Could we be hitting natural gas limits already?

Many countries have assumed that natural gas imports will be available for balancing electricity produced by intermittent wind and solar, whenever they are needed. The high natural gas import prices recently being encountered in Europe, and especially in the UK, appear to be an indication of an underlying problem. Could the world already be hitting natural gas limits?

One reason few people expect a problem with natural gas is because of the immense quantities reported as proven reserves. For all countries combined, these reserves at December 31, 2020 were equal to 48.8 times world natural gas production in 2020. Thus, in theory, the world could continue to produce natural gas at the current rate for almost 50 years, without even trying to find more natural gas resources.

Ratios of natural gas reserves to production vary greatly by country, giving a hint that the indications may be unreliable. High reserves make an exporting country appear to be dependable for many years in the future, whether or not this is true.

Figure 1. Ratio of natural gas reserves at December 31, 2020, to natural gas production for the year 2020, based on trade data of BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy. Russia+ is the Commonwealth of Independent States. It includes Russia and the countries to the south of Russia that were included in the former Soviet Union.

As I see the issue, these reserves are unlikely to be produced unless world oil prices rise to a level close to double what they are today and stay at such a high level for several years. I say this because the health of the oil and gas industries are closely intertwined. Of the two, oil has historically been the major profit-maker, enabling adequate funds for reinvestment. Prices have been too low for oil producers for about eight years now, cutting back on investment in new fields and export capability. This low-price issue is what seems to be leading to limits to the natural gas supply, as well as a limit to the oil supply.

Figure 2. Inflation adjusted oil prices based on EIA monthly average Brent oil prices, adjusted by the CPI Urban. The chart shows price data through October 2020. The Brent oil price at September 24, 2021 is about $74 per barrel, which is still very low relative to what oil companies require to make adequate reinvestment.

In this post, I will try to explain some of the issues involved. In some ways, a dire situation already seems to be developing.

[1] Taking a superficial world view, natural gas seems to be doing fairly well. It is only when a person starts analyzing some of the pieces that problems start to become clear.

Figure 3. World oil, coal and natural gas supply based on data of BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy.

Figure 3 shows that natural gas supply has been rising, year after year. There was a brief dip in 2009, at the time of the Great Recession, and a slightly larger dip in 2020, related to COVID-19 restrictions. Overall, production has been growing at a steady rate. Compared to oil and coal, the recent growth pattern of natural gas has been more stable.

The quantity of exports of natural gas tends to be much more variable. Figure 4 compares inter-regional trade for coal and natural gas. Here, I have ignored local trade and only considered trade among fairly large blocks of countries, such as North America, Europe and Russia combined with its close affiliates.

Figure 4. Total inter-regional trade among fairly large groupings of countries (such as Europe and North America) based on trade data provided by BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy.

If a person looks closely at the growth of natural gas imports in Figure 4, it becomes clear that growth in natural gas is a feast or famine proposition, given to upward spurts, dips and flat periods. It is my understanding that in the early years, natural gas was typically traded under long-term contracts, on a “take or pay” basis. The price was often tied to the oil price. This generous pricing structure allowed natural gas exports to grow rapidly in the 2000 to 2008 period. The Great Recession cut back the need for natural gas imports and also led to downward pressure on the pricing of exports.

After the Great Recession, natural gas import prices tended to fall below oil prices (Figure 5) except in Japan, where stability of supply is very important. Another change was that an increasing share of exported natural gas was sold in the “spot” market. These prices fluctuate depending on changes in supply and demand, making them much more variable.

Figure 5. Comparison of annual average natural gas prices with corresponding Brent oil price, based on information from BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy. Natural gas prices per million Btus converted to barrel of oil equivalent prices by multiplying by 6.0.

Looking back at Figure 4, natural gas exports were close to flat between 2011 and 2016. Such flat exports, together with falling export prices in the 2013 to 2016 period (Figure 5), would have been a nightmare for oil and gas companies doing long-range planning for oil exports. Exports spurted upward in the 2016 to 2019 period, and then fell back in 2020 (Figure 4). All of the volatility in the growth rate of required new production, combined with uncertainty of the pricing of exports, reduced interest in planning for projects that would increase natural gas export capability.

[2] In 2021, quite a number of countries seem to be ramping up natural gas imports at the same time. This is likely one issue leading to the spiking spot prices in Europe for natural gas.

Now that the economy is recovering from the effects of COVID-19, Europe is trying to ramp up its natural gas imports, probably to a level above the import level in 2019. Figure shows that both China and Other Asia Pacific are also likely to be ramping up their imports, providing a great deal of competition for imports.

Figure 6. Areas with net natural gas imports, based on trade data of BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy. Other Asia Pacific excludes Japan, China and Australia.

It is no surprise that China’s natural gas imports are rising rapidly. With China’s rapid economic growth, it needs energy resources of whatever kinds it can obtain. Natural gas is cleaner-burning than coal. The CO2 emitted when burning natural gas is lower, as well. (These climate benefits may be partially or fully offset by methane lost in shipping natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG), however.)

In Figure 6, the sudden appearance and rapid rise of Other Asia Pacific imports can be explained by the fact that this figure shows the net indications for a combination of natural gas importers (including South Korea, India, and Taiwan) and exporters (including Malaysia and Indonesia). In recent years, natural gas import growth has greatly exceeded export growth. It would not be surprising if this rapid rise continues, since this part of the world is one that has been increasing its manufacturing in recent years.

If anyone had stepped back to analyze the situation in 2019, it would have been clear that, in the near future, natural gas exports would need to be rising extremely rapidly to meet the needs of all of the importers simultaneously. The dip in Europe’s natural gas imports due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 temporarily hid the problem. Now that Europe is trying to get back to normal, there doesn’t seem to be enough to go around.

[3] Apart from the United States, it is hard to find a part of the world where natural gas exports are rapidly rising.

Figure 7. Natural gas exports by area, based on trade data of BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy. Russia+ is the Commonwealth of Independent States. It includes Russia and the countries to the south of Russia that were included in the former Soviet Union.

Russia+ is by far the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. Even with Russia+’s immense exports, its total exports (about 10 exajoules a year, based on Figure 7) still fall short of Europe’s natural gas import needs (at least 12 exajoules a year, based on Figure 6). The dip in Russia+’s natural gas exports in 2020 no doubt reflects the fact that Europe’s imports fell in 2020 (Figure 6). Since these exports were mostly pipeline exports, there was no way that Russia+ could sell the unwanted natural gas elsewhere, lowering its total exports.

At this point, there seems to be little expectation for a major rise in natural gas exports from Russia+ because of a lack of capital to spend on such projects. Russia built the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but it doesn’t seem to have a huge amount of new natural gas exports to put into the pipeline. As much as anything, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline seems to be a way of bypassing Ukraine with its exports.

Figure 7 shows that the Middle East’s natural gas exports rose in the period 2000 to 2011, but they have since leveled off. A major use for Middle Eastern natural gas is to produce electricity to support the local economies. Before the Middle East ramped up its natural gas production, much of the electricity was obtained by burning oil. The sales price the Middle East can get for selling its natural gas is far below the price it can get for selling oil, especially when the high cost of shipping the natural gas is considered. Thus, it makes sense for Middle Eastern countries to use the natural gas themselves, saving the oil, since the sale of oil produces more export revenue.

Africa’s natural gas exports have fallen, in part because of depletion of the early natural gas fields in Algeria. In theory, Africa’s natural gas exports could rise to a substantial level, but it is doubtful this will happen quickly because of the large amount of capital required to build LNG export facilities. Furthermore, Africa is badly in need of fuel for itself. Local authorities may decide that if natural gas is available, it should be used for the benefit of the people in the area.

Australia’s natural gas exports have risen mostly as a result of the Gorgon LNG Project off the northwest coast of Australia. This project was expected to be high cost at $37 billion when it was approved in 2009. The actual cost soared to $54 billion, according to a 2017 cost estimate. The high (and uncertain) cost of large LNG projects makes investors cautious regarding new investments in LNG exports. S&P Global by Platts reported in June, 2021, “Australia’s own exports are expected to be relatively stable in the coming years.” This statement was made after saying that a project in Mozambique, Africa, is being cancelled because of stability issues.

The country with the largest increase in natural gas exports in recent years is the United States. The US is not shown separately in Figure 7, but it represents the largest portion of natural gas exported from North America. Prior to 2017, North America was a net importer of natural gas, including LNG from Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Algeria and elsewhere.

[4] The United States has a strange reason for wanting to export large quantities of natural gas overseas: Its natural gas prices have been too low for producers for a long time. Natural gas producers hope the exports will raise natural gas prices within the US.

Natural gas prices vary widely around the world because the fuel is expensive to ship and difficult to store. Figure 5 (above) shows that, at least since 2009, US natural gas prices have been unusually low.

The main reason why the price of natural gas dropped around 2009 seems to have been a ramp up in US shale oil production that started about this time. While the main objective of most of the shale drilling was oil, natural gas was a byproduct that came along. Oil producers were willing to almost give the natural gas away, if they could make money on the oil. However, they also had trouble making money on the oil extraction. That seems to be the reason why oil extraction from shale is now being reduced.

Figure 8 shows a chart prepared by the US Energy Administration showing US dry natural gas production, by type: non-shale, Appalachia shale and other shale.

Figure 8. Figure by EIA showing US natural gas production in three categories.

Based on Figure 8, the timing of the ramp up of natural gas from shale seems to correspond with the timing in the drop in natural gas prices. By 2008 (the first year shown on this chart), gas from shale formations had risen to well over 10% of US natural gas production. At this level, it would be expected to have an impact on prices. Adding natural gas to an already well-supplied market would be likely to reduce US natural gas prices because, with natural gas, the situation isn’t “build it, and demand will come.”

People don’t raise the temperature to which they heat their homes, at least not very much, simply because the natural gas price is lower. The use of natural gas as a transport fuel has not caught on because of all of the infrastructure that would be required to enable the transition. The one substitution that has tended to take place is the use of natural gas to replace coal, particularly in electricity generation. This likely means that a major shift back to coal use cannot really be done, although a smaller shift can be done, and, in fact, seems to already be taking place, based on EIA data.

[5] The reason that limits are a concern for natural gas is because the economy is very much more interconnected, and much more dependent on energy, than most people assume.

I think of the economy as being interconnected in much the same way as the many systems within a human being are interconnected. For example, humans have a circulatory system, or perhaps several such circulatory systems, for different fluids; economies have highway systems and road systems, as well as pipeline systems.

Humans require food at regular intervals. They have a digestive system to help them digest this food. The food has to be of the right kinds, not all sweets, for example. The economy needs energy of the right kinds, as well. It has many kinds of devices that use this energy. Intermittent electricity from wind or solar, by itself, doesn’t really work.

Human beings have kinds of alarms that go off to tell if there is something wrong. They feel hungry if they haven’t eaten in a while. They feel thirsty if they need water to drink. They may feel overheated if an infection gives them a fever. An economy has alarms that go off, as well. Prices rise too high for consumers. Or, companies go bankrupt from low market prices for their products. Or, widespread defaults on loans become a problem.

The symptoms we are seeing now with the UK economy relate to a natural gas import system that is showing signs of distress. It is pleasant to think that the central bankers or public officials can fix all problems, but they really cannot, just as we cannot fix all problems with our health.

[6] Inexpensive energy plays an essential role in the economy.

We all know that inexpensive food is far preferable to expensive food in powering our own personal economies. For example, if we need to spend 14 hours producing enough food to live on (either directly by farming, or indirectly by earning wages to buy the food), it is clear that we will not be able to afford much of anything other than food. On the other hand, if we can produce food to live on in 30 minutes a day (directly or indirectly), then we can spend the rest of the day earning money to buy other goods and services. We likely can afford many kinds of goods and services. Thus, a low price for food makes a big difference.

It is the same way with the overall economy. If energy costs are low, the cost of producing food is likely low because the cost of using tractors, fertilizers, weed killers and irrigation is low. From the point of view of any manufacturer using electricity, low price is important in being able to produce goods that are competitive in the global marketplace. From the point of view of a homeowner, a low electricity price is important in order to have enough funds left over after paying the electricity bill to be able to afford other goods and services.

Economists seem to believe that high energy prices can be acceptable, especially if the price of fossil fuels rises because of depletion. This is not true, without adversely affecting how the economy functions. We can understand this problem at our household level; if food prices suddenly rise, the rest of our budget must shrink back.

[7] If energy prices spike, these high prices tend to push the economy into recession.

