Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Fascist Government

Italian Fascist Flag

 According to most history books a Fascist government is a strong dictatorship that stresses nationalism and power. As the story goes, the country is considered more important than any one individual or group. A country under this kind of government is typically administered by a dictator, who has the right of total control over the government and people. Fascist leadership might also be similar to an oligarchy (wherein power is held by a small group of people) government, such as that in Italy during WW II, where the fascist party was ruled by its “grand council” but Benito Mussolini was considered the leader; he was  prime Minister from December 24, 1922 to July 25, 1943 ... Later, Mussolini became Duce (leader) of the Italian Fascist party on October 31, 1925 and maintained that position until July 25, 1943.

Fascism became popular in Europe before World War II because many people were afraid of communism and they thought that democracy was too weak to defend them.  It is opposed to socialism, democracy, parliamentary systems, most always anti-clerical (opposition to religious institutional power), and holds a distinctive opposition to capitalism.

The general assumption is that individuals / citizens who make-up the country are bound together by national identity, through personal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood-line ties.  To achieve this, fascist type governments purge / eradicate ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of corruption or the collapse of previous governments. In Short, Fascists promote the creation of an authoritarian single-party state and forbids or suppresses all opposition.

The name “Fascism” is a derivative of the old Roman Empire term “fasces”, which was the name for a group of sticks tied together. The reasoning behind the advent of the term is that “to break one stick is easy but to break many sticks that are tied together is hard”. In other words, Fascists think that everyone following the same leader makes the country strong the same way the sticks are made strong when tied into a bundle.

Fascism promotes political violence and war as actions that create national rejuvenation (renewal), spirit and strength. It views conflict as a simple fact of life that is responsible for human progress. It thinks of militarism as a source of positive transformation in society that provides spiritual renovation, education, and instilling of a will of dominance in the character of the people, while creating national comradeship through military service.

German Nazism and Italian Fascism were the two most significant fascist movements in Europe during the 1920s and 30s.  “The Iron Guard” was a fascist movement as well as a political party in Romania from 1927 to 1941 and was briefly in power from September 1940 until January 1941.        

Fascist political movements appeared in other European countries in the late 1920s and early 1930s but they did not gaining much political power. Some of these included Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Perhaps the ancient city-state of Sparta, Greece (emerged around the 10th century BC) is the foundation for all Fascist Governments. It was a military state, dedicated to war and violence.  There, the state was more important than the individual and a persons live was valuated by whether he or she would be of use to the state or not. The live of a strong, healthy child was dedicated to the state; unhealthy babies were left on mountains to die of starvation or to be eaten by wolves or they were simply thrown over a high cliff.

Parents in Sparta were responsible for taking care of their sons until the age of 7.  By age 18, males who survived the rigorous training and education were placed the military.  Healthy females were educated as well but did not receive military training.

Literacy was not considered very important, and there was little interest in music and literature. The only songs the children were allowed to sing were only those about war and violence. (The fascist education given to children beginning at age four by Mussolini and Hitler was very much the same).

This Spartan practice was taken as an example especially by Nazi Germany, where it was claimed, that the sickly had to be eliminated so as to insure a “healthy and superior race.”

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Atlantis Concept...

The “Northern Pillar of Hercules”  
Rock of Gibraltar

Man-kind has long been fascinated with the possibility of the existence of Atlantis, a lost and advanced civilization which lived thousands of years before The Golden Age of Greece.  Some say it was perhaps as culturally and technically advanced as any this planet has ever seen, even beyond today’s standards in more ways than one.

The Greek philosopher Plato gets the credit for making the first reference to Atlantis in “Timaeus and Critias”, where he also discusses political theories and philosophy in about 360 BC. Scholars have since debated the actual existence of such a “lost civilization” and reflected and theorized as to where it may have been located.

Over 11,000 years ago, as the legend goes, there was an island nation in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean populated by a noble and powerful race. Most Atlantis experts believe the civilization thrived from about 60,000 to 11,000 BC. The inhabitants of the island had great wealth thanks to an abundance of natural resources as well as being a center for trade and commerce. Its influence reached beyond Western Europe, Northern Africa, as well as North and South America.

