Upheaval By Brian Simpson

     This is not a fellow whom I agree with much at all, but it is worth quoting out of curiosity about how the other side thinks. Jared Diamond, has a new book, Upheaval (2019), which I have not read, and do not intend to read. No need to, the plot is easy to work out. After writing about how nations collapse from environmental overshoot, but never from ethno-racial overshoot, now his focus is on how a selected number of nations have recovered, and this process is like how individuals recover from psychological illnesses, post-World War II Japan being one example discussed.
  https://www.amazon.com/Upheaval-Turning-Points-Nations-Crisis/dp/0316409138/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=upheaval&qid=1557655825&s=books&sr=1-1
  http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/jared-diamond-on-his-new-book-upheaval.html
  https://www.npr.org/2019/05/09/721472807/in-upheaval-jared-diamond-examines-crisis-resolution-through-a-personal-lens
  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/upheaval-jared-diamond-review-can-nations-turmoil-benefit-crisis/

“Today, the risk that we’re facing is not of societies collapsing one by one, but because of globalization, the risk we are facing is of the collapse of the whole world. How likely do you think that is? That the whole network of civilization would collapse? I would estimate the chances are about 49 percent that the world as we know it will collapse by about 2050. I’ll be dead by then but my kids will be, what? Sixty-three years old in 2050. So, this is a subject of much practical interest to me. At the rate we’re going now, resources that are essential for complex societies are being managed unsustainably. Fisheries around the world, most fisheries are being managed unsustainably, and they’re getting depleted. Farms around the world, most farms are being managed unsustainably. Soil, topsoil around the world. Fresh water around the world is being managed unsustainably. With all these things, at the rate we’re going now, we can carry on with our present unsustainable use for a few decades, and by around 2050 we won’t be able to continue it any longer. Which means that by 2050 either we’ve figured out a sustainable course, or it’ll be too late.”

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Capitalist Turns on Capitalism, After Getting Rich By Chris Knight

     It is odd that a capitalist would turn against the system after getting rich. If I was rich, then I would simply spend my time getting richer, making useful products that help society and also me. Why would one want to pursue social agenda when there could be the thrill of making money? Being dirt poor one can only dream:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/12/patagonia-founder-claims-capitalist-system-made-him-wealthy-destroying-planet/

“The man who became a billionaire selling sporting equipment and athletic clothing claims that the system that made him rich is “destroying the planet” and that those who deny climate change — including President Donald Trump — are “evil.” Yvon Chouinard started his business after deciding to make his own equipment for mountain climbing and eventually Patagonia was born. The high-end company has made him rich, but Chouinard has also always been an environmental activist and now a climate change zealot. In an interview with the Guardian, Chouinard, who lives in California, expressed his contempt for capitalism and his disdain for climate change “deniers.” “In his bridge-club cords and grandpa shoes, 80-year-old Yvon Chouinard doesn’t look the rock-star entrepreneur,” the Guardian reported. “And, when he speaks, he doesn’t sound much like one either. The founder of U.S. outdoor apparel brand Patagonia believes stock market valuations are ‘absurd.’ investing in shares is ‘buying blue sky’ – and modern-day capitalism is destroying the planet.

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From the Migration Pope to the Greenie Pope By Peter West

     This week the politically correct commo Pope took a break from his busy schedule of defending open borders and infinity migrants, to dealing with the climate apocalypse, or climate Armageddon as it is now being called even in scientific publications, such as this:
  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30850-5/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email

     Of course, popular scientific mags use this as a stable diet:
  https://www.wired.com/story/the-climate-apocalypse-is-now-and-its-happening-to-you/

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The Climate Alarm Election By Viv Forbes

     The ALP-Greens-ABC alliance ran hard in Australia’s recent climate alarm election - they lost.

     So let us see no more anti-coal caravans, hear no more climate propaganda and replace Pied Piper Processions with hard science education. The new government must also stop blatant promotion of green energy with targets, subsidies and carbon taxes, and focus on infrastructure catch-up.

