Archive for January, 2010

Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Energy: 100,000+ views in 8 months

January 23, 2010

“Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Energy”

Our little YouTube recently topped 100,000 views, in the 8 months since it was posted in May 2009.

If you haven’t seen it, take a look, and pass the link along.

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We’re Sorry: No Glacial Meltdown in Himalayas (IPCC)

January 22, 2010

I recall the New Scientist magazine which created the furor over the Himalayas was among the untrustworthy "science news" magazines to regularly edit out any authentic criticism of the CO2 theory, and to censor comments by dissenting scientists on their website. Anyone who dared to question the CO2 theory had their comments routinely erased. I know because I was one of them. Philosophically, these scientistic cheaters are the same kind of people who burned Reich’s books, and then toasted each other after he was thrown in prison for daring to defend those same books.

J.D.

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World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6991177.ece

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

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UN Retreats from alarmist claims:

UN climate chief admits mistake on Himalayan glaciers warning

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6994774.ece

The UN’s top climate change body has issued an unprecedented apology over its flawed prediction that Himalayan glaciers were likely to disappear by 2035.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said yesterday that the prediction in its landmark 2007 report was “poorly substantiated” and resulted from a lapse in standards. “In drafting the paragraph in question the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly,” the panel said. “The chair, vice-chair and co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of IPCC procedures in this instance.”

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Prepare for more of this back-peddling…

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Met Office computer accused of ‘warm bias’ by BBC weatherman

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1243846/Met-Office-accused-warm-bias-BBC-weatherman.html

A BBC weather forecaster has suggested that the Met Office’s super-computer has a ‘warm bias’ which has stopped it predicting bitterly cold spells like the one we have just endured.

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Update on the Saharasia Webpage

January 17, 2010

Update on the Saharasia Webpage
http://www.saharasia.org

I’ve just added an introductory statement to the webpage presenting my Saharasia findings, to re-emphasize the key facts which still are being widely ignored by the academic world. That statement is reproduced below, and it seems also an opportune moment to re-inform the OBRL News and Quarterly subscribers about the work, in case you are not yet familiar with it.

Readers of the works of Wilhelm Reich will not be ignorant of the introductory declarations I give below, though many may not yet appreciate how exactly and powerfully my Saharasia work has validated and proven Reich’s original and uncompromised theory on the origins of human violence and patriarchal authoritarian society, and solved also the riddle of the origins of human armoring.

Note that the summary article on Saharasia is now available for free internet reading in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Greek and Turkish.
From here: http://www.saharasia.org

We are also seeking volunteer translators to draft this same summary article into other world languages, such as Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. It is critical that the findings spread into the Saharasian regions specifically.

If you haven’t got the book, it can be ordered from the links below.

Thanks for your interest,

James DeMeo, PhD.
Ashland, Oregon, USA

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Human Violence is Unnatural.

Perpetual War is Not Inevitable.


The Human Species is By Nature Loving, Cooperative and Peaceful.


Those are the findings from James DeMeo’s Saharasia!

http://www.saharasia.org

James DeMeo’s Saharasia is the largest and most in-depth scholarly study on human behavior and social violence around the world which has ever been undertaken. The findings summarized in Prof. DeMeo’s book cover the entire globe, from early prehistory into modern times, integrating on world-maps a full sweep of standard research data from the fields of archaeology and history, plus an in-depth cross-cultural review and mapping of data from over 1000 distinctly different human societies, from standard anthropological data bases. It employed standard cross-cultural correlation tables on over 60 different variables, plus geographical mapping and quadruple blind research procedures to insure objectivity, and all the basic starting assumptions are clearly elucidated in advance. The work also incorporates his own personal field research in the deserts of the Middle East and Southwestern USA. No great knowledge of maths or scientific methods is required to follow the logic and research to their conclusions, though the book is clearly written for scholars. An early period of generally peaceful social conditions is documented in prehistory, but with a major shift towards patriarchal-authoritarian and decidedly violent social conditions across the Saharasian region after a major climate-shift from wet grassland-forest conditions towards harsh desert conditions at c.5000-4000 BC. Major epochs of cultural diffusion are also presented on maps, showing how violent patriarchal authoritarian, sex-repressive and child-abusive behaviors were carried outward from their Saharasian origins to nearly every corner of the globe. It presents previously-unknown geographical patterns in dozens of different human behaviors, beliefs and social institutions representative of human violence and warlike aggression, such as slavery, castes, genital mutilations and a low women’s status. The findings have been praised by many, published in scientific journals and magazines, cited repeatedly, but in largest measure have been willfully censored out of the discussion by most within the editorial power-circles of modern academics and mainstream journalism, which continues to embrace the flawed and disproven theories of "violent genes" or other "original sin" concepts. None of those theories, nor anything like them, can stand in the face of the new evidence presented in Prof. DeMeo’s Saharasia.

