This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
Bought a house and escrow closes in just a few days (likely early next week).
Next comes the Schlep Stuff Road Trip to get all my stuff out of storage. Plus all the buying new stuff and fixing up what needs it…
The prior W.O.O.D. got so full that it was slow to load on the Chromebook and a PITA on the tablet, so I’m making this new one despite not having a lot to put in the top notes here.
This will be DIY for a while still. I did do a Binge Watch catch up session and there’s a bunch of good ones, so well worth going there:
I may retrofit a review of a couple of the latest ones here as time permits. They’re pretty good!
Sri Lanka is in the toilet big time, and ran their “leader” out of town, burning his house down.
Dear WEFies & GEBs: Do take note where your “Green Policies” lead. They just got there before the rest of us as they implemented your policies first. This will happen in your countries too, if you “Do The Stupid” with things like banning fertilizer and fuels.
At present, Panama is having some kind of unrest too. I’ll likely do a posting on it and other similar countries / events: Just realize that if Panama blows up, “Logistics” without the canal in operation will be very “interesting”… Then add in Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, etc. etc. Oh, and Pakistan is on the verge of collapse too. Think about all those Taliban in Afghanistan next door, fully equipped with lots of US Hummvees and guns and all, just talking with the Brothers next door about guarding the nukes for them during the economic collapse… (guesses are about 200 nukes with delivery systems)
It looks like the GEBs & Gang Green have moved over one more element on the Periodic Table. It was all Carbon Carbon Carbon!!! Now they have added Nitrogen. One hopes they stop there and don’t add Oxygen to the Forbidden Elements… after all, it is in both Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxides (that are actually the things they are all hot and bothered about).
The Dems are advancing a bill to add 4 more Justices to the SCOTUS. “Watch this space” as IF they do that, all hell will break loose. (Both legally and physically, IMHO). It is a hard core end run around the will of the people and will have 1/2 the country ready to “Do a Lanka” on them, IMHO. IF they succeed, I’d expect that the Senate will block confirmation for long enough to make it a “show of shows” in time for the election. I’d also expect to see a giant up-tick in “cancel last election for fraud” support.
Ukraine is plodding along. We have dueling articles per Germany & Gas. Gazprom has sent a Force Majeure letter to the EU saying “maybe no gas and not our fault” while Putin (and Russia Today) are saying “gas flow will return to pre-shutdown levels” as maintenance finishes (so 40% as the repaired turbine is not yet in Russia).
IMHO, Russia wants to keep it running at 40% so that there isn’t enough incentive to go hard core on alternatives. Keep folks warm and productive for now. This also preserves the “stick” of shutting it off in January if needed. At 40% Europe can not put enough in storage to make it through winter, so Russia gets to “be the good guy” by keeping the gas on just enough right now; but preserves the value of the Gas Valve into winter. I’m also pretty sure they would not just obviously turn it off; but would have a “Ukrainian Missile” hit some part that isn’t too expensive to fix after they “capture” it. They want deniability and control, and that takes a subtle approach.
The Euro is tanking, hard, over all of this. Essentially at parity with the $US ($1.02 to the € just now). Outflows from Europe are huge, I’d guess, as folks expect the EU / Germany to auger in during winter. IF Germany has an economic halt on winter gas, THE major economic driver of the EU is unplugged and demand for Euros to pay for German Cars drops to zero. The FX (Foreign Exchange) impacts of that are being reflected in current exchange rates, IMHO. Plus add in the risk of W.W.III in Europe if NATO pushes their Stupid Act just a little too far. Bring in Sweden, Finland, others? Put missiles that reach Moscow on the Russian Border? Ukraine dumps missiles on Crimea? (that Russia counts as Russian Territory… and they, Russia, are the ones that decide when Russian Territory has been attacked and war is declared, so can use their whole military structure).
The whole world is in a mess right now, and it all belongs at the feet of the WEF, EU, and China Joe.
I suggest a big Hunker Down and Prep Up, ’cause this ride is NOT slowing down and not getting any smoother any time soon. Especially if “Excess Deaths” due to the Clot Shot continue running at 40% (or worse, start a logistics curve rise…). There is ever increasing “Immune escape” and “vaccine escape” happening, with rapidly rising sickness in the general population in heavily vexxinated places, like Europe. Russia had their own, more traditional vaccine, so is highly likely to not be experiencing this issue.
Virus gonna virus and we’ve done nothing but put pressure on this one to evolve away from any vaccination and to escape our immune systems, especially among those with compromised Innate Immunity System from too many vexxinations causing too much immune fatigue, lack of T-Cell memory, and low white cells (along with the potential for ADE Antibody Dependent Enhancement from all those non-neutralizing antibodies).
Essentially, the armies of the USA, UK, Europe and anywhere else that mandated The Jab are “dead man walking” level of damage for some unknown percentage. (See football / soccer player deaths for a reasonable metric of damage…) So the best we can do is hope that we don’t need to use them anywhere.
Good news? Not much. Maybe that India has a very low vaccination rate so may retain an army capable of holding off Pakistan & China? Unless, of course, a few dozen Taliban Nukes land on their major cities… but at least then that would settle the border disputes with China… /snark;
It’s a pretty grim world when the Global Leadership have collectively been turned into Psychopathic Nihilists. But that’s where we are. One can only hope some of the nukes land on Davos when they are meeting…
For more recent events, see:
I’ve also gotten addicted to the Top Ten Memes of the week from WatchMAGA here:
They have interesting “bite” to them, along with a tendency to highlight the news of the week in memes, so good as a social attitude pointer too. Plus they are “way fun” ;-)