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It’s an Ice Age for Sure

by Alan Caruba on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

This is article 3 of 3 in the topic Ice Age

By Alan Caruba

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire.
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate.
To say that for destruction ice Is also great.
And would suffice.

– Robert Frost, American poet.
Robert W. Felix borrowed from the poet Robert Frost for the title of his book, “Not by Fire, But by Ice”, first published in 1997 and devoted to the science of magnetic reversals and the Earth’s ice ages. I read it first in 2010 and was absolutely floored because Felix makes a very strong case for a reversal that would lead to a widespread extinction of life at some point in the future. In the near, more predictable future, he said the Earth was heading into a new ice age.
“What would happen if a magnetic reversal occurred right here?” asked Felix. “The same things that happened in the past. Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, giant snowstorms, rising land, plummeting sea levels—you name it—tectonic activity would go bonkers.” Don’t believe him? Think about the disappearance of the dinosaurs some 65.5 million years ago.
The Earth had been in a cooling cycle that began in 1996 when the sun entered a cycle of reduced radiation. Such cycles were well known and most dramatically tied to the mini-ice age that occurred between 1300 and 1850. Solar observers had noticed many centuries ago that when there were few sunspots—magnetic storms—on the surface of the Sun, the Earth got colder.
This has become especially dramatic because, on February 17 a post on http://thesiweather.com/category/climate-info/ called for a discussion of the fact that “The Sun has gone quiet again during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century.” The post says, “If history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere—and where we all live.”
“There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first is known as the ‘Maunder Minimum’, named after solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the ‘Dalton Minimum’, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton and it lasted from 1780 to 1830.” Together they are referred to as the “Little Ice Age.”
There are quite a few scientists forecasting a new ice age. The last ice age began approximately 1.6 million years ago in the Pleistocene epoch. We are currently in the Holocene epoch that began about 11,000 years ago and is regarded as an interglacial period of general warmth.
In his book, “Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell”, John L. Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, says that whatever warming has occurred has ended as the result of “solar hibernation”, a term he applies to the reduction of energy output of the Sun.

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Steve Quayle & Tom Horn on 2014 and what lies ahead in 2015 and beyond

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Special Hagmann & Hagmann Report Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Join Tom Horn and Steve Quayle on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report as they discuss the most important prophetic developments of 2014. We’ve seen critical and even prophesized events take place in 2014 in the areas of transhumanism, plagues and politics, but there’s more – much more. In 2014, we’ve seen the office of the papacy used to influence and even assist in the formulation of environmental and foreign policy, and a growing political alliance between the Vatican and the highest office in the United States on issues such as income inequality and a historic diplomatic reset with communist Cuba.

The late Father Malachi Martin spoke of the role of the Vatican in the end days, and the influence of the Vatican in world events. Today, we see a growing influence by the Vatican on global issues including the very volatile subject of climate change. Pope Francis reportedly wants to be a leading voice at a U.N. global warming summit in 2015, where Obama will likely make perhaps his greatest pitch ever for more dramatic action on issues related to the environment and the subject of climate change.

Against the backdrop of this strengthening alliance between the Vatican and the Executive branch of the U.S. Is the goal to usher in a diluted form of Christianity, one that will further usher in a single, all-inclusive “state” religion? To those with eyes to see and ears to hear, 2015 will be the year when denial and naivety end, according to Steve Quayle.

Together with Tom Horn, Steve Quayle will also discuss the late January 2015 release of his new book, Little Creatures, The Gates of Hell are Opening. In this book, author Stephen Quayle examines the legends and fairytales surrounding little creatures, and reveals how these tales provide clues, and secrets that can be assembled like a jigsaw puzzle to give an amazing picture of our past and a preview of our future. Coupled with modern sightings of these creatures, you’ll discover the true nature of these supernatural creatures, and the dangers they pose to each human being on our planet.

Little Creatures, The Gates of Hell are Opening explores:

The true nature of “little creatures” and the reason for their varied shapes and sizes.

