Quotes worth remembering, at least worth copying

Quotes from some of the writings that I came across over the years:

“The classical liberalism of the nineteenth century is widely and correctly admired, but we can now see that it was inevitably a transitional phase. The tendencies inherent in individualism were kept within bounds by the health of institutions other than the state, a common moral culture, and the strength of religion. Liberalism drained the power from the institutions. We no longer have a common moral culture and our religion, while pervasive, seems increasingly unable to affect actual behavior.

Modern liberalism is one branch of the rupture that occurred in liberalism in the last century. The other branch is today called conservatism. American conservatism, neo or otherwise, in fact represents the older classical liberal tradition. Conservatism of the American variety is simply liberalism that accepts the constraints that a clear view of reality, including a recognition of the nature of human beings, places upon the main thrusts of liberalism—liberty and equality. The difference, it has been said, is that between a hard-headed and a sentimental liberalism. Sentimental liberalism, with its sweet view of human nature, naturally evolves into the disaster of modern liberalism.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism And American Decline
pp. 64 (bottom) to 65 (top)
Full text of book

“It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”

Attributed to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”

—Milton and Rose Friedman
in ‘Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

“It is true that liberty is precious — so precious that it must be rationed.”

— Lenin

“Who falls asleep in a democracy will wake up in a dictatorship.”

— Otto Gritschneder,
(when asked why he wanted to publicize
the system of terror in German military justice under the Nazis)

“A government is not the expression of the popular will, but rather the expression of what a nation’s people are willing to endure.”

 — Kurt Tucholsky

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Plato, in ‘Republic’, has Socrates offer this advice to philosopher kings:

“Take all the children from their parents and rid the city of adults.”

“Who owns the youth controls the future.”

— Slogan used by Napoleon and
also by the founders of the Wandervogel
(“bird of passage”) the enormously popular youth movement that began
in about 1880 in Germany and produced many
of the prominent, and often homosexual, Nazi leaders

“Give me your four-year-olds, and within one generation I will build a socialist state.”

— Lenin

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

— Lenin

“[The State] must set race in the center of all life. It must take care to keep it pure. It must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. It must  see to it that only the healthy beget children….”

— Hitler, in ‘Mein Kampf

“President Obama is committed to helping states develop seamless, comprehensive, and coordinated ‘Zero to Five’ systems to improve developmental outcomes and early learning for all children….it will be the goal of this Administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education — from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.”

— (Fact Sheet: Expanding the Promise of Education in America, Mar 10, 2009
see also: Remarks of President Barack Obama –
As Prepared for Delivery Address to Joint Session of Congress,
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009)

“First they came for the fathers, then for the mothers, and now for both parents in intact families.  In the end all children will be in the care, custody and control of the State.”

— Walter H. Schneider

“Make sure that when you get an erection you don’t lose your mind.  Always think of the consequences:

Is she someone you would want to face across the breakfast table ten years down the road?

Is she the woman who’ll be the best possible mother to your children?

Whether you’ll still be together ten years from now or not, you are trusting her with most of what you’ve got, with half of your genes, with more than half of all you’ll be able to earn for the rest of your life, and with your and your children’s physical and emotional health.

Will she be worthy of all that?”

— Ruth Schneider

“Idiocy is a gift from the gods – one should not punish it.”

— German adage

“Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Quoted by Philip Marchand, MM’s biographer, in
Marshall McLuhan: The Medium And the Messenger

“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”


“But what difference does it make whether women rule, or the rulers are ruled by women? The result is the same.”

— Aristotle, in ‘Politics

Love is like an onion.
You taste it with delight,
And when it is all gone,
You wonder what made you bite.

— (One of Ruth Schneider’s favorites; author unknown)

“If we have gotten to the point in our desperate culture in which we feel obligated to kill children, regardless of why or of what color, then we do not deserve to survive and probably won’t.”

— William Faulkner

“One of the paradoxes of management is this: Most employees usually are happier and more comfortable in a well-structured environment than in one that operates with disorder and permissiveness.”

— Unknown author
Telephony, Feb. 6, 1978, p. 61

“I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights,’ with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.”

— Queen Victoria, March, 1870

“Feminism is not about giving women freedom to choose; it is about taking away choices of which feminists disapprove. And one choice they disapprove is participation in a conventional family.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah : Modern Liberalism and American Decline
p. 204


‘Not Guilty’ contains this gem:

“Armed with their wage packets and fortified by booze and the new, fashionable female machismo, young women are now taking to the road with all the mad abandon of their boyfriends and beginning to kill themselves with increasing frequency. Before they do, they should consider one important fact which sober, health conscious, emotionally open men have cottoned onto: the traditional male life style is hazardous to your health. It doesn’t carry a government warning, but it should. Once women start to behave like men, and work like men, and earn like men, they may well start to die like them, too.”

— David Thomas, in
Not Guilty: In Defence of the Modern Man (1993)
p. 29, second-last par.

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.”

— G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874-1936),
British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist;
Source: Illustrated London News, 1924

“Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense.”

— George Orwell, in 1984

The full text of the passage from which to preceding quote was taken is this:

“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable—what then?”

― George Orwell, in 1984

The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,
But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread.

— Milton: Lycidias

»The “family” in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after.

It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities–such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations–grow.«

— Allan Carlson, in
What’s Wrong With the United Nations Definition of ‘Family’?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3

The traditional marriage vows once meant much and were taken seriously:

The man:
“I, [name of groom], take thee, [name of bride], to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

The woman:
“I, [name of bride], take thee, [name of groom], to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

It’s official: The experiment has failed

For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.

— Rebecca O’Neill, Sept. 2002
Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family

“Contemporary (or second wave) feminism has aptly been described as “Marxism without economics,” since feminists replace class with gender as the key social construct. Of course, what society constructs can be deconstructed. This is the feminist project: to abolish gender difference by transforming its institutional source — the patriarchal family. Certain streams of the Gay Rights movement have taken this analysis one step farther. The problem is not just sexism but heterosexism, and the solution is to dismantle not just the patriarchal family but the heterosexual family as such.”

— F.L. Morton & Rainer Knopff in
The Charter Revolution & The Court Party (p. 75)

“If done successfully, committing suicide is one decision you’ll never live to regret!”

— The Contemporary Heretic, in
A Suicide Note in the Form of a Blog Post

Note:  The preceding observation is short, to the point, but is part of an exhaustive analysis, assessment, and comparative evaluation of at least most practical methods of doing away with oneself (death by drowning or by burning or fire are obvious omissions).  It seems a little macabre, overkill, so to speak, to devote so much effort and attention to methods of bringing suicides to successful conclusions, in view of the relatively small number of suicide victims in the world. 

Let us therefore consider an equally concise but no less cutting observation of a considerably less macabre nature that involves vastly greater numbers of victims who have absolutely no say in the matter or manner of their deaths at a young age,  and contemplate why so little thought is given to why they are routinely prevented from living long, rewarding  lives. 

Proceed to the next quote.

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

― Ronald Reagan

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Consumers support economy — Economies need consumers

Without consumers there is not much of an economy.  Work produces goods and services.  Consumers buy goods and services.  When more and more people’s jobs are being mechanized, more and more people will have trouble finding employment.  That problem is aggravated through accelerated immigration from under-developed nations (instant consumers, rather than having to wait 20 to 25 years of waiting for the home-grown variety to come on-line).  Without a lot of jobs and people filling them, there won’t be many consumers who can buy goods and services.

