Oct 31, 2014

Secrets and Conspiracies - never the twain shall meet

The following story is a rather poignant reminder why large scale conspiracies involving hundreds, if not thousands of people, simply cannot be true. The fact is that people can't keep their mouths shut... not for long. Even in this small group of highly trained Navy Seals, not all of them kept their traditional oath of silence. When money, fame and/or notoriety are on the line, somebody always chirps. 
On Nov. 11 and 12, Fox News Channel will air “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” a two-part documentary featuring “an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed terrorist leader Usama Bin Laden,” according to a Fox media release, using an alternate spelling for the jihadi’s name. The retired SEAL, “who will reveal his identity and speak out publicly for the first time, describes the events leading up to and during the historical raid that took place on May 1st, 2011.” (TBO.com)
Though the detail in which "The Shooter" described his assassination of bin Laden seems inappropriate for public consumption​, it nonetheless serves to confirm this object lesson. Silence, even in an event confined to a band of brothers, is a virtual impossibility. And this Seal team revelation came to light less than 2 years after the death of bin Laden. 

So when people talk about conspiracy theories on the magnitude of 9/11, where thousands ​had to have been "in the know"​, the chances of long term silence are ​extremely slim. It's simply contrary to human nature, especially in a free society​. 

Recently, a Facebook friend ​argued that since ​the BBC reported the collapse of WTC7 (the Solomon Brothers building) in advance of the actual collapse, this was proof that the BBC had ​prior knowledge. Therefore, in his eyes, this was clear evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, that Larry Silverman (owner of the complex)​, ​plus all of the alphabet networks, the CIA, the Mossad, the U.S. military, and many high level government officials, were all in on the plot. 

So instead of this fellow realizing that on that chaotic day of mass hysteria, reporting was at times confused and downright errant, he chose to believe that thousands knew of the supposed conspiratorial plans to bring down the Twin Towers and WTC 7 through controlled demolition, to wreak havoc on the Pentagon through a missile strike, and to shoot down Flight 93 (that they insist didn't crash in Shanksville). 

Yes, indeed, the 19 hijackers were just a bunch of poor Muslim patsies scapegoated so that the U.S. could muster the moral justification to invade Iraq while ultimately stealing their oil. So why weren't any of the patsies actually from Iraq? Couldn't the sociopathic NWO masterminds behind the attack, have managed to throw a few Iraqis into the flight manifests? And why does the U.S. import a lesser percentage of oil post Gulf War than it did while Hussein was in power? These menacing little factoids don't matter to the true believer.  

Further, consider this. Why would the triumverant of Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld have used four planes (two to strike the Twin Towers, one to merely fly over the Pentagon, and one to shoot down), as some sort of magician's misdirection? Why not crash all four planes into hard targets to create the most damage?  

At any rate, now, some 13 years after that fateful day, ​the conspiracy theorists don't seem to notice that no one has come forward to write the tell-all book or spill the beans on the greatest cover​-up in human history. They want us to believe that hundreds of eyewitnesses, thousands of military personnel, a plethora of government officials, and untold numbers in the media, are all keeping the deafening silence. The government couldn't even keep a lid on Watergate, which was confined to a mere few, and yet they're supposedly capable of covering up the mother of all conspiracies? 

A friend, deep into the rabbit hole, scolded me, "Use your HEAD, man!" As if I was the one who was living in a dream world void of reality. But using my head is quite frankly what eventually woke me from my conspiratorial stupor. Instead of watching one propaganda flick which is riddled with lies and half truths, I began to do some serious research. I decided to be a Berean and not simply believe what I'd been told. And so, after reading thousands of website pages and viewing the video evidence in detail, I climbed out of the rabbit hole and left the cozy confines of conspiracism.  

The bottom line is that people will believe whatever is necessary to confirm their bias. And even when confronted with the improbability of their conspiracy theory, undaunted they simply ignore the evidence, get verbally aggressive and move on to force the next square peg anomaly into their conspiratorial round hole. Anything to make the world less complex. 

So this latest Seal shooter revelation is further proof that massive conspiracies are as improbable as a snowy day in San Francisco. People don't keep secrets even in the most well-confined events, much less the 9/11 granddaddy of them all. 

My recommendation? Break down every conspiracy claim and determine if it can stand on it's own merit. Don't fall prey to allowing the massive number of bogus claims overwhelm you. A hundred false claims does not the truth make.   

