Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hold on a sec. Before we get too much in a dither....

Today we're going to try and put the world in a more accurate perspective. Are we really going to hell in a handbasket, or are we just focusing on the wrong things.  Maybe we are actually doing much better than we think.  Get a load of the following facts:

_ The number of people killed in battle – calculated per 100,000 population – has dropped by 1,000-fold over the centuries as civilizations evolved. Before there were organized countries, battles killed on average more than 500 out of every 100,000 people. In 19th century France, it was 70. In the 20th century with two world wars and a few genocides, it was 60. Now battlefield deaths are down to three-tenths of a person per 100,000.

_In 1970, there were over 958 million people who were considered chronically hungry.
  • In 2010, there were slightly fewer chronically hungry individuals, but still a staggering 925 million.
  • Yet, in 1970 the world population was only 3.7 Billion.
  • Whereas in 2010 it reached 6.8 Billion.
  • When you look at the ratio of hungry people to the relative global population, in 1970, 25.8% of the world was hungry.
  • Whereas in 2010, only 13.6% of the world was considered hungry.
  • That’s a 47% decrease in 40 years.

    _ The rate of genocide deaths per world population was 1,400 times higher in 1942 than today.

    _Income. The middle class today are wealthier (in terms of real dollars’ buying power) than the rich only a century ago.
    Environment. Aside for greenhouse gases, Easterbrook shows that virtually all forms of pollution and environmental damage are in decline in the west. CFCs, industrial pollutants, lead in gasoline, just to name a few.
    Crime. After peaking in the 1980s, violent crime is down significantly in the United States.
    Class Divide. The richest may have more money, but the lifestyle they can buy (travel, home ownership, air conditioning, etc.) are no longer restricted to a minority of the population.
    World Poverty. Although some pockets of the world continue to stagnate, the overall reduction in global poverty should be celebrated.
    Education. More people are going to school than ever before, Easterbrook argues. And college degrees are now open to more people, rather than just the elite class.
    Health Care. Sure, there may be flaws in any system, however people are living longer and healthier lives than before. Easterbrook claims that most diseases worldwide (AIDS is a notable exception) are in decline, and have been for years.
    Prejudice. The leader of the United States is black. Even if prejudice still exists, keep in mind that over half a century ago, men like Obama hadn’t even secured voting rights.

    _ There were fewer than 20 democracies in 1946. Now there are close to 100. Meanwhile, the number of authoritarian countries has dropped from a high of almost 90 in 1976 to about 25 now.

    In fact it is difficult to find any area in which we have not substantially improved.  Please tune in today from 11a~2p on AM 1230 KBAR and tell me your take on things.

    Steve Mitton

    Are We in the Run-up to WWIII?

    Recently we marked the 50th anniversary of the January 24, 1965 passing of Winston Churchill.
    Churchill was not only a courageous leader but an eminent historian and lucid writer who left us with volumes of valuable insight and wisdom.
    We have been flipping through his, “The Gathering Storm,” which recounts among other parts of history the lead up to World War II, when Churchill stood as a lone voice against Nazi Germany — a threat he so clearly saw while the world dithered.READ MORE

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Obama mad

    The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.
    “We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.
    Read more: Netanyahu 'spat in our face,' White House officials said to say | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-spat-in-our-face-white-house-officials-say/#ixzz3PfX2fKwJ
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    The boy who’s proud to be a killer


