Slight, beneficial warming from more carbon dioxide! by David Wojick, Ph.D.

Exhaustive study finds more CO2 and water molecules will not cause dangerous warming

David Wojick, Ph.D.

Precision research by physicists William Happer and Willem van Wijngaarden has determined that the current levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and water vapor are “saturated.” In radiation physics that means adding more CO2 or water molecules will bring modest warming that will benefit plant growth, and thus all life on Earth. More CO2 and H2O will not cause dangerous warming.

From this point forward, emissions from burning fossil fuels will bring little additional global warming, and what does occur will improve forests, grasslands and agriculture. There is no climate emergency.

This finding is astounding, paradigm shattering, contrary to what alarmist scientists have told us for decades. Scientifically, it resolves a huge uncertainty that has plagued climate science for over a century: How should saturation be measured, and what is its extent regarding the primary greenhouse gases?

Just as “the greenhouse effect” is nothing akin to how greenhouses work, in radiation physics “saturation” is nothing like the simple, everyday concept of saturation. Your paper towel is saturated when it won’t pick up any more spilled milk. Greenhouse gases are saturated when adding more water, methane or carbon dioxide molecules has no significant further effects on planetary warming and climate.

Dr. Happer is known as a leading skeptic of “dangerous human-caused climate change.” He co-founded the prestigious CO2 Coalition and served on the National Security Council, advising President Trump. But his career has been as a world-class radiation physicist at Princeton. Dr. van Wijngaarden teaches and conducts research in pure and applied physics at York University in Canada. Happer’s numerous peer-reviewed journal articles have collectively garnered over 12,000 citations by other researchers.

In their study, Professors Happer and van Wijngaarden (H&W) analyzed saturation physics in painstaking detail. Their preprint, “Dependence of Earth’s Thermal Radiation on Five Most Abundant Greenhouse Gases,” goes far beyond any work done previously on this complex problem.

To begin with, standard studies examine the absorption of solar radiation by greenhouse molecules using crude absorption bands of radiation energy. H&W go far beyond this, to analyze the millions of distinct energies, called spectral lines, that make up these bands. Their detailed line-by-line approach is an emerging field that often yields dramatically new results – and here contradict prevailing climate theory.

Moreover, H&W do not look only at absorption. As Dr. Happer explained it to me: First, thermal emission of greenhouse gases is just as important as absorption. Second, how the atmosphere’s temperature varies with altitude is just as important as its concentration of greenhouse gases.

The two physicists therefore looked hard, not just at absorption, but also at emissions and atmospheric temperature variation. The work is far more complex than I, most non-physicist scientists, and certainly most citizens and politicians can understand. However, the conclusions are simple and dramatically clear.

Happer and van Wijngaarden’s central conclusion is this: For the most abundant greenhouse gases, H2O and CO2, the saturation effects are extreme, with per-molecule forcing powers suppressed by four orders of magnitude at standard concentrations. (Forcing power means effects on atmospheric temperature.)

Their graphs are especially compelling: Figure 9 and Tables 2 and 4 show that, at current concentrations, the forcings from all greenhouse gases are saturated. The saturations of the most abundant greenhouse gases, H2O and CO2, mean the per-molecule forcing is weakened by a factor of 10,000.

The other greenhouse gases analyzed are ozone, nitrous oxide and methane. These are also nearly saturated, but not as completely as water vapor and carbon dioxide. They are also even less significant components of the atmosphere than CO2 (0.0415% or 415 ppm), which in turn is tiny compared to H2O (3% or less). At just 0.00019% methane truly has minuscule influence on climate.

The climate science community clearly needs to consider this work very carefully. This may not be easy since three major physics journals have refused to publish it. Their reviews have been defensive and antagonistic, instead of thoughtful, science-based or helpful. Climate alarmism seems to control these journals, and they tend to censor contrary findings. That’s why H&W released the preprint version.

Undaunted, H&W are now extending their analysis to include clouds. Alarmist climate science bases its “dangerous manmade” global warming, not on the CO2 increase alone, but also on incorporating positive water vapor and cloud feedbacks: emphasizing heat-trapping properties of clouds, while largely ignoring the degree to which clouds also block or reflect incoming solar radiation. Because carbon dioxide and water vapor are both saturated, it is highly unlikely that any positive cloud feedbacks can do much damage. However further careful analysis is needed to know this for sure. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, America and the world are forced to ponder only “permissible” climate science – which is being used to justify demands that we eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of all US and world energy, and replace that energy with enormous numbers of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, new transmission lines … and mines to produce their raw materials … all with major environmental impacts.

“Permissible” climate science is also being used as the basis for computer models that purport to predict planetary warming and weather 50 to 100 years from now. The models have not gotten anything correct up to now, which is understandable since the physics on which they are based is so faulty.

The good news, says Science and Environmental Policy Project president Ken Haapala, is that humanity’s use of fossil fuels and addition of CO2 to the atmosphere are not causing a climate crisis. Cutting existing atmospheric CO2 levels in half would have little effect on climate – but would harm plant growth and the ability of forests, food crops and grasslands to survive droughts and other stress. “Carbon capture” (actually carbon dioxide capture) is of little value, and would just increase electricity prices.

As to climate “tipping points” – at which the Earth gets inexorably hotter, never to cool down – the very notion is laughable. Over the ages, our planet has swung back and forth from moderate to very warm periods; from ice ages and mile-high glaciers across half of North America and Europe to interglacial periods, like the one we are in now; from the Medieval warm period to the Little Ice Age, 1350-1810, Haapala notes. (The LIA was ending just about the time the fossil fuel and industrial era began.)

Put another way, because greenhouse gases are already saturated, there is no reason we should accept IPCC or other claims that planetary temperatures could rise more than 3.0 ͦ C (5.4ᵒ F) without compelling empirical evidence of strong atmospheric warming. That evidence is totally lacking in IPCC reports, and satellite measurements find no strong warming. Accepting alarmist claims is science denial.

In reality, according to atmospheric temperature trends measured by satellites and weather balloons, and tracked by the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama-Huntsville, the warming trend is modest. Since January 1979, it has remained at +0.14ᵒC/decade (+0.12ᵒC/decade over the global-averaged oceans, and +0.18ᵒC/decade over global-averaged land areas). That’s just 0.25ᵒF per decade, or 2.5ᵒF per century – modest, beneficial warming; certainly nothing remotely catastrophic.

Some of that warming is likely to be manmade. But most of it is natural and not at all unprecedented.

Moreover, the atmospheric “hot spot” above the tropics predicted by climate models is nowhere to be found. Put another way, for carbon dioxide to have significant impacts on global temperatures, humanity would have to burn more fossil fuels than are known to exist on our planet, Haapala concludes.

It’s no wonder climate alarmists, computer modelers, Green New Deal proponents, and wind turbine, solar panel, battery and concrete salesmen want to silence Happer and van Wijngaarden – or at least keep their work out of scientific journals. It’s also not surprising that China is happy to see the H&W science suppressed: its companies will be the ones selling us turbines, panels and batteries. Follow the science!

David Wojick is an independent analyst specializing in science, logic and human rights in public policy, and author of numerous articles on these topics.

Camp Constitution Hosts “The Reason for the Season” Celebration at the Lane House Saturday December 19

     Camp Constitution is hosting “The Reason for the Season Celebration” at the Lane House 177 Waltham St. Lexington, MA. Saturday December 19. We will have a “potluck” luncheon, and then hear presentations on Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware, Camp Constitution 2020 and plans for 2021, and the Birth of our Savior.
     Parking is limited on the premises but plenty of parking a few blocks away. RSVPs requited,.  Please call Hal at (857) 498-1309 and let us know what food and/or drink you plan to bring.

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation


By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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Washington issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government.

