Is it possible that the world is approaching end times?

I frequently write that the world economy is, in physics terms, a dissipative structure that is powered by energy. It can grow for a time, but eventually it reaches limits of many kinds. Ultimately, it can be expected to stop growing and collapse.

It seems to me that the world economy is showing signs that it has reached a turning point. Economic growth stopped in 2020 and is having trouble restarting in 2021. Fossil fuel energy of all types (oil, coal and natural gas) is in short supply, relative to the world’s huge population. Ultimately, this inadequate energy supply can be expected to pull the world economy toward collapse.

The world economy doesn’t behave the way most people would expect. Standard modeling approaches miss the point that economies require adequate supplies of energy products of the right kinds, provided at the right times of day and year, if they are to keep from collapsing. Shortages are not necessarily marked by high prices; prices that are too low for producers will bring down the energy supply quickly. A collapse may occur due to inadequate demand; in fact, such a scenario is described in Revelation 18.

As strange as it may seem, we may be approaching what some of us would think of as end times, if our economy collapses for lack of cheap-to-produce energy supplies. In this post, I will try to explain what is happening.

[1] In some ways, the self-organizing economy is like a child’s building toy that, with the use of human energy, can be built up to higher and higher levels.

Figure 1. Thought map by Gail Tverberg.

The economy is gradually built up by the addition of new customers, new businesses and new products. Governments play a role as well, adding new infrastructure, laws and taxes. Adequate wages for employees are important because, to a significant extent, employees are also consumers of goods and services made by the economy.

Adequate energy supplies of the right types are terribly important because every process used by the economy requires energy, even if the only energy used is electricity to light a light bulb or operate a computer. Heating and cooling require energy, as does transportation.

Human energy is an important part of the economy, as well. Humans eat food to provide them with energy. An individual human’s own energy output is relatively tiny; it is about equal to the output of a 100-watt light bulb. With the use of supplemental energy of various kinds, humans can do many tasks that would not be possible otherwise, such as cooking food, creating metals from ores, heating homes, and building cars and trucks.

The economy cannot “go backwards” because, if a product is no longer needed, it will no longer be produced. The economy represented by Figure 1 is in some sense hollow inside. For example, once people started using automobiles, buggy whips were no longer made. If cities went back to using horses as their main means of transport, we would need manure removal services. These, too, would be missing.

[2] Another way of thinking about the world economy is that it is somewhat like a rocket that needs fuel. It also has waste outputs. Both of these limit the growth of the world economy.

Figure 2. Chart by Gail Tverberg.

The economy uses a wide array of inputs. At the same time, it produces a whole host of undesirable outputs. Inputs need to be inexpensive to produce, or citizens will not be able to afford the goods and services made by the system. The waste outputs cannot become too significant, or they can lead the economy to fail. In fact, with the world’s growing population, we seem to be reaching many limits with respect to both inputs and undesirable outputs, simultaneously.

[3] Strangely enough, the major energy limit that the world economy is hitting seems to be “energy prices that do not rise high enough for producers.”

This energy limit is exactly the opposite of what most people are looking for. They assume that “demand” will always rise. In fact, the cost of production of energy products keeps rising because the easy to produce energy products are produced first. It is the market prices that energy products can be sold for that do not rise adequately.

When we trace the problem back, we discover that the problem with prices arises from the equivalence between producers of goods and services and consumers of goods and services indicated on Figure 1. In order to have enough “demand” to keep energy prices high enough for providers, it turns out that even the very low wage people in the world economy need to be able to afford necessities such as food, water, clothing, basic housing and transportation. In fact, if the cost of extracting fossil fuels rises too quickly because of depletion, or if the cost of getting renewable electricity into a form in which it is useful for society rises too much, there may be a situation when even a price based on full demand from all consumers is too low for energy producers.

Let’s define “return on human labor” as what a person without advanced training can earn by selling his physical labor as unskilled labor. Rather than dollar or euro terms, wages need to be thought of in terms of the physical goods and services that these wages can purchase. If supplemental energy per capita is rising rapidly, the return on human labor tends to rise. This happens because with higher energy consumption, humans can have more tools and technology requiring energy at their command. For example, the period between 1950 and 1970 was a time when energy consumption was rising rapidly. It was also a time of rising standards of living, even for workers without advanced training.

Figure 3. World per capita energy consumption, with the 1950-1980 period of rapid growth highlighted. World Energy Consumption by Source, based on Vaclav Smil’s estimates from Energy Transitions: History, Requirements and Prospects (Appendix) together with BP Statistical Data for 1965 and subsequent years, divided by population estimates by Angus Maddison.

The world economy can be expected to run into a major problem once supplemental energy consumption per capita starts falling because then human labor is necessarily less leveraged by fewer machines, such as trucks and airplanes. In total, fewer goods and services can be produced.

If energy supply is inadequate, businesses often find it advantageous to substitute computers or other machines for some work previously done by low paid workers. While these machines use a little energy in their operation, they do not need food, housing or transportation the way human workers do. With fewer actual workers, demand for finished goods and services tends to fall, pushing commodity prices, including those for fossil fuels, down. This further adds to the low-price problem.

It is the lack of jobs that pay well that tends to hold down commodity prices below the prices producers require. Ultimately, it is the lack of sufficient jobs that pay well that tends to bring the whole economy down. Most researchers have missed this important point.

[4] In the period leading up to collapse, wages fail to rise with the cost of required services. This leads to increasingly unhappy workers. Healthcare costs and college costs are especially problematic, because their costs have been rising faster than costs in general.

Figure 4. Illustrates the issue that seems to be occurring:

Figure 4. Chart from Washington Post based on a Cost-of-Thriving analysis by Oren Cass.

When energy consumption per capita is growing rapidly, the economy adds items that were not previously considered necessary. Instead of a basic education for all being sufficient, advanced education (often paid for by the student) becomes necessary for many jobs. Healthcare costs keep rising rapidly, making it more difficult to make wages cover all necessary expenses (Figure 4).

We can see additional evidence that workers have been tending to get poorer in recent years by looking at the trend in the number of light vehicles purchased. With rising population, a person would expect the number of automobiles sold to increase, year after year, if citizens found their incomes as adequate as in the past. Instead, we see a pattern of falling automobile sales, practically everywhere, starting well before 2020. For example, peak light vehicle sales in China occurred in 2017.

Figure 5. Auto sales by country based on data of

[5] An increase in debt can temporarily be used to hide both inadequate inexpensive-to-produce energy supply and inadequate wages of workers, but we seem to be reaching limits using this approach to hide energy problems.

The last time the world had relatively stable low oil prices was in the years prior to 1973. As noted previously, low energy prices tend to make finished goods, such as homes and cars, inexpensive to buy and operate. Thus, they tend to be affordable.

Figure 6. Inflation-adjusted oil prices based on data of BP’s 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy.

The big issue if oil and other prices rise very high is that the selling prices of goods and services tend to rise too high to be affordable to consumers. The workaround that was developed to fix this unaffordability problem was to change the economy to use more debt. To be affordable, interest rates had to fall lower and lower. Peak interest rates occurred in 1981; they have been trending downward since then.

Figure 7. 10-Year US Treasury and 3-Month Treasury yields, through November 2021. Chart by St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED).

If debt at ever-lower interest rates is available, assets such as homes, farmland, factories and shares of stock become more affordable, allowing prices of these assets to rise. Owners of these assets feel wealthier. In fact, they may borrow more money against the inflated price of these assets and use this money to buy more goods and services made with commodities, thus helping to raise commodity prices. The lower interest rates make the purchase of automobiles more affordable as well, helping to raise the price of commodities used to make and operate automobiles.

There is a limit on how low these interest rates can go, however, especially if inflation is a problem. Current interest rates seem to be down near where they were during the Great Depression of the 1930s. This suggests that the economy is truly doing very poorly.

Today, Brent oil prices are about $69 per barrel. This price is not high enough for producers to want to prepare more fields for drilling. As far as I can see, the price needs to be up in the range of $120 per barrel, and stay there for many years, for oil producers to consider putting major effort into developing more fields. Natural gas and coal have similar low-price problems.

While governments cannot seem to be able to fix the low-price problem for fossil fuels, they can find ways to pay their citizens money for doing nothing, or next to nothing. These payments will add to a government’s debt, but they don’t really produce more goods and services. What these payments tend to produce is inflation in the prices of goods and services that are available.

Over time, we can expect the lack of growth in energy supply to lead to an increasing number of broken supply lines. Without long-term high-price guarantees, producers will not be willing to increase production. Without adequate fuel supply, an increasing number of products will disappear from the shelves of stores. A smaller number of people will have jobs, especially jobs that pay well. The economy can be expected to head in the direction of collapse.

We can think of debt as a promise of future goods and services, made with future energy production. If energy supplies are rising rapidly and can be expected to continue to rise rapidly in the future, this promise can be expected to hold. Of course, if energy supplies start falling, all bets are off. Supply lines are likely to break. We consider money and other securities issued by governments to be a “store of value,” but, if there is little to buy (for example, all international flights are cancelled and automobiles of the desired type are permanently out of stock), its ability to act as a store of value will start to disappear. If the economy collapses completely, neither stocks nor bonds will have value.

[6] Nothing happens for a single reason in a self-organizing economy. Lack of energy affects every part of the economy, from jobs to finished output, almost simultaneously.

In a self-organizing economy, everything is interconnected. Inadequate energy per capita leads to low selling prices for commodities of all kinds. Inadequate energy per capita also leads to low wages for workers, low benefits provided by governments, and uprisings to protest these low wages and benefits. These uprisings began in 2019 or even earlier.

The unhappiness of workers leads to the election of increasingly radical politicians, in the hope that something can be done to fix the problems. There are basically not enough goods and services to go around, but no one wants to admit that this could be a problem.

[7] Citizens cannot imagine a declining and eventually collapsing economy. Businesses, governments and individual citizens all demand “happily ever after futures.”

Figure 8. Chart by Gail Tverberg. Amounts through 2020 based on an analysis of historical energy consumption using the same sources as those used in Figure 3.

If there is a history of growth, nearly everyone is happier if forecasts pretend that economic growth can continue forever. Newspapers want such stories, because this is what their advertisers, such as automakers, want. Automobiles need to be usable for a long period in the future. Universities want favorable forecasts because they want their students to believe that their degrees will have great future value. Politicians want a story of growth forever, because this is what voters want and expect. They have come to believe that governments can save them from all problems; there is no longer any need for religion.

As energy supplies get scarce, the rich tend to become richer and the poor tend to become poorer. François Roddier explains that this is because of the physics of the situation. Wealthy individuals and corporations discover that they have a rapidly growing ability to influence the narrative provided by Mainstream Media. If influential citizens and groups want citizens to hear a “happily ever after ending” to our current problems, they can make certain that this is the predominant narrative of Mainstream Media. It is only people who are willing to hear sources outside of the mainstream who can learn what is really happening.

The fact that the world economy would run into energy limits about now has been known for a very long time. For example, US Navy Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover talks about the close connection between energy and the economy in this 1957 speech. He points out that the world is likely to run short of fossil fuel by 2050. Later modeling documented in the 1972 book The Limits to Growth indicated that the world economy was likely to collapse in a similar timeframe. The modeling done in that analysis considered rising population relative to total resources, without looking at energy resources separately.

[8] It is easy to create models that predict growth will continue forever, even if the physics of the situation says this is not possible.

Economists provide their work to politicians. They certainly cannot provide forecasts of a coming calamity such as economic collapse. They also are unaware of the physics of the situation, even though many researchers have been writing about the issue from a physics point of view since at least the mid-1980s.

Economists have chosen instead to make models that assume no limits are ahead. They seem to assume that all problems will be fixed by innovation, substitution and the pricing mechanism. They produce forecasts suggesting that the economy can grow endlessly in the future. Based on these forecasts, they provide input to models that reach the conclusion that amazingly large amounts of fossil fuels will be extracted in the future. Based on these nonsensical models, our problem is not the near-term limits that we are reaching; instead, our chief problem is climate change. Its impacts occur mostly in the future.

A corollary to this belief system is that it is we humans who are in charge and not the laws of physics. We can expect governments to protect us. We don’t need any outside help from a literal Higher Power who created the laws of physics. We need to listen to what the authorities on earth tell us. In fact, in troubled times, governments need more authority over their citizens. The many concerns regarding COVID-19 make it easy for governments to increase their control over citizens. We are told that it is only by following the mandates of governments that we will get through this strange time.

With nearly everyone on board with the idea that somehow the story of near-term collapse must be avoided at all costs, every part of the economy bases its actions on the narrative that the world economy is voluntarily moving away from fossil fuels. In this narrative, renewables will save us; electric vehicles are the way of the future; the world economy can continue to grow, but in a new way.

In fact, we are colliding with resource limits, right now. This seems to be what produced the bizarre situation experienced in 2020.

[9] As 2020 began, many sectors of the world economy were squeezed simultaneously. With limited energy resources, large parts of the economy needed to be cut back. The self-organizing economy acted in a very strange way. Shutdowns supposedly aimed at stopping COVID-19 from spreading acted very much like energy rationing, without mentioning the world’s energy problem.

Figure 9. World per capita energy supply by type of fuel, based on BP 2021 Statistical Review of World Energy data.

Several years before 2020, it should have been clear that the world economy was doing very poorly based on the continued need for very low interest rates (Figure 7) and Quantitative Easing. China, in particular, was doing poorly, as indicated by its low sales of automobiles (Figure 5). Of course, China doesn’t broadcast its problems to the rest of the world, so few people were aware of this issue.

China had been able to boost the world’s per capita supply of inexpensive-to-produce energy by ramping up its coal production after it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. (Note the world ramp-up in coal, starting after 2001, on Figure 9.) Unfortunately, because of depletion, China’s coal production since 2013 has been close to flat. Furthermore, China had had a big recycling business, but discontinued it effective January 1, 2018. Discontinuation of this program was necessary because oil prices had fallen in 2014 and had never recovered to their former level. With low oil prices, most recycling in China made no sense economically. The loss of jobs from recycling and cutbacks in coal operations no doubt contributed to the declining sale of vehicles in China.

