PEARL HARBOUR, MITSUO FUCHIDA and the POWER of GOSPEL LITERATURE by Dr. Peter Hammond

7 December 2019 marks the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour.

More Powerful than Bombs and Torpedoes
Mitsuo Fuchida (1902-1976) is best known for leading the devastating air attack on Pearl Harbour, 7 December 1941. After the war, Fuchida became a Christian Evangelist, who conducted Evangelistic outreaches throughout Japan, the United States and Europe.

Japanese Naval Aviator
Fuchida was the son of the Master of the Primary School in Kashihara. His grandfather was a Samurai. Mitsuo Fuchida entered the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1921, graduated as a mid-shipman in 1924, was promoted to Ensign in 1925 and sub-Lieutenant in 1927. He specialised in horizontal bombing and gained combat experience during the Sino-Japanese War, when he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, Kaga, in 1929. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1936, he was accepted into the Naval Staff College and joined the aircraft carrier Akagi in 1939, as Commander of the Air Group.

Attack on Pearl Harbour
In October 1941, Fuchida was made Commander. Under the command of Vice Admiral Nagumo, with 6 aircraft carriers and 423 aircraft, Commander Fuchida was responsible for the co-ordination of the aerial attack on the US Pacific Fleet. He was in the first wave of 183 dive-bombers, torpedo-bombers, level-bombers and fighters, which took off from carriers 370 km North of Oahu and targeted the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour. At 07:40 (Hawaiian Standard Time), Fuchida ordered “Tenkai!” (“Take attack position!”), slid back the canopy of his Nakajima Kate torpedo bomber and fired a green flare to signal attack. He then instructed his radio operator to send the coded signal “To, to, to” (“strike!”).

Tora! Tora! Tora!
At 7:53, Fuchida sent the code words “Tora! Tora! Tora!” back to the carrier Akagi, the flagship, to report that complete surprise had been achieved. Tora was the acronym for Tosugeki Raigeki (torpedo attack) and in Japanese Tora means Tiger.

Attack at Dawn
When the attack on Pearl Harbour hit, at 7:55am, many American sailors, or soldiers, were on leave, or sleeping late. 7 Battleships were lined up on battleship row. The Oklahoma capsized. The West Virginia and California were sunk. The Nevada was damaged and beached near the mouth of Pearl Harbour. Tennessee, Maryland and Pennsylvania were damaged. 10 other ships were sunk or seriously damaged. The Arizona sank with 2,000 sailors on board, after a stupendous explosion of its forward magazine. (Just 8 days earlier, the Americans had published a picture of the Arizona with the words: “It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts, no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs.” Pride goes before a fall.)

Under Fire
As the first wave returned to the carriers, Fuchida remained over the target to access damage and to observe the second wave attack. He returned to his carrier only after the second wave had completed its mission. 21 large flak holes were found in his aircraft, the main control wires were barely holding together and it is incredible that he survived so many hits to his aircraft. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft in the attack on Pearl Harbour. The US Pacific Fleet lost 21 ships – including almost every battleship – 188 aircraft destroyed, another 159 damaged and 2,403 lives lost. In Fuchida’s Memoirs, he remarks being upset by the Admiral’s cancelling of the third wave attack, which would have destroyed Pearl Harbour’s fuel tanks and dry dock facilities. “I was upset and thought, ‘What stupidity!’ But the decision belonged to the Commander. It would not do any good if I complained.” Years later, Fuchida said that while he mourned those who died aboard the USS Arizona and other ships, he did not regret his role in the Pearl Harbour attack. It was war, he said. After the successful Pearl Harbour attack, Fuchida was granted an audience with the Emperor.

Wounded at Midway
On 19 February 1942, Fuchida led the first of two waves of 188 aircraft in an air raid on Darwin, Australia. On 5 April, he led another series of air attacks against the Royal Navy bases in Ceylon. In June 1942, Fuchida was recovering from an emergency shipboard appendectomy, when he was wounded at the Battle of Midway. He was on the ship’s bridge during the morning attacks by US aircraft. As Akagi was hit, a chain reaction from the burning fuel and live bombs began the destruction of the ship. An explosion threw him to the deck and he broke his ankle.

