Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Panic About School Shootings Won’t Help! P.S. They’re Going Down!

There was another school shooting in Washington bringing the gun control debate back, which is the only thing they discuss, even though it is almost certainly not the most important contributing factor, although preventing emotionally unstable people from getting guns will almost certainly make it less likely that they can shoot up schools.

There was more talk about armed guards or teachers as a way to prevent this from escalating and talk about how school shootings continue to go up.

But it's actually been a while since the last big school shooting and after glancing at the list of school shootings, it appears that the number of school shootings peaked in 2014 when there were thirty-six shootings with seventeen deaths. This wasn't the year with the biggest death toll which was 2012 with a total of forty-two thanks to the exceptionally large number killed at Newtown Connecticut. When there are exceptionally large death tolls it skewers the statistics, for what it's worth.

There were only fifteen shootings with nine deaths in 2016, and with only about three months left to the year only five shootings and six deaths in 2017, which is still too much of course, but it has dropped sharply, with little or no notice until another shooting happened, and even then some automatically assumed it was continuing to rise.

But why has it dropped so significantly?

Has anything been done to bring these shootings down? If so why isn't the media reporting on it so that it can be brought down even further?

I can't explain why it has dropped so much but, as I have reported in previous articles there's plenty of research about the leading causes of violence and how it escalates starting with early child abuse escalating to bullying hazing and other forms of violence later in life including domestic violence murder and even blind support for wars, often based on lies.

This research can often be found in libraries alternative media outlets or academic reports on studies, many of which are available on the internet; however they're almost completely absent from the traditional media. This conclusion isn't a fringe conspiracy theory, since it is based on information that is publicly available and can be confirmed, assuming people don't limit themselves to sources provided by the traditional media and political establishment.

There might be some research showing why and how these shootings have gone down, but the media hasn't reported it to the vast majority of the public. I can't say for certain but I have seen some evidence to indicate that a growing number of people are acting at the local level to learn from alternative media, once they recognize how incompetent and corrupt the traditional media is, whether it is because they're catering to oligarchies only concerned with maximizing profits regardless of what their policies do or not. One of the most obvious examples that I have found was Richmond California.

I wouldn't be surprised if the reason for the reduction of school shootings has a lot to do with well informed people acting at the local level.

However more should be done to inform the people at other areas of the most effective ways to reduce violence including school shootings. If we could do this not only would school shootings continue to go down and stay down but so would all violence. If more isn't done to educate the public about the leading causes of violence this could just as easily be reversed and shootings could go back up.

A large portion of this should be obvious, however many of the people that make the decisions about public policy are more concerned about controlling the public and serving corporate interests, so instead of acting on the best research they act on ideological grounds that enable them to push their agenda, often to increase profits for campaign donors, one way or another, even though it may not seem related to violence or school shootings.

When the Columbine shootings happened there was a lot of reporting about bullying and that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were often targeted and the latest shooting, as well as many in between, also clearly seem to involve retaliation or anger for bullying. Some reports about the Washington school shooting indicate that the person he killed was one of the kids that had targeted him for bullying, although the shooter didn't necessarily seek him out, while other claim that he was a hero that tried to talk him out of it. It will probably take some time to sort it out and this is similar to what happened after Columbine, unfortunately some of the people with the most political clout that also were partly in denial got the most attention then, and only those that looked closely at the details would have been able to recognize it.

Part of the problem might be that some of the "coolest kids" might, in some cases, feel less need to respect the rights of those that are considered outcasts, often including athletes or children of wealthy families, which might have been the case in Columbine; and instead of admitting that their bullying might have been a major contributing factor they down play it and they often have the support of adults running the school or the press. Once a shooting happens then it's tempting to put all the blame on the perpetrator without trying to figure out if there were any additional contributing causes.

This may have been demonstrated with David Cullen, who wrote "Columbine" released on the ten year anniversary, and worked for Salon, and on numerous occasions was invited to appear on television. His book states, "There's no evidence that bullying led to murder, but considerable evidence it was a problem at Columbine High." (p.158) This is almost all he wrote about the problems with bullying, dramatically downplaying the impact the most reliable sources reported about how angry Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were about the bullying that went on at Columbine ignoring some of the incidents reported by Brooks Brown who was a student at Columbine and had a disagreement with the shooters about a year before it happened.

Shortly after starting an account at Open Salon in 2010, I realized that he was also there and informed him of an article that I had reposted there, as a courtesy, which initially he ignored. After he made similar statements that seemed to ignore the root causes of violence I brought it up again on his Blog, in a public forum and raised my objections, which are reported in an article below. One of the so-called experts that he cited was Robert Hare, who has many awards, and he considers very credible, however even some of his statements seemed to imply that he believed that child abuse and bullying lead to escalating violence. I wasn't very familiar with him at the time but a simple search through his most popular book, "Without Conscience" which was on Google quickly turned up some of these comments, but David Cullen insisted and after I got around to reading the whole book it was clear that he was supporting David Cullen's views, however as I pointed out in Children Psychopaths? And Mitt Romney’s Bullying History he was incredibly incompetent, despite all his credentials awards and political support. Amazingly he has a history of using the courts to suppress his critics instead of making arguments to refute them. His book was full of appeals to emotion, and his alleged arguments for the "nature" cause of violence were primarily based or upbringing that really should have been in the "Nurture" category. As pointed out in the previous article mentioning him there were many other problems with his work.

I was surprised at how much he was in denial at one point saying, 'I researched it heavily, and just found no data to support it, so I said so in the book briefly and moved on. The last thing I wanted to do was to perpetuate more myths As for child abuse, again, there is no evidence of any. Of course we can construct all sorts of scenarios of what MIGHT have happened to the two kids, but I believe that would fall under the category of "making stuff up."'

However I cited numerous examples where there was serious bullying, and numerous experts that reported that there was a pattern of behavior of escalating violence that is much more common when children are abused at an early age, that leads to escalating violence. I did not claim that I had evidence of child abuse; however it is often not easy to find and I cited several experts that found that almost all if not all violent mass murderers suffered from early abuse, and that after a closer look it was worse than what most people suffer from. One of the experts that I cited was James Garbarino, who does some very good work but apparently didn't look at some of the legitimate myths about Columbine, including the trench coat mafia, and Dave Cullen argued that the experts I cited didn't directly research Columbine; however another one that I added on was Barbara Coloroso, who I wasn't as familiar with at the time, and she did look closer at it.

She lives in Littleton, and apparently was familiar with the culture there and may have even known the two killers and other children from the school. However one of the subjects that she writes about in at least one of her books are the teachings of James Dobson, who is also from the same area and apparently his religious teachings are very popular there and they involve using corporal punishment to educate or discipline children in a very different manner from Barbara Coloroso and her books point out the reason why she disagrees with him. I suspect, based on the views of the two and the stories that followed the Columbine shootings that the majority of the people in her area were more inclined to follow James Dobson's teachings than hers.

I went into James Dobson's views more in Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine where I explained that his strict authoritarian methods of child rearing, that involved starting to use corporal punishment on toddlers when they're no more than eighteen months old, before they even learn how to talk well, develop critical thinking skills or understand why they're being punished, teach children to obey out of fear, not because they understand what's wrong with what they might be doing to incite punishment. It teaches them to blindly obey orders and believe what they're told to believe without question and it leads to escalating violence and blind obedience to authority.

These child rearing methods are even more common, and more severe in the Southern Bible Belt, which also has the highest murder rates. On any given year six to nine of the states with the highest murder rates are among the only nineteen that still allow corporal punishment in schools; and only one, Idaho, which doesn't use it nearly as often in schools, routinely makes into the bottom ten states for murder rates.

Many claim, of course that not all people that suffer from child abuse turn into mass murderers, which is true, of course but they're more likely than those that aren't abused and if they don't become mass murderers, they suffer other problems that result from it. Excessive violence as an adult is just one of many problems that children have, as adults, as a result of the long term psychological abuse at an early age. Other problems include increased amounts of mental health issues, which are also associated with higher rates of violence, and it should be clear that the best way to treat these mental health issues, when possible, is to prevent them from developing in the first place by stopping child abuse and teaching better child rearing tactics as Barbara Coloroso and James Garbarino do.

The following article which shows a correlation between bullying, schizophrenia, and being a loner with violence and school shootings also shows that escalating violence "comes from a deep rooted traumatic experience or bad upbringing:"

Why do school shootings happen? 11/05/2015

April 20, 1999. 21 people injured. 12 people killed.

That day marked a catastrophic school shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. Although this wasn’t the first mass shooting, it seemed to be a catalyst for the next 16 years of gun violence in America.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the shooters at Columbine, left the nation shell-shocked. Explanations for this massacre varied from extreme to nonexistent. Since Columbine, numerous mass shootings have taken place and left a mark on American culture, such as Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and more.

As each day the world hears of dozens of shootings, they must ask themselves the same question: “Why do school shootings happen?”

Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, recently wrote an article in the New Yorker called, “The Thresholds of Violence,” in which he referenced sociologist Ralph Larkin who argues that Harris and Klebold laid down a “cultural script” for the next generation of shooters. It was like a contagion, and according to Gladwell, this type of behavior must be looked at from a group perspective. ....

However, this hypothesis can only go so far. Besides this being a cultural phenomenon, according to psychologist Dr. Paul Lazor, the health and psyches of the individuals must be considered.

“Most school shooters, my understanding is, have some kind of mental health problem. Most of [the infamous shooters] have mental illnesses, but it doesn’t mean that if you have mental illness you’re going to be a mass killer, but you have a higher risk of that than the average population,” Lazor said.

The idea behind those who decide to terrorize schools often comes from a deep rooted traumatic experience or bad upbringing. Gladwell theorizes that shooters are those who have been abused or blame the world for their sadness and want to seek revenge by harming the person and/or the world.

Then there are people like 17-year-old John LaDue, who was planning to kill his entire family, plant bombs in the recycling bins, and start shooting at his school. LaDue was detained, and as it turns out, LaDue wasn’t seeking revenge at all: he was autistic and had Asperger’s syndrome.

Along with gun control, mental health care has been a popular topic of contention when addressing the problem of mass shootings. “A lot of these people have chronic schizophrenia or some related illness, which probably contributes to them doing some of these acts, ” Lazor said.

When looking at a person, it’s impossible to judge a person’s capability for violence. But, by looking at a person’s past behavior, psychologists and families could better assess those in their lives who may express violent behavior. Complete article

Not all experts agree on everything of course, and understanding the most effective ways to reduce violence shouldn't be based on just one or two articles, especially since it's clear that there is a lot of controversy about these subjects, however most of the experts either believe that early child abuse is a contributing factor causing various mental illnesses including schizophrenia, or if child abuse doesn't cause schizophrenia, it makes it worse, some different views are posted at the bottom but the following is one of the typical studies showing that schizophrenia is more likely among abused children:

Childhood trauma linked to schizophrenia April 19, 2012

Researchers at the University have found that children who experience severe trauma are three times as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life.

The findings shed new light on the debate about the importance of genetic and environmental triggers of psychotic disorders. For many years research in mental health has focused on the biological factors behind conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression, but there is now increasing evidence to suggest these conditions cannot be fully understood without first looking at the life experiences of individual patients.

The research, conducted by teams at Liverpool and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, is the first of its kind to bring together and analyse the findings from more than 30 years of studies looking at the association between childhood trauma and the development of psychosis. The researchers looked at more than 27,000 research papers to extract data from three types of studies; those addressing the progress of children known to have experienced adversity; studies of randomly selected members of the population; and research on psychotic patients who were asked about their early childhood. Complete article

When sorting through contributing causes for escalating violence and the controversies that surround them, recognizing ulterior motives might help, and there are far more of those in the ideological push for Charter Schools and School Choice which Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol often point out in a lot of their research. These Charter Schools weren't initially intended to be part of a corporate take over of schools where a profit motive became a leading factor; however in many cases that is exactly what happens, as Ravitch often points out. they were initially intended to try some different teaching methods, often for special needs, on a small scale basis, to learn new teaching methods.

One of the biggest problems with Charter Schools is that they often siphon off the resources from public schools and take the easiest kids to teach as a way of distorting the results, which is why Kozol, Ravitch and teachers unions have been so critical of them. Another major problem is that most of them also rely on authoritarian discipline methods as some schools in Chicago and other parts of the country have been exposed doing, including the following example from New York, where the Nation Magazine demonstrates that an increase of of violence in 2015, being used to justify more Charter Schools probably should do the opposite:

Why Has Charter School Violence Spiked at Double the Rate of Public Schools? 03/09/2016

A few weeks after The New York Times released a controversial video of a Success Academy Charter School teacher lashing out at a student, New York City’s deep-pocketed charter school advocates are looking to shift the public narrative on who is committing violence in city schools.

Over the last few weeks, Families for Excellent Schools, a charter school lobbying and advocacy group with close ties to Success Academy, has placed TV ads, held a press conference, and taken to social media, claiming New York City public schools are in a violent “state of emergency.” The charter school campaign appears to be a response to the public backlash that Success Academy has received for its controversial disciplinary approach.

Taking state data, which includes “violent” incidents not involving the police, Families for Excellent Schools asserts that between 2014 and 2015 schools suffered a 23 percent uptick in violence. The public action was meant to undermine New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who recently claimed school violence has gone down, thanks to his administration’s softer disciplinary approach.

A Nation analysis of the charter school group’s data, however, suggests the move may backfire, since the numbers also show that charter schools themselves reported a far higher spike in incidents of school violence, 54 percent, more than double that of the public school average between the 2014 and 2015 school years.

Breaking the data down further, The Nation also found that while NYC public schools, perhaps responding to the district’s disciplinary reforms, actually dropped in nonviolent offenses like “criminal mischief” and “other disruptive incidents” at -6 percent and -23 percent, respectively, charter schools had a 65 percent surge in reported incidents of “criminal mischief” and a 33 percent surge in “other disruptive incidents.” Notably, charter schools also had far higher reported surges in drug and weapons possession incidents, at 53 percent and 27 percent respectively, whereas public schools only had 5 percent and 9 percent jumps for the same categories.

New York City charter school students represent a relatively small amount of the city’s overall population, and therefore make up only 4 percent of total violent incidents in New York City schools, but these drastic disparities raise questions about how charter schools’ controversial disciplinary cultures relate to the dramatic increase in reported school violence.

Brenda Shufelt, a recently retired librarian who served public school and Success Academy Charter School students at a colocated school library in Harlem, said that as charter schools rapidly expand, they may be taking in more high-needs kids, many of whom cannot conform to one-size-fits-all disciplinary approaches.

“In my experience, what would often happen is that charter school students would be so rigidly controlled that the kids would periodically blow up,” says Shufelt. “At PS 30, some of our kids would have meltdowns, usually because of problems at home, but I never saw kids melt down in the way they did in charter schools. They were just so despairing, feeling like they could not do this. I was told by two custodians, they had never had so much vomit to clean up from kindergarten and elementary classes.” Complete article

I have no doubt, based on an enormous amount of credible research, that one of the biggest contributing factors to escalating violence, if not the biggest is child abuse leading to bullying, hazing, domestic violence murder and even school shootings; however it isn't the only contributing factor, as I have pointed out in some articles listed below. Perhaps the second biggest contributing factor is abandoned inner cities where there are no educational or economic opportunities. These abandoned inner cities are often where they're pushing the flawed Charter Schools the most. They're also closely related to economic inequality, and lack of Democratic input on the education and economic system from local communities, which are additional major contributing factors.

A large portion of the problem is the lack of resources for schools especially low income schools, and lack of efforts to educate all children equally. Additional problems include a social and economic system that is forcing both parents to work two jobs spending less time educating their own children while still being unable to make ends meet. A large portion of this is being driven on ideological grounds controlled by a small fraction of the public that control the political, economic and media establishments, and are reluctant to listen to the most effective researchers on any given subject.

Does this sound like a fringe conspiracy theory?

Before you come to that conclusion consider one of the most extreme efforts to take over the education system by an online for profit organization as exposed by numerous researchers including Mary Bottari From Junk Bonds to Junk Schools: Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades 10/02/2013 She exposed how Michael Milken, former junk bond king who went to jail for epidemic levels of fraud in the eighties has been successfully making a fortune off of cyber education system that is incredibly ineffective.

Amazingly not only was Michael Milken a notorious scam artist allowed to start this school and rake in enormous amounts of money, but even after well over a decade of being exposed at the grassroots level it is still running, and the mainstream media refuses to report on it, or at least not in a high profile manner! This isn't because it isn't a major scam or because the reporting that Mary Bottari provided is false, it's not; there are occasional news articles from the mainstream media admitting to parts of it and other grassroots researchers like Susan Linn, and Juliet Schor have also exposed it.

If this isn't some kind of a conspiracy it is ideological fanaticism and an oligarchy run amok!

Michael Milken and K12 is only the most obvious of these scams, but a closer look which the best researchers like Jonathan Kozol or Diane Ravitch are doing clearly indicates that the school reform movement is being run by economist, lawyers, lobbyists, and ideological fanatics far more concerned with maximizing profits for Wall Street investors than they are with providing good education and addressing legitimate social concerns. Researchers like Susan Linn, Roy Fox and Juliet Schor have also exposed how the school privatization movement is also turning schools into indoctrination centers with the help of advertisers that are being relied on to partly finance education, however it has interfered with education by making commercial interests far more important than education; and the best researchers like Barbara Coloros or James Garbarino have done far better to expose how early child abuse leads to escalating violence than the people the media cover to promote either gun control only without mentioning educational reforms or even worse, the plan to turn schools into armed camps to defend against school shooters.

