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. Harry McGibbs says:

    “High street’s woes hit UK’s private landlords… the coronavirus crisis has emerged as a profound threat for …private commercial property investors, who range from local entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals, such as solicitors, doctors and accountants, to wealthy millionaires on national newspaper rich lists.

    “The pandemic has pushed many tenants to the brink and forced painful discussions about who will take the hit as incomes in retail plummet, leaving behind a swelling pile of rent arrears.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/dc6b2802-6e63-41c1-bc6a-19ab4061b646

  2. Fast Eddy says:

    The Leak … nailed it:

    TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet is actively considering a variety of stricter measures as COVID-19 modelling shows the province could see up to 18,000 new infections per day by the end of May if current trends continue.

    Sources tell CTV News Toronto and CP24 the latest data, which is expected to be released on Friday, shows that based on Ontario’s current trends there could be between 12,000 to 18,000 new daily infections by the end of May, with up to 1,800 patients in intensive care.

    The measures under consideration include shutting down construction to just critical infrastructure projects and placing limits on non-essential manufacturing and warehousing. Additional restrictions on religious services are also being considered by cabinet.

    Sources say Ontario is also considering fining business owners if non-essential staff attend work in-person. The government is also considering further restrictions on retail.

    Ontario could also step up enforcement of its ongoing stay-at-home order.

    A provincewide curfew is also under consideration, sources say.

    While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones wouldn’t confirm if a curfew was on the table but expressed her concern over the riots in Montreal after one was implemented there.

    Jones also expressed her frustration at the number of people she says are defying the province’s stay-at-home order.

    “I am concerned when I see photos of people who are clearly not socially distancing in parks,” Jones said. “I am concerned when I see that there are lineups unnecessarily and people are not respecting the stay-at-home order … We have to get better.”

    Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said Thursday that Ontario’s “situation is dire” and that the province’s “data is alarming.”

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-considers-stricter-measures-as-models-show-up-to-18-000-covid-19-cases-per-day-by-end-of-may-sources-1.5388838

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    • What comes next:

      Canada PBO endorses guaranteed basic income proposal of $17K/person, $24K/couple

      The Canadian Press have reported that Yves Giroux, the parliamentary budget officer, has just endorsed a proposal for guaranteed basic income in Canada. Under the proposal, a single person would make $16,989 per year and couples would make $24,027. Individuals with disabilities would receive 6,000 more.

      According to the report, the program would cost $85-billion, and the amount would be offset by the elimination of programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and various welfare programs. According to Giroux, the guaranteed basic income program would cut the national poverty rate in Canada in half.

      Earlier this year, the Angus Reid Institute released a study stating that almost 60% of Canadians were in favour of universal basic income in Canada as high as $30K/year.
      https://cultmtl.com/2021/04/canada-pbo-endorses-guaranteed-basic-income-proposal-of-17k-person-24k-couple/

      *Transitioning of individuals into the universal basic income program. Expected mid Q2 2021.*

      *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.*

    • Xabier says:

      Neither ‘infections’, nor ‘cases’, but merely positive test results – we know how reliable they are! And that they are no proof of either infection or infectiousness.

      This abuse of language by politicians, MSM and the medical establishment , makes the situation appear to be ‘dire’, and this alone.

    • I looked up Ontario in Wikipedia. Here are a few things I learned. (The important thing I learned is at the end of this long comment.)

      Ontario is the largest economy in Canada. Though manufacturing plays an important role in Ontario’s economy responsible for 12.6% of Ontario’s GDP, the service sector makes up the bulk, 77.9%, of the economy. Ontario is the most populous province of Canada, with a population of approximately 14.19 million permanent residents in 2017. It is Canada’s leading manufacturing province, accounting for 46% of the manufacturing GDP in 2017.

      In 2017, Ontario’s main international exports were motor vehicles and parts (35.3%), mechanical equipment (10.1%), precious metals and stones (9.8%), electrical machinery (3.9%), and plastic products (3.6%). Ontario’s main international imports were motor vehicles parts and accessories (22.6%), mechanical equipment (14.4%), electrical machinery (11.4%), plastic products (3.9%) and pharmaceutical products (3.4%).

      With respect to energy, I found this website:
      https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles-ontario.html

      The province is past peak conventional oil and peak natural gas. This is a link to its production.
      https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/images/on-fg01-eng.png

      Ontario produced 500 [“thousand’ would make more sense] barrels per day of light oil in 2018 (Figure 1). Ontario’s production represents less than 0.1% of total Canadian oil production (including condensate and pentanes plus).

      Also:

      Ontario has four refineries: Imperial Oil, Suncor, and Shell in Sarnia, and Imperial Oil in Nanticoke. These refineries have a total capacity of 393 thousand barrels per day (Mb/d), which gives Ontario the 2nd largest refining capacity after Alberta and accounts for 20% of total Canadian refining capacity.

      Western Canada supplied the majority of the crude oil used by Ontario’s refineries in 2018.

      With respect to natural gas, we are told:

      The Sarnia NGL fractionator is one of the main sources of propane and butanes for Eastern Canada. It processes NGL mix delivered from western Canada by the Enbridge Mainline (Lines 1 and 5)

      Enbridge’s line 5 is the one that is being discussed for shutdown. There are stories and maps about this:

      https://www.enbridge.com/~/media/Enb/Documents/Factsheets/FS_Without_Line5_econ_impact.pdf

      An article dated April 14, 2021 is titled, Canada moves to defend Enbridge’s Line 5 from Michigan shutdown efforts.

      A mediation in the dispute between Michigan and Enbridge is scheduled to start on April 16.

      Originally built in 1953, Line 5 ships as many as 540,000 barrels a day of oil and natural gas liquids and serves as a key energy provider in Michigan, Ontario and Quebec. Its shutdown would disrupt jet fuel supplies for international airports in Toronto and Detroit.

      Without oil and natural gas for the largest province in Canada, the country would be in truly terrible shape. I wonder if this is in the backs of the minds of the folks proposing the shutdowns. People who are locked in their apartments cannot see the energy problem at hand.

      • Tim Groves says:

        This is very interesting information, Gail. Ontario and to a lesser extent Canada are in a post-peak-oil & national gas production period (whether due to deliberate policy or to an absolute lack of commercially extractable resources) and so consumption has got to be reigned in accordingly.

        This is inline with what you’ve written about WWI and WWII coinciding with peak coal in Britain and Germany, respectively, and it also goes some way to explaining why, in the absence of conventional war, the UK with peak North Sea oil and gas now in the rear-view mirror, is being forced to adopt de facto policies resulting in inhumane treatment of the elderly and infirm that are increasingly reminiscent of what was implemented in German medical and nursing facilities the 1930s, while the people are encouraged to obey orders and clap for the NHS.

        • You are right. The world is now basically post-peak on oil, with Canada and the US both down in 2020. Canada’s natural gas production was down in 2019 and looks like it will be down in 2020, as well.

          I am less certain on the world situation for natural gas. US natural gas production seems to be down 1.6% for 2020, compared to 2019, but it was rising fairly quickly before then. US natural gas could, in theory, rise again.

          Clearly Canada has a serious energy problem, and the US is not doing well either. This is why there are many restrictions.

  3. Lidia17 says:

    Australia likely to remain closed until 2023. TV presenter says there is no opposition.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oj2UAkLKSk&feature=youtu.be

    • Australia’s oil consumption in million tonnes per year was 49.1 in 2019 in 2019. Its production was 20.6 million tonnes. Thus, Australia consumes about 2.4 times as much oil as it produces. This is a problem that make finances difficult.

      Cutting off international flights saves fuel and helps make the gap smaller. Perhaps the country will come up with a different excuse in 2023.

      • Ed says:

        Gail, it would add weight to this argument if you can list the amount of oil used per year for Aussie airports.

        • This is a link to the EIA site that shows Australia’s fuel consumption, for both jet fuel and all products, up through 2020.

          Notice that jet fuel consumption was already flat, comparing 2019 to 2018, at 163,000 barrels a day. Jet fuel consumption took a huge step down on 2020 to 71,000 barrels per day. This was a reduction of 56% over 2019, and the reduction only affected the last 9 months of the year!

          In 2019, jet fuel amounted to 13.9% of total oil consumption. For the year 2020, jet fuel amounted to only 7.0% of oil consumption.

          We can look at other products as well.

          Motor gasoline consumption was already down in 2019, compared to 2018 (323,000 dropping to 316,000). It took a much bigger step down in 2020, to 276,000 barrels per day. Comparing 2020 to 2019, gasoline consumption was down 13%.

          Distillate fuel oil (what I think of as diesel, used to operate trucks and ships) is hardly down at all, comparing 2020 to 2019.

          Total oil consumption down a bit (0.6%) comparing 2019 to 2018. In 2020, total oil consumption was down 13%. The bulk of this reduction came from jet fuel and private passenger auto use.

          • Kowalainen says:

            It sounds reasonable to keep commerce rolling while cracking down on frivolous waste of fossil fuels.

            The machine is churning at full tilt while the humans chill out in front of Netflix and YouTube.

  4. Downplaying The ‘Vaccine’- What’s Really Going On? – David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/z7MXBCE5rkKw/

    • This is 53 minutes long. What insight does he have (other than a claim the the virus doesn’t exist)?

    • D. Stevens says:

      Do any bitchute content creators talk about resources, population, energy, when trying to explain ‘What’s Really Going On’ in today’s current events or do they say it’s evil people hungry for money & power? They act as if we got rid of power elites green commies or whatever they see as trampling their freedoms then we can get back to being fruitful and multiplying. I’m unsure if they intentionally omit or are oblivious to energy flows. Makes it difficult to watch content from people who appear to be deceptive, withholding information, or are ignorant to important concepts.

  5. Fast Eddy says:

    Covid-19: European court backs mandatory child vaccinations

    ECHR ruled banning unvaccinated children from schools could be regarded as ‘necessary in a democratic society’

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has backed rules in the Czech Republic banning unvaccinated children from schools in a judgment that may have broader implications for the debate about mandatory jabs against Covid-19.

    Judges decided by a vote of sixteen to one that excluding unvaccinated children was permissible as a “protective” measure for other classmates rather than a “punitive” one against the few not immunised.

    “The objective has to be that every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or by virtue of herd immunity,” the Strasbourg, France-based court said on Thursday. “The Czech health policy could, therefore, be said to be consistent with the best interests of the children who were its focus.”

    The ruling could become political fodder as societies argue whether vaccination against the coronavirus should be mandated by law, and whether children should receive a vaccine.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/covid-19-european-court-backs-mandatory-child-vaccinations-1.4532166?mode=amp

  6. Fast Eddy says:

    A freedom of information request made to Public Health Scotland has revealed that 2,207 people died within twenty-eight days of having either the Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA vaccine or the Oxford / AstraZeneca viral vector vaccine during the month of February.

    https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/03/30/f-o-i-request-shows-2207-died-within-28-days-of-having-the-covid-vaccine-in-scotland-during-february/

    • The number would be a lot more helpful if you knew how many deaths would have been expected in the 28 day time window, given the age/sex distribution of those getting the vaccines.

  7. Fast Eddy says:

    Jab-erwacky (or, Why Are People So Crazy about Being Guinea Pigs?)

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/04/06/jab-erwacky-or-why-are-people-so-crazy-about-being-guinea-pigs/

    • hillcountry says:

      Great article, thanks. This bit really put it in perspective.

      “To begin with, as of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already recorded 1,909 American souls for whom these “vaccines” really were tickets to paradise – in more prosaic language, to the morgue. When glossing over this fact, my Facebook “friends” have a numerical paradox on their hands. Think back to March 9 of last year, when the national coronavirus death toll officially stood at twenty-six – that’s right, twenty-six – and the whole chorus of coronavirus propagandists was screaming “emergency” and demanding that we acquiesce in the quashing of the Bill of Rights and the suspension of representative democracy in four-fifths of our states. Yet now, we’re supposed to shrug off a mortality figure more than seventy times that size – while Big Pharma is raking in billions from the indiscriminate use of scantily-tested experimental drugs?”

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Of course these are only the deaths they acknowledge…. there are loads more that they refuse to acknowledge.

        e.g.

        Coronavirus: two pregnant women who received BioNTech vaccine suffer miscarriages, but no link to jab confirmed as yet

        https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3129561/coronavirus-two-pregnant-women-hong-kong-who

        I truly hope these women are contemplating suicide…. I hope they are in a very very dark place…

        They deserve it

        • Getting pregnant again is generally not a problem. Having a miscarriage is much better than having a baby harmed by the vaccine. The women should be perfectly OK, I expect. Miscarriages are very common during pregnancy.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Hopefully there were close to giving birth though … that would make them feel more like the murderers that they are. It might also make their doctors understand that they are modern day Mengeles…

            If the women get pregnant again and we make it through another 9 months — they can call their babies Josef… or Josefine 🙂

            I just love it when bad things happen to CovIDIOTS.

            https://i.redd.it/rmooq806pfj21.jpg

    • hillcountry says:

      Monty Python meets the Ultimate Conundrum – those women are good at their job.

      Not snarky like Saturday Night Live. More witty like National Lampoon.

      Anybody remember the three-page fold-out of Tricky Dicky and his long nose?

      Smacks of 2030 Predictive Programming though, so maybe the Elderocalypse is a lengthy affair?

