A Labour minister says his party has been infiltrated by a fundamentalist Muslim group that wants to create an “Islamic social and political order” in Britain
(28 Feb 10) “….The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) — which believes in jihad and sharia law, and wants to turn Britain and Europe into an Islamic state — has placed sympathisers in elected office and claims, correctly, to be able to achieve “mass mobilisation” of voters…“They are acting almost as an entryist organisation, placing people within the political parties, recruiting members to those political parties, trying to get individuals selected and elected so they can exercise political influence and power, whether it's at local government level or national level,” he said. “They are completely at odds with Labour's programme, with our support for secularism.” ….. IFE activists boasted to the undercover reporters that they had already “consolidated … a lot of influence and power” over Tower Hamlets, a London borough council with a £1 billion budget…..” Islamic radicals 'infiltrate' the Labour Party “…..We have established that the group and its allies were awarded more than £10 million of taxpayers' money, much of it from government funds designed to “prevent violent extremism”. IFE leaders were recorded expressing opposition to democracy, support for sharia law or mocking black people. The IFE organised meetings with extremists, including Taliban allies, a man named by the US government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and a man under investigation by the FBI for his links to the September 11 attacks. Moderate Muslims in London told how the IFE and its allies were enforcing their hardline views on the rest of the local community, curbing behaviour they deemed “un-Islamic”. The owner of a dating agency received a threatening email from an IFE activist, warning her to close it…..”
(28 Feb 10) “......The township of Huaxi in the Yangtze River delta is a proud symbol of how Chinese communists embraced capitalism to lift 300 million people out of poverty during the past three decades. Its leaders took a farm community with bamboo huts and ox carts in the 1970s and transformed it into an industrial and commercial powerhouse where today many of its 30,000 residents live in mansions and most have a car. Income of 80,000 yuan ($13,000) a head - almost four times the national average - allows Huaxi to claim it is China's richest village. Huaxi is also emblematic of the country's construction and real estate boom. Communist Party officials there are building one of the world's 30 tallest buildings, a 2.5 billion yuan, 328-metre tower....Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report , says China is overdoing it. "It does not make sense for China to build more empty buildings and add to capacities in industries where you already have overcapacity," said Mr Faber. "I think the Chinese economy will decelerate very substantially in 2010 and could even crash."......Such undertakings figured in the warning delivered in January by a hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, that China is Dubai times a thousand. The costs of wasteful investments in empty offices and shopping malls and in underused infrastructure will weigh on China, Mr Chanos, who is president of New York-based Kynikos Associates, said in a speech at the London School of Economics. "We may find that that's what pops the Chinese bubble sooner rather than later......” Too much, too fast: fears for China's bubbling boom , The Sydney Morning Herald “......While China's resilience has helped support the world economy, raising demand for energy and raw materials, the bursting of a bubble would have the opposite effect. Government efforts to wean the economy off its extraordinary support may upset markets. In January, the central government ordered banks to curb lending, which put China's sharemarket into reverse. In a sign of how dependent the world has become on China, stocks and currencies slumped in places such as Australia and Brazil that supply commodities to the country.... The stimulus tap that Beijing turned on has flowed to projects such as its 2 trillion yuan high-speed-rail network. The Beijing-Shanghai line has surpassed the Three Gorges Dam as the single most expensive engineering project in Chinese history. Some beneficiaries of the government efforts have ploughed their loans into real estate and stocks. Property prices across 70 cities jumped 9.5 per cent in January from a year earlier, according to official data. Instead of concentrating on their core businesses, giant state-owned enterprises, or SOEs, have bet on real estate, says Zhang Xin, a former Goldman Sachs analyst who is chief executive of Soho China, the biggest property developer in Beijing's central business district. "All the SOEs are bidding the prices up to the sky," Mr Zhang told China International Business , in December. That is despite office vacancies in China's capital being at record highs. Mr Chanos, a short-seller who was early to warn about Enron, is one of a growing number of investors sounding the alarm. "Right now, the Chinese market is overheating," George Soros said in an interview on January 28..... Another example Mr Chanos cited is the city of Ordos, where party officials have built an entire new CBD on the windswept grasslands of Inner Mongolia, 25 kilometres outside the existing city.....”.
(28 Feb 10) “.....Let's revise the famous opening sentence of Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto to state there is a real peril, instead of a spectre, haunting the West — the peril of acquiescing to the Shariah-based demands of the Islamists. At the top of the Islamist demands is to make defamation of religion a punishable offence. Since Judaism and Christianity are open to criticism, even ridicule in free and secular societies of the West, such a demand is to make an exception for Islam. The trial of Geert Wilders in Amsterdam for offending Muslims indicates the extent to which Holland, one of the most open European countries, has tilted in the direction of becoming a “Shariah-compliant” society. Holland is not alone in this effort to appease the Islamists. Across the West, a chill has fallen over the fundamental right to think and speak freely about Islam like any other subject of public interest......” Unveiling the truth behind Shariah , Toronto Sun “..... The not-so-curious fact that the mainstream media remains silent by not exposing the travesty in bringing Wilders to court for expressing his thoughts on Islam — it also remained silent by not publishing the Danish cartoons that incited a large number of Muslims around the world to rage and commit acts of violence — is proof of how great is the peril of western societies conceding de facto or de jure to Islamist demands for Shariah-based rulings. There is terrible irony in this. Muslims remain the first victims of a Shariah-governed society, and the imposition of Shariah is the primary cause of the contemporary retardation of Muslim countries. But the Islamists have succeeded in making the argument that the faith in, and the practice of, Islam is confined by the Shariah, and anything outside of it is non-Islam..... Mohamed Charfi, professor emeritus in the law faculty in Tunis and a former education minister in Tunisia writing as a modern Muslim, explains how the Shariah is contextually bound to the thinking of the ancient and medieval world and, consequently, resistant to any reform. Charfi writes the Shariah or “Muslim law is based on three fundamental inequalities: The superiority of men over women, of Muslims over non-Muslims, and of free persons over slaves..... placing any constraint on freedom of speech means in effect colluding with the Islamists.....”
