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If we were to try to identify one point in US history where superficiality took root in America, it might well be a speech by an American salesman named Elmer Wheeler who in 1937 coined the now-famous maxim of “Don’t sell the steak – sell the sizzle!”. For those who don’t know, the sizzle is the sound made by a steak when it is first tossed onto a hot barbeque. His idea had merit. Looking at a photo of a steak or listening to a radio commercial about steaks would be unlikely to generate much immediate purchasing response, but hearing that sound might well recall fond memories and persuade shoppers to head for the supermarket. His theory was that it isn’t the simple product that generates a purchase but rather our emotional response to some element of that product.

Of course, it was American Jews who more or less created marketing, and Bernays’ advertising wizards were not slow to adapt Wheeler’s advice to virtually every product in existence. But, as with most things American, they didn’t know when to quit, and carried the process far past the end. It soon occurred to American businessmen that if people were buying the sizzle there was no need to provide the steak. It may come as a surprise to many people, especially Americans, but it was American companies, not Chinese, that created fake products and flooded the nation and the world with them. Since customers wanted the ‘sizzle’ of leather in their cars and on their sofas, anything vaguely resembling leather would suffice. It was Americans who created fake leather, wood, metal, glass, fake wool and linen, fake virgin olive oil and, eventually, fake people. The list is almost endless. Any natural product that could possibly be counterfeited – but nevertheless sold as the real thing – was produced and sold.

And it was primarily the conflux of sizzle and credit that led companies and marketers to create the propaganda of the American Dream; not the dream where you succeed, but the dream where you have the appearance of success. After all, borrowing money to purchase a fake leather sofa to show off to your neighbors is almost as good as actually having the money in the bank to purchase the real thing. And this is what the marketers marketed. The focus on providing consumers with increasingly less steak and more sizzle, along with the fake materials purchased on credit, eventually resulted in what we call superficiality, a term that describes Americans as perfectly as any other.

It is interesting to watch the continuing development of this process today. It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that Starbucks offers some of the worst coffee on the planet, which is natural since it was designed to suit American tastes. But you may be surprised to learn that Starbucks is no longer selling coffee; they are now selling “experiences”. The marketers and advertisers, aided and abetted by the propagandists and their Freudian background, have concluded that there is an even better way to loot bank accounts than offering fake goods on credit. In their view, shops once sold commodities (coffee beans), then became ‘service firms’ (coffee shops) where the commodity was standardised and the distinguishing consumer attraction was the quality of service. Inherent in that shift was the degrading of the commodity – which was expensive – and replacing it with ‘service’ which cost nothing but an artificial smile. They have now moved to a new level where we sacrifice both the commodity and the service, and replace both with “an experience”.

The propagandists and marketers, the offspring of Lippman and Bernays, are spending enormous sums of money on psychologists and psychiatrists to fathom precisely what it is about going to a Starbucks or a Wal-Mart that can create a positive emotional response. Yes, I know. I almost choked writing that sentence, but these people are serious. They want to identify the stimulus and to then fabricate the circumstances in an attempt to provoke that response. If successful, the fake commodity and fake service can disappear to be replaced by a fake emotional experience that you will treasure and one day excitedly relate to your grandchildren. It is all a false reality created with contrived experiences that are not real, but Americans are already on international speaking tours proselytising the new marketing approach. And it’s all fake, in the same way that most of America is fake. In the US, marketing is built on lies just as is virtually all else in the nation. It is interesting to watch Americans promoting this new view; they are unable to recognise that any part of their new bible contrasts with reality, and react with offense when Europeans tell them “You Americans are all about image instead of reality. Everything about you is fake and superficial. You people are living in a cliché.”

It is true that sitting in a coffee shop in Vienna or at a sidewalk cafe in Rome can be a treasured experience, a result generated by dozens or perhaps even hundreds of charming small details that combine to create a genuine appreciation of one of life’s little pleasures. But these wonderful small experiences cannot be fabricated and still generate a pleasure of life, except perhaps for Americans who appear to have lost entirely the ability to distinguish the sizzle from the steak and to whom the only genuine reality is superficial. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting one’s customers to have a good experience, but the American attitude toward creating these is not genuine or sincere; it is cheap, fake, and artificial, a psycho-induced emotional response to a fake reality. Instead of trying to understand how to give customers a real, genuine, pleasant experience as they would receive in Vienna or Rome, the Americans are spending millions trying to understand how to fabricate in their customers the artificial “feelings” of an experience without actually giving them anything. One needs to wonder what the hell Americans think about, what goes on in those minds. And again, if anybody needs an “experience” so badly they have to go to a Starbucks or a Wal-Mart to find it, what they really need is a life.

One of the most obvious sources of evidence of the ingrained superficiality that pervades America today is fruit and vegetable production. There are almost no fruits and few vegetables produced in the US today that have any taste, and there are almost no Americans who know what good fruit tastes like. The reason explains much about the American mentality. US growers wanted to eliminate the natural blemishes that occur on most fruits, so these were cross-bred through many generations to produce a cosmetically-perfect appearance. Next, sporadic and uneven ripening was inconvenient and expensive since pickers would have to return for many days over a month or more to pick all the fruit, so growers cross-bred the fruit to ripen as nearly as possible on the same day. Next, tenderness and delicacy were a problem because fruits are often damaged during packing and transportation, so the growers cross-bred the fruits for toughness and hardiness. It’s no secret they succeeded. You can take an apple in an American supermarket and throw it against a concrete wall, with the only damage being to the wall. Then, they wanted to standardise the sizes, so they cross-bred for size consistency, after which shelf life was a problem. Natural fruits will last at best only a few days before they begin to spoil, so growers cross-bred fruits that could be picked green and would last for months. Finally, they cross-bred for artificial color.

In all of this, the Americans were so interested in cosmetics and profit that they sacrificed the only important quality which was taste. The result is apples that taste like cardboard if they have any taste at all, and most don’t. We can buy American Granny Smith apples in supermarkets in Shanghai, with a taste somewhere between clay and tissue paper. Eating an American peach is like chewing on a piece of soft wood. American oranges from Florida are just a bitter, tasteless pulp, as are most strawberries. One American grower claimed that the entire fruit industry was about “decorating stores”, instead of providing delicious food. It’s all about appearance, marketing and corporate profit, an underlying philosophy that perfectly mirrors the superficial American attitude to most things, from automobiles to education. The American version of a peach is a pretty colored ball of dry cellulose that can be picked green and hard, thrown off rail cars and thrown onto trucks, transported for weeks and stored for months, then ripened artificially by exposure to methane gas. It’s the perfect American fruit; hard as a rock, indestructible, has a shelf life of 75 years more or less, and with its lack of taste perfectly reflected in its customers. If you see an American apple in a Chinese supermarket in May or June, that apple has been sitting somewhere for almost a year, and the fact that it hasn’t rotted does not mean it’s edible. All American fruit should be avoided, not only for tastelessness but for the chemicals and GM dangers.

Mr. Romanoff’s writing has been translated into 32 languages and his articles posted on more than 150 foreign-language news and politics websites in more than 30 countries, as well as more than 100 English language platforms. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’. (Chapt. 2 — Dealing with Demons).

 
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  1. Notsofast says:

    excellent article, spot on analysis. in fact i might take it a step further and say we are in the process of being digitized, being turned into avatars in the new virtual reality “metaverse” they want to impose upon us. we’re nothing but data to them, to be harvested and sold off for bitcoin to the highest bidder. the sad truth is that most people will egerly accept the new virtual reality because they are halfway there already, immersed in the internet or video games for most of the day. it’s almost as if they are reverse engineering the matrix and people are voluntarily climbing into their goo filled pods and plugging in. the brave new digital world.

  2. Charles says:

    In connection to the author’s argument: from Erectus Walks Amongst Us (available here at The Unz in the controversial HTMLs), there is a statistic that one-half of Americans and Britons do not believe in evolution. The book was published in 2007 and I doubt the numbers would be different. The connection is that Americans choose – and it is a choice – to believe what makes them “feel good” or safe or righteous, even if an opposing view makes demonstrable sense. So too they choose the convenience of the grocery store rather than the local farmer’s market or the toil of growing food, when such a thing is feasible.

  3. Right_On says:

    “In a civilization devoted to the strictly abstract and mathematical ideal of making the most money in the least time, the only sure method of success is to cheat the customer, to sell various kinds of nothingness in pretentious packages.”
    ― Alan Watts, Does It Matter?

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  4. you are right!

    dump the carbs

    eat fresh, fatty meat (1/3 fat, 2/3 lean)

    grass-fed, beef or bison, open range

    live Well!

  5. indyjones says:

    You need to spend more time in small town flyover country. The coffee is great and comes with friendly conversation. The peaches are ripe off the tree and the Strawberrys do not have the taste of balsa wood. We even consume watermelon with seeds rather than the seedless pseudo mellons at Wallyworld. Bernays is primarily relegated to the wall street world. Main street could care less.

  6. Kali El says:

    The reason the fruit he mentioned that you buy at the market is tasteless is because certain types of fruit have to be ripened on the tree or vine or whatever (strawberry for example) or they never truly ripen and therefore have little to no flavor if you pick them before ripe.

    That is common knowledge but a lot of websites listing the fruits that ripen after you pick them are repeating false info from universities that get paid to lie. For example stone fruits (peaches, etc) are said by many of them to ripen after picking even though they most certainly do not attain tree ripened flavor, they only change color and get softer–mangos also need to be picked at least partially fully ripe with some yellow. But they go bad after a week or two after that so unless you live in an area growing mangos the ones in the market will have been picked green and will be tasteless more or less.

    Only a few fruits truly ripen if picked before ripened, avocado famously needs to ripen after picking, bananas also can ripen if picked green (but not too early.) and some others. In areas that sell fresh produce, like a strawberry patch with a stand in front that only picks ripened strawberries, you can get great tasting fruit. Canned or frozen fruit like tomatoes taste better then fresh supermarket fruits because they pick ripe fruit, although not all brands do that very well, the smaller the brand the more likely they use only truly ripened fruit. Like the market down the street from me sells store branded generic canned tomatoes and they taste far better then the national well known brands.

    Frozen fruit also uses ripe fruit although bigger brands cheat a bit. Frozen fruit will make much better jam then fresh from the market unless you know they are getting fruit from a local source. Except citrus. When you freeze citrus it loses its flavor, which is why they add orange essential oil to reconstituted orange juice, or why reconstituted pineapple juice has no flavor but non-frozen brands like Dole which say “not from frozen” on their cans, taste good.

    • Agree: Carroll price
    • Replies: @Notsofast
    , @Alfred
  7. It may come as a surprise to many people, especially Americans, but it was American companies, not Chinese, that created fake products and flooded the nation and the world with them. Since customers wanted the ‘sizzle’ of leather in their cars and on their sofas, anything vaguely resembling leather would suffice. It was Americans who created fake leather, wood, metal, glass, fake wool and linen, fake virgin olive oil and, eventually, fake people. The list is almost endless. Any natural product that could possibly be counterfeited – but nevertheless sold as the real thing – was produced and sold.

    Murika has accepted fake money since 1914 or thereabouts and the folks who run the counterfeiting and usury racket plotted on Jekyll Island are relatives of those who took over the advertising racket. It’s hardly a surprise when you think about it. Fake money leads to nothing but endless sizzle and no steak to be had within miles. Welcome to Clownworld, zeks. Are you having fun yet?

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  8. If you want to buy designer fruits and vegetables nothing is stopping you. Or you can grow your own. As for the Market, it’s not perfect but it is by far the best system we got!

    • Agree: Legba
  9. Notsofast says:
    @Kali El

    peaches, plums, nectarines,pears, etc can be ripened after picking by placing them in a paper (never plastic)bag for a few days. the change in flavor and texture is amazing. believe or not it works for cantaloupes as well (providing they haven’t been picked to early). i have banana trees (plants actually), once they produce a bunch of bananas you can cut the bunch down with a machete (green but not too green as you say) and hang the whole bunch up and they will ripen one at a time, giving you a ripe banana a day for a month, it’s really quite amazing, nature is so beautiful, when you take the time to appreciate her.

    • Disagree: Emslander
    • Thanks: Realist
  10. fran says:

    Out of all fruits and vegetables, tomatoes have the largest gap in taste between American and foreign grown. In the US they’re essentially tasteless and serve no purpose as food. Strawberries are another big one, though good strawberries can be bought at specialty stores in season. American eggs also severely lack in taste for some reason, even the free-range organic options. At this point there’s no food item in the US that hasn’t been ruined by GMOs and factory farming, and the same transformation is underway in Europe.

    Monsanto and their GMO seeds have actually played a major role in the post-coup Ukrainian government, using corrupt officials to change laws in their favor and push out family farms. This recent article covers the issue in great detail:
    https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/05/31/war-within-the-war-the-fight-over-land-and-genetically-engineered-agriculture/

    • Agree: Notsofast
    • Thanks: Sarah
  11. @Exalted Cyclops

    You hit it on the head when you said: ‘Fake money leads to nothing but endless sizzle and no steak to be had within miles’.

    I’d like to draw attention to this line from your comment that was taken from the article:

    It was Americans who created fake leather, wood, metal, glass, fake wool and linen, fake virgin olive oil and, eventually, fake people.

    There is much that is fake about America, but none more so than it’s fake economy, bond and stock markets.
    In relation to the SMO which Russia is carrying out in Ukraine, pro-Ukrainian neocons will point out how Russia’s GDP is a fraction of the U.S and that NATO will prevail against this nickel-and-dime economy that’s on its last legs.

    Well, let’s dig deeper into the substance of Russia’s headline GDP figure in comparison to that of the U.S and make a qualitative comparison.
    And no one does it better than Bill Bonner as per this analysis below taken from his newsletter last week:

    Quality Versus Quantity

    Compared to the US, the Russian economy is tiny — roughly equivalent to Spain. But it’s not the size of the Russian economy that poses a challenge, it’s the quality of it.

    Over many years, the US economy has been pumped up by financialisation, fake money, and faddish technology. The Russian economy has not.
    Russia sells necessities — food, fertiliser, and fuel.

    Oh…and Russia is also a big producer of ‘industrial warfare’ ammunition, bullets, and artillery shells, for example.

    So, when we compare the two economies, what do we see?

    Russia — wheat, barley, seafood, nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, oil, gas, metals, and minerals…many of them essential to modern economies and standards of living.

    US — Facebook, Netflix, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Tesla, Walmart, Apple.

    A Tale of Two Economies

    The US economy is much bigger. But how much is it fluffed up with things we mostly don’t really need? Entertainment. Distraction. Consumption. Do our most valuable US companies actually help us produce wealth? Or do they subtract it by wasting our most precious asset — our time?

    How much of the US economy is just foam, created by the Fed’s money printing and phony interest rates over the last 30 years? A week or so ago, we estimated the froth in household wealth at more than US\$50 trillion. This is how much would vanish if the financialised economy were de-financialised…with stocks, bonds, and real estate marked down to more ‘normal’ levels.

    How would the two countries — Russia versus the US — stack up then?

    Maybe a better question is this: when push comes to shove, how important is the quality of output, compared to the quantity of it?

    If Facebook, oops…Metaverse, shut down, people would be disappointed. But would it really matter? They don’t make bullets in the Metaverse; they make them in Russia.

    And they don’t deliver gas from Netflix. It comes from Russia, too. And if it were turned off; what would be the effect?
    It looks like we’re going to find out.

    Bottom Line: The size of Russian GDP is determined by counting the output of that economy in terms of its currency (Rubles) and then converting that to USD for comparison.

    Of course the Ruble has been manipulated artificially lower over the years through the machinations and chicanery of the Zio cabal, while currencies like the USD and GBP are engineered artificially much higher than they would otherwise be in a level playing field.

    In the immediate aftermath of the SMO in Ukraine (late Feb/early March), the Ruble fell to \$1 USD = 154 Rubles.

    And many in the corrupt western MSM like to use that figure above when speaking of Russian GDP since it minimises Russia financial status.

    However, the Ruble soon bounced back and reached a peak of \$1 USD = 50 Rubles:

    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/RUB=X/

    From trough to peak, the Russian GDP TRIPLED in that time. (ie: in the space of a few months).
    And there will be more of that to come as the Sino-Russian Super hegemon announces a gold backed Chinese Yuan/Russian Ruble at some point in the future.

    The U.S economy, stock and bond markets are nothing but FLUFF, just a house of cards that will soon topple.
    When the USD loses its reserve currency status, and that time is fast approaching, the whole fake facade will come crashing down.

  12. Hitmarck says:
    @Charles

    Making sense.

    In that phrasing is the root of that evil. Pill Pull.

  13. “It’s called The American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin

    • Agree: mocissepvis, JR Foley
  14. @Truth Vigilante

    That’s a fine explanation. To put it another way, Murika’s economy is basically a ‘gas giant’ – a massive bankster-fart stinking up the entire planet. The only ones sad to see the monstrosity implode are those who are cashing in off of it, which as George Carlin noted is limited to those in the club (see Hunter and the ‘big guy’ for two fine examples). Makes the late Sen. Juan McStain’s slur against Russia as a ‘gas station pretending to be a country’ all the more ironic – a classic case of projection. Speaking of fake, McStain was himself a perfect example of a fake patriot, as was his father before him (who covered up the USS Liberty crime).

  15. Baxter says:

    Okay, I’ll grow my own damn fruit. Thank you very much.

  16. Biff says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    US — Facebook, Netflix, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Tesla, Walmart, Apple.

    + Lawyer fees, service industry(experiences), and Hollywood entertainment among other worthless junk.

  17. Anon[383] • Disclaimer says:

    Enough with the hatred. My family are Americans, and they are the dearest people one could know.

    Articles like this are largely untrue, even sick. The only valid point in this article is that vegetables and fruits aren’t always as tasty as they should be. The author should note well that the majority of reader comments, so far, are helpful, friendly responses in regard to this one and only sane point of his.

    Mr. Romanoff, throw away the gratuitous abuse – it’s rotten.

    • Disagree: Emslander
    • Replies: @Emslander
    , @TKK
  18. frankie p says:
    @indyjones

    Excellent point. Although I have lived in East Asia for decades, my summer visits home to Pennsylvania always made deep impressions of fresh seasonal fruit (huge, sweet cantaloupe, a buck a piece), farmer’s stands with excellent vegetables and fruit at very reasonable prices, and my personal favorite: my Dad, who passed away last November, taking us to his favorite stand, a farmer’s stand in the farmer’s front yard, located in the Oley Valley. Vegetables all clearly marked for price, not a soul in sight, and a locked cash box with a slot to allow you to pay for what you take. For all the dysfunction in the US, there are a lot of fine, trusting, upstanding people. You just don’t see them in the media, and of course (((our friends))) are trying their damndest to replace them.

    • Thanks: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @ADeceptive Pseudonym
  19. RobinG says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Good post, thanks.

    The US economy is much bigger. But how much is it fluffed up with things we mostly don’t really need? Entertainment. Distraction. Consumption. Do our most valuable US companies actually help us produce wealth? Or do they subtract it by wasting our most precious asset — our time?

    They also waste our resources, including energy.

  20. @Notsofast

    Under the cancer cult, capitalism, EVERYTHING is a commodity to be bought and sold and manipulated for profit, including people. Only you are not a person, you are a consumer or a product. Capitalism is innately anti-Life, and is in the midst of the End Stage of its mission to destroy Life on Earth. And America, despite the efforts of many of its better people, IS capitalism.

    • Agree: Kali, Mary Marianne
    • Replies: @Hardrock
    , @Truth Vigilante
  21. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Supply and demand are fine, but ‘the Market’ is not them. The Market is money power, nothing else. Once the liars told us that ‘Markets never get it wrong’, but about fifteen years ago the truthful words, ‘Market failure’ began to be uttered even by the brain-washers, and today ‘Markets’ ‘fail’ more often than succeed. The God That Failed.

  22. Rush says:

    Selling timeshare vacation apartments and selling hope not soap come to mind as variations on this theme.

  23. How dare you call the Potemkin Chiquitastan superficial.
    We are the winningest winnarz evarz!
    You need fweedom fwies soaked in lard, comrade.
    Wash it down with some Five Bucks coffee.

    • LOL: WHAT
  24. @Truth Vigilante

    Pure common sense, something that sails right over the average Amoricon consumerdonkey’s head.

  25. @Charles

    . . . there is a statistic that one-half of Americans and Britons do not believe in evolution.

    One must be an ignoramus to not “believe” in evolution. . . of course, changes in environmental factors induce, over the course of many generations, changes in the organisms existing in said environment.

    But, one must be a gullible fool to believe that evolution accounts for the development of all species from one-celled protozoa oogeying around in the primordial ooze.

    I mean, there’s evolution, and there’s evolution.

    • Replies: @JM
  26. JR Foley says:

    Beaver is gone —Combat likewise — both USA TV shows. Canadian–2 Americans and a Swede – died in combat and Justin Jackboot is dismayed –Chrystia is upset—Ukraine must become Freeland.

  27. @Exalted Cyclops

    Speaking of fake, McStain was himself a perfect example of a fake patriot, as was his father before him (who covered up the USS Liberty crime).

    Let’s not forget McStain’s grandfather Admiral John S. McCain Sr who played a pivotal role in America’s worst ever naval military disaster during WWII in the Battle of Savo Island (refer to this article titled ‘The Worst Naval Loss in U.S. History That Never Was’):

    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/the-worst-naval-loss-in-u-s-history-that-never-was.html

    Bottom Line: The McCains (aka McStain’s), represent three generations of traitors.

    It looks like daughter Meghan is following in the footsteps of her predecessors and has established herself as a P.O.S.

    • Agree: A B Coreopsis
  28. @indyjones

    Main street could care less.

    You mean, “Main street couldn’t care less.”

    Think about it.

    • Thanks: Kali
    • Replies: @JM
  29. Catilina says:

    Elmer himself looks pretty amiable, happy and sincere to me.

  30. @fran

    American eggs also severely lack in taste for some reason, even the free-range organic options.

    Try these:

    https://happyegg.com/heritage/

    • Thanks: fran
  31. Anonymous[275] • Disclaimer says:

    A unique observation, something I have struggled with every time I stepped into a local supermarket when I craved for a real peach or an apple with real natural aroma and taste that would take you down the childhood memories where air is permeated with the scent of real peach and apple. Well, after nearly decades of carefully dodging the GOMs and the Frankenstein produce that make you feel like a renegade lab rat, and as if all of this wasnt really enough to make you sick to your stomach we hear the eugenicist/bio terrorist Bill Gates is out to acquire large swats of farmlands to usher in hunger and cancer causing Monsanto crap to fulfill his wet dreams of depopulation, then you realize that it aint gonna get any better anytime soon, folks. So, buckle up `cuz Kansas going bye bye soon.

  32. @indyjones

    Bernays is primarily relegated to the wall street world. Main street could care less.

    Perhaps, but one of these rules the other.

    (Romanoff:) Of course, it was American Jews who more or less created marketing

    But of course. Nothing of the kind predated American Jews’ discovery, I mean invention!

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  33. Legba says:

    So let’s just kill 90% of everybody. Then we can all go back to buying our milk and eggs from Farmer John. Or something.

    • Replies: @Emslander
    , @SaneClownPosse
  34. Hitch says:

    sitting in a coffee shop in Vienna or at a sidewalk cafe in Rome can be a treasured experience

    Boobus Americanus when observed in every corner of the planet is one of the most obnoxious and stomach turning phenomenon in the modern world, likely only eclipsed by selfish and pushy chinese tourists cutting lines and acting completely unaware of the environment around them.