In the years before 2020, another big issue was that the wages of many workers were not keeping up with the rising cost of living. Figure 4 illustrates this issue for the US. The problem was especially acute for lower wage workers. During this period, the prices of many commodities were too low for producers. This led to layoffs and low wages for workers.

In early 2020, the world became aware of a new coronavirus that had been identified in China. The response to this new illness was very strange, compared to how previous pandemics had been handled. The response looked a great deal like intentionally scaring people (especially older people) into staying at home. If this were done, much less oil could be used. Natural gas and coal consumption could be reduced, as well.

This story is perhaps not so strange if we look at it in context. On January 8, 2020, I wrote that we should be expecting recession and low oil prices in 2020. I included this oil price chart.

Figure 10. Inflation adjusted weekly average Brent oil price, based on EIA oil spot prices and US CPI-urban inflation.

On January 29, I wrote, It is easy to overreact to a coronavirus. In this article, I pointed out that the economy already seemed to be headed in the direction of recession. Shutdowns would only make the problem worse.

Politicians choosing to shut down their economies in early 2020 were likely not aware that the real underlying problem within their economy was inadequate availability of inexpensive-to-produce energy. They were aware that China had decided to shut down part of its economy, so perhaps there might be some usefulness to such an action. Local leaders outside of China knew that their own factories were underutilized. If their own factories could be shut down temporarily, perhaps they could operate at closer to capacity, once they reopened.

Furthermore, a shutdown would give an excuse to keep workers protesting low wages inside. After the shutdown, there would be an excuse to raise the debt level, perhaps keeping the financial part of the economy going for a while longer. So, a shutdown would have many benefits, apart from any potential benefit from (sort of) containing the virus.

It became apparent as time went on that the vaccine story for COVID-19 was playing multiple roles, as well. The healthcare industry was becoming very large in the US. In fact, the size of the healthcare industry was beginning to interfere with the economy as a whole (Figure 4). Furthermore, manufacturers of medicines and vaccines were having problems with diminishing returns because the big, important drug finds had been discovered years ago. It was becoming difficult to profitably fund all of the research needed for new drugs.

Behind the scenes, the vaccine industry had been working for years on creating new viruses and preparing vaccines for these same viruses. The theory was that the same approaches that delivered vaccines might be helpful in treating diseases of various kinds. Vaccines might also be helpful in responding to bioweapon attacks. If drug manufacturers could market a blockbuster vaccine, the manufacturers, as well as the individuals holding the vaccine patents, could become rich.

The US was not alone in the research with respect to viruses and vaccines for these viruses. Many major countries, including Canada, France, Italy, Australia and China had funded this research, partly through their budgets for health research and partly through military budgets. There was virtually no chance that anyone would figure out the source of any problematic virus because so many major countries had had a part in funding this research. If citizens could be convinced that the virus was extremely dangerous and mandate the use of vaccines, the vaccine industry could greatly profit from vaccine sales. The vaccine could be created and marketed quickly because all of the research (but not enough testing) had been performed earlier.

A great deal of planning had been done before the pandemic appeared, based to a significant extent upon what outcome vaccine makers would prefer. Johns Hopkins University completed a SPARS Pandemic Scenario in October 2017, rehearsing responses to a pandemic. A training exercise called Event 201 was held on October 18, 2019, for the purpose of training high level government officials and news writers what their responses should be.

The sponsors of Event 201 were “The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” The latter two organizations are representatives of the very wealthy individuals and very large corporations. The primary interest of these organizations is enriching those who are already wealthy. The World Economic Forum is known for proclaiming, “You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.”

As time went on, it became very clear that the true nature of the COVID-19 epidemic was being hidden from citizens. It was, and is, not a terribly dangerous illness if it is treated properly with any number of inexpensive medications including aspirin, ivermectin, antihistamine and steroids. In fact, the severity of the disease could also be lessened by taking vitamin D in advance. There really was not a great deal of point to the vaccines, except to enrich the vaccine manufacturers and those who would benefit from the sale of the vaccines, including Anthony Fauci and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It also became clear that the vaccines don’t really do what a person might expect a vaccine to do. They do tend to stop severe illness, but taking vitamin D in advance would provide pretty much the same benefit. They don’t stop COVID-19 from circulating because vaccinated people can still catch COVID-19. The vaccines seem to have any number of side effects, including raising the risk of heart attacks.

The historical period most similar to the current period, in terms of shortage of energy supply, is that between World War I and World War II. At that time, the Jews were persecuted. Now, there is an attempt to divide the world into Vaccinated and Unvaccinated, with the Unvaccinated persecuted. When the economy cannot produce enough goods and services for all members of the economy, the economy seems to divide into almost warring parts.

We are basically trying to deal with an energy scenario that looks a lot like Figure 8, and the self-organizing economy comes up with very strange solutions. If people can convince themselves that it is OK to ostracize the unvaccinated, then maybe the move down the collapse will go more smoothly. For example, the military can be cut back in size by dismissing the unvaccinated, without admitting that with current resources, there is a need to reduce the size of the military.

Europe is the part of the world where the push for vaccinations is now highest. It is also in terrible shape with respect to energy supply. By ostracizing the unvaccinated, European countries can attempt to cut back their economies to the size that their energy supply will support, without admitting the real problem.

[10] The world economy is increasingly acting like economies that have collapsed in the past. In fact, there seems to be a connection with some of the strange statements from the book of Revelation.

We are living in a world now in which even if there are temporary price spikes, there is little chance that fossil fuel providers will ramp up their production. In order to ramp up supplies, they would need to start several years in advance, preparing new fields. Oil, coal and gas prices have stayed so low, for so long, that there is no belief that prices can rise to a high enough level and stay there, as the fuels are extracted. Thus, the fossil fuel will stay in the ground.

At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that renewables cannot be depended upon. In fact, low generation of electricity by wind turbines is part of the reason Europe is having to import the large quantity of natural gas and coal supplies it now requires. There is concern that rolling blackouts may be necessary during the winter in Europe, if not this year, sometime in the next few years.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the future energy scenario will look something like Figure 8, causing world population to fall dramatically within the next thirty years. This is the kind of situation most of us would associate with collapse. I think of it as being equivalent to end times, since our modern civilization will be disappearing. It is possible that there will be a remnant of people left, but they will be living a much simpler life, without fossil fuels or modern renewables.

There are several parts to what is happening that remind me of Old Testament writings in general, and of the book of Revelation (from the New Testament), in particular.

First, the willingness of the ultra-rich to look out for themselves and keep what look like perfectly good, cheap cures for COVID-19 from the world population seems to be precisely the kind of despicable behavior that Old Testament prophets despised. For example, in Amos 5:21-24, Amos tells the Jews that God despises their prior behavior. In verse 24 (NIV), he says, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

As I noted in the introduction, Revelation 18 talks about lack of demand being an issue in the collapse of Babylon, and presumably in any future collapse that occurs. Revelation 18:11-13 reads:

11 The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

The need for vaccine passports in some countries reminds a person of Revelation 13:17, “they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” In fact, people in Sweden are getting microchip implants after its latest COVID passport mandate.

Some people believe that Revelation 12 describes the Antichrist; that is, the polar opposite of Christ. Before the world comes to an end, Revelation 12 seems to predict a great fight against this Antichrist, which Christ wins. I could imagine Anthony Fauci being the Antichrist.

We are not used to living in a world where very little that is published by the Mainstream Media makes sense. But when we live in a time where no one wants to hear what is true, the system changes in a bizarre way, so that a great deal that is published is false.

It is disturbing to think that we may be living near the end of the world economy, but there is an upside to this situation. We have had the opportunity to live at a time with more conveniences than any other civilization. We can appreciate the many conveniences we have.

We also have the opportunity to decide how we want to live the rest of our lives. We have been led for many years down the path of believing that economic growth will last forever; all we need to do is have faith in the government and our educational institutions. If we figure out that this really isn’t the path to follow, we can change course now. If we want to choose a more spiritual approach, this is a choice we can still make.

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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6,123 Responses to Is it possible that the world is approaching end times?

  1. Michael Le Merchant says:

    CRYPTO RESET coming – Nearly the entire crypto ecosystem appears to be based on DIGITAL fiat currency counterfeiting operations tied to communist China

    “As a result, we believe Evergrande is already in a state of financial default. The global media is trying to cover it up as long as possible, but it’s only a delaying tactic. It won’t take long before Evergrande’s total default is cemented in the financial markets, unleashing ripple effects across the global financial ecosystem.”

    “What does this have to do with Tether and Bitcoin? Many analysts believe that a significant portion of Tether’s claimed “assets” are actually Evergrande debt paper. Tether openly says they count “receivables” as assets, meaning Tether loans money to corporations or other entities, then counts the receivables as hard assets backing its Tether stablecoin.”

    “Obviously, if Evergrande defaults, then any exposure that Tether has to Evergrande blows up almost instantly.”

    “Over two-thirds of Bitcoin is purchased with Tether. If Tether goes belly up, Bitcoin (and other cryptos) craters as well. I call this the digital global reset, or the “crypto reset.” And many analysts are now sounding the alarm on all this like never before.”

    “Don’t forget that globalists have long been planning a fiat currency “global reset” involving central bank fiat. But now, it seems a crypto reset may be engineered as well. If so, then as this global reset rolls out, anyone sitting on dollars is going to be wiped out, and anyone holding overpriced crypto would be largely wiped out as well.”

    • Perhaps all of these things are tied together. We may find out.

      ” if Evergrande defaults, then any exposure that Tether has to Evergrande blows up almost instantly.”

      “Over two-thirds of Bitcoin is purchased with Tether. If Tether goes belly up, Bitcoin (and other cryptos) craters as well. “

    • We are at the point where cryptos matured into $Ts level, so any possible abrupt gyrations will be felt but not detrimental to the true believers. In other words during the recent process of all crypto$ adoption the public has been primed on ease of use (also with the overall portable electronics mania). So, in summary the goal to nudge people into CBDCs (and digital movement control via handhelds) has been accomplished. And any further possible issues, volatility, flash crashes, .. will be just downplayed as temporary event not negating the general trend.
      (the above confined within the ~BAU lives on context)

  2. Fast Eddy says:

    Just informed that even vaxxed parents/guardians cannot attend the graduation ceremony at the high school …

    My reply: Not a problem. We are not participating in the vaccination master plan so would not be attending either way.

    hahahahahahaha… I can see the look on the recipients face … one of utter disgust… hahahahahaaha… did I mention I pulled the kid out of school when the principal invited a popup injection clinic onto the campus … and told him that if I hear that a kid gets damaged at is fiesta… I’d fund a legal action …targeting him .. because Pfizer had dip immunity.

    hahahahha… Basically .. f789 all the MOREONS… who gives a sh it… they will all be dead soon…

    Now why am I not getting a response to my media plan for the local media … you know … the campaign to run this .. I’ll wait a day then call …

  3. Van Heflin says:

    Another great article Gail, really appreciate you insight and references

  4. jj says:

    Those that played the board game RISK in their youth discovered that the key to winning was to take Australia. You sat down there accumulating points fat and happy while the rest of the world used up their resources on conflict. You slowly moved up into SE Asia. if a attack came you just fell back into your island. Fat and happy.

    Unless I am mistaken the China caving to buy Aussie coal means a modern China can not function without it.

    The southern hemisphere has desirable “on the beach” characteristics as we all know.

    Looks to me like the Elders played risk once or twice.

    All it needs is a bit of grooming- clean out the undesirable riff raff. Some investing in maritime guard dogs. Mowing the lawn and some paint for the new owners so to speak.

    • Sam says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see China taking Australia and New Zealand, much like the Japanese of 1930. Then they would have coal and food. Easy peezy

  5. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    They’re coming to jab you

    Making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory was once unthinkable. But European countries are showing it can work
    By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
    Updated 11:48 AM EST, Fri December 03, 2021

    (CNN)Europe is considering a step once unthinkable among Western democracies: Making Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for the entire bloc.

    Until now, governments around the world had rejected the idea of a universal coronavirus vaccine mandate, opting instead for incentives and other “nudges” to motivate people to get shots. Even in authoritarian states, like China, it is not mandatory policy.

    European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday it was time to “think about mandatory vaccination” as the discovery of the Omicron variant triggered fears that the winter Covid-19 wave could be more brutal than previously thought. The news of the variant could push more countries to harden their approach, pivoting from voluntary to mandatory measures in a last-ditch effort to get shots in arms.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Timely … I have call this afternoon to discuss the nuclear escape option …

    • Firstly, this has to come up to a vote. They just got rid of PM Kurz .at, who could sway some older members countries (and or few additional CEE ones) as well, so now only Poland and perhaps Hungary would dare to block it.. So, then EC would set up a two speed scheme instead, where most of the union agrees to it immediately anyway.. case closed.

  6. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Patients Waiting for Life-Saving Organ Transplant to Be Denied Treatment Unless Vaccinated

    • Tim Groves says:

      This makes sense. From what we are seeing on the sports fields and the SNS postings, the jabbbed are more likely to be on the waiting list for replacement hearts, kidneys and assorted organs.

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  8. Fast Eddy says:

    These guys have the right idea… bombard the CovIDIOTS with reports and death and destruction

  9. machival66 says:

    This post of Gail Tverberg will not age well. The end of the world is something that fascinates people but in thousands of years all predictiobs have been one big embarrasment.

    The only excuse wil be to point out that the title was posed as a question and no prediction was actually made. But it is obvious that the author is no longer objective.
    Any analysis that only shows a part of the coin is untruthful. I challange mrs. Tverberg to say why she ignores the significant technological progress regarding renewable energy and also the fact that the world still has trillions of oil waiting to be drilled and converted into human progress.
    OPEC says there is enough oil until 2050. So far there was no meaningful shortage of oil, and despite tge author claiming that producers need a big price for oil ignores the fact that oil producing countries are forced to produce oil regardless of how low the price goes because that’s their main source of income and that is how they get wealthy.

