Glenn Beck: Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace

GLENN: I'm in New York City. My wife just said to me the other day, she said, "Honey, someday when the kids are all gone, you can retire and we'll just get a place and you can just give tours of New York City." And I said, "When the kids... when the kids are gone? I'll be dead before the kids move out of the house, for the love of Pete." She didn't take that well. Anyway... I love this city. I love, I love this city because I love looking at the buildings because I know the history behind many of the buildings, and I know why they were built in a certain way. I know why Rockefeller Plaza looks the way it does. I know that it was in response, it was the response of an architect that said, "I want to be an American architect. We just keep stealing architecture from other -- we're not ancient Rome. We're not Greece. We're not building Notre Dame. We're America. Let's have our own architect." That, that attitude is why we have Rockefeller Plaza, the Empire State building and the Chrysler building. Because they wanted to do something purely American and different. Wow. The Chrysler building, which is this beautiful iconic, silver building came from a guy who said, "I want people to look at this and I want them to see the future, I want them to know that Chrysler is the way to the future and I want it to look like a hood ornament." That's why it looks that way. And at the same time it was a battle of egos. There was another building being built at the same time and which one's going to be higher? Which one's going to be higher? What the guy who was thinking he was going to win didn't know is that the Chrysler building had the needle on top embedded inside of the building. So when it looked like it was done, the other guy finished his building and said, "Done. Tallest building in New York." That's when Chrysler said, "Crank it up." And that giant needle came out of the top of the Chrysler building. Fantastic! Fantastic. But right down the street from me there was a building I never even heard of before . It was one of the wonders of the world, let alone definitely one of the wonders of America. It was called the Crystal Palace. It was built in the 1800s as a monument to recognize America, Americans' industrial and technological accomplishments, and it -- well, we would never build a building like this today. It would never get off the ground.

Today we don't only vilify industry and capitalism but what they gave us as well. The combustible engine, the incandescent light bulb, Google searches, all killing the planet. The New York City Crystal Palace was built for the 1853 World's Fair. America wanted a building in the World's Fair that captured the promise of America. When the building was finished even the New York Times said this is commensurate with the great importance of the object and the spirit of progress of which our country's name forms a synonym. Wow. America and progress, the same thing. The New York Times.

The building was a challenge for engineers. A lot of people said it could never, ever be done, but the building was built and the world marveled. Took 1800 tons of iron and over 15,000 individual panes of glass that enclosed four acres of open space, four acres just shrouded in iron and glass. On the top of the building was a 123-foot dome. It was the highest constructed in America. It was 100 feet across. It was meant to showcase, this glass Crystal Palace was meant to showcase the innovations and inventions of industry, and it was one place everyone could come from all around the world and see what America had created, what we were on the verge of doing. The number of daily visitors in this Crystal Palace, they built hotels specifically because the Crystal Palace was such a draw. The number of visitors to the Crystal Palace to see America's future exceeded the population of many American towns and small cities on a daily basis.

What was there? Steam-powered rotary presses, positive film cameras, sewing machines, electric lamps that were still experimental, high-powered artillery, cotton gins. There was a 12-foot section of the 2,000-mile-long telegraph cable that was being at that time prepared to be laid beneath the Atlantic ocean to connect New York and London, and people at the time said this will never be done; you can't connect them. How are you going to put a telegraph? You're going to put that all the way across the ocean? "It will never happen." Twice a day a guy stood in what was known at the time as a magic box, and this magic box was being held up by ropes and cables and this magic box would start to go down and be lowered down by the ropes and the guy who was inside the magic box, he was the creator of it, he cut the ropes and the magic box stayed up. His name was Elisha Graves Otis. What was known as the magic box was the Otis Elevator. That was in the Crystal Palace, and the world came and marveled at American ingenuity.

October 5th, 1858, what was then the icon of New York burned to the ground. The floorboards inside were wood. They caught fire. The fire was so intense that the structure melted. Wait a minute. I didn't think that was possible. No conspiracy theories here. They weren't trying to cover up any kind of Enron records. The fire was so intense that it was nothing but a heap and pile of metal, most of it melted, and the glass had melted and fused together.

That may have been the end of the Crystal Palace, but it's not the end of the American capitalist story. Everything cooled, and a woman came by and said, "So what are we going to do with all of this stuff?" Said, "I don't know, it just is just cooling now." "She said, can I have it?" "What? What are you going to do with it?" "May I have it?" She took the pieces, cut them up into small pieces and sold them as souvenirs and now maybe something that has been passed down in generations in people's homes, sitting in museums, sitting some place in the Smithsonian is a piece of the Crystal Palace that is no longer here but was built as a monument to what Americans can do. By the way, now sitting on that land, a monument out of what the entrepreneurial spirit can do, that land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building, another monument of what the Americans can do. The Empire State building, built in less than one year. That land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building. What a surprise. The government bought that land and the government partnered with the uber wealthy, the titans of the time, decided they were going to build a library there and an ice skating rink. The New York public library which is now under renovation still stands in that spot where the Crystal Palace was. However, they are spending an awful lot of money on something that the American entrepreneur is quickly making obsolete. Isn't it just like government to continue to live in the past.


Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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