Don’t expect the world economy to resume its prior growth pattern after COVID-19

Most people seem to think that the world economy is going through a temporary disruption, caused by a novel coronavirus. As soon as COVID-19 goes away, they expect the economy will be back to normal. I think that this assessment is overly optimistic. The way I see the situation, the world economy was already having severe growth problems, caused indirectly by resource problems, even before COVID-19 hit.

In a growing world economy, a person might expect that workers would be getting richer, so that they could afford an increasing quantity of goods and services. What we really see is something very different. The number of new automobiles sold was falling in many major countries long before COVID-19 hit, even as population was generally rising. Clearly, something was seriously wrong.

Figure 1. Auto sales for selected countries, based on data of

As I see the situation, the world has a resource problem. Resources of many kinds, including fresh water, energy products, and minerals of many kinds were becoming more difficult (and expensive) to extract, even before 2020. Substitution might have worked if the problem were only one or two resources, but not with several major resources. Cutting back was the only answer.

Thus, the shutdowns for COVID-19 came at a convenient time, allowing economies that were already doing poorly to shut down. Needless to say, there was no world leader who was willing to explain this hidden issue to the world population. Instead, world leaders used standardized code words such as “we need to move to renewables” or “we need to reduce carbon use by 2050 to prevent climate change.” Unfortunately, the ability to move to alternatives in this time frame is simply an illusion, allowing world leaders to avoid mentioning the serious resource issues that the world economy is really facing.

I expect that within a few months, a new crisis of some sort (perhaps financial) will come along, further reducing resource use. This will happen, whether or not the problem of the novel coronavirus is solved. In this post, I will try to explain the situation.

[1] The world’s economy is a self-organizing system, powered by the laws of physics. It requires a mix of resources, including energy resources, to operate.

The laws of physics require that energy be “dissipated” whenever activities we associate with generating GDP take place. For example, if a person is to drive a truck, he/she will need to eat food for his/her own personal energy. This food is “dissipated” by digestion. If the truck is to transport goods, it will need to burn some type of fuel, such as diesel. This fuel is dissipated by burning. If a computer is to operate, it will need to dissipate electricity. If a room (or a liquid) is to be heated or cooled, some sort of energy dissipation will be required.

The world economy grows in a very orderly manner. It gradually adds population, as more babies are born than people die. All of these people need food and fresh water; they also need some type of housing and clothing to protect them from the elements. Ideally, they need some type of transportation in addition to walking. Businesses are formed to enable access to goods and services that fill these needs. Governments are also formed to provide services used by all and to regulate the system. A financial system is formed to facilitate transactions, among other things.

The world economy cannot slow down and quickly restart. This is especially the case for an economy that had already started slowing, even before the 2020 pandemic. If not enough resources of the right kinds were available to enable true economic growth before the pandemic, it is hard to see how the situation would be very much improved a year later.

One key to understanding how a self-organizing economy works is to understand that the economy is multi-sided. Businesses need to make an adequate profit, to continue in operation. Workers need to earn an adequate wage to raise a family. Customers need affordable prices. Shortages of inexpensive-to-extract resources can lead to many different problems: lack of profitability for producers, or too much wage disparity among workers, or too high prices for customers. Resource shortages can also lead to people with inadequate wages wanting to migrate. They can also lead to empty shelves in stores.

[2] Depleted coal mines near population centers in China have adversely affected the Chinese economy more than it tells the outside world.

China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001. The Kyoto Protocol mandated that 37 industrialized nations cut their greenhouse gas emissions. More than 100 developing countries, including China and India, were exempt from the treaty. This combination of events allowed China to greatly ramp up its economy, building many new roads, factories and housing units from concrete, with little competition from the 37 industrialized economies.

China had very large coal resources, which it ramped up (Figure 2). Of course, this greatly increased world coal consumption, an effect precisely the opposite of the stated purpose of the Kyoto Protocol–to reduce world CO2 emissions.

Figure 2. World and China coal consumption, based on data of BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. China imported 7.4% of its coal supply in 2019, so China’s coal production would be similar, but it would hit limits a bit sooner and harder.

The problem that China ran into about 2013 was that its coal mines, especially those near population centers, began depleting. The cost of extraction started rising because the thickest coal seams, closest to the surface, were badly depleted. In theory, there was still a great deal more coal available from those mines if the price would rise sufficiently high. Coal from new mines that were more distant from population centers might also be used if the price would rise high enough to include overland transport costs.

Coal prices didn’t rise to match the higher cost of production. If they had risen, they would have raised the cost of many goods manufactured for export, making these industries less profitable. Because coal prices stayed too low for coal producers, over 70% of China’s coal companies were reported to be unprofitable by the first half of 2014.

China closed unprofitable mines and added new mines at more distant locations. China’s coal production has struggled in recent years. A constant problem has been keeping coal prices high enough to cover the rising cost of extraction and delivery to population centers. There are recent indications that coal supply is inadequate: Parts of China experienced rolling blackouts in the winter of 2020-2021, and warnings have been given to expect possible electricity shortages this summer. China has been accepting few coal imports, largely because it wants to keep its local prices sufficiently high that its own coal producers can be profitable.

China uses coal in many ways, including generating electricity, making steel, and manufacturing cement, which is the most important ingredient in concrete. Concrete is used in producing roads, bridges and buildings of all types, including high rise buildings used in many places in China.

Figure 3 shows that China’s cement production fell at a time similar to that at which coal production “flattened out.” This would not be surprising if a shortage of coal led China to cut back on its use of cement in order to save coal for electricity production.

Figure 3. Cement production for the World and China based on USGS data.

China, like other countries, has been seeing its population rise. Figure 4 shows coal and cement amounts for China on a per capita basis. This approach shows that, viewed on a per person basis, both coal consumption and concrete production have been falling since about 2013-2014. In fact, coal consumption began to fall slightly before cement production, suggesting that the fall in coal consumption is the cause of the fall in cement production.

Figure 4. Cement production from the USGS and coal consumption from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, divided by population from the World Population Prospects 2019 by the United Nations.

[3] A decrease in new home building in the United States after 2008, as well as the recent difficulty in ramping construction back up again, are further evidence that the world is reaching resource limits of some kind.

Figure 5. New US privately owned single-family housing units divided by US population, multiplied by a constant. This gives a measure of per capita growth in new single-family housing units. Chart prepared by the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Figure 5, above, shows that the number of new single-family housing units, relative to population, dropped dramatically after late 2005, early 2006. (This was when US Federal Reserve target interest rates rose, leading to higher borrowing costs for both builders and purchasers.) New home building plunged before and during the Great Recession. Building of new units has not ramped up very much, since then.

Even in 2020 and early 2021, the number of new units being started is very low by historical standards. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if a lack of resources is part of what is depressing new home production. It may also be causing the spurt in resource prices (for example, lumber and copper) when new-home production does try to ramp up.

[4] World oil production seems to be falling for the same reason that China’s coal production stopped growing: Prices are too low for producers because of depletion issues. Oil producers cannot make an adequate profit, so they are reducing production.

Figure 6. World oil production through 2020 based on data of the US Energy Information Administration.

World crude oil production was at its highest level ever in 2018. It has fallen ever since.

Figure 7 shows that oil production has been falling in many parts of the world in recent years.

Figure 7. Crude and condensate oil production for selected areas of the world, based on data of the US Energy Information Administration.

The shining star of crude oil production, at least until recently, has been the United States with its shale oil production.

Figure 8. US crude and condensate oil production for the 48 states, Alaska, and for shale basins, based on data of the US Energy Information Administration.

Unfortunately, with low prices, US shale oil is unprofitable. Shale production fell in 2020, and indications for the year 2021 are down as well.

Worldwide, the oil industry seems to require a price of $120 per barrel or more to make investment in new production profitable, and current prices are far below this. Part of this high price is required to provide adequate tax revenue for oil exporting countries that are dependent on this revenue.

[5] Relative to population, worldwide oil and coal consumption reached its highest level in 2007. It has fallen recently.

Figure 9. World per capita energy consumption, separated between “oil + coal” and all other. Data for 2019 and prior based on BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. Figures for 2020 reflect percentage changes anticipated by the International Energy Agency in its Global Energy Review 2021.

Figure 9 shows that on a per capita basis, combined oil and coal consumption reached its highest level in 2007 and dipped during the Great Recession. It reached somewhat of a plateau in the 2011 to 2013 period, but started slipping in 2014 and had fallen ever since. Those who follow oil prices closely will notice that combined oil and coal consumption per capita tends to be high when oil prices are high relative to other goods; consumption tends to be low when oil prices are low. The lower per capita oil and coal consumption since 2007 would be expected to hold back the production of “goods” of many kinds, including houses, automobiles, roads and electrical transmission lines.

The “All Other” category is really not a stand-alone category. It depends on oil and coal for its pipelines and electrical transmission, among other things. Without concrete bases, it would be difficult to have wind turbines. Solar panels without steel supports wouldn’t work well either. In theory, if a huge amount of transition were done, perhaps steel and concrete could be produced in reasonable quantities with only the “All Other” types of energy, but someone would need to figure out precisely how this could be accomplished, including the timeframe required.

[6] Inadequate fresh water supplies are a problem in many parts of the world.

The standard approach to getting fresh water has been to tap underground aquifers and tap them at rates far greater than they are refreshed. In some places, this leads to saltwater intrusion; in others, it leads to a falling water table. Some examples of areas with water problems include California, Saudi Arabia, India, China, and Cuba.

There are ways to work around these problems:

  • Digging deeper wells
  • Piping fresh water from a distance, nearly always uphill
  • Desalination

Implementing any of these workarounds for water shortages takes energy of different kinds, mostly coal (to make steel) and oil (for transporting goods and extracting metal ores). These workarounds make the cost of fresh water higher. Higher water costs are especially a problem for agriculture and for poor families, struggling with budgets that cover little more than the price of food and water.

If fixes for the fresh water supply problem cannot be found, irrigation will need to be cut back. Such a change would likely lead to a fall in world food supply.

[7] We are probably kidding ourselves if we think that production of semiconductor chips can be ramped up significantly in the future.

China is now a major producer for rare earth minerals, and it is practically the only processor of rare earth minerals. Semiconductor chips are created using rare earth minerals, water and huge amounts of heat in an exceptionally clean environment. The leading producer of chips is Taiwan, using raw materials from China. There is a long lead time required for building new factories. My concern arises because of the resource issues China and the rest of the world is facing.

We use semiconductor chips in many things, including computers, cell phones, automobiles and “smart” appliances. Without a ramp up in semiconductor chip production, many high-tech dreams for the future will likely remain only dreams.

[8] With a falling supply of coal and oil per capita and inadequate fresh water in many parts of the world, we have already reached the point where some types of “optional” activities need to be cut back.

An early optional activity that was cut back on was recycling. Oil prices fell in 2014, making the recycling of many types of goods, especially plastics, non-economic because the resale value of recycled products dropped with oil prices. China cut back greatly on its recycling efforts, effective January 1, 2018. Other countries have followed suit. China’s cutbacks on recycling allowed it to save its coal supplies (which were no longer growing, see Figures 2 and 4) for other activities that had the possibility of being more profitable.

In early 2020, cutbacks associated with the pandemic gave the world economy some “breathing room” with respect to resource shortages. Cutbacks in travel left more oil for other uses. Oil prices could drop back. This was especially helpful to countries that are big importers of oil, such as those in Figure 10, below. It is not surprising that some of the countries with the biggest oil import problems have been the most enthusiastic about travel cutbacks related to COVID-19.

Figure 10. Quantity of oil imported for selected countries, calculated in barrels of oil per person per year. Oil imports determined based on data from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2020; population is from World Population Prospects 2019 by the United Nations.

[9] The world economy has a very serious resource problem. There seem to be three different approaches to hiding the problem, none of which will really solve the problem.

The serious problem that the world economy is encountering is the fact that the supply of both coal and oil are running short, especially when viewed on a per capita basis. The world is also very short of fresh water. China is affected as much, or more than, other countries by these problems. As a result, China’s future growth prospects are likely quite low, even though few are expecting this change. Without a continued strong forward “pull” from China, the world economy may be headed for “collapse,” a condition which has affected many civilizations in the past.

There seem to be three different approaches to doing something about the world’s resource limits problem, without mentioning the nature of the real underlying problem:

[a] Develop a “fear of future climate change” story by creating models that assume we have huge amounts of fossil fuels that can be burned in the future, even though the evidence is very much the opposite: We are “running out” of coal and oil right now, but in a different way than economists have theorized (low price, rather than high price). At the same time, argue that a transition to renewables (particularly intermittent wind and solar) is possible in the next 30 years. The fact that essential minerals for such a change, including copper and lithium, are themselves in short supply relative to the incredibly large quantities required, is overlooked. No one stops to calculate the true cost, measured in energy products and other materials, required by such a transition, either.

