The Joy of Living in the Scrub By John Steele

     This was something people in the past would not have thought about but is a product of modern urban living - people spending time outdoors have happier lives:
  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190613095227.htm
  https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/People-who-spend-more-time-outdoors-lead-more-14025910.php

“It's been established that people who spend more time in parks and other natural settings tend to report higher levels of health and happiness, but new research shows there's actually a magic number for it. According to a study published this week in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, spending 120 minutes a week strolling a tree-lined street or sitting by a lake can greatly enhance a person's overall sense of well-being. Less time didn't yield any significant benefit, the research showed. Those who got in two to three hours in nature were about 20% more likely to report high overall satisfaction with their lives than those who spent no time outdoors at all. The benefits to physical health were even greater, with those who met the outdoors benchmark being 60% more likely to report being in good health than their cooped-in counterparts. The figures were adjusted for a number of characteristics known to influence health and happiness, including socioeconomic factors, neighborhood characteristics and general demographics.

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Little Darling, Here Comes the Sun By Brian Simpson

     Even if the official narrative, dominated by the IPCC climate gurus was true, and please all climate change deniers, God bless you,  don’t throw a fit, because  in science it is possible to assume certain things even if false to see  what conclusions can be deduced, it would still not follow that every variable has been considered, since these climate change gurus have an Earth-based bias, and there is the role of the principal energy-giver, the sun, to consider, in long sentences:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-21/global-warming-carbon-dioxide-and-solar-minimum

“While there is no dispute among scientists that the Sun and its cyclical output is the true external force driving Earth’s energy and climate system as part of a Sun-centered Universe, the IPCC’s exclusion of the Sun from its consideration can only be seen as a deliberate thwarting of a basic fundamental law of  science, a process which assures a free inquiry based on reason and evidence. It is the Sun which all planets of the solar system orbit around, that has the strongest gravitational pull in the solar system, is the heaviest of all celestial bodies and its sunspots in relation to Earth’s temperatures has been known since Galileo began drawing sunspots in 1613. Yet the IPCC which touts a ‘scientific view of climate change’would have us believe the Sun is irrelevant and immaterial to the IPCC’s world view and Earth’s climate; hardly a blip on their radar. In the GW debate, CO2 is dismissed as a colorless, odorless pollutant that gets little credit as a critical component for its contribution to life on the planet as photosynthesis does not happen without co2.  A constant presence in Earth’s atmosphere since the production of oxygen, all living organisms depend on co2 for its existence.

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Climate Change Hokum By Jammers Reed

     I am in such a state of mental decline due to psycho-political psychosis that I even typed my own name wrong, but I really like “Jammers,” so let it stay for today. I will even wear my baseball cap sideways, not back-to-front, starting a new trend, yeah, cool and other buzz words, like “global warming.” And speaking of buzz and fuzz, what’s new with the climate change hokum? Glad you asked:
  https://www.2gb.com/alan-jones-hits-back-at-qa-climate-change-attack/

“Alan Jones has responded after being attacked on the ABC last night. Q and A featured a stacked panel of climate change scientists who went after Alan, despite him not even being on the panel. A question was asked by a television viewer, with CSIRO scientist Professor David Karoly responding with, “Not everything Jones says is factually accurate.” Despite admitting that many of Alan’s statistics are in fact correct, Professor Karoly continued the attack. “I am a climate scientist, and Alan Jones is wrong.” Alan has defended himself, saying it was a “stacked outfit” on the program, not designed for debate but to further their agenda. He also spoke with Swedish climate scientist Dr Nils Axel-Morner who says it’s “completely nonsense” to claim sea levels are rising and carbon is bad.”

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Pig-Apocalypse Now! By Brian Simpson

     Pigs worry me, not to upset any pig farmers out there; indeed, I grew up on a Victorian piggery, and love pigs, the smell is not so bad. I have even been known to eat a meat pie with sauce while at the old-style abattoirs markets. But there are a lot of diseases that can jump from pigs to humans, especially in China. Pigs are also highly vulnerable to disease in the tight living conditions they are put in:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-11/biggest-animal-disease-outbreak-ever-has-already-killed-millionsand-theres-no-way

“We have never seen an animal disease outbreak like this before, and it is rapidly getting worse.  African Swine Fever, also referred to as “pig Ebola”, has already wiped out millions upon millions of pigs and it continues to spread to even more countries. There is no vaccine and there is no cure, and so essentially we don’t have any way to stop this disease.  At this point, the only solution is to kill all the pigs wherever the virus is found and desperately hope that it doesn’t spread anywhere else.  But that approach clearly hasn’t been working, and according to a recent Fox News report this epidemic has now become the “biggest animal disease outbreak we’ve ever had on the planet”… “This is the biggest animal disease outbreak we’ve ever had on the planet,” Dirk Pfeiffer, a veterinary epidemiologist at City University of Hong Kong and swine fever expert, said. “It makes the foot and mouth disease and [mad cow disease] outbreaks pale in comparison to the damage that is being done. And we have no way to stop it from spreading.”

