We can’t expect COVID-19 to go away; we should plan accordingly

Can the world achieve “herd immunity” with respect to COVID-19? Anthony Fauci has said that 80% of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity. My view is that using vaccines is unlikely to achieve this result, something I discussed in my August 2020 post, We Need to Change Our COVID-19 Strategy. Now, the news arm of the prestigious journal Nature has published a similar view: Five reasons why COVID herd immunity is probably impossible.

In this post, I explain why, in my view, COVID-19 seems likely to become endemic, like the flu. The vaccines won’t be enough to make it go away completely. I will also look at the issue of how we should respond to the cases of COVID-19 that we will almost certainly experience in the future.

To a significant extent, what we can and should do in the future is an energy issue. If we plan to transition to a green energy future, or if we simply plan to reduce usage of fossil fuels in future years, we probably need to scale back our plans for vaccines. In fact, any treatment that would be given in today’s emergency rooms is likely to become less and less possible as energy supplies deplete.

We will need to focus more on what our bodies can do for us, and what we can do to assist them in this effort. We also need to think about what simple changes to our environment (such as windows that open) can do for the prevention of both COVID-19 and the many other communicable diseases that we can expect to encounter in the future. The big issue will be changing expectations.

[1] Why herd immunity is unlikely

[1.1] Viruses don’t pay any attention to the geography of humans. As long as there are active cases anywhere, they will tend to spread to other countries.

Over the past year, we have seen how ineffective cutting off travel between countries is in stopping the path of the virus. Even New Zealand, far out in the Pacific Ocean, has been battling this issue. The country has found that occasional cases slip through, even with a required two-week stay in managed isolation after arrival.

Furthermore, there are hidden costs with staying this removed from the rest of the world; New Zealand’s only oil refinery has been losing money, given its low use of oil. This refinery has laid off about a quarter of its staff and is considering the option of quitting refining in 2022. New Zealand would then need to import a full range of refined products if it wants to continue having industry. Perhaps being too cut off from the rest of the world is a problem, rather than a solution.

[1.2] The cost of vaccines is high, especially for poor countries.

We can get a rough idea of the cost involved by looking at a news article about Israel’s dispute with Pfizer regarding its vaccine purchases. We can also see what goes wrong politically.

Israel recently made news for failing to pay Pfizer for the last 2.5 million vaccine doses that it purchased from the company. Pfizer retaliated by cutting off future vaccine shipments to Israel. The article linked above doesn’t tell us exactly how much Israel paid for Pfizer’s vaccine, but a calculation based on information in the article seems to indicate that future doses from a mixture of vendors would cost about $35 per dose, on average. We also know that US Medicare is paying $40 per dose for administering each dose of the vaccine. Putting these two amounts together, we can estimate that the purchase and administration of a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine costs about $75. Thus, a two-dose series costs about $150, with the high-tech vaccines Israel is now using (Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca).

We also know that Israel was planning to administer two doses per person, every six months, based on an early review of how well immunity was holding up for the vaccines. If it is really necessary to repeat the two-dose regimen every six months, then the annual per-person cost of the vaccine would be approximately 2 times $150, or $300 per person. Benjamin Netanyahu favors buying all of these doses, quite possibly because it might make him popular with voters. Netanyahu’s opposition does not, which seems to be why payment has not been forthcoming.

A cost of $300 per person would amount to 0.7% of Israel’s 2019 GDP, which is theoretically feasible. But for poorer countries, the relative cost would be much higher. For South Africa, it would amount to 5% of 2019 GDP. For Yemen, it would come to 40% of 2019 GDP. (These are my calculations, using World Bank GDP in current US$.) For countries with severe financial problems, any payment for vaccines would almost certainly be a problem.

There are less expensive vaccines being made, but their percentages of efficacy in fighting the virus that causes COVID-19 seem to be lower. Thus, it would be even more difficult to greatly reduce the number of cases down to the point where the disease would simply disappear for lack of an adequate number of victims to infect, using these vaccines.

[1.3] The fact that the disease can infect animals further adds to the problem of getting rid of the disease completely.

The disease supposedly jumped from an animal to humans to begin with. We know that the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect animals of many types, including ferrets and cats. While the disease jumping from animals to humans is supposedly unusual, we know that the disease spreads easily among humans with inadequate immunity. Having a reservoir of disease among animals raises the likelihood of this happening again. Having a reservoir of vulnerable people (not immune and in poor health) also increases such a risk.

[1.4] Microbes of all types mutate frequently. We are fighting a losing battle to stay even with them. This is especially a problem for narrowly targeted vaccines.

We know that whenever we try to reduce the population of microbes, scientists can find solutions that work for a while, but eventually we start losing the battle. Scientists can develop antibiotics against bacteria, but eventually some bacteria will evolve in a way that allows them to resist the effects of the antibiotic. In fact, antibiotic resistance is becoming a greater and greater problem. Similarly, scientists can develop weed killers, but weeds soon develop resistance to whatever we develop. The situation seems to be similar with vaccines, unfortunately.

In this case, scientists have developed vaccines that target the RNA of the spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19. In some sense, this approach is very precise, leading to a high proportion of COVID-19 cases being stopped. The drawback is that it is very easy for small mutations in the spike protein to make the vaccine not work well. We end up needing to obtain booster shots of slightly revised versions of the vaccine quite often, perhaps every six months. If booster shots are not given, the vaccine is likely to become less effective against the new mutations that arise.

One danger is that manufacturers cannot keep up with all of changes needed to match the new mutations. Another is that the cost of trying to keep up with this whole process will become prohibitive. The medical care system may be forced to give the vaccine process up, leaving citizens worse off than they might have been if we hadn’t “flattened the curve” and kept the virus around for an extended period of time, allowing all of these mutations.

[1.5] There are very real reasons for people’s reluctance to accept the vaccine, when it is offered to them. Because of this, it is difficult to get very close to 100% acceptance (or even 80% acceptance) of the vaccines.

There seem to be any number of reasons why people are reluctant to get the new vaccine. Some are afraid of the pain involved with the shot. Others are afraid that they will be somewhat ill afterward, causing them to miss work. If employees are paid on an hourly basis and they barely have enough income as it is, this, by itself, could be a reason for avoiding the shot. Financial incentives might help with these issues.

Others who are reluctant have followed the situation more closely. They realize that important steps in the normal vaccine approval process have been skipped, making it difficult to identify adverse effects that occur fairly infrequently. Even worse, it becomes impossible to discover problems that take many months or years to become evident. Over 100 doctors and scientists from 25 countries have signed a letter saying that offering vaccines that are as radically different from what has been used in the past, without more testing, is unethical.

One concern is the likelihood of blood clots in the immediate period after the vaccine is received. Blood clots have also been observed with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and may be a concern with other vaccines, as well. There seem to be several related conditions, including sudden blindness, heart attacks, and sudden deaths of elderly people in nursing homes. These issues seem to be fairly rare, but people worry about them without adequate data on their frequency. If the issue is blood clots, it would seem as if simple adjustments such as taking low-dose aspirin for the time period of risk might be a partial solution.

We know that in some cases, vaccines can inadvertently make later exposure to somewhat different versions of the virus worse, rather than stopping these infections. The virus that causes the illness SARS is very similar to the virus that causes COVID-19. When an attempt was made at a vaccine for SARS in 2012, a study on mice showed that exposure at a later date to a slightly different virus led to blood clots forming in the lungs. We already know that blood clots can be an issue for COVID-19 vaccines. Will COVID-19 vaccine recipients who are later exposed to mutations have an adverse reaction such as blood clots in the lungs? We don’t know. There have been no animal studies with respect to the vaccines for COVID-19.

Another risk of COVID-19 vaccinations would seem to be auto-immune problems, especially in people who are already predisposed to such issues. Not much research has been done yet to clarify this issue.

A related issue is allergic reactions to vaccines, including anaphylaxis. The possibility of allergic reactions is one reason vaccine recipients are asked to stay for 15 minutes after receiving their immunizations. Even with precautions, some deaths are occurring because severe allergic reactions can take up to 150 minutes to become apparent. It is impractical to keep vaccine recipients this long.

The very long-term effects of both the COVID-19 illness and vaccines to prevent the COVID-19 illness are unknown. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends studies to see whether people who contract COVID-19 have a long-term increase in dementia-type illnesses. In theory, the vaccines could also lead to similar issues because of prion-like structures that are formed, both with the vaccine and the disease. Without long-term studies, we don’t know whether either of these concerns is valid. If dementia is an issue, will repeated vaccinations raise the long-term risk of dementia? We don’t know. If the disease itself and vaccines can both lead to dementia, is there an optimal strategy?

Without a better understanding of what the risks are, it is hard to convince young people, especially, to take the vaccine. Their chances of a severe outcome from the disease are low to begin with. What is the point of taking a vaccine that may raise their risk of serious injury or death? The vaccine may be appropriate for people aged 80 and over, but is the risk really necessary for young people? Without better data, it is hard to know for certain.

[2] Why a change away from dependence on vaccines is needed

The Nature article referred to earlier says in its concluding paragraph, “It’s time for realistic expectations. . . we need to think of how we can live with the virus.”

Also, as I mentioned in the introduction, we are reaching energy limits. Even if in theory we could vaccinate everyone on the planet twice a year for COVID-19, we do not have the resources to do this. In some ways, the problem looks like a cost problem (poor countries especially cannot afford to buy high-priced vaccines), but it is just as much a resource problem. We cannot devote enough resources to this project without taking them away from other necessary projects. The vaccines are very much a product of today’s fossil fuel economy. We can’t expect to make vaccines with intermittent electricity.

Because of limited resources, we may encounter something similar to the “empty shelf” problem in the grocery stores. We may find that only limited doses of vaccine are available because too many doses were accidentally ruined in production. Or, not enough of the right reagents were available. Or, more doses are needed in the country where the vaccine is manufactured, leaving less for use elsewhere. Or, there is a war in a country integral to vaccine supply lines, interfering with production.

In fact, obtaining promised supplies of vaccines is already a problem. Trying to scale up production at the same time that resources in general are squeezed is likely to make this type of problem increase.

[3] Learning to live with COVID-19 and diminishing resources per capita

If we can’t really fix the COVID-19 problem with endless vaccines for everyone, we need to look at other options.

[3.1] Strengthening our own immune systems

Our bodies come with built-in immune systems. It is the action of the immune system that tends to lead to a low incidence of and low severity of COVID-19 in some people, compared to others. Some of the things that seem to be helpful include the following:

  • Being young
  • Getting plenty of sleep at night
  • Not being overweight. Proper exercise and diet are helpful in this regard.
  • Maintaining a healthy microbiome. Our bodies need good microbes to help fight the “bad” microbes. Antibiotics, excessive antibacterial cleaners and a lack of exposure to “good” bacteria could be problems. Staying away from everyone and wearing masks, indefinitely, is not necessarily helpful.
  • Getting adequate vitamin D through sun exposure, eating of foods that are high in vitamin D and/or supplementation. Dark skinned people living away from the equator are especially at risk for inadequate vitamin D.
  • Getting adequate vitamin C from fruits and vegetables and perhaps supplementation.

Researchers need to be actively looking into optimal strategies to advise citizens. Schools might start teaching about these issues in health classes.

[3.2] Changing our customs and infrastructure to try to reduce the problem of communicable diseases in general, not just for COVID-19.

Customs for greetings among people vary greatly around the world. Some people use hugs and handshakes, others greet with bows. We may need to adopt more distant physical greetings, simply to help reduce the transmission of disease. Of course, hugging at home is still fine.

In the last 100 years, the emphasis increasingly has been on building tighter, more energy-efficient buildings. This is good from a point of saving energy, but it doesn’t work in a world with many communicable diseases. We need to move toward much more ventilation, often based on open windows. Because of energy constraints, we likely cannot expect to keep heating and cooling our buildings as much in the future. We will need to dress more for outdoor temperatures, indoors.

Some leaders have suggested rapid electric rail is the way of the future, but rail transport also needs to be well ventilated. It is also likely that we will be dealing with more intermittency of electricity supply in the future. We need to plan as if we are dealing with an electricity constrained future, as much as an oil and vaccine constrained future.

[3.3] Finding low energy ways to deal with the likely COVID-19 cases that do occur.

The approach in the “rich world” to date in looking for ways to deal with COVID-19 has been to look for new, high technology drugs and vaccines that might have a two-fold benefit (a) help sick people and (b) help the pharmaceutical industry. What we really need are technologies that are low cost and can be used at home. Repurposed old drugs, such as steroids, are ideal, especially if they can be made locally without dependence on international supply lines.

If COVID-19 doesn’t really disappear, we can expect recurring instances of having inadequate medical facilities to treat all of the patients in a given area. Countries need to plan strategies for dealing with this likely long-term problem. Should there be an upper age limit on patients using these facilities, for example, especially when demand is high? Or can the richest citizens have the ability to buy services, when others cannot? Should there be a lottery for beds? Ordering everyone to remain at home is sort of a temporary solution, but it is very damaging to the economy as a whole.

