The Ghosts of Kamaoa

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19 Responses to The Ghosts of Kamaoa

  1. catweazle666 says:

    Brilliant, Fen.

    Perhaps your best yet!

  2. Ozboy says:

    Love the broomstick zombies and the ranga witch. JD is visiting at an interesting time.

  3. Andrew MCKILLOP says:

    This is brilliant. You people have to try undersanding what the IEA says – just as one example

    An awful lot worse than just dyslexic !

    Andrew McKillop

  4. Kitler says:

    Excellent as usual Fen….

  5. orkneylad says:

    “It has now weakened our resolve, it has only strengthened out ambition.”
    Jesus wept!

    Fen, great work. 🙂

  6. tallbloke says:

    Pherkin Phentasmogore-ic!
    Keep it up Fen,

    They don’t like it up ’em Mr Mannering!

  7. Harriet Harridan says:

    Superb work Fen!

  8. mikemUK says:

    I particularly admire the ‘Gizzard of Oz’ title – hope Jo Nova catches on to it!
    Great stuff.

  9. ozspeaksup says:

    fun, sharing, also like the Gizzard line.
    shes buzzard bait right now:-)

  10. Keith Battye says:

    Ooh . . you are such a caution.


  11. G. Combs says:

    “Cut CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050???

    What do they plan to do wipe out 75% of the population to do it?

    In the USA even if you reduced the energy use per capita to the level in 1800 you would still be DOUBLE that target ~ PER CAPITA. The population in the USA was 248,709,873 in 1990 vs 307,745,538 ~ 2010 and given illegal immigration who knows what it will be in 2050 so the actual target given population growth will be MORE than a 80% per capita reduction. (I am American and have not looked at the UK figures. The figures are probably worse since the USA in 1790 was 90% self sufficient farmers with very little industry unlike the UK where the first industrial revolution started in the mid 1700’s.)

    Since the UK has nixed nuclear you do not have a chance in Hades of meeting that ridiculous target ever, much less by 2050. (Note most of these politicians will be dead or at least retired to a nice private island with armed guards by then.)

    What no one ever mentions is civilization is built on energy.

    For most of history that energy was from slaves and animals. Only with the advent of machinery did abolishing slavery actually become a viable economic alternative. Get rid of dependable energy and the labor saving machines it powers and you have to substitute human and animal energy. Unfortunately this means a sharp reduction in food production, population and miserable living conditions for all but the select few.

    It only takes a day trying to clear brush from land with loppers and a buck saw to really appreciate a tractor or bulldozer and the harsh reality of what labor saving devices really are all about.

    Here is one (greenie) paper on energy use (It under estimates the pre-industrial ag era energy use drastically)

    The above paper has Advanced Agricultural Man as 26,000 Kcal per capita (1850’s) and the technological man of 1970 in the U.S. consuming approximately 230,000 Kcal of energy per day. ~ 8.8 times as much energy consumed) Other sources have the per capita use for the USA as 333.8 million BTUs per person in 2006 before the economy crashed:

    The U.S. in 1800 had a per-capita energy consumption of about 90 million Btu.

    This is only 3.7 times as much energy consumed NOT 8.8 times If you are talking GREEN you can not use the much lower energy demand in the UK “.. at about 26 million BTU per capita in 1800, and again most of this would have been for heating and cooking. [because] The energy was largely from coal…” Coal stoves in the UK were much more efficient that US wood burning and the climate is also milder.

    This “Advanced Agricultural Man” of the greenies is when people were using 250-300 labor-hours to produce 100 bushels of wheat from 5 acres of land with walking plow, brush harrow, hand broadcast of seed, and a sickle, and flail for harvesting by hand. It was not until the 1830’s that you had the reaper, threshing machine, and iron faced interchangable plow invented and the 1940s was when they were manufactured in factories. Once you have factories that energy consumption of is going to increase. The change from hand power to horse power (the first American agricultural revolution) was not until the 1860s when methods of attaching animals to factory made farm machinery was developed.

    For comparison in 1987 it only took 3 labor-hours to produce 100 bushels of wheat from 3 acres of land (Ain’t CO2 fertilization great) with tractors, 35-foot sweep disk, 30-foot drill, and a 25-foot self-propelled combine. By 1970 one American farmer was supplying over 75 people with food compared to the subsistence level farming in 1790 to 1800.

    I really do not think the reality of what they are advocating has penetrated the minds of most city dwelling greens. A year on a unmechanized farm in the wilds of Wyoming would do most of these people a world of good… if they managed to survive.

  12. G. Combs says:

    It was not until the 1830â€ēs that you had the reaper, threshing machine, and iron faced interchangable plow invented and the 1940s was when they were manufactured in factories.
    Is actually
    It was not until the 1830â€ēs that you had the reaper, threshing machine, and iron faced interchangable plow invented and the 1840s was when they were manufactured in factories.

  13. SandyInDerby says:

    G. Combs says:
    May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Or growing up on an isolated farm without electricity, gas or mains water in rural north Perthshire, Scotland during a period of cool climate. They’d soon be dead or running back to civilisation. But we’re talking about people, in the UK at least, who don’t know that milk comes from a cow or potatoes out of the ground, they magically appear in Walmart.

  14. Alexander K says:

    Absolutely bloody brilliant, both the drawing and the concepts.

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