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Gates of Hell? Bill Gates Supports Research Into DIMMING the Sun to Combat “Global Warming” https://thenewamerican.com/gates-of-hell-bill-gates-supports-research-into-dimming-the-sun-to-combat-global-warming/
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<p>While wealth can breed big egos, Bill Gates apparently doesn’t yet believe he can just wave his hand and make the sun go dark. So instead, the world’s fourth-richest man is using part of his $124 billion fortune to support research designed to “dim the sun” — all as part of a plan to combat “global warming.”</p>

<p>“Dim sun” may sound like a Chinese dish. But it actually describes serious Harvard University research involving the idea of spraying calcium carbonate&nbsp;(CaCO3) dust into the atmosphere to form a particulate shield that would reflect sunlight away from the Earth. My, what could possibly go wrong?</p>

<p>Unsurprisingly, many scientists and notable figures have warned of the scheme’s dangers. Among them is <em>Apocalypse Never</em> author&nbsp;Michael Shellenberger, who called the idea “bonkers” and “grossly irresponsible” in a Thursday <a href=”https://www.foxnews.com/shows/tucker-carlson-tonight” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”><em>Tucker Carlson Tonight</em></a> appearance.</p>

<p>Western Journal provided detail late last year on what he was criticizing, <a href=”https://www.westernjournal.com/bill-gates-savior-complex-spirals-control-funds-sun-dimming-plan-save-human-race/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>writing</a>:</p>

<blockquote class=”wp-block-quote”><p>The project represents one of the most controversial aspects of what’s known as “<a href=”https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07533-4″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>geoengineering</a>” — the idea that, to tackle issues like climate change, massive aspects of our ecosystem can be played with or changed. In this case, it would involve reflecting some of the sun’s rays to stop them from reaching Earth.</p><p>“Open-air research into spraying tiny, sun-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, to offset global warming, has been stalled for years by controversies — including that it could discourage needed cuts in greenhouse gas emissions,” Reuters reported.</p><p>… The Harvard team, whose project is known as SCoPEx [Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment], is funded in large part by Gates, according to an August report in the U.K.&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7350713/Bill-Gates-wants-spray-millions-tonnes-dust-stratosphere-stop-global-warming.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Daily Mail</a>. (Which gave the subject the wordy title: “Could dimming the sun save the Earth? Bill Gates wants to spray millions of tonnes of dust into the stratosphere to stop global warming… but critics fear it could trigger calamity”)</p></blockquote>

<p>Speaking of which, “I’ve co-authored articles with&nbsp;the Harvard investigator,” Shellenberger told host Carlson Thursday.&nbsp;“We’ve told him personally this is a&nbsp;terrible idea.&nbsp;The vast majority of scientists&nbsp;disagree with&nbsp;this.”</p>

<p>“What they are proposing to do is identical to what we feared would occur after nuclear war in the 1980s, which is nuclear winter, the idea that you cool the planet deliberately. The effects on crops are completely unknown. They call this an experiment, but they know that there is no way to figure out what the large-scale planetary effects of this kind of thing would be.”</p>

<p>He isn’t kidding. Because according to <em>Forbes</em>, even “Frank Keutsch — who’s the project’s top investigator — quote, ‘does not know what the results might bring,’” Carlson related (video below).</p>

<p>Yes, well, as with Nancy Pelosi and passing ObamaCare “so that you can find out what is in it,” I guess we have to do the experiment so we can find out what happens. And buy some land at the equator just in case.</p>

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<p>It’s bad enough that we’ve wasted billions and perhaps trillions of dollars worldwide driven by political opportunism and Chicken Little, doomsday fears when there’s <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/embarrassing-predictions-haunt-the-global-warming-industry/”>no actual evidence</a> that man-caused climate change <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/global-warming-alarmists-looking-ridiculous-double-down/”>is profound</a> or <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/global-warming-skepticism/”>a threat</a>. Now scientists would perhaps create what they claim to want to prevent: a climate catastrophe.</p>

