Why raising interest rates to reduce inflation may work out very badly

Are we headed for very high energy prices? Or, are we headed for a financial system that starts falling apart? The whole economic system may change remarkably. For example, what many people thought was money, or a promised pension plan, may not really be there when the time comes to get value from it. Shelves in stores may be empty when it comes time to make a purchase.

Most people do not understand that the world economy is a physics-based system, powered by energy. If the energy is suddenly much less available, there will be a huge problem. The world economy has been powered by a rapidly growing supply of energy for over 200 years.

Figure 1. World energy consumption by fuel based on Vaclav Smil’s estimates from Energy Transitions: History, Requirements and Prospects (Appendix) together with data from BP’s 2011 Statistical Review of World Energy for 1965 and subsequent. Wind and solar are included in Biofuels.

My concern is that the current attempt to bring inflation down will lead to falling energy supply and a world economy that is rapidly changing for the worse.

Figure 2. Energy amounts for 2010 and prior equal to those in Figure 1, with a corresponding amount for 2020. Future energy for 2030, 2040 and 2050 are rough estimates based on the observation that the world is now reaching extraction limits for both coal and oil.

Everything I can see says that world leaders are not able to face the possibility that the world is already running seriously short of oil and coal. Future supplies are likely to be much lower, and much more expensive, if they are available at all. Other energy types (including natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and solar) are simply add-ons to a system built using coal and oil.

Current world leaders do not realize that the energy situation is very much like the water level in Lake Mead. Looking at it from the top, there still seems to be water there but, in fact, the required depth is lacking. Water for watering crops will soon be exhausted. The world’s energy supply is not a whole lot different. The supposedly proven reserves do not tell us anything at all. It is the amount of fossil fuels that can be affordably extracted that is important. We have already exceeded the amount that can be affordably extracted. If central banks cut back future energy supplies using higher interest rates, we can expect to encounter major problems going forward.

In this post, I will try to explain some of the issues involved.

[1] The amount of energy the economy requires depends very much on population. The greater the world population, the more oil is needed for food production and transportation. Non-oil energy is a bit more flexible in quantity than oil, but the total quantity of energy per capita needs to keep rising to prevent very adverse outcomes.

Figure 3. World per capita energy consumption by source, with the 1950-1980 period of rapid growth highlighted. Amounts are equal to those used in Figure 1, divided by population estimates by Angus Maddison.

Figure 3 highlights the fact that the period of Rapid Energy Growth between 1950 and 1980 was a period of unprecedented growth in per capita energy consumption. This was a period when many families could afford their own car for the first time. There were enough employment opportunities that, quite often, both spouses could hold down paying jobs outside the home. It was the growing supply of inexpensive fossil fuels that made these jobs available.

If a person looks closely, it is possible to see that the 1920 to 1940 period was a period of very low growth in energy consumption, relative to population. This was also the period of the Great Depression and the period leading up to World War II. Sluggish energy consumption growth at that time was linked to very undesirable socioeconomic outcomes.

Energy is like food for the economy. If energy of the right kinds is cheaply available, it is possible to build new roads, pipelines and electricity transmission lines. World trade grows. If available energy is inadequate, major wars tend to break out and standards of living are likely to fall. We now seem to be approaching a time of too little energy, relative to population.

[2] Recently published data through 2021 indicates that energy consumption growth is not keeping up with population growth, similar to the situation of the 1930s. This says that the economy is doing poorly. Supply lines are broken; most jobs don’t pay well; many goods that normally would be available aren’t available.

Figure 4. World energy consumption per capita, based on information published in BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

Figure 4 shows that the year with the highest per capita energy consumption was 2018. This agrees with other information such as automobile sales.

Figure 5. Auto sales by country, based on data of vda.de

For example, the number of automobiles sold seems to have peaked back in the 2018 period. China and India are both reporting fewer automobile sales recently. The economy was already sliding into recession in 2019. The 2020 shutdowns hid the very poor condition the world economy was already in. If people were forced to remain in their homes, they could not take to the streets to protest their poor wages and pension plans. The shutdowns helped give the impression the world economy was doing better than it really was.

Figure 4 shows that even with the bounce back in 2021, total energy consumption per capita is still below the 2018 and 2019 values. This contrasts with the situation that occurred after the 2008-2009 Great Recession. By 2010, per capita energy consumption was back above the 2007 and 2008 values.

[3] We can look back and see how rising interest rates were used to slow the world economy in the 2004 to 2006 period, and how different the economic situation was then compared to now. Even with the rapid growth the economy was making at the time of the interest rates increases, the result was still a deep recession in 2008-2009.

Figure 6. Figure similar to Figure 4 showing world energy consumption per capita, except that notation has been added with respect to the timing of increases in US Federal Reserve Target Interest Rates.

It is clear from Figure 4 and Figure 6 that between 2001 and 2007, the quantity of energy consumed per capita was rising rapidly. This was the period shortly after China was added to the World Trade Organization. Manufacturing was rapidly being moved to China. China’s demand for energy products of all kinds was rising rapidly. As a result of this greater demand, oil prices were increasing between 2001 and 2007. To try to reduce inflation, the Federal Reserve raised target interest rates in the 2004 to 2006 period and gradually brought them down, starting in late 2007.

There are two things that are striking about this earlier situation:

  1. The world economy (as shown by rising energy supply) was growing much more rapidly during the 2001 to 2007 period than it is in 2022. All the world economy is trying to do now is get back to where it was before the 2020 shutdowns, in terms of energy consumption per capita.
  2. Eventually, there was a bad reaction to the higher interest rates of 2004 to 2006, but this did not come until 2008-2009. This was a much longer lag than most people would expect.

Now, in 2022, we cannot get energy consumption per capita up to the 2018 and 2019 levels. There are many unfinished automobiles, waiting for missing parts. Appliances of many kinds are not available without a long wait. Fertilizer is often not available. Broken supply lines leave many store shelves empty. It is not that demand is unusually high; it is the supply of the energy products we need to grow food and to transport many finished goods that is not available.

Raising interest rates is a way to reduce the demand for finished goods and services, such as automobiles and appliances, if the world economy is growing very rapidly, as it was back in the 2001 to 2007 period. If the problem is an inadequate supply of finished goods and services (due to broken supply lines and low wages for workers), then raising interest rates is entirely the wrong medicine. It will cause even fewer automobiles and appliances to be made. It will cause many current workers to be laid off. Such an approach, when the world is trying to deal with too few workers, will tend to make the situation worse, rather than better.

[4] The trend in fossil fuel supplies is concerning. Both oil and coal are past peak, on a per capita basis. World coal supply has been lagging population growth since at least 2011. While natural gas production is rising, the price tends to be high and the cost of transport is very high.

Most energy charts are similar to Figure 7, showing energy consumption on a total product supplied basis, without reference to the size of the population using those resources.

Figure 7. Total quantity of oil, coal and natural gas supplied based on information published in BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

Figure 7 indicates that coal supplies are, in some sense, the most troubled of the three types of fossil fuels. In the 2001 to 2007 period, China was able to ramp up its manufacturing using coal, but eventually those supplies ran short. In fact, coal supplies around the world started running short. Instead of telling us about the shortfall in production, we started hearing a story that sounds a lot like The Fox and the Grapes of Aesop’s Fables: Coal is a horribly polluting fuel which we don’t really want anyhow.

To understand how these quantities correspond to the world’s rising population, it is helpful to look at consumption divided by population, shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. Oil, coal and natural gas energy consumption per capita, based on data in BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

Figure 8 shows that oil consumption per capita was relatively stable up until 2019. Then, it suddenly dropped in 2020, and it has not been able to fully recover from that drop in 2021. In fact, we know that as oil production has tried to increase in 2022, its price has risen further. Of the years shown, 2004 was the year with the highest oil consumption per capita. That was back at the time that “conventional” oil production peaked.

Figure 8 shows that the peak production of coal, relative to world population, was in the year 2011. Now, in 2022, the least expensive coal to extract has been depleted. World coal consumption has fallen far behind population growth. The big drop-off in coal availability means that countries are increasingly looking to natural gas as a flexible source of electricity generation. But natural gas has many other uses, including its use in making fertilizer and as a feedstock for many herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. The result is that there is more demand for natural gas than can easily be supplied.

[5] Governments and academic institutions have gone out of their way to avoid telling the world how important energy of the right types and in the right quantities is to the economy.

Politicians cannot admit that the world economy cannot get along without the right quantities of energy that match the needs of today’s infrastructure. At most, a small amount of substitution is possible, if all the necessary transition steps are taken. Each transition step requires energy of various kinds. For example, a small amount of intermittent wind can be added to the fossil-fuel generated electricity supply, if care is taken to ramp up fossil-fuel generated electricity to offset the lack of wind when there is a shortfall in supply. Otherwise, battery or other storage is needed for the wind energy until the wind energy is truly needed by the system.

Thus, most people today are convinced that the economy doesn’t need energy. They believe that the world’s biggest problem is climate change. They tend to cheer when they hear that fossil fuel supplies are being shut down. Of course, without energy of the right kinds, jobs disappear. The total quantity of goods and services produced tends to fall very steeply. In this situation, there is likely not enough food for all the people in the world. War is likely to break out over limited resources.

[6] Once the economy starts heading downward, it is not clear that the economy can ever “catch itself” and start back on an upward path again, even for a short while.

