How the World’s Energy Problem Has Been Hidden

We live in a world where words are very carefully chosen. Companies hire public relations firms to give just the right “spin” to what they are saying. Politicians make statements which suggest that everything is going well. Newspapers would like their advertisers to be happy; they certainly won’t suggest that the automobile you purchase today may be of no use to you in five years.

I believe that what has happened in recent years is that the “truth” has become very dark. We live in a finite world; we are rapidly approaching limits of many kinds. For example, there is not enough fresh water for everyone, including agriculture and businesses. This inadequate water supply is now tipping over into inadequate food supply in quite a few places because irrigation requires fresh water. This problem is, in a sense, an energy problem, because adding more irrigation requires more energy supplies used for digging deeper wells or making desalination plants. We are reaching energy scarcity issues not too different from those of World War I, World War II and the Depression Era between the wars.

We now live in a strange world filled with half-truths, not too different from the world of the 1930s. US newspapers leave out the many stories that could be written about rising food insecurity around the world, and even in the US. We see more reports of conflicts among countries and increasing gaps between the rich and the poor, but no one explains that such changes are to be expected when energy consumption per capita starts falling too low.

The majority of people seem to believe that all of these problems can be fixed simply by increasingly taxing the rich and using the proceeds to help the poor. They also believe that the biggest problem we are facing is climate change. Very few are even aware of the food scarcity problems occurring in many parts of the world already.

Our political leaders started down the wrong path long ago, when they chose to rely on economists rather than physicists. The economists created the fiction that the economy could expand endlessly, even with falling energy supplies. The physicists understood that the economy requires energy for growth, but didn’t really understand the financial system, so they weren’t in a position to explain which parts of economic theory were incorrect. Even as the true story becomes increasingly clear, politicians stick to their belief that our only energy problem is the possibility of using too much fossil fuel, with the result of rising world temperatures and disrupted weather patterns. This can be interpreted as a relatively distant problem that can be corrected over a fairly long future period.

In this post, I will explain why it appears to me that, right now, we are dealing with an energy problem as severe as that which seems to have led to World War I, World War II, and the Great Depression. We really need a solution to our energy problems right now, not in the year 2050 or 2100. Scientists modeled the wrong problem: a fairly distant energy problem which would be associated with high energy prices. The real issue is a very close-at-hand energy shortage problem, associated with relatively low energy prices. It should not be surprising that the solutions scientists have found are mostly absurd, given the true nature of the problem we are facing.

[1] There is a great deal of confusion with respect to which energy problem we are dealing with. Are we dealing with a near-at-hand problem featuring inadequate prices for producers or a more distant problem featuring high prices for consumers? It makes a huge difference in finding a solution, if any.

Business leaders would like us to believe that the problem to be concerned with is a fairly distant one: climate change. In fact, this is the problem most scientists are working on. There is a common misbelief that fossil fuel prices will jump to high levels if they are in short supply. These high prices will allow the extraction of a huge amount of coal, oil and natural gas from the ground. The rising prices will also allow high-priced alternatives to become competitive. Thus, it makes sense to start down the long road of trying to substitute “renewables” for fossil fuels.

If business leaders had stopped to look at the history of coal depletion, they would have discovered that expecting high prices when energy limits are encountered is incorrect. The issue that really happens is a wage problem: too many workers discover that their wages are too low. Indirectly, these low-wage workers need to cut back on purchases of goods of many types, including coal to heat workers’ homes. This loss of purchasing power tends to hold coal prices down to a level that is too low for producers. We can see this situation if we look at the historical problems with coal depletion in the UK and in Germany.

Coal played an outsized role in the time leading up to, and including, World War II.

Figure 1. Figure by author describing peak coal timing.

History shows that as early coal mines became depleted, the number of hours of labor required to extract a given amount of coal tended to rise significantly. This happened because deeper mines were needed, or mines were needed in areas where there were only thin coal seams. The problem owners of mines experienced was that coal prices did not rise enough to cover their higher labor costs, related to depletion. The issue was really that prices fell too low for coal producers.

Owners of mines found that they needed to cut the wages of miners. This led to strikes and lower coal production. Indirectly, other coal-using industries, such as iron production and bread baking, were adversely affected, leading these industries to cut jobs and wages, as well. In a sense, the big issue was growing wage disparity, because many higher-wage workers and property owners were not affected.

Today, the issue we see is very similar, especially when we look at wages worldwide, because markets are now worldwide. Many workers around the world have very low wages, or no wages at all. As a result, the number of workers worldwide who can afford to purchase goods that require large amounts of oil and coal products for their manufacture and operation, such as vehicles, tends to fall. For example, peak sales of private passenger automobile, worldwide, occurred in 2017. With fewer auto sales (as well as fewer sales of other high-priced goods), it is difficult to keep oil and coal prices high enough for producers. This is very similar to the problems of the 1914 to 1945 era.

Everything that I can see indicates that we are now reaching a time that is parallel to the period between 1914 and 1945. Conflict is one of the major things that a person would expect because each country wants to protect its jobs. Each country also wants to add new jobs that pay well.

In a period parallel to the 1914 to 1945 period, we can also expect pandemics. This happens because the many poor people often cannot afford adequate diets, making them more susceptible to diseases that are easily transmitted. In the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-1919, more than 50 million people worldwide died. The equivalent number with today’s world population would be about 260 million. This hugely dwarfs the 3.2 million COVID-19 deaths around the world that we have experienced to date.

[2] If we look at growth in energy supply, relative to the growth in population, precisely the same type of “squeeze” is occurring now as was occurring in the 1914 to 1945 period. This squeeze particularly affects coal and oil supplies.

Figure 2. The sum of red and blue areas on the chart represent average annual world energy consumption growth by 10-year periods. Blue areas represent average annual population growth percentages during these 10-year periods. The red area is determined by subtraction. It represents the amount of energy consumption growth that is “left over” for growth in people’s standards of living. Chart by Gail Tverberg using energy data from Vaclav Smil’s estimates shown in Energy Transitions: History, Requirements and Prospects, together with BP Statistical Data for 1965 and subsequent years.

The chart above is somewhat complex. It looks at how quickly energy consumption has been growing historically, over ten-year periods (sum of red and blue areas). This amount is divided into two parts. The blue area shows how much of this growth in energy consumption was required to provide food, housing and transportation to the growing world population, based on the standards at that time. The red area shows how much growth in energy consumption was “left over” for growth in the standard of living, such as better roads, more vehicles, and nicer homes. Note that GDP growth is not shown in the chart. It likely corresponds fairly closely to total energy consumption growth.

Figure 3, below, shows energy consumption by type of fuel between 1820 and 2010. From this, it is clear that the world’s energy consumption was tiny back in 1820, when most of the world’s energy came from burned biomass. Even at that time, there was a huge problem with deforestation.

Figure 3. World Energy Consumption by Source, based on Vaclav Smil estimates from Energy Transitions: History, Requirements and Prospects and together with BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy data for 1965 and subsequent years. (Wind and solar are included with biofuels.)

Clearly, the addition of coal, starting shortly after 1820, allowed huge changes in the world economy. But by 1910, this growth in coal consumption was flattening out, leading quite possibly to the problems of the 1914-1945 era. The growth in oil consumption after World War II allowed the world economy to recover. Natural gas, hydroelectric and nuclear have been added in recent years, as well, but the amounts have been less significant than those of coal and oil.

We can see how coal and oil have dominated growth in energy supplies in other ways, as well. This is a chart of energy supplies, with a projection of expected energy supplies through 2021 based on estimates of the IEA’s Global Energy Review 2021.

Figure 4. World energy consumption by fuel. Data through 2019 based on information from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. Amounts for 2020 and 2021 based on percentage change estimates from IEA’s Global Energy Review 2021.

Oil supplies became a problem in the 1970s. There was briefly a dip in the demand for oil supplies as the world switched from burning oil to the use of other fuels in applications where this could easily be done, such as producing electricity and heating homes. Also, private passenger automobiles became smaller and more fuel efficient. There has been a continued push for fuel efficiency since then. In 2020, oil consumption was greatly affected by the reduction in personal travel associated with the COVID-19 epidemic.

Figure 4, above, shows that world coal consumption has been close to flat since about 2012. This is also evident in Figure 5, below.

Figure 5. World coal production by part of the world, based on data of BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, 2020.

Figure 5 shows that coal production for the United States and Europe has been declining for a very long time, since about 1988. Before China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, its coal production grew at a moderate pace. After joining the WTO in 2001, China’s coal production grew very rapidly for about 10 years. In about 2011, China’s coal production leveled off, leading to the leveling of world coal production.

Figure 6 shows that recently, growth in the sum of oil and coal consumption has been lagging total energy consumption.

Figure 6. Three-year average annual increase in oil and coal consumption versus three-year average increase in total energy consumption, based on a combination of BP data through 2019 from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, 2010 and IEA’s 2020 and 2021 percentage change forecasts, from its Global Energy Review 2021.

We can see from Figure 6 that the only recent time when oil and coal supplies grew faster than energy consumption in total was during a brief period between 2002 and 2007. More recently, oil and coal consumption has been increasingly lagging total energy consumption. For both coal and oil, the problem has been that low prices for producers cause producers to voluntarily drop out of coal or oil production. The reason for this is two-fold: (1) With less oil (or coal) production, perhaps prices might rise, making production more profitable, and (2) Unprofitable oil (or coal) production isn’t really satisfactory for producers.

When determining the required level of profitability for these fuels, there is a need to include the tax revenue that governments require in order to maintain adequate services. This is especially the case with oil exporters, but it is also true in general. Energy products, to be useful, produce an energy surplus that can be used to benefit the rest of the economy. The way that this energy surplus can be transferred to the rest of the economy is by paying relatively high taxes. These taxes allow changes that aid economic growth, such as improvements in roads and schools.

If energy prices are chronically too low (so that an energy product requires a subsidy, rather than paying taxes), this is a sign that the energy product is most likely an energy “sink.” Such a product acts in the direction of pulling the economy down through ever-lower productivity.

[3] Governments have chosen to focus on preventing climate change because, in theory, the changes that are needed to prevent climate change seem to be the same ones needed to cover the contingency of “running out.” The catch is that the indicated changes don’t really work in the scarcity situation we are already facing.

It turns out that the very fuels that we seem to be running out of (coal and oil) are the very ones most associated with high carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, focusing on climate change seems to please everyone. Those who were concerned that we could keep extracting fossil fuels for hundreds of years and, because of this, completely ruin the climate, would be happy. Those who were concerned about running out of fossil fuels would be happy, as well. This is precisely the kind of solution that politicians prefer.

The catch is that we used coal and oil first because, in a very real sense, they are the “best” fuels for our needs. All of the other fuels, even natural gas, are in many senses inferior. Natural gas has the problem that it is very expensive to transport and store. Also, methane, which makes up the majority of natural gas, is itself a gas that contributes to global warming. It tends to leak from pipelines and from ships attempting to transport it. Thus, it is doubtful that it is much better from a global warming perspective than coal or oil.

So-called renewable fuels tend to be very damaging to the environment in ways other than CO2 emissions. This point is made very well in the new book Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Max Wilbert. It makes the point that renewable fuels are not an attempt to save the environment. Instead, they are trying to save our current industrial civilization using approaches that tend to destroy the environment. Cutting down forests, even if new trees are planted in their place, is especially detrimental. Alice Friedemann, in her new book, Life after Fossil Fuels: A Reality Check on Alternative Fuels, points out the high cost of these alternatives and their dependence on fossil fuel energy.

We are right now in a huge scarcity situation which is starting to cause conflicts of many kinds. Even if there were a way of producing these types of alternative energy cheaply enough, they are coming far too late and in far too small quantities to make a difference. They also don’t match up with our current coal and oil uses, adding a layer of time and expense for conversion that needs to be included in any model.

[4] What we really have is a huge conflict problem due to inadequate energy supplies for today’s world population. The powers that be are trying to hide this problem by publishing only their preferred version of the truth.

The situation that we are really facing is one that often goes under the name of “collapse.” It is a problem that many civilizations have faced in the past when a given population has outgrown its resource base.

Needless to say, the issue of collapse is not a story any politician wants to tell its citizens. Instead, we are told over and over, “Everything is fine. Any energy problem will be handled by the solutions scientists are finding.” The catch is that scientists were not told the correct problem to solve. They were told about a distant problem. To make the problem easier to solve, high prices and subsidies seemed to be acceptable. The problem they were asked to solve is very different from our real energy problem today.

Many people think that taxing the rich and giving the proceeds to the poor can solve our problem, but this doesn’t really solve the problem for a couple of reasons. One of the issues is that our scarcity issue is really a worldwide problem. Higher taxation of the rich in a few rich countries does nothing for the many problems of poor people in countries such as Lebanon, Yemen, Venezuela and India. Furthermore, taking money from the rich doesn’t really fix scarcity problems. Rich people don’t really eat a vastly disproportionate amount of food or drink more water, for example.

A detail that most of us don’t think about is that the military of many different countries has been very much aware of the potential conflict situation that is now occurring. They are aware that a “hot war” would require huge use of fossil fuel energy, so they have been trying to find alternative approaches. One approach military groups have been working on is the use of bioweapons of various kinds. In fact, some groups might even contemplate starting a pandemic. Another approach that might be used is computer viruses to disrupt the systems of other countries.

Needless to say, the powers that be do not want the general population to hear about issues of these kinds. We find ourselves with narrower and narrower news reports that provide only the version of the truth that politicians and news media want us to read. Citizens who have developed the view, “All I need to do to find out the truth is read my home town newspaper,” are likely to encounter more and more surprises, as conflict situations escalate.

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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3,735 Responses to How the World’s Energy Problem Has Been Hidden

  1. WOW! US Military going door to door administering the vax
    https://twitter.com/TRIPLED4LIFE/status/1393944133744594947

    • StarvingLion says:

      Big Oil Military is broke.

      Now Biological Warfare which is what triggered the Dow collapse in the first place.

      Will happen again by end of year.

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      This looks like propaganda. The soldier administering the shot mentions that the “vaccine” is from Johnson and Johnson. Unless the vaccine storage site is somewhere close by, or they have a portable refrigeration container in a vehicle off camera, they’d be challenged by the temperature requirements:

      “Transport Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine in a portable refrigerator unit or a container/packout qualified to maintain temperature between 2 degrees C and 8 degrees C (36 degrees F and 46 degrees F).”

      https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/janssen/downloads/janssen-transportation-guidance.pdf

      The syringe likely came from one of the soldier’s pockets. How long was it sitting in there while he walked around looking for a willing victim?