<p>It’s reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller <em>Jurassic Park</em>, which “teaches us that no matter how advanced technology becomes, we will never be able to completely control nature,” as FEE.com <a href=”https://fee.org/articles/the-original-jurassic-park-and-the-hubris-of-central-planning/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>put it</a> in 2017. Crichton’s story merely involved what’s likely a tenable endeavor, however: using cloning to resurrect extinct dinosaurs. In contrast, the Harvard researchers threaten to create <a href=”https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A2KLfSygEXJguQYA.hhXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDMjc2NjY3OQRfcgMyBGZyA21jYWZlZQRmcjIDc2ItdG9wBGdwcmlkA3JlMmpsUlpaU0xPM1dqdnlaNm5NQUEEbl9yc2x0AzAEbl9zdWdnAzQEb3JpZ2luA3NlYXJjaC55YWhvby5jb20EcG9zAzAEcHFzdHIDBHBxc3RybAMwBHFzdHJsAzUxBHF1Z” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>the very phenomenon</a> that supposedly made the dinosaurs extinct.</p>

<p>Note here that the Earth experiences cycles of 100,000-120,000-year glacial periods followed by warmer 12,000-year interglacials,&nbsp;and the last glacial period <em>ended approximately 12,000 years ago</em>. Thus are we due for, and <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/climate-change-is-a-deadly-ice-age-on-the-horizon/”>some scientists are predicting</a>, another ice age. And now the Harvard geniuses want to make it worse.</p>

<p>This is what we should actually fear, too. Generally speaking, warmth breeds life (“Let there be light,” anyone?) and cold, death. Even the<em>&nbsp;New York Times</em>&nbsp;admitted this,&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/well/beware-winter-is-coming.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>reporting</a>&nbsp;in 2016 on a <em>Lancet</em>&nbsp;study&nbsp;showing that “cold weather is responsible, directly or indirectly, for 17 times as many deaths as hot weather,” as the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;related it. Moreover, the paper cited yet another study suggesting that in most of the world, “rising temperatures could reduce overall mortality rates.”</p>

<p>Related to this, the Harvard cooling scheme could create hot conflict if ever implemented. Just consider Russia. It’s already a very cold country, and, consequently, one of its historical goals has been the acquisition of warm-water ports. How do you think Moscow would react to a plan to exacerbate their Siberian woes? They just might consider it an act of war. I wouldn’t blame them, either.</p>

<p>In keeping with this, my guess is that there probably will always be enough international opposition to forestall sun-dimming, playing-God lunacy. The Harvard researchers may even know this but, as with everyone else, scientists love indulging their passions; they want to create their Frankenstein monster simply because it satisfies their intellectual curiosity. They also want funding. And getting money from crackpot billionaires may require peddling crackpot ideas.</p>

<p>This said, we always have to watch our “betters.” Big egos plus small minds can equal major destruction. And if he wants to, Bill Gates can afford to buy all of Equatorial Guinea.</p>

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Jailed Canadian Pastor’s Church Now Barricaded With Eight-foot Fencing; Neighbors Rejoice https://thenewamerican.com/jailed-canadian-pastors-church-now-barricaded-with-eight-foot-fencing-neighbors-rejoice/
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<p>The scene could have been lifted straight from the pages of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s <em>Gulag Archipelago:</em> Government officials obediently carrying out state orders, fencing off a house of worship, having previously imprisoned the shepherd of the church.</p>

<p>Yet this is not happening in Soviet Russia but in a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, specifically Alberta, Canada, where citizens have the freedom “to declare religious beliefs openly and without fear of hindrance or reprisal,” according to <a href=”https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/rfc-dlc/ccrf-ccdl/check/art2a.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Section 2(a)</a> of the Canadian Charter.</p>

<p>As previously <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/jailed-canadian-pastor-expected-to-be-released-today-our-responsibility-as-shepherds-is-to-open-our-doors/”>reported</a> by <em>The New American</em>, <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh6nXD4Rtg0&amp;t=228s” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Canadian Pastor James Coates</a> was <a href=”https://thenewamerican.com/jailed-canadian-pastor-expected-to-be-released-today-our-responsibility-as-shepherds-is-to-open-our-doors/”>jailed</a> for more than a month in a maximum-security facility for breaching COVID-19 restrictions and continuing to hold services at GraceLife Church (GLC), near Edmonton. </p>

