A Few Insights Based on CDC Data Regarding COVID and its Vaccines

My background is as a casualty actuary. I am used to looking at data from standard sources and trying to make some sense of it. I am hesitant to take someone else’s word for what the data show because I know that it is easy for mistakes to creep in. In this post, I will provide observations based on data from the databases of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Johns Hopkins University. Hopefully, some of these observations will prove insightful.

I am aware that the proper reference for COVID is “COVID-19.” In this post, I have elected to use the shorter reference, except when shown in an exhibit prepared using software developed by someone else (Figure 3).

[1] Recent data show that COVID vaccines don’t really prevent a person from catching and passing along the virus that causes COVID. The CDC has recently changed its guidance to reflect the fact that the vaccines mostly reduce the chance of severe illness. Vaccines are still recommended by the CDC, not because they reduce transmission, but because they may reduce COVID-related healthcare costs.

Figure 1. Number of US vaccine doses provided to various age groups, based on data from a CDC database.

It is clear from Figure 1 that the big initial push for vaccine delivery peaked around April 2021. The rollout was substantially accomplished by July 2021. Then there was a second, lower peak, related primarily to boosters in the November 2021 to January 2022 period.

Figure 2 shows the pattern of newly reported COVID cases, relative to the first round of COVID vaccinations, based on data reported to the Johns Hopkins University database.

Figure 2.US reported COVID cases by month based on data from the Johns Hopkins University database.

Clearly, the first round of vaccinations did not put an end to new COVID cases. In fact, the CDC started becoming concerned about transmission among the vaccinated as early as July 2021. At that time, it started recommending that everyone wear a mask in conditions that represented high transmission. It also began using the term breakthrough infection to describe the (hopefully uncommon) condition of coming down with COVID after being vaccinated.

In fact, back when the Delta wave hit in the fall of 2021, it was possible to blame at least part of the problem on the lesser-vaccinated Southern part of the US. The well-vaccinated Northeast seemed to fare relatively much better (Figure 3).

Figure 3. US reported COVID cases (moving 7-day average, relative to population) by part of the US based on data from the Johns Hopkins University database. Visualization is available at this web address.

Figure 3 indicates that a quite different situation occurred when the Omicron variant hit close to the beginning of 2022. The heavily vaccinated Northeast clearly led the way, both in timing and in the number of COVID cases relative to population. The relatively less vaccinated South was much lower, close to the Midwest in its number of cases, relative to population.

The Omicron variant is very different from the original Wuhan version of the virus. This difference between virus variants is at least part reason that current mRNA vaccines fail to block transmission of the Omicron virus. Instead, current vaccines mostly reduce severe symptoms. This is very similar to the explanation we have heard when getting influenza vaccines each year. Researchers make a guess with respect to which particular strains will be circulating the following year. The level of protection will vary, depending upon whether the researchers’ guesses prove to be accurate the following year.

There are also indications from patterns elsewhere (and from theory) that it is not good practice to vaccinate at the time a virus is already starting to circulate widely. The booster vaccinations that took place in November and December 2021 (Figure 1) may have inadvertently raised, rather than lowered, their recipients’ chances of catching COVID. But, of course, the illness would be (on average) relatively mild. This lower severity of outcome is to be expected, partly because the mutated virus seems to be less virulent than the Wuhan COVID virus, and partly because the vaccines tend to reduce the severity of the disease.

The CDC started moving in the direction of treating vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike back in July 2021. Now, with the evidence from the Omicron wave coming in, it has had no choice but to move even further in the direction of treating everyone alike. For example, for domestic travel, the CDC recommends tests for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers if there is a concern about COVID. Recent CDC recommendations with respect to the wearing of masks do not depend upon vaccine status, either.

The idea of requiring everyone to be vaccinated likely originated from the cost-savings and profits that were expected to occur if people could be vaccinated and kept out of hospitals. Employers were very much in favor of such cost-savings because their workers likely would be able to stay on the job more of the time. Insurance companies were in favor of such an approach as well, because it would lower health care claim costs. Hospitals and physicians were in favor of the recommended COVID vaccines because physicians could perform more elective surgery (and thus make more money) if the hospitals were not full of COVID patients. Of course, the drug companies selling vaccines were in favor of selling more vaccines, too.

Furthermore, we know from prior experience with viruses that the ability to stop transmission with a vaccine varies greatly from virus to virus. Forecasting that any proposed vaccine will prevent transmission is a very “iffy” proposition. The viruses that cause the common cold, HIV and SARS are related (in some way) to the virus that causes COVID. Despite decades of research, none of these viruses has a successful vaccine. This suggests that COVID cannot be stopped by a vaccine, either. We also know, in general, that if a virus jumps from an animal to human hosts, transmission can only be stopped if all of the animal hosts are successfully vaccinated, as well.

[2] COVID vaccines used in the US do not seem to have done much to reduce total COVID deaths.

Figure 4. Number of US COVID deaths by month on two slightly different reporting bases. CDC data are based on death certificate data, reported up to several months after the date of the death, but backdated to the date of actual death. Thus, its indications will tend to be low for recent months. The Johns Hopkins University database contains reports sent in by providers. It should be more complete for recent dates.

Vaccinations started in December of 2020, but there were about 20% more COVID deaths in 2021 than in 2020. Part of the problem is that after the Delta peak in deaths in September, deaths never retreated to zero, or close to zero. COVID deaths immediately began increasing with the Omicron peak. While there was a lull during March 2022 in reported cases (Figures 2 and 3), data for April and May seem to indicate that reported cases are again on an upward path.

If today’s vaccines really worked as people initially hoped, I would expect to see a lot more progress in reducing new cases than shown to date.

[3] Data from OurWorldInData.org provides excess mortality indications for five age groupings. This data indicates that Ages 15-64 were particularly hard hit by the last two waves of COVID (Delta and Omicron). Ages 85+ were hit very lightly.

Figure 5. Chart prepared by OurWorldInData.org showing excess mortality.

Since these charts are for all causes of death combined, they will reflect deaths that might have occurred due to other problems of the 2020 to 2022 period, in addition to COVID deaths. For example, increased suicides and homicides would be included, as would a rise in drug overdoses and motor vehicle accidents. If there are deaths stemming from the use of vaccines, these deaths would be included in the total deaths from all causes, as well.

The rise in deaths in the Ages 15-64 grouping is particularly striking. This group is known for being more likely to be depressed by the events of the day. The base number of expected deaths is relatively lower than for the older ages. This allows the deaths from newly increased causes to magnify the total death rate of the period by a greater factor. Life insurance companies have been complaining about the high numbers of deaths experienced on their policies, predominantly for this age group.

The strikingly low deaths in the Ages 85+ group in 2021 may reflect the working of the vaccine. There might be other causes as well. Some of the weaker members of this group likely died in 2020, leaving fewer to die in 2021. This lower death rate may also reflect the impact of antibodies gained from catching COVID in 2020. People included in Ages 85+, more frequently than younger age groups, lived in care homes of various kinds during 2020. In this setting, they were more exposed to the early rounds of COVID than those living in home settings. Thus, they had more of a chance to develop antibodies from catching the illness.

[4] If we prepare charts showing provisional mortality data for 2021, together with similar indications for prior years, we can see how US mortality rates have been changing for different age groups. We can also see the relative role of COVID cases in these changes.

Figure 6. Death rates for four youngest age groupings, based on CDC Provisional Mortality Data for various years.

The CDC data show mortality rates based on deaths from all causes. For the years 2020 and 2021, it gives a separate indication of mortality associated with COVID. The orange line represents what the mortality would be if all COVID deaths (using a broad definition of COVID death, based on COVID appearing as “any cause” on the death certificate) were removed.

COVID vaccines were not available until mid-December 2020, and then for only a very small group, so the difference in the orange and blue lines at the 2020 point represents the number of COVID deaths for the age group, before the vaccines became available. The 2021 difference between the two lines represents the number of deaths from COVID taking into account whatever vaccines were used for this age group. We might expect the gap between the blue and orange lines to become smaller in 2021 than in 2020 if the vaccines given to the particular age group (or the prior antibodies from catching the illness) were making a significant change in reducing COVID cases in 2021.

Looking at Figure 6, COVID has essentially no impact on babies under Age 1. The total number of deaths seemed to drop more than usual in 2020, perhaps partly because mothers were at home more. For Ages 1-4, death rates are up in 2021, but not because of COVID. COVID seems to play practically no role in the mortality of Ages 5-14 and at most a very minor role for Ages 15-24. For the latter group, mortality is significantly up in both 2020 and 2021, perhaps because of more suicides and risky behavior resulting in death (such as car accidents and drug overdoses).

Figure 7. Death rates per 100,000 for four groupings between ages 25 and 64, based on CDC Provisional Mortality Data for various years.

We can see similar patterns to what we saw for Ages 15-24 in the chart above, but with progressively more COVID in the mix of causes leading to the uptick in the overall death rates. The share of COVID cases in the mix rises in 2021 relative to 2020 for all of these age groupings, despite the vaccines and prior immunity which should start building up (if immunity is truly “durable,” something that is not always the case).

Figure 8. Death rates for three groups from age 65 and up, based on CDC Provisional Mortality Data for various years.

It is only when we get to these oldest ages that death rates stop increasing in 2021. In fact, when the impact of COVID deaths is removed, the death rates seem to be improving. These age groups tended to get the vaccine early. They also lost quite a few sickly members in 2020, when the first round of COVID hit. The remaining group may be in somewhat better health than the original mix. Also, as mentioned in Section [3], they may also have more antibodies from actually catching COVID during 202o, while living in a care home.

[5] We can perhaps get an inkling of what is going wrong with death rates by comparing deaths by cause for January 2020, January 2021, and January 2022, based on monthly provisional death data.

A sample of one month is not very much, but January tends to be bad for mortality because the cold weather encourages dry indoor conditions, especially in the colder parts of the country. People tend to stay inside more because of cold weather. Vitamin D levels tend to be low because of lower sunlight exposure. Communicable disease deaths, including those of COVID, tend to be high at this time of year.

Figure 9. Chart prepared by Gail Tverberg using CDC data for Select Natural Causes. Amounts for January 2022 are likely somewhat incomplete because of the lag in death certificate preparation.

