Cove Creek Road Bristol, Virginia.
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by Lewis Loflin

I live in Washington County, Virginia, just outside Bristol. We may not have jobs but lots of great natural beauty. There is a difference between conservationists and environmentalists.

See Common Sense Environmentalism in Southwest Virginia

Follow me on Twitter: Lewis90068157.

This site employs reason and empirical proof, not authority or political correctness. I don't claim to know everything, but I have a broad technical and scientific background and will find the information.

Virginia plans to spend millions on "research" for placing small nuclear reactors in the region. They will waste money like before. No research is needed as advanced reactor designs are available from Canada, France, and earlier research here in America. So I'll add several sections on this subject. I greatly support nuclear as the only viable way to cut CO2 emissions. There is no problem with nuclear waste.

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Southwest Virginia Job loses 2010-2020.
Southwest Virginia Job loses 2010-2020.

Southwest Virginia Overview

According to Zach Jackson, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, "The average full time worker in SWVA is paid $14,164/yr. less that the average full time worker in Virginia and $9,162/yr. less than the average full time worker in the United States."

The Chamber of Commerce owns the government in this region. Politicians vote millions in corporate welfare but begrudge a minimum wage worker $10 in food stamps.

Congratulations to our local politicians for spending 100s millions of public money to create jobs! Southwest Virginia has a population of 313,499, a loss of about 29,000 since 2010. Perhaps over 40,000 since 2000.

I've documented for two decades the over-reliance of this region on government programs. Government grants and economic development funds totaling hundreds of millions are just gone.

To quote,

"Regional wages are not competitive with statewide and national wages. Turnover is high for low-wage jobs. SWVA residents disproportionately live in poverty; many workers cannot afford a basic standard of living."

For one costly example see How Northrop Grumman Failed Russell County.

With growing inflation, costly climate nonsense, and the Federal Reserve threatening to destroy the labor market to control inflation, our community is in danger.

Below is an archive of material going back to 2000 in regards to local politics and the local economy. My view is simply business must be severed from government. Government serves citizens, not the Chamber of Commerce.

I was asked to submit ideas and not just complaints. Fair enough. See Needed Political Reforms Ending Poverty Southwest Virginia


See Sullivan County, Tennessee Strip Bars Wars Update for 2002.

Nicewonder Property Fiasco in Bristol, Virginia I warned them.

On my alternate website is a video where Google openly admits to working with political actors to rig search results and hide vital information.

I relied mainly on actual books and purchased dozens for this article and others.

Crime reports have been moved to a single reference and I won't play political correctness. There is no mass white supremacy. Blacks kill over 10,000 fellow blacks per year, plus thousands of others including a wave of attacks on Asians. See Virginia Violent Crime 2022 is Black Crime.

The hysterical press reports of "hate crimes" is a lie. They are rare; 85% plus of the reports lack evidence and get thrown out of court. Name-calling is not a crime, but pushing Asian ladies in front of New York subway trains is. See Hate Crime-Industrial Complex Debunked.

A dangerous black male and convicted felon Simon Martial shoved 40-year-old Michelle Go in front of a subway train. She is Asian and was one of many Asian victims of violent black criminals in New York City. Martial will not face justice. Officials drag in the usual mental excuse. This beautiful woman would be alive if this animal had been in prison or a mental institution where he belonged. I'll bet he will be released sooner than later. Ref. New York Post January 16, 2022.

How about this horror story of a dead baby at the hands of four dangerous black males with long criminal records? They, too, should have been in prison. To quote,

Jasper Wu (Asian), 23 months, was riding in his car seat when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet. He died instantly. Around 2 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2021, four gang members (code word for black males) were engaged in a gunfight while driving north on the 880 Freeway (Oakland CA.), prosecutors said. Trevor Green and Ivory Bivins were riding in a dark-colored Infiniti and exchanging gunfire with Johnny Jackson and Keison Lee, who were in a Nissan Altima.

Our communities are becoming third-world cesspools. Chicago just elected an outright racist and communist for mayor, enjoys an average of 56 people shot and 11 killed per week through May 1. More on failed Chicago diversity schools below.

I'll be covering why is climate change activism is not what it seems. Today, we could replace all fossil fuels for electricity without wasteful, environmentally destructive wind, solar, or burning trees (biomass). Environmentalists block it.

Why are they cutting down forests to burn in a power plant to feel good? We could regrow chestnut trees today; environmentalists block it. They don't want scientific or technical solutions because human happiness is anathema to socialists.

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Education system Mean Reading Math Science
U.S. Asians 549 556 539 551
Estonia 525 523 523 530
U.S. Whites 521 531 503 529
United States 495 505 478 502
U.S. muliracial 492 501 474 502
OECD average 488 487 489 489
U.S. Hispanics 470 481 452 478
U.S. blacks 436 448 419 440

What PISA Scores Reveal About Immigration

What is PISA? "PISA is the OECD's Program for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges."

Refer to table 1 above.

For those that chose to participate in PISA, this indicates the intellectual level of a nation's citizens. This series of tests is related to scientific and technical advancement, stable politics, etc. These scores are also critical when it comes to immigration. The intellectual and social deficiencies in nations of origin get reproduced here.

PISA is a direct indicator of intellectual ability.

This doesn't refer to "brain draining" third-world nations of the few successful people, but the masses themselves. Those test scores scared the hell out of me but were no surprise considering immigrant outcomes in America.

South Africa and India were so dismal they refused to participate. No African, Latin American, or Muslim nation scored in the top half. Even Israel, an "intellectual giant," did little better than Muslim Turkey.

Diversity is killing US education. Texas school systems are now 27% white. Texas state-wide reading failure rate is 58%. Their state-wide math failure rate is 63%. If one is not proficient, then they are failing. A 50% drop from 2010-2021. After the Covid fiasco and more illegal aliens, things are certainly worse.

US whites outscored all other white nations except Estonia and outscored Japan and Korea in 2018. US Hispanics scored poorly but better than any other Latin American nation. US whites in science scored 40 points above the global OECD average, and American blacks scored 49 points below for an intellectual gap of 89 points.