I try to be a rational skeptic and don't want to sound like a fringe conspiracy theorist; however the political establishment is routinely ignoring all the best researchers on any given subject, so I can't rule out the possibility that this is some kind of conspiracy; either that or it is authoritarian fanaticism running amok!

An article shortly after the Washington school shooting, Md. Teachers Take Firearms Training In Response To Uptick In School Shootings 09/20/2017, falsely claims there's an "Uptick In School Shootings" which appears to be typical of news reports from the traditional media which often doesn't even do the simplest fact checking. The article also says, “Never in a million years would I have guessed that one response to what happened in our town would be to arm teachers,” said former Sandy Hook teacher Abbey Clements. “Can you imagine if children were hurt by you in that situation? How would you live with yourself.”

Where is all the reporting about school advertising, school inequality, or most important psychological research into the effects of how child abuse leads to escalating violence?

It's not in the mainstream media which has turned into a fanatical corporate propaganda organization controlled by a fraction of one percent of the public, but it is available in alternative media outlets or in libraries.

If arming school teachers or shooting down school shooters is the most effective way of solving this problem, where are the reports where it actually worked? They don't seem to exist that I know of but even if they did, they could only have limited success since it won't take long for a suicidal kid with emotional problems to shoot one or two people before either being killed by an armed guard or teacher or committing suicide.

What about reports where it has already proven to back fire or at least the potential for arming teachers is there like this report about Juvenile found gun that teacher brought to NKY school 08/31/2017 This is just one of many reports where the armed people that are allegedly going to defend us either allow children or crooks to get a hold of their guns or accidentally shoot themselves or others, or ins many cases they go on killing sprees or commit suicide. Anyone that follows gun control advocates on Twitter can find dozens if not thousands of these examples. Of course in all fairness those that follow gun-rights advocates on Twitter can find examples where guns are used to stop crime; however after close scrutiny the gun-rights advocates often prove to distort their data more than the gun control advocates.

But if teachers and parents did more to address social problems, which many of them already are, then it would do far more to reduce school shootings even more and keep them down. Those that are already doing a better job could probably teach those that need the help the most if the media that is catering to ideological fanatics would give them some air time!

The following are additional articles about the shooting in Washington, past school shootings, attempts to arm teachers, and the correlation between Child Abuse and Schizophrenia:

List of school shootings in the United States

Teachers could be armed by the end of the school year 02/07/2017

Spokane County Sheriff Blames Everything But Guns For School Shooting 09/14/2017

Washington School Shooting Suspect Wanted to Teach Bullies a ‘Lesson’ 09/15/2017

Teen killed in Washington state school shooting 'tried to talk' armed classmate 'out of it': Sheriff 09/15/2017

Thoughts About School Shootings From A Future Teacher's Perspective 10/01/2016

Sexual abuse in childhood tied to schizophrenia NOVEMBER 2, 2010

Child Abuse Leaves Mark on Brain February 13, 2012

Schizophrenia may have link to child abuse June 13, 2006

Child Abuse Can Cause Schizophrenia, Conference Told June 14, 2006

Schizophrenia Usually Caused by Child Abuse? Proof Lacking June 16, 2006

Do Child Abuse and Maltreatment Increase Risk of Schizophrenia? Apr 30 2012

ACC reviews policy after research shows sexual abuse may cause schizophrenia November 29 2015

According to Death penalty Information center murder rates by state there were seven states using corporal punishment in schools in the top ten states for murder rates in 2016 up from six in 2015, which was lower than usual, seven or eight is typical. And Idaho, the only state using corporal punishment in school climbed out of the bottom ten so there are now none in the bottom ten, and only four of the states that use it the least in the bottom half. The correlation with use of corporal punishment in schools and murder rates has been clearer and more consistent than the vast majority of statistics for social problems.

The following are some of my past articles about child abuse leading to escalating violence:

Does child abuse and bullying lead to more violence?

David Cullen’s response denying bullying connection to Columbine

Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine

Child abuse and bullying link in study long over due

Daddy's Hands, Hard as steel when I’d done wrong

Public relation campaign for child abuse prevention

The real victim rights advocates

Cause and Effect of Hatred

Bullying research forgotten already??

Children Psychopaths? And Mitt Romney’s Bullying History

The following are some of my past articles about additional contributing causes of violence and how they can and often are reduced when people are educated at the grassroots level:

Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows

Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?

How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?

States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations

Teach a soldier to kill and he just might

The tragedy of gambling politics in United States

How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?

Politics, not technology, caused botched executions

Troy, Cameron, Gary all innocent? And executed?

Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse!!

Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit

Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders

Union Busting adds to corrupt bureaucracy and incites crime

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Looming North Korea Nuclear Apocalypse Result of Incompetence? Or Staged?

Edit 06/15/2018: This theory about ancient aliens possibly being connected to a fake apocalypse as part of a selective disclosure of something; when and only when it suits the purposes of the ruling class was never a rational theory; however the official version of truth continues to get even more insane and it's still distracting people from many more important things. The absurd propaganda video that Trump showed Kim Jong Un during their meeting makes even less sense; but it demonstrates that there is more planning than the media is letting on, whether it's because of my conspiracy theory or some other far fetched explanation.

This is beginning to look more and more like everything is staged for one reason or another. The question doesn't seem to be whether an insane conspiracy is the truth or not but, which insane conspiracy theory is true! When the official truth is as insane or more insane than fringe conspiracy theories then everything is insane! The Trump administration would have us believe that his tough talk brought North Korea to the bargaining table and convinced him to negotiate, and some pundits from the mainstream media are supporting this. Others are pointing out how fanatical he was before indicating, he's the one that caused this problem in the first place; but the United States pulled out of the agreement Carter Helped Clinton negotiate before George W. Bush took office and no one is trying to remind the public of the history behind this conflict.

And, of course, large portions of the mainstream media is demonizing Trump for cuddling up to a tyrant, justifiably to some degree, or so it seems, but they're ignoring a long list of other atrocities by other governments including Israel which is currently oppressing the Palestinian people and stealing their homes.

This propaganda video also shows more planning than they attribute to Trump, although the quality of this propaganda is incredibly bad unless the target audience is incredibly naive or it's being used for more sophisticated purposes. The media is trying to claim that it's designed to influence Kim Jon Un, which is virtually out of the question, since even though they don't report the history behind this conflict to the American public in mainstream media and only those keeping up with alternative media are aware of it Kim would be fully aware of it. It could be to target the North Korean people, which may be susceptible to propaganda so obvious; however that would seem to imply more planning than the media attributes to Trump and possibly even coordination with Kim Jong Un.

There's a strong possibility that this is more propaganda that is actually targeted towards the American people so they can discredit both Trump and the North Korean regime; however that would require cooperation with Trump or those leading him on which is absurd. None of this seems to make sense no matter how you look at it but something that makes no sense is definitely happening!

Are we supposed to take the insane behavior of our political leaders, including Donald Trump and John McCain, as well as Kim Jong Un, the clown they're trying to antagonize, seriously?

I try to be a rational skeptic about far-fetched conspiracy theories; however the official version of truth is as insane and absurd as many of these conspiracy theories; and the mainstream media is starting to come up with one irrational conspiracy theory after another, and trying to convince us that these are credible!

Either we're being run by a bunch of irrational ideological fanatics that are bringing us to the brink of nuclear war or there's something even more far-fetched going on.

Do Donald Trump and John McCain really think that the most effective way of dealing with an irrational tyrant with nuclear weapons is to call him names like an elementary school kid?

If this is an act, it is almost as insane as if they're really trying to incite a nuclear war!

Regardless of which, the confrontation of North Korea could have been avoided; as I have reported previously, Jimmy Carter helped negotiate a deal that would have eased tensions and prevented nuclear development for weapons; however Bush pulled out of it for arbitrary reasons that made no sense. Bush also accepted cooperation from Iran in the aftermath of 9/11 then instead of taking advantage of this opportunity to ease tensions he also arbitrarily added them to the "Axis of Evil" as well clearly inciting more wars that weren't necessary. For those not familiar with this I'll include some additional links below.

There should be no doubt that at best ideological fanaticism is responsible for our being in a permanent state of war!

The truth is that the establishment and alternative media both have far more rational foreign policy experts than the demagogues they present to the public, even though it may not seem like it if you cat your news from the traditional media.

And, in addition to refusing to remind the public about the history about this conflict, the media has demonstrated that they're incompetent at covering breaking news and went on with prepared programming even while the latest missile was being launched instead of reporting the breaking news. As reported in numerous alternative media outlets or good nonfiction books like Robert McChesney's "The Problem With The Media" and "Rich Media Poor Democracy," the consolidated media has gutted their funding for investigative reporting and dramatically increased their funding for prepared propaganda that is repeated over and over again.

