Durban due diligence


By Kelvin Kemm

We must demand scientific rigour on climate change, or we will reap the consequences.

From my vantage point here in South Africa, I could hardly miss the major build-up to the COP-17 United Nations world environment and climate conference, which is being held November 28 to December 9 in Durban, where I went to school and university.

For weeks international news broadcasts spoke of “the road to Durban,” and people of all ranks made daily comments concerning issues to be addressed at COP-17. Conference organisers announced that bottled water would be limited, or even prohibited, because making, shipping and disposing of plastic bottles was not environmentally sound – and in any event Durban tap water is so good that anyone can safely drink water out of any tap, whether in a hotel room, restaurant or back yard garden hose. I agree with both points; Durban municipal water is excellent everywhere.

Other images also drifted through my mind, such as those of legendary scientist and philosopher Galileo, who dared to announce that it was not the sun that orbited the earth, but the planets, including the earth, which orbited the sun. The ruling establishment of the day jumped on Galileo, threatening him with dire consequences if he did not toe the politically correct line and recant his claims. He did so to avoid burning at the stake but was placed under house arrest anyway, to ensure that he did not spread his views, and his book was banned.

Many years later, during the French Revolution, baying mobs in Paris streets were ready to chop the heads off anyone perceived not to be part of the New World Order. Even scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the discoverer of oxygen and hydrogen, was one of many unfortunate people who lost their heads to French guillotines.

Today, I fear we are experiencing similar, though less lethal, sentiments on topics of so-called global warming, global climate change, global climate disruption and weather “weirding.” In far too many instances, any person who dares to challenge official dogma is branded a “denier” and treated as an enemy of society. This is not merely sad; it is dangerous to all mankind.

Chanting climate change advocacy groups want non-compliant businesses and industries found guilty of crimes against the planet, so that condemned industrialists can be hunted down and punished. This is destructive of reasoned scientific debate, affordable energy and modern civilization.

The asserted evidence that anthropogenic carbon dioxide is totally to blame for any observed climate changes is at best scientifically very shaky. There are far too many holes in the theory for it to pass the conventional rigour that should be applied to any scientific debate.

The evidence shows serious deviations between CO2 claims, computer models and computer-generated forecasts and scenarios, on the one hand – and actual observations and measurements of temperature and weather, on the other hand. Historical and archaeological evidence (of major climate and weather changes and extremes) likewise do not support claims that allegedly stable climate conditions have suddenly been thrown into disarray by human greenhouse gas emissions.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and observed temperature changes over the past century simply do not correlate nearly as well as necessary for proper scientific analysis. Similarly, historical evidence clearly demonstrates that there was a Medieval Warm Period (MWP) of great health, wealth and prosperity, during which temperatures were warmer than today’s, but with no anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the equation.

Archaeology and history also show that successful Viking settlements died out in Greenland after the MWP, as a significant 500-year-long period of global cooling set in. The coldest point of this Little Ice Age was the well-documented Maunder Minimum, when ice fairs were held on London’s frozen Thames River. Contemporary paintings of these frozen festivals still exist today.

Similar long-term periods, such as the Roman Warming, have likewise been documented, as have lengthy periods of droughts and floods in various ancient societies – to say nothing of major ice ages and interglacial periods that affected much of Europe and North and South America. Previous significant climatic changes are hardly rare events. However, for obvious reasons, the global warming advocacy faction does not want to discuss these historical periods.

Moreover, over the past decade, significant new scientific evidence has suggested that observed global warming can probably be explained largely or entirely by changes in solar activity and thus cosmic ray incidence on earth, consequent changes in cloud cover and atmospheric water vapour levels, periodic shifts in oceanic temperatures and currents, and other natural phenomena.

Why, then, do we witness repeated attempts to demonize and bury any hint that solar activity is a principal cause of observed global warming? Why do climate change alarmists seek to suppress evidence that the Earth has not warmed and may even have cooled slightly since 1998? Why do so many Climategate 1.0 and 2.0 emails reflect much more private uncertainty among alarmist climate scientists than they have been willing to admit publicly?

These actions are much too close to the Galileo and French Revolution affairs for comfort.

Even worse, misguided government and corporate policies and actions worldwide – in response to the false science and high pressure tactics – will be highly detrimental to mankind, especially poor families that will be trapped in perpetual poverty, disease, malnutrition and premature death.

We can only hope that future generations will not group the Galileo, French Revolution and climate change eras as similar Dark Ages, when “establishment” zealots and easily inflamed crowds suppressed science and analytical truth.

Let us hope, instead, that at least some world leaders will have the courage to stand up at COP-17 and demand the kind of scientific rigour that brought so much enlightenment and progress over the centuries. Proper due diligence in Durban requires nothing less.

