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A mixed bag. This morning we sallied forth to stock up on the essentials of life in time of plague, such as throat sanitizer–Wild Turkey serves well. In the liquor store, employees wore face masks. At Walmart there was a hand-sanitizer squirter that all had to use before entering, and the PA system exhorted us to viral countermeasures, but the checkout people did not wear masks. In most of Lakeside, bars and restaurants were closed, but in Chapala a couple of waterfront restaurants loudly were not. In Guadalajara there are hand wipes to use before entering big stores, six foot spaces in checkout lines, and employees masked like highwaymen. Also gloves. .

As I write–I am not going to try to keep up– Johns Hopkins says the US has 76,000 confirmed cases, and Mexico, a bit north of 500. At least one White Nationalist site celebrates the closing of the border as an admirable measure to prevent infection by an abominable Third World country. Which abominable Third World country, I wonder, is infecting which?

Still, all in all, it doesn’t look good. The virus is here. In East Asian countries governments can make decisions and the people will abide by them for the common good but Western individualistic confusocracies seem unable to do this. And Mexico is not remotely prepared for massive numbers of the badly sick.

Up north, in the headwaters of exceptionalism, chaos reigns. How is this? I don’t know. It seems to me that the United States thrashes in a severe case of Incremental Third-Word Creep, hereinafter ITWC. Remember when the country built astonishing airplanes like the SR-71, sent men to the moon, and had a government distinguishable from that of Guatemala? Uh, what happened?

COVD 19 Testing Blunders Cripple US Response

WASHINGTON – A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found.

President Donald Trump assured Americans early this month that the COVID-19 test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “perfect” and that “anyone who wants a test can get a test.” But more than two months after the first U.S. case of the new disease was confirmed, many people still cannot get tested.”

Trump was either lying or ignorant of what was going on in America. Maybe he had more-important things to think about.

By contrast, South Korea is producing 350,000 tests per day, will ramp up to a million.

ITWC began at least as far back as Katrina. The world looked on astounded as the planet’s richest and Most Exceptional Country spent months swinging wildly about to little effect, unable to do anything quickly or, often, at all. Meanwhile the looting went on, ignored because of who was doing it. How did this happen?

ITWC likewise appeared after the Puerto Rico hurricane, also mismanaged, but the Creep is not limited to disastrous disaster response. Lockheed-Martin is mother to the F-35, a dismal aircraft with an unending supply of birth defects. Boeing gave us the 737 MAX, which it knew to be dangerous and sold anyway. Now it seems that other Boeing models are peddled with debris in their fuel tanks. What could be a better idea? Why didn’t Airbus think of this?

And when the US does make virus test-kits, they don’t work. A few decades back America would have been the world’s leader in plague response. Now it receives charity from–Russia and China?

Huge shipment of donated COVID-19 test kits, masks moves through Memphis”

From Jack Ma of China’s Alibaba. It seems that the Baffled Galactic Superpower can’t make masks. These immensely complex intricacies consist of a piece of cloth and a few strings. Puzzled, America turns to China. Did Trump say thanks?

Incremental Third-World Creep, I tell you.

It isn’t just America that receives help from the grownup countries to the East:

Earlier this week a delegation of Chinese medics arrived at Malpensa airport near Milan from Shanghai on a special China Eastern flight carrying 400,000 masks and 17 tons of equipment. The salutation banner the visitors rolled out on the tarmac, in red and white, read, “We’re waves from the same sea, leaves from the same tree, flowers from the same garden.”

In Washington, Congress engages in a dynamic program of linger, loiter, dawdle, and fumble, but vows to employ “quantitative easing” to save the corporations and banks. The proper term is “counterfeiting.” (Anyway, what linguistic vandal came up with “quantitative easing”? It has a dort of bathroom ring to it.)

Now you, gentle reader, being a financial naif, as am I, might ask, “Instead of just printing money, and hoping nobody catches on, why not take funds from some bloated and useless money sump run by scamps, perhaps one associated with explosions in other people’s countries, and thus pay for the bailout with real money?”

