Official Wire » Official Wire Newsdesk http://www.officialwire.com You are the news. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 What America Will Look Like In 2050, Part 8 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-8/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-8 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-8/#respond Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:00:02 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=714629 By Frosty Wooldridge. Part 8: Quality of life degraded At the current rate of immigration, America faces 100 million more people from all around the world by 2050—37 scant years from now. That equals to 20 of our most populated cities being duplicated into 20 more of them. That means 100 million more people to […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

Part 8: Quality of life degraded

At the current rate of immigration, America faces 100 million more people from all around the world by 2050—37 scant years from now. That equals to 20 of our most populated cities being duplicated into 20 more of them. That means 100 million more people to water, feed, house, transport, warm and work. It means accelerated environmental devastation to our natural world.

That kind of demographic addition means those people face smooching, smashing and cramming into every nook and cranny of our already bursting concrete jungles, skyscrapers, walls of glass, gridlocked traffic and air-polluted cities that crush the human spirit.

New York City may look pretty on the television with a colorful light-filled skyline at night, but it’s not pretty in reality. It houses 8.3 million people smashed onto subways all day long. The Big Apple faces gridlocked streets and highly toxic air pollution. The “City that Never Sleeps” features 250 square foot apartments, the size of two car parking spaces, for couples that cost a fortune. Within 36 years, it faces from 2 to 5 million more people added to its burgeoning concrete jungles.

It means that every person breathing every minute of every day inhales toxic air with every breath. New York City and all cities of enormous sizes encase people in concrete, glass and steel 24/7. Their feet never touch the green Earth or enjoy a forest full of trees. They never see deer, elk, eagles or fox. Humans living in huge cities lose connection with the wilderness. In the end, they lose connection with themselves.

They drink contaminated water, breathe dirty air, get lost on crowded sidewalks, and they face spiritual and emotional duress. They also face fear from violence on the subways, alleyways and waterfronts. Notice CSI New York, or Miami, or Los Angeles crime shows. They showcase a lot of crazy people committing senseless crimes to unlucky people piled on top of one another. Last month in New York City, one woman pushed a man onto the tracks of a subway train: killed him instantly. Big cities foster the most aberrant behavior seen in humans. The bigger the city, the more aberrant the crimes.

John Muir said, “Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city civilization, of the sweet security of streets—all as part of the natural up-growth of man towards the high destiny we hear so much of. I know

That our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. If the death exhalations that brood the broad towns in which we so fondly compact ourselves were made visible, we should flee as from a plague. All are more or less sick; there is not a perfectly sane man in San Francisco.”

For example: along with gridlocked traffic in my area of Denver, Colorado, we house 2.5 million people. Everyday, we suffer an average of 24 accidents on our bumper-to-bumper highways. You could get killed going to or from work. On weekends, trying to travel into the mountains gets you backed up for three or more hours on what used to take an hour. Returning from a skiing or camping weekend on I-70 and most other roads exasperates everyone and ruins the weekend. To think that mass immigration will flood Colorado with another 5, 10 and 20 million more people! It’s nuts folks! Totally and completely crazy!

In Denver and most big American cities, you see bagmen, bag ladies, the lost and forgotten, homeless and drunks everywhere. You see trash flying around the streets from all the dispossessed who toss it everywhere. Denver’s Platte River runs with bottles, cans, plastics and junk from a never-ending source of humans that don’t care.

Every week in Denver, any number of people shoot, stab or run over someone. If you go to a small city of less than 5,000, you don’t hear of a traffic accident or murder for years.

As we immigrate ourselves into a human pile-up, our quality of life degrades. We who work must pay for welfare services for all those who can’t, won’t, unskilled or are unable to work. By injecting ourselves with another 100 million immigrants from third world countries, we culturally face becoming a schizophrenic society.

The term “quality of life” indicates the general well-being of people and societies. A person’s environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation, social well-being, freedom, human rights and happiness also remain significant factors.

By adding 100 million more immigrants to this country, which guarantees our cities explode beyond human imagination—do you think the above paragraph or the American Dream can withstand the migrant onslaught?

One look at Chicago’s “Murder capital of America” statistics; Detroit’s welfare wasteland and thousands of burned out city blocks; Miami’s immigrant Central American underworld; Houston’s endless traffic; Denver’s 24/7 smog; Atlanta’s sweltering smoke billowing from its expressways, Los Angeles’ daily traffic-smog nightmare and track-housing packing Americans into monopoly-board-misery lacks any semblance to “Quality of Life.”

If we fail to stop mass legal and illegal immigration, we guarantee a miserable future for all Americans of every race, creed and color.

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Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces to fight in Vietnam in a new way that ultimately defined Kennedy’s national security legacy.

Shortly after taking office in 1961, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara began reforming the Department of Defense (DoD). At the time, the Air Force, consuming the lion’s share of DoD’s budget, was rigidly focused on the doctrine of massive retaliation adopted in 1954 by President Eisenhower’s administration. In the event of war, the Strategic Air Command’s Single Integrated Operational Plan called for the delivery of 3,200 nuclear weapons on 1,065 targets in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and China. In February 1965, when McNamara asked SAC commander Gen. Thomas Power if implementing that plan would have ended human life on earth, Power responded, “If three people survive and two of them are Americans, we win.”

In 1959, U.S. Army chief of staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor retired to protest the Army’s diminished role in the military. Soon after he published, “An Uncertain Trumpet” which blasted the doctrine of massive retaliation. Attracted by Taylor’s concept of flexible response, Kennedy recalled the general to active duty first as his special advisor and then named him chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This appointment was much to the chagrin of other service chiefs, especially Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Curtis E. Lemay, who from 1948 to 1958 built SAC into the world’s premier strategic nuclear force.

Rather than massive retaliation, the Kennedy administration embraced the doctrine of flexible response. Flexible response involved fewer strategic bombers and more fighter-bombers to support a larger military capable of fighting across a spectrum of warfare: from counter-guerrilla to low-intensity conflict to conventional warfare to limited nuclear warfare. To ensure SAC maintained a qualitative nuclear advantage, flexible response included putting 1,000 solid-fueled Minuteman Missiles in underground silos and doubling the number of Polaris missile-firing submarines.

