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Smithsonian Magazine
Sarah Kuta
January 22, 2024

Billions of cicadas from two different broods will emerge this spring in a rare, buzzy natural phenomenon that hasn’t happened since 1803.

The insects belong to two distinct populations of periodical cicadas: one that surfaces from underground every 13 years and another that emerges every 17 years. The last time these specific groups—called Brood XIII and Brood XIX, respectively—lined up their cycles and appeared at the same time, Thomas Jefferson was president, reports NBC News’ Denise Chow.

Though some cicadas surface every year, periodical cicadas spend most of their lives underground before emerging en masse every 13 or 17 years to mate and start the cycle over again.

Any pair of broods may occasionally overlap and emerge in the same year. But these specific groups—Brood XIII (also known as the Northern Illinois Brood) and Brood XIX (or the Great Southern Brood)—only appear simultaneously once every 221 years, making 2024 an especially exciting period for entomologists and bug aficionados alike.

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cicadas-are-coming-rare-dual-emergence-could-bring-one-trillion-of-the-bugs-this-year-180983635/
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I've got some news. I am not withholding my taxes from the IRS. I have just decided to place a pause on paying them, and that pause is still in place. Surely, the Biden administration will understand and take no action against me given this incredible new standard that has been set.

Priceless.
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I am getting bombed with Lake requests for money. 

She's crowing about the ad buy that her left-wing certified whack-job opponent is buying.

I want to write back and say....I ain't sending you a dime.  You brought this on yourself and I won't be paying for your stupidity.

Thank you so much for handing this seat over to a real loser.
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It's not 'climate change' that is killing off joshua trees.  It's 'climate change hysteria' that's doing it.
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Cutting down trees causes climate change.  Thanks a lot, libs.

Liberals like to showcase that less snow cover at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro shows that the planet heating up is melting all the snow (even though their own temperature data show average global temperatures have increased less than 2°F since the birth of Christ).  No, the reason there is less snow cover at the peak of Kilimanjaro is because there is less snow.  And there is less snow because of clear cutting of forest land nearby.

But then you're not going to be able to wield control over other people's lives here in America over something as simple as cutting down trees in Tanzania.  No, you need some bullshit story about how Americans using a gas stove is destroying the planet in Africa.  Liars.
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SMH. You do know with  20 degree rise in temps the continental  US would become a vast desert, water would dry up.

Pure unadulterated fear-mongering bullshit.  It's already 20 degrees warmer in Brazil.
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For the love of God, would all the luddites just wake up and accept that the only way to save the Earth is to destroy it? Who cares how many Raptors and other birds are slaughtered by wind turbines...(non sequitur) cats kill millions too(so who gives a crap if a few million more die) painting one blade black increases visibility...tell that to the thousands upon thousands of pollinators called bats slaughtered that fly at night and don't see the blades.

All this 'technology'/ Green energy we don't need because we have such an abundance of oil and natural gas available that has become cleaner every decade to produce electricity and power our transportation is just wet dreams of Gaia worshipers. Call me a luddite but there is some technology we just don't need, like wind turbines that are shut down because the wind is to high or there is no capacity in the grid for their generation, but while they do run they kill raptors, other birds, pollinators and oh yeah whales. Then we have solar, which is covering and eliminating from other use thousands of acres of desert(that recreational use was forbidden because nature) and an added benefit of these green solar farms is that some of them make wonderful incinerators for birds too! Why is it that when someone wants to develop areas in the California desert the Gaia worshiping greens always bitch and moan and find some plant, insect or animal to stop the project but they never give a damn about plants, insects or animals when it comes to solar?

Yup, when it comes to green bullshit you can call me a luddite and I'll wear the badge proudly.
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As stated before, this planet could produce a heck of a lot more food if global temperatures increased 20°.  Look at all the land in Greenland, Canada, and Russia that would now be available for farming.  The people who want a cooler planet are selfishly imposing their desires on a starving planet.