      Poor sanitation: the soldier is wearing gloves the entire time during the video. He walks down the street with his gloves on, puts his mask on and then touches the handle on the shop door with his left gloved hand. Upon entering the store, he removes his hat with his right gloved hand. He fusses with the glove on his left hand and then takes off his mask with his right gloved hand. He then positions the syringe with his right gloved hand and depresses the plunger with his left gloved hand. He removes a bandage adhered to his left sleeve and applies it to the injection site with both hands. Wow.

      Who in the hell would accept an injection from a soldier who wanders the streets in gloves for an unspecified amount of time with bandages taped to his sleeve and a syringe in his pocket? Incredible.

      Also, at around 41 seconds, when the solder removes the syringe it looks as though the needle is incredibly short or there is no needle. I’ll wager there is no needle.

      These guys are poor magicians. The store clerk and the soldier administering the shot don’t appear to be 100% comfortable with lying. Good for them. There’s still a chance they’ll become decent human beings.

        • Azure Kingfisher says:

          That CBS News clip mentions a pop up clinic outside Uplift Luna Preparatory Secondary school in Dallas, TX.

          The school address:

          2625 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

          Based on the Twitter video clip, posted by Dallas County HHS, the 7-Eleven is located here:

          2608 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226

          That 7-Eleven is one block away and opposite from the school where the pop up clinic was located. That’s close enough for the grunts to be able to transport a COVID-19 “vaccine” without compromising it due to temperature fluctuations; assuming they headed straight to the 7-Eleven rather than wander around for an hour or more looking for willing victims.

          So the pop up clinic operated during the day and the grunts attempted to get rid of any remaining “vaccines” during the night. I wonder how many actual takers they got that night.

          It also looks like the needle could be a safety syringe (like the BD Safety-Lok™ Syringe) with a protective plastic cover for the metal needle. Such a device would prevent observers from seeing the actual needle during the injection.

          I maintain that there’s a lack of consideration for hygiene and safety on display in the video. The soldier administering the injection is touching just about everything he can before he touches the “patient.” If the 7-Eleven wasn’t his first stop, either, then he probably touched other doors, bar countertops, people, etc. Point being, if the people in charge are going to play the “deadly pandemic” game, and demand everyone be “vaccinated,” then they ought to display behavior that is commensurate with that threat level in their public messaging.

          Here’s the Dallas County Vaccination Scheduler, linked from the Twitter video:

          https://dallas-county.quickscreen.health/dallas-co#/screening

          Their “Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,” is an interesting read. They also have sheets for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Here are a few highlights:

          “The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine and may prevent you from getting COVID-19. There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.”

          The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may not protect everyone.”

          “The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.”

          “The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1, 2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate, and sucrose.”

          “The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.”

          “Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.”

    • I wonder where these percentages of employers requiring vaccinations supposedly apply. Clearly they don’t apply in Japan or China. They probably don’t apply in Australia or New Zealand. Are they from the UK? What mix of countries do they assume?

  2. Diagnostic pathologist Dr Clare Craig: “We have really good evidence that lockdowns don’t work which people find very difficult to accept”
    https://twitter.com/NewsAlternative/status/1394531778614886400

    • I cannot get many of these Twitter feeds, including this one, to open. I much prefer other sources of news. How about an actual study proving this instead?

  3. StarvingLion says:

    How nasty will it get for the ‘unvaxxed’? Worse than outcast, leper, financially ruined, etc?

    Will turning a home into a fortress even stop the devil worshippers?

  4. Courtesy of DARPA

    “We are creating the world’s first prototype of a self-disseminating vaccine designed to induce a high level of herd immunity.”

    No need to take a jab. “Vaccination” will spread virally.
    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d927ef93f54836cb17542c1/t/5e74072e6f3a42255b9573fe/1584662333204/BIG+WIN-New+Countermeasures.pdf

    • A very good way to produce unintended consequences, I am afraid. We don’t understand how the whole system is connected together. Taking out one part of the system is not necessarily a good idea.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Excellent – when I run into someone who is pissed at me for not being vaxxed… I’ll hug them and say – now I am!

  5. Antibody-Dependent Enhancement

    Indian variant ‘hospitalises six people’ in Scotland with ‘one already receiving two jabs’

    THE INDIAN variant of coronavirus has hospitalised six people in Scotland who have already had a vaccine against the virus, according to reports.

    The six people are understood to be currently being treated for complications suspected to be related to the new variant. The six people are believed to be receiving treatment in hospitals in Glasgow. Because of the rise of the Indian variant in the region, the Scottish Government has decided to keep Glasgow in a higher level of lockdown with restrictions ease elsewhere.

    Speaking to the Daily Record a source said: “At least one person has had two doses of the vaccine.

    “It is part of the reason for the concern.”
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1436536/indian-variant-covid-scotland-glasgow-latest-vaccine-resistant-boris-johnson

  6. Mirror on the wall says:

    British farming faces wipe out in a post-Brexit trade deal with Australia.

    Tories are finding out why common standards, like the EU has, matter. AUS, like every other country, will insist on zero tariffs for industries where it is strong. That means that UK industries would be wiped out, one by one, as further deals are done with other countries that have an advantage in a given industry. The absence of common standards means a race to the bottom.

    TP is desperate to get a first post-Brexit deal, any deal, that is not merely a roll over of EU deals – and British farming will be wiped out as a consequence. That will increase the momentum toward independence in Wales and Scotland, which have major farming industries. They will want to get straight back into the EU with its common standards.

    “If we can’t do a deal with AUS and NZ, then who can we do one with?”

    > UK government split over Australia trade deal

    Cabinet worried about backlash if UK grants tariff-free access to farming produce

    The British government is locked in a “ferocious” internal battle over whether to sign off a trade deal with Australia after a split between the department of agriculture and the department of international trade over the terms of the agreement.

    Clinching a deal with Australia — the first big post-Brexit trade deal that is not a ‘rollover’ of existing agreements the UK enjoyed as an EU member — would be a symbolic moment for Brexiters arguing for the benefits of free trade.

    But such a deal risks inflaming arguments over Scottish and Welsh independence because the likely impact of zero-tariff imports of Australian lamb and beef will land hardest in rural areas such as Scottish and Welsh hill farms.

    Gove, a former UK environment minister who, when in office, pledged that UK farmers would be protected by tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, is sensitive to the questions raised by Brexit over the future of the UK.

    The government estimates that a free trade agreement with Australia would be worth an additional 0.01-0.02 per cent of GDP over 15 years — or £200m-£500m more than 2018 levels. “Basically we’re talking about signing off the slow death of British farming so Liz Truss can score a quick political point,” said one insider opposed to the deal.

    Truss is adamant that Britain should trade with Australia on similar “zero tariff, zero quota” terms to the deal the UK struck with the EU.

    Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, warned that British farmers could never compete if Australian farmers, with their “massive feedlots and soulless ranches”, were granted zero-tariff access to the UK — even if phased in over time.

    “If these deals with Australia and New Zealand don’t get done because of domestic opposition, that pretty much says the UK is not doing anything with global Britain. Because if we can’t do these, well, in truth, everything gets more difficult from here,” he added.

    https://www.ft.com/content/8c5f7a0c-6be8-42be-b2de-fe721dc08701

    • It seems like if there is a fuel supply issue, very long trades such as those between the UK and Australia/New Zealand will especially be hit. This will especially be the case if stops need to be made in relatively small countries such as New Zealand.

      The “overhead” in getting the ships and containers back and forth becomes too much for the whole system. At a minimum, there will need to be two-way trade between the countries. Transferring empty containers one-way will be expensive, I expect. If the UK buys food from Australia/New Zealand, what will it send back from the UK to those countries?

      • Xabier says:

        Zombies? Container loads of lies and BS? Endless possibilities……..

        One of the aims of the GR is to end meat consumption, and re-wild the uplands of the UK so it would work out rather well.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        That is an excellent point, Gail. It seems unlikely that trade with the other end of the world (or even trans-Atlantic) will continue as energy issues become more apparent.

        I am guessing that Britain did not historically have good trade relations with the continent, or with key powers like France and Spain. A potential competitor like Britain is simply ‘cut off’ from supplies at the channel.

      • Ed says:

        BAE produces world class war weapons. Good trade item for NZ.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      The Scottish press has picked up on the matter. Such a trade deal with AUS would not only wipe out Scottish farming, the biggest employer in Scotland, but could do lasting damage to its brand. The Tories ‘grabbed’ devolved powers over agriculture before Brexit, and now we are seeing why.

      It is suggested that the AUS deal, with no standards on farming, and consequences for the Irish Sea border, is a preparation for a USA deal. The Tories thus hope to slip the GFA matter passed Biden, which seems an unlikely outcome. He has already the Tories what the score is.

      As has also been pointed out, Scottish border farming communities and northern fishing communities are the most Unionist leaning blocs, so the AUS deal, like the fishing fiasco, would further undermine support for UK in Scotland. Yet again, Brexit is turning out to be a disaster for UK.

      > Tory Brexit betrayal threatens future of Scotland’s farmers

      THERE is a power struggle happening in Whitehall which could see many in Scotland’s traditional farming communities wiped from our landscape.

      …. According to Scotland Food and Drink, the industry is worth £15 billion to our economy and is Scotland’s largest employer. The impact on our communities is hard to quantify – how do you put a price tag on the intangible worth of a nation? Scotland IS the brand, but a reputation is hard earned and easy lost. The very real fear is that lower quality imports of food and drink will put our farmers – working to higher standards – out of business, while trashing our brand, damaging our markets, and making us reliant on low-quality imports with resulting impacts on our health and health services, as evidenced by outcomes in the USA.

      …. But why would Liz Truss (above) agree to a deal which undermines our farmers, destroys our reputation as a nation, and sees our rural communities turned into glorified holiday resorts for trade only thought likely to boost the UK’s GDP by 0.02% over 10 years? One answer might lie in the Brexiter dream: an agreement with the USA.

      If the UK diverges from the EU and its high standards, with an Australia/New Zealand deal, the complexities of the border in the Irish Sea and all the dangers that might pose to the Good Friday Agreement would be thrown into the pot without directly involving President Biden.

      The Agriculture Bill and the Internal Market Bill passed through Westminster last year. Part of their purpose was to override Scotland’s devolved rights in agriculture. We could be about to see this play out across our landscape, in the safety of the food we eat, impacting on Scotland’s internationally respected name for quality….

      https://www.thenational.scot/news/19312245.tory-brexit-betrayal-threatens-future-scotlands-farmers/

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        The economic interests of Scotland have clearly diverged from those of Brexit England – and now is the time for independence.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      The BBC has picked up on the story.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57169471

  7. Boris insists evidence on the Indian variant is not yet ‘conclusive’ as he bids to quell huge backlash after ministers admitted local lockdowns ARE back on the cards – amid claims chances of June 21 ‘freedom day’ going ahead are ‘close to nil’

    Boris Johnson today desperately tried to play down rising fears that the June 21 ‘freedom day’ could be ditched as ministers admitted local lockdowns are back on the cards.

    The PM stressed that the plan is currently unchanged with the government sifting through emerging data about the fast-spreading strain. But he appeared to shift his language slightly by saying there is not yet ‘conclusive’ evidence that the roadmap will need to be altered and things will be clearer in ‘days’.

    He also tried to dampen concerns that vaccine hesitancy could prevent the next round of easings going ahead, pointing out that levels of uptake in the UK were very high by international standards. On a visit to a vaccine centre in London, he urged people to ‘get your jab’ when invited by the health service.

    ‘We are looking at the epidemiology the whole time as it comes in and, at the moment, partly because we have built up such a wall of defences with the vaccination programme, I don’t see anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate from the road map,’ he said.

    ‘But we’ve got to be cautious and we are keeping everything under very close observation.

    ‘We’ll know a lot more in a few days’ time.’

    The comments came after cabinet met to try to thrash out a strategy, with emergency plans that could see local restrictions used to combat hotspots while the rest of the country relaxes.

    In an echo of the tiers system brought in last summer, people in the worst-hit areas could be told to stay at home and restaurants and shops forced to close – with stricken businesses handed more grants to keep them afloat.

    There are also growing doubts about whether lockdown can be lifted across England on June 21. Just a week ago Mr Johnson was holding out the prospect of a broad lifting of legal constraints and social distancing, but it now appears that a review of the rules is unlikely to report this month.

    The fears come as ministers scramble for ways of controlling outbreaks of the Indian variant, with more than 2,300 cases now identified in England. Figures have quadrupled in just 10 days and now account for at least one in five infections.

    Labour and local leaders have been demanding vaccines are rushed through for younger people in areas where the strain is taking hold – something that has so far been rejected.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9590709/Boris-gathers-Cabinet-amid-claims-close-nil-chance-June-21-unlocking.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

    • Maybe Boris is really saying, “We need to cut back on oil consumption, somehow. Keeping the place shut down helps in this respect.”

      • Xabier says:

        Exactly, Gail, and destroying yet more SME’s.

        And also:

        ‘We won’t rest until we have coerced or deceived everyone into Digital Identities via ‘vaccine passports’.’

        That is their Holy Grail – and the campaign is stalling due to ‘hesitance’ hence the ‘dangerous variant’ scare stories.

  8. StarvingLion says:

    “Vaccines” (which is so Old World) will soon be rebranded ‘Continuous Biological Immunotherapy’ (CBI) to fight cancer causing agents such as viruses and bacteria. But in reality it actually is: The ‘Battlefield for WWIII’ (Your Body).

    Thats the singularity.

    • Any links?

      • StarvingLion says:

        Its my new startup company I just invented 20 minutes ago.

        • StarvingLion says:

          Its huge bucks if everyone is conditioned to get their Immunotherapy every year. There is a huge untapped market of people who don’t go to the doctor unless they are sick. The insurance covered yearly checkup can be compared to the $15 oil change. When you bring your car in they find all kinds of stuff wrong with your car that need fixin.