Looking at Figure 9, the first thing we notice is that total January 2022 deaths from natural causes are still outrageously high compared with January 2020 deaths. These deaths exclude deaths from suicides, drug overdoses, car accidents and many other unnatural causes that we know are trending up substantially, so the overall situation is probably even worse than natural death indications would suggest.

One thing we notice is that heart disease deaths seem to be trending higher. This could be a fluke, or it might be caused by COVID or the vaccines (or both). Investigation might be useful.

Cancer deaths, at least based on this tiny sample, seem to be flat. This suggests that fears of a rapid rise in cancer deaths because of vaccine-related issues may be unwarranted.

COVID deaths in January 2022 are down from their very elevated level in January 2021.

Cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes and kidney disease deaths all are higher, in this very small sample. These diseases would all seem to possibly be influenced by a greater number of COVID cases or perhaps by side effects associated with vaccines or with treatments. Researchers interested in these topics should be aware that data are being collected that might give insight into changes in the number of deaths associated with these causes.

One thing that alarmed me when I looked at the CDC’s list of “selected” natural causes is that the list of diseases for which data is given is not very complete. One grouping that clearly has been omitted is diseases of the liver. I would strongly suspect that deaths from diseases of the liver are rising, if people have been staying at home and drinking more alcoholic beverages.

[6] Conclusions and ideas for further examination.

Clearly, the CDC has a huge quantity of data that can be examined if anyone wants to put the time and energy into looking at it. Too often researchers coming from the biological sciences do not stop and think about using whatever data is available to support or refute their ideas, at least based on the evidence to date.

The significant increases in mortality for the many age groups between 15 and 64 would seem to suggest that something is going badly wrong. Someone should be examining these changes. If part of the problem is that vaccines are having serious side effects, this can perhaps be seen by analyzing deaths by cause for these age groups.

The lack of COVID cases in the youngest age groupings (babies and Ages 1-4) would suggest that vaccines are not really needed for these age groupings. Babies don’t excessively fill hospitals with COVID cases. Training their immune systems to look for a long-extinct version of the virus cannot be very helpful in the long run.

If the underlying purpose of vaccines is to help the profitability of big companies, hospitals, doctors and vaccine-makers, this makes a big difference in our understanding of what we are being told. Clearly, the government is also a big employer; its ability to stay within its budget is enhanced by holding down the hospital and other medical costs of its employees. For example, if the government wants the hospitalization costs and work lost by those in the US Army and US Navy to be as low as possible, it will mandate vaccines for these employees. The CDC, being a government agency, cannot help but be at least somewhat influenced by what government leaders are demanding when interpreting scientific evidence.

The government cannot explain that the reason it wants everyone to be vaccinated has essentially nothing to do with disease transmission, without upsetting many people, so it publicizes its change in stance with respect to vaccines as little as possible. Businesses do not want it known that their reason for demanding vaccines is to hold down their own COVID healthcare costs, so they are not anxious to publicize the underlying reason, either. Thus, the vast majority of citizens are not aware of the fact that even with boosters, their chance of catching COVID and passing it along to others is still very high. Studies seem to indicate that boosters may provide an individual person with a short window (6 weeks, or so) of lower likelihood of catching COVID, but the overall effect is not enough to reduce the overall pattern of disease transmission.

If a vaccine against Omicron is developed, we need to be aware that there is a high probability that by the time the vaccine is widely distributed, the virus will have mutated sufficiently that its only benefit will be to somewhat reduce the severity of whatever version of COVID is prevalent at the time the next wave of cases appears. Thus, we cannot hope that with a better-directed vaccine, it will make any substantial difference in disease transmission. Thus, we should expect that the major benefit will always be “reduced healthcare costs with respect to COVID.”

There are quite a few people who have discovered from reading on-line articles that there are ways of potentially reducing the severity of COVID besides receiving the vaccine. These include raising vitamin D levels in advance of contracting COVID and taking any number of common, inexpensive drugs (including aspirin) if the disease does hit. They also recognize that the long-term effects of the vaccines are unknown. For example, if repeated too many times, the vaccines may damage the immune system, according to some analyses. The views of these vaccine-refusers need to be respected. The vaccine-refusers can easily be turned into scapegoats.

About Gail Tverberg

My name is Gail Tverberg. I am an actuary interested in finite world issues - oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Oil limits look very different from what most expect, with high prices leading to recession, and low prices leading to financial problems for oil producers and for oil exporting countries. We are really dealing with a physics problem that affects many parts of the economy at once, including wages and the financial system. I try to look at the overall problem.
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4,227 Responses to A Few Insights Based on CDC Data Regarding COVID and its Vaccines

  1. Harry McGibbs says:

    “NATO set to agree biggest overhaul of defences since the Cold War – including expansion of 40,000 strong response force…

    “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – which is not in NATO – has triggered a fundamental rethink in how the alliance deters President Vladimir Putin from attacking any of its 30 member states, according to interviews and briefings with half a dozen military officers and diplomats.”

    https://news.sky.com/story/nato-set-to-agree-biggest-overhaul-of-defences-since-the-cold-war-including-expansion-of-40-000-strong-response-force-12638817

  2. Harry McGibbs says:

    “We face a global economic crisis. And no one knows what to do about it…

    “This time there is a real war, not just a financial one, and no one quite knows what to do. The major powers cannot agree about how to fight it and policymakers cannot agree about how to handle the fallout… In particular, central banks have lost their nerve.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jun/18/we-face-a-global-economic-crisis-and-no-one-knows-what-to-do-about-it

    • Central banks don’t have many tools.

    • those in power do not know what to do, because there is no ‘what to do’.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Are you enjoying Fast Eddy’s Encounters with the Pharmacists norm? I record all conversations… maybe I should upload a snippet of one of FE’s profanity laced attacks on these murderers.

        HE asks them how many they think they have maimed and murdered so far

  3. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Argentine truck drivers block roads at harvest peak, protest lack of diesel.

    “Angry Argentine truck drivers blocked highways on Wednesday, protesting shortages and rising prices for diesel fuel, just as the country’s crucial grains harvest requires transport amid surging inflation… Nearly the entire country, or 21 of 23 provinces, suffer fuel shortages…”

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/argentine-truck-drivers-block-roads-at-harvest-peak–protest-lack-of-diesel/47695560

  4. Harry McGibbs says:

    “‘People are hungry’: food crisis starts to bite across Africa.

    “Ezra Ngala, an informal construction worker, is struggling to make ends meet in a slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. “I am trying to survive,” he says while explaining that he cannot feed his wife and four-year-old son… There are concerns that higher food prices could fuel unrest in poorer countries…”

    https://www.ft.com/content/c3336e46-b852-4f10-9716-e0f9645767c4

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Fuel Shortage Looms As Bank Of Ghana Rations Dollars…

      “According to Bloomberg, the monthly fuel import bill for Ghana jumped to $450 million in May, from $250 million in January, according to two people with knowledge of the matter… The Bank of Ghana is only offering about $100 million a month at its foreign exchange auctions, and licensed bulk distributors can no longer plug the shortfall in the black market…”

      https://yen.com.gh/business-economy/energy/209211-fuel-shortage-looms-as-bank-of-ghana-rations-dollars-reports-bloomberg/

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Good to see lots of doom and gloom from you Harry. We are so tantalizingly close!

      The dying can start any time now…

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        Ehh, I’m not in any hurry to meet my maker, FE.

        Can I recommend acquiring a Labrador puppy or perhaps a nice, fluffy pet rabbit and watching some Disney movies? “Coco” is particularly good.

        • nikoB says:

          I hear Disney is making a remake of THE ROAD.

        • Yorchichan says:

          My Russian dwarf hamster (life expectancy <2 years) will be 3 years old in August and I worry what will happen to him if I die first. Not a good time to buy a pet.

        • Xabier says:

          I suspect we might then only hear about how FE was planning to butcher the bunny………

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I have Hoolio — and our other old dog… I treat them very kindly … it’s a token gesture to try to offset the horrors we inflict on most other animals

          • Xabier says:

            I was only joking, of course FE, I know you are kind to animals.

            That’s why I’m indulging my old dog, too, and stocking up on long-life dog food in the hope that his last year or two won’t involve starving….

  5. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The US recession is here, and central banks are still fighting the last war.

    “The US is either in recession already, or probably will be by early autumn. This has sweeping consequences for the world’s dollarised financial system, for commodity demand, and for global inflation… The Fed… is ignoring an accelerating contraction in real money growth: just as it did, lest we forget, before the Lehman crisis in mid-200.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/06/21/us-recession-central-banks-still-fighting-last-war/

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Britain is “definitely” tumbling into recession, the outgoing president of the CBI warned after inflation surged to a new 40-year high amid the worst industrial strife for decades…

      “The crunch is spreading across the globe with Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, admitting that a recession is “a possibility” in the world’s largest economy.”

      https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/britain-definitely-entering-recession-as-prices-surge/ar-AAYJKij

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Usually CBs will drop interest rates when a recession hits… how do you do that with inflation raging?

      • Harry McGibbs says:

        Perhaps some of the inflation will drop away due to demand destruction but when so much of it is supply-side, I really don’t know what the central banks can do. Nor, I suspect, do the central banks themselves, hence the divergence of policy between the Fed and the BoJ and ECB.

        I think the Fed had to pull rates down by 5% to halt the 2008 recession and obviously we are in a worse predicament now with much less wiggle room.

    • It seems that everyone but the central banks can see that recession is close at hand, or already here.

  6. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Investors crank up bets on Bank of Japan surrendering yield curve controls…

    “The BoJ has no theoretical limit on its ability to purchase government debt with freshly minted yen, but the growing yield gap with other developed economies has pushed the country’s currency to a 24-year low against the dollar.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/01cc68ca-c22d-4b27-aaef-b3db7f95ef78

  7. Harry McGibbs says:

    “China Could See Another Power Crunch This Summer…

    “Faced with power shortages last autumn, Chinese authorities ordered an increase in domestic coal production as global coal prices soared. However, Chinese miners are looking to meet the required quantity regardless of the quality, which is often low and less efficient when burnt at coal-fired power stations.”

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Coal/China-Could-See-Another-Power-Crunch-This-Summer.html

  8. Student says:

    I found this very poor explanation why Japan still has a very low inflation rate.
    This seems not to give the correct explanation, although it is an article in well known economic newspaper.

