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Earth Day 2014: 45 Years of Pseudo-Science Indoctrination

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

 

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Creation of Adam ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, April 22, more than a billion people “celebrated” the holy day of green environmentalism, Earth Day, in more than 190 countries. At least that’s the estimate of Denis Hayes, the head of the Earth Day Network. Hayes was appointed – anointed – head of Earth Day by its self-proclaimed founder, one Gaylord Nelson, former Governor and Senator from Wisconsin.

 

That self-proclamation differs greatly from reality. The real founder of Earth Day was John McConnell, a simple man of faith who recognized his duty as a Christian to be a steward of the grand creation of God. He would often quote Psalm 155:16:

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath HE given to the children of men.”

In October 1969, McConnell proposed a global holiday to celebrate that grand creation at the national UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, but soon learned to his dismay that his idea would be shortly coopted by Nelson as a way to promote his radical environmentalist agenda. McConnell took great pains to distance himself from Nelson, particularly noting in his Wikipedia entry: “John McConnell is not associated with … self-proclaimed Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson.”

Nelson saw his first “teach-in” on environmental do-goodism blossom, with the help of Hayes, into an international celebration of the environmentalists’ fondest dream: worship of earth coupled with worship of government who will save it from destruction. It was a marriage in the minds of men unacquainted with Psalm 155.

One of those minds explained the purpose behind Earth Day. Margaret Mead, the great moral leader with three failed marriages and at least two romantic relationships with other women and now considered by the secularists as an iconic “cultural anthropologist,” wrote:

Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.

Earth Day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way … by using the vernal equinox, the time when the sun crosses the equator making the length of night and day equal in all parts of the Earth.

She even got the date wrong. This year, for example, the vernal equinox occurred on March 20, not April 22. Something had to be done about that. In trying to explain the vast gulf between the real world and the phony one conjured by Nelson, Hayes, and Mead, apologists have suggested that they wanted a date that would fall during spring break while avoiding the real reasons for celebrating the Creator and His creation like Easter and Passover. They even reached so far as to suggest that April 22 somehow honored the birthday of John Muir, born on April 21, 1838, 176 years ago. Muir of course was a conservationist, not an environmentalist, at least as that term is used today.

But the real date of April 22, 1970 was deliberately selected to celebrate the birth of the first totalitarian to force his captives to honor the earth by requiring them, at the point of a gun, to clean up the streets and parks. Vladimir Lenin was born on April 22, 1870, and was the dictator who first introduced the “subbotnik” under which his hapless serfs were directed by the government to celebrate the earth by cleaning it up. The first such glorious event was held on April 12, 1919.

But the message was clear: mankind must first be persuaded that the earth is not the Lord’s, but belongs to man. And since the government is instituted among men to rule over other men, it must be seen as the salvation of the planet.

This is what is being taught as unvarnished truth in today’s schools, as free-market economist Steven Landsburg found out from his four-year-old daughter. In his book, The Armchair Economist, Landsburg explained:

At the age of four, my daughter earned her second diploma. When she was two, she graduated with the highest possible honors from the Toddler Room at her nursery school in Colorado. Two years later she graduated from the preschool of the Jewish Community Center, where she matriculated on our return to New York State.

 

At the graduation ceremony, titled Friends of the Earth, I was lectured by four- and five-year-olds on the importance of safe energy sources, mass transportation, and recycling. The recurring mantra was “With privilege comes responsibility” as in “With the privilege of living on this planet comes the responsibility to care for it.”

 

Of course, Thomas Jefferson thought that life on this planet was more an inalienable right than a privilege, but then he had never been to preschool.

When Landsburg had a conference with her teacher, he learned another lesson: the environmental agenda is not open for debate. It is a religion, a faith, an ideology that brooks no disagreement or challenge: history doesn’t count, facts don’t matter, logic doesn’t apply. Landsburg explained:

The hallmark of science is a commitment to follow arguments to their logical conclusions; the hallmark of certain kinds of religion is a slick appeal to logic followed by a hasty retreat if it points in an unexpected direction.

