2023: Expect a financial crash followed by major energy-related changes

Why is the economy headed for a financial crash? It appears to me that the world economy hit Limits to Growth about 2018 because of a combination of diminishing returns in resource extraction together with rising population. The Covid-19 pandemic and the accompanying financial manipulations hid these problems for a few years, but now, as the world economy tries to reopen, the problems are back with a vengeance.

Figure 1. World primary energy consumption per capita based on BP’s 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy. Same chart shown in post, Today’s Energy Crisis Is Very Different from the Energy Crisis of 2005.

In the period between 1981 and 2022, the economy was lubricated by a combination of ever-rising debt, falling interest rates, and the growing use of Quantitative Easing. These financial manipulations helped to hide the rising cost of fossil fuel extraction after 1970. Even more money supply was added in 2020. Now central bankers are trying to squeeze the excesses out of the system using a combination of higher interest rates and Quantitative Tightening.

After central bankers brought about recessions in the past, the world economy was able to recover by adding more energy supply. However, this time we are dealing with a situation of true depletion; there is no good way to recover by adding more energy supplies to the system. Instead, the only way the world economy can recover, at least partially, is by squeezing some non-essential energy uses out of the system. Hopefully, this can be done in such a way that a substantial part of the world economy can continue to operate in a manner close to that in the past.

One approach to making the economy more efficient in its energy use is by greater regionalization. If countries can start trading almost entirely with nearby neighbors, this will reduce the world’s energy consumption. In parts of the world with plentiful resources and manufacturing capability, the economy can perhaps continue without major changes. Another way of squeezing out excesses might be through the elimination (at least in part) of the trade advantage the US obtains by using the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. In this post, I will also mention a few other ways that non-essential energy consumption might be reduced.

I believe that a financial crash is likely sometime during 2023. After the crash, the system will start squeezing down on the less necessary parts of the economy. While these changes will start in 2023, they will likely take place over a period of years. In this post, I will try to explain what I see happening.

[1] The world economy, in its currently highly leveraged state, cannot withstand both higher interest rates and Quantitative Tightening.

With higher interest rates, the value of bonds falls. With bonds “worth less,” the financial statements of pension plans, insurance companies, banks and others holding those bonds all look worse. More contributions are suddenly needed to fund pension funds. Governments may find themselves needing to bail out many of these organizations.

At the same time, individual borrowers find that debt becomes more expensive to finance. Thus, it becomes more expensive to buy a home, vehicle, or farm. Debt to speculate in the stock market becomes more expensive. With higher debt costs, there is a tendency for asset prices, such as home prices and stock prices, to fall. With this combination (lower asset prices and higher interest rates) debt defaults are likely to become more common.

Quantitative Tightening makes it harder to obtain liquidity to buy goods internationally. This change is more subtle, but it also works in the direction of causing disruptions to financial markets.

Other stresses to the financial system can be expected, as well, in the near term. For example, Biden’s program that allows students to delay payments on their student loans will be ending in the next few months, adding more stress to the system. China has had huge problems with loans to property developers, and these may continue or get worse. Many of the poor countries around the world are asking the IMF to provide debt relief because they cannot afford energy supplies and other materials at today’s prices. Europe is concerned about possible high energy prices.

This is all happening at a time when total debt levels are even higher than they were in 2008. In addition to “regular” debt, the economic system includes trillions of dollars of derivative promises. Based on these considerations alone, a much worse crash than occurred in 2008 seems possible.

[2] The world as a whole is already headed into a major recession. This situation seems likely to get worse in 2023.

The Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has been signaling problems for months. A few bullet points from their site include the following:

  • Service sector output declined in October, registering the worst monthly performance since mid-2020.
  • Manufacturing output meanwhile fell for a third consecutive month, also declining at the steepest rate since June 2020.
  • PMI subindices showed new business contracting at the quickest rate since June 2020, with the weak demand environment continuing to be underpinned by declining worldwide trade.
  • The global manufacturing PMI’s new export orders index has now signaled a reduction in worldwide goods exports for eight straight months.
  • Price inflationary pressures remained solid in October, despite rates of increase in input costs and output charges easing to 19-month lows.

The economic situation in the US doesn’t look as bad as it does for the world as a whole, perhaps because the US dollar has been at a relatively high level. However, a situation with the US doing well and other countries doing poorly is unsustainable. If nothing else, the US needs to be able to buy raw materials and to sell finished goods and services to these other countries. Thus, recession can be expected to spread.

[3] The underlying issue that the world is starting to experience is overshoot and collapse, related to a combination of rising population and diminishing returns with respect to resource extraction.

In a recent post, I explained that the world seems to be reaching the limits of fossil fuel extraction. So-called renewables are not doing much to supplement fossil fuels. As a result, energy consumption per capita seems to have hit a peak in 2018 (Figure 1) and now cannot keep up with population growth without prices that rise to the point of becoming unaffordable for consumers.

The economy, like the human body, is a self-organizing system powered by energy. In physics terminology, both are dissipative structures. We humans can get along for a while with less food (our source of energy), but we will lose weight. Without enough food, we are more likely to catch illnesses. We might even die, if the lack of food is severe enough.

The world economy can perhaps get along with less energy for a while, but it will behave strangely. It needs to cut back, in a way that might be thought of as being analogous to a human losing weight, on a permanent basis. On Figure 1 (above), we can see evidence of two temporary cutbacks. One was in 2009, reflecting the impact of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008-2009. Another related to the changes associated with Covid-19 in 2020.

If energy supply is really reaching extraction limits, and this is causing the recent inflation, there needs to be a permanent way of cutting back energy consumption, relative to the output of the economy. I expect that changes in this direction will start happening about the time of the upcoming financial crash.

[4] A major financial crash in 2023 may adversely affect many people’s ability to buy goods and services.

A financial discontinuity, including major defaults that spread from country to country, is certain to adversely affect banks, insurance companies and pension plans. If problems are widespread, governments may not be able to bail out all these institutions. This, by itself, may make the purchasing of goods and services more difficult. Citizens may find that the funds they thought were in the bank are subject to daily withdrawal limits, or they may find that the value of shares of stock they owned is much lower. As a result of such changes, they will not have the funds to buy the goods they want, even if the goods are available in shops.

Alternatively, citizens may find that their local governments have issued so much money (to try to bail out all these institutions) that there is hyperinflation. In such a case, there may be plenty of money available, but very few goods to buy. As a result, it still may be very difficult to buy the goods a family needs.

[5] Many people believe that oil prices will rise in response to falling production. If the real issue is that the world is reaching extraction limits, the problem may be inadequate demand and falling prices instead.

If people have less to spend following the financial crash, based on the reasoning in Section [4], this could lead to lower demand, and thus lower prices.

It also might be noted that both the 2009 and 2020 dips in consumption (on Figure 1) corresponded to times of low oil prices, not high. Oil companies cut back on production if they find that prices are too low for them to expect to make a profit on new production.

We also know that a major problem as limits are reached is wage disparity. The wealthy use more energy products than poor people, but not in proportion to their higher wealth. The wealthy tend to buy more services, such as health care and education, which are not as energy intensive.

If the poor get too poor, they find that they must cut back on things like meat consumption, housing expenses, and transportation expenses. All these things are energy intensive. If very many poor people cut back on products that indirectly require energy consumption, the prices for oil and other energy products are likely to fall, perhaps below the level required by producers for profitability.

[6] If I am right about low energy prices, especially after a financial discontinuity, we can expect oil, coal, and natural gas production to fall in 2023.

Producers tend to produce less oil, coal and natural gas if prices are too low.

Also, government leaders know that high energy prices (especially oil prices) lead to high food prices and high inflation. If they want to be re-elected, they will do everything in their power to keep energy prices down.

[7] Without enough energy to go around, more conflict can be expected.

Additional conflict can be expected to come in many forms. It can look like local demonstrations by citizens who are unhappy about their wages or other conditions. If wage disparity is a problem, it will be the low-wage workers who will be demonstrating. I understand that demonstrations in Europe have recently been a problem.

Conflict can also take the form of wide differences among political parties, and even within political parties. The difficulty that the US recently encountered electing a Speaker of the House of Representatives is an example of such conflict. Political parties may splinter, making it difficult to form a government and get any business accomplished.

Conflict may also take the form of conflict among countries, such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I expect most wars today will be undeclared wars. With less energy to go around, the emphasis will be on approaches that require less energy. Deception will become important. Destruction of another country’s energy infrastructure, such as pipelines or electricity transmission, may be part of the plan. Another form of deception may involve the use of bioweapons and supposed cures for these bioweapons.

[8] After the discontinuity, the world economy is likely to become more disconnected and more regionally aligned. Russia and China will tend to be aligned. The US seems likely to be another center of influence.

A major use of oil is transporting goods and people around the globe. If there is not enough oil to go around, one way of saving oil is to transport goods over shorter distances. People can talk by telephone or video conferences to save on oil used in long distance transportation. Thus, increased regionalization seems likely to take place.

In fact, the pattern is already beginning. Russia and China have recently been forging long-term alliances centered on providing natural gas supplies to China and on strengthening military ties. Being geographically adjacent is clearly helpful. Furthermore, major US oil companies are now focusing more on developments in the Americas, rather than on big international projects, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Countries that are geographically close to Russia-China may choose to align with them, especially if they have resources or finished products (such as televisions or cars) to sell. Likewise, countries near the US with suitable products to sell may align with the United States.

Countries that are too distant, or that don’t have resources or finished products to sell (goods, rather than services), may largely be left out. For example, European countries that specialize in financial services and tourism may have difficulty finding trading partners. Their economies may shrink more rapidly than those of other countries.

[9] In a regionally aligned world, the US dollar is likely to lose its status as the world’s reserve currency.

With increased regionalization, I would expect that the US dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency would tend to disappear, perhaps starting as soon as 2023. For example, transactions between Russia and China may begin to take place directly in yuan, without reference to a price in US dollars, and without the need for US funds to allow such transactions to take place.

Transactions within the Americas seem likely to continue taking place using US dollars, especially when they involve the buying and selling of energy-related products.

With the US dollar as the reserve currency, the US has been able to import far more than it exports, year after year. Based on World Bank data, in 2021 the US imported $2.85 trillion of goods (including fossil fuels, but excluding services) and exported $1.76 trillion of goods, leading to a goods-only excess of imports over exports of $1.09 trillion. When exports of services are included, the excess of imports over exports shrinks to “only” $845 billion. It is hard to see how this large a gap can continue. Such a significant difference between imports and exports would tend to shrink if the US were to lose its reserve currency status.

[10] In a disconnected world, manufacturing of all kinds will fall, especially outside of Southeast Asia (including China and India), where a major share of today’s manufacturing is performed.

A huge share of today’s manufacturing capability is now in China and India. If these countries have access to oil from the Middle East and Russia, I expect they will continue to produce goods and services. If there are not enough of these goods to go around, I would expect that they would primarily be exported to other countries within their own geographic region.

The Americas and Europe will be at a disadvantage because they have fewer manufactured goods to sell. (The US, of course, has a significant quantity of food to export.) Starting in the 1980s, the US and Europe moved a large share of their manufacturing to Southeast Asia. Now, when these countries talk about ramping up clean energy production, they find that they are largely without the resources and the processing needed for such clean energy projects.

Figure 2: New York Times chart based on International Energy Agency data. February 22, 2022.

In fact, ramping up “regular” manufacturing production of any type in the US, (for example, local manufacturing of generic pharmaceutical drugs, or manufacturing of steel pipe used in the drilling of oil wells) would not be easy. Most of today’s manufacturing capability is elsewhere. Even if the materials could easily be gathered into one place in the US, it would take time to get factories up and running and to train workers. If some necessary items are lacking, such as particular raw materials or semiconductor chips, transitioning to US manufacturing capability might prove to be impossible in practice.

[11] After a financial discontinuity, “empty shelves” are likely to become increasingly prevalent.

We can expect that the total quantity of goods and services produced worldwide will begin to fall for several reasons. First, regionalized economies cannot access as diverse a set of raw materials as a world economy. This, by itself, will limit the types of goods that an economy can produce. Second, if the total quantity of raw materials used in making the inputs declines over time, the total amount of finished goods and services can be expected to fall. Finally, as mentioned in Section [4], financial problems may cut back on buyers’ ability to purchase goods and services, limiting the number of buyers available for finished products, and thus holding down sales prices.

A major reason empty shelves become can be expected to become more prevalent is because more distant countries will tend to get cut out of the distribution of goods. This is especially the case as the total quantity of goods and services produced falls. A huge share of the manufacturing of goods is now done in China, India, and other countries in Southeast Asia.

If the world economy shifts toward mostly local trade, the US and Europe are likely to find it harder to find new computers and new cell phones since these tend to be manufactured in Southeast Asia. Other goods made in Southeast Asia include furniture and appliances. These, too, may be harder to find. Even replacement car parts may be difficult to find, especially if a car was manufactured in Southeast Asia.

[12] There seem to be many other ways the self-organizing economy could shrink back to make itself a more efficient dissipative structure.

We cannot know in advance exactly how the economy will shrink back its energy consumption, besides regionalization and pushing the US dollar (at least partially) out of being the reserve currency. Some other areas where the physics of the economy might force cutbacks include the following:

  • Vacation travel
  • Banks, insurance companies, pension programs (much less needed)
  • The use of financial leverage of all kinds
  • Governmental programs providing payments to those not actively in the workforce (such as pensions, unemployment insurance, disability payments)
  • Higher education programs (many graduates today cannot get jobs that pay for the high cost of their educations)
  • Extensive healthcare programs, especially for people who have no hope of ever re-entering the workforce

In fact, the population may start to fall because of epidemics, poor health, or even too little food. With fewer people, limited energy supply will go further.

Governments and intergovernmental agencies may start to fail because they cannot get enough tax revenue. Of course, the underlying issue for the lack of tax revenue is likely to be that the businesses within the governed area cannot operate because they cannot obtain enough inexpensive energy resources for operation.

[13] Conclusion.

If the world economy experiences major financial turbulence in 2023, we could be in for a rough ride. In my opinion, a major financial crash seems likely. This is could upset the economy far more seriously than the 2008 crash.

I am certain that some mitigation measures can be implemented. For example, there could be a major push toward trying to make everything that we have today last longer. Materials can be salvaged from structures that are no longer used. And some types of local production can be ramped up.

We can keep our fingers crossed that I am wrong but, with fewer oil and other energy resources available per person, moving goods shorter distances makes sense. Thus, the initial trends we are seeing toward regionalization are likely to continue. The move away from the US dollar as the reserve currency also looks likely to continue. Moreover, if the changes I am talking about don’t occur in 2023, they are likely to begin in 2024 or 2025.

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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3,572 Responses to 2023: Expect a financial crash followed by major energy-related changes

  1. Mirror on the wall says:

    This is just embarrassing.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uks-most-polluted-beaches-mapped-28870442

    Sewage was dumped into the ocean and rivers around the UK more than 770,000 times in 2020 and 2021

    Huge parts of Britain’s coastline remain polluted by untreated sewage being pumped into the ocean – and the scale of the problem has been revealed in an updated map showing the grimmest beaches in the country.