Charity of the sort of aid flowing from the East will have consequences. The entire planet except for Israel and American conservatives is sick of America and its constant bombing, bombing, bombing, invading, sanctioning, tariffing, embargoing, threatening, attempting to destroy economies, and murder of officials. When the plague finally ends, Italy (et al) will remember plane load after plane load of supplies from eastwards, and that America provided nothing.

And that America blocked delivery of medicines and respirators to Iran. President Pompeo is a goddam monster, pulling Vice President Trump’s need-for-masculinity strings, and Pompeo is the face America presents to the world. Pop quiz. What country will Italy (and the others) regard as the desirable ally?:

Just checked John the Hop. One hundred thousand plus and climbing. Excuse me. I am going to sanitize my throat.

Write Fred a [email protected] .

Put the letters “pdq” anywhere in the subject line to avoid autodeletion.

 
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  1. BuelahMan says:

    I wonder if someone must be a ‘white nationalist’ to enjoy closed borders?

    Does marrying a mexican woman turn people’s heads into mush?

  2. Anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:

    From Jack Ma of China’s Alibaba. It seems that the Baffled Galactic Superpower can’t make masks. These immensely complex intricacies consist of a piece of cloth and a few strings. Puzzled, America turns to China. Did Trump say thanks?

    Incremental Third-World Creep, I tell you.

    Funny.

    That said, the US is turning into a Third World country at the same rate its (((owners))) are replacing the native white goyim with Third Worlders. That’s something you used to advocate for, no?

    • Agree: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @Kim
    , @Jmaie
  3. Besides what BuelahMan just wrote, and depending on which nationalist web site, this is likely another blatant lie from Mr. Reed.:

    At least one White Nationalist site celebrates the closing of the border as an admirable measure to prevent infection by an abominable Third World country.

    What they are celebrating is the idea that one can close the borders easily enough, and for good reasons. They don’t think it’s to keep Americans from getting this Kung Flu from Mexicans. You’re just a deliberate dumbass, sometimes. It seems like an act.

    • Replies: @CascadeJoe
  4. There’s no doubt the 25 year-long-now transfer of mighty US manufacturing to China has been a terrible thing. Did you ever write about that during that 25 years? Once? No, too busy railing on the people that were trying to stop it, weren’t you?

    As far as the cheaper face masks go (not the N95 ones) I have personal experience from a few years back at the factory itself. It was a lean mean production machine, I can tell you, with only 10 or so office workers and 200 people making the masks. Funny thing was, to make more bucks, the boss would have the filter material purposefully left out on the masks that were going to places where their OWN Q/A is not so hot (Mexico being one of them). The Germans were smart enough to reject them, sending a whole container (million pieces or so) back across the oceans*. I hope Jack Ma’s stuff is better – crossing my fingers.

    Lastly about that shipment with the beautiful words: “We’re waves from the same sea, leaves from the same tree, flowers from the same garden.”, are you sure that’s not about the hundreds of thousand of Chinese people in the part of northern Italy that was randomly hardest hit? Read over the words again.

    .

    * Oh, it got held up on the docks in Shenzhen for most of a year, because imports (which the bureaucrats thought was in this container) are discouraged. That’s your trade policy that President Trump is rightly trying to fix. NOTE TO FRED: Some people do try to solve the problems that you write your columns about. You would know nothing about trying to actually SOLVE problems, and all you do is write rants against the problem-solvers.

  5. Kim says:
    @Anonymous

    Fred has too second-rate a mind to ever allow his thinking to be corrected by an irony.

  6. profnasty says:

    Tariffs protect US from the Golden Horde.
    Nobody read Fred?

    • Replies: @bluedog
  7. Ya gotta wonder just how good that mexican taco Fred’s getting to make him turn this hard.

