Monday, April 29, 2013

Temperature rises to CO2 Rises Correlations Questioned

April 28, 2013

The Snows of Rainier

By Mark Musser
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/the_snows_of_rainier.html

On March 26th 2013, retired Professor Don Easterbrook from Western Washington University gave a devastating testimony before a Washington State Senate Committee against the belief that human induced CO2 is causing global warming.  He opened up his presentation by criticizing media bias and the politicization of science through climate change, and said the planet is getting cooler rather than warmer.
Easterbrook acutely remarked that while CO2 levels have continued to rise since World War II, the planet underwent a significant cool down between 1940-1975. He also emphasized that another cooling trend abruptly began again in 1998. Like the cycle of 1940-1975, Easterbrook predicted cooling weather will continue for the foreseeable future. So far his prediction has come true -- and CO2 levels continue to rise.
Although many greens in Washington State were earlier trying to use lower snow packs in the Cascade Mountains as evidence of global warming, such arguments have fallen by the wayside as the snows of Rainer have returned and continue to mount since the late 1990's after a 20 year period of mediocre snowfalls (1976-1996). In early April 1999, Paradise Ranger Station on Mt. Rainier(+14,411) recorded a whopping 280 inches of snowpack on the ground -- which is over 23 feet. That same year, Mt. Rainier's twin sister to the north, Mt. Baker (+10,750), broke the all-time snowfall record for one year with 1,140 inches (95 feet -- snowfall does not record snowpack, only the accumulation of each particular snow event) at its ski resort. The previous all-time record for snowfall in one year was held by the Paradise Ranger Station itself when 1,122 inches of snow fell in the winter of 1971-72. By mid-April of 1972, there was 302 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise, which is over 25 feet. That Washington State snow is very wet and heavy also indicates that such deep snowpacks are profound indeed. In other words, the Washington Cascades are some of the snowiest mountains on earth. Though the Cascades are certainly localized to the Pacific Northwest, they are still important weather barometers
Throughout the 20th century, Paradise Ranger Station (+5,400 feet) was known for its absurdly high consistent snowfalls and snowpacks. Between 1920 and 1980, Paradise usually recorded a snowpack greater than 200 inches (almost 17 feet) 4 to 5 times out of each decade. In particular, the decade of 1945-1956, and then again from 1966-1976, were characterized by very deep snowpacks. The average snowpack between 1945-1956 was an incredible 231 inches, and then 225 inches between 1966-1976, far surpassing the average snow packs of the 1930s, which was 188 inches. In comparison, even the very snowy 1920s only averaged 200 inches of snow.
However, the great snows between 1945-1976 came to an abrupt end by the spring of 1977 in which Paradise only had 126 inches of snow on the ground, barely over ten feet. More modest snow packs continued on up until the spring of 1996. Between 1976-1996, the Paradise Ranger Station surpassed the 200 inch mark only twice -- in the springs of 1982 and 1984. This was a very marked change from previous decades.
As such, the 1997 hefty spring snowpack at Paradise of 258 inches (almost 22 feet), was actually a harbinger of much snowier winters to come. Since 1997, Paradise has surpassed the 200-inch mark eight times. Even this last winter, which was very quiet for Pacific Northwest standards, Paradise still showed a snowpack of 197 inches in mid-April -- just 3 inches shy of that exceptional 200 inch mark.
Since 2006, Paradise has averaged a very snowy 205 inches of snowpack each year, compared to only 168 inches between 1976-1996. Even more incredible, on June 1st 2011, Paradise still had a snowpack of 201 inches -- it is off the charts to have so much snow on the ground so late in the year. Since 1996-97, Paradise has averaged 196 inches of snow pack each year, which is actually a very high number because such consistency spans almost two decades. The snows of Rainier have thus been perfectly consistent with Easterbrook's contention that 1940-75 represented a cooling trend, and that the warming trend of 1976-1997 was halted by the present cooling trend that began in 1998.
In other words, in spite of the fact that global warming advocates have been complaining that the weather of the 21st century has so far been the warmest on record, it is simply not true. According to Easterbrook, such hand-wringing is not based on original raw data, but has been created from computer model adjustments that artificially elevate the warmth of this last decade and purposefully devalue the truly warm decade of the 1930s -- the Dust Bowl years. Easterbrook states 1936 was the hottest year as far as modern records are concerned, but he also pointed out that in ages past, the earth was far warmer than it is now. Easterbrook went on to say the planet is still in the process of coming out of the Little Ice Age (1300-1850), and that the warm-up began long before human induced CO2 could have been the culprit.
 
