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Greta's dire straits

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg having a laugh
Greta Thunberg lives a charmed life. She doesn't have to go to school, travels the world, is likely getting very rich, and is being used in one of the most ridiculous attempts at a propaganda coup. In this video I discuss the difference between the reality of her life and the propaganda she has been chosen to spread.


Ice Cube

More than normal ice coverage in Northern Hemisphere

Snow Water equivalent northern hemisphere – 21 August 2019
© Environment Canada
Snow Water equivalent northern hemisphere – 21 August 2019
"This graph from Environment Canada clearly shows that some ice has not melted yet," says reader Ole Jensen. "Was wondering where it might be. And there have to be more patches somewhere on the N.H."

"Eyeballing, the graph says a min. of 15 cu. km. (3.6 cubic miles) is still out there, somewhere."

"Looks to be more than normal."

It's hard to envision one cubic mile of ice, much less 3.6 cubic miles. That's one mile wide, one mile long, and one mile tall - more than four times the height of the Empire State building.

Thanks to Ole Jensen for this info

Attention

14 brown bears filmed near village in Magadan region, Russia - attacks on humans in 2019 'unprecedented'

A collage of two screen grabs shows a pack of 14 brown bears filmed surrounding a truck in Magadan region

A collage of two screen grabs shows a pack of 14 brown bears filmed surrounding a truck in Magadan region
The recording comes as several people get killed and wounded in recent 'worst-ever' bear attacks.

Reports about bears becoming extremely active in searching for food next to towns and villages - and attacking people in the process - come from many areas of Siberia and the Far East of Russia.

This footage with an unusually large group of animals prowling around the village of Takhtoyamsk in Magadan region, on shore of the Sea of Okhotsk, appears to be the most peaceful of all encounters.

But elsewhere this was not the case, and even here it could turn nasty.

Experts say the number of bear attacks on humans this year is 'unprecedented'.

There were three such attacks within the last week, with two men killed in Kamchatka and Khabarovsk region, and a young woman wounded in Chukotka.


Attention

Wild animal attacks in Nepal over 4 years show 230% increase in deaths, 300% in injuries

Charging elephant
© Getty
Charging elephant
Number of people dying in wild animal attacks has increased by more than 75 per cent in fiscal 2018-19, compared to the total number of deaths recorded in fiscal 2017-18 across the country.

As many as 30 persons died in wildlife attacks in fiscal 2018-19, which is much higher compared to 17 human deaths in fiscal 2017-18. In 2016 -17, a total of 12 people had lost their lives in animal attacks and nine people died in animal attacks in 2015-16.

Data of the last four fiscals from 2015-16 to 2018 -19 showed that number of human deaths resulting from wildlife attacks had increased by more than 230 per cent.

Comment: Details of some of the attacks reported from the country over the past 4 years:
  • Peeved pachyderms: Elephant kills 3 people in as many days in Nepal
  • 14 killed in wild animal attacks in Chitwan National Park, Nepal in 2016/17; compared to 5 for previous year
  • Rampaging rhino kills man on street in southern Nepal
  • Elephant kills 2 and injures 5 in Nepal
  • Man-eating leopard kills for a second time within 2 weeks in Nepal; 24 such attacks in past 4 years
  • Rhino kills woman and injures eight in Nepal



  • Cloud Lightning

    Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted

    Record spider lightning over Brazil
    © MICHAEL PETERSON, LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY
    A thunderstorm looms over southern Brazil and Uruguay in this computer-rendered view. The lightning in this image is around 160 miles long, roughly a third the size of the newly reported record-breaking flash.

    The spidery streak is just one of many new lightning discoveries found in often overlooked satellite data


    ONE EVENING WHILE working, Michael Peterson found himself staring at an enormous spider. But Peterson, a remote sensing scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, wasn't looking at a critter of the eight-legged variety. Instead the form crawling across his screen was a monstrous flash of so-called spider lightning — a twisting network of light stretching hundreds of miles across stormy skies.

    "I was just blown away," he says.

    His analysis revealed two record-breaking lightning flashes, the longest by length and by duration. One stretched over Brazil some 418 miles from tip to tail — slightly longer than Kansas is across. The second lit up skies for 13.5 seconds over the central United States. A third lightning flash over the southern United States sprawled some 44,400 square miles — nearly the area of Ohio. (Official data aren't kept for the flash with the largest area, so it's not possible to determine if it set a record.)

    The previous record-holding flashes "called into question our typical view of lightning," Peterson says. But these latest mega-flashes "are now essentially pushing the boundary further for what lightning can be."