    “The bucket list” is one way that Boobus Americanus has been programmed to seek superficial travel experiences. The billions of idiots with smart phones and phallic telephoto lensed digital SLR digital cameras hanging around their necks are one of the worst manifestations of this mind control. How many of these trillions of digital images will ever be looked at again? Is it any surprise that the Judeo-masonic order calls them “useless eaters”?

    Of course lets give credit where it is due, UNESCO has jumped on the bandwagon too, and you cannot go anywhere on the planet without seeing “Unesco world heritage site” signs adorning even the most trivial tourist magnets. Of course by allowing these sites to become “preserved” by transferring sovereignty to Unesco is about the most stupid thing any proud ethnic community could do, but this mental programming permeates the world.

    The entire planet is approaching their final destination: Noahide laws and the ultimate fruition of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

    • Thanks: Automatic Slim
    • Replies: @Etruscan Film Star
  35. Jimmy1969 says:

    larry: we will always have Vegas.

  36. Jimmy1969 says:

    Larry: we will always have Vegas

  37. tom says:

    Interesting article, Mister Romanoff. But it appears that you haven’t been to Europe in a while.Starbucks and McDonald’s are growing like weeds in Belgium, and France and likely in other European countries. And oranges are bright and shiny and wonderful to look at here as well. The Europe you speak of is quickly receding into the sunset. It all, every bit of it it seems, eventually travels across the Atlantic and washes ashore here. Clothing outlets, two that I know of in Netherlands, are a perfect example of the “experience” that you speak of. Crappy name-brand items with tissue-paper-thin fabric is promoted as “discounted” when in fact it is actually priced higher than at regular department stores. Europeans are possibly more naive than Americans. It is the biggest consumer scandal I have ever witnessed. The sprawling outlets are architectural wonders – very impressive to look at. To stroll around and take it all in. An experience. And the overpriced restaurants at these impressive campuses offer crappy food that is sold as hip street food or designer food at high prices (that most everyone is convinced is great!) Come to Europe, my friend. And experience it. The claws of Bernays and Freud have punctured the skin of Europe long ago.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
    , @Joe Paluka
  38. Biff says:

    It was Americans who created fake leather, wood, metal, glass, fake wool and linen, fake virgin olive oil and, eventually, fake people. The list is almost endless. Any natural product that could possibly be counterfeited – but nevertheless sold as the real thing – was produced and sold.

    How fake is that “Democracy” that’s being constantly sold?

    • Agree: JR Foley
  39. Philip K. Dick was ahead of his time. Way back in 1968, he wrote this book, which was later adapted (severely chopped) to make the Blade Runner films.
    https://files.cercomp.ufg.br/weby/up/410/o/Phillip_K._Dick_-_Do_Androids_Dream_of_Electric_Sheep_c%C3%B3pia.pdf

  40. GMC says:

    70% of everything I eat is grown within 20 – 30 kilometers of where I live and all natural. Peaches, grapes, apricots, cherries, apples, peppers, cucumbers, zukini, cabbage, tomatoes, honey,etc, All our eggs, butter, cheese and chicken is local Crimean, as is most of the pork, and lamb, vino, cognac, champagne, and black sea -salt. The rest – comes from southern Russia and trucked across the bridge. Now that the water is flowing from the Dniepr R. , Crimea can grow rice, starting this year, and even more food in the years to come. And with the addition of NoviRossiyan people and farmlands – food, energy, etc. will not be a problem. And GMO is outlawed in Russia, along with Geo. Soros.

    It was this way in America when I grew up, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa were power house states , when it came to growing and raising everything needed to live. Why ? Because the Federal government and State Gov. didn’t stick it’s big fat nose in the large, small or local farms and country markets. Then Globalism showed up and look at the way things have become. If America’s populace could see where Russia is headed with the multi-polar environment , they would see that they need to go back to the times when those power house states ruled themselves, fed the people and lived a more Free life.

    • Replies: @NIdahoCatholic
  41. Anon[259] • Disclaimer says:

    Ouch! That takes me back to my childhood in the 40’s and 50’s when the foods, especially fruits and ice creams were delicious AND affordable. My mother would select fruits from under an awning over the sidewalk at the front of a little shop, pop them into a brown paper bag and pay maybe 50-60 cents for a dozen fruits to feed our family of 5 for a couple days. We’d eat individual cherries out of the bag on our mile or two walk home, since most families owned only a single car for the single breadwinner back in the day. Candy bars, sodas, ice cream bars, Dixie Cups and popsicles were all a nickel apiece in my furthest recollection. A first class stamp was 3 cents. Tasty hamburgers were 15 cents apiece and french fries a dime at Henry’s Hamburgers (or White Castle, if your neighborhood had one of those), long before McDonald’s was a gleam in the eye of Ray Kroc. Affordable for a kid without breaking open his piggy bank. The dimes, quarters and halves you traded with were all made of 90% pure silver and are now worth a fortune if you saved them in the ubiquitous coin banks kids fed for a rainy day. The dollar bills said redeemable in silver bullion from the US Treasury. You bought your fresh fruits and veggies from a produce shop, your meat, fresh cut, from a butcher shop, your brewskies (in bottles w/complimentary “church key”) from a neighborhood tavern and your baked goods from a local bakery. And your shoes from a shoe store–when’s the last time you saw one of those? The freshly baked breads and coffee cakes were maybe 20-25 cents per loaf. The Wonder Bread, Butternut, and Tip Top white dreck sold at the grocery stores for under 20 cents/loaf. Milk was a quarter per quart. Hey, I was always dispatched to the corner store for daily purchases even before starting first grade–the local mom and pop owners knew all their customers and their kids personally. Every local business within walking distance of one’s home from the drug stores (“pharmacy” was a high falutin term back in the day) to the dry cleaners were personally known to their customers. Yes, many, if not most, were Jewish. Sweet rolls aka “Danishes” (we called ’em biscuits on Chicago’s North Side), apple “slices,” strudel, kolaczki and jelly donuts (we called ’em bismarcks), like the high quality snack foods sold in place of modern-day junk food laced with preservatives, were again a mere 5 or 10 cents apiece circa 1945-55 and would be replaced under the glass counter by more freshly baked stuff the next day, every day. “Penny candies” actually only cost a penny (or less!) apiece, and, believe it or not, there were actually “candy stores” that specialised in selling nothing but candies! They could not have made significant profits, but then the cost of living was kept within reason by those in charges, accidental circumstances or dumb luck. I recall our mother perusing some old electric bills from 1947 before finally ditching them circa 1967. They amounted to something like three or four dollars a month. Most pay over 4 bucks a day in today’s world. I pay roughly twice that in SoFla. If we needed to take a red street car along what were still brick roads (believe it!) for Chicago arterial streets rather than hoofing it, the fare was no more than a dime for my mom (later 12 or 13 cents) and mere cents for us kids. Of course, there was no internet, just in time supply lines, ugly ass Japanese cars, unopenable shrink-wrapped everything, hyper-inflated petrodollars, or error-riddled on-line accounts for absolutely every activity in your life, each of which requires its own password and user name that make most of us of a certain age as forgetful as Joe Biden for no damned good reason, least of which is to facilitate our being spied upon by our own nefarious government which then calls the privilege “freedom and democracy.” Don’t even think of bringing up the unaffordable morass that medical treatment and the scads of presumably prophylactic pharmaceuticals have become since they, like everything under the American sun, have been thoroughly corporatized. I believe them when they say that, in the future, you will own nothing and be happy…when your life in this hell hole comes to an end. They drop out that last clause that makes the statement accurate. No, I’m not expecting the train conductor to announce, “Willoughby, Willoughby” if I somehow wake up to another reality on the other side one of these days. (Hint: from the Zone.)

    • Agree: GMC
  42. Everything about muttmerica is as fake and gay as it gets. The very existence of this fake ‘nation’ is a horrible abomination. Every single evil, every single disgusting things come out from this shithole.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  43. ..ripened artificially by exposure to methane gas.
    Erm, no. Ethylene gas, 😉

  44. Anonymous[267] • Disclaimer says:

    This article and most of the comments (save the “how to”) are simply expressed hostility.

    The US has always taken products sold to aristocrats and made them cheaply enough to be sold to the bulk of the population. You don’t like false wood venire over glued together sawdust? Go ahead, buy solid wood, see what it costs, and stop bitching about “deforestation”.

    An example is the old Rolls Royce vs. the Detroit Cadillac back in the 1950s. The two were roughly comparable in function, but the Cadillac left off the fine detail work, cost much less, and was widely used as a high end luxury car in the US. The low end US cars had no equivalent in the UK.

    If you have an aristocratic bias, this might look horrible to you [1]. You might want the bulk of the population to live in poverty so as to leave more for you (although the bare hills of China c.a. AD 1900 might tell you that poverty can produce large populations that destroy all wildlife and forests quite effectively). If so, it’s hard to see how you are much more than a hostile invader.

    [MORE]

    ***********************************************************************
    1] Old joke:
    Dutchess: “So that was what the common people call sex?”
    Duke: “Yes, my dear.”
    Dutchess: “Much too good for them.”

    • Thanks: David Homer
  45. Keeping up with the Jones’. This applies just about anywhere these days. Those marketing/propaganda techniques are used in everything from soap, songs, or selecting your latest senatorial “servant”. Everywhere.

  46. WATTBA says:

    “The set of the Truman Show, and we are all Truman.”
    https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/weve-been-lied-to-our-whole-lives

    • Thanks: Emslander
  47. Good article. It would be great to read an article on how all this, and more, affects the psychology of Americans. They must suffer from some serious psychological complexes and be extremely insecure despite the fake public “self” they show on the outside.
    They don’t seem to be comfortable in their own skin, always striving for something else, for more, and trying to spread their psychological complexes and inadequacies to the rest of the world as something to aspire to instead of condemn and reject. The American disease of falseness, fake lifestyles, fake people, fake everything is spreading globally and doing untold psychological damage.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
  48. @indyjones

    Same for media. Society people talking about society things. It’s a different world.

  49. @Biff

    American people are decidedly getting less ‘experiences’ from FJB; Trump at least provided free entertainment even to his foes – Stormy Daniels, et al.

  50. Actually the fruits are picked before they’re ripe and then chemically induced to ripen at the proper time. And apples aren’t quite hard enough to crack concrete but I get your point.

  51. Looking at the chocolate box image of American materialism, it took me a few minutes to figure out what the guy had on his lap. It looked like a guitar or a chainsaw but not quite. Had to turn it right to see the outboard motor. Whuh?. Mystery solved. I can return to sleep.

  52. MrEuroBoy says:

    Americans have real air conditioning and the Euros have been upset about it all summer. Enjoy that wall unit and evaporation fan Euro! It is almost like real AC.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
    • LOL: schnelladine
  53. BuelahMan says:

    Larry must spend no time in small town Southern USA.

    I bought vegetables and meat from the local farmer’s market last week (and every week).

    The only problem we have are Yankees moving here to corrupt us into what they turned their place into… shit holes. Put a schnoz on the (((Yankee))) and it gets much worse.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  54. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:

    Fruit has been jewed down… Lol!

  55. Still in the sixties of the last century a banana in a house flooded it with its smell; Now you can have a ton in a room and you won’t have any smell.

  56. There are almost no fruits and few vegetables produced in the US today that have any taste, and there are almost no Americans who know what good fruit tastes like

    330,000,000 Americans and one guy who lives in China knows how “almost all” the fruits and vegetable taste and that “almost all” Americans” have lousy taste.

    Tone it down a bit, Larry, and you’d have more credibility.

    • Agree: Catdog
    • LOL: Alrenous
  57. Trinity says:

    Homegrown veggies are gold. Once you grow your own you can’t go back to the tasteless stuff in stores. You take a mater sammich for example. Take a homegrown mater (tomato) and slice 2 slices, lather 2 pieces of wheat bread with Kraft or Hellmans mayo, salt & peppa, now you talking, breh. Had orange, lemon and avocado trees in Florida, got my strawberries at Parksdales in Plant City, home of the annual Strawberry Festival. Now I grow collards, turnips, field peas, green beans, tomatoes, and squash. Have some pepper plants as well. Homegrown compared to store bought is like smoking a fine handmade cigar vs a White Owl or Hava Tampa. Time to change from city boy to country man for better nutritious ad tasty eats, America.

    Cue: Keep on Smiling by Wet Willie

    • Thanks: GMC
  58. Emslander says:
    @Anon

    But these wonderful small experiences cannot be fabricated and still generate a pleasure of life, except perhaps for Americans who appear to have lost entirely the ability to distinguish the sizzle from the steak and to whom the only genuine reality is superficial.

    It’s nearly impossible for most lifelong residents of the USA to accept the truth of that statement until they are able or forced to go somewhere real for a good long while. Military families come back from Germany with transformed attitudes, for instance.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  59. Emslander says:
    @Legba

    I grew up in an area of the country where truck gardening was a very profitable activity. Small farms raised specialty fruits and vegetables for marketing in population centers that were within 12 hours of the shipping point. Every morning during season, my grandpa drove to the rail broker a truckload of strawberries picked very close to ripeness in the dawn hours. He was paid cash money. They were loaded on trains along with the products of other farmers in the vicinity and taken to fresh food markets in cities where somebody else’s grandpa or grandma could buy them ripened and delicious before supper.

    It’s still possible to do, but it would take a complete transformation of land use from our current industrialized agriculture back to personalized agriculture.

  60. Lee says:

    Author said:

    One of the most obvious sources of evidence of the ingrained superficiality that pervades America today is fruit and vegetable production. There are almost no fruits and few vegetables produced in the US today that have any taste, and there are almost no Americans who know what good fruit tastes like.

    Again, the man with no clue spewing hate of America.

    Good fruits and vegetables are easy to come by at farmers markets and roadside stands all over the country. If you don’t like what Walmart is selling—-then go somewhere else.

    China has set the all time low for selling fake/inferior products that can cause sickness or death to people in 3rd world countries for decades.

    Fake eggs, rice, cosmetics, prescriptions, baby formulae, and 2nd hand reject hardware, cloned cell phones that burn up in your hands, and swine flu infected pork products just start to scratch the list—–all to make a buck often at someone’s expense. The importation of tons of shabu each year help ensure that the poor stay that way.

    Which do you think is lamer—–the atmosphere at your local Starbucks or at Shanghai Disneyland? I wouldn’t be caught dead at either.

    • Troll: A B Coreopsis
    • Replies: @ricpic
  61. Just for the record, many Americans like real, genuine cocaine and heroin, and will pay top dollar for the real stuff.

    • LOL: Realist
  62. Franz says:

    For a longer if a bit dated exploration of this subject, see Trivializing America by Norman Corwin.

    The original volume came out in 1983 and it’s about right: Reagan brought back the sizzle of the Eisenhower years without one shred of the economic opportunities available then. It was the beginning of the era of “let’s pretend” and it has been unraveling since 911 at least.

  63. xyzxy says:

    They have now moved to a new level where we sacrifice both the commodity and the service, and replace both with “an experience”.

    Experience? LOL When I was young, department stores made it a point to hire attractive young women to man (sic) the counters. You’d almost want to do some shopping, simply in order to interact with their not really fake pleasantry.

    Go to a specialty men’s shop. Shirts made in New England, bought in exact sizes, to include sleeve length, and collar. No one remembers that. Now made in countries we graciously Napalmed, not that many years ago. Or just forget it and wear baggy shorts with a t-shirt.

    Shopping? You take your life into your hands shopping at a mall, even if you can find a department store that is still open. A sales ‘team’ likely consisting of a disinterested (if not openly hostile) overweight negress sporting long acrylic nails, and an attitude. Possibly a part-time Latinxyz, who may or may not speak your language, and could not care less to learn it.

    Is that fake? Honestly, how much more real can it get?

  64. @Emslander

    …to go somewhere real

    What is a real place?

    Just curious — so Germany is real but America is not? Is Canada real? Is Mexico?
    I’m trying to pinpoint this definition you have.

    • Replies: @Emslander
    , @bike-anarkist
  65. This article looks promising and I’ll read it this evening.

    That being said, I hate to be superficial but I couldn’t help getting stuck on the father in that picture casually balancing an outboard motor on his knee.

  66. @spacewanderer

    Somebody …^^^… hasn’t traveled very much. There is shit all over the world.
    Shitty nations, Governments, peoples, businesses, products, behaviors, practices, beliefs, etc. etc.

    It’s just that America is bigger and more influential so, we are able to export more of it. But, shittiness is not unique to the USA.

    • Agree: bike-anarkist
    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  67. A very good article worth saving. Most of what was said has to be true. The people of the US are fast becoming nothing more than genetically modified upright zombies who are only as “exceptional” as the newscasters, politicians and commercials tell them they are.

  68. funny says:
    @Charles

    “. . . there is a statistic that one-half of Americans and Britons do not believe in evolution”

    There is a process called Micro-Evolution. Adaptation occurs when a characteristic is not needed. Evolution does not create new genes. In order for evolution to be true, everything that has been created was created out of nothing, all the way back to the lie of the Big Bang. This not only impossible, but absurd.

  69. @indyjones

    Oh really? LOL I live in flyover country and gave lived out west in CO and CA. Small town America is one of the best places to witness everything this article talks about. Sure there are still quaint little towns and downtowns filled with what you described but most of rural America has been hijacked by McDonald’s, Walmart, garbage peddling super gas stations and Dollar stores. The mindless consumption and cheap Chinese crap has eroded it’s way into “mom and pop”
    America for the last 30+ years. Let’s not mention the trend of oh the last 20 of putting an adult sex toy kink perv movie booth shop on every exit from MO east west north and south into every other state. Your naivety is hilarious. There were more signs than ever before last election all over rural areas of many states like WI and MN.

  70. In God Rothschild We Trust
    “Satanism in America Today”

    • Thanks: Rurik
    • Replies: @bike-anarkist
  71. Athena says:

    Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Eleventh-hour Approval of Dangerous Pesticide Banned in More than 100 Countries

    Annual Use of Up to 2.5 Million Pounds of Neurotoxin Aldicarb Approved for Florida Citrus

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/lawsuit-challenges-trump-administration-eleventh-hour-approval-dangerous-pesticide-banned-100-countries/5738919

    Oxitec’s GM Moths Released in New York – Citizens, Organic Farmers and Environmentalists Are Outraged

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/oxitecs-gm-moths-released-in-new-york-citizens-organic-farmers-and-environmentalists-are-outraged/5456909

    Genetically Engineered Viruses May Become the Next Generation of Warfare
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/genetically-engineered-virusesbecome-next-generation-warfare/5658947

    Excerpt:

    ,,Another project receiving DARPA funding involves releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys area to transmit a sterilizing genetic virus to their malaria carrying counterparts. Apart from the unknown effects upon the wider ecosystem, the knowledge gleaned from such research could one day make it possible for a state, a non-state actor, or a non-state actor working on behalf of a state to accidentally or deliberately use insect vectors to unleash a variety of biological agents and genetic viruses upon an unsuspecting population.

    Gene editing technology has also made it possible for eradicated viruses to be brought back from the dead. Last year Canadian scientists managed to synthesize the horsepox virus, believed to be extinct and harmless to humans, at a cost of only \$100,000 leading to fears that the same techniques can be employed to recreate other members of the poxvirus family, such as the extinct but deadly smallpox virus that killed 300 million people in the last century alone.

    Although still within the realm of dystopian science fiction, the techniques to reconstitute extinct viruses from DNA fragments or spread viruses that mutate plant DNA may one day be refined to enable the creation of viruses designed to target members of a particular ethnic group. Curiously, last year the US Air Force was seeking to obtain genetic and tissue samples that are “collected from Russia and must be Caucasian” and would “not consider tissue samples from Ukraine.”

  72. GMC says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Great synopsis. What I have seen , when it comes to the dollar , internationally speaking, is that it was advertised, pushed, manipulated and sold, just like it was Gold. And this is where countries and citizens around the world, that got Hooked on the dollar, seem to have a hard time , thinking and living without it. The Euro too.

    Many countries used/saw the dollar for savings, for selling certain big items – houses, cars, etc., or just to exchange it for more of their own money . This dollar bonus made many people use the dollar instead of their own currency because they thought they could get more money . I saw this in Ukraine and Russia. President Putin is weaning his country off this “dollar fix ‘ and is concentrating on Ruble thinking instead of dollar thinking. This isn’t easy. And he is trying to spread this message. But it’s a fine line because the World, has been seriously “hooked” on the dollar for 7 decades and world trade was depended on it. Let’s face it – when currencies are manipulated , there is serious money to be made – as Soros knows. And that is why the dollar was used like a narcotic and pushed. How the USGov would be able to get rid of their dollar { esp. the Domestic \$ } and replace it – is mind boggling.

    • Thanks: Truth Vigilante
  73. @fran

    To lay really good eggs, chickens have to scratch in a little dodo.

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  74. Larry, enjoy your stuff, but “superficial” is far from unique to the USA. If it were only superficiality, its appeal wouldn’t have been so universal.

    • Agree: Thirdtwin
    • Replies: @ADeceptive Pseudonym
  75. Not to mention the fake movies about The Second World War, designed to instill nostalgia for that time.

    • Agree: HdC
  76. JM says:
    @Liosnagcat

    One must be an ignoramus to not “believe” in evolution. . . of course, changes in environmental factors induce, over the course of many generations, changes in the organisms existing in said environment.

    But, one must be a gullible fool to believe that evolution accounts for the development of all species from one-celled protozoa oogeying around in the primordial ooze.

    I mean, there’s evolution, and there’s evolution.

    Yes and they’re both right because the mechanism in the latter is in essence the same as in the former. Neither necessarily excludes an architect.

    • Replies: @Liosnagcat
  77. Hardrock says: • Website

    “…..what it is about going to a Starbucks or a Wal-Mart that can create a positive emotional response. Yes, I know. I almost choked writing that sentence….”

    I almost choked (well, actually spewed my Starbucks) when I read that sentence!

    Kidding, kidding, I had SB once and that was once too many. No FB either.

    It’s all about meaning and what we do to achieve it.

  78. @Truth Vigilante

    Greek Saying: Ou Polla, alla Pollu. Literally, “Not many, but much.”

  79. @Hitch

    “The bucket list” is one way that Boobus Americanus has been programmed to seek superficial travel experiences. The billions of idiots with smart phones and phallic telephoto lensed digital SLR digital cameras hanging around their necks are one of the worst manifestations of this mind control.

    Why do tourists (and to be fair, not only Americans) visit other countries)? To judge from their behavior, it’s to take pictures. Why take pictures? To plant a metaphorical flag, stake a claim: I’ve been there! Look, there’s me with the Eiffel Tower in the background! Here’s me and the wife and kids at the Colosseum!

    It sounds harmless enough, and would be if it were only a small part of sightseeing. But for so many tourists, it seems to be the point of being there. They don’t actually look at anything — that’s the camera’s or smartphone’s purpose. And so they return home with hundreds of pictures of themselves and slight evidence of places they’ve never seen.

    • Agree: Carroll price
  80. If I wanted to read about fruits, I would have gone to some LGBTQLOLWTFOMG site or forum.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  81. JM says:
    @Liosnagcat

    Maybe the literal error is a part of it? Think about that.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Liosnagcat
  82. Hardrock says: • Website
    @mulga mumblebrain

    The problem is that we have allowed the system to rule us….instead, we should make the system SERVE us.

    Laws are the same. They are here to serve us and make life more orderly and efficient. When they fail to do that, they rule us.

