Europe Going Dark Physically and Spiritually

 

The US is so consumed with inflation, the midterm elections, and the constant tension of radical social battles, that hardly anyone is reporting on the conditions in Europe 2022.

The European continent is experiencing the worst drought in 500 years. Some have reported that the drought is so bad that ancient, medieval towns once underwater are resurfacing! The olive crops in Spain, their main source of revenue, are drying up. Headlines about the worst drought ever hitting Spain are in the news.

“Half of the water produced in the desalination plant is used to water the crops here. Spain produces more fruit and vegetables than any other country in the European Union.” This story is dated August 29. (Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning, in what is likely the worst such event in 500 years.)

The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up.” The report warns that the situation is worsening in countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, northern Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland, and the UK. The researchers’ stark warning follows rapidly-sinking river levels across Europe, which have exposed relics of the past — including so-called “hunger stones” warning of potential famine and the sunken remains of World War Two Nazi ships.” (Europe’s drought the worst in 500 years – report.)

Along with historic record heat and drought, Europe’s energy resources are drying up too. Russia is turning off the gas.  Embracing Green Energy being pushed by the World Economic Forum, turning away from traditional sources while experiencing mass energy problems is throwing the Europeans into a panic, dimming the lights at major tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower and London Bridge in desperation. Fear of a heat shortage this winter prompted emergency talks to free up funds by the European Union and protests are already starting. So an energy crisis in Europe, while at the same time, the massive push to all electric vehicles? Add a major conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with satellite countries fearing a spillover, is prompting Poland to arm up. (European ministers will hold an emergency meeting this month on measures to lower surging energy prices across the EU.)

I wonder if the fact that Christian Europe, which has been withering for some time, is now seeing and feeling the consequences of turning away from God and embracing the new secular, post-modern, technocratic systems. Along with the barren ground, some of which used to be holy ground, the faith of many has grown cold, drying up, and turning to dust. The abandonment of the faith has forced the closures of many churches and monasteries in recent years, turning them into secular spaces of work and amusement. The following article warned of this decline in 2015. Enter 2022. Seven years after that warning, a devastating drought, following a major pandemic, and now a serious energy crisis.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Naftali Bendavid describes empty churches that entrepreneurs and city officials have repurposed as skateboard parks, gymnastic training arenas, museums, supermarkets, gyms, and even bars. But it’s a trend that can’t continue indefinitely. These rapidly emptying church buildings, though, are only a symbol of Europe’s true spiritual decline.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary predicts that five years from now, the number of Christians in Western Europe will have fallen by almost 23 percent since 1970. And actual attendance is abysmal, with less than 2 percent of the population darkening the door of a church on a regular basis in Britain, France, or Germany.

According to the European Values Study reported by The Christian Post, half of the population in many areas of Europe never attend religious services. And Germany, a country with one-quarter the population of the United States, is home to 10 times as many atheists. (Europe’s Abandoned Churches a Warning for America.)

In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

Is the dimming light of our souls and spiritual lives coinciding with the dimming and coming darkness we see descending across the world? Is this a wake-up call?

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  1. RufusRJones Member
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    First things fail slowly, then quickly. I would say that Europe would be an early warning for America, but the powers that be think they have a moat so they don’t care. It will be grim satisfaction for them to discover their moat is not a real barrier, but for the fact that everyone else will have already suffered.

    Nobody is going to do this, but I highly recommend that everybody listen to Luke Groman interviews.

    Political economy > everything else everybody goes on and on about. 

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  2. Zafar Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    This is how the cycle of Apostasy works. Nations grow prosperous and strong when the Lord is at the center. Their strength and prosperity lead them to turn away from God. Turning away from God makes them become decadent. Nations that become decadent collapse and are rebuilt by those with abiding faith in God.

    Eurotopians aren’t having babies, but their Muslim immigrants are.

    The more assimilated the Muslim population becomes the smaller the families.

    We become as Godless as the rest of you in a generation or so.

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  3. Flicker Coolidge
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Thing is, when I have a flt tire, I don’t think “I bet my relationship with God is to blame,”

    I may turn to God with a prayer or two that my trusty husband is able to put the spare in the flat tire’s place.

    Actually a flat tire can be very Providential.  Not being somewhere where you should not be at that moment.  Meeting someone to help or who helps you, whom you wouldn’t have met.  Or maybe just a sign to slow down.  Sometimes God works in not so mysterious ways.

