Dec 252020

Juan Gris Man in the café 1912


COVID19 Immunity Lasts For At Least 8 Months – Australian Researchers (RT)
Fauci Admits To Lying About Herd Immunity To Get Support For Vaccine (RT)
Study Investigates Effects Of COVID19 Vaccine On Male Fertility (L10)
Trump Told Congress To Give Americans More Money, Gets Bill With Less (Fox)
Larry Summers: $2,000 Checks Could Overheat Economy, Even $600 Is Too Much (RT)
Trump Granted Clemency Less Than Every President In Modern History Bar One (ZH)
One In Four Greek Companies Say They May Have Shut Down For Good (K.)
How Hunter Biden Allegedly Traded On Family Name, Influence (ZH)
Google Could Face Trillions In Fines In Texas Antitrust Suit (Pol.)
Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting In Unsealed Remarks (IC)



“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
– Plato





Why is everything white Mohammed Ali



But they still don’t know.

COVID19 Immunity Lasts For At Least 8 Months – Australian Researchers (RT)

People who build immunity against the coronavirus virus enjoy long-term protection from the illness, researchers in Australia have concluded, suggesting that vaccines could be effective for long periods of time. Melbourne’s Monash University announced that a team of researchers found that antibodies guard against reinfection for at least eight months. Their paper, published in the journal Science Immunology, is the “strongest evidence” yet that coronavirus jabs could be a workable solution to the health crisis, the university said. Previous studies suggested that antibodies to Covid-19 begin disappearing within several weeks or months. However, the new Australian research shows that specific cells within the immune system, called memory B cells, “remember” infection by the virus, and trigger a protective immune response by producing antibodies if re-exposure occurs.

The study examined 25 Covid-19 patients, taking 36 blood samples from them, starting four days after infection. The last samples were taken 242 days post-infection. Researchers saw that antibodies against the virus started to wane after 20 days following infection, but found that memory B cells specific to the Covid-19 virus remained stable for at least eight months. The results are good news for the efficacy of vaccines, and also help explain why there have been so few examples of people being reinfected by the virus, said Associate Professor Menno van Zelm, from the Monash University Department of Immunology and Pathology. This has been a black cloud hanging over the potential protection that could be provided by any COVID-19 vaccine and gives real hope that, once a vaccine or vaccines are developed, they will provide long-term protection.

Although there is a wide range of coronavirus vaccines that have shown to be effective at building immunity against the virus, it’s still unclear how long the protection lasts. However, vaccines will also have to keep up with mutations of the virus. BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said earlier this week that the German company would soon have a jab to counter a new strain of Covid-19 that appeared in the UK, but expressed confidence that the current vaccine developed with US firm Pfizer will still be effective for the time being. Russia’s homegrown Sputnik V vaccine is also effective against the new strain of the coronavirus, according to Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which bankrolled the jab’s development.

Read more …

Fauci sells vaccines. It’s not difficult.

Fauci Admits To Lying About Herd Immunity To Get Support For Vaccine (RT)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the epidemiologist revered almost religiously as a hero by mainstream media outlets and Democrat politicians, has admitted that he lied to Americans to manipulate their acceptance of a new Covid-19 vaccine. The intentional deception involved estimates for what percentage of the population will need to be immunized to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 and enable a return to normalcy. Earlier this year, Fauci said 60-70 percent – a typical range for such a virus – but he moved the goalposts to 70-75 percent in television interviews about a month ago. Last week, he told CNBC that the magic number would be around “75, 80, 85 percent.” When pressed on the moving target in a New York Times interview, Fauci said he purposely revised his estimates gradually.

The newspaper, which posted the article on Thursday, said Fauci changed his answers partly based on “science” and partly on his hunch “that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” “When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Fauci said. Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85. Fauci added that he doesn’t know the real number but believes the range is 70-90 percent. He said it may take nearly 90 percent, but he won’t give that number because Americans might be discouraged, knowing that voluntary acceptance won’t be high enough to reach that goal.

The article was published on Fauci’s 80th birthday, which was celebrated in the nation’s capital as “Dr. Anthony Fauci Day” after being proclaimed as such by Washington’s Democrat mayor, Muriel Bowser. CNN and other media outlets covered the occasion glowingly, including Fauci being surprised with a “serenade” by emergency medical workers as he left his office at the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday. A CNN video of the serenade included an audio clip of President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, singing the birthday song. But the doctor’s changing story on herd immunity is only the latest in a series of Covid-19 flip-flops, including 180-degree shifts on such core issues as whether members of the general public should wear masks and whether children should be sent back to school.

Just as his tone on herd immunity changed, his view on prospects for a return to normalcy shifted dramatically. A few days before the November 3 presidential election, he echoed Biden’s gloomy Covid-19 outlook and implied that the Democrat challenger would deal with the crisis more seriously than would President Donald Trump. After the election, he turned far more optimistic.

Read more …

“To protect fertility, some men may want to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination.”

Study Investigates Effects Of COVID19 Vaccine On Male Fertility (L10)

The University of Miami is investigating the possible effects of the coronavirus vaccine on male fertility. Lead researchers Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, a reproductive urologist with U Health, initiated an earlier study which found the virus was present in the testicles for up to six months following infection. That spurred his team to question the virus’ effect on sperm and reproduction. His team is now looking at the potential impact of the vaccine as well. “We’re evaluating the sperm parameters and quality before the vaccine and after the vaccine. From the biology of the COVID vaccine we believe it shouldn’t affect fertility but we want to do the study to make sure that man who want to have kids in the future to assure them it’s safe to go ahead and get the vaccine,” Ramasamy said. Study participants must have a fertility evaluation before receiving the vaccine. To protect fertility, some men may want to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination.

