In the first half, research scientist Dr. Roy Spencer argued that new NASA satellite data contradicts global warming models. The satellite data showed that during a warm year, the Earth actually loses energy/heat into space much more so than any of the climate models that the UN used to predict global warming, he reported. The satellite data also suggests that cloud cover would further act to cool temperatures, rather than heat things up as the UN climate models predicted, he continued.
Spencer also talked about his new e-book, Fundanomics, in which he contends that money is not wealth, but just a means of exchange. Prosperity or wealth is achieved by people having the freedom to produce as much "stuff" for each other as possible that is needed and wanted, he explained. He further suggested that the disparity between the rich and poor acts as a motivation for entrepreneurs to take the risk that will raise the standard of living for everyone. Government inefficiency hurts the economy, and goes against free market ideas, he added.
In the latter half, Alfred Adask, the founder of one of the largest legal reform organizations, Citizens for Legal Reform, discussed his work with the sovereign citizens movement, and how citizens have become "subjects" and enslaved. The movement relates to a fundamental question-- who's in charge? "Is the government the sovereign in this country, or are we-the-people, the sovereign? The government is essentially, saying they're the sovereign and we can do whatever we want," he explained, but the people in the movement disagree, saying they think the government is obligated to do what the people want.
The government tends to label such dissenters as "extremists," but a significant portion of the US population neither likes nor trusts the government, he pointed out. But "we-the-people are the 800 lb. gorilla if we care to get up off the couch and do something. We run this country if we care to assert our authority...But as long as people are prepared to remain complacent," government can continue to do what they're doing, he noted. Adask, who has courted controversy for some of his comments, was recently profiled on 60 Minutes.
A long-running drought in Texas is causing changes for the 1.5 million bats who reside under a bridge in downtown Austin. They must now leave their colony earlier each night to search for scarcer food. More here.
Bumper music from Thursday July 28, 2011