Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jimmy Carter’s UFO



On Sept. 18, 1973, then-Governor Jimmy Carter filed a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), claiming he and about a dozen others had seen an unidentified flying object outside a Lions Club meeting in Leary, Ga., at about 7:30 p.m. in 1969. The exact date of the alleged sighting is lost to memory. By filing the report while governor, Carter became the highest-ranking government figure in the U.S. to ever report a UFO sighting.....There are reports that during the transition from the Gerald Ford to the Carter presidency, Carter met with then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush and told Bush that he wanted all information the government had on UFOs and extra-terrestrials. Marcia Smith, director of the Library of Congress’ Science and Technology Division of the Congressional Research Service from 1984-1985 (and researcher during the Carter years), claims that Bush responded with, “no … that he wasn’t going to give this to him … that this was information that existed on a need to know basis only. Simple curiosity on the part of the President wasn’t adequate.”.....To Read More.....

My Take - This is one strange story, especially when finding the Director of CIA tells the President of the United States who asks to see all the information the CIA has on UFO’s and extraterrestrials is told, “no … that he wasn’t going to give this to him … that this was information that existed on a need to know basis only. Simple curiosity on the part of the President wasn’t adequate.”  We have to understand that “need to know” is standard practice involving intelligence, but since when is it the D/CIA’s duty to tell POTUS what he needs to know?  Of course as President of the United States he only needed to utter two words to qualify as one who had a “need to know” to D/CIA – You’re fired!  Oh, by the way – who was D/CIA as the time?  George Bush.   
 
One more thing! 
 
What is it that was so classified this became a controversy anyway?  I don’t believe in UFO’s, but I do believe there’re big things being hidden because they’re illegal, and they’re being done by prominent people in and out of government.  Even if not illegal, it could at the very least embarrass them so they’re hiding it. 
 
In 1975 the British released all sorts of classified information about what went on during WWII because of a thirty year restriction on that information expired.  There was also a fifty year restriction that ended in 1995, which I was looking forward to.  Do you remember the amazing information that came out then?  No?  Well, there’s a reason for that.   The British extended that information from fifty years to indefinite.   Why?  Make no mistake about this -   there are prominent political families and large corporations - on both sides of the pond -  that would be impacted by that information.   

Islam: History and Reality Lead to Truth.

Posted by Rich Kozlovich

As I follow the news and see Islamic religious insanity expanding exponentially I can't help but wonder what's going on in the minds of the West's political leaders - presumably raised in a culture rooted in Judaic/Christian principles.  One Western leader, Winston Churchill, knew exactly who he was dealing with outlined the problem with Islam succinctly, Winston Churchill saying:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!  Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the  Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan  law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.”

“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion  paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the  strong arms of science, the science against which it (Islam) has vainly struggled,  the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

That quote is over 100 years old, and if someone said that publically today in England they would be violating British law and could be arrested - and they have been arrested for saying a whole lot less.  We have managed to avoid all the rebellious insanities that have perpetuated so many coups around the world, but how long will this go on? At some point the common people in these western societies will hold these elitist leaders to account and I can’t help but fear it’s going to be a violent confrontation. 

As you read the articles below, linked from Pam Geller’s web site, asked yourself this: Is anything going on any differently within Islam today than what was described by Winston Churchill over 100 years ago? Another question we need to ask ourselves is this: What caused the West’s leaders to hate their own culture so much they would allow these ravenous wolves from a monstrous culture to infiltrate and decimate the weak and innocent within their societies? Crimes of rape, murder, violence and thievery by Muslims are being tolerated and excused, or when punished the punishment is meaningless, because they don’t wish to appear “racist”,embracing Multiculturalism – which a true death wish!
 
Nigeria: Devout Muslim Group Attacks University Campus with Explosives, Blowing Up 13 People - Students and staff fled Kano’s Federal College of Education as shots rang out and an explosion shook the campus at about 2 p.m. (1300 UTC). According to the AFP news agency, at least 13 people were killed and 34 injured as police fought a battle with the suspected Boko Haram attackers. The Islamic State is […]

Robert Spencer: “The Saudi anti-terrorism statement: Moderate Islam? Not really” - Note from Pamela Geller: Earlier today, Secretary of State John Kerry heralded the Saudi clerics’ “fatwa against terrorism” as if it were some magic wand that would validate Kerry’s absurd remarks on how Islam is a religion of peace. This is Saudi Arabia’s contribution to Obama’s phantom coalition. The Sauds want the infidel to fight […]