Consumers, described by Stompin Tom Connors

The Consumer, by Stompin Tom Connors

A collection of concerns, with links to articles in which they were expressed:

  1. Automation and mechanization have liberated many people from having to do onerous work. Much work and many more work processes will be done by machines in the years to come. The concern must be not so much that people doing work will be liberated from having to work, when machines do their work, but that those people will no longer have jobs. The people who are still working, will be working alongside or with machines and thereby increasingly ensure that there will be less need for humans who take sick-leave, go on strike or partake of doing shoddy work–especially on Blue Mondays . The work formerly done by people who are now unemployed is still being done, perhaps faster, cheaper and better, but those unemployed people used to be heavy-duty consumers, and now they no longer have enough money to spend to consume as much as they did, and the machines doing the work that they formerly did are not consumers of consumer goods.
    More at: “Falling birth rates cause painful demographic changes” Posted on  by Walter Schneider
  2. Will the drive to import immigrants in unprecedented numbers from underdeveloped nations put an end to the downward trend in birth rates? That depends on what the immigrants have to say about it. Furthermore, they bolster the declining numbers of young consumers in the developed nations (the old and the elderly do not buy many consumer products anymore) which is surely one of the main reasons why the demand for immigrants is so high. They have far more money to spend than they did in their countries of origin, and they now have access to consumer goods they previously only dreamed of. One way or another, they will consume, they crave it, and they are eager to consume.
    More at “Population control holocaust? Family courts participate” Posted on December 24, 2017 by Walter Schneider
  3. Energy is the life-blood of nations. What better way to raise tax revenues for governments than to drive up the cost of energy for end-consumers? Although there is some competition between sources of fuel that keeps energy costs somewhat in check, royalties and various other taxes comprise the vast majority of the price of energy to end consumers, at absolutely no penalties in terms of capital investment for governments. Add to that taxes on taxes, such as cap and trade, carbon taxes and value-added taxes.Energy from renewable sources is as a rule two to three times more expensive than from conventional sources, period! It cannot be made competitive. It cannot be made attractive to investors without paying enormous subsidies, which subsidies drive up the cost of energy to end consumers.
    More at “Global-warming alarmism – is it dead yet?
    Posted on September 16, 2013 by Walter Schneider
  4. “In order to pay the wages and make a profit the media has learnt that their clients – readers, viewers, listeners, must be good consumers or else the advertisers will go elsewhere. The best consumers are overwhelmingly women – Maureen Gaffney of the National Economic and Social Forum estimates that at least 90% of financial decisions and purchases are now made by women – so to survive and be successful editors everywhere must fill the spaces between the ads with content (what in the old days used to be called “News”) labelled WAWMAA – stories that reinforce what women like to hear – ones that say Women Are Wonderful, Men Are Awful.It’s not that editors like women and dislike men, it’s just good for business.The mantra of big business is growth so their strategy has to be always to maximise profit through sales. For every cent they pay to a woman they know they will get it back immediately in sales. For them to hire women rather than men, wherever it is feasible, suits their purpose.It’s not that managers and company directors like women and dislike men, it’s just good for business.Since the seventies governments have acted exactly like big business. They now claim taxes from virtually every purchase made so, if they want to expand their empire, they have a vested interest in ensuring consumerism is maximised.That means it makes sense for government, like the media and big business, to have policies which use WAWMAA to justify the transfer of control of the Family income from the man to the woman. Hence the built-in bias in the governments family Courts – both in Custody and Domestic Violence cases – and Child Support laws and decisions.It’s not that governments like women and dislike men, it’s just good for business.”
    More at “Book about family breakdown in the making
    Posted on July 10, 2008 by Roger Eldridge, Ireland
  5.  A declining population means declining numbers of consumers, declining numbers of consumers mean shrinking profits. Correcting that by encouraging people to have more children entails a 20 to 25 waiting period before children become full-fledged consumers. Producers can eliminate that waiting time, through importing ready-made consumers from underdeveloped nations. They’ll have vastly more money in their new host countries than they would have had in their home countries, and they are ready and eager to consume — instant, massive profits, people who need everything, with money to spend in a country where they can buy everything they can possibly dream of having, results in the best consumers of all one could ask for, instantly available, no waiting for 25 years involved.No country’s and no region’s culture will have the time to permit painless assimilation of a massive influx of – at a rate of as much as and more than six percent, annually, of its resident population – migrants from underdeveloped nations. The migrants – from nations in turmoil because of internal, ideological clashes – will not only continue the strife they wish to escape from but add to it in the countries that host them. That is an unavoidable, defensive reaction aimed at preserving their own cultural and national identities. It manifests itself in the migrant’s hostility against the resident population, language, and cultural traditions of the host country that is forced to accommodate them, whether it can or not._________More at »UN report on “Replacement Migration: Is it a Solution to Declining and Ageing Populations?”«
    FaceBook, May 27, 2017, by Walter Schneider


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Maya Angelou — fame not facts

Maya Angelou, “Trying to support her son as a single mother, she worked as a pimp, prostitute and _____.” How does such a passage make it into an 8th Grade maths test?  That depends…

Nobel Prizes are hard to get, Nobel Peace Prizes easier.

A Nobel Prize is awarded to people who excelled in a field of science and worked hard at doing so, while a Nobel Peace Prize is awarded primarily to someone who makes the grade for political expediency.  Nobel Peace Prize winners are in the company of,

Although Andrew Weaver cannot lay claim to ever having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he happily does so but is not the only climate-alarm populist who lays claim to it without being entitled to do so (i. e.: Rajenda Pachauri and Michael Mann).

Meet ‘One of the World’s Foremost Climate Scientists’

Andrew Weaver: climate modeler, Green Party deputy leader, Greenpeace promoter.

Andrew Weaver is a climate modeler. Which means he spends his time messing about with computers. His “research” takes place in a virtual, imaginary, speculative world. Decades or centuries from now his climate predictions may turn out to be correct. Or they may be forgotten because they were spectacularly wrong.

What is important is that, at this moment in history,

Andrew Weaver is one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and a leading expert on global warming…He is Canada Research Chair in climate modeling and analysis at the University of Victoria, and has authored or coauthored nearly two hundred peer-reviewed studies in climate, earth science, policy, and education journals. He was chief editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009. [backed up here]


Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

One area of political endeavour where Nobel Peace Prizes are much sought and pursued is feminism.  Women may not excel as much in science as men do, but the feminists try to make up for that by trying to create their own truths, whereby they at times obtain a much-sought-after Nobel Peace Prize for some of their sisters. Some succeed, as did Rigoberta Menchú (see the article by David Horowitz identified in the following), and others (or their supporters) fail in their bid to fame through obtaining a Nobel Peace Prize, as none was awarded to (former prostitute) poet and author of creative fiction Maya Angelou, although that was apparently not for lack of trying by some of her supporters.


R I G H T  O N !   —   D A V I D_H O R O W I T Z

I, Rigoberta Menchú, liar 
– – – – – – – – – – – – –
How left-wing propagandists, a fellow-traveling Nobel committee and a corrupt media perpetrated a monstrous hoax.

The story of Rigoberta Menchú, a Quiché Mayan from Guatemala whose autobiography catapulted her to international fame, won her the Nobel Peace Prize and made her an international emblem of the dispossessed indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their attempt to rebel against the oppression of European conquerors, has now been exposed as a political fabrication, a tissue of lies. It is one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century….


Maya Angelou was an American story teller, born long after the last American slaves were liberated, She chose to remain in the United States, and why not?  She did well, by writing “for money,” complaining about her slave ancestry and the fact that she had been a prostitute — both popular topics.

Maya Angelou ("writing for money")

Maya Angelou, successful author, poet and activist (“writing for money”)

Pa. high school apologizes for using inappropriate Maya Angelou questions on homework

AP January 13, 2017, 2:23 PM

PERKASIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania high school is apologizing after students were given a math homework assignment that asked which family member had sexually assaulted a girl.

The assignment focused on Maya Angelou and her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” It provided an algebra formula that asked: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” Pennridge High School students needed to solve the formula before deciding whether the answer was boyfriend, brother or father.

Screenshots of the homework posted by news organizations showed the subsequent question reads: “Trying to support her son as a single mother, she worked as a pimp, prostitute and ___.” Another formula must be solved to determine if the answer was bookie, drug dealer or nightclub dancer. «


Is all of what Maya Angelou reported and wrote about the unvarnished, hard and cold truth? We already know from the CBS NEWS report that some of the embellishments added by the man-hating feminists in that maths test are fabrications. Still, when one reads, “Although referred to as Dr. Angelou, she never went to college,” one must wonder. What does it mean when Angelou stated, in responding to critics of the veracity of her writing, “I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, ‘I write for money'”? In other of her own words: “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” That is a good way of putting it.  That should be taken to mean that, for the sake of bringing in money, Angelou had no qualms about substituting her own “truths” for the facts.  Someone like that obviously has strong opinions but is not a good source of facts of history, her own or in general but is a source to go to for anyone in search of strong, unsubstantiated opinions.

No one knows why a caged bird sings, other than that it is speculated that birds often sing to proclaim their presence or the territory they claim.  It stands to reason that any caged bird can be quite comfortable and proclaim that fact by singing.  No amount of creatively writing and declaring by anyone, not even by Maya Angelou, that “I know why the caged bird sings,”  will change that fact, but it will ensure, if done well enough when writing for money, that the author will live comfortably ever after.

