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. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Unencumbered by uncontrolled virus outbreaks and business closures, China has been the first major economy to tighten its financial policies in the aftermath of Covid 19.

    “This became even more apparent after the People’s Bank of China released its monthly lending and social finance statistics for April, which showed not only a further decline in credit growth in the world’s second largest economy, but a slowdown that exceeded market expectations.”

    https://thecorner.eu/54/china-bucks-the-trend-by-tightening-monetary-policy/96099/

  2. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Biden signs order directing studies of climate-related financial risks.

    “President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order directing several federal departments and agencies to analyze the risks climate change poses to the U.S. financial system and federal government, the White House announced.”

    https://thehill.com/policy/finance/554654-biden-signs-order-directing-studies-of-climate-related-financial-risks

  3. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Coronavirus: how the massive pandemic debt bill has ‘reshaped the global economy for good’:

    “Governments have offered unprecedented support for companies during the pandemic, pushing fiscal deficits to record highs, says the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    “But with low growth, high public debt and declining populations in rich countries becoming the norm, paying back the massive stimulus will be a daunting task…

    “”There are growing concerns in some corners of the market about the size and scope of government and central bank support packages…””

    https://www.scmp.com/economy/global-economy/article/3134373/coronavirus-how-massive-pandemic-debt-bill-has-reshaped

    • An awfully lot of employment depends on growing debt packages. These people are not very productive; this is why their employers need funds to keep the people employed and stimulus packages to give the population extra funds to spend. This is not a combination that works.

  4. Fast Eddy says:

    Check out the photo

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3134331/coronavirus-312-new-cases-taiwan-concern-elderly-one-third

    They need to spray because people might lick the side of the train .. or the floor?

    And if that is the sort of suit you need to protect yourself from the virus… then what is the point of masks?

    • Tim Groves says:

      This is exactly the sort of fear porn that will jab the Taiwanese into getting jabbed.

      OK, as I mentioned earlier, according to Our World in Data, Taiwan began vaccinating on March 22 and they ramped up the numbers from May 10. Now we see the total number of “locally transmitted infections” since the start of the pandemic jump from less than 100 when the jabs started, to about 2,000 now.

      From the article:
      On Friday, Taiwan reported another 312 new local cases, including 127 in Taipei and 144 in New Taipei City . Other new cases were also reported in some cities and counties in northeastern, northern, central, and southern Taiwan, with the city of Taoyuan having the third-highest number at 13.

      The new cases bring the number of locally transmitted infections to 1,889 for the past 11 days and to 1,980 since the pandemic began. There were also three imported cases on Friday, taking the combined total to 3,139, with 15 deaths.

      Interestingly, Taiwan News last month was lamenting the country’s vaccine hesitancy.

      As the Taiwanese public continues to show a lack of interest in receiving the vaccine, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced Wednesday that eligibility for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be expanded to include approximately 5,000 people who need to travel abroad for special reasons.

      Chen pointed out that the country’s mass vaccination campaign, which began on March 22, is surprisingly unpopular among Taiwanese, who remain “unenthusiastic” about getting vaccinated. As of Tuesday afternoon (April 13), only 27,113 adults have received at least their first jab, he said.

      At the current rate, it is unlikely that the two shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine that Taiwan has received — 117,000 doses purchased directly from AstraZeneca and 199,200 AstraZeneca doses secured via COVAX — will be used up before they expire on June 15 and May 31, respectively, Chen noted. He added that the government will continue to accelerate its vaccination timeline to prevent the vaccine from going to waste.

      Chen said Taiwan is possibly the only country in the world that is concerned about not being able to use up its vaccine supply before it expires. He joked that the Taiwanese will rush to get vaccinated if local cases are reported in the country.

      https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4177775

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I wonder how many people are reluctant to vaxx here in NZ… I was at a gathering a couple of weeks ago … the topic came up over dinner… and perhaps half of the table indicated zero interest in the jab….

        Time for Mama Jacinda to seed the door handles with some Covid …. and a nice fat lockdown… to encourage uptake?

    • Student says:

      They wear that safety work-wear and apparels because the chemical substance they are spreading is probably under a specific category of risk for health. Actually they are protecting themselves from what they are spreading, not from the virus. Paradoxically I think it is like that.

    • We should be afraid of the disinfectant being used for this purpose, more than the virus that is being aimed for.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        Agreed. Our local environments are already saturated with unnecessary and dangerous chemicals.

        Among the most ridiculous television advertisements are those for plugin air fresheners for the home. Manufacturers know it’s an inherent part of human nature to enjoy pleasant, natural smells. Lavender, lemon, rose, pine, etc. – all smell wonderful when natural. No matter how hard the scientists and engineers try, they will never surpass nature. Much of the time, they end up creating artificial and synthetic approximations that pale in comparison to the originals and do us harm.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Then we have this:

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/31/a-man-lies-dead-in-the-street-the-image-that-captures-the-wuhan-coronavirus-crisis

        When was the last time anyone had a such a bad flu… that they decided walk the streets to go shopping… or for a meal … or whatever…. I vaguely recall having what I assume was a flu when I was a small child … where I was sick and laid up in bed under Mother’s care….

        I was in no shape to go outside and ride my bike… yet this guy…. was in such bad shape … he went out for a walk… and he fell dead on the street…

        really? Really? REALLY???

        5 million people left Wuhan before China quarantined the city to contain the coronavirus outbreak

        https://www.businessinsider.com.au/5-million-left-wuhan-before-coronavirus-quarantine-2020-1

        I recall saying to M Fast at the time … when I still believed this was more than a bad flu — isn’t it odd that China is not imploding like one big Wuhan….. and also wondering why only certain cities in countries where the Wuhan Flu had emerged… were being impacted….

        Lie after Lie after Lie…..

        • Xabier says:

          First the Wuhan vids and stories of smoke clouds over the region; then the Bergamo.Milan horror stories (funnily enough all the elderly family of a friend survived the terrible plague there); and then they plunged us straight into extended lock-downs, after building up some tension, to shock us into not thinking rationally.

  5. Fast Eddy says:

    Tokyo Olympics: IOC puts Covid-19 risks on athletes’ shoulders as groups hit out at ‘Playbook’ and medical experts express concern

    The IOC Playbook – a blueprint for Covid-19 safety measures – has a clause that removes organisers of any responsibility should an athlete test positive

    World Players United says it is ‘unconscionable’ that athletes should assume the risk as leading epidemiologist says it’s too late for everyone to be vaccinated

    https://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/3134441/tokyo-olympics-ioc-puts-covid-19-risks-athletes-shoulders-groups?module=lead_hero_story_1&pgtype=homepage

    Interpretation – Olympics Cancelled

  6. Fast Eddy says:

    The trouble, therefore, with lockdown skeptics such as Peter Hitchens publicly throwing in the towel, or Lord Sumption accepting the inevitability of vaccine passports – they have raised the white flag long before the real battle has begun.

    While lockdowns and social distancing represent the abstract of this ideological war, its frontlines are being waged on the physical surrender of our will and bodily autonomies. The former is arbitrary, the latter is systematised. One is going to happen with or without your consent, the latter is wholly dependent on it.

    It follows that for each skeptic who surrenders their compliance, they sell the rest of us downriver. The balance swings more in favour of the New Normal. And let’s be honest, vaccine passports only work if a majority of us comply.

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/21/no-irish-no-blacks-no-dogs-no-unvaxxed/

    There are a significant number of people who opposed to vaccines… and I suspect the majority of parents are strongly opposed to vaccinating their children…. although if the chiefs say ‘no jab no school’ most will likely cave…

    It will be interesting to see how far they will go with this — I am hopeful that Bosshy is correct and we get Devil Covid before it gets to the point where the unvaxxed are assigned pariah status.

    • Xabier says:

      Each person who accepts vaccination willingly and without a fight (many are being forced and can’t resist) is, in this context, a traitor to the rest of us.

      Those who do it merely to go on vacation are beneath contempt – as Dr Yeadon has observed (put more politely of course).

      I see the propaganda spin on the NHS app’s special features has already begun here.

      We are just a year or so away from full entry into a ‘social credit’ tyranny – more accurately it should be called ‘social debit’ being more about penalties and restrictions, and eventually the social and economic elimination of non-complying people.

      Just one step away from mass murder after that stage has been reached, let no one doubt that.

  7. jj says:

    What does yall think about the sinopharm vax? No genetic mod but spike protein insertion…

  8. Fast Eddy says:

    “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, No Unvaxxed”

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/21/no-irish-no-blacks-no-dogs-no-unvaxxed/

    How about a sign ‘Only CovIDIOTS Allowed’

  9. Fast Eddy says:

    Triple Mutant… fresh…. hmmm… fresh could mean fresh as in fresh milk or vegetables… or it could mean fresh as in never before seen therefore … possibly deadly… definitely inspiring trepidation …

    Yes definitely this will put the Brits on edge… now they are worrying that the june 21 d-day is not going to happen… as it should not — because of the Fresh Mutant…. ah… Triple Mutant. OMG

    How easy it must be to run the PR Team for the CEP… it’s like teaching a grade 3 class… so long as you are firm and have consequences… they do whatever you tell them…. you are like a god to them…

    https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/indian-covid-19-variant-cases-more-than-double-in-a-week-as-fresh-triple-mutant-emerges-in-yorkshire-1012296

    • Xabier says:

      That’s also why most teachers and petty public officials just love all of this.

      The Yorkshire variant is beyond laughable: shall we send in a snatch squad to fight through the zombie crowds and rescue Yorchichan and his family?

      When does The Thing variant arrive?

      • Yorchichan says:

        I’m in far more danger from the drunken covidiots who can’t accept they’ve been taken in. I’m trying not to bring up the ‘c’ word unless passengers ask me my opinion. I’m tired of the heated conversations with the drunken cult members.