[3.4] Finding leadership that can think in a direction other than “more technology will save us.” Unfortunately, this is pretty much impossible.

Back in 1979, Jimmy Carter tried to change the direction of the US economy when he gave his famous Sweater Speech. In this speech, he told people that they needed to adjust their thermostats and drive their vehicles less because there was an energy crisis. We all know that Jimmy Carter was not reelected after this speech. Instead, Ronald Reagan was elected. He cut taxes and raised debt levels, temporarily delaying our need to deal with our energy problem.

When Anthony Fauci took on the COVID-19 issue, he led us in the direction of spending more money on vaccines and pharmaceuticals. His own financial interests and his work interests were in the direction of helping the vaccine and pharmaceutical interests. He certainly didn’t stop to think, “This is not a battle that we can win. There are too many instances of transmission of the virus by people who have no symptoms. Our track record at wiping out diseases with vaccines has been pretty dismal in the past. Stopping COVID-19 in one part of the world won’t stop the long-term problem.”

I expect that President Biden will continue on his current path until the economy “runs off the cliff.” I wrote in my recent post, Headed for a Collapsing Debt Bubble, that the economy was reaching a point where a major discontinuity would occur. Interest rates are about as low as they can go, and debt levels are reaching an upper bound.

Figure 1. Ten-year and three-month US Treasury interest rates as of March 1, 2021.

Ronald Reagan’s administration started to decrease interest rates shortly after he took office in 1981. This drop in interest rates has hidden rapidly rising debt and energy problems for many years. We are now running out of room on both energy and debt. When the world’s debt bubble collapses, our ability to fight COVID-19 with vaccines will likely go downhill quickly. We will then need to find new strategies. Unfortunately, considering new strategies in advance is almost impossible.

[4] Conclusion

While it is possible to see what change in direction seems to be needed with respect to COVID-19 and infectious diseases in general, it is not something that those in leadership positions will be able to implement. Instead, we will likely “go off the cliff” at full speed. Changing expectations in advance is almost impossible.

At most, a few interested people can try to explain to their fellow citizens what is happening. Perhaps, in our own little spheres of influence, we can make some small changes in the right direction, starting with strengthening our own immune systems.

About Gail Tverberg

My name is Gail Tverberg. I am an actuary interested in finite world issues - oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Oil limits look very different from what most expect, with high prices leading to recession, and low prices leading to financial problems for oil producers and for oil exporting countries. We are really dealing with a physics problem that affects many parts of the economy at once, including wages and the financial system. I try to look at the overall problem.
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3,514 Responses to We can’t expect COVID-19 to go away; we should plan accordingly

  1. Malcopian says:

    A very insightful article about Boris Johnson’s style of government in the Guardian:

    In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain: this will all end badly

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/28/court-king-boris-brexit-covid-prime-minister-politics

    EXTRACTS:

    Instead of a cabinet, Britain has courtiers. In place of a prime minister, there is a potentate. The traditional structures still exist, but as tributes to an obsolescent way of governing. Real power swirls in an unstable vortex of advisers and officials vying for proximity to Boris Johnson’s throne. The product of this arrangement is the acrid stew of scandal leaking out of Downing Street – a mixture of financial irregularities, reckless statecraft and vendetta.

    Lockdown involved parliament surrendering power on a scale unknown outside wartime. The government took quasi-authoritarian control, offering MPs only cursory debate in exchange. Expediency morphed into a presumption that due diligence was optional and unnecessary when so much business could be done casually, in the VIP contacts lane.

    Much of British politics proceeds by the observance of invisible rails guarding against the tyrannical caprices that formal constitutions explicitly prohibit. There is an accrued cultural expectation of democratic propriety. All manner of hypocrisies flourish when a self-selecting elite chooses the boundaries of legitimate behaviour. But there were boundaries. Johnsonism has none. He does, however, meet the traditional ethnographic criteria for a good chap: white, Eton-educated, male. It is a camouflage of repute perfect for a pattern of fraud that would never have been tolerated so long by so many if it hadn’t been perpetrated in the style, accent and idiom of England’s ruling class.

    Conservative MPs appointed a rogue as their king because they craved the success that his methods bring. It was inevitable that evidence of his unsuitability for the job would leak into the public domain, even if it takes a while for misrule to have an electoral consequence.

    Downing Street is now a machine for generating vindictive enmity. The court of King Boris combines the zealotry of a revolution with the conceit of an empire and the probity of gangsters. It is hard to predict how long such a regime can last, but two things can be forecast with confidence: the fall will be messy, and few who cheer Johnson today will boast of having done so once he is gone.

  2. Resin Shortage—How we got there and what this means for elevator braille, elevator buttons, and elevator signs.
    https://www.scselevatorproducts.com/resin-shortage-impact-orders-scs-elevator-products/

  3. Barton says:

    Interesting FB site created by a former NHS official in London:

    John Dee’s Almanac

    ABOUT: The analytical journal of a retired statistician, consultant analyst and former head of clinical audit at a major UK NHS teaching hospital. As a clinical data analyst I specialised in assessment of clinical outcomes across a range of disciplines and served on a regional clinical reference committee in addition to supporting the Directors of my NHS Foundation Trust and Primary Care Trust. I’ve lectured at the Royal College of Physicians on analysis of clinical outcomes as well as providing consultancy for secondary and tertiary service providers across NHS England. I use data from official sources to reveal what the authorities should be telling us about the COVID-19 pandemic but are not.
    —————
    AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine 04/23

    This biological product has been in the press a fair bit recently one way or another and so we’ve been treated to talking heads assuring us that the benefits outweigh the risks, with the WHO taking the lead. Nothing to see here etc etc.

    I decided to pull down the Lancet paper upon which all of these claims are based (link attached) and gave it a quick once over. There’s a lot I could say but I’ll get right to the point that smacked me square between the eyes. Everyone here surely appreciates we need a control group getting an inert placebo (usually saline injection) in a clinical trial but here’s what was actually done…

    Participants were randomly assigned 1:1 to receive ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 at a dose of 5 × 10¹⁰ viral particles (standard dose), measured using spectrophotometry, or meningococcal group A, C, W, and Y conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) as control.

    …so they went and gave the control group a full-on meningococcal vaccine as a placebo!
    If you want to mask adverse events arising from a new product in comparison to a benign placebo I cannot think of a better way to do it. That word ‘fraud’ once again springs to mind.

    https://www.thelancet.com/…/PIIS0140-6736(20…/fulltext

    • Mrs S says:

      They do that for every vaccine. All of them – even the childhood vaccines are always tested against other vaccines. That’s how the fabulously dangerous HPV vaccine got through – because it doesn’t look as dangerous when compared to something else dangerous.

      The whole notion of vaccine safety is built on sand.

  4. Pfizer Strikes Again! 33 yo Woman Only Hours After Taking 1st Shot, Paralyzed
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/UnZBYeRdyXpQ/

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      perhaps related, but what if it is tiny blood clots in the brains of drivers that is producing the anecdotal stories of crazy driving accidents?

      • Xabier says:

        I recall an article years ago about older drivers suddenly panicking on motorways and having to give up, having lost all confidence. It sounds a rather similar phenomenon.

  5. Trucking industry could trigger gas shortage this summer

    A truck driver shortage throughout the U.S. could potentially pose a “threat” to the gas industry, according to OPIS Energy Analysis Global Head Tom Kloza.

    Kloza told FOX Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” on Wednesday, that the lack of drivers may cause gas stations to “scramble” to meet supply demand.

    According to AAA, drivers are paying around $2.88 per gallon for gas, however, prices could further increase throughout the summer if the truck driver shortage continues nationwide.

    TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE AFFECTING DELIVERIES NATIONWIDE

    The OPIS analyst’s comments come on the heels of Florida experiencing gas shortages during spring break this year when retailers struggled to get trucks to deliver gasoline from the terminals to stations. Kloza is “worried” that the shortage could potentially linger nationwide until Labor Day.

    The trucking industry attributes some of the shortage to the amount of time it takes to obtain a commercial driver’s license. While this has been ongoing over the past few years, the coronavirus pandemic only prolonged the delays, with some licenses even taking up to six months to acquire.

    Furthermore, the industry predicts the lack of drivers will only get worse as more retire.

    Kloza also said “crazy behavior” could lead to consumers stockpiling more toilet paper and gasoline just like in the early days of the pandemic.
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/energy/truck-driver-shortage-could-pose-threat-to-gas-supply.amp

    • It is tricky to learn how to maneuver these big trucks. The hours are long and the pay isn’t very good. A person has to be away from home a lot. If people can be paid for doing nothing, they would rather do that instead.

  6. Brave German woman spills the beans: Merkel plans total corona dictatorship

    A brave female German local politican says vaxx’s only aim is depopulation, the total dictature is ahead and the same property confiscation plans are in place, as described last autumn by the Trudeau party whistleblower in Canada, and ppl need to stand up or lose everything.

    Here is a snippet:

    “And I’ll tell you now very clearly: It has never been about Corona. It’s just about a single goal: To implement the plan, Corona was just a pretext the whole time. And I have to say that very clearly here. I’ve seen everything in black and white myself. I know what I’m talking about.
    Everything should be nationalized. We should all become dependent on the state.
    The point here is clearly to minimize and reduce the world’s population. The whole thing was already planned in 2019, where Merkel met at the Bilderberger meeting. There are many country leaders involved. Merkel belongs to a certain kind of elite who want to implement the “Great Reset” plan – you have probably already heard about it. Everything should be nationalized. We should all become dependent on the state. Our property is being taken. The Greens have already programmed that into their election manifesto. You can read all that I am telling you now.
    They want to take everything from us if we survive the vaccination
    Just think about the rapid pace at which the whole thing has been whipped through since last year. Think about it and look at all the statements: “No, there will be no compulsory vaccination.” Now it’s an obligation: You are no longer allowed to do this without a vaccination. You are no longer allowed to shop. You are no longer allowed to go shopping without a vaccination certificate. All of this has been planned for a long time. This is the first.
    After the corona lockdown, they will introduce the climate lockdown.”
    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/brave-german-woman-spills-the-beans-merkel-plans-total-corona-dictatorship/

    • Disturbing! Hopefully not true. Lockdowns are a way to reduce the use of overly scarce resources.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      the brave German woman is free to share her opinion which seems to lack a connection to concrete facts.

    • Bei Dawei says:

      Is she really whistle-blowing, or is she just repeating stuff she’s read on the internet?

    • MM says:

      This lady is from a small town regional government within a party that is known widely to be straight out N*i. (cough).
      There was even a member of the german parliament telling exactly the same story. His webpage is here:
      https://wie-soll-es-weitergehen.de/
      This documentation is already something like 8 months out.
      It is the same story all over the place.
      You can also look at Corbett or what have you.
      Even the Lockstep Scenario by Rockefeller is out in the open.

      As long as the Dynasties are not under physical threat they know that they have our silent consent to these “leaked” informations to simply march on.

  7. Extermination plan going well in New Zealand

    Covid-19 vaccines planned for all over-16s by 2022 – Verrall

    Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall says the government has a clear plan to ensure that everyone aged 16 and over will be vaccinated by the end of the year.

    “We are progressing well against the plan,” Dr Verrall said at today’s Covid-19 update, alongside Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

    DHBs were on track to deliver more than 1 million doses by the end of June, she said.

    “By then we’ll be well into vaccinating the 1.7 million people we’ve identified in group 3 … those over 65, people with underlying medical conditions, prison staff and the prison population.”

    She said another 480,000 people in group 2 – high risk frontline workforce, aged care workers, older Māori and Pacific people, those living with them, their carers and anyone in Counties Manukau aged 65 and over or with underlying health conditions – would start being vaccinated from next week.

    “The three DHBs in Auckland are gearing up to start vaccinating this group from next week.”

    She reiterated it would be extremely important when the vaccination was rolled out to group 4 from July – the general population. She said there would be enough of the vaccine for everyone and asked that some people remain patient.

    Brochures advising people which group they were in and how to make appointments for their vaccinations were being distributed to all households in the country from this week, she said.

    Asked about workers at Ports of Tauranga who had reportedly not received their first dose yet, she said if details of those people were provided to the government they would get onto it immediately.

    Verrall said she received her second dose of the vaccine on Friday and recommended people not hit the gym straight after.

    “I had quite a sore arm after lifting some heavy weights and a slight rash on my arm for a day or so. I felt a little tired but otherwise I felt totally fine.”

    The ministry recommended a two-week gap between flu vaccination and Covid-19 vaccination, she said.

    Community pharmacies would play an important role in vaccination, and the government expected GP and after hours clinics would also be involved.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/441368/covid-19-vaccines-planned-for-all-over-16s-by-2022-verrall

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      this so-called extermination plan is severely lacking in fact based evidence.

    • Jan says:

      Austria and Germany are planning a rollout starting at the age of 12 years. Austria today has defined pregnant women as risk patients with priority access to vaccinations. I would say that means even unborn are confronted with this mRNA immune system enhancement. Disturbing thought!