    • Disagree: Alternate History
  8. Don’t know if it’s true in its particulars but it’s true in essence; that for every woman admitted to Med School? STEM PhD programs?, twelve more qualified white guys were passed over. Now imagine how many white guys were left by the wayside to make room for blacks and Mexicans etc. at graduate programs in our universities.

    You see folks, unlike what neoliberals, neocons and libtards told us as they sold us this bag of shite, life IS a zero sum game. It just took a drastic setback to shine a bright light upon the fact that if you promote the less qualified to positions of responsibility for original research and production, then you will reap what you have sown. Not just sour grapes by the designated losers, but such a meager crop that not only will it not sustain the system during the current crisis, but it won’t provide enough seed for next year.

    We are on a downward spiral.

    • Agree: Haole, Alternate History
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  9. Wild Turkey over local artisan mezcals? Haha what a redneck.

  10. Haole says:

    Fred,,, you need to write a whole separate article about affirmative action and the CDC. Your fans will love you again. Red Meat. I wish I could write but I am only a lowly engineer.

    https://www.cdc.gov/eeo/aboutus/index.htm

    We believe that diversity in our workforce brings broad skills, experiences, and capabilities. Diversity in gender, race, ethnicity and other unique aspects are what make this agency richly and wonderfully empowered and capable to do the work of health protection and disease prevention for all people.

    Well, they didnt meet their goals, they were not capable.

    Why do I, and you, prefer medicial treatment in a Mexican Meritocracy (sounds funny) to a Diverse US cluster fuck? If you write this clearly you might explain some things to your readers and yourself.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  11. @BuelahMan

    Argue with Fred if you like agree disagree whatever but a personal attack on and him and his wife not good behavior.

  12. Antiwar7 says:

    Fred is spot on here. The US hasn’t been able to solve a real problem in the last 50 years.

    Why is that? The elites don’t care about the populace anymore? Contentment and self-satisfaction breeds mediocrity? Believing their own propaganda?

  13. BradH says:

    Reading these know-it-all comments, I see the usual heartless, bitter, and stupid cynicism, the miserable pettiness and ugliness that now infects the usual arrogant and ignorant American character. At least there are some wonderful compensations: Ron Unz, Mike Whitney, Paul Craig Roberts, Michael Hudson, Jonathan Cook, expats like the Saker, Andrei Martyanov, and more.

    • Agree: Grahamsno(G64)
  14. @Haole

    “capable to do the work of health protection and disease prevention for all people.“

    There’s the problem, right there.

    Should be, “capable of protecting the health and preventing disease in all American people.”

    See the difference? LibSpeak turns verbs into nouns. There’s no one doing the doing. These people can’t solve problems because they don’t see themselves as capable, active agents.

    And then there’s the phrase, “for all people” that is reminiscent of the Marxist “for the people”.

    It’s not FOR ALL PEOPLE, YOU NITWITS! It’s the AMERICAN people whom you have been charged to serve and protect.

  15. Aw, another plague believer article. A few paragraphs was enough for me.

  16. I’m no fan of immigration.

    But I like how he goes 500 = 76,000 and all you bozos start foaming at the mouth.

    Sorry. 500. 76,000. Can’t excape it (as you would say). 500. 76,000. He wins. You lose.

  17. Jmaie says:
    @Anonymous

    …the US is turning into a Third World country at the same rate its (((owners))) are replacing the native white goyim. That’s something you used to advocate for, no?

    Yeah, only if you’ve never actually read Fred’s columns, he has always questioned unlimited immigration. His pushback has been against GOP vilification of Hispanics in general, of which extraction are 50M American citizens. Which makes sense to me, but whatever floats your boat…

  18. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes indeed we are trying to solve the problem but which problem is that,now Trump takes his money from the money changers ,so he urges the Fed. to cut rates so companies and corporations can borrow a trillion or two more so they can buy back more of their stock,then when it goes belly up they run to the free market window for anther taxpayer bailout,wash rinse and repeat and blame it on someone else, TARP here we come .

