This week’s polar blast comes as no surprise, and completes the winter missive trinity: Te mauri o te whenua – haere, haere, haere.

Contrary to official opinion, it is foolish to see this snow event as ‘exceptional’: “To claim that record snowfall is inconsistent with a warming world betrays a lack of understanding of the link between global warming and extreme precipitation” – Does record snowfall disprove global warming? – John Cook, updated 9 July 2010 skepticalscience.com

Yet that was the line taken by MetService and TV3 – a “once in a lifetime, 50-year snow” experience seen. They simply fail to understand climate change, being Earth’s outrage against resource abuse by human beings: the natural mechanism for culling and depopulating us, through aqueous attack upon our terrestrial food production systems. There will be more. We need to adapt, FAST. Ref. Campbell Live, August 16, 2011.

This means, primarily, disempowering those who lord sheer ignorance above us and planet Earth – democratically. Take care when a random Malware virus hits MetService website stuff.co.nz 17/08/2011

As ChristChurch awaits spring ground-thaw and melt, Antarctica is already stirring:

South Sandwich Islands mag 5.6 quake, after Indonesia 5.8 - Palmer Station, Antarctica 170811

South Sandwich Islands mag 5.6 quake, after Indonesia 5.8 - Palmer Station, Antarctica 170811

Ref. Palmer Station, Antarctica USGS

South Sandwich Islands mag 5.6 quake, Palmer Station added - GIM 170811

South Sandwich Islands mag 5.6 quake, Palmer Station added - GIM 170811

Ref. quakes.globalincidentmap.com

Did scientists predict an impending ice age in the 1970s? “the cooling trend was most pronounced in northern land areas and.. global temperature trends were in fact relatively steady during the period prior to 1970” – John Russell, updated 19 August 2010 skepticalscience.com ; Data Shows All of Earth’s Systems in Rapid Decline “Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth’s life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use” ipsnews.net Canada 29Jul2011

Indonesia mag 5.8 quake ripple effect on NZ - GNS seismograph drums 160811d

Indonesia mag 5.8 quake ripple effect on NZ - GNS seismograph drums 160811d

Ref. geonet.org.nz/earthquake/drums

Indonesia mag 5.8 quake - GIM 170811

Indonesia mag 5.8 quake - GIM 170811

Australia plate flexes south-east  - NZ recent QuakesGNS 170811

Australia plate flexes south-east, NZ recent Quakes - GNS 170811

Be warned. Be active. Be prepared. – ROCparty.org

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