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World War 3 Predictions Is This The End For America

What are the top World War 3 predictions andscenarios in today's world that is facing economic collapse in many countries, the threatof ISIS, a rogue anticonstitutionalist American President in Barack Hussein Obama and VladimirPutin wanting to bring back the old Mother Russiaé Why don't we have an honest discussionabout that. Can weé The many conflicts in the world today in Ukraine,the Middle East including Israel, Africa and other parts of the globe, coupled with racialtension and a financial outlook that points to economic collapse of many nations includingGreece, Russia and the United States coming soon sets a world war 3 scenario that lookseerily similar to what happened leading up

to World War 1. With the world in chaos at the beginning of1914, on June 28 of that same year, a Serbian nationalist kills both AustroHungarian ArchdukeFranz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie and one month later AustriaHungary declares war onSerbia and for the rest of 1914 the world spirals out of control with one country afteranother declaring war on either Germany or AustriaHungary. So, what could be the catalyst or kindlingthat brings about such a worldwide conflict and plunges the world into total waré Leadingup to WW I it was an assassination that lead

to that eventual massive conflict. Could thesame thing happen todayé And what role will a weakened America play at the hands of anineffective and weak leader that has an abysmal foreign policy and zero military experienceéAnd honestly, who's side is President Obama really oné What if Russian President Vladimir Putin wereto have the Ukrainian president knocked off like he may have had a hand in oppositionleader Boris Nemtsov's demiseé Would the world look at that and say enough is enough andtake sidesé Or what could happen if militant terroristssuch as ISIS acquire a nuclear weaponé But

who is ISIS really. Did we not create themby meddling in the Middle East. And what is the point of having a global World War 3é What does a World War doé In its most basicform, it changes the world. What did World War 1 doé In was the end of the age of empires.It was the end of the AustroHungarian empire and more importantly it was the end of theOttoman Empire which had lasted for more than 6 centuries. World War 2 was to bring Germany to powerto control all of Europe and Japan to control the Pacific region. Fortunately, both of thoseobjectives failed, but it still changed Europe,

ushering in the European Union and guess whocontrols that, Germany. And what would a World War 3 doé It wouldfinally usher in a global government under the pretense that we can't go on fightingwars like this any longer, that is after it kills probably half the world's population.It would be dark, it would be nuclear and it would be devastating. And it's all aboutpower. When the world is in turmoil as it is now,it turned to world war twice in the past. Will it completely destroy the planeté Probablynot. Will it usher in global government. Probably. Will you be able to do anything about itéProbably not. You may however be able to stock

up on some foodstuffs if you are in a remotepart of your own country where invading armies are not all that concerned about controlling,but eventually, there will be almost nothing you can do. That is one of the predictions of World War3.

The Science of Good Taste Geology Wine and Food

Larry Meinert: Since this is going to be ascience talk, let's start with a little thought experiment.Imagine two vineyards right next to each other. One, over hundreds of years, has producedacclaimed wine that everybody loves, and sells for ridiculous prices, hundreds of dollarsa bottle. Then you crawl over a fence to the vineyard right next to it. Might be ownedby the same person, maybe growing the same grapes. Everything's identical the same sun,same rain, same wind except this produces really mediocre wine that sells to the localcafé for 50 cents a liter. Here's the scientific question: Whyé So Ispend a fair bit of time working on this question.

Yes indeed, it does require laboratory experienceto evaluate this properly. We tried to have a lab part of tonight's lecture, but apparentlythat's not so easy to do in a federal facility, so you'll have to go home and do the laboratorypart as a self study tonight after the lecture. So I'm going to be addressing this questionof quot;whyéquot; There's actually a technical name for that called quot;terroir,quot; which is a Frenchword that's kind of hard to translate. (Silence)banging sounds Audience Member: indecipherable 01:51Larry: So while they're trying to figure that out, let me continue the explanation. quot;Terroirquot;is a French word that refers to all of the

factors that affect the growing characteristicsof grapes. The simplest list of all the things we look at: climate, soil, geology, culture, all the thingsthat influence the quality of wine. And what makes this really different fromnormal food and gardeningé Do we have anybody here who has a garden, who likes to gardenéSo if you're growing anything tomatoes, cantaloupe, corn you are probably going to get very richsoil and water and just baby those plants and try to get them to be as big and as lusciousas possible. Grapes for wine production are almost exactly the opposite.Left to their own devices, the grapes will overproduce. They'll produce really largegrapes if they have unlimited access to water