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  4. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    First things fail slowly, then quickly. I would say that Europe would be an early warning for America, but the powers that be think they have a moat so they don’t care. It will be grim satisfaction for them to discover their moat is not a real barrier, but for the fact that everyone else will have already suffered.

    Yes – an early warning for America.  It’s going to reverberate throughout the world no matter what – watch the stock market and food distribution in your local stores in a few months.

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  5. Charles Mark Member
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    A month ago there were warnings of drought in Ireland. Two weeks ago people attending a major music festival here were drenched by heavy rain. A few days later, drought was back on the agenda. Then last weekend we had more very heavy rain. But shock horror, it’s been dry for the last week, so the doom mongers will be out in force again- until it rains on Wednesday. That’s the nature of our climate. 

    In the meantime, as is the case elsewhere in Europe, our Government ( which includes the Green Party) declared a “climate crisis”, then proceeded to close down power stations using fossil fuels, in favour of renewables, which don’t meet even 20% of our energy needs. They also refuse to permit exploration for natural gas. And they oppose the building of facilities for storage of liquid natural gas, leaving us dependent on the UK for piped supply.  As a consequence, we are being softened up for power cuts in the coming winter. 

    The funny thing is that for all the expressions of concern about our plight by Government, this is the inevitable and entirely predictable consequence of policies implemented very deliberately- with the enthusiastic support of almost all opposition Parties. And as for the Greens, it seems to match their agenda perfectly. 

     

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  6. MarciN Member
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    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    A month ago there were warnings of drought in Ireland. Two weeks ago people attending a major music festival here were drenched by heavy rain. A few days later, drought was back on the agenda. Then last weekend we had more very heavy rain. But shock horror, it’s been dry for the last week, so the doom mongers will be out in force again- until it rains on Wednesday. That’s the nature of our climate.

    In the meantime, as is the case elsewhere in Europe, our Government ( which includes the Green Party) declared a “climate crisis”, then proceeded to close down power stations using fossil fuels, in favour of renewables, which don’t meet even 20% of our energy needs. They also refuse to permit exploration for natural gas. And they oppose the building of facilities for storage of liquid natural gas, leaving us dependent on the UK for piped supply. As a consequence, we are being softened up for power cuts in the coming winter.

     

    The funny thing is that for all the expressions of concern about our plight by Government, this is the inevitable and entirely predictable consequence of policies implemented very deliberately- with the enthusiastic support of almost all opposition Parties. And as for the Greens, it seems to match their agenda perfectly.

     

    This sounds like the events that caused the Holodomor and the Chinese Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution: great human suffering caused by the government. 

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  7. Charles Mark Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Charles Mark (View Comment):

    A month ago there were warnings of drought in Ireland. Two weeks ago people attending a major music festival here were drenched by heavy rain. A few days later, drought was back on the agenda. Then last weekend we had more very heavy rain. But shock horror, it’s been dry for the last week, so the doom mongers will be out in force again- until it rains on Wednesday. That’s the nature of our climate.

    In the meantime, as is the case elsewhere in Europe, our Government ( which includes the Green Party) declared a “climate crisis”, then proceeded to close down power stations using fossil fuels, in favour of renewables, which don’t meet even 20% of our energy needs. They also refuse to permit exploration for natural gas. And they oppose the building of facilities for storage of liquid natural gas, leaving us dependent on the UK for piped supply. As a consequence, we are being softened up for power cuts in the coming winter.

     

    The funny thing is that for all the expressions of concern about our plight by Government, this is the inevitable and entirely predictable consequence of policies implemented very deliberately- with the enthusiastic support of almost all opposition Parties. And as for the Greens, it seems to match their agenda perfectly.

     

    This sounds like the events that caused the Holodomor and the Chinese Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution: great human suffering caused by the government.

    Sadly, we were utterly supine during our very harsh lockdowns, and now the Government knows that the vast majority of  people will go with the flow, rather than challenge the pervading consensus, and will cast out the dissenters.  

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  8. Steven Seward Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Meanwhile in the U.S. we’ve been deluged with rain since the 1970’s.  From the Environmental Protective Agency:

    https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-us-and-global-precipitation

    It looks like the same situation World-Wide:

    https://clivebest.com/blog/?p=8502

    I guess this is one of the contributing factors to  the excess “greening of the world” since the 1960’s.  Don’t know what happened to the rainfall in Europe this year.  It’s all falling somewhere else.