Back in 2001, the World Economy was able to get a “bail out” from China’s rapid growth in coal production, but as we have seen, world coal production is no longer growing as fast as population.

Back in about 2010 and 2011, growth in US crude oil from shale formations was able to temporarily bail out world oil supply, but now this is also failing. Also, even the recent “growth” shown is to a significant extent from the completion of “drilled but uncompleted” wells started earlier. Eventually, there are no more “DUCs” to complete.

Figure 9. EIA chart showing US Field Production of Crude Oil through June 24, 2022.

In fact, despite all of the supposed high reserves of many kinds around the world, there is little evidence that the Middle East, or anywhere else, can actually raise production much higher.

Once the economy starts shrinking, debt defaults are likely to become a big problem. Banks will find their balance sheets impaired. They may be forced to close. Citizens with deposits may find that only part of their balance is available to spend.

Government programs will necessarily be forced to cut back to match the energy supplies that are available. For example, if road paving material is not available, roads cannot be repaved. If fuel cannot be found for school buses, students may need to learn at home.

Governments at all levels have promised pension plans. In fact, many employers have promised pension plans. Without a growing supply to cheap-to-produce energy, these promises are meaningless. Somehow, governments will find it necessary to cut back on their promises. Perhaps, Social Security and Medicare programs will be handed back to US States to fund, to the extent that the states have funds for these programs. Governments around the world can expect to face similar problems.

With less energy supply available, the whole world economy that we know today seems likely to start falling apart. Fewer goods will be available through international trade. It is cheap energy that has allowed today’s economy to function. Once this cheap energy is depleted, the world economy will need to shrink back in many ways, at once.

We don’t really know precisely what lies ahead, and perhaps, this lack of knowledge is for the best. We cannot even imagine a world economy changing rapidly for the worse.

About Gail Tverberg

My name is Gail Tverberg. I am an actuary interested in finite world issues - oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Oil limits look very different from what most expect, with high prices leading to recession, and low prices leading to financial problems for oil producers and for oil exporting countries. We are really dealing with a physics problem that affects many parts of the economy at once, including wages and the financial system. I try to look at the overall problem.
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3,945 Responses to Why raising interest rates to reduce inflation may work out very badly

  1. Michael Le Merchant says:
  2. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Identity revealed: New facial recognition technology expected within the next year

    The proactively released Cabinet committee paper, and RNZ inquiries, show that seven major agencies here, led by Internal Affairs, have been working on a new approach for a year.

    It directed DIA prepare a business case for investing in a “fundamentally different” approach to digital identity, to unlock $1.5-9 billion of economic benefits. Three options were outlined, but are blanked out in the paper.

    “The Cabinet paper asked officials to explore this as a consent-based online identity verification option for citizens,” Internal Affairs told RNZ.

    The paper said: “The department will develop an implementation plan for verifiable identity credentials and the common verification service.

    “The department will prepare to implement the technical solutions.”

    The current Government system, RealMe, has 870,000 users – it has been modernised recently but has a reputation for being cumbersome, and it gets little actual use.

    The new approach involves six “early adopters”: ACC, MBIE, MSD, Waka Kotahi, Health and Education.

    Any new system will depend on a person sharing their personal “key attributes.” Biometrics about you, such as your image, are a key attribute.

    The paper said: “The approach proposed … will enable a wider range of identifying attributes to be considered as part of a person’s digital identity.”

    The agencies were told “to investigate making more attributes available by consent”.

    MSD told RNZ its use of the new tech will involve sending clients who want to use Identity Check to Internal Affairs to run the facial recognition verification, and DIA would then give a “notification pass” back to MSD.

    The Cabinet paper said the new technology for digital identity changes should be available from mid-2023, which is also the date Internal Affairs told RNZ it expected to activate Identity Check.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/identity-revealed-new-facial-recognition-technology-expected-within-the-next-year/V5BQHLB42ECXWYJ2CMQJHGQWI4/

    • If a country wants to use less energy per capita, it needs to find a way to hold down energy consumption of individual citizens. In today’s world, high tech approaches seems to be a way to do this.

  3. Fast Eddy says:

    Carter said at his own school about half the students had been absent in terms one and two because they had Covid-19 this year and a further 20-30 percent had been absent because household contacts had the virus.

    In addition, staff had been absent for the same reasons and in term two influenza had ensured about 20 percent of students were absent on some days, he said.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/staff-student-absences-taking-schools-brink-principals-warn

    VAIDS

  4. Fast Eddy says:

    The original idea… is UEP

    https://youtu.be/AiKCi5TLI9o

  5. Fast Eddy says:

    Eleven Children Report Serious Injury From the Vaccines Versus Zero Serious Cases of Covid, Official Data From Iceland Show

    The researchers followed the outcomes of all children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the study period. They found that infections in schools were rare, no child was hospitalised with COVID-19 and none had severe symptoms. This study is in line with the results of a large Swedish study conducted in 2020 on nearly two million children.

    Interestingly, two of the study authors took an active part in pushing for child vaccination early this year, despite their own findings.

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/07/24/eleven-children-report-serious-injury-from-the-vaccines-versus-zero-serious-cases-of-covid-official-data-from-iceland-show/

    “There’s such a thing as too much sun for solar panels” – Europe’s solar industry is starting to buckle, writes Tristan Bove in Fortune.

    https://fortune.com/2022/07/19/europe-solar-panels-lose-efficiency-in-high-temperatures/

    hahahahaha

  6. postkey says:

    “Hidden beneath the shiny exteriors of an EV is a story of blood batteries. These cars drive human rights violations, extreme poverty and child labor…”
    https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/the-dark-side-of-electric-vehicles/

    • This goes on to say,

      “Half of the cobalt produced goes into electric cars. We’re talking about 4 to 30 kilos of cobalt per battery. This metal is found all over the world…but 70% of the total supply comes from one country…the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      “Let’s zoom into this country. DR Congo is the second largest country in Africa. Its GDP is around $49 billion…Cobalt mining in Congo is divided into two categories: industrial or large-scale mining and artisanal or small-scale mining.

      “What’s the difference between the two? Artisanal mines are unregulated. Labor laws do not apply, here. Neither do safety protocols. These mines produce 20% to 30% of Congo’s cobalt. Some 200,000 miners work in these mines. At least 40,000 of them are children, some as young as six.

  7. Fast Eddy says:

    Is this real? How can it be allowed https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37758

    • It seems like educators working in universities need something “new and different” to show that progress is continuing to be made. At some point, this progress becomes absurd.

      Someone mentioned earlier that as economies approached resource limits in the past, emphasis on sex in strange ways seemed to ramp up. Sex is one thing that is not limited by resource limits, so it seems to be one thing that can continue to “grow” in importance, at least in a twisted way of thinking.

  8. Kim says:

    Here is an interesting read. I am glad to be able to say that this kind of thing has not happened in our lifetimes.

    Falsehood in War Time: Containing an Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout the Nations During the Great War (1928)

    Arthur Ponsonby (Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede)

    https://en.id1lib.org/book/3422906/c11b38

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falsehood_in_War-Time

    A Review

    “World War I atrocity stories created and disseminated to promote war aims. Just what it sounds like- an account of propaganda lies circulated in the British and American press during World War I. The most memorable example may be the oft-repeated press accounts of German soldiers cutting off the hands of hundreds, maybe thousands (reports vary) of Belgian war orphans. The public seems to have accepted the story without question as an indication of German inhumanity. No doubt it flamed their fighting spirits.”

    “One kindhearted businessman collected funds to construct an orphanage for these poor kids after the war. He showed up in Belgium in 1920 with the funds. To assess what the capacity of the orphanage should be, he traveled throughout the country and inquired extensively about these children. After a year working together with the church and other humanitarian groups, he could not produce a single child, nor a single verifiable story, of anybody who had had their hands cut off.”

  9. Fast Eddy says:

    WHO: COVID Triples Across Europe, Hospitalizations Double

    “In a statement on Tuesday, WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described COVID-19 as “a nasty and potentially deadly illness” that people should not underestimate. He said super-infectious relatives of the omicron variant were driving new waves of disease across the continent and that repeat infections could potentially lead to long COVID.”

    https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-united-nations-world-organization-06bccc307fa13d428e59babf4b9d8403

    Neutralization Escape bySARS-CoV-2 Omicron Subvariants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5
    “These data show that the BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 subvariants substantially escape neutralizing antibodies induced by both vaccination and infection. Moreover, neutralizing antibody titers against the BA.4 or BA.5 subvariant and (to a lesser extent) against the BA.2.12.1 subvariant were lower than titers against the BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants, which suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 omicronvariant has continued to evolve with increasing neutralization escape.”

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2206576

    First Prize!

    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%2F18de45fb-5674-424e-8ebd-e9df5de9cb60_974x547.png

  10. Fast Eddy says:

    Horrific Vaccine Injury – you can’t unsee this https://t.me/chiefnerd/4234

  11. Fast Eddy says:

    Funny https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37751 https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37753

    Build back bettah https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37754 Hmmm which other heaps of bull shit do we hear repeated over and over and over???

  12. Fast Eddy says:

    More farmer protests achieving nothing .. BBBBorrrring https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37739
    https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37740

    Hey norm .. you better make the offer to SS SINdy… she’s fishing …. no rush though … she’s in no danger of being snapped up

    https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37744

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    Hahaha https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/37738 and then the protestors headed to the Org-E to fling urine on each other

    And the pro choice folks looked on bemused… and insisting everyone get vaxxed…. your body – their choice HUH.

