Ramping Up Renewables Can’t Provide Enough Heat Energy in Winter

We usually don’t think about the wonderful service fossil fuels provide in terms of being a store of heat energy for winter, the time when there is a greater need for heat energy. Figure 1 shows dramatically how, in the US, the residential usage of heating fuels spikes during the winter months.

Figure 1. US residential use of energy, based on EIA data. The category “Natural Gas, etc.” includes all fuels bought directly by households and burned. This is primarily natural gas, but also includes small amounts of propane and diesel burned as heating oil. Wood chips or other commercial wood purchased to be burned is also in this category.

Solar energy is most abundantly available in the May-June-July period, making it a poor candidate for fixing the problem of the need for winter heat.

Figure 2. California solar electricity production by month through June 30, 2022, based on EIA data. Amounts are for utility scale and small scale solar combined.

In some ways, the lack of availability of fuels for winter is a canary in the coal mine regarding future energy shortages. People have been concerned about oil shortages, but winter fuel shortages are, in many ways, just as bad. They can result in people “freezing in the dark.”

In this post, I will look at some of the issues involved.

[1] Batteries are suitable for fine-tuning the precise time during a 24-hour period solar electricity is used. They cannot be scaled up to store solar energy from summer to winter.

In today’s world, batteries can be used to delay the use of solar electricity for at most a few hours. In exceptional situations, perhaps the holding period can be increased to a few days.

California is known both for its high level of battery storage and its high level of renewables. These renewables include both solar and wind energy, plus smaller amounts of electricity generated in geothermal plants and electricity generated by burning biomass. The problem encountered is that the electricity generated by solar panels tends to start and end too early in the day, relative to when citizens want to use this electricity. After citizens return home after work, they would like to cook their dinners and use their air conditioning, leading to considerable demand after the sun sets.

Figure 3. Illustration by Inside Climate News showing the combination of resources utilized during July 9, 2022, which was a day of peak electricity consumption. Imports refer to electricity purchased from outside the State of California.

Figure 3 illustrates how batteries in combination with hydroelectric generation (hydro) are used to save electricity generation from early in the day for use in the evening hours. While battery use is suitable for fine tuning exactly when, during a 24-hour period, solar energy will be used, the quantity of batteries cannot be ramped up sufficiently to save electricity from summer to winter. The world would run out of battery-making materials, if nothing else.

[2] Ramping up hydro is not a solution to our problem of inadequate energy for heat in winter.

One problem is that, in long-industrialized economies, hydro capabilities were built out years ago.

Figure 4. Annual hydro generation based on data of BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

It is difficult to believe that much more buildout is available in these countries.

Another issue is that hydro tends to be quite variable from year to year, even over an area as large as the United States, as shown in Figure 4 above. When the variability is viewed over a smaller area, the year-to-year variability is even higher, as illustrated in Figure 5 below.

Figure 5. Monthly California hydroelectric generation through June 30, 2022, based on EIA data.

The pattern shown reflects peak generation in the spring, when the ice pack is melting. Low generation generally occurs during the winter, when the ice pack is frozen. Thus, hydro tends not be helpful for raising winter energy supplies. A similar pattern tends to happen in other temperate areas.

A third issue is that variability in hydro supply is already causing problems. Norway has recently reported that it may need to limit hydro exports in coming months because water reservoirs are low. Norway’s exports of electricity are used to help balance Europe’s wind and solar electricity. Thus, this issue may lead to yet another energy problem for Europe.

As another example, China reports a severe power crunch in its Sichuan Province, related to low rainfall and high temperatures. Fossil fuel generation is not available to fill the gap.

[3] Wind energy is not a greatly better than hydro and solar, in terms of variability and poor timing of supply.

For example, Europe experienced a power crunch in the third quarter of 2021 related to weak winds. Europe’s largest wind producers (Britain, Germany and France) produced only 14% of their rated capacity during this period, compared with an average of 20% to 26% in previous years. No one had planned for this kind of three-month shortfall.

In 2021, China experienced dry, windless weather, resulting in both its generation from wind and hydro being low. The country found it needed to use rolling blackouts to deal with the situation. This led to traffic lights failing and many families needing to eat candle-lit dinners.

Even viewed on a nationwide basis, US wind generation varies considerably from month to month.

Figure 6. Total US wind electricity generation through June 20, 2022, based on EIA data.

US total wind electricity generation tends to be highest in April or May. This can cause oversupply issues because hydro generation tends to be high about the same time. The demand for electricity tends to be low because of generally mild weather. The result is that even at today’s renewable levels, a wet, windy spring can lead to a situation in which the combination of hydro and wind electricity supply exceeds total local demand for electricity.

[4] As more wind and solar are added to the grid, the challenges and costs become increasingly great.

There are a huge number of technical problems associated with trying to add a large amount of wind and solar energy to the grid. Some of them are outlined in Figure 7.

Figure 7. Introductory slide from a presentation by power engineers shown in this YouTube Video.

One of the issues is torque distortion, especially related to wind energy.

Figure 8. Slide describing torque distortion issues from the same presentation to power engineers as Figure 7. YouTube Video.

There are also many other issues, including some outlined on this Drax website. Wind and solar provide no “inertia” to the system. This makes me wonder whether the grid could even function without a substantial amount of fossil fuel or nuclear generation providing sufficient inertia.

Furthermore, wind and solar tend to make voltage fluctuate, necessitating systems to absorb and discharge something called “reactive power.”

[5] The word “sustainable” has created unrealistic expectations with respect to intermittent wind and solar electricity.

A person in the wind turbine repair industry once told me, “Wind turbines run on a steady supply of replacement parts.” Individual parts may be made to last 20-years, or even longer, but there are so many parts that some are likely to need replacement long before that time. An article in Windpower Engineering says, “Turbine gearboxes are typically given a design life of 20 years, but few make it past the 10-year mark.”

There is also the problem of wind damage, especially in the case of a severe storm.

Figure 9. Hurricane-damaged solar panels in Puerto Rico. Source.

Furthermore, the operational lives for fossil fuel and nuclear generating plants are typically much longer than those for wind and solar. In the US, some nuclear plants have licenses to operate for 60 years. Efforts are underway to extend some licenses to 80 years.

With the short life spans for wind and solar, constant rebuilding of wind turbines and solar generation is necessary, using fossil fuels. Between the rebuilding issue and the need for fossil fuels to maintain the electric grid, the output of wind turbines and solar panels cannot be expected to last any longer than fossil fuel supply.

[6] Energy modeling has led to unrealistic expectations for wind and solar.

Energy models don’t take into account all of the many adjustments to the transmission system that are needed to support wind and solar, and the resulting added costs. Besides the direct cost of the extra transmission required, there is an ongoing need to inspect parts for signs of wear. Brush around the transmission lines also needs to be cut back. If adequate maintenance is not performed, transmission lines can cause fires. Burying transmission lines is sometimes an option, but doing so is expensive, both in energy use and cost.

Energy models also don’t take into account the way wind turbines and solar panels perform in “real life.” In particular, most researchers miss the point that electricity from solar panels cannot be expected to be very helpful for meeting our need for heat energy in winter. If we want to add more summer air conditioning, solar panels can “sort of” support this effort, especially if batteries are also added to help fine tune when, during the 24-hour day, the solar electricity will be utilized. Unfortunately, we don’t have any realistic way of saving the output of solar panels from summer to winter.

It seems to me that supporting air conditioning is a rather frivolous use for what seems to be a dwindling quantity of available energy supply. In my opinion, our first two priorities should be adequate food supply and preventing freezing in the dark in winter. Solar, especially, does nothing for these issues. Wind can be used to pump water for crops and animals. In fact, an ordinary windmill, built 100 years ago, can also be used to provide this type of service.

Because of the intermittency issue, especially the “summer to winter” intermittency issue, wind and solar are not truly replacements for electricity produced by fossil fuels or nuclear. The problem is that most of the current system needs to remain in place, in addition to the renewable energy system. When researchers make cost comparisons, they should be comparing the cost of the intermittent energy, including necessary batteries and grid enhancements with the cost of the fuel saved by operating these devices.

[7] Competitive pricing plans that enable the growth of wind and solar electricity are part of what is pushing a number of areas in the world toward a “freezing-in-the-dark” problem.

In the early days of electricity production, “utility pricing” was generally used. With this approach, vertical integration of electricity supply was encouraged. A utility would make long term contracts with a number of providers and would set prices for customers based on the expected long-term cost of electricity production and distribution. The utility would make certain that transmission lines were properly repaired and would add new generation as needed.

Energy prices of all kinds spiked in the late 1970s. Not long afterward, in an attempt to prevent high electricity prices from causing inflation, a shift in pricing arrangements started taking place. More competition was encouraged, with the new approach called competitive pricing. Vertically integrated groups were broken up. Wholesale electricity prices started varying by time of day, based on which providers were willing to sell their production at the lowest price, for that particular time period. This approach encouraged providers to neglect maintaining their power lines and stop adding more storage capacity. Any kind of overhead expense was discouraged.

In fact, under this arrangement, wind and solar were also given the privilege of “going first.” If too much energy in total was produced, negative rates could result for other providers. This approach was especially harmful for nuclear energy. Nuclear power plants found that their overall price structure was too low. They sometimes closed because of inadequate profitability. New investments in nuclear energy were discouraged, as was proper maintenance. This effect has been especially noticeable in Europe.

Figure 10. Nuclear, wind and solar electricity generated in Europe, based on data of BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

The result is that about a third of the gain from wind and solar energy has been offset by the decline in nuclear electricity generation. Of course, nuclear is another low-carbon form of electricity. It is a great deal more reliable than wind or solar. It can even help prevent freezing in the dark because it is likely to be available in winter, when more electricity for heating is likely to be needed.

Another issue is that competitive pricing discouraged the building of adequate storage facilities for natural gas. Also, it tended to discourage purchasing natural gas under long term contracts. The thinking went, “Rather than building storage, why not wait until the natural gas is needed, and then purchase it at the market rate?”

Unfortunately, producing natural gas requires long-term investments. Companies producing natural gas operate wells that produce approximately equal amounts year-round. The same pattern of high winter-consumption of natural gas tends to occur almost simultaneously in many Northern Hemisphere areas with cold winters. If the system is going to work, customers need to be purchasing natural gas, year-round, and stowing it away for winter.

Natural gas production has been falling in Europe, as has coal production (not shown), necessitating more imports of replacement fuel, often natural gas.

Figure 11. Natural gas production in Europe, based on data of BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy.

With competitive rating and LNG ships seeming to sell natural gas on an “as needed” basis, there has been a tendency in Europe to overlook the need for long term contracts and additional storage to go with rising natural gas imports. Now, Europe is starting to discover the folly of this approach. Solar is close to worthless for providing electricity in winter; wind cannot be relied upon. It doesn’t ramp up nearly quickly enough, in any reasonable timeframe. The danger is that countries will risk having their citizens freeze in the dark because of inadequate natural gas import availability.

[8] The world is a very long way from producing enough wind and solar to solve its energy problems, especially its need for heat in winter.

The energy supply that the world uses includes much more than electricity. It contains oil and fuels burned directly, such as natural gas. The percentage share of this total energy supply that wind and solar output provides depends on how it is counted. The International Energy Agency treats wind and solar as if they only replace fuel, rather than replacing dispatchable electricity.