      Maybe Australia will lead the world with the first Universal Basic Isolation camp with a sign over the entrance – “Isolation Will Set You Free”

    • I think that the shutdown to 2023 is to keep down the oil consumption of the airline industry, so imported oil can be less. There may be other related benefits–don’t have to worry about COVID-19, while the rest of the world does.

  8. MG says:

    The new scheme for green energy support in Slovakia endangers the ability of the green energy producers to repay the loans:

    https://ekonomika.pravda.sk/energetika/clanok/584705-vyrobcovia-obnovitelnych-zdrojov-energie-povazuju-novu-schemu-podporu-za-likvidacnu/

    Google Translate:

    “The mandatory reduction of aid may also result in the liquidation of some photovoltaic producers. These are power plants whose change in the support they have relied on for years will affect their management to such an extent that they will no longer be able to operate their facilities and repay loans.”

    • Subsidies, especially the subsidy of going first, are pretty much always needed by wind and solar. I know that once wind subsidies stop, (even if the subsidy of going first remains), there is a tendency of wind providers to stop repairing the wind turbines. If they can find some workaround that will give them another subsidy (new heads, for example), they will take advantage of the other subsidy.

      Another big subsidy is the fact that the huge amount of transmission that tends not to be really built. (There is just a big whoops, when some supply is cut off for lack of transmission lines.) If transmission lines are actually built, the cost isn’t changed back to the providers causing the increased need. These transmission lines need to be maintained as well, and there is a cost associated with this.

  9. Cuban healer who uses a MACHETE to perform surgery and prescribes half a bottle of rum to beat Covid after a ‘spirit’ told him to help people is flooded with customers as word spreads of his miraculous work

    A spiritual healer who performs surgery with a machete and tells his patients drinking half a bottle of rum a week will stop them getting Covid-19 has become popular in Cuba.

    Jorge Goliat’s unorthodox methods have increasingly attracted Cubans who are seeking alternatives to traditional medicines. They flock to him despite the Communist country offering excellent free healthcare to all residents.

    Cuba has 33,000 primary care physicians – similar to general practitioners – for its 11 million residents, equivalent to one doctor for every 343 people. Its health service also offers a network of 498 polyclinics spread throughout the country, many of which offer specialist treatments more commonly found in large hospitals.

    The heavy drinking and smoking Cuban healer claims he was visited more than 30 years ago by a spirit who told him to start healing people with his machete.

    He’s been practicing ever since and now performs between 120 and 150 surgeries every day on different patients in Havana.

    Over the years, he claims to have performed several thousands of surgeries, all without anaesthesia.

    Goliat said: ‘If they can’t walk, the leave walking. If they can’t move, or raise an arm, they can raise it.

    ‘I don’t leave anybody helpless because life is hard, this country is a hard country, we can’t save ourselves from Covid.

    ‘I would never leave anyone to die, or let a child die simply because of Covid.’

    Goliat encourages his patients to drink half a bottle of Rum each week or smell bags of camphor, a medicine derived from wood used to treat pain and cough, from ‘time to time’ to keep Covid away.

    Patients seeking advice on anything from fertility to traumatic lower back pain seem to frequent Goliat’s makeshift clinic for help.

    One young Panamanian couple say they visited Goliat for help conceiving after getting nowhere with traditional medicine.

    Though they do not yet know if his treatment was successful, the pair say the healer was immediately able to guess their backgrounds, and the man’s job, adding to his credibility.

    Others said Goliat’s credibility came from his ability to marry up his machete surgeries with conventional medicine.

    Patient Leonides Lara said: ‘At first one feels a bit incredulous, but when you arrive and you see what science has told you practically coincides with what this person tells you then he really gains credibility.’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9475299/Cuban-healer-uses-MACHETE-perform-surgery-prescribes-half-bottle-rum-beat-Covid.html

    • People can have small businesses in Cuba. If this healer can convince people to pay him some small amount for his services, he will come out ahead. It does seem strange, however.

  10. Tim Groves says:

    This is a much-watch video for all followers and watchers of Bill Gates and Justin Trudeau. It’s called “When the Powers that Shouldn’t Be Share Their Plans”. It’s made by a lady named Katie who has a flair for performance and real star quality, which is a lot more than can be said for either of the above luminaries with their bad haircuts, totally insincere expressions and insufferably whiny voices.

    Anyway, I loved this and so will you, and it’s very informative and only ten minutes long.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/Di9V1E7LGEKU/

    • Xabier says:

      Excellent, Tim. I do love a blonde with an automatic weapon, for some reason.

      The compulsion of Gates and Co to tell us what is coming next in their orchestrated drama is interesting psychologically: the ultimate in psychopathic sadism?

      And such a joke for them when most don’t take any notice – SS ‘humour’ of course.

      And she is right, it’s useful: preparation for Klaus’s cyber pandemic, the next sit-up-and-take-notice pandemic that made the vile Melinda Gates smile in that creepy way, and engineered food shortages are clearly urgent tasks for anyone who can do so.

      • el mar says:

        What strategy to avoid the jab? Is the minority strong enough?

        • Tim Groves says:

          How strongly they push the jab will vary from place to place. Looking at the Deagel list, both Czechia and Slovakia in 2025, hold up very well in both population and GDP per capita terms. So if we have faith in that “Bible”—not that I have much—it means they will not be inoculating quite so many people there as in the high flying countries.

          Anyway, the strategy is to be the last person in your country to accept the jab. Get to the very back of the queue. Because if large numbers of the jabbed die compared to non-jabbed, there is a chance the campaign will be called off before you are called on.

          The tactics for avoiding the jab will vary according to how forcefully it is offered. Just as with any unwanted drug, just say “No.” Or if you are middle-class, say “No thanks.” Know your rights and insist on them. Be deaf to persuasion and never give in to intimidation. If you know any suitable cellars and can find someone to cover for you, do an Anne Frank. And remember, we are living in Kafkaesque times again.

    • MG says:

      There are still people in the former communist countries who want the communism back. As long as Russia provided cheap energy to mostly Eastern European countries, it worked, although the freedom of speech and religion was limited. The communism stopped working when the energy prices started to rise and the populations started to implode.

      And what if the so called right wing leader wins the US elections? If we have the ageing and genetically deteriorating populations and the rising energy poverty, there is no way the healthcare is provided only to those who can afford it based on their lower and lower wages. If the poor working for low wages can not afford the healthcare, the system can collapse very quickly.

      • MG says:

        What if the ideas of tackling the possible pandemic proposed by Bill Gates will be simply obsolete due to the more isolated life after this pandemic, as the rising energy costs and lowering wages will limit the social contacts?

        I am affraid, there will be no return to the life befor this pandemic. And this will be caused mainly by the end of growth. As maintaining the status quo will require more and more resources.

    • I am guessing that Bill Gates’ new epidemic responders will spread that epidemics around, rather than stopping them.

  11. hillcountry says:

    APRIL 11, 2021
    https://twitter.com/Dr_ScottMc/status/1381267480388251649

    “I have finally merged all the yellow card/VAERS and related datasets (inc death certs) and while it will take another 2-3 weeks to code it all, early results show that people with depressive and schizophrenic disorders, diabetes, rheumatoid and thyroid disorders are vastly over-represented.
    Each shows in the vaccine adverse events (deaths) at a rate 150% or more above the normal background population rate.”

    “Also, as we suspected everyone with 1 or more negative PCR test results, or clear evidence of other pre-existing conditions and others shown on autopsy to have blood clots in brain, lung or heart – all erroneously have COVID as first cause on death certificates.”

    “1 in every 5 has an acute clotting disorder, TIA/CVA or similar reported on their death certificate.”

    “But yeah… like the wonks using ‘estimates’ say… there’s no incidence of clotting with the vaccines. None at all eh? For those who don’t know: TIA = Trans Ischemic Attack, CVA = CerebroVascular Accident. Fancy doctor words for stroke (blood clot or blood vessel rupture in the brain).”

    So, clot-deaths blamed on Covid when they shouldn’t be and clot-deaths not blamed on Covid when they should be? I guess that’s what he’s saying.

    Whatever the case on that, I’m really interested in the autoimmune thyroid and rheumatoid data he’s compiling. Anomalous stuff like that might lead somewhere new.

  12. Mirror on the wall says:

    Gail, you mentioned before a book about how the cosmos tends towards greater dissipation, though suns, plants, animals, economies and brains – and I think that you posted a graphic from it, showing the schema. Could you please mention the name of the book again, and maybe post the graphic. I would like to check out the book now.

    • Thierry says:

      Maybe you think of François Roddier who wrote “The Thermodynamics of evolution”?
      There is a graphic that could be what you talk about, I have posted it here (in french) https://photos.app.goo.gl/VFckWtJmwNNxJmAA7

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        Thanks! There is a pdf copy online:

        https://www.francois-roddier.fr/blog_en/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Thermodynamics_of_evolution.pdf

        I was surprised to see this passage as I skimmed through it. “Entropy will go away”?

        This book wants to show the real culprit: the laws of statistical mechanics against which we are individually powerless. Howard Bloom (12) speaks of a ʻLucifer principleʼ without acknowledging that it is really a matter of fundamental principles of thermodynamics. Our suffering is caused by the entropy due to our lack of knowledge about the laws of the universe. As soon as these laws are universally recognised and understood, this entropy will go away, and humanity will finally be enabled to take charge of its destiny and alleviate its misery.

        • Kowalainen says:

          I would perhaps not call it destiny, but rather metamorphose the perpetual cycles of humanoid shenanigans into an open ended process.

          Align to the universe, embrace objective reality, and move on.

          The effects in the myopia of ordinary would be minuscule. However, the aggregate effects of sightly nudging billions/trillions of tiny “minds” is profound. Sort of training behemoth AI models, and children.

          All analysis of desirable outcomes must, without exception, embed evolutionary and thermodynamic principles at its core.

          In simpler terms: Ingest mineral and output complexity while minimizing waste.

          Overarching strategy: protect the biosphere.

        • I believe that the English version of Francois Roddier’s book that has been published is an improved translation from the French.

          There was an earlier PDF version that Roddier shared with me privately. This may be the PDF version that is available online. Francois Roddier eventually found someone to help him with the translation for the published version.

          Roddier was born in 1936, so he is turning 85 this year. I always hate recommending that people download a free PDF, rather than give the author the tiny income that will come from the sale of the book. He probably had to pay the translator for his services.

          I think that there should be a word of warning. Francois Roddier is a physicist, not an economist. I don’t think a person can expect that 100% of what Roddier says about the economy will be exactly right. This may be more of an issue in his blog posts than the book itself.

    • Maybe you are thinking about Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature by Eric Chaisson. It was published in 2001. It has a lot of charts like this in it:

      https://ourfiniteworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/13-chaisson-trend-is-toward-more-complex-energy-intense-form.png

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          I am halfway through the ‘Complexity: An Energetics Agenda’ paper of Chaisson and I am happy to take a break. I am able to follow it, looking up the ‘laws’ where needed.

          Three points stand out by way of summary thus far:

          The cosmos generally tends toward greater organisational complexity by using open energy flows. Thus a wide ‘cosmic evolution’ is spoken of that includes the physical, biological and social. Everything follows the laws of thermodynamics. Dissipative systems spontaneously increase in complexity in response to large energy fluctuations. The increase of complexity tends to accelerate as complex structures are more susceptible to instability.

          Intelligent life is not the peak (nor ‘telos’) of that overall process of rising complexity, the rise of culture and industrial civilisation (IC) are further steps. K, take note. If a person were to find ‘meaning’ or ‘orientation’ in the cosmic (or planetary) tendency, then consciousness is not an ‘end’, rather brains are parts of wider dissipative structures, societies and economies that grow in complexity to dissipate more energy. IC itself is the name of the game at present, and future civilisation will be in the future. Culture and economics are expressive of the planetary tendency, not just the emergence of consciousness as some end result. So, it is ‘all good’.

          Increased organisation is accompanied by increased disorder in the environment of the organisational system – which is in accordance with nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Global warming, environmental degradation are thermodynamic consequences of IC. Entropy is outsourced by the dissipative structure (second law of thermodynamics.) Outsourced entropy is the ‘other side of the coin’ of the general cosmic tendency to complexity. So, the entropic effects of IC on the planet are part and parcel of the cosmic tendency to increased complexity and energy dissipation. It is ‘how it goes’.

          Observation: IC may be ‘objectionable’ from a human perspective of the ‘will’ for civilisation to be sustainable and to endure and to not ‘harm’ the planet – examples of human values. But IC is following the laws of thermodynamics, and there is nothing ‘wrong’ with it from the cosmic or planetary ‘perspective’. The socio-economic dissipative structure has spontaneously increased in complexity in the face of energy fluctuations – as all organisational systems do in the cosmos. It is arguably inevitable in any case on physical, organic, psychological, social and economic grounds.

          As Nietzsche emphasises, a person has to take the ‘good’ with the ‘bad’, it is just how life is. The second law of thermodynamics ‘is what it is’: ‘in a natural thermodynamic process, the sum of the entropies of the interacting thermodynamic systems never decreases’.

        • Kowalainen says:

          Nowhere do I write that IC in its essence is fundamentally in contradiction with evolutionary processes. It is like arguing for banning knives because someone, somewhere, got stabbed.

          Nowhere do I write that I despise IC. I challenge you find one reply where I “hate” on IC and fossil fuels. Yet, yes, here comes the kicker: I guess my average “consumption” of finite resources is at least a magnitude, if not two, less than the regular rapacious primate in IC. Now, am I an IC dweller or not? Does the regular yahoo have to burn resources 10 to 100x the amount I burn?