    Clown World. and these people would insist we need more democracy!!!

    hahahaha…. barnyard animals cannot handle the truth and are too f789ing stooopid anyway … so they need to be controlled…

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    Hahaha we are all so rich now!!! After we ding dong the bell let’s go shopping!!!

    The thing is …

    You could give me an hour in a room with these clowns trying to explain how they are stooopid… and they’d walk out … go shopping … then meet for drinks and say who was the f789ing id iot in that room????

    https://0r6rc5t4bh-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CB170420BLES-10-1030×687.jpg

  15. Fast Eddy says:

    Ed is so close… so tantalizingly close! Yes Ed collapse is baked in .. and yes they don’t want to let this spiral out of control (ROF)… as he points out they do not want to be pinned with the blame for this

    But no Ed there will not be a second act

    This is extermination .. this is… UEP. UEP.

    Interesting thoughts on the M-Pox… there is a reason they are pumping it … MPox.. VAIDS… mutants… pile it on!

    Fear sells Lockdowns and Global Holodomor..

    Q4 is looking mighty fine

  16. Fast Eddy says:

    Mysterious Missiles Strike Grain Facility at Ukraine Port One Day After Russia and Ukraine Sign Grain Export Deal – The Last Refuge

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/07/23/mysterious-missiles-strike-grain-facility-at-ukraine-port-one-day-after-russia-and-ukraine-sign-grain-export-deal/

  17. Fast Eddy says:

    Tribute to the CovIDIOTS — is there anybody in there????

    https://youtu.be/5ZE-5VOn3nM

  18. Fast Eddy says:

    Meanwhile in NZ… this is the same principal I had a go at over inviting the Death Clinic to the school last year… I told him we’d be keeping our student home for the day and that if a kid gets injured I’d offer to pay legal fees to come after him. F789ing loser… most teachers are losers… not all .. but the vast majority … I know – I did some part time work so I saw the riff raff that profession attracts first hand.

    BTW recommended does not = must.

    Kia ora Parents,

    As you may have seen in the media, due to the recent rise in Covid cases and the ongoing impact of seasonal illness, the Ministries of Health and Education have strongly recommended that schools require masks to be worn indoors for at least the first four weeks of this term. While there are some times when masks will not have to be worn (e.g. when eating), which we will outline to students tomorrow, this means that students and staff are required to wear masks again indoors at school from tomorrow.

    While we do have some masks available, please get your student to bring a mask to school with them.

    Please note that the process for mask exemptions has changed (the new process includes a legal declaration). Students need to have one of the new exemptions, which has their name on it. Previous exemptions are not valid.

    • Xabier says:

      There are large numbers of teenagers here still walking around with a nasty skin disease from the last round of school mask wearing – in the worst cases over the forehead too. Very sad, marked forever maybe.

      Teachers are on the whole just another bunch of cowardly pension-seekers and order-takers, like medics, only with much lower status. But they are punished every day by contact with children – are mask mandates their revenge?

  19. Fast Eddy says:

    In the last four months, there have been 38 sudden deaths in North Cyprus which should be investigated, a doctor has said, Kibris Postasi reported. Dr. Nurçin İncirli, who is a physician at the Cengiz Topel Hospital posted the following on social media: “As a physician and a mother, I am very worried; these people died suddenly and most of them at home. Doesn’t this subject deserve study?”

    She went on to say that the diet of the people who died suddenly should be investigated. Sudden deaths are not normal and should not be accepted as such, Dr. İncirli stated, adding that she intended to write to the Ministry of Health and ask them to initiate a study into the causes of this phenomenon. She also listed the names and ages of the 38 people, some of them notably young, who had died suddenly.

    https://lgcnews.com/doctor-alarmed-at-recent-number-of-sudden-deaths/

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    So many people are now “dying suddenly” that “our free press” can barely hide it any more

    Three former football players “died suddenly” within two days:

    https://markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/so-many-people-are-now-dying-suddenly

    • CTG says:

      Will they wake up? Ifbtheyvdo I have the Brooklyn Bridge to sell to you.. be realistic they will never wake up

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    The BA.5 Wave in Central Europe Has Peaked

    Vaccines are failing, not many are dying, but people are on balance sicker than usual at this time of year.

    https://www.eugyppius.com/p/the-ba5-wave-in-central-europe-has

    More waves coming!!! hahahahahaha….

    What happened to herd immunity? I heard it would come when people vaxxed!!!

    I am really enjoying this phase of UEP… I am not restricted by passports and other rubbish… free to do as I please.. the hordes are not coming over the gate… meanwhile the MOREONS are suffering … and confused — I did what they told me why am I so sick all the time?????

    hahaha

  22. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    7 months in, 5 to go.

    slow collapse in 2022 hasn’t been too bad in the Core.

    rumour out there that the USA is going to off Zelensky.

    no Z, and so no one to legit surrender to Russia,

    bigger rumour that Russia is going to ramp up an attack on most/all of Ukraine.

    this could be advantageous to Europe, if a black swan hits Ukraine and the Special Military Operation ends by autumn, where Europe would have time to reject the bully USA/NATZO and try to restore most of the Russian FF supply which right now looks to be insufficient to keep Europeans warm this winter.

    unless Europe halts all of their industry, and uses their meager FF supplies to heat residential customers only, which would make for a greater economic disaster for Europe in 2023.

    (big week now upcoming for the Fed and Wall Street and US economic data… US financials could plunge… we’ll see.)

    the Core is the Core.

    the Centre is holding.

    (I live in the present, not the future.)

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    Just a thought …

    I picked up a minor sniffle no doubt from the diseased aussie on Friday … I am not feeling sick but still have a touch of that sniffle today … in fact I am about to fire 100 pucks at the board in the garage cuz…

    But I am thinking … the reason I’m not getting sick is because I had covid a few months ago – and I have not F789ED (gotta use caps – PR says more effective).. my immune system…

    I betcha what that diseased pc of shi t was spreading is some mutated Omicron maybe ABCD78.9 or something … but because m finely tuned unvaxxed machine says hey bitch – I know you — you talkin to me???? the virus gets the Sh it Kicked out of it by my normally functioning immune system that has already Kicked the s it out of that viruses unidentical twin brother…

    So for me it’s sniffle (flea on an elephant) but BUT for the vaxxed up jacked up MOREONS… if they meet Ralphie Boy … it’s a whole new ball game… they ain’t got nuthin in the tank….

    So Ralphie smashes them to bits and they end up in the short staffed hospital with 104 blast furnace fevers and near death experiences

    • Rodster says:

      Yup, I came down with a super bad cold late January, I loss my taste and smell, got it back, lost in again, got it back and again, lost it again, now everything has a metallic taste. So maybe it’s CV related or just sinus problems. At least I stayed the hell away from the Jabs.

      • CTG says:

        Perhaps I am in the tropics, perhaps I am healthy (ate well, sleep well) and I never take any medication even aspirin for 2 decades. There are many around me (family members, etc) who were sick and some of them very sick. I was untouched… Not even a sniffle, not even a headache.

        It seems that being healthy is paying off. Anyone disagree with me?

  24. Fast Eddy says:

    Through original antigenic sin, the human body is placed at a disadvantage against SARS-COV-2. When a new variant infects us, we develop an immune response based on the immune response against the variant we were first exposed to (for most people this will be Wuhan through the vaccine). If we’ve had a very severe infection or constant re-exposure to the Wuhan version of the Spike protein through vaccination, the original antigenic sin effect is very strong.

    As a consequence of original antigenic sin, the new immune response induced by an Omicron infection is going to be comparatively narrow. Because it’s comparatively narrow, the virus only has to change a little bit to escape this new immune response and then it can hit us again. And with everyone having roughly the same template through which they react against these Omicron variants due to everyone getting Wuhan first, a change that works in one person will typically work in almost everyone.

    I want to remind you of what I said in December last year, after the sudden emergence of Omicron:

    What this looks like to me, is that we’re witnessing the birth of a new SARS-COV-2 variant, that gradually learns how to survive in the bodies of people who took these vaccines. For elderly people that’s acutely dangerous, for younger healthier vaccinated people, it leads to a situation in which this virus evolves into something more resembling a chronic condition: You’re continually infected and reinfected, never quite able to overcome the virus, with your overall immune system suffering as a consequence.

    https://www.rintrah.nl/something-is-going-very-wrong-in-scotland/

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      and duh it’s still summer in the northern hemisphere.

      the Jabbed are in big trouble in the next 6 months.

      pulverized immune systems, and especially Europeans who may be experiencing a severe shortage of fuel to keep warm.

      Winter is Coming.

  25. Mirror on the wall says:

    The USA might as well have Homer Simpson in the white house. And it has been a real eye opener to see just how ridiculous most European governments really are. They clearly provoked Russia into security measures in UKR, and then they seriously imagined that they would ‘sanction’ a major, indeed their own, commodities producer in ‘punishment’.

    The rest of the world has simply ignored the ‘sanctions’, and Russia is raking it in on all fronts while the West heads in a major energy crisis. The West is just unbelievable now, and the balance of power, and the energy flow, are clearly shifting elsewhere. This entire debacle shows that the West is a spent force now, a ridiculous shadow of its former self and on the way out.

