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    “Drought is becoming a fixture in the parched landscape, due to a drying trend of the Mediterranean and Middle East region fueled by global warming. The last major drought in this region (2006-2010) finished only a few years ago. When taken in combination with other complex drivers, increasing temperatures and drying of agricultural land is widely seen as assisting in the destabilization of Syria under the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Before civil war broke out there, farmers abandoned their desiccated fields and flooded the cities with protests. A series of U.N. reports released earlier this year found that global warming is already destabilizing nation states around the world, and Syria has been no exception.”

    Scotland still pretty wet, but water is the new Oil.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Something funny is going on with the fast, special operations attack submarine, the USS Connecticut.

    Its Executive Officer Lt. Commander Brett Sterneckert was removed from command in March just when a dramatic drop in opposition to Scottish independence was recorded – what indicated that the Yes vote would win in September if it even continued at a slower rate of change.

    Sterneckert was relieved because of some loss of confidence in the long-time veteran which the NCIS is investigating, and seems to be the misuse of secret information.

    And the USS Connecticut is like the other Sea Wolf class subs, like the USS Jimmy Carter, and could trigger an earthquake which would result in a volcanic eruption, like at Helka where one is also expected. It also has the ability to go under the Arctic Icepack from its base in Bremerton, Washington.

    Reminds me of the trouble the CNO had with the Carter’s crew before it made its unprecedented voyage to the South Pacific from New London in the fall of 2004.

  • Tony M

    I don’t think that is correct entirely Jake, the Antonine Wall was built much earlier, and was insubstantial, but did have the advantage that it straddled the narrowest part of the country, and used the rivers Clyde and Forth as part of its defensive line, this was then abandoned incomplete, a cheap effort being not much more than a rampart of turf-topped earth in large part. Retreating south they later began Hadrian’s Wall, which again though more substantial was never fully complete, before the entire Roman Empire itself was in retreat and falling. It certainly was porous and exchanges of people and goods took place quite freely, taxing the through trade with negligible duties. I doubt the Borderers on either side, and bear in mind Hadrian’s wall is a few miles south of the present day border were ever intrinsically querulous, it’s probable Roman influence and presence, trade and the whole civilian economy that taps into a military presence and a great construction project, increased the overall population along the fortifications and at the same time stressed resources of food and land, cattle, housing and so on. Which lead to conflict, competition for these resources, conflict as often internecine as cross border and which broke out sporadically through the centuries until it became just a few warring landowner families and those serfs who ‘owed’ them service, private armies and generations of reciprocal acts of tit-for-tat revenge, the original cause of the enmities long lost in time, until many were removed, many known belligerents amongst them, with offers of land etc. in Northern Ireland and emigration to the New World, which effectively pacified the border, largely by reduction of pressures on local resources and straightforward depopulation. Funny about the Liberal and Tory thing though, but they’re not half as contrary as Dumfries and Galloway who have the only living Scotch Tory MP in Chapelcross.

  • Kempe

    Work on Hadrian’s Wall was started around 120 and completed in six years. In 142 the emperor Antoninus pushed the border north and built the Antonine Wall. Hadrian’s Wall was abandoned and for 20 years the Antonine Wall was the northern boundary of the empire until that too was abandoned and Hadrian’s Wall re-occupied. It remained garrisoned until the Romans left in 410.

  • Tony M

    You may be correct Kempe, the chronology I recalled, which must be faulty, had the Antonine Wall built earlier then abandoned; 20 years between them is not so much and there must have more or less been parallel construction efforts, Hadrian’s wall was forever work-in-progress. It seems inconsistent that the less substantial Antonine Wall could take a claimed twelve years to build, whilst the far longer and more elaborate and laboured Hadrian’s Wall apparently took only six; no doubt even contemporaneous Imperial historians got their walls mixed up at times. The Antonine Wall being more or less abandoned entirely from 162AD till 208AD, and then re-fortified, it follows there were retreats back to Hadrian’s Wall as well as returns to the Antonine line again. When the Antonine Wall was the true frontier, briefly from its completion in 154AD till its 162AD abandonment, Hadrian’s Wall would have been less substantial than it later became, with Hadrian’s Wall undergoing major reconstructions into its final form up until about 200AD.

    My earlier reply to Jake was more intended to address the brutal slight made in jest about the Border family clans, and understand just why the Borders were for a time so fractious, rather than pin down exactly events almost two millenia ago, about which much of the record is guesswork and relies on historical documents and records or later rewrites of them, hagiographies and so on, which rather like the popular press of today were imperfect.
    An interesting diversion however, but of no great relevance to our world today.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    I kind of agree with CanSpeccy, though immigration has been going on for many thousands of years, since even before we worked out how to build boats. They only let my family in around 500 years ago, cos we were good at fishing, and I guess we were polite, even though we didn’t speak a word of English. I guess we must have really annoyed the French….

    Avez-vous faim … voulez-vous certains de nos poissons?

  • Tony_0pmoc

    Trowbridge H. Ford,

    I understand the graphometer signature of an earthquake, is completely different from a nuclear explosion…and some people who really do know about these things…used to post information about this…on the internet…and you could find it if you knew how to use a search engine…

    These things seem to follow my family around…My niece got a really big one in Japan…then she moved to the USA…and decided she had to come back to Europe with her East German Husband…because The US Government was mad…and it was rubbing off…

    Personally…I said don’t be bloody silly…you only had a Tsunami…at Christmas…you are entirely unlikely to get another one at Easter…so I said goodnight..and went back to sleep…They woke us up again…I said well what do you want me to do…climb up a coconut tree…I still didn’t believe it…until got home..and their really had been a massive undersea earthquake…enormous on the richter scale…but it didn’t set off a 3 months before.



    In other news…….

    I’ve posted on the pelican problem wrt to chicks this year, now it’s seal pups.

    Emaciation is also a symptom of radiation poisoning. A friend in Maui says, in spite of the apparent overreaction from some quarters, we’re not reacting enough.

    Chronic exposure to even low levels increase birth defects. Background radiation added to human made has no good purpose.

    “The rate of babies being born without a brain in our part of the state is eight times the national average – 23 cases in just three years.”–259335091.html

  • Mary

    Thanks for those links Ben. Bad news eh? I will ask a medical friend for thoughts on the neural tube defects. One of my friends has a daughter with spina bifida.She had dozens of orthopaedic operations as a child and with a brilliant brain and now married, she leads a full life in her wheelchair.

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