and nutrients. And they'll be just like thosestrawberries that you buy at your local supermarket. They're big, they're luscious, they look great.They just lack one characteristic, that thing called taste. So if you bought those big strawberries,you always bring them home. I fall for it every time, especially after a nice, longwinter. I see those luscious strawberries. I go, quot;Wow! Those look so good!quot; I bring themhome, and I taste them. There's just no taste there.The same thing will happen with grapes. And for making fine wine, you really want to getthe intense flavors. And to do that, you need to restrict the vigor of the vines. So thetake home message about terroir is that all

of the work we do about siting vineyards andbabying these plants into making a wonderful wine is controlling this natural vigor.And if you're growing the grapes in a climate, on soils, bedrock and any of the other characteristicsI'm going to describe that naturally help reduce that vigor, then nature is acting asyour friend instead of fighting you. So that's a very simple explanation of what we're goingto look at. I'm going to illustrate this by looking atwines produced in three different parts of the world Washington state, California, andtwo regions in France Bordeaux and Burgundy. Starting with Washington, we'll look at fourfactors.

If you look at this list, you'll say, quot;OK.Climateé I get that. Soilsé That makes sense. Volcanoes and glaciersé I don't see any volcanoesand glaciers in my wine.quot; And so I have to explain why this is so important, why it directlyrelates to the quality of the wine. Let's start at the top with climate. On theleft is how the world views the climate of Washington state. If you think about Seattleor the Olympic rainforest, that is indeed what it looks like. But on the right is whatit's actually like where the grapes are grown, where the vineyards are situated.And the reason for that huge difference between those two images or parts of the state ofWashington is easily visible on this map if

Sustainable Winery Temecula California

This area right here, that we call the quot;tank yard,quot;while not being the prettiest parts of the winery, it is definitely one of the most importantbecause next to harvesting the vineyard, this is pretty much where all the magic takes place.Back here. This is where we make our wines. It always raises a lot of questions.like,'if you guys are so sustainable, what are your tanks doing outsideéquot; But what makesthis really unique is that this is one of the reasons that we are the only certifiedwineries out here because of our sustainable practices.is that every one of these tanksis individually climate controlled, every aspect of the refridgeration connected withthese tanks is all jacketed and sleeves. When

it is 104 Degrees out here, it is still goingto be 44 in here, and this tank is not working any harder than it would be if it was in anice, air conditioned building, another building that you'd have to have and there'd be maintenanceinvolved in that. We actually do not have a bottling facility here. We actually usea company that will pull up on the lot. That truck right back there, a bit trailer. Thistruck will actually hook up to our tanks and using this particular method for bottlingkeeps us from having to build a facility in keeping with our efforts to be sustainableand in order to reduce our environmental footprint. When the winery was built in 2003, there werea lot of things that right off of the bat

were sustainable. You'll notice over herethis trellis, with all these wooden slats, they're actually repurposed slats from thevine. Instead of throwing away all of that wood, what they did is they actually builtthis beautiful trellis that you can see here. Another thing that they do is any time theycut down any vines, they actually save that as fire wood and use it in the restaurant.sowhen you get your woodfired pizza in the restaurant, it's actually grape wood fired pizza thatyou are being served. What we do now is that on the back of everyone of our bottles that we have here at Ponte there's a little note at the bottom that says'return your bottle to the winery' and then

you will get a voucher which is good for onedollar off on your next subsequent purchase of wine here at the winery. We also recycleour corks. Another thing that we have done is the changing of the actual boxes that weuse for our wine club shipments. Our boxes used to be this beautiful whitecolor, with the big print on them. but we realized that that is actually not sustainablebecause you're bleaching those boxes first and then you're applying color to them sowe decided to change the way that we do it. and now all of our boxes are the plain, craftcolor and then we print the color on the side of it as well. Same thing with our bags. Wedon't have the high gloss bags anymore. We

changed that. And that's just printed on theactual paper itself. And any time we ship any merchandise, or anything that uses extrapackaging, we use these peanuts that are actually biodegradable. You add a little water to them,and put them in your garden, and they're going to be compostable. So, they're going to goright back into your garden which is highly sustainable.

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