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.



I Didn’t Watch The Debate. Smartest Thing I Did Today. by The Elephant's Child

I did not watch the debate tonight. I am tired of this whole bunch who are vying to see who can offer the best thing to buy the peoples’ votes. Did anyone watch the whole thing?

I’ve seen lots of comments, which only make me glad I did not watch. Best analysis was from John Hinderaker at PowerLine blog.

1) Joe Biden was the winner tonight. He pretended to be sane, and did a decent imitation.

2) Julian Castro–did anyone remember that he was on the stage?–is running to be Elizabeth Warren’s VP. He did her dirty work tonight.

3) It’s time to pull the plug on Bernie Sanders. It’s not just that he is a raving maniac–he is an extremely elderly raving maniac. I hope he made it through the night.

4) Early on in the campaign, I thought Kamala Harris had a good shot. I was wrong.

5) Andrew Yang showed himself to be the quintessential Democrat. He gets votes the old-fashioned way: he buys them. Unfortunately, he could only afford to buy 12.

6) I heard a rumor that Amy Klobuchar participated tonight, but I can’t verify it.

His analysis was enhanced with the best Bernie Sanders picture I’ve ever seen. You can see it here.



Jordan Peterson Comments on Climate Change by The Elephant's Child

I always enjoy Jordan Peterson, because he’s so opinionated. He thinks deeply about matters, and sorts out the pluses and minuses and decides  what’s important and what is not, and talks with his hands as well.

This one is great fun.



Dr. William Happer is Leaving the Administration by The Elephant's Child

Dr. William Happer announced today that he is leaving the National Security Council on Friday September 13 after completion of his one-year term as director of emerging technologies. He had previously served as the director of energy research for the Department of Energy from 1991 to 1993.

A statement by Dr. Patrick Moore who chairs the CO² Coalition and Caleb Stuart Rossiter, a climate statistician and the executive director of the coalition read in part:

We particularly call attention to your efforts this year to harden American infrastructure from electro-magnetic pulses, and to improve a government science bureaucracy that had been producing scientifically unsound and wildly exaggerated reports on the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on global temperature and hence weather variables.

While your proposed review of alarmist analyses and projections has been delayed, we believe your work in calling attention to the problem of unscientific climate alarmism has reduced the chances of the dramatic increases in energy prices that would arise from the banning of fossil fuels that some have proposed. That in turn will improve and even save lives, both here and abroad.

Do read the whole article at Climate Depot. There is a huge push to spend $16 Trillion to stop climate change (We have no idea of how to stop the climate from changing), the government has no money of its own and $16 trillion coming out of your pocketbooks and wallets would have more effect on your well being than it would on the climate. Greta Thunberg has spoken and wants you to be scared about the climate like she is.



Comparisons Are Perhaps Inevitable! by The Elephant's Child

Wilfrid M. McClay, a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma is the author of a new history of the United States: Land of Hope: an Invitation to the Great American Story, which is receiving excellent reviews.

He just wrote a short piece for Hillsdale College’s Imprimis, an always interesting publication, with an essay from an important scholar, free on request from the college. The copy I just received contained this interesting portion of a longer essay.

A related lesson of history is that acts of statesmanship often require courage and imagination, even daring, especially when the outcome seems doubtful. Take the case of Lincoln. So accustomed are we to thinking of Lincoln in heroic terms that we forget the depth and breadth of his unpopularity during his entire time in office. Few great leaders have been more comprehensively disdained, loathed, and underestimated. A low Southern view of him, of course, was to be expected, but it was widely shared in the North as well. As Lincoln biographer David Donald put it, “Lincoln’s own associates thought him “a Simple Susan, a baboon, an aimless punster, a smutty joker” Abolitionist Wendell Phillips called him “a huckster in politics, a first-rate, second rate man.” George McClellan, his opponent in the 1864 election, openly disdained him as a “well-meaning baboon.” For much of that election year, Lincoln was convinced, with good reason, that he was doomed to lose the election, with incalculable consequences for the war effort and the future of the nation.

We need to remember that this is generally how history happens. It is not like a Hollywood movie i which the background music swells and the crowd in the room applauds and leaps to it feet as the orator dispenses timeless words, and the camera pans the room full of smiling faces. In real history, the background music does not swell, the trumpets do not sound, and the carping critics often seem louder than the applause. The leader or the soldier has to wonder whether he is acting in vain, whether the criticisms of others are in fact true, whether time will judge him harshly, whether his sacrifice will count for anything. Few great leaders have felt this burden more completely than Lincoln.



Don’t Let Them Fool You! Carbon is NOT a Pollutant. Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate. by The Elephant's Child

Can people get it through their heads? Carbon is not a pollutant. We are carbon life forms. We exhale carbon dioxide every time we breathe. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide as fertilizer – that makes them grow, and releases oxygen. You were supposed to have learned that in high school biology. It’s a cycle called photosynthesis.

Climate models predict disaster and a carbon crisis, but real world evidence shows no such thing is occurring. Back when the first faint screams of climate crisis were appearing, governments wanted some kind of proof. Federal grants were available to scientists who were studying climate. Well, lots of professors in mostly ignored labs in American universities knew how to write a grant proposal, or studied up quickly on how it was done, and said that with a grant, they could surely figure it all out very quickly. The grants brought money and prestige for professor and university. Professors turned quickly to computerized  models used for predicting future outcomes for the stock market. Prediction is just prediction, right? So they entered what they knew about the climate, and then what they thought might be probable, then some educated guesses and a few wild guesses, and assumed that to be an accurate projection of the future climate. Well, the computer said it was.

Speaking at the 13th International Conference on Climate Change, held July 25 in Washington, DC, Dr. Roy W. Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville said: “There is no climate crisis. Even if all the warming we’ve seen in any observational dataset is due to increasing CO2 (carbon dioxide), which I don’t believe it is, it’s probably too small for any person to feel in their lifetime.”

Then there was a story published from the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, It begins this way:

The same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth’s marine environment is brought to heel, warns a draft UN report obtained by AFP.

Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundred-fold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “special report” on oceans and Earth’s frozen zones…

Again, Carbon is not a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas the IPCC is most worried about, yet what each of exhale each time we breathe. Without carbon dioxide, all life on this planet would perish.

The IPCC is a political organization composed of representatives from various governments. The report also said:

While the underlying science – drawn from thousands of peer-reviewed studies – cannot be modified, diplomats with scientists at their elbow will tussle over how to frame the findings, and what to leave in or out. [bold added]

Here’s More from No Tricks Zone

And here is a report from the Science and Environmental Policy Project/  S. Fred Singer




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