Archive for December, 2009
Americans want our rulers to mind their own business abroad – and good luck with that!
Justin Raimondo, December 07, 2009
that Americans want the U.S. government to mind its own business when it comes
to foreign affairs has our Washington elite in a panic. The explanatory
notes accompanying a new
Pew poll [.pdf] describe the "rise in isolationist sentiment"
that started during George W. Bush’s second term and continues in the age of
Obama. The agonized hand-wringing is all
too apparent in the use of the "isolationist" epithet and even
in the way the question was asked: should the U.S. "mind its own business
internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their
own"? Forty-nine percent – the highest proportion "in nearly half
a century of polling" – answered yes. And that’s not all: a gob-smacking
76 percent agreed the U.S. should "concentrate more on our own national
problems and building up our strength and prosperity here at home," as
opposed to "think[ing] in international terms."
The poll took samples from two groups: common, ordinary, everyday people (i.e.,
you and me)
and members of the Council on Foreign Relations,
an elite group of foreign policy-oriented intellectuals, policy wonks, and high
muckamucks. The elite group disagreed sharply with the general public’s view
on virtually every important question: for example, none of the CFR members
thought we should mind our own business – a policy that would go against the
group’s history and orientation, which has always been pronouncedly interventionist.
Edit: The 16-part playlist is gone. Embedded is the whole video. See http://www.thebigbadbank.com for more recent interviews and news from George Hunt.
Spencer Weart - December 5, 2009
If human activities could change climate, why not change it on purpose, to suit us better? From 1945 into the 1970s, much effort went into studies of weather modification. American entrepreneurs tried cloud-seeding to enhance local rainfall, Russian scientists offered fabulous schemes of planetary engineering, and military agencies secretly explored “climatological warfare.”
The hopes and fears promoted basic research on climate change by raising large sums of government money and a few provocative ideas. In the mid 1970s the visionary projects were abandoned. Research turned instead to controversial “geoengineering” schemes for interventions that might restrain global warming if it started to become unbearable.
“Intervention in atmospheric and climatic matters . . . will unfold on a scale difficult to imagine at present. . . . this will merge each nation’s affairs with those of every other, more thoroughly than the threat of a nuclear or any other war would have done.” — J. von Neumann
Cliff Kincaid - December 8, 2009
You don’t need to attend the United Nations climate change conference to know what’s really going on.
Ignoring the fallacies behind the “science” of man-made global warming, a new U.N. report on “climate justice” says the U.S. and other countries owe $24 trillion in “climate debt” to the rest of the world. The report, “Climate Justice for a Changing Planet,” argues that the United States is “historically the largest global emitter” of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore has the biggest “debt” to pay.
But another U.N. report puts the figure at $45 trillion.
John Carroll - December 5, 2009
John Carroll wonders whether we are being whipped into obedience by the fervour of pseudo-religious fundamentalism.
Almost everyone who contributes to the deluge of comment on climate change speaks as an amateur. From politicians to journalists, from academics to scientists, many outside their specialisations, they are not trained in a discipline congruent with their argument. Nor am I.
I leave alone those elements of the debate unclear to me. The rest of my contribution here is built on experience of theories and arguments across a broad range of human problems, on some capacity to judge their plausibility and professional work in social, historical and psychological theories, as well as training in mathematics and economics.
The global warming debate has been captured by prophets of doom and the language of Apocalypse. This is reminiscent of a pseudo-religious mindset that has been recurring on the left since Karl Marx postulated the destruction of capitalism would miraculously lead to utopia. All the usual trappings are present. Anyone who thinks differently is an agent of the devil; the tones of righteous outrage with which climate sceptics are denounced as deniers are reminiscent of fundamentalist religious crusades.
This is particularly off-putting in a discussion that depends on high-quality science, cool logic and careful argument. It raises old suspicions. The West already has experienced theories of impending environmental disaster - with the Club of Rome launching a very successful scare campaign in the 1970s about the world running out of food. Its book, Limits to Growth, sold 30 million copies. Hardly a decade passed before its predictions were proved wrong.
Six senior doctors have begun legal action to force a new inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist who died days after being exposed as the source of a controversial BBC story on the Iraq war.
Andrew Alderson - 05 Dec 2009
The action is being taken because six doctors are convinced that the original verdict of suicide is unsafe and should be overturned.
Some suspect that Dr Kelly, 59, was murdered shortly after it was revealed that he was the source of a BBC story which alleged that evidence against Iraq had been “sexed up” by the Government in order to justify the 2003 invasion.
The body of Dr Kelly, who was a UN weapons inspector, was found more than six years ago in woods near his Oxfordshire home after he went out for a walk. His wrist had been slashed. He also had painkillers in his bloodstream, although not at a lethal level.
At the time of his death, Dr Kelly was under pressure because it had emerged that he had provided confidential information for the BBC story.
However, in a 13-page dossier prepared as the basis for the legal action, the doctors argue that the bleeding from Dr Kelly’s ulnar artery in his left wrist is “highly unlikely” to have caused his death. They say a number of studies have shown that it is unusual for a patient to die from a single deep cut to the wrist.
Everyone agrees that climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity.
That’s the constant claim of the polital elite - and it’s a lie. Everyone does not agree. Thousands of scientists dispute the very existence of man-made global warming, citing natural cyclical changes that saw vineyards in Roman northern England and a Swedish army march over the frozen Baltic in 1658 to Copenhagen.
