Archive | June 24, 2015

A “Sixth Mass Extinction”? What will they have us believing Next*

A “Sixth Mass Extinction”? What will they have us believing Next*

 

By Wesley J. Smith

You may have read in the media that humans are causing a sixth mass extinction on the planet.

You may also have noted that one of the sources of the claim is Paul Ehrlich — author of the hysterically wrong The Population Bomb.

But for the most part the articles that have reported on the paper by Ehrlich and Anthony Barnosky (in Science Advances) do not mention that infamous book or Ehrlich’s history of hyperbolic ecological fear mongering. Instead they simply identify Ehrlich as a Stanford University professor and president of the Center for Conservation Biology. That’s misleading by omission.

Here’s one news reports, for example, that merely refers to him as a professor. From the story in the Telegraph:

Scientists at Stanford University in the US claim it is the biggest loss of species since the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction which wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. “Without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event,” said Professor Paul Ehrlich, at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Putting it that way creates an illusion that Ehrlich would write an objective study. But Ehrlich is less a scientist than he is an ideologue who for decades has made a good living by preaching doom and gloom. His prognostications are almost always wrong.

The Telegraph‘s Tim Chivers penned a valuable column a few years ago outlining some of the assertions Ehrlich made in his book that turned out to be panicked rather than prophetic. From the column:

So, let’s take a look at some of his predictions, made in 1968:

1) “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate,” he said. He predicted four billion deaths, including 65 million Americans…

What actually happened: Since Ehrlich wrote, the population has more than doubled to seven billion — but the amount of food per head has gone up by more than 25 per cent. Of course there are famines, but the death rate has gone down. I don’t think a significant number of Americans have starved….

3) “By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”

What actually happened: I’m not hungry. I just ate. Are you hungry? Were you hungry in 2000, especially? Does England exist?

You can’t responsibly report a doomsday story straight-faced as if Ehrlich doesn’t have a history. Many people already know who Ehrlich is and many will — rightly or wrongly — discount the study precisely because we know that he has an ideological agenda.

And then they moan that no one trusts “the science” anymore. This is an example of why — and why there is also so little trust remaining in the media.

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Is there a Link between CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and Recent Earthquakes?*

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Unravelling the Myth of Overpopulation*

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Thousands Rally in Rome to defend Natural Family and against Gender Theory*

Thousands Rally in Rome to defend Natural Family and against Gender Theory*

By Pete Baklinski

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Rome on Saturday to protest the imposition of ‘gender ideology’ in schools and to condemn an Italian Senate bill that proposes to give same-sex partners equivalent rights as married couples.

“We rally to defend our children from gender theory introduced in the schools, that damages the innocence and the healthy development of children, to defend the natural family from the assault to which it is constantly subjected by our Parliament, to defend the right of parents to educate their children, and to promote the right of every child to grow up with a father and a mother,” rally organizer and long-time Italian pro-family activist Toni Brandi told LifeSiteNews.

Participants taking part in what organizers called a “family day” packed to overflowing the Piazza San Giovanni in front of the St. John Lateran Basilica.

“We are a million,” organizers said from the stage, reported Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. While Zenit in Italian has reported a million demonstrators, other news sources such as Breitbart puts the number at half a million, while mainstream media puts the number even lower. Event organizer and Catholic leader Kiko Argüello of the Neocatechumenal Way believes there were even more than a million.

The grassroots-led rally is all the more remarkable in its overwhelming numbers in that it was announced at the beginning of June and received no prior media attention. By Sunday, reports of the rally became front page news in all of Italy’s major newspapers. The rally is even more remarkable in that a similar rally held last year only drew about 600 people.

Participants, many of them families with children, held banners that stated:

“The family will save the world” and “Let’s defend our children.”

“No to gender ideology, no to ideological colonization of our children in the schools, no to the [Senate] bill Cirinnà and gay ‘marriage,’ rally organizers stated in a press release. “The natural family alone is the necessary and fundamental cell of society.”