A Hand of Protection
After recuperation Fuchida spent the rest of the war as a staff officer. Two weeks before the American invasion of Guam, Fuchida was ordered to Tokyo. When the Japanese failed to repel the invasion, Vice Admiral Kakuta and his staff chose Seppuku, the Samurai suicide ritual of disembowelment. “Again the sword of death had missed me only by inches.” Fuchida declared. “What did it mean?”

Hiroshima Bombing
The day before the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, he was in that city to attend a conference. A long distance call from naval headquarters required him to return to Tokyo. As he ate breakfast in Yamato, 200km away, Fuchida learned that everyone he had been working with in Hiroshima had perished in the atomic explosion. The day after the atomic bombing, he returned to Hiroshima to access the damage. All of the members of Fuchida’s party died of radiation poisoning, but Fuchida exhibited no symptoms. Each of the Officers who had accompanied Fuchida, to investigate the devastation in Hiroshima, showed strange signs of illness. One by one they died through radiation poisoning. As Fuchida returned to Kashirhara, to help his wife raise their children, he was depressed: “Life had no taste, or meaning… I had missed death so many times and for what. What did it all mean?”

War Crimes Trials
After the war, Fuchida was called to testify at the trials of Japanese military leaders. When General Douglas McArthur summoned Fuchida to testify in the Tokyo War Crimes trials, Captain Fuchida was disgusted and declared that everyone should know that “War was war” and that cruel acts occurred on both sides. The petty vindictiveness of the Allies infuriated him and he denounced the “victor’s justice.”

Love For One’s Enemies
In 1947, he met his former flight engineer, Kazuo Kanegasaki, who he thought had died in the Battle of Midway. However Kanegasaki reported that a young Christian woman, Peggy Covell, had cared for them, in the prison camps, despite her Missionary parents having been killed by Japanese soldiers on the Island of Panay, in the Philippines. Peggy Covell’s parents were Missionary teachers in Japan until 1939. They then relocated to the Philippines. The Japanese conquered the Philippines in 1941. They beheaded both of Peggy’s parents on Sunday morning, 19 December 1943. To Fuchida, this love for one’s enemies was inexplicable as the Bushido code required revenge against the murder of one’s parents to restore honour. He became obsessed with trying to understand why anyone would treat their enemies with kindness and forgiveness.

Inspiring Example
The extraordinary example of Peggy Covell inspired Fuchida to know more about the God of the Christians. When Japanese Prisoners of War asked the young 18-year old Peggy Covell why she volunteered to help them, her reply was: “Because Japanese soldiers killed my parents.” When Peggy considered her parent’s sacrificial service for the Kingdom of God and their love for the Japanese people, she was convinced that she must continue their Mission, reaching Japanese for Christ. As Fuchida researched from every source in the Philippines that knew the Covells, he learned that they had been forced to their knees by their captors and they had prayed together as they were about to be beheaded. They had prayed for the Japanese!

Literature Evangelism
In 1948, as Fuchida was passing by the bronze statue of Hachiko at the Shibuya station, he was handed a pamphlet about the life of Jacob De Shazer, a member of the Doolittle Raid, who was captured when his B-25 bomber ran out of fuel in occupied China. In the pamphlet: “I was a Prisoner of Japan”, De Shazer, a former US Army Air Force staff sergeant and bombardier, related his testimony of imprisonment, torture and awakening to God.

