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March 10, 2020

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Our Austrian friend from last thread may have jumped the start on his comment:

Stock Markets Unsteady After Early Rally: Live Updates

President Trump plans to brief Senate Republicans on Tuesday on his ideas for an economic stimulus package.

Trump's early promise for more tax cuts animated "the markets" a little bit, and the oil prices recovered. But the sugar rush soon faded.

Posted by: vk | Mar 10 2020 17:06 utc | 1

Zakharova destroys British journalist Rosenberg

“You are a piece of propaganda”

https://twitter.com/BBCSteveR/status/1236926383311511552

Posted by: DG | Mar 10 2020 17:37 utc | 2

@ DG | Mar 10 2020 17:37 utc | 2

Lovely. One should not tangle with Zakharova on her own grounds.

Posted by: jrkrideau | Mar 10 2020 17:49 utc | 3

Covid-19 can be a more efficient and dicreet weapon that chemical weapons or bombs.

I wonder why Russia, Syria or even Iran are not sending a few Covid-19 diagnosed "martyrs" to the area in Edlib where the Islamists fighters are grouped. They will get sick and die and neither the Turks nor anyone would want to help them.

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 10 2020 18:02 utc | 4

@DG
I think Rosenberg knows she is right, he posted the link, I think it is a cheeky confession.

Posted by: Michael Droy | Mar 10 2020 18:16 utc | 5

@ 5 michael.. i agree...

Posted by: james | Mar 10 2020 18:27 utc | 6

@ jrkrideau One should certainly not

@ I think he is perversely feeling proud to get demolished by Zakharova

Posted by: DG | Mar 10 2020 18:33 utc | 7

Oil. Saudi has 92 years of reserves. Venezuela has more reserves and barely pumps any. The oil market has 40 years max before it disappears like the coal market will too.

Solar, renewables, fusion, whatever, we can be pretty certain much cheaper energy is on its way in the long term. A Solar panel is just a big silicon chip after all (with a distinct experience curve if not following Moore's law).
So the oil crash was inevitable. Saudi and Russia have both been pushing for growth at the same time as trying to sell their oil companies. The US has used sanctions to prevent expansion in Venezuela and Iran (and to limit Chinese influence on these countries). The killing of Soleimani probably delayed this crash, while the virus has brought it forwards. But it was going to happen soon. No purpose in pointing fingers.

MBS spends a lot of cash, no wonder he is leaning on more of his peers now. With tiny production costs, doubling output at half the price makes sense.

Posted by: Michael Droy | Mar 10 2020 18:34 utc | 8

Second @ for Michael Droy

Posted by: DG | Mar 10 2020 18:34 utc | 9

Finally found someone who agrees with my "imbecilization of the West" hypothesis:


The End of the Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment had a pretty good run from the 17th to 19th centuries. It led to the Industrial Age and, in concurrence, the Space and Information Ages. These historical epochs advanced humanity to crowning breakthroughs in science, medicine, information exchange, and quality of life. Today, all of humankind’s advancements are being threatened by those who would have society return to an age marked by superstition, belief in magic and miracles, ignorance, racial and religious intolerance, and abject sexism.

And Weyne Madsen is not what you would call a Bolshevik. On the contrary, he's pretty much your pro-West, liberal, middle-of-the-road journalist.

--//--

To complete the SC's double-header, here's a cool article about the impossibility of separating capitalism from mafia-style banditism:

Sugar and Spice and Everything Vice: the Empire’s Sin City of London

Extra points for the headline.

Posted by: vk | Mar 10 2020 18:54 utc | 10

@4 Virgile

I wonder why Russia, Syria or even Iran are not sending a few Covid-19 diagnosed "martyrs" to the area in Edlib where the Islamists fighters are grouped. They will get sick and die and neither the Turks nor anyone would want to help them.

Yes, I also wonder why they don’t do that. You should get in touch with the relevant authorities in Syria, Russia and Iran and offer your services as a policy consultant. I am certain they will handsomely reward your for your invaluable insight.

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10 2020 19:01 utc | 11

Bibi has been told No.

The court has rejected Bibi's request to postpone his corruption trial.

assuming he forms the government, The spectacle; from cabinet meeting or the Knesset to the courtroom.

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 10 2020 19:10 utc | 12

Posted by: Michael Droy | Mar 10 2020 18:34 utc | 8

"Oil. Saudi has 92 years of reserves.

No. There is no independent third party certification letter with respect to the balance of the kingdom’s proven oil equivalent reserves. Could be near 40 years and that figure is with heaping generosity.

Poor Matt:
Twilight in the Dessert by Matt Simmons
he was found in his swimming pool. Tut, tut.

With tiny production costs, doubling output at half the price makes sense.

if you think they can, I have two acres of oceanfront at a fair deal --- priced in cents.

Saudi's budget requires $85//bbl and flooding the market on no demand is stupid.

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 10 2020 19:38 utc | 13

@Michael Droy #8
Saudi Arabia’s reserves haven’t changed in decades - so I have read. If so, that 92 year number is suspect.
I didn’t extend my model out to doubling production; I will do so when I get back to my laptop.
But I’m 90% sure that doubling production would still yield less cash if oil drops to $30, much less below - which is on the table of SA really delivers double.
Then there’s the question of whether SA can even deliver double their already large production..

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2020 19:42 utc | 14

@ Posted by: Michael Droy | Mar 10 2020 18:34 utc | 8

Oil. Saudi has 92 years of reserves. Venezuela has more reserves and barely pumps any.

Venezuela's oil isn't light like KSA's -- they "barely pump any" because most of theirs has the consistency of molasses at best and requires massive steam injections or the like to induce faster flow. The Canadian tar sands are a fairly comparable resource. Neither will ever achieve flow rates like the Saudis (and it's not because of "socialist mismanagement" in Venezuela or whatever either).

Posted by: AshenLight | Mar 10 2020 19:44 utc | 15

https://www.powermag.com/300-mw-natural-gas-allam-cycle-power-plant-targeted-for-2022/

NETPower's Allam cycle 0 emission natural gas power plant coming to you soon!! They are at an earlier stage with testing it by using coal and converting it into nat gas first.

Fusion, renewables, are all great - but we will make carbon energy clean before we make fusion (at the terrible budget, ~0.01% of world GDP).

Posted by: Ilya G Poimandres | Mar 10 2020 20:07 utc | 16

oops, @8 for above.