Even without reading some of the best research on this subject it is easy to recognize that the media is controlled by only six oligarchies and they all repeat the same pattern of behavior jumping from one story to another providing obsession coverage for a day or two then quickly forgetting it without any diversity. If one network or Cable News show is covering one subject so are the rest while ignoring many of the most important news stories.

At about 6:26 give or take a minute or two Eastern time both CNN and MSNBC came out with breaking news about the latest missile launch beginning what was, for a little while obsession coverage. However CBS and perhaps the other network news didn't even report it at all on the evening news. At 7:00 both Hardball on MSNBC and The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox ignored it implying that they're probably prerecorded or plan their propaganda ahead of time and didn't bother interrupting their regular staged show.

The only one of the major networks that covered it at that Hour was Erin Burnett the "Breaking News Queen" was the only one that reported on it. For her, starting every news show with the phrase "Breaking News" is routine, like a large portion of the media, although she does it much more than most, which uses it so much that it no longer means anything anymore; and when they do have breaking news that should be treated as important it's like the boy that cried wolf and they don't seem serious about anything. This has, not surprisingly, led people to be skeptical of all this hype; it's like the boy that cried wolf!

This isn't the first time they stirred up the North Korean scare then quickly moved on to another obsession du jour, making it seem as if it isn't so urgent. A couple of weeks after Trump made his absurd "fire and fury" threat, which looked like something an immature little kid might come up with, he said that he thought North Korea was behaving better, for a little while, perhaps trying to give people the impression that his threats were working. However, there was no evidence to support this like most of his other absurd claims.

Bush's pulling out of the deal with also isn't the first or last obviously wrong practice that could have avoided war, including the narrow number of candidates that are routinely covered by the mainstream media, which ensures that only the candidates they support can get name recognition in the first place. This is how both Bush and Trump got elected in the first place, when neither one of them could have gotten the nomination if they provided reasonably diverse coverage of candidates in the press. I went into this more in The 2000 election revisited where I reminded people that before the 9/11 attacks and even before the first primaries back in 1999, the media virtually declared the Bush and Gore were the inevitable nominations and then they provided obsession coverage for the candidates of their choice to enable them to get the nominations.

This is standard operating procedure and it is why decent candidates that might be inclined to keep their promises never get any media coverage. It's also why so many people were outraged and looking for someone to stand up to "the establishment," although the assumption that Donald Trump would ever stand up to the establishment, which he has been benefiting from is absurd. However a large percentage of the public hasn't developed the critical thinking skills to check their own facts, which is what makes them so susceptible to deceptive propaganda.

There is no way that Donald Trump could have been elected if the media hadn't been giving him an enormous amount of coverage for decades to ensure that he had plenty of name recognition. This of course increased dramatically when they gave him his show "The Apprentice" that clearly targeted the moist susceptible people to propaganda; and it increased even more when he entered the presidential race in the most absurd fashion, by calling Mexican't rapists, and making appeals to emotion.

We're supposed to believe that this was all unexpected, however the political establishment has been studying how to manipulate the public for decades, and researchers like James Carville and Frank Luntz have been doing focus groups or other research to study how people respond to political manipulation so they can develop more effective ads to get votes even while they cater overwhelmingly to the corporate interests that finance political campaigns and the media.

They've known for quite a while that an enormous amount of people were angry at the political establishment; but instead of at least trying to address some of these concerns, to reduce the outrage they keep pushing for more fanatical policies that they must know had to backfire at some point!

With all the political research they do how can they possibly not know that if they keep pushing the country closer to the edge it's a matter of time before it backfires? Instead of trying to educate the public better and trying to prevent some kind of inevitable disaster they keep pursuing more radical polices moving further to the right. There should be little or no doubt that another major part of the reason Donald Trump was able to get elected was becasue they rigged the Democratic nomination for an incredibly corrupt candidate that is almost as bad if not worse than Donald Trump! the truth of the matter is that if they provided reasonable coverage for a diverse group of candidates that discuss many issues there would ahve been no way that either of these two clowns could have gotten the nomination.

On top of that they could have discussed ranked choice voting; the basics of Single Payer versus for profit insurance which spends and enormous amount of premium money on lobbying or advertising and keeping large portions for profit making less available for actual claims; educating the public about all these wars based on lies; informed the public about how union busting is causing inferior merchandise eliminating factory direct options and even increasing crime and many other things, which the oligarchies censor!

And those paying attention to the alternative media outlets might remember the famous “Pied Piper” attachment to a leaked Email!

Podesta Email [AGENDA & MEMO] Friday Strategy Call at 8:00 AM ET 04/23/2015 Includes “Pied Piper” PDF attachment showing they wanted to encourage an irrational candidate so that Hillary could win in the general election

Clinton's behavior has been almost as insane as Donald Trump's which is why he was able to get elected! Instead of trying to address many of the most important issues she relied on this insane "Pied Piper" strategy hoping to go up against an irrational candidate so that she wouldn't even have to do a good job pretending to do a good job to get elected; and she still appears to be living in fantasy land with several interviews and her new book showing that she's totally clueless about why everyone hates her so much!

The reason so many people were so outraged and Trump was able to get elected is that int was incredibly obvious that they rigged the media coverage for her; and instead of admitting that they were caught red handed when the Emails were leaked they tried to convince the public that they should have the right to rig the nomination for someone the people hate!

Any rational skeptic would agree that an insane Wag the Dog hypothesis where they're creating this confrontation for some far-fetched conspiracy is extremely hard to believe; however it is also extremely hard to believe that the political establishment could be so clueless that they allowed this clown to get elected and push us to the brink of nuclear war!

There should be no doubt that something insane and absurd is going on, which opens the door for one of those far-fetched conspiracy theories to be true or close to the truth!

In Trump's speech to the U.N. he said that Kim Jong Un, or as he phrased it, "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself;" however if the official version of truth presented by the mainstream media, which I'm skeptical of, is true, so is Donald Trump and all the political manipulators that enabled him to get obsession coverage he needed to get elected while suppressing coverage for honest or rational candidates are also on a suicide mission.

I find this extremely unlikely; they have proven that although they're manipulative corrupt and deceptive they're not inclined to destroy themselves by choice. A Wag the Dog Conspiracy hypothesis may seem extremely unlikely but the insane behavior of the political establishment is as unlikely if not more unlikely; and even if the most far-fetched Wag the Dog conspiracy Theory doesn't hold up there's an enormous amount of evidence that a less far-fetched conspiracy is going on and the media is distorting the information they present to the public and that they've been caught lying about one war after another.

A large portion of past lies have been exposed and even the traditional media has often reported it and the government often has often admitted it although they both only discuss these lies briefly then quickly forget it and often treat people that keep track of their lies and admission as conspiracy theorists. Those more familiar with the most reliable alternative media outlets are much more likely to be familiar with these, and I have reported on some of them in numerous articles in the past including a recent one, Wars Based On Lies Has Long History Of Political Support, where I reviewed a long list of the lies used to get us into wars in the past; Even Bernie Sanders Ignores History of North Korea Conflict, which reviews the history of the negotiations with North Korea; and Is 60 Minutes presenting anti-North Korea propaganda?, which raises major doubts about some of the past reporting by Anderson Cooper on a "North Korean prisoner who allegedly escaped after 23 brutal years," however instead of going on with his life he went on a speaking tour that seems highly couched and doesn't seem to indicate that he is nearly as traumatized as other people abused that bad that wouldn't be emotionally capable of providing anti-North Korea propaganda.

I gave attempted to provide reliable sources for all these articles but if your not already doing your own research and checking your own facts I hope you'll consider it when you have time. Also, the last of those three articles was written in 2013 when I suspected there should be major doubts about his story, although sixty minutes wasn't reporting on it. In 2015, apparently, Blaine Harden wrote a book about this and also raised more doubts. To the best of my knowledge Sixty Minutes hasn't provided a high profile retraction; however apparently they did edit there internet article about it, North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years Last Updated Jan 18, 2015 8:30 PM EST, to say, "Editor's Note: This story first aired in December 2012. Since then, questions have been raised about the truthfulness of some of the account that Shin Dong-hyuk gave about growing up in a North Korean prison camp. In January 2015, Blaine Harden, who had written a book about Shin's experiences, said that Shin had changed key parts of his story, including the timing and circumstances of his time in prison, his torture, and his eventual escape. Harden first disclosed these discrepancies to The Washington Post and also sent a statement to 60 Minutes. We have not yet been able to reach Shin for comment."

At the time I wrote my article, if I had received attention from the mainstream press, my best guess is, that they would have treated my article as fringe conspiracy theory, as they often treat many other reports that expose their propaganda; however I would not have been aware that they seem to have confirmed my concerns and demonstrated their own propaganda tactics once again by reporting the deceptive propaganda far and wide while only reporting the doubts about it in a low profile manner.

They appear to be doing the same thing all over again with Will Ripley's reporting from within North Korea!