    The website Surfers Against Sewage continues to track real-time combined sewage overflows (CSOs), which helps monitor the water quality in areas across the country – including some of Britain’s most popular beaches.

    The group estimated “over 400,000 discharges of untreated sewage into UK rivers and almost 5,500 discharges into UK coastal bathing waters”.

    Surfers Against Sewage noted more than 60 warnings across the UK on Wednesday, January 4 and there have been over 320 since the New Year, according to data seen by the Independent.

    There are warnings in place from Blackpool to Littlehampton, and Penzance to Druridge Bay in the Northeast for sewage discharges within the last 48 hours.

    Discharges occur in the seas around Britain’s coast regularly and are allowed to happen when there is particularly heavy rainfall. This, water companies claimed, is in a bid to stop the sewage system from becoming overwhelmed.

    It has been heavily criticised and accusations of funding cuts and deregulation have been levelled at the government. Ministers argued they were working to tackle discharges and cut them by a quarter by 2025.

    As a result, sewage can be discharged into popular bathing sites.

  2. Fast Eddy says:

    Schad (formerly Shad)

    Tragedy has struck the NFL world as former Detroit Lions linebacker Jessie Lemonier abruptly died, the team announced Thursday

    Lemonier was only 25.

    “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier,” the Lions said in a statement posted to Twitter.

    SOURCE:

    https://www.westernjournal.com/former-detroit-lions-player-dies-unexpectedly-25-team-announces/

    • Rodster says:

      “No cause of death had been provided as of early Thursday afternoon.”

      I have a good idea what was the cause of death. But nah, this is just all normal these days with young healthy people dropping like flies. You deserve it you pro-vaxxers.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      Schad!!

      the meaning is clearer.

  3. reante says:

    Putin talking explicitly in the language of the HTOE, reminding people that Germany is a formal US colony given that the US military has its European base there. Check. Then he says that Europe will become sovereign nations again. Check. The elites as agents of the new age demiurge and the national socialisms as the new age liberation theology. I have to say though this movie’s really dragging. Pick up the pace already.

    (h/t to the usual suspects at ZH)

    https://twitter.com/AZgeopolitics/status/1618236917077929984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1618236917077929984%7Ctwgr%5E2923382f5fcbc7df435f3d7e038e5d1cc17161fc%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fgeopolitical%2Fdeadly-new-airstrikes-ukraine-russia-vows-us-made-tanks-will-burn

    • ivanislav says:

      HTOE?

    • moss says:

      tuna, please, just seared each side with some fresh lime
      Lavrov has been touring Africa with the same message of national sovereignty saying that at present
      “said was there was “unprecedented pressure of Western countries on the developing states of Asia, Africa and Latin America”.
      “Echoing President Vladimir Putin previous remarks, he said “the West is acting with the same colonial methods that it used to to exploit the developing continents.”there was “unprecedented pressure of Western countries on the developing states of Asia, Africa and Latin America’.”
      thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/25/01/2023/russias-lavrov-blasts-west-in-new-africa-tour

      His tour was in the wake of both Yellen and IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva to Zambia several days ago.
      “Zambia requested debt relief under the Group of 20 (G-20) Common Framework for nearly two years. Still, progress has been glacial at best …
      “‘The roundtable is a good idea, but the expectations should be kept very modest,’ Indermit Gill, World Bank chief economist, told Reuters. He said it could help build more trust among parties, especially Chinese officials, struggling to find a common approach among disparate lenders.”
      dailysabah.com/business/energy/yellen-imf-visits-to-zambia-reflect-concern-over-stalled-debt-talks This story is quite a hit piece on China which rather surprised me from Daily Sabah but I feel it’s probably a rewrite from Reuters.

      And how does China see all this?

      “LUSAKA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — Remarks by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that China has been a “barrier” to concluding Zambia’s debt negotiations are unfortunate and disturbing, Emmanuel Mwamba, a former diplomat said on Wednesday …
      “China, he said, has been an all-weather friend to Zambia and financed the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia railway even when it was not a wealthy country in the 1970s.
      “According to him, the huge infrastructure projects being funded by China in Zambia such as power projects, show that China has been a generous supporter of Zambia’s development.
      “He said China has been a facilitator in Zambia’s debt restructuring process, adding that the U.S. government was being sensational and playing to the gallery on Zambia’s external debt issue. ‘It appears our American friends are bent on prizing Zambia away from China. The language from both USA policymakers and their allied media is reminiscent of the Cold War’.”
      https://english.news.cn/20230126/9230c692e5df41399acb3750ac89fea7/c.html

      • Also from China’s statement regarding Zambia:

        . . .the biggest contribution that the U.S. can make to the debt issues outside the country is to act on responsible monetary policies, cope with its own debt problem, and stop sabotaging other sovereign countries’ active efforts to solve their debt issues,” the statement said.

      • reante says:

        Fine choice, sir. The chef will be more than happy to sear both sides for you… chinese neocolonial foreign lending at lower interest is just because Chinese foreign lending is a newer bubble with more room to run. I read the Chinese own the main airport, tv company, railway, and highway in Zambia now, and Chinese people are taking over the public markets. The inscrutable, implacable Chinese lol; someone’s gotta work hard so it might as well be them. As for Russia, in holistic truth they don’t really get to say anything anti-imperialist since they’ve been riding the coattails of imperialism for three decades now. AngloZionist imperialism saved their hides from Soviet peak oil and now they’re just playing the foil in service of the inverted perestroika. They play it well but where was it 15 years ago, 10 years ago?

        I commented on the toroidal (?) universe some days ago, and suggested that if it is toroidal (and it does appear to be the fundamental pattern of biology, then we are in the mature, expanding upper region of the toriodal fountain — the sweet spot of universal history –wherein biology finds highly favorable Source conditions because the Source dark energy wants to expand at a life-affirming intensity and the Source dark matter, in conscious gravity, is willing.

        The universal tipping point, though, that sees Source conditions turn into headwinds for biology, happens at the 9 and 3 positions on the toroidal ‘clock,’ which could be called the entering of the upsidedown. Whereas during civilizational expansion, the US was the dark matter and oil was the dark energy expansion, Russia is now the dark matter consciousness in contraction that must also contract the imperial Western civilization’s dark energy; the civilizational geopolitical drive now draws from Russian ‘anti-imperialist’ consciousness. If the elites put on a good show — do a good job of the false dialectics of political theater — then energy collapse will track the outside curve, the boundary condition, of the upsidedown, of the lower half of the torus that is the return function – and that would look something like the senecan cliff which makes the senecan cliff the best case scenario. My expectation is that the HTOE maintains the senecan cliff curve until the HTOE has run its course and then the curve dislocates to a flat, almost vertical line because all loss of momentum. In a torus that would look like a straight-lined return function to the Cosmic Bottleneck at the 10 and 2 positions or whatever.

    • There are a lot of US military bases in Germany. I remember that when I was a child, my father was drafted into the US army, as a doctor who had had his service deferred earlier, when he was still in school. He was stationed in Germany for a while. My mother and the children stayed in the US.

  4. Ed says:

    The governments of the liberal west (figuratively not geographically) are working to kill the citizens, destroy the economy, destroy farms. They work to import third world POC.

    China works to expand its energy supply every way it can coal and nuclear. Expand its food supply by strip mining the worlds oceans.

    Russia allies with China to sell its fossil fuels and receive finished good.

    India has been resource poor for four thousand years and will carry on as always poor and hungry.

    Africa will continue to plant crops using sticks with or without fertilizer. The rest of the world will likely join Africa in planting crops using sticks.

    When I finally set aside the who and why the empirical picture is surprising and simple.

    • Fred says:

      India was one of the richest countries in the world until the British got hold of it.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Pathetic weaklings… a handful of Brits were able to control the entire country.

        • ivanislav says:

          kulm, is that you? what have you done with eddy?

          • Fast Eddy says:

            During its first 20 years the East India Company was run from the home of its governor, Sir Thomas Smythe, and had a permanent staff of only six. In 1700 it operated with 35 permanent employees in its small London office. In 1785 it controlled a vast empire of millions of people with a permanent London staff of 159.

            https://www.dailyhistory.org/Why_was_Britain_able_to_establish_an_Empire_in_India

            The 1861 Census had revealed that the English population in India was 125,945. Of these only about 41,862 were civilians as compared with about 84,083 European officers and men of the Army. [47] In 1880, the standing Indian Army consisted of 66,000 British soldiers, 130,000 Natives, and 350,000 soldiers in the princely armies.

            https://www.britannica.com/story/5-fast-facts-about-the-east-india-company

            So pathetic that they even joined the British military to help them control the country.

            Sad pathetic India… at least they didn’t elect a donkey faced former DJ though

            • ivanislav says:

              Speaking of occupation, would you mind next doing the ratio of Federal Reserve masterminds to the global populace transacting in dollars?

        • Cromagnon says:

          How many “Norman” Vikings did it take to subdue the entire Anglo Saxon population of Briton back in 1066?

          Hmmmmm…

          Do you see what I did there?

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Thanks for proving my point… pathetic weaklings get abused trampled and pillaged… you either get strong or you end up Somalia…

            • Xabier says:

              In those days, you could win a whole kingdom with just one battle, as the losers were generally chased by cavalry and wiped out – no re-grouping possible.

              Harold was just unlucky at Hastings, he was actually a very successful war-leader.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Fast Eddy proposes we replace the term GDP with the National Pillage Index — NPI – the rate at which a country pillages its resources… (and destroys the planet)…

      We could also have a GPI – Global Pillage Index… this aggregates the NPI

      Whenever the GPI exceeds 3% in a year the MOREONS should be required to take to the streets banging on pots and pans and shouting Hurrah Hurrah – we are Extincting Ourselves… Hurrah Hurrah.

      That is all (for now)

    • India is short of fossil fuels, but it can plant two crops of year. It doesn’t need to heat homes, which is a big savings in energy usage.

      • Cromagnon says:

        Of course the future North Pole will be located just to the east of it a little bit near Indonesia.
        That might crimp the growing season a little.

        Sorry, just a bit of lithospheric displacement humor there..

        But seriously, they are in big trouble.

      • Student says:

        That is a very interesting point.

      • Curt says:

        Plus there’s plenty of knowledge and practice in manual pre-fossil age agriculture there I’d wager

  5. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday is asking an expert advisory panel to consider how often people should be boosted against COVID-19 and what those boosters should look like.

    The Biden administration has already recommended that healthy young people get annual COVID-19 boosters, just as they get an annual flu shot.

    The FDA is looking for the experts’ take on that recommendation, as well as providing twice-annual boosters for people who are immune-compromised or over a certain age to increase their chances of avoiding a potentially dangerous infection.

    In an all-day meeting Thursday, which will be webcast live, the committee will also consider simplifying the composition of vaccines and developing a process of selecting variants to be targeted with each round of shots.

    Any recommendations made by the committee will have to be ratified by the FDA commissioner and then considered by an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its director.
    USA TODAY

    Hurry, live broadcast…

  6. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    GreenESG
    Fossil Fuel Profits Roar Back, Producing 10% of S&P 500 Earnings
    Energy now provides 10% of index’s profit, 5.3% of its value
    Oil, gas producers are holding back spending to boost profits
    ByKevin Crowley
    January 25, 2023 at 2:59 PM EST

    Bloomberg
    Oil and gas companies’ contribution to the S&P 500 Index’s earnings has nearly doubled from a year ago as high commodity prices and spending discipline spur record profits while sectors like technology face recessionary headwinds.

    Energy now represents more than 10% of the S&P 500’s estimated net income, up from 6.5% at the same time last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Still, energy makes up only 5.3% of the index’s market capitalization even after a dramatic run-up in oil producers’ stock prices last year.

  7. banned says:

    The discussion about banning gas stoves is interesting. Cooking food occurs using gas as a energy source just under half with gas stoves. If gas stoves are banned then that load will have to be supported by the grid.

    There are two main issues with gas appliances inside structures.
    1. CO is created. CO can kill you
    2. Combustion consumes oxygen. Humans need oxygen to live
    Obviously burning down a structure is to be avoided also

    Gas stoves have always had a unique niche in regard to safety inspection by authorities. While gas heaters, hot water heaters, on demand water heaters all require strict air supply and exhaust inside structures gas cooking stoves do not. I believe this to be because of the difficulty of doing this. Cooking requires insertion of food materials and can not be done in a chamber completely isolated from living arraigments on a stove top. Ovens could be set up with exhaust and air supply.

    I have always found this curious. A gas heater without air supply and exhaust would be considered very dangerous in a structure as well as a extreme code violation. But there is the gas stove that one can create combustion to the hearts content with neither air supply or exhaust.

    Tight modern houses amplify the health risks of combustion indoors without air supply and exhaust. When houses were not sealed tight and drafty the house itself provided air supply. Old houses drafty houses have always provided more oxygen to inhabitants at the cost of being vastly less energy efficient.

    Like many things it is a matter of degree. Half of the population is not dieing from gas stoves. I often observe catalytic gas heaters in older resturants that would not meet code now. Catalytic heaters absorb the dangerous carbon monoxide but do not provide oxygen. People coming and going provide the oxygen for breathing and combustion. It is curious. Gas combustion in one instance is regarded as a dangerous snake in one application and the family dog in another.

    As such the gas stove is a anomaly in a society that supposedly has determined that we must be 100% safe 100% of the time. That of course is impossible and the things done under the mantle of safety are often crazy. Dont get me wrong. I strongly believe in safety but we are mortal shit happens.

    Our blood like CO more than O2. If their is enough CO in the air we breathe our lungs dont absorb O2. Not good. CO is quite dangerous. WE breathe CO all the time. It is almost always present in the air from combustion. The degree of concentration determines the risk. That degree of concentration is largly unquantified. I have always been irratated with CO detectors. When detecting the slightest amounts of PPM CO they begin to shriek. One could of course disconect the source of that shrieking. But that shrieking is certainly needed and desirable at some level of CO parts per million. Industrial units where CO PPM levels can be set manually are available but very expensive. They are the bane of production quotas in brewerys.

    We also need to intake food to live. This rather simple fact has been the basis of the double standard regarding gas stoves. That fact still exists. Asserting that half the population needs to get rid of gas stoves ignores that fact.

    Wood stoves can be much more dangerous. Designing the air supply and exhaust for a wood stove should be evaluated by someone with knowledge. The problem is the heat that carries the exhaust out is not constant and their is no mechanical exhaust. The greatest risk is in very cold environments. During the wee hours the fire still smoulders but the weight of the now coldish air in a long exhaust pipe pushes the combustion back into the house. People are asleep so they dont feel ill. Coal is the worst for this. I know a guy who lost his whole family from this. Dead. A CO detector would have saved their lives. He doesnt like wood stoves can barely stand to be in a structure where they operate. That long pipe that proceeds through a second story to get heat from the exhaust is not such a good idea IMO. In rural areas wood stoves are like gods. You dont criticize them.

    Burning gas indoors without air supply and exhaust is not good for you. Not eating is not good for you. Freezing to death is not good for you. This forms the basis for the double standard. IMO the double standards are a reasonable if not ideal compromise. Pursuing ideals while disregarding the facts regarding prior compromises has its own set of risks.