Education system Mean Reading Math Science
B-S-J-Z (China) 579 555 591 590
Singapore 556 549 569 551
U.S. Asians 549 556 539 551
Macau (China) 542 525 558 544
Hong Kong 531 524 551 517
U.S. Whites 521 531 503 529
Japan 520 504 527 529
South Korea 520 514 526 519
Taiwan 517 503 531 516
United States 495 505 478 502
OECD average 488 487 489 489
U.S. Hispanics 470 481 452 478
Israel 465 470 463 462
Turkey¹ 463 466 454 468
U.S. blacks 436 448 419 440
Malaysia¹ 431 415 440 438
Thailand¹ 413 393 419 426
Indonesia 382 371 379 396
Philippines¹ 350 340 353 357

Note that I changed "Chinese Taipei" to Taiwan. While China is on top, they only test in their most prosperous cities, not the entire country. Vast tracks of rural China are poor and backward.

Singapore is an interesting case of contrasts. "Republic of Singapore is an island country and city-state." It became an independent country in 1965 from Malaysia. It is ~75% ethnic Chinese. It scores nearly at the top in intellectual ability and thus is prosperous. In science, they score 551 or 61 points above the OECD average.

But Malaysia scores a pathetic 438 in science below low-achieving US blacks or 51 points below the OECD average. They still score better than Thailand (426), Indonesia (396), and the Philippines (357).

In Europe, Scandinavian whites far outscore whites from the Balkans in the way East Asians outscore all other Asians.

Education system Mean Reading Math Science
OECD average 488 487 489 489
U.S. Hispanics 470 481 452 478
Chile 438 452 417 444
U.S. blacks 436 448 419 440
Uruguay 424 427 418 426
Mexico¹ 416 420 409 419
Costa Rica¹ 415 426 402 416
Colombia¹ 405 412 391 413
Peru¹ 402 401 400 404
Brazil¹ 400 413 384 404
Argentina 395 402 379 404
Dominican Rep. 334 342 325 336

Hispanics are a particular and growing problem. According to PEW, 82% of "immigrants" in 2015 were non-white, and likely many whites are low-achieving Muslims. In Flint, Michigan, Muslims (counted as white) score as poorly as blacks. Hispanics made up 48% of the total in 2015.

Except for Chile, Latin American intellectual failure rates fall far below low-achieving American blacks.

Their children do poorly in schools forcing taxpayers to waste disproportionate resources while lowering standards to avoid accusations of racism.

This can be seen in all school systems in states with a high Hispanic population. In Texas alone, reading and math proficiency has fallen 50% from 2010-2021.

In Chicago with a student body 46.7% Hispanic/Latino 75% are failing math and reading. And this is multi-generational problem.

See the graphic 67% Hispanic immigrants in the US over 15 years are functional illiterate.

Mass immigration from low-achieving OECD nations has driven American education into the gutter. We don't get enough East Asian immigrants to compensate for the millions of low achievers. Even many of the immigrants from China are poor, rural peasants.

Let's throw in as many as 6 million plus illegal aliens over the last two years. The numbers will get worse.

Hispanics have a 52% single mother birth rate.

Another problem with Hispanics is the staggering levels of single mothers, even in Latin America. In the US, Hispanics are eclipsing blacks for single-mother homes and the social ills and high welfare costs this causes. Their unmarried family failure rate is over 52%. For whites the failure rate is ~27%.

This is not a direct question of race. Argentina is mostly white but suffers constant political instability and low PISA scores ranking near the bottom.

To quote a study from Bear-Stearns in 2005 how illegal aliens distort the entire economy as many costs are hidden or shifted elsewhere:

States with high populations of undocumented immigrants have experienced extra demand for public services. The top nine states, California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois , New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina account for approximately 50% of the undocumented population. Although the federal government has the sole authority to govern immigration flows, the responsibility for providing support to legal and illegal immigrants rests with the state and local governments

This is why Blue States and cities that support illegal aliens want them to go elsewhere.

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States may be as high as 20 million people, more than double the official 9 million people estimated by the Census Bureau...The social expenses of health care, retirement funding, education and law enforcement are potentially accruing at $30 billion per year...the United States may be foregoing $35 billion a year in income tax collections because of the number of jobs that are now off the books...

The United States is simply hooked on cheap, illegal workers and deferring the costs of providing public services to these quasi-Americans. Illegal immigration has been America’s way of competing with the low-wage forces of Asia and Latin America, and deserves more credit for the steroid-enhanced effect it has had on productivity, low inflation, housing starts, and retail sales.

The reality is millions are left in poverty both native born and illegal alien. Blacks in particular have been displaced out of entire industries such as meat packing.

The illegal alien population as of 2023 with the Biden surge easily exceeds 30 million.

Download the Bear-Stearns study The Underground Labor Force Is Rising To The Surface PDF file.

1 At least 50 percent but less than 75 percent of the 15-year-old population is covered by the PISA sample.
2 Less than 50 percent of the 15-year-old population is covered by the PISA sample In the case of reading literacy, the 2018 OECD average does not include Spain due to issues with its PISA 2018 reading literacy data. Although Spain’s PISA 2018 data met international technical standards, its reading literacy data show unusual student response behavior that prevent its data from being reported at this time. Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. Italics indicate non-OECD countries and education systems. Standard error is noted by s.e. B-S-J-Z (China) refers to the four PISA participating China provinces: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. Although Vietnam participated in PISA 2018, technical problems with its data prevent results from being discussed in this report.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2018.

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Home built Geiger counter project.
Home built Geiger counter project.

Electronics, Nuclear Reactors, Applied Science

The above banner is to my electronics projects website. My interest is applied science and technology. That is what I will cover moving forward.

In Southwest Virginia, there is a discussion of placing small modular nuclear reactors in the region. I have a section on Geiger counters and even built my own.

Virginia has one of the larger uranium reserves in the US. They have blocked mining it because of pollution concerns. I can't blame them. But we constantly offshore pollution in the name of climate change.

We need to replace most fossil fuels. We have the ability right now to replace all coal, natural gas, and bio-fuels today. Windmills and solar panels are a massive waste of resources, leaving millions of tons of toxic waste from manufacturing.

See Green Technology Highly Polluting, Environmentally Destructive (Off site)

I'll be exploring issues on nuclear reactors they could place in Southwest Virginia. I'll present the material in more layperson's terms. We have, I'd estimate, one million tons of potential nuclear fuel in storage we can use without creating more pollution mining it in developing countries.

The dangers of nuclear radiation are overblown. It occurs naturally in the environment, our blood is radioactive, and sites where nuclear testing and reactor meltdowns have become nature preserves. These areas are full of plants and animals.

Environmentalists oppose the only viable solution to reducing CO2 because CO2 has never been the issue. They want to remake society by promoting some Green Eden mythology or outright communism. Often a combination of both.