[b] Create a “fear of the coronavirus” story, and use it to keep people inside and away from traveling as much as possible. Emphasize the possibility of mutations. If people cut back on traveling, it saves oil. If they cut back on eating out and large celebrations such as weddings, it reduces food wastage. If a pandemic takes place, politicians can use it as an excuse to mitigate problems of many kinds:

  • Reduce the need for imported oil, by keeping citizens at home
  • Keep factories closed, without disclosing that the factories could not really operate at full capacity because of inadequate orders or missing raw materials
  • Use shutdowns to keep order in areas disrupted by uprisings related to low wages
  • Hide the problem of many failing stores and businesses behind a new “temporary” problem
  • Give the politician a new sense of control with new rules related to the epidemic

It is disturbing that back in 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation was looking at using pandemics to control people when the foundation was examining possible workarounds for too large a population relative to resources.

[c] Hide the existing resource problem with more debt, to the extent possible. In fact, having a circulating coronavirus has assisted in this effort because everyone can see the need for more debt on a temporary basis, “until this problem goes away.” Of course, the resource problem is not going away, which means the world is likely headed for serious financial problems when the economy tries to ramp up again. See my post, Headed for a Collapsing Debt Bubble.

[10] My expectation is that the world economy will try to bounce back from this pandemic, but it won’t really be able to bounce back.

There really aren’t enough resources of any kind to pull the world economy much farther forward. A day of reckoning seems to be coming, probably in the next few months. The financial system looks like it is the weakest link. If the world economy dramatically slows, borrowers will not be able to repay debt with interest. There may be rapid shifts in currency relativities, disrupting derivatives markets. International trade will become less and less possible, perhaps taking place only among a few trusted partners.

We seem to be headed for a rapidly changing world economy, and unfortunately not for the better.

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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3,576 Responses to Don’t expect the world economy to resume its prior growth pattern after COVID-19

  1. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Decade-high food prices hit Asian consumers and businesses…

    “The impact of the soaring prices of agricultural staples from wheat to vegetable oils to sugar over the past few months is now hitting consumers and businesses in Asia.”

  2. Harry McGibbs says:

    “End of UK government Covid support set to cause further corporate distress

    “Restructuring experts say that many of the companies that received Covid-related financial support in 2020 will be in distress again this year as UK government measures to support companies unwind next month.”

  3. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Americans Hoarded ‘Mattress Money’ to Survive During Pandemic… People prefer keeping cash ready at hand when perceived risks are high…

    “This is hoarding. Mattress money. This is our defense and survival mechanism that tells us that we need to hoard food and wood and stay in the cave,” Geller says in an interview.”

  4. Ed says:

    Gail consistently draws us back to OFW with:
    not enough to go around
    not enough high wage jobs
    prices too low for producers and too high for consumers

    In a world with three military powers, in alphabetic order, China, Russia, United States
    will there be a war?

    • Sam says:

      If history is our guide then yes.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      The Russian ambassador to China seemed to opine today, in the GT, that such a conflict would never happen, as it would be too catastrophic for everyone. No doubt he is publicly posturing – he is a diplomat, after all. He likely makes a valid point nevertheless, though it seems remarkable that he is entering a public discussion of the matter at all. Things could change, who knows?

      > GT Exclusive with Russian ambassador: What position would Russia take in case of an armed conflict between China and US?

      …. GT: Competition and confrontation between China and the US are escalating. If one day an armed conflict between China and the US happens, what position would Russia take?

      Denisov: There will be no answer to this question because I am convinced that there will be no armed conflict between China and the US, just as there will be no armed conflict between Russia and the US, because such a conflict would exterminate all mankind, and then there would be no point in taking sides. However, if you are asking about the judgment of the international situation and major issues, then Russia’s position is clearly much closer to China’s.

      In recent years, the US has imposed sanctions both on Russia and China. Although the areas and content of the US’ dissatisfaction towards Russia and China are different, the goal of the US is the same: to crush the competitor. We clearly cannot accept such an attitude from the US. We hope that the Russia-China-US “tripod” will keep balance.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      A retired US Marine major is in hot water for publishing articles, in the GT, opining that USA would lose a war against China.

      The two countries are posturing over Taiwan, as the current focus of questions of belligerence. China’s public position is that it claims Taiwan, and wants a ‘one country, two systems approach’ to the island, but through peaceful means; while Biden is under some pressure to move from a ‘strategic ambiguity’, that USA might intervene if China used force on Taiwan, to a ‘strategic clarity’, that in fact it would. USA generally is trying to weaken China diplomatically, and by extension economically and geopolitically, by making a crisis over various issues with China.

      If the major is correct in his assessment that USA would lose a war, then that might diminish the motive of the USA to start one. But, who knows?

      > Pentagon whistle-blower under US govt probe for publishing op-eds at Global Times

      Franz Gayl, a 64-year-old retired US Marine major who is now working at the Pentagon, is under a counterintelligence investigation by the Marine Corps for his two articles published in the Global Times that criticized the US policy toward the Taiwan Straits.

      In his first article, published on April 27, he argued that the US would lose a war with China over the island of Taiwan. He also suggested that the US advise Taiwan’s secessionists to peaceably accept “one country, two systems” and cease its “independence” ambitions. The article was later translated and published in the Chinese version of the Global Times.

      Gayl further delivered his stance in another article a month later, in which he made it clear that “Attempting to support the renegade island of Taiwan’s secession is directly contrary to the US national interest as we know in advance we will lose.”

      He wrote this “as an American” whose priority is US national interest, he said in the article. And at the end of each article, he put a note saying that, “Opinions are of the author and do not represent the US government,”

      But the Marine Corps and the Pentagon he works for view him as an unacceptable “whistle-blower.” They have not only launched an investigation against Gayl, but also suspended his security clearances while seeking to determine whether he has been compromised. He faces an early exit from the civil service, according to a Washington Post article published on Friday (June 11)….

    • Not necessarily war of the type that we are accustomed to.

      Directly bombing population centers of competing countries seems unlikely. China taking over Taiwan is a possibility. Blocking information from competing countries on the internet is likely. Harming competing countries by taking down their electricity transmission and/or internet is likely. Ceasing to sell strategic materials (such as processed rare earth materials) to other countries is a likely possibility.

      • Ed says:

        Maybe weather weapons but it is hard to tell if such tech is real or just bad weather.

        Creating internal divisions using money to dissidents.

      • nikoB says:

        One EMP above a country at about 50km up would bring that country to its knees in days. I imagine most major players have that tech at the ready.

  5. Mirror on the wall says:

    SF has opened up a 10 point lead in tbe south, as it continues to soak up opposition to the current government. It has increased support in all age groups, and in each of the four provinces, particularly in Munster where it is up 10.9 points. The next elections could see SF lead the governments in both the south and the north, which would likely provoke a border poll.

    > Sinn Féin go ten points clear in new Irish politics poll

    Sinn Féin has surged into a 10-point lead over its nearest rivals Fine Gael, according to a recent Sunday Times opinion poll.

    The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times found that support for Sinn Féin has jumped to 34% – a four-point jump since May – while support for Fine Gael has dropped four points to 24%

    Sinn Féin’s support is particularly strong among young people, with 44% of voters aged between 18 and 34 now supporting the party, according to the Sunday Times opinion poll.

    News of the opinion poll comes just weeks before the expected polling day in the Dublin Bay South by-election. Victory for Sinn Féin would see them draw level with Fianna Fáil as the largest party in the current Dáil.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      The NI Stormont parliament may be about to fall again. The new DUP leader Poots (dubbed ‘Potty Poots’ for his insistence that the earth is 6000 years old) is refusing to implement the Irish Language Act, which would give official recognition to the Irish language in the north of Ireland, alongside English.

      Stormont was shut for three years after Arlene Foster refused to resign in the ‘cash for ash’ energy scandal, and it was revived through the New Decade, New Approach agreement to implement the ILA among other things. Poots is under pressure from hard-line ‘loyalists’ not to implement it, and he is threatening violence in the streets if his new first minister is not accepted while reneging on ILA. The self-destructive impulses of DUP are just unbelievable.

      If Stormont falls, then it would move to fresh public elections, which would likely work out very badly for DUP. SF would likely take the post of first minister, and DUP would fall to third place in the assembly. If the largest ‘unionist’ party then refused to accept a SF fm, then Stormont could be down again for the foreseeable – which may not bother SF, as they sense a border poll on the horizon.

      > Irish-language row threatens to derail Northern Ireland government

      Standoff between DUP and Sinn Féin blocking ratification of Arlene Foster’s designated successor

      A dispute between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) over an Irish-language act is threatening to derail the Northern Ireland assembly and executive. If Sinn Féin and the DUP do not resolve the crisis within seven days – by 1pm on 21 June – the devolved power-sharing institutions will collapse and there will be an early assembly election. Edwin Poots, the DUP leader, appeared to harden his position on Monday when he declined to say if Irish-language legislation would happen during this mandate. “Time will tell,” he told BBC Radio Ulster.

      Sinn Féin has demanded the long-promised legislation as part of the price of rebooting the executive after a change of DUP leadership. It has accused Poots of acting in bad faith. The party says the legislation was promised in New Decade, New Approach, the name given to a 2020 deal that revived Stormont three years after its collapse over other disputes.

      The crisis has flared on the cusp of a loyalist marching season that is tenser than usual because of loyalist and unionist anger over the post-Brexit Irish Sea border. Poots said peace would be “at risk” if Sinn Féin impeded the ratification of Givan, 39, a DUP assembly member Poots chose as first minister. Street disturbances over Easter showed a fraught political climate, he told the BBC. “We saw riots on the streets of Belfast earlier this year. And I have serious concerns about the potential for conflict once again on our streets,” he said.

      An internal DUP revolt ousted Foster, the party leader since 2015, in April. She stepped down as party leader in May and ceased being first minister on Monday. In a statement to the assembly Foster urged all sides to stick to the 2020 agreement on language and culture. “It is only by respecting each other’s identity that we will move forward,” she said. Foster also said she would now spend more time with her family “whether they liked it or not”.

    • This is more than simply a video. It is also a write-up related to the video. The title of the article is,

      Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier – Warns Covid Vaccine May Lead to ‘Neurodegenerative Illness’

      Some major points:

      “There are sequences that resemble the prion sequences in the RNA of the coronavirus.”

      “We’re in unknown territory and proclaim mandatory vaccines for everyone. It’s insanity. It’s vaccination insanity that I absolutely condemn.”

      “This Messenger RNA that’s being injected today in vaccines, may have effects on future generations that are undetected if we aren’t searching for them.”

    • I would expect this ruling to be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        And the same group of Very Powerful People will already have sent a note to the Supreme Court Judge who will hear this appeal informing that judge of what the decision will be.

        How amazing … either this group of people has the power to overrule Rule of Law… or they are clairvoyant…

        Which is it NormDunc

  6. StarvingLion says:

    Eddy, do not watch this video

    Make Believe: Smoke & Mirrors, Part 1,

    A very intricate scientific analysis of NASA’s own film and video footage from the Apollo Moon Landing Missions. This is a very scientific and detailed 2.5 hour presentation. Very well produced but unfortunately the producer has used some voice masking system that makes the audio very difficult to understand. However this video provides the most in-depth scientific study I have seen of NASA’s own Apollo Moon Mission film and video footage.

    Is the voice masking of Trumbull who did not want to be identified?

    Douglas Huntley Trumbull (/ˈtrʌmbəl/; born April 8, 1942) is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor.[1] He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm.[2]

    • StarvingLion says:

      Same video with restored audio. Eddy, aliens technology will replace shale oil.

  7. Fast Eddy says:

    Let’s watch the clown again

    • Student says:

      It is not something important, but I don’t know if in US or UK people know that fauci in Italian literally means: big jaws of a wild animal.
      Ancient Romans used to say: nomen omen.
      But this is just to pass the time cheerfully.

      • Xabier says:

        Whatever his name, he has a liar’s face.

        We see so many untrustworthy faces these days, and empty, even dead, eyes – it’s not even necessary to turn the sound on to hear them telling us how to be ‘safe’ to know they are lying.

        A good example is Boris Johnson addressing the G7 sitting around the table – just look at those eyes! The gestures! Sick,in every sense.

        We thought he was just a clown, with an unconvincing act…..

        In contrast, the people with integrity look alive, if often rather tired.

  8. Tim Groves says:

    This is especially for DuncNorm—More about ‘Magnetofection’ technology than I ever wanted to know.


    Stew Peters interviews Dr Jane Ruby who confirms the magnetic effects that Covid vaxxed people have experienced.

    She says it is a deliberately made substance added to the vaccines. This shows criminal intent. It was added because it is an aggressive delivery system to get it into EVERY cell of your body. The process is called ‘Magnetofection’ and is available in scientific literature such as Pubmed. It concentrates the mRNA into people’s cells and forces your body to make these synthetic mRNA instructions even in places where they shouldn’t be located within the body.