<p><strong>The Church Is Seized </strong></p>

<p>Early morning Wednesday, April 7, Coates learned via a text message that the Alberta Health Services (AHS) had officially “physically closed” the house of worship “until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions,” reported <a href=”https://www.660citynews.com/2021/04/07/photos-online-show-fences-put-up-around-gracelife-church/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>660News</a>.</p>

<p>“The government is embarrassed at this point in time,” Coates told <a href=”https://www.rebelnews.com/after_youtube_signup” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Rebel News</a> reporter Sheila Gunn Reid on April 8. “We are a black eye on our government because we continue to meet. I think the closing of our facility is necessary in order to prevent any further embarrassment to the government.” </p>

<p>Reid is the one reporter Coates has allowed on the premises since the church received the AHS closure order back in January. “Mainstream media is effectively state-run media and that is why we don’t give them our time because we know we’re not going to get a fair hearing, and it’s just not worth it to give them our message,” he said. </p>

<p>Assisting health officials in fortifying the church were the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), barricading the building and grounds with tall fencing to keep the parishioners off the property.</p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Alberta Health Services have physically closed GraceLife Church by putting up a fence around the church. RCMP are on site preventing access inside until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions.&nbsp;<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/yeg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#yeg</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19AB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#COVID19AB</a> <a href=”https://t.co/HXBLuYMont”>pic.twitter.com/HXBLuYMont</a></p>— Rachelle Elsiufi (@CityRachelle) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CityRachelle/status/1379814055439835136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 7, 2021</a></blockquote>
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<p>In one <a href=”https://www.660citynews.com/2021/04/07/photos-online-show-fences-put-up-around-gracelife-church/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>video</a>, the RCMP is seen setting up the barriers, while nearby a visibly emotional Pastor Coates appears to be wiping away tears. Several parishioners and local residents gathered at the scene in support, some carrying signs and Charter Rights, as the authorities guarded the site to block anyone from entering the facility.</p>

<p>Despite this excessive attempt to keep the church closed, Coates maintains that he and his congregation will not be deterred from meeting: </p>

<blockquote class=”wp-block-quote”><p>The government is trying to go toe-to-toe with the Lord of Glory in this moment. The church is not a building. The church is the people of God who come together and worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and so while it’s unfortunate that we don’t have access to our facility that in no way impedes or obstructs the work of the Gospel, the building up of the body of Christ. I see this as a wonderful opportunity for the Lord to put His glory on display.</p></blockquote>

<p>After receiving AHS’s closure order back in January, Coates continued to preach on Sundays. </p>

<p>“We have met for 37 Sundays in a row without a single COVID case, let alone a breakout, and so we are exposing the reality, not only that these lockdown measures are unjust but that they are harmful and unnecessary,” said Coates. </p>

<p><strong>“Our Responsibility as Shepherds Is to Open the Church”</strong></p>

<p>Coates has been a vocal critic of church leaders applying “<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh6nXD4Rtg0&amp;t=228s” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Romans 13</a>” to justify their willingness to comply with stringent health and safety regulations, requiring churches across Canada to operate at 15-percent capacity.</p>

<p>He has termed such obedience “pastoral malpractice.”</p>

<p>“Do we have that authority, that we can tell people they can’t worship? We refuse to tell people of this body they can’t come. Our responsibility as shepherds is to open our doors. We are opening our doors to worship,” preached Coates before his arrest. </p>

<p>To comply with the state’s health orders would be to turn congregants away, which Coates was never willing to do.</p>

<p>Even as the blockades were erected, and the biased media sought reactions from members of the Parkland County community, many of whom seemed glad to see the “darn church” finally close (mainstream reporters interviewed few, if any, parishioners), the pastor said that although&nbsp;the church property is now occupied by police and security, “the time is now, not in any kind of violent manner, but to peacefully return to your life.” </p>

<p>“[Alberta] Premiere Jason Kenney,” continued Coates, “is an incredible disappointment to this province. I would say this to the Alberta people — the only way to get your province back is to take it back…. People are not afraid. We need to return to our lives. If you are waiting for the government to hand you back your civil liberties, it is just not going to happen.” He went on to say: </p>

<blockquote class=”wp-block-quote”><p>Democracy at this point in time is dying because Kenney is not governing in accord with the mind of the people. It is abundantly apparent that Albertans want to go back to life as usual and the excuse that it’s a health issue that is preventing us from doing that is just that, an excuse. </p><p>There clearly is some underlying agenda that is shaping the governance of Jason Kenney, and it’s to the detriment of the people of this province. If everyone goes back to life as normal and the masks come off, the pandemic goes away. We are ultimately in control.</p></blockquote>