        Yesterday, my first fare was taking a young man to the vaccination centre. I had no choice morally but to (diplomatically) ask him what he knew about the risks. Surprisingly, he knew all about MHRA yellow card, the fact the vaccines don’t prevent transmissibility and the track record of big pharma harming people, yet he still wanted to go ahead “to protect others”. More noble than the usual reason of wanting to travel abroad again, I suppose, but equally illogical. He could, at least, discuss things in a civilised manner.

        • Xabier says:

          That was noble of him, and they are trying the same line on children now: ‘Do it for others’.

          What do they say about ‘the noblest and the best’ going first in wars…..?

  10. Fast Eddy says:

    How do you know if someone is a CovIDIOT? By the ‘secret handshake’ OF COURSE!

    https://lockdownsceptics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Screenshot-2021-05-21-at-13.30.05-1024×570.png

  11. Tim Groves says:

    The “Anglo Indians” were of mixed European-Asian blood and they had to leave India following independence as there was no place for them in the new state. In this song, called Panchpuran, Bill Jones relates her grandmother’s experiences on coming to England and missing Darjeeling.

    You may not have heard of a panchpuran, but you’ve probably tasted food that it has flavored. It’s traditional blend of seeds used to season foods for east Indian cooking. Also referred to as panch puran or panchphoran, it is a blend of mustard seeds, cumin seeds (jeera), nigella seeds (kalonji or kalwqanji), fennel seeds, and fenugreek seeds. It is a seasoning commonly used in chutneys and vegetable dishes, as well as fish, poultry and meat dishes.

  12. Fast Eddy says:

    Funny — someone just messaged me ‘Go get a vaccine’ …. I can imagine folks getting quite angry with the unvaxxed if the message is that we are not returning to normal because of these ass hol es who refuse…

    I dunno — do some people at some point reach for the rifle… and go down in a blaze of glory taking as many CovIDIOTS along as possible? Just for fun?

    There are big numbers of people who are unlikely to take the vax regardless of the level of coercion applied… they see it as a death sentence.

    Hopefully we get DC soon

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    haha… dummmb cows!

    https://i.redd.it/nc6vqv06nxz61.jpg

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    Off Guardian articles are getting massive traction — hundreds of comments on them …

    The Elders don’t like thoughtful alt sites … with traction …

    • Xabier says:

      We can probably expect the imminent ‘cyber pandemics’ promised by Uncle Klaus to be used as cover to deal with the best, well-researched independent sites.

      Only the official narrative-peddlers will be licensed.

      Just to ‘Keep You Safe’……

    • geno mir says:

      Lol, they operate both mass and alt media Eddy. Just look at ZH.

  15. Fast Eddy says:

    Wow… parental consent won’t be required!

    https://youtu.be/DVYFRvUZLh4?t=2631

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    hahahahaha… and they call dogs stupppid

    https://www.livefreealaska.org/images/school-kids-in-masks-and-inside-boxes-tweet-by-jbhandley.jpg

    Nice

    https://i.redd.it/pbboy3rdf9071.jpg

    https://telegra.ph/file/0f63db89665d8d6727d4e.jpg

    Look as the smiling covIDIOTS here hahaha

    https://www.reddit.com/r/NoNewNormal/comments/ngu0s7/shotguns_and_assault_rifles_9pm_curfew_in_france/

    IMMUNE ESCAPE FROM VACCINE CAUSING MORE LETHAL MUTANTS
    WHICH ALSO AFFECT YOUNGER AGE PEOPLE

    Toxicologist and molecular biologist Janci Chunn Lindsay, Anderson Cancer Center-Houston:

    “There is strong evidence for immune escape and that inoculation under pandemic pressure with these leaky vaccines is driving the creation of more lethal mutants that are both newly infecting a younger age demographic and causing more Covid-related deaths across the population than would have occurred without intervention. That is, there is evidence that the vaccines are making the pandemic worse.”

    “There is a credible reason to believe that the Covid vaccines will cross-react with the syncytin and reproductive proteins in sperm, ova, and placenta, leading to impaired fertility and impaired reproductive and gestational outcomes.”

    The above are excerpts from her presentation to CDC Advisory Cmte. Lindsay was cut off by moderators at 3-minute limit.

    Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., an expert in protein synthesis, senior research scientist at MIT:

    “The potential for blood clotting disorders and the potential for sterilization are only part of the story. There are other potential long-term effects of these vaccines as well, such as autoimmune disease and immune escape, whereby the vaccines administered to immune-compromised people accelerate the mutation rate of the virus so as to render both naturally acquired and vaccine-induced antibodies no longer effective.”

    Primary source here:

    https://www.jennifermargulis.net/halt-covid-vaccine-research-scientist-urges-cdc/

    • Xabier says:

      Yes, dogs are, on the whole, smarter: my own is very friendly and trusts people – but if a syringe or scissors appear, he gets ready to bite.

      Admirable good sense which he was born with, and which many centuries of good breeding haven’t eliminated.

      It might be only dog-sized, but he knows his own mind.

      But then he hasn’t been educated, and doesn’t watch TV.

      Easy to see just why the psychopaths of the Bio-MIC in charge of this think that people deserve to be enslaved or put down.

    • Tim Groves says:

      Eddy, you are really on a roll today! Now I have lots of funnies to lob off to the last of pro-vax friends.

      This one is incredible. Save The Children has gone full Orwellian and is teaching the vax squads to use behavioral science to trick—no, that’s not the word—reassure hesitant parents around the world that it is a good thing to get their kids jabbed with two doses of Covid Injectables.

  17. Fast Eddy says:

    Hong Kong plans to expand Covid-19 vaccination to children as young as 11 in hopes of resuming full-day classes in September this year, a vaccine expert revealed.

    https://www.scmp.com/yp/discover/news/hong-kong/article/3133822/hong-kong-testing-covid-19-vaccines-children-11-16

    So it will be no jab no school come September in HK…. I wonder how Mr DNA will react to this….will he get suspicious? Or will he be fooled by the PR Team who convince him that the vaccine will protect him…

    Mr DNA is not smart — keep in mind he is easily fooled by contraception. He is pretty much a mindless mad dog who is driven by the goal of staying alive long enough to ensure his genetic code is passed on to the next generation. He doesn’t give a shit about literature or science or hobbies… he’s a one-trick pony… with a one-track mind.

    And he’ll kill if required.

  18. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    JHK is good reading today: “As is always the case, history the trickster is taking us to a place we didn’t expect to go. Personally, I don’t lose a lot of sleep over Klaus Schwab, the James Bond villain who runs the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is behind the widely touted Great Reset campaign. The Great Reset proposes to reorganize all human endeavor going forward from the top town, directed by an elite cohort of technocrat commissars, to produce a “green” utopia — mainly for their own benefit.

    It’s an elaborate joke, really. The human project is surely going somewhere. The direction is determined not by technocrat megalomaniacs but by the process called emergence, which means a self-organizing reality of more dynamic forces than any coterie of megalomaniacs could hope to control. These dynamic forces are not necessarily hidden; many are working in plain sight and you can make pretty good guesses as to what’s up with them. But they control the gameboard, not Klaus and his legion of economist-engineer nerds.” …………………………………………………………..boom!

  19. From WSJ: China Hones Control Over Manganese, a Rising Star in Battery Metals
    Chinese firms join a cartel-like group to tighten output in key products, spurring prices and rival projects world-wide

    China is tightening its grip on the global supply of processed manganese, rattling a range of companies world-wide that depend on the versatile metal—including the planet’s biggest electric-vehicle makers.

    China produces more than 90% of the world’s manganese products, ranging from steel-strengthening additives to battery-grade compounds. Since October, dozens of Chinese manganese processors accounting for most of global capacity have joined a state-backed campaign to establish a “manganese innovation alliance,” setting out in planning documents goals and moves that others in the industry say are akin to a production cartel. They include centralizing control over supply of key products, coordinating prices, stockpiling and networks for mutual financial assistance. . .

    While manganese ore is relatively abundant around the world, it is almost solely refined in China. [Emphasis added]

    • Dennis L. says:

      Gail,

      Nice find, a guess would be refining is very polluting. Most of us are aware minerals are going to be an issue going forward as well as oil, etc.

      We will make it, we will mine the moon and Mars, it is doable, we need to get the filth off the earth.

      An optimist sees it as an opportunity, our future is before us. I don’t think we see the future, we only see the past.

      Dennis L.

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    When Will COVID-19 Vaccines Be Available to Children Under 12?

    When might your child be eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

    It depends on their age and what vaccine is available in your area.

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to include children ages 12 to 16.

    Meanwhile, clinical trials are underway to test the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12.

    “Those studies are in progress, and I look forward to the results of those studies,” Dr. Dean A. Blumberg, chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of California, Davis, told Healthline.

    https://www.healthline.com/health-news/when-will-covid-19-vaccines-be-available-to-children-under-12

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    In the UK, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the UK’s Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) clearly hasn’t read the FDA report either. But not only does he support mass vaccination for both teachers and schoolchildren (as do all teachers’ unions) he’s happy for them all to be vaccinated during lessons:

    “I think there will be a sense of schools wanting to step up and play their part and explain to children why having the vaccine is important during assemblies and in tutor time.”

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/20/leave-our-kids-alone/

    And STILL…. the cattle cannot sense the wolves… interestingly … actual cattle would have sensed the wolves months ago … and they’ve have stampeded trampling them…. but nope — the stooopid human cattle… continue munching what is now mostly brown patchy grass…

    It can’t be much longer …. the trap is sprung. The Borg has no idea… Yeadon and Bosshy are screeching warnings … but The Borg does not hear them…..

