Glenn Beck: Save the parks or freedom?


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GLENN: Well, California just got a letter from the department of the interior. Have you heard this yet, Stu? "Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, we are aware that severe budget short Falls are forcing you to consider the indefinite closure of the units of the state park system that will result in the cessation of recreation opportunities available to both state residents and visitors alike. The purpose of this letter is to alert you that closures affecting state park facilities that have received assistance from the federal land and water conservation fund state grant program could jeopardize future reimbursements and funding under this program. Likewise, closures affecting properties conveyed to the state under the federal lands to parks program could result in a reversion of the property to federal ownership for redisposal. Here's what happens. Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking at the budget. Remember the unions won't let them cut anything from the union jobs. He is boxed into a corner. Okay? What do we do? Well, let's close some of the state parks because we're spending an awful lot of money. We've got to make cuts. Cut the state parks budget right now. Just put a chain across the deal. They are closed for the time being. The federal government comes in and says you can't do that. If you do that, you may not get any more money from us. And beyond that, we're just putting you on notice, we may take that land back. That is a land grab. And don't think that they won't do it because they will. That's the federal government beginning to instead of saying, hey, we're your partner and we understand and, look, sometimes are stuff and, hey, we're all going to have to do tough things and let's just make sure we have enough management there so we know the parks don't fall into disrepair so it cost us more money later. But I'm sorry, America is in trouble, you're in trouble. We get it, put a chain across, let's just make sure we close them down the right way so we don't have it falling into great disrepair or lose control of these parks. Instead, they say, you close them down, we may take them.

STU: Do national parks still exist? Like there's still national parks in this country, right?

GLENN: Yeah, Yellowstone is a national park.

STU: Yeah, there's many of them. If you wanted control over the national park as the federal government, you could have made it a national park and not a state park. The fact, they gave it to the state park, to the state in the first place, right, so that they could have control over it and that they could manage it and they could do what they wanted with it.

GLENN: You are not suggesting they are regretting that now, do you?

STU: I'm just saying

GLENN: You are not saying that maybe they thought that when that argument was going on, some of the states said, hey, you can't gobble up all our land. How much is Utah owned by the federal government? Is it 73 to 80% of Utah is federal.

STU: All parks?

GLENN: All parks. All national park.

STU: That's very the whole thing is shady and, you know, the funny thing about that is you go back I hate to bring you to Theodore Roosevelt here but everyone brings it back

GLENN: Why do you do this? Why do you do this to the listener? You know what's going to happen. The listener's like jeez, Stu, I thought you were on my side!

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Why don't you just throw out the big WW?

STU: I didn't do that. I would never do that. But the guy in Woodrow Wilson's era called Theodore Roosevelt had a lot he's supposed to be this big Republican that people like John McCain love. And the thing that people credit him with is the national park system. And while that land is beautiful and there's a lot of great things to love about parks, think about what a national park is. I mean, just as a conservative, how could anyone I mean, I understand if you are a liberal, you might like it. But I mean, as a conservative why would you want a park owned by the federal government?

GLENN: Especially when they are putting zones, buffer zones all around the parks. They are gobbling more and more land. Now, we learned from Thomas Sowell, the economist, what happens when you make more and more land unavailable. Prices of homes go up.

STU: No.

GLENN: No. No, it does.

STU: That sounds great. I have a home. I hope the price goes up. That's only positive things can happen from artificially raising prices of homes, right?

STU: California, mark my words. Do not take this bailout money from the federal government. They are going to come in. You are going to look to have them rescue. America, your individual states, please, dear God, strengthen your state. Make sure the people in just do it locally. Forget about the don't forget about the federal government but do everything you can to strengthen yourself locally. Strengthen your states. There is going to be a run on land and sovereignty for these states and they are going to use emergencies to gobble up as much as they possibly can. They are going to gobble up that's what they're doing now. On the federal level they are gobbling up as much power and nobody sees it coming. So we know their strategy: Overwhelm the system, use an emergency and gobble up the power. That's what's happening. That's the strategy. Do it all in the cover of darkness. Worry about the details later. Don't let it happen to your local community. Don't let it happen to your state. We must do the hard things now.