     Forecasts of doom are frequent, and they fail just as frequently.

     Climate is always changing. Global cooling always follows global warming. Government policies that assume continuous global warming expose our society and economy to huge risks for no measurable benefits when that forecast proves disastrously wrong.

     We need more emphasis on reliable base-load coal power, increased water storage and weather-proofed roads and rail.

     We must also exit from the UN Paris and Kyoto “agreements”, and emphasise logic, maths and science in education.

 

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Mathematically Refuting the Climate Change Nonsense By James Reed

     Maybe, apart from Brian Simpson, none of here is good at advanced mathematics. I mean, we can add up and multiple and do business maths, and some of us know some computing stuff, but maybe not to the coding level, but enough to get us by. Probably even Brian could not solve an ordinary differential equation, let alone partial differential equation using the Taylor power series. (I Googled this, so don’t be impressed.)
 Thus, the report, An Audit of the Creation and Content of the HadCRUT4 Temperature Dataset, by  John McLean, PhD October 2018, is a bit lost on me. But, it shows real problems with the way that the climate change folk work things out. I was impressed by the real fallibility of the data sets:

“As far as can be ascertained, this is the first audit of the HadCRUT4 dataset, the main temperature dataset used in climate assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Governments and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) rely heavily on the IPCC reports so ultimately the temperature data needs to be accurate and reliable. This audit shows that it is neither of those things. More than 70 issues are identified, covering the entire process from the measurement of temperatures to the dataset’s creation, to data derived from it (such as averages) and to its eventual publication. The findings (shown in consolidated form Appendix 6) even include simple issues of obviously erroneous data, glossed-over sparsity of data, significant but questionable assumptions and temperature data that has been incorrectly adjusted in a way that exaggerates warming. It finds, for example, an observation station reporting average monthly temperatures above 80°C, two instances of a station in the Caribbean reporting December average temperatures of 0°C and a Romanian station reporting a September average temperature of -45°C when the typical average in that month is 10°C. On top of that, some ships that measured sea temperatures reported their locations as more than 80km inland. It appears that the suppliers of the land and sea temperature data failed to check for basic errors and the people who create the HadCRUT dataset didn’t find them and raise questions either.

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Letter to The Editor - Carbon Burial Lunacy

     Over the eons, nature has extracted billions of tonnes of carbon compounds from the surface and buried them in extensive beds of limestone, dolomite, magnesite, dead corals, sea shells, animal skeletons, methane hydrate and hydro-carbons. This process has been so efficient that plants today are semi-starved of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Luckily, burning coal, oil, gas, peat and wood and making cement and fertiliser is restoring some of this valuable plant food to the surface and atmosphere where plants can again extract it and thrive. This is called the Carbon Cycle. Wasting heaps of money and scads of energy trying to separate, compress and rebury this benign valuable plant food in pressurized carbon sequestration cemeteries is green lunacy. If this compressed gas escapes in a rush, it will be deadly for nearby animal life. Naturally thermal coal producers love “carbon sequestration” – it will greatly increase the consumption of coal energy for separation, compression, pumping and burial.

  Viv Forbes


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13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to the Editor - Possum on the Barbie?

     Greens want to replace ancient grasslands and modern croplands with trees. They worship eucalypt weeds while chipping away at the growing space for priceless plants like Mitchell grass, saltbush, mulga, buffel grass, lucerne, wheat, barley, oats, and macadamia. So we swap grassland, pastures, orchards and paddocks feeding cattle, sheep, people and kangaroos for green-sponsored carbon forests, scrub and woody weeds harbouring wild dogs, wild pigs, wild cats, possums, wait-a-while, rubber vine and lantana. In this brave new world, shall we chuck another possum on the barbie?

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

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Letter to the Editor - Green Heaven

It was a night to celebrate
            the Green goals had been won.
The last coal mine was firmly shut
            and all adored the sun.
Their panels covered all the flats
            and turbines spiked the hills.
The young got stoned on ethanol
            and oldies got the bills.
The cows were freed from bails and yards
            and drilling was rejected.
The rich folk got electric cars
            the poor got disconnected.
But then the weather got quite cold
            the sun it hibernated.
The power failed, no coal was mined,
            most folk refrigerated.
 
