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10 People Whose Warnings Went Unheeded

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of the King of Troy. She was so beautiful that the God Apollo granted her the gift of seeing the future, prophecy. When Cassandra spurned Apollo’s love, he put a curse on her – that no one would believe any of her predictions. Cassandra was thus an epic and tragic figure – granted a powerful ability, yet powerless to use it. Throughout history there have been many Cassandra-type figures, people who predicted the coming of terrible tragedies and disasters, but whose warnings were ignored. These people were not gods and were not using special powers of prophecy. They were people who had a deep understanding of the realities of a situation and tried to warn others. In each case, others failed to listen to their warnings, and tragedies that might have been averted were not. Here are ten examples of people who tried to warn others, but whose warnings went unheeded.


Adlai Stevenson


On October 24, 1963, less than a month before President John F Kennedy was scheduled to go to Dallas as part of a campaign swing through the critical electoral state of Texas, Kennedy’s UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson went to Dallas to speak at Dallas Memorial Auditorium to mark U.N. Day. Many people in Dallas openly and violently hated the United Nations, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, and the Kennedys. Their hatred was so intense that they persuaded Governor John Connally to declare the day before Stevenson’s visit “US Day” out of protest. When Stevenson arrived at the auditorium there were thousands of picketers outside, and many inside, to protest him and the UN (and the Kennedy Administration). As Stevenson tried to speak these protestors stamped their feet, shouted, booed, and rattled noisemakers to disrupt him. But Stevenson pressed on. One man screamed “Kennedy will get his reward in hell and Stevenson is going to die.” After the speech, police tried to escort Stevenson out of the auditorium but the angry crowd surrounded him. At one point Stevenson stepped out of the police protection to try to talk to a woman who was screaming at him. The woman clobbered Stevenson over the head with her picket sign. Stevenson then said “are these human beings or are these animals?”

Upon arriving back in Washington, Stevenson warned Arthur Schlesinger, Kennedy’s speechwriter, that Kennedy should not go to Texas, or at least, avoid Dallas. “There was something very ugly and frightening about the atmosphere,” Stephenson told Schlesinger. Schlesinger did not pass along the warning. Even if he had, it is doubtful Kennedy would have avoided Dallas, to do so would have seemed cowardly. Kennedy paid for this decision with his life.


Joe Wilson


In February 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney authorized the CIA to dispatch former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson to the small African nation of Niger to see if there was anything to the rumors that Saddam Hussein and Iraq were trying to purchase yellowcake uranium for use in nuclear weapons. Yellowcake is uranium concentrate powder (colored bright yellow) that is an intermediary step in processing raw uranium ore into weapons grade, highly enriched uranium used in nuclear weapons. As Niger has considerable natural uranium deposits, the possibility existed Iraq may have been trying to secretly buy the yellowcake to use in a possible nuclear weapons program. Wilson consulted with the Niger Prime Minister and came away with the conclusion that there was nothing to reports that Iraq had sales agreements with Niger to buy yellowcake uranium. He reported this to the CIA in March 2002.

In January 2003, in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush stated “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” After the invasion of Iraq by the United States, in July 2003, Wilson wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times where he disclosed the mission to Niger. He stated that he had looked into the possibility of Iraq buying uranium and found nothing to it, and that he reported this to the CIA and White House. He implied that the President’s statement was misleading as justification for war with Iraq. CIA Director George Tenet would later say those words should never have been in the text of the Presidents State of the Union address, but still believed Iraq was trying to get its hands on nuclear material and was developing or even had developed an atomic weapon or other weapon of mass destruction (WMD).

After the US invasion in Iraq, a long and exhaustive search of the country was conducted to see if Iraq did in fact have nuclear material, a nuclear weapon, a nuclear weapons programs, or any of the weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration warned the American people of. No WMD or any indication that Iraq had an active or even rudimentary nuclear program was ever found.


Dwight Eisenhower


A Military-industrial complex (MIC) is a kind of iron triangle composed of a nation’s armed forces, legislative/administrative government, and defense industry companies who work together to constantly funnel national resources into more and more military procurement. Though such complexes have existed since man began to use technology to wage war and develop better weapons, it was in the aftermath of World War II and the rise of the atomic age that the US version of the MIC began to frighten people who worried the MIC was beginning to over power typical democratic means of restraint, moderation, and control. No one was more concerned than President and former General Dwight Eisenhower. In his eight years as President, Eisenhower had watched the fearsome growth and power of the ever expanding and powerful United States MIC. As he left office on January 17, 1961 in his farewell speech to the Nation, he made the following warning:

“A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Eisenhower’s warning went unheeded. In the US today, the MIC is larger and more powerful than ever, making it difficult to near impossible for the US to stop making massive weapons programs and expending huge amounts of its national treasure on the military, even during times of relative peace (such as the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union). Today the US military budget is almost as large as that of all other nations combined.


John Parke

Usace Conemaugh River Lake Dam

In the late 1800s a bunch of wealthy industrial barons led by Henry Clay Fricke decided they wanted their own private retreat from the soot, dirt, and heat of the city – a place out in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. They purchased a dam and lake that had been built in the early 1800s as a reservoir on the Conemaugh River near Johnstown Pennsylvania and created the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. They called their lake “Lake Conemaugh” and though the dam that created it had originally been well-built, over the years, due to poor maintenance and alterations, it had become more and more unstable. By the time the industrialists bought it, it was already leaking and in a state of disrepair. Rather than use some of their incredible wealth to strengthen and fix the dam, they mostly made patches using clay and straw whenever it sprung a leak, which it did quite often.

On May 31, 1889, a storm struck the Johnstown-South Fork area creating one of the worst downpours ever recorded in Pennsylvania history. Six to ten inches of rain fell in a 24-hour span and the local streams burst their banks, pouring water into the already unstable Lake Conemaugh.

That morning, Elias Unger, the president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club awoke to see the water level of the lake was nearly cresting the dam. Unger quickly assembled a crew to try to clear the blocked spillways but they could not clear the debris. His men then made a frantic effort to dig another spill way to take some of the pressure off the dam and divert the water. This too failed.

Fearing the dam would collapse at any moment, Unger ordered John Parke, an engineer for the South Fork Club, to ride on horseback to the nearby town of South Fork to the telegraph office to send warnings to South Fork and Johnstown. Parke made it and telegraphed not one but two warnings, both of which were never passed along to South Fork and Johnstown officials who could have taken action and evacuated the towns. Over the years there had been so many false alarms of the dam breaking (because of the frequent leaks and repairs) that no one believed Parke when he told them the dam would not hold.

At around 3:10pm, the dam finally gave way. Its contents, an estimated 20 million tons of Lake Conemaugh water, rushed down the Little Conemaugh River. The water reached the little town of South Fork first. Fortunately most of the inhabitants heard the roar of the water coming and were able to scamper up the side of the mountain to high ground and only four people were killed. The people of Johnstown were not as fortunate. The wave of water, moving at 40 miles per hour and reaching a height of 60 feet, carrying houses, telephone poles, rocks, trees, railroad cars, and everything else in its path, slammed into the town. An estimated 2,209 people were killed making it the worst disaster in the history of the US at that time.


Cyril Evans


In April 1912 Cyril Evans was working as the telegraph operator on board the SS Californian on a voyage across the Atlantic. On the night of April 14, 1912, the Captain of the Californian, Stanley Lord, brought the ship to a halt as it had entered a wide ice field with many large icebergs. Lord came into the wireless operators room and ordered Evans to warn other ships in the area of the ice. Evans proceeded to do just that, sending out wireless warnings to other ships in the area that they were approaching ice.

In the wireless room aboard the Titanic, operators Jack Philips and Harold Bride were trying to get through a backlog of private messages they were to send from the ship to the United States, the destination of the Titanic on her maiden voyage. Philips received Evans’ ice warning message, but because the Californian was so close to the Titanic and Evans had his set turned to full power, he almost blew the headset off Philips head. An angry Philips told him to get off and Philips never passed along the ice warning to the bridge or the ship’s Captain. Evans felt he had done what he was ordered to do, switched off his radio set, and went to bed. A short time later the Titanic, heading at full steam west toward America, came upon the ice Evans had tried to warn them about, struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of over 1500 people.


Jimmy Harrell


In 2010, operations on the Deep Water Horizon oil platform, owned by BP and operated by Transocean, were not going well. In fact, getting the oil well drilled and producing oil (and revenue) had been a nightmare from the beginning and was behind schedule. The Deepwater Horizon was drilling an exploratory well at the Macondo Prospect region located about 41 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana, at a water depth of approximately 5,000 feet. On April 20, 2010, the oil rig exploded, caught fire, and sank, killing eleven workers and causing one of the worst environmental disasters in history.