They're trying to portray North Korea as fanatical and authoritarian as they previously portrayed the Soviet Union; however, the even though the Soviet Union was extremely authoritarian and a closed society they weren't always as bad as the United States portrayed them, and they never allowed our reporters to go in and get into the Soviet Union at all let alone report about how their propaganda is so misleading openly within North Korea while allegedly being watched by their authoritarian guards that are supposedly watching reporters as well as the Soviet Union did.

Anyone that remembers how authoritarian the reporting about the Soviet Union and other tyrannical states might agree that this is even less credible than the story about Shin Dong-hyuk, which their disclaimer almost admits it is seriously flawed.

There should also be major doubts about whether a nation that can't keep the lights on for the vast majority of the country can develop this nuclear technology at all and the missiles to deliver them especially the Hydrogen Bomb which is more advanced than they probably should have been able to develop. However if they're right and they did develop this then one thing that is odd that they rarely if ever mention is the possibility that they could deliver it using other means. If they can develop bombs, even just the less severe ones, like the ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki there should be more concern that they could smuggle it far closer to the United States without a missile system. I seriously doubt all this propaganda about them developing this technology but if they did then the delivery could be lower tech and that should be enough reason not to antagonize them!

Even if more far-fetched conspiracy theories aren't true, or partly true, there's an enormous amount of deceptive propaganda going on that has been routine for decades. For one reason or another we have a clownish president that has been caught one time after another in many scandals and scams including numerous ties to the mafia which can be found with a Google search, although most articles only report on one or two when further search will turn up more, Trump University lawsuit which was an obvious fraud and dozens if not hundreds more scams including his infamous tape where he bragged about being able to "grab them by the pussy. you can do anything," when your a celebrity. There is something seriously wrong with a media that provides obsession coverage for this demagogue to get elected that won't provide coverage for progressive candidates like Jill Stein or many even lesser known candidates unless they collect an enormous amount of bribes, thinly disguised as campaign contributions from the corporations that the media serve!

This absurd behavior including the rhetoric about a nuclear apocalypse, or "wars and rumors of wars" and the extreme weather are appearing to be increasingly Apocalyptic; however unlike the serious threat that is presented by the Bible it's being presented like an unbelievable satire that people shouldn't take seriously. And most people don't seem to be; however there are real threats that we should worry about even though the scare about North Korea may be based on propaganda not a real threat. One of them is that they could use this deception to lead us into another war based on lies!

Still as someone trying to be a rational skeptic it should be clear that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence to take them seriously, even if the official version of truth is now as far-fetched as what most people consider far-fetched conspiracy theories. But there has been extraordinary evidence of many major unsolved mysteries for hundreds of years, although many people claiming to be rational skeptics refuse to admit to it. But some of this evidence is inadequate to fill in all the answers, just enough to raise major doubts about the official version of the truth. One of the clearest and most conclusive that I know of is the large number of megaliths well over a hundred tons that have been moved long distances by ancient civilizations even though when they do experiments between ten and forty tons they cheat and still can't move them long distances; and they don't even try to move bigger ones with ancient technology. Additional unsolved mysteries include alleged mystics like Edgar Cayce, Padre Pio, Uri Geller and many others, as well as many UFO sightings that have still not been explained. These require more review to demonstrate a major unsolved mystery than the megaliths but those that take the time to check the details might not be able to explain it.

If you Google "Donald Trump Apocalypse" there are a surprising number of people that are speculating that Trump really might bring on the Apocalypse including some credible scientists according to Donald Trump could be about to trigger the apocalypse, elite Doomsday Clock scientists conclude 01/26/2017 which reports that "Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" has moved the "Doomsday Clock" closer to midnight based on Trump's irrational comments about both Climate Change and Nuclear War and this was before the recent increase in tensions with North Korea!

However it still seems to clownish and irrational to believe!

A Wag the Dog Conspiracy Theory seems as rational if not more rational, even if it is also far-fetched; but why?

In my recent article Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory I explained that an enormous amount of research about Climate Change and attempts to control the weather are being admitted to by the government and mainstream scientists including Dr. Michio Kaku, although they're often mixed up with fringe conspiracy theorists that often exaggerate and misrepresent them so it often seems like fringe science. However if there is something to it they have to do some research on it, and that appears to include according to admissions from government scientists, to cloud seeding in Vietnam to increase rain, which is also being allegedly done by both China and Russia; fracking that can induce earthquakes; and if Climate Change is caused by man, as most scientists claim, that is a form of geoengineering indicating that as Dr. Michio Kaku, further weather control is possible.

This theory also takes into consideration numerous other major unsolved mysteries including UFOs and the possibility that there may have been an unknown advanced intelligence that has been influencing our civilization for thousands of years and that it enabled the movement of the megaliths and influenced early religions, possibly inspiring religious texts including the Book of the Apocalypse.

There are a surprising number of similarities that a rational skeptic wouldn't expect if there is nothing to alleged prophecies about the Apocalypse, however if they're coming partially true it's being done in a clownish manor that doesn't seem serious. As I reported previously, in "Yes Virginia there is a Trump and Clinton Conspiracy" there are a lot of similarities between Hillary Clinton and the "Whore of Babylon" and they only increased since then, even with her absurd denials about what went wrong as if it is a clownish act.

Trump is also acting like in irrational clown that shouldn't be taken seriously yet he's president of the United States and appears to be pushing us to the brink of a nuclear war. There's even a building previously owned by Jared Kushner on 666 fifth avenue leading some to speculate about a connection to the "Mark of the Beast." The Book of Apocalypse also indicates, assuming you take one interpretation or another seriously, that when it suits "God's" purposes he'll arrange to have "the beast taken prisoner" and "hurled alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur," which assuming you think Trump might be the "Beast" might mean that he'll be removed from power.

Whether you take the Book of Apocalypse seriously or not there's good reason to suspect that Donald Trump might be removed from power before he finishes his first term with all the investigations about him, legitimate or not. There has been good reason to suspect that the president elected in 2016 could justifiably be impeached, since spring of 2016 before we even knew which crook would win! This was because the media gave so much obsession coverage to these two incredibly corrupt candidates while refusing to allow reasonable coverage for honest candidates. On the Democratic side establishment candidates almost universally lined up behind Clinton and when Bernie Sanders was cheated, even he lined up behind Clinton; on the Republic side they ran a large number of incredibly bad candidates that the public recognized as establishment candidates that have been scamming them for decades.

It was rigged so that two incredibly corrupt candidates that could justifiably be impeached were the two nominees!

Then if you take the Book of Apocalypse seriously, "thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to lead astray all the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, and mobilise them for war, his armies being as many as the sands of the sea." Apocalypse: 20:7-8 As long as we keep trusting "God," as religious people have been taught to do, he can lead us into temptation and stage wars when ever it suits his purposes!

It would be a far better idea to demand disclosure of the truth what ever it is, whether it is an Ancient Alien Conspiracy or not, and make decisions for ourselves! It certainly won't be the version of an Ancient Alien conspiracy described in the History channel series by that name since they do such a bad job checking their facts; however if it was peer reviewed along with full disclosure some of it might turn out to be true. If more people had developed critical thinking skills and recognized that the media is so corrupt they could have elected many more third Party Candidates and prevented this disaster from approaching in the first place bringing about the reforms that we need.

Perhaps the simplest thing that should raise doubts is that it is virtually guaranteed that the people running the show know how to do a better job pretending to do a good job, but they're not even trying!

This may be far-fetched to many people but whether a crazy Ancient Alien conspiracy theory is true or not it should be a good idea to protect the environment, educate children, prevent routine wars based on lies, allow diverse media that isn't monopolized by the rich and provide full disclosure of what our government is doing! Yet the government gets every one of these wrong!

If we could bring about the government and media reform we need while reversing the damage to the environment then we can simultaneously bring about a disclosure process to release all the information that the government has been keeping secret from us. This would have to be fact checked carefully since they have an incredibly long history of lying and have been repeatedly caught and if this is a fringe conspiracy then that will be exposed by the evidence, which is fine. I'm not trying to push a theory if it doesn't hold up and no doubt there are problems with it and it needs many more details to be filled in if it is partly true.

However even if it is false, most of the propaganda coming from the mainstream media and the government is also false and that needs to be exposed!

Are we supposed to believe that not only can't Donald Trump stop him from making tweets as absurd as this but that the media can't stop themselves from giving him the obsession coverage that he needed to get elected while suppressing honest grassroots candidates? Or is this a "Madman" diplomacy strategy? If so could they possibly do it without willing help from the media? Something insane is definitely going on!

Edit 10/20/2017: North Korea has let another reporter provide propaganda that seems to do more to serve the ineterests of the people that provided obsession coverage that enabled Trump to get elected and are now trying to make him seem like a demon according to a MSNBC report as described in NBC News correspondent: Senior North Korean officials watch 'Morning Joe' 10/19/2017 Once again, if this country was so draconian they wouldn't have been so likely to cooperate with American efforts to provide this propaganda. This only adds to news that doesn't make any sense and seems like a large portion of it was staged. With or without a fringe conspiracy theory there were plenty of opportunities to improve relations over the decades, and either they're ideological fanatics that refuse to do so or the truth is as fringe as the conspiracy theory.