    I kindly ask, if possible, an explation to Gail or to who can bring some reliable analysis on the Japan case.

    Many thanks

    https://www.econopoly.ilsole24ore.com/2022/06/21/inflazione-giappone/?refresh_ce=1

  9. Harry McGibbs says:

    “Europe Industries Cut Gas Use as Continent Saves Fuel for Winter.

    ““There has already been 15-20% gas demand destruction in Europe due to high prices, and countries are preparing to reduce demand further,” said Marco Saalfrank [of] Axpo Solutions AG. In the UK alone, industrial gas use has fallen by about 49% through May, which is “staggering,” according to Citigroup Inc. It’s a worrying sign for the continent’s economic growth, with countries already struggling to contain increasing inflation rates.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-22/europe-industries-cut-gas-use-as-continent-saves-fuel-for-winter

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “Eurozone business growth slumped in June as price hikes bite.

      “Euro zone business growth has slowed significantly this month – and by much more than expected – as consumers concerned about soaring bills opted to stay at home and defer purchases to save money, a survey showed on Thursday.”

      https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/euro-zone-business-growth-slumped-june-price-hikes-bite-2022-06-23/

    • Fast Eddy says:

      the MOERONS (who laugh at anyone who warns of peak oil) are looking on in total disbelief…

      • D. Stevens says:

        Whenever I feel like being abused I go to ZH and mention limits & PO on one of their energy articles. This is why it’s important for everyone to get vaccinated.

        • Kim says:

          Abiotic oil. It never runs out.

          • D. Stevens says:

            not only does it not run out… it pumps at any speed and quantity needed for growth. Just need to get the gumbermint out of the way. Oh yeah.. there are plans from the 70s for a 500mpg carburetor but the greedy oil companies hide it from us…Of course we can all have free lunches forever.

            Being collapse aware and concerned is a lonely place. Everyone I know believes they can vote for their team and it will fix the energy problems if they even acknowledge there’s an energy problem. I stay quiet and enjoy some gallows humor and whatever time remains for BAU.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          ZH comment section = the swamp … vaccinate them all … boost them all…

          Just thinking .. if you were forced to jab to keep your job .. and you went to the chemist and they told you the only real side effect would be a sore shoulder… and you got heart damage… permanent heart damage… and you were told you’d need a heart transplant within 5 years max….

          But not so damaged that you could not pay a return visit to the chemist… (if you know what I mean…) to ask why he/she did not inform you that this was a risk….

          What would you do about that?

          It’s amusing that nobody does anything about that… not a single person to my knowledge has done anything…

          I’ve posted my experience with the chemist on a few SSs… lots of positive comments and a deluge of likes… there was a call to action with my post — how about everyone start making similar calls.. particularly people with kids … did a single person respond and say I’m calling random chemists doing the same thing?

          Nope.

          Instead they post about how angry they are on forums — and once in awhile march around the block with placards demanding Freedom.

          I’ve also given Kirsch a real strategy that could mess up the PR Team – all those millions he pledges if someone will debate him (they of course never do)… take some of that and hire your own PR Team… then systematically have them flood popular social media pages (e.g. politicians – celebrities etc) with info on vax damage … whenever someone dies roar in to wherever there is a story on FB about that death – and make claims that they were vax damaged…

          I bombarded Ardern site for weeks with such stuff – calling her a vile murderer — till they finally blocked me… so it can be done.

          You have someone buying new SIMs so that when someone’s account gets blocked they can easily set up a new one. You also call on volunteers who get direction on what to post from the paid PR Team coordinators… A budget of a million bucks per year would be plenty to set up the PR Team… there would be enormous numbers of volunteers willing to help

          But nope.

          Steve just bleats on and on and on and continues to dare people to debate him.

          Of course if he did what I am suggesting … and he threatened booster uptake … he might end up in the same place as Assange

          • Xabier says:

            The ‘Resistance’ is in fact so much hot air.

            In fact quite soon we can expect all street protests to be banned, and an obliterating censorship to descend on the internet.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              And Steve Kirsch will continue to offer millions to people to debate him … and they will ignore him…

              Just like he ignores my suggestion to use some of that $$$ to hire people to bombard social media with facts that challenge the vax lies…

              It amazes me that these people believe that we are facing an enemy that is threatening us with a global totalitarian state… and all they do is make speeches…interview dissenters… and blog….

              I would note that in Hong Kong when faced with a similar outcome — hundreds of thousands took to the streets with many of them throwing bricks and petrol bo m bs at the police… they lost .. but they at least made a stand.

              The CovCON is a different situation in that most people believe in it. So the only way to upend it is to convince the hordes that they are being f789ed over. That may an impossible task… but if one is spending so much time blogging etc… and preaching to the converted… and one has so much $$$ to toss around … and if this is truly an existential crisis….

              Then why not take real action — and target the hordes via social media? If there was organized direction from a relatively small team of paid people — there would be huge numbers of volunteers willing to pitch in … and they could quickly overwhelm key social media pages.

              Team Leader – so today we are going to target the FB pages of Celine Dion – Justin Beeber and wife — Trudunce – Adern…. here are the posts that we want to focus on — we question if their injuries were caused by the vax — we post this and this and this in support of the injuries. We also post information on pro athletes who clearly are vax injured.

              If you get blocked be sure to contact us and we’ll get you the login info for a new account. Be sure to always use your VPNs and to change locations every few posts.

              Happy trolling!

  10. Harry McGibbs says:

    “The World’s Bubbliest Housing Markets Are Flashing Warning Signs…

    “Falling home prices would erode household wealth, dent consumer confidence and potentially curb future development. Animal spirits are typically tamed when people are faced with higher repayment costs on an asset that’s losing value. And property construction and sales are huge multipliers of economic activity around the world.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-06-21/cooling-real-estate-markets-in-us-uk-risk-deeper-global-economic-slump

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “The growing gulf gap between [UK] wages and house prices risks causing another financial crisis, economists have warned.

      “It is feared that the increasing strain on household finances caused by rising costs will divert vital spending from the economy, a report reveals today.”

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/gap-house-prices-salaries-will-cause-another-financial-crisis/

      • Xabier says:

        It’s possible to get the impression that, in the UK, housing IS the economy.

        All day long this little village hums, screeches and thuds with the sound of drills, angle-grinders, hammers, side-doors sliding on builders’ vans, scaffolding going up or down and delivery trucks.

        Builders’ vans line the streets from 8.30 to 4. No sooner have people taken out a ridiculously large mortgage, than they start renovating and extending.

        Rising and absurd property values are the rock on which all financial confidence is built, and the more rooms you can add on, the ‘richer’ you will feel.

        But I value my house for, not size, but 1/ shelter, 2/ easy access to water, fire-wood and exercise and 3/ soil to grow some food.

        I doubt anyone else here even thinks of those things.

      • Student says:

        Many thanks Harry for all your interesting updates.

  11. Student says:

    Synchronized swimmer champion Alvarez loses consciousness in the water

    https://www.ilparagone.it/attualita/nuoto-alvarez-sviene-mondiali/

  12. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Falling exports and strong inflation taking a toll on German economy, with outlook looking increasingly gloomy

    Latest ‘flash’ PMI® data from S&P Global showed a sharp loss of momentum in the German economy at the end of the second quarter. Falling exports acted as a drag, while there were also signs of domestic demand coming under pressure from heightened economic uncertainty and sustained strong inflation. Firms’ expectations towards future activity slumped to their lowest since the first wave of the COVID pandemic over two years ago, with manufacturers growing increasingly pessimistic about the outlook.
    https://www.pmi.spglobal.com/Public/Home/PressRelease/f2fc127646bc40119fa6d7aa4b642d0e

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    Not yet skinning the elites alive but close https://t.me/VigilantFox/4942

    haha https://t.me/TheHealthForumNZch/1353 Hurry up and jab … winter school break is two weeks away… how will Fast Eddy break 90km per hour again if the slopes are filled with vermin?

    Kill the vermin. Maim the vermin!!! All that matters is Fast Eddy’s happiness.

  14. Student says:

    German Minister of Health admits adverse events after so called ‘vaccines’ against Covid-19.

    He also admits that those adverse events can be severe.

    https://ilmitte.com/2022/06/karl-lauterbach-in-un-video-ammette-per-la-prima-volta-lesistenza-di-danni-da-vaccino/

  15. Fast Eddy says:

    DR JESSICA ROSE….3% OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE ORIGINAL (42,000 PERSON) PFIZER TRIAL DIED…

    22% HAVE AN “UNKNOWN OUTCOME”

    https://rumble.com/vxl4lu-pfizers-attempt-to-conceal-their-safety-data-was-averted-dr.-jessica-rose-o.html

    • ivanislav says:

      No! 3% of those *with adverse events* died. Eddy, your disinfo-bot has grown on me, but it seems confused at the moment.

      • CTG says:

        Those who see the trees, the forest or the skies. 3%, 30% or 300% is not important at all….

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    Hey norm… if I could get immunity would you approve of me going into a pharmacy with a baseball bat and Wrecking Mengeles?

    Man on man would that be fun… first you accuse them of damaging your kids then you pull out the Louisville Slugger and let em have it hahaha… a dream come true?

  17. Fast Eddy says:

    Every so often I have the pleasure of sharing a ski lift with a doctor… I can’t wait to ask the next one what he thinks of SADS hahaha

    f789ing MOREONS

  18. Fast Eddy says:

    As energy costs rise and Bitcoin prices slump, the miners are left in a difficult situation. The profitability of the industry has gone down significantly, and it’s more difficult for miners to sustain operations. So, the Bitcoin miners have started to sell their holdings. Earlier, they used to sell 20-30% of what they mined for operational costs, but in May, miners have sold all their holdings, reports arcane research.

    https://techstory.in/bitcoin-miners-have-started-to-sell-as-mining-profitability-goes-down/

  19. Fast Eddy says:

    We are witnessing the collapse of complex systems across the globe. It is starting here as well. Airlines are a disaster as you know. This video from a prepper is full of anecdotes. IMHO it gets increasingly dystopian & dysfunctional from here.

    https://youtu.be/SV9s5wqM6nk

    • Hubbs says:

      I met this guy at a gathering in a park in SC two years ago while I was living nearby in Western NC. Basically these guys are exploiting the anxiety to promote their videos and books. You can never squirrel away enough preps it seems. Some of the worst are Full Spectrum Survival and scotch00. Then there are those you try the pseudo intellectual approach like Chris Martenson or City Prepping. In other words, according to them, the key to being prepped is to build an Amazon storage facility next to your bunker. Wildly unrealistic and impractical.