A key issue with fossil fuels is depletion. The resources that are the least expensive to access and remove tend to be extracted first. In theory, there is a great deal more fossil fuel available, if the price rises high enough. The problem is that there is a balancing act between what the producer needs and what the consumer can afford. If energy prices rise very high, consumers are forced to cut back on their spending, pushing the economy into recession.

High oil prices were a major factor pushing the United States and other major users of oil into the Great Recession of 2007-2009. See my article in Energy, Oil Supply Limits and the Continuing Financial Crisis. In part, high oil prices made debt harder to repay, especially for low income workers with long commutes. It also made countries that used a significant share of oil in their energy mix less competitive in the world market.

The situation being encountered by some natural gas importers is indeed similar. Paying a very high price for imported natural gas is not a very acceptable situation. But not having electricity available or not being able to heat our homes is not very acceptable either.

[8] Conclusion. It is easy to be lulled into complacency by the huge natural gas reserves that seem to be available.

Unfortunately, it is necessary to build all of the infrastructure that is required to extract natural gas resources and deliver them to customers at a price that the customers can truly afford. At the same time, the price needs to be acceptable to the organization building the infrastructure.

Of course, more debt or money created out of thin air doesn’t solve the problem. Resources of many kinds need to be available to build the required infrastructure. At the same time, wages of workers need to be high enough that they can purchase the physical goods they require, including food, clothing, housing and basic transportation.

At this point, the problem with high prices is most noticeable in Europe, with its dependence on natural gas imports. Europe may just be the “canary in the coal mine.” The problem has the potential to spread to other natural gas prices and to other fossil fuel prices, pushing the world economy toward recession.

At a minimum, people planning the use of intermittent electricity from wind or solar should not assume that reasonably priced natural gas will always be available for balancing. One likely area for shortfall will be winter, as well as storing up reserves for winter (the problem affecting Europe now), since winter is when heating needs are the highest and solar resources are the lowest.

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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4,770 Responses to Could we be hitting natural gas limits already?

  1. Downunder says:

    Here in Victoria there has been for a while an official slogan that is pure Orwellian – “Staying apart keeps us together”.

  2. jj says:

    Anecdotal report.

    Aquaintance of mine 87 years old. Was fit and in good health. Got both jabs as soon as possible like a good little soldier. Unknown which flavor. After a couple months started having heart pain. No previous heart problems. Pacemaker went in last week. His lifestyle just changed radically.

    I wouldnt even think of mentioning the VAX as the cause to him.

    On the flip side he has paid for a lot of high dollar high tech medical and he has been quite happy with it.

    My take.

    His MD had him take some good bets and they paid off. Then the MD had to recommend a bad bet. He took the bad bet trusting the doc just like he always has and pulled aces and eights.

  3. Malcopian says:

    Richplanet examines the scamdemic and the economy. Interesting charts around the 2 minutes point in part 1. Gail may wish to comment on them.

    • Richplanet makes the assertion that the major reason for the pandemic was because the economy was headed for collapse, in the absence of a huge injection of more debt. These are the two charts he shows. This is the version that ends in 2018.

      This is the version that ends in 2021.

      The RIchplanet announcer says that one reason for the pandemic that digital currencies were not yet ready. The pandemic was planned as a way to “buy time” until the digital currencies were ready. Without the pandemic, the economy would have collapsed. This was already happening in the Repo markets. It is possible that this was part of the thinking of people involved with setting up the pandemic. The announcer is convinced that the digital currencies are designed to control people.

      The way I see it, the pandemic gave the economy some “breathing room.” It provided an excuse not to use as much energy products, especially oil. Bankrupt oil producers could close down. Energy prices were lower, benefiting customers. In my view, the pandemic was basically a way of rationing oil consumption, without needing to explain it that way to citizens. It was easy to implement, because oil and other energy products were up against limits. Their extraction was unprofitable; wages tended to be too low.

      The other thing that the pandemic did was give governments an excuse to issue a great deal more debt, using techniques that would keep interest rates low. This allowed the government to keep incomes high. This is what the second chart shows. Some of this debt was used to bail out businesses that had been doing poorly for years.

      I am not convinced that such a worldwide digital currency scheme, with control over people’s actions, (and the rich getting the benefit of interest payments) could ever work. If nothing else, supply lines are already getting constrained. Electricity intermittency is becoming a problem in China and likely in Europe in the near future. I am not convinced that anyone could really pull it off, other than perhaps in a single country.

      • putting it into a one liner:

        digital currency will not make turbines spin.

        unfortunately more and more people are fantasising that ‘digital currency will somehow make the world work in the way in used to.

        it won’t

  4. Gail, you have been referenced at ~7min during Art Berman interview.
    (Adam Taggart’s Wealthion ytch)

  5. According to WSJ: China Home Sales Are Falling Sharply
    Decline in September, typically a strong month, raises concerns about economic growth

    In recent days, numerous big developers have reported lower sales figures for September, with many showing year-over-year declines of more than 20% or 30%. That is a stark drop-off for a month that leads up to China’s Oct. 1 National Day holiday, whose promotions usually make this one of the strongest selling periods of the year.

    The official corporate figures broadly tally with earlier data from CRIC, a Chinese data provider, which previously said total contracted sales among China’s 100 largest developers fell 36% year-over-year in September.

    Huang Jun, a 25-year-old real-estate agent in Foshan, a city in the southern province of Guangdong, said he’s seen prices for new homes downtown drop about 20% from a recent peak in March, to the equivalent of about $346 a square foot on average.

    Buyers typically have quite a bit of equity, so the banks won’t necessarily be quickly hurt from this. But developers need to keep selling their homes, to keep the cycle going. Most of them have a lot of debt. The developers will fail financially, if their sales drop substantially. And investing in homes as a means of growing equity will go away as a goal, reducing the market for these homes..

  6. Fred says:

    Just invested in a coal company (NCIG) bond. Crazy good interest rate. NCIG is the port of Newcastle coal shipping terminal essentially.

    Not that I really believe that any investment is going to be worth anything much in years to come, but at least a bond is slightly harder to extinguish than a few 1s and 0s in a computer.

    I am however entertained/somewhat baffled by the price of coal, which has roughly tripled in the past year and the dynamics of the coal market. If everybody hates it and won’t use it how come the price is tripled and there’s not enough?

    Australia had coal ships sitting off the coast of China for months that they refused to unload (political tit for tat), but now China is having rolling blackouts due to a lack of coal, as is India apparently.

    This article is worth a read, says much the same things as Gail.

    The graph of world primary energy consumption stops at 2018 (maybe he didn’t want to show the decline since then?) but shows coal provided >4 times as much energy as all renewables plus hydro and nuclear combined in 2018.

    Anyway the world’s largest open air prison is about to open up again, although they’re having a crack at the vax passport thing for a month or so. The dead and maimed vaxxed people seem to be clustered. It’s as if they ship bad batches to specific locations.

    My 3 kids have all had the jab .

    I’m prepping furiously, but with the expectation that if things go to custard I’ll be just as screwed as everyone else, only slightly later. In the meantime it’s satisfying watching the fruit and nut trees grow and eating the harvests. Supermarket food doesn’t come close.

    Solar batteries are next. Thanks for the tip to get spare parts in.

  7. Fast Eddy says:

    Athletes who refuse the injections are only thinking of their long term career prospects

    If this continues… the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon be contacting FE….

  8. Fast Eddy says:

    The Brooklyn Nets have banned 29-year-old Kyrie Irving from both games and practice until he gets the Covid-19 vaccine, just one week before the team kicks off their regular season against the Bucks.

    The star point and shooting guard will even be barred from playing during away games – the vast majority which will be held in locations where there is no local vaccine mandate. The Nets said they won’t allow Irving to be deemed “part-time” in terms of his availability for games.

    • Rodster says:

      Andrew Wiggins who plays for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors said he felt coerced/forced into taking the vaccine. He did or he wasn’t going to get paid his 10’s of millions. So he caved on his principals for the almighty dollar.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Have to wonder why they wouldn’t take a year off… if you assume we will eventually return to ‘normal’ — that would be the smart thing to do.

        But it wouldn’t … because we will all soon be dead

        • Rodster says:

          “Have to wonder why they wouldn’t take a year off…”

          The States where these players are at requires mandatory vaccinations. So if they refuse The Jab they can’t play Home games and I believe they can’t practice with the team. The NBA issued a ruling that says if they are NOT vaccinated they will not get paid for missing 40+ Home games.

          I have a huge amount of respect for players like Kyrie Irving and Cole Beasley (NFL).

          • Fast Eddy says:

            The thing is .. loads of NFL players take a full year off.. when they bust their bodies…

  9. Fast Eddy says:

    It’s All Fake: Kamala Harris Used Child Actors Who Had To Audition For Weird NASA Promo

  10. Fast Eddy says:

    Are exemptions granted to those who are fierce anti-cannibals?

  11. Trousers says:

    Ian Duncan Smith Tory MP

    Weighs in with excoriating criticism of Britain’s energy policy makers…

    Whilst failing to note Tory governments have been in power throughout… And he was in cabinet for 6 of those years!

    Does he think we didn’t notice?

  12. Fast Eddy says:


    “I am concerned about the possibility that the new vaccines aimed at creating immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein have the potential to cause microvascular injury to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in a way that does not appear to be assessed in the safety trials.” – Dr J. Patrick Whelan

    “We are dealing with evil. In case you hadn’t noticed.” – Robert W Malone, MD, Twitter

    Question– Why does everyone have to be vaccinated?

    Answer– In order to save lives. Vaccines provide immunity which helps in the fight against disease.

    Question– So the vaccines prevent infection?

    Answer– Not exactly, but the vaccines do provide temporary immunity that typically lasts about 6 months.

    Question– Then what?

    Answer– Well, then the public health experts recommend that eligible people– particularly old and immune-compromised people– get a “booster”.

    Question– So, another injection?

    Answer– Yes.

    Question– Has the booster been adapted to the new “Delta” variant that’s spread across the US and the world?

    Answer– No, it hasn’t. It’s the same vaccine as before.

    Question– Then the immunity will be short-lived?

    Answer– Yes, although we can’t be entirely sure. No clinical trials have been conducted on the boosters.

    Question– What? So, we’re flying blind?

    Answer– Yes. Like I said, there have been no additional clinical trials for the boosters, so no one knows for sure.

    Question– But I’ve heard that the more people we inject, the more adaptable the virus becomes which makes the vaccine less effective?

    Answer– That’s true. Mass vaccination with a “leaky” vaccine– that does not completely neutralize the infection– applies “selective pressure” on the virus which promotes the emergence of variants. Immunologists have known this for a long time, in fact, some call it “Virology 101”. Canadian Vaccinologist Dr. Byram Bridle explained this in a recent interview. Here’s what he said:

    “We have to look no further than … the emergence of antibiotic resistance … The principle is this: If you have a biological entity that is prone to mutation — and the SARS-CoV-2, like all coronaviruses is prone to mutation — and you apply narrowly focused selective pressure that is nonlethal, and you do this over a long period of time, this is the recipe for driving the emergence of novel variants.

    This is exactly what we’re doing. Our vaccines are focused on a single (spike) protein of the virus, so the virus only has to alter one protein, and the vaccines don’t come close to providing sterilizing immunity.” (“The Lies behind the pandemic of the unvaxxed”,

    Question– So the vaccines are driving the variants?

    Answer– Yes.

    Question– So soon we will see the emergence of a vaccine-resistant variant?

    Answer– Yes, we will.

    Question– But don’t the vaccine manufacturers know this?

    Answer– You mean, “don’t they understand the basic relationship between viral infection and vaccines”? Yes, they do.

    Question– Then why are they doing it?

    Answer— Great question, but the answer requires alot of research and a fair-amount of guesswork. All I’ll say, is that the authors of this mass vaccination campaign are intentionally driving us towards an even bigger crisis.

    Question– Okay, so what are we going to do when we come across a vaccine-resistant variant?

    Answer– I can’t answer that, but –judging from past experience– another experimental injection will be developed that the public will be forced to take.


  13. MonkeyBusiness says:

    KFC Japan ran out of potatoes, so no French Fries for a couple of weeks.

    Many doctors no doubt will complain that the number of patients suffering from the effects of junk food will drop.

  14. Mark says:

    Bill Burr mocking the CEP a few months ago. He’s got a point. 😉

    • MonkeyBusiness says:

      I mean just think about the logistical challenges the rich will face if the wrong people were to die. The rich don’t know how to operate power plants etc. Say for whatever reason, they have the ability to do targeted vaccination i.e. a percentage of power plant workers, scientists, farmers, etc will survive, how would they know for sure the surviving people will not turn against them.

      In a lot of science fiction novels, logistics doesn’t count, but that’s why they are science fiction novels.