To order the book from the OBRL on-line bookstore,
See the left-hand side listing of books at this website:
http://www.naturalenergyworks.net

To order the book on-line from Amazon.com,
which offers it at a better shipping rate for overseas.
http://www.amazon.com/SAHARASIA-Origins-Sex-Repression-Warfare-Violence/dp/0962185558

CO2 Theory Hit Hard by Recent Global Cooling

January 16, 2010

A very stable or cooling trend has developed in global temperatures for about a decade, in spite of CO2 levels continuing to rise. This winter has been mild on the West Coast USA, so far, but the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been plunged into an ice-box. If the measure of a theory is its ability to predict events or things, then one must question the CO2-theory of global warming, for the very fact that no warming has factually proceeded in a manner which reflects the slow and constant rise of CO2 levels. Not now, and not in the most recent or ancient past either.

One of the most recent and telling studies on this was done by the CO2-warming advocates themselves. In a short Supplement paper titled "Do global temperature trends over the last decade falsify climate predictions?" by J. Knight, et al (Bul. Am. Met. Soc., Aug. 2009, page S22-S23) the authors presented a temperature data graph clearly showing a flattening of temperature over the last decade. The graphic is reproduce here, showing two temperature lines. The upper two grey and blue temperature lines are the actual measurement variations (anomaly) from combined land and oceans data, as compared to 1961 to 1990 climatological averages. The upper grey line is the actual combined land-sea data, while the upper blue line indicates the same data minus the effects of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) — a well known and powerful thermal-warming anomaly in the central Pacific Ocean which affects weather globally. The lower blue temperature line is the ENSO itself, offset by -0.5 degrees to make it visible. These graphs indicate a leveling-out of land-sea temperature trends over the last decade, and the powerful effect of the ENSO upon the land-sea temperature data overall — most notably the strong El-Nino events of 1987-88 and 1998. But there also is a lot missing from this graphic, which in spite of theoretical arguments does validate the current period of temperature stabilization in the absence of the ENSO, a natural climatic event which has been traced as far back as c.4000 BC.

Of course, this paper came from the same Hadley-CRU unit in the UK which is today caught up in a scandal of accusations that they have been fudging their figures, and also back-stabbing and censoring their critics. So the overall trend towards higher temperatures even with ENSO subtracted, gives one legitimate reasons for skepticism. Not surprisingly, the paper concluded that global warming WILL continue in spite of the obvious flattening or cooling of the temperature data for recent years. Interestingly, the UK Met office posted a summary of the paper which can be downloaded from internet:
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2009/global_temperatures_09.pdf

Of course, the data did not support the Hadley-CRU predictions from c.2000, that more heating would continue and the world would roast. Temperatures stabilized and in fact, starting around 2008, global temperatures and the Northern Hemisphere in particular began to significantly chill down. America, Europe and Asia were plunged into a dramatic deep-freeze (as documented below) starting shortly after this 2009 paper with the temperature graph was published. You will note on the upper part of the graph how the 2008-2009 Northern Hemisphere winter period showed a steep decline towards the zero line. The 2009-2010 winter, not plotted on the graph, will show something similarly chilly once the global data are evaluated. Winters in the Southern Hemisphere tend to be more moderate by all measures, given the greater influence of the larger southern oceans.

