Call Me Stormy

Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

Lost Cities Revealed

Heracleion, one of the largest trade-port cities in ancient Egypt, was one of 25 lost cities you probably never heard of. John Green tells us that for a long time people believed it was underwater, and in 2013 divers finally started finding artifacts from the city in the Mediterranean Sea. Catch up on more triva-tastic info about lost cities with host John Green in this edition of Mental Floss.

GOP Cowtowing to Obama

Joe Dan Gorman says he let out a sigh of relief when the GOP captured the Senate last year en route to controlling both houses of Congress, but the feeling was premature. “The Republican leadership is worthless,” Gorman says. “I thought they’d at least slow down Obama, but they’re not even trying. They should be up in his grille telling him, ‘sit down and shut up.’ The Congress does have the power, they just don’t have the balls.” Gorman also opines on the Planned Parenthood fiasco, the looming presidential debates, the American hostages in Iran and the ridiculously, left-wing media in this provacative edition of Intellectual Froglegs.

Obama, Kerry Are Traitors

In light of the Iran nuclear deal, the release of enemy combatants, the endangerment of national security and the government’s refusal to secure the southern border, Wild Bill can’t take it anymore. “Obama and John Kerry are traitors to this nation and must be brought to justice,” he says. He lays out President Destruct-O’ missteps and Kerry faux pas in this edition of Wild Bill for America.

Chasing Eternal Youth

Aging isn’t as universally a fact of life as we think. Naked mole rats, lobsters and rock fish, for instance, seem to stay forever young, or at least middle-aged. Says Henry Reich of Minute Earth, “Their anti-aging secret may have to do with their ability to rebuild the DNA caps on their chromosones. These caps, called telomeres, are one line of defense in many species.” But all these critters, including humans of course, will ultimately meet their end, because it’s possible to be immune to aging but not to death.

Recycling Stupidity

Recyling makes Americans feel good. But many–more specifically the environmentalist crazies–have gone one step farther. Not only do they recycle everything, but make an added effort to produce no trash, or very little of it. Call it the sustainability movement, or more precisely, green tyranny. In this edition of Liberty Pen, consumer reporter John Stossel examines the wisdom of recycling programs and their ramifications.

Obama: Iran Deal a win-win

Jodi Miller reports, “That an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has been reached, but the deal is unpopular with the American people and Israel. Or as President Obama call its, ‘a win-win.” Miller also sets her sights on Obama’s job approval rating, Donald Trump, John McCain, El Chapo and 50 Cent in this edition of NewsBusted.

Religious Tolerance in the West

There’s no argument that religious tolerance is a given in the West. Says University of Dayton history professor and author Larry Schweikart, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that America, where people of all faiths are free to worship or not worship as they please, invented modern religious tolerance.” But some historians suggest that this was the result of a historical aberration fraught by the Puritans and pre-1776 Americans. Schweikart dissects the historical significance of this issue in this edition of Prager University.

Myths That Probably Existed

Hobbits, one of the more visual subjects in the popular J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings trilogy, may not really be a figment of his vivid imagination after all. Excavations of a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores uncovered a 3-foot-tall skeleton and nine other similar bodies, resembling hobbits the way we picture them today. Signs of early civilization were found with the bodies and scientists believe they were a different species of neanderthals. Check out nine other mythical things that probably existed in this edition of Top 10 Archive.

U.S. Facing Financial Calamity

Investment guru Peter Schiff says the financial problems plaguing Greece and Puerto Rico are eerily similar to ours here in the United States. “The reality is, we’re in worst shape than Puerto Rico,” Schiff tells Reason TV’s Matt Welch. “The debt to GDP there is only about 70 percent. Here’s it’s over 100 percent, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But the reason Puerto Rico has had to face the music, while we’re still dancing to it, in the United States, is because interest rates have risen in Puerto Rico and it’s the higher rates that create the problem. … The only reason we can pretend we’re solvent, is that interest rates here are at zero.”

Eating GMOs Perfectly Healthy

GMOs–genetically modified organisms–are everywhere in the universe, but are they bad for us? “They aren’t,” Hank Green says resolutely. “They just aren’t, not intrinsically, and certainly not for your health.” Green explains we’ve been eating GMOs for decades with no ill effects as he further elaborates on the process in this edition of SciShow.

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