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The great droughts of the 1870s that spanned three continents and killed millions

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The Great Famine of the 1870s had devastating effects in India
It's not easy to forget the deaths of 50 million people, but we have managed it. A global drought in the 1870s caused mass starvation in South America, Africa and Asia, but the event doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. Now it seems the drought was triggered by a never-before-seen combination of climate events. While rare, the drought was entirely natural so it could easily happen again.

Between 1875 and 1878, severe droughts ravaged India, China and parts of Africa and South America. The result was a famine that struck three continents and lasted three years.

"It is one of the worst humanitarian disasters in human history," says Deepti Singh at Washington State University.

In India the local manifestation of the event is known as the Great Famine. At the time India was controlled by the British Empire, and British policies exacerbated the drought's effects. The British continued exporting grain for profit, leaving little for the local people to eat.

Comment: Scientists generally agree that from about the 1300s to the 1890s our planet was still under the influence of a little ice age. On top of that there were a variety of factors, both cosmic and on earth, that would have contributed to drastic swings in the climate. It's notable that in our own time where serious cooling is occurring, once again we're seeing both extreme drought and epic flooding along with great upheavals in society:

For an idea of just how turbulent the century was, and some of the possible contributing factors, Laura Knight-Jadczyk writes in Comet Biela and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow:
The Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism began, more or less, toward the end of the eighteenth century. The nineteenth century was a turbulent epoch beginning with a stock market crash in 1825 then moving on to the Panic of 1847, a collapse of British financial markets associated with the end of the 1840s railroad boom. The crisis of 1847 could have been more disastrous except that it was cut short by economic revival following the California gold strike of 1849.

After a period of prosperity, there began a series of wars and revolutions. There was the first Italian War for Independence in 1857, and then the American Civil War of 1861, the Polish Insurrection of 1863, Napoleon the Second's Mexican adventure and the campaign against Denmark in 1864 which started the Prussian Wars led by Bismarck. Bismarck attacked Austria in 1866 and won a victory over France in 1871. The, there was the Republican uprising in Spain which toppled Queen Isabella from the throne. Finally, there was the last of Louis Napoleon's adventures which culminated in the crashing of the Empire in 1871.

There was Civil War in France following the downfall of the Second Napoleon, and the people (Paris Communards) seized power. They were soon crushed and order was restored in the Third Republic, and the revolutionary tide receded for the rest of the century.

It is interesting to consider the other events that were occurring at this time. Industrial capitalism was being spread with missionary zeal everywhere. Western investors roamed the globe looking for openings to establish trade and to invest in anything that could be bought or sold. In the process, millions of people were redistributed in the greatest mass migrations in history from the Old World to the New. Science became the handmaiden of industry and capitalism. The volume of world trade was 1.75 billion dollars in 1830 and it rose to 3.6 billion in 1850, skyrocketing to 9.4 billion in 1870.

So, Clube is right. For about twenty-five years, the entire Western world was bubbling cauldron of war and revolution and people taking advantage of wars and revolution to make money. When it was all over, the imperial powers of Europe that were to rule the world until 1914, were firmly ensconced. More than that, the United States as a federal, capitalist entity, had been forged at Appamattox.

There were obviously other things going on at that time. In the period from 1830 to 1860 there was apparently an enormous upsurge in religious fervor. The imminent return of Christ was being predicted everywhere! Manuel de Lacunza, a Catholic priest in South America wrote (under the pen name of Juan Josafa Ben-Ezra) a book entitled The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty, which was published in Spain in 1812. He believed that Jesus was coming very, very soon. William Miller (Seventh-Day Adventists) declared that Christ was coming and predicted 1844 as the date. Edward Irving of England and Johann Bengel in Germany almost simultaneously came to the conclusion that the prophecies of Daniel pointed to the time of the end being right then; Mason in Scotland, Leonard H. Kelber in Germany and many, many others preached about the Second coming. Spiritualist Andrew Jackson Davis gave 157 lectures in 1845 about the new era, which Edgar Allen Poe attended regularly. The Spiritualism Craze began with the Fox sisters in 1848. Mourant Brock, of the Church of England, noted that the craze for eschatology had spread through all of Europe and extended to India. (See: The Story of Prophecy by Henry James Forman). As Clube notes, this religious fervor parallels cosmic events.

As Clube notes, this religious fervor parallels cosmic events.

In 1843, there appeared one of the greatest comets of history. The Great Comet of 1843 formally designated C/1843 D1 and 1843 I, was discovered on February 5, 1843 and rapidly brightened. It was a member of the Kreutz Sungrazers, a family of comets resulting from the breakup of a parent comet (X/1106 C1) into multiple fragments in about 1106. These comets pass extremely close to the Sun - within a few solar radii - and this is why they often become very bright.
See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Thundersnow, bushfires, heatwaves, dust storms: What is going on with Australia's weather?

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A week of crazy weather. From left: dust storm in Broken Hill, the Snowy Mountains near Khancoban, and bushfires along Lemon Tree Passage Road near Newcastle.
Every Australian state and territory has been impacted by wild weather over the past few days.

In South Australia, 40,000 properties were left without power and several homes were damaged as wind gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour hit on Wednesday night.

Victoria also saw severe thunderstorms, with the State Emergency Service reporting it had received over 750 calls for assistance by Tuesday night.

On Thursday morning, South East Queensland was hit with a band of gusty storms, storm warnings were issued for the Northern Territory, and parts of Tasmania were on flood watch and damaging wind warnings were issued.

