Friday, June 29, 2012

The LOST Treaty Will Give This Organization Complete Control Over 70% of the Earth.

By Patrick Goodenough

Tempers Flare at U.N. Human Rights Council As Speaker Criticizes Cuba and Aspiring Member Venezuela
Authoritarian members of the U.N. Human Rights Council bristled Thursday when a speaker questioned their right to be members of the United Nation’s top human rights body, interrupting to demand that the presiding officer take the critic to task. A visibly angry Cuban delegate reacted after the speaker – a Venezuelan-born human rights activist – questioned the appropriateness of President Hugo Chavez’ regime seeking a seat on the Geneva-based HRC in elections due later this year…… {The Cuban representative interrupted outraged stating } “The speaker is out of line,” he said. “It is possible to refer to human rights situations in this council, but one cannot question under any context the aspirations or hopes of states to become members of the Human Rights Council. “If you wish to refer to what you allege or believe to be a human rights violation you may do so but you cannot say that my country hasn’t the right to be a member of this Human Rights Council.”…. China’s envoy said that NGO representatives “are not entitled to challenge the right of a country to become a member of the council.”.....

My Take - Please read this entire article to get the full surreal impact of what happened, and what has always happened, and what will always happen in the future.  Is there any sanity left in the world?  Take a look at the countries leaving open seats on the Human Rights Council?  Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.  Now look at least two countries attempting to gain seats on the Human Rights Council; Venezuela and Pakistan.  The world has turned into an insane asylum and it is being run by the lunatics.  You may wish to review my posts by Humberto Fontova called "Castro Notes".

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Daily Reports

From the Global Warming Foundation - Benny Peiser

Greens Have Been Trumped - Fracking Should Go Ahead In Britain, Science Report Says

Fracking should be permitted in Britain because the risk of earthquakes and water contamination is minimal, a government-ordered report has found. Scientists from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society said the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale should be given the go-ahead, subject to tight regulations and continuous monitoring of drilling sites. --Nick Collin,
The Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2012

Can the green lobby win the shale gas argument over environmental objections? I don’t think it can. Ten or 20 years ago it could have won when governments were willing to burn billions, but the economic climate has changed, we’re facing the biggest crisis in decades. No government in the world would give up this opportunity, not even the British government, which is very green indeed. I don’t think they have a leg to stand on when it comes to shale. –Benny Peiser,
The Greens Have Been Trumped, 25 October 2011

Cheap and abundant shale gas is a competitive threat to all forms of renewable energy – and also to the coal and nuclear industry. Vested interests have turned against shale, using flawed and misleading environmental arguments to protect their market share. David Cameron would be well advised not to allow his green minister to squander Britain's golden shale gas opportunity. --Benny Peiser,
Public Service Europe, 27 September 2012

The campaign to stop shale gas proving its case in the market is political, not scientific. Behind it lies vested interests. The Russian gas industry, which is alarmed at losing its impending near-monopoly on European gas supplies, has been vocal in its criticism of shale gas. The coal and nuclear industries too would like to see this baby strangled at birth, but have been less high-profile. Most of the opposition, though, has come from those with a vested interest in renewable energy, including the big environmental pressure groups, which are alarmed that the rich subsidies paid to wind, biomass and solar may be under threat if gas gets too cheap and cuts carbon emissions too effectively. --Matt Ridley,
The Times, 18 April 2012

With nice timing – but largely ignored by the media – is a report out today by the Committee on Climate Change, a statutory body set up to advise the UK government on greenhouse gas emissions. It urges the government to give up on its "dash for gas" in order to help avoid dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions. But there are plenty of legitimate environmental concerns, too, not least that the climate risks have yet to be fully analysed or face democratic scrutiny. And there are worries that fracking will likely hinder or damage the fledgling renewables sector. --Leo Hickman,
The Guardian, 29 June 2012 


From the American Council on Science and Health - Facts and Fears

Chill out, says NYC Health Department June 29, 2012
Folks in the New York City area — as in much of the country — beware: It’s going to be hot out there, as temperatures soar into the 90s over the next few days.


Careful when handling fireworks! June 29, 2012
As the much anticipated Fourth of July festivities approach, we’d like to remind readers of some of the dangers associated with the holiday: Namely, the improper use of fireworks

Thanks to continued advances in HIV treatment, patients who previously had to take 20 or more pills a day can now control their infections with a single daily “cocktail” drug.

June 28, 2012


June 27, 2012

We’d like to give a shout-out to Julia Seymour of the Business & Media Institute of the Virginia-based Media Research Center. Seymour recently conducted a content analysis of mainstream media (The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, and NBC news reports, among many others), identifying the scare tactics they've used to exacerbate the phobia so many people have of food-packaging chemicals — specifically in her analysis, bisphenol A (BPA).

Seymour found that an outstanding majority (99 percent, over the two years she studied, 2010-2011) of media stories focused on the “threat” of BPA. Conversely, only two of the 87 stories discussed the research demonstrating that BPA exposure levels did not amount to a health threat for American consumers of any age. Furthermore, she found that in the past two years, BPA has consistently been labeled as a toxin, as well as a carcinogen, despite the fact that these claims were often based on small or flawed reports from researchers with an established anti-chemical bias.

Seymour’s findings bring into stark relief the fact that most mainstream media outlets selectively report the most dire warnings about chemicals — stories often fed to them by activist groups — while giving scant attention to solid scientific evidence countering such claims. As ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross notes, “We here at ACSH have had this concern for a long time, but Seymour’s quantification of its extent is truly alarming.”