That still leaves the question of how and why Angelou’s creative writing made it into an 8th Grade maths test. The apology offered for that transgression declared that it was a mistake. Yes, it was. It was not an accident. It was deliberate. It was a hate crime and no more a mistake than any other crime is.  Was it merely misandry, was it for mercenary reasons (to help out the publishers of Maya Angelou’s works), or was it both? Who knows what the motivation for that deliberate ploy for attention really was?  It did receive a lot of attention.

All of that leaves one with the firm impression that feminist sources of truth may well be popular but don’t necessarily acquire the desired extent of political correctness, and that may well be because the expression “feminist source of truth” can be thought of as an oxymoron.

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The wall at the border, down Mexico way

The “wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border

Originally posted on FB, January, 28, 2017

Why is the liberal media obsessing about that wall? How is it any different from the walls around one’s home? Walls keep us safe, but they cost money.

Funding the wall at the border, down Mexico-way

Funding may not be quite that easy to come by

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall….Source CNN

So far, we still have the right to build, sell, rent and purchase homes that have walls, walls with doors and windows in them. We still have that right and are well advised to secure the windows and to keep the doors locked, basically all day, but especially at night.

We can open the doors to our homes to let in anyone we wish to have come in, and we can keep the doors locked to keep out the people whom we wish to keep out, even if they are merely squatters who wish to be fed at our dinner tables.  Why should the nation in which one’s home is located not only have the right but the obligation to keep its borders secure by constructing a wall?

As to who pays for such a wall, why not use the law of the range? When two property owners have their properties divided by a common fence, the decision of who is responsible for the installation, upkeep and maintenance of the fence is simple. When a property owner stands at the middle of it and looks at the fence, the half of the fence that is to the right of him is his to build, maintain and repair.

If there are any disputes over that, because one of the two owners is not doing his share of due diligence, things go to court and are settled without any problem, usually at the expense of the laggard.

When higher powers are involved, it becomes a bit of a problem, but a court that will make a reasonable, equitable decision is not impossible to find, if no agreement between the two interested parties can be reached.

Things are only difficult and perhaps next to impossible to settle, when a fence dispute is at such a high level that it is not possible to go any higher. The U.S and Mexico have it good, in comparison.

Take a fence dispute between Satan and St. Peter, when Satan’s cows kept getting out at his portion of the fence that was in disrepair, when Satan refused to make repairs or bring the fence up to snuff, and when St. Peter told him: “Well, Buddy, then you leave me no choice. I’ll have to take you to court,” and Satan said: “Ha! Where’ll you get a lawyer?!” (Keep in mind that judges are lawyers, to.)

More: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/border-wall-house-republicans-donald-trump-taxpayers/index.html

The local seniors club keeps it door locked when no one is there. That is most definitely a wise thing to do, considering the frequent break-ins that happen in not only the business district but also in the residential areas of the thriving metropolis of Bruderheim, a town of about 1,500 residents in Alberta, Canada.

The property on which the seniors club is located does not have any fences, because as every farmer knows who has no trouble with keeping his cows at home, a fence around the property of the seniors club would be a challenge to be overcome by any juvenile delinquent. So, the seniors club may as well not have a fence around its property, as it would need constant repair. The seniors don’t have the money or the time to look after that. Where there is nothing, nothing needs repairing, and if there were any animals that would wander in and eat the grass, so much the better.

Fences or walls are only good if they keep things out and in, such as people whose qualities are not known, and illegal drugs. I don’t know all the details of what the exchange in unvetted, illegal immigrants and drugs is that goes the other way, but if there is any of that, Mexico does not seem to be concerned about the size of the influx of those from the U.S.

I have not been going to the seniors for a few years now, and I miss the 5 x 10 ft snooker tables, but I have a perfume sensitivity that gives me bad reactions. There is enough perfume at the seniors club to make it worse for me than playing Russian roulette with every chamber loaded. Reactions are certain to happen when I breathe in perfume (paint solvents do the same), but they vary in severity and don’t kill me, no more than bad colds do, which they resemble, and they last about as long.

My wife goes to the seniors club, and I’ll gave her a copy of this write-up, to immunize the members of the seniors club against ever getting the notion of building a fence around their property, through being able to contemplate the pros and cons of having fences.

As to the U.S.-Mexico border-wall (well, fence is more like it), neither Donald Trump nor Enrique Peña Nieto are members of the Bruderheim Seniors Club. Could someone be so good as to give them copies of this? 😉

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Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington (2017) was probably the single, most important event staged by feminists that evoked in the general public a rejection of feminism.

The highlights of the policy platform that were impressed upon the writers of the article covering the event were these (the impressions I took away from the media coverage are added in parentheses after each item in the list):

  • Reproductive rights (government funding of abortions and other forms of birth control);
  • Immigration reform (legalization of illegal immigration);
  • Healthcare reform (government funding of health care for women);
  • Religious discrimination (more government protection for Muslim U.S. women residents, the promotion of Sharia law for women, Burqas, Hijabs, polygamy, arranged marriages, etc.);
  • LGBTQ rights (more government promotion of LGBQT rights);
  • Gender and racial inequities (the elimination of those that are thought to favor men and Non-Hispanic whites);
  • Workers’ rights, and other issues (to make women “more equal” wherever they feel they are being discriminated against, regardless of the fact that women live on average five more years than men do), and
  • Environmental issues (apparently the oppressive EPA rules are not restrictive enough, although it is most definitely difficult to figure out why opposition to what made America great has become a women’s issue and how women’s objections to corporate profits will help women, unless women desire that the economy goes the route taken by Venezuela. After all, if corporate profits are to be eradicated, how will the government raise the tax revenues required to make women happy?).
    More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women’s_March#Policy_platform

The Women’s March on Washington (2017) was to become known for a visible symbol, pink Pussyhats, a play on vaginas, that was for many women not impressive enough, wherefore many of the marchers dressed up in costumes that were intended to resemble giant vaginas, apparently intended to instill fear in everyone who would think of resisting women power. There’s no accounting for taste.
More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women’s_March#Pussyhat_Project

The policy platform presented by feminism for the Women.s March on Washington (2017) was somewhat disorganized and unfocused, to say the least, even after a year of contemplating second thoughts, but it is a tough job finding gifts for women who have everything and are the envy of women in the world who line up to come to enjoy some of the plunder that is to be had in the land of plenty, the land of the most.

The policy platform for Women;s March (2018 edition)?  Who knows?

The beginning of the end of an era?

The preceding graph by Google Trends reflects the decline of the public’s interest in feminism, women’s rights, and women’s march (with the trend line for men’s rights – at a steady zero throughout the whole interval from Dec. 4, 2017 to Jan. 25. 2018 – providing a solid base line for reference).

With the Women’s March on Washington (2017), feminism “jumped the shark.” It was a flash-in-the-pan. After it was over, the public’s interest in feminism and women’s issues continued its downhill slide that was barely interrupted by half-hearted attempts at bringing about a repeat performance this year through an even less-focused and less-well organized Women’s March (2018 edition).

So, where will women’s rights go now? At least no one needs to worry about the decline of the public’s interest in men’s rights. Rock-bottom is a very stable position.

Popular interest in feminism and women’s rights shows
seasonal changes triggered by media and public relations efforts.

(Notice that the annual low points in January and July are being followed by peaks in July and November, respectively, while that pattern changed lately on account of the flagging interest generated by the Women’s March events.)

For public interest in men’s rights, any change will be an improvement.  Billions of dollars in annual funding for men’s rights would do wonders, but as of now there are no equal rights in those two sectors of public policy.  Women have the power.

Are the media letting an opportunity slip through their fingers?  Imagine what an ongoing, escalating media war promoting men’s rights against the overwhelming and now somewhat boring power of women rights could do for the ailing newspaper-publishing industry and for other major players in the main-stream media who wish that their ratings would improve.

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Censorship, FB joined Google in collaboration

Censorship by Google and Facebook is a reality that should be of great concern to lovers of freedom of expression and of freedom of choice.  It made me glad to see that Tucker Carlson (an American conservative political commentator for Fox News) and Mark Steyn (a Canadian author and political commentator) joined to discuss the social-media cartel’s increasing control of the Internet, and of ideas.

Justice needs to be done in  describing the combined influence of Google and FB.  It is not merely deliberate censorship that rules all.  Some of it happens by accident or perhaps on account of opportunities, an unavoidable consequence of a society that transformed itself, from having conversations via full sentences by talking face-to-face, to communicating in sound bites, images, icons and abbreviations by means of wagging thumbs instead of tongues.

