exec, warned about the unintended consequences of social media at Stanford Graduate School of Business: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed”

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