Posted by: Ilya G Poimandres | Mar 10 2020 20:08 utc | 17

Can't completely agree with Tyler Durden here on his wide-ranging postulation, "Putin Launches 'War On US Shale' After Dumping MbS & Breaking Up OPEC+" mainly because it consists of too much speculation and not enough on facts and statements of those involved in the decisions. The Bloomberg story on which this is mostly based is almost 100% speculation. IMO, this is yet another attempt to bash Russia for the massive mistakes made by the Outlaw US Empire--for years, fracking's been known as a Ponzi Scheme to those closely watching, and it was already set to implode. This Sputnik article calls the Bloomberg item Bantha Pudu and offers a completely different explanation that looks at Saudi behavior which all the Western BigLie Media outlets omitted from their coverage.

Additional opinions and analyses were provided in this Sputnik article that tend to back the analysis from the previous article. But with the internal turmoil within Saudi over what's clearly an ongoing power struggle surly contributed to Saudi's choices. As with almost all reports coming from the West about anything Russian or Chinese, they must be treated with much skepticism. This makes at least the third time lowering the price of oil through increased production aimed to harm Russia and is likely the genuine reason at work again.

As for the Outlaw US Empire's fracking corps, we shall see if today's rebound is merely a dead cat bounce, as it's now close to impossible to further hide their Enron Accounting as their bonds descend to Junk status.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 10 2020 20:22 utc | 18

Karlofi @18.. This lowering of the price of oil will surely hurt Venezuela. An openly stated target of the US.

Posted by: arby | Mar 10 2020 20:26 utc | 19

ITALY LIKELY TO HAVE 60,000 COVID-19 INFECTIONS!

When Wuhan and Hubei were locked down on January 23, 2020 there were only 830 coronavirus infections in all of China. As of today there are 67760 cases in Hubei, almost a 100-fold increase! Yet the lockdown seems to have been effective as the epidemic is now over.

When northern Italy was put under lockdown on March 8, 2020 there were 7,375 cases in Italy, with a daily growth rate of 25%. From these numbers it is possible to estimate the total number of people in Italy already infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The growth rate in China on and around January 23rd was about 50% per day. Going from 830 to 67760 would take about 10.86 days. This number is related to the average incubation period.

Staring from 7,375 with a daily growth rate of 25% for 10.86 days results in a 11.28-fold increase or a total of 60,613 cases.

This estimate is based on the assumption that the daily growth rate at the time of the lockdown was twice as high in China as in Italy. Italians may have already prepared for the coronavirus and practiced better hygiene. The figure 50% for the Chinese growth rate is a rough estimate. Averaging over 10 days before and after January 23rd gives a daily growth rate of 47.6%.

It may also be that the growth rates are similar. Comparing the Italian and Chines numbers side-by-side gives similar growth rates for the same number of patients, the main difference being the Italy started the quarantine and lockdown 6 days later and with nine times the number of cases. If so, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Italy may reach half a million.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 10 2020 20:36 utc | 20

I find it puzzling that the new virus has spread all over Iran very quickly, whereas in other countries it is more localised, including in China. It is also curious that it has infected by far more of its lawmakers and government officials than elsewhere. Is there a reasonable, rational explanation?

Posted by: JB | Mar 10 2020 20:39 utc | 21

Still no sightings of Michael D'Andrea? It's been over a month. Was one of the "secret codicils" of the Taliban agreement to re-patriate him or his body?

Posted by: J Swift | Mar 10 2020 20:41 utc | 22

China Blames America for the Coronavirus Outbreak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg7FwHteB0I

A war China against USA. The west is fucked.

Posted by: az | Mar 10 2020 20:43 utc | 23

@Michael Droy #8
I extended the model - if the Saudis doubled the oil shipments but oil prices drop to $25, then they will accomplish nothing.
In other words, doubling production yields the same $96B budget deficit as existing volume at oil = $50.
If the Saudis double oil production and oil = $30, they only suffer a $60.7B budget deficit.
Only if they double production and prices stay above $37 does this action reverse their budget deficits.
To be clear: this is a very simplistic model. But possibly still useful to understand the dynamic between oil prices and volumes shipped.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2020 20:50 utc | 24

@Petri Krohn #20
I would be very cautious comparing Italy and China nCOV spread numbers.
For one thing, there was no testing in China for months when nCOV started.
Secondly, China and Italy are demographically very different countries.
Italy average age is 45.1 (6th highest in the world) vs. China's 37.1 (67th highest).
Italy also has very few hospital beds per 1,000 - 1.x vs. China's 3.x
Thus even looking at deaths - which are the one part of the information which is more likely to be solid, the differences in hospital bed availability and average age will skew even that significantly.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2020 20:55 utc | 25

Apparently the Dutch are actually going ahead with a trial over the MH-17 plane shootdown, seeking to convict in absentia three Russians and a Ukrainian. It is my understanding that a Dutch military report effectively ruled out exactly the scenario proposed for this trial, and did so several years ago.

Malaysia has provided the dissent to the MH-17 investigation to date, although a newly elected government may seek to pull back from overt criticism in the future. A Malaysian diplomat who has been involved has rather pointed things to say about the politicization of the investigation and the questionable motivations of the Ukrainians, and claims the court case is based on hearsay and a voice recording with no provenance.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/is-malaysias-position-on-mh-17-tragedy-shifting/

Posted by: jayc | Mar 10 2020 20:56 utc | 26

Thought I’d share the website http://www.aymennjawad.org/ as it might be of interest to people who post on/read this blog.

I came across this website during the height of the ISIS rampage. It’s by a guy named Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi who specializes in translating into English the communiques of Islamist political groups in Syria and Iraq, particularly those affiliated with Sunni jihadism like ISIS and AQ.

He also sometimes interviews non jihadist groups, like the Iraqi Hashd al Sha’abi, and civilians who live in the conflict zones.

I am not sure who his sponsors are but he seems to be associated with the International Crisis Group. It’s a good site for getting the perspective of the “other side” in their own words. There doesn’t seem to be a propagandistic angle or hidden agenda, at least not overtly.

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10 2020 20:58 utc | 27

interesting stats from over at Time magazine - 0.6% is pretty small

Media likes to get everyone excited ; precautions should definitely be taken


https://time.com/5798168/coronavirus-mortality-rate/

....Countries that have tested significant numbers of people are generally reporting lower mortality rates than those, like the U.S., that have tested in far lower numbers and with a stronger focus on severe cases. This suggests that when testing networks are broadened to catch people with less serious illnesses, and case counts then reflect this range of severity, mortality rates go down.

The mortality rate in South Korea, where more than 1,100 tests have been administered per million residents, comes out to just 0.6%, for example. In the U.S., where only seven tests have been administered per million residents, the mortality rate is above 5%.....

