To Be Sustainable, Green Energy Must Generate Adequate Taxable Revenue

What allows any type of energy to be sustainable? I would argue that one of the requirements for sustainability is adequate production of taxable revenue. Company managements depend upon taxable revenue for many purposes, including funding new investments and paying dividends to shareholders. Governments depend upon taxable income to collect enough taxes to provide infrastructure and programs for their growing populations.

Taxable income is a major way that “net energy” is transferred to future investment and to the rest of the economy. If this form of net energy is too low, governments will collapse from lack of funding. Energy production will fall from lack of reinvestment. This profitability needs to come from the characteristics of the energy products, allowing more goods and services to be produced efficiently. This profitability cannot be created simply by the creation of more government debt; the rise in the price of energy is tied to the affordability of goods, particularly the goods required by low-income people, such as food. This affordability issue tends to put a cap on prices that can be charged for energy products.

It seems to me that Green Energy sources are held to far too low a standard. Their financial results are published after subsidies are reflected, making them look profitable when, in reality, they are not. This is one of the things that makes many people from the financial community believe that Green Energy is the solution for the future.

In this post, I will discuss these ideas further. A related issue is, “Which type of oil production fell most in the 2018-2021 period?” Many people had expected that perhaps high-cost energy production would fall. Strangely enough, the production that fell most was that of OPEC oil exporters. These oil exporters often have a very low cost of energy production. The production of US oil from shale also fell.

If the ratio of Energy Return on Energy Investment (EROEI) is to be used as a measure of which type of energy best meets our needs, perhaps the list of items to be included in EROEI calculations needs to be broadened. Alternatively, more attention needs to be paid to unsubsidized taxable income as an indicator of net energy production.

[1] According to EIA data, world crude oil production hit a peak of 84.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in the fourth quarter of 2018. Production fell as low as 72.3 million bpd in the third quarter of 2020. Production rebounded to 75.4 million barrels of oil a day, still 9.1 million bpd below peak production in the 4th quarter of 2018.

Figure 1. Quarterly crude and condensate production, based on international data of the US Energy Information Administration.

This drop in oil production was unprecedented. It far exceeded the drop in oil production at the time of the Great Recession of 2008-2009. As of the first quarter of 2021, crude oil production was roughly at its level in 2011. It still has not rebounded very far.

[2] The biggest drop in crude oil production during this period was that of the cartel led by OPEC and Russia. United States’ oil production also fell during this period. Production of the Rest of the World, in total, was fairly flat.

Figure 2. Crude oil production through the first quarter of 2021 based on international data of the US Energy Information Administration.

The big concern of OPEC and Russia was that crude oil prices were too low to provide adequate tax revenue for the governments of these countries. This is especially an issue for countries with few other industries besides oil. These oil exporting countries tend to have large populations, with little employment besides government-sponsored projects. Nearly all food needs to be imported, so subsidies for food need to be provided if the many people earning low wages are to be able to afford this food.

If oil prices are high, say $150 per barrel or higher in today’s dollars, it is generally fairly easy for governments to collect enough oil-related taxes. The actual cost of extraction is often very low for oil exporters, perhaps as little as $20 per barrel. The need for tax revenue greatly exceeds the direct expenses of extracting the oil. Companies can be asked to pay as much as 90% of operating income (in this example, equal to $130 = $150 – $20 per barrel, probably only relating to exported oil) as taxes. The percentage varies greatly by country, with countries that have higher costs of production generally paying less in taxes.

Figure 3. Chart from 2013 showing “government take” as a percentage of operating income by Barry Rodgers Oil and Gas Consulting (website no longer available).

When oil companies are asked about their required price to break even, a wide range of answers is possible. Do they just quote the expense of pulling the oil from the ground? If so, a very low answer is possible. If shareholders are involved in the discussions, this is the answer that they would like to hear. Or do they give realistic estimates, including the taxes that their governments need? Furthermore, if the cost of extraction is rising, there needs to be enough profit that can be set aside to allow for the drilling of new wells in higher-cost areas, if production is to be maintained.

Because of the need for tax revenue, OPEC countries often publish Fiscal Breakeven Oil Prices, indicating how high the prices need to be to obtain adequate tax revenue for the exporting countries. For example, Figure 4 shows a set of Fiscal Breakeven Oil Prices for 2013 – 2014.

Figure 4. Estimate of OPEC breakeven oil prices, including tax requirements by parent countries, by APICORP.

If a country tries to maintain the same standard of living for its population as in the past, I would expect that the fiscal breakeven price would rise year after year. This would occur partly because the population of OPEC countries keeps rising and thus more subsidy is needed. The fiscal breakeven price would also tend to rise because the easiest-to-extract oil tends to be depleted first. As a result, new oil-related investments can be expected to have higher costs than the depleted investments they are replacing.

In fact, if a person looks at more recently published fiscal breakeven prices, they tend to be lower than the 2013-2014 breakevens. I believe that this happens because oil exporters don’t want to look desperate. They know that attaining such high prices is unlikely today. They hope that by using more debt and reducing the standard of living of their citizens, they can somehow get along with a lower fiscal breakeven price. This is not a long term solution, however. Unhappy citizens are likely to overturn their governments. Such a result could completely cut off oil supply from these countries.

[3] A cutback in oil production is not surprising for the OPEC + Russia group, nor for the United States, given the chronically low oil prices. The profitability was too low for all of these producers.

Figure 5. Inflation-adjusted historical average annual Brent oil price for 1965 through 2020 from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2021. 12-Jul-2021 amount is the actual Brent spot oil price for that date.

Oil prices fell in late 2014. Fiscal breakeven prices calculated before that date likely gave a somewhat reasonable estimate of the needed prices for oil exporters to make an adequate profit, at that time. By early 2019, when the first decreases in oil production began, these countries were beginning to become fed up with chronically low oil prices.

It is interesting to note that Qatar, the country with the lowest breakeven price on Figure 4, decided to withdraw from OPEC effective January 1, 2019, rather than reduce its oil production. For Qatar, oil prices in late 2018 and early 2019 were close to adequate. Qatar mostly produces natural gas, rather than oil.

The decrease in US shale oil production reflects somewhat the same low profitability issue as OPEC + Russia exports, with an additional factor added. Besides low prices, there seems to be a well-spacing issue. There are reports that the spacing of shale wells gradually got closer and closer, until the closer spacing became counter-productive. The more closely spaced wells “cannibalized” the output from nearby wells. The extra drilling may also have released needed pressurization, reducing oil availability.

Such a problem would have been a difficult issue to pick up from EROEI analyses because there are not enough of these EROEI studies to see sudden changes. Figure 6 shows the timing of the drop in US oil production, relative to the drop in oil prices:

Figure 6. Monthly average crude oil and condensate production and prices for the United States excluding the Gulf of Mexico, based on US Energy Information Administration data. Oil prices are West Texas Intermediate spot prices, not adjusted for inflation. Amounts shown are through April 2021.

Figure 6 omits oil from the Gulf of Mexico, because its quantity tends to bounce around, especially when a hurricane hits. Because of this exclusion, the oil shown in Figure 6 reflects a combination of declining oil production from conventional oil wells plus (after about 2011) rising production from shale wells.

Figure 6 shows that production of oil from shale was developed during the 2011 to 2013 period, when oil prices were high. When oil prices suddenly fell in late 2014, shale producers suddenly found production very unprofitable. They cut back on production starting in April 2015. Shale production started rising again in 2017 after prices moved away from their extreme lows. Growth in oil production began to slow in late 2018, when oil prices again began to fall.

The big shutdown in world oil demand associated with the COVID-19 epidemic began in the second quarter of 2020. Shale production fell in response to low oil prices in March through November of 2020. As of April 2021, production does not seem to have rebounded significantly. We have seen reports that workers were laid off, making it difficult to add new production. If, indeed, well-spacing had become too close, this may have played a role in the decision not to ramp up production again. It is quite possible that many drilled but uncompleted wells will permanently remain uncompleted because they are too close to other wells to be useful.

Based on this analysis, it seems likely that US oil production for 2021 will be lower than that for 202o. Ultimately, the lack of adequate profitability can be expected to bring US oil production down.

[4] There are some high-cost oil producers who continue to produce increasing amounts of oil.

Figure 7. Crude oil and condensate production for Canada and Brazil, based on international data of the US Energy Information Administration.

The keys to maintaining high-cost oil production seem to be

  • Large up front investments to make this production possible with little new investment
  • Governments that are not very “needy” in terms of revenue from oil taxes

Even with these considerations, having an unprofitable or barely profitable oil industry weakens a country. Neither Brazil nor Canada is doing very well economically in 2021. These countries will likely reduce new oil investment in the next year or two, if inflation-adjusted oil prices do not rise significantly.

[5] Somehow, “Green Energy” has been allowed to compete in the energy field with huge subsidies. If Green Energy is actually to be successful long-term, it needs to be profitable in the same way that fossil fuel energy needs to be profitable. If wind and solar are truly useful, they need to be very profitable, even without subsidies, so that they can support their governments with taxes.

There tends to be little recognition of the extent of subsidies for renewable energy. For example, allowing the electricity from wind turbines and solar panels to be put on the grid whenever it is generated is a huge subsidy. Such generation mostly substitutes for the coal or natural gas used by electricity-producing plants, rather than the electricity generated by these plants. The many reports we see that compare the cost of intermittent electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels with the cost of dispatchable electricity generated by fossil fuels are simply misleading.

Furthermore, electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels doesn’t need to be sufficiently profitable to pay for the much larger grid they require. The larger grid requirement occurs partly because the devices tend to be more distant from users, and partly because the transmission lines need to be sized for the maximum transmission required, which tends to be high for the variable production of renewables.

The lack of adequate profitability of wind and solar on an unsubsidized basis strongly suggests that they are not really producing net energy, regardless of what EROEI calculations seem to indicate.

It might be noted that in past years, oil exporters have been accused of giving large energy subsidies to their oil producing companies. What these oil exporters have been doing is charging their own citizens lower prices for oil products than the high (international) price charged to foreign buyers. Thus, high taxes were collected only on oil exports, not from local citizens. With the fall in oil prices in late 2014 (shown in Figures 5 and 6 below), this practice of differential pricing has largely disappeared.

“Oil subsidies” in the US consist of financial assistance to low income people in the US Northeast who continue to heat their homes with oil. These subsidies, too, have mostly disappeared, with lower oil prices and the availability of less expensive forms of home heating.

[6] It seems to me that an economy really has three different requirements:

  1. The total quantity of energy must be rising, at least as rapidly as population.
  2. The types of energy available must match the needs of current energy-consuming devices, or there needs to be some type of transition plan to facilitate this transition.
  3. There must be enough “net energy” left over, both (a) to fund governments with taxes and (b) to fund any transition to different energy-consuming devices, if such a transition is required.

Thus, in order for a transition to Green Energy to really work, it must be extremely profitable on a pretax, unsubsidized basis, so that it can pay high taxes. The greater the need for a transition to different energy consuming devices, such as heat pumps for buildings and electric vehicles of many types, the greater the need for more net energy generated by Green Energy sources to help facilitate this transition.

High profitability for energy products is normally associated with a very low cost of energy production. Furthermore, the type of Green Energy available needs to be in a very useful form. In a sense, there are really two different energy transitions required:

  • The output of intermittent electricity devices must be brought up to grid standards, using a combination such as many long distance transmission, very substantial battery backup, and the use of many devices to provide the electricity with the precise characteristics it needs.
  • As mentioned above, if greater use of electricity is to be made, a transition to electric devices is required.

Both of these transitions will require a significant quantity of energy (really net energy not used elsewhere in the system) to accomplish. If fossil fuel energy is being phased out, an increasing share of this net energy will need to come from the Green Energy sector by way of the tax system. Such a system will only work if the Green Energy sector is very profitable on a pre-tax basis.

[7] Figure 8 suggests that the world has a problem with low energy consumption per capita right now.

Figure 8. Energy consumption per capita for all energy sources combined based on data from BP’s Statistical Review of Energy 2021.

There is a strong correlation between growth in total energy consumption per capita and how well the economy is doing. The slight downward slide in energy consumption per capita in 2019 indicates that the economy was already doing poorly in 2019. The huge downward shift in 2020 dwarfs the downward slide in 2009, when the world was in the midst of the Great Recession. My earlier research, looking back 200 years, indicates that low growth in energy consumption per capita is likely to lead to conflict among nations and collapses of governments. Epidemics are also more likely to spread in such periods, because greater wage and wealth disparity tends to occur when energy supplies are constrained.

Any shift away from fossil fuel energy to Green Energy will almost certainly mean a huge drop in world energy consumption per capita because the world doesn’t produce very much Green Energy. Such a drop in energy consumption per capita will be a huge problem, in itself. If the Green Energy sector doesn’t generate much taxable income without subsidies, this adds an additional difficulty.

[8] Conclusion: Examination of the EROEIs for various fuels, using calculations the way that they are performed today, gives inadequate information regarding whether a transition to another set of fuels is feasible.

