Global Warming BS

NASA-GATE

What’s become known as “Climategate” may be about to explode on this side of the pond as well.  Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has threatened a lawsuit against NASA if by year-end the agency doesn’t honor his Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for information on how and why its climate numbers have been consistently adjusted for errors.

“I assume that what is there is highly damaging,” says Horner, who suspects, based on the public record, the same type of data fudging, manipulation and suppression that has occurred at Britain’s East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU).  “These guys (NASA) are quite clearly determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this.”

They may have good reason, says Investor’s Business Daily (IBD):

  • NASA was caught with its thermometers down when James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, announced that 1998 was the country’s hottest year on record, with 2006 the third hottest.
  • NASA and Goddard were forced to correct the record in 2007 to show that 1934, decades before the advent of the SUV, was in fact the warmest; in fact, the new numbers showed that four of the country’s 10 warmest years were in the 1930s.
  • Hansen, who began the climate scare some two decades ago, was caught fudging the numbers again in declaring October 2008 the warmest on record.
  • This despite the fact that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.
  • Scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on that October’s readings at all; figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

Was Hansen, like his CRU counterpart Michael Mann, trying to “hide the decline” in temperatures, asks IBD?

Hansen has said in the past that “heads of major fossil-fuel companies who spread disinformation about global warming should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.”  What penalties would he recommend for himself and his CRU colleagues, asks IBD?

Source: Editorial, “NASA-Gate,” Investor’s Business Daily, December 7, 2009.

For text:

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=514429

For more on Global Warming:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=32

Holidays Are Coming

With never enough time in a day for exercise and work related happenings, I look forward to  Fall and Winter, and the holidays that come with that timing.  The kids will be home for Thanksgiving, and even though it is a brief visit, spanning just two days, it will feel great to hear their voices and feel their hugs.

I am traveling this week – Green Intelligent Buildings.  I think I have picked up a new person for the office – one who may prove to be a keeper if we can hold his interest.  I’ll know more next Spring, but for now, I feel very good about things to come.

Of course, except, on the global political front.  Makes me wonder where my head was at back in the 70s and 80s that I missed so much of what was happening.  I love the internet for its ability to bring the world to our door.  While it is not the end-all, it is a great placfe to start.

Iran will show us what kind of a spine we have, over the course of the next couple of days, and maybe weeks.  The whole world is watching.  Meanwhile, Congress keeps trying to move healthcare reform along.  Too bad they are aiming in the wrong direction.  But it comes from the top, doesn’t it?

Current Events & Life Changes

Life
Recently, we celebrated my dad’s 88th birthday.  fortunately, he is in good health.  Unfortunately, he had to make an emergency visit to the dentist on his birthday, but that worked out, and the subsequent party was even better, because his oldest friend, Ned, was back from Alaska, and could join us.

I often reflect how lucky I am to have such a great dad for a role model.  He never wavers on the truth, or the ethics, although it’s true he doesn’t like to be wrong (who does?).

His business is a wonderful example of how manufacturing in America helps America.  We employ people, who produce goods.  Everyone from our distributors (and their customers), our suppliers, and the communities of our employes, benefits from these efforts.  And despite the downturn, despite the horrendous tort problems, he continues to put his efforts into this organization.

Politics and more:
Only have few things to say, but mostly want to log my links.
Camilia Paige came out with another great column.  Too late for Obama to turn back  I find I am enjoying Salon.com

Cheney, Buffett Comment on Current Climate.  Warren Buffett warning aboutGreenbacks


Illegal Care Costs –  Here is another good one outlining the costs associated with  the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, and that our hospitals can’t even ask for a patient’s immigration status or ability to pay prior to delivering treatment. They also can’t keep such uninsured patients waiting, even if their problem isn’t an emergency. Nor can they discharge them until they’re fully stabilized and have safe transportation.  I think Clinton enacted that.

Honduras handing over Syrian death guy – where’s the thanks while our Prez continues to insert himself in their politics.  Honduras hands over Syrian death guy

How can we screw this up so badly?    budget shortfalls

Cheney   another flip-flopby Prez O.  Did the President misspeak earlier?  How can you even think about going after the agents who acted under orders of the administration at the time.  (after reading “Why just Her”, it is clear the Federal Government can manipulate the judicial system against individuals.

hint: if you look at the Constitution, the president of the United States is the chief law enforcement officer in the land. The attorney general’s a statutory officer. He’s a member of the cabinet. 