Posted by: michaelj72 | Mar 10 2020 20:58 utc | 28

JB @21--

Friday prayers that are attended by the vast majority of the populous combined with lack of aggressiveness at containment are my guesses.

arby @19--

Yes, every oil exporter will suffer from the price fall. But it seems that two nations in particular will suffer the most--Outlaw US Empire and Saudi Arabia. And Alberta's tar sands have similar economics to fracking. The biggest losers will be those who bought frackers at their highs.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 10 2020 21:00 utc | 29

@JB #21
It shouldn't be that surprising. Qom, where nCOV broke out, is a major pilgrimage center in Iran. I wouldn't be surprised if part of the pilgrimage is to pray in one or more of the Qom holy sites during one or more of the 5x day Muslim prayers.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 10 2020 21:01 utc | 30

karlof1 @ 18

Alexander Mercouris at the Duran also recently posted his take, saying he felt the oil market meltdown was almost entirely the doing of MbS. Essentially he posits that MbS was getting more and more panicky, and Russia was in effect so preoccupied with the antics of Erdogan that they weren't paying MbS the attention he thought he deserved...and it isn't impossible that there was indeed a CIA plot to take him out. At any rate, Mercouris believes he was basically just firing one across the bow of Russia to get their attention, but of course by taking a demanding tone with Putin he almost guaranteed that he would receive the lesson in manners for which the Russians are becoming more and more well known. Mercouris feels after letting him sweat it a bit to learn his lesson, they will work out something with the Saudis, but their return demands may be stiff.

While I do tend to agree this was probably all precipitated by MbS and his mental instability, I can easily see the Russians long-range planning having long known that this day--for one reason or another-- would eventually come, and deciding to bask in the glow for just a bit more than Mercouris anticipates. After all, US fracked gas prices will now be massively greater than Russia can provide its gas for, which with Merkle on the ropes anyway Putin might feel is a very good time to send the Germans a reminder of what they risk if they don't consummate the Nordstream 2 project. And after the years of illegal sanctions, it must feel very good to be in Russia's position, where they know they can weather the storm far better than their antagonists. So while I don't think this was Russia's doing, I can easily see them taking their sweet time to come to a new deal, and even then at a price level that will keep the Saudis and US frackers on their back foot...and maybe try to put more distance between MbS and the US, too.

Posted by: J Swift | Mar 10 2020 21:06 utc | 31

@10 vk

Finally found someone who agrees with my "imbecilization of the West" hypothesis

Thanks for the links...interesting reading.

The late comedian George Carlin dedicated the latter half of his career to skewering the many idiotic and moronic tendencies within American culture. That idiocy has spread to the entire ‘Western’ world and has gotten much worse now that keeping people stupid (and confused) is quasi official government/media policy. I have no doubt Carlin would today be condemned as an un-PC ‘Russian asset’ sowing the seeds of division etc.

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10 2020 21:11 utc | 32

DG thanks for the Zakharova link.

Sweet

Posted by: Ramon | Mar 10 2020 21:30 utc | 33

Putin is good for another two six year terms.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics/putin-approves-changes-allowing-him-to-stay-in-power-until-2036-idUSKBN20X1FD?il=0
"“The proposal to remove restrictions for any person, including the incumbent president ... In principle, this option would be possible, but on one condition - if the constitutional court gives an official ruling that such an amendment would not contradict the principles and main provisions of the constitution,” Putin said.

He said U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt serving four terms because of the upheaval his country was going through at the time was an example of why presidential term limits were sometimes superfluous.

“In conditions when a country is experiencing such shocks and difficulties, of course ... stability is perhaps more important and must be a priority,” he said, adding that Russia was still recovering from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 10 2020 21:38 utc | 34

Posted by: J Swift | Mar 10 2020 21:06 utc | 31

Unless I've been reading fake news, MbS was indeed the one that decided to pump like mad, in an attempt to influence Putin, "strike back!", and at this point there is enough evidence to show that he is indeed stupid. What Putin did was refuse to change his present quota in an attempt to raise prices. It's an interesting move, and a bit unusual for Putin, but I think he sees no reason to do them any favors at this point.

It remains to be seen if the Saudis can actually do that, they have given the impression at least since MbS was first installed of being hungry for more oil, in Yemen, in Kuwait, in Qatar. And they have been buying oil "quietly".

I have read that his Dad, the King, used to be a local governor and was known to be brutal and obstinate there too.

Mnuchin today had a chat with the Russian ambassador about the need for stable oil markets and prospects for future "cooperation".

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 10 2020 21:49 utc | 35

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 10 2020 18:02 utc | 4

Tip - these fighters are young. They probably won't feel the virus.

It does have the potential of killing the US Senate which somehow ....

Posted by: somebody | Mar 10 2020 21:49 utc | 36

Posted by: somebody | Mar 10 2020 21:49 utc | 36

Yes, it will be interesting to see how this bug affects our elderly Congress, I expect panic at some point.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 10 2020 21:38 utc | 34

I have always consdered term limits one of the methods of keeping things conservative here, they passed that right after FDR, to make sure nothing like that ever happened again. What is needed is unriggable elections, not weak and inexperienced politicians in the Presidency, or Congress, and the good ones you want to be able to keep. That's democratic rule.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 10 2020 21:59 utc | 37

@virgil 4

That is a criminal thougth. Y'd better shut up your criminal imagination.

Posted by: Arata | Mar 10 2020 22:13 utc | 38

Regarding Putin and MBS on the oil. Who funds and supports HTS al qaeda in Idlib. I am guessing the Saudi's have a big input there. Reports some time back that the drones AQ was using to attack the Russian airbase used high tech US components.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 10 2020 22:17 utc | 39

@ peter... the syrian war grounds seems like one big military equipment experiment for the big players... another turn off on this war as i see it... same shit from the same usual suspects... meanwhile innocent people suffer.. we need to grow a different world.. this ain't it..

Posted by: james | Mar 10 2020 22:22 utc | 40

I recall ex UK ambassador Peter Ford saying somewhere last year that the Saudis were outspent by an order of magnitude by Qatar in Syria. That Qatar is funding like 80% of it all. Things may have shifted a bit since.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Mar 10 2020 22:23 utc | 41

Peter AU 1 @34--

Here's the transcript from Putin's speech today before the Duma where you'll discover more context for an issue that's rather complex for Russia. You'll again get to read Putin's opinion on the question after seeing it here:

"This is why I do not believe it is viable to delete the restriction on the number of presidential terms from the Constitution."

J Swift @31--

Thanks for your reply!! Note Saudi said the spigot won't be turned on until April--if then. Nor do they have total control as the Houthis could put a cruise drone missile or 6 into their plans. Recall Russia's mixing Iranian oil into its exports, so actual Russian extraction's already reduced. Also Russia's great hydrocarbon reserves are mostly gas in the Arctic and its future demand growth will be from Asia for that commodity. We should also seriously consider the impact of electric cars on future oil demand destruction and thus its total demand. I highly suggest this long research paper, paying particular attention to what it says about China. Also keep an eye on future plans by Eurasian nations as most have a command-economy component known as Industrial Policy lacking from most Western nations, particularly the Outlaw US Empire.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 10 2020 22:29 utc | 42

@ 41 tuyzentfloot.. in a race to see who can suck up to the usa-uk-israel more, maybe it's a close race... i would be curious..i guess turkey isn't in the running anymore?