  Camp Constitution wishes all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving



The Pilgrims Weren’t Socialists They preferred individual responsibility by Andrew Lane

When next you sing the Hymn of Harvest Home, think kindly of our Pilgrim Fathers, for they were not “communists with a small c” nor any other kind of communists. Some conservative editors and commentators in recent years have given the impression that the Pilgrims were starry-eyed idealists intent upon founding a socialist utopia in the wilderness. One such editor, zealous to refute socialism, has written: “Socialism is not a new experiment in the United States. Neither is Communism. The Socialist community was tried by the Pilgrims in New England over three hundred years ago. The dream of the Pilgrims didn’t work, and the Mayflower Compact was a total failure.” That is nutshell history as spurious s as it is brief.  It misrepresents the purpose of the Pilgrims and the results of their heroic strivings. It derives from a superficial appraisal of a statement by Governor William Bradford and a partial reading of the copious records left by the literate Pilgrims. Stated in the simplest terms, and in their own language, the Pilgrims purposed to lay a good foundation for propagating and advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in remote parts of the world

In order to make that possible, they sought financial backing from a group of venture capitalists in England. While in Holland, the Pilgrims gave much consideration to what part of the world they would settle and finally decided upon Northern Virginia, above Jamestown but below the Hudson River. Negotiations with a syndicate called the Merchants and Adventurers of London dragged on for three years.  Finally, in 1620, the Pilgrims wound up on the wrong end of a bad bargain. Socialism was never “the dream of the Pilgrims.” They needed no Adam Smith to spell out for them the merits of free enterprise and the necessity for individual responsibility. The business purpose of the expedition was to found a fishery. The Merchant Adventurers agreed to take care of the shipping and to fund the provisions. A contract was drawn up detailing the terms of the repayment and profit sharing, but when the Pilgrims arrived in England from Holland, they discovered the terms had been altered, much to their hurt. Sadly, “necessity having no law, the emigrants were constrained to be silent.”

There were three factions aboard the Mayflower: the Separatists or Saints from Leyden in Holland; the colonists from London, called “Strangers,” recruited by Thomas Watson, prime mover of the Merchants. Stated in simplest terms, the Pilgrims purposed to lay a good foundation for propagating and advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in remote parts of the world. and Adventurers; and, the ship’s crew, who disliked both. The contingent of Separatists from Leyden had crossed from Holland to England in their small vessel misnamed the Speedwell. It was purchased to be used as transportation and for fishing in the new settlement. She proved a balky ship, heeling way over and soaking her passengers on the short trip. They were seasick and drenched when the Speedwell pulled into Southampton harbor and docked alongside the Mayflower with its complement of “Strangers” from London. The two groups, unknown to each other but bound together in a perilous undertaking, had only a short time to get acquainted before new problems cropped up.

Christopher Martin, a Puritan, had been named expedition treasurer. He could not get along with the Leyden agents, Deacons Robert Cushman and John Carver.  And they were having trouble getting along with each other. There was little cooperation in buying provisions and, as a result, the Mayflower was stocked with two tons of butter, hardly any guns, and little to use in trade with the Indians. Thomas Weston, the London adventurer, was denounced as a “bloodsucker” for changing the terms of his agreement and he stomped off to London when the Leyden leaders refused to sign the new agreements. He vowed the Pilgrims would not get another cent from the Merchants and Adventurers. That was a heavy blow because the Speedwell captain refused to sail until the vessel’s rigging was changed and that would cost money. Pleas for help were sent to Weston but he kept his word and sent the Pilgrims nothing. To clear port they had to sell some of their provisions, including most of their butter, leaving them short of supplies.

On August 15th the Mayflower and Speedwell put to sea with the passengers on the two ships totaling about 120. They sailed rapidly for two days before a stiff wind. Then the Speedwell, its captain said, became “open and leakie as a sieve.” The ships put back to Dartmouth where the Speedwell was dry-docked for nearly three weeks. The passengers on the Mayflower were so unhappy that Christopher Martin, acting as governor on that ship, refused to let anyone ashore for fear they would not return. Toward the end of August, Mayflower and Speedwell put to sea again. They were more than 300 miles out when the Speedwell reported it was leaking and “must bear up or sink at sea.” This time the ships put into Plymouth, England, where it was decided to go on without the Speedwell. The Mayflower would take as many passengers as it could, but 20 would have to be left behind. There were, by that time, plenty agreeable to do so, Deacon Cushman among them. On September 16th, the Mayflower set out alone. The Pilgrims had no Speedwell for fishing, they would arrive too late for planting, and they had few arms for hunting. Unless Thomas Weston relented there would be no future expedition with additional provisions and help. If they turned back, they would lose everything and be in worse poverty than ever. Saints and Strangers alike agreed to sail on and trust in God. There were 102 passengers aboard – 50 men, 20 women, and 32 children – with a crew of 40. Only 16 Leyden men had agreed to Weston’s new terms. With them were II wives and 19 children. The rest came from London except one from Southampton, the handsome, strapping 20- year-old John Alden, a barrel maker, hired on a one-year contract to teach the Pilgrims to pack their catches, and four sailors under similar contract to teach them to fish . Captain Christopher Jones set his course along the 42nd Parallel, a bearing that would carry him to Cape Cod where he intended to swing south to Northern Virginia territory, near the Hudson River. As week after boring week passed, tensions rose. The Saints and Strangers bickered at each other and the crewmen detested all. The crew cursed them with “greevous execrations” and their worst tormentor among the sailors said he expected to bury half of them at sea and “make merry with what they had.” When, later, he died in delirium the Saints looked on it as the “just hand of God upon him.”

Halfway across the ocean, the point of no return, the Mayflower ran into fierce equinoctial storms. In one, the main beam amidships parted. Captain Jones, fearful for the safety of his ship and crew, was about to turn back to England when Francis Eaton, a carpenter, located the jackscrew he had brought along to be used in house building. With a few turns of the screw the broken ends of the beam were forced into position, two strong timbers were added as props to hold it in place, and the ship was once again sound and on her way to Virginia. In another storm, John Howland sought relief from the fetid lower deck and was swept overboard. The ship happened to be trailing some halyards, which Howland grabbed and hung on to, although “he was sundrie fathoms under water.” Howland was pulled in with a boat hook but was “something ill” from the experience. Despite the storms, the hazards, the crowding and the poor food, only one Pilgrim died during the voyage – William Butten, a young servant of Dr. Samuel Fuller, counterbalanced by the single birth of a son to Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins, who named him Oceanus. The remarkable health record, in a day when ships on such expeditions often lost half their passengers, has been attributed to the Mayflower’s never before having carried passengers. She was called a “sweet ship,” with seepage from earlier wine cargoes having impregnated the timbers and sterilized the hold.

After long beating at sea, they fell with that land which is called Cape Cod.” Though “not a little joyful” at their landfall off what is now South Wellfleet, the Pilgrims still were a long way from establishing a colony. Shortly after sighting land on November 19th, Captain Jones headed the Mayflower south toward Virginia. By midafternoon, the ship had fallen “among the dangerous shoals and roaring breakers” of Tucker’s Terror, now known as Pollak Rip. The ship seemed in such great danger that Jones turned about to spend the night off Chatham. On the 20th, the Pilgrims sailed north to seek a fair harbor described to them by Robert Coppin, the second mate, who had been in New England waters before. They hove to off the tip of the Cape on the night of the 20th and sailed on the next morning into what is now Provincetown Harbor. An unnamed rebellious element among the passengers had no desire to spend their lives in “travailes and labours” for the Merchant Adventurers of London. They said that when they got ashore “they would use their own libertie, for none had power to command them, the patente they had being for Virginia and not New England, which belonged to another government, with which the Virginia Company had nothing to do.” Before anyone was allowed ashore, however, the Leyden Saints tried to meet the explosive situation with a formal document that laid the “first foundation of their government in this place.” As soon as it was decided to make a landing on Cape Cod, the London faction began quickly advancing the doctrine that, since the colonists were to land without a patent, every man was a law unto himself. He could live in the forest alone, work or play, fish or hunt, and do his will irrespective of the wishes of his associates. That doctrine of each person doing as he pleased so strongly appealed to the Strangers and bound servants that it threatened to divide the colony. The seditious talk, coming to Master Carver’s ears, caused him to seek the counsel of Brewster, Bradford , and Standish, the Leyden men who were the real movers of the voyage.