    Well done Elders…. Well Done!

  22. Fast Eddy says:

    49 minute markish….

    The Elders… and the PR Team… identified:

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/9Ci2jK1yFoOd/

  23. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Who will be the first to land on the moon?
    Jeff or Elon?

    A team led by Blue Origin — with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper as partners — had competed for a share of NASA funding to develop a system capable of landing astronauts on the moon in the mid-2020s. Alabama-based Dynetics was also in the competitiion, and has also filed a protest with the GAO.

    Both protests contend that NASA was wrong to make only one contract award, despite Congress’ less-than-expected support levels, due to the importance of promoting competition in the lunar lander market. Both protests also contest many of the claims NASA made in a document explaining its selection process. For example, Blue Origin says NASA erroneously determined that it was seeking advance payments for development work.

    Although both protests delve deeply into the details of procurement, Blue Origin’s challenge has an added twist of personal rivalry.

    Over the past decade, Bezos and Musk have repeatedly butted heads over their rival space programs, and Musk has usually prevailed. It was SpaceX, not Blue Origin, that won NASA’s nod to use Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Pad 39A in 2013. Two years later, SpaceX turned back Blue Origin’s effort to patent the procedure for landing a rocket at sea. And last year, Blue Origin lost out to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance in a multibillion-dollar competition for rocket development support from the U.S. Space Force.

    By mid 2020….maybe BAU will last for them to finish their contest!
    Fast Eddy hold on brother

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      the centre should hold up until then! Elon Musk, c’mon man, you got this.This could be one of the last insignificant “acheivements” of the human race and its IC. The actuarial tables say that I should live long enough to see it happen. Wow, more “Progress”.

      • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

        If Elon recruits Amber Heard as the astronaut for the voyage and dresses her like Jane Fonda in the movie Barbarella…I’m on his side all the way!
        That should boost rating to the top ever and we can Johnnie Depp rescue her disabled spacecraft in. Jeff Bezios podcraft, like on the movie Martian..afterwards the have a makeup wedding and honeymoon on the moon…how romantic…

        Man, Life imitates fiction…

        • Dennis L. says:

          Herbie,

          If Elon wanted to date Amber, his jet would appear and she would walk on with a very high degree of probability. It would not be a date to get a pizza, different world.

          Dennis L.

      • Dennis L. says:

        David,

        It could also be a new beginning. Think back a few years, anyone here think a fellow named Elon, a founder who was pushed out of Paypal would be launching rockets to ISS? Did anyone here envision Elon landing rockets on their tail? Has anyone else done it on a routine reusable basis?

        If the post regarding the Pentagon having an intact alien space craft is correct, mining the moon will be inevitable.

        Dennis L.

  24. StarvingLion says:

    The US Federal Reserve begins looking into its own digital currency
    The Fed wants the US to play a “leading role” in developing international standards.

    https://www.engadget.com/us-federal-reserve-is-looking-closer-at-a-digital-currency-125534039.html

    The US Federal Reserve took a step toward developing a digital currency as it announced plans to publish a research paper on the subject. The aim is to gather public comment and get the US play a “leading role” in the development of international standards, said Fed chairman Jerome Powell in a video message.

    “To help stimulate broad conversation, the Federal Reserve Board will issue a discussion paper this summer outlining our current thinking on digital payments, with a particular focus on the benefits and risks associated with CBDC in the U.S. context,” Powell said. “As part of this process, we will ask for public comment on issues related to payments, financial inclusion, data privacy, and information security.”

    The announcement takes the concept of a “digital dollar” from a small research project into something potentially larger. The Fed aims to explore how “central bank digital currencies” or CBDCs could fit into the US banking system.

    At the same time, the Fed is likely trying to accelerate work toward a potential US digital currency as other nations, particularly China, are farther along. Last December, China announced that select users could spend digital yuan given out in a lottery-type experiment. Digital currency is seen as a way for a China to not just a way to bolster its own monetary system, but as a tool for soft power internationally.

    To that end, Powell emphasized that while the US hasn’t come to any conclusions on a digital dollar, “we expect to play a leading role in developing international standards for CBDBs,” he said. That make take some time, however, as he added that the decision will require “careful thought and analysis” from the public and elected officials.

  25. StarvingLion says:

    Is there any doubt, any doubt at all that…

    Bitcoin will be the most spectacular CRASH in history?

    I bet it goes from 35K to 10 with reams and reams of bagholders buying all the way down.

    Total Wipeout.

  26. StarvingLion says:

    Forget about the “price” of oil, the only thing that matters is how is the House Bubble not going to implode? I want Gail to explain that.

    IMO, the only thing that can save home prices from here is a 50% or more devaluation of the US Dollar.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      c’mon man! the housing bubble surely is not “the only thing that matters”.

    • If the dollar drops by 50% or more, the price of oil and many other commodities will be much lower for other countries. This will help bring up world demand for oil, but probably not world supply of oil. Oil prices would tend to rise for people in the US. Also, the prices of imported goods would tend to rise for Americans.

      But how would this help hold up housing prices? Americans would be poorer, in some sense, if the US dollar falls by 50% or more.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Perhaps a house has utility, if the house only drops 25% it is less of a loss than 50%, this seems to be what a no growth economy might resemble. It is what is being seen in many bond markets with negative yields.

        Dennis L.

  27. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Life Strikes at Any Time…Zen Master
    Life is so unfair ….but perhaps it all evens out in the long run…
    Billionaire Founder of China Property Giant Dies of Illness
    Bloomberg News
    Thu, May 20, 2021, 5:00 PM
    (Bloomberg) — The billionaire founder of KE Holdings Inc. has died of an unspecified illness, a shocking development for a Chinese property company that pulled off one of the strongest U.S. market debuts of 2020.

    Zuo Hui, who turned the company known as Beike from a nationwide chain of real estate offices into China’s largest platform for housing transactions and services, died May 20 after an “unexpected worsening of illness,” his company said in a statement without elaborating. KE Holdings’ board will announce follow-up arrangements within two weeks, it added.

    Zuo, 50, has been the driving force behind the company’s success, headlining the bell-ringing ceremony when it went public and holding 81.1% of voting shares under a dual-class voting structure as of end-February, according to its annual report. The company’s American depositary receipts fell 0.8% to $49.85 in New York on Thursday, paring an earlier decline of almost 10%.

    Zuo was backed by some of Asia’s most influential startup investors, including Hillhouse Capital Group and Tencent Holdings Ltd., and ranks among SoftBank Group Corp.’s most successful bets. KE Holdings almost doubled on its August U.S. debut, vaulting Zuo into the ranks of the world’s richest entrepreneurs with a fortune in excess of $20 billion at one point, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index.

    Its shares were up 151% from their New York debut through Wednesday’s close, conferring on the late chairman a net worth of $14.8 billion.

    In an interview with CCTV aired in April, he downplayed the significance of the IPO and the riches it bestowed.

    “Why should I feel excited?” he said, dressed in jeans, a dark blue vest and black sneakers. “This makes no difference to me.”

    He’s certainly right ….makes no difference to him now….no more BAU Baby for you…
    So, don’t worry about tomorrow…

    • Robert Firth says:

      “The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power
      And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave
      Awaits alike th’inevitable hour
      The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”

      (Thomas Gray, of course)

      • Tim Groves says:

        Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard—we did this in English Lit. in the second year of secondary school.

        About the same time, Sandy Denny produced a song about standing in a country churchyard. Although it isn’t clear from the lyrics, I expect she must have been influenced in some way by Gray’s poem.

        I can’t believe that it’s so cold
        And there ain’t been no snow.
        The sound of music it comes to me
        From every place I go.
        Sunday morning, there’s no one in church
        But the clergy’s chosen man
        And he is fine I won’t worry about him
        Got the book in his hand.

        There’s a bitter east wind and the fields are swaying
        The crows are round their nests.
        I wonder what he’s in there saying
        To all those souls at rest.
        I see the path which led to the door
        And the clergy’s chosen man
        Bushes and briars, you and I
        Where do we stand?

        I wonder if he knows I’m here
        Watching the briars grow.
        And all these people beneath my shoes,
        I wonder if they know.
        There was a time when every last one
        Knew a clergy’s chosen man
        Where are they now? Thistles and thorns
        Among the sand.

      • Herbie Ficklestein says:

        On a BBC Reel network they have the Queen Singer being asked ‘What do you think people will think of you when you are dead?” Freddie instantly bites back, “I ll be dead. I don’t care.what they think!”

      • Dennis L. says:

        Robert,

        No sarcasm, is their a path that does not lead to the grave?

        Dennis L>

        • Some people believe that Elijah never died. He was taken up by a whirlwind into heaven. 1 Kings 2:11.

          I wouldn’t count on this result.

  28. houtskool says:

    “Oil drillers need oil prices of over $120 per barrel. There is no way that they can really go this high.”

    So the importers keep printing currency to buy up exporters debt.

    Destruction of currencies is the only road left, for now. Crypto’s are enemies of mandate money too, so it will be attacked as soon as the threat becomes real.

    http://fofoa.blogspot.com/2010/07/debtors-and-savers.html

  29. Mirror on the wall says:

  30. Duncan Idaho says:

    Ok, lets get to some serious issues for our friends on the Right:

    When capitalism creates a shortage of sugar sauce you need to make unseasoned bland chicken breast palatable just blame Biden?

    “Right wingers blame Biden for Chick-Fil-A sauce shortage”

    https://www.salon.com/2021/05/21/right-wingers-blame-biden-for-chick-fil-a-sauce-shortage-its-just-so-embarrassing_partner/

  31. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    Yo, Ming…There’s another Elephant 🐘🐘 in the closet..
    Close this content, you can also use the Escape key at anytime

    Bloomberg News
    Fri, May 21, 2021, 2:41 AM
    (Bloomberg) — China is set to extend its dominance in the global oil market as planned tax adjustments spark a chain reaction, prompting processors to boost crude imports and raise refinery run rates.