<p><strong>Anger Toward the Church</strong></p>

<p>Some people are still very much afraid or they hate the church. One neighborhood snitch, who goes by the name of Wess, admitted to a reporter that “A lot of us have made calls to the premier, to the justice minister, asking them why they are not taking any kind of action here. And well, I guess today they actually did.”</p>

<p>Bizarrely, those who reported the church to the authorities appear to be proud of their actions and grateful to see the fortress surrounding the church.</p>

<p>According to the local news, “between last July and April 6 of this year, AHS says it received 105 complaints about GraceLife and inspectors have conducted 10 site inspections. Violations were observed at each visit…. With COVID-19 cases increasing and the more easily transmitted and potentially more severe variants becoming dominant, there is urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans.”</p>

<p>As of April 7, the number of <a href=”https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>deaths</a> attributed to the coronavirus in Alberta, population 1.1 million, have reached 2,005. Just take a moment to do the math. On Friday, an entire news article was devoted to <a href=”https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/more-than-75-new-cases-of-covid-19-at-alberta-pharmacies-and-grocery-stores-1.5381515″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>75 new cases</a> of grocery store workers in the Edmonton area. </p>

<p>This raises the question: Why are the stores still open but the church closed? Costco has never closed. Yet the authorities are barricading a church? And the neighbors are rejoicing?</p>

<p>“I was at Costco on Monday and it was packed,” said the pastor. “The premium outlet mall, packed as well…. There is no way what is happening now is in accord with truth. There are so many doctors and experts that have come out and challenged the science and medicine that is being propagated by AHS and our government officials that it is now to the point where you are not responding to the information available to us, We the People. Time to wake up, speak out! It is time to return to the civil liberties that are ours as a nation.”</p>

<p>During the pastor’s month-long incarceration (he was jailed from February 16-March 22), his wife, Erin Coates, gave an exclusive interview with Canadian TV host Faytene Grasseschi, during which she stated, “We know how this disease works now, who the most vulnerable are, and how we can work to protect them. People are really hurting; they need to worship God. They need to be together.” She pleaded with other religious leaders to “open your doors to pre-COVID restrictions, and if you’re not quite there, wrestle with what’s going on, as studies are starting to be released.”</p>

<p>Moreover, one in 10 Canadians have struggled with depression in the last 10 months. More than 800,000 Canadians have lost their jobs and the country is now on the verge of a third lockdown. According to Erin Coates,</p>

<blockquote class=”wp-block-quote”><p>People are struggling with suicidal thoughts. Opioid addiction is going up, drug addiction is going up. Our nation is really hurting. We hope not only to take care of God’s people but that we have hope in the Lord Jesus to help you live life to get you through these hard times.</p></blockquote>

<p>Before the pastor’s release from jail, lawyer John Carpay, president of the <a href=”https://www.jccf.ca/staff_members/john-carpay-president/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms</a>, expressed that the tide was turning in terms of public opinion about COVID lockdowns. “Every court ruling from here on out will be setting a precedent for other provinces. Several lessons we take away from this is that if you fight a battle, you can win. If you don’t fight a battle, you are guaranteed to lose. Coates is a hero because he chose to fight a battle that he was called to fight.”</p>

<p><strong>How Can We Support James Coates and Other Pastors? </strong></p>

<p>As a new battle begins for Pastor Coates, he strongly urged his fellow Albertans to place pressure on members of the legislative assembly (MLA) as a way not only to support him but to end the pandemic. </p>

<p>“People need to let their MLAs know what is happening here. We need to put pressure on the premiere. We need to return to our daily lives. Pastors need to open their churches. At the end of the day, COVID is a reality. You have to assess whether you want to live this life in a lockdown-type society where your civil liberties are removed from you, or whether you are willing to go back to freedom at the risk of contracting the virus. And that is where the Gospel of Christ comes in. If you are in Christ, you are not afraid of death. </p>

<p>As of this reporting, no date has been set for the removal of the fencing or the unlocking of the occupied church.</p>

