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. Fast Eddy says:

    This is good

    Love this hahaha

    Conviction for vandalism in parking dispute
    In July 2009, Sibrel, who at the time was working as a Nashville taxicab driver, was charged with vandalism when he jumped up and down on the hood of a car owned by a woman with whom he was having a parking dispute. Court documents show he was arrested after the driver refused to pull out of a parking space he wanted. The arresting officer wrote, “A few moments later the parking space in front of the victim opened up and Sibrel drove into it and parked.” Sibrel “then walked up to the victim’s car and jumped onto the hood, and then jumped up and down several times.” The report says he caused US$1,431.33 worth of damage, after which Sibrel pleaded guilty to vandalism and was placed on probation.[14]

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “indisputable evidence” that he is a nnutt.

    • I had to read the wikipedia article to figure out that Bart Sibrel is one of the people who has advanced the theory that the moon landing was fake.

      • Bei Dawei says:

        Oh, so *that’s* why we’re reading about this. I was wondering why some parking dispute was suddenly as important as all those macro stories about economic collapse, starvation, etc.

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          the parking story illuminates how much of a nnutter that guy really is.

          • Bei Dawei says:

            Hardly an unusual quality!

          • Tim Groves says:

            Whereas the second guy who they claim walked on the moon slugged a young man on the jaw who asked him to swear he’d done so on the Bible.

            And told a young girl who asked why we didn’t go back to the moon, “I want to know, but I think I know – because we didn’t go there – that’s the way it happened.”

            • Kowalainen says:

              Can you feel it Tim? The whiff of it?

              *snif, snif*



            • Fast Eddy says:

              This film has the entire leaked film from NASA + a very clear explanation of how they faked the view of Earth from the window… it’s around 3/4 of the way in….

              That is what he showed to Buzz in that other doco… if you watch the entire clip here you will see why Buzz and the others got so angry … there is no talking your way out of that — they are caught — RED HANDED.

              I love discovering proof… I love being right…I love rubbing it in … I love saying ‘I told you so’…

              DuncNorm… why are you both silent???? Shall we turn to 911 next???

              Do I need to tie you guys down and slice your eyelids off so you have no choice but to WATCH THIS????


            • Weeks ago I walked away, when ‘conspiracies r us’ was in full swing. It was obvious that the more one tried to ‘discuss’ such silliness, the more ‘certainties’ were provided to heat this conspiratorium.

              I looked in today for the first time since then—-and whaddya know?–the same conspiracists are still at it, still trying to inflict idiocy on everyone who can be persuaded to listen.

              I was honestly coming to believe that if I stopped trying to put over a modicum of common sense, the conspiracists would have no focus, and just fade away— and discussion could take on a relevance to affairs that actually mattered.

              (just like it used to)

              But no—The old barstool philosopher is still at it, a pint glass in one hand, the other hand pointing the finger of righteous certainty at an embarrassed audience, (the ones who didn’t make it to the door in time) is still at it.

              The moon, 9/11 covid and the rest. The video of someone who actually went to the moon obviously embarrassed at having to deal with the idiot and his bible, trying to walk away–just as I did. Knowing full well that if he did the bible swearing foolishness, it would only increase the certainty of the clown following him around.

              And that video is offered as ‘proof?’ I felt embarrassed on his behalf. I felt embarrassed that anyone could show such a video at all.

              By not doing so, made it even more ‘certain’.

              The same clown in here determined that only he ‘knows’. The shouting in caps. A sure sign of un-knowing.

              They are the same person (s). I seem to recall a ‘comment count’ was done in OFW a while back– 25% of all comments came from one individual. (I need mention no names. That is not my way.)

              The video was a cameo of the tiresome exchange of what passes for ‘certainty’ for a select band of commenters here.. (and they are just very few I hasten to add)

              But hundreds of comments, when analysed, come from that few who can find no other audience. Again—just like the clown in the video waving his bible.

              He has no other audience. He is obviously someone who has to go and look for people to yell at. (in caps of course)

              Now why d’you think that is?

              As I pointed out some time ago–there were almost no ‘conspiracies’ flying about until every armchair philosopher got hold of a device that would broadcast any level of foolishness to anybody daft enough to nod and cheer in agreement

            • Anthony says:

              “Why is it that otherwise perfectly intelligent, thoughtful and rationally minded people baulk at the suggestion that sociopaths are conspiring to manipulate and deceive them? And why will they defend this ill-founded position with such vehemence?

              History catalogues the machinations of liars, thieves, bullies and narcissists and their devastating effects. In modern times too, evidence of corruption and extraordinary deceptions abound. We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely display utter contempt for moral norms – that corruption surrounds us.”


            • Fast Eddy says:

              Don’t mind Norm… he’s an irrelevant bitter old has been… they’ll soon be coming for him with a straight jacket…

            • Fast Eddy says:

              He’s BACK!

              Yadda yadda yadda … can you follow up with some more on how everything is dependent on cheap energy? It’s been so long that we have all forgot how that all works…

              Alas… unlike you … Fast Eddy and Friends is unveiling new epiphanies by the week …. have you watched this?

              It is a Most Magnificent Find! The Greatest Find in the History of OFW.


              Even a slightly mentally re t ar ded 12 year old could watch that and understand that there is no way in hell we have been to the moon…

              Surely you will want to test yourself and watch — to see if you are more intelligent than that!

  2. Rodster says:

    Japan could be in serious trouble if the Tokyo Olympics don’t go thru as planned. They have seen a rise in Covid cases which could scare away participants in two months time. They have probably invested billions getting ready for the upcoming Olympics.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Oh how I wish the online bookmakers would take bets on Covid related issues…

      I’d have money on the Olympics getting ‘delayed’ again (cancelled actually)

    • I would expect that quite a bit of the money for getting ready has been borrowed. It will be harder to repay it without ticket sales.

  3. Fast Eddy says:

    Look what else I found…

    Interesting … huge numbers of Americans do not believe the official narratives of JFK’s death or 911…. yet it does not matter…. loads do not believe have been to the moon … but what does that matter?

  4. Fast Eddy says:

    This is absolutely PRICELESS!!!

    I’ve forwarded to the punchline … indisputable evidence that moon landing was faked:

    • Bei Dawei says:


      I don’t think that word means what you think it means…

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        Foil Eddie also misunderstands the word “evidence”.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          This is absolute evidence

          • Kowalainen says:

            Clearly not the sharpest knives in the box.

            Did I hear correctly one muppet call for the other muppets in CIA to wax the obnoxious interviewer?

            Let me inform you how this works:

            1. God
            2. Me

            MUPPETS ALL THE WAY DOWN! W007!

            However, I’m not sure about the absolute wisdom and relative intelligence to wattage ratio compared with god. But hey, expect some more obnoxious comedy and drama until we settle this little heartfelt and loving dispute. In the mean time; why do we launch so few rockets into orbit? Didn’t I say at last 10 launches a day?


            • Fast Eddy says:

              Yes I believe that is the astronaut’s son…

              Sibrel conducts these interviews in a very clever way … he gets the astronauts to answer very specific questions — of course when they are all lying glaring inconsistencies will emerge… and then he goes from friendly interviewer to gentle challenger….

              Then he drops the BOMB… the leaked video from NASA that shows them receiving instructions from a director to ‘talk’… then the grade 3 effort of trying to make the earth look like it’s far away by filming it through a window from a few metres away…. then the other astronaut gives it away by intruding on the picture clearly showing they are NOT filming close up to the window as they claim to be…

              And the astronauts react as they would if shown a video of them getting a filthy lap dance from a hostess in a strip club… with threats of violence… and ‘you better not make this public’

              Hahahahahahaha…. Well Done Bart Sibrel!!!!

              I get to go to my grave with indisputable proof that the moon landings were faked. We can all die happy now!

              Sooooo… DuncNorm….. now that this hoax is out in the open … can you please explain to me why the entire MSM is ignoring Bart Sibrel’s very interesting documentary?

              Who or what has the power to cover this up?

              That is a hell of a lot of power — no?

              Might it be the same people who are behind the CEP???? And 911… and JFK….

              “I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire, … The man that controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire. And I control the money supply.” Nathan Rothschild

              “Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws. … Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.” — Mackenzie King, Canadian Prime Minister 1935-1948.

              “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” – Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence

              “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” ― Woodrow Wilson

              “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays – Propaganda

      • Robert Firth says:

        Bei Dawei, if you think like that you will never become a conspiracy theorist. Six astronauts refused to swear on the bible; therefore, the moon landings were faked. One astronaut did swear on the bible; therefore, the moon landings were faked. QED.

  5. MM says:

    Gail, I hope I may just copy the very headline of this article

    How the World’s Energy Problem Has Been Hidden

    with a gem from “those Germans!”:

    It is not exactly Fast Eddy’s favourite direction (cough) but somewhat similar .
    Notice that this happened around 1976.
    For the fast ladies and gentlemen here, may I be allowed to put out a small spoiler:

    “The partners as well as the BMFT also had political motives connected with the project. Günther Klätte, management board member of RWE, stated during a general business meeting: “We require Growian [in the general sense of large wind turbines] as a proof of failure of concept”, and he noted that “the Growian is a kind of pedagogical tool to convert the anti-nuclear energy crowd to the true faith”.[6] ”

    I am not advocating for spent fuel ponds here….

    • I don’t think I have ever heard of Growian before. The Wikipedia link says,

      Growian is regarded as one of the largest failures in the history of wind power and was unable to fulfill any of the expectations riding on its conception. What few insights were gained found little application in wind turbine construction. Some lessons were however learned from conceptional mistakes made in its construction, e.g., the futility of trying to reach profitable installation sizes without taking intermediate steps.

      It really is necessary to take baby-sized steps in developing a new technology. Even at that, deciding whether the cost is low enough is not obvious. Wind has always received the benefit of “going first.” As such, it simply replaces “fuel,” not the full electrical generating system. Its cost needs to be compared to the price of natural gas or coal. (something like 2 cents per kWh)

    • Kowalainen says:

      I guess the spent fuel ponds is a predicament already, so why not go full bore with nukes?

      Eke out another half a century of a wobbly plateau. If that fails, well. It’s never too late to give up and call it a day for mankind’s ambitions.

      Perhaps failure is inevitable given the condition of a rapacious primate species. Let’s be realistic and shove our blunt noses, myopic eyes and dullard minds into the workings and intricacies of Mother Earth and evolution. A good start would be to simply asking what mindless process entails.

      No hard feelings against children from the trees. It is what it is. Rapacious primate shenanigans. Now be gone.

      *poof* *gone*

  6. Mirror on the wall says:

    Results are still coming in – most will today, some tomorrow. It could still go either way, so it is edge of the seat stuff in Scotland. A pro-indy majority seems likely, whether SNP alone gets an overall or not.

    > The result means the SNP are now half way to their target of winning six marginal constituency seats in order to get to 65 seats

  7. Azure Kingfisher says:

    Will COVID-19 have an impact on life insurance requirements in the long term?

    “It’s too early to know for certain. Some recovered patients are said to have suffered lasting lung damage, but medical professionals will need more time to assess the true long-term impact of the coronavirus. If there are lasting consequences, life insurers may incorporate that information into their underwriting standards, which could affect the cost of coverage for COVID-19 survivors.

    “According to some researchers, it’s also possible that COVID-19 could last beyond the current pandemic and join the established family of respiratory illnesses that we deal with every season. Depending on how quickly and effectively new treatments and vaccines are developed, the threat of a recurring COVID-19 season might mean higher costs in life insurance.”

    Gail, do you have any insight into the life insurance situation with regard to COVID-19?
    Given that there have been supposedly 577,041 deaths due to COVID-19 in the US (see CDC COVID Data Tracker), would it not then make sense to see life insurance policy changes by now?