Read more …


Trump Told Congress To Give Americans More Money, Gets Bill With Less (Fox)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said a bipartisan coronavirus relief and omnibus bill has been enrolled and is on its way to President Trump for his signature. “We urge him to sign this bill into law to give immediate relief to hardworking families,” Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted. The enrollment comes after House Republicans rejected the president’s demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans. The rare Christmas Eve session of the House lasted just minutes, with help for millions of Americans awaiting Trump’s signature on a smaller COVID relief and government funding bill. Trump’s refusal of the $900 billion package, which is linked to a $1.4 trillion government funding bill, could spark a federal shutdown at midnight Monday.

His push to increase direct payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples has gotten support from Democrats but splits the GOP. The Senate cleared the relief package on Monday by a 92-6 vote after the House approved it 359-53. Those vote totals would be enough to override a veto should Trump decide to take that step. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., helped negotiate the year-end deal, a prized bipartisan compromise that won sweeping approval in the House and Senate after the White House assured GOP leaders that Trump supported it.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin boasted that the $600 checks all sides had agreed to for Americans would in the mail in a week. Democrats will recall House lawmakers to Washington for a vote Monday on Trump’s proposal, with a roll call that would put all members on record as supporting or rejecting the $2,000 checks. They are also considering a Monday vote on a stop-gap measure to at least avert a federal shutdown, keeping the government running until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated next month. Even if the House is able to approve Trump’s $2,000 checks on Monday, that measure would likely die in the GOP-controlled Senate, which is due back in session on Tuesday.

Read more …

Larry doesn’t need $2,000, thank you very much.

Larry Summers: $2,000 Checks Could Overheat Economy, Even $600 Is Too Much (RT)

Larry Summers, a lead player in Democrat financial policies since the 1990s, triggered left-wing outrage by suggesting that sending Americans $2,000 stimulus checks amid the Covid-19 pandemic could cause the economy to overheat. “I’m not even sure I’m so enthusiastic about the $600 checks, and I think taking them to $2,000 would actually be a pretty serious mistake that would risk a temporary overheat,” Summers said Thursday in a Bloomberg TV interview. The former Harvard University president added that he would like to see more money allocated to bail out financially troubled local governments, but promoting consumer spending shouldn’t be a priority.

Summers made his comments as some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked to increase payouts to consumers to $2,000, rather than the $600 called for in the latest Covid-19 relief legislation. President Donald Trump on Tuesday night called the current bill a “disgrace” and said stimulus checks should be $2,000. Conservative Republican Senator Josh Hawley and far-left Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders are among the proponents of larger payouts to Americans. “I have to say that when you see the two extremes agreeing, you can almost be certain that something crazy is in the air,” Summers said. “And so when I see a coalition of Josh Hawley, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump getting behind an idea, I think that’s time to run for cover.”

Summers was a World Bank economist before joining President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1993. He was named Clinton’s Treasury secretary in 1999, and he was director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama. “Careful everyone,” a self-described trade unionist tweeted. “This Clinton administration alumnus is worried that the inflation god is going to strike us down all of a sudden. Funny how austerity is firmly back on the Dem agenda immediately when one of them gets into office.”

Read more …

Trump gets criticized because he’s Trump.

Trump Granted Clemency Less Than Every President In Modern History Bar One (ZH)

Well this is going to break the mainstream media narrative… As Trump has pardoned some relatively high profile individuals such as Roger Stone, General Mike Flynn, and Paul Manafort, the liberalati has got its gender-neutral panties in a bundle over these “digusting”, “corrupt”, “cronyism” actions. It turns out however that, even including the recent surge, PewResearch reports that Trump has used his clemency power less often than any president in modern history (apart from Bush Senior), according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice. President Trump has granted clemency or pardoned 98 people in the last four years (76 pardons and 22 commutations). Obama, by comparison, granted clemency 1,927 times during his eight-year tenure, including 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations.

In terms of total executive clemency actions, Obama granted the most since Harry S. Truman The only modern president who granted clemency less frequently than Trump is George H.W. Bush, who granted 77 pardons and commutations in his single term. As PewResearch writes, clemency refers to multiple forms of presidential mercy. The two most common forms are pardons, which forgive past crimes and restore civil rights, and commutations, which completely or partially reduce sentences for those in prison or on community supervision. Two less-common forms are remissions, which reduce financial penalties associated with convictions, and respites, which are temporary reprieves that are usually granted to inmates for medical reasons.

The Justice Department’s statistics, it’s important to note, do not count clemency granted through proclamation or executive order, such as the actions taken by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to forgive thousands of Vietnam-era draft dodgers. The DOJ numbers also count some clemency recipients twice – for example, in cases where someone received both a pardon and a commutation. While rare so far, Trump’s use of presidential clemency has caused controversy because of the nature of his pardons and commutations. Many of Trump’s clemency recipients have had a “personal or political connection to the president,” according to a July analysis by the Lawfare blog, and he has often circumvented the formal process through which clemency requests are typically considered.

But Trump is far from the only president who has faced scrutiny over his use of clemency. Obama’s frequent use of commutations, particularly for prisoners convicted of drug-related crimes, prompted criticism from Republicans, who said it benefited “an entire class of offenders” and infringed on the “lawmaking authority” of the legislative branch. And President Bill Clinton drew bipartisan condemnation for pardoning a fugitive commodities trader, Marc Rich, on his last day in office in 2001.

Read more …

“..with the rate rising significantly in the sectors of food service (41.7%) and retail commerce (34%).”

One In Four Greek Companies Say They May Have Shut Down For Good (K.)

About one in four enterprises (23%) is contemplating the possibility of not reopening after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, with the rate rising significantly in the sectors of food service (41.7%) and retail commerce (34%). This is according to a survey by Opinion Poll for the Athens Professional Chamber (EEA) on December 14-18 on a sample of 1,002 chamber members. Even if they do not decide to shut down for good, a large section of enterprises say they will resort to layoffs: Almost a quarter of companies (24%) say this is a likely or very likely prospect, rising to 49.5% of enterprises in food service. In commerce, the sector that accounts for the highest share of employment in Greece, the rate comes to 22.7%.