      • Money, cars, wine, fast women

      • A masterpiece on this subject is Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game, about why the Upper Class can maintain power.

        Renoir, who also plays a guy named Octave in there, leads a pilot to destruction by introducing him to the high society. However, Octave (Renoir) knows only the Upper Class has anything worth having.

        Jean’s father Pierre Renoir was a famous painter but he was a potter, the lowest of the low. No matter how Pierre and Jean tried they could never enter the French upper class. Eventually Jean and his family moved to USA.

      • Rodster says:

        “I mean just think about the logistical challenges the rich will face if the wrong people were to die. The rich don’t know how to operate power plants etc.”

        True and that was the point JMG was trying to make in his latest Blog post about the new labor shortages around the world. People realize that they are being paid a mere pittance for their hard work while the 0.01% benefit from their hard work.

        So yes, the Uber Rich will have a huge wakeup call once they crawl out of their luxurious bunkers when they find those who earned a pittance are no longer around to grow food or provide basic services for them.

      • Azure Kingfisher says:

        The normalization of “vaccine” mandates leaves the door open for sterilization, induced chronic illness, eugenics, and/or targeted genocide. If the human population accepts that they can be required to routinely inject on command then the practices listed above will have an established means of execution. Not to mention, we’re talking about the enablement of forced scientific experimentation (e.g. mandating rushed-to-market, Emergency Use Authorized, experimental therapies sill in clinical trials).

        So, sure, for all we know, everyone’s just getting saline solution and social conditioning to accept routine injection. Look at Israel; they’re on jab number 4 now. Social conditioning right there; same with the routine testing, social distancing, and mask wearing – all efforts to condition people into accepting new behaviors.

        Now, let’s go back in time, before Bill Burr, and see what George Carlin had to say about germs and the immune system on February 6, 1999:

        These days the message is:

        Natural immunity sucks
        Herd immunity comes from vaccines, not from exposure and recovery
        Expect “breakthrough” cases with your COVID-19 vaccines
        Expect transmission to continue with your COVID-19 vaccines
        Expect the need for boosters with your COVID-19 vaccines

        • MonkeyBusiness says:

          So the rich will clean their own toilets?

          • Rodster says:

            Haha wouldn’t that be awesome. As they say, “payback is a b*tch”.

          • Azure Kingfisher says:


            But through “the normalization of ‘vaccine’ mandates [that leave] the door open for sterilization, induced chronic illness, eugenics, and/or targeted genocide,” they will get to decide who cleans their toilets.

            • MonkeyBusiness says:

              Everything you listed can only lead to one conclusion: the rich cleaning their own toilets.

              Sterilization: no more births. How would Richie Rich II/III/IV get their toilets cleaned?
              Chronic illness. Sick people can’t clean toilets.
              Eugenics: a new super race will be born, they will usurp the rich and get the later to clean toilets.
              Targeted genocide: how? The human body is not a computer that’s easily programmed.

              Look. Logistics is the most important thing in this world.

            • Azure Kingfisher says:

              The rich don’t need to sterilize everyone.

              The rich don’t need to make everyone chronically ill.

              The rich want to become the new super race. That’s why they seek to experiment on everyone – unlock the secret of mRNA:

              “If you can hack the rules of mRNA, ‘essentially the entire kingdom of life is available for you to play with,’ says Hoge, a physician by training who left a position as a health care analyst to become Moderna’s president in 2012. Adjusting mRNA translation to fight disease ‘isn’t actually super high-risk biology,’ he adds. ‘It’s what your genes would do if they were rational actors.'”


              The rich don’t need to kill everyone.

              The acceptance of routine injections will enable them to decide who is sterilized, who becomes chronically ill, who is useful for experimentation, who is no longer fit to live.

              Even now, without the needles being injected into the arms of many – the refuseniks – the rich are deciding who will fly their planes, who will work in their hospitals, who will serve in their military, who will teach in their schools, who will clean their toilets.

              “Refuse to submit to the needle?” says the rich man, “Then you can no longer clean my toilet. I will find someone else who is willing to be routinely injected to clean my toilet. Eventually, people like you, the refuseniks, will die out and only the compliant will remain. The compliant will raise their children to be compliant and accept routine injection as well.
              Then we’ll have a society in which routine injection is accepted as normal and seldom, if ever, questioned. You do know what we’ll be able to do to those who question their injections, don’t you?”

            • If anything they will ask their less able children to clean it. Saw it personally – a rich man had a halfwit daughter, who did all the menial work at home

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Why make your daughter do it — just get the Three Stooges of OFW to do that


              mike norm dunc or is it norm dunc mike… I always get them confused

              I think mike is in the middle actually

  15. Minority of One says:

    This article is from 4 days ago. The BBC are gloating that children are next on the UK CV19 agenda:

    Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
    “By The Visual and Data Journalism Team”

    “More than 49 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine – part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched.

    With almost nine in 10 of those aged 12 or over having had a single jab, the country is now turning its attention to an autumn booster campaign and the vaccination of younger children…

    So far, more than 49 million people have had a first vaccine dose – about 85% of over-12s. More than 45 million – about 78% of over-12s – have had both doses…”

    [Graph – “How vaccination rates compare by age” – seems to show that for all ages except 16-17 (about 55% and rising) and 12-15 (about 11% and rising), percentage of those getting the first dose is levelling off]

    How is this for a spectacular piece of propaganda:

    “The UK Health Security Agency, which replaced Public Health England, estimates that, up to 24 September, the UK vaccination programme has prevented about 24 million infections, 260,000 hospitalisations and 127,500 deaths.”

    [Graph – “Vaccines across the UK”. Scotland ahead of the curve, in a bad way. Of those aged 12 and over, 89% one vaxx, 81% two vaxxes. Exclude the 12-17 age group and Scotland is well over 90% for first vaxx.]

    [Graph – “Vaccines across English regions” – Londoners seem to be noticeably sceptical]

  16. Mirror on the wall says:

    Mr.* Frost TP has demanded a whole new NIP, he has proposed a text of his own, and he has threatened to invoke article 16.

    The EU will respond tomorrow as planned.

    * I do not recognise any ‘lords and ladies’ over me, so I eschew such ‘titles’.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      One can only hope that Mr. Frost does not ‘freeze up’ the UK supply lines and economy even worse than Brexit already has.

      Winter is coming? The Ice Age cometh!

  17. Xabier says:

    UK food supply chain news:

    Talking to the supermarket driver today, he told me that orders now regularly have about 10-20% items out of stock, and that the warehouse – the size of two football fields – has many completely empty shelves, the first time he has ever seen this (apart from the flour crisis last year).

    Not too bad, but it confirms that shortages are not a fiction.

    Those of us who have more chorizo sausages than we know what to do with can be smug, for the time being at least …..

    • Interesting!

    • Malcopian says:

      No milk at the supermarket again today, apart from soy milk, and it’s 3 weeks since I last went. So I went to the newsagent’s again today, just for milk, as I usually do. No problem there.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      No problems at all our way, none that we noticed anyway, frozen, fresh or otherwise. Topped up the motor, no queues. Problems seem to be regional, particularly in London.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        Tell a lie, Aldi had no own brand quarter pounders in the freezer, had to go with those with added bacon and cheese – bit of a nuisance, but will give the others a try. Totally prefer the cheap frozen ones pressed with onions to the posh ones.

        Got 3 bottles of cod liver oil for price of 2 btw. It must be used daily for months or no point. The older lady we met in the isle was horrified, they used to have to queue up for it at school every day LOL. It seems to have put an entire generation off it here.

    • jodytishmack says:

      According to FAO food price index food prices are indeed rising. Prices are now higher than they were in 2008 when the price of oil went up to almost $140/barrel. Price of oil also surged in 2011 and food prices went higher. The Arab Spring was a result of higher food prices.

    • Mrs S says:

      I’m in the UK and I just went to Aldi and Waitrose. All fine. The only thing missing that I could see was almond milk, which I think we can survive without.

      As well as my usual items I also bought Christmas pudding and Christmas chocolates. Just in case.

      • Dana says:

        Mrs S – what is Christmas pudding?

        • Mirror on the wall says:

          It is the stuff that dad’s get fat on when everyone else could not face another spoon.

        • Xabier says:

          The Food of the Gods.

          ‘Plum pudding’ originally: dried fruit, flour and suet with lots of brandy, boiled for ages in a bag or basin. Best matured for several months before Xmas day.

          The best antidote to nasty English winter weather.

          ‘O what lumps of pudding my mother made me!’ is an old song.

        • Mrs S says:

          Here’s a recipe

          You pour brandy over it and set it alight before carrying it to the festive table. It’s excellent served with brandy butter.

          It’s unthinkable to have Christmas dinner without it.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Or try something less traditional for the holidays….


            500g mince neighbour’s child
            1 tsp ground cumin
            2 tsp ground coriander
            2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
            1 tbsp chopped mint
            oil for brushing

            STEP 1
            Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Divide into eight balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals. Thread onto four metal skewers and brush with oil.

            STEP 2
            To cook on a griddle: heat the pan until you can feel a good heat rising and cook for 3-4 mins each side. Don’t turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan.

            STEP 3
            Season if you want, and set aside. Serve the koftas with yogurt and spiced flat breads.

      • jodytishmack says:

        The UN Food and Agricultural Organization reports on prices for food commodity prices such as vegetable oils, wheat, corn, beef, etc. They don’t report on grocery store prices. The price increases they are showing indicate that food prices will continue to increase through 2022. Natural gas prices are causing fertilizer prices to rise and this in turn will affect agricultural products.

    • Just going back to the 1940s. They should be able to handle it, although those who do not really belong to England might have some different opinion.

    • Their take on the natural gas situation:

      The US has been shielded from that global crunch because it has plenty of gas supply, most of which stays in the country since US export capacity is still relatively small. As a result, the benchmark US natural gas contract has been rallying, lately hitting seven-year highs, but it is only $5.62 per million British thermal units. This price is a far cry from the $30-plus being paid in Europe and Asia. However, the US market is worried.

      With respect to prognosis:

      Prognosis: Global energy demand and energy-related carbon emissions will continue to rise, with oil the most significant energy source just ahead of surging renewables, the US EIA said in its latest International Energy Outlook. The 2050 projection underscores the stark challenges ahead for transitioning away from fossil fuels and curbing global warming emissions. EIA expects global energy demand to increase 47% in the next 30 years, driven by population and economic growth, particularly in developing Asian countries. This will require increased oil and natural gas production, absent technological breakthroughs or significant policy changes.

      They don’t say anything about limits. They don’t talk about the steep fall in prices in 2008 or, for that matter, the fall in prices in 2014 or in the 1981 to 1986 timeframe. They later talk about more CO2 emissions being likely ahead.

      • Sam says:

        At that price why isn’t the U.S increasing their exports? It seems like that is what would happen next? Is it because they don’t have it or is it because of long term contracts? Seems like Venezuelans could take advantage of this

        • jodytishmack says:

          I assume export volume has something to do with capacity to move LNG at different US ports.
          Delivery to the ports also relies on the number of wells pumping and the volume already in pipelines across the country. Costs for natural gas at $5.60/therm are already twice what they were last winter. If supplies are diverted to the ports that make LNG and export it, if the temperatures are colder than normal, we will certainly these prices rise higher.
          Our rental property burns natural gas for hot water and heating. Most months the winter gas bill goes as high as $160. At double the cost that will be $320. I called the gas company and put the house on budget plan. Strangely the lady I spoke to at the gas company had no idea that gas prices were rising. I was surprised the company allowed us to lock in prices at $104/month. My take is that even the gas companies in the US aren’t paying attention.

        • The issue is that it is horribly expensive to ship LNG. At one point, I was estimating that it cost $4 per million Btus to ship LNG to Europe, and quite a bit more than this to ship it to Japan or China from the US. I expect that this cost rises, if the underlying cost of natural gas rises.

          This means that if the US price is $2.50 per million Btus, the European selling price needs to at least $6.50 per million Btus. The Far East price needs to higher yet to make a profit. Of course, all of these estimates depend on the life of all of the infrastructure involved. If the US is able to export LNG in quantity for only 10 years, for example, then the amortization time for the infrastructure needs to be very short, adding to shipping costs.

          There is also uncertainty whether the US powers that be will allow the US to ship a disproportionate share of its natural gas abroad, so as to run up the price of natural gas within the US. I am sure that US natural gas producers would like this outcome, but they need to get approval for each of the export sites that are set up.

      • jodytishmack says:

        I think Tom tries to stay away from peak resource theories because it is difficult to find the information or trust what is available. If we really want panic buying to hit just tell people we are running out of supplies. As long as governments, the media, and people think there will be more coming eventually….they may be less likely to panic. Too much panic and the economy will collapse, making it no longer possible to invest in things like solar panels.