Syria: Jihadists seize UN weapons and are driving UN vehicles - Are these the Syrian “rebels” that Obama intends to train and arm? This is one massive clusterf*&k. An image grab taken from a video released by Ahrar al-Sham and uploaded to YouTube on September 12, 2014 allegedly shows opposition fighters advancing as they capture a Syrian government forces position in the village of Khan Arnabeh […]

Australia: Imam declares terror raids in beheading plots ‘clearly attacking Islam and Muslims’ and asks Allah to ‘destroy those who plot against us’ - Imam cries “islamophobia!” and “institutional terrorism” in the foiled beheading plots to snatch random person off Sydney streets and behead them: Court documents are expected to reveal that this morning’s huge anti-terror raids were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney. The documents are expected to say […]

Massive Beheading Plot Thwarted in Australia: Jihadists Planned Mass Kidnappings and Beheadings on Home Soil - What is about beheading that is contagious among devout Muslims? Jihad. In the largest terrorist raids led by Australian Federal Police led to the arrests of 15 jihadists. Law enforcement foiled a plan where jihadists were planning to kidnap random public members and behead them on camera. MASSIVE: The Daily Telegraph reports at least 600 […]

Australia: Muslims with jihad flag on car drive by church, shout threats to “kill the Christians” and slaughter their children - If I hadn’t left “Australia” in the headline, you probably would have thought that this happened in Indonesia or Nigeria or Egypt or Iraq or Syria, etc. But this is Australia, and the more Muslims we allow to immigrate, the worse this is going to get. This is Islam. “Australia: Muslims with jihad flag on […]

Jihadis Sell Christian Girls for $25 - While Muslims in the US condemn the Islamic State with empty rhetoric, where are they teaching against the ideology that gave rise to it? What programs have they instituted to counter the violent Islamic teachings or stop young Muslims from joing the fight for Islamic State? None. And what about the response by so many […]

Canada: Devout Muslim Pleads Guilty in Jihad Terrorism Trial - So we are told by John Kerry, a widely respected Islamic scholar, that the Islam this devout Muslim is practicing is not Islam. John Kerry’s Islam that no one practices is the real Islam. According to a pew poll, 75% of Muslims worldwide want sharia for the family issues including divorce and property disputes. 75% […]

House approves Obama’s failed Syria arms plan - “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein “Civilizational suicide: pursuing the same failed policy that aided and abetted the enemy and expecting a different result.” Pamela Geller The Congress approved President Obama’s plan to arm the Syrian “rebels.” The “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) has already […]

Kosovo ‘imams held’ in raids on Islamic State recruitment @JohnKerry -  Every day it becomes terribly clear how vicious it was of President Clinton to send US troops to fight alongside Albanian Muslims and defeat the Christian Serbs in the cause of Islam. American troops fought in order to pave the way for an Islamic state in heart of Europe — Kosovo. Not only are Muslims […]

New York Muslim charged with attempting to kill “officers of the United States and “recruiting for the Islamic State” - I expect Hamas-CAIR to scream “entrapment,” “islamophobia,” and the always popular, “Islam has noting to do with Islam!” The Minnesota Grand Jury investigating the “terror pipeline” — Muslims flocking to wage jihad in Syria and Iraq — should expand their investigation to the whole of the country. America, we have a problem. “New York man […]

Canadian Muslim Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers - Here again, a Muslim who lives in a Western country and is afforded all of the benefits that a civilized country like Canada can provide goes jihad. At the risk of repeating myself for the umpeenth time, this war is ideological. Nationality, race, ethnicity, borders, hair color, shoe size are irrelevant. It is Islamic jihad. […]


U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S

By Pam Geller

Most Americans are unaware that under the “Refugee Resettlement Program,” whole Muslim communities from hostile nations are imported into the United States, circumventing whatever immigration laws that are still intact. This is made even more dangerous by what organization determines who is are refugees and who aren’t. It’s the UN, driven largely by the world’s largest international body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a modern day caliphate made up of 56 countries and the Palestinian terrorists. For years, a handful of my colleagues and I have warned of the reckless immigration polices here in America and in the West — refusing immigration status to persecuted religious minorities under Islam (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc.), while allowing whole Muslim communities from jihad nations to immigrate. - See more at:

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site

New Major Report!

