Quote of the Day: Golden Eggs

 

“In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon.” – Thomas Sowell

Sowell wrote this many years ago — in the 1990s as I recall.  The goose was still alive. Now? If not dead, it is dying. If it is not dead by November, it will be soon afterward. The ordered, safe life we have enjoyed since the fall of the Soviet Union is coming to a close.

Until this Administration ends we will be subject to runaway inflation, supply chain collapses, and shortages of all sorts of goods. Tampons and baby formula are just the beginning. Other, unexpected critical shortages are likely to follow.  This will be accompanied by high crime and the end of civil society.  Those running the country are too interested in what they can skim off for themselves to care about keeping the country running. The same thing is true in many major cities, especially those with Democrats in the Governor’s chair.

Will the November election change things?  Some, but not enough. The national government will still be in the hands of grifters and looters. (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.) Even if we get the reddest of red waves, we are unlikely to be able to remove the current administration until January 20, 2025.

So prepare for a two-year siege of adversity — really three years, because it will take at least a year to undo the damage done. Stock up on food and medicine to protect against interruptions. Keep your assets liquid. Learn how to use firearms if you do not already know. Do what you can to put your local government — state, county, city, and school district — into sane hands. (It is even happening in San Francisco.) If possible move to a red state (or the reddest area you can in your blue state).

I am not saying quit your job, go off the grid, and prepare for doomsday. We need to do what we can to preserve civilization.  Running and hiding will not do that. What I am saying is you will need to develop the resiliency necessary to participate in that struggle. The old order is ending. What the new order will become depends on what we do.

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  1. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Sowell is one of my heroes.  

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  2. Seawriter Contributor
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Sowell is one of my heroes.

    Mine, too.

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  3. Ole Summers Member
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    The reddest of red waves will simply better define the limits of the next stage in what has to be a determined forced march back toward what we were designed to be. Those steps in that march are our part to play regardless of where we are called to leave the procession. Our part of the journey is our responsibility no matter how bright or dark things might appear. It is not about any outcome for us but for those who will be left the results of what we do and how we do it ……….

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  4. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Seawriter: Stock up on food and medicine to protect against interruptions. Keep your assets liquid. Learn how to use firearms if you do not already know. Do what you can to put your local government – state, county, city, and school district – into sane hands. (It is even happening in San Francisco.) If possible move to a red state (or the reddest area you can in your blue state).

    I used to laugh at people who said stuff like this.

    I don’t laugh as much anymore.

     

    Seawriter: The old order is ending. What the new order will become depends on what we do.  

    I agree with this.  I’ve been writing for a few years that I think that the era of Western Civilization is probably already over.  What comes next may be horrible, it may be great, or it may be something in between.  But I think we’re beyond the point of trying to save what we had.  It’s time to build what comes next.  

    I can’t believe I’m writing stuff like this.  But it’s getting harder and harder to believe that we can salvage our civilization.  We just spent 100 years trying to destroy it, and it appears that we’ve succeeded. 

    It’s time to build what comes next.

    As usual, I hope I’m wrong about all this.  And I hope that Seawriter is over-reacting.

    I don’t think we are.  But I sure hope so… 

     

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  5. The Great Adventure Coolidge
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    I’m missing something.  “The ordered, safe life we have enjoyed since the fall of the Soviet Union is coming to a close.”  Seriously?  Have you forgotten a little event commonly referred to as “9/11”.  The calm of the 90s collapsed at that point and I would argue we’ve been on a steep decline towards anarchy ever since.

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  6. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    Seawriter: So prepare for a two-year siege of adversity

    Across the globe, there is enough redundancy and diversity that food supplies are generally secure.   However, a systematic global problem like eco-communism can threaten so much of the globe, that devastating hardship can result.  We have a new commie president in Columbia who will probably break their economy as was with Venezuela.   In Sri Lanka, the people are rioting because of food shortages caused by their leader’s “eco-commie” agriculture policies (no artificial fertilizers).  In Germany they are rationing energy to make it through the summer (what happens in winter?)   In the UK, the PM is out, in part because of his eco-commie energy policies.   We know what Biden is doing to America (the breadbasket of the world) and in Ukraine (the breadbasket of Europe).    The UN is preventing African nations from replacing the shortage of fertilizer from Russia.   The Dutch government is going to shut down half of farms in “Europe’s pantry”.  We have seen commie revolutions in the past kill about 100 million in the 1900’s through starvation.   The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

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  7. Seawriter Contributor
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Stock up on food and medicine to protect against interruptions. Keep your assets liquid. Learn how to use firearms if you do not already know. Do what you can to put your local government – state, county, city, and school district – into sane hands. (It is even happening in San Francisco.) If possible move to a red state (or the reddest area you can in your blue state).