    How curious that authorities insist on questionable safety measures for some things but ignore the carnage of the injections. Puzzling. Yes puzzling that. The 100,000 dieing a year from fent may actually be worse but that rather significant carnage has a curious lack of actions. The amount of people dieing from indoor combustion is rather less significant. I often wonder what the effect of informing China a country well aware of the effects of narcotics warfare having been subject to it would do if it was stated that all facilities producing precursor chemicals for fent would be targeted with cruise missiles if they did not cease and desist. Of course the single time world heroin production has dropped and the actions taken clearly demonstrate that narcotics are not to be eradicated but sustained by the authorities.

    • Retired Librarian says:

      I grew up in the rural American south. My “greats” were thrilled to get away from wood cooking (so hot). Then there were a lot of kerosene contraptions, and then good gas stoves to cook on. Then came the seventies & electric cooking ranges. There were two big housefires among close family, from leaving stoves burning. Without exception– my cooking ladies all melted a pot to the stove. Several stoves were ruined, and many hands burned. Over decades, we are all back to gas.
      I think humans more naturally have a relationship to ‘the flame.’
      If we make it past Fast Eddie’s towers, the remnant will be right back to sitting around Withnail’s burned trees. 🙂

  8. Mirror on the wall says:

    An 11,000 year old skeleton termed Britain’s ‘oldest northerner’ has been unearthed. It is being cast as ‘one of the first humans to come here after the last ice age’. But that is not entirely informative.

    The ice sheet over Britain was undergoing widespread melt by ~19,000 years ago and was absent from virtually all of England and Wales by 16,000. The earliest evidence for post-LGM settlement of SW Britain is ~15,500, before the rapid warming of the Late Glacial Interstadial.

    The western Highlands of Scotland were again glaciated during the Younger Dryas (12,900 to 11,700 years ago), but most of the land was free of ice and habitable.

    So, by ‘after the last ice age’ they at best mean that the new skeleton post-dates the Younger Dryas, and humans had been present on Britain for at least ~4,500 years.

    The new skeleton is very likely of the Villabruna genetic cluster that replaced the Magdalenian cluster across Europe and on Britain about 14,000 years ago, as the recent archaeogenetics paper demonstrated, so there had already been population replacement on Britain by the time of this new skeleton.

    Simply put this new skeleton is the oldest found so far from the far north of England with a skeleton a few thousand years older already found a couple of hundred miles south in north Wales.

    The Mesolithic population was entirely replaced on Britain with the onset of the Neolithic and we derive no descent from them.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11679029/Britains-oldest-northerner-Human-remains-Cumbria-cave-date-11-000-years.html

    Britain’s ‘oldest Northerner’: Scientists discover the remains of a man in a cave in Cumbria dating back 11,000 years

    Remains of a man found in a cave in Cumbria have been dated to 11,000 years, making him ‘Britain’s oldest northerner’, scientists say.

    The man was laid to rest in Heaning Wood Bone Cave in Great Urswick, just after Britain thawed following the last Ice Age.

    It’s believed the man was buried along with jewellery, a fragment of which was also found in the cave.

    First excavated in 1958, Heaning Wood Bone Cave is one of the earliest identified locations for human presence in the north of England.

    …. In all, eight humans have been found in the cave, with the others dated to the Bronze Age (4,500 to 2,500 years ago) or the Neolithic period (7,100 to 3,500 years ago).

    Researchers were surprised when the remains of this one particular man were much older than the others.

    He would have been one of the first humans to reoccupy Britain after the last Ice Age, when ice covered about 30 per cent of the land in the world. [well, not really]

    In Britain at the time, glacial ice and waterflows spread as far south as the Bristol Channel. [when was that? certainly not in or after the Younger Dryas]

    Earlier human remains are known from southern England and from Wales, but the destructive effect of glaciations means that such finds are rare in northern Britain. [not really, there was no significant glaciation in the north of England during the Younger Dryas, only a little on peaks, so glaciers would not have removed skeletons up there since Britain was repopulated about 15,500 years ago]

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      * In all, eight humans have been found in the cave, with the others dated to the Bronze Age (4,500 to 2,500 years ago) or the Neolithic period (7,100 to 3,500 years ago). [strictly speaking Britain did not transition from the Copper Age to the use of bronze until ~4,150 years ago, and certainly the Neolithic did not hit Britain until ~6000 kya.]
      Researchers were surprised when the remains of this one particular man were much older than the others. [even though caves often contain burials millennia apart.]

      It evens claims that Britain was connected to Scandinavia by ice, when in fact it is called DoggerLAND for a reason, and the water level has risen by 120 m since then. And Denmark is not in Scandinavia.

      “Ice connected Britain with Scandinavia, allowing a host of large wildlife to roam free between the UK and mainland Europe.”

      Get stuff right.

      How are the masses supposed to learn stuff if you get everything wrong?

  9. banned says:

    Pfizer researcher director discloses to a project veritas reporter.

    Its not gain of function its directed evolution
    They are making the virus more potent
    Pfizer is considering mutating the virus so they can have a vaccine prepared for the mutation
    “Regulators” go to work for pfizer after they stop “regulating”

    And more!

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/64LtoyNlS4mo/

  10. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    More good news for doomers..
    Gas prices could reach $4 a gallon by ‘April, maybe sooner
    Gas prices could reach $4 by April — ‘maybe sooner’: Analyst
    Ines Ferré·Markets Reporter
    Wed, January 25, 2023 at 2:34 PM EST
    Get ready for gas prices to rise again going into spring. A gallon of driving fuel could go back above $4, according to GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan.
    “It’s a question of when, not if. I think something like that could happen by potentially April, maybe sooner,” said De Haan.
    “I think motorists are going to start getting squeezed more so in late February. The next three weeks could be a bit of a mixed bag,” he said.
    De Haan points to planned breaks in production at refineries as part of the reason for a rise in prices.
    “We have a pretty heavy amount of refinery turnarounds that is going to start here in the next couple of weeks. That is going to lead to a diminished amount of gasoline supply,” he said.

    He also points to the end of lockdowns in China, the biggest consumer of energy, as a catalyst for increased demand.
    “With China reopening you can’t underscore it enough,” he said.
    “The U.S. economy — when we reopened saw a level of pent up demand,” added De Haan. “The same would apply in China. That is likely to chart our course for the next 3-6 weeks.”
    The national average of retail gasoline is at $3.41 per gallon, compared to $3.10 a month ago, according to AAA.
    On Wednesday Brent (BZ=F) crude was trading just above $86 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate (CL=F) was trading just above $80 per barrel.
    Ines is a senior business reporter for Yahoo Finance.

    Same as it ever was….as long as there is gas at the pumps I’ll be fine…

    • Student says:

      Mainstream media spreads misinformation and says misinformation is a problem.
      It is like Count Vlad Drakul said: ‘we have a problem of too many people impaled in Wallachia’.

    • David says:

      Meanwhile after ~2,500 deaths according to the Yellow Card System the UK calls it a day

      https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/other/warning-of-big-change-to-covid-vaccines-in-uk/ar-AA16Jonb

      Probably >>2,500 in reality but no-one will ever admit it. Stay healthy, eat well, exercise well, stay away from the NHS. Try not even to break a leg or who knows what they’ll give you while in hospital.

      Is this the same country where Moderna is still planning to open a factory?

    • All is Dust says:

      You mean such as improper diagnosis and / or withholding treatment? Absolutely, malpractice costs lives. It’s hardly a secret though, but glad that you are finally coming round to the side of reason.

    • “The estimates, based on models, are conservative, the authors said.”

      Models can be absurd, and the author can still claim that they are conservative.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I am thinking about how I didn’t get vax injured or killed… and I don’t have VAIDS… cuz I believed all the ‘misinformation’….

        Thanks the good lord for ‘misinformation’

        We circle back… the circus animals mostly injected the Rat Juice… almost every doctor!

        ‘Smarter’ is not a term that Fast Eddy recognizes… it’s for the circus animals and their fat egos… they are fond of citing their credentials … inferring they are smarter…

        Smarter than what? Another circus animal? So what…. they are circus animals… highly trained im-BEciles.

        Rat Juice … hahaha… MOREON Juice

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Excellent pack of lies! Magnificent!!! Orwell would be impressed with is.

      The sad thing is … the MOREONS will believe every single word of it

      Cuz… cuz… you know why… all together ‘Cuz they are MOREONS!’

      Beliefs that COVID-19 is exaggerated or an outright hoax, that vaccines can alter a person’s DNA or cause other “covered-up problems” cost Canada an estimated 2,800 lives and thousands of hospitalizations over nine months of the pandemic, according to a new report.

      The estimates, based on models, are conservative, the authors said, because they don’t capture all the “flow-on consequences” of misinformation, such as postponed surgeries, doctors’ billings, the cost of treating long COVID or “the social unrest and moral injury to healthcare workers.”

      “Misinformation is an urgent societal concern that affects us all,” reads the expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies, the latest group to raise alarms over an “infodemic” of falsehoods that spread as widely and rapidly as COVID-19.

      According to the far-ranging report, between March and November 2021, misinformation helped sway an estimated 2.4 million people in Canada to delay or refuse to get vaccinated against COVID. Had they been vaccinated as soon as they became eligible, by the end of November 2021, there would have been nearly 200,000 fewer cases of COVID and 13,000 fewer hospitalizations.

  11. Rodster says:

    Lovely but no Surprise!

    “Directed Evolution”? Pfizer R&D Exec Says Covid-19 Created In Wuhan, Is ‘Cash Cow’ For Company”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/directed-evolution-pfizer-rd-exec-says-covid-19-created-wuhan-cash-cow-company

  12. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    Flip Flop

    Last year, research hinted that Earth’s inner core oscillates, gently swaying and swirling from one direction to another in a cycle. Interestingly, they found some unusual data from the early 1970s, just like this new study.
    The results suggested that the inner core was moving slowly in a different direction between 1969 and 1971, sub-rotating at least a tenth of a degree per year, compared to the direction it was moving between 1971 and 1974.
    “From our findings, we can see the Earth’s surface shifts compared to its inner core, as people have asserted for 20 years,” John E. Vidale, study co-author and Dean’s Professor of Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, said in a statement in 2022. “However, our latest observations show that the inner core spun slightly slower from 1969-71 and then moved the other direction from 1971-74.”
    The strange movements of Earth’s core might seem very distant from us, but its behavior does actually have an influence on life above the surface.
    Earth’s core, specifically its outer core, influences the planet’s magnetic field. Since the North Magnetic Pole was first scientifically documented in the early 19th century, it has wandered some 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles) across the upper stretches of the Northern Hemisphere from Canada towards Siberia.
    Between 1990 and 2005, the rate of this movement accelerated from less than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) per year to around 50 to 60 kilometers (31 to 37 miles) per year. This flux is likely to be the effect of two magnetic “blobs” of molten material in the planet’s interior, causing a titanic shift of its magnetic field.
    https://www.iflscience.com/earth-s-spinning-inner-core-recently-paused-then-flipped-its-direction-67216

    Hmmm…Please Nuttie Eddie say it ain’t so….

  13. Fast Eddy says:

    This is everywhere — and not a single person is realizing they are being played (again)

    Isn’t it obvious????

    MOREONS

    https://jessicar.substack.com/p/project-veritas-strike-again

    • Includes link to video:

      Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer Director of Research and Development –
      Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning:

      “preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that.
      If we’re gonna do that though, there’s a risk of like, . . .”

  14. Fast Eddy says:

    Depopulation, the COVID gene injection (mRNA Pfizer and Moderna) is depopulation, it is meant to depopulate, it is a bioweapon, a ‘slow kill’ biological weapon preying on us now; all involved jailed!

    https://palexander.substack.com/p/depopulation-the-covid-gene-injection

    Nah – give them gold medals for a) preventing ROF and b) ending this nightmare

    https://t.me/leaklive/11666
    https://cubeoftruth.com/av

    I can see how this point of view — would not generate a great deal of support.

    People think humans are smart – and the chosen species… extinction is not an option.

    But fortunately — that’s where we will soon be headed 🙂

    • Herbie Ficklestein. says:

      Can’t happen too soon for some of us..not naming any names..don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling who claims to be smarter than anyone else here..

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Smarter is the wrong word… smart is someone who can perform circus tricks… an engineer … a doctor… a scientist… just another MOREON who shoots Rat Juice on the side. A f789ing imb ecile with an ego.

        Fast Eddy can do none of that… HE has zero interest in such nonsense … that only leads to extinction anyways…

        Fast would never stoop to such tricks…. Fast dips his toe into business… only because this is necessary to survive… HE has minimal interest in that as well but HE is able to apply his incredible talents to make that work in HIS words ‘it’s good enough’….

        I will assume Fast could – if HE wanted to and if HE applied himself … invent the next Google … but HE would scoff at such a thought… HE would ask — why do that?

        Fast Eddy is interested in Pure Logic … True Intelligence… Absolute Understanding…. there is no IQ involved.. that’s for the circus animals… it’s all about HP (horse power)….

        ‘smarter’ does not even enter the equation … there is no such thing as ‘er’… that would imply comparison … that would imply that Fast has peers … that would be ludicrous.

        Let’s listen….

        https://youtu.be/t4yejxttGdY

  15. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    Driving 100 Miles in an EV Is Now More Expensive Than in an ICE
    Ryan Erik King
    However, a recent report from the Anderson Economic Group (AEG) found that fueling costs from mid-priced ICE-powered vehicles are lower than similarly priced electric vehicles. Combustion drivers pay about $11.29 per 100 miles on the road. EV drivers who charge up at home spend about $11.60 per 100 miles. The price difference is more dramatic for those who mainly recharge at stations. Frequent charging station users pay $14.40 per 100 miles…..

    ….There were several factors AEG used in determining that owning an electric vehicle was more expensive, like home charging equipment costs, road taxes and deadhead miles. ICE-powered car owners have gas purchases taxed to fund road construction and maintenance. While EV owners don’t pay a gas tax, some states have introduced an additional EV registration fee to compensate.

    The massive increase in the report for charging station users versus home chargers is accounted for by the deadhead miles to reach stations and the opportunity cost of waiting for vehicles to charge at stations. The difference highlights the lackluster coverage for electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the United States.

    Yep, will fix that with Biden’s plan…build more charging stations …problem solved sarcasm

    • jim says:

      “EV drivers who charge up at home spend about $11.60 per 100 miles”

      no way is that correct.
      Your electric car will get at least 4 miles per kilowatt hour. So 25 kilowatt hours to go 100 miles. That is 46.4 cents per kilowatt hour to get 11.60$. I pay 11 cents per kilowatt hour.

      • Herbie Ficklestein. says:

        This is an anti EV thing that AEG’s been pushing for years, even Jalopnik’s sister site has an article debunking this https://cleantechnica.com/2021/10/26/about-that-scary-evs-cost-more-to-fuel-study-not/.