    It is a ‘forced delivery system’ and is called by the acronym of SPIONS – Supramagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles. These particles use a lipid nanoparticle envelope to gain entry into the cells. It is done this way to protect mRNA because mRNA is easily degraded and this is also why the Pfizer vaccines are refrigerated at -70 degrees Fahrenheit as another form of protection.

    There is a German company on the internet called ‘Chemicell’ which sells different chemicals which can make these magnetic fields around your molecules. You can buy 200 microgram vials of their product called, ‘Polymag’. These are developed and sold for research purposes only and are not to be used for human diagnostic or as a component of any drug intended for humans.

    However at least Pfizer and Moderna are using this substance in their vaccines. Therefore it is vital that anyone thinking of taking a shot, obtain a full ingredient list to have full informed consent and to postpone getting the Covid Jab, as each day brings further information into the public domain. Dr Ruby is asked if this was deliberate by the manufacturers and answers that this substance doesn’t occur naturally. It had to be added into the vaccine.

    Many have spoken about the Polyethelene Glycol or PEG which enables the vaccines to get through water based cell membranes as this is lipophilic – attracted to fats – but there are other places in the body where ‘God and Nature’ hadn’t intended these substances to be, but by using this delivery system of supra nanoparticles, you are creating a super delivery system which forces these substances into areas where they are not meant to be.

    So if you have taken a shot, don’t get another one. And if you were fine with the first one, please understand that you are ‘heading for disaster’ as these particles are going to places inside your body where they shouldn’t be. If you have had both shots, don’t get the booster shots. Mr Peters stated that they are now pushing the shots for children 12-17 years old. Apparently, 86% of children involved in the Pfizer trials suffered an adverse effect.

    • Xabier says:

      Frankly I now agree with FE that it would be better to go out on an overdose of coke after some nice champagne than take this stuff. Being a moral sort of man, I’ll pass on the hookers…..

      I saw a vile Indian woman masquerading as a medical expert – but in fact only the holder of the usual BS degrees in ‘public health policy’ and connected to the WEF (aren’t they all?) – on BBC for children, dismissing side-effects as mild and brief and claiming that the vaccines are ‘just as safe for children as for adults’. Devi something or other…

      Quite disgusting, prepping the kids for their far-from-safe injections. This is being done as the long-established need for parental consent is being discarded in many jurisdictions.

      Take your injections kids: sick, massive headaches, rashes, can’t stand up, blurred vision, shaking? That’s how you know it’s working and doing you good!

    • This sounds crazy, but it seems to be real. A very aggressive way to get the get cells to make the spike proteins. The video sounds frightening.

      It would be good to see better documentation, however.

      • Mike Roberts says:

        Yes, better documentation would be good. The presenter said they couldn’t get anyone with medical expertise to talk about it. I wonder why. Dr Jane Ruby does not appear to be a medical expert (she may be a doctor but not a medical doctor) so they still haven’t got a medical expert to comment.

        The ingredients of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine (given in a fact sheet) are:

        mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose

        Which of those ingredients provides the magnetofection technology?

  9. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    in the huge Euro soccer tournament, a 29 year old player in absolute tiptop health has a cardiac arrest during a game. 12 DAYS after getting VAXXED!

    • Fast Eddy says:

      The team claims no vaxx… who knows.

      Every time I hear off a soccer player collapsing on the field like this I suspect blood doping is involved.

    • Student says:

      Yes, this is interesting. I’ve read that some players and teams claimed to be vaccinated, but it is not clear if Ericksen has been vaccinated.
      At the same time it is not clear if players have been really vaccinated, because many players surpassed Covid-19 without problems and almost no treatments, so it is not clear why some of them could have decided to take an experimental jab, which can undermine the body they use to make money.

  10. Fast Eddy says:

    The way the story is framed controls the story. As with cell phones and vaccines, most people do not see Donald Trump as a pseudo-event. A pseudo-event being, as described by Daniel Boorstin in his classic book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo- Events in America, a planned, dramatic, costly invention of a counterfeit story that is repeated and planned for its intelligibility and ability to capture the public’s attention since it conforms to stereotypes.

    In this case, Trump as a big-mouthed, uncouth bad guy who just happened to become the American President. Like I happen to be a man. Like you just happen to be reading this. Just happenings. Trump in the role of the ignorant outsider who can be played off against the smart insider even when the fundamentals of the system that supports them barely change an iota while the bad guy runs the show. Straight from the Tube to the Tube as part of the Spectacle. Obama and Biden’s anti-doppelganger.

    The story is told in a manner that the obvious is missed: That Trump was never an outsider. He was one of the establishment’s performers from the start. A perfect foil from the Tube for apprentices learning about reality. You know, like the CDC says:“MRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.” Very simple, teacher. I see it now.

    Are you immune to Trump? Biden? They are not the disease. They are its symptoms. They are twin heads of the Hydra. Now Trump has been “fired” with Biden’s turn to come. Cut them off and the monster will grow more heads unless by miracle a true leader arises with the courage of JFK or RFK. One who can avoid their assassins.

    In January of 2021, the outsider Trump while still president, the anti-vaccine guy, the anti-Fauci guy, the anti-everything that’s good guy, the anti-science guy, the anti-China Wuhan lab Chinese virus guy, quietly got his Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the same one Biden got. He didn’t announce it, but said:

    We took care of a lot of people — including, I guess … Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine. It shows you how unpainful that vaccine shot is … So everybody, go get your shot.

    Of course Trump was the guy who fast-tracked the experimental vaccines through a program called Operation Warp Speed that funneled billions of dollars to vaccine manufacturers through a non-governmental third party, a defense contract management firm called Advanced Technologies International, Inc. This avoided much public disclosure.

    I say all this about Trump to make a rather simple point about cell phones and how the obvious is staring us in the face if we choose to see it. Trump and cell phones should have long been obvious. Yes, cell phones are convenient, but that is a minor part of the story. They are very dangerous for our freedoms and health. Yes, it is very convenient to see Trump as the bad guy but much harder to see the larger story in which Trump is a chosen player on the large chessboard created by the interconnected power elites. But Trump and the cell phone serve their functions. They didn’t just happen.

    To abandon your cell phone or to abandon the false narrative that Trump is an outlier is very difficult. But these are difficult times.

  11. adonis says:

    the other possibility is we are living through the endgame that there is no planned depopulation through vaccines that the vaccines are killing or maiming people because vaccines dont help you anyway if that is the case it might be a choice between the lethal injection or horrible death from starvation or radiation when 250 000 tonnes of nuclear waste start emitting 100 000 years of life draining radiation.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      or it could be worse.

      • adonis says:

        it is very easy to believe that a cull is in progress but what if diminishing returns is affecting all actions occurring in the world including the manufacture and production of vaccines. what if bill gates is not the bad guy we think he is

        • postkey says:

          ” . . . it is very easy to believe that a cull is in progress . . . ”

          ‘They’ have chosen a very inefficient {short term?} method?

          ” . . . the nippa virus
          49:03 which is uh currently in the in
          49:07 in the india subcontinent and my
          49:09 understanding
          49:10 is that uh the uh the mortality
          49:13 uh is uh right around 100 {%} for the nipa
          49:16 virus
          peter dayzak and and his group at
          49:20 equal health
          49:21 is involved in experimentation with the
          49:23 nipah virus . . . ”

    • Fast Eddy says:

      If depopulation was on the agenda — the test run was Japan…. and as we can see… that has not worked out very well…. birth rates are massively down…

      One might suggest an alternative — kill all the old and/or sick people …. kill everyone with an IQ under 80… kill anyone who is on welfare… anyone who is disabled and unable to work and contribute… all street bums to be rounded up and gassed…. we may as well get all those morbidly obese people and smokers too since they drain the health care system… definitely have to put all ‘influencers’ on the list as they are completely vapid useless entities…

      Of course one could apply for an exemption but those would be granted only in exceptional cases…

      This is obviously not the Plan…. so one must assume CEP. Kill everyone.

      • Xabier says:

        The counter argument to CEP is that they are putting a lot of time and effort into 5G-enabled people monitoring and data harvesting technology. Plus all of Elon’s satellites, and so on.

        This suggests they intend to have quite a lot of people to monitor and exploit as resources, for a time at least.

        The development of General AI and then the super duper AI God MInd/ Singularity needs this data, apparently.

        Obviously, the transition to the wonderful Green Future for everyone based on pseudo-renewables, led by Mark Carney et al, is just a smokescreen to deceive us, but they seem serious about the above.

        So,I’m plumping for KLP – Kill a Lot of People – over the next 5-10 years, while leaving quite a lot of useful ones alive to serve the masters of the system and their Transhumanist pet scientists, until they in turn become ‘obsolescent’, as the Rothschilds like to say, and are liquidated.

        • Minority Of One says:

          That, plus TPTB are all self-serving sociopaths. Yes they have no qualms about killing others, but themselves? I doubt it.

          • Xabier says:

            I believe some will have been promised an increased life span, of 150, 200 years or more, if not for them, for their children. It’s just a matter of directing sufficient resources into the research……

            Those with power and above all wealth fear death above all things, it’s still the Great Leveller.

            At the age of 200 Tony Blair will look even more like a crazed Gollum…..

  12. Dennis L. says:

    To the moon with haste:

    Someone here made mention of the Saturn 5 and its lifting cost. Apparently the SpaceX heavy lifter moves twice the mass of the Saturn 5 – lift off this week, idea to make commercial space more cost effective and of course to to the moon.

    A possible thought on the rapidity of this project, we are closer to the edge than some might think and time is of the essence. Some give up, profess total doom, some go for it and believe in tomorrow.

    Crash or success, this is a very fast program. Food for thought.

    Dennis L.

    • DJ says:

      “rapidity”? SpaceX has been working for … 15 years? Still not even close to the moon. Barely left the earths surface.

  13. StarvingLion says:

    Told you so. Imminent Currency Collapse.

    Translation: “We at Shell have to concentrate on the World Banana Republic so that investors can succeed with their worthless shell ponzi schemes”

    Shell considering sale of holdings in largest U.S. oil field, worth up to $10 billion

    Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is reviewing its holdings in the largest oil field in the United States for a possible sale as the company looks to focus on its most profitable oil-and-gas assets and grow its low-carbon investments, according to sources familiar with the matter. The sale could be for part or all of Shell’s about 260,000 acres (105,200 hectares) in the Permian Basin, located mostly in Texas. The holdings could be worth as much as $10 billion, the sources said, on condition of anonymity because the talks are private. Shell declined to comment. Shell is one of the world’s largest oil companies, all of which have been under pressure from investors to reduce fossil-fuel investments to stem changes to the global climate brought on by carbon emissions. Shell, BP Plc and TotalEnergies have pledged to lower emissions through increased investment in …

    • Sell it now, while Shell can get a reasonable price for it, even though production is not profitable.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Observation, not a critical comment:

        In the world of trillions that is not much, absolutely no sarcasm.

        Dennis L.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “Imminent Currency Collapse.” Once again, guaranteed someday down the road, but nowhere near soon enough to justify the word “imminent”. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… so Shell assets might have another owner soon. That’s a neutral non story.

  14. eKnock says:

    It’ hard to know what the day to day will be like once the correction occurs. It seems likely that when the electricity goes off and the trucks stop running, the supermarket shelves will empty. I am sure that the people without food will not just lay down and die. We will probably have Hunter/Gatherer 2.0.
    I have no solution for that scenario.

    One thing that won’t change, electricity or not, will be that every day people will want to eat and they will have to defecate. When the electricity went off In Texas in Feb. 2021 it was followed by widespread loss of water service.
    With no water to flush the toilet, sanitary defecation is a problem.

    Fortunately, Joe Jenkins has a solution for the problem of sanitary defecation with no water service and no electricity required.

    Joe first published THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK in 1995. I remember some early reviews and they kind of made fun of the idea of human manure. Over a couple of years, I noticed that the respect level for the book kept going up.
    I ordered a 3rd edition back around 2013 and was blown away by his data on the sorry state of our waste treatment programs.

    Joe devised a system to manage your daily defecation without creating health hazards and wasting water. It may not be accurate to say that Joe devised the system. Actually, he grew up with it. He refined it and wrote it down. The book has been translated into 23 languages according to Amazon.