     

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  9. Zafar Member
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    https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/04/14/climate-change-indian-monsoon/

    Climate Change Is Making Indian Monsoon Seasons More Chaotic

    :-(

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  10. Steven Seward Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/04/14/climate-change-indian-monsoon/

    Climate Change Is Making Indian Monsoon Seasons More Chaotic

    :-(

    Good.  The Indians need a little more chaos in their weather!  That’s their punishment for not having any Winters.

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  11. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Meanwhile in the U.S. we’ve been deluged with rain since the 1970’s. From the Environmental Protective Agency:

    https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-us-and-global-precipitation

    It looks like the same situation World-Wide:

    https://clivebest.com/blog/?p=8502

    I guess this is one of the contributing factors to the excess “greening of the world” since the 1960’s. Don’t know what happened to the rainfall in Europe this year. It’s all falling somewhere else.

     

    Except California – all those wildfires!

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  12. Steven Seward Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Meanwhile in the U.S. we’ve been deluged with rain since the 1970’s. From the Environmental Protective Agency:

    https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-us-and-global-precipitation

    It looks like the same situation World-Wide:

    https://clivebest.com/blog/?p=8502

    I guess this is one of the contributing factors to the excess “greening of the world” since the 1960’s. Don’t know what happened to the rainfall in Europe this year. It’s all falling somewhere else.

     

    Except California – all those wildfires!

    They may have wildfires but apparently there haven’t been any changes in California’s precipitation trends for thirty years up til 2019.

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/analysis-california-precipitation-trends/

     

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  13. RufusRJones Member
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    This is definitely one of the best interviews I’ve heard of doomberg

    In our third installment of Winter is Coming, we sit down with energy and #fintwit icon, Doomberg, for an in-depth discussion on the European energy crisis covering the team’s take on the winter ahead in Europe and policy’s role in the path forward.

    https://smartermarketspod.com/winter-is-coming-episode-3-doomberg/

     

     

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  14. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Instugator (View Comment):

    If you have sufficient electricity, you can make water.

    And vice versa.

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  15. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    You want to be alone? You have a personality disorder? You hate people? You have a low IQ? Your parents did every single thing wrong to help you develop your human capital? Tough. You have to procreate a W-2 slave, or we tax the crap out of you.

    I fail to see how bring a child into the world gives a person some type of free pass that entitles one to pay out zero in  taxes.

    The only area of modern American life where this is true is for newly arrived immigrants, who get free housing, stipends during national emergencies that no one else gets, get free medical treatment, free med insurance, food stamps and in Calif even free tuition at Univ of Calif schools. (Which are now so pricey most Californians can’t consider sending their child.)

    BTW, no group is more incensed about this situation than people who arrived as children in the 1980’s and 90’s. Often their parents took nothing from the government. And if they did get benefits, their wages were used to cut benefits back.

    These days, immigrants are allowed to work and receive full bennies.

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  16. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Charles Mark (View Comment):
    In the meantime, as is the case elsewhere in Europe, our Government ( which includes the Green Party) declared a “climate crisis”, then proceeded to close down power stations using fossil fuels, in favour of renewables, which don’t meet even 20% of our energy needs.

    Sometime during Covid, the Climate debate ended and politicians went straight to enacting policies.  The sheeple are just going with the scam. 

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  17. The Reticulator Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):
    If you want the truth about the ravages of Climate Change, check out Elena Freeland.

    Do you mean this Elena Freeland? 

    By the time I left Los Angeles for Tucson, I was thoroughly spent, thanks to the transmissions of digital biology frequencies that bypassing my immune system and creating symptoms with the help of the nanobot network in my body and brain. 

    What’s the frequency, Kenneth?  

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  18. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    Zafar (View Comment):

    https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/04/14/climate-change-indian-monsoon/

    Climate Change Is Making Indian Monsoon Seasons More Chaotic

    :-(

    models say….    Climate models are like sphincters–everybody has one and they all stink.  50 years ago scientists you make specific time-bound predictions.  They were all wrong.  Now, nobody makes specific disprovable predictions.  