Doolittle Raid Bombers
Jacob De Shazer was the bombardier of B-25 No.16. After taking off from USS Hornet and dropping bombs on Nagoya, Japan, they flew to China, but ran out of fuel over Japanese controlled China. They were captured after parachuting to the ground. De Shazer was imprisoned for 40 months, 34 of these months in solitary confinement. He was beaten, malnourished and 3 of his crew were executed by firing squad. The fourth member, Lt. Bob Meder died of starvation. After 25 months of hating his captives, a Bible came into his hands, for only three weeks, but it changed his life completely. He began to learn Japanese and to treat his captives with respect. He resolved to bring the Message of Christ to Japan. After returning to the USA, De Shazer attended Seattle Pacific College and returned to Japan to preach the Gospel. He established a church in Nagoya, the very city he had bombed years before. Fuchida became intrigued with the Christian Faith. The shocking examples of Christians able to forgive their enemies staggered Fuchida. “That’s when I met Jesus. Looking back I can see now that the Lord had laid His hand upon me so that I might serve Him.”

The Power of the Printed Page
Fuchida read the tract on the spot and on the train he saw an advertisement for a book with the same title. When he disembarked, he headed for a book store and purchased it. De Shazer’s story engrossed Fuchida. Determined to understand what had motivated De Shazer, Fuchida bought a Bible from a Japanese man on the street. When he read “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:24), Fuchida realised that this was what the Covells had been praying before their execution.

Faith Comes From Hearing the Word of God
In 1949, Fuchida purchased a Bible at the same Shibuyu station where he had received a pamphlet. As he read the Gospels he came to understand the reason for the life of forgiveness and mercy that motivated Peggy and Jacob. It was the crucifixion of Jesus and His Words in the Gospel: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” On 14th April 1950, he surrendered to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.

“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

The Power of God
By the time he had completed reading the Gospel of Luke, Fuchida had become a Christian. He knew no Christians, but now he began to declare himself to be a Christian. As Christianity was considered the “occupation religion” in Japan, this brought him much reproach from his former friends and family. Pietsch and Glenn Wagner, of the Pocket Testament League of Japan met with Fuchida and encouraged him to join them in open air outreach.

Open Air Preaching
In the business section of Osaka, as the Americans stood to speak, fewer than 40 Japanese would stop to listen. But when Fuchida, Hero of Pearl Harbour, was introduced, the crowd swelled rapidly. Rush hour traffic stopped. Hundreds gathered, even the police listened in.

Japan for Christ
This was the beginning of Fuchida’s new career as an Evangelist. Soon he filled an auditorium in Osaka, 500 Japanese came forward at that rally. Almost every newspaper in Japan reported on it: He described his conversion as “It was like having the sun rise.” He preached against Japanese-egocentrism and xenophobia. Like Paul on Mars Hill (Acts 17:16-34), he used Japanese cultural examples to communicate the Gospel of Christ. Captain Fuchida went from being a vital part of Japan’s military attack on the United States, to being a vital part of God’s Missionary offensive into the hearts, minds and souls of Japanese and later Americans and Europeans too.

“So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

Fuchida and De Shazer
In May 1950, Fuchida and De Shazer met for the first time. In May he visited De Shazer, knocked on his door and said: “I have desired to meet you, Mr De Shazer. My name is Mitsuo Fuchida.” De Shazer recognised the name and said: “Come in! Come in!” The former enemies embraced as brothers in Christ.

War Author
In 1951, Fuchida published an account of the Battle of Midway and in 1952 he toured the United States as a member of the Worldwide Christian Missionary Army of Sky Pilots. In February 1954, Readers Digest published Fuchida’s story of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Fuchida wrote – From Pearl Harbour to Golgotha (later renamed – From Pearl Harbour to Calvary) and a 1955 expansion of his book: Midway – The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy Story. His autobiography – For That One Day, The Memoirs of Mitsuo Fuchida, Commander of the Attack on Pearl Harbour, was published in Japan 2007 and translated into English and published in 2011.

The Turning Point
In Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, Fuchida wrote: “Five minutes! Who would have believed that the tide of battle would shift in that brief interval of time? …We have been caught flat-footed in the most vulnerable position possible, decks loaded with planes armed and fuelled for attack.”