Brandi told LifeSiteNews that despite Pope Francis’ condemnation of gender ideology on at least four separate occasions, only a handful of Catholic bishops lent their support to the rally.

Organizers say the event was a total success.

“The Piazza was filled with light and truth, without anything homophobic or discriminatory. The families of Italy have come with enormous sacrifices to Rome and have raised their voice to be heard,” the organizers stated in a press release after the event.

“It was a large group of people and families in defense of the family, moved by love for our children,” said Mario Adinolfi, director of La Croce and founder of “Voglio la Mamma” [I need Mama].

Concluded organizers: “It was a family day with a million smiling faces, all crammed, crowded together, under the sun and in the rain, without losing their smiles. Young and old parents, grandparents and grandchildren, children of all ages, even toddlers in prams, all say in unison to those who work in those hallowed halls of power: ‘Hey, we are here! You can not ignore us.’”

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Sexual Assaults on Children Rise to 85 a Day in the U.K.*

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The American Family Being Forced Into Extinction*

Religious Schools Face Closure if they don’t Promote Homosexuality*

Parents Attacked for Protesting against the Sexualization of their Children*

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Ontario Teacher Disciplined for Criticizing Child Sex Ed. – Paedophilia Program*

Saudi Pilot Kills himself for Massacring Yemeni Children*

Saudi Pilot Kills himself for Massacring Yemeni Children*

A Saudi pilot reportedly committed suicide after feeling guilty of massacring Yemeni children.

According to Arab media, a TV network called al-Mostaqella quoted reliable sources in Saudi king office that Mohammed Omar al-Anzi who was a fighter plane pilot committed suicide after seeing the photos of the children who were massacred in a brutal way during an air attacks he was involved in.

 

Before committing suicide, he sent a letter to a number of his friends in which he said that war in Yemen was a big crime against defenseless people.

He said in his letter

We have forgotten Islam, we were forced to shed the blood of Muslims the way Christian or Jewish pilots do. Muhammad Bin Salman has pushed us into a war which is already doomed to failure.”

Bin Salman is the defense minister of the Saudi Arabia.

Al-Anzi further wondered in his letter,

“I don’t know why we should endanger the interests of our own country because of what America or Jews say. Muhammad Bin Salman has grabbed the power and is pushing the country towards of an engulfing crisis.”

He went on to stress that

“I see no way to save myself but death. If I live, they will force me to take part in the massacre of defenseless Yemeni people again.”

Yemeni children massacred in Taiz, Yemen

According to UN estimates, over 2,600 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and another 9,755 wounded as a result of the ongoing Saudi aerial attacks.

The Al Saud regime started the military campaign against Yemen in late March – without a UN mandate – in an attempt to weaken the Houthi Ansarullah movement. Riyadh also seeks to bring Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Al Saud regime, back to power.

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New Podemos Mayor Stops Eviction of Families on his First Day*

New Podemos Mayor Eviction of Families on his First Day*

By Iona Napier

When a family was due to be evicted from their home in Cadiz city they had an unexpected visit from the local mayor.

Not to come and support the police eviction… but to join a protest against it and almost get arrested in the process.

Radical Podemos mayor Jose Maria Gonzalez – aka ‘Kichi’ – was quickly on the scene when advised about the eviction on Monday.

He and four other councillors, who had stood against repossessions in the city joined protesters at the home of the family, who had lived there for 25 years.

The mayor even tried to get the landlord to agree to let the town hall pay one month’s rent to buy the family time.

However despite his gallant effort at mediating, he was unable to stop police from forcing the family from the home after they received an eviction order.

Luckily a support network had already been set up since the new mayor took power last week and the family was taken to a nearby hostel until further arrangements could be made.

“This is a problem going back many years,” said the mayor, who is prioritising housing, food and reindustrialisation in the city.

“Most importantly this family will not end up sleeping on the streets,” the Por Cadiz Si Se Puede (Podemos) politician concluded.

He is not the only mayor to make a stand against home evictions, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau put a stop to two evictions – and that was just her first day on the job.