Figure 12 Wind and solar generation for a category called “Wind, Solar, etc.” by the IEA. Amounts are for 2020 for Germany, the UK, Australia, Norway, the United States, and Japan. For other groups shown in this chart, the amounts are calculated using 2019 data.

On this basis, the share of total energy provided by the Wind and Solar category is very low, only 2.2% for the world as a whole. Germany comes out highest of the groups analyzed, but even it is replacing only 6.0% of its total energy consumed. It is difficult to imagine how the land and water around Germany could tolerate wind turbines and solar panels being ramped up sufficiently to cover such a shortfall. Other parts of the world are even farther from replacing current energy supplies with wind and solar.

Clearly, we cannot expect wind and solar to ever be ramped up to meet our energy needs, even in combination with hydro.

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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3,845 Responses to Ramping Up Renewables Can’t Provide Enough Heat Energy in Winter

  1. ValleyForge says:

    Everyone is missing the encoded message of 911 on 2001.

    Pancaking towers signified a warning that the North Ghawar Oilfield in Saudi Arabia is now experiencing increasing rate of production decline. The techniques required to mask that decline to something reasonable had the compromise that it would be at the expense of increased rate of depletion, and most alarmingly, eventually a sudden and most catastrophic sharp increase in decline rate.

    Because North Ghawar has exceptional permeability and porosity traits, one can think of its extreme importance being similar to the pillars of a tall building. Suddenly remove the pillars and the global economy collapses on itself like the towers on 911.

    This explanation fits in with the following observations….
    1. Mass poisonings via “vaccines”
    2. 30T debt injection
    3. SPR unprecedented draw down.
    4. Mental case president
    5. Gas pipeline sabotage
    6. Lockdowns
    7. Societal inversions
    8. Ukraine War
    9. Interest rate hikes in very short timeframe
    10.General madness, etc

    Now I expect EXTREME liquidity issues and EXTREME volatility.

    • I am not sure that I would call this an “encoded message,” but perhaps it is an illustration of collapses work.

      We know that avalanches are an illustration of how collapses work. Gradually, increasing amounts of snow or sand are added to a pile. For a long time, there is no impact. Then, close to all at once, the pile collapses and falls downward.

      There are no doubt strains and stresses to the system that can be observed ahead of time, in a system that is as intricate as the world economy. Your post contains a list of these.

      Perhaps the analogy of an avalanche can be used to explain how the stock market can be expected to behave, as well. Also how the electrical system and international trade system can be expected to break.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Detonate the Explosives!

  2. Fast Eddy says:

    Ok … here we have total madness

    Deceased COVID-19 vaccine recipient payments and funeral costs

    In cases involving death you may be eligible for payment and support for funeral costs. We’ll make this payment to the deceased’s estate


  3. Fast Eddy says:

    “Covid infections jump 29% in a week in England” – ONS statisticians estimate around 1.1 million people were infected with the virus on any given day in the week up to September 24th in England


    Is K-Charles dying? https://t.me/downtherabbitholewegofolks/50099 That would be great!

    • Xabier says:

      The propaganda machine gets going again in the UK: wear masks, protect the elderly esp over 80 (why, when their time is short anyway and old age is a misery), etc.

      And get jabbed ‘if eligible’, ie when your ‘invitation’ letter comes. Of course, get jabbed, get jabbed, get jabbed!

      Severity of illness not mentioned, I see. I wonder why…..

      Lots of people here have had very heavy colds – just recovering from one myself, and I know who I caught it from.

      There’s always someone with a hacking dry cough in a shop, but no corpses piling up.

      All this is to help sell the boosters, or rather the new utterly untested pseudo-vaccines I suppose.

      Sorry, granny, no way: I’ll send flowers……

  4. CTG says:

    FE, at this present moment in thsi world, if she is exposed to be a person of extremely bad character, nothing will happen, she will continue in politics and people will co tibue to vote for her..

    I have no hope for humanity

    • Fast Eddy says:

      What I’d like to see — is a clip of her — during a break as DJ — in the bathroom stall with as many men as can fit into the stall… in a drug fueled OR.Gee.

      Surely this exists — she is clearly a total f789ing FREEEK.

      Let’s do this


      norm – if she does have a catastrophic collapse … she may end up Out Back the Dumpster… turning tricks for meth … in anticipation of that… you need to find your Heisenberg.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      J’ASSinda’s a very kinky girl
      The kind you don’t take home to mother
      She will never let your spirits down
      Once you get her off the street, ow, girl
      She likes the diapered old man
      She says that norm’s her all-time favorite
      When he make his move to The Dumpster, it’s the right time
      She’s never hard to please, oh no

      That Donkey is pretty wild now
      The Donkey’s a super freak
      The kind of trash you read about
      In new-wave magazine
      That Donkey is pretty kinky
      The Donkey’s a super freak
      norm really loves to hee haw her
      Every time they meet
      She’s alright, she’s alright
      That Donkey’s alright with norm, yeah
      Hey, hey, hey, hey!

      She’s a super freak, super freak
      J’ASSinda’s super-freaky, yow
      Everybody sing
      Super freak, super freak (come on norm sing!)

      [Verse 2]
      She’s a very special haggard looking Donkey
      The kind of junkie you want to know
      From her head down to her toenails
      Down to her feet, yeah
      And she’ll wait for norm at Dumpster with Super Snatch SINdy
      In a limousine
      Going back in Chinatown
      Three’s not a crowd to J’ASS, she says (Menage a trois, we all love)
      “Out back the Dumpster, I’ll be waiting”
      When norm gets there she’s got meth, blow, wine and candles
      It’s such a freaky scene

      That Donkey is pretty wild now
      The Donkey’s a super freak
      The kind of trash you read about
      In new-wave magazine
      That Donkey is pretty kinky
      The Donkey’s a super freak
      norm really loves to hee haw her
      Every time they meet
      She’s alright, she’s alright
      That Donkey’s alright with norm, yeah
      Hey, hey, hey, hey!

      J’ASSinda is a super freak, super freak
      She’s super-freaky, yow

      • obsessing again eddy?

        i can help you put it into verse if you really want to

        but it will take a bit of work

        You might find it less taxing with the skoolyard wall and a stick of chalk.

  5. Fast Eddy says:

    UK Radiologist suspects a new variant is causing clotting in the lungs… 🤔


  6. Fast Eddy says:

    This is a symptom of a diseased collapsing species

    Liberal Mouthpiece Stephen A Smith Shares Some of His…Private Preferences


  7. davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

    in light of the recent 911 discussions…

    as a group, the 911 conspearasea true believers have put out such a convoluted bunch of comments, where there is no concise cohesive congruent sensible narrative…

    even after 21 YEARS to get it together…

    and though no single person is responsible, as a group you have given me MORE reason lately to think that the gov narrative is closer to the real truth.

    to be clear, this comment is more about the vast inconsistencies in the group expression of what really happened back then.

    congratulations on your fine efforts.

    I’m unconvinced, not that it even matters.

    me be me and you be you.

    ha ha, now I feel so much better, wooooooo, yay me… oh wait, now there’s going to be more 911 nonnsense ahead?

    rannters gonna rannt their rannts.

    me too.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Hey can anyone explain why a cruise missile is being rammed into the Pentagon in this clip?


      Or do I get more silence?

    • drb753 says:

      It is well known that adding disinfo is a viable way to blunt things such as 9/11, or JFK, or even the moon landings. so you should not be surprised. to each his own path to truth. for me it was my inability to find the original clips I saw on 9/11 on youtube – with no breach in the south tower. eventually I fugured out there were no airplanes, and the controlled demolition was most probably using a nuclear device and a chimney shapes vertical tunnel under the towers. but no matter, if you know it was a fake, even if your explanation is completely different, you still have to do the same things.

      • Tsubion says:

        What made the very clearly visible airplane shaped hole in the side of the tower?

        • all through the previous night–the CIA had a team working to remove glass and concrete etc to that shape, everybody (on OFW) knows that.

          now is it possible to give this WTC nonsense a terminal rest?

          • banned says:

            “now is it possible to give this WTC nonsense a terminal rest?”

            Based on one of your favorite techniques of untruth exaggerate and put words in peoples mouths? Certainly not. Game player.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            When you explain why there is no plane wreckage at the scene of the Pentagon …

            Then we will consider giving it a rest…

            You want to end the discussion – answer the f789ing question.. otherwise don’t tell anyone what to do.

            • eddy

              you tell people what to believe all the time, discussions there ain’t.

              Crisis actors people your entire comment thread(s) on OFW no matter what the subject.

              Hence I make a point of answering none of it. A few months ago, they were all ‘crisis actors’ in Ukraine.
              As I’ve said before, attempting any answer, on any subject would unleash a vomitary of more ‘questions’, all total BS.

              But carry on, the odds and ends I do read from you provide endless amusement.

        • banned says:

          Well there is a very fundamental truth to what you are saying. Planes make plane shape holes. Now apply that same logic to the pentagon 911 hole. No wings or engines holes. What are we to believe the wings and those massive and very dense heavy engines didnt scratch the pentagon but the fuselage made a massive hole? And where did the plane go? Plane crashes leave very big parts of the plane. Matter doesnt just dissolve. Poof.

          As I often say if it wasnt for the pentagon and B7 the questions about the towers would be ignored. Its pretty simple argument. The planes hit the towers and they fell down. Its a hard argument to refute with physics because of its simplicity.

          Holes all right. Big holes in the explanations. Testimony is unreliable but still valuable evidence.. Physical evidence matches when truth is present. It all matches because thats what happened so it matches to a T. When physical evidence doesn’t match thats not what happened. Theres a lot of unexplained phenomena. Things outside of our knowledge. That makes the simple explanation very convenient. It doesn’t make it the truth.

        • drb753 says:

          There was no hole on the south tower, as seen on cnn the night of that day.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Does anyone know anyone who saw the planes hit the towers?

            How do we know the ‘witnesses’ were not actors? And the footage delivered by Hollywood….

          • reante says:

            I’d like to see that footage.

    • banned says:

      “as a group, the 911 conspearasea true believers have put out such a convoluted bunch of comments, where there is no concise cohesive congruent sensible narrative…”

      So many words so little specifics

      5 crime scenes. No DA would prosecute and no jury would convict.

  8. Fast Eddy says:

    But that glosses over a rollercoaster ride that saw the cost to insure its debt against default surge to a record, amid speculation about how the bank might finance its long-awaited restructuring. The volatile swings spooked wealthy clients, with several rich families in the Middle East and Asia collectively pulling hundreds of millions of dollars, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Inside the bank, relationship managers sought to persuade clients to stay as rival bankers sought to fan speculation about Credit Suisse’s financial health, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. In the end, the lender stepped in with a $3 billion bond repurchase to calm the market and take advantage of the recent selloff in its debt.


    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:


      this is to be expected, that when crises emerge, TPTB will step up and do whatever it takes to mitigate the crises.

      it’s happened many times before, like 2008/2009, and will probably happen many times in this decade also.

      at some point, the fixes will become more and more ineffective, and the Endgame will accelerate.

      very probably in the 2030s.

    • I expect we will hear more about the Credit Suisse problems in the next week.

  9. Herbie Ficklestein says:

    Why Europe Faces An Air Conditioning Problem After Its Red-Hot Summer


    We are being hit on all fronts…

  10. Rodster says:

    The Rising Risk of Nuclear War in 2023


    “With the Western Press cheering the fall of Russia, they are only contributing to the prospect of a major escalation and the use of nukes. The US has been buying medicine for radiation poisoning. They know what they are doing and could care less how many civilians are wiped out. Their view – the population needs to be reduced anyhow.”