Extreme Weather Events: Are they Influenced by Rising Atmospheric CO2?: Multiple climate models project that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will increase the frequency and/or severity of a number of extreme weather events. This projection has been accepted as fact by numerous scientific organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. EPA. Such claims, however, often fail to stand up against appropriate scientific scrutiny. When key principles of scientific inquiry are adequately addressed and followed, the model projections are consistently seen to conflict with real-world observations, indicating it is highly unlikely that increasing temperatures-whether or not they are driven by rising atmospheric CO2-will increase the frequency and/or magnitude of severe weather events. In fact, most evidence to date suggests an opposite effect, where rising temperatures would produce less frequent and less severe extreme weather.

Journal Reviews

The January 2014 Circumpolar Vortex Over the Contiguous United States: In a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, Ballinger et al. (2014) write that the most recent January "will be remembered for the sensationalized media usage of the term 'polar vortex' that coincided with several polar air outbreaks," which many people attributed to CO2-induced global warming and touted as being a sign of severe climate change. But was the circumpolar vortex over the contiguous United States in January 2014 really so unusual as to merit such attention and attribution?

Modeling the Western Pacific Dynamic Warm Pool Edge: How well do CMIP5 models perform in this regard? Based on 19 model simulations over the period 1950 to 2000, it appears that various aspects of the dynamic warm pool edge or DWPE "remain difficult for coupled models to simulate."

ENSO Asymmetry from CMIP3 to CMIP5 Models: To what extent has its representation been improved, as models have supposedly been improved?

Effects of Minor Coral Bleaching Events on Juvenile Butterflyfishes: According to the researchers who conducted this study, "reef fish communities do appear to exhibit a higher tolerance for bleached coral than initially suspected" and "juvenile coral-feeding fishes are relatively robust to short term effects of bleaching events."

Ecological Impacts of Poleward-Shifting Marine Species: What happens when they encounter other species that don't migrate as fast as they do?

Coccolithophores Can Evolve to Cope With Ocean Acidification: It would appear that adaptive evolution has the potential to mitigate adverse effects of ocean acidification.

A Little-Studied Way by which Corals May Survive Bleaching: Could establishing colonies at deeper-than-usual depths be the answer to their periodic plight?

Subject Index Summary

Water Use Efficiency (Agricultural Species): As the atmosphere's CO2 concentration rises, most plants exhibit increased rates of net photosynthesis and biomass production; and on a per-unit-leaf-area basis, plants exposed to elevated CO2 concentrations are likely to lose less water via transpiration, since they tend to exhibit lower stomatal conductances. Hence, the amount of carbon gained per unit of water lost per unit leaf area - or water-use efficiency - should increase significantly as the air's CO2 content rises; and in this review of the pertinent scientific literature, experimental evidences of this phenomenon are presented for agricultural crops.

Plant Growth Database
 
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Queensland Umbrella Tree (Sheppard and Stanley, 2014).

Craig Idso - CO2 Science | news@co2science.org | Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

 

Attack of the NGOs

Tom DeWeese Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bottom of FormWho are these Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It’s a vast matrix composed of both the private NGO groups and representatives of the UN and representatives of a large number of U.S. federal agencies — all working together behind the scenes, quietly making policy for the rest of us. And when I attempt to expose them, they vehemently deny there is any collusion — “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Sorry, the truth is — this is how it works. No vote. No public input. Just the enforcement of an agenda through the willing participation of private groups and government officials who forgot their purpose was to represent, not dictate to us. The NGOs are the storm troopers necessary to make it all happen. The article below was first published in 2008, has been included in the American Policy Center’s “Stop Agenda 21 Action Kit,” and most currently the subject of one of APC’s free monthly Stop Agenda 21 instructional webinars — available in the webinar archives on the APC website, www.americanpolicy.org. — Tom DeWeese

One rarely hears of it. Few elected officials raise an eyebrow. The media make no mention of it. But power is slowly slipping away from our elected representatives. In much the same way Mao Tse Tung had his Red Guards, so the UN has its NGOs. They may well be your masters of tomorrow, and you don’t even know who or what they are.

There are, in fact, two parallel, complimentary forces at work in the world, working together to advance the global Sustainable Development agenda, ultimately leading toward UN global governance. Those two forces are the UN itself and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Beginning with the United Nations, the infrastructure pushing the Sustainable Development agenda is a vast, international matrix. At the top of the heap is the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).

