We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"NPR goes rogue on Disability Abuse" -
Yes, there is abuse - e.g. fraud. But come now, one person with diabetes is "disabled" while another is not, and the other cases of actual problems having severity decided by judgement call? I broke limbs several times from teens into my 50s, healed, went back to work: could I do so in my 80s? Same problem, just a broken limb, so why the difference?
Bah. Find a real problem, not "But he looks fine!"
"The Engineer Behind the Climate Change Train Wreck" -
Uh, Climategate ? Significant, but more actual documentation of long-suspected chicanery. And less useful than those who had been disassembling the "evidence" that Global Climate would stabilise - unlike any previous century in the past several million years - if we miserable humans would just sit quietly and do nothing but die off.
Remember Malthus, like the IPCC summarisers, just "projected current trends" and was quite correct: but, like the IPCC and other "It's all the fault of humans" types, factors affecting his projection kept changing (rather like weather and climate?}.
An easier one: at the end of WWII the makers of computers projected that there might be a place for as many as six of their behemoths outside Government. They did not take note of the recently-invented transistor or its potential. IBM, which had been a major piece of "computing" but not a maker of "computers" did, and shrunk several hundred square feet of vacuum tubes into something about the size of a Model A Ford. And it could be made for proportionately lower costs. Then came integrated circuitry. Etc. Today, a "Smartphone" far outperforms those first IBM computers and fits in a pocket. Were Sperry, Univac, and the rest wrong? Not really, they wre projecting known facts rather than predicting unknowns. Prediction was left to Dick Tracy and his "wrist radio."
The IPCC summary controllers, unlike their predecessors, are aware of factors other than human (CO2) but exclude it. In a way this may be justifiable since IPCC was originally tasked with investigating human-climate interaction: our Sun, research that termites put out several hundred billion tons of CO2 per year, ocean currents - all may be [i]technically irrelevant. But favoring the Wizard while ignoring the guy behind the curtain...
When Hispanics become the majority in Mexifornia next year, will they be ineligible for affirmative action protections and will whites then become eligible? Just wondering whether a white minority can ever become a protected class in our race obsessed country. As for "all men are created equal," forgeddaboutit. Such a quaint idea has no place in a liberal country.