China is the epicenter for this outbreak, and it is also home to half of all the pigs in the world. Actually, to be more accurate, I should say that it used to be home to half of all the pigs in the world. In a normal year, China slaughters approximately 700 million pigs.  But according to Rabobank, that number will be down 30 percent this year due to this outbreak… Researchers at Rabobank are estimating that this year China will suffer a 30% loss in pork production as a result of ASF. To put that into perspective, that 30% loss in production is equivalent to Europe’s entire annual pork supply, and almost 30% larger than U.S. annual pork production. So let’s do some quick math. 30 percent of 700 million is 210 million. Let that sink in for a moment.  210 million pigs will be lost in China alone in 2019, and when you throw in the rest of the world we are talking about cataclysmic losses already and the outbreak is still getting worse. One of the primary reasons why this virus is so fearsome is because it survives just about anywhere and it is incredibly hard to kill…

The germ is hardy, capable of remaining active in water for a month, in meat and blood at room temperature for several months and for six years in cold, dark conditions. It’s resistant to temperature extremes, and can survive a day in vinegar-strength acids. Even if we had an effective treatment, attempting to eradicate this disease would be a complete and utter nightmare. But as I stated earlier, there is no vaccine and there is no cure. All we can do is keep killing pigs. But of course global demand for pork just continues to grow as the global population increases. So with increasing demand and rapidly falling supply, it was inevitable that pork prices would begin to rise substantially…

The implications of the outbreak are already being felt beyond Asia. Global pork prices have risen by almost 40%, and long term it is likely to lead to more pork imports from Europe and America to meet demand, which will also push up global meat prices. And what we have seen so far is just the beginning.  In fact, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs is now telling us that the price of pork is likely to rise 70 percent by the end of 2019. Of course if this disease continues to spread, we could be talking about an epidemic that could literally end the global pork industry as we know it today. Already, there is a tremendous amount of paranoia about the spread of this virus, and for good reason.  In fact, the virus has been found “in Chinese pork products that were confiscated by customs officials in Japan, South Korea and Australia”…

But the virus has been in Chinese pork products that were confiscated by customs officials in Japan, South Korea and Australia, suggesting that the virus has permeated the food chain in China. And could it be possible that pork products tainted with the disease were able to slip through the inspection process in various countries? We don’t know. But what we do know is that African Swine Fever has been spreading all over Asia. It has now spread to Mongolia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, North Korea and Vietnam.  In fact, it is now being projected that Vietnam will lose 10% of its pork production this year…

Rabobank is projecting that Vietnam, which in May mobilized its military in the fight against the disease, will lose 10% of its pork production. Today, pork accounts for three-quarters of all meat consumption in the nation of Vietnam.  This disease is already a major national crisis in that country, and we are still in the very early stages of this outbreak. Meanwhile, this virus is starting to pop up in Europe as well.  According to one report, the disease was just identified at a major pig farm in Poland…

A farm with more than 8,000 pigs in Poland has broke with African swine fever. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the farm is located in Bielsk Podlaskie near the border with Belarus. And in Denmark, they have actually constructed a 43-mile border fence in order to keep out wild boar. It is a good thing that they are taking this threat so seriously, because African Swine Fever is incredibly deadly.  Up to 90 percent of the pigs that catch the virus end up dead, and once it starts spreading on a pig farm it is inevitable that all of the survivors will have to be killed as well in order to help prevent the spread of the disease. Unfortunately, most people in the western world still don’t seem to understand the seriousness of what we are facing.  Essentially, what we are dealing with is an existential threat to the entire global pork industry. And considering the fact that we really struggle to produce enough food for the entire planet in a good year, this should be a major wake up call for all of us.”