    A more rational approach would be welcome. The world IS finite, yes, but by no means small. There are still absolutely gargantuan amounts of coal, oil, gas, water, and all other important metals around. World will continue business as usual model this whole century – this is the most likely scenario. Why does the author ignore the fact that “Limits to Growth” of MIT has been already debunked? Their models are useless. Scientist Robert Walker who is known for debunking doomsday scenarios has also shown this flawed model and debunked it in detail.

    Finite does not mean scarce. The world is huge and we will easily pass 10 B in the next 28 years.

    • Sam says:

      All good things come to an end. There is a reason that’s a cliché. Limits to growth debunked? By whom? Seems like it is coming to fruition today. I would love to prove Gail Gail wrong I have tried in a rather neurotic way but I can’t find a way.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Oh Wow!

      This is like a fat old man running naked at a funeral screaming ‘I am a f789ing MOREON … check me out!!!’

      Hahahahaha…. keep going – it’s so entertaining.

      • Eddy,

        This is your fault… this outbreak of doomsday doubters- you have been slacking on your duties – your rate of issuing reminders/assualts with Cooling Pond Reminders has dropped below a necessary threshold.

        All utopiaists (sp), pollyannish optimists, unreformable goody goody engineers who just have to solve a problem become hopeless when faced with FE CPR

        Not technically insolvable but a politically intractable dilemma

        So get focused-less covid indulgences-more cooling pond ju-jitsu

    • Fast Eddy says:

      And for an encore — the machival squats in the corner next to the coffin like a dog and makes eye contact with as many people as possible … as he dumps a log…

      You know how dogs do that — they will look at you when they are doing their business… no shame whatsoever…

      It’s what dogs do… they also like to sniff butts

      • guess we have to acknowledge your expertise in something eddy

      • Kowalainen says:

        What’s shameful about defecating? Dogs prefer to poop in private, but that isn’t easy while leashed.

        You’re a bit exposed when nature calls which sort of makes it a good tactic to be unseen doing what has to be done. Hiding shit so to speak.

        As for sniffing the butt, well, I’m sure you could catch a few hints emitted from various glands in the read end given the olfaction of a dog.

        Don’t be such a generic rapacious primate. Dare to poop and sniff your own farts. It’s whiffing’ fun. Or do like the great apes, fling it around or perhaps smear some in the comment sections.

        Yes, this was a shitpost.


    • Ed says:

      “OPEC says it has enough oil until 2050” reference please I would like to read what exactly “OPEC” said.

      Any facts or figures you would like to share?

    • drb says:

      I have recently spent two years working on renewables as part of a new project… only to discover that people like Gail(or Bardi or Orlov or Watkins) are 100% right. The noticeable uptick in traffic at this site reflects the shocks the world economy endured in the Fall. The end of magnesium is the end of metallurgy, and by extension the end of the industrial era. The end of fertlizer is the end of high population. Quite the contrary, I think this post will age well.

    • The problem is that the economy cannot get the price of fossil fuels to stay up high enough, long enough to extract them. Climate change models are based on the wishful thinking that the prices can somehow miraculously stay up high enough. Our big problem is Figure 10. Instead of getting the prices to rise higher and higher, they are falling lower and lower. Something is clearly wrong!

      • Sam says:

        I really think the prices of oil are going to rise pretty soon but just for a short time. And then it will crash; they will say it was ever grand that caused the crash. I tell people it’s like you are starving. You can get up into the mountains and kill an elk but you will burn up all your energy getting there and never make it out.

    • Halfvard says:

      You could have just saved time and typed “I Normalcy Bias is my Religion and you’re a heretic”.

      Next time don’t waste time with a 6 paragraph explanation.

      You’re welcome for the advice.

      • machival66 says:

        No, my arguments are very strong and as anybody can see, you haven’t done anything to refute them. The cultists of peak oil are very predictable. Every 20 years they become very vocal and once the recession if the time passes, they all disappear into obscurity and the peak oil fad stays dormant once more. Meanwhile, world is flooding in oil. Oil production expected to exceeed 2019 levels by the end of 2022, says IEA. I trust IEA data more than anonymous lowlives from various forums.

        • I am not a peak oil person. I am a limits to growth person. It is a different concept. Every economy has encountered this issue. When there are too many people for the world’s resources, the system tends to crash. That is what we are up against. Oil is a small part of the total problem.

        • Halfvard says:

          Read Joseph Tainter. Or listen to an interview if you don’t read non-fiction books.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          You are barking up the wrong tree on OFW…. try … or or better still … try holding your breathe for 10 minutes and report back

        • Tim Groves says:

          Mac, some of us resent that aspersion while some of us resemble it. But on here, you are an anonymous lowlife too. So following your own logic, tell us why should anybody trust anything you write?

          I appreciate your attempts to inject a bit of cornucopianism into the perpetual gloom and doom that pervades these parts, but rather than crude and sweeping generalizations and crass putdowns, perhaps you could get into some specifics. That would be more convincing for those who are willing to be convinced.

          This forecast by the IEA, for instance. It’s wonderful news for those of us who want BAU to party on a bit longer. What are they predicting in terms of barrels of crude? How is the past record of predicting the future? And what does Greta have to say about it all?

        • Student says:

          Dear Mr. machival66,
          thanks for your considerations, it is simple, you are completely right and we are completely wrong.
          Go on trust IEA.
          You bring IEA data and for a some sort of strange reaction (maybe under the influence of Merlin the Magician) we don’t understand them.
          Having said that: don’t lose your time with us.
          This is not the blog for you.
          All the best.

        • poinless to repeat this–but here goes .

          the problem is not the volume of oil available, (above or below ground), but the cost of using it.

          the ‘American dream” as it’s known, was brought about during the short period in history when oil was abundant and cheap to get hold of.–and importantly cheap to use.

          But unthinkers look back on the 1945-1970 era and think that ‘more oil’ will bring those ‘good times’ back. It won’t.

          As someone posted on here a few days ago, about the tar sands–the oil there is ‘abundant’ but it costs so much to get hold of and process that producers are going bust.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Who cares – we demand to know:

            Why are young healthy people being injected?
            Why are young healthy people being injected?
            Why are young healthy people being injected?
            Why are young healthy people being injected?
            Why are young healthy people being injected?
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    • Jeremy says:

      I have been quietly reading for years. I don’t think there is a point you bring up that Gail has not delineated quite clearly.

    • Mike Roberts says:

      Finite means finite. That is something economists don’t understand and is something most people don’t want to understand. You’re right, it doesn’t mean scarce but it will result in scarcity if resources continue to be consumed beyond their renewal rate (and the so-called renewable energy that you champion uses resources beyond their renewal rates – apart from the energy sources themselves). Limits to Growth doesn’t even take into account all environmental degradation so is probably on the optimistic side.

      “The world is huge” is a non-argument for anything. Do you think resources might become scarce when the world’s population reaches 10 billion? If not, when do you think that situation (scarcity) will happen? Will environmental degradation have no influence on the number? If not, why not?

      As for oil, as I understand it conventional oil has been on a bumpy plateau since 2005. If it wasn’t for tight oil, which is much more expensive to produce, in the US, we’d already be seeing shortages. As the low-hanging fruit of unconventional oil gets plucked, it will get harder and harder to replace declining production and meet oil demand.

      Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but there are some key things which are pretty difficult to argue against and one is that the earth is finite, in so many ways. It’s just a matter of time before limits are hit, if they haven’t been hit already.

    • Tim Groves says:

      A song for Machi

      I got a bridge, I can sell ya
      I got a pyramid
      I got a time share in Florida
      How’d ya like a piece of it ?

      You’re making a fuss about nothin’
      Everything’s under control
      That bee in your bonnet’s got liberal on it
      Sit back and relax, watch it all unfold

      Never forget, I got a direct line
      I’m a man you can trust in
      If it’s left to the left, there won’t be nothing left
      You’re making a fuss about nothin’

      This world is a ball with a map on
      We conquer, we buy and we sell
      This world is a tank with a tap on
      Business as usual

      Now I’m just protecting your interests
      I’m just defending your faith
      These guys that were caught with their hands in the till
      Nothing to do with me, mate, nothing to do with me…..

    • Jarle says:


      if oil is so easy to come by, why are we looking for it in remote and hostile places like Svalbard?

    • Bobby says:

      Yup, a wide angle lens will make the world look very big.. try looking down a set of binoculars from the big end …oh it’s so small… look how tiny it is.. Look back at the earth from 1 AU..oh it’s so small. Go visit a place you played in as a child.. oh it’s so small.
      Look at the sun through those same binoculars… ohhhhhhhh it looks SO BIG……… What’s that smell?

      We got lost a oil! ……We got enough for half a human lifetime…………for everyyyyBoddddy
      “Jeppers that’s a long time said the ten year old…., “Heck, It will be over in a flash said the eighty year old…..Forgive .Mr Sardonic, he could not help it..grow a brain while you can, they shrink with age, but you can still make lots n lots connections.

  10. Christopher says:

    The nordic+baltic countries electricity market = Nordpool, is reaching ever higher price records. Today we had 6,5 SEK = ca 0,65 Euro/kWh in the southern half of Sweden. Tomorrow Finland + the Baltic countries are all reaching 10 SEK = ca 1 Euro/kwH.

    Cold weather and 30 cm of snow in the otherwise mild south western part of Sweden where I live. Looks like the weather will be warmer later this week. Fortunately I’ve got a well stacked wood shed.

    • Ed says:

      10x normal price! from $200 per month to $2000 per month!! or $24,000 per year!!!

      • Ed says:

        machival66 please explain to me why Sweden is not buying affordable oil for “OPEC” and using it to make affordable electricity?

        • Kowalainen says:

          Sweden is. The backup oil burner in Karlshamn is on red alert.

          And the big papa of Sweden (Nordic) Inc (Wallenberg). is on the telly wanting to shove in truckloads of cash into restarting/recommissioning the aging nukes.

          • ssincoski says:

            From Dec 6 news: The power plant in Karlshamn acts as Sweden’s winter reserve. Bloomberg reports that it was launched after Poland asked for help to cover the deficit in the power system up to 1,700 megawatts.

            The power plant is to operate only on Monday from 5.00 to 21.00. Why did the breach even appear? PSE explains that it was an unfortunate combination of several factors: temporary shutdown of the 566 MW coal-fired unit in Kozienice, the shutdown of the 905 MW coal-fired unit in Opole, and, finally, the weak wind, through which the wind farms supplied less energy to the system.

    • Paul-Frederik Bach is a retired engineer in Denmark who writes about the European electricity situation. As I recall, he used to work as an electric grid regulator. His website is

      You might be interested in some of his posts. He regularly talks about Sweden. He has raised the point that transmission is not really adequate for importing all of the extra electricity that needs to be imported into the southern half of Sweden. I believe he was the one who pointed out an article about a Swedish Nuclear Power station that was closing because wholesale electricity prices were chronically too low. These low prices occur because wind and solar are given first priority in electricity generation. In my opinion, giving priority to wind and solar is no way to run an electric grid.

      • Christopher says:

        Thanks, I believe Bach is almost correct.

        But another important reason is that taxes on nuclear power generation was raised (an implicit political order to have them shut down). Now the same green politicians who raised these taxes claim the energy market is to be blamed for shutting down the nuclear power plants.

        The next step on the green agenda is to shut down a substantial part of the swedish hydroelectric generation in order to restore the rivers.

    • Jarle says:

      West Norway:

      November 2021 average: 1.32 NOK/kWh.
      November 2015-2020 average: 0.37 NOK/kWh.

  11. Rodster says:

    “Or is it time to admit the Covid Vaccines have consequences?

    November 11, 2021, a rally formed outside of Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). The group was there to call attention to an unthinkable tragedy: 13 babies were reportedly stillborn at the hospital in a period of 24 hours. All of their mothers had received a COVID-19 injection.”

      • Mike Roberts says:

        There are many commenters here who are so happy to light upon a story which bolsters their view that they don’t do the slightest due diligence on it. If it doesn’t come from MSM it must be true, if it does come from MSM it must be false, according to some here.

        • Tim Groves says:

          I haven’t heard that one from anybody here Mike. You sound exasperated. Is it because nobody here has come out in support your view that “there is no harm in getting vaccinated in order to fit in with the governmental views and be able to get around more easily than the unvaccinated”?

          Coming here, you must feel a lot like Lot visiting Sodom and Gomorrah in search of a few good men.

          Whether it comes from the MSM or from somewhere else, it might be true and it might not. We should all be able to come to an agreement on this. Even CNN and FOX get their facts right occasionally. There, I’ve said it! Although I must add, not without bias.

          There are various stories and rumors about babies being stillborn after their mothers took COVID-19 jabs. I haven’t looked into them. Life’s too short. Does anyone have any reliable info or data or anecdote that they can share on this.

          I do have a personal bias in this. Forty years ago, my cousin had a beautiful baby girl who enchanted me and the rest of the family. He mum took her to the maternity hospital for a meningitis vaccination. A month later, that baby died from meningitis. I was deeply saddened by this and I’ve never really trusted vaccines or hospitals since.

          Meningitis vaccines may do more good than harm, and my personal experience may have been atypical. But personal experience is a guide that we were given by Mr DNA or God in order to help us survive in this highly competitive world. We would do well to take heed of it, including when authoritative persons ask us, “Who are you gonna believe: me or your own lying eyes?”

          • Mike Roberts says:

            Tim, I’ve asked a question linked to my assertion, that you say you haven’t heard, but never received an answer. So let me ask you. Do you read anything in MSM that you’d accept (and not just sports results)? If there is, could you give me a hint of the sort of information that might be? Also, is there an information source that you’d accept as being truthful in everything?

            • Tim Groves says:

              What difference, Mike, at this point, does it make?