        I’ve run the numbers myself to argue with my anti EV relatives. If you primarily charge at fast chargers you may spend more than an ecobox car. But when you consider TCO with maintenance, oil changes, other fluids, etc EVs still come out ahead. If you are primarily charging from home in HI which has the highest electricity prices would pay more than someone who drives a car in AR which often has some of the lowest gas prices. Obviously a unrealistic comparison, if you compare two people in the same state say someone with a F150 Lightning and a F150 Platinum the Lightning will save over the gas.
        https://jalopnik.com/these-are-the-most-average-new-cars-1850031676

        Thank you, EVERYONE has an agenda…and like Gail points out here many times over..”reports”can indicate what they wish..
        I imagine that over the long run EVs are just about as an ICE..a depreciating hunk of metal to drive to the grocery store to get some milk and bread…

        • Fast Eddy says:

          EVs are for mentally ill DelusiSTANIS who have convinced themselves that waiting hours to fill er up is better than waiting a minute or so…

          The mental illness comes with believing you are saving the world by driving a vehicle made using huge amounts of fossil fuels — that is charged by burning coal.

          Could also be a touch of mental re tar dation at play.

          I would note that due to the prices of EVs… it’s mostly circus animals who are buying them…

          They are like barnyard animals with more training and money — but still a sub species of MOREON

      • The people who buy electric cars live in very high cost electricity areas. In the US, California is the big electric car state.

        If people charge away from home, there is another charge built in.

        Taxes are a big issue, and need to be included in the vehicle’s cost. Currently, road repair taxes are generally built into gasoline and diesel rates in the US. EVs tend to be extra heavy, so they cause more damage to roads. They should pay more taxes, but generally don’t. States are working on changing the tax, to be milage tax, so EV owners will pay closer to their fair share. This is a story from 2021:

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/interactive/2021/electric-mileage-tax/
        Two states tax some drivers by the mile. Many more want to give it a try.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        With electricity generated by a hahaha

        https://go.uptake.com/rs/731-FHQ-268/images/thermal-thumb.gif

    • Fast Eddy says:

      EVs and mental illness go hand in hand. Does the EV purchase make one mentally ill or is it that mental illness causes the purchase of the EV?

      • Kowalainen says:

        They accelerate quite good though. Not that bad as a vehicle. As a replacement for the ICE fossil burners, for sure, in limited amounts.

        This car thingy has gone way over the top in the myopia of ordinary.

  16. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    $1 Trillion Green Investment Matches Fossil Fuels for First Time
    World spent $1.1 trillion transitioning to clean power in 2022, same as amount spent producing oil and gas.

    ByDavid R Baker Bloomberg
    January 26, 2023 at 4:00 AM EST

    For the first time, the world invested as much money into replacing fossil fuels as it spent on producing oil, gas and coal, according to an analysis from BloombergNEF.

    Global investments in the clean energy transition hit $1.1 trillion in 2022, roughly equal to the amount invested in fossil fuel production, according to the research firm’s “Energy Transition Investment Trends 2023” report. Never before has the amount spent on switching to renewable power, electric cars and new energy sources like hydrogen topped $1 trillion.

    Yep, the Great reset is gaining speed..everything’s point to be Alright…I can smell it!

  17. Adonis says:

    Interesting times indeed massive blackout on the tram network first time in 20 years luckily I’m stuck near a toilet this is obviously going to be the new normal going forward fun times ahead.

  18. Student says:

    (Il Leon)

    ”Antonio Turiel: “Energy scarcity and lack of raw materials bring us to a time similar to the end of the Roman Empire.”
    The Leonese physicist, an expert on the energy crisis, warns, “Degrowth is unstoppable and will lead us to a time of great economic instability by competing for resources with the great powers.” He also criticizes that “the current energy transition policy is the one preferred by economic élites, but technically it is not possible to maintain our current standard of living.”

    https://ileon.eldiario.es/tierra-verde/antonio-turiel-falta-materias-primas-escasez-energia-aboca-epoca-fin-imperio-romano_128_9841834.html

    • Herbie Ficklestein. says:

      Thank you, Student..a very well conducted interview…selected one part that is chillingly spot on…

      There is no other choice but to carry out the Energy Transition, but the point is that this is not the appropriate model, it is unfeasible. What happens is that it is the model preferred by the economic elites because in principle it allows them to maintain the current system. Or that is what they think, because deep down they are wrong. Technically it doesn’t work and this is worst of all: very misguided decisions are being made. An example is what has to do with what is being raised and the question that I have been asked non-stop for weeks about the Great Blackout, which has a connection: this large-scale renewable energy model generates instabilities in the network. And this is the final problem behind the risk of a big blackout. It is a model in which we do not know how to take advantage of the energy on the one hand, because it is based on electricity, which is not so easy to use and no matter how much you want to sell, it is not true to do it using batteries or hydrogen, since they are technologies that have their limitations and are far from being able to do the same as did before. In addition, the massive installation of renewable systems on a large scale generates instabilities that can destroy the electrical network. This model has clay feet. It is trying to force a type of energy, which could be used in another more local and sustainable way, generating local wealth, to turn it into something that it is not. And this is where the problems come: it can lead us to collapse, it doesn’t work. Worst of all is that with a lot of arrogance and bombast he defends himself and no criticism is allowed when technically this model is a scam.when they are industrial facilities : access routes and evacuation of electricity have to be made, causing great damage. In addition, one of the curious problems that we will have in the coming years is that we can find that they are going to install the simplest materials, the concrete and steel bases, and when they want to finish assembling the wind turbine they will not be able to because they will not be available due to shortages. the other materials that are required and will break before, leaving the mountains destroyed, but without being able to produce energy. With which you generate enormous ecological and environmental damage without even having the return of the electricity that they said they were going to produce. It is just the opposite of what is said. All these people who fill their mouths saying that this is what to do are liars and they know it.

      Seems those words were written here ..perhaps he is a follower of OFW?

      • Student says:

        Thanks to you, Herbie.
        I think you chose a very good excerpt.
        I think Antonio Turiel surely reads OFW, but in case he also reads the comments, I would say to him ‘many thanks Antonio, your articles too helped me a lot to understand the energy issue’ 🙂

      • I agree that trying to transition to all electricity is a crazy endpoint. Fossil fuels are directly needed. Electricity cannot be stored well; it also required a huge amount of transmission infrastructure to transport long distances. If this transmission structure is above ground, storms frequently bring it to the ground.

        Putting wires underground is many times as expensive (6 to 10 times, I have heard). In some places, where there is little soil over rock, putting wires underground may not be feasible at all.

    • Curt says:

      Cordial thanks!

      After all this time, interesting energy news on OFW and not endless COVID speculations. Did not know that guy, there’s quite a few things in this interview I did not yet know – Europe using up the strategic diesel reserve to mask the true state of affairs we already have, much more catastrophic than we think.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        We are all looking forward to seeing how the end game plays out… UEP vs ROF…

        I’m torn…after watching this https://t.me/leaklive/11666 I am partial to ROF… 8B vile beasts ripping each others faces off… raping 3 years olds and roasting them is poetic justice after the sins we’ve committed…

        All I can ask for is the opportunity to exit stage left before it gets too chaotic

  19. Fast Eddy says:

    Dr. Richard Fleming: Pfizer mRNA Shot Causes Blood Clots Under The Microscope

    “The red blood cells lose their oxygen carrying capacity and the red blood cells start to clot…

    This is exactly what we are seeing with neurologic harm, with cardiac harm, with blood clots.”

    https://twitter.com/KanekoaTheGreat/status/1618273738130350080?t=aCFaOUwCORFVz7l6Jj0X4A&s=19

    Hang on … she forgot to mention she wishes she would have listened to those who tried to warn her off the vaccines… she wishes she would not have called them conspiracy theorists and told them to f789 off and mind their own business…

    Mother of Caitlin Gotze (23) says:

    “We were pro vaccine. We thought the people who wouldn’t get the vaccine were silly…….then one day my daughter drops dead from the (Pfizer)”

    https://twitter.com/angelanashtn/status/1614293189472681984

  20. Fast Eddy says:

    ‘Smoking Gun’ Disability Data Reveals Alarming Health Crisis of the Employed

    “If you’re wondering why there are ‘help wanted’ signs, this is it.”

    https://vigilantfox.substack.com/p/smoking-gun-disability-data-reveals

    Globe Life Stock: High Excess Claims Lie Ahead (NYSE:GL) | Seeking Alpha

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4572059-globe-life-high-excess-claims-lie-ahead

  21. Fast Eddy says:

    So Fast is on walkabout today with M Fast… we stop to buy a bottle of wine and they shop guy gives us a freebie can of some kinda juice thing….

    Fast doesn’t want it so he asks if it’s alcoholic – the guy says ya — so best not to give it to the Aborigine rabble Out by the Dumpster… they guys says best not to do that….

    Fast walks out the door and thinks about this for a moment … then HE says to M Fast… how about if I buy a case of cheap vodka… and hand out bottles to the Abo-folks just for the pure fun of it…

    M Fast says — you’re crazy why would you do something like that?

    Fast says — for the pure fun of it … to cause mayhem and chaos .. then take vidjos to upload to the interweb…

    OMG she says … that’s not a nice thing to do …

    Ya but the Abo-folks would think it’s really nice – how often does someone give them a full bottle of vodka… they’d be over the moon.

    Why would you want to do that she says — they’d get all drunked up a fight.

    YES! Exactly! And that would be entertaining. Fighting is fun.

    Don’t be silly she says…

    Fast says — I wasn’t gonna do it — but do you think anyone in the history of the world has ever thought to do such a thing?

    No. Never. Only you. Cuz you are f789ed.

    https://pngimg.com/uploads/smiley/smiley_PNG15.png

    • Replenish says:

      “Fast says — I wasn’t gonna do it — but do you think anyone in the history of the world has ever thought to do such a thing?”

      Yes but I also handed out clean socks and a spare pillow before sitting down and sharing the bottle with them. Maybe food gift cards would be better.

      You hear this kind of talk occasionally when someone is “running out of rope,” usually half drunk. We let the person get it out of their system and then offer a solution. The guy’s wife, his employer or the law gave them an ultimatum to get sober and here he is letting it all out. We call it “keeping it green” for those with some sober time who may struggling with “reservations.” If you have a real problem with _____ hopefully you snap out of it before you hit bottom and everyone you love slips away. It’s an inside job. Take some responsbility for your thinking and behavior. Hoolio knows you are f789’d.. still loves you.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Come on man…. acknowledge the genius of that… everyone wins… and it’s better vodka that photo copier fluid no?

    • Lidia17 says:

      I had a crazy acquaintance in college who went to the liquor store and ran across some nuns trying to give a homeless drunk some food, but he didn’t want food. Crazy A. buys the guy a pint of booze and gives it to the bum right in front of the nuns. CA was a real psycho.. always had the most up-to-date and potent drugs. Went off to work for Sandia Labs.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I don’t know a lot about these Abo Fellas — but I think they have homes — they are not hobos sleeping rough…. they have some $$$ — I assume govt welfare?

        Dunno if they work – I doubt it as they congregate in the CBD area in the evenings — they get all amped up on booze…. I’ve heard they are quite the nuisance in the northern cities of the country….

        Give them vodka because of this? https://t.me/leaklive/11666

  22. Fast Eddy says:

    Hilarious!!!

    While well intending citizens lined up, did the right thing, and received their COVID19 vaccinations — now seeming to do more harm than good — their unvaccinated friends stood by and let them do it. Some of them said too little. Some said nothing at all.

    Even though they knew what we didn’t.

    Our blood is now on their hands.

    According to the article, the unvaccinated had access to important information about side effects, serious health complications, the fact that it wasn’t effective and that it can cause more harm than good. But instead of warning everybody, the article claims, we remained silent. We looked the other way.

    Now, as a result, millions of good folk died and anti-vaxxers gloat online about how their “coin-flip” was the right bet.

    It has become all too clear. The silence of the unvaccinated was a dangerous, sociopathic, and irresponsible decision that has had serious consequences for those of us who received the vaccinations.

    And silence is, after all, consent.

    The article concludes that the unvaccinated should do the right thing and ask for forgiveness. It says the vaccinated are good people who did the right thing and so they might just forgive us.

    https://nakedemperor.substack.com/p/the-unvaccinated-have-blood-on-their

  23. Fast Eddy says:

    I recently wrote about how con men leave behind an individual to ‘control the mark’ and whether this is what would happen if a link between excess deaths and vaccines was proven. This would ensure that a controlled release of anger rather than an unpredictable uprising would occur.

    In the article, I suggested that one way to do this was to thank the vaccinated for their sacrifice as it was the only way to defeat the virus and get through the pandemic.

    Progressing this idea further, I read an article in IQFY today which made me think how, once again, anger could be deflected onto the unvaccinated. The article titled “They knew: why didn’t the unvaccinated do more to warn us?” could well be a great example of satire or trolling but either way the psychological principle behind it remains.

    The article begins by saying “the unvaccinated knew what we didn’t. Some of them said too little. Most said nothing at all. A lot of blood is now on their hands”. Why didn’t the unvaccinated warn about the potential dangers of mRNA vaccines, it asks.

    https://nakedemperor.substack.com/p/the-unvaccinated-have-blood-on-their

    Hmmm… do you think they’ll remember that FE urged them to get more boosters?

  24. Fast Eddy says:

    The Psychology of a Hatchet-job

    Mattias Desmet has been one of the more renowned and visible critics of Covid totalitarianism. Is this why he became a target for lesser-spotted academics and others claiming to be opposing it too?

    https://johnwaters.substack.com/p/the-psychology-of-a-hatchet-job

  25. Fast Eddy says:

    hahaha … TruDUNCE just pops another Xanax after this and gets on with UEP

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1618097001148846080

    https://mobile.twitter.com/KevindupuisPPC/status/1618113215447330818

    • This event happened when Trudeau was attending a liberal cabinet meeting in Hamilton, Ontario.

    • Withnail says:

      Most Canadians gladly supported the lockdowns, would happily do it again if told by the government and are happy for the government to arrest and disenfranchise protesters.

      Don’t confuse manufactured twitter videos with the sad truth.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        100%

        That is a tiny minority — but the anti-vaxxers believe they are making progress …

        The reality is that even those who are aware of the vax injuries believe the numbers are small and offset by the 20 billion lives that the vax has saved.

        That’s an unassailable anti-logic position that they are holding

  26. Things aren’t going well for wind turbine manufacturers. Maintenance costs seem to be rising rapidly. Also, with the higher maintenance costs and broken supply lines, profits aren’t necessarily coming out well.

    https://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1811109/wind-turbine-maker-ge-renewable-energy-confirms-22-billion-2022-loss
    Wind turbine maker GE Renewable Energy confirms $2.2 billion 2022 loss
    US turbine maker GE Renewable Energy has confirmed a $2.2 billion loss for 2022, blaming warranty provisions related to its onshore wind turbines and inflation that also hit its other business units.

    Turbine manufacturers report supply chain disruptions.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-23/wind-turbine-collapses-punctuate-green-power-growing-pains?sref=eWpk04kZ

    Wind Turbines Taller Than the Statue of Liberty Are Falling Over
    Breakdowns of towers and blades have bedeviled manufacturers in the US and Europe.

    The instances are part of a rash of recent wind turbine malfunctions across the US and Europe, ranging from failures of key components to full collapses. Some industry veterans say they’re happening more often, even if the events are occurring at only a small fraction of installed machines. The problems have added hundreds of millions of dollars in costs for the three largest Western turbine makers, GE, Vestas Wind Systems and Siemens Energy’s Siemens Gamesa unit; and they could result in more expensive insurance policies—a potential setback for the push to abandon fossil fuels and fight climate change.