    From mid-June, the top crude importer will introduce a levy on inbound flows of three oil-related items — bitumen mix, light-cycle oil, and mixed aromatics — that are often used to make low-quality fuels or processed in refineries. Faced with the prospect of costlier products, Chinese buyers are on the hunt for barrels of suitable crudes as replacements.

    Already, there are signs of a cascading effect. Spot differentials for Middle Eastern and Russian crude have risen to a multi-month high, while timespreads for Dubai crude strengthened on expectations China will continue its oil-purchasing spree. The spreads are a key gauge of the supply-demand balance.

    “The Asian spot market is receiving temporary support from the recently announced tax on diluted bitumen in China,” said Grayson Lim, a senior oil analyst at industry consultant FGE. “Robust Asian spot activities should continue in months ahead as crude balances tighten.”

    The knock-on effects of the new levy are playing out as China continues its recovery from last-year’s pandemic-driven hit. With the virus largely under control — in sharp contrast to other parts of Asia — Chinese refiners have been trying to meet the sharp rise in demand for fuels such as gasoline and diesel as personal mobility increases and industrial demand improves.
    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/china-become-even-more-dominant-210000336.html

    China was the world’s largest crude importer in 2019, according to BP Plc’s latest Statistical Review. It shipped in 10.19 million barrels a day that year, well ahead of the U.S., and more than India and Japan combined.

    • Thanks! This seems to be a way to try to raise the price (and supply) of better grades of oil (without sulfur, not too light or heavy). If the demand is all concentrated with respect to the easiest to refine types of oil, perhaps China thinks that it can get this oil and not have to spend very much resources refining it. It is all very strange. If we are “running out,” a person might think that the poorer types of oil would become more valuable, rather than less valuable.

  32. Hubbs says:

    Because we all need a little levity in these sobering times with energy entanglements, fiat currency, the secret state, ignorant masses, FED jawboning, shipping crunch, chip shortages, COVID and climate disinformation, etc.
    FE, I hope you like it.

  33. StarvingLion says:

    https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/18/how-the-cdc-is-manipulating-data-to-prop-up-vaccine-effectiveness/

    he US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for “Covid19” in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy “vaccines” are effective at preventing the alleged disease.

    They made no secret of this, announcing the policy changes on their website in late April/early May, (though naturally without admitting the fairly obvious motivation behind the change).

    The trick is in their reporting of what they call “breakthrough infections” – that is people who are fully “vaccinated” against Sars-Cov-2 infection, but get infected anyway.

    Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors:

    False-postive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value)
    Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of “Covid case”, used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a “Covid19 case”, even if they never experienced any symptoms.

    Without these two policies, there would never have been an appreciable pandemic at all, and now the CDC has enacted two policy changes which means they no longer apply to vaccinated people.

    Firstly, they are lowering their CT value when testing samples from suspected “breakthrough infections”.

    From the CDC’s instructions for state health authorities on handling “possible breakthrough infections” (uploaded to their website in late April):

    For cases with a known RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) value, submit only specimens with Ct value ≤28 to CDC for sequencing. (Sequencing is not feasible with higher Ct values.)

    Throughout the pandemic, CT values in excess of 35 have been the norm, with labs around the world going into the 40s.

    Essentially labs were running as many cycles as necessary to achieve a positive result, despite experts warning that this was pointless (even Fauci himself said anything over 35 cycles is meaningless).

    But NOW, and only for fully vaccinated people, the CDC will only accept samples achieved from 28 cycles or fewer. That can only be a deliberate decision in order to decrease the number of “breakthrough infections” being officially recorded.

    Secondly, asymptomatic or mild infections will no longer be recorded as “covid cases”.

    That’s right. Even if a sample collected at the low CT value of 28 can be sequenced into the virus alleged to cause Covid19, the CDC will no longer be keeping records of breakthrough infections that don’t result in hospitalisation or death.

    From their website:

    As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance. Previous case counts, which were last updated on April 26, 2021, are available for reference only and will not be updated moving forward.

    Just like that, being asymptomatic – or having only minor symptoms – will no longer count as a “Covid case” but only if you’ve been vaccinated.

    The CDC has put new policies in place which effectively created a tiered system of diagnosis. Meaning, from now on, unvaccinated people will find it much easier to be diagnosed with Covid19 than vaccinated people.

    Consider…

    Person A has not been vaccinated. They test positive for Covid using a PCR test at 40 cycles and, despite having no symptoms, they are officially a “covid case”.

    Person B has been vaccinated. They test positive at 28 cycles, and spend six weeks bedridden with a high fever. Because they never went into a hospital and didn’t die they are NOT a Covid case.

    Person C, who was also vaccinated, did die. After weeks in hospital with a high fever and respiratory problems. Only their positive PCR test was 29 cycles, so they’re not officially a Covid case either.

    The CDC is demonstrating the beauty of having a “disease” that can appear or disappear depending on how you measure it.

    To be clear: If these new policies had been the global approach to “Covid” since December 2019, there would never have been a pandemic at all.

    If you apply them only to the vaccinated, but keep the old rules for the unvaccinated, the only possible result can be that the official records show “Covid” is much more prevalent among the latter than the former.

    This is a policy designed to continuously inflate one number, and systematically minimise the other.

    What is that if not an obvious and deliberate act of deception?

    • Xabier says:

      Just like the great Renewables Future deception…..

    • I saw references to some pieces of this deception before.

      Then there is the strange article in the New England Journal of Medicine which I commented on about before. It seems to show essentially no difference in the propensity of nursing home residents to catch COVID-19 between those with the vaccine and those without. I commented earlier on this in this comment:

      https://ourfiniteworld.com/2021/05/04/how-the-worlds-energy-problem-has-been-hidden/comment-page-11/#comment-295242

      In fact, from the time the study began on February 15, there was never any meaningful difference in the percentages of vaccinated and of unvaccinated residents testing positive for COVID-19, at any of the four testing dates. Furthermore, a similar (high) percentage of both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated residents had asymptomatic infections. The percentage that were without symptoms was about 70%. It was hard to differentiate what was happening apart from a decline in the overall the rate of COVID-19 infections in the surrounding communities. The study was more a Letter to the Editor than what a person would think of as a peer reviewed study.

      This same study is being spun by some as “proof” that vaccines bring down COVID-19 cases in nursing homes in general, among both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This is a Daily Mail article with this belief.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9600909/Unvaccinated-nursing-home-residents-benefit-vaccinated-likely-COVID-19.html

      Nursing home Covid infections fell 93% for vaccinated OR unvaccinated residents after more than 80% had had at least one shot, study finds.

      Where do nursing home COVID-19 cases come from? Is it from other patients, or is it from staff and outside vendors? I thought it was from the latter. Why would a person expect herd immunity to protect nursing home patients, unless the flow of outsiders without vaccines was stopped?

  34. StarvingLion says:

    The Cryptos are COLLAPSING again…

    Bitcoin down 7%

  35. StarvingLion says:

    There is no ‘covid’ vaccine there is only AN EXPERIMENT which uses a variety of processes as a test with placebos and various serums. There cannot be any such real ‘covid’ vaccine until after the trial experiment on humans is complete January 31, 2023.

    In other words THERE IS NO COVID VACCINE.

    This is important to emphasise. The public is being so widely misled to believe it’s a finalized product by the repetition of it being referred to in slang as a ‘covid’ vaccine. It is an emergency use authorization to experiment on people, and this is being done disingenuously, during a fake emergency.

    It is not a vaccine it is one of 3 different injections of various substances with the public not having any idea what they are getting. The true definition of a vaccine in legal descriptions does not include it as an experiment as is being presented to the public.

    The 3 products injected are either,

    1) saline solution
    2) meningitis vaccine that is a licensed product used as a placebo
    3) the actual test product that uses alleged modification of RNA

    For that matter the claims that it modifies RNA as if this is different than previous licensed actual vaccines of other technology is suspect, I suspect any vaccine modifies RNA much like an explosion modifies the RNA of a building. Compare to watching skyscrapers fall after being hit by airplanes on 9/11/2001, we can allege they were harmed by implosion technology or we can allege they were affected by demolition technology or we can allege they fell from explosion technology, the result was the same, they crumbled, they fell down, the RNA of the building affected no matter what variant. I suspect that injections of what is basically all poisons affects RNA and a host of other processes. With this in mind we might stay aware of the next pile of new word games used on us.

    The deceit is mind boggling when you think this through. People think they are getting a ‘covid’ vaccine that will protect them when it could be a meningitis vaccine or saline. If it’s meningitis vaccine as placebo even that is not proper to still call it a vaccine as it’s not for ‘covid’ and neither is a saline injection placebo.

    Of course since no one is liable for anything regarding this EXPERIMENT they just say what ever sells it on the public for MASSIVE FINANCIAL GAINS.

    I think we need to repeat this everywhere constantly, that THERE IS NO COVID VACCINE there is only an experiment with placebos and risky unproven test serums.

  36. Not a surprise: The WSJ reports:

    Food Supply Chains Are Stretched as Americans Head Back to Restaurants
    Shortages of key ingredients and labor are troubling suppliers as refrigerated transportation costs also surge

  37. Yoshua says:

    S&P500 the weekly trend line has been saved.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E16QabiXoAEMG2W?format=jpg&name=large

  38. Mirror on the wall says:

    My my, Harry has got all the headlines today.

    One has to admire his insight, character and resourcefulness to just get out of the entire situation, indeed of the entire country.