Thanks for sticking up for science, Julia Seymour!



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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Steve Milloy's Picks on "Clean" Energy

For more information please visit Steve's web site, Junkscience.com.
Today I am off to the annual conference of NOW (National Opposition to Wind Farms) to meet some of the victims of what I believe is the greatest public health scandal of the 21st century.
GENEROUS incentives for installing solar panels and returning power to the electricity grid are the latest victims of State Government cost-cutting.
Hundreds of miles of giant electricity pylon lines are planned to be driven through some of Britain’s finest landscape — including at least two national parks — to serve the growing wind farm industry.
Ignore the greens and innovate, and you will cut carbon. Pay a lot of attention to them, spend a lot of money — and you will keep carbon emissions unchanged.
Ever notice how the places that are in the deepest financial trouble — Europe, California in the U.S., Ontario in Canada — are the ones that fell hardest for the myth of green energy?
Cracks are showing on the Coalition climate change stand as the party’s support for the 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) was questioned by backbenchers.  
Governments’ inability to address energy poverty in Southeastern Europe is increasing the threat of deforestation, as illegal timbering is seen by needy people as their only chance for survival through harsh winters.
John Ashton warns that failure to deal with climate change would amplify problems such as water and food insecurity
With turbines threatening some bird and bat populations, researchers are seeking ways to keep the skies safe for wildlife.
A Cabinet row has erupted over a plan by the Chancellor George Osborne to cut the subsidy for onshore wind farms by up to 25 per cent. Tory MPs have welcomed Mr Osborne’s drive to wean David Cameron off the environmental agenda.
UH OH. The “clean energy future” we’re promised with the carbon tax is based on Treasury figures now falling apart.
Energy and environmental issues need to be addressed using logic and scientific thinking, not emotion, wishes, and depiction. 
Ballard Power Systems, a Vancouver British Columbia, Canada based fuel cell manufacturer is flirting with becoming profitable.
Portugal has had its first offshore floating wind turbine installed, five kilometres off the coast of Agucadoura. The tower stands at 54 metres tall, weighs 1,200 metric tonnes, and adds two megawatts to the nation’s energy grid; enough to power 1,300 houses.
SCHEMES encouraging people to install solar panels and save energy have cut household power consumption and will restrict the pace at which electricity bills increase in coming years, a new analysis has found.  
Big EU countries such as France and Germany suggest that Poland should reduce its dependence on coal for its electricity. But Mieczysław Kasprzak explains why coal is so important to the country.
The major federal tax and grant subsidies for windpower and other qualifying renewables are scheduled to expire at year-end.
A SWITCH from coal-fired electricity generation to gas will take longer than the Gillard government expects, delivering a blow to one of the key assumptions behind the carbon pricing package.
U.S. solar panel prices are set to rise in the short term due to last month’s imposition by the Obama administration of 31% tariffs on some Chinese panels, two of China’s largest solar companies said Tuesday.
Lobbyists for the wind-energy sector are actively lobbying for a multi-year extension of the production tax credit, the 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour subsidy given to producers of wind-generated electricity.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Daily Reports

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Warning Signs By Alan Caruba

Follow the Money

When Bob Woodward of The Washington Post was investigating Watergate in the 1970s, he had an informant nicknamed “Deep Throat.” He would later be identified as W. Mark Felt, the second-in-command at the FBI who famously advised him to “Follow the money.”  That is what David Horowitz and Jacob Laskin, the authors of “The New Leviathan”, have done---tracing the way major U.S. foundations, the creations of some of the nation’s most successful business leaders, conservatives all, have been taken over by liberal administrators and whose fortunes have been redirected to fund a vast matrix of organizations, many of whom are radical in nature, to “fundamentally transform” America.

Red State Morning Briefing

The Arizona Decision and What It Means
Today, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision (with Justice Kagan recusing herself), mainly gutted Arizona’s SB 1070, the state’s immigration law. Make no mistake, although prevailing on the most publicized aspect of the case, Arizona lost. What is somewhat surprising is the legal rationale used and if you are a conservative proponent of state laws that address the problem of illegal aliens within their borders, this has to be disheartening news.

Can See Russia From My Backyard
 Last week I released a video on the 2nd Amendment stating well-documented, historical facts about totalitarian leaders and their implementation of gun control laws prior to exterminating millions of their own citizens in 1911 Turkey and 1939 Nazi Germany.

On Elizabeth Warren’s Claims of American Indian Ancestry
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a history major currently working toward his Master’s Degree in the same. My particular focus is American Indian history, so I think it should come as little surprise that I’ve been watching the Massachusetts Senate race for more reasons than wanting Scott Brown to win. The moment Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native ancestry surfaced, a little something went off in my head telling me I had to follow this. I can’t say I was surprised when I learned that these claims are, by everything we know, spurious. Neither can I say I was surprised when I learned she has shown little to no interest in meeting with a group of Cherokees outraged over her apparently fabricated claims.

Front Page Today

Obama Amps Up Illegal Immigration Lawlessness
by Arnold Ahlert
The administration plans a counter-offensive against Arizona with more executive decrees. ...

Muslim Brotherhood Draws Up Plans to Islamize Egypt »
by Ryan Mauro
Preparing steps towards resurrecting the Caliphate....

Is This the Year We Recognize the Failure of Progressivism? »
by Bruce Thornton
What the demise of the EU really means....