On the morning of the disaster, rig operator and Transocean employee Jimmy Harrell was seen to be in an argument with a senior BP official. BP wanted Harrell to substitute lighter seawater to hold the gas in place and stop it from rising up the drill pipe, and not heavy (and more costly) lubricant packing (called “mud”). Mud was what was typically used to pack the bottom of the rigs drill pipe before capping the well. Harrell refused to do so without conducting two leak tests. For both tests, leaks were found in the pipe allowing drilling mud to flow out and onto the drill platform. A successful test should have had no mud leaking out of the pipe. For some reason, in spite of the leaks, Harrell went forward with the removal of the heavy mud from the pipe, replacing it with lighter seawater. At 9:45pm a geyser of seawater, methane gas and mud burst out of the pipe onto the platform. The gas ignited and the rig exploded and caught fire.

Though he would later testify that he could “not recall” having a confrontation with the BP official, as soon as the rig exploded and caught fire, and before he abandoned the rig, other crew members heard Harrell shouting into a satellite phone talking to the BP office in Houston and saying: “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

Though Harrell now states he cannot remember giving BP a warning, others have testified that is exactly what he did. At a meeting with BP officials just before the explosion, a frustrated Harrell told another employee “I guess that’s what we have the pincers for” – referring to the automatic blowout preventer which was supposed to slice into and seal the well head if the ultimate disaster happened. The blowout preventer, along with just about every other safety device, failed that day.


Katsuhiko Ishibashi


Katsuhiko Ishibashi is a well-respected professor and seismologist at Kobe University in Japan. Since the early 2000s he has been warning Japan that the country’s many nuclear power plants are in danger of serious damage or even a melt down because they have been built in earthquake-prone areas.

In 2006 he was a member of a government committee that was to revise the national guidelines on making Japan’s nuclear power plants more resistant to earthquakes. He proposed that Japan review its standards for surveying and assessing the danger from active faults, but this proposal was rejected. He later resigned saying the committee’s review process was unscientific and the outcome of the committee findings were rigged in favor of the Japan Electric Association. He also claimed the final guide that the committee produced was flawed because it underestimated the design basis for earthquake ground motion. Ishibashi also stated that Japanese engineers were overconfident in their predictions of plant engineering and safety design to withstand an earthquake.

Ishibashi warned of the danger of an earthquake-induced nuclear disaster at an International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics conference held in Sapporo. He said: “The seismic designs of nuclear facilities are based on standards that are too old from the viewpoint of modern seismology and are insufficient. The authorities must admit the possibility that an earthquake-nuclear disaster could happen and weigh the risks objectively.”

Ishibasi once said: “I think the situation right now is very scary … it’s like a kamikaze terrorist wrapped in bombs just waiting to explode.”

All of Ishibasi’s fears came true on March 11, 2011 when a huge off shore earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear power plant resulting in a level 7 International Nuclear Event Scale disaster – the highest level nuclear disaster possible.

In May 2011, he said “If Japan had faced up to the dangers earlier, we could have prevented Fukushima.”


Brooksley Born

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When Brooksley Born took over as head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), a government agency empowered with the task of monitoring and regulating the commodities exchange in the US, she very quickly discovered something that shocked her. An entire branch of the commodities market known as Over the Counter commodities (OTC commodities) existed that were for all intents and purposes, totally unregulated. Worse, the government (which was supposed to monitor and regulate commodity trading) didn’t even know these types of commodity investments existed. Gargantuan sums of money were being traded as OTC commodities called “derivatives,” with no regulation and nobody even aware it was taking place. On Wall Street they called it the “Black Box” of trading, only those involved knew the details. And they wanted it to stay that way.

Born had other ideas. The more she learned about OTC commodities and the derivatives markets, the more frightened she grew that something terrible would happen to the US and world economies. Bond was most worried about the derivatives and swaps markets – where the risk associated with investments were traded as insurance policies. These were complicated financial investments understood by very few people, and banks began to fraudulently sell them to unsuspecting customers who did not fully understand what they were buying, and who ended up losing huge sums of money. Born believed that it was the job of her agency to investigate and prosecute such fraud. Alan Greenspan had other ideas about that. Greenspan, who more then any other single individual can be blamed for the US financial and economic collapse of 2008, believed, foolishly and naively, that regulation and enforcement was unnecessary – that banks, financial firms, and business could “regulate themselves.”

Born believed differently and when she tried to move to regulate OTC derivatives for the first time, she was met by the full force of the financial industry lobbying effort. She and her agency were crushed by political power and Born eventually resigned. But the warnings she had made about the unregulated OTC derivatives market becoming far too large and posing a threat to the very structure of the US and world economy did not go away. By 2007 just before the crash, the OTC derivatives market was valued at a mind-numbing $595 trillion. Derivatives were being written to insure derivatives, which were themselves written on derivatives. It was a house of cards of financial debt waiting to fall, all it needed was a triggering event. And the collapse of the housing market did just that. In a matter of months the huge load of debt, most of it in the form of “credit default swaps” and derivatives, led to the fall of Lehman Brothers, which triggered an almost complete collapse of the US financial market. Only emergency influx of US taxpayer money to buy the worthless “toxic assets” off the books of banks and large investment houses, saved the US economy from plunging into another Great Depression.
As the US financial markets imploded under the weight of derivative trading debt she had warned against and tried to regulate, Born had this to say: “It was my worst nightmare coming true. Nobody really knew what was going on in the market. The toxic assets of many of our biggest banks are over-the-counter derivatives and caused the economic downturn that made us lose our savings, lose our jobs, lose our homes. It was very frightening.”

And she has another warning, even after the collapse of 2008: “I think we will have continuing danger from these markets and that we will have repeats of the financial crisis. It may differ in details, but there will be significant financial downturns and disasters attributed to this regulatory gap over and over until we learn from experience.”


John O’Neil

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John O’Neil was an FBI agent who, more than anyone else in the agency, was actively investigating the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the 1990s and the links between state sponsors of terrorism such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Al-Qaeda operatives, and attacks on US interests around the world including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center buildings. The more O’Neil dug into the shadow world of international terrorism, the more he began to warn anyone in Washington DC that would listen, that Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were major threats to the US. Throughout the 1990s, with the first attack on the World Trade center buildings, the attacks on US embassies, and the attack on the US Cole, all being linked to Al-Qaeda, O’Neil and his predictions were turning out to be true. Yet his personal style stepped on the shoes of powerful people in Washington DC and FBI headquarters, many of whom were jealous of his successful predictions. By August 2001, his enemies had pushed him out of the FBI. O’Neil resigned to take the job as head of security for the World Trade Center buildings. One of his friends told him he had taken the perfect job because Al-Qaeda had already attacked there and he was safe. O’Neil disagreed and said that he thought Al-Qaeda was coming back to the World Trade Centers to finish the job. The night before the attacks in a conversation with another friend, O’Neil told him that he felt an attack on US soil was going to happen, and happen in a matter of days or weeks. He was still monitoring activities coming out of Afghanistan and felt, in his stomach, that the attack was coming, and soon.

He had good reason to feel this way. Just before he left the FBI, O’Neil was closing in on the trail of several leads, leads linking terrorists coming out of Yemen into the United States. Information from a terrorist suspect the FBI was tracking should have been setting off red warning lights, but without O’Neil, no one was shouting the warnings (with the exception of Richard Clarke and a few others who were actively and aggressively trying to warn the new Bush administration that an attack was coming) and no one in the Bush administration was listening, or concerned. This terrorist told the FBI of a meeting in Malaysia attended by two of the Al-Qaeda terrorists who had participated in the attack and bombing of the US Cole. These two had been moving in and out of the United States and practicing on flight school simulators. They would be two of the Al-Qaeda terrorists who on September 11, 2001, crashed flight 77 into the Pentagon.

John O’Neil was in the south World Trade Center building that day. He survived the initial impact of the plane. He called his wife to tell her conditions were terrible but he was making his way out of the building. He never made it. His body was later found in one of the stair towers of the south building. For more information on John O’Neil and his incredible story, see the PBS Frontline documentary called “The Man Who Knew.”


Roger Boisjoly

Roger Boisjoly

In the 1980s Roger Boisjoly worked as an engineer at Morton Thiokol, maker of the solid rocket boosters used in the space shuttle program. In 1985, a year before the space shuttle Challenger disaster, Boisjoly had been warning Thiokol that the joints used to seal the sections of the solid rocket boosters could fail if they became too cold before launch.