     If pig Ebola does a species jump, as happens, we will have on hand an already distributed pandemic, resulting in the arrival of the long-awaited zombie apocalypse. After all, most people today are little more than slightly sophisticated pigs, or even battery chooks, living in the pens of modernity, I am sorry to say. Humanity would die like the pigs:
  https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/healthprotection/fieldupdates/winter-2017/why-it-matters.html
  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181101-the-mystery-viruses-far-worse-than-flu

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UFOs: Is the Truth Still Out There? By Brian Simpson

     On a cold and miserable winter’s day, nothing beats a hot drink, a plate of bacon with eggs smeared over them, a cooked tomato sitting on the side of the pool, coy about diving intro to the gooey yellow protein joy … and a good UFO story. So, let’s go!
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-22/mystery-orbs-turn-out-be-top-secret-darpa-experiment
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/ex-defense-official-ufos-pose-a-vital-national-security-threat_06032019
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-23-pentagon-investigating-ufos.html
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-27/navy-pilots-describe-stunning-ufo-sightings-hypersonic-speeds-no-exhaust-plume

“After upgrading the radar systems on F/A-18 fighter jets, several Navy pilots operating from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt began to see unidentified flying objects that appeared to defy the laws of physics.
Between 2014 and 2015, the strange objects - one of them spinning like a top as it travelled against the wind, appeared almost daily in the skies above the East Coast. The crafts had "no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes," and "could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds" according to the New York Times. To be clear, these craft were reported in March of 2018 so this is not a new report, however the accounts of five pilots who witnessed them have never been published until now. "These things would be out there all day" said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been in the Navy for a decade. Graves reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. "Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect." In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching. “Wow, what is that, man?” one exclaims. “Look at it fly!” -New York Times.

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Letter to The Editor - Brisbane too Hot to Handle?

     The warmist ABC today trumpeted a forecast from an unproven academic model that global warming and urban heat will make Brisbane too hot for many residents within 30 years. But what about people in Darwin and Cooktown right now - should they migrate to Brisbane?
  Viv Forbes

How to Create a Country with no Heart? - Stack and Pack the Coast By Viv Forbes

     What happened to Australia’s once-bipartisan policies favouring decentralisation? Why is every proposal to develop an outback mine, dam, irrigation scheme or a real power station now labelled “controversial” by the ABC and opposed by the ALP/Greens? This coastal-city focus and the hostility to new outback industry (except for wind/solar toys) has surely reached its zenith with the recent state budget for Queensland. The population of coastal and metropolitan Queensland is surging with baby-boom retirees, welfare recipients, grey nomads, tourists, overseas students, migrants and winter refugees. But the outback is dying with lagging industry and many aging farmers retiring to the coast. We are creating a country with no heart. The growing urban and seaside population needs power, water and food.

     However two critical power-water-food infrastructure projects that have been on the drawing boards for decades did not even rate a mention in the state budget – an expansion of coal-fired power at Kogan Creek and a water supply dam at Nathan Gorge. The current policy of all major parties is cluttering the countryside with piddling subsidised intermittent power producers like solar panels and wind turbines plus their expensive network of roads and transmission lines. This is inflating electricity prices, and future generations will see this bi-partisan energy policy as a disastrous blunder. It is also a mistake to encourage or subsidise private electricity cartels and put politicians, not engineers, in charge of power generation. The Kogan Creek power station with its adjacent coal mine was opened in 2007. It is connected to the National Grid and integrated with local gas-fired and solar supplies. It was always planned to add another generating unit at Kogan Creek, but twelve long years have passed with no action.

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UN climate change deceit - No proof of dangerous warming, distorting the science

     The United Nations have revealed—and senior scientists confirm—that they can’t prove human emissions cause dangerous global warming. Global warming fear is powered by the belief that we cause it, but the UN now tacitly admit they can’t prove it, after a group of prominent New Zealand sceptics asked the IPCC Secretariat for evidence of dangerous man-made warming and got nothing. The Secretariat said the evidence could be found in Chapter 8 of the Fifth Assessment Report, but didn't elaborate. The sceptics invited some senior scientists to review the chapter and they found no proof. Richard Treadgold, convenor of the Climate Conversation Group, said today, “It is deeply troubling that the UN claim to have proof of warming when they don’t—it defines deceitful. After decades of sermons against fossil fuels, they cannot legitimize global industrial disruption.

“They distort the science. Twelve trillion tonnes of airborne water vapour dominates greenhouse warming, yet water also dominates cooling by melting and evaporating, and the vapour condenses into cooling clouds and rain. Our thermostat is not CO2, it’s water.”