The survey has found that the rate of intended layoffs is much higher among enterprises employing more than five people. Therefore 39.8% of companies with six to 10 workers intend to lay off staff, with the rate rising to 41.6% among those with 11-20 people and coming to 40.4% among enterprises with over 20 employees. If these intentions turn into action after the lockdown, they will send unemployment soaring. They stem from the high degree of pessimism among businesses, especially after the start of the second lockdown. One in four companies believe the economic crisis due to the pandemic will last more than two years, and another 27% think it will take a couple of years before normality returns.

Some 34% of corporations expect the crisis to last another year and only 11% are more optimistic, saying the crisis will be over in some six months. “According to our own estimates, one in three enterprises may have opened for the last time and never reopen,” Giorgos Kavvathas, president of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE), told Kathimerini. He added that the food service sector he also heads mostly considers that next year will be lost too, as unlike in the financial crisis of the 2010s, tourism will not come to the rescue.

Read more …

Twitter won’t silence WSJ.

How Hunter Biden Allegedly Traded On Family Name, Influence (ZH)

Just days after outgoing AG William Barr said there is “no need” to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden despite revelations about a federal criminal investigation into Biden’s business conduct, we’re seeing the latest “scoop” about the younger Biden’s alleged misdeeds. In a lengthy investigative report, the WSJ has reportedly confirmed that the younger Biden traded on his purported influence and family ties during his business dealings in Ukraine and China (along with his conduct at home in his personal life, where he has seemingly careened from one disaster to the next) to enrich himself – and, importantly, his family as well. Importantly, in the story, WSJ explicitly notes that “none of the Journal’s reporting found that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s activities, which mostly took place around the time Obama’s second term was wrapping up.”

Our initial reaction: Of course it wouldn’t. But that doesn’t matter so much right now: What this shows is that the federal agents leading the “criminal tax probe” into the younger Biden are looking into how influence peddling and the Biden family name played into this, which could be very, very bad for Hunter’s father, and the Democrats. But the fact that WSJ is reporting and seemingly confirming that the younger Biden benefited ‘because of his last name and connections’ still has significance. Even though it shares an owner with Fox News, WSJ, with its closet full of Pulitzers, is still “respected” by the mainstream press.

Through reportedly talking with people familiar with Biden’s business dealings, WSJ managed to confirm various that the younger Biden received a discounted stake in a Chinese PE firm that was at the center of the NY Post’s reporting, along with consulting arrangements with a Romanian property magnate which “overall allowed him to maintain a globe-trotting lifestyle, according to interviews, documents and communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.” It even confirmed that Biden receiving a 2.8-carat diamond from a Chinese energy tycoon that has reportedly found its way to the center of the federal investigation into the president’s sons actions. Most of the details were clearly leaked to WSJ by Senate Republicans. But the takeaway here is pretty clear: even if the information is being used for political purposes, the investigation into Biden holds water. After all, federal investigations aren’t opened up for nothing.

By now, as Trump continues with his wave of pardons (he has of course pardoned far fewer people than his predecessor, even adjusted for his shorter time in the saddle), the GOP is ensuring that the investigation into Hunter Biden will be as fraught with leaks and bombshells and “scoops” as any other high profile investigation, including – most obviously – the Mueller probe. Social media could block out the NY Post, but they couldn’t block out WSJ. Though the story wasn’t widely covered, now that WSJ has “moved” on it, how much longer can its rivals – even WaPo and NYT – keep this from becoming an “essential” story after inauguration day. Otherwise, they will lose what little credibility they have left, as critics challenge the press to step up and hold Biden “accountable” like they did Trump.

There also might be an element of payback at play here, as WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch seeks to get back in Trump’s good graces after the president sicced his legions of loyal followers on Fox News, threatening its fat profit margins. Either way, one thing is clear: Leaks like this aren’t going to stop.

Read more …

“..tate officials are likely to use the prospect as leverage in negotiations to force the search giant to accept a breakup…”

Google Could Face Trillions In Fines In Texas Antitrust Suit (Pol.)

Move over, Europe. Tucked in near the end of the 130-page antitrust lawsuit Texas filed against Google last week are claims that could force the search giant to pay out trillions of dollars in damages, dwarfing previous levies against the company. That would be a serious blow even to a company as large as Google, with its $1.16 trillion market cap. And it gives the states additional leverage to push for the company to agree to a breakup, perhaps in exchange for reduced fines. The lawsuit, which also includes eight other states, accuses Google of rigging online ad auctions to increase its own profits at the expense of website publishers, who have struggled to make the same kind of money from web ads as from television, print and radio.

The states have asked the court to force the company to sell off pieces of its business to take away its power to control such auctions. But there are other allegations that could cut Google even more deeply. Texas also alleges that Google violated state laws that forbid unfair or deceptive business practices — laws that mandate steep fines for each violation. The attorneys general plan to argue that every online bid allegedly manipulated by Google violates state laws, which would lead to a massive pileup of fines. “The potential for the lawsuit is in the trillions of dollars,” said Joe Crews, who served in the Texas attorney general’s office in the 1990s and now has his own firm in Austin. “This is something they are going to have to pay attention to and they are going to have to commit resources to. Even if Google ultimately prevails it’s still going to cost them a whole ton of money.”