Kennedy also embraced limited warfare concepts involving special operations and covert action. He started by doubling the size of the Army’s special forces to the consternation of senior officers. While the Kennedy administration acquiesced to neutralizing communist aggression in Laos in 1962 by withdrawing U.S. military advisors supporting pro-American factions fighting the communist Pathet Lao, a covert war continued from Thailand. Through the Laotian U.S. embassy in Vientiane, the CIA ran the “secret war” in Laos. Starting in November 1961, Kennedy expanded the advisory role in South Vietnam by sending in Air Force “training” squadrons with the covert mission of providing air support for the South Vietnamese army. Kennedy’s wars of plausible deniability were on in Laos and South Vietnam.

Soon, the corrupt and inept Ngo Dinh Diem regime’s repression of Buddhists prompted riots and demonstrations. The South Vietnamese army unit’s withdrawal from the countryside to deal with the unrest invited increased aggression by the Viet Cong, increasingly supported by North Vietnam. Kennedy had, from 1961, resisted efforts to Americanize the war by sending in U.S. combat forces. Instead, he increased the presence of advisors from a few hundred in 1961 to 16,000 by November 1963. He also threatened to withdraw 1,000 advisors by the end of 1964 if the Saigon regime didn’t embrace meaningful socio-economic reforms. This leads some American scholars–determined to preserve the aura of Camelot–to posit Kennedy was on the verge of a major policy change that might have avoided the long, divisive military commitment in Vietnam. Perhaps. One might also ask what if, as some advised in 1961, Kennedy had committed 20,000 American troops to Vietnam to crush the Viet Cong while it was still weak?

While the “what ifs” of history are intriguing, it’s what actually happened that counts. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson avoided making major decisions on Vietnam until after the November election. The focus shifted subtly, but also dramatically, to “not losing” rather than defeating the enemy and winning the war. Covert operations expanded into North Vietnam, albeit unsuccessfully, and a U.S. buildup, initially imperceptible, led to greater commitments. During 1964, the North Vietnamese stepped up infiltration of supplies and troops, rearming the Viet Cong with advanced weapons like the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. Attacks in the South coupled with North Vietnam’s reaction to U.S. covert operations in the North led to airstrikes in August 1964 and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. By this point, America’s involvement in Vietnam was a course initiated during the Kennedy administration.

Under the aegis of Kennedy’s “flexible response,” Eisenhower’s doctrine of massive retaliation gave way to “war management” while “not losing,” under Johnson, supplanted the pursuit of victory. Not losing is far more precarious because it depletes initiative and substitutes statistical measures of success for operational results supporting definitive strategic goals. Kennedy’s “plausible deniability,” his national security legacy, was there at the conception of America’s long Vietnam nightmare.

 

Dr. Earl Tilford is a military historian and fellow for the Middle East & terrorism with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is writing a history of the University of Alabama in the 1960s. A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Dr. Tilford earned his PhD in American and European military history at George Washington University. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Director of Research at the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. In 2001, he left Government service for a professorship at Grove City College, where he taught courses in military history, national security, and international and domestic terrorism and counter-terrorism.

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By Dr. Gary S. Smith

Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was reading about the death of a pharaoh in ancient Egypt, when people did indeed think that the sun would be darkened forever.” In pulpits across the nation, clergy expressed Americans’ intense anguish and showered effusive praise on the slain president. The assassin’s bullet, a Presbyterian pastor declared, had not only killed Kennedy but had also penetrated the country’s heart.

Theological differences were ignored, James Wolfe observed, and “the separation of church and state forgotten” as Protestants, Catholics, and Jews “knelt at the national altar, proclaiming their common devotion to God, country, and Kennedy.” Kennedy’s death caused millions to question such bedrock assumptions as the sovereignty of God, the rationality of the universe, and America’s status as an innocent and invincible chosen nation.

Kennedy was widely celebrated as a hero and a martyr. Many ministers, priests and rabbis lauded his faith. A Lutheran clergyman called the Democrat “a just man, a devout Christian, [and] a man of moral character.” Kennedy, asserted a Methodist minister, “was a sincere and practicing Christian” whose “faith was a vital part” of his life. “Kennedy revered God,” asserted a Jewish rabbi. Few American presidents, opined an Episcopal rector, were as devoted Christians as Kennedy. A priest claimed that he “was a Catholic in the mind and heart and spirit of Pope John XXIII” who was committed to charity, justice and peace.

Many clergy labeled Kennedy’s death vicarious. In his benediction at Kennedy’s funeral, Richard Cardinal Cushing, the archbishop of Boston, asserted that Kennedy had made “the supreme sacrifice of dying for others.” Popular author Norman Vincent Peale maintained that Kennedy “literally died for his country.” He was “a martyr to the cause of human freedom,” asserted a Lutheran pastor. Some admirers compared Kennedy with Christ and the Apostle Paul: “like Christ he did not shirk from his cross, but welcomed it”; like Paul he had fought the good fight.

Eulogists praised Kennedy’s political policies, family life, and personal attributes. They especially appreciated his dedication to the cause of peace, negotiation of the nuclear test ban treaty, and commitment to civil rights. Kennedy, insisted theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, worked harder to avoid “nuclear catastrophe than any other contemporary leader.” Many applauded Kennedy’s efforts to ensure equal justice for black Americans and to aid “the poor, the outcast, and the depressed.” The Democrat was also frequently lauded for his “exemplary devotion to his family.” A Lutheran pastor praised his “exciting marriage, responsible parenthood, and stable family life.” Pastors, college presidents, and politicians commended many of Kennedy’s personal traits, especially his courage and compassion.

Kennedy’s death was widely attributed to the nation’s climate of hatred, intolerance, injustice, and fanaticism. A Presbyterian pastor insisted that all Americans were complicit in the neglect of law, decline of morality, glorification of violence, and atmosphere of malice that had produced the assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald was “simply the executioner,” argued a Methodist minister. He had “millions of accomplices who must now” submit to the query: “Where is your brother?” One pastor attributed the packed churches the Sunday following Kennedy’s death not simply to people’s need to express their grief but to their need for cleansing. Many ministers urged their parishioners to move beyond “superficial and sentimental grief coupled with self-righteous condemnation of Oswald” as a Marxist or an insane man and recognize that all Americans had contributed to the president’s death.