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Letter to the Editor - What replaces Diesel?

     Most farm tractors run on diesel. And every day hundreds of diesel trucks deliver food from farms and feedlots to processing plants and city cold rooms. In the brave new world of zero emissions, how do we power these trucks and tractors? They talk boldly of electric trucks. When an electric road train makes a round trip to collect cattle from a feedlot west of Dalby headed for Brisbane, where do they charge the batteries?

  Viv Forbes

 

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5 G Could End it All! By Brian Simpson

     A world of the internet of things, where everything from your phone down to your house and fridge and toilet are controlled by computers, which are controlled by the trolls working for the masters of the Universe, is now pretty much old hat. Yawn, what tyranny have you got to whip us with today? Surely something new and horrific? Well, maybe 5 G could mercifully end it all, taking the bad guys down too, in a kind of passive Ragnarök of poetic justice on a cosmic scale.

     Anyway, Dr Martin Pall has posted a research paper putting down all of the technical health issues, and things do look bad:
  https://peaceinspace.blogs.com/files/5g-emf-hazards--dr-martin-l.-pall--eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf

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Letter to The Editor - The Mad Mad Maths of Australian Emissions Targets

Most politicians live in a green fantasy-land where facts and numbers don’t count.

They dream up fanciful figures for proposed cuts to industrial and agricultural emissions without any understanding of the remorseless growth of population.

The Australian government has set a target to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 27% from 2005 levels by 2030, just 11 years away. The ALP opposition plans to cut emissions by a staggering 45% by 2030.

Australia’s population is growing at 1.7% per year (higher than most other developed countries). At this growth rate, population will increase by about 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

If we did NOTHING about cutting emissions, and the economy stood still, the continuing rise in population will ensure that emissions (and economic activity) per head of population will fall by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Who among us is volunteering to use 30% less food, petrol, gas and electricity than we used in 2005 solely because of population growth? Who is promising to abolish the baby bonus and cut our intake of migrants, refugees, tourists and foreign students by 30%?

And of those prepared to make these sacrifices, who is volunteering to meet even the modest government cuts proposed for 2030 which will require us to use 50% less food, petrol, gas and electricity per capita than we used in 2005? The Green/ALP cuts would take us back to the middle ages.

We have just three choices – reduce population growth; abolish emissions targets; or welcome creeping poverty.

There is a fourth choice – eject all climate fools from the political stables in Canberra.

Their proposed emissions targets will harm the natural environment by splattering the land with subsidised wind and solar monstrosities. They will also divert land from producing food to producing ethanol fuel for cars, and they will force poor people into poverty with soaring electricity prices.

But they will have no measurable effect on climate.

  Viv Forbes

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Green Heaven

It was a night to celebrate
            the Green goals had been won.

The last coal mine was firmly shut
            and all adored the sun.

Their panels covered all the flats
            and turbines spiked the hills.

The young got stoned on ethanol
            and oldies got the bills.

The cows were freed from bails and yards
            and drilling was rejected.

The rich folk got electric cars
            the poor got disconnected.

But then the weather got quite cold
            the sun it hibernated.

The power failed, no coal was mined,
            most folk refrigerated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Environmental Doomism and Globalist Ideology By James Reed

     Hold onto your hats … here is the latest bit of environmentalist doomsday stuff from the unfriendly globalists at the ever-conspiratorial UN, the ultimate prefix of negation:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-biodiversity-report-2019-human-future-nature-food-green-farming-waste-action-a8901776.html
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/06/un-humans-could-cause-extinction-of-1-million-species-globalism-will-fix/
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/scientist-to-save-humanity-we-must-save-the-insects_05072019

“The headline spread around the world Monday with the release of the United Nation’s three-year, 1,500-page report on biodiversity screamed that humans are killing the planet and its population of animals and plants, with as many as one million species facing extinction in mere “decades.” However, mankind can stop the destruction through “transformative change” that could translate into globalism replacing national sovereignty and nations’ self-determination. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” Sir Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which produced the report. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld


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13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

How Cucked is Canada? Plenty! By Chris Knight

     Some Right-wing mathematician, if any exist, needs to work out a cuckiness scale to measure how degenerate nations, and maybe individuals are. Sweden, Not-Great Britain, and Canada will be hotly competing for top spot on the race to the bottom of the wheelie bin. Canada may be edging ahead, allowing even the Philippines to spit in its face over garbage:
  https://globalnews.ca/news/5232429/canada-philippines-garbage-dispute/

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte berated Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over the 100 shipping containers of garbage exported to the Southeast Asia capital of Manila six years ago, threatening to sail it back to Canada. Two weeks after being threatened with war, Canada is offering to bring home the containers full of garbage that sparked a diplomatic dispute with the Philippines. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed a report by the Canadian Press that the Canadian government has made a formal offer to the Philippines to bring back roughly six dozen containers of household trash incorrectly labelled as recycling almost six years ago. They will be shipped back to the Port of Vancouver if the offer is accepted. “Canada has made an offer to the Philippines with a view to quickly bring the garbage back to Canada for disposal,” said Adam Austen, press secretary for the minister, in an email. “We await their response.”

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Letter to the Editor - Flood Plains are for Floods

     Flood plains are created by floods. People should be free to build houses beside picturesque rivers but they must put up with the occasional flood. Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and other insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and flood damage costs for those who choose to live on flood plains. Sensible people build on the hills and leave the flood plains for floods, farms, trees, market gardens and grass. Rational town planning would require sellers and developers to provide accurate flood maps to buyers and councils should paint flood levels on power poles. Essential infrastructure should not be built on flood plains. And rather than wasting billions on trying to change the global climate, governments should spend those billions on weather-proofing railways, bridges, roads and electricity supply.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Hydro-carbons Beat Biofuels on all counts

     Coal and oil are made from plants and animals that died millions of years ago when the atmosphere contained abundant carbon dioxide plant food. They are now very concentrated forms of energy which can be extracted from very small areas of land. Burning these natural hydro-carbons returns CO2 and fresh water to the atmosphere thus greatly assisting global plant growth. If we are lucky these extra gases in the atmosphere may also slightly delay the start of Earth’s next cooling cycle, but this looks unlikely. Ethanol and biodiesel are made from plants growing now - sugar cane, beets, palm oil and grains. Growing these crops requires large areas of land and valuable fresh water for irrigation. Growing bio-fuel crops extracts CO2 from the atmosphere but burning them quickly puts it back. This is a zero-sum game that does nothing positive for the environment or the climate. Coal and oil are thus more enviro-friendly than biofuels. Locking the gate on coal, oil and gas while supporting policies that waste land, food crops and water for motor fuels is environmental desecration. Speculators should be free to make biofuels but these should not be subsidised or mandated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

The Machines that Live! By Brian Simpson

     Yes, everyday Artificial Intelligence (AI), moves ever more quickly to replace humanity. The elites, of course, as usual, believe that their jobs as chief tyrannical oppressors in the universe cannot be replaced, but I am willing to bet, that in the long run, they too will be lining up at the dole queues with the likes of me. “Gidday mate, what did you used to do?” “Mate, I was high up in the New World Order, but a thinking machine just took everything over and moved me out. Now what can I do? What jobs can I get requiring skills in cruelty, genocide and overall viciousness?”
  https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve/

“The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot? If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race. Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die. That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise.

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Letter to The Editor - Warming came before Coal

     If human use of coal and oil is causing the Modern Warming, what caused the Minoan Warming, the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming, all of which were warmer than today? Every warm era was followed by a mini-ice age – a time of blizzards, iced rivers, starving stock, failed crops and hungry humans. Only fools would try to kill the warmth by reducing aerial CO2 plant food. And only idiots would destroy their reliable electricity supply in this futile crusade.
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.