          The answer which is in no need of a question. Q.E.D.

          You are bloody well aware that my gripe is the goddamned waste and boredom from the collective hex of mankind abusing the spoils of IC because equality of opportunity is oh so scary.

          I do not reject that complexity arise out of evolutionary processes that ingests energy. Have a look around, isn’t life ingesting energy from the sun and converting mineral into more life (complexity)?

          I embrace the complexities of life in the same way I embrace technological complexity, which in extension is the continuation of biological processes. If there is no energy to ingest for driving this increase in complexity. It will stop and that would be all she wrote for this time.

          The energy remaining should be dedicated for driving complexity and restoring the vandalism on Mother Earth. Going plant based, for example, would restore some 80-90% of the agricultural land into pristine shape with rather little effort. Just leave it alone or plant trees there.

          ☯️

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            Sweden likes to pump out its Greta’s.

            “Should be” – ‘should’ statements cannot be deduced from ‘is’ statements. There is only what is, the rest is in your imagination. The world exists as it exists in the here and now. You are either well disposed to what is or you are not.

            This is not an eco forum, and if you want to push that stuff then this is not really the place for it. And it tends to get ‘snobbish’ about other people, and a vanity project. Frankly we have all had enough of pushy Greta’s grimacing at us with their constant complaints and whines about the world and other people.

            I do not really care how you feel things or how much you despise other people – this is not a constant therapy session. So you want more power to dictate to other humans how they should run civilisation, a proper Prince Charles – well, get over it, princess – and stop whining! My god. : )

            • Kowalainen says:

              And thus spoketh Zarathustra in perfect agreement with yet another obnoxious Greta incarnation, this time from Lapland of all places.

              But let’s pretend otherwise for a little while longer to keep the drama and comedy going.

              (You know I am right and that feels so jolly good)

              ☯️

            • Mirror on the wall says:

              I do not see poverty and social failure as ‘virtuous’, ‘good’ or some kind of ‘success’. You are attempting to invert values in a way that brings you out ‘on top’ and which makes you ‘better’ than other people. It is a vanity project, which your abuse of other all other people also indicates. It is an expression of your own ‘will to power’, but it is just posturing. Nor am I impressed by someone who says that ‘we should plant trees’ as if that makes them ‘right on’. Forest management is undertaken by governments, not by ‘right on’ posers.

              The world is what it is, and there is no imaginary world in which you have come out on top just by romanticising poverty and talking about trees. Your hatred of the real world, humans and society does not change that; it is just indicates that you have not got on, and that you have retreated into a ‘moral world’ of your own fantasy. You probably should have been a member of a religion, a church, so that you could be ‘holy K’ and ‘holier than thou’, and preach ‘blessed are the poor’, ‘there is none that doeth good, no not one’, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

            • Kowalainen says:

              Yeah, sounds about right. I posture all day long shoveling in plants into my cookie hole and crank my pedals while moving from A to B. All hat and no cattle.

              All while my messily 20W of compute performance heckle the guts out of simple minded symbol minded sanctimonious hypocrites who selfishly want to bring upon destruction on everything based in and of their own malfunctions.

              Such a poseur, all talk, little action. But you know this already. Thank you very much for acknowledging me for being such an sanctimonious hypocrite poseur. I sincerely appreciate it.

              Regarding planing trees; yeah, I have done that myself. The endless stretches of young trees that now grow in the trail of sanctimonious posturing I left behind in my youth. How about you? How many trees have you planted? Perhaps you are burning copious amounts of energy for an abysmal output. Beaten at every step, turn, nook and cranny by an insignificant ant scurrying about in the crazy hex of mankind while feverishly dodging the obnoxious absurdities and boredom excreted by simpletons.

              Who is romanticizing poverty? I’m only a few generations away from poverty being fortunate to enjoy the luxuries of IC such as tap water and electricity which means I got the sanity to appreciate the myopia of ordinary even better.

              When did I state that the poor being in any way better than the usual suspects of finite resource vandalism?

              We all know what happens when the ‘poor’ get access to the petroleum spigot. Exactly; you are reading my mind.

              MOAR HAPPENS

              So you are disagreeing with me for all the wrong reasons. And as you already know; disagreeing with me implies being wrong.

              ☯️

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      This is the final paragraph of Nietzsche’s TWTP – book 4, which I have just finished, although I will be chewing over it some more. Book 3 has a section, “The Will to Power in Nature”, which I have not got to yet.

      > And do you know what “the world” is to me? This world: a monster of energy, without beginning, without end; a firm, iron magnitude of force that does not grow bigger or smaller, that does not expend itself but only transforms itself; as a whole, of unalterable size, a household without expenses or losses, but likewise without increase or income; enclosed by “nothingness” as by a boundary; not something blurry or wasted, not something endlessly extended, but set in a definite space as a definite force, and not a space that might be “empty” here or there, but rather as force throughout, as a play of forces and waves of forces, at the same time one and many, increasing here and at the same time decreasing there; a sea of forces flowing and rushing together, eternally changing, eternally flooding back, with tremendous years of recurrence, with an ebb and a flood of its forms; out of the simplest forms striving toward the most complex, out of the stillest, most rigid, coldest forms toward the hottest, most turbulent, most self-contradictory, and then again returning home to the simple out of this abundance, out of the play of contradictions back to the joy of concord, still affirming itself in this uniformity of its courses and its years, blessing itself as that which must return eternally, as a becoming that knows no satiety, no disgust, no weariness: this, my Dionysian world of the eternally self-creating, the eternally self-destroying, this mystery world of the twofold voluptuous delight, my “beyond good and evil,” without goal, unless the joy of the circle is itself a goal; without will, unless a ring feels good will toward itself – do you want a name for this world? A solution for all its riddles? A light for you, too, you best-concealed, strongest, most intrepid, most midnightly men? – This world is the will to power – and nothing besides! And you yourselves are also this will to power – and nothing besides!

      • Kowalainen says:

        TL;DR.

        Replace the “will to power” with “will to complexity”, through its processes of life and technology ingesting (direct and old) sunlight and mineral outputting hot coding sequences that ingests even better at lower losses.

        Why does Nietzsche need a whole goddamned book when simple observation of nature and rudimentary thermodynamics suffice?

        I know why.

        The disease of thinking in words to feel better about oneself. Nietzsche is the classical word onanist. Busy wanking off to the obscenities of literary porn and paraphernalia.

        ☺️

        • Those at the top of the complexity hierarchy have power, don’t they?

          • Kowalainen says:

            You mean the appearance of power as in a limited influence for a limited time? Remember that the graveyards are full of “indispensable” and “powerful” people, yet the hoopla of humanoid shenanigans continues at an ever increasing volume and racket.

            Indeed, they are at the mercy of complexity generation, the ‘machine’ and biosphere ingests energy and raw material, generates power/work and spits out complexity.

            Here’s a simple test of how powerful you are: Try shoving the planet around. Did it budge? Yeah, that would give an indication of how “powerful”, or rather how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things.

            For sure you can shove some humans around, but how ridiculous isn’t that?

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            Complexity forms and functions only in the presence of energy (power) and for the purpose of using and dissipating it. All ‘organised systems’, galactic, planetary, biological or social, function as ‘competitive’ dissipative systems.

            The Power Principle states that whichever dissipative system, biological, social, whatever, is able to optimise the most power for its own maintenance and growth, will prevail over others in the energetic competition of existence. The others will disappear in the end. They use power to gain more power (force) over other systems so as to acquire further power.

            Existence is very much a battle for power, to obtain, by ‘force’ of some kind, and to use energy and its end products. So, it is no surprise that most wars are, at base, resource wars; they can also appear to be ‘ideological’ but the result is still energy and resource acquisition, and the weakening of competitors. Humans have all sorts of ways of dressing up what is basically going on and they may not even see it.

            Even within a liberal, capitalist society, people are competing to obtain a ‘claim’ (shares, wages, benefits) on energy and energy products to maintain themselves. Society is 100% will to power, the same as the rest of the cosmos; the competition just gets dressed up and ordered in various ways, like with wages or ‘moral’ claims and emotional appeals. Animals evolved whimpering and screaming way back; babies use it is an instinctive strategy to get fed, and we have evolved as somewhat susceptible to it – it is another kind of ‘force’ (power). Political parties tend to represent different interest groups, like classes or ethnicities.

            A person could also speak of ‘leadership’ as will to power, to direct the energetic system that is society. That power too tends to get concentrated. Social ‘power’ lies mainly with the CBI in UK, and their political front, the Tory Party, that they fund. TP tends to enact the policies that CBI wants. They fell out a bit over Brexit, as TP took the democratic pretence a bit too far and the ‘plebs’ did not vote the expected way, and they have now got back to political BAU. In Rome it was the Caesars; the British had their Empire; Napoleon had his ambitions too.

            Cooperation is another strategy of competition to obtain and to perpetuate power. Humans are cooperative predators, like other primates. Everything comes down to the will to power, even cooperation. Nation states, class competition, labour unions, economic unions, geopolitical blocs.

            If some do not ‘seek’ power, because it does not lie in their instincts, or they have been talked out of it, then that is simply ‘weakness’, and they will tend to lose the competition for existence in the long run, according to the Power Principle – or they will be subsumed as a lower strata within a dissipative system. Those of healthy instincts who are well disposed to existence will seek their own good, their own power, while allowing society to function – will to power does not necessarily create a ‘single winner takes all’ situation within a dissipative system.

            • Kowalainen says:

              Power is the effect of complexity. What causes humans strive to influence (assert power) the world? Perhaps that rather complex fatty blob of dimwitted symbolic cackle between the deaf ears and myopic eyes, no?

              The fundamental is the strive for complexity, yes indeed, complexity ingests energy, produces power (as influence, work and heat) as it creates more complexity.

              The maximum power principle should be renamed to ‘maximum complexity principle’.

              It takes a leap of understanding, a ‘satori’, of sorts to see where the strive towards complexity hits pitfalls and the perpetual cycles of growth into ruin has to manifest.

              I say, crack this perpetual cycle of dullard into an boundless open-ended process.

              I’m sick and tired of prophecies and destiny. Let it burn. Yes indeed.

              LET IT BURN 🔥

              ☯️

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      It seems to be theoretically and empirically verifiable that historical complex societies tended to evolve through frontier wars, specifically between culturally dissimilar groups.

      > Warfare and the Evolution of Social Complexity: A Multilevel-Selection Approach

      Abstract

      Multilevel selection is a powerful theoretical framework for understanding how complex hierarchical systems evolve by iteratively adding control levels. Here I apply this framework to a major transition in human social evolution, from small-scale egalitarian groups to large-scale hierarchical societies such as states and empires. A major mathematical result in multilevel selection, the Price equation, specifies the conditions concerning the structure of cultural variation and selective pressures that promote evolution of larger-scale societies. Specifically, large states should arise in regions where culturally very different people are in contact, and where interpolity competition – warfare – is particularly intense. For the period of human history from the Axial Age to the Age of Discovery (c.500 BCE–1500 CE), conditions particularly favorable for the rise of large empires obtained on steppe frontiers, contact regions between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists. An empirical investigation of warfare lethality, focusing on the fates of populations of conquered cities, indicates that genocide was an order of magnitude more frequent in steppe-frontier wars than in wars between culturally similar groups. An overall empirical test of the theory’s predictions shows that over ninety percent of largest historical empires arose in world regions classified as steppe frontiers.

      https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7j11945r

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        That is by Peter Turchin who did the Secular Cycles book with Nefedov.

        He has a book on the role of war in the rise of civilisations and social complexty. Peace leads to wealth inequality, internal social conflict, and the dissolution of civilisations.

        Turchin, P. (2006), War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires, Plume, ISBN 978-0452288195

        > In War and Peace and War, Peter Turchin uses his expertise in evolutionary biology to offer a bold new theory about the course of world history.
        Turchin argues that the key to the formation of an empire is a society’s capacity for collective action. He demonstrates that high levels of cooperation are found where people have to band together to fight off a common enemy, and that this kind of cooperation led to the formation of the Roman and Russian empires, and the United States. But as empires grow, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, conflict replaces cooperation, and dissolution inevitably follows. Eloquently argued and rich with historical examples, War and Peace and War offers a bold new theory about the course of world history with implications for nations today.

      • Kowalainen says:

        Who would have thought that vicious brothers in arms purge the corruption of decadent and stagnant societies by killing the men, enjoying the spoils of war and of course the hot broads throwing themselves in the arms of victors.

        As did the pastoralists from the east, that then went on to become Vikings continuing the purge of stagnant cruft. The leftovers of an era best forgotten.

        One of the characteristic of this process is to wield weapons of omnipotence, as compared with the stagnant. Now, what is the current era ‘omnipotent’ weaponry? Could it be, perhaps, massive compute and connectivity? There is fundamentally no need for kinetic warfare anymore when it is possible to outmaneuver the ‘enemy’ without the destruction and waste associated with modern weaponry.

  13. hillcountry says:

    https://twitter.com/Dr_ScottMc

    regarding Tanja Erichsen falling over at the press conference yesterday, he writes:

    “The medical term for this is syncope (to faint or pass out). In the VAERS dataset 1 in every 17 vaccine reactions starts with fainting, and 1 in every 13 dead people fainted or collapsed just prior to their death. It is one of the most common and consistent symptoms

  14. hillcountry says:

    More on the subject of additional risk of Covid to those with autoimmune conditions. I wonder if we’ll find the same is true of the vaccine reactions.

