When confusion and misinformation get together in the dark,
paranoia is born. Fears of war, violence, and oppression fester and grow
in the minds of the populace pushing everything but a misguided
assurance of certain doom into the shadows. Out of this cramped and
huddled mindset we get the bastardized half-brother of critical
thinking: conspiracy theories.
Claiming that World War III is just over the horizon is as crazy as
it gets, but the state of the world is showing some eerie similarities
to the pre–World War II global picture. And history is a creature of
On February 27, 2014, Russian soldiers strapped on their marching
boots and took over several airports in Crimea. As this is being
written, roughly 6,000 Russian troops
are moving across the Crimean peninsula and forcibly taking operational
control of military bases, communications centers, and government
This is an invasion that has been a long time in the making, and it’s
certainly not the first time Russia has made power plays in the
Ukraine. Ever since 1783, Ukraine and Russia (for a time the Soviet
Union) have played hot potato with Crimea, leaving a bubbling brew of
split nationalism struggling to coexist on the little peninsula.
But the arrival of Russian troops is just the most recent step in a
tumultuous few weeks for Ukraine. The country has seen its
Russia-sympathizing president, Viktor Yanukovych, become a fugitive,
a Russian citizen become the Crimean city of Sevastopol’s mayor, and an
emergency meeting of Crimea’s parliament elect Sergey Aksyonov as the
new Prime Minister of Crimea—at gunpoint. Aksyonov has declared that he
will follow orders from the ousted Yanukovych, who is currently seeking refuge in Russia. The country’s politics are in tatters.
9 The Ukrainian Conflict Is Reaching A Boiling Point
Ukrainian nationalists are calling Putin’s invasion an act of war;
Russians in Ukraine are calling it an act of salvation. Riots are
flaring up all across the country as the two dominant political forces
come to a head. This video
shows two men being beaten by a pro-Russian mob in Kharkiv, the USSR’s
Bolshevik-run capital leading up to World War II—and that’s where Putin’s army looks headed next.
You can get a pretty clear view of the political alliances of Ukraine
with the above map, which shows the results of the 2010 election. Blue
represents areas that supported Viktor Yanukovych, so you can consider
those regions comparatively pro-Russian. The purple areas voted for an
opposing candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko. The darker the color, the stronger
the support. Kharkiv and Donetsk are firmly in the blue, and represent
two major Ukrainian cities with a strong industrial infrastructure—and
both are historically Russian.
This is a group of very assertive, very nationalistic people at arms
over the one issue that holds paramount importance: heritage. And
historically, gray areas are reserved for the losers; it’s the
inflexible, dyed-in-the-wool believers in a cause who triumph in a
conflict. Russia sees this as good news, picturing much support from the
country they’re invading. As one Ukrainian bitterly put it, “No one
asked us. We are like puppets for them. We have one Tsar and one god—Putin.”
Though the UN, NATO, and the US have all gone on high alert, the
Crimean invasion isn’t an act of aggression against the whole world.
It’s a move to make parts of Ukraine decisively Russian, both culturally
and politically. Obama initially warned that there would be “costs” to this invasion, but he won’t back it up—he can’t, not without a game of nuclear Russian roulette, which nobody wants.
The problem isn’t that America and the UN will start tossing bombs into Russia; the problem is that Putin knows they won’t.
This is a man who once said that the fall of the Soviet Union was the
“greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,” a viewpoint
which harkens to the days of Stalin’s Great Purge and Khrushchev’s
missile diplomacy with Cuba.
And Putin’s already on round two. In 2008, when Putin was still Prime
Minister, Russia and Georgia entered a five-day conflict that
culminated in Russian bombs falling on the Georgian capital.
Humanitarian groups around the world cried out, governments issued
strict warnings for Russia to fall back, and nobody lifted an actual
finger to stop it. At the end of it all, Russia calmly strolled back
home and declared that Georgia had been “sufficiently punished.”
Each time this happens, Russia becomes more assured that the warnings
of the rest of the world are just that—words, empty and hollow.
The situation in Ukraine may not be a match that’s going to ignite
the fires of World War III, but it’s a nod to a superpower that they
have a free license to do what they want. And if you give a mouse a
cookie . . .
Russia’s not the only country setting the stage for World War III. As
is the case with most important things, World War II didn’t suddenly
flash into existence; it edged its way into the world consciousness one
little bit at a time, like a slowly rusting bicycle, until war was
officially declared. While it’s easy to put the conflict into the
simplest terms, a lot of factors combined to make up what we now view as
The years leading up to the war held a lot of indicators that, in
hindsight, revealed aggressive countries testing the waters of what they
could get away with. Japan, Italy, and Germany were all involved in
minor conflicts that the League of Nations couldn’t stop, such as
Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 and Japan’s chemical-infused invasion of China in 1937.