      The reality is the minute you step out of your retreat to take a dump because your place smells, you’ll get picked off. At 67, while I make some preparations, my strategy is to accept that it is good to be old. Looking back at the good old days, when I enjoyed a cruise up Milford Sound a Shotover boat ride, or a Pilates snow ski landing on top of Cook Glacier in your neck of the woods.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        A prepper with a garden filled with veggies, chickens, a cow — and a shipping container full of non-perishable food…. when BAU collapses….

        Would be akin to a billionaire walking into a Chicago slum at midnight tonight…. alone…unarmed… in an Armani suit .. flashing a 100k diamond studded watch… and rolling a suitcase filled with $100 bills

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    Wait till they see what the next act brings hahaha

    An opinion piece from a vaccinated Australian writer:

    “If Covid was a battlefield it would still be warm with the bodies of the unvaccinated.

    Thankfully the mandates are letting up and both sides of the war stumble back to the new normal.
    The unvaccinated are the heroes of the last two years as they allowed us all to have a control group in the great experiment and highlight the shortcoming of the Covid vaccines.

    The unvaccinated carry many battle scars and injuries as they are the people we tried to mentally break, yet no one wants to talk about what we did to them and what they forced “The Science“ to unveil.
    We knew that the waning immunity of the fully vaccinated had the same risk profile as others within society as the minority of the unvaccinated,
    yet we marked them for special persecution.
    You see we said they had not “done the right thing for the greater good” by handing their bodies and medical autonomy over to the State.

    Many of the so-called health experts and political leaders in Australia admitted the goal was to make life almost unliveable for the unvaccinated,
    which was multiplied many times by the collective mob, with the fight taken into workplaces, friendships, and family gatherings.

    Today the hard truth is none of it was justified as we took a quick slide from righteousness to absolute cruelty.

    We might lay the blame on our leaders and health experts for the push but each individual within society must be held accountable for stepping into the well-laid-out trap.

    We did this despite knowing full well that principled opposition is priceless when it comes to what goes inside our bodies and we let ourselves be tricked into believing that going into another ineffective lockdown would be the fault of the unvaccinated and not the fault of the toxic policy of ineffective vaccines.

    We took pleasure in scapegoating the unvaccinated because after months of engineered lockdowns by political leaders blinded by power, having someone to blame and to burn at the stake felt good.

    We believed we had logic, love, and truth on our side so it was easy to wish death upon the unvaccinated.

    Those of us who ridiculed and mocked the non-compliant did it because we were embarrassed by their courage and principles and didn’t think the unvaccinated would make it through unbroken and we turned the holdouts into punching bags.

    Lambie, Carr, Chant, Andrews, McGowan, Gunner, and the other cast of hundreds in prominent roles need to be held to account for vilifying the unvaccinated in public and fueling angry social media mobs.

    The mobs, the mask Nazis, and the vaccine disciples have been embarrassed by “betting against” the unvaccinated because mandates only had the power we gave them.

    It was not compliance that ended domination by Big Pharma Companies, Bill Gates and his many organizations, and the World Economic Forum…
    It was THANKS to the people we tried to embarrass, ridicule, mock and tear down.

    We should all try and find some inner gratitude for the unvaccinated as we took the bait by hating them because their perseverance and courage bought us the time to see we were wrong.

    So if mandates ever return for Covid or any other disease or virus, hopefully, more of us will be awake and see the rising authoritarianism that has no concern for our well-being and is more about power and control.

    The War on the Unvaccinated was lost and we should all be very thankful for that.”

    • Xabier says:

      What an ass: the unvaxxed didn’t win – the Great Relaxation of 2022 is just part of the strategy to crush us.

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    One-Third of German Healthcare Workers Vaccinated Take Sick Days” – TrialSite News reports on a German study which found that out of 1,797 participants, 588 healthcare workers representing 32.72% or nearly a third of the study population took sick leave following Covid vaccination, leading to 1,777 sick days.

    https://www.trialsitenews.com/a/one-third-of-german-healthcare-workers-vaccinated-take-sick-days-98dc2a32

  22. drb753 says:

    For those who need their daily cup of young athletes dying or nearly so, this is what happened at the world swimming championships (in italian). Summary: young athlete passes out during synchronized swimming, goes to the bottom, saved by coach who jumps in.

    https://www.corrieredellosport.it/news/altri-sport/nuoto/mondiali-nuoto/2022/06/22-94056333/mondiali_nuoto_attimi_di_terrore_per_l_americana_alvarez_e_fuori_pericolo

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    Super gonorrhoea warning: Austrian man catches drug-resistant strain of STI from Cambodian prostitute as experts claim virus poses ‘major global threat’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10941755/Austrian-man-catches-Super-gonorrhoea-Cambodian-prostitute.html

  24. Fast Eddy says:

    A new paper by BMJ Editor Dr. Peter Doshi and colleagues has analysed data from the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccine trials and found that the vaccines are more likely to put you in hospital with a serious adverse event than keep you out by protecting you from Covid.

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/06/22/covid-vaccines-more-likely-to-put-you-in-hospital-than-keep-you-out-bmj-editors-analysis-of-pfizer-and-moderna-trial-data-finds/

    fake news right normmike?

    • ivanislav says:

      This seems like legitimate work and also about the sort of rate I would expect. From my hazy memory, there were ~42,000 people in the initial rollout trial phase and 15 died in the vaccine arm and 10 in the placebo group. The additional 5 were heart attacks. So you’re looking at excess death of 5 per 42,000 shots or roughly 1 per 10,000 shots. In this paper, they say “serious adverse event” = 1 per 1,000 shots. If one in ten “serious adverse event” results in death, you arrive at the 1 per 1,000 excess death rate from the initial trial.

      These sorts of numbers are neither the “everyone is going to die” hysteria from the conspiracy crowd, nor the “safe and effective” gullible parrot mantra.

      The paper itself (if you want to skip over the daily-skeptic’s interpretation):
      https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4125239
      You can download a PDF from the link.

  25. Fast Eddy says:

    Tributes are being paid to a young boy who died suddenly – just days after his Confirmation. Patrick McDonagh, from Finglas in Dublin, passed away on Tuesday. The 12-year-old, who made his Confirmation last Wednesday, will be laid to rest on Monday. His family have asked mourners to wear bright colours to the mass. He will be “very sadly missed” by his heartbroken family, school and friends.

    No cause of death reported.

    https://www.thesun.ie/news/8960639/tributes-paid-boy-dies-days-after-confirmation-dublin/

    Greek authorities are investigating the sudden death of a 22-year-old female student in Komotini who collapsed while running at a stadium.

    The local community of Komotini has sunk into mourning after the sudden death of a 22-year-old student on Tuesday afternoon.

    The young girl, who collapsed while training at the university stadium, was an athlete in the track & field of Theseas Perivolia and a third-year student at TEFAA Komotini.

    https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/06/15/female-athlete-22-suddenly-dies-while-training/

    Cause of Death = SADS…

    Can there be anything more Orwellian than that?

    • Xabier says:

      SADS is intended for us to accept a new order in which doctors can merely say ‘This person died of death, it’s kind of happening these days ‘, shrug and pass on.

      About as convincing as ‘Prisoner died falling from a high window while trying to escape’ as a diagnosis.

  26. Fast Eddy says:

    Aideen Kennedy dead – Irish TV presenter dies aged 43 after asking fans to ‘say prayers for me’
    June 19, 2022

    TV presenter Aideen Kennedy has died aged 43.

    The popular Irish journalist, best known for her time at UTV, passed away following a terminal illness – just days after asking her fans to “say prayers for me”.

    Aideen told her 16,600 Twitter followers on Tuesday that she had been unwell in hospital.

    Sharing photos of her receiving a blood transfusion, she wrote: “Day 19 in hospital – say a wee prayer for me. Bleeding in stomach.”

    Then three days later, she revealed she was “going home to die” as the treatment had not gone as hoped.

    “So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care,” she added.

    https://markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/in-memory-of-those-who-died-suddenly-c77

    I was praying … for her to die… There is a God!

  27. MG says:

    Housing per capita rises, but where is the energy efficiency? My guess is that we have an increasing amount of inefficient houses with the rising energy costs…

    https://econimica.blogspot.com/2022/06/the-ugly-bad-goodish.html

    • What he says is

      I’ll suggest that the housing bubble isn’t due to inadequate new housing…but a significant part of that new supply being misallocated as short-term rentals, 2nd/3rd homes, etc. amid the Federal Reserve sponsored, asset inflating, wealth bubble.

      I think what he is saying is that there aren’t a lot of young working people who can afford new housing, so we should not need a lot of new housing. There is new housing being built, but it is not satisfying the needs of the people in the inflated wealth bubble looking for homes to buy in desirable areas in the suburbs and other parts of the coutry.

      Quite of the new units where I live are in Assisted Living and Memory Care. There are also quite a few in short term rentals and vacation homes. There are a number that are called 55+. Housing aimed at students is being built. But plain, ordinary housing is not being built.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Not an expert, but houses have increased in size greatly since the fifties. Much of that problem is due to costs not associated with building materials. A great hidden cost is the on going maintenance of infrastructure, roads, sewer, water, electrical.

        Dennis L.

      • MG says:

        When the young workers can not afford to buy an own home, because the mortgage is inaccessible for them or even the renting becomes unaffordable with the rising energy prices, it means that the plain housing is energy inefficient. Living with those who need assistance and care is needed and funded via pensions, subsidies and other forms of additional debt created for the ageing population.

        There is also a lot of vacant plain homes, built for investment and sale, which wait in vain for sale and rental, as there is a lack of those who can afford the too high price of ownership or renting.

  28. Fast Eddy says:

    Cholera, MonkeyPox, Meningitis Outbreaks

    https://hiddencomplexity.substack.com/p/cholera-monkeypox-meningitis-outbreaks

    One wonders (again) if VAIDS is going to open the door to all of these nasty diseases.

