Letter to The Editor - Earth Day should Celebrate 'Engines and Electricity'

Most chapters of human history are defined by the tools and machines that were used.

In the Stone Age, the first tools were “green tools” – digging sticks, spears, boomerangs, bows and arrows made of wood; and axes, clubs, knives and grinders made of stone. These were all powered by human energy.

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Get Ready for a Mad Max Apocalyptic World Down Your Street any Day Now! By John Steele

     What! Has the ALoR survivalist nutjob finally lost the last bit of sanity he had? Yes, most definitely. But, Consider:  http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/syrian-conflict-australia-could-run-out-of-fuel-in-43-days-would-be-mad-max-world_04162018

“Australia is at risk of running out of fuel in the next few weeks due to the ongoing conflict in Syria. The escalating situation in the war-torn country threatens to cripple the supply chains that keep Australia going. While the International Energy Agency mandates that countries hold a stock reserve “equivalent to 90 days of net imports,” Australia only has 43 days worth of supply, the Australian reports. And that could be cut down even further if a global crisis threatens supply channels from places like the Middle East.

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Another Near Miss By Brian Simpson

     I don’t know about you but I often lay awake at night worrying about asteroid strikes. This madness happened when I was driving in the country on a hill, and a meteorite  passed about 100 feet or so in front of my car, then completely disintegrated in a shower of sparks the valley below.  I stopped the car, heart pounding because this was a near-miss from the cosmos, and these things are always dismissed by science types as too improbable to worry about. Sure. It almost happened.  http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/150-foot-asteroid-skims-by-earth-at-eerily-close-distance_04162018

“Just hours after being spotted, a 150-foot asteroid skimmed by Earth dangerously close. Astronomers spotted the asteroid on April 15, and not long later, passed by the globe at a distance of 119,500 miles. Astronomers named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away. EarthSky.org reported that that’s much closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles. GE3 also passed close to the moon later that morning on its journey around the sun. Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo-type earth-crossing asteroid, was flying through space at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h)."

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March for Science? They’re Joking, Right? By Brian Simpson

     Incredible, isn’t it, the inconsistencies in the Left? With Trump illegally bombing Syria, supported by the media and the establishment, one would have thought that the anti-war Left would be screaming in rage. But, no, nothing much at all. Yet there are still marches to support climate change “action”  and global warming “science” by the Left and LGBT activists, although it is not clear why specifically global warming is a gender issue; doesn’t it affect everybody?   http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/14/another-tom-steyer-left-wing-funded-group-gathers-on-the-national-mall-march-for-science-redux/ 

     Elsewhere a protestor against global warming burnt himself to death:   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-lawyer-suicide-20180414-story.html 

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Letter to The Editor - The Forecasts will Fail, The Cold will Prevail, King Coal will be Crowned Again

The Forecasts will Fail, The Cold will Prevail, King Coal will be Crowned Again. “Unless we stop using coal And force green energy goals, The ice sheets will melt Big droughts will be felt And islands will sink in a hole.” But the sun refused to conform And blizzards became the new norm. Green energy failed The warmists were nailed And King Coal he grew strong in the storms.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

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Gas, Gas and More Gas: What is Wrong with this Picture? By Brian Simpson

     I teach maths and physics, so I did not notice this at first, but my friend who teaches year 12 chemistry pointed this out:  https://www.rt.com/news/423627-russian-military-checks-chemical-douma/ 

     Have a close look at this photo of an allegedly gassed child being washed by a medico. Notice that no gloves or protective clothing are on the person washing. The gas is super-toxic, and the washer would be contaminated. Yet, he washers away as if it is Saturday night in the bathhouse. Something is very wrong with this picture. Last April Syria allegedly used sarin nerve gas, and the workers washed away without protective gear as well. Now, bets are being hedged that chlorine may be the gas instead:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/does-it-matter-what-kind-of-gas-was-used-in-the-latest-syria-attack/

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Fighting Killer Robots By John Steele

     It looks like the insane computer technocrats will do the inevitable and manufacture killer robots, which will be used to, well, kill you and me. After all, it was done in the movies, so it would be disappointing in a way, if they did not replicate the evils of fiction:  http://www.collapse.news/2018-04-09-coming-soon-an-army-of-hunter-killer-robots-that-will-murder-humanity.html

“Just like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic horror film, scientists are now concerned that an Artificial Intelligence robot army that is currently being developed by a top South Korean university could potentially wipe out all of humanity. In February of this year, KAIST University allegedly launched a brand new AI weapons lab, which has thus far led dozens of researchers to believe that the technology being developed there will “have the potential to be weapons of terror.” One of these researchers is Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, who argued in an open letter:

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Comments on Jordan Peterson and 'western civilisation' by Betty Luks

Dear John Roskam,     I have just watched John Anderson’s interview with Jordan B. Peterson and want to bring to your attention some historical facts.  Facts which I don’t expect Jordan Peterson (a Canadian) to know about but I am sure you could easily recall if you have a mind to.

