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Saturday, 22nd September 2018

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 -

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.

And taxpayers funded that study?

Is anyone watching the Wanda Beach Murder on Channel 7. The incompetence of the NSW police and the piss-weakness of the NSW magistracy during the 1960s to 1980s obviously carried through into the Monis debacle. Absolutely appalling.

"STUNNING revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports."

... wouldn't put it past Ellis the filthy leftard pisspot, nor that Bellevue Hill Marxist maggot Sharp.

Gay Pride celebrated by the AFL the week after the indigenous round. A homosexual abo half breed had 2 weeks of free beer on the taxpayer. What is there to be proud about in sticking your member up a black arsehole? No more AFL for me!

The Strange Death of Europe series - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Austria's impending closure of mosques and consequent expulsion of Turkish funded imams, saying the move is anti Islamic while promising a response. "These measures taken by the Austrian Prime Minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a WAR BETWEEN THE CROSS AND THE CRESCENT" Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. Australia's populist government made the announcement on Friday morning at a press conference as part of the governing coalition's campaign against radical Islam ideology and the influence of countries like Turkey in the Austrian Islamic community, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Flysa is correct - over 1000,000 babies aborted per year in Oz. In the USA over one million per annum. This is plain outright murder or child sacrifice. Many of these murders are now exacted upon late term, fully formed babies. Satanic forces are at work, whilst filthy homosexuals are adopting and surrogate gender babies. Our political class should be aborted out of their rich jobs and put in chain gangs.

Has anyone heard how is Larry ??


and that is why this site is so good. We might go at it hammer and tongs on politics, but most of us are able to rise above that, help each other, and chat about other stuff when the mood suits.

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Just another #G7 where other countries expect America will always be their bank. The President made it clear today. No more.
Love it................... Suck it up UN.....

Should consider a career change before he suffers permanent brain damage.

The Muslim woman in Maccas was true. So also were the group of Saudi muslims at Snapper Rocks getting a surfing lesson. The men wore boardies, but the women had to try mounting a soft board dressed in full burqas. Surprise, surprise, when one woman’s burqa ended up around her waist, revealing a bright red pair of frilly undies!

It will be interesting when a female who identifies as male attempts to use the urinal.

That's how I feel at the moment.

There is a lot of talk on YouTube etc suggesting that Bourdain (whose spouse was a Harvey Weinstein rape victim) was Arkancided for recent criticism of Killery, and because he was about to expose a lot more.