Sweden's reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is being threatened by a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city of Malmo .
(28 Feb 10) “......When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, Judith Popinski was treated with great kindness. She raised a family in the city of Malmo, and for the next six decades lived happily in her adopted homeland - until last year.... In 2009, a chapel serving the city's 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and "Hitler" was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men. "I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph . "This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now." .. The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go. With its young people planning new lives elsewhere, the remaining Jewish households, many of whom are made up of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, fear they will soon be gone altogether.... Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo's police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate. The city's synagogue has guards and rocket-proof glass in the windows, while the Jewish kindergarten can only be reached through thick steel security doors. It is a far cry from the city Mrs Popinski arrived in 65 years ago, half-dead from starvation and typhus...” Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semetic hate crimes , The Telegraph “...... After the war, just as liberal Sweden took in Jews who survived the Holocaust as a humanitarian act, it also took in new waves of refugees from tyranny and conflicts in the Middle East. Muslims are now estimated to make up about a fifth of Malmo's population of nearly 300,000. This new hatred from a group 40,000-strong is focused on a small group of Jews...."Some Swedish politicians are letting them do it, including the mayor. Of course the Muslims have more votes than the Jews." Sweden has had a long record of offering a safe haven to Jews, the first of whom arrived from the east in the mid-nineteenth century. Today the Jewish population is about 18,000 nationally, with around 3000 in southern Sweden... Jews came to Sweden to get away from persecution, and now they find it is no longer a safe haven,” said Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, 31. “That is a horrible feeling.” One who has had enough is Marcus Eilenberg, a 32-year-old Malmo-born lawyer, who is moving to Israel in April with his young family. "Malmo has really changed in the past year," he said. "I am optimistic by nature, but I have no faith in a future here for my children. There is definitely a threat...... "This is happening all over Europe. I have cousins who are leaving their homes in Amsterdam and France for the same reason as me." For many of Malmo's white Swedish population the racial problems are bewildering after years of liberal immigration policies. "I first encountered race hatred when I was an au pair in England and I was shocked," said Mrs Popinski's friend Ulla-Lena Cavling, 72, a retired teacher. "I thought 'this couldn't happen in Sweden'. Now I know otherwise....."
Reposted from November 2005
I have often mentioned the Bat Ye'or book Eurabia . This review/summation by Andrew Bostom brings into sharp focus why Europe finds itself as the boiling frog of our time. The dilemma Europe is now dealing with, is all their own work. It's hard to work up any sympathy for them. Will we make the same mistake?
“…Eurabia, as Bat Ye'or has demonstrated, now represents a geo-political reality, envisioned in 1973 of informal alliances between the countries of the Arab League and the nine countries of the European Community …Various alliances and agreements were elaborated at the top political level of each European Community country with the representative of the European Commission, and their Arab counterparts within the Arab League. ….Eurabia involves not only an intricate web of agreements covering a remarkably broad range; it is essentially a political project for the total demographic and cultural symbiosis between Europe and the Arab Muslim world ….Respective European and Arab goals for the Eurabian project, are summarized by Bat Ye'or…” Eurabia Defined by Andrew Bostom “… First, the European ambitions : to play a defining political role in international relations in competition with the United States…make the Mediterranean a Euro-Arab inland sea by encouraging massive Arab immigration into Europe, and favoring Muslim immigrants; create Euro-Arab populations by promoting multiculturalism with a strong Islamic presence in Europe; develop a powerful Islamo-Christian symbiosis against Israel, orienting Europe toward Islam, and liberating Christianity from Judaism, which is viewed by some anti-Semitic factions as the embodiment of evil… The Arab partners, in turn , demanded from Europe: European political independence from the United States, and separation of the trans-Atlantic allies; measures favorable to Arab immigration and dissemination of Arab and Islamic culture in Europe…Euro-Arab Dialogue Symposia conducted 20 to 25 years ago, i.e., in Venice (1977) and Hamburg (1983), included recommendations, that have been successfully implemented, accompanied by a deliberate, privileged influx of Arab and other Muslim immigrants , in enormous numbers … In the wake of the continuing French intifada, Bat Ye'or's analyses have profound implications for Western Europe - which may be incapable of altering its Eurabian trajectory; her research may be even more important for the United States if it wishes to avoid Europe's fate…Eurabia cannot change direction; it can only use deception to mask its emergence, its bias and its inevitable trajectory. Eurabia's destiny was sealed when it decided, willingly, to become a covert partner with the Arab global jihad against America and Israel …”
Reposted from March 2006
(30Mar06) “… Last year, I wrote a post about how Swedish society was disintegrating and was in danger of collapsing, at least in certain areas and regions. The country that gave us Bergman, ABBA and Volvo could become known as the Bosnia of northern Europe . The “Swedish model” would no longer refer to a stable and peaceful state with an advanced economy, but a Eurabian horror story of utopian Multiculturalism, Socialist mismanagement and runaway immigration…The wave of robberies the city of Malmö has witnessed during this past year is part of a “war against Swedes.”… Although Sweden is an extreme example, similar stories could be told about much of Western Europe . As Mark Steyn points out, the Jihad in the streets of France looked like the early skirmishes of an impending Eurabian civil war, brought on by massive Muslim immigration and Multicultural stupidity. The War Against Swedes by Fjordman “…Law and order is slowly breaking down in major and even minor cities across the European continent, and the streets are ruled by aggressive gangs of Muslim youngsters… It's getting urgent. When enough people feel that the system isn't working anymore and that the social contract has been breached, the entire fabric of the democratic society could unravel. What happens when the welfare state system breaks down… And what happens when people discover that their own leaders, through the EU networks and the Euro-Arab Dialogue described by Bat Ye'or in her book “Eurabia,” have been encouraging all these Muslims to settle here in the first place? There will be massive unemployment, and tens of millions of people will feel angry, scared and humiliated, betrayed by the system, by society and by their own democratic leaders..”
