Life on Planet Earth with John Aidan Byrne in search of the truth. Join his voyage of discovery in an uncommon age of unparalleled scientific, economic, political and social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks answers, solutions, and above all hope, for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor, and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other outlets.
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David Quinn, Director, Iona Institute on Ireland’s Modern Secular Catastrophe
The average revenue of Latino-owned restaurants, retail stores, construction companies and other small businesses in the US has surged by a huge 46.5 percent in the past year. That exceeds the earnings growth of non-Latino businesses in the US by as much as 12 percent, according to a recent study by online lender Biz2Credit. Graciela Tiscareno-Sato. President and Founder at Gracefully Global Group LLC in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a perfect example of this business growth. A US Latino military veteran, her educational publishing company is celebrating 10 years of operation in 2020. Her company has shipped physical products and digital courses to 40 of 50 States, and to seven countries; and she's delivered keynotes US coast to coast in two languages.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution which guarantees women the right to vote. The movement to pass the 19th Amendment was led by women suffragists, considered the early pioneers of the feminist movement, who understood that abortion ends a life and harms women. These leaders include such women as Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul, who said abortion is the “ultimate exploitation of women.” Today, the pro-life movement is following in the footsteps of the suffragists as they advocate for equality for the unborn, believing that equal rights for women begin in the womb. Like the original feminists, the pro-life movement believes that women and society deserve better than abortion and that life is truly the empowering choice for women, babies, and society.
“Courageous suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought for women’s right to vote, also opposed abortion. Pro-lifers should be inspired by the early suffragists who understood the true dignity of women, and that every person, born and unborn, deserves equal rights and protections under the law,” said Jeanne Mancini. “The success of the suffragists in achieving a guaranteed right to vote for women gives us hope that one day all persons, born and unborn, will be guaranteed the right to life,” continued Mancini.
The 47th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 24, 2020. Leading up to the March for Life and throughout 2020, the March for Life will share more about the theme and the incredible history of the women who pioneered the women’s rights movement and their pro-life beliefs.
Source: March for Life Education and Defense Fund
Richard Bowen is the Citigroup whistleblower who repeatedly warned Citi executive management about risky business practices and potential losses related to mortgage lending, according to the Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, and 60 Minutes, As a business chief underwriter for Citigroup during the housing bubble financial crisis meltdown, he says he saw fraud firsthand inside the organization. According to Richard Bowen, he watched with disbelief at the way the company certified poor mortgages as quality mortgages and sold them to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other investors.
For two years he said he repeatedly warned executive management and the board of directors. His warnings, he said, were ignored, despite the fact that withholding such information from shareholders and investors violated the Sarbanes-Oxley act. Citigroup eventually stripped him of all responsibilities, placed him on administrative leave and told him his presence was no longer required at the bank. Richard subsequently testified before the Securities and Exchange Commission and gave them 1,000 pages of evidence of fraudulent activities, with the bank bailouts occurring three months later.
In 2010, Richard was a key witness in the mortgage mishaps as he gave nationally televised testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. He says he was shocked to see the orchestrated efforts to hide key parts of his testimony from the American public. Source: richardmbowen.com
Jeffrey Robinson is the bestselling author of 30 books, and a popular speaker on the international after-dinner circuit. Born in Long Beach, NY (1945), he began selling freelance articles and stories to small magazines before his 15th birthday. Later, while attending Temple University in Philadelphia (BA-1967), he wrote for television and radio, was a staff writer at KYW-TV3 (1965), scripted a popular local children's show and was on the writing staff of "The Mike Douglas Show" (1966), a nationally televised daily talk show.
After serving as a press and public relations officer in the United States Air Force (1967-1971), he took up residence in the south of France where he spent the next 12 years vagabonding around the world, writing articles and short stories for leading North American and British periodicals. In 1982, now earning his living as an established freelance journalist and short story writer, he moved to London England to write books. His money laundering tour de force, The Laundrymen (1993) was a headline-maker in 14 countries, establishing him as a recognized expert on organized crime, dirty money, fraud and money laundering.
