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Can growth continue?

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gave a five-minute talk talk for Ignite Long Now 2022. It’s a simplified and very condensed treatment of a complex topic:

Below is a transcript with selected visuals and added links.

Humanity has had a pretty good run so far. In the last two hundred years, world GDP per capita has increased by almost fourteen times:

But “past performance may not be indicative of future results.” Can growth continue?

One argument against long-term growth is that we will run out of resources. Malthus worried about running out of farm land, Jevons warned that Britain would run out of coal, and Hubbert called Peak Oil.

Fears of shortages lead to fears of “overpopulation”. If resources are static, then they have to be divided into smaller and smaller shares for more and more people. In the 1960s, this led to dire predictions of famine and depredation:

But predictions of catastrophic shortages virtually never come true. Agricultural productivity has grown faster than Malthus realized was possible. And oil production, after a temporary decline, recently hit at an all-time high:

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One reason is that predictions of shortages are based on conservative estimates from only proven reserves. Another is that when a resource really is running out, we transition off of it—as, in the 1800s, we switched our lighting from whale oil to kerosene.

But the deeper reason is that there’s really no such thing as a natural resource. All resources are artificial. They are a product of technology. And economic growth is ultimately driven, not by material resources, but by ideas.

In the 20th century, the crucial role of ideas was confirmed by formal economic models. The economist Robert Solow was studying how output per worker increases as we accumulate capital, such as machines and factories. There are diminishing returns to capital accumulation alone. A single worker who is given two machines can’t be twice as productive. So if technology is static, output per worker soon stops growing:

Marginal Revolution University

But technology acts as a multiplier on productivity. This makes each worker more productive, and creates more headroom for capital accumulation:

Marginal Revolution University

So we can have economic growth if, and only if, we have technological progress.

How does this happen? Another economist, Paul Romer, pointed out the key feature of ideas: In economic terms, they are “nonrival”. Unlike a loaf of bread, or a machine, an invention or an equation can be shared by everyone. If we double the number of workers we have and double the machines they use, we will merely double their output, which is the same output per worker. But if we also double the power of technology, we will more than double output, making everyone richer. Physical resources have to be divided up, so as the population grows, the per-capita stock of resources shrinks. But ideas do not. The per-capita stock of ideas is the total stock of ideas.

So we won’t run out of resources, as long as we keep generating new ideas. But—will we run out of ideas?

Romer assumed that the technology multiplier would grow exponentially at a rate proportional to the number of researchers. But another economist, Chad Jones, pointed out that in the 20th century, we have vastly increased R&D, while growth rates have been flat or even declining. This is evidence that ideas have been getting harder to find:

Bloom, Jones, Van Reenen, and Webb, “Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?” (2020)

Does this mean inevitable stagnation? Maybe we have already picked all the low-hanging fruit. Maybe research is like mining for ideas, and the vein is running thin. Maybe inventions are like fish in a pond, and the pond is getting fished out. But notice that all these metaphors treat ideas like physical resources! And I think it’s a mistake to call “peak ideas”, just as it’s always been a mistake to call peak resources.

One reason, as Paul Romer pointed out, is that the space of ideas is combinatorially vast. The number of potential molecular compounds, or the number of possible DNA sequences, is astronomical. We have barely begun to explore.

And even as ideas get harder to find, we get better at finding them. As the population and the economy grow, we can devote more brains and more investment to R&D. And technologies like spreadsheets or the Internet make researchers more productive.

In fact, the greatest threat to long-term economic growth might be the slowdown in population growth:

Our World in Data

Without more brains to push technology forward, progress might stall.

Now, that’s a problem for another time. But note that in five minutes we’ve gone from worrying about overpopulation to underpopulation. That’s because we’ve traded a scarcity mindset, where growth is limited by resources, for an abundance mindset, where it is limited only by our ingenuity.

Thanks to Brady Forrest and the Long Now Foundation for inviting me to speak.

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58 Comments on "Can growth continue?"

  1. SilentRunning2 on Sat, 28th May 2022 9:07 am 

    Just techno-happy talk.

    But physical reality is not impressed by these arguments. Actual crop yields per acre CANT be improved beyond plants turning 100% of available sunlight into food energy. Semiconductors wont get much denser because transistors cant be made with less than 1 atom. Human population growth cant possibly continue at its current rate for another 10,000 years because by then EVERY ATOM in the observable universe would have to be part of a human body.

  2. GlobalistBullshit on Sat, 28th May 2022 10:08 am 

    Canada century initiative video in English this time.

