The island’s demise was a human and Little Ice Age tragedy, not “ecological suicide”
In a recent New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof misleads us about the awful history of Easter Island (2,300 miles west of Chile), whose vegetation disappeared in the cold drought of the Little Ice Age. In doing so, he blinds modern society to the abrupt, icy climate challenge that lies in our own future.
Kristof repeats the archaeological myth that Easter Island’s natives committed “ecological suicide,” by cutting down all their palm trees. They supposedly used the logs as rollers to move their famous huge statues. Afterward, they could no longer build canoes to catch the fish that were their key protein source. Worse, he says, clearing the trees resulted in so much soil erosion that most of the population starved and/or killed each other in famine-driven desperation. Continue reading
To understand the historical origins of the school-shooter-broken-home connection (“Link between mass shooters, absent fathers ignored by anti-gun activists,” Web, March 27) one must think back to the end of World War II. Then, returning heroes, educated under the GI bill, started families, bought homes, built businesses and came to be known as “the Greatest Generation.” A common saying during this time was, “A man’s word is his bond.” Continue reading
Get off your “duff” people! Start getting involved with your Government, or there will be no Government. I speak mostly to the Liberal Democrats and their followers that have been disrupting the process since Donald Trump was elected.
President Trump is not a bad man. He may be somewhat gruff, and he may not be the polished Politician we are used to; but those polished Politicians are the ones that got us where we are today. And that, in my opinion, is not good. Continue reading
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. ~ John Adams letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 15, 1817
Brave New World Revisited is one of the few books I’ve read in my life that I continue to think about on a regular basis. In terms of understanding where humanity stands at present and what we need to do to get out of the mess we’ve created, it’s one of the more important pieces of non-fiction you can find.
I recently felt the need to reread the book for some unknown reason, and I’m glad I did. The choices we make as a species about how we reorganize human affairs in the decades to come will determine the future of human freedom on this planet. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited offers an abundance of wisdom for us to consider as we move forward.
Huxley was deeply concerned with the importance of individual human freedom and the forces relentlessly trying to stifle it. Here’s a brief description of how Huxley viewed our species: Continue reading
Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. Lenin was certainly right. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.
In the latter stages of the war all the belligerent governments practiced, from necessity or incompetence, what a Bolshevist might have done from design. Even now, when the war is over, most of them continue out of weakness the same malpractices. But further, the governments of Europe, being many of them at this moment reckless in their methods as well as weak, seek to direct on to a class known as “profiteers” the popular indignation against the more obvious consequences of their vicious methods. Continue reading
“Oceania” was a nation described in George Orwell’s “1984” as being comprised of Britain (called “Airstrip One,”) and the United States. There were two other superpowers, namely Eurasia and Eastasia. Other lands rich in resources were contested over, such as Africa and assumingly South America…lands never kept by any of three Super-states for any significant period. The “flux” in conquests was exactly what the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) of our time would have termed “necessary” to justify large expenditures: War as the focal purpose, rather than the exceptional event. Continue reading
President Trump recently signed the largest six month spending bill in United States history. Illegal border crossers are having a field day crossing our southern border like they did during the Obama presidency. Border officials are back to catching and releasing those who shuffle into our republic illegally. Leftist democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer are still celebrating the massive funding of sanctuary cities. Obviously neither Chuckie or Nancy have any regard for American born sovereigns and legal immigrants who are often raped, robbed, or beaten to death by illegal border crossers who moonlight as dastardly MS 13 gang members. Continue reading
Recently Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a policy advisor for the Catholic Association, wrote about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 budget “Realizing the Promise of Progressive Government”. Dr. Christie is troubled and takes great exception to the Governors radical policy initiatives on abortion as stated in the budget.
Dr. Christie begins his critique with this statement, “The promise of this style of government seems to be to fulfill every liberal dream about abortion in one fell swoop, or at least the dreams that haven’t already come true in a state that has the highest rate of abortion in the United States”. Continue reading
Instead of sitting back and waiting for the anti-freedom crowd to come along with more gun bans and ammo restrictions and background checks, all designed to curtail our right to be armed against tyrants who would propose such things, we should be on the offensive. Continue reading
Yes, we live in deeply troubling times. I’m afraid the US is following history’s course to a tee, as a declining super power (or one certainly challenged by others) by ratcheting up all
sorts of schemes to sabotage the other great powers, just to hold on to its “unipolar moment” since the end of the Cold War. The US will not succeed, but the results will be terrible for the American nation and catastrophic on a global scale. ~ A. Carlson
Anyone who thinks democracy doesn’t matter may be in for a rude shock later this year, when we know the result of America’s mid-term elections. The Deep State is on course to take control of Congress. If this happens, it will be the next step in a global trend of side-lining democracy in the West, driven in large part by American foreign policy. It has led to governments everywhere increasing control over their people, in an inversion of democratic principles. Continue reading
“Immigration is a form of war in which violence is delayed.” ~ Martin Van Crevald
When you look at all the conquering armies in history, ask yourself what act showed their dominance over the conquered country? They raised their flag. They built forts. They displayed their power over the captured country.
Today, an army of 1.2 million legal immigrants invades America every 12 months. Additionally, according to Dr. Steve Camarota of CIS.org, another 500,000 illegal alien migrants storm over America’s borders, year after year. Continue reading
(Is the grass green?)
Free speech has always been under attack throughout history, and mostly the attackers have been those in power who wanted to make sure they stayed in power. Regardless of what those who promote censorship and speech restrictions say, this is not about the “public good.” It is usually about hiding the truth, and the censors are usually those who claim that the public, for their “own good” just doesn’t need to know about this scandal or that. Continue reading
“America is Seeing Red! But is it Seeing enough Red?”
The phrase “seeing Red” is known from the early 20th century and so is easily predated by the ancient sport of bull fighting, with the toreador’s use of a red cape to deceive the bull.
This color red has many associations – heat, heated emotions and violence, communism, a sign of warning, ripeness, and blood. Continue reading
After another inexplicable act of violence in Parkland Florida claimed 17 lives, the usual chorus (and some of the not so usual chorus) is screaming for gun control. We don’t need gun control; we need nut control.
With the first one constructed in 1773, our country has a history of building and maintaining mental hospitals. In 1955, the United States had more than 100 mental hospitals with a population of over 560,000 people. Continue reading
“The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it’s so violent. I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, ‘How is that possible?'” Those were President Donald Trump’s thoughts regarding the content his son, 11-year-old Barron, has access to through video games and other entertainment. Last Thursday, Trump held his first meeting with video game executives to discuss what the White House called “violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children” as part of a national response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and “gun violence.” Continue reading
Sagacious gun owners have always known that the ultimate goal of gun control extremists such as Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, et al., has always been gun confiscation. The plan is not to “control” the private ownership of firearms; it is to PROHIBIT the private ownership of firearms. Enacting ever-encroaching gun control laws is simply an incremental means to the ultimate end of gun confiscation and prohibition.
Donald Trump was elected on the promise of protecting the Second Amendment (among other things). Instead, he has become the poster boy for one of the most egregious gun control machinations of all: gun confiscation. Continue reading
OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Colulmbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and its burning cities and riots. Other advanced countries don’t do these things. Continue reading