Posted by: james | Mar 10 2020 22:30 utc | 43

re somebody | Mar 10 2020 21:49 utc | 36
I felt something similar to do with Virgile's post #4 but not the senate.
Remember those joke shop plastic carnations kids were meant to stick in their buttonhole (No, buttON hole - not that any kid I knew would wear a buttonhole but we still bought them along with the Groucho Marx glasses, nose, tache combo - that nose would mos def be antisemitic in 2020 but that's another story).

Anyway the masterminds /snark, behind the Qassem Suleimani butchery & murder will be out campaigning through the year, so something like the carnation which could deliver the virus in aerosol form while aforesaid murderers are not shaking hands while they move among the crowd could be a most effective payback which if done correctly won't cause unwanted collateral damage. Just a thought.

Posted by: A User | Mar 10 2020 22:37 utc | 44

Virgile @ 4, Daniel @ 11:

COVID-19 is more likely to break out among the terrorists themselves in Idlib. There is no need for Syria or its allies to plant "martyrs" among them. That act would be a low act anyway and I doubt the Axis of Resistance would consider such an idea.

If anything, Turkish President Erdogan would rather move any possibly infectious terrorists over to Greece as "Syrian refugees". From there they would try to reach other parts of Europe and Germany in particular, or wherever else they've been told to go.

Maybe there is more to Italy's decision to lock-down the entire country rather than just keep the northern Po Valley region under lock-down due to the COVID-19 outbreaks there.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 10 2020 22:41 utc | 45

Re: Iran's surprising high-rate of infection.

Remember, during Soleimanni's funeral march, there were crowding deaths totalling 30+.

The Iranians huddle together more (especially men and in the marketplaces, etc.) and eat differently than the West, too.

This is an anecdotal comment here, but I notice in combat, the SAA has not learned yet, after close to a decade of fighting the Jihadis, that bunching up and grouping is a very, very bad idea.

I can't tell how many times I have seen direct ATGM hits on SAA positions of bunched soldiers.

Maybe Arabs and Persians just like the proximity of other people.

Posted by: Nemesiscalling | Mar 10 2020 23:10 utc | 46


Posted by: JB | Mar 10 2020 20:39 utc | 21

It would be interesting to analyze the statistics on CoVid in Iran - if they were available - to see if the data was skewed in some way - say by age or sex. There may be some difference, say perhaps because of the cloistering of women ..

Posted by: larry | Mar 10 2020 23:12 utc | 47

Why has Italy not try very hard to scale up hospital bed capacity for the surge of cases over the last several days? They have deployed a military hospital but it doesn't look like it's making a big dent. Instead reports are now coming in of abandoning very old people or those with prior conditions to die largely unattended.

In Wuhan, 16 big barracks were built to treat the seriously sick. Why doesn't Italy requisition schools, move in equipment from the rest of the country, deploy doctors from other regions, call other EU member states for help?

Does it have something to do with the difficulty of getting things done even in emergencies in modern bureaucratic states?

Posted by: coronawhy | Mar 10 2020 23:24 utc | 48

Offguardian. org`s twitter feed(@OffGuardian0) have some interesting comments about the corona virus, checking their site is also not a waste of time..
"Maybe that's what #CoronaVirus is - a test of public response" asks @TheWarOnYou them, and the questions offguardian asks may be "above the target" imho.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Mar 10 2020 23:35 utc | 49

The demise of oil is overstated and the rise of renewables is also. Electric cars? Where do you think the power is going to come from? Forget nukes and hydro as well healed enviros will fight to the death to stop them. Japan is closing their nukes and going to coal. Same with Germany. Without a way to store electricity renewables are a lost cause that needs fossil backup. Molton salt lovers won't tell you about the huge solar molton salt plant near Tonopah Nevada that's been mothballed for a year due to being totally unreliable. Or the solar plant at Ivanpah in Nevada that has never lived up to expectations and has to have a gas plant running full time to make up for night and shortfalls. The grids, especially local grids in your neighborhood are creaky and will never handle the amount of electricity if we all go to electric cars and eliminate gas heat, gas hot water, and gas cooking in favor of electric. When they tell you how much to upgrade the grid they are only talking about the main grid and not the even larger expense of upgrading the local. Some Australian neighborhoods have had grid failure with half a dozen electric cars charging at once.

Thanks to US sanctions Venezuela is not pumping much oil. To make up for the loss of the Venezuelan crude which the US Gulf coast refiners relied on they are now importing a bunch of heavy crude from RUSSIA along with other Russian petroleum products. Next door to Venezuela in Guyana huge finds of oil are in the process of being exploited. Point is the more they look the more oil they find so to say oil is on it's way out is far too premature. Point is renewables as they now exist are not ready for prime time in a modern society that needs a constant flow of electricity. Plenty of pie in the sky predictions of we'll solve the technical problems but not much in results.

In the US we are getting large numbers of wind farms getting old and junked and their large rotors made of various composites are not recyclable and are now filling up landfills. Lots of blather of we can recycle worn out batteries, which are lead acid, but not much if we can do so with lithium ion. Not to mention the cleared land and roads needed to employ wind and solar and the destruction of animals and their habitat.

Without hookup to the grid all those bragging about their cheap electricity, as power companies are required to buy their electricity at top dollar, is no longer cheap. Large solar and wind installations get a paid subsidy for the electricity they produce without which those renewables are not cost competitive with fossil fuels. The average ratepayer and taxpayer does not realize they are subsidizing those "competitive" rates.

Posted by: snedly arkus | Mar 10 2020 23:48 utc | 50

Regarding KSA and their oil gamble - if I were Houthi strategist, I would wait for a while for KSA to get knee deep into this experiment, then launch missile attack on their biggest refineries and pipes. With one salvo whole KSA statehood could be shattered. Sweet sweet revenge and guarantee not to get oppressed by KSA genocidal maniacs in future.

Posted by: Abe | Mar 10 2020 23:58 utc | 51

Well here’s a thing !
Turns out U.K. health minister has just been diagnosed with coronavirus. Not only that but she was at a function with Boris Johnson a few days ago. That might focus there mind a bit !

Posted by: Mark2 | Mar 11 2020 0:13 utc | 52

Just gotta love factless rejoiners!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2020 0:23 utc | 53

Peter AU 1 @ 34:

The constitutional change that would eliminate term limits on individuals holding the position of the Russian President (incidentally proposed by none other than Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel in space back in the 1960s) still has to be approved in the April 22 public referendum.

