Sunday, December 12, 2021

Proactive Not Fearful

 Not Particularly Trembling,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of fear, manufactured by individuals who were in the nominal positions of authority as the virus began to spread across the globe last year, according to Yale epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch...
​  ​“Overall, I’d say that we’ve had a pandemic of fear. And fear has affected almost everybody, whereas the infection has affected relatively few,” said Risch.
“By and large, it’s been a very selected pandemic, and predictable. It was very distinguished between young versus old, healthy versus chronic disease people. So we quickly learned who was at risk for the pandemic and who wasn’t.
“However, the fear was manufactured for everybody. And that’s what’s characterized the whole pandemic is that degree of fear and people’s response to the fear.”

​Actually, no death from Omicron has been reported anywhere in the world, unlike all of the "vaccines"​.
​  ​The new omicron variant has the potential to fuel almost 75,000 deaths in England this winter, according to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Yet out of more than 700 omicron cases detected in Europe, no deaths or serious illnesses have been reported so far, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said.

​Jim Kunstler: Omicron is a punk-ass computer iteration of the original “SARS CoV-2” computer model of a frightful pandemic agent engineered to drive the Western advanced nations batshit crazy (literally) so as to distract them from the criminal ineptitude of their financial managers. And now that the virus narrative is unspooling it’s showtime for the terminal financial follies of the age...  
the damage has accrued as the industrial nations grappled with the conundrums of wealth production vis-à-vis the decline of primary energy resources, and they are fresh out of tricks...
  CBS-News reports this morning that “household wealth has surged an astonishing $36 trillion.” Our Federal Reserve says so in a 205-page statistics dump. Oh, really? Do you know what that is? It’s called air. Something you can see clean through because the thing that is supposed to be there is not there, namely, what money is supposed to represent. This is the financial narrative, cousin to the virus narrative — making manifest the non-manifest… a ghost story around civilization’s campfire. Any minute now, the air is going to come out of the family rooms in these hypothetical millions of suddenly rich households and the people within will suffocate financially...
  The authorities everywhere in Western Civ are suddenly short on legitimacy and at every level of every department and agency. What happens when nobody believes any of their bullshit anymore? I’ll tell you what happens: Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a “Master Class in Resilience” on YouTube...

​Eleni sent this on "Joe Biden's" Summit For Democracy":
​  ​On the second day of this video conference hosted by Biden, news emerged of the British High Court ruling in favor of the U.S. government that Julian Assange is to be extradited to the United States to face trumped-up charges of espionage which could result in a death sentence​ (on International Human Rights Day, no less}. ​  
 ​  Assange is being persecuted for exposing massive U.S. war crimes, crimes against humanity, global espionage felonies and corruption. His case is a hideous warning that free speech and independent journalism are under ruthless attack by the U.S. authorities. In other words, the biggest enemy of the most basic of democratic rights is the United States government...
​  ​There is not a scintilla of substance in what the Biden administration is attempting. The meaning and purpose of the “summit for democracy” is the opposite. It is about creating tensions, conflict, undermining democracy and fomenting war...
​  ​The self​-​(or somebody)appointed leader of the free world warned about the “backsliding of democracy” caused by “autocrats” (meaning China and Russia). Biden called for the protection of voting rights and free speech. This while his administration is seeking to incarcerate Julian Assange for the rest of his life because he dared to exercise his inalienable right of free speech.

​"HANDY" Model​: Thanks Charles. (Human elites are apex predators and productive humans are middling "predators"  Apex predators can collapse an economy by depleting nature and/or middling, productive "predators". Regular working humans have to overgrow and consume too much of nature as a means of dying back or dying off. This is something that seems to happen to human civilizations again and again; we just were not very aware that this has always happened before.)
​  ​Collapses of even advanced civilizations have occurred many times in the past five thousand years, and they were frequently followed by centuries of population and cultural decline and economic regression. Although many different causes have been offered to explain individual collapses, it is still necessary to develop a more general explanation. In this paper we attempt to build a simple mathematical model to explore the essential dynamics of interaction between population and natural resources. It allows for the two features that seem to appear across societies that have collapsed: the stretching of resources due to strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity, and the division of society into Elites (rich) and Commoners (poor).
​  ​The Human And Nature DYnamical model (HANDY) was inspired by the predator and prey model, with the human population acting as the predator and nature being the prey.​..

​(The​ rumor is that this liquid fuels shortage and economic suffocation will become a crisis in 2023.)
​ Halliburton CEO and president Jeff Miller made waves this week by predicting that the world is due for a period of oil scarcity in comments at the World Petroleum Congress in Houston, Texas.
“I think that for the first time in a long time, we will see a buyer looking for a barrel of oil, as opposed to a barrel of oil looking for a buyer,” Miller said.
​  Since 2014, the oil industry has generally deemphasized building new infrastructure in the face of low prices. However, that trend may now catch up with the industry, which now finds demand for oil exceeding the available supply given current infrastructure.
​  ​Some analysts have speculated that it is increasingly likely that oil prices will soon climb to $100 per barrel, a price unseen in the past seven years and which has serious potential to disrupt the economy.​..​
​  ​This combination of infrastructural underinvestment and labor shortages is likely to result in an oil supply stretched thin to meet demand, resulting in higher prices and possible shortages.
​  ​With oil extraction occurring at a significant time lag from industry investment and the skill shortage in the labor industry showing no signs of abating, there are major reasons to believe that any scarcity in oil supplies could last long into the future.