Iran, Hamas Relish Muslim Brotherhood Win in Egypt »
by P. David Hornik
Islamist factions come together over shared dreams of destroying Israel. ...

Mysterious Money and Motive Behind Monster Mosque in Mufreesboro »
by Eric Allen Bell
Why is a 53,000 square foot mega mosque needed for so few Muslim families?...

Why ‘The Newsroom’ Is Good News for Conservatives »
by Daniel Greenfield
The left begins its escape into a fantasy world....

Islamic Slavery — on The Glazov Gang »
by Jamie Glazov
Nonie Darwish, Eric Allen Bell and Dr. Nancy Bonus shed light on the continuation of a vicious institution in the Muslim world....

Bleeding Our Intelligence
by Michael Widlanski
How Obama has badly hurt America’s ability to acquire data on terrorists....

Mali: West Africa’s Afghanistan »
by Frank Crimi
Since the fall of Gadhafi, radical Islamists have been flocking to the new terrorist safe haven. ...

Middle Fingers at the White House »
by Dennis Prager
Why conservative activists would never have preformed the profane antics leftist activists recently engaged in at the White House. ...

Global Warming Policy Foundations - Benny Peiser

Everything You Know About Paleo-Climate May Be Wrong
Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere's climate. But the method -- comparing the ratio of oxygen isotopes buried as snow fell over millennia -- may not be such a straightforward indicator of air temperature. "We don't believe the ice cores can be interpreted purely as a signal of temperature," says Anders Carlson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison geosciences professor. "You have to consider where the precipitation that formed the ice came from."

German shale gas reserves up to 22 trln cbm - study
Unconventional gas reserves in Germany amount to trillions of cubic metres (cbm) and can be safely exploited if the right rules are in place, federal authorities said on Monday with the release of the first findings of an ongoing long-term study. The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) said between 0.7 trillion and 2.3 trillion cbm of the gas could be technically extracted. This is calculated as a 10 percent extraction rate they believe is achievable from the 6.8 trillion-22.6 trillion cbm of shale gas they have located in the country. --Vera Eckert, Reuters, 25 June 2012

Immense German shale gas numbers are genuine
Over the years, we've quickly run out of superlative adjectives used to describe game changing, paradigm shifting or simply huge shale plays. The only word that quickly comes to mind regarding the German shale estimates released yesterday are immense. One guarantee is that we'll soon see the doubters, whingers and vested interest weighing in who will look down tell us that this discovery, which to put in perspective is larger than the Marcellus and Poland combined won't actually change any games. I would also guess that Gazprom, looking to lose 40 years of exports to Germany with a present value of at least $16 billion, will be desperately trying to make them an issue. This changes everything for Poland, the UK, France and Europe. It's fantastic news, which guarantees some will attack it as much as some parts of the press downplay it. --Nick Grealy, No Hot Air, 26 June 2012

Energy reforms 'threaten beauty of country' with pylons, says CPRE
The Coalition’s energy reforms threaten the “beauty and tranquillity” of the countryside because they encourage National Grid to cover Britain with pylons, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned. –

Reminder: Met Office Computer Models Are Complete Rubbish
Met Office 3-month Outlook, 23 March 2012: "The forecast for average UK rainfall slightly favours drier-than-average conditions for April-May-June as a whole, and also slightly favours April being the driest of the 3 months. With this forecast, the water resources situation in southern, eastern and central England is likely to deteriorate further during the April-May-June period... This forecast is based on information from observations, several numerical models and expert judgement."

American Council on Science and Health

Exercise your way to reduced breast cancer risk
In addition to improving heart health and facilitating weight loss, a new study has added to a body of evidence suggesting that exercise may also help women stave off breast cancer.

Criticism of our criticism
Last week, we covered the latest announcement from the American Medical Association, which stated that if taxes on sodas were to be implemented, the revenues gained could be used toward funding anti-obesity programs. We were critical of the AMA for supporting the policy, observing not only that the statistical modeling the AMA used to support their position was flawed, but also that revenue from a soda tax is unlikely to actually go toward its intended use.


Old-line diabetes drugs finally revealed to be dangerous
An estimated 26 million Americans suffer from type-2 diabetes, with about 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. This serious disease can lead to numerous adverse health effects, including cardiovascular disease, visual impairment, nerve damage, and kidney failure. That’s why people with diabetes must be conscientious about taking their medications. However, a recent study has found that a certain class of long-used and widely prescribed diabetes drugs — sulfonylureas — is associated with a higher mortality risk.

Statins for the goose as well as the gander
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of statins, especially their use in preventing the recurrence of cardiovascular events. Yet most of the research on this widely prescribed class of drugs has focused primarily on its effects in men. Now, a new meta-analysis, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has investigated whether statins are as effective in women as they are in men. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of statins, especially their use in preventing the recurrence of cardiovascular events. Yet most of the research on this widely prescribed class of drugs has focused primarily on its effects in men. Now, a new meta-analysis, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has investigated whether statins are as effective in women as they are in men.



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Education Watch

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Ideological Litmus Test at University of Wisconsin
By Mary Grabar

Posted June 25, 2012, originally posted at National Association of Scholars, www.nas.org. A colleague on the job market tells me about a posting for a lecturer in World History at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, that, along with the usual transcripts and letters of recommendation, requires “a separate statement describing a history of working with or demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.” To make it even more clear that conservatives need not apply, the college’s web page advertises the fact that it is located in a “friendly, progressive community.”

