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CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:44 AM ET (US)
School Spending Update, 2014-15
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:43 AM ET (US)
New Study Explodes Common Air Pollution Claims
" Many studies have shown an association between air quality and acute deaths, and such associations are widely interpreted as causal. Several factors call causation and even association into question, for example multiple testing and multiple modeling, publication bias and confirmation bias. Many published studies are difficult or impossible to reproduce because of lack of access to confidential data sources. Here we make publically available a dataset containing daily air quality levels, PM2.5 and ozone, daily temperature levels, minimum and maximum and daily maximum relative humidity levels for the eight most populous California air basins, thirteen years, >2M deaths, over 37,000 exposure days. The data are analyzed using standard time series analysis, and a sensitivity analysis is computed varying model parameters, locations and years. Our analysis finds little evidence for association between air quality and acute deaths. These results are consistent with those for the widely cited NMMAPS dataset when the latter are restricted to California. The daily death variability was mostly explained by time of year or weather variables; Neither PM2.5 nor ozone added appreciably to the prediction of daily deaths. These results call into question the widespread belief that association between air quality and acute deaths is causal/near-universal. (Emphasis added.)

This isn’t the first such academic study to reach this conclusion. I am certain environmentalists and regulators will continue to ignore findings like this."

CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
04:31 PM ET (US)
Here's How Green Sausages Get Made In The Swamp — It Isn't Very Pretty
"The only problem is, the green-energy movement is a lot less nutritious than sausages, and unlike sausages it leaves a very unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Start with a basic fact: Wind, solar and other "alternative" energy sources depend almost entirely on subsidies and tax breaks of various amounts to stay in business.

Just this week, Canada's oldest commercial wind power facility, run by TransAlta (TAC), was shut down and slated for demolition. Why? TransAlta, which acquired the wind facility via a $1.6-billion hostile takeover of another company, says the wind farm it acquired is not "economically feasible."

To keep running it, TransAlta wants — what else? — more subsidies, aid and tax breaks from Canada's government.

This is the story for all alternative energy, whether in Canada, the U.S. or in Europe. And even with massive subsidies, alternative energy will never be a major source of power for the U.S., at least barring major scientific discoveries and new technologies that don't currently exist. As of 2015, renewables (solar, wind and other green "alternatives") made up about 3% of all energy output. By 2030, even after hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies, renewables will still make up just over 6% of our energy, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Worse still, the forced adoption of green energy means Americans will spend far more on energy than would be the case without all the subsidies, tax breaks and regulations. So their standard of living will, inevitably, decline."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:13 PM ET (US)
Federal Fuel Economy Mandates Are Deadly
"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that of the 10 cars with the highest death rates over model years 2012-2015, eight are either small or minicars. On the other hand, of the 10 cars with the lowest death rates, four were large and five were midsize. The other was a Toyota pickup.

Looked at another way, small 4-door cars had death rates more than twice those of large 4-doors. The death rate for mini station wagons was three times that of midsize wagons.

The problem is that the federal government has since the 1970s forced carmakers to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy standards. In the 1980s and early 1990s, this led to a radical downsizing of the auto fleet, which a 2002 National Research Council report concluded led to as many as 2,600 additional highway deaths in 1993 alone. (A recently published study claims that past fuel economy standards saved lives, but it focused on changes in car weight, not size.)

President Obama imposed regulations that will, if left in place, boost the overall average fuel economy standard for cars sold to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025."