Only then will poverty be eradicated, and health and environmental conditions improve, for billions of people all over our planet.

Dr. Kelvin Kemm holds a PhD in nuclear physics, is currently CEO of Stratek consultants and lives in Pretoria, South Africa. He also serves as a scientific advisor to the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (

Paper Money, Real Debt, and Spendthrift Nations

EU=in-FlamesAs the citizens of the United States and the seventeen member-nations of the European Union look on, a great drama regarding the future of the EU and its currency, the Euro, is occurring.

The essential problem is that both the U.S. dollar and the Euro are just so much paper, despite the promises and guarantees that they will be honored as real money. The trick has been to keep everyone believing there are sufficient real assets to back up those promises.

Since the U.S. dollar is a kind of universal currency to which other nations peg the value of their currencies the problem for everyone is that the U.S. is broke. Its debt exceeds its annual capacity to generate income, otherwise known as its Gross Domestic Product. Every hour of every day it must borrow billions to meet its obligations. Forty cents of every dollar the U.S. spends is borrowed.

There is a reason why television these days if filled with commercials offering to sell gold. Gold has always retained its value though it does fluctuate. The U.S. Treasury’s gold hoard has a value of more than $400 billion these days, but that value is the flip side of the Federal Reserve’s demolition of the dollar which has lost 95% of its value since1913, the same year the Fed was created.

Currently the Federal Reserve has been printing vast quantities of dollars—quantitative easing—that only serves to devalue it. The dollar is backed by the “full faith and credit” of the United States, but for the first time in our history our credit rating has been downgraded by agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

Not that the rating agencies haven’t also been part of the problem. They are famous for telling everyone that the bundled mortgage assets of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were okay right up to the day the 2008 financial crisis occurred and Lehman Brothers collapsed

When the 2008 financial crisis hit, the American taxpayer was tapped to bail out a number of banks, a huge insurance company, and even General Motors. This was followed by “stimulus” spending, all of which drove U.S. debt levels to historic highs. The vast matrix of Federal Reserve central banks, government agencies charged with oversight of financial institutions, and the ratings agencies all contributed to the crisis.

The U.S. went off the gold standard in 1931, in effect exporting deflation around the world. Other nations followed suit. At the time, Americans were experiencing high debt burdens, unemployment, and money hoarding. If that also sounds like 2011, you’re right.

The crisis of 2008 was brought about by the “bundling” of mortgage assets. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two Depression-era social justice inventions, currently own 50% of mortgages, many of which were the result of pressures on banks to make loans to people who clearly could not pay them back. What the banks considered “assets” were phantoms whose collateral could often not be traced.

Little noted is the role of the Federal Reserve. A government investigation into the causes of the 2008 financial crisis concluded that “The prime example is the Federal Reserve’s pivotal failure to stem the flow of toxic mortgages which it could have done by setting prudent mortgage-lending standards. The Federal Reserve was the one entity empowered to do so and it did not…”

What the Fed had done, in fact, was to lower the interest rate it charged for lending to banks to very nearly zero.

In his book, “Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis”, author James Rickards explains what is actually occurring.

“The United States now has a system in which the Treasury runs non-sustainable deficits and sells bonds to keep from going broke. The Fed prints money to buy those bonds and incurs losses by owning them. Then the Treasury takes IOUs back from the Fed to keep the Fed from going broke.”

We’ve been here before in two previous currency wars, the latter of which led to World War II. The problem then and now is the need for job creation, something that can only be achieved by private enterprise.

The United States government has not provided a good environment for its business and industrial community to invest and expand. It has, as just one example, very nearly the highest corporate tax in the world; beyond that, a vast matrix of regulations makes doing business in America expensive, difficult, and often uncompetitive.

How this will all play out depends in large part on whether Americans are prepared to reduce the size of a government that grew precipitously in the 1930s and the second half of the last century. We must begin to slowly and fairly phase out the “entitlement” programs.

The great question facing Europe is whether the EU disbands and its members return to individual national sovereignty in a response to a continent-wide economic disruption caused by unsustainable debt in its southern tier nations. The EU was a response to a history that generated two major wars in the last century, bankrupting the continent morally, socially, and economically. The road back has been in part due to U.S. aid and protection against the former Soviet threat.

While the possibility of abandoning the Euro was unthinkable bare months ago, it is now an option; a very difficult option because of the vast interconnectiveness of Europe’s and our own banks.

In America the only real hope we have is that in November 2012 we will elect men and women who will turn the ship of state around before the latest currency war sinks ours and the world’s economies.