    Now his grand trade deal with China, you didn’t hear much about it then and nothing now,reason being he took it in the shorts their grand plan of getting into China’s financial system didn’t work,screw you was China’s reply,go back and screw your only people they like it,and thus trade deal number two is deader than a month old fish.Then like some posting dogs in the manger somehow its all China’s fault,well that at least give Russia a rest from the retards as Russia and China rush to some 80 countries to help them out with the flu,Things never change not even the smell,God help us.!!!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  19. bluedog says:
    @profnasty

    Yep and we the consumer get to pay for it, just another tax in the land of taxes,talk about ignorance it has no bounds.!!

  20. Jmaie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    * Oh, it got held up on the docks in Shenzhen for most of a year, because imports (which the bureaucrats thought was in this container) are discouraged.

    I sense you have little experience in international trade. The US exports thousands of containers to China on a weekly basis. Other locations as well.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  21. @bluedog

    What was the middle part again?

  22. @Jmaie

    Yeah, except that I was there, and the saleswoman explained the whole thing. Thousands, sir? Do you know how many containers can be transported by one big boat? They come the other way to multiple ports in the US multiple times a day. Get some numeracy. It really helps in figuring things out.

    Most of the freight we send over is bulk, whether lumber, grain, or other foodstuffs. It doesn’t go in containers. You can buy an empty container for cheap in the US, because there’s usually nothing to put in it to send back.

    • Replies: @Jmaie
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
  23. @Achmed E. Newman

    So all the masks being supplied to the world’s health organizations will come from China? Where this started? Will the masks be quarantined before use? Tested for the virus? Asking for a friend.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  24. And that America blocked delivery of medicines and respirators to Iran. President Pompeo is a goddam monster, pulling Vice President Trump’s need-for-masculinity strings, and Pompeo is the face America presents to the world. Pop quiz. What country will Italy (and the others) regard as the desirable ally?

    You sound bitter, Fred.

    Just checked John the Hop. One hundred thousand plus and climbing. Excuse me. I am going to sanitize my throat.

  25. @Mayor Schaefer

    I don’t know where they all come from, Mr. Schaefer. This was a few years back, but it just happened to be I was involved with the very same kinds of masks you are seeing all around – made of nonwoven material. I hope the quality is better now, for everyone’s sake, but I would not count on that.

    If you are a young healthy guy, as Peak Stupidity discussed in “Et tu, Tyler?”, I don’t thing you have much to worry about. Partying on the beach with thong-clad coeds is still highly recommended – by WHO? I don’t know.

  26. Jmaie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yeah, except that I was there, and the saleswoman explained the whole thing. Do you know how many containers can be transported by one big boat?

    As a matter of fact I do. The largest container ships hold ~20,000 TEU (20′ equivalent units). Prior to this situation there were several such ships departing the US and EU every day. Granted not all those containers are/were destined of China. FWIW I happen to work for one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, you can decide for yourself whether my opinions are more or less reliable than your saleswoman acquaintance.

    Most of the freight we send over is bulk, whether lumber, grain, or other foodstuffs. It doesn’t go in containers. You can buy an empty container for cheap in the US, because there’s usually nothing to put in it to send back.

    Yeah, not so much. As example there are many thousands of containers filled with dried agricultural products shipped weekly from Vancouver. Logs and lumber products are shipped in containers as well. As to total global volume, containerized vs. bulk varies. Last time I checked (which granted was a couple years back) ran half and half. So not really “most.”

    It is true that imports into the US/Canada exceed exports, I’ll give you that.

  27. “The entire planet except for Israel and American conservatives is sick of America and its constant bombing, bombing, bombing”

    I’d bet most American conservatives, like The American Conservative, is sick of the bombing, too.

    • Agree: Alternate History
  28. Hacienda says:
    @BuelahMan

    I wonder if someone must be a ‘white nationalist’ to enjoy closed borders?