    • A few thoughts:

      Life insurance companies sell both “Life Insurance” (which pays if you die) and Annuities (which pay if you live). Annuities are sold mostly to retirement age people, so that they won’t outlive their assets. Life insurance is mostly sold to working age people. Of course, there are some “burial policies” that are sold to anyone at a high price.

      Most of the people who have died of COVID-19 have been age 60+. (Actually, they have been mostly over 80 years old.) Thus, the part of the policies that are mostly affected are annuity policies. Having annuity-holders die off early is great news to life insurance companies. It probably is helping Social Security and pension plans as well. People tend to overlook this “benefit” of the epidemic.

      I would expect most “term” life insurance policy holders are between 30 and 50. Term life policies are bought to protect policy holders when they have a family to support. “Whole life policies” are sort of an enforced savings plan with a tax avoidance feature. I suppose those policyholders might be older. (I haven’t really worked in life insurance. I worked in property/casualty insurance instead.) I don’t really know the distribution of these policyholders. Interest earnings are more important the number deaths, I would expect on the whole life policies. I doubt that they would raise rates for one year of higher deaths. To the extent that these companies are able to invest in the stock market, they are probably overjoyed with the current situation.

      Deaths are likely not that much higher anyhow, because people buying life insurance policies tend to be relatively well off financially. They are not the taxi drivers, meat packing plant workers, and other people placed in harms’ way.

      I should add that life insurance companies often sell long-term disability policies. These policies provide coverage for income loss when a person is out of work for a long time because of illness. These could be affected by long term COVID-19 claims. It would be too soon to evaluate this, I expect. I would expect a bad economy might be just as important. (Is the person out because they are sick, or because there really is not a job to go back to?)

      Coverage for health insurance is mostly on a year-by-year basis. It includes both higher costs for more COVID-19 patients and lower costs because of all of the patients scared away. It is my understanding that total health care costs are down. If nothing else, a Zoom call to your doctor is cheaper than an in-office visit. (No need for all of the support staff.) Also, in the US, health insurance policies cannot surcharge/deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, so having “long-COVID” symptoms would not be a reason a company could charge a policyholder more.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        Very interesting, Gail; especially your take on the annuity situation and it’s possible relieving effect on Social Security and pension plans.

      • The thing is, in a number of countries the average age of dying “with Covid” seems to be the same as the average age of death, if not higher.

        the average age of people dying in England and Wales from Covid-19 is 82.4. This is slightly higher than deaths caused by other illnesses, which has a median age of 81.5.
        (link chosen at random; no particular endorsement of this news source)

        That pretty much scotches the “pandemic” definition as far as I am concerned, but clearly smarter people than I think it’s a deadly menace.

    • Saudi Arabia reportedly owes billions of dollars to some of the largest construction companies in the world in unpaid bills for work completed on the Riyadh metro project, which is key to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to modernise the Kingdom.

      Several global firms, including the US-based Bechtel Corp, have said that they are pursuing billions of dollars in unpaid bills, according to five people familiar with the matter cited in Al Jazeera.

      This is related to the price of oil being too low for oil exporters. They are not collecting enough tax revenue to pay their bills.

    • cassandraclub says:

      Saudi’s can’t print dollars themselves, only the FED can.
      And if they raise the oilprice above $80, no one will buy the their oil.

      lower oilprice + lower oilproduction => end of the petrodollar

    • Fast Eddy says:

      yet another symptom of peaked oil

  8. Yoshua says:

    The Wuhan lab was the only one who had the RatG13 bat virus. By adding a gene sequence to its spike protein it turned infectious for humans. People from Wuhan were allowed to travel abroad, while Hubei province was isolated from the rest of China. China created a bioweapon and spread it into the world.

    Now the Chinese Communist Party is mocking India as people are dying from Covid.

    The collapse is happening right in front of our eyes.

  9. Nate says:

    Twitter: Apparently breathing oxygen is now considered a reward for the students of this charter school in Lakeland FL.

    • John R. says:

      Luckily, my wife and I had the intelligence to take Al Bartlett’s exponential function seriously. There will be no suffering babies coming from us.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Welcome to the Non Breeder Club! How Green is My Valley!!!

        Hey Norm — did you get to the part where they fake the shot of the Earth through the window trying to make it appear as if they were orbiting the moon looking back at a tiny globe hahahahahahahahaha

        David — have you seen the interview with james van allen where he shows how the radiation readings are high enough to fry the brain of even the thickest skull dunce?

        • Bella888 says:

          Congratulations on your non-breeding choice, Fast Eddy! I thought John R. and I were the only ones here who had made that decision.

          I’m not a fan of suffering, so it is always a very good thing to prevent it. This Twitter entry sickens me:

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Some issues with children…

            I generally do not like them… they are just a small stooopider version of adults… and as we all know most adults are very very very stooopid….

            Look at all these people attacking FE here because he dares to prove to them the moon landings are FAKE. Hahahahahaha…. If they are that stooopid then can you imagine what their children are like?????

            And then there is that selfish thing … why bother to bring something into a world like this? Because it brings you joy? WTF?????

            There are the enormous costs – both in terms of money but also time — most people dedicate their lives to their runts… forgoing travel (travel with a child — hahahaha) nights out with friends and so on.. All for what? Odds are the runts will appreciate the sacrifices… and often they dump you in a home for the aged and reluctantly visit once a month (secretly hoping covid takes you!)

            For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would choose to have a child over a dog….

            Dogs are wonderful friends… they are also very soft and low maintenance… in fact our dog jumps up into our bed at night when she feels cold.. so she was there this morning … its raining so she had not interest in going outside… and I said to M Fast … remember when we took her from the abandoned dog centre… she was jumping up and down shouting ‘pick me pick me’…. and she has not lost her ardour for us after 8+ years….

            If she were a child she’d be screeching and crying for attention … or she’d be watching the TV or playing on social media and asking Alexa questions about Justin Bieber…

            Like I said… who in their right mind chooses a child over a dog…

  10. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The world risks “running out of copper” amid growing demand for the metal, paving the way for a spike in prices just as the global economic reopening gets under way, according to commodity strategists at Bank of America.

    “Inventories, measured in metric tons, now stand at levels seen 15 years ago, “implying that stocks cover just 3.3 weeks of demand…””

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Copper futures were trading at a new record Friday, as the global economic recovery and the popularity of electric vehicles spurs demand for the red metal.

      “July copper HG00, 1.96% HGN21, 1.97% was up 2.4% at $4.713 a pound on Friday and set for a weekly gain of 5.5%, which would represent the fifth straight weekly rise.”

      • Tango Oscar says:

        This is incredibly worrying. Less than a month of copper inventories remain means higher prices and is like gasoline on a fire for inflation. All commodities and foodstuffs are massively increasing in prices and it’s not like the money printing is about to stop. Scary stuff.

        • Harry McGibbs says:

          “Fed officials want to ensure investors and the U.S. public are not alarmed by higher inflation readings in the coming months as the economy reopens… They are playing down the risk of economic overheating that has been raised by critics of President Joe Biden’s ambitious spending plans.”

          “National Economic Council Director Brian Deese has shown a keen interest in how White House officials are talking about inflation, worried about sending any signals the administration is overly concerned about it.”

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Turning and turning in the widening gyre
          The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
          Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
          Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
          The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
          The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
          The best lack all conviction, while the worst
          Are full of passionate intensity.

          Surely some revelation is at hand….

          Thing of the immensity of what we are about to face… 8 Billion people are about to be exterminated…. this is the defining moment of history … it is unthinkable… unspeakable…

          Most have not the slightest clue of the storm that is brewing … or if they do they believe it will pass…

          What are the odds of being alive at this time and witnessing the end of civilization…. in fact we may be about to witness the end of the Earth itself… one has to wonder if 4000 spent fuel ponds will turn the planet into a hunk of barren rock… if you mess up the ecosystem on that scale who knows what happens…

          We’ve won the Doomsday Lottery!!!

          Can you feel the beast? He’s so damn close now … so very close….

    • Chili was one of the countries with a lot of demonstrations when copper prices were low, because the low prices were adversely affecting tax revenue and wages. I suppose higher prices (essentially related back to the many stimulus projects) are helpful to Chili and other countries extracting the copper. The earlier prices were way too low.

      Electricity tends to use lots of copper. Any plans for more electricity cause problems. The article says,

      ““Everyone is running very fast toward an EV future,” Papic said in a phone interview Monday. “Copper is needed everywhere. It conducts electricity.””

      Except there really isn’t enough copper easily available for all of these uses.

  11. This is amazing work. An Instagram user has gone into a waxxination centre and literally TAKEN his Waxxine. He walked straight out with the vile, is getting it tested.

    • Please greatly reduce the twitter links. They rarely have anything useful to say.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        That’s an excellent video – it’s of a guy walking into a vaccine centre with a mask … asking to look at that vaccine vial… tossing his mask at the counter lady — and walking out with the vial saying he is going to test it to see what it is…. Hilarious stuff!!!

        More videos like this … fabulous stuff!!!

    • No information on package insert.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        If a person is vaccinated against COVID-19, will they still be able to spread the virus to susceptible people?

        An ideal vaccine stops everyone from carrying and passing on the infection as well as protecting them from becoming seriously ill. It is currently unclear whether COVID vaccines only protect against symptomatic and severe disease, or if they can also stop all infection, including asymptomatic infection (i.e. showing no symptoms). If the vaccine is only able to stop the symptoms of the disease, but unable to stop the virus from infecting us and reproducing, then the virus may still be able to be spread.

        This WAS on the NZ Ministry of Health website for Covid… but now it’s not…

        How amazing … they remove this and they put blank info into the covid boxes… and STILL the cattle do not sense the wolf….

  12. Ano737 says:

    Hi Gail – a few months ago you requested everyone to knock it off with the “fake moon landings” and like magic, that was it. As I’m sure you noticed, they’re (he’s) baaaack!

    Now, it occurs to me that it may be good to have these posts so that new readers who not to take seriously in anything else, but of course it’s also quite a dissonance with your level-headed posts.

    I was also wondering if after you made that request if people really stopped posting that crap or if you had to delete/moderate out posts.

    While we’re on the subject of wackiness, I see no evidence that the elders’ extinction plan is working, but I’m sure there are posters ready to set me straight. I can’t wait. Sigh, indeed.

    • Rodster says:

      So I take it you are for censorship? Why not just ignore the FM landing posts? There are some people who actually believe Wrestling is real. There are others who say it’s not. Who gets to decide which is true?

      • Ano737 says:

        I am for curation. Censorship is generally considered a legal matter in which the government prevents publication. Gail is entitled to, and does, decide what is appropriate to publish on her blog (which includes the comment section.)

        Maybe you’re unfamiliar with sites in which there is no moderation. You get mostly trolling, spam and nonsense. I don’t read those comment sections. To me it’s not worth sifting through mostly crap to find an occasional gem. I hope that doesn’t happen here. Your mileage may vary, and apparently does. Cheers!

        • Kowalainen says:

          Usually ‘curation’ goes something like this:

          1. Paid shills shill
          2. The wrong content gets ‘curated’


          1. Reality hurtsorz, doge much oh noes
          2. MOAR hopium curated

        • Rodster says:

          Okay so let’s say there are some who don’t believe that civilization is toast, that people on OFW are overreacting. Should be censor “delete” those comments? Because there is a lot of doom and gloom on this site. In the past there have been quite a few who don’t see or like all the Doom and Gloom on OFW.