Researchers need to be looking more at (a) the total quantity of energy produced and (b) the profitability of producing this energy. An economy is only possible because of profitable businesses, including energy businesses. A person cannot assume that energy prices will rise from today’s level because of scarcity. Today’s huge debt bubble is producing very high copper and steel prices, but it is not producing correspondingly high oil prices.

Heavily subsidized energy products look like they might be helpful, but there is little reason to believe this to be the case. If Green Energy products are truly producing net energy, we should expect this fact to be reflected in the unsubsidized profits that these products generate. In fact, if Green Energy products are truly producing large amounts of net energy, they should be so profitable that businesses will be rapidly ramping up their production, even without subsidies or mandates.

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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3,605 Responses to To Be Sustainable, Green Energy Must Generate Adequate Taxable Revenue

  1. MG says:

    Today, I have visited my physician and we discussed the results of my D vitamin level test. My level is still low, despite the summer in the Central Europe. What is more interesting, she encounters the low vitamin D levels also across the rest of her patients.

    She says that it seems to her that there is less sunshine.

    Seeing the last heat wave in Canada where a dome of hot air was formed, it seems that the sunshine is filtered and obscured and we actually get less of the important spectrum.

    We have more hot air, but less sunshine…

  2. Yoshua says:

    The German 10 Y bund has finished the inflation bounce and has now turned down for the last deflation bust that will suck all life out of the German economy.

    Every chart seems to show the same thing: The inflation bounce is over. Now comes deflation to suck out the rest of air from our Covid trashed up lungs.

    • The German 10 Y bund is in negative territory. Going lower is bad news for the economy.

      I expect other countries will have a similar problem.

      The WSJ shows that Netherlands, France and Belgium also now have their 10 year debt in negative yield negative.

  3. Fast Eddy says:

    As the UK Government heralds “freedom day” today, which is anything but, a prominent government scientific advisor has admitted that face masks do very little to protect from coronavirus and are basically just “comfort blankets”.

    Dr Colin Axon, a SAGE advisor for the government told the London Telegraph that medics have given people a “cartoonish” view of how how microscopic viruses travel through the air, and the masks have gaps in them that are up to 5000 times bigger than Covid particles.

    “The small sizes are not easily understood but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders’ scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through,” Axon said.

    “Once a particle is not on a biological surface it is no longer a biomedical issue, it is simply about physics. The public has only a partial view of the story if information only comes from one type of source,” Axon continued, adding “Medics have some of the answers but not a whole view.”

    Noting that the “mask debate is about the particle journey,” Axon explained that “Masks can catch droplets and sputum from a cough but what is important is that SARS CoV-2 is predominantly distributed by tiny aerosols.”

    “A Covid viral particle is around 100 nanometres, material gaps in blue surgical masks are up to 1,000 times that size, cloth mask gaps can be 500,000 times the size,” Axon urged.

    The professor noted that “those aerosols escape masks and will render the mask ineffective,” adding “The public were demanding something must be done, they got masks, it is just a comfort blanket. But now it is entrenched, and we are entrenching bad behaviour.”

    “All around the world you can look at mask mandates and superimpose on infection rates, you cannot see that mask mandates made any effect whatsoever,” Axon further noted, adding that “The best thing you can say about any mask is that any positive effect they do have is too small to be measured.”

    Axon’s comments echo those of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who wrote in February 2020 that a typical store-bought face mask “is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.”

    • Many people like masks, however. The argument will go on.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        Many people didn’t always “like” masks. They weren’t wearing them during previous cold and flu seasons, for example, and the suggestion would’ve sounded over the top to them. Nor did these people mask their children during previous cold and flu seasons, despite the “common knowledge” that children are excellent vectors for viral diseases.

        If masks did anything, and flu deaths mattered, society would’ve adopted public masking ages ago.

  4. Fast Eddy says:

    This is actually rather hilarious … you tell them they will just live with it …. then you slam the door in their faces…

    This must be mentally destructive… break them down … create despair

    Officials on Tuesday confirmed all restaurant dining will be barred, social gatherings – including visits to households – will be restricted to two people and wearing masks will be mandatory for indoor sporting activities. The tightened restrictions will last until at least August 18, the coronavirus task force said

  5. Fast Eddy says:

    Singapore’s ‘living with Covid-19’ road map suffers setback as restrictions return

    For four weeks starting July 22, restaurant dining will be banned and social gatherings will be restricted to groups of two

    Officials previously said they were preparing to treat Covid-19 as endemic, citing public ‘battle weariness’

    Lie after lie after lie after lie…..

    • Authorities need to tell medical care providers about inexpensive out-of-hospital protocols for treating early cases of the disease. Citizens need to be told to get their vitamin D levels up, also.

    • Student says:

      That is very interesting, in fact it is true that we are noting a world resurgence of the classic Covid-19 drama and relative theatre of the vaccine as the only and truly savior.
      The Club could have thought that it is too soon to let go.
      They could have said: it is necessary to complete the phase we have requested and reach the level we have forecasted as necessary for our plan.

      Sometime I think that people should stop to make official PCR test, but it is a difficult matter.

  6. oh—and I notice you are still maintaining your 1 in 3 ratio on comments.

    shows stamina anyway

  7. No use Eddy

    you worded yourself into a corner

    Either you did try to inflict your weaknesses on those you see as weaker than yourself


    you’re making it up because you have nothing worthwhile to say.

    Personally I’d go for the latter. Attention seeking. Barstool ranting. It is not satire or clever word weaving.

    If you had gone into a health centre raving about mass exterminations, Nuremberg and all the rest, you would have been ejected.

    Fascinating to have observed, over the past few years, that any major event gets the Eddy ‘conspiracy treatment’. Nothing is exempt. But only since about 2015 or so.

    I read OFW, wondering what’s next on the list. World politics (a series of random events really) is always throwing up ‘something’. I see you’ve brought up the WTC again today. Somebody said the other day it was a ‘mini nuke’.
    No doubt it will upset people, when this is rubbished.

    The confirmation of my observations invariably comes in the form of what I call chalked words on the schoolyard wall—‘You are insane’—and other words to that effect.
    (Again, shows an inability to find words of any consequence)

    Learn to make words dance for you. Try not to use stock phrases. Tiresome. But very revealing.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Yes yes norm… there there….

      Now let’s get back on track….

      Reports of COVID breakthrough cases continue to rise — as of July 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 5,492 breakthrough cases resulting in death and hospitalization.

      A breakthrough case refers to anyone who is diagnosed with COVID after being fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

      Now let’s go back in time to March 2021….

      Mass infection prevention and mass vaccination with leaky Covid-19 vaccines in the midst of the pandemic can only breed highly infectious variants.

      What’s happening here norm? Your pal dunc is in radio silence on this as well…. mike?

      • this, copied from previous comment, is precisely on track:

        Quote >>>>>The confirmation of my observations invariably comes in the form of what I call chalked words on the schoolyard wall—‘You are insane’—and other words to that effect.
        (Again, shows an inability to find words of any consequence)<<<<<

        there no event that is not subject to the Eddy conspiracy treatment.

        any attempt at educated discussion ends in 'chalked words on the skool wall'—that has happened time and again after rationality is depleted.
        Usually repeated over and over.
        BBBBbbbbbaaadddd writing. If I may say so.

        Every third comment is an Eddycomment—doesn't that tell you something?

        When others, (with more common sense than me) just give up and walk away—there follows a frenzied word-dance of righteousness, which I encourage because it is just so revealing of true character, (or lack thereof to be more precise).

        Medical nobodies?—the book really fell open at the right page there.

        the village idiot simply cannot tolerate being ignored. Everybody is nuts except him. Sometimes OFW has the look of a village idiots convention. It didn't used to be like that. Like attracts like I guess.
        Certainly, posting videos of an idiot 'doing his thing' as proof of sanity was one of your best.
        I've opened nothing since. You did me a favour there.

        Someone else made the same observation the other day: ''Keep your crazy stuff at home.''

        years ago—I used to think it was a windup.

        silly me.

        I am amazed that Kennedy's assassination hasn't come under your scrutiny—it was he, after all who proposed the moon program in the first place

        • There is a thin line between village idiot convention and people who want to entertain by putting down others.

          My problem is that the site needs a variety of different viewpoints. We learn a whole lot less, if everyone is has precisely the same beliefs. We can’t believe everything from bit chute any more than we can from Main Street Media.

          One issue is that male animals of many types seem to have a need to fight for dominance, in a power hierarchy. This seems to happen among a few male commenters as well. I can try to fix some of this by deleting comments, but it is hard to fix all of it without losing quite a bit from the site. We had this problem on as well. Sometimes, it was the authors of the posts who would get into fights with anyone with whom they disagreed.

          In my view, we are really dealing with a nuanced problem with the COVID-19 vaccines. It probably does make sense for some people to have those shots, particularly those who are older and/or have serious health conditions. Putting people down on who have had the vaccine doesn’t make sense, because the people who have had the vaccine (and comment on this site) disproportionately are older and/or have serious health conditions.

          I have been trying to monitor comments a little more closely recently. For example, don’t expect to see StarvingLion back anytime soon. I have been taking out some of Fast Eddy’s comments. I have not been letting through some of the “new” commenters, especially on this post. Having “Green” in the title seems to attract a lot of nut cases.

          If we want other commenters to feel welcome, they need to be able to see the comment section as welcoming to a range of ideas. I would hope commenters would keep this in mind and hold down the put downs of other commenters.

          • Thanks for a definition of the approximate parameters of ‘normality’ Gail.

            there are bound to be difference of opinion, I like them–they are good for everyone involved, but some get tiresome after a few years.

            • well you would of course.

              Unfortunately it would be in Bezos’s latest transport venture

              as many have pointed out—the shape of it would be a precise match for your ego

              (and equally pointless)

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Nearly 6000 dead or in the hospital – who have been Vaccinated!!!

          hahahahahahahahahahha…. get your boosters MOREons… get your Boosters… step right up for another experiment 🙂 🙂 🙂

          Scientists are using the term “breakthrough” infections for those who get COVID-19 while fully vaccinated, the Associated Press reported. Of the 5,492 of breakthrough cases reported by the CDC, the individuals had to be hospitalized or had died out of over 159 million inoculated U.S. residents. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said 99.5 percent of COVID-19 deaths occurred with unvaccinated individuals.

          There have been a number of recent reports of fully vaccinated people testing positive for the coronavirus — at the White House, Congress, the Olympics and Major League Baseball. And with the fast-spreading delta variant driving up infections, hospitalizations and deaths, a lot of people are wondering whether the vaccines are as protective as we thought.

          • Fortunately, not too many seem to die from the Delta variant. If we worked harder on treating the illness, early on, perhaps that death rate could be even lower.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              or …

              Mass infection prevention and mass vaccination with leaky Covid-19 vaccines in the midst of the pandemic can only breed highly infectious variants.


              French virologist and Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier called mass vaccination against the coronavirus during the pandemic “unthinkable” and a historical blunder that is “creating the variants” and leading to deaths from the disease, LifeSite News reported.

              “The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants,” the report said.

              Many epidemiologists know it and are “silent” about the problem known as “antibody-dependent enhancement,” Montagnier said.

              “It is the antibodies produced by the virus that enable an infection to become stronger,” he said in an interview with Pierre Barnerias of Hold-Up Media earlier this month.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Federal Lawsuit Seeks Immediate Halt of COVID Vaccines, Cites Whistleblower Testimony Claiming CDC Is Under-Counting Vaccine Deaths

      America’s Frontline Doctors filed a motion to stop the use of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) COVID vaccines for anyone under 18, anyone with natural immunity or anyone who hasn’t received informed consent.

      Super Bowl Champ Tells RFK, Jr.: 6 Months After Moderna Vaccine, Wife’s Injury ‘Progressively Worse’

      Green Bay Packers hall-of-famer Ken Ruettgers told RFK, Jr. on “The Defender Podcast” he started a website where people can share their stories of COVID vaccine injuries after his wife suffered a “severe reaction” to the Moderna vaccine.

  8. Fast Eddy says:

    Oh No… what’s next — 300lb women … how about 3ft tall women…

    Is she lopped or doing a tuck and hide?

  9. Fast Eddy says:

    Royal Navy flotilla reports Covid outbreak with 100 cases despite all sailors being vaccinated

    • I wonder if these infections were of the Delta variant.

      This is a link given by Tim Groves to an article a couple of days ago about how poorly vaccines seem to work with respect to the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Israel.

      This is a chart I made, using data from the above article. For some unknown reason, the vaccinated seem to be disproportionately catching the disease. In fact, they seem to be disproportionately hospitalized and in need of critical care.

      The article says that 57% were fully vaccinated. My calculations show that the percentages of cases (including asymptomatic cases), symptomatic cases, hospitalizations, and patients in need of critical care are all higher among the vaccinated. Admittedly, the ratio of critical cases to total cases is lower in the vaccinated than in the unvaccinated, but there are so many more cases among the vaccinated than the unvaccinated that 65% of the critical cases are among the vaccinated, versus 57% expected if the vaccine did nothing at all. What is happening?

      One would hope that the effect of a major vaccination effort would reduce the critical care and hospitalization cases significantly.

      This is a chart from the UNZ article, showing new cases from June 20 through June 26 by age group, separately for vaccinated and unvaccinated.

