Horrifying account of the Little Ice Age – Segment 2

A must-see video.

“When I talk to people about the Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) I usually point them to the BBC documentary called “Little Ice Age Big Chill”,” says reader Norman Grant Smith. “I tell them that the documentary will show them exactly what happened during the last GSM, and this is exactly what will happen in the GSM that is starting right now.”

“This video is an amazing history lesson. And it’s also kind of a horror story as well. People eating their children. Thousands and thousands of “witches” being burned for “causing the clouds rain storms, snow storms, crop failures, plagues etc. That kind of thing. It’s a must-see for all of us.”

This is a l-o-o-o-o-n-g video, so I’ve taken notes (below) in 15-minute segments.

Here are notes from the 15-minute to the 30-minute mark.

“With brutal swiftness, over the course of only a decade, the average global temperature dropped to a level some 4 degrees colder than today.”

From Norway to New Zealand, glaciers began their rapid advance. In England, the Tames froze frequently.

A catastrophe descended on Europe.

From Russia to Ireland, just as the crops were planted it started to rain. And it rained. And it rained. And it rained.

Many of the crops planted on marginal land simply washed away due to soil erosion. The drenching rains persisted for five long years.

The Little Ice Age was not only cooler, it was a period of more frequent, and intense, storminess. Once fertile croplands became water-logged mud pits, littered with flattened crops.

There was little, or nothing, to eat. By the end of the 6th year, over 1.5 million people have died throughout Europe from starvation and from famine-related diseases.

Crime skyrocketed. The desperate assaulted anyone with food.

With their tall stalks, the grains made easy targets during the Little Ice Age.

Throughout Europe, crop failures persisted for centuries. Famine after famine produced a harvest of death. In 1601, one famine in Russia killed over 500,000. It was not uncommon for families to kill their children, or at least some of them, in order to reserve food for the rest.

The story of Hansel and Gretel is representative (see note below). Parents who did not have enough to eat took their children into the forest and abandoned them there.

The Bubonic plague was made much worse during the Little Ice Age because people were already weakened by lack of food.

Europe’s infected masses began dying by the millions. The stench of decaying bodies filled the air. Church bells tolled day and night for funerals. By the time the epidemic ended, 25 million people – one third of the population – had perished.

People concluded the erratic climate was the evil handiwork of  their neighbors, whom they accused of witchcraft. Thousands of people were burned to death or otherwise killed as witches.

The Church fed the frenzy. Pope Innocent VIII issued a decree blaming Europe’s cold destructive climate on witches. Foul weather and witch hunts went hand-in-hand.

According to some historians, some 50,000 climate-destroying witches – both men and women – were burned at the stake.

In Greenland, where the Vikings had established colonies during the Medieval Warm Period. Greenland was so named because it actually may have been green at the time, with lush vegetation and trees, almost a paradise, but the Little Ice Age brought their paradise to a chilling end.

The waters around Greenland became chocked by ice, and temperature-sensitive cod, which by the had become the colonists main food source, fled to warmer waters.

The Greenlanders began to starve. Then the sea ice became even thicker, so that supply ships from Europe could not make it through.

I stopped taking notes at the 30-minute mark. See more tomorrow.

Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this video

Note: Here’s how Wikipedia describes the beginning of the Hansel and Grettel story:

In Germany, Hansel and Gretel are the children of a poor woodcutter. When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter’s wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there to fend for themselves, so that she and her husband do not starve to death, because the children eat too much. The woodcutter opposes the plan but finally, and reluctantly, submits to his wife’s scheme. They were unaware that in the children’s bedroom, Hansel and Gretel have overheard them. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of the house and gathers as many white pebbles as he can, then returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.

The next day, the family walk deep into the woods and Hansel lays a trail of white pebbles. After their parents abandon them, Hansel and Gretel follow the trail back home. When the wife sees them she is furious and locks them in the house. Hansel and Gretel are unable to escape or even simply collect pebbles.

12 thoughts on “Horrifying account of the Little Ice Age – Segment 2”

  1. Heavy Rains out of Season: Blessing, Curse, or Bringing the Messiah?

    But unseasonable rain can also be devastating. Less than two weeks ago, unseasonable rains caused flash flooding that killed ten students on a hike near the Dead Sea. The rain is currently on its way south and rains are expected in the center of Israel, much to the chagrin of Israelis who are used to basking in uninterrupted Mediterranean sun for most of the year.

    • There is only one video, he is discussing it in 15 segments of that video. The first hour is a very good historical piece but the end of it becomes an AGW propaganda pitch.

  2. It is an interesting story about a terrible time. AND THEN it turns into a stupid global warming propaganda piece. It basically ends with a pitch that global warming may be going to create an ice age. Boogie man, boogie man! Best thing to do is don’t bother to watch the last 20 minutes. It is a pitch for a new world order and a one world government. Not worth the rest of the time to spend watching the run out.

  3. the first segment included too many discredited ideas about co2 and climate change in general.

  4. It might seem horrifying for some but there is a bright side and that is the opportunity for some to move up in the world as the mass of humanity is put to the test of survival. Jobs will pay more, land and homes will become vacant. Wicked people can die from disease and retribution. Society will change and what was tolerated and even enforced by the state and its allies will be subject to being purged.
    This very well could be a great benefit to the species even though the death rate will increase over all. Like in the LIA you will see a renaissance and a new beginning largely due to all the problems plaguing society being removed by disease, starvation and people not taking any crap anymore in the name of law and political correctness. Self interest, common sense and tribalism will be unleashed. Political power will become local and personal and its allegiance will be personal and racial. The world of today will become a myth and may even be reviled.

    Just something to keep in mind as we go into the future.

    • Your thoughts have a certain validity in a free society, if you will. But this isn’t a free society that we live under. It is far more controlled than it was for the LIA. The winners have already been picked, as are the losers. The “wicked” won’t die out, they will prosper since they are already in control. The “useful” will survive as well, since the wicked will keep their trained seals. Jobs will not pay more for most people, in fact they probably will allow for a lower quality life. You live in a world that died mid century in the 20th century if you think what you have stated.

  5. and still we foolishly burn our future food supply as Earth saving fuel. Corn and cane sugar and all manner of plant life, which could feed millions, is turned into useless ethanol to inefficiently fuel our vehicles and corrode our engines. we should be stockpiling the food, not burning it. regardless of your religious beliefs you cannot argue that Joseph saved his small part of the world by saving during times of plenty.
    to quote Pete Seeger, “when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?”

  6. I watched the whole video yesterday. It seems many people don’t want to know. I told some people I really cared about and they don’t talk to me any more. People want to hear what makes them happy.

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