The president’s the one who bears this responsibility. And for him to say, gee, I didn’t have anything to do with it, especially after he sat in the Oval Office and said this wouldn’t happen, then Holder decides he’s going to do it. So now he’s backed off and is claiming he’s not responsible.

Enough.  Come’on America.

Time Out For Soul Refreshing

I relaxed a bit this week, with full intention of catching up on the weekend.  But with a massage Thursday evening, a friend visiting for the weekend, an EMPA09 Potuck, by Sunday night I had to toss out last week’s papers and “let go” all my issues with the media/administration.  No blog on Sunday reviewing my thoughts and current events.

It was so nice to reconnect with old friends, who are becoming new friends as we get to know each other’s families, personal likes and preferences.  We had a lovely afternoon together, with children running around, parents swapping stories, and others catching up with each other.  Terrific food, wonderful turnout.
I blew it this weekend (for a good cause – soul refreshing).  Time to look forward.
I am trying to set my habits such that my sleep is sufficient enough that I don’t oversleep (like I did this morning).  Friday, Saturday and Tuesday nights are set for 9 hours of sleep.  The rest of the week, 6.5 – 8 will work.  Wednesdays are sleep in days (no exercise).
Every weekend in September is busy, so it’s going to take some discipline.  hmmm. Some things in life never change.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

I am getting lazy in my blogs, replacing them with quick tweets, but the blog is a better historical for me, so will keep at it.  It drives me crazy when I read good material, then click my way through several more, only to find I’ve “lost” my original starting point.  Backtracking, especially days later, can take a lot of time. So I try to park my links here for future reference (sort of like my favorite links at my website).

What keeps me up late at night is the fact that we have a President that is willing to mislead us.  He misspeaks.  How can this be anything but intentional?  It is equally scary if it is not intentional, as this means it is ignorance.  Either way, it is misleading.

Let’s look at his claim that the AARP endorses his plan.  Not true, and AARP put out a statement clarifying this.  Let’s look at his claim that American medicine as it is today does not result in longevity.  Not true – when we remove the number of deaths from murder and accidents, America does beat out other countries in longevity, indicating American healthcare does outperform other systems.  Mortality from Disease and the American HealthCare System    US Health Report, CDC, 2006
How can you conjure this up?  How can a leader, after stating they don’t have all the facts, proceed with a statement that passes judgement?  And the costs for the reform that the leader is proposing …you just can’t keep issuing platitudes – you must present facts/plans/figures/milestones.  I read earlier today that American banks have hundreds of billions of dollars of unrecognized bad debt hidden in loan portfolios.  Why aren’t we hearing about this from our President? Unrecognized bad debt link
Business Week had a good article a few weeks back about banks continuing down the path of risky loans.  Old Banks, New Lending Tricks
For all the rhetoric from the current administration, nothing has changed when it comes to transparency and oversight.  And I expect this to be perpetuated if any Healthcare “reform” passes.
Despite this, Presidential rating falls, I feel like I am watching my country slip away – shift from government being representative of the people, to a government that outwardly caters to special interests.  Can this really be happening?  Yes.  and I am frightened by it.
An update to this post:
First I lament, then I become engaged again.  I love Thomas Sowell, and just saw his 8/21 column,  Bait and Switch, where he asks Why does it take more than 1,000 pages of legislation to insure people who lack medical insurance?”   His observation:  “Despite incessant repetition of the fact that millions of Americans do not have medical insurance, hardy souls who have actually read the mammoth medical care legislation being rushed through Congress have discovered all sorts of things there that have nothing whatever to do with insuring the uninsured — and everything to do with taking medical decisions out of the hands of doctors and their patients, and transferring those decisions to Washington bureaucrats.”  Read it here.  Bait and Switch

Life Keeps Going By

I am so busy with work, and just enjoying the heck out of it. I feel sorry for people who don’t have a passion for what they do, OR, their passion is mis-guided (like several politicians who hold tele-townhalls to meet with their constituents – I think these are the ones in it for the entitlement programs)).

My son just bought his first house, but is awaiting the stimulus “first home rebate” check from IRS.  Cash for Clunkers have dealers complaining they are not getting paid in a timely manner (government says problem is in paperwork not being filled out correctly – sounds true -> when has government paperwork EVER been easy to navigate?)