Created in 1973 by the UN General Assembly, the UNEP is the catalyst through which the global environmental agenda is implemented. Virtually all of the international environmental programs and policy changes that have occurred globally in the past three decades are the result of UNEP efforts. But the UNEP doesn’t operate on its own. Influencing it and helping to write policy are thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These are private groups which seek to implement a specific political agenda. Through the UN infrastructure, particularly through the UNEP, they have great power.

The phrase “non-governmental organization” came into use with the establishment of the United Nations Organization in 1945 with provisions in Article 71 of Chapter 10 of the United Nations Charter. The term describes a consultative role for organizations that are neither government nor member states of the UN.

NGOs are not just any private group hoping to influence policy. True NGOs are officially sanctioned by the United Nations. Such status was created by UN Resolution 1296 in 1948, giving NGOs official “Consultative” status to the UN. That means they can not only sit in on international meetings, but can actively participate in creating policy, right alongside government representatives.

There are numerous classifications of NGO’s. The two most common are “Operational” and “Advocacy.” Operational NGOs are involved with designing and implementing specific projects, such as feeding the hungry or organizing relief projects. These groups can be religious or secular. They can be community-based, national, or international. The International Red Cross falls under the category of an operational NGO.

Advocacy NGOs are promoting a specific political agenda. They lobby government bodies, use the news media, and organize activist-oriented events, all designed to raise awareness and apply pressure to promote their causes which include environmental issues, human rights, poverty, education, children, drinking water, and population control — to name a few. Amnesty International is the largest human-rights advocacy NGO in the world. Organized globally, it has more than 1.8 million members, supporters, and subscribers in over 150 countries.

Today these NGOs have power nearly equal to member nations when it comes to writing UN policy. Just as civil service bureaucrats provide the infrastructure for government operation, so to do NGOs provide such infrastructure for the UN. In fact, most UN policy is first debated and then written by the NGOs and presented to national government officials at international meetings for approval and ratification. It is through this process that the individual political agendas of the NGO groups enter the international political arena.

The policies sometimes come in the form of international treaties or simply as policy guidelines. Once the documents are presented to and accepted by representatives of member states and world leaders, obscure political agendas of private organizations suddenly become international policy, and are then adopted as national and local laws by UN member states. Through this very system, Sustainable Development has grown from a collection of ideas and wish lists of a wide variety of private organizations to become the most widely implemented tool in the UN’s quest for global governance.

The three most powerful organizations influencing UNEP policy are three international NGOs. They are the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN). These three groups provide the philosophy, objectives, and methodology for the international environmental agenda through a series of official reports and studies such as World Conservation Strategy, published in 1980 by all three groups; Global Biodiversity Strategy, published in 1992; and Global Biodiversity Assessment, published in 1996.

These groups not only influence UNEP’s agenda, they also influence a staggering array of international and national NGOs around the world. Jay Hair, former head of the National Wildlife Federation, one of the Unites States’ largest environmental organizations, was also the president of the IUCN. Hair later turned up as co-chairman of the President's Council on Sustainable Development.

The WWF maintains a network of national chapters around the world, which influence, if not dominate, NGO activities at the national level. It is at the national level where NGOs agitate and lobby national governments to implement the policies that the IUCN, WWF, and WRI get written into the documents that are advanced by the UNEP. In this manner, the world grows ever closer to global governance.

Other than treaties, how does UNEP policy become U.S. policy? Specifically, the IUCN has an incredible mix of U.S. government agencies along with major U.S. NGOs as members. Federal agencies include the Department of State, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Park Service (NPS) the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service. These agencies send representatives to all meetings of the UNEP.

Also attending those meetings as active members are NGO representatives. These include activist groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Zero Population Growth, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the National Education Association, and hundreds more. These groups all have specific political agendas they desire to become law. Through their official contact with government agencies working side-by-side with the UNEP, their political wish lists become official government policy.

How can this be, you ask? How can private organizations control policy and share equal power to elected officials? Here’s how it works:

When the dust settled over the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, five major documents were forced into international policy that will change forever how national policy is made. More importantly, the Rio Summit produced the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). UNCED outlined a new procedure for shaping policy. The procedure has no name, nor is it dictatorial. It is perhaps best described as “controlled consensus” or “affirmative acquiescence.”

Put in simple street language, the procedure really amounts to a collection of NGOs, bureaucrats, and government officials, all working together toward a predetermined outcome. They have met together in meetings, written policy statements based on international agreements that they helped to create, and now they are about to impose laws and regulations that will have dire effects on people’s lives and national economies. Yet, with barely a twinge of conscience they move forward with the policy, saying nothing. No one objects. It’s understood. Everyone goes along. For this is a barbaric procedure that insures their desired outcome without the ugliness of bloodshed, or even debate. It is the procedure used to advance the radical, global environmental agenda.