Seeing their colony in jeopardy, they reread a long and wise letter from their pastor in Leyden, John Robinson, suggesting that each adult male in the colony should have a voice in the government of the colony just as they had in the affairs of the church. They then prepared the “Mayflower Compact.” A bridle of some sort had to be slipped over the heads of the Londoners, a compromise being impossible as one faction was for rule, while the other stood for breach of contract and anarchy. The Compact was written on Friday, the Mayflower arrived in what is now Provincetown Harbor on Saturday, and the formal signing took place that morning. Nothing is more evident from the record than that, in drawing up the document, the Saints were merely defining what, in their circumstances, it was absolutely necessary to do. As a practical matter, the giving to every man the right of voting – the choosing of their own officers by the entire body of men , and the discussing of their affairs in town meetings – laid the foundation for a totally new system of government. It is probable that the Pilgrims, in this instance as in others, little fore saw or contemplated the momentous results of an arrangement dictated at the time by stern necessity. On November the 21st, before they came to the harbor, Bradford remarked that “observing some not well affected to unity and concord, but who gave some appearance of faction, it was thought good there should be an association and agreement that we should combine together in one body , and to submit to such government and governors, as we should by common consent agree to make and choose; and set our hands….” Among the colonists were three distinct divisions of society:  gentlemen, commoners, and servants.

On the dock you would hear Master Carver, Master Winslow, Master Hopkins, so that in addressing gentlefolks it was “Master this,” and “Master that.” But the commoners were called plain Francis Cook or Thomas Rogers or Degory Priest. Being on different social planes as they were, and yet making themselves equals in civil government, was an important innovation. Of the 41 men and servants who agreed to sign away their rights and have them returned with limitation that morning, Edward Dotey and Edward Leister, who were servants of Master Stephen Hopkins, were the last. Of the 65 men and boys on board, 25 did not sign – but they were sons of those who had given their allegiance or men too sick to do so. The Pilgrim s were a diverse agglomerate, many illiterate, but they showed an extra ordinary political maturity. They established a government by consent of the governed with just and equal laws for all. They also negotiated a treaty with the Indians which was kept scrupulously, and which assured peace to the struggling colony for more than half a century. Deeply in debt to the London Merchants who sponsored them, they worked for more than 20 years as individuals and a community to liquidate the crushing burden. They borrowed money with which to buyout the shares of the Merchants and Adventurers in 1627, and by 1645 they had paid off the entire debt at the astronomical interest rate of 45 percent.

The colonists had intended to become fishermen to meet their debts, but they never did. By early training and inclination, the leaders among them were all farmers. They tried fishing, but their little sloop proved inadequate and their nets faulty. Their profits came from farming, and they then expanded into furs, cattle dealing, and trade. In the process they established posts which later became the sites of four other settlements: Augusta on the Kennebec River in Maine, Castine on the Penobscot in Maine, Windsor on the Connecticut River in Connecticut, and Bourne on Cape Cod. All of those developments came slowly. In the meantime, it took a month after reaching Provincetown to locate the site of their first settlement at Plymouth. Bradford’s History Of Plimoth Plantation is a daily account as exciting as Robinson Crusoe and almost as inspiring as the New Testament account of the acts of the earliest Christians.   Governor Bradford called a season of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness and bounty. The first explorers landed at Plymouth on December 21, 1620, but weather delays kept the others from seeing their new home until a week later.

It was Saturday morning, January 2nd, before a storm abated sufficiently for a working force to go ashore with felling axes to cut timbers for the common house. Governor John Carver, accompanied by Stephen Hopkins, who had been in Virginia and was familiar with the larch pines, used for foundation logs, carried a felling ax, marking the trees that were to be cut. While the two notched trees, the others began cutting them. Most of the Leyden men, farmers in their boyhood days, knew the knack of sending an ax into the heart of a tree. While the chips were flying and the sound of axes echoed through the woods, a sharp lookout was kept for savages. Myles Standish wished to set sentinels round the choppers, but there were so few men, and so much to do, that they decided to take their chances against attack. Their matchlocks stood close by with sparks in readiness. Gentlemen, commoners, and bonded servants worked side by side. Even the Elder Brewster and the gray-haired Carver worked at felling trees and cutting branches from them. Standish, too, labored with the lowliest. By noontime, a long line of men, dragging a log, came towards the clearing, their bodies bent forward and straining at every nerve. Every few moments the end of the log would strike an obstruction, or else dig its way into the ground, causing the men to stop with a jerk. Having gained their breath, they would again strive with their load until stopped by exhaustion; it was drudgery of the hardest kind, but every man had hold of the rope. Having neither horses nor oxen, they were themselves compelled to take the places of animals.

Simply to state that work on the common house began two days later, and was finished all but the thatching on January 19th, eclipses the human element – the Herculean effort involved , the devotion and death of Degory Priest, for example, who gave his every last ounce of energy to the project. Hardly had work on the common house begun when it was decided that “every man shall build his own house thinking by that course, men would make more haste than working in common.” Though there were 24 married men, only 18 had their wives with them and Mistress Dorothy May Bradford had accidentally drowned while the ship was anchored in Provincetown Harbor. There were thus fifteen single men. Since all could not build houses, the leaders divided the colonists to make 19 households, with each group expected to build a dwelling. The sites were determined by casting lots. Having completed the common house, the colonists began building a small house to be used as a storeroom for their tools and provisions. They also had to build a house for the sick. With the exception of a corncrib or barn, built just before harvesting their crop the following summer, those were the only buildings built by all hands for common use.

By the middle of February there were four family huts completed. Many of the colonists had made beginnings, but sickness prevented them from finishing. The path was littered with big and little timbers, dragged with infinite toil from the forests by men now too feeble to carry on. These lay where they had been dropped, many never to be moved by the hands that had brought them so far. With the winter came chill winds and frost; still, it was mild as winters go in New England. Unfortunately, influenza is more prevalent in such a winter and the dreadful scourge of sickness and death set in. The great sickness filled the sick house to overflowing with men, women, and children. The common house was likewise filled with beds of rough boards to keep the feeble off the clay floors. During that time, the Pilgrims and the sailors alike were struck by the “general sickness.” Nearly half of the settlers and sailors died in the cold, rainy, and snowy weather when their rations were meager, their shelter scant, and the workload more than their weakened bodies could stand. “They died sometimes two or three of a day … and … in the time of most distress there was but six or seven sound persons, who spared no pains, night or day, but with abundance of toil and hazard of their own health, fetched them wood, made them fires, dressed their meat, made their beds, washed their loathsome clothes, clothed and unclothed them.” Four entire families were wiped out, only three married couples were left unbroken, and only five of eighteen wives survived. The children fared best. The 29 single men, hired hands and servants, were hard hit with 19 of them dying. And amid their travail, “ye Indeans came skulking about them. ” Though the Indian s had done nothing harmful or threatening, except to steal a few unguarded tools in the forest, the settlers were ill at ease with the idea that unseen eyes were watching them.

The y were in the midst of a military planning conference on Friday, March 26th, when a tall brave, carrying a bow and arrow, walked boldly down the path straight toward the common house where the meeting was being held. “Welcome, English, welcome, ” he kept repeating. The Pilgrims were dumbfounded and the Indian, who said his name was Samoset, explained that he had traveled from Monhegan Island, a day’s journey by canoe to mainland and three days journey on foot to Plymouth. He astonished them more by asking for some beer. Having used up their supply, the Pilgrims gave him “strong water” and sat down to listen to his story – how the Patuxet tribe that lived in their clearing had been over helmed by the “plague” of 1617, completely wiped out except for one , the true owner of the land on which the plantation now lay. His name was Squanto and he had survived by having been kidnapped in 1614 and transported to England, where he learned to speak English even better than Samoset, who had learned what he knew of it from English explorers and fishermen at Pemaquid.  Samoset later brought Squanto and the news that the great chief Massasoit, who ruled the entire area, was coming. The arrival of the chief diverted the Pilgrims from Squanto, who was to become their best friend. Samoset disappeared from Pilgrim records and apparently went back to Maine, but Squanto stayed, “and was their interpreter, and was a special instrument sent of God for their good, beyond their expectation. He directed them how to set their corn, where to take fish, and to procure other commodities, and was also their pilot to bring them to unknown places for their profit, and never left them till he died.” By fall the Pilgrims had seven house s and four common buildings. At the common house, ready for shipping back to England, were great piles of wainscoting and clapboards, all sawed by hand and borne from the forests on the back s of the men. Their corn crop was good, though the peas were not worth harvesting. Fowl and fish were plentiful. Those who survived were all restored in health.