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the potential fines, pointing to the company’s statement when the suit was filed calling it “meritless.” The states have used these laws to force major companies to pay out large sums of money in the past. Last month, Apple agreed to pay $113 million to 34 states for slowing down the batteries in older iPhones. Credit reporting agency Equifax paid $175 million to the states as part of a settlement into its 2017 data breach. In Europe, Google has already paid more than $9 billion in fines for violating competition rules. But those penalties are widely considered failures that didn’t result in any long-term changes to Google’s behavior. But the prospect of fines substantially in excess of Google’s $160 billion in annual revenue might have a bigger deterrent effect, individuals close to the case said.

Antitrust experts say the likelihood Google has to shell out trillions in cash is minimal, but state officials are likely to use the prospect as leverage in negotiations to force the search giant to accept a breakup.

Read more …

“..more than half the time we’re showing ads to someone other than the advertisers’ intended audience..”

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting In Unsealed Remarks (IC)

Facebook is currently waging a PR campaign purporting to show that Apple is seriously injuring American small businesses through its iOS privacy features. But at the same time, according to allegations in recently unsealed court documents, Facebook has been selling them ad targeting that is unreliable to the point of being fraudulent. The documents feature internal Facebook communications in which managers appear to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities, including that ads reached the intended audience less than half of the time they were shown and that data behind a targeting criterion was “all crap.” Facebook says the material is presented out of context.

They emerged from a suit currently seeking class-action certification in federal court. The suit was filed by the owner of Investor Village, a small business that operates a message board on financial topics. Investor Village said in court filings that it decided to buy narrowly targeted Facebook ads because it hoped to reach “highly compensated and educated investors” but “had limited resources to spend on advertising.” But nearly 40 percent of the people who saw Investor Village’s ad either lacked a college degree, did not make $250,000 per year, or both, the company claims. In fact, not a single Facebook user it surveyed met all the targeting criteria it had set for Facebook ads, it says.

The complaint features Facebook documents indicating that the company knew its advertising capabilities were overhyped and underperformed. A “February 2016 internal memorandum” sent from an unnamed Facebook manager to Andrew Bosworth, a Zuckerberg confidant and powerful company executive who oversaw ad efforts at the time, reads, “[I]nterest precision in the US is only 41%—that means that more than half the time we’re showing ads to someone other than the advertisers’ intended audience. And it is even worse internationally. … We don’t feel we’re meeting advertisers’ interest accuracy expectations today.” The lawsuit goes on to quote unnamed “employees on Facebook’s ad team” discussing their targeting capabilities circa June 2016:

One engineer celebrated that detailed targeting accounted for “18% of total ads revenue,” and $14.8 million on June 17th alone. Using a smiley emoticon, an engineering manager responded, “Love this chart! Although if the most popular option is to combine interest and behavior, and we know for a fact our behavior is almost all crap, does this mean we are misleading advertiser [sic] a bit? :)” That manager proceeded to suggest further examination of top targeting criteria to “see if we are giving advertiser [sic] false hope.”

Read more …



We try to run the Automatic Earth on donations. Since ad revenue has collapsed, you are now not just a reader, but an integral part of the process that builds this site.

Click at the top of the sidebars for Paypal and Patreon donations. Thank you for your support.









Support the Automatic Earth in virustime, election time, all the time. Click at the top of the sidebars to donate with Paypal and Patreon.


Home Forums Debt Rattle Christmas Day 2020

Viewing 25 posts - 1 through 25 (of 25 total)
  • Author
  • #67283

    Juan Gris Man in the café 1912   • COVID19 Immunity Lasts For At Least 8 Months – Australian Researchers (RT) • Fauci Admits To Lying About Herd
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle Christmas Day 2020]

    Dr. D

    “One In Four Greek Companies Say They May Have Shut Down For Good (K.)”

    Can’t stop, won’t stop until all small assets have been transferred to the billionaire insiders. …Just like the 1929 transfer, the 1870 transfer, the 1840 transfer…

    When the harvesting of live human beings is complete and an appropriate number have been removed, we can open up and start over. Resistance is futile. Submit or die.

    They tell you they’re doing it. They write it down in papers and books. It’s not my fault if you don’t believe what they themselves write, sign, publish, and distribute.

    “William Barr said there is “no need” to appoint a special counsel”

    However Roger Stone says he has found a need to investigate Bill Barr, as part of a few dozen $25M lawsuits involving DoJ malfeasance and suppression of evidence.

    Should be wonderfully entertaining, which is his way. Besides whatever they were planning with him last time didn’t go off, so he’ll get a second run at it.

    “Google Could Face Trillions In Fines In Texas Antitrust Suit (Pol.)”

    But you can’t sue the Federal Government. Google is 99% CIA. The minute they’re destroyed, the rest of us can sleep at last.

    But that’s going to take a while. Probably a distributed internet providing, which is beginning to come on now. World-wide Pirate Bay for every click.

    But that’s all the Sound and the Fury. Signifying nothing. Here’s something more important:

    Being driven out of their house by a crooked, rapacious, mindless state seeking for taxes like the unblinking eye of Sauron,

    “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Like 2:7

    Neato! Now why did Luke mention this? What possible relevance has this to any when they don’t mention his childhood, youth, or training? What does a Roman-era “stable” with a “manger” look like?


    So a bare stone room with a bare stone box in it. You know: just like a tomb with a coffin, a sepulcher. And they wrapped him in a white cloth and laid him in the stone box. First act. That is, this child was born to die, born from a woman, wrapped in a winding sheet, and put in a tiny coffin.

    Just one of the many foreshadowings, many magics to come, to play out over the years, before, as the song says,

    “O Saviour, tear the veils asunder” “God and man are reconciled.”

    What does that mean? That Christ’s act, that Christ is still alive and in the throneroom of God re-opened the doorway from earth to heaven, and unlike the fall of man until that day, we can re-access heaven and goodness should we choose to walk through.

