Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: George Soros

What’s Behind the Attack on Fracking?

The following is the text of a talk I made in September to some oil industry people in Nashville:

In the opening sequence of the movie Gasland, Josh Fox, the film’s producer, said:

One day I got a letter in the mail. It was from a natural gas company. The letter told me that my land was on top of a formation that was called the Marcellus Shale which stretched across Pennsylvania… New York… Ohio… and West Virginia… and that the Marcellus Shale was the “Saudi Arabia” of natural gas.

I could lease my land to this company and I would receive a signing bonus of $4750 an acre. Having 19.5 acres, that was nearly $100,000… Right there in my hand. Could it be that easy?

No, it couldn’t.

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Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes Remains Tenuous, Say Experts

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 11, 2014:

Aerial view of resource extraction in Texas. A...

Aerial view of resource extraction in Texas.

On July 3, Science magazine reported that, using its models in place of data they claimed was unavailable, water flowing from fracking disposal wells in Oklahoma “is potentially responsible for the largest swarm” of earthquakes recently noted in that state. The report, available in full to subscribers only, was immediately picked up by the Los Angeles Times, which said the study confirmed the link between fracking and the earthquakes.

Science, published by the environmentalist group American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has maintained a veneer of credibility for years while promoting the questionable science behind global warming. In December 2006, AAAS adopted an official statement on climate change:

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Google buys Skybox for its Eye-in-the-Sky Technology

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SKYBOX (Photo credit: ✖ Daniel Rehn)

When Google announced on Tuesday that it would buy Skybox for $500 million, it explained that it was all about updating its Google maps application:

[Skybox’s] satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery.

Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to improve Internet access and disaster relief – areas Google has long been interested in.

David Cowan, a partner in the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners that has invested in Skybox, was only slightly more forthcoming:

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Senate Rejects two Radical Obama Appointees

In the space of 10 days the president has seen his Democrat-controlled Senate either reject outright or put “on hold” two of his most vicious anti-American appointments, despite all the pressure the president could bring to bear on those recalcitrant Senators who voted against them. In short, these are back-to-back victories for the American people and for the Constitution of the United States.

The first was the rejection, 47-52, by the Senate of

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First Senate Rejection of an Obama Appointee

For the first time since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the rules – installing the “nuclear option” back in November so that Obama’s appointments would find even easier approval in the Democrat-controlled Senate – on Wednesday the Senate rejected one of his nominees. The vote was 47-52 with seven reluctant Democrat senators, some of whom are facing reelection challengers in November, voting against their party and their president. The nominee, Debo Adegbile, was just too radical for them and

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Birch Society smeared for opposing the Article V convention push

Joe Wolverton is one of the leading lights among the gifted writers and investigative journalists regularly having his articles appear in The New American magazine and its companion website, TheNewAmerican.com.

A constitutionalist attorney who not only writes but speaks around the country for the John Birch Society (the publisher of The New American), Wolverton saw the dangers inherent in efforts by Mark Levin to promote a constitutional convention – a “con-con” – in order to rein in out-of-control government spending. Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, has formed the basis for a movement to call a convention of the states that would be limited in scope to addressing just the issue of spending.

Wolverton disagreed and

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Hillary Clinton Launches her 2016 Campaign with High Dollar Speeches

With a recent series of highly compensated speeches to wealthy and influential groups, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has unofficially but effectively launched her 2016 presidential campaign. In July Clinton spoke to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a $40 billion international private equity firm, followed by another to the

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Astounding Increases in US Oil Production Reported

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013:

The advances in drilling and fracking technology coupled with the enormous untapped shale oil reserves are keeping the oil industry’s reporting agencies hopping, just trying to keep up with the gains in oil and natural gas production. For instance, the increase in US oil production in September was an amazing

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US oil output is up 25 percent from just one year ago

If the increase in US oil output continues to increase by 25% every year, as it did from September 2012 to September 2013, total US output would double every three years. It’s a simple case of mathematics, compound interest, and the Rule of 72.

The main thing working to keep that from happening is

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House Bill Offered to Study “Real World” Effects of Fed Policy

In anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve on December 23rd, House member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Chairman of the House’s Joint Economic Committee, decided back in March to offer a bill to create a commission to

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50 years of Federal Regulations have Reduced Americans’ Standard of Living by 75 percent

The 20th annual snapshot of the federal regulatory state published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) last month announced the arrival of an unhappy milestone: regulatory costs now amount to more than half of all federal spending. Put another way, the real cost of government in the United States is

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Who is Jason Furman?

This was initially posted at McAlvany Intelligence Advisor:

 

With Monday’s announcement that Jason Furman will be taking over from Alan Krueger as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, some have asked: who is he?

The short answer is that he is a

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Don’t Bother Seeing 2016: Obama’s America?

I lost an hour and a half of my life Sunday at a matinee showing of the sleeper-hit documentary “2016: Obama’s America.” But I kept the stub for tax purposes, and you get to read this column. With luck, we’ll both end up just slightly worse off for the experience.