              From Wikipedia:
              Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus is a Latin phrase meaning “false in one thing, false in everything.” At common law, it is the legal principle that a witness who testifies falsely about one matter is not credible to testify about any matter. Although many common law jurisdictions have rejected a categorical application of the rule, the doctrine has survived in some American courts.”

              I’m an old bird by now, and I’ve witnessed countless MSM organs lying consistently and concertedly about countless things. And, no, I am not going to make a partial list here.

              Does this mean that they are lying about everything all the time. Certainly not. But it means they have less-than zero credibility in my book. I would be more likely to believe a random total stranger’s take on the news they seemed honest and earnest and didn’t display the tell-tale signs of a con artist than I would believe anything published or broadcast as news by any MSM organ.

              My current attitude to the media on important subjects can be summed up by the motto “Distrust but Verify.” I’ve done my due diligence over decades, and this is the result. I was much more trusting, naive and gullible when I was younger.

              Sport, I don’t consider to be an important subject, so I have no problems with provisionally believing the reported football results. Once we get into Russian doping scandals, though, which are a bit more important, my skepticism flares up again.

              So to sum up, there is nothing important in MSM news that I’d accept on the MSM’s say so. Where I differ from many media skeptics is that I don’t leave my skepticism at the gate once a media lie or myth or human interest story has become generally accepted fact.

              But I will very generously leave the door open at accepting that what is reported in the MSM might possibly be partially accurate and not totally biased on occasion, even if it doesn’t conform to my predudices.

            • Jarle says:

              I’m not Tim but your question is important.

              I have no interest in sports but like Tim I believe that the sport results are true.
              I further believe that reports on traffic accidents, houses burned to the ground (*) etc aren’t made up.
              But when it comes to statements about Russian aggression towards peaceful NATO, facts about The Killer Virus etc I just shake my head in disbelief.

              *) World trade center, building 7 not included.

            • Mike Roberts says:

              Fair enough, Jarle. From Tim’s response (less than zero credibility) I would assume that when he does try to verify stories from the MSM, they always turn out to be wrong. Tim didn’t advise of any news sources that he would believe most of, though.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Why are children being given the covid vaxxines?

          • Fast Eddy says:

            On most weekends mike can be found at the pie eating contests… he just loves pies… and if he was not vaxxed he’d not be allowed to join the pie contest… and that would make mike a very sad lad… because mike’s life is pie…

            he even named his daughter 3.14 thinking he was being clever

            Look at mike go!!!


        • Fast Eddy says:

          hahaha as expected another clanger from mike…

          I would have thought trying to find some doctors on non MSM sites … would be the way to carry out due diligence on a sensitive issue like this….

          I do wonder how people like don’t starve to death… it’s fascinating

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Here we have 3 medical doctors in NZ fired for speaking out …. and MOREONS thing the MSM is going to publish the truth hahaha… duh…

      • vbaker says:


        If you did just a little investigation, you would easily find the doctors who were attempting to file a police report. Follow Dr Nagase. He has been an absolute hero in this time.

        Please turn off TV. We have always known it has been nothing but lies, and today its more so than ever. Learn to be a journalist instead.

        I suggest reading articles by Whitney Webb. She does a great job breaking down how media, big data and pharma have pulled the wool over our eyes.


        BC Hospital that had 1 stillborn death per month has 13 in 24 hours

        — Dr Mel Bruchet
        — Dr Daniel Nagase (hero) is in the group attempting to file a police report
        — First 6 minutes covers the basics

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Oh come now.. if the CTV and CBC networks say no still births then there were no still births!!!

          Believing the MSM is a type of mental disease… there’s a touch of men tal re tard ation … and a lot of just plain old stoooopidity .. topped by MORE-ONISM

        • Fast Eddy says:

          All of the deaths occurred in babies born to fully vaccinated mothers, although, much of the public remains unaware that this happened. In response, Drs Mel Bruchet and Daniel Nagase, along with other concerned members of the public, converged to file a complaint in front of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) office in North Vancouver.

          Hey Trusting Anna… what do you think would happen if someone were to lie to an RCMP officer?

          And why would a doctor risk his career — if tis was not true?

          THINK! Anna. You are not a dog. You are not a worm. THINK!!!!

          If you have even a 10,000th of the IQ of Fast Eddy surely you work your way through this issue and reach a better conclusion that CTV says it didn’t happen so it didn’t happen

      • Fast Eddy says:

        How gullible are you Anna Banana… posting something from the MSM and assuming it is true.

        FYI – I contact a media group in here in NZ – told them I had a big budget available to run a series of ads starting with this one

        They won’t take Fast Eddy’s money:

        The Queenstown team have forwarded your ad campaign strategy through to me. Have had a look at it and decided we won’t be running it in that form there are simply too many bows being drawn here whether we believe the figures or not and that is our right as the Publisher. You should feel free to contact other publishers in the area and we wish you well.

        And you trust the MSM?

        What is wrong with you?

      • fact checking will get you nowhere on the popularity list Anna.

        I keep doing it, so i know!

        • Jarle says:

          Norman, how do you know which fact checks to trust?

          • Jarle

            generally–if its something i judge to be important, i try to find 3 separate sources of reference, if they stack up–i can be pretty sure the original is ok. I read stuff that disagrees with my thinking, and look for weaknesses there.

            another way–if something is ‘presented’ on OFW by someone with a record of pushing erratic claptrap on previous occasions, i tend to dismiss it.

            third way–if sheer common sense says something is ridiculous–that gets tossed too.

            eg–Bill Gates puts iron filings in vaccines so we can be tracked via 5G masts…that’s favourite. And folks are expected to believe it just because the saw it on the internet somewhere?

            Ah–but can i prove it isn’t true goes the reply—eye rolling time again. It is worth nothing more than that. Lots of people do believe it–and worse. That’s their problem.

            Ultimately I don’t insist that I’m right on everything. But rubbish has a smell unique to itself.

            • don’t quite get your point.

              no doubt you will elaborate in due course

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Why are young healthy people being injected?

              (we’ll get to 10,000 posts at this rate)

            • Fast Eddy says:

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        • Fast Eddy says:

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  12. Fast Eddy says:

    Can a AGWer explain to me why I am having to put the space heater on when it’s summer? Temp was only 13 in the house this morning…. even the dogs are staying in the warm bed much longer than usual.

    • Mike Roberts says:

      That has nothing to do with climate. It’s called “weather”.

    • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

      I can explain the reason! Because you are the Fast Eddy of the Universe and the Cosmic Joker is just messing with you so you HAVE TO put a pile of COAL to burn!
      While here in the United States we have a different set of circumstances

      Extreme temperatures for this time of the season..
      No worry 😃, they are building the nuclear powered air freezer to adjust the temps.

      Des Moines’ Willow Creek Golf Course’s tee times were fully booked Wednesday and Thursday, which is about 50 groups each day.

      High pressure in the western United States is the cause of near-record-breaking temperatures to kick off December, according to a National Weather Service forecast. The forecasted highs were expected to be 25-30 degrees above average for much of the northern and central plains states, according to the NWS.

      Mason City and Waterloo also saw above-average temperatures in November — Mason City saw an average high of 47 degrees in November. The average high is 43.6 degrees there. Waterloo had an average high of 50.4 degrees. Its average November high is 47.1 degrees. Sioux City even hit a record of 70 degrees on Monday, according to the NWS.

      Life is good hit the links..Dr McPherson says our time is short…

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Ya if you read a lot of history … you’ll find the the klimate has always been changing even when humans were not burning any oil or coal… it’s like that…. sometimes it gets cooler… sometimes warmer…

        Greenland was much warmer not that long ago … get it?

    • Tim Groves says:

      FE, I didn’t know New Zealand had summer. 🙂

      Although I’ve heard that on South Island you can die on the beech of hypothermia at any time of year.

      Mike, riddle me this? If weather has nothing to do with climate, why are they both measured in the same units?

      This is a serious request, by the way. A scholar of your calibre could be just what’s needed to educate the rest of us in the generalities of atmospheric sciences.

      • if it’s 25 c outside today—that is today’s ‘weather’ indicator

        that has no bearing on the average outside temp for the year, or for the previous 50 years–which might be 20 or 30 c, or might be a year on year increasing rise in temperature.–which is ‘climate change indicator’

        it has no bearing on the ‘conspiracy’ that the last dozen years or so have been the hottest on record, as measured in degrees c.–that too is a ‘climate change indicator’

        measuring the two states with the same ‘unit’ is just that, a measurment

        an odd bit of reasoning Tim, which no doubt you can elaborate on?

        • Tim Groves says:

          Well, Norman, thanks for that.

          If today’s “weather” indicator has no bearing the on the average outside temp for the year, or for the previous 50 years, then how are these averages calculated? I would have thought today’s “weather” indicator would be part of both averages just like every other day’s “weather” indicator.

          Are you suggesting that there is no linkage between “weather” indicator measurements and “climate” indicator measurements?

          You are a smart fellow, Norman. If you think a bit more deeply about it, you will probably twig that the latter are based on the former.

          Also, if today’s “weather” indicator has no bearing the on the average outside temp for the year, or for the previous 50 years, why do people who warn of climageddon make such a fuss every time today’s weather is hotter or colder than they think it should be for the time of year?

          • i think you are splitting hairs finer than usual Tim

            of course ‘todays weather’ is included in the 5o year averages–there is no way it could not be.

            People ill informed about the differences between climate and weather might make a ‘fuss’ as you put it–but that just informs everyone else of their ignorance of the subject.

            anyone with an interest in the subjects notices trends over time, tries to arrive at studied conclusions.

            I we feel like a picnic in midsummer–we look out of the window and judge if the weather is ok

            if we want to take a few days away–we check the weather forecast.

            if we want to build a house, we check likely flooding possibilies–for that we think about and judge climate change over the next 50 years

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Why are young healthy people being injected?

      • Fast Eddy says:

        A paraglider landed in Lake Wakatipu in the middle of summer a couple of years ago and died of hypothermia …

        Someone needs to inform Geeta that we’re almost done with burning fossil fuels so she can stop worrying. I don’t think the ice caps are going to melt between now and then … and even if they do … let her know… it’s the least of her worries

        hahahahahahahaahaha… Geeta… imagine the twisted imp growing up and someone getting married to THAT hahaha… imagine being her child….

        Oh no…

      • Mike Roberts says:

        Tim, I was referring to Fast Eddy’s question and comment, “Can a AGWer explain to me why I am having to put the space heater on when it’s summer? Temp was only 13 in the house this morning”. His experience has nothing to do with climate (implied by “AGW”), it is weather. Of course, average weather (temperature, precipitation, wind, extremes) over at least 30 years is the climate. Climate is the kind of weather and the likelihood of extremes one might expect in an area. What units do you think climate is measured in?

        • Fast Eddy says:

          While you are explaining things mike…

          Please help us understand why we are vaccinating healthy young people.

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    A doctor in the UK who was banned from using social media by the General Medical Council for claiming “masks do nothing” has won his case in the High Court.

  14. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    “It’s all bunk,” Hotez stressed. “But it has made money for these people.”

    “Any product or service that claims to undo or reverse the impact of the vaccine is based on a lie,” O’Connor added.

    In the past, promoters focused on claims that their products sucked out or neutralized the effects of heavy metals like mercury contained in vaccines, Gorski noted. (A trove of studies and data show that the miniscule levels of metals included in many vaccines are overall quite safe.) They’ve only had to shift their focus slightly for new mRNA vaccines, he explained, to talk about sucking out or neutralizing the effects of that genetic material and the spike proteins they encode for.

    In truth, the mRNA in vaccines actually breaks down swiftly after doing its job, and our bodies clear out these spike proteins within a couple of weeks. Although COVID vaccines can cause some mild discomfort for a few days, and in exceptionally rare cases may trigger serious reactions with the potential to cause lasting harm, they are overwhelmingly safe and effective.

    However, old “vaccine detox” products usually targeted vaccine-hesitant people forced to get jabs for their jobs, and (more often) parents scared into falsely believing that the lifesaving vaccines they were “coerced” into giving their children would ultimately maim or kill them. At least until recently, COVID vaccine mandates were rare, the vaccines were not approved for children, and vaccine rates were low in many anti-vax hotspots. So, Gorski notes, while anti-vaxxers have expressed concerns about the purported dangers of the vaccines since their rollout, shared stories of supposed vaccination regrets following alleged injury, and mused about how they’d protect or cure themselves if mandates came down, there just wasn’t a market for products like these. Accordingly, misinformation watchers say that until this summer, many of the voices currently talking up vaccine reversal options were solely focused on dubious alternative-health tools and tactics for warding off or treating COVID itself.

    People Thirsty to Reverse Their Coronavirus Vaccination Love This Wacky ‘Treatment’
    Mark Hay
    Mon, December 6, 2021, 4:58 AM·15 min read

  15. Fast Eddy says:

    Covid-19: why hopes the Omicron variant will prove less deadly may be premature

    Early reports that appeared to support the common belief that viruses become less virulent over time may be hasty, scientists warn

    No deaths have yet been recorded from the strain, but experts warn that its ability to spread rapidly does not necessarily mean it has become less dangerous

    hahaha… the common belief was correct — except that when you hit a virus with a leaky vaccine during a pandemic … well… you defy nature

    • Ed says:

      Becoming less deadly but more contagious is the statistically likely path in a state of nature. But we have now a world full of bio-weapons psychopaths release any number of things for any number of effects all completely outside natures pathways.

      Any pathway for cv and any number of side viruses are possible.

      • Ed says:

        in addition to any planned main purpose this give cover for any and all play experiments that Fauci and Gates and CCP want to try.

  16. Gerard+d'Olivat says:

    Breaking news!!! Omicron is the solution

    The patient numbers are still small and the advance of the Omikron variant has only just begun. Yet: the first signs point to a milder course of disease. The South African Medical Research Council presented a report on Saturday with the first clinical findings on the Omikron variant. The South African researchers stress that it is too early for firm conclusions.

