Monday, June 27, 2016

FEMA Contractor Predicts 'Social Unrest' Caused by 395% Food Price Spikes

Amazing report on a possible coming worldwide food crisis.  
By 2024, the scenario saw global food prices spike by as much as 395 percent due to prolonged crop failures in key food basket regions, driven largely by climate change, oil price spikes, and confused responses from the international community.

“Disruptions affected developed and developing countries alike, creating political and economic instability, and contributing to social unrest in certain areas,” the project’s technical report states.

The report notes that at the end of the simulation, the teams highlighted the important role of “extreme weather events” and “food insecurity” in exacerbating “instances of significant internal and external migration and social unrest.” These, in turn, greatly “contribute to conflict.”
I find the time period they decided to use a little interesting.  They say the period 2020 - 2030 was a bit arbitrary and not a forecast.  I find this language a bit insincere.  This period "coincidentally" falls near the beginning of the  Kondratieff  "Winter Cycle".  This is the time period the stock market crashes and what will be called "The Greater Depression" where the USA will probably have a higher unemployment rate greater than we've ever seen in our history as a nation.

Here is a rather busy chart put together by The Longwave Group that shows when The Greater Depression should start.  Somewhere in the early to mid 2020s



 

Report: FDA, Smithsonian, other fed groups gathering war arsenals

This is from CBS news.  So, this isn't the rantings of an Anarchist or Right Wing prepper.
The reports states that "administrative agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Mint, Department of Education, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and many other agencies purchased guns, ammo, and military-style equipment."

Overall, American Transparency estimates there are more than 200,000 non-military federal officers and security personnel not attached to the Pentagon, which is a force larger than the Marine Corps, with its 180,000 personnel.

"The recent growth of the federal arsenal begs the questions: Just who are the feds planning to battle?" the author of the report, Adam Andrzejewski, wrote for Forbes.
Everybody and nobody.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The All-Electric Car You Never Plug In. Wireless power transmission would let EVs draw their power from the road

I think this is the future of travel.
Here’s a big reason: Picture the driver of that same car getting a call from a relative living far away who needs immediate help. Suddenly, the driver’s eyes become riveted on the most important indicator on the dashboard: the estimated number of kilometers that the car can go on the remaining battery charge. Will he make it to his relative’s house? Even if he does, will he find a charging station so he can get back home?


There’s a name for this modern misgiving: range anxiety, a new form of disquiet experienced by drivers of all-electric cars. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can be driven on the highway for only about 120 kilometers on a single charge, and fully charging up its batteries takes 8 hours or more.


But maybe there’s a way to relieve this fear forever and make drivers’ lives much easier as well. If we embed transmitting coils in roadways, electric cars carrying receiving coils could charge themselves as they zoom down the road. An e-car owner would never have to search for a charging station or plug in the car. That is the goal of our research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), in Daejeon, which has developed what we call the on-line electric vehicle (OLEV) system.

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Researchers around the world have begun applying this principle over the past decade. In 2007, MIT professors caught the world’s attention by powering a lightbulb suspended in space, 2 meters away from the transmitting coil. Those researchers went on to found a Massachusetts start-up, WiTricity Corp., which is working with several auto companies on wireless charging stations for household garages. Quebec’s Bombardier is developing its Primove system in Europe to transmit power to public buses and trams. 

Here's a video of the Seoul City Park Tram:




Witricity's work isn't nearly so ambitious, but...still amazing.  Maybe they are trying to capitalize small, then build from there:



Found this article about my home state, South Carolina.
At least two universities are testing or preparing to test wireless charging stations embedded along roadways that will incrementally recharge vehicles as they drive over them.

Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) in Greenville, S.C., has been testing stationary wireless vehicle charging and is now preparing to test mobile wireless recharging for vehicles.

Clemson's R&D project is backed in part by a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and is in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Toyota, Cisco and other companies.

The university's stationary wireless charging technology uses magnetic resonance to create a field between a ground charging coil and a copper coil embedded in a vehicle through which electricity can pass. Key to the technology is the Wi-Fi communications system, created by researchers at Oak Ridge that allows the ground and vehicle charging systems to talk to one another.



CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE GONE WILD: Federal Court Rules Fourth Amendment Does Not Apply To Police Scanning Credit Cards

I just read about this the other day and I am absolutely outraged by this.  Picture this:  You're on your way home from visiting grandma's house.  It was a great time.  Granny gave you several Visa gift cards "for the grand kids". You've been entrusted with them to give them all out as you see them.  All you can do is keep picturing the smiles on all the kids' faces and how appreciative everyone is for the $100 gift cards.