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Prepping and Minimalism By John Steele

     With Christmas fast approaching, and also the end of all things, it becomes difficult to balance a busy consumer life style and preparing for impending doom. That is why many sites in the survivalist/prepper field are being helpful and telling us that we need not kill yourselves in supplying pointless consumer products to those who do not ultimately care, but that we can adopt minimalism and be a prepper at the same time:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/can-you-be-a-minimalist-and-a-prepper_04262019
  https://www.offthegridnews.com/how-to-2/how-prepping-and-minimalism-go-hand-in-hand/

     It is as easy as falling off a log, breaking one’s hip, or getting stung by angry bees while trying to rob their hive for honey. Simply cut back on all the useless things, which is almost everything, mindless Hollywood entertainment, TV, the fancy mobile phone (I use a pay phone for the two times a year I need to ring anybody), and adopt a basic paleo diet of good quality meats and vegetables, like the Nordic/Viking diet which keeps the Icelanders alive longer than anyone on the planet:
  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-nordic-diet-review

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Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate By Viv Forbes

     The war on hydro-carbon fuels will have no measurable effect on global temperatures. Nor will carbon taxes, carbon offsets or subsidies for wind turbines or solar panels. There are climate controllers far bigger than human CO2 at work. No place on Earth lives in the mythical average global temperature. Earth’s temperature dances to cyclic rhythms every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles. The daily cycle of Earth’s rotation causes continual changes in radiant energy received by and transmitted from every spot on Earth. It produces the cold at dawn and the afternoon warmth. Superimposed on the daily solar cycle is the monthly lunar cycle, driven by the orbit of the Moon around the Earth. These two cycles interact to produce variations in atmospheric pressure, and tides and currents in the oceans and the atmosphere. These are the short-term weather makers.

     The yearly seasonal cycle is caused as the tilted axis of Earth’s rotation affects the intensity of solar energy received by each hemisphere. This produces spring, summer, autumn and winter for every spot on Earth. As the Earth’s orbit cycles between more or less elliptical, seasonal extreme temperatures also vary. Then there is the 22 year sun-spot cycle, which correlates with cycles of floods and droughts. Sunspots are indicators of solar activity which cause periods of global warming and cooling. Earth also generates the less predictable El Nino climate events that have a huge effect on the global patterns of weather and temperature. The least recognised but most dangerous climate cycle is the glacial cycle. We live in the Holocene Epoch, the latest warm phase of the Pleistocene Ice Age. The climate history of the Holocene, and its predecessor the Eemian, are well documented in the ice core logs and other geological records. One cycle consists of a glacial age of about 80,000 years followed by a warmer age of about 20,000 years, with peak warming occurring over about 12,000 years. Our modern warm era commenced 12,000 years ago, so it is probably nearing its end.

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Sunshine State Gored By Viv Forbes

The Priest of Global Warming
Flew in to earn big fees.
He warned of heat waves forming
Unless we grew more trees.

Alas for Big Al’s forecast
The weather did not warm.
Antarctic winds began to blast
And snowy clouds were formed.

So if you’re sick of sunshine
And bored with balmy heat.
Just pay Big Al to wine and dine
You’ll soon have frost and sleet.

Planes Falling from the Skies By Brian Simpson

     Here is a problem for the high IQ people to get to work and solve before we all die; planes falling from the sky:
  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-11/sensors-linked-to-737-crashes-vulnerable-to-failure-data-show

“The crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets in five months have focused attention on a little-known device that malfunctioned, starting a chain reaction that sent the planes into deadly dives. Pilots have for decades relied on the weather-vane-like “angle of attack” sensors to warn them when they near a dangerous aerodynamic stall. But investigators are probing Boeing’s decision to enable the sensors on the Max model to go beyond warning pilots and automatically force the plane’s nose down. A review of public databases by Bloomberg News reveals the potential hazards of relying on the devices, which are mounted on the fuselage near the plane’s nose and are vulnerable to damage. There are at least 140 instances since the early 1990s of sensors on U.S. planes being damaged by jetways and other equipment on the ground, or striking birds in flight. In at least 25 cases in the U.S., Canada and Europe, the damage triggered cockpit alerts or emergencies. On April 1, 2012, a United Airlines 767-300 was taking off from San Francisco when it struck a flock of western sandpipers, according to a Federal Aviation Administration database. The birds damaged the left sensor, scrambling the speed readings and auto throttle. The plane returned to the airport.

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The De-energised State By Viv Forbes

There was a Green State in Australia

Whose energy plans were a failure

When the wind did not blow

And the sun did not glow

Their big battery fell flat as a saviour.