    They are building condos everywhere, Thailand, Quebec, Ontario and so on. They are planning a invasion Canada using immigration and to take control of the electrical grid. These imbeciles think we can have infinite growth in a finite planet. One of the reason the GOD’s want to destroy earth reality is because the people living in it are too stupid. Stupid people only create hellish like civilization. It is time to start something new. First we must destroy.

  3. BrownShitDiversitySmallLikeMyBrownShit on Sat, 28th May 2022 10:25 am 

    We are managed by imbeciles. The brown shit diversity are stupid low IQ. The can only create hellish civilization and destroy everything, they are too stupid to be keep alive. They must be killed at all cost.

    Look at the video from the Canada Century initiative. He is talking about real-estate and how immigration will be good for the real-estate east market. These brown shit skin are complete idiots, everything they touch they destroy.

  4. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 28th May 2022 11:25 am 

    Gun violence now Number 1 cause of death for U.S. children


  5. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 28th May 2022 12:52 pm 

    ‘Nothing More Than Cowards’: Uvalde Victims’ Families Say Cops Need to Pay

    Pigs are cowards, mostly.
    Some do try- but immersed in that much corruption, it is difficult.

    Believe me, they are not going to pay.

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:11 pm 

    You can’t blame American cops for being useless cowards. They’ve only been trained in back shooting unarmed civilians. Same as their military.

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:46 pm 

    Record-breaking heat wave hits Northeast US

    It must be the approaching global Ice Age what’s causing it. Ya that must be it.

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:52 pm 

    Drought may cut western Oklahoma wheat crop by 50%

    It must be those mile thick ice sheets from our ongoing Ice Age. Same as the last ice age & one before that.

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:57 pm 

    More signs the ice age is upon us.

    Today 26 May is a historic day in China:The city of Turpan (42,5N) had an incredible minimum temperature of 32.8C,by far the highest in May in Chinese history. This pulverizes the previous national record of 30.7C (set at Dongfang) and its previous own of 29.9C (31 May 2008).

    Spain experiences record-breaking heatwave for May

    Y’all better order snow shoes for the family before it’s too late.

  10. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 5:04 pm 

    ‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51C

    Residents of Jacobabad say loss of trees and water facilities makes record-breaking temperatures unbearable

    “Muhammad Akbar, 40, sells dried chickpeas on a wheelbarrow in Jacobabad, and has suffered heatstroke three times in his life.

    But now, he says, the heat is getting worse. “In those days there were many trees in the whole city and there was no shortage of water and we had other facilities so we could easily beat the heat. But now there are no trees or other facilities including water, due to which the heat is becoming unbearable. I’m scared that this heat will take our lives in the coming years.”

    51 Celsius = 123.8 Fahrenheit is normal temperature during ice ages. All hospitalized or dead people are crisis actors hired by Al Gore.

  11. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 6:53 pm 

    The awful American consumer

    We want cheap stuff fast and don’t care who it hurts.

    “..there are all sorts of examples of people reacting terribly in turn. Passengers are attacking flight attendants on airlines. Customers are throwing fits in restaurants and grocery stores and retailers. They’re mad about wait times and inflation and thinly stretched staff. They’re also mad they’re not in the right when they refuse to wear a mask or show a vaccine card or, simply, wait.”

    I’m looking forward to more schadenfreude from disappointed consumer chimps.

    It should be great fun watching the toxic feminist bitches run out of their feminine hygiene products.

    When the bitching starts over that tell them their feminine hygiene products are part of their white privilege and toxic white Matriarchy & it needs to stop if we are to make a just world.

    By the time an average North American white bitch is 50, she has had half a forest chopped down & processed & shoved in her panties just to make sopping up her monthly bleeding a little easier & convenient while thousands of tree dwelling creatures like squirrels, chimps & orangutans go homeless then extinct for her convenience.

    And lets not forget the megatons of ‘fast fashion’, makeup & nail polish that poisons the environment everyday so they can play princess, painted whore & porn star.

    Bitches are but one group I’ll have fun watching them lose their shit because they are incapable of accepting Overshoot and the limits to growth. They all have such great imaginations and never run out of alternate explanations (conspiracies) and evil doers (anyone not in their tribe) behind them/blame. As long as Trump is alive in 2024 there will be another round of American Trump derangement syndrome from either libtards (Putin!) or Repugs (stole our election wa wa wa mommy!).

    As an unpaid viewer & commenter up in the peanut gallery, I can’t lose.

