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March 28, 2023

The Burden Of Blogging

Some times it's just like this. I am not feeling well. I am not sick but something is just not right.

I have no idea what to post about. Every theme and issue feels so repetitive. It is the burden of blogging, especially when one tries to post every day.

I need a pause. Likely only for a few days. I will continue to post open threads. I will continue to clean the spam queue and to somewhat police the comments. But over the next few days there will be no new original content here.

I will do something other than reading news, thinking and writing about it. I hope that it will help to clean my mind to then come back with some fresh ideas.

Posted by b on March 28, 2023 at 16:37 UTC | Permalink

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The news is a major depressant, so please take a break every so often. We all need to do this, or we'll go nuts. Stay healthy!

Posted by: GioCon | Mar 28 2023 16:39 utc | 1

No Problem we'll still be here and take as much time as you want. Please keep us informed that you are OK.

Thanks for you do b.

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 28 2023 16:40 utc | 2

Relax, meditate, take a walk and enjoy the beautiful German countryside. Spend time with family and friends. The world and all its troubles, along with your readers and admirers, will still be there whenever you're ready.

Posted by: Lysander | Mar 28 2023 16:41 utc | 3

Great idea! Wishing you all the best.

Posted by: Antiwar7 | Mar 28 2023 16:41 utc | 4

Well earned & deserved. Keep well.

Posted by: Outraged | Mar 28 2023 16:42 utc | 5

Your contributions are highly appreciated, take as much time as needed.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 28 2023 16:44 utc | 6

We really appreciate your work, please have all the rest you need

b, your are a beacon of light amongst the darkness of mainstream media

Posted by: Aslangeo | Mar 28 2023 16:46 utc | 7

Please get better Bernard. We appreciate all that you do for us.

Posted by: Mario F | Mar 28 2023 16:48 utc | 8

If you need a break, just take it, do something positive or rest for a bit to recharge. No one will mind?

Posted by: Mr V | Mar 28 2023 16:48 utc | 9

You are over-entitled to R and R. Enjoy some pleasant days.

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Mar 28 2023 16:49 utc | 10

Hey boss,
You need some time off. These stories you write about must haunt you in real life as well as in your mind.
Go spend some time in nature if you can. It always helps me. You are loved and appreciated all over the world! You are a rock star! I have learned so much from you, Sir. And everyone else here.
For everyone - Jahmiga - Whiskey Bar
A proper 8 bit reggae soundtrack for b's relaxation. In the words of EPMD, You Gots to Chill

Posted by: lex talionis | Mar 28 2023 16:50 utc | 11

History repeats itself. That's why it's all so repetitive. I don't believe what philosophers like Hegel assert; I don't think we're destined to progress to any point. I don't think we'll ever have an end of history. Instead, we have to try to steer history into some positive existence, hopefully.

I thought you might post a column on the political upheaval in Israel.

Posted by: Inkan1969 | Mar 28 2023 16:52 utc | 12

A break that is well deserved

Posted by: Redpilljohn | Mar 28 2023 16:52 utc | 13

Sometimes its better to just sit quietly and watch it all burn down...

Posted by: Comandante | Mar 28 2023 16:52 utc | 14

Be well. Totally get it, especially after the great effort you put into writing a good history of the lead up to the special operation. cheers!

Posted by: gottlieb | Mar 28 2023 16:54 utc | 15

Thank you for all that you do, b.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Mar 28 2023 16:54 utc | 16

Take a few weeks off if necessary. Your mental health is far more important. Enjoy your time off with friends and family.

Posted by: Ian2 | Mar 28 2023 16:56 utc | 17

great idea b.. take a break! however long it takes. you are amazing! i can't believe the amount of output from you.. - truly amazing..

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2023 17:01 utc | 18

@ lex talionis | Mar 28 2023 16:50 utc | 11

lol.. thanks for those tracks lex.. first one is hilarious with all that crazy sounds..