    > Sanctions Are Hurting the West More Than Russia

    Despite repeated assurances from President Biden and other Western leaders that “the toughest economic sanctions in history” would cripple Russia’s economy and starve its war machine, that hasn’t happened. Russia’s current account, which measures global trade in goods and services, was strong in the second quarter of this year when its trade surplus rose to a record $70.1 billion. The ruble, too, has exhibited remarkable resiliency, ranking as the strongest performing currency so far this year, rising to its highest level against the euro since 2015 and making major gains against the dollar.

    What accounts for Putin’s bulging coffers? The simple answer: high commodity prices and Russia’s continued ability to export oil, gas, grain, and even gold to non-Western countries.

    The economic picture isn’t as rosy for the countries sanctioning Russia. Europe is struggling to meet its energy needs, driving up inflation and forcing countries at the vanguard of the green movement to backpedal. Germany, for example, whose minister of economic affairs and climate action comes from the Green Party, was forced to reactivate seventeen coal-fired power plants it previously had shut down. President Biden, with inflation sitting at a forty-year high, recently begged Saudi Arabia’s leaders—a regime it had been shunning—to come to the rescue by pumping more crude to help bring down gas prices and ease the inflationary pressure high fuel prices are placing on other goods.

    In short, it appears that the economic response to Russia’s unprovoked war seems to be taking a greater toll on the rest of the world [sic, the West is not the entire world btw.] than on Russia itself.

    The combination of sanctions and war disrupted energy and grain supplies, creating an economic opportunity that Russia has exploited. Indeed, according to the Helsinki-based Center for Energy and Clean Air, Moscow earned $100 billion in revenue from oil, gas, and coal sales in the first three months of the war alone.

    While the Biden administration was drawing down the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase available supplies and lower gasoline prices—plunging America’s emergency reserve to its lowest level since the mid-1980s—Russia’s oil exports had bounced back to pre-war levels by May.

    Europe, meanwhile, which imported 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia last year, is now facing the double-whammy of severe shortages due to dwindling Russian imports and higher inflation fueled in part by energy prices. This could lead to a long, cold winter when the demand for energy explodes at the same time Europe is set to stop importing seaborne petroleum from Russia, as a European Union (EU) regulation introduced in June requires. Things could get even worse if Russia decides to cut off natural gas exports to Europe through pipelines, which is temporarily allowed under the EU edict.

    The big picture can be seen in the numbers. In February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the Federal Reserve’s global commodity price index stood at 203; by the end of June, it was 227, a 12 percent increase. Instead of starving Russia’s war machine, commodity price increases have strengthened Russia’s finances.

    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/sanctions-are-hurting-west-more-russia-203784

    • There are very different ways of understanding how well sanctions are or are not working. I expect that most residents of Europe have no idea how poorly sanctions are working.

  26. CTG says:

    I am preparing an interesting update on the stray cats that I am feeding (that has been in the overshoot due to my “generosity”), a discussion point with NomandicBeer and some other observations. However, the 20-day limit is upon us soon. I will post them when there is a new article by Gail. If Gail is too busy, perhaps a blank article for us to post our thoughts and news is in order (until Gail has a new article).

    We are now at a stage of “decades happening in weeks”

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      the last full week of February was a “century happening in a week”.

      2/24/2022 was the most significant day worldwide since the end of WW2.

      the meaning seems to be that the USA/western dominance of the world is ending.

      in the rest of our lives, perhaps only nuclear war could surpass that day in worldwide importance.

      sure, smaller entities will still be having “decades happening in weeks”.

      Sri Lanka seems to have just had one.

      some/many countries in Europe will likely be having one within the next 6 months.

      Winter is Coming.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      I vote for you to be allowed to post your article to start the next 3 week cycle rather than have Down Time.

      Now that norm’s become an OFW Minimalist… the job of Watcher of the Threads is less burdensome since nobody feels the need to break the rules and mercilessly lash norm…

      Mirror is know to … unhinge… but that’s only after way too much to drink and possibly sniffing a bit of glue… but we can keep him in check

      I vote for CTG to Go First!!! providing the = of Bolivian Blow — to keep the party going

      Meanwhile what am I going to do about ordering Olives – Bid Foods has these big wholesale jugs for under 30 bucks — and for 9 bucks you get a small jar in the super market…

      I was a bit miffed at first but then when she said ‘so many are sick so so many all the time’ I perked up … felt happy…. could it be a touch of the … Schadenfreude????

  27. Fast Eddy says:

    And then they took the Children of the Pfizers… as one would … when a snail slithers across the blade of a knife

  28. Slowly at first says:

    Bathroom tissue, facial tissue, underarm deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dishwashing soap, all-purpose cleaner, replacement brush heads, lotion, antibacterial ointment, antifungal cream, …

    • A small sample of the things we have thanks to fossil fuels.

      • Kim says:

        I just bought a cream bcs I had some kind of itchy redness on the inside of my wrist. It cost me .75c (in Indonesia).

        I looked up the product on the net to check out the active ingredients, contraindications etc. Got some related ads. Precisely the same product was advertised at $USD 30.00 marked down to $10.95 at Walgreens.

        Wow, what a saving! How can they do it at the price?!

        Yes, the product worked just fine.

  29. Michael Le Merchant says:

    A number of industrial companies in Germany are cutting production in reaction to soaring energy prices, a survey showed on Sunday.

    The survey of 3,500 companies in Europe’s largest economy found that 16% are scaling back production or partially discontinuing business operations.

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has had major implications for governments and businesses across Europe as they grapple with soaring energy costs and fears of acute gas shortages.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/24/german-industry-cuts-production-due-to-high-energy-prices-dihk-survey.html

  30. Fast Eddy says:

    Doomie Preppers take notice — this is what is happening now — imagine what happens when there’s no food and no police….

    Her father asked the assailant what he had done, at which point the attack turned physical.

    He was kicked in the head and punched in the face.

    “He was trying to shield himself and ended up on the floor.

    “The other man kept on kicking him and hitting him.”

    He tried to hide behind a shopping trolley but the man continued his attack and at one point threw eggs he had purchased at her father.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/innocent-father-bashed-outside-supermarket-in-shocking-racist-unprovoked-north-shore-assault/FQQZXBGCM7M46RLQZJCSOQPOCQ/

    • Rodster says:

      The preppie farmers will also be on the list when the food zombies show up. I’m looking forward to the day those thugs take out their anger on the Elite billionaires and their fallout bunkers. That’s made for TV viewing. It could even become a reality TV show.

  31. fromoasa says:

    Trillion-dollar megacity as high as the Empire State Building could take 50 years to construct

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/07/24/saudi-rulers-plans-city-on-stilts-skyscraper-high-speed-railway

    QUOTE
    A 75-mile-long desert skyscraper clad in mirrors will have its own high-speed railway, a sports stadium and vertical gardens where vegetables are harvested by robots.

    Leaked architectural designs claim that Mirror Line, an entire city of five million people built on stilts as high as the Empire State Building, will be the largest structure in the world and have to “bend” to the curvature of the Earth.

    But the building – developed at the whim of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince – may not see the light of day as Mohammed bin Salman’s futuristic Neom megacity being built on the Red Sea coast is beset by hitches as officials scramble to keep up with his wildly ambitious visions.

    Not all of Saudi Arabia’s dream construction projects are completed. The planned world’s tallest skyscraper was put on hold after the last oil boom petered out.

    The young prince, who has access to a $620 billion (£516 billion) sovereign wealth fund, is reported to have ever-changing ideas for his master plan and has churned through dozens of key staff who complain of toxic work environments and mass overspending with few results.

    If the Mirror Line is successfully completed, it will run from the Gulf of Aqaba through a mountain range which will house the Saudi government and into the desert plains.

    The building has no set completion date but experts think it would probably take up to 50 years. The kingdom is vastly rich and is enjoying a huge windfall from high oil prices.
    END QUOTE

    Maybe Gail could go to advise them and earn a lot of money. In 2018 she went to China to advise them. Now China is collapsing – rather devious of Gail, don’t you think? 😉

    • I think you mean 2015, not 2018. I taught a course on Energy Economics in 2015 at Petroleum University in Beijing. I also gave talks to a few other groups while I was there.

      I was invited back, but I could see the handwriting on the wall. I was afraid that if I said anything stronger than I said in 2015 about China’s energy limits, I might get in trouble and have difficulty returning to the US.

      • fromoasa says:

        For Saudi, there is the idea of paving part of the desert with solar panels to solve all its energy problems. But as somebody quipped, all it takes is one sand storm !

        • Xabier says:

          I was looking at the solar panels on the roofs of houses here as I cycled past, and people clearly aren’t keeping them clean – some actually have moss growing on them…….

          • fromoasa says:

            This is where extra complexity comes in. To get to the roof, you need ladders or scaffolding. Paying for the hiring and erection of scaffolding does not come cheap. Then you risk falling through the roof to Australia.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      “leaked” says it all…

  32. CTG says:

    Birx, German Health Minister’s tweet/data, data from UK, Isreal, etc

    “Conspiracy Theorists” (a.k.a those who are aware) seems to take note that the last 2 weeks, higher ups have been hinthing and admitting their “mistakes” on COVID/vaccine.

    Anyone care to guess or speculate why this is happening and what will happen? Has it got to do with energy is really too low and they want to make a dash after saying sorry (like in “Sorry that we have killed your loved ones”)?