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      Putin clearly stated that Russia was ready willing and able to use nukes IF nukes were first used against Russia.

      it’s no surprise that in the psyycho West, the woketard MSM would propagandize it and give the appearance that it was a threat of a Russian first strike.

      Putin also clearly stated that from the Russian viewpoint, there would be no reason for the world to exist without the country of Russia in it.

      I’ve never been alive during a nuclear exchange, so it would get the blood pumping, you know?

      que sera sera.

    • A strange world we live in.

  11. Civilization will downsize, and the top of top will continue to try to drive the world to Singularty again.

    If they fail, it is over for humanity.

    Countries not independent in 1910 have no business existing. Not every people deserves to have its own country. Imperialism, which denied resources for those who didn’t really belong, led the world to its greatest heights.

    Denying resources to those who are not really adding anything to Civilization is very important and I perfectly support the various methods of control which will separate a lot of people who don’t add anything to civilization from necessary resources for them to sustain themselves, creating a huge social darwinistic event which will probably reverse all the foolish decisions from 1914 to this day.

    • JMS says:

      Much to your chagrin, it’s very likely that the peoples who contributed zero to civilization (that is, some of today’s hunter-gatherers) are the only ones with a strong chance of surviving collapse of IC.
      Your dear technocrats are just a bunch of dreamers with more money and free time than sense of what’s possible in the physical world.Their bet on complexity doesn’t stand a chance against the law of diminishing returns. If they don’t know this, they know less than my dog.

      • Xabier says:

        Yes, JMS.

        The ‘higher value’ civilised vanish, and hairy wild oafs living on the fringes – like my Basque ancestors – survived the fall of empires well enough.

        If I had the chance of living in the mountains in 500AD with a boar-spear and bow, and a sturdy wife, I’d certainly take it!

    • Cromagnon says:

      Humans will play their stupid games completely misunderstanding what this “ reality” is.
      It’s an old story relatively speaking.
      We are now seeing ( those who are paying attention) all the celestial signs of cataclysm. Increasing seismic, geologic, atmospheric signatures on all planets of our “ solar system”.
      Earths magnetic poles are shifting hard now, our magnetic field is weakening rapidly. Increased UV radiation will have its genetic impact and as our star starts to send flares our way we will be unprotected…. our electronic civilization will collapse.
      The elites are rapidly trying to divert our collective attention with misdirection as they frantically complete and organize the vast redoubts they have constructed for “ nuclear war”.
      Look over here idiotic collective,….. “ virus”,….. look over here,……. nuke war,…. look over here ….. global warming,…….look over here,…..Alien contact ( just wait),……look over here Peak Oil……(All these are in fact “Real”) in proper context.

      All the while the simacrulum hurls the rippling electric current sheet at our star,…
      we will watch the increasing vulcanism and earth quake activity of the coming decade ( how will they blame global warming for that?).,….our grids will fail with a minor Carrington event” and billions will die in the few ensuing years. The elites will run for their redoubts and their buried technology,…
      In the latter 2030s or Daly 2040s the Angel of Death will pay us a heavenly visit and our star will nova…… the ensuing blast will strip all doubt from the surface dwellers as to the presence of “God”.
      This time by fire right?

      The elites will be crushed by the massive continental wide movement of the crust over the mantle as the lithosphere unlocks. A few might survive, the children of the privileged who have not yet sold their souls.
      The Apocalypse will unfold.
      Forget big ideas
      Mind your own knitting,…… the universe is manufactured on a level so exponentially far beyond our capability of understanding it is laughable.

      Let’s just hope those among us that possess souls “ get to see what lies beyond the holography.
      That is the thing to hope for. I myself, am supremely, perhaps foolishly confident. How about the rest of you?

      • Tim Groves says:

        I’m just going to watch and enjoy for as long as I can.


      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        “… the universe is manufactured on a level so exponentially far beyond our capability of understanding it is laughable.”

        yes, and yet you hippocritically claim to understand what’s coming. Your self contradiction is staggering.

        “I myself, am supremely, perhaps fooolishly confident. How about the rest of you?”

        since you asked for it…

        yes I am AGREEING with you that you are fooolish.

        • Cromagnon says:

          I am merely the purveyor of truths told by much smarter folks than myself lol. But the fact that we live in a holosphere seems self evident if one lives a few decades and pays attention to the details.

          I do not know what lies outside the illusion. I merely surmise that we are in a mock up of a “ real universe” and since we are apparently made in Gods image that there is a “ control deck” somewhere in 4-5 th dimensional space where humans are running this farce.

          I guess it’s two level construct. Collectively it is a large “war game” trying to solve a very complex problem ( I don’t know what exactly) and individually it seems to be a school for soul development/ education?

          I’m just an avatar of an over educated hillbilly who has returned to his roots.

      • Xabier says:

        I’ve seen it, I believe (no drugs involved!) and that is what keeps me from despair. The ‘elites’ are nothing.

        • Cromagnon says:

          I would like to hear more?

          My insights are mostly from standard research with a few inexplicable, but highly educational experiences.

          • Xabier says:

            Visions, dreams.

            They come into the category that the mystics from the old schools called ‘encouragements’ – little ‘windows’ in a sense.

            I agree with you, people will be surprised: and that this is ‘a school for souls’, although one can never come up with convincing evidence for it.

            Except that ‘he who tastes, knows’.

            I suspect I’m heading for a ‘fail’ grade, though!

    • info says:

      AIDs funding disappearing, Childcare subsidies disappearing, IVF subsidies disappearing. Medicaid/Medicare disappearing and so on.

  12. MM says:

    Every state is de facto a failed state.
    There is no state that can increase revenue by 60% annually.
    There exist a lot of corporations that can do that.
    I hope they continue to do that for at least 1000 years as in “Reich werden”.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      translated “Get rich”?

      I’ll settle for just another 10 years.

      every Core state is rocking it with riches.

      though it looks like the Core will be shrinking soon (looking at you wacckko Europe).

      but failed states aren’t failed states until they actually fail.

      I live in the present, not the future.

      tonight is tonight, baby.

  13. MM says:

    I am pretty sure CTG might like this:

    Unfortunately CTG is not decided on “Creator” yet.

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    if you’re down and troubled …

    Have a read of these!


    If you are un injected this will lift your spirits… if you are injected — stay away

  15. banned says:

    That old navy SEAL Jesse Ventura. To think conspiracy theorists were once tolerated on MSM! The world didn’t end when people practiced the first amendment. The structure of the universe wasn’t destroyed on a molecular level.
    Jesses 911 Pentagon investigation.
    Pretty standard account of the facts. No holes from engines or wings in pentagon. No gouge tracks in lawn or impact on foundation from engines ten feet or so below what was supposedly fuselage impact. No fuselage no wings no engines at pentagon. No evidence of a plane crash. Poof.

    Sea level high air speed. Uncontrollable. Thick air you go slow in commercial aircraft. The supposed approach could not have maintained the supposed approach altitude that didn’t crash. Altitude would have been all over the place at that speed.

    Rate of descent to pentagon approach and pull up impossible for best pilots in the world let alone some guys that couldnt fly a cessna 172.

    What is unique is the pentagon employee military personnel testimony. Was feet away from impact. Saw no evidence of plane when she took a look around seconds after crash. Poof!

    To be fair I know a career commercial pilot. The one time I discussed 911 from a sham perspective with him he said he knew all the pilots in the 911 flights and they were gone not around anymore. That was the beginning and end of it for him. I got the distinct impression further inquiries would get me a punch in the nose if not more. A few minutes later on a different topic out of the blue he said you are correct commercial aircraft are uncontrollable at those speeds at sea level. He however has no doubts whatsoever that the official account of 911 events is true even knowing that commercial aircraft are uncontrollable at that speed at sea level in a way that most people dont. Not wanting a broken nose i did not inquire further. But there you have it. At least one commercial pilot who believes the official account true and my guess is he is not alone.

    others differ.

    “The aircraft was reported to have conducted a descending and accelerating 330 degree corkscrew turn from 7000 feet west of the Pentagon to arrive precisely at ground level without striking the surface to hit the Office of Naval Intelligence at nearly 500 miles per hour with military precision on his first attempt. This maneuver was replicated in a flight simulator. Highly experienced pilots could not perform this maneuver on successive attempts without crashing and yet, according to the official narrative, Hani Hanjour accomplished this amazing aerial feat on the first attempt with minimal aircraft experience training in light Cessna aircraft having only a few hundred hours of total flight time.”



    • ivanislav says:

      This account doesn’t jive with there being three explosions across two physically separate pipelines. If there was one bombing run, it could destroy one pipeline, perhaps causing multiple fractures in the single pipe, but not two pipelines at a distance.

      • banned says:

        OK your not what you seem. Bit of a glitch bot. Jeez AI is like black flies in May now.

    • Tsubion says:

      Who cut the lamposts?

      • banned says:

        Its a good question but bringing it up without the main evidence that there is no way a plane impacted the pentagon is simple distraction. Whatever caused the damage to those lamposts needs to be determined but the main evidence is where the plane supposedly impacted. The main evidence clearly shows that no plane impacted the pentagon on 911. This is corroborated by all photographic evidence and witness testimony. Theres a lot unexplained but a plane didnt hit the pentagon. Its pretty simple. No wing or engine holes no plane.

        There are several explanations out there for the lampposts I cant speak to the evidence for or against those explanations. The damage done to the pentagon as physical evidence is undisputable. No plane hit the pentagon on 911.

  16. Yoshua says:

    Party on animals!

  17. Michael Le Merchant says:
  18. MM says:

    I hope, one day I will succeed in the free market.

  19. NomadicBeer says:

    Kunstler is optimistic today: https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/november-surprise/

    I know elections in US have been (almost) meaningless for a long time but I still think there are minor differences between parties.

    So here’s my prediction: Democrats “win” in a landslide. None of the new republicans challengers will win (they are all pro-Trump or against mandates so that won’t do).
    A new “insurrection” happen a couple of weeks before elections so questioning the fairness of the elections is made (officially) illegal. Gail will have to delete old comments like this or else…

    Anybody here willing to take the bet?

    • Kunstler seems to introduce a different idea:

      The stakes in the midterm elections are huge for the Party of Chaos [Democrats], and its worker bees may be capable of any duplicity to throw it off the rails. In my soon-to-drop next podcast, blogger Tom Luongo (of Gold, Goats, and Guns) introduces a surprising twist: the election takes place, he says, but the Party of Chaos finds a way to delay the announcement of the results via procedural shenanigans that go on for weeks after November 8, leaving the country in a state of anxious limbo. What an idea! Such a strategy would wreck the last shred of public trust in elections without having to cancel, postpone, or overtly overthrow the process. It would also invite just the sort of public protest that the Party of Chaos can spin into another insurrection narrative.

    • MM says:

      Making a claim on elections is proof that Kunstler is a shmock.

      I want to see a ballot and check if there is only two checkboxes. I honestly do not think so.

    • Xabier says:

      One wearies of Kunstler’s optimism; it has no basis in reality.

      His essays are like those research papers which list terrible adverse events and yet still end with:

      ‘But vaxxes are still the best weapon against Covid’…..

      • Fast Eddy says:

        They drive his book sales… he probably does not believe in a World Made by Hand… but it sells a whole lot better than The Long Emergency sequel –> The Great Extinction.

        As we know … the truth does not sell.