Too many consider any artificial substance dangerous to the natural world, so pristine nature is the intrinsic good. Some introduce spiritual and religious aspects into this. Some go as far as viewing humanity as evil, placing untouched nature above human welfare.

Artificial sources of radiation are no different than natural sources. The claim is any radiation exposure is deadly. This claim has been disproven.

It is provable because millions live in areas with high natural background radiation levels with no measurable ill effects. We are immune to low-level sources, natural or artificial.

I'm not going into how most environmentalists are evil. But far too many extremists occupy government and academia. Their positions are incoherent and contradictory, even anti-human. And they hurt the environment.

See Ominous Parallels Environmentalism, Collectivism by Erich Veyhl.

Let us explore real-world examples.

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Blocking radiation

Radiation Basics They Should Teach in High School

I know people hate science but here is some anyway. Note that every time I do this I learn something new. Learning is a constant process.

There are three general types of radiation and all originate in the atom nucleus:

Alpha particles are heavy and slow, consisting of two protons and two neutrons. They have a positive charge. They are very ionizing and can cause cell damage.

A few sheets of paper can stop these particles. They are common in smoke detectors. They become helium 4, the helium you breathe in the atmosphere.

Beta particles are high-speed electrons with a negative charge. Very penetrating and can do a lot of damage.

Gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation similar to microwaves but far more penetrating. It takes a few inches of lead or several feet of earth to stop.

Cosmic rays are not electromagnetic radiation but charged particles or ions. They are thrown out by the sun or from across the universe. Ions are atoms stripped of electrons carrying a positive charge. There are also electrons.

These consists of protons, helium 3 nucleus (stellar helium two protons, one neutron) and small numbers electrons, iron ions, etc.

These have different energy levels and can affect biological cells and tissue differently. A healthy immune system is an excellent defense against low-level natural or artificial radiation.

Cosmic rays create a real danger for human space travel. The earth's magnetic field (think northern lights) and the atmosphere shield us from these charged particles.

Note, "The sievert (Sv) is the International System of Units (SI) derived unit of dose equivalent radiation that takes into account the relative biological effectiveness of different forms of ionizing radiation."

Note : 1 REM = 0.01 Sv. = 10 mSv;
0.4 REM = 0.004 Sv or 4 mSv is the background radiation for 1 year in Idaho;
0.3 REM = 0.003 Sv or 3 mSv = 1 Mammogram;
5 REM = 50 mSv maximum occupational dose nuclear workers per year.
Ref. Idaho National Laboratory.

Wild pigs prosper in Fukushima Exclusion zone.
Wild pigs prosper in Fukushima Exclusion zone.

What are "official" safe levels according to "In most countries the current maximum permissible dose to radiation workers is 20 mSv per year averaged over five years, with a maximum of 50 mSv in any one year."

According to reports, "Japanese government’s enforced 20 km exclusion zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is rated at 20 mSv per year."

But this have been proven to be nonsense. Let's us start with feral pigs at Fukushima. They are thriving in the exclusion zone and have interbred with domestic pigs. To quote the BBC 30 June, 2021:

"Once people were gone, the boar took over," explains Donovan Anderson, a researcher at Fukushima University in Japan. His genetic study of the wild boar that roam in an area largely abandoned after Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster - has revealed how the animals have thrived.

Using DNA samples, he also discovered that boar have bred with domestic pigs that escaped from farms. This has created wild pig-boar hybrids that now inhabit the zone. "While the radiation hasn't caused a genetic effect, the invasive domestic pig species has," Mr Anderson explained.

One study notes that for Fukushima swine "The median committed effective dose was estimated to be 0.070–0.26 μSv/day for females and 0.062–0.30 μSv/day for males." Assuming a high of 0.3uSv times 365 days equals ~0.11mSv per year, far below the idiotic 20mSv per year some are hysterical about. Yet no apparent genetic or cancer problems.

This comes from a radioisotope known as Cesium-137. This is a chemical cousin to natural potassium which is radioactive as explained below. The BBC study and studies at Chernobyl show no apparent genetic or other problems with genetic defects or cancer rates for animals. Swine are a good proxy for humans and this is a real world test not a speculative computer model.

In Ramsar Iran a beautiful biodiversity paradise that has been inhabited by thousands of people for thousands of years, the natural radiation levels are as high as 270mSv per year! Studies show no ill effects on the population. How can this be cry the climate spiritualists?

Research shows most humans and animals in general are immune to low-level radiation natural or man-made. We evolved in a far higher radioactive environment than today. Note the following assuming my math is correct for the last 4.5 billion years:

Half life:
K-40 - 1.25 billion yeas;
U238 - 4.5 billion years;
U235 - 704 million years.

4.5 billion years ago:
U238, 4.5/4.5 = 1; 2^1 = 2 times as abundant;
K-40, 4.5/1.25 = 3.6; 2^3.6 = 12.13 times as abundant;
U235, 4.5/0.704 = 6.39; 2^6.39 = 83.87 times as abundant;

An issue to note is the radioactivity level is directly related to half-life. Half-life is the time a radioisotope decays by 50%. Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 has a half-life of ~30 years while Potassium-40 has a half-life of ~1.25 billion years. Cesium-137 is more radioactive than its natural cousin potassium by far, but decays away at a much faster rate. But radioactive potassium is far more common by orders of magnitude.

In fact common U238 is less radioactive than K40. Thorium is twice as common as uranium and are far less toxic than many common metals such as cadmium and nickel. There is no reason to regulate them other than unfounded hysteria.

Half Lives Radioactive Nonradioactive Percent Decayed
0 1 kg 0 kg 0%
1 1/2 kg 1/2 kg 50%
2 1/4 kg 3/4 kg 75%
3 1/8 kg 7/8 kg 87.5%

To quote one source on Bikini Atoll, "In 1997, researchers found that the dose received from background radiation on the island was between 2.4 mSv/a—the same as natural background radiation." (There is still radioactive isotopes in the soil.)

Let us look at the above decay table and consider the common radioisotopes produced from atomic bombs and nuclear reactors:

Strontium-90 half-life: 28.9 years;
Cesium-137 half-life: 30 years, becomes barium-137 half-life 2.6 minutes.
Iodine-131 half-life: ~8 days.