One concluding thought. For goodness sake, don't watch one clever Youtube vid and believe you have all the facts. One of the guys obsessed with 9/11 being an inside job, did just that. He actually made the following statement which he believed was proof that WTC 7 had to have been collapsed by controlled demolition. "Your video [which simply showed the WTC 7 collapse in real time] shows NADA of this. NOTHING ON TOP OF THIS BUILDING absolutely NOTHING because they were turned into DUST!!!" 
I don't mean to sound unkind, but this is complete nonsense, devoid of reality. The slick "Loose Change" movie producers, using carefully selected video clips, led this dear brother to believe that the Twin Towers were basically vaporized into what conspiracists like John Lear and Judy Wood refer to as nano-dust. How could they come to this conclusion if they watched ANY of the video footage of the collapse? 

Watch the following to see the kind of "nano-dust" that fell to the ground during the collapse. They hauled away massage amounts of steel, but the revisionist's theories are so compelling to the uninformed, that far too many fail to do any fact checking. 

Conspiracism is a rabid form of cynicism that is not serving us well. It's both crippling and debilitating, and it causes such a severe malaise that one is left feeling disenfranchised and helpless. Ultimately people remove themselves from the political process believing that their vote and voice are worthless. Clearly our government is seriously flawed. And yes, it conceals far more than it ought. But blaming the government for things done by terrorists is not only unhealthy but it's intellectually dishonest. Don't allow a small group of cyber-conspiracists to control the debate. Think for yourself.

Oct 22, 2014

Does Bill Gates want Depopulation through vaccines and health care?

A FB friend posted a snippet of a 2010 Bill Gates' speech, "Innovating to Zero", where Gates essentially outlined what he believed are grave environment problems that will guarantee cataclysmic results. He specifically referenced global warming through greenhouse gas emissions as the main culprit. One of his methods to reduce C02 is through global Population (P in the equation below) reduction. Though I have serious issues with Gates' alarmist environmental claims (which I dealt with in a prior blog), my intent here is to focus on one particular facet of a statement which I shall quote in a moment. 

Because the amount of CO2 emitted correlates to world population (with developed countries emitting far more of the environmental load), Gates briefly mentioned ways to reduce the projected world population (currently at 6.8B headed to 9B), including "reproductive health services" i.e. abortion and contraception, and also the vaccine initiatives. Following is the exact quote from the lecture. 

"Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we lower that [the population] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent". (article HERE, video below)

Did you catch that? One can certainly understand how abortion and contraception lowers world population, but how in the world can new vaccines and better health services also shrink population. Aren't vaccines designed to prevent disease? 

Well, not according to the way Natural News and the many other conspiratorial-minded websites, interpreted Gates' intentions. Natural News reposted just the first 3 minutes of the 30 minute lecture and changed the title to, Bill Gates Wants Depopulation Through Vaccines and Health Care." And off they went with their NWO (New World Order) diatribe accusing Mr. Microsoft of plotting to wipe out millions. But is that truly what Gates meant by the above statement? Even if that was his intent, would he be so brazen to telegraph his diabolical plan to kill off half the world? 

Though I couldn't disagree with Gates more on his bogus global warming assertions, and I despise (is that a harsh enough word?) his pro-abortion initiatives, anyone with a modicum of common sense should have known that Gates, in that 2010 speech, was not talking about euthenizing large population centers with some sort of killer drug disguised as a vaccine. Talk about confirmation bias!

Admittedly, thought he sounded a bit like Mr. Hyde with some severely demented logic, he was essentially saying that reducing infant deaths by using vaccines and providing better health care, reduces a family's fears of losing their children through disease. Therefore, he argued, that they're not as apt to have as many children to compensate for the expected infant deaths. And given the following stats, one need not wonder why.
  • Diphtheria–760,000 deaths
  • Hepatitis B–12,700,000 deaths
  • Measles–96,700,000 deaths
  • Meningitis-21,900,000 deaths
  • Polio–130,000 deaths (and who knows how many permanently crippled)
  • Smallpox–400,000,000 deaths (yes, 400 million)
  • Tetanus–37,000,000 deaths
  • Whooping cough–38,100,000 deaths
Gates wrote in his 2009 Annual Letter, that a "surprising but critical fact [is] that reducing the number of [infant] deaths actually reduces population growth."

He continued by explaining the theory that "parents will have more children when infant mortality is high, so as to ensure that several children will survive to take care of them as they grow old."

Furthering that argument in a 2008 CNN interview, he said, "If you improve health in a society ... surprisingly, population growth goes down. And that's because a parent needs to have some children survive into adulthood to take care of them when they're old. And so, if they think having six children is what they need to do to have at least two survive, that's what they'll do. And amazingly, across the entire world, as health improves, then the population growth actually is reduced."