    But that’s our choice to look to heaven, to become heavenly and pure, and bring ourselves to “Christ Consciousness” and thus not only ourselves but our world to a higher level, leaving behind the crooked, false, sinful, shameful things we read and discuss all day. For we see them, yes. What’s the solution? How do WE leave just selfishness, fear, and abuse behind? How do we get love, generosity, wisdom INSIDE ourselves? Certain nothing out here is causing us to. Well you are part of humanity, and in connection with your kinsman redeemer, who lives yet, in a timeless place.

    Choose it if you wish. I can’t make you.


    The recent article on stocking rates for cattle in re-purposed subdivisions made me think of the chatter that surrounds any discussion of the theories of Thomas Malthus, the cleric who predicted in 1798 that Britain would soon run out of food if population growth was not checked. He was absolutely correct, and had the advances in agriculture not occurred Britain would indeed have known great food insecurity.

    Malthus was writing in the 1790’s, when agricultural practices in Britain were hobbled by lack of scientific knowledge and by lack of good and efficient machinery. Both of these were remedied in the next 20 years, and good thing too, because the Napoleonic sea blockades of Britain would have caused considerable hardship. There were several significant advances in those years: improved livestock breeding by gentleman farmers produced much better sheep, cattle and poultry breeds. Improved agricultural implements (all blacksmith made) made tilling the soil much more efficient. And the great surge in scientific knowledge developed by gentleman scientists enabled agronomists to make much better decisions.

    The biggest problem for farmers was their inability to control weeds. Because the tillage implements were so crude, the fallow year (keeping the soil bare, and harrowing often) became very important. And much of the time the rotation was a fallow year followed by a grain crop followed by several years of pasturing. In very short succession farmers learned of improved ploughs and harrows, improved horse breeds for stronger draught, the invention of the seed drill (which could efficiently plant small seed in rows) and the adoption of improved crop rotations from Flanders. Adopting turnips as a field crop was incredibly important as it provided a cheap feed source for overwintering cattle, especially dairy cattle. Turnips and grain could be planted in rows and then the soil between the rows could be cultivated with a horse-hoe, dramatically reducing the weed burden in the crop year and in subsequent years. Another feature of the new rotation was a legume crop although they did not know about fixing nitrogen.

    Knowledge of soil science was sparse, and largely empirical. There was still great debate over the role of soil – was it merely a substrate to provide support to the roots? or to deliver moisture? or nutrients? Some knew that soil needed to be improved with sand, lime and organic material, although they did not know the ideal proportions. Some knew that manure was invaluable, and I have seen instructions for constructing composting pits from the late 1810’s.

    All of these advances enabled Britain to feed it’s growing urban population and Malthus was mocked (again).

    Advances in steel-making in the 1850’s was a huge game-changer. The smelting of iron was well-known but it naturally came with a high proportion of carbon, and at over 4% the carbon formed graphite pockets in the iron which made it very weak. The carbon could be made into strands of slag by repeated heating and hammering the iron (hence, wrought iron) or the carbon could be burned away by the process know as puddling, which required skilled and dangerous work by craftsmen and could produce steel in batches of 1,000 pounds or so. The invention of the Bessemer process in the early 1850’s changed everything. Air was fed into the bottom of a great pear-shaped refractory vessel of molten iron and the carbon burned off, yielding tons and tons of mild steel per batch ready to be worked, cast, or improved with alloy minerals. Alloy steel was well-known at a workbench-technology level but now alloy steel could be made in industrial quantities. The blast furnace was soon developed, which was even more efficient.

    The effect of cheap steel on agricultural machinery was immediate. Tillage machinery had been made of wood with iron wearing parts. Now it could all be steel – strong and light. Moldboard ploughs changed the agricultural world. And the good cheap steel enabled iron ships, high pressure steam boilers, rolled train rails. The invention of horse-drawn cutting machines and combines, along with railways and ships, meant that the grain fields of France, Syria, eastern Europe and the American mid-west could feed the world! Malthus be damned!

    New developments kept piling up: artificial nitrogen fertiliser, chemical weed control, advances in irrigation, deep-well sources of irrigation water, improved plant and animal varieties, industrial-scale meat production, and now totally artificial food. In all of this there are two principal themes:

    One: since the development of grain agriculture in Mesopotamia and China the surplus food available to a society meant that non-producing sectors of society could be supported: merchants, priests, soldiers, and rulers; and the general population could and would increase in numbers although with a less-healthy lifestyle;

    and two: the non-producing sectors always made sure that the farmers were left with just enough to survive, and no more. Taxes, tithes, monopolies and looting troops made sure of that.

    And now here we are entering a new decade and we are seriously discussing the carrying capacity of re-purposed subdivisions. All of the advances that made Malthus’ name a joke have stalled. Fossil aquifers are running dry, weeds and pests are evading the chemical herbicides and pesticides, and climate change is making the planting of each crop more of a crapshoot. The elites are draining even more from the productive classes of our societies. And as Thomas Malthus suggested 200 years ago, we will face either population reduction through famine and disease or we will face a dramatically lower standard of living. That latter might mean 5 families living in what used to be a McMansion, with no central heating or cooling, no public utilities, and a diet of mostly pulses and coarse grains. Meat may come from feral cats and dogs, and pigeons from what used to be the park before the homeless encamped there. This dark future need not be permanent – once expectations and the population have both been reduced – people will find a way to be happy with their lot, and to live in much less dense circumstances. It’s just getting there that will be the hardship.

    Life has been so much worse for so many. Imagine being in the way of the aforementioned Napoleon’s army on its way to Moscow, or worse, being in the way of the desperate remnant on its way back. A crowded life in Cincinnati would look good to those peasants on that great Eurasian plain.


    The Bones of Waterloo

    Digging up battlefield bones for their phosphorus



    The Haber-Bosch process also helped mock Malthus.

    The Big Three nutrients NPK

    Haber allowed the production of agricultural nitrogen (N) from fossil fuels

    Haber also helped develop chemical warfare agents for the WWI German trench nightmare.