Clergy proclaimed that God was still sovereign, grappled with the problem of evil, and urged Americans to take up the causes Kennedy championed. Numerous ministers argued that God would bring good out of this evil event. “The Bible maintains on almost every page,” William Sloane Coffin, Jr., chaplain at Yale University, declared, “that God not only cares for but suffers with His people.” A rabbi insisted that their misery and pain could inspire people to express greater compassion and take action against evil. God’s answer to evil, declared Michael Ramsey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was the “Cross of Christ on Calvary and the Resurrection on Easter morning—for there it is apparent how God can turn suffering into a triumph of love and sacrifice.”

Struggling to find meaning in the midst of sorrow, numerous pastors hoped that Kennedy’s death would increase efforts to extend freedom, justice, and righteousness and to end discrimination and hunger. “His martyred blood,” announced a black pastor in Mobile, Alabama, would “produce new champions of our cause.” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. undoubtedly spoke for many when he argued that Kennedy’s death involved even “greater pathos” than Abraham Lincoln’s or Franklin Roosevelt’s because he had so much more “to give to his family, his nation, his world. … The best way to serve his memory” was to promote the values of decency, rationality, civility, and honor for which he gave his life.

Given what we now know about Kennedy’s faith and family life, some of the claims clergy made are misleading and ironic. Nevertheless, their eulogies and sermons shed light on the pathos Americans experienced when their youthful, charismatic, popular president was assassinated and on how millions responded to this tragic event.

 

 

Dr. Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author of “Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush” (Oxford University Press, 2009) and “Heaven in the American Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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What America Will Look Like In 2050, Part 7 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-7 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-7/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:03:38 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=714525 Part 7: Ecological footprint In the past week, our U.S. Congress tabled the egregious mistake of amnesty bill S744 projected to render a free pass for 20 million illegal migrants and their families. It also raises legal immigration from 1.0 million annually to 2.0 million. For the moment, the American people stand a chance of […]

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Part 7: Ecological footprint

In the past week, our U.S. Congress tabled the egregious mistake of amnesty bill S744 projected to render a free pass for 20 million illegal migrants and their families. It also raises legal immigration from 1.0 million annually to 2.0 million. For the moment, the American people stand a chance of not allowing an unending flood of humanity into the United States to drive our population to over 100 million added immigrants within four decades.

However, at the current rate of mass legal immigration of 1.0 million annually, we remain on course to add 100 million immigrants, their children and chain-migrated relatives by 2050—a scant 37 years from now.

That’s enough people to duplicate the populations of our top 20 cities within the United States. We would have to water, house, warm, transport, feed, work, educate and medicate 100 million more people. That fact alone should sober the most optimistic individuals in America. It should cause every single one of our 535 Congressional critters to stand back to “see” the enormous tragedy their actions portend for all Americans of every race, creed or color.

The “Gang of Eight” U.S. Senators who created the amnesty bill S744 will prove some of the dumbest, most unintelligent nincompoops ever to walk the halls of Congress for their sheer stupidity in formulating that bill.

As this series progresses, you grow in understanding of the ramifications of adding 100 million immigrants. You comprehend the enormity of the decision and its final outcome. Please realize that Congress continues to push to pass amnesty. They won’t enforce our laws, our president won’t enforce our laws; but they can’t wait to legalize lawbreakers and employers who hire those lawbreakers.

What lies below the surface of adding 100 million immigrants? We know that we face horrific energy depletion with that many added persons to our civilization. But most don’t posses a clue as to what lies beneath the waters of such a population-load on America.

Do you notice that humans encroaching on habitat around the world in such places as Africa, India, China and South America—create horrible species extinction rates? How many extinctions? Answer: over 100 extinctions 24/7. In other words, the human race thinks its endless population growth supersedes any other creature on the planet.

What does that mean for America?

In 2013, we lost 250 species to extinction in the lower 48 states according to the U.S. Department of Interior and we lose that many every year. That equates to 2,500 living, breathing creatures every decade. They will never again exist on this planet. How can that happen?

Ecological footprint on America

Ecological footprint may be the most unheard-of word in America, but its impact will grow more devastating in the coming decades—as we continue to lose more and more species to human encroachment on habitat.

To give you an example: an Ethiopian farmer uses .4 (4/10th) of an acre of land to feed, house and clothe himself and his family. That’s his ecological footprint.

However, when that same Ethiopian farmer immigrants to America at our behest, his ecological footprint jumps to a whopping 25.4 acres of land to support him. Our standard of living runs hundreds of times greater in use of land, water and resources than a simple farmer from Africa. But once he arrives, we force his “footprint” to jump more than 50 times. (Source:www.allspecies.org)

If we add another 100 million immigrants within 37 years, do the math! That 100 million legal immigrants X’s 25.4 acres of land equals to 2.54 billion acres of land that must be destroyed to feed, house, educate, recreate, build malls, roads and a dozen other items that destroy natural habitat.

That’s why extinction rates gallop at over 100 species per day worldwide as the human race rampages with an added 80 million annually, net gain. In other words, the other creatures on the planet don’t have say or a prayer. (Source: Norman Myers, Extinctions Worldwide, Oxford University)

But payback will arrive at some point. We will lose the grizzly bear, the moose, the bald eagle, the salmon, the hummingbird, the antelope, fox and hundreds of other creatures. How?

It’s called “cascading extinctions.” When you kill off one creature such as a prairie dog, you also kill off 67 other creatures that live-off that one furry rodent. Fox, coyotes, hawks, eagles and dozens more. That’s why you don’t see those great creatures living in concrete-filled jungles called “cities.”

Remember, we stand to duplicate the populations of our 20 most populated cities within 37 years, “IF” we continue the 1965 Immigration Reform Act; and faster if S744 bill passes with 2.0 million legal immigrants added annually.

