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Professor Michael Brenner of the University of Pittsburgh writes some of the most engaging analysis of foreign policy to be found anywhere. In a recent comment on how the midterm election is likely to affect foreign policy he observes that it is important to recall that the Republicans constitute the “political instrument of American business and finance.” He forgot to include that even though the phenomenon is bipartisan, the GOP is also the heart and soul of something that I would call American Stupid.

Ironically, foreign policy was not really on the agenda last week apart from some vague dissatisfaction at a lack of leadership emanating from the White House and most voters continue to be inclined to reject open ended overseas involvements. But reality and perceptions sometimes do not coincide and Republican foreign policy pundits are already speaking about a “mandate” that will enable them to push certain “initiatives.”

And the results will not be pretty. Readers of the Unz Review have no doubt heard of a “realism” based foreign policy. Well, American Stupid has its own foreign policy based on something completely different. If Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were both money pits and humanitarian disasters you double down in Syria by naming Haiphong bombing sensation Senator John McCain chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, backed by a GOP majority to ensure than everything not learned in the Middle East and Asia during the past fifteen years will also be not learned after the heart of the Arab world sinks into anarchy just in time for the 2016 elections. As Doug Bandow describes it, “America will be intervening again in a few years to try to clean up the mess it is creating today. And then going to war a few years after that for the same reason.”

American Stupid defense policy makes Bomber Harris’s obliteration of Germany’s cities between 1943 and 1945 look like a walk in the park as the Republicans are preparing to revive the Bush Administration’s designation of the whole world as a battlefield. Recall for a moment how the ineluctable Mitt Romney pledged to attack Iran, seemingly to coincide with his inauguration. So did the other Republican wannabes with the honorable exception of Ron Paul. Bombing as a first option is in the GOP DNA.

The media is already reporting how, a mere one week after the election, Republican hawks are meeting to plan their strategy to push the White House in the right direction, to include “legislation already…in the works.” The right direction includes expanding weapons flows and US direct involvement in the war in Iraq/Syria, confronting Russia by arming Ukraine, resisting Chinese “encroachments” in Asia and further sanctioning Iran to torpedo ongoing talks over the country’s nuclear program. There will be for sure some pushback from the miniscule GOP non-interventionist wing, but the hawks are clearly in charge, as the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol gleefully noted. And if Bill Kristol is gloating you know it is bad for the rest of us.

Senator John McCain will head the Senate Armed Services Committee, Richard Burr will chair the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, Bob Corker will head Foreign Relations and Devin Nunes will be the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Joined by Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk, the chorus will all be singing from the same sheet of music. Daniel Larison over at The American Conservative opines that we Americans “can look forward to many years of harmful and reckless Republican leadership on foreign policy and military issues.”

Newly elected Senators Tom Cotton and Joni Ernst and Congressman Will Hurd exemplify American Stupid at its finest. Tom Cotton ran for the Senate in Arkansas by presenting himself as a hard right alternative to the incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor. Cotton, a Harvard Law School graduate and Army veteran, demonstrates that American Stupid can be found anywhere. He has described the US experience in Iraq as a “just and noble war.” During his campaign he stressed the many threats against national security, to include an absurd and completely baseless warning that ISIS would collaborate with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate the United States. Cotton also blamed President Obama for the Boston Marathon bombing and has called for the arrest on espionage charges and imprisonment of New York Times editor in chief Bill Keller after the Times ran a story on tracking terrorist funding.

Cotton might be described as a protégé of leading neocon Bill Kristol, whose Weekly Standard has been both encouraging and underwriting his political ambitions. Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) contributed $960,250 to the Cotton campaign. Someone should point out to Cotton that ECI has nothing to do with the wellbeing of the United States unless one includes as part of the definition the electing of useful idiot politicians who will guarantee the continuation of unlimited American support for Israel.

Senator-elect Joni Ernst is also a veteran, an officer in the Iowa National Guard, who seems to be a bit fuzzy regarding recent military developments. During her campaign, she told an interviewer that “I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” Wrong answer Joni. There were none.

In her campaign literature Joni also boasted of once working “neutering hogs.” Honest labor of any kind is not to be disparaged, but shouldn’t a United States Senate aspirant emphasize other elements in her resume? And shouldn’t she know a bit about recent history, namely regarding the Iraq war which most Americans now recognize to have been a foreign policy disaster? American Stupid.

Texas Republican William Hurd is more of the same though with a slightly different resume. He defeated incumbent Pete Gallego in a close race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. From 2000 until 2009 Hurd, who has a degree in computer science, worked for the CIA as a Clandestine Services officer, a credential that he emphasized in his campaign.

In the three years after leaving government and prior to running for Congress, Hurd was a partner with a strategic advisory firm the Crumpton Group LLC, a risk management firm located in Virginia that was founded by former CIA senior officer Hank Crumpton. He was also a senior advisor working with FusionX, a cyberthreat security firm.

Hurd’s campaign website says that “Prior to returning to Texas in 2010, Will served for almost a decade as an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, he worked at the nexus of some of America’s most important national security issues leading intelligence operations on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and other critical threats. The majority of his career was spent overseas in South Asia and the Middle East where his primary mission was the recruitment of foreign assets, collection and dissemination of intelligence in support of the President and senior government policymaker’s national security decision making.”

Another account on the site states that “During the past nine years, he has lived all over the world in his position as an Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, although he primarily served in South Asia… Hurd was involved in rescue efforts in India during the tsunami of 2005 and in Pakistan during the earthquake of 2006.” And also “As an undercover officer in the CIA, Will spent 6 years in the Middle East fighting the war on terror and serving alongside the men and women of the US military.” As Hurd describes it, “I’ve been in real fights. As an overseas officer in the CIA I witnessed folks struggling for freedom and stared down those trying to end our way of life.”

I do not know for sure what Will Hurd did for CIA, but my own 17 years in the organization as a Case Officer working primarily on terrorist targets gives me some insight into what his partially revealed resume actually means. It appears he served in India and Pakistan, probably under some kind of military cover, involving occasional temporary travel to Afghanistan but I would imagine he was a computer specialist, given his background and subsequent employment.