The following are additional sources with further details:

Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob? 05/22/2017

A Brief History of Donald Trump and the Mafia 04/28/2016

Trump to UN: 'Rocket Man is on a suicide mission' 09/19/2017

Trump ‘ready for pre-emptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear sites’ 09/16/2017

Donald Trump's unpresidential presidency keeps hitting new lows 09/18/2017

Trump's 'rocket man' tweet claims Korea sanctions biting, but experts unsure 09/18/2017

John McCain on Twitter: What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid? 03/29/2017

If the media wanted to provide coverage for candidates that actually try to do a good job neither of these two clowns could get the nomination! 09/18/2017

CNN’s Will Ripley Talks Trump With Everyday North Koreans 02/15/2017

Trump's 'fire and fury' threat to North Korea sparks new fears of war 08/08/2017

We Need One Sane Leader in the U.S.–North Korea Standoff. Pressure’s on You, Kim Jong-un. 08/09/2017

Kim threatens to nuke US after McCain calls him ‘crazy fat kid’ 03/30/2017

The following are my past articles with additional back up evidence or speculation to explore major unsolved mysteries:

107 Wonders of the Ancient World

Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?

A Brief History of the Mormon Church

Why so few arrests for Crop Circles makers? Is there microwave evidence?

UFO Hypothesis with rational use of Occam's Razor

"God's Not Dead" But Is He Nice?

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy but could it be related to a far-fetched Apocalypse Prophecy or a weak copy of it?

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

Is Stanton Friedman working for the CIA to refute reverse engineering claims?

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun"

Could Steve Bannon Be Providing Propaganda To Enable Climate Change Research Project?

Even Bernie Sanders Ignores History of North Korea Conflict!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory

It's increasingly difficult to deny that there is Climate Change going on and that it is virtually guaranteed that it is partly a result of carbon dioxide and other changes to the environment made by man. Almost all the traditional scientists agree on this yet the entire government and economic establishment is refusing to take the steps to minimize it. However even if the Climate Change deniers are partly if not entirely right there's still an enormous amount of damage being caused by environmental destruction, especially in third world countries and the poorest parts of the developed world where residents don't have the political clout to prevent powerful corporations from profiting off the destruction of the environment.

There are also a growing number of conspiracy theories about Geoengineering claiming that corporations are profiting off of cloud seeding technology or that they're using weather as a weapon; no doubt most rational people are skeptical of these theories especially the most far-fetched and exaggerated ones. However, the government has admitted that they have done some research into cloud seeding during Vietnam and both China and Russia claim they're also doing some of it, successful or not. Leading scientists have also admitted that fracking is creating earthquakes and the U.S. Geological Survey doesn't completely deny this although they claim that most of it is done by waste water disposal, which means that it's still man-made inducements of earthquakes.

Even though the most extreme of these theories probably won't hold up to scrutiny there is a growing amount of evidence, both new, and in some cases old that have been documented in obscure locations to indicate that more extensive weather control might be possible and that some research is at least being considered, if not actual modification. The conspiracy theorists have recirculated the following admission from Dr. Michio Kaku; and additional evidence, previously written off as religious superstition, might indicate that some efforts to research weather modification might be much older than most people suspect

Top Scientist Admits on Live TV: Recent Hurricanes are Man-Made 09/08/2017

Dr. Michio Kaku accidentally makes confession on weather modification

One of the world's leading scientists has made a shocking confession on live TV when he accidentally admitted that the recent "man-made" hurricanes have been artificially created through secret government weather modification. During an interview on mainstream media outlet CBS news, Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku said that the skies have been sprayed with nano particles and storms are then "activated" using "lasers".

Anonymous reports: People in positions of influence propose that the skies be sprayed to “combat climate change,” but they never exactly admit it is already happening: in this little-known slip-up, a mainstream scientist admitted it.

In the interview, Michio Kaku briefly dips into the history of weather modification (in little detail compared to extensive works, such as the book “Chemtrails Exposed: a New Manhattan Project”).

Very quickly, the CBS crew interrupted him to say the state weather modification programs were only “alleged.” Complete article

A reasonable amount of skepticism of this article is appropriate and Snopes was quick to fact check it; however they admit that some degree of weather control might be possible. Furthermore this story was circulated last year Scientist Dr. Michio Kaku Admits Government ‘Weather Control’ On CBS News 10/21/2016 and in 2014 Dr. Michio Kaku admits government weather control on CBS News 02/18/2014 yet Snopes doesn't mention this. They also missed this article which was posted on the 8th and attributed the recent revival to another source that posted it one day later, indicating that their efforts to debunk are poorly researched, since I was able to find all this in no more than a few minutes. They say, at this time that, "We contacted Kaku for further comment, but did not receive a response by press time." If they had debunked the previous claims then they could have cited that and there would have been plenty of time for Michio Kaku to get back to them, which might indicate that they haven't looked to closely into it. It also means that Michio Kaku might not be worried about debunking it since he's had plenty of time to respond to those claims as well.

This was updated a day or two after Snopes posted this article to say that Michio Kaku says the story is "100% false;" however Michio Kaku clearly does think that some form of weather modification is possible and there are other sources claiming that cloud seeding has been used in an attempt to increase rain in certain locations, although it is hard to imagine why they would want to do it during hurricane season when they know it would result in a disaster, assuming it works at all.

Even though some of the conspiracy theorists have taken some things out of context Snopes and Michio Kaku both avoided directly addressing the question of whether or not any weather control experimentation is going on like further research on cloud seeding the government admitted that it tried in Vietnam.

This should be considered inconclusive, at least but Michio Kaku clearly does believe that weather modification might be possible and it's worth researching in the future.

The same source says that Pope Francis: Donald Trump Voters Are to Blame for Hurricane Irma 09/11/2017 which isn't quite what the Pope said but it is clearly implied. This site, like many others including traditional media might participate in a little spin and perhaps should have reported that they were reinterpreting an old clip but they're not necessarily completely wrong. Regardless of whether or not this article is being misrepresented there should be no doubt that much more action needs to be taken to protect the environment and the Pope is right on this even if he may not always support the best scientific research.

In Portugal, Pope Francis recently Proclaimed Two Fátima Siblings Saints 05/13/2017; which, as many Catholics believe, might be evidence of "God's" ability to control the weather at least to some degree; and surprisingly, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that something far-fetched and hard to believe did happen there and it does involve the prediction of it months ahead of time, and extremely bizarre weather, according to thousands of witnesses. I mentioned the possibility that several unsolved mysteries including the movement of massive megaliths, UFO and Fatima might be evidence of a unknown advanced intelligence that might have been influencing early development of civilization in UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun" and Could Steve Bannon Be Providing Propaganda To Enable Climate Change Research Project? Some of this also involves claims from Philip Corso that he acquired technology from alien craft that was retrieved at Roswell and shared it with multinational corporations to reverse engineer it reported in his book "The Day After Roswell." as I have reported in previous articles, there are problems with his claims; however if they're partly true they could help explain a lot of major unsolved mysteries, including how ancient megaliths have been moved, how raped development of technology sped up so much in the last seventy years and even more so in the last few decades, and perhaps many other unsolved mysteries as well, although many more details need to be worked out.

The following excerpt indicates how one faithful believer concludes the incident at Fatima is evidence of "God's" ability to control the weather:

The Miracle of the Sun as Proclamation of the Universal Queenship of Mary 2007

The whole night it rained. This was a change in the weather from what had occurred earlier in the autumn season. It was as if Our Lady was perfectly stage managing the scene to emphasize the miracle. The rain transformed the dusty roads into muddy quagmires. What does de Almeida say concerning the response of the people to these adverse conditions? “They did not lose hope and they did not forget the cause for which they came.”

The day of October 13th arrived. De Almeida continues, “By 10 o’clock the sky was completely hidden behind the clouds and the rain began to fall in earnest. Swept by the strong wind and beating upon the faces of the people, it soaked the pilgrims, often without protection against the weather, to the marrow of their bones … But no one complained or turned back … Hours of waiting …The great mass of people congregate round the oak tree which, according to the children, is Our Lady’s pedestal.” .....