    In the 1920’s, he was instrumental in developing Zyklon B

    So he burned the candle at both ends.


    The second member of the Big Three (P)

    Peak phosphorus (P)

    It is scheduled to arrive at 2030

    Manure is the best small scale solution to recycle the Big (P)

    Recycling (P) in sewage is not cost effective yet on industrial scales.

    No more cheap phosphorus for you!

    It all ends up inaccessible in the oceans in large scale farming.


    From Forbes on running out of resources:
    “… The world will never run out of phosphorus or potassium; there’s huge amounts out there in the oceans, and in fact that’s where the runoff from our phosphate rock and potash-based fertilizers go.

    But when those supplies run out, the process of recovering phosphate from agricultural waste, runoff, and sewage will be so expensive that many forms of agriculture that depend on cheap NPK fertilizers will suffer.

    Let’s not even get started on the step change in cost that mining it from the ocean would entail.”


    From 2011

    Peak Potassium: The Next Resource War

    “..a potassium shortage will be much more serious than an oil shortage. We can develop substitute strategies for energy, but potassium is a part of our bodies, and part of the plant tissues that feed our bodies. The next time some moron tells you that we needn’t worry about running out of our natural resources because we humans are infinitely clever and can find a substitute for anything, ask him how he will maintain the electrolytic balance in the tissues of his body (essentially, the sodium/potassium balance) without potassium. Without this mineral, we die.”


    Today is a day of reflection.
    Today I want to express my thanks to all the TAE community.
    Not having TAE would leave me in the dark of the gigantic forces that are shaping my tomorrows.
    This community contributes in time and research to flesh out the scraps of knowledge that we find under the bountiful banquets of the elites.
    The gathering of that knowledge does not translate into action by us, the economic slaves, that would change the trajectory of those gigantic forces that the enablers are controlling.
    Being made aware of the conditions of life of other people around the world does not change our local conditions.

    We are but a small part of the spectrum of life.
    Life arose and evolved from the original conditions of the universe being populated by hydrogen atoms,
    We are but one in a long line of LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor)
    Our activities are but a small contribution that helps to improve the continuation of life.
    Long after humans are gone, life will still be filling the universe.

    I wish “Peace to all.”

    Dr. D

    In continuing spirit of Christmas, Salon gushes with with joys of Pottersville over Bedford Falls.

    “All Hail Pottersville!
    The “bad” town in “It’s a Wonderful Life” jumps and jives 24/7 with hot bars and cool chicks — while “wholesome” Bedford Falls is a claustrophobic sno

    Being rich, entitled intellectual from U.C. Berkeley, proudly living in the filth-ridden streets of San Francisco, medieval diseases and all, where drug overdoses kill 5x more people than Covid, he waxes poetic on the merits of violence, extortion, and prostitution. …Clearly having never lived in any such places and so privileged, he’s never met or spent time with any such people. In his words, they just “add color” to an otherwise boring, terrible world.

    He joyfully concludes that we need not pine, for Pottersville won! We all live in Pottersville now!

    In reality, living in Pottersville he would find no jobs, low pay, extortion, mugging, beatings, sexual assaults, rapes, incest, drug use and abuse, bleak, dark and endless days unable to hope or improve one’s self since given a crooked, company-town system, one cannot get ahead. You’ll “own nothing and you’ll be…” violent. Hungry. Suicidal.

    …Just like all of America from Elizabethtown to Sacramento. With dead, cold bodies being found each Christmas in a ruined, collapsing house. Ask me how I know.

    But fellows at the top of such system like founders and editors of Salon wouldn’t know this, having never met any of these people, but finding their desperate violent lives charming, wonderful…so long as they are at a very VERY great distance. So long as HE runs the casino as the paid suck-up of Governor Potter, and THEY are stuck with the watered down drinks and crooked bouncers, tossing them in prison on hilarious, novelic trumped-up charges Alexandre Dumas would shudder at.

    Because his life is so boring and meaningless, rich and in the suburbs, he can only dream of something happening to relieve the boredom. The desperate ennui of rich, pointless existence. Where exciting things only happen to others because when Daddy’s here, you can never fail.

    I say we air-drop him into a trailer park in Charleston W. Virginia, Christmas day, with the hilarity of no money, no clothes, and no friends, a bottle of Rye he loves so dearly. …It’d do him good to meet the natives he wishes the joys and wonders of Pottersville to.

    Newsflash: if you were in Pottersville, you’d dream of having a job, stability, a decent house, even if you had to go to church and the PTA to get it. If only he could find out. But Daddy. Daddy bucks, Daddy government.


    On the Medical-International-Complex (MIC II?): Fauci, vaccines, etc.

    Twitter, a-hem, this caught my eye, WHO’s change in the definition of herd immunity.


    Laboratory Escapes and “Self-fulfilling prophecy” Epidemics.

    by M. Furmanski

    This paper presents an historical review of outbreaks of PPPs or similarly transmissible pathogens that occurred from presumably well-funded and supervised nationally supported laboratories.

    PPPs = Potentially Pandemic Pathogens.

    14 pp. 2014. First ex. is from 1966 (smallpox ..), and the last concerns Foot and Mouth disease, 2007. Good read / refresher.


    Violation Tracker on Pfizer.

    <i>Penalty total since 2000:  $4,712,210,359</i>

    I knew they lost many cases paid compensation etc. but this sum is staggering. These are games of astonishing gains – billions – with some losses …


    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all!

    John Day
    Jenny and I are fortunate to have had a pretty normal and busy year, despite all of the changes this year. We have been well, and Jenny’s big spinal surgery in July went well. Jenny is fully recovered and working daily at her school.

    Holly (not Tommy), Amber, and Amber’s husband, Philip all had COVID. They all took antivirals, and they are all doing well. We have all been taking 5000 units per day of vitamin-D this year. We hope that you also have, and still are.

