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Friday, 22nd February 2019

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Another Endangered Species?

Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


Earth is a dangerous place. Of all the species that have ever lived, over 95% have already been extinguished by natural disasters.

                                                   Just 15,000 years ago

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.

Earth also suffers cycles of volcanism where much life is extinguished by ash, lava, earthquakes and tsunamis, usually followed by more cold and starvation as dust blocks sunlight. Just one era of volcanism covered the Deccan in India with many lava flows in places more than 2 km thick and spewed hot lava into the oceans along the mid-ocean trenches. Earthquakes and resulting tsunamis swept all life from large areas of land and dumped and buried their fragmented remains in heaps of mud.

We also have evidence of massive destruction on Earth from collisions and near misses by comets and other bodies in the solar system.

Humans are not immune to the threat of extinction, but it will not come from today’s warm, moist, atmosphere or from the gas of life, carbon dioxide. It will probably come from the next glacial cycle in the Pleistocene Ice age, where long bitter glacial eras are separated by short warm periods such as the Holocene warm era in which we live.

                                             Today's Holocene illustration

In every short warm era like today’s Holocene, the warming oceans expel enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to terrify today’s global warming alarmists. And these times have always supported abundant plant and animal life. But never has “global warming” from this “greenhouse gas” prevented the cyclic return of the ice.

When blizzards blow and glaciers grow, the great ice sheets will spread again and mankind will be decimated by cold, drought, crop failures and starvation. A lucky few living in equatorial regions or clustered in shelters and hot houses around nuclear power stations will survive. 

Those still able to extract coal, oil or gas may manage to generate enough warmth and carbon dioxide plant food to offset the cold sun, the permafrost and the barren atmosphere. And a few with appropriate skills and tools may become hunters and gatherers again (but the Neanderthals did not make it last time).

We should celebrate, not fear, the Modern Warm Era and give thanks for the many benefits gained from recycling those marvellous batteries of stored and buried carbon resources to our still-hungry biosphere.

When the ice returns, derelict and snow-bound wind turbines and solar panels will remain as stark evidence of the failed Green religion of yet another endangered species.


Well CS in a State that favours her more than any other (Queensland) against a Government that is non performing, she could only get 1 seat at the last election. Not exactly a sign of great support. Of the additional votes cast between the 2015 and 2017 election, an additional 150,000 voters cast votes and the Greens picked up 50,000 of them. If O N was to be a force, they should have done a lot better in the 2017 election that just 1 seat.The stench of Ashby, and candidates swapping party's (after the bell so to speak) and other's blotting their copy books has not gone over very well with the main stream voter.

chrisk, that's not what's happened in any of the recent bye-elections, where, if anything, a protest vote for a minor party like PHON might be more likely than in a general election. I find myself agreeing with those who think that Mr Ashby is a negative factor for PHON in many potential voters' eyes. Unfair as it may be for him, for PHON, he's in a position not unlike Caesar's wife - whether he's guilty of something, anything, it not important. What's important is whether someone sees him to be guilty of something/anything - and the sad fact is, many do.

CS... as you say above, "time will tell" Come the next Federal Elections PHON WILL receive a lot of votes from voters protesting against the two Labor parties, CS, I will even vote for her if she runs a candidate in my electorate of Forde because I do not believe in informal voting, that would be a total waste of vote and would play into the liberal/Labor hands and I have absolute no intension voting Liberal while ever Turnbull is Leader , IF the NP ran a candidate they would get my first preference and PHON second, independent third, Liberal forth, Labor fifth and Greens last.

knuckles... WELL Said, I agree.

Hanson can not advance her stance in Politics as long as Ashby is on her team. He is widely disliked and that taints Hanson. He might possess some political nous, but the baggage he brings to the table and his general public profile is an albatross around O N's neck and if Hanson and her Party ever aspires to become anything of a political force in Australia, she really needs to punt his arse.

to Lexy, who talks of us meeting satan.

This is the very thing that proves my point.
You threaten me and others with "Eternal Damnation".

This is coming from a man, who believes in a god.

Loves his neighbour.
Forgive us our sins.
Prays for peace.
Doesn't mind if his god, kills a few million people, floods, fire, a bit of pestilence and such.

You wish me the absolute worst, where as I can wish you, Peace, Good Health and Happiness.
All of this niceness without a god. Gots me farqed, where you are really at.

CS... Sorry but on this I must disagree, If PH retains Ashby her party will not advance, yes maybe a few senate seats for a short while but that will be all.

Haha, I miss TOSIR.

It would be interesting to know the reason behind the legislation that allows this to happen in the first place.

t5... agree, PH makes all the right noises with her ideas but she has absolutely no idea how to organise them and will not take advice to get rid of Ashby, appositive plant by not only the Turd but also the ALP and NP , it happened before and will happen again.

t5 ..You are right .

t5..Hear Hear.

Family Day Care Scheme...READ....Scaaaaamm. that Centerlink mob must be as green as grass...or have ppl who are part of the scam .????

New post up.

"Dr. Jerome Corsi: Evidence Shows an FBI, DOJ Coup Against President Trump"

"As the Mueller probe drags on, more conservatives are speaking out against what President Trump has called "a witch hunt." One America's John Hines has more from Washington."

"Mark Zuckerberg Explains How Facebook Will Try to Kill Alternative Media"

"In his recent interview with the far-left online publication Vox, Mark Zuckerberg explained Facebook’s new system of favoring “broadly trusted” news sources, via a mechanism designed to favor established outlets and crush new media.
Facebook introduced its new system in January, and the results were immediately apparent. Facebook traffic to establishment outlets including CNN and NBC soared upwards, while traffic to conservative outlets fell. Facebook engagement (likes, shares, and comments) also fell across multiple new media outlets, including those on the right and the left. Facebook engagement on President Trump’s posts fell by 45 per cent.
In his Vox interview, Mark Zuckerberg explained these changes as neutrally as he could, talking about providing a more “meaningful experience” for Facebook users. But despite tamely couching his words, the truth slipped out — Facebook is going to act like a publisher, with a view on what counts as “quality news,” and make judgments about the accuracy and reliability of news publications."


There you go TB.Bout it.

So it just 'wasn't cricket' after all and all about the mighty dollar as suspected......