  20. Michael Le Merchant says:

    CRB commodity index higher lows.

    FED can’t pivot here, it would cause commodities to surge even further.

  21. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Credit Suisse’s fear barometer hit the lowest since 2008 as investors do not expect a black swan event

  22. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Jacinda sure likes her Columbian Blow

  23. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Interest payments as a % of GDP based on current yields

    Q2 2022: 648.454
    Q1 2022: 603.280
    Q4 2021: 600.423
    Q3 2021: 592.912
    Q2 2021: 575.003

  24. lololol eddy

    i don’t comment much, and certainly don’t read it all. Used to be worthwhile, when balanced exchange between like minds was on offer.–but now life’s too short—just check in now and then to make sure the eddywit hasn’t gone extinct and its still in it’s BS nest, and you’re still in fantasy land.

    Sorry to see you’re still in obsess mode eddy.

    If you got out of that, and tried it for real sometime, it might improve your outlook on life in general.
    Even at 87 I can offer that bit of advice.

    Not that I expect you to take it.

    • reante says:

      You really 87 Norm? Nice going!

      • Norm is pretty amazing!

        • NomadicBeer says:

          He is in good company: Soros, Kissinger etc.

          One of the reasons I don’t believe in gods/karma/justice.

          • Xabier says:

            Quite so, Nomadic.

            Longevity is not a virtue…….

            Although I believe that karma is suffered internally, and not necessarily visible to others: it is surprising, though, what one can perceive or feel about the soul, whether good or evil.

            • since i took up my sideline in infanticide, life has become worth living again

            • banned says:

              “since i took up my sideline in infanticide, life has become worth living again”

              Game player doesn’t even get that some things arnt funny. Its all about the game and him.

              All part of his game playing repertoire. He doesn’t even get its completely inappropriate because it serves his game playing ego and everything else is irrelevant. He poked and prodded till he got a response. Now he nails himself to that cross and parades about. Thats what he is and all he is.

            • banned

              a free word of advice—

              lose the anger

              you’ll live longer.

              i never get angry with anyone–even eddy—or you,
              i just allow myself the occasional laugh and eye roll.

              my advice is there, take it or leave it, means nothing to me either way.

            • banned says:


              a free word of advice—

              lose the anger

              you’ll live longer.

              i never get angry with anyone–even eddy—or you,
              i just allow myself the occasional laugh and eye roll.

              my advice is there, take it or leave it, means nothing to me either way.”

              Game players always do this. Cause trouble get people riled. Then sit back and admire what they’ve created smiling because they don’t have to feel it. ” im a real cool cat your the one off balance” Then play victim because anger is directed at them. Like you habitually do.

              You are right about one thing however. People own their emotions. People own their actions, their emotions and their happiness. Im calling you on your actions. Your actions are not honest. Your motives are that of a game player.

              Yes people get angry when peoples actions are inappropriate. When people play games. All this just means nothing to you is what your sentences above read. All just one big game. All that matters is ego and the game. You just confirmed exactly what ive said about your behavior. You live for ego and the game. You use techniques to be dishonest and spread untruth. Words are just the medium of the game to you.

              Some of us believe in honesty. Some of us put our heart in our words. Truth matters.

            • Banned,

              I sense that you are someone who ‘demands respect’ and flies into a rage when you don’t get it. ( it has to be earned)

              Rage isn’t healthy.

              Humour is.


            • Xabier says:

              ‘Sideline in infanticide’: once again, ‘joking about the deaths of innocents’, and not just children.

              Needs no comment.

              Live long, Norman, live very long.

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Only the good die young.

          • still obsessing are we eddy?

            that tells me a lot

            keep it up, (if you’ll pardon the expression.)

      • Fast Eddy says:

        You can tell norm’s age by the increasing number of dementia-laced posts he makes on OFW…

    • MM says:

      Yeah, I wonder why Eddy is still active when he is already deemed extinct.

      Eat dirt! Forever!

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Is old age your excuse for never answering questions?

      Does OFW provide a senior citizens pass to geriatrics that allows them not to respond to questions?

      • i had my 4th booster on my birthday last friday eddy. Many happies to me!!

        the effect was of course catastrophic

        since then, 4 nubile young nurses have been fighting to bring me back from the dead—sitting on my chest doing mouth to mouth etc. I felt it would have been ungracious to complain.

        Yesterday they threw me out of the terminal care home.

        They said I was faking it!

        Gf told me I’d never get away with it. (though she said she enjoyed the rest)

        Oh well—here’s to my 5th.

    • Sam says:

      I appreciate you Norm even though I don’t agree with the vax… but I don’t take it personal like some of the fools on here; I get really really tired of the baiting on whining about Covid around here … really starting to suck!!! A comment or two is fine but it has degraded to shiet…..they need to get a room! 😂…

      • ty Sam

        my point exactly—a difference of opinion is just that.

        Unless you’re a jealous husband, it shouldn’t be an excuse for pistols at dawn.

        And even if you’re a jealous husband, it’s your own fault.

        so best to to laugh it off—like i always do

        certain that the bullet will miss.


        And hope the next one doesn’t decide on rapiers instead.—I was never safe around anything sharp.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        That’s because you do not understand that Covid and the Injections are a response to the end of affordable energy

        • no eddy

          covid was the response to our pursuit of energy

          we invaded animal territory–they fought back with covid.

          neither of our opinions are a matter of life and death, i quite like my life.

          the covidrama is over–the final curtain has fallen, the house is empty. it was a box office flop.

          • banned says:

            Whatever you say “pangolin” Pagget.

            • Xabier says:

              ‘Pangolin’ indeed: so we can see that Norman has in fact merely got stuck on the very first memes of the psyop: ie that we are in ‘The ‘New Age of Viruses’ and ‘The Virus was Natural’.

              It’s rather pitiful; but does at least illustrate just how powerful propaganda can be – above all if you wish to be deceived.

    • Tim Groves says:

      Norman, you were only 85 last spring.

      Those boosters certainly speed up the aging process.

      • you obviously missed one Tim, unless it was typo on my part.

        nurses at the booster clinic insisted on doing a dendrochronology test on me (they couldn’t believe it either)–definitely came up with 87.

        anyway—i am in the guinness book of records as the oldest git on ofw.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          You said you had your 4th shot but the UK is offering the 6th… (haha 6 shots!!! WTF)

          Are you confused on that as well?

          What other vaccine requires 6 shots in two years hahaha + now it’s gonna be down to 2 month intervals!

  25. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Lipid Nanoparticles: Are They Subtly Changing Human Beings?

    Are Essential Human Qualities Being Destroyed by PEG-Coated Industrial Fats?

    • reante says:

      The 5G is probably pretty intense in Manhattan too.

    • A very long article with some interesting ideas about why the vaccines need to be kept at very cold temperatures, related to trying to keep everything stable, including the PEG-coating. But what happens when these temperatures are not kept, or when advice changes?

      • MM says:

        You mean as in why LNG has to be kept in low temperatures?

      • Xabier says:

        The comments under the Naomi Wolf article are also very good.

        Are many of us suffering from a form of PTSD, both vaxxed and un-vaxxed?

        Some because they are awake to this disastrous crime, and look on in horror; and others because they obeyed…….

        • Xabier says:

          There’s an interesting comment by Mike Yeadon buried under the Naomi Wolf piece.

          He feels that one of the major companies involved in producing the vaxxes, Acuitas, is a front.

          I’ve looked into it myself, and his observations are accurate. Perhaps his deduction has substance?

          A sort of ‘Potemkin’ company, but covering up what, set up by whom?

          By the way, Yeadon said elsewhere that his Substack comments are often being taken down after being up briefly, silent censorship. He certainly used to be more active.

        • reante says:

          Snowflake syndrome, which is the new Stockholm syndrome. Definitely a factor. Good call.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          I feel two things.. Disgust and Schadenfreude… in equal parts.

  26. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/waterlogged-electric-vehicles-spontaneously-catch-fire-florida-after-hurricane

    Flooded Electric Vehicles Spontaneously Catch On Fire In Florida After Hurricane

    This article points to this Twitter link.


    “There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.”

    I expect that quite often, this kind of damage would be covered under “comprehensive” coverage (a type of auto insurance coverage) that owners of expensive automobiles generally buy. If a car is not worth much, the coverage often is not purchased.

    Also, commercial policies tend to cover flood damage to vehicles that a dealer has on its lot. This can lead to very expensive claims after hurricanes such as Ian. I suppose fire claims would also be covered, if one of its vehicles had such a problem.

  27. I thought that this article was interesting:


    Biden’s Secret Promise To OPEC Backfires

    In 2020, Democrats blocked Trump’s proposal to buy American oil at $24 a barrel. Yesterday, a Biden official disclosed a secret offer to buy OPEC+ oil at $80 a barrel.

    The article starts by talking about three different Strategic Petroleum Reserve stories given by different officials, over a few days. It then says:

    The confusion around the Biden administration’s petroleum policy was cleared up yesterday after a senior official revealed that the White House had made a secret offer to buy up to 200 million barrels of OPEC+ oil to replenish the SPR in exchange for OPEC+ not cutting oil production. The official said the White House wanted to reassure OPEC+ that the US “won’t leave them hanging dry.” The fact that this offer was made through the White House, not the Department of Energy, may explain why a representative of the Department called Reuters to take back the remarks of Granholm, who has shown herself to be out-of-the-loop, and at a loss for words, relating to key administration decisions relating to oil and gas production.

    The revelation poses political risks for Democrats who, in the spring of 2020, killed a proposal by President Donald Trump to replenish the SPR with oil from American producers, not OPEC+ ones, and at a price of $24 a barrel, not the $80 a barrel that the Biden White House promised to OPEC+. At the time, Trump was seeking to stabilize the American oil industry after the Covid-19 pandemic massively reduced oil demand. Trump and Congressional Republicans proposed spending $3 billion to fill the SPR. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer successfully defeated the proposal, and later bragged that his party had blocked a “bailout for big oil.”

    Even normally strong boosters of the Biden White House viewed the Democrats’ opposition to refilling the SPR as a major blunder. “That decision,” noted Bloomberg, “effectively cost the US billions in potential profits and meant Biden had tens of millions of fewer barrels at his disposal with which to counter price surges.” Moreover, observed Bloomberg, it will take significantly more oil today to fill the SPR than it would have two years ago. In spring 2020, the SPR contained 634 million barrels out of a capacity of 727 million. Now, the reserve is below 442 million barrels, its lowest level in 38 years.

  28. Michael Le Merchant says:

    A Brief History of the Past 10,000 Years of Monetary Policy and Why Last Week Was a Big Deal

    • This is a good article. It sort of explains why, as an actuary, I could see this problem long before people who can from most other industries could see the problem. UK’s problem is now hitting pensions funds of many types around the world.

      • Sam says:

        Yes! It’s the pensions that will really break the system when they go it will be all out despair.. the u.s pensions are no better off!

        • NomadicBeer says:

          I am serenely convinced that our betters (aka richer) leaders will do the right thing and solve this problem before long.

          Of course people like Norm might not like the solution (cough jabjab, remdesvir, dancing nurses cough)

    • banned says:

      :Congratulations, you turned a long-term investor into a freakin’ hedge fund, ”

      As the article outlines boards make deciscions. As real gains from productivity increases cease to exist by anything other than outsourcing all enities turn to financial shenanigans to make numbers look good. Like GM becoming a bank for instance. This is across all institutions. As the majority of CEOs become involved in shenanigans CEOs who operated off principles of legitimate productivity increases can not compete and get replaced. Shenanigan CEOs are looking for short term gains. Next year doesnt matter. This year they are knocking back 10 million. They are playing with other peoples money. When the music stops they are in the Caymens no laws broken. Borrowing for stock buybacks- blatant self enrichment- was illegal not too long ago. Retail as always gets left holding the bag.