      In fact, the vaccinated have more than their expected share of hospitalizations and deaths.

      The ratio of the critical cases to the symptomatic cases is down in the vaccinated cases, but there are so many more symptomatic cases in the vaccinated group that vaccinated cases comprise 65% of total cases, even though the fully vaccinated represent 57% of the total population.

      • Student says:

        I read some explanations from dissidents virologists, if I’m not wrong maybe Vander Bossche among them, that spike protein inoculated by these new Covid-19 vaccines tends to create very specific antibodies, so when you are attacked by something slightly different, the protection doesn’t work anymore.

        If that is true, this could be another exlplanation why we are noting a new world resurgence of the classic Covid-19 drama by the authorities with this Delta variant.
        Because if this comes out even more clearly with a new possible variant, it will be evident that people will need to take another jab, but with a modified jab.
        And it is difficult to convince people to take a third dose with a modified jab when you still have 50% of the people who have not taken yet even the first dose and also don’t want to enter the cycle.

  10. Fast Eddy says:

    How can Moderna send the University of North Carolina a coronavirus vaccine to test two weeks before anyone knew COVID even existed? How did Moderna know in advance the exact best vaccine to create? (if you want to see a copy of the MTA, download the doc and then download the reference doc listed at the end of that doc)

    The Washington Post claimed Ron Johnson was lying when he said that natural immunity is better than vaccine immunity and that the vaccines have killed thousands of people. We challenged the fact checker to a debate and we offered to pay the Post $2M if they won the debate. They refused to answer. The Washington Post refuses to stand behind its own fact checker and they will not issue a correction admitting their fact checker got it wrong. (Answer: Welcome to the new America where media fact-checkers refuse to defend their stories and the newspapers refuse to back their fact-checkers.)

    • Rodster says:

      The Plan-demic or is it the Scam-demic or perhaps both? Either way we should ask the fraudster Tony Fauci who’s banking from these experimental cocktail drugs posing as vaccines. The US ordered 500 million doses at $19.50 a pop. That may increase to $125 a dose. A multi, multi billion dollar business. And it’s all profit for Big Pharma because if you get sick or die, you or your family can’t sue anyone and the best part, you are on the hook for all the medical bills if you survive.

  11. Yoshua says:

    African Swine Fever in Germany

    The Elders have decided: No more pork for Germans.

    Now let’s see how bad we are at stopping a virus spreading among our pig herds in Europe.

    • Tsubion says:

      I was on farms in the uk in 2000 when Foot and Mouth was the psyop of the day. Watched millions of cows go up in flames. I had to wear plastic bags on my shoes and other PPE just to access the farm and ask a few questions.

      Turned out it was all a lie. Even the MSM said it was all for naught.

      I have three years experience with all kinds of PPE. Deadly gases included. So protocol is a must.

      To the flimsy mask wearers… if you can smell perfume… you’re already dead.

    • According to Reuters:

      The disease was confirmed in pigs on two farms in the eastern German state of Brandenburg.

      Previous cases have only been found in wild animals, with 1,267 African swine fever cases so far in wild boar in the Brandenburg area. Brandenburg is on the border with Poland, where the disease is widespread.

      China and other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after the first case was confirmed in wild animals. Import bans by China and major Asian importers remain in place.

  12. Fast Eddy says:

    norm? norm?????? What is going on here????? Why is this happening … oh right Bossche said it would!

    ‘Mass infection prevention and mass vaccination with leaky Covid-19 vaccines in the midst of the pandemic can only breed highly infectious variants.’

    Something really odd is going on:

    In Europe we are seeing surges at many places where most of the population has already been vaccinated.

    At the same time, the 15 least vaccinated countries don’t seem to face any problem.

    At some point, denying this problem will get painful.

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    Covid-19 breakthrough infections are preventable, but it’s going to take a big effort to stop them

    As Covid-19 case numbers overall are on the rise again across the United States, breakthrough infections, while rare, are making headlines.

    Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan tested positive for Covid-19 after vaccination, according to a statement from his office Monday. Fully vaccinated entertainment journalist Catt Sadler warned her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers not to “let your guard down,” after she got sick after caring for someone with Covid-19 who wasn’t vaccinated.

    Last Thursday, six players on the New York Yankees tested positive. This was the second instance of breakthrough cases on the team.

    Breakthrough cases are also already cropping up in the Tokyo Summer Olympics. An alternate member of the US Olympics gymnastics team, Kara Eaker, who had been vaccinated tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday, her father confirmed to CNN affiliate KMBC Monday. So had basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson who confirmed on her Instagram account that she would not be able to compete in Tokyo.


    As of July 12, the CDC reported 5,492 breakthrough COVID cases resulting in hospitalization or death. Meanwhile, states continue to report more breakthrough cases, and the New York Yankees cancel series opener after fully vaccinated players test positive.

    Watch as this morphs from a ripple in the MSM to a catastrophic monster wave….

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    Bitcoin fell below $30,000 for the first time since Jun. 22 dragging other digital coins lower.

    About $98 billion was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market in 24 hours as of 12:29 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to CoinMarketCap data.

    Bitcoin was down more than 6% while ether fell nearly 9% and XRP tanked almost 11%, according to CoinDesk data.

    • geno mir says:

      It gets very unpleasant when all the support levels transform into resistance ceilings. Suddenly the law of averages meets the law of gravity. We are sliding down towards 18-20K level of confluence with the hope the price to bottom out (hopium is still a strong shit).

  15. jj says:

    world of H appreciate your analysis as always. It would seem that china is less than happy with the trade of their easy to extract coal for the worlds manufacturing. The significant tech that was given to them along with that ripped off apparently is now blase. The allure of the super model of the tech world the chip mills in Taiwan call. I dont understand why they are rushing things. I thought they played the long game. USA now is out of Afghanistan 20 years nothing gained. The FAUX installed government folding like a house of cards. This failure to project force along with the ever increasing debt/ dollardestruction would seem to me to favor china just sitting tight. This turkey is preheating the oven to cook itself and were about 14 minutes into the 15 minute oven preheat. Putin has chinas back IMO as demonstrated by the russian war gaming in the pacific. IMO USAs ability to project force will only degrade with time because the print it up to buy weapons tech has diminishing results. Money is a poor motivator for the MIC now. It doesnt buy a true understanding of physics as applied to weapons technology. If your primary motive is wealth getting paid in a means that is unstable is not conducive to innovation and successful implementation IMO.

    KSA has been a key in establishing and maintaining dollar hegemony IMO If the oil fields are truly running out who knows what the dollars value will be?

    • Good points! China and Russia certainly have the potential to work together. Russia seems to have things that China does not, although transport over land tends to be expensive.

      I am not sure that the oil fields are “running out,” but with KSA’s dividend agreement, KSA’s extraction ability will be falling soon, I would think, because it doesn’t have enough funds to reinvest. It also risks uprisings from citizens, especially if oil prices fall lower rather than moving higher.

    • Yes, the OPEC+ was the sign of the times, as some of the Gulfies even started to buy Russian arms (apart from EU, SKorean, ..) While Saudies are nominally the biggest and most loyal to the US, but most of the fin engineering and initiative has been trending to the smaller guys in the area.. So, lets say Saudies implode at some point, while other lesser Gulfies redirect even more funds into Chinese and European realm, hence lets say suddenly combined effect of xy% of petrodollars no longer performing.. Well, that could be easily patched momentarily by issuing few extra dozen $T but then credibility is out of the window for even more lame bystanders.. the final (stage) stampede is approaching.

      One US aircraft carrier could manage ~200 sorties per day. That’s spectacular, but one day it will be not enough.. (given crew rotation / troubles at home, repair / resupply , and more hostile former vassals, different balance of power through asymmetric weapons ala hypersonic missiles and next gen torpedoes etc..)

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    Watch what I do here:

    Reports of COVID breakthrough cases continue to rise — as of July 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 5,492 breakthrough cases resulting in death and hospitalization.

    A breakthrough case refers to anyone who is diagnosed with COVID after being fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.


    • Lastcall says:

      Duncan has been taking the p1ss out of you Eddy, all this time!

      A cryptic sleight of hand.

      Its not Duncan Idaho, its Duh ‘I don’t kno’.

      Now the postings from some strange other world all start to make sense. He has been on team Eddy all the way through, providing a sounding board to launch from.
      Its the only way I can make sense of these odd utterings.

  17. Fast Eddy says:

    Hahahahaha… this is more fantastic news!!! Bossche for King!

    As of July 12, the CDC reported 5,492 breakthrough COVID cases resulting in hospitalization or death. Meanwhile, states continue to report more breakthrough cases, and the New York Yankees cancel series opener after fully vaccinated players test positive.

    I’m working on my End of Days speech … just a bit of fine tuning… the Reaper is breathing heavily now… thinking of feasting on 8 Billion Souls!!!

    Someone pass him a paper bag… get me one too please… this is almost too much to take in… I need a Xanax ….

  18. Fast Eddy says:

    norm… can you stop rattling your cage for awhile… Fast Eddy needs a nap … he’s exhausted from the excitement generated from this revelation:

    “The above study reveals that while in February 2020 (31/1-27/2) the unvaccinated dominated the COVID cases by a ratio of 20:1, six months later in June 2020 (6/6-3/7) it is actually the vaccinated who are prone to be infected by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who happen to develop symptoms by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who are more likely to be hospitalized and develop critical illness.

  19. Fast Eddy says:

    “The above study reveals that while in February 2020 (31/1-27/2) the unvaccinated dominated the COVID cases by a ratio of 20:1, six months later in June 2020 (6/6-3/7) it is actually the vaccinated who are prone to be infected by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who happen to develop symptoms by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who are more likely to be hospitalized and develop critical illness.

    . . . sing along with Fast Eddy

  20. Rodster says:

    For our buddy Marco who is awaiting the collapse and the “end of times”.

    “How Breakdown Cascades Into Collapse”

    • This is a very fine article. It starts out:

      How Breakdown Cascades Into Collapse

      Maintaining the illusion of confidence, permanence and stability serves the interests of those benefiting from the bubbles and those who prefer the safety of the herd, even as the herd thunders toward the precipice.

      The misconception that collapse is an all or nothing phenomenon is common: Either the system rights itself with a bit of money-printing and rah-rah or it collapses into post-industrial ruin and gangs are battling over the last stash of canned beans.

      Neither scenario considers the fragility and resilience of the socio-economic system as a whole. It is both far more fragile than the believers in the permanence of the waste is growth model grasp and more resilient than the complete collapse prognosticators grasp.

      The recent relatively mild logjams in global supply chains of essentials are mere glimpses of precariously fragile delivery-supply systems. These can be understood as bottlenecks that only insiders see, or as unstable nodes through which all the economy’s connections run. Put another way, the economy’s as a network appears decentralized and robust, but this illusion vanishes when we consider how the entire economy rests on a few unstable nodes.

      Everything looks great on the way up, but the system tends to break on the way down.

      • Sam says:

        Yes I thought so too a little more sanguine than your opinion? Or are you in agreement with this stairwell down ?

  21. Hubbs says:

    My message sent to my three engineer brothers and the link.

    “Mon, Jul 19 at 12:22 PM

    As I said, this novel virus with its supposed natural evolution of the spike protein was not new. It’s old, and has been the subject of research as evidenced by applications for patents for 20 yrs and work having been been done domestically here at UNC Chapel Hill, NC.

    My working hypothesis, or rather “model,” which may or may not be correct but which serves to explain with some consistency what is going on here, is that the virus itself, the native corona virus, the original virus, is totally harmless . What they are trying to do is distract you with the idea that the virus is mutating, when the virus is nothing. What they are trying to do is justify the need for more injections of this spike protein, whose short term and long term effects are being sorted out, including whether VAXXED people guinea pigs can even transmit spike proteins and spread the “disease.” Some people indeed get sick and even die- but from the effects of the spike proteins, not the virus. The virus is a Trojan Horse being used to transport these spike proteins which may be prions. This also would explain why they really don’t want to “isolate” the native virus . It would show up as harmless, even with the usual mutations that ensue over time.

    Twenty years ago, China couldn’t even grow E.Coli in a petri dish. This spike protein gene splicing was done here in the US, UK, or Israel, and delivered by an unwitting patsy Chinese lab worker from a lab in the US back to the Wuhan lab, and once its arrival had been ” confirmed,” then it was just a matter of when the US/UK/Israel wanted to release this pandemic of spike proteins upon the world via our own delivery boy, and the CCP would be caught in the position of appearing to have been the culprits, when they have been set up from the beginning. Not that they wouldn’t like to have this virus/spike protein technology in their labs. No honor or trust among liars, thieves, and controllers.

    • The video of Dr. David Martin is pretty amazing. I haven’t been able to listen to the whole 1hour and 22 minutes of it. It lays out the patents involved in the US involvement in making the predecessor viruses to that used in COVID-19. It points out Anthony Fauci’s apparent role in this.