      If it goes on like that we wont have any control group to this experiment.

  8. Malcopian says:

    Drought-hit California moves to halt Nestlé from taking millions of gallons of water.

    Nestlé, accused of taking millions more gallons than it is entitled to, receives draft cease-and-desist order from state officials

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/27/california-nestle-water-san-bernardino-forest-drought

  9. Marco says:

    Indian mutation of covid Is resistente to vaccine! Perfect

    • Do you have any link saying this? A link in Italian would be OK. All I could find was an article saying that the question of whether the variant is resistant to vaccine is being investigated.

  10. Marco says:

    India seventh world economic power Brazil, grandmother of the world economic power can kick-start the collapse a Domino effect to all the world’s economy for a total collapse?

  11. Mirror on the wall says:

    Arlene Foster has gone!

    She is perhaps the most disastrous party leader for unionism (bar Boris) in modern times.

    Always a stubborn, belligerent type, she refused to do the decent thing and to resign over the ‘cash for ash’ scandal, and caused the Stormont parliament to shut down for three years.

    Never one for joined up thinking, she topped that, using her ‘supply and support’ agreement that propped up T. May’s government to take unionism from Brexit to a hard Brexit to an Irish sea border.

    The DUP party finally had enough of her this week, after she failed to vote against legislation to ban ‘gay conversion therapy.’

    DUPid has around 700 members drawn from a religious fundamentalist church, an incongruence for a government in a modern democracy let alone UK. The next ‘leader’ is expected to be even more stubborn and belligerent.

    SF today thanked Arlene for her service to NI.

    ‘So long girl, and thanks for all the fish! LOL!”

    • Malcopian says:

      “she failed to vote against legislation to ban ‘gay conversion therapy.’”

      https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/04/27/PNAS/5d0909d9-3655-471d-aa61-4367d3458555-thumbnail_Image.jpg

    • Malcopian says:

      ‘So long girl, and thanks for all the fish! LOL!”

      Oh, no. You didn’t TASTE her?!

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      Anyone who was hoping that DUP might elect a more reasonable, conciliatory leader is likely to be disappointed. Edwin Poots is the favourite to succeed Arlene Foster.

      DUP has about 700 members, drawn from a fundamentalist church, and only a couple of dozen get to elect the leader. DUP is also deeply networked with the Caleb Foundation, an extremist fundamentalist group, which is accused of wanting to make NI a “fundamentalist Protestant theocracy”.

      This is an entirely bizarre situation. The promotion of Poots is likely to drive many voters away from DUP and to the more moderate UUP and Alliance parties, which makes a SF First Minister all the more likely in 2022.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Poots

      > Poots is a young earth creationist and rejects the theory of evolution.[11] In an interview with BBC presenter William Crawley, when asked how old the Earth was, Poots replied: “My view on the earth is that it’s a young earth. My view is 4,000 BC”. Young earth creationism is accepted by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, of which Poots is a member, and other conservative evangelicals in Northern Ireland.[12] In a 2012 Belfast Telegraph article, which discussed lobbying by the creationist bible group the Caleb Foundation, Poots reportedly stated that, while not a member of the group, “Some of my views coincide with the Caleb Foundation”.[13]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleb_Foundation

      > The Caleb Foundation, created in 1998,[1] is a creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and has been particularly influential with Democratic Unionist Party ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.[2] The organisation has described its mission as “promoting the fundamentals of the historic evangelical Protestant faith”.[3]

      Documenting the influence of the Foundation within Northern Ireland unionist politics, and particularly the DUP, the Belfast Telegraph noted in 2012 that politicians close to it included Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots, Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland, junior minister Jonathan Bell, Diane Dodds MEP, Gregory Campbell MP, David Simpson MP, Paul Givan MLA, Stephen Moutray MLA (and mayor of Craigavon), Jim Allister, leader of Traditional Unionist Voice and TUV press officer and East Antrim parliamentary candidate Sammy Morrison.[2]

      In 2010, the British Centre for Science Education published an 11,000-word report which accused the Foundation of promoting Christian fascism and Dominionism, aiming to make Northern Ireland a “fundamentalist Protestant theocracy”.[7]

      The Foundation’s lobbying to have public bodies give at least equal coverage to creationist beliefs as to scientific evidence of evolution came to attention in 1999, when McConaghie wrote in the Belfast News Letter in response to the BBC television series Walking with Dinosaurs, calling for “equal prominence to be given to the Creation creed”.[11]

  12. James says:

    Stanford immunologist Paul Utz describes auto-immune responses to Covid-19 infection. Starting at approx. 14:40 he goes over the thrombosis caused by self-immunity. At the end he is asked about thrombosis and the Pfizer vaccine and says according to one study there is no relationship, but he does receive grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. After examining this research it seems highly likely that the thrombosis problems brought about by vaccination are similar to those created by the naturally elicited antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 spike protein.

    • If your belief is right: “the thrombosis problems brought about by vaccination are similar to those created by the naturally elicited antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 spike protein,”

      then people should not want antibodies to the SARS-Cov-2 spike protein, whether from catching COVID-19 or from taking the vaccine. The best alternate is “Stay away from the man-made virus as well as from its vaccine,” if possible.

      • MM says:

      • Jan says:

        For further discussion I recommend the blog of my hero wodarg.com with the help of a translator service. There are also scientific links. Wodarg started the whole AstraZeneca discussion with his public letters to the Pau Ehrlich Institute (PEI) which monitors vaccine security for Germany. Wodarg is former member of the German parliament for the social democrats. Here some excerpt:

        14.3.2021: Inquiry to the Paul Ehrlich Institute

        Dear colleague Prof. Buchholz,

        although you were given as contact address in the paper Theuerkauf et al.(1) at iScience, I naturally address my questions not only to you, but to the entire team of authors and ask for appropriate forwarding and best regards to Prof. Cichutek, who is also a co-author.

        in view of the effects of spike proteins as cell fusion catalysts, which are apparently undisputed even among you (1),
        in view of the work on the effects of spike proteins as a thrombosis catalyst (2),
        as well as in view of the expected “long-term” damage indicated by the author of a notified study from Kafrelsheikh University near Cairo (3)
        and in view of the so far officially not documented but nevertheless very probable connections with deaths after “vaccinations”, which are supposed to lead to an endogenous spike protein formation (4)

        I am not the only one who urgently needs a statement from your company.

        A number of cases have been reported to me in which hemorrhages in the skin were documented shortly after these genetic interventions called “vaccination”. Cerebral hemorrhages are also said to have occurred in direct temporal connection with the “vaccination”.

        According to the mechanisms of action also observed by you, these would possibly be changes which, alone or in combination, could be triggered as a consequence of vessel wall damage by cell fusions and/or by bleeding after consumption coagulopathies.

        Multiple thromboses have also been mentioned several times as a cause of death, also promoted by fusions and endothelial damage (7) or even caused by the mechanisms described by Zhang et. al. (2) to be caused directly by platelets reacting with spike proteins (platelet-derived ACE2 receptors).
        They had commented by telephone to an AFP “fact checker” that there was “no correlation between our laboratory results and the mode of action of vaccines.” (5)

        “Our description of the strong membrane fusion activity of the spike protein should be just cause for vaccination. … Vaccination is safe even if a few syncytia should develop at the injection site. Since the genetic information of the spike protein is not duplicated, there can be no spread.”

        The PEI press office ( Dr. Susanne Stöcker) also comments:

        “during vaccination, a few body cells receive a one-time surge of mRNA information, from which these cells also produce only parts of the corona virus, namely the SPIKE protein. The resulting spike proteins have no pathogenic properties. However, even if individual cells should stick together after a vaccination, this remains an isolated case in the body and has no effect.

        In addition, the safety reports regularly published by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on vaccinations carried out in Germany have shown no evidence of any vaccination complications of this kind. This is also true worldwide.

        Unlike the SPIKE proteins on the surface of the virus, the proteins formed by the mRNA in the vaccine are not freely mobile. Adhesion occurs when the virus enters the cells. The proteins formed after vaccination are presented on the body’s cells and are firmly anchored there.”

        These comments are not a substitute for the evidence-based weighing, which is your responsibility, of the known and prima vista obvious causalities between gene therapy-induced spike production and the effects presented in the literature, even by you, as threatening, corresponding to the symptomatology now increasingly observed.

        Please let me know on the basis of which scientific evidence you apparently nevertheless believe to continue the only briefly clinically tested applications with mRNA or vector vaccines that are supposed to lead to spike protein expression.

        I would like to take your opinions on the questions posed into account in my discussion of the topic in expert circles and therefore also cc’d IQWIG’s ThemenCheck team as well as committees usually involved in benefit-harm assessments.

        Surely you are aware of the Federal Government’s announcement that proclaims:

        “AstraZeneca’s vaccine has passed a regular, non-abbreviated approval procedure by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and therefore all required safety and efficacy tests – as have the other two vaccines approved to date by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.” ( https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/aktuelles/wirksamkeit-astrazeneca-1859868)

        This does not correspond to the representation given by the EMA, according to which these are ‘Conditional marketing authorisations’, in whose pharmacovigilance requirements you are indeed very

        Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

  13. Grant Shapps has confirmed that the govt is redeploying the main NHS app to show if you’ve had a vaccine or test.

    The transport secretary said he’s in talks with partners across the world to get the system ‘internationally recognised’.
    https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1387298515404132354

    • Grant Shapps is UK Secretary of State. It seems to me that “Internationally” might mean “to some selected list of countries. I don’t see China and India participating, for example. Not many countries in Africa, either.

  14. Ed says:

    FE yes send phone for PR guys. I’ll call. The Vid is the prefect reason to start nuclear in NZ. No imports of oil to protect against the Vid go nuclear for the health of the children.

  15. Harry McGibbs says:

    Bad times for oil producing nations:

    “Roadblocks to Argentina’s vast shale fields in Patagonia are about to enter their fourth week, as health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic demand higher wages to keep pace with one of the highest inflation rates in the world.”

    https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/economy/argentinas-shale-industry-rattled-by-social-unrest-in-patagonia.phtml

  16. Harry McGibbs says:

    “UK manufacturers’ profitability has dropped to its lowest level for a decade, according to official data that reflect the impact of pandemic-related costs and Brexit friction on the corporate sector…

    “The average was dragged down by a collapse in the profitability of North Sea oil and gas.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/1766c574-cd5e-4d39-9f29-7bb8e86bb08b

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “UK trade associations have seen revenues fall by more than a quarter due to the pandemic, with some losing money and warning they may have to close.

      “The threat comes despite increasing numbers of businesses relying on their industry bodies for vital information and support during Covid-19 and following Brexit.”

      https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-and-brexit-put-trade-associations-on-the-brink-of-collapse-pjmxkszhw

    • It is strange how lack of profitability of oil and gas (or of energy products in general) tends to bring the whole economy down.

      The economy really needs adequate prices for fossil fuels, or it causes the system to implode from reduced total production and falling profits of many other businesses, especially manufacturers.

    • Minority Of One says:

      >>“The average was dragged down by a collapse in the profitability of North Sea oil and gas.”

      I suspect that the collapse in the profitability of North Sea oil occurred a few years ago. I was at a party here in Aberdeen, mainly families, about 5-6 years ago when I got chatting to one of our hosts. They were the chief accountant for one of the mid-sized oil companies here. All they said re their work was: “The writing is on the wall. I am looking for a new job”.

      I suspect that the offshore-UK oil companies are hanging on, not making much money if any. If they shut down a platform, they are liable to the tune of billions to pay for it to be decommissioned, so it might be less expensive to run at a small loss than shut down completely. 10-15 years ago Shell forked out £800M to upgrade a platform to a sufficient standard that they could sell it. It was much less expensive than decommissioning. The mid-sized company that took over the platform is now liable for the £2-3B decommissioning costs, which I doubt they have.

      • Good points! I expect that when the oil price fell in 2014, that was a turning point for many companies. Before that, they assumed that the price would rise, and everything would suddenly be OK for a while longer.

  17. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Europe’s leaders are betting everything on red with reopening gambit.

    “The vaccine debacle tore EU politicians’ credibility into shreds; to open up only to spark another wave would be the final straw.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/04/28/europe-leaders-betting-everything-red-reopening-gambit/

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “France Demands More From EU on Growth as U.S., China Race Ahead…

      “French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged the European Union to speed up disbursements from its flagship stimulus package after the Finnish government threw a potential wrench into the process of releasing the funds.”

      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-27/germany-and-france-present-united-front-to-reform-the-eu-economy

    • According to the article, European countries seem to be easing restrictions, regardless of the state of the spread of the virus and regardless of the extent of vaccine use.

      Europe and the US have similar situations: The willingness of citizens to take the vaccine varies greatly by area. Netherlands and Germany have low vaccination rates and fairly high rates of the virus, but are still opening up.