Actively maintaining that reputation through books, television programs and speaking engagements around the world, the British Bankers' Association has labeled him, "the world's most important financial crime author." In addition to books on dirty money, he has published investigative non-fiction, major biographies and novels. Source: jeffreyrobinson.com
Residents in expensive and high-tax states like New York are fleeing in droves. Thousands are moving to places like Florida, South Carolina, Delaware, Mississippi, anywhere to escape the choking personal and business costs in places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the latest census data, New York's net population loss to other US states was an astonishing 181,000 for 2018-2019. Factor in arrivals and foreign immigration, that means New York's population plunged by almost 50,000 -- the fourth consecutive year of population decline. The departures includes the rich, poor and middle class -- a broad swath of former New York residents.
Prominent US pro-life activist, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, on why a nationwide abortion ban in America is within striking distance thanks to his Personhood Proclamation Presidential Executive Order. Fr. Imbarrato has been jailed for his pro-life work; has recently performed an exorcism in Ireland outside an abortion facility – and he plans to return to Ireland for more pro-life work on the ground. He is proud of his Irish ancestry.
Fr. Imbarrato is known as the Protest Priest for good reason. He is a pro-life activist, speaker and a campaigner arrested and jailed for his Red Rose Rescues. An EWTN television personality, his story as a pro-life leader is unique. He's an adoptive father, grandfather, and father of an aborted child – a life history he shares openly about as he talks about his journey to the Catholic priesthood. As Fr. Imbarrato travels through America promoting his pro-life mission, he is also keeping a close watch on Washington, DC., with the hope that his Personhood Proclamation Presidential Executive Order will end legalized abortion, and finally restore civil rights for babies in the womb all across America.
Mickey McCreanor, who runs Butterly's, a quaint pub in his small historic and famous hometown of Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland, offers a unique glimpse of how small town Ireland is disappearing, a hostage to economic and political priorities. Barely an hour from Dublin, Mickey lashes out at the Greens -- and says Ardee’s big pressing challenge is more jobs. Mickey McCreanor sings a famous local ballad, The Turfman From Ardee to chastise the powers that be, and to highlight a lack of strong leadership to guide the economic future of his charming hometown.
As Mickey takes us down memory lane, and talks about the amazing local characters, history, and Ardee’s extraordinary sporting legacy, he lays out a vision of two Irelands: In one Ireland are places like Dublin with strong growth and prosperity; in the other Ireland, small towns and rural, is slow growth and economic stagnation. About a decade after Ireland gradually recovered and was bailed out after a banking catastrophe and a worldwide financial crisis, central planners in Dublin and Brussels seem to have forgotten places like Ardee. Mickey says the industrial world has bypassed his beloved place. And listen to his captivating baritone singing voice, in this episode, as a gentle cry from the heart.
The Rocketman: Chris Craddock, founder and CEO of RocketStar in New York, is on the cusp of space age exploration. RocketStar’s innovative cost-saving, reusable rockets are rapidly advancing towards viable commercial production that could help introduce space travel to the masses. If RocketStar’s promising plans come to fruition, this could means thousands of well-paid jobs coming back to Long Island. And RocketStar’s proprietary 3-D printed “aerospike” engine could contribute enormously to the next frontier in space – agriculture on the moon. Space tourism is just around the corner – and Chris is in on the early action there too.
On the brink of suicide and alcoholism after trying therapy, medication and EMDR, and desperate for relief from the pain and guilt that haunted him, Tom Voss embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across America with a fellow US Army combat veteran. The journey was documented in the Emmy-nominated film, Almost Sunrise, directed by Michael Collins. At the end of their riveting journey, Voss realizes he is really just beginning his healing as he finds an unexpected antidote to moral injury – meditation. Tom is co-author with his sister Rebecca Anne Nguyen, of a new book, Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran's 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal - Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation (New World Library).