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2023 17:03 utc | 19

Take a trip b to someplace warm like Sicily, which isn't too far, or Crete and poke about the Minoan ruins. Leave your laptop at home. Even a few days away provides a big energy boost. Whatever you do follow the cliche--Don't Worry; Be Happy!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2023 17:03 utc | 20

Hold on to your sanity. Take a vacation to Madeira Island (If your Russia or Belarusian no go) Remember seeing a Belarusian Soccer team play at the Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer stadium in 2014. Of course you can blog from there too. Good food, good wine, really nice people. Beautiful mountain and Sea views. Awesome hikes all around and walking on the Levada trails. There are only about 250 Ukranian refugees living of the government dole. The other 300,000 Madeirans work to keep them comfy.

Hope to see you back. Miss the Saker too.

Priceless (there are Rabbits there too. Ours are harmless),+Portugal/@32.6789161,-17.0594322,11.42z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0xc5fe9a0f8f92eef:0xc77e56774ba5e6f!8m2!3d32.7607074!4d-16.9594723!16zL20vMDRfejE

Posted by: Angelo | Mar 28 2023 17:05 utc | 21

Readers appreciate you and support your well-deserved break. I think it's easy to fail to take notice that not only are you writing about profound issues that carry significant weight but you are performing exhaustive research in the course of doing so, due in no small part to your thoughtful and meticulous research and parsing of the facts and issues. Last but not least, I posit that these heavy issues weigh on you as much as they emotionally weigh on us; it's a central reason why your writings are incredibly appreciated.

I for one stay "glued to the computer screen" awaiting your next missive.

As a humble suggestion, why don't you invite a guest blogger or writer now and then to fill in for you. I've noticed Larry Johnson at will avail himself of this option now and then ostensibly to give himself a break. Take care and get your rest, we need you whole!

Posted by: Malik | Mar 28 2023 17:06 utc | 22

Humor helps. Not poking some fun at the imbeciles in charge makes mountains out of molehills.

Posted by: Bones | Mar 28 2023 17:07 utc | 23

Take the time you need. I get exhausted just reading the Swedish newspapers. Read your posts and skip the comments most of the time. Too many opinions to deal with!

Posted by: Okille | Mar 28 2023 17:09 utc | 24

You have earned a well deserved rest. Your blogging is invaluable to people like me who do not have the aptitude to do online research yet wish to stay accurately informed. Thank you and stay well.

Posted by: Dennis | Mar 28 2023 17:10 utc | 25


Echoing all the rest of the bar, I'm glad you've sensed the incipient burnout before it became actual burnout.

Any chance you can take Karlof1's advice, and hit the warm climes for a few days? Just riding the train down and back will help, if nothing else.

Walking is hard to beat for mind-in-neutral while body gets some stretch-out, maybe there's a mountain village with a train station....and a trail and a lake you can camp beside.

Wouldn't that be a nice break?

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Mar 28 2023 17:13 utc | 26

Hi b,

You have been on the ball for years, you need to recharge. Fresh air, good food, the love of friends (well you have got us!) and avoid the news.
Thankyou again.

Posted by: Oldengineer | Mar 28 2023 17:15 utc | 27

Oh b, you have been hard working with bringing us all news about reality, there` s an indian proverb that says” If you are an eagle flying high up in the air, strive to be your opposite, a hen running on the ground”…Your time as an eagle powerfully observing the world needs a break…best regards from Sweden!

Posted by: Northern Eve | Mar 28 2023 17:15 utc | 28

Hey James - I know you know your music! Like all the rest of y'all know your history. Thanks for putting up with this fool.
Jahmiga rules! EPMD rules! MoA and b RULE!

Posted by: lex talionis | Mar 28 2023 17:17 utc | 29

Hi Bernard,
I would like to send you a gift to help you feel better. A posture and spine adjusting device, that is adjustable and supports the entire spine. You can do exercises on it.
Please contact me on the contact page of the website and let me know where to send it.