The space shuttle used two solid fuel rocket boosters and a central hydrogen gas tank, to fuel the engines for launch. The different sections of the solid rocket boosters were sealed to one another with a rubber material or gasket called an “o-ring.” Boisjoly and other Thiokol engineers had found that in cold weather conditions, the rubber material in the o-rings became brittle and did not seal the sections into place. In this case, the o-ring would fail to prevent the flames from reaching the rocket’s metal casing. If this happened, the flames could trigger a huge explosion of the hydrogen fuel tank located right next to the boosters.

On January 27, 1986 the space shuttle Challenger was on the launch pad set for launch the following day. The weather forecast for Cape Canaveral was to be unusually cold with temperatures dropping below freezing. All of that evening and into the morning hours of January 28, Boisjoly and other engineers pleaded with NASA to delay the launch. Senior managers at Thiokol and NASA officials rejected their argument. NASA insisted the shuttle would launch the morning of January 28 as scheduled, even with the cold weather. Only a minute after taking off, the o-ring on one of the solid fuel rocket boosters failed just as Boisjoly had predicted it would. The flames shot out from the booster and hit the hydrogen tank, which exploded, killing all of the astronauts on board. Boisjoly was so sure that the booster o-rings would fail, he could not make himself watch the launch.

The resulting investigation of the Challenger disaster showed NASA had developed an internal culture that all but ignored safety. It was a culture that pushed to launch the Challenger to meet the schedule and keep politicians happy. Astronaut safety took a back seat to NASA and Washington DC politics.

For his testimony exposing NASA and Thiokol, the space engineering community blackballed Boisjoly. He spent the last 17 years of his life lecturing on engineering ethics. In 2003 when an unchanged NASA culture caused the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia, Boisjoly stated that NASA engineers and administrators should be charged with murder and the only way to change the NASA culture was to throw people in jail.

  • Missy

    Good list. Sometimes listening to the ‘grass roots’ people can stop the bigwigs getting into trouble.

    • rfv9

      I puked thanks to all the USA in the air.

      • 39

        Why is that?

    • Pauly

      Yeah, Missy, you’re first.

      I can’t WAIT for the flame war this article will ignite!

    • Lee

      What about Harry Markopolos who wrote the SEC a document called “The World’s Largest Hedge Fund is a Fraud” exposing Bernie Madoff and his ponzi scheme – written 3 years before it happened.

      • C.J.

        Who the fuck wants to read an essay for each entry? At least get to the point before writing 5 paragraphs. Sheesh.

        • Flippant

          Uhhhh.. *slowly raises hand*.. I do. I like it when a list is jam-packed with heaps of information pertaining to the event. I often hit up Google to find out more about a particular entry, but when it’s a so-called “essay” written here then I don’t need to. Lol I get more time to bounce around in Comments when my thirst has been quenched in the first instance. :D

          • gav

            Me too! My god, if a person can’t handle three reasonable paragraphs of information to set the stage, tell the tale and sum it up, then perhaps they ought to just stick to LOLCatz pictures.

            This was an interesting entry, full of information delivered in a concise and intelligent manner. Bravo.

            Though what’s up with entry #9? It seems that was a non-warning that went heeded, rather than the other way around.

      • diablo135

        not only that, he reported Madoff several times.

    • emily_weirdnez

      very interesting

  • Zack

    that picture is not the Joe Wilson who refuted the yellowcake claims and whose wife was outed as a CIA agent, that’s the Republican rep who rudely yelled you lie during Pres. Obama’s State of the Union a few years ago

    • BOONE

      Yeah you need some work. Also there WAS 500 tons of yellowcake found in Iraq.

      Here is the CNN article.

      • Paul the Geek

        Your link is irrelevant as Joe Wilson did not report that there was no yellowcake in Iraq. He simply debunked the notion that Saddam had “recently sought to buy yellowcake from Nigeria,” which had been asserted by the Bush administration as a reason to invade.

        • George

          yeah he asked them nicely and since people who do black market deals are always honest, he believed them when they said no they didnt sell any to iraq.

        • Name

          Hey Joe Wilson. Did you travel to every country in Africa? During his speech, the President said “Africa.” BTW, the 500 tons of yellow cake uranium is very relevant and underreported. WTF else was Sadam planning to do with it? While I believe there are good arguments against our participation in Iraq, this Joe Wilson and his all so important wife is an overplayed gripe by the left. More important than the Plame outing, was the big mouthed declaration that Seal Team 6 killed Bin-Laden

      • Robertson

        The 500 tons of Yellowcake shipped out of Iraq in 2008 was already declared to the IAEA before the 2003 war. This was a remnant of Iraq’s nuclear program before the bombing of the Osirak nuclear facility in 1981.

      • Howard the Duck

        Joseph Wilson’s claims and the entire Yellowcake Forgery saga was about yellowcake allegedly sold to Iraq between 2001 and 2003 not the yellowcake which we already knew was sold to them in 1980 to 1982 and was accounted for and under inspection.

        The Niger documents were forged a needless to say the later stockpile did not exist.

      • TryAgainIdiots

        Hey idiot. Nice try with the “but there was WMD – Bush was right” crap. Its been 4 years and you morons are still trying to peddle it.

        • Pauly

          Thank God someone finally got it right. TryAgainIdiots, you rule.

          I love the consesus of the IAEA, 20 Nations troops, 100,000 American soldiers and five OGA’s proved there were no WMDs in Iraq, but the Bush apologist blogger found them from his PC at home. As an Iraq vet, it makes me sick.

        • fliplover

          As long as we are discussing WMD’s, read the following story

          Saddam Hussein himself says that all the WMD’s were destroyed after the first Gulf War, he wanted everyone to think he still had some because he was more afraid of Iran attacking again than the US. He figured the US would do another airstrike campaign he could survive. He miscalculated our resolve. He also believed the perception of him having WMD’s kept him in power.

          He wanted everyone to believe him, and many did. While the reasons may have been mistaken, removing him from power was still the right move. He killed his own people with chemical weapons. The man supported terrorism. He paid the families of Palestinian suicide bombers $25,000 to encourage the murder of innocent Israelis!

    • MR

      You definitely have the wrong Joe Wilson;

    • Joe Wilson is the congressman that yelled lair during Obama’s state of the union speech. Joseph Wilson is the diplomat that went to Niger to investigate Saddam’s rumored yellowcake purchases.

    • diablo135

      The outburst was an emotional response, albeit at the wrong place, to a deceitful President who has not kept a single campaign promise.

      • That’s total BS.. Obama has kept many campaign promises. Maybe not the ones you and others were hoping for, but when the republicans only want to wreck his presidency and make passing anything in the congress nearly impossible, this ties his hands in way that are completely out of his control.. We have a government that depends on all three branches to get anything done. That’s why the last dipsht (bush) said “this would be much easier if we had a dictatorship”. Because he had the same problem after most of his cronies were kicked out of office for rubber-stamping too many of his stupid ideas… And yet, they still fail to understand how stupid they really are, and keep trying to bring back the same stupid ideas that screwed up not only the u.s., but much of the rest of the world as well..