    > Harry drops extraordinary ‘truth bomb’ on royals in explosive new Oprah film: Prince accuses Charles of making him ‘suffer’ as a child, The Firm of trying to ‘bully him into silence’ and of ‘total neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal

    > Harry reveals heavily pregnant Meghan told him HOW she was going to kill herself just before they attended concert at Royal Albert Hall – but didn’t because she didn’t want him to lose ‘another woman in my life’

    > Twitter users accuse Harry of being ‘one-trick pony’ who can’t help ‘b*tching about his family’

    > ‘London is a trigger’: Harry tells trauma therapist of his fears about visiting UK – as he lets cameras film him crossing his arms and closing his eyes in footage from EDMR session that has ‘freed him’

    > Harry says he believed his ‘compassionate’ Oprah interview would ‘leave door open to reconciliation’ with his family – and reveals Meghan ‘cried into her pillow’ the night before it aired

    > Harry says he was ‘worried and afraid’ to return to UK for Philip’s funeral but ‘used his coping skills learned in therapy to get through’

    > Harry reveals an argument with then-girlfriend Meghan pushed him to get therapy after he ‘regressed to 12-year-old Harry’ and feared he would lose her

    > Harry claims the royal family tried to SMEAR Meghan before Oprah interview, says The Firm is still ‘trying to control the narrative’ and he has ‘no regrets’ since his ‘speaking his truth’

    > Harry says he took alcohol and drugs to cope with mother’s death and would drink a week’s worth of booze on a Friday night to ‘feel less like he was feeling’

    > ‘It was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’: Harry claims Charles told him he would ‘suffer with the same problems as him’ in mental health doc with Oprah

    > ‘These are conversations that need to be had’: Prince Harry appears in teaser for GMA interview with Orpah Winfrey about their explosive new mental health series

    > Harry says Diana was ‘chased to death while in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white’ and feared ‘history repeating itself’ with Meghan

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

    • Ed says:

      This guy is a jerk, an immature childish jerk. I am surprised how much the English care about this.

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        then there are those who prefer photographic evidence. Harry also has to live with the CT that Charles is his stepfather and James Hewitt is his biological father. Gee, Charles and William look so much alike.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Prince Charles is what happens when your parents and grandparents were first cousins.. and great grand parents were brother and sister.

          I am surprised that he is able to speak.

    • In the US, we miss out on these stories that belong in Soap Operas.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        We are all getting our money’s worth from the ‘royal family’ drama now. Harry and Meghan have really put the humanity back into it.

        The hostility that they continue to receive suggests that they made the right decision. Why would anyone want to put up with that, let alone raise kids here?

      • Thierry says:

        I believed you had the Kardashian? How are they? So long time no hear about them.
        Once upon a time there were BradGelina, too.
        But now with all the energy and resources put into the Covid movie, there is nothing left to build up more dramas. Too bad.

    • Malcopian says:

      So Harry is telling it all in an interview, just like his mother. And Meghan was suicidal, just like his mother. Which one of them will end up being killed in a car crash? Or will it be both?

      I agree that Harry is coming across as immature, but trauma typically prevents maturation until it’s dealt with. Having that shock and exposure at the age of 12, well, I wouldn’t like it, so I can sympathise, to an extent.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        Diana was literally hounded into a car crash. The entire situation was insane. Harry and Meghan made the right decision in my opinion, to just get out of the entire country. The monarchy is not a healthy, sane situation.

        Harry has got the honesty to recognise and admit how damaged he has been, by being raised in that situation. He was in a lifelong situation of trauma, and he simply said, ‘bye to that!’ The couple have my full support to pursue a healthier, happier, freer life on their own terms.

        They are sending a message to everyone that they do not have to put up with abusive, exploitative situations just because of what society expects. This is not the 1950s. His entire life in the monarchy epitomised a redundant societal mentality.

        I suspect that history will look back at this as a pivotal episode in the UK coming to terms with just how insane monarchy is in the modern world. The past is over, and the British establishment needs to come to terms with that. It is time for a republic.

        • Erdles says:

          Harry is a poor little rich boy who wants his mummy!

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            I think that you are being nasty about him because you are exhibiting your herd instinct to attack anyone who does not conform to your idea of how society ought to be structured and the place of persons within that order. It is almost like state loyalty is a substitute for having a human soul. I imagine that there is a person in there somewhere.

    • Xabier says:

      The two princes certainly suffered badly, exacerbated by the unreality of being royal, and not least of all from having an unbalanced mother.

      It’s really very unfortunate that Harry fell into the clutches of Meghan and couldn’t find a decent woman.

      Suggesting that she was thinking of suicide was simply too cruel: an obviously narcissstic manipulator, working on his deepest trauma.

      But at a time when hundreds of millions globally have been thrown into poverty and despair by lock-downs, and have died because deprived of effective treatment, this is all too self-indulgent, and lacking in self-respect and consideration for others.

  39. >Tim Groves says:
    May 21, 2021 at 2:24 am

    What have you got against Hindus? (I ask, knowing that any reply will be as ridiculous as your previous comment.)

    It is ridiculous for British patriots like you.

    In long term, the world would have been much a better place if a storm struck Willem III and his cohorts and make them end up in the bottom of the Ocean.

    All Britain did from 1700 to 1945 was killing more, more and more Europeans.

    And, for a strange reason, it also brought lots and lots of people from India to there.

    What I have got against the Hindus? They are NOT compatible to western civilization, and when they gain enough power, they will make Britain into India – in – the – north- sea , a threat most British patriots are very oblivious to. Some English go berserk about Scotland trying to become independent, while their own neighborhoods are being conquered.

    I see the discussion about what happened at Nanking below. Personally, I think the Roosevelts should have ignored Chiang and his wife and let Japan have most of China. Another balance of power bullshit going wary.

    • Malcopian says:

      Hindus are far more compatible with Western civilisation that the Muslims. The Muslims are far more likely to want to conquer the UK and make us eat ‘halal’ meat, which only adds to the daily Darwinian holocaust of the tortured animal kingdom. We Brits generally do not wake up until 2 minutes to 12, but if the Muslims attempted to conquer us, we’d halal them all before they managed it.

      Generally speaking, Hindus are far kinder (especially to animals) and more liberal-minded than Muslims, which is presumably why the Hindus want them out of India, just as the English wanted that A-H fellow out of Europe last century.

      • My impression has been that Muslims tend to have larger families than Hindus and Christians. This may also be related to the conservative-liberal difference you mention.

        • Malcopian says:

          Muslims and Catholics are encouraged to breed by their Machiavellian leaders, so that they can outnumber their peers and have more influence on society.

          • But Catholics (in the US) don’t really have large families in the US, except perhaps recent immigrants from Mexico. I wouldn’t be surprised if Muslims in the US follow a similar pattern.

            Jews in Israel tend to have large families. They want to keep their numbers up, to exceed the growing Muslim population in Palestine.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            I suspect that there is some truth to that with all religions. The banning of contraception and early abortion seems to be an RCC thing though, other religions do not preach that.

            Ironically, old Catholic countries in Europe, like Italy, Spain, and Ukraine have some of the lowest fertility rates in Europe – around 1.3. Even Ireland is below replacement level now at 1.7.

            It tends to be the society as a whole, and its material, social and ideological conditions, that determine fertility rates. Even so, some sects can and do maintain higher rates, but they tend to be the exceptions.

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          Statistics show that the fertility rate of new citizens, including Muslims, tends to level off with that of the society within a generation or two. Fertility rates in their home countries are also falling to Western levels as they develop economically. The introduction of new workers is an ongoing policy for labour expansion in the face of fertility collapse – the decline of the rate is not reversed through demographic shift.

      • It’s just a matter of subjectivity. The Hindus might be more compatible than the Muslims, but in the end they are not programmed to work on Western environment.

        If the present trends continue, it is likely that the civilization in Great Britain island will turn into a syncretic Anglo-Indian one sometime in this century.

        • Malcopian says:

          Nothing stays the same. Britain is already an Anglo-Saxon-Viking-Jute-Celtic-Norman (and more) mixture. I’m sure that the Brits of future years will be as happy with their identity as the present ones and won’t say, ‘Oh dear, if only!’

          I once knew an Indian on an internet forum. I learned that he’d once worked in London, so when he asked about something once, I messaged him, ‘I’ll have a dekko!’, judging that he would know that London slang. He replied that he had never heard an Englishman use this phrase before, but he understood it immediately, because it came from the Hindi word for ‘to look’ ! Evidently the British soldiers and civil servants had brought the word back during Imperial times!

          As English as I am, I’d prefer a curry over fish and chips (a Portuguese or Italian meal, depending on whom you believe) any time. Thank you, India!

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          3.3% of UK primary school kids are of Indian background, compared to 33.9% who are officially of some minority background (and some others are of Irish background, or other Europeans with British citizenship) – Indian kids are about 10% of ethnic kids.

          https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics

          Tories did a deal with India to allow 3,000 Indians to enter Britain per year, in exchange for India taking back illegals, compared to an overall net influx of about 300,000 per year – so 1% of new incomers on that basis (there may be more).

          UK is headed for a much more complex mish mash than ‘Anglo-Indian’. I am not sure why you single Indians out, maybe it is rhetorical?

      • Bei Dawei says:

        (Sigh) I doubt that your views would survive a friendship with people from these groups. And what’s so terrible about halal food?

        • Malcopian says:

          Halal? Watch some videos of live beasts having their throats cut and dying in utter terror and agony. I’m with Morrissey on that one.

          • Bei Dawei says:

            Uh, how is this worse than factory chicken?

            • Malcopian says:

              Stop being perverse, Bei Dawei. Huge populations need to eat, and factory farming is merely a by-product of Darwinism and the food chain, which unfortunately we mere beasts cannot escape. To this is added the deliberate ritualistic religious horror of halal by the Muslimics, when these days the poor beasts can be stunned painlessly and kept in ignorance of their forthcoming death.