In 1936 I was born into a totalitarian regime and became eventually educated by it, as well as that I came to experience its liberalization and gradual conversion to liberal totalitarianism that began during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  I developed an interest in how censorship works under the symbiosis or interplay of the three major forces that drive censorship: Government, business, and the propaganda machine.  Let there be no mistake.  Political parties no longer play dominating key roles but now have only supporting roles.  They are now just opportunists who run along or come along for the ride.  They come and go.  The three main players – government, business, and the propaganda machine – always are; they just adjust and develop the rules and the tools they use in shaping the circumstances to their liking.

The respective influences by the three players may vary a little with the progress of social evolution in a given country and now the world, but those are the three player positions filled by conglomerates of individuals and interest groups. It somewhat matters who has the ball at a given time, but the most important aspect of the game that they play – against those who don’t even have a copy of the rule book – is that the three players are a team that makes the masses react according to the script that the team uses for steering and controlling the masses.

During the Hitler era, propaganda was an art, but Hitler, as well as his Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels, had on their book shelves copies of the book, “Propaganda” by Edward Bernays.  They proudly showed that book to (especially) visitors from the United States, a book that they used as the instruction manual for forging the rise to power of the Nazi regime. That book laid the foundation for what propaganda has since become, a science.  Edward Bernays would not have been able to make the good living he did make from promoting the tools of propaganda if Hitler and Goebbels would have been the only ones who bought into his ideas.  Bernays had a large, world-wide market in which to sell his ideas, but the good, old U. S. of A. were his home base.

The censorship rule-book changes, as social evolution moves, say, from a dictatorship to a “free” society, but the actors imposing censorship that helps to move society into the direction desired by the movers and shakers of society bring their expertise to bear in a “free” society as much as they do under a dictatorship. They march under a different tune, but they still march. If given enough leeway and profit incentives, they essentially play the role of a military junta in a totalitarian regime of sort. They themselves get to determine what the tune is according to which a propaganda machine marches.  The propagandists are then no longer the tools of a totalitarian ruler but become themselves the rulers of the masses and of its “leaders” who, ideally, labour under the illusion that they have “freedom of choice” in a “free” society.

More realistically, the leaders in the know will ask or beg the propaganda machine to help them out.  Elected legislatures are thereby relegated to playing by the script designed by the team, having been “elected” by voters who chose them according to the same script.

It matters little from where the journey of a given country in the social evolution toward the desired end began. It does matter a lot that all sectors of the masses – countries, regions, factions, social institutions, and the whole population of the world – move into the desired direction.

In about 1989 I came to be one of the increasing numbers of members of the masses who rejoiced in being able to express themselves via the Internet, without any political constraints other than common sense and decency. I soon began to construct a website to give my urge to be able to express myself focus, that of a pro-family- and pro-father-rights activist. The website became popular and by 2007 experienced 1.5 million page views per year. Then, in the space of a little more than a year, and in leaps and bounds, the popularity of the website declined and caused the website to receive no more than about ten percent of the annual volume of traffic it had received in 2007.

Of course, I would have been a fool if I would not have tried to determine what the nature and causes of the massive decline in popularity were (even though the website was free of advertising and of any profit motivation). I described my experiences and what I had learned in a number of commentaries (some of which can – including corroborating evidence – be looked up at here: http://blog.fathersforlife.org/?s=censorship ), but it is not my intention here to draw attention to them.

I witnessed the gradual usurpation of the freedom of expression made available by the Internet and saw how that was done, first by Google, and then I saw Facebook join Google’s effort to usurp the Internet and to increasingly impose their joint-junta-style of dictatorial rule. The effects and consequences of that and what they mean to freedom of expression and our gradually losing it are summarized in Mark Steyn’s and Tucker Carlson’s discussion of the information monopoly.  We all now have to worry a lot about the information monopoly, but old codgers like I will soon be relieved from that duty.  I wish I could stick around to see how things will turn out in the end.

One thing is certain.  Compared to what is happening now (and it is still happening ever more, ever faster), as far as applied censorship and propaganda go, Hitler, Goebbels, Stalin and Mao Zedong were mere pikers.  They got their way using brute force.  Today’s team brought about far greater social reconstruction and changes using nothing more than gentle persuasion under the cloak of freedom of choice.  With apologies to Boss Tweed, the team does not care what the masses choose, as long as the team can decide what there is to choose from.

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Climate Projections — The devil is in the details

Some will say – for whatever reason – that the comparison of forecasts or climate projections vs. reality made here is not fair.  For unknown reasons, Facebook did not let me post this commentary.  When I tried, the commentary vanished into the unknown.  Perhaps that is because I used a title for it that had “devil” in it.  Maybe FB’s censorship algorithms deem it improper to use “Climate Projections” or “devil” in a FB posting.  Who knows?  It does not matter, but here is what I had tried to present.

Temperature forecast vs. actual reading

Temperature forecast vs. actual reading
for 2018 01 14 @ 14:00 hrs
Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada (°C)

Given the discrepancies between what was forecast, temperature-wise, for 2 pm today (2018 01 14) and what the reading on our thermometer was at 2 pm today, I have grave reservations regarding any climate modeler’s ability to forecast, predict, or project with any reasonable degree of accuracy what the local, regional or global temperature will be by the end of the century, a hundred years from now or for any time in the future that extends past four days from now.

NASA data cannot even be used to accurately calculate right now what the temperature should be in our backyard, so as to match what our thermometer tells us it is.

Climate projections are next to useless.

Temperature forecasts lack accuracy, compared to actual readings.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying that NASA or anyone else involved in trying to make accurate temperature- or weather-forecasts is doing a bad job of forecasting.  They are doing an excellent job of forecasting accurately for up to four days into the future.  They are doing the best they can with the tools they’ve got.  They can do no better.  The degree of accuracy they achieve is excellent and cannot be any better.  This is as good as it gets, and the accuracy achieved now is for one more day into the future than we could achieve before the advent of supercomputers.  The accuracy is not good.  It is lousy, but it is for one more day into the future, and that is the best that can be done.

Still, making weather or climate forecasts of acceptable accuracy for more than four days into the future is beyond the skills or abilities of anyone who tries to make them. There is a very good reason why climate modelers do not call their predictions of future weather or climate “forecasts” or “predictions.”  They call them “projections.”  The accuracy of projections for any time in the future can be no better than the consequences of applying a number of assumptions permit them to be.  No one knows right now whether those assumptions are sufficiently complete, accurate or precise to produce a specific extent of accuracy or precision of projections that are being made for the end of this century or a hundred years from now.

Besides, none of the predictors making climate projections right now for then will still be around to appreciate or not the credit for a job done well or the criticism of a job that eventually proved to be far off the mark.  So, why should anyone really care right now?  What incentive is there to make projections that come close to reality?  The makers of the projections cannot possibly be made to feel guilty.  They will be long dead by then.  The only parties who have reasons to complain are those who are footing the bills for the expenditures required to make projections that no one now paying for will see coming true or fail to do so.  So, whoever pays for it now really has nothing to complain about, right?  Besides, the precautionary principle employed by those who convince the payers to shell out dictates that it is better to make wrong predictions or predictions that cannot even be questioned than not to make any at all.

Weather- or climate -projections are the result of assumptions of what is needed to accurately project what the weather or climate may be like in the future, provided further assumptions of what assumptions must be made to make accurate projections are correct and that all of those assumptions can be successfully and correctly translated into algorithms that are properly and correctly translated into machine language.  Weather forecasters cannot even predict with reasonable accuracy what the weather conditions will be like five, six and seven days into the future, regardless of their long-range forecasts (which they give special distinction by calling them all sort of things, such as “future casts”) that they present in the smoke-and-mirror dog-and-pony show during the news hour on TV.  Nevertheless, they are being compelled to make those “future casts,” regardless of the fact that they are not good for many things of importance, except for gluing their captive audiences’ attention to the TV for a few more minutes to feed them more commercials while they’ve got their attention.  They do the best they can, but they cannot do better than NASA can, with respect to making accurate forecasts extending past four days, because they use the same data that is being used by NASA.

Climate modelling for periods extending much beyond the four days for which reasonably accurate forecasts can be made is essentially little or no more accurate than the reading of entrails done by shamans for producing predictions or projections of things to come.  Arguably, the activities of shamans to that aim are more environmentally-friendly than those of the climate modelers.

When a shaman is done with the reading of the entrails of the chicken he killed, he still can make chicken soup for himself and feed the chicken’s entrails to his dog.  When  climate modelers’ computers are superseded, the modelers will be left with a large assembly of electronic junk for which they had to pay large sums of money to acquire it and to operate, for which they will receive, when they must dispose of it, at best only a small fraction of the original purchase price.  They cannot even make soup from it, let alone feed any of the remaining refuse to their dogs.