Plato’s description of Atlantis depicts a pleasant island, a place where nature generously provided all manner of vegetation and animal life for the people who called themselves Atlanteans. The climate was favorable enough for two crops every year and because of all these things, Atlanteans were never in want or need of anything.

He described Atlantis as being located in front of the Pillars of Heracles, in the ocean which he called “Atlantic.”
There are a number of theories about the final destruction of Atlantis, some invoking massive floods, earthquakes, wars and even earth-crust displacement. Plato spoke of earthquakes and floods and a sinking of the island below the waves in a single night and day.
Edgar Cayce (1877 to 1945), the famed American psychic who was well known for his positive position in regard to Atlantis, described a civilization that was destroyed by the excessive use of explosives. He also “saw” in one of his visions, that before  its final destruction occurred, the Atlantean island was split into five massive sections by several enormous earthquakes.

Cayce also predicted that evidence of the lost continent of Atlantis would appear in the Bahamas in 1968 or 1969. As if on cue, in 1968, airplane pilots photographed structures that looked like buildings, walls and roads under the waters off of Bimini island which is located a little more than 50 miles (81 km) due east of Miami, Florida in the Bahaman region of the Atlantic Ocean.

A little additional information documented by Cayce’s psychic readings: the Atlanteans achieved an amazing level of technology before the continent sank, around 10,000 B.C. He noted that they invented the laser, the aircraft, had television, “death rays”, and possessed atomic energy; in fact, Casey was sure that it was the misuse of powerful natural forces they had developed that caused their ultimate demise.

It is generally believed by those who support the Atlantis concept that Western European, Northern African and both of the American continents interacted with each other during the days of Atlantis. This was originally thought because Plato described Atlantis as being in the Atlantic Ocean “opposite the Pillars of Hercules” (Gibraltar ... a British territory) and as having a string of islands leading to the “opposite continent” (which could only be the American Continents), thus making such interaction likely.

You may recall from a previous post concerning the “8th Continent” that it has been determined that Africa and South America were actually once united as one land mass, but that was about 20 million years ago, Plato was describing an era that was only 9,000 years before his time (360 BC) so by that late date only a series of islands (other than Atlantis) remained between the island of Atlantis and South America. Similarities between Western European, South and Central American, and North African archeological finds have long been apparent and only reinforce this fact.

It was determined in 1998 that Native American DNA is characteristic of people of ancient south-west Europe.  Plus traces of cocaine and tobacco was discovered in an Egyptian mummy in 1992, both of which are native  American narcotics. Now add these two more recent discoveries to the above referenced archeological similarities, and suddenly rocket science is not a necessity to see that Plato was not just making a political point with his references to Atlantis as some historians have claimed.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Is 616 “The Beast’s Mark”?

The number of the Beast as 616!

How many countries have beasts that represent their country? For example; Australia has the Kangaroo; America, the Bald Eagle, Russia, the Bear; and Iran has the Lion. According to most theologians the authors of the Bible used the same kind of symbolism;  especially in prophecy, wherein beasts are used to represent kingdoms. This is shown in the book of Daniel chapter 7: verse 17 and chapter 7: verse 23 wherein the text clearly identifies a “Beast” as a kingdom or a political power and does not mean something beastly with several heads, as some folks assume.

In the biblical text of Revelations, Chapter 13: Verse 16 says And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”; this should be interpreted or means that the described mark will be received on the forehead, which represents the mind, or alternatively on the hand, which means or represents the actions an individual takes throughout life.

In addition, Revelation 19:20, says He deceived them that had received the mark of the beast”; the point I’m making here is that some sort of deception must be used so as to convince the masses that this mark is the best way to go.

Often times it is suggested that this dreaded mark will be a physical implant such as a miniature biochip or perhaps a bar code stamped onto the appropriate location so as to allow our current computers to “scan” the symbol for confirmation.

The flaw in such traditional thinking is two fold: First. How could anyone with a brain be “tricked” or “deceived” into placing an unsightly bar code or an invasive biochip anywhere within or upon their body? Second. Nowhere in the biblical text have I found reference to anything that could pass for such advanced “scanning” technology.