        • StarvingLion says:

          I bet this “vaccine” urgency is just a cover in that they know
          know this is a biological warfare and there are more weapons to come about and they are panicking and preparing for them but can’t speak the truth

  9. StarvingLion says:

    ‘Shark Tank’ host Kevin O’Leary: Psychedelic drugs ‘far exceed’ cannabis investment potential
    Published Tue, May 11 20214:49 PM EDTUpdated Wed, May 12 202111:55 AM EDT

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/11/kevin-oleary-psychedelic-drugs-far-exceed-cannabis-potential.html

    Psychedelics are the new bull market. Because when beer, vodka, marijuana, and opioids can no longer drive the bull market, it’s time for the hallucinogens…

    That marks the top to the Stock Market. Collapse by Oct 2021 at latest.

    • The hope seems to be that psychedelic drugs can be used to treat depression, especially when it arises from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and perhaps even otherwise.

      We know that the bad effects of the economy have greatly increased alcohol sales. We also know that some cultures have used mind altering drugs in the past (peyote and khat, for example).

      As things go downhill, I suppose these psychedelic drugs may be used more, especially if they are things that can be locally grown or cooked up in a person’s own kitchen. If all of these depressed people are suddenly able to go to work, that will have an impact on the economy.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Jordan Peterson in one of his discussions claims much(the majority?) of depression is not clinical but secondary to exogenous factors beyond the control of the patient. Stuff keeps piling up faster than individuals can adapt no matter how hard they try.

        This seems consistent with your hypothesis and where society is today.

        Dennis L.

  10. StarvingLion says:

    TESLA is the new “BIG SHORT”

    Michael Burry famous for betting on the sub-prime mortgage collapse before it collapsed, has a new target in his sights…..Michael has gone short on Tesla.

    He’s betting big on a big collapse in the price of Tesla stock

    michael-burry-of-the-big-short-reveals-a-530-million-bet-against-tesla

    • He is betting against the greatest minds of the earth. He will lose big

      • Jarle says:

        “He is betting against the greatest minds of the earth.”

        What are your criteria for a “great mind”?

        • Dennis L. says:

          Jarle,

          A hint might be starting and selling a company still extant today, PayPal. Another could be starting a car company from scratch and then going on to successfully launch rockets in the back yard so to speak. A possible future hint is linking the human brain directly to computers, neuralink.

          In my limited opinion, the value of Tesla is the synergy of the people developing the AI to drive the cars, they will get it right.

          An additional hint is building, launching rockets in your backyard that put satellites into low earth orbit for communication purposes, then use those satellites to link the cars and collect data in real time to improve the AI of the drive system – probably charging the customer for that service.

          This is pretty impressive in any person’s lifetime, it is a team and an incredible team, probably one if not the best in the world.

          Dennis L.

        • Elon Musk is a hack actor, but behind him there is an armada of today’s greatest brains.

    • Tesla’s 52-week high was $900.40. Its 52-week low was $157.00. Its current price is $576.83, which is 36% off of its high price.

      I would expect that Tesla will have as much problem with semiconductor chips as other auto makers. It has depended heavily on China’s sales of electric cars, but that is not holding up. The stock price still looks awfully speculative to me.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Gail,

        Manufacturing cars is relatively easy, integrating AI in them is a challenge. With the satellites he has real time data collection, there is a shortage of truck drivers, there might even be similarities to integrating flying objects.

        We have seen time and time again winner takes all, the first company to master this will be pretty tough to dislodge, much seems to be driven to integrating data.

        Now, mine the moon, move all that horrible pollution off earth, that is a very valuable company, how does one do a hostile takeover of a mining company on the moon or Mars? Life is war, more or less, wouldn’t be too hard to drop even a small size rock at a given address, heck of a home delivery.

        Chips, Tesla will go to the head of the line, it is not the cars, it is the AI within and the system to collect and analyze that data which is worth money. Google is far more valuable than Intel.

        AI seems to be shifting power from governments to quasi public/private companies, very bright people are gaining incredible leverage and as with intelligence which is the ability to think faster than the guy next to you, smart companies are very tough competitors.

        Dennis L.

      • Minority Of One says:

        I get the impression from the China-in-Focus bulletin that the Chinese Communist Party has squeezed Tesla for every bit of useful technology possible, and no longer have any use for them. Thus the anti-Tesla drive by the CCP in China.

        • thought I’d treat myself to a new lawnmower today:

          Assistant—sorry, we can’t get any of those, our stock is stuck in China

          then ‘conversation’………….And my husband is being laid off from Jaguar (cars) because they can’t get parts from China either.

          Not a good day for anybody it seems

          • Fast Eddy says:

            We have a rental cottage on our property — the fastener for the toilet seat cover broke …. just a simple plastic nut… ‘6-8 weeks for a replacement’

        • Fast Eddy says:

          What technology? The battery system is outsourced… otherwise it’s a large golf cart… and those have been around for decades…

          • Minority Of One says:

            Perhaps the CCP feels conned then? In which case, adios Tesla double-quick.

    • Peak Oil Pete says:

      8 months ago he shorted Canadian Banks and lost big time.
      The banks are setting new record highs.
      Micheal Burry got a high profile trade right in 2009 but his last two ventures have been losers. Let’s see what happens with TESLA.

  11. StarvingLion says:

    The US $ is collapsing as I predicted.

    Very soon, Fast Eddy and Norm will be given the instructions by the Rothschilds:

    “Get vaccinated and die, or do not get vaccinated and die”

    Cause we all know the SP500 should be at 666, not 4300.

    They own you, admit it.

    • Taking a longer view, the level of the dollar was able to float a whole lot higher, after oil prices fell in 2014. This was also when US QE ended, for a while. This is based on the 10-year or 25-year chart found here:

      https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/currency

      If we look back to the 1997 to 2002 period, the US dollar was also able to be very high during that period, which was when oil prices were very low.

      Oil prices are now being pumped up. This has been enabled by the falling dollar, as the US adds more debt. The Euro is now at 1.22 relative to the US$. WTI oil prices is at $66, and Brent seems to be about $69. Can Brent really go above $70? We don’t know. At some point, high oil prices and high prices of other commodities pull the whole system down.

      • StarvingLion says:

        It can’t possibly exceed the recent WTI high of 77. They know that. Look at vancouver gasoline price from 2008. Thats why the Federal Reserve website has a February stress test that states as fact a stock market crash is guaranteed 3rd quarter 2021.

        Gail, its a gift from heaven.

        The Stock Market is Guaranteed to crash by Oct.

        You and I will make millions from that knowledge if the Biological Warfare has not yet killed us

        • Dennis L. says:

          Okay, so how do we make a buck? I have looked at shorting the market at the beginning of each new year for awhile now, passed, good call, market keeps going up.

          I come here to learn, ideas?

          Dennis L.

          • D. Stevens says:

            Shorting is too risky for me. I buy in after each large pull back then take profit when it resumes the march upward. Being a novice I stay away from leveraged ETFs, options, and inverse ETFs. Has worked for the last 10 years. Any attempts at shorting have ended in tears. I only trade with money I can lose. When unsure doing nothing is often a good strategy.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Might I advise liquidating and pissing cash away as a strategy.

              You can’t take it with you. And time is so very short now

  12. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Japan’s economy shrinks, raising fear of double-dip recession.

    “Japan’s economy shrank more than expected during the first three months of the year, raising the possibility of a double-dip recession as the country struggles to contain infections and speed up its vaccine rollout.”

    https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/japan-s-economy-shrinks-raising-fear-of-double-dip-recession-121051800329_1.html

  13. Harry McGibbs says:

    “As inflation fears burn through stock markets, our best hope is for a delayed crash.

    “The notion that inflation is a thing of a past has been breached, alongside the dam of investor confidence. We can only hope the market crash is delayed until the pandemic is under control and economic growth secured.”

    https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3133606/inflation-fears-burn-through-stock-markets-our-best-hope-delayed

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Greasing the slide toward deflation…

      “in the end, both Biden and the Fed together will have added only mere trillions of inflation to the economy — a pittance compared to the deflation that will occur when the financial system’s $1.5 quadrillion derivatives Ponzi — that’s $1,500,000,000,000,000 — implodes.”

      https://www.fxstreet.com/analysis/greasing-the-slide-toward-deflation-202105170348

      • Dennis L. says:

        Derivatives should be net zero. This is not my area of expertise, but it seems it is more of a liquidity issue and speed of flow that brings things down.

        This is a guess, open to ideas.

        Dennis L.

        • Derivatives are a piece that can “break.” Some of them are related to changes in currency relativities, for example. If the US dollar suddenly plunges, there could be defaults in the derivatives markets that undermine the value of banks or of insurance companies playing in this market.

    • Higher inflation rates mean higher interest rates on bonds, and low prices for bonds. A shift toward bonds tends to take place, and stock markets tend to fall.

  14. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The myths behind the current stock market bubble…

    “Among the strongest elements of the belief system propping up record valuations and trading debt is the notion that central bank liquidity has the capacity to support elevated valuations indefinitely.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/ce4939c2-be4e-4cf0-9463-5c0bba70debb

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Central banks seek out riskier assets for reserves in yield drought…

      “Central bankers who manage foreign currency reserves have been turning to new — and riskier — investments to compensate for the global collapse in bond yields ushered in by the pandemic, according to a new survey.”

      https://www.ft.com/content/5dc1665b-c34c-4497-9ccb-ba1f630d44fd

    • People don’ t understand that the economy runs on energy (of the right type, and cheap enough) rather than on money. Debt can be a temporary bridge to allow new investment, but if the debt doesn’t pay back with interest, the system tends to collapse.

  15. Harry McGibbs says:

    “For poor countries, lockdowns cost more lives than they save…

    “Few social scientists have been called on to contribute to the major policy decisions regarding this pandemic. Yet they have known for decades that GDP is closely related to life expectancy in poor countries.”

    https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/world/for-poor-countries-lockdowns-cost-more-lives-than-they-save

    • In fact, lockdowns in rich countries, and cutting off air flights (and thus tourism) from rich countries, is terribly detrimental to the economies of poor countries. Thus, lockdowns in rich countries may, indeed, also take more lives than they save. It is just that the lives lost are in poor countries, so we don’t notice them. No one counts things this way however.

      I know that even within the US, mortality varies greatly, based on economic status. Those with little education have a much shorter life expectancy than those with a post-graduate degree. Buyers of annuities (who tend to be well off) tend to have extremely high life expectancies.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Many rich people crave immortality — because they believe they deserve it

  16. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Colombia’s social unrest could spread across Latin America…

    “Pummelled by its worst recession in a century, Latin America has neither the rich world’s ability to raise cheap debt to fund huge deficits nor the poorest nations’ access to debt forgiveness programmes.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/998a4ba0-dc7b-4cac-b831-50f64ca58bbf

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Chile Assets Dive as Government Suffers Crushing Vote Defeat…

      “Chilean assets plunged after the ruling coalition suffered a surprise drubbing in the election for a constituent assembly, placing the writing of a new charter largely in the hands of the left-wing.”

      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-15/chile-votes-for-who-will-rewrite-constitution-after-mass-unrest

    • the poorest members of society now lack the means to buy the food necessary to keep themselves alive

      that simplification might vary a bit according to where you are in the world

      but it is a problem creeping up on all of us

      • Dennis L. says:

        Not unsympathetic in any way, but in the US I don’t see it in the weight of people and that is said with absolutely no sarcasm. People on the whole do not lack calories.

        An irony is those photographed crossing the US southern border seem at first glance to be healthier than those at the local WalMart.

        Norm, I eat a healthy diet, have been very sick so that part didn’t work for me, and find the main problem with a good diet it is boredom. Sometimes when filling the car a good jelly filled bismark donut goes down well. Four hundred calories in a couple of bites.

        Dennis L.

        • I tried to stress the point:—in different ways and in different places

          if the USA has 44m people on food aid, I would judge their food security situation to be very precarious. their calorie intake is likely to be of very poor quality

          this is true in many places in the world.

          they are people who generally do not have the resources to withstand the loss of a single month’s paycheck

          • I would agree. There probably are others, as well, who are food insecure. The National Center for Education Statistics posts data regarding the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch, because of low income.
            https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_204.10.asp

            In 2015-2016, the US average percentage eligible for free lunch was 52.1%. The District of Columbia seems to be highest at 76.4%. Mississippi is not far behind at 74.9%. The State of Georgia, where I live, is shown as having 62.4% of children receiving financial aid for school lunches. New Hampshire (28.3%) and North Dakota (29.9%) seem to be lowest. Locations with a high percentage of Black children seem to be disproportionately represented.

            When schools operate over Zoom, or are closed for the summer, these free lunch programs may disappear. I know that here local (church-sponsored) charities try to help out, but it is still a problem.

    • It becomes clear in all of these countries that there is no good solution. There really isn’t enough to go around. Adding debt doesn’t fix the problem.

  17. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Corporate bond downgrades by China rating agencies triple…

    “Domestic rating downgrades of corporate bonds in China have more than tripled this year, underlining Beijing’s efforts to reduce risk in the country’s $17tn credit market in the wake of several high-profile defaults.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/9f26c115-a889-4b57-8c70-4aaff6a42e16

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “China merges ailing small lenders to head off a big crisis…

      “The formation of Shanxi and Sichuan banks is part of China’s push to combine struggling small lenders. The pandemic was the direct catalyst for their deteriorating earnings, but rural economies remain sluggish, with nonperforming loans weighing on their operations.”

      https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Finance/China-merges-ailing-small-lenders-to-head-off-a-big-crisis

      • Robert Firth says:

        Harry, this reminds me of the “leaky bucket” theory told me by one of my teachers. If you have ten leaky buckets, just combine them into one leaky bucket. Problem solved.

        • Xabier says:

          The concept of ‘bad banks’ as receptacles for all the toxic loans is one of the most diverting aspects of the last decade.

          • Dennis L. says:

            Xabier,

            Thought, behind all those bad loans are people, with lives. Clean up everything and many lives are thrown under the bus, that would be a politically impossible.

            We all live for the day, one more day for each of us is a victory. Sooner or later the piper must be paid, but tomorrow is better than today for most of us.

            Living in optimum society might be a challenge, perhaps welfare is not localized but sort of global in scale, cuts across many groups of people at many levels of society.

            Dennis L.

            • Xabier says:

              Oh, but they will throw people under the bus, in their millions – what happened last year if not that?