    • Agree: mulga mumblebrain
  83. Mr. Romanoff, I grew up on my grandfather’s farm in Northwest Louisiana (circa 1992-2005) on which existed (among other things) a large peach orchard, some plum & pear trees, and some figs, none of it GMO or treated with any chemicals, and all of which tasted fantastic, mind you. Every summer he and my grandmother, with help from myself, who would assist in picking them, made a nice income selling peaches by the bushel-full to the local townsfolk. Your article was completely sensible until you started making the blanket assertion about “all” American-grown fruit. As far as supermarket fruti goes, sure, no one reasonable would argue that you’re wrong, but the problem is that you made no effort whatsoever to acknowledge the existence of anything outside the scope of supermarket food. It’s as if family farms are something you’ve never heard of, or perhaps think no longer exist. What a tasteless and frankly idiotic way to end this piece. Please try to be more thoughtful in the future before making such boneheaded statements as “avoid all American fruit” when referencing this topic. Failing that, perhaps a useful way to bring your forthcoming writings to a close would be to advise readers to never peruse anything by you again if their desire is to be edified, rather than talked down to by a flagrant know-nothing.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  84. My only caveat is the contrasting of American bad to European good. Europe is America’s vassal, and the Euro understanding of reality is exactly the same as that of their master.

    • Replies: @René Fries
  85. @Charles

    US and UK residents are living proof of evolution in reverse. At present reverting from dwarves to mice. They’ve become the new Carthage. Carthaginian business men went out for a holiday stroll to watch babies roasted alive in pits for their idol Moloch. Their latter-day seafaring imperial counterparts prefer a nice puberty blocking pre-surgical prep preceding permanent mutilation and removal of the genitalia of 9 year old children.

  86. alma123 says:

    Very interesting, but regarding fruit, some comments. As I child I assumed peaches should be crunchy. Found out later that they were picked in the US before ripe so they could be shipped.

    I have lived overseas for over 20 years in various places. I have gotten nothing but tasteless (local) fruit in Thailand (I think the best stuff is exported), Cambodia (have eaten awful mangoes right off the tree), Burma (tasteless pomelos right off the tree), Egypt (tasteless local peaches and melons), Indonesia (tasteless local fruits). In these places, there was essentially no good local fruit on a consistent basis.

    I could go on. Vegetables in all these places were pretty much the same. Chinese apples? Not worthy of the name. Even extremely pricey durian, grown in SE Asia, is usually a disappointment. Had the best peaches I’ve ever eaten in Morocco. I stayed there for 3 weeks and bought them fresh at the market each day. If I didn’t eat them that day, they were rotten the next day.

    In the US, I have had excellent apples in season from farmers’ markets in VA, and picked off trees in CT. Excellent peaches at roadside stands in GA.

    It may just be a matter of things not tasting right if they’re not ripe, not in season, stored too long, or not good in some locations. But people like having apples for sale 365 days a year, and most other “staple” fruits as well. So just buy a small quantity and see if the batch is good.

    • Replies: @Auld Alliance
  87. I suppose you can still get natural fresh foods at farmer’s markets but could it be that with increasing standardisation and regulations governments may impose controls on what and how farmers may grow and sell thus bringing smallholders’ produce in line with what is being sold in supermarkets? Isn’t that what is happening in the EU?

    • Replies: @resborzage
  88. @Biff

    Don’t forget Brazilian porn.

  89. @frankie p

    Last time I was in Pennsylvania (~ 2007) I had a \$4.75 breakfast which was superior in taste and freshness to any hugely overpriced dinner at a 5 star big city restaurant. Eggs and homefries. I asked my lady friend – this is not much more than a gas station with a few tables and a jukebox – how is this possible? They grew the potatoes and raised chickens out in back.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
    , @TheMoon
  90. And by the way, I grow most of my own fruit and vegetables, and have done so for many years. Brandywine and Amana Orange tomatoes are ripe already (Eastern CT), mountains of zucchini, multiple types of snap beans, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Corn are ready. Time to replant Cabbage, Peas, Broccoli for the fall. Lots of Americans have gardens – I see them all over the place in driving here and there. And the local orchards are out of this world. Peaches and Raspberries and Apples of surpassing deliciousness. If you’re talking about the disgusting cities and their disgusting inhabitants, ok. But not the countryside, though country people here do fall for the media/govt BS too. Just not as much as the city trash.

    • Agree: Jimmy le Blanc
  91. @Grandson Of A Fruit Farmer

    Everybody knows that farmers’ markets and roadside ma and pa local produce stands are racist. At least that’s what they taught me at Duke University.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/duke-university-farmers-markets-food-charity-white-supremacy

    Did your grandparents teach you how to oversee the niggers that were tending the orchards?

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  92. @Etruscan Film Star

    There’s enough photos of the world’s landmarks on the Internet so they could just Photoshop themselves onto them and re-post on their social media. It’s much cheaper, safer and hassle free. And totally fake and in line with the post-modern age to be a virtual Internet tourist.

    • Replies: @Hitch
    , @Etruscan Film Star
  93. @TheTrumanShow

    Probably “Stuporficial” comes closer.

  94. Yesterday I ate cherries picked fresh from the tree. Plump, juicy, not too sweet, and delicious. I buy my pork and beef on the hoof from the farmer and pay a local butcher to process. Not only is it cheaper, it’s healthier and tasty. In the fall I hunt deer and elk and have the same butcher process it. Try eating the liver of an elk that has dined on grass and shrubs all year. My neighbors all have gardens, and produce so much they give most of it away. Artichokes, pears, apples, plums, okra, onions, potatoes, etc. I don’t have to plant a seed and I get it for free. I just need to spend a few days picking and bagging the stuff and putting it in my freezer. All year around I buy eggs from one neighbor at half the cost of the grocery store.

    This truly is a land of bounty. There are better options than the grocery store, if you are willing to live in a rural area and associate with certain people. White people, get the fuck out of cities and start living again.

  95. Alfred says:
    @Kali El

    Here, in Turkey, I have some fruit trees just outside my door. But the mangoes and apricots in the shops are crap.

  96. @ADeceptive Pseudonym

    Where is this place? I’m gonna report them to the public health inspection authorities and the USDA.

  97. @Commentator Mike

    Allmost, maybe all, fruits and vegetables are available in open pollinated varieties. Collect the seeds from a few choice tomatoes/beans/peas, or even peach pits, and replant in the spring. Didn’t Monsanto or perhaps another of the big corp. try to stop Indian farmers from collecting seeds a few years back? Trying to force them to use their modified seed?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  98. Things ain’t what they useta be! Grumble, grumble. I suspect you’re starting to get up in years, Mr. Romanoff.

    • Replies: @TheMoon
  99. @alma123

    alma123

    Interesting comments about the awful local fruit in countries you would think it would be more naturally produced. Wonder what that is?

    They have adopted modern production methods or use modern varieties?

    Or some of the local varieties just do not taste good?

    For example, the apples in the garden of the house I lived in as a child tasted very bitter, and could only be used for cooking really.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  100. Hitch says:
    @Commentator Mike

    After having stripped humanity of all its sincerity and moral fiber, one can understand why the Judeo-masonic order has so much disdain for “useless eaters”. One of the most superficial holiday experiences available is the all you can eat all you can drink cruise on a multi-story ship carrying thousands of passengers. I really have pity for multi-generational local inhabitants of beautiful coastal cities all across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean where thousands of plastered tourists simultaneously embark and invade the old towns all summer long. Of course all this is really just a sea born version of Las Vegas invading and polluting cities loved and inhabited by locals who would never go Vegas on their own volition.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  101. America is a country that people came to because they were unsatisfied with themselves and wanted to become someone else. Take a look at American movies and see how many of the plots, threadbare as they are, turn upon somebody being “really somebody else.” On the contrary, for example, no one in Anna Karenina or Emma is anyone but him or her self. The exceptions are always criminal. Look at instructions on how to succeed in business by pretending to be successful. To be American you must be fake. Although Bernays did go a long way in this direction he was on fertile ground. America is a country of nobodies striving to be somebody.

    • Agree: Emslander
    • Disagree: Zumbuddi
    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    , @Zumbuddi
  102. Realist says:
    @JM

    Maybe the literal error is a part of it? Think about that.

    Nah…one is logical the other is not.

    • Thanks: Liosnagcat
  103. Pancho says:

    Right on target!

  104. Emslander says:
    @The Real World

    I’m trying to pinpoint this definition you have.

    Someplace real could be within the United States, but probably isn’t. If you need a definition, you’ve probably never been to someplace real.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  105. @resborzage

    Yes, something like that. And isn’t Bill Gates buying up supermarkets in the Netherlands and trying to put local farmers out of business?

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  106. Fruit and vegetables have to be solid enough for shipping. The fact you can hold them in storage is all the better. The highly educated professionals want it that way. Its the market folks grown out of the GI bill and the very artificial 50’s so many right wingers hold to be the ideal. It was a beautifully devious plan being planted then in both fruit and humanity that now bears harden and woke fruit.

    Now making things worse is the growing number of funguses. Yay globalism! It was hilarious to hear DeSantis claiming he will not let farmland be sold to foreigners. With this green fungus on citrus fruit along with the mass influx of people moving to Florida, those farms will be going to growing subdivisions. Growth was and is the irrational fruit of Reagan economics of which most family farmers cannot compete in and with.

    However do I envy those you living in the backwaters. When the inevitable corporate farms come knocking, enjoy the onset of funguses. They will come due to that fresh farm produce you enjoy is likely coming from a farm owned by someone well into their sixties, and also has serious labor shortages. The kids like to bitch about us boomers, but they all prefer to grow a high paying podcast and social media presence. Both are considerably less risk, higher reward, and air conditioning. Hmm… they are just like the fruit at the grocery store.

  107. @GMC

    GMC – Would be interested in your story of how you came to live where you are now. I’ve been considering the same thing, but to Saint Petersburg. A friend recently bought an apartment there. I can be reached at fairbanks99 at Hotmail dot com. Спасибо!

    • Replies: @GMC
  108. @mulga mumblebrain

    The Mumbler writes:

    And America, despite the efforts of many of its better people, IS capitalism.

    America, in the 130 or so years leading up to the formation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, was indeed a capitalist country.
    That’s why it elevated more of its citizens into prosperity [as a percentage of its population] and lifted them out of grinding subsistence level poverty , than ANY COUNTRY IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY – either before or since.

    The America of today is all about Big Corporations, Big Box stores, a rampant Military-Industrial-Security-Surveillance-State and financialisation – the overwhelming bulk of which would not have occurred under Free Market Capitalism.

    What we have in the U.S today is CRONY CORPORATISM, and thus the antithesis of capitalism.

    To the extent that America still functions is due to what remnants of capitalism still survive – refer to Comment # 18 from ‘Frankie P’ where fresh produce could be purchased from an unattended farmer’s front yard and other small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that give the country some semblance of normality.

    Yes, that’s Capitalism.

    CAPITALISM is all about VOLUNTARY EXCHANGE in an environment where there is infinitesimal:

    1) Government coercion and mandates
    2) Federal and state taxes, tariffs, duties and excises
    3) Subsidies to preferred cronies
    4) A CRUSHING regulatory framework that makes compliance impossible and unviable for small businesses and keeps out new entrants/competitors so that the established oligarchs can maintain or indeed increase their market share.
    5) Government micromanagement of our daily lives (eg: lockdowns/vaxx mandates/travel curfews/vaxx passports/QR codes/track and trace/mandates to produce and heavily subsidise those unaffordable death trap fire hazards otherwise known as EV’s etc).

    All of the above chicanery is enabled by BIG GOVERNMENT which has grown like a cancer – especially since the tenure of FDR and later on steroids under LBJ and thereafter.

    CAPITALISM, by definition thrives where government is negligible and its powers are strictly defined.

    Mulga, like most Marxists/Maoists, has lapped up what the leftist and corrupt western MSM has defined as capitalism but in fact bears no resemblance to it.

    Mulga, as you are on the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud, you are absolutely clueless as to what actual capitalism is.

    • Agree: Rich
  109. Professor says:

    Las Vegas comes to mind as the very epitome of American artificiality: a city that has no substance offering empty “experiences” of Paris, Venice and New York to clueless Americans who will never see the real thing.

  110. Catdog says:

    “The result is apples that taste like cardboard if they have any taste at all, and most don’t. We can buy American Granny Smith apples in supermarkets in Shanghai, with a taste somewhere between clay and tissue paper. Eating an American peach is like chewing on a piece of soft wood. American oranges from Florida are just a bitter, tasteless pulp, as are most strawberries.”
    Total nonsense. Stop chain-smoking and you might be able to taste something.

  111. Who are the fake products for? What about our war on poverty and the prosperity for all creed? What type of prosperous do people want? Is merely decent food enough? No, everyone wants to be J-Lo, ride around in a fancy car and eat fruit out of season. They want gold teeth, pedicures and manicures, no matter how poor they really are. Everyone wants to work in a high-rise office for Bill Gates. Everyone is going computer cyber technologist or something, on their phone. Yes everyone wants to walk around like a bankster or a gangster, an alpha or beta with a phone, just look at the videos, everyone is a journalist too picking up pocket change from their twitter accounts.
    Why blame it all on marketing? You have to pay more for better apples this is true, but you should also eat them in season. But people want apples all the time even when they don’t eat them. How much of it all goes to waste? People used to have a good pair of shoes that they took to the cobbler to have repaired too. But we just throw it all away now. Wore that, done, ta-da! If GoodWill sold food I would shop there more often.
    I like a good cup of coffee and what is good to me may not be good for someone else. I don’t like Starbucks and never have. While I buy cheap coffee from Walmart, I brew it in a percolator on the stove. Takes awhile but comes out nice. While Starbucks sells an experience of whatever it all goes along with the trendiness and richness that people demand for themselves. It’s the things they want, are owed and deserve to have and if they can’t have the real, fake will do for a one night out.
    Billions of people now all wanting and deserving something better. Prosperity for all it’s Biblical, just ask any of the “truly religious” with whose help brings in more deserving people.

    Take a drink everytime you see the word fake 🙂

  112. Hacienda says:

    Many cycles and worlds have been since that picture.
    Valued in the 50s, devalued in 60s, valued in the 70s, devalued in the 80s, valued in the 90s, devalued in the 00s, valued again in 10s. Devalued in the 20s?

  113. SafeNow says:
    @Commentator Mike

    The American disease of falseness, fake lifestyles, fake people

    Tennessee Williams nailed this back in 1947 (!) in Streetcar. The elaborate fakeness of
    Blanche DuBois. “Realism? I want magic,” says Blanche. Joan Didion, a mere few years later, wrote that Americans embrace “the con style.” While this aspect of the American character is nothing new, it is not universal in the U.S., as a commenter observed about what he called “flyover country.” Finally, the photo atop the essay is rather cynical. I am ancient. I could post any number of vintage photos of street life in the late 50s and early 60s suburbia that give the lie to the cynical photo.

    • Thanks: Commentator Mike
  114. Alrenous says: • Website

    His theory was that it isn’t the simple product that generates a purchase but rather our emotional response to some element of that product.

    Around 80% true, but those who think* this way shouldn’t be allowed to buy things. A fool and his money are soon parted – and indeed, America is something like a long-form proof that this is truly the case.

    *(I use the term loosely.)

    [MORE]
    Fools need a lord to buy things on their behalf. If you consider the past, culture worked this way too. The locals had a set series of products which they traditionally used. Custom told them what to buy and when, so they never had to think about it.

    It is now clear to everyone – not just the upper classes – that thinking about it was not their strong suit. Best not to even attempt it.

    The focus on providing consumers with increasingly less steak and more sizzle

    revealed that this is in fact what Americans demand. Substance was always an unnecessary expense. Appearance is not only preferable; actual substance is deprecated. Consider having a bowl of fake plastic fruit on your coffee table. It’s actively worse than having nothing, because it reminds you of the possibility of having fruit to eat. Disappointing by design.

    Substance is low-status. It suggests you need to worry about substance rather than having your servants do that. Can’t you afford a wide array of useless things? Are you a poor or something?

    fathom precisely what it is about going to a Starbucks or a Wal-Mart that can create a positive emotional response.

    It’s pretty simple. Signal ingroup. Signal high status, such as having the the leeway to waste time and money. Starbucks is a political company. It signals DNC ingroup. It signals high status, since it has a servant produce your coffee and do your washing-up.

    In America, postmodernism is high status.

    Postmodernism is just one of the newer names that Sophists use for themselves. Democracy is Sophist government, so it’s not surprising that postmodernism became high status in America.

    By having only appearance and no substance, you signal that postmodernism is your ingroup.

    the fact that it hasn’t rotted does not mean it’s edible

    Well, exactly. It doesn’t rot because even the germs and mold don’t want it.

    Hypothesis: egalitarianism produces severe status anxiety, which consumes the mind.

    Egalitarianism is supposed to read like this: “If one person is a king, we are all kings. Hail every individual human; long live the king.”

    What it actually reads as: “Nobody is lower-status than I am. I am the omega; a total loser.” Kings are supposed to have vassals and servants. A king with no followers is obviously a loser king. Nobody needs to be taught this. The genes know. It’s instinctive.

    Americans have no time to worry about anything except proving they’re not the most losery omega that ever lost.
    Problem: they have to do it without counter-signalling egalitarianism. You have to somehow show you’re better than everyone else without suggesting that anyone differs from anyone else. Result: absolute panic.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
    • Replies: @Alrenous
  115. Fresh fruits and vegetables grown up here in Maine with great taste and wholesomeness are everything you say doesn’t exist in the American food chain. Have you ever been up to Maine Larry? The lobsters are good too.

    • Replies: @gilligan
  116. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Auld Alliance

    Most fruit is not intended for human consumption. E.g. the seeds don’t survive human digestion. They have to go through significant husbandry to become palatable. Humans aren’t really supposed to eat fruit in the first place. Homo sapiens is not Pongo pygmaeus.

    Birds’ and bears’ ability to taste differs significantly from that of a human.

    • LOL: Emslander
    • Replies: @Alrenous
  117. @the cleaner

    Popular phrase is “to reinvent oneself”.

  118. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Right_On

    Blaming the effects of Fascism on Capitalism, as per instructions.

    In America, long-term thinking is literally illegal. Three months or less.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  119. Patricus says:

    Larry, you need to explore a little bit for freshly grown foods. If all your shopping is at the local Safeway then you will experience tomatoes that were picked green 3,000 miles away and sat in a truck for weeks. Even in large metropolitan areas there are farmers’ coops. Farmers within 100 miles of the city produce and deliver freshly grown produce. In our case a farmer delivers about a dozen paper bags full of recently harvested foods to one of the homes in our group. We stop by that house on Tuesdays or Thursdays to grab our bag. I think it was about \$500 or \$600 per year, for a weekly delivery, which starts in early Spring and ends late November. Of course, there are no tomatoes in February but there are seasonal foods that one wouldn’t normally think of buying, for example, fennel & leeks in cooler months. It may be easier to find fresh foods in populated areas than remote rural locations. Farmers prefer to service markets with lots of buyers even if they have to drive some distance.

    Our system of grocery stores has its bad characteristics but it is really convenient. Most produce does OK with long distance shipping. Onions, carrots, peppers and many others can stand up to the week in a truck. Frozen and canned foods are fine in grocery stores. Sometimes they have great seafoods or meats. We can always grab the booze, soap and toilet paper.

    One can live pretty comfortably in the USA if a person is not morose.

  120. Notsofast says:
    @fran

    thanks for bringing up monsanto and their gmo frankenseeds. they have had their sights set on ukraine for years, as they are currently banned in europe. half the reason the neocons are in ukraine is so monsanto can grab the breadbasket and try to work their evil product into the e.u., through the back door. gmo’s destroy the soil through contstant poisoning, the micro organisms in the soil die off and the soil becomes barren.

    as far as strawberries go, i lived in western new york in my youth and we had wild strawberries growing in our yard. they were tiny maybe a centimeter in size but they were the sweetest most delicious strawberries i’ve ever had.

    • Replies: @fran
  121. rat beast says:
    @Charles

    Is there anything more obviously false than speciation? Anything more ridiculous than a man of today descending from an ooze or ape?

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  122. @Emslander

    So, you don’t have a definition is the answer. Might have said that.

    I have travelled more widely, globally, than 90%+ of the people reading this website. Still hoping to stumble upon the elusive, undefined “real”.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  123. @Professor

    Except the real thing isn’t worth visiting these days. The changing demography I guess.

    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
  124. @Hitch

    Agree. Except most of those places now depend on mass tourism and welcome them … or rather their money.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  125. Agent76 says:

    Jan 7, 2014 Rule from the Shadows – The Psychology of Power – Part 1

    Dec 20, 2014 Gustave Le Bon – The Crowd (Book 1 of 3) Audio book

    Gustave Le Bon, (born May 7, 1841, Nogent-le-Rotrou, France—died Dec. 13, 1931, Marnes-la-Coquette), French social psychologist best known for his study of the psychological characteristics of crowds.

  126. Jonny C says:

    Of course you can’t get a good American peach in Shanghai, just like I cannot get a good Mango in SE Pennsylvania. The American peaches that make a journey to the east must have been picked way too early, like the mangos that show up in Chinatown in Philadelphia. I try them, but they are not the like mangos at the fruit stands in Taiwan by any stretch of the imagination.

    But back to peaches and apples. The BEST peaches and apples are to be found in the United States. They are to be purchased locally and in season; not for export. I used to dream of Pennsylvania apples when I lived in Taiwan, in spite of the abundance of delicious local fruit, which I enjoyed so much!

    Finally, you are quite mistaken to say that natural apples deteriorate quickly. In the pioneer days, apples were the tree that everyone had in New England. Apples were picked with gloved hands and placed in dry sand or sawdust in boxes. Properly handled it is said that apples can stay up to two years. The early Americans ate apples year round without GM or preservatives. See Eric Sloane’s Reverence for Wood for a detailed description of the New Englanders relationship with apples.

  127. Canned fruit is better than “fresh” fruit, but the FOODIE MAFIA on TV won’t say so.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  128. Thee was nothing cheap about the fake moon landing

    • Agree: TKK
  129. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Alrenous

    Before human intervention, maize looked like this:

    Yum.

    How about bananas?
    Alt:

  130. Thirdtwin says:

    Used to be that a garden would start all by itself in my compost heap. Now, I’m lucky to get one sickly tomato plant. Apparently, not only have fruits and vegetables been modified to be pretty, tasteless and tough, they’ve also been modified to be seedless and barren. They really don’t want us to grow our own food anymore.

  131. Alrenous says: • Website
    @rat beast

    The lower orders find many truths ridiculous.

    This then lets Sophists, postmodernists, and journalists (but I repeat myself) present things as true, in a high-status way, because they are ridiculous. If true = ridiculous, then ridiculous = true, see? E.g. pretending eunuchs are a kind of woman.

    To prevent speciation you would have to revoke the second law of thermodynamics. It would be direct and irrefutable proof of metaphysical intervention. Meanwhile, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._coli_long-term_evolution_experiment

  132. Dr. Rock says:

    What a great article with an incredibly important subject!

    Thinking about it, I’ll bet I could write a 1,000 words on this, for a thousand days, and still feel like I’d only scratched the surface.

    Think about all the ways that this concept is applicable-

    Art, Music, Film- All over engineered, formulaic garbage, or gutter worthy trash, that has been synthesized for shock value, re-tread from actual inspired, creative “art” of the past, or just sophomoric junk, made from over-used templates and patterns.

    Cars, houses, buildings- All utility, no beauty. Just Yugo’s with better marketing. When is the last time you saw any that made your blood move? “You Could Be Home Now”, or “Oh What a Feeling!”, “driving Excitement”? Don’t make me vomit. 99% of all of it, placed in front of you without “manufactured sizzle”, and you’d be like “Meh.”