    • drb753 says:

      He lost me right here. “a bureaucracy within the government executive (a “central bank”).”

      • reante says:

        Well, technically a privatized banking system is an emergent phenomenon of the State. The State cometh first, when God said Let There Be Light. Accordingly, the State and ‘public’ banking will replace the privatization and be around for another decade more or less, after they end the Fed, and the rest of them, in 2-3 years.

  29. Michael Le Merchant says:

    Wall Street Banks Are Doubling Down on Risk by Selling Credit Default Swaps on their Risky Derivatives Counterparties

    Last Thursday, while news outlets focused on videos of the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian on the southwest coast of Florida, two researchers at the Office of Financial Research published a breathtaking and almost surreal analysis of how the mega banks on Wall Street are once again doubling down on unprecedented risk with derivatives and threatening the financial stability of the U.S. The report was ignored by mainstream business media.

    The Office of Financial Research was created under the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation of 2010 to make sure that Wall Street mega banks could never again ravage the economy and financial system of the United States — as they did in 2008 – by engaging in reckless derivative trades and toxic bets. OFR describes its mission as follows:

    “Our job is to shine a light in the dark corners of the financial system to see where risks are going, assess how much of a threat they might pose, and provide policymakers with financial analysis, information, and evaluation of policy tools to mitigate them.”

    OFR also notes that its research is done “principally to support the Financial Stability Oversight Council and its member agencies.”

    The Financial Stability Oversight Council (F-SOC) was also created under Dodd-Frank. It states on its website that its role is to provide “comprehensive monitoring of the stability of our nation’s financial system.” It includes the head of every federal regulator of banks and Wall Street, including the Treasury Secretary who chairs F-SOC, the Fed Chair, and heads of the SEC, OCC, FDIC, etc.

    But the new research report from OFR ignites the hair-raising question of how asleep at the switch are the members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to have allowed a worse derivatives mess to exist today than existed in 2008 when Wall Street banks blew themselves up and required the largest bailouts from the taxpayer and the Fed in global banking history.

  30. Fast Eddy says:

    CDC confirms USA suffered 338x increase in reports of AIDS-associated Diseases & Cancers in 2021 following COVID ‘Vaccine’ roll-out


    I want more – I want millions upon millions

    • D. Stevens says:

      I don’t believe this or that we’re on a supposed downward slope of energy. It would be all over trustworthy reputable news networks if true. It would not be limited to only sketchy alternative infotainment websites or blog posts. The idea that energy is in decline and there’s a conspiracy to massively reduce population this decade is a bunch of nonsense. It makes no sense. Everyone knowns people are burning less oil because oil is yucky and people don’t want it anymore because they care about the environment so they buy electric vehicles and replaced gas furnaces with heat-pumps.

      • The problem at this point is energy consumption per capita on a world basis falling since 2018. This is a far too subtle problem for the news networks to pick up. Also, crude oil consumption per capita has fallen since 2018.

        What happens with less worldwide energy consumption per capita is increased wage and wealth disparity around the world. People in poor countries, especially, tend to do badly as industries of many types are lessened. For example, there is less tourism and less making of fancy clothes for people from rich countries. Rolling blackouts become more common in some countries. This is already happening, in countries such as South Africa and China.

        Furthermore, there is greater chance of wars, indirectly related to energy prices that are too low for producers, such as Russia. A country that is not making a high enough profit from its sale of natural gas (or coal or oil) is likely to become belligerent toward its customers who cannot afford to pay a sufficiently enough price. Fill in the blank with a country in this category.

        It might be that cutting off energy supplies from Russia is precisely what Russia wanted because Russia could not make a sufficient profit on sales to Ukraine in particular and Europe in general.

      • Xabier says:

        D. Stevens once again you’re the voice of reason here. I’m sure you’ll agree we need more online censorship to protect the public from this misinforming mental pollution the same way turbines and panels protect the environment from nasty old coal and oil contamination. and the vaccines frighten away Covid.

        • NomadicBeer says:

          I have seen the light! Praise the lord Klaus!

          Speaking of religious experiences, I am seeing more and more reasonable commenters take leave of their senses and embrace the religion of progress.

          Latest exemplar is Ugo Bardi. He was on the verge for a long time with his dreams of renewables. Now, that things are getting worse, he is getting more and more religious, believing in the second coming of green energy.

          For those not familiar with human psychology, this is a perfectly normal reaction to stress – see the studies on people living under a dam for example. The closer they are to the dam or the older the dam gets, the more they deny any accident can happen.

          Let me repeat my plea for everyone sane here: take breaks from stressful internet reading, go outside, enjoy nature – do everything to keep the stress from overwhelming you. We are not as strong as we think, and this normification can happen to any of us…

        • //////we need more online censorship to protect the public from this misinforming mental pollution//////

          If mental pollution wasn’t available online—how would we recognise it?

        • D. Stevens says:

          Absolutely Xabier, that’s a good idea. A lot of people have been depressed and anxious lately due to the pandemic. Spreaders of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt is making it a lot worse. I’m really disappointed about the Disinformation Governance Board being cancelled and Nina Jankowicz having to resign. She was really likeable with her Mary Poppins routine and I think she could have kept us safe from disinformation.

      • The report is saying that when looking only at reports of adverse impacts of vaccines, there has been a huge increase in Immune System Disorders reported as an adverse outcome of a vaccination. There were practically no reports of such problems before.

    • hillcountry says:

      AIDS – What the Discoverers of HIV Have Never Admitted: Latest Edition
      by Lawrence Broxmeyer MD | Jul 30, 2014

      “I have never learned so much in such a short time – your book, “AIDS: What the Discoverers of HIV Never Admitted”, is absolutely the most revealing and clearly documented work I’ve ever read! Talk about a superb journalistic documentary – amazing.”

      Dr. Arthur Douglass Alexander III, PhD.
      Sloan-Kettering Biosciences Division

      Back cover:

      Once upon a time, a small group of politically powerful scientists rammed a flawed theory on the origin and cause of AIDS down America’s and then most of the world’s throat. Yet we are still led to believe that we are fortunate, even ‘lucky’ that retroviruses, only discovered in the 1970’s, were uncovered just in time to label them the culprit in a killer AIDS epidemic. And ‘lucky’ that two “HIVs” were discovered in rapid succession and the technology and theory to link AIDS to the “HIV” retroviruses were fully in place, for the first time in history, only a few years prior to the recognition of the AIDS epidemic.

      Lucky? The latest statistics released as of this writing [2014] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which still labels AIDS and “epidemic”, speak otherwise.

      “CDC estimates that 1,144,500 persons aged 13 years and older [in the United States] are living with HIV infection, including 180,900 (15.8%) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far to high a level…”

      In other words, over the last decade, with regards to AIDS, we have been going nowhere, fast.

      Obviously, a reassessment of what we are doing wrong with regards to our present thought and treatment of “HIV/AIDS” is badly needed, and according to one website, almost 3,000 scientists, doctors and educators, including several Nobel Laureates, have expressed doubts, on the makeshift, contrived evidence to this point provided by the theory that “HIV” causes AIDS.

      Lawrence Broxmeyer makes the case that the pleomorphic forms of Tuberculosis have been conflated with viruses basically, due to the fact that they’re filterable, among other things. It may be the case that we’ll soon be fully equipped to see this demonstrated in living color with live mycobacteria viewed in 3-dimensions, budding-out in all their fungal glory.

      I’m really interested in reading what Dr. Broxmeyer may think about the microscopic technology developed by Kurt Olbrich in Germany. If I manage to find out I’ll report on it here at OFW. I recommend his other books on Mycobacterium Tuberculosis’ relationship to Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease as well. We’re fortunate to have both of these men thinking outside the box.


      • hillcountry says:

        “…to have HAD both of these men…”

        Kurt Olbrich passed away in January, 2022.

      • reante says:

        If they were thinking out of the box they would know that mycobacteria, as saprophytes, aren’t physically capable of eating (which is all that microbes do along with shitting and moving around) healthy human tissues and, therefore, causing disease. They come when the damage has already been done.

        • hillcountry says:

          what a relief 😉

          Odds and ends from various studies on PubMed.

          “Most mycobacterial species are harmless saprophytes, often found in aquatic environments. A few species seem to have evolved from this pool of environmental mycobacteria into major human pathogens, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium leprae, the leprosy bacillus, and Mycobacterium ulcerans, the agent of Buruli ulcer.”

          “Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) has evolved to become the single greatest cause of death from an infectious agent. The pathogen spends most of its infection cycle in its human host within a phagocyte. The bacterium has evolved to block the normal maturation and acidification of its phagosome, and resides in a vacuole contiguous with the early endosomal network. Cytokine-mediated activation of the host cell can overcome this blockage and an array of anti-microbial responses can limit its survival.”

          “The survival of Mtb in its host cell is fueled predominantly by fatty acids and cholesterol. Mtb’s ability to degrade sterols is an unusual metabolic characteristic that was likely retained from a saprophytic ancestor. Recent results with fluorescent Mtb reporter strains demonstrate that bacterial survival differs with the host macrophage population.”

          OK, tuberculosis may have originally found its way into humans because, as you imply, their tissues weren’t “healthy” enough to overcome the mycobacteria. But what are the odds that it has evolved to evade our normal, “healthy” responses? That’s what I’m reading is the case. And if the variety of its evasive mutations is as the literature describes, then I suppose “healthy” could just mean a person hasn’t yet encountered it.

          • hillcountry says:

            One more:

            “Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of human tuberculosis is one of the most widely spread human pathogens. It has succeeded to infect a quarter of the global human population by developing most sophisticated ways to circumvent innate and adaptive immune defences. This highly specialized, major human pathogen has evolved from a pool of ancestral environmental mycobacteria, whose extant representatives are known under the name of Mycobacterium canettii. Recent whole genome analyses in combination with different phenotypic screens have provided key insights into the evolution of M. tuberculosis and closely related members regrouped in the M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC). They have also elucidated novel virulence determinants that are essential for these obligate pathogens. In this review, we present the most recent evolutionary models of the MTBC and various factors that have contributed to the outstanding evolutionary success of the tuberculosis agent.”

          • reante says:


            “OK, tuberculosis may have originally found its way into humans because, as you imply, their tissues weren’t “healthy” enough to overcome the mycobacteria. But what are the odds that it has evolved to evade our normal, “healthy” responses? That’s what I’m reading is the case. And if the variety of its evasive mutations is as the literature describes, then I suppose “healthy” could just mean a person hasn’t yet encountered it.”

            Firstly, read my first comment below, to Tsubion, on rickettsia if you haven’t already; the intracellular dynamics with mycobacteria are exactly the same but just occur in a different ecological niche, inside macrophages rather than inside epithelial cells.

            Your “odds and ends” of the tabloid literature is no different than the national enquirer or the NIST report on the two towers, photos and some details are true and enlightening, but the narrative is trash because it doesn’t get published unless it’s trash. Unless we’re still living in the “trust The Science” fantasyland, babes in the wood paradigm of 2019 or 2001, we all know the Rinse and repeat method of disproven pathological lying to be true to establishment form. Our job is to tell truth from falsehood.