        • Joanie

          Unfortunately the Republicans prey on the lesser educated and the Bible Belt. This is not a slam to anyone, this is a FACT. They know how to manipulate the passions of these folks. After all the manipulation, people will believe anything they say. If we elect another Republican now we will go back to what the Bush Administration did to this Country. President Obama came into office at the worst time anyone could possibly take office. Our Country is devided because of the Republican thought process. The Rep. Party is no longer for the people. I used to be a Rep. I got smart! They have deep pockets and only care about the wealthy, whom by the way got wealthy from the support of people (middle class). It is all about big money and giving back to the rich. Because I am now a Democrate I resent hearing how we are all Liberals, Gay Lovers etc and all the other BS that is out there. I look at it this way. I believe in GOD and I read the Bible. The Bible tells me to Love and not Judge. So please tell me why, my family who lives in the Bible Belt and goes to Church 3 times a week, twice on Sunday and Wednesday night Bible study, do not see these things in the Bible and continue to Judge hate Gays and ridicule others who do not twist the words of the Bible to make it work to suit theri lives. These are the men running in the Repbublican Campaign. Mitt Romney says “I don’t care about the poor, I care about the middle class” Well I was a very comfortable middle class person, then Bush came into office. Snce Obama has been in office he has accomplished quit a bit.3 Chics Politico gives mad props to President Obama on his accomplishments since being in office. It’s pretty impressive! Just remember, at one time or another we have a (normal people) gotten in debt. Think about how easy it was to get there…think about how hard it is to dig out of the debt you created yourself. This Country is on the right track now. It takes awhile to clean up a mess. Sorry to those of you who hate reading so much, but there is no other way to make a point. I have no time for hateful comments, you don’t like what I wrote move to another Country or Simple DON’T READ IT! Obamas Accomplishments Below:
          1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
          2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
          3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
          4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
          5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
          6 Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
          7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
          8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
          9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
          10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House
          11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
          12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
          13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
          14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
          15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
          16. New federal funding for science and research labs
          17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
          18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
          19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
          20. New funds for school construction
          21 The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
          22. US Auto industry rescue plan
          23. Housing rescue plan
          24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
          25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
          26. US financial and banking rescue plan
          27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
          28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards
          29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
          30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
          31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
          32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
          33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
          34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
          35. Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
          36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
          37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
          38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
          39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
          40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
          41. Signed national service legislation; expandednational youth service program
          42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
          43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
          44. Expanding vaccination programs
          45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
          46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
          47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
          48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
          49.. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
          50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
          51. Lower drug costs for seniors
          52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
          53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
          54. Improved housing for military personnel
          55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
          56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
          57 Increasing student loans
          58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
          59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
          60. Established a new cyber security office
          61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
          62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
          63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
          64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
          65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
          66. Improving benefits for veterans
          67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
          68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
          69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
          70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
          71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
          72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
          73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
          74. Making more loans available to small businesses
          75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
          76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
          77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
          78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
          79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
          80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
          81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
          82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
          83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
          84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
          85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
          86. Held first Seder in White House
          87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
          88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
          89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
          90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

      • red

        daw, look, a little younglin republican daddys boy! well here, since youre obviously confused, and obviously not just an idiot, i got some news for you..the president is a lot more honest than places like faux news would have you believe. he has tried to do a lot of good (getting at least some of it in), but thanks to republicans cock blocking as much as they can, mostly because they want to keep the rich rich and poor poor, it just appears like he hasnt kept his promises. dont worry, hes trying. when he (ideally) wins the next election, hopefully more sensible senators/representatives will be in who will work WITH him instead of AGAINST him on things that need to be changed, or at the very least, logically fairly compromise. if those conditions are met, i 100% guarantee you that many good things would come.

      • Fred

        It was, indeed, an emotional response. You got that part right. It was also horribly disrespectful to the office of the President and helped those who label the GOP as immature partisans who can’t control themselves by offering themselves up a prime example on live TV.

        I suppose you might believe he hasn’t kept a single campaign promise, so long as you discount all the ones he actually kept: Got us out of Iraq. Passed a health care bill. There are 163 more on PolitiFact, which has hardly been biased for Obama:

  • Not Being Fresh

    First to say this is a good list!

    • Not Being Frank

      Lol let me be the first to say that you are a complete and utter FAILURE!! :D

    • Being Fresh

      Good try.

    • Being Frank.

      F*cking useless!

  • Christine Vrey

    Good list!! Thanks =)

  • Lee Mack

    Getting bored now of all these a American heavy lists. They always manage a token foreigner and congrats for fitting 2 in there, but reading this list you’d think the US is the only country with problems that need pointing out and ignoring. A bit more research and a global sweep would have made this a more interesting and less biased read

    • Steve

      I’m sorry, your list was entitled what again?

    • David

      Go start your own site, then.

    • Bob

      Why don’t you write a list?

    • Who are you, some kind of famous british stand up comedian? XD

    • Jessie

      I agree with you, Lee Mack

    • diablo135

      I’m bored of the talking about the Beckhams

  • aws4cbale

    Great list. My favorite one in weeks!!!! Loved the great detail! Looking forward to reading more from this author!

  • smurfin smurf

    Ron Paul predicted this economic collapse and was completely ignored. Now look at us.

    • ..,,l,,..

      I once predicted full Moon.. Economical collapses are pretty much cyclical events

      • Planet Earth

        Ron Paul is a true American HERO .

        Most people don’t understand economics until the U.S Government starts printing there own sound Money instead of borrowing at high interested rate they will NEVER BE DEBT FREE .

        15 TRILLION dollars in debt and climbing . When does the empire collapse ? 30 Trillion or 50 Trillion ? The U.S.A is on a crash course for a epic fail

        • Greatest American HERO

          Look at what’s happened to me,
          I can’t believe it myself.
          Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,
          It should’ve been somebody else.
          Believe it or not,
          I’m walking on air.
          I never thought I could feel so free.
          Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
          Who could it be?
          Believe it or not it’s just meeeee.

        • why!why!why!

          Ron Paul is probably the only real option for those who wish to truly change things, his ideas are compelling and deserve our attention.
          He appeared to me as the quintessential underdog; Intelligent, honest, lucid and chock full of common sense…
          Words cannot describe my disappointment the day I discovered he was a creationist.
          Modern science has clearly demonstrated with an astounding amount of proven fact that evolution is no longer a theory.
          Ron Paul thinks evolution is only a theory that should be taught in school’s as such! Oh! the paradox! the horrible paradox!

          That being said…
          I still think Ron Paul is the best choice compared to the others, who by the way are so pitiful that Ron Paul would still have my vote even if he started to openly declare that Elvis is alive and living with Bigfoot!

          • Liam

            Evolution IS a theory. You seem to be implying that a theory is something that has yet to be proven. This is not the case with scientific theories. What Ron Paul probably means is that he believes that evolution is more of a “guess”. Which is obviously not true, but creationists clearly don’t live in reality.

          • Planet Earth


            You will never agree with someone 100% .DR Ron Paul is a man of integrity . Unlike 90% of U.S politician that are paid off with bribes . He ‘s one of the only congress man that refuse to take part of congress pension plan .

            I could care less if you ‘re personnel religious beliefs are weird or crazy as long as there personnel . What ever happen to separation of church and state???????????

          • why!why!why!


            I suppose we can split hairs on this till were both bald and none the wiser, this should not clear things up either; The theory of evolution is a scientific theory, speaking of evolution in a theoretical context is not

          • diablo135

            Ron Paul has some great ideas but I’m a little concerned about his isolationism. Anyway, regarding evolution, I agree that it happens in some form (as observed in fruit flies), but as a total explanation of how we got here? It takes a few leaps of faith for that. For instance, let’s start with the basics: Darwin’s theory was that a process of random mutation, sex and death, allowing the “fittest” to survive and reproduce, and the less fit to die without reproducing, would, over the course of billions of years, produce millions of species out of inert, primordial goo.
            Now I quote an article I read:
            The vast majority of mutations are deleterious to the organism, so if the mutations were really random, then for every mutation that was desirable, there ought to be a staggering number that are undesirable.

            Otherwise, the mutations aren’t random, they are deliberate — and then you get into all the hocus-pocus about “intelligent design”.
            We also ought to find a colossal number of transitional organisms in the fossil record — for example, a squirrel on its way to becoming a bat, or a bear becoming a whale. (Those are actual Darwinian claims.)

            But that’s not what the fossil record shows. We don’t have fossils for any intermediate creatures in the process of evolving into something better. This is why the late Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard referred to the absence of transitional fossils as the “trade secret” of paleontology. (Lots of real scientific theories have “secrets.”)

            If you get your news from the American news media, it will come as a surprise to learn that when Darwin first published “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, his most virulent opponents were not fundamentalist Christians, but paleontologists.

            Unlike high school biology teachers lying to your children about evolution, Darwin was at least aware of what the fossil record ought to show if his theory were correct. He said there should be “interminable varieties, connecting together all the extinct and existing forms of life by the finest graduated steps.”

            But far from showing gradual change with a species slowly developing novel characteristics and eventually becoming another species, as Darwin hypothesized, the fossil record showed vast numbers of new species suddenly appearing out of nowhere, remaining largely unchanged for millions of years, and then disappearing.

            Darwin basically blamed the geological record for being incomplete as far as not backing up his claims. Fair enough. But now, 150 or so years later, we have a much more complete record and it’s only gotten worse for Mr D. Back to the article: Thirty years ago, Dr. David Raup, a geologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, said that despite the vast expansion of the fossil record: “The situation hasn’t changed much.”

            To the contrary, fossil discoveries since Darwin’s time have forced paleontologists to take back evidence of evolution. “Some of the classic cases of Darwinian change in the fossil record,” Raup said, “such as the evolution of the horse in North America, have had to be discarded or modified as a result of more detailed information.”
            To explain away the explosion of plants and animals during the Cambrian Period more than 500 million years ago, Darwiniacs asserted — without evidence — that there must have been soft-bodied creatures evolving like mad before then, but left no fossil record because of their squishy little microscopic bodies.