     But first, please, please.  Enough of the humbug from the mouths of so-called ‘leaders’ of this nation now brought to its knees!  And as for John Anderson... He should be hanging his head in shame and not using a visiting media celebratory to raise his profile.  To view him ‘tut tutting’ whilst recalling the atrocities committed by the Soviets in the Ukraine in the 1920-30’s and yet not seeing his own role in the centralisation of power in this nation just beggars belief!

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Letter to The Editor - The Wanton Worship of Woody Weeds

     Greens worship woody weeds. Their proposed tree-clearing bans in Queensland are the latest salvo in a long war favouring trees and damaging grasslands and pastoralists.

     For millennia Australia’s open forests and treeless plains have supported our national emblems – the kangaroo and the emu, which in turn sustained aborigines, eagles and dingos. Australian grasslands also nurtured now-endangered species such as bustards, quail, pigeons, finches and grass parrots.

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The Coming of Free Energy By James Reed

     This is going to be really bad for all the Greenies and environmentalists when we get fusion power and heaps of free energy, so we can have radiators going 24/7, air conditioners, clothes driers, you name it:  http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/03/12/scientists-say-dream-unlimited-clean-energy-is-about-to-come-true.html 

“In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change. Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. It’s actually about to become reality if a collaboration between MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a private company, is to be believed. The collaborators announced Friday in the journal Nature that they believe they are on the verge of cracking the code to nuclear fusion — and it could be commercially viable in just 15 years, according to The Guardian.

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Letter to The Editor - Another Endangered Species?

     Earth is a dangerous place. Of all the species that have ever lived, over 95% have already been extinguished by natural disasters. Ice, not global warming, is the big killer and this recurring calamity often strikes quickly. Thousands of mammoths and other animals were killed by ice storms and their snap-frozen bodies are still entombed in ice around the Arctic. Just 15,000 years ago great ice sheets smothered the northern hemisphere as far south as Chicago, Moscow and London and all life had migrated towards the equator. This deadly ice had gripped Earth for about 50,000 years.

     Ice ages are also times of dry winds and drought as cold oceans and cold dry atmospheres produce little evaporation or precipitation. Great deserts like the Sahara and the Gobi expand, and wind-blown dust fills the skies and rivers. Adding to Ice Age woes, cold oceans suck the gas of life (carbon dioxide) out of the atmosphere, thus making surviving plants less able to cope with cold and drought. One of the great serendipities of modern life is that man’s use of carbon-rich fuels like oil and coal not only provides energy but also adds carbon dioxide plant food to the severely depleted carbon stocks of the atmosphere. Satellites have detected the resultant greening of the Earth.

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Wearing the Chinese Space Station By James Reed

     Let’s suppose that I knew something about rockets, and built one, and in my folly fired it into the sky. Suppose too, that it was a powerful rocket, that went high up into the sky, and had a trajectory over a major capital city. Then the rocket crashes into the main shopping mall killing thousands. Do you think I would get the key to the city, or a prison cell? Then again, I am not China, and things are different when you are king of the castle.  https://www.livescience.com/62077-tiangong-re-entry-date.html

     China’s space station is about to fall to earth. The scientist say that the probability of it hitting anybody is so small that we should not worry about it. Yes, but if it was Trump’s space junk, I suppose the probability would radically alter then. Anyway, if you find any space junk, apart from it being toxic and killing you, it is illegal to touch, being property of China, and apparently our authorities will throw you in gaol, for the Chinese.

Doomsday Camps By John Steele

     It pays to pay close attention to what the elite are up to, since, well, they are the evil masterminds of the grand global conspiracy to enslave us all, blah, blah etc. etc. Now it seems that the Washington elites are flocking to “doomsday camps”:  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-20/what-do-they-know-we-dont-dc-officials-flock-doomsday-camps   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/official-washington-flocking-to-doomsday-camps-1

“A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack. Called Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a year’s supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker. What’s more, until a crisis strikes, they are being used for prepper training and vacations. “We’re seeing members from all the three letter agencies,” said Fortitude creator Drew Miller, a retired Air Force colonel and intelligence officer, in a reference to the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. He called an attack or even a weather-related electromagnetic pulse shutdown of the electric grid “inevitable,” and a driving force in his project.”