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Spanish Independence and the Re-colonization of Southern Europe*

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Gates and Monsanto and the “Doomsday” Seed Vault*

Gates and Monsanto and the “Doomsday” Seed Vault*

By Jake Anderson

A new documentary called The Seeds of Time is bringing the mythic “Doomsday Vault” of Norway back into the limelight. If you have heard of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it has likely been either in the context of a conspiracy theory or some cryptic reference in a science journal.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway, Longyearbyen

The facts alone make the “Vault” sound like it was taken out of a James Bond movie: 130 meters up in the glacial mountains of Norway, there is a disaster-proof, permafrost-insulated seed bank depository that, in the event of an apocalyptic event, could repopulate the Earth with virtually every known crop. Jutting out of the ice with a glowing fiber-optic display, the entrance of the Svalbard vault immediately conjures visions of a vast underground military installation.

The reality of what’s going on is a bit less dramatic, yet somehow more unnerving and awe-inspiring.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been in service for over six years, but the public remains mystified by the project. Buried under the permafrost of Norway, the vault is now home to over 500,000 samples of crop germplasms. Originally conceived in the 1980s as a 100-year experiment to test the durability of seeds in cold environments, the project struggled to find donors—that is, until an eyebrow-raising team of behemoths–including the Bill Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto, and Syngenta–decided to invest. And they invested big: the Bill Gates Foundation alone has poured in $30 million.

Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the agricultural bank is related to knowledge of an impending apocalypse. With the two most reviled Big Agro corporations on the planet involved, this is not surprising—nor is it particularly stunning that some conspiracy theorists regard the vault as yet another indicator that Bill Gates has a depopulation plan in mind.

Conspiracy theories aside, the new documentary does confirm that though apocalypse readiness was not one of the intended functions of the “Doomsday Vault,” it has become an inadvertent utility. According to Cary Fowler, who from 2005-2012 served as executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (which helped create the Svalbard vault), the ostensible goal of this system is to preserve crop diversity in regions plagued by war and civil turmoil:

“There isn’t an endgame. There will always be new diversity. The story never ends.”

The so-called “Doomsday Vault” is owned and operated by Norway, however, the Norwegian government has no access to the content of any deposits, which are kept in a chamber with a strictly maintained temperature of -18C. They are heftily barricaded to stave off cross-contamination.

Seeds are the only materials stored in these boxes—they are not shared or aggregated in any way. Each unit is strictly isolated to maintain exclusive access for the national account holder. According to The Guardian,

“North Korea’s rough wooden crates sit next door to deposits from the US, Russia’s contributions on top of Ukraine’s…”

About 20,000 new crop varieties have been sent to the Arctic facility

Norway is supposedly providing this service for the benefit of the entire planet by providing the ability revive essential food crops in the event of some globe-threatening disaster, a particularly virulent disease, drought, or nuclear war, for example.

Fowler speculated on the future:

“I hope [countries] never use Svalbard. It’s an insurance policy. Like car or home insurance, the hope is you never have to use it. Unfortunately, if we need to go to Svalbard it means we suffered losses in the working gene banks.”

She said climate change could present a major challenge:

“I do worry that while we have really big collections for the top 15 major crops, we’re deficient in the rest. That doesn’t bode well in an era of climate change, where we need to use that diversity to adapt our crops.”

Clearly, the stated goal of the Svalbard Seed Vault is long-term sustainability of seed genes and the human population, which by 2100 will have ballooned to an eye-popping 11 billion. That’s why the Crop Trust isn’t done asking for money. It is reaching out to even more national governments, foundations, and agribusiness titans with a goal of raising $850 million.

It has a pretty good start on that number, which beckons one to follow the money. As previously stated, it leads to four of the most polarizing groups in the world. You could fill a library with the conspiracy theories generated around Bill Gates, the Rockefellers, Monsanto, and Syngenta. It makes you wonder what might have been left out of this documentary. After all, where there’s an insurance policy, there’s usually an industry hedging against expected losses.

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Monsanto: Controlling Our Food Supply

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