These days, China is reversing the balance by threatening an invasion
of its own. The territory in question is a group of rocks known as the
Senkaku islands, which are located in the East China Sea. The problem,
of course, is that both China and Japan feel that the islands belong to
them, and whoever controls the islands also controls shipping lanes,
fishing waters, and a potential oil field.
6 A Third Sino-Japanese War In The Making
China hasn’t been the nicest neighbor recently. In November 2013, China
startled the world by announcing a newly configured air defense zone in
the East China Sea—a zone that they and they alone would control, to the
point of shooting down aircraft
that wandered into it. But, in addition to Japan, other regions
originally had claim to that airspace, including Taiwan and South Korea.
Whether or not China was planning an invasion at that point, the
Senkaku islands fall inside their “newly acquired” airspace, and now
they’re threatening to forcefully move Japan
out of the area. Tensions have been building in the Pacific Rim for a
while now, and if military action puts too much pressure on the skeleton
of their current political disputes, bones could break.
And unlike the first two Sino-Japanese wars, this conflict could involve other countries in the region. South Korea quietly expanded their own airspace
in December 2013, pushing back into territory that China had already
claimed. Combined with both China and Japan aggressively rearming
themselves in recent years, this territorial dispute has the potential
5 America Is Legally Bound To Protect South Pacific Countries
A war only becomes a World War when the US gets involved. Unlike
their official policy of stern warnings and disapproving looks in
response to Russia, the White House has publicly and unwaveringly
declared that it will back Japan against any acts of aggression by China.
With about 50 percent of its Naval force stationed in the Pacific,
the US will also be in a position to help the Philippines if China
continues pressing to the south. They’re yet another country that has
been affected by the airspace changes, and the US is legally bound to
protect the Philippines based on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty.
This treaty doesn’t even require anything as outright as a full-scale
land invasion. The Philippines owns disputed islands within China’s new
airspace in the South China Sea (much like Japan claims to own the
Senkaku islands). If China makes a move on any of those, the US Navy has to retaliate on their behalf, or they’ll break the conditions of the treaty.
But beneath it all, what do China’s problems and Russia’s problems have to do with each other?
Although they initially ended up on opposite sides of the conflict, Germany and the USSR went into World War II with a non-aggression pact, which lasted two years until Hitler ripped it up and sent Nazis onto Soviet ice.
With perhaps some similarities to that historic pact, China and
Ukraine signed a nuclear security pact in December 2013. The conditions:
China won’t use any nuclear weapons against Ukraine, and if Ukraine is
ever attacked by a nuclear force—or “threatened by such aggression“—China will provide Ukraine with security guarantees.
Why would China want to create such a pact with a country 5,800
kilometers (3,600 mi) away? And more importantly, with which government
is China going to honor the pact? The past two months have seen a
see-saw of political parties in control of Ukraine, but it’s likely that
China’s involvement will be dependent on Yanukovych’s politics, which
are decidedly pro-Russian. He’s the one who signed the pact. China says
its relationship with Russia is warmer than ever, with China’s People Daily describing it as “one of the most active power relationships [in the world].”
It’s been speculated that Russia is hoping to draw a Western attack
onto Ukraine, so that China’s entry to back Ukraine will cement the
alliance between China and Russia. That idea reeks of conspiracy theory.
But with Russia’s recent agreement to supply $270 billion in oil supplies
to China, and with the majority of Russia’s pipelines running through
Ukraine, China would want to protect its own interests. Either way, the
enemy of an enemy is always a friend, and US-Russian relations are on
very shaky ground.
While tension rises on the Eastern European front and Southeast Asia
is mired in an explosive territorial dispute, rumors of war are also
being whispered in the Middle East—specifically, Iran. But is Iran any
real threat? Depending on the spin, it’s easy to think so.
In January 2014, Iran dispatched a fleet of ships toward US national
waters. The Senate has decided that unless military action is taken,
Iran’s nuclear development will continue unchecked. And on February 12,
2014, Iran’s military chief answered that claim by declaring the
country’s willingness to go toe-to-toe with American forces, on land or
It sounds like a crisis in the making, but it’s not as bad as it seems. Those “warships” were a rusty frigate and a supply boat, the White House in no way backs the Senate’s bill,
and while Iranian general Hassan Firouzabadi did threaten the US and
the “Zionist regime” (Israel), it’s worth remembering that they’ve done
so plenty of times in the past.
Another point of contention is Iran’s military force. Including paramilitaries, Iran states that they have 13.6 million people
who can pick up a weapon at a moment’s notice. While that number is
probably exaggerated, it doesn’t matter much anyway—World War III, if it
happens, will be mostly an aerial war dependent more on long-range
technologies than close-quarters combat. And that, surprisingly, is an
example of why not to count Iran out of the picture. They have an air force of 30,000 men with several hundred aircraft, along with cruise missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 mi). That’s plenty of range to hit US bases in the Gulf.