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “Germany’s domestic secret service placed one of the country’s most radical and violent groups opposed to coronavirus restrictions under surveillance, the Interior Ministry announced in Berlin on Wednesday.”

        https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/germany-puts-covid-19-protest-group-under-surveillance/2223400

      • Minority Of One says:

        We have high take-up rates of the experimental drugs here in the UK (all my colleagues and family who are old enough have had at least one shot), and I put that down to one factor – the BBC, which most Brits look towards with fondness and trust. Quite bizarre really, it is a corporation, not a person. This trust is why I consider the BBC to be one of the most successful propaganda operations globally.

  18. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Markets are behaving dangerously but central banks have their heads in the sand…

    “…the Fed is increasingly caught up in a dilemma of its own making because the tide of cheap liquidity its $US120 billion ($155 billion) a month of bond and mortgage purchases has generated is producing some quite peculiar and potentially destabilising outcomes.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-world-is-in-a-leverage-trap-it-will-struggle-to-get-out-of-20210428-p57n3j.html

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Central bankers can no longer dismiss inflation concerns – price rises are everywhere.

      “China seems alert to the threat but the US Federal Reserve and other major central banks in the West need to show more concern about rising prices.”

      https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3131100/central-bankers-can-no-longer-dismiss-inflation-concerns-price

      • Higher prices are indeed a problem, especially in food and housing costs. Both of these are essential for people everywhere.

        • Harry McGibbs says:

          “After 40 years of no real inflation, it looks like rising prices might be creeping back into our economy, and the 40 good years for bonds could be coming to an end.”

          https://www.ftadviser.com/investments/2021/04/28/what-does-the-future-hold-for-a-nervous-bond-market/

          • No kidding: “the 40 good years for bonds could be coming to an end.”

            1981 + 40 = 2021

            Falling interest rates and low default rates are great for the bond market. But when interest rates approach zero and default rates spike, the whole system falls apart.

            • theblondbeast says:

              I guess we’ll see. I happen to think a 40 year trend is likely to follow, until something radical changes – such as a change to the federal reserve act. As rates approach zero, small nominal changes (a few bps) represent large percentage changes. Here’s a good Q1 analysis from a bond fund I follow:

              https://hoisington.com/pdf/HIM2021Q1NP.pdf

              I see the key short term question as whether the “recovery” of 2020-2021 really represents an end to a recession which started in 2019, or if this is a blowoff top at a cycle end.

              The key impediments to a reversal are debt and demographics. The inflationary forces are primarily growing scarcity of natural resources, not government borrowing and QE, which are disinflationary after a short time lag.

            • Harry McGibbs says:

              “I see the key short term question as whether the “recovery” of 2020-2021 really represents an end to a recession which started in 2019, or if this is a blowoff top at a cycle end.”

              Put me in the latter camp. I tend to see stimulus-driven rebound rather than robust recovery.

              To recap: global manufacturing was in contraction for most of 2019; global trade declined 0.4%; global car sales shrank, as did semiconductor sales; several emerging markets were in trouble, Japan was contracting, the EU and UK were teetering on the brink of recession; India and China were slowing markedly.

              Civil unrest surged in 2019 with 47 jurisdictions seeing significant protests. Global oil production hit a peak around November 2018.

              Some commentators might seek to explain the stagnation on the US v China and other trade wars but to me those were just symptomatic of a global economy peaking out and running on fumes. Now we are even more debt-saturated and still have the ongoing uncertainties of the pandemic to contend with.

            • Thanks, Blond Beast and Harry,

              I think I agree with Harry. A big question for me is, “How long before there is a big discontinuity of some sort?” How long before the debt bubble bursts, for example?

            • theblondbeast says:

              I agree with you and Harry, too, Gail. My only short term contention is quibbling about bonds and inflation. I think reflation will fizzle out quickly. I have no clue what could be the proximate cause of discontinuity. The story is often complex when looking back at history.

              And in looking around, there are so many possibilities.

  19. Nate says:

    Minority of One said: ” . . . and when the SHTF, millions of people are going to do whatever it takes to avoid hunger, decimating what is left of the natural world in the process. Maybe grace will kick in, at the global level.”

    Grace? Nope. The God of Hellfire? Yep!

    • I don’t believe in a god of hell fire. I think belief in hell fire was a ploy of leaders in many parts of the world to try to get their citizens to do as they wanted. In some ways, this belief was better than fear of COVID-19 because the problems forecast were future problems, so couldn’t be proven to be overstated.

    • Barton says:

      Look at that lanky body! Everybody is so fat or muscle-bound from the gym nowadays that it’s a pleasure to see . . . And Arthur Brown is still plugging along at almost 79.

      Gary Larson (genius philosopher/deep empath/childfree-by-choice, happily married 70-year-old gentleman) understands that there’s very much a hell, at least for all the animals he adores.

      Snapshot of Hades, courtesy of Gary:

      https://twitter.com/FSUgooner/status/1387444585400467460/photo/1

  20. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Credit markets are sounding warnings for other asset classes amid India’s unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.

    “Firms have defaulted on at least 57 billion rupees (S$1 billion) of domestic bonds this year, the most on record for a similar period. Traders expect more.”

    https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/india-sees-record-corporate-bond-defaults-amid-covid-19-crisis

  21. Harry McGibbs says:

    “House prices soared by 12.0% from a year ago, the biggest increase since February 2006, near the peak of Housing Bubble 1, according to today’s National Case-Shiller Home Price Index for “February,” which reflects the three-month average of sales recorded in public records in December, January, and February… Ignored by CPI.”

    https://wolfstreet.com/2021/04/27/the-most-splendid-housing-bubbles-in-america-house-price-inflation-ignored-by-cpi-april-update/

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Ultra-low interest rates, FOMO-driven mindset, and pandemic-related stimulus are seen to be turbocharging property markets across the globe, including New Zealand.”

      https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2104/S00407/is-the-new-zealand-property-market-going-haywire.htm

    • The CPI calculation is very strange:

      The Consumer Price Index (CPI), on the other hand, tracks the housing inflation component based on rents. The CPI for “Owner’s equivalent rent of residence,” weighing about 25% of the overall CPI, is based on homeowners’ estimates about how much their home would rent for, which ticked up 2.0% from a year ago (green line), compared to house price inflation as measured by the Case-Shiller index (red line)

      Inflation in the sales price of homes doesn’t enter the equation at all. Instead, a phony, lower estimated increase in “Owner’s equivalent rent of residence” is substituted. This is one of the major ways those who calculate CPI increases can make them produce fairly stable, low values.

    • At our home, we keep getting phone calls asking whether we would be willing to sell our home. Some company would be willing to make an offer, if we would sell it.

      My husband and I recently sold a vacant lot we owned. I sold it to the third neighbor this year who made an inquiry about buying it. The lot is quite steep and wooded, so will be difficult to build on. We know that lumber prices are through the roof. Still, someone is willing to accept the challenge.

  22. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Why China’s demographic crisis could be bigger than we imagined: A fall in population could have a disastrous impact on China, the world’s second-largest economy, with ripple effects felt around the world…

    “China has delayed releasing its once-a-decade census results that could reflect the first population decline since famine killed tens of millions in the 1950s…”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/28/chinas-demographic-crisis-could-bigger-imagined/

  23. Harry McGibbs says:

    “A banking crisis is often seen as a self-­fulfilling prophecy: banks fail because too many people, anticipating failure, pull their money out at the same time.

    “But a newly published paper co-authored by finance professor Emil Verner suggests that banks can suffer losses serious enough to cause economic downturns even when that dramatic panic never happens.”

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/04/27/1021721/quiet-banking-panics/

  24. World War III: Depopulation, Nuclear War vs. “Bio War”
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=232784

    • The article makes this appropriate quote:

      “William Casey, CIA Director under President Ronald Reagan, once said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – He was so right.”

      It covers a lot of concerns others have regarding the next few years. I hope the author is incorrect.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Nuclear war ain’t nothing compared to 4000 spent fuel ponds.

      Funny how nobody seems to factor those in!

  25. It’s All Playing Out: Taking a Closer Look at a “Leaked” Email from PMO’s Office From 7 Months Ago

    • The background behind the Canadian leaked memo regarding expected future lockdowns, future mutations etc. (I only watched the first little bit.)

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      yes they predicted the virus would mutate and it did! and they predicted more lockdowns this year AFTER seeing last year’s lockdowns. And they predicted more supply chain disruptions AFTER seeing last year’s disruptions. Amazing!

  26. hillcountry says:

    Effect of vaccination with a novel GnRH-based immunocontraceptive on immune responses and fertility in rats – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7170952/

    Wildlife population management: are contraceptive vaccines a feasible proposition?
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28410124/

    Hundreds more like these.

    Makes more sense than CEP to me.

    • Xabier says:

      It would be more orderly and manageable than mass death: just what Klaus Schwab and his kind , like. This is – in part – Nazism 2.0 after all.

      But as Mike Yeadon points out, they are reckless, cynical, and deaths from all causes along the way would not be regretted.

      It is, most likely, a multi-purpose, slow-burn, bio-weapon. They think in decades, after all.

      I am quite sure they have also studied the population decline in the former Soviet Union, caused by economic chaos, mass poverty, loss of purpose and despair, rather than deliberate genocide – or was it in fact a trial run?

      It is all so obvious by now. Those who think this hasn’t been planned and modelled are simply not thinking and observing.

      My preoccupation, now, is just how dangerous the stupid bastards who got injected are to the rest of us – maybe above all to women……

    • NomadicBeer says:

      This is a very real possibility.
      Given the fact that the sperm count and fertility was coming down in the west for decades, there have been plenty of time to study what/how to reduce it even more.

      Honestly, this is such great news that I am afraid to believe it.

      If this is true it looks like we should encourage all the consumers to vaccinate and never try to debate with them. If only we could know for sure.

      Wouldn’t that suggest though that there will be a big push for vaccination in Africa and Asia? Including free vaccines, government support and “incentives” like killing presidents?
      That’s something to keep an eye on.

  27. hillcountry says:

    Coronavirus disease 2019: What could be the effects on Road safety?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7364169/

  28. Tim Groves says:

    I’ve been watching the recent five doctors presentation and I think the contributions of Dr Larry Palevsky deserve to be much wider known, especially the following bit, in which he sketches out his version of the Devil Covid hypothesis.

    “This is NOT a vaccine.

    A vaccine is supposed to protect us from a bacterial or a viral infection. There is nothing in any of these shots that is designed to protect us against a viral infection. The authorities say it; the patents describe it; everyone involved in the making of these injections, with their intention; it was never ever made to protect us against a viral infection.

    As soon as we start to realize that THAT is not what this is, we realize that everything after that is a complete and utter lie.

    And so, this is not a vaccine. It is not designed to protect us against a SARS-cov2 viral infection. Therefore, it cannot stop the transmission of the SARS-cov2 virus because what’s in the shot is not meant to project us against a SARS-cov2 viral infection.

    Now, when we look at the literature from 2020, and we see that people were getting illnesses of blood disorders, lack of oxygen, hypoxia, lung disease, clotting disease, strokes, hypotension, hypertension, loss of taste, loss of smell, neurological issues, Covid toes; this was not a viral illness. This was the clinical presentation of a poisoning of the blood. And all of the literature shows that the spike protein of this so-called virus was responsible for causing all of these symptoms: the brain problems, the neurological problems, heart disease, clotting factors, loss of oxygen, loss of taste, loss of smell, hypotension, hypertension. This spike protein was responsible for causing the disease that we saw.

    Ladies and gentlemen, this spike protein is not a naturally occurring thing. It is a manmade weapon. It is not a virus. This is part of maybe attached to a virus and to God knows what else that started the ball rolling and people getting sick. This was never an influenza disease, it was never a flu-like illness. It was straight up a poisoning of the blood. This spike protein could attach to receptors all over the body—the brain, the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, the intestines, the sperm and the female reproductive system.

    They found in the” naturally occurring COVID” set of symptoms, this spike protein was responsible for what made people sick. So why in God’s name are we OK with injecting something into the body that’s gonna cause all of us to make spike protein? The very part of the so-called “weapon” that was creating the illness and the group of symptoms in the first place.

    This is NOT a vaccine.

    Now, if your body is being given the genetic material to make the spike protein, we have absolutely no idea what the body does when the genetic instructions get into the cells and start making spike proteins. In fact in our “Critical Thinking with Dr. T and Dr. P”, Dr. Tenpenny has specifically found the possibility that there are other pieces of mRNA that may be in some of these shots. So when people say, “Is something shedding”, we really don’t have any idea what’s in this thing or these things. We think it’s spike proteins, but we generally have no idea.

    But if we go on the fact that spike protein is being manufactured in the factories, by the cells of the human body, and we know that maybe if our own messenger RNA was in our cells, we would turn it off ourselves. But we have no experience using an injected synthetic messenger RNA genetic instruction, as to whether or not our bodies are going to turn that off or turn it on as we start the factory of manufacturing the spike protein.