            To your quote above, the odds are zero than puny, little mycobacteria, among the smallest of bacteria that are so small they can live inside of cells, can kill macrophages which themselves specifically evolved to kill. It’s like saying an ant can kill us just because it can bite. We need to feel the ecology again. We need to feel what evolution is. Evolution is an arms race in one sense. Bacteria are prokaryotes, and are among the earliest forms of primitive biological life. 4B years of bacterial adaptation will never change their bacterial nature, which is to find a niche in which to live, and ‘hope’ that they don’t get preyed upon. Have they evolved strategies? Absolutely. They DO secrete enzymes in some cases, for digestion or defense, or excretion. They DO modify the molecular makeup of there cell walls. But any adaptations they make are self-limiting due to their structural limitations as hyperprimitive life forms. We can know this because evolution makes clear that the bacteria that evolved beyond that self-limitation were no longer prokaryotes; they became eukaryotes, then increased complexity of which then made the advent of conscious specialization possible which was the prerequisite for multicellular life forms.

            So it is that the claim, in the excerpt you provided, that the ‘tuberculosis’ bacteria can kill healthy, killer macrophages that are billions of years more evolved, in developmental ‘arms race’ (competitive adaptation) is nothing short of ludicrous. One of the functions of macromolecules is to engulf toxic waste in order to clear it. It has special compartments in which it holds this toxicity that also begin to enzymatically degrade the toxins from the more toxic fat-soluble toxins to water-soluble ones that can be release to the (water-based) blood and run through the liver and kidneys that are designed for water-soluble toxins.

            So the mycobacteria in question are like rickettsia: they are so tiny that one of their temporary ecological niches is inside cells performing the valuable function of eating (biodegrading) the intoxicated cellular lipids and sterols; we (our cells) evolved to store the worst toxins in fats because fats are preservatives. Fats stabilize the molecular volatility, the reactivity, of the toxins.

            As nominally aerobic saprophytes (aerobic because they live in the airways) the mycobacteria are also adapted to survive in very low oxygen environments for periods of time. Why? Because over the eons of them living in mammalian bloodstream feeding on (bioremediating) toxic dead organic matter, they kept finding themselves getting swallowed up by macrophages whose job it also is (redundancies) to clear toxic debris. So they learned from repeated cause and effect how to survive in the macrophages for long enough until the macrophages released them back into the bloodstream along with the now-degraded water-soluble toxins. Their survival mechanism was the special ‘waxy’ cell membrane they developed. The ‘necrotic toxin’ they supposedly kill whole macrophages with (no toxin on earth, by volume, is probably anywhere close to being nasty enough to do that kind of damage; to a macrophage it would be a tiny squirt and easily healed from) is presumably just their signature toxic metabolite (excretion) from living inside the macrophages compartment as a commensal bioremediator of fat-soluble toxins, until it, the bacteria gets released back into the bloodstream along with the now-water solubles waste product.

            As far as I know, all the ‘parasitic’ ‘pathogens’ — bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, helminths — are involved in converting fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins. That’s their thing because being a saprophyte inside a mammal is — from the aerobic mammalian perspective is a toxic niche. They live to eat rancid animal fats full of alcohols and esters and the exogenous toxins they stored when alive.

            ‘Tuberculosis’ is just the disease pathway such that during an acute respiratory disease from a combination of air pollution and insufficient nutrition and/or the raw evolutionary wherewithal, that results in the macrophage population which has astronomical nutritional requirements of poorly stored nutrients such as vitamin C, become overwhelmed and die, and when the lab rats steeped in germ theory take cell cultures they find lots of ‘tuberculosis’ bacteria which is no wonder because when the macrophages die the bacteria basically have an unlimited food source.

  31. Student says:


    Article about biological warfare.

    “Meshal Poisoning Provided Only a Glimpse Into Israel’s Biological Warfare Arsenal.
    New article by Benny Morris and Benjamin Kedar indicates that well before the botched assassination attempt 25 years ago, Israel attempted mass poisoning during the war in 1948”

    It is an interesting a baffling article by Haaretz.
    I publish that not to blame Israel, on the contrary, I appreciate that they have more freedom of speech than us (Haaretz is a well known newspaper and very appreciable), but I do it in order for us to realize that Biological Warfare is a well established way to attack enemies and if Israel is talking freely about that, we can be sure that also the Countries where we live are aware of that and probably used or probably are using these methods…

    I suggest it to you:


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    • Tsubion says:

      Chemical. Not “biological.”

      For example certain poisonous plants ofr minerals are used in methods of poisoning, even mass poisoning.

      And certainly not fictional viruses.

      • Student says:

        I’m afraid Typhy it is not chemical, but biological.
        And I was not in charge of the title of the article.

        An excerpt:
        “…Morris and Kedar had already discovered that the codename for the operation was “Cast Thy Bread” – taken from a verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes (11:1). Based on their research, they detail how scientists from the Scientific Corps, together with battlefield units, were involved in a systematic campaign to poison water wells and spread typhoid bacteria in Arab villages and cities as well as among the invading armies of Egypt and Jordan. The purpose was to frighten the Arab-Palestinian population, to force them to leave and to weaken the Arab armies…”
        Another one:
        “It is widely assumed and reported that the various poisoning materials used by the Mossad for the already published cases, and few more which have remained secret, were manufactured at the Israel Institute for Biological Research in Nes Ziona, 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.”.

        I repeat, I don’t publish it in order to blame Israel, I’ve already explained well my point above.
        It is full of biological institutes like that all over the world and the point is to realize how much we risk, probably even more than with a nuclear bomb.
        I’m grateful to Haaretz which published that interesting article.

        • Xabier says:

          Good to see the Devil quoting scripture as he goes about ‘casting his bread’………

        • reante says:

          The spray in the ear was referred to as a poisoning which would indicate chemical warfare, as Tsubion said, whether the toxin was biologically derived or not.

          Cultured ‘typhus bacteria’ (rickettsia) placed in stagnant (low oxygen) well water could harbor active rickettsia populations assuming there was enough for them to eat. Otherwise they would have to go dormant. High populations of dormant rickettsia in drinking water could be regarded as rickettsia inoculations. Once inside the human, the rickettsia would remain dormant wherever they are (most would get excreted) until they encounter conditions in which they can live. In other words, if rickettsia can live inside of humans, then rickettsia are part of the internal human ecology, just like anything else. We call that internal ecology the microbiome.

          The ecological niche of rickettsia in humans is cell cytoplasm. That’s where they live. Cells continually produce waste products and the rickettsia evolved to eat the ones that the cell benefits from them eating. That’s how evolution works. The wastes that the cell would benefit from the rickettsia eating are the toxic waste products, because in eating them the rickettsia would metabolize the toxins and in doing so make them less toxic.

          The more toxicity the cell is exposed to, the more toxic are the wastes, and the more food there is for the rickettsia. The more food for the rickettsia, the higher the population of rickettsia in the cytoplasm.

          All ecologies are balancing acts, with positive – and negative feedback loops in play. Too many rickettsia in the cytoplasm means by definition that a cell is toxic and diseased, because there first has to be a large toxic food supply to grow out that many rickettsia.

          A toxic, diseased cell that has an imbalance of rickettsia but still have adequate nutrition entering into the cell on a daily basis can make GBPs which are enzymatic proteins specifically designed to kill endosymbionts like rickettsia in order to maintain ecological balance. Isn’t that beautiful? In healthy enough humans the rickettsia are beyond friends – they’re symbionts.

          It’s only when humans have a high toxin load and are also suffering from chronic malnutrition that rickettsia populations do not remain homeostatic due to the otherwise diseased human (toxic exposures plus inadequate nutrition) no longer being able to produce the GBP antimicrobial.

          ‘Typhus epidemics’ are the collateral damages (diseases) of civilizational war, forced migration, famine, and the like – and not of microbes. To say it is microbes is pure shadowplay by the citizenry. Let’s not live in Shadow.

          • It sounds like an amazingly complex system.

          • Tsubion says:

            I wish everyone had your knowledge Reante and the ability to impart it so well.

            The biological world is a perfectly balanced self-regulating system. Underlying all of its functions are chemical processes.

            That’s all I wanted to point out. For example… snake venom extracted from a snake or ricin extracted from castor beans.

            Toxins and levels of toxicity are the real problem. And the condition that each individual finds themselves in defines their state of health.

            Most people still believe that contagion of viral particles occurs. It will take some time before they understand that their symptoms are theirs and theirs alone. And that these mysterious particles have not actually been properly isolated or proved to be pathogenic.

            I was still thinking insect bites were a main cause of epidemics until recently. Now I’m not so sure. I think something else is going on. For expample… the DDT is sprayed first in certain areas and then malaria is blamed on mosquito bites and the “parasite” they inject… then more DDT is sprayed and round and round we go.

            Now I believe it’s simply the chemical poisoning that’s causing the “disease.”

            • reante says:

              Tsubion I appreciate you saying so, that’s gratifying. I’m just trying to pay forward what was given me by el gallinazo, I.M. Nobody, Nicole Foss, Steve Ludlum, and all the rest of the luminaries outside of the collapse community.

              Separation Trauma is the fundamental trauma that civilization imposed upon humankind. Solitary confinement is terrifying. It’s why we’re gathering at OFW. The unconscious terror of living in solitary confinement from the ecology has devastated our sensing of ecological reality. Life is a use it or lose it prospect. If our epigenetic inheritance hasn’t had a direct daily, reason-based working relationship with the ecology for several generations or more, now, and a subsistence-society holistic working relationship for dozens of generations, we can be made to believe that up is down because firstly, as commercial consumers we’re flying blind on a dearth of direct experience which is the great teacher of all and, secondly, we’re being psychologically manipulated by those that feed us. As everybody reading this well knows, that’s a powerful combination for an animal to overcome. That existential combination yields the very definition of the domestication of a species. Cage them and feed them is how you domesticate any species, and we are not immune to that. Under domestication, the organism’s biology changes profoundly. It’s internal biodiversity experiences a devastating dieoff, which erases 4billion years of unconscious cultural intelligence.

              We fear microbes because we are subconsciously terrified at what we have become. We are terrified at our precipitous decline. Male sperm count has crashed by 50pc in the last 40 years alone and the motility has crashed along with it. Childbirth also has a coequal evolutionary function as a lifetime detoxification for the mother, because as this most consciously complex and physiologically high-maintenance (nutritional requirements due to relative brain size) species was beginning to emerge, the intelligent patterning of that conscious emergence learned, given the averaged (trialed and errored) ecological constraints, that in order for modern humans to remain competitive with ancestral humans (which had a higher reproductive rate) and with the ecology more generally, it was necessary that its most prized demographic — the female in her lengthy 20+ year reproductive prime that was good for 4 or 5 offspring — make the most of it by maintaining peak health. It was a quality over quantity strategy. So at the end of gestation, the mother evolved to use the placenta as a receptacle for a structural detox on the level of what a several-week water-fast in bed would provide. This was an evolutionary cost-benefit analysis, as are all evolutionary decisions, and it was based on the fact that the ecology was very clean back then and pollution limited to woodsmoke and ecological disequilibria/fallouts
              from natural ‘disasters.’

              The firstborns bear the brunt of the lifetime placental toxin dump, because the intoxication period is much longer. If you survey the firstborns in your lives I guarantee that you will see that on average their constitution, their disease history, is noticeably worse.