            Then in 1984, “the dog ate our fossils” excuse collapsed, too. In a discovery The New York Times called “among the most spectacular in this century,” Chinese paleontologists discovered fossils just preceding the Cambrian era.

            Despite being soft-bodied microscopic creatures — precisely the sort of animal the evolution cult claimed wouldn’t fossilize and therefore deprived them of crucial evidence — it turned out fossilization was not merely possible in the pre-Cambrian era, but positively ideal.

            And yet the only thing paleontologists found there were a few worms. For 3 billion years, nothing but bacteria and worms, and then suddenly nearly all the phyla of animal life appeared within a narrow band of five million to 10 million years.

            Even the eye simply materializes, fully formed, in the pre-Cambrian fossil record.

            Jan Bergstrom, a paleontologist who examined the Chinese fossils, said the Cambrian Period was not “evolution,” it was “a revolution.”

            So in a nutshell, I’m not advocating for evolution or intelligent design, I’m just trying to show flaws in a theory that everyone thinks is rock solid.

          • why!why!why!


            Your claim of impartiality is certainly not reflected in your choice of source material, Stephen Jay Gould, your only credible source is used out of context and the other two are well known creationists.
            It took me all of ten minutes on the internet to find a huge amount of much more credible information in favor of evolution, all of it backed up by a clear and uncontested majority of the world’s most renowned scientists.

            But enough about evolution! who else thinks diablo’s comment is as long as the “chinese people can read minds” comment?

          • bob

            That was a long comment, Diablo135. I would just like to point out like the guy before me, that atleast some of the things you’re claiming have been refuted. I understand you’re not arguing against evolutionairy theory pre-sé, but there’s far more evidence for it than your posts implies.

        • arigui

          Captain American is a hero. Ron Paul is a politician.

          • Paul the Geek

            Amen. I hope I NEVER worship anyone as myopically as Ron Paul fans worship him.

          • Liz

            What if Captain America became a politician? Then what would you call him? :)

            That being said, Gandhi was basically a politician. Nelson Mandela was a politician. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have made a great politician..

            Most politicians are corrupt, but honest and revolutionary man like Ron Paul proves to be very different from the typical politician. He is my hero, though no one is perfect and there are still some things I don’t agree with. People who strive for peace and liberty should be admired and respected, no matter their profession.

  • SleepyAdams

    Boring Zzzzzzzzzzz

  • xdarkhorsex

    I cannot believe that Jor-el was left off this list. He tried to warn about drastic seismic activity and was ignored by the elite of his time. The result was the catastrophic destruction of his planet and all of its inhabitants, except for one, Kal-el. Thank god for Jor-el’s foresight.

    • diablo135

      For the win!

  • Bond.. James Bond

    An interesting read.. despite it being Uncle Sam heavy. Thanks, Patrick.

    Just one thing, if I may though.. in the No. 3 entry, Brooksley Born, there is an error. In the third sentence of the second paragraph, her name is typed as “Bond” instead of “Born.”

    As follows…

    “Born had other ideas. The more she learned about OTC commodities and the derivatives markets, the more frightened she grew that something terrible would happen to the US and world economies. Bond was most worried about the derivatives and swaps markets – where the risk associated with investments were traded as insurance policies.”

    *sips on my martini, shaken not stirred*

  • Flippant

    I’m about to hit up Google to try find out if that douchebag, Jack Philips, survived the sinking of the Titanic. I’m kinda hoping that he didn’t. :\

    • Flippant

      Well, John George “Jack” Phillips (his surname isn’t spelt single L “Philips” as per list entry) did indeed perish. Much mystery and not a little controversy surrounds the death of him. What is certain is that he died of hypothermia either on or near a collapsible lifeboat.

  • Bryan

    A glaring omission here is the plight of Roméo Dallaire. Had his warnings been heeded it could have saved 800,000 lives.

    • Bryan

      And yes, I am Canadian.

      • rajimus123

        which is why he probably didnt make the list…americans dont like us lol

        • Bryan

          I’m absolutely shocked that nobody seems to know who I’m talking about… and guess which Veto-power enabled nation pulled the card when Dallaire was pleading for help? I guess as an African nation lacking in both diamonds and oil they aren’t worthy of assistance. And it is the WORST GENOCIDE SINCE THE HOLOCAUST!

          • Bryan

            *paraphrases unnamed nation’s statement: “We will not send peacekeepers when it is obvious that there is no peace to keep.” and in a perverse version of a prime directive “Let ’em sort it out by themselves.” sending people in would be “Too risky.”

        • jnjsngfjn

          you’re our top hat. people don’t take advice from hats.

          • Canada rules

            America (U.S.A) is the toilet Canada sits on

  • Will Trame

    Definitely a thought provoking list. I knew that before reading it that the Iraq War and 9/11 would appear on it. There were a number of facts I wasn’t aware of; good job, Patrick.

  • Jon

    Wow. A very interesting list on listverse for a long time! Basically this goes to show how politics can cause disaster when people who aren’t experts try to stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. A good read

  • ianz09

    Damn. Well timed list. Number one just kicked the bucket. Don’t know if this was deliberate or not but regardless, well timed Listverse. Well timed indeed.

  • Ignorance Blissful

    Roger Boisjoly died a couple of days ago according to wikipedia! How sad.

  • MathMathMath

    picture #9- DILF

  • Planet Earth

    Dwight Eisenhower was right all along . The U.S.A is run on a war economy . The U.S can’t even go 10 years without fighting a war since ww2 .

    The U.S.A is corrupted to the core .

    Fascism = Corporatism – Mussolini

    • Misanthrope

      What a great fail a philosophy. In three steps I can prove why you suck dirty Arab dicks without using a video that I casually snitched from the internet!

      • Misanthrope

        I’m guessing that cousin + cousin = you. Do you cry in the shower when daddy is finished ejaculating on you?

        • rajimus123

          misanthrope must not have a very strong intellect because all he can do is revert to nonsensical insults stemming from his own repressed homosexuality and social disconnection…either that or hes a 14 year old that will probably marry his own cousin :D

        • rajimus123

          did i hit the nail on the head misanthrope? or would you rather get nailed with my head?

          • Planet Earth


            People like ” Misanthrope ” is what’s wrong with America today . More concerned about what Justin Bieber is up to .Instead of paying attention to the planet we live on .

            U.S.A will never have homeland security until they realize that PLANET EARTH is there HOMELAND !

  • MT

    Making a prediction is 50/50. If you are right then you sound like a genius that people should have listened to. But if you are wrong then you sound like an alarmist nut.

  • oouchan

    I like the topic since it has merit and evidence to back it up. I was thinking at first it would be more like Nostradamus type, but thankful it\’s not. However, this wasn\’t a well rounded list at all. With the exception of number 4, this list could have been named \”10 people from the US whose warnings went unheeded\”.

    Good topic, not well executed.

    • BOONE

      Where does it say, “10 worldly individuals whose warnings went unheeded.”
      Or, “Top 10 People whose warnings went unheeded.”

      It doesnt.

      It simply says, “10 people whose warnings went unheeded.” And this list is exactly that. Stop complaining about lack of worldly individuals and make your own list if you would like.

      • oouchan

        Lists like this are too much one sided. There are others out there and not everything revolves around the USA. No need to get your panties in a bunch…I just like more well rounded lists.

        I have made lists. You take the good with the bad. That’s how it works.

        • BOONE

          First off, you are the one getting your panties in a bunch complaining about it being too-American-centric. Second, Cyril Evans in #6 is English not American so 2 of the 10 are non-American, not 1 like you claim. Third, people write what they know. This individual happened to write more about American individuals, go ahead and write a follow up that deals with individuals from your respective country.

          • oouchan

            One…I made an opinion which you got all huffy over. Funny.
            Two…I’m from the US. I just don’t think the sun rises and sets on this country.
            End trans.

          • Silly Foreigner

            “I just don’t think the sun rises and sets on this country.”

            Lol Oouchan. Due to the Earth’s rotation, I think you’ll find that it does. ;)

          • oouchan

            @Silly Foreigner…..haha! I see what you did there!

  • SamR

    RE #4: the Japanese nuclear power plants survived the massive earthquake and had shut down properly. It was the 50ft tsunami that destroyed the backup power sources that eventually led to the meltdowns.

    • Armadillo

      Exactly what I was going to say :)

    • fliplover

      Lets not ignore the likely probability of the escaped STUXNET virus (created to damage Iran’s nuclear weapons program) preventing the proper shutdown of the Fukushima reactors.