What is truly amazing about this miracle is that Our Lady perfectly “stage managed” the entire event. Each aspect of the miracle was directed to accentuate the miraculous nature of the phenomenon. Dr. Almeida Garrett reports, “The sky, which had been overcast all day, suddenly clears up; the rain stops and it looks like the sun is about to fill with light the countryside that the wintry morning had made so gloomy.” This sudden change of weather surprised all of the witnesses. Dr. Pereira Gens simply reports, “The rain suddenly stopped”; it “suddenly stopped,” of course, at the exact moment which had been predicted for the miracle to take place. Complete article

In "Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the UFO Phenomenon" Joaquim Fernandes and Fina D'Armada review a large number of reports of unusual similarities between the incident at Fatima and UFO reports. The strongest evidence is probably reports of unidentified flying objects, of some sort reported in many location where the technology shouldn't have been developed at the time they were reported. In 1917 airplane technology was very limited yet thousands of people reported seeing something moving within the atmosphere, although, due to their belief system they seem to have concluded that it was the Sun, which would have been totally impossible. However not all of them claimed it was the Sun and there were numerous reports that it was globe, a disc or some other type of flying craft, including at least one person that assumed that it was a vehicle to transport "Our Lady."

Some of the other similarities that they compare include the ability to control animals, apparitions that allegedly appear to seers including the three children at Fatima, thunder, lightning, unusual clouds, rapid heating or cooling that have been reported at both Fatima and many UFO sightings. If it's possible, as Michio Kaku believes, to influence the weather, and there has been some influence on the development of our society by an unknown advanced intelligence of some sort, whether it's aliens or what people perceive as "Gods," for hundreds of years then this unknown advanced intelligence could have had some of the technology to do it all along, and could be continuing to research how to do more. Or if, as many UFO researchers, including Philip Corso, claim there are aliens that have been visiting us and they've made contact with some people within the government already, then it's conceivable that they could be helping to develop weather control technology teaching them how to use it.

If contact has been made it's virtually very likely that the aliens might have understood climate change much better than our most advanced scientists, although there's no guarantee that they can be trusted to look out for our best interest, nor is it guaranteed that our government is looking out for the best interest of the majority, if anything the opposite is guaranteed, since they're behaving so irrational.

Are our political leaders suicidal? are they willing to take our entire civilization with them while they destroy the environment? Are they ideological fanatics that actually believe their own lies? some of them might be but there should be little doubt that many of them aren't, and yet they're only putting up a token opposition to the environmental destruction that will eventually lead to our collapse.

As far fetched as it sound, a theory about weather control research that requires intentionally allowing Climate Change to happen could explain this absurd and irrational behavior; however this wouldn't mean that they can guarantee the restoration of the environment at all. Nor does it change the fact that they clearly act as if the vast majority of the public is expendable to be used for their own benefit.

Extremely far-fetched conclusions about the God's manipulating the weather were also made in 1964 when an extreme storm took place when the secular authorities decided to move a statue believed to be of Tlaloc that Aztec rain God, although some scholars thought it might have actually been his sister. They had to promise the people of Coatlinchan to provide large amounts of public works to get their consent, but some of them were still outraged and attempted to sabotage the move. But the secular authorities went ahead and moved it and some came to the conclusion that Tlaloc was angry and sent enormous amounts of rain as told in Time Life Lost Civilizations series:Aztecs: Reign of Blood and Splendor (1992) p.45-47 and another description in the following article:

Mexico's Lord Of The Waters By Ralph Graves

To some, the recent revival of Lake Chapala has been nothing short of a miracle, perhaps a divine intercession in answer to the many prayers to the Virgin. For others, it is merely a phase in nature’s continuing cycle of the lake’s rise and fall. But according to an elderly Mexican friend, the replenishment of the lake is more likely the work of the ancient Aztec rain god, Tlaloc.

“It’s simple,” he told me with a sly wink. “When Tlaloc is pleased, he makes it rain just enough for crops to flourish. When he’s upset about something, you get either a drought or a flood.”

Just who was this pre-Columbian rain-maker? Actually, the “lord of the waters” pre-dates the Aztecs, appearing in Meso-American mythology as early as the Olmec civilization. He was called Chac by the Mayas, Tajin by the Totonacs and other names by succeeding cultures. Regardless of the name, this deity was venerated by most early Mexicans as one of the four principle gods—those of earth, sun, rain and corn.

He was usually depicted wearing a green necklace and a Lord of Waters —two-braided pendant. He carried a rattle with which to make thunder and had large cicular eyes that gave him the appearance of wearing glasses or goggles. One of his earliest depictions is among the archeological ruins of Teotihuacan where wall paintings show the god in his part of the heavens surrounded by priests and the happy souls of the departed.

Much later, the Aztecs erected a great temple devoted to him in the their capital, Teotihuacan. Tlaloc was responsible for providing just the right amount of rain to grow crops—primarily maize, the primary food source of the ancients. He caused all plant life to flourish, bloom and bear fruit. He made the rivers flow and the lakes thrive, thus assuring a plentiful supply of fish and game.

But could this rain-making prowess extend into the twenty-first century? “Well,” recalled my friend, “he certainly caused a stir back in ’64, don’t you remember?”

That year I was studying at the University in Mexico City where my friend was teaching. In the early months of the year, as the new National Museum of Anthropology neared completion, it was decided that the monolith of Tlaloc was just the right finishing touch to accent the entrance of the impressive structure.

Up to then, the stone colossus lay half-buried in the nearby valley of Coatlinchan, sporadically visited by the curious. It was generally thought to be the most massive piece of sculpture produced by any ancient Mexican culture. And moving the 167-ton statue into the city required a super-human engineering feat.

For starters, the road bed along the route had to be reinforced in order to bear the weight. Then a special moving platform was constructed with a total of 72 wheels. The massive creature had to be chained like Gulliver in order for a custom-built steel crane to lift it and place it onto the platform. The final move, which took place over several days, was accompanied by police and fire vehicles and rain-soaked cheering crowds. Rain-soaked? And how!

It seems that Tlaloc was not amused at being uprooted from his centuries old habitat. The first day of the move was accompanied by unusually early and heavy rains throughout the Valley of Mexico. Each day of the move brought increasingly severe downpours, ultimately flooding large areas of the Capital. The city’s fascination with the move and the accompanying deluge was reflected by the press.

“They move Tlaloc and the Capital is flooded,” screamed the headline of one leading daily. Other papers featured articles about the irritable deity’s rain-making abilities and its displeasure at being disturbed. The final day of the move saw the most violent weather yet, punctuated by hail which ripped apart trees and caused damage to a number of buildings in the city.

Finally, the day after the move was completed and Tlaloc was once again at rest, the weather changed abruptly to a series of clear, sunny days with gentle rainfall at night—just enough to make the crops flourish.

So, were these events caused by Tlaloc, as the news media seemed to imply? Or were they merely coincidence? As my friend mused, “It’s like the case of Lake Chapala. You choose the answer that suits you best.” Complete article

How likely is it that a God would have sent that rain in outrage over the moving of a statue? Hard to imagine what his motive could possibly be; but the enormous effort it took to move it with modern technology, and the fact that experiments to moves something so large with ancient technology failed clearly indicates that there's a major unsolved mystery, which combined with the extremely odd weather is an even bigger mystery. Did Tlaloc flood Mexico City in outrage over moving his statue? Was it part of a Geoengineering experiment? or just a coincidence?

Also whether it is because of Tlaloc, a miracle, a bizarre Geoengineering experiment or just natures unpredictable cycles, Lake Chapala was shrinking and in danger of becoming a dead lake, but it revived itself from its worst declines, first after a drought in the fifties then more recently after a second decline, when Ralph Graves wrote this article about ten years and it has recovered even more since then.

This was shortly before some of the first efforts to Geo-engineer the weather were allegedly planned according to What Is Geoengineering and Why Is It Considered a Climate Change Solution? 04/06/2010 which reports that Lyndon Johnson received an early report about climate change and addressed Congress about it, aproximately ten months after the unusual storm that came during what is normally the dry season. His scientific advisers recommended research into far-fetched efforts to control the weather that they almost certainly didn't understand, ignoring efforts to protect the environment by limiting carbon emissions.

This isn't much to go on, but I'll give it a guess on one possibility that might have happened, assuming that some contact had taken place between aliens and government scientists by then, as the MJ-12 documents and Philip Corso seem to imply might have happened.

If, at this point, the aliens already had some ability to manipulate the weather and understood cloud seeding and perhaps other technology that might help partially control the environment, and wanted to do more research, but needed cooperation from leading government researchers and policy makers, they might have made contact, and as the bible often says, made another covenant with government scientists. The government scientists would have wanted something in return, and they might have demanded some kind of evidence that some weather control was possible and other advanced technology would be shared with them. This could have included advanced computer technology genetic engineering technology and technology that would advance space travel, and who knows what else.

The government scientists would have already been familiar with the incident at Fatima and if they had contacted the aliens as far back as 1947 when the Roswell incident allegedly happened then they would have had plenty of time to do some research into that and speculate about the possibility that it could have involved some weather manipulation. Some kind of deal might have been worked out and they might have come up with some plan as to how the research project would work out and if or when it would end. It is highly unlikely that the government scientists would have gone along with the plan if they thought it would have led to the destruction of the environment and the end of their civilization.