But lets speak more generally about the temperature trends. Global temperatures also cooled for the period c.1940-1975, deliberately not shown on this Hadley-CRU data curve, with other short-term periods of cooling, irrespective of the El Nino signals. Overall, the two major trends are:

1. The Earth’s overall temperature has been slowly recovering — warming — over the last several hundred years from the cold conditions of the Little Ice Age (LIA), which was at its most cold and chilly in the 1700s, and ended only around 1850. That’s why nearly all the graphs of global temperature show a steady increase since that time, and why some mountain glaciers (but not all) which expanded dramatically during the LIA continue to slowly melt back today. And that is also why the CO2-deceivers will always show graphs of global temperatures starting only after the LIA, so as to dramatically inflame people’s fears about global warming, and to blame the Evil Capitalist West and the Industrial Revolution (which began in earnest only in the early 1800s) for the warming. But before the LIA there was the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), which was warmer than today, with even smaller Alpine glaciers, and a lot less Arctic floating and coastal-ice, with far fewer icebergs and calmer North Atlantic seas — allowing the Vikings to sail out in their low-draft long-boats to establish colonies on Iceland and SW Greenland, and for vineyards to flourish in higher latitudes which today would be too chilly for grapes and such, and without significant sea-level rise or problems with polar bear or penguin populations. Those Arctic species are doing better today than they were 50 years ago, due to continued wildlife protections. What problems have come for polar wildlife has more to do with human hunting and loss of wild-land habitat, than to climate changes or ice abundance. In short, "old-fashioned" environmental issues need a re-emphasis, not the new hocus-pocus of CO2 fabrications and hysteria.

2. The El Nino Southern Oscillation, which has been episodic since thousands of years ago, creates warm temperatures in the Pacific without any human agency, and this has a powerful effect upon global temperatures, as noted above in the graphic. The ENSO has the strongest correlations to the periods of greatest global temperature rise over the period of record. The peak temperatures of the 20th Century were either during the 1930s and in the late 1990s, times of powerful El Nino episodes. So whatever is driving the longer-term climate cycles which gave us the MWP and LIA, there is an additional factor which gives us the ENSO. All of it affects global temperature, and this does not even begin to address the issue of what created the major Ice Ages and the Interglacial Periods, of which human beings have enjoyed since c.10,000 BC. Ocean temperatures have a powerful effect upon air temperatures, affecting atmospheric humidity and cloud cover most dramatically, far more than the natural trace-gas CO2, which the oceans, volcanoes and even plow agriculture releases into the atmosphere at levels far greater than what is created by burning of fossil fuels.

Anyone with even a short memory will recall how the CO2 fanatics denied and denied any cooling was taking place at all until just most recently, when they had a hard time explaining the icicles hanging from everyone’s noses. Everyone also witnessed the remarkable fact that nearly every "Global Warming Conference" on the planet was greeted with blizzards and snowstorms right outside the conference halls. Some major "protests against global warming" were also cut short as the protestors shivered in unexpected early-season sub-zero snows. (I suspect, they will henceforth be holding such meetings during summertime.)

That’s the overall pattern, and events over the last several months have confirmed the cooling quite dramatically. Events have also clarified the combined Socialist and Wall Street schemes, to rob the middle-class workers, as totalitarians of every political persuasion pounded the podiums at Copenhagen, demanding more of your money to line their pockets. The curtains were also finally drawn back with exposures of concealed emails between the main scientists who were driving the CO2 theory along, and who not accidentally have received billions in funding to push their agendas, even while their critics were subjected to smears and censorship. Not only have we seen the scandal of academic lying by the CO2-fanatics, exposing their push to manufacture fraudulent data supporting their pet theory (better known as "climate-gate"), but also new revelations are now out, supporting the long-made charges of CO2 critics, of how they were victims of character assassinations, back-stabbing and censorship to silence their voices. CO2 fanatics, as documented below, have been busy, busy bees, even going around to "correct" internet sites and Wikipedia pages by the hundreds, to erase the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Ages from history, so as to blame the modern temperature changes upon something other than natural cycles.

Below I list a number of news items exposing these themes, which most readers may not have seen, with very brief notes.

Nature as always will have the last word on the subject.