    I used to laugh at people who said stuff like this.

    I don’t laugh as much anymore.

    You know something? I used to laugh at them, too. 

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  8. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):
    I can’t believe I’m writing stuff like this.  But it’s getting harder and harder to believe that we can salvage our civilization.  We just spent 100 years trying to destroy it, and it appears that we’ve succeeded. 

    It seems to me that our country generally likes the Democrats to be in charge.  And then every once and while, when the Dems have screwed things up horribly, the GOP gets a chance to fix things.   It took Lincoln to correct the war to end slavery.   It took Teddy Roosevelt to fix the mess of the corrupt trusts.  It took Harding/Coolidge to respond the crazy Progressive Era of Wilson.   It took Reagan to fix the Carter mess and it took Trump to start to fix the socialist-wokist-Democrat mess.   We need a revival and a populist GOP is our best chance to fix things.  Shoulder to the wheel folks!

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  9. Seawriter Contributor
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    The Great Adventure (View Comment):

    I’m missing something. “The ordered, safe life we have enjoyed since the fall of the Soviet Union is coming to a close.” Seriously? Have you forgotten a little event commonly referred to as “9/11”. The calm of the 90s collapsed at that point and I would argue we’ve been on a steep decline towards anarchy ever since.

    How much was your life disrupted by 9/11? I mean really disrupted, like going to the grocery store and finding shelves empty? Or losing power during a heatwave or a freeze and staying off for days? Or having people break into stores and carry everything out while the police ignore that behavior and the city government encourage it?

    We were still living ordered, safe lives during the period 2001 to 2019. The impact of 9/11 on people’s lives in the United States outside of 50 miles from New York City and Washington D.C. was trivial. The country was at war, but the citizens of the United States were at the mall. Even in 2020-2021 disorder was largely limited to the downtowns of major cities – mostly in Blue states.

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  10. cdor Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Seawriter: So prepare for a two-year siege of adversity

    Across the globe, there is enough redundancy and diversity that food supplies are generally secure. However, a systematic global problem like eco-communism can threaten so much of the globe, that devastating hardship can result. We have a new commie president in Columbia who will probably break their economy as was with Venezuela. In Sri Lanka, the people are rioting because of food shortages caused by their leader’s “eco-commie” agriculture policies (no artificial fertilizers). In Germany they are rationing energy to make it through the summer (what happens in winter?) In the UK, the PM is out, in part because of his eco-commie energy policies. We know what Biden is doing to America (the breadbasket of the world) and in Ukraine (the breadbasket of Europe). The UN is preventing African nations from replacing the shortage of fertilizer from Russia. The Dutch government is going to shut down half of farms in “Europe’s pantry”. We have seen commie revolutions in the past kill about 100 million in the 1900’s through starvation. The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    I do not understand. On the one hand we are supposed to applaud no GMO food. On the other hand, we are supposed to eat meat that is synthetic?

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  11. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it.  Obesity will cease to be a problem.  

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Seawriter: (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.

     

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  13. E. Kent Golding Member
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    Trust in God.    However,  God never promised that this life would be easy or pleasant.   

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  14. Seawriter Contributor
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Trust in God. However, God never promised that this life would be easy or pleasant.

    Agree on that. I think we can win through, but only if we are prepared and fight the good fight.

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  15. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Seawriter: Will the November election change things?  Some, but not enough. The national government will still be in the hands of grifters and looters. (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.) Even if we get the reddest of red waves, we are unlikely to be able to remove the current administration until January 20, 2025.

    I know the natural disposition of conservatism is to be pessimistic, so once again I am going off the reservation.  I remember the Clinton administration changed direction when Republicans beat the pants off Democrats and ushered in Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America.  Bill Clinton did not become a conservative, but he throttled back on the progressivism.  Now I grant you, Joe Biden is a lot dumber than Bill Clinton.  But Biden’s career has demonstrated than he is willing to change direction again and again, so I think a Republican blowout could change the administration’s course for the better.

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  16. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    cdor (View Comment):
    I do not understand. On the one hand we are supposed to applaud no GMO food. On the other hand, we are supposed to eat meat that is synthetic?

    It isn’t about the technology of genetically modifying organisms, or synthesizing meat, or any other “controversial” products.  It is about control.  Over you.  Denial of your own choices in a free economy.