Here in 2023 let us consider Bikini Atoll circa 1953, a period of 70 years. Dividing by 30 is 2.33 half-lives. For radioactive strontium and cesium 80% or more has decayed away to harmless. Iodine-131 all but gone in 5 weeks.

How do "experts" determine safe radiation levels? Or cancer risk levels in general? It is called the Linear No-Threshold or LNT model. This model assumes a lifetime low dose is the same as a massive single, fatal dose.

We know "that high-level radiation could cause immediate physiological effects." But what of low-level doses, intermittent or even constant low-level doses over the years?

To quote, "The decision in the early 1950s was, for administrative simplicity, to assume that the harmful health effects of radiation decreased linearly with radiation dose, all the way down to zero health effect at zero radiation, with no radiation threshold below which we could say there was no significant hazard."

This is nonsense and has been proven so since the 1940s-50s. There are no lingering effects with Japanese nuclear survivors. No lingering problems with most people evacuated from Chernobyl. Ditto plant and animal life.

Studies of residents in regions of high natural radioactivity, including heavy exposure to radon, have shown no abnormal cancer rates, etc., even suggestions to the opposite.

The LNT model is nonsense and needs revision. It is not just radiation but numerous substances they claim "can" cause cancer. No level is ever considered safe.

For example, our blood contains radioactive Potassium 40. To quote, "According to various data, its content in the body of an adult person with body weight 70 kg ranges from 4,000 to 5,000 Bq." (One becquerel is the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second.)

That is 5,000 nuclear disintegrations per second. Your body emits gamma rays. In other words, gamma rays escaping your body could cause cancer in your baby when holding them.

The radioactive potassium in the banana one has for lunch can cause cancer! Flying across the Atlantic from America to Europe, exposure to cosmic rays can cause cancer! One silly calculation if every person on earth ate a brazil nut, one person would die of cancer from radiation.

Because natural uranium is in seawater, seawater can cause cancer! Others claim chlorinated drinking water "increased risk of colorectal cancers."

Total and utter nonsense. Explain how cancer deaths per 100,000 across the United States have fallen by double-digits.

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Guarapari, Brazil with safe radioactive beaches.
Guarapari is a coastal town of Espírito Santo, Brazil, a popular tourist destination.
Its beach is famous for the high natural radioactivity level of its sand.

Other Radioactive Places to Visit

There are other radioactive places to visit different than artificial sites such as Bikini Atoll (yes, there are tours to dive shipwrecks), Chernobyl, and the Nevada Test Site.

Beautiful Ramsar, Iran on of the most radioactive places in the world.
Beautiful Ramsar, Iran on of the most radioactive places in the world.

"Ramsar, a city on the northern coast of Iran (Fig. 1), has some of the highest known levels of naturally occurring background radiation in the world. In some areas of the city, the background radiation is around 260 mSv per year, which is much higher than the 20 mSv per year limit set for radiation workers in Iran....Not only were there fewer instances of chromosomal abnormalities in these areas, but one study found that the risk of lung cancer was actually lower in the areas with higher radiation. Radon exposure is widely accepted as a risk factor for lung cancer, yet in the areas of Ramsar with average levels of Radon, there was a significantly greater presence of lung cancer than in the areas with the highest Radon concentrations...This also directly contradicts the linear no-threshold model for radiation exposure. Those who lived in higher radiation areas also were found to live the same life expectancy as those in lower radiation areas, while all residents of Ramsar had the same life expectancy as those in neighboring areas with less background radiation."

Ref. Ramsar and Radioactivity, Sydney Lance, March 22, 2018.

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Venus never had liquid water or life.
Venus never had liquid water or life.

Venus was Never Like Earth

How did these idiots come to such a conclusion without a shred of physical proof? They call it a "hypothesis" based on computer model speculation - in other words, no evidence. They claim the carbon dioxide came later and fried the planet.

Yet to quote the Earth's early atmosphere, "The early atmosphere was mainly carbon dioxide and water vapor. (Water vapor is the main greenhouse gas today.) Water vapor condenses to form the oceans. Photosynthesis caused the amount of carbon dioxide to decrease and oxygen to increase." By the way, the pressure was 90 times what it is today, similar to Venus.

So why would the early Earth have a CO2 atmosphere and Venus not have the same thing? It was too close to the sun and hot for liquid water. The above claim is scientific garbage to be used by climate spiritualists to scare the crap out of ignorant people. If the Earth's atmosphere were 100% CO2 today, we still would not get anywhere near as hot as Venus.

Cambrian 541 to 485.4 MYA
Cambrian 541 to 485.4 MYA

During the Cambrian Explosion (541 to 485.4 MYA), when complex life exploded onto the scene (including corals, etc.), the atmosphere may have been as high as 10,000 PPM CO2 as opposed to ~400 PPM today. The oceans were not "acid," and life did just fine. The fact we are here proves that.

Get back to evidence-based science.

Banner is my other website. I'm a conservationist, I consider ecology a pseudo-religion. Some of the subjects covered:

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Cancer rates by state including Nevada Nuclear Test site.
Cancer rates by state including Nevada Nuclear Test site.
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What about humans and radiation?

OK, they say, plants and animals are not as sensitive to radiation as once believed. They can even thrive under low-level radiation, even if artificial. What about humans?

There is a mountain of empirical evidence that humans are immune to low-level radiation or there is no measurable increase in cancer rates.

They often present uranium miners as proof that radon and exposure to any radioactive material causes increased cancer rates.

Is it the uranium-radon, or is it the fact mining is an occupation has elevated health risks? Breathing toxic metal-laden dust in hard rock mining can lead to cancer or other lung problems.

Now let us observe workers in these blue-collar occupations, such as mining, are disproportionately heavy smokers. 2-3 packs a day is standard. My mother died from smoking. To quote one study:

We observed high rates of smoking (28.1%) and current use of any tobacco product (41.7%) in New Jersey quarry/mine workers, a subsector of the extraction industry. The prevalence of current cigarette smoking was consistent with that reported nationally among extraction and construction workers.

I grew up around coal miners who died from lung cancer and-or black lung. The same kind of damage comes from cotton and rock dust, etc.

Studies also show that diesel exhaust, smoke from wood stoves, campfires, etc., can cause lung cancer.

Let's throw in genetics. Thousands of things, both artificial and natural, can "potentially" cause cancer. Most simply don't or can't be proven.

Attributing everything to secondhand smoke, radon, or too many cookies is politics and propaganda.

Ref. Diesel Exhaust Exposure in Miners Linked to Lung Cancer July 25, 2012, by Victoria A. Fisher , M.P.H.