Reposted from February 2006
(25Feb06) “…The sweeping and dramatic shift going on in Europe is chronicled to stunning effect in Bruce Bawer's new book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within. The title, I think, underplays the case made in the book that Western European governments are actively financing a mass migration of fundamentalists, and shying away from enforcing any laws against the immigrants, even laws against rape and murder. Those governments decry as racist any attempt to prosecute the offenders, thereby protecting the very society that has vowed to destroy them. … Bawer illustrates at length the stunning degree to which European elite have their heads in the sand. With a centuries-long tradition of proclaiming themselves open-minded, while perpetuating their own flavor of a caste-system, the continent is mired in a fog of self-reverential group-think, unable to acknowledge - let alone deal with - their changing world. Europe sleeps, Islam seethes (a review) by Scott C. Yates “..As Bawer points out, the immigrants are fully aware of the stunning demographic swing. He writes: "A T-shirt popular among young Muslims in Stockholm reads: '2030 - then we take over.'" They aren't talking about electing a member of parliament, either. When they say "death to Western Civilization," they aren't using hyperbole - they want so-called "sharia" law, complete with stoning women accused of adultery, etc. Among a massive list of Bawer's unsettling facts about the immigrants is this: Islamist school children in France today are refusing to draw right angles in math class because it looks too much like a Christian cross….This book is thorough, insightful and depressing. It does not end with any kind of silver lining of hope. That said, if you want to understand the car burnings, the killings over cartoons and films, and other outrages sure to come, you won't do any better than While Europe Slept..”
(28 Feb 10) “......In 1978 - even in Copenhagen, one didn't see these Muslim immigrants. The Danish population embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, went out of its way to protect each of its citizens. It was proud of its new brand of socialist liberalism - one in development since the conservatives had lost power in 1929 - a system where no worker had to struggle to survive, where one ultimately could count upon the state as in, perhaps, no other western nation at the time. The rest of Europe saw the Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressive and infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boasted low crime rates, devotion to the environment, a superior educational system and a history of humanitarianism.... By the 1990's the growing urban Muslim population was obvious - and its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious. Years of immigrants had settled into Muslim-exclusive enclaves. As the Muslim leadership became more vocal about what they considered the decadence of Denmark's liberal way of life, the Danes - once so welcoming - began to feel slighted. Many Danes had begun to see Islam as incompatible with their long-standing values: belief in personal liberty and free speech, in equality for women, in tolerance for other ethnic groups, and a deep pride in Danish heritage and history.The New York Post in 2002 ran an article by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard, in which they forecasted accurately that the growing immigrant problem in Denmark would explode. In the article they reported: "Muslim immigrants…constitute 5 percent of the population but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending." "Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes." "Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane...." Salute the Danish Flag – A Symbol of Western Freedom , Susan MacAllen “......It is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feel that Muslim immigrants show little respect for Danish values and laws. An example is the phenomenon common to other European countries and the U.S.: some Muslims in Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith have been murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear for their lives. Jews are also threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leaders in Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden - before the Nazis could invade...... In 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in some 70 years - one that had some decidedly non-generous ideas about liberal unfettered immigration. Today Denmark has the strictest immigration policies in Europe. ( Its effort to protect itself has been met with accusations of "racism" by liberal media across Europe - even as other governments struggle to right the social problems wrought by years of too-lax immigration.) If you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years of language classes. You must pass a test on Denmark's history, culture, and a Danish language test. You must live in Denmark for 7 years before applying for citizenship. You must demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting. If you wish to bring a spouse into Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of age, and you won't find it so easy anymore to move your friends and family to Denmark with you...... As we in America look at the enclaves of Muslims amongst us, and see those who enter our shores too easily, dare live on our taxes, yet refuse to embrace our culture, respect our traditions, participate in our legal system, obey our laws, speak our language, appreciate our history we would do well to look to Denmark, and say a prayer for her future and for our own.....”
Reposted - WAS "A MUST READ" IN July 2006
(5July06 ) “… Since the early 1970s, EU officials and bureaucrats have been seeking to merge Europe with the Islamic world through massive Muslim immigration, writes Bernard Moran. All has been revealed in the 2005 publication of Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis , by a previously obscure Egyptian-born Jewish researcher, Bat Ye'or. Married to English historian David Littman, Bat Ye'or (Hebrew for "daughter of the Nile") now lives in a village in Switzerland ….Her research and documentation are considered unimpeachable. She describes the progress of the secretive 32-year Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD), a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and Arab governments. The meetings involving the EU political and bureaucratic elite and their Arab counterparts were closed, unpublished and, in Ye'or's words, "shielded from scrutiny and democratic control"….The European participants were mainly secularists and had little understanding of Islam, particularly the doctrines of Jihad, Sharia law and "dhimmitude" - the status of submission required of non-Muslims living in Islamic territory…..Their Arab counterparts viewed the EAD as providing myriad economic and technological benefits to their respective regions. As Muslims, it also provided the diplomatic weight of the EU political establishment in support of the Arab League agenda on Israel and Palestine, unprecedented opportunities for mass immigration, future demographic and political supremacy, thus achieving the long-term goal of bringing Europe into the House of Islam….” Europe: Muslim immigration and the rise of Eurabia “…Bat Ye'or provides a detailed chronicle of the process beginning in May 1945 when Charles de Gaulle, embittered about France's exclusion from the Yalta negotiations, rescued the notorious former Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin, from appearing at the Nuremberg Trials as a war criminal….Bat Ye'or described how Eurabia as a geopolitical reality was synchronised as an association called the Europe-Arab Dialogue (EAD) in July 1974 in Paris. She said: "The field of Euro-Arab collaboration covered every domain: from economy and policy to immigration. In foreign policy, it backed anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism and Israel 's delegitimization; the promotion of the PLO and [Yasser] Arafat; a Euro-Arab associative diplomacy in international forums; and NGO collaboration. …"In domestic policy, the EAD established a close cooperation between the Arab and European media: television, radio, journalists, publishing houses, academia, cultural centres, school textbooks, student and youth associations and tourism….”