  33. ivanislav says:

    Recently I was at the doctor, getting my third booster. I mixed and matched the vaccine types to ensure multiple modes of protection. While my immune system is nearly bulletproof at this point, I know that efficacy wanes, so I’m thinking of getting a fake ID to sneak in and re-up more frequently.

    Anyways, I’m just grateful to the scientists that came up with all this. I can tell the shots are potent from the tingle in my left arm and chest every time I get one. Exhilarating.

  34. Fast Eddy says:

    Liquid Cancer
    A theory for the carcinogenic effect of mRNA protein script injections on animal biology.

    Modern research has tended to reveal that most of the “direct” causes of cancer are fairly commonplace cellular events. DNA damage during cellular replication is so routine that it is reliably accompanied by elaborate detection and repair mechanisms; and if these fail, the immune system is likely to take notice anyway, and intervene by destroying the offending cell; even nearby, non-immune cells can prompt the destruction of an offending neighbor. This has led, in most cases7, to a contemporary trend of explaining cancer as a failure of the repair system.

    The mRNA Covid vaccines, notably, are designed to evade the human repair system. In the first pace they are coated with PEG, which allegedly helps the contained mRNA package avoid detection by the same immune cells that are allegedly meant to receive it. Uh, sure. Sounds like a vaccine to me!

    https://unglossed.substack.com/p/liquid-cancer

    • This is from October 31, 2021. This writer is not one commonly followed.

      The author seems to have some new hypotheses with respect to why the so-called vaccines might cause cancer. Really, they inhibit the normal cancer suppression process.

  35. Fast Eddy says:

    Tolerance Cometh: IgG4 After Multiple-mRNA Doses

    IgG4 surges, and lab-apparent T Cell targeting of infected cells declines following a 3rd Dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine, in a new study from Bavaria.

    Pro-tip:
    Once a B Cell has switched to IgG4, it cannot switch to any other IgG subclass, as the genes for all those other base designs have been discarded.5 All future clones of this B Cell will code for IgG4 receptor/antibody for the antigen in question.

    “Wearing out” the immune response in this way is believed to contribute to the development of tolerance against tumors.7

    Crescioli, et ak. further offer a theory that immune suppressing IgG4 will have higher affinity than immune boosting IgG1 due to having emerged from B Cells that spent more time editing their bindy-arm design (“variable region”). They will be like strong-gripped bouncers shoving the rest of the immune system out of the tumor’s door.

    Probably, the Wuhan-spike-directed B Cells of triple-dosed mRNA Covid vaccine recipients will continue to convert to the tolerance-promoting IgG4 subclass the more they are exposed to spike.

    However, novel B Cell responses after infection with the Omicron siblings (see “B Cells Anonymous”) may add new IgG1 B Cells to the pool.

    On the other hand, the already-injected may just keep adding fuel to the fire with more injections, promoting more and more B Cell conversion to IgG4, in which case there is nothing to be done.

    https://unglossed.substack.com/p/boosting-tolerance-igg4

    Or in other words… those who injected the Devil into their bodies… are f789ed Beyond Repair (FBRed)

    I guess they should have listened to those of us who warned there has never been a safe or effective vaccine made in under a year hahahahahahaha

    DUH… DUH On Steroids

  36. Rodster says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/birx-admits-covid-19-vaccines-were-never-going-protect-against-infection

    Dr. Birx Admits She Knew COVID-19 Vaccines Were Never “Going To Protect Against Infection”

    “A year ago, President Biden told the world during a now infamous CNN townhall that “you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”

    “This is a simple, basic proposition: If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in an ICU unit, and you’re not going to die,” Biden added.

    Biden, exactly 1 year ago today: “You won’t get Covid if you’re vaccinated”

    Biden (quadruple vaxxed), today: Gets Covid

    “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection. And I think we overplayed the vaccines. And it made people then worry that it’s not going to protect against severe disease and hospitalization,” Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Donald Trump, said during an appearance on Fox News.

    Dr. Deborah Birx: “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection and I think we overplayed the vaccines …”

    Claims vaccines “protect against severe disease and hospitalization” before saying that 50% of those who died via Omicron were older & vaccinated.”

    • Xabier says:

      Translation of Birx:

      ‘Because we knowingly lied, people are now mistrusting and fearful’ You bet!

      But still get boosted!

  37. Fast Eddy says:

    Boosters Now PROMOTE Covid Deaths in Europe

    Ba.5 turned out to be the “Boosted People Variant” after all

    This article will show that since June 1, 2022, when Ba.5 variant took over the entire Europe, boosters are PROMOTING Covid deaths. Unlike before, boosters do not “prevent severe outcomes”. In fact, starting this summer, boosters make severe outcomes MORE likely. This is shown by using linear regression-based analysis, looking at death rates versus booster rates by country, for various periods of time, but for the same countries.

    A couple of months ago I wrote an article about Ba.5 being a variant that disproportionally affects boosted people.

    https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/boosters-now-promote-covid-deaths

    https://metatron.substack.com/p/covid-requiem-aeternam?s=r

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “The main takeaway is that boosters now mean increased deaths. I expect this to get worse and worse over time, due to reinfections taking people down gradually, and the virus taking advantage of the useless booster antibodies. Significant increases in total mortality are likely to happen.”

      norm has a severely damaged immune system.

      and he is totally cluelless about it.

    • From the article:

      Jan Ashton describes the “immune phenomenon known as tolerance”. What “tolerance” means is that repeated antigen injections end up working like allergy shots, increasing tolerance to the antigen, which is in this case spike protein.

      Tolerance towards allergens, like tree pollen, is a good thing. (I had allergy shots myself). However, tolerance toward a replicating virus that damages our cardiovascular system and immune system, is a bad thing! Tolerance also turns affected people into walking Covid superspreaders.

      Instead of seeing the viral antigen as a sign to start a battle against the virus, the immune system says “oh well, another spike protein injection” and ignores it. That allows the virus to multiply unchecked and cause immense damage by killing various cells and hurting our cardiovascular systems and more.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        These vaccines are amazing … they can f789 you up in so many ways!!!

        It’s like billions have eagerly injected The Devil into their bodies hahaha

        I’d expect nothing less from a species that celebrates paving over and polluting its home – by ringing a bell on something called a stock exchange… utter utter f789ing stoopidity

        And it’s hard wired in hahaha

  38. MM says:

    Latest from rintrah:

    https://www.rintrah.nl/something-is-going-very-wrong-in-scotland/

    If you look at “the curves” from Scotland you can make a guess that in 3 months time we could have “100%” of the working populatoin on sick leave.
    They might all be in bed then.
    Save to walk your dog. Did I write wag ? Alas, no.

    • CTG says:

      In 3 months’ time

      1. There will a big shortage of gas, petrol, diesel and any form of fossil fuel
      2. Energy including electricity will be so expensive or in short supply
      3. Food may also be in short supply.
      4. Hospitals may be full or overflowing
      5. Winter will be here and all types of diseases will make an appearance.

      bravo…

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Let the dying begin! Meanwhile The Sickness rages!!!!

        So… I wanted to place an order with https://www.bidfood.co.nz/contact-us/

        They are not accepting casual sales now – and they are not accepting new accounts… short staff…

        Asked the lady why they are so short — labour problem… ah – I said do you have a lot of people missing due to sickness? yes… so many .. so so many

        VAIDS

        hahahaha

  39. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Thousands flee homes as wildfires rage across Europe
    Elizabeth Kuhr and Meagan Fitzgerald and Rhoda Kwan
    Sat, July 23, 2022 at 11:08 AM
    GIRONDE, France — Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Saturday to contain massive wildfires that have spread to an area twice the size of Paris as blazes across the continent continued to rage.

    After more than a week of round-the-clock battling against ferocious flames by more than 1,000 firefighters and up to four water-dropping planes, officials said two major wildfires in the tinder-dry pine forests in southwestern France had been contained but were not extinguished.

    In the country’s wine region of Bordeaux, more than 50,000 acres of land have been destroyed, the local authority for the Gironde Department said in a statement Saturday.

    It added that 36,750 people had been evacuated from the region, although 12,000 had since been allowed to return. An additional 4,000 would be allowed to return to their homes on Saturday, the statement said.

    “The problem is wind, temperatures and the forest. Forest and very low humidity is a problem,” Lt. Col Éric Florensan, a firefighter, told NBC News Thursday at a fire control center in Langon.

    The flames were “exceptional,” he said.

    Farmers also pitched in using their water trucks to fill up fire engines on the front lines.

    “We rally, we try to help as much as we can. We have the equipment,” one farmer, Kevin Mouragnon, told NBC News Thursday in a cordoned-off area in the Hostens commune.

    In Spain, some of the 11,000 people who evacuated because of the fires began to return home, and a major highway in the north-western Zamora province reopened after two days.

    And on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, residents were evacuated Saturday as a wildfire, which started in mountainous forests, threatened properties at the beach resort of Vatera. Thick billowing smoke fanned by strong winds could be seen in the area.

    Wildfires have also broken out in Italy, Poland and Slovenia, where authorities issued their highest weather alerts this week, and firefighters continue to battle blazes in Portugal. The U.K. and France both recorded record-high temperatures on Tuesday.

    Experts have linked the extreme temperatures in Europe to climate change.

    It does no good in arguing…folks the Climate is Changing!!!!!