    That would be… winning .. big time

    norm – what’s your least favourite disease?

  29. Fast Eddy says:

    We have to adjust our financial system to a post-growth reality, and adjust our political systems to a situation in which it’s no longer enough to offer the public “jam tomorrow”, telling people that they’ll all be better off in the future if they just ‘keep the faith’ in the present orthodoxy.

    https://surplusenergyeconomics.wordpress.com/2022/06/15/232-all-crises-great-and-small/

    hahahahahaha adjust our system…. what is he smoking?

    • According to Tim Morgan, Ph.D., the three point about where we are now need to be:

      1.Prior growth in material prosperity has gone into reverse.

      2. Systems – including the financial and the political – have been built on the contrary assumption of ‘growth in perpetuity’.

      3.This inherent contradiction is not understood.

      He says, “We face crises of adjustment.”

      I say, we face a much worse crisis. There inherently is not enough to go around. Our whole system has to collapse, but we don’t understand how this will happen. It doesn’t happen all at once. We seem to right now be in the beginning stage of collapse.

      • Xabier says:

        Tim Morgan always says that he tries not be ‘alarmist’ or ‘extremist’, and declines to employ the term ‘collapse’.

        In doing so, he undermines the validity of his analysis, and simply fails to draw the logical conclusion from his accurate observations.

        His advocacy of ‘adaptation’ is implausible.

        It’s rather like noting all the symptoms of imminent death in a terminally ill patient, but refusing to acknowledge it.

        Another implausible thing is his belief that governments do not understand the energy crisis, and are not taking action to address it.

        • nikoB says:

          I generally listen to all of JHK podcasts but the one with Tim was too boring to listen through to the end (not due to JHK). Tim it would appear is too dull for collapse. Pity as I was the one that suggested the interview.

          • Xabier says:

            ‘Comes the hour, comes the……mouse’.

            I’m sure on would like him as a neighbour, all the same.

            Just too awfully decent for this world….

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Tim can’t handle the truth… he’s built himself a delusional world where 8B people simply ‘adjust’…

        I actually think Tim went a little bit crazy after he published Perfect Storm… he diagnosed the disease but he cannot accept that it is terminal…

        He should read Trade Off… once BAU ruptures… it’s Mad Max… if UEP fails.

        What if… ‘they’ unleash all these wicked diseases they have been promoting – monkey pox cholera polio and much more … into a sea of vaccinated MOREONS who have VAIDS….

        When billions have ruined immune systems… this would smash them to pieces… it would be like driving a fully loaded freight train … at full speed — into a china shop hahahahahaha

        • Xabier says:

          Huge super-scary front-page billing for polio today in the newspapers: ‘Back after 40 years…causes paralysis and DEATH…health chiefs want mass vaccination, ‘ etc.

          Curiously, Ukraine has just disappeared from the papers, although I was asked whether I wished to ‘make a donation for the Ukraine’ when paying.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I wonder if norm ever hooked up with that fresh Uke girl from the website … what was her name Vanka or Vanessa? She was a hottie….

            Maybe norm’s reduced useless contributions to OFW is not a product of vax injury…. instead he’s got that poor girl locked in his basement and he is busy defiling her….

            • lol eddy

              there’s nothing like being right for boosting one’s ego.

              as i’ve pointed out on numerous occasions over the past few years, any attempt you make at witticism must include references to the lower half of the female body. Your pre pubescent skoolyard wall comment merely reinforces that.
              (Thanks)

              as my other half points out, when we share occasional mirth at your se x-obsessed garbage, anybody who feels the need to talk about it all the time, is invariably useless at it. (girls know about these things).

              If a woman does not exist for you to ‘put down’, then you must invent one. (real women just up and leave)

              After all eddy, if the focus of your obsc enity does not exist, then there is no way you can be proved wrong.

              Is there?

              Much like the rest of your fantasy focus. No one can ‘disprove’ your wild and wacky theories–that is the currency of survival of the conspiracist.

              The fact that they are all fabricated nonsenses is irrelevant. The odd grain of accuracy is lost in the avalanche of self obsessed rubbish.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              There there norm…. calm down .. we know you are hot for anna… but nothing is free in life and no matter how vociferously you come to her defence… you still need to pay….

              IN the meantime — keep boosting and urging children to jab….

              Everyone needs meaning in their lives. You’ve found your calling – how fortunate!

            • a totally disjointed response

              not that i expected otherwise

            • Fast Eddy says:

              norm was flushing when Fast Eddy caught him lusting after anna… come on norm admit it — you have a thing for anna… a crush!

              You know where to find her – she’s either in the asylum… or parked in the alley behind the Usual Dumpster….

              Off you go norm… off you go

              Maybe drink some of the tonic first… it reportedly increases virility!

            • eddy

              i accept that in order to convince yourself that you are making an ‘impression’ you must make a lot of meaningless noise. (nothing new in that).
              It might also be seen as ‘high intellect’ by some of your courtiers who know no better.

              But your se x obsession reveals only your own dearth of awareness in that respect, which i (and sometimes we) can only find sadly amusing. (can anyone really be so ignorant of life?)

              It is that which prevents meaningful dialogue–using the lower half of the female anatomy to constantly prop up your puerile statements.

              Still–don’t let me put you off. Keep commenting.
              Every comment turns another page in your book of life.—It can’t be for real— yet sadly it is.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Inhibiting meaningful dialogue…

              You mean like the topic of why inject babies with an experiment…. and the assorted other meaningful questions Fast Eddy and others ask — but you ignore…

              When you refuse to engage… you get Bukkake… and anna … do you want that number or not?

            • as i said earlier

              irrespective of the actual discussion in hand–your only response has always been (in disagreement) sexual innuendo—before covid and vaxxing, it was moonloonery and wtc, climate change etc etc.
              having an alternative point of view elicited the same (se xual) response stream of abuse. (to me and anyone else who disagreed with you).

              Grownups don’t do that eddy.

              this reveals the shallowness of your personality, and a fixation, which, i suspect is driven by inadequacy in that respect. Luckily I don’t have that problem. (even at 86).
              Lose your obsession with self, and you won’t either. (free advice)

              to respond, or even attempt to respond, would reduce me to the same level.

              But go ahead with inflatable people–pedo this or that—whatever.

              You’re not making me feel or look stupid. (and I can even spell it)

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Grownups don’t support involving babies in experiments that kill and maim them.

              Well… grownup MOREONS do … that also support outright murder

              https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/36893

              https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/36897

            • do stop trying to justify your own irrationality with words i have never uttered, or thoughts i have not had.

              i have never supported anything, either way on vaxxing. But that isn’t enough, is it?

              you know that eddy, so you must provide self support by verbal irrationality, using words you do not understand and cannot spell which are totally out of context.

              we’ve now got onto murder. That’s new. A fresh obsession for you.
              I certainly don’t open links referring to Tommy Robinson. He is more irrational than you are.

              you must be desperate eddy—no inflatable people?–no pedos? no other innuendo? No references to women who have dared to comment on OFW?—well that’s something–seems my message has penetrated at last.

              i think i was right in pointing out your obvious inadequacies–nobody makes constant reference in that respect unless their (RL) shortcomings are very obvious.. The pages of your lifebook fall open for anyone to read eddy. Constant se xual innuendo makes it writ large. Such information is best kept private. I would really prefer not to know tbh.

              as i said–to attempt a reply would reduce myself to your level—ie trying to reason with a 5 year old.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              But norm you have stated that you are a pro vaxxer — and you refuse to respond to the question – why vax infants and children … which indicates that you support this… otherwise just say you don’t agree with this and explain why…

              Browsing through norm’s comment here and I get the sense that we are observing someone hurtling towards insanity… could it be that the continuous bombardment of facts and logic regarding the injections… causing ructions inside of norm’s already fragile psyche?

              norm is losing stability …. he is now lashing out wildly … like an animal trapped in quicksand.

            • eddy

              d’you think Mr Groves would offer a translation service on your new faveword?

  30. Kim says:

    Propaganda in war time? Could that really happen, Elizabeth?

    From page 210 of Allied Wartime Diplomacy: A Pattern in Poland (1958) by Edward J. Rozek

    https://en.id1lib.org/book/16822850/ee9303

    In February 29, 1944 the British Ministry of Information sent the following note to the higher British clergy and to the BBC.

    Sir,

    I am directed by the Ministry to send you the following circular letter:

    lt is often the duty of the good citizens and of the pious Christians to turn a blind eye on the peculiarities of those associated with us. But the time comes when such peculiarities, while still denied in public, must be taken into account when action by us is called for.

    We know the methods of rule employed by the Bolshevik dictator in Russia itself from, for example, the writing and speeches of the Prime Minister himself during the last twenty years. We know how the Red Army behaved in Poland in the 1920s and in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Galicia, and Bessarabia only recently.

    We must, therefore, take into account how the Red Army will certainly behave when it overruns Central Europe. Unless precautions are taken, the obviously inevitable horrors which will result will throw an undue strain on public opinion in this country.

    We cannot reform the Bolsheviks but we can do our best to save them – and ourselves – from the consequences of their acts. The disclosures of the past quarter of a century will render mere denials unconvincing. The only alternative to denial is to distract public attention from the whole subject.

    Experience has shown that the best distraction is atrocity propaganda directed against the enemy. Unfortunately the public is no longer so susceptible as in the days of the “Corpse Factory,” the “Mutilated Belgian Babies,” and the “Crucified Canadians.”

    Your cooperation is therefore earnestly sought to distract public attention from the doings of the Red Army by your wholehearted support of various charges against the Germans and Japanese which have been and will be put into circulation by the Ministry.Your expression of belief in such may convince others.

    I am, Sir, Your obedient servant,

    (Signed) H. HEWET, ASSISTANT SECRETARY

    The Ministry can enter into no correspondence of any kind with regard to this communication which should only be disclosed to responsible persons.

    It is unknown how many recipients of this communication complied with the above instructions.