They had food, shelter, and peace with the Indians. It hardly seemed possible that order and plenty could come out of such misery in such a short time. For all this they were thankful. The spirit of peace and contentment prompted Governor Bradford to declare a season of thanksgiving. When the granary was under roof and the harvest safely gathered, Elder Brewster on the next Sabbath, proclaimed that beginning with the following Tuesday there would be several days of grace and feasting in accordance with the custom of harvest festivals in the North Country of England . Massasoit was invited and showed up with 90 of his people on Wednesday and stayed for four full days. The feast lasted several days longer than originally planned as the Indians ranged the woods and brought in five fat deer to prolong the merriment. They had never had such eating and drinking and would have reveled in staying all winter, but, after the noon feast on Saturday, the governor took Massasoit by the hand bidding him “Farewell.” Some of the Indians made faces at the command to depart, but the king after much talk gather ed all his subjects about him. They were escorted down to the brookside and given a salute by gun volley as they disappeared along the deer path.

The following week the ship Fortune arrived from London bringing 35 new settlers. They received an enthusiastic welcome, but the merry tunes were soon changed to graver notes when the colonist s learned the new arrivals had brought nothing but the clothes on their backs. Most of them were young lads who had sold even their extra clothing at Plymouth, England for money to enjoy the pleasures of the port. They put a fearful strain on the slender supply of food and contributed to the famine that bedeviled the colony that winter, spring, and early summer. The savage Narragansett also threatened the settlement, necessitating the building of a palisade. A wall of pine logs, eight feet high, was constructed. To the drudgery of the day was added guard duty at night. That spring, the colony was bothered by wolves coming down the path, over-running the cornfields at night, digging up the fish which had been planted to fertilize the corn with so much labor during the day. They caused so much trouble that a guard had to be set over the cornfields as well as over the palisade. By the first week in June the corn in store was exhausted and famine stared the colony in the face. The ducks, turkeys, and other wild fowl were gone, migrated for the season. One could range the shore and forests without hearing chatter. The fish, like the fowl, had also gone – to cooler and deeper water. Though ample enough in the spring and autumn months, fish were scarce in the summer. The summer days came on apace and grew hotter. A fierce drought developed. When the second week without rain went into the third, and the third into the fourth, even the Indian allies began to prophesy coming evils. On learning that the Sparrow, with a whole fleet of fishing vessels, lay at anchor 40 leagues to the north, Governor Bradford sent Winslow to try to get a supply of provisions. His utmost exertions obtained only enough to supply a little bread each day until harvest. On his return the distress had become extreme. Had it not been for the clams, alewives, and tidal crabs which they were able to take by hand, the Pilgrim s would have perished from starvation. The Indians, boasting how easy it would be to cut them off in their enfeebled condition, insulted them over their weakness; and even their ally, Massasoit, now looked on them coldly. New trials awaited the Pilgrims, requiring the fullest exercise of their prudence and firmness; and this time they arose neither from sickness, famine, nor Indian hostility, but from the misconduct of their own countrymen.  About the end of June 1622, two vessels, the Charity and the Swan, arrived at the settlement, dispatched by Thomas Weston to establish a settlement on his own private account somewhere in the neighborhood of Plymouth.

As too often happened in the colonization  of Virginia , the men sent out were mostly destitute of industriousness, economy, or principle; “so base,” to quote the words of one contemporary  in describing them, “as in all appearance not fit for an honest man’s company.” Evils hitherto avoided by the strict integrity and unyielding firmness of the Pilgrims in their dealings with the Indians were now brought upon them by the reckless, cowardly, and dishonorable behavior of this new body of settlers. Because Weston had once been among the most zealous friends of the Plymouth colonists, they thought themselves obliged to do all in their power to further his objectives. They treated the newcomers with hospitality consistent with their-slender and precarious supplies. But the self-denial which the Pilgrims imposed upon themselves was too irksome to the selfish strangers who, not satisfied with the largest allowance of flour consistent with the little store on hand, basely stole the green corn, prematurely exhausting the resources of their hosts. At length, they moved to a spot called Wessagussett, in Massachusetts Bay, where they decided to plant their colony. The Pilgrims were glad enough to see them go, but unhappily they departed only to work greater mischief at a distance. The arrival at the end of August of two other trading vessels, the Discovery and Sparrow, furnished the colonists with a welcome opportunity to obtain knives and beads to exchange with the Indians. Except for this providential supply, they would have been worse off than ever, not only having a scant store of corn for the ensuing winter but having no means of carrying on barter. The wanton and lawless conduct of Weston’s people soon produced a conspiracy between the Massachusetts and Paomet Indians to cut off the whole body of the English. On one of his expeditions in search of corn, Captain Standish had a very narrow escape from the knife of an assassin. During his absence, news reached Bradford that Massasoit was deathly ill. He sent Winslow, Hobomack (Squanto’s runner), and others to see if they could help. They did save his life and he, in gratitude, exposed the plot among the Indians to exterminate all the white settlers along the coast. Standish, with eight of the most courageous and trustworthy men at Plymouth, set out for Wessagussett and nipped the conspiracy in the bud by slitting the throats and decapitating four of the murderous ringleaders. Having broken up the confederacy by hacking it off at the top, Standish returned to Plymouth carrying with him the head of the bloodthirstiest conspirator, Wituwamat, which he set on a pike at the fort to terrorize the neighboring Indians. So deep an impression did Standish make by this bold move that the sachems involved in the plot fled to distant hiding places and the colony was delivered from further apprehension of attack.

It is regrettable that the Pilgrims were driven to such an act of summary vengeance by the misconduct of others, for their own dealings with the Indians were ever humane and conscientious. But there can be no doubt that the colonists were menaced with destruction, that Standish would have been murdered but for a providentially sleepless night, and that the ringleaders of such a plot deserved death. Thus, through manifold trials bravely met, the colony survived into the month of April 1623. April found the settlers still struggling with the same hardships and privations which had beset them at intervals ever since their landing. The whole of their corn save what was reserved for seed was exhausted, and there appeared but little prospect of any immediate relief. Since their escape from starvation seemed wholly to depend upon the success of the coming harvest, they determined upon a new course. In order to stimulate individual exertion, and “considering that every man, in a measure more or less, loveth and preferreth his own good before his neighbour’s,” it was decided that each should work for his own private benefit and not for the common good. The land was, therefore, equally divided among the colonists and they commenced their labors in the hope of an abundant return. Bradford at this point wrote in his journal the often misinterpreted passage which follows: The experience that was had in this comone course and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Platos & other ancients, applauded by some of later times; – that ye taking away of propertie, and bringing in comunitie into a comone wealth, would make them happy and florishing; as if they were wiser then God. For this comunitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion & discontent and retard much imployment that would have been to their benefite and comforte. For ye yong-men that were most able and fitte for labor & services did repine that they should spend their time & streingth to worke for other mens wives and children without any recompence. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in devission of victails & cloaths, then he that was weake and not able to doe a quarter ye other could; this was thought injuestice….

Brighter days now dawned for the Pilgrims. They had nobly borne the trials of the first settlement and persevered despite hardships and difficulties that would have overwhelmed others whose faith and patience were less deeply rooted. And their noble endurance was, at length, appreciated by the Company in England, which wrote , “Let it not be grievous to you, that you have been instruments to break the ice for others who come after with less difficulty. The honour shall be yours to the -world’s end.” Although Pastor Robinson himself was prevented from entering the promised land, a large number of the Leyden exiles eventually found the means to join their brethren at Plymouth and to take part in the success of that enterprise which had been undertaken in prayers and tears, and carried out at the cost of such toil, suffering, and mortality. The work they had proposed to themselves at Leyden, “to lay a foundation for the kingdom of Christ in these remote parts of the world,” was accomplished. They had no further ambition, for their treasure was in heaven; nor, with their simplicity of heart and singleness of aim, could they foresee the acclaim destined to clothe their names with glory , nor the extent of the great Republic that would commemorate them by perpetuating their festival of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims left no doubt about their preference of God’s way, that of individual responsibility in enterprise over communal ownership and control. Would that their spirit were dominant today! The world hath need of it. •

(This article was written by the late Andrew Lane in 1976)

Camp Constitution wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving


Stop the Lock Downs: The Great Barrington Declaration


Camp Constitution is helping to make people aware of the Great Barrington Declaration as left-wing governors and mayors are determined to destroy both our liberties and economy.

The Great Barrington Declaration – As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, {Massachusetts} United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

The Fall of the Iron Curtain by Dr. Peter Hammond


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9 November, marks the 31st Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

A speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 5 March 1946, declared, “An Iron Curtain has descended across the continent”. From Stettin in the North to Trieste in the South barbed wire and barricades, walls and machine gun towers were going up, sealing off the captive nations occupied by the Soviet Union from their neighbours in the West. The Iron Curtain divided a continent and trapped hundreds of millions of people under communism. Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, declared that the Second World War was not a disaster but “a great opportunity” to extend communism into the very heart of Europe.