    I encourage you all to continue building up your arsenals with more assault rifles and ammunition, but perhaps you could give the elementary school children of America a break and buy some paper and cardboard targets to practice on until your civil war is declared.

  12. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 7:52 pm 

    A Culture That Kills Its Children Has No Future

    “Violence begets injury begets death, and any culture debased to vacillating between violent struggle and idle nihilism is shuddering toward its end as a culture of death. And a culture of death is like a prophecy, or a sickness: It bespeaks itself in worsening phases.”

    It looks like Americans would rather destroy their country than admit they are wrong about some things.

    I don’t know anyone, including myself, who is never wrong.

  13. LongAnimalNeck on Sat, 28th May 2022 8:40 pm 

    5:31 long animal neck.

  14. DeadVegetationInTheBackground on Sat, 28th May 2022 11:29 pm 

    1:37 yellow leaves on the palm trees.

    What did I say about killing all the vegetation by turning it into yellow and brown color, the color of death for the vegetation.

  15. Theedrich on Sun, 29th May 2022 2:28 am 

    CA schools are dropping anti-Black calculus. Equity, you know.  We don’t need new ideas, just more anti-science, CRT-promoted halfbreeds to stupidify and end Western civilization.

  16. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 29th May 2022 4:09 am 

    “A Culture That Kills Its Children Has No Future”

    apneaman coming out against abortion!

    It’s a start.

    “CA schools are dropping anti-Black calculus.”

    Science definitely is anti-black, there never has been a black scientist, that’s all the proof you need. It’s all racism and shit, yo.

    “Albert Schweitzer on Africans”

    A word in conclusion about the relations between the whites and blacks. What must be the general character of the intercourse between them? Am I to treat the black man as my equal or my inferior? I must show him that I can respect the dignity of human personality in every one, and this attitude in me he must be able to see for himself; but the essential thing is that there shall be a real feeling of brotherliness. How far this is to find complete expression in the sayings and doings of daily life must be settled by circumstances. The negro is a child, and with children nothing can be done without the use of authority. We must, therefore, so arrange the circumstances of daily life that my natural authority can find expression. With regard to the negroes, then, I have coined the formula: “I am your brother, it is true, but your elder brother.”

    Schweitzer was one of the world’s greatest do-gooders. America and in its wake Europe (but not Eastern Europe!) have sinned against this principle and are about to abdicate their hegemony by committing suicide on the basis of its values (after WW2 injected by the youknowwho).

  17. RaptureComingForCalifornia on Sun, 29th May 2022 8:51 am 

    Newson of California giving a press conference next to a dead brown plant. Signal that California is about to die ?

    0:04 left dead brown plant

  18. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 29th May 2022 3:56 pm 

    clog that article is not about abortion. Try reading before commenting please.

    BTW, I don’t give a shit about abortion since I don’t have a womb.

    Famous Black Scientists

    Black scientists such as George Washington Carver, Mae C. Jemison and Neil deGrasse Tyson are widely known, while others — such as engineer Otis Boykin — are less famous, but equally made an impact. Discover the struggles and triumphs of these and other African American innovators.

    10 Black Inventors Who Changed Your Life

    clog guess what they all have in common?

    They are beloved by millions.

    They have much higher IQ’s than you have or could have.

    They’ve made predictions that have come true.

    Their work has made a positive difference to untold millions of lives.

    You are less than nothing compared to them.

    Even as a racist you can’t get it right. It’s the Muslims and the Muslim world that has made very little contributions to science since the 13 century. Still more than you.

    All one need do is have one peer reviewed paper to beat you.

  19. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 29th May 2022 4:06 pm 

    In Brief: Hot air and false optimism

    “Windfall hot air

    Even now, the political class is treating rising energy prices as temporary – just like they thought inflation was temporary this time last year. They would like you to believe that Russia – which has continued to supply oil and gas (which were expressly excluded from sanctions) to Europe to this day – is responsible for rising prices which began long before the invasion of Ukraine. The reality though, is that increasing energy prices are structural and there is no relief in sight.

    Peak oil – the point when industrial civilisation was extracting more oil from the ground than it had ever done before… and would ever do again, occurred in November 2018.”

    Vote, advocate, pray, kill it don’t matter.

    Peak oil, catastrophic run away climate change, ocean acidifiction, mega plastic pollution, habitat destruction, looming MAD, Overshoot, Overshoot Overshoot……….

    The human species is fucked with no hope or future outside of this century.