And another costly mandate is ethanol and gas regulations. Ethanol has a high water content which is deadly for small engines. Not to mention, using corn for fuel instead of food drives up the cost of food. All in the cause of cutting back on CO2 emissions, a bogus, fraudulent "cause". CO2 is no more than .05% of the atmosphere. And man's contribution to that amount is minimal. There is no actual proved correlation of CO2 levels to Earth temps. None. Only computer models, which have been proven bogus.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
08:06 AM ET (US)
"The U.S. Department of Education employs 4,400 people and has a current budget of $70 billion. How many children does the department actually educate? I am sure the round number approaches zero. I’ve had a few opportunities to ask liberal audiences aghast at Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos and alarmed at proposed budget cuts for the department to name one single thing a past secretary of education or the department has done that has had a meaningful effect on public education, and I can hear the crickets chirping while I await a response. I sometimes offer, “What about No Child Left Behind”? Most people on the left hate it (because it involved standards and testing), even though they can’t say very much about why (because it is an embarrassment to oppose standards and testing openly). Sometimes to twist the knife, I ask people to name three previous education secretaries. Hardly anyone can do it. Yet the Department of Education is a political sacred cow. It apparently runs on the principle of No Bureaucrat Left Behind (or Unemployed). Should be called the Department of No Education."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
08:05 AM ET (US)
cynic, I've read the same thing but the threat of that nature also involves Iran and other terrorist sources. The problem with the NORKS is their brazeness in missle development and open intentions of their use.
Littlestown cynicPerson was signed in when posted
02:31 PM ET (US)
Cap - re: /m139 I read an interesting article (source escapes me at the moment) that the most likely method of delivery of a nuclear weapon by the NORKS wouldn't be atop an ICBM. It would be hidden in a shipping container and transported across the seas by a commercial container transport ship.

That is scary considering all the ports on the east coast within range of DC, and the lack of verifiable inspections by the state port authority police departments. Many years ago I worked with a former official of the Maryland Port Authority. They (the port authority) were more interested in finding cargo shipped by "gypsy" manufacturers than cargos of weapons. It was all a game of statistics and gypsy shipments were much easier to discover than either contraband or weapons.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:30 PM ET (US)
The True Face Of 'Health Reform'
"The next, and at least as-large problem is found in the continual bleating of hospitals and similar that "Medicare doesn't pay what X costs" as their justification to gouge private parties. But this claim is false; if you look at many of the so-called "non-profits" you can find myriad examples of this being a flat-out lie, and nowhere is it easier to find than in the hospitals' lab sections.

Direct operating costs are usually about 10% of the revenue amounts!

In other words the hospitals are making 1,000% profit in their labs, net-net including all expenses, on balance. That is, Medicare and Medicaid, when you look at the actual operating cost of these labs, is paying a price that approximates cost plus a bit. And oh by the way that's what the law governing Medicare and Medicaid requires. If private parties paid 10% more that would be a rational profit margin."
"This is why alleged "non-profit" hospital administrators frequently get seven-figure salaries even when they're associated with a university system where the head of said school makes 1/5th to 1/10th as much.

No competitive business can maintain 1,000% net profit margins in any segment of their business for any length of time at all, because as soon as someone figures out that you're making that sort of profit they come in and open a competing business. It will happen every time, simply because the new entrant can undercut the other guy by half on price and still make 500%! There will be dozens of new business entrants within days.

The only way to keep that from happening is to do anti-competitive things, such as conspire with others to fix prices or form "networks" that forcibly lock out competitors.

All of those acts are illegal under law that has stood for more than 100 years yet both State and Federal governments refuse to enforce said laws."


There's another reason Government allows this to continue. Because it will lead to a Government run/controlled, single payer system. It's the Progressive wet dream. Government able to control what you eat and drink. How you live. How much you exercise. While Obamacare doesn't actually include anything called "death panels", it does include panels that will determine who gets certain types of care and when. A difference without a distinction. And anyone who thinks that's a good idea is like a sheep being led to slaughter.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:24 PM ET (US)
What Experts Fear About North Korea That the Public Doesn’t Know

"1. Up to 15,000 North Korean artillery pieces are aimed at Seoul. North Korea has been digging in and preparing for this stand-off since the 1960’s, stacking and hiding missiles and artillery in the hills and mountains of its border with South Korea. Many of these weapons will carry chemical weapons (more below). The artillery’s lethality is often debated, but there is a persistent belief these weapons could turn nearby Seoul, home to approximately 25 million, into a “sea of fire.”"

"2. North Korea may want something the U.S. can’t give. Here is the critical question: Are the Kims irrational expansionists who will only accept complete control of the entire Korean peninsula, or cornered hermits just hoping to survive? Neither Trump nor Chinese President Xi—nor even the North Korean people—really know the answer. This makes us nervous: The previous two leaders of North Korea negotiated international disarmament frameworks which guaranteed Pyongyang’s security, yet it was they who broke each one."