© Alan Caruba, 2011

When ‘Gone with the Wind’ premiered in Atlanta

gone-with-the-windThe 1930s was an exciting time when everyone loved Super Star-Shirley Temple, Baseball Home Run Legend-Babe Ruth, Aviator Pioneer-Amelia Earhart and “Gone with the Wind” Author- Margaret Mitchell.

The Great Depression was ending but Europe would enter World War II. The United States was only two years away from entering the war but the Christmas Season of 1939 was a jubilant time for America, especially in the Southland, when….

The movie “Gone with the Wind” premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, just 74 years after the War Between the States had ended and December 15, 2011, marks the 72nd Anniversary of that wonderful-classic movie that opens with:

“There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”

Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell saw her book “Gone with the Wind” published in 1936 and then as a Super-Technicolor movie in 1939 that would help boost tourism throughout Old Dixie land.

Gone with the Wind won 8 Oscars for 1939, including Best Picture, and;

Hattie McDaniel, the first Black American to win an Academy Award, expressed her heart-felt pride with tears of joy, when she was presented the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable role as “Mammy.”

Victor Fleming won the 1939 Academy Award for the movies Best Director and even though Max Steiner did not receive an award for his excellent music score, the “Gone with the Wind” theme song has become the most recognizable and played tune in the world.

Vivien Leigh, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role, humbly and eloquently, summed here appreciation by thanking Producer David O. Selznick.

And, who can ever forget Olivia De Havilland as the pure-sweet Melanie Hamilton, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.

Friday, December 15, 1939, was an icy-cold day in Atlanta, Georgia but folks warmed to the great excitement surrounding the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” A Selznick International Pictures “Technicolor” Production of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer Release of Margaret Mitchell’s novel about the Old South at the Loews Grand Theater.

Do you remember Thomas Mitchell who played (Gerald O’Hara) telling daughter Scarlett:

“Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, that Tara, that land doesn’t mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”

And, there was not a dry eye in the movie theater when Bonnie Blue Butler, the daughter of Rhett and Scarlett, was killed in a pony accident.

Anne Rutherford, who played Scarlett’s sister Careen, took time to visit the Old Confederate Veterans at the soldier’s home on Confederate Ave. and the stars toured the famous “Cyclorama” at Grant Park.

The festivities surrounding the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” included a parade down Peachtree St, with over there-hundred thousand folks cheering the playing of Dixie, waving Confederate flags and shouting Rebel Yells.

It was a grand day to witness the lighting of the “Eternal Flame of the Confederacy,” an 1855 gas light that survived Gen. Sherman’s 1864 Siege during the Battle of Atlanta. This lamp remained for many years on the northeast corner of Whitehall and Alabama Streets. Mrs. Thomas J. Ripley, President of the Atlanta Chapter No. 18 United Daughters of the Confederacy, re-lit the great light with Mr. T. Guy Woolford, Commandant of the Old Guard, by her side.

The Time Magazine wrote:

“The film has almost everything the book has in the way of spectacle, drama, practically endless story and the means to make them bigger and better. The burning of Atlanta, the great ‘boom’ shots of the Confederate wounded lying in the streets and the hospital after the Battle of Atlanta are spectacle enough for any picture, and unequaled.”

You can read the entire article at:,9171,952044,00.html#ixzz0XFQVmsTD

Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Speaker, Writer, Author of book ‘When America Stood for God, Family and Country’ to be republished, a resident of Kennesaw, Georgia “Home of the Civil War Locomotive The General” and member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Getting In Line

invasionWhy are the GOP frontrunners talking about “getting in line,” for the forty million Mexican nationals  who have invaded America, in an active bid of annexation of American territory by Mexico, called “La Reconquista?”

Should American politicians be allowed to commit treason against the nation, by promoting the dangerous attitude of a tolerance romantic, toward the massive third world invasion of industrialized nations seen in both hemispheres of the planet?

Concessions should never be granted to burglars who break into our national house and there certainly should NOT be a so-called “line” for the gang-rape of our republic, under the Second Mexican War.

Mexico has full intent to make a baby, in prosecuting its “politically correct” rape of America.

Are these GOP frontrunners as insane as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?

These sappy and sentimental politicians of the GOP, are the ones who need to “get in line,” lest they find themselves fresh-out of constituents.

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By Al Cronkrite

The world has come to an intersection and is now rolling down a new highway. Major changes are in progress:

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement sprang up almost magically as an agent of impending change.

Mary Gabriel, author of the Karl Marx biography “Love and Capital” points to a renewed interest in Karl Marx and the similarity of his era to ours. She cites the industrial revolution as the engine for change in his era and the electronic age in ours.

