Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, ‘I survived.’ Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early ’50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate coverage and commentary as has our 45th president. Whatever one may think of Trump, he is a leader and a fighter, not a quitter. How many politicians could have sustained the beatings Trump has taken, and remained as cocky and confident? And looking back on what may fairly be called The Year of Trump, his achievements have surprised even some of his enemies. With the U. S. military given a freer hand by Trump, a U. S.-led coalition helped expel ISIS from its twin capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, driving it back into a desert enclave on the Iraq-Syria border. The caliphate is dead, and the caliph nowhere to be found. The economy, with the boot of Barack Obama off its neck, has been growing at 3 percent. The stock market has soared to record highs. Unemployment is down to 4 percent. And Trump and Congress just passed the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan. With deregulation, which conservative Republicans preached to deaf ears in the Bush I and Bush II eras, Trump and those he has put into positions of power have exceeded expectations. Pipelines Obama blocked have been approved. Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge has been opened to exploratory drilling. We have exited a Paris climate accord that favored China over the U. S.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Fri, 12/29/2017 –.
Over the past few decades, there have been several research papers in the scientific press that submit there is a correlation between cosmic-solar radiations and destructive geological events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. On top of this, there are correlations with climate change that kick in where volcanoes throw up ash into the atmosphere which blocks the sun and that sets in motion the global cooling sending the earth back toward an Ice Age. Therefore, the entire process is extremely complex. Our computer can put out a forecast, but it is looking at everything and the dynamic complexity of all the interactions. This is why I do not put forth X happens because of Y. It is just more complex than such correlations. Nonetheless, the strongest correlation between volcanoes and earthquakes remains that with the sun. In the last two and half centuries the following major volcanic eruptions occurred during strong solar minimum when the energy is at its greatest: Grimvotn (Iceland) 1783/84 (14 km3), Tambora (Indonesia) 1810 (150 km3), Krakatoa 1883 (5.0 km3), Santa Maria (Guatemala) 1902 (4.8 km3), Novarupta (Alaska) 1912 (3.4 km3). The only major eruption to occur during a solar maximum was Pinatabo (Philippines) 1991 (between 6 and 16 km3).
The state of Alaska is preparing for a potential war with North Korea. The Alaskans are being urged not to evacuate, though should Kim Jong-Un launch a missile toward Alaska, it would only take 20 minutes to get there. Emergency planners in Alaska have warned it will not attempt evacuations if a warhead is fired because time would not be on their side. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, will urge locals to find shelter rather than risk being caught in the open. He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights and radios, and medical supplies including the anti-radiation pill Prussian Blue – medication that lessens the radiological impacts on your body. Tensions have escalated lately on the Korean peninsula after a series of missile tests in the hermit kingdom and propagandized media threats were made sentencing president Donald Trump to death. Tyrant Kim Jong-un has since threatened a ‘nuclear holocaust’ and there are fears the regime will soon have a missile capable of reaching the US mainland. Zidek admitted that the state’s defensive facilities could be picked for an attack. Alaska is home to Fort Greely, where the US has interceptor rockets designed to destroy incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The state also has missile defenses at the Pacific Spaceport Complex as well as radar warning systems at Clear Air Force Station.
This post was published at shtfplan on November 16th, 2017.
The Gulf of Alaska cod populations appears to have taken a nose-dive. Scientists are shocked at the collapse and starving fish, making this the ‘worst they’ve ever seen.’ ‘They [Alaskan cod] get weak and die or get eaten by something else,’ said NOAA’s Steve Barbeaux. The 2017 trawl net survey found the lowest numbers of cod on record forcing scientists to try to unravel what happened. A lot of the cod hatched in 2012 appeared to survive, but by 2017, those fish were largely gone for the surveys, which also found scant evidence of fish born in subsequent years. Many of the cod that have come on board trawlers are ‘long skinny fish’ according to Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats. ‘This is a big deal,’ Paine said. ‘We just don’t see these (cod) year classes disappear from one year to the next.’ The decline is expected to substantially reduce the gulf cod harvests that in recent years have been worth – before processing – more than $50 million to Northwest and Alaska fishermen who catch them with nets, pot traps, and baited hooks set along the sea bottom.
This post was published at shtfplan on November 13th, 2017.