The stuff about what he did in support of the president and senior government policymakers is sheer boilerplate hyperbole on his part as both his lack of seniority and the calendar don’t support his claims. Clandestine service officers go through two years of training with language instruction on top of that, so the admission that Will actually spent 6 years overseas might just be correct, amounting to two overseas tours. But he would have been a very junior officer and his account of working on the tsunami in India and the earthquake in Pakistan don’t quite fit with the depiction of an undercover officer developing intelligence targets. The chest thumping about being in “real fights” embellished with “folks struggling for freedom” and “our way of life” is, of course, complete nonsense. But apparently it was enough American Stupid to get elected to congress in San Antonio.

Hurd, Cotton and Ernst exemplify the macho underside of American politics. It is being argued in some circles that their impact on actual policy, even combined with that of the other hawks, will be limited. That is presumably because more moderate Republicans are in general wary of the political pitfalls inherent in increased involvement overseas while the White House will still have control over conducting both foreign and defense policy. But pundits are failing to take into account the ability of Senators like McCain to monopolize the debate in the media while tying up the process and asserting pressure from their new bully pulpits. The White House will inevitably be forced to defend positions and will find itself responding to the Republican hardliners by using its veto power to limit their ability to undermine its policies, setting up a series of confrontations with Congress. Obama is also eager to negotiate a new Authorization to Use Military Force, which will broaden his own powers to attack anyone he perceives to be a threat, and even though the GOP hawks support the measure the president will likely be forced to cut some side deals to get all that he wants.

American Stupid is not limited to foreign policy. It also finds a home in the frequently observed GOP antipathy towards science, likely rooted in the pandering to some evangelicals over the teaching of evolution in schools, but extending also to the debate over climate change. The latest UN report on the subject, reflecting an overwhelming scientific consensus, is that the change has been brought about by human activity and threatens “food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinctions of plants and animals and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside…”

If the report is only partially true our grandchildren are doomed to live in a world that will be much different than what we have today even without the devastation resulting from any new wars concocted by the GOP hawks. One might reasonably question the proper role of government when confronted by this genuine threat and the concerns that new president might use the issue as a pretext to increase state control over the lives of individuals is perfectly legitimate. But it is also clear that the Republican response to the problem will be to first double down on the use of fossil fuels by pushing for the Keystone pipeline and offshore drilling before doing nothing. Vintage American Stupid.

 
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  1. TomB says:

    Well, as Steve Sailer has just noted, it was hardly an act of soaring intellectual accomplishment for the Dems to make Michael Brown their Joan of Arc in the last election either.

    I.e., if the Republicans have their Sheldon Adelson and The Weekly Standard, the Dems have their Haim Saban and The New Republic.

    Which raises an interesting question: If instead of clutching the causes of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and illegal aliens to their bosoms over the past years Obama and the Dems had just simply withdrawn all our military people out of the ME and had worked out a deal with Iran how would the election have looked with them running on the platform that “We got us out of war and are keeping us out of war!”?

    My suspicion: Very different.

    Seems like lots of stupidity going around these days. Although of course for the corrupt being thought merely stupid is a better alternative than being accurately identified.

  2. Sam J. says:

    As for climate change we know that the temperature records were falsified. So why should we believe them? If the present Sun spot patterns follows the past we’re headed for a mini-ice age. Let’s hope not THE ICE AGE.

    • Replies: @Jim
  3. Jim says:
    @Sam J.

    Not likely THE ICE AGE but possibly something like the Dalton Minimum.

    • Replies: @Mark Green
  4. He lost me when he got to the global warming nonsense. Now the whole article is looking a little weird. But I agree our foreign policy is a damned disaster.

    • Replies: @Realist
  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Why unnecessarily antagonize us Christians who agree with you on issues of national security?
    TENS is not settled science and is not necessary to be a successful scientist including biology.
    Human caused global warming is not settled science, either.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  6. Allow me to disparage Mr. McCain, with facts. Upon returning from POW status, he passed a physical and regained flight status as a pilot. Yet after he finished 20 years of service that allowed generous retirement pay, he obtained a 100% VA disability rating allowing him to collect some $40,000 a year tax free too! The LA Times mentioned this when McCain was insisting he was fit to serve as commander in Chief.

    McCain’s loyal wife was disabled in a serious auto accident while he was a POW. Note there is nothing heroic about getting shot down and taken prisoner. Soon after he returned, McCain dumped her for a wealthy woman 20 years younger. The Reagans were so angry they never spoke to him again. He then married his new babe before he officially got divorced, so there’s that bigamy thing. I don’t know why any Arizonian votes for this crazed man, especially since he’s a big advocate for open borders.

    At a union meeting, he told workers illegals are needed because Americans are too lazy to work farm fields, even for $50 an hour. McCain has never labored his entire life, always on the government dole now earning ten times minimum wage worker pay, whose increase he opposes. And don’t forget McCain gets VA tax-free “disability” pay and social security pay, thus hauling in over $200,000 a year from the federal government.

    Since his dad and grandad were both Admirals, McCain grew up wealthy and enjoyed free government health care his entire life, yet thinks it’s nothing commoners deserve.

  7. PeterB says:

    The last election was just another disheartening affair. But which ones aren’t? They’re all pitched to the unlovely emotions of fear, dislike, jealousy and other things that don’t provide much of a foundation upon which anything could be built. As has been said by others, I’d rather have things run by the first one hundred people listed in the phone book than by those who have been to Harvard. One supposes we’re all in for more rounds of neo-con driven wars that’ll end up costing us dearly. I just hope these fools don’t get us all killed or drive us into pauperism.

  8. @Anonymous

    Larry – I’m not disparaging Christians – only the politicians who feel they have to pander to views that have nothing to do with the governance in Washington. Sorry, but if you do not believe that evolution is “settled science” you do not understand what scientific theory entails. Ditto for global warming. I would imagine it might be impossible to convince you (or Epaminondas) on either issue and while evolution probably doesn’t matter a whole lot in the scheme of things global warming could well be catastrophic for everyone on the planet.

    • Replies: @David
    , @Vendetta
  9. Realist says:
    @Epaminondas

    “He lost me when he got to the global warming nonsense.”
    Giraldi was demonstrating his own American Stupidity.

  10. David says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Freeman Dyson says that we need to increase the depth of topsoil on half the world’s surface by 1/100 inch per year to absorb all the “man made” CO2. As CO2 in the atmosphere goes up, plants make less leaf in proportion to root. Organic material underground rots more slowly, sequestering carbon and improving the quality and volume of the soil. This is already happening but is not being quantified because no one is looking for reasons not to launch another government employment program for experts. Politicians love it because their fecklessness in the fix will not be completely obvious for decades.

    Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas but water vapor is a more effective and vastly more abundant greenhouse gas. There is so much water vapor in the atmosphere of the temperate, tropical and equatorial zones, that the impact of CO2 is trivial to nil. CO2 matters in the arctic where there is little water in the air. Discussing global average temperature change is grossly misleading. Saying global warming is causing droughts and storms is simply an expression of faith.

    Everyone uses science to defend their predispositions. The GOP might be anti-“climate science” but racial differences, for example, are widely acknowledged, right?

  11. Art says:

    Netanyahu is a crazy evil man – the Palestinian issue is getting ever more critical – he will not back off.

    We had better find our gonads or he will drive the word into major chaos!

  12. Don’t worry about Global Warming – militarists have that one solved, by fomenting the Ice Age that will follow just a few of the 20,000 nuclear weapons they want on hair trigger again being detonated in defense of truth, justice and unbridled crony capitalism. In the Marvel comic book thinking that masquerades as strategic “indispensable” vision, local aspirations soon devolve to the grandiose. These bright bulbs have to destroy the world, you see, in order to save it. That will stop evolution in its tracks, too. Unless God intervenes – and not on their side.

  13. Jim says:

    Descriptions of Americans as “stupid” may be emotionally satisfying but do not reflect a genuine desire to understand objective reality. The psychometric data indicate that the average IQ of the American population is about two-thirds of a standard deviation above the world average. I don’t see how a rhetorical description of the American population as “stupid” advances an objective understanding of reality.

    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
  14. rod1963 says:

    Calling Americans stupid happens when political hacks watch their side take a shellacking in the elections. Giraldi’s is quite mild to some of the invective laden rants I used to see on Dkos and other Leftwing sites. They’d make Goebbels blush in envy.

    They have to blame anyone but the platform and politicians on their side. Remember it’s always someone elses fault in politics. The buck never stops and no one is responsible.

  15. As Doug Bandow describes it, “America will be intervening again in a few years to try to clean up the mess it is creating today. And then going to war a few years after that for the same reason.”

    Of course, Phil. That’s been their plan from the start: the Long War. They’re not looking for an exit strategy–they never were. What they’re always looking for is an entrance strategy. What you and I see as a bug–permanent military presence in the middle east–they see as a feature. They’re not giving up until all the oil is gone.

  16. If I were young again, I would Photoshop John McCain’s face into this infamous image into the Slim Peckins character Major T.J. ‘King’ Kong riding the H-Bomb down to it’s target cowboy style from the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    I’d then plaster my posters all over college campuses.

  17. NoldorElf says:

    Unfortunately, Mr. Giraldi is quite right here. It’s not politically correct to say it, but it’s sadly true. There seems to be a culture of ignorance.

    I think that there is a deep entrenched anti-intellecutalist mentality in the US. In many cases, people appear to be proud of their ignorance! That is a shocking unwillingness to learn from previous mistakes, whether they be invading other nations, economic policy, or for that matter, any policy. Perhaps this is why (apart from the flaws in the US education system), why teachers, scientists, and other highly education professionals are often treated with disdain.

    In the case of the US government, the issue appears to have occurred around the time that the Religious Right gained influence, the neoconservatives began gaining credibility, and at the time when lobbying became much more powerful. They seem to value ideological purity over anything else. The Republican Party has made anti-science a sort of loyalty test in their circles.

    Perhaps coincidentally, this was also the time that the CIA changed radially under William Casey from becoming an organization that provided objective intelligence to one that followed political spin. This ultimately led to the falsification of evidence that Saddam had WMDs in 2003. I would not be surprised if that were to happen again.

    There is a pretty solid scientific consensus around global warming. I think the reaction on the commentators above is something very similar to what the Religious Right feels about evolution – it’s scientific proof that their world view has no basis in reality.

    The other issue I see is how passive the general public has become. People have seen their standard of living on average decline in very real terms. Yet it has not provoked the kind of national outrage that one would expect. It’s been said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. I fear Americans a whole have not been very vigilant.

  18. ” IQ of the American population is about two-thirds of a standard deviation above the world average. I don’t see how a rhetorical description of the American population as ‘stupid’ advances an objective understanding of reality.”

    But stupid is as stupid does. Why do such smart people do such dumb things? Are they only smart enough to outsmart themselves, or are they just too smart by half?

    Why do American students score so poorly against others in the world?

    No matter a population’s inherent capabilities, given education propaganda and disingenuous corporate media control, lack of information, disinformation and irrelevant information can dumb any people down.

    You’re going to act really dumb when you get to know more and more about what is less and less important. Eventually, you can be fully informed about nothing.

    Dumb and dumber.

    • Replies: @KA
    , @Jim
    , @Stan D Mute
  19. @NoldorElf

    There is a pretty solid scientific consensus around global warming.

    There’s not.

    I think the reaction on the commentators above is something very similar to what the Religious Right feels about evolution – it’s scientific proof that their world view has no basis in reality.

    It’s not “scientific proof.” It’s ad auctoritas. Persuasive, but not proof by the scientific method. There used to be consensus on phlogiston, crystal spheres, humours, geocentric universe, pure Newtonian physics.
    ____________________________

    Obama is also eager to negotiate a new Authorization to Use Military Force, which will broaden his own powers to attack anyone he perceives to be a threat, and even though the GOP hawks support the measure the president will likely be forced to cut some side deals to get all that he wants.

    American Stupid is not limited to foreign policy. It also finds a home in the frequently observed GOP antipathy towards science, likely rooted in the pandering to some evangelicals over the teaching of evolution in schools, but extending also to the debate over climate change.

    … And he was doing so well.

    “Global warming” seems to be one of those Leftist badges that has to pop up in every debate, like those “Free Mumia” signs that used to bede rigueur at every street protest. A couple of decades ago, it was “Free Leonard Peltier” and currently, I think it’s “End Racism.”

    I’m not sure what Mr. Giraldi thought was missing from his analysis that he had to bring up evolution and global warming, as if foreign policy is some objective, ridiculously simple science which those buffoon Republicans can’t grasp, like hunter-gatherers terrified by a solar eclipse.

    I could take similar jabs at the Left for believing human evolution stopped around 100,000 years ago and only takes place from the neck down, and speciation is just this great imponderable that came from who knows where, and certainly could never, ever, perish-the-thought happen with homo sapiens.