You know what, it's like the printing of the money. Right now we're printing money and we don't we are surrounded everybody in government is Michael Jackson's doctor. And the printing of the money is Valium or morphine or whatever else he was on. And he was begging, begging, please, please, I need more drugs, I need more drugs, I need more drugs. Please, the pain is horrible; I can't take it. That's us. We're Michael Jackson and we are surrounded by people who are just trying to get rich off of us, don't really care about our health, only care about their bottom line, their power and their position. And they are giving us more and more drug. We must stop the spending. We must stop the use of drugs. And what they'll say is, what we will say as Michael Jackson, you can't turn off the money supply. You can't do that. You can't make interest rates higher. The economy will collapse and everything. We're going to have such massive inflation. We're going to have problems in the streets one way or another but at least we're somewhat healthy at this point. The longer this bleeds, the harder it is. We will become so weak that we won't be able to get back up again. And like Michael Jackson, he will say, I don't want to go through the pain. He might even start it for a couple of days but then you get the shakes and it's painful to come off of heavy drugs. It's going to be painful. The medicine that we must take or the medicine that we must stop taking, whichever way you want to look at it, is going to be painful. But it kills us if we don't. We must get away from the sycophants. We must get away from the people who are overprescribing medication. They don't have any idea what they're doing. Or we're going to be buried next to, I don't know, an amusement park, a Ferris wheel? I don't know. But our future is the same as Michael Jackson. If we don't get away from the politicians, the Fed and everybody else who is a sycophant or just a doctor that would be kicked off Mexico for practicing medicine.

STU: How is it, Glenn, that we as a society and this is an odd question. But how is it that we as a society can justify things like the government having to spend money on running a park when we are in this crisis?

GLENN: Because it's too big.

STU: I don't understand that.

GLENN: It's so big.

STU: Why like, for example, John Stossel who lives in Manhattan, lived close to a part of Central Park that was run down. It was a disaster. And he it was run by the city, and he as an individual citizen put together a group of individual private citizens who decided that part of the park was important to them and they wanted to save it. So now that part of the park is one of the nicest parts of the park because private industry, because private charity essentially came in with John Stossel running it and came in and fixed this part of the park up. And it's like you have these giant swaths of beautiful land that people care about. Why not let private individuals

GLENN: Because the system, under the progressive work, has said that there is nothing that you can trust outside of the government. Only the government can administer things without the want of wealth or power. This is the lie that they perpetrated, that they and it started under, you know, when you had Carnegie and Vanderbilt, who were building libraries. Now we build libraries. They were building libraries and hospitals and music halls. No, no, no, only the government should be able to do that. And so what they did is they said don't trust private industry, don't trust wealthy people. Then on top of it we started this worshipping of the Earth. You want to talk about putting another god before us, it is the earth god. It is the animal god. It is the sky god. We believe that it is more important to save the park than it is to save freedom. That is screwed up because I got news for ya. You think Yellowstone national park is going to look like that if China takes over? Do you think it's going to look like that if Pushka took over? Do you think it looked like that under they would be blowing off the faces of Mount Rushmore so fast your head would spin if this was taken over by Islamic radicals. Look at the rest of the world. The rest of the world will show you what those parks will look like if it's taken over by the rest of the world. America has the nicest park systems in the world. We have some of the most beautiful country in the world. Do you really think that these other countries, in times of trouble, are not going to drill for oil if it's underneath the Grand Canyon? Do you really think they are giving Russia is going to give a flying crap about the caribou? They are not going to give a flying crap. At least we would go drill for that oil, take it out, be as environmentally friendly as humans possibly can be. They are going to do that? No, they're not. No, they're not. They won't give a crap. But we put the almighty Earth above us. We have put the sky as our god. And so what happens? There's nothing more important than that. You don't even have personal rights because your personal rights interfere with the Earth and who are you to have a right over the Earth? Don't you see it gives them power because you answer to the Earth. God is on their side. He's not on the side of humans. Humans are worms. They're ants. They're a virus. They may be controlled. They are not part of nature. They are destroyers of nature. This is insanity. It's insanity.

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Did Google create a SENTIENT artificial intelligence?

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Did Google create a sentient artificial intelligence?

A software engineer on Google’s artificial intelligence development team, Blake Lemoine, is convinced that the company's A.I. is now sentient and able to hold conversations at the level of a 7 or 8-year-old child. Google has dismissed Lemoine's claims and suspended him, but as Glenn Beck noted on the radio program, this isn't the first time a company insider has warned of the possible existence, and potential threat, of artificial general intelligence.

Glenn shared the details of Lemoine's "very disturbing story" and broke down the pros (curing cancer and other deadly diseases) and cons (the complete inhalation of the human race) of the remarkable scientific advancements in artificial intelligence.

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