Every year, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most large industrial facilities to report the volume of toxic chemicals they release into the environment. The EPA takes this data and consolidates it into the Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI), which is then used to set environmental policies in place. We analyzed this data along with Priceonomics customer, Ode, a company that creates environmentally-conscious cleaning products. So, we got interested in the information buried in these massive, hard to understand reports. What are the most commonly released toxins? In which states and cities are the most chemicals emitted? Which industries contribute the most to this pollution? Summary of findings: As a state, Alaska produces the most toxins (834 million pounds) Zinc and lead compounds (common products of the mining industry) are the most common toxins Metal mining accounts for 1.5 billion pounds of toxins, while chemicals (515 million) ranks second On a county level, the Northwest Arctic of Alaska leads the list, but multiple Nevada counties round out the top 5 Kotzebue, AK produces the most toxins as a city (756 million pounds), and Indianapolis, IN (10.9 million) produces the most out of the top 100 most populous cities
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 25, 2017.
Echoing a report from earlier this week, when on Wednesday the Seoul-based Asia Business Daily reported that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18 – arguably the year’s most important geopolitical event – on Saturday the South Korean press claimed that “North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea”, according to a government source. The Donga Ilbo daily said satellite pictures show ballistic missiles mounted on “transporter erector vehicles” and being moved out of hangars near Pyongyang and in the North Phyongan Province. US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, the newspaper said. A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying: “we don’t comment on any matters of military intelligence” but added that “we are keeping a close watch over the North.” Quoted by AFP, Donga Ilbo said that US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, and that this could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile, whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles which Pyongyang threatened to fire towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in Augus . Another possibility is that the North might be preparing to test a new Hwasong-13 ICBM, it added, that has a longer maximum range than the other two missiles and could potentially reach the US West Coast.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 14, 2017.
Every region is associated with at least one type of natural disaster. If you live in the Midwest you have tornadoes to contend with, and in the South you have to worry about hurricanes. Folks in New England have to worry about snowstorms, and people who live in the West need to consider earthquakes and forest fires. We take these facts for granted. We assume that certain places are in the path of specific disasters, and immune to others. That however, isn’t the case when it comes to tsunamis. At least not for practical purposes. That’s because the scientific community is still discovering new underwater fault lines that have the potential to cause devastating tsunamis. If you live on a coastline, your home could be at risk of being swept away and you wouldn’t even know it. In fact, scientists have just discovered a new fault off the coast of Alaska that could produce a tsunami that is the same size as the wave that wrecked Fukushima. Scientists probing under the seafloor off Alaska have found a geologic fault they say signals significant risk of a mega-tsunami in future. The feature closely resembles one that produced the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan, killing some 20,000 people and melting down three nuclear reactors.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 2nd, 2017.
The risk of war with truly a madman at the head of North Korea continues to escalate. North Korea fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile last week in an attempt to demonstrate its long range capabilities proving it can now reach the continental United States, not just Alaska as previously thought. Despite strong international condemnation, the United States and its allies are being pushed into a response to North Korea’s game changing provocation. Congress has not helped by imposing absurd sanctions on Russia at a time when we should be building stronger ties with Russia instead of demonizing them and fueling yet another confrontation all because Hillary lost the election.
By destroying the last chance that the Republicans in the Senate had to repeal Obamacare, John McCain has ensured that he will go down in history as a backstabbing traitor that cared nothing for true conservative values. For decades, RINOs like McCain have promised to uphold conservative values while campaigning, but once they have gotten into office they have betrayed us over and over again. How much more are we going to take before we say enough is enough? I hope that you will join me in my effort to remove every RINO from Congress. What John McCain has just done should make all of us absolutely sick. Thanks to him, Obamacare is going to remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future even though the Republicans have control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. If I go to Washington, I am going to declare war on RINOs like McCain, but the only way that will be possible is if thousands of good conservatives help fund this campaign. So far my campaign has created an enormous amount of buzz all over the state, but the only way that we are going to be able to capitalize on all of that buzz is if you all stand with me. If what John McCain did on Friday does not make you angry, I am not sure what will. Together with Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, McCain killed the very last chance of repealing Obamacare in the Senate. The following comes from the Washington Post… A convergence of contentious issues, as well as embarrassing infighting and shake-ups at the White House, have a number of Republicans suddenly in open resistance to President Trump on a number of fronts. The most dramatic moment came in the early-morning hours Friday, when Sen. John McCain, an ailing war hero and onetime Republican presidential standard-bearer, joined two other GOP dissidents, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, to cast the deciding vote to kill a scaled-back plan to dismantle tenets of the Affordable Care Act – and with it, perhaps, Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare.