(22 Feb 10) “......At a certain level, the trial of Geert Wilders for the crime of “group insult” of Islam is déjà vu all over again. For as the spokesperson for the Openbaar Ministerie put it, “It is irrelevant whether Wilders's witnesses might prove Wilders's observations to be correct. What's relevant is that his observations are illegal.” Ah, yes, in the Netherlands, as in Canada, the truth is no defence. My Dutch is a little rusty but I believe the “Openbaar Ministerie” translates in English to the Ministry for Openly Barring People. Whoops, my mistake. It's the prosecution service of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. But it shares with Canada's “human rights” commissions an institutional contempt for the truth......Geert Wilders, by contrast, is one of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands, and his fate is central to the future of his kingdom and his continent.... if you read the indictment against him, you'll see that among other things Wilders is being prosecuted for is proposing an end to “non-Western immigration” to the Netherlands: the offending remarks were made in response to a direct question as to what his party would do in its first days in office. So the Dutch state is explicitly prosecuting the political platform of the most popular opposition party in the country, and attempting to schedule the trial for its own electoral advantage. That's the sort of thing free societies used to leave to Mobutu, Ferdinand Marcos and this week's Generalissimo-for-Life.... It gets better. The judge in his wisdom has decided to deny the defendant the level of courtroom security they afforded to Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh. Wilders lives under armed guard because of explicit death threats against him by Mr. Bouyeri and other Muslims. But he's the one put on trial for incitement......” The absurd trial of Geert Wilders , Mark Steyn “...... His movie about Islam, Fitna, is deemed to be “inflammatory,” whereas a new film by Willem Stegeman, De moord op Geert Wilders (The Assassination of Geert Wilders), is so non-inflammatory and entirely acceptable that it's been produced and promoted by a government-funded radio station..... There's no shortage of volunteers. In the Low Countries, whenever anyone seeks to discuss Islam outside the very narrow bounds of multicultural political discourse, they wind up either banned (Belgium's Vlaams Blok), forced into exile (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) or killed (Pim Fortuyn)..... It's remarkable how speedily “the most tolerant country in Europe,” in a peculiarly repellent strain of coercive appeasement, has adopted “shoot the messenger” as an all-purpose cure-all for “Islamophobia.” To some of us, the Netherlands means tulips, clogs, windmills, fingers in the dike. To others, it means marijuana cafés, long-haired soldiers, legalized hookers, fingers in the dike..... despite its significance, the trial has received relatively little coverage in the Western media, in part because, for those of a multiculti bent, there's no easy way to blur the reality—that this is a political prosecution by a thought police so stupid they don't realize they're delegitimizing the very institutions of the state..... To return to where we came in, what does it mean when the Ministry of Justice proudly declares that the truth is no defence? When the law stands in explicit opposition to the truth, freeborn peoples should stand in opposition to the law. Because, as the British commentator Pat Condell says, “When the truth is no defence, there is no defence”—and what we are witnessing is a heresy trial. The good news is that the Openbaar Ministerie is doing such a grand job with its pilot program of apostasy prosecutions you'll barely notice when sharia is formally adopted......”
(22 Feb 10) “.....The president's budget gives the National Aeronautics and Space Administration a hefty $6 billion budget increase over the next five years, with nearly $2.5 billion dedicated to research on global climate change.... NASA scientist James E. Hansen, one of Mr. Gore's closest allies in promoting fears of man-made global warming, was deemed by the London Telegraph as "more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming" - setting "the whole scare in train back in 1988 with testimony to a U.S. Senate committee chaired by Al Gore."...... It is activism, not science, that the Obama administration's vast new funding will encourage. Atmospheric scientist Joanne Simpson, formerly with NASA and the first woman to earn a doctorate in meteorology, joined the growing ranks of warming doubters: "Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly. ... As a scientist, I remain skeptical. ... The main basis of the claim that man's release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system......" Turning NASA into a Global Alarmism and Scares Administration The Washington Post “.....Could Ms. Simpson not have aired such views while in federal service? Richard S. Lindzen, professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, suggests the answer is no: "Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labeled as industry stooges." When scientists can no longer speak their minds, that's when an agency crosses the line from disinterested science to political activism..... astronaut, physicist Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7) chastised Mr. Hansen as a "political activist who spreads fear even when NASA's own data contradict him.” NASA should be at the forefront in the collection of scientific evidence and debunking the current hysteria over human-caused, or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). Unfortunately, it is becoming just another agency caught up in the politics of global warming, or worse, politicized science," Mr. Cunningham wrote in 2008...... While some poke fun at Mr. Gore's home electricity usage (reportedly 20 times higher than that of an average U.S. household) and point out the contradiction of liberals refusing to adopt "lifestyle changes" they wish to impose on others through taxing schemes such as "cap and trade," such criticism misses the deeper problem. That is government agencies being engaged in dangerous mission creep, vast taxpayer resources being exploited to propagate politics above science, and global-warming activists being rewarded with funding increases to the detriment of NASA's celebrated astronaut corps....”
Because classical liberals have barely bothered to engage in international institutions, the Left has been given a free ride, by drawing a line between the dots of UN proposals, there is a clear trend of incremental government encroachment on free enterprise and individual liberty that would make Fabians proud.