What Jesus Christ meant when He referred to the “Gates of Hell” and how this is very pertinent to us today. Furthermore, you will gain knowledge of the methods to fight and overcome the evil entering through these Gates of Hell.

Why some human beings are being seduced today by evil spirits masquerading as various little creatures, and the reasons behind diabolical attempts to genetically engineer chimera-like hybrids (part human and part animal) possessed by evil spirits;

The reasons more Hollywood stars today, than ever before, are embracing the Middle Age’s sexual experiences with incubus and succubus demonic entities;

The origin of the description “Lilith the Night Hag,” and “man eater” as it relates to the “terror by night” as referenced in Psalm 91;

How dragons and giants are universally found in fairytales linked to Biblical creatures as well as supernatural monsters that seem to be reappearing around the world.

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The Future is Arriving Faster Than Ever

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, January 1st, 2015

This is article 575 of 577 in the topic Media
By Alan Caruba
On the last day of 2014 I received a lapel pin from the Society of Professional Journalists in honor of my having been a member since 1979, thirty-five years ago. I confess I was a little stunned to think I had been an editor and reporter that long ago. Indeed, I had been one for several years even before I joined the Society.
I doubt that today’s generation of young journalists have ever used a manual typewriter nor know what it feels like to hold the pieces of metal that a linotype machine created to make a column of newsprint.
In theory journalism still has the same objectives; to get the facts and tell the story as objectively as possible.

Today, however, journalism has become far more subjective and the issue of bias blazes off the pages and from the television screen in terms of the selection of the events that are reported and the facts selected to be the news.

There is an old saying in newsrooms that reporters are liberal and editors are conservative, but these days much of what appears on editorial pages and in the print and broadcast news is a blatant liberal interpretation of what is or is not news.
This old journalist cannot escape the feeling that what we are reading much of the time is little more than a government press release handout. Sadly, I think we are witnessing a significant reduction of investigative journalism in the mainstream media. Fortunately that void is filled in these days by Internet sites that focus on various elements of the news occurring in the nation and the world.
It was not, for example, a journalist who discovered the truth about Jonathan Gruber and his role in creating ObamaCare. He’s now famous for calling voters “stupid.”
These days, according to the Pew Research Journalism Project, “Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a (2013) Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. And while the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is national cable news that commands the most attention from its viewers.”
I suspect that the many new communications technologies will be the means by which people will get their news from ipads and similar devices. I feel positively ancient when I open the print edition of The Wall Street Journal, but I wouldn’t want to read it any other way. The same applies to reading a book.
In his 1970 book, “Future Shock”, Alvin Toffler warned that by the year 2000, technological advance would come so fast that they will actually make people’s lives more complex, not less. He called it “information overload” saying “Millions of ordinary, psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future, which will lead to distorted perceptions of reality, confusion, and fatigue.”
Now ask yourself if you’ve become accustomed to people walking down the sidewalk apparently talking out loud to themselves when in fact they are on a cell phone? Indeed, I rarely get in an elevator or go anywhere without seeing people who are looking at a device in their hand with which they are checking their email or conversing with someone.

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Being Anti-Energy is Being Anti-Humanity