The UNCED procedure utilizes four elements of power: international government (UN), national governments, non-governmental organizations, and philanthropic institutions.

The NGOs are the key to the process. They create policy ideas from their own private agendas. The policy idea is then adopted by one or more UN organizations for consideration at a regional conference. Each conference is preceded by an NGO forum designed specifically to bring NGO activists into the debate. There they are fully briefed on the policy and then trained to prepare papers and lobby and influence the official delegates of the conference. In this way, the NGOs control the debate and assure the policy is adopted.

The ultimate goal of the conference is to produce a “Convention,” which is a legally-drawn policy statement on specific issues. Once the “Convention” is adopted by the delegates, it is sent to the national governments for official ratification. Once that is done, the new policy becomes international law.

Then the real work begins. Compliance must be assured. Again, the NGOs come into the picture. They are responsible for pressuring Congress to write national laws in order to comply with the treaty. One trick used to assure compliance is to write into the laws the concept of third-party lawsuits.

NGOs now regularly sue the government and private citizens to force policy. They have their legal fees and even damage awards paid to them out of the government treasury. Through a coordinated process, hundreds of NGOs are at work in Congress, in every state government and in every local community, advancing some component of the global environmental agenda.

However, the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment bars the federal government from writing laws that dictate local policy. To bypass this roadblock, NGOs encourage Congress to include special grants to help states and communities fund the new policy, should they want to “voluntarily” comply.

Should a community or state refuse to participate “voluntarily,” local chapters of the NGOs are trained to go into action. They begin to pressure city councils or county commissioners to accept the grants and implement the policy. Should they meet resistance, they begin to issue news releases telling the community their elected officials are losing millions of dollars for the community. The pressure continues until the grant is finally taken and the policy becomes local law. This practice has resulted in the NGOs gaining incredible power on the local level. Today, a great number of communities are actually run by NGO members as city and county governments are staffed by NGO members. They serve on local unelected boards and regional councils that the NGOs helped create. Local representative government is slowly relinquishing its power to the NGOs.

Americans must begin to understand that the debate over environmental issues has very little to do with clean water and air and much more to do with the establishment of power. NGOs are gaining it, and locally elected officials are losing it, as the structure of American government changes to accommodate the private agendas of those NGOs.

 

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution


The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is intended to provide a brief and accurate explanation of each clause of the Constitution as envisioned by the Framers and as applied in contemporary law. Its particular aim is to provide lawmakers with a means to defend their role and to fulfill their responsibilities in our constitutional order. Yet while the Guide will provide a reliable reference for lawmakers and policy-makers, and be especially useful for the trained jurist, it is written to be explanatory and educational, accessible and helpful for informed citizens and students of the Constitution generally.

To create such a unique line-by-line analysis of our supreme law, we set about finding an expert to write on each clause identified in the Constitution, from the Preamble to the Twenty-seventh Amendment. Each contributor was asked to write a brief essay on a particular clause, with two objectives. First, provide a description of the original understanding of the clause, as far as it can be determined. If within the standard of original understanding there are credible and differing interpretations, they were to be noted and explained. (The concept of “originalism” is discussed in the introductory essay, “The Originalist Perspective.”) Second, the article was to provide an explanation of the current state of the law regarding the clause and, where appropriate, to give brief explanations of the historical development of current doctrine.

At the end of each essay, the authors have added cross-references to other clauses in the Constitution, suggestions for further research, and a listing of significant cases concerning that clause. (A complete index of cases referenced throughout the Guide is provided in Appendix A.)

In addition to the text of the Constitution itself, and as reflected by extensive references throughout the Guide, we have taken three widely recognized sources to be especially authoritative in this project. First, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, the definitive collection of the records and debates of the Constitutional Convention, written by participants of the Convention, including in particular the extensive notes taken by James Madison. Second, The Federalist Papers, the great series of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in 1787 and 1788 to defend the Constitution during the debates over the document's ratification. And third, Joseph Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, a classic and substantive work on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution, written in 1833 by one of its best scholars and one of the greatest justices of the Supreme Court.