    And so there is no evidence—zero evidence—no scientific studies as to whether or not that spike protein turns on and stays on, or ever turns off. And we have no evidence if that body who’s getting injected is making the spike protein, is exhaling in particles through the lungs, spitting it out through saliva, urinating it out through urine, sweating it out through skin, or putting it out through gas or stool. We have no idea. But what we have is a massive brilliant propaganda of genocide, because they don’t have to inject everyone to get the results that they’re looking for.

    Because now we see that those people who are getting injected are actually the lepers, are actually the pariahs, and they are actually making healthy people who have never been injected get COVID symptoms, bleeding—which was part of the COVID illness itself, miscarriages, and death.

    This is NOT a vaccine. Please stop calling it a vaccine. ”

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/N7tDbhnppWfq/

    • Fast Eddy says:

      DuncNorm…. how does reading that make you feel?

      It makes me…cringe… and I’ve not even considered allowing anyone to stick that Frankenstein Sh It into my body.

      Once its in … it’s in fellas….

      I am beginning to wonder if Bossche/Yeadon have massively underestimated what this is …

      I can’t wait to see what it does to you guys… although I am sure we’ll all get a taste even if we’re not vaxxed

      This is all so wonderfully DIABOLICAL!

      • Xabier says:

        Genghis Khan and Stalin doff their hats: Satan himself, feeling that his pupils have outdone even him, plans a well-earned retirement.

        This is beyond diabolical.

        The whole earth turned into inescapable Hell, by an invisible poison…..

    • Xabier says:

      A covert bio-weapon, as Yeadon said, in a war of attrition against mankind.

      They taught us to fear the virus, but the vaccinated are perhaps the real threat.

      It’s obscene: ‘A problem with that vaccine? Just take this one! But you must have something, or else…..’

    • Mrs S says:

      Thanks so much for posting this.

      It’s what I listened to yesterday and it made me very very alarmed.

      At least my alarm is now shared with you good folk.

      • Yes, I feel very very squeamish at the mere thought of injecting a substance designed to hi-jack my body in order to be a gene factory for something/body-or-other. I guess this is why I never finished my degree..

        A more challenging and interesting question is what makes you, Mrs. S, and me and FE and many others here skeptics, while other people, quite “intelligent” by normal measure, are completely on board with all of this?

        We’ve run into our first personal “rejections” because we won’t get the gene therapy shot: husband’s gym open to “vaxxed” only; his musical group expects him to get the shot before they play together again. Young friends have had their parents refuse to see them or their young baby EVER AGAIN if they don’t get the shot. Emotional blackmail to the max, but the young’uns are holding strong. I told them not to get too upset; there’s always a chance the parents could come around at some future point.

        Here’s the fun part: the wife offered to her “vaxxed” in-laws that they could take tests and then isolate for two weeks before seeing them. No, said the in-laws… (get this) BECAUSE WE DON’T TRUST THE TESTS!

        Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha aha aha ha!

        Luckily they can laugh about it with us.

        • Can you imagine this? Refusing to see your own child and grandchild? Ever? This is some mental illness. They are “educators” so maybe it’s that.

    • I found this statement by “Dr. Larry,” as he is generally called in this video, very worrying.

      His name was not given on the list of people in the video, so I missed the fact that his full name is “Dr. Larry Palevsky.”

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      the Dr is entitled to his opinion. I don’t think there is enough evidence yet to assert that his opinion is close to reality.

      • Tim Groves says:

        It’s just his point of view. But he isn’t just a bloke down the pub or an anonymous voice on the web. He’s a licensed pediatrician with three decades of experience in providing medical care for children. That’s why his opinion carries enough weight to be heard. And for the moment, it is enough that his opinion is heard, hopefully as far and as widely as possible.

        He wasn’t considered a crank until he started talking about COVID-19, so either he’s suddenly gone nutty, or somebody has bribed or blackmailed him to say these things, or else he’s become so alarmed by the balance of evidence that he has come across that he feels forced to take a potentially career-destroying activist stance.

        David, taking out Occam’s razor to shave the bristles off this issue, which of the three possibilities I mentioned is the more likely?

        Let’s put aside what volume of evidence you might consider enough to assert that his opinion is close to reality, because you, me and most of us at OFW are the equivalent of blokes down the pub or anonymous voices on the web that don’t count precisely because we aren’t specialists.

        The point about these five doctors, and Geert Vanden Bosche and Mike Yeadon, is that they are specialists who are much better informed than most of us are and who have studied these subjects in considerable detail. Whether their opinions are close to reality or not is something most of us are unqualified to make assertions about.

        Verily I say unto thee, I think your observation about lack of evidence misses the point. Regardless of the amount of evidence that comes to light, we aren’t qualified to judge it or to determine whether its close to reality. We may do this anyway, out of habit or temperament, but of what value are the opinions or assertions of laymen like us?

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          his paragraph about lack of evidence speaks loudly. He wants more evidence, I want more evidence, and yet he then turns to a remark about “genocide”. As a so-called expert, he should gather adequate evidence before he shouts Genocide in the proverbial crowded theater. In my opinion.

          • Tim Groves says:

            “Genocide” is, I agree, a very serious accusation to make—unless you are David Bowie. But what you and I in our lay ignorance may see as as crowded theater may seem to him in his expertise as an ongoing killing field based on the evidence he’s seen and gathered up to now, so he has decided that he doesn’t have the luxury of waiting for more evidence—such as an unambiguous confession by Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, et. al that “sure, we are committing genocide here.”

            Again, I repeat, how much evidence would you require before you would call it genocide? Obviously you are not quite there yet.

            History is replete, as the saying goes, with examples of genocides that most people remained unaware of until well after they happened, and doubtless there were many other genocides that history never got around to recording at all.

  29. Fast Eddy says:

    “West Virginia governor says he’ll pay young people $100 savings bonds for getting Covid vaccine” – Governor Jim Justice announced he’ll give $100 in bonds to 18-35 year-olds who get the jab and is being accused both of bribery and of not offering enough

    https://www.rt.com/usa/522249-west-virginia-governor-bribe-vaccine/

    UK govt tenders suggest London could secretly be preparing for lockdowns to last until at least 2022

    https://www.rt.com/uk/522300-british-tenders-marshals-long-covid/

  30. Fast Eddy says:

    Search & Seizure at Home of Judge Who Rendered the Sensational Weimar Mask-Judgment

    As 2020News has just learned, the judge at the Weimar District Court, Christian Dettmar, had his house searched today. His office, private premises and car were searched.

    The judge’s cell phone was confiscated by the police. The judge had made a sensational decision on April 8, 2021, which was very inconvenient for the government’s anti Coronavirus measures policy.

    At the suggestion of a mother, the judge had ruled in a child welfare proceeding pursuant to Section 1666 of the German Civil Code (BGB), Ref.: 9 F 148/21, that two Weimar schools were prohibited with immediate effect from requiring students to wear mouth-nose coverings of any kind (especially qualified masks such as FFP2 masks), to comply with AHA minimum distances, and/or to participate in SARS-CoV-2 rapid tests.

    At the same time, it had determined that classroom instruction should be maintained (full text of the ruling in German including three expert opinions – English translation will be available soon).

    This was the first time that evidence was presented before a German court regarding the scientific reasonableness and necessity of the prescribed anti-Corona measures. The expert witnesses were the hygienist Prof. Dr. med Ines Kappstein, the psychologist Prof. Dr. Christof Kuhbandner and the biologist Prof. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Ulrike Kämmerer.

    https://2020news.de/en/house-warrant-executed-on-weimar-judge-for-political-reasons/

  31. Fast Eddy says:

    Hong Kong is moving ahead with a vaccine passport scheme under which only those who have been vaccinated against Covid and who use a Government mobile phone app will be able to go to bars and nightclubs when they reopen on Thursday. All staff will also be required to have received at least one dose of a vaccine. The scheme will, according to a Government official, enable life in Hong Kong to “return to normal” – despite breaking from all that has previously been considered “normal”. Reuters has the story.

    Hong Kong will reopen bars and nightclubs from April 29th for people who have been vaccinated and who use a Government mobile phone application, the Asian financial hub’s Health Secretary said on Tuesday.

    Sophia Chan told a press briefing the measures extended to bathhouses and karaoke lounges and would enable the venues to stay open until 2 am. All staff and customers must have received at least one vaccine dose for the venue to be operational and they must operate at half capacity, she said.

    “We all hope life can return to normal but we need to allow some time for everyone to adapt to these new measures,” Chan said.

    The former British colony has recorded over 11,700 total coronavirus cases, far lower than other developed cities…

    Chan’s announcement comes as authorities try to incentivise residents to get vaccinated with only around 11% of the city’s 7.5 million population having received their first vaccine dose.

    The take up of vaccines has been sluggish since the scheme began in the Chinese special administrative region in February due to a lack of confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions.

    Hong Kong began vaccinating residents with doses from Sinovac in February and started offering a vaccine developed by Germany’s BioNTech in March.

    Under the new scheme, restaurant-goers who have not been vaccinated will have to sit in designated areas, away from those who have received a vaccine.

    Restaurants will set up different areas for customers who are not vaccinated and for those who choose to write their contact details down on paper rather than registering with the government app.

    This segment will only be allowed to dine up to four people to a table [whereas the “vaccinated zone” will be permitted to dine up to six customers per table].

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/hong-kong-reopen-bars-nightclubs-april-29-vaccinated-customers-2021-04-27/

    Oh wow — non-pariahs are allowed 2 more people per table!!!! I don’t expect this will budge the needle off of the 11% who have agreed to be lethally injected in HK

    The ‘Lethal Variants’ … are circulating in HK… this could be… a problem

    • Rodster says:

      Two catch phrases we’ve been hearing a lot lately being uttered by our clueless leaders around the world, “return to normal” and “Build Back Better”. This is why those who label this as a Scam-demic or a Planned-demic have every right to feel that way.

      The global population is being herded into this vaccine. This coming Monday I have my yearly doctor’s visit and I am sure he will bring up the vaccine, which my response will be “how much time to you have because I have a laundry list of reasons why I am NOT putting that in my body.

  32. Mrs S says:

    The issue of unvaccinated women having menstrual irregularities after being around the vaccinated has been bugging me.

    Then I came across this article from 2017 discussing how scientists are developing “vaccines” that can be transmitted from host to host. Apparently to save them trying to catch every bat or gorilla or whatever and inject it against some disease.

    https://www.popsci.com/contagious-vaccine-virus/

    I wonder if the same tech is in the covid vaccinations.

  33. Fast Eddy says:

    We are Rich – We will Not Accept This!

    We are lawyering up!!!

    Residents of a luxury housing block in Hong Kong have challenged the legal grounds for a 21-day quarantine at government facilities imposed on them after a domestic helper from their building was found to be infected with a mutant strain of the coronavirus.

    Some in the group even sent lawyers’ letters to the Department of Health, arguing the move could amount to “false imprisonment” if authorities could not legally justify their actions.

    The helper was discharged from hospital and sent to quarantine on Tuesday afternoon, while about 50 people from 10 families living at 8 Kennedy Terrace remained in isolation at government facilities in Penny’s Bay or Lei Yue Mun, according to one resident who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3131324/residents-luxury-hong-kong-housing-block-question?module=lead_hero_story_5&pgtype=homepage

  34. Minority Of One says:

    Very interesting interviews with Dr. Lee Merritt.
    Better than most interviews of recent in that she avoids getting too technical and is easy to follow.

    Interview with Dr. Merriit starts at 5:58, about 15 min long
    Dr. Lee Merritt Exposes COVID Truths (Part 1) – Freedom Alive™ Episode 3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqdbOnJFNDA

    Interview with Dr. Merriit starts at 6:40, just under 20 min long. Focuses on the mRNA drugs.
    Dr. Lee Merritt Exposes COVID Truths (Part 2) – Freedom Alive™ Episode 4

    • Xabier says:

      That’s very good: she describes little children in masks and distanced living like ‘miniature gulag prisoners’ – how right she is!

      This is psychopathy with global ambitions. The natural and biological as a repugnant enemy to be eliminated. A projection of their inner emptiness and self-loathing.

      Alison McDowell is also making some good and informative videos on Big Tech’s ambitions in ‘education’, Transhumanism, ‘social capital investing’, 5-6G, etc, and the attempt to abolish biological humanity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

      She has mapped the companies and investors involved: interesting UK-US-Israel links.

      Oh, but there’s no plan, none at all – how could there be?!

  35. MG says:

    Brazil health regulator rejects Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

    https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-health-regulator-anvisas-technical-staff-recommend-against-importing-2021-04-26/

    Similarly to Slovakia, the regulatory authority has got doubts about the quality of the vaccine.

    “The Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Monday rejected importing the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine requested by state governors battling a deadly second wave of the virus that is battering Latin America’s largest nation.

    Anvisa’s five-strong board voted unanimously not to approve the Russian vaccine after technical staff had highlighted “inherent risks” and “serious” defects, citing a lack of information guaranteeing its safety, quality and effectiveness.

    Ana Carolina Moreira Marino Araujo, general manager for health monitoring, said that taking into account all the documentation presented, data acquired at in-person inspections and information from other regulators, “inherent risks” were too great.”