    The race to add production lines for ever-bigger turbines is cited as a major culprit by people in the industry. “We’re seeing these failures happening in a shorter time frame on the newer turbines, and that’s quite concerning,” says Fraser McLachlan, chief executive officer of London-based GCube Underwriting Ltd., which insures about $3.5 billion in wind assets in 38 countries. If the failure rate keeps climbing, he says, insurance premiums could increase or new coverage limits could be imposed.

  27. Ed says:

    Watching society change its primary energy sources is like watching paint dry only slower.

    Are we there yet?

    • ivanislav says:

      Watching society ~fail to~ change its primary energy sources is like watching paint dry only slower.

      Social changes will be slow at first … and then all at once.

      • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

        the 2030s are going to be brutal.

        but fast paced.

        • ivanislav says:

          “fast paced”

          rubbing sticks together quickly to start a fire for warmth with the remaining floorboards

          outrunning the cannibals that have gradually eaten their way from the city center out to the residential area where i live

          always keeping an ear to the geiger counter and an eye towards the nearest escape dugout in preparation for the next shift in nuclear winds

          • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

            and as a result, the 2040s will be slow paced.

            sparse global population for sure.

            • Cromagnon says:

              50:50 odds that solar hyper flare delivers civilization kill shot to earth in next 2 years of solar maximum.
              Then the later micronova in 2030s utterly destroys all works of humans above Stone Age on surface world.
              If we miss kill shot this go around then everything happens closer together in 2030s.
              Cutting wood and trying to hibernate for 15 years at medieval level existence in Canada would really suck.

              After micronova and crustal shift I have tropical beachfront ( well the beach part might be a bit swampy) but never seeing frost again would be nice.

  28. Mirror on the wall says:

    Tonight is Burns Night, the traditional evening of a Burns Supper to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns.

    A night to drink your whiskey and dance with your swords.

    • Some English guy came hear and proclaimed he will manage to keep Scotland under Royal Thumb. He didn’t describe how.

      Harry who used to come here lives in the Hebrides. He appears to be loyal to the Crown . I wonder how long he will last in case of real trouble..

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Harry is busy fending off gobal worming. He’s too good for us.

        And where’s Michael Merchant — no longer feeding us doom updates…

        Let me shift to Telegram now and pump and dump some mayhem on here

      • Cheese can cause nightmares says:

        “Some English guy came hear and proclaimed he will manage to keep Scotland under Royal Thumb. He didn’t describe how.”

        I didn’t mention royal at all. But then explain to me how Scotland will escape populous England. England = Russia; Scotland = Ukraine. Lol.

        And at least I know, unlike the other fellow, that Northumberland is in England – not Scotland.

    • Student says:

      Very nice, thank you for sharing.

      Swords remain important in many human traditions.
      In my travels I saw very nice Arabic and Indian dances too about.

  29. I AM THE MOB says:

    The World Economic Forum wants an “individual carbon footprint tracker” to manage what you are eating, what you are consuming, where you are traveling and how you are traveling.

    https://twitter.com/PaulMitchell_AB/status/1617939916725587969

  30. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    This guy made $150,000 a day, because Corporate America is out of control
    By Allison Morrow, CNN
    Updated 8:14 PM EST, Mon January 23, 2023

    ……That sum included salary, bonuses and $537,438 for relocating his family from London to Los Angeles, as well as an additional $500,000 to “account for his unique circumstances” of having relocating the family again upon his departure.

    On top of that, Disney is buying out the rest of Morrell’s contract. He’ll receive an additional $4 million in the current fiscal year that ends October 1 to pay out the rest of his contract, along with the target bonus he would have received for 2022.

    So, in total, adjusting for an unvested performance bonus and payments yet to come, Morrell is walking away with $10.3 million for exactly one-quarter of a year’s work. And he’s already landed himself another gig as president of the global strategy and communications unit of Teneo, a CEO advisory firm.

    Morrell did not respond to a request for comment on his Disney pay package, and Disney declined to comment beyond the details in the filing.
    Why the brief tenure?

    Morrell got handed a pretty raw deal soon after he started, when Disney’s then-CEO Bob Chapek waded clumsily into the debate around Florida’s legislation that prohibits teaching about gender identity and sexual orientation through the third grade — commonly known as “Don’t Say Gay.”

    Long story short, Disney, the state’s largest private employer, tried to stay silent on the bill. Employees were furious. So Chapek spoke out against it. Then Republican leaders were furious.

    The company announced Morrell’s departure within days of that PR nightmare.

    (To be fair, I don’t think having Olivia Pope on the payroll would have gotten Disney out of that scandal unscathed. But also…someone had to take the fall. Ultimately, Chapek also got the boot, cushioned by a $20 million severance that just barely takes the sting off the embarrassment of being replaced by his own predecessor, Bob Iger.)

    Bottom line: The story of Geoff Morrell confirms my suspicion that executive titles are meaningless and Corporate America is all just a big game that you can learn to play medium-well to medium-bad and still make out like a bandit.

    Yep, BAU is like dying and going to Heaven…even better…no need to have a conscious

    • Jef Jelten says:

      I remember in the mid 2000’s some retiring oil executive was given a $365 million dollar bonus. It seemed to me to be a big middle finger to the world that the oil folks pay themselves a million dollars a day so eff u suckers!

  31. Foolish Fitz says:

    For those interested in the events in Ukraine, could I recommend Big Serge’s latest for a good overview.

    It should help settle disagreement about ratios of dead, armaments, the rate they are being destroyed and has some good points about what may come next.

    He also introduces us to Russia’s Penicillin(what a great name) and talks about Schelling points.

    I thought it was a very well put together piece.

    https://bigserge.substack.com/p/russo-ukrainian-war-the-world-blood

    • A couple of excerpts:

      It is safe to say that western regime media has set a very low standard for reporting on the war in Ukraine, given the extent to which the mainstream narrative is disconnected from reality. Even given these low standards, the way the ongoing battle in Bakhmut is being presented to the population is truly ludicrous. The Bakhmut axis is being spun to western audiences as a perfect synthesis of all the tropes of Russian failure: in a nutshell, Russia is suffering horrible casualties as it struggles to capture a small town with negligible operational importance. British officials, in particular, have been highly vocal in recent weeks insisting that Bakhmut has little to no operational value.

      The truth is the literal opposite of this story: Bakhmut is an operationally critical keystone position in the Ukrainian defense, and Russia has transformed it into a death pit which compels the Ukrainians to sacrifice exorbitant numbers of men in order to hold the position as long as possible. In fact, the insistence that Bakhmut is not operationally significant is mildly insulting to the audience, both because a quick glance at a map clearly shows it at the heart of the regional road network, and because Ukraine has thrown a huge number of units into the front there.

      Also, near the end:

      Summary: The Death of a State

      Ukraine’s military is extremely degraded, having taken exorbitant losses in both men and heavy weaponry. I believe Ukrainian KIA are approaching 150,000 at this point, and it is clear that their inventories of both artillery tubes, shells, and armored vehicles are largely exhausted.

      I expect the Bakhmut-Siversk defensive line to be cleared before April, after which Russia will push towards the final (and weakest) defensive belt around Slavyansk. Meanwhile, Russia has significant combat power in reserve, which can be used to reopen the northern front on the west bank of the Oskil and restart offensive operations in Zaporozhia, placing Ukrainian logistics in critical danger.

      This war will be fought to its conclusion on the battlefield and end in a favorable decision for Russia.

      He doesn’t think much of the handful of tanks being sent, each with different training requirements and spare parts, either.

      • Sam says:

        The tanks will probably never be sent … there are a lot of trade secrets in those that they don’t want to give up

    • Lidia17 says:

      I came across this, which I found interesting.

      Germany Declares War on Russia
      UPDATE: This isn’t an exaggeration. While it is an informal declaration of war, it is a material one by the relevant government minister that will be taken at face value by Russia, whether the moronic woman realizes it or not.

      I have said already in the last days, we have to do more on Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more on tanks. But the most important part, and the crucial part, is that we do it together and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other. – Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister, Federal Republic of Germany, 25 January 2023

      The German politicians caved, presumably after being shown their blackmail files, and agreed to formally take part in the NATO war against Russia by sending German tanks to Ukraine. The Russians have made it very clear that a) they are not fooled and b) there will be consequences for Germany getting directly involved in the war in Ukraine.

      Russia branded the move a ‘blatant provocation’, with Moscow officials warning the new Nato supplies will ‘burn like all the rest’, while one raging Putin mouthpiece called for the German parliament to be destroyed.

      Around 30 M1 Abrams tanks will be sent from the US, while Berlin will initially supply 14 Leopard 2 tanks and permit other Nato nations to send their own. Russian storage facilities have around 10,200 tanks, while an estimated 3,300 have been deployed in Ukraine, with 1,640 destroyed.

      Volodymyr Zelensky’s officials hailed the move as a ‘punching fist’ for democracy, while Russia had warned it would cause a ‘global catastrophe’ and escalate the war beyond Ukraine’s borders.

      Today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: ‘I am certain that many experts understand the absurdity of this idea. The plan is disastrous in terms of technology,’ he said.

      ‘But above all, it overestimates the potential it will add to the Ukrainian army. These tanks burn just like all the others.’….

      At this point, it’s fairly obvious that the Trotskyite Clown Worlders now ensconced in the USA are primarily waging war against Europeans by forcing Russians to kill them. The NATO-Russian war is something of a Xanatos Gambit*; while Clown World hoped to use Ukraine and NATO to defeat Russia, their primary enemy, they’ll happily settle for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, Poles, and Germans, all of whom they hate nearly as much as they hate the Russians.

      But while the Europeans haven’t figured this out yet because they’re all post-Christians steeped to their eyeballs in Clown World propaganda, the Russians, the Chinese, and most of all, the Arab world are very well aware of who is responsible.

      https://voxday.net/2023/01/25/germans-hide-behind-gamma-shield/

      tidbits about UKR disarray, let’s call it…
      https://voxday.net/2023/01/24/unconfirmed-reports/

      * I had to look up “Xanatos Gambit”: “A Xanatos Gambit is a plan for which all foreseeable outcomes benefit the creator — including ones that superficially appear to be failure.” tvtropes.org

      • Fred says:

        Germany saying it’s at war with Russia and sending tanks to the front.

        What could possibly go wrong?? 🙂

        • Student says:

          In my view the tanks that US, Germany and France are sending are too few, they need a complex infrastructure back, a lot of diesel or jet fuel and a lot of training.
          I think it is just a temporary action for doing what in a previous comment Mirror published about (2 commentators on youtube, I don’t remember the names) and a possible division of Ukraine.
          But the process and blood spent will be still a lot to arrive to that.

  32. reante says:

    moss

    Michael Every is back on Zerohedge after a friendly reminder. His finger firmly on the pulse as always:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/thats-highly-illogical-captain

    • moss says:

      thx.
      My clunky desktop can’t cope with ZH – it just blacks out. But I did manage to snag the HTML text before their spyware installation being blocked caused them to shut down, and read through the story. All the Star Wars Dr Spock analogies I can’t follow (I’m a cretin) and much of the rest of it was stirring entrails and microeconomic data. Following AUD and NZD exchange rates and bond yields in my daily grazing, yeah, I have my own narrative on that. I’m always interested in new potential, but I don’t think I’ll bother with the ZH ordeal if all the rest of his work is kaching kaching. I posted here on Pozsar a few weeks back and was informed usefully by others’ views of his work.

      Most of the analysts I read over time have blogs, ranging from mainstream to far out there. Not sure whether it’s appropriate to list them here but I do refer to specifics when quoting in posts here. I’m a reader and ponderer of Plato and the painting of Socrates’ sendoff was intended for illustrative purposes and not comment on the thread discussion as I’d not a wish whatever to wade into that Styx. sorry if misconstrued
      though all the same, dunno about you, but what piffle
      “… masked by a hodgepodge of incomprehensible stitching together of intelligent sounding phrases will no longer be excused or allowed to drowning out/dominate/troll productive discussions. Advocacy for recognition of environmental conditioning of biological systems (macro or submicro) and understaning (sic) via systems dynamics paradigms is …”
      errr … couldn’t resist … aaaiiiyyyaaa
      let go let go let go

      • reante says:

        Ha yes there was a pot calling kettle black feel to that quoted material. Appreciate you. No, nothing misconstrued back there – the benefit of the doubt always goes without saying, until it doesn’t. Hope I didn’t build up Every too much, he likes his pop culture humor and to be fair this one wasn’t a wide ranging piece. I thought his numbered list was apropos of recent conversations here. I don’t range widely at all myself so him and CHS and Gail comprise most of the list of competent analysts for me. I basically do ZH mobile and OFW and that’s generally it so please don’t be bashful with the name and link drops.Thanks for the reply.

  33. Laura says:

    Smart complexity…

    Jan. 19, 2023, 1:00 PM CET
    By Corky Siemaszko

    WILBRAHAM, Mass. — For nearly a year and a half, a Massachusetts high school has been lit up around the clock because the district can’t turn off the roughly 7,000 lights in the sprawling building.

    The lighting system was installed at Minnechaug Regional High School when it was built over a decade ago and was intended to save money and energy. But ever since the software that runs it failed on Aug. 24, 2021, the lights in the Springfield suburbs school have been on continuously, costing taxpayers a small fortune.

    Full article: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lights-massachusetts-school-year-no-one-can-turn-rcna65611

    • Strange! Depending on software sometimes doesn’t work.

      • Withnail says:

        The article seems to have garbled the information as many articles do these days. It turns out they were waiting for physical parts from China, probably light sensors.

    • Fred says:

      Perfect example of self defeating complexity. Examples everywhere you look.

    • Ed says:

      For two million dollars I and my two retired tech friends will fix your lights Wilbraham.

      • Sam says:

        Why don’t they turn the breaker on and off as a switch?

        • Lidia17 says:

          Probably things like emergency lighting and HVAC are all integrated.. but you’d think someone could eventually isolate these functions for a few thousands, or a few tens of thousands.. boh!?

          • Sam says:

            Well the lighting is on its own circuit HVAC are on their own circuit. Emergency lighting could be a problem but it is probably on battery backup or generator.

      • Lidia17 says:

        For two million they could pay someone to go ’round to every light each day and switch it on/off!

    • Laura says:

      Fixing the lights:
      1960’s: a janitor ($10/hr)
      1970’s: an electrician ($20/hr)
      1980’s: an Authorized Installer ($40/hr)
      1990’s: a programmer ($100/hr)
      2000’s: a software engineer ($500/hr)
      2010-20’s: a corporation ($100,000/hr)
      And we continue…

  34. Mirror on the wall says:

    Here we go. Pope Francis denounced homosexuality yesterday as a ‘sin’ but not a ‘crime’. A massive groan has no doubt been raised from the western hemisphere. ‘Sinner, ain’t ya!’

    Catholics with gay family members and friends will be concerned about the message that he is sending out. But there may be more to this story.

