To reduce energy consumption in the face of the looming German gas crisis, Economics Minister Robert Habeck has proposed a bizarre set of indoor temperature ordinances that continue the pattern of direct state interventions in everyday life first established by mass containment
It never ceases to amaze me how we allow people to be in charge that have no ability to run anything. From local communities to governments to corporations, I don’t know one that I would trust to feed my dog yet we allow them to be in charge. Well, I say no more. You will find me in the country running my own world. No idiots allowed inside the wall.
I refuse to put any "smart" devices in my home. The long term intent for these is remote control of personal energy use, including shutting it off entirely if you exercise wrong think.
Leadership in the West is a product of an anti-Darwinian system that sees the most incompetent and incapable people rise to the positions of highest authority. It is as if the leaders of the major geopolitical foes of the West were picking and choosing which of the incompetent lot become their counterparties.
The many failures of our systems of governance are simply externalities of this core problem.
Edit: Might as well plug a piece I did today on our anti-Darwinian systems - https://zhcommenter.substack.com/p/working-hard-vs-quiet-quitting
I don't know that the kiddie policies were maliciously directed at the young, so much as maliciously directed at families. Childless people (all with pets, natch) have displayed during the past two years a particular scorn and disregard for what used to be the basic unit of society, be it disregarding parents' rights to choose the best for their children, or families' entitlement to the free and appropriate public education their tax dollars fund, or families' desire to spend time together at holidays and just for fun.
MESSAGE TO THE UNVACCINATED by an unknown author:
"Even if I were pollinated and fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for withstanding the greatest pressure I have ever seen, even from partners, parents, children, friends, colleagues and doctors. People who were capable of such personality, courage and critical ability are undoubtedly the best of humanity. They are everywhere, in all ages, levels of education, states and ideas. They are of a special kind; they are the soldiers that every army of light wants to have in its ranks. They are the parents that every child wants to have and the children that every parent dreams of having. They are beings above the average of their societies, they are the essence of the people who have built all cultures and conquered horizons. They are there, next to you, they look normal, but they are superheroes. They did what others could not, they were the tree that withstood the hurricane of insults, discrimination and social exclusion. And they did it because they thought they were alone, and believed they were the only ones.Banned from their families' tables at Christmas, they never saw anything so cruel. They lost their jobs, let their careers sink, had no more money ... but they didn't care. They suffered immeasurable discrimination, denunciation, betrayal and humiliation ... but they kept going. Never before in humanity has there been such a "casting", now we know who are the best on planet Earth. Women, men, old, young, rich, poor, of all races or religions, the unvaccinated, the chosen of the invisible ark, the only ones who managed to resist when everything collapsed.
That's you, you passed an unimaginable test that many of the toughest Marines, Commandos, Green Berets, astronauts and geniuses could not withstand. You are made of the stuff of the greatest who ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who glow in the dark."
Re: heated shelters for the old, the sick and the poor
The interesting thing is that such shelters are breeding grounds for epidemics. Kinda like hospitals, only with fewer safety protocols in place. It'll be interesting to see what happens once a virus (corona, flu, whatever) starts spreading through those places.
Re: restricting fossil fuel consumption
Most likely, Germany (all of Europe, really) will burn a lot more coal than in the last few years. Whatever the goals may be, in the end, all the fossil stuff that can economically be burned, will be burned. Eventually, that will come to an end, but only because there will be nothing left to burn, not because the activists won.
If the Greens are so powerful in the German gov't, enforcing the elimination of oil, gas and nuclear power, wouldn't it make sense then to stop voting Green?
I say the same thing here in the US: STOP VOTING DEMOCRAT
(I point out the same energy hypocrisy here in the US to my Democrat friend and he nods yes, you are right. Then I ask him why he continues to vote for it, and he cries: Because I'm a Democrat!)
"In a very big way that I still don’t fully understand, lockdowns were a measure directed, sometimes even with malice, specifically at the young."
Permit me to speculate that the apparent maliciousness here, like so much of this catastrophe, flows merely from ignorance.