    The boy who’s proud to be a killer

    Will Cornick murders teacher in front of classmates in Leeds, England

    Published: 22 January 2015 (GMT+10)
    The horrendous stabbing murder1 of an English high school teacher and the comments the perpetrator made afterwards are a potent reminder of the possible effects of evolutionary thinking on impressionable minds.
    Some of the sickening comments the teenage student made after the killing included:
    “I wasn’t in shock, I was happy. I had a sense of pride. I still do.
    “I know it’s uncivilised but I know it’s incredibly instinctual and human. Past generations of life, killing is a route of survival.
    “It’s kill or be killed. I did not have a choice. It was kill her or suicide.
    “I know the victim’s family will be upset but I don’t care. In my eyes, everything I’ve done is fine and dandy.”1
    He had previously said of the teacher on Facebook that “she deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand”.1
    The details of the killing make disturbing reading. It happened at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, England, when the teenager walked up behind a 61-year-old female teacher, winked at fellow students and then fatally stabbed her.
    I know it’s uncivilised but I know it’s incredibly instinctual and human. Past generations of life, killing is a route of survival—Will Cornick
    The boy, Will Cornick, has since been jailed, and details of his planned attack and callous attitude were revealed in court. While it’s impossible to know what influences impacted the killer and resulted in such psychopathic tendencies, his statements that “it’s incredibly instinctual and human” and “killing is a route of survival”, have inescapable evolutionary overtones.
    After all, at the heart of Darwin’s philosophy that overwhelms the education system and the wider community is the belief that we are nothing more than biochemistry—that all our thoughts, feelings and actions are simply the result of our genes and the environment.2
    As well, Cornick’s statements are somewhat similar to those of the notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer who once said: “After all, if a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then—then what’s the point of trying to modify your behaviour to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime. When we, when we died, you know, that was it, there is nothing…”3
    After the shooting massacre in 1999 in America in which teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves, people were asking, ‘How could they do such a thing?’4 The killers were obsessed with blood-drenched video games and violent death. They were also fascinated by the German Nazi belief, fuelled by ideas of Darwinian struggle, in a ‘master race’.5

    The fact that Cornick’s attack happened at a Catholic college also speaks of the way in which much of the church has embraced evolution over the creation account in Genesis.
    Only a moral and legal code based on Christian morality will act as some sort of restraint to such tendencies. But once there is the justification that it’s ‘natural’ to kill, this will happen more. The analogy can be made with depression/suicide; even if depression in a culture remains at a constant level, the percentage of those who then give in to their impulse to self-destruct will be higher when people think life has no meaning and there is no afterlife.
    The fact that Cornick’s attack happened at a Catholic college also speaks of the way in which much of the church has embraced evolution over the creation account in Genesis. Science, some churches say, has shown the Genesis account of creation to be wrong, so it is appropriate to take a different view.2
    So, even in church-run schools children are told that man is just an animal, that death and violence are a natural part of evolution, and that ‘only the fittest survive’, so it is no wonder that young people are wallowing in utter hopelessness.5
    At CMI, we argue that science and Scripture do not collide, and that there is no need to compromise either—a view which numerous articles on this website show to be entirely reasonable.2 The Bible can be trusted absolutely in what it says about earth history. And it can be trusted in what it says about everything else too, particularly that it is wrong to kill another human despite a mindset like that of this troubled individual who subscribes to the notion that ‘it’s incredibly instinctual and human’ to carry out such an act.

    Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter; the only hostage is the overdue Army report


    Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter; the only hostage is the overdue Army report

