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Month: October 2015

Number 404

…republics collapse when demagogues present themselves as their guardians to entice the people and cloak their true intentions. Mexico Expects Horrific Devastation As this is written, Hurricane Patricia is starting to savage Mexico, near the city of Manzanillo. The storm is the western hemisphere’s most violent known hurricane, with winds as high as two hundred miles per hour. Patricia will be reduced by the mountains it must cross as it moves east, but parts of Texas expect a foot of rain. Doubtless the AGW cult will blame this horror on thirteen one-thousandths of one percent of the earth’s atmosphere. A Word On Trump…And The Mess Perhaps The Wall Street Journal will not be angry with this newsletter for quoting the words of columnist Daniel Henninger. In the Opinion section of the WSJ of 22 October of this year, Henninger wrote: …Trump said…”Look, Jeb (Bush) said we were safe with (his) brother. We were safe. Well, the World Trade Center just fell down.” ….For Donald Trump to suggest…that former President George W. Bush bears blame for Sept. 11, which occurred nine months after he assumed office; or for Donald Trump to revisit 9/11 to promote his thoughts on immigration, is frankly disgusting. His remark about President Bush is an utter falsity, and it demeaned the reality of what happened that day. You either agree reflexively, and because you know a...

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Number 403

Number 403 19 October 2015 Wars end when both sides — not just the United States — stop fighting. The Next Big War It should surprise no one: most observers focus on the Middle East as the location most likely to produce an infectious conflict with nuclear potential. And what makes that region especially dangerous? The easiest answers are Jew-hatred and oil. Consider, for example, the prose of one Michael Snyder. He’s educated, he’s sincere in his desire to understand complex issues, and he’s relatively prolific. He has written about the discovery of oil in the Golan Heights (a region annexed by Israel and still claimed by what is left of Syria), and the fervor of religiously motivated thugs (Hamas) who are trying to provoke Israel. None of Snyder’s claims and speculations are irrational, though they are basically linear (in that they do not explicitly recognize that the Middle East is notoriously quirky, inconstant, and chaotic). An example: Mahmoud Abbas, who is in “…the tenth year of the four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority to which he was once elected…” is calling for more violence. Obama Some aspects of the region’s complexity are under-reported. Chief among those is the politically incorrect claim that the emotional predispositions of the USA’s president are important, consequential, and tragically dangerous. The careful observer should be forgiven for speculating that Obama is...

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Number 402

Number 402 13 October 2015 Ecology is the science of everything. Nobody knows everything. Nobody even knows everything about any one thing. And most of us don’t know much. Science If you are concerned about humanity’s pollution of the atmosphere, this information about the toxic effects of volcanoes might provide you with some perspective. Black holes and “gravity waves”: does either exist? The sun and the Earth’s climate. For a detailed analysis of anthropogenic global warming, call up this paper. You already know that the Gore-Hansen cult’s true believers claim the issue was settled long ago (and forever) by 97% of the world’s scientists. You are supposed to be even more impressed when you learn that “astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator” Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye The Science Guy (whoa!) have endorsed the cult’s raison d’etre. The implication: those iconic sages insist that any and all claims denying The Revealed Truth of AGW should be ignored. Well, you probably recall the cult’s claims and predictions that the Arctic glaciers are melting; look at the demonstrable facts displayed in context here and here. Astronomers, physicists and cosmologists are trying to keep up, but it’s not easy. Consider Pluto. The “Progressive” View Of Iran’s Intentions The New York Times is happy to explain why The One Leader’s pact with Iran was such a marvelous idea. The newspaper suggests the agreement...

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