              And more, much more is planned.

              But I agree, as animals, for us every day of survival is precious, unless it leads to self-abasement and ignominious slavery (some kinds of slavery have been acceptable).

    • Bond defaults seem likely as prices of industrial materials rise. We are dealing with a huge debt bubble, worldwide, that seems to be near the edge of collapse.

  18. Kris Nor says:

    Very interesting long report from IEA: Net Zero by 2050 – A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector

    Maybe this report deserves a blog post?

    https://iea.blob.core.windows.net/assets/0716bb9a-6138-4918-8023-cb24caa47794/NetZeroby2050-ARoadmapfortheGlobalEnergySector.pdf

    • Robert Firth says:

      Yawn. Here we go again. Let’s start with Page 13, which promises to hold global warming to 1.5C. A flat lie: that limit has already been passed; it is hidden only by our current high levels of pollution.

      Page 14 and 15: increase solar and wind by 4x, while increasing electric vehicle sales by 18x. A little grade school arithmetic might help here. And since renewables are “11%” of current energy supply, that will bring it to 44%? By building a new solar farm *every day* that is larger than the largest now in existence? At what cost in pollution from their production?

      And even that is a lie, because 55% of that energy is hydropower, which is essentially tapped out and soon to be in decline in areas of increasing drought, and a further 5% is from biomass.. So that “four times” is actually an increase of 1.6 times.

      Log enough post, I think. But this report is fantasy, written by and for a bunch of self important virtue signallers who have some of the largest carbon footprints on the planet.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      > Energy groups must stop new oil and gas projects to reach net zero by 2050, IEA says

      Radical move would have to be compensated by huge investment in clean energy

      Energy groups must stop all new oil and gas exploration projects from this year if global warming is to be kept in check, the International Energy Agency said.

      The proposal is part of a scenario outlined in a report on ways to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, a prerequisite to meet the Paris climate accord goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

      Aside from drastically cutting fossil fuel consumption, an unprecedented jump in spending on low carbon technologies would also be required — around $5tn in energy investments per year by 2030, up from around $2tn today, the report said. 

      “We need a historical surge in investment,” said Fatih Birol, head of Paris-based IEA on Tuesday, adding that this would add 0.4 per cent annually to GDP growth. “The bulk of it needs to be in clean energy.”

      The IEA’s Net Zero report comes as the institution founded in 1974 as the oil watchdog for Western countries has faced pressure from climate activists to produce a road map to the target.

      It details an overhaul of energy supply and demand whereby coal demand would plunge by 90 per cent, gas demand would halve and oil demand would shrink nearly 75 per cent by 2050. 

      Dave Jones, analyst at the climate think-tank Ember, said the report’s call to halt new oil and gas exploration was extremely surprising given the agency’s history. 

      “I don’t think anyone expected this from the IEA. It is a huge turnround on their part,” he said. “It has been very pro-fossil, so to come out with something like this is just amazing . . . This is truly a knife in the fossil fuel industry.”

      The majority of the global economy is subject to some form of net zero emissions target, which means eliminating virtually all carbon dioxide emissions and compensating for the rest through carbon removal programmes.

      While the report is not a forecast or a recommendation, the IEA’s scenarios are considered definitive by many governments and often form the basis for energy policy.

      As more governments, including the UK, EU and China, pledge to cut emissions to net zero, the IEA report spells out how challenging it will be to get there. “It is a pathway which is narrow,” said Birol. “But still achievable.”

      Many big oil companies and producing countries, such as those within Opec, have long argued that investment in new fossil fuel projects had to continue to meet the needs of emerging economies in Asia and Africa. 

      However, the IEA’s modelled reduction in fossil fuel consumption is far more severe than most producers have prepared for. The share of fossil fuels in the global energy supply would need to fall from around four-fifths currently to one-fifth by 2050. Solar would become the single biggest energy source — or 20 per cent of global energy demand.

      “Those countries whose economies are relying on oil and gas revenues will face huge challenges,” said Birol. “We came up with over 400 milestones, and one of them is — there is no need for new oil, gas and coal development, which includes no need for oil and gas exploration investments.”

      ….

      https://www.ft.com/content/2bf04fff-5b2f-4d96-a4ea-ff55e029f18e

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      Arguably the use of the global warming narrative is a cover for the impending collapse of the fossil fuel industry due to its falling profitability, which is due to the mismatch between capital investment and what consumers can afford.

      The dissipative structure is collapsing and attempting to reform. Human consciousness is generally not so much about comprehension as about the production of narratives that orient humans to the continuation and reformation of the dissipative structures that form according to their own forces. Our own organic drives are ordered to wider dissipative formation, and human autonomy is an illusion. Governments will act out that human tendency to produce orienting narratives.

      For humans, that narrative will often take on a ‘moral’ perspective. Morality is about ‘what we should and should not be doing’ and it is at base entirely made up. Global warming functions to support a moral narrative to reorient humans to the reforming dissipative system.

      Dissipative reformation is a fait accompli primarily due to dissipative forces and laws (and secondarily, economic laws). Whether it reforms as governments, and IEA, propose and foresee is entirely another matter – again, comprehension is not primary in human consciousness.

      The key point here is the destruction of the old dissipative structure, and the clearing of the ground for whatever comes next. My guess is that Robert is justified in his scepticism regarding the functionality of ‘green’ energy. Only time will tell exactly what emerges in the place of fossil fuel civilisation.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        To return to Gail’s headline theme of the ‘hiddenness’ of energy/ energetic issues from mass consciousness.

        These are some passages in Nietzsche’s TWTP (section, The will to power in nature) that concern how humans are orientated by natural (cosmic and organic) forces that compel human activity, and how consciousness (and intentionality) is an end reflection of those processes. It is kind of the opposite of contemporary ‘phenomenology’, which looks at consciousness and intentionality from the inside; it is more ‘ontology’, human consciousness and intentionality located within universally operative natural forces.

        Nietzsche is concerned directly with organic processes in this section and with the evolution of more complex and powerful organic ‘forms’, but he exhibits a wider perspective of the cosmos as driven by a universal ‘will to power’, which he equates with energy dissipation. Indeed the organic process (and social process) is driven, for him, by forces that compel toward complexity and the concentration of power. His view is holistic and ontological. I will compile some more of that stuff later, and adjoin it with this stuff.

        Anyway, this is him on how consciousness and ‘intentionality’ are epiphenomenal (he actually uses that term) to natural forces, and how the organic process is expressive of wider (‘inorganic’) forces. One might speak of consciousness and intentionality as an ‘orienting narrative production’ that is driven by compelling cosmic (dissipative) forces of which we generally remain unaware.

        Thus it is par for the course that the public, and even governments, do not really comprehend what is going on: they are just producing epiphenomenal, orienting narratives that express ‘decisions’ that in some sense ‘help’ society to get from A to B as the dissipative structure breaks down and reforms.

        660 …. “Purpose.” One should start from the “sagacity” of plants. Concept of “perfecting”: not only greater complexity, but greater power (- does not have to be merely greater mass -)….

        666 …. in order to be able to ascribe to our only known “purpose” the role of the “cause of an action,” to which procedure we really have no right: it would mean solving a problem by placing the solution in a world inaccessible to our observation. Finally: why could “a purpose” not be an epiphenomenon in the series of changes in the activating forces that bring about the purposive action – a pale image sketched in consciousness beforehand that serves to orient us concerning events, even as a symptom of events, not as their cause? – But with this we have criticized the will itself: is it not an illusion to take for a cause that which rises to consciousness as an act of will? Are not all phenomena of consciousness merely terminal phenomena, final links in a chain, but apparently conditioning one another in their succession on one level of consciousness? This could be an illusion.

        671 …. All actions must first be made possible mechanically before they are willed. Or: the “purpose” comes into the mind only usually after everything has been prepared for its execution. The end is an “inner” “stimulus” – no more.

        676 …. We learn to think less highly of all that is conscious; we unlearn responsibility for our selves, since we as conscious, purposive creatures, are only the smallest part of us. Of the numerous influences operating at every moment, e.g., air, electricity, we sense almost nothing: there could well be forces that, although we never sense them, continually influence us.

        …. and then we are able to ask whether all conscious willing, all conscious purposes, all evaluations are not perhaps only means through which something essentially different from what appears in consciousness is to be achieved. We think: it is a question of our pleasure and displeasure – but pleasure and displeasure could be means through which we have to achieve something that lies outside our consciousness. It must be shown to what extent everything conscious remains on the surface; ….

        …. Or is the entire realm of ideas and evaluations itself only an expression of unknown changes? Are there really will, purposes, thoughts, values? Is the whole of conscious life perhaps only a reflected image? And even when evaluation seems to determine the nature of a man, fundamentally something quite different is happening! In short: supposing that purposiveness in the work of nature could be explained without the assumption of an ego that posits purposes: could our positing of purposes, our willing, etc., not perhaps be also only a language of signs for something altogether different, namely something that does not will and is unconscious? Only the faintest reflection of that natural expediency in the organic but not different from it?….

        Here is another passage, from elsewhere in TWTP, that illustrates his essentially dissipative understanding of the cosmic process and forces within which organic life, and humans, are located. I will add some more later.

        1067 And do you know what “the world” is to me? Shall I show it to you in my mirror? 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….

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          That ‘deterministic’ view of human intentionality and its unconscious ordering by the principles of a cosmic whole may sound ‘radical’ to modern ears but it is actually close to the Aristotelianism of Aquinas and to the traditional Pauline theology, which perhaps reflects Nietzsche’s Lutheran background.

        • Robert Firth says:

          In case you were wondering: yes, Nietzsche is just as incomprehensible in German.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            The ancient Greeks saw the world as like a ‘game’ for the gods, and the humans do not understand how they are being manipulated or to what end beyond them. You have probably seen the old movie, Clash of the Titans, with its scene where the gods move humans around a chess board. Nietzsche was immersed in the classics and he is kind of saying the same thing but in naturalistic terms.

            Christian theology also has the concepts of internal and external grace, by means of which God manipulates both human consciousness and intentionality, as well as external circumstances, to lead the sinner to make the right choices and acts to lead a person to salvation. The Reformation emphasised faith and salvation through ‘grace alone’ and predestination, and Nietzsche, as a Lutheran, would have been very familiar with that theology.

            Nietzsche is a very traditional thinker in some ways, and like the medieval scholastics, who were influenced by Aristotle’s ontology as well as by the Christian tradition, he locates human (and all organic) ‘psychology’ (life) within the wider context of ‘ontology’ (all being) and its universal tendencies (teleology) to approach certain ‘end’ states (purpose) For the scholastics, the final, universal tendency is ultimately the manifestation of the ‘glory’ of God’s power; for Nietzsche, it is simply the operation and concentration of power.

            So humans are ‘hardwired’ (instincts, organic formation), and influenced by ‘external’ ‘forces’ (which are also internal as instincts) to pursue universal cosmic tendencies, which are for him not merely the increase of complexity (simplification sometimes does the job better) but the concentration of power. That same tendency is present throughout the cosmos (all being), in the formation of suns, organic forms, and humans and their societies and economies. It is a universal process of acquiring, concentrating, and using up power, and then starting again. He is mainly concerned with moral and political philosophy than with cosmic energetics – and he never got to write his magnum opus of his complete worldview, we only have his notes up to that point.

            Heidegger, who was himself concerned mainly with ontology, interpreted Nietzsche in that holistic, ontological way, though it is perhaps not the most fashionable approach these days. Nietzsche’s ‘perspectivism’ seems to preclude any ‘absolute truth’, but he considered TWTP to be a ‘helpful, useful’ ‘narrative’ to ‘improve’ human life, and to arrest and reverse its decline, and he certainly pushed it heavily as his central theme (that of life). Perhaps ironically his ‘individualism’ and ‘existentialism’ are more popular in this age.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            * He is mainly concerned with moral and political philosophy than with [writing about] cosmic energetics – and he never got to write his magnum opus of his complete worldview, we only have his notes up to that point.

            That is a better statement, he placed moral and political philosophy entirely within a holistic, cosmic view.

  19. StarvingLion says:

    Look at US $ vs Silver from 2002-2011: US $ crashed while silver went up. All because of Peak Conventional Oil at that time.

    Same thing happening starting April 1, 2021: US $ crashing while silver going up. This time it is marking LTO crapping out.

    So the US $ has no industrial base backing it? The “Vaccines” now assume that role for collateral? Using our bodies as collateral for debt?

    Is that why the Vaccine Zombies are after us?

    • StarvingLion says:

      According to my reasoning, a Stock Market CRASH should occur about Oct 2021 with WTI Oil at 77, Silver at $50, and SP500 at 4500-5000.

      Coincides with military in the streets 3rd quarter 2021 and with Fed Feb 2021 Stress Test baloney of 50% drop in equities same time period.

      Looks like a sure thing to me.

      • StarvingLion says:

        Highest Vancouver gasoline prices was in 2019 at 170 cdn cents/liter. Its currently at about 153. When it hits 170 the Stock Market will CRASH.

        Fast Eddy and Norm can make a lotta loot on my perfect predictions.

      • StarvingLion says:

        Investor Dopes: “Buy AT&T, rock stable and safe, great dividend!”

        Reminds of all the “vaccine” propaganda.

        Yeah sure, it crashed from $38 to $30 with wonder executive management that…

        They paid $66 billion for Direct TV and sold if for $16 billion. A $50 billion loss.

        They bought Warner for $110 Billion and now are selling it for $90 billion. A $20 billion loss.

        Genius. “Get vaccinated” but the execs will not.

        Bankrupt. None of them will go to jail. None of them will get “vaccinated”

        • Robert Firth says:

          StarvingLion, you are not with the programme. In my day (and perhaps yours), “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

          But today things are very different: “A high flying investment manager and his investors’ money are soon parted, while the manager makes out like a bandit.”

          In this modern world, investors are *prey*.

          • Xabier says:

            When a friend of mine was new to the City, he was advised by potential investors from Italy and Russia: ‘If this goes wrong and we lose money, remember we can always find you….’ Like a cliched film – .but real.

            And I believe some have in fact been killed, now and then.

            Later in his (very successful) career he was offered a very tempting sum to work for some Russians, and declined it for that very reason.

            Some people simply won’t tolerate any losses.