  20. @NoldorElf

    That is a shocking unwillingness to learn from previous mistakes, whether they be invading other nations, economic policy, or for that matter, any policy.

    It seems to be the “intellectuals” that keep making these mistakes. Personally I would prohibit anyone with an Ivy League degree from ever again holding any position of employment with the government.

    why teachers, scientists, and other highly education (sic) professionals are often treated with disdain.

    Because most of them don’t have enough sense to pour urine out of a boot, even if the instructions were written on the bottom.

  21. Vendetta says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    How about convincing me that it is in any way reversible and not entirely inevitable? That’s the part that rings false to me. “Have no fear, this catastrophe may be averted if we buy and build wind and solar and switch to hybrids and fluorescent light bulbs.”

    Umm…no. Catastrophe is coming no matter what gimmicks and gewgaws we buy or who we elect. Why don’t we focus on preparing to deal with real problems, like where the Hell about 300 million Bangladeshis are going to end up going, instead of throwing our money at hucksters peddling “green” technologies and policies that aren’t going to prevent this from happening.

  22. Mark Green says: • Website
    @Jim

    Philip Giraldi is a brilliant political analyst. But he might want to tone it down on the matter of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)–now called ‘climate change’. Why? Because real science is skeptical science. AGW is unproven and there’s been no global warming for the past 16 years, even with accelerating worldwide levels of CO2. This unexpected pause frustrates the warmists. How did they get it wrong?–or is it just a matter of time? Real science does not yet know.

    For starters, all warmists should be required to use the word ‘anthropogenic’ when discussing climate change since earth’s climate is always changing (sometimes dramatically) due to natural processes. Factors affecting climate include the sun (solar wind), gulf stream, El Nino, La Nina, deforestation, changes in atmospheric water vapor, the earth’s wobble, volcanic activity, and so on. There are many natural variables affecting climate. Anthropogenic changes in our atmosphere are just one factor among many. Thus, ‘climate change’ is more a political movement today than a genuine scientific fact–even though a lot of government-employed scientists have signed on to it.

    Indeed, the worldwide warming that was predicted by various ‘models’ has not materialized. The warming may arrive, but it is way late as of now. The experts have gotten it wrong (so far).

    Who remembers the ‘global cooling’ scare of the 1970’s? I do. It was very big news. I covered it as a young journalism student. But the climate catastrophe of ‘cooling’ also failed to materialize. Nevertheless, all the experts were on board. Global cooling war real. It was serious. Only it didn’t happen. (At least not yet).

    As for the Ice Age, there have been some eight Ice Ages over the past one million years. They normally last for between 75,000 to 135,000 years. And they are devastating.

    We are presently basking in a short, recurring and mild interlude called an ‘interglacial period’. These often last for 20,000 years or less. Then it gets frigid. Using history as our guide, ice sheets will once again engulf much of our planet . ‘Soon’ may be another 5,000 years, fortunately. Or maybe, starting next year.

    In any event, enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

    • Replies: @Jim
    , @Stan D Mute
  23. KA says:

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/11/11/oligarchs-for-israel/
    2 rich psychopaths have cornered the money supply of the two parties . Those 2 psychopaths will recuperate the donations to these stupid parties by corrupting other areas of economy and will repeat the feats .

  24. KA says:
    @Fran Macadam

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/no_author/bread-circuses-and-bombs-2/
    May be this is why . Despite high IQ and enormous resources and great universities US is allowing Saban and Adelson to pour millions in campaign exclusively to shape foreign policies .
    They remind of Saddam who used to pay money to suicide bombers .

  25. TomB says:

    Sheesh.

    Maybe Giraldi was wrong to use the word “stupid” as the principal motivating factor behind some of our ME fanatics, but judging from the the course of the commentary here an inability to stay focused on an issue at hand and instead get distracted by such mere shiny objects as nit-picking words and then even by completely extraneous subjects can sure seem to indicate a possible problem with our modern attention spans.

    In the first place it’s clear that the great bulk of his “stupid” remarks were really directed to various policy-makers and not the American public in general.

    In the second it’s clear that lots of what he meant as “stupid” is simply self-serving corruption on the part of those policy-makers, consciously pursuing objectively stupid policies.

    And in the third why get distracted by his beliefs regarding AGW? Not to mention the extrapolation of his remarks baselessly putting him with the extremists on the issue. (Nor the simply erroneous assertions—taking off from the admitted lack of understanding of the complex mechanics that may be involved so making AGW a non-issue—that there isn’t a good scientific consensus as to some fundamentals that there *has* been some global warming occurring over the last century, that we *have* increased CO2 by a lot, that it *is* a greenhouse gas, and that at least *some* of what warming that has been observed in the last 50 years or so is a result of the latter two.)

    Yikes, folks. If this inability to stay focused on an issue is so bad even where there are no disingenuous agents *trying* to divert and distract people from concentrating on same no *wonder* we’re in the troubles we are. Time to talk about an ADHD *society* maybe…

    • Replies: @Jim
  26. Jim says:
    @NoldorElf

    Regrading the supposed poor quality of the US public educational system. If academic achievement scores are disaggregated by race as Steve Sailer for example has done then US students look very good. US whites for example are at the same level as Singapore. Mexican-Americans way out-score Mexican students themselves. After correcting for racial differences the US seems to have one of the best performing public educational systems in the world.

  27. Jim says:
    @Fran Macadam

    When the results of academic achievement scores are disaggregated by race as Steve Sailer for example has done then US students look very. US whites for example are at the level of Singapore and Mexican-Americans way outscore Mexican students themselves.

    The US population is not composed of Leibniz’s but you are extremally naive if you think that it is other than the case that the US population is relatively high IQ when compared to other large populations.

  28. Alvin says:

    Always enjoy reading Phil’s columns.

    Question about McCain. He was taken prisoner of war but somehow survived the ordeal. Any truth to allegations he gave away secrets to ensure his survival?

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  29. Jim says:
    @Mark Green

    I’m a little puzzled by your directing this comment at me as I’ve never mentioned anything about Global Warming. I’ve never delved into this issue and I have no strong opinion about it. Off hand I think that the a priori probablity of correctly forecasting the behavior of very complex and poorly understood systems such as the Earth’s climate is low. The safest prediction about the future climate of the Earth is that it won’t be what we predict.