If Natural News had done a simple internet search or called the Gates Foundation directly, they would have preempted this false accusation. And if my friend would have done the same, it would have saved them the embarrassment of propagating a falsehood. One has to wonder if Natural News chose to close their eyes or if they simply wanted to believe the lie since it confirmed their bias against the nefarious "they". This kind of bogus reporting, which seems all too typical of Natural News and similar conspiratorial "watchdog" organizations, makes the many Christians who share their blogs look rather foolish. But this raises the wider question about vaccines. Are they as dangerous, and are they're makers as evil as they're made out to be. 

Consider the fact that Small Pox, Polio and Influenza have killed and crippled hundreds of millions. Does Natural News and the anti-vaccers really want to return to those days? It has been estimated that nearly 1.7 billion people have died from infectious diseases.Though Dr. Mercola points out that the Gates Foundation vaccination programs are not necessarily what malnourished, dehydrated, children living in squalor, need, vilifying Bill Gates as some sort of a sociopathic monster waging a murderous population control campaign through the use of vaccines, is libelous and irresponsible. Natural News and others who spread this disinformation ought to be ashamed of themselves.

If we don't do a better job of holding these kinds of organizations accountable, we're going to continue to look like fools to the world... and not for the right reasons. And the Gospel's proliferation will be compromised simply because too many Christians are passing along these errant stories lessening our credible by the day.

In closing, let me leave you with some food for thought about vaccines. I apologize in advance for the occasional foul language in the following video, but I offer it to you to dispel some of the anti-vaccine rhetoric that I continue to hear. In my view, too much of what we take at face value from the alternative medicine community is poorly researched. Though I put little trust in traditional medicine in dealing with cancer and immune disorders, I've found that I was throwing too many babies out with the bath water. As Bereans we tend to disbelieve anything and everything coming out of the establishment, but I have found this to be imprudent. Everything should be studied on a case by case basis. Vaccines are no different than anything else.

Oct 18, 2014

Global Warming, Fact or Fiction?

Global warming is a fact, the polar ice caps are melting and industrialization is the root cause. Well, that's at least what the "experts" are telling us.  

Is our planet really in a dangerous state of warming precipitated by human activity? Are we truly on an imminent and ominous Armageddon type collision course lest we immediately and resoundingly throttle back our greenhouse gas production? One need only listen to the Paul Revere style rhetoric of Al Gore, John McCain and the true believers in this "climate crisis", to realize that more than science is fueling this movement. It has reached religious fervor and, according to them, only ignorant neanderthals incapable of objective inquiry and open-mindedness, could possibly disagree with their conclusions. The facts, they say, stand decidedly in their corner. 

Listen, I have no ax to grind. I want to be a faithful steward of God's provision. If we need to alter our behavior to save the planet from calamity, I have no problem making the necessary changes. However, in my view, the interpretation of the facts may not be quite as clear as the climate crisis advocates would have us believe. In the "The Mind Blowing Truth about Global Warming that Nobody Talks About", blogger Steven Bancarz makes the following rather insightful observation.
"Every single planet in our solar system is experiencing the exact same changes the earth is experiencing.   Uranus, Pluto, Mercury, Mars, you name it.  Global warming is not an effect unique to the earth, but is instead a universal phenomenon that is happening throughout the entire solar system in ways that have been documented by Hubble, NASA, BBC, CNN, and mainstream university professors and scientists all over the world.  Every celestial body in our solar system is undergoing dramatic changes, meaning that global warming on earth would still be happening even if it was uninhabited by humans."
If you are confused by Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and wonder if the global warming denialists are full of hot air, I highly recommend the following videos. I think you will find that science is not as heavily on the side of the alarmists as they would have you believe. 

One closing word of caution. Though some climate alarmists appear to have an anti free- market agenda, I don't think it's prudent to jump on the conspiratorialist bandwagon as so many are prone to do. Every issue must be weighed individually and should not be linked into some web of NWO (New World Order) conspiratorial fear mongering dogma. You don't have to believe that 9/11 was an inside job, that the Sandy Hook massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing were false flag hoaxes, to realize that humans are not the enemy of God's gracious provision. 

Should we be responsible stewards of the earth? Absolutely! However, the fact remains that global warming and cooling are phenomena which have been cyclical since the creation without regard to human activity. So it seems prudent to me that we not crush human industry until we have a far better handle on this issue. And after watching the above videos I think you will find that man-made global warming is anything but a certainty.