    Risk of COVID-19 infection in adult patients with atopic eczema and psoriasis: a single centre, cross-sectional study

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33730411/

    “Many studies have investigated risk factors for poor outcomes following COVID-19; these are important to be able to plan targeted prevention and/or intervention. A UK cohort study found that a composite variable of autoimmune diseases, representing rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis, was associated with an increased risk of death due to COVID-19.”

  15. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    what if…

    half of the world’s leadership gets prion disease by the end of 2021?

    (is that my first venture into C theeeory? I’m feeling a bit queasy.)

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    The clinic is not calling me back to answer my vaccine questions… so after a week of nothing I called back…

    They have no record of my enquiry (they record all enquiries…)

    So I asked the same questions (long term studies etc)… they tell me it’s my choice to accept the vaccine.

    So I said what happens if it all goes sideways – are you going to pay me out for giving me an experimental vaccine?

    No comment

    So let’s say I had diabetes and I found an experimental drug/vaccine out of Mexico that has no full safety trials — and I asked you to order a course — and inject me with that… would you do that?

    No comment.

    I again asked if someone who could comment would call me. They will ‘try’… so I said you better try hard because if you don’t call me back in due course… I’ll move everyone from this household to a clinic that will comment.

    Let’s see what happens.

    I can imagine the CovIDIOTS are gathered about the water cooler gossiping about the crazy guy hahaha…

    I Live to Taunt MORE ons.

  17. hillcountry says:

    Found the study about screening out autoimmune from Phase 1 and Phases 1-3 trials.

    Don’t ya love the last sentence there?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7941677/
    SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients with SLE

    “Unfortunately, patients treated with immunosuppressants or immune-modifying drugs for >14 days within 6 months of entry were excluded from all phases of Moderna (mRNA-1273) vaccine trials (NCT04470427). In the Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) vaccine trials, individuals with a history of autoimmune disease or an active autoimmune disease requiring therapeutic intervention were specifically excluded from phase I (NCT04368728), and patients who received treatment with immunosuppressive therapy, including cytotoxic agents or systemic corticosteroids, were excluded from phases I–III. The applicability of the published data to the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 RNA vaccines in patients with autoimmune disorders is unknown, especially in those patients receiving immunosuppressive treatment.”

    “The dysregulation of the immune systems and concurrent use of immunosuppressive therapies raise theoretical concerns about the efficacy of vaccinations in patients with SLE. To the extent that optimal dosing of immune modulators restores immune set points towards normal, vaccine responses might be enhanced, allowing the development of protective immunity without major immunological side effects. However, since our current knowledge falls short of refined immunological control of the background immune disorder, vaccines could synergise with either incomplete or mistargeted immune modulation to either inhibit effective adaptive immunity or unleash excessive interferon responses. Indeed, as indirectly suggested by the results of a study of influenza vaccine in patients with lupus, greater interferon responses might in turn be associated with decreased neutralising antibodies to vaccinations, along with a greater development of autoantibodies and flares. Thus, treatments targeting the immune system could have the potential to enhance or inhibit vaccine responses, depending on a patient’s underlying pathological immune variables and degree of immune suppression.”

    “Although the potential risks of COVID-19 vaccination remain unknown for patients with SLE and optimal dosing for efficacy could be different from the general population, the risks of not receiving the vaccine are far greater at the present time.”

  18. jj says:

    Biden cancels US warships entry into black sea.

    Even as Biden announced new sanctions on russia he cancelled the entry of warships into the black sea.

    Hardly a Biden fan I applaud his wise decision.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-cancels-black-sea-deployment-2-warships-after-biden-putin-call

  19. Stanford begins testing Pfizer vaccine in babies and young children

    The littlest research volunteers arrived at Stanford University on Wednesday, accompanied by their parents, to participate in a pivotal study of the COVID-19 vaccine in very young children.

    “We want our kids to be protected from the virus, and not to spread it to others if they do get infected,” said Zinaida Good of Palo Alto, whose 3-year-old son Andel sat still for a shot, then went home to play and take a nap. The family’s 7-month-old baby Soren is scheduled for a shot next month.

    The goal of the trial at Stanford Health Care, the only site on the West Coast to test the Pfizer vaccine in children younger than 5, is to identify the strongest dose with the fewest side effects.

    As adult vaccinations expand, an increasing number of grownups can socialize, blissfully mask-free. About 75 million American adults are now fully vaccinated.

    But children remain unprotected.

    The lack of youth vaccines affects the general population, not just individual families, said experts. Because about one-quarter of all Americans are under the age of 18, the nation won’t reach herd immunity without inoculating young people.

    “We want to make sure that children have access to vaccines not just for themselves but for the community,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a Stanford professor of pediatrics and infectious disease and the principal investigator of the trial.

    If the research is successful and vaccines are authorized, “the kids will contribute to the community ‘force field’ against COVID,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, who is not involved in the Stanford research. “We need everyone in the population immunized.”
    https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/04/15/stanford-begins-testing-pfizer-vaccine-in-babies-and-young-children/

    • What could go wrong?

      • nikoB says:

        Surely if the vaccine makers are so confident that their product is safe they should be volunteering their children as test subjects.

    • Xabier says:

      ‘Don’t reason, just sacrifice your children for the community!’ in other words.

      That something is for ‘the community’, and serves a higher morality than that of the individual, can be used to justify any crime – see the history of the totalitarian states in the 20th century.

      Next step: if you won’t comply, your selfishness justifies severe penalties or expulsion from that community – terminal expulsion!

      Let’s give all of these researchers and physicians the Dr Mengele Award, they richly deserve it.

      How did the Nazis ever do it? We’re seeing it play out right under our own noses.

      The death of reason; the triumph of conformism and psychopathy.

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      Child sacrifice.

      “The littlest research volunteers arrived at Stanford University on Wednesday, accompanied by their parents.”

      Are they really “volunteers” though?

      Are they capable of participating in informed consent?

      They’ve been “volunteered” by their parents.

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    Better article … seems the liberals don’t like being exposed at the jack asses that they are….

    I sent this to one of them … wouldn’t ready it … says Okeefe is a racisss…. hahaha…. yes of course … that would be what you would say when your flunky stoopid jerkoffs keep getting caught out

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/04/15/twitter-bans-veritas-founder-james-okeefe—he-threatens-lawsuit-in-response/?sh=674e0f984aff

    Only thing I cannot stand more than a Foxer… is a NYT/Huffer…..

    Bring on Devil Covid!!! Can’t wait!

  21. Suqi Madiqi says:

    Review of the Medical Literature Here are key anchor points to the extensive scientific literature that establishes that wearing surgical masks and respirators (e.g., “N95”) does not reduce the risk of contracting a verified illness:

    1)Jacobs, J. L. et al. (2009) “Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: A randomized controlled trial”, American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 37, Issue 5, 417 – 419. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19216002 N95-masked health-care workers (HCW) were significantly more likely to experience headaches. Face mask use in HCW was not demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds.

    2) Cowling, B. et al. (2010) “Face masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: A systematic review”, Epidemiology and Infection, 138(4), 449-456. doi:10.1017/S0950268809991658 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection/article/face masks-to-prevent-transmission-of-influenza-virus-a-systematic review/64D368496EBDE0AFCC6639CCC9D8BC05 None of the studies reviewed showed a benefit from wearing a mask, in either HCW or community members in households (H). See summary Tables 1 and 2 therein.

    3) bin-Reza et al. (2012) “The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence”, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 6(4), 257–267. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1750-2659.2011.00307.x “There were 17 eligible studies. … None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask ⁄ respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”

    4) Smith, J.D. et al. (2016) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, CMAJ Mar 2016, cmaj.150835; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.150835 https://www.cmaj.ca/content/188/8/567 “We identified 6 clinical studies … In the meta-analysis of the clinical studies, we found no significant difference between N95 respirators and surgical masks in associated risk of (a) laboratory-confirmed respiratory infection, (b) influenza-like illness, or (c) reported work-place absenteeism.”3

    5)Offeddu, V. et al. (2017) “Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 65, Issue 11, 1 December 2017, Pages 1934–1942, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/cix681 https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/65/11/1934/4068747 “Self-reported assessment of clinical outcomes was prone to bias. Evidence of a protective effect of masks or respirators against verified respiratory infection (VRI) was not statistically significant”; as per Fig. 2c therein:

    6) Radonovich, L.J. et al. (2019) “N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial”, JAMA. 2019; 322(9): 824–833. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.11645 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2749214 “Among 2862 randomized participants, 2371 completed the study and accounted for 5180 HCW-seasons. … Among outpatient health care personnel, N95 respirators vs medical masks as worn by participants in this trial resulted in no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”

    7) Long, Y. et al. (2020) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks against influenza: A systematic review and meta-analysis”, J Evid Based Med. 2020; 1- 9. https://doi.org/10.1111/jebm.12381 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jebm.12381 “A total of six RCTs involving 9 171 participants were included. There were no statistically significant differences in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza, laboratory-confirmed respiratory viral infections, laboratory-confirmed respiratory infection and influenza-like illness using N95 respirators and surgical masks. Meta-analysis indicated a protective effect of N95 respirators against laboratory-confirmed bacterial colonization (RR = 0.58, 95% CI 0.43-0.78). The 4 use of N95 respirators compared with surgical masks is not associated with a lower risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”

    • Thanks for putting this list together. It looks like it is hard to find much support from the literature on the usefulness of masks.

      • Kowalainen says:

        Not actually.

        https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28799710/
        “Rates of all outcomes were consistently lower in the continuous N95 and/or targeted N95 arms. In adjusted analysis, rates of laboratory-confirmed bacterial colonisation (RR 0.33, 95% CI 0.21-0.51), laboratory-confirmed viral infections (RR 0.46, 95% CI 0.23-0.91) and droplet-transmitted infections (RR 0.26, 95% CI 0.16-0.42) were significantly lower in the continuous N95 arm.”

        Viral transmission occurs mainly with droplets at close vicinity between the transmitter and receiver.

    • hillcountry says:

      Great list, thanks.

    • Xabier says:

      Thanks, great summary!

      As retired general Jonathan Riley wrote recently in his trenchant attack on the UK government, masks are a sign of conformity and means of oppression, nothing more -part of the campaign of fear.

    • Lidia17 says:

      This is my favorite:

      Is a mask necessary in the operating theatre?
      N W Orr. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1981 Nov.
      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7294681/

      No masks were worn in one operating theatre for 6 months. There was no increase in the incidence of wound infection.

  22. Post-ivermectin encephalopathy in Senegal: a case report

    Ivermectin is an ant parasitic drug used for combating onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. It works by inhibiting the function of neurons and muscles, thus causing paralysis of microfilariae. Side effects of this drug have been reported including post-ivermectin encephalopathy requiring emergency care in hospital. We report the case of a 35 years old patient living in rural areas of Senegal who presented two days after a mistake in administration of a second dose of ivermectin, headaches, altered consciousness and bilateral blindness. The workup revealed brain white matter lesions, abnormal liver function tests and biological inflammation without evidence of Loa loa microfilariae in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Corticosteroid treatment was administered in emergency and patient recovered despite the persistence of bilateral blindness. Inflammatory process seems to have an important role in the pathophysiology of this encephalopathy. We should therefore carefully control the administration of this drugs.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579453/

    • Not an outcome patients might like.

    • hillcountry says:

      I agree with Gail but here’s a bit of additional content from the paper for perspective for those not taking the link and reading the whole thing:

      “This second dose was due to a mistake of patient who did not advised the drug’s distributor about the previous dose of ivermectin.”

      “This encephalopathy was described mainly in adult males living in rural areas.”

      “Why this severe side effect appears only in males remain unexplained. It seems important to consider the presence of protective factors in women, especially hormones.”

      “This preventive strategy initiated in 2000, has contributed to the reduction of infectivity rate of Onchocerca Volvulus to about 0‰ in Senegal according to Diawara et al.”

      “By mistake, our patient received two doses of ivermectin 150 mcg/kg in fifteen days interval, which is not recommended by the world health organization guidelines.”

      “The slightly elevated CRP might be due to the fact that the patient was previously admitted in a regional hospital where he probably received anti-inflammatory drugs as usual in peripheral health centers of Senegal.”

      “Encephalopathy after administration of ivermectin is a severe and rare complication of this treatment especially in case of presence of Loa loa microfilariae. Neurologic complications appears rarely in the absence of microfilariae.”

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    Haha … CNN is exposed as the lying pc of shit that it is… and here’s the result

    https://nypost.com/2021/04/15/james-okeefes-twitter-suspended-one-day-after-cnn-expose/

  24. Fast Eddy says:

    If You Make or Buy a Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, You Endanger Yourself and Those Around You, and You Are Breaking the Law https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2021/PSA210330

    ‘When we get everyone vaccinated…’ https://twitter.com/i/status/1382722011135361027

    Including babies and children of course!

    Because the more people take the injection the faster we get Devil Covid.

    • But since there is the possibility of fake cards, the FBI tells us:

      Because individuals may use fake vaccine cards to misrepresent themselves as vaccinated, we strongly encourage businesses, schools, places of worship, and government agencies to follow CDC guidance and continue to maintain social distancing and use personal protective equipment.

      So the vaccine cards really don’t provide any benefit.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I think anyone caught with a fake vaccine card should be stoned to death or tied to a post and burned alive.

        How Dare They!