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  17. Seawriter Contributor
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    I know the natural disposition of conservatism is to be pessimistic, so once again I am going off the reservation.  I remember the Clinton administration changed direction when Republicans beat the pants off Democrats and ushered in Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America.  Bill Clinton did not become a conservative, but he throttled back on the progressivism.  Now I grant you, Joe Biden is a lot dumber than Bill Clinton.  But Biden’s career has demonstrated than he is willing to change direction again and again, so I think a Republican blowout could change the administration’s course for the better.

    I hope you are right. I really do. But I think Obama had it nailed: “Never underestimate Joe’s ability to [CoC] tnings up.”

    I believe a Republican blowout will change things for the better, but only at the margins. Biden will not let up on executive orders, energy policy or green extremism. He will continue to use Antifa mobs and the FBI as an enforcement mechanism, and will continue to ignore court rulings and orders. After all, what will Congress and the courts be able to do to him as long as the press remains on his side? Impeachment is the only tool that will reign him in if he is really stubborn, and that is not happening. Not as long as Democrat senators continue backing him. Even replacing him with Kamala won’t change things. She’s dumber and more stubborn than he is. 

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  18. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Seawriter (View Comment):
    I believe a Republican blowout will change things for the better, but only at the margins. Biden will not let up on executive orders, energy policy or green extremism. He will continue to use Antifa mobs and the FBI as an enforcement mechanism, and will continue to ignore court rulings and orders. After all, what will Congress and the courts be able to do to him as long as the press remains on his side? Impeachment is the only tool that will reign him in if he is really stubborn, and that is not happening. Not as long as Democrat senators continue backing him. Even replacing him with Kamala won’t change things. She’s dumber and more stubborn than he is. 

    Hard to argue with any of that, Seawriter…

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  19. kedavis Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Will the November election change things? Some, but not enough. The national government will still be in the hands of grifters and looters. (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.) Even if we get the reddest of red waves, we are unlikely to be able to remove the current administration until January 20, 2025.

    I know the natural disposition of conservatism is to be pessimistic, so once again I am going off the reservation. I remember the Clinton administration changed direction when Republicans beat the pants off Democrats and ushered in Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America. Bill Clinton did not become a conservative, but he throttled back on the progressivism. Now I grant you, Joe Biden is a lot dumber than Bill Clinton. But Biden’s career has demonstrated than he is willing to change direction again and again, so I think a Republican blowout could change the administration’s course for the better.

    I think Biden has shown that he only “changes direction” within the left/Democrat side.  He fancies himself – and some in the media do also – to be “middle-of-the-road” but he’s actually more like “middle-of-the-left-lane” and as the left has moved farther and farther left, Joe has also moved farther left to be “in the middle” of the left.

    Except for adopting so much of Bernie’s platform, of course.

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  20. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Will the November election change things? Some, but not enough. The national government will still be in the hands of grifters and looters. (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.) Even if we get the reddest of red waves, we are unlikely to be able to remove the current administration until January 20, 2025.

    I know the natural disposition of conservatism is to be pessimistic, so once again I am going off the reservation. I remember the Clinton administration changed direction when Republicans beat the pants off Democrats and ushered in Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America. Bill Clinton did not become a conservative, but he throttled back on the progressivism. Now I grant you, Joe Biden is a lot dumber than Bill Clinton. But Biden’s career has demonstrated than he is willing to change direction again and again, so I think a Republican blowout could change the administration’s course for the better.

    I think Biden has shown that he only “changes direction” within the left/Democrat side. He fancies himself – and some in the media do also – to be “middle-of-the-road” but he’s actually more like “middle-of-the-left-lane” and as the left has moved farther and farther left, Joe has also moved farther left to be “in the middle” of the left.

    Except for adopting so much of Bernie’s platform, of course.

    I don’t think that Biden has ever believed in anything.

    It’s all about whatever furthers the interests of Joe Biden.  

    It always has been…

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  21. aardo vozz Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Stock up on food and medicine to protect against interruptions. Keep your assets liquid. Learn how to use firearms if you do not already know. Do what you can to put your local government – state, county, city, and school district – into sane hands. (It is even happening in San Francisco.) If possible move to a red state (or the reddest area you can in your blue state).

    I used to laugh at people who said stuff like this.

    I don’t laugh as much anymore.

     

    Seawriter: The old order is ending. What the new order will become depends on what we do.

    I agree with this. I’ve been writing for a few years that I think that the era of Western Civilization is probably already over. What comes next may be horrible, it may be great, or it may be something in between. But I think we’re beyond the point of trying to save what we had. It’s time to build what comes next.

