Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

Does fluoride make you stupid?

Well, a number of news articles have noted a Harvard study showing an effect of fluoride on IQ…..and under political pressure Harvard had to walk back the implications of the study (after all, the sacred cow must live!)….but others are convinced that the study has some validity…..

Click here for another perspective…..judge for yourself….

Virus modeling study yields little new insights…

Study is getting press again…..not because it shows us anything new…..it’s another modeling study that gives large estimates…..and the press runs with it to raise alarm….like global warming…..

Lambertini, E., M.A. Borchardt, B.A. kieke, J.K. Spencer, and F.J. Loge. Risk of Viral Acute Gastrointestinal Illness from Nondisinfected Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46 (17), pp 9299–9307 DOI: 10.1021/es3015925

Acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI) resulting from pathogens directly entering the piping of drinking water distribution systems is insufficiently understood. Here, we estimate AGI incidence from virus intrusions into the distribution systems of 14 nondisinfecting, groundwater-source, community water systems. Water samples for virus quantification were collected monthly at wells and households during four 12-week periods in 2006–2007. Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection was installed on the communities’ wellheads during one study year; UV was absent the other year. UV was intended to eliminate virus contributions from the wells and without residual disinfectant present in these systems, any increase in virus concentration downstream at household taps represented virus contributions from the distribution system (Approach 1). During no-UV periods, distribution system viruses were estimated by the difference between well water and household tap virus concentrations (Approach 2). For both approaches, a Monte Carlo risk assessment framework was used to estimate AGI risk from distribution systems using study-specific exposure–response relationships. Depending on the exposure–response relationship selected, AGI risk from the distribution systems was 0.0180–0.0661 and 0.001–0.1047 episodes/person-year estimated by Approaches 1 and 2, respectively. These values represented 0.1–4.9% of AGI risk from all exposure routes, and 1.6–67.8% of risk related to drinking water exposure. Virus intrusions into nondisinfected drinking water distribution systems can contribute to sporadic AGI.

Press Spin: White House issues blatant lie on Mid-East Embassy violence

The White House spokes-child Carney has issued the following statement today regarding violence in Egypt and Libya (click here):

“‘This is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy, this is in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims'”

This is a complete lie….anyone who has studied this situation and understands the Muslim religion will know that extremist Islamists hate the United States and will attack the US at any opportunity, with any excuse.

Embassy’s are United States soil, and any attack on a US Embassy is a direct attack on the United States…..

Miami, Florida Surface Temperature, 1743-2011

Using the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) data here, the following plot was created. It represents regional climate change for Miami, Florida…..more specficially, 26.52 N, 80.60 W.

The plot shows the mean monthly surface temperature, the mean daily maximum surface temperature, and the mean daily minimum surface temperture. Clearly, the range of actual temperature changes experienced in recent years is not extremely different than in the past. Sure, some years are colder or warmer than others, but so what. Natural variability such as this is to be expected.

This first cut look at this data suggests that the people sounding alarms over an impending climate catastrophe are in a world of their own. The historical record suggests a very broad yet defined band of highly variable temperatures. This might be more apparent if the actual data is plotted rather than mean values. We’ll work on presenting that in the future, as it will take some time to dig through the BEST data set. The data for the graph below (and the others I have posted) are the means calculated by BEST.