          Let me help you with the word censor. Because if you delete someone’s post because you disagree with them, you are in effect censoring that person. Youtube, Twitter, Facebook are part of the cancel movement. If they disagree with you they censor/delete you and your comments. On the Internet, censor=delete.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Rodster – we could remove DelusiSTANIS… but OFW would be a lot less fun…. it’s sometimes frustrating to deal with MOREons…

            But on the positive side… it’s great sport to beat them senseless with facts and logic…and watch them moan and squirm and lash out … and beat them some more … at which point they scurry back to Momma Gail and beg her to make the bad boys go away … by censoring them

            Please Momma Gail… help us.. we are intellectually deficient … we are unable to defend ourselves… please Momma… please help us…

            Effectively this is a call for intellectual communism… it must be rejected.

        • JMS says:

          Curation is just a more sophisticated and clean label for censorship.
          Who curates curators? Who guides and enlightens their judgement? God? Science? The UN High Commissariat for Truth in Human Affairs? The aliens?
          People who need curatorial guidance surely deserve what they most want, that is to be protected from truth.

          • Xabier says:

            In the global art world, ‘curators’ ensure that wherever you go, it’s the same old junk (using a polite word when another is more merited)……

            • JMS says:

              Contemporary art world is mostly a scam and a sort of ponzi, i think, and curators surely play a decisive role in the “artistic validation” of its products.
              Fortunately, art is today an irrelevant and almost harmless activity, and since the swindled people are billionaires, I don’t spend much time lamenting their luck.

            • Also money-laundering…

        • Very Far Frank says:

          Censorship is cowardice and laziness wrapped up in one.

        • Bei Dawei says:

          I wish the comments could be mainly related to the article, and to my knowledge, Gail has never written anything denying the moon landings. For the sake of her own credibility, it would be wise to delete posts like this, or the many in which FE goes on about the “Elders.” The anti-vaccine stuff gets a bit overwhelming as well.

          One solution might be an OFW forum, with dedicated threads for different topics.

          • An OFW forum with several threads might be a solution, but I am not certain I am up to doing one. With a networked economy, everything is connected to everything else. What one person thinks is relevant is not what another thinks is relevant.

            Quite a few of the comments end up being relevant to my next post, rather than relevant to the post I just put up.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              yes the fake moon story is highly relevant to the covid story … if they lied about that for 50 years… then….

      • Kowalainen says:

        I think the FM posts should be viewed in the context of covid/vax media/guvmint blitz.

        Toning shit down a notch or two would soften the blowback. However, muppets only know how to muppet. A bit of style and finesse while fine tuning the progression of evolution. Nah:



        Yes indeed; full bore MOAR consumerism and materialism straight into full tilt eugenics/murder. It is despicable. 🤢🤮

        Repeat after me:



        • Bei Dawei says:

          Who is your audience? Are you trying to convince anybody? (You won’t, not like that.) Or do you just enjoy holding virtual pep rallies on behalf of whatever crazed notions pop into your head?

          • Kowalainen says:

            Well, they certainly seemed to entertain you enough to prompt a reply.


      • Fast Eddy says:

        The thing is…. the fake moon landings are relevant to Covid and Peak Oil…

        Because they demonstrate how easy it is to fool even the ‘smartest’ donkeys… I mean humans…

        Let’s have another look at this — can someone tell me why Neil Armstrong refuses to swear on the bible that he has walked on the moon? Anyone?

        Let’s watch this again:

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Crap? Really?

      Help me understand why Neil refuses to swear he walked on the moon — of course you won’t — that’s the problem with MORONISM

      In a perfect world I’d send people like you to a death camp.

      • Ano737 says:

        That’s if the elders wouldn’t have gotten to me first.

        I find your compassion quite touching – you’re such a sensitive soul!

        Now, don’t forget to say Thank You for this delicious troll food.

        • Kowalainen says:

          Hey, let’s torture Ano737 and watch how fast compassion becomes a hot topic in his mind.


      • JMS says:

        Science (TM) has not yet found a cure for this most damning of all diseases that afflict humankind: Voluntary Blindness.
        VB is a scourge that not even an haven of sanity as OFW can escape completely!…. (Sigh sigh)

        • JMS says:

          This ugly contraption allegedly cost $ 21 billion to develop (at 2016 prices) and landed on the Moon in 1969.
          A person who believes this can swallow any f*cking t*rd that media owners present to them in a decorated plate. And i mean ANYTHING.
          To deceive anyone who desperately wants to be deceived is arguably one of the most easiest jobs in the world.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            M Fast and I watched a clip of that Apollo movie a couple of years ago — and we were looking at that contraption — and we looked at each other said — no f789ing way…..

            So I turned my laser beam on this and found Moondoggie….. that sealed the deal… but obviously there was much more … there was American Moon and Astronauts Gone Wild…

            You really have to laugh at yourself for believing that hunk of junk went to the moon and bank

    • Minority Of One says:

      I don’t know much about the Extinction Plan per se. But I have read that every previous attempt to introduce mRNA ‘vaccines’ to the general population failed at the first hurdle, testing on animals. Most have died. And I believe that in the latest attempt prior to sar-cov-2, all the test animals died. But they did not die immediately. It was catching the virus second time round that killed them. So if the same pattern occurs in the current round of experiments (us), given that more than half the USA adult population has received an mRNA ‘vaccine’ (Moderna, Pfizer), there is the distinct possibility that a major die-off will occur during the next flu-season / winter.

      Here is Tucker Carlson discussing deaths. He says just under 4000 deaths have been recorded in VAERS (USA – Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), but some folks think these numbers are about 1% of the real figures due to serious under-reporting. Who knows.

    • Hubbs says:

      The problem as I see it is that the stakes in the energy production/utilization are huge, and any “solutions” or course of action depend first on getting accurate data from all sources, including energy harvesters and governments which operate in this fiat fractional reserve network of world central banks, derivatives and financialization. Such a system invites corruption. So analysis has to be taken with a grain of salt which begs the question, how reliable are our sources of information? And if not reliable, what is the true agenda? My impression is that government and big corporations can not be trusted. They are joined at the hip and that is the definition of fascism.

      So how does one base the trustworthiness of a government? It’s the old cliches. “Watch what they do, not what they say,” or “follow the money.” Analyze historical events from the sinking of the Lusitania to oil embargos on Japan to precipitate Pearl Harbor to the Gulf of Tonkin, USS Cole, JFK assassination, 9-11, Agendas 21 and 2030, climate change, COVID, etc. to base any “informed” course of action. Yes even moon landings. It’s like a cross examination of a witness to judge his credibility as an expert.

      I for one assume there is a deliberate plan of disinformation until proven otherwise. Kind of like when I got sued for medical malpractice. I was always presumed liable until proven otherwise.

      In other words, our looming energy predicament, the core of Gail’s blog, has to be taken in context. The UK’s and the bankers reasons for starting WWI -Thucydides trap vs diminishing coal supplies for example against a rising German power – even peoples’ nostalgia as reflected in popular songs of the day which get posted here, also provide clues.

      Because it’s not what I think that matters. It’s whatever everyone else thinks, especially the Globalists and those they would control.

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      Patience, Ano737. You’re not going to get to see a dramatic instantaneous genocide where millions or billions of “vaccine” recipients drop dead at once. They’re playing the long game, laying one card at a time on the table:

      Card 1: Brand new scary virus coming out of China, they say
      Card 2: Brand new exciting mRNA technology-based “vaccines”
      Card 3: Booster shots expected to follow new exciting mRNA technology-based “vaccines”
      Card 4: ????

      We’re in an ongoing process. Will adverse events and/or deaths among the “vaccinated” begin this flu season, when they’re exposed to viruses in the wild? How about next year? How will the “vaccinated” fare in five years? How about ten years?

      Only the elders running the program truly know; but make no mistake, the global population is currently being subjected to a program. Whether it is genocide, sterilization, chronic illness (Big Pharma customers for life, yay!), or transhumanism is up for debate.

      • Xabier says:

        Its a long game: some phases of which will brutal and rapid, others more stealthy.

        Alison McDowell has shown how they can even plan to make money from masses of sick and unemployed people, using ‘Impact’ bonds – vaccine-damaged people and economies could therefore be a big win from that perspective.

        Just as meat farmers, for instance, make money from sick and highly-medicated animals deprived of any semblance of a natural life.

        She has also put together illuminating charts showing links between US-UK-Israel- EU in finance, bio and hi-tech. Well worth a look, I would suggest.

      • Gates smirkingly told us that the “next pandemic” would get our attention.

        Jurgens of the WEF told us last summer (since he knows) that the next pandemic will be “faster”. “more significant” and with a “steeper exponential growth rate” than the current presumed and (self-)inflicted covid damage.

    • I don’t think I moderated out posts related to the moon landing.

      I mostly moderate out posts as attacking another poster. Sometimes, if a poster posts a lot, I have been known to not let through some comments that just seem redundant.

      • NomadicBeer says:

        Here are my two cents: this is the best online comments platform I have ever read.
        I have learned a lot in the last year and I have even changed my mind about a couple of things (like the Moon landing).
        I don’t know how you do it but you achieve the balance between mostly polite conversations and avoiding group think.

        I can tell you that compared to places like reddit this blog is amazing.

        Even JMG is surprisingly keen to censor anyone not mainstream or American enough (ridiculous yes but I got censored once because he supported the imperial system and I commented in favor of the metric system).

        I know that impersonal internet text can never replace face to face communication but this is as close as it gets. I do appreciate all the people that comment here even/especially those that challenge my opinions.


        • Glad you like it.

          I learned a little from my experience at The Oil Drum. We had problems there with some of the authors of articles getting very argumentative if some of their ideas were challenged. Moderation there was very light because there was a need for several staff members to agree, if comments were to be taken down. It was necessary to take a different approach.

          • DB says:

            And yet you do it all by yourself, Gail, without requiring others to balance you. Thank you for your integrity and commitment to free speech. I think NomadicBeer described the situation well.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Fast Eddy is a product of a decade on OFW + the www. He now exists to enlighten the world.

          I am honoured to be chosen as his front man. All hail Fast Eddy.

        • nikoB says:

          JMG has this to say about censoring

          A little while back I fielded yet another attempt to bully me into censoring my comments pages. It was the same schtick as always. One of my commenters had expressed a point of view to which the would-be censor objected, and rather than being satisfied with presenting an opposing point of view on the forum for readers to discuss, the would-be censor wanted the commenter silenced. I get such demands routinely, and they always go straight into the trash. If someone urges me to censor other people, it seems to me, they’ve just given me permission to censor them, and I’m happy to do so.

          As this suggests, I am not a free speech purist. The attitude I have on the subject of free speech is one that used to be standard across large parts of American society, and though it’s dropped out of fashion in recent decades, it still has a great deal to recommend it. Since it’s not something you’ll hear discussed these days in our public schools or our corporate media, it struck me that at least some of my readers might be interested in a discussion of that attitude—and of course it might also encourage other would-be censors to save the time they might otherwise waste in typing out denunciatory screeds that I’m just going to delete half-read.

          The attitude I’m discussing can be summed up very precisely: I moderate conduct, not content.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            A guy in a wizard suit is not in a position to moderate much of anything

          • This is untrue. When I once disagreed with him in a rare comment there, he deleted it. I do not believe I am an unruly commenter. I read almost all his Archdruid posts, but no longer bother with him since he is wedded to a kind of “Goldilocks” triangulation approach that seems to be more of a product of his innate temperament and aesthetic requirements than of anything that it would be possible to objectively analyze.

            • Cletus says:

              lidia, I recall when Dave Cohen of “Decline of the Empire” kicked you off his site. I don’t remember what you said, but he was livid.

              By the way, I’m beginning to think there are only about 20 to 30 of us commenters on all the doomer sites. The group just doesn’t seem to grow. Maybe we’ve been wrong this entire time, ha ha!

            • Hail fellow, well met! I think I was in pretty good company in having been banned from there. Dave really has too thin of a skin to run a blog with comments. I felt badly for him since his anger seemed to be impinging on his mental health. I saw several months ago that he had picked up blogging once again after his Nth threat of quitting and his Nth return.. I did learn some things there, so I would not want to bash him entirely.