            • StarvingLion says:

              Joe Peschi in movie ‘Casino’ threatens Banker after losing investment. And in real life, Peschi’s ex-wife went to jail for 8 years for attempted conspiracy to murder (stuntman dude got shot 4 times and somehow survived only losing an eye).

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Bukhara — buying a carpet… researching where to buy … one shop was identified as having ripped off the wrong person…. it named the sales person….

              We somehow worked out which shop it was and encountered the sister of the woman who ripped off the wrong person …. (it’s a small place)….

              The sister explained what happened (they sold the guy USD50,000 of silk carpets but they were synthetic….)… the guy somehow figured out he’d been scammed… threats were made… and they refunded the 50k….

              Do not mess with the wrong people….

        • StarvingLion says:

          AT&T down 7% today, falling to near a 5 year low. So much for that great dividend and super safe status.

          TSLA down 1%. So far so good for Burry.

  20. Fred says:

    Something for Gail to consider.

    Dr Mercola puts out a lot of well researched material on COVID about suppressed treatments, inflation of its casualties and impacts etc. Excellent material on his website.
    E.g. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/05/05/human-prescription-ivermectin.aspx

    He also wrote about various ‘conspiracies’.
    E.g. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/05/02/cdc-violated-law-to-inflate-covid-cases-and-fatalities.aspx

    Then he wrote how he was on a list of the top 12 people who were not compliant with the official narrative and was being targeted by various ‘agencies’. In his case it would be because of his credibility and reach. At that point he was unconcerned.

    Not long after that he wrote how he was removing articles relating to vitamin D and C and other simple, cost-effective treatments because he had been threatened:
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/05/04/removing-articles-related-to-vitamin-d-c-and-zinc.aspx

    So it appears TPTB are working their way through a list of influencers who are not following the official narrative. Gail may be somewhere on that list.

    Wait, who said conspiracy? Nothing to see here, move right along!

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    TORONTO — Ontario youth aged 12 and up will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the end of the month, Premier Doug Ford said as he announced a two-week extension to the provincewide stay-at-home order.

    “Starting May 31, youth between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received the vaccine will be able to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine,” Ford said during a news conference Thursday.

    Earlier this month, Health Canada announced the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe to give to children ages 12 and up. The authorization was based on the results of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Phase 3 clinical trial involving 2,260 adolescents aged 12 to 15.

    Premier Ford said schools across Ontario would continue virtual learning until a “consensus” is reached between public health doctors, teachers and labour partners.

    “This is our best tool to ensure we have a safe and healthy return in person learning for all teachers and students,” Ford said.

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-will-begin-vaccinating-students-ages-12-to-17-and-their-families-at-the-end-of-may-1.5426626

    There you have it — no jab — then you can continue with your zoom classes….

    https://youtu.be/C8iujof6IL8

    Or

    https://youtu.be/IRL84n_UYC0?t=16

  22. Fast Eddy says:

    Today we’re publishing an excerpt from Laura Dodsworth’s new book, A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the COVID-19 pandemic, which goes on sale today. Laura has already got a lot of coverage for her interviews with members of SPI-B, in some of which they confessed to misgivings about using behavioural psychology to terrify the British public. In this excerpt, which is the first chapter of the book, she discusses the oddness of Boris’s speech on March 23rd of last year when he broke the bad news about having to say in our homes. Here is an extract:

    What was it that felt ‘off’ about Boris Johnson’s speech? Johnson is a performer, but he normally performs the ‘likeable buffoon’. You would expect such an important speech to be rehearsed, but it felt too contrived and different to his normal presentation. He was controlled, stern, and at a basic level that was hard to pinpoint, it didn’t feel genuine.

    I asked two experts to help me decode Johnson’s body language and style of speech.

    Naomi Murphy is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has spent many years working in high-security prisons, often with people who don’t always tell the truth. She echoed my reaction: “His words and some of his body language convey one message, but you sense another message, and that rings alarm bells. He doesn’t seem authentic.” She pointed out that there were times when he was giving a message with his head and hands, bobbing his head forwards and gesticulating, but his body was held back, suggesting that personally he did not believe in the essence of his words.

    An appearance of inauthenticity could have been simply down to nerves. It would be natural to feel nervous before such a momentous speech to the nation, and that affects behaviour and body language. As Murphy said, “you can hear his mouth is dry, which is incredible for someone who is used to the limelight. This is a man who likes being liked, and he might be worried that the public will not like him anymore.”

    Neil Shah, founder of the Stress Management Society and International Wellbeing Insights, has delivered leadership training which includes how to read non-verbal communication. We watched the YouTube video of the speech remotely over a video call, so that he could analyse it blow by blow.

    “Twenty-six seconds in and you can see the tension in his fingers,” Shah commented. “He is clenching so hard his knuckles turn white.” He pointed out Johnson was hunched and leaning forwards like he was holding on for dear life. I asked what it means when someone clenches their fists so hard. He told me it can be for emphasis, or as an aggressive gesture, but “it also looks like a tantrumming toddler. The way he is jabbing his fists at us shows tension.”

    Johnson also gives the most awkward and uncomfortable smile when he talks about compliance. Shah added that “it’s almost threatening. We smile when things are funny, but also when we are nervous. When he said that no prime minister wants to do this, a grave look would have suited the moment better than a ghoulish grin.”

    Like Murphy, Shah thought the Prime Minister didn’t believe everything he was saying: “There doesn’t seem to be congruence between his words and his body language. It suggests he is not speaking from the heart and doesn’t believe what he is saying.”

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/State-Fear-government-weaponised-Covid-19-ebook/dp/B08ZSYN14J/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    I’d be very interested to see a similar analysis of the minister of health appearing to nearly burst out laughing after watching the old man get his jab….

    • Rodster says:

      Boris Johnson is a tool for the Klaus Schwab World Economic Forum. Boris Johnson early last year was placing the “Build Back Better” message as a backdrop every time he gave a speech. Before Covid many who had already questioned his leadership and were considering a vote of confidence. That all went away after the lockdowns.

      A similar thing happened in Hong Kong with all the government protests. After the lockdowns you haven’t heard a peep about protests and civil unrest in Hong Kong.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        The Gestapo immediately arrests anyone who attempts to protest in HK…. The justification is the covid rules against gatherings.

    • Malcopian says:

      Johnson was against a lockdown, because he defines himself as a libertarian. However, he was outnumbered by those in his cabinet who wanted one – even the normally hardline Don Cummings, his adviser at the time.

      He was also against a second lockdown:

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/apr/26/pressure-mounts-on-boris-johnson-over-alleged-let-the-bodies-pile-high-remarks

      • Xabier says:

        Mere theatre, I suspect, Malcopian.

        The PM is not so powerless as all that.

        In the same vein, we read that cabinet ministers are now agonizing over whether to lock-down to ‘protect anti-vaxxer idiots’.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I am thinking…. he listed to Chapter 51…. as did Ardern, Trudeau … and all the other leaders…

          And they said right — okay… we’re on for the CEP. TINGA (There is no good alternative)

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    Blame it on the refuseniks! I don’t get it — if everyone else is vaccinated… why do they care what happens to the fools who refuse to take the lethal injection?

    Once again — we see just how profoundly Stooopid humans are…..

    The Government is considering extending lockdown beyond June 21st to protect those who refuse the vaccine from the Indian Covid variant. While one minister warned against “stigmatising” those who don’t take the vaccine, another told Politico: “The risk is that a small number of [unvaccinated] idiots ruin it for everyone else.” The MailOnline has more.

    Tensions are rising within Government as the more transmissible [Indian] strain threatens to derail the roadmap, which should see all legal restrictions lifted from next month.

    Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng insisted this morning he is still “confident” that the schedule can be kept despite anxiety about surging cases in “hotspots”.

    However, he warned against “stigmatising” those who do not want to get jabs…

    Meanwhile, there is swirling speculation that local curbs might be needed in England to keep the wider easing on track – with Scotland already targeting restrictions on specific areas.

    The wrangling is escalating as Boris Johnson urged families to adopt a “heavy dose of caution” with the ban on indoor socialising and hugs finally ending today.

    In a guarded statement before revellers packed into pubs to celebrate the lifting of restrictions, the Prime Minister said the emergence of the Indian strain of coronavirus meant the restored freedoms should be exercised carefully.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9586967/Ministers-split-lockdown-June-21.html

  24. John says:

    The obvious solution is depopulation. Does anyone for one minute think all this covid nonsense is just happenstance? If I was a betting man I would put everything I own on the vaccine being the virus. Probably a lentivirus. We will know in a year or two when “problems” with the vaccine become the new headline. It will then evolve in a few years to “you need to be tested before you can have babies because of problems with the vaccine”

    • Tim Groves says:

      From Wikipedia:
      “Lentivirus is a genus of retroviruses that cause chronic and deadly diseases characterized by long incubation periods, in the human and other mammalian species.[1] The best known lentivirus is the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. Lentiviruses are also hosted in apes, cows, goats, horses, cats, and sheep.[1] Recently, lentiviruses have been found in monkeys, lemurs, Malayan flying lemur (neither a true lemur nor a primate), rabbits, and ferrets. Lentiviruses and their hosts have worldwide distribution. Lentiviruses can integrate a significant amount of viral cDNA into the DNA of the host cell and can efficiently infect nondividing cells, so they are one of the most efficient methods of gene delivery.[2] Lentiviruses can become endogenous (ERV), integrating their genome into the host germline genome, so that the virus is henceforth inherited by the host’s descendants.”

      I’m not a betting man. But we know Covid-19 is not serious enough to warrant vaccinating the entire population for, so we know with 100% certainty that there is a nasty ulterior motive at play. Depopulation via a slow acting pathogen has got to be a possibility.

      • Xabier says:

        That is certainly Dr Yeadon’s hypothesis: genocide via sterilisation (in whole or part).

        In the meantime, they appear to have all kinds of plans to data harvest us and experiment before we die out – see Alison McDowell’s reports.

  25. 42% of Russians do not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19 ‘under ANY circumstances,’ even to enable travel abroad, says survey

    A Russian survey has revealed that more than two-fifths (42%) of citizens do not intend to be vaccinated against Covid-19 “under any circumstances,” a result that may explain the country’s poorly performing inoculation program.

    Conducted by recruitment company Superjob’s research center, the survey also revealed that one-in-five (20%) unvaccinated Russians would get jabbed if it meant they could travel abroad. The poll came after Greece’s announcement that they would be willing to accept tourists vaccinated with Sputnik V.

    The results found that 18% of Russians yet to be inoculated plan to get the shot even without any other incentive. Some 42% said they absolutely do not want to get vaccinated, even if it is the only option for a trip to another country, and 20% found it difficult to decide.
    https://www.rt.com/russia/524051-survey-want-covid19-vaccinations/

  26. A few days ago, Brian Wogan did a You Tube video with me, asking me questions about my current post, “How the world’s energy problem and been hidden.” This is a link:

    • Herbie Ficklestein says:

      Nice explanatinon for our situation for newcomers to your view, Gail.
      Yes, the network economic system depends on many parts.
      Very good examples and thank you.

      • I realized in looking at the video that I need to raise the level of my chair a bit, so it doesn’t look like I am looking down so much. The way my computer is built and my desk is built, the camera is too high relative to where I am sitting. It feels odd to have to crane my neck upward to see the camera. Raising the chair level should fix the problem.

  27. This is Chinese qr code vaccine passport system. It include your name,photo,address,age,family members,employer,whether you vaccined or not,where and when have you been…..in real time!
    https://twitter.com/songpinganq/status/1394443906083815425

  28. 1) I am beyond “freaked out” about what happened to me this afternoon. I live in a condo community. I was walking to the mailboxes when two fellow residents called me over. They were admiring their Vaccination Cards – then basically demanded to see mine. I told them I was not planning to receive one. They asked why? I responded that over 4,000 people had died from them already in the USA. They responded that “I was badly misinformed, nobody has died from them.” They “urged” me to reconsider.

    Then told me they expect to see mine within two weeks.

    I think BIG. This is serious. I have lived here 11 years. Even if I DID move, I am almost certain condo associations will start asking new prospective residents if they have been vaccinated.

    https://twitter.com/Parsifaler/status/1394425238021156873

    • Fast Eddy says:

      A friend who is a veterinarian asked why I didn’t want to be vaccinated — I referenced the many deaths and maimed people…. she suggested I had inaccurate information…. and that she’d secure a dose for me…

      I mentioned that the there are no long term studies — that I am healthy — therefore prefer to remain at the very back of the line.

      Seems many people are unaware of the scale of vaccine-related injuries… or maybe they believe the lie that the vaccines did not cause the injuries

      • Rodster says:

        See I would have been a smartass and told her to inject that Covid crap to help save a few of her animal friends. I would have waited for a response. Then I would have told her to go to the CDC website and get a count of all the Covid deaths. It’s basically 0.028% or roughly about the same as the Hong Kong flu. And even those numbers are inflated because they were blaming a ton of deaths in the on Covid when they were not Covid related.

        I would then have told her I don’t bother with State run news, information and propaganda. If Covid was the killer monster we are being told it is, athletes from around the world would be dropping like flies when they developed Covid symptoms.

        “There is also enough opposing medical opinion to say she is badly misinformed and wrong on her opinion. She is a tool for sure.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I prefer to keep the peace as she is otherwise a very kind and well-intentioned person

      • Xabier says:

        Or the new government lie, once the deaths started to pile up, that anti-vaxxers are posting false notices of adverse effects and deaths. Or that ‘they would have died anyway….’

        Shameless.

        I can confirm that those I know who follow only the BBC and the government ‘briefings’ have heard nothing to question the wisdom of a vaccination campaign before completion of trials.

        And then they gibber about Covid being ‘so terrible a way to die’.

      • Tim Groves says:

        If the vet is understanding as well as friendly, you might be able to get her to prescribe you some Ivermectin 3, 6 or 12mg tablets, purely for internal parasite control such as for scabies or filaria (heart worm) in your dogs, sheep, horses or camels. They might come in very handy if you’re in the grip of the plague.