After almost two hours of unrelenting scientific testimony, Easterbrook totally destroyed virtually every known tenet of global warming/climate change fearmongering. While Easterbrook did believe there has been global warming since the Little Ice Age, he point-blank stated that human-induced CO2 cannot cause temperatures to rise. Easterbrook said that carbon dioxide is a trace gas. Its levels are so close to zero that even if one were to double them, the total sum would still essentially be zero. Green junk science is largely based on converting ecological minutiae into grave apocalyptic concerns.
Easterbrook also said the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing. He stated there was no chance the ice sheet can melt anyway precisely because the average temperature of this continent is -60F. In other words, a 100 degree temperature swing is required for the ice sheet to start melting -- which is not going to happen. He also smartly contended that there is no ice sheet on the North Pole, only an ocean, and that polar bears are doing great in the icy sea waters in spite of the warming trend since the Little Ice Age.
During the lecture, Easterbrook debunked several more favorite global warming beliefs. He demonstrated sea levels have only been rising by about seven inches a century since the Little Ice Age, which has little to do with melting glacial ice. He also demonstrated severe storms were not becoming more frequent, but actually less frequent. Neither did he fail to say that ocean acidification is a myth, or that global warming advocates were tampering with the data -- all of which left one particular Democratic senator stunned.
Even though similar scientific arguments have been readily available for anyone to read for several years now, it was obviously the first time the Democratic senator had ever been confronted with such a scientific presentation of the evidence contrary to his own global warming outlook. His political point of view had insulated him from seeing reality -- which Don Easterbrook constantly tried to correct with empirical scientific data rather than with politicized computer models. The great problem, however, is that climate change advocates have becomewillfully snow blind.
Mark Musser is a missionary/pastor and a contributing writer for the Cornwall Alliance, which is a coalition of clergy, theologians, religious leaders, scientists, academics, and policy experts committed to bringing a balanced biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development. Mark is also the author of two books, Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust which has been recently expanded, updated, and republished, and Wrath or Rest: Saints in the Hands of an Angry God, which is a commentary focusing on the warning passages in the book of Hebrews.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Relating to secularism or theological arguements

I do see where he is getting at particularly in his reply and later must look it up and learn more

Matthew Flannagan (52) Says: 

The problem is exasperated by standard liberal views on religion and public life, which demand public discourse be conducted in secular terms. Islamic terrorists can only be refuted on there own terms, when others can engage them on the presuppositions they hold by other people’s of the book. As long as the west continues to marginalise theological moral discourse and refuse to understand or take it seriously. The problem will remain.

Kimble (3,645) Says: 

which demand public discourse be conducted in secular terms
This is just “oppressor claiming victimhood” bullshit. And from the oppressors who continue to claim to have the ONLY language with which morality can be discussed, no less.
Atheism isn’t killing your religion. Your religion is a fantasy that evaporates upon application of reality.
Islamic terrorists can only be refuted on there own terms…
You can’t use reason to change the mind of someone who hasn’t set their mind through reason.