        Some people have taken peak oil to heart and converted to renewable energy already. It may only be a bridge but I must say it’s nice to know that my monthly energy bill won’t be higher than $10/month this winter. And that is simply my connection fee. At some point we will buy more batteries and disconnect from the grid.

        Yes, there is upfront costs of renewable energy but I’d rather invest cash in renewable energy and home energy efficiency than let inflation destroy its value. I realize it isn’t a long term solution, but it may get us through the next few decades.

        • Sam says:

          I assume you are using micro-inverters. What brand? I would open up your covers on converter control box etc and double up on barrel fuses that may go also any relays etc. Would probably be worth it to have an extra control board or two. That’s stuff that is getting harder to get. You can get the batteries later. Always remember that heat is your enemy not friend when it comes to electrical transmission

          • jodytishmack says:

            We have Conext XW Hybrid inverter.
            Our home is earthbermed, i.e. underground and temperature in the utility room is constant at around 69 F. We heat and cool with a ground source heat pump, supplemented with wood burning in winter.
            I’m familiar with how efficient solar panels are in the cold. Good idea to get spare parts.

          • jj says:

            I have a different philosophy. Efficiency doesnt matter. The panels are cheap. Dont back up your good inverter. Buy cheap china RV inverters for backup. There not great but there not bad. They wont pass code obviously. Been running one all summer on a job site. Chop saws compressors ecetera. They hiccup now and then mostly when they see the current surge from a motor going off not on. They reset themselves after a few moments. Do I like my $3k inverter better, yes.

            At $300 a pop…

            Much more worried about charge controllers than inverters. DC switching is hard on components. If i was to stock individual components it be the switches on the charge controllers. Once again cheap china backups. The MR POWER stuff really isnt bad beside the undersized connectors. Honestly somtimes i think the MR powers do a better job without all the bells and whisles. not such a issue with 48v systems.

            $100 a pop…

            And really if your into it you should get some buck boosts and tune them to run straight off the panels in parallel and feed one of those cheesy inverters with no batteries. Theirs you tube videos on how to balance them for parallel to get more power. That way you can run your well when your batteries go south. You need to look at your panel voltages and make sure they are close to the 50+ volts a 48V inverter wants to see. 40v is about right. As you well know panel V will be high with no load and you dont want to make the buck boosts work too hard. The more delta in the v the hotter they get.

            Buck boosts are $20. The components used on them are real simple and robust.

            And impedance matched resistance loads to run straight off the panels DC. For bathing hot water and cooking. I do that with a fully operational setup anyway. Why? I baby my batteries. Not going to pull down my batteries after dark. yes you could just use a photo switch to kill your water heater draw after dark. KISS. No sun no power. The waters plenty hot after 6 hours. You have to go to DC SSRs for switching. DC will smoke those bimettalic thermal ac switches very first time they try to shut off.
            The bimetallics become the switch in the SSR input.

            I plan on having the option of shunting the hot water heaters dc into some thermal mass loads if i choose.
            55 gallon barels filled with sand and vegtable oil Its not near as efficient per sq foot as passive for heating but it puts the energy/heat exactly where you want it and no glazing loss at night. Havnt set that up yet.

            Uh yes you do still need those thermal bimetallics/SSRs to shut down the power when things get nice and hot. Bad things happen if you keep on dumping heat into a finite material. Get that vegetable oil up to its flash point even with the sand…

            IMO the more your setup to provide basic needs with straight DC off the panels the better. Its not rocket science. Once you understand that the panels are current sources not voltage sources.

            The trouble with having a nice setup is it shouts cut my throat with a rusty machete post collapse… At least my body will be clean when the blood flows over it. Hoping the people who take my rig will be way cool. Like Gabrielle and Zena maybe. Heck maybe they will keep me around for a solar nerd slave. Or at least lord humongous…

            Cheap china inverters and charge controllers for backup. Buy more panels with what you save. Learn how to impedance match straight into loads. Learn how to balance buck boosts in parallel.

            Zena and Gabrielle will appreciate it.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              While you are at it … maybe you could buy some extras so you can keep those spent fuel ponds for overheating and killing you?

            • jodytishmack says:

              The reason I think it’s important to improve home energy efficiency is because heating and cooling space and water uses almost 60% of the energy it takes to power our homes. We can significantly reduce the amount of energy by increasing/improving insulation in attic, walls, foundation and installing better doors and windows.
              As heating costs rise this winter people who face shortages of energy should look at ways to reduce heat loss.

            • jj says:

              RE fuel pools. Sure your right Eddy. Im just a nerd playing really. Its great fun though, very satisfying- to a nerd that is. As the green cloud of spent fuel envelops me I am sure my endeavors will seem quite meaningless.

        • D. Stevens says:

          Solar is a way to prepay for future energy and the reason I invested in a small off-grid system. Wanted to take advantage of the flow of cheap products from China while that system lasts and before there’s nothing much to buy with savings.

        • I think the big issues we are facing are adequate food and fresh water. Unfortunately, wind and solar get don’t anyone very far in that direction. It is the farmers who need help. Also the workers who pick the crops and the people who transport food to markets. We take fresh water for granted, but we shouldn’t. That is another necessity.

          • jodytishmack says:

            That is certainly true, food and water are the most critical needs, but having solar energy and a private well means that a person will have access to water as long as an aquifer remains viable. People living in lower populated areas will have a better chance of surviving than people in densely populated areas. If the building where you live relies on the grid and city water supply, once the grid goes down so too does your water supply. And you won’t have a toilet that flushes.
            Depending on how quickly things in the economy go bad, most people will turn to barter or theft to find what they need. This is already happening, especially in cities hit by a weather disaster. Having solar panels that can provide energy for your home, having a deep pantry with dried beans and grains, a garden and open pollinated seeds, tools, and skills to use them…will make living costs less expensive and life more secure.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              If there were no spent fuel ponds that are guaranteed to kill everyone who is unlucky enough to survive the end of BAU…

              What I would do is instead of doomie prepping… I’d use the time to learn ambush tactics …

              Then I’d buy loads of guns and ammo … and once BAU was done and dusted…

              I’d drive out to a rural area … and force the doomies to feed me and me and my gang with wimmin… if any of them resisted… I’d gun them down … it’s real easy to gun down a doomie — best time is when they are picking weeds in the garden…

              You need to understand that there are really bad f789ers out there — even previously polite people… will slit your throat … when they and their families are hungry.

              Humans are the most violent and deadly predators on the planet… and I kid you not … if I intended to be around post BAU — I would without hesitation … put you on the ground with a bullet… to get that water and the chickens.

            • Artleads says:

              I built a compost toilet for around $5 worth of materials. I don’t think thieves would care much for it. So having no flush toilet is the least of our problems.

        • jj says:

          “October 12, 2021 at 9:23 pm

          The reason I think it’s important to improve home energy efficiency is because heating and cooling space and water uses almost 60% of the energy it takes to power our homes. ”

          Could not agree more. Minimum r40 walls r60 roof. Thats in any climate heating or cooling. I like more. A small house of 600 sq foot and r60 walls and r80 roof with lots of south facing glass and the sun falling directly on insulated thermal mass is a real pleasure to live in. Add a few bodies a dog or three some cats all burning calories and its omost self heating.

          now… Speaking of power and energy efficiency. What happens to your EROI when you ditch the batteries and electronics…

          The bottom line is most of the power of the photovoltaics is wasted. The capacity exists to improve battery life. When does your system go off bulk charge usually? 9am? 10am? at that point the lions share of the photovoltaic power starts to be wasted.

          photo voltaic use without inverter and charge controller is somewhat wasteful in a different way. because the panels are current sources and you are not using a MPPT a compromise has to set for power point. This is about 65%. But much more of the energy gets stored if dumping it as heat. Why cant you do this with a battery system? Because with a battery system your primary concern is battery life. You dont care that your only using 50% then 10% to charge the batterys. Is that energy really wasted? No because its never created in the first place. The photovoltaics only create what the load demands. Thats one of the most amazing things about them. If they created the same amount of power all the time your electronics would have to dump the heat somewhere.

          Say its late in the day. Your batteries are near full charge. Your 4000 watt array is only putting 70 -80 watts into the batteries. The rest is not wasted because its not created. Only the potential is wasted. Your refrigerator kick on. Boom the charge controler sees it and starts pulling juice from the array. It doesnt pull much of it from the batteries. The array creates more power. Amazing! THe fact is however this whole setup is not maximizing the power available from the panels. The constraint is the storage. A conventional stand alone system is set up to not care about the power available. Its set up for max battery life.

          Even in a conventional system where the power is only used as ac out of the inverter it makes sense to dump the power into hot water. You have vastly increased the amount of storage. Where is the problem? Your load will pull from the batteries on a cloudy day. Your load will pull from your batteries at night. Thats why using the dc off the panels makes sense. It cant pull off batteries if there are none in the circuit. As i mentioned photo switches can get around the problems if you only want to run AC. If you dont get it right those expensive batteries life goes to hell. Running straight dc is fool proof.

          From every perspective other than self sufficiency and wanting to have a power company thats solvent a grid tie system is the best. You get to use the grid as your batteries! They even pay you for it! (because the politicians mandated it) Sticking it to the man. Great until the grid goes down. Unfortunatly what you are really doing is shifting where the storage occurs. Now the power company has to store your power. The power company takes the expense of the storage and passes the cost to the poor fools who have to pay for their power coming from the grid. The poorest households get to bear the cost of the richest who can afford photovoltaic systems. Thats who really gets stuck from grid tie systems not the man. Oh I know we will just print money and give it to the poor housholds! Problem solved. NOT.

          If you really want to maximize the potential power coming from your array you have to have storage other than your batteries unless you luck into a batterie set from a locomotive that as big as a room and weighs 20 tons. I am of the opinion that that is the end users responsibility to store their own power. Where is that storage going to occur and how? where is hot water and heating in thermal mass. I think DC off the panels is the easiest and safest for your precious batteries in regards to how.

          Running a fossil fuel generator for your power needs on days of no sun pays for itself many times over in battery life. Yet i know many that wont do it because they want to be 100% “green”. So they double or triple their battery capacity and never will look at what THAT cost in terms of energy it takes to create that double or triple battery capacity that still has a finite life in terms of time. They look at it as money spent to stay green.The truth is running that generator on cloudy days is way greener than adding all that battery capacity.

          And of course on cloudy days if your sole source of hot water is DC coming straight off a array separate from your AC/charge controller/inverter/battery array you have no hot water on that day. Downright unthinkable! The solution is a on demand propane water heater but this is getting pretty damn complicated now and people just want what they want.

          • Of course, if you have to move out of your house because there is no food or water nearby, and no way to earn a living, all of this effort does you essentially no good.

            Also, if a window breaks, or some other part breaks, the chance of finding replacement parts will fall over time. Eventually, like substitution will be impossible.

            • jj says:

              I had a martial arts teacher once upon a time who said “you may lose the fight, but make sure your opponent feels the damage you do to his body for the rest of his life”

              As a uber pessimist I like philosophy a lot.

              You do your best. Whatever you see as your best. Yes you might fail. Yes a window might break.

              Doing your best might be taking no action if you feel thats most appropriate.

              Solar panels are not forever. After 25 years they have lost half their power. They are just more robust than the the batterys/inverters/charge controllers.

              The life of your pump in the well is not infinite.

              Nothing is infinite. Our lives are not and they never were. We just pretend they are.

              You have often mentioned that spending time with family and friends is the most appropriate use of our time Gail. I agree. Im wired to look for solutions. It may be a waste of time. Im not the type to just sit by and watch when things are happening. I will be placed in that position sooner or later do to the finite nature of the world. There is a time to accept. Now I do my best.

              Theres lots of solutions for a broken window but thats not the point. The beautiful thing that is a window. Can you only look at it as it will get broke some day? Will it be broke or stay unbroke? Will someone take a hammer to the solar panels? Will somone take a hammer to my noggin? Could be. Could not be.

              I like you am a pessimist Gail. My friends consider me the uber pessimist. I consider doing my best is what brings balance to my pessimism.

              We like things in neat boxes. There was a time not so long ago when humans didnt know whether they would make it that day that month that year. Yes windows get broke. Yes things happen. You do your best. Not from a place of desperation but from a place of celebration of what we are.

              I know you do your best Gail. Your honesty and courage has been a inspiration to me.

              To analyze only by win/lose is not accurate IMO. The process has at least as much value.

              My experience has been that we are largely self defeating. We defeat ourselves when there is a setback by not immediately accepting what has occurred when we enter a period of not seeking solutions.