        Another thing I learned about today is pine needle tea, which is apparently quite effective against those troublesome spike proteins as well as being a good pick-me-up.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          or better still… ketamine…. back in the day we’d go clubbing in Manila and one of the fellas knew a vet there who would give him a bottle of ketamine … it was in liquid form so we would pour it onto the glass table in the hotel room and use a hair dryer to remove the liquid… then we’d scrape the powder off with credit cards…. great fun!

          https://youtu.be/y3KEhWTnWvE

    • Tim Groves says:

      Covidiocy is a cult and a moral panic. The Branch Covidians will not stop until they’ve had their crusade and burned a few heretics. This sort of thing always begins with knocking the heads of statues and ends in violence. It is tough when you feel like you are living behind enemy lines, but unless this is the hill you want to die on, you have to find some way to avoid becoming a victim, either by camouflaging yourself, making yourself twice as fearsome as the people attacking you, or moving away. Reasoning with covidiots or explaining the facts to them is not going to work.

      I feel lucky that in Japan, the Government has officially announced that Covid-19 vaccinations are matter or personal choice and will not be made compulsory. And this is written clearly on all the vax application forms now being mailed to people. For many decades there was a policy of confining people testing positive for leprosy to small islands for life. After that stopped and the survivors were allowed to return home, a legal campaign went on for several more decades to get an apology and compensation. It is only in the past few years that the Government gave in and accepted the court decision that it was unjustifiable and that such a thing should never happen gain. The leprosy issue remains in the memories of most people because it was a regular feature in newspapers and on TV news, and I think the Government, the media and the mob would find it very difficult to turn vax refusers into a new generation of lepers.

      It is sometimes a very good thing to have an indecisive government.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        And one CovIDIOT said to the other CovIDIOT… can you believe they used to burn witches!

  29. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney: 70% vaccination compliance of the Alberta population may result in a reopening later this summer.

    Beyond being coercive, this approach will turn the vaxxed against the unvaxxed (who will be blamed for the collective punishment of lockdowns).

  30. Matt Hancock – Final lockdown decision on June 14 – Indian variant….
    https://twitter.com/conspiracyguy11/status/1394423405248581635

    • Rodster says:

      Part of the problem is that these toxic cocktail drugs are bringing in some serious cash. I read a comment on another forum today that Pfizer drug companies made $3.5 billion in profits. So Tony Fauci and Bill Gates can sleep well knowing that business is booming.

    • I am afraid that this is too over the top for me.

    • “Prepare for the next vaccine needed.” How do you do this? Build facilities like the one in the US that mixed ingredients for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine with that of AstraZeneca’s, spoiling both?

  31. Minority Of One says:

    Chris Martenson is back on YT. This is an introductory video that is rather waffily, but I look forward to his new videos. He has split with his finance-orientated partner.

    • Thanks for the update. I had been getting emails from Adam Taggart about his new business, but didn’t realize a split was happening.

    • Rodster says:

      Why did he choose to roll with YT? If he really wants to say what he thinks and feels, RUMBLE is where content providers are heading to that can say what they want without fear of being “censored or cancelled”.

      • Minority Of One says:

        >>Why did he choose to roll with YT?

        Because he gets a much larger audience on YT. He says that videos explaining what he really thinks can be reached on his website. Dr Sam Bailey does the same. In the case of Sam, she seems to get away with leaving links on YT to her videos that YT would ban.

      • VFatalis says:

        YT videos can still generate some income. That is a sensible argument for mister Martenson.

    • Yorchichan says:

      Chris’s daily YT updates on the progress of sars-cov-2 as it spread around the globe in early 2020, complete with the ominous music, were compulsive viewing for a while. Now I feel like he was part of the fear programming that had me fooled for a while and I have zero interest in what he has to say.

      • Nate says:

        Martenson, born in 1962, is a father of three, after presenting himself for years to be a pal and promoter of Albert Bartlett and the exponential function concerning overpopulation. That’s all I needed to know to ignore his greasy sales tactics.

        • To maintain a given population, the world definitely needs some men with three children. Quite a few men have no children at all.

        • Bella888 says:

          Nate, how . . . ummm . . . unattractive on Martenson’s part. He’s obviously a member of the same club as Suzuki, Cousteau, Sagan, Abbey, Eisenstein, Watson, et al., who professed concern about overpopulation and ecology while expanding their families. Apparently, Doug Stanhope was right when he said that if you send your kids to Montessori school, then your kids aren’t part of the overpopulation problem.

        • This is a link to a study of the distribution of number of births to fathers (rather than mothers) in the year 2014 in the United States.

          https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2019/demo/P70-162.pdf?

          The thing that people don’t realize is that far fewer men are fathers than women who are mothers. Only about 60% of men ever become fathers. Women do not choose men who are terrible “losers” to be the fathers of their children, if they can help it. Many men who “have their act together” need to father more than two children, if the human species is not to die out.

          This is the percentage of men with the following numbers of children, according to the study:

          None: 40.5%
          One: 14.5%
          Two: 23.0%
          Three: 12.6%
          Four: 5.4%
          Five or more: 4.0%

          If those with five or more, only have five children, the number of children still comes out terribly short of the replacement ratio (2.2 per woman, on average). I computed 1.4 children on average with the above distribution, limited to 5 children. (The US population would be shrinking, if it weren’t for quite a bit of immigration.) Some men have to make up for the 40% of men with no children at all.

          You may think that it is terrible for Martenson to have three children, but statistically, he and quite a lot of other men have to father three children, if population is to remain level.

          • Robert Firth says:

            Thank you, Gail, for a note of reason amid a sudden outbreak of virtue signalling. They get everywhere, don’t they.

            My decision was based on game theory. Either there will be a population crash or there won’t, If not, my five children (and now four grandchildren) will live long, happy, and productive lives. And if there is a crash, my genes have a far better chance of surviving (a 49% chance, if 7 out of 8 billion perish).

            • Blaise says:

              Some of us just have great taste in women! I was lucky enough to marry an empathetic, educated woman 35 years ago who understood the ecological devastation of overpopulation, among other things, so we made the decision to refrain from breeding.  At least we can watch the downhill slide of the planet without THAT on our conscience.

              Here’s a quote from a long-time friend of mine in his 70s, child-free, of course:

              “With the earth groaning under the weight of 7+ billion people, most wanting to consume as much as possible, I think the last thing any ecologically literate person would do is add to the burden. Ah, but it’s so important that my special genes have a connection to the future, isn’t it? Never mind that that future is going to be a nightmare on stilts.”

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Let’s not go all Greta on us…. there is no point in not shoving your face into the pig trough and getting some slop… if it’s not you … it will be some other pig….

          • Minority Of One says:

            Maybe 3-4 years ago I read an article that stated 20% of all couples in the UK have zero children (source was Office of National Statistics). So as much as I think the UK population needs to (will) come down drastically, I don’t have an issue with a few families having 3 children (not very common now here in the UK).

            On the other hand, I am not so keen on families with 5-20 children at the tax payers expense. I believe that there are about 20,000 such families in the UK. What are they going to do when food becomes scarce or rationed? Steal from others? I guess if you have a big family, that might seem like a do-able option.

        • Bella888 says:

          Blaise, beautiful comment, and congratulations on your prescience! No kids by choice here either . . . married almost 38 years . . .

          Gail, as you’re probably aware, the world’s population is not declining. It’s only the rate of growth that has declined. Population in the world is currently (2020) growing at a rate of around 1.05% per year (down from 1.08% in 2019, 1.10% in 2018, and 1.12% in 2017). The current average population increase is estimated at 82 million people per year.

          Therefore, the least of my concerns is making sure the population remains level, whether by so-called quality men or not!

  32. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    Mexico’s Power Plants Burning Fuel So Dirty Ships Can’t Use It
    (Bloomberg) — Fuel that is so dirty that the global shipping industry banned its use last year is being burned at the highest level in three years in Mexican power plants.

    With the global shipping industry shunning sulfurous fuel oil to curb emissions, storage tanks in Mexico are overflowing with the stuff, a byproduct of its attempt to produce more gasoline domestically. The solution Mexico has chosen is to push more of it into electricity generation, replacing cleaner-burning natural gas. Consumption of the dirty fuel jumped by almost 50% in the past year to more than a 100,000 barrels a day in March, according to government data.

    The capital’s air quality has worsened, said Beatriz Olivera Villa, a consultant with Greenpeace in Mexico, in a phone interview from Mexico City. “It’s an unfortunate setback for the country.”

    ….Mexico is creating a market to absorb the excess fuel oil from its refineries,” said Ixchel Castro, an analyst with Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

    Fuel oil is being burned at the six power plants owned by state utility Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE. This year, a government commission responsible for monitoring air quality in the metropolitan area of Mexico City, sounded the alarm twice amid high ozone levels. As a result, cement-makers as well as Pemex’s refinery in Tula and its associated power plant, had to reduce activity.

    Switching a power plant that uses natural gas to fire a turbine to fuel oil generates 16% more carbon dioxide, according to BloombergNEF calculations.

    BAU Baby…do whatever it takes….

    • One of Mexico’s problems is that it imports most of its natural gas. Mexico has some natural gas, but its quantity has been declining, as its oil supply declines.

      Most of Mexico’s electricity has been generated by natural gas, but US imports are no doubt expensive and (especially during US outages) sometimes unreliable.

      With the change in maritime laws, there is “bottom of the barrel” low quality oil available to burn. I expect this is cheap, which is why it is being used.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        When will one of these damn countries completely collapse so that people will be able to see what trying to live with no electricity, petrol, food, medicine or security looks like?

        I suspect they’ll all be kept on some sort of life support to the bitter end… or when one does go down… we will get a total media blackout…..

        It would not be safe for a reporter to enter a country that was in such a state… and there would be nowhere for the camera team to stay … no way to charge batteries… they would be immediately attacked and all food taken….

        Drones could be used… but why show the world their future?

        Again — nobody wants to be alive when the power goes off – permanently.

        That would be worse than your worse nightmare.

        • Xabier says:

          I follow ‘Indigo Traveller’ on YT, he’s been to some fairly hairy places.

          But the thing to remember is that even they have not fully collapsed yet.

          Just impoverished gang-and-militia-ridden hell-holes, with pockets of wealth and normality, where life has no value and strangers can be eliminated for….. just being strangers – but still the energy flows…..

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I was listening to the final chapters of A People’s Tragedy before sleeping last night and Chapter 51 was dedicated to the famine in Russia in 1921-22…..

            Mothers were killing their babies – particularly girls – and feeding them to their other children.

            Gangs were hunting children – killing and eating them.

            People were gathering dead bodies and storing them in their barns — and eating them.

            People were raiding the graveyards — digging up dead bodies – and eating them (they had to post guards to stop this)

            Aid workers had to be armed because they were frequently attacked, killed – and eaten.

            Even doctors resorted to eating human flesh.

            Keep in mind, Russia was not experiencing total collapse… very near … but not total…….

            Anyone who thinks the end of BAU is all organic gardening, Koombaya and tambourines… really needs to read Chapter 51 — it’s the stuff of nightmares

            https://www.audible.com.au/pd/A-Peoples-Tragedy-Audiobook/B07J5W1S8V

            The Elders know about this … Chapter 51 was submitted in the dossier and was considered when the CEP was formulated.

  33. PRES. BIDEN: “Those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price.”
    https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1394360821355094021

  34. Trainee nurse, 18, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine is hospitalised with THREE severe blood clots after doctors dismissed her symptoms and sent her home THREE times until she could barely breathe

    A young nursing student has been hospitalised with three blood clots on her right lung just three weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

    Ellie Peacock, who works on a casual team that is exposed to potential Covid-positive patients, was given her first dose of the vaccine on March 31, a week before the government advised under 50s against receiving the AstraZeneca jab.

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration is investigating and is yet to make a determination on Ms Peacock’s case but she believes the blood clots were linked to the vaccine.

    The 18-year-old went to the emergency department at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital with severe throbbing and tightness in her calf on April 18 and what she claims were ‘signs of clotting’.

    But no blood clots were picked-up in an ultrasound and she was sent home where her pain subsided, the Courier-Mail reported.

    The trainee nurse then started getting regular headaches and by May 7 Ms Peacock had severe pain near her collarbone while inhaling.

    Two days later a chest x-ray identified she had pneumonia after she went back to hospital complaining of pain in her back and ribs.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9587915/Brisbane-trainee-nurse-hospitalised-three-blood-clots-getting-AstraZeneca-Covid-vaccine.html

    • StarvingLion says:

      Science says she’s safe!

      The same Sceicse that can’t substitute proper crude oil!

    • Minority Of One says:

      Would be interesting to see of those in the UK that have not taken the vaccine, how many are Daily Mail readers. It seems to be the only UK newspaper, posted here at least, that carries articles suggesting all is not well re the plandemic.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      another heart warming story 🙂

    • Rodster says:

      Another “Jab” gone bad. She should have done her research to know that the drug pushers behind these toxic drugs have been given indemnity. If one gets injured, incapacitated or killed by getting injected with these bullsh*t drugs aka Covid vaccines too damn bad because Tony Fauci, Bill Gates, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and J&J are off the hook.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I was listening to the interview with that Thai German scientist this morning … and he mentioned that only 52 healthy people under 60 have died from Covid in Germany – there are 60M people in that age bracket.

        Far more have died and been maimed from the vaccines….

        I spoke to a mate yesterday who can’t wait to have the jab — he ‘doesn’t want to take the chance of a bad outcome should he contract Covid’.

        Either he is unaware of the above — or his brain is not functioning because it’s been overridden by fear.

        • Xabier says:

          I’d trust Bhakdi’s moral and scientific integrity over the medics who are recklessly cheerleading mass vaccinations.

          One notes the deep contempt and scorn with which he spoke about the reptile here at Cambridge who is pushing for child injections:

          ‘Have you forgotten the science, or did you never know it?’

          Britain has sunk to the ‘ethical level of Nazi Germany’ was I believe his phrase. How true.

          Bhakdi and Yeadon still doing their best, admirable men.

          Dr Sam Bailey has a new post coming up on manufactured epidemics, should be fun….

          I’d rather face Collapse as a whole human being than death by secret poisoning.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I cannot bring myself to be injected either… I am still hoping for some Oxycontin…otherwise I’ll have to pile into the rock cut….

            There is no point hunting children… once they are gone … it’s starvation… one must accept that there can be no surviving this… and have a personal/family CEP….

            On the bright side… it can be satisfying to know that all the DelusiSTANIS and CovIDIOTS .. all the ones who mock peak oil … who bang on about GW…. who listen to Justin Bieber and use Alexa…. who post selfies on social media seeking a smidgen of fame….