    Comment: Earlier this month rare lightning strikes were detected near the North Pole. A couple of weeks ago record lightning strikes were reported in Iceland.

    In March this year an anomalous lightning storm hit Southern California producing more than 1,200 bursts in five minutes. In December 2018 the sky over New York City lit up with mysterious blue light.

    Could the base level electric charge in the atmosphere be changing? See also: Also check out SOTT radio's:


    Snowflake Cold

    Rare 'sudden stratospheric warming' event could bring icy weather to New Zealand

    ‘Sudden Stratospheric Warming’ event could bring icy weather to New Zealand
    © NIWA
    NIWA says a ‘Sudden Stratospheric Warming’ event could bring icy weather to New Zealand next month.
    It's called a sudden stratospheric warming event - and, unlike the name might suggest, the rare phenomenon could spell a burst of bitterly cold weather for New Zealand over coming weeks.

    A sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event kicks off when the temperature of the stratosphere - that's 30km to 50km above ground - over the South Pole climbs by more than 25C. Meteorologists think it's likely this is about to happen next week.

    Importantly, it has the potential to mess with a ring of stormy and freezing weather that encircles Antarctica, which is at its strongest at this time of year - and which we know better as the polar vortex that's been dubbed the "beast from the east" - threatening to send a series of cold blasts from the North Pole to Western Europe and the UK, along with the east coast of the United States.

    While this swirling, freezing air mass is usually effective at keeping harsh, wintry conditions locked up close to the pole, an SSW can help weaken or displace it in the stratosphere.

    This sends these cold masses filtering down on to the tropospheric polar vortex, potentially influencing our own weather patterns.

    Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said that, during a major SSW, the winds in the stratosphere reversed from westerly to easterly.

    "For up to about a month after the SSW, polar air masses, known as streamers, can break off from the weakened vortex and move towards New Zealand," he said.

    "It doesn't guarantee unusual or extreme weather, but it can happen."

    Info

    Ice Age Farmer Report: ALERT - Farmer "threatens" USDA / Cannery shutdown - No crops to can

    floods
    The US Pro Farm Crop Tour was shut down after a farmer "threatened" USDA officials. Steelworkers laid off due to lower demand for cans -- BECAUSE THERE ARE NO CROPS TO CAN! Major shifts are happening EVERY DAY as we enter the difficult growing seasons of the Grand Solar Minimum.


    Sources

    Comment: Why there is 'shock and distrust' among US farmers


    Attention

    Boy mauled by kangaroo in New South Wales, Australia

    Lewis suffered puncture wounds and scratches to his head and torso.

    Lewis suffered puncture wounds and scratches to his head and torso.
    A father who jumped to the defence of his son as he was being mauled by a kangaroo has said the five year old has been left traumatised by the incident.

    Brenton Dyer was doing some work in the back of his Valla Beach home in New South Wales, south of Coffs Harbour, on Thursday when he saw the animal jumping at his five-year-old son Lewis.

    Lewis and his brother Jedd, 10, had been playing in the family's backyard.

    "I heard a bit of commotion and I just saw a kangaroo jumping and on top of my son," Dyer told 7NEWS.com.au.

    "I could just see him and a cloud of dust."

    Black Cat 2

    Mountain lion attacks deer hunter near Kremmling, Colorado

    mountain lion

    Mountain lion
    A man attacked by a mountain lion Saturday night near Kremmling did everything right when he fought back and stabbed the animal with a pocketknife, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Friday.

    The man was reportedly attacked around 9 p.m. while scouting out places to hunt elk around the Big Horn Park subdivision northeast of Kremmling. Authorities and their hounds tracked down the mountain lion at about 7 a.m. the next morning and killed it.

    A necropsy revealed the mountain lion had only grass in his stomach, indicating the animal was hungry, said Mike Porras, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    Comment: In the same state later in the month: Boy attacked by mountain lion in Bailey, Colorado


    Attention

    Musician killed by grizzly bear on sound gathering trip in Northwest Territories, Canada

    bear
    A French artist traversing the Canadian wilderness to record nature sounds for a musical project was fatally mauled by a grizzly bear that surprised him in his sleep, according to a travelling partner.

    Musician Julien Gauthier, 44, was travelling along the Mackenzie River in Canada's sparsely populated Northwest Territories to record new sounds for a composition when the attack occurred.

    His travelling partner, biologist Camille Toscani, said the grizzly bear entered a camp near the village of Tulita during the early hours of Thursday morning (local time).

    Comment: Also recently: Russian pensioner 'eaten alive' by brown bear after joking about being mauled by one