Three Things You Need to Know - November 2, 2017

Instant communication has it's drawbacks.

First responders are often completely wrong.

I’m not talking about police or paramedics. I’m talking about those Twitter and Facebook users who rush to announce an incident is not Islamic-related terrorism.

After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City for example, a Twitter account called “New York City Alerts” tweeted: “Breaking Update: NYPD official confirms, the incident in downtown Manhattan is NOT terror related.” Which turned out to be totally false.

Later, they tweeted: “Per PD sources, a fight between two truck drivers led to one truck hitting multiple pedestrians, and one truck driver opened fire.” Again, not even close to the facts.

We’ve seen other examples like this in recent years. Calling the 2015 San Bernandino terrorist attack “workplace violence,” or social media users misidentifying the Charlottesville killer, which forced a Michigan man and his family to flee their home because of death threats.

Sometimes it’s people on the far Left or far Right trying to spread false information that helps their own agenda. But sometimes it’s just people trying to be the first to report something and get a bunch of re-tweets. Either way, it’s not helpful.

In 1844, a New York Herald reporter wrote about the remarkable new telegraph technology and said, “There is nothing now left for invention to achieve but to discover news before it takes place.”

Guess what? We’ve invented it – they could’ve been describing our current fake news and social media. Ironically, our instant communication doesn’t help us get to the truth faster, often it does just the opposite.

This week, Congress fretted about the ads that Russia polluted our Facebook feeds with last year. Some of the ads may have looked convincing, but the ad can’t hypnotize you and cause you to press the “like” or “share” buttons. We must be more discerning than that. The fake news problem isn’t simply about shutting down whoever’s creating the fake content. It’s also about Americans not recognizing propaganda.

Sure, maybe it’s difficult to discern sometimes, it might require extra effort. I say this often because I believe it’s important advice: do your own homework. If we can’t get a handle on how to responsibly navigate something like social media, wait until A.I. gets further down the tracks. Then we’re in real trouble.

Then telegrams might sound like a great option.

Remembering those who lost their lives in the NYC attack.

It had been decades since Ariel and his high school friends got together to catch up.

The 30th anniversary of their graduation was approaching and Ariel came up with a fantastic plan.

A successful steel mill owner in Argentina, Ariel had some money saved away for a once in a lifetime holiday.

He decided he would pay for all his classmates to travel to the Big Apple and celebrate—New York style.

The group of nine friends were having a blast doing touristy things, like riding bikes in downtown Manhattan, when the unimaginable happened.

A terrorist, hell-bent on murdering whoever he could, rammed his truck into the bikers.

Five of the friends were killed.

In addition to the five friends from Argentina, three others lost their lives on Tuesday.

Nicholas Cleves was a 23-year-old software developer who had recently started his first job out of school. He had the world at his feet.

Darren Drake was a 32-year-old project manager for Moody’s Analytics. His parents knew something was wrong when they couldn’t reach him hours after the attack. They frantically drove to Bellevue Hospital where their worst fears were confirmed.

Anne Decadt was a 31-year-old from Belgium who was vacationing in New York with her mother and two sisters. Her 3-month-old and 3-year-old sons are now motherless.

Because of one man’s selfish and delusional fantasies, these eight people are dead. Their families are suffering unthinkable pain.

And the scary thing is, this attacker’s fantasies are shared by thousands of others. He is not alone. And this will happen again, if we continue to allow it.

He wanted to kill children.

“He did this in the name of ISIS,” said the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD. The disturbing details of how Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant turned terrorist, planned and executed his attack are starting to become clear. The narrative gives a frightening look inside the mind of a cold-blooded and calculated killer.

Saipov had been planning his attack on the Manhattan West Side bike path for a year. We still don’t know when or how long he’d been radicalized, but for any new and aspiring ISIS recruit, getting instruction from the Caliphate is actually pretty easy. Just pull up an app on your phone or hop onto the internet. Both ISIS and Al Qaeda give instruction and direction online that acts as a sort of demented University of Phoenix for terrorists.

Several months ago, ISIS began telling their followers to stop coming to Syria and Iraq. They could be more effective by staying in their home countries. ISIS began directing their soldiers to use vehicles as weapons in order to stay off the radar of law enforcement. Saipov took this instruction, and made the decision around September to use a truck.

On October 4th, he searched online for a Home Depot store in New Jersey. He noted a location that rented trucks and continued his preparation. On October 18th, Saipov began looking for the best spot to execute his attack. He wanted to inflict the maximum amount of casualties, but not just any people would do. He wanted to make a statement. He looked up “Halloween in NYC.” You can only imagine what he saw as he clicked through image after image of trick or treaters walking down the West Side path. Saipov specifically chose his location with hopes that children would be among the carnage.

He rented a practice truck on October 22nd, and began making dry runs. On October 28th, he scoped the target location one final time. He was ready. He carried a stun gun and 3 knives just in case he lived long enough to use them. Saipov originally planned to hang two ISIS flags on the front and back of the truck, but changed his mind at the last minute. He didn’t want to risk attracting attention before entering the walkway.

Inside the truck, police found a handwritten note in both Arabic and English. It read “No God but God and Muhammad is his prophet. Islamic supplication. It will endure.”

We’re entering a new era in the war on terror. Where people can be radicalized, taught and instructed from the comfort of their own home anywhere in the world. They’re smart, they’re calculating and they’re devoted. The terrorists have evolved. The question now is, how to we evolve to stop them?

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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