    Male Masculinity, and Female Beauty- Plastic and artificial, exaggerated and grotesque. Fake muscles, fake lips, fake tits and butt implants, exotic make-up, colored hair, tattoos like we are all in the Russian mafia… The Real Men and Real Women of the past, look like farm fresh, organic, cage free products at the Farmer’s market; Modernity is wax fruit and spam.

    Books, Writing, Thought- I go back and read books, articles, etc., from the 1880’s (as example), and I can’t help but think that they reached the pinnacle of human thought and writing. They grappled with big ideas, deep thoughts, and complicated and conflicted ideas, and did so in a writing style that most people today cannot even digest. Worst still, people today are playing checkers, poorly, while having the nerve to stand in judgement of the men that played 3D chess, on 7 boards at once, thinking 200 moves ahead. The dumbing down of the human animal has taken the humor away from the movie “Idiocracy”, because it is no longer stupid enough.

    Family, Food, Home, Dining and Social gatherings- All crap! groups of sloths, staring at phones, or listening to mumble rap, eat processed garbage, usually bought from an eatery that isn’t fit to feed farm animals, without the desire or capacity to converse, much less engage. Fat stupid kids, with fat stupid parents, watching garbage, eating garbage, and thinking about garbage. Kids watch TikTok, parents watch American Idol, and try to focus thru the haze of over-prescribed medications and processed non-nutritional “food”, none possessing a single thought about anything above the tangible.
    Occasionally going out to watch terrible movies, or eat more garbage, just the over-priced variant, or go to the “bread and circus” events, malls, football games and Cultural Decline parties of desperation and death.

    Seriously, take anything in the modern existence, and everything in this article can be said about it, by the millions of words, and examples.

    We
    Are
    Doomed!

  133. TKK says:
    @Anon

    For the author to mass code over 340 million people is the intellectual equivalent of a dullard sitting in a dunce cap, drooling and trying the catch flies in the corner.

    I go to a farmer’s market every Thursday afternoon that has real earth candy: dripping juicy peaches that bruise if not handled like jewels in late July & August, fresh corn that tastes like dessert, plump cucumbers, crispy snap beans, homemade cakes and bread, and home made apple cider doughnuts that are dropped when you order them and melt in your mouth.

    There is a man who sells moon shine that tastes like ambrosia, and he even delivers! Small town America LOVES growing and making things. Ever wonder how Tractor Supply always posts a profit?

    The author frames himself as a smug cosmopolitan. I have one question: Ever been to Italy?

    Many Italianswill buy a thermos that leaks if you slap the Dolce & Gabbana or Fendi label on it. The Chinese are worse- label whores.

    Just another virtue signaling elitist who despises and ridicules the white working class.

    How is this article any different than calling Americans: A basket of deplorables?

    Larry, your spirit animal is Hiliary Clinton.

    • Thanks: TheMoon
  134. @Alrenous

    I believe the mean memory period of retention for Boobus Americanus is 3 weeks.

    This article is a jewel, like a watchmaker or mechanic that calibrates the machine. Once you open it up, you see and exclaim, “OMIGAWD !!”.

    The truth hurts, boys and girls.

  135. TheMoon says:
    @ADeceptive Pseudonym

    Same experience. There’s a roadside cafe (name escapes me) on the I-15 somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas where I had some of the best breakfasts ever. In the middle of the desert, nothing getting grown locally. Some kind of high Mojave magic from the Old Times. 🙂

    • Replies: @CelestiaQuesta
  136. TheMoon says:
    @traducteur

    I love these old timers cranky about the old days they did absolutely nothing to conserve for Posterity. They were handed a local peak of civilization, and just shat it all away.

  137. TheMoon says:
    @Professor

    The Vegas casinos could import a horde of military age male Muslims to make the experience more authentic.

  138. Emslander says:
    @The Real World

    Your insistence upon some precise definition of a feeling is the essence of the fake superficiality of America. Like I say, if you need a definition, you’ll never understand.

    As you travelled globally, did you ever get out of the airplane?

    • LOL: The Real World
  139. @orchardist

    and no antibiotics and growth hormones.

  140. Local Farmers Markets is where you’ll find fresh organic fruit and vegetables at lower prices than what you would find at your typical grocery store. Most California grocery stores sell fruits and vegetables grown in Mexico, South America, with a few sporadic offerings grown here in California.
    In my neighborhood there are so many fruit trees, the fruit rots on trees. Even a local food bank has more than they can handle and excess is sent to the dump.

    What’s fake is the food, oil, gas scarcity, fake pandemic and fake war promoted by politicians and their media masters to keep people frightened, divided and at each other’s throat.

    In a real world you would see this message:

    —————-WARNING—————————
    MONKEYPOX CONTAINMENT ZONE
    ButtPlugs Must Be Worn At All Times

    • Replies: @A B Coreopsis
  141. “Don’t sell the steak – sell the sizzle!”.

    The sound you make when you say “sizzle” is very similar to the word “hiss”– the sound a snake makes. In fact, you can’t say “sizzle” or “hiss” without sizzling or hissing.

    This begs the SIX million dollar question: who is the world’s most famous 19th century American snake oil* salesman who spawned a dynasty that is directly connected to the current, and, speaking of “fake stuff”…. the ongoing and fake COVID-19 pandemic?

    Here’s a clue:

    Some say he was a crypto-Jew and that his real name was “Rosenfelt.”

    Here’s another clue:

    In 2012 his “foundation” published a white paper (script) predicting the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

    Still don’t get it?

    Final clue: They worship snakes and use them as a symbol for their (((medicine))).

    *Snake oil is a term used to describe deceptive marketing, health care fraud, or a scam. Similarly, “snake oil salesman” is a common expression used to describe someone who sells, promotes, or is a general proponent of some valueless or fraudulent cure, remedy, or solution.

    • Replies: @turtle
  142. @Bob123456789

    Maybe the guy in the picture has that mysterious object on his lap because he’ s trying to explain to his befuddled wife how that new outboard motor he’s holding is better than the old outboard motor on his boat in the background.

  143. gilligan says:
    @Jeffrey Freeman

    The problem Jeff, is that you can’t feed the whole world of billions of people on what you grow in Maine! That’s why the food is tasteless. You just can’t feed that many people on the small organic crops. People just don’t realize that rather than getting richer, they are in fact getting poorer. You think you have more, but it’s all junk, even the food.
    You should try thinking of what is the ultimate goal for all this “fake” prosperity and who dreamed it up in the first place.

  144. Treg says:

    Kill the Yawn.

    All people at some point Yawn. And People without a life, they are so bored that they yawn the most. That is all those who YAWN at their own life, those yawners will be the first to “jump into” another person’s life. Why? Just to stop their yawning and all to experience “what it is like to be” someone else with a life. From Porn to Thrill Seeking to Rescue to Day-to-Day Normies to Amateurs to Dark Amateurs.

    The first to lead the way to Kill the Yawn will be porn. Porn always gets rid of the I’m bored Yawn. And so as usual, porn will lead the way and make the superficial profitable. Perhaps a scene in Black Mirror (The Entire History of You) showed what it meant for married life in the future. In this episode there is a scene with the wife and husband, each turned in digitally, where they were the hottest lovers and they enjoyed the hottest sex ever- that is seeing it superficially from their new digital reality. However, when the camera pulls back showing the reality of what is happening in their bed, you see the two engaged in the most boring, most repetitive, and most completely disengaged lovers. It’s so pathetic and horrible, but somehow you just know that is the superficial sex life we will all one day choose.

    The second to kill the Yawn will come from those doing thrill-seeking such as bungy jumping, sky diving, cliff diving, horse Jumping, race car driving, etc. The list will be long and exhaustive. Everything will be “Thrill Explored & Exploited & Experienced”. At least until the YAWN comes.

    Then the third “Yawn Killer” will come from those that make a business offering “the Normies Life” which will offer yet superficially “normal’ Day to Day Life”. Think about seeing things through John Boys’ eyes in The Waltons or Chips’ eyes in My Three Sons or being Haus out on the range in Bonanza. These “Normies” will be “normal-like” yet highly scripted for entertainment experiences and will love to decade jump around so you can also experience the “normal culture” of that time period.

    The fourth will come “Amateurs” that will offer you some help to kill your yawn you just jump into someone else’s life. The double-back craziness begins with the Amature that you just jump into just jumped into a Gay Porn experience or a cliff jump thrill-seeking that you weren’t ready for. People with that thirsty unquenchable Yawn but who got “yawned-out” with Porn and Thrill-Seeking, will want to explore the Amateurs world. First, they will jump into someone semi-famous perhaps, just ‘see’ their life from their perspective. Yeah right, as if. Then it will go down from there.

    The fifth Yawn Killer will be the “dark side” branch of Amateurs. Oh, it will start off “soft” of course, letting you experience illegal immigration or the life of a meth addict or hooker. But no matter what, it all leads to death. Always death. This superficial stuff will get rid of that yawn and let you experience either side of rape and even either side of murder and death. Death is where it all goes. Death, death, death, death, death and guess again, its death. You will experience so much death. How much? Until you finally yawn you sick puke of a human being.

    And this is where the Death of the YAWN may indeed take place. You might get sick of the superficial, so sick to the point where you’re 100% done with the superficial. The feeling of “been there done that” is complete. What is left is but your own life and the Unknown of where your life is going and where you want to take it.

    • Replies: @gilligan
  145. @TheMoon

    Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner just outside Barstow off Interstate 15. I also highly recommend.

    • Replies: @TheMoon
  146. @The Real World

    A real place is somewhere where one’s experience causes one to self-reflect without any marketing.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  147. @loner feral cat

    and not a six-sided star instead of pupils?

    • LOL: loner feral cat
  148. ko says:
    @Charles

    I replied here only to get my comment at the top…

    Right on target about American plastic. The Pet Rock was another low-light that signaled the downfall of American freedom and independence.

  149. @TKK

    Many Italians will buy a thermos that leaks if you slap the Dolce & Gabbana or Fendi label on it. The Chinese are worse-label whores.

    I find this to be a true statement about the Chinese.

    It seems to me that Romanoff’s complaint is really with (((Globohomo))). But China supports globalism 99%… with the exception of the tiny 1% being the “homo” and or transgender parts of it.

  150. @Truth Vigilante

    CAPITALISM is all about VOLUNTARY EXCHANGE in an environment where there is infinitesimal:

    Sorry, but the word is commerce, not capitalism. Capitalism is the concentration of capital/money by individuals. Communism is the concentration of capital/money by the state.
    Voluntary exchange (commerce) does not require money. Commodities can be voluntarily exchanged for commodities to the benefit of both parties.
    Throughout history, there always has been and will continue to be: government coercion and mandates; taxes; subsidies; regulations (seen by some as crushing); and micromanagement of some sort. It’s all in how you define them.

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  151. @JR Foley

    Ukraine must become Freeland.

    If all the hunkies in Canada are so wound up about Ukraine, I propose Justine et al offer them free transport to Ukraine, with no right of return.

  152. @tom

    “ Starbucks and McDonald’s are growing like weeds in Belgium, and France and likely in other European countries”

    Scalability makes for great commercial success at the expense of killing variety and creativity. What a relief for Russian culture that American companies are boycotting Russia. The late John McStain a.k.a John McCain, may he rest in pieces, called Russia a giant gas station. I thought that some important Russian should have retorted that America is a giant fast food joint.

    When studying in America back in the eighties I often made the analogy between American Delicious apples and the stark reality of America: shiny and good looking apples without any flavor, just like the country that the Jewish spirit shaped in most large cities where imagery defines the worthiness of any enterprise with hardly any attention to substance.

    The American countryside is relatively safe, so far, from the the onset of the American big city black magic where the line between impressionism and reality is constantly blurred, but then for how long.

    American politics, as emanating from the White House, where the emphasis is always on carefully worded statements that negate common sense and reality under a veneer of sophistication, is one of the most dangerous trends to afflict a country where deliberate dumbing down of the populace is the real aim of the Liar in Chief. The first step towards mind liberation is to trash the television, the MSM and the federal government controlled education system.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  153. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Reverend Goody

    Likewise frozen vegetables are fresher than “fresh” vegetables.

    • Replies: @TheMoon
  154. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Joe Levantine

    Scalability makes for great commercial success at the expense of killing variety and creativity.

    Starbucks and McDonald’s are State-subsidized and benefit from asymmetric regulation. There’s almost nothing organic or voluntary about their spread.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  155. @bike-anarkist

    Ok, that’s a nice working definition, I like it.

    However, a person can do that anywhere (as I do). They simply ignore the media and advertising propaganda wherever they are and open their actual eyes, ears and mind.

    Here’s two great ways:
    1 – Go to the bar of a restaurant, by yourself or with someone, and sit at the counter to drink or have your meal. If it’s not rush time, the bartenders often like to chat as they work and they are a wealth of info and insight to the local community. I just did that very thing in NC a couple weeks ago and had a meaningful conversation with the bartender. She was very down-to-earth.

    2 – Go to farmer’s markets wherever you are. They are also a place where you’re likely to meet real people with worthwhile information, viewpoints and insight.

    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust.

    (I’ll add – having new ears and mind too. All are best when OPEN.)

  156. @Bob123456789

    Regarding the picture at the top of this article: The guy fondling an outboard motor
    on his lap at an outdoor barbecue is not the only baffling thing in the picture; there’s
    also his wife cooking steaks and hot dogs on the barbecue grill when the man of the
    house would have been expected to do all the outdoor grilling in the 1950s and early
    1960s and been thought unmanly if he let his wife do the barbecue—a throwback
    to prehistoric times when people lived in small hunter-gatherer bands and women
    stayed home to look after the children while the men went out and hunted animals
    to bring the meat home. Such atavistic instincts may be produced by many
    thousands of years of evolution and deeply embedded in our genes.

  157. @Commentator Mike

    It is often not the population that welcome mass tourism but rather the corporate entities that are running the show. If we take Costa Del Sol in Spain as case study, we notice that the agrarian population was tricked into giving up its farms for touristic projects, having been promised wealth and easy living. Reality struck hard as the once self employed farmers became employees of the corporations who are milking the tourist industry and taking the profits to their corporate headquarters at various European capitals.

    For many year, Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik locals have vigorously protested the encroachment of tourists on their living quarters and the congestion that comes with tourism.

  158. @Alrenous

    Agree. But the most flagrant among these corporations is Amazon with most American states giving them special tax status to create slave jobs in Slavelandia.

  159. @Commentator Mike

    There’s enough photos of the world’s landmarks on the Internet so they could just Photoshop themselves onto them and re-post on their social media.

    I remember the days before smartphone cameras and selfie sticks were the casual tourist’s weapons of choice. Not that they didn’t take photos with their Kodak boxes or SLRs, but while shots of the family in famous locations were standard even then, it seems like most photography was simply recording buildings, scenic views, places, etc. I used to wonder: why not just buy a few picture postcards? Chances are the technical quality would be better than what most people could take themselves.

    Then or now, though, the main function of tourist photography was to mark the territory to prove one has been there, like graffiti “artists” tagging walls with spray paint or a dog pissing on a fire hydrant.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  160. USGrant says:

    Very funny but Americans aren’t the only fools on the planet. It seems the entire human race outside of the Kremlin sucks up to the American Madison Ave Hollywood dream machine junk food. Europe, Asia, South American since 1945 have destroyed their native cultures and replaced them with the phony American dream. Rap music, rock and roll, porn, feminism, consumerism , pop stars, birth control, fast food, suburban sprawl and don’t forget the CIA project we call the INTERNET are just a few of the horrible American culture destroying projects that have made the entire planet enslaved to the American global monoculture.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  161. @Thim

    Secede.

    If at first you don’t secede, try, try again.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  162. Athena says:

    Sarcastic America:

    Could Genetics Be the Key to Never Getting the Coronavirus?

    ,,Scientists have known for decades that some people can be resistant to HIV infection. Why not the coronavirus, too?”

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/07/why-some-people-never-get-covid/670929/

  163. “Ben, one word, pleather.”

  164. Trinity says:

    Off topic but more important, Ghislane Maxwell will be doing easy time in a low security club fed. Wonder if she will be allowed to leave the “prison” for 12 hours a day like Epstein? Wonder how long she will be doing “soft time?”

    Jew Privilege.

  165. Rubicon says:

    We could make an equally valuable argument that Americans bought in to the rise of what the marketeers tried selling us.

    Go back into early American history. Millions of us as immigrants were poor, and terribly uneducated. Many brought to the US, their own unique religious beliefs.
    Seeing the grand vistas of the American land induced millions into seeking personal recognition: buying up land, homesteading, and developing small businesses.

    But what heavily plagued America, was any recognition in establishing formal education; colleges and universities, for both the wealthy and common citizens. It wasn’t until 1930s-1960s that we started to see the rise of excellent universities and colleges.

    Not to sound conceited, but our father and mother were well educated. From them, we learned about world history, especially Western European history; science, the arts, and letters of different cultures. In fact, none of us ever recalling seeing in our home A Saturday Evening Post, or any other ridiculous magazine of that kind.

  166. @orchardist

    If you look at our teeth, you will see that we are not designed to eat too much meat, no more than 10-20%. If we were designed to eat more meat, we would have much larger canines and not flat molars in the back with four cusps, which are designed to primarily grind vegetable fiber. We have stomachs like pigs, not cats. Pigs eat mostly plant material. Americans have an obsession with meat and frying which isn’t healthy.

    • Replies: @WhoaWaitaMinute
    , @Alrenous
  167. @HammerJack

    “Of course, it was American Jews who more or less created marketing”

    Marketing has been around as long as people have been selling things to each other.

  168. @tom

    Like the US, the crappy, modern US created western Europe is going to collapse soon. Thank goodness!

  169. No Cuck Deed Goes Unpunished.

    • Replies: @Katrinka
  170. Athena says:

    (US, UK chambers of commerce in Mexico with the EU friends):

    EU eyes CELAC for food; Mercosur “a more complicated issue”

    ,,Borrell insisted that strengthening ties with Latin America was one of the issues discussed Tuesday, as diplomatic teams seek to mitigate the consequences of the war in Ukraine.

    ”These countries are also affected by the negative consequences of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war, in particular, rising prices and shortages of food, fertilizers, and energy, although this region is one of the big food producers in the world,” Borrell noted.”

    https://en.mercopress.com/2022/07/20/eu-eyes-celac-for-food-mercosur-a-more-complicated-issue

  171. @Legba

    Interesting figure, 90%.

    After a cross country drive through middle America on US and state highways, avoiding Interstates, where I saw town after town hollowed out with local stores closed, and the farms displaying signage indicating corporate ownership. I checked on the numbers of independent family farms earlier and at that present time.

    Some 25K farms before, with 2,500 farms remaining. The farmers became employees or contractors of AgCorp. Nothing to pass on to sons and daughters, except maybe a 401K.

    In Ukraine it was called “Holodomor”. During the French revolution it was “The War in the Vendée”, where the socialists murdered the independent farmers.

    In the USA it is just business as usual. Price manipulation by commodity traders raises prices on seeds, fertilizer, etc., then lowers prices for the harvest. The farmers were supplied easy credit to get through the year by Bankers. Enough debt is racked up and the farmer cannot make payments. Bank takes over and sells it off to BigAG Inc. Kaching.

  172. Katrinka says:
    @Priss Factor

    Blacks attacking a White man. Every. Single. Time.

  173. @BuelahMan

    Have you ever seen ‘Deliverance’?

    • Replies: @BuelahMan
    , @Atlanta Man
  174. Athena says:

    How the Prairie Provinces Can Benefit from an Improved Trans-Pacific Partnership
    https://fcpp.org/2021/11/02/how-the-prairie-provinces-can-benefit-from-an-improved-trans-pacific-partnership/

    ,,As The Diplomat reports: “The total combined gross domestic product of the CPTPP would be \$13.5 trillion or 13.4 percent of global GDP.” It is less than NAFTA (\$20 trillion) or the European Union (\$19 trillion) but more than the MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market) in South America (\$3.5 trillion) or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Area (\$2.5 trillion). If the U.S. joins the CPTPP, it will represent a combined \$28 trillion and 36 per cent of global GDP, making the trade agreement the biggest in the world.

    It’s possible the U.S. will return, since China has applied to join the CPTPP. Thus, the CPTPP could become a masterpiece among trade agreements, considering the Pacific’s dominance in world trade.”

    I’m not sure i would trust Canada, considering what it did in Ukraine, Libya, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, etc:

    Canada ’s murderous “Indian residential schools”

    http://murderbydecree.com/

    ,,Murder by Decree is an uncensored record of the planned extermination of indigenous children in Canada’s murderous “Indian residential schools”. It is issued as a corrective Counter Report to the miscarriage of justice by Church and State known as the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” (TRC). Based on eyewitness testimonies and archival documentation deliberately suppressed or ignored by the TRC, Murder by Decree proves that the genocide of indigenous people began as a religion-led campaign and continues to be a deliberate governmental policy in Canada. This Counter Report reveals these startling facts: – Over half of Indian residential school children began dying the very first year these church-run facilities were opened – This huge mortality rate continued unabated for over a half century because of deliberate practices of germ warfare according to a prescribed monthly “death quota” – Evidence of these crimes and their intentional nature has been continually destroyed by the RCMP and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church since at least 1960 – The same genocide continues today, is aimed at indigenous women and children, and is driven by foreign corporate interests hungry for native lands and resources Murder by Decree is issued by The International Tribunal for the Disappeared of Canada (ITDC), an international coalition of jurists and human rights groups. The ITDC was formed in December, 2015 to investigate the disappearance of people in Canada, prosecute those responsible and prevent a further whitewash by Canada of its Crimes against Humanity.”

    Canada’s hypocrisy (again?)

    Ottawa sides with unpopular government against Ecuador protesters

    https://yvesengler.com/2022/06/29/ottawa-sides-with-unpopular-government-against-ecuador-protesters/

  175. Mike Tre says:
    @Professor

    Actually, Las Vegas prior to the mid 1990’s was an absolutely different place than it is now. The entire operating model was built around providing entertainment and services to serious and recreational gamblers. The people who visited Vegas were whites and asians.

    Just before the turn of the century, Vegas decided it was time to change the entire landscape of the city by converting the operating model to a “family friendly” environment. This is why new casinos like Paris and New York New York were built. In the early 90’s you could still drive your car up and down the old strip, park on the street and walk out of the Golden Nugget and pop into the Glitter Gulch strip club right next store. Now, the old strip is an outdoor promenade with zip lining and sketch artists and cheap jewelry stands and ice cream for the kiddos.

    Simultaneously the media started marketing Vegas to the negroes by adding rap concerts to their venues after rappers started doing music videos there, and adding dance clubs to their promenades. The near total negrofication of professional boxing in the late 80’s early 90’s, complete with ghetto shine Don King shucking and jiving ringside at all the Vegas bouts played a part. Finally, publicity was assisted by the over sensationalized murder of Tupac Shakur outside of a Vegas nightclub.

    I haven’t been there since 2012, but even then is was negro central. The place is ruined.

    • Replies: @Detroit Refugee
  176. @schnelladine

    Yeah, you are right; if I wanted to read about watermelons, I would have gone to some eco-commie or NBA site.

  177. @Badger Down

    You should read “A Scanner Darkly.” He was spot on with drugs, too. And nothing has changed in the fifty years since he wrote that.

  178. gilligan says:
    @Treg

    Talking of soft porn, boring, superficial and death. You must be watching television-
    There is a new show out on Prime, about a young trans m-f, who finds himself a date in high school.
    I watched gladiator the other night, oh the games of gore and death, how they all must have been so much closer to God. Following in God’s footsteps is a slow painful, agonizing death, from the time your born.

