Small miscalculations create great wars, and the law of unintended consequences governs the way the unfold and how they end. In June of 1914 when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, nobody imagined that the greatest war know to that time would be triggered as a result, and that it would destroy an orderly world and lead to another eighty years of upheaval. Similarly, when Dean Acheson made a policy speech in 1950 that failed to mention that Korea was considered an ally by the US, nobody realized that North Korea would then start the horrific Korean war that has led to the situation we face today, with the possibility that a hot war could break out at any time.
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Recently, the site was hacked in such a way as to degrade the advertising section, the store and some other areas. No credit card data was compromised as it is not kept on this website. When the signup form is filled out, that part of it goes directly to our PCI compliant payment gateway, Authorize.net. We fixed the advertising area and the store. An attempt was made to drop a script on the site that made it impossible for administrators to log in. We fixed that. The subscriber area was broken in such a way that you are not informed when your account expires and you continue to be able to log in. The result is that many of you can log in even though you are innocently unaware that you are no longer paying for your accounts. We are attempting to fix this.read more

The past few weeks have shown that world weather conditions are becoming more and more chaotic. This is happening because temperatures are rising in specific ways and specific areas that are consistent with global warming. It will continue to happen, and in the process powerful storms, changes in ocean and air circulation and extensive fires will also continue.

Unfortunately, the United States, which should be leading the world, is now managed by an administration that pretends that the problem doesn’t exist at all. Amazingly, the US president has even claimed that it is a Chinese conspiracy. The latest internet meme is that it is caused by some sort of  weather control by a fictional “deep state.”
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As I write this, Houston and Port Arthur, Texas are just beginning the cleanup from one of the most catastrophic storms in history. The damage will exceed even that of Hurricane Katrina. At the same time, torrential rains and flooding from Nepal to India have killed at least a thousand people and caused widespread suffering and economic disruption. Meanwhile, the planet is dotted with tens of thousands of wildfires. There is wildfire even in Greenland.
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