  40. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Does setting your thermostat at 78 degrees really help? We asked an electrical engineer.
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram McClatchy
    DALIA FAHEID
    July 20, 2022,
    Last week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked Texans twice to set their thermostats to 78 degrees and avoid using large appliances during peak hours.

    Predictably, the public was not happy about it, questioning why the grid operator wasn’t prepared for the summer heat and hasn’t employed other measures to manage the grid. What I set my thermostat at is none of ERCOT’s business, Texans responded with memes, tweets and comments.

    With many Texans saying they would not set their thermostats to warmer temperatures, have the conservation appeals actually resulted in any energy reduction? And can conservation appeals help in the long-term to keep the grid reliable and prevent blackouts?

    The Star-Telegram spoke with UT Arlington electrical engineering professor Wei-Jen Lee to get some insight into those questions.

    What to know about conservation appeals
    If the margin between available electric supply and customer use is too tight, ERCOT will ask customers to conserve — hoping to reduce demand and increase operating reserves.

    ERCOT has issued more than 50 conservation requests between 2008 and July 2022. Those requests help reduce the amount of electricity being consumed on the grid only when needed, according to the grid operator. It’s used when projected reserves may fall below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more.

    “Conservation is an effective way to help balance generation supply and customer demand,” ERCOT said.

    According to ERCOT it is managing the power grid more conservatively, issuing conservation requests sooner, to ensure that there is enough power.

    “Our goal is to prevent potential emergency conditions from occurring on the grid,” ERCOT said. “Conservation does not automatically mean there will be an energy emergency — it is a tool used by ERCOT to keep the grid reliable for customers.”

    The length of the conservation requests depends on how tight grid conditions are. They can range from hours on a single day to multiple days. The conservation appeal on July 11 was between 2 to 8 p.m. and the next on July 13 was 2 to 9 p.m. Just two months earlier, on May 13, six power plants went offline and ERCOT asked Texans to conserve between 3 and 8 p.m. through that weekend. Last June, a conservation request lasted for five days, from 3 to 7 p.m. each day. The longest request was issued during the 2011 heat wave, lasting eight days between Aug. 1 and 28.

    Some cases require localized conservation to balance available supply and customer demand. In 2016, there was a localized request for conservation in the Rio Grande Valley.

    To issue a conservation request, ERCOT works with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and state leadership. ERCOT also sends alerts to electricity market participants for conservation.

    Do conservation appeals actually work?
    Between 1:56 to 2 p.m. last Monday, after the conservation appeal was issued, almost 500 MW of load dropped off, an ERCOT spokesperson told the Star-Telegram. One MW can power about 150 to 200 homes, according to Lee. Each household’s load is about five to ten kW.

    Aside from individual households and businesses, ERCOT also calls on large electric customers to lower their electricity use through demand response programs, which control thermostats of households that agree to it. If their load is 10 MW and they cut down 20%, or two megawatts, that represents 300 to 400 homes, which makes a big impact in reducing demand.

    While conservation requests do result in substantial amounts of energy-reduction, Lee said, it’s not a tool that can be used too often to help manage the grid. The impact will get smaller and smaller, because people will not respond to the requests as much. That makes conservation an ineffective long-term solution, he said.

    “If they appeal to the customer too often, the impact will kind of diminish,” Lee said. “That immediate impact will not be there, or it will be reduced.”

    He likens the requests to time of use rates, which aim to get customers to use more energy while demand is low to reduce strain on the grid. Researching the rate’s effect on customers, Lee found that their response diminishes over time.

    The few customers who opt for real-time pricing are motivated to cut down on unnecessary load to save money, while most customers, who have fixed-rate electricity plans, are not.

    “The reason why ERCOT has to use this kind of appeal is because most of our residential customers, the price of electricity, it’s fixed,” Lee said. “So it basically doesn’t have the incentive for them to reduce the consumption. It’s always a kind of judgment call from the customer.”

    ERCOT needs to incentivize those customers in some way to get them to continue participating in conservation events, he said, especially when they anticipate that there will be higher demand because of the weather. They’d have to figure out a way to track when customers cut down their electricity and compensate them, Lee added. Right now, ERCOT does not track how many people participate in a conservation event, a spokesperson said.

    “It’s a lot of infrastructure that we have to modify,” Lee said. “We have to upgrade and then get the customer directly involved.”

    One sustainable solution could be using smart meters for dynamic pricing, Lee says. If you use a certain amount of power, then the price will be fixed, but if you go beyond a certain threshold, then you have to pay the market price.

    In other words more complexity

  41. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    STORY AT-A-GLANCE. Epoch Times.com
    David Martin, Ph.D., presents evidence that COVID-19 injections are not vaccines, but bioweapons that are being used as a form of genocide across the global population
    The spike protein that the COVID-19 shots manufacture is a known biologic agent of concern
    Martin believes the number that may die may have been revealed back in 2011, when the World Health Organization announced their “decade of vaccination”
    The objective for the decade of vaccination was a population reduction of 15% globally, which would be about 700 million people dead; in the U.S., this may amount to between 75 million and 100 million people dying from COVID-19 shots
    When asked what timeframe these people may die in, Martin suggested “there’s a lot of economic reasons why people hope that it’s between now and 2028”
    The projected illiquidity of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs by 2028 suggests the “fewer people who are recipients of these programs, the better;” Martin believes this may be why people 65 and over were targeted with COVID-19 shots first
    In this revealing interview with Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com, David Martin, Ph.D., presents evidence that COVID-19 injections are not vaccines but bioweapons that are being used as a form of genocide across the global population.1

    In March 2022, Martin filed a federal lawsuit against President Biden, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services alleging that COVID-19 shots turn the body into a biological weapons factory, manufacturing spike protein. Not only is the term “vaccination” misleading when referring to COVID-19 shots, it’s inaccurate since they are actually a form of gene therapy.2

    “And we are not only not going to be sued for, you know, any libel or misinformation, we are actually holding people criminally accountable for their domestic terrorism, their crimes against humanity and the story of the coronavirus weaponization that goes back to 1998,” Martin says.3

    SARS-CoV-2 Has Been in the Works for Decades
    Martin has been in the business of tracking patent applications and approvals since 1998. His company, M-Cam International Innovation Risk Management, is the world’s largest underwriter of intangible assets used in finance in 168 countries. M-Cam has also monitored biological and chemical weapons treaty violations on behalf of the U.S. government, following the anthrax scare in September 2001.4

    According to Martin, there are more than 4,000 patents relating to the SARS coronavirus. His company has also done a comprehensive review of the financing of research involving the manipulation of coronaviruses that gave rise to SARS as a subclade of the beta coronavirus family.

    Much of the research was funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci.5 Martin explained:6

    “I think it’s important for your listeners and viewers to remember that it was 1999 when Anthony Fauci and Ralph Baric at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill decided to start weaponizing coronavirus they patented in 2002 — and you heard that date correctly, that’s a year before the SARS outbreak in China.

    You know, they knew it was a bioweapon since 2005. They knew it was effective at harming populations, intimidating and coercing populations”

    COVID-19 Shots Are an ‘Act of Bioterrorism’
    According to Martin, the spike protein that the COVID-19 shots manufacture is a computer simulation of a chimera of the spike protein of coronavirus. “It is, in fact, not a coronavirus vaccine. It is a spike protein instruction to make the human body produce a toxin, and that toxin has been scheduled as a known biologic agent of concern with respect to biological weapons for the last now decade and a half,” he said.7

    Rather than being a public health measure as they were widely campaigned to be, COVID-19 shots are an act of bioweapons and bioterrorism. Martin shared that in 2015, Dr. Peter Daszak, head of the EcoHealth Alliance that funneled research dollars from the NIAID to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for coronavirus research, stated:8

    “We need to increase public understanding of the need for medical countermeasures such as a pan-coronavirus vaccine. A key driver is the media and the economics will follow the hype. We need to use that hype to our advantage, to get to the real issues. Investors will respond if they see profit at the end of the process.”

    Daszak, who Martin refers to as “the money launderer in chief,” “actually stated that this entire exercise was a campaign of domestic terror to get the public to accept the universal vaccine platform using a known biological weapon. And that is their own words, not my interpretation,” Martin said.9

    Martin: 100 Million May Die Due to COVID Shots
    Both Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 shots contain nucleic acid sequences that are not part of nature and have not been previously introduced to the human body. This amounts to a genetic engineering experiment that did not go through animal studies or clinical trials.

    However, already people are dying from the shots and, Martin states, “many more will” due to issues such as blood clots, damage to the cardiovascular system and problems with liver, kidney and pulmonary function.10

    An onslaught of reproductive and cancer cases related to the shots are also anticipated. “The fact of the matter is an enormous number of people who are injected are already carrying the seeds of their own demise,” Martin said.11 As for how many may die, Martin believes the numbers may have been revealed back in 2011, when the World Health Organization announced their “decade of vaccination”:12

    “Based on their own 2011 estimate, and … this is a chilling estimate, but we just have to put it out there … When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chinese CDC, the Jeremy Farrar Wellcome Trust and others published The Decade of Vaccination for the World Health Organization back in 2011 their stated objective was a population reduction of 15% of the world’s population.

    Put that in perspective, that’s about 700 million people dead … and that would put the U.S. participation in that certainly as a pro rata of injected population somewhere between 75 and 100 million people.”

