From Russ, on his “Volatility” blog:
“Cuba’s “Special Period” has been the time since the collapse of the Soviet Union forced it upon the path of food self-sufficiency with minimal fossil fuel inputs.
Cuba had previously exported sugar and other products to the USSR in exchange for heavily subsidized oil (the USSR carried Cuba for political reasons). Cuba responded by adhering to the Stalinist/Green Revolution corporate agricultural model of commodified monoculture, its production maximized by heavy fossil fuel inputs.
Now the oil binge was over. There would be no more cash crop exports in return for oil and heavy machinery. Cuba had to figure out how to feed itself without oil or starve. Continue reading
This story — “Weather Warfare not Global Warming” — is excerpted from The Lyme Disease Sentinel blog, where it is credited to the EU Times which, if this were the cold war, we’d be calling a tool of communist propaganda. Still with food shortages looming with this year’s predicted lower harvests, a tough look at possible causes is timely:
Photo from Aug. 15, 2010 post on the "English Russia" blog,"Russia is still burning". The caption "Russia is still on fire! People still do not get any positive forecasts and can hope only for God."
“A new report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russia’s foreign military intelligence directorate (GRU) states that a former top United States Senator, Ted Stevens, was assassinated this week after he attempted to gather evidence “proving” that President Obama has unleashed America’s devastating “weather weapons” against the World. Continue reading