  30. Jim says:
    @TomB

    TomB – Regarding your comment about being distracted by extraneous issues. Mr. Giraldi did title his article “American Stupid”.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  31. @Alvin

    Alvin – McCain apparently revealed details of how US warplanes vectored over targets which would have helped North Vietnamese defenders to shoot them down. He also did propaganda radio broadcasts for his captors.

  32. @Jim

    Jim – I’m unapologetic about the title since the policies and politicians are indeed stupid. But I wish I had left out the climate change part which is to say the least a distraction from what I was trying to get across.

    • Replies: @Jim
  33. Jim says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Striving for rhetorical affect can interfere with an objective analysis.

  34. Stan D Mute [AKA "Stan Mute"] says:
    @Mark Green

    @ Mark Green

    Don’t you just wish you could live long enough to hear the wailing from ice caves, “Oh, if only we had increased our CO2 output a thousand-fold while we had the chance!”

    IF AGW is actually happening, IF we had 1 degree per century warming, the real results of such change would be laughably slight by comparison to Ice Ages. And anyone who has seen a map of the United States has seen the mind-boggling power of an Ice Age – Great Lakes anyone? – yet they’d have us living in mud huts with no electricity or motorized transport to avoid some beach erosion..

  35. Stan D Mute [AKA "Stan Mute"] says:
    @Fran Macadam

    But stupid is as stupid does. Why do such smart people do such dumb things? Are they only smart enough to outsmart themselves, or are they just too smart by half?

    It’s not “America” doing these things but specific politicians and bureaucrats acting in their own self-interest. It’s not at all difficult to discern why Government behaves as it does if you’re paying attention.

    Why do American students score so poorly against others in the world?

    Is it “American students” as a whole? Or is it some students?

    You’re going to act really dumb when you get to know more and more about what is less and less important. Eventually, you can be fully informed about nothing.

    Dumb and dumber.

    Is it coincidence that America’s ranking relative to other nations has declined as America has imported more and more students from the Third World? Are mexicans, hondurans, and africans widely renowned for their intellectual accomplishments and scientific achievements? In 1960, America led the world in student learning and America was 90% homogenous European descended. In 2014 America is far down the list and something like 60% European descended (students I believe are less than 50% european). There couldn’t be a cause:effect relationship could there?

    Fortunately, America is FAR too anti-science to see that there is any link between ancestry and cognitive ability.

  36. David says:

    Everyone agrees on everything else Mr Giraldi said, that’s why we’re talking about climate change.

    Today we learn that we are going to spend billions along with China pretending to solve global warming. Is this American Stupid? As soon as any restrictions actually bite, they will be swept away. But we can feel really good about ourselves until that time.

  37. moi says:

    While the expression “useful idiot” is familiar to many people, in the case of our elected officials the more appropriate idiom might well be “useless idiot.”

  38. Phil, Putin may not have been off the mark when he noted McCain is ‘crazy’ on account of his POW years. How do you explain the rest of them? Religious extremism can do marvels for derailing sanity:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/04/23/sociopaths-democracy/

    Mikey Weinstein (former White House attorney) call them “Christian Taliban”

  39. Wally says: • Website

    Giraldi makes strong points about the overwhelming dominance of Israeli interests in making our foreign and even domestic policies.

    But he shoots himself in the foot with his religious belief in laughable ‘climate change, ‘global warming’, or whatever the red greens are calling it this week.

    The ‘overwhelming $cientific consensus’ is a canard, a classic Marxist Big Lie. There have been numerous take downs of that bogus claim. Recall the same far-left folks crying out that we were headed to an ice age in the 1970s.
    And do follow the money. Billions in taxpayer grant money handed to biased far left ‘academics’ drives the madness. And then the billions given to inefficient & costly solar & wind energy hucksters. There’s big money to be had in that scam.

    And why would anyone accept something from the UN which stands to gain from the junk scientific nonsense that they are pushing. They are not a neutral, non-biased party in all of this.
    The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change has demolished piece by piece the lies of the UN’s report.

    Real science here:
    http://www.nipccreport.org/index.html
    and:
    http://www.principia-scientific.org

    Giraldi, looking oh so much like a high taxes, big government, lefty. Now that’s American Stupid.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  40. @Wally

    Wow Jon, just because I believe that climate change caused by human activity might be the real deal that makes me a “high taxes, big government lefty…” Ridiculous. This is the problem with zealots of all stripes – deviate one millimeter from what they believe to be true and suddenly you are outside the pale and become the enemy.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  41. @Philip Giraldi

    You are engaged in the same conflation though. You’re implying that Republicans are Zionist and clueless on foreign policy because they’re not smart enough to grasp the other items on the progressive agenda, e.g., global warming. So instantly, the substantial numbers of intelligent AGW skeptics who happen to agree that US foreign policy is Zionist and stupid can’t be listened to. Again, it’s like you can’t show up at a protest against the Fed and its primary dealers network unless you’re also hoisting an “End Racism” sign.

    I get the idea the Left is incredibly insecure about their agenda. They worry that it’s like one of those knit sweaters in an old cartoon, where you start plucking at one thread and the whole thing unravels. So you either oppose US foreign policy, and racism, and carbon-generating activities, and democratic opposition to gay marriage, and immigration restrictions, and everything else the Left can throw in, or you’re obviously just an idiot who can’t grasp fundamental science such as Darwinian evolution. Also, the Left seems to be completely ignoring that the real unraveling in the Middle East was with the ‘Arab Spring,’ a project that was enthusiastically funded by the Obama administration and had his media cheerleaders absolutely creaming their pants. This is how you do it, stupid Rethuglicans! Ballots not bullets!

  42. gdpbull says:

    Good points Mr. Giraldi. Only two disagreements in my humble opinion.