I don't think that even after the referendum, Putin is necessarily "good for another 12 years". He may decide to retire in 2024 or accept another position where he can be an advisor to the next President or chair a committee, similar to what Dmitri Medvedev has accepted. Trust Reuters to blatantly, erm, politicise even a proposed change to the constitution, which might be rejected by most of the public anyway, and turn it into an opportunity for more Putin-bashing.

Incidentally you and I live in a country where there are no term limits on Scott Morrison being Prime Minister ... or in a country whose Head of State has occupied that position since 1952 with no intervening elections to determine her tenure or even whether she is "good for another X number of years".

Canadian MoA barflies would be (or should be) well aware that William Lyon Mackenzie King served as Canadian Prime Minister on and off through the 1920s - 40s for a total of 21 years and 154 days.

Incidentally by the time she retires as German Chancellor in 2021, Angela Merkel will have served 16 years in the position with no breaks in-between.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 11 2020 0:26 utc | 54

Nemesiscalling @ 46

I can't tell how many times I have seen direct ATGM hits on SAA positions of bunched soldiers.

Links to examples?

thanks

Posted by: pogohere | Mar 11 2020 0:26 utc | 55

Adding to his woes, Erdo will now turn his focus to COVID-19 as Turkey reported its first case.

Cases listed by countries at interactive LINK

In US, national guards to enforce the coronavirus quarantine in New Rochelle, NY

"The troops will help clean and deliver food in the designated “containment area” in a one-mile (1.6 km) radius around the area where the contagion appears to have originated, until the lockdown is lifted on March 25."

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 11 2020 0:34 utc | 56

@larry 42

Iran doing OK and the number are not so far from reallity as by this interview with WHO repr.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1706493507800
https://twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1237067200575479809/photo/1

Posted by: ARN | Mar 11 2020 0:39 utc | 57

and regarding how much oil is left in Saudi even here they are calling them liers..

"the Kingdom will desperately need another primary energy source in the relatively near future because it has nowhere near the amount of oil remaining that it has stated since the early 1970s"

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/The-Great-Saudi-Shale-Swindle.html

Posted by: ARN | Mar 11 2020 0:43 utc | 58

@55 pogo

Start with going to YouTube and search "ru video atgm."

Ru Video on YouTube has been keeping a war diary for a long while now...documenting both jihadist and SAA and Ru released footage.

This war has probably seen more atgms fired than in any previous conflict.

The jihadists used it mostly as anti-personnel weapon. I have seen some pretty devastating hits. It makes my gut churn.

Posted by: Nemesiscalling | Mar 11 2020 0:55 utc | 59

DG @ 2

Oh, boy, she is a cracker jack.
Demolishing a little POS propaganda organ who attacks her in his native language, not her first language, but she takes him to the cleaner's anyhow, in his language!! I would love to see her break out into Russian for five seconds or 10 seconds. Just to drive the point home.

Go, Maria!!

Posted by: Really?? | Mar 11 2020 1:18 utc | 60

Further to my above @ 52
Two implications and a coinsedense !
(1) Will the Tory party have to ‘self isolate’ ?
(2) When Boris is wheeled into hospital on a trolly will he regret ‘gutting the entire NHS’ I’m told those cafiter insertions can be dammed painfully !
One hell of a coincidence that this news comes on the day Boris Johnson won the vote allowing Huwawa to sell to Britain disregarding Trumps sanctions / boycott against China and that tech company. Trump must be very angry with old Boris !
Just speculation.

Posted by: Mark2 | Mar 11 2020 1:21 utc | 61

Jen

Term limits for a country's leader I consider nothing more than a recent US fashion. I don't see much point in ditching a leader if he she is doing a good job and would win an election.
What I did notice in the rueters piece was that they didn't try to make out Putin was behind the proposed change.
In watching Putin interviews, when asked about this being his last term, my impression by the way he answered he perhaps thought someone younger should be taking the job on.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 11 2020 1:36 utc | 62

reJen@54
IIRC Bob Menzies the ultimate pommie arse kissing tory slimeball served as Oz PM from just before ww2 until the late 60's. Nearly 30 years of corrupt anglophile rule.
Amerika replaced him with a slew of others more to their taste whi h ended in disaster when itizens prefered whiylam necessitzting uncontitutioal coup aka the dismissal

Posted by: A User | Mar 11 2020 1:56 utc | 63

This is odd, the John Hopkin's Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard no longer shows cases at the U.S. city level, only state level summaries. Are they no longer capable of collecting data at the city level? I'm going to contact them and try to find out what's going on.

Posted by: Trisha | Mar 11 2020 1:57 utc | 64

Posted by: snedly arkus | Mar 10 2020 23:48 utc | 50
++++++++++++++

I and others have been making these points for decades now---well, ca. 1.7 decades (since 2003, in my case).
Yet still the problem of stochastic energy generation and the need for fossil or nuclear backup doesn't seem to sink in to idealists' and ideologues' minds. Not to mention the destructive aspect of wind farms for habitat, also human health, not to mention any aesthetic values of undeveloped countryside.

I do think that small-scale (i.e., individual building) *local* solar connected to the grid is worthwhile. Purely anecdotal, but a friend with solar panels on two of his roofs has enough current to run his household plus charge up his son's Tesla, and the meter is often running backward. That is, he is generating electricity that runs into the grid and for which he is paid. When he uses current he draws it off the grid.

Posted by: Really?? | Mar 11 2020 2:06 utc | 65

Nemesiscalling @ 58

Thanks. I checked the youtubes. Use of such weapons is SOP in that war theater. The Houthis, the Russians and the SAA all hit clusters of whatever enemy is in sight with a number of different weapons. It is a horror show.

Posted by: pogohere | Mar 11 2020 2:29 utc | 66

Germany throws the towel:

"60-70% of the population will be infected" - Angela Merkel about the COVID-19

A pandemic it is, then.

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2020 2:33 utc | 67

@ Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 11 2020 1:36 utc | 61

If Putin is what's best for Russia, then he should be allowed to be president of Russia as long as he's so. I see no problem with that.

The habit that a POTUS shouldn't be reelected more than once wasn't enshrined in the USA Constitution for a long time. When the country was founded (1776), it was considered elegant for a POTUS to not do neither to go campaigning nor to seek reelection. Regardless, the first election ever held in the USA for POTUS was a complete farce: as victorious warlord, it was already considered a given George Washington would be elected, making it merely a formality to decide who would be Veep.