(The one thing we do know is that most anything they say cannot be trusted. And they have been preparing for war with us for almost 60 yrs.)

"3. Kim Jong Un killed his brother with the nastiest chemical weapon ever made, so you would know he can. There’s an ongoing debate among experts about whether North Korea has successfully “miniaturized” a nuclear weapon to fit it on a long-range missile. That’s an unknown, but what here’s what we do know: The country has deadly chemical weapons which could be launched at South Korea or Japan. They demonstrated this capability earlier this year, when North Korean operatives used a nerve agent called VX to murder Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un."

(What's interesting about this is the latest accusation of a CIA assassination attempt using the same methods. An attempt to blame us and thus give them a reason go ahead with another nuclear test, crossing the red line drawn by Trump?)

"4. There’s no clean military solution: While the United States has reportedly been considering a military strike on either North Korean nuclear facilities or the leadership elite, such an attack is unlikely to succeed and could trigger a barrage from the Seoul-directed artillery."

(See point 1.)

"5. One horrible, but potentially realistic, U.S. response could be condemned as criminal if ordered by Trump: Last month, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said about an attack on North Korea, “We’ve always had all options on the table… I wouldn’t take any off.” Were North Korea to commence a massive artillery barrage on Seoul, and especially if they used chemical or biological weapons, one potential U.S. response could be nuclear retaliation against Pyongyang and/or their artillery at the border. (Perhaps dialing down the “variable yield” of our B-61 nuclear bombs to reduce radioactive fallout and civilian casualties). As outlandish as this response may seem right now, some U.S. war planners do not think so; it could be considered “proportional” and therefore within the laws of armed conflict. If a nuclear bombing were ordered under Obama–who was widely perceived as thoughtful and hesitant to use force—the world may have been largely willing to listen to his logic. Unfortunately, because much of the international community views President Trump as reactive, even unstable, any such U.S.-initiated action would likely be met by ferocious global condemnation. This perception of our President may be a tactical consideration for our war planners led by the very talented head of Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris."

"6. Even a small nuclear exchange could trigger a global nuclear winter: Those who grew up in the 80’s likely remember the highly publicized fear of worldwide dramatic cooling that would follow a US-Soviet nuclear war. Science now tells us that even a small exchange between countries such as India and Pakistan or in North Korea, could cause a decade-long, “catastrophic” nuclear winter."

"7. There will likely be a ripple effect that goes all the way to your cellphone: South Korea is home to a huge concentration of manufacturing facilities for the components of cell phones, batteries, and small screens. Samsung and other global tech titans have made the country a locus of their electronics sourcing and fabrication. A destabilization of the Korean peninsula would have a devastating impact on the supply of key technologies that power the global electronics market, causing prices to spike."

(This would likely cause a global economic crisis, especially if they also attack Tokyo.)


(The N. Korean situation is deadly serious)
Edited 05-05-2017 03:27 PM
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:43 AM ET (US)
The Keystone State of Corporate Welfare
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05:38 AM ET (US)
Teacher Resignation Letters Show Why Public School Teachers (Myself Included) Quit
“I have watched as my job requirements swung away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children,” one of the letters quoted in the study proclaims. "‘Data-driven’ education seeks only conformity, standardization, testing and a zombie-like adherence to the shallow and generic Common Core,” reads another.

CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:38 AM ET (US)
Will Fascism Come to America through Its Colleges and Universities?
"The biggest cowards in our country today are many, if not most, of our college and university administrators followed closely by a fair amount of their faculty. They are allowing their institutions to be taken over by a monolithic world view that is increasingly totalitarian and antithetical to the diversity of opinion on which the search for truth depends.

The inmates are running the asylum -- and not with any of the humor of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's only a slight exaggeration to say that Social Justice Warriors are to social justice what the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea is to democracy. In a few years, freshman handbooks may no longer be necessary. They can give out copies of Orwell's Animal Farm instead."

CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
07:07 AM ET (US)

"This is scientific fact. It is a record of history showing temperatures and CO2 levels. You will note that there is no correlation between temperature and CO2 level. In fact, there appears to be an inverse correlation in many (but not all) instances."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
06:41 AM ET (US)
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04:33 PM ET (US)
School District Labor Contracts: Surprising Provisions
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
06:40 AM ET (US)
What is going on here? Put simply, what's happened is that the official unemployment number has grown increasingly useless as a reliable economic indicator, for the simple reason that millions of people have simply quit looking for a job. Since the unemployment rate is based only on those who are actively looking for work, the more people who drop out of the labor force, the lower the unemployment rate becomes.

Up until 2010 that didn't matter much, since the "labor force participation rate" was relatively steady. But during the Obama "recovery," that's changed. As the economy has slogged along for the last seven years, millions of non-elderly workers have given up looking for jobs entirely.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, recognizing the weakness of the official unemployment number, developed a broader "U-6" measure, which includes those who are "marginally attached" to the labor force or who are working part-time jobs for economic reasons.

In July, the U-6 rate was 9.7%, which is far higher than it was the last two times the official rate dipped below 5%.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
07:10 AM ET (US)
Our Collision Course with Pa.'s Pension Iceberg
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
04:22 PM ET (US)

Two sites which give a comparison of Trump & Cruz. There are other sources.
Edited 05-03-2016 05:34 AM
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:56 AM ET (US)
No, We're Not Underfunding Public Schools
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:41 AM ET (US)
Uncle Bernie Sanders Is Brainwashing Our Uneducated Youth
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
04:00 PM ET (US)
 “A liberal’s paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It's called Prison."

 Sheriff Joe Arpaio
 Maricopa County, Arizona
Bosley77Person was signed in when posted
02:30 PM ET (US)
So I heard yesterday from someone that we are not allowed to have a yard sale this year on Saturday during Good Old days. Is this true and why?
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
12:51 PM ET (US)
Million-Dollar Attack Ads
Funded by Taxpayer-Collected Union Dues
"Since December 29, 2015, the union-backed political group America Works USA has spent more than $1.1 million to air misleading ads trashing the state budget as “garbage” and parroting the Wolf administration’s false claim that the budget “cuts education.”

Unknown to many is that these ads are funded using union dues collected using public resources.

Fact: AFSCME Council 13, representing Pennsylvania state workers, gave $115,000 directly to America Works USA.

Fact: The National Education Association, the parent union of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, gave $1 million directly to America Works USA.

Fact: America Works USA is also funded by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).

Fact: Government unions gave nearly $6.5 million to the DGA, according to the latest annual reports filed with the U.S Department of Labor.

Fact: Last year, the American Federation of Teacher alone—the parent union of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers—sent just under $1.5 million to the DGA. AFSCME National Headquarters sent more than $4 million.

Fact: This is money taken from the mandatory union dues (not voluntary PAC contributions) of teachers and other state workers using publicly funded payroll systems."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
04:07 PM ET (US)
Time To BIN Our Government
"But let's cut the crap -- the NTSB lies about DUI to begin with. They claim that some 10,000 deaths and about 30% of all accidents "involve" someone who is "impaired." But they don't define "impaired" as legally intoxicated; any presence of alcohol is sufficient for said accident to count under their "rules" and what's worse the person who had the alcohol in their system doesn't have to have been at fault!

In other words if I go to the bar, have one beer, and on the way home a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and rams my vehicle from behind, killing me, that counts as an "alcohol-impaired" fatality -- even though (1) I was not at fault and (2) the person who was at fault had zero alcohol in their system. The accident is reported this way even if it was logistically impossible for me to evade the wreck (e.g. I'm stopped at a light with cross traffic in the intersection; there is literally nowhere for me to go even if I see it coming.)

Now 10,000 deaths a year, if they're due to intoxicated driving (but they're not; see the last two paragraphs) would be bad. The cost to society is terrible, say much less the cost to individual families and people.

But what is the cost of the DUI laws to society?