(17 Feb 10) “.....Nudge policies are just nanny dressed up in the latest fashion dictated by politicised institutions in New York and Geneva.... Classical liberals argue government's role should be limited to creating the framework for a market economy rooted in property rights to deliver prosperity, and a free society that respects choice and empowers individuals to unleash their maximum potential. Conversely, the Left has always seen freedom as dispensable in pursuit of goals of equality and social justice.... Libertarian paternalism seeks to nudge individuals toward the government's preferred behavioural choices by taxing, regulating or depriving consumers of the goods and services they would choose with free will..... to push forward its nanny-state agenda, Health Minister Nicola Roxon has introduced legislation establishing a National Preventative Health Agency to implement proposals from the taskforce..... the nanny state is being driven by the second battleground of the Left -- international institutions used to drive policies into domestic public debate. UN institutions and their policy recommendations are grossly under-scrutinised because international institutions don't attract the same permanent opposition developed through parliamentary systems......” Activists Left's Global agenda , Tim Wilson, The Australian “...... And because the permanent bureaucracies of these institutions have progressively been infiltrated by Left activists, their role has shifted from neutral administrators into policy advocacy bodies lecturing governments about what and how they should govern.... at the Copenhagen climate conference, 30,000 of the 45,000 registered delegates were Green-Left activists pushing for a UN treaty that sought to haul capitalism into a regulatory framework based on environmental principles.... academics and activists dismayed at the WHO's lack of binding power over governments are pushing for the formation of a framework convention on global health. The framework would seek to bind countries on how they deliver health services and regulate food consumption to tackle obesity and binge-drinking, and further marginalise smokers. But because the public under-appreciates the politicisation of international institutions, activists regularly cite UN recommendations to support the curtailing of freedom....to date few have identified how the Left has developed new vehicles to repackage and drive its previously rejected ideological agendas. Until classical liberals become familiar with their new battlegrounds, nanny-state paternalism will be directed by political UN bodies in Geneva and supported by libertarian paternalism foot soldiers in Australia.....”
(17 Feb 10) ......There is a firming question mark over the man. And the question mark goes like this: Who is this man, Kevin Rudd? It is an odd question because Rudd has been in parliament for more than a decade, a shadow minister for four years, and he has been leading the nation for more than two years.We have had ample opportunity to watch him on television and listen to him on radio. He tweets. He writes children's books. He spends his summer writing long tomes to prove his intellectual worth. Rudd has worked hard to ensure we are saturated with his media presence... There is a sinking feeling with Rudd that the inability to get a grasp of the man behind the title is simply a wider reflection of a man who has very little real political conviction. Think of Rudd's most recent predecessors. In public and private, leaders from Gough Whitlam to John Howard had an authenticity about them. Whether you loved or loathed Whitlam, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating or Howard, in each case the more we saw, the better we understood them and their passions. The character of each of Rudd's predecessors was forged from a long history of political convictions and it defined their prime ministership.... People are finally noticing that there is a cold calculation to the way Rudd recalibrates his public persona in a way that his predecessors never did. After only a few weeks, viewers of Rudd's new Friday morning gig on Channel 7's Sunrise are already complaining that they prefer the Rudd who appeared on Sunrise before the 2007 election to the Rudd who now shows up. Ditto Rudd's hour-long "get to know the PM" performance on ABC1's Q&A program last week....” Kev the Chamelion keeps on changing his colours , Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian “......Suggesting someone is a fake is a big call. It implies dishonesty and trickery. But perhaps it is something else. For an apparently clever man, Rudd's reliance on a steady stream of meaningless spin suggests a lack of confidence in his own intellect. Alternatively, his spin may be explained by arrogance that the people will be content with political rhetoric, an arrogance fuelled by his early success when his personal ratings soared. But more and more, people are looking a little closer at Rudd. And after just over two years in office, the phony nature of Rudd's lexicon of political strategy is laid bare by the repetition of his rhetoric.... Most concerning for Rudd, they are noticing his government's climate change con. Any number of times, the PM has said that global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time. He says that enacting an emissions trading system is essential. He says it will be tough but his government is up to the task. He says the next election will be about climate change... If Rudd genuinely believes all that he has told us, he must surely call a double dissolution election to enact his Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme when it is rejected by the Senate again. Even if the Rudd government is returned at a regular election, a Labor win will not necessarily alter the opposition in the Senate. Only a double dissolution election has the potential to save his CPRS.If he doesn't call a double dissolution election, we will know that Rudd's commitment to climate change, perhaps like the man himself, is a political sham. And when he leaves the political stage, many will still be asking the same question: Who was that man, Rudd?
The government's policy of mass immigration was intended to remodel the social fabric of the nation,
(16 Feb 10) “......So now we know what Labour's immigration policy was really about. The "open door" was not simply held ajar in order to admit a fresh workforce that would help to fill gaps in the growing economy. Nor was it just a gesture of hospitality and goodwill to those who were fleeing from repressive or inhospitable regimes in order to seek a better life. Both of those aims would have been credible – if controversial and not thought-through in all their consequences...... But as it turns out, the policy was motivated by something far more radical and fundamental than any of this. The full text of the draft policy paper composed in 2000 by a Home Office research unit – the gist of which had already been made public by a former Labour adviser – was released last week under Freedom of Information rules. Properly understood, it is political dynamite. What it states quite unequivocally was that mass immigration was being encouraged at least as much for "social objectives" as for economic ones. Migration was intended specifically to alter the demographic and cultural pattern of the country: to produce by force majeure the changes in attitude that the Labour government saw itself as representing..... try to recall just how much hubris the New Labour tide brought with it in the beginning: the contempt for history and the Year Zero arrogance with which they set about "modernising" the nation's institutions. It was, in this respect, a prime example of the new direction which Left-wing parties were forced to take in the wake of Marxism's collapse.....” Immigration: a plan to alter the nations soul , Janet Daley, The Telegraph “.... Having lost the great economic argument of the 20th century, the Left had to switch its focus to society itself: if humanity could not be transformed through the redistribution of wealth and the socialist command economy, then it would have to be transfigured by altering social relations... the subtext was always self-examination and personal guilt: the indigenous Briton must be trained (literally, by the education system) always to question the acceptability of his own attitudes, to cast doubt on his own motives, to condemn his own national identity and history, to accept the blame even for the misbehaviour of new migrants – whose conduct could only be a reflection of the unfortunate way they were treated by the host population.....The goal was a social revolution abetted by the influx of a huge variety of diverse cultures, which would provide both the need and the pretext for reshaping British life. It may have been relatively new (at least in Britain) as a specific political policy, but it was much of a piece with the conventional objective of Left-wing political movements, which is to transform human nature..... at least since the 1960s, when "raising consciousness" became the refrain of every group that sought change in any sphere, almost all parties have had to talk this way to some extent. It has become part of the politician's acknowledged brief to suggest ways in which the internal lives and attitudes of voters can be influenced or directed. There is scarcely a party leader now who would dare to say that these matters are none of his (or any government's) business. Almost no one seems prepared to discuss the obvious danger: that if politics becomes a replacement for religion by taking upon itself the responsibility for transfiguring human nature then politicians, of all people, become the prophets and the priests. Just at the moment, I can't think of a more absurd idea