    Personally I do not ‘believe’ in ‘sin’ anyway, whatever that is supposed to mean. ‘It means like, what God don’t like!’ I will not be denouncing anyone, and certainly not over that. Basically, ignore the sad old virgins…. or are they?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11674489/Pope-declares-homosexuality-sin-not-crime.html

    Pope declares ‘homosexuality is a sin but not a crime’ – and condemns ‘unjust’ laws which criminalise gay people

    On Tuesday, Francis said there needs to be a distinction between a crime and a sin with regard to homosexuality.

    “Being homosexual is not a crime,” he said.

    “It’s not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime.”

    “It’s also a sin to lack charity with one another,” he added.

    —-

    The Telegraph has given context to Pope Frank’s statement. What has the Vatican been up to?

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/world/pope-benedict-xvi-reveals-vaticans-gay-clubs-in-bombshell-secret-book/news-story/39478d084c3a579d19f41f2adc878f80

    Pope Benedict XVI reveals Vatican’s ‘gay clubs’ in bombshell secret book

    Pope Francis defended homosexuality after the Vatican’s ‘openly gay clubs’ were revealed in a bombshell new book by Pope Benedict, written in secret to be released only after his death.

    Pope Francis has criticised laws that criminalise homosexuality as “unjust,” and said God loves all his children, just as they are.
    A stunning rift in the Catholic Church has been revealed after the deaths of Australian Cardinal George Pell and his ally Pope Benedict XVI, who released a secret, posthumous book slamming the Vatican’s support of priests forming “openly gay clubs”.

    The late pontiff wrote the previously unknown book, “What Christianity Is”, in secrecy with instructions it only be published when he died, after criticising the “gay lobby” he has claimed sought to influence decisions in the Vatican.

    “In various seminaries, homosexual clubs were formed which acted more or less openly and which clearly transformed the atmosphere in the seminaries,” Pope Benedict wrote.

    The 190-page tome warns of “radical manipulation” and “distortion of the sexes by gender ideology” in the name of tolerance, leading to the “vast collapse” of the priesthood under the tenure of his progressive successor, Pope Francis.

    Pope Francis on Tuesday (local time) became the first Pope ever to directly address laws criminalising homosexuality, saying being gay is “not a crime”, adding: “Yes, but it’s a sin,” he said. “Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime.”

    While Pope Francis did not directly address Pope Benedict’s fresh attacks from beyond the grave, the landmark interview with Associated Press comes just days after the secret book’s publication confirmed the long-speculated civil war between factions within the Vatican.

    Benedict’s close ally, Australian George Pell, was also revealed as working behind the scenes against the “politically correct” leadership of Francis, which he called a “disaster” and a “catastrophe”.

    After his death, Pell was outed as the secret author of a bombshell memo in 2022 that slammed Francis for embracing LGBT ideology, female priests and communion for the divorced.

    But Benedict’s latest salvo between the warring factions goes much further with explicit, never-before-revealed detail of the machinations by individual bishops and seminaries, particularly in the United States.

    One American bishop, Benedict alleged, allowed his trainee priests to watch porn as an outlet for their sexual urges, “presumably with the intention of rendering them capable of resisting behaviours contrary to the faith”.

    “There were individual bishops, and not only in the United States, who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole, aiming in their dioceses to develop a kind of new, modern catholicity,” Benedict wrote.

    “Perhaps it is worth mentioning the fact that, in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books were considered unfit for the priesthood. My books were concealed as harmful literature and were read only in secret, so to speak.”

    That “harmful literature”, Benedict’s 2016 memoir The Last Conversations, alleged that a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had tried to influence his decisions before his retirement in 2013.

    While Benedict wrote in 2016 that the group of “four or five” was dismantled before his retirement, Francis was quoted as confirming in a private meeting the continued existence of the so-called “gay lobby”, which Catholic website Cruz described that year as separate from a politically motivated group agitating for change.

    “In effect, what Vatican-watchers mean by a “gay lobby” is a network of gay clergy who protect one another’s secrets and try to help one another inside the system,” they said.

    Pope Benedict gave strict instructions that his latest book not be published until after his death, saying he wanted to spare himself “and Christendom” the firestorm he knew it would cause.

    “For my part, in life, I no longer want to publish anything,” he wrote.” The fury of the circles against me in Germany is so strong that the appearance of every my word immediately causes a murderous shouting from them.”

    He added that in one southern Germany seminary, “candidates for the priesthood and candidates for the lay office” lived together.

    “During common meals,” Benedict continued, “the seminarians were together with married pastoral representatives, partly accompanied by their wives and children and in some cases by their girlfriends. The climate in the seminary could not help priestly formation”.

    The Vatican has not officially responded to Benedict, but Pope Francis addressed the growing schism between bishops on the Catholic Church’s official stance on homosexuality.

    “These bishops have to have a process of conversion,” he told AP about their need to welcome LGBTQIA+ parishioners into the church, adding they should apply “tenderness, please, as God has for each one of us.”

    “We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each of us fights for our dignity,” Francis said.

    George Pell, who was born in Ballarat in 1941, enters the priesthood “convinced that God wanted me to do His work”. In the ’80s and ’90s, he is appointed Chairman of Caritas Australia and serves as Australian Catholic University’s Foundation Pro Chancellor.

    • Cheese can cause nightmares says:

      So modern Rome is much like ancient Rome, really. Ha! As for ‘sin’, Catholic priests are supposed to be celibate anyway, which is probably impossible, so that makes both hetero and homo priests ‘sinners’.

      I have noticed that gays do tend to be more politically extreme or even traitors. Look at all the gay Brit traitors during the Cold War. The German Storm Troopers were notoriously gay in their early days. And most of my few gay acquaintances vociferously support Russia against Ukraine. If somebody supports Russia, I now almost automatically suspect that they are gay. Personally, I believe in my country right or wrong.

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        Gays are traitors?

        Careful, that comment is probably arrestable in ‘your’ country if you live in UK. But hey, ‘wrong’ is fine?

        Play nice.

        • Cheese can cause nightmares says:

          “that comment is probably arrestable in ‘your’ country”

          I don’t think so. Things aren’t that extreme yet. Traitors are arrestable, though. Look at Julian Assange. From the ‘official’ point of view, he’s a traitor.

          Look at history, and the gay traitors during the Cold War. I think that comes of their being outsiders in society. What the Vatican just said says they’re still not entirely accepted. So if that’s what officialdom thinks of gays, well, are they liable to become outsiders psychologically and push back against society? It seems so. Unintended consequences, in both directions.

          But there was no reason for them ever to be outsiders. Look at Napoleon Bonaparte. He abolished the anti-gay laws in France. But it is / was the Church pushing anti-gay attitudes. Back in ancient Roman times, hetero and gay were not even concepts. People loved and coupled with whom they wanted to, regardless of gender.

          “Play nice.” What’s that supposed to mean? Oh, I see. You just outed yourself. Well, you’re pretty harmless, and if I’m ordered to torture you as a traitor – don’t worry, I’ll disobey – assuming they don’t want to torture me for disobeying!

          • ivanislav says:

            Wasn’t Alan Turing gay? His work was patriotic. Sounds like you just have an axe to grind.

          • Mirror on the wall says:

            I am pretty sure that UK police would look at comments that gays are traitors. Phone them up and ask them if you are not sure.

            “Oh, I see. You just outed yourself.”

            ‘Traitor’ is a legal category. If you think that I have committed some crime then just say so. Such claims are certainly subject to liable under UK law, so you should generally be careful about that sort of thing.

            “Under the law of the United Kingdom, high treason is the crime of disloyalty to the Crown. Offences constituting high treason include plotting the murder of the sovereign; committing adultery with the sovereign’s consort, with the sovereign’s eldest unmarried daughter, or with the wife of the heir to the throne; levying war against the sovereign and adhering to the sovereign’s enemies, giving them aid or comfort; and attempting to undermine the lawfully established line of succession…. Petty treason ceased to be a distinct offence from murder in 1828, and consequently high treason is today often referred to simply as treason…. Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 became law, the maximum sentence for treason in the UK has been life imprisonment.”

            Which do you think that I have done?

            Otherwise, do not try to force your geopolitical dispositions onto others through innuendos.

            And I seriously doubt that you are going to be torturing anyone anytime soon.

            • Cheese can cause nightmares says:

              Some gays HAVE been traitors. Look at Guy Burgess, etc. I didn’t say all gays are traitors. You’re ignoring the subtleties of my thinking. Consider my statement, ‘Bad actions can cause bad reactions’.

              If I phoned up the police to discuss the issue, they’d probably hang up immediately out of boredom.

              I don’t know what crime you might have committed. Most of us have committed little ones along the way. Remember that stapler you took home from the office. 😉

              I meant that you seemed to be outing yourself as gay, not as a ‘traitor’. Tell me if I am wrong. You did once accuse somebody of being homophobic towards you, which seemed like a clue. Not that it matters.

              If you live in the West and war broke out with Russia, then it’s possible you might become a traitor in your actions, given your pro-Russian statements. But just because you’re mouthy doesn’t mean you would have the courage of your convictions.

              If any gays are more likely to become traitors, I would regard that as the fault of the state and / or church for persecuting them and therefore inciting them through misdirected anger to rebel against society in one way or another. If you cannot comprehend what I am saying, then I give up.

          • Lidia17 says:

            Assange can’t be a “traitor” to the US.

            • Cheese can cause nightmares says:

              “Assange can’t be a “traitor” to the US.”

              No, but the US de facto still rules a lot of the world, and Assange revealed its secrets. It regards that as treachery.

        • Tim Groves says:

          Mirror, you are attempting to narrow the definition of “traitor” in order to score a goal and win the debate. But “traitors” are by no means limited to those who commit treachery against the sovereign or the government of the country of which they are a subject or citizen.

          Those who commit adultery can be reasonably accused of being traitors to a marriage. Those who rat on their comrades are considered traitors to the team or the group. Those who abandon previously held political opinions are reviled by those who remain loyal as traitors to the cause.

          You shouldn’t hide behind legalistic definitions for convenience. That makes you a traitor to intellectual integrity. The basic general core of the principle of treason or treachery is that it represents a sin against loyalty, an abandonment of the responsibility that one is under an obligation to honor. The result is that others, who expect loyalty to be held sacrosanct, are disgusted; they find the behavior, the breach of trust, honour, decorum, etc., intolerable.

          In the sort of straightocentric gaphobic society that Oscar Wilde or Alan Turing or even John Gielgud used to move in, a gay person was considered a traitor to the natural order—unjustly in my opinion, but that’s the way it was. Perceptions have shifted a lot in recent decades, to the point where now you literally have to kill and eat your victims to gain that sort of notoriety.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC_2wsgqDJQ

      • Very Far Frank says:

        You sound insecure…

        Perhaps even a little confused about yourself?

    • Ed says:

      Catholics have levels of sin. Is gay a mortal sin? As in you do not get into heaven?

      • Mirror on the wall says:

        The orthodox Catholic position is that any sex that is not aimed at a baby within marriage is a mortal sin. You go to hell to be punished forever just for an act of self-indulgence.

        https://www.catholic.com/qa/why-masturbation-is-wrong

        “Consequently, the Church has always definitively taught—and will always teach—that m/sturbation (CCC 2352) is “an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.” And when committed with full knowledge and complete consent (CCC 1859), it is a mortal sin (see CCC 1854-64).”

        LOL

        Gay sex is especially bad and it ‘cries to heaven for vengeance’. Of course you can go to confession, but only if you are genuinely repentant and resolve never to do it again.

        That does not cancel out the civic punishment like public hanging however, although that has been abolished in the West and Pope Francis seems to be against any criminalisation.

        Conservatives are now questioning that however and probing the distinction that he made between the disposition and the sin in his statement yesterday. His statement was not quite as clear on that point as it may have seemed.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Word Association

        Catholic…. pervert

    • Mirror on the wall says:

      At the same time, Pope Francis has attempted to shut down the German Synod, which is meeting to review the doctrinal and disciplinary positions of the Catholic Church in Germany on matters like the role of women in the church, divorce, gays, abortion and other matters. The Synod intends to push on anyway.

      The statement about ‘sin’ should be seen in that context.

      It has been said that the German church is headed into schism from Rome, but we will have to see what happens. Europe is not going to put up with the intransigence of Rome for much longer, and all eyes are on what is happening in Germany in scenes redolent of the Reformation.

      “Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, was quick to react to the Vatican letter by publishing his decision to carry on with plans to establish a “synodal council” that same evening on the bishops’ conference’s website.”

      https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/16481/vatican-no-to-synodal-council-reignites-row-with-german-church

      Vatican ‘no’ to synodal council reignites row with German Church

      Canon lawyers said that the response from Rome meant the end for the German Synodal Path.

      In a letter specifically approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican has told German Synodal Path initiative that they do not have the competence to establish a nationwide permanent “synodal council”.

      Such a council would see bishops, priests and the laity discuss and decide key issues concerning the Church.

      The letter dated 16 January was addressed to the president of the German bishops’ conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, and signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, DDF Prefect Cardinal Luis Ladaria and Prefect for the Dicastery for Bishops Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

      It was published by the German bishops’ conference on Monday evening 23 January.

      The letter states that it is an answer to a letter the Vatican received at the end of December 2022 from five German bishops, asking Rome whether bishops were obliged to take part in a synodal commission to discuss the erection of a synodal council, but also whether they might take part should they wish to.

      The five were Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, Bishop Bertram Meier of Augsburg, Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg and Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke of Eichstädt.

      The Vatican letter emphasises that the bishops are not obliged to take part in a “synodal commission” whose chief task is to prepare a “synodal council”.

      Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, was quick to react to the Vatican letter by publishing his decision to carry on with plans to establish a “synodal council” that same evening on the bishops’ conference’s website.

      “While the Holy See is convinced that the establishment of a Synodal Council would weaken the episcopal office, in my experience synodal consultations virtually strengthen the office of bishop,” Bätzing said.

      “No-one is calling the episcopal office into question. For us Germans, the letter from Rome will have the following consequences – it will make us think all the more intensively about the forms and possibilities of synodal consultation and decision making in order to develop a culture of synodality.”

      Two of Germany’s best-known canon lawyers, Thomas Schüller and Norbert Lüdecke, immediately pointed out that the letter from Rome meant the end for the German Synodal Path.

      The “stop sign” from Rome was “final”, Schüller said on social media.

      The text of the letter had been accepted by the Pope in forma specifica, he pointed out. The letter was therefore a “papal decision” and thus “non-appealable”.

      And Lüdecke explained that the Pope had taken the matter into his own hands. It was no longer a matter for Curia.

      “Against curial decisions one can still always appeal to the Pope but one can do nothing against a decision by the Pope himself.”

    • Kim says:

      Here is an easy definition of “sin” for you. A sin is anything that is done that is evil, that is, anything that uses lies or violence to promote or enable our natural human greed and selfishness.

      This definition is perfectly clear, unambiguous, and is not attached to any religuous belief.

      As to whether homosexuality itself is a sin, it is not, under my definition, however, as illustrated by their sexual practises, male homosexuals are compulsive sado-masochists and narcissists and that certainly leads to sin.

      After all, what attraction would there be for a homosexual in anal intercourse if it did not involve pain, damage, degradation and humiliation for the receiver? These things are the whole point of it, no?