Here is a link to the complete Guide:  


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arab Muslims Suffer Mentally and Economically

By Alan Caruba

This appeared here and I wish to thank Alan for allowing me to publish his work.  RK

“For years there has been a rising tide of Islamic radicalism, starting in the Middle East, providing a hospitable environment in which terrorism grew naturally,” wrote former Ambassador John Bolton, in a May edition of The Washington Times.

The eruption of the Islamic State (ISIS) has demonstrated how swiftly it has been able to recruit thousands of jihadists to its ranks. The millions it is earning from selling oil on the black market enables it to provide salaries to those recruits. And weapons.

“This radical wave has been spreading throughout northern Africa, into Asia, and now around the world,” warned Bolton.

There is a reason why there is such a supply of recruits to the self-proclaimed caliphate that controls a large swath of northern Syria and Iraq. Jim Clifton, CEO of the Gallup polling organization, says. “The Middle East has collapsed into a state of chaos, conflict, and suffering that was unimaginable and unforeseen just four years ago.”

Clifton took note of the incident that triggered the “Arab Spring” in which dictators were deposed in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. “Food vendor Mohammed Bouazis set himself on fire. Bouazizi didn’t yell ‘Death to America’ or ‘U.S. out of Iraq’ or ‘Allahu Akbar.’ He cried out, ‘I just want to work!’”

No Customers

Clifton said, “Here’s an explanation you don’t hear very often that is likely the root cause of the entire meltdown in the Middle East: no customers.”

He noted that “When a society fails to create jobs, as in countries throughout the Middle East, young men get up each morning with zero hope for a great life, zero hope to get married (you usually can’t marry in Middle Eastern society without a real job), zero dream of a family, zero dignity, and zero self-respect.”

“What millions of young Middle Eastern males wake up to every morning is unimaginable humiliation, indignation, desperation, and a form of dangerous boredom.” Clifton noted that “There are over 100 million young people aged 18 to 29 in the Middle East/North Africa area—meaning there are probably 50 million young males.”

That is more than enough to recruit a huge army of holy warriors who find meaning in their lives by joining ISIS and other groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria. We are witnessing a war between Sunnis and Shiites, and Clifton warned that “Western leaders prefer to operate through delusional wishful-thinking policies.”

I received an account by an unidentified Lockheed employee who cited research by a Danish psychologist, Nikolai Sennels as published in 2010. The Lockheed employee had been in Saudi Arabia on three assignments and noted that Saudi pilot trainees often had “dim memories and had to be constantly reminded of things that were told to them the day before.” They also had very limited night vision, “even on the brightest of moonlit nights.”

The larger problem as noted by Sennels was attributed to 1,400 years of inbreeding, the Muslim practice of marrying first cousins; it has been in effect for fifty generations and is based on the teachings of Muhammad, their revered prophet, and the prohibition on marrying outside of the Muslim faith.
 
Sennels noted that “The consequences for offspring of consanguineous marriages are unpleasantly clear: Death, low intelligence or even mental retardation, handicaps and diseases often leading to a slow and painful death.”

“Other consequences are: Limited social skills and understanding, limited ability to manage education and work procedures and painful treatment procedures. The negative cognitive consequences also influence the executive functions. The impairment of concentration and emotional control most often leads to anti-social behavior.”

“The economic costs and consequences for society of inbreeding,” said Sennels, “are of course secondary to the reality of human suffering.”

Sennels concluded that “A lower IQ, together with a religion that denounces critical thinking, surely makes it harder for many Muslims to have success in our high-tech knowledge societies.” In the case of the United States, He noted “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less education, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.”

There are many ramifications of the inbreeding that Judeo-Christian faiths prohibited from their inception. It explains in many ways why it is wrong to believe that Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere “think” in the same fashion as those in the West.

It permits them to believe that beheading westerners is a way to impose their will by videotaping this ancient, barbaric practice. It encourages the belief that all non-Muslims are worthy of death.

The flow of Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe has created a massive problem for its native population. In Great Britain measures are being taken to crack down on those who go abroad to become jihadists and return.

According to Wikipedia: ”The Muslim population of the U.S. increased dramatically in the 20th century, with much of the growth driven by a comparatively high birth rate and immigrant communities of mainly Arab and South Asian descent. About 72% of American Muslims are immigrants or "second generation". In 2005, more people from Islamic countries became legal permanent United States residents— nearly 96,000 — than in any year in the previous two decades. In 2009, more than 115,000 Muslims became legal residents of the United States.” The other element of the American Muslim population is African-Americans who have been converting to Islam.