The next two POTUSes after Washington were his direct successors. After Thomas Jefferson, the Washingtonian dynasty ended, but the tradition that the POTUS should de facto choose his successor continued, as James Madison was Jefferson's direct successor. Madison then "elected" his successor with Monroe - but at least Monroe was a "founding father", so a revolutionary exception could still be made for this clearly dynastic system. John Quincy Adams was the first non-dynastic POTUS: he was John Adams' son, but was elected for another party.

Term limits was enshrined in order to avoid a new FDR phenomenon from arising. It was feared at the time FDR would become too powerful and influential in the USA. However, he died soon after his fourth consecutive victory (third reelection).

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2020 2:47 utc | 68

JB #21

I find it puzzling that the new virus has spread all over Iran very quickly, whereas in other countries it is more localised, including in China. It is also curious that it has infected by far more of its lawmakers and government officials than elsewhere. Is there a reasonable, rational explanation?

Is there a west to east bird migration at this time? Or could a large flock of birds been released to fly west from another unfriendly country? Given the viability of the virus there is always a chance that birds could act as vector. Wild birds do carry virus that severely impact on caged chickens and pigeons etc and mass deaths are common enough. But that might just be my imagination. I will research that possibility.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 2:47 utc | 69

Daniel @ 32

Speaking of George Carlin, the good Dr.'s recommendation for building one's immune system: "Tempering in raw shit,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X29lF43mUlo

Posted by: Chris | Mar 11 2020 2:51 utc | 70

joe rogan interview today with Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology from today...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3URhJx0NSw

Posted by: james | Mar 11 2020 3:16 utc | 71

coronawhy #48

Why has Italy not try very hard to scale up hospital bed capacity for the surge of cases over the last several days? They have deployed a military hospital but it doesn't look like it's making a big dent. Instead reports are now coming in of abandoning very old people or those with prior conditions to die largely unattended.

In Wuhan, 16 big barracks were built to treat the seriously sick. Why doesn't Italy requisition schools, move in equipment from the rest of the country, deploy doctors from other regions, call other EU member states for help?

Does it have something to do with the difficulty of getting things done even in emergencies in modern bureaucratic states?

Italy: neo-liberal economic worship, all government bad, all private sector good, corruption good, banks worshipped as faultless guardians but actually kleptocrats.
China: socialism with a mild capitalist twist, government good, private sector ok, corruption to be rooted out, banks established and policed for the public good (mostly).

Modern bureacratic states function well when government is respected and well resourced intellectually and financially. Italy has been gutted by the Thatcherite and US model of deep coercion and destruction of its socialist roots. Ditto USA and UK and the five eyes cheer squad. New entries to job markets are propagandised to avoid the state employment.

There are many nations in the world with modern functional bureaucratic states. As you can see China and perhaps Russia appear to be in that team. Perhaps some of the Scandinavian states, maybe Portugal. France abandoned its respect for the centrality of State service provider decades ago and Mitterand appears to have been an effective assassin on behalf of the neo-liberal economic monsters in France.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 3:26 utc | 72

Uncle Tungsten @ 71:

I'm sure in your comparison of Italy and China, you forgot to mention the infiltration of the Mafia (as in the real Mafia of La Cosa Nostra, La Camorra, 'Ndrangheta and maybe some others I've missed) in Italian national and regional governments, and the horrific levels of air pollution in the Po Valley region where COVID-19 hotspots like Milan are located.

Perhaps also the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church and their links to the financial industry in Italy are also a problem.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 11 2020 3:48 utc | 73

james @ 70; Thanks for the link. Dynamite interview!!

Posted by: ben | Mar 11 2020 4:01 utc | 74

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Russian FWIW

I post here results of a poll on Russian forum yaplakal, very popular forum and not State Sponsored ;-)

Do you go to a vote on the amendments in the Constitution?

I'll go and vote "FOR" [ 33 ] [ 3.58%]
I'll go and vote "AGAINST" [ 644 ] [69.77%]
I do not go to the polls [ 246 ] [26.65%]

I supply no links for the above because when translayed its plain and colourful russian speak, and most assuredly not does not fit with the popular narrative of omnipotent Putin the Savior. ;-)

For those who did not yet read John Helmers astute reading of this farce.

Pamfilova Announces New Rigging For Constitution Vote

I also vote against because...

1) No President, including Putin, should be given the right to remove members of the Russian Judiciary.
2) Once again all factions have agreed that their comfy dachas in the west should not be touched, because how else would the corruption continue,,Putin also agrees and removed that clause from a vote.


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Posted by: lfurr99@australiamai | Mar 11 2020 4:30 utc | 75

@ 73 ben - my pleasure! i liked the first part on the coronavirus and his take.. i find those rogan interviews way too long generally.. i don't have that kind of time!

@ 74 lfurr99@australiamai ... i read paul robinsons take which others here might be interested in - PUTIN 2036?


Posted by: james | Mar 11 2020 4:57 utc | 76

@21 JB

The first cluster of Covid 19 in Iran was found in Qom, unfortunately Qom was not fully quarantined and cut off from the rest of the country, due to its religious importance, I vividly recall the health minister coming on tv and calling quarantine measures antiquated and belonging to the previous century. This resulted in people from Qom attempting to the "escape" but rather spreading the virus all around the country specially the northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran which are some of the most severely impacted provinces now.
I'm not really sure what to believe when it comes to statistics and such but at least from a public relations point of view the Iranian authorities handling of the Covid 19 out break has been an absolute disaster...

Posted by: Ario | Mar 11 2020 5:16 utc | 77

JB @ 21
I find it puzzling that the new virus has spread all over Iran very quickly, whereas in other countries it is more localised, including in China. It is also curious that it has infected by far more of its lawmakers and government officials than elsewhere. Is there a reasonable, rational explanation?

It may be that China is one of the few nations that Iran's leaders and population can travel to and do business with as the sanctions have crippled their ability to trade and travel.

Russia can double down and cut prices more than the Saudis as they have more excess capacity than the Saudis. According to the capitalist paper of record their break even price is far lower than the Saudis. What the Saudis have is credit to borrow money from the West.
Does The U.S. Import Oil From Russia?

The lowering of oil prices was one of the elements credited for taking down the Soviet Union. the US pressured the Saudis for production cuts.
Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin - just ask Reagan

It appears this is the power play and some in the Saudi family oppose and fear the consequences. Putin will probably want to stand pad and negotiate using his excess production as a trump card. Pardon the pun.

Posted by: dltravers | Mar 11 2020 6:10 utc | 78

interesting stats from over at Time magazine - 0.6% is pretty small.
...
The mortality rate in South Korea, where more than 1,100 tests have been administered per million residents, comes out to just 0.6%, for example. In the U.S., where only seven tests have been administered per million residents, the mortality rate is above 5%.....
Posted by: michaelj72 | Mar 10 2020 20:58 utc | 28

Yes, LoL, I saw that over at Pat Lang's Sic Semper Tyrannis on March 10.
PL, who lives in a country of 330 million which has tested 7 x 330 people = 2310 tests, thinks Time Mag got it all wrong.
Here's PL's 'logic'.

