Monthly Archives: May 2006

Corrupt Mexico Passes Its Troubles onto U.S.

By David L. Brown We wrote recently about the rampant corruption and lawlessness that is the shame of Mexico and an important root cause of the illegal immigration problems we are experiencing in the U.S. That post was titled “Our … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Global Security, Politics, Population Issues | 12 Comments

Escalating “Quasi-ness” of Canadian Tar Sands

by Val Germann We have commented more than once on the massive Canadian tar sands project, one that has seen Alberta pass Texas as an oil producing district. The situtation up there is about as perfect an illustration as you … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Super Poison Ivy!

By David L. Brown There is one more danger to be aware of from global warming—the itchy, scratchy effect of poison ivy. According to an Associated Press report, a study reported in the current issue of Proceedings of the National … Continue reading

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The Ethanol Delusion: There Is No Free Lunch

By David L. Brown Star Phoenix Base has commented in depth on the fact that ethanol—whether made from corn, switchgrass, or another farm crop—is not a good answer to our nation’s oil dependence. There are many reasons for this, which … Continue reading

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Water Vapor Wildcard in Global Warming Game

by Val Germann Left out of almost all discussions concerning “global warming” is the fact that water vapor contributes about two-thirds of the warming effect caused by our atmosphere. This lacuna exists because water vapor is not considered a “greenhouse … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Melting Planet | 7 Comments

Egg-regious Errors in Chicken Logic

By David L. Brown It is being claimed that one of the most pressing questions of the ages has been answered—albeit without scientific rigor and in order to promote the release of a new Disney cartoon movie. Addressing the major … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture Issues, Evolution and Genetics, Satire, Irony, and Humor | 6 Comments

Outlook Worsens for World’s Forests

By David L. Brown There is horrible news today for those of us who had been led to believe that large portions of the planet’s forests were under the protection of sound stewardship. According to a news report from the … Continue reading

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Americans Doing Jobs Our Government Won’t Do

By David L. Brown In a ground-breaking ceremony today, members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps began construction of a security fence on private property along the Arizona-Mexico border. Modeled after the fences built by the Israeli government in Gaza … Continue reading

Posted in Global Security, Politics, Population Issues | 15 Comments

Saving the Planet, One Quasi-Solution at a Time!

by Val Germann Not too long ago this writer introduced a term invented in 1971 by computer scientist Eugene S. Schwartz: the “quasi-solution.” For Schwartz, all technological “solutions” were at least partly “quasi,” if not crwazi (or crazee!), because they … Continue reading

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Islam and Communism: Brothers Under the Skin

The Islamic Threat to World Peace — Part II Author’s Note: This is the second in an occasional series of essays on the subject of radical Islam and the threat it represents to the future of the world. By David … Continue reading

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