  • Lazeli

    What I don’t get is how Niger can be called a “small nation”…

    • Because in comparison to geographically large nations like Russia, Canada, China, the US, India, and Brazil, it is, in fact, a smaller nation. However, you are correct: it is not “small”.

      However, its population of 15 million definitely makes it a smaller nation.

    • what

      everything is small compared to the US, except Russia and China (let’s ignore canada ftm). Good list by the way, found myself going to wiki during the middle of every paragraph, which is a good thing :D

      • rajimus123

        typical…ignore canada…since ya know we have the number 2 land mass…? typical american “ignore canada”

        • what

          I am Irish, not American. Besides I heard Canada referred to as America Junior. Seems reasonable to me since like 90% of the population lives within 100 miles of the American Border.

          • CanadianDude

            It’s cause it gets pretty cold any farther up eh? Like ice roads and few paved roads in summer eh? Some places you even gotta fly into eh! So stop bein’ such a hoser ya leprechaun

  • 1. As has already been pointed out, you put the wrong Joe Wilson photo up there. That Joe Wilson is the awesome man who called out Barry “Lying Through His Teeth” Obama on his Healthcare claim that it wouldn’t cover illegal immigrants when it did, in fact, cover illegal immigrants.

    2. Never found any yellowcake uranium production in Iraq, huh? Guess you should’ve told CNN:

    • oak

      you should read your article a little more closely…low grade uranium is not yellow cake it is an ore that was shipped to canada to be processed into usable material
      so the statement that no yellow cake or production facilities were ever found in iraq is still true

      • I did read it. Perhaps you should read it more closely yourself, where the people involved repeatedly referred to the ore as “yellowcake”.

    • BOONE

      Good point, I was thinking the same thing. I remember reading that they found several large caches of yellowcake in Iraq.

      And of course as the article points out, 500 pounds of Yellowcake found in Iraq is nothing to sneeze at.

      • BOONE

        Oak – you should read a little more closely, 4th paragraph of the article.

        “The “yellowcake” uranium transfer was requested by the Iraqi government at the encouragement of the U.S. government, Whitman said.”

        Low-grade uranium IS yellowcake.

        • oak

          since half my family lives in the town where the uranium ore was shipped to, i disagree with your statement that uranium ore = yellow cake

          • Got Milk

            By your own logic, Oak.. since half my family lives in a town where dairy products are shipped to, I can disagree with the statement that milk = white liquid.

          • BOONE

            Oak – Seriously, read the article. The article states that the Low-grade uranium is Yellowcake, not me. Also do a little research before your next failed retort.

            For example a quick wikipedia search of yellowcake will give you this:

            “Yellowcake (also called urania) is a kind of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions, in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores.”

          • But half his family live in the town where the uranium ore was shipped to!! Most of them have two heads and they all glow neon green at night.. so that’s GOTTA count for something! I.. uhh.. I’m just not sure what though. :D

          • Then you should take it up with CNN, the US military, and the Canadian government, because they’re all referring to it as “yellowcake”.

    • rajimus123

      its funny how americans can complain about illegal immigrants being covered by healthcare when americans near the canadian border cross over to this side to buy over the counter meds? All healthcare in the world is only for americans? does that some it up you fat republican sob

      • BOONE

        The U.S. accounts for nearly 40% of the worldwide research and development of pharmaceutical drugs. As American healthcare costs go up and pharmaceutical profits goes down both your country and my country will experience higher medication prices to make up for those lost profits. You may laugh now until our problems in the US start to become your problems in Canada.

      • Maggot

        What’s “funny” is your leaps of logic.

        How does:

        “americans can complain about illegal immigrants being covered by healthcare”


        “americans near the canadian border cross over to this side to buy over the counter meds” ?

        And how does:

        “americans can complain about illegal immigrants being covered by healthcare”


        “americans near the canadian border cross over to this side to buy over the counter meds”


        “All healthcare in the world is only for Americans” ?

        • Anggi

          Your reference reatmial proves that Iraq had every intention of using that reatmial for weapons. People probably make that claim because it is obvious from the information you provided. I have to wonder why you would refute such claims and then prove them to be true. Are you trying to be ironic? Do you really support the war but are posing as a critic to display the foolishness of the critics? If so, you are doing a good job.

      • Oh, rajimus, you silly person.

        Americans who cross the border into Canada typically are not illegal immigrants. They typically have legal documents, passports, and permission to cross the border.

        Second, I like how you call me a “fat republican sob”, as if “republican” were an insult. You know what? I am a Republican. I am a conservative Republican. I believe in limited government, a fairly strict interpretation of the constitution, free market capitalism, individual freedom, and personal responsibility.

        Take that, you whiny liberal wuss.

        • Reptard

          Personal freedon as long as your christian and not gay right? Republicans=shit. Name one republican in office that cares more about people than money from business. NOPE didnt think so, go back to bashing gays while secretly sucking your neighbors dick.

      • diablo135

        Maybe rajimus123, but it’s American supplied drugs they are coming to get that are sold in Canada cheaper. If you don’t like it, or the revenue they produce, you could always stop using them….but you won’t, will you?

    • oops
      • Did you read the article? The yellowcake was, in fact, part of a previous nuclear weapons program. It may not have been a “secret cache”, but it was a violation of the 1991 agreement, which required that he had “zero” material related to WMD development. The fact that he had “some” meant that he was, in fact, in violation of the agreement.

    • You know, I love how Americans bitch and moan about illegal immigrants. So here’s a list for you:
      1. The american agricultural industry is dependent on illegals payed pennies on the dollar. Removal of these illegals would lead to crops rotting in the fields, as was proven by Georgia a few months ago.

      2. If you’ve thought up your obvious reason I’m stupid and don’t know anything and I’m so obviously wrong as you republicans do, your country has had more money in the past 60 years then any other country in the world by far. You outspend the whole WORLD in defense spending. You haven’t had a war on you soil in almost 200 years! And you can’t secure a border…how?! If this is really something that bothers you so much then fix it and shut up. It’s gotta be cheaper then the Iraq War anyways.

      • 1. The agriculture industry does depend on illegals. That’s a shame, too, because it basically creates a lower class of people who are getting paid more than they would at home, but doesn’t protect them from abuse. Personally, I am in favor of easing immigration requirements and simplifying the citizenship process. However, I am not in favor of providing these people with free health care on my dime. Then again, I’m not in favor of providing anyone with health care on my dime other than my family. If you want health care, you should be a responsible adult and take care of yourself.

        2. Wow. I’m not quite sure what you’re trying to say here. You’re bouncing all over the place.

        Yes, I believe we should secure our borders – something no President has done, ever.

        Our defense spending is high, but it is in line (in terms of % of GDP) with most other 1st world countries with a large active duty military – especially one that is called out as often as the US’ to assist with any number of world events, mostly humanitarian.

        Actually, we have had wars on US soil in the past 200 years. The Civil War was the largest conflict, just 150 years ago. The Indian Wars were still fought as late as 1923. We’ve had intermittent border conflicts with Mexico up through the present day drug wars. And lest we forget, American territory was attacked by the Japanese repeatedly during WW2, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the west coast. Oh, and 9/11.

        The Iraq War was expensive, as all wars are. However, in terms of actual money invested against the percent GDP, we underspent, especially in comparison to WW2.

        • Mob

          However, I am not in favor of providing these people with free health care on my dime. Then again, I’m not in favor of providing anyone with health care on my dime other than my family.

          I have always thought of you as an idiot. Now you’ve cleared all doubt.

          This is the reason your country would still be in a severe decline. Typical conservative mentality.

          Very greedy, selfish and unethical reasoning.

          “Oh gee they are poor immigrants, they are dying, they don’t have money to provide healthcare for themselves,. But who cares? They should have been wise enough to work harder for money let them die”.

          Note how Fidel Castro didn’t say anything about the democrats, but had to call the GOP race “greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance”.

          Observe your party’s childish retort.

          Now tell me is this the total idiot who has the same ideology as you, which you want to rule to your country for the next 4 years?

          God save the world from idiots rising to power

  • Sbtier

    Interesting list. On # 5 I find it strange that multiple people witnessed Harrell’s argument with BP but he doesn’t ‘remember’ it.

  • Interesting list, I did expect something classical, mainly because my first thought was Cassandra, then she was mentioned in the intro, but glad it wasn’t.

  • talkthattalk9

    can’t imagine how helpless these people felt especially boisjoly. and even though they spoke up, the tremendous guilt and anger they must of felt when no one would believe them :-(

  • Colivetti

    Wrong Joe Wilson picture. I was too distracted by that to finish the list. Poor research there.