I have been reading your articles for the past decade, appreciate you and wish you well!
Kind regards,

Posted by: Parviz | Mar 28 2023 17:18 utc | 30

Hold on to your sanity. Take a vacation to Madeira Island

Posted by: Angelo | Mar 28 2023 17:05 utc | 21

I also think that news are depressing and R & R is necessary to preserve creativity etc. However, for a change of venue, I would recommend a sleepy resort or a trail head that is easily accessible from the place where you live. Air travel etc. can add to stress, expose to infections and so on. Trails with few people (if any), a nice view here and there, spotting signs of spring ... A biergarten with local dishes...

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 28 2023 17:21 utc | 31

Take it easy, rest & recuperate ... best wishes!

Posted by: anon2020 | Mar 28 2023 17:21 utc | 32

Dear B: Your work is excellent. I've seen great comments about your posts. Please be assured that you are bringing lots of meaning to those of us who read your comments. In fact, I look forward to read you every morning. A break is needed once in a while. In my opinion, all you have to say is when youll do your next posting. All the best with blessings to you... In Christ.

Posted by: Roy P. Jimenez | Mar 28 2023 17:21 utc | 33

Burn out, I understand, dear b.The ugliness of our present can really demean us to a low state, even we can become ill.

Travel away from your country for a while, no laptop, no smartphone, or if you can not-do the same in Germany.

When I lost my mind about the desperate situ in our world, I plugged everything out and devoted myself to rereading old classics.Painting, cleaning my disorderly home...
I hope you get better, but it is crucial to disconnect for a while from all of the ugliness.

Thank you for everything.

Posted by: stranger | Mar 28 2023 17:25 utc | 34

I have been reading and appreciating your analysis and reporting for what seems like years now. Thank You so much! You certainly deserve a rest! I do believe that you do make a difference in helping to retain sanity and accuracy for many people in this crazy world. Thanks Again !

Posted by: Johnsang | Mar 28 2023 17:25 utc | 35

How about an analysis of the correlation between vaccine rollouts and excess deaths in young populations in the western world.

Posted by: Jacq | Mar 28 2023 17:26 utc | 36

Good on you, Bernhard! Your work is much valued! You provided the world with the highest quality online exchange of political, military and economical information and ideas which dares to stray out in the indispensable adjacent fields of history, socio-cultural observations, philosophy and religion/ethics. A well rounded and holistic beacon of free speech. Not to forget your own regular, carefully researched/collected and thoughtfully edited input.
Who knows, maybe one day this bar will be remembered as a cradle of one or the other revolution!?

Enough big words. Enjoy your ‘days off’.

Posted by: Arminius | Mar 28 2023 17:30 utc | 37

The awfulness of the Collective West’s conduct and beliefs is such that it is likely that dealing with it daily, as you do, has caused Post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Take as much time out as you need to regain your strength. I’d suggest somewhere beautiful, full of nature and be only with those who’s company you like.

We all appreciate your intensely researched articles and the facility for thinkers, of all the political spectrum, to engage in debate. A rare space indeed. Get better soon.

Posted by: Vragtes | Mar 28 2023 17:32 utc | 38

No problem. Take a rest.

⚡️� Latest tests of US hypersonic weapons were unsuccessful - US Air Force Secretary.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 28 2023 17:36 utc | 39

Have a deserved rest be that a day, a week, a month. Your work and readers will wait patiently.

Posted by: die Niemandsfuchs | Mar 28 2023 17:38 utc | 40


Thankyou for this site. Not only have I expanded my collection of good links but I have learnt a lot.

I went through a crisis when this war started as I was redpilled during the first gulf war and everyone around me just ate the propaganda. Fortunately my wife has also taken the red pill but it was tough. Lo and behold I found a bunch of my country men and women here and it helped me maintain my faith in humanity.

Take a well deserved break. Sometimes a break is as good as a vacation.

Posted by: Philbert | Mar 28 2023 17:40 utc | 41

If you don't walk daily, start. Free therapy, and the exercise doesn't hurt. Fresh air and sunshine but carry no electronics. Sit in silence, or some place with natural sounds, wind, water, birds, animals, surrounded by trees if possible.
If one doesn't have one's health, one has best take care of yourself.....

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Mar 28 2023 17:41 utc | 42

Take it easy and get some fresh air and lots of sunshine! Walking a new trail can be very invigorating too.