South Korean economist, Dr. Ha-Joon Chang, a graduate and associate at Cambridge University, wades into the economic foray with terrible diction but a fresh approach.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), a far left, government financed, change agent, is a source of support for OWS and was previously a domicile for President Obama. Acorn seeks a Red tinted change.

Pregnant with power Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren is running for the Senate in 2012. New York Times writer Jeff Madrick said of her book “The Two Income Trap”, ”The upshot is that two-income families often have even less income left over today than did an equivalent single-income family 30 years ago, even when they make almost twice as much.” Hear here.

We have veered from the highway of the maverick nationalism of Pat Buchanan onto the road to the new world order of David Rockefeller

The World Bank writes about change as if it is a natural evolutionary process but the dethroning of the United States of America and the theft of the wealth of its citizens has been planned and executed over a period of several decades by stealth and treachery. The exact source remains opaque but the results are clearly visible. Elections have not had nor will they have any effect on the process which proceeds inexorably regardless of political party.

All efforts to stop this evil plan will fail. Even with the mass resistance to the coddling of illegal aliens we have lost the State of California and citizens across the country remain harnessed to supporting foreigners who are breaking our laws and are intent on overthrowing our government. If we cannot solve the immigration problem how can we expect to be successful against the mysterious progress of world government?

We are fighting a powerful, invisible enemy with the useless weapons of a shredded Constitution and loud complaints. We listen to the interminable remedial rhetoric of political candidates which seems to provide solutions but when the candidate is elected the promises are forgotten and the office holder quickly cow tows to the mysterious powers that seek to destroy us. It has been repeated over and over again with the same results. In this video Adam Kokesh interviews a warmongering woman who when confronted with the truth simply walks away. She, like most Americans, cannot and will not hear the truth! This serious malady is rampant at the bottom and at the top.

Kevin Barrett interviews columnist and former presidential candidate, Pat Buchanan, confronting him with serious questions about 9/11 (Near the end). Buchanan stubbornly refuses to consider either the thought or the evidence.

Someone recently sent me this beautiful rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It is a beautiful song but it is also pure propaganda. Our Triune Christian God supports neither illegal wars nor the armies that carry them out. The mass murder of millions of human beings created in His image is an unimaginable abomination.

The Daily Bell recently published an article that referred to the injustices (Genocide) done to the American Indians. Christians assume that God’s blessing is detached from behavior and like the Pharisees arrogantly cling to their erroneous assumptions. With pompous righteousness we decorate the bumpers of our cars with stickers that read “God Bless America” falsely assuming that He will bless us on demand without regard for our behavior.

There are demonstrations going on around the world, Egypt, Syria, Greece, and now in the United States. The demonstrations may bring a change in government but the change will be toward consolidation of power, not toward freedom. Greece has installed a new government that will consolidate power and bring Greece back in the European Union.

The OWS demonstrations here in the United States are ostensibly leaderless but if these demonstrations continue order will come through a tyrannical consolidation of conspiratorial power.

The viable candidates for president of the United States are already bought and paid for. It makes no difference whether Obama is re-elected or Gingrich or Romney is successful, the loss of freedom and the destruction of our nation will continue unabated. Complaints that the Constitution is being ignored will continue to fall on deaf ears. New travesties will constantly appear. We will complain but our complaints will be ignored.

Though you will not like it and may not be able to hear it let the ancient prophet Jeremiah tell you why we are losing our freedom and our nation is being destroyed. “O Lord do not Thine eyes look for truth? Thou has smitten them, but they did not weaken; Thou hast consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.” Jeremiah chapter 5 verse 3.

Consider, gentle reader, that in all the political discourse there is no reference to the Creator or to His Law. There is no effort to bring politics under the jurisdiction of the Great God of All Creation. Instead we look to His egotistical, erratic, sinful, political creatures to solve our national problems. Failing to understand that Christians are usually part of the problem we think that the solution is to get Christian men elected to high positions.

Over nearly five decades of captivity to Christ I have been betrayed, cheated, maligned, and condemned more times by Christians than by pagans. Antinomian Christians are often more dangerous than pagans because we expect more from them than their level of maturity warrants.

It is the refusal to be corrected and the refusal to repent that sets God’s face against the United States of America. Loss of freedom is a punishment from God; it was in ancient Israel and still is today. God is not blessing America; we are losing our freedom!

The Christian Church is the center of God’s judgment. When the Church begins to face reality, recognize the crown on the head of King Jesus, and preach obedience, then freedom will commence to return. Unfortunately, humility is scarce and there is no evidence that repentance and obedience are close at hand. We are traveling on a dark road. Governments killed more of their own people during the Twentieth Century than have died in all the wars of history. Elements involved with the OWS movement would gleefully wipe out the White Race.

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