To quote part of the study:

For never smokers and light-to-moderate smokers, the risk of lung cancer death increased with more diesel exhaust exposure. Non-smokers with the highest level of diesel exposure were seven times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers in the lowest exposure category. In contrast, among miners who were heavy smokers, the risk of lung cancer death decreased with increasing levels of exposure...Heavy smokers might be more likely to clear diesel exhaust particulate matter from their lung than non-smokers, a phenomenon that has been reported previously among coal miners who smoke.

This study could suggest standard diesel, and auto exhaust could cause lung cancer in non-smokers. At the same time, before we get hysterical, cancer rates, particularly lung cancer, are falling.

The Nevada Nuclear Test Site lies 65 miles NW of Los Vegas with 928 nuclear detonations. The last was in 1992.

The fallout fell in large parts of Nevada and Utah. We should expect large numbers of cancer cases. In 2020 we found the opposite, according to CDC data.

Nevada has lower cancer rates than Iowa, Delaware, and Oregon and nearly the same as Rhode Island. Nevada has lower rates than most of the country.

Utah has almost the lowest rate in the nation. How can this be, screams environmentalists?

Nevada's rate per 100,000 in 2005 was 191, but it went down to 144 in 2020. Utah is nearly unchanged. The highest cancer rate state in 2005 was Kentucky at 219.1.

By 2020 cancer death rates in nearly every state had dropped by double digits in 15 years. The highest cancer rate state in 2020 was again Kentucky at 177.3, followed by West Virginia at 177.

Things continue to get better, to the dismay of environmental activists. As I said before, technology and reason is the key to solving problems, not socialism, green religion, or hysteria.

If low-level radiation causes all of this cancer, explain Nevada and Utah. The answer is simple: humans are not sensitive to low-level radiation. Radiation levels, even from nuclear weapons, levels rapidly decay.

Don't go to the Nevada Test site and eat a hand full of dirt. But tours are available to the public. This tour includes the 1,280-foot diameter by 320-foot deep Sedan Crater. Yes, it is a big hole in the ground among many.

Tours are to resume in 2022 after being closed three years over Covid.

More tour information at

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Bikini Atoll bomb craters as seen from Google Earth.
Fig. 4 Bikini Atoll bomb craters as seen from Google Earth.

Nuclear Graveyards Abound with Life

Bikini Atoll was the site of 23 massive nuclear blasts in the 1940s-50s. Google Earth shows these colossal bomb craters. Massive fallout levels, thousands of tons of spilled oil from target ships, etc. should have left the atoll and lagoon a dead zone.

Sorry to disappoint; the experts got it wrong again. Life flourishes in the bomb craters and on land.

It is safe to live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No two-headed Japanese. How many died of radiation at Fukushima? One perhaps seven years later. How many died at Chernobyl? 50, according to the UN. Spare me failed computer models about future events. Chernobyl was the result of complete human stupidity.

I'm not playing down the radiation hazard at the reactor site. Note that Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus suffer massive pollution problems to add to possible radiation problems. Healthcare is poor in these countries, in addition to pollution. To attribute every illness or cancer in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus to Chernobyl is nonsense.

To quote News Week March 8, 2022:

Over the years, wildlife has returned to the exclusion zone, which due to a lack of human disturbance, has become a thriving ecosystem. Scientists have observed brown bears, wolves, lynx, bison, moose, foxes, and many more wild animals in the area.

Sorry, no two-headed bison or bears or horses. Nature is resilient and we should strive to live within it. Because we evolved in an environment that is naturally radioactive, including the potassium in our blood, we have immunity from low-level radiation.

To quote:

33 years after the accident, the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which covers an area now in Ukraine and Belarus, is inhabited by brown bears, bison, wolves, lynxes, Przewalski horses, and more than 200 bird species, among other animals.

In March 2019, most of the main research groups working with Chernobyl wildlife met in Portsmouth, England. About 30 researchers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Norway, Spain and Ukraine presented the latest results of our work. These studies included work on big mammals, nesting birds, amphibians, fish, bumblebees, earthworms, bacteria and leaf litter decomposition.

These studies showed that at present the area hosts great biodiversity. In addition, they confirmed the general lack of big negative effects of current radiation levels on the animal and plant populations living in Chernobyl. All the studied groups maintain stable and viable populations inside the exclusion zone.


They also note, "Tourism has flourished in Chernobyl, with more than 70,000 visitors in 2018."

Chernobyl, like Bikini Atoll, is a thriving nature preserve because of the lack of human activity.

Also see my page Bikini Atoll Recovery From Nuclear Blasts.

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Climate growing colder over 5 million years.
Climate growing colder over 2.5 million years.
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Environmentalism as Religion

Until 2.5-3 million years ago the Arctic was mainly ice free. One idiot news article claimed this was due to CO2 and railed on how dangerous humans are to the planet. The press is filled with these endless garbage studies based on computer model speculation.

Greenland was 20 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 19 degrees Celsius) higher than today according to a study below, Greenland abounded with life. CO2 levels were little different than today, but that is not what warmed the Arctic.

See When Mastodons Roamed Greenland further down the page.

If that writer knew anything about actual earth science he would know none of that had anything to do with CO2. The climate shift to arctic ice box zone was due to the closing of the Isthmus of Panama cutting off ocean current flows between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. That is when North America became connected to South America.

Climate is mainly controlled by ocean currents and unstable and unpredictable events such as El Niño and La Niña.

CO2 if produced by humans has become evil incarnate to the climate spiritualists. There is no basis in empirical science to make such claims. CO2 makes up 0.04% (400 ppm) of the atmosphere and 95-97% of emissions are from natural sources. CO2 IS NOT a pollutant. The oceans are not becoming acid and likely vary within a range. The studies don't go back far enough or have been done long enough to know exactly. Spare me computer model speculation.

Corals are not dying in mass due to "climate change" or CO2 or otherwise. When they first evolved during the Cambrian period 540 MYA the CO2 levels were 6,000-8,000 ppm or higher. They did just fine as did all the other life that appeared at that time. Computer models are not some all-knowing deity or a crystal ball used by climate magicians.

The main problem for corals and the oceans in general are destructive fishing practices and massive pollution from Asian nations. Why don't we address that? No, they seek some spiritual, nature centered worldview and socialist economic system. It's a religion, a secular humanist one, with a little Marx thrown in.