Letter to The Editor - Australia’s Growing Dam Crisis

“The food we eat the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours,
are available only because previous generations invested their knowhow and money for the future.
It is time this generation did the same.”
Ron Pike.

     Australia is a dry continent – that is a fact of geography and global climate. However, per head of population, we have abundant fresh water resources in rivers, lakes, dams, soils and underground. But we do not conserve enough of it, and much of what is conserved is wasted by foolish policies. Politicians welcome (and sometimes subsidise) population growth, migrants, refugees and tourists but they neglect or prevent water conservation. And green schemers and globalist politicians are deliberately turning occasional water shortages into an on-going crisis. Our main problem is that enormous volumes of flood water flow into the sea during rain events while the same rivers run dry during droughts. Sensible people would moderate both floods and droughts with well-planned dams and weirs. Australia’s rainfall is not well distributed - usually there is abundant water on the coastal side of the ranges, but the vast inland is largely dryland and desert.

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We Need a Power-Water Czar By Viv Forbes

     The Saltbush Club today claimed that the new Australian federal ministry resembled a giant bureaucracy with 52 ministerial positions selected mainly to look politically correct on sexual ratios, state representations and party factions but with no one charged with solving Eastern Australia’s critical water and electricity needs.

     The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said PM Morrison needs to create a powerful new position with Ministerial power called “The Power and Water Czar”.

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Pythons within Pythons within … By Brian Simpson

     This is interesting; a python vomited up an even bigger python. It raises the question that inside the even bigger python is a larger one, and inside that a larger one yet, so that eventually, in the limit, there is a python so large as to fill the entire universe. So, how did that fit inside the original?
  https://www.livescience.com/65544-python-vomits-python.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190523-ls

“A gigantic python was recently captured in photos vomiting up another, bigger python. This snake regurgitation happened in East Kimberley, Western Australia, according to local news site The New Daily. Kurt Jongedyk, the manager at Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park in the area, reportedly came across a 11.5- to 13-foot (3.5 to 4 meters) python and "relocated" it away from his house. At that point, the python began to "bring up its meal" — "an even fatter python of about the same length." Amanda Jongedyk took the photos, which were posted to the park’s Facebook page. [Photos: Python Chows Down on 3 Deer] Accounts of pythons eating other pythons turn out not to be that rare. Here's a National Geographic video of exactly this sort of snake cannibalism in action. And pythons are more than capable of swallowing larger animals, and even, in some awful cases, humans. Contrary to popular belief, snakes don't unhinge their jaws to swallow bigger critters. "One of the enduring myths about snake feeding mechanisms is the idea that the jaws detach," Patrick T. Gregory, a biology professor at the University of Victoria in Canada, previously told Live Science. "In fact, they stay connected all the time." But the two jaws move independently of one another, without the bony restrictions that you have with human jaw hinges. "The two mandibles are not joined at the front by a rigid [joint], as ours are, but by an elastic ligament that allows them to spread apart," Gregory said. In order to swallow snakes larger than themselves, Live Science previously reported, smaller snakes force their prey's spinal columns to bend in waves. That shrinks the swallowed snake's overall length, "packaging" it to fit in the predator snake's stomach."

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Poop Patrol By Chris Knight

     The benefits of a first world country sliding down into fifth world status, as often ignored. Across California, for example, and especially San Fanny, homeless people freely empty their bowels, everywhere, clearly out pacing dogs in filling the streets with poop. So much of these flows everywhere that major medical conferences get cancelled because elite doctors do not want to step in the brown messages of love from their fellow humans. Talk about discrimination and lack of appreciation of diversity!
  https://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-poop-patrol-employees-make-184000-a-year-2018-8?r=US&IR=T

“In San Francisco, you can earn more than $184,000 a year in salary and benefits for cleaning up feces. As members of the city's "Poop Patrol," workers are entitled to $71,760 a year, plus an additional $112,918 in benefits, such as healthcare and retirement savings, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. In August, the city announced that five staffers from the San Francisco Department of Public Works would soon roam the Tenderloin neighborhood — where nearly half of the city's homeless population is — in search of waste. The staffers will begin their efforts each afternoon equipped with a steam cleaner for sanitizing the streets. The full budget for the initiative, $830,977, signifies a concerted effort to address the city's mounting feces problem, which has resulted in more than 14,500 calls to 311, the city's non-emergency-services line, since the beginning of the year, the Chronicle previously reported.

