In the Southern Hemisphere, sea-ice levels just smashed through the previous record highs across Antarctica, where there is now more ice than at any point since records began. In the Arctic, where global-warming theorists preferred to keep the public focused due to some decreases in ice levels over recent years, scientists said sea-ice melt in 2014 fell below the long-term mean. Global temperatures, meanwhile, have remained steady for some 18 years and counting, contrary to United Nations models predicting more warming as carbon dioxide levels increased.
Of course, all of that is great news for humanity — call off the carbon taxes and doomsday bunkers! However, as global-warming theories continue to implode on the world stage, the latest developments will pose a major challenge for the UN and its member governments. Later this month, climate “dignitaries” will be meeting in New York to forge an international agreement in the face of no global warming for nearly two decades, record ice levels, and growing public skepticism about the alleged “science” underpinning “climate change” alarmism.
As The New Americanreported last month, virtually every falsifiable prediction made by climate theorists — both the global-cooling mongers of a few decades ago and the warming alarmists more recently — has proven to be spectacularly wrong. In many cases, the opposite of what they forecasted took place. But perhaps nowhere have the failed global-warming doom and gloom predictions been more pronounced than in the Antarctic, where sea-ice levels have continued smashing through previous records. For each of the last three years, ice cover has hit a new record high.
The most recent data show that the Antarctic is currently surrounded by more sea ice than at any other point since records began. In all, there are right now about 20 million square kilometers of frozen sea area surrounding the Antarctic continent. That is 170,000 square kilometers more than last year’s previous all-time record, and more than 1.2 million square kilometers above the 1981-to-2010 mean, according to researchers.
Congressman Louis T. McFadden served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency from 1920 thru 1931. He was thus a supreme expert witness to events which culminated in the first Great Depression. As this material further attests, seven years prior to the fact he was also an unknowing witness to “financial” events which contributed mightily in terms of American monetary gold to the arming of Japan and Germany in preparation for World War II.
The following excerpts are from a speech which is now difficult to obtain from the Congressional Record, in which he addressed the House of Representatives in the midst of the first Great Depression, June 10, 1932. The speech largely documents the extensive crimes of the private banks which were unlawfully consolidated under the deceptively named Federal Reserve Act, which gave these unassented private banks the audacious power to draw unlimited unearned profit from a currency costing practically nothing to private banking institutions which are neither federal, nor a reserve of anything. As McFadden testifies, the excesses of that unassented profit not only manifested in mightily arming foes of the world’s wars, and even instigating wars; they further comprise not only all the “interest” and multiplication of cost we have endured since 1914, but the sum of our crippling private and public debt.
From the portions of Mr. McFadden’s address preserved here, considerable material has been dropped because it is less germane to the arguments of these pages, and because the whole of the speech is a practically overwhelming body of material.
Tesla Motors earned a significant victory over traditional automakers and their system of franchise dealerships on Monday. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the electric car company can sell its products directly to consumers.
Auto dealers and an allied trade association in the Bay State previously sued to stop Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars from a store in the Natick Mall, saying Tesla was essentially operating its own dealership. The Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association (MSADA) argued that a 2002 change in state law, called Chapter 93B, barred manufacturers from owning dealerships, WBUR reported.
The Massachusetts justices were unanimous in their decision that the car dealers ‒ which have franchise licenses with traditional automakers including Chevrolet and Fisker ‒ and the MSADA lacked standing to block the revolutionary business approach in the commonwealth.
“Chapter 93B is aimed primarily at protecting motor vehicle dealers from injury caused by the unfair business practices of manufacturers and distributors with which they are associated, generally in a franchise relationship,’’ Justice Barbara Lenk wrote. “We therefore affirm the judgment of the Superior Court dismissing the plaintiffs’ action on the basis of lack of standing.’’
At a traditional car dealership, like those belonging to the plaintiffs, the franchise serves as a middleman between the automaker and the customer. The dealership buys a car from the automaker with which it is associated, then turns around and sells the car to a customer. Tesla, though, sells its cars directly to consumers, using the storefront as a way to get the information to potential purchasers, design their customized version of the car and buy the vehicle on their own time and terms.
Almost immediately following the Benghazi attack, the Obama administration possessed information indicating some Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood participation in the assault, yet the Obama administration kept this critical piece of information from the public, reveals a new book, “The Real Benghazi Story,” by New York Times bestselling author Aaron Klein.
The attack took place less than two months before the November 2012 presidential election. Klein notes Obama could have found himself in a political quandary if it were determined the Muslim Brotherhood had been involved in the Benghazi attack in any way.
After the U.S. president called for the resignation of Egypt’s long-time secular leader, Hosni Mubarak, Obama helped to support the election of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and then proceeded to open ties to Morsi’s group.
The possible involvement of Egypt could be central to understanding the motivation of some of the attackers. The attack could be linked to Morsi’s campaign to free the so-called blind sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the U.S. for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Rahman’s release was a central foreign policy issue for Morsi.
In July 2013, several major Arabic newspapers ran with a story, first reported by the Kuwaiti paper Al Rai, quoting a Libyan intelligence report on the Benghazi attack that mentions an alleged connection to Morsi and other prominent Egyptian figures.