(16 Feb 10) “.......The United Nations climate panel faces a new challenge with scientists casting doubt on its claim that global temperatures are rising inexorably because of human pollution. In its last assessment the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the evidence that the world was warming was “unequivocal”. It warned that greenhouse gases had already heated the world by 0.7C and that there could be 5C-6C more warming by 2100, with devastating impacts on humanity and wildlife. However, new research, including work by British scientists, is casting doubt on such claims. Some even suggest the world may not be warming much at all. “The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC. The doubts of Christy and a number of other researchers focus on the thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 150 years. These stations, they believe, have been seriously compromised by factors such as urbanisation, changes in land use and, in many cases, being moved from site to site......” World may not be warming say scientists , Times Online “....... Christy has published research papers looking at these effects in three different regions: east Africa, and the American states of California and Alabama. “The story is the same for each one,” he said. “The popular data sets show a lot of warming but the apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development.” ..... The IPCC faces similar criticisms from Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph, Canada, who was invited by the panel to review its last report. The experience turned him into a strong critic and he has since published a research paper questioning its methods. “We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC's climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias,” ....... In Britain, a weather station at Manchester airport was built when the surrounding land was mainly fields but is now surrounded by heat-generating buildings. Terry Mills, professor of applied statistics and econometrics at Loughborough University, looked at the same data as the IPCC. He found that the warming trend it reported over the past 30 years or so was just as likely to be due to random fluctuations as to the impacts of greenhouse gases. Mills's findings are to be published in Climatic Change, an environmental journal. “The earth has gone through warming spells like these at least twice before in the last 1,000 years........”
(16 Feb 10) “......The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate' affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track' of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be'. The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph' used by climate change advocates to support the theory. Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant' warming.....” Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995 MailOnline“......The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions. F ollowing the leak of the emails, Professor Jones has been accused of ‘scientific fraud' for allegedly deliberately suppressing information and refusing to share vital data with critics . Discussing the interview, the BBC's environmental analyst Roger Harrabin said he had spoken to colleagues of Professor Jones who had told him that his strengths included integrity and doggedness but not record-keeping and office tidying...... He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not. He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant' warming, although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend.......
(10 Feb 10) “.....The new President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, is using the financial crisis sweeping the eurozone to launch an audacious grab for power over national budgets , leaked documents reveal.The Independent has seen a secret annexe to the letter being sent by Mr Van Rompuy to European Union heads of government inviting them to the summit to be held tomorrow in Brussels. In an early and muscular assertion of authority over national governments and over the EU Commission, the Van Rompuy note states: "Members of the European Council are responsible for the economic strategy in their government. They should do the same at EU level.....” EU President's secret bid for economic power , The Independent “.... Whether it is called co-ordination of policies or economic government, only the European Council is capable of delivering and sustaining a common European strategy for more growth and more jobs."....Rumours that the French and German governments are ready to bail out Greece have been rife. The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy tomorrow.... Referring to the fact that the EU has no way to resolve a budgetary crisis that affects other members states, Mr Van Rompuy goes on: "Recent developments in the euro area highlight the urgent need to strengthen our economic governance. In our intertwined economies, our reforms must be co-ordinated to maximise their effect."....
(10 Feb 10) “.....The dark spectre of illiberalism is slowly poisoning Western liberal democracies. You won't hear about it from much of the left-liberal press. It is part of the problem and its silence only confirms that basic liberties integral to Western liberal democracies are under threat. That is why you may not have heard about the trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is being prosecuted under hate laws in The Netherlands for his opinions about Islam. Agree or disagree with Wilders, this is the thundering march of the thought police. And don't for a moment imagine that Australia is immune from this menace to democracy..... In a trial that began last month, Wilders is being prosecuted for offending a "group of people", for incitement and discrimination against Muslims. The summons describes scenes from his film Fitna as reason enough to put the leader of the Freedom Party in prison for up to two years.In a sign of how twisted our Western antennae have become, the violence incited by Fitna is not against Muslims. Instead the film shows footage of Muslims preaching violence against the West. Yet Wilders is on trial for his opinions...Wilders, who has made no secret of his views about Islam, could well be the next prime minister if that popularity is maintained. In other words, the Dutch seem interested in having a debate about what Wilders has to say about Islam. Alas, the Dutch political class is not interested. And it is downright eerie how it aims to shut down debate. By using hate laws to criminalise Wilders's views, it has effectively co-opted Islamic laws to prohibit criticism of Islam. Criticism of Christianity is fair game. After all, when was the last hate law prosecution of a critic of Christianity? By contrast, Islam has special protective laws...” Menace in Mad March Of The Thought Police , Janet Albechtsen. The Australian “..... In Australia, too, the thought police have been on the march. In January last year, 4BC Queensland radio broadcaster Michael Smith said he thought it dangerous to allow the burka in certain public places because it had been used as a disguise by criminals. He also said he thought the burka impedes vision in a car. Days later, a listener, Omar Hassan, wrote to 4BC and complained to the Australian Communications and Media Authority that Smith had breached the code by vilifying, inciting hatred and discriminating against Muslims..... Last year, ACMA tossed out the complaint. No matter. Hassan also lodged a complaint with Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commission. And the ADC accepted the complaint... And the purveyors of acceptable thoughts at the ADC now require Smith to attend a three-hour "mediation" session with Hassan. Call it a hunch, but I'm guessing mediation won't satisfy Hassan. In his 15-page letter to 4BC, he described Australia as a "racist country . . . No. 1 on the world list for the violation of human rights". He said Fairfax radio is a "human zoo owned by . . . pigs and monkeys". He said of Smith - a former policeman - that "being a cop would write you off as a decent human being for life as you can never recover from that disease of being a cop, as once a cop, the dirt and filth stick to you forever and could never be removed". And he had plenty to say about women in short skirts. He expressed his disgust at being "forced to look at the backside of a woman who bends over in front of me in supermarket to pick an item off a bottom shelf". It is a health hazard, he says. "Non-Muslim women do not use water to clean themselves when they go to the toilet." Thus, bending over in a supermarket could cause serious health risks, Hassan wrote, especially for little children who "because of their height, may have such [a] scene right in their face". Instead of dismissing this barrage of invective from Hassan, the ADC has decided that Smith has a case to answer..... Have we gone mad? Even if you think Smith's call for banning the burka is offensive - and, by the way, plenty of people in Western countries don't - using the law as a sledgehammer to suppress even the most offensive opinions is wrong. The chilling effect of these laws will cause far greater problems for Western democracies than the problems anti-discrimination laws try to address. Shutting down public debates will only drive discussion underground where, away from the blowtorch of challenging views, they will fester and grow more extreme in private. And shutting down offensive debate at the request of loony objectors just encourages more thin-skinned outrage, with ever more outlandish claims to protection from free speech, and increasing censorship.....”