Chris Slattery, Founder and President of EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, describes how his acclaimed pro-life organization is serving expectant mothers and saving baby lives by offering alternatives to abortion in a state that recently expanded abortion rights. Slattery describes the "excruciating pain" of late term abortions and how EMC is now serving expectant mothers in the final stages of pregnancy. Over its 34 years, EMC has served over 43,000 girls and women who've chosen Life, instead of abortion. As a proud member of Ireland's huge diaspora in America, Chris describes his reaction to the repeal of Ireland's pro-life Eighth Amendment.
The World Happiness Report ranks Norway among the happiest nations on the planet. The natives do seem happy as we discovered on a visit. Is it possible in this secular nation with an aging population, high taxes and welfare, and facing a future without oil? We interviewed a young local entrepreneur, Vegard Haveland, at the Startup Extreme Conference in Norway. We later asked Dan Mitchell, Center for Freedom and Prosperity, for his opinion.
Peter Schiff, author, economist and CEO of Westport, CT-based Euro Pacific Capital Inc., has warned for many years of a coming massive Great Depression that will savage the US economy and impact the globe. Some are certainly skeptical of his bold claims, but the well-known American free market advocate sticks to his guns in this telephone interview from the his offices in Puerto Rico. When the next Great Depression comes, he insists, it will happen "very abruptly." This next Great Depression will usher in a period of super high inflation, massive job losses, and a collapse of the US dollar as a reserve currency worldwide. "The US dollar as a reserve currency is a destabilizing force in the global economy," according to Schiff.
Peadar Tóibín is the charismatic leader of Aontú (Irish for ‘unity’), Ireland’s newest 32-county political party and movement. A former member of Sinn Fein, Tóibín announced his resignation in November 2018, saying restrictions on him by the party over his views on abortion had stopped him "from fully representing my constituents.” Since the party’s much-anticipated launch, Aontú has clinched three seats in local elections in the Republic and a seat in Derry. A staunch pro-life party, Aontú, now has its eyes on further electoral success in the Republic's next general elections and in the North as the prospects of Brexit, when the UK leaves the European Union, raises the stakes.
In this episode, Tobin spells out his party plans to restore rights for the unborn baby, which were radically removed when Ireland repealed the pro-life Eighth Amendment, that legalized abortion this year. The unborn are still protected in the North. But the clock is ticking. Aontú and many other pro-life groups and individuals, are fighting to prevent London imposing abortion. Tóibín talked at his offices in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland, about Ireland’s serious economic and fiscal challenges. These include a rising national debt, homelessness, a housing crisis as well as gaping infrastructure deficits, some ten years after Ireland was bailed out by global bankers and financiers.
Peter Tuchman, an icon on the New York Stock Exchange floor for over three decades, has witnessed bull markets and bears -- and become the most recognizable public face of Wall Street at moments of financial crisis, panic and sheer exuberance and rallies. And despite the massive encroachment of electronic high-speed trading, which has sharply reduced the numbers of human traders on the Big Board, Peter has thrived to tell the many legendary tales. He says the human trader is now more a vital part of the trading machinery than ever before.
In this episode, Peter describes life on the floor and how he got there, man vs machine, and the tragic events of 9/11 as he witnessed it from the venerable exchange in lower Manhattan. Peter is the son of holocaust survivors who came to America in 1949. His parents met in a displaced persons camp after World War II. Peter recalls the extraordinary family history.
Catholic Church bashing has replaced “Brit-bashing” in modern Ireland, according to David Quinn of Ireland’s Iona Institute in episode one of Life On Planet Earth. Quinn explains to host John Aidan Byrne how rampant anti-Catholicism has engulfed Ireland where many Irish politicians, once proud of the Irish Catholic identify, are now fearful of public rebuke if they speak up for the Church. Quinn, a prolific writer and columnist for the Sunday Times and Irish Catholic, is a social commentator and conservative activist. He is the author of How We Killed God: and Other Tales of Modern Ireland. In this episode Quinn also explains how Ireland recently lost the pro-life Eighth Amendment that led to the legalization of abortion in Ireland. And Quinn explains why he has a certain sympathy for voters who pulled the plug in favor of Brexit and the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.