 

Environmentalists can quote reams of statistics on the importance of trees and then jump to the conclusion that recycling paper is a good idea. But the opposite conclusion makes equal sense…

 

This suggests that environmentalists — at least the ones I have met — have no real interest in maintaining the tree population. If they did, they would seriously inquire into the long-term effects of recycling.

 

I suspect that they don’t want to do that because their real concern is with the ritual of recycling itself, not with its consequences. The underlying need to sacrifice, and to compel others to sacrifice, is a fundamentally religious impulse. (emphasis added)

 

At bottom, as Landsburg found out, the environmental agenda is based on force. April 22, 2014, Earth Day was the celebration of the 45th birthday of the man-made marriage of worship of the earth and the state.

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Sources:

The history of Earth Day

Why I Am Not An Environmentalist by Steven Landsburg

Bio of John McConnell

Bio of Denis Hayes

Bio of Gaylord Nelson

The Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg

Bio of Margaret Mead

The real vernal equinox: March 20, 2014

Bio of John Muir

Lenin’s Subbotnik

Bio of Vladimir Lenin

 

IRS Revokes Tax-exempt Status from Patrick Henry Center

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English: US Postage stamp, Credo issue of 1961, 4c, famous quote by Patrick Henry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, at last, Gary Aldrich is free to speak his mind on matters of great concern to him without having to worry about overstepping the bounds imposed on his First Amendment rights by the Internal Revenue Service. His Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty had its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code revoked, effective last July. The final determination letter was dated December 31 but just released to the media this week. It said:

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Say Goodnite America! (Photo credit: Templar1307)

 

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 21, 2014:

The Census Bureau, teaming up with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, confirmed what many have long suspected: the United States is a welfare state, and the recipients are gaining on the taxpayers. According to their just-released Current Population Survey, there are nearly 150 million people on the dole compared to fewer than 90 million being squeezed to make the payments. And the longer the game goes on, the worse the score will get.

After Terence Jeffrey, former editor at Human Events and now senior editor at CNSNews, dissected the pages-long survey, he lamented:

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The President’s lies are Finally Catching up with him

In the latest Fox News poll 37 percent of those polled think that President Obama lies “most of the time” while another 24 percent say he just lies “some of the time.” 20 percent say he lies “only now and then” while 15 percent say he never lies. Put another way, 85 percent of those polled thinks the president lies, while

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Census Bureau Reports 62 Million more Takers than Payers

 

Attack of the Giant Leeches

The latest Current Population Survey, a joint venture between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau , showed 148 million “benefit takers” compared to the benefit providers – workers in the private sector – who number less than 90 million. According to Terence Jeffrey, the senior editor at CNSNews, that’s a ratio of 3:2 and it’s only going to get worse: “As more Baby Boomers retire and as ObamaCare comes fully online … the number of takers will inevitably expand. Eventually there will be too few carrying too many, and America will

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The Left Attacks Pulitzer for its Public Service Award to Washington Post

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This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

Instead of supporting the Pulitzer Prize Committee’s decision to give its coveted Public Service award to the Washington Post for publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations over NSA’s spying on innocent Americans, the Left (i.e., those supporting the surveillance state) has instead rather come unglued over the matter. Rep. Peter King, the noisy center-left RINO from New York, was first out of the box:

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Social Security Stops Seizing Refund Checks for Decades-Old Debts

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Social Security Poster: old man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Grice, a resident of Maryland, was expecting her refund checks of $4,462 from the IRS and the state of Maryland. They never came. Instead she got a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) saying that they took them to settle a debt owed by her father – in 1977. When the Washington Post learned that she was filing suit over the matter, things began to happen. She told them: “It was a shock. What incenses me is the way they went about this. They gave me no notice.”

Her attorney, Robert Vogel, amped up the issue, putting the SSA on the defensive. Their explanation was spotty. Apparently

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How the media turned a thug into an icon

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Al Sharpton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 11, 2014:

Ever since the media decided to provide cover for a thug from Brooklyn, it has secured his rise to stardom by ignoring behavior that would have landed almost anyone else behind bars. Al Sharpton, born in Brooklyn in 1954, was appointed by Jesse Jackson in 1969 as a director of his Operation Breadbasket. He then gained the attention of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm – running such a strong campaign for president in the Democrat Party in 1972 that she even frightened Hubert Humphrey – who hired him as youth director for that campaign.