  31. Fast Eddy says:

    Over 1,300 pissed off Southwest Airlines pilots picketed outside of Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, demanding better treatment from the airline for both passengers and employees.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-over-1300-southwest-pilots-picket-outside-love-field

    JPMorgan Fires Hundreds Of Mortgage Bankers As Housing Market Breaks

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/jpm-lays-hundreds-mortgage-lenders-after-cyclical-changes-housing-market

  32. Fast Eddy says:

    harry – you are falling behind the doomsday curve

    Sri Lanka’s Economy Has ‘Completely Collapsed’: PM

    Sri Lanka’s prime minister is increasing efforts to revive the country’s “completely collapsed” economy amid a lack of foreign exchange reserves and severe shortages of essential items.

    “We are now facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity, and food. Our economy has faced a complete collapse,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament on June 22.

    “It is no easy task to revive a country with a completely collapsed economy, especially one that is dangerously low on foreign reserves,” he said.

    “The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is $700 million in debt. As a result, no country or organization in the world is willing to provide fuel to us. They are even reluctant to provide fuel for cash,” Wickremesinghe said.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/sri-lankas-economy-has-completely-collapsed-pm

    • Without fuel, any country that is now dependent on fuel is in terrible shape.

    • Harry McGibbs says:

      “harry – you are falling behind the doomsday curve”.

      It’s going to be a busy summer for me with the kids at home and work pressing, so I may not be around as much until autumn.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Michael will pick up the slack… I will monitor the SSs and Telegram ..

        We must continue to monitor the patient right through to death.

  33. Tim Groves says:

    From Endurance:

    Given the huge disparity between the elite version of the truth and reality itself, it has become necessary to proof test pretty much everything they come out with, particularly when there are specific aspects of an issue that already give pause. As a general rule of thumb, if somebody like Bill Gates is in favor of something, it would be sensible to be be instinctively against, unless and until proven otherwise. Everything the man does, even under the aegis of philanthropy, is of financial benefit to him while simultaneously being of detriment to somebody else. Which brings us to 5G.

    We are serenaded with evidence free assurances that we are in desperate need of an upgrade in technology, when it seems much more likely that the elites have bet the house on its successful implementation in service of their own ends. The Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – I’ll come on to them shortly – are not innovations that have been requested by the likes of you and I but, typically, are being imposed on us in a top down manner. We will allegedly get faster download speeds; Big Business will have the opportunity to access vast commercial benefits and it this that floats their boa. None of the many sources that I have researched for this essay waste any time waxing lyrical about the common man, but there’s a lot of talk about SMART cities, AI and man/machine interfaces.

    Does anybody know why it’s necessary or desirable? Has that discussion ever been had in the public square? What are the dangers? Or is it just another example of the inexorable progress of technology, over which we have no control – despite the fact that it’s entirely a consequence of human activities? ….

    https://endurancea71.substack.com/p/radiation-nation-the-dangers-of-5g

  34. Wet My Beak says:

    If any of you first world country people are thinking of coming to sad new zealand please don’t. It’s not safe any more:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/auckland-stabbing-several-people-injured-in-murrays-bay-incident-one-person-in-custody/QZMNAPNICD2F7NMP6Y6UWLV2LY/

    The offender, like most new zealand attackers, targeted women although children are often also in harm’s way.

    The country is collapsing in an inflationary recession and people don’t have enough food and gas is too expensive. Please take this warning seriously. Thank you.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Calhoun’s rats are starting to lose their minds… this is the sort of thing that happens when the MOREONS begin to sense there will be no transition to a utopia of EVs, solar power, peace, equality and all this other BS https://time.com/collection/great-reset/

      Be prepared to insert the shells — I also recommend placing knives throughout the hose in secret spots… should the MOREONS break through the lead curtain … and they corner you … back up to one of the spots… in one fast movement (do not hesitate) grab it and stab the f789er a dozen times…

      You might think this is crazy talk.. but trust me .. as a human you will enjoy this … you will feel immediate euphoria… blood lust… you’ll want more.

      Humans love killing … they just love it.

      • Xabier says:

        That’s what my ex-SAS chum recommended to me, FE – prepare for a planned retreat through the house or flat, have prepared places to run to if surprised. Very logical.

        Good idea to always keep all external doors locked now as a matter of routine, so it becomes an automatic habit. They will go for a quick rush and easy entry.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I think a can of kerosene is a good idea — burn the place down and die from smoke inhalation … when all is lost

          • Xabier says:

            Ah, the Viking ending! One should pass out quickly, too, I should have thought. If not…

            It would be a bit dull to just collapse from typhus or some other nasty resurgent 19th century disease and go that way, no satisfyingly heroic drama.

  35. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/sri-lankas-economy-has-completely-collapsed-pm

    Sri Lanka’s prime minister is increasing efforts to revive the country’s “completely collapsed” economy amid a lack of foreign exchange reserves and severe shortages of essential items.

    “We are now facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity, and food. Our economy has faced a complete collapse,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament on June 22.

    who’s next?

  36. Michael Le Merchant says:

    USAID/Metabiota/EHA megathread
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1538527894627987459.html

  37. Rodster says:

    “A Warning About The Coming Shortages Of Diesel Fuel, Diesel Exhaust Fluid And Diesel Engine Oil“

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/a-warning-about-the-coming-shortages-of-diesel-fuel-diesel-exhaust-fluid-and-diesel-engine-oil/

    • CTG says:

      Can we have some Max Mad? pretty please ????

      😉

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        Mad Max in the Core is now scheduled for the 2030s.

        (Q2 2022 is almost in the books.)

        tempus fugit.

    • Alex says:

      The author starts with a warning of diesel shortages, then dismisses the idea of running out of diesel, continues with a rehash of the DEF scare, and finishes with diesel engine oil doom quoted from a disinfo hodgepodge article on NaturalNews.

  38. Michael Le Merchant says:

    China PPI 14.3% – Up from 8.5% in April
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FVuoOFxXwAIT63d?format=jpg&name=900×900

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      perhaps they can export that inflation to their foreign customers, mainly the USA of course.

  39. Rodster says:

    Our No-Win “Kobayashi Maru” Economy by CHS https://www.oftwominds.com/blogjun22/no-win-economy6-22.html

    Excerpt:
    It’s time to reprogram the conditions of the economy to serve the many rather than the few.

    Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru training exercise tests officer candidates’ response to a no-win scenario: any attempt to rescue the crippled ship’s crew results in the destruction of the candidate’s ship, while standing by and taking no action results in the loss of the Kobayashi Maru’s crew.

    Captain Kirk famously defeated this no-win scenario by reprogramming the simulation to “change the conditions of the test.” This can be viewed as either cheating or as creative problem-solving via “thinking outside the box.”

    The Kobayashi Maru is a very apt description of both the U.S. and the global economies, which are currently running a real-world no-win scenario called “Profits, Infinite Growth, Low Inflation, Full Employment.” (PIGLIFE). To win in the PIGLIFE scenario, you need permanent expansion of GDP, consumption, profits and employment and a permanently low limit on inflation. Anything less and you lose.

    • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

      But we are NOT in control…it’s a self organizing network system economy partly based on natural laws…our mistake is thinking we are in charge..
      Yes, we may tweak it provided there is slack..like we experienced in the so called Industrial Revolution…
      Unfortunately😂 the chicken are here to roost..

  40. banned says:

    Mike Adams has been known to be incorrect a time or two. He is saying no diesel engine oil soon because additive chemicals have become unobtainium. Claims everything comes to a stop bout september. No trains to move coal to power plants, farming, food, goods ecetera. As we all know diesel is the spine of industrial civilization. Id take it with a grain of salt.. Im a oil geek and there is no real discussion of this at the bob the oil guy website where oil geeks hang out. Talk of 15w 40 being hard to find but no discussion of the sort I would expect if diesel oil was to stop being available. Many oil engineers and people in the industry hang there. So either Mike is wrong or people in the industry are keeping their mouths shut. Neither would surprise me at all. A big rig needs a oil change bout once every 10 weeks.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/j4eXjnCMaZMI/

    • It is possible the problems with diesel are farther down the supply chain than most of the oil people follow the situation, if the problem is an additive that is added at the end.

      There are a lot of small things that can go wrong, which will individually push the situation toward collapse.

    • Replenish says:

      I made a point to check the stock of “Blue Def” from Pennsylvania to Vermont during my trip at places selling diesel fuel.. so far no shortages that I can see.

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        excellent!

        thanks for the update.

        (almost time to wrap up Q2 2022; full speed ahead to 2030.)

    • Alex says:

      What do you think is the chance that Mike Adams is NOT a controlled oppo disinfo artist working for some alphabet soup agency? My estimate is 5% – in which case he would be an indie snake oil salesman.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Hey norm … Fast Eddy just thought of a new game …

      HE is going up the mountain shortly but when he gets back… HE says HE is going to use Skype (no caller ID) and call random chemists … and tell them that their pharmacy injected HIS 7 year old with the Pfizer and now the child has myocarditis and it is permanent. HE will then ask what the chemist is going to do to compensate the child for destroying his life.

      Hahhahaha…. Sounds like fun huh?

      Stay tuned

      • CTG says:

        Please update the outcome of the calls

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          we like to read.

          • CTG says:

            Fe’s credibility is seriously questioned if he did not update on his calls to the chemists… FE is fake (gasp!)

            • Fast Eddy says:

              I informed M Fast of this and her response was ‘don’t tell anyone else you did this’…

              Maybe all those MOREONS marching around the block with placards… and whining on Substack… should instead march on those who are injecting the children — should call them day after day after day and harass them.

              But they won’t – they are stoooopid MOREONS

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Is my tale held for review? The deed was done hours ago

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Ok so ring ring — can I speak to a pharmacist – I am … my son had a covid shot a couple of days ago and he has myocarditis he is in the hospital … no reaction …

          Why did you not tell me this was a possible side effect – all you said was usually the only side effect is a sore arm…. If I had know this was a possibility I would NOT have authorized this shot…

          I’ve since gone online and looked into this and Pfizer has released a doc showing nearly 2000 side effects are possible – many are life-threatening…

          You have destroyed this boys life – this is permanent damage – it is likely to shorten his life (all expressed with extreme rage… as a parent of this poor poor boy)

          She excuses herself to get the manager … similar conversation …. with more of a focus on how they are not warning parents… are you going to tell other parents who come in for the shot that this is a possible outcome – are you going to continue to say sore shoulder — are you going to tell them a kid was in this week and is now in hospital with heart damage? ARE YOU????

          silence…

          Full Rage kicks in … you hurt my kid — you wrecked his life – he might die because you failed to warn me when you knew this could happen … you are a murdering f789ing bit ch!!!