              IMO our greatest talent is finding appropriate action in our lives. Contrary to that is not assessing the true nature of what the barriers are. Thats why I love this blog so much. Thats why i laugh at FE arguments and love them so much. I laugh because they are most probably true. I love FE expressing his creativity. He is doing his best. He shines like a unbroken window. Gail you shine like a unbroken window. Yes the future is uncertain.
              That doesnt mean you dont do your best!

            • Fast Eddy says:

              And hip hip hooray — jolly good – stiff upper lip — talk the talk…

              But let’s Walk the Walk…. because Talk is Cheap…

              It’s time again for … The Fast Eddy Challenge… and with collapse fast approaching what better time to dry run this challenge… while there is still time to get those last few items that you hadn’t thought of from Walmart…

              One Week Challenge

              – turn off the electricity
              – use no petrol
              – chop and split trees with an ax and haul the wood to your house in a wheel barrow
              – no medicines allowed (remember when you run out post collapse .. there wont be any)
              – wash all your clothes by hand (no pumps allowed unless they are hand pumps)
              – eat ONLY what you grow or gather … no cheating with canned food (that wont be available)
              – no visiting the doctor even if you want to walk – no doctor post collapse
              – you cannot generate electricity with solar because solar won’t be available for long … something will break

              Now we cannot send armed marauders to your home to rape murder and pillage you … but you’ve got enough to chew with the Challenge as it is….

              Good Luck!!!

              And remember … in The Road… the realistic person — the wife — offed herself

            • Fast Eddy says:

              It is important to inform the Doomie Preppers of the futility of their enterprise… so that they can join everyone else at the Despair Table.

              False Hope is a mental illness.

              Despair is purity of thought

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I love your passion!

      • Student says:

        My impression is that after pandemic Resilience has slightly changed its way of saying things.
        I’m not talking specifically, but in general.
        But it is of course only my personal impression.

        • jodytishmack says:

          I agree although it is difficult to specific shifts. I don’t read many of the articles. The articles I write for them are focused on climate change and reducing our energy consumption. Richard Heinberg for the most part still focuses on energy and climate change. There are many articles geared towards lifting people’s spirits. I guess if you haven’t done anything to prepare your current situation may be very dismal. For years I’ve warned people that doing nothing will eventually mean there is nothing you can do. It is simply not possible to save all 8 billion humans. It will be extremely difficult watching our population collapse.

          • Student says:

            In my view it is all more inter-connected in comparison to what you seem to say, I think that there will be no ‘us’ well prepared and them ‘not prepared’ and ‘us’ looking at them going down.
            If all the system has not be planned and prepared for what it is happening now (as it seems so), the consequences will be bad for everyone, even for those who prepared everything very well.

            • jodytishmack says:

              The global economy is a complex, interconnected system that requires energy and materials to keep it running. As it begins to fail some parts of the system will be more vulnerable than others. As failures progress the vulnerability will spread. Those people at the bottom of the economic system will fail sooner than those who currently have access to resources, have invested in sustainable lifestyles, and have thought about what is needed to recover from weather disasters, price increases, social and economic disruptions. The idea of resilience is about planning for failure in order to recover.
              The one factor that will spread the collapse to everyone the fastest is a global war. Otherwise we will continue to see countries fail, people attempting to migrate, increased poverty, starvation, and the take over by people willing to use force.

  18. MG says:

    Vladimir Putin analyzes the current natural gas crisis:

  19. Yorchichan says:

    Look at the audience score. The audience isn’t buying into the propaganda.

  20. Fast Eddy says:


    There’s no specific prevention for myocarditis. However, taking these steps to prevent infections might help:

    Get your vaccines. Stay up to date on the recommended vaccines, including those that protect against COVID-19, rubella and influenza — diseases that can cause myocarditis.

    • Xabier says:

      Words fail me when contemplating such evil.

      The vaxx to protect against myocarditis: above all if you are an 18yr-old male, I suppose……

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    Why do these other countries keep bailing this out? It’s none of their business!!!!

    • At least some of the fuel was locally supplied:

      “Lebanon’s Minister of Energy and Water, Walid Fayyad, said in a statement Sunday that the army had supplied fuel from its reserves to the two power plants, Zahrani and Deir Ammar.”

  22. Fast Eddy says:

    McCullough calmly explains how his professional titles are being taken from him.

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    Pfizer terminates whistleblower who leaked COVID emails to Project Veritas

  24. Fast Eddy says:

    As EV owners are starting to unfortunately learn, electricity to power your “green” vehicles has to come from somewhere.

    This is a tough dose of reality that many EV owners in the U.K. could be facing next year now that a new law has been proposed to switch off home EV chargers during peak hours. The law seeks to prevent excessive strain on the grid, according to a new article from Inside EVS.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the proposed law that stipulates that EV chargers may not function for “up to nine hours a day” to prevent overloading the grid.

    Beginning May 30, 2022, all chargers that are installed must be “smart” chargers connected to the internet, allowing their functions to be limited between 8am to 11am and 4pm to 10pm.

    • I would be willing to bet that those hours can be changed to be made shorter, or not at all, for some periods.

      A word to the wise: Get your starter installed before May 30, 2022, when it has to meet these guidelines. You probably want lots of spare parts for it, as well.

      Of course, this is just a prospective new law. Check fo the actual details.

  25. geno mir says:

    Lets get bqck to th3 main topic for a while. Tomorrow (13 oct) Putin and associates as well as russian energy conpanies heads will made official statement regarding the energy situation in europe. The mood in the bulgarian national gas company is that the speach will be ained at western euripe market instability (we don’t have shortage of gas as we operate on long term contract base and transit most of the volumes toward other countries). I will try to provide English translation the moment it is available.

  26. I am not comfortable with some people talking highly about Sucharit Bakhdi.

    He is a Thai. He is not a German, no matter how many years he might have lived in there.

    What happens is one is part of a community until one is not, as the various German tribes in USSR found when you know who attacked it.

    They were packed and sent to Central Asia. Stalin did not ask how long they had stayed in Russia. He didn’t give a shit about their past contributions to Russia as well.

    Starting with Ramanujan, no nonwhite scientists and technologists do not give a shit about the West. which means they don’t belong there in the end.

    10 years from now, the likes of Bakhdi will be back home and never heard again in the Western media.. That is how the world will progress.

    • During total war it’s normal procedure to pro actively and precautionary lessen impact of such internal enclaves to be exploited by the enemy. Individual background check ups are impossible to process, Stalin, FDR, Churchill understood that.

      Well known historical fact to recall, the US and UK have done similarly with their Asian, … diaspora during WWII. Obviously given higher resource base and not fighting desperately on their home front (USSR) in the first place the conditions in their camps and relocation facilities were often a lot higher.. but the principle more or less the same.

      I doubt this will be repeated nowadays though, the mix of today’s pop in many countries is completely beyond the threshold of point of no return. The more likely vector ahead is some form of balkanization, i.e. (sub) regions walking apart, abandonment leaving the incompatibles to mend for themselves. It’s actually happening today as both coastals are relocating into Tex-Arkana and former Conf southern states etc..

      • It will be done, trust me, although the response will be more violent than in the past. If the authorities can’t ship them out they will just ask the local groups who are not too friendly to deal with such people, and these groups, like the Poles and Czechs taking German lands in 1945-46, won’t take prisoners.

        • WWII context:

          As discussed recently, lets repeat, Poles had ever shifting borders both WE, ~mega deaths; civilian German pop expelled still under relative small losses.

          Czechs had mostly stable borders hundreds of years, “only” few hundred thousands dead during the war years (say vs Poland), expelled Germans causalities only few accidentals.

          Apart from eyewitnesses still alive, print and newsreels, it’s not hard to fall back on allied (US-Russian-UK/FR) envoys observing the process directly as well.

          There was no large scale manhunt style retribution, couple of top honchos jailed, on trial, executed, in some cases released yrs later (returning to DE/Austria).

          Was it cruel, unjust, to carry few kgs belongings in suitcase into the one way train? Well, it depends right, majority voted earlier for the Adolf boyz agenda and signed allegiance to Reich, i.e. defacto act of treason. The non crazed did not have to leave, but some (many) on their own volition did join the transport (or later individually relocated) as well.

          Proper “collapse” would look like very differently..

        • info says:

          So they are going to kill the males and enslave the females to serve as concubines.

  27. Fast Eddy says:

    To its credit, the Government seems to have realised this, abandoning its cherished goal of Covid elimination, and instead aiming to open up when 80% of adults are double-jabbed, no matter the case numbers. And, importantly, it has promised that there’s no going back this time, that once we open, we will stay open, perhaps recognising a seventh lockdown would simply crumble in the face

    Hahahaha… of course they will open when they force enough people to get jabbed… because then that will allow the virus to circulate in the massive community of the Injected…. and contribute to breeding deadly mutations.

    They just started on Boosters yesterday — injecting the same useless crap into people… further enhancing the immune escape process.

  28. CTG says:

    Snow To Blanket UK As Rare Polar Vortex Collapse Could Spell Trouble For Power Grid

    One of the commenter, Trousers mentioned that a flock of black swans are looking for a place to land perhaps?

    • geno mir says:

      Those mr mustache videos with edited subtitles are always so funny. Every versio of this I have seen is just LOL.
      This one is particularly funny because it is true. When reality is stranger than fiction the best humor is reality indeed.

  29. Fast Eddy says:

    Follow these instructions:

    1. Click

    2. Type: singapore covid

    3. Click Search

    4. Click the Deaths Tab

    Ooops.. hang… go back … take a Xanax before you look at the Deaths tab

    hahahahahahahahaha — I spit venom on the CovIDIOTS….

    norm? what’s going on? Are you having a hard time waking up? My mate with the Pfizer heart says one of the symptoms is exhaustion – he has a hard time getting up for work…

    8:19 am
    Tuesday, 12 October 2021 (GMT+1)
    Time in United Kingdom

    • Relative to population, Singapore’s new case count is about double that of the US. It is a little above that of the UK, which of course is a country that has tried to vaccinate heavily. These are two charts I made today, one comparing the COVID case counts, relative to population, of Singapore, the UK, the US, and Israel. The other looks at COVID death counts relative to population for these countries. Everything I can see says that vaccination tends to increase COVID case counts, relative to population. It seems to keep death counts lower, which is what the people making the vaccines are looking at.×588.png×595.png

      By the way, there is a full report from the UK that shows more information about UK cases and antibodies by age group. The report shows that for ages 17 and over, well over 95% of the population is estimated to have antibodies of some type, but less of that 20% of those with antibodies have the type of antibodies that come from actually catching the illness. See charts 4a and 4b.

      • Alex says:

        “Everything I can see says that vaccination tends to increase COVID case counts, relative to population.”

        Once people are vaccinated, they became less paranoid and start functioning semi-normally. Which results in more transmissions of the virus.

        If everyone locked themselves in the basement until the end of the days, there would be zero covid ‘cases’ and zero covid deaths.

        • NomadicBeer says:

          This is misinformation, Alex.

          Unless you have any actual data, this is all lies.
          In most countries it’s the vaxxed that are scared to death and completely paranoid. They don’t function normally and they will never ever do that again.

          Maybe what happens is the govt open up once they reach 80% vaccination because they want people to mix and create new deadly variants.

          See? Unlike your blabbing, this hypothesis (from FE) actually fits the data – even for Australia.

          • Alex says:

            Hmm, am I going to believe people close to me telling me about their relief after being vaccinated and my experience on the streets, in malls, or in public transport, where, apart from mandatory face masks indoors, people behave almost normally?

            Or am I going to believe someone on the internet telling me that I’m lying and blabbing, who then hilariously adds something about intentionally creating new deadly variants?

            Hint: I didn’t compare vaxxed with unvaxxed. I did compare vaxxed with themselves before being vaxxed.

            And if you want actual data, here’s something for you:
            Percentage of U.S. adults that were anxious about COVID-19
            September 2020: 75%
            March/April 2021: 65%

            • Xabier says:

              All the vaccinated I know are pretty much loony compulsive mask-wearers still, it’s most odd.

              The numbers wearing masks in the street is very low now, lower in most shops, but very high in supermarkets.

              I look ’em in their nervous eyes and gets real close to ’em over the frozen brussels sprouts……

        • Student says:

          At this point, what we can say is that we are having success to make this Covid-19 pandemic to last longer than the famous Spanish flu during the 20s, when our scientific knowledge was definitely lower.

          • We had simple treatments then. We didn’t close down society for long periods. I looked at an article published by St. Olaf College (in Northfield, Minnesota, where I got my undergraduate degree) about what happened when the Spanish Flu hit the campus.