Courage and Self-Sacrifice
Fuchida turned down an offer from the Japanese government to organise their new Air Force, he faced down an angry pilot who pulled a knife and threatened to kill him. This man later came to Christ. Fuchida ministered in prisons and led people to Christ, even in the cells of condemned murderers. He formed Calvary Clubs in prisons.

The Blood of the Martyrs
Mitsuo Fuchida related the testimony of Peggy Covell and her brave parents all over Japan. He quoted her testimony: “But the Holy Spirit has washed away my hatred and has replaced it with love.” The Covells had gone to their death singing hymns joyfully and praying for the conversion of their enemies. The Blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. Mitsuo Fuchida was one of the fruit of their Faith.

Fighting the Good Fight of Faith
Fuchida spent the rest of his life as an Evangelist, taking the Gospel of Christ throughout Japan, the United States of America and Europe.

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to Salvation for everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

Dr. Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Tel: 021 689 4480
mission@frontline.org.za
www.FrontlineMissionSA.org.za

To download this testimony as a tract in PDF format for printing and distributing:  https://www.livingstonefellowship.co.za/uploads/1/0/4/1/104153586/mutsuo_fuchida2_2019.pdf
To view this article as a PowerPoint presentation, with photographs, click here:  https://www.slideshare.net/frontfel/mitsuo-fuchida-from-pearl-harbour-to-calvary-125254623
To listen to the radio interview on this testimony, on Soundcloud, click here:  https://soundcloud.com/user-779428885/pearl-harbour-and-the-power-of-gospel-literature

See also:
The Power of the Printed Page
Was the Attack on Pearl Harbour Really an Unprecedented Surprise? Audio and Video.
Pray for Japan
Bibles for Africa

 

The Weekly Sam: Educating for the New World Order

Sam Blumenfeld was ahead of his time.   He learned about America’s reading problem in the early 1960s, and by the 1970s, he started warning parents against sending their children to public schools.  Here is a lecture that Sam did in the late 1990s in Greater Albany entitled “Educating for the New World Order.”   We have in available on our YouTube Channel and in audio format on our Podomatic page.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2019-12-02T16_55_42-08_00

Please share this important lecture as well as our Blumenfeld Archives:   http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

 

The Blumenfeld Archives

Camp Constitution’s First Library Reading Hour Event-The Pilgrims and Thankgiving

Camp Constitution heldits first library reading hour last Saturday November 23, at the Fall River, MA Public Library.  The program was sponsored by the library, and conducted by Mrs. Edith Craft, Camp Constitution’s Junior Camp Director, and her husband Rev. Steve Craft, our camp chaplain and instructor.   Their topic was The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving.  They did an excellent job, and were well received by the children and adults that attended the program.

We hope to see this catch on all over the country.  Readers are encouraged to contact their local libraries to volunteer their services.  If you have questions or topic recommendations, please feel free to contact us for suggestions or recommendations at campconstitution1@gmail.com or by calling 857-498-1309. A link to the video:

  https://youtu.be/r5O1kIIHC-Y

 

 

 

The Weekly Sam: The JFK Assassination and the Warren Commission Cover Up

This Friday marks the 56th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Many Americans rejected the finding of the report.    Sam Blumenfeld was one of them.   Shortly after the Warren Commission Report came out, Sam Blumenfeld toured the United States speaking out against the finding of the report.  (He also wrote an unpublished book on the subject which we have in the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:  http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Manuscripts/Did%20The%20KGB%20Kill%20Kennedy.pdf  )

It was recorded and released in both an 33 1/3 album and a reel to reel.  This is a recording from a  converted reel to reel  that was in his estate:

Camp Constitution’s Taking Applications for its 2020 Family Camp with “Early Bird Specials”

     We are gearing up for our 12th Annual family camp which runs from Sunday July 19 to Friday July 24, 2020 at the Singing Hills Christian Camp and Conference Center in Plainfield, New Hampshire.  This beautiful facility is located about 60 miles Northeast of Concord, NH just South of West Lebanon, NH.  https://www.singinghills.net/

      Our instructor line-up includes author, and journalist Alex Newman, Lord Christopher Monckton, Rev. Steve Craft, Debbie Bacigalupi, and Liberty Counsel Attorney Jonathan Alexandre.   In addition to the excellent instructors, we will take an optional hike and a field trip to the nearby homestead of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  We will also have plenty of recreational activities planned for the week.  