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the Hous...

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gene Healy is a VP at Cato, one of my favorite think tanks, but I think he has successfully missed the main point of the movie: Obama is a mystery, and D’Souza is trying to figure it out.

Healy uses the rhetorical device of belittlement to misdirect the conversation:

D’Souza, “2016’s” narrator, stresses his commonalities with the president: born the same year, both with third-world parentage, both steeped in an anticolonial tradition. “I get it,” D’Souza assures us, which is why he alone has the secret decoder ring that can explain Obama’s positions on the war on terror, Israel, the Falkland Islands and much else besides.

This even applies to Obamacare:

Then there was the health care bill” D’Souza segues. But who needs a decoder ring to explain why, like every Democratic president of the post-WWII era save Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama pushed for universal health insurance? Does “anticolonialism” explain Obama’s embrace of a plan cooked up in a conservative think tank and first implemented by his 2012 Republican opponent?

This is misdirection of the first order. Just because Obama (more accurately, Nancy Pelosi and her thuggery) got Obamacare passed by Congress when other presidents couldn’t, doesn’t diminish the impact of it on

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Is the “2016” Movie Impacting the Election?

Valerie Richardson – Impact of ‘2016’ on 2012 presidential race uncertain

As of last weekend, “2016” had grossed more than $30 million, making it the second-highest-grossing political documentary and fifth-highest documentary of all time. It appears poised to climb still higher, given that it continues to play on 1,876 screens after opening in wide release Aug. 24, according to Box Office Mojo.

I hope you’ve had a chance to see the movie “2016: Obama’s America.” I have, and previously reviewed it.

That doesn’t mean that I thought the movie was accurate or profound. What I found remarkable, and still do, is the number of people seeing it. They are hungry for information about the president. They know they’ve been kept in the dark about his past. And that’s a good thing. D’Souza admits it:

There is a hunger for information about Obama. Americans feel that they don’t have the full story and the film supplies the missing pieces.

Well, not exactly. My editor at The New American has asked me to do a lengthy piece for the print magazine on “What Makes Obama Tick.” That’s a working title only. But what I’ve found is that D’Souza’s basic premise – that Obama is reflecting the ideology of his dead father – is wrong. Obama is no “anti-colonialist.” He is the worst type of “neo-colonialist” in that he wants to put everyone in the country back on the plantation.

But the movie does get a lot of things right, especially his “founding fathers” – communist revolutionaries and liberation theologians. Nothing was said about George Soros, unfortunately, or Saul Alinsky. So there are some gaping holes in understanding the real Obama.

But this misses the point. Millions of people are going to see this movie. And that is confirming their suspicion that something is amiss. What comes across is that he shouldn’t be reelected.

The reviewers don’t like it. (Big surprise.) But the viewers who paid money to see it, loved it:

Only three of 14 “major critics” listed on the Rotten Tomatoes website gave the film a positive review, with reviewers describing it as everything from “a vicious, larger-than-life racist lie” to “deeply boring.”

On the other hand, 77 percent of moviegoers gave it a positive rating.

Charles Koch: Covert Libertarian No Longer

A statement for the Koch Brothers at the Occup...

A statement for the Koch Brothers at the Occupy Wall Street protests. (Photo credit: Caroline Schiff Photography)

In Jane Mayer’s expose of Charles Koch, the billionaire conservative running Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, she made it sound as if she were shedding the light on Koch’s political activities for the very first time. Titled “Covert Operations,” Mayer noted that the growth of Koch Industries since Charles and his brother David took over its operations after the death of their father, Fred Koch, in 1967, has made each of them multi-billionaires—somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 billion each. Koch Industries operates oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, 4,000 miles of pipeline, along with Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpets, the spandex product Lycra and generates an estimated $100 billion a year in revenues.

But the real lowdown, according to Mayer, is how they are investing their wealth:

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation.

And they are doing it with a flourish. Mayer quotes Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity—calling it a “non-partisan watchdog group” which in fact is funded by internationalist socialist George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the Ford Foundation, among others, to “reveal abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions…”—as saying:

The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart…

Charles Koch’s efforts are based on both the short-run—determined to keep President Obama a one-term president and turn control of the Senate back to the Republicans, as well as the long-run—by

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Obama’s America: 2016 Movie Review

Recently released in Texas and now being presented at some 400 theaters across the country, conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza has, with the help of Gerald Molen (“Schindler’s List”) and John Sullivan, produced a documentary in “2016” which persuasively projects a frightening future for America: emaciated in military power, weakened financially, with diminished allies such as Israel in a world increasingly dangerous and threatening.

D’Souza starts out by proving his status not as an ideologue but as a patriot with roots in India who loves the opportunities this country has given him that would scarcely be possible back home. He persuades his audience that he only seeks to understand how a man like Obama, with so many similarities (born in the same year, married in the same year, attended Ivy League schools at the same time) could come out with such a different, even radical, point of view about America.