    By Glenn MacDonald, guest writer from MilitaryCorruption.com
    It’s an old axiom in the world of public affairs to release bad news or information that might result in blowback late on a Friday afternoon. That usually results in minimal “play” by the media and hopefully (in the view of the news managers) it will be marginalized by Monday morning’s news cycle.
    If the long-awaited Army investigative report on Bowe Bergdahl had been released on time – Friday afternoon, January 16 – it would have tested that strategy to the maximum.
    Much of the country suspects the liar-in-chief in the White House wants to paint the alleged Taliban “captive” in a sympathetic light, ignoring the over-whelming evidence that he is a lowlife deserter.
    Much is at stake. Obama, ever mindful of his “legacy,” doesn’t want to be known as the President who freed five Taliban killers in exchange for a weirdo loser who got American GI’s killed in an effort to rescue him.
    But, if GEN Mark Milley’s report is an honest one, the only way out for Obama is to over-rule his recommendations and that would have to include court-martial for desertion in wartime. And that risks even the reliably lapdog mainstream media turning on him.
    So when will we finally know what is to happen? Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, GEN Martin Dempsey, is generally known as an Obama butt-boy, so chances of Bergdahl facing punishment are slim.
    We just hope that Hussein doesn’t reward Bergdahl with “prisoner-of-war” status. That would mean this creep would collect more than $200,000 in back pay and get lifetime benefits which, at least until now, have been reserved for genuine American heroes.
    To equate the sufferings of Sen. John McCain, five years in solitary confinement at the “Hanoi Hilton” with the amiable circumstances of Bergdahl’s time with the Taliban is an absolute outrage.
    As far back as 2010, the respected British newspaper of record, the Sunday TIMES, reported from Afghanistan that sources told them then-PFC Bowe Bergdahl had converted to Islam, taken the Muslim name of “Abdullah” and collaborated with the enemy.
    A Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika Province who called himself Haji Nadeem, said Bergdahl had taught him how to dismantle a mobile phone and turn it into a remote control device to trigger a roadside bomb.
    Former Army SGT Evan Buetow told CNN “Bergdahl is no hero. He’s a deserter, and the truth needs to be told.”
    Bergdahl’s sergeant and team leader said right after the weird PFC walked away from his unit, “we started picking up radio intercepts from a nearby village that Bergdahl was there seeking contact with the Taliban.”
    Defying the Army’s attempt to muzzle him (Bergdahl’s unit members were ordered to sign “non-disclosure” statements in a blatant move to keep the true nature of the private’s departure secret) Sgt Buetow told CNN there was a sudden increase in attacks on the American outpost right after Bergdahl’s disappearance.
    “Soon after he left, IED’s started going off directly under our truck convoys. They (the Taliban) were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical, like they knew what we were going to do before we did it. It was incredibly suspicious.”
    The former NCO said Bergdahl “knew sensitive information” that, if provided to the Taliban, could put U.S. troops at greater risk of death or injury.”
    “We were very worried he was giving information to the enemy,” Buetow said.
    You can be sure it won’t be forgotten by the families of those soldiers who lost their lives looking for Bergdahl. Can you imagine how they will feel when the onetime private banks those “big bucks” and gets lucrative book deals and TV movie offers?
    Dear readers, please be sure to carefully go through the previous eight Bowe Bergdahl stories published on MilitaryCorruption.com. Coach is Right will be carrying these stories over the next several days.
    Glenn MacDonald writes of MCC: “See what facts we have dug up and contrast our reporting with the kid gloves treatment the Obama-suck media have provided thus far.”

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    One trader appears to be wagering half a million dollars that the market is headed much lower this week, in Wednesday's biggest single options trade of the day, in terms of the number of contracts traded.
    Shortly after noon ET, the trader purchased 50,000 Jan. 23 weekly 195-strike puts on the popular SPDR exchange-traded fund tracking the S&P 500 [ .INX 2046.57  +14.45 (+0.71%) ], which trades under the ticker symbol "SPY [ SPY 204.4438  +1.3638 (+0.67%) ]." These options are perceived to have a low probability of paying off, which explains why they traded at a price of 9 cents a share, for a total outlay of $450,000.
    That is the most the trader can lose, and as long as the SPY stays above $195 through Friday, the total amount will indeed be lost. However, if the S&P falls 5 percent between Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET and Friday's close (to give an example) the trader will enjoy a quick profit of more than $12 million.
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    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Here we go again.

    As you know, the company that shall not be mentioned deleted over 10 years of show archives and research material.  We have now started again and we hope that this time, we will last a bit longer.  I will probably offend someone again, but, for the time being, we will continue to use this format for updating the webpage.  Thanks to the cool folks at www.squarehook.com for helping me to get this going again.   They are the solution to your web needs.  You won't get any better than Squarehook.