  25. UK variant of COVID-19 confirmed in 2 Brazos County pets

    BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Researchers at Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences department have confirmed a cat and dog living in the same house have contracted the UK variant of COVID-19.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting nearly 21,000 confirmed cases of the UK variant in humans across the country, with Texas reporting cases into the hundreds.

    “The recent finding is that we have had both a dog and cat in Brazos County test positive, and when we sequenced the genome of the variant, it was the B.1.1.7 UK variant,” said TAMU Associate professor Sarah Hamer.

    TAMU researchers, like Hamer, have been working since last summer to identify how the COVID-19 virus is affecting our pets, identifying the first cat in Texas to test positive for the virus.

    All of the animals enrolled in their program, about 450 so far, live in Brazos County and live inside homes where a human tested positive for COVID-19.

    About 60 animals have been confirmed with COVID-19, and a quarter of those animals showed mild symptoms like lack of energy, sneezing and diarrhea. All of the pets infected have recovered.

    Swabs of the pet’s saliva and fur, along with blood samples, are taken and analyzed inside of a lab, and if the virus is detected, the researchers will conduct close observation of how the pet reacts.

    “It’s certainly noteworthy because it’s the first time the B.1.1.7 variant has been found in the United States,” Hamer said.
    https://abc13.com/covid-19-in-pets-coronavirus-dog-cat-uk-variant/10514082/

  26. hillcountry says:

    I’ve been poking around thinking about Covid, Vit A and Ivermectin. Ivermectin has had some success among those with a variety of autoimmune conditions and numerous reports of success with Covid. How is it connected to both of those is the question. I’m previously aware that Vitamin A is intimately involved in autoimmune conditions, and now I’m realizing that Covid has many autoimmune-type aspects to it. So, I thought that perhaps someone has done research on Ivermectin, Vitamin A and Covid. No studies found with all three of them searched together, but there’s 26 for “Ivermectin and Vitamin A”, 172 for “Ivermectin and Covid”, and 41 for “Covid and Vitamin A”. When you see “Retinoic Acid” in the following study, that’s a highly-active molecule in the Vitamin A family.

    New Microbes New Infect. 2021 May
    Published online 2021 Feb 27
    PMID: 33680474

    TITLE:
    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 may exploit human transcription factors involved in retinoic acid and interferon-mediated response: a hypothesis supported by an in silico analysis

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7912353/

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 may exploit human transcription factors involved in retinoic acid and interferon-mediated response: a hypothesis supported by an in silico analysis

    EXCERPTS:
    This mechanism, by competition, may steal the human TF [transcription factors] involved in these processes, explaining SARS-CoV-2’s disruption of IFN-I [interferon-I] signaling in host cells and the mechanism of the SARS retinoic acid depletion syndrome leading to the cytokine storm.

    The scientific community is currently trying to identify the way the virus is transmitted to humans [5]. The SARS-CoV-2 genome is made up of a single strand of large-size positive RNA (+ssRNA), about 30 kb in size, which gives rise to seven viral proteins and is associated with protein N, which increases its stability (Fig. 1(A)).

    Moreover, we performed a network analysis and found that the 22 TF formed a significant network (8.27e-13, Fig. 4) showing the involvement of TF in the retinoic acid signaling through the direct binding of the retinoic acid receptor RXR-alpha gene by NR1H3, KLF5, THRB and PAX6 TF (Fig. 4).

    Interestingly, the induction of TFAP2A promoter activity by NR2F2 was potentiated by the nuclear hormone receptors retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) and retinoid X receptor alpha (RXRA) [30]. In fact, as shown by our network analysis revealing TFBS to be present exclusively in human SARS-CoV-2, the strong involvement of retinoic acid signaling emerges. Most parts of the TFBS specific to the SARS-CoV-2 sequence are connected via the RXRA biological pathway (Fig. 4).

    These data support the endogenous retinoic acid theory and the involvement of the retinoic acid metabolism in the COVID-19 cytokine storm [31,32]

    CONCLUSIONS:
    Our data suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may exploit the host TF involved in IFN, retinoic acid signaling and regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II, thus facilitating its own replication cycle. This mechanism, by competition, may steal the human TF involved in these processes—a mechanism which has motivated researchers to produce a convincing body of evidence demonstrating that SARS-CoV-2 can disrupt the IFN-I signaling in host cells [32] and explaining the mechanism of SARS retinoic acid depletion syndrome leading to a cytokine storm [31].

    • jj says:

      Thanks for this. I have been forgoing my cod liverr oil with its huge vitA dose after your previous posts.

    • This seems to be an article from your COVID-19 and vitamin A search.

      I looked at the link you gave. Is this really a “Vitamin A is too low” theory, related to COVID-19?

      The abstract says in part:

      “With the depletion of retinoic acid stores as a result of this overuse, the immune defense mechanism switches from the congenital immune system to the adaptive immune system, where retinoic acids cannot be used. As a result of this depletion of retinoic acids, the shift of the immune system to the NFκB arm, which causes excessive cytokine release, is called “retinoic acid depletion syndrome”. COVID-19 and previously defined sepsis, SIRS and ARDS are each retinoic acid depletion syndrome. We claim that retinoic acid metabolism is defective in most inflammatory diseases, particularly COVID-19 (cytokine storm) sepsis, SIRS and ARDS.”

      I found this article from 2008:

      Retinoic Acid in the Immune System
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3826166/

      • jj says:

        Gail i believe its the opposite. Vitamin A may not be healthy for the auto immune system. Thats why i laid off the cod liver oil.

        • Read the reports. I was thinking that as well.

          The original report talks about something that is equivalent to Vitamin A stores that might be used to fight the infection being depleted.

          The reference from 2008 I linked to talks about how terrible a deficiency of vitamin A is with respect to the immune system.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          M Fast and I decided to have a consultation with a homeopath a couple of months ago … she interviewed me for 30 minutes to determine if I had any issues… I have none.. all I wanted was to get my energy level back to where I was 30 years ago…. she recommended a range of supplements…

          The magnesium seems to work as it reduces stiffness after hockey/working out… but other than that … all I am getting out of this is bright yellow piss after taking the supps.

          I am not buying what is being sold. What I NEED is a Combo of HGH + Anabolic Steroids.

          The clinic will push covid vaxx on me but they will not give me what I want and need.

  27. Azure Kingfisher says:

    Pfizer CEO says a THIRD Covid vaccine dose will be needed as soon as six months after someone receives two shots – and then people will be vaccinated annually:

    “Pfizer Inc’s CEO says he believes people will ‘likely’ need a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “During a panel discussion hosted by CNBC in conjunction with CVS Health that aired on Thursday, Albert Bourla said a potential booster shot would be administered six to 12 months of being fully vaccinated.

    “Bourla added that he thinks it is possible that people will need to be immunized against coronavirus annually.

    ‘There are vaccines that are like polio that one dose is enough…and there are vaccines like flu than you need every year,’ he said. ‘The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.’

    “Earlier on Thursday, Dr David Kessler, the Biden administration’s chief science officer of COVID response, said that Americans should expect to receive booster shots, especially as variant continue to spread.

    “Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech began studying a third dose of their vaccine in late February.

    “In March, Moderna and the National Institutes of Health also began testing a booster shot against the South African variant, with hopes it will be available in fall 2021.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9475955/Pfizer-CEO-says-Covid-vaccine-dose-needed-soon-six-months.html

    Hahaha! Now we go from two doses to three, with the hint of possibly needing annual immunizations! Can you feel it? The gentle nudging?

    • Not really a surprise! Good news for the vaccine companies: Lots of revenue forever, if customers can afford these vaccines. Or maybe the vaccine will really be every six month, indefinitely.

  28. Lidia17 says:

    NHS nurse administrator reveals her situation:
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/2hT5HAdXmnYy/

    Has worked in research and various public health positions.
    Everyone is just following orders without question.
    She reviewed the literature and found it filled with “poetic license”.
    She refused involvement as long as she could.
    Health board made a positive decision to withhold Patient Information Leaflet (PIL).
    Protocols say they must obtain informed consent (but they are not doing so).
    Patients not being told they are taking part in an ongoing experimental trial.
    She has been excluded and ridiculed and told to “watch her step”; threatened with firing.
    Senior level: “we all have a job to do. Just put up, shut up, and get it done.”
    Told it is futile to speak up.
    Many cannot take the stress and call off work, or leave the profession.

    “I hate my job. I am currently ashamed to be a nurse, and every day I work for the NHS I feel greater despair and loathing.”

    Doctors don’t know what’s in the jab; haven’t read the PILs or dosing information; aren’t aware that the patients are taking part in a trial; don’t know they are not approved.
    If providers aren’t aware, how can we expect the public to know?
    Providers have abdicated their duty of care.
    Union will not support her.

    “If a time ever came when this genocide came to light, and if I ended up on trial testifying against those in positions of power who could have affected the outcomes, I would not hesitate to give evidence.. I will also accept my fate, should I, too, be found to have been duplicitous in this horrid act of human annihilation. I do not fear that day… in fact, I pray for it to come.”

    • Ed says:

      A year ago I expressed to my employer IBM my disgust with New York States behavior with respect to CV19. IBM responded by firing me. It is time for the nurse to speak out in public.

      • Artleads says:

        She’ll almost certainly be fired, but yes. Or better still: resign first, then speak out?

      • Minority Of One says:

        She states that her partner lost his job last year, so she is the only bread winner, and she has two young children to feed. I doubt leaving her job / getting fired and speaking out would make any difference. Not in a world where the MSM is owned and controlled by TPTB. Indeed, if anything her reputation would be trashed by the MSM. She has worked for the NHS for 23 years, but may well get sacked soon anyway, impression I got. And become unemployable, as a nurse – her own words.

        • Xabier says:

          I’d tend to agree: individual sacrifice won’t change a thing,

          MSM won’t report it, or if so only to trash the reputation of dissident, and the mass of people are now resistant to anything contradicting the propaganda which has lasted a year now.

          So many now, even if not quivering in fear, just want it all to end and go back to normal, and they think vaccines are the way to do that. They won’t listen.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Tuesday told Canadians that vaccines aren’t enough to end mask mandates and social distancing restrictions. The same day, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said:

            Vaccination alone is no guarantee that you can open up. If the whole country were vaccinated, you couldn’t just open the borders. We still have to look at a series of different factors: transmission, longevity [of vaccine protection] and the global impact – and those are factors which the world is learning about.

            • Xabier says:

              Ah, they are on a journey of learning. How charming!

              So we should be patient while they piece all the evidence together, slowly and carefully……

              So from ‘lock-downs until there are vaccines for the vunerable’, to ‘vaccines for all’, and now vaccines aren’t enough anyway’.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Would it not be great if once the trap is fully sprung… the Elders admitted that the vaccine is actually the virus and sorry suckers ….

              And the CovIDIOTS groaned in global despair realizing that they had begged to be poisoned.

              https://memesbams.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/9-Putin-Laughing-Gif.gif

            • Slow Paul says:

              I guess they will lock us down until there is another emergency that steals the show.

            • Lidia17 says:

              Slow Paul, that incontinent CNN director says they are about to ramp up the climate emergency, since Covid is getting a bit long in the tooth.

        • Artleads says:

          Point taken.

  29. More confirmation that the Canada leak is real:

    *Enhanced lock down restrictions (referred to as Third Lock Down) will be implemented. Full travel restrictions will be imposed (including inter-province and inter-city). Expected Q2 2021.*

    Interprovincial travel ban may be on the way for parts of Canada

    As daily hospital occupancy and daily COVID-19 case counts surge in provinces like Ontario and B.C., governments are mulling over further pandemic restrictions, including an interprovincial travel ban that would limit the movement of people into and out of certain parts of the country.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already expressed his support for the idea, citing the success that Atlantic provinces and Arctic territories — which have fared extremely well over the course of the health crisis — have had with tightening their borders and dissuading visits from out-of-towners.

    It’s a stance that is garnering some criticism, given that he just got rid of specific COVID-19 screening for passengers coming in from Brazil, the home of one of the new variants of concern, and continues to let non-residents into the country while other nations have greatly benefited from far stricter criteria for entrance.
    https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/04/interprovincial-travel-ban-canada/

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Whoever faked that leak is seriously clairvoyant!

      I bet he is a billionaire because his track record is 100% … so he must be winning big on betting on major sporting events.

      Meanwhile… the mutants are humping each other and creating new mutants every 8-10 hours…

      It’s a global f789-fest!!!

  30. Azure Kingfisher says:

    A wonderful animated short-film called “Being Selfish”:

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/04/11/watch-being-selfish/

    “Death is an illusion. Everything is just a continuous flow of energy, and we all have the choice to humble ourselves and let the spirit guide us as we transcend this perception of a lived physical experience. So nobody really dies.” 🙂

    • Interesting! Also related to the conflict between those getting the COVID-19 vaccine and those not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Kowalainen says:

      Let us closely scrutinize what it implies to be aware, conscious.

      When we are musing about ourself, we are actively probing our cognitive “universe”. When we muse about the mysteries of the universe, physics, etc, the universe clearly muses about itself. We cannot escape the embedding.

      Worrying about death is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars. Don’t bother your little head with it and enjoy the cosmic drama and comedy. Play the game, have fun.

      Why make shit complicated?

      ☺️

  31. One dead, three neurologically disabled, ‘numerous’ reactions from vaccine in tiny Indigenous village

    LYTTON, British Columbia, April 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – One patient died, two suffered anaphylactic reactions, three have ongoing disabling dizziness, muscle weakness, and chronic pain, and “numerous” patients developed allergic reactions after they received a first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine given to 900 mostly Indigenous people, according to a local doctor who works in the tiny Fraser Valley village of Lytton, British Columbia.