      Given that, while it is a simple misfortune to be a homosexual, many of the behaviors they engage in – such as their always-deceitful social advocacies – are also certainly motivated by greed and selfishness and advanced through through lies and violence.

    • Tim Groves says:

      And Mirror, what have you got against sad people, old people, and virgins? Every old person was young once. Every harlot was a virgin once. And every person is sad sometimes, and you can’t always tell it from the outside.

  35. Herbie Ficklestein. says:

    Stéphane Bancel, the chief executive of drug company Moderna, could barely restrain his pride in issuing his annual letter to shareholders on Jan. 3.
    “Since the beginning, it has been our mission to deliver on the promise of mRNA technology for patients,” Bancel wrote, referring to the vaccines in the company’s product pipeline that use short pieces of genetic code to help cells build immunity.
    “And we delivered at speed with our mRNA vaccine against COVID-19,” he continued. “As our first approved product, it has impacted hundreds of millions of lives around the world. … We are harnessing the power of mRNA to create a new category of medicines and a company that maximizes its impact on human health.”
    Moderna is committed to pricing that reflects the value that COVID-19 vaccines bring to patients, healthcare systems, and society.
    — Moderna spokesman Christopher Ridley
    A couple of pertinent points were missing from Bancel’s 2,700 words of self-congratulation. One was the contribution of the federal government to the company’s success.
    That included a research grant of almost $1 billion from the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, through 2020, plus a $1.5-billion federal purchase guarantee in 2020 for COVID vaccines before testing was even completed — a deal that materially reduced Moderna’s financial risks in developing the vaccine.
    A couple of pertinent points were missing from Bancel’s 2,700 words of self-congratulation. One was the contribution of the federal government to the company’s success.
    That included a research grant of almost $1 billion from the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, through 2020, plus a $1.5-billion federal purchase guarantee in 2020 for COVID vaccines before testing was even completed — a deal that materially reduced Moderna’s financial risks in developing the vaccine.
    BY MICHAEL HILTZIKBUSINESS COLUMNIST
    JAN. 24, 2023 11:41 AM PT LA Times

    • Xabier says:

      Except, Bancel, they weren’t ‘patients’ but mandated, coerced and brain-washed victims! On the extent of the ‘impact’ we can agree…

      We will have to endure their self-congratulation until the next oh so surpising ‘pandemic’.

    • Yes, Moderna did get a lot of help toward getting its fine financial results. The stock price had a good run-up in 2021, but mostly came down in 2022. Now Moderna needs new products to sell to get its price back up again.

  36. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/china-becomes-worlds-biggest-lng-buyer-flurry-long-term-deals

    China Becomes World’s Biggest LNG Buyer With Flurry Of Long-Term Deals

    China is rapidly becoming the world’s most dominant force in liquefied natural gas, with Chinese buyers accounting for 40% of recent long-term LNG contracts among global players, according to Nikkei Asia.

    Over 2021 and 2022, China closed long-term LNG purchasing contracts worth nearly 50 million tonnes a year, European research firm Rystad Energy reports. In this not so covert attempt to corner the LNG market, China has tripled the scale of purchases through long-term contracts in just two years, up from the annual volume of roughly 16 million tonnes from 2015 through 2020.

    In 2020 and 2021, spot transactions accounted for 40%-50% of China’s natural gas imports, well above the estimated 30% for Japan. But China appears to have changed strategy to fit long-term demand. Long-term contracts offer more stability in supplies compared with spot contracts.

    Ironically, the US is already China’s biggest LNG supplier based on long-term contracts. The same US that aggressively ramping up alternative semiconductor supply chains that bypass Beijing and which has cracked down on Chinese reverse engineering of US technology.

    China now imports about 90 million tonnes of LNG through long-term contracts, with the U.S. responsible for around 25 million. Australia ranks next at roughly 17 million tonnes, while the Middle East supplies 14 million and Russia contributes about 6 million.

    Beijing is carefully diversifying suppliers in the name of energy security. Beyond tanker-borne LNG, China also brings in natural gas via pipelines. China covers just over half of its natural gas demand through domestic output, and the rest comes from Russia and Turkmenistan. The natural gas supplies are supplemented by LNG from the U.S. and other sources.

    Europe had better watch out. The LNG available may be going elsewhere, under long term contracts.

  37. Mrs S says:

    Net zero will make us all healthier.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/24/net-zero-by-2050-in-england-and-wales-equals-extra-2m-years-of-life

    A study in Lancet Planetary Health points to ‘substantial reductions in mortality’ and significant health benefits if policies implemented.

    • Ed says:

      It all depends on what assumption one makes. Is there heat in winter under net zero? Is there food to eat under net zero? etc…

    • Kowalainen says:

      £10GBP/liter of petrol/diesel and a hefty tax on meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. Cozy subzero capable sleeping bags available for the hoi polloi. Yes indeed, tax those 304’s.

      https://youtu.be/rcx-nf3kH_M

      To cheer up, lets build a fire and sing a couple of songs:

      https://youtu.be/dsx2vdn7gpY

      CHURNING AND TURNING!

      CHURNING AND TURNING!

      Oh la-la-la.

      HYPERS – LETS GO!

      CHURNING AND TURNING!

      Oh la-la-la.

      ALL RETCH AND NO VOMIT!

      HYPERS – VAX UP AND LETS GO!

      Oh la-la-la.

      😅👍👍

      • Xabier says:

        I rather like the new style of ending, K. Although I miss the traditional reference to….OATS! But maybe w can take that as read?

        • Kowalainen says:

          *Churning the oats and turning the cranks. But I reckon a sly Spaniard like you has it all figured out?

          We’re aiming for Schad, no? Meditating upon the seven stages of grief listening to the obnoxious melody.

          Don’t you want them Hypers squirming and twitching on the bicycle seat with a gut full of oats?
          🤭👍

  38. https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/australia-sees-heart-attacks-increase-17-2022-experts-blame-pandemic

    Australia Sees Heart Attacks Increase By 17% In 2022 – “Experts” Blame Pandemic

    The public has been bombarded with a stream of news stories in recent months seeking to explain the steady rise of heart attacks in western countries in the past two years. The epidemic is most concerning due to the large number of young and otherwise healthy people that are being stricken with heart problems otherwise reserved for older or clinically obese patients.

    Explanations for the trend blame everything from video games to climate change. Of course, these scapegoats do not explain the statistical leap in heart failure in the past two years. The most common narrative is that the covid virus is the cause – The problem with this theory is that there is zero evidence to support the claim that covid causes potential heart ailments. In fact, studies show that there is no such thing as “covid heart”, a false concept spread by the mainstream media at the onset of the pandemic.

    Are the “experts” baffled? Or, are they trying to avoid the obvious culprit.

    This information would seem to be getting around, despite the cover-up attempts.

    • nikoB says:

      There is a significant increase in deaths in OZ from heart attacks, strokes and clotting issues. The cause is not known. It is very clear however that it is not the vaxxines – they are safe and effective. An urgent investigation should begin to find the cause because it is pretty much only affecting vaxxinated people and that is not fair.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        I want a heart attack blood clot and a stroke too!!!

        Life is so f789ing unfair

        Hey norm — what can I do to join you in the ICU?

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Doesn’t seem like much – except if most of them involve young healthy people

      Then people notice

  39. https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/wti-3-2-1-crack-spread-jumps-fuel-supplies-set-further-tighten

    Gas Prices Set To Soar As Crack Spread Jumps On Tightening Fuel Supplies

    Crack spread is the difference between the price of finished products and the price of crude oil. Refiners need a high enough crack spread to operate their refineries.

    The 3-2-1 crack spread is a great indicator to gauge fuel product tightness. High spreads indicate gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other petroleum products are in short supply, while low spreads mean an abundance of supply. Spread direction is also important — if rising, it would mean fuel inventories are declining.

    The simple calculation of refining margins is for every three barrels of crude oil the refinery processes — it makes two barrels of gasoline and one barrel of distillates like diesel and jet fuel.
    . . .

    According to AAA data, gasoline and diesel prices at the pump are starting to move higher after months of declines following the rise in the 3:2:1 crack spread.

    The blue line in this chart is the 3:2:1 crack spread
    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/Snag_4945bbcc_0.png

  40. banned says:

    USAGOV to send 30 m1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

    The m1 abrams operates using a jet turbine like a aircraft
    It requires a separate supply of jet fuel to be provided not diesel
    It uses 24 gallons of jet fuel each time the engine starts. In periods where it is not moving either it idles consuming fuel or is shut down consuming fuel upon start. Not so bad in a desert blitz. In woodland/urban stop and go…
    The m1 abrams takes a lot of training and practice to operate both with the crew and coordination with ground and air forces.

    Tanks break. Apparently broke tanks will be sent to Poland for repair as logistic do not exist for repair in Poland. Parts for abrams are hard to come by even on US army bases.

    There are rumors that this is just a trick to get Germany to send leopard 2 tanks then only a few m1s will be sent. The leopards run off diesel. The pentagon realizes that there is very little chance that Ukraine can use the Abrams effectively. 30 abrams is a considerable asset but essentially worthless without the infrastructure needed to operate and maintain them. All weapons systems are best in a environment where armor, air and infantry are integrated. This takes time and training. Just becoming competent operating the individual weapon system is just the start.

    This is a interview Scott Ritter did with a individual named Stanislav Krapivnik. Stanislav was born in Moscow but grew up in the USA. He joined the USA army and was a tanker. He returned to Russia 13 years ago. I found the interview quite interesting.

    If these assets are sent to the eastern front the probability is they will be one time disposable assets wasted as their is no force integration or logistics to support them.
    The leopard 2 will fare slightly better as a diesel but suffers most of the same issues. These are not insignificant assets especially for Germany whose means to produce armor is limited by energy realities. IMO sending them to Ukraine to start the process of training in their operation only to have them enter a unintegrated environment rather than keep them with their German crews is moronic and reeks of a USA/NATO that is unable to comprehend realities.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/NPfKZ4YrjYOD/

    • reante says:

      Awesome thanks banned. I’m still wrapping my head around how startup could take 24 gallons.

      This retarded tank chapter just adds to the unreality of the war. A strategically lowly escalatory ‘major escalation.’ I’m starting to think that their using Ukraine in part as a military hardware and ordnance dumping ground in advance of resupply collapse. A significant NATO-RUSSIA disarmament.agreement, by other means, so that nobody has any ground capability of going rogue during the HTOE’s biblical peace plan. If nobody can invade and hold ground during the brief age of national socialisms then there’s not much point in lobbing missiles either.

      • Dennis L. says:

        It probably takes time to spin up the turbine, gulp.

        Dennis L.

        • Ed says:

          I am sure it takes a good amount of time to spin up the turbine. The American solution never shut it down. The tax payer are happy to pay for the fuel. The Ukrainian solution shut it down and sell the fuel on the black market when you need to start it up and you have no fuel run away.

        • reante says:

          Blows my mind

          • banned says:

            I think i was wrong. 24 liters not gallons.

            • David says:

              I think most other countries use diesel tanks. Gas turbines must have been a plot to bring about peak oil sooner; they probably consume 2x the fuel.

            • reante says:

              I read that the Abrams jet engines make for much faster tanks than diesels, especially with the speed governors removed they can go well over 50mph, but apparently that is without the heavy armor they’re currently outfitted with.

    • Dennis L. says:

      They go to Poland first, looking forward Ukraine may be partitioned, the western Ukraine is primarily Ukrainian speaking, some things never change.

      Poland might take back land lost in WWII. Those tanks may never see eastern Ukraine.

      Europe has been fighting since the beginning of recorded time, were I asked my recommendation: we sit this one out.

      Dennis L.

    • Ravi Uppal says:

      Stupid is what stupid does . 88 tanks in total . Russia has 21000 .
      https://thesoundingline.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Number-of-Combat-Tanks-by-Country.jpg

      • Ed says:

        I know nothing about anti tank weapons. Anyone care to fill us in? I have seen the US anti tank missile used in Ukraine on Russian tanks it pops up flies over shoots down to the tank and the tank burns. They work very well. Javalins. What is the Russia equal and how many do they have?

        • Ed says:

          Isn’t that what tactical nukes are for stopping tank formations? It was imagined 10,000 Soviet tanks screaming across the steppes heading for Paris. It turns out to be 88 tanks wobbling through the mud heading for Moscow.

        • Withnail says:

          They work very well. Javalins

          They didn’t work very well. Ukraine ran out of them months ago. Most of them missed, malfunctioned or failed to knock out the target.

          • wratfink says:

            Have you seen those rectangles all over the outside of the turret and tank body above the tracks? They call it reactive armor. When the anti-tank round hits the reactive armor, the armor explodes and that sets off the anti-tank round before it can penetrate the hull.
            I’m not sure it works against depleted uranium shells, but against the run-of-the-mill anti-tank weapons it works well.

            Mines probably cripple more tanks than handheld weapons. The tanks are also susceptible to shells that drop down from above or kamikaze drones since there is no reactive armor around the hatch area.

  41. Dennis L. says:

    Some of you may find this interesting, it deals with Covid and various nations response to legal indemnity with regards to vaccine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGhjYC539J8

    What is coming out appears very corrupt; it is a sin, the universe may not be happy. I cannot understand harming others for financial gain especially when they have cause one no harm.

    It would be interesting to see adverse advents plotted as an inverse to notational wealth or political power.

    Dennis L.

    • Fred says:

      “I cannot understand harming others for financial gain especially when they have cause one no harm.”

      Have you ever considered what the intent of “predatory capitalism” is?

    • The video is about how India kept the Pfizer vaccine out; also the Moderna vaccine. India requires vaccine maker to stand liable for bad outcomes. It also requires trials in India. I would be willing to be that India has relatively fewer vaccine injuries than elsewhere.

    • Lidia17 says:

      “the universe may not be happy”

      The Universe is happy with things exactly the way they are. Otherwise, they’d be different.

  42. Student says:

    (The Sun)

    ”BATTLESHIPS Russian warship with ‘unstoppable’ 7,000mph hypersonic missiles ‘sails towards US and will soon be in strike range”

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/21148594/russian-warship-hypersonic-missiles-us-coast/

    It seems to me a message to American people in order to let them know that the war is not on the other side of the planet.
    As Lavrov said the war with West has stopped to be hybrid…

    • Adonis says:

      All the actions we are seeing is part of elders crazy plans we are witnessing the greatest mass manipulation of humans minds the result inflating petrol prices unfortunately what goes up must come down thanks to continuous deflationary forces caused by diminishing returns that is poor people not spending due to lack of money

    • Doesn’t sound good!

      • Cromagnon says:

        “The elders” know the true nature of this realm.

        They seem to be in league with the demiurge or the artificial AI running this hologram. They have been given great advantages to thrive in this world.
        They know that what is now hurtling toward the vast collective of blind, materialistic. unenlightened humans will remove all trace and memory of their behaviour.
        They have some type of pact involving long term DNA passage from one simulation to the next.

        Most will not survive the great solar flash, the great waves, the quakes and the volcanic winter.

        But some will,…. along with the shepherds of the hills and the nomads of the wasteslands.

        The unwashed will carry forth the traditions of sympathetic magic in tune with the simulations neutral field and the connection to the true oversoul.