Baptized, licensed, and ordained a Pentecostal minister at the age of nine, he

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“Reverend” Al Sharpton’s denials have just enough ring of truth about them that the media are accepting them at face value. On Monday The Smoking Gun’s three investigative reporters published their nearly 30-page exposé “Al Sharpton’s Secret Work as FBI Informant” based on documents they obtained from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. On Tuesday the media began publishing his denials.

USA Today’s lead read:

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Supreme Court lets stand New Mexico Court Ruling in sex Discrimination case

New Mexico Supreme Court

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear on appeal the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, giving tacit approval of the ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

In 2006 Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Taos, New Mexico, received an email from Vanessa Willock asking her to photograph her upcoming “commitment ceremony” with her same-sex partner, Misti Collinsworth. Huguenin respectfully declined and referred her to another photographer who handled the task. When Willock learned that Huguenin declined because of her Christian beliefs, Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. It was all downhill from there.

The commission not only

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Requiem for a Courageous Everyman

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20120429 – yardsale booty – Second Amendment sign – IMG_4099 (Photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL))

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 7, 2014: 

Few knew Otis McDonald. Fewer still knew how he became the lead plaintiff in the historical Second Amendment lawsuit McDonald v. Chicago, decided by the Supreme Court in 2010. With his passing from this life last Friday, one thing is certain:

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Channeling Sisyphus or: How to Get It Wrong Every Single Time by Fundamentally Misunderstanding Human Nature

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Taking part in a Nov. 10, 2009, memorial service on Fort Hood, Texas, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look at the photograph of one of the victims of the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. See more at www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 4, 2014:

The president thinks he can keep something like the Fort Hood shooting that took place on Wednesday afternoon from happening again. As a starting point, he called out his troops to find out what happened:

My security team is … working … to determine exactly what happened….

We want to assure [everyone that] we are going to get to the bottom of what happened…. We don’t yet know what happened, but obviously that sense of security has been broken once again. We need to find out exactly what happened.

The underlying assumption is the same one he made back in 2009 when Major Hasan murdered 13 soldiers at Fort Hood:

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Bleacher Envy and Title IX: Bleachers are unequal, must be torn down

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Wooden bleachers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 2,, 2014:

Thanks to bleacher envy, mission creep, and Title IX, Plymouth High School in Michigan has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to tear down the bleachers overlooking the boys’ baseball diamond.

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Two Fort Hood Shootings: Similarities and Differences

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The American flag on Fort Hood, Texas, rests at half-staff on Nov. 10, 2009, during a memorial ceremony honoring the victims of the Nov. 5, shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. See more at www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The parallels between the massacre of 13 soldiers by Major Malik Hasan at Fort Hood in 2009 and 3 soldiers there by Spec. Ivan Lopez on Thursday afternoon are disturbingly similar. Despite promises from the president on down that nothing like this would happen again, it happened again.

At about 4:30PM, Specialist 4th Class Ivan Lopez entered a building on the Fort Hood campus where he apparently

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This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 26, 2014: 

On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. He also signaled to pollsters that it was time for them to

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest iteration of the Ukrainian crisis started late last year when the country’s quasi-legal President Viktor Yanukovych, in violation of the country’s constitution, decided that his country would be better served allying itself with the Russian Bear rather than Brussels diktats buried in European Union offers of financial aid. This proved to be the spark that led to non-violent protests which turned violent when

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Preliminary Polls Show Chances Improving for Repubicans to take back the Senate in November

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Alan Abramowitz (Photo credit: flguardian2)

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Subprime Crisis No Barrier to Affordable Housing

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Fed Transcripts from 2008 Reveal Experts to be Clueless and Confused

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President Barack Obama confers with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke following their meeting at the White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Followers of the Fed have carefully analyzed the 1,865 pages of transcripts it released in February of its eight regularly scheduled meetings and six emergency meetings in 2008 and have concluded that these experts were clueless and unaware of the opening economic abyss yawning before them. Even the New York Times was forced to admit, following its review of the documents, that

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Latest Survey: Small Business will lay off Workers if the Minimum Wage is Raised

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