    “I have been quite alarmed at the high rate of serious side effects from this novel treatment,” family doctor Charles Hoffe wrote in an April 5 letter to British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry.

    A 72-year-old patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but no underlying cardiovascular disease complained of being continually more short of breath after receiving a first dose of Moderna’s experimental COVID vaccine, and 24 days after the injection, died “very suddenly and unexpectedly,” the letter said.

    Three of Hoffe’s patients have “ongoing and disabling neurological deficits,” including continuing “disabling dizziness,” “neuromuscular weakness, with or without sensory loss” and “chronic pain,” with or without headaches. These ailments persisted for 10 weeks after their shots of the Moderna’s vaccine.

    “It must be emphasized, that these people were not sick people, being treated for some devastating disease,” Hoffe wrote. “These were previously healthy people, who were offered an experimental therapy, with unknown long-term side effects, to protect them against an illness that has the same mortality rate as the flu. Sadly, their lives have now been ruined.”
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-dead-three-neurologically-disabled-numerous-reactions-from-vaccine-in-tiny-indigenous-village

    • I have run into the belief that the unnatural system is “better” than the natural one. The 95% effectiveness bar is a very high bar, if it really is right. Of course, that is relative to a very narrow range of mutations. Natural immunity would give a broader spectrum of immunity, but perhaps not at as high a percentage of all infections being stopped.

      The statement in the article about the immunization lasting for over a year, based on the results of other immunizations strikes me as nonsense. We are dealing with a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are known for the short-lived immunity. We don’t have other coronavirus vaccines, other than ones that created terrible ADE, I don’t think.

      I ran across an article trying to examine parts of this issue called SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Response in Persons with Past Natural Infection

      https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2103825?query=TOC

      This letter to the editor (published April 14, 2021) starts out,

      Whether or not persons who have already been infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) should be vaccinated is unclear.

      So evidently the authors didn’t think the situation was very clear-cut.

      It was hard for me from the article and its charts to see that the vaccine did much of anything. It may have topped-up the neutralizing antibodies somewhat. (But I did not really understand the article.) The number of participants with prior illness was only 38, one of whom had no antibodies at all. So the analysis could not say a whole lot.

  32. hillcountry says:

    There’s quite a bit coming out in studies at PubMed regarding autoimmune diseases and covid. There’s 1,136 results on a query of “Autoimmune and Covid”, but there’s only 115 results on a query of “Autoimmune and Covid Vaccine”. There’s definitely an autoimmune connection to what’s going on here; before, during and after infection.

    I read somewhere that in the phase-one screening of trial participants for either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, that they didn’t accept people with autoimmune diseases. I need to source that back again. If that is indeed the case, then the following study is sort of moot, even though it looks like the attempt is to make the technology self-limiting. It is pretty strange to visualize a cell weeping viral proteins through its membrane. How would the companies or the FDA know how sensitive some people’s immune systems are to this technology, if they didn’t have a random-sampling of the population participating in their trials?

    Does anyone have a link to the screening-criteria used by Pfizer and/or Moderna?

    The SARS-CoV-2 as an instrumental trigger of autoimmunity
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7892316/

    “An effective vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 may be the best solution in dealing with the ongoing pandemic. Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech had developed two of the leading vaccines against the virus and conducted a successful phase 3 trial that demonstrated 1 to be safe and effective, thus the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had recently approved their use. The phase 3 trials done by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech was performed as a randomized, placebo-controlled study that included 30,000 and 41,135 subjects and showed an efficacy rate of 94.1% and 95% (p < 0.0001), respectively. Furthermore, the studies had shown an instrumental reduction of vaccinated individuals illness severity in comparison to the control group. Following the encouraging results of the phase 3 trial and the approval of the FDA, major nations have started administrating massive vaccination of citizens, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, with many more countries declaring their intentions to soon start massive vaccination as well."

    "Both vaccines of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech put to use a new messenger RNA (mRNA) strategy that had been studied for years. In this type of vaccination, artificial mRNA is injected into the deltoid muscle, in the upper part of the arm, thus generates the synthesis of specific viral proteins by health cells of the tissue. Importantly, these viral proteins do not cause COVID-19, for they are merely individual proteins identical to viral proteins and not complete SARS-CoV-2 viral particles. The concentration of viral protein reaches a peak in 24 to 48 h, then declines, as a result of the mRNA molecule breakdown [127]. Next, cells display synthesized viral protein fragments on its surface, introducing the viral components to the immune system. synthesized viral protein fragments are being through the inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) [128]. Positively, the mRNA vaccines of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech do not include adjuvants of any sort, thus decreasing the probability for any unwanted immune modulation."

    • This article from Forbes says:

      Unfortunately, both the Pfizer and Moderna trials excluded volunteers on immunosuppressive therapy. I have not seen any data on subgroups regarding side effects for those with autoimmune disease.

      Prednisone suppresses the immune system, as do quite a few other drugs.

      I expect that people with very severe cases of autoimmune disease are often on these drugs. If nothing else, they are under-represented in the trials.

  33. Taiwan prioritizes chip production over irrigated farmland amid drought

    Taiwan is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the country in the last 50 years. A situation that is adding extra pressure to the supply of components and that leads manufacturers to warn that there will continue to be a shortage of components.

    The government of the country has decided suspend irrigation of farmland to give priority to chip factories, which have to use a lot of water for their production.

    For getting an idea. in 2019, TSMC’s facilities in Hsinchu consumed 63,000 tons of water per day, according to the company. This accounts for more than 10 percent of the supply from two local reservoirs, Baoshan and Baoshan Second Reservoir.

    Why chips are prioritized
    The Taiwan Water Resources Agency has decided to suspend these irrigation in order to ensure that the country’s semiconductor industry can continue to operate in the midst of this drought.

    Wang Yi-Feng, deputy director of the agency, explained to the New York Times that they are prioritizing chip production over agriculture because, otherwise, it would be a losing situation for everyone, including for example rice farmers, which would continue to have low yields despite access to irrigation.

    Of course, it seems that the authorities are going to compensate farmers for the loss of income, although this agricultural industry is concerned that some of its clients will finally be left with the suppliers they must find now.
    https://www.explica.co/taiwan-prioritizes-chip-production-over-irrigated-farmland-amid-drought.html

  34. SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS IMPACTING INPUTS, PARTS

    A market analyst says everyone including farmers is having difficulty getting needed products. Mike North with ever.ag says, “The supply chain right now is being stressed at a level that we’ve never experienced in our lifetimes.”

    North tells Brownfield the difficulty with getting some crop inputs is forcing some farmers to change crop rotations. “Not because I don’t want to, not because the ground is not ready for it, but I just simply can’t get my hands on the right things to grow a crop so I’m going to shift to something else. that is something that I have heard.

    North says certain fertilizers made from natural gas are in short supply. “Because of the ruptured pipelines in the south following the big freeze on Valentine’s Day, ultimately, there are a lot of products that are made from that natural gas that just couldn’t be made. The plants were shut down.”

    And, North says the crop inputs are not the only product lines facing shortages. “Talk to anybody that’s trying to get their hands on parts, supplies, materials. Everyone’s experiencing it right now. Agriculture is not alone in that. It canvasses the entire U.S. economy.”

    North says some producers obtained crop inputs they needed early, while others contracted for future delivery but were left out when retailers couldn’t get enough product to fill orders. He tells Brownfield he also has farmer clients waiting a long time for machinery parts.
    https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/supply-chain-problems-impacting-inputs-parts/

    • These particular shortages would seem to be especially US shortages, and perhaps areas depending on the US for imports. China uses coal it make nitrogen fertilizer, while the US uses natural gas for this purpose.

      I looked up more information on the natural gas line freeze ups in Texas on April 14. Thus article tells quite a bit about the problem.

      https://www.desmogblog.com/2021/02/26/texas-catastrophe-natural-gas-fail-freeze-offs/

      According to the article,

      “Freeze-offs have always happened,” said Randall Collum, Jr., Wood Mackenzie’s vice president for short term gas. “In Wyoming, we knew we were going to deal with that cold every year so we planned for it and winterized; in areas like Texas, Louisiana, it’s just not worth the investment if it’s only going to be impacted every five or ten years.”

      Every five to ten years is about the frequency of freezes like this in Texas, so the problem won’t go away.

  35. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    If you find yourself in some secluded spot in the American West—maybe Yellowstone, or the deserts of Utah, or the forests of Oregon—take a deep breath and get some fresh air along with some microplastic. According to new modeling, 1,100 tons of it is currently floating above the western US. The stuff is falling out of the sky, tainting the most remote corners of North America—and the world. As I’ve said before, plastic rain is the new acid rain.

    But where is it all coming from? You’d think it’d be arising from nearby cities—western metropolises like Denver and Salt Lake City. But new modeling published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that 84 percent of airborne microplastics in the American West actually comes from the roads outside of major cities. Another 11 percent could be blowing all the way in from the ocean. (The researchers who built the model reckon that microplastic particles stay airborne for nearly a week, and that’s more than enough time for them to cross continents and oceans.)

    Microplastics—particles smaller than 5 millimeters—come from a number of sources. Plastic bags and bottles released into the environment break down into smaller and smaller bits. Your washing machine is another major source: When you launder synthetic clothing, tiny microfibers slough off and get flushed to a wastewater treatment plant. That facility filters out some of the microfibers, trapping them in “sludge,” the treated human waste that’s then applied to agricultural fields as fertilizer. That loads the soil with microplastic. A wastewater plant will then flush the remaining microfibers out to sea in the treated water. This has been happening for decades, and because plastics disintegrate

    https://www.wired.com/story/plastic-is-falling-from-the-sky/amp

    But bit by bit, researchers are developing a clearer picture of how these particles are cycling all over the planet. A major driver appears to be the atmospheric transport detailed in this new research. “We live on a ball inside a bubble,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Steve Allen, who wasn’t involved in the research. (He and Deonie Allen are spouses.) “There’s no borders, there’s no edges. And this is clearly showing that microplastic is going into the sea and back out of the sea. It’s raining on the land and then getting blown back up into the air again, to move somewhere else. There’s no stopping it once it’s out.”

    “It could just be moving around the surface of the Earth endlessly,” agrees Brahney. “That’s just really horrifying to think about.”

    There iS a PLAN…the next evolutionary step for life… Synthetic Plastic Life…
    .

  36. Dr. Brian Tyson, MD – I reviewed the Moderna vaccine card given to a patient of mine today. Second dose was given 3/14/2021 and Vaccine card expires 8/14/2021. Let that sink in.
    https://twitter.com/btysonmd/status/1382520512119668739

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      Yep. It’s not a one-time deal. I read the other day that Israel was talking to Pfizer about possibly needing to inject their citizens every six months. I try to remind friends and family of this. Some people are so afraid of getting sick in the short-term that they haven’t thought of the long-term and what kind of society they’re helping to build. Are they prepared to take COVID-19 “vaccines” once or twice a year for the foreseeable future? How do they feel about routine mRNA-based injections? How do they feel about the idea of “lifecourse vaccine programs” as discussed at the WHO Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels on September 12, 2019?

      Most people are struggling with the immediate challenges in their lives during the scamdemic. This is why the state will be able to gradually “nudge” everyone into routine injections, “vaccine” passports and other forms of digital identity.

    • Five months from second dose. Interesting!

  37. “Rachel died from a very rare form of multiple sclerosis.”

    We need to get our hands on that autopsy report. Are we looking at accelerated Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with amyotrophy and demyelinating polyneuropathy?

    Fit and healthy mum dies suddenly with no one there to hold her hand
    A YOUNG mother “who had everything to live for” died of a brain condition without her family to hold her hand in hospital.

    “As she worked in a care home, Rachel had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in December and January and reported classic side effects. ”
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1423412/Covid-coronavirus-restrictions-hospitals-mum-dead-brain-condition

  38. Thrombocytopenia following Pfizer and Moderna SARS‐CoV‐2 vaccination – Lee – 2021 – American Journal of Hematology – Wiley Online Library

    Cases of apparent secondary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) after SARS‐CoV‐2 vaccination with both the Pfizer and Moderna versions have been reported and reached public attention. Public alarm was heightened following the death of the first identified patient from an intracranial hemorrhage, which was reported on the Internet, then in USA Today1 and then in The New York Times.2 Described below, we have collected a series of cases of very low platelet counts occurring within 2 weeks of vaccination in order to enhance our understanding of the possible relationship, if any, between SARS‐CoV‐2 vaccination and development of ITP with implications for surveillance and management.

    Twenty case reports of patients with thrombocytopenia following vaccination, 17 without pre‐existing thrombocytopenia and 14 with reported bleeding symptoms prior to hospitalization were identified upon review of data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), published reports,3, 4 and via direct communication with patients and treating providers. These cases were investigated as suspicious for new onset, post‐vaccination secondary ITP; we could not exclude exacerbation of clinically undetected ITP. Search terms relating to “decreased platelet count”, “immune thrombocytopenia”, “hemorrhage”, “petechiae”, and “contusion” were utilized to identify cases reported in VAERS.

