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Monday, 25th March 2019

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Viv Forbes

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


Famine has haunted humans for most of their history.

In the days of the Pharaohs, whenever the Nile River failed to flood, Egypt starved. Joseph was called in and he organised stockpiling of grain for famine relief.

Even mighty Rome suffered famines – in 436 BC thousands of starving people threw themselves into the Tiber.

The cold Middle Ages in Europe were haunted by famines. In the 11th and 12th century, famines averaged one in 14 years. Even in England there were 22 recorded famines in the 13th century. In 1235, 20,000 people died in London and people ate horse flesh, bark and grass. There were great famines in India, Bengal, France, China and Russia.

In more recent times, man-made famines were more common in the Comrade Societies – some wit once remarked that “Soviet agriculture has just suffered its 23rd consecutive year of unseasonal weather”. 

Some famines were deliberate policy such as Lenin's liquidation of the Kulaks in 1918 and Stalin's starvation of Ukraine in 1932-33. Meanwhile, other dictators like Mao in China and Pol Pot in Cambodia caused famine with destructive collectivist farm policies.

Famines eased in Europe and North America from about 1860, partly because crops improved with warmer weather and also because of the great increases in land opened up in the Americas for farming and grazing.

But the biggest expansion in food production started with the invention of the coal-powered steam engine – the iron and steel smelted with coal, and the engines, generators and machines powered by coal and then oil, created a food and population explosion.

First were the steam-powered traction engines which pumped water and pulled iron ploughs, planters, harvesters, freight wagons and forest logs. Millions of crop-eating draught horses and oxen went to the butchers and no longer consumed half of the farm crops produced.

Then hunters armed with carbon-powered gunpowder decimated the wild herds of bison, antelope and deer grazing the prairies of the Americas, replacing them with barbed wire and beef cattle (Most people today probably disapprove of such species slaughter; but it happened, and the food produced on that land now supports farmers, towns and millions of people).

The cumbersome steam tractors were replaced by internal combustion engines burning kerosene, petrol and diesel.

The model T utility and Fordson tractors created another farming revolution with more food produced with fewer food-consuming draft animals and farm labourers.

Fordson Tractor (via Wikimedia Commons).

Coal-powered trains and petrol-powered trucks and buses moved food, and motorised artillery, cavalry, baggage trains and ambulances moved armies. Millions of ever-hungry and ever-thirsty horses, mules and oxen were removed from the food and water queues.

The vast crop-lands which had been used to produce food for draft animals now produced meat, eggs, milk, butter and grains for humans.

Galvanised iron, steel and concrete (all made using two carbon emitting raw materials, coal and limestone) became invaluable for hay sheds, dairies, cold rooms and silos allowing farmers to store farm produce for droughts and winters.

Engines were soon powering refrigerated trucks, road trains, freight trains and ships that moved food quickly from farms, factories, abattoirs and mills to refrigerated storage in distant cities, thus greatly reducing the amount of food wasted. (But some stupid/green French politician wants an end to the internal combustion engine by 2040, and some foolish Australians want to put a carbon emissions tax on vehicles.)

The next revolution in food production was the discovery and manufacture of nitrate fertilisers and urea using the natural gases nitrogen, methane and carbon dioxide. These fertilisers, assisted by vast irrigation schemes, gave a huge boost to crop growth.

This stunning food revolution based on combustion engines, hydro-carbon fuels, natural gas fertilisers, irrigation and refrigeration has banished famine from the first world.

But every system has its limits. Famine is always just a season or two away. It bides its time, waiting for a failure in the complex carbon-fuelled agricultural, transport and storage network that supports every city.

When hunter-gatherers experienced food shortages, they followed the rains, scavenged for food and largely survived. When farmers and fences replaced hunter-gathers they cultivated large areas of land to grow grasses and grains for poultry, cattle, goats, sheep and pigs. This created a huge increase in food production, but it also tied the farmers to the land – when drought struck, they could not follow the storms.

As farming grew, so too did the dependent cities of factory workers, merchants, tax collectors, rulers, bureaucrats, policemen and soldiers, none of whom produced food. More recently this hungry overhead has been joined by a growing army of welfare and aid recipients, political immigrants and refugees. However, when drought or severe cold threatens the food supply, the cities cannot move away.

Just one thing is now required to create a modern famine – widespread crop failure.

What causes crop failures? Unsuitable conditions in one or more of just three key atmospheric conditions: temperature (unseasonal frost, snow or heat); moisture (extreme floods or droughts); and carbon dioxide (too little to sustain healthy plant growth).

The Little Ice Age ended around the start of the 20th century. Today’s warm climate is very farm-friendly and tends to have most effect on the cold lands of the northern hemisphere, thus increasing the acreage and productivity of the vast crop lands there.

Warmth also drives moisture and carbon dioxide plant food out of the oceans into the atmosphere, creating a much more crop-friendly environment. 

The extra moisture shows up as more precipitation and the extra carbon dioxide we see today makes plants grow faster and stronger. Extra warmth, moisture and carbon dioxide help greatly to increase crop yields and banish famine.