    Your own immune system is the miracle drug for this weird virus. Low vitamin-D weakens your immune system. Low and extremely low vitamin-D levels are the norm in our modern world, since people live and travel “indoors”, and do not get hours of daily sun on their skins. There is good medical analysis that up to 87% of COVID deaths are directly linked to low vitamin-D.

    People have a trained reflex; “don’t take too much!” I’ll tell you my experience and also a recent study that looked at getting vitamin-D levels up to normal quickly. The observational study used 60,000 units of vitamin D3 per day for 2-3 weeks. More than half of the participants got a mid-normal blood level by 2 weeks, but about a quarter of them still had a blood level below the target range of 50 or more, at the end of 3 weeks. Nobody had a higher than normal level. Normal is 30-100, and the target range here was 50-100.

    60,000 Units per day is a big number, but it is 1.25 mg of vitamin-D, which sounds much smaller.

    My experience is that people don’t absorb all of a big dose, and absorb multiple smaller doses better.

    People who take two pills of 5000 units per day (the largest dose our stores here sell) will usually get up into the low normal range in 2-3 months, but not always. It is ok to catch up missed doses when you remember.

    I have given away over $500 of vitamin-D 5000 units this year. Another 200 bottles of 100 pills should come in today or tomorrow, for $670. It will also be given to patients, coworkers, friends, neighbors and family. I gave a bottle to a beggar I see on my bike ride, instead of the usual dollar bill, and a school crossing guard who waves at me. I explained the benefits and urged them to take it daily. They said they were on Friday when I saw them again. Jenny got $120 worth of Vitamin D at Costco and gave it to all of her coworkers when they had an outbreak at school last month. I treated three of her coworkers (including a husband with cancer) without seeing them in clinic.

    Ivermectin is the core antiviral treatment that works very well at all stages of COVID, including prevention.

    Vitamin-D should be taken as a baseline, and it should be added if someone who gets sick is not already taking it.

    Zinc has long been known to disrupt corona viral reproduction.

    Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance website keeps up with this, as do I at, though I keep up with a lot of other things, too. We have entered a time of rapid and disorienting societal transformation

    It is important, in my professional opinion, not to expose yourself to the risks of vaccines, which have not been through extended testing.

    Coronavirus vaccines have a specific problem called “Pathogenic Priming”, which means that when the vaccine works to produce antibodies, it also works to prime a fatal response for the host animal or person, when exposed to the coronavirus. This became apparent after SARS in the early 2000s. They tried repeatedly to make coronavirus vaccines, but too many lab animals always died. They never developed any coronavirus vaccine safe enough for human trials.

    There are no animal trials this time, for any of the COVID-19 vaccines.

    Wait to see how this works out for people. Take 5000 units per day of vitamin D.

    Share the I-Mask-Plus treatment protocol from the COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance with your doctor.

    Print it up and take it with you or mail it.

    Ivermectin, zinc and doxycycline treatment packs are being sold in India, where they are using a LOT of them, to good effect.

    Some of you who live nearby have gotten an orange tree seedling we grew and some Vitamin-D for Christmas.


    Fauci admitted he lied – many others have used the same ridiculous story. E.g. saying they stated masks were not helpful / necessary (following WHO advice) and then later admitting they ‘lied’ – so as to keep the small stock available for hospital personnel. (Macron for ex.)

    So blatant lies are excusable because somehow some motive to manipulate ppl is positive if the lies are somehow later revealed as to be ‘for the common good.’

    This amounts to accepting low-level abuser aka con-man moves on a large scale. (“Honey I lied to you for your own good, that man would have kidnapped Kristy” – “Darling, my sweet, I couldn’t tell you the truth at the time, you might have gone off the rails, now the problem is solved”..)

    Of course for a pol. or public figure to admit they lied is terrible, it is an inexcusable violation. They do it because they have no other choice. They didn’t lie at the time, they believed what they said (Fauci on immunity, Macron on masks) but they have to follow those who control them, who change the messages / principles rapidly. So they prefer to say they were not ‘sincere’ at the time and had ‘hidden motives’, confessing to, hopefull,y a minor sin, to avoid acknowledging they are pressured, or controlled, or haven’t a clue what is going on, etc. To keep their positions! Fauci of course knows all, but even he has to ‘review’ and correct what he says.

    John Day

    Political Jesus, by Pepe Escobar is quite good
    Now imagine the scene – worthy of a Scorsese epic: an outsider, itinerant preacher from Galilee, arriving in the mean streets with his posse, all speaking in weird accents, with the crowds shouting he may be the Messiah.

    And then, the ultimate set piece: he enters the Temple, by himself, and overthrows the tables of the moneylenders. What did he really want?

    That’s Political Jesus 1 and 2.

    1. To graphically stress the end of the old order – Temple included – and the coming of the “new kingdom”.

    2. To express – politically – the growing popular revolt against the ruling elite.

    And by a simple twist of fate, that’s when he sealed his destiny.

    Blowback was instantaneous. The Jewish priests had to be placated. They feared Roman retaliation. And then Caiaphas saw his opening, telling them – according to the Gospel by John – “it is better for one man to die for the people”.

    And that’s how Jesus the Outsider was used as only a pawn in their game to maintain order in Jerusalem.

    He was now free to enter History as a larger than life Martyr, Savior, and Myth.


    Per John Day’s recommendation, I have been taking 5,000 units of vitamin D each day for most of 2020. (Up here in the cold great north they only let us have 1,000 sized pills.) (Also vitamin C.)

    However, I will now make one small adjustment starting today. I will start taking 2,000 units (2 pills) in the morning and then 3,000 units (3 pills) in the evening before going to bed, to spread out the vitamin D better.