As an army of global Warming zealots marches to Copenhagen, the truth is that their Orwellian consensus is based not on scientific agreement, but on bullying, censorship, and fraudulent statistics. In the words of leading climatologist Professor Richard Lindzen: “Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early twenty-first century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally average temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections contemplated a roll back of the industrial age.”
In fact, there will be no bemused amazement, for the reason for this hysteria is clear: it is designed to provide the excuse for a political project of the globalists to replace national democracy with new world order global governance. It has nothing to do with science and everything to do the globalists’ common purpose to tax and control us while making billions for corporations in the Green industrial complex.
The anti-western intellectual cranks of the left suffered a collective breakdown when communism collapsed. Climate change is their new theology: a secular religious hysteria, complete with Pope Al Gore, carbon credit indulgencies and the pursecution of heretics. But the heretics will have a voice in Copenhagen and the truth will [come] out. Climate change is being used to impose an anti-human utopia as deadly as anything conceived by Stalin or Mao.
JoNova - December 3rd, 2009
It’s clear that the world was warmer during medieval times. Marked on the map are study after study (all peer-reviewed) from all around the world with results of temperatures from the medieval time compared to today. These use ice cores, stalagmites, sediments, and isotopes. They agree with 6,144 boreholes around the world which found that temperatures were about 0.5°C warmer world wide.
What follows is a sordid tale of a graph that overthrew decades of work, conveniently fitted the climate models, and was lauded triumphantly in glossy publication after publication. But then it was crushed when an unpaid analyst stripped it bare. It had been published in the highest most prestigious journal, Nature, but no one had checked it before or after it was spread far and wide. Not Nature, not the IPCC, not any other climate researcher.
In 1995 everyone agreed the world was warmer in medieval times, but CO2 was low then and that didn’t fit with climate models. In 1998, suddenly Michael Mann ignored the other studies and produced a graph that scared the world — tree rings show the “1990s was the hottest decade for a thousand years”. Now temperatures exactly “fit” the rise in carbon! The IPCC used the graph all over their 2001 report. Government departments copied it. The media told everyone.
Christopher Soghoian - Dec. 1, 2009
Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers’ (GPS) location information over 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. This massive disclosure of sensitive customer information was made possible due to the roll-out by Sprint of a new, special web portal for law enforcement officers.
The evidence documenting this surveillance program comes in the form of an audio recording of Sprint’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance, who described it during a panel discussion at a wiretapping and interception industry conference, held in Washington DC in October of 2009.
It is unclear if Federal law enforcement agencies’ extensive collection of geolocation data should have been disclosed to Congress pursuant to a 1999 law that requires the publication of certain surveillance statistics — since the Department of Justice simply ignores the law, and has not provided the legally mandated reports to Congress since 2004.
I. BACKGROUNDER. Modern Western society in an obvious downslide to all–out nihilism. Not so much a violent nihilism, as in the Nietzschean atop the alpine mountain summit, defiantly standing against that always unnamable oppressor represented by an omnipresent leaden sky. Rather, it is a quiescent type of nihilism, suave and self–complacent in a way, as if a battle has been fought and won, and that now is the time to rest and revel. Without question, this casual denial of values and morality in the twenty–first century is most immediately traceable to the 1960s Counterculture Revolution. It is evidential of the victory of a loud rebellion whose exponents, now beyond middle age and established, wield positions of no minimal influence in modern society. From the media and the entertainment industry to education and politics there is an unvoiced acceptation that says all values are relative, that truth is an anachronism, and that morality to any minimal degree is a barrier to personal liberty.
Terry Melanson (4/12/2009)
According to Mr. Henderson, the great psycho-wave of the past 35 years is “global salvationism.” This quasi-religious belief has two ill-fitting articles of faith: environmental alarmism, and the assertion that Third World poverty is in some way due to the West taking more than its fair share of global resources. Both problems are alleged to require top-down global political solutions, including giant corporations accepting more “social responsibility.”
The focus of this global master-plan is the bland but subversive notion of “sustainable development,” that without extensive UN-administered government controls the world is going to Hades in a handbasket …- Peter Foster, “The Prince of Power [Maurice Strong],” Financial Post (May 19, 2005)
I can’t think of a better way to put Climategate into proper perspective than to revisit a 1998 Financial Post editorial titled “Global Warming: The Real Agenda.” Its author, Terence Corcoran, quoted from statements given to the Calgary Herald by the former Environment Minister, Christine Stewart.
As “minister of the environment, I am very worried about global warming,” Stewart said, “no matter if the science is phony, there are collateral environmental benefits.”
Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. Lashing back at his critics, the wealthy former navy seal takes the author inside his operation in the U.S. and Afghanistan, revealing the role he’s been playing in America’s war on terror.
By ADAM CIRALSKY January 2010
Iput myself and my company at the C.I.A.’s disposal for some very risky missions,” says Erik Prince as he surveys his heavily fortified, 7,000-acre compound in rural Moyock, North Carolina. “But when it became politically expedient to do so, someone threw me under the bus.” Prince—the founder of Blackwater, the world’s most notorious private military contractor—is royally steamed. He wants to vent. And he wants you to hear him vent.
Paul and Phillip D. Collins continue to explore the concept of mystical imperialism, turning their attention to the Gnostic militarism of BlackwaterUSA/Xe. [Listen here]