James DeMeo, PhD*

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First, here are several very good on-line videos or reports about the situation, by some of Americas best-known meteorologists and climatologists:

This one is by John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, and a long-time critic of the CO2 hysteria.
http://www.kusi.com/home/78477082.html

And this one is by Joe Bastardi, top meteorologist for Accuweather, one of the world’s leading private weather-forecasting services (you have to listen to the advertisement first), who also is a CO2-theory critic:
Worldwide Cold Not Seen since ’70s Ice Age Scare
http://www.accuweather.com/video-on-demand.asp?video=60571000001&channel=VBLOG_BASTARDI&title=Worldwide%20Cold%20Not%20Seen%20since%20’70s%20Ice%20Age%20Scare
Here’s more from/about Joe:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121447

The former head of the National Hurricane Center also weighs in on the lying and cheating by the CO2 fanatics:
Hurricane Chief (Neil Frank): Probe Climategate
http://newsmax.com/InsideCover/climategate-hurricane-frank-chronicle/2010/01/03/id/345219?s=al&promo_code=948E-1
More from Frank:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6795858.html

Bill Grey, one of the best hurricane forecasters, also roasts the CO2 fanatics for their "unrelenting quarter century of one-sided indoctrination"
http://www.climatedepot.com/a/4369/Hurricane-Expert-Rips-Climate-Fears-There-has-been-an-unrelenting-quarter-century-of-onesided-indoctrination
More from Grey: Climategate ‘tip of iceberg’
‘Conspiracy would become manifest’ if all climate research e-mails unveiled
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118432

The Canadians who changed the climate debate
Canadians Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick have discovered faulty calculations in some of the key scientific studies behind the reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Canadians+changed+climate+debate/2306516/story.html

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Second, here is a series of articles since around Jan.1st, detailing the current 2009-2010 N.Hemisphere Winter. It is not just the USA or Europe which has gone into the freezer either, but much of Asia is also affected badly. Most people will note the cold in their own region, but maybe not know this is nearly ubiquitous in the Northern Hemisphere. I should note, here on the West Coast USA, we have unusually warm conditions, one of the few places in the Northern Hemisphere which was spared the severe cold. We do not expect this to last much longer.

The mini ice age starts here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html

Year off to coldest start since 1940
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/local.ssf?/base/news/1263032175182970.xml&coll=1

Seoul buried in heaviest snowfall in 70 years
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100104/ap_on_re_as/as_asia_storms
Feeling cold? We’re at 30 below normal
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100103/NEWS/1030352/-1/SiteMap/Feeling-cold?-We-re-at-30-below-normal

Freeze Continues to Threaten Southern Crops
http://www.accuweather.com/news-top-headline.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&date=2010-01-09_20:30

How cold is Europe? Even Norway’s buses can’t take it.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100108/wl_csm/272756

Cold snap death toll rises across Europe
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0108/1224261897093.html

All-time record snowfall in Burlington
http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2010/01/03/Alltime-record-snowfall-in/1262573458.html

Floridians prepare for record low temps
http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/MI140206/

Midwest Sees Near-Record Lows, Snow By The Foot
http://cbs2chicago.com/national/midwest.cold.snow.2.1405658.html
Over 50% of the USA is now covered in snow
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/21/over-50-of-the-usa-is-now-covered-in-snow/#more-14390

Britain braced for heaviest snowfall in 50 years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6937854/Britain-braced-for-heaviest-snowfall-in-50-years.html

Winter of 2009-2010 Could Be Worst in 25 Years
http://www.accuweather.com/news-weather-features.asp?partner=&traveler=0&date=2010-01-04_1701&month=1&year=2010

Now that really IS the wrong type of snow on the line! It’s not just in Britain where the weather is bringing travel chaos
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240319/As-Britain-told-expect-snow-10-days-rest-world-coping-Arctic-weather.html
Siberian winds usher in record lows in Beijing
http://www.theage.com.au/world/siberian-winds-usher-in-record-lows-in-beijing-20100103-lna6.html

More China provinces plan power rationing (due to severe cold)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTOE60E07C20100115

Cold weather kills scores (India)
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=126&art_id=nw20100101113458666C113855

European weather deaths pass 100
Freezing weather brings death and disruption in Germany, Italy and across eastern Europe

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/22/cold-weather-europe-death-toll

Peru’s mountain people face fight for survival in a bitter winter
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/03/peru-mountain-farmers-winter-cold

Snowstorm squelches climate change protest
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14096723

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Third, as to the fraud behind the CO2 theory, the academic lying of "ClimateGate" and the Copenhagen fiasco, here are some pertinent reports which have recently emerged:

CO2-Warming Fanatics Censor Wikipedia of All Information Contrary to CO2 Theory
(another reason why nobody should reference the liars at Wikipedia or their partners-in-censorship at "RealClimate.org " for anything)
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/12/18/lawrence-solomon-wikipedia-s-climate-doctor.aspx
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/12/30/wikipedia-meets-its-own-climat
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119745

Russian Siberian Coldest Station-data Censored by liars at Hadly-CRU to fabricate phoney "warming".
http://www.newsrealblog.com/2009/12/17/climategate-just-got-much-bigger/

North American Coldest Station-data Censored by NOAA to fabricate phoney "warming". "The thermometers in a sense marched towards the tropics, the sea and to airport tarmacs"
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=122109
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/NOAAroleinclimategate.pdf

Researcher: NASA hiding climate data
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/03/researcher-says-nasa-hiding-climate-data/

Michael Mann, author of "Hockey Stick" under investigation
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/01/15/climategate-update-all-about-the-mann/

Is the Airborne Fraction of Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Increasing? (Answer: NO!)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091230184221.htm
Meanwhile, the USA will Meet the Kyoto Figures, even though did not sign treaty.
http://newsmax.com/Morris/climate-change-Copenhagen/2009/12/10/id/340746

Lord Christopher Monckton releases the definitive report on ClimateGate
http://newsrealblog.com/2009/12/01/lord-christopher-monckton-releases-the-definitive-report-on-climategate/

Climategate reveals ‘the most influential tree in the world’
Leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit show how the world’s weightiest climate data has been distorted
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/6738111/Climategate-reveals-the-most-influential-tree-in-the-world.html

EPA Scientist Silenced in Coverup
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34747

50 years of cooling predicted
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/50_years_of_cooling_predicted

Rise of sea levels is ‘the greatest lie ever told’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/5067351/Rise-of-sea-levels-is-the-greatest-lie-ever-told.html
Copenhagen climate summit: ‘most important paper in the world’ is a glorified UN press release
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100020279/copenhagen-climate-summit-most-important-paper-in-the-world-is-a-glorified-un-press-release/

Obamites Happily Spending Your Money to "Save The Planet" (Not!)
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2009/12/17/2009-12-17_us_will_contribute_to_100b_climate_fund_for_developing_countries_hillary_clinton.html

Waving the Red Flag to "Save The Planet"! (Not!)

http://www.breitbart.tv/flag-waving-communists-socialists-march-in-copenhagen-to-stop-global-warming/

Journalists Critical of CO2-theory Banished from Copenhagen, but Hamas and Nation of Islam "reporters" are Welcomed!
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119210
Or if they manage to get in, Cops are order to shut them up:
http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/11/un-security-stops-journalists-questions-about-climategate/#more-44722

Top Commie Thugs Denounce Capitalism at Copenhagen, but Love the CO2 Theory!
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/putting_our_economy_in_the_hands_of_chavez_fans
Copenhagen: Dictators Demand "Democracy"
http://newsmax.com/Morris/Copenhagen-climate-obama-treaty/2009/12/16/id/343449

The Financial Scam of "Cap and Trade" — why Wall Street Loves "Green" Extortion
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118953
And why top UN "Climate Official$" love it also:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118659

The MSM is, naturally, SILENT on all the fraud and lying
http://newsrealblog.com/2009/12/03/the-medias-silent-scandal/
Obamite Czar upset about Climategate — will "infiltrate" science and political dissenters… for what reason?
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121884
Top Dem says, Climate Whistle-Blowers should face criminal charges:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/70249-boxer-hacked-climategate-emails-may-face-criminal-probe

Gore Should Give Back Oscar, Two Academy Members Say
http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/Gore_Oscar_climate/2009/12/04/294502.html?s=al&promo_code=92B7-1

READ THEM ALL, AND PASS ALONG TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

* James DeMeo, PhD, formerly taught classes on Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Illinois State University, and the University of Miami. His research on ancient climates, and their influence upon human populations, is found in his book Saharasia http://www.saharasia.org, and included field work in the deserts of Northeast Africa, Southern Africa, and the American Southwest. Today he directs his own private research institute in Ashland Oregon. He became a Signator, along with hundreds of other natural scientists, to the 2008 Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change, which voiced critical points against the CO2 theory of global warming. He is now listed among over 700 prominent PhD-holding climate and environmental scientists in the United States Senate Minority Report, in public opposition to the CO2 theory of global warming. He also supported and signed the late 2009 Open Letter to President Barak Obama which appeared in major US newspapers, expressing criticism of the CO2 theory.