A bit of fun or an Orwellian look into the future with the Enviro-Gestapo
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was specifically designed by Maurice Strong as a political vehicle to further his objective of crippling the industrial nations
(7 Feb 10) “.....Scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) built a dam to contain a lake full of dirty water. Someone behind the dam drilled a hole and sprang a leak. The flow is small but growing and the color of the water gets dirtier and dirtier and the size of the hole will increase as the extent of the corruption expands. Now a second major leak has developed in a different area as people dig through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The structure of the organization made this almost inevitable. However, the structure was necessary to achieve the political rather than a scientific goal. Bureaucratic Structure: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was specifically designed by Maurice Strong as a political vehicle to further his objective of crippling the industrial nations. An acknowledged master of bureaucratic systems he set up every segment of the organization for the maximum public relations effect. This meant emphasis on emotional impact, especially by exploiting fear. The first need was to direct and control the science. It was achieved at the 1985 meeting in Villach Austria chaired by Canadian bureaucrat Gordon McBean with Phil Jones and Tom Wigley from CRU in attendance. The second need was for maximizing the fear factor to force political action....” IPCC Science Designed For Propaganda, Dr Tim Ball, Canada Free Press “..... Working Group II: Speculation As Fact Equals Corruption: There are several problems with the articles cited, especially in the WGII Reports. First the IPCC pushed the peer review issue to extremes by claiming they only used such articles, then peer reviewing each other's work. They used the issue to divert skeptics by telling them to get peer reviewed publications knowing they could control it. When one article by-passed their guard and was published by Geophysical Research Letters they got the editor fired. Now we discover they used a multitude of non-reviewed articles often from very biased sources such as the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace as references. Attempts to Put Fingers in The Dam: The leaks in the dam they built at CRU and the IPCC get bigger and bigger. Only a fraction of the dirty water has escaped but will continue to emerge. Meanwhile the cover-up has begun. The University of Pennsylvania has a whitewash with an internal review committee. They also announce they are conveniently not subject to the Freedom of Information Act....”
(7 Feb 10) “.....Although it has been only a little over twenty years since the Montreal Protocol, which effectively created a global ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the interesting history of the ozone hole has slipped under the radar, largely eclipsed by the much greater story of the anthropogenic global warming fraud. It's interesting to revisit the CFC/ozone depletion scam and note the striking similarities to the current campaign against CO 2 ... Back in the early '70s, chemists at the University of California began studying CFCs in the atmosphere. They theorized that eventually, CFCs could migrate to the upper atmosphere. After fifty to a hundred years, they could be broken down by UV radiation, releasing a reactive chlorine atom which could catalyze the degradation of ozone (O 3 ). It is significant to note that this was not proven, but was based on other work that showed the potential of nitric oxide (NO) to catalyze ozone. It was theory only, and it was hotly disputed by scientists working for CFC manufacturers at the time. In reality, it remains theory to this day. Note: To date, the concept of man-made CO 2 emissions causing global warming remains theory only. There exists no empirical evidence to support the theory.... Then, in 1985, the journal Nature (sound familiar?) published an article by some British researchers who reported observing a greater degree of thinning of the Antarctic ozone layer than expected. Thus was born the "ozone hole."........ In the end, a global ban on CFCs was enacted based on a theory that continues to be challenged to this day. Chemists remain uncertain of the rate and extent of ozone depletion due to chlorine. In fact, the exact role of atmospheric CFCs remains uncertain.....” The CFC Ban: Global Warming's Pilot Episode, American Thinker “.....It appears that the primary catalyst of ozone depletion is atmospheric chlorine, and the most atmospheric chlorine by far is out-gassed from the oceans or emitted by volcanoes. Mankind's contribution is miniscule (does this sound familiar?)... The CFC ban was a perfect pilot for the anthropogenic global warming fraud. It established all the characters: the eco-left NGOs, the environmental "scientists" (both real and self-proclaimed), and big industry poised to make huge profits and political control over human choices and behavior. It had buy-ins by governments all over the planet. It was based on an unproven (and probably unprovable) hypothesis. Many industries stood to gain at the expense of consumers. To this day, research continues to be funded to study CFCs in the atmosphere. Most significantly, the "ozone hole" hasn't changed appreciably. It remains stable...as if we ever really knew what "stable" was.... The CFC ban empowered and emboldened the eco-left. It paved the way for their next big scam.... The CFC ban gave them a "win," and it was based on some of the most specious, tenuous science one can imagine. But it proved a point: Proven science need not trump environmental ideology. Their next target -- perhaps the ideal target of CO 2 -- was in their sights. Noise about global warming started in the late '80s, but it didn't really get much traction until the mid- to late '90s...right after the CFC ban was a done deal....”.