    I think you took the neocon bait with this statement – “American Stupid defense policy makes Bomber Harris’s obliteration of Germany’s cities between 1943 and 1945 look like a walk in the park” They will say that was needed to bring Germany and Japan to their knees with total surrender. Never mind that a complete overrun, or obvious capability to do so, of the country by Soviet and western allied forces with or without the civilian bombing would have negated any and all resistance because neither the Germans nor Japanese were into civilian resistance. All I’m saying is that it would have been better if you would have explained the obvious.

    wrt global warming, its a settled scientific fact, demonstrable by experimentation, that CO2 absorbs certain wavelengths in the infra-red spectrum, and re-emits it in all directions, thus redirecting much of the ground radiated infrared (which is radiant heat), back to earth. So increased CO2 MUST have an affect on the climate. Over 100 years ago, the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius proved with indisputable mathematics using conclusive physics relationships, that with a completely static atmosphere, the global temperature would increase 1.6 degrees centigrade for every doubling of CO2 concentration. That amount of warming would NOT be catastrophic. Of course, the atmosphere is not static, and that’s where today’s climate scientists come in. Its so complicated that closed form solution is impossible. The only way to gain insight is with climate model simulation. Most climate models show a positive feedback from the climate system that will amplify the CO2 effect. Most climate models show an increase of more than 3 degrees centigrade for every doubling. However, there has been enough time since these models were developed to show that the prediction is significantly over-stated. The temperature increase for every doubling of CO2 is referred to in the climate change science community as climate sensitivity, and its value is disputed within the climate science community. So while the fact that CO2 is an important factor in climate change, its magnitude of effect is very much under dispute. My opinion – the catastrophic climate change people are just as loopy or ignorant as the CO2 means nothing people.

    And another humble opinion of mine – people who cannot understand at least the basics of climate science should not have an opinion one way or the other at all. Believing based on statements that “97% of all climate scientists” say this or that is no reason to believe anything. Its just a belief in authority. Besides, the way the question was worded, I would have been one of those scientists saying I agree. But then the survey results are exaggerated by activists, or misinterpreted that most scientists believe we are headed for Armageddon and we’re all gonna die, and very soon.

    • Replies: @Jim
  43. Phil, it might be that some believe evolution is “settled science” which supposedly debunks the thinking of those of us who believe in intelligent design. At least until today’s heresy becomes tomorrow’s orthodoxy. I will agree that it would be hard to rebut that a lot of our policies show no evidence of any intelligent design and could well have been the product of completely random processes instead. It may be that some of the supremacist commentators here are right that I am not as gifted intellectually as some of them are, but there is that old axiom, garbage in, garbage out – no matter how powerful the processing power. More important is a love of and dogged pursuit of the truth and a willingness to be convinced by it regardless of preconceptions. Sometimes the smarter you are, just makes you more efficient at proliferating nonsense and concocting impregnable paranoid conspiracy theories. To merely err is the normal human condition; colossal screwups are the province of sheer genius.

  44. Boy, you’ve gotten a whole new readership, sailing in a different direction, by virtue of using the word “stupid” in the headline!

    Supposedly low “IQ” is a predictor of criminality. Rather, I would say high “IQ” is a predictor of successful criminality.

    “IQ” as the measure of all things leads rather bluntly to the idea that if you are smart enough to get away with it, then you should get away with it.

    Which leads us to “Bright makes Right,” with no different moral content than “Might makes Right.”

    • Replies: @Jim
    , @KA
  45. TomB says:

    Well, since there does seem to be some merit to what commenter David said to the effect that one reason people got off on an AGW tangent was that there was otherwise broad agreement with Giraldi’s real point, I might as well note my essential endorsement of gdpbull’s post about AGW.

    I.e., while the statement is misused terribly in terms of implying a broadness to it that doesn’t exist, there are some aspects of it that do represent enough scientific backing to say that there’s a scientific consensus behind those aspects.

    I.e., that CO2 is indeed a greenhouse gas; that we’ve been producing it and adding to it and its stock has been rising; that starting at some point in the last century the earth’s overall temperature began to warm; and—with perhaps some less agreement, but not much—that at least some of that temperature rise must have been caused by our CO2 contribution.

    It’s beyond *that* where I think it’s just totally wrong to say that any consensus exists: I.e., how much (if any even) future warming is gonna result. As someone here noted, while we’ve still been adding lots of CO2 to the atmosphere nevertheless the warming that was previously noted has seemed to stall out for a considerable period of time now. (Some 18 years by one roughly sensible count.)

    Seems to me the further sensible upshot of all this is that there’s plenty of room for reasonable people to disagree reasonably on AGW and what, if anything, ought to be done about it.

  46. @Jim

    Stupid can result from ignorance as well as diminished mental capacity.

    ‘Merkins are generally ignorant as hell, thus stupid as heck too.

  47. NoldorElf says:

    @The Anti-Gnostic
    I have yet to see a credible scientific paper refute the claims of 97% of what the scientific community agrees upon.

    There are certainly details that scientists don’t agree on, but the fact that carbon dioxide is being emitted into the atmosphere by humans and that traps a higher proportion of the sun’s heat is widely agreed upon.

    Does it mean that scientists are right? There empirical evidence suggests so. Experts aren’t always right, but so far nobody in the climate change denial movement has provided any solid evidence.

    I think that if anything, the nature of your response proves my analogy with Creationism and evolution denial to be quite accurate.

    @Chris Mallory
    You’re kidding right? Sadly I know you are not. You just proved my point.

    Let’s think this one over. Tell me, how are you going to build a power nation without:

    – Teachers and university professors: To education future generations
    – Scientists that conduct research: Technological leadership is almost a prerequisite to maintain superpower status
    – Engineers: Designing various products and structures that society needs
    – A highly diverse academia, again to conduct research
    – A well educated and informed populace

    A folksy population with a lot of “common sense” will lead to developing world conditions. Don’t believe me? Look at the statistics for things like poverty, crime, teenage pregnancy, life expectancy, and similar barometers for human living standards exist. Compare the states with people you’d consider with lots of “common sense” with the areas with the most highly educated populations and the big coastal cities. Now compare the “common sense” states with Canada, Northern Europe, and Japan. You’re going to find that it reflects very poorly on the “common sense” states.

    Finally, one interesting thing. In 2003, they did a study. The ability to find Iraq on a map of the world was negatively correlated with one’s support for the invasion. This is also true in 2014 for support for military action in the Ukraine.

    The point is it’s far easier to deceive a poorly educated population than one that is highly informed. The argument that education leads to “missing the forest for the trees”? It’s far more likely that an uneducated person will miss something big.

    Obama once noted that in South Korea, teachers are called nation builders. Well Obama’s failure was that he did not follow that up with action. Look at the performance of South Korea since 1960 or China and compare it to the US.

    @Jim
    The issue with your hypothesis is that you would expect Whites to maintain parity with Asian Americans if that were true.

    That doesn’t happen – in fact East Asians might be underrepresented in the top universities, particularly considering the allegations of race based quotas. Even more troubling is race based grading.