    I can’t believe I’m writing stuff like this. But it’s getting harder and harder to believe that we can salvage our civilization. We just spent 100 years trying to destroy it, and it appears that we’ve succeeded.

    It’s time to build what comes next.

    As usual, I hope I’m wrong about all this. And I hope that Seawriter is over-reacting.

    I don’t think we are. But I sure hope so…

     

    I’m sorry, Dr. Bastiat, but given our current situation, I just don’t share your optimism.

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  22. kedavis Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Will the November election change things? Some, but not enough. The national government will still be in the hands of grifters and looters. (Thanks Never-Trumpers! You’ve bound us to a government by organized crime.) Even if we get the reddest of red waves, we are unlikely to be able to remove the current administration until January 20, 2025.

    I know the natural disposition of conservatism is to be pessimistic, so once again I am going off the reservation. I remember the Clinton administration changed direction when Republicans beat the pants off Democrats and ushered in Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America. Bill Clinton did not become a conservative, but he throttled back on the progressivism. Now I grant you, Joe Biden is a lot dumber than Bill Clinton. But Biden’s career has demonstrated than he is willing to change direction again and again, so I think a Republican blowout could change the administration’s course for the better.

    I think Biden has shown that he only “changes direction” within the left/Democrat side. He fancies himself – and some in the media do also – to be “middle-of-the-road” but he’s actually more like “middle-of-the-left-lane” and as the left has moved farther and farther left, Joe has also moved farther left to be “in the middle” of the left.

    Except for adopting so much of Bernie’s platform, of course.

    I don’t think that Biden has ever believed in anything.

    It’s all about whatever furthers the interests of Joe Biden.

    It always has been…

    Well, actually, I never claimed the Biden really BELIEVES any of that.  If he really believed anything, he wouldn’t keep shifting around.  It’s just that he positions himself to what he thinks is “the middle,” at least the middle of the LEFT – which keeps moving more and more left, and so does he – to be as “safe” and as “popular” as possible.

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  23. aardo vozz Member
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it. Obesity will cease to be a problem.

    Great. Just like in France in 1789. 

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  24. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it. Obesity will cease to be a problem.

    There’s gonna be plenty of crickets for all, so bring your appetites!

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  25. kedavis Coolidge
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it. Obesity will cease to be a problem.

    There’s gonna be plenty of crickets for all, so bring your appetites!

    What will the crickets eat, if there’s no grain being grown?

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  26. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Required reading from Powerline.

    Absolutely required. 

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  27. Percival Thatcher
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    aardo vozz (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it. Obesity will cease to be a problem.

    Great. Just like in France in 1789.

    Oh boy!

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  28. Percival Thatcher
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    That would bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “reducing government headcount.”

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  29. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):
    The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    You will have no food and you will like it. Obesity will cease to be a problem.

    better to reduce the surplus population.  

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  30. Cassandro Coolidge
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    cdor (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Seawriter: So prepare for a two-year siege of adversity

    Across the globe, there is enough redundancy and diversity that food supplies are generally secure. However, a systematic global problem like eco-communism can threaten so much of the globe, that devastating hardship can result. We have a new commie president in Columbia who will probably break their economy as was with Venezuela. In Sri Lanka, the people are rioting because of food shortages caused by their leader’s “eco-commie” agriculture policies (no artificial fertilizers). In Germany they are rationing energy to make it through the summer (what happens in winter?) In the UK, the PM is out, in part because of his eco-commie energy policies. We know what Biden is doing to America (the breadbasket of the world) and in Ukraine (the breadbasket of Europe). The UN is preventing African nations from replacing the shortage of fertilizer from Russia. The Dutch government is going to shut down half of farms in “Europe’s pantry”. We have seen commie revolutions in the past kill about 100 million in the 1900’s through starvation. The Great Reset looks like a plan for a Great Famine.

    I do not understand. On the one hand we are supposed to applaud no GMO food. On the other hand, we are supposed to eat meat that is synthetic?

    I think that non-GMO food is (or was) a fringe thing, mostly Europe and a third-world thing, and it may not be so much of even that anymore, I don’t know.  But the people who are bringing you crickets, grasshoppers and fake meat are the ones who advocate putting vaccine mRNA in crops to grow vaccines for public consumption.  I doubt they’ll be having anyone sign consent forms.

    To paraphrase a downed fighter pilot after being rescued from behind enemy lines: I got real hungry and ate ants.  You overcome food aversion really quickly when you’re hungry.

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