      • postkey says:

        “• M•CAM looked into the gene sequence which had been reported as a ‘novel’ coronavirus and reviewed these against the patent records that were available as of spring 2020. Over 120 potential pieces of evidence to suggest that the declaration of a novel coronavirus was -entirely false-. There was -no- novel coronavirus. There are countless, very subtle modifications of sequences that have been uploaded. There was -no- novel coronavirus at all. M•CAM found reports on the patent records of sequences attributed to novelty going back to patents that were sought as early as 1999.
        • The first potential ‘vaccine’ for coronavirus was sought by Pfizer January 28, 2000 (US patent 6372224) for the ‘S’-spike protein-the same that they have allegedly rushed into during the ‘pandemic’. This is not new technology. This is something that big pharma has known about and worked with for -20- years…(but the media portrayed as new or ‘novel’)
        • Faucci/NAIAD found that the malleability of coronavirus to be a potential candidate for HIV vaccine. SARS is -not- a zoonotic (a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals) modification of Coronavirus. In 1999 Faucci funded research at UNC Chappell Hill specifically to create what the NAIAD calls ‘an infectious replication defective coronavirus’. This was specifically targeted for human lung epithelium. IN OTHER WORDS, WE (USA) MADE SARS!!! Patent number 7279327 4/19/02. The patent lays out in specific gene sequencing the fact that we knew the ACE receptor, the ACE2 binding domain, the S1 ‘spike’ protein and other elements that we have come to know as this scourge pathogen was not only engineered but could be synthetically modified in the laboratory using nothing more than gene sequencing technology-taking computer code and turning it into a pathogen or an intermediate of the pathogen. And that technology was funded exclusively in the early days as a means by which we could actually harness coronavirus as a vector to distribute the HIV ‘vaccine’.
        • The US Patent office found 99.9% of the coronavirus sequence in the public domain. After paying an appeal ‘fine’ in 2006/2007 the CDC overrode the Patent Office rejection of their patent and ultimately got the patent on SARS Coronavirus.
        • The CDC says that what they do is in the public interest-that is false as proved by the fact of the alleged ‘bribe’ payed to the US Patent Office in the form of the appeal fine-NOT SUBTLE-The CDC paid an additional fee to keep the application -private-… if the CDC was working in the public interest it would not pay a fee to keep this information -private-. All of this information is available for public examination at the ‘Public PAIR’ portion of the USPTO website.
        • FACT CHECKERS (alleged) have said that SARS CoV-2 is unique and separate from the CDC patent. The core designation in the gene sequence (CDC patent 2003/2005/2006) states that the CDC gene sequence is a sub-clade of ICTV Taxonomy Clade of SARS CoV-2. In other words, it is a descendant on the same phylogenetic tree.
        • On 4/28/2003 Sequoia Pharmaceuticals filed patents regarding anti-viral agents for treatment of and control of infection of Coronavirus …. This was only three -days- after the CDC files a patent for the actual virus…and Sequoia files a patent to treat this virus just 3 days later? Incredulous. Furthermore, how could Sequoia have known about the virus when the CDC paid to keep it private?
        • According to Dr. Martin, this is the definition of criminal conspiracy, racketeering and collusion – this is evidence-RICO!” ?

    • postkey says:

      ‘“IT’S A BIOWEAPON,” says Dr.. Richard Fleming referring to the virus and the genome of the virus. Dr. Fleming also asserts that new research indicates that the genetic sequences that are in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do not match the source code CoV-2 virus genome, but are spot on with the prion-like domain region which produces what the general public refers to as mad cow disease. This interview will chill you to the bone, please share it far and wide.’

  22. Yoshua says:

    Xabi, the sheeple is in control. They demand masks, lockdowns and government action. They are the voters. They “know” that the virus is a bioweapon. The government will never admit that the virus is a bioweapon, since they “know” that the sheeple would freak out and demand Zero Covid.

    Ed, maybe China went rough and betrayed all its friends? I’ve heard that Chinese never let foreigners close. It’s not in their culture to really trust foreigners.

  23. Ed says:

    Fauci, CCP bio weapons lab and friends built a virus that killed the right of free speech, free assembly free movement, petitioning the government for redress. It will be a 1000 climb back to where we thought we were ten years ago.

  24. Blaise says:

    Here’s a typically well-behaved Canadian YouTuber following his masters’ instructions and thanking the very culprits probably responsible for his injury through the vaccine:

    Commenter to YouTuber: Got my Moderna shots and feeling confident. Now I’m waiting for a vaccine for my 7 year old. Glad you lived through that medical emergency. I was afraid COVID claimed you. Glad I was wrong.👍👍

    YouTuber: No, not covid. Our vaccination numbers here are at over 70%. We got our shots. You’d have to be nuts or a republican (same thing) to refuse.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      Thanks Universal Healthcare! Even with Universal Healthcare, 80% die from what I had, but I was in the lucky 20%. Thanks Universal Healthcare!

    • Conrad T. says:

      Blaise, I’m still an occasional watcher of the dwindling-in-popularity doomer channels that are left on YT. This guy has had numerous health issues, especially since he’s been a heavy smoker for decades. He probably would have had this problem anyway, but I agree with you: The vaccine shots certainly did not “help.”

      “Now I’m waiting for a vaccine for my 7 year old.” Utter malignant stupidity . . .

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Reality Tee Vee Show — Culling MOREONS…. watch as parents drag their screeching broods off to Mengele to get their Injections.

        This week… little Vermin Jackson’s heart bloats to triple its normal size 12 hours after the Injection … will Vermin survive? Find out more after this commercial break

  25. Yoshua says:

    WTI is breaking down from its rising wedge. S&P 500 is breaking down. The Fed is losing control? The markets are taking over?

  26. Yoshua says:

    Israeli data indicates that natural immunity is strongest. Hardly anyone is getting reinfected. There’s a risk with getting infected in the first place though: Trashed up lungs, blood vessels, internal organs and long Covid.

    The politicians have decided to go for herd immunity. Your choice: take the jab or get infected. We are opening up the economy.

    Let’s see what goes wrong this time.

    • Ed says:

      Take your vitamin D 10,000 IU per day.

      • nikoB says:

        I wonder how long you can do that before or if it becomes a problem. I have been taking that much and I dodged a cold virus going through my whole family. Only my mum and I who take vit D stayed free of it. the rest got it.

        It is recommended to take up to 1000 IU a day.

        Any thoughts?

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I usually take 3 x 1000 D a zinc and a C in the morning … and chase with a line of coke… and a sniff of meth…

        • jj says:

          Vitamin D deficiency is a sticky wicket. I read some material that indicated that at a certain supplement dosage level the D uptake decreases and decreases significantly. Where that level is can only be guessed at without blood work. Body fat and other factors play a significant role. Not letting anyone with a syringe near me deposit or withdrawal but really that would be the way to dial it in. Myself I am 5000 IU a day of d3. That might be a bit high. IMO 3000 IU of d3 K2 and at least half hour in the sun would be a quite reasonable. Without blood work its just guessing.

          • How about using a consistent screen name and IP address for your comments? Your current approach guarantees that every comment you make will land in moderation.

      • JMS says:

        Preferably in the form of exposure to the sun for 15-20 minutes daily between 10 am and 2 pm.
        That’s 10,000 iu of vitamin D per day guaranteed, and at a very affordable price.

        • Tsubion says:

          I was about to say the same. D3 produced in the body by sunlight exposure is better than artificially produced vitamin supplements. Not easy in winter months. That’s why people get sick.

  27. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Gail 💖 spot on again about mining Bitcoin…ain’t gonna be viable post BAU…but as a trading vehicle now….
    Hawari said that electricity theft by bitcoin miners led to three houses burning down in the city. The Miri police chief told CNBC that there are no other active mining operations underway currently.

    Crypto mining is the energy-intensive process which creates new bitcoin. When people are “mining,” that actually means they’re trying to solve a complex math problem using a highly specialized computer. Solving that problem is both what unlocks new tokens and verifies new transactions. However, running those machines at full capacity draws a great deal of power, which can jeopardize local power grids.

    While mining for cryptocurrencies is not illegal in Malaysia, there are stringent laws around power use. Section 37 of Malaysia’s Electricity Supply Act threatens those who tamper with power lines with fines of up to 100,000 Malaysian ringgit ($23,700) and five years in prison.
    Per CBNC News

  28. Rodster says:

    “but I refuse to wear a mask.”

    I am going to have to report you to Dunce and Norm. You must take The Jab. And for the error of your ways, you’ll need to take The Jab once a week until further notice. Fast Eddy will followup to make sure you are sticking to your weekly Jabs.

    • Tsubion says:

      Have I been a naughty boy?

      I’m just following the law that clearly states that use of medical equipment cannot be enforced on a spanish citizen and constitutes a serious crime with intent to harm leading to a possible minumum three year prison sentence for the enforcer according to the spanish constitution which is the highest law in the land.

      If anyone insists tell them you want it in writing and that you will hold them personally responsible for any and all damages.

      If that doesn’t work… kick em in the nuts and run.

  29. Rodster says:

    So if the drug companies plan to increase the price of their experimental cocktail drugs aka “vaccines” from $19.50 to $150 per dose at 500 million doses per the government. That’s a 75 billion dollar business. If i’m pushing these drugs, I sure as hell would want everyone to be getting The Jab.

  30. Yoshua says:

    UK is opening up despite rising Covid cases…since hardly anyone is being hospitalised and very few die. The vaccines are working…for now.
    The government doesn’t want to do lockdowns and ruin the economy. Look what happened in South Africa during a lockdown which led to famine: riots and looting.

    China released the bioweapon. We should have nuked Wuhan within one hour? Two hours?

    • Xabier says:

      Oh but they DO want to do lock-down in the UK: the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ is just setting us up for the next one, I should say in September, or even late August. Many more SME’s to drive to bankruptcy, and people to suicide.

      We were ‘naughty’ you see, got ‘de-mob happy’ (Johnson with is usual lamentable out-moded phrasing, speaking English like a foreigner, which he is – part-Turk, part Frenchie and God knows what else the cat dragged in)) and weren’t ‘careful’…..

      I scouted about today to see how people were behaving – masks are ‘optional’ now.

      Businesses are, I think, ordering their staff to wear them, as ALL staff had them on, sadly.

      Some shops have the old signs up, others have ‘Masks Optional’ – good for them!

      I had a feeling that staff I dealt with were happy enough to see a human (?) and at least smiling, face at last, and the only stares I got were from the pathetic sheeple, as they are rightly called.

      Eyes popping – so I just got really close to them. About 95% of customers were wearing masks, pathetic souls.

      I hope my physical proximity gives them nightmares…..

      • Ed says:

        Here in NY state spent Saturday night in a tight room with 70 people zero masks. No tracking, no passports, no bs.

      • JMS says:

        Dear Xabier, i’m affraid we belong to that surprisingly few number of people who will never never never get used to this muzzled normal. 18 months later, I still can’t help shaking my head whenever I come across a masked idiot outdoors. My wife can’t believe why i am so harsh with the poor covidiot.s, and then i ‘ve to remind myself, for the umpteenth time, the famous ditto in Mizoguchi’s famous film: “Be severe with yourself, and gentle with the others, you f*cker.” (quoted from memory)

        As an apart, one of the perverse aspects of this scandemic not sufficiently underlined is the deliberate attack on family and personal ties.Divide to rule etc. I will never cut off my siblings because of this, but for most of my few friends, I suppose I’ve more or less lost them (good riddance, i say, never had much patience for stupid or even ignorant people). Which of course just means another victory for the technocratic team.

      • Bei Dawei says:

        Well Bojo was born in the USA, you know…

      • Tsubion says:

        I really hope this nightmare gets knocked on the head real soon – whatever it takes – so we can prepare for the next one.

        But the mask thing has been a real pet peeve of mine since I know a little bit about PPE. It’s all cosplay and Covidians seem to love it even when you explain to them that masks lower blood oxygen levels by up to 20% which means heavy users are already permamently damaged. Takes a while for the damage to show up hence the false confidence. But there will be more blood clots and brain damage and cancer to add to the fallout soon enough.

        But I’m surprised they ddin’t try to make everyone wear full hazmat at all times. According to the narrative and sticking to protcol there was an argument for doing so. I was going to don a full face respirator and suit but I decdided against scaring the children at the supremarket.

        Klaus baby has already warned us that cyber attacks will cause far more damage than covid lockdowns. If they mess with my internet then its war.

  31. Gerard d'Olivat says:

    You are typically someone who believes everything they say. That’s all very “excited” for you to live in such a world The last word has not yet been said about the whole French health pass. For example, it is not even known yet when it will be un-implemented and under what conditions.
    That will all only be decided in the course of the week just like, for example, the punishment for ‘violation’. I would say ‘take it easy’ is better for your health.

    • Xabier says:

      Th ‘obligatory’ threat could be designed just to make people do it, in anticipation.

      Oh but we DO want a real revolution in France, burning tyres and heads on spikes, we do, we do!

      • Gerard d'Olivat says:

        …..At the head of the procession, where French flags were flying, walked the former ultra-right number two of the Front National, Florian Philippot. He was accompanied by the MP Martine Wonner (formerly La République en marche), the singer Francis Lalanne, and Jacline Mouraux, the “muse” of the “yellow shirts. And so the populist ultra-right united with the “yellow shirts” in a colourful procession…..