    The bottom line is that I have had a toilet in my bedroom for 7 yrs. that requires no running water so if the power goes out it’s BAU when it comes to pooping. I use peat moss, that I buy at the garden supply, for cover material. Every two weeks I have to take two five-gallon containers (don’t say buckets; read the 4th edition) of feces, urine, toilet paper and peat moss to my compost pile. I realize that there is a great reluctance to discuss pooping but it goes on every day whether we talk about it or not. I just wanted to share my experience on a very important issue.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      If you don’t eat … you don’t shit…

    • James Speaks says:

      Waste disposal is important. My solution is a septic tank, but that requires water. If city water gets turned off, I have a well, but that requires electricity. I hope I have time to get some solar installed. Yes, it is not the salvation as it requires fossil fuels to manufacture and to keep the grid up. I’m not worring about that; I’m only worried about the 18 to 24 months it will take for most of the civil disruption to fade away. Starving, dehydrated people calm down after a few months. No one knows I have food stores.

      My house looks like nothing. It is the smallest, dingiest house in the neighborhood. My fence looks rickity. Inside the fence it’s reinforced – not rickety. My hedges are thorny, my groundcover is thorny, and unless one knows the correct path, it’s not real easy to approach the house.

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        “I’m only worried about the 18 to 24 months it will take for most of the civil disruption to fade away.” I’m over age 60. I calculate zero value for planning for such a massive disruption to bAU. I’ve had an okay life, often good, and dommsday planning makes no sense to me. For younger persons, I can see why they might go there. There’s a small chance Core bAU lasts another decade or so, as well as my health. Even a few more years would be good. I can see 2022 from my house.

        • James Speaks says:

          I don’t think BAU (business as usual?) would ever return. I would just rather not get caught in the undertow.

          • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

            okay, your plan might help, and I might regret my lack of planning, but the regret would be literally short-lived.

            • Phil says:

              >>> I might regret my lack of planning, but the regret would be literally short-lived.

              Laughed out loud at that one David, well played Sir!

            • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

              I’m here all week.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        And if you survive… (unlikely)… your food, air and water will be contaminated … and you will die

        I am amazed at how easily people dismiss this … it’s kinda like how in 1958 James Van Allan discovered the intense radiation belts that are just outside of low orbit… but within a decade humans flew through them and there was not even any mention of them — nor how the humans survived them…

        That’s what’s going on here… however the thing is… humans have never traversed the Van Allan Belts… NEVER.

      • D. Stevens says:

        A little electricity makes life so much more tolerable when the grid is down. I have a small DIY off-grid system and it’s enough to run a computer, coffee maker, rice cooker, fans, lights, etc. When the power goes out it has been nice to have a hot meal and entertainment while the neighbors ran loud generators until their gasoline was gone.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Maybe your fan will blow the radiation from the spent fuel ponds away?

          • D. Stevens says:

            Radiation is the least of my concerns, I’m 99.97% certain I’ll be dying of something else.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “The bottom line is that… ” I like your subtle humour.

    • Herbie Ficklestein says:

      Yes, fantastic book and I, myself, have or should I say had a copy….
      Here’s a link that appears to provide access ….

      Currently, using a pee bottle and been doing it now for some time. Doesn’t make sense to flush every time and does save some fresh water and provides nutrients to the plants after it ages.
      I literally, had a treasure trove of sustainable titles while living in the Boston metro area. Many used book stores and one of my past times stop at their dollar section to grab old 1970s and 1980s reading material on this topic. Unfortunately, moved out of state and most stayed. BTW, if I didn’t buy these on the dollar cart there was a dumpster outside where any long in the tooth book was discarded!
      I don’t feel remorse about it now, considering we are facing the end times of BAU .I agree with Gail, 100%, not many will survive afterward and for those that do it will be a tuff hoe.
      P.S. I do remember one book that provided plans for a methane digested for a large amount of animal waste….remarkable to think much of the wheel inventing has been done by creative minds that will never see the light of day

    • Mike Roberts says:

      Well done eKnock. I also have the Handbook and will get at least one Loveable Loo (PDF) together once I have some spare time (too many trees to plant at the moment, as well as other gardening preps). I plan to use untreated sawdust as a cover material but will now investigate peat moss, as it can be produced at home. I see Jenkins has a companion book now which is more focused on making the loo and how to make the compost.

      • Xabier says:

        Gosh, do people really have to be shown how to make a box with a hole in it? I suppose they do. Ah, civilization……

        I’m going for a grand design: in a wood stove-heated (probably an Outbacker) shelter. Necessary in a British winter.

        Good story about an old Breton peasant, 1980’s: after a visit to relations in Paris he came back horrified:

        ‘It’s too disgusting, they’re animals! They actually crap inside their apartment!’

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Speaking of shit ….I’m currently curious about all things IRA… now those cats were serious about revolution … not only did they bomb … but they hunger-striked to near death… and best of all … when jailed they would paint the walls with their own shit… now that is commitment!

          I must say… I am more than a little disappointed at the HK’ers reaction to the Junta… the least they could do when all was lost is Burn Down the City. And I think random stabbings of Mainland Zombies in HK would be quite effective at wrecking the economy… unlikely to get caught … and the only way to stop that would be martial law… which is not a good look for a financial centre

          I am so full of ideas… good thing for someone that I’ve never had a reason to go to such extremes… I would actually enjoy it… sticking a rusty blade into a PRCer … now that would be enjoyable. One can hope they go IRA at some point.

  15. I think you’ve come close to what I think is happening but haven’t quite hit on it:
    “It is disturbing that back in 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation was looking at using pandemics to control people when the foundation was examining possible workarounds for too large a population relative to resources.”

    My bet is that the pandemic control measures – especially the “vaccination” – are being used to control and reduce the population, both through increased death from sequelae from the “vaccine”, and by means of sterilization of the “vaccinated” female population. “Too large a population relative to resources” is the problem. You can’t increase resources, but, if you’re a government, you can reduce your population. Killing them off by shooting them is messy and risky, but if you can do it by getting them to give voluntary consent for the kill shot – because they think it’s for their own good – there’s going to be cooperation and not resistance, and by the time the downside consequences begin to appear, it’s too late. It’s just a matter of time before the populations gets reduced – and the problem is solved. Have a look at this –

    • Fast Eddy says:

      CTG has explained why this is not possible.

      The only option is to kill everyone — because killing a portion will result in everyone dying.

      • Xabier says:

        Kill the old, crippled sick and unemployable, but sterilise the young and productive, maybe…..

        I’m just DYING to sit down with Klaus, Bill and Mark and ask them just what the Plan really is.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I too want to see what comes out from behind the curtain.

          • Xabier says:

            I share your curiosity FE.

            After all, this play has been staged just for us, and the best minds on the planet have been working on it for years! Rivetted to my seat…..

            But I do want a fake ‘Jesus Reveal’, just for a good laugh.

            And what will Jesus say? ‘Get the jab! All together, love together!’

            Staying curious as to how this unfolds wards off despair.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “My bet is that the pandemic control measures – especially the “vaccination” – are being used to control and reduce the population… ” Yes that is the CT. While it is possible, there is no solid evidence for any population reduction right now, nor for any widespread infertility.

      • Sam says:

        maybe it is the other way around….they have the been spreading the rumor that the vaccine kills while they get ready to release a new virus that will kill all that did not get the virus. Why would you want to keep people around who don’t obey?

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          ah yes, CT to infinity and beyond.

        • Tim Groves says:

          Just substitute Davos for Davros and you’ll get the idea.

          Who would have thought you could vaccinate Daleks?

        • Student says:

          That is also true and it could be another possibility.
          It would also explain why Israel made almost all the population vaccinated.
          But, at the same time, it is also true that all the Orthodox Jews in Israel refused the vaccine and everybody knows that they are very prolific.
          What is surely clear is that these vaccines are dangerous and these considerations come not only from people like us, but from expert scientists and also from official statistics.
          And it is also true that some treatments exist and they are generally prohibited.

          I read some time ago that the most important Countries in the world have been studying since a long ago bioweapons like virus (attack) and vaccine (antidote).
          So, another hypotesis is that this could be the first time trial in the field and they must see how it works.

    • This is an interesting video. I listened to a little over half an hour of it. It is 3 hours and 16 minutes long, so I doubt I will get to all of it. There is a panel of three very knowledgeable people discussing this–not the usual group of people we run into on Bitchute.

      This is a discussion among three experts. The introduction to the video says:

      Dr. Robert Malone is the inventor of mRNA Vaccine technology.

      Mr. Steve Kirsch is a serial entrepreneur who has been researching adverse reactions to COVID vaccines.

      Dr. Bret Weinstein is an evolutionary biologist.

      Bret talks to Robert and Steve about the pandemic, treatment and the COVID vaccines.

      • Xabier says:

        One of the great problems with the videos made by experts of substance is that they are far too long and slow, however good the content.

        But Darkhorse are putting out shorter clips later, which is helpful.

        One could get through transcripts so much faster, videos are too clumsy a format.

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    I wonder how much they got paid ….

    Two Americans charged with helping former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee trial in Japan a year-and-a-half ago are now set to appear at their own hearing at the Tokyo District Court on Monday.

    Michael Taylor, 60, and Peter Taylor, 28, have been charged with helping Ghosn illegally escape Japan in December 2019, where he was facing charges of financial misconduct. The former executive, who has denied prosecutors’ accusations of understating income and using company funds for personal use, was smuggled out of Japan in a case for audio equipment and ended up in Beirut, where he currently resides.

    In March, the father-son duo were brought to Japan to face charges in a rare case of extradition that was seen as a much-needed victory for Japan’s justice system after the made-for-movies escape by the former auto executive. Later that month, prosecutors formally charged the two with aiding Ghosn.

  17. Fast Eddy says:

    The local BBC Radio station reported over this weekend of pop up vaccination centres in the city for the over 18’s, no appointment needed. The slots filled up quickly both days with people being turned away. It saddened me hearing some of the young ones interviewed. A 23 year old girl (lady?) on nearing the front of the queue was almost delirious with excitement that she was going to receive the vaccine. Others repeated the mantra that it needs to be done to bring the pandemic to an end and to protect others.

    Another BBC employee has died following a ‘short illness’ – Dom Busby (I used to like listening to him). On the 14th March, he tweeted (you can look him up at twitter handle Dom_bbc) a picture of himself getting his 1st jab (AZ) & captioned it ‘Well it didn’t hurt, now we just wait 15 mins and if you’re OK it’s off home. Please get this done’. On the 19th March, he tweeted about having his first ever days off work through illness (apparently he was ill the day after the jab). On the 10th June, the BBC Sport website announced that he had died, age 53, after short illness (RIP Dom).

    I have watched the video posted earlier in the blog by Richard (it’s over 3 hours – I thought no way but dipping in & out over 3 days it is worth a watch {how did none of them need a wee?}). What is interesting is that both of the guests – Robert (who had had covid) and Steve – both were introduced as being fully vaccinated with Moderna (towards the last ½ hour both explained why they had had it when they did).

    Christian Eriksen the Danish footballer was confirmed by the Inter Milan Chief Medic on Italian radio as having received the Pfizer vaccine on the 31 May. If you care to look, you can search what happened to his Inter Milan team mate Arturo Vidal after his jab. I wish no harm on the gullible but I have forwarded these footballer examples to my son – these might give him food for thought though he’s likely to rely on the mainstream media reporting & narrative (aside – I saw an unverified comment that the German team was recommended not to be vaccinated as it is ‘unsafe’). Unfortunate events happen (e.g. Fabrice Mwamba) but should a similar event occur during the Euro’s, or even at the Olympics, there may be more ‘dots to join’.

    • Xabier says:

      Vaccinated sports stars dropping dead suddenly is probably the only thing that will get through to many people.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        If that happens massive pressure will be put on the club and family to state the person was not Injected … or that the death had nothing to do with the injection ….

        Deny. Deny. Deny

        BTW – the hookers are for ambiance only… and perhaps we should refer to them as call girls…

        • Xabier says:

          If they are just to look at, then I’m plumping for Bunny Girls serving the champers, floppy ears and all – go out like cheesy old Hugh Heffner. A touch of real class……..

        • Student says:

          In fact if someone looks at previous news from Corriere, it has been declared that Vidal, a well known Inter player (who is positive to Covid now and plays for Chile) has been vaccinated together with other colleagues of the same Team, that should be also Ericksen.

          But now everybody is denying and thus also Mr. Marotta (CEO Inter) is saying that he has not been vaccinated.

          So it is again difficult to get out of this ignoble masquerade.

          • Student says:

            And also happened to Bayern baskeball player Paul Zipser to have another adverse event. He had brain hemorrhage after Johnson vaccine (also links to the news):

            Die Diagnostik ins Rollen brachte am Samstag nach der Ludwigsburg-Partie das schnelle Handeln des Münchner Medizinteams um Mannschaftsarzt Dr. Sebastian Torka. Zipsers Schwindel-Symptome, die morgens zusätzlich eintraten, ließen die Bayern-Ärzte hellhörig werden, da sie wussten, dass der Heidelberger mit dem Vakzin von Johnson und Johnson gegen Corona geimpft worden war – ein Vektorimpfstoff mit dem gleichen Wirkmechanismus wie der Impfstoff von Astrazeneca. Und dieser steht im Verdacht, in seltenen Fällen sogenannte Hirnvenenthrombosen zu verursachen. Daher drängten die FCBB-Docs auf eine schnelle CT-Untersuchung.

