Thursday, June 23, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 6-23-11

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NASA Must Release Records For Tax Funded Global Warming Activist
This afternoon I am filing a lawsuit against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in federal district court in the District of Columbia on behalf of The American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center. On the heels of obtaining a court order earlier late last month compelling the University of Virginia to produce the long-sought 'Hockey Stick'-related records, ATI's transparency project now seeks to force NASA to release ethics records for taxpayer-funded global warming activist Dr. James Hansen, specifically those pertaining to his outside employment, revenue generation, and advocacy activities.

What we are trying to determine is whether NASA approved Hansen's widespread, well-documented, high-profile and, it runs out, extremely lucrative "outside employment and other activities", permission for which must be obtained in writing, in advance.

My Take - For years we have heard the activist scream that the "deniers" are corrupt and on the take of big business. We now know that is not only false, but whatever grant money the "deneiers" received was miniscule compared to what the "scare mongers" received. Here is one more expample...and this is a guy that yelled to everyone who could hear him that he was being silenced. It will be interesting to see all of the information that comes out with this and the Mann prosecution

Greenie Tipping Points and Absolute Disasters That Never Arrive - Why the End is Always Near, but Never Arrives
If you were to depend on the Huffington Post for your knowledge of the world, you would remain appallingly ignorant. As a leading website for liberal news and views, it is a platform for sheer nonsense and the wonder of it all is that so much is produced on a daily basis.

Regulators and Regulations - The Tyranny of the Tiny
…………Another example comes from Dallas, Texas, where the city enacted an ordinance limiting window signs for retail businesses to 15 percent of the window area and no sign may be in the upper two-thirds of a window. The statute also prohibits signs that cover more than 25 percent of a building fa├žade.

The Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of a few businesses, but the city played hardball and threatened those retailers with fines of $300,000 if they didn’t drop the suit. The word extortion definitely comes to mind.

There’s no “average” cancer patient
On June 28, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a hearing to decide the fate of Avastin, a drug taken by thousands of women fighting late-stage breast cancer. Many of these women have pleaded for continued access to the drug, which they consider a matter of life and death. But this case is really about what will guide decisions on treatment options — the best judgment of doctors and their patients, or the policy preferences of the FDA……Avastin is expensive: $56,000 to $96,000 per year. The expected value of treatment for any given patient—the abstract "median"—seems small, so a private health plan may understandably balk at paying such a tab. But cost-effectiveness calculation isn't the FDA's job, and in fact the law forbids the agency from considering anything but a product's safety and effectiveness while it's evaluated.

What is the logic of keeping terminally ill patients from potential treatments? Can't they at least go down fighting?

My Take - I deliberately linked these articles because I am working on an article that I have in mind calling "The Bed Bug Commissars" and this helps lay the ground work for it.

The number one thing as to what constitutes socialism is the idea of central planning and that "we" know best for everyone. It might be noted that there have always been food shortages everywhere socialism is dominant because of their central planning….and of course it is never the fault of "the plan", it is everyone else's fault when the "plan" fails.

Well, the principle applies in almost every area where a few well educated bureaucrats who are usually seriously impaired by a lack of life experience, (and politicians who suffer from the same malady) are making decisions that have long term consequences and from which they pay no penalty for being wrong. After all...."their intentions were good".

That is horsepucky!

Central planners, no matter how intelligent, are incapable of making the billions of decisions that are needed daily to make any large system work. That is why capitalism has always succeeded everywhere in the world it has been practiced and why socialism has failed everywhere in has been practiced in the world.

The only ones who benefit from central planning are the planners, who have the tendency to be corrupt for three reasons, (1) they never seem to be able find a regulation they can't fall in love with, (2) they never seem to run out of the "need" for more regulations and, (3) it turns them into arrogant ego driven bullies. Furthermore, in spite of their claims of concern about people....they only care about power. History is replete with examples that demonstrate the desire humans have to dominate the lives of other humans. That is history....and it is clearly what we have seen in reality, and that is what bureaucracies do.

That brings me to the "plan" proposed by EPA to rid the nation of bed bugs. That will follow in another article.



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