  20. makati1 on Sun, 29th May 2022 4:38 pm 

    Growth is going to continue, just not in the West.

    When you cannot read on a 3rd grade level, you cannot build anything that works.

    When all you can do is print money and not make things, you eventually have hyperinflation and collapse.

    When you “elect” psychopaths and senile old men, you deserve what is coming.

    The tearing sound you hear is the US Bill of Rights and the Constitution being shredded by your masters.

    The government robs you every day and they don’t even need a gun.

  21. InsectoidHands on Sun, 29th May 2022 10:10 pm 

    5:10 insectoid hand and body. Notice the really long finger. The whole video is funny. The girls cannot jump far away in the sand pit.

  22. MoreInsectoidHands on Sun, 29th May 2022 10:13 pm 

    6:57 insectoid hands. GO full screen mode for a better view.

  23. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 30th May 2022 8:47 am 

    “Guns make these paranoid, weak, little people feel powerful.”

    Cowardly Pigs.

  24. RaptureHasAlreadyBegun on Mon, 30th May 2022 9:15 am 

    Mastercard CEO: SWIFT Payment System May Be Replaced By CBDCs In Five Years

    Everyone on earth will be dead in 5 earth. These people are not GOD’s, they control nothing. Monsanto is using farm land and diesel to produce seeds, sell the seeds to farmer that use diesel to make food. We are using too much diesel to produce. Monsanto made sure that farmer cannot save and produce their own seed. Monsanto took control of GOD’s creation (seed, wheat, cotton, barley) for profit purposes. No ones stop them. All the habitants of earth of guild of profanities against the creation and will be killed for that. Earth is the new Babylon of the bible and will be destroyed completely. The rapture has already

  25. YouAllFailed on Mon, 30th May 2022 9:35 am 

    Because of the way you behave toward GOD’s creation, you are not fit to move into a new creation called paradise. You will be destroyed like you destroyed earth creation. Seeds belong to GOD’s and the people, they do not belong to Vanguard, State street, BlackRock. You committed big profanities against GOD’s and GOD’a creation and are not fit to work with GOD’s. Your bodies and souls will be kill permanently for that sin after a long torture session. This was a test except a few individuals you all failed.

  26. YouAllFailed on Mon, 30th May 2022 10:07 am 

    Liberal Party needs to let women ‘have a voice’: Katherine Deves

    Women as an experiment failed Misérables and also these failed: sex, kids, sexual reproduction, food, wild life, insects, and green vegetation, snow and so on. Earth is an example of not what to do. Women will never be created again. Next creation are going to be asexual.

  27. YouAllFailed on Mon, 30th May 2022 10:27 am 

    Trudeau government proposes enhanced gun control laws for Canada | LIVE

    Trudeau, his family, and all his cabinets members, including kids and husband, will be send to a special hell, where their soul will be tortured for life.

    Possession of hand gun is freedom and a birth right. You are again going against the words of GOD.

  28. SomeMorePredictions on Mon, 30th May 2022 1:52 pm 

    Canada’s military a “broken system” and a “liability” to the country, report finds | FULL

    Me and other GOD’s deeply hate women. I will give you another prediction. Once the electrical grid and gasoline shortage start, meaning no police in street, I expect that MAN WILL START KILLING AND TORTURING WOMEN RIGHT IN THE OPEN SPACE WIHTOUT ANY REMORSE AND RESTRAINT.

    Women are failed creation and are never going to be created again.

  29. PrepareToSuffer on Mon, 30th May 2022 3:02 pm 

    Fauci is having deadly bleeding facial skin cancer 1:24. GOD creation is not for sale. Monsanto cannot own wheat and cotton seeds. They belong to me and I still own them. Only a few selected people will be welcomed in my new creation, all the rest of you will be tortured to dead. You are unfit for beauty, you only destroy.

  30. Ted Wilson on Mon, 30th May 2022 3:33 pm 

    For 29 consecutive days, gas prices increased and then decreased on 2022-05-28 and then started increasing again on 2022-05-29 (yesterday) and today.

    For how many days is it going to increase and what will be the record. Meanwhile brent has crossed $120 / barrel as china removes the lockdown and summer driving season starts.

    Once again, it will impact the auto sales and no 1 can predict how much of the decrease is because of oil price and how much of chip shortage.

  31. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 30th May 2022 4:47 pm 

    Let’s face it: We are a sick country. Our debate on gun violence can best be described as deranged and pathetic.