              I don’t think we’re wrong. I would like to be wrong, but …

        • Xabier says:

          JMG likes to lecture, and is therefore not very tolerant of dissent among his ‘pupils’.

          People who challenge him do not last long, even if they are not actually censored.

          However, I’ve noticed a softening in his attitude over the last year or so. Like most late middle-aged men he is not very flexible and is fairly set in his opinions and prejudices.

          Nonetheless, the blog can throw up some interesting lines of thought and leads now and then, mostly from the commenters.

          • nikoB says:

            A good appraisal Xabier. I think we both have experienced what you describe from JMG. Just over a year ago I had said that covid would be a big deal on his blog and I got slapped down but not censored. He still seems to be sticking to his guns on covid not beong a big deal.

            • Xabier says:

              All in all, JMG’s blog is an interesting place to drop by, and I enjoy becoming informed as to ritual magic, esoteric aspects of religion, etc, which, after all, was very important in the past.

              In many ways the Elders have put whole populations under a kind of malign ‘spell’ this last year or so…..

          • Robert Firth says:

            JMG lost me for ever when he published an astrological chart showing “Mercury retrograde”. It has been known since Hipparkhos of Nicaea that the “dolphin stars” (Mercury and Venus) revolve around the Sun, and their motion is always prograde. An astrologer who doesn’t even know that is a charlatan.

  13. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The White House has signaled privately to lawmakers and stakeholders in recent weeks that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep nuclear facilities from closing…”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world’s worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again…

      “Now, Ukrainian scientists are scrambling to determine whether the reactions will wink out on their own—or require extraordinary interventions to avert another accident.”

      • The article says,

        The threat can’t be ignored. As water continues to recede, the fear is that “the fission reaction accelerates exponentially,” Hyatt says, leading to “an uncontrolled release of nuclear energy.” There’s no chance of a repeat of 1986, when the explosion and fire sent a radioactive cloud over Europe. A runaway fission reaction in an FCM could sputter out after heat from fission boils off the remaining water. Still, Saveliev notes, although any explosive reaction would be contained, it could threaten to bring down unstable parts of the rickety Shelter, filling the NSC with radioactive dust.

        Addressing the newly unmasked threat is a daunting challenge. Radiation levels in 305/2 preclude getting close enough to install sensors. And spraying gadolinium nitrate on the nuclear debris there is not an option, as it’s entombed under concrete.

        This is a problem at Fukushima as well. As long as BAU continues and we have plenty of fossil fuels, we can sort of handle the problem. We probably cannot for the long term.

      • Fred says:

        I read an excellent book by an ex Russian Army General describing how Chernobyl was deliberately exploded. Unfortunately I can’t find it on my PC, nor have I been able to find it on the web again.

        Why do it? Estimates say it cost the USSR close to a year’s GDP to clean up the mess.

        I’ve read reports on the The Saker blog saying that threats to explode other Ukrainian nuclear plants are chess pieces in the simmering war there.

        You can find analyses of Fukushima that provide a strong case for that being deliberate too.

    • This definitely sounds like a good idea. If we subsidize wind and solar, we need to subsidize every other kind of energy that we expect to continue.

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    All the pro photographers in American Moon insist the photos were taken in a studio – not on the moon ….

    And here we have none other than Stanley Kubrick confessing that he filmed the moon landings… in a studio

      • Kowalainen says:

        Could it be the Real Stanley?

        I would say possibly. Imagine the hair and beard grayer from aging.

        I’m generally quite bewildered at the ‘debunking’. The only thing they achieve is to debunk themselves in the process of debunkery. Makes me wonder; did the IQ drop substantially recently?

        If the moon landing was faked, then all kudos to Stanley. An outstanding and magnificent job performed by him and his team. As for the ‘astronauts’, what a silly troika of self entitled muppets that can’t handle disappointments. Oh noes, their delusions of grandeur and competitiveness foiled. Hurry; give the children some rainbows and unicorns. 🌈🦄 😭

        Perhaps it wasn’t possible to go to the moon with 60’s tech. Just accept it and play along. How hard could it be? Hopium infused dolts. Sigh.

        Repeat after me:



      • JMS says:

        “A spokesperson for Stanley Kubrick’s widow has since declared, “The interview is a lie, Stanley Kubrick has never been interviewed by T.Patrick Murray, the whole story is made up, fraudulent & untrue.”

        If this is true, as it seems, I wonder why Kubrick’s heirs didn’t sue the director? AFAIK, impersonating someone else, appropriating his identity, is punishable by law.
        Anyway, and egardless of whether this “confession” is real or forged, the history of moon expeditions seems as Hollywodesque as the movie “Adventures of Bin-Laden in New York”.

    • geno mir says:

      Lack of purpose and focus makes Fast Eddy a true believer in fictitious religion. What a waste of cognitive abilities 🙂

  15. Fast Eddy says:

    Hey Dunc(e)Norm…..wazzzzz up with Neil and Buzz??????

    Here Neil Armstrong refuses to swear on a bible that he walked on the moon – he’s even offered $5000 to go towards charity if he will swear.

    Buzz Aldrin punches the documentary director in the face when the same offer is made.

    Forward to 3:31:10

    • Yorchichan says:

      The press conference with the Apollo astronauts is what I find the most compelling evidence that the Moon landings did not take place. The three of them seem so miserable. They look like they just got back from a wet weekend in Scarborough rather than just having completed man’s greatest adventure. I know they are made of sterner stuff than me and faced death on a regular basis when they were testing jets, but if I had made it back alive I would have been on cloud nine for at least a month.

      • Xabier says:


        Maybe they should have gone to Harrogate instead, much classier than Scarborough…..

      • Kowalainen says:

        Disappointed children. 😭

        I’ll bet Werner von Braun didn’t flinch:

        “Ach well, it is objective reality. Scheisse! Verdammnt!”
        *Goes on with life pondering upon new rocketry contraptions*

        Not a care in the world.


      • Fast Eddy says:

        Absolutely… they do not look very pleased at all about the whole thing…

        Only a f789ing re tard or Bydawai… would not see that

      • Ed says:

        First time I have seen that. They are in a strange state of mind.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          If you try to google loose panels or tape on the lunar module you will find virtually nothing…

          Those images have been censored… removed… not allowed…. the only place I have ever seen them is on American Moon…

          They mention there is a site where you can buy high resolution images and video of the fake moon shots… a simple task to zero in on the tape job like they have done …. yet nobody seems to have done that… or maybe they have but it is impossible to find those shots…

          Because they are not allowed

      • I will have to admit that the presentation sounds strangely “flat.” Joe Biden could have done better, reading the teleprompter.

  16. Ed says:

    Gail is right the ultra rich do not conduct family business in public. The show of wife and kids are angry with Bill is for public consumption.

    • Ed says:

      Does Fauci have a wife and kids? Grand kids? They may want to follow this good example.

      • I don’t know.The rich don’t conduct family business in public, but it is strange for Bill’s wife, kids, and their significant others all to fly off to a distant island. I would like to hear more about why they all left.

        Regarding Fauci’s family situation, all I have figured out is that he married to Christine Grady, whom he met on the job. She is a Nurse-bioethicist at the National Institute of Health. They have three daughters. He was 45 and she was 34 when they got married, according to my calculations. I suppose they were deeply into their education and careers, so marriage came late for both.

        I wonder what Christine Grady thinks of the ethics of what is going on.

        • NomadicBeer says:

          “I wonder what Christine Grady thinks of the ethics of what is going on.”

          She thinks: another 10 millions and we can go to Gates’ island away from all this useless eaters.

          Most people’s principles are amazingly flexible when personal gain is involved.

        • Xabier says:

          She endorses Eugenicist ethics, no doubt……

        • She is the HEAD of the NIH Bio-Ethics Department. Surely no conflict of interest there!

    • HerbHere says:

      It’s pure PR to make him seem human and to generate sympathy when he is under attack.

  17. Bei Dawei says:

    Read this graphic novel. It’s quite good. Sort of a 1984 for our age:

    (just click on the image to advance pages. The same site has lots of other free comics uploaded, which I guess must be legal in Lithuania.)

  18. Michigan’s Whitmer gets support from key Democratic allies in legal battle against Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline

    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s legal battle to shut down Enbridge pipeline Line 5, a vital petroleum conduit for Central Canada, is attracting public support from leading Democratic allies in more than a dozen states, a sign of the challenges U.S. President Joe Biden could face in trying to intervene on the matter.

    Canadian politicians have been urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ask Mr. Biden to resolve the impasse, but to date the White House has not stepped in.

    Democratic attorneys-general in 14 states and the District of Columbia, as well as two Democratic governors, recently joined forces to file an amicus brief in the court fight over Line 5. All are backing the Michigan governor’s legal bid to have the matter transferred to state court from U.S. federal court, a change of venue that analysts say might favour the governor’s case.

    Support comes from right across the country: attorneys-general from California, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Washington and the District of Columbia signed the brief. The Democratic governors of Kentucky and Louisiana also signed.

  19. Further evidence supports controversial claim that SARS-CoV-2 genes can integrate with human DNA

    A team of prominent scientists has doubled down on its controversial hypothesis that genetic bits of the pandemic coronavirus can integrate into our chromosomes and stick around long after the infection is over. If they are right—skeptics have argued that their results are likely lab artifacts—the insertions could explain the rare finding that people can recover from COVID-19 but then test positive for SARS-CoV-2 again months later.

    Stem cell biologist Rudolf Jaenisch and gene regulation specialist Richard Young of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the work, triggered a Twitter storm in December 2020, when their team first presented the idea in a preprint on bioRxiv. The researchers emphasized that viral integration did not mean people who recovered from COVID-19 remain infectious. But critics charged them with stoking unfounded fears that COVID-19 vaccines based on messenger RNA (mRNA) might somehow alter human DNA.

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    Watch a minute or two of this … hahahahahahaha

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “The first step should be going back to the Moon for a number of technical reasons and exploration reasons. And then after that Mars…” Quote posted by Foil Eddie two days ago.

        • Ed says:

          I want the person who first steps foot on Mars to say “Today humankind takes the second step on our road to the stars.”

          • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

            for sure, the platitudes from that person will be well scripted. Whatever. It will be entertaining to see a return to the moon in a few years. It would be more entertaining to see a manned trip tp Mars. There is a small chance that this will happen before IC declines to undoable levels. IF a crew gets there, the chances of returning alive are quite low, and that would be excellent theater. ps: actual human colony on Mars will never happen, just like a moon colony will never happen. But it would be lafffable to see them try.

            • NomadicBeer says:

              “It will be entertaining to see a return to the moon in a few years.”

              The true believers will say that long after the last car stops and the electricity goes out forever.
              It’s been 50 years – how long will you keep up the faith?
              Not to mention that supposedly US had this amazing lift rocket (Saturn V) with three of them already built when they cancelled the Moon missions and yet they never used them again after 1973 (,each%20fueled%20by%20liquid%20propellants.)

              Why did the US threw away such a great rocket with an amazing safety history and instead tried and failed to build the shuttle and now uses the Russian rockets to go to the ISS?
              It makes me wonder but I expect it won’t bother your – the religion of progress is hard to let go of.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              “It is commonly believed that man will fly directly from the earth to the moon, but to do this, we would require a vehicle of such gigantic proportions that it would prove an economic impossibility. It would have to develop sufficient speed to penetrate the atmosphere and overcome the earth’s gravity and, having traveled all the way to the moon, it must still have enough fuel to land safely and make the return trip to earth.

              Furthermore, in order to give the expedition a margin of safety, we would not use one ship alone, but a minimum of three … each rocket ship would be taller than New York’s Empire State Building [almost ¼ mile high] and weigh about ten times the tonnage of the Queen Mary, or some 800,000 tons.”