Westerners are perplexed by the rise of fanatical Islam, but the answer comes down to a lack of entrepreneurism in Middle Eastern and other Muslim nations, combined with the problems resulting from generations of inbreeding.

It still means war at some point and for some time to come.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

From Shaw's EcoLogic


September 04, 2014

Lack of trust in the health care industry: A branding crisis - While the pundits would have you believe that our biggest health care crisis is that millions of people are uninsured, far greater numbers are caught up in a basic lack of trust in conventional health care. That's the subject of this HND piece.

It may surprise you to discover that approximately 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are using some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Briefly, this designation would include everything outside the spectrum of typical allopathic medicine—the type that's generally covered by health insurance.

We discuss the reasons for this, and then hear from a branding expert who discusses what the conventional health care industry needs to do, to get back into the good graces of the public. Read the complete article.

August 27, 2014

 



Many questions can be raised...Why are all the big disease trade associations against e-cigarettes? At best, they are concerned over tenth-order effects, and seem to care little for actual harm reduction. Why do they continue to advocate a high-carb low fat diet, despite mounds of evidence that this stance has single-handedly caused the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic?

Why do they insist on pursuing a low-salt diet when there is NO evidence that this is healthy, and plenty of studies showing that it promotes a variety of diseases?

Rack your brain all you want, but all roads lead to only one conclusion: The powers that be want us sick, poor, and dependent on them. And, in the case of banning e-cigs, want that cig tax revenue.

Where is a public health policy, when you really need one?

August 25, 2014


Dr. Gilbert Ross is the medical and executive director of The American Council on Science and Health. This piece appeared in the NY Post.

As we near the start of flu season, beware: Many of the city’s top hospitals pose a serious hazard to your health, because many of their nurses and other care personnel aren’t vaccinated — and don’t have to be.

To protect both workers and patients, at least 90 percent of health-care personnel should be vaccinated.  At Mount Sinai, it’s just 58 percent; at Maimonides Medical Center, 55 percent; at New York Hospital-Queens, 60 percent.  Overall, at the 31 hospitals of the city Health and Hospitals Corp. the rate is just 82 percent — well below the “herd immunity” that’s needed to prevent a serious flu epidemic.

Hospital-worker vaccinations are vital, because patients’ own immune systems are so often impaired by the illnesses that landed them in the hospital.  It’s outrageous for the city’s health-care system to so needlessly put the sick and vulnerable at further risk.

Seasonal influenza is highly communicable and potentially lethal. Vaccinating health-care personnel against it to protect both patients and workers should be a no-brainer.  But the Health and Hospitals Corp., or HHC, doesn’t require it — despite the clear benefit to all parties, versus the immeasurably small risk.  Health workers in direct contact with patients are the chief source of infectious outbreaks in health-care facilities. Why won’t HHC require vaccination?

Two years ago, the public-health nonprofit where I work, The American Council on Science and Health, sent HHC a petition signed by 35 nationally renowned experts in infectious disease, demanding it implement a mandatory vaccination policy.

We got nowhere.

We then appealed to the state Department of Health, which said it had such a policy under consideration. But, sigh, DOH caved to union resistance, and merely adopted an optional “vaccinate or mask” policy.  The Centers for Disease Control report that there is no evidence that “mask use by either infectious patients or health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission.”  In other words, the Department of Health is promoting a flu-prevention policy that doesn’t prevent the spread of flu.

Influenza is highly contagious; each year it infects about 20 percent of Americans, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 to 50,000 deaths.  And some of those deaths are preventable — people who caught the flu while hospitalized for something else. Hospital patients are among the most vulnerable to the severe (even lethal) complications of influenza.  Widespread immunization campaigns can reduce this frightful toll. Seasonal flu vaccines can reduce morbidity by 60 to 90 percent; they’re easily the most effective method to prevent transmission of the virus.

The Infectious Disease Society of America, The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The American Academy of Pediatrics and other major medical groups all endorse mandatory vaccination of health-care personnel.

After all, it does three key things:
  • Prevents the virus from spreading to patients, including those with weakened immune systems.
  • Promotes “herd immunity,” making it less likely that the virus can spread to those who can’t be vaccinated or for whom the vaccine doesn’t “take.”Ensures that the health-care workforce remains functional even in the event of a massive flu outbreak.
In short, this is a core safety practice for public health. It’s obscene that HHC refuses to mandate annual flu vaccination as a condition of initial and continued employment and/or professional privileges. (The only permitted exemptions should be for documented medical conditions.)