Most theologians of the New King James Version of the Holy Bible consider the language in Chapter 13: Verse 18 of Revelation as a clear and concise description of the mark: Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666”. But is it possible that this is just plain wrong?

As if biblical interpenetrations were not already bad enough, you’ll want to add the following to the mix:

You’ll find in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible (which is an English translation of the Bible that was released in 1989 in the USA), that the translation there for Revelation 13:18  includes this additional note: “Other ancient authorities read six hundred and sixteen” (616).

Such thinking is based upon the fact that in an ancient Greek biblical text from the early 5th century called the Codex (an early form of book) Ephraemi Rescriptus clearly makes this case, but here the numbers are spelled or written out in the Greek alphabet (Example: six-hundred-sixteen, in the stead of 616), as opposed to the Greek symbols for numbers.

Furthermore, in 2005, a fragment from a document now called “Papyrus 115” (a fragmented manuscript of the New Testament written in Greek on papyrus paper / P115), which was discovered in Egypt, gave the beast’s number as 616. This fragment which I have displayed a copy of at the top of the page, happens to be the oldest known manuscript (about 1,700 years old) of Revelation 13.

Both the Papyrus 115 and the Ephraemi Rescriptus has led some scholars to conclude that 616 is the original number for the beast. If this variant is in fact the original number of the Beast, it would be catastrophic to most Christian based theological literature. 

For those of you that recall my previous post about the Dead Sea Scrolls, may I remind you that although they were found in 1947, they were written some time between 150 BC and 70 AD, so that explains why they contain no texts called Revelation which we could use for purposes of comparison.  You see, Revelation was not released or published until some time after that.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Army Field Rations

WW II C-Ration
WW II K-ration

I think it was Napoleon who first said the now famous words, “an Army travels on its stomach,” a lot of thought has been given by warring nations to the problem of providing nourishment or “field rations” for their fighting men, long before and well after Napoleon. Perhaps if he had said “an Army performs best on a full stomach” it would have been more on point.

A ration is described as the allowance of food for the subsistence (survival) of one person for one day in the United States Military and has been the case for a good while. As for food rations for the United States Military the earliest legislation fixing the components of the Army ration was passed on November 4, 1775 by the Continental Congress. This first ration was supposed to provide the following components:

16 ounces of beef; 6.8 ounces of peas; 18 ounces of flour; 1.4 ounces of rice; 16 ounces of milk; .1830 ounces of Soap; one quart of spruce beer; plus a whopping  .0686 ounce candle ... From a historical point of view, I wonder what percentage of the time this lofty goal was really met?

If compared to present day dietary requirements for our military, this ration provided more calories, twice as much protein; a adequate supply of minerals and most required vitamins (vitamins A and C were omitted).

I think it’s interesting to note that by the time of the War of 1812 against the Brits, the beer had been replaced with a quarter pint (1gill or 4 oz.) of rum, the candle was bigger (.24 ounces) as was the soap (.64 ounces), but the milk, rice, and peas were eliminated. It wasn’t until 1832 that someone decided to eliminate the gill of rum; it was replaced with coffee and sugar.

During the American Civil War, both armies (North and South) struggled to keep their soldiers sufficiently fed. Difficulties with food procurement and distribution led to a multitude of rations for future solders.

By the advent of WW I there were three types of rations used by the American forces: the Reserve ration, the Trench ration, and the Emergency ration (also known as the Iron ration).  There was also a separate “tobacco ration” of 0.4 ounces of tobacco and 10 cigarette rolling papers, but this was later replaced by brand-name machine-rolled cigarettes.

During the late 1920's, the American Military provided 4 basic types of rations: The Garrison Ration; 2) The Travel Ration; 3) The Reserve Ration; 4) The Field Ration. 

