Silencing Skeptics, Financing Alarmists

Reported By on 2015-03-08

 Edward Markey (D-MA), other senators and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent letters to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work questions claims that Earth and humanity face unprecedented manmade climate change catastrophes. The letters allege that the targeted researchers may have ‘conflicts of interest’ or may not have fully disclosed corporate funding sources… Conflicts of interest can indeed pose problems. However, it is clearly not only fossil fuel companies that have major financial or other interests in climate and air quality standards – nor only manmade climate change skeptics who can have conflicts and personal, financial or institutional interests in these issues.  Renewable energy companies want to perpetuate the mandates, subsidies and climate disruption claims that keep them solvent. Insurance companies want to justify higher rates, to cover costs from allegedly rising seas and more frequent or intense storms. Government agencies seek bigger budgets, more personnel, more power and control, more money for grants to researchers and activist groups that promote their agendas and regulations, and limited oversight, transparency and accountability for their actions. Researchers and organizations funded by these entities naturally want the financing to continue. You would therefore expect that these members of Congress would send similar letters to researchers and institutions on the other side of this contentious climate controversy. But they did not, even though climate alarmism is embroiled in serious financial, scientific, ethical and conflict of interest disputes….”

The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics

Reported By on 2015-03-04

“Research in recent years has encouraged those of us who question the popular alarm over allegedly man-made global warming. Actually, the move from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ indicated the silliness of this issue. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. This normal course is now taken to be evidence of doom. Individuals and organizations highly vested in disaster scenarios have relentlessly attacked scientists and others who do not share their beliefs. The attacks have taken a threatening turn. As to the science itself, it’s worth noting that all predictions of warming since the onset of the last warming episode of 1978-98

which is the only period that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) attempts to attribute to carbon-dioxide emissions

have greatly exceeded what has been observed. These observations support a much reduced and essentially harmless climate response to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide….”

Store clerk thwarts robbers with their own gun

Reported By on 2015-03-02

“A clerk fought back during an attempted robbery Friday night at a tobacco shop…. Zara Adil was working the cash register at Discount Tobacco Zone when two men walked inside. One of the men had a gun and demanded cash. While Adil opened the drawer, she noticed the man put the gun down. ‘I picked up the gun and pointed it at the second guy and said you run or I will shoot you,’ says Adil. The man ran off, leaving the other man and Adil alone inside. He attacked her and while the two were fighting, Adil shot the man in the shoulder. [She] told the man she would let him go if he promised to leave the money alone. However, he didn’t, and Adil attacked him. The man eventually left, without the money. Adil says she was standing up for what’s right, and more people should….”

We all know what BS is

When the topic of higher education comes up I often think of a little saying I heard years ago. I don’t know who wrote it, but it goes like this:

We all know what BS is.
MS is more of the same,
and PhD is piled higher and deeper!

If you don’t know what the acronyms stand for, maybe you didn’t go to college. If not, perhaps you should go. Then again — and I know that this sounds like heresy nowadays — maybe you don’t need to go to college.