            Please see here:

            And also

            Paul Zipser musste wegen einer Gehirnblutung notoperiert werden. Wie die “Frankfurter Rundschau” berichtete, wurde Zipser mit dem Corona-Impfstoff von Johnson & Johnson geimpft. Dem deutschen Basketball-Nationalspieler geht es den Umständen entsprechend gut.

            Please see here:

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Nicely done.

            If this is the case … then who has the power to cover it up?

            “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

  18. Fast Eddy says:

    Check out: Skinning Taro Root for Dinner with Zev at Earthaven Ecovillage and Blood of Life Song with Kaitlin at Earthaven Ecovillage

    Quite a few videos there but I am not seeing any on how to maintain and use a high-powered rifle… how to ambush bad guys ….

    I suppose Kaitlin will thump that big tambourine and they’ll all sing Give Peace a Chance… and if that does not appease the death squads… they’ll follow up with Imagine…

    Best of luck Kaitlin and Zev…

    They should rename this place to DelusiSTAN Village. Total .. f789ing idiots.

    • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

      Thanks Fast Eddy, skimmed through the videos. Saw some folks I met three many, many years ago. Patricia Allison for one. Recommend her video on Consensus Building.
      All together now…group hug.
      P.S. I’d rather be resident at Earthhaven when BAU ends then here in South Florida.
      But with CC it may not really matter…Years ago there was severe flooding and damage from it and doubt Earthhaven would able to rebuild

    • Xabier says:

      Well, FE, if John Wick can kill dozens of hitmen with a mere pencil, maybe the back to the earth dreamers can do it with tubers?

      In our part of Spain the peasants were famous for their skill at ambushes fighting Napoleon’s men, and 30 years later you could meet old men with notches on their (very big) knives recording the kills, and eager to point out where they had buried them.

      Even more ridiculous and naive is Lynette Zang, who has an urban farm and hopes to feed people as a good neighbour in a crisis…..incredible!

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Koombaya will get ya Killed

        • Xabier says:

          Lynette thinks she is building some kind of social capital by handing out free food now to the hungry.

          She doesn’t realise that they will always expect it, and come to take it all when things go wrong. They will not be thankful and grateful.

          ‘Hey, who’s that fat old rich white woman who has all the free food? Let’s go!’

          ‘Turn yourself into honey, get covered in flies’……

          RIP Lynette.

  19. StarvingLion says:

    Everyone is ignoring the obvious: Imminent Currency Collapse

    They have no plan.

  20. Ed says:

    What will be used as a distraction from the Arizona election fraud results?

  21. Yoshua says:

    Pfizer vaccine

    “This vaccine seeks out your daughter’s ovaries and instructs the cells in the ovaries to turn out a very toxic spike protein. It leads to 80% increase in miscarriage the first 20 weeks”

    They don’t know if reproduction will be permanently damaged.

    Malone MD who invented the mRNA vaccine is critical of its use. It’s an experiment and no one is being told.

    • Is there any kind of study showing this? I am skeptical.

      • See this – It’s three hours but well worth it. As for randomized trials, they’re already going on… but no formal trial will be done, because the people who fund those kinds of trials have interests which might be unfavorably impacted by the results.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          3 total f789ing idiots….

          “But em out’ hahahahahahaha…. jeez… the Elders don’t care about money….

          ‘no reason to crash Earth’…. but there IS…. we are running out of OIL….

          If only they could see the presentation that Ardern and Trudeau and every other leader was shown…. the one where people are starving … and eating each other… and murdering each other… then the images of people dying after eating food contaminated by radiation….

          Then they’d be good with the Compassionate Extinction Plan… of course they would.

          • Xabier says:

            I suspect that most of the puppet politicians, chief medical officers, etc, are fully in on a covert sterilisation programme (‘After all, it’s not really killing people is it? A little white lie to save lots of pain….’).

            They just haven’t been shown the whole plan, which will escalate far beyond their imagination.

            It will come as quite a shock when they realise that they too are just the expendable Pied Pipers…….

    • this is a must-watch vid for the anti-vaxxers

      In particular look at the faces of the people standing behind this vaxnut

  22. Ed says:

    Russian lead cooled nuclear breeder reactor

    “As of January 2019, identified uranium resources stand at around 8 million tonnes of uranium metal (tU). After implementing fuel-recycling fast reactor technology, the estimated supplies will be enough to drive the nuclear industry for thousands of years, the magazine Scientific American forecast in 2009.”

    • As I understand the article, this article is about a new demonstration plant in Russia that is just being started. It combines several functions and is supposed to use uranium much more efficiently than current nuclear reactors.

      One quote:
      “We have commenced construction of the world’s first experimental demonstration power unit featuring a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300. The 300 MWe unit will be the main facility of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (PDEC), an on-site closed nuclear fuel cycle.”

      “​Rosatom’s newly inaugurated Pilot-Demonstration Energy Complex will combine a nuclear power plant (NPP), spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, and fuel re-fabrication plant all on one site for the first time in history. Russia’s fourth generation lead-cooled fast reactor with improved safety will serve as a core of the new complex.”

      “In the course of its life cycle BREST-OD-300 will provide itself with its main energy component, plutonium-239, reproducing it from uranium-238. Due to closed nuclear fuel cycle technology, the system will nearly become autonomous and independent of external resource supplies over time.”

      I will believe this when it actually gets finished and starts operating. If the demonstration plant is still at the ground breaking stage, there a no doubt a lot of things that could go wrong.

    • doesn’t matter how many thousands of years supply we have.

      The nuclear industry has only one product,–electricity

      Economic systems can only function by converting one compound into another in order to create wages.

      if there are insufficient resource/compounds to use the electricity on, then it will remain unused, and not generated in the first place

  23. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Secretive ‘prepping’ community growing amid pandemic, racial unrest…

    “Cyber attacks, nuclear warfare, civil unrest, hurricanes and snowstorms. These are just a few of the catastrophes survivalists across North Carolina are preparing for.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “‘Scared Of Civil Unrest’… Walk into any [Florida] gun store and owners are singing the same tune – firearm sales are up…

      ““Yeah, I’ve seen a big uptick in AR-15s. Anybody who doesn’t have one wants to get one now. And the people who already have them just for target shooting are buying three or four more just to have them,” said Roy Gosley.”

    • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

      The article mentioned Black Mountain, North Carolina…


      Since 1995, we have grown to about 75 adult members and residents, from twenty-somethings to elders, plus about 25 children, infants through teens. We hope to grow to 150 people. We are building homes in 14 neighborhoods and developing on-site businesses as part of our own village‑scale economy.

      Our Mission & Vision:

      To create a village which is a living laboratory and educational seed bank for a sustainable human future. In the midst of planetary change the Earthaven experiment helps inform and inspire a global flowering of bio-regionally appropriate cultures.

      Remember before they got started via Permaculture Activist, Peter Bane Publisher Editor with Chuck Marsh and others established it there.
      Peter since has moved back to his home Bioregion to retire and be near family….Chuck Marsh passed away from Cancer. The nicest people there.

      Anyway, I, myself, lived in Charlotte, NC for some eight years and remember during the financial crisis of 2008, some native good old boys would say they would just go out in the woods to bag a Deer to eat! Some had food gardens but the soil lacks fertility and needs chemical additives. Few established bee hives but died off because of the blight.
      Doubt that State could support anywhere near the numbers it has now…
      Charlotte is the second fastest growing area in the United States

      • Bei Dawei says:

        There are lots of groups like this. Google “intentional communities.”

      • Fast Eddy says:

        OMF789G! Look at these people!!!

        And not only that they put directions hahaha

        I’ll betcha the fellas buying the Armalite Rifles… are looking at the photo … and laying claim to the juiciest girls.. second row 4th from the left is being fought over already….

        Living with these Koombayaists… would be….hell on earth…. guaranteed 100% total ClimIDIOTS… political correct… snowflakes … the children would all be Greta-like… the adults would be anti-gun … but experts on banging on tambourines…

        This is why the Elders need to make the CEP work…. it will save these fools from themselves… they would be a prime target for the hordes come End of Days….

    • Fast Eddy says:

      “It’s satisfying being able to be self-sufficient,” Cowboy said.

      hahahahahahahahaha….. hahahahahahahaha….. unless he’s shacked up with a Yanomami honey… he ain’t nowhere near self-sufficient….

      Dummm Fool

    • The WRAL article says:

      Haynes mostly serves wealthy, conservative families who want to escape from metro areas.

      “They see the lockdowns, riots and increased crime and have decided they need a place to go if things get really bad,” Haynes said. Or, as Cowboy put it, “The world scares them.”

      I can understand this market, as well as the need to be secretive about the plans.

  24. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Violent clashes broke out Saturday between Tunisian security forces and hundreds of young protesters who took to the streets of central Tunis to demonstrate against a spike in police brutality in Tunisia’s working-class neighbourhoods.”

  25. Harry McGibbs says:

    “How bad are global shipping snafus? Home Depot contracted its own container ship as a safeguard…

    “Home Depot has reserved its own ship, bought merchandise on the spot market and flown in power tools as it copes with supply chain headaches.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Disruption to shipping could delay Christmas orders…

      “Disruption in the global container shipping industry shows no sign of being resolved quickly and could lead to shortages in the run-up to Christmas, say industry experts.”

    • It sounds like vertical integration is needed in order to make sure the supply chain really works.

      Before, competition was the big thing that would hopefully bring down costs. Now, supply chains are so messed up that vertical integration becomes necessary for the system to work. I think of utility companies (providing electricity on a cost plus basis) as being vertically integrated.

  26. Harry McGibbs says:

    “No lights, no camera: UK TV producers face equipment shortage.

    “Britain’s high-end film and television producers are facing a shortage of cameras and other key equipment as the industry struggles to keep up with unprecedented demand for new shows caused by lockdown-induced drama binges.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Desperate [UK] hotels and bars are giving staff an 18 per cent pay rise in a bid to plug vacancies amid fears that the continuation of the furlough scheme is adding to labour shortages.”

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “Britain’s largest hotel lobby warned that employers may cut half a million jobs when the government ends its wage support program.

        “A representative for UK Hospitality told Parliament that its members owe around $132 million in back taxes and owe landlords roughly $5.1 billion, according to Bloomberg News.”

      • Xabier says:

        Restaurants here in Cambridge are packed, inside and out, and also advertising for staff.

        One venue always has large queues, seems popular among younger people, 20’s and 30’s.

        One assumes they are keeping on top of things.

        Still very large numbers of East Europeans in the streets, with families.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Similarly in NZ I have a friend who is a hotel GM… because they cannot recruit people from outside the country… and some staff have left… hotels are poaching domestically… that is driving up salaries…

          He said that a number of his key staff have had offers so the hotel owner is getting ahead of the curve and locking in managers with significant pay raises.

          The thing is… other than during major holidays… the hotels are fairly quiet… so opex is going up .. but not revenue…

          And here in Queenstown … the ski hills are meant to open later this week…. I don’t think so (scroll down to the webcam)….

          The ClimIDIOTS and CovIDIOTS would love all that mud on Express lift area.

    • One of the kinds of businesses looking for workers around Atlanta are those looking for people wanting to do casting and crew jobs with respect to film and TV projects. This is a related link I found:

      These are part-time temporary jobs that require showing up early and standing around a lot, I understand. I imagine they run into difficulty getting enough staff, just as others do.

  27. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Medical bills and debt are bankrupting Indians already ravaged by Covid.

    “Roughly two-thirds of Indians don’t have any health insurance. Overcrowded govt hospitals & poor facilities prompt them to spend out of pocket for better treatment in private hospitals.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Volunteers in India deliver meals to families as COVID-19 crisis takes its toll…

      “In one major city [New Delhi], an army of volunteers is trying to deliver help and hope — all on three wheels.”

    • The article also talks about the terrible things India is doing:

      Making matters worse, until recently government-approved treatment guidelines included some medicine not recommended by the World Health Organization. Until early June, India Health Ministry’s approved treatment protocol listed remdesivir even though the global health body discouraged use of the drug for Covid-19 in late 2020 after a large international clinical trial showed that it offered negligible protection against death in hospitalized patients.

      The government had also recommended other untested therapies such as the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic treatment.

      It sounds like India tries to follow what others are doing.

      Who says hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin are untested?

  28. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Emerging market economies face higher interest rates as inflation jumps…

    “Emerging market economies may find it more difficult to refinance debt as countries look to raise interest rates to tackle higher inflation, the Institute of International Finance said.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Crisis Reaches Crossroads for Global Interest Rates.