    Does marrying a mexican woman turn people’s heads into mush?

    ——-

    Having just visited the Yucatan Peninsula and wandered around the Southwest, I suspect marrying a Mexican woman makes you realize you had a burr up your ass that you never realized you had.

  29. @Achmed E. Newman

    Don’t forget scrap steel and used paper/cardboard bales. And Smithfield “Virginia” hams.

  30. Cowboy says:

    I like the plot freddyboy.

    Evil CIA megalomaniac controls psychotic popularly elected president to rain coronapocalypse upon the people. Goddamn Cheney was a saint compared to this devil bygod. The unholy trinity of Pompeo, Trump, and Pence as an easy antipode.

    Stay tune for Fred’s next installment of tales from the crypt

  31. Mikey105 says:

    Tiresome Mr. Reed, tiresome.

  32. Baxter says:

    “Remember when the country built astonishing airplanes like the SR-71, sent men to the moon and had a government distinguishable from that of Guatemala?”
    Yeah, I do, but the country has been castrated. You need bigs balls and a little healthy crazy to do that kind of stuff. We do still have all sorts of crazy. Big balls, not so much.

  33. I hope Italians & others do remember who helped, & who didn’t. Who led & who wandered around blindly, driven by contradictory desires & aversions.
    Perhaps in the wash up (god — cant even guess when that may be) there will be an incremental shift to “justice”.
    A lot will depend on the economic wash up….

  34. @BuelahMan

    The nationality of the bride makes little difference.

    • Replies: @BuelahMan
  35. BuelahMan says:
    @Mike McWilliams

    It does when virtually everything you write is pro Mexican and anti-American.

  36. BuelahMan says:
    @vetteforron

    Are you a white nationalist that likes open borders? Or do you just have an affinity for mexican women?

  37. @BuelahMan

    Get lost already.

    Where did Mr. Reed go wrong in this text?

  38. @Jmaie

    These creeps don’t read his columns but repeat each other’s vile nonsense.
    Saw that happen at Takimag and was disgusted.

    • Replies: @johnwho
  39. 90% of the time I read Mr. Reed, I only have one question, which is, how the hell did he ever make a career out of writing?

  40. par4 says:

    ‘dort of a bathroom ring to it’ LOLZ Unfortunately there isn’t enough Ex-Lax in the world to clean out the U.S. political class and their owners.

  41. @vetteforron

    Women should not be attacked. But Fred makes his wife a target with his constant harping about how wonderful those Aztec females are and how awful all the white wimmen are.
    Fine, if Fred likes LBFM’s, he is welcome to them.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @LostGringo
  42. The king says:

    There are lessons that should be learned from this situation:

    1) Every country out there including us, needs to produce vita things it needs (Food, medicine, medical devices, and even energy) The idea of US relying on China to supply 80 to 90 percent of
    Masks, medical devices and antibiotics is disturbing to say the least and highly dangerous.
    2) Time to disengage from China as much as possible. That country’s political, social, cultural and even economic growth is not in line with ours and our value system.
    3) End of globalism, open borders and unfetter capitalism ignoring basic necessities of a society we all inherit.

    • Replies: @another fred
  43. Haole says:

    Freds visa says he cant get involved in Mexican politics. So he cant really write anything negative about Mexico.

  44. Lockheed-Martin is mother to the F-35, a dismal aircraft with an unending supply of birth defects.

    The F-35 is perfect for its mission, which is to liberate as many Dollars from the US Treasury with as little delivered functional product as possible.

    Mission Accomplished !

  45. Truth says:

    At least one White Nationalist site celebrates the closing of the border as an admirable measure to prevent infection by an abominable Third World country. Which abominable Third World country, I wonder, is infecting which?

    Get ’em proud white men, lock onto his ankle, GRRRR!

    • Replies: @Thomm
  46. Anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    Fredo hates the United States, it’s very clear in his articles. Let’s hope his wife doesn’t leave him and he remains this way, thus keeping him out of the U.S.. We don’t need him here anyway.