One of the defining features of religion is that your beliefs are not troubled by facts, because they have nothing to do with facts. - Michael Crichton

I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious...

On the EPA:

What we need is a new organization much closer to the FDA. We need an organization that will be ruthless about acquiring verifiable results, that will fund identical research projects to more than one group, and that will make everybody in this field get honest fast...

Environmentalism as Religion - Unwitting religiosity makes the environmental movement less effective. Posted August 14, 2020 by John A. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

That suggestion was borne out yesterday when I listened to a podcast in which Michael Shermer interviewed environmentalist Michael Shellenberger. During the podcast, Shellenberger made a point that had occurred to me long ago: Environmentalism has become a substitute religion for many atheists, agnostics, and other non-religious. It allows us to be part of something larger than ourselves that gives our life meaning.

But then Shellenberger made a more specific claim that hit me like a bolt of lightning: Those most passionate environmentalists have, probably unwittingly, incorporated imagery from Christianity about the ancient past and the distant future. From Genesis, they have borrowed the myth of the Garden of Eden, when the world was in balance and harmony before humans began misbehaving.

These environmentalists idealize nature as a system of beauty, peace, and harmony that humans have only recently begun to destroy with technology. This mythical view ignores the devastation of the environment by indigenous peoples as well as the brutal conflicts within and between pre-human species.


Definition of pseudo-religion as used on this website: a philosophy or non-theistic belief system(s) that carry the emotional force and outlook of a religion. Relying largely on emotion a "believer" displays narrow-mindedness and dogmatic thinking equal to the worse religious fundamentalist. They can be just as intolerant of dissent attacking opponents as deniers, etc. They wrap their "belief" in false authority, scientific jargon, government agencies, etc. "Belief" becomes interchangeable with "faith."

"Religion" to me is a system of thought, not a particular belief. See My Answer to a Secular Fundamentalist

See Exploring Jonah Goldberg's Book 'Liberal Fascism'

So what Goldberg called liberal fascism would be appropriately called today Modern Progressivism.

In 2022 the US Department of Justice and the FBI are taking on the characteristics of the East German Stasi. See 84% of Americans Fear the Government for Good Reason.

I'm not going into how most environmentalists are evil, they are not. But far too many extremists occupy government and academia. Their positions are incoherent and contradictory, even anti-human. And they hurt the environment.

See Ominous Parallels Environmentalism, Collectivism by Erich Veyhl.

The following pages updated 12/15/2022. Both are on

Temperate climate Greenland 2 million years ago.
Temperate climate Greenland 2 million years ago.
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When Mastodons Roamed Greenland

In a fantastic article in the journal Nature, scientists studying DNA fragments in northern Greenland were astonished that as recently as two million years ago, lush forests and mammals from temperate zones flourished in what is today a barren arctic desert.

But how can this be screamed the environmental spiritualists? Doesn't a warmer climate mean that the planet has become like Venus? Paid activists and crackpots like Bill McKibben, James Hansen, and this whole litany of environmental doomsayers know this isn't possible.

The earth and Nature are not divine; Gaia and other forms of spiritualism are religious myths.

The permafrost preserved DNA fragments from both plants and animals. We usually think of fossils in terms of bones or imprints in solidified mud. With modern DNA analysis with assistance from advanced computers, scientists were utterly stunned at the biological diversity in northern Greenland a few million years ago.

In addition,

During the region's warm period, when average temperatures were 20 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 19 degrees Celsius) higher than today, the area was filled with an unusual array of plant and animal life, the researchers reported. The DNA fragments suggest a mix of Arctic plants, like birch trees and willow shrubs ... The DNA also showed traces of animals including geese, hares, reindeer and lemmings.

There is no evidence of mass extinctions during this time. The earth did just fine. To further quote,

One big surprise was finding DNA from the mastodon, an extinct species that looks like a mix between an elephant and a mammoth.

I knew from my studies of Earth science that the climate rapidly began to cool three million years ago. Arctic sea ice only appeared 2.5 million years ago. The global temperatures were warmer than today. Once again, this calls into question these hysterical predictions about CO2.

The reality is the earth has been in an ice age, with short interglacials for the past 2.5 million years. We presently are in another interglacial known as the Holocene. The Holocene began approximately 11,700 years ago. The previous interglacial, known as the Eemian warm period, lasted from 132,000 to 110,000 years ago. That was far warmer than today, and there's evidence of hippos, and other African animals living in Europe. German hippos!

England at this time had a climate more Mediterranean. To quote Lydia Smith 2/3/2014:

"Fossil evidence also suggests macque monkeys lived in London, notably in Essex, around three quarters of a million years ago. Hippopotamus also resided in the Thames."

Many environmental spiritualists with science degrees quickly attack these facts as unrelated to today. The approximately 2°F temperature increase since 1800 is cause for grave concern. This slight warming was, they claim, caused by human activity and thus is dangerous, because it is caused by humans. We must stop any further temperature increase, or else!

My response is, so what? Geological evidence based on real-world empirical data proves that a warmer climate relates to greater biological diversity. While I don't want to play down concerns over the continuing use of fossil fuels, which I would also like to see reduced, we must put aside unfounded hysteria and religious garbage.

The fact is many of the same activists wanting to end the use of fossil fuels oppose any practical, workable solution or alternative. To them, it is about social, political, and spiritual change. None of this has any place in science or public policy.

Ref. Nature 612, 384 (2022) doi:

Ref. AP News, Oldest DNA reveals life in Greenland 2 million years ago by Maddie Burakoff, December 9, 2022.

Polar bear brown bear hybrid.
Polar bear brown bear hybrid.

Polar bears according to some scientists evolved 600,000 years ago. They lived through 2-3 ice free interglacial periods far warmer than today and did just fine. Polar bears and brown bears interbreed and DNA from polar bears proves this isn't the first time.

Noting what is happening today is no different than in the early 20th Century be it droughts or floods.

Facts on Hurricanes and Tornadoes

The climate spiritual preachers believe recent global warming, which has warmed two degrees Fahrenheit since 1800, will cause more powerful and deadly tornados.

But according to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, of the top 25 most deadly tornadoes, all but one occurred before 1955.

Of the 25 worst tornadoes, only one has occurred since I was born in 1957. This hurricane occurred in May 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin ranked at number seven; 158 people lost their lives.

The worst hurricane in US history was the Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925. Nearly 700 people died in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. An additional 2000 people were injured, and 15,000 homes were destroyed.