By the time WW II rations were necessary, the following programs were in place:
·                    A-ration: Garrison (barracks, etc.) Ration. Fresh, refrigerated, or frozen food prepared in dining halls or field kitchens. These products were typically available from a local source. They were most valued of all rations.
·                    B-ration: Field Ration. Canned or preserved foods normally prepared in field kitchens with no refrigeration available.
·                    C-ration: Individual Ration. A complete pre-cooked, ready-to-eat canned meal.
·                    K-ration: Individual Ration. Designed as a short duration individual “assault” ration for paratroopers and other specialized light infantry forces. These rations were declared obsolete in 1948, probably due to rank-in-file complaints. I recall that Dad complained about the K-ration well into the 50’s and 60’s.)  The complete ration kit included Breakfast, Dinner (lunch), and Supper (Dinner) but the 2nd two meals provided a small pack of cigarettes with a full book of matches.
·                    D-ration: Emergency Ration. Concentrated chocolate bars combined with other ingredients such as oats to provide high calorie content (intended as an emergency ration for that often needed “pick-me-up”).

Feeding the troops in and of its self continues to be as difficult task today and is evermore changing.  This is demonstrated by the large array of Ration Packs that have been used or is currently being used by the military such as: A-rations, B-rations, C, C-1, C-2, C-3,C-4 rations, D-rations, E-rations, 10-in-1, 5-in-1, etc.

American warfare history shows it has been possible for this country to somehow win wars despite inadequate rations.   But when solders are not fed properly, their fighting efficiency will undoubtedly drop. In addition, since soldiers are not machines, not only will their ability to act be impaired from the lack of edible food and nutrition, but their will to perform at there best is apt to decrease in proportion as well. Compelling facts  suggest that a poorly nourished fighting force will  lead to otherwise un-necessary bloodshed, don’t you think so as well?  

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Foods / Activities That Are Sure to Lower Your Blood Pressure

You don't always need to take medications to lower your blood pressure. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease at the same time.
If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (the top number being 140 or above and the bottom number at 90 or above), you might be consider seeing your doctor about taking medication to bring those numbers down. The perfect number is usually said to be 120/70 by-the-way.

As you may know, I have been taking a daily regiment of Blood Pressure (B/P) medication since the spring of 2004.  Even though I took the prescribed medication every day, I had the unhappy experience of a ruptured brain aneurism (a stroke) in mid-November of 2005; a heart attack in early April of 2006; and most damaging of all, two additional ruptured brain aneurisms in June of 2008, which initially rendered me with the in-ability to speak or walk.

Following several of months of therapy I can now walk, but only short distances, and speak but not clearly; I still have the ability to use my left arm / hand, but it is much easier to type for example with my un-afflicted right hand.

In all honesty, prior to these unfortunate events, I had the mistaken belief that medication was a sure cure for the disease of high BP.  I’m living proof that I was wrong.

You would be right to guess that I am still on a daily regiment of medication, which has undoubtedly insured that my BP average (115/84) of the past 3 days has kept me among the living.  

Past experience has taught me however that medication is no always enough. Therefore be advised that the following information is for us both:

First; we should realize that lifestyle plays a key role in treating high blood pressure. BP usually increases as weight increases. So losing just 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. As a general rule, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure. Losing weight also helps blood pressure medications that you may be taking work better.

Second; regular physical activity, at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week is a good thing.  If you haven't been active recently, increasing your level of exercise can lower your blood pressure within a matter of just a few weeks.

Third; by eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products as well as cutting back on saturated fat and cholesterol is a huge plus.

Forth; keep in mind, that even a small reduction in the sodium (salt) in your diet can reduce blood pressure so limit daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day but 1,500 mg a day or less is best if you are 51 years of age or older and most certainly keep it at this lower level if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Fifth; you already know that too much alcohol is bad for your health, but in small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure. As a general rule one drink a day for ladies and no more than two drinks a day for men is about right.

Sixth; nicotine in tobacco products can raise your blood pressure, even if the source is secondhand smoke or smokeless tobacco, in no case is nicotine good for your health.

Seventh; caffeine’s role regarding blood pressure is still debatable. Drinking caffeinated beverages, (such as coffee, tea, or cola) can temporarily cause a spike in your blood pressure so moderate consumption is usually best.   It's not really clear whether the adverse effect is temporary or long term. In other words, reactions seem to vary from person to person and you should monitor your own BP so as to find out.

If you are like me, the type of food you eat is the most difficult aspect of trying to maintain a healthy blood pressure level ... Often times, I am completely in the dark as to what foods are considered good or bad.  For example, throughout my youth, I recall that all dairy products were a good thing, where as now dairy products are qualified as good only if they’re preceded with the terms “low-fat”.