          Followed by the usual a.ss rap-ing hanging up of the phone — cuz Fast Eddy understands how insulting it is to do that to someone after ripping into them.

          Hopefully she returns home and hangs herself out of guilt….

          Oh did I mention I said – how about I inject your kid with this safe and effective sh it without telling you that it could kill them … would you like that????

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Hey norm… did you enjoy that … maybe I’ll skype your local chemist — got a website?

          Murdering Bitch! hahahahahahaha…. the time for being polite.. is over.

          • CTG says:

            Where is Norm? I have not seem him around OFW for many days…

            • Lastcall says:

              Hiding
              Under
              The
              Bell
              Curve.
              Do not disturb!

            • Fast Eddy says:

              norm doesn’t feel well much of the time.. How do I know? I called the pub and Super Snatch SINdy told me he’s got ‘long covid’… he’s not been round ‘ere much she said exactly.

              That was just before I called the chemist shop to Unleash My Tirade of Hate (for damaging my son’s heart… my poor poor son … he’ll need a heart transplant in a few years — and then he’ll be on meds for his entire life… what kinda life is that for him???)

  41. Fast Eddy says:

    POLIO viral fears “First outbreak of highly infectious polio detected in UK since 1984″…are these diseases normally in check e.g. hepatitis, polio etc. now due to COVID jabs immune system damage?

    Geert Vanden Bosshe, myself, Yeadon etc. have warned about this. We have said that the COVID shot can undermine the normally potent functional innate immune systems in children…

    https://palexander.substack.com/p/polio-viral-fears-first-outbreak

    VAIDS is real. I am observing it first hand (and I must say – I am delighted!)

  42. Fast Eddy says:

    Wow, another day, another high profile young athlete dies, adding to the toll.

    I’m going to collect these in the future in a single article and publish it once a month. Otherwise, you’d be getting multiple emails a day from me about this topic.

    In the meantime, I predict that our doctors are never going to figure out what is killing these young athletes.

    And no mainstream media, including 60 Minutes, is going to go anywhere near investigating it.

    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/sometimes-it-feels-like-we-are-losing

    https://substackcdn.com/image/fetch/w_1456,c_limit,f_webp,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F5d9e23d1-42d3-4e3b-887b-b966bda20185_738x839.png

    this is kinda like the Ju death camps… most people pretended that was not happening too.

    To acknowledge such things would challenge the sanity of most people

  43. Harry says:

    Here is an article from a German medium that takes a very realistic look at the disastrous energy situation.

    I have translated it with Deepl:

    “Europe can not survive the winter”

    Russia can survive a year or two. Europe cannot survive a winter. The natural gas crisis in Europe could not start in winter or in October, but already in July or August 2022.

    Over the weekend, German Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) announced the long-awaited energy turnaround: Germany’s coal-fired power plants will produce electricity again. In recent days, the situation on the gas market has worsened, the minister explained:

    “It is still possible to replace the volumes that have failed, and the filling of gas storage facilities is still underway, albeit at high prices. Security of supply is currently guaranteed. But the situation is serious. We are therefore continuing to strengthen precautions and are taking additional measures to reduce gas consumption. That means gas consumption must continue to fall, but more gas must go into the storage facilities to make up for it, otherwise things will really get tight in the winter.”

    To reduce gas consumption, he said, “less gas should be used to produce electricity.” Very sensible. So the Emsland, Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim 2 nuclear power plants will run longer to avert disaster? Maybe decommissioned reactors will be put back into operation? No: “Instead, coal-fired power plants will have to be used more”. Climate protection” is not so important after all. A déjà vu experience: the same announcement had already been made almost four months ago. Spiegel online reported on February 28, 2022:

    “In the meantime, the [German Federal Ministry of Economics] also says that in the coming months, it is primarily coal-fired power plants that are to take over electricity production – and not gas-fired power plants. The natural gas, they say, would be better used to replenish gas storage facilities, which currently have extremely low levels.”

    Apparently, the idea had to ripen like a cheese for several months at the Ministry of Economics before it was implemented.

    Record natural gas generation

    In the meantime, natural gas was busily being converted into electricity as if there were no tomorrow. Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, who runs the Energy Charts website that provides the public with interactive graphs of electricity production and exchange electricity prices, reported last week on Twitter:

    “In May, more than 4 TWh of electricity was generated from natural gas. That’s a new record for a May month. Actually, with the current gas shortage, you’d expect the opposite.”

    Actually. According to Burger, “Germany’s lignite-fired power plants could have supplied more electricity in May to save expensive natural gas in electricity generation. Power plant capacity in operation was significantly higher than power plant generation.”

    He goes on to write, “In May 2020, lignite-fired plants were responding to the time-of-day fluctuations in electricity prices. In May 2022, it was gas-fired power plants.”

    More coal-fired power plants, Robert Habeck says, will be needed “for a transition period.” Transition to what? And how long will that transition period last? Habeck suggests by the term that it would be a matter of months or a few years that Russian natural gas could be replaced by gas that comes in liquid form (LNG) from the U.S. and Qatar. First of all, however, LNG will always be more expensive than pipeline gas used to be because of the complex process involved (liquefaction, transportation by ship, regasification). That is why it should be out of the question to use it for electricity production at all. Secondly, there are no such large capacities waiting for Germany and the EU on the world market.

    How precarious Europe’s situation really is

    Under the title: “There is no escape from the coming energy crisis”, Anas Alhajji, chief economist of the consulting firm NGP Energy Capital Management, gave a very interesting interview on the MacroVoices podcast a few days ago (starting at minute 15:20). He made clear how precarious Europe’s situation really is. The confrontation between Europe and Russia, Alhajji said, is like two people biting each other’s fingers:

    “Who will scream first? The one who screams first loses, even though only a fraction of a second may separate the two. So both will scream, but one by a fraction of a second before the other. And Europe will lose. Russia has a budget surplus. Russia has a trade surplus. It has massive foreign exchange and gold reserves. Russia can survive a year or two. Europe can’t survive a winter. And that’s why it’s delaying sanctions – because they know they can’t survive.”

    He pointed to the very recent calamities: On June 9, an explosion and subsequent fire occurred at a natural gas liquefaction plant owned by the U.S. company Freeport, about a hundred kilometers south of Houston. The LNG terminal, which accounts for about 20 percent of U.S. LNG exports, will be down for many months.

    This eliminates LNG supplies that no one can replace. A day earlier, Algeria – an ally of Putin – ordered its banks to stop doing business with Spanish companies and threatened to halt gas deliveries. That, too, is a potential disaster for the EU.

    Alhajji credits Russian President Vladimir Putin with having a plan, unlike the Europeans. Alhajji predicts a natural gas crisis in Europe not in winter or October, but as early as July or August 2022, with some long-term supply contracts ending next month – at which point Russia will insist on payment in rubles from these customers as well, and if they do not comply, could cut off supplies, as it has already done to quite a few EU countries, including Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands. “So I think the crisis will come already in the summer, not at all in October.”

    Hurricane season could upset Europe’s plans

    Further trouble looms: all LNG exported from the U.S. to Europe comes from the Gulf of Mexico. And hurricane season is just around the corner. Currently, 14 to 21 tropical storms are forecast “by name.” Six to ten of these could become hurricanes (winds of 119 mph or more), according to the forecast. Three to six to become major hurricanes (178 mph and above). “We know that even hurricanes that don’t cause destruction bring delays to shipping,” Alhajji said:

    “So Europe could be in trouble, even though natural gas storage levels have risen and are currently at comfortable levels. That can be wiped out within days if additional supplies don’t come.”

    The search for additional LNG suppliers is not promising, especially since Europe is competing with Asia in the LNG market. Qatar, Alhajji said, has “nothing to supply, simply because everything is sold through contracts.” Algeria has nothing to offer, “and if it stops supplying to Spain, there will be a serious crisis.” “So where will the gas come from?” he asks.

    The United States is currently unable to compensate for a loss of Russian supplies, he said. There will be a big gap, he says, and Europe will have to turn to Russia again – but it may not sell Europeans any more natural gas at all until all sanctions are lifted. European governments will have no choice but to bow to Moscow. Otherwise, Alhajji believes, governments will fall and new ones will be elected. “Putin wins either way, no matter what the press says.”

    As for U.S. LNG exports, he expects they will face opposition in America in the medium term. Background: to keep natural gas prices low in the U.S., exports were banned until 2014. It wasn’t until the shale gas boom (fracking) that the United States had so much natural gas left that exports no longer met with political opposition. But LNG exports have led to a sharp rise in the price of natural gas on the U.S. domestic market. The extent to which exports drive prices was evident when news of the Freeport LNG terminal explosion sent natural gas prices plummeting in the U.S. (while they shot up in Europe in response) because lower exports mean higher volume for the U.S. market. Alhajji believes:

    “If natural gas prices in the U.S. rise to $12 or $14 [the year-to-date record is $9.50/mmBtu; S.F.], there will be American politicians who, although pro-Ukraine and pro-EU support, will say LNG sales to Europe must be restricted.”

    For gasoline and diesel, the U.S. government is actually already considering export restrictions. Asked by moderator Erik Townsend if there was a way out for Europe if it was willing to “compromise on climate goals,” Alhajji replied:

    “That’s the sad part. There is a limited ability to do that. Some countries even still have power plants that can run on oil, others still have nuclear power plants. But the problem is: they have decommissioned most of them. To bring them back online would take a lot of time and massive investment. So that option exists, but on a limited scale.”

    The Europeans would have to “really rethink their policy.” Otherwise, he said, there will be a crisis in Europe. “And people will die, either from the heat or the cold.”

    German chancellor asks for coal in Colombia

    In this situation, Habeck downplays the importance of coal-fired power plants by saying they will operate for a “transitional period.” We know why he does this, of course. He considers coal-fired power plants to be a sin and cannot expect his brothers and sisters in spirit to face the truth: that this sin is now becoming the norm. But anyone who can put two and two together knows that it must be so: Germany was only able to do without nuclear energy and coal at the same time at all (or thought it could) thanks to cheap Russian natural gas. Without the natural gas, we will have to choose one of the other two options as long as aliens have not yet brought us the battery technology that can store the electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels to create supplies for hours, days, weeks and months.