#35 ditto, also still waiting for VACCINE damage analyses. Today ZH has new article "Vax analysis finds $147 Billion in economic damage, tens of millions injured or disabled". And "covid" does not even have to be mentioned!

All the best

Posted by: nathan in WA US | Mar 28 2023 17:41 utc | 43

Everybody needs a break now and then, you've posted many great threads, take a break and feel the sun on your face, walk in the park that can lift a person mood and make them feel better, and keep away from screens blue screen light (too much of it) is bad for your physical and mental health.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Mar 28 2023 17:42 utc | 44

It is a scientific fact that the human body needs 2 days rest out of every 14 days. The scientists that proved this could not bring themselves to say "1 day in 7" because that would imply a sabbath day. But take 1 day in 7 to forget the cares and worries of this world.
Also Malik is correct - delegate some responsibility occasionally.

Posted by: spirit | Mar 28 2023 17:46 utc | 45

@ b "It is the burden of blogging, especially when one tries to post every day."

I think the solution lies right there - a change in the weekly format when you get back from needed R&R.

Maybe something on the order of just 2 of your in depth columns, 1 MoA Week in Review, 2 Ukraine Open Threads
(only for as long as needed) and 2 Open Threads. And do it in a 5 day work week. A 4 day week would be better still.

Another thought - This past week the poster S has put up some good info from the Azerbaijan/Armenia/Pakistan/Iran, etc.
arena. I think there has been too much Ukraine focus and some wider ranging topics may free up some creative
thought and fresh energy.


Posted by: waynorinorway | Mar 28 2023 17:46 utc | 46

I think I speak for all bar flies when I say that you undoubtedly deserve a well earned break. It's important to switch off from the absolute madness that we are now unfortunately living in and dealing with in our daily lives.
Try a couple of whiskies every evening and try to convince yourself that it's all one big mad dream.

Posted by: Eoin Clancy | Mar 28 2023 17:48 utc | 47

You could post something about the AI revolution that is taking place right now. ChatGTP-4 is saving me 10X time on various tasks. Just today I had it analyse a spreadsheet for me. It did that in 30 seconds, something that would normally have taken me an hour.

Posted by: Jake the Snake | Mar 28 2023 17:48 utc | 48

It is kind of a fatigue that comes A with the Spring and B I guess with the result that came along with your information / help

as you see it seems that you changed nothing but you did, you inspired already many

So B do a bit of gardening, clean up your mind and please keep on the good work. I am very grateful for your blog!

Posted by: Macpott | Mar 28 2023 17:48 utc | 49

One problem seems to be nothing seems to be happening in the Ukraine theater. Im not seeing new posts anywhere

Posted by: Callmelennie | Mar 28 2023 17:49 utc | 50

I’ve enjoyed this blog almost as much as NC during the SMO, many good and interesting posts. Sounds like u need a vacation. Hope u can come back refreshed. Imo Russia/China are creating lasting multi, this is the most consequential era since ww2. As far as the war goes, not much movement at the moment, good time to take a break. Maybe end April will be better tank weather.
I wonder if z wanting to expand the draft will encourage more to leave.

Posted by: John k | Mar 28 2023 17:50 utc | 51

Well deserved break, take your time! Greatly appreciate your analysises, I wish could pass your knowledge and ideas to guys who think they run the world, but the don't

Posted by: VladiCo | Mar 28 2023 17:51 utc | 52

Sometimes it just becomes too much.

Posted by: Mike Price | Mar 28 2023 17:54 utc | 53

Appreciate all your hard work piercing the veil. Understandable how it can be wearing. Hope some time off clears your head.

Posted by: D | Mar 28 2023 17:57 utc | 54

I have no idea what to post about. Every theme and issue feels so repetitive.

Posted by b on March 28, 2023 at 16:37 UTC | Permalink

Strangely being repetitive is no problem for the commenters. They can post the same everyday for years and still find motivation to do it.