The aliens might have offered a demonstration of some sort that could be dismissed as a superstitious belief in Pagan Gods and this could have been provided during the movement of the statue. It would provide a mythical explanation that doesn't make any sense to rational people, but seems credible to religious people that happen to believe in one particular mythology. These mythologies, whether they're Christian or Pagan including the ancient Aztec or Mayan mythologies are often used to manipulate the masses and control them whether or not there is an advanced intelligence. If there is then they could be using them as part of a control process; and even if they aren't governments have been manipulating the public with their religious beliefs for thousands of years.

Additional details of this need to be confirmed before it would be considered a probably theory, let alone proven fact; however if part of what is going on is research into climate change and other weather control efforts, it would be virtually impossible to get the cooperation of the public that are being used to bring it about without receiving the benefit of it. Wars based on lies are routinely used as a justification to keep secrets from the public, with or without a more far-fetched conspiracy theory, and if such a conspiracy is partly true it can be used to help cover it up and almost certainly has been. This includes the Vietnam war where they allegedly did their first cloud seeding experiment; and it might also include the first Gulf War, which led to Saddam Hussein setting his oil wells on fire, which would have dramatically increased the amount of Carbon-dioxide in the air; it could also include authoritarian control of China enabling them to create all those sweatshops without any pollution controls that turned it into the smoggiest area in the world where people often have to wear respiration masks when going out in public.

This is also providing research opportunities to study the impact of health on people in China and comparing it to the health of people in areas that are less smoggy. Research like this is going on with or without a fringe conspiracy theory; and it is part of the reason why some Chinese are starting to stand up to their government and demand that they take the lead when it comes to renewable energy, while large portions of the United States, including those that control the federal government are pushing the most irrational environmental practices.

At the grassroots level people are paying a high price for it, yet many of the "faithful" are lining up behind demagogues and religious leaders denying Climate Change and other environmental problems, while claiming to be "pro-life" as a result of their indoctrination and lack of critical thinking skills.

They're making blind senseless sacrifices without understanding why, even though there's no guarantee there is any benefit for anyone at all!

Many of these religions including Christian, Aztec or Mayan, worship blind senseless sacrifices that make no sense to rational people; however, even though they claim to defend a higher moral belief system, they routinely sacrifice the innocent, or people with the least political power so that the most powerful people, and most guilty, can control the decision making process. With or without a far-fetched conspiracy theory like this there is plenty of evidence to prove that it is routine to sacrifice those without political power for the benefit of those with political power. If there was a merciful God, as Christians believe then he simply wouldn't remain silent about all these atrocities committed in his name inspired by religions he allegedly created.

If on the other hand there are aliens or some other form of hidden advanced intelligence that has been perceived as Gods, which have been conducting research of some sort or have some other ulterior motive then it might make more sense.

There would still have to be plenty of details worked out to make this credible and answer many major unsolved mysteries; however the official version of truth isn’t making sense when many of the facts are checked, so some degree of speculation is worthwhile, at least until we get an explanation that holds up to scrutiny.

Looking through many of the alleged prophecies from many sources including the Bible, Quran, Nostradamus, Edgar Casey and who knows how many other sources might indicate that there are some similarities between them and what is going on; however they’re typically vague and unreliable and can often be interpreted to support any belief system that people want, often contradictory versions. But as I pointed out in Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy and a few other articles, there are far more similarities between the characteristics of the Whore of Babylon and Hillary Clinton than a rational skeptic would expect; and since I posted that instead of this bizarre theory falling apart which I would have expected if there was nothing to it there seem to have been more similarities between current events and the absurd description given in the Book of Apocalypse, assuming you don't think I'm interpreting things to support my own beliefs, which is of course what other skeptics would claim.

Additional events that seem apocalyptic include the insane policy taken with North Korea that is happening that could distract from serious reform that is needed to confront the Climate Crisis. As I have explained in numerous articles including Even Bernie Sanders Ignores History of North Korea Conflict! there should never have been this confrontation and if the government acted rationally they could have easily avoided it. Jimmy Carter helped negotiate a deal that could have eased tensions between our countries in the nineties and if George Bush hadn't arbitrarily pulled out of it for absurd reasons this never would have happened.

Furthermore the government and the media both know how to do a far better job covering campaigns and if they wanted to avoid electing an insane clown like Donald Trump they could have and would have by simply providing more coverage for rational candidates instead of presenting two of the most unpopular and corrupt candidates in history as the inevitable nominees of both parties. They understand that in order for any candidate to be viable they need name recognition that can't be obtained unless the consolidated corporate media provides reasonably fair coverage, which they don't!

By providing obsession coverage to this insane clown and treating Clinton as the inevitable nominee the media and political establishment did far more to rig the election for Donald Trump than the Russians ever could have, assuming there is anything to this Russian conspiracy theory the media is obsessed with!

No doubt large portions of this theory sound insane to many people; however the official version of truth is almost as insane if not more insane!

It may be easy to dismiss this as a bizarre conspiracy theory, which it might be; however whether this is close to the truth or not the government is doing one insane thing after another and there should be some simple things that the public should easily understand.

There should be no doubt that much more effort needs to be done to protect the environment and that conservation renewable energy should be replacing fossil fuels as quickly as possible. In addition to that there are many improvements by creating local control of the economy that could reduce waste that could help protect the environment.

There should be no doubt that we need a far more diverse media and that we need to allow the public to control the interview process of our elected officials instead of allowing the oligarchies rig elections by refusing to cover honest candidates.

There should be no doubt that we should stop fighting one war after another based on lies and selling weapons all over the world to people that routinely turn them against us! There should be no doubt that diverting irrational military spending and waste to to education health care and infrastructure development as well as other social programs that are proven to work.

There should also be no doubt that allowing the government and corporations to shroud all their activities in secrecy is a bad idea and that we need to demand full disclosure of all the information that is impacting the public. A functioning democracy requires that the public be allowed to have accurate information to make their decisions!

I could go into a long list of other things, yet the government and media is doing the wrong thing on almost every one and more!

It really is a conspiracy; but if we could at least start a reform process then it might be reasonable to put some of the things that we can't agree about on the back burner while figuring out the details and acting on the things we can agree on.

Edit 09/30/2017: Since I posted this there has been another strange sighting of an unusual cloud in Maracaibo Brazil that many thought looked like a "Huge alien ship" although, except for the unusual cloud there were no alleged UFOs that I know of.

After finding this article about unusual clouds an internet search to verify it turned up another unusual cloud that was interpreted as the "Virgin Mary" by Catholics on an annual pilgrimage, just last April.

In both cases traditional scientists have explained them away. Whether their explanation is right or not, many faithful people will come to their own conclusions; and if someone can control the myths they use to make important decisions they can partially control the decisions made by followers. This is also a major coincidence and possible unsolved mystery, although it would require additional information to confirm or refute the possibility that it might also be part of weather control experimentation.

For additional information on these unusual clouds see the following:

The strange cloud shaped "alien ship" that horrified millions of users 09/27/2017

Huge 'alien ship' cloud appears over Maracaibo, Venezuela 09/30/2017

'Virgin Mary' appears for the faithful: Astonishing moment cloud 'resembling mother of Jesus' floats over Venezuelans taking part in Divine Mercy pilgrimage 04/28/2017

The following are some additional sources:

Debunking the Sun Miracle Skeptics 09/09/2010

The Apparitions at Fatima

The Virgin of Zapopan: Her visit to Lake Chapala 08/01/2000

September storms prompt Lake Chapala revival 10/03/2014

What made the rain in Hurricane Harvey so extreme? Russ Schumacher Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University 08/29/2017

Artificial warming trial reveals striking sea-floor changes 08/31/2017

U.S. Geological Survey: Induced Earthquakes Myths and Misconceptions

Thanks To Fracking, Earthquake Hazards In Parts Of Oklahoma Now Comparable To California 09/07/2016

The Conspiracy And Science Of Weather Control And Modification 05/10/2017

Wikipedia: Weather warfare

Wikipedia: Cloud seeding

Wikipedia: Operation Popeye

Does cloud seeding work? China takes credit for the storms now bringing a reprieve from severe drought, but is that claim valid? 02/19/2009

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year—and it plans to quintuple that 10/22/2013

Russia spends millions on 'cloud seeding' technology to ensure it doesn't rain on May Day public holiday 05/02/2016

The following are some of my past articles with additional details of related theories often about religion ancient wonders or UFOs

107 Wonders of the Ancient World

Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?

A Brief History of the Mormon Church

Why so few arrests for Crop Circles makers? Is there microwave evidence?

UFO Hypothesis with rational use of Occam's Razor

"God's Not Dead" But Is He Nice?

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy but could it be related to a far-fetched Apocalypse Prophecy or a weak copy of it?

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

Is Stanton Friedman working for the CIA to refute reverse engineering claims?

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun"

Could Steve Bannon Be Providing Propaganda To Enable Climate Change Research Project?

Even Bernie Sanders Ignores History of North Korea Conflict!