    The report analyzes hospital data in the district of Tshwane, around the capital Pretoria. There, the Omikron variant was discovered late last month. The number of corona infections there rose exponentially, from some 800 cases a day on November 29 to some 3,400 cases on December 3, out of a population of 3 million. The report reports that “almost all cases” involve the Omikron variant, although not all of the testing equipment used in Tshwane can distinguish it.
    No additional oxygen

    During the period studied, 166 patients were on Covid at Pretoria’s Tshwane District Hospital. Some 70 percent of them did not require supplemental oxygen. Indeed, these were all patients who had ended up in the hospital not because of their Covid, but for some other reason, and in whom the infection only came to light at the time – thus asymptomatic infections. At other hospitals in the province of Gauteng, the figures are even more striking: on average, 80 percent of corona patients there now do not require supplemental oxygen.

    Of the 166 patients in the Pretoria hospital, only two were in ICU; 63 received high care, but for “the majority” of them it was because of non-corona related conditions. The mortality rate among Covid hospital patients was about 6 percent – much lower than the 23 percent in all of South Africa to date.

    It is also noteworthy that 80 percent of Covid patients at this hospital are under the age of 50. The majority are in their thirties, and one in five is under 10. In comparison, when the Delta variant was dominant, most hospital patients in that region were between 50 and 70 years old. It is possible that this difference is a result of vaccination, according to the report’s authors. Of the over-50s in this region, 57 percent have now been vaccinated: in the under-50 group, only 34 percent. Of the Covid patients now included, an average of one in five has been vaccinated.

    Finally, the researchers note that Covid patients leave the hospital after an average of three days, compared to an average hospitalization time of 8.5 days in the past year and a half.

    “The relatively small number of hospital and ICU admissions paints a very different picture from that seen in the early stages of earlier waves,” the authors conclude. But it is too early for firm conclusions: “We are still working on a more detailed comparison. Perhaps other patterns will emerge in the coming weeks.”

    Virologist Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC also thinks it is still very early for conclusions. “We first need access to data from a sufficiently large group of people of different ages with and without serious symptoms,” she says.

    So for now the findings point to a milder course of the disease, but there are snags. First, the speed at which Omikron is gaining ground: it suggests that this variant is more contagious than earlier variants. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control predicted on December 2 that Omikron will account for more than half of European infections “within a few months.” Even if a much smaller percentage of infected people need IC than before, rapidly increasing numbers of infections will still quickly involve many additional admissions. This is because the number of cases of disease increases exponentially with infectiousness.
    Immunity circumvention

    In addition, there are indications that Omikron is better at circumventing our immunity. This is shown, among other things, by an as-yet unpublished South African study dated December 2. That one concluded, based on nearly 3 million infections, that Omikron is three times more likely than Delta to be infected after a vaccination or previous infection.

    “Importantly, we are already seeing a kind of disconnect,” Koopmans explains. “You have protection against infection, which has to do primarily with neutralizing antibodies. At Delta, this is already considerably reduced, at Omikron perhaps even less so. The other arm is protection against serious disease, which requires broader antibodies and also the cellular component.” That’s the longer-lasting protection thanks to ‘training’ our white blood cells to act more quickly against the virus. “That protection is expected to be less reduced at Omikron.”

    Koopmans finds it unlikely that the Omikron variant would completely escape our vaccine immunity. “But it remains a matter of conjecture. Immunological data on that I expect in the next one to two weeks.”

  17. Sam says:

    Is anyone else hearing about vac$ people getting really sick from the common colds? I have been around a lot of people who have been really sick from a cold; they are vax$ I am not. I did not get sick. I did have covi@ last year

    • Adam says:

      My parents and some golfing friends had week-long colds in the middle of summer this year, also 2 of my wifes co-workers had week-long absences from work due to a cold. All these people had 2 doses.

    • Jarle says:

      ” I did have covi@ last year”

      How do you know?

    • Jarle says:

      My unvaccinated wife works in a hospital. Since the vaccine mania started most of her colleagues who got the poison, sorry vaccine, have been out with flu/cold symptoms but she hasn’t …

    • All is Dust says:

      The spike protein (which the injections instruct your cells to create) is cytotoxic (see Dr. Malone and Cr. Bridle for the data). Amongst other things, they suppress your CD4 helper T cells and your CD8 killer T cells (there is an in virto study showing this plus doctors – e.g. Dr. Ryan Cole – reporting it). T cells are a component of your immune system. So it is no surprise people who take these jabs are more susceptible to disease (Note: side effects of these jabs include reactivation of shingles). Question is, what does all this mean for cancer rates going forward?

    • JesseJames says:

      My son…fully vaxxed got a cold this summer….was going around work.

      • gotta watch out for these things

        i had my booster shot about 3 months ago—the following day i got a flat tyre–picked up a metal bolt somewhere on the road–ruined an almost new tyre almost certain i picked it up on the way back from the clinic

        i kicked myself for ignoring eddys advice about getting my booster

        sorry eddy–you were quite right

        • Yes norm

          but hey if 90% of people that got a booster had a flat tire the next day and that worked out to a rate 10x the random probability of someone having a flat tire on any one day of the year well then ya might want to investigate – Perhaps FE is following everyone that gets a booster and giving them a present. With your approach FE would never get caught – whereas on all good crime shows the lead say “I dont believe in coincidences”.. Columbo/DCI Barnaby would be on the trail and after several entertaining interviews of FE would soon have him groveling/begging to confess to his dastardly deeds.

          Just today looked at a Japanese newsletter analysis of deaths posted on Bossche’s substack – they concluded Vaccine causing significant increase cardiac adverse events and analysis of children that mortality risk from vaccine was 2 to 3 time the risk from Covid infection

          Nice graph showing majority of deaths in vaccinated individuals (two groups medical workers and >65 civilians) occurred with 6-10 days of vaccination and with a much higher peak at 2 days or 4 days depending on group and then tailing off to almost none >10 days

          Now if that data is from a voluntary reporting database then the variation can be casually dismissed as “oh that is just due to differences in reporting frequency greater/less association on part of person reporting – human nature to report if happens a couple of days after vaccine but also to dismiss and not report if a week after” However it that is a complete tracking database of all occurances of death for all vaccinated individuals or even a statistically/demographically designed sampling of individual (like a properly designed political poll) then it is conclusive evidence of causality (relatively simple analysis using statistical queing theory to show not a random occurance)

          Clearly in the US Pharma has fought to keep adverse event reporting voluntary – thus they can always hide behind an inadequate data collection effort. Meanwhile they are supposed to be tracking everyone enrolled in their experiment/clinical trial (which since authorized under EUA technically means they should be tracking everyone- but that is another story) and summarize report to the FDA

          Funny thing that – they dont want us to see what they are reporting and fight to keep it secret for 50 years. From what we have seen they do report over 1000 deaths from various causes up to March 2021 (early part of vaccination effort) but they dont do any statistical analysis, rather simply put a statement to the effect that within expected bounds and not of concern. Hardly builds confidence that they are really looking out for our safety. at least 1000 deaths dismissed as inconsequential as easily as you dismiss FE. See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil, must be there is no evil. 🙂

          • I freely admit there are things adrift with the covid vax program which i don’t try to explain because i don’t know. Governments and medics ‘react’ because they must be seen to be ‘doing something’.

            bear in mind that the 1920 pandemic killed 50m—simple arithmetic suggested that by doing nothing–we might have 200 m this time.

            Imagine the conspirathon if that had happened-FE and his ilk foaming at the mouth because ‘nothing had been done’.

            what i dismiss is the nonsense of it being a ‘plandemic’, pre-determined by some kind of ‘elite’ in order to rid themselves of we lower orders because we consume resources they covet.

            there is no pre-planning.

            I dismiss the FE’s here because every major event in their passage of humanity becomes a ‘plot’ engineered by someone/something else—instead of what it is, the random progress of humankind itself. I blame my flat tyre on the vax clinic.
            All medical intervention carries risk, mistakes are bound to be made. Being an MD doesn’t exclude stupidity

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Ya but you failed to respond to the question:

              Why are we injecting healthy young people with the covid vaccines?

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Attempting to reason with a MOREON… is futile…

            norm – so why are young healthy people being injected?

  18. Sam says:

    Adjust let’s for inflation is $80 a barrel for oil high? Wag s have gone up significantly since 2008

    • $80 per barrel oil can produce high prices for consumers, but it is nowhere near high enough for producers. This is where the problem arises.

      • gpdawson2016 says:

        ….predicament 👍

      • Sam says:

        Well @ $120 is that high for consumers? I see so many job openings all over and wages are up 50% what they were 5 years ago.

        • cassandraclub says:

          Correct, but housing, foodprices, health insurance and taxes have gone up significantly (at least in the Netherlands where I live).
          Gasoline in the Netherlands is now more expensive than in 2012 when oil was $110 per barrel.
          I think the $80 a barrel is about the maximum price for consumers in Europe

  19. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    The Telegraph
    Rare heart condition triggered by Covid vaccine is ‘mild and resolves quickly’, say scientists
    Joe Pinkstone
    Mon, December 6, 2021, 10:53 AM
    Data show that coronavirus vaccines increase the risk of a person developing myocarditis, with the risk highest in young boys and after the second dose – Yui Mok

    A rare heart-related health condition induced by the Covid-19 vaccine is mild and resolves quickly, according to scientists.

    Myocarditis is a condition which is characterised by inflamed cardiac muscle and can weaken the flow of blood around the body. The most common cause is infection and in those cases it can be serious, and even fatal.

    Data show that coronavirus vaccines increase the risk of a person developing myocarditis, with the risk highest in young boys and after the second dose.

    A group of experts from across the US reviewed 139 cases of vaccine-induced myocarditis from across the US in people aged 12 to 20, with the average age being 16.
    Nine out of ten cases were in boys and after second doses.

    Of the 139 people who went to hospitals with the complaint, less than one in five were admitted to intensive care and none died.

    Chest pain was an almost ubiquitous symptom, and one in three people suffered with shortness of breath or fever.

    “These data suggest that most cases of suspected Covid-19 vaccine-related myocarditis in people younger than 21 are mild and resolve quickly,” said Dr Dongngan Truong, the study’s first author and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah.

    “This study supports what we have been seeing – people identified and treated early and appropriately for Covid-19 vaccine-related myocarditis typically experience mild cases and short recovery times,” added Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones, the president of the American Heart Association.

    “These findings also support the American Heart Association’s position that Covid-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective and fundamental to saving lives, protecting our families and communities against Covid-19, and ending the pandemic. Please get your child vaccinated as soon as possible.”

    According to data from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), for every one million Covid jabs given as a first dose to children aged 12 to 15, there are between 3 and 18 cases of myocarditis.

    The risk level increases for the second dose however, to between 21 and 42 cases per million second doses.

    Concern over this side effect led to the JCVI being cautious and initially not recommending under-16s get the jab, as the risk from Covid is so low.

    The Chief Medical officers of the devolved administrations however ruled the wider benefits of the vaccine meant it should be rolled out, but first doses only.

    However, last week the JCVI said it will start giving 12-15 year-olds a second dose, after more data emerged.

    See, everything under control. Nothing to be concerned about here..move on.. 0

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Ya the dead heart tissue just regenerates after a few months hahahahahaahhaahaha… in DelusiSTAN.

      • Ed says:

        maybe they are all going to Cabo to the Stem Cell Clinic to get the hearts repaired just like Governor Newcome. How much does stem cell repair of a heart cost?

        • vbaker says:

          As almost no one believes the stem cells can magically repair damaged heart tissue, I expect we will soon find out he and his family met a tragic end in a plane or car accident.

          But, damn, it would be awesome if Newsom instead said that he has made a horrible mistake, and gave California and thus the rest of the world the truth.

          His life is soon over one way or another I expect. What I don’t understand, is how did he not get the saline solution? Someone must have done a switcharoo with the vials in there.

          That person must either laughing fanatically, or suffering from a form of moral injury.

  20. Big Red Stick or call me Istrouma says:

    PSA: 1st post, fairly long blog follower.

    1. The real truth test of Vaxes would be to have a complete moratorium on all Covid vaxes for a period of 2-3 months 9 (or whatever meaningful time period should be). Then a truthful and unbiased reporting of the data. If the moratorium were to prove disastrous (exponentially more deaths due to Covid), then at least we will be some number south of 8B. This in itself would be helpful for humankind, although many of us wouldn’t want it to be us or family/friends, etc. But it is a fact, we are going to die; it’s just a matter of when.

    2. Disregarding the above, take colloidal silver. Since Covid is more a respiratory virus, use it in nasal form. We make our on. The how to make it is available on the Internet. We take some in the a.m. and p.m. in liquid form – about a tablespoon or so. We also use the nasal spray each morning and when leaving the house.

    Gail T, keep up the great blogging. I find your writing intriguing and helps this old mind of mine, happily engaged.

    Geaux Tigers!

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    • An excerpt:

      Our enemy is not the virus, but the insanity of those who betray their duties to the detriment of the community, of those who believe they can impose the Chinese totalitarian model and social credit in our nations, in the name of a communist collectivism that takes away identity and freedom to each of us.

      This global betrayal must be stopped: let’s respond to corruption with honesty, to lies with truth, to self-interest with generous dedication to public affairs, to the desire for power and money with selfless service and a sense of duty.

      • Halfvard says:

        I admire the sentiment, but the Desmet take someone posted and that Kunstler referenced seems for more reasonable in the time of a civilization / dissipative structure collapsing; that is is to say trying to form some sort of smaller scale resiliency instead of believing that you can fight back against the narrative being bleated at all of the narrative following sheep from every speaker in range.

        • hillcountry says:

          Agreed: I see a lot of Ivory Towers out there collecting click-bait fees and polishing halo’s. Even Joan d’Arc kept it pretty local. How does one wrestle with front-groups like WHO, IMF, UN, CIA, FBI. Answer is they don’t. Thing I like about Gail T is that she’s not monetized and she’s not tilting-at-windmills.