              Muslimics also indulge in clitorodectomy and circumcision and take a glee in cutting, the knife, and sacrifice. Young girls are also forced to marry their cousins. All fact.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Muslimics also indulge in clitorodectomy and circumcision and take a glee in cutting, the knife, and sacrifice.

              You make them sound like the Japanese in Nanking. 🙂

              Female genital mutilation is not a particularly “Muslimic” practice, is it?

              There is nothing about it in the Koran or in the Bible for that matter, yet it is practiced by some Muslim and some Christian communities in Africa and Asia, as will as by some Ethiopian Jews.

              As a White European male and a British one too, and therefore personally responsible for all the ills of the world, as Kulm will attest, I’d rather not voice an opinion on what is or isn’t appropriate behavior for non-Europeans. That would be culturally supremacist of me and the entire Third World would rightly feel they’d been colonized all over again.

  40. Fast Eddy says:

    What cannot continue… can continue…. regardless of the losses…..

    WeWork’s quarterly losses almost quadrupled to $2.1 billion in Q1 (vs. $556 million in net losses in 2020) as the co-working company saw more than 25% of its remaining members finally walk away from their short-term leases. The company was also saddled with hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses tied to “restructuring” its property portfolio.

    Another thing: WeWork’s revenue fell almost 50% from $1.1 billion to $598 million.

    Here’s a breakdown of the key details from the FT report:

    A settlement with ousted co-founder Adam Neumann accounted for about $500 million of the loss.
    WeWork’s quarterly revenues fell almost 50% YoY from $1.1 billion to $598 million and the company lost about 200K customers.

    The number of WeWork “members” fell from 693,000 in March 2020 to 490,000 a year later.
    Restructuring and other related costs ballooned from $56m in the first quarter of 2020 to $494m in the first quarter of 2021.

    The results underscore the extent of the challenge for WeWork, which told prospective investors in March that full-year revenues would climb rapidly from $3.2bn last year to $7bn by 2024.

    Selling, general and administrative expenses almost halved to $274m between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

    Posts associated with opening new offices and running existing ones fell about $160m to $852m in the same period.

    A source inside the company told the FT that it still has $2.2 billion of liquidity left over from the massive liquidity injection from late 2019, when SoftBank stepped in with $6 billion to save the company from bankruptcy.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/weworks-losses-quadrupled-21-billion-q1-latest-threat-planned-spac-offering

  41. Tim Groves says:

    Mike Yeadon talks for half an hour about the Covid narrative, the jabs, the lockdowns, and how we are on the road to hell. You know THEY are lying to you, and in this talk, Mike explores some of the reasons why. You can learn or rehash a lot of basic biology from this guy. Viewing this is like sitting in Mike’s study and listening to him over a cup of coffee.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/9Ci2jK1yFoOd/

    • Tim Groves says:

      At 31 minutes, Mike is saying that if you are over 70 and ill, then the virus that causes Covid-19 is a slightly bigger risk to you than influenza. But if you’re younger than 70 and you don’t have prior illness, then your risk from Covid-19 is going to be lower than that from influenza.

      • Xabier says:

        Poor Dr Yeadon is looking rather strained, I hope all of this does’t make him ill.

        His stand is clearly coming at a cost, which makes him even more admirable – one can see that he doesn’t relish the limelight one little bit.

        It’s an honour to live at a time when men like him will speak up for freedom and intellectual honesty.

        The same cannot be said for the official bodies of the medical profession, which have been supporting this terrible and blatant breach of medical ethics and the Nuremberg Code to the hilt.

        One has no expectation of anything other than sordid behaviour by bankers and politicians, but perhaps a little more integrity could have been hoped for from the medics (with some honourable exceptions we all know).

    • Xabier says:

      And those official lies have now been incontrovertibly proven by the recent revelations about all the extra features on the NHS app – a Western ‘social credit’ system, and the imposition of Totalitarianism can be the only possible reason for including them.

      Only a year ago Dr Yeadon, always reasonable and measured, was saying that he didn’t suspect any globally-co-ordinated plot, so he’s come a long way in his search for the truth of this horrible situation.

      • Student says:

        Just for the news, Mario Draghi today at the Global Health Summit says:

        we must vaccinate the whole world and we must do it quickly

        https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2021/05/21/draghi-dobbiamo-vaccinare-il-mondo-e-farlo-rapidamente_a16b6596-9aea-4833-84d1-b6ee26951582.html

        • Xabier says:

          SO WE ALL FEEL SAFE!

          He’s all heart, Draghi – I’ve always said it……

          • Sam says:

            Why are coal prices and natural gas prices doubling but oil is hovering?

            • Coal and natural gas prices vary greatly around the world. The biggest share of coal and natural gas prices really relates to transport, because both are horribly expensive to transport. Both of these fuels have tended to be much cheaper than oil for quite a few years now. If a country wants to ramp up manufacturing or building new infrastructure, it will use primarily coal and natural gas, not expensive oil.

              Local authorities greatly desire higher coal and natural gas prices, to facilitate extraction. China has been keeping out imports from Australia (and perhaps other places), to raise the price of its coal, so that coal producers can extract the coal and ship it to destinations within China profitably. I don’t have a chart comparing China coal prices with Australia’s right now, but my impression is that China’s coal price is much higher than Australia’s. This is why boats with coal from Australia keep “hanging around” Chinese ports, in the hope that China will buy coal from them. Your price comparisons depend a whole lot on which prices for natural gas and coal you are looking at.

        • Good luck! The virus will have mutated by the time a vaccination round has been completed.

          • NomadicBeer says:

            You mean the virus will have mutated BECAUSE of the leaky vaccination round that is pushed.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Off the top of my head, Vanden Bossche thinks so, but Yeadon remind us that the varients are only two or three percent different from the original, and our innate immune systems (T-cells, etc.) are so good that if we were hit by SARS ten or twenty years ago, we are likely to have full immunity to SARS-Cov2, which differs from SARS by about 20%.

              We really should learn to trust our immune systems more. It’s the thing that makes sure we don’t turn moldy like a week-old loaf of bread.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              I suspect what Yeadon is missing is that for now the variants are not as of yet ‘Devil Covid’ … but that they will ultimately turn deadly…. Bosshy suggests that is imminent … difficult to put a fixed date on it – even The Elders don’t know that.

            • Yorchichan says:

              Tim, Yeadon says the most divergent of the variants is only 0.3% different to the original Wuhan virus, not 2 or 3%.

            • Tim Groves says:

              You are correct, Yorchichan. And it’s a good point. About 0.3%. About the same difference as me wearing a red tie and me wearing a green tie.

              But what he said in this recent talk is that SARS-Cov2 (which included the original Wuhan virus and all the variants that have emerged so far) differs from the original SARS virus (which was identified in 2003) by about 20%. And he said that some people who recovered from the SARS illness have been found to have protective immunity against SARS-Cov2 thanks to having contracted and recovering from the earlier infection.

              If true, this is a very interesting finding. It indicates that immunity to other coronaviruses could be helping many people avoid a bad case of Covid-19.

      • The NHS app is a way to enforce less use of resources, including oil and gas. It comes with an excuse for why it is needed.

        • Tim Groves says:

          Indirectly, possibly. But restricting economic activity it could enforce less use of resources. But that isn’t its primary purpose. Vaccine passports are a form of totalitarian control over people’s behavior. Once that system is up and running and sucks in the majority, freedom, liberty, autonomy, democracy and the right to do what one wants without coercion will be well and truly over.

          Joni Mitchell saw this coming down the pike 36 years ago in one my favorite of her songs:

          “While madmen sit up building bombs / And making laws and bars / They’re gonna slam free choice behind us.”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVp3F9M64g8

          I must admit I can’t hear them, but Don Henley and James Taylor are credited with backing vocals on this one.

        • Xabier says:

          That is certainly one of its purposes, apart from facilitating total political and social control.

          ‘Inessential’ individuals, businesses and sectors will be suppressed and starved, while the favoured ones- which will be selected just as they please by the CB/corporate rulers – will consume as per usual, or even more intensively.

          The universal Digital Identity – which they are trying to impose on us by deceit , through the apps – would never be voted for or chosen by those in full knowledge of their intentions.

        • Sam says:

          I am confused as why we aren’t going to see high oil as back in 2015. At least for a short period. As demand ratchet up. Is it being manipulated because it is the life blood?

          • if they priced oil at $300, users couldn’t afford to use it, and it would stay in the ground

            if they priced oil at $30, producers couldn’t afford to produce it, and it would stay in the ground

            our economic system balances out somewhere between those extremes

            Right now producers and users are pretending that they can afford to exist. (they call it debt)

            makes your brain ache doesn’t it?

          • StarvingLion says:

            Because millions of people are living in homes for FREE because of government edict.

            This BUBBLE is far more susceptible to POPPING because the “SUPPLY” of Homes is being artificially kept OUT of the Market.

            2006 was a standard everyday Bubble popping.

            Today’s Bubble will UNWIND far quicker when the Government unwinds their current idiocy on letting people screw landlords and mortgage holders.

            The Whole Inflation Narrative is being driven by Artificial Shortages making any talk about inflation fake phony and false.

            If there was any real inflation, gold would be going to the moon and interest rates would not be at ZERO.

            • MM says:

              From what I understand we have a crack up boom in big ticket items (housing, wood) which might be followed by a long period of no need for more landlords and buying Big Ticket Items because the people will have to pay off a lot of debt. Then we will see the real price of the black unobtaium.
              Nobody knows if that engine can be kickstarted again by printing money (after a monetary reset? Then start printing again ? You must be joking!)

