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Melting Permafrost Releases Deadly, Long-Dormant Anthrax in Siberia


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Melting Permafrost Releases Deadly, Long-Dormant Anthrax in Siberia

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

A Russian heatwave has activated long-dormant anthrax bacteria in Siberia, sickening at least 13 people and killing one boy and more than 2,300 reindeer.

According to the Siberian Times on Monday:


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Oh ****.


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And the other party pays lip service while incrementalizing us into the abyss.


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Absolutely. Each half of the corporate duopoly party tells a different set of lies, so between them they capture, marginalize or alienate the entire voting population.

Conscious or not, it's all part of the imperial system. The 2 parties take turns; one sucks blood right from the neck while the other has to make do with an arm for a while, but they switch periodically; salesman [sic] of the month is a coveted position but the other salesmen [sic] do pretty damn well, too.

The very rich have built up the empire slowly for centuries, and recently at an accelerating pace, and finally captured virtually everything (the internet. likely very soon). But they do own corporations, media, government, and through all those they've come to dominate social memes and frames as well as the rules by which everything operates. The 1% has collected almost the whole increase in wealth since the latest economic collapse so their hold on everything is almost complete and their share of the world only gets closer to 100% as events (like elections) go on--it's not much of a hardship to be the one on the arm. Between the duopoly 2-step, all the revolving doors in government, and corporations giving to both parties almost equally (whoever they think is going to win usually gets more) even the party that's out is still in, and while it's impossible to say or understand what they're thinking on climate, (and it's probably many things, most unconscious) they've made it clear neither party is going to do what it takes to avoid it.


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It is interesting that all this anthropocentric discussion of the various signs of the consequences of climate disruption is only increasing understanding of what has gone wrong in this natural operation as the unintended consequence of industrialized civilization operations.There is virtually no recognition that it is an irreversible process and the most that can be done is to reduce the rate of greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate disruption down while adopting measures to adapt to the consequencs, such as sea level rise. Ironically, there is little discussion of the associated ocean acidification, probably because nothing can be done to stop what this is doing to the marine ecosystem.


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It took the blue-green algae around 2 billion years to poison our atmosphere with oxygen. Look at it this way; Homo sapiens has been selected by Mother Nature to turn the Earth back to its pristine state of a methane-CO2-nitrogen atmosphere.

We are the natural feed-back loop.


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I didn't know disease, etc could be unleashed in Siberia because of warming climate. How horrible and frightening. Will this give power pause? Not as long as power can figure out a way to profit on the death and misery of man and reindeer.


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Yes, there are numerous sound practical measures that can be and are being deployed but they are having insignificant impact for practical reasons. Liquid fuel for land, sea and air transport is one product of crude oil that will become very hard to replace in due course. Bio fuels can do no more than fill a niche role as their source energy density is so low.Denis Frith
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August 2

There are viable carbon sequestration options, that, if quickly brought into wide use might be able to return us to pre-industrial carbon levels. Biochar and Alan Savory's method of animal herding are the two most promising ones I have found in years of researching this.

Of course, stopping fossil fuels is also possible.

It's at least worth a try....



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What is lacking is understanding of physical operations. There are a number of ways of producing bio fuels but they are eco costly as they use weak solar energy income. Threre is no possibility that they can meet more than a small part of the current demand for jet fuel. The stark reality is that airliners (and other powered aircraft) and powered ships are doomed species. Willingness to survive demands understanding of physical realities.Denis Frith
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There is at least one company making biochar that has deceloped a process whereby a gasoline equivalent can be made during the process of making biochar. They estimate that they will be able to produce it for under $2/gallon, using feedstock like switchgrass or bamboo.

Again, there are solutions possible. All that is lacking is will. Willful blindness is not the same as will to survive.



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Anthrax is bad. The Spanish Flu, which spread around the world following the first World War is estimated to have killed between 20 and 50 million people, more than the war itself, is worse. The CDC has replicated the virus, which may have resulted in some immunity in descendants who survived the original pandemic, and there are a couple of drugs that may offer some protection. IRRC, the original virus was discovered in the body of a native woman in Alaska or northern Canada who had been buried, but when her body froze, the virus was frozen as well. There is no specific drug to eliminate the H1N1 Spanish Flu virus.


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And how many other potential pandemics can we expect with our current overpopulation and world government's stressed budgets due to our burgeoning corporatocracy?