But most importantly, continued attention on Iran, Syria, and other
Middle Eastern countries is spreading the West’s foreign resources a
little too thin, especially now that Russia won’t be any help in that region.
2 North Korea Is A Wild Card
North Korea tends to get relegated to the back row in discussions on
world powers. They’re potentially dangerous, sure, but it’s a
short-range type of danger, similar to the way you can still skip away
from a mugger with a knife. But turn your back for too long, and that
mugger can sneak up and give you some scars.
North Korea is still firing missiles
in South Korea’s direction for no good reason. The most recent launch
was March 2, 2014; they fired more the week before that. With a range of
about 500 kilometers (300 mi), the missiles won’t reach far—just to,
say, Japan. Or China. Or South Korea, or Russia. And since they’re
nestled right in the center of three of the biggest threats to peace at
this time, they could—purposely or not—stir up something bigger than
themselves, like dropping a starved weasel into a den of sleeping bears.
Most frightening of all, North Korea is building a nuclear arsenal.
It’s unlikely that they’ll ever lead with a nuclear attack, but if
there’s enough chaos going on around them, it’s not impossible that
they’ll try to slip one into the mix.
World War I and World War II were very different from each other, but
they had one striking similarity. Prior to each war, economic
recessions hit several of the countries involved. World War II famously
brought most of the world’s economies back from the Great Depression,
and World War I helped the US recover from a two-year recession
that had already slowed trade by 20 percent. Correlation doesn’t imply
causation, but it’s worth noting which economies recovered earlier than
others, which may have had a huge impact on the way things turned out.
By 1933, Japan had taken moves to devalue its currency,
which led to increased exports and a resulting growth in their economy.
They pumped the extra money into weapons and munitions, which gave them
a decided military advantage in the years leading up to the war.
Germany, on the other hand, entirely crashed, which made the Nazi and
Communist parties take similar steps and earn overwhelming support among
We’re seeing some similarities today. While analysts are predicting yet another economic meltdown for Western countries, countries like Iran and Russia
are looking to band together to boost their economies. Among other
effects, that could lead to a second unit on Iran’s nuclear plant;
Germany’s massive internal spending in the 1930s pulled it out of the Depression faster
than America or the rest of Europe. And the global recession hit Russia
less than much of the rest of the world, due in part to its exports of a
quarter of the natural gas used by the entire European continent
And then there’s China. The US government is close to $17 trillion in
debt, and China owns seven percent of that, or about $1.19 trillion.
China recently flew past Japan to become the world’s second largest
economy, and if it keeps growing at this rate, its GDP is going to match
America’s in about eight years. The risk is if China decides to dump the US debt.
China would take a financial loss, but it could be a crippling blow to
the US economy—and much of the world, since the US dollar is held in
reserve by most foreign governments.
If China and the US do come to blows over the South China Sea, the US
could eradicate the debt and pump the extra revenue into military
spending—the exact same monetary flow that happened in World War II, only this time the guns are bigger.
But don’t worry, it won’t happen. Probably.
one sense, that these Marxist revolutionaries are little more than political busybodies. Who asked them to go about changing the culture?
The Frankfurt School, about which I have written previously, was a group of mostly German Marxists who came to this country when Hitler took over in Germany. Their concept of totalitarianism didn’t agree with his. Interestingly enough, they were welcomed with open arms at Columbia University, where they began to work eagerly at the destruction of American culture, and particularly Christian culture. What does that tell you about Columbia University? The Frankfurt School is no longer officially in existence now, but those who have been bred and taught with that mindset and worldview are still laboring at the overthrow of American culture. They are close enough to their goal now that they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The article from http://www.discoverthenetworks.org that I’ve been quoting from has observed: “The Frankfurt School’s studies combined Marxist analysis with Freudian psychoanalysis to form the basis of what became known as ‘Critical Theory.’ Critical Theory was essentially destructive criticism of the main elements of Western culture, including Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy,…morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity…” They didn’t specifically mention education, but if you understand the Marxist mindset you know that has to be a major part of it.
Part of the destruction of any culture is the destruction of standards of any kind and the truth by which those standards are revealed. I just read a post on the Freedom Outpost web site. It was posted on August 5th and the headline for it was: “Common Core Standards: 3×4=11 Is Ok As long as you can explain why.” The article stated: “Seriously, I could not believe that a grown woman was shoveling this stuff, but lo and behold, watch a Common Core promoter actually say that it’s fine that children think that 3×4=11. She just wants to know if they can reason and explain how they came to the answer! In other words, there are no right answers in Common Core. Apparently there will be no logic or reasoning in Common Core either. They just want you to be a dumb, useful idiot. If this is going on in math, what do you think would happen if, say a kid claimed that Bill Clinton was the first president of the United States?”
