Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lake Forest Park Peace, Social Justice and Hypocrisy

From the web page
Nonviolence is not passive, but requires courage. Nonviolence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary. Nonviolent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evil-doer. Nonviolence requires a willingness to accept suffering for the cause if necessary, but not to inflict it - a rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, ans well as a refusal to commit physical violence - faith that justice will prevail.

From the captions on the Right Follies page:
My Name Is Always M. Wright and I made an ass of myself.

Last observed at Lake Forest Park frothing at the mouth while 'splaining why he was right and everyone else was wrong. A personal observation; before Mr. Wright gets in front of a camera to make an ass of himself, he should check that his shirt doesn't end before his belly begins.

The very unattractive Mr Always M. Wright spurns the truth again and again.

BUT WAIT... It Gets Better

We were blessed with a visit from yet another right winger last week. Notice the finger in the air. As usual they like to point things out with one digit, never two. Wouldn't want to confuse an IQ number with the peace sign.

Now this lady looks harmless but let me tell you, she'll chew you up and spit you out. She thinks the current health care system is just fine. Got medical bills & can't afford insurance? Tough, get a job. Lost your job? Tough, your a loser. Can't afford to see a doctor? Tough, heal yourself. Lost your home due to catastrophic illness and medical bills? Tough. Tough. Tough. Given a chance this kindly looking grandma will beat you to death with her cane. She must get her nastiness from her hero, George (the shoe) Bush.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Global Warming's Exhibit #1, The Hockey Stick Is Shown To Be A Fraud*

Here is the not as technical explanation of the whole story from Watts Up With That.

1- In 1998 a paper is published by Dr. Michael Mann. Then at the University of Virginia, now a Penn State climatologist, and co-authors Bradley and Hughes. The paper is named: Northern Hemisphere Temperatures During the Past Millennium: Inferences, Uncertainties, and Limitations. The paper becomes known as MBH98.

The conclusion of tree ring reconstruction of climate for the past 1000 years is that we are now in the hottest period in modern history, ever.

See the graph http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/image/mann/manna_99.gif

Steve McIntyre, a Canadian mathematician in Toronto, suspects tree rings aren’t telling a valid story with that giant uptick at the right side of the graph, implicating the 20th century as the “hottest period in 1000 years”, which alarmists latch onto as proof of AGW. The graph is dubbed as the “Hockey Stick” and becomes famous worldwide. Al Gore uses it in his movie An Inconvenient Truth in the famous “elevator scene”.

2- Steve attempts to replicate Michael Mann’s tree ring work in the paper MBH98, but is stymied by lack of data archiving. He sends dozens of letters over the years trying to get access to data but access is denied. McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, of the University of Guelph publish a paper in 2004 criticizing the work. A new website is formed in 2004 called Real Climate, by the people who put together the tree ring data and they denounce the scientific criticism:


3- Years go by. McIntyre is still stymied trying to get access to the original source data so that he can replicate the Mann 1998 conclusion. In 2008 Mann publishes another paper in bolstering his tree ring claim due to all of the controversy surrounding it. A Mann co-author and source of tree ring data (Professor Keith Briffa of the Hadley UK Climate Research Unit) used one of the tree ring data series (Yamal in Russia) in a paper published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 2008, which has a strict data archiving policy. Thanks to that policy, Steve McIntyre fought and won access to that data just last week.

4- Having the Yamal data in complete form, McIntyre replicates it, and discovers that one of Mann’s co-authors, Briffa, had cherry picked 10 trees data sets out of a much larger set of trees sampled in Yamal.

5- When all of the tree ring data from Yamal is plotted, the famous hockey stick disappears. Not only does it disappear, but goes negative. The conclusion is inescapable. The tree ring data was hand picked to get the desired result.

These are the relevant graphs from McIntyre showing what the newly available data demonstrates.



And by "fraud" I mean the "scientists" were purposely being deceitful.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Health Care Solution

Listening to Congressman Jay Inslee at the August townhall forum in Edmunds, he claimed the following:

A government run public option will cover pre existing conditions.
A government run public option will not have a limit on coverage.
A government run public option will cost less than existing health care insurance.
A government run public option will self finance through premiums and will not be subsidized by the tax payers.