    “Lev explained that the reason the Colosseum is in such good shape today is because of papal restoration projects. Why would popes preserve such a site? Because it was where uncounted Christians were martyred. The Romans gave little thought to the human dignity of these “cannibals” who were known to eat flesh and drink blood in their clandestine Masses, and so their grotesque deaths became entertainment for 65,000 cheering spectators. For this reason, Pope Benedict XIV erected Stations of the Cross around the arena, one of which I could see displayed alongside a bronze cross honoring these martyrs.”

    https://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/gladiators-and-martyrs-to-the-faith/

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  179. ricpic says:
    @Lee

    I live in apple country, upstate New York, and there are wonderful apples available in my local Wegman’s supermarket. This article is a caricature of the food situation in America.

  180. Trinity says:

    The fitness industry is loaded with scams. It boggles my mind that people pay a ” trainer” to train them. Then you have all that crap that helps you lose weight, gain muscle, increase your libido or teststerone, increase metabolism, etc. Lmao.

    How to lose weight? Uh, maybe use up more calories than you take in?

    How about the cure for baldness? Get rid of wrinkles? Get better sleep? Lol.

    • Replies: @Carroll price
  181. chip says:

    Clearly you have never had Georgia peaches. We get them once or twice a year here in Ohio from the peach truck. And yea, they don’t last long because they ripen and spoil quick. But they are the most flavorful peaches you can get anywhere. So, all is not lost yet.

  182. @Carroll price

    Your tastebuds are a lot different from mine rover.

  183. @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Those that went to David Duke university have a more realistic view of the world.

  184. @Commentator Mike

    Many people around the world pray for him to die of a very slow and painful cancer.

  185. Zumbuddi says:
    @the cleaner

    My grandparents & parents were immigrants. They did not come to America because they “wanted to be somebody else,” they came because they wanted to survive, as in, eat, work, have a roof over their heads.

    They were “Americanized” by the social engineers who defined what they had to do, to become, in order to fulfill those basic needs. That included jettisoning their mother-tomgue and many other ethnically particular cultural practices, myths, folk tales and values.

    Diversity my ass.
    Americanization is a process of stripping away, of homogenizing to bland.

    • Disagree: Doctor, My Eyes
    • Replies: @WhoaWaitaMinute
  186. bert33 says:

    Seems like a lot of hate and contempt and snobbery towards America and american products, yet another bilious literary screed meant to tear us down even more…sadly, it lacks any real substance much like many of the products described. I think he had covid and it wiped out his sense of smell, which also affects your sense of taste. For that matter, pretty much the entire article was in poor taste from the reader’s perspective. Maybe when he’s feeling better, he will try again and put together something more substantial and less critical.

  187. @Mike Tre

    I have a buddy lives in Vegas. There’s not enough time in a day to list and post descriptions of negro violence and crime on those streets. Trust me, it’s gotten way worse since 2012.

  188. @Charles

    This post is another sad non-sequitur that seems to be spreading. We don’t believe in evolution and thus do not go to farmers markets. Or we don’t go to farmers markets because we don’t believe in evolution.

    Or is it possible that farmers markets might not be in the vicinity — a scarcity like brains that process logic.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  189. Zumbuddi says:
    @Commentator Mike

    15 years ago I did not see McDonalds in Iran.

    I had chicken for lunch in a small restaurant. It tasted very earthy, “chichen-y,” Not breaded or smothered in sauces to cover up its lack of taste.

    In Tehran, at lunchtime, people lined up at stalls where “flat bread” was baked on the spot, then moved on to the stall where hers — basil, dill, other greens, were sold by the armful and folded into the warm bread.

    I can still smell that lunch-lane.

  190. In Anhui Province very near Shanghai, the area produces a domestic peach called Water Honey Peaches (shui mi tao; 水蜜桃) that are generally recognised (outside of the US) as the finest peaches in the world. They are quite large, 4″ to 5″ in diameter. They are not especially pretty to look at, being white in color with only a tinge of pink when fully ripe. They contain so much juice you cannot eat them without drenching yourself.

    They are unavailable in most of China because they are too delicate to pack and ship. If you tap a peach firmly with your finger, in ten minutes there will be a large bruise. Taste and flavor are impossible to describe. Various less delicate hybrids are available in some parts of China, sometimes presented as the original, but cannot compare.

    • Thanks: A B Coreopsis, Alrenous
  191. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Another brilliant riposte. What are “designer fruits and vegetables”? I didn’t see any when I went to the Giorgio Armani store over the weekend.

    Perhaps you’re suggesting Whole Foods. If so, then you haven’t been to one lately, as the produce sections in the stores are not only not stocking on quality items (which the original Texas stores did), but shrinking dramatically in floor space. The word is that AMZN has been trying to sell the chain, without results, and is now simply closing stores or planning to convert them to Amazon Fresh stores.

    The landlord in our apartment building does not allow growing avocado trees in the units.

    Got some more “ideas”?

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  192. @Trinity

    Since I have not heard it in a while, the “low thyroid” excuse for being an inactive, fat zombie must have run its course

  193. @The Real World

    But industrial grade shit — that’s the pinnacle — and it starts here.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  194. @chip

    Cantaloupe, seedless watermelon, seedless grapes, free-stone peaches, and sweet corn, stringless green beans are one hundred times better than our fore-parents had access to.

  195. @Badger Down

    Philip K. Dick nailed the superficiality of American culture better than anyone. Ubik and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch are two more classics.

  196. turtle says:
    @Maowasayali

    Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
    Sell the apple, not the snake. 🙂

  197. @A B Coreopsis

    When I haven’t grown my own I buy from the local growers’ market. If it’s not around, stiff luck.

  198. Berko44 says:

    I taught American Intellectual (later changed to Cultural) History for 33 years at one of the large California state universities. We spent many hours, particularly in the Recent segment, on superficiality in American life. One of the long range causes is that the US never had much of an aristocracy and became early on the completely bourgeois culture. The commercial and later industrial magnates set the tone for what we have become. It is no paradox that Richard Hofstadter of Columbia University, probably the best known, most accomplished specialist in American Intellectual History in the mid to latter twentieth century, wrote Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Hofstadter noted the frontier influence, with its need for and influence of pure practicality and its absence of cultural resources. It was on the middle border (places like Ohio and Michigan) that the emphasis in life became industrial capitalism. Think the auto industry together with allied industries like rubber and sheet metal.The US had long been dominated by bourgois business culture, since the factories began to overshadow literary culture in the Northeast. The US has indeed had at various times (pre-Civil War, late nineteenth and early twentieth century) a strong literary culture, but it lacked the great institutions to support it, as the Europeans had. This is again because of the sheer dominance of capitalism and its feeding of the private sector, while impoverishing the public. Still, if you know where to go you can find great art and music. The many great symphony orchestras (Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, etc.), together with the great museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bosotn Museum of Fine Art, the Getty in Los Angeles) have been generally endowed by very wealthy families; scions of industrial titans have contributed a great deal to give us a good deal of high culture.

    It is popular culture (middle and low brow), not high brow, that have become more and more impoverished. But these forms of culture have always suffered from mediocrity and commerciality. Sinclair Lewis, not a great literary stylist, but very much a great satirist, depicted the poverty of middle class culture wonderfully in Babbitt, a book I used for many years in my American Cultural History class.
    Steve Berk
    Emeritus Professor
    US History
    Cal State Long Beach

  199. @A B Coreopsis

    We don’t ‘believe’ in evolution because we are thick, brain-washed, hicks.

    • Thanks: Emslander
  200. @gilligan

    The killing of prisoners, often by wild animals, was considered poor sport by the Romans, who generally left for lunch while they were on, and came back for the dwarves versus Amazons, or a naval battle-something more dignified. Claudius used to watch the executions and was thought the less for doing so.

  201. anon[355] • Disclaimer says:

    With all the German brew masters that came to this country, how in the world did we end up with American beer? (Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz, Hamm’s, Old Style, etc.)

    • Replies: @Emslander
  202. fran says:
    @Notsofast

    There is a concerted effort by the WEF lunatics to take control of food production around the world, whether it’s buying all available farmland, sabotaging food processing facilities, putting family-owned farms out of business via ridiculous climate cult mandates, or making farms entirely dependent on corporate-owned GMO seeds. It’s a terrifying prospect that’s already well underway.

    The wild strawberries you speak of are one of the most delicious fruits in existence. They’re pretty common in farmers markets around Europe when in season, but I’ve only seen them a few times in the US at specialty stores. Wild blueberries are similar in tasting 100x better than the store-bought version. Like wild strawberries, they’re much smaller and the flesh is like a deep indigo color instead of the greenish you see at the store. Most Americans would gladly pay more for real fruit, but we don’t even have that choice anymore, even at farmer’s markets or ridiculously overpriced stores like Dean & DeLuca.

    • Thanks: Notsofast
  203. @orchardist

    Hell,I’m so natural, I FUCK grass fed bison!!

  204. @JM

    There are simply too many impossibilities to overcome in order for the former to be the mechanism of the latter.

    One of many examples: The evolution of the eye. It contains multiple parts, each of which is absolutely useless without all of the other parts. Please explain how such an organ could evolve incrementally.

  205. Anymike says:

    In certain types of preparation, the steak can arrive at the table still audibly sizzling. I think in certain types of Asian cooking the food is served still sizzling. A small point, but that may have been what food philosopher Elmer Wheeler had in mind when he said, sell the sizzle.

  206. Anymike says:

    An anti-American curmudgeon with a deficient vocabulary. If he knew the English language, he could replace a whole strong of words, “it is cheap, fake, and artificial” with a single ten-dollar word, meretricious.

    The whole bungled subordinate clause “it is cheap, fake, and artificial, a psycho-induced emotional response to a fake reality” could be replace with “a meretricious emotional response.”

    Furthermore, the passive voice would be avoided in this construction.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  207. I don’t want European coffee or service. I’d rather go through the drive thru on my way to work and not have to deal with other people altogether. Furthermore, Americans know the difference between a steak at Applebees which is served sizzling and fine dining. You just have a superficial and low opinion of Americans.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  208. Vasily says:
    @Charles

    there is a statistic that one-half of Americans and Britons do not believe in evolution.

    Then they’re not all completely stupid, hey? I mean, it’s actually really simple to show that God exists, even with just a little logic:

    If we can admit that humans have intelligence and that intelligence is superior to no intelligence, then it follows that human intelligence would have to be superior to the no intelligence behind what evolutionists see as an accidental world – in which case humans, upon first acquiring their intelligence, should have IMMEDIATELY been able to conquer the problems in the world; curing all illness and death, and even creating better worlds. But this hasn’t happened by a long shot.

    And so what’s the conclusion to draw, Charles? Either humans don’t have intelligence, which is a self refuting argument, or there’s an intelligence behind the world that is greater than that of humans.

    See? What did I tell you? Simple.

    And as for the ‘evidence’ the evolutionists all say they have to support their beloved teaching, might I suggest that this is simply a figment of their imagination, or that which has simply bubbled up out of starting with the wrong presuppositions?

    And if I’M the one who’s wrong, then please do IMMEDIATELY cure all illness and death, and create another world while you’re at it.

    I bet you can’t.

    (How’s that for evidence, my good fellow?! Ha!)

  209. @Curmudgeon

    Sorry, but the word is commerce, not capitalism.

    You should be sorry – because you got that wrong.

    Capitalism = FREE and UNFETTERED commerce with absolutely NO GOVERNMENT COERCION.

    You also said: ‘Capitalism is the concentration of capital/money by individuals’.

    Wrong again.

    In capitalism, those that SATISFY CONSUMER NEEDS (ie: by providing the best quality product or service for a given price), can indeed accumulate wealth – like Henry Ford did in the early 20th century and Nokia corporation did in the late 20th century.

    But, when someone comes along a and builds a better mouse trap (and THEY ALWAYS DO), said captain of industry of yesteryear is relegated to the dumpster.

    Ford Motor corporation is a shadow of its former self.
    General Motors would have gone bust in the 2008/09 GFC had it not been for a taxpayer funded bailout – as would Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan, Citigroup, AIG and countless more (and DESERVEDLY SO).

    But BIG GOVERNMENT came to the rescue of their cronies. That was NOT Capitalism. That was Crony Corporatism.

    Bottom Line: Capitalism is assuredly NOT the concentration of capital/money (for any lengthy duration of time).

    John Paul Getty was allegedly the richest man in the world in the mid 1970’s.
    But his progeny have long ago squandered most of the family fortune and are well on the way to flush the remainder down the S-bend.

    Rarely does the next generation have the business acumen of the patriarch that founded the family dynasty.
    That the Rothschilds, Sassoons and other family dynasties within the Zio cabal have managed to hold on to [and greatly expand] the family fortune over centuries, is due to GOVERNMENTAL CAPTURE and that alone.

    If government is tiny with negligible funding, has limited and well defined powers that PREVENT IT FROM DOLING OUT LARGESSE/SUBSIDIES/or being capable of enacting a REGULATORY framework that protects the monopolies of the oligarchs that keeps out new entrants, then most of these family dynasties will come and go within a SINGLE GENERATION.

    ie: said captain of industry will enjoy a decade (or perhaps several decades) as the top dog in their industry but someone will soon come along and dislodge them from their perch.

    At the beginning of the 21 st century, General Electric was the most valuable company in the world by market capitalisation – there was no one remotely close to it.

    Today, just 20 years later, GE is a hollowed out husk.

    • Disagree: Brad Anbro
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  210. @A B Coreopsis

    There’s an echo in here.

    Like I already said:

    …it’s just that America is bigger and more influential so, we are able to export more of it.

  211. @TKK

    You attack the author from your own quite limited viewpoint which is simply notions caught trapped in your so-called “mind”. No one would ever describe you as cosmopolitan.

    Which makes your reference to travel in Italy quite rich. You have photos to prove it.

    As for your sweeping generalizations about 60 million Italians and 1.3 billion Chinese, you establish your are really are nothing more than a delusional weirdo.

    However did you get waylaid into this site?

  212. Anon[123] • Disclaimer says:
    @Notsofast

    I saw a meme on a social media site and it had Egyptian hieroglyphs carvings on top and emojis on the bottom and the caption was something like “4,000 years later and we still communicate the same”.

    Isn’t that the truth.

  213. @CelestiaQuesta

    Points well taken. Where I live in Southern California, supermarkets sell produce from Mexico, Chile and other points south. Last week no watermelons or oranges at all. Strawberries available throughout the year are large, painted ladies. Slice through them and they’re as white as styrofoam.

    Four years ago, as a result of city water emergency measures, no watering of landscape was permitted. Our ten acre development with the most extraordinary groves of oranges, grapefruits and mandarins became dessicated to match the surrounding desert landscape. None of the fruit trees survived, their juicy, sweet lusciousness just another memory destroyed. We have a famed city government (highlighted in Forbes) —- 5 city council members all gay, bi or trans. The bi female is now running for state government. Sic transit gloria.

  214. @Berko44

    Hofstader, S. Lewis… talk about midwits.

    So, you spent 33 years teaching students to hate America. Now it sounds like you eke out your pension writing promos for NPR fund drives.

    The Frankfurters had an equally dire opinion of American “dummkopfs.” Adorno was eventually driven out of his lecture hall by the bare-breasted New Left feminists he spawned. I suppose something like that happened to you.

  215. @Anymike

    a whole strong of words

    Good English there.

    • Replies: @Anymike
  216. @Etruscan Film Star

    You know you’re getting old when you can remember all the way back to when European cities and cultural sites weren’t completely deluged with Asian tourists.

  217. @resborzage

    …do not translate this into French and do not send the translation to dreuz or valeurs actuelles if your own life is dear to you.

  218. @chip

    Clearly you have never had Georgia peaches ….. they are the most flavourful peaches you can get anywhere

    And here I was thinking that the Mackinaw peaches from Oregon were the best in the world :

  219. Dumbo says:

    The problem is that the whole world is being Americanized. Once, a Starbucks in Rome or a McDonald’s in Paris would be a scandal; now they have lines of people wanting to get in.

    There is something about the appeal of surface-over-content aspect of American culture, especially regarding food.

    The example of the apples and strawberries is a good one. We have in all the grocery stores now waxed shiny apples and perfectly shaped strawberries that never rot. They taste like plastic or cardboard, but no one cares. They look nice, that’s what matters. The plastic taste is probably also an appeal to Americanized tastes, who literally consume several grams of actual plastic in their diet.

  220. Dumbo says:

    As Lihn Dihn recently observed, “Outside the US, an Americano is just a coffee as diluted as possible, so you get more “coffee” for your money.”

    (It’s really an Italian espresso watered down)

    For Americans, it was always more about quantity than quality, while for Europeans it was more about quality. Now, the Americans won.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  221. We live in the great fly over. We belong/subscribe to a food co-op and every two weeks we get bags of fresh produce straight off of a farm about a half hour away. It is sometimes more than my wife and I can eat. It is always fresh and of very high quality. It’s seasonal, so it’s not like grocery stores that get Chilean grapes when grapes are out of season in the northern hemisphere – you get what grows here when it grows here. Of course we supplement it with store-bought produce.

    There’s also a farmers’ market on the town square every Saturday and various roadside stands on country roads. There is also a large population of Amish in our area and they sell fresh produce as well.

    For a time we had a small flock of sheep (max 25) and kept egg and meat chickens but with the cost of feed and the equipment and fuel needed for haying and the cost of meat processing, we were about breaking even compared to what we could buy the meat and eggs for – and it was hard to slaughter sheep born on the farm. My wife grows enough tomato plants to keep us supplied all summer and basil plants for pesto – takes a few minutes each day. And I have occasionally shot pheasants on our land in the fall.

    We have never been particularly materialistic and don’t follow fads or engage in conspicuous consumption as a means of trying to establish our self-worth. I have lived abroad in Europe, the Middle East, and Central America and I don’t think Americans are fundamentally much different than people outside of the US, except they typically have more disposable income and tend to spend it stupidly – \$80,000 for a blinged out pickup truck? The last pickup I drove was nice but utilitarian and I bought it two years old and drove it for over 20 years.

    Not all Americans are addicted to crap.

  222. Emslander says:
    @Berko44

    You can’t put symphonic orchestras up as examples of islands of culture in the USA. Classical European music is a refined percolation of folk culture.

    You’re more likely to have found culture in the USA in the remote rural settlements that were developing local forms derived from centuries of European folk traditions. I’m not glorifying country music, but those pockets of unique, but still primitive, idiom, legend, musical instruments and customs were culture. Elvis Presley was closer to Mozart than the New York Philharmonic.

    I suspect that similar distillations of culture are going on somewhere in the country, using Latin, African and Islamic forms as their roots.

    • Replies: @Athena
    , @John Johnson
  223. Emslander says:
    @anon

    The best German brewers were smaller and were located where Germans settled. They were killed by Prohibition. Prohibition was a WASP campaign to destroy German and Irish Catholic commercial enterprises. A local brewer was at the center of the small towns in the Midwest where Germans were prospering. They were serviced by railroads where Irish Catholics worked and eventually were owners.

    The brewers that hung around were WASP owned and made watery product. They were close with the politicians who needed to be paid off to keep their brew flowing in the black markets.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  224. Athena says:
    @Emslander

    Elvis Presley was closer to Mozart than the New York Philharmonic.

    I’m unsure this is true.

    • LOL: Emslander
  225. Anymike says:
    @Commentator Mike

    I didn’t get no master degree in English for nuthin.

  226. alan2102 says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    “it elevated more of its citizens into prosperity [as a percentage of its population] and lifted them out of grinding subsistence level poverty , than ANY COUNTRY IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY – either before or since.”

    Nope. The People’s Republic of China did that, and by a very large margin; MANY hundreds of millions of people.

    • Agree: Mary Marianne
    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  227. @Emslander

    The brewers that hung around were WASP owned and made watery product. They were close with the politicians who needed to be paid off to keep their brew flowing in the black markets.

    Budweiser was created well before prohibition.

    What happened is that German brewers created a light lager for the Southern heat. It was popular with workers and anyone that has worked in the heat understands why.

    It’s also a myth that the American lager is the cheapest to make. German pilsner is actually much simpler.

  228. @Carson Brewer

    Furthermore, Americans know the difference between a steak at Applebees which is served sizzling and fine dining. You just have a superficial and low opinion of Americans.

    Applebees steak is actually a good value.

    The high end steak houses in the US mostly exist to help the wealthy lighten their pockets.

    You never know what you are going to get at a restaurant these days. Because of the labor shortage you might get Juan on his first day.

    High end restaurants in the US are a waste of time. You are better off getting a steak from the store and cooking it yourself. I think what has happened is that the middle tier restaurants have gotten a lot better while the high end just hope you spend money to show off.

  229. alan2102 says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    “Free Market Capitalism”

    lol

    A contradiction in terms. Free markets and capitalism are incompatible.

    “Truth Vigilante”, like most braindead libertoons, has lapped up what the libertoon media/pundit-o-sphere has defined as capitalism but in fact bears no resemblance to it.

    Any time you see the phrase “crony capitalism”, you know you’re dealing with an idiot, since what other kind of capitalism is there?

    Libertoonism is, more formally, “vulgar libertarianism” — dissected and debunked by Kevin Carson. Many times over.

    http://www.mutualist.org/

    https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/kevin-carson-on-libertarian-anti-capitalism/2018/12/27

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-76-libertarian-anti-capitalism-with-kevin-carson/id1226624697?i=1000421911188

    https://c4ss.org/content/16583

    https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/kevin-carson-who-owns-the-benefit-the-free-market-as-full-communism

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  230. @Dumbo

    As Lihn Dihn recently observed, “Outside the US, an Americano is just a coffee as diluted as possible, so you get more “coffee” for your money.”

    (It’s really an Italian espresso watered down)

    You guys are both wrong.

    The Americano was created so people can still order a basic coffee at an espresso stand. The little stands don’t keep a coffee brewer. It became a global hit even at places that brew coffee because you won’t get the bottom of the pot.

    It isn’t a case of Americans being ignorant or tricked into buying a diluted product.

    Italians drink all kinds of mixed drinks made with espresso. They invented most of them.

    • Agree: Emslander
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  231. Dumbo says:
    @John Johnson

    Well, as I said, it’s still a watered down espresso.

    The Italians have some espresso drinks, but I’m pretty sure things like “extra-large decaf pumpkin-spiced soy latte mochaccino” are American inventions.

    • Replies: @Hitch
    , @John Johnson
  232. @Truth Vigilante

    Capitalism = FREE and UNFETTERED commerce with absolutely NO GOVERNMENT COERCION.

    This socialist and “Father of Anarchy” would disagree with you.
    https://www.panarchy.org/proudhon/state.html
    People have always built better mousetraps. The difference is that capitalism, out of necessity, needs to “grow” both economically and geographically, commerce does not.
    The reason for the destruction of the craft guilds was to allow the trade guilds to gain control of the means of local production, transferring that wealth to themselves. Commerce has existed for millenia, capitalism for a couple of hundred years. The fact that fewer and fewer people own more and more of the wealth – concentration – would seem self evident that capitalism, like communism, is a concentration of wealth.

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  233. Hitch says:
    @Dumbo

    You could just as easily call wine a watered down grappa.

    Just as I enjoy sipping a great Brunello throughout a great 4 course Italian dinner far more than a single shot of Grappa between courses, so do I much prefer a good, long “Americano” with a full breakfast far more than a single shot of espresso.

    • Agree: Emslander
  234. Holy Christ! If you were in my HS (((Commercial Art curriculum))) you’d graduate with honors!