Admittedly, climate modelers are easier to organize than it is to organize thousands of shamans.  It is easier to get climate modelers to use a standard language and normalized expressions than it is to get thousands of shamans to use standardized methods for killing vastly more chickens and using any sort of standardized approach for interpreting chicken entrails, but, hey, shamans can make good use of the remnants of the tools of their trade.  Climate modelers cannot.  That is progress?

At any rate, if anyone disagrees with what I have stated so far, I will without a doubt find out, provided they feel it is worth letting me know.  I don’t think it is worth saying more about the subject than I already did.  However, if anyone knows what climate models are good for, other than the creating of alarms, let me know about it, and tell me as well what acceptable standard was used to reach that judgment.

Nevertheless, don’t take my word for on any of it.  I am no expert and have nothing but common sense to guide me, but there is someone I put my trust in, Dr. Tim Ball, who discusses the history and accuracy of weather- and climate-forecasting in this: Government Weather and Climate Forecasts Are Failures.

Addendum (2018 01 17):
What purpose do climate projections serve?

Climate projection by model simulation

Climate projection by model simulation — Smoke and mirrors?
Apparently not a hindcast but a projection starting out from a 1900 baseline

(More links to articles on climate projections)

Climate projections serve to raise alarm, but

  • They are not forecasts;
  • They are inaccurate and cannot even accurately calculate what the correct temperature at a given time and location should be, so as to match what a temperature reading for a given time and place is or was;
  • They cannot possibly be close to being correct, unless it is by accident;
  • By the end of the century no one who made them now will be around to admit how wrong their climate projections were;
  • They are biased;
  • They cost an extraordinary amount of effort and money to be made, and
  • They are a prime example of government waste.
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Roman Warm Period : Timeline and Decline

The Roman Warm Period covered the interval from about 250 BC to about 400 AD.  It had helped to bring the Roman Empire to its apex, when the City of Rome had about one million residents.  The might, size and wealth of the Roman Empire declined when the Roman Warm Period came to an end.  The decline of the Roman Empire can be discerned in the trend of the size of the population of the City of Rome over time.
(The decline or shrinking of the population of the City of Rome happened within the context of decline and fall of the Roman Empire.  More on that context is addressed in What caused the decline and fall of the Roman Empire? , but weather events like those shown farther down in this blog posting played key roles.)

Roman Warm Period, Roman Empire and the population size of the City of Rome

Decline of Roman Empire reflected in the Population Trend of the City of Rome

There should be little doubt that the fate of the Roman Empire was strongly tied to the  Roman Warm Period that had helped to bring it to its apex and to the downturn in temperature trends that brought an end to the Roman Warm Period and continued long after.

Holocene Epoch: Subatlantic Chronozone

Holocene Epoch: Subatlantic Chronozone

The decline and fall of the Roman Empire initiated the European Dark Age (the Early Middle Ages, from about the 5th to the 10th century).  What the Barbarian Invasions –  motivated by Northern European tribes seeking warmer climes – began, the Islamic Conquest of the Middle East, Asia Minor, the Balkans and North Africa, finished with a vengeance. Beginning in 633 AD, a year after the death of Mohammed, the Islamic Conquest had expanded by 710 AD to include all of the regions of North Africa that bordered on the Mediterranean.  The Islamic Conquest was not finished.  In 711 AD it continued with the invasion and occupation of Spain.  That occupation came to an end in 1491 AD.  (More at The Islamic Invasion and Conquest of the Roman Empire — Crime of Opportunity)

Roman Warm Period and its Aftermath: Notable Weather Events

The weather events quoted here took place during and after the Roman Warm Period, until the time of the start of the Islamic Conquest of the World.  For records of subsequent weather events, refer to the Chronology that is the source of the quotes shown in the following.  The following quotes are only for instances of weather events whose descriptions contained the character strings: Rome, Danube, and Rhine, for the interval from 1 AD to 633 AD, the beginning of the Islamic Conquest of the World.

6 A.D. A famine struck Rome, Italy. 57, 72, 91
In the 43rd year of Augustus Caesar, a terrible famine struck Rome, Italy. Augustus sent away not only strangers but also most of his servants out of the city. [Because he could no longer feed them.] 72

15 A.D. In Rome, Italy, the Tiber River overflowed and did such serious damage that it was proposed in the Roman Senate to diminish its waters by diverting some of the chief tributaries.47, 92 Also refer to the section 14 A.D. – 15 A.D. for information on the famine in Ireland during that time frame.

52 A.D. A great famine struck Rome, Italy. 72

70 A.D. Tacitus reports that an unprecedented drought took place in the year 70. There was no water in the north of Gaul [western Europe] and the Rhine River in western Germany was barely seaworthy [because of the low water level].79

79 A.D. – 88 A.D. Italy. Famine There was a terrible period of suffering from 79 to 88 A.D. when the Roman world seemed to be shaken to its physical foundations. A devastating drought and famine swept over the Italian peninsula. It is said that 10,000 citizens died in a single day at Rome during its height. Tacitus left a grim picture of the distress and suffering. Houses were filled with dead bodies and the streets with funerals.84

154 A.D. In Rome, Italy in 154, during the 16th year of the reign of the emperor Antoninus, the city suffered from the following calamities. First the Tiber River overflowed its banks. Then a fire destroyed a greater part of the city. Then a famine swept away a great number of its citizens.92

175 A.D. A famine struck Rome, Italy. 57, 72, 91

189 A.D. A famine struck Rome, Italy. 72

191 A.D. A famine struck Rome, Italy. 72

192 A.D. A famine struck Ireland. Bad harvest caused general scarcity, mortality and immigration – “so the lands and houses, territories and tribes, were emptied.” 57, 91 A famine afflicted the city of Rome, Italy. 72

262 A.D. A famine at Rome, Italy attended by a plague.90

271 A.D. Of Rome in 484, or in the year 271 of the Christian era, the winter was so severe, that the snow covered the square in Rome, Italy to a height of several feet for 40 days.80

Winter of 298 / 299 A.D. Towards 299, the winter was very harsh in the north of Gaul [During the time of Ancient Rome, Gaul was a region of Western Europe encompassing present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, most of Switzerland, the western part of Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the left bank of the Rhine.]. 62 The winter of 299 A.D. was very severe in the north of France. 171

300 A.D. Start of the first phase of the Barbarian Invasions

The first phase of the Barbarian Invasions, from 300 AD – 500 AD, put Germanic peoples in control of most areas of what was then the Western Roman Empire. (More at Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migration_Period)

352 A.D. In England, the Severn valley flooded; great loss.47, 92 [Other sources place this flood in the year 350. 40, 43] In 352, Severn carried off much people and cattle.72 On 5 August 352 A.D., it snowed on the Esquiline (seven hills of Rome, Italy), in the heart of the Roman summer.171 In 352 A.D. during the period between 28 July and 26 August, there was a drought in China. 153

357 A.D. The summer drought of 357 allowed individuals to ford and cross the Rhine River in Germany. 79

377 A.D. In February 377 in northern Gaul, the barbarians cross the Rhine River on the ice. 79

410 A.D. In Rome, Italy, there was a famine followed by a plague.57, 72, 91 Under the Emperor Honorius (who reigned from 395 to 414), so great was the scarcity and dearth of victuals in Rome, Italy, that in the open marketplace, this voice was heard – set a price on man’s flesh. St. Jerome alluding to this plague, says: the rage of the starved with hunger broke forth into abominable excess, so as people mutually devoured the members of each other. Nay, even the tender mother spared not the flesh of her sucking child, but received him again into her bowels whom she had brought forth a little before.72 In Rome, Italy, when Lucius Minutius was first made overseer of the grain, many commoners left so that they should not be tortured with a long famine, covered their faces and cast themselves headlong into the Tiber River.72

449 A.D. In 449, there was a great famine in Italy. 128

450 A.D. In Gaul in the year 450, the weather seasons were extraordinary.79 In Rome, there was a famine followed by a plague.72 In Italy, there was a severe famine – so severe that parents ate their children.57, 90, 91 During the severe famine of 450 in Italy, the Roman emperor decreed that parents who sold their children into slavery had the right to purchase them back with a 20% surcharge.86 A grievous famine afflicted Italy, so that many people sold their children to buy food. This was followed by a plague.72 During the reign of Turgina about 450 A.D. there was a great famine in Kashmir region of India. This famine was attributed to frost.179 During the period between 24 August 450 and 16 May 451, there was a severe drought in China. 153

Winter of 461 / 462 A.D. Danube River was frozen. 1
– Theodomir (King Theodomir of the Ostragoths Amal) with his army crossed the ice on the frozen Danube River to avenge his brother’s death.
– The Var River in southeast France was frozen. 60, 62
– The winter in Swabia (currently a region of Bavaria, Germany) and Provence (a region of southeastern France) was very severe. 62
– In 462 A.D., the Var River in southeast France also froze completely.79
– The winter of 462 A.D. was very severe in Province, France. The Var River was frozen.171
– The Black Sea froze completely. The Rhône River in France was frozen across its width.61

480 A.D. The Tiber River in Rome, Italy froze over.33

500 A.D.  Start of the second phase of the Barbarian Invasions

The second phase of the Barbarian Invasions, from 500 AD – 700 AD, saw Slavic tribes settling in central and eastern Europe (notably in eastern Magna Germania), gradually making it predominantly Slavic. Additionally, Turkic tribes such as the Avars became involved in this phase. (More at Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migration_Period).