        The elders will wait and bid their time in the few surviving underworld bunkers still intact,…. from there will come the reboot of higher technology…….as the petroleum reservoirs refill from the the geomagnetic energizing of methogenic rock strata.

        The light is green, the trap is clean.

        If you doubt, spend some time reviewing the basaltic and granite motifs found by the thousand in the Indian Subcontinent.
        They CLEARLY show high tech machine tools, deep genetic engineering tech. Aviation, the list is long,……….

        This world is holographic hunger games run by an insane “lesser god”and we refuse to see.

        • ivanislav says:

          Can you provide some references for any of the stuff you mention on the Indian subcontinent? Your general take on things is one of my preferred anthropogenic explanations.

          • ivanislav says:

            (preferred in the entertainment sense … i have a few theories but i’m wedded to none)

          • Cromagnon says:

            PraveenMohan on YouTube is truly excellent

            It will blow your mind.

            He provides irrefutable proofs of moulding liquid granite into structure…….artificial wombs……..DNA splicing……..,

            Thousands (and more likely tens of thousands) of years ago

            The Vedic texts do not lie.

        • Fast Eddy says:

          maybe the Elders are just another component of the simulation?

        • Kowalainen says:

          That’s a convoluted way of writing:

          YOLO!
          Hypers gonna hyper.
          Tryhards gonna tryhard.
          MOARons gonna moar.
          The rapacious primate Homo sapiens sapiens gonna rapacious monkey business!
          Within temptation is truth.
          Anddd it’s all GONE!
          All retch and no vomit in perpetuity!
          As father; as son!

          It is what it is – devolution!

          The ‘realm’ in which this takes place seems entirely irrelevant. For the sake of argument; let’s pinpoint it to the universe, Milky Way, solar system, earth.

          I’m taking questions. Asking for a friend.
          🤭👍

  43. I AM THE MOB says:

    Traffic pollution impairs brain function

    A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria has shown that common levels of traffic pollution can impair human brain function in only a matter of hours.

    The peer-reviewed findings, published in the journal Environmental Health, show that just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust causes a decrease in the brain’s functional connectivity – a measure of how The study provides the first evidence in humans, from a controlled experiment, of altered brain network connectivity induced by air pollution.

    “For many decades, scientists thought the brain may be protected from the harmful effects of air pollution,” said senior study author Dr. Chris Carlsten, professor and head of respiratory medicine and the Canada Research Chair in occupational and environmental lung disease at UBC. “This study, which is the first of its kind in the world, provides fresh evidence supporting a connection between air pollution and cognition.”

    https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/977433

    • I wonder about the many people who spend an hour commuting every day in heavy traffic. Also, the people that live new expressways. In some places, buildings are right next to heavily traveled roads. Europe tends to use a higher percentage of diesel than the US, so I would expect the issue to be worse there.

      • Addy Majewski says:

        The participants of the study were exposed to a nominal concentration of diesel particulate matter of 300 μg/m3. This is many times higher than the concentrations in urban traffic and commuters are not exposed to such levels of pollution. Typical truck driver exposures are 4-6 μg/m3. However, exposures even higher than 300 μg/m3 are encountered in some occupational health environments, notably in underground mines.

    • Jef Jelten says:

      As I have written before all the tyres on the roads are constantly wearing into a fine particulate. Combined with hot exhaust rising air currents that a busy 4 lane, highspeed, freeway creates all day everyday, means everyone anywhere near is breathing in a whole host of highly toxic crap. Several of the chemicals in this toxic brew are from that category called “forever chemicals” including phthalates.

      This brew can travel hundreds even thousands of miles under the right conditions. Also obviously the are washed off the roads and into our water supplies.

      P.S. Ev’s also contribute to this problem and in fact what they are finding out is that some EVs wearout tyres faster than ICEs as they have so much torque.

      • reante says:

        Yeah thanks Jeff. Horrible to think about.

        There’s some dumb luck that happens out in the countryside, if your pastures run alongside a gravel road. In the dry season when dust it kicked up from vehicles and the wind is blowing your way, the pasture gets showered in a very fine rock dust that when the rains come, the dust filters into the upper soil layers and most easily broken down by bacteria and fungi, and cycled — biomineralized — into the grasses by the protozoa. My best paddocks are along the roadside.

        Anybody else benefit from this ?

      • Lidia17 says:

        Plus all the particles coming off brake pads (still asbestos in some cases).

      • Fast Eddy says:

        It’s not the torque — it’s the 500kg battery that they have to haul around

    • JMS says:

      This is excellent news for people living in the countryside, implying that each passing day they are becoming smarter than the billions of urbanites. Yea.

      And could this anti-dumbness effect of the countryside explain the undeniable tendency of OFWs towards country or country-like life?

      It would be fun and perhaps instructive to get this straight – Who here inhales the diesel of a big city on a daily basis?

      • Ed says:

        Country side clean air, well water no fluoride, food no processed food eat real food.

        • Withnail says:

          Let’s not romanticise the countryside. Most people in history have done whatever they could to escape their miserable lives in squalid cottages.

          Tell the Irish in the 19th century living on potatoes about their wonderful diet.

          • Fast Eddy says:

            The countryside that these doomies know is wonderful… it’s all good when you have the hardware store to buy hoses and shovels and sprinklers … it’s fabulous to be able to turn a tap and water your garden during droughts…

            You can also buy wire fencing to keep varmints out … and netting to keep birds away…

            If you need some extra compost you just have the guy with the loader dump a couple of scoops into your trailer and haul it back to the farm

            When the pump goes you buy another one…

            Of course that assumes you have electricity to power all of this …

            This is why doomies are confused… when you suggest life in the country would be miserable (at best)…. it was miserable for people who had no hardware store or electricity

            I wonder how it will be for folks who have never done without.

            And most of these doomies are old busted and will be completely burned out in a week.

            And tis does not even factor in the hungry ravenous mob who will demand the food

            It aint gonna be no Little House on the Praire

            https://youtu.be/WqQdguZgfFI

            • Herbie Ficklestein. says:

              Eddie, don’t forget about the quack grass and other weeds…you’ll have to have a good stock of Roundup or a host of interns to pull them out before the overtake the whole garden!

            • Fast Eddy says:

              Yes of course — when we lived in Farming Country — all the folks with gardens there swore by Roundup… they thought I was wrong in the head for refusing to spray.

    • Fast Eddy says:

      Far more crashes are caused by lack of sleep vs boozing .. great book https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/34466963-why-we-sleep

  44. Harry says:

    So, as was to be expected, we will eventually deliver the heavy battle tanks to Ukraine.
    Completely insane.

  45. banned says:

    Dr Shimon Yanowitz describes his observations and conclusions formed from observing the injectable substances with a microscope. He observed the pfizer substance as it thawed from the -70 it is stored and transported at. The extreme cryogenic environment of the pfizer substance seems to be because assembly is started with small amounts of heat and exponentially increased with EMF. Flex fuel nanoparticles!

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

    • All kinds of untested experiments we don’t need!

      • banned says:

        I first saw Dr Yanowitz on the Stew Peters show. Stew was basically shouting at him “do you agree these injections are AI parasites”. I dont know maybe its time to get angry but it detracted strongly from the interview for me. I know in our culture we associate gentleness with lack of strength but i dont think thats true. I also find accounts that are calm and methodical much more believable. Both the interviewer and Dr Yanowitz are calm methodical and describing how they were motivated to investigate how they did so and what they experienced. Once again I am struck as always in these investigations as how it is illegal to examine the injectable substances and how they have to protect exactly how they obtained the injectable substances. Shouldnt you be able to examine something that that is supposed to be appropriate to inject into your body? No? Well then could you please explain why not? ohhhh thats top secret too along with the identity of the substance.

    • ivanislav says:

      What’s with the glitchy video where their heads change position and direction instantaneously? The video looks like it was computer generated or stitched/edited.

  46. MG says:

    Why do people want angels?

    Because they do not like the god, who is a judge or some anonymous higher power that crushes you for some higher goals.

    There is a need for somebody-who-is-good-to-me.

    The angels can be good or bad, only some people see them.

    A good guarding angel today is a camera: I have visited an energy supplier customer center here in Slovakia yesterday. The manipulative practices to prevent you from changing one supplier for another are here. When the young lady refused to discuss with me the topic of changing the supplier, I took out the mobile phone and started to record her. She fled her booth and hid in the corner of the room.

    The loving father who oversees the reality is not a bad idea.

    A helpless caring father who oversees the death of his greedy children?

    Or a helpless caring mother who oversees the death of her greedy children?

    Somebody-who-is-good-to-me, not somebody-who-exploits-me.

    • davidinamonthorayearoradecade says:

      “theodicy, (from Greek theos, “god”; dikē, “justice”), explanation of why a perfectly good, almighty, and all-knowing God permits evil. The term literally means “justifying God.”

      “Theodicy is defined as a theological construct that attempts to vindicate God in response to the problem of evil that appears inconsistent with the existence of an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God. Another definition of theodicy is the vindication of divine goodness and providence in view of the existence of evil.”

      there are a billion humans who wish an angel would bring them some needed food today.

      if there is a God, then It doesn’t seem to be interested in intervening in human suffering.

      It is what It is.

      • Dennis L. says:

        Perhaps God is not deterministic, life is uncertain even God cannot predict. The universe is a fabric, it operates on probabilities, even measurement distorts the result.

        Frustrating, big project to run the universe, close is good enough. Simple explanation of why things don’t work out as we wish, “It is God’s will.”

        If we have children, some of our genes come from the beginning and some of them will go forward; that is quite an accomplishment. Those who started you tree are essentially still alive.

        A good religion gives us peace, a set of well tested rules and helps us accept life and be grateful for the good, forget the bad. It is not easy.

        Dennis L.

        • I agree. Thanks, Dennis.

        • Xabier says:

          Religions also offer rituals which ease the major –
          often shocking – transitions in life and offer consolation. A survival tool and strategy.

          • Churches also encourage friendships with others who are likely to have experienced similar problems. For example, many older women have lost their husbands. It is a huge transition to go through life alone.

            • MG says:

              A human deity who protects the poor is wanted. Some impersonal nature higher powers are the enemies of the humans.

              Thus the cult of the Mother Mary who gave birth to the human like god Jesus Christ became so popular.

              This way also the cult of various saints arose: they are human, feel like humans, behaved towards others in an empathetic way during their lives.

              An atheist higher power is cold…

        • Fred says:

          I like the idea of an arbitrary God who punishes you if you eat the wrong food, or wear the wrong clothes on the wrong day. It neatly encapsulates how random life is.

          Ate pork?!!? Straight to hell you go!

          • JMS says:

            A God joke about God as a wicked joker.

            A guy prays, “God help me please, my life is unbearable, I suffer from all kinds of ailments – diabetes, arrhythmia, migraine, clubfoot, rheumatism, baldness, toothache, myopia and varicose veins!”
            God says, “But you’re not a hunchback, are you?
            “No, thank God!”
            “Now – zzzbliiing! – you are.»

          • Fast Eddy says:

            Obesity should be punished. Not allowed

      • Dana says:

        Carl Jung said that the Christian God has a dark side, too, like everyone else.

      • Fast Eddy says:

        Brilliant!

        Create suffering then offer up salvation to ensure the rabble will worship you – and give you $$$.

        I like this!

      • Mike Roberts says:

        Yes. It seems as though, if there is a God, it shoudn’t affect us in any way whatsoever. Some groups imagine that God might have some sort of plan and that God asks us to do certain things to reach some kind of everlasting happiness. Different groups imagine different things and may emphasise different aspects at different times. Each group believes it is right. That leads some of those groups to do nice things, it leads others to do terrible things. Some groups hate other groups but maybe it all balances out.

    • They also seem to want a female deity, or almost deity. This seems to be related to the high status of Mary in some religions.

      Religions are self-organizing systems, in my opinion. No one gets direct revelation from God on what to write down. They write down what seems to be true in their view, based upon what they can observe.

      • reante says:

        Yeah it amazes me that the fact that Christianity is founded on (claimed) channelings goes universally unacknowledged.

      • MG says:

        You will not believe me: Today, I visited another customer care center of the given energy provider in the regional town and they had to close before my arrival, because one person collapsed there, they called the emergency ambulance and had to resuscitate the given person.

        They must behave like pigs…

    • Lidia17 says:

      MG, I think that is why in the Catholic religion they’ve adopted so many saints, and pray to Mary as well as to Jesus or to God-the-Father. People name their children after particular saints, and the saint’s name day is celebrated like a birthday, sometimes even more than a personal birthday.

      It’s hard for me to believe in it, but to some extent I envy those who do, because they have these ‘invisible friends’ who help them out when things go awry in the material world. I often think it would be a relief to give over my troubles, or at least have them explained, by this kind of structure. Even if they are only a shoulder to cry on.

      • MG says:

        It is a pity that even the Catholics roday stop to understand this central human feature of the Catholicism. They want some justice and ridicule the human weakness. Various social and political teachings of the Catholic church of the 19th and the 20th century remind me of the programs of a political party, state policies etc.

        But where is the naive humanity?

        The humans become cold-blooded liars pursuing personal goals.

      • Xabier says:

        I’m open-minded as to saints intervening benevolently (or rather violently if crossed, like certain Celtic ones).

        I certainly have a house sprite here of the kind which we hear about in folklore which moves or completely magics things away: to my delight, it happened with a witness present the other day, which left them utterly dumbfounded.

        If something so trivial can occur – mere mischief – and as saints certainly exist in life, so why should they too not also act from the invisible realm, whatever that might be, and for more serious ends?

        Which leads us to the comforting thought that the vile child-injectors might also get their just rewards in that very same realm…..

        • Foolish Fitz says:

          Whoever pretends not to believe in ghosts of any sort, lies to his own heart. Every man is haunted by ghosts…. Though most of us(excepted poets) are unwilling to confess the acquaintance.

          Lafcadio Hearn ‘The Eternal Hunter’

        • Kowalainen says:

          Some time ago I visited an icon of my best buddy Gautama. True to myself I prayed for nothing and got it handed to me in droves.

          Actually, I didn’t even pray, got nothing anyway.
          The wheel of time turn irregardless of imaginary conjecture of fictive realities and beings.

          No; one have to accept the fact that the world is exactly what one desires it to be. We’re just not very good at discovering and discerning that which we truly want.

          It is mostly a matter of throwing pearls before swine down here in Eden. It doesn’t really matter how good it is objectively speaking. Oh no; the rapacious primate wants it all and instead ends up with ‘the suck’ and nothing at all of any substance. Well; as long as the primate can monkey branch up in the plumes and project the perceived delusion to other cretins of equal “caliber”.

          You see; that is what copium and hopiates ultimately yields when the minds eye sobers up into reason.

          You’ve got this thing called an embodiment. It is full of wants and desires for its own continuation, which is fair enough, after all we gotta eat etc. For sure the lesser primate tendencies is obnoxious at times, but hey, they’re sort of manageable when the herd is kept at distance.

          It’s not exactly rocket science to cut down on the wants and desires until life becomes acceptable. It is a bit of suck to keep the embodiment running smoothly, that too is entirely acceptable.

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