Matthew Flannagan (52) Says: 

Kimble writes:
“This is just “oppressor claiming victimhood” bullshit. And from the oppressors who continue to claim to have the ONLY language with which morality can be discussed, no less.”
Actually what you dismiss as “bullshit” without any argument is in fact explicitly stated and defended as the mainstream position in the literature, your welcome to read the stanford encyclopaedia of philosophy which spells out the debate and refers to the view I described as the standard view.
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/religion-politics/. It pays to actually know something about a topic before you start dismissing comments about it.
” And from the oppressors who continue to claim to have the ONLY language with which morality can be discussed, no less.” Actually no theologian or christian philosopher I am aware of claims to have the only language with which morality can be discussed. So that’s kinda false, there are arguments that theism provides the only metaphysical basis for certain features of morality to be explicable, but that’s quite different to claiming that morality can only be discussed with theological language. Your confusing moral semantics with ontology, again try and know what your talking about before you write.
As to the rest of your comments, assertions and slogans don’t count for much, to show theism is false you need to actually provide reasons for that conclusion, not simply assert its a fantasy, and the claim that you can’t use reason to refute a position which was not based on reason is actually false. The fact a position is not based on good reasons does not mean there are not good reasons against it. And irrationally form views can be refuted by reason, there is in logic a whole argument form known as reductio ad absurdism which does this. Again try and understand what your talking about before you mouth off.
But in this context what I said is perfectly correct, if one wants to offer an argument that refutes Islamic radicalism one needs to appeal to premises that those tempted by such radicalism accept, arguing that such radicalism is false from a secular view point is hardly going to count as a plausible argument unless you already accept a secular viewpoint to begin with and those tempted to Islamic radicalism don’t. To refute it you need people who are willing to accept certain theological premises for the sake of argument and argue from those and those people need to know and understand those premises well enough to make the argument.
Silly ignorant name calling by ignorant secularists who don’t know the first thing about what they are talking about tends to get no where.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

No Aid. How to help? Sodo


Lessons from Sodo

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Sam Kebongo
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I saw a documentary on this last year, and was very intrigued by it. Finally I have found a true connection.  Although I googled at the time, I could not seem to find a connection or  a summary  at the time of the principles involved.
Another person who wrote "Dead Aid"  below that I want to follow up on too.
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macro-economy and global affairs.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestsellers       "Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa",      "How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices Ahead"     and       "Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World".
Another point to know is the documentary that I saw related to Sodo 1 and that there is a Sodo 2  was started, which I kept bumping into when I was trying to research the original. I do hope that project also goes well, though I did wonder as other aid agencies seem to be getting onto  the band wagon.
Also from wiki is the point of a high Christian concept, though they had to change some African cultural concepts to get the men to also work out in the fields a lot more.
The majority of the inhabitants were Protestants, with 54.61% of the population reporting that belief, 38.43% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 4.76% were Muslim, and 1.28% were Catholic[7] 