    There are cells in Sputnik V vaccine, that should not be there:

    https://domov.sme.sk/c/22647082/vakcina-sputnik-obsahuje-bunky-ktore-tam-nemaju-co-hladat.html

  36. Tim Groves says:

    ER demand surges “dramatically” in Israel following mass jabbing.

    (translated from Hebrew by Google)
    40% increase in emergency room inquiries: “Load we did not see even before the corona”
    Post-Corona also in emergency rooms: Directors of emergency departments across the country report heavy loads and a dramatic upward trend in the number of applicants. Chairman of the Emergency Medicine Organization: “With three million applications a year and treatment that lasts an average of four hours – we must invest in improving emergency medicine in Israel”

    https://www.ynet.co.il/health/article/Hy6Et8pUO

  37. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The Treasury cannot explain how it will manage declines in tax revenues worth £37 billion from fossil fuels as the UK shifts to a clean economy, MPs have warned.”

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19262833.treasury-cannot-explain-37bn-decline-fossil-fuels-tax-will-managed/

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “An independent Scotland would start life with a large budget deficit “substantially higher than the rest of the UK…

      “David Phillips, an associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), said Scotland’s underlying fiscal position has been “relatively weaker than the UK as a whole” since the fall in oil prices in the mid 2010s.”

      https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19259105.independent-scotland-face-large-deficit-difficult-choices-says-ifs/

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “Britons living in Scotland each benefit from an extra £2,500 of public spending than the taxes they pay – while the English receive just £91.

        “This is compared to £4,412 in Wales and £5,118 in Northern Ireland between 2018 and 2019, a leading think-tank found.

        “However, in those years just 0.3 per cent of England’s GDP was deficit – compared to Scotland’s 7.7 per cent.”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9518767/Scots-benefit-extra-2-500-public-spending-English-receive-just-91.html

        • Harry McGibbs says:

          “A slump in prices after 2014, projections for steep falls in production in the coming decade and a wish to make Scotland a renewable energy powerhouse have made the SNP’s renewed push for independence under Nicola Sturgeon a near oil-free zone…

          “The SNP says… it wants to support oil companies transitioning to renewable energy… engineers and manufacturers will be needed to develop Scotland’s wind power capacity and new industries such as hydrogen and carbon capture.”

          https://www.ft.com/content/e6b42db9-1a73-4314-bd96-5409d0b3b774

    • I believe that a major way the benefit of “net energy” is transferred to the rest of the economy is through tax payments. Fossil fuels, especially oil, have been very good for lots of tax payments. The only way clean energy can substitute for fossil fuels is if it also can make lots of tax payments. People don’t realize this!

    • From article:

      A private school founded by an anti-vaccination activist in South Florida has warned teachers and staff against taking the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it will not employ anyone who has received the shot.

      The Centner Academy in Miami sent a notice to parents on Monday informing them of a new policy for its two campuses for about 300 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Teachers or staff who have already taken the vaccine were told to continue reporting to school but to stay separated from students.

      So the school will have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated teachers.

  38. Fast Eddy says:

    He said that the situation today is the worst he’s witnessed — and he believes it’s about to get even more severe.

    “Buckle up. The month of May will be the worst people have ever seen,” he predicted. Because some shippers will have to wait in line behind the growing backlog in Asia, he expects “what’s going to happen soon is that some importers won’t even be able to get on the boat. For them, it will almost feel like trade is coming to a halt.”

    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/flexport-trans-pacific-deteriorating-brace-for-shipping-tsunami

    LEAK

    – Projected supply chain break downs, inventory shortages, large economic instability. Expected late Q2 2021.

    – Deployment of military personnel into major metropolitan areas as well as all major roadways to establish travel checkpoints. Restrict travel and movement. Provide logistical support to the area. Expected by Q3 2021. Along with that provided road map the Strategic Planning committee was asked to design an effective way of transitioning Canadians to meet a unprecedented economic endeavor.

  39. Vaxxxidents – What happens when you inject a billion people with a mind destroying gene therapy.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/tUHq0KkPSAOK/

    Seems like this kind of thing is starting to happen pretty frequently. Reader Linda sent the following:

    It is happening here in rural So. Calif. desert too! Drivers are swerving into oncoming traffic. Quite challenging on narrow mountain roads! I am happy that I drive a 3/4 ton pick up truck!

    I really feel that this is how the “zombie apocolypse” begins. Things are going to become extremely strange in the days to come!

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      I’m quite ready to see the data that backs up this vague anecdotal “news”.

      whenever.

      that would be important data.

      whenever.

      • Good point!

        In fact, it would be good also to have information on whether there really are second-hand vaccination effects, and to what extent they are happening. Some coincidences do happen. There may be more new drivers on the road, for example, causing the truck accidents.

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          yes we need more real scientific data. Perhaps it’s just that after a year of covid and the innnsane gov responses, people might just be getting more menttally unstable, so it would be good to have real data that shows accident increases, and then rational explanations for the menttal states of these drivers.

          • Sam says:

            I was talking with a neighbor friend of mind who is a medical doctor and one thing that he said really stuck with me…..”we really thought we new about health and viruses but this has taught us that we really now very little”
            I think soon they will be saying the same about the economy. The lords of money think that they can push this button and pull this lever and pretend they know what they are doing and everyone will believe them. And the are right! At least for now but when things spin out of control and people realize that those people really don’t know what they are doing—–real fear will set in! Katie bar the door!!

            • Azure Kingfisher says:

              It’s incredible how much we don’t know. People ought to respect that. The universe will always be far greater than our limited understanding of it.

              Rich people are dangerous. Concentrated wealth poses a threat to society in that those who attempt to wield it can wreak havoc. A millionaire, billionaire or trillionaire is a monstrosity, like Godzilla, and potentially more destructive.

              This is why the rich, above all, should not take bold action. They need not push this button and pull that lever; for when they do, the potential for devastating and unforeseen consequences is great. The price for their learning this lesson through experience is to inflict misery and suffering on others.

              The world doesn’t need Bill Gates to save it. Humanity needs to be saved from Bill Gates.

    • Thierry says:

      A colleague of mine who has been vaxxed experienced the same a few days later. He said he was scared while driving and suddenly did not know anymore how to drive.
      Strange indeed!

  40. Kamala Harris Will Reportedly Address UN Urging Countries to Prepare for New Pandemic (Devil Covid?)

    US Vice President Kamala Harris is planning to address the UN on 26 April with a speech calling on countries to start preparations for a new pandemic, the AP reported, citing an obtained document allegedly containing the text of her speech.

    “At the same time that the world works to get through this pandemic, we also know that we must prepare for the next”, Kamala is purportedly planning to say to UN members via a virtual address.

    Harris will reportedly outline her vision of what actions countries should undertake in order to improve their response to a potential next pandemic. Her proposals will supposedly include improving access to national health systems, increasing investments in scientific research, raising funding for medical workers, and boosting the manufacturing capacities for PPE (personal protective equipment), vaccines, and tests, as well as investing in the wellbeing of women (the AP did not elaborate on this provision further).
    https://sputniknews.com/us/202104261082731454-kamala-harris-will-reportedly-address-un-urging-countries-to-prepare-for-new-pandemic/

    • It makes a person wonder whether some group already has such a pandemic planned. Too many people seem to be working on projects like this.

      • Xabier says:

        That we live in the ‘Age of the Virus’ is a convenient distraction from the fact that we certainly live in the ‘Age of Collapse’.

        It’s a wonderful tool for social and economic control, whether the viruses are engineered (most likely) or not.

        Too good for them to pass up. Besides, so much money to be made in this sector as others fail. Just like Green Tech….

        • hillcountry says:

          But there’s the ‘delta’ and how much grease for how many palms question. Looks like a few are breaking ranks.

          Love him or hate him – he’s always a good read because he makes a person think outside the box.

          http://mileswmathis.com/orthanc.pdf

          “Places like Infowars and Zerohedge are pushing the narrative that states that have opened up and given up masking are showing falling Covid numbers, while states remaining in lockdown are seeing rising numbers. This is supposed to be a knife in the heart of Fauci, which it is, in a way. But as happy as I am that states are opening up and dropping the mandates, I don’t believe this narrative.”

          “You see what is happening, right?”

          “The states like Texas that are opening up are opening up because they are resisting the story-line they are being fed by the vaccine makers like Bill Gates. Texas isn’t resisting that storyline because its governor is a good guy. He isn’t.”

          “Abbott and others in Texas are resisting because it is an oil and gas state, and it has taken a beating in the past year. Those people are invested in things dropping in value, like oil, and I guess they aren’t as heavily invested in drugs and hospitals.”

          “But they aren’t just resisting that storyline regarding lockdowns and masks, they are resisting the storyline regarding faking the Covid numbers. All the Covid numbers are fake and always have been, but only states like California, Oregon, and New York are still going along with the total fraud. Other states like Texas have backed off, with some locales perhaps reporting as they were before, but other locales dropping the fake altogether and refusing to move numbers from one column to another.”

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “… is planning to address the UN on 26 April…”

      (checks calendar) well, today is April 27, eh?

      will it also be predicted that the new virus will mutate?

      and when it mutates, what will be the response?

      OMG it mutated! see, THEY planned this!

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      “Such calls are not new – earlier, billionaire philanthropist and proponent of mass vaccination Bill Gates called for multi-billion-dollar investments in healthcare systems to prevent countries from being ‘caught flat-footed again.’ He argued that preparations for a new pandemic must be taken just as seriously as ‘the threat of war.'”

      Sigh. In other words, “the beatings will continue until morale improves.”

      This article is further confirmation, in my opinion, that one cannot “vaccinate” their way out of this situation. Take all the experimental injections you like, they’ll just keep running the “new pandemic” or “new variants” narratives all day long as a means of justifying their agenda.

      Do you want to experience the decline of BAU with or without experimental technology in your body?

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        without.

        “Don’t Trust The Pricks.”

        • nikoB says:

          My new tag lines are now.

          “Only a clot would trust the pricks.”

          “If you trust the pricks you’re a clot.”

      • Ed says:

        I, like Brigadier General Jack Ripper, will go down with my bodily fluids unadulterated. I will keep my purity of essence and my we all have peace on Earth. Yes it is the recall code but if the CRM 114 Discriminator is damaged beyond functioning we will just have to ride the bomb down.

      • Tim Groves says:

        Ivermectin to these people is like garlic to a vampire.
        Indeed, garlic to these people is like garlic to a vampire.

        Eating a bulb or two of garlic a day, which is well known for its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, may not kill a coronavirus infection, BUT it will definitely help you maintain a generous social distance from other people.

        • Xabier says:

          I eat about 4 cloves of garlic a day,Tim, but these buggers still won’t get out of my life and off this lovely planet!

          Perhaps it’s high time for silver bullets and a stake……..

  41. Concentration camps in Canada

    After he was hired by Canadian Natural Resources in Northern Alberta, Corey Hagopian was deceived, tested and quarantined in depraved conditions, against his will.

    Imprisoned – blacklisted – unemployable – lines – mind games – terror tactics – lies – nondisclosure agreements – rotten food – submit – signing documents under duress – you don’t have a choice – snitches.

    What do these words have in common? A worksite in Northern Alberta.

    I had the pleasure of speaking with a wonderful young man last Sunday.

    Corey Hagopian and his girlfriend sold everything they owned in Ontario for the promise of a better future in Alberta.

    What he encountered at on a job site in Northern Alberta was nothing short of a nightmare. Trained in electronics engineering as a technician with a specialty in non-destructive testing and ultrasonics, he was hired to work at a Canadian National Resources (CNQ) site in Northern Alberta.

    He was told he would be working 40 minutes from Edmonton; they failed to mention that was by plane. When Corey found out he would be flying into camp he asked about being Covid tested. He was told no he wouldn’t be tested; that they could not force him to be tested.

    He got on the plane and at the other end of the ride, he was told to line up for a test. He managed to avoid being tested then but they came looking for him the next morning demanding he be tested.

    He managed to escape that test to get into the field to work but that evening his trainer insisted he needed to be tested. Corey responded by repeating that he was told he wouldn’t be forced to test.

    The trainer said that he couldn’t force Corey to test but they could force him off the site if he refused. Corey thought about it and decided that if he was going to be forced to test then he didn’t want to work there.

    He was told he couldn’t get off the property by bus, car, or plane without being tested. He was trapped. He agreed to the first test; he spoke to the nurses explaining he had a sinus issue and to please be careful. The nurse was anything but careful, the next morning when he bent to tie his shoes his nose began to bleed and proceeded to ooze blood for the next few days.

    Although he was upset and angry about the violation of his person and his personal rights it appeared to be a one-time thing and he could get his months shift in and go home.

    Before the first week was out the one-time test turned to every 72 hours; then every 48 hours, then by the end of the week it was everyday.

    Not agreeing with their protocols, he said once he was paid for the first week he was leaving. That first weeks pay was withheld. He continued to put up with procedures trying to get to the next payday so he could leave.