We’ve been covering the growth of asset bubbles throughout 2014 and now, as we approach the troublesome month of October, it’s a good time to reassess.
The mainstream media is filled with predictions of a “market crash” and I figure this means some sort of significant correction may be due.
There’s no denying modern markets are manipulated by a variety of factors, but the most important one is central banking itself. By printing overwhelming surges of money, good, gray bankers can create tremendous market surges that end in significant downturns.
This happened in 1929, 1987 and 2009. It could happen again but I am not so sure it will happen in 2014. At least, I am not sure we are looking at a 1929-style crash soon. For a variety of reasons, various interest groups involved with equity trading, or benefiting from it, are determined to push averages higher and higher.
The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. But this number is just for public consumption and it relies on accounting tricks which massively understate how much debt is actually being accumulated. If you want to know what the real budget deficit is, all you have to do is go to a U.S. Treasury website which calculates the U.S. national debt to the penny. On September 30th, 2013 the U.S. national debt was sitting at $16,738,183,526,697.32. As I write this, the U.S. national debt is sitting at $17,742,108,970,073.37. That means that the U.S. national debt has actually grown by more than a trillion dollars in less than 12 months. We continue to wildly run up debt as if there is no tomorrow, and by doing so we are destroying the future of this nation.
The chart that I have posted below shows the exponential growth of the U.S. national debt over the past several decades. Anyone that would characterize this as “under control” is lying to you…
In the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, President Obama has hit his lowest ever approval numbers on the issue of foreign policy. With only 32% of Americans approving and a whopping 62% disapproving, Obama topped the record he set just last month, when he sat at an already abysmal 36-60%. Currently Obama is an astonishing 30 points underwater.
This poll was taken before the President’s primetime address this week, where he laid out a four-point plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State or ISIS. The speech seemed to please no one in the media on the left or right, but we’ll have to wait to see how it played in Kansas.
The previous record low on the question of less-or-more safe was 31% in 2005. (five points higher than where we are today.) The previous record low on the question of less safe was 37% in 2007 (a full 10 points lower than today).
A vaccine for dengue fever would actually increase rates of dengue infection over the first few years, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University and Clemson University, and published in the journal Epidemiology & Infection.
“Our analysis suggests that if we develop and widely use a vaccine for dengue fever, there may later be spikes in the incidence of the disease that are two to three times higher than its normal level,” researcher Jan Medlock said.
At times, use of a vaccine could cause infection levels to increase as much as sevenfold, the study found.
Vaccine less potent than natural immunity
Researchers designed a mathematical model to predict dengue infection patterns following vaccination. Although the computer program was designed to look specifically at dengue fever, the researchers noted that its findings may also be applicable to other diseases.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that affects about 50 million people each year worldwide. Although very common in tropical and subtropical regions, the disease is rarely fatal. Because there are several different strains of the dengue virus, being infected a single time does not typically confer lifelong immunity; a second exposure, however, usually does the trick. In Thailand, for example, 80 percent of children have been infected with dengue twice and therefore developed immunity by the age of 11.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Liberty Caucus have become the sole congressional voice openly speaking out against President Obama’s proposed third war in Iraq.
In a Facebook posting after Obama’s September 10 speech, Michigan Representative Justin Amash strongly condemned the president’s violation of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution’s reservation of the war powers to Congress: “The president boldly claimed, contrary to the Constitution, that he alone can order our Armed Forces into a protracted war. And he left unanswered the basic questions responsible Americans and their representatives must ask before going to war. Whom, specifically, will the mission target and what, specifically, is the threat to our homeland?”
The Washington Postnoted on September 11 that “A group of younger libertarian doves sounded unhappy with their colleagues’ embrace of the president’s push for military action, and wondered aloud whether House Republicans were rushing to rally behind a campaign that could turn sour.”
The anti-war Left has faded into insignificance since the election of a president from the Democratic Party, but the anti-war Right has become more vocal and numerous since its halcyon days of the lone calls by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) against war in Iraq in past decades. The anti-war remarks by Amash — chairman of the House Liberty Caucus — came just a day after a Washington Poststory about a visit by former Vice President Dick Cheney — a perennial warmonger — to the House Republican caucus. Asked if Republicans should stop listening to neoconservative warmongers like Cheney, Amash told reporters “Yeah,” adding: “His worldview is that we should be in countries around the world and have armed forces everywhere — and most Republicans don’t agree with that.”
First it was the ‘broad coalition’ that appeared a little narrower than President Obama explained to the world last week. Today, 2 more crucial aspects of the ’strategy’ appear to be faltering. Despite the promise of $500 million to train “moderate” Syrian terrorist/rebels to fight ISIS, GlobalPost reports Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time. Under the deal, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.” Not exactly what Obama and Kerry had in mind. But it is John Kerry’s trip to Iraq that appears to have had blowback already as Reuters reports the newly installed US-friendly PM al-Adadi ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, “even in those towns controlled by ISIS,” just a day after Kerry’s visit (which left Turkey explaining how it would not support US airstrikes either). So far, so good?!