        I have my doubts about whether, at the hand of Florian Phillipot, Wonner and Mouraux, I am on my way to a happier world. But eh…. if you feel safe with them….march on.

        • How wide disparity in attendance was there between reality on the ground and the msm narrative (tv shots), it seemed as nothing burger, not that many people around.. ?

          • JMS says:

            Mass demonstrations are of no avail now, since MSM simply refuses to notice them. If it isn’t News, it’s “fake”. Simple.


            And if protesters go rough, smashing property etc, they will just providing the necessary weaponry for MSM label them as mad violent anarchists. Apparently, the game is rigged to the core and ou masters have everything under control. An hypotetical black swan here would be massive and confrontational protests, Hugely unlikely IMO, since sheep can only behave as sheep, and a black sheep is just a more visible target for the google dog.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I just cannot do Huff.. I can do the NYT or even CNN or the BBC… but Huff…

  32. Fast Eddy says:

    CORONAVIRUSFrench Face 6 Months in Jail For Entering a Bar or Restaurant Without a COVID Pass

    • Tsubion says:

      I stopped going to bars and restaurants early this year. Pretty much all shops too. Not exactly a model citizen propping up the fake economy, but I refuse to wear a mask. Outdoors is not enforced now so at least some reprive maybe only until after the summer.

      They may not be able to enforce lockdowns again but mask manufacturers are not going to let go of this business that easily. Unless gov flips and makes masks illegal when they can’t ignore the studies proving permanent damage any longer.

      Ditched my amazon account too. Doesn’t change anything. Bezos, Big Pharma, China – all big winners. Govs changing laws to ramp up tyranny. Until I see pushback from military types then any resistance will end up being quashed. Police have proved that they will do whatever they’re told. Don’t even need to bring in goons from foreign nations or UN troops. Locals don’t think twice about following illegal orders as long as they get paid and privilidges.

      If everyone lived like me there would be hardly any economy to talk about. Even essential services would be impossible to maintain at minimal use levels. The wisdom of living a simple life is only justifiable because millions of others are living a hedonistic existence. The Amish piggy back off industrial civ whether they like to admit it or not. Where I live we had dirt tracks and cow carts up until the seventies. Now everyone is glued to a smartphone and every corporation is practically enforcing its requirement. That’s why I got rid of mine!

      • Hubbs says:

        As long as the fiat currency still buys something and the “enforcers” of the politicians’ dictates are getting paid with currency that buys them food, energy, shelter which farmers, truckers, and productive workers are willing to slave for, then little will change. But I think the first domino will be the currency.

        • Tsubion says:

          Do you think crypto will pick up the slack? Can crypto survive cyber attacks and cripling of internet infrastructure? Still not ready for mass adoption imo even if fiat inflation started pushing people in that direction.

      • Xabier says:

        Motto of all policemen: ‘Power without Thought’.

        The local policeman told my cousin in Catalonia ‘I hope people obey, as there aren’t enough of us to enforce it’.

        But they obeyed….except my cousin, who went for his usual 4am naked swim.

        The police leave him alone, he is the kind of madman my family produces.

        • Tsubion says:

          Good to know there are still some madmen around.

          I lost all faith in humanity last year. Now I’m just playing along, nodding and grinning at Covidians while I picture blades being sharpened.

    • Student says:

      Now that in Europe and expecially in France, Italy and Greece, leaders are debating about making vaccine-pass mandatory for all travels, right about travels we can read the news that Israel has just said that fully vaccinated people will not be allowed to enter the Country, because fully vaccinated people spread the virus anyway and create a danger for the Country.
      Israel was supposed to allow fully vaccinated people to enter from August the 1st, but the date has been deleted without fixing another one.
      It demonstrates that EU leaders are debating on something completely wrong on its basics.
      That is fabulous and make me laugh a lot.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        “On Friday, [Prime Minister Naftali Bennett] said the Pfizer vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant, which currently represents the vast majority of cases in Israel.

        “‘We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,’ he noted.”

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Was speaking to a mate in Hong Kong yesterday — he recognizes something is not right with the Injection story — won’t quite go to the CEP (yet) – but has been Injected cuz he wants to travel.

        I suggested months ago he might wait till we can actually travel.. what’s the rush … but he went ahead…

        He informed me yesterday that for most countries you still have to quarantine 3 weeks upon return to HK… which includes almost all Asian countries…. green countries are one week ..amber 2…

        So he’s not going anywhere….

        That’s what happens when you trust the government.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Team Bossche pulls away from Team Yeadon …

  33. el mar says:

    2 comments on Resource Insights regarding the marginal benefit of oil:

    Joe Clarkson said…
    Great summary of the folly of shale!

    I am curious about one thing though: Since the energy available from oil is so much cheaper than the energy available from human and animal muscle, why shouldn’t the modern economy be able to support very much higher oil prices? Why is it that the EROI from energy sources must exceed a certain threshold to support a modern economy and how do we really know what that threshold is? I would also think that there is so much energy waste in the US economy that efficiency gains could allow it to support oil prices many multiples of current prices.

    12:05 PM
    Kurt Cobb said…

    You bring up important points. EROI is critical. As EROI plummets for oil as it becomes more and more difficult to extract, we must consider two things: 1) where the energy invested to get it is coming from and 2) the portion of economic activity which must be devoted to extracting it. It turns out that much of the energy to drill a well comes from oil itself for all the machines which are required (or tankers of fracking water or other vehicles). And, of course, there is the energy cost of the equipment. And, there is the number of wells which must be drilled and the rate at which they must be drilled. That gets us to point 2 which is how much of the economy must be devoted to getting oil.

    When other liquid (or gaseous) fuels are cheaper to produce, they will be preferred. But what if they, too, are expensive or depleting and declining just like oil? Of course, it’s obvious that oil cannot be considered in isolation and the total environment in which we are extracting oil cannot be known for certain in the future.

    When you have a complex society such as ours that has so many interlocking loops of dependency–for example, the oil industry could not function without a robust steel and fabrication industry which depends on mining operations which depend on diesel–when that is the case, problems in supply chains ripple through the economy as we have seen happen with COVID. You can see these loops everywhere. The electricity used to power the factories that make the pipes for the oil industry requires coal or possibly natural gas which require petroleum to power the machines that extract them as so on and so on. I’ve heard these loops referred to as depth of fabrication.

    There is a certain level of energy surplus required to keep these loops intact. I don’t think we know what it is. But we risk finding out abruptly if we have a precipitous drop in energy availability. High complexity requires more energy to keep it intact than low complexity. In brief, high complexity implies a lot of people doing things other than gathering energy for society.

    Certainly, we could simply let things crash into a lower state of complexity that would use less energy and people could shift their efforts to do other things such as grow food. But that’s what we call a crisis and a collapse. Not pleasant, but on our current trajectory seemingly inevitable.

    I agree that we could be vastly more efficient with our energy use. The waste is partly built into the system–electric generating plants sited too far away from cities to make use of their waste heat for district heating, for example–and also partly our habits: using lots of air-conditioning in summer. Assuming we make efficiency gains quickly, we will still be faced with Jevons Paradox. Much of the resulting surplus fuel would be used to expand economic activity increasing overall use in the end. Only a hard cap on energy use would prevent this from happening.

    12:36 PM

    • There are lots of ways of explaining what is going wrong. The fact that more and more of the economy needs to go toward extracting oil (or, even more importantly producing energy products in general) is a huge problem. It squeezes the rest of the economy to a smaller and smaller size.

      In fact, the economy needs to grow, to repay debt with interest and to overcome the constant tend toward diminishing returns in the extraction of minerals. A growing economy also is needed to keep up with rising population and its need for more food for the greater population. We can’t stop economic growth, without huge repercussions.

      The idea that efficiency can help is a popular one, but we seem to have already passed the limits of greater efficiency. With greater efficiency comes greater and greater specialization and greater and greater wage disparity. At some point, the poor people cannot afford food and a place to live. We are seeing a lot of these problems already, especially in poor countries.

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  35. Fast Eddy says:

    hey norm … I had a fantastic rant with the receptionist at the clinic earlier … this was a follow up on my tirade from a month ago when I demanded to be removed from their registry… because they refused to provide me with the long term studies of covid injection side effects…

    On Saturday I got another invite from them to partake in the experiment … so my To Do list today included a rant….

    This one was epic citing Nuremberg… Hippocratic oath.. mass murder.. epic deaths and maimings… etc etc… finishing up with get me off your list … I do not consider you a medical clinic…

    So before I completely sever… did you want me to Fedex you my Injections? So you can inject into your grand kids? I already gave you the DIY video on how to inject.

    • Malcopian says:

      Don’t worry, FE, they will remember that after the collapse, and they will come for you. Watch from 22 minutes to the 24:10 spot in this film, a 1978 documentary. Warning: it’s extremely gruesome!

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Yes that rant was probably recorded and sent to the CEP Control Centre for NZ… and I am on the ‘dangerous terrorist list’…

        • fantasist

          • Malcopian says:

            The ‘Sheesh! geriatric’ doesn’t get satire.

            • the satirist knows how to use the English language.

              Satire, and attention seeking are two different things.

              Satire, at its best, makes your mind work with clever allusion around the subject in hand. It makes you laugh and then think.

              Read it again, let me know if it still registers as satire.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Southern DHB is today celebrating administering 100,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across

              The landmark comes as preparations to ramp up the rollout over coming weeks are in full swing, the DHB says.

              Southern DHB Covid-19 vaccine rollout incident controller Hamish Brown said there would be an increase in the number of vaccines administered.

              “With larger deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine coming into the country this month we are excited to be ramping up our vaccinations across the district,” Brown said.

              “We currently have over 30 clinics offering the vaccine and anticipate having over 120 at the peak of our rollout to make sure we are reaching everyone in our widespread district.”

              The DHB was working closely with general practices and pharmacies so no one would be more than an hour away from a vaccination site, he said.

              Accessibility would only increase further in coming months as more providers joined the programme, Brown said.

              The Southern DHB was vaccinating the more than 100,000 people eligible under group three of the vaccine sequencing framework, which included those aged 65 and over and people with underlying health conditions or disabilities.


              ‘Celebrating’ … amusing given the Injected CovIDIOTS are dropping dead like flies in the US and other high vaccination level countries… they are not called CovIDIOTS for nuthin!!!

              Right normy old boy hahahahaha…

              What a fantastic day this has been … with more great days to come as more CovIDIOTS crash and burn …. IM BE Ciles

    • Tsubion says:

      I filed a complaint with my local clinic for not seeing my sick mother in person. She was suffering an autoimmune response weeks after having been injected with the flu jab. The doctor sent her and my elderly dad on a hundred mile trip in a cab to get tested for covid.

      They both tested negative and the doctor still would not see them face to face. She got worse and ended up in one hospital then another enduring very harsh treatments, full blood transfusions, emergency dialisis ( her kidneys were down to 2% ), and others. Hospital staff were incredibly sloppy… leaving breathing tubes unplugged on floor. As things got worse, I had to go looking for an emergency doc myself as nurse said evrything was fine according to machine reading. The doc said her liver had been severely damaged by the treatments and there was nothing left for them to do but make her comfortable… which they did.

      I’m convinced she would still be here if she hadn’t taken the 2020 flu jab. Some people have a severe allergic response to the new ingredients.

      I also send information to the local council and talk with the local police. They probably archive everything and carry on. They follow protocol they tell me. It’s not their job to question anything. Doctors have said this too. They do as they’re told. It’s not their job to think.

      • JMS says:

        Sorry to hear that. That level of negligence and indifference should be considered criminal and punishable by law.
        Doctors are proving to be the most cowardly and corrupt professional class of all, ahead of journalists and lawyers. Completely sold to Pharmafia or muzzled by political authorities. Disgusting.

        • Tsubion says:

          I always knew there was something wrong with the medical profession. But now… I wish severe punishment on pretty much all of them. You are 100% correct about their cowardice, corruption, and arrogance ( even the ones that feign humility are lying ). They are low level, indoctrinated technicians in the pockets of Big Pharma and mostly wrong about everything. They are NOT scientists or researchers or investigators. They are order followers and should end up in prison along with much of the police and teachers that enforced tyrannical measures on the streets and in schools. Politicians would be next on my list but they’re not the scum that you deal with face to face.

          • I think that the issue is that hospitals and those paying for hospitalization want to keep COVID cases as low as possible. They expect that they can do this by “pushing” vaccines, as much as possible. They have not been told about alternative treatments that work. Also, doctors don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2020, when people stopped coming in for visits for other illnesses because of COVID-19. Many of them got laid off. They see vaccines as the only way out. To some extent, regular vaccinations for flu are also pushed, but always with the caveat that they don’t necessarily prevent the flu, but for at least some people they make the cases lighter.

            I think one of the big things that went wrong is that doctors didn’t understand that this vaccine is similar to flu vaccines, in that it only prevents bad cases, at least some of the time.

            I am not sure that vaccines for young people make any difference at all in the severity of their COVID illnesses, however. They can lead to adverse reactions, however.

      • Malcopian says:

        Horrible to have to come to terms with that, Tsubion.