              Wernher von Braun, the father of the Apollo space program, writing in Conquest of the Moon

          • Yorchichan says:

            Was Neil Armstrong getting his line wrong not evidence that the Moon landing really took place? After all, if it had been faked wouldn’t they have had him say the line again? Or was the mistake a deliberate one to make the event look genuine?

            • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

              I thought it wasn’t that he got it “wrong” but that the audio was glitchy and the “one small step for a man” sounded like “one small step for man”. The “one small step for a man” makes much more sense in the context of the following “one giant leap for mankind”.

            • Yorchichan says:


              Sounds like he fluffed the line to me.

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    Lithium-ion batteries have contributed significantly to the success of NASA’s Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity that have been exploring the surface of Mars for the last two years and performing astounding geological studies to answer the ever-puzzling questions of life beyond Earth and the origin of our planets.

    How hot is too hot for the lithium-ion battery? After 45 degrees Celsius, the warm weather will be not favorable for lithium-ion batteries. It maybe takes to 50 degrees but in many cases, 45 is the maximum point.

    Specialty Li-ion can operate to a temperature of –40°C but only at a reduced discharge rate; charging at this temperature is out of the question.

    Mars’s atmosphere is about 100 times thinner than Earth’s. Without a “thermal blanket,” Mars can’t retain any heat energy. On average, the temperature on Mars is about minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 60 degrees Celsius).

    Anyone tried to run an EV in Canada…. and try charging it using solar panels hahahahaha… Good f789ing luck with that!!!!



  22. I was reading a Med Page Today article
    and ran across another antiviral drug that we have known about, but delayed looking at for COVID-19. The article is a transcribed interview with a virologist teaching at Columbia University named Vincent Racaniello.

    Interviewer from MedPage: In terms of antivirals, there’s a promising drug, I believe it’s molnupiravir. And it has been found to clear the virus in 5 days. And that was 24% better than the placebo controls in a phase II trial early readout. I heard there was going to be another readout. I didn’t see it, but are you optimistic about that particular agent or its class of antivirals?

    Racaniello: So this is what we would call a nucleoside analog. So it’s a building block for the RNA of the virus and it inhibits the polymerase basically. And this is a great target because cells don’t have such an enzyme. So it should be relatively low toxicity. I think molnupiravir is fabulous. It was shown to work really well at preventing transmission in ferrets last year, and now in the phase II [trial]. And this is exactly the drug we need because it’s orally available. You just take a pill, and at your first positive test, you could take this and probably completely alter the course of not just disease, but also shedding.

    But you know the crazy thing about molnupiravir? It was around 4 years ago. It was sat on a shelf. Nobody pushed it forward. It was a drug that was developed and it was known to inhibit coronaviruses. And I always say, man, if we had brought that to, say, a phase I [trial], so that in January last year we could have then gone into a phase II and III right away, this outbreak would have been completely different. Assuming we could make enough of the drug to treat everyone.

    And, of course, the other hand is we’re going to get resistance to that drug immediately. So one drug is not enough. Nevertheless, I am very excited about it and I just hope we have some others, cause what we’ve learned from HIV antiviral therapy, one drug isn’t enough. Two is not enough. Three is the magic number that you need to treat people with.

    The rest of the interview is also very worthwhile. You can read the transcript or listen to it.

    • Duncan Idaho says:

      Racaniello is an extremely competent and knowable virologist.
      Newest podcast:

      • One of the articles referenced in this podcast is

        Loss of furin cleavage site attenuates SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis

        From abstract:

        To explore whether the furin cleavage site contributes to infection and pathogenesis in this virus, we generated a mutant SARS-CoV-2 that lacks the furin cleavage site (ΔPRRA). Here we report that replicates of ΔPRRA SARS-CoV-2 had faster kinetics, improved fitness in Vero E6 cells and reduced spike protein processing, as compared to parental SARS-CoV-2. However, the ΔPRRA mutant had reduced replication in a human respiratory cell line and was attenuated in both hamster and K18-hACE2 transgenic mouse models of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis. Despite reduced disease, the ΔPRRA mutant conferred protection against rechallenge with the parental SARS-CoV-2.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        What about the Magic Tape Dunc?

  23. Medical ‘Green Pass’ Required for Travelling Within Italy

    The Green Pass also arrives in Italy. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that “the Italian government has introduced a national green pass which will be in effect from the second half of May”. It will not be an ad hoc certificate but a document that will certify that you have received both doses of the anti-Covid vaccine or that you have tested negative for a rapid or molecular swab carried out in the 48 hours prior to the trip or that you have contracted and be cured. from Covid. It will also be essential for foreigners to enter our country and will precede the European Green Pass for which we will have to wait until the second half of June.

  24. Duncan Idaho says:

    Lets not embarrass Joseph Goebbels relatives?

    “Jonathan Weiler, a University of North Carolina authoritarianism expert, found parallels going back to Nazi Germany. “It’s interesting that Cheney is condemning Trump specifically for his use of the term ‘the Big Lie’ to push his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen,” he said. “The ‘Big Lie’ itself is a term often attributed to chief Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels ― the idea being that if you push relentlessly and totally a falsehood you can get ordinary people to believe it.”

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Why do you insist on discussing this?

      The Elders run the show — the politicians are corrupt flunkies — ALL OF THEM.

      Joe will do exactly the same stuff as Trump who did exactly the same stuff as Obama who did exactly the same stuff as Bush — because they Do What They are Told.

      Only severely re ta rded people would not understand this.

      • Duncan Idaho says:

        Dems and Repugs are essentially the same- both capitalists.
        Some Dems are beyond the greed and ignorance of most Repugs.

        I think you are not grasping our political reality.

        But go for it, it is quite amusing.

        (I know it is confronting that “Elders” are really in control– but it quite unnerving when one comes to the conclusion that things are really out of control)

      • Rodster says:

        Shhh, there are some people who actually think Wrestling is real and that the Democans and Republicrats are two totally different political parties. Perhaps one day they’ll figure out Wrestling isn’t real, there is no Santa Claus and both political parties are two sides of the same coin.

      • geno mir says:

        If the elders are Gods, the politicians and the media talking heads are their sycophants. As much as we delude ourselves that we have improved and evolved civilizational bearing society is run like a religion. It is just the same old blue print since at least The Book of the Dead.

      • Sam says:

        I would like to think that the PTB are some intelligent organized group but in the end we will find out that they are just a bunch of bumbling idiots that got wealth and power because they were first. They will be just if not more vulnerable in a collapse state

        • Thierry says:

          They might be idiots, they even surely are, like we are all. Anyway not more intelligent than the average human. But they have tricks we know nothing about (“you know nothing, Jon Snow”).
          Makes me think of the movie Margin Call which is a real masterpiece. When Jeremy irons comes in the meeting room, and he explains to all those brilliant brains that his position has nothing to do with his intelligence, but with information.
          Then he asked his 200 IQ fellows to explain to him the situation as if he was a child.

          • Thierry says:

            I forgot the whole sentence : ” speak to me as if I were a child…or a golden retriever”

        • Fast Eddy says:

          They weren’t first… they took power around the time they created the Fed … and they are hardly idi ots.

          The Protocols Of Zion
          Published 1903

          A one page summary

          * Place our agents and helpers everywhere
          * Take control of the media and use it in propaganda for our plans
          * Start fights between different races, classes and religions
          * Use bribery, threats and blackmail to get our way
          * Use Freemasonic Lodges to attract potential public officials
          * Appeal to successful people’s egos
          * Appoint puppet leaders who can be controlled by blackmail
          * Abolish all rights and freedoms, except the right of force by us
          * Sacrifice people (including Jews sometimes) when necessary
          * Eliminate religion; replace it with science and materialism
          * Control the education system to spread deception and destroy intellect
          * Rewrite history to our benefit
          * Create entertaining distractions
          * Corrupt minds with filth and perversion
          * Keep the masses in poverty and perpetual labor
          * Take possession of all wealth, property and (especially) gold
          * Use gold to manipulate the markets, cause depressions etc.
          * Introduce a progressive tax on wealth
          * Replace sound investment with speculation
          * Make long-term interest-bearing loans to governments
          * Give bad advice to governments and everyone else

          “I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire, … The man that controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire. And I control the money supply.” Nathan Rothschild

          “Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws. … Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.” — Mackenzie King, Canadian Prime Minister 1935-1948.

          “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” – Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence

          “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” ― Woodrow Wilson

          “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays – Propaganda

  25. Downunder says:

    Yesterday I walked out of a Tile and flooring place (Victoria Australia) because they would not accept my money. They accept no cash since the start of the year. As I left I said so when the internet is down you can not trade, the woman at the counter agreed.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      And they mock ‘primitives’ who believe in witch doctors and such…

      They wonder it was possible so many people believed the earth was flat …

    • I have seen signs here saying cash not accepted due to a coin shortage. Presumably, they would take a little extra cash, in lieu of coins.

  26. More from LTO Survivor:

    LTO Survivor
    05/06/2021 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you guys. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed your website over the past years. I am happy to discuss anything you would like. The Shale business is not a ponzi scheme but does require much higher prices to be truly viable. As we run our capital allocation models, (without using acreage and Administrative Overhead costs), we would not drill any wells with less than a 1.75 times Net Present Value (which is net of drilling and completion capital costs) this should create a 40% IRR. However I don’t believe the actual results will bear out for our predictions due to the surprisingly lower bottom hole pressures. When you take the cost of debt and AO into account, the profit shrinks considerably, hence I believe it only makes sense to drill these wells at $75 per barrel and above. Even then, if investors want returns, production growth cannot be accomplished simultaneously. So where does that bring us? 1. Lower bottom hole pressures=less inventory ie…. lower ultimate reserves 2. Current prices with the current capital structures including debt are just trading dollars 3. Production in the United States at the current rig count and current inventory ($65 per barrel) will keep eroding over time. The only caveat is that if prices rise above $85 and capital costs stay the same (big “if””) in turn the capital allocation models would justify a few more locations per section per bench. Hope this makes sense to you guys.

    • Sam says:

      Even if prices were to rise today for oil…the price for all materials is at an all time high so profits would still be down… am I correct? It could get to 85 a barrel but then if gas is $3.50 a gallon and all the materials are at super high price than still have a problem…no?

      • Sam says:

        I wish I knew the break even price for most countries but I guess there are too many variables. How are these companies continuing to exist if they are losing money every day. If it cost me more money to go to work than I make I would stay home. Maybe Jerome Powell is correct in saying that this inflation period is transitory and we are heading for massive deflation. Without enough cheap and plentiful oil how can you fund a economic expansion to make up for the lost economic growth of the last 10 years! I can’t believe I am agreeing with the FED.

        • The breakeven price really needs to have all the pieces in it, including adequate tax revenue for the government, adequate revenue to repay debt with interest, adequate revenue to pay dividends to shareholders and adequate revenue to invest in new wells. There probably even needs to be a little revenue for “mistakes that didn’t quite turn out right.”

          If the debt bubble collapses, I am afraid we will be headed back to $20 per barrel oil.

          • Sam says:

            When was the last time oil was profitable? It seems like it was at 2015 and 2007. Other than that it has been running at a loss for a long time. Is it just “funded” by the government through banks to keep the system going? Maybe oil was only profitable in th1920’s . This “debt bubble seems to have been going on a very very long time

  27. New Zealand makes VACCINES MANDATORY under law with a $4,000 fine or IMPRISONMENT

    • D. Stevens says:

      Sure it’s not a fine AND imprisonment? So I can simply pay a fee and be all set? Seems like cheap insurance to avoid possible risks of the vaccine. Too bad so sad for all the poors?