"Just less than .6%
IOW you have to include; mild cases, asymptomatic cases, and moderate cases in your calculation and not just figure a death rate among the severely afflicted in order to get a valid result.
GET A GRIP! pl"

????

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2020 6:30 utc | 79

@10 vk

Finally found someone who agrees with my "imbecilization of the West" hypothesis

Totally agree with you - a good example of this is the bizarre response of so many people to the coronavirus - to go out and panic buy ridiculous quantities of toilet roll (!!)...presumably because somebody on Facebook said they should...

https://richardhennerley.com/2020/03/10/of-coronavirus-toilet-roll-and-idiocy/

Posted by: Richard | Mar 11 2020 7:12 utc | 80

Really?? #64

I and others have been making these points for decades now---well, ca. 1.7 decades (since 2003, in my case).
Yet still the problem of stochastic energy generation and the need for fossil or nuclear backup doesn't seem to sink in to idealists' and ideologues' minds. Not to mention the destructive aspect of wind farms for habitat, also human health, not to mention any aesthetic values of undeveloped countryside.

I do think that small-scale (i.e., individual building) *local* solar connected to the grid is worthwhile. Purely anecdotal, but a friend with solar panels on two of his roofs has enough current to run his household plus charge up his son's Tesla, and the meter is often running backward. That is, he is generating electricity that runs into the grid and for which he is paid. When he uses current he draws it off the grid.

Ahem, consider this for 100% renewable energy from the University of New South Wales. A design for Australia and the world.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 7:27 utc | 81

Simple question: Is there a problem in posting comments on this web site when using a few HTML tags in the comment ? I tried twice yesterday to post and both time the comment never appeared.

Posted by: Tom_LX | Mar 11 2020 7:37 utc | 82

Jen #72

Thank you Jen, I did forget to mention the mafia and the environmental factors.

I might add that Cuba should be considered as a powerful exemplar of a well functioning administration as is Venezuela thanks to many years of investing in productive excellence at the State bureaucracy level with both focussing on community linked medical and educational priorities across their entire populace.

Where a nation nurtures excellence and respect in public administration it reaps reward for its communities by having a level of readiness and responsiveness to crises and natural disasters. The USA has failed abysmally in responding to weather crises for many decades. It has no culture of service to call on to deliver urgent public service.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 7:39 utc | 83

Helmer prefers Levada poll.
https://tass.com/politics/898199
A Justice Ministry source told TASS that a random check carried out by the ministry’s Moscow branch had established that the Levada Center was financed by foreign sources and was involved in political activities in the territory of Russia in the interests of its foreign sponsors. The center prepares and distributes by means of modern information technologies their opinion on decisions passed by Russian bodies of state power and their policy and forms socio-political views and convictions.

"The inspection revealed that the Analytical Center of Yuri Levada …had received a large part of its funds from the United States, including a grant from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, which is curated by the U.S. Department of Defense," the source said.

On things Russian, I think a Russian funded poll might be more accurate than a US government funded NGO.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 11 2020 7:43 utc | 84

Peter AU1 #83

On things Russian and USA funding I just discovered this piece at Unz Review in regard to Kevin Rothrock.

Apart from the direct links to State Department and Soros funds, I thought of Integrity Initiative and is jolly band of stenographers at large.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 9:11 utc | 85

Tom_LX #81

I have never struck a problem using the html tags shown to the right of the comments name and email and url slots.

I even post the odd Emoji when frivolity wanders by. Never struck a problem.

Taboo is posting a long naked url outside the 'A HREF...' tag as that generates wailing and gnashing of teeth and fearsome stares from the barman and the crowd.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 9:19 utc | 86

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 9:19 utc | 85
Thanks for replying Uncle "W" :-)

I have no clue as in Preview all looked good. The second time I tried I saved the message. I'll give it a trying again. Perhaps Covid-19 infected it as that was the thread I tried to post on ;-)

Posted by: Tom_LX | Mar 11 2020 9:33 utc | 87

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2020 9:19 utc | 85
I tried again on "Is The Coronavirus Really More Dangerous Than The Flu?"
Preview looked good but no luck posting.

I saw someone breaking up the link without using HTML tag. Is there are safe way to do this so as not to foul up a page ?

Posted by: Tom_LX | Mar 11 2020 9:43 utc | 88

@Daniel #27:

Thought I’d share the website http://www.aymennjawad.org/ as it might be of interest to people who post on/read this blog.

Thank you. It really is an interesting and useful site. For example, if one’s relatives, friends, co-workers or acquaintances start the “democratic activists” lament again, one can send them a link to this article:

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu Abdullah al-Shami on Meeting Western Analysts
March 10, 2020

Not too long ago the leadership of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)- the main insurgent faction in northwest Syria- held meetings with Patrick Haenni and Dareen Khalifa, two monstrous analysts from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and International Crisis Group respectively.

Whatever one thinks of Shami's general portrayal of continuity in positions with the original Jabhat al-Nusra (for one thing, it was not very plausible to imagine a meeting with Western think-tanks in the days of Jabhat al-Nusra), there are some important insights to draw here. For instance, the insistence on Shari'a as the sole reference authority is consistent with the reaffirmation of HTS principles by Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali (an Egyptian Shari'i official in the group), who made clear the group rejects democracy and secularism (contrary to those who imagine HTS is going in a more 'secular' and 'nationalist' direction).

Or to this article:

"Oh People of al-Sham: Be Steadfast, Be Steadfast"- New Speech by Sheikh Abu Himam al-Shami of Hurras al-Din
March 9, 2020


- The battle in Syria is one of the monotheist mujahideen against the idolater enemies. There is a great international disbeliever/apostate conspiracy against the jihad in Syria. The people of al-Sham and the mujahid factions need to beware of this conspiracy and avoid falling into the trap of losing their decision-making to malign actors.

- The people of al-Sham and the mujahideen need to be steadfast and endure and remember that tribulation of the believers is something by which God tests His servants and distinguishes the truly faithful.

- The mujahideen should pursue guerrilla warfare against the enemy and do all they can from various tactics to terrorize the enemy. They should not despair despite their poverty and hardship.

- The youth of the Islamic Ummah should support the jihad in Syria.

- Please God, destroy Assad, his followers, the Jews, Christians, Shi'a and other enemies of the religion.

Posted by: S | Mar 11 2020 9:59 utc | 89

#72

COVID will never be contained in the West as long as every strata of their societies has "irresponsibility" written all over it.