        • Tsubion says:

          Thousands of people are going through the same thing right now, many of them much younger.

          And still 99% of medical staff are completely silent about what they are witnessing. And it’s going to get worse.

          Death by medicine is a real thing. Third cause of death in the US.

          • Xabier says:

            Medics kill quite regularly, just as much as 500 yrs ago, in all probability.

            They are often distinctly lacking in general sense and intellect, in reasoning capacity: the training is largely to blame.

            One of my customers, who ran a famous multinational, told me these last words of advice from his father, a doctor;

            ‘Stay away from doctors, old boy.’

      • Xabier says:

        My condolences, Tsubion.

        They hide behind ‘approved protocols’, all of them: civil servants, medics, politicians, all the self-serving, ambitious , scum of mankind.

        ‘We acted in the light of the best available knowledge and procedures’.

        Here, doctors are telling patients with a history of allergies to take the vaxxes, ‘as long as their is an emergency team on hand’ – disgusting!

      • I am sorry to hear about your mother’s treatment. I presume you live somewhere in the rural US where health care coverage is very “iffy.” It is hard for doctors to make an adequate living in these places, net of repaying all of their medical college loans. They generally don’t have a whole lot of testing equipment. They practically never have many kinds of specialties represented. It is quite possible that don’t have the trained staff needed to handle complex cases such as your mother’s. In retrospect, the clinic probably should have sent your mother to the emergency room in the larger town where she received the COVID test.

        I know that some people have moved away from remote areas, simply because of poor medical coverage.

        • Tsubion says:

          You presume wrong.

          I live in Spain where the universal public healthcare system is vaunted as being one of the best in the EU.

          Our local major hospital is a university hospital where many regional doctors are trained.

          In reality, we’re dealing with very poorly trained “freshmen” who simply don’t have much experience, not that having more experience in a faulty system makes much diference, but at least doctors might start to realise how little they really know and not be so cocky.

          The truth about the levels of corruption in the spanish healthcare system and pharma industry has been exposed many times in the press, but the industry has such a dominant control over the narrative that they literally get away with murder.

          Between 20,000 and 40,000 people were intubated and killed last year against all common sense and reason. The doctors were ordered to follow protocol and follow they did.

          The whole medical system is a mafia. Very little to do with a deep understanding of what causes imbalance leading to disease.

          • Tsubion says:

            Sorry I didn’t see part of you comment.

            To reiterate…

            The treatments, medications, malpractice cause much of the disease we see.

            Then emergency room doctors have the nasty job of cleaning up the mess. Not much they can do at that point.

            Doctors have been told to ignore vaccine damage especially in the last year or two.

            I’m not aware of treatment to reverse autoimmune disease once it has been set in motion, but there appears to be remedies for spike protein damage if caught early.

    • well

      The first rule of windup, is that the person you are trying to wind up shouldn’t be aware of it.
      Try to stop attention seeking, it makes you look foolish.
      You’ve been doing it for years.

      You know perfectly well you did not cite Nuremberg and all the rest of it. Stop thinking we are all stupid enough to believe you.

      You might, assuming you had the nerve, have made a very mild complaint about something trivial. The rest was added in your mind, on the way home before you came online again.

      The term ‘fantastic rant’ says it was all in your mind.
      We all come up with incredible repartee after the argument is over, don’t we?

      Still—we will play , picking up the toys you think you threw out of your pram


      So let’s put some reality to your imaginings (they were never more than that):

      Only the very weakest individuals rant at someone who has no option but to sit there and smile, as she is paid to do.
      And roll her eyes after you’ve left.

      my first thoughts would have been in sympathy to the clinic receptionist—no doubt she would have preferred to delete you like we do, but medics have to deal with whoever comes through the door. All part of the job.
      Don’t forget I married one and fathered three more.

      I’ve seen grown men faced down into the nothing they were. And all with a smile.
      Scary–my lot. Most are. Don’t tangle is the best advice.

      You didn’t say what you were going to sever. Your jugular maybe? Messy.

      • Xabier says:

        On the other hand, it is the low-rank compliant nobodies who support all Totalitarian regimes and enable them.

        In this case, from receptionists, to nurses, to consultants.

        So a rant might be worthwhile if it wakes them up – worth trying at least.

        For every Stalin, 100,000 guards and and warders who just did their job…….

        • Mark says:

          Indeed, Think for yourself.
          Having exited a cult, now I’m seeing the tactics with the regimes (and jabs).
          FOG=Fear, Obligation, and guilt to control.
          BITE=Behavior, Information, thought, and emotions to control.
          The more centralized, the better.
          As well as, other tactics in psychology.

          • Xabier says:

            If all the Gulag guards had said: ‘This doesn’t seem right, she seems decent and not a criminal’;or if the German State Executioner had said ‘I won’t cut the head off this student even if the court condemned her’ , imagine the difference….

            Fantasy, of course, but they were and are guilty, although there are degrees.

            The compliant medical profession is, mostly, covered in shame at this point.

            As a body they should have objected, and they could have stopped it all, dead.

            They are numerous enough, if they all took their oath seriously, rather than grant-chasing and conformity.

        • but you didn’t actually refute my comment?

          As I said, I’ve known ‘nobodies’ who rant only at those who, because of their positions, have to smile benignly at people like you who do not possess the mental or physical means to do anything other than rant.

          But the ranters are of course first in line when a real medical emergency presents itself.

          then those ‘low rank compliant nobodies’ who you easily disparage will take care of you, they will politely ignore your selfish hatreds, no matter what condition they find your body, they will clean you and leave you smelling wholesome when you have visitors to your bedside.

          They will do things for you that would you leave you retching. They will do it cheerfully—despite their ‘low rank’.
          Together with your low ranking consultants, they will help to rectify any bodily functions that aren’t working as they should.

          Sometimes they will fail.

          Under their care, you will be free to scream your petty biases as much as you like. You will receive a smile in return.
          They are used to people like you. (a few anyway). Most are appreciative and recognise care when they get it.

          they will ignore your unpleasantness and get on with healing you, no matter what. It’s called duty btw.
          Though they will reserve their bedside friendship for those who reciprocate it.

          but that will not diminish the standard of care you will receive.

          think about that.

          • Xabier says:

            I mean ‘nobodies’ as people outside the inner circles of power.

            Do you not understand, Norman, how complicit they have been in supporting this outrage against good science, reason and basic human rights?

            Some actively, most passively, by not raising a voice in protest against the most flagrant contraventions and outrages against medical science and humanity.

            The medical profession, as a whole, has no reason for much self respect and pride at this moment in time.

            The higher up the hierarchy, the graver the crime of omission, up to the General Medical Council who say nothing, and June Raine at the MHRA who says deaths and harm are ‘rare’.

            A Totalitarian system based on a great lie – pseudo- scientific – is in process of being established; and they are aiding it.

            Just as all the little clerks, guards, judges, doctors, engineers, journalists, etc, kept Hitler and Stalin in power, and served their will – in turn they, too , will be disposed of.

            There are already plans to get rid of ALL GP’s, for instance, and replace them with avatars.

            Do you know any history at all? One doubts it. You are an ignorant man and proud of your ignorance and inability to learn.

            It is you, Norman, who might try thinking for once, try to inform yourself – but we know that you won’t.

            • like I said

              when you need one

              you’ll be there

            • Artleads says:

              So appreciate your standing up for better public behavior in the face of an unprecedented challenge to courage and decency. And even if those being discussed have a useful side it is divorced from intellectual or moral understanding of a broader, more general harm they perpetuate by promoting fear and conformity. Alleviating suffering on a lower level doesn’t excuse one from perpetuating it on a higher level.

            • Tsubion says:

              Fabulous rant Xabier!

              We need more ranters!

              If you’re not pissed off at what’s going on, you either have no soul or are extremely deaf dumb and blind.

              Rightous anger backed up by well researched knowledge defeats supersilious smiles from doctors every single time. The look on their face is priceless.

              Understand the root causes of imbalance leading to disease and you’ll rarely need one unless you’re in an accident which is rare.

              Two of my neighbors were fitted with infected implants and had to stay in hospital for up to a year while doctors tried to kill them with the harshest treatments and even more infected implants.

              They both had to be rescusitated and survived the ordeal. On my uncle, they started to hack off the wrong parts. He now has a gash across his throat that shouldn’t be there. He was in a knee prothesis.

      • but my question still stands

        if you really did say that to someone in your health centre, then you reveal yourself as a weak bully, seeking to put down only those you perceive as weaker than yourself.

        if on the other hand you didn’t, you are as I have long perceived you, a fantasist.

        its certainly not a windup because you’re not good enough at that

        which is it Eddy?

        your choice.

        repeating schoolyard level phrases just won’t cut it I’m afraid, you’ll have to do better than that

  36. Fast Eddy says:

    “All concerned parties need to work with urgency to put in place a government that’s able to implement reforms immediately,” tweeted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

    The announcements came at a moment of great uncertainty for Lebanon after Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stepped down on Thursday over disagreements with the president on the shape of the Cabinet. Hariri did not endorse anyone else to take the post. Hundreds of his supporters rioted in the streets, blocked major roads and hurled stones.

    On Friday morning, the Lebanese pound hit a new low, reaching 23,400 to the dollar on the black market.

    President Michel Aoun was expected to call for consultations with heads of parliamentary blocs; the person who gets the most support will be asked to work on forming a new Cabinet.

    In Beirut, protesters briefly closed several main roads Friday, prompting a swift intervention by the troops to clear them. Demonstrators also closed the main highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon.

    In the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest and most impoverished, residents angry over rising prices, electricity cuts that last for most of the day and severe shortages in diesel and medicine, rioted in the streets and attacked Lebanese troops.

    The most they can hope for is to be fed… no Building Back Better possible

    • No one understands that “reforms” can’t really fix this problem. The world economy in general is having major problems. Lebanon is in worse shape than other countries.

  37. Fast Eddy says:

    And she wonders why Clarke bangs the nanny…

    • Rodster says:

      What a load of BS and the CovidIots just fall for it, hook line and sinker. You can just tell in her delivery she’s lying and doesn’t believe what shes saying.

    • Xabier says:

      Big Mother Jacinda, the Single Source – is looking rather anorexic these days, the hollow cheeks, the protruding teeth – the stress of all the lies getting to her, perhaps?

      Just a little Auschwitzian , in fact. Which would be appropriate.

      All of them: empty faces, dead eyes, and many of the the classic behaviour patterns of psychopaths and narcissists …..

  38. Fast Eddy says:

    Large institutions are using RRP to shed unwanted deposits

    Usage may approach $1.5 trillion by end-October: BofA’s Cabana×581-1.png

  39. Hideaway says:

    Here is the whole problem, written by a NYTimes columnist Farhad Manjoo …..

    “Growth is not just an option but a necessity — it’s not just that we can afford to have more people, it may be that we can’t afford not to.”

    We get collapse without growth, and we get collapse with it on a finite world..

    • Rodster says:

      Yes, the money system the world relies on requires continuous growth or the economy shrinks then collapses. Just look at the current US debt and how it has exponentially grown since the early 80’s. We are headed for a parabolic flameout.

      • Tsubion says:

        If only we could change the money system. If only the worlds resources were not finite. If only a select number of humans lived like techno budhist monks in harmony with nature. If only the elite could delete 95% of the population and regulate the lives of the remnant.

        If only. But we don’t live in that world. Cutting back doesn’t make sense but the elite are enforcing exactly that on everyone but themselves. They may have plans and grand ideas but no one can claim that they are doing the right thing. Maybe they are completely and utterly insane, consumed by lust for power. They will lose everything too. Material things will not have the value they once had. And pretty much all technology will be defunct. Military types would eat them alive, become the new gods.

        • Xabier says:

          They are psychopaths: temporary triumph is everything to them.

          As Goebbels said in 1945 as Germany was being bombed to bits:

          ‘See, we promised you a new world: after this total destruction we will build back better!’

          • The big problem this time is that we don’t have the resources to build back better.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Considering this phrase, “build back better,” it implies the destruction of some of what currently exists. Political leaders the world over are parroting this same line, so we can’t say we haven’t been warned. The big issue is how far they plan to go with the destruction. Or in concrete terms, is Norman’s pension with the Pru sacrosanct, or will they be shifting him to UBI?

            • Xabier says:

              Just enough to erect shanty towns in the ruins, if that……..

            • Tsubion says:


              They’ll be shifting him into the ditch along with all the other jabbed according to FE. CEP protocol.

              At this rate, anyone over sixty might as well start shifting into the ditch voluntarily and cover themselves with dirt. Possibly a better fate than sticking around.


              I’m sure Artleads will be overjoyed to discover that everyone will be living under a corregated tin roof with plenty of ventilation, not just him from now on.

              Favela chic!

            • Artleads says:

              Too many years in art schools and you see chic everywhere!

  40. Fast Eddy says:

    This won’t work…

    They tried it in Hong Kong during the protests… the police charged a few drivers with dangerous driving…

    • Tsubion says:

      I’m starting to think the success of the many protests going on is going to backfire somehow. I mean… it’s pretty obvious how this can be flipped if you put yourself in the master’s shoes. And as we all keep saying, this has been game theoried to death for decades.