In other words, our country will become as hostile and ugly toward other creatures as the Bengal tiger in India or the Snow Leopard in Nepal, or the elephant in Africa along with the gorillas, or the grizzly bear in Montana, or finally, this nation’s symbol: the Bald Eagle.

Dear reader, we stand this watch in our nation’s history. What we allow today affects seven generations into the future. We actually walk on the faces of the children of tomorrow. What will we leave them? What kind of environment? What kind of national parks? What kind of landscape? What kind of habitat for other creatures?

What can you do?

 We need to stop S744 and reduce all legal immigration to less than 100,000 annually.
 We need to work on conservation of all oil burning by mandating conservation, smaller cars, mass transit and more taxes to discourage accelerating use.
 We need to collective empower ourselves by joining www.CapsWeb.org;www.NumbersUSA.org and www.Fairus.org
 We need to write major media email addresses and newspapers to force them to address this population nightmare.

Start here by writing letters demanding these media people address this situation in America:

George Noory: coasttocoastam@aol.com
TheEarlyShow@cbsnews.com
Today Show: todaystoryideas@nbc.com
Nightline@abcnews.com
Matt Lauer: today@nbc.com
Bill O’Reilly: Oreilly@foxnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
Greta van Susteren: Ontherecord@foxnews.com
Dateline@nbc.com
Editor: letters@washpost.com
Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Editor: letters@time.com
Editor: letters@newsweek.com
Ombudsman@npr.org
Editor: letters@nytimes.com
Editor: openforum@denverpost.com

Part 8: Air pollution and garbage buildup

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What America Will Look Like In 2050, Part 6 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-6 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-6/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:11:08 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=714418 By Frosty Wooldridge. Ten years ago, brilliant research-writer James Howard Kunstler wrote a book: The Long Emergency. He explained what America faces with its huge population when Peak Oil manifests on our civilization. I met him at a Washington, DC conference where he pointed out how fast America runs out of non-renewable resources. Among the […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

Ten years ago, brilliant research-writer James Howard Kunstler wrote a book: The Long Emergency. He explained what America faces with its huge population when Peak Oil manifests on our civilization. I met him at a Washington, DC conference where he pointed out how fast America runs out of non-renewable resources.

Among the most important non-renewable resources we face in this century: oil. As of 2011, according to the top oil geologist in the world, M. King Hubbert predicted that America’s oil would peak in 1970. He predicted that we would decline from nine million barrels of oil daily in the lower 48, to three million.That’s exactly what happened.

Hubbert also predicated the “Hubbert Curve” would show the Middle East and other oil rich countries facing depletion in the early to middle part of the 21st century.

(The Hubbert Curve shows us that we now face the last half of all oil reserves in the world as of 2011. Numerous other oil geologists concur. Humanity faces running out of oil by 2050 or sooner.)

Why? Right now in 2013, humans burn 84 million barrels of oil 24/7. If you lined up every 42 gallon drum of oil side by side at 20 inches per drum in diameter, at 84 million of them, they would form a belt of barrels around the globe at the equator some 25,000 miles. We load them up every midnight and burn them down in the next 24 hours. As can be imagined, that’s a lot of oil being burned and a lot of carbon being expelled all over the planet, called “Carbon Footprint.”

That Carbon Footprint warms our oceans and causes such typhoons like Haniyan, as well as hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. I discovered that developing global phenomenon while I worked with top climate scientists in Antarctica in 1997-98.

Note this reason for this series: we expect to add 100 million immigrants to America within 37 years. That’s enough to duplicate our top 20 cities’ populations in America. Those immigrants will be driving cars, warming their homes, using water and demanding food.

By that time, world population will add another three billion people demanding more oil to water, feed, house and transport themselves.

In Kunstler’s book, he noted that China, because it’s adding 27 million cars to its highways annually, expects to burn 98 million barrels of oil daily by 2030. Did you get that number? Let me repeat it: China expects to burn 98 million barrels of oil daily within the next 17 years. That’s more than all of the world burns in 2013 daily.

When you add the total of 10 billion humans burning oil by 2050, we face imminent depletion faster. Amazingly, NO ONE will talk about it at the national level. Obama, all world leaders and our Congress stick their heads into the sand as if it will go away. It won’t. It’s coming at us faster than a speeding bullet train with no brakes.

“The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plentitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime….so I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves move toward depletion, we will be left with an enormous population…that the ecology of the earth will not support. The journey back toward non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hyper growth was simply a side-effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it.” James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency

No amount of conservation will save us because we remain on course to add 100 million immigrants. China remains on course to add another 400,000,000, that’s 400 million people. India, also burning oil at an accelerating pace, expects to add 500 million people to reach 1.6 billion.

Folks, how do you pump in excess of 200 million barrels of oil out of the ground daily by 2050, burn it all up and not appreciate that our biosphere faces some serious “carbon footprint” overload?

As I research this information, I sit before my keyboard almost in a state of catatonic depression. Future generations will face our utter disregard of reality by what we bequeath to them.

“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this century, will the “civil” part of civilization survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a Faustian bargain—selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid.” Walter Youngquist, energy

Once oil depletes, what do we intend to fill our tractor gas tanks with for energy? Some say, “Technology will save us.” I wonder how we will eat “technology” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fact: nothing exists on the short or distant horizon that can duplicate the energy of oil.

With the Amnesty Bill S744, our Congress doubled our current legal immigration from one million to two million people annually. That single bill expects to add 100 million immigrants, their babies, diversity visas and chain-migration faster than 37 years. Once they land on America, we face Peak Oil’s consequences with no way out. The problem becomes unsolvable and irreversible.

What can you do?

We need to stop S744 and reduce all legal immigration to less than 100,000 annually.

We need to work on conservation of all oil burning by mandating conservation, smaller cars, mass transit and more taxes to discourage accelerating use.

We need to collective empower ourselves by joining www.CapsWeb.org;www.NumbersUSA.org and www.Fairus.org

We need to write major media email addresses and newspapers to force them to address this population nightmare.