Posted by: JW | Mar 11 2020 10:31 utc | 90

james @ 71. I agree that Michael Osterholm is someone worth listening to
Some of his key points:

Doesn't see any evidence that this is a bioweapon
Appears to have jumped from an animal around the 3rd week of November

In its early phase and this will progress in the next 3-6 months
Appears to be 10-15 times worse than a typical bad case of influenza

Old age and smoking have been shown to be risk factors for death.  
Obesity will also prove to be a risk factor especially in the US

People in their 40s also getting it (not just an old age virus)
People under 19 getting infected but not getting sick

Posted by: financial matters | Mar 11 2020 11:05 utc | 91

electric renewables are a lost cause that needs fossil backup. by: snedly arkus @ 50 <= wake up.. multi-many renewable technologies are on the rise.. China's is the undisputed leader of renewable powered automobiles. (EVs). Humanity could save enough energy to run all automobiles on earth if government would just use the money it steals from the governed to build bridges and overpasses instead of forcing traffic to stop for lights to waste gas and to be spied on. . Oil and gas use will be outlawed....

Ahem, consider this for 100% renewable energy from the University of New South Wales. A design for Australia and the world. by: uncle tungsten @ 81 <=right on. Personally I am aware of a large private project using basically the technology shown in the video, to produce massive quantities of off grid energy from renewable sources, it is my understanding the project has copyrighted the software and patented the technology in small pieces as open source so the whole world can have the technology and use it royalty free. Beat the users of government at their own game. No more patented, armed, war making, monopoly powered energy companies. Everyone just produces the power they need.

Posted by: snake | Mar 11 2020 11:19 utc | 92

More circumstancial evidence South Korea is failing to contain the virus:

Gov't scrambles to contain spread of virus at 'crowded' places

As part of such efforts, the government decided to designate call centers, clubs, gyms and other establishments frequented by large numbers of people as high-risk areas and mobilize more resources to quarantine them.

The move comes after an alarming new mass infection of the novel coronavirus was reported at the call center in Guro, at a time when reports of new cases in Daegu, the southeastern city at the center of the nation's COVID-19 outbreak, have been decreasing in recent days.

My bet is that, since the South Korean government can't do preventive quarantine of private business (because of the obvious fact it is a capitalist society), they are chasing the virus where it bursts, quarantining the place where it is already given is a cluster. That will make the South Korean map look like Swiss cheese - at best.

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2020 11:35 utc | 93


It’s not clear what US intentions are, but a group of US Marines arrived at the Yemeni island of Socotra over the weekend, meeting with the occupying United Arab Emirates forces, and installing Patriot missile systems there.

US Marines Arrive on Yemen’s Island of Socotra to Back UAE

Boy we sure are concerned about controlling the oil shipping routes, eh? Since Houthis have put Yemen proper off the table, maybe fucking up Socotra will work. And Patriots, they get Patriots, I'll bet Erdogan is jealous. You have to wonder what the Patriots are for in a place like Socotra. The Houthis new missiles perhaps.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 11 2020 12:46 utc | 94

Covid as a mass destruction
I agree that contrary to the some Western countries who have encouraged the use of chemical weapons on Iran, Kurdistan and Syria , the Axis of resistance would not used Covid-19 or any mass destruction weapons on its ennemies. This has been clearly expressed.

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 11 2020 13:04 utc | 95

Bemildred | Mar 11 2020 12:46 utc | 94 AD Yemen

Also, I see (sputnik or rt) that "patriot AD into Iraq".

Yeah, and the maneuvers in Europe and plenty more.

Somethin's going on. I fear Texas' Thesis may be horribly true.

CV19 in all its forms may not have been released deliberately, but it's a weapon, and it's creating what fatboys see as opportunity. I chased that down through Helmer's links and Boyle's statements. It's informed opinion> "weapon". Maybe it's accidental and coincidental, maybe not. Either way it creates very rapid and fluid changes - we'll see how that goes.

I want to know if there's an epidemic in the NATO and especially the US forces on maneuver in Europe and ME. If not... well one can easily reason why.

....................


Marina rocks! Beautiful lady. I had an algebra teacher with a similar accent in English, and a similar style...she too was terrifying.

Posted by: Walter | Mar 11 2020 13:06 utc | 96

Is there a problem in posting comments? [.] I tried twice yesterday to post and both time the comment never appeared.
Tom_LX | Mar 11 2020 7:37 utc | 82

I had the same problem late yesterday afternoon, my comments with links never appeared. So no links below.

COVID-19 if the virus does not kill you, the fear of it will. That said governments are in panic. And hospitals are stretched.

-- Erdo will need to focus on containment of the virus as Turkey recorded its first case.

-- [.] "A new analysis by a team of Canadian and international researchers suggests that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted by infected individuals before symptoms develop – a possibility that could explain why the spread of the epidemic has proved so difficult to contain after it first appears in a new location.[.] “It means we would not be able to stop all the transmission events by focusing on cases who have already developed symptoms.” [.] -GlobeandMail.ca

-- Western governments are thinking of fiscal stimulus such as in UK granting mortgage payments' holidays; in US a payroll tax costs of 6% which may buy a Starbucks with half a doughnut. What of those without a pay check ....in the gig economy? - Reuters

-- "Fears Italy on lockdown will require a jumbo global bail-out- $700 billion from US and major powers to head off global crisis of financial contagion." -Ashoka Mody IMF former deputy director in EU. -The Telegraph, UK

-- I have proof .gov will suppress the count. In one tourist-dependant country, its major daily newspaper had the first COVID-19 case, an arrival, as Breaking News. The e-paper had it on its front page for 2 hours then buried it. Reuters reported; also Worldmeters.info now list that country.

In the age of technology .gov can run but it cannot hide.

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 11 2020 13:35 utc | 97

according to Russian Times the USA has admitted its goal in Syria is to prevent
Syria & Russia from clearing the Terrorist

Posted by: snake | Mar 11 2020 14:12 utc | 98

@lfurr99@australiamai #75

I also vote against because. . . . Once again all factions have agreed that their comfy dachas in the west should not be touched, because how else would the corruption continue,,Putin also agrees and removed that clause from a vote.

The amendments will prohibit foreign citizenship and foreign bank accounts for the president, members of parliament, ministers, heads of federal agencies, governors, ombudsmen, judges and prosecutors.

But you ignore all that and focus on the foreign real estate ownership ban, an amendment that was proposed by two MPs—Nikolay Arefyev (KPRF) and Konstantin Slyschenko (ER)—and was voted down by the parliament (not “removed by Putin”).

Posted by: S | Mar 11 2020 14:24 utc | 99

COVID-19 puts neoliberalism on its knees:

Germany abandons "zero deficit" policy

Posted by: vk | Mar 11 2020 14:25 utc | 100

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