    I could go on & on, but the fruit part is like, sooo true. I love peaches and drupe fruits more than anybody, but I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve purchased any. And you’ve adroitly explained why. A peach, for example must ripen fully on the tree to exhibit true juicy lusciousness, and picking that fruit just one day too early, you get a woody flavorless rock; and without the “blush” it isn’t even useful as a prop for a still life. The area around me has oodles of peach orchards and roadside fruit markets selling the same inedible shit you get at WalMart or Albertsons. But, the Karens feel so good stopping in. Hoping their neighbor sees their car there, of course. My only ray of hope is the recent influx of (formerly rarely seen) Mexicans around here, I’m naively hoping a return to daily fruit harvesting long lost here (as well as elsewhere). And, late July this is a particularly touchy time of year to bring up this topic!

    But that feeling thing is something I’ve been observing – well back to the time you’ve illustrated with the grill, boat, extra motor, bicycle, golf clubs, etc., takes me back to the late 50’s. My God – the Kaweckis. (Walter unlike 95% of the rest of the neighborhood, was, as my mom used to emphasize ” ‘zecutive.” (Hunkie English). They had all that to show off to the factory workers (skilled and semi-skilled) in that neighborhood. They were the first to get turquoise 1960-style aluminum awnings (I guess the WASPy-looking cupola on the garage wasn’t enough) and the first to spring out to the suburbs. The 4 yr old was already wearing Polo knit cotton golf shirts in 1958. They were a tad snooty, but friendly enough.

    I relate to this article so much because for some reason (maybe my 1/64th Jewiness) I’ve clued on to this “feelings sell!” stuff long ago. I have little to say to 30-somethings these days except to preach about skipping blowing cash on stuff you don’t need. I reiterate – your friends & fam don’t give a shit! I know even guys’ nipples get hard (I think that’s why Banlons were invented) when a neighbor or co-worker oooohs & ahhhs about the new toy they bought. Reminding them that in 10 years it’ll be cluttering up the house or laying in a landfill. And, too broke, you’ll have to put up with another 10 years of assholes you have to work with but, not in the employment office (whoops…Human Resources) you had no say in their hiring.

    One criticism, tho” WalMart is not a “feeling” shopping experience. I go there for convenience. Example: eggs at my WalMart were…wait for this…64 cents a dozen; 74 cents for jumbos, just a year ago (\$1.98 now); the instore Italian bread is the only edible bread sold in stores these days – and a buck a loaf. . I put up with the hillbillies and the rare coloreds. It ain’t a feeling thing. You go to Aldi Jensens or Olesons for that.

  235. Jimmy1969 says:
    @Notsofast

    Many commercials and mass products today are geared to American minorities…they have lowered the bar…they are one of the few remaining groups who sit home and wade through commercials…in addition they want Shakespeare dropped from high school and they want to ban SAT scores.

  236. @Dumbo

    Well, as I said, it’s still a watered down espresso.

    Calling it watered down espresso implies that it has lost purity. We don’t refer to coffee as watered down coffee grinds.

    The Italians have some espresso drinks, but I’m pretty sure things like “extra-large decaf pumpkin-spiced soy latte mochaccino” are American inventions.

    So what? Americans order pumpkin spice lattes and the Japanese like mayonnaise shrimp pizza. Germans like curry ketchup even though neither are part of German history.

    Differing nationalities put their own take on foods from other countries. It isn’t unique to Americans.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  237. @Emslander

    You’re more likely to have found culture in the USA in the remote rural settlements that were developing local forms derived from centuries of European folk traditions. I’m not glorifying country music

    Everyone seems to forget this.

    You can’t form orchestras in remote areas.

    Regardless I would take backwoods country folk music with pots and pans over a small city orchestra. All it takes is for a couple chairs to sound bad and the whole thing is ruined. Same reason why I hate being dragged to high school symphonies. I get that your kid is up there but they sound awful.

    Elvis Presley was closer to Mozart than the New York Philharmonic.

    Not backing that statement. Elvis had some good songs but he churned out a lot of filler.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  238. TheMoon says:
    @CelestiaQuesta

    Boom. That’s the one I was talking about. 🙂 All I could recall was it had some 1950s name.

    My college boyfriend and I used to hit Vegas a lot as we were both blackjack players (and card counters). Stopped there every time both ways.

  239. TheMoon says:
    @Alrenous

    All hail Clarence Birdseye

  240. @indyjones

    The fact of Wally World in small or medium-sized communities should not put one off. Here in Kootenai County, ID there are three. There are also farmer’s markets, ranchers who will sell you a side of grass-fed beef, folks who raise chickens not polluted with GMO feed, and other freethinkers who have not drunk the Wall Street-Madison Avenue-Leviathan Kool-Aid.
    On our less than one-quarter acre city lot we grow, in garden boxes and pots: tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, Siberian Kale, assorted herbs and medicinal plants, and squash. We also have raspberries and blueberries which do very well in this climate zone. Two apple trees and two cherry trees round out the mini farm. Additionally, we hunt for Camas blubs and huckleberries as the Nez Pierce used to do.
    My dear wife is a native Idahoan who was taught canning and preserving by her mom and granny. I have taught her and our daughter how to handle shotguns, rifles, and handguns so we can guard what we have when the “Superficial Americans” who have nothing and have prepared for nothing, come knocking. We also rely on multiple four-legged burglar alarms.

    • Replies: @WhoaWaitaMinute
  241. Emslander says:
    @John Johnson

    Not backing that statement. Elvis had some good songs but he churned out a lot of filler.

    I was obviously taking my basic point to an extreme. Highly refined orchestral music has a magnificence that can’t be approached by popular music, but Mozart got many riffs and melodies from the music created among the folk tribes and communities of Europe. Elvis is raw, but he advanced back woods and race music by melding them into a new form.

    He was close to Mozart in his ability to take the primitive to a step up in refinement, no matter what you think of the result.

    • Replies: @WhoaWaitaMinute
  242. @Emslander

    Large parts & even themes in Chopin’s works were ageless local or regional Polish dance tunes. Some are even outright called “Mazurkas.” Played on a piano instead of a harmonica.

  243. @Dweezil the Weasel

    Do those farmers ever sell “broiler” or “fryer” age chickens? I can buy retired layers anywhere if I want feathered goat meat, beyond stewing age.

    Asking for a friend.

    • Replies: @Dweezil the Weasel
  244. @Zumbuddi

    And bowlshitting up the masses.

    Example: There is absolutely ABSOLUTELY nothing “Classic” about (Mrs Turri’s) pierogi drenched in God forbid, Cheddar cheese. Never heard of it in 65 years of pierogi rich meals where 80% of the people around the table were talking fluent Polish (both proper native and Hamtramck versions), nor during my year in the old country. (Cheese pierogies are filled with “farmer cheese”). But, children over the past 50 years have been indoctrinated into cheese non-specifically slathered on everything – those public school meals. “no cheese on it? I won’t eat it” Ironically, I never would touch anything with crappy American on it. But that was my decision by about 7 years of age.

  245. @Joe Paluka

    If it ain’t fried, I don’t want it. I do miss Mom’s T-bone steak cooked slathered around in bubbling lard. Never had a steak as good once that ended – not to mention the new “lean” beef they sell today is goat meat. Not amenable to grilling or any other fast cooking.

    Btw, I’m already past my sell by date (thanks to stents). But, let’s face it, not into blowing out more candles than the next guy – as in the billboard: “I’d rather have a little Old Taylor, than a lot of anything else.”

  246. @alan2102

    You wrote:

    Nope. The People’s Republic of China did that [elevated to prosperity], and by a very large margin; MANY hundreds of millions of people.

    As I CLEARLY wrote in my comment, as a PERCENTAGE of its population, America raised a greater proportion of it’s population into prosperity than did China, and that absolutely holds true.

    Yes, in nominal terms, China has brought middle class prosperity for several hundred million and that number is greater than the raw number of Americans that had upward social mobility in the nineteenth century – seeing as the U.S had a much smaller population base.

    But, seeing as China today has 1.4 billion people, about three quarters of Chinese (many of whom are still in the rural and regional areas), are not much better off today than they were 50 years ago.
    They have a per capita GDP that’s comparable to the poorest country in Europe. ie: Moldova.

    Summary: MOST Americans became middle class* or better during the golden era of Capitalism (the 130 or so years leading up to the creation of the Federal Reserve).

    Meanwhile, in the last four decades, China has only managed to do the same for a little over ONE-QUARTER of its citizens.

    So, in proportional terms, the American economic miracle was FAR GREATER than the Chinese equivalent.

    It seems you got that one badly wrong Alan.

    (*Note also that what was defined as ‘middle class’ by American standards at the turn of the 20th century, was equivalent to an upper class per capita GDP in most other countries of the world.
    So in absolute terms, the U.S was even further ahead by comparison).

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  247. @alan2102

    You wrote:

    A contradiction in terms. Free markets and capitalism are incompatible.

    What Orwellian world do you live in to be saying such a foolish thing ?
    Capitalism THRIVES in a Free Market.

    Admittedly, we’ve never had a completely free market anywhere but during the Golden Era of Capitalism, the U.S, Britain, Australia, Canada [during the 19th century and early 20th century], operated in an environment that was very near to Free Market Capitalism and thus prosperity was assured.

    One thing that CANNOT be denied, during this period, is that all these countries had MINIMAL GOVERNMENT, NEGLIGIBLE TAXATION, next to no government micromanagement of citizens lives. ie: the opposite of what now exists in the U.S.S.A (the American Socialist Surveillance state).

    You write:

    Any time you see the phrase “crony capitalism”, you know you’re dealing with an idiot

    Agreed – the words Crony and Capitalism are mutually exclusive and to use them together is contradictory.

    What we have in the U.S today is CRONY CORPORATISM, or perhaps more accurate to define it as CRONY SOCIALISM.

    You also write:

    Libertoonism is, more formally, “vulgar libertarianism” — dissected and debunked by Kevin Carson.

    I’ve never heard of Kevin Carson. No doubt he’s a rabid Know-Nothing Marxist like you Alan.

    Alan, I won’t be too hard on you, seeing as I embarrassed you in my previous comment and proved that you were a fool.

    I fully understand that you’re still traumatised from the coming down of the Berlin Wall and you’ve been experiencing PTSD (Post Traumatic Socialist Disorder) these last few decades.

    Anyway, I suggest you get a one way airfare ticket to Nth Korea so that you can live out your days in a Socialist authoritarian ‘utopia’.

    Good luck with that. That way you can leave the commentary in the UR to the grown ups.

  248. @Truth Vigilante

    My, you are an idiot. I detect a pretty strong whiff of racist supremacism, too.
    Chinese per capita GDP needs to be judged on PPP terms, which puts Chinese GNP about 25% greater than the USA, and growing more strongly. And Yanks have been going nowhere for decades, median wages having stagnated since the 80s.
    And when the increase in living standards began, the USA was the richest country in natural resources on Earth. All the tremendous gains from murdering the Indigenous and stealing their lands, mass immigration, indentured labour, slavery, felling vast forests, tapping huge reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals etc were there for the exploitation. And then came US imperial pillage, first in Latin America, then the Philippines and the world. The US dollar was de facto reserve currency until 1971, then the petrodollar took its place. And the USA ruled the world after WW2 with everyone else destroyed, and they foisted the Bretton Woods apparatus on the world so they could loot at will, and, if thwarted, they destroyed countries and murdered millions.
    In contrast China was DEVASTATED in 1949. Centuries of foreign aggression, civil wars, war-lordism and Japanese genocide had reduced the country to rubble. The West was a perennial enemy, subverting, sabotaging and sanctioning, yet, by its own efforts China dragged more people out of poverty (as more Yanks fell into it) than anywhere, ever, ended illiteracy, increased life expectancy (It is falling in the USA) from less than forty to seventy, and created the most powerful economy in history. A FAR greater achievement than that of the USA. You truly are an imbecile.

  249. @Truth Vigilante

    Moron. The USA developed monopoly capitalism that was broken up by anti-trust measures that are being rapidly eroded. New monopolies are growing, as Marx predicted. Moreover, as Marx also foresaw, the return on capital has been falling, so they capitalists turned to financialisation, like Boeing buying back billions of shares, but neglecting engineering, hence the 737 Max 800 and 787 fiascos.
    Furthermore the US growth spurt depended on genocide of the native untermenschen, looting the country’s unprecedented natural resources, engaging in brutal imperialism around the world, having the world’s de facto reserve currency for over 100 years, mass migration including of greedy intellectuals, a public education system now on its last legs, and surviving WW1 & 2 while its rivals were all destroyed. THAT is really existing capitalism in action, you buffoon.

    • Replies: @Sidewalk Meanderings
  250. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Etruscan Film Star

    why not just buy a few picture postcards?

    Their goal is to show off their ability to conform, not to make a change in the physical world. They’re carrying out a social ritual. The point is to do the exact steps that you’re supposed to do, exactly the way you’re supposed to do them.

    The fact this is very wasteful is part of the point. “Look how much crud I can afford to waste.”

    As always, I suggest being so rich you can afford to forgo wasting things.

  251. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Etruscan Film Star

    Ideally, secede in such a way that the government cannot tell you have seceded, so it can’t occur to them to declare war on you (again).

  252. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Joe Paluka

    Cooking makes food consumption so easy that it releases almost all selection pressure on teeth. Cooking fires are over a million years old.

    It’s clear you haven’t tried a meat-based diet. Walk before you talk.

  253. @John Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, (you whose parents named you after a corrupt, criminal Big Pharma corporation), I hadn’t seen you commenting for a while and assumed you were keeping a low profile because your call that Putin would be dead by September was looking as bad as your other forecasts from the past. ie: the opposite of what actually eventuated.

    In your own words, you said that you would disappear from the commentary at UR if Putin was not dead by September.
    Well, you have 5 weeks left and we’re all looking forward to you vanishing.

    Meanwhile, the insightful Dr Kevin Barrett got a hold of the fake intelligence assessment that you obviously read, which evidently sucked you in (put out by the malfeasant neocons), and it reads like this:

    A consortium of Western intelligence agencies has issued an assessment claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin is sick, dead, or even worse.

    “Based on the fact that his face looks kind of puffy and he doesn’t smile as much as he didn’t used to, we assess with a high degree of confidence that Putin either has cancer, heart disease, AIDS, leprosy, ebola, rabies, smallpox, anthrax, or plague, or most likely some combination of those conditions; or that he is dead and just hasn’t realized it yet; or that he died and has been replaced by the fat guy who pretended to be Osama Bin Laden in the CIA’s fake confession video; or that he died and was brought back to half-life by a secret Russian zombification process that makes corpses walk and talk more or less like they did when they were alive, except that their faces are kind of puffy and they don’t smile as much as they didn’t used to when they were alive and, most horrifically of all, they stumble around with glazed eyes chasing people and catching them and eating their brains. Since the final option is the most vile and horrific thing we can think of, we assess that it is most likely the truth:
    PUTIN IS A ROTTING, FESTERING ZOMBIE AND HE IS COMING TO EAT YOUR BRAINS!”

    The Western intelligence consortium credited the Ghost of Kiev and the Foul-Mouthed Martyrs of Snake Island with giving Putin cancer, heart disease, AIDS, leprosy, ebola, rabies, smallpox, anthrax, and plague, thereby killing him and forcing the Russians to zombify him: “The Ghost of Kiev, after shooting down the entire Russian Air Force, flew to Moscow at Mach 10, skimming the treetops to evade Russian air defences, and fired a Putin-seeking fleche dart with a cocktail of pathogens from Ukraine-based US bioweapons labs.
    Simultaneously, the foulmouthed martyrs of Snake Island, seconds before they were blown to kingdom come by Russian forces, dialled Putin’s secret cell phone number and, when the Russian president answered, yelled ‘fuck you’ at him, which naturally gave Putin a heart attack from which he never fully recovered. The combination of diseases and heart problems quickly finished Putin off, which left the Russians no option but to zombify him.”

    Just like those videos you posted of Ukrainian forces firing shells into the clear blue sky targeting nothing as proof of Ukrainian military supremacy, your infantile inability to separate truth from fiction as far as OBVIOUS over-the-top-satire about Putin’s health has put in you in a position where you actually believed Putin was terminally ill.

    It never ceases to amaze me how gullible you are.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  254. Usura says:

    The amount of seething ass-pain emanating from non-Americans in the comments to this article is so delightful it has woken me from my slumber. Rent free, as they say.

    I jest, vassals. The author’s heart is in the right place, and I wish for the death of the Zionist tranny regime in Washington and its (anti)cultural accoutrements as much as the next guy. But the repetitive fixation on coffee shops in “Vienna or Rome” was cringeworthy.

    Finally, on the subject of superficiality, allow me to quote one of the greatest Europeans to ever live:

    [MORE]

    Whoever has seen deeply into the world has doubtless divined what wisdom there is in the fact that men are superficial. It is their preservative instinct which teaches them to be flighty, lightsome, and false. Here and there one finds a passionate and exaggerated adoration of “pure forms” in philosophers as well as in artists: it is not to be doubted that whoever has NEED of the cult of the superficial to that extent, has at one time or another made an unlucky dive BENEATH it. Perhaps there is even an order of rank with respect to those burnt children, the born artists who find the enjoyment of life only in trying to FALSIFY its image (as if taking wearisome revenge on it), one might guess to what degree life has disgusted them, by the extent to which they wish to see its image falsified, attenuated, ultrified, and deified,—one might reckon the homines religiosi among the artists, as their HIGHEST rank. It is the profound, suspicious fear of an incurable pessimism which compels whole centuries to fasten their teeth into a religious interpretation of existence: the fear of the instinct which divines that truth might be attained TOO soon, before man has become strong enough, hard enough, artist enough…. Piety, the “Life in God,” regarded in this light, would appear as the most elaborate and ultimate product of the FEAR of truth, as artist-adoration and artist-intoxication in presence of the most logical of all falsifications, as the will to the inversion of truth, to untruth at any price. Perhaps there has hitherto been no more effective means of beautifying man than piety, by means of it man can become so artful, so superficial, so iridescent, and so good, that his appearance no longer offends.

  255. Dumbo says:
    @John Johnson

    Well, the column was about America. Also what’s called an espresso in the U.S. is already a more diluted version of the typical Italian one.

  256. @Curmudgeon

    I’m unable to access the link you provided – I use an older operating version of Windows which prevents me from getting certain websites etc.

    In any case, if that socialist disagrees with me then that’s proof enough that I’m on the right track, seeing as there has never been an economically literate socialist.

    Meanwhile, I’ve posted this before in another thread in UR but, in case you and some other readers missed it, listen to the nine minutes from 14:40 – 23:30 in this audio podcast titled ‘Thanksgiving: How Capitalism saved America from socialism’:

    In simple terms, Socialism NEVER works. It was tried by the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony and HALF OF THEM DIED from starvation within a few years.

    They then resorted to Capitalism and in no time at all, the colony was bestowed with ABUNDANCE.

    You wrote:

    The fact that fewer and fewer people own more and more of the wealth – concentration – would seem self evident that capitalism, like communism, is a concentration of wealth.

    Actually the opposite.

    Capitalism is about ‘creative destruction’. Some entrepreneurs who do a better job of satisfying consumer needs will, for a time, enjoy their 15 minutes of sunshine and accumulate considerable wealth.
    But, not long thereafter another more industrious, more energetic and innovative entrepreneurs will come along and do it better and the previous captains of industry will go the way of the dodo.

    Bottom Line: Free Market Capitalism is a true meritocracy.

    In the 2008 GFC Dr Ron Paul was shouting from the rooftops that all those banks and businesses that mismanaged and got themselves into trouble should NOT BE BAILED OUT.

    But, Socialist America decided that the majority owned-by-Zio-misfits companies like Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, J P Morgan, AIG etc, should be bailed out by the taxpayers.

    That was THE OPPOSITE OF CAPITALISM.

    All of those businesses would deservedly have gone bust but for the Crony Corporatism that was the order of the day.

    Yes there is an obscene concentration of wealth in the 1% in America today. That’s all the proof you need that there is NO capitalism in the upper echelons of big business in America.

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  257. GMC says:
    @NIdahoCatholic

    I tried to send you a test to – F…..99 @ …….. No results yet.

  258. BuelahMan says:
    @Johnny Rico

    I stopped watching jewish propaganda long ago? Did you enjoy that jewish propaganda?

  259. @mulga mumblebrain

    If you want a real anti-Cinese racist then read about the Indian candidate for the PM post in the UK

    https://stormer-daily.rw/when-indian-becomes-ruler-of-britain-he-will-attack-china/

  260. @mulga mumblebrain

    Mulga, try and focus on what others are saying.

    I was comparing America’s Golden age (1776 – 1913), when America was a bastion of [very-close-to] Free Market Capitalism to China’s Golden Age of capitalism (the four decades or so since Deng Xiaoping unleashed a tsunami of Chinese private sector entrepreneurial dynamism by admitting it’s OK to get rich).

    And CLEARLY, as a proportion of it’s population, the U.S did better. ie: MOST Americans were raised into the middle class whereas MOST Chinese today still have low per capita net worth and income (whether that’s measured in PPP terms or not).

    But, like the genuine imbecile you are, you butt in and start comparing present day China to present day USA.
    After I CLEARLY emphasised that the U.S today is an authoritarian Socialist Surveillance state Shit-hole, OF COURSE it compares poorly to China today and I would not, and DID NOT, make that comparison.

    So please Mulga, quit with your standard tactics of PROJECTION, by calling others imbeciles and other pejoratives when all and sundry here in the UR commentariat have noted that you are the standout MORON, after my repeated eviscerations of your bogus AGW and extreme Marxist drivel in the past.

  261. Once Israel falls to the Muslims, then it will be the end of Christianity. After all, Judaism will always survive in some form. And that is precisely why the Televangelists are so desperate!

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  262. Almost nobody is patriotic to America anymore. Even most “Conservatives” are more loyal to The State of Israel than they are to their own country. And, who can blame them? After all, The State of Israel, unlike America, is actually a National State. Mind you, I do not know what America is, these days.

  263. Emslander says:
    @John Johnson

    Interesting that you mentioned Budweiser. The Busch family were indeed making beer long before prohibition and, curiously enough, continued making beer right on through it. The breweries in smaller places that had been created by real ethnic Germans in the Midwest all shut down.

    Properly directed assistance to the right people made their brewery and several others around the country into some very favored establishments.

  264. @Twin Ruler

    You wrote:

    Once Israel falls to the Muslims, then it will be the end of Christianity

    To begin with, there is no ‘Israel’. What exists there is a land called Occupied Palestine.

    When it returns to its rightful owners, ie: the Christian and Muslim Palestinians, the holy lands will be in the custody of the descendants of the actual peoples that lived there during biblical times.
    DNA analysis has confirmed this to be true.

    Far from being the ‘end of Christianity’ as you ludicrously claim, this can only be positive for all concerned (and the Ashkenazi occupying entity can go back to Khazaria).

    Failing that, it’s not too late for the Ashke-NAZIS to revisit the Madagascar option.
    That might also be feasible.

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
    • Replies: @Twin Ruler
  265. @mulga mumblebrain

    My, you are an idiot. I detect a pretty strong whiff of racist supremacism, too.
    Chinese per capita GDP needs to be judged on PPP terms, which puts Chinese GNP about 25% greater than the USA

    And where do you get 25%?

    Mongul mumblebrain making up stats again.

    In contrast China was DEVASTATED in 1949. Centuries of foreign aggression, civil wars, war-lordism and Japanese genocide had reduced the country to rubble.