    The reports describing 19 of 20 patients included age (range 22–73 years old; median 41 years) and gender (11 females and 8 males). Nine received the Pfizer vaccine and 11 received the Moderna vaccine. All 20 patients were hospitalized and most patients presented with petechiae, bruising or mucosal bleeding (gingival, vaginal, epistaxis) with onset of symptoms between 1–23 days (median 5 days) post vaccination. Platelet counts at presentation were available for all 20 cases with the majority being at or below 10 × 109/L (range 1–36 × 109/L; median 2 × 109/L).
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajh.26132

  39. hillcountry says:

    Abstract

    “A diverse portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates is needed to combat the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we developed a subunit nanovaccine by conjugating SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein receptor binding domain (RBD) to the surface of oxidation-sensitive polymersomes.”

    [conjugation chemistry definition: be combined with or joined to reversibly.]

    [they’re saying they have the ability to not only isolate the specific part of the protein that binds to a cells receptor but also create it for conjugation to polymersomes]

    [ A binding domain is a protein domain which binds to a specific atom or molecule, such as calcium or DNA. A protein domain is a part of a protein sequence and a tertiary structure that can change, function, and live by itself independent of the rest of the protein chain. Upon binding, proteins may undergo a conformational change. Binding domains are essential for the function of many proteins. They are essential because they help splice, assemble, and translate proteins. Examples of binding domains include the Zinc finger, which binds to DNA, and EF hand, which binds to calcium. ]

    [In biotechnology, polymersomes[1] are a class of artificial vesicles, tiny hollow spheres that enclose a solution. Polymersomes are made using amphiphilic synthetic block copolymers to form the vesicle membrane, and have radii ranging from 50 nm to 5 µm or more.[2] Most reported polymersomes contain an aqueous solution in their core and are useful for encapsulating and protecting sensitive molecules, such as drugs, enzymes, other proteins and peptides, and DNA and RNA fragments. The polymersome membrane provides a physical barrier that isolates the encapsulated material from external materials, such as those found in biological systems.]

    “We evaluated the humoral and cellular responses of mice immunized with these surface-decorated polymersomes”

    [they’re not just using the sphere to encapsulate or provide a physical barrier. They’re using the surface of the membrane (sphere) as a carrier]

    “(RBD surf ) compared to RBD-encapsulated polymersomes (RBD encap ) and unformulated RBD (RBD free ), using monophosphoryl lipid A-encapsulated polymersomes (MPLA PS) as an adjuvant.”

    [also, they’re comparing the effectiveness of surface to encapsulated]

    “While all three groups produced high titers of RBD-specific IgG, only RBD surf elicited a neutralizing antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 comparable to that of human convalescent plasma.”

    “Moreover, RBD surf was the only group to significantly increase the proportion of RBD-specific germinal center B cells in the vaccination-site draining lymph nodes. Both RBD surf and RBD encap drove similarly robust CD4 + and CD8 + T cell responses that produced multiple Th1-type cytokines. We conclude that multivalent surface display of Spike RBD on polymersomes promotes a potent neutralizing antibody response to SARS-CoV-2, while both antigen formulations promote robust T cell immunity.”

    [I wonder why anyone would bother to design an mRNA vaccine that commandeers cellular genetics in order to get our cells to produce a mess of spike-proteins (so the body can learn to generate antibodies to them) if they’re already able to create spike-proteins in a lab and in sufficient quantity to coat the surface of millions or billions of micron-sized polymer spheres.]
    [Robust T cell immunity sounds great]

    I haven’t read the next two studies yet but the first points to the fact that the expensive vaccines just aren’t going to cut it for much of the world (duh), and the second looks like further confirmation of Trevor Marshall’s therapeutic insights regarding the VDR and Cathelicidins.

    SARS-CoV-2 RBD219-N1C1: A yeast-expressed SARS-CoV-2 recombinant receptor-binding domain candidate vaccine stimulates virus neutralizing antibodies and T-cell immunity in mice.
    Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2021 Apr 13 Online ahead of print. PMID: 33847226
    There is an urgent need for an accessible and low-cost COVID-19 vaccine suitable for low- and middle-income countries. Here, we report on the development of a SARS-CoV-2 receptor-binding domain (RBD) protein, expressed at high levels in yeast (P …

    Human Cathelicidin Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Killing Two Birds with One Stone.
    ACS Infect Dis. 2021 Apr 14. PMID: 33849267
    Herein, we show encouraging results indicating that human cathelicidin LL37 can simultaneously block viral S1 and cloak ACE2. LL37 binds to the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of S1 with high affinity (11.2 nM) and decreases subsequent recruitment …

    • hillcountry says:

      Here’s the link to that recent study

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33851166/

    • Robert Firth says:

      Executive summary: when vaccines don’t work, the solution is more vaccines.

    • You say,

      “I wonder why anyone would bother to design an mRNA vaccine that commandeers cellular genetics in order to get our cells to produce a mess of spike-proteins (so the body can learn to generate antibodies to them) if they’re already able to create spike-proteins in a lab and in sufficient quantity to coat the surface of millions or billions of micron-sized polymer spheres.”

      Are you thinking that the vaccine from this more direct approach might actually be less unsafe? Do I understand you correctly that the article “Human Cathelicidin Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Killing Two Birds with One Stone,” is an article in this direction?

      • hillcountry says:

        Sounds like it would be safer, but I’ve also read papers that have identified membrane-damage resulting from the nano-vesicles themselves, so who knows. I’d bet nano-vesicles are also in use to encapsulate the RNA snips used in Pfizer and Moderna and whatever other vaccines that rely on genetic technology.

        It was the ‘reveal’ that they’re able to create the spike-protein itself that got my attention. I’ve been following this pretty close and it’s the first I’ve heard of that, although it seems like it’s a no-brainer if they can do all the genetic things they claim.

        It sure seems like a much more direct approach, doesn’t it? I just wonder how those proteins attach to the polymersomes, and how they don’t trigger a cytokine-storm if they’re injected in great numbers into the system. They could create the same systemic effects that are being documented regarding the Phase 3 trials that are ongoing with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. It seems one might want to do a little bit at a time, whatever that amount might be. I didn’t have access to the full study and one has to be careful about all kinds of things; animal vs human, in vitro vs in vivo, dosages (often massive in relation to relative human weight, etc.

        I haven’t gotten to the Cathelicidin paper yet, but it’s a separate matter.

        Trevor Marshall of Marshall Protocol fame, identified a disruption of the Vitamin D Receptor, which is required to produce our front-line innate immune response anti-biotics like the Cathelicidins and Beta-Defensins. If Cathelicidin “cloaks” the ACE2 receptor, then it’s acting like Ivermectin, only not on the spike-protein, but on the receptor that the spike-protein needs to bind with to get the viral RNA into the cell.

        Marshall’s therapy to regain VDR function is an off-label use of a blood-pressure medicine, Olmesartan Medoximil. It docks in the activation binding-pocket of the VDR and out-competes whatever it is that stealth pathogen bring to bear when they populate immune-system (and other) cells. I don’t know the chemistry of that part of it. What I can say is that many very competent people from all walks of life, including medical professions, have resolved auto-immune conditions of long-standing with that protocol, which interestingly enough includes the requirement of staying out of the sun and eating to the effect of maintaining a very low VD status, measuring the active metabolite 1,25D which almost no one does.

        • Thanks for your thoughts. Until we have actually made the vaccines and tested them on human, for quite a long time, we don’t know how safe they are.

          With respect to the vitamin D receptor problems and autoimmune conditions, it is hard to know what to do. Reduce vitamin D or change to a less inflammatory diet?

          At one point, I felt like i was headed in the direction of inflammation of my joints, similar to what two of my sisters have. I changed my diet toward less inflammatory foods and lost 40 pounds, and my problems pretty much went away. But if a person has lupus or type 1 diabetes, (as two of my sisters have), then changing food choices is likely not enough.

          The problem I still try to work around is osteoporosis, which seems to also be vitamin D related as well. Too low vitamin D doesn’t sound like a good solution for that.

          • hillcountry says:

            Yes, it sure is problematic and complicated. I find it interesting to consider the insights of both Trevor Marshall the Low-D guy and Grant Genereux the Low-A guy (he’s probably got the lowest serum-A level in Canada after 6 years on a “zero-A” diet.) They probably know as much as anyone regarding their molecule of choice, even though one is a computer guy and the other is an engineer.

            Grant and his cohort have done a lot of work on osteoporosis and find it overlaps quite a number of autoimmune conditions, more than any other disease as I recall. They think the missing calcium is used to buffer retinoic acid basically, since blood pH is so critical, much more than bone health.

            The more I read and see that not everyone has the same results on either of those protocols (I’ve done both) and understand more about the inter-relationships between VD and VA it seems like a maze that I’ll never figure out. Sometimes I stand back and just look for connections that aren’t being made between things. Science is so compartmentalized these days. I think it’s all further complicated by a variety of broken metabolic pathways, pollution, molds, viruses, nutritional deficiencies with minerals high on that list and other such stressors. Some of those pathways are discussed in some papers I have been reading lately about the intersection of VA, Covid, and Ivermectin.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Hillcountry, I’m sure you are aware that genetic differences between individuals can account for significant differences—sometimes by an order of magnitude—in the amounts of different nutrients that people need in to ingest order to remain healthy.

              I’ve read a lot of Grant Genereux’s work and it opens up a brand new worldview. He has built up a very persuasive case that Vitamin A isn’t a real vitamin at all but is actually a poison that we can’t avoid because it is present in most of the foods we eat, so we deal with by storing it in the liver or in deposits of fat around the body, because we have no way of excreting it. But if we take it in faster than we can store or immobilize it, a host of health problems from acne to Alzheimer’s may result. I think that the fact that he’s still alive and cured his eczema after years of close to xero-A dieting is excellent proof that it is not the essential vitamin that it’s made out to be.

  40. Fast Eddy says:

    ‘resistance to the vaccine happens when large numbers of people are vaccinated’ Bossche

    Expects this to happen within the next two months — likely starting in UK or Israel

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    Key part is here

    https://youtu.be/7gOBoapt3DE?t=1972

    • hillcountry says:

      It would be interesting to have full-transcripts of all of Bossche’s talks to catch the discrepancies. He gets a lot of blow-back in the comments under that video from people who have been following his talks closely and noticing changes he’s made and other such strange as others who work hard but find his presentations poorly presented and verging on indecipherable. I tend to think if he’s not working for Project Chaos out of Langley, he’s missing a paycheck, but I survived MK-Ultra, so what do I know. Here’s a few of those:

      “What happened to all the history on respiratory viruses asymptomatic never being the driver of epidemics 🤔 are you now pushing people to take a vaccine ‘ that you stated in another video is dangerous” 😳

      “Right, I’ve listened and understood all of your videos, interviews and points and I know what you’re saying. My issue is that both you and Dr Mike Yeadon seem completely sure and sincere, but you have fundamental differences in your key points. Yeadon argues that Asymptomatic transmission is not proven, as you need to be “coughing your guts up” to shed the virus. Also, he points out that the whole gene sequence changes only 0.3% between original stain and the most different mutation, so suggests this difference is not great enough for the spike protein to not be recognised by the immune system. He evidences this with results of experiments using original SARS patients blood and that they have the ability to identify SARS cov 2, even though it is 30% different overall gene sequence. These differences don’t reconcile, and many others here will think the same. Can you address the points Mike Yeadon raises please? This is Yeadon’s latest interview https://www.bitchute.com/video/A5LmEKZq04Sr/

      “I wonder how you know that asymptomatic naturally-acquired infection is “sub-optimal”? When the mumps virus was circulating freely, it was acknowledged that about 30% of people infected had NO symptoms, yet had lifelong protection to mumps despite that. Nobody checked their antibody levels routinely. I realise that SARS-Cov-2 is a novel virus, but the immune response may still be adequate for those who experience asymptomatic infection, maybe due to things like how robust their immune system is as regards nutrition (“vitamin” D, zinc, selenium status etc) in order to give good protection from further infection?”

      “Where’s the evidence that the innate immune system gets suppressed when natural antibodies are outcompeted by specific vaccine induced antibodies? Wouldn’t this occur with all vaccines?”

      “As I understand it, the AB’s produced via the vaxx will compete with the natural immune response AB’s to ALL future encounters with the strain it’s built on and all CV variants (there are many!) This results in a sub-optimal immune response every time. What’s more, this will be a permanent factor vs. lasting only a few months (the RNA is actually altered by the current vaxx.) As far as I’m concerned this vaxx is really doing permanent damage to the immune system; not to mention the potential inflammatory responses later on (12 -18 months) if a ‘cytokin storm’ occurs. This is much too risky for me, and I’ll take my chances without it.”

      “I really appreciate what you are saying. I am 100% behind the theory of immune escape. However, Mike Yeadon has looked at, for instance, the South African variant and said the difference us just one amino acid. I believe both you and him when it comes to science but having worked in science, both of you have different perceptions of how this will pan out. What is evident is that both of you say that this mass vaccination is absolutely the wrong thing to do. I’d love you both to get together in a way, not to compete, as I think that wouldn’t be constructive, but to build a picture of how we could work our way through this without harm to man nor beast.”

      • Somehow, this post got caught in my spam filter. It seems like posts caught in my spam filter (as opposed to my “moderate” filter) can take a couple of hours (or more) to get to me.

      • Yes, there are a lot of questions with respect to these talks. I found Bossche’s accent made it easy to miss words in what he was saying. There is also the issue of if people who had SARS earlier are immune to COVID-19, why can’t we expect similar immunity for COVID-19 to be broad and long-lasting.

    • If I understand Bossche correctly, he is expecting a rebound effect in the number of new illnesses and decreased ability of the vaccines to stop illness (because of new mutations) in countries like Israel and the UK, as the percentage vaccinated become very high.