  47. Thomm says:
    @Truth

    Truth, my man!

    See here for additional comedy :

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/loony-libs-callous-cons/#comment-3804736

    (Ugh, the ‘reply’ didn’t attach in the first one.)

  48. Renoman says:

    Leave Fred’s family out of this you ignorant jerks, what an appalling horde you have become.

  49. Per ZeroHedge here, we learn that, no, as most Americans know, in China, quality is not “Job One”. Fred seems completely unaware of this. Where do the goods at his Mexican Wal-Mart come from?

    China has been delivering hundreds of thousands of testing kits and masks to nations around the world. One problem, however, is that they don’t work.

    “In Spain, which currently has the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, the government purchased 640,000 rapid test kits from China and South Korea as it fights the pandemic,” The Free Beacon reported this week.

    “Experts soon discovered, however, that the tests it purchased from Chinese company Bioeasy were only correctly identifying coronavirus cases 30 percent of the time, according to Spain’s El Pais.” the report notes.

    “The Czech Republic also purchased 150,000 rapid test kits from China, and have likewise found problems.” the report continues, adding that “One doctor using the tests found that 80 percent of the kits were faulty and has reverted back to the conventional lab tests, which are significantly slower to process.”

    Other countries such as Turkey and Georgia, as well as Holland have reported problems with the tests and the masks.

    Good luck with all that …

  50. @Chris Mallory

    It is not about Little Brown Freaking Machines, is is about living easy.

    Who wants to live in some small town ruled by a few local business owners who have the police in their pockets who can make your life miserable if you find yourself on the wrong side of them because there are buffers?

    There is zero socio-economic mobility in a small town. Zero. Fifty year old men groveling to hold a teenager’s job because the local economy is lousy.

    No public transportation.

    Small towns basically suck. And urban centers have too many black thugs and Mexican Cholos.

    So why not move to another country where you can live easier? Why live in some wooden clapboard box of a house when you can live in a palatial hacienda for $50,000 in certain parts of Mexico?

    At least in Mexico Fred does not have to worry about being hassled or robbed by Cholos fresh out of prison, and every city on the West Coast is like this. And yes, as you have said, small towns in Illinois don’t have this problem but they also have no industry, no decent wages (Unless you own your own business), no decent restaurants, no public transport, no venture capitalist or financiers or investment capitol, no boutiques, loads of gossips…

    And many US marriages end in divorce anyhow. So why bother?

    Australia and NZ have higher standards of living overall and lower urban crime so they are worth living in.

  51. bluedog says:

    Strange but I find more and more of the comments as nothing but to skip over to find another written by someone with some intelligence,someone that won’t demonize the writer or the article but yet they are the same posters who post time after time,they just read or not read the article so they can whine and cry,the human race leaves a lot to be desired..!!

  52. @Jeff Stryker

    Australia and NZ have higher standards of living overall and lower urban crime so they are worth living in.

    I used to joke with my Australian friends that Australia is like California, but without the drive-by shootings.

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/shots-fired-into-house-in-glenwood/news-story/810f35fb7cc0962bb186384dd7d9ec94

    https://7news.com.au/news/crime/drive-by-shootings-a-sign-of-potential-gang-warfare-in-sydney-warn-detectives-c-126927

    The US imported slaves and ended up with violent urban crime; Australia skipped the slavery part and just imported violent urban crime.

  53. @vetteforron

    Agree or disagree, Reed is a snotty son of a bitch who needs a few raps from my ancient swagger stick and confiscation of his US passport.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman, Poco
  54. @vetteforron

    Well Vetteforron, if Reed stops his attackes so will I but he’s the pusher of snotty language on this site. He also uses ten dollar words that nobody has ever heard of to show how smart he is. He does that in his technical arguments. I’ve given up on his recovering any American sanity. He’s over the hill with his dislike of our country, what it stands for and who we deplorables are. He is irretrievabe.