If I recall my history books, this tornado cut a 219-mile-long swath; others claim ~170-mile-long swath.

There is no evidence that tornadoes today are more deadly than in the past. Today modern radar and weather warning systems reduce fatalities. Climate spiritualists claim recent tornadoes are more lethal anyway.

There is no proof, and they fall back on property damage. That could be true due to the much higher population density and massive increase in infrastructure and homes.

I am not arguing climate change isn't real. The computer models continue to fail and only hurt their cause. This hysteria also damages the reputation of science.


According to NOAA, precipitation from 1910 to 2017 has increased. This increase in precipitation should not have happened because climate spiritualists claim that global warming would cause more significant droughts.

Instead of relying on questionable computer models, let us examine known and proven science.

Based on actual historical data, 1930s droughts are the worst in America and the world. The 1950s were also bad.

As NOAA pointed out, increased temperature increases precipitation and rainfall. To quote,

"How is that (rain) tied to warming? The same way: a warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor and an atmosphere with more water vapor can make more precipitation. And the warmer it gets, the higher the theoretical "Big Rain" events can get. That's playing out in the data, pretty much any way you look at it.

These two trends - wetter conditions overall, and bigger Big Rain... And that brings us back to hurricanes and tropical storms, or "tropical cyclones" for short. We've long known that generally speaking, warmer means more intense storms and more potential rainfall, but the latest piece of knowledge on tropical cyclones is that they appear to be slowing down, for reasons that aren't entirely clear."

But what about all of the flooding in California in December 2022 and January 2023? Doesn't this prove that humans are causing floods and droughts? Not according to historical and scientific records.

The LA Times noted that the worst flooding in California was around 1938. This flooding followed a prolonged and devastating drought across most of the United States, including California, known today as the Dustbowl.

In addition, California had another severe drought from 1947 to 1950. In 1950 California again suffered severe flooding across much of the state, similar to today. In 1956 California suffered severe flooding again. Around 1959 through 60, California was once again dealing with drought.

This variable climate pattern is typical for California going back to records in 1862. There was so much flooding in California in 1862 large areas of the state were virtually uninhabitable.

See the graphic Massive Richmond Virginia flooding Hurricane Camille 1969 and Hurricane Agnes 1972.

Of the 25 most deadly hurricanes, only one has occurred in the last 51 years. That was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Climate spiritualists then claimed this was the beginning of a string of new and deadly hurricanes. This, as usual, proved unfounded. There was a nearly 12-year pause in significant storms.

Katrina is number three or six, depending on how we juggle the numbers. One thousand two hundred people are estimated to have died in Katrina.

The deadliest hurricane was the Galveston hurricane of 1900, which left 8,000 people dead. In 1972, Agnes left 122 dead, mainly in Virginia. Of the remaining 23, the most deadly storms occurred before 1950.

Many of the fatalities with Katrina were due to government failure, such as improper maintenance of dikes that caused massive flooding.

Also, widespread black crime and gang violence in New Orleans added to the death toll.

The usual claims of climate spiritualists that hurricanes are more deadly today than in the past are untrue based on the numbers.

Again, climate change is real and ongoing. The constant failure of computer models should force these climate doomsayers to stop the constant alarmism that is discrediting their cause. I am not concerned about a two-degree Fahrenheit temperature increase since 1800.


Related see The Nazi Roots of Multiculturalism

To quote Patrick Moore co-founder of Greenpeace:

The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anticapitalism and antiglobalization than with science or ecology

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Urals temperature 500 years from bore holes.
Fig. 5 Urals temperature 500 years from bore holes.

Present Global Warming Began Circa 1800

To quote 11/21/22, The Virginian-Pilot story "New emissions cuts not part of historic UN climate deal."

The new (UN) pact does retain language to keep alive the global goal of limiting warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The Egyptian presidency kept offering proposals that harkened back to language in the 2015 Paris accord that also mentioned a looser goal of 3.6 degrees. The world has already warmed 2 degrees since pre-industrial times.

Two degrees over 220 years is background noise.

Climate change is real and ongoing natural part of nature. It drove evolution, what is happening today started at the end of the Little Ice Age circa 1800-1850. Let's reduce waste and the use of fossil fuels for rational reasons.

Because we have severe cold and warm spells at differing times means little. In 2022 Europe is suffering through a drought the same as it did in 1920-21.

Another headline: "Dec 10, 2021 Historically frigid weather, tens of degrees below zero, has invaded northeast Russia, Scandinavia, Alaska and northern Canada in recent weeks."


This is illustrated in above. A series of borehole measurements in Russia allowed climatologists to reconstruct temperatures across Russia for the last 500 years.

This example is hysteresis, where climate change may take decades or centuries after the initial event to be measured. Or is a "slow motion" event taking many years. Scientists from the 1600s observed low sunspot activity, thus lower solar output.

About 1800 solar output increased, temperature increased in Russia by ~0.25 Deg. C from 1800-1900. It takes time to overcome changes in temperature, in this case cold oceans and ice cover slowed the process.

By 1900 to 2000 temperature increased another 0.75 Deg. C. Notice the many positive and negative spikes from 1800 to 2000. The overall average is positive.

Other factors can come into play. Many glaciers formed during the Little Ice Age were melting. This means less reflected sunlight. Soot and pollution from industry settling on ice and glaciers may have accelerated their melting. This is positive feedback.

But this kind of pollution can work both ways by reflecting sunlight.

The sun has grown brighter, perhaps since the 1800s. To quote NASA:

"Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly 0.05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study. This trend is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant climate change. ... Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years."


This precisely tracks the borehole data from Russia. This trend is NOT a linear relationship.

Let me be clear: this DOES NOT explain all of the observed warmings. Note these kinds of observations, before the 1970s, were not available.

There has been warming for over 200 years. Ice has been melting, and the oceans have been warming. As they gradually warm overall temperatures will increase.

So-called greenhouse gases certainly play a part; how great we don't know. As the oceans warm CO2 will be out gassed and less absorbed in addition to burning fossil fuels..

Sunspot activity measurements in the modern sense go back to 1755. Sunspots run in 11-year cycles, but their duration and intensity vary.

Present cycle 25 began in 2019 and "will increase until a peak sometime between 2023 and 2025." This trend means the atmosphere will heat up again and expand, putting a drag on satellites.

I'm guessing it will get warmer minus some form of negative feedback, such as a major volcanic eruption. See Climate Change and Volcanoes.