            It talks about an early effort, before the flu ever got to the campus, as well as a later effort when 100+ students caught the flu after the November 11 armistice declaration.

            Regarding the early response:

            The college enacted a campus-wide quarantine in the first week of October 2018. Everyone was issued a face mask and expected to wear it when gathering in groups. Fresh air and sunshine were strongly recommended, plus gargling with a mild antiseptic two times a day. [Also, based on other information, not gathering in crowds, and keeping regular hours for sleeping and eating.] By the end of October, 42-year-old Boe [the college president] felt that that college had escaped the flu.”

            In late November, when students became sick, a dorm was converted into a hospital. “Home economics students helped the overworked kitchen staff to prepare soups and ho drinks for the patients. For the students who had completed the course in home nursing, their training was immediately put to use alongside a few professional nurses. They fed the suffering students soup and treated them with aspirin, cough syrup, and camphor oil.”

            Six more cases appeared in early December. Classes were cancelled and the college sent students home for an early holiday break. Classes resumed on January 3, 1919.

            There was a small Spanish flu outbreak later in 1919, but it did not interrupt classes.

            Nowhere does the article mention anyone dying of the Spanish flu. If there had been a high death rate, as in Europe, I am sure this would have been mentioned. There should have been at least 10 deaths, if European death rates had been the case.

            The article notes at the end,

            But the Spanish influenza did not entirely disappear. The virus continued to mutate throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, becoming a seasonal flu that continue to reappear each fall.

            If we had done something similar with COVID-19, it would have been beneficial. A study in Israel seemed to say there was an over 40% benefit from aspirin use for COVID-19 cases. Getting people out in the sunshine ahead of the pandemic would help vitamin D levels. Cough syrup and a topical pain reliever would have helped as well.

            • Xabier says:

              In a short story by Osbert Sitwell, he refers to a persistent terror of flu lasting throughout the 1920’s, and some nasty outbreaks. Psychologically interesting.

          • Alex says:

            What would be the point of making such comparison? The Spanish flu killed 25–50 million people when the global population was 1.8–1.9 billion and the world was much less interconnected.

        • Tim Groves says:

          According to the nice friendly people at the helpful mental health charity MIND:

          What is paranoia?

          Paranoia is thinking and feeling like you are being threatened in some way, even if there is no evidence, or very little evidence, that you are. Paranoid thoughts can also be described as delusions. There are lots of different kinds of threat you might be scared and worried about.

          Paranoid thoughts could also be exaggerated suspicions. For example, someone made a nasty comment about you once, and you believe that they are directing a hate campaign against you.

          Alex, are you saying that many people who opted to vaccinated did so as a result of a delusion about their risk from contracting COVID-19? There is a strong implication in the word paranoid of mental disorder. Do you think people’s decision to vaccinate are based mostly on rational or on irrational assessments of the Covid-19 situation?

          To answer these questions for myself, I feel that many people’s unhesitating rush to get jabbed and their intense fear of developing and passing on Covid-19 are perfectly rational within the context of what they have come to accept as the true situation as a result of intense and incessant government and mass media propaganda.

          However, when the relevant facts are analyzed sufficiently and pieced together into “the big picture”, it emerges that the situation they have been presented with by governments and media is largely fantasy, and from this larger perspective, the eagerness to get jabbed and the fear of the disease are irrational and therefore paranoid.

          Governments and media have turned over half the population into paranoid nervous wrecks.

      • Fred says:

        The metric to watch is all cause deaths. The UK and AUS are both up vs previous years/averages. UK ~14%, AUS ~6% on recent nos.

        COVID stats are obfuscated.

  30. Fast Eddy says:

    Oil Jumps Above $80, Turbocharged by Supply Shortages

    The extended climb in oil prices is leaving some other industrial commodities behind, a divergence that reflects bets that energy supply shortages will offset any slowdown in the global economy. Crude settled at $80.52 a barrel, closing above $80 for the first time since late 2014.

    • CTG says:

      I don’t understand or see any shortages. International flight and tourism is still out.

      Unless… the shortage is due to “insufficient oil”….. huh?

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Like 2007 but without shale coming online…. that’s what I am thinking

      • Alex says:

        “Even as consumers travel and use less fuel, many analysts predict that declining investment in new supply by energy companies will support oil prices. Investors pressure companies […] to limit spending and environmental damage and return money to shareholders. Some are now betting that a global shortage of natural gas and other fuels needed to power homes and businesses will spill over into the oil market.

        High natural gas prices and depleted supplies could prompt some power plants to use oil as an alternative to natural gas for electricity generation, some analysts say. That would boost demand for crude, while traders are ramping up bets that long-term environmental pressures from investors will lead to shortages, boosting momentum.”

  31. Tim Groves says:

    Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi—physician, microbiologist a, infectious disease expert, Renaissance man—has some good news and some bad news.

    The good news is that most of us have a good degree of immunity to SARS-Cov2 based on our past experiences with other coronaviruses. He explains this in detail using simple language and a whiteboard to make it easy for the laity to grasp the salient points. Interestingly, coronaviruses don’t mutate nearly as rapidly as influenza viruses, so our immune systems recognize even novel ones from the get-go and “know” how to fight them.

    While the bad news is that the mRNA vaccines are pathogenic. If you want to know why, watch the vid. If you haven’t been jabbed, well done you! If you’ve had one jab, don’t even think about taking a second. If you’ve had two jabs, eschew the booster(s) or you are going to seriously regret it, and once that happens, Fast Eddy will never stop laughing at you.

    I usually try to avoid posting anything related in any way to Info Wars, but this short presentation is so well done and so essential that I’ve decided to break that rule. Fortunately, Alex Jones does not appear in this. It’s just Prof. Bhakdi and his whiteboard. Watch and listen and you will learn.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      The bad news starts at about the 12min mark….

      • CTG says:

        gasp gasp gasp…. not enough oil……… even without tourism and international flights, we don’t have enough oil??

        OK. this must be (1) serious or (2) a joke. Wake me up….. (slap slap on face).

        So, that is really the case of CEP??

        Can anyone with any data confirming that we are out of oil?

        • Fast Eddy says:

          The Elders and their top minions would have that data…. nobody else

        • geno mir says:

          We are in decreasing energy per capita situation. The peak was in Dec 2018. Since Dec 2018 every energy metric which we can trace and analyze is trending downward.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I think this guy is John Michael Greer…. always entertaining

    • Mrs S says:

      Thank you for this. I do love Prof Sucharit Bhakdi. He explains very clearly. And you can see what a wonderful, gentle soul he is.

      All these courageous medics and scientists speaking out – it’s obvious how deeply, genuinely worried they are. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

      I don’t understand how people can just dismiss them.

    • People say Bakhdi is a German.

      He is a Thai, with no stake in the Western Civilization.

      • TIm Groves says:

        That is perhaps the most ridiculous comment you have ever made. You have no idea how much stake he has in anything.

        And what, pray tell, does his nationality have to do with his personal stake in anything, and what does his personal stake in anything have to do with what he’s saying about the virus and the vax?

    • Duncan Idaho says:

      “is a retired Thai-German microbiologist. In 2020 and 2021 Bhakdi became a prominent source of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that the pandemic was “fake” and that COVID-19 vaccines were going to decimate the world’s population.”

      This is the reason I occasionally view this site.
      A chuckle is always a good thing.

      • i keep finding info like that Duncan—ibut it just upsets people

        • Tim Groves says:

          Doesn’t upset me at all. It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.

          Chauvinistic serial jabbies tend to be weak and cowardly—that’s why they were at the front of the queue to take the shots—so they can hardly be expected to be open to the facts. In the contrary, they need all the reassurance they can get. They need to keep imbibing reassuring lies. This is all psychology 101.

          You don’t want to get too depressed or agitated, Dunc and Norm, what with the huge toxic load, the increased level of inflammation, and the immune system disregulation your bodies are now having to cope with. Better to keep well away from anything factual or fiction that might upset you.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Question– Why does everyone have to be vaccinated?

        Answer– In order to save lives. Vaccines provide immunity which helps in the fight against disease.

        Question– So the vaccines prevent infection?

        Answer– Not exactly, but the vaccines do provide temporary immunity that typically lasts about 6 months.

        Question– Then what?

        Answer– Well, then the public health experts recommend that eligible people– particularly old and immune-compromised people– get a “booster”.

        Question– So, another injection?

        Answer– Yes.

        Question– Has the booster been adapted to the new “Delta” variant that’s spread across the US and the world?

        Answer– No, it hasn’t. It’s the same vaccine as before.

        Question– Then the immunity will be short-lived?

        Answer– Yes, although we can’t be entirely sure. No clinical trials have been conducted on the boosters.

        Question– What? So, we’re flying blind?

        Answer– Yes. Like I said, there have been no additional clinical trials for the boosters, so no one knows for sure.

        Question– But I’ve heard that the more people we inject, the more adaptable the virus becomes which makes the vaccine less effective?

        Answer– That’s true. Mass vaccination with a “leaky” vaccine– that does not completely neutralize the infection– applies “selective pressure” on the virus which promotes the emergence of variants. Immunologists have known this for a long time, in fact, some call it “Virology 101”. Canadian Vaccinologist Dr. Byram Bridle explained this in a recent interview. Here’s what he said:

        “We have to look no further than … the emergence of antibiotic resistance … The principle is this: If you have a biological entity that is prone to mutation — and the SARS-CoV-2, like all coronaviruses is prone to mutation — and you apply narrowly focused selective pressure that is nonlethal, and you do this over a long period of time, this is the recipe for driving the emergence of novel variants.

        This is exactly what we’re doing. Our vaccines are focused on a single (spike) protein of the virus, so the virus only has to alter one protein, and the vaccines don’t come close to providing sterilizing immunity.” (“The Lies behind the pandemic of the unvaxxed”,

        Question– So the vaccines are driving the variants?

        Answer– Yes.

        Question– So soon we will see the emergence of a vaccine-resistant variant?

        Answer– Yes, we will.

        Question– But don’t the vaccine manufacturers know this?

        Answer– You mean, “don’t they understand the basic relationship between viral infection and vaccines”? Yes, they do.

        Question– Then why are they doing it?

        Answer— Great question, but the answer requires alot of research and a fair-amount of guesswork. All I’ll say, is that the authors of this mass vaccination campaign are intentionally driving us towards an even bigger crisis.

        Question– Okay, so what are we going to do when we come across a vaccine-resistant variant?

        Answer– I can’t answer that, but –judging from past experience– another experimental injection will be developed that the public will be forced to take.


      • Minority of One says:

        Let me guess your source – Wikipedia … a prominent source of misinformation, about a lot of things.

  32. Fast Eddy says:

    Will other pilots, such as at American Airlines, follow suit? Rumors are circling that this is only the beginning

    The only way this has any impact would be if there was mass numbers calling in sick … but that would be a bad thing because it would collapse BAU and Ripping Faces would arrive…

    We need that Devil Covid asap … dial it up tony

    • Rodster says:

      I came across a news story that the fear is other companies outside the airlines industry could be looking at workers leaving in mass protests over vaccine mandates. That is a possibility and not a certainty. As I said many times, anger and protests are on the rise and eventually it usually ends in violence because Americans are armed.

    • Part of the Southwest Airlines problem was that they tried to add 13 more destinations to their routes, because they felt that demand was ramping up, and they could meet it. Many of the flights go through Florida, and it had a weather problem. Sunday was also the heaviest amount of traffic. So apparently there were a lot of things going on, simultaneously. It is possible that there were effects related to the vaccine going on, as well, but it is doubtful that it was 100% any one cause.

  33. Sam says:

    Yes ! The earth is not round!

    • geno mir says:

      “…we go around the world spreading ideas of freedom and democracy…”
      I haven’t laugh so hard in a while. In another news, Pol Pot will be awarded (postmortem) with the nobel price for peace next year.
      Otherwise the guy (although chalaenged and uninformed) is right regarding the vaccine mandates.

  34. Fast Eddy says:

    Southwest Blames Cancellations On Worker Shortage, Union Denies ‘Sick-Out’ Over Vaccine Mandate

    MONDAY, OCT 11, 2021 – 06:00 PM
    Update (1800ET): Southwest Airlines has had another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day – as a shortage of workers combined with an air traffic control interruption to bring the total number of canceled flights to nearly 3,100 in four days.

    “Crews were struggling to move and you end up in short order with aircraft and crews in the wrong spot,” said EVP Bob Jordan, adding “It’s really difficult to repair and put those things back together.”