I can usually determine high sodium products by taste but which foods are considered to be high in saturated fats and cholesterol?  With this in mind I have prepared the following outline:

High blood pressure diet foods which you may eat frequently:
  • Cuts of meat that have no fat (lean only).
  • Chicken and turkey (but no skin).
  • Fish (fresh or frozen).
  • Dairy Products (fat-free or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt; fat-free or low-fat cheese).
  • Corn meal bread, loaf breads, dinner rolls, English muffins, bagels and pita bread.
  • Cereals, but only those that are low in sodium.
  • Plain rice and noodles.
  • Fresh or frozen vegetables; canned vegetable with no salt added.
  • Fruit & fruit juices (examples include: bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, melon, berries).
  • Low sodium soups.
  • Margarine as well as vegetable oils.
  • Herbs and spices such as parsley, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and vinegar.
Foods which should be avoided or eaten in very limited quantities:
  • Smoked or cured meats including bacon, hot dogs, bologna, corned beef, ham, most luncheon meats and sausage.
  • Canned fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.
  • Buttermilk (that is high sodium or not low-fat).
  • Cheese and cheese spreads (excepting low or no fat).
  • Salty snacks such as potato chips, pretzels, nuts and pork rinds.
  • Quick cooking rice, instant noodles and prepared quick meals such as frozen diners, pot pies and pizza. (these are typically high in sodium)
  • Regular canned vegetables that have salt added.
  • Pickled foods such as relish, bologna, pickles, olives, sauerkraut and herrings.
  • Regular canned soups and instant soups.
  • Ketchup, soy sauce, steak sauce, barbecue sauce, garlic salt, onion salt, bouillon cubes, and meat tenderizers (about everything in this category but herbs and spices).
OK then, I just found this, there is apparently a much easier and perhaps cheaper way to maintain,  correct, or prevent high blood pressure problems with an all natural herbal extract. Anyone willing to spend a few bucks for a full months supply (50 ml), need only click here and with a valid debit / credit card, simply place your first order. This miracle product is not a drug (it’s a concoction of several herbs), so a trip to the doctor for a prescription is un-called for. Plus it has absolutely no negative side effects. This product is called “Heart and Body Extract”.

The choice is yours alone; follow the troublesome diet directives I have listed above or risk getting your-self “addicted” to Heart and Body Extract.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

The 8th Continent of Earth: Zealandia

Perhaps Atlantis Was the 9th

New Zealand is Shaded in Red East of
the Australian Continent

Zealandia, also known as the New Zealand continent, is almost a completely submerged continental fragment that sank beneath the waves of the Pacific after breaking away from Australia somewhere around 60 to 85 million years ago, this huge event occurred after separating from the continent of Antarctica between 85 and 130 million years ago. The two events may have occurred near the same time, but current research is unable to make such a determination. Further, it may have been completely submerged until about 23 million years ago, and most of it (93%) is still submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean.  Its largest inhabited land mass that remains above water  we call New Zealand today; and Roanoke Island, Australia may be a good example of the smallest.

For the last hundred years or so official geology has declared that continents cannot or do not rise or sink.  This argument has been used foremost in efforts to discredit the legend of the ill-fated continent of Atlantis.  But geologists now agree that evidence of recent date proves the existence of a sunken Pacific continent (Zealandia), which is being termed the 8th continent.

This discovery alone is perhaps the strongest evidence to date that the civilization or the landmass Plato called Atlantis may have gone in and out of existence several times within a period of several million years, regardless, this information certainly suggests that calling Atlantis the 9th continent is reasonable.

But on the other hand, perhaps it wasn’t a continent at all, after all Plato call it a “large island”; New Zealand is an island country that is now considered just a portion of the much larger continent of Zealandia.

