US Crop Failures 2019

USA - According to John Newton, the chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, we have never faced “anything like this since I’ve been working in agriculture”. We are truly in unprecedented territory already, and it won’t take very much at all to turn 2019 into a complete and utter national catastrophe.

Strikes on Iran: Approval was withdrawn

USA - A US official said the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the targets would have included radars and missile batteries. The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had approved the strikes, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials. The White House on Thursday night declined requests for information about whether Trump changed his mind. According to the official who spoke to the AP, the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials. It was unclear how far the preparations had gone, but no shots were fired or missiles launched.

Indonesia earthquake

INDONESIA - Indonesia has been hit by a series of earthquakes within hours of each other, the strongest registering a massive 7.5 on the Richter scale, according to reports. Before that tremor, a 7.5 quake hit the islands registering a depth of 129 miles (208km) although no tsunami warning was put in place the tremors were felt in the Australian city of Darwin. Offices and high rise buildings in the city were evacuated. An eye witness told EMSC said: "It was so strong, everyone panicked and ran through the emergency exit stairs. I was on the eighth floor." Another said: "It lasted over a minute, long shaking that became more intense as time went on."

17 earthquakes strike Indonesia, Chile and USA

UK - A spate of powerful earthquakes have rocked the world, including Indonesia, Chile and USA, sparking fears of an impending megaquake, dubbed the Big One. Indonesia is not alone in experiencing earthquakes in the last 24 hours. A magnitude-4.6 quake caused significant damage to the Chilean cry of Carahue, as its epicentre was relatively shallow – only 15 miles (24km) from the surface. A couple of quakes were also felt on the US West Coast’s San Andreas fault line. There was a magnitude-3.9 quake close to Petrol and a magnitude-2.6 earthquake near Parkland, California. The Big One is a hypothetical earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater that is expected to happen along the San Andreas Fault. Such an earthquake will produce devastation to human civilisation within about 50-100 miles of the quake zone, especially in urban areas like Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You

USA - The tech entrepreneur Ross McNutt wants to spend three years recording outdoor human movements in a major US city, KMOX news radio reports. McNutt’s technology is straightforward: A fixed-wing plane outfitted with high-resolution video cameras circles for hours on end, recording everything in large swaths of a city. One can later “rewind” the footage, zoom in anywhere, and see exactly where a person came from before or went after perpetrating a robbery or drive-by shooting … or visiting an AA meeting, a psychiatrist’s office, a gun store, an abortion provider, a battered-women’s shelter, or an HIV clinic. On the day of a protest, participants could be tracked back to their homes. “If a camera that watches a whole city is smart enough to track and understand every target simultaneously,” he writes, “it really can be said to be all-seeing.”

Europe braces for summer scorcher

EUROPE - Temperatures were climbing on Sunday as Europe braced for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa. Europeans are set to bake in what forecasters are warning will likely be record-breaking temperatures for June with the mercury set to peak mid-week. Hot and humid nights can be expected, officials say, with many issuing guidelines for surviving the scorcher, and local authorities and hospitals on high alert for a surge in cases of dehydration, heat-stroke and other weather-related conditions. They are also warning that the extreme heat could bring on violent storms.

'Negligible’ Acceleration Of Sea Level Rise

USA - World’s 76 Best Tide Gauges Show ‘Negligible’ Acceleration Of Sea Level Rise. A new scientific paper affirms “all the long-term-trend (LTT) tide gauges of the world consistently show a negligible acceleration since the time they started recording in the late 1800s/early 1900s” and there is “no sign of climate models' predicted sharply warming and accelerating sea level rise.” An accurate determination of sea level rise acceleration trends requires at least 100 years of data due to the natural (60- to 80-year) oscillations that could bias the results depending on the start and end dates. There are 88 world tide gauges with a record length of at least 100 years in the database. Of those, 76 have no data quality issues.

Donald Trump puts US bombers on 72-hour attack standby

USA - The US has issued a shock ban on flights over Iranian airspace amid concerns that the military strikes Trump cancelled last night could go ahead in the next 72 hours. However, the threat of all-out war is not over yet with reports that a US missile-launching cruiser has been put on 72-hour standby to attack Iran. A Pentagon official confirmed the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf has been mobilized for a possible strike. The 72-hour standby alert suggests that a military strike could still take place in the next few days.

Germany's conservatives and the far-right AfD

GERMANY - Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is continuing its divided approach to the threat from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). As elections approach in three eastern German states in September and October, a pattern has begun to emerge: While the federal party leadership condemns the AfD, local politicians flirt cautiously with the right-wing populists. The clash came into focus on Thursday, when Ulrich Thomas and Lars-Jörn Zimmer, two CDU deputy parliamentary leaders in Saxony-Anhalt, produced an eight-page internal memo arguing that CDU voters and AfD voters actually had similar goals. The CDU had failed, they wrote, to properly counter the "multicultural currents of leftist parties and groups." "We must succeed in reconciling the social with the national once again," the two politicians wrote. They also said a CDU coalition with the AfD at some point in the future should not be ruled out.

Texas' Hispanic population growth continues

USA - The gap between Texas’ Hispanic and white populations continued to narrow last year when the state gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident. With Hispanics expected to become the largest population group in Texas as soon as 2022, new population estimates released Thursday by the US Census Bureau showed the Hispanic population climbed to nearly 11.4 million — an annual gain of 214,736 through July 2018 and an increase of 1.9 million since 2010. Soon to become a plurality, the Hispanic population in Texas has grown massively since 2010. Meanwhile, the white population is barely staying ahead of the Asian population in growth.

Americans and processed meats

USA - Ham, luncheon meat, sausage and bacon have been linked to cancer, obesity and heart disease, but Americans still can’t kick their processed meat habit. Although American adults are eating less red meat than they did 18 years ago, processed meat consumption has remained the same — accounting for one quarter of all red meat and poultry eaten in the United States every year, according to a study published Friday in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Yet even for bacon-lovers who know it’s bad, its appeal is strong. “Processed meat is cheap, convenient, it’s everywhere and everybody loves the way this stuff tastes,” said Marion Nestle, a professor emerita of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University.

6 Quakes Hit Cascadia Subduction Zone off Oregon

USA - Six earthquakes have struck in the dangerous Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) off the coast of Oregon, and THREE of those quakes were higher than Magnitude 5.0. "The Big One" might be coming soon! This earthquake fault system is considered to be "the most dangerous in the world" because its location and the type of earthquakes this system can create, in relation to its location near heavily populated areas, means it can generate devastating earthquakes which could kill tens of thousands and destroy entire cities. Making the system even worse is its location in the ocean. A Mega-Thrust earthquake from this system (the type of quake that subduction zones typically cause) would generate a TSUNAMI WAVE that would move at 600 MPH into the US West Coast, obliterating almost everything west of Interstate 5. This quake swarm - at these magnitudes - is unprecedented.

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