There was a video presentation with this post and the lady that was “shoveling” out this mathematical bovine fertilizer said: “But even under the new common core even if they said 3×4=11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer. Really in words and in oral explanation and they showed it in a picture but they got the final answer wrong. We’re more focused on the how and the why.” In other words, its perfectly okay for kids to come up with the wrong answer if they can just explain how they got that wrong answer. Interestingly enough, this “event” occurred in District 46, in Grayslake, Illinois on July 17th. Are you really surprised? The writer of this article states that this is the kind of nonsense you get when the feds get involved in education. On that point I can agree with him. But then he goes on to state that the states really need to put the feds in their place and to resume the powers the feds were not given in the Constitution. In principle he’s right, except, in all actuality, not even the state, let alone the feds, should be involved in education. That is a parental function–not a state function, not even a local government function. A major part of our problem in this country is that we don’t know our history well enough to grasp what governments at various levels should and should not be doing. And education is one of those things they shouldn’t be doing–at any level!
Awhile back, New York State Education Commisar (excuse me I should have said Commissioner) John King gave a speech about education and “civil rights.” According to King, opposing Common Core is “racist.” Ah, there’s that old race card being played yet another time–if you didn’t vote for Obama you’re a racist; if you are opposed to illegal aliens swamping our Southern border, you must be a racist; if you are opposed to Common Core in education you must be a racist. Opposition to Common Core has now become part of the “racist” guilt trip the system attempts to lay on common folks to shut them up–only it’s not working quite as well anymore. People are starting to wake up and refusing to shut up, and that’s good.
King went on to loftily note that “Common Core educational standards are an attempt to close the achievement gap between minority and low income students relative to their peers. He urges parents and educators not to back off from their commitment to Common Core.” This from an article in the Times Union http://www.timesunion.com And he’s right about Common Core–it will bridge the gap between minority and low income students and others by working to make sure they are all equally dumbed down, so no one, no matter how intelligent, knows much of anything. Can you honestly picture an educational system that doesn’t care whether the kids get the right answers in math or not as long as they can explain their wrong answer, doing anything to improve the educational standards for anyone? It’s all just more bovine fertilizer and it’s being shoved down people’s throats with an earth mover!
Back in October of 2013 there was an article on TNReport by the Tennessee Republican Assembly which called on legislators to oppose “Commie Core.” And that’s what the article called it. In part, the article said: “We are already seeing the negative effects of Common Core Federal Mandates in our schools, and now we will have thinly veiled socialist and communist agendas promoted with Tennessee tax dollars.” This according to Sharon Ford, President of the Tennessee Republican Assembly. She noted an expenditure of $700,000 in “Race to the top” money that was spent to send 18 elementary, junior high, and high school principals to Red China so they could learn how to teach “the Chinese way.” Ford, with some perception, said “China is neither as diverse or as open to creativity and free speech as the U.S. It is not a system we should replicate in Tennessee. And some people wonder why Common Core is called Commie Core.”
Common Core is part of the agenda to destroy educational standards and to force all students in the country to eventually become part of it, one way or another. It is, therefore, the Marxist Critical Theory program being used to destroy any remaining standards in American education.
Any school system anywhere in the country where people have finally figured out what Common Core is really all about and they want to opt out of it should be encouraged and supported if they make that effort. Otherwise the kids entrusted to their care become victims of the Marxist Critical Theory technique where all real educational standards are eventually erased. The Marxists, whether they call themselves that or not, have nothing less in mind than the total destruction of any remaining Christian culture we still possess and if they can accomplish that end while brainwashing our kids by removing and real educational standards, they will do so in a heart beat.
I haven't been to the University of Minnesota for 10 years, and never been to the Northrop Auditorium. I saw the Bill O'Reilly &Dennis Miller Bolder & Fresher Tour and recorded audio. I took pictures, but Bill and Dennis are very blurry. Bill said that the Hurricane Sandy which hit New York around the election convinced all the idiots in the United States to vote for Obama. McCain had a similar hurricane Gustav. It is completely psycho that hurricanes decide presidential elections. If a hurricane decides the 2016 election, I'll move to Australia.
Due to bureaucratic collectivism, people cannot buy a ton of videogames
like in the 6th geneation with Gamecube, PS2 and XBox. Wizards of the
Coast's Magic the Gathering GAMBLING is taking the place of videogame
industry among children (more expensive). I may have Magic the
Gathering Duels of the Planewalkers 2013/2014, but I am no addict.