(7 Feb 10) “.....Unquestionably the world's final authority on the subject, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's findings and recommendations have formed the bedrock of literally every climate-related initiative worldwide for more than a decade. Likewise, virtually all such future endeavors -- be they Kyoto II, domestic cap-and-tax, or EPA carbon regulation, would inexorably be built upon the credibility of the same U.N. panel's "expert" counsel. But a glut of ongoing recent discoveries of systemic fraud has rocked that foundation, and the entire man-made global warming house of cards is now teetering on the verge of complete collapse. Simply stated, we've been swindled. We've been set up as marks by a gang of opportunistic hucksters who have exploited the naïvely altruistic intentions of the environmental movement in an effort to control international energy consumption while redistributing global wealth and (in many cases) greedily lining their own pockets in the process.... The U.N. signalled its intent to politicize science as far back as 1972 at its Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) in Stockholm, Sweden. There, an unlikely mélange of legitimate environmental activists, dyed-in-the-wool Marxists, and assorted anti-establishment '60s leftovers were delighted to hear not only the usual complaints about "industrialized" environmental problems, but also a long list of international inequities... by fomenting accusations that "rich" countries have effectively violated the human rights of hundreds of millions of the world's poorest people by selfishly causing climate-based global suffering, it helps promote the promise of international wealth redistribution to help less fortunate nations adapt to its consequences.....” IPCC: International Pack of Climate Crooks, American Thinker “.....Best of all, being driven by junk-science that easily metamorphoses as required, it appeared to be endlessly self-sustaining. But it needed to be packaged for widespread consumption. And packaged it they surely have... In 1990, the IPCC issued its First Assessment Report, warning of a natural greenhouse effect being enhanced by human emission activities. Apparently not quite ready to show its cards, the IPCC even admitted that the still-little-understood effects of such factors as carbon sinks, ocean currents, and clouds left many uncertainties as to timing and magnitude.... From that meeting sprouted the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty. Absent specific numbers, the highly-touted Kyoto precursor nonetheless promised to stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere to prevent "dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." But much less fanfare accompanied the essentially concurrent adoption of Agenda 21 : a global contract that bound governments around the world to a U.N. plan to change the way people "live, eat, learn and communicate," all in the name of "saving the earth" from mankind's mistakes, particularly global warming...... Back in 1989, future Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) Working Group 2 (WG2) lead author Stephen Schneider disclosed several tricks of the trade to Discover magazine: “....To capture the public imagination, we have to offer up some scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and little mention of any doubts one might have. Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective, and being honest....” And according to MIT's Richard Lindzen's 2001 Senate subcommittee testimony , that's precisely what he witnessed as a Third Assessment Report (TAR) lead author. Among the atmospheric physicist's revelations was the fact that contributing TAR scientists -- already facing the threat of disappearing grant funds and derision as industry stooges -- were also met with ad hominem attacks from IPCC "coordinators" if they refused to tone down criticism of faulty climate models or otherwise questioned AGW dogma. I suppose that's one way to achieve the "consensus" the IPCC loudly boasts of..... ”
(6 Feb 10)The 35 errors in Al Gore's movie
(5 Feb 10) “......Most baseball fans know the 37' 2” left-field wall in Boston's Fenway Park as the Green Monster. Literature calls envy a green monster while in Shakespeare's Othello , jealousy is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on. To the politically aware, there is a more formidable green monster , lurking on the horizon with its tendrils threatening to ensnare every feature of American life in a socialist embrace... Since one of the Greens tactics is the perversion of the language, it is important to demonstrate how it differs from traditional conservation....Today's radical environmentalism is primarily a political movement, emanating from a socialist ideology. While the Green radicals have borrowed from conservation and ecology, they have added a neo-Marxist twist with more bureaucracy and regulation than any of the predecessors. It was the Marxist roots that prompted scholars such as Peter Beckmann and Warren T. Brookes, both conservative critics of radical environmentalism, to label the radicals Watermelons , that is green on the outside but red on the inside . This pejorative term emphasizes the Greens' plan to put social justice above ecological justice....While many Greens truly believe their own propaganda about the planet and the imminence of its meltdown, they have no qualms about distorting the truth to force their will on the general population. According to author Levin, fear is one of the Greens' most productive weapons and they exercise it with virtual impunity. The more dire the threat whether it be the weather, food, sweeteners, bird flu, swine flu, dioxins, water or disease, the more freedoms people are willing to surrender. ... The Green Monster Socialism and the Environment Movement “...... Many theories are examples of politics dictating the course of scientific research. It should be realized that the Greens' goal is not the saving of the planet from mankind, but the global redistribution and reallocation of economic resources. Because of their addiction to the government's largesse, countless scientists have let their pocketbooks determine their scientific speculations to favor a man-made global warming. The 2007 book, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years , by Fred Singer and Dennis Avery presents irrefutable scientific evidence for the cyclical nature of global climate change.... Green philosophy will carry American technology back to the English Luddites of the early 19th century, who destroyed all their advanced machinery during a labor protest.... g oing green is no longer a lifestyle choice--it is a government mandate . Like any socialist movement, the Greens have targeted the next generation as the submissive acolytes who will sell their philosophy to more unsuspecting Americans. Their Rainforest Action Network brainwashes school children that the oil companies are responsible for destroying millions of acres of rainforest to fuel American cars. They have enlisted thousands of teachers to spread their propaganda and create a new generation of environmentalists....Americans need to educate themselves as to the nature and true goals of the radical green movement so as to turn back the green tide that threatens to drown the truth about the environment. Otherwise they might wake up one morning and find that Big Brother has turned into a monstrous Green Giant whose thumb is squashing their faith, freedoms and livelihoods......”