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

This is article 266 of 270 in the topic energy

By Alan Caruba

Everything you need to know about how perverse and dangerous the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is summed up in its latest report. Released on November 2, it issued the same tired, old and untrue claims of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems”
The IPCC wants the world to stop using coal, oil and natural gas, saying that they must be “phased out almost entirely” by the end of the century. The report reeks of their contempt for humanity.
Losing electricity, no matter where you live, is losing every technology that enhances and preserves your life. You lose the ability to cool or warm your home, apartment or workplace. You lose the ability to keep food safe in your refrigerator and freezer. You most certainly lose the lighting. You lose the ability to turn on your computer or television. Indeed, to use everything you take for granted.
Since the discovery and generation of energy with coal, oil and natural gas, generations have lived lives not only different from all who preceded them, but better in so many ways, not the least of which is extended life expectancy. Nations with energy are places where people live longer, healthier lives. They are also wealthier nations where the energy translates into industry, jobs, transportation, and all the other attributes of modern life.
Although we usually don’t associate energy with morality, Alex Epstein has. His book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” ($27.95, Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin Group) is the finest case for the role coal, oil and natural gas has played in our lives and the positive, emancipating impact they have had on humanity. Everyone should read it.
“I hold human life as the standard of value” says Epstein. “I think that our fossil fuel use so far has been a moral choice because it has enabled billions of people to live longer and more fulfilling lives, and I think the cuts proposed by the environmentalists in the 1970s were wrong because of all the death and suffering they would have inflicted on human beings.”
“Eighty-seven percent of the energy mankind uses every second comes from burning one of the fossil fuels: coal, oil or natural gas.” That has not stopped environmentalists from denouncing coal and oil as “dirty” or because their use generates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. What they never tell you is how small those emissions are and that they play an infinitesimal role to influence the Earth’s weather or climate. They never tell you that the Earth has centuries more of untapped reserves. The modern world could not exist without them.
“In the last eighty years, as CO2 emissions have most rapidly escalated, the annual rate of climate-related deaths worldwidefell by an incredible rate of 98 percent. That means the incidence of death from climate is fifty times lower than it was eighty years ago.”
Epstein points to “the power of fossil-fueled machines to build a durable civilization that is highly resilient to extreme heat, extreme cold, floods, storms, and so on” to demonstrate the foolishness of those who oppose their use. Primary among them is the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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The diabolical naming of America and why it matters then – and now

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Monday, October 27th, 2014

This is article 143 of 147 in the topic History

What’s in a name? Ripping a chapter from Steve Quayle’s book True Legends, Steve Quayle and Timothy Alberino discuss the diaolical naming of America and why it matters. America, as you will hear, is actually the land of “the plumed serpent.” Tupac Amaru was the last ruler of the Incas, and his name is key to understanding after who he was named.

Despite what you might read in history books, the land mass known as “America” did not originate from Amerigo Vespucci. There is a more diabolical nature to the naming of America – one that had relevance centuries ago, and one which will have relevance to today and in the days ahead.

Guests: Steve Quayle & Timothy Alberin

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Passionate About Conservatism

by Alan Caruba on Monday, October 27th, 2014

This is article 73 of 75 in the topic Book & Movie Reviews

By Alan Caruba

We conservatives tend to be rather low key when it comes to expressing our commitment to conservative values. We are all about the Constitution, small government, a strong military, and fiscal prudence, but these are not things that are easy to talk about in a passionate way, no matter how strongly we feel about them.
As a longtime—try fifty-plus years—book reviewer, I get lots of them and recently “Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common Sense” by “the Chicks on the Right”, Miriam Waver and Amy Jo Clark arrived ($26.95, Penguin Group).
The “Chicks” started a website in 2009 that quickly gained a large audience of people who love their approach to conservatism and their interpretation of the events of the day, issues, and personalities. Need it be said it also attracted all manner of rude, nasty responses from liberals?
“If you’re reading this right now”, they say in the introduction, “chances are you’re a frustrated conservative. And you’ve got good reason to be frustrated. If you’re like us, you’re practically dizzy from how often you’ve shaken your head at the stupidity of low-information voters who couldn’t pick Nancy Pelosi out of a photo lineup, but can rattle off the names of every single member of the Kardashion clan.”
“Maybe you’re frustrated that conservatives haven’t been able to effectively communicate their ideas in a way that resonates with the public. Maybe you’re frustrated that the mainstream media has been complicit in glamorizing the liberal narrative.”  Well, yes, I have felt this way, but I am also aware that the Internet has provided those with the nation’s political life with scads of information on many excellent websites.
Then, too, Rush Limbaugh has been a major voice on radio with a huge audience as is Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and others. By far the most popular shows devoted to the issues are conservative while liberals attract so few listeners and viewers you wonder why there are still so many liberals. One need only compare the Fox News Channel with MSNBC to know the appeal of conservatism and, yes, a conservative interpretation of the news–accurate facts!
In the lead up to the November 4 midterm elections, something remarkable is happening. There are stories noting that Obama has lost the support of a significant number of women and among black Americans. Even the mainstream press has taken note of this and it suggests that, despite our frustrations, maybe our message is having an impact. Or, maybe, these two groups, after six years of Mr. Hope and Change, have decided independently that his policies have not helped them in any way other than turn them into people dependent on the government instead of being able to support themselves and their families.
As the “Chicks” point out, “Despite what the mainstream media wants you to believe, there are thousands and thousands of people out there who are just like us.” Yes! That is the answer.

