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In North America: You can’t catch Islamic terrorists by refusing to name them, but with the right media propaganda, you can whip up sympathy for the Monarch butterfly

Butterflies on the brains of the Three Amigos should give us butterflies in the stomach


By —— Bio and Archives--June 30, 2016

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The always charming but ever wily Kofi Annan got away with it first: had folks close their eyes and imagine butterflies rather than the rampages of Islamic terrorism which cannot be a clear and present danger to earthlings if it doesn’t exist in the first place.

‘Scientists tell us that the world of nature is so small and interdependent that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon rainforest can generate a violent storm on the other side of the earth. The principle is known as the Butterfly Effect. Today, we realize, perhaps more than ever, that the world of humans also has its own Butterfly Effect—for better or for worse.’” (Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 2001)

When ISIS flaps its wings on the other side of the earth and moves closer to home, thousands die in horrific violent deaths.

It was the flapping of butterfly wings of which Annan spoke two months after 9/11, and butterflies The Three Amigos prioritized some 15 years later when they gathered for their North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa yesterday.

President Barack Obama has been as frivolous as a butterfly ever since he called the Caliphate-seeking, head-chopping ISIS the “JV team”.  Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , who has never had an original idea in his pretty head, was as light and airy as a butterfly even before Obama helped bring him into power as his personal puppet, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto , who lives to protect the Monarch Butterfly from a 30% extinction rate, keeps tabs on the butterflies who leave Canada to winter in Mexico each year.

This, ladies and gentlemen is the kind of vanguard keeping us safe from Islamic terrorism in the North American Leaders’ Summit.

You can’t make this stuff, only they, the EU and the United Nations can.

“Butterflies seem to be on the brain of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and butterflies were foremost on his mind in the wake of 9/11.” (Canada Free Press, Aug. 25, 2004)

…“If today after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further, we will realize that humanity is indivisible,” Annan was quoted by writer Philip Gourevitch, in a March, 2003 profile, entitled The Optimist in New Yorker magazine. “To illustrate his point, Annan evoked an image from chaos theory. ‘Scientists tell us that the world of nature is so small and interdependent that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon rainforest can generate a violent storm on the other side of the earth. The principle is known as the Butterfly Effect. Today, we realize, perhaps more than ever, that the world of humans also has its own Butterfly Effect—for better or for worse.’

“Reflecting on the terrorist attacks of September, 2001, he (Annan) heard a wakeup call for his cause,” Gourevitch wrote. “’Ladies and Gentlemen, we have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire,’ he said in Oslo on accepting the Nobel Peace Prize—awarded jointly to Annan and the UN—in December of that year.

“A year later, when Gourevitch made a return visit to Annan at UN headquarters, “Annan allowed that of late the human storms have been worse.”

“The world is really a big mess,” said Annan. Where ever you turn you have problems.

“We have the global economic downturn, and of course you have the terrorist threats and the terrorist networks which are spread very far.

“Even without these things, I always maintain that we have a serious crisis of governance. To govern in this atmosphere and take optional and rational decisions, trying to deal with the hot issues while containing the others, is really a difficult thing. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I don’t know where else a major crisis is going to break.”

“Obviously, not on the other side of the world if that’s where a butterfly flapped its wings.”

As one meteorologist remarked if the theory of the butterfly effect were correct, “one flap of a seagull’s wing would be enough the alter the course of the weather forever.”

So where did the Butterfly Effect originate?

Not with Kofi Annan.

Not even with Ashton Kutcher Picture’s 2004 Butterfly Effect, the movie.

There was also the Butterfly Effect premise borrowed by Ray Bradbury’s world famous short story, A Sound of Thunder. It had already been dramatized as part of the Ray Bradbury Theatre TV stories, and the short story inspired a sextet of sequel novels by Stephen Leigh, published from 1992-1995.

So Annan had lots of sources for the anecdote he related to Gourevitch. 

As a theory, the Butterfly Effect, has been out there floating around (no pun intended since the 1960s).

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The Butterfly Effect has been most commonly associated with the weather system as this is where the discovery of “non-linear” phenomenon began when Edward Lorenz found anomalies in computer models of the weather.

The garden-variety seagull was the original model for the chaos theory. By the time it was discussed at the December 1972 meting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., the seagull had evolved into the more poetic butterfly.

If Annan “doesn’t know where else a major crisis is going to break, he “didn’t sound alarmed,” wrote Gourevitch. “His voice was as mellifluous as ever. He is, above all, an optimist, and he spoke with something of a weatherman’s confidence that even the most devastating tempests will pass.”

Only the “most devastating tempests” have never passed in the last 15 years.

The little people of England got out of the fallacy that global warming is a bigger danger to mankind than Islamic terrorism, thanks to Brexit.

In North America,  it’s a situation of you can’t catch Islamic terrorists by refusing to name them,  but with the right media propaganda, you can whip up sympathy for the Monarch butterfly.

Meanwhile, since Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto have butterflies on the brain, the rest of us should have butterflies in our stomachs.


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