Kunstler: "Nothing Can Faze This Mad Bull, Apparently..."

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Welcome to the witching month when America’s entropy-fueled death-wish expresses itself with as much Halloween jollity and merriment as the old Christmas spirit of yore.

The outdoor displays alone take on a Babylonian scale, thanks to the plastic factories of China. I saw a half-life-size T-Rex skeleton for sale at a garden shop last week surrounded by an entire crew of moldering corpse Pirates of the Caribbean in full costume ho-ho-ho-ing among the jack-o-lanterns. What homeowner in this sore-beset floundering economy of three-job gig-workers can shell out four thousand bucks to decorate his lawn like the set of a zombie movie?

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

The incident will live in infamy for maybe a day and a half in the US media. Stand by today as there will be calls far and wide, by persons masquerading as political leaders, for measures to make sure something like this never happens again. That’s rich, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, the same six a.m. headlines declared that S&P futures were up in the overnight markets.

Nothing can faze this mad bull, apparently. Except maybe the $90 trillion combined derivatives books of CitiBank, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs, who have gone back whole hog into manufacturing the same kind of hallucinatory collateralized debt obligations (giant sacks of non-performing loans) that gave Wall Street a heart attack in the fall of 2008.

Europe’s quaint doings must seem dull compared to the suicidal potlatch of life in the USA, but, believe me, it’s a big deal when the Spanish authorities start cracking the heads of Catalonian grandmothers for nothing more than casting a ballot.

The video scenes of mayhem at the Barcelona polls looked like something out of the 1968 Prague uprising. And now that the Catalonia secession referendum passed with a 90 percent “yes” vote, it’s hard to imagine that a good deal more violent mischief will not follow. So far, the European Union stands dumbly on the sidelines. (For details, read the excellent Roel Ilargi Meijer column on today’s TheAutomaticEarth.)

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

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

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


A. Boaty Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

"...Could this possibly be a cleverly orchestrated good cop / bad cop effort to bamboozle Kim Jung-un?..."

Once again, Fearless Leader plays his own bad cop. How long can he do that? Doesn't he have to act eventually, or lose credibility?

Deep Snorkeler Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

Trump is Going to Puerto RicoNot a good idea. This shows:1. his exaggerated sense of self-importance2. preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success3. shows an arrogant, patronizing attitude 

el buitre Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

Obviously after Las Vegas, the congress should ban fully automatic weapons.  Oh wait, I think they were banned in the 1930's.  Doesn't matter.  My snowflake wife doesn't know the difference between fully amd semi automatic and she doesn't care anyway.  

FORD_FIESTA Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:49 Permalink

Kunstler is a rat, who would jump ship at the first sign of trouble. He talks shit, but leads a very cushy life in suburbia himself. Wouldn't last a day in a grid down situation.

KansasCrude FORD_FIESTA Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:33 Permalink

Actually JHK lives on a small acreage in the NE where he gardens, raises chickens, and has planted a decent orchard.  No doubt he has a sharp tongue in cheek.  I will give him a decent grade for walking the talk.   Coming from a person raised in NYC  (JHK)I think he has gone much further than most in trying to offset his footprint as well as doing what he advocates.   I've been reading him since the Long Emergency and think he is still worth the read.   I am certainly no democrat but don't find his politics particularly problematic.  His World Made by Hand 4 book series is a good read..wish he would do at least one more.

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adr Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:58 Permalink

Amazing how at 6 AM there were two fatalities and 20 injured on some stories from news outlets. By 10AM the number jumped to 55 dead and over 500 injured. That body count sure jumped fast. Trying to find photos of injuries and dead, I was able to find one photo of two supposedly dead people and another photo by an ambulance with a sheet over one body.There should be photos of dead people everywhere or at least hundreds of people on the ground unable to move. Even with the high vantage point, the concert venue was pretty far away for a single shooter to take out that many people.The stock market sure got a hard on every time the casualties went up.

Son of Captain Nemo Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:24 Permalink

"The story there is far from over. Trump travels there this week. That may be exactly the moment that the Deep State moves to take him down."

So what if the Deep State "takes him out"?... His "MAGA" replacement will be the same as him or Hillary!

But Jim you already knew that!

Barney08 Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:05 Permalink

Deep State take down? The bull would run to absolute max extreme. If Trump get 25'd all bets are off on the upside. The 500 could see 2850++ in days.

DonGenaro Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:25 Permalink

The U.S. government is a big bag of dicks - all the way down.And ain't no one gonna make it "great" again.I honestly believe that I'll outlive it - and I'm pretty old