    On the 11th day in camp being tested everyday, he was told he had a positive result. When he asked to see the results, he was denied.

    He was ordered to pack his things he was being moved to an isolation unit.
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2021/04/Nightmare-Companies-Profit-by-Quarantining-Employees.html?_ga=2.200307822.1919444607.1616347091-903648786.1588285733

    • Xabier says:

      I used to know quite a lot of Canadians: nice and dull, on the whole. Rather deficient in wit and bite, but restful, sociable, and good company.

      Why have they now embraced this insane, bullying, Covid Fascism?

      Is it a testament to the year of brainwashing? Or are they simply too wired to conform?

      • NomadicBeer says:

        Xabier, these are good questions.
        I have posted before links to studies that show that better educated people are more delusional, conformist and prejudiced.

        We even have a great example in the history – Germany was the most developed, best educated country in the world when the Nazis took over.

        I see it every day around me – I can communicate with rednecks and disagree but it’s impossible to get through to the middle class overeducated successful people.

        Basically education in most people replaces reality with a set of abstractions – which make them easier to manipulate.

        BTW education has nothing to do with wisdom – just read John Taylor Gatto.

        • Xabier says:

          Interesting reflections: one wonders, too, whether the self-consciously educated tend to remain deceived and refuse to take in new and contrary information out of investment in their own self-perception of cleverness. Self-image takes precedence over reality.

          As for wisdom, an old Persian proverb covers that:

          ‘A donkey laden with books remains a donkey all the same…’

          • Fast Eddy says:

            ‘A donkey laden with books remains a donkey all the same…’

            Marvellous!

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Perhaps Sirens injected with the poison … will be sent out to tempt the unvaxxed…

            I might have to submit…

            https://www.movienewz.com/img/story/large/sports-illustrated-2014-swimsuit-issue.jpg

          • JMS says:

            Exactly, Xabier. Is not easy for an educated person, who has gone through college etc, and considers her-himself well informed, to accept that almost everything s/he has spent decades believing in (in the political sphere, for example) is pure fiction.
            Is not easy because It’s a hard blow to our pride, as you suggest, and also because it’s potential harmfulness to our social life.
            But I think the major obstacle to acceptance of such abismal information is that it forces people to question everything – which is something that humans in general abhorr. Most people prefer the comfort of certainty (of “truth”) to the cold of doubt, and to follow instructions (and orders) rather than the hassle of searching on their own.

            By the way, your Persian proverb reached Portuguese folklore, where it circulates yet,

        • hillcountry says:

          Ironic too, re: the Prussian connection.

          High regards in our household for Gatto’s insights.

          https://www.lewrockwell.com/2010/09/john-taylor-gatto/the-prussian-connection/

          John Taylor Gatto writes:

          “In no uncertain terms Fichte told Prussia the party was over. Children would have to be disciplined through a new form of universal conditioning. They could no longer be trusted to their parents. Look what Napoleon had done by banishing sentiment in the interests of nationalism. Through forced schooling, everyone would learn that “work makes free,” and working for the State, even laying down one’s life to its commands, was the greatest freedom of all. Here in the genius of semantic redefinition1 lay the power to cloud men’s minds, a power later packaged and sold by public relations pioneers Edward Bernays and Ivy Lee in the seedtime of American forced schooling.”

        • Kowalainen says:

          “Basically education in most people replaces reality with a set of abstractions – which make them easier to manipulate.”

          Of which is 99.99% garbage abstractions of “logic” crafted out of prestige, status, vanity, delusions, hopium and attachments. With other words:

          MOAR!

          Lazy ass cheap “intelligence”. A waste of petroleum and coal.

          Here is how it works:

          0. WELCOME TO EARTH – A TRASH HEAP OF MUPPETRY
          1. Craft a wall of delusion
          2. Tear it down with reason (yes it hurts – deal with it)
          3. Salvage a few good bits from the ruins
          4. Still alive? If yes, see 1, otherwise see 5.
          5. Try again [Y/N]? If “Y” goto 0, otherwise goto 5.

          🌍💥☄️☄️☄️

          Let it burn, it’s the only way to be sure.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Well.. they elected this…this… snowflake…. twice!!!

        https://youtu.be/YMCaDvah6N0

        https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154310084906939

  42. neil says:

    It used to be Nicola sturgeon, but her career is coming to an end in the traditional politician’s fashion – failure.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      You mean Arlene Foster?

      > Arlene Foster faces DUP revolt that could topple her as leader

      Arlene Foster is facing a revolt from Democratic Unionist party (DUP) members that threatens to topple her as party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland. DUP sources told the Guardian the letter, which has not been made public, had been signed by most of the party’s 27 assembly members.

      There is no obvious successor. Jon Tonge, a University of Liverpool politics professor who is an authority on the DUP, flagged Gavin Robinson, the party’s East Belfast MP, as a possible contender.

      Critics said she frittered away unprecedented levels of goodwill and made strategic errors over Brexit. “Her intransigence, petulance, arrogance, lack of generosity, and political myopia have been catastrophic for unionism,” tweeted Deirdre Heenan, a social policy professor at Ulster University.

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/apr/27/arlene-foster-faces-dup-revolt-that-could-topple-her-as-leader

      • Tim Groves says:

        No, it’s pretty clear he means Nicola “Batshit Crazy” Sturgeon, whose main sales point is she is slightly less batty than Boris.

        https://www.bitchute.com/video/LvJBqHRcPgY/

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          You are so funny. Nicola is the most popular politician throughout the UK. Do you seriously suppose that websites like that have any impact on public opinion?

          > Nicola Sturgeon is England’s favourite political leader, poll finds

          Nicola Sturgeon is the UK’s best respected party leader, according to the latest polling. Work by Opinium for the Observer shows 40% of people in Scotland “strongly approve” of the way she’s doing her job. That compares with a rating of 11% for Tory PM Boris Johnson, 4% for Labour head Keir Starmer and 3% for Ed Davey of the LibDems.

          Sturgeon also leads the pack for voters in the UK as a whole — with 42% approval to Johnson’s 34%. Even in England, 41% of people approve of the way she’s doing her job, compared with 38% for Starmer, 34% for Johnson and 14% for Davey.

          And when the disapproval ratings are brought in, that leaves Sturgeon as the only one of the four in positive numbers in Scotland, with Johnson plummeting to -25% while the SNP head is at +28%. In fact, Johnson is on negative numbers everywhere, while Sturgeon is on +13% for the UK as a whole and +12% for England.

          https://www.thenational.scot/news/19024068.nicola-sturgeon-englands-favourite-political-leader-poll-finds/

          • Kowalainen says:

            The main benefit of hers is being a woman. By the way, doesn’t she look like Mutti (Merkel)?

          • Tim Groves says:

            Getting voted “most popular politician” in the UK is nothing to write home about. You must have noticed that UK voters lack discrimination and have notoriously poor taste.

            “Slightly less batty than Boris”—now that’s an award.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        Ironically, DUP is not dumping Arlene because she has the strategic leadership of a three year old, she opposed T. May’s Brexit deal that would have kept UK aligned to EU SM/ CU, and ended up with a sea border with Britain – or because she got Stormont shut down for three years over the ‘cash for ash’ scandal, whereby farmers were paid millions to keep the heating permanently on in empty barns in an ill-conceived ‘green’ scheme – but because she did not vote to oppose the banning of ‘gay conversion therapy.’ DUP is frankly mental, and they have zero political skills. Arlene was the best thing that ever happened for Irish unity – until the next Dopey leader. A lurch back into extreme religious fundamentalism will surely end unionism in NI.

        • neil says:

          No. It will just mean the end of religious fundamentalism in politics, and the weird anachronism of a party in government where 70% of representatives are members of a church which comprises less than 1% of the population. It’s related to the good Friday agreement, which favours extremism, but it’s the only agreement we’ve got.
          I did indeed mean the rapidly weakening Nicola sturgeon, whose career is drawing to a close as well. Just not as quickly as Arlene’s.
          Any news on that marvellous job creation scheme in border control in Scotland? Let’s have more borders – prosperity awaits.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            The narrative of the day is very clear, and it comes across as childish to try to invert it.

            • neil says:

              It comes across as hopeless when the dear leader is asked about the finances of an independent Scotland and can’t answer. Go ahead – be independent. Just try and be honest and admit you’ll be poor.
              And please admit that an independent state set up on a result of 51% in favour will fail.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Neil, I’m blown away by Mirror’s un-rebuttable point about the Scots being an historical nation, a bit like the Lakota, the Ainu or the Iceni.

              This, of course, has been the clinching argument for an independent Norfolk with territorial claims on the peripheral fenlands for almost two thousand years now.

              https://i.ytimg.com/vi/6eO-bPT-qNA/hqdefault.jpg

            • Mirror on the wall says:

              The problem that NI unionism has is that it no longer has the numbers, and that will become more apparent as the years go on.

              They may be under the impression that it was stubbornness and belligerence that ‘did it’ for them, but more likely it was simply numbers. Indeed, it is likely that belligerence simply provoked and hardened opposition.

              So, NI unionism is likely in for a shock in the coming years, in which the numbers and its own long-term strategy are against it.

              The sectarian statelet has been a complete disaster for everyone involved, ruptured by decades of civil war, and likely millions have left – the NI unionists have obviously never had a clue about how to make a society work, and they still have not.

              That leopard seems unlikely to change its spots, so it will be popcorn time as the numbers change. Likely the rise of the stubborn, belligerent DUP was the worst thing that could have happened for NI unionism.

  43. Sam says:

    Why are oil prices not going up? If everything else is I don’t understand why oil would not increase!
    I think it’s being manipulated

  44. Fast Eddy says:

    “It’s About To Get Much Worse”: Supply Chains Implode As “Price Doesn’t Even Matter Anymore”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/its-about-get-much-worse-supply-chains-implode-price-doesnt-even-matter-anymore

    Need the bloody D-C asap!!!!

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      From the comments section:

      mike6972:

      “I don’t understand why anyone still accepts our money. Is it that the other currencies are even worse? Why does anyone buy our debt? It won’t be paid back. Isn’t that obvious? Why would anyone want to hold worthless debt? I don’t understand why anyone would trade useful goods for our promissory notes, which are based on monopoly money.”

      karzai_luver:

      “Don’t drone me bro. It’s pure brute force, how long that holds is open.”

    • What a mess! I understand, too, that part of Los Angeles’ problem is that its port facilities are not really built with adequate capacity for this number of large container ships. It is the 17th largest port in the world. Three of the largest five are in China.

  45. New ATMs in Virginia with (vaccine) ID scan and (microchip) palm scan

    • Perhaps the ATM will become ill if a customer has COVID-19.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Oh… does it stop you from getting covid even if you have had the vaccine -which does not…

        If not then why does this exist?

        Do the CovIDIOTS not see the insanity of all of this?

        Do the CovIDIOTS not see that the purpose of the insanity is to try to convince people to take the lethal injection?

        How much more obvious does it have to be?

        • Tim Groves says:

          It’s like the Monolith in 2001. The apemen/apewomen/apepeople just woke up one day and found it there in their midst. Pretty soon after that they began bashing their neighbors’ heads in with gazelle and wildebeest bones.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            If the Elders fail with the CEP… the veneer will be stripped and we’ll be knee deep in this

            https://youtu.be/strWmj-vZ88

            F789ing vile primitive beasts…. that’s what we are … underneath our Chanel and Gap garb…. let’s not forget that.

      • Xabier says:

        It could become a super-spreader – horror!

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      Another weary tribute to techno-worship. These people are getting desperate now. Humans are dirty, filthy, contagious creatures in their eyes. They’ll attempt to use technology as a buffer between us and them, all the way to the end of BAU. Foolish.

      This ATM is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fun facts about the city:

      “The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) [headquarters in Charlottesville] is part of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command. The NGIC provides scientific and technical intelligence (S&T) and general military intelligence (GMI) on foreign ground forces in support of the warfighting commanders, force and material developers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense, and National-level decisionmakers. The NGIC also manages the Army’s Foreign Materiel Exploitation Program and foreign material acquisition requirements, and constitutes a single authoritative source for comprehensive ground forces threat to the Army and other services.” – Wikipedia

      Estimated population 47,266 as of 2019.

      “As of 2016, 11,129 people work for the government, with 376 working for the federal government, 7,796 working for the state government, and 2,957 working for the local government.” – Wikipedia

      “Since the city’s early formation, it has been home to numerous notable individuals, from historic figures Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, to literary giants Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner, to NFL player Ralph Horween. In the present day, Charlottesville’s Albemarle County is or has been the home of movie stars Rob Lowe, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard, novelist John Grisham, the poet Rita Dove, the Dave Matthews Band, and the pop band Parachute, as well as multi-billionaires John Kluge and Edgar Bronfman Sr. Between 1968 and 1984, Charlottesville was also the home of Anna Anderson, best known for her false claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia and lone survivor of the 1918 massacre of Nicholas II’s royal family.
      The city was also home of the Tibetan lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, but he and his family have since moved to California. His Ligmincha Institute headquarters, Serenity Ridge, is in nearby Shipman, Virginia.” – Wikipedia

      There was also the Charlottesville protest incident on August 12, 2017 when a car drove into BLM and Antifa protestors. For more on that event, see:

      “Yes, Virginia, the Charlottesville Car Crash was Staged,” by Miles Mathis

      http://mileswmathis.com/charl.pdf

      Charlottesville: a city of chicanery.