Yet the unions for nurses and other hospital workers resist, citing reasons from “freedom of choice” to religious objections to fear of side-effects.

Sorry:
  • No religion gives you the right to put the sick at added risk of disease.
  • Freedom of choice means the freedom to find other work if you won’t be vaccinated to protect yourself and others — not the freedom to threaten others’ health.
  • If you can’t see that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the tiny risk of side-effects, you don’t belong working in a hospital.
Union opposition is potent.

It took vaccine expert (and ACSH trustee) Dr. Paul Offit and his team a full six years to finally implement the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s “Get vaccinated or get out” policy, ultimately firing only nine out of 9,300 CHOP employees.

But it can be done, and must be done.

Physicians and other health-care providers are bound by three key ethical duties: “To do good or to do no harm,” “To put patient interests first” and “To protect the vulnerable.”  To avoid or ignore these clear duties is unprofessional and worse, is detrimental to public health.  Yes, a mandatory-vaccination is coercive. So what? Voluntary approaches don’t work, and protecting the public health justifies such coercion.  Every hospital should tell its workers: “You may choose not to be vaccinated — or to work in this hospital with sick patients. Not both.”

Stop the assault on salt - This HND piece marks the second time in six months that I have gone after the low-salters. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that low salt diets not only do not promote health, but are actually bad for people, these blockheads continue on—or at least try to.

The latest assault comes in the form of one of three articles recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The first two continue piling on the evidence that moderate salt consumption is good for you, but the low-salters have fixated on the third one (Mozaffarian et al.).

Cutting to the chase, lead author Dariush Mozaffarian and his nine collaborators spent plenty of Bill and Melinda Gates' money to run an epidemiological study on various health effects of dietary sodium. Hold onto your hats for the conclusion:

In this modeling study, 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular causes that occurred in 2010 were attributed to sodium consumption above a reference level of 2.0 g per day.

Bear in mind that less than one percent of people on earth consume such low levels of sodium per day. Thus, these brilliant researchers discovered that in a cohort that comprises 99% of the human race, there will be some deaths from cardiovascular causes. I ask you to take a short break to appreciate how incandescently stupid this is. Have you ever heard of an epi study in which the cohort is 99% of the human race? What possible conclusions can be drawn?

At the very least, epi studies must attempt to remove confounding factors, but those will clearly be in abundance if everyone is in the study, right? For an illustration, consider the most famous epi work of all time—Richard Doll's demonstration that smoking causes lung cancer. Doll identified a particular group, and then compared it with non-smokers, looking at the endpoint of lung cancer.

In Mozaffarian et al, by making his cohort 99% of humans, he does not have a "non" group, that can be characterized in any rational manner. One can hardly imagine a more absurd epi study than this one.

But, it gets worse. Not only were these worthless results published in a highly prestigious journal, but they were touted by the president of the American Heart Association, and king of the low-salters, Elliott Antman, MD. And Dariush Mozaffarian was named dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, coming from Harvard University, where he served as associate professor and co-director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and an associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The health of Americans has been plagued with such meme-driven nonsense, and rejection of good science for decades. Likewise, the very promoters of this drivel are rewarded. And you wonder why there are major problems with our health care system? Read the complete article.
 
August 22, 2014

Depression, chemicals, and drugs - The death of Robin Williams jump-started this HND piece, but we don't cover his tragic suicide. Rather, we look at the nature of depression, and the role of SSRI drugs. Also included is a takedown of the sorry "Biochemical imbalance" theory of depression—a theory now being disavowed by psychiatry itself.  Read the complete article.

A look at gene therapy - This HND piece examines some exciting developments in the often-touted, but only recently successful field of gene therapy. Ever since the discovery of DNA's double helical structure, people were talking about the possibilities, and now we have some real clinical trials that appear quite promising.

Our guide to the world of gene therapy is Jeff Galvin of American Gene Technologies International Inc., one of the companies that is close to some significant breakthroughs, including treatments for liver and prostate cancer. Other disease specific treatments are described, as well. Read the complete article.

August 03, 2014

The merry old land of Oz - In this HND piece, we examine the strange career of one Mehmet Oz, who has gone from respected physician...to snake oil salesman. We cite some of his recent follies, and frankly, we could have been much more harsh. Greed seems to be the only motivation that can explain this kind of trashing of one's own reputation. Read the complete article.