More at “The Islamic Invasion and Conquest of the Roman Empire — Crime of Opportunity

Winter of 507 / 508 A.D. Danube River was frozen over and more or less all the rivers of Europe were frozen.1
– So severe a frost all over Britain that the rivers were frozen up for about two months.
2, 40, 41, 42, 43, 47, 93
– In the year 507, the frost [in Britain] was the severest for 2 months.72
– In 508 A.D., there was a frost in Britain. All the rivers in Britain were frozen for over 2 months.212
– It was very cold in Britain and the rivers were frozen for 2 months.28
– In 559, the Danube River was frozen this winter.62
– In the year 559, the Bulgarians crossed the frozen Danube River, spread over the region of Thrace, and were close to the suburbs of Constantinople.62
– The winter of 559 A.D. [in France] was very severe in the south.171
– In 558, the River Thames in England was frozen for six weeks.29

565 A.D. There was a plague in Rome, Italy, from the rains and floods of 564.72

590 A.D. In Italy, there were great floods from tempest; followed by a plague.47, 72, 92 In 590, there were long rains and a plague after.72 In 590 A.D., there was a famine from a tempest that raised a great flood.57, 72, 91 Rain fell in the months of September and October incessantly for many days and raised such floods in all rivers and lakes in Italy, as to overflow their banks and drown an infinite number of people and cattle. The rain was accompanied by tremendous tempest of thunder and lightning. The river Tiber swelled so high that all the fields, which were not hilly and mountainous, were overflowed. Many people believed it was a second great flood. In Rome, Italy, the Tiber swelled so high that in some places it reached to, and in other places overflowed the cities high walls. And the water rushed in with such fury that is spoiled and defaced the greatest part of the buildings that were near the river. When the floods ceased, the fields were so soft and covered with slime and mud, that they could not be tilled or sown, hence a general famine. The flood not only demolished many stately buildings and ancient monuments, but also got into the church granaries, and carried away many thousand measures of wheat. After the flood, the river brought down innumerable multitude of serpents, and among them a monstrous great one as big as a great beam. All these serpents were swimming down the river into the sea, where they choked, and their carcasses being cast on the shore. There they rotted and by the stench of the slime and mud and excessive moisture, and the air was so corrupted, that a most desolating plague ensued over all Italy, Spain and France. The plague raged and laid waste to many towns. In many 2/3 of the people died. It was most severe at Rome, followed by Liguria [in the coastal region of northwestern Italy] and the Venetian territories [in northeastern Italy], both by floods, famine and plague.72 [The source identified this flood in the year 588 or 589 A.D..] Powerful rains with violent thunder produced severe flooding in Western Europe. These heavy rains reigned in the fall of 590.79 591 A.D. Following the heavy rains, and disastrous floods of 590 AD, the year 591 produced a drought in Western Europe. 79 The summer of 591 A.D.was unusually hot [in France]. 171 The year 591 A.D. in Western Europe was divided as it were between an excessive droughts, which ruined all the meadows, and heavy rainfalls followed by floods, which destroyed much of the hay harvest.79 The excessive dryness of 591 A.D. in Western Europe consumed all the fields.79

592 A.D. There was a drought that lasted from 10 January to September, along with a plague of locust. This produced a famine. 57, 72, 91
There was a remarkably great drought from January to September, attended with a grievous famine and great swarms of locusts, which for two years ate up every green thing and caused a terrible famine in Italy. But they continued for 5 years in Capitaneo, then shifted to another province.72 [Capitaneo may have been end of the Italian peninsula near Bari in the southern Adriatic.]

Winter of 592 / 593 A.D. It was in southern Gaul [Western Europe] such a severe winter that no one living ever remembered a similar winter.62 The winter of 593 was “unprecedented” and extremely harsh in Provence, France. 171

Source: “A Chronological Listing of Early Weather Events,” 7th Edition, by James A. Marusek

Last but not least (and there are many more instances of weather events during the interval for European regions and specific locations), when the Roman Warm Period was definitely over,  came the Islamic Invasion and occupation of most of what was left of the Roman Empire:

In 633 AD The Islamic Invasions of the Middle East, Egypt, all of North Africa, as well as much of Europe, began after the death of Mohammed (632 AD).
More at “The Islamic Invasion and Conquest of the Roman Empire — Crime of Opportunity

References (for  the quotes above that were excerpted from “A Chronological Listing of Early Weather Events,” 7th Edition, by James A. Marusek)

1. Charles Peirce, A Meteorological Account of the Weather in Philadelphia from January 1, 1790 to January 1 1847, Lindsay & Blakiston, Philadelphia, 1847.

2. The Tablet of Memory; showing every Memorable Event in History, from the Earliest Period to the Year 1817. Thirteenth Edition, London, 1818.

28. Christopher Chatfield, Landmarks of World History: The Gallery of Natural Phenomena, 2010, URL:
http://www.phenomena.org.uk/Landmarks_index.htm [cited 19 June 2010].

29. Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide: Frost Fairs, URL: http://thames.me.uk/s00051.htm [cited 20 June 2010].

33. List of Rivers and Harbors that Use to Freeze, 19 December 2009, JP Simon URL: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2508261/when_is_the_last_time_new_york_harbor.html?cat=37 [cited 23 June 2010]

40. Tablet of Memory, Shewing Every Memorable Event in History from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, Fifth Edition, 1783, G. Robinson, London.

42. William Darby, Mnemonika or the Tablet of Memory, being a Register of Events from the Earliest Period to the Year 1829,
Edward J. Coale, Baltimore, 1829.

43. The New Tablet of Memory; or, Mirror of Chronology, History, Statistics, Arts, and Sciences, from the Earliest Period to the Year 1838, Fifteenth Edition, 1838, Longman et. al., London.

47. (Royal) Journal of the Statistical Society, Volume XLI – Year 1878, London, Edward Stanford, 1878.

57. Cornelius Walford, The Famines of the World: Past and Present, Edward Stanford, London, 1879

60. M. Benoist, Dictionnaire de Géographie Sacrée et Ecclésiastique (Volume 3), Paris, 1848.

61. Bulletin de la Société Departmentale D’Archéologie et de Statistique de la Drome, Au Secrétariat de la Société, Valence,

62. Franz Arago’s Sämmtliche Werke (Volume 8), Verlag von Otto Wigand, Leipzig, 1860.

72. Thomas Short, A General Chronological History of Air, Weather, Seasons, Meteors in Sultry Places and different Times, London, Volumes 1 & 2, 1749.

79. Joseph-Jean-Nicolas Fuster, Des Changements dans le Climat de la France, Histoire de ses Révolutions Météorologiques, Paris, 1845.

80. Filosofia della Statistica esposta da Melchiorre Gioja, Tomo Primo, Milano, 1826

84. Ralph A. Graves, Fearful Famines of the Past, The National Geographic Magazine, Volume XXXII, No. 1, July 1917

86. Cormac Ó Gráda, Famine: A Short History, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009.

90. Benjamin Vincent, Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1893.

91. Cornelius Walford, The Insurance Cyclopaedia, Volume III, London & New York, 1874.

92. Cornelius Walford, The Insurance Cyclopaedia, Volume IV, London, 1876.

93. Cornelius Walford, The Insurance Cyclopaedia, Volume V, London, 1878.

128. Chronology of Public Events and Remarkable Occurrences within the Last Fifty Years or from 1771 to 1821, London

153. Shan-yu Yao, Floods and Droughts in Chinese History, their Distribution and Correlation, 206 B.C – 1911 A.D., University of Pennsylvania, Thesis, 1941.