This colleague who earned his Ph.D. in 2000 has had to cobble together a living with temporary and part-time teaching positions, even though his students have petitioned to keep him on and change majors to history after taking his classes.

Of course, an honest statement on my colleague’s part would address discrimination against conservative, white, heterosexual males, who, as a matter of principle, feel that such statements violate rights of academic freedom, not to mention the First Amendment. But this does not fit the category of “historic marginalization”—a Marxist-inspired category if there ever was one.

This demand of a written statement and profession of belief in an ideology crosses a threshold. Up until now, hiring committees could obscure their reasons for rejecting candidates with vague references to “qualifications” or being a good “match.” They would deny that ideology had any role in decision-making.
These are the same people who complain about requirements by private, Christian colleges, like Shorter College, that employees declare adherence to Christian principles.

Where is the AAUP on this violation, not only of academic freedom, but conscience?
Where are the sociologists who have published “studies” presumably proving that the paucity of conservatives in academia is due their narrow-mindedness and greed?

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Monday, June 25, 2012

To Be or To Do: Which Way Will You Go?

By Rich Kozlovich

This morning I watched the news on NBC….my wife likes them….reporting on the trial of Jerry Sandusky and his attorney's claim that they are going to appeal. Then the report made it known that the authorities weren’t done with this mess, and that others may be charged as more evidence of what occurred comes out. There is the head of the athletic department and a vice president at the university that have been charged or may be charged with lying under oath or covering up the child abuse perpetrated by Sandusky.

I know this may seem like a strange question, but does anyone see a glimmer of enlightenment over all of this?

The glimmer of enlightenment is this; there is a difference between managers and leaders. A good leader can hire a good manager when the leader is in charge. A person with good management skills but no leadership skills who is in charge can’t hire a good leader. What’s the difference?

Through the course of my life I discovered that being a good leader means standing up and saying; ‘Hold it! This is all wrong and we’re going to change!’ Whether it is in government or in business that means being the rock in the current, a quality that had to have been there for most of their life. Let’s face it; heterodoxy isn’t for the faint of heart, and for the most part is a personal trait, which means that this quality was part and parcel of who and what they are, making it easy to be seen for what they are, disliked, ridiculed and rejected, however it can be learned and practiced. As for the go along to get along guys who are perceived as 'good leaders'; they may in reality only be ‘good managers’ who were chosen to merely organize the direction everyone decided to go! They’re easy to deal with, easy to get along with and would never in a million years stir up the manure.

Take for example two arenas where this is so obvious I shouldn’t have to explain it, but most don’t get it because people believe they represent the highest standards for leadership. Military career officers and PhD’s!  Let me tell you about Col. John Boyd. (What appears below is from a site that no longer exists, but this link is just as good...maybe better.)
"Forty-Second" Boyd, the man remembered for defeating every opponent in aerial combat at the Air Force's premier dog-fighting academy in two-thirds of a minute, helped found the Fort Myer get-togethers at the end of his Air Force career”…..however this doesn’t demonstrate the “long and often painful saga of a man who, as a full colonel, went toe to toe, time after time, with a phalanx of two-and three-star generals for the good of the country, winning most of his battles and surviving long enough to help provide secretary of defense Richard Cheney the ideas needed for swift and decisive victory in the Persian Gulf War. ("Keep it simple — so that the generals will understand it," Boyd frequently told his small band of fellow guerrillas, known collectively as "The Acolytes." Boyd was…..a Pentagon "Whiz Kid"— one of the rare few who were "defined by the courts-martial and investigations they faced." He was also "the most important unknown man of his time and the most remarkable unsung hero in American military history."….. Loud and profane, Boyd's intellectual achievements were matched by his relentless guerrilla warfare against hidebound "careerists" then running the Air Force…… The tenets of this speech reflected both his spirit and values:


"One day you will come to a fork in the road. And you're going to have to make a decision about what direction you want to go." [Boyd] raised his hand and pointed. "If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments." Then Boyd raised the other hand and pointed another direction. "Or you can go that way and you can do something — something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference."
He paused and stared. "To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?"
The only reason he ever was promoted to Colonel was because Reagan became president, but he would never be allowed to wear stars. This pattern plays out in the universities also. Show me a graduate student who, while attempting to get his PhD. told the PhD.s evaluating him that their ideas were all wet…. and worse yet …..proved it; and I will show you someone who is stuck with a Masters degree. They learn early on that to get along you must go along. When that happens it becomes a way of life and as they rise in the ranks they will only tolerate those that are just like them. To do otherwise would be a personal admission of failure. Eventually the ranks of “leadership” is filled with those who don’t have the courage to stand up against all odds for what is right.

Within the scientific community it has been made abundantly clear that the holy grail of science isn’t ‘truth’; its government grant money. The fraud perpetrated on the world by ‘scientists’ regarding Anthropogenic Global Warming has been exposed and now the world is aware that this has been going on for decades. The world is now aware that what appears as leadership within the scientific community is no real leadership at all; only hucksters, con artists and cowards. The only leadership in science is from those that are attacked and smeared as ‘skeptics’, even to the point of being called ‘Flat Earthers’ and compared to those who perpetrated the holocaust during WWII. Those who are real leaders, those who have the courage to stand against the tide, those who are prepared to lose everything for that which is right are always called….. unreasonable. My answer to that: I would like for someone to show me any insurmountable obstacle that was overcome by being reasonable!