      Riots, protests whether real or manufactured can all be used to roll out permanent martial law, constitutional laws be damned.

      If they go all in… and the hammer comes down… mass death, camps, soldiers and police and sadistic scientists getting perks… then I would have to conclude that we’re dealing with a suicidal death cult. The ones running the show don’t care about less of this or that. They would on death row right now if the zombies had a clue. They just want to get in position so they can cause the most damage posible to god’s creation.

      If they could, they would unleash disease, famine, nukes, and spent fuel ponds on the whole world right now. And bathe in the glow of their glorious achievement.

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    PR Team….we’ve done polling and the majority of the CovIDIOTS will not Inject their brats… no matter what.

    Elders — what do you recommend

    PR Team — no point in pushing this … we’ll soon have 3B Injected globally … so we are well on our way to Devil Covid… the data is coming in now and the Injected are exhibiting initial signals of Devil Covid beginning to form inside of them … more of them are showing signs of infection as compared to the Uninjected… Fauci and his Team were expecting this… it won’t be long now….

    Elders — ok… please continue with the CEP…

    PR Team — thank you master… the PR is in play…

    Elders — now lick our toes before you leave…

    PR Team — yes master

    Children will only get Covid vaccines if vulnerable

    Ministers decide against mass vaccination for teenagers on advice of scientists

    The move is at odds with decisions taken in countries such as the US, Israel and France, where children over the age of 12 are being routinely vaccinated

    The move is at odds with decisions taken in countries such as the US, Israel and France, where children over the age of 12 are being routinely vaccinated CREDIT: Danny Lawson/PA

    Britain has opted against mass Covid vaccinations for all children and teenagers, with ministers instead preparing to offer jabs to vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds and those about to turn 18, The Telegraph can disclose….

    • Tsubion says:

      Let’s say you’re right. Let’s say Bosche is right. He gets all his info from you yes?

      So they did it. The thing they’ve been talking about for the past century in private and not so private meetings. They finally flipped the switch!

      So what happens next? Two, three billion die off relatively quickly. Was it a test which the uninjected passed? Then what is our prize? We don’t like these types anyway. They don’t like us. In fact, they despise us.

      I’m curious. What do think happens AFTER the CEP?

  42. Fast Eddy says:

    But he’s already had covid….

    And still the cattle continue to graze… dummmb beasts.

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      Hilarious. Shouldn’t he have acquired natural immunity from his first SARS-CoV-2 infection? Additionally, shouldn’t he have been protected after receiving both injections of the magical elixir?

      • Tim Groves says:

        By the way, Gail, remember I implied at the time that I didn’t think Boris was as sick as advertised? British national politics is a total a circus and Boris is its most accomplished clown.

        • neil says:

          Is Boris as corrupt and deceitful as her husband, Keith?

          • Tim Groves says:

            I’ve never met Keith Vaz, but they say that a prick has no conscience, and with a name like Vaz, you have to wonder whether he altered the spelling.

  43. Fred says:

    I’d be interested in your take on this project: although there’s no hard nos in the article.

    As I understand things:
    – Hydrogen powered fuel cells are proven, but hydrogen is too hard to transport for general use.
    – Ammonia is easier to transport and can be converted to hydrogen on the fly.
    – Essentially it’s using solar and wind to produce a FF equivalent.
    – More or less unlimited space to grow the infrastructure.
    – They companies behind it don’t seem to be asking for subsidies to do it – just red tape out of the way.

    – Cost of building the infrastructure, but probably no worse than getting at e.g. deep sea oil.
    – Cost of maintaining the infrastructure, but probably no worse than building and maintaining a refinery.
    – Lack of vehicles with fuel cells and associated infrastructure.

    • Gail what about the latest World3 report, how does that fit in to your projections.

      • This analysis concludes that, indeed, recent data suggests the economy is on the road which World 3 predicted.

        Gaya Herrington believes that the models that best fit are

        1. BAU2 -Defined as Business as usual, with twice the amount of resources The model output seems to suggest that collapse will come through pollution.
        2. CT – Defined as BAU2 + exceptionally high technological development and adoption rates;
        Rising costs for technology eventually cause declines, but no collapse.

        I think the CT scenario is ridiculous. Too much technology leads to too much wage and wealth disparity. Society collapses quickly.

        I don’t think that we really know much about how BAU2 will play out. Dennis Meadows says the models cannot be expected to be very predictive after limits start to be hit, which seems to be about now. Too many dynamics change. But Guya Herrington seems to think that changes can still perhaps be made. She also seems to think that various items will follow the modeled path forward.

        I think the economy can fail for a lot of reasons not explored in World3. Pollution may contribute, but I doubt that that will be the major cause. Also, Harrington’s Figure 1 shows that Food Production starts dropping rapidly. I would expect lack of food to be a factor in collapse as well.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Hey Fred — we are on the verge of extinction … and you are wasting Gail’s time with this nonsense?

      Wakey wakey….×581-1.png

    • Fred,

      Thanks for posting this link.

      I expect that this project has a lot of hurdles ahead. I don’t think the title is possible:
      Expert says massive green energy hub project in WA ‘could power Australia’

      There is really a whole system that needs to be built, from (a) all of the new wind and solar generation, to (b) the individual devices that are to use whatever kind of new fuel that is created to (c) a storage and delivery system for this new fuel. Needless to say, the whole system needs to be cheap enough to be affordable by ordinary customers. The system also needs to be able to pay taxes.

      It will be a challenge in finding all of the materials to physically make all of these things, including all of the semiconductor chips required. There will also be a challenge in paying for all of these things.

      I expect that hydrogen is pretty much impossible to transport and store, whether or not there are a few vehicles that can theoretically use it. My expectation would be that it would be necessary to use ammonia as a fuel instead.

      But ammonia would be a huge challenge as well. We don’t have vehicles that use ammonia as a fuel today, although I suppose that it would not be difficult to create designs so that some years from now, certain types of new vehicles can be manufactured that use ammonia as a fuel.

      I would expect that farming equipment and food transport vehicles would be the most critical needs, but these kinds of devices are very diverse. Also, making new vehicles for only the Australian market would represent a huge cost hurdle. Economies of scale are necessary. Making a handful of new devices in a variety of styles would be would require a huge amount of redesign. It is hard to see how a switch to ammonia use could be made for Australia, if the world as a whole is not moving in this direction.

      Ammonia is transported today, but not nearly in the quantity required. There would need to be a much bigger transport and delivery system required. In fact, if ammonia is used in multiple countries, such improved systems must be used everywhere.

      On most big projects, a several step process is used to test out feasibility. The whole concept needs to be tested on very small scale, and then scaled up, if it looks at all economically feasible. This takes many, many years to do. All of the parts of the system need to be working. As I discussed in my post, the new fuel really needs to be cheap enough that it can be taxed heavily.

      I expect that a project like this would take until at least 2050 to complete, because of the parts to it. I cannot imagine that investors would be happy with such a long time-line.

      The new system would represent a second system, in addition to the current fossil fuel system, because this system does not represent a replacement for today’s fossil fuel system. Because of this, the cost of the double system would likely be far higher than the cost of today’s fossil fuel system.

      I cannot see the planned new system really working. Instead, perhaps these planners should consider using some wind turbines to make ammonia to supply part of Australia’s fertilizer needs. This could probably be done fairly cost-effectively. There would not need to be a double system and the output could be used locally.

  44. StarvingLion says:

    Gail: “Oh dear!”

    Through a modified DNA or RNA vaccination, the mRNA vaccination, the person ceases to be human and becomes the OWNER of the holder of the modified GEN vaccination patent, because they have their own genome and are no longer “human” (without natural people), but “trans-human”, so a category that does not exist in Human Rights.

    The quality of a natural person and all related rights are lost.

    This applies worldwide and patents are subject to US law.

    Since 2013, all people vaccinated with GM-modified mRNAs are legally trans-human and legally identified as trans-human and do not enjoy any human or other rights of a state, and this applies worldwide, because GEN-POINT technology patents are under US jurisdiction and law, where they were registered.

    • I don’t agree with your interpretation. What this says is

      “cDNA is not a “product of nature,” so it is patent eligible under §101.”

    • can’t decide if thats a windup or not.

      I know I shall get into trouble for asking, but I can’t resist. Is it?

      Or are we intended to take such utter tosh seriously?

      It made me wonder, if the Romans knew about DNA and stuff, , whether they injected their slaves when they bought them:

      Right slaveyperson–you belong to me now, You have no human rights at all.

      BTW– vaccinations have nothing to do do with anybodys DNA, RNA and will not constitute an enforced sexchange.
      By posting such nonsense you leave yourself wide open to ridicule.

  45. Mirror on the wall says:

    Gail et al, the damned liar Boris Johnson got himself ‘pinged’. We are ‘led’ by barefaced liars. It is still almost a caste system in the UK with nearly all of the government drawn from one school, and all upper civil servants school types – they are exempt from getting ‘pinged’. ‘The plebs can’t tell when you lie to them, it should not really be any of their concern anyway.’

    C 19 is spreading like wildfire again here, but attributed fatalities remain low. There is speculation that UK will be lockdowned again within weeks. We actually enjoyed the peace and quiet of it, so it would not bother us much. The countryside is even nicer during lockdown, and the roads are quiet. Tories are worried about their damned economy.

    It is the hottest days of the year here, so everyone is baked out. We are really not adapted to this heat.

    > Boris Johnson claimed he only ‘briefly’ looked at trying to skip Covid quarantine today after he was forced into a humiliating U-turn over plans to join a daily testing pilot scheme instead by red hot public outrage. The Prime Minister used a social media video this afternoon to say he had been ‘pinged’ after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for the virus yesterday and would be isolating at Chequers until July 26. But it came after a morning of political anger in the summer heat as he and Chancellor Rishi Sunak initially announced they would use a public sector worker pilot which allows people out of self-isolation every day to continue working if they pass a daily lateral flow test. Amid widespread outrage from politicians, business leaders and the public they caved in within hours and revealed they would join thousands of people who are having to self-isolate. They had faced accusations they were accessing a ‘VIP lane’ that was not available workers who are having to isolate, bringing some businesses and public transport o the bring of collapse. But video put out this afternoon, Mr Johnson said: ‘We did look briefly into the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme which allows people to test daily, but I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules. ‘That’s why I’m going to be self-isolating until the 26th of July. I really do urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course of action when you’re asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.’ Mr Johnson faced condemnation this morning over the plan, which comes as tens of thousands of workers are forced to isolate by a Covid app ‘pingdemic’. – DM.

    > Covid cases soar by 52 per cent week-on-week to 48,161 [per day], another 740 people [a day] are hospitalised in 31% rise – but deaths stay flat with another 25 fatalities

    • Hubbs says:

      For the life of me I cannot figure out whether these data for the supposed increase in Covid contacts are real or just whipped up hysteria. I have been playing with my new ham radio using digital media and making contacts all over the world from places like Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece, Australia, Wales, Spain, Ecuador, Peru, etc. and it seems almost universal this hysteria. Of course most of these ham radio operators are elderly people, as the slang term used for ham radio operator is “old man”.So this feedback may be sewed. I am operating with the Brand Meister network using an Anytone radio and Sky Bridge hotspot on talk groups 91 and 93.I know that is all Greek to you but I just want to cite my source.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        ‘Pingdemic’ – one woman quipped to me that the only people who have still got the ping app installed on their phone are those who don’t fancy going back to work after a year off on ‘furlough’. And who can blame them?

        500,000 are infected in the UK at any time, so what are the odds that one was in the large supermarket, with a mask of course, at around the same time that someone, who later tested positive, passed through? Probably pretty high.

        > Pingdemic paralysis spreads: Marks and Spencer could shut early, rail services are axed, the post is hit, National Trust house closes, MOT bookings pile up and business close as millions go into Covid isolation

        Britain’s ‘pingdemic’ chaos is growing today with more and more businesses temporarily closing (pictured left: One Twitter user said green waste services were being stopped and pubs were being shut in Reading) and services being delayed due to staff being forced to self-isolate. Rail users in the north of England and parts of Wales are being warned of delays today – after a London tube line was closed entirely yesterday – due to a shortage of drivers and front line staff. Pubs, many of which are ramping-up staffing levels ahead of Monday’s Freedom Day, are temporarily closing due to staff being ordered into isolation by the NHS Covid-19 app. Hair salons, which are still recovering from months of lockdown, are also having to close, along with sports facilities, while Royal Mail sorting offices have also been impacted. Meanwhile, as temperatures soar to 86F in some parts of England, some tourist attractions are having to close due to a lack of staff. And today warnings were issued of an MOT backlog with garages having to mass cancel bookings due to their mechanics being forced into isolation. It comes as Transport for London (TfL) was yesterday forced to shut the Metropolitan tube line amid staff shortages, while an M&S boss yesterday warned that store hours may have to be cut with up to one in five supermarket staff forced into Covid isolation (pictured top right: A bar chart showing the number of people being ‘pinged and bottom right: A pie chart showing how many people were told to self-isolate and how many were Covid positive). – DM

      • Fast Eddy says:

        “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can fool most of the people most of the time.”