      “The Federal Reserve’s much awaited interest-rate meeting this week is just one of a panoply by global central banks whose policies are increasingly diverging as economies respond in different ways to the coronavirus crisis.”

      • The “standard” response to high inflation is an increase in interest rates, but raising interest rates will almost certainly lead to economic contraction. Countries that do raise interest rates may see their currencies ride higher, relative to other currencies, somewhat offsetting the problem.

        If China is already reducing its “credit impulse” and having problems with COVID affecting its largest port, the world economy is at the edge of recession as it is. It does sound worrying.

  29. Harry McGibbs says:

    “‘Extremely cruel move:’ Jobless workers brace for early end to unemployment benefits in 25 states…

    “On Saturday, the $380 in weekly jobless benefits Robyn Gregorieff and her husband had depended on for basic needs is getting slashed by 79%, leaving the couple with just $80 a week to live on.”

  30. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Lebanon currency drops to new low as financial meltdown deepens…

    “Market dealers said the Lebanese pound was trading at around 15,150 to the dollar, losing around 90% of what it was worth in late 2019, when Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis erupted.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Lebanon is bleeding, its children left to die…

      “Hospitals warn that chronic medical shortages will force them to halt elementary lifesaving procedures such as kidney dialysis: “We have to call a million pharmacies just to find one or two needles,” said one dialysis physician.

      “Hospitals are canceling operations. Laboratories are running out of testing kits.”

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “Middle East: Please heed the signs.

        “Currently, food security in the Middle East and North Africa is threatened by conflict, instability, economic turmoil, rising poverty, dwindling arable lands due to desertification, and rapid urbanization.”

      • Lebanon is our future

        if a nation produces nothing in the sense of net energy, then its net income drops to zero

        which means that they cannot support the demands of their people who have come to expect products of sophisticated engineering–ie dialysis machines, needles and all the gizmos in between

        I’ve always said that a drastic falloff in medical interventions will be the first sign of civilisation collapse. But it won’t be evenly spread

        Lebanon was already on the bottom rung of the poverty ladder anyway

        Hospitals are factories just as much as auto-plants are

      • Fast Eddy says:

        As we can see … the CEP is an act of kindness…

        How else do you convince Ardern and Trudeau to go along?

      • It is amazing that kidney dialysis has risen to the point where it is considered an “elementary lifesaving procedure.” People going on dialysis likely “have one foot in the grave.” They will be on the procedure for the rest of their life, in most cases.

        Our healthcare standards will need to fall, pretty much everywhere, I am afraid. I am sure that making and using kidney dialysis machines requires materials from around the world.

        • dialysis machines have become ‘communally affordable’, only in the last 50 years or so. They are a cumulative product of global resources and energy surplus.

          when they are no longer available, you can be absolutely certain that the absence of them will be a ‘conspiracy’ to reduce the population, that in fact there are thousands of machines sitting in one of Bezos’s warehouses.

          when human numbers have been sufficiently reduced, they will be released and made available to a privileged few.

          We have become used to healthcare intervention at every stage of our lives, resulting in vast overpopulation.

          Nature will rectify this problem.

          but it won’t be a hoax or conspiracy

          neither will we be able to vote the problem away

  31. Fast Eddy says:

    A doctor in Australia, GP Mark Hobart, has expressed his grave concerns about the increased risks of adverse events following vaccination of recovered Covid-19 patients.

    Dr Hobart has unique and extensive experience treating Covid-19 positive patients in nursing homes in Melbourne, especially during the height of the virus outbreak there in 2020.

    He’s written to Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, on this matter, see this link for info:

    • “vaccinated people who have previously had Covid-19 illness there is up to 112% increase of requiring hospitalisation due to severe adverse reactions [to the vaccine].” This comment refers to nursing home patients who have had COVID-19 and later get the vaccine.

  32. Fast Eddy says:

    Unfortunately there will be no one to beg oil from …. And the world was relying on shale – as much as America has been — because conventional is well past peak… so it’s not as if the US could not export it — if they had the world collapses… and takes the US down with it

    See the chart…. there are some MASSIVE production declines…

  33. postkey says:


    “Masterclass on SARS-CoV-2”

  34. Fast Eddy says:

    This would appear to be the actual Yeadon as he mentions on another comment that people should tune into his Highwire interview…

    Let’s keep in mind.. this is a guy who has the means to never work a day in his life… he could hang out at the Gents Club and sniff powder in the VIP room off of fake boobs till the end of days…

    And yet… he forsakes that to fight ….

    If he would only buy into the CEP … he’d be in the Club right now.

    Mike Yeadon

    1 day ago

    I’ve provided numerous depositions to Reiner Fuellmich’s Corona Committee because if my messages develop sufficient traction that they can ignore me, I will likely be assassinated.

    Strange though it’ll sound, that is precisely my strategy.

    I’ve made is clear that I will not stop. I’m capable of unusual levels of determination. It’s the characteristic which underscores my prior successes in science.

    Reiner told me that “whistleblowers are at maximum risk when they stop speaking out & that continuous action is the best protection you can get. Stop & you’ll probably disappear”.

    • Xabier says:

      Yes, that’s Mike Yeadon’s prose style in those comments.

      The advice he’s been given sounds good – I am sure they would love to ‘disappear’ him quietly, above all given his credentials from within Big Pharma as senior science officer and drug developer running trials.

      And he has grasped that this is about inducting us into Totalitarianism, and likely mass murder (the vaccine deaths are already that, of course).

      A real British bull dog, and he’s got his teeth in. Futile, probably, but admirable.

      Head and shoulders above compliant creeps like Prof.Tim Spector, of ZOE, who many think is ‘moderate’, because he doesn’t get fussed about variants, but who now pushes injections or everyone like crazy and did a propaganda video of getting done himself -or did he?

    • This has left me rather depressed today, since whenever there is some little tid-bit of this sort down in the tenth graf… it rarely bodes well…

      One unnamed minister told The Sunday Telegraph that there was a “very short window” in which to open up, otherwise controls might have to remain until spring next year.

      “I am very worried the people who want to keep us shut down now want us to keep us shut down permanently and are aiming for ‘zero COVID’,” the minister was quoted as saying.

      “Once you start delaying to the spring you’re making this type of control of people’s lives semi-permanent.”

      They might “have to”!

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I am seeing Toronto is slightly opening the prison gates… however they still have hundreds of new mostly faked infections per day…

        So we all know where that is headed….

        I recall a conversation with the my brother a few years ago before he relocated back to Canada (Toronto)…. suggesting he move to NZ because the End of Days would be much better here…

        He dismissed me as a Doomsday False Prophet… they all do….

        And I got 10 years of full-on bucket listing while they all were yoked to the wheel… hahahaha

        A big ol f789 you to everyone who mocked FE for a decade…. FE is the last to laugh…

        Will I really have to say I Told You So when the extinction kicks off?

      • Xabier says:

        It is dismaying, and all so obvious.

        Decisions on lock-downs in the UK are not even being taken by the full Cabinet, as they should be, just Boris and chums.

        Rule by decree; medical tyranny…….

        • Ed says:

          rule by decree of the tyrant
          mors tyrannis

        • Fast Eddy says:

          And if the polls are to be believed… over half of all Brits support this…. Canada is in a similar boat.

          The thing is … people think that revolution happens on websites (Lockdown Sceptics… UK Column… Dr Kendricks)… they think they can carry out a virtual revolution.

          Again we see Delusion in Action … Power respects Power… only… and ultimately the only way to get what you want is through extreme violence.

          Koombaya and Komplaining are futile.

          Now I think Fast Eddy would be the ideal person to lead this revolution … Fast Eddy knows what it takes… he is a ‘Mayhem Loving Sort of Character’…. and Fast Eddy — if pushed would definitely lead a Bic Lighter Revolution supported by Rusty Blades in Dark Alleys…

          If one must die … one must die well… with adrenaline coursing through one’s veins spitting in the face of the oppressor… rather than collapsed in a bed with The Fever…

          But Fast Eddy fully supports the CEP. He is united with Mamma Jessica and Baby Trudeau….

          The oil is gone. The oil is gone. We burned it all up. We did have so much fun though didn’t we… jetting off to this and that place…. fancy toys… often entire garage bays full of ‘stuff’…. so much food we poisoned ourselves with it!

          Oh the oil is gone… it’s gone gone gone….. and now …. it is time to go … quietly into the night….

          There will be no revolution. There will be a few whimpers… nothing more.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            I preferred Eddie the prospective warlord – at least he had balls – all that miserable whining gets tiresome.

  35. Tim Groves says:

    A fire at a bus depot in Hanover caused millions of euros in damage. According to fire fighters, the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon at the Üstra transport company where electric buses were parked,

    According to Üstra spokesman Udo Iwannek, the fire caused damage running in the millions. Five e-buses, two hybrids and two combustion engines were destroyed, as were also the building and the charging station.

    According to the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), Hanover’s administration wants to run only e-buses in the city center area by 2023 and is purchasing 50 new vehicles in a bid to reduce the air pollution.

    E-buses have shown to catch fire very rapidly. For example, four shuttle buses in Guangxi, China, exploded into flames last month

  36. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Video…Men are Fools…. Especially very Smart Men

    One problem with the human condition….we don’t factor in emotions in watching our decision chosing…
    One of us better talks on YouTube…worth watching

  37. Fast Eddy says:

    In his book Value(s): Building a Better World for All, Mark Carney, former governor both of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, claims that western society is morally rotten, and that it has been corrupted by capitalism, which has brought about a “climate emergency” that threatens life on earth. This, he claims, requires rigid controls on personal freedom, industry and corporate funding.

    Carney’s views are important because he is UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance. He is also an adviser both to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the next big climate conference in Glasgow, and to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Since the advent of the COVID pandemic, Carney has been front and centre in the promotion of a political agenda known as the “Great Reset,” or the “Green New Deal,” or “Building Back Better.” All are predicated on the claim that COVID, and its disruption of the global economy, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not just to regulate climate, but to frame a more fair, more diverse, more inclusive, more safe and more woke world.

    Carney draws inspiration from, among others, Marx, Engels and Lenin, but the agenda he promotes differs from Marxism in two key respects. First, the private sector is not to be expropriated but made a “partner” in reshaping the economy and society. Second, it does not make a promise to make the lives of ordinary people better, but worse. Carney’s Brave New World will be one of severely constrained choice, less flying, less meat, more inconvenience and more poverty: “Assets will be stranded, used gasoline powered cars will be unsaleable, inefficient properties will be unrentable,” he promises.

    Ahhhhh….. remember Greta chastising the world in 2019…. Covid is not about the CEP … it’s about addressing GW!

    Yes of course – we are going to depop down to 500M and live in a Grand Utopia of solar panels… organic coffee shops… and EVs….

    A message of hope from Mr Carney. And the Goy return to munching grass

    • Ed says:

      No mention of over population. Holodomor anyone? Or, it that, Holodomor everyone?

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Mark knows full well the Holodomor beckons… I’m betting that he didn’t even read that book … let alone write it…

        The Great Reset and Build Back Better are of course bullshit… phrases invented in a PR meeting … to keep people off the scent of the CEP…

        This is standard PR…. toss out multiple scenarios to the Goy… all but the real one. Keep them confused/guessing/hopeful… all that the same time.

        Why give an experimental injection to children….

    • Xabier says:

      It’s one of the most, darkly, comic developments, Mark Carney calling capitalism a corrupting influence. Remember his excellent compensation package at the BoE?

      We should fear these Totalitarian ‘visionary’ idealists, planning to reform everything: no suffering is ever to great for them to inflict on the mass of people.

      They make Hell, and the propaganda informs you that it is Heaven.

      Take note of his connection to the WEF, Norman – will even that not wake you up out of your lazy-minded ignorance, and make give up your lame jibes against CT’s?

      CT is Reality.

    • It is hard to believe that people listen to Mark Carney, but some of them certainly do. The “Great Reset,” or the “Green New Deal,” or “Building Back Better” all seem to be getting more “press” than they deserve.

  38. In an ancient Chinese dynasty, there was a law that an imperial consort who gave birth to a son was killed, because the mother’s family could influence the son and the dynasty. Because of that, the official empresses and higher ranked concubines did their utmost to not have children, so such ‘duty’ fell to the servant girls.

    So, all the smarter white kids go to study law and finances since they are much more lucrative, and the STEM falls to Asians, Hindus and Middle Eastern people whose chance of becoming an executive is significantly lower.

    It was like that even before Asians were admitted to universities. The swanky New York and Boston kids studied law and politics, and engineering fell to the immigrants and midwestern boys.

    The ‘company of geniuses’ is quite overrated, because only one or two will ever gain any prominence and the rest given cold feet.

    Times have changed. Circle of smarter friends, who are very happy to cut your throat so they can get ahead of you, are not that important. Maybe in the old days , but not anymore.