  55. @ThreeCranes

    Don’t know if it’s true in its particulars but it’s true in essence; that for every woman admitted to Med School? STEM PhD programs?, twelve more qualified white guys were passed over. Now imagine how many white guys were left by the wayside to make room for blacks and Mexicans etc. at graduate programs in our universities.

    That’s just changing the gender and race mix in the bottom 4/5ths of the affected disciplines.

    For undergrad, the bottom 4/5ths of graduates in any discipline are incapable of a career in the discipline anyway – so they don’t matter. They leave university with fleeting familiarity with the material that was on the test, but they are not ‘competent’ in the domain.

    If I was a white guy who was qualified for a university place in STEM, but likely to finish in the bottom half of a graduating class, the kindest thing anyone could do for me is to encourage me to quit… I might go on to be an electrician or crane operator[1] instead. I might even #learntocode (and would be superior to 99% of H1Bs who from the Global ‘HelloWorld’ Curry-house).

    As for grad school: as I have said since forever – if you don’t qualify for a merit scholarship, you’re wasting everybody’s time.

    The hint’s in the name: merit scholarships are based purely on performance. None of those guys are missing out.

    [1] Funnily enough: crane operator – preferably on a wharf – is what I would do “if I could turn back time“. It never crossed my mind as a 12-14 year old: then again, nor did economics or quant finance – which is where I ended up (with a full merit scholarship all the way to PhD, so “No scholarship = dead weight” doesn’t apply).

    Modern cranes are brilliant: I finagled my way into one last year and it was like I was 7 again (on the flight to Australia in 1972, I got to visit the cockpit of a DC10: I was wide-eyed about it for weeks, even though Dad already had a pilot’s licence and I’d been flying with him in a 172).

    If you’re identified as a ‘gifted’ kiddie, the whole system tries to drive you in specific directions. You’re seldom conscious of the sorts of occupations – like operating a crane – that would be perfect for people who are kinda misanthropic (and almost all smart people are, to various extents).

  56. @vetteforron

    You realise this is the internet, not a Methodist Ladies’ Crochet Circle, right?

    (Actually, that’s a bad example. Collections of late-middle-aged women are likely to be riven by incessant sniping and tut-tutting. There’s no more spiteful, know-it-all cunt in the world, than one whose useful bits are all dried-up and shrivelled closed).

  57. Poco says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    No cholos in Mexico? Where do you think the cholos in the US originated?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  58. @Poco

    Fred’s personal antipathy seems to be towards another minority.

    Besides, in Mexico he can afford to avoid them altogether down there. He has mentioned a pension of $4000 a month.

    Were he to be living in a US city on $40,000 a year, he would dislike Cholos more. But in Mexico on $40,000 a year he can afford to live in a gated community and employ a driver and private security.

    And as Fred himself states, it is the Cholos who come to America. The white or mostly-white airline pilots or surgeons don’t.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
  59. Haole says:

    And as Fred himself states, it is the Cholos who come to America. The white or mostly-white airline pilots or surgeons don’t.

    How to shop in Mexico, want to know where the good restaurants, schools, hospitals are, just look at the customers, if there are a few blue eyed Mexicans or middle class looking Mexicans than you are in the right place.

  60. @Chris Mallory

    I think I passed you in MIA on the way to my connecting flight to Bogota last week on the last flight out of dodge. You were the fat, dipshit with a baseball cap on, waiting in line at the fast food dumpster holding the fat hand of your BWNFM (BigWhiteNonFuckingMachine)? Thought so.

    Head on down to LatAm and discover what it’s like to be a man, and enjoy the company of a chica that actually appreciates one.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Chris Mallory
  61. Truth says:
    @LostGringo

    LMAO!

    All this beacuse a dude wants want people to date white people?