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Sodo is located in south-central Ethiopia and covers parts of the Gurage and Wolaita districts of Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region (SNNPR). The area is 100km south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and has a population of approximately 97,000 people. Subsistence agriculture is the main economic activity in Sodo region. Wheat (teff), barley and potato are amongst the crops produced by households, who make their living primarily from agricultural production.
Like the rest of the horn of Africa region, Sodo residents, for a long time, suffered the drastic effects of drought (which is strange since Ethiopia receives so much rain and supplies most of the Nile’s waters). This rendered their farms unproductive and resulted in incessant famines leaving them unable to feed themselves and they suffered food insecurity and depended on food aid.
It is against this background that an Ethiopian agronomist sought to work with the community improves the situation. He noted that deforestation had caused not only soil erosion washing away the fertile top soil but also washed down rain water downstream. This lowered the water table and made irrigation impossible. He formed the Sodo Self Help with objective of Sodo of improving food security and productivity for areas households as well as enhancing natural resource management in the locality, supporting measures to combat soil erosion and land degradation, improving management and use of available water, and assisting households to establish on and off farm enterprise. Further, Sodo also sought to improve access to directly increase farm household food and cash crop production for households in the area.
These ambitious objectives were achieved through improved local access to seed and inputs, provision of  farmer training,  promotion new crop varieties, support of  conservation of natural resources and the rehabilitation of depleted soil, and to support rain harvesting technologies to enable farm households to produce horticultural crops under irrigation.
But the most interesting and beautiful aspect of this initiative was the fact that the people themselves worked to improve their lot. It discouraged dependency syndrome that came would food aid. For example, the farmers were taught in groups of twenty and then each farmer was expected to train twenty other people. They were also mobilized to build gabions to reduce soil erosion and ultimately raise the water table to enable irrigation. The villagers formed their own groups that they managed and policed. Naturally, there were hiccups. Some of the people who were used to food aid will naturally protest at being made responsible and accountable for work whose benefits are ‘abstract’ and not immediate. These were also solved through community group discussions and community participation.
Support was also provided for households, and particularly women, to participate in savings and credit co-operatives, to enable them to establish both on and off-farm income generating activities, while the wider community was assisted through better access to basic services, including water, education and health-care.
The results of this intervention has been amazing in the last five years. This focus on local resources and indigenous know-how as well as promotion of innovative ideas and practices has made the these people not only able to feed themselves but their economy has grown and they have, among other things, been able to build a school and a hospital for themselves with the government providing human resources. They are on the second phase now.
The people of Sodo teach us valuable lessons. They have practically proven that the most crucial component in development is always people. And if we go by the maxim that the wearer knows where the shoe pinches, then we can achieve progress by being prosumers (Teaching the consumers to produce for themselves).Second, we should not expect ‘development’ to come from outside. We have to improve our lot. This is an example worth emulating and they deserve our applause
Sam Kebongo teaches entrepreneurship at Rwanda Tourism University College.
He also is a Director at Serian Ltd that provides skills and business advisory services consultancy
Below the jump is about Sodo 2 then another story and interesting to read the diverse comments. I think a lot more to pick up on and learn what is really happening. Will just have to be another time.
Just realized that some how the article is not fitted into the template, some of the links work, and  if interested it will give some idea of what to google for.
 I actually think that Sodo 1 is better than Sodo 2 as Sodo 1 was done more on their own initiative. Though Sodo 2 helps many more, other aid organisations have joined in so I am wary if they have changed some of the original principles, and with their social justice and human rights driven agendas may lead to corruption.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Derivatives Gamble


It has been a question about derivatives  that I have been trying to learn from over 5 years ago and it has taken me quite a while to learn and sort of understand.  After asking university students studying economics  to investigate and no real answers. This article does close some of the gaps, though I think there is a lot more to  figure out all the effects. Particularly to all of the world and just why have other countries as early as 2008 had set things up to hair cut depositors.

It also seems to a part of man's greed and machinations to hide things.


The Wall Street Ticking Time Bomb That Could Blow Up Your Bank Account

Derivatives turn the financial system into a casino. And the House always wins.
Photo Credit: Jean Lee/ Shutterstock.com
Cyprus-style confiscation of depositor funds has been called the “new normal.”  Bail-in policies are appearing in multiple countries directing failing TBTF banks to convert the funds of “unsecured creditors” into capital; and those creditors, it turns out, include ordinary depositors. Even “secured” creditors, including state and local governments, may be at risk.  Derivatives have “super-priority” status in bankruptcy, and Dodd Frank precludes further taxpayer bailouts. In a big derivatives bust, there may be no collateral left for the creditors who are next in line.  
Shock waves went around the world when the IMF, the EU, and the ECB not only approved but mandated the confiscation of depositor funds to “bail in” two bankrupt banks in Cyprus. A “bail in” is a quantum leap beyond a “bail out.” When governments are no longer willing to use taxpayer money to bail out banks that have gambled away their capital, the banks are now being instructed to “recapitalize” themselves by confiscating the funds of their creditors, turning debt into equity, or stock; and the “creditors” include the depositors who put their money in the bank thinking it was a secure place to store their savings.
The Cyprus bail-in was not a one-off emergency measure but was consistent with similar policies already in the works for the US, UK, EU, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, as detailed in my earlier articles here and here.  “Too big to fail” now trumps all.  Rather than banks being put into bankruptcy to salvage the deposits of their customers, the customers will be put into bankruptcy to save the banks.
Why Derivatives Threaten Your Bank Account
The big risk behind all this is the massive $230 trillion derivatives boondoggle managed by US banks. Derivatives are sold as a kind of insurance for managing profits and risk; but as Satyajit Das points out in Extreme Money, they actually increase risk to the system as a whole.