      As Fast Eddy says in another comment, he expects this to happen in the next two months.

      • Ano737 says:

        You may recall that he has been expecting quite a few things to happen soon for years. Eventually, like a stopped clock, he’ll be right.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Bossche’s prediction aligns with the leak out of Canada that indicates something massive will play out by the end of Q2…

        Keep in mind the leak is not the CEP… it is basic info that administrators require to execute on…. there is no ‘end game’… obviously they cannot tell people tasked with carrying out the CEP that the goal is to kill 8B people…

        Let’s assume the clock is ticking and by June we are into a Defcon 10 situation … locked in our homes fearful of Devil Covid — waiting to die…

        What do you do with the remaining 10 weeks?

        • Tim Groves says:

          You could spend some time reading science fiction. for instance, Ray Bradbury’s short story “Last Night of the World.”

          Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire

          “What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world?”

          “What would I do; you mean, seriously?”

          “Yes, seriously.”

          “I don’t know — I hadn’t thought. She turned the handle of the silver coffeepot toward him and placed the two cups in their saucers.

          He poured some coffee. In the background, the two small girls were playing blocks on the parlor rug in the light of the green hurricane lamps. There was an easy, clean aroma of brewed coffee in the evening air.

          “Well, better start thinking about it,” he said.

          “You don’t mean it?” said his wife.

          He nodded.

          “A war?”

          He shook his head.

          “Not the hydrogen or atom bomb?”

          “No.”

          “Or germ warfare?”

          “None of those at all,” he said, stirring his coffee slowly and staring into its black depths. “But just the closing of a book, let’s say.”

          “I don’t think I understand.”

          “No, nor do I really. It’s jut a feeling; sometimes it frightens me, sometimes I’m not frightened at all — but peaceful.” He glanced in at the girls and their yellow hair shining in the bright lamplight, and lowered his voice. “I didn’t say anything to you. It first happened about four nights ago.”

          “What?”

          “A dream I had. I dreamt that it was all going to be over and a voice said it was; not any kind of voice I can remember, but a voice anyway, and it said things would stop here on Earth. I didn’t think too much about it when I awoke the next morning, but then I went to work and the feeling as with me all day. I caught Stan Willis looking out the window in the middle of the afternoon and I said, ‘Penny for your thoughts, Stan,’ and he said, ‘I had a dream last night,’ and before he even told me the dream, I knew what it was. I could have told him, but he told me and I listened to him.”

          “It was the same dream?”

          “Yes. I told Stan I had dreamed it, too. He didn’t seem surprised. He relaxed, in fact. Then we started walking through offices, for the hell of it. It wasn’t planned. We didn’t say, let’s walk around. We just walked on our own, and everywhere we saw people looking at their desks or their hands or out the windows and not seeing what was in front of their eyes. I talked to a few of them; so did Stan.”……..

          https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a14340/ray-bradbury-last-night-of-the-world-0251/

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Nicely done…

            Is it not reassuring to know that everyone dies? It’s not like you get struck down with a terminal disease and are stressed because everyone else carries on and you miss out.

            In a way, it’s like getting the bad news, not telling anyone … chartering a plane and filling it with all your friends and family — and crashing it into a mountain! There’s nobody to miss!

            But even better — all that people who ever pissed you off or offended you — they get to crash into the mountain too!

            No more bills – no more failed children – no more nagging – no more shitty bosses – no more shovelling snow – no more stress – no more Kim or Paris or Alexa — no more phone zombies … in a way … I imagine most people will welcome this — perhaps they secretly yearn for this…. but only if everyone comes along…

            Kinda like a global Jim Jones Massacre…

            Vaccine = Purple Kook Aid!!! 🙂

            • Kowalainen says:

              I certainly don’t. It’s amusing to muse upon the universe and rapacious primate shenanigans.

              If all would be gone in a puff of nothingness, now where is the obnoxiousness, drama and comedy of FE, for example?

              Perhaps I am easily entertained. The space faring “Alien” master race is perhaps bored at this point and decided that enough is enough.

              Would you like to continue the game?
              [Y/N]?

              🥱👉*click* “N”

              🤔

        • Lidia17 says:

          Haven’t seen you in quite a while
          I was down the hold, just passing time
          Last time we met it was a low-lit room
          We were as close together as a bride and groom
          We ate the food, we drank the wine
          Everybody having a good time except you
          You were talking about the end of the world

          I took the money, I spiked your drink
          You miss too much these days if you stop to think
          You led me on with those innocent eyes
          And you know I love the element of surprise
          In the garden I was playing the tart
          I kissed your lips and broke your heart
          You, you were acting like it was the end of the world

          In my dream, I was drowning sorrows
          But my sorrows they’d learned to swim
          Surrounding me, going down on me
          Spilling over the brim
          Waves of regret and waves of joy
          I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
          You, you said you’d wait till the end of the world

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfKqtXhF_eM

          “You’re on your own… Claire.”

          • Kowalainen says:

            Enjoying morsels of truth while hovering above the abyss of inevitable oblivion is so much more rewarding. Enjoying things just to please the reptilian seems cheap. It is only troubling when expectations isn’t aligned with objective reality.

            Extinction and the cessation of conscious experience isn’t optional. No, not even during a lifetime of continuous existence. In reality, nothing of the fetus remains, except the patterns encoded in the genetics and memories of cognitive experience.

            Everybody that is more or less aligned with the processes in the universe wouldn’t want it any other way. Neither should you.

    • A person wonders what the correct vaccine-taking strategy would be?

      If Bossche is correct, the epidemic tends in the direction of the virus that kills all of the unvaccinated chickens. In theory, this could happen in a few iterations of the vaccine, so in a few years. I am not clear whether this would happen all over the world, or only in the parts of the world with high levels of vaccination. We are not quite like chickens isolated in chicken coops. Even if the UK and Israel has high immunization rates, relative to the 7.8 billion people, the overall vaccination rate is likely to stay low for years.

      Of course, we are also heading toward limits under which vaccines will be more and more difficult to make and afford.

      Do we want to stay away from vaccines to protect our own immune systems? Or, if we are in an area where vaccines are highly favored, do we go along with the crowd? Or do we move to an area where vaccines are lightly used, such as Africa. I imagine that there are other countries that will head that way as well, simply because the cost of the vaccines and their refrigeration is too high. But these same countries are likely to be ones where there is already a problem with food.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        To a certain extent we are like blind men feeling their way around a strange room… we bump into stuff and think ah.. a chair… but it might not be a chair…

        The people who are orchestrating this have most definitely been working on this for years…

        The virus (if it is even a virus…) was made in a lab was purposed for some outcome … even top scientists cannot easily decipher what that outcome is… that would probably take years of research to unravel when has been done (and lots of funding — which is obviously not forthcoming).

        Then there are the magical vaccines that emerged within months — no way those weren’t developed years ago.

        We get some hints as to what the vaccines might do — but even Bossche.. Bridle… Yeadon do not know for sure…. but one thing we can be sure of — when you are hell bent on vaccinating healthy people against something that is very unlikely to cause them much more harm than a mild flu….

        There is something sinister going down.

        I am operating off of the Devil Covid assumption … so it will not matter if you are vaccinated… you die from Devil Covid — or you lock yourself down fearing Devil Covid and you starve to death.

        The only other theory I have is that there is a Trojan Horse in the vaccine … perhaps the goal us to get as many of the 8B people injected … damaging their DNA and immune systems.. then they start dying like flies from the most minor infections…e.g. the common cold.

        But then we are walking in the dark room guided by 3 men who are also in the unfamiliar dark room… so it is difficult to be certain where we are going.

        • Thierry says:

          Well said!
          The situation makes me think of the red Death. Eventually He will find even those who believe they are safe, like Prince Prospero (what a name!) in his abbey, behind iron gates and organizing a masked ball “of the most unusual magnificence”:
          “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”

        • I hear Fast’s CEP concerns but I fathom that they don’t want to kill e’erbody but they do want all y’all to move closer together and always order the Chef’s Special. So yep, some more will die, even more will fear and demand security. I for one, cannot wait to be locked in or out of my ConApt based on my CurrentCred.

  42. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Food parcels arrive in Brazil’s favelas as pandemic sparks wave of hunger:

    “Brazil is one of the world’s most important agricultural producers, but millions of people in Latin America’s biggest country are struggling to put food on the table as the COVID-19 outbreak wreaks havoc on the economy.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brazil-food/food-parcels-arrive-in-brazils-favelas-as-pandemic-sparks-wave-of-hunger-idUSKBN2C12TH?il=0

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Argentine town bears scars of poverty as pandemic sharpens economic crisis:

      “In a run-down part of Manzanares, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, the scars of poverty are clear. People cook with firewood. Some have no electricity, gas or running water. Children play barefoot with old toys next to rudimentary homes.”

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-argentina-poverty-idUSKBN2C01B2

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “In Venezuela Bond Market, Gunmen and Bags of Cash Are Required:

        “In what is perhaps the tiniest and almost certainly the most primitive bond market in the world, default isn’t the greatest risk that investors face.
        Mugging is.”

        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-13/in-venezuela-bond-market-gunmen-and-bags-of-cash-are-required

      • Robert Firth says:

        Harry, Argentina was once the fourth richest country in the world. And Brazil was also prosperous. There is a lesson here: wealth is not created by he promiscuous exploitation of natural resources, but by the skilled workers with hand or brain, dedicated, loyal, and intelligent.

        The people who tried to bring us sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, sustainable animal husbandry, and largely sustainable infrastructure. The people who have been displaced by plutocrats, grifters, scam artists, propagandists; and a carefully trained proletariat, trained to obey orders without ever thinking about the consequences to themselves or their children.

        Thus do civilisations die.

        • HDUK says:

          Quite….. there is a lot to be learned from civilisations that collapse, I can recommend listening to these whilst topping up your Vit D in the sun. Also available on YOUTUBE.
          https://fallofcivilizationspodcast.com/
          Yesterdays episode of UK Column was interesting, interview with a NHS whistleblowing nurse re the ‘treatments/jabs’
          https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-news-14th-april-2021 all rather worrying if she is genuine, and she appeared to be so.

          • Tim Groves says:

            I watched and listened to this today. Very informative about what’s going on in the UK. Besides the nurse, who is calling the Covid policy “genocide”, they covered retired Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley (former Commanding Officer of 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers)—you can’t get much more old establishment than that—who is now coming out strongly for liberty and against the totalitarian coup.

            I’m bookmarking UKcolumn and if I had any friends left I would share the link to this podcast with them. But the truth seems to be that the majority of people prefer not to be exposed to the truth when the truth is as stark and dark as it seems to be now.

            • Xabier says:

              The retired general’s excellent article in ‘The Conservative Woman’ is a pretty good intro to the situation, as he doesn’t talk about genocide, Bill Gates, Agenda 21, or any of the topics that people have been conditioned to respond to with ‘ internet conspiracy theory and dismiss.

              It’s well-suited, therefore, to get even quite conventional people thinking about what the real aim of all of this might be – not too frightening for them.

      • The Argentine town sounds like the low-energy world of the future.

    • I tried to figure out who is providing the food. The article says a group called, “Favelas G10.” When I looked this up on the Internet, this is the translation I received:

      “The Favelas G10 is a bloc of Favela Social Impact Leaders and Entrepreneurs who, like the rich countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) of the G-7, have joined forces in favor of economic development and protagonism of the Communities, aiming at the economic and social development of these urban areas.”

      So it seems to be local leaders from 10 countries outside the G-7 who have joined forces.

    • Sam says:

      Now that Biden is in office NPR is running so many stories about how the vaccine is great and how great the Us economy is. Everything is awesome! Biden has done a great job! Sarc…🤔

  43. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Greensill: the collapse threatens to kill off a form of financing that is vital to global economy…

    “…one major question getting less attention concerns the future of supply chain finance (SCF), an important tool in the financial arrangements between suppliers and their customers. Greensill was closely associated with this financing and has potentially rendered it unviable.”

  44. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Unsustainable corporate and government debt racked up during the coronavirus pandemic is emerging as a major credit risk to the global economy and trade.

    “Marsh, one of the world’s biggest insurance brokers, says its annual political risk map has tracked the largest ever increases in economic risk for 2021…”

    https://www.gtreview.com/news/global/insurers-warn-of-zombie-company-debt-time-bomb/

  45. Harry McGibbs says:

    “NATO allies on Wednesday agreed to wind down their operations in Afghanistan, after President Joe Biden’s administration announced all US troops would leave the country by September 11.”

    https://www.dw.com/en/nato-allies-agree-to-leave-afghanistan-following-us-move/a-57206514

  46. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The US budget deficit climbed to a record $1.7 trillion last month after stimulus spending in March lifted the shortfall.

    “The government spent roughly $927 billion as the first half of the fiscal year came to a close, the Treasury Department said Monday. Much of the surge was linked to Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus package…”

    https://www.businessinsider.com/budget-deficit-march-record-stimulus-spending-infrastructure-federal-debt-taxes-2021-4?r=US&IR=T

  47. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Loose monetary policy is today’s biggest market risk: Explosive growth in debt has severely curtailed central banks’ freedom of action…

    “There are no two ways about it, argues Jeremy Grantham: “The long, long bull market since 2009 has finally matured into a fully-fledged epic bubble”.

    https://www.ft.com/content/edcaecb2-5f83-4909-9d96-cb4daa0f0401

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