    • Tim Groves says:

      It’s only for frontline staff working at ports, and since nobody but nobody is getting into and out of NZ these days, the frontline staff are supernumerary anyway. This could be Jacinda’s ploy to get rid of them.

  28. MG says:

    Implosion everywhere:

    Gravitas: Bill and Melinda Gates file for divorce

    • Married 27 years, dated for 7 years before that. Seems to be the first marriage for both. They have three mostly grown children. She is 56 years old; he is 65 years old. The Daily Mail reports that the divorce is acrimonious.

      Anonymous sources cited by TMZ on Thursday claimed that Melinda fled with the couple’s three adult kids – Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18, to Calivigny Island, a private island in Grenada, which she rented for $132,000-a-night, to get away from the media after making the divorce announcement.

      The kids were ‘very angry’ with their father, so he wasn’t invited, the sources say, without sharing why they were angry with him. When the lawyers stopped them from announcing, Melinda and the kids went anyway, according to the sources.

      A person wonders whether the reason that the children and their mom are so unhappy has to do with the pandemic and vaccination plan. If this was planned, he was clearly part of it.

      • Ed says:

        Bill maintained a one week a year relationship with his previous woman friend even after marrying Malinda.

        • But this has gone on since they were married. It wouldn’t cause even his children to be greatly upset.

          • Student says:

            I doubt Melinda was not aware of what Bill was doing with their foundation or other issues. Melinda gave proof to be clever in the past and she surely is now. So, this might be happening for two reasons: one could be in order to preserve his wife, daughters and son from a financial point of view, leaving possible economic controversy only on Bill’s shoulders, painting in case him as a victim and make him acting as a lightning rod. The second reason – as anger is mounting around the world against their works – could be in order to preserve wife and children from possible social repercussions, also in the coming years. The point in the article about wife & children’s anger against father is indicative and also hardly credible. Actually, in this ‘delicate’ situation this kind of family would have kept secret any internal fight to avoid negative impact on the foundation. So, the whole situation could be happening because they had rumors that ‘the boat is on fire’. I think this staging will show new chapters. Of course I could be wrong. But there is a special expression that could be appropriate for what is happening: “if you sow wind, you reap storm”.

            • You bring up some interesting points. I think that Bill’s prominent role now must be part of the problem. Maybe we simply have to look to see what other signals come along.

            • Kowalainen says:

              How is it that on most pictures Melinda looks miserable around Bill?

              I’m sure she’d do much better following her female instincts. Shit that is better grounded in the intricacies of Mother Earth and objective reality.

              Now that I think about it, funny how Earth is imagined as female.


              Whenever a group of men start their back slappery and ego pumps (elitist muppetry). Bring out your fingers and stick it down the throat.


              Here’s a list of the best groups in existence:

              1. YOU alone, and
              2. Your children if you are female

              Men in general suck donkey b@115.

              You know it’s true.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        Perhaps they had a revealing dialogue with Bill that was similar to this one:

        • Ed says:

          John Cusack is the perfect actor for this. Much like in Gross Point Blank when he says “I was in Iraq, I came to the top of a sand dune and the desert was on fire. It was beautiful, I sat and watched it burn.”

      • Bei Dawei says:

        It might have been an argument over PlayStation vs, X-Box.

  29. MG says:

    Resurge of covid-19 in highly vaccinated Chile:

    And it is among the young people. When the productive populations around the world start to decline.

    • MG says:

      The video says that they, like the Seychelles, relied mostly on Sinovac vaccine.

    • AlfredCairns says:

      These experimental infusions are not vaccines by any stretch of the imagination. They are designed to spread the disease to people nearby who have not been infected.

      The MSM is not reporting this but in India, those trying to administer vaccines are being stoned and driven out of town.

        • With conflicting stories, it is hard to know what is true.

          • Robert Firth says:

            Gail, I think the inhabitants of the former Soviet Union found the best answer to this conundrum: “Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.”

            • Kowalainen says:

              Or ”debunked” in MSM, or by the useful idiots (with a reach) parroting the official narrative (lies) of the day.

        • Thierry says:

          Fake news elaborated by fake media so that other fake media can debunk them and pretend they tell the truth. That’s how it works, really no one can see this? I’m really tired.
          Time to live your own life and ignore them! They need your brains, they need your attention, here lies their power. Stop playing the game and maybe they will disappear instantly.
          The only truth as Gail says is “not enough energy to go around”, why are we still debating about the wrong issues?

          • Kowalainen says:


            Assume the moon landing was faked; so what? Nobody here questions the barrage of lies and hopium directed at infantile adults.

            It is all very silly to think the US guvmint is infallible when setting out to go to the moon. Assume it was impossible with 60’s tech, then ‘they’ better craft a ‘Plan B’ to cover for hopium infused dolts over promising shit that isn’t possible to deliver upon given the tech (and resources) of an era.

            It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Wernher von Braun and the other smart asses of an era simply told muppets to bring in Stanley for the production.

            Sometimes shit doesn’t pan out according to the (deluded) vision. Simply twiddle and tweak until better ideas and technologies emerge. In the mean time; keep it small-scale.

            Let’s be realistic.

  30. Great article from Tim Watkins

    As Gail Tverberg at Our Finite World has argued on many occasions, the key driver in the modern economy is the lack of aggregate consumer spending power. In the 1990s and early 2000s, this was hidden via a combination of offshoring – to lower the wage bill – and wider access to debt – to allow western consumers to keep buying. This was the system that imploded – and should have been allowed to reset – in 2008. Since then, governments across the developed economies have been playing a game of extend and pretend in which rising stock and bond prices are used to mask the decline in prosperity which was already fuelling a retail apocalypse long before SARS-CoV-2 embarked on its world tour.

    There is no reason to believe that the rising prices brought about by pandemic-related supply-side shocks will follow a different course. That is, initial price spikes caused by businesses attempting to pass increased costs onto consumers, will be met by swings in consumer spending away from discretionary items in favour of essentials. As a consequence, businesses in the larger, non-essential, sectors of the economy will experience rapidly falling demand. If they still have some cost-cutting capacity, they may attempt to stay in business by such things as re-financing debt, renegotiating rent and cutting their wage bill. But these, of course, serve to lower aggregate consumer demand – and generate a psychological wariness of new spending or borrowing – making the problem worse. And many businesses have already taken these actions in response to the pandemic.

    • Yes, this is a fine article. Nice of Tim to quote me. I note he also says that the problems aren’t easily fixed.

      “Too much of the savings are locked up in the accounts of the wealthy, while too much of the outstanding debt is a burden on the lower than average-paid workers at the bottom. Rich people may have savings, but there is no reason to expect them to dramatically increase their spending to make up for the massive loss of spending power at the bottom.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      ‘This was the system that imploded – and should have been allowed to reset – in 2008.’

      Hahahhahahaha…. hahahahahahaha….

      • I will have to admit that his statement “‘This was the system that imploded – and should have been allowed to reset – in 2008,’’ was pretty strange. We wouldn’t be here today, discussing this, if the system had been allowed to reset in 2008, I expect.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Maybe he thinks we could have refilled the depleted oil fields that caused $147 oil?

        • Xabier says:

          Tim Morgan, however fine a mind he has, and however sharp and accurate his assessments of some aspects of this energy crisis, is strangely detached from reality.

          In particular, he does not seem to grasp the psychopathy of power. In the treatment of Iraq, Libya, Syria – to touch the most obvious examples, which have the lives of many millions – this has been demonstrated to us time and time again.

          It’s perplexing – but one supposes he needs some hope and belief in essential decency like everyone else.

          His blog is really of little relevance now, as these blind spots make it far too narrow.

          • Tim Morgan has a great deal of faith in EROEI theory, which he as somehow modeled in his SEEDS Model. He doesn’t realize how narrow and distorted the theory is. I don’t think he realizes how interconnected the economy is. He also thinks a whole lot like an economist.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Tim is a case study that can be extended to most humans… he simply cannot accept what is going down around us…. to do so would lead to insanity… or at least Xanax.

              Humans need the matrix… if it gets punctured… they lose their sh it.

              Their thoughts MUST be controlled…. see Century of Self first 15 minutes….

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Stopped looking at Tim’s blog ages ago … he’s gone off into Deepest DelusiSTAN and there is no hope for him.

            He probably believes we have walked on the moon too.

        • geno mir says:

          I think what he is saying is that if the system was let to fail in 2008, the massive dirt nap all over the world would have been behind us (or the ones who survived) and perhaps we’d have now a working model of de-growth applied across the shrunken world population. It looks like that Tim has an issue with spilling the hard and painful truths (nothing bad with that, he seems to be a man of compassion). But lets be frank, decreasing in energy production/consumption manifests in death in a global scale, piles of bodies upon piles of bodies upon piles of bodies.

  31. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    I stumbled on this YouTube video by an Englishman regarding what’s becoming the 8th Wonder of the World.. China’s Highway System…

    He claims the English are doomed….Cheers Mate!

    The video is only a minute in half long…very picturesque

    • My observation is that these roads are mostly toll roads. Also, China has earthquakes. Even apart from earthquakes, they will be hard to keep up. The tolls will not in the aggregate be high enough, especially on lightly traveled parts of the highway.

      • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

        Built 84,000 Miles of road, most on the planet and add 6,000 miles of it every year…..showed a 34 mile bridge!
        Suppose they are not too concerned about peak ICE!

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Japan has a lot of massive highways too… seems to be the thing to do when you’ve run out of road…

          • Building roads creates jobs. They look like a good reason for debt. The use of commodities to make the roads helps keep the prices of commodities higher. There are lots of good reasons to build roads when the economy is going downhill.

      • Tim Groves says:

        Speed at the expense of safety?

  32. From

    LTO Survivor
    05/05/2021 at 4:52 pm

    EIA came out with another 100k production drop for the past week. I think they are having difficulties with their models. Perhaps they don’t take into account that the child well IPs are roughy 40% lower than the parent well IPs. The only wells being drilled today are child wells. Inventory is drying up quicker than a puddle in the summer on a Midland street.

    LTO Survivor
    05/05/2021 at 10:57 pm

    We have drilled over 300 LTO wells in the Permian Basin and the per well productivity is going down and fast. Production models that show an increase in production in the US will only happen at a consistent, reliable and hedgeable ( not in backwardation) above $85 WTI. These are the facts. I see it with my own eyes every day.

  33. Phil says:

    Hi Gail, hello from Massachusetts and thanks for the new article. You briefly mentioned computer viruses and I’d like to recommend the book I just finished to you and your readers. In short, humanity has created another class of weapons with computers and they’re just waiting to be used or abused:

    • Thanks for the tip. I am concerned that all of the work done with the electrical system to eliminate the need for meter readers has simply made the electric grid much easier to “hack.” All of the need for adjustments to deal with the intermittent renewable energy makes the grid more dependent on signals from the internet. Security hasn’t necessarily been a top concern for those building these systems.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Waste of time… civilization ends due to peak oil.

      And we are well past peak….

      I have a name for a novel — On Borrowed Time….

      I’ve provided a synopsis (the CEP)… don’t have time … nor interest … to write a full novel… there will be nobody around to read it.

  34. Line 5 pipeline a ‘ticking time bomb,’ must be shut down by next week, Michigan governor’s office says

    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office says a key petroleum pipeline for Central Canada that runs through the Great Lakes state is a “ticking time bomb” and that Calgary-based operator Enbridge Inc. would be breaking the law if it doesn’t shut it down next week as she has ordered.

    Bobby Leddy, press secretary to Ms. Whitmer, said the Governor’s position is that Enbridge must stop operating Line 5 by May 12.

    “As of that date, Enbridge’s continued operation of the Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac would be unlawful,” Mr. Leddy said in a statement.