In New South Wales, a dust storm travelled across the state from west of Broken Hill to Sydney.

Comment: Weather everywhere is increasingly erratic and intensifying: For more, check out SOTTs' monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Snowflake Cold

Ice Age Farmer Report: Winter is coming early - Grand Solar Minimum (don't be a frozen sheeple, PREPARE)

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Don't be a frozen sheeple, caught off guard by the Grand Solar Minimum. Record colds and snows across the northern hemisphere herald the arrival of an early, harsh winter. Welcome #GlobalCooling. CO2 has nothing to do with the natural cycles that threaten our way of life. Food prices are rising further soon. Signs are ubiquitous. Please share this information so that others can prepare.


Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Great potato crisis, Italy flooding & USA chills

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Atmospheric compression events decimate Italian cities and initial estimates are all time record floods waters recorded. Great potato crisis begins as yields decline by 25% and sizes shrunk by 1/3. USA and Africa set to chill with record snows possible as Hurricane Michael collides with a cold front over the Appalachian Range.

Comment: Epic flooding in Calabria, Italy, turns streets into rivers, claims lives of mother and son


Ice Age Farmer Report: "End of the World?" - 'Deep adaptation' vs Grand Solar Minimum

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Media screams IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! (...but only for alarmists!) "Deep Adaptation" incorporates Agenda 21 + GSM preparedness -- can you see through their ruse?

Denmark announces worst crop yields in 100 years as global temperatures continue their decline.

Christian picks apart the alarmist fear mongering -- the world is not ending. BUT IT IS CHANGING...and so must you.



'They've never been this hungry': Farmers warned of wild animal attacks as feral pigs and wild dogs starve during record drought in Australia

Farmers have been warned they could suffer attack from feral pigs, wild boars, foxes and dingoes that are desperate for food because of the drought

Farmers have been warned they could suffer attack from feral pigs, wild boars, foxes and dingoes that are desperate for food because of the drought
Farmers have been warned their livestock is being attacked by feral pigs, wild boars, foxes and dingoes as the wild animals are starved by the drought.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services (CTLLS) in is offering services for farmers in and around the NSW towns of Oberon, Mudgee and Cowra to tackle the predators as spring begins.

Senior biosecurity officer Alistair Gordon-Smith said it's important that farmers start planning their bait before the mating season kicks off.

'It's been a dry, hard winter and feral pigs and wild dogs are looking for food for spring litters of piglets and pups,' he said.

'Newborn calves and lambs are extremely vulnerable to pest predators, so it's timely for landholders to start planning their baiting regime now.'

Charges for the service have also been dropped to assist all farmers with accessing bait-handling certification.

Arrow Up

UK food prices set to rise "at least" 5% due to extreme weather

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The UK's cold, wet winter was followed by the driest start to a summer on record
Meat, vegetable and dairy prices are set to rise "at least" 5% in the coming months because of the UK's extreme weather this year, research suggests.

Consultancy CEBR said 2018's big freeze and heatwave would end up costing consumers about £7 extra per month.

It follows price warnings from farmers' representatives about peas, lettuces and potatoes.

Wholesale prices of other vegetables have already soared by up to 80% since the start of the year.

But the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) explained that these increases can take up to 18 months to fully have an effect on shoppers.

"So, while the worst of the recent heat may have passed, the cost to consumers looks set to climb," it warned.

The UK saw record temperatures in June, July and August which caused widespread drought and crop failures.

This, along with a "wet, cold and challenging" winter, particularly the cold spell caused by the Beast from the East, has put stress on farming costs and yields, CEBR said.

Comment: Farmers around the world are facing an endless torrent of extreme weather, from brutal cold and record breaking rainfall that delay planting, devastating drought that lead to lower yield, or destructive hail and early frost that completely decimate the crop: As more crops fail the likelihood of food price rises invariably increases. It is always best to be prepared. See also: And do have a listen to the SOTT Talk Radio show that was devoted to this subject:

Surviving the End of the World (as we Know it)


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food prices across the planet upward trajectory with no end in sight

More dismal numbers for countries reporting grain yields and upward prices for all foods you consume. UK says get ready for immediate 5% increase but these losses and high prices wont be fully felt for 18 months, that's a timeline for sure, read between the lines.

Australia and South Africa production down, US wheat prices up, German production down.

This points upward prices for the next several years as we head further into the Grand Solar Minimum.


Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ancient 'hunger stones' - The European drought cycle clock

European 'hunger stones'
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)

The Hunger Stones stories making media rounds this week, but not too much analysis on the subject except the Physics.org article. I found a PDF that goes back 1000 years in the Czech Lands with droughts and my conclusion is a repeat of 1770s type event happening now based on the last 1000 years of drought data and the water levels lower than at any period on the Hunger Stone.

Also August winter warnings in the USA & Canada for multiple feet of snow and 20F below normal temperatures.

Comment: Central European drought reveals ancient 'hunger stones' in Elbe River


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Grand Solar Minimum explained - Extreme weather timeline to 2021

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The intensification of extreme weather globally is apparent to everyone on our planet, but what is causing it and how much more intense will it become? I have put together this video to explain the causes to give you a good idea of events to come with a timeline to 2021 so you can see how these changes will evolve and affect food prices and ultimately your life and lifestyle.

Comment: For more information check out SOTT's latest monthly summary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

To understand how and why these extreme weather events are occurring read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.