              One thing is sure: The numbers of the “markets” no longer are “signals”. Trust the shelves!

          • Oil drillers need oil prices of over $120 per barrel. There is no way that they can really go this high.

      • MM says:

        We will see. The “process” is evolving!
        Check out this rant at the market ticker:
        https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=242466

        I must admit: I do not have to drink my beer in your shop due to not having the app. I might buy a can at the next “Hindu 24/7 dustbin” (nothing against Hinus here…) and have it delivered by his clever boy via bike.

        Best Quote of the day:

        God is great
        beer is good and….
        people are stupid

        • This article points out how badly “essential” workers have been treated. Also, folks working in restaurants. It is no wonder that they don’t want to go back to work.

          • Dennis L. says:

            Gail,

            A restaurant depends on its help, poor treatment is not an option, without the help nothing works, the business folds. It is always a team.

            A good friend is a 52 year old mason, his knees, back and hands will not make it much past 55 years, a white male who supported his family, did his job.

            There are not easy jobs for most, working on concrete floors in Menard’s is hard on the feet, etc.

            Why do I think the author needed something to write about and decided he would virtue signal this or that.

            Dennis L.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Towards the end he acknowledges the futility of pushing back… the government is aware of his efforts but they do not care… they just keep him off the MSM and if make sure if he gets any social media traction he’s blocked…

      ‘They’ … they is clearly a very powerful group of people… not only can they control the MSM and social media … they can control every politician and business leader on the planet…(which surely must be like herding cats… yet they have done it…)

      Seems ‘they’ .. are omnipotent.

      Now if they already control politicians, business people, the MSM, social media … and they can convince the vast majority of people that an obvious scam is a threat — and convince them to take a ‘vaccine’ that they do not need…

      Then why would they need to microchip the people? ‘They’ can herd cats… humans are clearly so much easier to control.

      The only control I think they are trying to exert is to use fear to make the people lock themselves in their homes and starve.

      That comes after the Devil Covid arrives… billions are dying … everyone else is living in terror … locked in their homes… starving…

      It’s not an elegant solution .. nor a perfect one… but is far better than living one’s final days part in a global orgy of violence, disease and rape.

      Few people understand the oil angle… and most of those who do refuse to accept that the ONLY decent solution here is to exterminate all humans.

      Mike Yeadon is urging us to push back… even though he acknowledges it is futile.. why is it futile? Because every nation on earth is lead by people who are on board with the extermination plan.

      They have had the oil story explained to them and they know the implications.

      But Mike does not know about the oil issue… so he and others look for other reasons… sinister reasons…

      There is nothing sinister about pre-empting unthinkable suffering… this is an act of kindness… being planned by very powerful, ruthless men .. who do not generally deal in kindness.

      This is kindness Mike. It really is.

      I can explain this a thousand times… but most people will not accept the explanation … it is just too big to digest

      • MM says:

        The question for my stocking list is:
        “For what period of time do they plan to stay in the bunkers”
        It does not really look like they want to go for catablolic collapse by JMG.
        It looks more like “Shoot it up as high as you can and see where the arrow lands”.

        • MM says:

          The answer to this question is easy:
          Always grow enough this year that it will last you until some days into the next growing season.

          But even therefore you must rely on some weather patterns…

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I just finished up some beers with my neighbour who is in the building industry. He was telling me of a house that he worked on (over $35M) — two gay guys from the USA… made their money off of bitcoin…

          They have a bunker 10m underground — they have two walk in fridges 9m x 3.8m …. with encased in over 1m of concrete… they have a massive wine cellar… enormous dry food storage area… large diesel tanks and a generator

          I said great — when the world ends we know where to go… he said ya you ring the door bell then I’ll shoot the first one in the head then when the other ones comes I’ll shoot him… and we’ll start the party!!!

      • Tim Groves says:

        Your CEP idea has a lot going for it. It would certainly be a final solution to humanity’s problems at the twilight of the oil age. But I also think that if “They” could engineer a solution in which “They” survive and rule over a much smaller population, wouldn’t “They” prefer to do that? They” are also under the iron grip of Mr. DNA. I can’t see him agreeing that “They” should destroy themselves if there’s a viable alternative. Mr. DNA wouldn’t mind them wiping out 95% of the the world’s population one bit. He’s a very practical guy in that respect.

        But in any case, to the casual observer at this stage in the project, wiping out 95% of humanity wouldn’t look any different from wiping out 100% of them.

        Also, I have observed that, whatever “They” are doing, “They” like to proceed slowly a step at a time, and then step back and see the results before taking the next step, just like a painter or a sculptor would. The pandemic and the reaction to it is a very big step, possibly because “They” feel squeezed by trends and events, but it is not necessarily the final step in the process. It could be just one more increment, one more milestone on the road to wherever “They” want to take us.

        Isn’t it amazing that over 99 people in a hundred have no comprehension whatever that we are facing a terminal energy shortage? You get it, I get it, Gail gets it, Norman gets it, most of the regulars here get it (or they would be hanging out at Peak Prosperity instead), but outside of OFW, it’s a non-issue. It isn’t something my SUV-driving neighbor has ever considered on his drives to and from the golf course. It would be interesting to hear what Mike Yeadon thinks about energy issues but I don’t expect the question will ever come up. And unless he considers the the energy factor, he’s not going to have much hope of answering the question of “Why are they doing this?”

        • MM says:

          Hey folks, let’s beat our heads as to fight it out if the great reset is a good or a bad idea.

          I bet it is more or less an intelligence test.

          I mean, our environment is so badly damaged that it is quite unclear if some left overs can rescue Mr. DNA because he will at least have to fight Mr. Fuel Ponds.
          I accept that here at OFW we have fractions not accepting global climate problems. Just if we are in an amplifying feedback loop here already (rear mirror?) then our planet could become quite miserable.

          Well, some survived the ice age. Unimaginable today.

          • The fact that humans survived the ice age was a surprise to me when I figured it out. Has the knowledge level of humans gone so far downhill today that we could not survive an upswing in climate temperatures? It seems unlikely. People with skills can migrate anywhere.

            • MM says:

              Everything that is the most easy to carry with you is in your head!
              Humans lived on spoken traditions for a long time…

        • Xabier says:

          They are investing huge sums in data harvesting and control systems, enabled by 5G, so that in itself suggests the aim is a reduced but still quite substantial population level remaining after this initial sweep of Covid and lock-downs.

          It also implies that they don’t intend that most of the vaccinated will drop dead even in the mid-term – think of all the valuable technicians who would be lost!

          But they do want everyone fearful and digitally shackled asap.

          And, perhaps, sterilised without realising it, with accelerated cancers, and so on.

          Planned prolonged malnutrition for selected groups, if not mass starvation, will no doubt feature at some stage.

        • Xabier says:

          Even those who comprehend the energy/resource crisis often fail to make the connection with the Pandemic measures.

          It’s simply too hard to face it – the greatest advantage the deceivers have over us.

          • the energy/resources crisis was inevitable from the moment we started burning fossil fuels in quantity and stopped linking human growth to the speed of tree growth

            fossil fuels forced humans/animals to crowd unnaturally closer and closer together, and strip animals natural habitat In search of more space, which unbalanced the global environment

            that put microbial life under threat in places where they exist in harmony with nature

            which released them to attack us (the intruders) in self defence

            This is where pandemics come from. Most virulent diseases are zoonotic.

            viruses try one form, we defend against it so they evolve to another form. (that is happening right now)

            right now the latest form has derailed our planet-scaled polluting systems, and cut back on or energy usage. They keep on evolving. They do this as a form of self preservation. Maybe humankind is ‘infected’ with the notion that we can go on growing and prospering with BAU forever.

            That level of craziness is only a few centuries old, and guarantees our self destruction. Where did that come from? No other animal is infected with it.

            There is no ‘grand plan’ on a human scale. No ‘deceivers’ out to get anyone.

            humans do not possess the means to put something like that into action on a world scale–though the silliness of the idea persists.
            It is perversely comforting to imagine that somewhere a cabal of sinister humans is plotting to subdue the world—or something—rather than it being just the result of collective stupidity and greed.

            though there could be a ‘grand plan’ on a global scale, to enable the planet to save itself from our predations.

            Every species carries its own level of intellect in ways we cannot begin to understand.

            it would be a mistake to put human intellect at the top of the pile

            • MM says:

              “We can grow our way out of the problems created by growth”

              Dostoevsky:
              It was not you that ate the idea, it was the idea that ate you.

              My idea of it is that it is very very difficult to rid of stupid ideas.
              Let’s say green hydrogen.
              It is a good idea in principle but if you apply some calcuus to it, you find out that maybe not.
              But If the Chinese did it? Should we not just be faster?!

              Well there exist so many strange ideas in the heads of the people and from my point of view there is not enough tmie left to rid us of them besides learning the hard way.

              That is how we are programmed.
              Some people will make it through, others won’t. That is the great all miracle of evolution.
              What I am really sorry about is that a lot of species will be gone.
              Zach Bush claims, evolution will put out some new species soon after humans leave some space. Nobody knows that…

              It is also questionable if I enjoyed my life, if we were all angels, hehe…

              Strange world we live in!

            • Tim Groves says:

              Thanks Norman. I respect your view, including on the absence of a ‘grand plan’. I think it’s debatable the extent to which rulers rule and controllers control the whole system.

              Also, I realize that some of us have a need to see (usually malign) hands behind the curtain. This doesn’t prove that such hands exist.

              I ask nobody in particular; What tests could we do to try to find out the answer to this question?