    Mao killed more Chinese than Japan. It isn’t fault of the West that the Chinese bought into Marx’s bag of tricks.

    The West was a perennial enemy, subverting, sabotaging and sanctioning, yet, by its own efforts China dragged more people out of poverty (as more Yanks fell into it

    China’s progress is directly tied to Western inventions. Take away those inventions and they would be back in huts playing with fireworks.

    • Replies: @JR Foley
  266. @Truth Vigilante

    Johnson & Johnson, (you whose parents named you after a corrupt, criminal Big Pharma corporation

    Most people would assume that a name like “John Johnson” is made up and especially if in an internet forum where taboo topics are allowed but you figured it out. My dad’s name is John Johnson and my mom is Jamie Jameson. They are both scientists at J&J and worked together on the tracking chip in the vaccine.

    In your own words, you said that you would disappear from the commentary at UR if Putin was not dead by September.

    Those were not my own words. I said I wouldn’t post on Russia related threads. Not there is much of a point in posting on Anglin’s threads anyways. Clearly his followers want to blame the Jews and not a bitter little dictator that could end the killing of White women and children with a single command.

    Speaking of Jews I pointed out early on to Anglin’s Incel Army that Israel would benefit from this war because they won’t have to pass oil sanctions against Russia and I was right. We will see if I am 2/2.
    https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/israel-exports-grow-15-2022-record-165-billion-ministry-2022-07-20/

    Just like those videos you posted of Ukrainian forces firing shells into the clear blue sky targeting nothing as proof of Ukrainian military supremacy

    And where did I claim that they have military supremacy? You clearly have a hard time with nuanced thinking. You want everything to be two sides and find it difficult when challenged.

    your infantile inability to separate truth from fiction as far as OBVIOUS over-the-top-satire about Putin’s health has put in you in a position where you actually believed Putin was terminally ill.

    Should we look into your history to see if you believed Putin’s claim that an invasion would never happen and that it was just all propaganda?

    Putin is sick with something. He isn’t healthy as seen by how many social functions he has skipped. The interviews are far more controlled as seen by the one where he is gripping the table.

    The US/UK intelligence services completely predicted the invasion to the surprise of even Ukraine. But you are certain they aren’t wrong about Putin having a disease? They obviously have a mole. Eventually it will come out that he was sick which is why the war happened. That is the better explanation as to why he didn’t provide Ukraine with an ultimatum. He is just a sick old man playing conqueror.

  267. @Truth Vigilante

    Still, once Occupied Palestine is no more, many Televangelists will be out of a job!

  268. @Johnny Rico

    I live about 30 miles from Rabun County. The people there are among the kindest and most intelligent
    people I’ve ever encountered. The biggest problem is that everyone who visits there, and this area, wants stay. The new comers want national chains and don’t support local businesses. They vote the same way that ruined the places they came from. It just proves what this article is saying is right when peoples perception is like Joe Rico’s; that a Hollywood movie is somehow true. Americans have an appointment with reality. “You can avoid reality but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” Ayn Rand.

  269. @WhoaWaitaMinute

    Sir: I do not have that information. Sorry. However, there is an ongoing farmer’s market every Saturday through September 30th at the intersection of Prairie Ave. and US 95 in Coeur d’Alene. I am sure some vendor there knows people who know people. Best wishes. Bleib ubrig.

    • Replies: @WhoaWaitaMinute
  270. @John Johnson

    Putin is sick with something. He isn’t healthy as seen by how many social functions he has skipped. The interviews are far more controlled as seen by the one where he is gripping the table.

    LOL

    CIA Director Bill Burns gave an unusually candid assessment this week, when he told attendees at the Aspen Institute’s annual security confab that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “entirely too healthy.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/21/europe/vladimir-putin-health-cia-cmd-intl/index.html

    You little girls should really make up your minds.

    Putin is ill.

    Ukraine is winning.

    blah…blah…blah…

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  271. Hoyeru says:

    the article is 100% true. American so called “food” is highly processed junk, largely devout of any nutritional value. I suffer from a food allergy where I cannot process various proteins, I get severe rash that shows around my ankles and itches so bad I literally scratch my skin to shreds. Weirdly, the ONLY place in the world where I did NOT get the rash was while in USA, which tells me US food is so processed, I wasnt getting much of anything.

    • Thanks: Alrenous
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    , @Alrenous
  272. @Truth Vigilante

    Truth Vigilante says: The U.S economy, stock and bond markets are nothing but FLUFF, just a house of cards that will soon topple.

    Face_The_Truth asks:

    Why is not the House of Cards toppling as I type for this post in Unz.Com?

    I have heard that, the House of Cards would topple soon — from all types of contrarians — for more than a decade now; but, the House of Cards has not actually toppled somehow.

  273. @GeneralRipper

    CIA Director Bill Burns gave an unusually candid assessment this week, when he told attendees at the Aspen Institute’s annual security confab that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “entirely too healthy.”

    He was being candid. What he was saying is that Putin is obviously healthy enough to continue the war. It wasn’t an intelligence report.

    I have watched Putin for years and he has certainly acted odd in his appearances this past year. He doesn’t look right and his interviews are carefully scripted.

    Ukraine is winning.

    Who has said that Ukraine is winning? It’s currently a stalemate.

  274. @Hoyeru

    the article is 100% true. American so called “food” is highly processed junk, largely devout of any nutritional value.

    What food exactly are you talking about? Do you think that Americans live off of chips and beef jerky?

    You tell me which European country has a produce section that is comparable to what is found in a typical American grocery store. Hint: There isn’t one. It’s too expensive to ship as much Central and South American produce.

    Weirdly, the ONLY place in the world where I did NOT get the rash was while in USA, which tells me US food is so processed, I wasnt getting much of anything.

    Well we barbarian Americans have something called an allergy test so you can learn about exactly what you are allergic to. Maybe get one next time you visit.

    Oh and ankle rashes usually have nothing to do with food.

  275. @Face_The_Truth

    I have heard that, the House of Cards would topple soon — from all types of contrarians — for more than a decade now; but, the House of Cards has not actually toppled somehow.

    Communists made similar claims in the 1920s.

    The really believed the US system was near peak production and would collapse which would then affirm Communism as the superior system.

  276. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    My supermarket sells steaks.

    I have never seen a product marked “sizzle,” at least not in the meat department.

    I live in the U.S. Is this Romanov person talking about the same country?

  277. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    I want to tell you about an authentic experience I had!

    I went camping. God’s country. Far from the madding crowd. Untouched by technological frippery. A refuge from the unreal, a revolt against the modern world!

    On the first day it rained. I went barefoot in the mud. My shoes and a few other things, including my inhaler, were washed away by the storm. It felt so good, the wet earth squishing up between my toes. Squish, squish.

    I went looking for something to eat. God’s teardrops had also washed away my provisions – a blessing since they consisted of bland, sterilized, homogenized fare anyway. I wiped off a few black slugs to eat a bite of a natural fruit. It was as small as a jewel. True, in it were found not a few worms, but worms are natural protein. My stomach still rumbled with hunger after this tiny-proportioned repast, but I felt grateful for the opportunity to lose weight as well as to eat sustainably. Americans are so fat.

    I tarried awhile to contemplate the virtuous life and to try to catch my breath.

    Just then I heard a slashing sound, something was emerging from the bushes. The doctors tell me it was a bear. The mosquitos that infested my eyes as I lay insensible didn’t take my eyesight, but my right arm and half my face are goners. Oh well! It’s all part of the Circle of Life. Who am I to question God’s plan?

    I am humbled and proud that I achieved a Harmony with Nature that mechanized, computerized, sanitized, and homogenized American dummies will sadly never know. Although I am penned in this gray and depessingly sterile modern hospital, receiving the most artificial of elixirs and drugs, I am glad that I had a genuinely authentic experience at least once in my life.

  278. True generally speaking, only thing is that in Italy, in my hometown of Padova, a huge percentage of cafes, even the classic ones with a rich history, are now owned and run by Chinese families. The conundrum became so for me when patronizing one which turned over ownership a few times being unsuccessfully run by a series of local and the first owners who made it popular were a young Chinese couple who, even with basic Italian language abilities stunned me for how well they remembered their patrons first names and turned out cappuccinos, usually noticeable by the milky ‘cappuccio’ top being creamy, dense with no bubbles. Apparently, the prior numerous Italian owners had been lacking in the basics. Hence the point Im attempting to make departs from the one of this piece, but I believe that conundrum is important

  279. JR Foley says:
    @John Johnson

    Mao Zedong —-did not kill Chinese compared to his adversary. Again–understand WHO did what. Jiang Jie Shi ( Chiang Kai Shek) killed many and then put the blame on Mao. Same as Ukraine today. The United States of America instigated a color revolution in Kiyv 2014 and killed many in both Kyiv and Odesa and started killing Russian speaking Ukrainian citizens in Donbas beginning 2014 and Western Ukraine under Poroshenko refused to implement Minsk Accord –6 years —and then the recent Jew Zylenkyy ( gone from Comedian to Billionaire in recent 5 months) crew Azov killed 10,000 in Donbas years 2014-2022 but now Putin is the thug for killing these Nazi Azovs. Same Pattern. Ching Kai Shek was hated on Mainland and his troops killed many and he was ready to bomb Beijing and then his top advisors told him to retreat to Taiwan and have democracy—-human rights –freedom type elections ——-but only 1 name on the ballot ——Chiang Kai Shek. “Sure we lied –we stole and we plundered” –that pompous Pompeo with the bible on desk learned all his CIA “tricks” from Chiang Kai Shek and then tie up the press and news reels spewing nonsense —-lies passing as truth—

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  280. @John Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson writes:

    My dad’s name is John Johnson, and my mom is [also a J & J] ….They are both scientists at J & J and worked together on the tracking chip in the vaccine.

    Hmmm …. that all sounds above board. I don’t know why I thought you were troll and sayan employed in the IDF’s Unit 8200.
    In the end it turns out you’re just a regular Joe ….. or should I say … Johnson. (end of heavy sarcasm).

    J & J, everything about you screams of sham, disinfo peddler, grifter (or shonk, as we Aussies say).

    So, it seems I was right all along. You are involved up to your eyeballs with Big Pharma and the Sacks-of-Shit Sackler family of Purdue Pharma infamy who are at the top of your christmas card list.

    As for this bit from you:

    Putin is sick with something. He isn’t healthy as seen by how many social functions he has skipped.

    So let me get this straight. Because Putin skipped the Moscow premiere of Toy Story 7, you extrapolated from this that HE WOULD SOON BE DEAD.

    Well, that is reading between the lines and then some.

    So Putin has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or some such and therefore decided to skip a function or two. That hardly implies your Talmudic wet dream will come true.
    ie: that Putin dies, the Russians thereafter withdraw from Khazaria and you and your Khazar ilk can rejoice that your ancestral homeland is made available for the ill-gotten gains of the Zio cabal to be invested there – so that it can be turned into a Yiddish Yutopia that you can retire to.

  281. @Face_The_Truth

    You write:

    Why is not the House of Cards toppling as I type for this post in Unz.Com?

    The signs are all around you (assuming you’re observant and living in the U.S), that the House of Cards (aka the U.S economy, stock and bond markets) is toppling.

    Witness the:

    1) Explosion of homeless living in tent cities
    2) Hordes of homeless living under freeway overpasses
    3) The beginning of an inflationary depression …. etc

    Unfortunately, I’m not privy to the back room deals that are going on as we speak that will decide the fate of the U.S.

    I can tell you that the U.S economy will IMMEDIATELY topple in the aftermath of the USD losing its reserve currency status.
    And that would happen if the Sino-Russian Super hegemon announced a Gold backed Yuan and Ruble.
    In my opinion it will likely happen even before that. The only reason the U.S still functions is that, for no good reason most countries within the Zio controlled western financial system still accept the Printed-To-Oblivion USD to settle trade transactions.

    There is NO good reason why this should be happening. The only thing I can think of is that most (if not all) western leaders were either groomed in their youth* through various initiatives to be compliant automatons that will do the bidding of their Zio overlords.
    (* We know for a fact that Canada’s Trudeau and NZ’s Ardern are two such puppets that were subject to WEF indoctrination).

    Anyway, for some idea as to the timeline of the demise of the U.S, we can reference the words of Ernest Hemingway when asked how he became bankrupt. He said:

    ‘Slowly at first then …. all of a sudden’.

    And that’s how it will play out for the U.S. There’s an old saying in the financial world that ‘markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent’.

    Well, the countries of the world have been irrational for way too long. The wiser ones among them have already signed onto China’s BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).

    Soon a critical mass will do likewise and more countries will go the way of Russia in demanding payment for their output in their local currencies (or in gold), rather than be paid in USD.

    Once the USD is shunned by a majority of the major economies, America will be unable to provide said products for its citizens to substitute for these foreign produced items because its manufacturing base has long since been off-shored.

    Soon thereafter, the inflationary depression that the U.S was engulfed in will turn into a hyperinflationary whirlwind which will be terminal for the ‘home of the brave’ [cough], ‘land of the free’ [cough, cough].

    • Replies: @Face_The_Truth
  282. Anonymous[293] • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles

    Darwinism, what you, others call “evolution” is a fake religion, a hoax, and a scam. And don’t bother with the “you’re just another ignorant Christian”…crap. When you have numerous full-throated proponents of Darwinism over the generations admitting the inherent contradictions and absurdities in the “theory” but there’s no where else to turn…then you have RELIGION. Or…you can call it “science.” See how that works?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  283. @mulga mumblebrain

    In one of his numerous critiques of capitalism, @mulga mumblebrain writes:
    “…a public education system now on its last legs….THAT is really existing
    capitalism in action, you buffoon.” It seems that the real buffoon here is
    mulga mumblebrain, who cannot distinguish between schools subsidized
    by the state through coercion of the taxpayers, and private schools supported
    through voluntary cooperation of free citizens. That even mulga mumblebrain
    admits public education is so terrible proves that socialism, which he so fervently
    advocates, doesn’t work in the long run, as public schools have no real incentive
    to improve their services as long as they still get funding from the government.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  284. @Truth Vigilante

    Truth Vigilante says:

    I can tell you that the U.S economy will IMMEDIATELY topple in the aftermath of the USD losing its reserve-currency status.

    And that would happen if the Sino-Russian Super hegemon announced a Gold-backed Yuan and Ruble.

    Face_The_Truth replies:

    You are using a very specific word “IF” in your sentence.

    That means, there is NO surety that what you are writing will actually happen.

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    Truth Vigilante says:

    Well, the countries of the world have been irrational for way too long. The wiser ones among them have already signed onto China’s BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).

    Face_The_Truth replies:

    Are North American and Western European governments irrational in their opposition to Chinese BRI?

    Let’s think.

    Chinese BRI is a common-sense approach to deflate rising costs of existing transportation systems for finished-products from low-labor-cost countries to high-labor-cost countries as well as to land-locked countries.

    But, that Chinese “Common-Sense” approach goes against the financial and military interests of North American and Western European governments who want to preserve existing anti-common-sense as well as existing expensive processes that our world currently has so that North American and Western European governments remain the prime arbiter in world’s overall finance and trade.

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    Truth Vigilante says:

    Witness the:
    1) Explosion of homeless living in tent cities
    2) Hordes of homeless living under freeway overpasses
    3) The beginning of an inflationary depression …. etc.

    Face_The_Truth replies:

    Many people are homeless, because they cannot afford to pay exorbitant monthly-rents in NYC and San Francisco.

    For example, in New York City a one-bedroom-apartment can go for \$4000 or more a month and many households in NYC do not earn enough money to be able to pay monthly rents.

    As more and more foreign-born people come to live in American coastal cities, rents for apartments and prices of real-estate simply go up year after year.

    Over 90,000 foreign-educated workers are brought in America EVERY YEAR for the ever-increasing profits of corporate America, which is on top of over one million annual LEGAL immigration to America from non-White countries.

    I DID NOT even include the figure of another 50 million ILLEGAL immigrants currently residing in the United States!

    In 1970s and 1980s, American govt. of both Democrats and Republicans sent American manufacturing base overseas for increasing corporate profits and destroying unionized labor by saying that Americans should not work in manufacturing plants, rather should work in higher-paid office-jobs as America had become a mature economy.

    In 1980s and 1990s, American govt. of both Democrats and Republicans promoted American corporate desire of performing any American office-job overseas if that office-job can be done overseas by foreign workers at lower wages (due to currency differences) for the financial benefits of corporate America by saying that Americans should not do menial office-jobs, rather should work in well-paid management positions in American corporations as America had long been a mature economy.

    In 1990s and 2000s, American govt. of both Democrats and Republicans solidified American corporate desire of bringing in foreign-workers in America EVERY YEAR to do the managerial jobs by way of giving foreign-workers various kinds of working visas (with the option of giving eventual permanent resident status) by saying that American workers are not up to the task of doing managerial jobs since foreign-born workers are more efficient than Americans are in management positions!

    For corporate America, profit is privatized for the interests of stock- and bond-holders; but, cost is socialized as every American citizen shares the burden of higher costs of apartment-rents and higher prices of real-estate.

    If you think there will be an economic depression in America like in 1930s, then costs are supposed to come down.

    But, that’s not what we see happening in American economy as of now.

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  285. @Face_The_Truth

    FTT, there’s very little I disagree with in the comment of yours and I believe we’re on the same page for the most part.

    That [the announcement by the Sino-Russian Super hegemon that its currencies will be backed by gold] means, there is NO surety that what you are writing will actually happen.

    Indeed there is no surety, as you rightly state. That’s because the Chinese and Russians may not have to formally declare gold backing of their currencies.
    You see the USD is on the way out. It’s been digitally created/printed into oblivion with more to come.
    It is backed by nothing more than the ‘Full Faith and Credit of the United States’.
    Well, I for one have NO FAITH in anything the U.S says or does – and I am not alone.
    As for the ‘credit’ bit, if the U.S was a Fortune 500 company and it was audited using GAAP accounting standards, it would have been declared INSOLVENT long ago.

    Basically, the USD will implode of its own accord and the Chinese and Russian currencies will become defacto World Reserve Currencies without the need for a declaration of gold backing.

    You may [or may not] be aware that China and Russia have been accumulating gold for the past two decades or so – accumulating like a man possessed.
    With or without a formal declaration of gold backing, the fact that they have such large holdings is enough to convince investors that their currencies are as good as gold.

    Let me explain by way of analogy:

    When Nixon ended the backing of the USD with gold in 1971, the Swiss franc (CHF) was worth USD 21 cents.
    By the beginning of the 21st century it was worth WELL IN EXCESS of the USD.
    Now, WHY do you think that is ?

    The Swiss franc was 40% BACKED BY GOLD until the turn of the century – the only currency in the world to have gold backing to any degree.
    Investors thus viewed it as a safe haven currency.

    Under pressure from the Anglo-Zionist empire (because the CHF was making other fiat currencies look bad in comparison), the Swiss were FORCED to sell off a considerable portion of its central bank gold.

    Even so, it still has over 1000 tonnes of central bank gold remaining – meaning that, relative to its population, it has BY FAR the largest gold holding of any country on a per capita basis.
    That’s why investors LOVE the CHF.
    That’s why investors LOVE to buy assets denominated in CHF. ie: stocks, real estate, Swiss bonds, investments in businesses/IPO’s etc.

    That’s WHY* Switzerland has one of the highest per capita GDP’s (it is in the top two or three) in the world.
    (*That and the fact that Switzerland has NO MINIMUM WAGE LAWS. That’s right – the minimum wage per hour = \$ ZERO. Yet its working class and unskilled workers earn some of the highest wages in the world – proof that central planners setting a minimum wage have NO INFLUENCE on the capacity of the employer to pay a predetermined hourly rate.
    Wage rates are set by the PRODUCTIVITY OF THE WORKER – nothing else.
    All minimum wages do is PRICE CERTAIN WORKERS OUT OF A JOB if their skill set and corresponding productivity is below the mandated hourly rate).

    You also write:

    Are North American and Western European governments irrational in their opposition to Chinese BRI?

    The western European are TOTALLY IRRATIONAL to be in opposition to the Chinese BRI.
    If they signed on and extricated themselves from NATO and any alliances with the U.S they would be MUCH BETTER OFF.

    As for Nth America, it consists of Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

    Yes, for Canada and Mexico, they would also be far better off inside the BRI. After all, the U.S is a sinking ship and if they stay tethered to it, they’ll sink to the ocean depths.

    At the end of the day, even the U.S should join the BRI. Of course it would mean an end to U.S hegemonic aspirations but the days of U.S hegemony are LONG GONE.

    The reality is this:

    1) China is the manufacturing powerhouse of the planet
    2) Russia (collectively with Iran, Iraq and Venezuela which have already/are being drawn into Russia’s orbit), are collectively the oil, natural gas, strategic resource and bread basket/agri output hubs of the world.

    The U.S should just accept that its dreams of empire have long ago evaporated.
    The U.S could then settle back, stop spending a king’s ransom on the military-industrial-security-surveillance state complex and accept the irrefutable fact that it will forever more be a secondary (or tertiary) player on the world stage.

    If it did that, the standard of living would improve as its economy recovered, and the world would be a far more peaceful place as it stopped squandering its blood and treasure fighting wars for Israel.

    Lastly, you said:

    If you think there will be an economic depression in America like in 1930s, then costs are supposed to come down.

    Well …. no.

    Having watched the decimation of Germany’s Weimar economy in the 1920’s, central bankers were infinitely more circumspect in the 1930’s than they are now.
    In other words, the U.S and other western central banks were not printing their currencies into oblivion like the present.

    Simply put, after the excesses of the roaring 20’s, businesses and private individuals that were overleveraged, that borrowed too much and couldn’t afford to pay back their loans were wiped out.
    Bad loans were liquidated, debts written off and society was poorer in dollar terms as a result.

    Of course for those who were prudent and had put some away for a rainy day, said dollar had INCREASED PURCHASING POWER in terms of almost anything. ie: anything except GOLD*.
    (Gold rose in value by around 70% Vs the USD in the 1930’s after FDR’s devaluation).

    Bottom Line: I do NOT think that the years ahead will usher in a Depression in the U.S like in the 1930’s.
    That’s because what is in store for the U.S will be MUCH WORSE than what occurred in the 1930’s.
    The level of profligacy and fiscal and monetary recklessness of the U.S in recent years is far worse than the next most profligate society on all of human history.

    Future history books will refer to the inflationary depression that is soon to come America’s way as the ‘Greater Depression’ – because the wording ‘Great Depression’ is already taken.

    Costs are going to go way, WAY up.

    Because no matter how many people go on the unemployment scrap heap, no matter how much demand is reduced by virtue of said unemployed having reduced consumption, the U.S government has ALREADY printed such copious quantities of USD that said tsunami of fiat will SWAMP the fixed quantity of output coming from U.S industries.

    More importantly, trillions of USD (in physical banknotes as well as bonds held by foreign creditors), will be dumped on the domestic market by their holders once the USD starts its precipitous downward decline and this will bid up the price of everything that’s not bolted down.

    This AVALANCHE of returning USD will ensure that the inflationary depression that’s coming the way of the U.S is like nothing that’s ever happened in history.

  286. @JR Foley

    Mao Zedong —-did not kill Chinese compared to his adversary. Again–understand WHO did what. Jiang Jie Shi ( Chiang Kai Shek) killed many and then put the blame on Mao.

    So Mao wasn’t responsible for starving millions with the Great Leap Forward?

    Do explain especially in the context of him being aware that people were starving.

    The Chinese Communist revolution is truly pathetic in that the Russians already went through the failure of collectivism. Western Europeans had zero faith in Marxist collectivism in 1945 and yet Mao actually decided it was a good idea.