Start here by writing letters demanding these media people address this situation in America:

George Noory: coasttocoastam@aol.com
TheEarlyShow@cbsnews.com
Today Show: todaystoryideas@nbc.com
Nightline@abcnews.com
Matt Lauer: today@nbc.com
Bill O’Reilly: Oreilly@foxnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
Greta van Susteren: Ontherecord@foxnews.com
Dateline@nbc.com
Editor: letters@washpost.com
Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Editor: letters@time.com
Editor: letters@newsweek.com
Ombudsman@npr.org
Editor: letters@nytimes.com
Editor: openforum@denverpost.com

Part 7: Ecological footprint multiplied by mass immigration

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By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson.

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not.

This truth applies to military veterans. Many return from their service scarred. Sometimes those scars are visible, as in the case of Ronny Porta, about whom I wrote last spring, or the Vietnam vet with whom I shared a poignant experience many Veterans Days ago. Other times, the scars are invisible.

The psychological wounds may be more common. A close friend and a cousin both have disturbing memories from their deployment to Vietnam. A young woman who played softball on my team in the ‘90s went through counseling after returning from Iraq a decade later.

The most vivid example of haunting memories came from the uncle who raised me. Pop was as tough and fearless as any man I’ve ever known, yet after a few stiff drinks at night, wartime memories that haunted him would come pouring out.

The experience that haunted him the most happened on the aircraft carrier Essex during World War II. Pop was in charge of making the planes flightworthy. One day, a fighter plane returned from its mission intact, except that when Pop checked the belly gunner’s turret, he encountered a gory sight. The belly gunner’s head had been blown off and the turret was a bloody mess.

With the ship’s chaplain conveying the messages, the captain of the Essex wanted to know if the aircraft could fly again. Yes, the plane could fly again, but the bloody mess within would smell horribly in the tropical heat. Pop recommended that the identity of the dead man be confirmed and that he be buried at sea in the plane in which he had given his life for his country. Upon receiving this message via the chaplain, the captain signaled “thumbs-up” from the bridge, and so the plane became a coffin that was pushed off the flight deck into the Pacific.

Decades later, when watching the TV documentary “Victory at Sea,” Pop saw video footage of that somber funeral service and heard the chaplain repeat Pop’s own words during the service. Pop passed in 1999, so he didn’t learn this, but two or three years ago, I learned the name of the man who was buried at sea. There is a website now where you can read about him and watch the “Victory at Sea” footage of his burial.

Pop had seen much death and destruction in the war, but he couldn’t shake the memory of this particularly vivid incident. Many times I had sat silently while Pop retold the story, doing my best to be a supportive listener. One night, while listening to this story for the umpteenth time, it seemed right to try to ease his torment. I decided to reason with him the way he had reasoned with me when I was growing up. “Pop,” I said, “ that belly gunner was no more dead than all the other soldiers and sailors killed in the war, and his death was more merciful than most, because it happened before he knew what hit him.”

My statements hit home. Pop snapped out of his dreamy, far off, reverie. His eyes took on a clear, focused look. “I suppose that’s so,” he acknowledged, and he then turned the conversation to less intense subjects. I sat with Pop during many more nights when he drank and reminisced before his passing a year later. Never again did he tell that story. That was one nightmarish memory that ceased to haunt him. He had finally processed it and moved on.

We can show our thanks to our veterans by welcoming them back after their tours of duty, by taking the time to express gratitude for their willingness to risk all and endure traumatic experiences in service to their country, by being ready listeners or giving them space when they don’t feel like talking about what they went through.

To all of you out there who have served: Thank you and God bless. May your Veterans Day bring comfort and peace to you.

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Part 5, Illiteracy and racial dysfunction

Current U.S. Census Bureau figures show 22.3 percent of American citizens live below the poverty line. That equates to 69,520,000 Americans. They cannot secure a livable-wage job in order to pay for food, home, medical care and basic living in this country.

Within 37 years, demographic experts project an additional 100 million legal immigrants flowing into the United States of America. They expect to arrive from Africa, Indonesia, India, China, the Middle East, Mexico, Central America, South America and many of the poverty-stricken countries of the world. Their impact on America: they will force the addition, in sheer numbers, of an additional population enough to duplicate our 20 top metropolitan cities in the U.S. in 2013.

(Source: Pew Research Center, U.S. Population Projections by Fogel/Martin and the U.S. Census Bureau document those demographic facts.)

But what most Americans fail to understand stems from the fact that world human population expires at 57 million annually. Humans not only replace 57 million people, but also add an additional 80 million, net gain, to the planet annually. Total: 7.1 billion people in 2013. That’s 137 million new babies that need to be watered, fed, housed, warmed, medicated and educated annually. Unfortunately, those countries with those fecundity rates cannot educate that many new children annually. They lack teachers, books, supplies and schools. Tragically, over 10 million children starve to death annually. (Source: United Nations Population figures.)

The tragedy of America’s 1965 immigration bill added 100 million immigrants within 40 years; then, the 1986 amnesty accelerated the speed of the onslaught and now the proposed S744 amnesty bill expects to add another 100 million immigrants within 35 years or less. Those desperate immigrants will pour into America at 200,000 every 30 days, along with their birth rates, diversity visas and chain-migration.

This five-minute video presents an example of illiteracy and what it costs you as this woman birthed 15 kids on welfare.

Why do you think those countries around the world suffer misery and starvation within their societies? What causes it? Why can’t they duplicate Western skills for filling grocery stores to the brim with food like you see all across America? Answer: illiteracy, lack of intellectual horsepower, cultural poverty, lack of water and arable land.

Unfortunately, we inject those factors into the USA at blinding speed. The new amnesty provides for two million, that’s 2,000,000 million third world immigrants annually. They average 900,000 births annually, which equals 9 million in 10 years. That’s a total of 2.9 million legal immigrants annually. (Source: Dr. Steven Camorata, www.cis.org) When you look at S744, you see 250,000 green cards annually and many more visas on all levels. We could see that 100 million accelerate our population even faster than the predicated 37 years to rush from 316 million to 438 million.