​I have long wondered how these "units" of vitamin-D were derived. 
  Yes, the Israeli study shows the cutt-off for risk of COVID death is pretty marked at deficient vitamin-D level of 20 ng/mL, and essentially nobody dies with a level over 40​ mg/mL. I think 60-100 ng/mL is the ideal level, myself.  David Grimes MD:
​  ​I have indicated previously that by definition and before the days of physical measurement, one unit of Vitamin D was defined as the daily requirement of a 10 gram immature mouse. We can scale up from that so that the daily requirement of a 60kg human would be 6,000 units, and for a 120kg obese human 12,000 units each day. To be cautious, perhaps half of these doses would be a reasonable starting point for determining the dose that would be appropriate in achieving the blood levels of 40ng/ml, 100nmol/L. This must be the target level, as the study from Israel indicates.

​None dare call it, er... this word, here:
If vaccines cause net harms, are being deployed worldwide, and every vaccine failure just leads to more vaccination, then this situation is best understood as a genocide.
303 Athlete Cardiac Arrests, Serious Issues, 175 Dead, After COVID Shot
Aww, this always happened before, forever. It's just that the cameras were never on the athletes when they died on the field of heart attacks until this year.
No, everybody wants to blame vaccines, but these guys are dying from not seeing their doctors for a year and eating junk food, like everybody else.  (Thanks Noirette)

...On November 26, WHO designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern (3), as did the U.S. SARS-CoV-2 Interagency Group (SIG)* on November 30. On December 1, the first case of COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant was reported in the United States. As of December 8, a total of 22 states had identified at least one Omicron variant case, including some that indicate community transmission. Among 43 cases with initial follow-up, one hospitalization and no deaths were reported.

​COVID infection of fat cells is bad, if you have a lot of them. It leads to a whole lot of inflammation, and can last a lot longer, with the virus dug-in deeply.
The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the viral pathogen SARS-CoV-2, has taken the lives of millions of individuals around the world. Obesity is associated with adverse COVID-19 outcomes, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. In this report, we demonstrate that human adipose tissue from multiple depots is permissive to SARS-CoV-2 infection and that infection elicits an inflammatory response, including the secretion of known inflammatory mediators of severe COVID-19. We identify two cellular targets of SARS-CoV-2 infection in adipose tissue: mature adipocytes and adipose tissue macrophages. Adipose tissue macrophage infection is largely restricted to a highly inflammatory subpopulation of macrophages, present at baseline, that is further activated in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Preadipocytes, while not infected, adopt a proinflammatory phenotype. We further demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 RNA is detectable in adipocytes in COVID-19 autopsy cases and is associated with an inflammatory infiltrate. Collectively, our findings indicate that adipose tissue supports SARS-CoV-2 infection and pathogenic inflammation and may explain the link between obesity and severe COVID-19.
One sentence summary Our work provides the first in vivo evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in human adipose tissue and describes the associated inflammation.

​A cruder reporting for our less-couth friends... Scientists May Have Discovered Why COVID Hits Fat People Harder
​  ​As part of the study, Dr. McLaughlin, Blish and other colleagues experimented on fat obtained from bariatric surgery to see if the tissue would become infected with Covid. They found that yes, they could - but certain immune cells known as macrophages were also susceptible, and produced a 'robust' inflammatory response. The team also analyzed fat cells from Europeans who had died of Covid, and found the disease contained within fat near various organs.
​  ​According to Johns Hopkins professor of cardiology, Dr. David Kass, a man whose ideal weight is 170 lbs, yet who weighs 250 lbs, is carrying a substantial amount of fat in which the virus can 'hang out' - where it can then replicate and trigger a 'destructive immune system response.'
​  ​"If you really are very obese, fat is the biggest single organ in your body," said Kass, who added that Covid "can infect that tissue and actually reside there."

​This article is from 2015, a kinder, gentler conceptual period for many Americans, the Obama years, "after the global financial crisis".​
The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?
In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed.​ ​By Graham Allison

(​The British Empire deciding to not go to war with the ascendant Americans around 1900 is instructive for our current global situation. Can some of y'all countries out there help this war not happen?)  

​Eleni sent this article about global war/crisis vs. de-escalation and renegotiation leading to a multipolar world order. 
Pushing Ukraine into war with Russia is just so appealing. It's such a low cost option to the empire to bleed a rival.​ 
What could go wrong?  OK ... Well, what ELSE could go wrong?
Ukrainian Crisis: Are We On The Verge Of WWIII Or Pax Multipolarity?

(pictured with homestead addition in progress)


  1. Addition looking great John. Ridge board and rafters, love it, you just don't see this much anymore because of trusses. Most of the framers I know around here wouldn't have a clue as to how to do it. May the force be with you ;-).

    1. There is a lot of reinforcement still to go in on this finished-out-storage attic space, which will make it a lot stronger. Braces between attic joists and studs, knee-wall, hurricane-ties for rafters...

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    1. There is a lot of work still to do.
      The eye assumes a lot...

  3. Merry Christmas John to you and Jenny. You have been such a blessing to us this year in many ways, your weekly blogs are always so exciting to read and the pictures are an added delight. Hope to hang out before the new year...God bless you always ☺️🙏

    1. Thank You, Holly (I'm getting out 2-3 per week, though)
      I'm sorry things are so exciting, but I'm not holding my breath for it to improve.
      God Bless You, also, Holly!
      I'll keep posting pictures, but this will take a long time to completely finish inside and out. We should be seeing you around Christmas.