    Speculation over the actual cause of the cancellations has been rampant on social media – with some pilots refuting claims that they were staging a sickout over vaccination mandates, while COPO Mike Van de Ven told employees on Sunday night that it needs to build more of a “staffing cushion” to deal with unexpected disruptions.

    Futile… keep in mind we had months without any passenger flights… so this is a nothing burger

    • Herbie Ficklestein says:

      Has anyone traveled cross country on a Greyhound Bus!? When I was a young man I went from Miami to Aspen Colorado and believe me it is a big deal!😣

      That was my first and last time to do so and was an experience I won’t repeat.
      Airlines travel is a meaty burger and BAU folks are spoiled rotten.
      As for grunt workers for the Airlines…. overwhelming will comply and the Pilots and Mechanic Unions will make a window dressing patch to make it appear of compliance.
      The Government, Big Pharma and Insurance Companies along with Wall Street are too powerful …..
      As for the Pilots, many are near retirement and perhaps they just want a bigger bone thrown their way in their golden parachute… The Greedy Bastards, along with the. mechanics would sell grandma out for a nickel.
      Worried about their medical….

      Sure. Bro, lots to do on layovers

      • Bei Dawei says:

        I did so a number of times, back in the 1990s. I always had a bunch of places I wanted to stop at between the two coasts.

  35. Fast Eddy says:

    Just off the phone with the Covid ‘Helpline’ people … got up to the supervisor as I was trying to find out if I could get an exemption so that when the restrictions hit hard I can still float like a butterfly through life….

    She was digging and digging through her fiels… quite a nice lady with a very pleasant phone voice… as I waited on her I was imagine what she looked like…. fit … hot… pretty… should I ask her if she wants to hook up? Would it be Too Much – given it’s our first phone date???? But then dark thoughts crept in … thoughts of heavy hip bones… and plough contests…

    But then … as the disappointment overwhelmed me … she was back… nothing.

    So then we got to talking … almost like a date… she told me she was there to advise only so has no clinical experience.. she listened patiently as I quoted Rachel Walensky and pointed to the brewing disasters in Israel .. Singapore etc…. she seemed very interested in what I have to say ….

    Knowing she is a busy bee… I decided to cut the discussion off by saying — you know what is really going on here? I said have you seen all these news stories about energy problems around the world – yes she had — hold that thought … brief introduction of Montagnier with a quote about leaky vaccines into a pandemic …. then I informed her that energy has peaked which means collapse is imminent … and the reason ‘they’ are injecting and violating the rules of virology…

    Is that they want to eliminate us — and I told her I completely agree with this — who wants to be around when the power goes off permanently – eh???

    However my concern is what life is like in the meantime… I want to continue ski and skate and go to restaurants and all that jazz … and that is why I am looking for an exemption…

    She didn’t hang up … no doubt processing … and perhaps recognizing that she was speaking to a Mega Genius…. and was honoured….

    She left it with confirming my phone number and promising she’d call back after asking around about the exemption ….

    We parted on fabulous terms… now she is either contemplating a hook up as well… or she is going to report FE to the Covid Looney Division and the men will arrive soon to take me away.

    And I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon wondering if she’s plough material… or VIP lounge material…. I must remember to get her full name next time so I can search for photos … social media accounts… etc….

    • Mrs S says:

      You ought to record these conversations with officials and put them on your website.

      It might raise a much-needed titter.

    • Xabier says:

      Only needs one doctor now, not two, to section someone for mental illness here in the UK, a little change made recently I believe….

  36. nikoB says:

    New branding for vaccination status released.

  37. Ed says:

    Can someone from UK explain why can’t you just give NI independence (throw it under the bus) and be done with it?

    • Jarle says:

      Russia sees Crim as Russia = bad.
      UK (England) sees NI as UK (England) = good.

    • Malcopian says:

      I’m sure you’ve asked this question before, Ed. The UK partitioned Ireland back in 1921, to appease the Protestants of Northern Ireland. It should never have done that, IMO, but there you have it.

      Anyway, the full title of the Conservative Party is the Conservative and Unionist party. The Tories believe in the Union. It is part of their ideology. In any case, you can’t just throw countries under the bus in terms of international treaties. The US played a role in the Good Friday Agreement, and Biden still wants to see it honoured. The US also has many people of Irish ancestry who want to see fair play for NI and Ireland in general. The UK – even Boris – cannot ignore international opinion entirely,

      The only two options in play for NI are for it to remain part of the Union (the UK) or to be reunified with Ireland proper. I have never heard anybody suggest an independent NI. Nor have I seen any polls done on how many people of NI would go for that option.

      So, the UK has responsibilities. Granted, opinion polls have shown that a lot of Conservative and other voters would not mind (and in fact would be relieved, myself included) if NI left the Union. I daresay there are some Conservative MPs who also think the same, in private, though they would never say so in public.

      NI receives a lot of subsidy from the UK. The people of NI would be worried about losing that if they became independent. They are also fond of the NHS and worry about losing it. I do not know the health arrangements of the Republic, but they are not as favourable, so I have heard.

      Look at how difficult is has been for a region in Western Europe to secede. The problems of Flanders, Catalonia, and Quebec still rumble on from time to time. It’s not so easy. But if it happens, it has to be done responsibly. But yes, I agree, it would make things much easier for us her in the UK (on the mainland), if NI departed.

      Where are you from, Ed? And what is your opinion?

      • Ed says:

        I from New York State in US. I have no Irish connection of any kind. I find the complex web of history and detail mind boggling.

      • Algeria was an integral part of France. The regions of Algiers, Oran and Constantine were firmly entrenched, and as late as 1946 , when Camus wrote the Plague, he said “Oran is just a provincial capital of France.”

        Until De Gaulle said it is not.

        NI will be abandoned, whether you like or not, and the Protestants will fight, but will probably face the same fate which befell to the Tamils in Ceylon.

        • Malcopian says:

          “NI will be abandoned, whether you like or not, and the Protestants will fight”

          True, but the Protestants will not fight. There are too few of them. They will move to England or Scotland, or else stay put and adapt.

          I remember reading an article by some Scots Nat circa 2006, which stated that Britain had lost its empire, and now it was the turn of the English empire to collapse. By which he meant the Celtic nations of the UK becoming independent. So far, history is moving in his direction. I just wish I could remember his name and find the reference again.

        • Algeria was NOT an integral part of France. In Algeria, Arabic and berberic indigenous people were never granted the citizenship of France. When Camus wrote “Oran is just a provincial capital of France.” he meant it from a French settler point of view.

          I don’t think you can compare Algeria and NI, unless you admit unionists are former English invaders, with Norman artistocratic names like Fitzgerald, who took the lands, and separatists are indigenous true Irish Keltic people who were their land and their rights stolen.
          Algeria had been conquered for only about one century. It compares more to India than to NI I think.

          • At least the three Mediterranean regions of Algeria was considered as a full part of France and was not treated any differently.

            NI’s history is more complicated, I have to agree, but if London decides to abandon it, any tradition the Protestants might have had there will be simply ignored.

        • Kulm> De Gaulle was rational nationalist not doctrinaire idealist first. So, he triaged out Algeria, thus getting few extra ~good decades for France. And that’s basically confirmed beyond any doubt by the several unsuccessful globobankster plots to wipe him off. Then came the flowerpower dupes.. and FR went gradually downhill pretty fast..

    • Bei Dawei says:

      Legally speaking, I think the rest of the UK would have to declare independence, leaving NI behind.

    • Mrs S says:

      As someone from the UK I can state categorically that most people don’t give a monkeys about NI and would be happy for it to be independent.

      Apparently there are significant numbers of NI residents who want to remain part of the UK, though.

  38. Mirror on the wall says:

    Yes, it is OK, decent light entertainment.

    The implication seemed to be that Christianity is a secondhand ‘revelation’ given by aliens, who were depicted as messengers (angels) ‘of light’, who gave ‘prophesies’ about the world being destroyed ‘by fire’, and with ‘little children’ being ‘chosen’ for a new life in the ‘heavens’. The movie did not labour the theme, it was lightly hinted at. Religious viewers no doubt felt an affinity with the ‘end times’ themes.

  39. Jarle says:

    0) Until 2020 no one was able to make a vaccine against Corona viruses,

    1) then suddenly a handful of companies did it just like that.

    2) Then came a rush to get the public to have the shot.

    3) Then we were told that one shot aren’t enough, we need a second shot.

    4) Then we’re told that two shots aren’t enough, we need a third shot.

    For ¤%#! sake, if the alarm clocks aren’t ringing then please check the wiring!

    • Jarle says:

      For the record: I have never had a flu shot and I sure as h won’t go anywhere near the “corona vaccine”.

      • NomadicBeer says:

        you have to understand that most people live in the “eternal now”. They can change their opinions overnight if the MSM tells them to. They will forget today what happened yesterday. I think “1984” got close but even Orwell could not imagine how easy it is to control panicky hairless monkeys.

        Even these comments for Gail’s post have a kabuki theatre feel to them.
        The MSM troll squad (Mike, Duncan, Bei etc) will never reply to any info related to vaccine problems, or censorship or authoritarianism.
        Instead they and FE will talk past each other. There is never a debate pro/con on Canadian govt becoming totalitarian for example. Or what about the breakthrough cases having 2% (or 4%?) mortality? Crickets…

        It’s like one of those medieval danses where people dance in line then go through the other line but they never touch.

        In a way, that is Gail’s secret to success – people can pour their hearts out, nobody will contradict them (or hear them) but at least they can relax for another day.

        • Xabier says:

          Good points, Nomadic.

          The ‘vaxx effectiveness’ debate distracts from the jaws of the new Digital-Totalitarianism which are so obviously closing around us.

          The planners are perfectly happy for us to wrangle fruitlessly over such issues.

        • Adam says:

          I am subject to the Canadian Gov. totalitarianism.

          • Tim Groves says:

            I can’t free you from the evils of Trudeauism in a day, but I may be able to give you a few moments of uncontrollable belly laughter.

    • David Proudfoot says:

      Jarle, the main and only reason there was no vaccine for this Covid virus before 2020 is that the virus did not exist before then. It is no surprise that companies made it after the virus made people sick. Since the virus is new scientists are measuring how it reacts to the new vaccine. They could not do that before 2020 since it did not exist before 2020. I hope the vaccine works forever but it is similar to other viruses that mutate. We might need boosters just like we get flu boosters.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I highly recommend this

        Feds Race to Make SARS Vaccine

        Developing a vaccine often takes a couple of decades or longer, but the federal government is aiming to develop a SARS vaccine in just three years. Scientists at the Vaccine Research Center are attacking the problem on several fronts, although some question whether a SARS vaccine is even possible.

      • Jarle says:

        “Jarle, the main and only reason there was no vaccine for this Covid virus before 2020 is that the virus did not exist before then.”

        I wrote *Corona viruses* …

      • geno mir says:

        DAvid, Jarle wrote ‘corona viruses’. Corona viruses are big family of RNA viruses and about 15% of the so called seasonal flu is indeed different corona viruses. In addition SARS/MERS are also corona viruses andwe have occasional local epidemics of those for the last 20 years.
        Jarle is right that for the alst 20 years no phrma company or acedemia research fascility were able to invent vaccine against any corona virus.

    • Jarle says:

      alarm *bells* …

    • Trousers says:

      Flu is a Coronavirus and we’ve had shots against that for years.

      And we need annual booster shots for that to remain effective too.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Oh but this is very different – we do not vaccinate billions of people with the flu vaccine in the midst of a pandemic …. also the flu vaccine is not MRNA and it has been fully tested … it also does not kills and maim millions

        Try reading up on this before you post further MOREONIC comments

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

      • Yorchichan says:

        Flu is a Coronavirus

        Coronaviruses and influenza viruses are different types of viruses. Jarle is correct in writing there were no coronavirus vaccines until 2020.

      • geno mir says:

        @Trouers: Flu is comprised of different viruses, it is not one homegnous disease with single causing agent. Different corona viruses make about 15% of the so called flu but not even a single marketed flu shot is providing immunity against those corona ‘flu’ viruses. Most of the flu shots are providing immunity for the influenza viruses (mainly human influenza viruses from group A and B and sometimes group C) which are part of Orthomyxoviridae family.

  40. Fast Eddy says:

    FE response to the ‘lights out protest’

    Oh … like people do on Earth Day … and that has stopped 8 billion from paving over the planet…. I am sure this will be similarly successful….

    If only the Vietnamese would have been aware of this strategy they could have thrown the French and Americans out without a bullet being fired too 🙂

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    Hilarious … I joined the Signal group for anti covid stuff in nz … things are heating up as the mandates arrive….