    When asked what timeframe these people may die in, Martin suggested “there’s a lot of economic reasons why people hope that it’s between now and 2028.”13 This is because of “a tiny little glitch on the horizon” — the projected illiquidity of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs by 2028.

    “So the fewer people who are recipients of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the better,” Martin said. “Not surprisingly, it’s probably one of the motivations that led to the recommendation that people over the age of 65 were the first ones getting injected.”14 Other populations at risk are caregivers, including health care providers, and others in the workforce who were forced to be injected, such as pilots.

    “Why is it that we’re suddenly having 700 flights a day being canceled because, allegedly, airlines don’t have pilots? … the dirty secret … is there a lot of pilots who are having microvascular problems and clotting problems, and that keeps them out of the cockpit, which is a good place to not have them if they’re going to throw a clot for a stroke or a heart attack,” Martin said.

    “But the problem is we’re going to start seeing that exact same phenomenon in the health care industry and at a much larger scale, which means we now have, in addition to the problem of the actual morbidity and mortality, meaning people getting sick and people dying.

    We actually have that targeting the health care industry writ large, which means we are going to have doctors and nurses who are going to be among the sick and the dead. And that means that the sick and the dying also do not get care.”15

    Why COVID Shots May Change Your DNA
    It’s been stressed by the media and public health officials that COVID-19 shots do not alter DNA. However, Martin brings attention to a little-known grant from the National Science Foundation, known as Darwinian chemical systems,16 which involved research to incorporate mRNA into targeted genomes. According to Martin:17

    “Moderna was started … on the back of a 10-year National Science Foundation grant. And that grant was called Darwinian chemical systems … the project that gave rise to the Moderna company itself was a project where they were specifically figuring out how to get mRNA to write itself into the genome of whatever target they were going after.

    That could be a single-celled organism, it could be a multi-celled organism or it could be a human. And the fact of the matter is Moderna was started on the back of having proven that mRNA can be transfected and write itself into the human genome.”

    It is completely unknown what the short- or long-term effects of the spike protein analog that’s inside people who received COVID-19 injections will be. But with respect to alteration of the genome, Martin states that data show mRNA has the capacity to write into the DNA of humans, and “as such, the long-term effects are not going to merely be symptomatic. The long-term effects are going to be the human genome of injected individuals is going to be altered.”18

    Fraud Removes Big Pharma’s Liability Shield
    The 2001 anthrax attack, which came out of medical and defense research, led to the passage of the PREP Act, which removed liability for manufacturers of emergency medical countermeasures.

    This means that as long as the U.S. is under a state of emergency, things like COVID-19 “vaccines” are allowed under emergency use authorization. And as long as the emergency use authorization is in effect, the makers of these experimental gene therapies are not financially liable for any harm that comes from their use.

    That is, provided they’re “vaccines.” If these injections are NOT vaccines, then the liability shield falls away, because there is no liability shield for a medical emergency countermeasure that is gene therapy. Further, lawsuits that can prove the companies engaged in fraud will also negate the liability shield. Martin states:19

    “One of the convenient things about the PREP Act is the immunity shield from liability actually is only as good as the absence of fraud. Because if there was fraud in the promulgation of the events, leading to an emergency use authorization, then all of the immunity shield gets wiped out.

    So the reason why it is so important for conversations like the one we’re having to actually be promoted and be advanced is because the pharmaceutical companies — and this includes Pfizer and Moderna and J&J — know they are perpetuating a fraud. The great thing about this is when that fraud is established, 100% of the liability flows back to them.

    … when a fraud was the basis for a fraud, then we actually have a number of other legal remedies that allow you to pierce that veil. So in the end, there’s no question … and it’s quite evident based on the current mortality and morbidity data that given the fact that when it comes to biological weapons and bioterror each count comes with $100 million penalty. That’s what the federal statute gives us.

    The penalty for corporate domestic terrorism, when you have per count $100 million a pop liabilities — that is an existential threat that takes a company like Pfizer or takes a company like Moderna out of existence. And that is what we’re working for every day.”

    If you’d like to follow the progress of the ongoing legal cases seeking to expose the truth — that a criminal organization is seeking to obtain control over the global population via the creation of patented bioweapons marketed as novel viruses and injections — you can find all the details at ProsecuteNow.io, a website compiled by Martin and colleagues.20

    • Replenish says:

      “Moderna was started … on the back of a 10-year National Science Foundation grant. And that grant was called Darwinian chemical systems … the project that gave rise to the Moderna company itself was a project where they were specifically figuring out how to get mRNA to write itself into the genome of whatever target they were going after.”

      Some of Martin’s writings suggest the original grant to Moderna aka. Darwinian chemical systems was to find a mechanism for human survival post-extinction event. That’s one of the reason I believe “they” are aware of an incoming geological or celestial event and the rushed vaccine is a way to fast-track the gene therapy platform. I have seen only a few attempts at character assassination taken against David Martin. I asked the ICENI bulletins guy aka. Spartacus if Martin is legit and he was complimentary. We shall see.

      • The scientist certainly seem to have been ambitious in what they were trying to do.

        • Replenish says:

          Yes by their own public admission since 2009-10 Swine Flu they had a plan to exploit or accelerate a viral pandemic to atttact funding and expand markets for new gene therapy technology as well as leverage the media and corporations to transform global socio-economic structures to further their agenda.

          I notice popular skeptics are concerned about adverse events varying according to the lot#.. perhaps a kind of Alpha test on specific demographics. I wonder whether there is any truth to the alleged reports of self-assembling nano-wires in the injections.

          ICENI Bulletins extensive research aligns with the David Martin material. Unlimited Hangout, Wrench in the Gears and Wrong Kind of Green websites connect the dots on the multipolar world order, sustainabikity goals and digital transformation.. quality content with sources. On BRICS/Russia/WEF question Matt Ehret and Edward Slavsquat are at odds and well-sourced. For virus skepticism, I suggest Unglossed, Igor Chudov and Euqyppius. Hidden in Complexity is a mix of virus/vaccine analysis especially for recovery solutions and a thorough rundown of current energy and complexity issues.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Martin is wrong – supply chains collapse if 15% are killed… 8B dead

      How is it possible that he cannot know that?

      • Herbie Ficklestein says:

        Easy, because he is NOT the ALL Knowing Greatness Lord Master Fast Eddie….🥴

  42. Student says:

    If I’m not wrong with calculations, in Ireland it will be offered the fifth dose (third booster)…

    ”People aged over 65 will be offered a third booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, following new recommendations made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.”

    https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2022/0723/1311861-covid-vaccines/

    • Rodster says:

      Two questions!

      1) Can you trust anything these advisory boards say?

      2) If these vaccines are so and effective, then why do you need five shots of the same thing?

      • CTG says:

        2) If these vaccines are so and effective, then why do you need five shots of the same thing?

        Excuse me Mister Roadster…

        How dare you ?

        Questioning the “safe and effective”.

        Bad boy… go to the nearest re-education camp.

        p.s. the problem is not the government offering them that is problematic, it is the people who are lining up to take the shots that are problematic. I can offer to give or sell to you high grade heroin. Do you want to buy and snuff the hell out of your life? Unless you don’t know heroin is bad

      • Fast Eddy says:

        3) Why doesn’t norm take a flight to Ireland and get his 5th so he can stay ahead of the curve?

  43. MG says:

    There are various interpretations of the sanctions e.g. towards Russia or Iran, that misinterpret them as an act of hate. No, they are not an act of hate but an act from the side of the manufacturing states that deprives the sanctioned states of the products of these manufacturing states as the given energy producing states are not able to provide reliable and cheap energy.

    E.g. Russia starts to be a supplier of intermittent and costly energy, so it has no right for products which require reliable and cheap energy.

    • ivanislav says:

      “E.g. Russia starts to be a supplier of intermittent and costly energy, so it has no right for products which require reliable and cheap energy.”

      The EU stole Russia’s Euro bank balances and thereby stole Russian gas rather than having paid for it, despite it already being cheap. The EU broke maintenance agreements for Airbus planes in an attempt to destroy Russia’s domestic fleet. The EU *itself* has banned Russian oil and maritime insurance and stolen (“seized”) multiple LNG ships in acts of piracy. Russia is rightly DONE with the EU.

      Russia will continue to be a “reliable and cheap energy supplier”, but for India and China rather than the EU. The EU can go twist in the wind and its products are non-essential / fully replaceable by other countries.

    • Sure, these manufacturing states will produce a lot of stuff, burning cow shit.

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      “an act of hate…. it has no right”

      No one here is particularly impressed by bourgeois or PC moralistic rhetoric anyway, we are more concerned with indications of sanity and the EU is found severely wanting on that score.

      • MG says:

        Venezuela has got a lot of oil reserves. Despites this fact, it is a failed state.
        Russia has got a lot of natural gas reserves. Despite this fact, it…

        • Withnail says:

          Venezuela does not have a lot of oil reserves. What it has is mostly tar that cant be pumped out of the ground. It’s pretty much useless.

  44. lurker says:

    Tucker Carlson’s latest is worth a watch:

    Tucker Carlson’s Banned on YouTube Discussion of Biden, COVID, and the Injections, 7-21-22

    https://sagehana.substack.com/p/tucker-carlsons-banned-on-youtube

    • Rodster says:

      If people can’t see or accept how the game is beyond rigged from the top, I can’t help them. It has become so blatantly obvious that you can’t even say Joe Bidet is a guy who should be in a nursing home but people like Normal think this is all conspira-see theory. So instead Big Tech, decides they want to go along with the government narrative. So it’s the Gov’t, followed by the MSM, then Big Tech who decides what you are to read and hear. Welcome to George Orwell 1984.