Poland Betrayed
Even Poland, for whose freedom Great Britain had ostensibly entered the war, was now little more than a satellite of the Soviet Empire ruled by men chosen by Moscow. Its population was now imprisoned behind a line of barbed wire, watchtowers and minefields – a physical iron curtain.

Secret Police
To spy on its captive populations the Soviet empire set up secret police. In the Soviet Union it was the KGB, in Bulgaria it was the DS, in Czechoslovakia the StB, in Hungary the AVB, in Poland the SB, in Romania the Securitatae and in East Germany, it was the STASI (the Ministry of State Security). The STASI maintained a huge network of 90,000 secret police and 175,000 paid informants. They kept files on 4,000,000 East Germans, a quarter of the population.

Berlin Blockade
The Berlin Wall was manned by 15,000 guards, the so-called Volkspolizei (VOPOS). When Joseph Stalin attempted to starve West Berlin into submission by cutting off all electricity and supplies on 23 June 1948 the Western powers responded with the Berlin Airlift. The Berlin blockade was the first serious global crisis of the Cold War. West Berlin was kept alive by an airlift of over 150 aircraft supplying an average of 5,000 tons per day. By the time the Soviets ended the blockade on 12 May 1949 over 2.5 million tons had been delivered at the cost of 60 aircrew who had died in aircraft crashes.

Korean War
There were numerous hot fronts in the Cold War. The Cold War included a full-scale military war in Korea where 2 million died in the three-year conflict. Evidence has since surfaced that Stalin was planning to follow up the Korean attack with a military offensive in Europe. He was deterred by the quick international response in Korea.

Protests in Berlin
After the death of Joseph Stalin (5/3/53), over 100,000 East Berlin workers protested against the Soviet occupation. Two Soviet armoured divisions were sent into East Berlin to crush the protest in June 1953. Over 100 civilians were killed and 25,000 protesters arrested.

Uprising in Hungary
In July 1956, a full-scale uprising in Hungary shook the Soviet Empire. Mass demonstrations demanded the withdrawal of Soviet troops and in Budapest, a massive statue of Stalin was toppled. Soviet troops poured into Hungary and over 20,000 Hungarians were killed in the repression. Tens-of-thousands more were arrested and imprisoned. 250,000 Hungarians fled to the West.

The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall was concrete proof of the failure of “scientific socialism”.
To prevent Germans in the Soviet zone from fleeing to the Western zone in Berlin, a 165 km wall was constructed to seal off West Berlin’s island of freedom from Soviet-occupied communist East Germany.
The Berlin Wall included 302 concrete observation posts/machine gun towers and 123 km of electric fencing.

Death Strip
A further death strip stretching 1,393 km along the border between communist East Germany and free West Germany was constructed with:
724 observation posts/machine gun towers,
1,161 km of electric fencing,
54,000 self-firing devices and
190 km of minefields.

Kill Zone
Just between 13 August 1961 and 30 July 1983, 73 people were killed by the communists while attempting to escape over the Berlin Wall, 182 more people were killed attempting to escape from East Germany across the border into West Germany, 60,000 people were imprisoned for “preparation, assistance or complicity”, in attempting to escape from East to West Germany (with sentences ranging from 16 months to life imprisonment). By 1989, at least 239 escapees from East Berlin were known to have been killed just at the Berlin Wall alone. More than a thousand died, trying to flee across the Iron Curtain.

Voting With Their Feet
Yet from the founding of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1949, more than 4,500,000 (over one-quarter of the population) voted with their feet by fleeing to West Germany. 38,515 escaped from East to West Berlin by tunnels, by improvised air machines or hot air balloons, hidden inside vehicles travelling from East to West Berlin. 2,768 East German soldiers and officers on duty (including a Colonel) escaped to the West.

Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cold War almost went nuclear during the Cuban missile crisis, October 1962. The vicious conflicts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1963 – 1975) were hot parts of the Cold War.

Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Anyone who believed that communism could be reformed from within was shaken by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 when Czech communist party chief, Alexander Dubcek, attempted to create “socialism with a human face.” As a result of economic reforms in Czechoslovakia, the other East European satellite states complained that their positions were being undermined by the reforms in Czechoslovakia. The Soviet response was: Leonid Brezhnev ordered a full-scale Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia to restore orthodox communism. The Prague Spring ended in August 1968 as half-a-million Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia and overwhelmed the courageous resistance of Czech patriots

Détente Deception
The Soviet Empire reached its peak during the period of Détente, as they sponsored, trained and armed revolutionaries to seize power in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in 1975, Ethiopia in 1974, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Mozambique in 1975, Grenada and Nicaragua in 1979 and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in 1980. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was a major wake up call to those in the West who still believed in Détente.

Freedom on the Offensive
As a result of this unprecedented Soviet advance, there was a backlash throughout the West, epitomised by staunch anti-communist US President, Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, West German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl and South Africa’s P.W. Botha. South Africa confronted and defeated the Soviets and their Cuban surrogates in Angola. The West went on the offensive, directly supporting the anti-communist Solidarity trade union movement in Poland, which soon organised nationwide strikes and protests against the Soviet occupation. The USA began to arm and support anti-communist resistance movements as far afield as in Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Angola.

Bankrupting the Soviets
Ronald Reagan’s policies forced the Soviets back onto the defensive and strategically undermined their economy. Spectacular re-armament programmes and the space-based Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) quickly left the Soviets far behind in the arms race and totally bankrupted the Soviet Union in their futile attempt to keep up with America.

The Iron Lady
British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s determination to fight to reclaim the Falkland Islands, after the Argentinean invasion, helped convince the Soviets that the West was not nearly so decadent and weak as they had imagined. Thatcher’s success in reviving the British economy also helped demonstrate that capitalism had a future even while communism was bankrupting the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe. The Iron Lady had this to say about the Berlin Wall: “The Berlin Wall stands as concrete proof that when people have a choice, they choose to be free Freedom has its problems but we’ve never needed to build walls to keep our people in.”

Defeating the Communists
Brave anti-communist resistance fighters in Mozambique, Angola, Nicaragua and Afghanistan severely bled the Soviet forces, inflicting serious defeats upon them. The Rhodesian resistance throughout the 60s and 70s had set back the advance of communism in Southern Africa and the destruction of entire Cuban mechanised divisions in Angola by South African conventional forces in the battles on the Lomba River in 1987 and 1988 convinced the Soviet Union that they would not even be able to win a conventional war against the West.

Recognising Reality
Russian soldiers began to refer to Afghanistan as their ‘Vietnam’. As Russian casualties mounted in that conflict, the ongoing political crisis in Poland and widespread resistance to communism throughout the Soviet empire helped convince the Soviet leaders that their bankrupt system was doomed.

The Glasnost Gulag
Even under Gorbachev’s much-acclaimed Glasnost, the Soviet Gulag imprisoned millions. When US President, Ronald Reagan, stood at the Berlin Wall and challenged: “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” the Soviet Union operated 1,976 concentration camps, 273 prisons, 85 psychiatric prisons and 41 death camps. In this Soviet Gulag, over 5,000,000 political and religious prisoners were incarcerated. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago, documented that between 1918 and 1953 (under Lenin and Stalin’s rule) over 50,000,000 Russians served long sentences in the Soviet concentration camps, with millions perishing

The Hypocrisy of Communism
It was pointed out that while the communists claimed to have liberated Russia from the oppression of the Czars, there were 5,000 times more official executions under communist rule in Russia as occurred under Czarist rule in the same time period. By comparison with Russia under Czarist rule where the highest figure of political prisoners was 183,949, the communists imprisoned seventy times as many people at any one time.

Callous Disregard for Life
Vladimir Lenin famously declared that it did not matter if three-quarters of the population of Russia perished, as long as the remaining quarter were communist.
Joseph Stalin observed: “The death of one person is a tragedy; whereas the death of a million is just a statistic!”

Prayer and Protests
As candlelit prayer vigils and protests spread from Leipzig, through Dresden, to all of East Germany, the East German government was bankrupt and tottering. Gorbachev’s Soviet Union was also bankrupt and could no longer bail them out. So, Erich Honecker, the dictator of East Germany, turned to the West Germans (who in the past had always been willing to provide enough to keep East Germany going). This time, however, the West German Federal Government was not willing to bail them out. They demanded reforms.