    As with the Russian communists they might have been good at killing but not economics.

    Don’t bother trying to do damage control for Mao here. It won’t work as this is not a left-wing classroom where dissent is controlled. You will just further expose his incompetence. For example he actually called for all sparrows to be killed instead of admitting that his Marxist inspired plans weren’t working. Strange but true story:
    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/26/1958-mao-zedong-ordered-sparrows-killed-ate-much-grain-caused-one-worst-environmental-disasters-history/?edg-c=1

    How pathetic that so many Asian countries after WW2 still went down the route of following a single German-Jew by the name of Karlton Marx. Western Europe at least figured out that he was a lousy economist given the millions that starved in Ukraine and the pathetic living standards of the Soviets.

  287. @Anonymous

    Darwinism, what you, others call “evolution” is a fake religion, a hoax, and a scam. And don’t bother with the “you’re just another ignorant Christian”…crap.

    Where did COVID variants come from? Did God make those a long time ago and they “just happen” to be released after the original variant?

    I am fine with Christianity but denying evolution in humans is part of Western madness. Both liberals and conservative Christians have an unspoken agreement to deny race and evolution.

    Darwin was actually a theist unlike modern secular leftists that reject God while lying about evolution not applying to human groups. According to them it stopped working around 75k years ago with the exception of superficial differences. The left even shortens the title of his book to discourage any assumptions about race.

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  288. @John Johnson

    You make a very interesting point!

  289. America has always been a very fake country.

  290. Ace says:

    Starbucks coffee is great and the peaches at my local grocery store are delicious.

  291. @John Johnson

    Which, considering the disparity between countries, IS a victory.

    Putin screwed the pooch royally when he decided to attack Ukraine. He obviously thought there would be only token resistance and the world would be presented with a fait accompli. No such luck – shitty intelligence, shitty equipment, shitty execution, shitty morale. This will be studied for a long time in various war colleges as an example of a catastrophic misadventure.

    Worse yet, when the offensive stalled early on, Putin went “all in” and the Ukrainian people handed him his ass, along with a little help from their friends.

    Gravely ill or not, (though one can hope), I’ll be surprised if Putin survives this debacle much longer.

    God bless America, land that I love . . .

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  292. @John Johnson

    You’re a laugh a minute, Johnny John.

    You should consider doing stand up.

  293. @Doctor, My Eyes

    You wrote:

    Putin screwed the pooch royally when he decided to attack Ukraine

    Agreed.

    And of course the ‘pooch’ that’s been screwed is the Anglo-Zionist empire which is haemorrhaging (rising inflation, larger trade deficits, reduced standards of living and societal unrest that is heading the way of insurrection if conditions deteriorate), with every day that passes.

    No matter which metric you apply to assess this matter, Putin is dozens of moves ahead of the clueless ZOG on the geostrategic chessboard.

    He will not only survive (only FOOLS even hinted that Putin wouldn’t), he’ll be hailed as the greatest statesman of the modern era.

  294. Hilary Clinton is an evil genius. I personally suspect that she manipulated Donald Trump into running against her in the 2016 Election. In this way, she would look good by contrast. Donald Trump was there to play a role. The role of the bad German American. You see, the only reason he ran at all was to make German Americans, and White people generally, look bad. Still, he tries to hard. He tries to hard to play the Hollywood Nazi, as it were.

    She thought it would be a sure thing, that she would be catapulted into Office as President. Still, Vladimir Putin had other ideas. That is precisely why he rigged the election. That is why Trump got into office instead. And Putin, I would argue, did his people a service by doing so. And do you know why? You will never guess! If Hilary got into office, as President, America would now be at war with Russia! And, nobody would like that.

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  295. One should do some research into the Clintons. It is really very interesting to read about.

  296. @Dweezil the Weasel

    In former days networking for what amounts to usable chicken wasn’t necessary. Commonly available chicken was designated “broiler” or “fryer” or “soup” or “stew” – you didn’t need to chase around and canoodle for it. Ever notice the chicken wing thing? Do you know why that is? (I didn’t think so) It’s because you sell old retired layers for eating chicken. Those huge legs and thighs are not fryable so you use wings as a (poor) substitute. Two benefits there: the drums/thighs are bigger and bigger is better to the sucker consumer (better for something I don’t know what – cat food?); and of course the chicken farmer gets more money per bird to pay for all that feed and upkeep that started before that chick ever hatched.

    The “organic” and non-GMO BS was obviously a distraction – came about just when young chicken disappeared from the market.

  297. @Twin Ruler

    She [Hillary Clinton] thought it would be a sure thing, that she would be catapulted into Office as President. Still, Vladimir Putin had other ideas. That is precisely why he rigged the election. That is why Trump got into office instead. And Putin, I would argue, did his people a service by doing so.

    Are you trying to be funny ? Is this a joke ?

    NO FOREIGN LEADER has the wherewithal to be able to influence ANY U.S election – let alone Putin.

    You, my foolish friend, have been watching too much Rachel Maddow and have lapped up the ‘RussiaGate’ B.S without the slightest bit of critical analysis.

    Now, I’m not saying that there doesn’t exist an entity that has the capacity to rig U.S elections.
    Indeed, said entity HAS been rigging U.S elections for some time now. Just ask ex-CIA white hat Phil Giraldi and he’ll give you his two cents on that.

    Of course, said entity that is rigging the U.S elections is the ZIO CABAL (aka ZOG).

    Usually, the ‘rigging’ occurs BEFORE the election proper – during the primaries.
    There was NO way the Zio cabal was going to let Dr Ron Paul win the GOP nomination in the 2012 primaries so they cheated him out of it.
    They did likewise for Bernie Sanders in 2016 in the Dem primaries.

    After the JFK episode, ZOG learnt its lesson well. They were NEVER GOING TO ALLOW A CANDIDATE FROM EITHER PARTY TO CONTEST THE PRESIDENCY that wasn’t first vetted for loyalty* to ZOG.
    (* Mind you, they slipped up somewhat in the case of Reagan – hence the assassination attempt.
    They slipped up with Nixon and Jimmy Carter – they politically assassinated the former and made sure the latter only got one term).

    Donald J Chump was, and still is, a ZIONIST SOCK PUPPET.

    All you’ve seen to date (eg: Trump’s antics in the 2016 debates Vs Hillary, his remarks how HRC should be in gaol, Trump’s remark that he would tell us who was behind 9/11 etc), were just theatre to give the dumbed down masses the appearance that said parties are diametrically opposed.
    They’re NOT.

    ONE PARTY and one party only rules the U.S. ie: The War Party.

    No matter who wins, belligerent foreign policy continues, spending on the Military-Industrial-Security-Surveillance-State-Complex continues unabated, destabilising the Middle East in pursuit of Israeli hegemony still goes on.

    To be sure, said SINGLE RULING PARTY of America does have two factions (GOP and the Dems) with slightly differing policies and there are factions within ZOG itself.

    ie: one faction of ZOG favours the GOP (pro business, anti unchecked immigration, anti-crushing climate change initiatives which will destroy the economy, cause energy shortages and blackouts etc), and the other favours the Dems (most of the media, pro-Green energy boondoggles, pro-unchecked immigration as said freeloaders will all vote for the Dems in future).

    So wake up ‘Twin’ because you’re clearly in an MSM induced stupor that’s rendered you incapable of ascertaining who rules over you.

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  298. @Truth Vigilante

    Thank you for correcting me, Truth Vigilante. You are right, come to think of it. Only The State of Israel could control America. Besides, almost nobody is patriotic to America anymore. Even most “Conservatives” are more loyal to The State of Israel, than they are to their own country.

    Besides, I wonder if Trump really is of German blood? Come to think of it, I doubt it. It could be merely a way to smear him. Trump showed is loyalty to The State of Israel though, in many ways. And besides, what is your opinion about The Holocaust?

  299. @ Twin Ruler …

    If you’re referring to the REAL Holocaust (ie: the incendiary fire bombing of German and Japanese civilians by the Anglo-Zionist empire and the genocide of millions of ethnic Germans post war – both within Germany and in adjoining countries), then of course I think this was one of the most egregious acts of depravity of all time.

    Meanwhile, I trust you’re not referring to the Holohoax. ie: the alleged genocide of millions of Jews in those fabled gas chambers. (There is NO PROOF that a single gas chamber existed in any German occupied territory during the war).
    The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) kept meticulous records of all deaths in all the work camps in any German occupied territory during the war and the AGGREGATE number of Jewish deaths is under 300,000.

    The overwhelming bulk of these died from either the typhus epidemics of 1942/43 or from malnutrition in the concluding months of the war – due to the complete breakdown of the German transportation/logistics network as everything that moved was bombed or strafed into oblivion by Allied Air forces that had complete air superiority.

    Basically, food supplies were reduced to a trickle and German civilians were themselves starving in the concluding months of the war as very little food was reaching them.

    ‘Twin’, I’m surprised that you asked that question (assuming you were referring to the Holohoax), seeing as it’s been well documented that this Zionist fable has been debunked.

    There have been many article in the Unz Review that come to mind that totally shred the official narrative of the Holohoax.
    Here are two that come to mind (be sure to read the comments section after the articles as well because many of them shed more light on the matter than the articles do themselves):

    1) https://www.unz.com/article/denying-holocaust-denial/

    2) https://www.unz.com/article/breaking-the-spell/

    In relation to the second of these links above, I recommend you read the book by Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom that’s featured in the image.
    I read it many years ago and it will enlighten greatly.

    Another great website is this one by the brilliant John Wear:

    http://www.wearswar.com/

    We here at the UR have been privileged on occasion to actually have John Wear himself contribute his commentary below many of the articles.
    John is not only an extremely knowledgeable fellow and a meticulous researcher of the highest order, but I can testify from personal experience that he is an absolute gentleman.

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  300. @Truth Vigilante

    I always had the impression that the only reason The Holohoax was brought up so often, was to rationalize the war crimes that the US Military, in their turn, visited upon the German people. It is much like how they only bring up the issue of Slavery, in order to justify The Union Army’s destruction of The South. And, it is really suspicious that none are allowed to question it at all. It is illegal in most countries, in fact!

  301. Interestingly, when the IDF murders Palestinian Arabs, it is praised as “the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.” What the Nazis did to the Jews is called “Uniquely Evil”; but what Jews, in their turn, do to Palestinian Arabs is called “the fulfillment of Bible prophecy”.

  302. Since the old beliefs, of the Christian Faith, are of waning credibility, a new Faith has arisen to replace it. That faith, of course, is Holocaustianity. Most Christians, these days, worship the Jews rather than Jesus Christ. And, instead of mourning what had happened to Jesus Christ, they mourn Anne Frank and the rest of the supposed Six Million Jews, who, perished in The Holocaust.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  303. Christianity is fading away, in any event.

  304. Exactly like how Medieval people blamed the entire Jewish race for the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ; like so, Moderns blames the entire German people for The Holocaust. Does no one else see the analogy but me?

  305. What does it mean to “benefit from White privilege”? Like most Communist phrases, it means the exact opposite of what it sounds. It sounds like Whites have advantages, in American society, that none else have. But, what it really means is that Whites do not have “victim status”. That is, no matter what happens to a White person, said White person can never claim to be a “victim of racism.”!

  306. They are not telling the truth about The Second World War, at all.

    • Agree: Detroit Refugee
  307. What is the point of bringing up The Holocaust? The point of bringing up The Holocaust is to instill in others hatred of Germany, Germans, and all things German. Indeed, when they call The Holocaust “Uniquely Evil”, that is merely their thinly disguised way of making the claim that the German people are “Uniquely Evil”.

    Mind you, I used to feel bad about Anne Frank and the rest of the Jewish persons who perished in The Holocaust. But, one day, I had an epiphany! I began to wonder: what about all of Stalin’s victims? Indeed, if it were so wrong and evil for Adolf Hitler, and the rest of the Nazis, to kill off all the millions they did, why pray tell, was it not equally and similarly wrong and evil for Joseph Stalin, and the rest of the Commies, to exterminate off all the millions they did? And, it occurred to me, most of Stalin’s victims were Goyim, mere Goyim, such as myself.

    Obviously, the US Media considers the lives of Jews to be so much more precious than those of the rest of us. It all goes back to the distinction, made in the Talmud, between the Jews, as The Chosen People, and the Goyim, as Cattle in Human form. What is really sickening to me is this: for exactly the same reason The Holocaust is condemned, what the Jews are in turn doing to the Palestinian Arabs is condoned, and not only condoned but praised. It all has to do with the cruel superstition of Jewish divinity!

    And by the way, I firmly believe that the Israeli MOSSAD was behind the attacks on September 11th, 2001. And what makes it all the more lacking in Chivalry is this: they were motivated by the desire to distract attention away from the Israeli role in the sex traffick!

  308. The American Dream is just that: a dream. There is nothing real about it at all!

  309. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Truth Vigilante

    Communists really would choose to die of starvation rather than allow someone else to be richer. Red & dead >> “concentrations of wealth.”

    Stalin steals a whole country and find this especially hilarious. Useful idiots are idiots.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  310. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Hoyeru

    Note that at least 50% likely this is in fact not an allergy, but a nutrient deficiency.

    I ate “healthy” as a kid, including quite a bit of home-grown organic fruits, nuts, and vegetables, plus farmer’s market stuff. Cooked-from-scratch dinners almost every day. Lots of dairy. I was still deficient in calcium, b-vitamins, and omega-3, and severely deficient in vitamin D and iodine. The Americoid diet is malnutritious.

    A lot of Americans get fat because they filter-feed, like a whale, trying to strain rare nutrients out of vast quantities of food. It’s a less-fatal version of the bloated starving kids you get. I recently went down a half-dozen belt notches (fasting is extremely effective) and it’s improved my everything. E.g. my skin has improved. Extra weight is broadly toxic, especially if it came from sugar.

    Although I won’t die from drinking the local water, it’s still a good idea to boil it first. Do first world countries exist in reality?

  311. The whole thing depends upon The Holocaust Narrative. That is precisely why (((they))) are so very desperate!

  312. Did Hitler really try to enslave and/or exterminate the Slavic peoples of Europe? Well, Joseph Stalin did a pretty good job of that himself!

  313. However one may feel about the Jewish people, one can admire their devotion to The State of Israel. If only Whites, around the world, were similarly devoted to Apartheid South Africa. Things said in favor of The State of Israel could also be said in favor of Apartheid South Africa. Apartheid South Africa, whatever else its faults, was relatively more civilized than the surrounding countries in Africa, much like Israel is relatively more civilized than other countries in The Middle East. And I sincerely believe that Arab Muslims are worse off under their own rule, than they are under Israel. After all, Blacks were certainly worse off under Black rule than under Apartheid!

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  314. @Twin Ruler

    Israel is relatively more civilised than other countries in The Middle East. And I sincerely believe that Arab Muslims are worse off under their own rule, than they are under Israel.

    Really ?? Is this what you call civilised ? :



    Video Link

    By ANY metric one chooses to employ, the Arabs (Muslim or otherwise), are much better off left to their own devices rather than being brutalised by the murderous and genocidal Zionist occupiers.

    There is NOTHING to admire about the disgusting Zionist regime and the sooner it is annihilated, the sooner the planet will return to normality.

    • Disagree: Twin Ruler
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  315. @Truth Vigilante

    Well, the Jews are not the most forgiving people. I would concede that much.

  316. It is not like (((they))) care about the tens of millions of Goyim who were killed by the Communists. And nobody who knew what the Communists did in Russia and China would ever say that the German people are “Uniquely Evil”. After all, when they say that The Holocaust is “Uniquely Evil”, that is merely a disguised way of making the claim that they believe that the German people are!

  317. For all the fuss about The Holocaust, against the Jews, it is very strange that people do not, in their own way, feel at least as much sorrow for the victims of Soviet and Chinese Communism. After all, the Soviets and Chinese Communists each had their very own systems of prison camps, and were at least as fiendish and savage about how they captured, tortured, and killed their victims. Still, perhaps it is easier for the US Media to turn a blind eye to the victims of Communism, merely because most of them were not Jewish (but, rather mere Goyim such as myself).

    It all goes back to the distinction, made in the Talmud, between the Jews, as The Chosen People, and the rest of us, as Cattle in Human form. And the sick joke of it all is this: for precisely why they condemn The Holocaust, this superstition of Jewish Divinity, they condone everything that the Israeli Defense Forces do to the Palestinian Arabs. I realized that long ago. None seem to perceive the horrid double standards but me!

    In order to understand why Jews perceive The Holocaust as unique, but not similar Communist crimes, one must envision a strange form of farm. Now, in this farm, the Cows and Bulls round up the farmer, his family, and any farm hands instead of the other way about, and slaughtered them. This would, indeed, seem strange. And evil, on even a supernatural level!

  318. The Jews would not want anyone to properly assimilate to the American Way of Life, after all, if any could, too many German Americans would take that option. And that is precisely why they, the Jews, do whatever is in their power to destroy said American Way of Life.

    I am sure those German Americans, who were of the posterity of members of the German American Bund would very much like to forget all about the German American Bund, that they ever had any German blood at all, and anglicize their names, marry into Anglo Saxon Families, and otherwise properly assimilate to the American Way of Life. Knowing this, makes (((them))) desperate. Thus, (((they))) promote all sorts of ways to cause America to degenerate– support of Gay Rights, Race Mixing, and the like.

    Of course, I am of British blood myself! Still, one of the more unpleasant aspects of my identity, is that, in addition to being sneeringly called WASPs, I have to live in fear of being mistaken for being German, or German American at any rate. I am not quite sure what I resent more. But, it is really funny, since Jews complain about being termed Rats by the National Socialists of Germany, all those years ago. And, if any of you noticed, all the problems in America are blamed on Whites, White Anglo Saxon Protestants particularly. Seems, in “Multicultural America”, we are the Scapegoats.

    I am sure that the Jews know this. Still, being called a German, especially by a Jew, causes a real stigma.

  319. Islam is merely a more fanatical and vicious version of Judaism. That is all it is!

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  320. Blacks are the muscle, and the Jews are the brain of White Genocide.

  321. I would not be surprised if America collapsed soon. After all, the Transgender agenda is really about Eugenic sterilization. Those teens who have sex changes grow up not to be able to have children of their own. That could, of course, be (((their))) entire agenda. After all, (((they))) believe there are too many Goyim!

  322. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Alrenous

    shouldn’t be allowed to buy things

    It isn’t and shouldn’t be up to me, but if it was, I would recommend having a supplier or factor. The middle and lower classes would give the factor a list of needs and desires, plus a budget. The factor would acquire the goods on their behalf. The customers wouldn’t see what else they’re not buying, nor see any ads. This would be much better for their mental health, easily worth’s the factor’s finder’s fee.

  323. @Twin Ruler

    Islam is merely a more fanatical and vicious version of Judaism.

    Rabid Zionism is the most vicious and conscience-free entity the world has ever seen – by a VERY large margin.
    If you think otherwise you are deluded – and no doubt were indoctrinated to think differently at that yeshiva you attended as a child.

    Whilst all Jews may not subscribe to Zionism, they nevertheless provide tacit acceptance of its egregious activities by not coming out as a collective to condemn it and actively working to unravel it.

    • Agree: Twin Ruler
  324. @Truth Vigilante

    Zionism is merely the Jewish equivalent of Nazism.

  325. @Truth Vigilante

    And, America is very much Zionist.

  326. @Truth Vigilante

    I would not know, I never attended Yeshiva.

  327. Hitler was Catholic. He originally got his ideas about the Jewish people from The Church.

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  328. @Twin Ruler

    So, is Catholicism a form of Nazism? Or, the other way round?

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  329. @Deep Thought

    This is an interesting question, Deep Thought. Most of the leadership of the Nazi Party were born into the Roman Catholic Church.

  330. I wonder if Trump will be arrested? Just asking.

  331. Part of the reason Churchill hated Hitler so very much was because the latter was Roman Catholic.

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  332. @Twin Ruler

    Part of the reason Churchill hated Hitler so very much was because the latter was Roman Catholic.

    Incorrect.

    The reason he demonised Hitler was because his Zionist controllers told him to do it.
    Since they were financing Churchill’s profligate lifestyle and he knew he’d be destitute without them, he obligingly bent over whenever he was instructed to do so.

    Pretty much like Trump gets on all fours and fellates his Talmudic benefactors when instructed.

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  333. @Truth Vigilante

    How did they do that? I wonder.

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  334. @Twin Ruler

    How did they do that?

    You’re not serious, are you ? You don’t know how the Zionist miscreants get politicians to do their bidding ?

    You have much to learn Grasshopper. I suggest you start with reading ‘Churchill’s War’ by the greatest WWI I historian that ever lived – none other than David Irving.
    That will fill in a lot of the blanks as far as Churchill’s prostration to Jewish interests.

    The fact is, Churchill was leading an obscenely hedonistic lifestyle and the Zionists were funding it throughout the 1920’s and 30’s.
    Despite the lavish amounts dished out, Churchill still managed to accumulate debts totalling 19,000 pounds sterling by the late 1930’s.

    Let me put that in perspective. Many working class Englishmen were earning as little as 15-18 shillings (under ONE pound) in weekly earnings in the 1930’s.
    So 19,000 pounds was something like FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF EARNINGS for an unskilled worker.

    Anyway, along comes Jewish mining magnate Henry Strakosch and pays off the entirety of those 19,000 pounds. Yes, every penny.

    WHY do you think he did that ?

    Of course there was a quid pro quo. Churchill in return would thereafter do the bidding of world Jewry and involve Britain in a catastrophic war resulting in loss of empire, Britain’s bankruptcy and needless loss of life on both sides.
    (After the fall of France in June 1940, Hitler offered Britain incredibly generous terms in peace negotiations but Churchill rejected them because he was not concerned with what was good for Britain – his only concern was appeasing his Jewish controllers).

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    , @Twin Ruler
  335. America will soon fade from history. Nothing can prevent that.

  336. @Truth Vigilante

    That is very interesting. Mind you, were it not for Communism, there would not be Fascism either. The entire Fascist movement, including its most infamous variant– German National Socialism– arose in reaction and imitation of Communism. One could say in revenge for Communism.

    I used to feel bad for Anne Frank and the rest of the Six Million Jews, who, perished in The Holocaust. Then, I learnt about Communist crimes against Humanity. Communist crimes against Humanity, obviously, are down played by the US Media. After all, most of the Communists’ victims were Goyim rather than Jews, enough said. The lives of Jews are worth more than any number of Goyim, according to Judaism.

    What you wrote about Sir Winston Churchill is interesting. Hitler admired the British Empire, and, did not want to go to war with it. Roosevelt did not share that admiration though. Roosevelt wanted to destroy the British Empire. As the British Empire gradually gave away its colonies, we WASPs had to make concession after concession to the other Ethnic and Racial groups in America. Once great Britain lost power, so too did American WASPs. The Jews gradually took over!

  337. @Twin Ruler

    I’ve already steered you in the right direction – get ‘Churchill’s War’ Vol I & II by David Irving.

    While you’re waiting for it to come in the mail, this video of Irving’s covers a small fraction of what’s in the book :

    https://www.brighteon.com/778d820c-e70b-4154-9637-7860d42a677b

    Make sure you watch all of it – you’ll learn more truth about Churchill and WWII in that hour and a half or so than you’ve absorbed in your entire life.

    • Replies: @Twin Ruler
  338. @Truth Vigilante

    THE MSM would never tell the whole story of either the conflict in Vietnam or US Military involvement in The Second World War. Intriguingly, the US meant to punish Great Britain as much as the US meant to punish Germany.

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