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Analysis

Surviving in the Tough Times Ahead

Ian Sample's "Billions face food shortages, study warns" [1], based on findings by researchers at Washington and Stanford Universities, points out some of the progressively difficult conditions that will likely lead to widespread starvation in times ahead. Its conclusions fit well with ones posed in Paul Chefurka's "World Energy and Population Trends to 2100" and "Peak Oil, Carrying Capacity and Overshoot: Population, the Elephant in the Room" [2].

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Book Review: 'Death’s Dream Kingdom. The American psyche since 9-11'

CHEMISTS have a relative straightforward world in which they have the basic elements (such as hydrogen, oxygen, carbon etc), each atom having a compact nucleus variously composed of similar-mass protons (positively charged) and neutrons (uncharged) surrounded by a negatively charged  electron cloud. Following certain “rules”, atoms “combine” by sharing their electrons to form “covalent bonds”. Thus a single hydrogen atom (H) is much “happier” in a diatomic molecule H-H (H2) and ditto oxygen (O) in O-O (O2).

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Haiti's Earthquake: Natural or Engineered

Human activity can cause destructive harm. Columbia University geophysical hazards research scientist, Christian Klose, studies how, including from mining. In a recent paper, he said:

"mining activities disturb the in-situ stress in the upper continental crust and can trigger earthquakes (human-triggered seismicity)."

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Propaganda of the Class War

A Classic Piece

I received the following classic piece from someone close with a very emphatic endorsement. It’s by a “Hard Working Aussie” who is a Kalgoorlie mineworker, one who doesn’t mind passing a random urine test for his job but feels that the same should be required of the people to whom the government distributes his taxes:

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Focus on Israel: Harvesting Haitian Organs

On January 15, Haaretz reported that:

"The Israel Defense Forces' aid mission to Haiti left Israel overnight (January 14) with equipment for setting up an emergency field hospital. Around 220 soldiers and officers (were) in the delegation, including 120 medical staff (to) operate the hospital in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince." According to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it includes "40 doctors, 25 nurses, paramedics, a pharmacy, a children's ward, a radiology department, an intensive care unit, an internal department and a maternity ward (able to) treat approximately 500 patients each day," including in two surgery rooms.

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