Monthly Archives: March 2014

Government Motors CEO ‘deeply sorry’ but thanks for the bonus money

This is a charade, right?

“The CEO of General Motors apologized for an ignition switch defect that was linked to more than a dozen deaths — and which triggered a massive vehicle recall — in prepared testimony for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ” click here

So let me guess. Ummm….blame it on Bush. Yea, that’s it. It is Bush’s fault.

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Pages from Full-Report

The following summarizes the findings of this work (page viii, Figure 1):

  • Global climate models are unable to make accurate projections of climate even 10 years ahead, let alone the 100-year period that has been adopted by policy planners. The output of such models should therefore not be used to guide public policy formulation.
  • Neither the rate nor the magnitude of the reported late twentieth century surface 2000) lay outside the range of normal natural variability, nor were they in any way unusual compared to earlier climatic history.
  • Solar forcing of temperature change is likely more important than is currently recognized.
  • No unambiguous evidence exists of dangerous interference in the global climate caused by human-related CO2 emissions. In particular, the cryosphere is not melting at an enhanced rate; sea-level rise is not accelerating; and no systematic changes have been documented in evaporation or rainfall or in the magnitude or intensity of extreme meteorological events.
  • Any human global climate signal is so small as to be nearly indiscernible against the background variability of the natural climate system. Climate change is always occurring.
  • A phase of temperature stasis or cooling has succeeded the mild warming of the twentieth century. Similar periods of warming and cooling due to natural variability are certain to occur in the future irrespective of human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Source: Idso, C.D., Carter, R.M., and Singer, S.F. (Eds.) 2013. Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science. Chicago, IL: The Heartland Institute.

Click here or image above for the full report.

 

Helicobacter pylori drinking water guideline

M Ryan, K Hamilton, M Hamilton, CN Haas. Evaluating the Potential for a Helicobacter pylori Drinking Water Guideline. Risk Analysis. 2014 Mar 24. doi: 10.1111/risa.12190.

Helicobacter pylori is a microaerophilic, gram-negative bacterium that is linked to adverse health effects including ulcers and gastrointestinal cancers. The goal of this analysis is to develop the necessary inputs for a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) needed to develop a potential guideline for drinking water at the point of ingestion (e.g., a maximum contaminant level, or MCL) that would be protective of human health to an acceptable level of risk while considering sources of uncertainty. Using infection and gastric cancer as two discrete endpoints, and calculating dose-response relationships from experimental data on humans and monkeys, we perform both a forward and reverse risk assessment to determine the risk from current reported surface water concentrations of H. pylori and an acceptable concentration of H. pylori at the point of ingestion. This approach represents a synthesis of available information on human exposure to H. pylori via drinking water. A lifetime risk of cancer model suggests that a MCL be set at <1 organism/L given a 5-log removal treatment because we cannot exclude the possibility that current levels of H. pylori in environmental source waters pose a potential public health risk. Research gaps include pathogen occurrence in source and finished water, treatment removal rates, and determination of H. pylori risks from other water sources such as groundwater and recreational water.

IPCC says NO evidence climate change has led to a single species becoming extinct

“In 2007, the IPCC predicted that rising global temperatures would kill off many species. But in its new report, part of which will be presented next Monday, the UN climate change body backtracks. There is a shortage of evidence, a draft version claims.”

Click here for article.

USEPA attempts to expand jurisdiction over anything wet, or anything that could become wet

These agencies have attempted to push this rule across the goal line for many years. Here it is at last, unfortunately. And once again the citizens will need to speak and submit comments in order to stop it. The only nexus (connection) here is between EPA bureaucrats and the desire to control others. Although this proposal may read nicely because it uses flowery language, the astute observer will realize that there is something very important missing, which is common sense. This ruling is about giving government more control over land, more control over landowners, giving the Corp of Engineers something to do, and making EPA and other attorneys a lot of money in needless litigation. 

The summary is below. Click here for the prepublication notice.

“The agencies propose to define “waters of the United States” in section (a) of the proposed rule for all sections of the CWA to mean: traditional navigable waters; interstate waters, including interstate wetlands; the territorial seas; impoundments of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, including interstate wetlands, the territorial seas, and tributaries, as defined, of such waters; tributaries, as defined, of traditional navigable waters, interstate or the territorial seas; and adjacent waters, including adjacent wetlands. Waters in these categories would be jurisdictional “waters of the United States” by rule – no additional analysis would be required. The agencies emphasize that the categorical finding of jurisdiction for tributaries and adjacent waters was not based on the mere connection of a water body to downstream waters, but rather a determination that the nexus, alone or in combination with similarly situated waters in the region, is significant based on data, science, the CWA, and caselaw. In addition, the agencies propose that “other waters” (those not fitting in any of the above categories) could be determined to be “waters of the United States” through a case-specific showing that, either alone or in combination with similarly situated “other waters” in the region, they have a “significant nexus” to a traditional navigable water, interstate water, or the territorial seas. The rule would also offer a definition of significant nexus and explain how similarly situated “other waters” in the region should be identified.”

 

Condi Rice the republicrat is simplistic, misguided on amnesty push

“Former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice pressed for comprehensive immigration reform when she addressed the National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday.” click here

Easy for her to say. She has no awareness of the practical implications of what she is saying and she experiences no consequences whatsoever for going along with the GOPers.

Mr. Mike Huckabee: a very likable fellow, but very poor presidential candidate

We’ve seen this play out before. A return candidate gets some early traction out of courtesy but upon examination of policies and past decisions the candidate loses. Mr. Huckabee is indeed a very nice and sanguine fellow and good motivational speaker….But some of his policies? No thank you.

I really do think he is entertaining and a fine fellow. But every time I think of Mr. Huckabee as a presidential candidate I can’t help but think of the similarity to this other character:

  BIRD HOUSE BLUES 3huckabee

I wonder if this is a peak into the Huckabee White House: (where everybody is a star)  🙂