            Are being exterminated….

            The only downside is that they will not be confronted by reality as they are put down — they will go to their graves likely believing that it was the unvaxxed that caused this catastrophe…

            One can’t have everything I suppose.

            This does mean industrial farming is about to end as well…. and that should bring a smile to everyone’s face.

  35. Yoshua says:

    Xabi my friend, the small Grays are hybrids. They use jump suits. We do not understand how they thread the polo over their mellon heads though.

    I will try to make this my last alien comment. The UFO phenomenon and the Modern World started at the same time in the 19th century. I don’t think that that is an coincidence. I think we live in an alien world.

    • StarvingLion says:

      Translation:

      Grays = Rothschilds

    • Xabier says:

      I enjoy the UFO comments.

      The only person I know who claims to have seen a UFO is my cousin, who saw one over the sea at El Vendrell in E. Spain one night.

      He was generally on heroin at that time, but claims that his dog also looked very scared, too, staring at it before it zipped off.

      Odd things happen to him all the time.

    • Bei Dawei says:

      The UFO phenomenon as we know it began with the Kenneth Arnold sighting of “flying saucers” in 1947, and took some time to settle on alien spacecraft as the popular explanation. This was by no means the first time people have reported unidentifiable aerial phenomena–as Jung points out, these sightings go back millennia, but tended to be interpreted as religious visions (think Fatima).Nicholas Roerich and members of his expedition saw a “silvery disk” over northeastern Tibet in 1927, but did not say what they thought it might be. (A few pages over in the same diary, Roerich speculates about lost civilizations with high technology.) You seem to be thinking of the mystery airships of the 1890s, including one (the Aurora, Texas incident) involving an alleged alien pilot.

      When the “modern world” should be deemed to have started is an even murkier question.

      • MM says:

        Why descend my spacecraft down to these monkeys?
        Sip a glass of red wine from my base on Saturn looking on my remote viewer is much more comfortable.
        Maybe pick a probe in the form of half a cow ? pfft.

      • Robert Firth says:

        I think the modern flying saucer craze was given its major boost by Donald Keyhoe and George Adamski. I remember it well.

        Of course, we all know the answer is not space aliens, The saucers are piloted by refugees from Atlantis who relocated to the inside of the Hollow Earth.

        • This UFO video from Turkey has always fascinated me

          • if folks had sufficient know how to journey light years to get here, I can’t quite see them coming all this way
            then going back home to tell their friends
            just how stupid we are:

            ‘my dear—you won’t believe this but they are still burning carbons there’

            ‘ surely not?’

            ‘yes. and they are still worshipping the images we left there when we visited 3000 sun-cycles ago’

            ‘and do their leaders still promise them growth forever?’

            ‘Oh absolutely–and a good thing too, that way they will never get off their planet and come and bother us’

            ‘Good, we don’t need them— they are the sort of life forms that would trash property values round here’

    • Thierry says:

      When I was a kid there was a book in my parent’s library dealing whith UFOS. It was fascinating to me; At the end of the book the author tried to explain the propulsion mode of UFOS. His theory was MHD (Magneto Hydro Dynamic).
      It was an old book from the 70s (before I was born!) and since then I ‘ve always been surprised not seeing any flying car in our cities.
      Probably the military has kept the technology because that sounded promising.

      • there are laws of physics that determine the energy input necessary to lift any weight off the ground, and keep it up.

        Don’t ask me—I just trust them every time I fly.

        there is no ‘secret’ alternative being kept by the US military or anybody else. No weasel words to make it possible.

        • Christopher says:

          Something to ponder upon next time you fly. No one can explain why planes stay in the air:

          https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/no-one-can-explain-why-planes-stay-in-the-air/

          • I know nothing about aeronautics, but I thought the accepted notion was that the air pressure below the wing was greater than the air pressure above the wing due to forward motion and the profile of the wing itself.

            I think it goes beyond the ‘no one can explain’ idea.

            there is certainly no ‘hidden science’ about any alternative way of getting off the ground

            • Thierry says:

              Wow, Christopher gave you some material and you did not even read it.
              Sometimes ignorance is a choice.

            • er

              I did read it

              there can be debate about the details of how planes stay up, but not that they do stay up in accordance with certain laws of physics

              if there was any new, radical physical law that allowed us to escape the pull of gravity, I’m pretty sure it would be widely used by now

              that waverider thing has been around for years–its a surface reactive principle, primarily for use over smoothish water

            • Fast Eddy says:

              That’s Norm for you … he’s a one-thought pony…

              And he never goes off the reservation … right Norm?

              https://youtu.be/bdQHKf48Mfw?t=1921

            • Christopher says:

              Norman, no one can actually explain flying very well. There seems to be many explanations in circulation, most are fundamentally wrong. Nasa is falsifying your explanation:

              https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/wrong1.html

              Lift would preferably be understood from the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics, Eulers equations, or if viscosity is important for lift, Navier-Stokes equations.

            • I really have no idea

              a bird’s wing has a similar profile, and nature has a way of working things out several million years before we do.

              there seem to be multiple technical explanations

        • Thierry says:

          The project Ayaks looks very cool, you should take a look.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaks

          • apologies

            I momentarily thought you were on about the ground effect flight

            my mistake—eddy can cease dancing up and down now

            the ayaks thing is a rocket—it has no ‘new’ lift principle as far as I can see

            had it been of any practical use—it would be in use

            • Thierry says:

              Well I don’t know what you mean with “‘new’ lift principle” but those points are intriguing:
              “The plasma funnel developed over the air inlet from the Lorentz forces greatly increases the ability of the engine to collect air, increasing the effective diameter of the air inlet up to hundreds of meters. It also extends the Mach regime and altitude the aircraft can cruise to. Thus, it is theorized that the Ayaks’ engine can operate using atmospheric oxygen even at heights above 35 kilometres (115,000 ft).”
              “such plane would not need vertical stabilizers nor fins anymore, as it would maneuver through locally increasing or reducing drag on particular regions of the wetted area with electromagnetic forces.”
              Among others…

            • as far as I understand it, the flying machine has to use conventional lift to get to 115000 ft or whatever?
              At that height there may be ‘lift’ phenomena available for the duration at that height.

              then it has to get back down again, where ‘conventional’ lift seems essential

              my point was mainly about escaping gravity and conventional flight

              at those heights, flight may be able to utilise certain forces, but they don’t seem to have any practical purpose

        • Robert Firth says:

          Norman, the minimum energy needed to lift a weight off the ground is zero. As we knew (and flew in) in the 1920s. It’s called Archimedes’ Principle.

  36. Azure Kingfisher says:

    “Broad Covid Commission Planning Group Will Be Based at UVA’s Miller Center,” by Howard Witt

    April 13, 2021

    “More than two dozen of the nation’s most accomplished virologists, public health experts, clinicians and former officials, joined by four of America’s leading charitable foundations from across the political spectrum, are laying the groundwork to discover and preserve the lessons of the COVID-19 crisis. Together, they have formed a COVID Commission Planning Group, based at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and led by UVA professor Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission.

    “The group will prepare the way for a National COVID Commission that can seize this once-in-a-century opportunity to help America – and the world – begin to heal and safeguard our common future from new existential threats.

    “Such a nonpartisan commission, properly conceived, will require unprecedented scale and scope. The planning group has begun work on how to organize this massive effort. It has debriefed nearly 100 experts from a range of disciplines, outlined plans for nine essential task forces, and mapped out dozens of distinct lines of inquiry to ensure that the work of a future COVID Commission will be comprehensive.

    “The group is also reaching out to many Americans to hear what they hope a future commission can learn and accomplish, working with groups such as Marked By COVID, a victims’ advocacy organization, to include the experiences of pandemic victims and their families.

    “Sponsors of this commission planning effort include Schmidt Futures, the Skoll Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Stand Together, with others expected to join in support. Based at the Miller Center, the COVID Commission Planning Group is also working with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

    https://news.virginia.edu/content/broad-covid-commission-planning-group-will-be-based-uvas-miller-center

    • This was published about a month ago.

      A person wonders what kind of planning this group will do. How to give public officials more control over citizens, for example? The Rockefeller Foundation has a history of being concerned about overpopulation, for example.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      A conference about a hoax… to add more credibility to … the hoax.

      A PR masterpiece!

      • Rodster says:

        In order to keep the HOAX alive you have to ratchet up the fear. Maybe they will wargame Covid – DEFCON 5

      • Xabier says:

        Rather like the Mafia holding a conference on ‘Business Ethics Today – the Challenges’……..

      • Robert Firth says:

        And anything run by Philip Zelikow is guaranteed to be another Big Lie to strengthen the globalists at the expense of the people.

  37. Azure Kingfisher says:

    Impact of COVID Vaccinations on Mortality

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSrc_s2Gqfw&t=1s

    “An animation of COVID mortality across the world to examine the impact of vaccination, testing the hypothesis that they are up to 97% effective in reducing mortality.”

    • I suppose a person might ask, “How were expected deaths calculated?”

      The next question is: If vaccinations are stopped, will COVID-19 cases disappear?

  38. StarvingLion says:

    Uh, is Bitcoin finally collapsing?
    Uh, is the naked shorting of Silver by JPM coming to an end?
    Uh, is the US $ about to Shit the Bed TOTALLY?
    Uh, is a $1.4M 80-year old Box-of-Stix house in Mountain View CA some kind of joke?
    Uh, is the Stock Market quietly CRASHING?

    • Bitcoin does look like it could be getting ready to crash.

      US$ is near the bottom of its 12 month average. There was only a brief time in early 2018 when it was lower. It does look like a problem.

      The stock market is holding up pretty well, so far.

      • StarvingLion says:

        The Russell 2000 looks like a disaster waiting to happen. Its massive move up from Aug 2020 is due to unprecedented increase in margin debt.

        Stock market or US $. Something has to break.

        • So far, it is looking like US$ crashing rather than stock market, but that could change.

          With a low US dollar, prices of oil and other commodities can stay high, because these commodities will be affordable to other countries, allowing high world production of goods and services to continue.

          At some point, something will go wrong, however. There really won’t be the goods and services produced, because of missing workers (free money without working), or missing semiconductor chips, or broken supply lines. Prices will start to be too high for buyers. There will be huge debt defaults because businesses cannot make sufficient goods and services to repay their their debt with interest. The stocks of these companies will also fall.

          • MM says:

            The price of oil must be propped up by any means.
            The “value of the Dollar” is irrelevant as long as exporters accept it. The Dollar has no more “storage” function. As well as the exporters do not store the value of their sold oil (Saudi Arabia?, Nigeria?)
            Down the bellies and we live happy ever after 🙂

            I could cite Tim Morgan for “extraction costs” or Gail for “manageing supply chain problems in Leonardo’s sticks”.

            “The only important news is the price of oil”

      • bitcoin represents the fantasy of producing money without the energy-input of work. Which defines it as a Ponzi scheme.

        The value of any ‘investment’ that relies on someone else buying it is the same concept..

        I said it years ago, when bitcoin first appeared on the financial horizon

        https://end-of-more.medium.com/the-myths-of-crypto-currency-f5dea863d116

        That’s not to say people haven’t made a lot of money out of bitcoin. They have. But they got in and out early, took their profits and ran.

        and people are still convinced that is real money

      • Sam says:

        Most states are cutting unemployment but are also sitting on huge cash reserves trying to get it out but they have not yet. More inflation followed by a huge depression after the middle class can no longer afford basic expenses. I hear so many ads and “money “ gurus trying to convince young people to get in the real estate market…..because it will never come down——says Dave Ramsy. That would be the biggest mistake

  39. Azure Kingfisher says:

    “Second Stage Terror Wars,” by Edward Curtin

    May 16, 2021

    “Now [9/11 Commission Director Philip] Zelikow has been named to head a COVID Commission Planning Group based at the University of Virginia that is said to prepare the way for a National COVID Commission. The group is funded by the Schmidt Futures, the Skoll Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Stand Together, with more expected to join in. Zelikow, a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program Advisory Panel, will lead the group that will work in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Stand together indeed: Charles Koch, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, the Rockefellers, et al. funders of disinterested truth.

    “So once again the fox is in the hen house.

    “If you wistfully think the corona crisis will soon come to an end, I suggest you alter your perspective. Zelikow’s involvement, among other things, suggests we are in the second phase of a long war of terror waged with two weapons – military and medical – whose propaganda messaging is carried out by the corporate mainstream media in the pursuit of the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset. Part one has so far lasted twenty years; part two may last longer. You can be certain it won’t end soon and that the new terrorists are domestic dissidents.

    “Did anyone think the freedoms lost with The Patriot Act were coming back some day? Does anyone think the freedoms lost with the corona virus propaganda are coming back? Many people probably have no idea what freedoms they lost with the Patriot Act, and many don’t even care.

    “And today? Lockdowns, mandatory mask wearing, travel restrictions, requirements to be guinea pigs for vaccines that are not vaccines, etc.?

    “Who remembers the Nuremberg Codes?”

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/16/second-stage-terror-wars/

    • Xabier says:

      Dennis asked who ‘they’ are.

      Well, there’s a good list of names above to start with.

      I’ve noticed, however, that the Rothschilds are mentioned only very infrequently, if at all, I winder why?

      So many strange creatures lurk in the depths, and are rarely if ever seen or suspected ……

      • StarvingLion says:

        Because everyone is a Rothschilds Zombie including Fast Eddy, Donald Trump, Obama, Biden, Normie Pagett, etc.

        I just laugh at the patsies like Gates, Fauci, etc. “They’re monsters!!!”, nah they are pawns.

        • JMS says:

          I don’t get what Fast Eddy and “Normie Pagett” are doing on your list, otherwise correct and obvious.
          I’m worried, have you eaten anything today, Lion?

    • Xabier says:

      They remember the Nuremberg Codes, of course they do – and laugh.

      • JMS says:

        Laws and codes have always been meant for sheep and political enemies, not for lords, moguls and their hirelings. That’s for sure.
        In fact, laws and codes are the walls behind which our masters hide, while pretending not to exist, as does the astute Devil.

  40. interesting take on energy and population from 1953
    (by 2035 we might have 4.5 billion people!!)

    free to download

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015006902194&view=1up&seq=4

    • I haven’t figured out how to download the whole book yet. It sounds like it is only free to member institutions. My impression is that people can get pieces, but not the whole thing.

