Happy Green Holiday!



GLENN: Oh, this green nonsense. Why he had in USA Today, donations to environmental groups, they say, eco friendly apparel and housewares made of recycled materials, the Christmas gift. Really? To who? According to an October survey for Conservation International, whatever the heck they are, they found out that more Americans that ever want to give or receive green gifts this year. So is that up to, like, four people in America? Dan, Stu, let me ask you a question. If I gave you a, I don't know, a hemp bag for Christmas, would you be thrilled?

STU: Oh.

DAN: Oh, yeah, especially considering that New York Times article. I'd be psyched.

STU: I would actually I think, Glenn, use the temp bag to carry aerosol cans and coal.

GLENN: I believe I would, too. They are saying over 50% of the American people now want something green for Christmas. I say this study is what scientists call a load of bullcrap. I don't want to have a tote bag when I could have an iPhone. I don't want to have a goat donated in the my name to some third world country. I really don't. If I get a card from anyone who says I bought a goat for you and it's in Africa, I say, well, that's really good. That Christmas present sucks. I want something cool from the Sky Mall catalog!

You know, I've been thinking about getting Raphe a slot car set. I know, I know, it says in the catalog for 8 and older. He'll grow into it. I'll show him how. Can you imagine the disappointment in your kid's face if, you know, you were going to give him a cool present and instead you bought him a carbon offset? "No, but Raphe, Raphe, Raphe, Raphe, this is the way Daddy can drive you in the big SUV and we won't be hurting the Earth." We would both never stop crying, for the love of Pete. I don't care how good giving green is for the planet, I want stuff that takes 8 D batteries. I want stuff that lights up. I want stuff that makes noise. I want a remote control helicopter that looks like the one from Magnum PI. That's what I want. I want a life size C3PO from Sharper Image. I want a good old-fashioned Christmas. I don't want a hemp tote bag! I don't know a soul -- I take it back. Besides Liz who works for Fusion magazine, I don't know a soul that wants a hemp bag. You know what, get Liz on the phone. Can you get Liz on the phone? I bet you Liz doesn't even want a hemp bag. She'll say she does: "Oh, no, that would be good." But at home she would be, I can't believe he gave me a hemp bag. Oh, I hope she says yes because Christmas bonuses are right around the corner. I'm buying her a goat. No, no, I'm not going to because that would make her feel good because she would be like, and Glenn took his own money and bought a goat. I'm going to steal a wallet from some environmentalist and then I'm going to take and buy a goat for her.

Can you get her on the phone? Is she there?

STU: No, Glenn, she just walked away from her desk a few minutes ago.

GLENN: Did she? How convenient. You know why? Because she knows she has to be on record as an environmentalist saying, "yes, I'll take the hemp bag." I don't remember the amendment number. I'm sure it's in there some place, but I think we have a constitutional right to give and receive as much crap at Christmas as our credit cards will allow. I'm just sayin'. You know who doesn't like this stuff for Christmas? Terrorists. Yeah, terrorists. Instead of asking Santa for neat stuff like striped socks and pink shirts, they want you to ask for causes. Yeah, I'd say no way. I say if we start giving green, the terrorists win, and not on my watch, brother, not on my watch.

They actually have that green Christmas display. I was in San Francisco. They have this big green Christmas display in the windows. I couldn't take it. By the way, in the, you know, in the book I talk about what it's really all about. Hey, Stu, did you see what happened with the UN?

STU: No, not today.

GLENN: In the book I tell you what this is really all about, you know, and what the science is and how Al Gore has turned it all upside down on its head and actually inverted the two charts of CO2 and warming. It's actually the other way. Warming causes CO2. So I talk about all of that but then the real answer that I was looking for is why is this happening. Why is this happening? Because it's about global socialism. It's about international taxes.

The Law of the Sea treaty, you know what they want to do on the Law of the Sea treaty. That's give away our right to the ocean. We have to go to the UN. So if anybody ever wants to drill in the ocean, they'll have to go to the UN and ask permission. And they'll have to pay for that. And they have to have two sites that they want to drill in. And the UN says, okay, these two sites, our geologists have looked at it. You get that site but you're also going to drill this site but we get everything that we find in that site. Okay? That's what the Law of the Sea treaty does. It's fantastic, if you're a communist.