171. Meteoromandie.ch, Evénements météorologiques de l’an zéro à l’an mil, URL: http://www.meteoromandie.ch/almanach-0- 1000.php [cited 7 June 2012].

179. Prithwis Chandra Ray, Indian Famines: Their Causes and Remedies, Calcutta, 1901.

212. E.J. Lowe, Natural Phenomena and Chronology of the Seasons, London, 1870.
Source: “A Chronological Listing of Early Weather Events,” 7th Edition, by James A. Marusek

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2017 — Most popular posts at dads&things

dads&things had a total of 15,138 views of postings in 2017.  Here is a list of the 11 most popular posts and their links.


    Guest post by Roger Eldridge, National Mens Council of Ireland

  2. Indian men’s suicides reached epidemic proportions

  3. Violence: A crime most often committed by women

  4. Fathers rights organizations in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  5. Second World War – Bombing of the German Cities

  6. Albanien: Schwurjungfrauen entsagtem dem Sex und übernahmen die Rolle des Mannes

  7. Is the MGTOW phenomenon a good thing or not?

  8. Renewable energy neither practical nor viable

  9. Tom Ball’s last statement a message for all

  10. Men’s suicides in India inequality-driven

  11. dads&things at WordPress received “Badge of Recognition”

And once more, A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all,


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Little Ice Age — Climate Trend Milestone?

The Little Ice Age (LIA) received much attention by those who were affected by it.  Much was written about it, and most of that was forgotten again.


The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) discussed the Medieval Warm Period (from about 950 to about 1250) and the subsequent Little Ice Age (from about 1300 to about 1850) in section 7 of the IPCC 1 [1990] climate report, from which a Figure 7c became a somewhat-less-than-commonly-used image, at times presented as evidence of that both the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age had occurred.  The image does not quite match current standards for graphic presentations of data, is often not attributed to a specific author but was frequently attributed to Hubert H. Lamb,  Ph,D. (22 September 1913 – 28 June 1997), who had founded the Climatic Research Unit in 1972 in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.  Hubert H. Lamb is considered by many to have been the father (or at least one of the fathers) of modern climate science.

The Little Ice Age per Hubert H. Lamb

The Little Ice Age (attributed to Hubert H. Lamb)
(See an excellent analysis by Steve McIntyre of the origin of the graph, of what it represents and how accurate it is:
Where did IPCC 1990 Figure 7c Come From?“)

Birth of the Climate Hockey-Stick Graph

The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age regained prominence once more, lately, when Michael E. Mann produced a graph which showed a global temperature trend that glared by the absence of all evidence of not only the Little Ice Age but also of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP).

The Little Ice Age per Michael Mann — The LIA vanished

The Little Ice Age per Michael E. Mann — The MWP and the LIA vanished; shades of gray or of what?

Mark Steyn: "A Disgrace to the Profession"

by Mark Steyn
Cover of book

Michael E. Mann’s “Hockey-Stick Graph,” as it became known, caused many people in global-warming circles to love it, and many others — skeptics of the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) — to write much about it, thereby to enable Michael E. Mann to acquire much infamy.  For instance, Michael E. Mann took Tim Ball, a venerable, retired Canadian Climate scientist, to court for making an off-hand, humorous remark about Michael E. Mann, for having stated that the latter should not be at Penn State (University) but in the state pen.  Michael E. Mann, for similar reasons, also sued Mark Steyn, an internationally renowned conservative journalist.  Mark Steyn was nevertheless not deterred by that.  Between court hearings of Michael E, Mann’s lawsuit against him, he penned a well-selling book about the affair of Michael E. Mann’s Hockey Stick graph.

The Medieval Warm Period had made all of the then known civilization thrive.  Amongst other things, it helped the emergence of a construction boom in Gothic cathedrals in Europe, motivated the Vikings to settle in Greenland, and it caused the emergence of a burgeoning sector of agriculture, involving vineyards, the growing and harvesting of grapes, and a wine production in England rivaling that of France.  Olive trees were cultivated in Germany, as stated in this,

Grapes were grown in England several hundred kilometers
north of their current limits of growth, and subtropical
flora such as fig trees and olive trees grew in regions
of Europe (northern Italy and parts of Germany) well
north of their current range. Geological evidence indicates
that mountain glaciers throughout Europe retreated
substantially at this time, relative to the glacial advances of
later centuries (Grove and Switsur, 1994)
Source: Medieval Climatic Optimum
Michael E Mann
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Michael E. Mann deliberately obscured, in reports he produced later, that the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age were of global significance, ignoring all evidence to the contrary and argued that they were merely local phenomena that had affected only Europe.

Debunking the Climate Hockey-Stick Graph

Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, Ph,D, debunked the claims by Michael E, Mann that his arguments against the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age had any scientific validity.  They demonstrated, furthermore, that Michael E. Mann had used dubious means for constructing the blade for his Hockey Stick Graph.  He had tacked late modern temperature readings to the shaft of his hockey stick that was based on calculations of temperature values constructed from estimates of temperature proxies such as the measurements of tree rings.  It is a scientific “no-no” to mix different sources of data in that manner, but that was not all.

Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick  analyzed all of it and published their findings in this:


Stephen McIntyre
512-120 Adelaide St. West, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5H 1T1;

Ross McKitrick
Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario Canada N1G2W1.


The data set of proxies of past climate used in Mann, Bradley and Hughes (1998, “MBH98” hereafter) for the estimation of temperatures from 1400 to 1980 contains collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, incorrect calculation of principal components and other quality control defects. We detail these errors and defects. We then apply MBH98 methodology to the construction of a Northern Hemisphere average temperature index for the 1400-1980 period, using corrected and updated source data. The major finding is that the values in the early 15th century exceed any values in the 20th century. The particular “hockey stick” shape derived in the MBH98 proxy construction – a temperature index that decreases slightly between the early 15th century and early 20th century and then increases dramatically up to 1980 — is primarily an artefact of poor data handling, obsolete data and incorrect calculation of principal components.

More at Steve McIntyre’s blog, and far more yet can be accessed through the linked index there.

Critics of Michael E. Mann and MBH98 were and are not so much upset by that proxies were used and that the interval was arbitrarily truncated, but that unreliable proxies were used wrongly and had tacked to them values calculated from actual temperature readings for the late 20th century, that it was not the result of a scientifically correct and trustworthy effort, and that it uses selected data and weighted it preferentially and unacceptably to strengthen the desired argument.  Moreover, it was noted by critics that data that did not fit the argument made by the report had been discarded or given less weight than preferred data.

Temperature measurements via thermometers was not done, globally and reliably, until after reliable thermometers and methods to use them spread, globally.  Proxies exist and are ever more often discovered and examined to yield data from which trustworthy [and of course at times not so trustworthy] estimates [are produced] of what temperature trends were in ever more locations all over Earth, for when no thermometers existed. A collection of indicators of such studies can be examined at the website of CO2 Science, for example, identifying proxies that show evidence of the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age being found all over the Earth, in this:

Aftermath (added 2018 01 05):

Climate Hockey-Graph vs. objective science

Michael E. Mann on the left, Tim Ball on the right

Penn State climate scientist, Michael ‘hockey stick’ Mann commits contempt of court in the ‘climate science trial of the century.’ Prominent alarmist shockingly defies judge and refuses to surrender data for open court examination. Only possible outcome: Mann’s humiliation, defeat and likely criminal investigation in the U.S.