              It stands to reason to me that these structural detoxes are why women live longer, male occupational hazards notwithstanding.

              Malaria is a disease of the red blood cells. RBCs are what transport atmospheric oxygen throughout our body. Therefore RBCs have close to the same percentage of oxygen in them as the atmosphere. Inside humans, plasmodium are microaerophilic (facultative anaerobes). They cannot even come close to living in healthy RBCs because the oxygen will kill them (or make them go dormant if they have enough time to transition). Human resident plasmodium microbiota live in the blood plasma because it has very low oxygen levels, which in turn is because white blood cells require it. They eat bits and bobs of organic matter, generally particles that shouldn’t be there and generally have a degree of toxicity since these particles are undergoing anaerobic decomposition. It may mostly just be endothelial debris from dead wall cells sloughing off. Again, these plasmodium, with which we may or may not have been inoculated by our occasionally mildly irritating friends and co-competitors, the mosquitos, are beyond friends – they’re symbionts. Metabolically we are aerobic organisms but we have many non-negotiable anaerobic niches within us because biological reality has polarity as it’s foundational ordering, so that creative (creational) tension may exist; so that Cause and Effect itself may exist. Same goes for cosmological dynamics.

              For aerobic ecological niches, anaerobes are the recyclers (bioremediators) of death, because aerobic death results in anaerobic decomposition, because cell oxygenation ended upon centralized (organismal) metabolic death and stored oxygen in the cell subsequently ran out several minutes later which is when we die at the cellular level. (Ultimately we are just a many-layered emergent conscious phenomenon of ridiculously intelligent cultures of trillions of specialized single-celled eukaryotes, all working together).

              ‘Malaria’ (so stupid) is just human hypoxemia, for whatever trauma-based reason. Usually it’s a combination of acute toxicity and insufficient nutrition to cope with it. Hypoxemia, which is when the hemoglobin in the RBCs get all fucked up from shit like too much PM2.5 that gets drawn-into the RBCs with the oxygen, and the hemoglobin can no longer carry oxygen to varying degrees, and the RBCs commit suicide by triggering apoptosis, thereby becoming food for the resident plasmodium that are native to that inveterate heart of darkness called Africa lol.

            • reante says:

              Fancy pants ecological proof that plasmodium can’t cause ‘malaria’ (hypoxemia).


        • It sounds pretty awful to me.

  32. Fast Eddy says:

    Journalists Plug Ford Electric Truck in at Campground, Find Out It Will Take 5 Days to Fully Charge

    “What Tom and Andre found when they hooked into a standard 120 outlet, it would take them from Wednesday night until Monday morning — about 5 days — to get the truck fully charged, with their battery starting at 22 percent.

    The pair then plugged into the 240 volt — Level 2. The result was much better, but it was still going to take about 14 hours to get to a full charge.”


    • Rodster says:

      People don’t realize the limitations of EV’s. Not only do they cost a heck of a lot more than a gas powered vehicle but they are costly to the extreme when it comes to replacing the battery cell. Try charging an EV when there’s no power such as I went thru during a Florida hurricane when there was no power for close to 6 days and there are still areas with no power.

      Now a better idea would have been to have a gas powered small engine exclusively to charge those batteries.

      • hillcountry says:

        some associates of Carroll Shelby did something just like that (and more) in the mid-80’s out in Colorado. They designed a sportscar that had a 4-cylinder running idle, driving a flywheel generator that supplied power to redesigned electric motors which turned each wheel independently. I think they were 8-pounds and delivered 40-hp each. Their control system as I recall from the Popular Mechanics article, was a simple ladder-logic gizmo routing power as needed. Some British automaker snapped it up and never heard about it again. Met a guy around the year 2004, showing off a custom electric car in Austin, TX at a Green Fair, who said he’d seen the article and had built his own prototype of it and that it was a real screamer on the road. I had a hard time believing him due to the redesign these engineers had done on the electric motors, but stranger things. The article was featured on the cover of the magazine and is still available somewhere as a pdf. I called the Shelby Museum in Boulder years ago to see if anyone there remembered the article and one of their guys got right back to me with a “heck yeah” and a link to the pdf.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        The attraction of owning an EV is representative of the matrix… it’s all fakery …

        If you want reality — buy one … and drive it for a month… that is reality…

        It is a total pain the ass … and there are zero advantages over and ICE vehicle.

        That is the reality.

        But like MOREONS who inject boosters and get f789ed up — and say ‘it would have been worse’… the fools who buy EVs make up excuses to justify their Stooopidity.

        And you can quote FE on all of that

    • Vern Baker says:

      Here is my quick experience. I recently bought a long range EV for use in BC Canada, which is primarily powered by Hydro. Along the main #1 highway and Vancouver and area (up to Whistler), there are plenty of rapid charge locations (level 3) which will charge a range of 400km in about 35 minutes.

      Thats fine, but to go up north (which is anything more than 150 from the US border), you are stuck with level 2 chargers which will take many hours.

      I did not realize this was still the case. It means that until someone installs more stations along the main northern highway, this car is only really usable in the very south part of the province. In addition, in the winter time the range drops like a stone.

      These things are great in cities, fine for day drives to places to see, and a challenge for long distance. In the winter time the range drops like a stone.

      So, what have I done just in case I need to get it to the north where I have a home for occasional visits (and bolt-hold), why I have added a trailer hitch of course. That gives me the ability to pull a trailer which can also provide a 10 hour propane powered generator… which would be enough to provide 400km of range…. just in case.

      Its like extra steps I guess. I’m really on the fence with electric. They only really made sense in a hydro powered location and along the coast line where it doesn’t get too cold. I would not recommend them if you do not also have a reliable gas car or truck.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Why not just buy a petrol car? I see zero upside to owning an electric car – and loads of downside

        • Diversification is the only reason I can see buying one. If you are rich and have several cars, make one of them an EV.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Yes – if you wanna piss money away it makes sense… kinda like people who buy boats but really have no use for them .. happiest day is when they sell them

            The sad thing is people buy EVs because they believe they are saving the world though… and/or because they always buy into each mass psychosis that is on offer…

            I betcha if you polled Tesla owners and asked about the Ukraine situation they’d say Putin is the devil … they would have all their boosters… they would say the govt had nothing to do with 911 … that we’ve been to the moon… all of them

      • Thanks for your insights. The level of charger makes a big difference in charging time for your vehicle. I am sure that from the electrical system’s point of view, putting in system capable of fast charging is more expensive, too.

        • CTG says:

          I live in a place with no EVs and charging stations except for hybrid plug-ins. All cars are ICE.

          I thought you guys in the developed have specialised shops or stations where you can buy buckets of electrons and pour then into the tank in EV. No?

        • Wolfbay says:

          Has anyone heard that fast charging significantly shortens battery life?

  33. Student says:

    I also have the impression that he is too optimistic about the future of green energy and it seems to me that he doesn’t talk about the necessary profit that fossil fuels extractors need to obtain from extraction and the contemporary low cost that human societies need to have about energy in order to function with efficiency and let arise many discretional consumes.
    Maybe he gives for granted that humanity will have another kind of balance in the future with less population. I don’t know.
    But his articles for other aspects are really illuminating, expecially when he explains collapse of other historical societies.
    For Fast Eddy:
    I know he left University and he has recently retired because he disapproved the way the ‘system’ was managing all the situation lately, including Covid and jabs.
    From his articles one can understand that he is very critical about these experimental jabs and the point that there is not free discussion about.
    But one also has to consider that in Italy there is a great censorship and it even happened that Police went to some bloggers’ house for documents search and seizure of mobile and pc.
    It happened expecially for those who wrote in Italian and on telegram during the craziest period we had here (i.e. during the time of the first doses of experimental jabs).
    So I’m not surprised that he doesn’t go too much in details.

    • Student says:

      Very strange. I added my comment in the discussion about last Ugo Bardi article and the post appeared here. I’m sorry for that.

      • Xabier says:

        I concur in your view of Bardi, Student: above all, his ‘The Age of Exterminations’ series tells us that he knows just what is going on.

        He’s stated clearly that one has to approach the truth somewhat indirectly in times like these, to avoid censorship or worse.

        • NomadicBeer says:

          Come on guys, did he have to pimp out renewable energy as the solution to everything?

          I understand people that keep their mouth shut because of fear (I do that too in certain environments) but why lie?

          Please don’t defend him. He is lending his authority (as a university chemist) to a hurtful fantasy promoted by WEF to pacify the sheep as they are led to the slaughter.

          • Thierry says:

            I must confess I am now sharing your view.
            Here is what Pr Bardi wrote on facebook:
            “The Chinese were working at military applications of viruses, but they botched the whole matter. The Covid may have been something that was aimed at Westerners, but if they expected it not to mutate and come back at them, they truly were the dullest chopsticks in the drawer. And now they are blocked in an authoritarian meme where they cannot admit they botched it. In a sense, it is what they deserved”
            Funny isn’t it? He also claims to be a friend of Chuck Pezeshki who might be one of the most unpleasant person on earth despite his authority about “empathy”. I tried to engage a debate with him and he just treated me an “ignorant out of reach”. The universe can be so ironic.

          • Xabier says:

            Bardi’s articles have always alternated between good sense and insight, and others on ‘renewables’ that leave one dumbfounded as to the nonsense they put forward, an established pattern.

            I suspect he is near to despair most days.

  34. ValleyForge says:

    Can’t ya all see the Boeing 757? note many redactions (pixelations)

    21 years ago, somehow just released by our “friends” who labeled it as unlisted

    Recovery-and-investigative-operations-at-pentagon. The FBI had this buried under unlisted


  35. ValleyForge says:

    The USA Military apparently just poisoned itself with the jabs. The ones that apparently trigger rapid aging and cancer and whatnot. If true they won’t be protecting KSA much longer.

    • ivanislav says:

      We don’t know that. Most people seem to be fine.

    • banned says:

      Alpha testing always consumes resources with little too show for it. As transhumanism gets the bugs worked out one might assume that augmented human capabilities are demonstrated including military functions. While the assumption is the gender neutral push in both society and military is political in nature it may be gender identification is one of the fundamental problems with the AI/alien/dimensional entity interface attempts. Thus what we see is a transition to a transhumanist lower energy hiveish organism in all aspects of society including military. It may be that the next generation is more successful in integration than current. As we know the old models for large energy expenditure wars are not really possible the military seeks transformation to new low energy high efficiency ways of warfare using the benefits of transhumanism and augmented capabilities. Old ideas about developing humans with aptitude and skills for war in the abundant energy era are discarded for techniques that are still possible with lower energy and represent a completely new paradigm based on augmented capabilities via transhumanism. Thus the casualties of the Alpha testing are acceptable to achieve the transition.

      • Xabier says:

        They are certainly thinking like that: civilian and military casualties are deemed ‘acceptable’, given the goal.

        Just as 500,000 casualties were deemed acceptable at the meetings which planned the battle of the Some in 1916 – but no one told the soldiers!

  36. Fast Eddy says:

    Well Being: The #1 Killer in the USA, Ages 18-45
    Lives ruined, Families and communities decimated by fentanyl


    We need more of this .. C-Fent for All

  37. CTG says:

    Europe is toast. I have stated this before. Europe is now officially over the abyss. The gas did not flow and will never flow again due to exploded pipelines. It will take months to repair and winter is already at the door step.

    MSM is now pumping out “rationing”, “blackouts” madly. I think not a single day pass without some mention of it.