    Even I have a gun

  32. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 30th May 2022 4:52 pm 

    Trump Added More to the National Debt Than Obama and Bush

    The Fat Boy can spend money, and most of it he ripped off from the proletariat.

    Credit where it is due

  33. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 30th May 2022 5:33 pm 

    “Possession of hand gun is freedom and a birth right.”

    So there was no freedom or birth right until the hand gun was invented in the 16th century?

    The gutenberg press and widespread literacy are a bigger factor in the white man’s dominance of the better part of the world for 500 years & set millions of Europeans free from the Catholic church & eventually monarchy. Any fool can buy & fire guns. Tactics, diplomacy & strategy and when to use which require clever thinking whereas any monkey can be trained to fire a gun.

    As American and the west’s literacy rates have declined so has their power. Conversely China’s rise, high literacy & education rates are in lock step.

    Also, America’s increase in gun ownership is in lockstep with America’s decline in literacy and education.

    None of those guns can prevent American collapse or stop you from becoming China’s bitch & low wage fuck toy.

    You want more fentanyl round-eye? Fentanyl love you long time.

    As for the NRA’s recent “it’s SSRI’s fault” full court press only an unthinking retard would believe that since most western countries take similar amounts of SSRI’s per capita, but do not have daily mass shootings.

    It took me 2 seconds of thinking to refute that dumb ass argument.

    The mass shootings just bring American collapse on faster. If they took your guns away y’all would switch to mass stabbings.

    A psycho is a psycho is a psycho.

  34. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 31st May 2022 1:44 am 

    Let’s face it: We are a sick country. Our debate on gun violence can best be described as deranged and pathetic.
    Even I have a gun

    I am against gun-ownership by the public, but in the case of North-America it is better to postpone disarmament until after civil war 2, a civil war that will be triggered by a catastropic US empire terminating loss in East Asia.

    Even the NYT has grave doubts about continued US hegemony:

  35. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 31st May 2022 4:53 am 

    In addition to “my client was on anti depressants that made him kill”, “My client had untreated depression” has been argued a gazillion times as well.

    Personally I think they are way way over prescribed and have been more trouble than they are worth, but they are not a national scapegoat. Americans just like to kill, at home and abroad.

    If you are planing a civil war stocking up on medicine, including vaccines, is just as important as guns & ammo.

    In the history of war disease has killed as much or more than the fighting.

    “In the American civil war, two- thirds of the estimated 660 000 deaths of soldiers were caused by pneumonia, typhoid, dysentery, and malaria, and this death toll led to a 2-year extension of the war. These diseases became known as the “third army”.

    Ignorant modern westerners take all this for granted (Covid proved an astounding level of ignorance of infectious disease.) but they will learn the hard way if they blow up each others sanitation works in war. It’s one of the first things targeted. Blow up the infrastructure & embargo medication. Surely Americans are familiar with these tactics.

    Why waste bullets when you can let microbes sicken and kill the enemy, including the children, via their own filth?

  36. IHaveALicenseToKill on Tue, 31st May 2022 6:35 am 

    I ask GOD the other day if it was OK for to kill women with my knifes. He said yes, you hare a license to kill. I am killing 8 billions people by killing all the vegetation, obviously killing women, kids an men with a knife is allowed.

    I have been waiting for this moment for so long.

  37. ImageThisJustForFun on Tue, 31st May 2022 6:57 am 

    Tens Of Thousands Of Chickens Killed In Wright County Egg Farm Fire

    Wait until GOD get upset with Monsanto and set in fire all the Monsanto seed. The seeds belong to GOD, not to Vanguard, Blackrock and State street. Imagine if GOD set all Monsanto seeds in fire. Food starvation won’t be far behind.

  38. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 31st May 2022 3:41 pm 

    Negative views of Russia mainly limited to western liberal democracies, poll shows

    Annual global survey of attitudes to democracy finds many countries maintain positive views of Russia

    I have family that are upset that I am not on the anti Putin Russian hate wagon. The only thing they know about Russia is what the retard simple media narrative claims. They believe in Russia Gate like US libtards.

    There is only about ten of us in N America, me and 9 other guys, who don’t believe in any recent GRAND conspiracies.

  39. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 31st May 2022 3:48 pm 

    Study reveals top reason behind soldiers’ suicides

    “When researchers asked 72 soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo., why they tried to kill themselves, out of the 33 reasons they had to choose from, all of the soldiers included one in particular — a desire to end intense emotional distress.