Along the way, we lack the funds, the teachers, the schools, the resources and the languages to teach the endless millions of kids inundating our failing school systems. Over 85 languages create linguistic chaos in my Denver, Colorado school system with minimum of 50 percent dropout rates and as high as 67 percent. Detroit, Michigan runs 76 percent dropout rates as reported by Brian Williams at NBC Nightly News.

We face colossal cultural and educational dysfunction. What one factor drives failed states around the world? Answer: illiteracy.

With over 42 million Americans who cannot read, write or perform simple math, we face enormous challenges that we will not be able to solve. Some 48.1 million Americans subsist on food stamps today. They cannot work, function, feed or house themselves. Do any of us possess any idea what the next 100 million immigrants will mean as to food stamps, section 8 housing, welfare and medical care? How will we cope with their languages?

(Source: Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com, “23 percent of Americans illiterate.”)

Racial and linguistic segregation across America

When people lack education, but see wealth on TV, they react. When they can’t attain it, they shoplift, steal cars, form gangs and dwell in underworld ethnic enclaves. You can see it in most failed countries in the world.

Today in Jackson, Mississippi, with a 90 percent African-American population, they elected a mayor who promotes changing five southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina into a separate Republic of New Black Afrika.

Journalist Andrea Ryan wrote, “Raising his fist in a black power salute during his swearing in, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi was true to his character as a former leader of the black supremacy group, Republic of New Afrika. The group is dedicated to transforming five of the Southern states into an independent socialist black nation. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, born in Detroit as Edwin Finley Taliaferro, is a radical activist, and co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He’s, also, being praised by the Nation of Islam, who wrote in their publication, Final Call, that ‘the seeds of a black nation are already taking root in Mississippi.’

In Detroit, Michigan, now 93 percent Black and Middle Eastern population, Muslims expect to dominate that population as their numbers grow in the USA from their current seven million to well over 20 million by 2050. They possess the capacity to use the U.S. Constitution to install Sharia Law by voting power of the majority. At some point, another Mayor Chokwe Lumumba could rise out of the ashes of Detroit to lead it toward a separate state or country.

In the UK, France and Belgium, Sharia Law Muslims thugs prowl the streets to beat up on anyone uninformed enough to visit during the night. Last month, in London, England, ten Sharia “police”, caught on video, beat an American boy senseless and disfigured his face because he walked into the “no go zone” in the Muslim sector. France features over 70 “no go zones” dominated by Muslims.

Solid estimates in the USA show 22 Islamic “villages” guarded and walled off from public scrutiny in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Oregon.

In Los Angeles, the legal and illegal Mexican-Latino population overwhelms schools, housing, hospitals and food stamp stores. California features four million illegal migrants and most of them work underground or with forged papers. They defraud food stamp and housing welfare rolls. Spanish fast becomes THE language of southern California. Unfortunately, they fled Mexico where the average child drops out of school by sixth grade. They repeat that cultural practice in California. At some point, a Spanish Chokwe Lumumba will rise out of the quagmire of Los Angeles to lead that arena into a satellite state of Mexico.

Short video on “EBT” (Electronic Benefits Transfer) food stamp cards paid for by your tax dollars to feed illiterate Americans who even ship the food to other countries. A rapper shows how to use them, steal them, trade them and defraud with them.

What does this all add up to in our country?

A first world country cannot continue at that level of excellence in the face of illiteracy and intellectual dysfunction.

A first world country cannot maintain its culture, language and educational levels of excellence by injecting itself with multiple languages, cultures and cultural illiteracy.

One look at the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Belgium and Holland offers a depressing look at the final outcome of mass immigration from disparate cultures and failed-states worldwide.

Multiculturalism, illiteracy and multi-lingualism do not, cannot and will not maintain America as a cohesive, viable, educated and first world civilization.

Since it’s not working in 2013, how will it work with another 100 million added immigrants within 37 year? Answer: it will not!

This video brings this entire Western world nightmare into sharper focus:

“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck

This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org

Our situation will not become any prettier as we discuss the exhaustion of oil, resources and arable land in the next part of this series.

Part 6: Energy exhaustion, resources and arable land depletion

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What America Will Look Like In 2050, Part 4 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-4 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-4/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:20:14 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=714282 Part 4: Acute water shortages, aquifers exhausted, contaminated rivers Few Americans understand what their children face within 37 years with the addition of 100 million immigrants to the United States of America. The ramifications of passage of mass Amnesty Bill S.744 guarantee devastating consequences to our country. I hope, as you read this series, you […]

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Part 4: Acute water shortages, aquifers exhausted, contaminated rivers

Few Americans understand what their children face within 37 years with the addition of 100 million immigrants to the United States of America. The ramifications of passage of mass Amnesty Bill S.744 guarantee devastating consequences to our country. I hope, as you read this series, you understand that your children will become victims of your apathy and inaction.

Instead of this crisis standing front and center at the national leadership and media levels—America’s population predicament remains the most ignored, evaded and suppressed issue of our time.

I’m not exactly certain why we stand in denial of the effects of adding 100 million immigrants. You could ask the average American on the street about the implications of S744 and he or she wouldn’t possess the slightest idea of what you’re talking about.

As a reminder validating the reason for this series: demographic experts project the United States adding 100 million immigrants to this country by 2050—a scant 37 years from now. All totaled, since we reached 300 million in October of 2007, we will add 138 million people by 2050 to total 438 million people—enough to duplicate 20 of our top cities’ populations to our country. That 100 million people will have to be watered, fed, housed, transported and provided medical services. The enormity of it transcends understanding. The Pew Research Center, U.S. Population Projections by Fogel/Martin and the U.S. Census Bureau document those demographic facts.

Today in America, seven states suffer water shortages in 2013: Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. They may be able to water their populations at this time, but they stand on the edge of acute water shortages.

Florida sustains 18 million people in 2013, but demographic projections show them doubling to 36 million within 37 years—all of it because of legal immigration. Texas, at 26 million, expects to hit 36 million by 2050. The whopper granddaddy of them all: California holds 38 million on their way to 58 million.

What amazes me: no one whispers a word. Somebody with a brain in the media or government must be pulling their hair out while wondering why the media always reports “downstream” or after the catastrophic event already occurred.