    I don’t know what you mean by abusing talents, but those who shun traditional style of jobs and make enough money for themselves through daytrading, podcasting and other nontraditional methods are doing quite fine. They don’t like to give their talents to tycoon for whom they are little more than cogs.

    Again, mostly Asians, people from India and Middle East tend to take the corporate route, since that is consistent with their culture and long tradition of submission to authorities, and low expectation on their talents. A few token whites are put into executive positions, while these drones toil and try to produce something so they can get a crumb.

    If talents are not compensated well, they will find some other way to be more appreciated. The Soviets and North Koreans gave some perks to such talents. In the West, those who think they can strike out for themselves will find their own way and only peoples with long history of submission will appreciate the corporate route which won’t be lucrative for most people.

    You might say a salary of a few hundred k are high enough. The greyenlightenment guy, who I quote sometimes, also thinks that. But he appears to have originated from Turkey, and he made his money through real estate at the Bay area, which he thinks will rise forever. If these worker drones work for 10 years and still can’t buy a decent dwelling where they work at, they will be very frustrated.

  39. Fast Eddy says:

    The idea of mobile teams of psychiatric shock troops was an idea advanced by leading grand strategist Lord Bertrand Russell who had written in 1952’s “Impact of Science on Society”:

    I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology…. Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called “education.” Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part…. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.”

    Hey D’uncN’orm – were you experimented on by any chance? Seeing as you are gleefully taking part in The Injection experiment… I was thinking…

    • Thierry says:

      A must read for everyone, thank you.

    • geno mir says:

      In the 80s the advertisement industry realised that no matter how good an ad was there was a limit to sells. So they came up with the idea to use ads to mold kids minds in very early age so that they become perfect consumers as adults and buying useless stuff by command. This is detailed in a documentary called ‘The Corporation’ if you are curious.

    • Minority Of One says:

      Seems like an odd article to me. No introductory context, namely:

      1/ homo extinctus has been trashing the planet since the get-go, about 60,000 years ago
      2/ homo extinctus has never paid any attention to the limits to growth
      3/ too many people, by a long shot

      I don’t think anyone has tried to do more to educate people about the consequences of over-population than Paul Ehrlich. I have read several of his books, and they are all very informative, and give good advice, although I don’t think anyone is listening. To associate Paul Ehrlich with eugenicists is ridiculous. The conclusion is that anyone who dares to discuss overpopulation is a eugenicist, in which case I am a eugenicist. And I am absolutely a ‘Malthusian’, whatever that means. The only thing Malthus got wrong was his timing. If indeed he gave a schedule.

      And to suggest that the WWF, World Wide Fund for Nature, is a tool of eugenicists is equally absurd. I have been contributing to its rhino programme for a few years. Again, the message seems to be that any organisation that is committed to helping nature is run by eugenicists. It would seem that I am a member of various eugenic organisations. And as long as they are assisting nature, even a little bit, I don’t mind.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        It makes sense… if you care about nature …. you’d want to eliminate humans… because we are The Problem. But of course you don’t admit that….

        The alternative is to believe solar panels and EVs are ‘green’ — or live like Greta and be a f789ing Idiot.

        Death to all Humans! (coming soon!!!)

        • Minority Of One says:

          Have you actually read any of my previous posts? Seems not.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I must admit… I have not ….

            You are on my Drivel List… the way that works is when I see large numbers of comments and want to cull … I will filter out the Drivel List usernames and mass delete their posts…

            Sometimes I will forget to mass delete so I may open one of your comments — and might respond — but that just reminds me to filter your comments and delete all of them

            I have about 6 people on the list…. these are high volume contributors of rubbish.

            You should apologize for wasting my time like this

            • no one on Eddy’s drivel list can hope to match his 30% of all comments made on OFW

            • Minority Of One says:

              >>You are on my Drivel List…


              >>these are high volume contributors of rubbish.

              If anything, I am low volume contributor of rubbish.

              >>You should apologize for wasting my time like this

              I like your sense of humour.

      • FoolishFitz says:

        This is about a decade old, but it’s scathing about the roll they play.

      • Check out Corey Morningstar at the “Wrong Kind of Green” web site, and find out how corrupt all those “environmentalist” orgs are:

        Haven’t kept up with them lately, but the “Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg” series is a tour de force.

        • Minority Of One says:

          All of them?

          If it were not for conservation groups in the UK, who protect about 1% of UK’s land via nature reserves, and have reintroduced many species that went locally extinct (UK) decades or centuries ago, there would be nothing left worth saving.

      • Thierry says:

        As soon as you study subversion and propaganda, you realize that the best tools are using people’s feelings: fear, joy, care,…
        It’s logical that the environmentalist organizations are among the best targets and have been infiltrated or even created in order to promote other agendas. Greenpeace is one of them. and Greta; and many others.
        Most people working in it are not aware what the real purpose is. My little sister for example is in Extinction rebellion. I try to explain to her, unfortunately she doesn’t believe me!

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

          That is pretty much certain…. I don’t see any demands to stop the spent fuel ponds from spewing… but then again … IBDYBD (we all be dead hahahahahahaha)

          In the meantime these clowns will continue to buy more stuff that they don’t need hahahaha…. I’d like to punch one of them in the face .. just for fun…. because punching ClimIDIOTS is surely a lot of fun

        • FoolishFitz says:

          Fear really is the greatest tool of control, as witnessed in the advertising of the last year or so.
          Extinction rebellion are a cult leading the gullible.
          Here they are at the G7.

          And a meeting with Al’s dad(notice his badge and remember the book he wrote).

          Strange how a cult are allowed in.

          As lidiaseventeen has mentioned Cory Morningstar has written about Greta, them and the financing behind it all.

  40. Mirror on the wall says:

    Italy’s population collapse worsened in 2020 with c 19. A lot of couples divorced last year, as they could not bear each other’s company in lockdown. With a fertility rate of under 1.3, the number of kids born nearly halves each generation. It has the second oldest population in the world, and it is growing ever older. The population of a city is lost each year, and 25% could be gone within 30 years at that rate. 10% of Italians have moved abroad; the economy has long been stagnant. Its level of youth unemployment has averaged around 30% since records began in 1983.

    > Italy’s plummeting birth rate worsened by pandemic

    …. Their difficulty, felt across this country, is crippling Italy’s birth rate, now at the lowest since its unification in 1861. It’s declined every year since the 2008 financial crisis.

    But Covid-19 has accentuated the fall, with its devastating financial effect and its impact on the divorce rate, which has risen in part, it’s thought, due to couples being stuck at home together.

    At just over 400,000 last year, Italy’s births were hugely outnumbered by deaths, leading the population to drop by 384,000: equivalent to the city of Florence being wiped off the map.

    It’s a problem that much of Europe is facing and could threaten economic growth, pension systems and public services.

    But Italy, with the world’s second-oldest population and a long-stagnating economy that’s helped drive 10% of its population to live abroad, is particularly vulnerable.

    Maternity wards, too, are trying to resist being shut down. When we visited one in the southern city of Carbonia, just two rather hungry newborns lay in the nursery, surrounded by empty cribs.

    Last year, it fell far short of the threshold of 500 babies to stay open. And now it could close, says Debora Porrà, the mayor of a nearby town that the unit serves.

    “At this rate, the estimate is that Italy would lose a quarter of its population within 30 years,” she says.

    • Italy certainly does seem to be bad condition. If I look at Italy’s oil consumption, its peak year was way back in 1995. In 2019, it was 63% of the peak level (down 37%). This is terrible.

      Total energy consumption per capita in Italy peaked in 2004. It was down 22% from that amount in 2019.

      • Student says:

        Yes, Italy is really in bad condition, unfortunately most of the people still think that they can reach again the glory of the past, expecially now with Mr. Draghi.
        But most of the people ignore that we have always been a processing Country, without owning any form of good energy (except for some hydroelectric in the north).
        Now that fossil fuels are scarce, we are in really big troubles.
        Unfortunately, it is difficult to understand the situation in Italy reading mainstream media like Bbc.
        Considering some key figures, Italy has a great density for square meter: 207, while for example China 145 and US 34.

        And if you consider one of the two most important Regions of the Country for GDP: Lombardy (the other one is Veneto), its density for square meter is 418, with peak of 2.140 for province Monza-Brianza and 2.063 for province of Milan (the province is a sort of County for US, while Region is a sort of State, if you want to compare).
        In those provinces people are mainly packed in buildings like in Tokyo.

        Then if you want to consider youth unemployment was almost 40% in the 2020 and it was similar in the past, it is easy to see that population was naturally settling on lower level of density, considering also possible jobs and resources available.

        Surely this will create problems, but you cannot increase population while resources are becoming more and more scarce.
        The narrative about low birth rate has been often used recently by mainstream media to let people accept high level of migrants from poor Countries, whose objective is actually to decrease the level of wages and also try to forcibly increase the level of population following an old economics format.

        • Student says:

          * square kilometer instead of square meter. Thank you.

        • Xabier says:

          And yet, before fossil fuels, the Italian states attained the highest state of culture in Europe, if not the world, and transmitted it to the semi-barbarian North. A great tragedy to see her like this.

          • Student says:

            Yes Xabier it is true. It is a similar situation to Greece which I think it is another pillar of the western society. The difference with Greece is mainly that in Italy we have northern Italian Regions (expecially Lombardia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna) densely populated and having the same high level of industry and services of Germany and Netherlands, but with such a great burden of Italian debt (so not possible to lower taxes) and no own currency.
            Therefore, all these companies will probably be beaten by northern competitors soon.
            At the same time, it is not clear which jobs those people could do and how they could live if we consider that most of them live in buildings and don’t own any land to feed themselves a little.
            While on the contrary it is possible to do that in Greece where people can easily disperse themselves in the countryside and also it is possible to do that in south Italy (which I think could have a better result in the future than the north).
            At this regard I would suggest a beautiful Ugo Bardi article intitled ‘ Empress Placidia: The Mother of the Middle Ages ‘ and expecially this passage:

            So, wasn’t there a solution to the troubles of the Roman Empire? Well, there was one if you think in terms of system dynamics. It is a question of pulling the levers in the right direction. By raising troops and fighting battles, the Roman Emperors were pulling the levers in the wrong direction. They had to invert the direction: the solution was not more troops but fewer troops. It was not more imperial bureaucracy but less, not more of a tax burden but less. In the end, the solution was right there and it was simple: it was Middle Ages.


            I think we need to come back to some sort of middle age, but unfortunately here the proposed solution is: follow great-reset directives literally and at its best.
            Digitalization, vaccines + green passports, medical dictatorship, great investments on green technology of all sorts and so on.
            I would say almost a transhumanist recipe.
            I don’t know what will happen in the next months and years, we will see.

          • if we are talking about the period of the Roman Empire, the surplus energy resource was slave labour and/or resource extraction from vassal states.

            if we are talking about the renaissance period, the great buildings of the period I think were supported mainly by the energy output of a peasant underclass.

            if a warlord took and held 20000 acres by force, that could easily support the building of a great house or castle.

            fossil fuels just enabled more of us to build mini-mansions

            • Student says:

              Yes Norman, you are surely right. Collapse is probably what we will experience, the difference is that, expecially in Italy and EU, the recipe is now dressed with WEF and great-reset directives, which is a twisted and convoluted new kind of collapse.
              Maybe I’m wrong, but just a standard collapse would be fine.

            • I wish I could have ‘great reset’ explained to me, obviously in very simple terms.

              lots of talk about it.

              what is it?

            • thanks for the link Eddy
              (I’ve put together this lengthy reply as a general response to this ‘great reset’ nonsense for anybody on OFW who is inclined to absorb it, it is not strictly speaking a specific reply to you, which be a waste of time.))

              Writing stuff down clarifies my own foggy brain too.

              It said ‘Time’ in the link so I felt it was safe to break my golden rule about not opening links posted by you

              So that was OK

              Interesting and worthy people.


              Still no simple explanation of the ‘great reset’ (not that I expected one)

              What there was was a succession of Wish politics, wish economics and wish science from individuals who no doubt mean well, but know no more than I do. (which ain’t much, before you rush to point that out)
              Fascinating stuff though if only in the dream department.


              Taking one at random:


              Quote from above:
              ///////Capitalism has lifted countless people out of poverty. However, with the expansions of digitalization and globalization, capitalism has produced greater inequalities and divisions. In its present form, capitalism is not truly contributing to the well-being of humanity. We need to reimagine capitalism, to incorporate social sustainability and people’s well-being.

              Capitalism is a socio-economic system designed to meet the demands of people. To redesign this system, to create a “new capitalism,” the following points should be considered:

              Create a system that can generate “good demand” to meet the various objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and captures that as economic profit./////// End quote.


              Total rubbish—Capitalism is a system designed to enrich the few at the expense of the many, not to ‘meet the demands of the people’
              calling it anything else forms my definition of ‘wish economics’.

