A Sign of the Times
The Dangerous Rise of Populism
(zero hedge) Former Senator John (Swiftboat) Kerry made it clear that this “great reset,” which is merely a re-branding of the same new world order that has faced stiff resistance for the past two decades, is necessary to extinguish populism.
The love between Europe and Barack will re-kindle. I just know that it will.
Before the Plague
You can understand why the global elite were panicked with President Trump in office. Think about what would happen had the trend continued and America just kept getting stronger and winning-winning-winning. What if everyone in the world started thinking like Trump?
You can understand why they’d want Obama back. And let’s get some wars started, OK? Any pretext will work if it’s about nation building – because we’re so good at it.
Even the Romans had trouble with nation building in Germania (see below). In Britain they built Hadrian’s Wall, and Antonine’s Wall. Walls worked so long as there were legions on the other side of them. But when they withdrew the legions, the barbarians just walked across. I think that there is a lesson in that for those who have eyes to see.
Varus, where are my Legions?
Of course, when Octavian asked the question, Quintili Vare, legiones redde! Varus’ bones were bleaching in the forest following his suicide. Three legions, wiped out almost to a man.
Roman General Varus trusted this barbarian guide who lead them to their doom. The German hoard ambushed them in the Teutoburg Forest. Romans were not at their best fighting a guerrilla war, ambushed as they were stretched out on a march through the forests.
Their style of fighting favored a set piece battle where their organization and tactics would take the day. Of course Arminius (the “barbarian” guide), was a Roman auxiliary officer of equestrian rank who had been trained by Rome. He knew all that.
If you Travel for the Holidays…
It’s useful to learn to speak TSA lingo. While it’s crucial that you wear a mask, they’re cool with grabbing your junk. Sure, that hard barrel could be a weapon. Yes, hot, TSA groping female officer, it’s loaded, and no, I’m not trying to smuggle an anaconda onto the airplane.
Alfalfa: TSA malespeak for an attractive female passenger.
Bin Loader: What a TSA employee is for the first month of his or her employment.
Code Red: Officer malespeak. Denotes an attractive female passenger wearing red.
Fanny Pack, Lane 2: Code for an attractive female passenger.
Opt out: A smart passenger.
Retaliatory wait time: What happens when a TSA officer doesn’t like your attitude. There are all sorts of ways a TSA officer can subtly make you wait longer to get through security, citing imaginary alarms, going “above the SOP” for “a more thorough screening,” pretending that something in your bag or on your full body image needs to be resolved—the punitive possibilities are endless, and there are many tricks in the screener’s bag.
Run the Cat Through the X-Ray (idiomatic): Denotes a passenger, usually someone from out of country, who is so unfamiliar and lost in U.S. airport security that they are likely to make significant errors, such as running their cats through the x-ray tunnel. Ex: “We need an officer to go out and help that flustered gentleman out front before he runs the cat through the x-ray.”
Suitcase Surgeon: Informal term for a TSA employee, derived from the blue gloves they wear. Used ironically, because it’s not like what the TSA ever does requires anything remotely approaching the mental capacity of a surgical procedure anyway, even though you may feel as though you’ve undergone a surgical procedure after they’re done with you.