    “This really is the first study that provides scientific data saying that the top reason … these guys are trying to kill themselves is because they have this intense psychological suffering and pain,”

    “The core of the issue is that it’s not that people who attempt suicide … want to harm themselves as much as they want the pain they’re currently in to stop, and they don’t see any other way out,” Castro said.

    The study also found that the soldiers often listed many reasons — an average of 10 each — for suicide, illustrating the complexity of the problem, Bryan said. Other common reasons included the urge to end chronic sadness, a means of escaping people or a way to express desperation.

    Meanwhile, a new Pentagon analysis released Tuesday shows that suicide rates in the military were highest among people divorced or separated — with a rate of 19 per 100,000 — 24% higher than troops who are single.”

    Pretty much the same as civilian suffers.

  40. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 31st May 2022 9:06 pm 

    Why Texas Authorities Can’t Be Trusted to Investigate Themselves

    LOL!! Cowards try and hide—

    But they are cowards

  41. RevengeAgainstWomenWillBeBloody on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 1:13 am 

    Me and other GOD are dismantling earth justice system to allow man to kill and torture freely women without going to jail. Once the police is dismantle because of peak oil and inflation, man will be free to get revenge against women.

    See video descripton below.

    A Thai court yesterday convicted a British man , 52 year old Shane Looker of the 2014 murder of a bar girl. Despite the violent end to her life, which saw her dismembered and packed into a suitcase, later discovered in a Kanchanaburi river, his sentence? 8 years jail.

    From one of my comment below

  42. SomeReminder on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 1:14 am 

    Me and other GOD’s deeply hate women. I will give you another prediction. Once the electrical grid and gasoline shortage start, meaning no police in street, I expect that MAN WILL START KILLING AND TORTURING WOMEN RIGHT IN THE OPEN SPACE WIHTOUT ANY REMORSE AND RESTRAINT.

    Women are failed creation and are never going to be created again.

  43. IHaveALicenseToKill on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 1:28 am 

    I ask GOD last night if it was OK for me to kill women and kids with my knife. He said I have a license to kill and he sees no problems with that.

    I indeed have a license to kill. I am the one the have ordered the dead of all the green vegetation. There is no difference between killing people with a knife or by killing the food supply.

    Shit are getting serious. It is about time

  44. Dredd on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 5:59 am 

    “If the nation’s economists were laid end to end, they would point in all directions.”
    — Arthur H. Motley
    “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”
    — Ezra Solomon

    (The Doll As Metaphor – 6)

  45. peakyeast on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 7:36 am 

    Almost every single person I have talked with about Russia/Ukraine thinks that the western governments and NATO in particular has provoked this war and are eager to implement propaganda and thought control measures.

    The media however… is unamiously totally controlled and totally untrustworthy.

    At this point you have to be an idiot to believe anything at face value from any media and government. Including Russia. There is no such thing as honesty between groups of sicophants and murderers which makes up the “leadership” of basically all larger entities today.

  46. PisseLeSangVaginPuant on Wed, 1st Jun 2022 8:34 am 

    Maudit que j’ai hate de pouvoir tuer le vagin puants et ses enfants avec mon couteau. Je vais enfoncer mon couteau dans leur vagin puant et je vais les ouvrir vers le haut pendant que les chiennes sales pisse le sang.

  47. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 2nd Jun 2022 10:31 am 

    “If you’ve been at all conscious this week, you’ve heard about Marjorie Taylor Greene’s conspiracy theory that features Bill Gates as the arch-villain who is creating “fake meat” in “peach tree dishes.” The congresswoman from Georgia, with the support of Donald Trump, won her recent primary in that state, handily. As ignorant and as crazy as she seems, lots of Georgia right-wing mouth breathers and cousin fuckers still thought she would be the perfect representative for them, which is, alas, probably true.”

  48. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 2nd Jun 2022 5:08 pm 

    You can always fall back onto bike transport.

    Utrecht, the Netherlands, “bicycle rush hour”

  49. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 2nd Jun 2022 5:12 pm 

    Today, the city of Utrecht officially exist 900 years.

    There are older cities, that were founded in the Roman era, 2000 years ago:

    Nijmegen, Maastricht, Heerlen.

  50. makati1 on Thu, 2nd Jun 2022 5:13 pm 

    Duncan, there are, maybe, 10 sane, intelligent members of Congress in the US today. Probably fewer. But then, look at President Senile and his jackass VP. The US is only typical of all the Western countries. What does that say about “democracy” and those who voted them into power? Sigh!

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