Saturday, May 14, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 5-14-11

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“De Omnibus Dubitandum”

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -  Eric Arthur Blair AKA George Orwell

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The last weekend in April saw the confluence of Earth Day and World Malaria Day. The very first Earth Day back in 1970 found many of us devoted to saving the world from polluting corporations and their toxic smog. And in fact, over the course of the next two decades or so, major strides were made in cleaning up our air and water. The sky over Los Angeles was even seen to be blue on occasion, and Hudson River fish were pronounced safe to eat again.

The Sierra Club's Profitable Descent into Leftism The Sierra Club was once an honorable organization, and not that long ago either. A few decades ago, it was truly bipartisan, as befitted a group trying to protect wilderness. Conservatives were not shunned as members, but were welcomed as part of the team. One example was life-long Republican Dr. Edgar Wayburn, who helped save more than 100,000 acres of scenic wild places during his 103-year lifetime. He was a five-term president of the Sierra Club during the 1960s. But it's inconceivable that a member of the GOP could be elected to that post in today's organization, which has been fundamentally corrupted by left-wing political influence and millions of dollars with ideological strings attached…..The impetus for the loss of integrity was simple greed. In the 1990s, the Club came across a deep-pocketed donor with an interest in the environment, one David Gelbaum, a Wall Street investor who had made hundreds of millions of dollars. He was willing to be a generous funder to the Sierra Club, but with one stipulation. As he was quoted…….."I did tell [Sierra Club Executive Director] Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me."………Had SUSPS members known in the beginning that the Sierra Club had been bought and paid for, I doubt we would have spent eight years trying to reform a morally bankrupt and dishonest institution.

Computer Models: The Bane of Modern Society In a hearing before Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board (a position touted as one of the most powerful unelected offices in the world), said he got it wrong in answer to questions about his role in the recent financial meltdown. His extremely mobile face deadpanned that his economic models, which he had relied on for 40 years, were wrong. He did not apologize; it was merely a statement of fact that portrayed no irrational exuberance. He gave no hint of concern about the massive damage his reliance on the models had done. Huge losses of money among those who exploited the situation his models allowed garnered no sympathy. However, the dashing of hope at the bottom of the economic pyramid, the disaster of losing one’s home or job, the stress created by worrying about losing either, and myriad other such stories in the US and across the world appeared to be dismissed with a wave of the academic and intellectual hand.

My Take – I linked this article because so much of the claptrap about global warming is based on computer models. There is entirely too much speculation in studies today, and not enough science. Excessive amounts of government grant money creates garbage in….garbage out.

Superbug Germ Detected in Bedbugs, Study Finds Scientists in Canada have found MRSA in bedbugs from three hospital patients who live in a poverty-stricken Vancouver neighborhood. Although bedbugs are not known to spread disease – they do lead to scratching – which can cause the skin to tear and make people at risk for bacteria, said Dr. Marc Romney, an author on the study.

Bedbugs, meat can carry drug-resistant MRSA bacteria Bedbugs may carry deadly drug-resistant bacteria, according to one of two studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The staph germ methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, was found in the bugs, Canadian scientists said in a report. Human handlers may contaminate meat, Wayne State University researchers wrote in a separate study. The CDC released the findings of both reports today and will publish them in its June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases

My Take- Bid Bugs and MRSA Require Consistency, By Rich Kozlovich

Here is another great article by Patrice Lewis that deals with "the basics" once again.  Kids are being indoctrinated in the schools with every sort of greenie nonsense.  This is where it all starts.  We need to get that!  RK

The tyranny of socialization Have you ever noticed that socialization has now become – apparently – the sole and exclusive purpose of education? Every single homeschooler on the planet, it seems, has heard the question: "But what about socialization?" (The proven quality of homeschooling be damned.) The implication is that unless children attend public schools, their socialization skills will atrophy to the point where they will become drooling blobs unable to mingle with their coworkers at a cocktail party when they grow up. And naturally, the ONLY place where "correct" socialization is possible is in government schools . We have elevated this mythical necessity for "socialization" into an oracle-like status. ……Many years ago I heard a radio interview between a homeschooling advocate and a bewildered host who asked that age-old question, "What about socialization?" The guest gave an answer I'd never considered before: "What is the purpose of school? Is it to teach academic basics, or is it to teach socialization?"

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."

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