     The cost for the week for those 13 and up is $300.00, and for those 12 and under $200.00 (Three and under are free) This year, we are offering an Early Bird discount of $50. per person.  The cutoff date is June 1, 2020.  However, we have the option to rent the entire facility.  The camp has given us first refusal so the more that sign up early, the sooner we may be able to rent the entire facility.  The discount code is  “early bird special.”   Aren’t planning to attend but would want to help offer a worthy camper or family to attend?   Donate and earmark it for tuition.  We accept donations via our PayPal account accessed via our website’s homepage  http://www.campconstitution.net  or send a check payable  to Camp Constitution and send it to me  Hal Shurtleff 12 March Ave.  West Roxbury, MA  02132.  

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (857) 498-1309 or campconstitution1@gmail.com We are looking forward to another excellent, life-changing and/or life-affirming experience.  

Hal Shurtleff, Director

Camp Constitution

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Sam: Revolution via Education

Sam’s book  Revolution Via Education was a collection of articles and essays written by Sam over the years.

From the Preface: “In these essays I have tried to show how our country has been in the throes of an ongoing socialist revolution since the turn of the last century. And it has been engineered by real people with real names who consider themselves to be Americans but who have been doing all in their power to change the form of government given us by our Founding Fathers. The two major underpinnings of socialist, ungodly, controlled society are public education and the income tax. We shall not be a free people until we get rid of both institutions.”

In this book, Samuel Blumenfeld gets to the root of our crisis: our spiritual state and the need for an explicitly Christian form of education. Blumenfeld leaves nothing uncovered. He examines the men, methods, and means to the socialist project to transform America into an outright tyranny by scientific controllers.  This book is not for the faint of heart. It ‘s a wake up call to the church to make certain and deliberate steps to raising up a generation of Kingdom-builders.

A link to the Chalcedon Foundation’s bookstore to buy a hardcopy:  https://chalcedon.edu/store/40033-revolution-via-education

And a PDF version from the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:

http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Books/Revolution%20Via%20Education.pdf

 

Happy Armistice Day Vetetrans by Iron Mike

Happy Armistice Day Veterans!

Posted November 11th, 2019 by Iron Mike

Most of the soldiers – on all sides – who fought in “The Great War” – 1914 – 1918, had no clue about the causes.  They just knew that the Kings and Politicians started it,  – giving rise to the saying “Rich man’s war, – Poor Man’s fight!”

101 years ago today the shooting (most of it) ended.  Woodrow Wilson,  America’s clueless racist president, – would call it “The War to End all Wars”.

Today,  despite Americans spending a yearly fortune on property tax,  their children graduate from their local high schools JUST AS CLUELESS as Woodrow Wilson.

They don’t know what led to WWI,  how it was fought,  what events and movements grew from it,  and what ramifications we still live with today.

And if WWI is a mystery to them,  – so is WWII,  the Red Chinese Revolution,  the Viet Minh,  the Korean War , the Vietnam War,  or any of the Middle Eastern wars.

Having been turned into simple-minded voting robots,  they assume that young men and now young women join our military because they’re too poor to go to college,  – and they enjoy killing….

TEST YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRAD:

As 1913 turned into 1914,  there was great tension between the great powers of Europe,  – which would lead to the “Great War” and some 40 million military and civilian casualties.  Up to 11 million soldiers were killed, but exact numbers are unknown,  – because many countries kept few if any records, –  and the dead were often left to rot where they fell.

QUESTION 1:  What were the three (3) main causes of European tensions which led directly to World War One.

QUESTION 2:  Who were the Three Cousins?

QUESTION 3:  Who had planned WWI for 14 years before it began?