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Who is Afraid of Global Cooling? By James Reed

     I, for one, am a global cooling man. I think a new ice age could happen, so the only thing to do is to increase one’s carbon footprint to try and heat things up a bit. I am not a climate scientist, or anyone very important at all, but this is my gut feeling. Here is an article which confirms more of my prejudices, of growing cold temperature across the world, extremes of cold and snow and ice, with the prospects of Canberra reaching -8C, which should freeze up Parliament House. This could only be for the good:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5466309/The-map-Australian-see.html 

False News about Alleged Russian Nerve Agents By Michael Ferguson

     The Deep State of the West must have a death wish, for they are forever obsessed with starting a war with Russia, perhaps because they see the last drop of symbolic resistance to their complete domination of the universe, in a way crazier than any 1960s James Bond villain. It is a globalist psychopathology of the most disturbing form, for unlike other killers and mass murders, the global elite are willing to destroy life on earth. Apparently, the elimination of anything higher than a virus would be a win for globalism, so long as all forms of nationalism are obliterated. The nerve gas attack in the UK on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, probably did not come from Russia at all:

“The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The most likely source of origin of the toxin are the countries which have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the ‘Novichok’ program, approximately since the end of the 1990s until the present time, and this project is not the creation of Russia or the Soviet Union,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday. She listed the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden among the countries involved. The US should also “be put under question,” Zakharova said in an interview with the state broadcaster VGTRK.

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The Fall of the Austrian Oak: The Bad Oil on Climate Change By John Steele

     Probably being the only person here who has seriously weight trained and been in the culture of body building and power lifting, I used to admire Arnie Schwarzenegger. But now, look what he is up to:   http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/03/12/arnold-schwarzenegger-sue-oil-companies-first-degree-murder/    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/12/in-startling-reversal-scientific-american-counsels-people-to-chill-out-over-global-warming/ 

     No need to go into detail here; the accusation is that oil companies are committing murder! Well, does Arnie still drive that big Hummer? Why, he has a whole car yard of cars, all fuelled by… you guessed it…oil companies. Talk about hypocrisy, but that’s the Left/Greens for you, never personally consistent. Here is a link showing Arnie’s cars:  http://www.celebritycarsblog.com/celebrity/arnold-schwarzenegger/

Cannibalised Humanism By Chris Knight

     Ah! The subtle desire for the headline, to have one’s name out there in lights for one’s 15 minutes of fame. What will peole do? What will people say? Richard Dawkins, first known for the ultra-Darwinist idea of the selfish gene (we are just machines for our genes), and later for his savage attacks on Christianity, now is saying that “meat’s back on the menu, boys!”  http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/13/richard-dawkins-suggests-eating-human-flesh-to-overcome-cannibalism-taboo/

“Commenting on an article from the UK’s Independent newspaper, which touts the benefits of lab-grown “clean meat,” Dawkins tweeted earlier this month that perhaps something similar could be done with human flesh, which would assist western culture in shedding yet another irrational remnant of its Judeo-Christian roots. …Dawkins said that eating lab-grown human meat would provide an “interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus ‘yuck reaction’ absolutism,” which keeps people from doing things just because they seem morally repugnant.”

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Robobees, What’s Next By Brian Simpson

     Sure, technology will solve every problem, because, well, humans don’t have original sin (and even if they did technology, especially IT would solve that one). Don’t you believe one word of it. With bee populations continuing to collapse from Colony collapse disorder, scientists have done what scientists do best, not attempt to solve the root cause of the problem, but give a high tech duct tape solution:  http://collapse.news/2018-03-09-researchers-create-robobees-collapsing-bee-populations.html   https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/robot-bees-could-deployed-natural-12054328

“Fleets of robobees could now be deployed if natural populations continue to collapse. A leading expert told the world’s biggest science conference the technology is now here to programme bee-sized drones to pollinate crops. Japanese scientists have developed a remotely controlled drone the size of a dragonfly which was able to pollinate lilies. US scientists have also joined the technology race developing a robobee about half the size and able to flat 120 times a second. Prof Shashi Shekhar is one of the world’s leading experts in state-of-the-art mapping and said robotic swarms could be the answer to catastrophic food shortages.”

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Apollo Returns By Peter West

     I came across this interesting little story by French Alt Righter, Guillaume Faye. It is not great literature, and no doubt much is lost in translation, but it is still thought provoking. Western civilisation is collapsing and the protagonist, Jeane Riquetaut, seeks to preserve some trace of what was by putting in words on leather, humanity’s plight, and sealing the leather in a safe. This is what she wrote:

“To the men of the future: My name is Jeanne Riquetout and I am witness to the very rapid end of a civilisation that was born thousands of years ago. This civilisation slowly expanded to cover nearly all of the Earth, which was populated by eight billion people. (She tried to avoid technical or complicated terms.) We can travel all over the planet thanks to our flying machines, and earthbound machines that go at great speed.

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Who’s Afraid of Planet X? By Brian Simpson

     There is a lot out there in the wilderness of the internet on Nibiru or Planet X:  http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/another-doomsayers-claim-planet-x-will-be-visible-from-earth-this-year_02202018    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/yellowstone-alert-200-earthquakes-in-10-days-as-ring-of-fire-awakens_02202018 

     This planet will, these sites say, cause cosmic disaster. The problem is, that any large planet close to the Earth can be detected by either telescopes, or, if it is hiding peek-a-boo behind another close planet, detected by gravitational effects. However there may be a Neptune-sized planet out beyond Pluto, but there is no empirical evidence of this, as yet.  https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/hypothetical-planet-x/in-depth

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