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Gasp! Iranian Theat! Quick Nuke “Em! By Peter Ewer

     The Deep state is pressing Trump for war in Iran, since he has served his purpose, and will be defeated by an extreme communist candidate in 2020, and put in a cage, along with all his family, except Jared. The man is too stupid to see what is coming. The best thing that could happen for America now is that he gets impeached, to stir the melted pot, even more.
  https://apnews.com/a770998e42de4ed98257c91210b2fbbf

“The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran, but is aimed at reinforcing security in the region. They said the troops would be defensive forces, and the discussions include additional Patriot missile batteries, more ships and increased efforts to monitor Iran. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been formally announced. Thursday morning’s meeting comes as tensions with Iran continue to simmer, and it wasn’t clear if a decision would be made during the session. Any move to deploy more forces to the Middle East would signal a shift for President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly emphasized the need to reduce America’s troop presence in the region. U.S. officials have provided few details about possible Iranian threats, but indicated they initially involved missiles loaded onto small Iranian boats. This week officials said the missiles have been taken off the boats near Iran’s shore, but other maritime threats continue.

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How about Some Happy News for a Change? By “Brain” Simpson

     Happy news? Positive thoughts? What are they? Feeling good? Ok, try this for size:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/geologist-a-yellowstone-eruption-would-destroy-most-of-the-u-s_05202019

“A geologist has said that if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it would destroy most of the United States, all but wiping the country off of the map. Dr. Jerzy Zaba is importantly not predicting that the volcano is going to erupt soon, but simply stating that it does have the power to destroy humanity and life as we know it. According to Tech WP, Dr. Zaba says that Yellowstone, if it erupted in a similar manner as it did 640,000 years ago, it would destroy much of the United States. Dr. Zaba, who is a geologist at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, said the mass explosion is completely unavoidable although it’s impossible to say when that explosion will occur. In addition to the annihilation of the United States, the geologist also says about 5 billion other people will starve to death in the volcanoes aftermath: a volcanic winter. It is forecasted that if there was an explosion similar to the one from 640,000. for years, it would destroy most of the United States. Discarded materials would cover everything with a meter layer within a radius of 500 km. And due to the emission of a huge amount of dust, gases or sulfur oxide to the atmosphere, there would be a temporary cooling of the climate. Sulfur oxide would create a thin veil of sulfuric acid around the planet reflecting sunlight.

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We Need a Power-Water Czar By Viv Forbes

     The new Australian federal ministry resembles a giant bureaucracy with 52 ministerial positions selected mainly to look politically correct on sexual ratios, state representations and party factions but with no one charged with solving Eastern Australia’s critical water and electricity needs. PM Morrison needs to create a powerful new position with Ministerial power called “The Power and Water Czar”. This Czar’s job would be to identify, define and remove all obstacles to quickly building one or more new dams to provide hydro power and water into the Darling River basin and to urgently facilitate more reliable coal-fired power in Eastern Australia. Increased coal power could come from renewing Liddell power station and/or building a new modern low-emission coal-fired power station. The initial money needed should be raised by redirection of funds from the unwanted Snowy 2 Pumped Hydro Scheme. Australians seem unaware of the crucial importance of the magnificent Snowy Scheme in our looming power and water crisis. In the midst of a big drought, Snowy Hydro water is being wasted to plug the daily gaps in wind/solar power production and also wasted on “environmental flows”. Water held in the Lake Eucumbene (the heart of the Snowy) is down to 24% and Hume Dam is just 14%.

     To placate green-leaning State Premiers the PM should also offer to underwrite a new wind farm in the Warringah (NSW) electorate, a giant battery for a green leafy suburb in Melbourne, and a program to restore sea water flushing of high salinity water for the Coorong/Lower Lakes at the mouth of the Murray River. A likely area for a new dam is along the Great Dividing Range in the Northern Rivers area with water caught on the Eastern side and water released on the western side of the Great Dividing Range; plus weirs along the Darling River. The new coal power station could quickly be built in the Surat/Bowen basin in Queensland, probably Kogan Creek. Or Liddell could be refurbished. The obvious first choice for the position of Power and Water Czar is ex PM Tony Abbott who understands the politics and realities of power generation and water supply and knows his way around the corridors in Canberra. For far too long Australia has placed added demand on water, power and food supplies by welcoming migrants, refugees and tourists while putting obstacles in front of all reliable power and water proposals. This foolishness must cease. To focus on the urgency of these two pieces of essential infrastructure the Power and Water Czar should be given power to negotiate options to acquire land and to over-ride the death-by-delay tactics of extremist environmental and anti-development groups for these two items of critical infrastructure.

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