Being unreasonable in pursuit of a goal takes a clear vision and understanding, it takes courage, it takes fortitude, it requires the ability to stand outside the comfort and support of the group. But I would be willing to bet that the children Sandusky abused would have loved to have seen someone who was unreasonable in the universities ranks of ‘leadership’! Unfortuntely there was no one; including a much beloved football coach who should have been in the forefront defending these kids. I wonder how many of this cast of characters now regret their cowardice?

Whether it is in the government, military, academia or business this is something we need to learn, repeat, retain and practice: "To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?"

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

EPA: Tooth Fairy Dreams

By Rich Kozlovich

There was an interesting article regarding the insane demands of regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is being blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that doesn’t exist…except in the insane minds of the green movement and their lackeys at EPA.

The article didn’t go nearly far enough to show just how unscientific, fact deprived and insane the EPA really is. These are people who went to college and into government. The decision makers never worked in energy production, energy research, energy discovery, energy delivery, or for that matter, it is unlikely that the vast majority of them ever worked in any real job. Most never owned a company, started a company, never had to meet a payroll, or a bank payment to keep a company in existence. They also never had to skip their own paychecks in order to make sure the company’s employees were paid.  If they had they wouldn't be doing so many of the things they do.  They are not business people, and the decision makers are not scientists; although there are many real scientists working there; they don't outnumber the ideologues and they don’t make the decisions...we do need to get that!

Federal regulations can be maddening, but what could be more maddening to energy producers that demands that they sell “millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist”.

"As ludicrous as that sounds, it's fact," says Charles Drevna, who represents refiners. "If it weren't so frustrating and infuriating, it would be comical." And Tom Pyle of the Institute of Energy Research says, "the cellulosic biofuel program is the embodiment of government gone wild."…. Drevna of the refiners association says they had no other choice left since EPA insisted they still had to blend some of the nonexistent cellulosic ethanol. "We've had to go to the courts and litigate this thing is because they just turned a blind eye to us," Drevna said. So the refiners are now suing the EPA, in part because the mandate gets larger and larger-- 500 million gallons this year, 3 billion in 2015 and 16 billion in 2022.”

“And still, not a gallon of cellulosic ethanol in sight.”

The really fascinating part of this that it takes more energy to produce a gallon of cellulosic ethanol that a gallon of cellulosic ethanol delivers. Only the greenies and their lackeys at the EPA, and green pandering political leaders could be for this.

In his book, Gusher of Lies, Robert Bryce notes that cellulosic ethanol, which is made from things like grass, wood, and straw has no commercial viability. He says that “cellulosic ethanol is like the tooth fairy, an entity that many people believe in but no one ever actually sees.” That was in 2008, and nothing has changed! He also notes that even if there were a technological breakthrough it would take decades to produce any real amount of ethanol.

However, in order to really understand why this is “Mission Impossible” with any technology in existence today or any technology that can be envisioned, we need to understand some basis science. He goes on to say; “The energy business is ruthlessly policed by the immutable laws of thermodynamics. The first is… that energy is neither created or destroyed” and the second is that “energy tends to become more random and less available.”

Turning sugar, sunlight or kinetic energy as in wind into a more concentrated form of energy is “an uphill climb." And the more diffused the energy source, the more difficult it is to concentrate into usable economically viable products. It takes a lot of energy to turn a corn field into ethanol. Which explains why so-called fossil fuels are so attractive; because they are so energy dense and require little energy to gather per ratio to the energy that can be extracted in usable forms.

“Crude oil contains about 18,400 Btus per pound and coal contains about 12,400 Btus per pound. “Corn contains 7,000 Btus and switchgrass…… contains just 6,400 Btus per pound.”

Then there is the conversion and transportation energy requirements. Every “natural” form of energy must be converted, unlike oil, into liquid form, “both corn and switchgrass must be mixed with large quantities of water, fermented, and then distilled into a usable liquid form before they can be utilized. And each of those steps takes energy”

Bryce calls cellulosic ethanol “vaporware” because it is an “idea that gets promoted and promised over and over, but it’s never actually delivered. No other fuel in modern American history has gotten more hype while providing fewer actual Btus than cellulosic ethanol.”

The belief in cellulosic ethanol is more on the order of religious faith that scientific reality and it infects people at all levels of society…seemingly those at the top more than normal people. As an example;
Cellulosic ethanol would be “a huge new source of energy, particularly for the transportation sector. You’re going to see it all over the place. You’re going to see a lot more flex-fuel vehicles. You’re going to see new processes that utilize waste as a source of energy, so there’s no petroleum consumed in the process.” – Al Gore
“These things are not expensive. We have this kind of biomass to make cellulosic ethanol all over America. It would increase income in rural America. It would increase income in rural California. It would stabilize the environment and improve our national security” – Bill Clinton
Cellulosic ethanol “has the potential to substantially reduce our consumption of gasoline. A technological breakthrough could lead to wide spread use of cellulosic ethanol to fuel our vehicles” - John Kerry
“It’s an interesting time, isn’t it, when you’re able to say, we’re on the verge of some breakthrough that will enable a pile of wood chips to become the raw materials for fuels that will run your car” – George W. Bush
Is it possible that people at this level with the resources they have at their disposal can be that unrealistic? Yes, and what is worse it appears that all those around them that should be explaining the science to them are as equally enamored with tooth fairy energy schemes as they are.