    • Student says:

      ”mRNA inventor Robert Malone stands with Abp. Viganò’s call for alliance against ‘fundamentally evil’ COVID tyranny”

  22. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Graphene Quantum Dots can penetrate the cell barrier and affect DNA

    Once inside the body, graphene oxide undergoes a series of processes that allow it, eventually and among many other things, in the form of quantum dots, to break through cellular barriers and cleave DNA.

  23. Mirror on the wall says:

    I am still chewing over Nietzsche’s TWTP. ‘Thou shalt lie’ seems to be one of his ’10 commandments.’ It seems that plants can be quite instructive about how nature works.

    > Increase in “dissimulation” proportionate to the rising order of rank of creatures. It seems to be lacking in the inorganic world – power against power, quite crudely – cunning begins in the organic world; plants are already masters of it. The highest human beings, such as Caesar, Napoleon, also the higher races (Italians), the Greeks (Odysseus); a thousandfold craftiness belongs to the essence of the enhancement of man. Problem of the actor. My Dionysus ideal – The perspective of all organic functions, all the strongest instincts of life…. – TWTP 544

    Plants are well naughty.

    > The sexual deception of plants

    Why would a plant want an animal to have sex with it? Because, it turns out, plants can be horrifically manipulative and deceitful! Wild sex expert Carin Bondar explains.

    Sexual deception is a biological bummer, at least for the deceived party. However, the animal kingdom has some of the most blatantly sexually deceitful beings on the planet. They engage in the ultimate in exploitation. I’m talking about sexually deceptive plants, and all the poor arthropod males who are wasting their reproductive efforts on entities that aren’t even animal.

    The majority of examples of sexual deception come from members of the orchid family (Orchidacae), although examples from an iris and a daisy have recently been discovered, indicating that sexual deception is probably widespread over the entire planet. It has evolved independently on at least four continents, and its existence continues to perplex evolutionary biologists and botanists alike. An initial question springs to mind: why would a plant want an animal to have sex with it? Plants require animals (or other interventions) to cross-pollinate, and sexual deception is thought to have evolved from plants that offer food rewards to pollinating insects. Except, in this instance, instead of receiving a food gift, the duped male suitor receives absolutely nothing.

    …. So how do these plants so effectively entice the attention of would-be male suitors? The most definitive answer is in the chemistry. Over millions of years orchids have evolved countless chemicals that are exact replicas of reproductively active female arthropods (most generally members of the Hymenoptera, one of the largest insect orders containing bees and wasps). The accuracy of this chemical mimicry is astounding, and this is undoubtedly what draws the male’s attention at the outset, but an effective female disguise must continue the foolery even when the male is close enough for his vision to come into play.

    …. The shape of the flower, as well as its UV reflectance and size are important factors for males of different hymenoptera. In one orchid species, the UV reflectance of bumps on its labellum (or inner structure) is a perfect match to the UV reflectance found on the wings of sexually receptive females. In extreme cases the labellum may have evolved to appear as an exact replica of the female in question, and in some species it has evolved to be a slightly larger version of a sexually receptive female in order to exploit the male’s natural preference for females with a larger body size.

    …. Once a male pollinator has located his orchid lover, he will engage in a variety of behaviors, again dependent on the species. These behaviors range from briefly touching down to full-out sexual action and ejaculation. The delightful term pseudocopulation encompasses the acts of intense sexual behavior that many males employ on their “females.” Males will erect their genital capsules and make convulsive movements, rubbing them against various parts of the flower. In some cases, the labellum (or inner part of the orchid flower) acts as a spring trap, responding to male stimulation by closing up and temporarily trapping the male inside. In an extreme case involving members of the orchid genus Pterostylis, this touch-sensitive trap snaps shut in response to the probing sexual behavior of a male gnat. The orchid doesn’t immediately open, forcing the male to exit through a small tunnel that brings him into direct contact with the plant’s reproductive structures. This seems an energetically costly process for the orchid (not to mention for the gnat, who must maneuver through its genitals to find the exit), but it recovers after three hours, and has the ability to be “sprung” three times during its reproductive life.

    So it seems that, in this case and several others, there is the possibility for significant costs to the male. There are examples where orchid deception is so accurate that males prefer to copulate with a flower rather than a true female. In other cases a male may prematurely end copulation with a true female in order to visit an orchid. Such “wrong decisions” prove costly to a male in the context of biological fitness, as do cases of mistaken identity when the density of mimicking orchids is high in a particular area….

    • Tim Groves says:

      Lots of naughty words in this post, Mirror. Well done!

      “Wrong decisions” often prove costly to male humans too. The main thing is do these males have a good time making them. Since male arthropods of many species have been visiting orchids for millions of years, and their species are still ticking over, what harm can it be doing them?

    • Sort of strange, isn’t it? The biological world has evolved in ways we would never guess.

      • that is the whole point of the biological world—it can’t be guessed

        if that meteorite hadn’t wiped out the dinosaurs 60m years ago—one of them might–just might have evolved into eddy by now.

        on the other hand, might have evolved into me

    • Kowalainen says:

      Which makes me ponder upon hottie robot/alien broads to pick apart and ‘screw’ back together like the ethos of a true engineer demands.

      A waste of time? How about no? It is well spent existence with zero risk of continuing the folly of humanoid shenanigans.

      In the mean time, there’s those internet sites…


    • Fast Eddy says:

      You have norm and mike’s attention … mike’s already on his way to the garden shop….

    • Jarle says:

      Interesting. Didn’t expect to learn stuff like that at OFW but that’s my fault; the comment field of OFW is a diverse place.

  24. Herbie R Ficklestein says:

    Omicron is here, and it looks like it’s very transmissible,” he said in an interview on MSNBC. “The timing is horrible with the winter months.”

    New York City has already put vaccine mandates in place for city workers and for indoor dining, entertainment and gyms. Nearly 90% of adults in the city now have at least one dose of the vaccine.

    But de Blasio said the city must go further to combat another wave of the virus in New York City, once the epicenter of the pandemic. Some private employers have required employees to get vaccinated, but many others have not.

    The mayor also announced that the rules for dining and entertainment would apply to children ages 5-11, starting Dec. 14, and the requirement for adults will increase from one dose of a vaccine to two starting Dec. 27.

    De Blasio and Gov. Kathy Hochul held a news conference Thursday to announce New York state’s first five cases of the omicron variant. The number of coronavirus cases in the city has increased rapidly in recent weeks; daily case counts have increased more than 75% since Nov. 1.

    De Blasio, a Democrat with less than a month left in office, said he was confident the new mandate would survive any legal challenges.

    “We are confident because it’s universal,” he said of the mandate.

    This article originally appeared in The New York Times .

    Seems they are hell bent on having everyone with the JAB…if you like it or not…bend over mate

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I know someone in NYC who is terrified of covid – I am sure he’s still wearing 4 masks and demanding the 4th shot NOW.

      I hope he enjoys this latest iteration hahahahaha…

  25. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Geert Vanden Bossche

    The Implication of Massive Vaccination During the Pandemic – My Interview with Doctors For Life Philippines

  26. Michael Le Merchant says:

    3D-Printed Pods for Assisted Suicide May Start Operating in Switzerland from Next Year

    • I am not sure I really want to put this up. What is the world coming to?

      • Mark says:

        It’s supposed to be for the terminally ill or those who refuse medical intervention. There is a DIY version for under $500. It’s a peaceful way to go, but you’ll need to be of sound mind.


        • drb says:

          I can already tell you how this movie is going to end. First it will be the person in question taking the decision, with a committee evaluating his or her soundness of mind. Then the committee will assist the person in making the proper decision. Then the committee and the person will be equal partners. Eventually it will just be the committee. I assure you that all our unmarried children, who will end up in nursing homes without family support, will end up this way.

      • Anna Norseman says:

        Were you equally horrified when they published 3-D instructions for guns?

        • Fast Eddy says:

          But guns are good – particularly when someone is trying to force you to be injected with poison

          • Anna Norseman says:

            Isn’t it good, then, that no one is being forced to be vaccinated?

            For most jobs, you have the alternative or getting the vaccination or doing regular Covid testing.

            And, of course, some businesses can require vaccinations to enter. Absolutely their right. Again, no one is getting forced to be vaccinated. It’s just that there are consequences to not be vaccinated. Sort of like No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. Your choice.

            And if a job does require that you be vaccinated, you absolutely have the right to quit. Your choice.

            Forced vaccinations in the United States is just a scare tactic of the uninformed.

            • Tim Groves says:

              Well said, Anna. The USA still stands for freedom!

              And if enough of you quit, those same businesses change their tune and beg you all to come back.

              But those same businesses, if they are bakeries, are not allowed to refuse bake wedding cakes with messages such as “Two Husbands Are Better Than One!” or “Black Wives Chatter!” At least, not unless the customer is unvaccinated. It’s a funny old country altogether!

            • Fast Eddy says:

              And they can vaccinate children with poison but Fast Eddy is not allowed to write


              The Queenstown team have forwarded your ad campaign strategy through to me. Have had a look at it and decided we won’t be running it in that form there are simply too many bows being drawn here whether we believe the figures or not and that is our right as the Publisher. You should feel free to contact other publishers in the area and we wish you well.

              In the Otago Daily Times

              Where is my freedom????

            • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

              Black Wives Mutter

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Ah I see … so if I was a surgeon making a million bucks a year I have the choice of not being injected with a dangerous experimental substance… but I lose my job and then what do I do to pay the mortgage on my 5M dollar house?

              And if I live in Austria and I refuse… I go get a big fine or go to jail … then if I continue to refuse I get a massive fine or a longer stint in jail… and the EU is making noise about introducing a bloc wide policy forcing people

              Which part of this don’t you get Anna?

              Get your boosters Anna – 3 months apart now — then two — then one and eventually weekly …

              Anna the Booster Addict… hahahaha

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Anna and the banana. hahaha get it?

            • Kowalainen says:

              “… but I lose my job and then what do I do to pay the mortgage on my 5M dollar house?”

              Why getting into debt (and various attachments) in the first place? $1M a year for 10 years should give you enough leeway to ride out this sucker unless jabs are held at gunpoint. Then there is only one reasonable course of action. Ask “them” to pull the trigger and be done with it.

              Will to Life at all cost? Me thinks not.


            • Adam says:

              No option for me. MRNA or walk. This is “free” Canada.

      • Aravind says:

        Not sure whether you recall David Goodall’s decision to end his life in 2018. He flew from Australia to Switzerland to get the job done at the age of 104. He was not terminally ill. He just wanted to die.

    • Street corner suicide booth as depicted in Futurama.. two decades ago?

    • Transhumanism at its “best” /s.

      Suffocation by Nitrogen displacement of O2. AI controlled – 30 seconds and you are done!

      So called “advantage” of this is it removes the Dr from having to be responsible for inserting an IV and removes human psychiatric review – instead an AI is given responsibility for determining patient competency prior to allowing terminal operation.

      My question is does the Dr/capitalist that owns this still collect a fee and is said fee reduced compared to the manual method which apparently is a traumatic burden on the attending physician(s) or is it State owned and offered as a free service?

    • Ed says:

      So these go in funeral homes? Or, who has the job of emptying the machine to make room for the next customer? Or, it is self serve? Just drag the body out and leave it on the side walk next to the machine? Or, can the machine wrap the corpse and call for pickup by crematory?

  27. Mirror on the wall says:

    Has Gail factored in Arnold?

  28. Rodster says:

    “A Brief History of Epic Mass Madness” by JHK

    “The thesis called mass formation psychosis put forward lately by the Belgian psychologist Mattias Desmet — a good digest here in text, not video — goes a long way to explaining the disgraceful mindfuckery that Western Civ has fallen for in our time, promulgated by a thinking class that descended into abject madness. It’s well worth reviewing.

    The descent was provoked by the existential anxiety over the collapse of techno-industrial economies and the end of progress as-we’ve-known-it. (Have you noticed: it was the self-styled “progressives” who went the craziest?) As Dr. Desmet lays it out, the disconnectedness of contemporary life, its lack of meaning or purpose for many, leads to unendurable anxiety. All that inchoate fear seeks desperately to attach itself to some real object, some thing or some force that can be comprehended, fought, and triumphantly overcome. Finding such a target produces an intoxicating sense of communal connection, purpose, and meaning, driving actions that are often crazy and also absolutely impervious to rational debate.”

    • Now, I wonder if progressives are running into a barrier. The hysteria about COVID just isn’t there as much. There is increasing concern about near-term energy shortfalls.

      • cassandraclub says:

        I agree. See this video from a German newsoutlet

        • Jane says:

          It’s too bad the video relies so heavily on an old and somewhat limited fart named Thane Gustafsen for its political analysis. Also, the assumption that Russia should just open its spigots for Europe when EUROPE is causing the problems and acting like a paranoid and spoilt child is ludicrous. The EU wants Russia to supply it with gas on demand, on the EU’s terms. It doesn’t work that way, especially when you have invested billions in gas infrastructure. You wanna drive a car, you have to buy one, or lease it. You don’t get to jump into the first car you see and drive it for a couple of hours, then get out and go home . . .

          This whole energy crisis in the EU has been caused by EU paranoia and bad faith.

    • Hubbs says:

      Among some of the observations by Dr Desmet were that intelligence does NOT seem to make people immune from being drawn into mass formation (indoctrination). I think he stated around 30% of a population are suceptiible to mass formation. He makes a very interesting distinction between tyrants and dictators, almost analogous to viruses which become less lethal as they become more contagious. Dictators, sensing that once they have established control over a population, may tend to become less malevolent so as to avoid resistance, whereas tyrants have to use brutal measures, mass formation etc to initially gain control. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya immediately comes to mind as an example of the transformation. So how does this factor into the French revolution? Were Louis and Antionette just benevolently ignorant dictators?
      With lack of food and fossil fuel energy for transporation and having to resort to the horse and buggy, will the new refrain for this century be “let them eat horse meat?”

      • By the way, Chris Martenson has a video with transcript up of an interview Chris Martenson did with Dr. Desmet.

        Desmet says,

        “So totalitarianism typically destroys all the social bonds between individuals, and that’s why we have to try to do the opposite. We have to try to connect with each other to try to connect as much as possible.”