      • Tim Groves says:

        I love Miles’s work, and I was particularly impressed by his article showing that John Lennon is alive and well and living openly as a John Lennon impersonator in Toronto. But let’s not overuse the resource. Gail is already having trouble with his idea that nuclear power is yet another scam. We shouldn’t upset her nerves too often.

        Despite that, this was good info, thanks!

  46. Mirror on the wall says:

    The EU is set to ratify the Brexit agreement tonight with a view to control over, and punishment of, the UK. UK has already signed up to it, and the EU is now putting the agreement, with its mechanisms of compliance, into force.

    The matter is likely to get entertaining again, as the EU constrains and punishes the UK. The talk is already of ‘punishing’ the UK – indeed that is presented as the whole point of EU ratification.

    It is clearly a new, one-sided power relationship that is about to come into effect. I am not sure that anyone voted for Brexit with that objective in mind, but that is what the Boris administration signed up to.

    The real world was always going to be more complicated than ‘Let’s tell the EU to get stuffed, and do our own thing.’ ‘Taking back control’ always has limits in the real world. ‘Sovereignty’ is nearly always traded for influence.

    The real world is rarely reducible to corny, simplistic campaign slogans. Any ‘agreement’ with another limits one’s options in certain ways – and a lack of agreement is also liable to do the same, which is why agreements and treaties are often entered into as the ‘better’ option.

    This ‘drama’ is far from finished. A whole new story, a ‘power drama’, is about to unfold. Hopefully it will be as entertaining as the Brexit fiasco hitherto.

    > Ursula von der Leyen says EU could punish UK over Brexit breaches

    Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the EU will not hesitate to use the “real teeth” in the Brexit deal to punish the British government for breaching its obligations as MEPs prepared to consent to the historic agreement, marking the end of four years of high political drama.

    Speaking ahead of an evening vote by MEPs, where a positive result is not in question, the European commission president said the trade and cooperation agreement would give the EU more leverage over the UK.

    “This agreement comes with real teeth with a binding dispute settlement mechanism and the possibility for unilateral remedial measures where necessary,” Von der Leyen told MEPs.

    “And let me be very clear: we do not want to have to use these tools, but we will not hesitate to use them if necessary. They are essential to ensure full compliance with the [trade and cooperation agreement], and with the withdrawal agreement, which both were negotiated in such fine details and agreed by both sides.”

    …. “We are asking for the whole deal, nothing but the deal, and for as long as it has not been implemented … we will carry out reprisals in other sectors if it is necessary,” Beaune told the BFM Business channel.

    “It will give us the tools we need to ensure full and faithful compliance with the obligations, to which both sides signed up. And it will also focus minds on finding pragmatic solutions where they are needed most urgently around the protocol of Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

    The result of the vote is expected to be announced on Wednesday morning.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      EU: “You have been very, very naughty, and I am going to put you over my knee, in front of the entire world!”

      UK: “Mumble, grumble. Ouch! Ouch!”

      The world: “LOL!”

      • Malcopian says:

        Silly boy, cracked mirror.

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          How is that analysis of the situation wrong? Are you seriously suggesting that Brexit strengthens the UK in its relationship with the EU, or that the Brexit agreements do not establish a one-sided power relationship?

          Here is a reminded of some of the weakness for UK in the agreements.

          – Free trade on goods (for which EU has massive surplus) and none on services (for which UK has a massive surplus); totally one sided trade agreement that benefits EU over UK, it allows EU firms to enjoy access to UK markets according to their strengths, and it excludes UK businesses from access to EU markets according to their strengths

          – City of London cut out of financial services in EU – Amsterdam and New York have already trawled the desks, taking whatever business suits them; UK has been neutralised and already plundered by EU of one of its most lucrative industries; it is entirely at the mercy of the EU and with no say over it

          – UK will still face administrative barriers up to 10% of the value of goods; the EU will not – totally one sided agreement to benefit EU and hinder UK; EU businesses are given a clear and permanent advantage over UK businesses – and Boris actually signed up to that

          – UK must maintain EU standards on goods, labour and environment in its other trade deals, which other countries do not adhere to; UK no longer has any say over those standards or the policy – the EU is now the boss over UK trade deals

          – UK can only make its own trade deals if a certain percentage of the components in goods bound for EU are sourced in UK, which will be difficult given supply dependencies and trade commitments; the EU can make whatever deals it likes and on its own terms, with no such constraints; UK has no further say on the matter

          – UK is still subject to European Convention on Human Rights and to European Court of Human Rights, with no further say over them; EU can formulate and wield the powers in whichever way suits it

          – UK is still committed to EU military-building through European Defence Fund, with no say over its use; UK is subordinated to EU in funding of its future geopolitical adventures

          – Near total surrender of UK waters and fish – EU is already threatening punishments over that to press its advantages in UK waters

          – EU ‘annexation’ of NI aligned to SM/ CU and a sea border with Britain – EU has already initiated punishments over that to enforce compliance

          – No sovereign control over taxation and state subsidies, all matters to be decided by EU and to its own advantage

          That is clearly a one-sided power relationship that the EU is determined to use to its own advantage, and it will use the agreed mechanisms of punishment and compliance to enforce that relationship.

          I would suggest that the jokey metaphor is entirely appropriate to the situation, which is one of international, geopolitical humiliation. It might not be pleasant to face up to the raw reality of a situation, but I would suggest that it is better to do so. Lessons can perhaps be learnt – one of which is to know the limits of one’s own strength and to make plans accordingly, so as to avoid weakening oneself even further.

          Pride often comes before a fall – and humility is often the better course. Flag-waving is supposed to be for the masses; leaders are supposed to have level heads. The conflation of the two with Brexit was always liable to end badly.

          • Tim Groves says:

            I think your analysis on this is is persuasive. As you have astutely pointed out in the past, the UK is a PLC and so decisions there are made in order to benefit the shareholders and the board of directors. The people may have voted narrowly for Brexit, but it seems they were recalcitrant to have done so, so now they are going to have to endure collective punishment for their folly. More generally, this is also going to serve as a lesson to all ethnic nations on how far they will be allowed to go in asserting sovereignty without the might to back up their rights. The UK board and the shareholders will do alright, though, as they always do.

            • jj says:

              With the right voting machines the UK could have been saved a lot of pain.

            • Malcopian says:

              I never voted for Brexit. I was annoyed at the EU for its treatment of Greece, so I abstained.

              On the Moreno scale, I feel English first, European second, and British last.

            • Xabier says:

              True, they abhor ethnic nations, and real men and real women, with families.

              Just the rainbow flag, flying over a circle of Hell inhabited by de-sexed slaves, any children the property of the state and corporations.

      • Kowalainen says:

        I sense a disturbance in the “force”. Such is it to be a master of observation.

        ☯️

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        The situation is what it is. The EU does not depict it as one of humiliation for the UK solely because it rightly does not perceive such an honest posture to be to its own advantage, which is all that it cares about. It is not the role of the EU to spell out lessons for the UK about how the world works, and what the UK might learn from the Brexit fiasco, rather its role is to exploit UK weaknesses to its own advantage. Barnier would never be so honest. The EU is content to say, “Nothing to see here.”

    • Both the EU and the UK are very energy deficient. Oil is particularly a problem. Neither side can really be a winner.

  47. hillcountry says:

    Gail, I was reading posts at the Oilystuff blog and ran across this line:

    “Remember, 80+% of horizontal tight oil from the Permian Basin gets exported, to foreign countries, for less than drilling and completion costs. How’s that for dumbness?”

    Do you know if the same applies to the rest of the fracked-output in the US?

    I heard somewhere that fracked-oil is not good for making diesel fuel. So, are we in some kind of third-world status already?

    • hillcountry says:

      here’s a time-lapse video of drilling and fracking a well from 2012

      • Fast Eddy says:

        That’s some serious costs we’re looking at….

        No wonder they’ve lost $300B on these wells….

        Fracked wells are short-lived, with a well’s output typically declining from more than 1,000 barrels a day to 100 barrels in just a few years. New wells must be drilled frequently to maintain production.

        And our fragile civilization has been 100% dependent on shale for over a decade…

        Of course the Elders were always aware of this … they made sure the cash was there to subsidize sucking that oil out of the carpet…. it’s what you do when conventional peaked in 2005.

    • Fracked oil is a mixture, but it generally doesn’t have very much of the long-chain molecules that go into diesel. Refineries often use mixes of different oils, to achieve the desired blend for their refinery. Fracked oil seems to be in demand internationally for mixing with fairly heavy oils, to lighten up the overall mixture.

      I haven’t researched what fracked oil is selling for internationally. It is always difficult to determine what is an acceptable price to the seller. What the seller would like is a price that covers all of its costs, including taxes, amounts that are needed to repay debt with interest, amounts needed to pay dividends to shareholders, and amounts needed for reinvestment. The price of oil hasn’t been at this level for a long time, perhaps 2011 or in 2008, for anyone.

      Once all of the expense of drilling a well has been spent, the cost of simply operating the already completed well is very low. So not a very high price is needed for this oil, to allow the oil to continue to flow. In fact, the price could be less than the drilling and completion costs, if the well was drilled earlier.

      We keep seeing oil producers going bankrupt. Then a new producer steps in and takes over. When it does so, it tends to have a lower cost structure than the original owner. It likely pays very little for the drilling rights. It may convince new investors that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, because certainly oil prices will rise in the future, allowing more production and a better profit on each barrel drilled.

    • hillcountry says:

      There we go with more unfunded liabilities. Millions of abandoned wells? I’d guess the bill is a lot more than a billion dollars, not to mention the impact of all the leaking being documented by infra-red photography via EarthWorks at their YouTube channel.

      http://www.fasterthanexpected.com/2021/02/25/who-will-clean-up-the-billion-dollar-mess-of-abandoned-us-oilwells/

      “The impacts aren’t just here in the rangy fields of Wyoming. There are unremediated wells in Los Angeles neighborhoods and Pennsylvania farms. There could be as many as 3.2m abandoned wells in the US, according to a 2018 EPA report, but this is probably an undercount because both federal and state programs for regulating and monitoring non-producing wells are incomplete. There are an estimated 2,500 of them in the Powder River Basin alone.”

      “So many have been left uncapped because the regulations and bonding requirements, the money that companies pay ahead of time as insurance, for those wells are so minimal that it’s nearly impossible to hold drillers responsible or to pay for cleanup. Some companies simply walk away from wells, meaning they are still liable; when firms go out of business, they are not.”

      “The penalties for not cleaning up a well are minimal when there’s nothing but a small bond holding a company responsible. “How do you convince operators to comply when there’s no carrot and no stick?” said Frank Rusco, a director in the US Government Accountability Office’s natural resources and environment team.”

      “That means the profits for drilling go to individual companies while the damages, both environmental and financial, are largely borne by the local community and by state and federal taxpayers. “Unplugged wells devalue property, they’re a mess to work around, it can lead to groundwater pollution, and no one is really tracking it,” Morrison said.”

  48. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Looks like the owners of this Island may be bugging out there themselves!

    An Italian man is to leave the island he has lived on for more than 30 years after pressure from authorities.

    Mauro Morandi, 81, moved to Budelli off northern Sardinia in 1989.

    Last year, however, Mr Morandi said the owners of the island, which is famed for its pink beach, wanted him to relocate.

    “I will leave hoping that in the future Budelli will be protected as I have protected it for 32 years,” he wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

    Speaking to BBC Outlook in 2018, the former physical education teacher said he had “always been a bit of a rebel”.

    “I was quite fed up with a lot of things about our society: consumerism and the political situation in Italy,” Mr Morandi said. “I decided to move to a desert island in Polynesia, away from all civilisation. I wanted to start a new life close to nature.”

    After beginning their journey by sea, he and a number of friends landed on the Italian archipelago of La Maddalena, where they planned to work and make money to fund the rest of their travels.

    And the rest is History….no place to run to or hide….too crowded

  49. VERY INTERESTING TRUCK DRIVER POSTS
    “I have a startup company and as such I work every day of the week. Every day I’m on the road heading back and forth from home to my office in the Raleigh-Durham area via I-40.

    Recently, I have noticed a massive uptick in seemly bizarre accidents. Vehicles of all kinds, usually singular, running off the road and crashing. Not in bad weather. Not in the middle of the night. Just all of the a sudden.

    I have also noticed folks driving kind of “dazed” looking, weaving about, stopping erratically and in particular not driving at speed — usually like 10 mph below the speed limit on secondary roads, but very fast on primaries.

    I’ve driven in the local market for a very long time and I have not seen this kind of behavior before. Wondering if its the beginning of Vaxxed brain damage of some kind???”

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