Here is the reality of ethanol. Grain alcohol is produced form a mixture of water and grain called ‘mash’. Just like the moonshiners. About 15 to 20 percent of that ‘mash’ will be turned into alcohol, which was produced from the sugar in the corn. Cellulose is a much tougher nut to crack since it takes a lot to break it down and only has a return or about 5%. Wood and weeds don’t have much sugar in their cells in the first place. Furthermore it took a lot more energy to strip the ethanol from the cellulose than it does for grains because cellulose is so much tougher than grain.

The reality is that for every 1 Btu of energy invested in all aspects of cellulosic production it would only produce .05 Btu by way of return. Study after study has demonstrated that cellulosic ethanol production is prohibitively expensive on a large scale, as a result no one is producing it! That appears to be basic common sense.

So now we know why the distillers can’t sell a product that doesn't exist; irrespective of the stupid regulations from the EPA. Perhaps it really is a good time to disband the EPA. Anyone that dumb can easily have their responsibilities turned over to the state EPA's without any concern that mistakes will be made. It is unlikely they could possibly be any dumber....or corrupt.


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Random Thoughts on Liberalism, Leftism, Progressivism, Socialism...Take Your Pick!

By Rich Kozlovich

It turns out that liberals, socialists (communists and fascists), progressives, and leftists (whichever term pleases you; they're largely interchangeable.) are in a quandary. There is not enough money to throw at everyone and their traditional allies have eaten up so much of the public’s finances that they are in a position to bankrupt all the local and state governments in the nation, especially the teachers unions. Remember...they can't print money as can the federal government in order to hide their bankruptcy!

Now we have Democratic mayors fighting the very people they catered to; public and teachers unions which they signed super sweetheart contracts with to gain their political support; because the local people have had it with all of these insane deals.

We have the racial issues that have been the backbone of the Democratic Party ever since the Republicans passed all the civil rights laws that the Democrats fought against and now claim credit for as their own.

Illegal immigration is a jobs issue. Blacks will have to compete with these illegals and they don’t like it; and the illegals, especially Hispanics, want ever more latitude regarding what is legal….and of course everyone is ignoring the decent, patient and honest immigrants trying to get in through legal channels that can’t come into the country because there are so many illegal’s taking their place.

The Jews have traditionally been liberal supporters for almost 100 years and has been a rock hard foundation for them. However, that is changing. The leaders of the liberal movement (no matter the party) have turned anti-Semitic and anti-Israel to the point that Jews worldwide, including Europe, are being openly persecuted and they are scared. Rightly so! Although the story is still fascinating because New York Jews will still be voting liberal...although that is changing.

The two groups that have absolutely been foundational to liberalism are Big Labor and Big Green. Now they have to turn on Big Labor to appease Big Green, i.e., the XL pipeline, and they will have to turn on Big Green to appease Big Labor. Both of whom are coming under attack from the public.

As we review this situation the question that one has to ask is this. What reason do they have to exist at all?

They exist to have power. That is all the more reason to reject their views, their actions, their philosophy and them personally. I keep hearing that the left isn't evil, just wrong.

Wrong!

Leftists, including the fascist and communist monsters of the 20th century and the environmentalists, have killed over 200 million people in the last 75 years, and the greenies are still at it. Anyone who supports them shares in the blame for the evil they have wrought.

Education Watch

Traditional wisdom has stood the test of time, while conventional wisdom is merely what everyone believes at the moment, which is nothing more than the latest philosophical flavor of the day and may not last as long as the latest ladies fashions. Paraphrasing Thomas Sowell.

Education Watch will be a regularly updated feature and I will
 be posting them on the Pages section at the top right of this blog.

Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" Laid Off; Who is to Blame?
I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off……Teachers' unions are 100% to blame for this mess. Unions protect the under-performers at the expense of those like Apperson. Unions even protect repeated sexual predator teachers……In one case, a male teacher in Manhattan was accused of inappropriately touching a female student in 2010, but the arbitrator imposed only a suspension without pay. And now — after more disturbing episodes — we’ve filed charges against this individual for a third time. As it stands, public school teachers accused of sexual misconduct enjoy protections that no other city employee has. That puts children in danger, and we cannot allow it to continue. …….Here is a Google search of Teachers Paid to Sit if you want more examples. Now factor in incompetent teachers and poor teachers. The union protects them too…….An overhaul is indeed needed. It's time to get rid of collective bargaining of public unions, and it's time for merit pay for teachers…..Union mentality is also to blame for inability of school districts to get rid of sexual predators and grossly incompetent teachers.

Mayors back parents seizing control of schools
By Stephanie Simon
Mon Jun 18, 2012

(Reuters) - Hundreds of mayors from across the United States this weekend called for new laws letting parents seize control of low-performing public schools and fire the teachers, oust the administrators or turn the schools over to private management.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday unanimously endorsed "parent trigger" laws aimed at bypassing elected school boards and giving parents at the worst public schools the opportunity to band together and force immediate change. Such laws are fiercely opposed by teachers' unions, which stand to lose members in school takeovers. Union leaders say there is no proof such upheaval will improve learning. And they argue that public investment in struggling communities, rather than private management of struggling schools, is the key to boosting student achievement. But in a sign of the unions' diminishing clout, their traditional political allies, the Democrats, abandoned them in droves during the Orlando vote.