      “It’s a BIG CLUB and we ain’t in it folks” – George Carlin

      • Herbie Ficklestein says:

        Roadster…Spot on ….

        SLAVE PLANET: People Are Continuing To Take On More Debt As Inflation SURGES. Mannarino
        29,863 views · 1 day ago

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HWpoxl73SL4

        Greg Mannarino harps on that constantly…His favorite line is “It’s a Freak Show”….

        I enjoy, at times, to listening to him lash out ….

        • People take on more and more debt as inflation surges.

          Of course, people have to take on more and more debt, if the economy is even going to stay even. If a replacement home costs 15% or 20% more, most people will have to take on more debt. If automobiles are more expensive, people will have to take on more debt. Those drilling for fossil fuels will need to invest more in new wells and new mines. This will likely take more and more debt, unless prices of fossil fuels can rise high enough to support all of this additional drilling.

          If people take on less debt, the economy will shrink remarkably. The debt bubble will collapse. Banks will have serious troubles. Pensions may not be able to make promised payments. Fossil fuel extraction and other commodity production is likely to fall. While this may be the direction we are headed, people don’t want to do this any faster than necessary.

      • Sam says:

        I can see it I just can’t tell what they are trying to accomplish and who is involved. The silence of the Republican Party about Joe Bidet and his creepy son… really makes me wonder… I always told people you don’t make it to the big leagues unless you can hit a fast ball. The same is true for politics; you have to be willing to play the game. Lie and look the other way and you will be rewarded

        • Rodster says:

          You summed it up quite nicely. The only missing piece to your puzzle as to why the silence from the Repubs is pretty simple. Both parties are one and the same, two sides of the same coin, good cop vs bad cop, just to distract you. The bottom line is that there is NO difference between either party. They work against the people and collect and grow their war chest when they retire as millionaires at the expense of “We The People”. Rome was no different as it too was a Republic.

          • Kowalainen says:

            And exactly how would the “people” do given the same temptation of riches?

            Both you and I know that within its temptations is the truth of a species.

            And what a species we are.
            👍

          • Unfortunately, we live in a world where the truth cannot be told. This leads to nonsense narratives from both the Republicans and Democrats.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            The mirage of democracy is a core element of the matrix… If one cannot see that these parties are stitching everyone up … then one is incapable of ever truly understanding the matrix.

            It’s all theatre… all of it…

    • ivanislav says:

      Everyone should watch this video. I’m half way through – it’s good. The segment starting at around 8:30, wow. Finally a mainstream news segment covering the obvious pedophelic behavior.

      • Xabier says:

        Wonderful that Tucker can empathise with Biden’s loss of smell due to ‘Covid’ and the impact on the pursuit of what appears to be his favorite hobby……..

        But can anyone have any faith that any replacement for Biden would be an improvement? Same situation for us here in the UK now that Boris has finally fallen.

        • Any replacement for Biden would absolutely be worse…looks like they are prepping Gavin Newsom for the role…truly horrifying

          • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

            the Demoncrat plan seems to be ditching their puppet Bidet soon.

            then it’s Horris with Newsom as VP.

            Horris is a similar corrrupt lowIQ puppet type, and the D puppeteers will remain to dictate to her.

            if it wasn’t so destructtive, it would be funny that these anon puppeteers get to try to enact their Demoncratic policies, but don’t have to take any of the blame which goes directly to Bidet.

            I wonder if they have nightly parties with explosive laughter as they talk about the pathettic actions of Bidet.

            if Horris also must be let go?

            then it’s possible that Newsom might try to “preside” over the USA as an actual leader.

            that might be unwanted territory for the puppeteers, though he might also be the puppet type, which would explain the choice of him as the next VP.

            corrrupt lowIQ Horris is very likely to hold POTUS through 2024.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          If I was an American I’d vote for Hunter.

          And here in NZ I’d vote for the All Black captain who rogered the skanky woman in the Christchurch Airport disabled bathroom.

          What we want are the most vile bottom dwelling scum in office during these times

      • Fast Eddy says:

        He’s not going rogue… that’s not how the MSM works…

        The edicts are issued from the Ministry of Truth — the script writers come up with stories that support the edicts… the editors finalize the copy — the presenters (actors) do what they are told and read their lines off the teleprompter.

        The cannot go rogue… it is physically impossible … this would NEVER be allowed — there is a delay in all live broadcasts – if he went off script the show would be stopped – and you’d see a blue screen. The producer would scream blue murder at Tucker and tell him to pack his sh it and get the f789 out… the producer would fear for his own job because he failed to notice that Tucker was derailing before this insane outburst…

        That would be the end of Tucker – and his multi million dollar salary. Nope – nobody goes rogue – nobody says nuthin that does not support the edicts. Never.

        https://youtu.be/MRuS3dxKK9U

  45. Fast Eddy says:

    You have to have men who are moral… and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling… without passion… without judgment… without judgment. Because it’s judgment that defeats us.

    https://www.quotes.net/mquote/4337

    Absolutely true.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Odd..

      A Taste for Cannibalism?

      A spate of recent stomach-churning books, TV shows and films suggests we’ve never looked so delicious — to one another.

      Turns out, cannibalism has a time and a place. In the pages of some recent stomach-churning books, and on television and film screens, Ms. Summers and others suggest that that time is now.

      https://archive.ph/vbFWi

      • This is a July 23 New York Times article. The world moves to stranger and stranger topics.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          Perhaps the Elders and the PR Team having pangs of conscience and trying to justify UEP … by hinting at one of what happens should they abandon their extinction agenda .. and allow ROF to happen…

          Why else would they bring up such a ridiculous topic?

      • lurker says:

        well, just like flat earth and other obvious nonsense, the billionaires are trying to destroy people’s minds, souls and ethics. “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” ¬ Confucius

        • Xabier says:

          ‘Spend too long looking only at crooked and perverted things, and you will eventually be unable to perceive that which is straight and true’ .

          (Some Persian sage, I forget which – Rumi? )

          • lurker says:

            nice, Xabier.

            To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead ~ Thomas Paine

    • Bobby says:

      This sounds like the Sith Lord absolutism that Anakin suffered from. Being moral requires the ability to question one’s own motivation and knowing particularly one’s intuitive compulsions, therefore judging and seeing both faulty and worthy thinking for what it is in order to see clearly enough to execute appropriate action guided by reasonable checks and balances within. This is how we solve internal and external conflict or dilemmas when they inevitably arises in life.

      Being moral is perhaps intended to be almost the opposite of being reactive, but our morals can make us act sooner than we should, because they follow rules, values and inform out beliefs, think of them as a kind of prison.

      Moral conditioning is almost entirely learnt and enforced on each of us externally at first by the norms, rules and expectations of the society or group we’re embedded within, but it’s most valuable form comes through direct experience, particularly mistakes. Sometimes the conditioning beats us because it defeats the ability to critically reason. It is also very healthy to question authority and personal beliefs continuously, it’s a process, we’re hardwired to follow, because we’re highly social, cognitive and abstract beings.

      Having integrity and being able to live with our choices is difficult for a human; wether women or men, because some of our actions or choices can’t be undone or forgotten by self or others. Life is bit of a catch 22 33 44 55 and we have to learn to face pain and suffering cos it’s baked in.

  46. Fast Eddy says:

    Japan: cases surge COVID BA.5 subvariant; see what we mean by not coming back to baseline with successive waves; see Japan’s vaccination rate & death curve post case spike; MORE vaccine is not answer

    https://palexander.substack.com/p/japan-cases-surge-covid-ba5-subvariant

    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%2Fdb24f14a-0ecc-492b-b42a-8facfaa6cef6_3400x2400.png

    Will the line keep bursting higher… sure it will hahahahahahaha

    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%2Fb02be927-9951-4675-8933-87350d9e69d4_3400x2400.png

    Remember prevention: 2 to 3 times per day nasal-oral wash (especially if you were in crowd, packed, no ventilation, and you are high risk) using povidone iodine 10% diluted (3 table spoons in 500 ml boiled or sterile water), or hydrogen peroxide, swish and spit, no swallow, use a Q-tip to clean out nasal passage etc. near 100% effective in killing the COVID virus and other pathogen.

  47. Fast Eddy says:

    I know – let’s drive the MOREONS insane so they just give up and stay home to enjoy Global Holodomor – how about we do this boss? https://archive.ph/dMq2Z

    • Kowalainen says:

      Xanax, signal substances from children, FB, IG and TikTok, telly, artificial hormones and vaxxes.

      Yes indeed; load ‘em up sky high on their own volition and egotistical fantasies.
      And only the sky is the limit.
      Ask Icarus. 👼

      💉 💊 📺 📱 🦄 🌈 🏡 🚗✈️🛩🚄🛥🥳🎉🎊🎁👯‍♀️ 👧 👦 🧒

      Then rip it from their faces so that the egotistical fantasies crashes and burns into a state of catatonia. Face-plant into an objective reality of finite world predicaments.

      https://youtu.be/ppHURdGZV7o

      YOLO!
      *SPLAT*
      🤣👍👍

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