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Kissinger’s Record of Failure and Betrayal

by Cliff Kincaid on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This is article 142 of 147 in the topic History

Former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s new book World Order is getting lots of favorable press and publicity. Our media treat him as something approaching royalty, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria calling him “the elder statesman of American diplomacy.” He certainly has been around a long time. But has Kissinger been right or wrong about the major foreign policy issues of our time?

You may remember that Kissinger in 2009 insisted that President Obama could create a New World Order and that he had a good foreign policy team. He made these comments on CNBC during a “celebration” of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China.

Bill Gertz’s book, The China Threat, explained how Kissinger “played the key role” in the talks that led President Nixon in 1972 to establish informal ties with China, that ultimately led to formal diplomatic relations in 1979. Kissinger insisted that China had abandoned communism, and was no longer a threat.

The threat from China is growing daily. The new book, The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership, by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan, examines some recent developments. As noted by analyst Toby Westerman, however, Russia and China actually declared their own version of a “New World Order” in 1997.

A recent article in the Bejing Review, “An Evolving Partnership,” goes back even further, noting that China and Russia signed a joint statement on “the foundation for bilateral ties” in 1992, and established a “partnership of strategic coordination” in 1996.

After that, the author notes:

  • In 2001, China and Russia signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.
  • In February 2013, China and Russia signed a joint statement to “deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination,” thereby “bringing bilateral relationship to an unprecedented level.”

Emphasizing that Russia and China currently enjoy a “very high level of relations characterized as [a] strategic partnership,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia and China are expected to sign more than 40 “very important bilateral documents” this week, on the occasion of the 19th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers.

Today, Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa and India are members of the BRICS alliance of nations, which is designed to undermine U.S. economic, financial, and military dominance in the world.

A proposed Russia-South Africa nuclear deal has gotten the attention of South African Democracy Alliance leader Helen Zille, who says, “President [Jacob] Zuma has been to Russia on numerous occasions over the past 18 months. What were the details of these visits? Why were they so secretive? And why has Zuma clearly given preferential access to himself for the Russians, in the absence of witnesses or experts in nuclear energy? What are the incentives attached?”

Zuma, like his predecessors, was (or still is) a member of the South African Communist Party, brought to power through the African National Congress (ANC) with the support of the Soviet Union and Communist China.

Henry Kissinger’s speaking appearance on Wednesday at a meeting of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in New York City is more evidence of how “the elder statesman” has been wrong about key developments.

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For Coast-to-Coast AM listeners: information on "Dumbing Down the Courts"

by John Lott on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Russian Influence Operations Target Americans

by Cliff Kincaid on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This is article 1242 of 1262 in the topic International

A major case of what intelligence experts call “influence operations” emanating from Moscow is this week’s “Rhodes Forum,” which is sponsored by Vladimir Putin’s close associate and former KGB official Vladimir Yakunin. The objective is to divert attention from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, blame the U.S. for global turmoil and problems, and insist on a Russian role in the Middle East and a new Europe.

Also known as the “World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations,” this year’s event is titled, “Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity. 100 Years On.” It proclaims, “the unfolding new Cold War” may give rise to “the threat of a Third World War with truly global proportions.”

Of course, none of this is blamed on the Kremlin.

The global problem for these conference participants is not Russian aggression, or what Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calls Putin’s campaign to destroy Ukraine as a sovereign nation and reconstitute the Soviet Union. Instead, the Yakunin event proclaims that “The roots of this threat reside in the project of a ‘New World Order’ of global domination pursued by a totalizing ideology subduing the diversity of cultural traditions and of the historical ‘world pictures’ of humanity and nature.”