But when the “Water footprint” disaster hits, we will have already added 100 million immigrants. At that point, everyone becomes victims.

(We pollute our drinking water with trash and chemicals all over the planet. Notice the mountain of plastic debris; but you can’t see the chemical contamination within the water. Not until, of course, you contract cancer.) Photography www.lightstalkers.org

“Without sustainability, ’severe’ water scarcity by 2050” By Andrew Nusca

“Today, 36% of the global population — approximately 2.4 billion people — already live in water-scarce regions and 22% of the world’s GDP ($9.4 trillion at 2000 prices) is produced in water-short areas,” said Nusca. “Moreover, 39% of current global grain production is not sustainable in terms of water use.

“According to IFPRI’s analysis, current “business as usual” water management practices and levels of water productivity will put at risk approximately $63 trillion, or 45 percent of the projected 2050 global GDP (at 2000 prices), equivalent to 1.5 times the size of today’s entire global economy. Moreover, 4.8 billion people (52 percent of the world population) will be exposed to severe water scarcity by 2050.”

(This is the kind of water contamination I have seen in my world travels. Many beaches around the world feature knee deep plastic trash. Worse, most of it sinks to the bottom and disrupts ocean, river and lake eco-systems. Yet, not one world leader or corporations calls for a 25 cent deposit-return law.) Photography by www.lightstalkers.org

As their water shortages slam home, where do you think they flee? Answer: first world countries.

Interestingly enough: these figures stand for our current 7.1 billion humans. Projections show another 3.1 billion added to that to reach 10 billion by 2050.

Something will happen and it won’t be pretty.

 1 out of 6 people in the world lack access to clean water – that equals 1.1 billion people
 9 million people will die this year from lack of access to clean water
 Every 15 seconds a child dies from water related illness

Exactly how do we Americans think we will escape those realities by adding 100 million immigrants?

(Imagine millions gallons of chemicals being dumped into America’s lakes and streams 24/7 because that’s what’s happening. Leaking gas tanks from gas stations and individual oil dumps poison our ground water. Dairy, beef, pig and chicken farms cause enormous ground water pollution. Add another 100 million immigrants and we face humongous consequences that will become irreversible and unsolvable.) Photography by www.wikipedia.org

Facts about Pollution from Livestock Farms

Livestock pollution and public health

 California officials identify agriculture, including cows, as the major source of nitrate pollution in more than 100,000 square miles of polluted groundwater.

 In 1996 the Centers for Disease Control established a link between spontaneous abortions and high nitrate levels in Indiana drinking water wells located close to feedlots.

 Manure from dairy cows is thought to have contributed to the disastrous Cryptosporidium contamination of Milwaukee’s drinking water in 1993, which killed more 100 people, made 400,000 sick and resulted in $37 million in lost wages and productivity.

Water expert Ken Midkiff said, “In just a few short decades in the US, we have depleted our water supply. In the eastern states, which once had an abundance of water, bitter disputes and legal battles have become commonplace over water shortages caused by overpopulation. In the western states, where water has always been in short supply, population growth in dry areas has led to water shortages that threaten to severely restrict or perhaps even bar further growth.”

How do you “bar growth” by adding over 100 million people to America inside of four decades?

Just imagine with me: within 37 years, endless immigration will add 20 million immigrants to California. Anyone want to guess the outcome of that many people on the water supplies?

“Water is essential for all dimensions of life. Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double.

The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year.” World Bank Institute

If this series sobers, frightens or enlightens you to your children’s future, I suggest you visit my website and join all the immigration organizations suggested.

We do not have to become victims of this Human Katrina crashing onto our country.

Write these organizations and people to address this situation by interview top experts as to what all Americans face:

George Noory: coasttocoastam@aol.com
TheEarlyShow@cbsnews.com
Charlie Rose: charlierose@pbs.com
Today Show: todaystoryideas@nbc.com
Nightline@abcnews.com
Matt Lauer: today@nbc.com
Bill O’Reilly: Oreilly@foxnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
Greta van Susteren: Ontherecord@foxnews.com
Dateline@nbc.com
Editor: letters@washpost.com
Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Editor: letters@time.com
Editor: letters@newsweek.com
Ombudsman@npr.org
Editor: letters@nytimes.com
Editor: openforum@denverpost.com

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Tear Down This Wall: Celebrating Victories Over Communism On World Freedom Day http://www.officialwire.com/news/tear-down-this-wall-celebrating-victories-over-communism-on-world-freedom-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tear-down-this-wall-celebrating-victories-over-communism-on-world-freedom-day http://www.officialwire.com/news/tear-down-this-wall-celebrating-victories-over-communism-on-world-freedom-day/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:17:27 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=714281 By Alejandro Antonio Chafuen. Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in the history of human civilization. President Ronald Reagan’s demand, “President Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” constitute some of the most memorable words spoken in the last century. […]

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By Alejandro Antonio Chafuen.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in the history of human civilization. President Ronald Reagan’s demand, “President Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” constitute some of the most memorable words spoken in the last century. Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev were not the only two actors in this human drama. Many died confronting Soviet expansionism in the Southern cone of the Americas, in Angola, Afghanistan, and other corners of the globe.

A political leader and a think tank scholar deserve major credit for highlighting the importance of this date.

José María Aznar, former prime minister of Spain, has always been committed to freedom. Several years prior to his 1996 election, he created a think tank, FAES, to help disseminate the ideas of liberty.

Aznar had been so helpful with efforts around the globe that in early 2004 I asked a member of his team, Alberto Carnero, former national security advisor and current ambassador in Austria, if Aznar had a favorite issue that I could help support. Carnero told me, “He would like to celebrate with more emphasis the victories over communism, especially Nov. 9.” A few months after, another Spanish think tank leader, Vicente Boceta, past executive director of the Business Roundtable of  Madrid (Circulo de Empresarios de Madrid), contacted me with the same goal. He was not aware of Aznar’s request.