The Measure and Power of NEED

This is the excerpt I want. The full context is below the jump break    and in solving one problem lost the jump break

My brother, a lifelong socialist, believes that the European Union concept will put an end to war, and that to achieve this is paramount. That there may be a cost is accepted. He does not, however, perceive the gamble inherent in his belief as in the political sense. He is a fundamentalist — he does not understand the need to monitor the costs of the project, either financial or social.
There comes a point where either of these issues will cause exactly the kind of strife he is trying to avoid.
The European Project is essentially a religious undertaking, a huge social experiment with mythology at its core. What we are seeing on these pages is fallout, and fallout is a dangerous side effect of meddling.
There is a stark difference between experimentation and meddling. Behind an experiment is a hypothesis; behind meddling is ignorance. The two are similar except that in trying to prove a hypothesis, one has set limits and paradigms. When one meddles, there are no limits and no paradigms. Experiments sometimes produce unexpected results, but because there are limits, then the results tend to be limited. Not so when meddling.
When Britain joined the EEC, it was because the EEC was prosperous. On the day before Britain signed up, the Common Fisheries Policy was signed at a secret meeting to which Britain was not invited, and Britain unexpectedly found that its protected (and well-managed) fisheries had been signed away to EEC ownership. Within ten years the British fishing fleet was decimated, and the fish stocks around the country raped.
Valuable catches were being thrown overboard, adding to the pollution problem. Fish do not survive the trawl process; they are asphyxiated before they get onto the deck of the trawler, but legislation was aimed at managing prices, not sustainability. It is even possible that those drafting the legislation, in their profound ignorance, thought that the unwanted fish were returned alive to the sea, just as little boys fishing off a wooden pier would do with their catch.
For many countries, the results of meddlings in the ranks of the unelected European Union bureaucracy have become dire. The people of Cyprus are now victims of the outright theft of a proportion of their housekeeping and savings. This is a criminal act on a grand scale, but because ‘the end justifies the means’ this immorality is whitewashed on the basis of ‘need’.
Need is usually a question of balance and context, but in a context where the end justifies the means, need can become paramount and is no longer subject to scrutiny. Thus, when need dictates that, for example, the EDL must be demonised, then means will be conjured up to fulfil the need.
Conjuring tricks tend to be obvious to those with a bit of knowledge, or even to those with the ability to reason. But if you can dumb down the audience to the point that they believe in magic, then the conjurer is king.
So too, in a dumbed-down society, ‘need’ becomes an overriding excuse for any excess. Weimar Germany ‘needed’ a scapegoat, and Zionist, Bolsheviks fitted the bill, National Socialism did the deed and thus fulfilled the need.
In the Europe of the fifties, the need was to end wars, the magic wand was waved and hey presto! the EU and ‘ever closer union’ fulfilled the need, the fallout of which has been national and cultural ‘patriacide’.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

sustainability is everywhere


Controlling the frightened low information humans into the green compliance and indoctrinating the next generation into the smart growth of green

What Is Sustainability?

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- Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh (Bio and Archives)  Tuesday, April 9, 2013 

“Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” - Professor Maurice King
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists “sustain” as “to give support or relief to, to nourish, to keep up, prolong. The Barnhart Etymological Dictionary (p. 1098) gives its Latin root of “sustinere” as “to hold up, keep up, support, endure,” as a variant to hold.
The word “sustainability” is another matter. It seems that environmentalists with a certain agenda have written the definition in Webster’s. Sustainable, besides “capable of being sustained,” is also a “method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged, sustainable techniques, sustainable agriculture, and a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.”
Wikipedia is even bolder and more complex in their definition ofsustainability—they are shamelessly preaching U.N. Agenda 21 goals. “Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life.” I am not sure how the earth supported human life for eons, it must have been sheer luck, we cannot leave it to chance, and it must be controlled by the environmental non-government powers with plenty of government funding and regulations. Today we are doomed to fail miserably without sustainability. Wikipedia broadly explains and describes sustainability as:
  • Wetlands
  • Diversity
  • Eco-economics
  • Urban planning
  • Lifestyles
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Eco-villages
  • Eco-municipalities
  • Sustainable cities
  • Permaculture
  • Green building
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Green technologies
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable fission
  • Fusion power
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental science
  • Earth science
  • Conservation biology
  • Human consumption and resources
In addition to controlling the frightened low information humans into the green compliance and indoctrinating the next generation into the smart growth of green, there are fortunes to be made from the sustainability schemes and scams at the expense of the middle class: carbon taxes, carbon swaps, carbon footprint, electric cars, wind and solar energy generation, expensive regulations filling the coffers of government bureaucracies, of unions, and of a few elites who push the green scam zealously.
Since 1987, Sustainable Development of U.N. Agenda 21 has turned every economic activity possible into Sustainable Everything, from education to food. My local diner advertises food cooked with sustainable turkeys.
At the center of Sustainable Development are public policy objectives to “protect the environment, control economic development, and promote social equity.” Who can argue with protecting the environment and who does not want a pristine environment? It is how the environment will be protected to the detriment of humans, the economic control and the social equity goals that disturb higher information Americans.
Global warming is a political movement solidified by U.N. Agenda 21 to bring about global justice, equality, and wealth redistribution, power to a handful of global elites, total economic control, and population reduction to the levels that “consensus” scientists and journalists, who manufacture temperature data and misinformation, deem necessary to gain control of the uninformed and frightened masses.
The hoax of global warming as a political movement will bring about the fundamental transformation of America promised to us during the presidential campaign, the new world order/global governance.
Vice President Joe Biden said on April 5, 2013 at the Export-Import Bank conference in Washington, “The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order because the global order is changing again and the institutions of the world that worked so well in the post-World War II era for decades, they need to be strengthened and some have to be changed.”
“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” (Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment)
If the MSM repeats in tandem bold lies and misinformation enough times and with confidence, “It does not matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” (Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace)
“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” (Timothy Wirth, President of the U.N. Foundation)
Paying a tax to reduce carbon footprint is meant to alleviate the guilt of the elites, liberals, politicians, the rich, and the hypocritical Hollywood celebrities who have not stopped “polluting” with their jets, huge mansions, and excessive, in your face, lifestyles. But the majority of middle class Americans can ill-afford these taxes.
Sustainable Development will solidify global governance as promoted by the World Core Curriculum. According to James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis, “the earth is a living organism, the giver of life, every species is equal in value, and that both animate and inanimate objects have rights.”
Dr. Robert Muller, who developed the World Core Curriculum, claims that “every member of every species is a cell in the global organism and that the evolution of the United Nations represents the development of the earth’s brain.”
This curriculum teaches students that it is a sin to cut down a tree, that animals have rights, and humans (Americans in particular) are “killing” the earth by burning fossil fuels. God is greatly ridiculed and the faithful are marginalized. The “Earth Charter,” which seeks to replace the Ten Commandments with a global green religion, was promoted by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Maurice Strong, “a native Canadian who is widely deemed to be one of the key instigators of the global environmental movement, living a low-profile in China for the past half-decade,” is considered “the godfather of global environmentalism and organizer of the United Nations’ 1992 Rio environmental Earth Summit.” (George Russell, Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps out of Shadows at Rio+20, Fox News Insider, June 20, 2012)
How will new world order/global governance be achieved through the political movement of Sustainable Development Everything? Aside from academic indoctrination into the scam of green, man-made global warming hoax, and learned helplessness, a massive change of zoning laws, severe regulations and restrictions of land use, home building, energy consumption, consumerism, fossil fuels exploration and use, visioning committees at local levels will change the face of western countries through “regional” shadow governments, unelected individuals who will dictate policy on every economic issue. “Regionalism must precede globalism. We foresee a seamless system of governance from local communities, individual states, regional unions and up through to the United Nations itself.” (U.N. Commission on Global Governance)
Various executive orders and laws have established regionalism and have already implemented U.N. Agenda 21 goals of Sustainable Development. There is no federal government body left that does not have plans for Sustainable Development. Most universities now offer degrees or have professorial chairs in Sustainable Development. Job titles have been renamed to contain the words “green growth” or “sustainable.”
We’ve reached this point of no return with the help of left wing journalists who have abandoned any pretense of objectivity. They are nothing but the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party - Democrat operatives, propagandists, political commentators, and lobbyists, politicizing anything that will grow the socialist government, including the manufactured science of global warming.
In criticizing and ridiculing global warming skeptics, disingenuous journalists cite the “science consensus,” not bothering to explain that science is exact, not a consensus. Conveniently forgotten is the fact that debunked scientists with an agenda (such as those at the University of East Anglia) promoted the false notion of man-made global warming by deleting data from climate computer models that contradicted their hypothesis.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Understanding the Basis of "Democracy"