    • Replies: @Jim
  48. Jim says:
    @Fran Macadam

    On the IQ spectrum criminal behavior peaks at about IQ 85. Criminals tend to be lower in verbal IQ relative to normal than they are in spatial/visual IQ but they are generally below average in both.

  49. Jim says:
    @NoldorElf

    I not sure what you mean by your reference to “your hypothesis”. I wonder if you could clarify that.

    The IQ level of East Asian populations is something like a third to a half standard deviation above white (European) populations. If admissions to top universities were based solely on objective tests of academic ability the proportion of East Asians in top universities would greatly increase and the proportion of blacks in such institutions would be near zero.

  50. Kiza says:

    I strongly agree with Giraldi that he should have left the unrelated issue of Anthropological Global Warming out of his topical article. But everybody has a right to make a mistake and he even admits it, which is rare. Personally, nobody can sell me the AWG, no matter how much “the science is settled”, “the consensus” (of Group Think) and similar phrases are used. As a former scientist I know how much science suffers from fashions.

    Regarding the main topic of this article, many commentators missed big time to understand his point, especially those who engage in IQ competition. In every population there are the Stupid, including Singapore and Hong Kong. Giraldi’s point was that in the US they appear to be a strong, if not dominant, political influence. This would be consistent with a theory of the decline of the US Empire. Therefore, American Stupid = Decline of US Empire. How could anybody be so stupid to interpret this as what Giraldi never stated: “Americans have low IQ”? And then even turn this into a race issue: it is the Mexicans in the US who drag down the White IQ!? Yes, it looks like a decline of a thinking American, Idiocracy in the making (very funny movie).

    One issue which is quite worrisome is the Education System of the US. In most countries, children are thought nationalism. But US children are thought that the US is an “exceptional nation”. This is pure Nazism, as Putin correctly identified. This is very similar to the übermenchen of Hitler’s Germany. These children then grow up to become Cottons, Ernsts and Hurds: unintelligent, bellicose and believing in national and personal superiority. Believing that no moral rules and international laws apply to the US Nation. If Nazism could happen in the highly sophisticated Germany, why not in the US? You do not believe this is so? Which international human rights conventions did the US sign and how many bilateral exclusion agreements for its military has the US signed?

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    , @Jim
  51. @Kiza

    If the US stopped at national socialism, the rest of the world would probably be just fine. There is plenty of lebensraum for the volk in the continental US. Of course, it should be obvious that deracinated, multicultural Americans simply do not think in such terms.

    The US is dangerous precisely because it can never be “national” socialist. Rather, the US is dangerous because it is universalist. The US literally recognizes no borders, anywhere, and no sovereign but the “rule of law.” Well, with the exceptions of Israel’s borders and the sovereignty of the Saud, Thani and other Arab hereditary monarchs.

  52. KA says:

    http://forward.com/articles/206542/how-the-israel-lobby-set-beto-orourke-right/?p=all

    Stupid in so many ways . Money and religion and the media ,all came together to remind this American what the money of a religious faith can do to somebody through the media though it has long been in the curricula of every American to separate public space or government from religion and to separate money from exerting overt influences on policies . The integrated vertical monolithic structure of the lobby made of money,religion,and media is the splitting mirror image of the vertically integrated corrupted capitalism practiced by the robber baron which was destroyed by T Roosevelt .

  53. Sam J. says:

    “…But stupid is as stupid does…”

    The American people are not stupid but they are ignorant. They’re completely propagandized from the time they are born. Most people work hard for a living and don’t have time to look at all the issues. They come home, maybe watch the news and go to bed. How would they be anything but ignorant by watching what pretends to be news in this country? All the major media, book publishing, magazines and newspapers are controlled by another race (The Jews of course) that are hostile to White people. You may disagree that they are hostile but can’t disagree that they control all these sources. They also control the legislative process through controlling who gets on the ballot in elections. They ARE the money power. So in all essential respects Americans, we’re talking about original stock, don’t control this country and shouldn’t be degraded for the state of affairs as they are. Unless you’re advocating we deport the Jews. This seems to be the state of all Empires. The original stock is overwhelmed by immigrants and the wheels come off the whole society. I can see no way out of this short of a large deportation of a lot of people and rigid pro-White attitude on the part of the original Americans. Can this happen? Maybe. Less and less people get their news from the MSM every day and no one really has any faith that they’re telling the truth. Stranger things have happened.

    @Jim
    I read that we’ve had cycles of 100K years. 90K years of ice age with 10K years of warm for the last 2 million years. It’s been about 10K years of warm. Ice age now?

    • Replies: @Jim
  54. Jim says:
    @Sam J.

    No doubt additional ice ages are coming. And somewhat ominously the intensity of ice ages seems to be increasing. But in this context “now” could mean tomorrow or 10,ooo years in the future.

    Eta Carinae will explode in a spectacular outburst any day now. When it happens you will probably be able to read at midnight by the light from it. “Any day now” means sometime in the next million years.

  55. Jim says:
    @Kiza

    Do you have any empirical data on the average IQ of the US elite?

    At Nuremberg the defendents were given IQ tests. Results indicated that they averaged about one and a half standard deviations above the German population average which is itself a relatively high IQ population.

  56. Jim says:
    @gdpbull

    gdpbull – What do you mean by “closed form solution”?

  57. Kiza says:

    @Jim

    No, I do not:
    1) I am not aware that anyone has measured specifically the IQ of the elite,
    2) who exactly is the elite and which elite (political, business, academic)?
    3) is IQ a relevant measurement of intelligence and which type of intelligence is relevant?

    But do we need an IQ measurement to establish that “people of influence” in the US are getting dumber? This is how I understand Giraldi’s article. Aren’t their behaviour and decisions sufficient for deduction without measurement? If one keeps repeating the same decisions which brought terrible results in the past over and over again is that a sign of intelligence? If one considers only the short-term effect on one’s decisions, with an outcome horizon of 6 months, is that a sign of intelligence? I could keep going, but I clearly support Giraldi’s contention that US power elite is getting dumber, simply based on the outcome of its decisions. Thus, the US Empire will be one of the largest (global) and the shortest (less than 100 years or three generations) empire that ever existed, a flash in the pan.

    Regarding the German WW2 leadership, they had high IQs but they still failed. How badly will the dumb US political elite fail then?

    • Replies: @Jim
  58. Jim says:
    @Kiza

    Linda Gottfredson seems to have done the most extensive study of these questions. According to her results only a very small proportion of individuals in the US with professional attainment are much less that one standard deviation above the average US IQ. One and a half standard deviations above the US average is a reasonable estimate of the average IQ of the US elite (whether political, business or academic).

