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Chicken Little 'Science'

James64 Wrote: Apr 17, 2014 11:58 AM
Something guaranteed to flourish with "global warming" (it does every summer) - even just the hype: AL G.
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Chicken Little 'Science'

James64 Wrote: Apr 17, 2014 11:55 AM
C'mon - the believers and promoters have already dismissed solar activity (otherwise shown to have obvious effects) and water vapor ( 50 times CO2 and the greatest known "greenhouse gas" - but since it isn't simply a gas, it's ignored) in their "settled science". BTW - if there were such a thing as "settled science", the whole idea of science should be extinct, as it has been "settled" so many times over the centuries. I guess it only hangs on because the single biggest thing the "experts" don't know - is how little they know.
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Chicken Little 'Science'

James64 Wrote: Apr 17, 2014 11:48 AM
Then again, the rise in temps over the past two decades is a resounding NOT. "Climate change" IS a fact - it has been changing repeatedly and often, in different directions over the life of the planet - many times over just the hundreds of millenia of man's existence. Since mankind has survived far more substantial changes with less ability, I think the miniscule variations predicted (by heretofore incorrect "predictors") are an absolute non-issue. Government, BTW, has zero interest except for votes (power) and control. It exists to exploit for it's own purpose, while it is in turn exploited for the money it can provide.
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And They Call It ... Success!

James64 Wrote: Apr 17, 2014 11:13 AM
O-care originally required "at least 7 million young, healthy, uninsured, new subscribers" to make it work at all (it was ASSUMED they would pay, so the distinction was ignored)- otherwise it would simply add requirements and costs to the existing pool of insureds. Stirring the pot doesn't change what's in it. The fact that these very necessary demographics are the same as those who can now - somewhat cheaply - piggy-back on their parent's policies was either ingnored, or missed entirely. Then, when these necessary "uninsureds" were not queuing up to sign up, the definition of the required newbies became " at least 7 million NEW subscribers" - fairly dropping the "uninsured" part, but the vague implication remained for us to forget. Still, even dumbing-down the answer wasn't making the grade. Then, of course, came the cancellations; nearly 5 million strong; of policies to people who had; and probably continue to want; insurance. These can be called "replacements" and even with the costs, the vast majority will do so - being a guarantee of roughly 4 million subscribers (albeit not "new"). Shortly thereafter, came the current definition that merely "7 million subscribers" is the magic moment. Thus a meeting - of sorts - of the goal. That possibly one million are even new is ignored, along with only a portion of those being of the original required demographic - and less than 80% of this redefined number having paid anything (those probably of the "replacement" category). Ironic, that the primary reason for the failure to gain those they originally required, was the feature (however still wrong) that is most popular and results in much of the target demographic being covered. Further irony - albeit in the Administration's favor - is the cancellations occurring in time - and numbers - to JUST hit that minimum magic number. O-care has already failed - period - as what we were TOLD it would be. Since it was created more as a bridge to MedicAid-for-Everyone, however, it is still on-target for success.
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A Halo for Selfishness

James64 Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 8:17 AM
Ah - but selfishness is what we ARE. It is why we do very much of what we do - from climbing Mt Everest to slouching on the sofa watching Walking Dead to donating your time or money. We have different names for each turn we take, but we do these things because WE WANT to. That is selfish. Too many misunderstand and think it a bad thing, when it is neither good nor bad without the effort behind it. Selfishness is what helps use make our decisions in the absence of coercion. "What will I get", "How does it make me feel", "Will it help Me" - are all selfish. Understanding selfish and, of course, applying that understanding to others, is life-altering for those folk who float through life without a thought or care - or open mind (all of which are selfish, too - just blindly so). I was once one of those.
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College Isn't For Everyone

James64 Wrote: Apr 06, 2014 9:53 AM
I have, for years, made the statement that college is not for everyone. Regardless of the "experts" (who must make their living promoting - well, their living), our society still requires staffing a LOT of non- academic, no- college-at-all jobs. Many have on-the-job training that all the degrees out there are useless for, yet reaching technical levels that would surprise. Technical and vocational studies are practically ignored in today's one-size-fits-all, "my way is best" government approach to all education. I have felt, since high school, that many degree courses, particularly the social ones, exist as a method to attract more tax dollars, rather than to provide relevant education for a real need. Time has been proving that true.
To truly rate the damage, perhaps a listing of State's TOTAL tax bite out of a dollar? Including average property tax rates, sales tax rates, et al, would give a better overall view. Then, to really scare the check out of folk,add the Federal bite. Even the "poor", who think Democrat/liberal policies would be surprise.
I had recently started using Mozilla again and have deleted even the option of using it, because of this action. There cannot be so many users demanding this, it must be cowardice of the board.
Equality of outcome - or just equal. The more he ruins, the more I think his goal is to make us equal to the rest of the world. You know, the parts that are already failing.
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The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism

James64 Wrote: Mar 31, 2014 7:33 AM
It has been a while since there was actual racism involved. Since the 60s, it has been perverted by liberals into a sort of Pavlovian conditioning mantra, to teach their constituency - particularly minorities - that their only way out and for some little "revenge", is to have liberals take over responsibilities use the power of government to make their lives better, sooner. One MIGHT think that after three generations, there would be severe disappointment and an ideological revolt, but the conditioning is not all - the actual programs are difficult, often painfully so, to get out of. Should you DARE try for individual success, you are punished. Pavlovian conditioning: "reward" the behavior you want, punish the behavior you don't. Liberals treat their constituents like puppies to e trained to heel.
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