  • Ffiffisop

    Aaah, in true Listverse form, a highly US centered list… Lovely.

    Good list none the less though – maybe some variation next time?

    • diablo135

      I don;t like how the Spanish edition of CNN is mostly about Spain and Central America.

  • mom424

    I thought this was a great list. Excellent premise and execution.

    I do realize that it’s America-centric – tough beans. People write what they know. I’d love to see a similar list that’s Europe-centric and one Asian-centric – I’m sure that there is plenty of material.

    Still so sad that even today we tend to shoot the messenger. Some things never change.

  • ~*Jany*~

    Great list…looks like Listverse might be getting back on track! O how i miss the old listverse!

  • It’s 2011

    No Ron Paul?

  • Thulasizwe Tshabalala

    Here is my prediction :P there is land that will popup between South Africa and South America in the ocean and then those of nations who think themselves “elite” number one being the US, will invade South Africa with soldiers creating another apartheid type of oppression. They will do this so they can find an easy jump off zone to the new land.

    • Thulasizwe Tshabalala

      Asking yourself how do I know this? I have seen a prophetic Sign that me and my brother found here in South Africa on a Holy mountain. This Sign showed soldiers who had green t-shirts and shaven heads (most of them or something like that I can’t remember). I did not know what this Sign meant but when I found Nancy Lieder of Zetatalk warning of the same thing, it made sense and gave me and the Signs we found something to be taken serious of.

  • Joe

    Uhm, that’s the wrong Joe Wilson pictured here.

  • Allen

    Yeah I agree with the comments on Joe Wilson the wrong pic turned me off from reading the list. Even People magazine has a pic of him with Valerie:,,20155391,00.html
    I think the pic needs to be changes as soon as possible.

  • pikiw

    Leroy Jethro Gibbs should be number 1…

  • TH3M0N5T3R

    Ugh. I know many of you don’t want to admit it. Saddam Hussein DID have WMD’s. Chemical weapons. He used them. On his own people. Multiple times. Or, don’t you care about freeing millions of people held under bondage, just because they don’t look like you or don’t share the same religion as you?

    Oh, and as pointed out by another poster, CNN (hardly on the side of the Bush administration) reported that 500 tons (yep, TONS) were

    • tavarus

      he had chemical weapons in the 90’s during the first Iraqi war not during the second one and why only love for Iraqi people? why not some love for the Pakistanis who had a dictator too? or even Saudi Arabia where women lack even basic liberties. lets stop pretending that the war was for “freedom” ok

    • Mmmmm…

      Bondage. :D

    • Thulasizwe Tshabalala

      No these people are playing mind games, we all know in Iraq the US wanted oil and it Afghanistan it wanted the poppy fields for making cocaine. You might not like it but the US government is made up of drug dealers and war mongers who profit from war and other peoples suffering. A country that started with the slaughter of American Indians for their land cannot be expected to change. Truth is America is the bully of the world.

      • *facepalm*

        “..Afghanistan it wanted the poppy fields for making cocaine.”

        Lol wut? Cocaine isn’t made from poppies, foo! =)

        • mom424

          They want Afghanistan for the rare earth metals. Rare earth metals used for nanobots, space craft, super conductors. More in those mountains than anywhere on earth. Afghanistan is going to be a very rich country – provided it isn’t just raped and pillaged by outside (ie NA) interests.

        • Davi

          Well that makes a heck of a lot more sense than recovering from asminea. I had initially figured that Meela was originally Yuen, but had suffered asminea and been adopted by Tannor. But there were some pretty heavy flaws in that to begin with Namely flashback-Meela being pretty clearly younger than Yuen.

    • Planet Earth

      You know how we know for sure that Saddam had chemical weapons ?
      Cause the U.S.A still have the recites . In 1983 the U.S.A sold Saddam chemical weapons .

    • Frank

      if he did have WMD’s don’t you think a fucking war would be a good time to use them?

    • Victor

      I also freak out at Holland’s faces, they always crack me up! ilcepeasly the oh crap face and the injured puppy face he had when Feral got mad at him before Meela passed out yes he looked like an injured puppy .*screams and points at the screen* look at Holland’s puppy face!Mom:

  • PoorMe

    after 50 years #1 Ron Paul :P

  • Edvado

    “Schlesinger did not pass along the warning. Even if he had, it is doubtful Kennedy would have avoided Dallas, to do so would have seemed cowardly. Kennedy paid for this decision with his life. ”

    HUH? he paid for a decision he had NO warning about with his life?
    Rather harsh, no?

  • n1airwaves

    One of the best list’s in a while. Good job!

  • Magnumto

    One significant omission that I noted was French General Ferdinand Foch, who predicted WWII. Here’s what Wikipedia says” “His words after the Treaty of Versailles, “This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years” would prove prophetic; the Second World War started twenty years and sixty five days later.”

    Still, interesting list. Thanks for taking the time and effort to write it, and not just sitting back complaining about others’ lists.

    • Gaylord Fokker

      Lol General Foch, eh? I bet his subordinates got no end of glee out of his name. :D

      • Swede

        Yes, I heard that two of his subordinates, Major Malfunction and Corporal Punishment, thought “General Foch” was a very funny name.

    • General Foch

      Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who doesn’t say my name with a straight face will be up for court martial. >:(

      • Maggot

        I suppose if we don’t heed your warning, we are Foch’d?

        • General Foch

          Exactly, Maggy. I’m glad that we’re on the same page.. so no consequences must be suffered.

  • Nooby

    Rick Rescorla should have been an honourable mention at least but other than that I thought this was a very interesting and enjoyable list.

  • Some of this stuff is, pardon my french, just fucked up. Stupid personal issues getting people killed, that’s a big problem. Also I heard about the guy in item 2, I didn’t even know about all that backstory of him in the CIA! I heard he died helping people escape, and that he predicted that an air attack would be most likely

  • Conquest

    Sorry, but you used the wrong photo for Joe Wilson in the article. That is Joe Wilson the SC congressman that rightfully declared Obama to be a lier.

    • katyanna

      lier: a person or thing that lies, as in wait or in ambush

      just thought you should know.

      • FlameHorse

        Liar has an A in it.

  • Snnokr

    I liked this list. Hindsight is a marvellous thing.

    • katyanna

      it is, and it’s really easy to say we should have listened to these people, but what about all the times when NOT listening was the better option? hindsight bias is a terrible thing.

  • night train

    On Boisjoly, the launch was pushed through because Reagan had a televised press conference that night and all of NASA was gutless to say no.

    O’Neil was right, a hit was coming but he missed on who was running the hit.

  • Lauren

    You should probably change the picture you used for Joe Wilson. Definitely NOT the same guy.

  • Zach

    Bismark would fit nicely in this list

    “Germany will fall 20 years after my death”
    He died in 1898

  • jxn

    That is not the Joe Wilson we love and is discussed in the blurb, it is the Republican slimeball who yelled out during SOTU

  • Sardondi

    Some folks might have thought Winston Churchill’s years of crying in the wilderness about how Hitler intended the military conquest of Europe a tad more important than shamelessly trying to score cheap political points by using the conclusively debunked Joe Wilson/yellowcake fantasy. But I suppose The Narrative must be kept alive at all costs.

  • Tom Emory, Jr.

    The is a great list but what is especially noteworthy about it is that it is beautifully written to inform, educate and enlighten.

  • Jared

    Woodrow Wilson maybe?

  • RationalThinker

    You can probably revise this and add Ron Paul here in a few years…..

  • Bassbait

    Roger Babson could have been on the list, but I guess people eventually listened.

  • Decent list, but even I think this list is too american, And I am an american. I wish if someone is going to write an american list, then maybe american should be somewhere in the title.. Just a thought…

  • Lisa Marie

    Love it! Great List!

  • TheCapitalLettter

    I don’t know who any of these people are.

  • Nine Americans whose warning is unneeded by the world, and a Japanese to cover the American-is-god macabre up…… Now that’s a title.

    • diablo135

      Yeah, we got it the first 42 times someone mentioned it. This is from someone who is is most likely from a Country that is more isolationist than any other in the world. Why does a list have to be ANY country? It’s a list of people whose warnings were not headed. Who the F cares what country they were from? Shut the hell up.

  • I mean seriously. Isn’t there someone who warned Stalin about Hitler invading Russia? That should be 1, if not 2 in this ranking.

  • Mike Smith

    Umm… not to piss on on your well compiled list but I’m kinda surprised General romeo Dallaire isn’t on here. You know genocide over night is kind of on par if not largerthen some of these.