    IQ is the only useful measure of intelligence yet developed.

    Note that the average IQ level of the elite in the Allied countries in WW2 was probably not much different from that of the German elite. Had the average IQ of the US/British/Soviet elite been way below that of the German elite the result of the war might well have been different.

  59. John McCain is a bad person. He should be impeached from the US Senate.

    • Replies: @KA
  60. gdpbull says:

    Jim, by closed form solution I meant that a set of equations can give an answer or solution, as opposed to a model simulation. If the atmosphere even could be defined by a set of equations, there would probably have to be thousands or tens of thousands of dependent equations that would be impossible to solve analytically, especially since many of those equations would be non-linear. So no one can plug in time=100years and some assumption on CO2 concentration into a set of equations and get the answer for average global temperature 100 years from now. All they can do is set up a computer model of the atmosphere and simulate 100 years.

    • Replies: @Jim
  61. KA says:
    @Fran Macadam

    In total agreement with your observation on IQ and crimes. Low IQ people get caught while doing the bidding for the neighborhood Mafia psychopath . All he gets is a little acceptance and some small change or pocket money to commute to the next crime . The conservative who talk of Christian values ,American exceptionalism and duties to stare down any security issue belong to this category . So does those liberal who wants to do ” good works” for other when those other are not asking and who want push for the rights of LGBT ,undocumented ,and for abortion rights under all circumstances belong to that low IQ . They are pathetic None of these efforts on either side is without merit but they don’t matter when the ship is sinking and the rats will leave the ship but the conservatives and liberals with ” low IQ” have no guts to speak up against those high IQ rats .

  62. KA says:
    @Kaiser Wilhelm

    McCain is emblematic of the genre . Others are in line and more are being groomed .

  63. KA says:

    CBI ( UK ) ,the voice of business leaders , are warning British PM that the British would be a lot more poorer if immigration were restricted . ( BBC)
    Aparently UK needs more foreigners to drive London buses and trains,and deliver news papers to homes,and lay bricks and make burgers in McDonalds .
    UK is no different from US. These same business communities want more treaties and more wars to create situation like that are now Ukraine or Mexico or Syria to get cheap labors ,destroy local economies ,and drive people out of their villages and towns to make more room for more exploitation.
    Stupid British and Americans will then blame immigrants and displace their impotent angers on the hapless victims .

  64. Kiza says:

    Hello Jim,

    Intelligence and IQ are also Ron’s favourite subject. I was not aware of this Linda Gottfredson’s interesting research and will look it up. I am not a psychologist, although I did some related social research, but I would bravely (and maybe stupidly) dispute the relationship between IQ and success. The basis of my disputation is that IQ is too narrow a measure of the potential for the future success of an individual, especially in the form utilised by the USG in the military and for school entrance. But it is difficult not to like “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”. The qualitative and holistic approach of the mentioned “Up” documentary series is much better for establishing correlations than a purely quantitative approach typically practiced in the US. In general, the quantitative approach is better only when you can clearly define dominant variables to measure, which is very hard with intelligence. This leads me to believe that one could learn more from reliably written historical biographies of the US (or any) power brokers than from their IQ tests.

    BTW, I am aware that “Up” documentary was more a social research of class mobility in the UK, but it is still absolutely fascinating, even after all these years. Pity nobody ever did something similar in the US which prides itself on “a common man can become a president”. I bet that the results would show similar social (non) mobility as in the UK. The insularity of the US political class then, naturally, reflects into a stale, non-creative US policy making – always the same approach: bombs away!

  65. “At Nuremberg the defendents were given IQ tests. Results indicated that they averaged about one and a half standard deviations above the German population average.”

    I wonder what Eichmann’s was. He seemed only capable of thinking in cliches, the personification of Arendt’s observation of evil’s banality, whatever one’s “IQ.”

    • Replies: @Jim
  66. Jim says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Eichmann wasn’t a defendent at Nuremberg. I believe Seyss-Inquart had the highest IQ, something over 140 I believe. Goering had a pretty high IQ also. I believe Kaltenbrunner had the lowest IQ, somewhere in the 110-115 range as I recall.

  67. Jim says:
    @gdpbull

    I’m puzzled by how an equation can be solved by an equation.

  68. Sam J. says:

    @Jim says:”
    November 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm GMT
    @gdpbull
    I’m puzzled by how an equation can be solved by an equation.”

    http://www.themathpage.com/alg/simultaneous-equations.htm

    Notice the method above requires linear equations with non-linear equations it gets exceedingly difficult or impossible to solve. As the number of values and equations get larger it becomes harder to solve them.

    On ice ages. We’re in an interglacial part of an Ice Age now. From wiki,

    “The earth has been in an interglacial period known as the Holocene for more than 11,000 years. It was conventional wisdom that the typical interglacial period lasts about 12,000 years, but this has been called into question recently. For example, an article in Nature[35] argues that the current interglacial might be most analogous to a previous interglacial that lasted 28,000 years.”

    No one knows why we have Ice Ages but I’ll make a stab at it. I came upon this idea when another guy whose name escapes me was watching the Sun and saw what appeared to be mountains of material on separate passes viewed by the satellites viewing the Sun. Other sources.

    http://soi.stanford.edu/press/961217.AGU/AP.121896

    He came up with the idea that it’s slag floating on top and that the reason the Sun’s outer surface is hotter than the inner is because the slab interferes with the equalization of charges. This in turn causes huge electrical arcs when they equalize.

    I in turn used this idea to come up with,

    Sam’s Theory of Ice Ages.
    When the quantity of slag builds up enough it blocks the electrical discharges and lowers the heating value of the Sun. Over time 90K years or so the charges build up and finally burst through creating VERY large arcs that break up the slag starting the cycle over. There’s evidence that this is true from the “black mats” in North America.

    http://www.pnas.org/content/105/18/6520.full

    . Also there’s the megafloods at the end of the last Ice Age.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/megaflood/

  69. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    The climate always changes and global temperatures are now declining, will someone wake-up Big Taxes, Big Government Giraldi.

    American stupid? Giraldi is projecting.

    http://www.nipccreport.org/

    https://www.cfact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Climate_Truth_File_100614_Online.pdf

    ‘Climate Change’ is a Leftist Big Gov. Scam.

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