SMH. You do know with  20 degree rise in temps the continental  US would become a vast desert, water would dry up. Mass starvation around the world, food prices would skyrocket to record levels. There would be mass migration  from every country below the latitude of Canada to the far North or far South-South Pole

Major wars
Die off of most species on Earth. Oceans would be dead.
It would be hell on Earth, end of civilization as we know it

Are you  just trolling?
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Farmers report best-ever peach season after devastating losses last year

Abby Kousouris and Amanda Alvarado  |  May. 14, 2024 at 11:34 AM EDT



ATLANTA (WANF/Gray News) - Peach crops in Georgia are thriving after a deep freeze left many with devastating losses last year, according to farmers.

Jake Carter, a third-generation farmer and owner of Southern Belle Farm, began picking peaches on Monday. He said this crop is the best crop he’s ever seen.

“No matter where you go, whatever corner of the state that you enjoy getting your peaches from, they should have a great crop,” Carter said.

He said this year could be life-changing for some farmers who lost everything during a late deep freeze that destroyed the majority of the peach crop last year

“It’s really a shot in the arm. There are lots of great farms in the state of Georgia and everyone I know of has a tremendous crop,” Carter said.

Pam Knox, a researcher at the University of Georgia, studies the impact of climate change on crops. She said there was a time in March that it got close to freezing, but thankfully for farmers, it didn’t have much of an impact on their crops.

“The peaches were able to squeak by with not much damage.
All the peaches were left on the trees. There were so many peaches that a lot of producers had to go in and thin them. If you have too many peaches, they don’t grow very big, you know. They’re less marketable because we like those big juicy peaches,” Knox said.  .  .

https://www.fox19.com/2024/05/14/farmers-report-best-ever-peach-season-after-devastating-losses-last-year/



So last year, they had a deep freeze.  This year, they did not.  Looks like that deep freeze is responsible for killing off the peach harvest, not global warming climate change.

And this year?  Best crop ever.  So maybe 'climate change' does have an effect after all.  For the better.

Yes the freeze came later but the buds are not out normally at that time

https://www.gfb.org/test-blog/post/georgia-peach-crop-decimated-by-march-freeze

By Jay Stone, Georgia Farm Bureau

Georgia’s 2023 peach crop was reduced by as much as 98% after a March freeze followed a warmer-than-normal winter. The loss prompted a secretarial disaster declaration from the USDA.

The warm winter weather prompted peach trees to bloom early, leaving the buds exposed to freezing temperatures that occurred between March 11 and March 23.

Jeff Cook, Extension coordinator for Peach and Taylor counties, initially estimated 75% crop loss for commercial peach growers but increased that to 98% crop loss after continued monitoring showed more extensive damage across all varieties and across all peach-producing areas of Georgia.
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 US special operations leaders are having to do more with less and learning from the war in Ukraine
Story by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press •

FORT LIBERTY, N.C. (AP) — Forced to do more with less and learning from the war in Ukraine, U.S. special operations commanders are juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over the next five years.

 
The conflicting pressures are forcing a broader restructuring of the commando teams, which are often deployed for high-risk counterterrorism missions and other sensitive operations around the world. The changes under consideration are being influenced by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including lessons.

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A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School checks a compass while completing a land navigation course during Special Forces Assessment and Selection near Hoffman, N.C., May 7, 2019. U.S. special operations commanders are having to do more with less and they're learning from the war in Ukraine, That means juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over the next five years. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)
A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School checks a compass while completing a land navigation course during Special Forces Assessment and Selection near Hoffman, N.C., May 7, 2019. U.S. special operations commanders are having to do more with less and they're learning from the war in Ukraine, That means juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over the next five years. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)
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U.S. Army Special Operations Command, which bears the brunt of the personnel cuts, is eyeing plans to increase the size of its Green Beret teams — usually about 12 members — to bring in people with more specialized and technical abilities. One possibility would be the addition of computer software experts who could reprogram drones or other technical equipment on the fly.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-special-operations-leaders-are-having-to-do-more-with-less-and-learning-from-the-war-in-ukraine/ar-BB1md8Mi?ocid=BingNewsSerp
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