            • ah Tim

              I don’t think there can really be a question

              because one cannot disprove a negative—‘

              ‘that the cabal of evil plotters does not exist’

              whatever argument is presented to this end—the ‘believers’ will inevitably ‘believe’—with the certainty that the ‘hidden rulers’ are controlling the minds of everyone, with the express purpose of hiding the fact that they exist at all.

              just like this Q Anon rubbish—‘It manifests itself through the actions of those who seek to advance its agenda,’
              otherwise remaining ‘secret’ to protect itself against those who seek the ‘opposite’.

              It therefore self perpetuates its own insanity through the visible ‘normality’ (i.e. bonkers) actions of palpably unhinged people like Margery Taylor Greene and the nutters who used to stand around the Don laying hands on him. (whatever happened to Paula White?).

              Who promotes it all by accusing ‘outsiders’ (i.e. you and me) of every heinous crime she can think of—against which QAnon is the only line of defence. (if you disagree–you must be one of ‘them’)

              (that hurts my brain too)

              Its all part of the same thought-pattern, dreamt up by people with access to social media, and having vacant brain space and nothing worthwhile to fill it with.

              They have a dangerous fondness for seeing their own words in e-print, flashed around the world and agreed with by people who in normal circumstances wouldn’t give them time of day.

              in other words–that 15 minutes of fame thing

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Who is behind this plot?

              https://youtu.be/bdQHKf48Mfw?t=1922

            • I don’t think self-organizing systems have hands behind the curtain pulling the strings. There are many competing interests, each attempting to pull the strings in their own direction. The laws of physics determine which (if any) of the competing interests, win out. The oligarchs have some of the strings, and they certainly would like to win. But, there is no assurance that they will.

            • always comforting to think that it’s ‘someone else’s fault’ but ultimately they have as much power as the wizard of oz

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Try to get Mike Yeadon an interview on any MSM outlet.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!!!!

    • Fast Eddy says:

      And the national attire…

      https://youtu.be/k2cbjeeMR8Y?t=35

  42. Wearable “Solutions” and the Internet of Incarceration

    A new push is underway to sell wearable devices and sensors as the solution to the opioid and prison crises in the US. However, this “solution” is set to come at a major cost to civil liberties and human freedom in general.

    The World Economic Forum and Wearables

    On paper, the World Economic Forum (WEF, also known as the International Organization for Public Private Cooperation) is an NGO and think tank “committed to improving the state of the world.” In reality, it’s an international network of some of the wealthiest and most powerful people on Earth. The organization is best known for its annual gathering of the (mostly white, European and North American) ruling class. Each year hedge fund managers, bankers, CEOs, media representatives and heads of state gather in Davos to “shape global, regional and industry agendas.” As Foreign Affairs once put it, “the WEF has no formal authority, but it has become a major forum for elites to discuss policy ideas and priorities.”

    In 2017, WEF Founder Klaus Schwab put out a book called “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The WEF uses the term Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to denote the current “technological revolution” that is changing the way people “live, work, and relate to one another,” and with implications “unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” The 4IR is characterized by new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, and the “internet of things,” which essentially denotes embedding things with sensors – including human bodies in the form of wearables.
    https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/05/investigative-reports/wearable-solutions-and-the-internet-of-incarceration/

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      the WEF was formed in 1971. If they are so all wise and powerful, why did they wait almost 50 years to begin the Great Reset? Did they just never foresee that the world would need a future reset? Why did they wait until years after the first Global Finanacia Crisis? What took them so long? Are they just stooooopid moreons?

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        just kidding Klaus, just kidding.

      • Xabier says:

        The answer is straightforward: back then, the fantasy debt economy based on fossil fuels still had a long way to run – decades! – and the technologies for this kind of full-spectrum domination were not in existence, although in many cases were foreseen.

        Now, the culmination of the great financial/energy/resource crisis is imminent , and the technologies – infiltrated into our daily lives as ‘convenient and fun’ over the last 20 years – and trusted people (Biden, Jacinda, Boris,Macron, Draghi, etc) fully signed up to the plan, are all in place and ready to go to the next stage.

        Just as, on a lesser scale, D-Day in WW2 was about 3 years in planning and training, and only launched when meteorological conditions permitted.

        It’s party time for the great financiers, central bankers, intelligence agencies Techno-loonies and Eugenicist freaks of Nazism 2.0 in a way that simply wasn’t possible before – besides, they were still engaged milking the old system to the last drop.

        It’s also now a zero-sum game: they can do it now and win control of all remaining resources and people, or watch it all crumble around them, taking their power with it.

        • Artleads says:

          The trouble is I don’t know where to post this and not get polloried. Facebook is rapidly shutting down such content.

          • NomadicBeer says:

            Why do you need to post anything? I am asking as someone that has the same urge to share and help friends and family.

            In my case everybody ignored me and a couple called me QAnon.

            I am trying to come to terms with the fact that free will does not exist, people are not rational and only long after the crisis some people even accept their mistakes.

            CJ Hopkins compares the germans accepting their mistakes because they lost with the populations of other empires (UK, US) never even thinking about it because they have won (for now).

            If we are still alive in 10 years, I expect some former friends and family might admit when pressed that “mistakes were made”.

            Until then, I am reading history – they are all dead so it’s easier to communicate with them.

    • Who put this together? What does it purport to show?

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        I would question this also. World average IQ of 88 might be correct, and some data suggests that lower persons have more children than higher persons, so the trend lower seems reasonable. But, with IC surely collapsing well before 2100, what will that do to the trend?

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        The graphic seems to have originated in a 2014 Daily Mail article, and it has been altered with the addition of the ‘you are here’ thing.

        The argument is that the Flynn effect, whereby IQ score rises with better education and social conditions, has masked a decline in genetic, general intelligence (g factor) that is now reflected in falling IQ scores in the West.

        We have discussed it before, with better materials. Education improves this or that cognitive skill, it does not improve cognitive performance as whole, which seems to be genetic.

        In my experience, all people seem to be comfortable with their cognitive performance. Modern society is not really that demanding?

        The graphic originated here:

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2730791/Are-STUPID-Britons-people-IQ-decline.html

        …. Now some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries – and that IQ scores are not just levelling out, but declining.

        Scientists including Dr Flynn think better education can reverse the trend and point out the perceived decline could just be a blip. However, other scientists are not so optimistic.

        Some believe the Flynn effect has masked a decline in the genetic basis for intelligence, so that while more people have been reaching their full potential, that potential itself has been declining.

        Some have even contentiously said this could be because educated people are deciding to have fewer children, so that subsequent generations are largely made up of less intelligent people.

        …. Jan te Nijenhuis, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam, says Westerners have lost an average of 14 IQ points since the Victoria Era….

  43. Survey Shows Half Of Non-Mask Wearers Will “Definitely Not” Consent To Being Vaccinated

    This looks like bad news for the CDC and the Biden Administration, which are desperate to entice more Americans to get vaccinated before international pressure forces the president to give away the entire US stock of vaccines (Biden announced yesterday that the US would send 20MM doses of vaccine that are authorized for emergency use in the US abroad for the first time as pressure from the international community grows).

    A recent survey found that half of Americans who don’t wear masks say they “definitely won’t” get vaccinated, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.Half of non-mask wearers said they would “definitely not” get vaccinated, according to a survey taken the week of March 15.

    By comparison, the data, which was leaked to Bloomberg, found that 13% of those who wear a mask some of the time or never said they had gotten vaccinated, while 34% of those who do wear masks all or most of the time said they had been vaccinated. Half of non-mask wearers said they would “definitely not” get vaccinated, versus 7% of those who wear masks regularly.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/survey-shows-half-non-mask-wearers-will-definitely-not-consent-being-vaccinated

  44. Mirror on the wall says:

    Monarchy is rapidly losing support in UK, with around 50% of the under-50s turning their backs on it. At this rate, it will be gone in a decade – likely before the next pretender steps up.

    Nearly all countries in Europe and the world are republics, and they manage to function just fine without medieval superstition and pomp. Don’t worry, the stars will not all fall down on us.

    > Young Britons turn back on monarchy

    The long term future of the Royal Family could be in doubt, according to the latest polling trends.

    A YouGov survey has found almost half of 18-24 year olds are in favour of a democratically elected head of state, rather than a monarchy. The poll found 41 percent of young Britons would prefer to remove the King or Queen in the future for a representative voted in by public. Less than a third of respondents, 31 percent, said they supported the monarchy.

    The YouGov survey has been running for the past two years and found support for an elected head of state has risen by 15 percent since 2019.

    The majority of people aged 25 to 49 are in favour of retaining a sovereign as head of state. More than half (53 percent) said they want to keep the monarchy as it is, but this is down five percent from 58 percent in 2019.

    The Royal Family has been rocked by a number of controversies in recent years.

    Prince Andrew quit royal duties following a disastrous interview over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.

    Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their senior roles within the Royal Family to live in the US.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also took part in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March and made a number of widespread accusations against the royal institution.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1439107/Queen-news-royal-family-latest-monarchy-head-of-state-yougov-poll

    • Rodster says:

      I’ve viewed the British Royal Family as the Kardashian’s with some class. The biggest problem for the Royals is that we are living in a “have vs have nots” world. It’s the privileged vs the commoners. As long as there was enough to go around people for the most part didn’t care. That’s no longer the case especially after the authoritarian lockdowns by Boris Johnson. People lives and businesses have been ruined all the while Boris is eating and sleeping well at Number 10.

    • Malcopian says:

      Was quite funny to see the SNP MP Ian Blackford and wee Nicola paying their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh after he died. Those two numpties (as the Scots would say) were fooled by his title, but in fact he was born in Greece to a Danish family, thought of himself as Scandinavian, and was not at all Scottish. He apparently thought all Scots were addicted to the booze. Lol !

      But he was enough of a Quisling that he wore the kilt to appease them, the big pansy that he was.

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