Monthly Archives: September 2012

St. Joseph (MO) to keep fluoride….

Dentists and corporatists like fluoride. It offers them the opportunity to feel good about trying to help people, while making money at the same time. Whether there is any incremental benefit for any particular individual from having it added to drinking water is a different question, however. Also, we know for sure that some individuals will receive too much and have an adverse effect. That is why fluoride will not go away as an issue….

Click here for the latest in St. Joseph….

Virginia Surface Temperature, 1743 – 2011

Using the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) data here, the following plot was created. It represents regional climate change for the State of Virginia.

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 natural variability such as this is to be expected.

As in the other plots posted on this blog, 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. Still working 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. The BEST website presentation of the data is misleading at best. Running averages (as presented by BEST) only reveal central tendencies of data sets….not necessarily physical realities of the climate system.

Press Spin: Tampa Bay Times attacks council member on fluoride

There is misinformation on both sides of the fluoride debate. On Friday, the Tampa Bay times published an editorial criticizing a council member by citing  the “CDC and the mainstream scientific community” whoever they are. We know CDC has a vested interest, and even some of the so called facts cited by the spokesperson in the article are not entirely correct. (See September 21, 2012, Friday, 4 State / Suncoast Edition STRAYING FROM FACTS ON FLUORIDE, Section: NATIONAL; TIMES EDITORIALS; Pg. 10A, 539 words)

If it were my vote, I would vote no, and not add fluoride. But I am not voting in any of these fights going on nationwide.  Those of you who are voting should take time to check your facts, more than just spout the CDC line, because big government “spokespersons” are also known to make incorrect statements. There many reliable websites with information, but some have squishy information so be carefull. I try to only cite peer reviewed or reliable studies on this blog. In the end, the science will not determine the vote, but the ideology toward big government. Do you want big government (federal, state, or local) making such a decision to add a chemical you do not need to water you drink, and that is not necessary to have in drinking water for dental health (children or anyone else)?

Since the 1940’s, dentists have argued that fluoride is needed because there are not enough dentists. However, fluoride in drinking water is no substitute for dental care. It just looks to me that dentists arguing to add fluoride protects their monopoly and is an excuse to not provide dental care to the poor. Just wondering…..

Toyota drops plan for widespread electric cars….

This is rather remarkable, since it was the electric car that was to replace gasoline-driven cars and save the earth. So the earth is doomed afterall? Or did they just wake up to reality, rather believing in fairies?

Click here for news article…..

Fluoride “Liberal mob” comes to life in Pinellas County (FL)

It’s for the children, of course. But what about those children who get too much overall and/or the other citizens who just don’t need or want it. Dental health is not dependent on adding fluoride to drinking water. A great example of how the liberal mob thinking works in Pinellas County….click here….

Opposition to adding fluoride is bipartisan across the political spectrum. The fact that Democrat politicians are making it a political issue makes it clear that it’s not about children’s health at all….

Pennsylvania Surface Temperature, 1743-2011

Using the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) data here, the following plot was created. It represents regional climate change for the State of Pennsylvania.

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 natural variability such as this is to be expected.

As in the other plots posted on this blog, 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. Still working 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. The more I look at this data, the more it appears that the BEST website presentation of the data is misleading at best, if not disingenuous. Running averages (as presented by BEST) only reveal central tendencies of data sets….not necessarily physical realities of the climate system.

Pointe-Au-Pere (Canada) fights back against sea level rise….

The mean sea level trend is -0.36 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence
interval of +/- 0.40 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from
1900 to 1983 which is equivalent to a change of -0.12 feet in 100 years.