Of course the “Great War” wasn’t the “War to End all Wars”.  Across Russia the Red Army pursued the White Army – annihilating it.  In China the Civil War led by Mao continued,  as did the Indochina Wars let by Ho Chi Minh.

In Manchuria the Japanese expanded their empire as they built a modern navy and air force….and looked for sources of oil,  rubber,  food,  and markets for their manufactured goods.

Then in 1936,  a new fascist arose in Spain, – and Hitler and Stalin seized the occasion to field test their new military leaders and equipment for three years, – as the world pretended not to notice.

 

Numbers and estimates vary, – but between 1939 – 1945 some 75 to 85 million people perished in a war where the USA raced to be the first to invent the Atomic Bomb.

World War One had taught American politicians absolutely NOTHING.  Philosophies of Isolationism and Pacifism spread across our land,  – almost as fast as Socialism and Communism…

Having an anti-Chinese / anti-Oriental American president in Roosevelt hadn’t helped America see looming danger – in Europe or in the Far East.

After the Japanese surrender,  smug in our Atomic Bomb dominance,  the next racist US President ignored events across Asia,  – and soon Americans would be dying in Korea,  – then in Vietnam.

In the USA,  Armistice Day became Veterans Day by an Act of Congress on June 1st 1954.


Today there is STILL looming danger to our Freedom,  and it is growing stronger every day in China.

NO,  the Chinese are not “our friendly trading partners”,   – they are our economic and philosophical competitors – and their objective is WORLD DOMINATION.

Ignore that reality at your peril – and the peril of your grandchildren.

If you want to REALLY thank a Veteran today,  – find a teenager and begin teaching them History, Geography and Economics,  – so they can deal with the World as it really is,  – and not as liberal politicians pretend it is.

Global Warming is not a threat!   

Global STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE is

The giga and terra scam of offshore wind energy The latest “renewable, sustainable” energy claims show the IEA belongs in an insane asylum Paul Driessen

The giga and terra scam of offshore wind energy

The latest “renewable, sustainable” energy claims show the IEA belongs in an insane asylum

Paul Driessen

Can anti-fossil fuel policies based on climate crisis alarmism possibly get any more insane than this?

In what might be described as a pre-Halloween trick of ginormous proportions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) now asserts that “renewable, sustainable” energy output will explode over the next two decades. Certainly for onshore wind and solar energy – but especially for offshore wind, says the IEA.

“Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3% of global power generation,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol noted. But “wind farms” constructed closer than 37 miles from coastlines around the world, where waters are less than 60 meters (197 feet) deep, could generate 36,000 terawatt-hours (36 million gigawatt-hours or 36 billion megawatt-hours) of electricity a year, he assures us. That’s well above the current global demand of 23,000 terawatt hours, Birol and a new IEA report say.

In fact, the potential for offshore wind energy is so great, the IEA asserts, that 20 years from now the industry will be 15 times bigger than in 2019 – and will attract $1 trillion a year in investments (riding the coat tails of government mandates and subsidies). The boom will result from lower costs per megawatt, larger turbines, and technological developments like floating platforms for turbines, says the IEA.

Wind “farms”? Like some cute, rustic Old McDonald family farm? Are you kidding me? These would be massive offshore electricity factories, with thousands, even millions, of turbines and blades towering 500-700 feet above the waves. Only a certifiable lunatic, congenital liar, complete true believer, would-be global overseer or campaign-cash-hungry politician could possibly repeat this IEA hype – or call these wind energy factories renewable, sustainable or eco-friendly.

They all clearly need yet another bucket of icy cold energy reality dumped over their heads – in addition to this one, this one and this one. If the world buys into this crazy scheme, we all belong in straitjackets.

As I have said many times, wind and sunshine may be free, renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly. But the turbines, solar panels, transmission lines, lands, raw materials and dead birds required to harness this widely dispersed, intermittent, weather-dependent energy to benefit humanity absolutely are not.