    Meanwhile, it is a serious strategic mistake for the government to publicly declare that coal-fired power plants will be turned on only for a short time, as a “stopgap measure.” Why? Because people are needed to operate and maintain them. If they are told that their work is not appreciated and will only be of short duration before they are defamed as “climate killers” again from 2024, they may not feel like doing so. We recently reported on the energy crisis in Australia. Ailing coal-fired power plants, which are no longer being adequately maintained because they are supposedly only on call, are also playing a role. “The problem is that if you tell the people you’re supporting that you don’t need their services anymore and you’re only going to stay for five years, they’re going to start unwinding maintenance programs because they had planned for ten or twenty years,” Paul Flynn, the chief executive of Australia’s largest coal company, Whitehaven Energy, told the Australian Financial Review ESG Summit conference last week. “You’re now seeing evidence that [power plant] unreliability is increasing, but that was entirely to be expected.”

    The war on coal – along with the refusal of many banks and insurance companies to accept as customers companies whose business is thermal coal – has also led to a cartel-like situation: There are relatively few coal companies left, compared to the past, and hardly any of them are even thinking of substantially increasing their production. If the companies are now to make investments that will only pay off over the course of many years, they should all be sent the political signal now that coal will be needed for a long time to come and that the war on coal is over.

    Instead, the German government is relying on telephone diplomacy when it comes to buying coal. According to reports, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called Colombian President Ivan Duque to urge expansion of the El Cerréjon open-pit coal mine. El Cerréjon, one of the world’s largest coal mines, has been wholly owned by Swiss company Glencore since Glencore bought the shares of two joint venture partners, BHP and Anglo American, for a pittance last year.

    So a German chancellor is on the phone with the head of state and government of Colombia asking for more coal. Who doesn’t immediately think of the term “banana republic”? What his advisers may not have told Scholz: President Duque is only in office until August 7. On Sunday, former left-wing terrorist Gustavo Petro was elected as his successor. The bad news – or the good news for Putin – truly never ceases.

    At least its current decisions and choice of words, on the other hand, are in the hands of the federal government. The necessary investments in coal production, power plants and transport capacities are being inhibited or prevented when everyone believes that they will not be profitable because coal supposedly has no future. There are many factors that the federal government cannot – or today cannot – influence. But continuing to oppose coal – and even more so nuclear energy – in words and deeds is a mistake that pleases Putin but will cost us dearly. And one that could have been completely avoided. In tennis, there is a term for this: unforced error.

    https://www.achgut.com/artikel/europa_kann_den_winter_nicht_ueberleben

    • nikoB says:

      Such a slow moving car wreck. Hard to watch as so little happens but turn your back for a minute and everything seems to have changed.

  44. Mirror on the wall says:

    This could be entertaining.

    > Texas Could Vote to Secede From U.S. in 2023 as GOP Pushes for Referendum

    Texas Republicans are pushing for a referendum to decide whether the state should secede from the U.S.

    The demand for Texans to be allowed to vote on the issue in 2023 was one of many measures adopted in the Texas GOP’s party platform following last week’s state convention in Houston.

    “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”

    …. In another section on state governance, the platform states that Texas Republicans want the state Legislature to pass a bill in its next session “requiring a referendum in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

    The myth that Texas can secede from the U.S. continues because of the state’s history of independence, according to The Texas Tribune. Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836 and spent nine years as its own nation before becoming a U.S. state. Texas then seceded from the Union in 1861 before being readmitted following the end of the Civil War in 1870.

    The U.S. Constitution makes no provision for states to secede and in 1869, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. White that states cannot unilaterally secede from the Union.

    https://www.newsweek.com/texas-secede-us-2023-gop-pushes-referendum-1717254

    • Jef Jelten says:

      Then they should sign a security agreement with Russia to get protection from the US.

    • Can states be kicked out of the United States? Or the central US government become so weak that it needs to turn programs such as Medicare and Social Security over to the states?

      It seems like somehow, the system will fall apart. It may not be by states seceding; It may be in a different way.

      • Ed says:

        Follow the money. It is social security, medicare, federal pension, and military pension that will drive.

      • houtskool says:

        As fantacies fail, natural selection will prevail.

        Sorry David…

        • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

          it’s all good.

          I love natural selection.

          que sera sera.

    • Hubbs says:

      Whether individual states secede or not I think will depend largely upon whether the Government entitlements such as SS, pensions, and Medicare/Medicaid can be funded to the extent they provide any meaningful services or value. Once the government teat has been sucked dry and the fiat currencies are worthless, then will come the great fragmentation.

      • I notice the federal gov.becoming more and more the ‘single payer’ or ‘funder of last (and first) resort’ for all manner of things that used to be the purview of private enterprise or local/state government.

        Schools, hospitals, courts, etc. dance to the fed’s tune because they represent funding at multiple levels. “Regional Planning Commissions” and other unelected bodies increasingly erode local sovreignty.

        There’s a paid political advertisement being broadcast on our local bulletin board regarding “universal” meals for schoolchildren. If you rely on the federal gov. for every meal, what then? (I’m figuring they are lining up future contracts for Impossible Cricket Burgers.)

    • Rodster says:

      This is precisely what Economist Martin Armstrong predicted a few years ago would happen and Texas was one of the States that was on his list. He foresees many more as the Unites States becomes the Dis-United States in the future.

    • JP says:

      Secession is pointless unless you also rid yourself of the globalist parasite class that have that have spread across 50 states. These parasites are the Harvard and Yale grads that fan out across the country and get elected to Congress, Senate and etc… The Bush family is a prime example of this, being old elites from the Northeast. Many of course are vetted by CIA, like Pompeo in Kansas ( In fact from California and CIA). Obama too is part of this class. The list is long.

      Secession for secession sake is pointless if the parasites remain in power.

    • in2bikeblog says:

      Washington should start sending Texas weapons in case there is resistance to secession. Texas should hold on to any nucs they have within their borders.

  45. banned says:

    The loyalty lottery angle ala hunger games can not be ignored. People are not this stupid. Its safe and effective. wink. Really they know they are participating in a loyalty lottery. Since they are the bestest most loyalest snowflake ever they know there chances are good! No loyalty no moolah, no poontang, and no travel. Not desirable so they roll the dice. Plus the excitement of the lottery! What a fantastic achievement of modern ” logans run” society! Not surprising since we are the very epitomy of democracy! MSM tells me that every day!

    I now know a jabbed 30 something very fit heart attack victim. Taking the meager amount of people I know I know and the number of apparent vax injuries I get a quite high anecdotal rate of VAX injuries. Bad data obviously. And that only counts the ones whose egos allow them to disclose their injuries and only counts the short term apparent ill effects. Thats why one should never ever trust personal observations they cant be trusted, only the official government glossy brochure. Where is that glossy brochure with the odds by the way? AHH none needed anymore for the novel gene modification therapy. Informed consent a guideline not a rule. There are bigger rules at play. Safe and effective. No crazy talk here! I pledge allegiance to the jab of the United States of pharma, one needle indivisible with gene-ustice for all.

  46. Student says:

    A nice article from Ugo Bardi about propaganda during war time.

    https://thesenecaeffect.blogspot.com/2022/06/whats-really-happening-in-ukraine-how.html

    • I had never heard the term “fog of war.”

      I think we have reached the point where we have a “fog of peacetime” as well. Hardly anyone is old enough to remember what happened in World War II. Ugo has examples, in Italian, of what newspapers there reported. Most people cannot imagine that what is reported could be false.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        When you have video of dead bodies coming back to life… during a ‘war’… you have to question the entire narrative.

        The Uke war is proving to be very useful as a scapegoat for inflation — which is caused by costs associated with picking high-hanging resource fruit….

        Given the Elders are aware of the true nature of the beast — what would be the point of going to real war — and might they not contrive a war… to create the perception that the inflation beast is temporary … and will end when Putin is defeated?

        The PR Team is throwing everything at this — can anyone remember so many Hollywood Stars and major musicians getting on board like they have for this?

        • Ben Stiller is somewhere over there now, giving Zelensky much-needed technical advice.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            I heard that part of his mission was to make himself available to Z in any way possible…

            Z bent Stiller over the desk and Black Mirrored him. Stiller never tried that before but he kinda liked it cuz he’s got a thing for Z… he’s his hero right? That’s what heroes are supposed to do

      • Herbie R Ficklestein says:

        The first I heard the expression was from the 2003 documentary of former Sec of Defense
        The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare. It was directed by Errol Morris and features an original score by Philip Glass. The title derives from the military concept of the “fog of war”, which refers to the difficulty of making decisions in the midst of conflict.

        The film was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival[2] and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature of 2003.[3] In 2019, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.[4]

        The fog of war (German: Nebel des Krieges) is the uncertainty in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations.[1] The term seeks to capture the uncertainty regarding one’s own capability, adversary capability, and adversary intent during an engagement, operation, or campaign. Military forces try to reduce the fog of war through military intelligence and friendly force tracking systems. The term has become commonly used to define uncertainty mechanics in wargames.

        The word “fog” (German: Nebel), but not the exact phrase, in reference to ‘uncertainty in war’ was introduced by the Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz in his posthumously published book, Vom Kriege (1832), the English translation of which was published as On War (1873):

        War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for; a skilled intelligence to scent out the truth.

        — Carl von Clausewitz[2]
        It has been pointed out that von Clausewitz does not use the exact phrase “fog of war,” and also uses multiple similar metaphors, such as “twilight” and “moonlight”, to describe a ‘lack of clarity’.[3] The first known use of the exact phrase in text dates to 1896 in a book titled The Fog of War by Sir Lonsdale Augustus Hale, where it is described as “the state of ignorance in which commanders frequently find themselves as regards the real strength and position, not only of their foes, but also of their friends.”[4]

  47. Rodster says:

    Ravens’ Jaylon Ferguson dies at 26: and of course………..”The cause of death is currently unknown.”

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/ravens-jaylon-ferguson-dies-at-26-linebacker-was-a-third-round-pick-in-2019-nfl-draft/

    See, I know you are all thinking. It was not the vaccine because we now know they are totally 100% safe and effective. My guess is his startled him during the night and he suffered a heart attack. That’s pretty much how young healthy athletes leave this planet so soon.

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