You get stopped by a policeman for speeding.  He starts asking about weapons in the car.  You tell him there are none.

Then he asks about money.  You tell him you have $100 on your person, but then you make the horrible mistake of telling him about the Visa gift cards that Granny bought at Walmart.

The policeman asks to see them.  As you are rifling through the stuff in the back seat, he steps away to get something from his car.  He comes back with something that looks like the things you swipe your card through at the restaurant.  You show him the cards.  He takes them and starts swiping them through his machine.

"Sir, this totals to about $1,000."  You look at him and say "uh....yeah.  That's $100 per card.  Ten cards, one for each grandkid."

Without hesitating the cop says "Well I think this is money is being used to purchase drugs, therefore illegal."  He starts swiping the cards through his machine one at a time while saying "I'll give you the cards back, but I am now taking possession of the money. You can show up at this address to protest if you would like. Here are your cards.  Have a nice day."

And you are left reeling.  Did....did he just do what I just thought he did?  The money is NO WHERE IN THE CAR.  But he reached THROUGH THE CAR and THROUGH a physical piece of plastic AND SWIPED YOUR MONEY.   Yes, the long of the "law" is now much much longer than even you thought it could be.

The nightmare that you and I thought could not get worse, just jumped the shark and got 1,000 time worse.  The police can now stop you anywhere, anytime and easily take ALL OF YOUR MONEY no matter where in the USA it's located.

Pray tell:  WHERE IS THE DUE PROCESS???

We. Are. Fucked.

Nucor Looking to Step Up Foreign Steel Expansion in Automotive

Nucor is one of those American Stories that deserves telling.  I always refer people to the great book American Steel: Hot Metal Men and the Resurrection of the Rust Belt by Richard Preston. Preston does a great job describing the roots of company.  He also details the company's efforts to implement the latest German technology of a continuous rolling mill.  I was so impressed I bought stock in the company.  (I don't own any at the present).

So, it doesn't surprise me to find out that Nucor is expanding outside our borders.
Nucor Corp. is looking to supply more metal products to carmakers outside the U.S. as the country’s biggest steelmaker anticipates a cooling domestic auto market.

“There’s no rule at Nucor that says we have to keep making what we’re making and we have to keep making it where we’re making it,” CEO John Ferriola said in an interview this week in New York.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker recycles scrap in relatively small electric furnaces nicknamed mini mills. Until recently, that process has not been able to create the blemish-free flexible steel used by automakers for external car parts.

But Nucor has replaced some scrap with a type of iron refined with natural gas and removed contaminants from steel made from scrap, enabling it to compete in the market that’s been dominated by integrated steelmakers like U.S. Steel Corp. that start with iron ore and coke made from coal.

Last week, Nucor unveiled a $270 million joint venture with Japan’s JFE Holdings Inc. to produce steel for carmakers at a plant in Mexico.
Personally, I'd like to see Nucor stay and take advantage of our cheap natural gas.

Looting and unrest continue roiling Venezuela as shortages persist and protesters demand food

I've back off with a lot of what is going on in Venezuela. It gets to the point, the situation is so bad, so dire the situation becomes exploitive.  And it grieves my heart to see what is occurring.


Venezuela, where anger over food shortages is still mounting, continued to be roiled this week by angry protests and break-ins of grocery stores and businesses that have left five dead, at least 30 injured and 200 arrested, according to various news reports.

The latest fatality came from the southwest city of Merida, where 17-year-old Jean Paul Omana died Wednesday after being shot Tuesday during a disturbance amid looting.

Widespread violence has been reported there, as well as an attack by protesters on the headquarters of President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV.

As consumers grow increasingly frustrated with ongoing food scarcities and lengthening lines outside stores, protests are turning more violent. A Social media reported protests on Wednesday in the Los Teques, Los Altos Mirandinos and Santa Teresa del Tuy suburbs of Caracas, the capital.
Here is a youtube video showing some of the recent problems getting food in Venezuela:

Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

This means the Leftist idiots finally believe that nuclear fission is their Savior.  OK.  I don't care.  The result is the same,  More nuclear power.
With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change.

Billionaire investors sense it, and they’re always the first to anticipate change and take advantage of the rally before it becomes a reality. The turning point is where all the money is made, and there are plenty of indications that the uranium recovery is already underway.

It’s been a very tough few years for uranium. But it now looks like we’ve reached the bottom, and the future demand equation says there’s nowhere to go but up—significantly up.

Uranium analyst David Talbot of Dundee Capital Markets is forecasting 6 percent compound annual demand growth through 2020, which is enough, he says, to “kick-start” uranium prices up to and beyond 2007 levels. Morningstar analyst David Wang predicts prices will double within the next two years.