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It's as stupid as saying the number of Lyme Disease cases has gone up 10 gazillion percentásince 1975. True - because it was not defined as a disease until 1975.
But this isn't stupidity - it's deliberate data-abuse to fool the statistically-ignorant and scientifically-unsophisticated. Or am I still paranoid and giving the Al Goresátoo much credit?
By the way, we love hurricanes. We don't like to see people's lives damaged, and would not be so foolish as to live in a place where such damage could be expected. But we do stand in awe of the power of nature.
NJSoldier has it right. With all the money that is available if you can write a half decent proposal and pin a $100 bill to your US Rep you can make a nice living in the USA.
Hell there aren't enough fact checkers to cover the studies generated by the billions of dollars doled out to check on the increase in incidence of dermatophytes on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning ,Montana.
So you grab the dough, expense the hell out of the project ( you need a Humvee to use on the reservation, right?, and a complete outfit from Orvis) and bogus up some data on the increased need for lamisil applied topically.
Submit the findings along with a new proposal to negotiate donations of lamisil from the pharmaceutical companies. Then you take the real lamisil and wholesale it while providing the Blackfeet with a cut of 50% flour and 50% lime which will kill the dermatophytes for sure.
Then of course the final proposal for follow up study .. it's all good...
Another scam sponsored by tranches of the progressive, administrative state? Shocking! Lets's make a list! It's really HOT today here in New Canaan, Ct!! Anyone old enough to remember summers without air conditioning knows how hysterical/stupid this all is. Al Gore is headed to a rubber room. Mark those words.
Tom C., Stamford,Ct
...and when the weather is unseasonably cool it's called "climate change".
NPR had a blurb the other day about all the havoc being wreaked upon the earf. Every example they could name was out in the middle of nowhere. Polar bears, coral reefs, ocean bottoms, the moon, etc. There isn't one NPR listener who can go to these places and verify the destruction.
Al Gore can call back when actual humans who live in the known world are feeling it. Today it's 70░ and cloudy. Man, this global warming is cutting into my trim inspections!!
The data is even later than the 20s. I remember living on the coast of Georgia and Florida in the 50s and seeing waves and wind that I now associate with a hurricane out to sea. We had no idea there was a hurricane out there - we just called it the elements.