  • Lale

    Too bad Eisenhower EXPANDED the military industrial complex. It takes a real douche to warn of something that he created.

    • Planet Earth


      It’s not like Dwight Eisenhower became president during war time . OH wait he DID get elected during war time & you don’t know history .

  • BigNoseBadTeeth

    We’re all gay in the UK!

  • Dan Kenney

    The person you have pictured (Joe Wilson) had nothing to do with the article written below it other than having a somewhat similar name. If you Google Joseph C. Wilson you will come up with the person refered to in the article and his wife who was outed a CIA by Vice President Dick Cheney & Co. There are other blantent errors in the article as well.

  • Carra 23

    BONUS: Oberburgermeister Just Dillgardt (yes, his first name was, indeed, ‘Just’ – pronounced “Yoost”)

    He was an Oberburgermeister (Mayor of a large city) in the Ruhr District of Germany in the late 1930’s.
    In a much-publicised exchange of letters between himself and the Military (Wehrmacht) and Security (SD/SA) forces of the region, he constantly drew the authorities’ attention to the possibility of just how much havoc could be wreaked on the Ruhr should the British succeed in breaching any or (God Forbid) several or even ALL of the major dams which supplied this intensely Industrial heartland and Arsenal (not to mention major coal reserve) with water.

    He outlined everything from major loss of life due to flooding, destruction of housing and infrastructure, power disruption and the crippling of the industrial
    might of the Ruhr. He also stated that the optim um time for an attack would be in mid-late May as the bigger dams would be at their fullest!

    He also pointed out, with more and more intensity and frequency, the rapidly increasing power of English bombs and the accuracy of their bombing.

    The Wehrmact appeased him on occasion by posting elements of light or medium Flak batteries and then withdrawing them almost as quickly. Finally, in a terse reply, the authorities famously rebuked him with a short, sharp message:
    “Sir, there is no further need for regular reports to be sent into this office regarding storage levels of these dams.
    Heil Hitler”

    Dillgardt was vindicated on the night of May 17th, 1943 when the Lancasters of 617 Squadron launched their incredible raid on the Ruhr Dams and using the unique ‘Bouncing Bomb’, wreaked exactly the havoc Dillgardt had predicted. The Moehne and Eder Dams were fully breached, the Sorpe and Ennerpe were damaged and the Ruhr went submarine!

  • piperlauderdale

    Great list!!! What sad and scary stories. Can you imagine the agony these people felt when they found out they were right?

  • Sylvia

    Umm that picture is not of Joseph Wilson. Thats the other one, the rep who screamed at Obama in the middle of his SOTU


    nu nichego sebe!

  • Lifeschool

    Very good list and very interesting. WELL researched. (Except the CIA trained Al-Quds to fly planes into WTC. Maybe if you print something enough times people will believe it, meh, works both ways I guess)

  • RBC

    Wrong Joe Wilson in the pic. That’s the a hole who yelled at Obama not Valerie Plame’s husband.

  • L

    Why is only one of these people a woman? I’m pretty sure that more than one woman’s warnings were unheeded – and that women are people just as much as men are. Stop it with the “token”. Look for the real people.

  • Gilraen

    Isaac Cline recognized that a hurricane was coming into Galveston, Texas in 1900. No one listened. No one prepared or fled. Upwards of 8000 people died, mostly from the storm surge. Read “Isaac’s Storm.”

  • Richie

    Good article, but the picture is of the wrong Joe Wilson! lol You have this guy when you want this guy . Granted, both got in trouble for not keeping their mouths shut, but that’s where the similarities end.

  • Eric

    I’m pretty sure a military industrial complex is a descriptive noun for a trait of a nation. A state of operations, thought or policy. Not a descriptive noun, like a complex could describe a set of buildings. How well does this author understand the rest of the material they present?

    • Eric

      sorry, I meant that in the word, military industrial complex, complex is an adjective to describe a culture trait, not a noun describing the working of a group to form a single unit

  • Nico

    This is a point I’d like to make about number 9 (the Iraq/Yellowcake issue). I don’t have time to read through all the comments, so I apologise if this has already been mentioned.

    Now, it should be remembered that the UK invaded Iraq with the USA, and was the second largest force by far in the Coalition, taking control of the operation in the south of the country around Basra.

    Where it gets interesting is that, whereas the US justified the invasion to their public by stating that the British had intelligence concerning WMDs, Britain justified the invasion to their public (who were overwhelmingly against the invasion) by stating that the USA had intelligence confirming WMDs. This clearly points to a deliberate collusion and fabrication by the American and British Governments and Intelligence services. It is well known how closely US and British intelligence services work together, and this was quite probably a deliberate deception in order to justify a war which had no real premise but was desired for political and economic reasons.

  • Joseph W.

    Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist, not a right-winger as the Adlai Stevenson entry seems to hint at.

    • Fred

      It doesn’t really say anything about Oswald. Just that the hateful atmosphere in Dallas at the time made for an explosive atmosphere. I don’t think it is a coincidence Oswald chose such a place for his work.

  • Jay

    The picture posted for #9 is not Joesph C. Wilson, but Joe Wilson, Congressman from South Carolina. They are NOT one and the same!

  • seerrrraaaa

    Although this hasn’t happened…YET… Michael Ruppert should be on this list for his economic foresight. If you haven’t already, you should watch the documentary “Collapse” It should scare you shitless, cause it did for me.

  • JDude

    Great list!! Gives you a good ponder for awhile after reading. Great job :)

  • bjnboy

    You should perhaps add Sinead O’Connor when she tore up the Pope’s photo on SNL to protest the Vatican’s covering up of child sexual abuse. She got lynched back then, but now we see she was correct.

    • Fred

      She wasn’t actually making a warning, so definitionally she’s not eligible for the list.

  • adamh2000

    These are the stories of very brave individuals. It’s not easy to stand up for the truth and speak out. Usually many others may know and believe the truth, but they are too weak or afraid to support the whistle-blower. Especially when careers/jobs are on the line, you won’t find much support from others if it means going up against management.

  • CJisAclown

    People with an attention span and curiosity .

  • CrackDog

    Wow. Capitalists to blame on like 7/10 of these disasters. I guess that’s better than their usual record of 100% …wait that doesn’t factor in religion.

  • Drmitchell1

    Or what about the 9/11 one

  • mech

    Very interesting, was this list written because number 1 (Roger Boisjoly) just passed away on the 6th?

  • rfrank

    The Joe Wilson in the photo is the wrong Joe Wilson. The one shown is the fool from South Carolina. I can say that, he represents the district in which I live.

  • Charles Funk

    Let’s see if the authors of this article can take their own medicine! The Joe Wilson pictured with item #9 is THE WRONG WILSON!!! The Joe Wilson pictured is a congressman from South Carolina. The correct Wilson is the husband of a retired desk-bound CIA agent. A sleazy weasel of a polkitical hack. CHANGE THE PICTURE or drop the article!

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  • PJM

    Excellent list. I think John O’Neil should be #1 though

  • fatsexy

    Should have put Ron Paul on here. He’s been warning about the economic disaster we have going on now for the past 20 years.

  • Kking

    How about in 2002 when Ron Paul explicitly predicted the housing crash of 2008.


  • Brett

    i was kind of expecting ivan von bismarck, he predicted WW 1 coming out of the balkins areas

  • Derp

    Ignaz Semmelweis should be on this list. The guy went through hell for warning about something that could have saved an untold amount of lives.

  • Intrigued

    This is probably the most informative and interesting list I’ve read so far (first comment on ‘Listverse’ btw ) … The piece on Brooksley Born was awesome!

  • Simpson

    Interesting list. Might have included Martin Armstrong, the economic theorist and his many ignored predictions about financial collapse (particularly the 1980’s Black Monday, which he predicted to the day from months ahead). Even today after being bribed then jailed and tortured by the powers that be for refusing to give up his secrets, he continues to predict economic cycles with frightening accuracy – often leading to his persecution by governments and high financial institutions.

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  • Rondole434

    Why isn’t Alan Greenspan in PRISON ? How did he not be held accountable for this mess? There are many people who deserve to be in the slammer because of this degree of fraudulant activity! That these people people escaped justice is incomprehensible. The same with the people in #1.

  • Rondole434

    I’m sure there are other people that should be on this list. Perhaps the writer should do another 10 people for Listverse. I did not know of most of these and I am glad I read them all.

  • AlexLyall

    Winston Churchill warned the dangers of Hitler and Appeasement. everybody should have listened.