Global Warming Fully Covers the UK with Snow and Ice

January 11, 2010

Hat tip to Marsha Adams for this revealing photo:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=42237

Quite an embarrassment for the NASA "Global Warming" team, which seems to never cease its efforts to obscure and contort the facts of nature. If you go to their website right now, you’ll see they actually have scrubbed this same photo, and replaced it with one showing only part of the UK, so you won’t get the "wrong" impression that ALL of the UK was under snow and ice when the photo was made. But it was.

I’ll have a longer post on the issue of the current climate situation in the near future.

J.D.

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ISLAND SNOW: Last week when NASA’s Terra satellite orbited over Europe, it saw something very unusual. The normally temperate British Isles were completely covered by snow. On Jan. 7th, from an altitude of 420 miles, Terra’s MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) camera snapped this picture:


It’s not only Britian. Heavy snowfall and record-low temperatures have spread across Europe, closing schools, paralyzing airports, and downing power lines. Much of North America and parts of Asia are experiencing the same brutal cold.

OBRL-News Tweets on Twitter

January 11, 2010

As another social experiment, we have set up the OBRL-News postings to automatically post out their titles on Twitter, which will also produce weblinks for downloading of the full items from the OBRL-News webblog. If you wish to get those tweets, then sign up using this weblink:

http://twitter.com/DrJamesDeMeo

If you already have a twitter account, you can then login and add your name to the list for the account of: DrJamesDeMeo

I must say, I am still somewhat confused about how this works and so on, but I was told a lot of people would prefer to get the notices this way.

Happy tweeting.

J.D.

PS. The same items will continue to go out on the OBRL-News e-mail system at Yahoo Groups.
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OBRL-News-Bulletin

Islam Needs a Sexual Revolution (W.Reich)

January 9, 2010

Breaking a blog-silence over the last weeks…

Below is a very interesting article on problems of extreme sex-repression in Islam, by ex-Muslim writer Seyran Ates, with a kind mention of Wilhelm Reich’s book "The Sexual Revolution". Ates is today in hiding, having a Mulsim death-fatwa put on her head for daring to write her book, and consent to this interview.

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German-Turkish Author Seyran Ates
‘Islam Needs a Sexual Revolution’

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,654704,00.html

In the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair, German-Turkish writer Seyran Ates discusses her new book, which describes the necessity of a sexual revolution in the Islamic world, the recent integration debate in Germany and the arrogance of German women’s rights activists.

SPIEGEL: Ms. Ates, in your controversial new book, you call for a sexual revolution in the Islamic world.

Ates: You don’t know how necessary that is.

SPIEGEL: But what exactly do you mean by a sexual revolution?

Ates: My use of the term is based on Wilhelm Reich and his book about the sexual revolution. I believe that the Islamic world must grapple with the consequences of rigid sexual morals, not unlike the way, as he describes, the Soviet Union dealt with its own circumstances. It must pursue the path of change, just as any totalitarian system must do when it wants to become a democratic society. Part of the process is that sexuality has to be recognized as something that every individual determines for himself or herself. Institutions like moral and religious police must be abolished. People who have sex before marriage cannot be punished or ostracized by society. Parents must be confronted with the question of why they do not allow their 16-year-old daughter to have a boyfriend, while their sons can brag about how many girlfriends they have. Sex education must be taught in the classroom. Parents shouldn’t have to do it, but they should accept it when the schools do it. Young and old people who are already living a self-determined sexuality in the Islamic world have to be more confident and make their voices heard. …

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Read the whole interview here:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,654704,00.html
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And here’s a related item, from a few years back but still pertinent given the worsening situation of "fetching brides" in the Western democracies. A recipe for social disaster. J.D.

Full article here: http://obrl.blogspot.com/2010/01/islam-needs-sexual-revolution-wreich.html

The Foreign Brides
May 2, 2006; Page A17
They are called Die Fremden Bräute