“Right through the press drove Théoden Thengel’s son, and his spear was shivered as he threw down their chieftain.”

“Théoden King of the Mark had reached the road from the Gate to the River, and he turned towards the City that was now less than a mile distant. He slackened his speed a little, seeking new foes, and his knights came about him, and Dernhelm was with them. Southward beyond the road lay the main force of the Haradrim, and there their horsemen were gathered about the standard of their chieftain. And he looked out, and in the growing light he saw the banner of the king, and that it was far ahead of the battle with few men about it. Then he was filled with a red wrath and shouted aloud, and displaying his standard, black serpent upon scarlet, he came against the white horse and the green with great press of men; and the drawing of the scimitars of the Southrons was like a glitter of stars.

Then Théoden was aware of him, and would not wait for his onset, but crying to Snowmane he charged headlong to greet him. Great was the clash of their meeting. But the white fury of the Northmen burned the hotter, and more skilled was their knighthood with long spears and bitter. Fewer were they but they clove through the Southrons like a fire-bolt in a forest. Right through the press drove Théoden Thengel’s son, and his spear was shivered as he threw down their chieftain. Out swept his sword, and he spurred to the standard, hewed staff and bearer; and the black serpent foundered. Then all that was left unslain of their cavalry turned and fled far away.”

From “The Return of the King“, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955





Day four, I’m up out of bed, on the mend.





October 27, 2017 – Finnish Forest Sector Economic Outlook 2017–2018: Sawnwood exports and commercial fellings towards new records.

Commercial fellings together with the production and export volumes of the Finnish forest industry will rise sharply compared to last year, with the exception of paper. However, the export prices of the main forest products will remain weak due to intensified competition and oversupply in global markets.

In 2017, China will become the most important destination country for exports of sawnwood, both in terms of export volume and value. In addition to spruce sawnwood, the exports of pine sawnwood to China are also growing strongly,  with pine sawnwood flows being directed there from the troubled North African market.

The tightening of competition and the oversupply of sawnwood in the main export markets have pushed down the export unit price of pine sawnwood in particular, which affects the profitability of the sawmilling industry negatively. Towards the end of the year, price development is expected to stabilize.

“In 2017, exports of Finnish sawnwood are projected to increase to as high as nine million cubic metres, which is a new all-time record. Next year, export volumes will continue to grow slightly,” envisages Antti Mutanen, a researcher at Natural Resources Institute Finland.

The recovery of construction activity in Europe and the high level of demand for industrial applications maintain the production and export volumes of plywood at a good level.

(Prices decrease when supply increases, demand decreases, or both. Since they already copped to “high level of demand”, they’re caught out. They admit “oversupply”, but carefully position it after “tightening of competition”, as if there are scads of new players in the timber industy. Can you see how they admit “to an all-time new record”, but make sure you don’t know what the old record was, or when it was set?

It’s bizarre and tiresome to have to repeatedly explain and prove the obvious, like this, but the populace has become so conditioned and the verbiage and manners of the controlled press is somehow so comforting that it’s easier for most readers to  just to gulp it all down, rather than read critically. – ed)


January 8, 2018 – Yet another record year for whitefish exports

Norway exported cod, saithe, haddock and other whitefish worth NOK 15 billion in 2017. This is an increase of 8 per cent, or NOK 1.1 billion, from 2016.

The Norwegian whitefish industry set a new export record in 2017, for the fourth year in a row. The increase has primarily come from an increased catch and increased export volume. Increased volume, especially of saithe, has led to somewhat lower export prices, but we have seen a positive price trend on both haddock and cod.

(“Record” means “most, ever, in history.” Back-to-back-to-back-to-back records, four years running, when Poor Mother Gaia is purportedly dying, crushed by the virus-like burden of mankind, and no mention of the epochal environmental transformation that would support such statistics. As part of the standard forumula utilized in the global news blackout surrounding this subject, “value” is positioned above “volume”, even though export prices were lowered via increased supply, and the record number came only from them “making it up in volume.” – ed)


January 8, 2018 – Norwegian seafood exports worth record-high $11.7bn in 2017 …

Norway exported 2.6 million metric tons of seafood, worth NOK 94.5 billion ($11.7 bn) in 2017, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC). This was an increase in value of 3%, and an increase in volume of 7%, from the record year of 2016.

(Back-to-back biggest years in the history of Norwegian fishing, when Poor Mother Gaia is purportedly dying, crushed by the virus-like burden of mankind. The headline stresses the record worth, yet the volume increase is over twice that of the monetary value. In journalism, you don’t ever put 3% ahead of 7% like that, unless you are aggressively slanting the piece. – ed)


February 18, 2018 – Vietnam – 2018 seafood export: Prospects to hit new record

Abundant orders, plentiful production capacity in 2018

In the circumstances of advantageous consumption, the rapid development in breeding, fishing and processing are foundations for hope that the fishery sector will not only fulfill its export target, but also create a new milestone in 2018.

(As part of the standard formula utilized within the global news blackout on this subject, the article makes no mention of the increase in volume. The closest we get is the queasy “rapid development in breeding”, as if Science had saved us, here. “Abundant orders, plentiful production capacity”, clearly implies Vietnam just couldn’t sell all these fish previously, or didn’t have enough boats or processing facilities to handle them. – ed)


February 25, 2018 – From Russia, With Love: Wheat for Half the World

Russian food exports are skyrocketing thanks to the world’s appetite for the country’s wheat.

Food shipments from the Black Sea nation jumped 25 percent last year, the most since 2012, to $19 billion, according to the Russian Export Center. The record amount was mostly due to exports of wheat and frozen fish, while sugar volumes also surged.

The world’s top wheat shipper has been grabbing more of the market in recent years as it offloads bumper harvests at attractive prices, and exports are set to cap another record this season.

(As part of the standard formula utilized within the global news blackout surrounding this subject, the “increased demand” ruse is tirelessly played, as if the world suddenly started eating 25% more wheat. They “grabbed more market share”, it was their “more skillful grabbing” that led to the gargantuan increase. “at attractive prices” is the baldest ruse of all – prices drop either when supply increases, or demand decreases, or both. They’ve played the “increased demand” card, so they’re caught in the lie, by me, here. – ed)

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