Teachers Union Rides First Class on Philadelphia Schools’ Gravy Train
Every pay period, the Philadelphia school district puts $155 per union member into a special fund that helps educators pay their personal legal bills, which includes everything from routine legal advice to estate planning. That single perk, nestled deep within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ union contract, cost taxpayers $2.6 million during the 2010-11 school year. It also contributed to the district’s financial woes, which led to 2,200 teachers being laid off last year. The “PFT Legal Services Fund” is just one example of Philadelphia public schools’ extravagant spending practices, which are the focus of EAGnews.org’s latest investigative report, “Sucking the Life Out of America’s Public Schools: The Expense of Teachers Union Contracts.”


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Observations From the Back Row

By Rich Kozlovich

Environmentalism, ignorant to criticism, has thus developed inside an insular, self-regarding bubble. Perhaps only someone from within it could prick that bubble, revealing to its members what those outside it have been telling them for decades. Ben Pile

Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment
Ben Pile

Mark Lynas has converted from being an eco-alarmist to a pro-growth rationalist. But he still doesn’t get the problem with green thinking.
Since becoming an advocate of genetic modification (GM) and nuclear power, Mark Lynas has drawn increasingly hostile criticism from his erstwhile comrades in the green movement. In turn, he has sharpened his criticism of environmentalists for their hostility to technological and economic development. In his new book, The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans, he attempts to reformulate environmentalism to overcome the excesses that have so far prevented it from saving the planet. This book will no doubt provoke debate, but what is this transformation really about, and is it really based on new ideas or merely the revision of old ones?

Last November, Channel 4 aired What the Green Movement Got Wrong, which featured prominent environmentalists, including Lynas, reflecting on the failures of environmentalism. The film claimed that environmentalists’ opposition to technologies that offered environmentally benign methods of energy and crop production had impeded their aim of creating an ecologically sustainable society. Since then, the debate between pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists has deepened, exposing the many divisions that exist within the green camp…..

Science held hostage in climate debate
Garth Paltridge
The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense. If humans continue to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, there can be little doubt that the average temperature of the world will increase above what it would have been otherwise. The argument about the science is, and always has been, whether the increase would be big enough to be noticed among all the other natural variations of climate. The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the worse.

Attempts to resolve the arguments are plagued with problems, a lot of which are inherently insoluble. There are many aspects of the behaviour of the natural climate system and of human society that are unpredictable in principle, let alone in practice. But perhaps the biggest of the underlying problems, and it is common to both arguments since it inevitably exists when there is large unpredictability and uncertainty, is the presence of strong forces encouraging public overstatement and a belief in worst-case scenarios.

EXCLUSIVE: Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps Out of Shadows at Rio+20
Maurice Strong, the godfather of global environmentalism and organizer of the United Nations’ 1992 Rio environmental Earth Summit, is making a quiet comeback to the limelight on the eve of that meeting’s successor, the Rio + 20 summit on “sustainable development,” which starts June 20 in Brazil.

My TakeI will be running a series of articles and one will be dealing with Maurice Strong. He has an interesting history that everyone should have known right along….along with the real history of Nelson Rockefeller. If old John D. Rockefeller could see what his descendants have done with his fortune and the corresponding influence that brings; funding and promoting the most irrational, misanthropic and radical environmental groups on the planet…. he would roll over in his grave.

Britain 'kills off 130,000 elderly every year'
Treatment on average brings patient to death in 33 hours

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday. Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly. He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country. It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

The Trouble with Multiculturism
Cliff May

Back in the day, when I was a newspaper columnist in Denver, representatives of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League paid a visit. Over coffee, they told the opinion editor and me that they had a program, “A World of Difference,” that “celebrates America’s diversity.” They asked for our editorial support. The editor and I had the same reaction: Would it not be better to celebrate all the things we have in common, all the things that unite Americans of whatever ethnic or religious backgrounds? Our friends left the meeting mightily miffed…..I later realized this was part of a larger campaign to promote multiculturalism – which seemed like a fairly harmless attempt to encourage appreciation of varying styles of art, dress and cuisine by pretending that all are of equal merit……Only years later did I come to realize: Multiculturalism is an ideology with far-reaching – and damaging -- consequences…..it empowers new citizens “to demand that their host country adapt” to their cultural requirements while relieving them of any responsibility to weave themselves and their children into the cultural fabric of their adopted homeland. In this and other ways, multiculturalism is a “slippery slope” that “imperils” liberal democracies…..But the big trap of multiculturalism is simply this: If all cultures are equal, why defend your own? The culture that replaces it will be just as good, won’t it?

My TakeThe thing that I find amazing is that those who are the most vociferous about this are from countries that are the most intolerant of others, especially regarding their lack of respect of other’s religious views. In Muslim countries they can’t even tolerate those who profess to follow a form of Islam that is different than the majority Islamic sect in the nation. Is it any wonder that Muslims are always killing each other as much as they kill others that they also consider infidels? Any religion that requires its members to kill in the name of that religion is not a religion as we understand it in the West and should not be given status as a religion. It is in effect a criminal organization masquerading as a religion. Why is that so hard to understand?

World leaders' Rio accord is epic failure, says Greenpeace

NEGOTIATORS in Rio de Janeiro have claimed success after finalising a statement to be issued by more than 100 world leaders who arrive in the Brazilian city over the next few days.

But many observers said the "success" at the United Nations conference was possible only after the agreement was watered down so far it became meaningless. "Rio has turned into an epic failure..”….Mr Naidoo said Greenpeace would have to give up on international negotiations and move to a campaign of civil disobedience to try to overcome the state parochialism that was stopping any progress in multilateral talks to address environmental problems.