So in a nut shell, it sounds like better coverage for less money.

Also observed at the townhall forum was a strong pro public option presence by unions.

So here is my idea, why not put all of the union represented government employees on a public option health insurance plan. The unions get what they want, a public option health insurance plan. Those on the right get lower cost government.

Everyone is happy... as long as Congressman Inslee is being truthful.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jay Inslee Health Care Question Update

Day 60 and counting. 8+ weeks and no answer to my question.

I did have another email from an actual staff member that once again did not answer the question. The question was and still is if a public option is passed as part of health care reform, with Congressman Inslee sign up for that public option for his personal health care. The email I got said Congressman Inslee does support a public option. I replied back and then called the office and spoke directly with the staff member to both make sure the question was clear and to ask if I could get the answer expedited. That was 3 weeks ago. I emailed the same staff member on Monday, 3 days ago, asking for status and have not received a reply. I called the office this afternoon and was told they would talk to another staff member and get back to me.

60 days and no answer to a yes or no question and these are the people that want to be in charge of my health care.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Micheal Moore, The Genius Hypocrite

Micheal Moore was a guest on the new Jay Leno show Tuesday evening. You can view the interview at this link, 25 minutes into the show. When he walked onstage, my first reaction was man is he fat. Now an educated guess is he is around 6 feet tall and has to be close to 300 pounds. The first comment Jay made was about his weight and surprisingly enough, he has lost 70 pounds and we were told he is half way to his goal. Now someone who is 6 feet tall is considered obese If they are over 220 pounds. So I am going to guess his goal is in the 220 range which would put him currently around 290 and therefore was once hovering in the 360 range. Why do I bring this up? Because the reason for the appearance was to promote his new movie. Now his previous movie was called Sicko which was a condemnation of the United States health care industry, specifically insurance companies and pharmaceuticals. But the reality is that the majority of health related issues in the United States are because of lifestyle choices and obesity is right around the top of the list. Think about this fact, our poor people are fat. 1 in 7 low income children is considered obese. So this man who makes a decision to lead a life which puts him at an exceptionally high risk of having health issues makes a movie complaining about insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies making excessive profits. How much did the morbidly obese Micheal Moore make off of this film? Well the reports are he made 50% of the after cost take. The film cost 9 million to make. It grossed over 24 million in the United States and over 11 million overseas. So the gross minus the cost is 26 million, half of that is 13 million. I am sure there were other expenses but I think it is safe to say that Mr. Moore made a significant amount of money, probably over 10 million, complaining about an industry when he is in fact should be the poster child for what is wrong with health care in the United States.

And that leads to any even more extreme example of hypocrisy by Mr. Moore. His current film is called Capitalism, a love story. It is about how capitalism is evil. This from a man who is making millions and millions of dollars off of making film that complains about the exact things he does with his life. During the interview with Jay Leno, Moore made the claim that the top 1% hold more wealth in this nation than the bottom 95%. I was not able to find any stats on that for the last year or two but the stats I did find from a couple of years ago do not support that claim. The unbelievable part though was when he talked about the rich and how “they” now want our money. Excuse me? This guy is without a doubt in the top 1% of income earners and is probably in the top tenth of 1% and is talking to someone who has even more money than he does and he refers to the rich as “they”. In that conversation, any reference to the rich should have used the term “us” or “we”.

I have got to give the guy credit though, being able to look in the mirror, recognize the worst in you, making a film blaming others for your faults and making a boat load of money, genius, pure genius. I am expecting Mr. Moore’s next film to be a condemnation of those who dress like slobs.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Jay Inslee Responds To My Question Part 3

Just got an email from the office of Jay Inslee responding to my question asking if he will pledge to sign up for the public option if in fact it ends up being part of health care reform.

The answer...
He supports the public option and will vote for it.

6 weeks. I have been waiting for 6 weeks for an answer to my yes or no question. I have had 3 email replies, none of which answer the question. I have called the offices, both Shoreline and Washington DC at least 10 times to let them know they have not answered the question, to ask status, to make sure my question is clear. I sat in on a town hall meeting where the same question was asked. I still do not have an answer.

I am just glad I am not part of some government run health care plan and had a urgent more difficult question asking if a certain medical procedure I need was covered by my governemnt run health care insurance plan.