About 1.5 million people are convicted of DUI a year in the United States. Each of those persons absorbs, with today's laws, roughly $10,000 in direct and immediate costs in the form of attorney fees, fines and costs. They then absorb thousands more per year for "high risk" insurance and, in most states, a mandatory ignition interlock. In most states the "high risk" insurance is for a minimum of two years and the interlock (which has a mandatory monthly fee) for at least one.

That's $15 billion a year siphoned out of the economy!

Now consider this: If 1.5 million people are arrested a year for DUI in the United States but only 10,000 die due to wrecks with any connection (not because) to alcohol in any of the drivers (in other words a whole lot of those deaths have nothing to do with a driver being actually impaired; the driver either wasn't impaired or wasn't at fault) we're busting and convicting 150 people for everyone who does said grievous harm. Put another way you're 99.5% likely to, at the time of a DUI arrest, have hurt exactly nobody and damaged exactly $0 worth of anyone's property."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
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"On Christmas Eve, Gov. Tom Wolf posted a blog attacking Republicans and the “extremist” budget now sitting on his desk—which passed the Senate on a bipartisan 33-17 vote. Wolf claims it “cuts” funding for public schools, while the “framework” budget presents an increase for public schools.

It is difficult to understand, much less justify, Gov. Wolf’s shoddy claims."
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:43 PM ET (US)
Last post deleted due to that fact that the linked report may be unsubstantiated.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
06:52 AM ET (US)
Our Superstitious President
"If one were to characterize the Obama administration approach to the natural world, it is precisely an historical effort to privilege ideology over facts. In matters of gun control, Obama ignores how, where, and why most Americans are killed by guns because the facts do not fit a preconceived narrative. In matters of the Affordable Care Act, the administration made unscientific claims about affordability, budgetary consequences, coverage, and access that were quickly proven contrary to available evidence.

In reaction to the Benghazi killings, the Obama team advanced a narrative about a right-wing video maker prompting such “spontaneous” violence that contradicted eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence, and the social media testimonies of the attackers and the reports of the attacked. Then there is the matter of racial violence such as Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. The president evoked it as an example of police excess, even though his own Justice Department found no culpability on the part of the officer in question and the narrative of an innocent victim crying out "hands up, don’t shoot" to be an entire fabrication. For political and ideological purposes, the Obama Justice Department supports flawed studies theorizing that one in four females on campus will be a victim of sexual violence during her college years—a theory debunked by facts as often as it is resurrected for its electoral utility.

Obama does not believe in science because science is blind. In today’s political climate, disinterested inquiry is a mortal sin. We live in an age in which aims that are declared socially just require any means necessary to achieve them—even if that ensures a denial of the scientific method and facts themselves."

CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:33 PM ET (US)
Why Does Obama Call ISIS 'ISIL'?
"Many who closely follow the dueling Islamic terror narratives emanating from the White House are mystified by Mr. Obama's inability (or deliberate unwillingness) to utter the phrase "Islamic terrorists." Many are curious, too, about why he refuses to call ISIS "ISIS," steadfastly insisting instead that everybody in his administration call the terror group "ISIL." What's the difference, and why is it important? The agendas behind each diverge widely. In fact, the variance between the two is elephantine in scale."

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CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:48 AM ET (US)
Trump: Stop It Now
"The reaction from the others in the race -- and Muslims -- was immediate and loud. He was called racist, unhinged, divisive, dangerous, a demagogue and more.

But there's a problem with all the screaming: He's right.

Note that what Trump didn't say, and in fact pointed out later, was that this would not be a permanent policy change. Not only would that be unreasonable it would be stupid. But to halt the flow of people into the country that happens to include essentially all terrorists in today's world until we change our national policies to deter the effectiveness of terrorism and better detect those who are terrorists is not only intelligent it is necessary.

Our idiotic policies on a national level did not occur overnight. Nor will fixing them. Until we fix them, and fixing them will require debate, discussion and ultimately legislation we must put a stop to the jihadis coming here and wreaking havoc.

We are at war and it was not our declaration of war, it was theirs; it does not matter whether we also declare war or not as it was declared upon us, repeatedly."
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