Radio 4, as heard this morning
Heard Ramblings, with horse expert and TV presenter Clare Balding: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s9rm.
The path (part of the now-called “Thames Path”) by the River Thames between Pangbourne and Goring, an area I myself know well, both in a childhood of the early/mid 1960s and early 1970s, and later, when I walked that same path in 1998. It was pretty overgrown in places at that time.
An area of England that has not changed much, superficially, in the past decades.
After that, Farming Today had an interview with a farmer who, starting several years ago, realized that his arable farm, farmed using modern chemicals etc, was losing all soil vitality. As a result, he has turned more to the once-common, but now rather rare, mixed farm model (decried by industrial farmers as inefficient).
Wise move. Rudolf Steiner said that the best model for farming was the mixed farm. Long term view, not short term. Environmentally-friendly.
As for economic efficiency, I do not think that anyone would claim that the Laverstoke Farm estate owned by ex-racing driver Jody Scheckter [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jody_Scheckter#Present] is not an economic success story! A massive success, “despite” being both mixed and biodynamic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverstoke_Park_Farm; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture; https://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/
Radio 4 Today was then broadcast. They interviewed an expert in cryptocurrencies, who himself has made tens of millions of pounds from them. He expects a Bitcoin crash.
Bitcoin was invented in 2008, and at first had no real-world value at all.
I myself blogged about Bitcoin, over three years ago, in late 2017: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/12/10/thoughts-about-bitcoin/
I think that 1 Bitcoin was valued around £10,000 at time of blogging. Between then and now, the price has varied between about £2,600 at lowest and today’s recordbreaking peak.
As of today, 20th February 2021, 1 Bitcoin is valued at not far short of £40,000!
I expected a Bitcoin crash three years ago. Never happened, though the value did plummet before recovering and climbing further. Now, though, a crash is surely (?) inevitable.
I notice that Alison Chabloz accepts Bitcoin donations; I hope that she got some before the price rocketed, and still has them. If so, she may have a windfall. https://alisonchabloz.com/how-to-donate/.
Strange to think that an early investor or speculator in Bitcoin, who might have bought 100 Bitcoin for as little as £200 in 2011 (or only £20 at start of trading in early 2011, i.e. at about 20p each), would now be sitting on £4 million.
On the other hand, any value held in Bitcoin is like value held in chips at a casino. Until cashed in, they are only of notional value. The man or woman who bought 100 Bitcoin for £20 or £200 in 2011, and who is now sitting on £4M, may soon be sitting on £40M, or £400,000, or £4,000, or 4p…
I suppose that anyone who is in the fortunate position of owning £4M in Bitcoin today would be well advised to buy a decent country house for £2M or £3M and retain the rest in Bitcoin while the price travels ever(?) higher.
There will be a crash in the end. This is fool’s gold spun out of straw.
Any future and updated edition of the economic and psychological classic, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, will surely have a chapter on Bitcoin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_Popular_Delusions_and_the_Madness_of_Crowds
Anyone imagining that the “virus” hysteria and repression is all about “the virus” or public health is much mistaken. The health situation has been twisted and weaponized.
What we have seen over the past year is not complete as of itself, but a template for later repressions.
Worrying for sure that so many young British people are so brainwashed, but not an unexpected piece of news. After all, that is what the System aimed at and is aiming at, namely an unthinking, easily manipulated, cultureless, and eventually raceless population. The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan. White Genocide.
This is happening widely. My own mother-in-law, aged about 95, was recently in hospital with a non-Covid problem. After about 2-3 weeks in hospital, her routine test was positive. She had, like so many, picked up “the virus” in hospital. She had no (and never developed any) symptoms at all (and is now back at her home), but had she died in hospital from her pre-existing problem, she would have been marked down as having died “with Coronavirus” or “within 28 days of having had a positive Coronavirus test”.
This is abuse of statistics (and hoodwinking of the public) taken to an absurd level.
I have recently blogged, though only briefly, about my experiences of Prague in 1988 and 1999.
Well, this week I scored the same poor score as John Rentoul (4/10). I only knew the answers to questions 1, 2, 7, and 9 (and hit the post on number 4, being out about 2 inches).
We need only one victory...
Moscow looked better then.
Pressure groups posing as “think tanks”. 150 such “think tanks” (including those two) were founded by a suspected Jew or part-Jew called Fisher, whose grand-daughter is married to David Cameron-Levita’s one-time crazed “adviser”, Steve Hilton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Whetstone#Personal_life; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Fisher