For example the Mt. Pinatubo eruption (western Luzon, Philippines) on June 15, 1991, (VEI-6) was "the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century." Sulfur aerosols dropped global temperatures ~0.5 Deg. C (0.9 Deg. F) for at least two years. I think it buried Clark Air Base.

I'll do a subsection below how eruptions ~536 AD created the modern world later.

There should be a temperature rise by the sun pumping more energy into the system heralding a rise in global temperatures. That happened in the late 1970s bringing down Skylab.

To quote,

The trouble was, the sun had other ideas. The very solar activity that Skylab had studied so fruitfully now turned against it. An unexpected rise in the number of CMEs and other radiation slamming into Earth heated our atmosphere so much that it expanded. This increased the drag on Skylab and began to pull it out of orbit faster than Nasa had reckoned.

"Skylab's orbit eventually decayed, and it disintegrated in the atmosphere on July 11, 1979, scattering debris across the Indian Ocean and Western Australia." WIKI.

Ref. The Guardian May 13, 2013. Skylab's 40th anniversary reminds us of the danger from space debris.

To further quote, "The first half of 2022 saw sunspot and solar flare activity on the sun increase significantly, including some of the most powerful flares seen in several years."

Ref. Sun's Upcoming Peak of Sunspot and Solar Flare Activity Could Set Records, Eric Mack August 5, 2022.

As I remember ice caps on Mars were shrinking at that time. NASA is quick to deny increased solar radiation is the cause.

Nowhere is religious garbage more proven than in Al Gore's book "Earth in the Balance." I own the book and have read it myself.

While published circa 1992, this cult integrates outright communism and racist social justice in 2022.

I challenge the reader to buy and read the book. See my webpage Dissecting Al Gore's Book Earth in the Balance.

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Failing minority students Chicago Public Schools.
Failing minority students Chicago Public Schools.
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Why Our Schools are Ruined by Diversity Racism

To quote,

The student body at the schools served by Chicago Public Schools is 11% White, 35.8% Black, 4.4% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander, 46.7% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. In addition, 1.7% of students are two or more races, and 0% have not specified their race or ethnicity.

No better example of how diversity and CRT racism destroy schools than in Chicago. The system is unrepairable at 11% white. Chicago Public Schools contains 649 schools and 341,382 students. The Chicago minority student enrollment is 90%.

Low-achieving native-born blacks are joined by millions of third-world peasants, migrants, immigrants, and illegal aliens. In Chicago, that is 122,000 black students with 105,000 failing; 159,000 Hispanic students with 119,000 failing. They do terribly in their home cultures and a little better here.

Diversity destroys the system in two ways. Our racist education system lowers standards and rigs the system to accommodate what I call "low achiever classes," or LACs. Another definition is low-achieving non-Asian minorities.

To make the lack of ability worse, educators discourage assimilation. They prefer to waste time dabbling in racial Marxist theory or attack Western culture that gave us modern civilization, science, engineering, medicine, etc.

Though either a mass conspiracy of the education industrial complex or incompetence, teachers can't or won't teach these children. They prefer to cover up the problem or yell racism. Or divert off onto gender identity extremism.

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Winsome Earle-Sears, who is black, admits 84% of black students are failing.

Someone else asks, which also applies to Virginia, "How can 84% of Chicago Public Schools students graduate when only 26% of 11th graders are proficient in reading and math?"

Mahsa Amini
Mahsa Amini murdered by Islamic fundamentalists.

Critical Look at Islam and Religion

While many individual Muslims are fine people, its culture and religious precepts are barbaric as public policy. The culture of Saudi Arabia, etc., is unacceptable in a civilized nation.

I apply the same skepticism to other religions. The problem with Islam is the fusion of religion and politics. This fusion of Islam and state may not be true for individual Muslims - then I have no problems at all.

Because of immigrant and Muslim criminals and gangs Sweden suffers daily bombing attacks. So far there are claims of 18 bombings in 2023 as of 1/17/2023. Third-world immigration is death and destruction in advanced societies. To quote,

"In Stockholm county alone, 126 shootings were recorded in 2022, resulting in 28 deaths, as well as 31 attacks with explosives, which was up from 23 deaths as well as 25 attacks with explosives in 2021. Countrywide, Sweden saw 388 shootings resulting in 61 deaths and 90 attacks with explosives last year; the number of deaths was up by one-third over the previous year."

Source: January 12, 2023.

Let me get several issues out of the way:

Islamophobia does not exist. Islamophobia is a manufactured term to attack critics of Islamic politics. The far-left tries to use Muslims to attack the system while grooming their children into sexual perversion.

Muslims in Dearborn, to their credit, put a stop to peddling sex in public schools.

To me, to be pious is not fundamentalism.

I classify all religious fundamentalism carried into politics as extremism.

Islam is not a race or even ethnicity any more than Christianity is a race or ethnicity. Many Muslims are as white as I am.

The Islamic faith is not monolithic. While the two main sects are Sunni (majority) and Shia, several smaller groups, such as the Ahmadis, also exist. The Ahmadis face terrible persecution from other Muslims.

Muslims are not victims, but Islam has exterminated every people and culture from North Africa to China. Millions were murdered or forcibly converted. Muslims today are not responsible for this, only what they do now.

Muslims in Africa sold non-Muslim blacks into slavery. Slavery was widespread in the Ottoman Empire. Two million whites were taken as slaves by Muslims.

Europeans and whites ended slavery in many cases going to war with Muslims to do it. To quote,

Paul Fregosi in his book Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries calls Islamic Jihad "the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history. It has, in fact, been largely ignored," although it has been a fact of life in Europe, Asia and Africa for almost 1400 years.

As Fregosi says, "Western colonization of nearby Muslim lands lasted 130 years, from the 1830s to the 1960s. Muslim colonization of nearby European lands lasted 1300 years, from the 600s to the mid-1960s. Yet, strangely, it is the Muslims...who are the most bitter about colonialism and the humiliations to which they have been subjected; and it is the Europeans who harbor the shame and the guilt. It should be the other way around."

I consider Saudi Wahhabism (violent Sunni fundamentalist) and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni Marxist) as terrorist-hate groups.

That is for the same reasons I consider secular humanist BLM (racist, Marxist) and Antifa (racist, Marxist) terrorist-hate groups.

So I say this to my Muslim brothers and sisters: a critique of religion is a right. There is no right to demand pandering or special accommodations.

Free speech is a right, get over it.

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