A single 1.8-MW onshore wind turbine requires over 1,000 tons of steel, copper, aluminum, rare earth elements, zinc, molybdenum, petroleum-based composites, reinforced concrete and other raw materials. A 3-MW version requires 1,550 tons of these non-renewable materials.

By my rough calculations (here and here), replacing just the USA’s current electricity generation, backup coal and natural gas power plants, gasoline-powered vehicles, factory furnaces, and other fossil fuel uses with wind turbines and backup batteries would require: some 14 million 1.8-MW onshore turbines, sprawling across some 1.8 billion acres, some 15 billion tons of raw materials, thousands of new or expanded mines worldwide, and thousands of mostly fossil fuel-powered factories working 24/7/365 in various foreign countries (since we won’t allow them in the USA) to manufacture all this equipment.

Those overseas mines now “employ” tens of thousands of fathers, mothers and children – at slave wages.

Can you imagine what it would take to build, install and maintain 36 billion megawatt-hours of offshore wind turbines … in 20 to 200 feet of water … many on floating platforms big and strong enough to support monstrous 600-foot-tall turbines … in the face of winds, waves, salt spray, storms and hurricanes?

The impacts on terra firma … and terra aqua … would be monumental, intolerable and unsustainable.

Moreover, a new study – by the company that has built more offshore industrial wind facilities than any other on Earth – has found that offshore turbines and facilities actually generate much less electricity than previously calculated, expected or claimed! That’s because every turbine slows wind speeds for every other turbine. Of course, that means even more turbines, floating platforms and raw materials. Using 3, 9 or 10-MW turbines would mean fewer of the beasts, of course, but larger towers, bases and platforms.

More turbines will mean countless seagoing birds will get slaughtered and left to sink uncounted and unaccountable beneath the waves. The growing jungle of fixed and floating turbines will severely interfere with surface and submarine ship traffic, while constant vibration noises from the towers will impair whale and other marine mammals’ sonar navigation systems. Visual pollution will be significant. And there’d be thousands of miles of submarine cables bringing electricity to onshore transmission lines.

Maps depicting the USA’s best wind resource areas show that they are concentrated down the middle of the continent – right along migratory flyways for monarch butterflies, geese, endangered whooping cranes and other airborne species; along the Pacific Coast; and along the Atlantic Seaboard.

Coastal states, especially their big urban areas, tend to be hotbeds of climate anxiety and wind-solar activism. Indeed, many Democrat Green New Deal governors and legislators have mandated 80-100% “clean, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly” energy by 2040 or 2050. California, Oregon and Washington in the West … and Maine, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia in the East … are notable examples. So the IEA’s love affair with offshore wind energy is certainly understandable. Of course, Blue State Great Lakes would also be excellent candidates for fixed and floating turbines.

Pacific Ocean waters typically get deep very quickly. So thousands of huge floating platforms would be needed there, although Puget Sound is also windy and could be partially denuded for turbines, as they’ve done in West Virginia’s mountains. California prefers to import its electricity from neighboring states, rather than generating its own power. However, as Margaret Thatcher might say, pretty soon you run out of other people’s energy. So homegrown wind energy will soon be essential – and inland Golden State and Middle America voters would almost certainly support putting turbines straight offshore from Al Gore’s $9-million mansion in Montecito and the Obamas’ $15-million cottage in Rancho Mirage.

When it comes to actually implementing these ambitious “renewable energy goals,” resistance and delays grow exponentially. A Massachusetts wind project for 170 offshore wind turbines was originally proposed around 2001. It’s now down to 130 3.6-MW behemoth turbines, with the US Interior Department delaying permits yet again, pending “further study.” The reaction of coastal residents to the reality of endless thousands of turbines could well turn into Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Forever.

Actual electricity output is rarely as advertised. It often hits 20% or lower, depending on locations – and fails completely on the hottest and coldest days, when electricity is most urgently needed. During the July 2006 California heat wave, turbines generated only 5% of nameplate capacity. In Texas, wind capacity factors are generally 9% to 12% (or even down to 4% or zero) during torrid summer months. Offshore, echoing Samuel Taylor Coleridge, they’d be as idle as a fleet of painted turbines upon a painted ocean.