        But we have to be as sensitive as possible, as honest as possible, as sincere as possible. That’s the only solution, or that’s the only way to prevent the system from closing and destroying everything, which I don’t believe it will. I really I’m really optimistic in this sense.

        I believe that there will be a group of people who manage to continue to speak out and who will ultimately bring change in this situation. But I’m not naive in this respect. The next years will be very tough years.

  29. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Bond market flashes warning sign over global economic growth.

    “Bond markets are flashing a warning signal over the outlook for global growth as a combination of inflation fears and the spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain sparks a shift in investor expectations.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Growth Cycle Outlook: Growth Bounce, Then Deflation.

      “Despite a moderate pick-up in growth during Q4, the leading indicators of the economic growth cycle suggest we are nearing a period of stagflation and potentially disinflation as growth resumes in deceleration… The bond market tends to get these things right.”

    • Fast Eddy says:

      haha… Bossche is saying I told you so… hahahahaha

      Reinfections three times more likely with Omicron coronavirus variant, South African scientists say

      The study provides the first epidemiological evidence about the mutated strain’s ability to evade immunity from prior infection

      The researchers also plan to investigate to what extent Omicron can evade vaccine-induced immunity

      • Hubbs says:

        But staring us right in the face:

        “Pulliam cautioned that the authors did not have information about the individuals’ vaccination status and therefore could not assess to what extent Omicron evades vaccine-induced immunity.”

        The ultimate in conflation here. As stated,
        The researchers also plan to investigate to what extent Omicron can evade vaccine-induced immunity.

        We want to know whether this applies to people who have already acquired natural immunity.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Doesn’t matter .. because if this is Marek’s level stuff.. they dying begins soon … and if the disease doesn’t get you … starvation will

    • Today, there is a big bounce in the stock market as some people decide prior fears are overblown.

      Also from the WSJ:

      Oil prices rose on expectations for higher energy demand as lockdown fears receded and Saudi Aramco raised its official selling prices for all grades of crude into Asia for January. Global benchmark Brent crude advanced 2.8% to trade at $71.83 a barrel. On the other hand, natural gas plummeted 11% to $3.70 a million British thermal units, on pace for the lowest settle value since July.

      • Halfvard says:

        A few days of R&R, ingesting a touch of MSM propaganda and a couple alcoholic beverages go a long way to cheering people up for another week of believing in a false narrative I guess?

  30. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Global Food Prices Climb Closer to Record, Boosting Inflation Angst…

    “A United Nations gauge of global food prices rose 1.2% last month, threatening to make it more expensive for households to put a meal on the table. It’s more evidence of inflation soaring in the world’s largest economies and may make it even harder for the poorest nations to import food, worsening a hunger crisis.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “The International Monetary Fund warned of “economic collapse” in some low-income countries unless creditors in the world’s richest nations suspend debt-service obligations and help renegotiate new terms.

      “About 60% of the world’s poorest countries are at high risk or are already in debt distress, double the share in 2015, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva …said…”

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Pour it on Harry!!! More Doom … More Gloom… More now way out now …

        A tidal wave of doom is hitting … and most MOREONS are completely unaware of the situation ..

        They are anxious .. but remain confident… that the scientists at Fizer … are going to deliver a hollywood ending .. and inject them with a booster that defeats omicron …

        hahahaha… total IDI OTS (but still dangerous ID IOTS cuz there are billions of them)

        Oh how I wish that just before this goes to pieces… Fast Eddy would be invited to address the world to deliver a scathing masterpiece explaining in great detail what has been done to the MOREONS .. with their permission .. how they and their MOREONIC children injected this garbage and ended their own lives…

        How they deserve death — because they have tortured and maimed and generally behaved like wicked beasts….

        And then he’d laugh hahahahaha… hahahaha… and then the serious dying would begin…. and he’d continuing to shout into the tee vee camera — die vermin … you there in Poland die … and all of you in Cambodia … die… and Canada.. and Australia… MOREONS everywhere die… this is your moment … this is your Super Bowl ya’ll have starring roles… don’t let us down.. die like sick dogs…

        Hahahahahahaha …. hahahahaha… and the MOREONS incensed by this .. but too sick to respond… crawl towards FE… they try to climb onto the stage… Fast Eddy kicks them in the face..HE stomps on fingers… HE takes out a flame thrower and in one sweeping gesture roasts 100’s of them alive … HE takes out an axe and hacks at them in a seething rage… die MOREONS… until there are no more…

        And then … exhausted.. blood splattered… Fast Eddy returns to this throne… pops a handful of Oxycontin… washed down with a tumbler of whiskey…. HIS head slumps to one side… his eyes glaze… HE resists momentarily … surveys the carnage one final time… and expires…

        The last man standing … is down… and the Earth’s nightmare … ends.

        • Sorry, to spoil a bit your otherwise indeed “epicly” rant around the pesky details, but Poland IS / will be dying in the slow lane comparatively to others.. they did not fully jumped on the Fausti wagon.. yet.. Nevertheless, they are likely lock and loaded target for some future episodes – missiles flying..

        • Now, adding another “lite insult” while putting on top psychologist hat – Eddy was not it for perhaps too much Pacino movies in the late pubescent age (de/re)forming your .9TW brain?

      • It is the low income countries that have a huge problem with inflation.

        • Artleads says:

          tHEY ARE TRADITIONALLY USED TO HARDSHIP. It’s just in the last 40 years that the large majority are getting beyond “dirt poor,” and they haven’t lost the memory of the hard life.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      It amazes me that this is not a catalyst for mass riots … if not that then mass starvation … how are people staying alive?

      We are in touch with people on the ground in Indonesia and the Philippines … and they hold it together… how… even in the best of times it is a huge struggle…

      CTG – this might be programmed into the virtual reality…

  31. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean increase by 30 percent in one year.

    “According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, in just one year, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people living with hunger increased by 13.8 million, reaching a total of 59.7 million people.”

  32. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Australia’s supply chain is at risk of collapsing next month as a shortage of a Chinese-made chemical [urea] stops diesel trucks from even starting.

    “Half of Australia’s long-haul truck fleet has a diesel engine and without sufficient supplies of the environmental additive urea, essential transport is likely to be grounded.”

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Everything seems to be about to unravel… Tim’s drops that ‘This is It’ article… Mother Gail unleashes this End of the World piece… just waiting on Kunstler to deliver his version of doom ..

      CEP it is folks.. CEP it is…. the reaper is now in the compound…

    • Urea is in short supply, worldwide.

      I have never heard of ay long-haul truck that operated with anything other than diesel. What do the other Australian long-haul trucks use?

      • The short supply DEF (diesel emissions fluid) urea mixture is a part of pollution control system

        “Urea is made of 67.5% purified and deionized water and 32.5% urea and is found in vehicles and diesel generators as part of a process known as Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR). When urea is injected into the exhaust stream of a vehicle or generator equipped with an SCR emission system, the heat of the exhaust causes it to decompose into ammonia and carbon dioxide. The vaporized DEF and other exhaust gases enter a catalytic converter which contains the catalyst. NOX, which reacts with the ammonia in the vaporized DEF and converts it into the more environmentally friendly compounds of nitrogen and water”

        hmmmmm wonder what source of urea we all carry around with us – Im sure that we dont need to go all the way to China to get urea – if we can come up with composting toilets we ought to be able to hack a bioprocessing urinal that could “manufacture” a DEF substitute lol

        • CTG says:

          DEF…money speaks in all languages fluently… why manufacture your own when buying from China is so much cheaper… (until it does not). Anyway it is too late to do anything now…

    • Slow Paul says:

      Is this additive necessary for the engine/exhaust systems to function, or just to make the exhaust “cleaner”? If it’s the latter I can imagine one can reprogram the ECU to make it run without the additive.

      • drb says:

        It is the latter. The world is in deep fresh excrement up to its chin, and pleading anyone around not to make waves. But this one is a nothingburger. They can change the diesel pollution rules with the click of a mouse.

        • Ah but the computer on-board the vehicle will not let it run without the DEF and if emissions sensor detect non-compliance will not run – ECU bypass programming that was the whole “outrage” led to the Volkswagon recalls. ECU not always easy to reprogram – just ask all the farmers w/ John-Deere tractors that can no longer work on them themselves because of IP restrictions- John Deere look to sue you or have you arrested

          You will not own anything and will be happy

          They will not change the pollution rules – diesel is to be eliminated dont cha know

          • holleymangmailcom says:

            There is a premium on used, non after treatment equipment in good shape. The pre- tier 4 tractors and trucks with lowish hours are snapped up in no time. The DEF is not only requiring urea to function but also more complex, requires large, heavy and extremely expensive exhaust filters (catalysts) and prone to freezing up in the winter, especially if the complicated heating systems fail. When they don’t function perfectly you get a check engine light, limp mode (low speed or low power) and only for a certain amount of time before it stops outright.
            It makes lower NOx and particulate but they do burn more fuel due to a cleaning cycle and produce more CO2. I’m not convinced it’s saving the planet but I’m sure someone is getting rich off of it.

          • drb says:

            Surely a software update will take seconds.

  33. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Ships in California logjam now stuck off Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.

    “The decline in ships waiting just offshore of Los Angeles/Long Beach continues to be touted as a sign that port congestion is easing — despite the fact that the true number of waiting ships has not actually declined.”

  34. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Omicron Sounds the Death Knell for Globalization 2.0 – On top of an intensifying cold war between the U.S. and China and other seismic changes, the rapid spread of Covid-19’s newest variant could finish off our most recent phase of global integration…

    “Between Nov. 14 and 28, 455 people were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in Tshwane metro area, one of the largest hospital systems in Gauteng. Seventy (15%) of those hospitalized were under the age of five; 117 (25%) were under 20. And this is not just a story of precautionary hospitalizations…

    “If this trend holds as omicron spreads to advanced economies — and it is spreading very fast, confirming omicron’s high transmissibility — the market impact could be much bigger than is currently priced in.”

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Now the MSM is making its move!!!!

      Reads like the script from a horror movie hahaha – remember ‘Devil Covid… the nightmare scenario’

      Omega … Omicron… whatever…. and the same BBG article detailing the hospitalizations is very promising… we might have a winner here… a Christmas gift for 8B hahaha.

      It’s beginning to look a lot like Doomsday … Everywhere you go … hahahahahahaha… I love the timing of this … less than 3 weeks away … just enough time for this to grab the world by the throat and hack the head off with a rusty dull blade…

      Punish the MOREONS… really punish them hard…

      “Somewhere out there,” I wrote here two weeks ago, “may lurk what I grimly call the ‘omega variant’ of SARS-CoV-2: vaccine-evading, even more contagious than delta, equally or more deadly. According to the medical scientists I read and talk to … the probability of this nightmare scenario is very low, but it is not zero.”

      Indeed. Little did I know, but even as I wrote those words something that appears to fit this description was spreading rapidly in South Africa’s Gauteng province: not the omega variant, but the omicron variant.

    • But,

      “South Africa’s top medical advisor Waasila Jassat noted on Dec. 3 that hospitalizations on average are less severe than in previous waves and hospital stays are shorter.”

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        No deaths so far either. I am concerned though that a panic over the higher risk of illness in children means they are more aggressively targeted with vaccines. It potentially gives governments more moral leverage to trample over civil liberties, too.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        She could be lying.

  35. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Investors flee U.S. corporate junk debt on inflation, Omicron concerns.

    “Worries over surging inflation and a new variant of the coronavirus are roiling the U.S. corporate junk bond market, though some believe the tumble could draw investors seeking higher yields.”

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Margin Debt Is Rising. It’s Becoming a Risk for Stocks…

      “Margin debt—the amount of money traders have borrowed to buy new shares, using their stockholdings as collateral—has hit a level close to an all-time high. It’s at $936 billion, according to Yardeni Research, up 40% from this time last year.”

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        “Inflation causing financial strain for nearly half of U.S. households, poll finds.

        “Among low-income households, more than 7 in 10 say the rising cost of food, gas and other necessities is creating hardship.”

      • hillcountry says:

        I remember Ed from Y2K days.

        Dr. Edward Yardeni

        Dr. Ed Yardeni is the President of Yardeni Research, Inc., a provider of global investment strategy and asset allocation analyses and recommendations. He previously served as Chief Investment Strategist of Oak Associates, Prudential Equity Group, and Deutsche Bank’s US equities division in New York City. He was also the Chief Economist of CJ Lawrence, Prudential-Bache Securities, and EF Hutton. He taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He also held
        positions at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the US Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.

        Dr. Ed earned his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976, having
        completed his doctoral dissertation under Nobel Laureate James Tobin. Previously, he received a master’s degree in international relations from Yale. He completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude at Cornell University. Dr. Ed is frequently quoted in the financial press, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, and Barron’s. He was dubbed Wall Street Seer in a Barron’s cover story. He appears frequently on CNBC and Bloomberg Television. See Dr. Ed’s Media Center blog.

        In 2018, Dr. Ed published Predicting the Markets: A Professional Autobiography. In this book, he shares his unique insights into predicting the trends and cycles in the domestic and global economies and financial markets—including stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies—based on the first 40 years of his career on Wall Street. In 2020, Dr. Ed published Fed Watching for Fun & Profit: A Primer for Investors to help investors understand the Fed’s decision-making process, anticipate its moves, and profit from those insights.

      • The view must be, “Stocks can keep rising and rising and rising.”

  36. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Some 18 months into the health crisis, and facing a second Covid Christmas, economic factors are adding to festive season stress this year in France and other countries.

    “…a third of people from more modest French households feel sad and anxious rather than joyful at the prospect of the Christmas holidays this year.”

  37. Fast Eddy says:

    Here we have clown again saying it’s probably nothing …

    Can anyone remember when authorities said any version of Covid was not hell on earth?

    So why now …

  38. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Single malt whiskies expected to triple in price next year due to supply chain crisis.