The Fall of the Wall
While governments negotiated, the people in both East and West Berlin rose up to breach the wall and began to dismantle it physically. The leaders were overwhelmed by events. Days after the Berlin Wall collapsed, mass demonstrations broke out in Czechoslovakia. Vaclav Havel, long-time leader of the Resistance movement and prisoner of the communists, rose to power and dismantled communism in Czechoslovakia.

The Christmas Revolution
Street fighting erupted in Romania to overthrow the brutal communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Soon resistance spread to Bulgaria where the communists were overthrown in December 1989. In Hungary, the communist government was overthrown in October 1990. In Albania, the first free elections were held in March 1991. Yugoslavia split into different republics as each broke away from the communist control in Belgrade. Soon the Baltic Republics, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were demanding and achieving their independence from the Soviet Union.

The End of the Soviet Union
In August 1991, a coup in the Soviet Union was frustrated in its attempt to return the country to hard-line communism. Boldly waving the white, blue and red Russian flag, Boris Yeltsin abolished the Soviet Union and pulled down the Soviet Flag. The Cold War had formally ended.

Terrorist Threat from the Middle East
Even as the Cold War with Soviet Union communism ended, a new war was starting with radical Islamic terrorists declaring war on the West.

Victory Over Communism
“There is nothing they despise more than weakness. There is nothing they respect more than strength.” The Cold War was won by a combination of Christian courage by persecuted Christians who endured decades of brutality, steadfast resistance by brave anti-communist soldiers who fought the Soviets to a standstill, persistent prayer and pressure from Christians in the West and the bold strategy of Ronald Reagan, which dismantled the Evil Empire.

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…” 2 Peter 2:19

Dr. Peter Hammond
Reformation Society
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa

Obtain Going Through – Even if the Door is Closed book, by Bill Bathman, for the incredible story of ministry behind the Iron Curtain and how the Wall was breached.

To listen to the audio of The Greatest Killer, click, here.
To see a video of The Greatest Killer, click, here.

See also:
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
Resisting Revolution
How to Respond to Marxist Bullying Tactics
The Greatest Killer
The Heart and Soul of Karl Marx
The Failure of Atheism and the Triumph of Faith in the Soviet Union
The Fall of the Berlin Wall






The Constitutional Court of Austria Recognised Mail-In Ballot Fraud
On 22 May 2016, Presidential elections were held in Austria, which resulted in the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) bringing a 152-page Appeal to the Constitutional Court. The case claimed that over 500,000 ballots were invalid. Non-citizens and minors had been allowed to vote and irregularities, particularly with absentee ballots, significantly affected the outcome. Since the Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer had lost to the Socialist Van der Bellen by a mere 30,863 votes, the court found that more than twice that number had been affected by breaches in the Electoral Code. The Constitutional Court of Austria ordered that the Presidential Election Second Round, be held again. The court statement declared: “It is completely clear to the Constitutional Court that laws regulating an Election must be rigorously applied… this must rule out abuse and manipulations.”

Voter Fraud in America
Voter fraud and election rigging is notoriously prevalent throughout Africa, but for some reason, people in America often seem skeptical and naïve about fraud in their own elections. The Heritage Foundation found more than 1,000 instances of documented voter fraud in the United States over the last 20 years.

Vote Fraud Revelations by a Whistleblower
The New York Post published “Confessions of a Voter Fraud: I was a Master at Fixing Mail-in Ballots,” by John Levine, published 29 August 2020. The whistleblower described himself as a “political insider” and “A Bernie Sanders Democrat die-hard,” revealed, “There is no race in New Jersey – from City Council to United States Senate – that we haven’t worked on.” This operative declared that voter fraud, with mail-in ballots, is no myth, he knows this because he has been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades. The whistleblower, whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post claimed that he not only changed ballots himself, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Methods to Manipulate Mail-In Ballots
He and his operatives fanned out, going house-to-house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf, as a public service. They would then take the sealed envelopes home, hold them over boiling water to loosen the glue, remove the real ballot, place the counterfeit ballot inside the signed certificate, then reseal the envelope. He reported that sometimes postal employees were in on the scam and filled-out ballots which came from Republican strongholds were just thrown into the garbage. In 2017 hundreds of mail-in ballots in New York City never arrived at the Board of Elections as these baskets of mail were put to one side at the Brooklyn processing facility, until the election was over.

Targeting Retirement Homes
Mail-in fraudsters particularly target assisted-living facilities, by “helping” the elderly fill out their absentee ballots. “Nursing homes are a gold mine for votes,” he declared, as are the inactive, or deceased, voter. Democrats would also routinely buy votes from homeless shelters, literally paying people to register and vote the way they dictated. Organisationally, the whistleblower said that their voter-fraud schemes resembled Mafia organizations, with the campaign manager controlling fraudsters to harvest voter details and stuff ballot boxes. He noted that normally the actual candidate would be kept in the dark, so that they could maintain “plausible deniability.” Various states sent out an unprecedented 80 million unsolicited ballots to voters in the mail in 2020.

Sabotaging the Elections in Nigeria
When it comes to unjustly influencing elections, the Barack Hussein Obama/Biden Administration sabotaged the re-election prospects of Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015. Former US Congressman, Steve Stockman, a Member of the US Congressional Delegation sent to Nigeria, in the months after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram, confirmed, that a senior US General informed them that they had intelligence that could have aided the Nigerian military to crush the Boko Haram terrorist group, but were blocked from providing this information to the Nigerian authorities by the Obama Administration. The reason given for this refusal of critical intelligence that could have made all the difference in their war against terrorism, was Nigeria’s pro-family stance, resisting the same-sex “marriage” demands of the Obama Administration.

Perverted Agenda Destabilised Nigeria
As a result of the deteriorating security situation in Northern Nigeria and what voters saw as the failure of Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency, the incumbent lost the presidential elections of 2015 and previous military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was elected, in a highly contested election. The voter turnout was a very low 43% and the election marked the first time an incumbent president had lost re-election in Nigeria. It was also the first time that a previous military dictator won an election after having been ousted!

Bring Back Our Girls or We Will Not Vote
Our friends in Nigeria informed us that most people who voted for Muhammadu Buhari did so because Jonathan’s administration has failed to curb Boko Haram insurgency and millions of Christians chose not to vote as a protest against the Nigerian government’s failure to “bring back our girls!”

Far Reaching Effects of US Foreign Policy
Nigerians expressed their frustration that American interference and blind promotion of perversion sabotaged attempts to free the kidnapped girls from Boko Haram, undermined Nigerian military attempts to defeat the Jihadists and brought about a catastrophic return to rule by a Muslim, who used to be the military dictator of Nigeria. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…” 2 Peter 2:19

Biden Admitted Obama Administration Armed and Funded ISIS
This would also be an opportune time to remind Americans that Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the Obama White House armed and funded ISIS. (“Obamas ‘anti-ISIS’ Coalition-Built ISIS, Biden Admits,” by Alex Newman, published 7 October 2014 in The New American.)

Sponsoring International Terrorism
In The Herald, 7 October 2014, under the title: “Biden’s Admission: US Allies Armed ISIS.” Patrick Martin wrote: “ISIS is essentially the creation of the United States and its Allies who fomented civil war in Syria against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Speaking to students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Forum, US Vice President Joseph Biden revealed some of the dirty secrets of the US led war against Syria that US Allies poured hundreds of millions of Dollars and tens of thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight Assad.”

A Trail of Betrayal
The fact is that millions of Christians have suffered and died under communist dictatorships and radical Islamic Jihadist regimes and terrorist movements as a result of US foreign policy that has routinely betrayed pro-Western Allies and supported, funded and armed anti-Christian regimes.

Zimbabwe is a Legacy of Carter’s Foreign Policy
Over 40 years ago, the country I grew up in, Rhodesia, was betrayed into the hands of communist mass-murderer Robert Mugabe and his Marxist ZANU-PF terrorist organisation. While American voters got rid of Jimmy Carter over 40 years ago, the long-suffering people of Zimbabwe are still stuck with Carter’s foreign policy legacy. The breadbasket of Rhodesia became the Zimbabwe basket case. While Rhodesia used to export food, Zimbabwe needs millions of tonnes of relief aid to survive. More than half of the total population of Zimbabwe have fled the country, a vote of “no confidence” in “liberation.” With over 90% of the population unemployed and with sky-rocketing inflation, everyone in Zimbabwe is suffering worse than ever before in history.