However, Earth’s climate is always changing, and there is significant evidence that we are past the warm peak of this climate cycle and are on the road to the next advance of the ice.

            “Every source of climate information in the Northern Hemisphere shows that the Earth experienced the warmest climate of the last 100,000 years about 6,000 years ago and since then (especially over the past 4,000 years) the Northern Hemisphere has been experiencing a gradual cooling. That does not mean that each century is colder than the one before, but it means that each millennium is colder than the one before.”                    John Kehr, “The Inconvenient Skeptic”

All we hear from the climate industry and the dark green media are the claimed dangers of global warming. However it is global cooling that poses a dire threat to world food supplies.

First the frosts and snow come earlier and stay later – the growing season gets shorter. Then winter snow persists into summer, ice sheets and glaciers advance and boreal forests and tundra invade grasslands - the great northern crop lands are forced to move south. 

The cold also reduces evaporation from oceans, lakes and streams, thus reducing rainfall. Growing ice sheets cause falling sea levels, dewatering coastal fish farms and breeding grounds.

And, in the final blow, cold oceans and lakes absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, further reducing plant growth. Icy eras reinforce all three crop destroyers: cold, drought and carbon-dioxide starvation.

In addition to climate dangers, foolish green zealots in the comfortable western democracies are also nibbling away at the area of land and sea allowed for harvesting food.

They are also seeking global powers in an anti-life campaign to encourage global cooling by reducing the carbon dioxide content of Earth’s atmosphere. 

Luckily their costly anti-carbon goals will have no effect on the grand cycles of global climate, but they will harm the cost, capacity and reliability of our complex energy-dependent food production storage and distribution system.

The Green energy they idolise is intermittent and unreliable – it breeds network instability and power failures.

The fierce dog of famine is tethered outside the city gate. Our abundant supplies of reliable energy for the production, harvesting, transport, processing, storage and distribution of food have kept him at bay. But still he waits patiently for foolish politicians or dreadful weather to let him loose.

A natural disaster affecting key Asian oil refineries, or a naval blockade of the fleet of tankers carrying petroleum products to Australia, would stop road transport of food to Australian cities in a few days.

Just one decent regional blackout would empty supermarket shelves and create long queues at every service station; two frigid winters would see food prices soar; and a return of the Little Ice Age or worse will see starvation stalking the cities.

Greens are inviting famine, humanity’s ancient enemy, into our cities via the green door.

Viv Forbes
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Washpool, Qld. Australia


Well done to the US for withdrawing from the odious UN Human Rights Council over its odious and exceptionally biased criticism of Israel, all the while being in lockstep with all the other uncivilised countries in the Middle East and other countries with dictatorial leaders in Africa with their appalling human rights and their abject reverence of a paedophile. MAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P,Pete, I actually toured the Middle East in 2010, (Intrepid Tours) which included Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. (Who would've believed that Syria would become a killingf field 6 months later?)

Anyhow, I noticed the same as you did in Maylasia. The women wearing a burqa were in a minority. Not sure now.

In fact the women though wearing scarves, were wearing skin tight jeans. Very sexy.

Now go to Bankstown different story. Are they doing this deliberately to provoke us?

I notice in Iran, the women have got more balls than the men. They are rebelling against the scarves, let alone the burqa.

Like you, I loathe Islam: It's no more than a beligerent institutionised war-cry.

Fuckhead, the word you want is moll, not mole. As for your bullshit, it seems that the IDF is not the great defence force I was led to believe, if after all you bullshitted about, Gaza is still standing and not all the ragheads have been taken out. It would seem that the IDF is not doing its job of genocide, if one were to believe all the bullshit you post. Come on IDF, you can do better than that. As The Old Man says to Dick Jones in RoboCop, 'I'm very disappointed'.

And these cavemen and women want us to recognise them in the Constitution. And reconcile, and of course keep on dishing out billions of wasted taxpayers' dollars, most of which goes into the private bank accounts of their so-called blackfella elders, where no auditing can be done because to do so, even though it is taxpayers' money, is just racism.

They already have squatter toilets in many government buildings in Melbourne Max, to cater for all the raghead parasites sucking on the taxpayer teat, going into Centrelink and the like. It is fucking disgusting, yet they cater willingly to these barbaric child raping goat fucking retards, bending over and taking it up the dot, just like many islamic men and boys do (no girls to poke so boys it is). Yet they throw homos off tall buildings. Go figure that type of mentality that you Australian idiots have allowed to stink up the country.

81Alpha, I have spent quite a bit of time in Kuala Lumpur, and found very few women wearing the full sack job. I actually did a count in one of the weeks I was there, and counted only 7. Most wear the scarf around the hair and show their face, and it is beautiful to look at. But, in Singapore, I was there for 4 days and saw a squillion of full sacked women. Malaysian food is the nicest in the world. I love it, and love the country, but many would know how much I loathe islam, and I didn't find it to be too islamic, quite western actually.

advanced from from those heady days of living the idyllic life of the noble rainbow serpent warrior, except for the endless handouts to these (about 90%) parasitical leeches who are nothing more than useless, worthless wastes of space and resources, resources that could be used to help those who need help and are grateful for that help. But no, it's gimme gimme gimme more you arsehole white supremacist arseholes, and those guilt ridden cock-knockers just keep on sending out the cheques, and the dysfunction and squalor increases each year. Fucking politicians, doing more damage than good to the blackfella by not dishing out tough love.