The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball (above, right) is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat is set to send shock waves worldwide within the climate science community as the outcome will be both a legal and scientific vindication of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that climate scare stories are a “hoax.”…. (More)

Anecdotal information on notable weather events during the LIA, their manifestations and impacts

Just a few examples from a much larger Chronology (the body of the text of is very large and contains more detailed summaries of the items in the list):

  • The “Great Storm” that had the intensity of a major Category 2 hurricane which struck England in November 1703.
  • The severity of winter in the Upper Midwest of the United States during the last Little Ice Age. Refer to the winters of 1680/1681 and 1747/1748.
  • The massive firestorm that raced through Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan and into Ontario, Canada in 1871.
  • The severe winter of 1683/1684 when the English Channel froze.
  • The drought in Egypt due to a lack of the annual inundation of the Nile River that resulted in the Great Famine of 1199‐1202.
  • The global droughts and famines of 1783‐1785, 1876‐1879, and 1895.
  • The three forms of microscopic diamond dust ice crystal (hexagon plates, hexagon columns and the deadly long prisms). The latter type occurs in diamond dust icefalls called by the American Indian name “pogonip” which translates to “white death”.
  • The great storms that struck the Spanish fleet in the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean during the summer of 1591.
  • The severe winters of 642, 763/764, and 775 when the Black Sea froze. [That happened after end of the Roman Climate Optimum.]
  • The effects of the Tambora volcanic eruption of 10 April 1815 which caused “a year without summer” in 1816.
  • The great Atlantic hurricane of 9‐16 October 1780.
  • The Great September hurricanes of 1752, 1782 and 1804.
  • The Great Storm that struck Wales during the winter of 1171/1172.
  • The “day of darkness” in New England that occurred on 19 May 1780.
  • The great flood of 48 A.D and the great storm of 67 A.D. that struck England.
  • A typical winter in Boston Massachusetts towards the end of the last Little Ice Age. (Refer to the winter of 1771/1772.)
  • The thunder storm that struck Greenland in 1755.
  • The avalanche of snow in Italy in 1755.
  • The Atlantic hurricanes of 1553, 1559, 1590, 1591, 1600, 1601, 1605, 1622, 1644, 1666, 1680, 1689, 1694, 1715, 1719, 1722, 1747, 1751, 1752, 1766, 1767, 1768, 1772, 1775, 1776, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1784, 1785, 1791, 1800, 1804, 1813, 1815, 1817, 1825, 1831, 1870, 1873, 1893, 1899, and 1900.
  • Typhoons/Cyclones that struck
    — China in 1166, 1474, 1748, 1822, 1862, 1874, and 1881.
    — Vietnam 1881.
    — Bangladesh in 1584, 1699, 1737, 1767, 1787, 1822, 1831, 1876, 1886, and 1897.
    — India in 1737, 1749, 1782, 1789, 1833, 1839, 1854, 1864, 1867, 1875, 1876, 1882, and 1886.
    — Australia in 1795, and 1899.
    — Japan in 1828.
  • The great lightning storm that struck southern France in 753.
  • Powerful storms that struck the coasts of France, Spain and England in 1751.
  • The Powerful storm that struck the western coast of England in 1757.
  • The great winters in Germany in 760/761, 1019/1020.
  • The Canadian winter of 1741/1742.
  • The severe European winters of 566/567, 821/822, 859/860, 874/875, 993/994, 1076/1077, 1114/1115, 1132/1133, 1149/1150, 1216, 1233/1234, 1305/1306, 1323/1324, 1363/1364, 1407/1408, 1433/1434, 1459/1460, 1490/1491, 1564/1565, 1594/1595, 1607/1608, 1620/1621, 1621/1622, 1657/1658, 1669/1670, 1680/1681, 1683/1684, 1691/1692, 1708/1709, 1739/1740, 1748/1749, 1753/1754, 1762/1763, 1766/1767, 1775/1776, 1781/1782, 1783/1784, 1784/1785, 1788/1789, 1794/1795, 1798/1799, 1812/1813, 1819/1820, 1829/1830, and 1844/1845.
  • The Chinese winters of 1445/1446, 1510, 1574, 1627/1628, 1655, 1691, 1749, 1751/1752, and 1863/1864.
  • The severe North American winters of 1696, 1697, 1716/1717, 1740/1741, 1742/1743, 1747/1748, 1761/1762, 1764/1765, 1765/1766, 1771/1772, 1779/1780, 1783/1784, 1786/1787, 1798/1799, 1799/1800, 1804/1805, 1806/1807, 1814/1815, 1816/1817, 1820/1821, 1830/1831, 1834/1835, 1835/1836, 1856/1857, 1863/1864, 1883/1884, 1884/1885, and 1898/1899.
  • The winters when the Nile River froze: 829/830, 1011, and 1691/1692.
  • The great winters of 1783/1784 and 1784/1785 in the Northern Hemisphere, followed by great spring floods as the snow melted.
  • Mild Russian winters of 1303/1304, 1753/1754, 1758/1759, 1818/1819, and 1821/1822.
  • This chronology is overflowing with times of Great Famines. Famines caused by excessive rainfall, droughts, hailstorms, severe winters, and summers robbed of the sun’s heat.  Here are but a few examples:
    — China in 463-464, 1033, 1328, 1333-1337, 1354, 1458, 1476, 1522, 1787, 1810-1811, 1846, 1849, and 1875-1878.
    — Japan in 626, 1230, and 1782-1788.
    — Korea in 1784.
    — India in 942, 1022, 1052, 1327, 1345, 1396, 1556, 1596, 1630-1631, 1661, 1769-1770, 1780-1784, 1790-1792, 1802-1807, 1810, 1812-1813, 1823, 1832-1835, 1865-1866, 1868-1870, 1873-1874, 1876-1878, and 1896-1900.
    — Bangladesh in 1780-1784, and 1873-1874.
    — Pakistan in 1780-1784.
    — North Africa in 484 and 1784-1785.
    — Egypt in 966/967, 1064-1071, 1199-1202, and 1784-1785
    — Iran in 1870-1872.
    — Western Europe in 1033.
    — England in 310, 680, 700, 1004-1016, 1234, 1239, 1257-1259, and 1314-1316.
    — Ireland in 963-964, 1116, and 1845-1851.
    — France in 869, and 1030-1032.
    — Scotland in 936-939, 954, and 1695-1699.
    — Italy in 410, 450, 538, 776, 1230, and 1347.
    — Belgium in 1587.
    — Germany in 1310-1319, 1347, and 1772.
    — Poland and Bohemia in 1281, 1312, 1315, 1737, and 1770.
    — Hungary in 1505, 1782, and 1808.
    — Finland and Estonia in 1695-1697, and 1867-1868.
    — Russia in 1024, 1128, 1212, 1215, 1230, 1445, 1600-1602, 1701, and 1891-1892.
    — Turkey in 1873-1876.
    — Mexico in 1454, and 1785-1786.
    — Cape de Verde Island and the Island of Sumatra in 1775.
  • The tornado that struck Charleston, South Carolina in 1761.
  • The ice hill at Shanghai, China during the winter of 1769/1770.
  • The dense fog in the Netherlands during the winter of 1790/1791.
  • The great hailstorm of 13 July 1788. [page 870]….
  • [and much, much more….]
    Source: “A Chronological Listing of Early Weather Events,” 7th Edition, James A. Marusek

Anyone who reads through the Chronology will be left with the firm impression that it is not so much warmth and warmer weather that kill, but that cold and cold climates are absolutely deadly and far more dangerous to human health, life and civilization.

A Cold Spell (2017 12 17 – 2018 01 2) and how it fits into the Scientific Climate Record Trend

Our severe cold spell (it is not really all that bad, as far as cold spells go) began 2017 12 17 and received first attention by the media and others on about Christmas Eve, when temperatures had fallen so low that no one could avoid noticing that it had become bitter cold and would remain so for some days in all or most of North America.  I summarized some of the comments I had posted on Facebook about that, elaborated on them and published that summary in the form of a blog posting (2017 12 29) at dads&things.

The Little Ice Age was merely one of the latest of such events (the current Modern Climate Optimum is neither all that remarkable nor optimal) in a very long string of similar ones that had contributed to a very gradual cooling of our globe during the last 9,000 years or so.  No one in the world knows why the long-term global cooling trend should stop now, reverse and turn colder (or much warmer yet), any time soon or at all.  We have not experienced statistically significant global warming for close to 30 years now. No one graduating from high school and entering college has ever seen or experienced any of it.

The Little Ice Age in the greater context — It cannot be erased.

The Little Ice Age in the greater context — It cannot be erased. There are simply too many places where the erasing would have to be done. The truth cannot remain hidden.

In the much longer term of the life of our globe, for the last 4.5 billion years, neither the Medieval Warm Period nor the Little Ice Age mean much, nor can they even be noticed in any graph of the long-term trends of either temperatures or atmospheric CO2 content, but it is unavoidable to notice that it not atmospheric CO2 content that drove the climate history of Earth.

Geological Time Scale — CO2 vs. Temp, 4.5 billion years to now

Geological Time Scale — CO2 vs. Temp, 4.5 billion years to now

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all (and make sure to keep warm),

Walter H. Schneider,
Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada
P.S. A the time of writing this, 2017 12 31 13:40 hrs, the current temperature had warmed up considerably.  It was a relatively balmy -22.3°C, the sky cloudless and a bright blue, and the wind was very slight.  It was comfortable inside.   Let’s hope that the price of natural gas will not rise too much (ostensibly to cure us from being addicted to keeping our homes warm and comfortable, so as to allegedly have us help to pay for mitigating measures that will keep the globe from burning us to cinders).

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