In the late 18th century Benjamin Franklin theorized or supposed that the continent of Africa and South America were once connected as one. Geologists have since learned that he was right. Somewhere around 20 million years ago these two continents were united. Sometime thereafter a giant rift or separation occurred. Naturedly as the two land masses divided, the surrounding water rushed in to fill the gap between them, as a result the Atlantic Ocean was born. Africa and South America continue to drift apart about 5 centimeters (1 inch = 2.54 cm) per year, and have been doing so for the past 20 million years!  The real estate that is now submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean is called the “Mid-Atlantic Ridge”.  Armed with this information, I’ll let you figure out where the island of Atlantis was most likely located before it sank beneath the waves.

OK so back to the topic at hand, there has been some speculation that the continent of Zealandia is likely to re-emerge above the waters of the Pacific one day which will result in a significant rise in the sea levels throughout the world due to the water displacement factor created by such an unfortunate event. So you see, the constant threats of  asteroid or meteor strikes, earth quakes, mega volcanoes, or global warming that may ultimately cause you to have a really bad day are not the only calamities we can not possibly prepare for.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The South Pacific’s Paradise...

Could Be
Norfolk Island, Australia
View across to Nepean Island (foreground)
and Phillip Island from Norfolk Island

It’s a small (13.3 sq. miles / 34.6 sq. km’s) island in the Pacific Ocean located east of Australia; although it has been considered part of the Commonwealth of Australia since 1901, it enjoys a large degree of self-governance.

It is believed that Norfolk Island was first settled by East Polynesian seafarers from New Zealand. They are thought to have arrived in the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and survived for a few generations before vanishing.

The first European known to have sighted the un-inhabited island was British explorer, Captain James Cook, in 1774, on his second voyage to the South Pacific. He named the island in honor of the Duchess of Norfolk.

The island came to be of particular interest to the British for three primary reasons:
           1) it was un-inhabited ...

          2) it was quite remote ...
          3) and perhaps most important, the plant Flax grew there ...

At the time, the flax plant and the hemp plant were the major sources if raw material / fibers used for making fabric, cordage, and sailcloth.  In addition the flax seed was used to make an editable vegetable oil commonly called linseed oil.  In fact, the plant was used for a number of things beyond fiber and oil, a few of which included: dye, paper, medicines, fishing nets, hair gels, and soap as well as bread made from ground flax seeds.

Add the fact that Empress Catherine of Russia had recently decided to restrict the sale of hemp (which was Britain’s primary supplier) to foreign countries and the benefits to the empire for a new flax plant source is clearly a no brainer.

In light of the fact that the island was both remote as well as un-inhabited, someone decided it would make a perfect place for a penal colony, so from 1788 until 1794 it was used for just that, at which time it was abandoned for the next 62 years.

Beginning in 1856, permanent re-settlement on the island for civilians began. Finally in 1901 along with the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia, Norfolk Island was placed under the authority of the new Commonwealth government to be administered as an external territory.  In 1979, Norfolk was granted limited self-government by Australia, so now the island elects a government that runs most of the island's affairs.

The climate on Norfolk Island is subtropical, which is best characterized as mild. The temperature almost never falls below 50° Fahrenheit   (10° C) or rises beyond 79° Fahrenheit (26° C).  The absolute warmest recorded temperature currently stands at 83.1° F (28.4° C), and the coldest recorded temperature is only 43.2 degrees Fahrenheit or 6.2 °C Celsius.

The island is the eroded remains of a volcano which was active around 2.3 to 3 million years ago and is part of the submerged continent called Zealandia that sank after breaking away from Australia 60–85 million years ago. The scenic costal areas, consists in primarily of cliff faces while the inland areas are mainly made up of rolling plains which are quite suitable for agricultural purposes (particularly animal husbandry) such as productivity of beef, poultry and eggs. Some other agricultural products include pine seed, cereals, vegetables and fruit.

The population of Norfolk Island was estimated in July 2010 to be 2,151, with an annual population growth rate of only 0.006%. Islanders speak both English and a creole language known as “Norfuk” which is also spelled Norfolk.

Sounds about perfect, right? Before you decide to relocate, you probably want to know that all goods / supplies that are not domestically produced are brought in by ship and if a serious medical condition arises, a trip to the Australian main land is necessary. Plus residency requires sponsorship by an existing resident of Norfolk Island or a business operating on the island.

But then, they have absolutely no Federal taxes, Australian or other wise, and hurricanes or cyclones rarely hit the Island.

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