If the AFL made a statement that they would name the homo round after the first wrist flapping mincer to prance out of that closet, there would be a rush to be first and thus get naming honours. There could be a homo mardi gras type thing on GF day, the first mincer to exit would be on the throne as they parade (mince) around the ground, pink glitter being thrown with happy abandon (environmentally friendly of course, bio-degradable and all that), and then they could have a Lt. James Cook and HMS Endeavour Crew Round, to honour the greatest men in the history of Australia, for them bringing the savages out of the stone age and eventually into the civilised world. And with that civilisation came money and booze and more money and more booze and rapes of 2yo kids, and most of them haven't

they came to a joint decision, a consensus if you will, that because of the blackfella round there would be no more endemic rape of 2yo kids, no more rape period, and the women could get on with their lives without the risk of being bashed senseless by some savage at a rate 37x the human world. Well done the blackfella round. It wasn't just virtue signalling, it actually worked. No more violence of any kind on the blackfella cesspits they call reservations. Bravo. Bravo. Brafuckingvo!! As for the fag round, I wrote to the AFL in 2016 about this, saying they would soon be having a fag round, and voila, and they should name the round after the first homo player to come out as a homo. No homo has exited that closet as yet. Maybe the AFL should be open to my suggestion and one might come out.

I actually wrote to the St Kilda footy club about this, telling them instead of going along with all the bullshit the AFL lays on them, like these faggot and blackfella rounds, tell them to get fucked because you are the worst club in the history of our once great game, and you want to concentrate on the footy instead of virtue signalling. The big question is, did the blackfella round stop one subhuman black savage from raping a 2yo child, did the rate of black women being bashed at a rate 37 times the human world, drop one iota? Come on tiggypoo, answer that. I will say no, but who knows, out on those subhuman settlements with their cable TV, they were probably sitting around singing kumbuyah, and when it was on TV, after tea was over and only water was being drunk, (more to follow).

I commented on this a couple of weeks ago, don't know if it was on here or some other blog, maybe it was Brietbart. It doesn't matter. I wrote that all the do-gooders in the world should stop dishing out food by the planeload, helping these people out, and letting them die off naturally, because all their do-gooding does is allow these black fuckers to just keep on fucking, no contraception used, so a few years down the track, with the implosion of more and more little black fuckers, food shortages are going to hit again. Allow the population to be or a sustainable limit, make them use contraception if they need any aid, keep the population down, and all should be well. But the virtue signallers will only call that genocide.

These douchebags would prefer to see kids starving to death than allow for sustainable limits to allow everybody in those countries to live a better life, with more food for those living there. Admittedly the amount of food might not be to the levels we white supremacists in our civilised countries have, but that is life. We live in civilised countries and maintain a good quality of life for most of us, with our homeless being left behind because our scumbag politicians want to virtue signal their goodness by dishing out billions to shitball countries in foreign aid. Well, fuck those countries. Help our own first, then help others. Actually fuck other countries. It's not our problem they can't look after themselves.

The British had a naval blockade which prohibited food from entering Germany during WW1. In 1918 when the Germans said they would surrender the British said the blockade would be kept up unless they signed the Versailles Treaty. They eventually did but not before 900 000 people in Germany had died from starvation or malnutrition related diseases -

When the child is dead in the womb, it is still called an abortion. Yet you inconsiderate unfeeling bastards go around putting your propaganda in the heartbroken mothers' letterboxes and standing outside clinics harassing them. Yes, this does happen. And shame on the medical 'professionals' that allow personal data to make it to people like you.

We are as usual allowing the rot to set in with the teaching and stress in our Education Depts being controlled by the Marxist/Fabian Labor and Green Partys. The most vulnerable are taught the climate warming rubbish as fact without any proper presentation of both sides of the argument to teach pupils to reason and learn at school.

Who decides when an abortion is necessary? We have enough unwanted and unloved children in the world.

Rexxy...take your rose coloured glasses off! " Murder is taking a life, and that is what is happening to many of our babies after Gillard pushed through her law allowing abortion up to end of term.Do some parts are sold off as in America with Clinton's Parental Planning scheme.If there is a Satan, he definitely is at the bottom of all this.Tony Abbott's idea of abortion only if necessary up to 3 months was the logical solution but the corrupt government we have, thought otherwise.

And taxpayers funded that study?

What you see is what you get Mike. :-))

@Chopper Docket - You and the dedicated little band of Yid busters post more about Joos than Oz. Generally your posts are full of ignorance and often erroneous to boot.

Every miscarriage is classed as 'abortion', even 'late term, fully formed babies'. Satanic forces may well be at work, but most recipients of 'abortion' did not cause the death of anyone.