<p>“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God,” are the famous words spoken by colonial preacher Jonathan Mayhew, and credited with inspiring the brave fighters of the American Revolution. In that spirit, Coates remains obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ. </p>

<p>“[When] I found out that they were locking up the church, I had excitement in my heart,” he said. “I mean they are going toe-to-toe with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and in general that does not go well, and it certainly does not go well in the end.”</p>

<p>For the full interview, click on the video below. </p>

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Biden Signs Executive Order Creating Commission to Study Changes to Supreme Court https://thenewamerican.com/biden-signs-executive-order-creating-commission-to-study-changes-to-supreme-court/
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<p>President Joe Biden has signed an <a href=”https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/09/executive-order-on-the-establishment-of-the-presidential-commission-on-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>executive order</a> creating a commission to study possible changes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The new commission would be convened at a time when leftists are pushing to expand the high court to include more than its current nine judges, in hopes of creating a liberal majority.</p>

<p>The new commission will consist of no more than 36 presidential appointees made up of “distinguished constitutional scholars, retired members of the Federal judiciary, or other individuals having experience with and knowledge of the Federal judiciary and the Supreme Court of the United States.”</p>

<p>The new commission would seem to be a promise kept, which Biden made to leftists following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in October. Biden told <em>60 Minutes</em> in October that he hoped to create such a commission on reforms to the court system because, in his words, it was “getting out of whack.”</p>

<p>The announcement comes just days after Justice Stephen Breyer, considered to be one of the staunch liberals on the court, came out and issued a stern warning against attempts to “pack the court” with more liberal judges.</p>

<p>Speaking at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, Breyer said: “Discussion of institutional change should include discussion of certain background matters such as the trust the court has gradually built. The long period of time needed to build that trust.”</p>

<p>Breyer continued: “These considerations convince me that it is wrong to think of the court as just another political institution and it is doubly wrong to think of its members as junior league politicians.”</p>

<p>“Structural alteration [of the Supreme Court] motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that … perception, further eroding that trust,” Breyer said.</p>

<p>Breyer’s remarks prompted many left-wing pundits to call for his retirement. MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan called Breyer’s opinion, “naive, misguided and self-serving.”</p>

<p>The list of names who have been floated for the new commission tilt decidedly to the left, even though Biden has said that the commission will be bi-partisan. The two chairs of the commission have been announced as Bob Bauer, who served as White House Counsel under Barack Obama, and Cristina Rodriguez, who was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and clerked under Sandra Day O’Connor.</p>

<p>The list of commissioners <a href=”https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/09/president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-creating-the-presidential-commission-on-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>invited to join</a> the commission so far includes many law professors, former Supreme Court clerks, and Ivy Leaguers such as Caroline Fredrickson, once a legal director for NARAL Pro Choice America; Walter Dellinger, who served in the White House as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration; and Michael Waldman, who served as the director of speech-writing for Bill Clinton.</p>

<p>In the past, Biden has dismissed the idea of court packing as a “bonehead idea,” but last October, Biden promised to create the commission after leftists were apoplectic over Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the seat left vacant by prominent liberal Ruth Bader Ginburg’s death.</p>

<p>During the latter stages of the presidential 2020 campaign, Biden was asked what his position on court packing was, to which he replied, “You’ll know my position on court packing after the election.” But the president has still not said yay or nay on the issue.</p>

<p>Of course, there’s a real possibility that this commission will meet for its scheduled 180 days and conclude that expanding the Supreme Court is not a good idea. And even if the commission does recommend expansion, there would be a huge fight in the legislature before any expansion could occur.</p>

<p>And at least one Democrat senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has already vowed to block any attempt to pack the court in the Senate, calling it, along with ending the filibuster, “crazy stuff.”</p>

<p>But besides court packing, the commission will be studying the role of the Supreme Court and the entire Federal court system and whether it needs to be “reformed,” presumably in ways beyond court packing. Even if the commission doesn’t recommend court packing as leftists hope, their conclusions on the court and its role going forward warrant close scrutiny.</p>

<p>“It’s not about court packing,” Biden said to <em>60 Minutes </em>in October of 2020. “There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated, and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make.… There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing.”</p>

<p>And those “alternatives” might just be as frightening — if not more frightening — than court packing.</p>

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