Posted by: Vikichka | Mar 28 2023 17:58 utc | 55

I intuited that something was up a few days ago, Bernhard. Take a REAL break this coming Holy Week.
"Dew, that slowly drips from the blossoming thorn.
The compassion of radiant arms
Enfolds a breaking heart'"
- from Georg Trakl's 'Song of a Captive Blackbird'.
ap +

Posted by: Geraint ap Iorwerth | Mar 28 2023 17:58 utc | 56

I agree with the other posters here: putting out high quality analysis day after day would burn out anyone after awhile. I greatly appreciate your contributions to our understanding of world events. By all means take rest and recharge time. We will be glad to welcome you back in good time.

Posted by: R.A. | Mar 28 2023 18:02 utc | 57

The quality of this site justifies you taking all the time you want to refresh your mojo. See you later.

Posted by: Squeeth | Mar 28 2023 18:03 utc | 58

Take a rest b, and you will be fine.

As for topics for blogging, I can suggest a couple that you have never looked into before. One is that of ev, of which China absolutely dominate. Given the reliance on the auto industry for countries like Japan and Germany, this will have huge geopolitical consequences. The other one will be the upcoming Swift alternative mbridge, Which is already in pretty advanced stage. People usually consider CIPS as China's alternative system, But I think the above mentioned is the real thing。

As we are all aware of, taking down the empire means first and foremost taking down the dollar.

Posted by: cindy6 | Mar 28 2023 18:03 utc | 59

No need to apologise. MoA is a great service to global santity -- albeit, seemingly an impossible task atm. Just keep the pulse going as best as can etc.

Put the whole thing on ice for 2-3 weeks and take a total break away from the cancer.
It is Spring time in your parts. Go smell the flowers.

You are not alone. I also find less interest in the daily grind of processing the same old EU-USA-NATO-Ukraine-Russia-China-Syria-Iran narratives. It seems to be the pause before something big happens. But of course, nothing much may ever emerge--just the same old PR meat grinder at work. Too many vectors in play, imo.

It is just a duck-and-cover moment. Perhaps all the poor deluded souls about to depart in East Ukraine are sucking out the vital oxygen in their last days of vital living.

See you back (hopefully refreshed) in a few weeks.

Posted by: imo | Mar 28 2023 18:03 utc | 60

Rest well, B.

I was going to write a long, sour letter to the "Radio War Nerds" gang, about how they get all the neocon stuff right, except they somehow mess up on Ukraine. And one of their guys was the first to interview Seymour Hersh right after the Nordstream terrorism revelations. He did kind of an awkward, star-struck job of it. I'd really like to encourage the War Nerds to talk to Mercouris, Berletic, guys like that, but I feel they are locked into their "Trump bad" paradigm and it's basically useless trying to break them out of their almost comical propaganda trance.

Does anyone else here listen to Radio War Nerds? Outside of contemporary opinion, they do interesting historic and military dives for a podcast.

Posted by: kassandra | Mar 28 2023 18:05 utc | 61

The Burden of Blogging:
I get your drift about daily postings. Take a nice break, and when you have refreshed your mind…we will be waiting with baited breath…
Eddie 😆

Posted by: Eddie | Mar 28 2023 18:05 utc | 62

You are doing a very grate job. The burden of writing and choosing topics to meet expectation of spectrum of many people everyday, and reading their comments, single handedly, is beyond ability of anyone else.
Take care and relax. Your peace of mind is important for barflies.

Posted by: Arata | Mar 28 2023 18:06 utc | 63

Mucho ánimo. Descansa y vuelve con más fuerza, que tus artículos son muy valiosos en esta era de desinformación y apatía.

Posted by: Andres | Mar 28 2023 18:07 utc | 64

Might want to try Pula in Croatia. My wife and I spent a wonderful April there in 2008.

Posted by: paul spencer | Mar 28 2023 18:08 utc | 65

Good idea and well deserved, we all need to decompress, some days I definetly have high anxiety (which is exactly where they want us).

