How the West got healthy and prosperous

Several years ago, physician, statistician, sword swallower, and vibrant lecturer Hans Rosling produced a fascinating 4-minute video that presented 120,000 data points and showcased how mostly Western nations became healthy and prosperous in just 200 years – after countless millennia of malnutrition, disease,  wretched poverty, and early death. More recently, professor of history and economics Deidre McCloskey provided some clues as to why and how this happened. In a Wall Street Journal article outlining “how the West (and the rest) got rich,” she notes that it wasn’t just Karl Marx’s “exploited workers” or Adam Smith’s “virtuously saved capital, nor was it [...]

By |2016-06-04T20:58:31+00:00June 4th, 2016|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall — 25 years ago

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The consensus on the fashionable Left was that European Communism and the wall were there to stay. Good thing Ronald Reagan knew better.

By |2014-11-08T07:45:52+00:00November 8th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall — 25 years ago

Milking the public: a ‘raw’ deal?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control finally confirmed that drinking raw milk is more than twice as dangerous then drinking pasteurized milk. And the raw milk disease outbreaks are more dangerous, especially for kids and the elderly. This is the CDC’s reluctant response to a craze among the alternate believers for “all natural.” CDC made the announcement after a 13-year review!

By |2012-11-13T17:42:43+00:00February 27th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Milking the public: a ‘raw’ deal?

Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a South African nuclear physicist and CFACT advisor, explains on Kenyan TV that Africans need to greatly increase the availability of affordable electricity and do not need Europeans telling them "No."

By |2012-10-25T11:42:17+00:00January 20th, 2012|Videos|Comments Off on Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

Deep Green Resistance: Occupy (and more) till civilization falls

By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it.   Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:32:44+00:00December 27th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Deep Green Resistance: Occupy (and more) till civilization falls

Idaho wetlands case before the Supreme Court

In one of the most closely watched wetlands cases to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in decades, Mike and Chantell Sackett are facing off against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over whether the couple has been denied due process by the agency. The Sacketts’ efforts to build a home in a residential neighborhood near Bonners Ferry, Idaho have been thwarted by EPA, which demands the couple apply for a federal wetlands-development permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA).The half-acre lot the Sacketts purchased for their home in 2007 is located near, but not adjacent to, picturesque Priest Lake in northern [...]

By |2011-10-04T00:00:00+00:00October 4th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Idaho wetlands case before the Supreme Court

Political payback: Oregon style

Confused visitors will be forgiven for thinking Oregon State University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Congressman Pete DeFazio and the “progressive-socialist” wing of the Democratic Party. Or for likening what’s going on there to political retribution as practiced in Third World thugocracies.The idea that three outstanding students – PhD candidates at OSU – could face dismissal, and worse, shortly before receiving their degrees, is simply shocking. That this could be happening because their father had the temerity to challenge an entrenched 12-term Democratic congressman (and OSU earmark purveyor) could make people think the university is in Zimbabwe, not America.Dr. Art Robinson [...]

By |2011-04-25T00:00:00+00:00April 25th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Political payback: Oregon style

EPA’s Texas power grab

By Paul Driessen and Willie SoonAny Texas granddaddy will tell you he’s seen it all, when it comes to weather and climate extremes. Tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, blizzards, droughts, flash floods, and storms that bring unique combinations of wind, dust, thunder and hail.Any Lone Star citizen will point out that Texas is America’s leading producer of crude oil, natural gas and (heavily subsidized) wind-based energy. It has the second largest workforce and gross state product in the USA, produces more electricity than any other state, and refines one-fourth of our petroleum – for a country that is 85% dependent on fossil [...]

By |2011-01-01T16:36:34+00:00January 1st, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on EPA’s Texas power grab

Justice through affordable energy for Wisconsin

Paul Driessen recently released a report entitled Justice through Affordable Energy for Wisconsin. In this thoroughly researched report, Driessen analyzes why affordable energy is crucial to promoting justice and advancing civil rights. Driessen argues: "Energy is the Master Resource – the foundation for everything we eat, make, ship and do. With abundant, reliable, affordable energy, almost anything is possible, and we can improve, enrich and safeguard countless lives. Without it, jobs, living standards, basic rights and modern civilization are imperiled."

By |2012-10-30T12:34:16+00:00July 22nd, 2010|Reports|Comments Off on Justice through affordable energy for Wisconsin

Is government standing in the way of lower food costs?

The Environmental Protection Agency, in a George Orwellian move, has just announced that it has suddenly decided to put the herbicide atrazine through yet another regulatory wringer, despite having just completed a comprehensive, multi-year regulatory review of the safety of atrazine begun in 1994. Only three months ago the EPA announced that after reviewing hundreds of scientific studies, atrazine “is not likely to cause cancer in humans” and does not affect the reproductive development of frogs and other amphibians. Atrazine has been used safely for more than 50 years in the U.S. and has been upheld as safe by the World [...]

By |2009-11-12T12:16:33+00:00November 12th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Is government standing in the way of lower food costs?