    I also do 10 minutes of light therapy each night because I suffer from dry skin. This has been one of the best discoveries I have ever made because now my skin doesn’t break out into red rashes all over my body. Unfortunately, it took me 64 years to figure this out! None of my doctors ever suggested this to me.

    One very pleasant side effect of this light therapy is I no longer crave sunshine during the winter months.



    Thanks for posting about the downstream effects of being able to make steel.

    I had never really seen it put that way.

    I do know, for example, the Vikings used to get their meagre iron supplies from peat boggs. Surprisingly their iron also had a little bit of nickel in it so their iron was less prone to rust. I think the average Viking family was lucky to have accumulated about a pound or two of iron for ship nails, tools, etc. For more info look up peat bogg iron.

    When the vikings came to Newfoundland, they settled in the very far north of the island which is very strange since southern Newfoundland is so much nicer. I suspect they might have been looking for peat bogg iron, like back home, to make nails to repair their ships.


    John Day:

    Your comment about “Political Jesus” in many ways resembles the experience President Trump, an outsider, has suffered at the hands of corrupt Washington DC politicians.

    He has exposed the corruption in Washington by congress (turning over the tables so to speak.)

    To punish him, he has been robbed of re-election (a political death sentence) through election fraud by the corrupt Washington DC politicians.

    The Republicans have nicely played the role of Judas.

    John Day

    Thanks WES, I’m getting a “Christ Complex”!


    John Day

    Michael Hudson again:
    The Ten Commandments were about debt

    ​ ​ People tend to think of the Commandment ‘do not covet your neighbour’s wife’ in purely sexual terms but actually, the economist says it refers specifically to creditors who would force the wives and daughters of debtors into sex slavery as collateral for unpaid debt.
    “This goes all the way back to Sumer in the third millennium,” he said.
    ​ ​Similarly, the Commandment ‘thou shalt not steal’ refers to usury and exploitation by threat for debts owing.
The economist says Jesus was crucified for his views on debt. Crucifixion being a punishment reserved especially for political dissidents.
​ ​”To understand the crucifixion of Jesus is to understand it was his punishment for his economic views,” says Professor Hudson. “He was a threat to the creditors.”
​ ​Jesus Christ was a socialist activist for the continuity of regular debt jubilees that were considered essential to the wellbeing of ancient economies.

    ​This is pretty bizarre. Hang in there until the parts about Lady Lynn Rothschild, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. ​
    There is probably enough to hold your attention from there.
    The Dangerous Alliance of Rothschild and the Vatican of Francis by F. William Engdahl

    John Day

    Oh, thanks to Geppetto for that Rothschild, Pope, Epstein, Maxwell article.
    These people all seem to know each other.

    Doc Robinson

    Some unexpected criticism of Pfizer, from the dean of the University of Miami’s business school:

    Pfizer’s vaccine maximizes profit, not the greater good

    Pfizer’s vaccine strategy was designed from the outset to maximize shareholder profit, not the greater good…

    Pfizer set out to be first across the finish line and reap a public relations bonanza. That’s why it pursued an mRNA vaccine, which can be developed and manufactured much faster than traditional vaccines.

    But Pfizer’s vaccine has to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius to retain its efficacy. Developing countries do not have and cannot afford such a cold chain. That means Pfizer is off the hook to provide low- or no-cost doses to billions of people in poorer nations. The Moderna vaccine, also an mRNA vaccine, was designed to require normal vaccine refrigeration at around minus 20 degrees Celsius .

    Note, also, that Pfizer declined U.S. government subsidies to fund its vaccine development. This preserved Pfizer’s negotiating independence, avoided bureaucratic delays and helped Pfizer get to the finish line first. Taking no subsidies enabled Pfizer to deflect any government pressure to make its vaccine available at lower cost…

    Meanwhile, Britain’s AstraZeneca[/Oxford] has developed an equally effective COVID-19 vaccine that requires normal refrigeration and can therefore use existing vaccine supply chains that extend to rural areas. The AstraZeneca vaccine is being sold at $2 per dose versus $20 per dose (that is, $40 per person) for Pfizer’s. AstraZeneca has pledged not to profit from COVID-19 vaccine sales and to waive patent protections. Pfizer has done neither.

    Pfizer’s strategy is simple. Be first to market and make a boatload of money by “skimming the cream,” supplying vaccines to those willing to pay.

    Doc Robinson

    John Day: “I’m getting a “Christ Complex”! John-of-Nazareth”

    With all the Vitamin D that you are spreading around, I think you are more like Johnny Appleseed.
    Johnny Capsule D?


    @Doc Robinson
    I always thought Vitamin-D would be a good name for a rap artist. He could flow about the evils of processed foods and spread the word to young impressionable minds about nutrition and inequity of food deserts, and how to take care of your microbiome.

    I asked my GP about the MATH+ treatment in case I or the FrauWerner come down with covid. He turned it down, was not open to ivermectin. I found his reply disconcerting. His practice got assimilated by large regional system and he may not have much wiggle room outside the conventional corporate approach. Sticking to my Vitamin-D for now and worrying a bit. I’ve been helpless in the jaws of the Medical Establishment just one time myself, and prefer to stay out of it especially since it’s cranked up to 11 this year.


    I don’t know what to write these days. I have nothing to say — it is enough for me to browse the comments and watch what happens as everything plays out in this crazy world. Merry Christmas to all TAE readers.

    V. Arnold

    I don’t know what to write these days. I have nothing to say — it is enough for me to browse the comments and watch what happens as everything plays out in this crazy world.

    Yeah, me too; I can relate…
    The last few days S. Korea and Thailand seem to be having major covid problems…this after seemingly having everything under control…maybe there is no such thing as control when it comes to viruses…
    Best to you and everybody else, for the coming new year…

Viewing 25 posts - 1 through 25 (of 25 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.