Senate kills effort to block EPA regulations on coal-powered plants

Legislation to defeat an EPA emissions rule that critics say would kill thousands of jobs and raise electricity rates for consumers was killed in the Senate Wednesday. A handful of Republicans sided with Democrats to block the measure on a procedural vote of 46 yeas to 53 nays, including Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine. Democrats who crossed over to vote with Republicans included Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Warner and Jim Webb of Virginia.

Regulating Political Speech
John Stossel

It's presidential season, so again pundits are indignant that money is spent on politics. Spent by corporations! And rich people! Because the Supreme Court allowed that, "2012 will be a miserable year," says The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne.....2012 may be miserable -- but if it is, it won't be because corporations spend on politics. And anyway, they have a right to spend. In politics, money is speech. The very first amendment that the Founders chose to add to the Constitution couldn't be more clear: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech ... ."Yet most people support laws against political speech -- when they don't like the speakers……It is shameful that leftists let their hatred of corporations lead them to throw free speech under the bus. There is a smarter way to get corporate money out of politics: Shrink the state. If government has fewer favors to sell, citizens will spend less money trying to win them.


$11 Billion in Green Grants Produces Few Jobs, House Report Says
By Fred Lucas

An Obama administration green jobs grant program that spent $11 billion lacks a verifiable job-counting system and likely created only a fraction of the jobs it claims, according to a staff report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires
By Michelle Malkin

The Obama administration's neglect of the federal government's aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public safety priorities. Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week. But it smacks more of election-year gesture politics: Too little, too late, too fake……Imagine if Obama's Forest Service had been a private company. White House eco-radicals would be rushing to place their "boots on the necks" of the bureaucrats who made the fateful decision to put an experienced aerial tanker firm out of business as wildfires raged and the available rescue fleet shrunk…..Where there's smoke swirling over Team Obama there are usually flames of incompetence, cronyism and ideological zealotry at the source. The ultimate rescue mission? Evacuating Obama's wrecking crew from the White House permanently. November can't come soon enough.

Racial Double Standards
Walter E. Williams

Back in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said we were "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. Permit me to be brave and run a few assertions by you just to see whether we're on the same page. There should be two standards for civilized conduct: one for whites, which is higher, and another for blacks, which is lower. In other words, in the name of justice and fair play, blacks should not be held accountable to the same standards that whites are and should not be criticized for conduct that we'd deem disgusting and racist if said or done by whites………..

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by black thugs against white people…..have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities. Most of the time, the race of the attackers, euphemistically called flash mobs, is not reported, even though media leftists and their allies are experts in reporting racial disparities in prison sentencing and the alleged injustice of the criminal justice system.

Racial double standards are not restricted to the political arena and crime reporting; we see it on college campuses and in the workplace. Black people ought to be offended by the idea that we are held accountable to lower standards of conduct and achievement. White people ought to be ashamed for permitting and fostering racial double standards that have effects that are in some ways worse than the cruel racism of yesteryear.

Four teens, 20-year-old charged in connection with delivery driver's murder

Five people, including four teens, are charged in connection with the murder of a Chinese restaurant delivery driver in Wilmington. Zhen Bo Liu, 60, was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. He was on duty when he was killed. I spoke with a few of Liu's coworkers at the China King on S. 17th St., who were rocked by their friend's cold-blooded murder. The restaurant has stopped delivering because of it.

Police say Liu was shot and killed over a $48 meal.

My Take - When I saw the headline on one of the other sites I visit I wondered if they were black. If the article didn’t have these kids pictures on it you would have never know this was a black (group killing) on non-black crime. Should it matter? Since the media plays the game in the other direction so hard….yes it does matter; especially since the numbers are so out of balance, and the crimes are so serious! The media is a corrupt leftist mouth piece. At least under Stalin in the old Soviet Union they had an excuse.... it was mandatory on pain of…..well….you can guess. Here ....it is a voluntary and conscious decision on the part of the main stream media (which is getting smaller all the time, and for good reason) to wallow in the corrupt thinking of leftism. It is hard to believe that so many with so many information sources at their disposal are so incredibly stupid.  Being ignorant is universal.  It merely means that we don't know; and since there is so much information on so many subjects we are all ignorant of more things than we can imagine.  That's normal.  However, when we refuse to become aware that is no longer ignorance; it's stupidity....and in this case the media is stupid by choice!

Islamic Taliban Guns Down Popular Female Singer in Pakistan

A popular female singing icon has been gunned down in Pakistan and the Taliban may be to blame, but don't worry, the country isn't harboring terrorists. Well-known Pashto singer Ghazala Javed and her father were shot and killed by unidentified men in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan, police said. The men fired indiscriminately at Javed and her father Mohammad Javed while she was leaving a beauty parlour at the busy Mohallah Nau in Dabgari Bazar last night, the singer's relatives told police. In recent years, several singers and musicians in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province have been gunned down by the local Taliban, who have declared music "un-Islamic"……Religion of peace, right? She was either murdered by Islamists for daring to embrace western culture or killed by her husband for getting away from him.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood is leading riots in Egypt again.

Pipeline Death By a Thousand Studies
By Phil Kerpen

There has never been a more "shovel ready" project in history than the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been exhaustively engineered, studied, reviewed, and re-reviewed as Obama tries to kill the project without admitting that's what he's doing. At stake are about 20,000 immediate jobs, a secure supply of North American oil, billions in private investment, and the global efficiency benefits of connecting a major crude source to the world's most efficient refining center. The latest news is that rather than simply say "yes," Obama is conducting yet another open-ended study.



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