    Even if somehow miraculously (I think this will be an epic miracle, close to God coming in in person) Europe manage to get past winter, how is it moving forward in spring when they don’t even have energy (gas, electricity and oil) for their industry (i.e. employment).

    I fail to see why the sheep cannot see it. Note “The sheep cannot see it” is based on what MSM says and also what Xabier noticed in this town.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      lots of gas still flowing from Norway, but the lack of Russian gas is a big hit.

      even max “storage” is only 20 to 25 % of their winter needs.

      yes how can they possibly run much industry at all through the winter?

      it’s a slow motion train wreck for sure.

      it’s an experiment, and the end result will be some level of failure.

    • Adonis says:

      What if we have it all wrong and this is simply the end game Russia vs the world due to diminishing returns all out nuclear war that means the sheeple who believe the conventional news are not the sheeple we are wouldn’t that be funny

      • CTG says:

        Adonis, I don’t get you. We know there is a potential of a nuclear war. We know some sheeple say “there will be no nuclear war”.

        So, I am not sure who is the sheep

        • Adonis says:

          Sorry CTG misunderstanding on my part health isn’t the best these days thanks to the jab perhaps id best keep my mouth shut apologies didn’t mean to offend

        • MM says:

          I do not know where Cuba is.

      • Ravi Uppal says:

        The gentleman is wrong . There is a global shortage , however the problem is transportation of gas from the producer to the consumer . Freight cost per shipment is now approaching half a million dollars . See my earlier post . Of course in case of a system collapse then all value goes to zero .

        • Ravi Uppal says:

          My analogy for difference between pipeline gas and LNG .
          Pipeline gas ; Like having a bath under a shower , non stop supply .
          LNG : Having a bath with a bucket and a mug while sitting by the river .

      • The cost of shipping natural gas as LNG is incredibly high. Customers cannot afford the end product if the producers make enough money. There is also a bottleneck on finding enough LNG ships for shipping.

    • Ravi Uppal says:

      CTG , ” Europe is toast ” . Correct . Read this analysis . I will improve ” It is burnt toast ”

      • This article starts out:

        It´s valid to assume that the provoked NATO-Anglo-WEF-Ukraine war objectives were (1) to trigger regime change in Russia aided by military defeat while also (2) cutting Europe off Russia´s cheap and excellent resources thus also (3) choking Russia´s exports and funding. Sanctions, asset seizures and the NS1 & NS2 sabotage are smoking guns. Future consequent plundering of parts of Europe and Russia can also be assumed to be goal #4. The European leadership at large has, so far, aligned well with this plan.

        This analysis may very well be correct. The US wants to plunder Russia and the Europe, by cutting off inexpensive pipeline trade between Russia and Europe. I expect that Russia would not be unhappy with at least parts of this outcome because the fees it was getting for its natural gas were inadequate. Also, the EU was a very “uppity” customer. It refused Nord Stream 2 gas when it was finished. It likely could not afford even the real cost of pipeline natural gas to Europe.

  38. CTG says:

    Check this website out regularly https://mobile.twitter.com/WallStreetSilv

    It has information not mentioned in MSM. Of course treat all information provided with a large grain of salt. Do your own analysis and conclusion.

  39. Fast Eddy says:

    Twitter avatar for @DrAseemMalhotra
    Dr Aseem Malhotra

    ‘I was under the impression that the vaccine would prevent transmission. We now know that is completely false & we don’t even know if it was true in the beginning’

    Policymakers must pause the roll out. History will NOT be in their side & the public will not forgive them for it


    Of course they knew that was a lie hahahahahaahaha

    It’s all a lie — everything about covid and the injections — lie after lie

  40. CTG says:

    Guys… just a quick comment here. I was away yesterday but manage to listen to some bureaucrats talking. Here is the important take away.

    1. The lying is intense. The numbers sprewed out, at times are so stupid that it certainly is fake.

    2. The bureaucrats spewing out may or may not know the consequences or they are “just following orders”.

    If it happens in my small country, which is barely affected by anything worldwide (our inflation is still low), then those expert “lying bureaucrats” elsewhere will be in top gear.

    We know GDP are all fake. We should apply to all the numbers. The deaths from vax, the output deficit for OPEC+ and in fact all numbers are extremely likely to be padded heavily.

    Again as I have stated, if it is not reported in MSM, it did not happen. So, if MSM does not report any gas shortages or people keeling over from fatal vax poison in the cold weather, then it did not happen.

    Not to scare the sheep perhaps…

    • Xabier says:

      Correct CTG.

      If they mention it, it may well not have happened as described. And if something is not mentioned it may as well not have occurred as far as the public are concerned.

      I’ve mentioned before that I was treated like a nut over hugely increased air pollution here, which I demonstrated as correlated with meteorological charts: but when the MSM ran headlines about it – briefly- only then did people say ‘Hey, you were right!’

      Of course,like the vaxxes, people didn’t want to think that they were being exposed to such dangerous pollution.

      Only headlines like: ‘They ARE Trying To Kill You!’ in the MSM, not independent media, will count for these idiots.

      They wait to be told what their ‘reality’ is….

  41. NomadicBeer says:

    More grist to the conspiracy mill: https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/fear-the-floof

    Most of the woke leftist journalists are just rich babies doing their part for the oligarchs. One of them is an actual billionaire!

    My question to all those that don’t believe in conspiracy theories:

    Let’s say you have a trillion dollars to spend (and access to the fed money printer). You can buy most politicians. If some are too honest, you can buy a professional killer as a gift for them. You can buy (or already own) most of the MSM.

    The question is: Is there anything that you cannot do to people? Is there any story they won’t believe if you push it hard enough? Will they even remember if you change your story from one day to the next (see NYT and election fraud).

    • CTG says:

      NomandicBeer, we are the final stages of collapse of advanced interconnected societies. You come from a place where oligarchs rule but it may not be applicable to other countries. Basically, technology helps them to make propaganda easier. People are more knowledgeable in human behaviour and psychology and thus, able to manipulate them easier.

      We are at the point of collapse, similar to the end days of Roman empire where “everything is possible”. What you are seeing is the side effects of collapse – moral decay. When total collapse arrive, the moral decay is gone and will be replaced by barbarianism.

      • Xabier says:

        Who needs to hire assassins when ‘behavioural psychologists’ and ‘public health policy’ academics will do anything for only a little money?

        • Tsubion says:


          • Fast Eddy says:

            I was contemplating the PR Team… and others who create the Matrix…

            Are they psychopaths? Or are they enlightened?

            I suspect the latter… they understand that humans are dangerous irrational nasty brutes… (see Century of Self – Freud).

            They see how easily we can descend into very nasty behaviour.

            They understand that even though we insist we want the truth — we cannot handle it – we do not want it — and if we got it we’d descend into nasty behaviour.

            And I am not talking about the barnyard animals — the circus animals are no different … they are all MOREONS…. they are all very much capable of causing great chaos and suffering.

            Those who make the Matrix believe what they are doing is necessary — that it is the only way to maintain our civilization …

            Take for instance the GW renewable energy EV nonsense.. of course they know this is bullshit… but they push this rubbish on the masses because it is necessary – does anyone want to hear that we have no plan for the depletion of fossil fuels?

            Nope. They want fairy tales — so they get fair tales.

            When you are farming 8B dangerous predators… the lash is not enough … you need to control what they think … you herd the herd using propaganda… as we can see — this is far more effective than beating them as has been tried in places like the USSR…

            Democracy which does not exist — is an excellent soft herding technique.

  42. What has become the destruction of the West is the “Cooler Heads”.

    Thanks to the cooler heads, whose heads should be cooled to absolute zero, no decisions which are bold enough can be taken.

    In the old days, those who disagreed with the King tended to have their head chopped. It might have been brutal, but was necessary.

    After Pearl Harbor, several patriots began to chop the cherry trees at Washington D.C. because they were given by Japan. After they chopped the sixth tree, they were stopped, ordered by some ‘cooler heads’ . During the war the tree was called “Oriental Cherry Tree.” (it has nothing to do with the species of tree George Washington supposedly chopped off in Weems’ fictionalized but popular biography of the First President.)

    Instead of saving the trees, they should have let the patriots finish the work, and send the ‘cooler heads’ to places like Manzanar, where Japanese-“Americans” were interred because they were security risks, and spend the war confined along the people they liked. (They claimed to be Americans, but few people prefer to remember the “Operation Wetback” during the 1930s where hundreds of thousands of Hispanic babies born under US soil and technically US citizens were simply shipped back to Mexico and were refused to be recognized as citizens. It would have been very easy to revoke the citizenship of the US born internees, and ship back them to Japan after the war ended.0

    Of course Japan didn’t have mercy on that kind of stuff. Use of English was discouraged, the son of ex-ambassador to USA , who had an American mother, was sent for a kamikaze mission to get killed, and Victor Starffin, a Russian emigre who was the best pitcher of Japanese baseball at that time, was forced to change his name to Hiroshi Suda.

    After the war, in 1952 a disease eliminated the Yoshino strain of the cherry tree in Japan. That was the strain which was planted at Washington D.C., and they were replanted at Tokyo where they still exist.

    If the patriots had their own way, the Yoshino strain would have perished, and instead of enjoying such trees the Japanese would have been reminded once again about their stupidity of having challenged USA every cherry season.

    The end of abundance fortunately will bring an end to ‘cooler heads’.

  43. Fast Eddy says:

    The UK series Utopia …

    Recall how one of the anti vaxxers betrays his mates because he sees that population reduction is necessary …

    Notice how the others refuse to accept that it is necessary – that the government has no business sterilizing billions.

    Is it not fascinating to see exactly that dynamic play out with the CovCON… You have the likes of Yeadon insisting that this is a cull … and opposing it because there is no population problem… Telegram is lit up with people who feel the same.

    The Psch Team (supporting the PR Team) anticipating all of this… and it was inserted into Utopia as part of the plot

    In fact it’s one of the key themes of the series — is it acceptable to cull a population for the greater good?

    Of course culling is not feasible – that collapses supply chains and everyone starves…

    But then the PR Team wasn’t going to include that in Utopia – that’s why they never had a 3rd season — we are living the 3rd season

    • Tsubion says:

      There was an older TV show called Jericho that depicted America being nuked by its own govt.

      That was pulled after one season I think.

      In reality… America could be “taken down” by a few well coordinated sleeper cells attacking the critical infrastructure – transformers (which take many months to replace.)

      But then that’s true of any country’s critical infrastructure as we’ve seen with pipelines.

      • MM says:

        We are already in a stage where nobody knows what happens.
        So who should ever know what happened?
        It only matters, what happened.
        Comprende ?

    • It lets people think that China really has plenty of energy. Almost like the war in Ukraine.

      • Jef Jelten says:

        Now y’all are getting it! Its all about demand destruction (Double Ds).

        DD is the new “available energy increase”, for the lucky few.

  44. JEREMY says:

    Watch soon before YouTube take it down https://youtu.be/f1ORPaw9jzo

    • Herbie Ficklestein. says:

      Thanks for the post..it pisses me off they would harm children to mislead the general adult population that it was safe and effective.

  45. Student says:

    (AZgeopolitics Twitter)

    It seems that Zelensky is asking preventive strikes against Russia, probably also with nuclear bombs.
    It is necessary to verify the translation.
    Without doubts he pronounces clearly the words ‘Nato’ and ‘preventyvne’.
    Please have a look to that, in case interested:


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