If Religious Liberty Helped Create America's Greatness, Can We Really Survive Without it,

Christian Origins of Essential American Doctrines

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- Kelly OConnell (Bio and Archives)  Monday, April 8, 2013 
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Christian Origins of Essential American Doctrines
In midst of the modern, mindless battle to drive religion completely from American life, a small and inconvenient fact has been ignored: Virtually every important, original American idea is a product of Christianity. Further, had these doctrines never been developed, the US would arguably not been nearly as productive, free or happy. These ideas involve property, liberty, and the rule of law.
Today the government bears down upon the Constitution, menacing the Bill of Rights and our entire way of life, offering to trade our freedoms for the supposed security of state control. Our very life, liberty and pursuit of happiness hang in the balance. We would do well to remember that the source of our original constitutional doctrines come from natural law, common law and our profound biblical heritage. For once we lose our freedoms, liberties and economic vitality, we are unlikely to taste these ever again. And do we not owe our children and the subjugated of other countries a duty to protect this irreplaceable inheritance? This article surveys some of the more important American doctrines which came down from a biblical antecedent.

I. Magna Carta

Magna Carta, or the Great Writ, is considered the centerpiece of Anglo-American liberties. It is fascinating to therefore discover that this great work was negotiated and drafted between King John and the lords by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury who interpolated biblical ideas into the final draft. (Langton was the same person who introduced chapter and verse into the modern Bible.) Magna Carta offers the biblical idea of putting the law above the king. (see Why Separating Church & State is a Fool’s Errand: Consider Magna Carta’s Origins)

II. Property & Natural Rights

The emergence of modern expressions of Natural Law and Natural Rights is traced by Brian Tierney in The Idea of Natural Rights, to a debate between The Franciscans and Pope John XXII. The argument concerned whether the followers of Saint Francis had a right to declare themselves to be in a property-less state. This debate was famously joined by William of Ockham.
Natural Law itself is defined by Ockham as law “in conformity with a natural reason that never fails.” An example would be the Ten Commandments prohibitions against lying and adultery, being a kind of enlightened understanding of law. Pagans also had a lesser natural law with which to reason, such as that described by Cicero.
Ockham argued that while anyone could give up any rights they had through Christian liberty, an immutable law was the right to self-preservation which could not be taken from anyone, nor could it be relinquished. Further, God had given mankind the right to property after the Fall and this could not be arbitrarily taken away from mankind. Beyond, Ockham claimed the Pope could not take away the Christian liberty of his subjects, whom he also gave the right to choose their own rulers. These conclusions made Ockham a lifelong enemy of the papacy, needless to say.

III. Democracy

A. Foundation of Democracy in Reformation

Modern democracy is not from the ancient Greeks.