    • Phil D says:

      Lawfare. This is like the DAPL shutdown. Environmentalists use their allies in the Democrat party (governors and judges) to order shutdowns of oil infrastructure – any reason will do – just force it to close, force as much financial damage as possible on the owner, while the asset sits idle.

      Wouldn’t surprise me if this lawfare strategy expanded from pipes to refineries and drill in the coming years.

      • NomadicBeer says:

        I have no idea why they are fighting about but I can tell you with absolute certainty it has nothing to do with environmentalism.

        For the last 50 years, the greens have been coopted as captive constituencies for the democrats and they have dropped all their ideals.
        Remember the carbon tax? They used environmentalism as an excuse for another neoliberal fleecing of the poor.

        I bet this is something similar – could it be Michigan wants more money or some contractor paid the governor.

        The environmentalists in US will never attack pipes or refineries unless some business owned politician needs that as an excuse.

        Read/watch “Bright green lies” or “Planet of the Humans” to get a glimpse at the corruption behind so called lefty environmentalism.

        BTW, I wish it was different. In my own corner of the world I am still trying to help the forest and the animals but I gave up on bought and sold NGOs.

  35. Containment (2015) – Trailer

    • Xabier says:

      In the film, someone wakes up to find that his ESG score (the coming Western social credit system) has dropped too low, and his 5G fridge won’t talk to him anymore…..

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Haha… is that depicting Devil Covid?

        Here’s the sequel

      • Bei Dawei says:

        That sounds more like “The Image of the Beast” (part 3 of the “Thief in the Night” series). Think super low-budget ancestor of “Left Behind,” with a cast recruited almost entirely from this one church’s youth group. It’s awesome. There’s a guillotine scene, 1970s-era speculation about the role of computers in the antichrist’s one-world government, and scenes of hippie children listening to the Beast monologue while sitting on what looks like the altar of some local Masonic lodge. The whole thing is on YouTube, check it out.

        The thing is, this movie anticipated the widespread use of supermarket scanners. (To make sure everyone has the Mark, you understand.)

  36. Absolute Risk Reduction (ARR) offered by the Pfizer vaccine is only 0.7% and Moderna’s ARR is 1.1%? See this new paper:

    Outcome Reporting Bias in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine
    Clinical Trials

      • This link is to an article in the BMJ–a very well regarded journal. It says among other things:

        All attention has focused on the dramatic efficacy results: Pfizer reported 170 PCR confirmed covid-19 cases, split 8 to 162 between vaccine and placebo groups. But these numbers were dwarfed by a category of disease called “suspected covid-19”—those with symptomatic covid-19 that were not PCR confirmed. According to FDA’s report on Pfizer’s vaccine, there were “3410 total cases of suspected, but unconfirmed covid-19 in the overall study population, 1594 occurred in the vaccine group vs. 1816 in the placebo group.”

        With 20 times more suspected than confirmed cases, this category of disease cannot be ignored simply because there was no positive PCR test result. Indeed this makes it all the more urgent to understand. A rough estimate of vaccine efficacy against developing covid-19 symptoms, with or without a positive PCR test result, would be a relative risk reduction of 19% (see footnote)—far below the 50% effectiveness threshold for authorization set by regulators. Even after removing cases occurring within 7 days of vaccination (409 on Pfizer’s vaccine vs. 287 on placebo), which should include the majority of symptoms due to short-term vaccine reactogenicity, vaccine efficacy remains low: 29% (see footnote).

        • Xabier says:

          The BMJ has been rather critical of Big Pharma over the vaccines, for good reason.

          Not bought and paid for, clearly.

  37. Ed says:

    If Scotland becomes sovereign will it raise a navy to protect Scottish fish?

  38. Aggregation and Prion-Like Properties of Misfolded Tumor Suppressors: Is Cancer a Prion Disease?

    • This is an academic paper from October 2016. In that paper, there is discussion of “malignant tumors involving misfolded p53, a tumor-suppressor protein.” It sounds like something very similar could be involved in amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimers. The paper expresses hope that this knowledge could be used as treatment for cancers at some point.

      I suppose the connection to COVID-19 and the vaccines might be that if the virus, either causing COVID-19 or generated in response to the COVID-19 vaccine has a prion-like effect, perhaps it could cause cancer or Alzheimers’ disease.

      On the other hand, if there really is a treatment for cancer and perhaps Alzheimers using this knowledge, it could perhaps be used to fix problems caused by the COVID-19 virus or vaccine.

      I don’t understand these things very well, however.

  39. Same Script, Same Tactics, Same Players – 10 years prior they tried the same but failed

  40. Mirror on the wall says:

    The Tory Party has broken the Brexit agreement again, and this time it has led to a small scale military conflict with France in the seas around Jersey.

    Boris ‘Jingo’ Johnson is absolutely unbelievable. He led UK into an appalling Brexit deal, breaks it, and then expects us all to back him. This is getting more and more retarded.

    > French trawler RAMS British boat as Jersey stand-off escalates: French fishermen warn they are ready ‘to re-stage the Battle of Trafalgar’ after Macron sends a SECOND gunboat to meet two Royal Navy warships


    The 35ft Lasgot sped up as it raced towards Jonathan Ruff’s boat (bottom right) before bashing it and forcing him to return to St Helier harbour. It came as tiny vessels delayed the Commodore Goodwill (left) from leaving the marina before the leader of the demonstration told protesters to stop the blockade so it could exit.

    Meanwhile France sent two gunboats to face-off with two Royal Navy warships in the Channel, which were there to marshal the 100 demonstrating ships in Jersey. One of them, the Athos, hurtled towards the British Crown dependency to confront HMS Severn and HMS Tamar (top right) – despite them being far superior in size and power.

    But it came to a halt before entering UK waters and was forced to watch from afar. Jersey’s minister of external affairs Ian Gorst said the ship had not asked permission from Britain or the island to enter. The British boats are armed with cannon and machine guns and are roaming the Channel after Paris warned yesterday it could cut off electricity to the island – which is largely supplied via an undersea cable.

    The European Commission said today the terms of the EU/UK trade deal are not being met in waters off the coast of Jersey, due to the conditions imposed on licences for French fishing boats there. But Boris Johnson reiterated his ‘unequivocal support’ for the island during a phone call with its officials, adding the two Royal Navy vessels are set to remain in place as a precaution. The French fishermen on their tiny vessels said they were ready to restage the Battle of Trafalgar as they headed towards the Royal Navy ships earlier. jean-Claude La Vaullée, skipper of Le Cach, said: ‘I’ve refuelled the boat – we’re ready to restage the Battle of Trafalgar.’

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      Gail’s suggestion that conflict is more likely as resources contract seems to be apparent.

      British State is headed for tariffs on its fish, and there is talk of France cutting off the electricity supply to Jersey, which it always openly threatened, during Brexit negotiations, that it would if BS does not comply.

      BS is facing EU arbitration on two front already, the NI Protocol and now fishing – arbitration that it has already agreed to. Frankly it will be entertaining to see where this all leads.

      BS just insists on being ‘ahead of the curve’ in devolutionary tendencies. Scotland goes to the polls today.

      > Jersey fishing row: European Commission says UK is breaking Brexit trade deal

      The European Commission has told Britain that the conditions imposed on licences for French fishing vessels in Jersey territorial waters breach the terms of the EU/UK trade deal, a Brussels spokesperson has said.

      Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Commission spokesperson Vivian Loonela said: “On 30 April, the Commission was notified by the UK authorities of granting 41 licences to the EU vessels fishing in Jersey territorial waters from 1 May. But there were additional conditions set to these licences. We have following the receiving of this, indicated to the UK that we see that the provisions of the EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, that we recently agreed, have not been met there, have not being respected.”

      Under the terms of the deal agreed by Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve, any new conditions limiting EU fishing activities in UK water must be based on a clear scientific rationale, be non-discriminatory between the UK and European boats and be notified in advance to the other party, said Ms Loonela. “Based on that, we have indicated that until we have received further justifications from the UK authorities we consider that these new conditions should not apply,” she said. “We are continuing our discussions with the UK, we are calling for calm in this situation, we are doing as foreseen in the agreement as well as keeping in mind the best interests of our fishing community. Full compliance with the TCA is essential in this process.”

      Commission spokesman Daniel Ferrie said that that Brussels was “engaging in good faith with the UK” over the situation. Mr Ferrie declined to say whether it would be acceptable under the terms of the TCA for France to withhold energy supplies to Jersey in retaliation. The deal requires both parties to a dispute to “engage constructively” over any disagreement, and this was the stage which the process has reached so far, he said.

      If disagreements persist, the TCA allows for the complaining party to request the establishment of an arbitration tribunal. In the case of either side failing to comply with the tribunal’s ruling, the other party has the right to suspend its other obligations under the treaty “in a proportionate way”, he said. It is understood that this could include the introduction of tariffs on goods related to the dispute.

      • Governor Whitmer is trying to shut off the pipeline that central Canada relies on. This will raise the conflict level between the US and Canada, if she can actually succeed in this effort.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      British State is reducing itself to a “try it on and call it a lark and giggle” “strategy” in international relations.

      Frankly it is not surprising that elder Tory statesman called it a day and retired from politics when Brexit went through.

      This sort of thing is “OK for a laugh” “among mates” at the “boozer” but UKIP/ Farage postures are no basis for a “serious” country to conduct international relations.

      If there is a “joke” in circulation then it is about the “capacity” of British State to act the adult in the modern world. No wonder Scotland wants out of BS. Who could blame them?

      There will be consequences to this nonsense.

      The much heralded “Brexit bonanza” turned out to be a 1B trade deal with India.

      Frankly a “giggle” is all that British State has left in its tool kit. The “union” is showing serious signs of dementia.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      Alcohol abuse continues to spiral out of control in UK. Figures already show that the British are the worst drunkards in the world – and the fattest in Europe. C 19 has only compounded the booze problem here, and 750,000 drinkers landed in hospital during the height of lockdown last year.

      The hospitals were already in crisis, with many appointments cancelled, and boozers were admitted to hospitals at the rate of over 100 per hour. A high proportion of Brits can expect to be hospitalised by booze at some point in their life, yet there is little talk or public acknowledgement of the situation. It is a national disgrace that boozers did this to the hospitals during lock down.

      > Warning over worrying new alcohol figures

      Worrying new figures highlighting over three quarters of a million hospital admissions from alcohol during the height of the pandemic show that we need to look after ourselves this Spring. That is the message from health campaigners in the North East as pubs reopen outdoors from Monday.

      It comes as alarming new figures from NHS Digital figures show over three quarters of a million alcohol-related hospital admissions between April and December last year – over 100 an hour – with three quarters of them (587,501) involving patients over the age of 50.

      Sue Taylor, Acting Head of Alcohol Policy for Balance, said: “These new figures are worrying and shocking and show it is not just young people at risk. When it comes to alcohol, we know the pandemic has added to the problem we already had, creating even more worrying drinking patterns which are wrecking more lives and creating huge pressures on our NHS.

      “People are looking forward to socialising but drinking too much alcohol does not need to be part of it – at the end of the day alcohol is a toxin and a depressant which can harm health and cause hangovers, tiredness and low mood, and lead to more family tension.

      “It can sometimes feel we are surrounded by alcohol, from advertising on TV to our weekly shop in the supermarket. Whether or not you’ve felt your drinking creeping up during lockdown, now is a really important time to be looking after ourselves and our families, mentally and physically, and that includes trying to stick within the limits of 14 units per week.”

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        The drunkedness is showing in UK foreign ‘policy’ now.

      • When everything is depressing, people turn to alcohol, it seems. I know that after the collapse of the central government of the Soviet Union, there was a lot of problem with alcoholism in Russia. Even now, Russia is known for serving alcohol in the morning.

        This list of alcohol consumption by country doesn’t show the UK near the top. UK is listed as 24th on the list.