              Capitalism is the exploitation of cheap surplus energy, by those with unrestricted access to it. i.e. the developed western economies. People with unrestricted access to something tend to use it to the full. (that is called human nature btw)

              This situation drains the poorer parts of the world who are constrained to supply the necessary raw materials to support the economic system of the rest of us.

              Creating ‘good demand’..’economic profit’—-weasel words. The poorer parts of the world want what we have. Profit means faster and faster throughput of Bezos enterprises in just the same way that Rockefeller pumped oil as fast as possible to turn it into cash.

              I notice that the good people putting in their two-pennorth of wishes in that Time piece are all wealthy and successful. Few I think will be donating their capital to rectify the problems created by their acquisition of it.
              Not that they could of course.

              Once a country has been torn apart to extract , say, coal or oil, and the air has been polluted by burning it, flooding that country with $$££ notes by way of compensation will serve only to enrich the few who sold the oil in the first place.

              Sending sacks of corn might make the donors feel good, but that won’t make the rain fall on land where they used to grown their own.

              We have rendered the planet into cash. We are starting to live with, (or die of) the consequences.

            • Mike Roberts says:

              Old but still relevant: New Scientist Special Report: How our economy is killing the Earth

              Might be behind a paywall, sadly.

            • Sam says:

              Yea that great reset looks pretty scary 😧


              From the horse’s mouth, Norm. Seek and ye shall find. No end of his pronouncements…

            • el mar says:

              Norman said below:
              “Total rubbish—Capitalism is a system designed to enrich the few at the expense of the many, not to ‘meet the demands of the people’
              calling it anything else forms my definition of ‘wish economics’.”

              Agreed – but the jabs may be also designed for this purpose!

            • eye rolling time on OFW

              feed me with replies (good bad or insulting) that are backed up with common sense. not Eddy knock-offs

            • Norm, pointing out to us that Time magazine articles are ridiculous and vapid is not a worthy use of your time, imo.

              We’ve shown you who the “Great Reset” people are and what they said they want to do. Whether you think they can do what they say or not.. still, there they are, and their “Build Back Better” slogan is moronically parroted by most world leaders, so they must have *some* pull, wouldn’t you say?

            • those Time articles were pointed out to me as worthy of my time and interest, as a response to my question about what the ‘great reset’ is, or might be.

              my reply then was to select one piece at random.

              Being from ‘Time’ magazine I thought it might have relevance, as opposed to a piece from ‘Conspiracy Gazette’ which obviously would not.

              In my reply, based on the article I read, I tried to make the point that they were all (I assumed) based on wish politics, wish science and wish economics.

              No answer to my question–just more fantasising.

              Being a ‘great Reset’ person, and actually bringing it about are two different things. (I thought including Harry and Meghan was taking things a bit far though)

              Explaining what the great reset is, or might be, would be a start.

              Taking a single quote: that ‘capitalism can meet the demands of the people’ is a statement of such crass insensitivity as to be beyond belief. The history of capitalism has been to destroy the planet, and it appears to be going on in the same direction. No ‘reset’ going to change that other than ‘end collapse’. After that, survivors will certainly ‘reset’ they will have no choice.

              ‘Building back better’ is a good soundbite, (as is Great Reset) but building anything requires energy input. You can’t build bridges and roads with the output of solar panels.

              that’s not to say Biden isn’t trying to do the right thing—he is. but he’s stuck with the same future as the rest of us.

              And yes, I’m as much a capitalist as anyone else. Making no self-excuses.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      Gail, accurate population density figures for Italy are about 205 per Km2, compared to 426 per Km2 in England; London is 5700 per Km2. Industry is concentrated in the far north, along with population density. Italy has never really industrialised outside of the far north.

      We have discussed Italy’s economy before, and it has its own problems that obviously cannot be put down in a simplistic way to population density and fuel availability. Italy’s GDP growth is much lower than that of other European countries, and it has been close to zero since the 1980s, while other countries have seen huge growth over the past 40 years.

      Italy has long-term structural economic problems, and Mario Draghi is trying to reform it (good luck with that). Its productivity growth has been collapsed much longer and deeper than other ‘mature’ capitalist economies. Its public debt is out of control, and it has long attempted to live on debt rather than through improvements in productivity.

      It has a particular problem with a ‘zombie’ economy that preserves unprofitable companies through state support, and it lacks the ‘churn’ that would allow new, more profitable companies to emerge. The society has too much patronage and favour from the state, and a large chunk of the economy is ‘black market’.

      The problems are socio-cultural to some extent, and they fulfil some of stereotypes for southern countries – some of the lowest levels of work engagement in the world, and a dependence on debt-funded state support for companies and citizens, corruption and patronage, and a lack of initiative and enterprise. Italian political parties have perpetuated the situation. Draghi, EU, OECD and others are fully aware of the situation, and they want to impose reform measures (again, good luck with that!)

      > Some EU governments worry about Italy’s colossal public debt, estimated at almost 160 per cent of gross domestic product. But the underlying issues are a chronic lack of economic growth, low productivity and insufficient domestic competition, problems connected to the Italian state’s instinct to protect companies that underperform but enjoy political protection. Draghi hinted at changes to come, warning that some forms of economic activity “will have to change, even radically”.

      Draghi’s reforms are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lay the ground for a much improved future for Italy. It is imperative that Italy’s quarrelsome politicians should support the premier, not paralyse him as they manoeuvre for advantage ahead of the next elections. If they fail in their duty, Italy and the EU risk paying a heavy price.

    • Ed says:

      Population going down is a good thing if you can close the borders. Higher standard of living for all.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        It does not really work like that, and no economist or politician thinks that it does. Capitalism is a profit- and growth-based economic system, and it does not really work without labour expansion, especially when productivity growth is completely collapsed.

        The state also has commitments to the future, to service structural debt, and to maintain health, welfare and pensions, which it cannot do with a shrinking tax income. Italy and many other countries would face social and economic collapse without labour expansion.

        Of course, everything changes once economic collapse hits anyway, but societies are not in that logical terrain yet. Once they are, they will do whatever comes natural and makes sense to them in that circumstance – in so far as they do not completely breakdown and chaos reigns for a while, which is probably likely.

  41. Sam says:

    Watch out for reverse REPO! Next week!

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      aye aye Captain! Will do!

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      tomorrow the 13th is the Ides of June. “To the Romans the Ides of June is an unlucky day.” Watch out for the Ides of June.

      • Bei Dawei says:

        I’m not a Roman, so I should be fine.

      • Sam says:

        Hurry up and Crash! We are being inundated with californicators!!! And their crappy tattoos and piercings, frappe a chinos!!! Please everyone just stay in California!
        REPO will be the sign when banks get nervous and don’t want to lend anymore that is where I think we will see the signs first….Banks don’t want to lend and Consumers don’t want to borrow right now neither is a good sign…..

        • Azure Kingfisher says:

          I’ll stay in California for you, Sam. I’m one of the few who does not have any crappy tattoos or piercings or frappe chinos in hand. With any luck, the majority of my state will flee and I’ll be left to rule as king – something like Will Smith in “I Am Legend.”

    • The chart was already looking pretty awful last week!

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        their balance sheet has edged up to about $8T. It’s not like it goes up by $500 billion per day. Perhaps I don’t know enough about REPO to be worried. Yet.

        • Sam says:

          Aye! I remember when a million dollars used to be a lot! You are right! The FED has got this under control…..kinda like “Hold my beer! Watch this!”

          • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

            $8T can go to 9 or 10. $30T US debt can go to 50. It’s the middle of the Endgame, not the end. 8 trillion bAU tonight, baby!

            • Sam says:

              Yes Debt to gdp is %130 percent… Biden and congress want to spend more. Shale oil is on the decline and will increase the debt dramatically when that dries up. But you are right BAU for the next 6 months until inflation takes off on oil

            • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

              Amazing the Dollar 💵 is still being accepted as currency….everyone knows the ending and suppose most have no choice but still have to accept it.
              I hold my nose when I handle the them.


              If the Dollar collapses it’s the end of the world

  42. Duncan Idaho says:

    “Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently learned that my two Covid-19 vaccinations had transformed me into a walking and talking magnet, unable to eat out because the flatwear would fly from the hands of nearby diners and stick to my magnetized body. What first seemed cool soon became a major inconvenience.

    If you haven’t heard about it yet, or haven’t experienced metal objects flying toward you and clinging to your body, then you may be one of the lucky few who has been spared this horrifying side effect of the vaccination you and millions of other Americans have received. It was, apparently, part of a nefarious plot by Dr. Fauci and the radical leftist Biden administration to do something awful to all of us for reasons those who are raising the alarms haven’t entirely figured out yet. How their plans to advance socialism by weighing down a large population of people who have become magnetized hasn’t yet been disclosed by the whistleblowers alerting us to this new left-wing menace, but they’re working on it. They know that, when it comes to sneaky business, the lefty libtards never rest.”

    With my two vaccines, I must be a magnet also?

  43. FoolishFitz says:

    Sorry my above post was a reply to FE concerning this matter.

    “Why are delegates to the covid conference exempting from quarantine?”.

    Apologies for any confusion. I have no idea why my reply ended up here.

  44. FoolishFitz says:

    Britain is very class orientated and the virus was duly information late in November 2020 that it would be considered bad form to attack all classes equally.
    I believe the government received confirmation from the virus in early December 2020 that it wasn’t a barbarian and would of course follow all social norms.

    They then released this statement.

    So nothing to worry about after all😁

    • If a person flies first class, there is no chance of COVID!

      • FoolishFitz says:

        Covid knows Gail.

        “The selection of idiots will thus be done by itself: they will go to the slaughterhouse on their own.”

        Kind of hard not to appreciate the honesty of that statement, considering what we have witnessed over the last year and a half.

    • Duncan Idaho says:


      We don’t understand that we’re all just meat, and the virus travels everywhere.

  45. I mostly agree with most of the points Dennis L proposes , although for some reason he never answers me.

    But, to make all of his points possible, the pop of the world has to be reduced significantly, in very politically incorrect ways.

    Without that prerequisite, all these advances will just stall because of lack of resources.

    Theoretically there are unlimited resources. However, if they can’t be used in a reasonable way, it is like watching stars at night. The stars are there, but are completely irrelevant for our lives except for some astrologers.

  46. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    Ground floor opportunity….
    A developer of electric, flying taxis is set to go public in New York by merging with a blank-check, special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, as part of the latest wave of listings bringing more than $5 billion in enterprise value to the stock market.

    Its flagship low-noise, zero-emissions VA-X4 prototype will be able to carry five people more than 100 miles at a top speed of 202 miles an hour. Vertical Aerospace said it should be profitable and cash flow stable with annual sales of less than 100 aircraft.

    Microsoft’s MSFT, +0.25% venture capital arm, American Airlines AAL, +0.30%, Honeywell HON, -0.47%, and Rolls-Royce RR, +0.81% were among those investing in the company through the private investment in public equity offering, or PIPE, the group said. The company said it had up to 1,000 aircraft preorders valued at up to $4 billion from American Airlines and aircraft leasing company Avolon, as well as a preorder option from Virgin Atlantic.

    The deal with Broadstone is expected to close in the second half of the year. It values the group and its parent SPAC at an enterprise value of $1.84 billion and equity value of $2.2 billion, based on the $10 per share price in the PIPE.

    Electric taxis, zero emissions…Elon Musk, eat your heart out….

    • This sounds like an essential service for all of the millionaires on the planet!

    • Where would they park? The Empire State Building was built with a landing pod for the airships to be used as taxis at the top floor. It was too windy to be operable.

      Al Smith, the Donald Trump of these days, pushed for this idea and quite a few backers supported it without really trying.

      • Duncan Idaho says:

        My step daughter has an office in the Empire State Building.
        I’ll ask her

  47. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    Oh, no, this is serious….

    nol plant in Washington
    Fri, June 11, 2021, 2:30 PM
    SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental footprint.

    Northwest Innovation Works proposed a $2.3 billion project to take fracked natural gas from Canada and convert it into methanol, which it would then ship to China to make ingredients for plastics used in everything from iPhones to clothing to medical devices.

    The state Department of Ecology denied a key permit for the project in January, saying it would create too much pollution and have negative effects on the shoreline. On Friday, the company notified the Port of Kalama it was terminating its lease, saying the regulatory environment had become “unclear and unpredictable.”

    Economic development officials in southwest Washington blasted the state for dooming the project, saying that the company’s methods of making methanol from natural gas would have been cleaner than making it from coal, as is done elsewhere. That would have benefitted the environment while creating 1,400 construction jobs and 200 family-wage permanent positions, they argued.

    Not much else to make of the fracked gas….maybe we can flame it off so the satellites in orbit above the Earth can take a picture of it….
    I believe my synthetic Mobile 1 oil is made from it too,.that’s it construct a plant for that!

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