The Fruit of Voter Fraud
But, as Zimbabwean Election observers have noted, the British Foreign Office and American State Department taught Mugabe and other dictators an important lesson. It did not matter how much they lied, cheated, intimidated, terrorised, murdered and how many opposition candidates were beaten up, assassinated or their supporters blown up in busses and trucks en route to the Electoral poles, as long as Mugabe could claim that he had won the election, he would be accepted and respected as a member of the United Nations and African Union and continue to receive foreign aid. Allowing voter fraud in 1980 has continued to have a catastrophic consequence with deadly results for millions of Zimbabweans ever since. “…Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore, the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2

Dr. Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa

See also:
Perverted US Agenda Destabilises Nigeria
American Elections and Foreign Policy Affects the Persecuted Church
False Flag Operations
Dealing with Deceit


What are the facts behind Climate Change & the Green New Deal? by Craig Rucker

For decades, the Left has been pushing a climate apocalypse – without any facts to back up their hysteria.

This election cycle is no different. Climate alarmism is reaching new heights.

But the only thing that is “alarming” about climate change is the amount of misinformation bombarding the public on the issue from the Left.

That’s why this election season, CFACT has distributed fact sheets on climate change and the Green New Deal to over 50 county Republican organizations to educate the public around the nation!

CFACT’s efforts focused on places that could have the most impact, delivering the truth to groups in North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, and California.

These educational flyers explain how the Green New Deal would be disastrous for America’s families and environment, how wildfires are due to bad forest management – not climate, how Leftist climate policies would do absolutely nothing to improve our environment, and more.

You can see the flyer for yourself here.

“These flyers will be a huge help as we try to educate Virginia voters on the horrible costs of the Green New Deal and radical climate change regulations. Thank you CFACT!” said Andi Bayer, Providence District Chair of the Fairfax County Republicans in Virginia.

To stay in line with CFACT’s 501(c)3 status, these flyers do not endorse a candidate, party, or specific legislation, but they do line out the hard facts to break through the Leftist propaganda being thrown at voters in these last moments before Election Day.

Many of CFACT’s Collegians activists eagerly took part in the effort to deliver the truth to political organizations near them as well.

Here’s what Jacob Kramer, a student at Miami University in Ohio, had to say after he delivered fact sheets to the Butler County Republicans near his school: “As we approach Election Day, it is very important the voters understand the sheer impact the Green New Deal will have upon our everyday life. It would be devastating to all the environmental and economic advancements we have made through responsible usage of natural gas and hydraulic fracturing. Even a small glimpse into the reality surrounding climate change would reveal this plan is more about increasing governmental control and letting people ‘feel good’ than actually solving the environmental problems we face today.”

Jacob gets it. It’s not about the environment. It’s about control.

Here’s another point we included in the climate fact sheets: The New York Times reported that Saikat Chakrabarti, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s former Chief of Staff and architect of the GND, said: “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

The Left is no longer shy about what they’ll do with unchecked power. What was once only discussed at backdoor meetings is now openly declared to the national media.

Fracking for natural gas, oil drilling, nuclear, and even gas-powered cars are all in their crosshairs. We can no longer be shy about fighting back.

Arm yourselves with the truth, and share CFACT’s fact sheet with your family, friends and neighbors today!

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker


Will coddling China ever end? by Duggan Flanakin


Now US social media aid and profit from Chinese censorship skills, instead of challenging them

Duggan Flanakin

What is it about Communist China that makes the world’s most populous nation such a favorite of the international globalist, socialist community?

In 1997, China was granted an exemption from any obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions under the Kyoto Protocol (as was India), on the ground that it was a “developing nation.” Despite its posturing over the Paris climate agreement, China’s carbon dioxide emissions have soared ever since, as the country became an economic and military superpower.

One reason cited by President Trump for pulling the U.S. out was that the Paris treaty committed the U.S. to massive, immediate CO2 emission reductions (26-28% by 2025). China merely committed to its previously announced goal to increase non-fossil-fuel electricity to about 20% by 2030.

Today, China has the world’s 59th highest per capita income (IMF data, with India at No. 139) and  is building or planning over 300 coal-fired power plants around the world, from Egypt, Turkey and Zimbabwe to Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The world’s leading COemitter is also building what Wired magazine calls “an insane number” of new coal-fired power plants at home, with little objection from United Nations gatekeepers and climate alarmists.

Meanwhile, over half of the people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to electricity, largely because United Nations “sustainable development goals” dissuade investment in coal, natural gas or even nuclear and hydroelectric power plants, while favoring dung, wood, wind and solar – and anti-development banks refuse to provide loans for even the cleanest, most efficient coal or gas power plants.

China’s government sees human rights as an “existential threat,” says Human Rights Watch, a stance that “could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide.” The Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization says the Chinese Communist Party “has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism.”

Human Rights Watch singled out for blame “a void of leadership among countries that might have stood for human rights, and a disappointing collection of democracies willing to sell the rope that is strangling the system of rights they purport to uphold.”

Now, with massive help from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google, and other social media and search engine collaborators, the Chinese Communists are aiding, abetting or approving Chinese largesse to a China-coddling veteran, in his quest for the U.S. presidency. (Son Hunter Biden worked with Chinese investors to fund China General Nuclear Power Corp., which the FBI recently charged with stealing American nuclear secrets.)

Hiding behind the façade of “private enterprise,” these organizations have led an assault on First Amendment freedom of speech by censoring, shadow-banning and deplatforming content unfavorable to their favored causes and candidates. But these same organizations never objected to infringement of the rights of an Oregon bakery’s First Amendment claim for refusing to bake a cake.

They have been joined by governors who used executive orders and the COVID pandemic to impose outright bans on church attendance – even Bible studies in private homes – and effectively destroy numerous businesses, while excusing, blessing and even encouraging violent protests.

Universities have imposed Draconian bans on freedom of speech, assembly, religion and other rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some even insist that the Constitution itself is outdated and should be replaced immediately – along with its protections for individuals against the imperial state.

The world now knows that China wants Joe Biden in the White House. Perhaps that’s why Democrats have unilaterally attacked “Russian interference” with the U.S. elections and totally ignored the massive in-kind and financial contributions being made by the Chinese government.

New evidence of Chinese collusion reveals that Chinese Communists are advising Facebook on how to censor, de-platform and shadow-ban information that might favor the Republican candidate or cast the Democratic candidate in a poor light. Disturbing new revelations are reported almost daily.

Journalist Sorrab Ahmari obtained (and confirmed) information from a Facebook insider that the social media giant’s “Hate Speech Engineering” team includes Chinese national PhDs whose specialty is “machine learning” – teaching computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed, so that certain content ends up at the top of the news feed, while disfavored content shows up “dead last.”

A Facebook spokesperson haughtily condemned as “absurd” any suggestion that “these employees have an outsized influence on our broader policies.” But Ahmari is quite correct in asking what’s to stop these Chinese engineers from delivering intelligence to the Chinese government? More important, why would Facebook and China help each other improve this technology – and skew U.S. news and election results?

Facebook’s ban on negative information on Biden family business dealings with Chinese companies is a strong indicator that the company is serving China’s interests in securing the election of ”the Big Guy.” According to a new Project Veritas exposé, Google is intentionally manipulating results to benefit Democrats and hinder President Trump’s campaign. Google now faces a federal antitrust case.

Together with the Attorneys General of eleven states, the Justice Department alleges that: “For years, Google has entered into exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements, and engaged in anticompetitive conduct to lock up distribution channels and block rivals.”

Despite the angst of intellectuals, “mainstream media” stalwarts, socialists and many Democratic Party leaders, a new poll by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that a majority of Americans view China negatively and believe (as does Human Rights Watch) that it is the country that presents the greatest threat to the United States, and the rights of individuals.

Broad-based support for banning China’s Huawei Technologies from 5G networks reflects worldwide concerns over Chinese human rights violations. Scott Kennedy, Chinese business and economics chair at CSIS, says “Americans and others around the world have given up on the idea that the goal should be to change China into a free-market economy.” His assessment is dispiriting, but realistic.

A recent MSN News article claims Joe Biden had historically embraced the idea that the U.S. could coax China into acting as a “responsible stakeholder,” but insists he no longer adheres to that viewpoint.