        This is a totally different estimate of alcohol by country:

        The highest country seems to be Afghanistan, followed by South Africa.

        • Xabier says:

          Afghans and Iranians are often drugged up to the eyeballs, too, and have been for centuries.

          Iranians love their illegal hooch parties, and are often rather promiscuous too – all easy distractions from a depressing present, with no hope of change, and the menace of worse to come.

          Simple human nature, regardless of race or religion.

          Myself, I just plant roses and have a nice big glass (or two) of cider afterwards, sitting in the mild English sun. Something one cannot do in a Kabul slum, or a Teheran apartment……

          • Harry McGibbs says:

            Plenty you’d want to forget going on in Afghanistan at the moment:

            “Thousands of Afghans were forced to flee their homes as fierce fighting erupted between government forces and the Taliban in a southern province after the US military began withdrawing its remaining troops…”


            “The death toll due to flash floods in Afghanistan reached 56 Thursday with 30 people still missing…”


          • Kowalainen says:

            Right, I have heard that from an Iranian coworker of mine. A rather hot and smart broad, she knows what’s up in Iran. Aggression, dope and debauchery.

            • Xabier says:

              We should team up with FE for an End of the World party in Teheran.

              Or, even wilder, Kermanshah…….

            • Ed says:

              Xabier, I am up for an End of the World party anywhere I can get to without the mRNA vax.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            When I stepped out of the airport in Yemen … the parking lot where you grab a ride was filled with glassy eyed zombies…. khat consumption is as common as drinking coffee…

            I went with the boys to the khat market and bought a big bag of it for $5… (when in rome…) … chewed a bit … it’s like taking coke, speed, and 6 Red Bulls… quite overwhelming… but I imagine once you get used to it you just become a zombie…

            I gave the boys the rest of the sack of khat… it wasn’t my thing….

            • Anthony says:

              I dunno, when my wife, me and two of our daughters spent time in Yemen in the spring of 2009 we tried Khat. We decided it was like holding a bunch of oak leaves in our mouths for no good reason. Neither of us felt one thing.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              You need to chew it

            • Anthony says:

              Really? No kidding? There we were sitting around camp with a bunch of Yemenis, including a General, and just darn forgot to tell us to chew it. Dang!

            • Fast Eddy says:

              I’ve done a fairly complete range of narcotics from smoking opium Laos to snorting heroin in Saigon … so if you didn’t feel anything you either didn’t chew it or you were give the ‘foreign family option’ — random leaves stripped off of a tree in a park.

              Did you also not notice the zombified men everywhere?

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          Yes, I took my stat from a recent Daily Mail article that is based on what people self-report.

          It is difficult to believe that AFG is at the top of the list or anywhere near it, given the influence of the Taliban. I read that they are likely to take over completely once US troops are out.

          As you suggest, alcoholism is a serious problem that tends to reflect other problems, and very often it makes situations worse. I avoid it. I am generally happy enough anyway, and I would not be doing myself or anyone else any favours.

          We all have our own coping mechanisms, I try to avoid the more harmful ones.

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          The problem in UK is often termed ‘binge drinking’. Continentals tend to have a glass with a meal and leave it at that, the British tend to take their weekly or even monthly ‘allowance’ all in one go – which is where the ‘drunkard’ thing comes in.

          Brits do not necessarily drink more over all, but they tend to ‘booze’ when they do. And they are liable to ‘booze’ should they drink more often. I really do not know whether it is a cultural thing, or whether there is a genetic component involved somewhere, which would be a bit sad either way.

          Some manage moderation but Britain has a certain story going on with ‘booze’.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      As Beethoven teaches us, there is a certain gravity that underlies joy.

      It is a real shame that Britain failed to learn absolutely anything from the Europeans. The first few notes of Beethoven’s First alone are worth more than anything ever written in Britain.

      • Erdles says:

        Europeans are responsible for Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, Franco and Mussolini along with both Fascism and Communism. Yet apparently it’s we British that have something to learn from them. Oh dear, you are quite deluded.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        British State nationalists attacked Nicola in the street today, shouting racial abuse at passers-by. This is what the British State is reduced to, out and out hooliganism. No wonder Scots want out of UK.

        > ‘You are a racist’: Sturgeon clashes with ex-Britain First deputy

        Nicola Sturgeon has confronted the former Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen on the streets of her Glasgow Southside constituency, describing her as a “fascist” and “racist”.

        The exchange was captured by an observer and posted on Twitter, after Fransen approached the Scottish National party leader outside a polling station on Lorne Street, in Glasgow.

        In 2018 Fransen was convicted of anti-Muslim hate crimes while deputy leader of Britain First. She is standing in Glasgow Southside – the most ethnically diverse constituency in Scotland – as an independent.

        Sturgeon, flanked by SNP activists, was filmed telling Fransen she would be rejected by local voters, after Fransen approached her outside the polling station and accused her of being “an absolute disgrace”.

        Watch the video of the racial street assault here:

        • Tim Groves says:

          I picked this up from Quora in answer to the very reasonable question: Is the SNP fascist? And I’m sharing it with you because I know that for you the aroma of anti-SNP sentiment is like pepper spray to a bull.

          It is fundamently a racist party. According to it all problems in Scotland are the fault of the English as Scots are incapable of any mean or abusive actions. Every weekend hordes of English hooligans migrate to Scotlnd to carry out all the thuggery which occurs in Scorland on Saturday nights.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            Thanks Tim, seriously though I consider the tendency to label each other in Britain to be a bit of a comedy. It is like two people stood there, shouting at each other, “you are a racist!” It can get a bit silly. Not that it is much fun for those at the brunt of it. It says more about where Britain is at as a place than about anyone in particular.

            • Tim Groves says:

              I agree about the comedy aspect. But I have to say that we all get along a lot better with each other when we are outside the country. There is an “all Brits” drinking group in Osaka and as usual the Irish are allowed in as honorary Brits, and they even kindly let in a New Zealander, as the all New Zealanders in Osaka couldn’t fill a phone box. The main reason for forming the group was “racis”, of course. The Brits wanted a venue where they could meet, chat and relax without being swamped by the Japanese or the Americans—much as we love ’em.

      • Bei Dawei says:

        Hey, it’s the EU national anthem!

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          Yes, great stuff. It makes the UK anthem sound like a bit of a ‘dirge’ – it has been traced back to an early plainsong melody.

          Whether it ‘works’ at all as an anthem is clearly debatable. One has heard it so many times that it is difficult to hear anything musical in it – perhaps it just is not that ‘musical’ anyway.

          The classical period, like Beethoven, is more musical to the modern ear. Personally I like plain song, but I do not perceive it as anthemic. ‘Anthems’ in church music tend to be of a different style.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      British State MSM sends out a message to Europe: “WE’RE READY FOR WAR!”

    • This is really commodities that are shipped internationally. I expect that the price increase in, for example, a box of Cheerios or Fruit Loops is less. The big increase in commodity prices is a huge problem, however, for countries with a lot of poor people that import a lot of their foodstuffs, like countries of the Middle East. In fact, the rising prices are probably a problem, to some extent, everywhere.

    • cassandraclub says:

      Oops, vegetable oils ……

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    Hahaha… anyone who thinks we have been to the moon after watching this … is a f789ing RET ARD

    Check this part out:

    • StarvingLion says:

      Fast Eddy, Fast Eddy, go 1 step further…

      Nuke Bombs? Are they a hoax too?

      Much more lucrative than the Space Hoax by several orders of magnitude.


      • Fast Eddy says:

        maybe the moon does not even exist… but I’ll need someone to attempt to prove that to me…. because I deal in logic and facts…. not ‘what if’

        • Bei Dawei says:

          Believe it or not, there do exist people who claim that the moon does not exist, is a hologram, etc. SciManDan covers them occasionally:

          (Yup, what started out as a Ali-G joke is now a real-world crank belief.)

            • geno mir says:

              Even if we do live in baseline reality which is like 1000% really real, this reality is also a virtual rendition of the fundamental laws of physics and their interactions.
              Double-slit experiment or not double-slit experiment, that is the question and whatever the answer the outcome is the same. We will always experience ‘reality’ (be it ‘real’ or ‘simulated’) in realistic subjective way. Ffs, Eddy, our brains ignore like 90% of physical stimuli and provide us with completely ‘imagined’ version of ‘reality’. We just can’t cope with physical reality, we operate on ill informed assumptions and always lag behind due to our nature. The issue with ‘reality’ and ‘simulation’ is purely philosophical one and the short answer is that whatever the case we will always ‘simulate’ reality inside our brains and believe it is really ‘real’.
              I hope you adequately hydrate yours 😉

  42. Malcopian says:

    According to wikileaks, David Icke has been arrested and is being held in a mental hospital.

    He was forcibly vaccinated, whereupon he immediately turned into a lizard.

  43. Fast Eddy says:

    NZ suspends quarantine-free travel to and from Sydney

    I’ve been trying to place bets that this would happen… but there are no takers… and I don’t think the online outfits will have this.

    This is just hilarious….

    All these fools who are in Australia will be stranded waiting for a cell in one of the quarantine hotels in NZ…. and that can take a long long time… travel insurance won’t cover their costs while they wait for a flight and a slot to open up…. and you can bet their employers will not be pleased – nor be willing to pay their salaries…..

    The Nightmare…. realized. Hopefully this continues for a few weeks…. just to give people the message … do not travel… (but then that’s the whole point of this – ain’t it? — we need to save oil)

    • This article starts out:

      One of the hallmarks of totalitarian systems is the criminalization of dissent. Not just the stigmatization of dissent or the demonization of dissent, but the formal criminalization of dissent, and any other type of opposition to the official ideology of the totalitarian system. Global capitalism has been inching its way toward this step for quite some time, and now, apparently, it is ready to take it.

      Germany has been leading the way. For over a year, anyone questioning or protesting the “Covid emergency measures” or the official Covid-19 narrative has been demonized by the government and the media, and, sadly, but not completely unexpectedly, the majority of the German public. And now such dissent is officially “extremism.”

      I think we can recognize this pattern a lot of places besides Germany.

      • Xabier says:

        It’s an ominous trend. Not only criminalized, but also defined as a mental illness or disease.

        State psychiatrists will have no trouble in helping – and maybe they’ll find a ‘vaccine’ for that, too?

        ‘Thinking for yourself? Don’t worry, there’s Vaccine Hope for you, too!’

        Tribal peoples also kill or expel those who break taboos, this is not unique to totalitarian industrial societies.

        God help us. We are left only with prayer these days, but we are told that that itself can be mighty, so perhaps all is not lost.

  44. Fast Eddy says:

    ‘Extremely troubling’: Ontario teachers’ unions slam province for considering permanent online learning option

    Ontario teachers’ unions are sounding the alarm after the provincial government announced its holding consultations on whether or not to make online learning options a permanent choice for families once the pandemic ends.

    • StarvingLion says:

      Online Learning = Oxymoron

      just like

      Digital Assets

      in general.

      They should just tell the kiddies to buy physical silver and uranium stocks with ponzi “money” (eg cryptos) and skip the algebra. The spent fuel rods and biological warfare will eventually kill them all anyways.

    • I am sure quite a few places will want to continue to teach online, simply because it saves a lot of fuel. A teacher can teach quite a few more students, as well. Catching illnesses from other students isn’t a problem either.

      If children don’t learn anything, that is the child’s problem. It ends up being the parents doing most of the teaching, I am afraid.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Children are about to be vaxxed on Ontario so this will all soon be moot

  45. Fast Eddy says:

    “Venezuela to begin clinical trials of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine candidate” – If the trials of the Abdola vaccine are successful, the Government of Venezuela is planning to produce enough doses for four million people

    And still… the CovIDIOTS… have no questions….

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