    “Experts have warned Brexit, the pandemic and soaring demand have resulted in a “perfect storm” hitting Scotland’s prized £5billion dram export market.”

  39. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Russia sends defence missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan.

    “Russia has deployed coastal defence missile systems near Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a move intended to underline Moscow’s firm stance in the dispute.”

  40. Harry McGibbs says:

    “China Developer Sunshine 100 Defaults on $170 Million of Bonds.

    “Chinese developer Sunshine 100 China Holdings Ltd. defaulted on $179 million of debt and interest payments due Sunday as the pain of higher borrowing costs hits indebted companies across the sector.”

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    Kevin Durant?Writes The $79.99/mo Newsletter ·19 hr ago

    7,244 died of COVID the week ending 10/30. Of that number, 4720 were over 65…….but 99% of people over 65 are vaccinated.

    If it’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated, how are 65% of the deaths coming from a cohort that is 99% vaccinated?

    nooooorrrmmmm dunnnnccccc….

  42. Fast Eddy says:

    A giant Florida hospital system has ended its vaccine mandate

    Advent Health will no longer require its 83,000 employees to be vaccinated against Covid.

    Given the fact the mandates are causing crippling staff shortages around the country, expect other hospitals and healthcare providers to follow soon.

    Amazing that rules that are likely never even to take formal effect have caused such a crisis. Just another gift from Uncle Joe this holiday season.

    • An L.A. Fitness (a gym chain) employee told me a couple of weeks ago about onerous things that were going to happen to any employee who was not vaccinated by December 5. Now the date has come and gone, and nothing more has been said. She is assuming the issue is gone for now.

      The gym chain has no way of knowing who is vaccinated and who is not, among other issues.

      • drb says:

        Similar things are happening in campuses throughout the USA. After much bluster and more or less veiled threats, the once powerful campus health committees have seemingly disappeared, and only occasionally send heartfelt loving letters to campus dwellers, asking them to be careful.

  43. Fast Eddy says:


    Funny how they don’t talk about israel singapore denmark etc when they try to tell us its the unvaxxed …

  44. Fast Eddy says:

    This is why technically it pays to Hold the Line… but it doesn’t matter in the big picture… the ship is beyond repair and floating in deep icy waters

    Vaccine mandates also suspended at the Cleveland Clinic, across other NE Ohio hospitals

    I’m guessing now that this is happening all over the country and the elite media has just refused to report it. If your hospital or provider has suspended its mandate, please let me know.

  45. Tim Groves says:

    Esther Rantzen, the well-known TV personality and Dame of the British Empire, has been around so long that she’s become a part of the woof and warp of British society, perhaps to an even greater extent than Oprah has in the US.

    As the host of the BBC magazine-style TV programme That’s LIfe! for over twenty years, she thrilled and titilated the nation with tales of local councils wasting public money, cowboy companies cheating consumers, singing dogs and cats trapped on top of telegraph poles being rescued by the local fire brigade.

    As the founder of ChildLine, charity promoting child protection, which she set up in 1986, she was a tireless defender of children’s rights and a ruthless pursuer of child abusers. She would certainly have stopped Jimmy Savile dead in tracks but, unfortunately, the only information she had to go on was “green room gossip.”

    Later, in 2012, she extended her charitable work to senior citizens by founding Silver Line, a charity dedicated to combating loneliness in older people’s lives. So, numerous good works. Very commendable. And she was given a Woman of the Year Award recently in recognition of her sainthood.

    Last month, eighty-one-year-old Esther revealed another side of her nature, the side that in the past has caused some unkind people to refer to her as Esther Rancid. She went on TV and announced that people who are not vaccinated, if they have a heart attack or a stroke, should not visit a hospital but should instead stay home and die if die there necessary. “They’ve made their choice,” she insisted.

    The interviewer seemed visibly shocked by Esther’s exceptionally strongly expressed view, and tried to counter it. He had to remind her that the UK “is a free country and that one of the fundamental principles is that we have control over our own bodies.” The Rantzens only arrived in the UK from Warsaw in the late 1850s, so I’ve been wondering whether perhaps she didn’t absorb all the essential elements of decency that constitute the soul of the free-born yeoman of olde Englande. She seems to have outdone Rod Stewart, who when asked about whether vaccinations should be made mandatory, had the decency to say he doesn’t ‘want to get into that one.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I support forcing obese people, smokers and drunks to pay for their medical care – if they can’t toss them on the street.

    • Minority of One says:

      “She would certainly have stopped Jimmy Savile dead in tracks…”

      Prior to watching the interview I would probably agree. But not after. She comes across as a fully paid up member of the same party the guy with the unique moustache belonged to.

      For those that do not know, Savile was the most prolific sexual abuser in UK history, by a long shot. Shortly after his death in 2011 the flood gates opened, and more than 500 people, from small children to old age pensioners, gave evidence that he abused them. Saville was hardly ever off our TV screens, for about 50 years. Savile was also very active in charity work, that is how he got access to so many of his victims. There were two police enquiries after complaints against him prior to his death, and both times the police reported nothing to see here, move along now.

      The various TV documentaries that ensued interviewed dozens of both his victims, and in the case of the hospital where he worked unsupervised as a volunteer, medical staff, who reported his abuse to senior management, and nothing was ever done. Savile got away with it because to a person, senior management turned a blind eye. And various people who worked at the BBC same time as Savile have gone on record as saying it was general knowledge what Savile was up to. The senior management denied they knew anything of course. Reminds me of what is going on now.

    • Yorchichan says:

      There was a big(?) freedom march in York on Saturday. Seeing as it’s York, it was all very civilised, despite how the local media tried to portray it.

      What shocked me was the sheer vitriol shown by some of my passengers (always middle aged women) towards those dastardly anti-vaxxers. The passengers could hardly contain their anger as they wished death or incarceration on those standing up for civil liberties.

      • Tim Groves says:

        The sentiment of blame the unjabbed seems to be growing in the UK, promoted by certain celebrities including those who should know better such as Esther, hailing as she does from an often persecuted minority. Remember when she was an advocate for consumer and citizens’ rights?

        I suppose these passengers you are referring to are the sort of people often referred to in the US these days as Karens. I wonder, do the British have a name for them?

        Must be a strain for you to keep biting your lip while ferrying these overly opinionated ladies about. But remember, they are somebody’s mum or gran, and some of them were probably lookers once.

        Do you get any passengers like these two (from 9 minutes in)?

        • Yorchichan says:

          Who says I bite my lip? I’m usually up for an argument, but I try to keep it good humoured on my side and backed up with facts. I can usually convince them that not all anti-vaxxers are evil granny killers. Karens is what they are. I don’t know an equivalent English term, but I prefer FE’s term of moreons.

          Could never stand Last Of The Summer Wine; it exemplifies everything I despise about life in rural Yorkshire.

          • Tim Groves says:

            🙂 So it really is that bad up on the dales? On sunny days it looks like paradise. My dad really loved that sitcom, by the way. He used to sent me each series as it came out on VHS taped fresh off the telly.

            Thanks for doing your best to humanize us monsterrrs.

          • NomadicBeer says:

            Have you tried agreeing with them and taking it to absurdity?

            “Absolutely, they are scum! I heard they are finally building concentration camps for them, can’t wait to see them all gassed!”

            See what their reactions is – after all that is exactly what they want, just not ready to say it out loud.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            MORE… ONS… MOREONS… there is something poetic about that word

        • Minority of One says:

          My teenage daughter introduced me to the term ‘a Karen’. Same meaning here (UK) I presume as in the USA – a control freak / bossy boots is my understanding.

  46. Christina says:

    I have read your posts with big interest for a long time. But when you publish lies, I get very dissapointed. I live in Sweden and I know that this is not true! “In fact, people in Sweden are getting microchip implants after its latest COVID passport mandate”.

    So if you publish lies in this way, why should I trust other things that you write? Why do you publish such lies to make people frightened?

    • This seems to be what the newspaper article I linked to indicates. Perhaps it hasn’t started yet.

      • Mike Roberts says:

        Maybe it’s the implication that the practice has now taken off because of vaccine passes and that, somehow, it represents the mark of the beast, that bothers Christina. As others have noted, it seems to have been going on well before vaccines. I certainly don’t think it added anything to your post.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Now we go to mike:

          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?
          Why are young healthy people being injected?

    • NomadicBeer says:

      In fact you are lying Christina.

      Sweden has a long history of implanting microchips. 10 years ago I know people that were using implanted microchips instead of a keycard to access their workplaces.

      Troll much?

    • Gerard+d'Olivat says:

      On Gail’s side there are more and more completely untrue claims.
      For example, it was claimed that a well-known Dutch skater would have suffered ‘serious heart problems’ after administering a vaccine.
      It concerns the world champion Kjeld Nuis. I happen to know him personally. He did indeed get heart problems after a covid infection….!!!but months before any vaccines came on the market at all.
      Perhaps Gail is too preoccupied with the idea that the “antichrist” must be found and indicted somewhere. The human factor has now completely disappeared in almost all responses to her piece.

      Perhaps the ‘anitchrist’ is best found under the Christmas tree of an American family that went viral where everyone showed off their automatic weapons!
      I think Gail is very happy with the extremely radical avatars on her site.

      • I do not sit around closely monitoring what other people say to the group.

        I am afraid I am not preoccupied with the antichrist. I had to look it up on Google to find the references to it.

        You seem to try to read all kinds of intent that really is not there into what I am doing. Clearly, what is being said hits a nerve with you. You need to be thinking about what you will be doing in the next thirty years, just as other need to thinking about the issue. The next 30 years are not likely to be as good as the last ones. That is what creates a lot of worry. It also creates what Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, and the World Economic Forum consider great opportunities for those with great wealth and power to benefit from the problems of the 99.9%.

        • Your attentive patience is exemplary, thanks.
          And in terms of the underlined call – need to think – for bracing up against not so good outlook for next 30yrs – that’s very motivational also.

        • Gerard+d'Olivat says:

          Sorry Gail but “the antichrist” is really a quote from your article…you even mention individuals. Perhaps wikipedia got you started.

          The ‘antichrist’is according to Christian belief, the worst religious fallacy is that of the antichrist, because in it man glorifies himself instead of honoring God. According to the Church, reading the Apocalypse literally and on that basis speculating on and projecting messianic expectations into politics (chiliasm) is an “intrinsically wrong” messianism.

          Perhaps on your own site you should take a look at who is substituting themselves for Christ and calling on your site readers to see him as the “enlightened spirit” while calling down doom on humanity. You will be amazed…by his gospel.

          Above all, do not worry about my future prospects. I understand very well the meaning of your articles.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Just say the word.. or give a hint… and Fast Eddy will unleash the OFW attack dogs…

      • jj says:

        I see the Antichist as mankinds faith in its own cleverness. In that arrogance we have moved away from the beauty of the planet and love.

        Too each his own. My belief is you have to respect peoples choices otherwise you are a tyrant. It is not hard to sense who lives in beauty and love. And who is making up excuses for tyranny of demanding that their way is absolute. Fascism with a dab of perfume. Yet the stench is still overwhelming.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          The antichrist may be running the mass delusion campaign that has convinced the majority of the population to participate in the extermination of 8B people

          • You may be correct on that, if there really is an antichrist.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Hmmmm…. Fast Eddy despises humans … particularly MOREONS… there is always the possibility that HE is the power behind all of this…..

              I am only the messenger… I am not privy to FE’s assorted machinations that could involve diabolical plots and stuff… so I cannot confirm anything …

              However there is a possibility that HE is … the antichrist


        • “I see the Antichrist as mankind’s faith in its own cleverness.”

          You may be right. Cleverness is very closely related to complexity. Joseph Tainter says that there is an energy cost to complexity. Clever solutions tend to require materials of many kinds. They often lead to wage disparity. Ultimately, they act to bring the system down.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            This ties in with the Borg from Star Trek — recall how the Borg exterminated itself and didn’t realize what it was doing

    • Christopher says:

      Christina, I also live in Sweden. It is possile to do some kind of id chip implant in the hand. It’s been going on for a while :

      Apparently, this works for proving your vaccine status as well. Of course, quite uncommon, this far.

      • sciouscience says:

        Sigmund Freud, here. What’s that about an id chip? Asking for a friend.

    • JesseJames says:

      Just quit reading then Christina.

    • CTG says:

      I have just written a day or 2 ago that there will be people who will just come over to OFW comments section, like Christina saying “I have been reading you articles for along time, never commented untill now. All good but….”

      They come here, put a few sentences, getting people worked out unnecessarily , prompting people to do some check and research, turns out to be false and that commenter just disappear. The proof of burden lies on the author or other commenters. With just a few sentence, the whole chain of discussion gets disrupted.

      Sweden has been toying with implanted chips for a long time. There will be people who are willing to use it.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Could be fake news…

      People in Sweden are having high-tech futuristic microchips implanted into their skin to help them carry out everyday activities and replace credit cards and cash.

      MORE than 4,000 people have already had the high-tech chips, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted into their hands with the pioneers predicting millions will soon join them as they hope to take it global. Using the implants makes cash and credit cards redundant and massively reduces the risk of transmitted infections by the coronavirus.

      “It’s very ‘Black Mirror,’” Swedish scientist Ben Libberton told The Post of the similarity to the TV series highlighting futuristic scenarios.

    • Tim Groves says:

      Christina, this one is just for you. Just calm down, chill out, exhale and you’ll be fine.

    • Christina

      When you hang out in OFW, you’ll need a ‘truth filter’–especially when reading the input of certain people.
      (You can probably guess who they are)

      People will say anything to get attention, and copy and repeat nonsense and insist that it is true.
      You will see youtubes posted to ‘prove’ all kinds of rubbish.
      They will also get very annoyed if you dare to point out that it IS nonsense.

      That also acts as a magnet for other people who believe it all, who make a lot of ‘noise’. This tends to drive away those who are only interested to common sense and genuine information.

      that said, you will find a lot of accurate stuff on OFW–but a dash of common sense is essential.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Let’s move on….

        Why are young healthy people being injected?
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