    This is HILARIOUS!!! Don’t people shut their lights on Earth Day too? That has been extremely effective in reducing environmental destruction

    Hahahahaha….. A WORLD OF MOREONS!!!!

    Andrew, [12.10.21 10:47]
    I saw this people might like to do – “Hey peeps just thought I would mention the silent global protest happening today
    2pm NZT
    Turn off all your devices which you can be tracked or monitored (like devices with Siri or Google and Facebook which they send adverts through by monitoring your algorithms) and turn off all power for 21 minutes.
    See below
    Have you heard of this movement, Share the heck out of it.
    Subject: Worldwide protest… where you are… (translation)
    Black Out
    21 minutes
    On October 12, 2021, we want to simultaneously do a global blackout of 21 minutes, to show our strength.
    At the same time, we all shut off the electricity and switch off phones, mobiles, social networks (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.). It is our protest against the regulations, the restrictions of fundamental laws related to the C * virus. People around the world who want to end the mask requirement, social distancing, coercion of children or mandatory vaccination can use it to show resistance. We must turn off all users of electricity, cell phones, the Internet and other electronic devices. We will do this on October 12, 2021, we will turn off all devices for 21 minutes Auckland or NZ between 2:00 p.m. till 2:21 p.m. and cut off all power.
    There is no need to take to the streets, just turn off everything they use to control us. It is an expression of our strength, solidarity and moral courage regarding measures related to the C * virus. Let’s all show our strength. Stop time and use the 21 minutes for yourself, your family, to relax or for your own thoughts.
    Illuminate the darkness,and send Love All over the world ~ “Illuminate the darkness”.
    Fixed hours:

    • Azure Kingfisher says:

      “We must turn off all users of electricity, cell phones, the Internet and other electronic devices. We will do this on October 12, 2021, we will turn off all devices for 21 minutes Auckland or NZ between 2:00 p.m. till 2:21 p.m. and cut off all power.”

      Reducing energy consumption as a form of protest? I think Greta would be proud.

    • Jarle says:

      “There is no need to take to the streets, just turn off everything they use to control us.”

      If we did it on a regular basis then it would work, for 21 minutes bollocks it won’t!

      • Fast Eddy says:

        If only they had nuclear weapons… and had a finger on the launch button.

        But they don’t

        • Ed says:

          or at least had guns

          maybe US submarines can land some for the resistance in both AU and NZ

          Of course the correct move is to first destroy the air force and air defenses. Then with control of the air US forces can drop needed weapons to the freedom fights in AU and NZ.

  42. Student says:

    The world is in complete madness.
    In EU, as vaccines Astraz…ca has proved to be rather dangerous, it has been decided to go on only with mRNA vaccines.
    Therefore third (and fourth?) doses will be done only with mRNA vaccines.
    In Israel, as probably mRNA vaccines have proved to be rather dangerous, it has been decided to go with Astraz…ca for third (and fourth?) doses to those who experienced adverse reaction with mRNA vaccines.

    These probably demonstrates that (maybe not only one applies):
    1) They have no idea of what they are doing
    2) All Covid vaccines are rather dangerous
    3) They want to go on anyway with ‘the plan’, but they need to demonstrate to the public that they are taking some precautions to avoid personal injury

  43. Minority of One says:

    Stew Peter’s latest interview is with another nurse in the USA. I stopped watching at 15min, it is not much longer, but she gives the impression that being a patient in a US hospital, at least hers, could be a death sentence.

    Nurse: [unvaxxed] sedated patients at risk of jab

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Excellent video – she insists that vaxxed people are being admitted but not being labelled covid – instead they label then pneumonia….

      This is really exciting stuff!

  44. Minority of One says:

    I admit this seems so far-fetched it looks like twaddle. Maybe, but I doubt this is the last we will hear of it. Polish scientist Dr. Franc Zalewksi has also found micro-organisms in vials that look like ‘The Thing’ (small head, three legs).

    This is a review of Dr. Zalewski’s video:
    More Sickening COVID Vaccine Findings: Dr. Franc Zalewski Finds “Aluminium Lifeform” Tentacled Parasite in Pfizer Vaccine; Vaccine Parasites Found in Vaccinated Blood, Causing Blood Clots, Heart Issues

    and this is the video (just under 15 min, a bit waffely, in polish with English sub-titles)

      • Mrs S says:

        I looked at your link, Minority, and it’s way worse than the Carrie Madej video.

        Dr Zalewski believes the eggs of these life-forms are in 1 in 3 vials.

        Unfortunately this technology is not science fiction:

        “Biohybrid microrobots, composed of a living organism integrated with an artificial carrier, offer great advantages for the miniaturization of devices with onboard actuation, sensing, and control functionalities and can perform multiple tasks, including manipulation, cargo delivery, and targeting, at nano- and microscales. Over the past decade, various microorganisms and artificial carriers have been integrated to develop unique biohybrid microrobots that can swim or crawl inside the body”


        “A new study in the journal Science Robotics, by a team from China, involves a bio-hybrid microbot that functions like a Trojan horse. To trick the immune system and sneak through the blood brain barrier, the researchers in this study created their bio-hybrid microbots – which they describe as “neutrobots”

        • what would be the ultimate purpose of putting these ‘life forms’ into human beings?

          • Mrs S says:

            No idea, Norman.

            The people in the cattle trucks were also probably wondering “But what would be the ultimate purpose of herding all of us onto cattle trucks?”

            Keep wondering.

            I’m sure it’ll become clear sooner or later.

            • Xabier says:

              Excellent advice, Mrs S.

              Norman has an open and enquiring mind, as we all know…..

            • the people in cattle trucks knew the purpose, because jews had been persecuted for centuries in one way or other.

              persecution in one era was always within living memory of the previous one.

              dont you think injecting micro bio hybrid life forms into all of us might be a little far fetched?

            • Xabier says:

              No Norman, the people on the trucks could not guess at the immense scale of the crime which was being committed against them.

              Even after seeing the smoking chimneys, getting covered with falling ash, being told by other Jews what was going on, many refused to believe the evidence.

              The ones who were killed quickly were hustled so fast so they had no time to take anything in – just like the mass vaxx campaign.

              Makes me think of a customer in his 70’s who praised the ‘speed and efficiency’ with which he was injected……..

              We should be smarter than the innocents of the 1940’s, as we have the historical record to consult, even videos of the very people who suffered.

            • Tim Groves says:

              “dont you think injecting micro bio hybrid life forms into all of us might be a little far fetched?”

              I think it might be over the top, but I wouldn’t put anything past the people organizing this scheme.

              On the other hand, if they can fake the moon landings, they can certainly fake a few nano-lifeforms swimming around in what is purported to be vaccine fluid.

              I would be far more concerned about the toxicity of the spike proteins that the jabs program human cells to produce, their cumulative effect of over-stimulating the immune system and their potential to precipitate thrombosis and cause autoimmune disease. The results so far should be enough to make governments, physicians and potential recipients call a halt to any further injections of mRNA therapeutics.

            • there we go on the they again

              why can’t i be one of they

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Keep in mind… the PR Team is clever… they have no problem with creating nonsensical conspiracies… so that they can lump all the conspiracies into one bucket of slop and toss everything in the bin… very clever indeed.

            • Tim Groves says:

              As a cooperative and supportive citizen, you are a vital cog in their machine. You have internalized the ideology that they are projecting. You can be satisfied with that situation.

              Long ago, when you stopped believing in God, something else far worse was bound to come along to fill the void, and in your case what came along was a belief in the validity of whatever worldview they constructed and instructed you to believe in.

              Naively and uncritically, you accept the framework of reality presented to you daily in the legacy mainstream media, with a level of trust typically exhibited by a child.

              When I was fifteen, I was a proud Guardian reader who looked down at his father for reading the Sun and the Mirror, and for me the science was whatever the experts published in Nature or the Scientific American said it was. So I’ve been where you are now. I know what it’s like to be hypnotized by manufactured consent and enmeshed in consensus trance.

            • JMS says:

              Tim, politically we only reach maturity when and if we understand that there is no more truth in the Guardian than in the Sun. In my case, slow as i am, only after I was 30 did I begin to realize that both, or their equivalents, serve exactly the same purposes and the same masters.

        • Xabier says:

          Another instance of technology far exceeding the moral and spiritual capacity of its creators and sponsors.

          The tool-making, information-manipulating, ape is now very far along the slipway which ends in the waters of self-extinction….

          Mass trials, under the cover of benevolent mass-vaccination, would obviously be very welcome to these people; and can we trust that they would scruple to do so? I think not.

          • In this moment as we speak there is a demonstration in front of French Senate against them discussing (applying?) forced vaxx mandate, low hundreds in attendance.. People simply like their subjugation apparently.

            At this pace of events one has to question the not so long ago discussed ~2025-27 thresholds to major multi spectral change for the worse as wildly uber-naive proposal..

            Also, the “Greeks” on the Duran ytch just ran two part series about the smack down over that dissenting nucleus countries inside the EU: Austrian and Czech govs effectively fallen in recent days, now the path for direct attack on Poland and Hungary is wide open; Slovakia was derailed few yrs ago already; this loose grouping was shaping as the so-called “V4+” block of countries. Mind you, it was mostly shallow dissent to EU/WEF policies anyway, nevertheless crushed mercilessly.. Besides Italy derailed previously, France marching on weekends only, lol..

            “Prison planned net” here we go..

            • Xabier says:

              In hoping for no great change, except steady deterioration, until 2025-30 we were ridiculously optimistic it seems.

              But then, ‘no one expected the Covid Inquisition’…….

              If the decline hadn’t been pre-empted by the WEF silent coup d’etat in late 2019, might we have been more or less right after all?

            • Exactly, I think even on this forum we are just slowly coming to terms with the real situation.

        • As far as I can see, these weren’t really vaccine vials, if the first two had only saline solution in them. Perhaps they were saline solution that was to be mixed with the actual vaccine. Somehow, one of the vials somehow got contaminated with something unusual. It is hard to tell, with a sample of one.

          I would rather take my reports of strange creatures from groups like the German symposium trying to look at this issue.

    • Xabier says:

      The strange life forms wearing suits or bland jumpers worry me just as much, if not more….

  45. Mirror on the wall says:

    Spiked have picked up on the neo-feudal class basis of environmentalism. It always had that base of support since its origins in pre-war Germany. It was always rooted in a reactionary Romanticism. But ‘necessity’ might also be called ‘the mother of dis-invention’, and European societies may be headed that way on energetic grounds anyway, whether anyone likes it or not. It might be a mistake to suppose that the economic base is ordered to ideology, rather than vice versa.

    > Prince Charles and the green counter-revolution

    Environmentalism wants to turn back the clock. No wonder royals and aristocrats love it.

    …. Charles is nothing if not out of touch. Walking around his Balmoral estate, he explains the sacrifices he has made to help the environment, including eating less meat. He has also had his 50-year-old Aston Martin refitted so it can be fuelled by surplus white wine and whey, taken from the production of cheese. There are few better metaphors for the absurdity and elitism of environmentalism than a prince funnelling Pinot and Camembert into his vintage auto.

    The Prince of Wales is just one of many royals and aristocrats who are paid-up members of the environmentalist movement. In 2019, Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, daughter of Leopold III, was arrested while taking part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London. Last year, Lady Dido Berkeley was cleared of charges after lying in the road during climate-change protests. There’s also Tamsin Omond, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, who is the grandchild of a baronet.

    The princes and the toffs are moving in the same political circles as the greens. This should come as no surprise to us. The sweeping changes that climate-change activists demand would be disastrous for the masses, but wouldn’t cause the elites any real problems. The wealthy don’t need to worry about the impact of green policies on their jobs, their incomes or their cost of living.

    What’s more, these aristo-greens seem to long for some kind of pre-industrial idyll. For a feudal utopia without mass production and consumption. For a green and pleasant land untarnished by dark, Satanic mills. For the good old days of noblesse oblige, when lords, serfs and nature lived ‘harmoniously’ and all had a jolly nice time.

    Greta Thunberg made the feudal bent of environmentalism clear last month, when she attacked the Industrial Revolution. ‘The UK has an enormous historical responsibility’ for carbon emissions, she said, because ‘the climate crisis… more or less started in the UK, since that’s where the Industrial Revolution started’.

    The Industrial Revolution was not some kind of catastrophe for which Brits should be ashamed. It was a transformation of society that gave birth to a better world. It produced wealth on a scale previously unimaginable. It was the death knell for a stifling feudal order, in which vast swathes of the population had little to live for. And it was the bell chime for a new age of growing prosperity, better health, better education and greater democracy.

    Environmentalism has become a kind of counter-revolution, against the gains of modernity. No wonder the heir to the throne is onboard.

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