      I see that there is a “Forward by the Atomic Energy Commission.” The is a list of chapters:

      1. About This Book
      2. Is Population Growth Predictable? The Record to Date
      3. Maximum Plausible Populations to Reckon With, A.D. 1950 to 2050
      4. Input-Output Relations in the Eight Great National Energy Systems and in the World, A.D. 1860 to 1950, with Estimates of the Efficiency of Use
      5. Maximum Plausible Demands for Energy, A.D. 1950 to 2050
      6. How Much Longer Can We Live High Off Capital Energy? The Economically Recoverable Reserves of Coal, Oil, Gas, Oil Shale, and Tar Sands, with Trends in the Unit Costs. The Combustion of Fossil Fuels, the Climate and Sea Level
      7. Can We Live High Off Income Energy? Fuel Wood, Farm Wastes, Peat, Water Power, Heat Pumps, Solar Heat Collectors, Solar Power Collectors, Biological Photosynthesis (Chlorella), and Other Income Sources
      8. The Maximum Plausible Role of Nuclear Fuels
      9. Summary
      10. Epitome and Conclusions

      ——-

      It sounds like very advanced thinking for the early 1950s. This is before M. King Hubbert’s writing.

      • can’t understand the download problem

        I did the entire book, 520 pp and I’m not a member of anything

      • By the way, the 4.3 million forecast for 2035 is not that current population will fall a great deal by 2035. The forecast is that the growth rate will be a lot lower than it really has been.

      • Tim Groves says:

        Good find, Norman!

        World population doubled between 1830 and 1930 (from 1 billion to 2 billion) and a reasonable expectation was that it might double again by 2030 (to 4 billion).

        While the growth trajectory was already a lot higher by the 1950s, the Green revolution was only in its embryonic stages then and so the idea that population might quadruple to 8 billion by 2030 would have struck most people as science fiction.

  41. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    BAU Full Throttle pedal to the metals…
    Annie Lee
    Mon, May 17, 2021, 3:57 AM
    (Bloomberg) — Iron ore futures climbed back above $200 a ton as soaring steel production in China showed there’s no sign of the industry cooling despite government attempts to rein in output from last year’s record of over 1 billion tons.

    Crude steel output in April rose to 97.9 million tons to hit monthly and daily run-rate records. The robust pace of production also lifted the year-to-date tally to 375 million tons, a 16% jump compared to same period last year. This comes as iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports declined for the third week, indicating strength in demand.

    Officials in China have restated their commitment to control pollution in its vast steel industry, with fresh output restrictions ordered in the mill-hub of Tangshan and nationwide inspections planned on capacity cuts. At the same time, a global steel boom has been helping drive iron ore inventories lower and pushing prices higher.

    “As China’s steel production still continues to expand, its steel margins remain elevated and seaborne iron ore supply remains constrained, we think that the iron ore price can stay around the current level through 2Q, but is likely to remain highly volatile,” according to a note by analysts at Morgan Stanley.

    Rein in pollution….sure they are….

    • How long can steel prices stay high, before buyers of steel products (oil drillers, for example, buying steel pipe for drilling) cut back on their purchases?

  42. Ed says:

    As a world population decrease project this vaccine is a failure. Only the first world is being vaxxed. Any thoughts?

    • Tim Groves says:

      In 2009, someone posted a review of Václav Klaus’s book Blue Planet in Green Shackles, from which the following extract comes.

      “This well-reasoned book by the current President of the European Union [sic. Actually, he was President of the Check Republic.) objects to the politicization and hysteria of the Global Warming Hoax. President Vaclav Klaus, the author, cogently explains the dangers of the Global Warming Hoax. He attacks this hoax first of all as an assault on human liberty. Klaus shows that the the tactics of the hoax promoters are basically the same tactics of the Communists – lack of debate, suppressing opposing views, and complete state control by a few dictators. When he quotes the architect of the Kyoto Protocol, Maurice Strong, as saying, “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our duty to bring that about?”, you will realize that such a nasty comment could only exist in a climate of fear and oppression. What a difference a few years makes. Now as we see the engineered collapse of our civilization by these same kooks, who can argue that Klaus is wrong? Klaus has lived and seen this limitation of freedom that socialism imposes on its citizens and his is a welcome voice of warning. The foreword to the book by the head of a think tank notes that the very success of Capitalism would lead to a massive bureaucratic Mandarinate of pseudo-intellectuals and government functionaries who would restrict liberty. Again, you will be amazed at the prescience of these people.”

      It is unclear to me whether Strong actually said the quoted words although the quote has been circulating for at least 20 years, but it is pretty clear that he harbored this sentiment. Jabbing the first world may be part of this strategy for collapsing the industrialized civilizations. Just a thought.

    • MM says:

      First: “Them” “use” most of the finite resources.
      Second: “some of Them” are still wanted as wards in the machine park. Can be seen as some sort of intelligence test, who is eligible for a ward existence.
      Third: When Resource consumption goes down, Forex for eporters of these goes down, no natural habitat left. No Imports: solves by itself.

      But I am not sure iif a population decrease program is at work and most importantly we do not know if it is planned as a months or decades or centuries project.
      We can see that increase in academic stupidity has for at least the last 50 years significantly “decreased” some things…

      Sorry to repeat myself:
      We are in a process. Drawing any early conclusion is futile as “the plan” is not plain structural. “Unstructured” events are difficult to track down in reality.
      That goes in the direction of Gail: in a complex environment under stress strange things seem to happen. It is not clear what is “managed” and what is “chaotic”.
      What we see is that both are currently not raising suspicion significantly.

      In my humble opinion this boils down to too many people “not wanting to see what possibly is under way”. From these statistics, “the plan” is working quite well…

    • Xabier says:

      My thought is that this is only the beginning of the beginning……

      I wouldn’t expect to see mass deaths, and real gloves-off brutality, until the digitisation project is more advanced.

    • The part of the world buying the vaccines is also the part of the world using a disproportionate share of the fossil fuels. If there is a delayed effect, say in a few years, it could still reduce world fossil fuel use significantly. World population will be reduced less than proportionately.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I know that in Bali they are vaccinating in a big way…..

      • Student says:

        If vaccinated people can be dangerous for unvaccinated ones, I think that opening the society to vaccinated people going around without masks, even inside buildings, can have a strong pressure on unvaccinated people to take the jab, otherwise they will be infected in the next months with more dangerous variants of the virus.
        But it could have an unintended consequence (?) of spreading more dangerous variants of the virus.
        As also Professor Garavelli expressed recently in various interviews. Professor Garavelli is first Doctor at Novara Hospital and he is in charge of Infectious diseases.
        You can have a look at his position here:

        https://www.radioradio.it/2021/04/allarme-del-prof-garavelli-vaccinare-errore-mutazioni-virus/

        About this issue, I also found surprising that another Professor, Mr. Ricciardi, President of World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), also admitted himself that vaccinated people should wear masks in presence of unvaccinated ones.
        You can have a look at his position here:

        https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cronaca/2021/05/17/ricciardi-chi-vaccinato-indossi-la-mascherina-con-chi-non-lo-e_e412f844-0ced-4622-bdaf-3c031c4d2dc6.html

        Mr. Ricciardi is also Professor of Health and Hygiene at Catholic University, former President of ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), he was consultant for current Health Italian Minister and he has been recently nominated member of Scientific Cometee of Santé Publique France (French version of the ISS), which is an Organization in charge of all Public Health activities in France and its overseas territories.
        So it seems that this issue is well known at high official levels..

        • This is all nonsense because masks don’t work: not to prevent the transmission of virii, nor to prevent the spread of whatever “spike proteins” the genetically-modified folk might be sloughing off (if indeed that were a thing).

          You assume these people are in the positions they are in because of some kind of actual “expertise”, rather than corruption, nepotism, etc.

          In particular, anyone in the field of “Public Health” is a politician, not a real scientist.

          Even more in particular, Walter Ricciardi has been a professional actor.
          https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0723167/

          Professor in medicine, in November 2017 he was appointed Italian Representative in the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation.

    • Jarle says:

      How about people from other parts of the world are happy with a lot less = more for the greedy?

  43. Bloomberg: The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything
    ‘It is anything but efficient or normal.’ Surging corporate demand is upending global supply chains.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-17/inflation-rate-2021-and-shortages-companies-panic-buying-as-supplies-run-short?sref=eWpk04kZ

    Copper, iron ore and steel. Corn, coffee, wheat and soybeans. Lumber, semiconductors, plastic and cardboard for packaging. The world is seemingly low on all of it. “You name it, and we have a shortage on it,” Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive of engine and generator manufacturer Cummins Inc., said on a call this month. Clients are “trying to get everything they can because they see high demand,” Jennifer Rumsey, the Columbus, Indiana-based company’s president, said. “They think it’s going to extend into next year.”

    The difference between the big crunch of 2021 and past supply disruptions is the sheer magnitude of it, and the fact that there is — as far as anyone can tell — no clear end in sight. Big or small, few businesses are spared. Europe’s largest fleet of trucks, Girteka Logistics, says there’s been a struggle to find enough capacity. Monster Beverage Corp. of Corona, California, is dealing with an aluminum can scarcity. Hong Kong’s MOMAX Technology Ltd. is delaying production of a new product because of a dearth of semiconductors.

    However:

    1. ” U.S. retail sales stalled in April after a sharp rise in the month earlier, and commodities prices have recently retreated from multi-year highs.”

    2. “The strains stretch all the way back to global output of raw materials and may persist because the capacity to produce more of what’s scarce — with either additional capital or labor — is slow and expensive to ramp up. The price of lumber, copper, iron ore and steel have all surged in recent months as supplies constrict in the face of stronger demand from the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies.”

    • Xabier says:

      Very important article.

      Packaging seems particularly vital, as even when goods can get made, they reach us only in a heavily packaged form, after travelling a great distance.

      We are a very long way indeed from cheese makers wrapping their product up in leaves before shipping them, and all the old forms of packaging……

      Stock up now, we have been warned!

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Yes good advice… hate to run out of popcorn as the Big Show gets underway.

        I’m anticipating this like I would a George Forman > Ali fight + Christmas morning as a 4yr old!

    • VFatalis says:

      There have been a lot of reports about global chain supply problems, but curiously they all come from MSM sources
      Shortages faked or provoked to accelerate collapse wouldn’t be surprising

      • Even if vaccine production is ramped up for the third world, I wonder whether all of the syringes and other things that are needed for administration will be adequately ramped up. There seem to be a lot of details that need to be considered.

  44. Michael Yeadon response to Bossche

    I’d be interested in GVB’s response to my characterisation so far, because I genuinely don’t understand his narrative at all & I have tried, having listened to two of his long form interviews.

    Is he saying that the variants of SARS-CoV-2 are much more different from the original sequence than I’m relating? If yes, please provide a link to this. I’m not seeing any such larger changes in the literature.

    Or, is he saying that a change as tiny as I’m talking about (0.3% or so in the primary sequence) is enough to no longer be recognised as a pathogen we’ve seen before? If so, perhaps he’d like to comment on how that could be & in particular, I’d be very interested in his thoughts on these two papers?

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.26.115832v1

    This paper by Le Bert et al (2020) shows that those who recovered from infection with SARS in 2003 still retain good T-cell immune recognition 17y later AND also recognise SARS-CoV-2, which they’d NOT encountered before, Now, that’s cross protection & these two viruses differ by more than 20%. Rather destroys any argument that the tiny extent of drift of SARS-CoV-2 requires the planetary obsession of which GVB is part, does it not?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S266637912100015X
    This paper by Tarke et al (2021) shows that a large number of T-cell epitopes are selected & form part of the repertoire in immunity (there’s another set of smaller, overlapping but non-identical set of epitopes against which antibodies are raised). The authors themselves conclude that their findings remove concern that small changes in the virus, such as we’ve seen so far, will enable immune escape.

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.27.433180v1
    The same group also showed that subjects who’d survived infection by SARS-COV-2 or had been vaccinated ALL recognised ALL the variants which the investigators had available.

    By the way, I’d be be interested in his reactions to this in depth review on the clinical efficacy of ivermectin. Its been subject to ruthless censorship for at least SIX MONTHS, resulting in countless avoidable deaths. I argue that if it, along with the other useful treatments, (which have been beautifully summarised in a protocol for targeted, sequential, multi drug treatment of covid19, which Dr Peter McCullough & others have drafted & posted on the website of the American Association of Physicians & Surgeons), were more widely appreciated & APPLIED in clinical practise, we could control covid19 much better than we do now, and CANCEL the Emergency Use Authorisations for all the experimental, gene-based, spike protein inducing ‘vaccines’. Does GVB agree, or is he interested only in peddling further, also experimental vaccines?

    Ivermectin review:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8088823/pdf/ajt-28-e299.pdf

    McCullough et al multi drug treatment of covid19:
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.28.21250706v1.full

    And also:

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33387997/

    Bottom line for me is that the extent of variation in SARS-COV-2 simply isn’t concerning. There’s no hint of immune escape nor would it be expected, based on both theoretically & empirically.
    If the picture changes, so too will my view.

    This means THERES NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER FOR VACCINES AGAINST VARIANTS!!

    Anyone know what’s in those “3rd jab vials”?

    I’m often asked “So why do we require new vaccines against influenza each year?”

    This is because the way flu changes it’s structure is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the slow, antigenic drift we observe in SARS-COV-2.
    Instead, flu can undergo reassortment or antigenic SHIFT, exchanging whole sections of genetic information. In terms of the movement analogy, for flu, it’s as if it has its ‘seven league boots on’. It can combine these methods & in a year, evolve so much that, when it cones round again in the next season, it can actually present to our immune systems as if it was a new pathogen entirely. It doesn’t always do this and has been reasonably stable in recent years.

    • There are two kinds of immunity. As I understand the situation, vaccines seem to create lots of very narrowly focused antibodies, but vaccines do nothing to add to T-cell immunity.

      T-cell immunity is what a person gets from actually having the illness. This is what is long-lasting and broad. In a sense, it is much better immunity.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I thought GVB was saying that the vaccines will eventually cause Devil Covid to emerge… the Nightmare Scenario….

      That has not happened…. yet….

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