American Elephants


Global Warming: Fact or Fiction? by The Elephant's Child
September 26, 2019, 2:43 am
Filed under: Politics



Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jog. by The Elephant's Child

I arrived home late this evening with reams of instructions, medications, with two of my sons who are my supporting angels and my daughter, and some words of advice for those who think that what we need to improve American health care is “Medicare for All” at a reported cost of something in the vague vicinity of $16 trillion a year, would or could improve anything. You need a little more serious reading in basic economics.

A splendidly-run local hospital is full of busy people endeavoring to help you recover, but that means tubes and tubes and tangles of tubes and people prodding you every few minutes with this test or another, more shots and more punctures, and buzzers and horns that go off every few seconds to alert the more knowledgeable to the misdoings of the less knowledgeable. Horrible places, good outcomes don’t come either cheap or easy.

Thank you all for your good wishes. Do whatever your physician has been telling you to do, and avoid the results of your neglect. Although how you identify a potential appendix attack is unknowable.

Look, Human beings are a quarrelsome lot. Families have a hard time getting along. We need governments to manage our societies for us, but America got it more right than most,  by suggesting that governments are not the revered superior beings of our societies, but rather our political servants. In other words, They are supposed to be thinking of us as the folks they work for but they seem to mostly think that their job is how to make their lives easier and more comfortable and important by controlling how inconvenient we are.  As we grow up and learn a little history, there are a lot of splendidly bad examples that should teach us enormous economic lessons.

We need our bureaucracies, but they are the enemy. Control them. Governments have no money of their own, and everything they do for you, the cost comes out of your pockets.

(Revised one sentence for clarity in next-to -last paragraph.)



Elephants Have Appendixes Too. by The Elephant's Child
September 20, 2019, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Health Care, News

Sorry for the lack of posts, my appendix decided to burst! Sounds like I’ll be in the hospital until Monday, but I’m doing well. I may even blog while I’m here. We’ll see!



How Interested Are You In The Climate? by The Elephant's Child

I know that many of you are interested in matters climate, but I don’t know just how interested. If you are willing to do some reading, go to
http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm

There are all sorts of interesting articles, particularly those relating to the NIPCC, (the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change) in contrast to the U.N’s IPCC.

This organization began with an informal meeting in Milan, Italy in 2003. by Fred S. Singer PhD and SEPP to propose independent evaluation. They said Our sole goal in presenting this information is to enable fellow scientists, elected officials, educators, and the general public to make up their own minds about what the science says, to understand climate change rather than simply believe in it.

7 chapters begin with list of key findings that contradict those of the IPCC. Findings are discussed in detail, using in depth reviews and analysis of thousands of scientific papers.

Climatology as a field is young, and new discoveries are being made seemingly every day that reveal how little we know about how the climate works. An expert in one field may not understand or follow the latest developments in another field and depend on an organization like the IPCC to report accurately and truthfully on the overall picture of the human impact on climate. One important finding from our work is that the IPCC has abused that trust and misled countless scientists and policy makers.

That’s from “the-week-that-was”. Tantalizing, isn’t it?

You can sign up to receive their weekly newsletter on a weekend. I always enjoy it, although I’m not a scientist, but an English major who likes to read.

Kinda puts AOC and her pronouncements about approaching doom and “the Green New Deal” in proper perspective, as well as a few presidential wannabes.



Al Gore Is Back, Trying to Get You To Eat Fake Meat! by The Elephant's Child

Did you wonder why the climate panic people are trying to turn you into vegetarians? Why they are trying to deprive you of hamburgers, sirloin steaks and prime rib roast? Why the attack on beef cattle?

I can’t answer for the climate panic people, who may all already be vegetarians, but one advocate of climate policies that limit the amount of meat one may consume is an old familiar face. Al Gore is hoping to become a fake meat billionaire by advocating policies that limit meat while his firm invests $200 million in meat substitutes. He is the largest investor so far in “Beyond Meat”, a meat substitute manufacturer.

Al Gore’s climate movie made him a millionaire with which he quickly bought a waterfront home in California, which put the lie to claims of the ocean rising. Now he is hoping to arouse enthusiasm for “fake meat” as a way to be a stalwart in fighting climate catastrophe by giving up your consumption of real meat in favor of “fake meat” and saving the planet.

The largest investor in Beyond Meat is Kleiner Perkins, where Al Gore is a partner and advisor. Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant based meat substitutes. The company went public in May and only weeks later had more than quadrupled in value. Should governments be persuaded to restrict real meat consumption and force consumers to go for the dubious substitutes, Al Gore might just become a billionaire.

Fortunately, the slightly increased amounts of CO² in the atmosphere are
greening the earth. Carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants, and forests are greener and grasslands are more vibrant. and the hungry people of the globe are finding food more available as crops are abundant.


Are We All Just Getting Dumber? Or More Informed? by The Elephant's Child

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center in an annual survey found that one in every five Americans cannot name a single branch of the government.

The center released its annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey on Thursday, and found that about 2 in 5 American adults accurately named the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial.

  • 39 percent named all three branches
  • 14 percent named two branches
  • 25 percent named one branch
  • 22 percent couldn’t name any branch
  • 1 percent refused to answer

The center notes that the percentage of people who could name all three branches “is the highest in five years, statistically the same as the prior high of 38 percent in 2013 and 2011 and a substantial increase over last year, when 32 percent could do the same.”

According to the center, the survey also found that people who took civics classes in high school, or were regular consumers of news, were more likely to know the answers to the survey questions.

That’s fairly startling, if accurate. National Review noted that the Democrats on stage for their debate Thursday night demonstrated that they are not qualified to hold forth on immigration policy because they have no idea what our immigration policy is. Joe Biden announced proudly that “we didn’t put children in cages” though all the pictures of children in cages come from the Obama administration. Andrew Yang announced that he would return immigration to the level it was during the Obama administration, which is exactly where it is right now. But one should know what the annual level of immigration is within a couple of hundred thousand, and whether it has gone up or down. These are people who supposedly want to be President.

In the past few weeks, Democrats have focused on the chance of a recession (hopefully), but steered clear of any mention of the current economy. You have probably read enough to know why they have.

I suspect that as a society, we are getting dumber. We get our news by surfing through the internet, reading a headline here and there, reading a few words of an article and deciding it’s too long, or not interesting enough, and moving on the the next bright object, as it were. And then we think of ourselves as well informed citizens, but are we actually? Is the nature of the Internet making us shallower and less informed? Scary thought, but plausible.

August reports from the Commerce Department and BLS show excellent economic results that continue to exceed MSM expectations.  Retail sales climbed by 0.4 percent twice what analysts had predicted, and highlight retail sales strength year over year. Employment up for everyone. Need for food stamps dying. Unemployment for all in very low numbers.



Here’s Thomas Sowell With a Few Well Chosen Words on Climate Change. by The Elephant's Child

This is an “oldie but goodie”. One can always count on Dr. Thomas Sowell to make sense. I wish it were a characteristic more widely available. We could surely use more of it around in these perilous days.




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