    • Replies: @LostGringo
  62. @Truth

    Nah, he’s just a prick. That’s what we called them back in the days before this internet thing.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  63. @CascadeJoe

    I think I get what Mr. Reed was saying. It was his usual disparagement of groups of Americans that want the southern border controlled. What is your take exactly, Joe?

  64. johnwho says:

    That was a great article. ITWC is part of the problem no doubt, but another big part is fake democracy many western countries are forced to live under by media and private money for private profit and private profit from public debt and in general the lack of public ownership in essential resources in infrastructure, energy, education, healthcare and so on.
    Some countries are going to recognize this and make changes after the worst of the crisis is over and the millions have died.

  65. johnwho says:
    @but an humble craftsman

    Yes, Fred always gets attacked by an army of ignorant trolls. It’s sad because in this case he wrote an excellent article. And he is always entertaining.

  66. @Jeff Stryker

    Respectfully, methinks your arithmetic is off by 20% as $4K/month is $48K/year, not $40K.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  67. @Jim Sweeney

    I was assuming Mr. Stryker was accounting for taxes. Yes, unless Mr. Reed renounces. his citizenship (something you’d think he’d be all over!), the US Feral Government wants its share, no matter where you live, until, and sometimes after, you die.

  68. Freed seems to have closed both his mind, and his one good eye. I can’t read any more of this. Goodbye once more, Senor Freed

  69. @The king

    There are lessons that should be learned from this situation:

    Most of that was already coming for the simple reason that what we were doing could not work, but this – “End of … unfetter[ed] capitalism ignoring basic necessities of a society we all inherit” ignores some realities.

    What has been going on for the last 50 years is not so much “capitalism” as rule by financiers. Capitalism, classically, is (was) about producing a surplus of goods (capital) and investing the surplus to create more. We have produced excess grain in this country recently, but that’s about all as far as “goods” are concerned.

    What we have produced in excess is credit with a generous topping of bullshit. Most of the people in this country thought that was a peachy keen idea while it worked, but soon the piper must be paid.

  70. From Fred’s “Evenings with Lanc” a couple of weeks ago.

    “…engaging in the Byronic delusions of young men who have not yet grasped the true nature of the world.”

    Still pretty thick today.

    Some of you folks are just pissed because Fred is pointing out that your fantasies about the world are just that, and nothing more.

  71. MEH 0910 says:

  72. @LostGringo

    Not me. I am quite happy at home with my wife and children. Just because you aren’t man enough for a white women, doesn’t mean all of us are.

  73. @Jeff Stryker

    Ah, Lil Jeff who is afraid of his own shadow.

    I don’t need public transportation. I don’t see letting someone else be in charge of where and when I go.
    I wouldn’t live in Illinois if you paid me. Shithole of a state.
    My cost of living is low and there are plenty of locally owned home cooking restaurants to eat at.

    A job is a job, nothing wrong with earning an honest living.

    A shame you never developed into manhood, Lil Jeffy, the living is good here in my part of the US of A.

  74. @LostGringo

    Now, that isn’t very nice of you. But then you are lost. Maybe if you found how to be a white man again you would be more pleasant.

    • Troll: Realist
  75. MEH 0910 says:

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  76. MarkinLA says:

    I wonder what Fred is going to do when all these illegals who are losing their jobs can’t get the free money and lose their apartments. The Democrats want to give illegals the money the citizens are getting. If that even gets through the House, it will be easily killed by the Senate.

    The corona virus may actually do some good by forcing the illegals to self deport.

  77. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

  78. Just checked John the Hop. One hundred thousand plus and climbing. Excuse me. I am going to sanitize my throat.

    Just checked John the Hop. One million plus flu cases and climbing. Excuse you. You should sanitize your brain.

    Trump was either lying or ignorant of what was going on in America. Maybe he had more-important things to think about.

    He was neither, but anyone who thinks he was either is both lying and ignorant. Fred keep your ignorant comments to things Mexico. AMLO wants to shake your hand.

  79. MEH 0910 says:

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