Who knows maybe when you tune back in in a week or two Russia will have liberate Kiev and Odessa, Macron will be strung up like Mussolini, Netanyahu will be sharing a house with Jeffery Epstein in the Palm Islands in Dubai, and I'll have a wallet full of yuan 🙃

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Mar 28 2023 18:08 utc | 66

Your posts are light years ahead of any other independent news sources, and I've always marveled at how you even collect the data you share. Please relax, reconnect with Nature, take care of yourself, and know how much you're appreciated.

Posted by: Aguilar | Mar 28 2023 18:10 utc | 67

While wishing you well b, I ask those that recommend a vacation spot to speak to with their wallet (paypal account, etc.). I know I will.
Again, thanks for all that you do.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Mar 28 2023 18:13 utc | 68

You've been doing almost all the work that the western media have given up on, so it's understandable that you feel burnt out after a year. Wish you a refreshing, well-deserved rest.

Posted by: neutrino | Mar 28 2023 18:16 utc | 69

Taking a break.
When I was developing some accounting software years ago in Santa Cruz, CA. Sometimes I would run into an impossible problem. Try as I might, I could not solve it. So, I grabbed my dive gear and my diving buddy and spent a few hours diving for abalone. When I got back to my desk, the problem presented itself fully solved.

Posted by: Tedder | Mar 28 2023 18:17 utc | 70

You set a very good tone along with your top notch analysis b. You deserve some time off; most barflies will get along but we'll be happy to see you when you come back.

Thank you.

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 28 2023 18:18 utc | 71

Step away for a bit and enjoy some simple things for awhile b. We all need a break to refresh and recharge once in awhile. Thanks for everything you do. Enjoy your break.

Posted by: Watzov | Mar 28 2023 18:18 utc | 72

Thanks for being honest - also in your blog-fattigue.
I am new here but I like the bar... even if the host has other business to attend. See ya! :-)

Posted by: Baddy | Mar 28 2023 18:19 utc | 73

You'v got very broad shoulders b. Remember were all only humans, who can only do so much.
It's a marathon race so it's all about setting the right pace.
Listen to your body and dont ignore the stress signs.
You must be aware of how many people
depend on your work and that in its selve can be a heavy burden.
I burnt out badly this Xmas but am well on the way to recovery.
What ever the future holds you deserve a meddle, a mention in
history and a statue in your local square!
Let all our love be your strength.

Posted by: Mark2 | Mar 28 2023 18:20 utc | 74

My greatest fear is that we will have an end of history, when the psychopaths running the world let loose a nuclear disaster, or a biological disaster, and exterminate the human race. No historians: no more history. I hope I am wrong.

Posted by: Jean-David Beyer | Mar 28 2023 18:21 utc | 75

Any exercise is good exercise.
Music to listen to.
Sing to yourself.
Play an instrument.
Love yah, b.

Posted by: HelenB | Mar 28 2023 18:21 utc | 76

#7 Aslangeo
We really appreciate your work, please have all the rest you need
b, your are a beacon of light amongst the darkness of mainstream media

I can only fully agree with that!

Posted by: Hardrockfan229 | Mar 28 2023 18:25 utc | 77

I've been blogging since the early days and I know how you feel. I'd said everything I had to say on Ukraine by June of last year, I've maxed out my ideas on climate change, I don't know why we're still talking about COVID because there wasn't much to talk about in the first place, and I'm sick of Brexit (that's a purely British thing of course.)
I always enjoy reading Moon of Alabama, so thanks and enjoy your well deserved break. I'm sure that like me, all regulars will be happy to keep up the sites momentum through the open threads.

Cheers, Arthur F (real name Ian BTW)

Posted by: arthur foxake | Mar 28 2023 18:26 utc | 78

What a good idea. Rest up and recover, the world will be just as messed up and crazy when you come back to it.

1 year of Weltschmerz by constantly absorbing and digesting this war has taken its toll on everyone i think.

Get better soon and enjoy switching off for a while.

Posted by: Et Tu | Mar 28 2023 18:28 utc | 79

Thank you B. For opening this little Kneipe. The Stammtisch will still gather when you reopen from your Betriebs Urlaub.

Posted by: Exile | Mar 28 2023 18:28 utc | 80

Good luck. waynorinorway@46 has advice that I agree with.

