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"It's all over the Internet. Just google it." Yes, truly a good way to get your information.
Mr. Ransom, you distrust experts so who provided you with the evidence for a link between abortion and breast cancer? The letter you cite pointed out the problem with the few studies that show a link--you did not choose to mention that in today's remarks. The Susan Komen foundation lists the evidence for and against the link. Their conclusion is "Scientific evidence from the most comprehensive and well-designed studies in the U.S. and around the world does not support the conclusion that induced abortion or miscarriage raises the risk of breast cancer." http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/AbortionandBreastCancer_October2011.pdf You never did provide any evidence for your position and I doubt that you will look at this.
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M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:45 AM
Your post brings to mind Mary McCarthy's famous quote about Lillian Hellman-- "Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the".
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Environmentalists Endangered!

M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 11:41 AM
First, it is Phil Jones. Second, the 2000-2010 was even warmer than the 90's Third, he did not "create" the graph, it comes from measures of temperatures and done, initially by Michael Mann. It has been replicated with many different proxies. Fourth, the temperature records are measure of anomalies--departures from a long-term average. They are not absolute temperatures. So removing "cooler" regions would not necessarily lead to cooler temperatures. In fact, since the greatest warming is seen in the polar regions, removing them leads to a cooling bias. Finally, Phil Jones and others have been investigated by no less than 5 different groups. Every one has said that the accusations are baseless.
Howard Zinn’s book is not part of the standards—this is a figment of Ransom’s imagination. Most of the reading content is left to the states. The common core does require that students read classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare. The core covers Reading & Language Arts and Math. Gender studies would not be part of any curriculum More than 10,000 people provided comments on early drafts including teachers and parents. One of the goals of the core is to equip students with the skills of critical reading and research. This is something that Ransom could certainly use.
Ransom continues his tradition of fact-free columns. It is obvious he couldn’t take the time to actually read the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/. A few of the many things he gets wrong: The Federal Govt did not initiate the common core. It is being lead and implemented at the state level by the National Governer’s Associate and other state level organizations. States are not required to adopt the standards. Algebra is not being taken out of middle school. Students who master the prerequisites will be able to take Algebra in the 8th grade. ...
"By the way, that data excludes results from the coldest parts of Russia." Global temperatures are not calculated as absolute measures but as anomalies--departures from a location's long-term average. So excluding "cold" areas would not necessarily lead to colder temperatures. In fact, the opposite is true. Global warming is most pronounced in the polar regions so excluding their data leads to a cooling bias.
Mr. Caveman No one disputes that the earth has warmed and cooled in the past. But the rate we are now seeing warming is unprecedented The Milankovitch cycles operate on a time scale of over 400K years. The warming we are seeing has occurred in less that 200. Was the MWP warmer than today? Possibly, but it was not a global effect and the rate at which it happened was much slower. In any case, we are on a track to be far warmer, globally, than the MWP very soon--and it will keep getting warmer after that.
"The Arctic Sea was ice free in the late 1950's." Evidence?
Wait, wait you may say. The Antarctic sea ice is growing! So, it all balances out. Well, no. While it is true that ice in the Antarctic is growing during NH summer, the increase is much smaller. As a percentage of ocean cover, the decline going on in the Arctic is almost 25 times the increase going on in the Antarctic.
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