Stubbs, Talkeetna, Alaska’s honorary cat mayor and beloved by Alaskans and tourists alike, has died at the age of 20 according to the animal’s owners. The great statesman, who never once wrote a law or took freedom from anyone, has passed on. After the false death report about Stubbs last year, the statesman quickly rebounded and proved he’d beaten the lies. But not for long. Stubbs’ death was announced late Saturday in a statement from the Spone family, which purchased Nagley’s General Store and the West Rib Pub and Grill in 2015. Part of the contract, the family said, was that Stubbs would stay with the store. But Stubbs the cat went on to become the Mayor of Talkeetna. Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 but because of his age, was spending less time out and about at the general store where he had routinely let visitors pet him. By late 2016 he was largely staying at home, but was spending more time with the two kittens the Spones had taken in, Aurora and Denali. ‘After a day or two of him giving them the eye and a little growl here and there; they became best friends,’ the family wrote. ‘He got some spunk back playing with kittens. He would even swat at them as they passed and snuggle in his bed with them at night.’
With the success of the last missile test, North Korea is continuing the ramping up their weapons system. Their last hugely successful ICBM test showed they have the capability to strike Alaska. United States intelligence is now saying the rogue North Korean regime is getting ready to launch yet another missile test. The frequency of these tests show a continued thumbing of Kim Jong Un’s nose in Donald Trump’s direction, and they increase the already heightened tensions between the two countries. U. S. intelligence is also suggesting that North Korea is making preparations for the test which could happen in about two weeks, according to CNN. Earlier this week, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he is ‘reasonably confident in the ability of our intelligence community to monitor the testing but not the deployment of these missile systems.’ Since that isn’t comforting, all hope lies in Kim Jong Un suddenly deciding he no longer enjoys his hobby of war and provocation. ‘Kim Jong Un and his forces are very good at camouflage, concealment, and deception,’ Selva told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 20th, 2017.
On July 4th, journalist Heather Bryant published an important article on Medium that I think everyone should read and think about. Her story should make all of us uncomfortable, not just about the state of journalism, but also about how each of us thinks about class and the people around us doing under-appreciated, but vital work. Below are some excerpts from the piece, but it’s worth reading the entire thing. I was talking to this person whom I’d just met. They told me about their job and where they worked. They asked me about mine. I told them I’d worked in public media in Alaska before moving to the Lower 48. I was a couple of months from wrapping up my time as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford. They asked about what I worked on and I explained my research around collaboration in journalism and that I intended to continue working in this space after the fellowship ended. ‘Well, what does your husband do?’ ‘He’s a truck driver and a mechanic.’ ‘… Oh.’ ‘Yeah, right now he drives for a trash company.’ ‘That must be…an interesting perspective to have around.’
It’s finally happened: Kim Jong-Un has had a successful ICBM (Intercontinental ballistic missile) test. Now that he’s actually improved his battle might and has the capability to strike Alaska, he’s taunting the US president with nuclear war. A top military official has warned ‘self-restraint’ is the only thing stopping the US from going to war with North Korea. Soon after his successful missile test on the 4th of July, a defiant Kim Jong-Un seemingly taunted ‘American bas**rds’ in the wake of said successful intercontinental ballistic missile test. Pyongyang claims its newly developed rocket can carry ‘large-sized and heavy nuclear warheads.’ The North Korean leader made the haughty statement, in which he said ‘the American bas**rds would not be very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary,’ not long after the ICBM was launched Tuesday, the Korean Central News Agency reported.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 6th, 2017.
The North Korean government carried out a successful ballistic missile test on Tuesday that could prompt an American military response, according to recent warnings from U. S. officials. The test, which triggered an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, was seen as a major step forward in North Korea’s missile program, as some experts believe the regime for the first time has the capability to strike Alaska and the Pacific Northwest region of the U. S. ‘What we have to do is prepare all options because the president has made clear to us that he will not accept a nuclear power in North Korea and a threat that can target the United States and target the American population,’ National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster said last week during remarks at a Washington think tank, adding that the president did not want to repeat a failed approach. ‘The president has directed us to not do that and to prepare a range of options, including a military option, which nobody wants to take,’ McMaster said.