Posting new stuff everyday is a certain indication of your undoubted determination and integrity but unnecessary. Most of your pieces deserve more than superficial responses. You put much thought into what you do and so should we all.

If I had any advice on what you should do I'd do it myself. I suspect that many of us, including you, are suffering from a deep sense of disappointment as the Twentieth century has given way not to the future but to the darkest past.

The wisdom of Gandhi's famous reply to the effect that "western civilisation" would be a good idea gets more evident as the brutality and vulgarity of the greedy, unprincipled egotists who, without exception, run the NATO countries, which have run the world for half a millenium, is demonstrated every passing day.

The one consolation that we all have is that this farce, of which we are the audience, is really very funny. The trick is to bear in mind that just because nobody else seems to be laughing when the US government denounces other countries for 'unprovoked agression' or, even funnier "terrorism", it doesn't mean that it isn't very funny.
It might mean that everyone is too scared to react, but, more likely, it means that nobody pays attention any more to what Washington's spokesmen (not to forget-perish the thought- women) say.
And one reason why nobody believes them is that people like you, and people like us, are actually in the process of building a movement ready to take the child who has the courage to say aloud that the Emperor is naked and the Empire a crime and put him on our shoulders and put truth on the throne again.
Like the red flag over the Reichstag.
Good luck- the best tonic is the knowledge that you have done a great deal with your life, a great deal of good. What more could anyone want?

Posted by: bevin | Mar 28 2023 18:29 utc | 81

Tom Pfotzer @26--

Your comment evoked Mann's Magic Mountain and Hans Castorp's exploits.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2023 18:31 utc | 82

something other than reading news, thinking and writing about it...

Should be a daily mental-flossing routine for everyone: step away from the newsfeed, for goodness' sake. Re-center on what really matters, and especially let go of that which does not matter.

That which does not matter is money and status and other imaginary concepts. Something which really matters, at least to me, is good cooking. I've been perfecting a staple dish of refried beans and kale for the past year and a half. Something else to do, and then it's yummy with cornbread, for dinner.

My comments in here are not as frequent as those of many other commenters, because I've kept busy cooking beans and cornbread.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 28 2023 18:40 utc | 83

It's a marathon race so it's all about setting the right pace.
Posted by: Mark2 | Mar 28 2023 18:20 utc | 74

And to arrive at the right time you have to go slowly enough.

Posted by: MorePain4Cakes | Mar 28 2023 18:40 utc | 84

OPCW, Aaron Mate, Brazil

Aaron Mate has a good half hour video on his recent presentation on the Duma cover-up at the U.N. Security Council and talks in detail about Brazil's response which is a major shift in support of Mate and the 2 inspectors who were cut out of the final report.

I agree with Maté's hunch that this is a major shift which will anger the Biden administration and the UK. I think Lula is going to emerge as a near top tier player globally during the next months, specifically regarding Ukraine, BRICS huge expansion and the move away from the dollar. All of these are mortal threats to the U.S. Biden favored Lula over Bolsonaro and many speculated that he had some leverage over Lula (helped free him from prison?) and Lula postured as critical of Putin in January but I think he has outfoxed Biden & company. Watch what he does. Lula is apparently recovering well from viral pneumonia and re-scheduling a 5 day trip to China along with a big team. In addition to the BRICS work I anticipate Lula will step forward with China and mediate in Ukraine. He has the street cred from when he mediated with Iran and Obama. It would be really big and signify Brazil's step up in leadership among multi polar countries. Biden said "We're back!" I can imagine Lula saying "So are we!"
Lots of stuff going on in Latin America, almost all favoring the new multi polar world. Can't keep up.

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 28 2023 18:44 utc | 85

Your output has been amazing. Thank you.

Posted by: Ruth | Mar 28 2023 18:47 utc | 86

In case anyone needs a laugh today:

"Multiple doctors working on U.S. military bases recently claimed that children as young as 7-years-old can consent to sex-change treatment before demanding that the Department of Defense announce a “gender-affirmative position” on so-called “gender diverse youths.”