Neither of my Spanish friends knew that they were preceded by Arnold Beichman, an admirable scholar who, like other luminaries, was working at the Hoover Institution. He was 85 years old during those liberating days of 1989. A native of Ukraine, and longtime educator and activist against communism, Beichman successfully encouraged President George W. Bush to proclaim Nov. 9 as World Freedom Day. Beichman was very active among think tanks. He was one of the founders of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, in Washington D.C. (with, among others, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Huntington, James Q. Wilson, and Bob Pfaltzgraff) and the former vice president of the Philadelphia Society.

Like my friends above, there are many worthy players who confronted the evils of communism that deserve to be recognized, but there is also a utilitarian argument for commemorating World Freedom Day. As George Santayana wrote, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Today, many young Germans do not have a vivid recollection of those last days of communism.

In addition to remembering those who contributed to the weakening of the Soviet Union and helped to strengthen the free society, Nov. 9 is an ideal day to take stock. One of the first measurements of freedom, developed by Freedom House in 1973, has focused on political aspects of freedom. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Freedom House  listed 68 countries that lacked democratic freedom; today we are down to 47. Measurements of economic freedom began just after 1989.

In recent decades, progress in economic freedom has not been great. The Heritage-Wall Street Journal index rates world economic freedom at 5.96 out of 10 in 2013 as compared to 5.76 in 1995, the year of its first ranking. The Fraser Institute index shows a similar slow progress of 6.87 in 2011 compared to 6.38 in 1995. Around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Fraser calculated world economic freedom at 5.82. The United States, however, scores worse today than it did 1989.

Ronald Reagan’s statement that, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” is clearly a call to action. The fight for freedom needs to go beyond economics. On the field of research, LIBRE, a budding think tank in Argentina, is seeking support to compile a “Black Book of Terrorism” to complement the influential 1999 Harvard University Press book “The Black Book of Communism,” a multi-author work that listed 100 million (dead) victims of communism. Organizations such as The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (run by Lee Edwards), which focuses on remembering the victims, and The Human Rights Foundation which defends current victims of totalitarian governments, also deserve strong support.

Nov. 9 is not all about the past. North Korea and Cuba are still under the grip of communism. The citizens of many other countries, especially those with rulers trying to implement 21st century socialism and other totalitarian models, are also longing to celebrate their own freedom day. Thanks to the encouragement of President Aznar and the late Arnold Beichman, think tanks across the globe keep this day in their agenda. More than that, by continuing to document, advocate, and defend the treasure of liberty, they make a positive contribution to civilized life.

 

Dr. Alejandro A. (Alex) Chafuen ’84 is president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. (The opinions expressed by the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Grove City College, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, or their boards of trustees.)

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By Herb Meyer.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.

Despite everything you’ve gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn’t information; it’s judgment.  If you don’t know what information is worth collecting, and if you cannot figure out what this information means soon enough and clearly enough for policymakers to use it — you lose.

The latest case in point is the fuss over allegations in the German press that our country’s intelligence service has been listening in to Angela Merkel’s cell phone conversations.  From the moment these allegations began to surface, American commentators and television talking heads — a few of whom have actually served in U.S. intelligence, most of whom claim to be intelligence experts because they once, perhaps, were allowed to read a classified document — have been pooh-poohing these allegations as much ado about nothing.  “Everyone does it,” they pronounce, usually with a shrug and a wink.  “So what’s the big fuss?”

Yes, it’s true that from time to time allies do spy on one another.  France, for example, is infamous for running industrial espionage operations against America’s leading high-tech companies.  (It doesn’t seem to have done the French much good; their economy is a basket case.)  But just because our allies put more effort into spying on one another than spying on their real enemies, that doesn’t mean we should too.

In the real world of intelligence, it isn’t possible to know everything about everything.  You can never have enough spies, enough satellites, or even enough bandwidth to monitor all humanity.  And even if you had an unlimited supply of spies, satellites and bandwidth, there aren’t enough analysts in the world, let alone in Washington, D.C., to make sense of what’s been collected.  If you try to know everything about everything, you wind up knowing nothing about anything.  An effective intelligence service must pick and choose its targets very carefully.  And that’s a matter of judgment.

What could we possibly hope to learn from Angela Merkel’s cellphone conversations that’s worth the risk of offending one of our country’s most important allies?  Is she likely to be calling China’s president to coordinate an invasion of Russia?  Is she on the phone with the head of Pakistan’s army to secretly purchase one of that country’s nuclear bombs for the Luftwaffe?  Are you kidding?

This is Angela Merkel, one of the world’s most capable, serious, head-screwed-on-straight leaders.  There isn’t a chance she would do something to start a world war or fracture the Western alliance.  It’s more than likely the most interesting call we’d pick up from the German chancellor is a conversation with her husband saying she’ll be home late for supper because a delegation of Greek bankers has unexpectedly arrived in Berlin to beg for yet another Euro loan.  And you don’t need spies or wiretaps to have predicted this — or to predict Merkel’s response to their pleas.

Meanwhile, it seems that none of our country’s senior intelligence officials thought it worth the time and effort to keep an eye on the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston before they exploded two bombs at the Boston Marathon — even though both brothers were growing more radical by the week, had set up a terrorist-type website, and one of them had traveled to Dagestan, and after returning to the U.S. was the subject of a tip from Russian intelligence.  And before that, our intelligence service completely missed all the warning signs flashing red from Maj. Nidal Hassan in Texas — emails to and from al Qaeda operatives, overseas phone calls to known terrorists, personal outbursts that would have alerted your average high school guidance counselor, even calling cards with Soldier-of-Allah imprinted after his name — before the army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 31 others at Fort Hood back in 2009.

No intelligence service can be perfect, and even the most brilliant, hard working spy chiefs will suffer the occasional failure.  But as the Angela Merkel dust-up and the other failures make clear, the problem with American intelligence today isn’t a shortage of resources needed to keep us safe, but a lack of judgment at the top.

 

Herb Meyer served as special assistant to CIA Director Bill Casey from 1981-87. He was Casey’s right-hand man at the CIA in the 1980s, where he joined Casey and Ronald Reagan as a central player in the take-down of the Soviet Union. He is the author of “How to Analyze Information” and “The Cure for Poverty.” 

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