Actual wind turbine electricity output declines by 16% per decade of operation – and worse than that offshore, because of storms and salt spray. Removing obsolete offshore turbines requires huge derrick barges and near-perfect weather. Costs and difficulties multiply with turbine size, increasing distance from shore, and whether concrete bases and electrical cables must be removed and seabeds returned to their original condition, as is required today for offshore oil and gas operations.

Cutting up 300-foot (or taller) towers and 200-foot (or longer) blades from offshore turbines, and hauling the sections to onshore landfills and scrap yards, is no piece of cake. Recycling blades is also difficult, because they are made from fiberglass, carbon fibers and petroleum resins; burning blades releases hazardous dust and toxic gases, and so is (or should be) prohibited.

Dismantling and disposal costs could easily reach millions of dollars per offshore turbine, and many billions for every industrial-scale wind “farm.” But wind energy operators should not be allowed to simply leave their derelicts behind, as they have done with smaller turbines in Hawaii and California.

Bottom line: From any economic, environmental, raw materials or energy perspective, offshore wind energy is simply unsustainable. It’s time for politicians, environmentalists and industry promoters to stop selling offshore wind (and onshore wind and solar power) as magic pixie dust to replace fossil fuels.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of many books, reports and articles on energy, climate and environmental issues.

The Weekly Sam–An Incredible Testimony from South Africa

Since the creation the Blumenfeld Archives, thousands of people from all over the United States and the  world  have  downloaded Sam’s work from our archives including members of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Earlier this week,  we received this Email from a teacher in South Africa:

I am a South African educator who was recently placed over a class of severely intellectually disabled learners.  Some of the learners in my class have Cerebral Palsy, have been left brain damaged by drunken drivers and some have dyslexia and dyscalculia.  I came across the Alpha Phonics materials while researching the internet.  I tested the first few lessons (1-13) on my learners and found that I have been able to teach 12 out of my 14 learners how to read.  This has been an amazing process, with excellent progress, especially considering that these learners had been previously left in this class, for the past few years, with absolutely no progress whatsoever.

I am a divorced/single mother of three children, my youngest two sons are studying at tertiary institutions;  their biological father has been recently diagnosed with brain abscesses and has withdrawn all maintenance support.  I am desperately looking for a way to supplement the loss of this financial support and because of the success achieved in testing your reading system, I was wondering if you would grant me permission to use it to teach South African children how to read phonetically.  My children and I are in the process of losing our house and so I am in urgent need of a solution to our problem.  

In South Africa, more and more children are experiencing problems relating to reading.  Please may I have your permission to use Alpha Phonics to teach extra reading classes; I believe that using it would help me supplement my income, help me pay for the tuition of my sons, help me save our home and help many South African children to overcome learning and reading barriers, too.
       We, of course, granted her permission to use the Alpha-Phonics and she plans to video her testimonial.
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The Weekly Sam: Rescuing Our Children with Alex Newman

Sam Blumenfeld influenced countless thousands of people.   Many of us are carrying on his legacy, and one of the key persons doing so is Alex Newman.   Alex co-authored Sam’s last book Crimes of the Educators, and since May of this year, has visited 44 states conducting his Rescuing Our Children  presentation.  Alex was in Albany, NY Monday night October 28 speaking to a room of well over 300 people.  The event was  hosted by the American Opinion Education Committee, and the local chapters of The John Birch Society

His message is one Sam would approve:  Get Your Children Out of the Government Schools.   Alex proves  that the children of America are at risk physically, mentally, spiritually in these government schools, and that the government schools cannot be redeemed.  Indeed, they were set up to do exactly as they are doing.  More importantly, Alex makes viable recommendations including homeschooling your children, and using churches, and other venues as satellite schools for Freedom Project Academy  https://fpeusa.org/

 

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