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  19. RufusRJones Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    You want to be alone? You have a personality disorder? You hate people? You have a low IQ? Your parents did every single thing wrong to help you develop your human capital? Tough. You have to procreate a W-2 slave, or we tax the crap out of you.

    I fail to see how bring a child into the world gives a person some type of free pass that entitles one to pay out zero in  taxes.

    I’m talking about overlaying a new, separate tax and bonus structure to force people to procreate W-2 slaves.

    If you want the birth rate to go up up, there it is. It’s not my idea either, I got that from Mike Green who is a hedge fund guy.

    When you force people into Social Security and Medicare, you sort of have to do something like that. We are putting bad policy on top of committing national suicide. There are probably other policies you could discuss, but those are the obvious ones. The other one is, we have chosen to have excessively debt-based growth because of the structure of the financial system and the Fed.

    Countries are sort of a Ponzi scheme because 2/3 of GDP growth is population growth. It’s absolutely laughable how nobody thinks any of the implications through.  It’s probably the most important thing after rule of law. Not only is that important, we make it worse with bad policy.

    If that’s not clear, just say so.

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  20. RufusRJones Member
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    I’m not sure I’m very good at explaining it, and people probably aren’t that interested, but the whole thing about LBJ forcing guns and butter down the country’s throat and everything that happened around it is not given enough attention. 

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  21. RufusRJones Member
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     Well, well, well. 

    In Episode 272 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist and author Charles Goodhart. Professor Goodhart is widely recognized for his contributions to the fields of monetary economics and central bank policy and is famously associated with what we commonly refer to as “Goodhart’s Law,” the stipulation that any observed statistical regularity ceases to function as an objective or accurate measure the moment that it becomes a target of public policy.

    Both professor Goodhart and his co-author and former colleague Manoj Pradhan recently coauthored a book titled “The Great Demographic Reversal,” which puts forward a compelling and controversial argument about the long-term effects of an aging society on inflation, interest rates, investment, savings, and consumption, as well as economic growth and public policy decisions related to things like taxes and government spending—all of which are discussed in today’s episode.

    The main argument put forward by both authors is that the inevitable decline in dependency ratios caused by aging demographics will lead to structural, long-term increases in interest rates and inflation that will strain government finances and jeopardize the policy-making independence of central banks as their mandates to control inflation come increasingly into conflict with the objectives of politicians and national governments. 

    The objective of today’s episode is to more fully explore the arguments and assumptions that Charles Goodhart and his co-author make in their book, the evidence in support of their conclusions, and the implications of their findings and projections for the economy, investors, and governments.

    You can access the full episode, transcript, and intelligence report to this week’s conversation through this episode page by clicking on “premium extras.” All subscribers gain access to our premium feed, which can be easily added to your favorite podcast application.

    The sooner that I am named Dictator Of Everything, the better off everyone is going to be. lol

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  22. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Well, well, well.

    In Episode 272 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist and author Charles Goodhart. Professor Goodhart is widely recognized for his contributions to the fields of monetary economics and central bank policy and is famously associated with what we commonly refer to as “Goodhart’s Law,” the stipulation that any observed statistical regularity ceases to function as an objective or accurate measure the moment that it becomes a target of public policy.

    Both professor Goodhart and his co-author and former colleague Manoj Pradhan recently coauthored a book titled “The Great Demographic Reversal,” which puts forward a compelling and controversial argument about the long-term effects of an aging society on inflation, interest rates, investment, savings, and consumption, as well as economic growth and public policy decisions related to things like taxes and government spending—all of which are discussed in today’s episode.

    The main argument put forward by both authors is that the inevitable decline in dependency ratios caused by aging demographics will lead to structural, long-term increases in interest rates and inflation that will strain government finances and jeopardize the policy-making independence of central banks as their mandates to control inflation come increasingly into conflict with the objectives of politicians and national governments.

    The objective of today’s episode is to more fully explore the arguments and assumptions that Charles Goodhart and his co-author make in their book, the evidence in support of their conclusions, and the implications of their findings and projections for the economy, investors, and governments.

    You can access the full episode, transcript, and intelligence report to this week’s conversation through this episode page by clicking on “premium extras.” All subscribers gain access to our premium feed, which can be easily added to your favorite podcast application.

    The sooner that I am named Dictator Of Everything, the better off everyone is going to be. lol

    Even Joe Biden?  

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