Here's what it's really all about. Look at this. Last year's budget at the UN was $4.17 billion. Now next year's budget is $7 billion. That's kind of weird, isn't it? $3 billion increase for the United Nations? What's going on with that? What's happening there? How are they going to pay for that? They say it's the largest increase in history. How are you going to pay for it? Ah, carbon taxes. Wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't that be great? If we could just tax everybody, that will solve everything.

You know, let me ask you this: Do you think one of the tenets, the central tenets of global warming is wrong? Do you think it's possible that one of the central tenets of global warming is wrong? No. Of course not. Absolutely not. I mean, unless you look at the facts, absolutely not. If you watch An Inconvenient Truth, you'll see Al Gore telling you how extreme the weather is getting and how it's getting worse and worse. Not in 100 years in the future but right now it's getting worse and worse and worse. Really? It will fact is it's been getting much worse for a while now. The Sunday times from the U.K. had an article that echoes what I talk about in the first chapter of "An Inconvenient Book," that the death rate due to extreme weather has dropped by around 98.7% from the 1920s to today. CO2 has been skyrocketing. Everything's getting worse. We're all going to die.

Well, wait a minute. We're all going to die? Death rates from extreme weather have gone down by almost 100%. Research was done by Indur Goklany -- I think that's how you say his name.

STU: Goklany maybe?

GLENN: Anyway, we talked to him on the air about a year ago. He wrote a book called The Improving State of the World. It gives all sorts of stats about how our air is more cleaner, our water is more pure, we're avoiding death now better now than ever before. The most obvious example, and there are tons of them, is heating oil, natural gas. How many people in Iowa right now would freeze to death? How many people do you think would freeze to death if it wasn't for natural gas heating oil?

By the way, to put it in perspective, you're about 80 times more likely to die from TB than from extreme weather. So what's the opposing side? The opposing side, Greenpeace, you know, went right into the exact strategy of defense that they always do. You know, it's like they're reading An Inconvenient Book and, you know, then they wrote the press release from that and that is the research group that released this, known for being in the pay of the world's biggest oil company. That's, they're in bed with big oil. You are either too stupid to get it or you're part of it. That's the Progressive way. That's exactly what the Progressives used to do around the turn of the century, the ones that Hillary Clinton is modeling herself after. The Progressives, they had one strategy. This is the way. It is socialism and if you don't get it, you're either too stupid and just need reeducation or you're part of that big evil corporate monolith that's trying to stop it all.

They didn't say that the research was wrong. It just must be the big evil oil has a plot to keep people alive to move the statistics in their favor, which they kind of do. See heating oil.

I was watching the reviews of the book come out on Amazon.com. I love these people. I mean, I laugh because they have clearly not read the book. One was said, said that my claim on saving lives, the deaths from natural disasters have gone down 98.7% since the 1920s. They say that claim was misleading that, quote, yes, these things are true but they have nothing to do with each other, end quote. Really? Why is that? I mean, Al Gore says most of our people live on the coastlines, that we now have this coastline mentality. We've all moved out there. Death should be going up. The reason for the massive drop in weather-related deaths comes from innovations, better warning systems, better flood defensives, stronger buildings, earthquakes. Why is it, why is it every time there's an earthquake in Mexico, all these people die, but earthquakes can happen in San Francisco and people survive. Why is it? Is got on our side? I'll have to ask Mike Huckabee's God to find out. Is God on our side? No. Innovation is on our side, American ingenuity is on our side. These incredible innovations built on the back of cheap energy and strong economies. You know, it's not something that you have to guess at. Look at the difference, what happens to us, you know, in Haiti when a hurricane hits, between Haiti and what happens in the United States of America. Maybe the solution isn't trying to control global weather and instead just keep as much of the $26.5 trillion that Al Gore wants to spend on climate change, make our economies, our warning systems, our buildings and our flood defenses stronger.

Wait. Wait, wait. I just had an idea. Think how many cool slide shows you could make with $26.5 trillion. Unless the Government is making them, I bet they can make a lot of slide shows but maybe it's just me.


IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health


A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.


A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.


Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.


According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be

On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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