In the American Journal of Public Health, the doctors argued that children who show symptoms of gender dysphoria should be given “gender-affirming health care, such as puberty suppression and affirming hormones.”

Oh yeah its real:

Posted by: Comandante | Mar 28 2023 18:49 utc | 87

Good timing for a break, as according to the MSM:

"Putin prepares Russia for ‘forever war’ with west as Ukraine invasion stalls"

Posted by: ThusspakeZarathustra | Mar 28 2023 18:50 utc | 88

Posted by: Jake the Snake | Mar 28 2023 17:48 utc | 48
"You could post something about the AI revolution that is taking place right now. ChatGTP-4 is saving me 10X time on various tasks. Just today I had it analyse a spreadsheet for me. It did that in 30 seconds, something that would normally have taken me an hour."

How much more obvious can it be that AI is going to eventually take-over your job?

Agreed, AI is an excellent topic with many interesting rabbit holes to explore...

But likely would make b want to take another break asap, a long one LOL

Posted by: nathan in WA US | Mar 28 2023 18:54 utc | 89

Echoing all the other comments, take care of yourself first.

I have not said enough on how grateful I am for this oasis of reality-based thinking in a desert of clownery.

I found this place back around 2014 and it has provided me with a lot of help cutting thru the propaganda storms.

Be well. And I second the comments on using humor as a way to cope.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 28 2023 18:59 utc | 90

@nathan in WA US | Mar 28 2023 18:54 utc | 90

How much more obvious can it be that AI is going to eventually take-over your job?
If you believe that, you might suggest AI takes over b's job. Should work fine, and no need to rest?

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 28 2023 19:00 utc | 91

please get well and come back. you are my light in darkness.

also please tell me how to pay you. your links never work for me.

Posted by: watcher | Mar 28 2023 19:00 utc | 92

Well deserved! Sometimes I wonder how you manage to work so hard on this site. Stay safe and sane and we’re all looking forward hearing from you when you are ready for it again!

Posted by: R | Mar 28 2023 19:06 utc | 93

the Ukraine syndrome. we all got it

Posted by: bdave | Mar 28 2023 19:07 utc | 94

I for one greatly appreciate the work you do B, a shining light amidst the fog!

The suggestions people make to recharge your batteries by spending a few days enjoying some of the beautiful places this world has to offer underlines for me that this planet Earth we all call home is what sustains us all so it breaks my heart how the likes of Biden, Nuland, Blinken et al have no qualms about dividing it up and turning some parts of it into a hellscape of death and misery. It doesn’t have to be like that and the work of you B and others who work in the same space is so much more valuable than you could ever realise so from me, a big thankyou!

Posted by: John G | Mar 28 2023 19:07 utc | 95

rudolph II. | Mar 28 2023 18:53 utc | 89


The translate function on my browser can't cope with gibberish.

Posted by: Philbert | Mar 28 2023 19:07 utc | 96

Thanks for all your efforts well

Below is a link to a study of studies about exercise and health

Conclusion and relevance
Physical activity is highly beneficial for improving symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress across a wide range of adult populations, including the general population, people with diagnosed mental health disorders and people with chronic disease. Physical activity should be a mainstay approach in the management of depression, anxiety and psychological distress.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2023 19:08 utc | 97

I know the feeling. I am upgrading an old and very large website and the same feeling hit me. I took a day off and went in SF with the family. I was pleasantly surprised with the trip and my energy was renewed.

For you I think it will take more than just one day off. Get some rest, travel, see family, get renewed.

Posted by: circumspect | Mar 28 2023 19:08 utc | 98

I commiserate at the state of the world and with the feeling of burnout. Take your time, we will be here =]

Posted by: Mac Chiavelli | Mar 28 2023 19:14 utc | 99

As above. Stay strong. When you take a break from intense things sometimes thoughts, analysis of more pattern deduction and emotional are buried under your surface logical analysis, they can come to the surface. You might need to process that. It's all good. As always I cherish your analysis of the 737 b.s and the group cohesion and tossing ideas back and forth. I was in awe.

Posted by: paxmark1 | Mar 28 2023 19:17 utc | 100

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