Covidworld is a place occupied by people who (a) don't understand the statistics of death, and cannot tell the difference between someone dying and someone being killed (b) don't understand the human immune system (b) subscribe to Consequentialist notions of ethics i.e. "greatest good for the greatest number". I do not believe grandiose concepts like 'mass formation' are required to explain the Covidian mindset: it follows to a sufficient degree from these two ignorances and one ethical pathology.
(a) is the reason one becomes Covidian: one cannot distinguish between 'people who are dying and will be finished off by one of several infections, whichever gets them first' and 'DEADLY KILLER VIRUS'. (I don't, however, want to underestimate the mortality of the Wuhan and Alpha strains, which seem to have been comparable to 1957 and 1968 influenza strains. Omicron, on the other hand....).
(b) is the reason children seem to be punished in Covidworld. Because "everyone knows" that children are 'germ factories' and spread disease just like "everyone knows" that the Germ theory means lockdowns just have to work (even though they patently didn't). What everyone doesn't seem to know is how effective childhood immune systems are, and how respiratory infections require sick people to produce virions - not children who get the virus but don't get the disease.
(c) is the reason (a) and (b) lead to calamity. The problem with all Consequentialist ethics is that you must have perfect knowledge of outcomes to do the maths. We don't ever have that. So it only ever comes out as justifications for action, and never as a pathway to good outcomes.
(c) is, in my view, an even bigger problem, one a century in the making. It is the problem that will survive even if we can manage to overthrow the Covidian movement.
PS: 'long time listener, first time caller'! Huge fan of your stat analyses, scientific agnosticism, and thoughtful digressions. May I also thank you from the bottom of my heart for your discussion of the 1918 influenza epidemic, which I continue to ponder. In fact, now I've broken cover, I'll go give it a 'like'. Stay wonderful!
After my first comment about energy use control, I finished the article and got a big smile and chuckle over your refusal to minutely address Berndt's 11 point to-do list. At a certain point, we do just have to laugh at these people.
Just curious, are the elites giving up flying in their jets? Are they going to heat themselves this winter with blankets instead of gas-powered heaters in their homes? Or are the peons the only ones who get these new "environmental" rules?
I had a look at English excess deaths as well. I agree the mid 2021 start of the increase needs looking at.
On a slightly different note, it is tragic that Novak Djokovic will not be permitted to enter the US for the US Open due to his very brave refusal to take the vaxx. It shows how truly backward the US is compared to other countries.
Why is "living with the virus" is unacceptable to most ordinary Westerners, no matter how much they see the lying and dissembling of the vaccinators?
The idea we should "live with the virus" is contrary to the deepest tenet of faith of the contemporary West: that Humanity must become god, because God is bad at His job. That's why people see Corona deaths as the intolerable crimes of Nature and Nature's God against Man, but the lockdown and vaccine deaths as noble sacrifices to the pursuit of Man's ascent to godhood.
There are many qualifications to this basic understanding of the situation, but it makes sense of the behavior of the many intelligent, capable, rich people in the West who are quite capable of following their self-interest in daily life. Believing that these people have been hood-winked by people like Fauci and Lauterbach is, I think, unlikely. Instead, I think they see the vaccinators as the most capable technocrats capable of progressing Man's ascent.
Anyone who is smarter, more honest or more capable than them, but argues that we should "live with the virus", is automatically disqualified by these people as not understanding Man's collective purpose.
I would be the first to admit that although I did not agree with the lockdowns, I also found them to be welcome to the introverted side of me. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to minimize in-person interactions for two weeks, which I knew would last longer than the initial two-week period. One of the things the lockdowns highlighted was how much I needed other people in my life, and I could see the detrimental effects isolation was having on me.
About workplaces and temperatures: this is madness. It was like this in Romania under Ceausescu. I remember when I was child and in our home, in the winter, we barely had 17 degrees (more often 15-16). Our parents used improvised electrical devices to warm themselves at work, and when an inspection was announced they had to hide the improvised installation. It's impossible to live like this, you'll either die or you'll kill your leaders, like Romanians did with Ceausescu - there is no middle way.
Has anybody driven through office areas at night ? In the US all office buildings have the lights on 24/7. Several stores do too. Is that a waste of energy or what LOL
Poor Germans. Poor Europeans. Seems I left just in time, before the EU became a nazi style government