      • Xabier says:

        The elderly are, on the whole, so pathetic.

        But what do they have to look forward to if they survive Covid?

        The slow cancer, heart failure, Alzheimers, the catheter…….

        • Yorchichan says:

          The elderly are, on the whole, so pathetic.

          Indeed. In the bank and supermarket today I don’t think I saw one person over 60 not wearing a mask, despite all the notices about face coverings having been removed for “freedom day”. I really hope ADE turns out to be a thing this coming winter.

          • Awwww—cmon

            6 g/grandkids and I can still deadlift over 100lbs without breaking sweat

            • Yorchichan says:

              I expect virtually all the mask wearers I saw have been double jabbed. If they believe in the efficacy of the vaccines, why are they still wearing a mask? If they don’t believe the vaccines work, why did they get jabbed in the first place?

              I wonder what the uptake will be for the Autumn booster. I’ve had a few of the double vaccinated say to me “No more”.

              Are you still going to wear a mask when you go into shops? Will you be getting your booster if our government advises it?

            • yup

              on all counts

            • Fast Eddy says:

              I know a few others who are refusing the Injections … I will ask around and see if I can get you 6 x 2 Injections …

          • Xabier says:

            I find the young with masks on much more dismaying, in a way.

            But it is all the product of very well-funded and continual brainwashing, so we should really pity them – if only they weren’t leading us to Hell……

            Perhaps we should try staring at them, it could work in making them feel uncomfortable: behavioural psychology is the name of the game! The urge to conform and not stick 6ut is strong.

            • Yorchichan says:

              My intro to collapse was Richard Duncan who I read in 2008 at the time of the GFC. According to his 1989 thesis, industrial civilisation will be over by 2030. That was always the date I had in mind, but with chaos ensuing by 2025. It’s looking like he was on the ball.

              With so little time left, might as well resist. No point in becoming a slave if all it will buy one is a few years of hell whilst despising oneself for capitulating. I’ve not worn a mask for months, but up until a week or two ago I did wear a lanyard in shops, which is still a form of submission. It just got wearisome having to say “I’m exempt” all the time.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Yes they are totally pathetic… they Inject and Wear Masks — as if they think they are going to miss out on something should they catch covid and die.

            What are they going to miss — the bingo game in the old age home that stinks of stale piss and sh it?

            Or maybe it’s the sick along with the failed wedding singer leading the way…

            Hate to die and miss that last change of the diaper….

            I don’t get it … if you are old .. and you’ve stuffed your face with all sorts of garbage for decades and you are near death already — take off the mask … beg for Covid to put you out of your misery… end your days with a bit of dignity…

    • It is a strange world we live in.

      If we had decided to “treat” this disease like any other illnesses, with whatever treatments happen to be available, and keep people out of the hospital with these treatments, we would not have gotten on the treadmill of trying to beat down every case that crops up. The vaccines aren’t perfect. Quite a few people seem to come down with mild symptoms, even when they seem to work.

      • Duncan Idaho says:

        The mRNA vaccine is 95% effective, and if by a very minor chance you do get infected, if is almost always minor.
        They are incredibly effective.

        99.5 of new infections are by the unvaccinated.

        Darwin selecting out the genetically inferior.
        Getting rid of stupid people is good for the population.

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          This is from a couple of days ago and it gives an overview.

        • Tim Groves says:

          On your good days, you produce more bovine excrement than a dairy farm.

          Gilad reports that,

          “Searching for a clue in Hebrew media sources, I came across a spectacular revelation dated 6 July that showed around 85% of new COVID Delta infections in Israel are fully vaccinated.


          “The above data suggests that while in the youngest age group (20-29) the vaccinated were about 2.3 over-represented amongst COVID infection cases. In some of the older age group (50-59 for instance), the vaccinated were overrepresented by even more than 15-fold. We should take into consideration that in Israel most senior citizens are fully vaccinated. And yet, since in Israel only 57% of the population is fully vaccinated, one would expect the balance between Delta cases in Israel to be shared by a rate that doesn’t exceed beyond a 6:4 ratio between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.  Clearly this is not the case. On average, according to the data above the vaccinated are more likely to catch delta by a ratio of 5:1 on average.


          “The above study reveals that while in February 2020 (31/1-27/2) the unvaccinated dominated the COVID cases by a ratio of 20:1, six months later in June 2020 (6/6-3/7) it is actually the vaccinated who are prone to be infected by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who happen to develop symptoms by a ratio of 5:1. It is the vaccinated who are more likely to be hospitalized and develop critical illness. If Israel was a ‘world experiment,’ as Benjamin Netanyahu presented it at one stage, this experiment is now turning into a disaster (at least for the vaccinated). In Israel, the vaccinated are becoming infected at a growing rate and as such are spreading the virus rather than stopping it. We also have a good reason to believe that the rest of the Western world will witness a similar pattern as it has followed the Israeli vaccine doctrine.

          People like to fiddle with statistics and draw the conclusions that suit them. If only 11 out of the 1271 vaccinated cases develop critical illness, we are dealing with slightly less than 1% of the vaccinated developing critical illness. At the same time more than 2% of the unvaccinated develop critical illness. Yet, since Delta cases are 5 times more common amongst the vaccinated as time passes by, I may suggest that we are facing a possible emerging disaster as far as the Pfizer-vaccinated are concerned.”

        • Fast Eddy says:

          duncnorm… I am not sure why you are here… you should be at … the site for people who love the MSM…. it’s a collection of all the days propag… I mean ‘news’ ….

      • Xabier says:

        Policies like ‘Zero Covid’, lock-downs, etc, are clearly about destroying SME’s, high street retail, and reshaping the economy, not fighting a disease.

        And of course the rapid implementation of universal Digital identity schemes.

        It is as plain as a pike staff by now, although smarter people well-informed about digitisation plans were on to it quite early last year.

    • Sunak and Javid. I thought it was about Delhi.

      • Tim Groves says:

        Cherchez la femme. There’s also a Priti woman involved.

        The UK Parliament has changed quite a bit since when I was a lad watching Tony Benn attack Maggie Thatcher. It is casual, it is diverse, it is socially distanced, and it is no smoking. And all in all, I’m cool with that.

  46. Mirror on the wall says:

    Fantastic article btw Gail, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is quite the tour de force.

    It will be most interesting to watch particularly how the oil export countries that are without diversified economies fair financially over the next few years. Saudi seems to be in a ghastly situation – practically bankrupt.

    Btw. I am guessing that you meant 2020?

    “Shale production fell in response to low oil prices in March through November of 2021.”

    Also other second ‘that’ looks like a type.

    “Many people had expected that perhaps high-cost energy production that would fall.”

  47. Brian says:

    If the IEA is to be leading their 29 member countries with sound guidance, they seem to have a poor grasp of the immensity of the collapse of energy security they are recommending according to McTeague. IEA messaging has become contradictory, preaching reduced fossil fuel use to create “millions of jobs, lift economic growth and keep net zero in reach” in their May 2021 report. Then, just a few weeks after preaching that oil production must decline, the IEA called for OPEC+ to boost output to meet demand recovery and avoid a sharp oil price increase stating: “OPEC+ needs to open the taps to keep the world oil markets adequately supplied,” in their June 2021 report

    • There have been an awfully lot of people who have believed that OPEC really has available a huge amount of oil supplies. They seemed to think that even if the US, Europe and Canada cut back on production, we can count on OPEC to provide what is needed. This really isn’t the case. This may be part of the reason for IEA’s strange behavior.

      They don’t realize that without enough oil, the issue is that the world economy will tend to shrink back. Prices won’t rise enough to get the needed production out.

      • hkeithhenson says:

        pulled off slashdot

        Seven years ago two Google engineers concluded, after four years of study that “Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.” (The authors proposed a R&D portfolio pursuing “disruptive” solutions in hydro, wind, solar photovoltaics, and nuclear power, with one Slashdot reader asking “is nuclear going to be acknowledged as the future of energy production?”)

        But the two engineers — still at Google — recently announced “we’re happy to say that we got a few things wrong. In particular, renewable energy systems have come down in price faster than we expected, and adoption has surged beyond the predictions we cited in 2014.”

        One of them told IEEE Spectrum “It’s stunning how rapidly things have been moving since the first article was published,”
        Experts now have a better understanding of how a variety of technologies could be combined to prevent catastrophic climate change, the coauthors say. Many renewable-energy systems, for example, are already mature and just need to be scaled up. Some innovations need significant development, including new processes to produce steel and concrete, and geoengineering techniques to sequester carbon and temporarily reduce solar radiation. The one commonality among all these promising technologies, they conclude, is that engineers can make a difference on a planetary scale…

        Concerned about the pessimistic tone of most climate coverage, the authors argue that wise policies, market pressure, and human creativity can get the job done. “When you put the right incentives in place, you capture the ingenuity of the masses,” says Fork. “All of us are smarter than any of us.”

        The Google engineers acknowledge we’ve already seen a plunge in battery prices to lows not predicted until 2050. (Along with cheap natural gas prices, this cut America’s coal consumption in half, lowering emissions.) And fossil fuel consumption has been reduced thanks to cheaper electric heat pumps and electric cars. Other suggestions from their article include:

        Cleaner air travel (including clean hydrogen-powered planes)
        New forms of nuclear power
        Climate policy (including carbon pricing strategies like carbon taxes)

        “So, engineers, let’s get to work.”

        • Xabier says:

          Engineers are the short-sighted handmaids of ecological catastrophe.

          Nice constructions, terrible results.

          Back to the drawing board……

        • I found the link to the article you referenced:

          I see several difficulties:

          1. Hydrogen is extremely difficult to store and transport. It leaks out. It can cause explosions.

          2. We seem to be past peak oil, and pretty much at the limits of coal production. We don’t have twenty years to do anything. (At the same time, the chance that we will generate as much CO2 as models predict we will generate is pretty much close to zero, too.) Our big problem is a near-term materials problem.

          3. The article says, “We believe that humankind will soon start wrapping a control loop around earth’s climate, designing and introducing controlled changes that preserve the climate.” IEEE Spectrum seems to be published partly to give young engineers the idea that there will always be jobs for them. But I think these engineers are letting their imaginations run wild.

          4. Presentations I saw at Georgia Tech years ago were very concerned about CO2 stored in subterranean rock formations getting out. I expect that that issue hasn’t changed. Temporary storage isn’t helpful.

          5. We somehow need substantial-sized governments, if we are to have a civilization anything like today. Energy systems will need to generate taxable income for this to happen. Whatever systems we use will need to operate incredibly cheaply to be sustainable.

          • Mike Roberts says:

            It doesn’t matter how cheap the systems are to operate, they will not be sustainable if they consume any resource at a rate above that resource’s renewal rate. And to have a civilization like today’s economies would need to keep growing, which, itself, is unsustainable.

            • Good points. It is easy to put together an article that for young would-be engineers, claiming that there will always be jobs for them in the future, even if this clearly isn’t possible in a finite world.

            • TIm Groves says:

              Quite a dilemma we’ve gotten ourselves into, isn’t it. Every silver lining has a cloud.

  48. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Global Hunger Is Back With a Vengeance… The surge in prices of major agricultural commodities is hitting the world’s poor especially hard…

    “Lives are quite literally at stake, and those who endure chronic food shortages often suffer awful long-term damage to their bodies and minds. Even worse, food shortages can lead to to violence and political instability.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Grains – wheat set for biggest weakly gain in 4 years on weather worries… CBOT wheat up 11% this week on parched U.S., Canada spring crop, Heavy rain in west Europe…

      “In Russia, forecasters have reduced harvest estimates, partly because of lower than expected yields in the key southern export region that has this summer faced heavy rain followed by hot, dry weather. A heatwave in the Black Sea region was also raising concern about corn crops…”

    • We knew that food shortages were likely to be a problem, even before the recent price surge. A lot of poor people have been put out of work because of the loss of vacation travel. Also, people aren’t buying as many fancy clothes, made in poor countries. Without funds, there also tends to be hunger.

      • It seems to be rather complex situation, yes most of the hunger as of now is caused by local currency depreciation (& job loss), also overall chaos in global shipping etc. Yet, many food items are still on (temporary) gigantic sale around ~core countries because of the warehouses overload from closed economies (lower/no demand from hotels, restaurants, resorts..). Eventually, this would be put into higher gear when new delivery contracts come up and or real shortages of food due to bad harvest and exporter gov hording (combo) start to phase in say ~Q3 or next year.

        • Xabier says:

          I’m getting top-quality Italian canned tomatoes at 1/2 price, wine at 25% discount; but these come round every 3 months or so anyway. Duck is often discounted, but it’s an expensive meat.

          No other major discounts discernible, and no notable shortages here so far.

          It will be interesting to see what happens when I order food from my Spanish and French suppliers ahead of winter. Their stocks were running low last time I looked.

          Christ, imagine if we ever have to eat that poisonous crap Bill Gates invests in!

          Anyway, my garlic growing went well this year, so I have the very best protection against the Big Pharma vampires assured.

          My intuition tells me to bottle lots of vodka and gin flavoured with berries this winter, but I am not a physician and this does not constitute medical advice. Just ‘spiritual’…..

          NO PASARAN!

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