While the world watches in jest as Japanese residents prepare for the possibility of a confrontation with North Korea by panic buying nuclear shelters and air purifiers, we may soon realize that their efforts to desperately acquire protective gear and equipment for nuclear disaster were quite prescient. Yesterday, North Korea successfully tested what is reportedly an ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) capable of striking Alaska from the Korean peninsula. Coupled with their purported advancements in nuclear technology, North Korea may now have the ability to launch devastating attacks on their southern neighbor, Japan and even the United States. And if they have not yet achieved the ability to fit a nuclear warhead on an ICBM and deliver it effectively to its target, they are inching closer by the day. So close, in fact, that Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi’s recent remarks on the matter suggest that we are nearing a dangerous breaking point: ‘Currently tensions are high and we certainly would like to see a de-escalation,’ Liu told a news conference at UN headquarters as China takes over the Security Council presidency in July.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 4th, 2017.
There was something different – and symbolic – about last night’s North Korean ballistic missile launch which not coincidentally took place on US Independence Day, because shortly after the event, North Korea announced it would have an important announcement to make. This time it did not disappoint, when the country declared that it had successfully tested its first intermediate-range intercontinental ballistic missile which flew for a record time/altitude for the rogue state, and is seen as a “watershed moment” in its push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the mainland United States. North Korea, it said, was now “a full-fledged nuclear power that has been possessed of the most powerful inter-continental ballistic rocket capable of hitting any part of the world”. The ICBM would enable the country to “put an end to the US nuclear war threat and blackmail” and defend the Korean peninsula, it added. In a statement the North’s Academy of Defence Science, which developed the missile, said it reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometres and flew 933 kilometres, calling it the “final gate to rounding off the state nuclear force”. There are still doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, or if it has mastered the technology needed for it to survive the difficult re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. As Citi said, “the move is highly provocative and it is difficult to imagine that the date chosen was in any way coincidental (NK did the same in 2006 and 2009)… the enormity of this latest crisis is, as yet, difficult to gauge.” Speaking to AFP, US experts said the device could reach Alaska, while the July 4 launch triggered a late evening Twitter outburst from President Trump who urged China to act to “end this nonsense once and for all” and asked on Twitter: “does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” David Wright, a physicist with the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists, told the BBC that if the reports are correct, this missile could “reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700km on a standard trajectory”. That range would allow it to reach Alaska, but not the large islands of Hawaii or the other 48 US states, he says. It is not just a missile that North Korea would need, our correspondent adds. It must also have the ability to protect a warhead as it re-enters the atmosphere, and it is not clear if North Korea can do that.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 4, 2017.
Ever wonder if anyone in the top 1% lives near you? It’s a big club, and most us aren’t even close to being in it, but there are One Percenters in every state in America. Annually, Forbes compiles a list of the wealthiest people in every state, and tells us how each of them acquired their riches. There are 52 people on the list this year (Alaska and Delaware had ties). Forbes created a chart to show the richest in each state.
An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how can dramatically change the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of ‘river piracy’, in which the flow of one river is suddenly diverted into another. For hundreds of years, the Slims carried melt water northwards from the vast Kaskawulsh glacier in Canada’s Yukon territory into the Kluane river, then into the Yukon river towards the Bering Sea. But in spring 2016, a period of intense melting of the glacier meant the drainage gradient was tipped in favour of a second river, redirecting the melt water to the Gulf of Alaska, thousands of miles from its original destination. The continental-scale rearrangement was documented by a team of scientists who had been monitoring the incremental retreat of the glacier for years. But on a 2016 fieldwork expedition they were confronted with a landscape that had been radically transformed.
I am disappointed that the Administration of [Alaska Governor] Walker hasgiven in to the fear tactics and misinformation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration by putting forth legislation to make Alaska implement the Federal REAL ID Actand pay for it ourselves. It is my duty to set the record straight and make sure people have the facts they need to defend their rights. The Department of Administration has been reporting that if we do not agree to comply with REAL ID we will not be allowed to use our state IDs to get through TSA checkpoints or to get on base. In reality there is no existing or proposed federal law or regulation requiring ID to travel at all. A recent reply to a four-year-old Freedom of Information Act request to the DHS has shown that 77,000 people per year fly without ID, and only 2 percent who try are ever turned away. Not only that, it is the Pentagon and individual base commanders who decide what ID is required to get on base. The Department of Homeland Security does not have authority over the Pentagon. That is why the DHS instead uses fear tactics and misinformation to try and force REAL ID on the states.