Translated into ordinary English, the “totalizing ideology” is what used to be called the “Free World” or global capitalism—the idea that nations should be moving toward acceptance of free enterprise and democratic forms of government.

President Obama seems to agree that this period in human history is over; he was photographed back in 2008 carrying a copy of Fareed Zakaria’s controversial book, The Post-American World. The book reinforces the anti-American views drummed into him during his growing-up years in Hawaii by his mentor, pro-Soviet Communist Frank Marshall Davis.

Zakaria is a prominent advocate of accepting a nuclear-armed Iran.

Although Yakunin is among the targets of economic sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, his extravagant conferences continue as if nothing has happened. This shows the pathetic nature of Obama’s sanctions and his inability, or unwillingness, to confront Russian aggression.

The billionaire head of the state-owned monopoly, Russia Railways, Yakunin was accused of massive corruption in connection with construction projects for the Sochi Olympics. He apparently uses some of the stolen money on elaborate propaganda conferences designed to lure foreign audiences.

His conference partners include such groups as the World Congress of Families, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Movement for a Just World, and the Iran and Eurasia Research Center. As we have noted, Putin adviser Aleksandr Dugin is the leader of the “International Eurasia Movement,” which includes a “strategic alliance” between Iran and Russia.

Yakunin has “personally handed out awards to Putin and former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, among others, at the forum,” states a revealing article on the World Security Network Foundation website. The article examines Yakunin’s work over the years on behalf of the KGB, including at the United Nations in New York, and his close association with Putin.

The article noted his “close links to the hierarchy at the Russian Orthodox Church,” putting him “at the heart of the so-called Orthodox chekists around the president.” The term “chekist” refers to agents of the secret police.

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Obama’s Ignorance

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This is article 1006 of 1015 in the topic Obama

By Alan Caruba

From time to time I hear President Obama described as “an evil genius”, but he is neither. He’s not evil. He’s something much worse. He is a fool who thinks he’s a genius.
This is not about his intelligence. No one gets to be President of the United States without some degree of intelligence. One suspects, however, Obama has always relied more on his charm and, initially, on the illusion of his charisma, based on his depiction by an adoring press.
His charisma has disappeared, even among the same press, but most abundantly among the American people of all political persuasions who now regard him as one recent poll put it, the worst President the nation has ever had.
Consider just a few of the ways his lack of judgment has revealed just how foolish he is. It began with foisting Obamacare on a nation deep in an economic crisis. He did this by telling lies about keeping one’s insurance or physician. It worsened as the website turned out to be a disaster and one easily hacked to get the personal information of those who signed on.
His famous “red line” about Syria’s Assad and his use of poison gas let Americans and the rest of the world watch him back off in a day’s time, only to be rescued by Russia that intervened to remove the poison gas, but missing in that action was the realization that Russia has been Assad’s main support. Their action was not an accommodation with the U.S. any more than Obama’s “reset” with them had any effect on their larger strategic objectives in the Middle East.
The Middle East has been quicksand for Obama who thought he could go there, give some speeches, and convince everyone that he was a friend to Islam and his policies would reverse those of George W. Bush. He got elected in 2008 on that promise. In hindsight we know that withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq simply created the circumstances for the Islamic State, ISIS, to emerge. He was surely warned against doing it, but we have a President who does not want to go to war even against enemies who behead our citizens and promise to attack us.
Here, though, is where even those Americans not paying much attention to foreign policy became aware of how vacant Obama’s was. He told them “I don’t have a strategy” regarding ISIS, letting them and the rest of the world that he had not given any attention to an emerging threat. In the Middle East, his decision to side with the Muslim Brotherhood regarding the ouster of Egypt’s dictator was reversed by Egyptians who demanded the removal of his replacement. In Libya he chose to “lead from behind” to topple Gaddafi, leading behind a nation that swiftly fell into divided camps between its tribes.
He has secured the support of Congress to spend a half billion dollars to arm the “moderate” rebels opposing Syria’s Bashar Assad. They will be trained in Saudi Arabia, but it is all too little too late. In an excellent new book, “The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership” by Douglas E.

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