Based on his two books about Obama (“The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “Obama’s America”) D’Souza concentrates on Obama’s autobiography, “Dreams From My Father” and begins with the thesis that because it is not entitled “Dreams OF My Father” it provides an essential clue into that thinking: that Obama has internalized the anti-colonial ideology of a man he scarcely knew.

D’Souza said, “One of the themes in the movie is the anti-colonial goal of downsizing America in the name of global justice. So the core idea here is that America has become a rogue nation in the world and also that America enjoys a standard of living that is unconscionably high compared to the rest of the world. So anti-colonialism is a program of global reparations…It’s reparations for global injustice. Obama’s goal is to shrink America.”

There are significant gaps in the movie that cry out for remedy and explanation. First, there is a persuasive argument put forth by

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The Robin Hood Tax Scam Is Back

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In a burst of uninformed enthusiasm, William La Jeunesse, writing for Fox News, announced that the bill offered by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)—the “Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act”—was the Robin Hood tax.

If he knew better, La Jeunesse would have called it by its correct name: the Tobin Tax, first offered 40 years ago by a Keynesian economist, following the collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement when President Nixon took the United States off the gold standard. That bit of information would no doubt have helped to curb his enthusiasm.

La Jeunesse wrote:

The measure would impose a tiny three-hundredths-of-a-penny tax on financial trades. Supporters say the bill would cost the average investor just $1 per year, but could raise up to $35 billion annually.

This painless way of extracting funds from its owners would then allow further spending to stimulate the economy, according to DeFazio:

It’s .03 percent. But it will still generate about $35 billion a year in income—income that could be used to rebuild the real economy, infrastructure [and make] other investments.

Any proposal to increase taxes, direct or indirect (the Tobin tax qualifies as an indirect tax), can be examined at least three ways. Who is proposing it and what is his agenda? Who has analyzed its impact impartially and has the intestinal fortitude to tell the truth about the bill? And are taxes in general moral, and indirect taxes specifically? 

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Glenn Beck’s “Cowards” is Uneven, Exasperating and Valuable

Glenn Beck at Restoring Honor

With the help of 14 writers and seven contributors and researchers, Glenn Beck has burst forth with another book that expresses his unique style: fulminating, ranting, exploding, rollicking, sardonic, eclectic, and intemperate. Beck and friends have written 11 best sellers and seven of them have reached the #1 position on the New York Times best seller list. Cowards will no doubt be number eight.

There is much valuable information contained here, some of which is surprising even to those who consider themselves well-read. For instance, who is Madison Grant? You’ll find out starting on page eight. There is no index to his book, so you’ll have to find out the hard way, by reading it. Grant wrote The Passing of the Great Race in 1916, which exposed the Progressive movement’s fascination with eugenics, or ethnic cleansing. What’s more important is learning how many of the Progressive Era’s leading lights favored Grant’s position that “the laws of nature require the obliteration of the unfit” and “human life is valuable only when it is of use to the community or race.”

The reader will be exasperated at Beck’s setting up of a straw man in his caricature of Ron Paul’s foreign policy position, and then destroying it, not with reason and logic, but with

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Blowing Up the Euro

George Soros, billionaire

In her article on Monday, financial journalist Jessica Mortimer said that the euro had just set a new record low against the Japanese yen: Its value is now the lowest it’s been in 10 years. The irony wasn’t lost on her as she also noted that it was just 10 years ago that the euro was first denominated in coins and currency, three years after being introduced electronically among the member states.

And she sees further weakness in the euro, now trading below $1.30 versus the dollar, and likely to move ever lower into the New Year: “In the absence of a comprehensive European policy response to the debt crisis, the euro could test its 2010 low of $1.18.” This would imply at least another nine-percent loss in value in less than a year.

She touched on only one of the few remaining options open to keep the euro from blowing up altogether: more austerity on the backs of the citizens of the member states who took excessive advantage of lower-than-market interest rates to load up on debt that they can’t pay back. She noted the survey that came out over the weekend indicating that a key European manufacturing index remains persistently below recovery levels, with further declines into a full-blown recession in Europe likely. Additional austerity measures would simply hasten that recession. Kathleen Brooks, director of research at FOREX.com, told her clients: “We remain a sell on rallies (with the euro) as we tend to think the eurozone crisis will actually get worse before it gets better.”

That’s one option: Increase the pressure on the taxpayers to

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Liberal House Member Investigated by Liberal Watchdog Group

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif., left) used her congressional office funds to pay for a fancy $20,000 luncheon for some of her constituents in May, calling it a “briefing” to get around House rules prohibiting such expenditures. Jay’s Catering handled the details of the party complete with singing, dancing, and “special consideration of [guests'] dietary and medical needs.” Chris Kuhles, catering manager, said “It was a Polynesian-themed event—Huli Huli Chicken, fried rice, green salad, Hawaiian sweet rolls [and} for dessert, truffle cake.”

It was all according to Hoyle, said Richardson’s spokesman Ray Zaccaro: “All expenses associated with the event were in keeping with the rules and standards of the House Members Representational Account (MRA).” However, a close look at those rules showed that

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.