The former vice president has taken few questions from the media about his China policy, though he did claim he would end Trump tariffs on Chinese imports. But even that statement was almost immediately walked back by aides, who said Biden would only “reevaluate the tariffs upon taking office.”

Acceptance of Chinese-style restrictions on human rights by the Biden-Harris campaign and many of its supporters may be a signal that the U.S. Democratic Party sees the Xi-led Chinese Communist Party as a kindred spirit, especially on what people should be “allowed” to read, hear, see, say and even think.

Yet, despite the media blackout on recent revelations about Biden family and Chinese business (hence military) mutual interests, a President Biden might have to show a new toughness toward China to douse what could become a raging inferno of criticism. Too many Americans do not want to see U.S. jobs (recently reclaimed from Chinese slave laborers) returned to the Middle Kingdom.

Of course, if the Democrats and their social media and old media allies have perfected censorship enough to drown out any learning, thinking or opposition that would threaten their absolute reign, who would dare challenge China’s environmental, climate or human rights callousness?

Duggan Flanakin has a BA in History, an MA in Public Policy and a lifelong passion for human rights

Westford, MA Votes to Keep Columbus Day, How the Candidates Stand on the Columbus Holiday by Frank Mazzaglia

   WESTFORD, MA — A new diversity and inclusion committee will consider a day to honor native peoples — after a proposal to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day met with defeat on Sunday at Town Meeting.
Voters after much debate defeated Article 11, a citizen-petitioned article at special Town Meeting, held Oct. 18 at Westford Academy’s Trustees Field.
In a separate motion, voters overwhelmingly approved a motion to refer a proposal for a day honoring natives peoples to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee — recently appointed by the School Committee and Select Board.
                   Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has not yet announced his intention to run for another term. Talk on the street, however, has it that he’s hoping for a Joe Biden win and then landing some nice position with the feds. If things don’t turn out that way though, and Walsh does run again, he may find support from the Italian American community in some jeopardy.
                   Walsh seriously underestimated the symbolism of Christopher Columbus to Italian Americans.
That became obvious with the vandalized Christopher Columbus statue in Boston’s North End on city property in what was clearly a hate crime by a bunch of thugs this past summer. In a rush to get a hot potato off his political plate, Walsh ignored all of the donors of the statue and awarded the statue it to the local North End Council of the Knights of Columbus which promised to care for it. Due process was overlooked because an employee in the Mayor’s Office had a special connection to the North End’s Council of the Knights of Columbus.
                   Walsh could then wash his hands and walk away. EXCEPT that it won’t work so neatly. There are a host of unanswered questions, that the local Council of Knights will face. In fact, there will be so much public scrutiny that these misguided Knights may regret their part in this unwholesome scheme– which Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards regrettably called “reasonable”.
Here are a few questions for the North End’s Council of the Knights of Columbus.
1.    Is the local Council in a position to financially maintain that statue?
2.    Will it be placed in a safe and prominent location?
3.     Will it be easily accessible for tourists to view?
4.     Will the statue have proper security?
5.    Will there be insurance coverage to cover repairs if the statue is vandalized again?
6.    Will the Archdiocese of Boston hold any responsibility?
                   That last question is intriguing. In times now past, Italian American Catholics could depend upon Cardinal Richard Cushing to protect that statue. It was Columbus, after all, who first brought Christ to South America. Catholic Missionaries ended the barbaric practices of cannibalism and human sacrifice.
 Cardinal Cushing even founded the St. James Missionary Society which sent hundreds of Boston’s heroic diocesan priests to Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador to help Latino bishops who needed more clergy.
Boston’s first diocesan missionary priests, living in extremely difficult conditions among the poorest of the poor, constructed churches, schools, food kitchens, banks, hospitals and a host of other facilities to help people in desperate need. Then, like true apostles, once a parish was established, they would turn the work they accomplished over to the local bishop, move on and begin all over again in a new equally poverty-stricken district.
I know because I personally traveled to Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador for Cardinal Cushing. After visiting every single mission post in all three countries, I returned to Boston to work very long hours to help the Cardinal in his fund-raising efforts. We were aided by the pictures we took and the stories we could tell about the amazing work of our own Boston diocesan priests who were laboring on high mountains, jungles, and over crowded city slums.
We know that Christopher Columbus was a devout Catholic and a member of the Franciscan Third Order for lay men and women. Cardinal Cushing himself was so enamored by the Franciscan spirit that when he died, he asked to be buried wearing the rough and humble garb of the Franciscan habit.
Unfortunately, we do not have Cardinal Cushing to help us now.
                   So the fact is that Mayor Walsh may think this is over, but it’s not. The ALLIANCE continues to weigh legal options and will keep a close eye on the matter.
There’s more.
NOVEMBER, which is Native American month by Presidential Proclamation, will be filled with howls to end Thanksgiving.
Yes, Native Americans oppose the celebration of Thanksgiving Expect to hear how it’s shameful to celebrate the landing of the Pilgrims and the diseases that brought death to so many Indians.
The attempt to end Thanksgiving has been going on for years without success. That’s why Native American groups turned on Columbus. They thought he would be an easier target.
It will be more difficult to end Thanksgiving, but they certainly will try.
         Yes, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) is asking individuals and community officials to sign a document acknowledging that they are living on Native American land.
        We are not making this up. Here is a direct quote:
 “Commit to returning land .Individuals around the country are returning their land. Encourage others you know to do the same. MCNAA – will accept the return of any piece of land located within the I-495 belt –specifically Essex and Middlesex counties.”
                   This, of course, opens the door to reparations. The inconvenient truth, however, is that Native Americans never accepted the western idea of real estate. They only held to the concept of tribal territories and never conceived of private property.
                   However, if all the self-righteous politicians who supported Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day decide to give up their homes and private property to Native Americans, well, who are we to complain !
Frank Mazzaglia
         In the interest of public education, The ALLIANCE wants you to know how our public leaders are dealing with the legacy of our Italian American Heritage and Christopher Columbus.
         What follows is what we know. However, political leaders are known to change their minds. When and if that happens, we will let you know.
         To date, Presidential candidate Joe Biden (D) has not uttered a word to support Columbus or Italian Heritage.
         On the other hand, at a Pennsylvania Rally on Columbus Day, President Donald Trump (R ) told thousands of attendees, ” We are protecting the legacy of Christopher Columbus. I love the Italians. Christopher Columbus will always be here on my watch. I love the Italians.”
         In Massachusetts, the 4th District finds Jake Auchincloss ( D) pitted against Julie Hall ( R )
         Julie Hall has not issued any statement that we are aware of concerning Columbus.
         Jake Auchincloss, a Newton Democrat on the City Council, is expected to vote to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Newton.
         In Massachusetts, the 5th district finds Katherine Clark ( D ) pitted against Caroline Colarusso ( R )
Caroline Colarusso ( R) has indicated that she supports Columbus Day.
Katherine Clark has not issued any statement we are aware of concerning Columbus.
Candidates for the US Senate from Mass. include incumbent Edward Markey pitted against Kevin O’Connor ( R )
Sens. Ed Markey (D ) and Sen John Cornyn ( R )- from opposite ends of the political spectrum — attempted to pass legislation by unanimous consent  making Juneteenth a federal holiday in place of Columbus Day. Markey also suggested that the Columbus statue in Boston should be replaced with one of Mayor Thomas Menino. He has also supported a state rep who is adamantly opposed to honoring Columbus.
 Republican Senatorial candidate Kevin O’Connor spoke at a New Bedford rally and firmly declared that Columbus Day should continue to be celebrated.
The ALLIANCE called a LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE on Columbus Day to plan and to discuss ways and means to work together more closely.
The ALLIANCE was formed as an umbrella ACTION organization in which most of the assembled leaders are already affiliated. It was decided that the the leaders of thee various groups will be invited to future ALLIANCE Board meetings and become more involved in ALLIANCE decisions.
The Conference discussed future strategies to combat anti-Columbus and anti-Italian activities, our possible responses to Mayor Walsh’s decision to gift the Boston Columbus statue to one of its donors without proper consultation with the other donors, and the need for more concerted effort from all of us.
Currently, the ALLIANCE is concerned with the poisoning of young minds in the public schools, the symbolism of the Columbus statue, and the audacity of the Boston Arts Commission to think that it alone has the right to pick a statue that properly depicts Italian immigrants.
Columbus Statue 2019