Do you realize I exercise and watch what I eat, but at 55, it is very difficult to keep a waistline?  It is the most depressing thing.  Right now, I’m walking to the gym – 2.5 miles, and then weight train and stretch for 50 minutes, then walk another half mile home.  I still don’t lose weight, and sometimes slide UP a half a pound.  Currently, while still fitting in my clothes, I am  up 5 pounds, and everything is becoming uncomfortable.

Must have been that single slice of pizza I had two nights ago, along with some wine.  EMBA Team came over, and it was just great to see everyone and enjoy them for themselves – NOT for the current assignment deliverables.

I had a 90 minute massage tonight.  It was wonderful.  Not in the touchy feel-ly side of things, because it was rather painful due to lactic acid buildup from all my weight training.  But she really got in there and worked the muscles good. I have been delinquent in getting these, and it is definitely time to return to regularly scheduled massages.

Honestly, the current political and economic landscapes have me feeling just sick as I watch Obama try to reinvent America.  It’s simply outrageous, and I feel as though I am witnessing a horrendous miscarriage of justice.  I know people are speaking out, but when you have MSNBC cropping video to imply that white people are uncomfortable with a black man as President.

I have never, ever heard one white person say ANYTHING to imply Obama’s race is an issue for them.  I feel as though we are back in the 50’s and we have MacCarthyism all over again. See the MSNBC manipulated footage, followed by the actual (unedited) footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYKQJ4-N7LI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7syx26QtQIM&feature=related

US Chamber of Commerce Site

http://www.voteforbusiness.com

A project by the US Chamber of Commerce, and at a glance looks to be a good site.  Although I am not particularly happy with the US CoC’s project of taking their message on the road and dumbing it down a bit because people have negative reactions to words such as “capitalism”.  Hopefully, the article I read in Business Week didn’t have room to include information suggesting the US Chamber of Commerce will also work to eductate the public on such verbiage, such that public becomes aware of their own climate, better than they are aware of Kate and ? (can’t remember the guy’s name)’s TV reality / divorce debacle.  I can only hope that is the case.

Accountability Site for Rhetoric

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

There appears to be extensive research back each rating.  Click on the links. 51 pages, maybe 20 entries per page, of quotes from various politicians, media, and entertainment industry, and rates the accuracy, with links to back up the rating.  Nicely done, and fairly good reference tool.

August 12th: Aug. 7th’s Tele-Townhall Question

I know this is futile, but here is the question I sent  in to White House for the “Tele-Townhall”.  Since I didn’t watch it, I have no idea if it was addressed, but since no one contacted me, I presume not.

 

From: Jane Terry
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 9:53 AM
To: ‘hhsstudio@hhs.gov’
Subject: First, show us you know how to be efficient.

 Let’s go with your numbers of  millions people not having insurance, for whatever reason.  When you add these millions to the current system (number of hospitals, doctors, nurses), it appears to me that you will have a larger demand for services than you can supply – creating the dreaded long-line syndrome that government processes are renowned for.  Add to this lack of supply the consumer’s inconvenience and costly time wasted by such a system, the fact that people are in pain and in need of immediate attention, and you have an unbearable situation.  I do not believe you can manage these kinds of demands.  Particularly when you cannot even manage to finance a basic rebate program  (cash for clunkers), or run an efficient DMV/IRS system.

 Worse, the sense of entitlement that comes from Government programs (the workers) creates a lackadaisical work environment, leaving the consumer uncared for.  It is one thing when you are only talking about our time and inconvenience at the DMV, DEQ, etc., but it is a much larger problem when you are talking about our health, our bodies, the vessels that host our very existence.

 Frankly, based on the government’s historical performance, I do not believe the government is capable of handling this. A new enthusiastic (and well-meaning) president is not going to change how this trickles down to reality.  It is foolish to entrust our health with an entity (government) that has such a losing track record when it comes to efficient systems.   Congress knows this, which is why they voted against the amendment that would require they get their health insurance through the government-run plan.

 What information (not rhetoric) can you possibly offer me as to how your healthcare reform is going to be different from your current inefficient systems? And if you actually believe you have an answer to this, why not first apply that answer/theory to your existing processes as a beta test, and if/when you are successful at rooting out waste and inefficiencies, THEN apply the process to something as large as healthcare reform?

 In my opinion, you are exhibiting the classic errors of new management – come in and change everything, asking questions later.