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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Long After The Damage Is Done ...

Shouldn't there be punishment of some sort for the people who - far too often - make mistakes that do irreparable harm?  People like those who publish The Lancet?
Medical journal recants 1998 study linking autism to vaccine
The Globe & Mail

A major British medical journal on Tuesday retracted a flawed study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.

The retraction by The Lancet comes a day after a competing medical journal, BMJ, issued an embargoed commentary calling for The Lancet to formally retract the study. The commentary was to have been published on Wednesday.

The BMJ commentary said once the study by British surgeon and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues appeared in 1998 in The Lancet, “the arguments were considered by many to be proven and the ghastly social drama of the demon vaccine took on a life of its own.”

Since the controversial paper was published, British parents abandoned the vaccine in droves, leading to a resurgence of measles. Subsequent studies have found no proof that the vaccine is connected to autism, though some parents are still wary of the shot.

In Britain, vaccination rates for measles have never recovered and there are outbreaks of the disease every year. [link]
Imprison them.  Imprison them all.  This has to stop.

While Our Heating Bills Go Through The Roof ...

... and millions of Americans are struggling like never before to make ends meet, Obama plans to suck even more of the lifeblood out of them:
A $2 trillion tax hike
New York Post editorial

Look out, America: President Obama is coming for your money. And this time, almost no one is safe.

The budget he proposed Monday sucks a mind-blowing $2 trillion in new taxes from hard-working Americans -- of practically all stripes -- over the next decade.

You'd think that the president might have taken pause after Bay State voters last month handed Ted Kennedy's Senate seat to an avowed tax-cutter, Scott Brown.


Clearly, Obama isn't letting a little thing like that stop him.

Under his plan, Uncle Sam's cut of US output would rise by nearly half a trillion dollars in the next two years alone. That's a 13.5 percent jump (from 14.8 percent to 16.8 percent).

Who gets socked?

Almost everyone, one way or another. [link]
So many Americans can't pay their bills now.  How will they find the additional cash to pay Obama's increase in taxes?

The Twisted Minds of Leftist Americans

"Only problem:  It’s all a lie."

While Our Heating Bills Go Through The Roof ...

... Obama is still jacking around with his "clean coal" and "greenhouse gas" nonsense. If it were derisory before, it's enough to piss one off now:
Obama plots new energy path
By Lisa Lerer, Politico

Hoping to increase support in the Senate for his stalled energy bill, President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a new strategy to boost biofuels production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with “clean coal” technology.

Obama announced a carbon capture-and-storage task force to figure out how to deploy “clean coal” technology on a wide scale in the next 10 years. He called for five to 10 commercial demonstration projects to be up and running by 2016. [link]
Good grief.  These jokers are still monkeying around with that carbon capture idiocy.

I have an idea.  How 'bout you geniuses put your heads together and figure out a way to bring energy to the marketplace that the average American can afford?  Prices are going through the roof (including gas; Jarrod just paid $1,500 to have his propane tank filled!) and our biggest concern is over clean energy?  How 'bout we stop that nonsense and worry about those who will have no energy?

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Earth to Obama: We don't need to "capture carbon" at all if man-made global warming is nothing more than flimflammery.  Read a paper lately?  

If not, here's the latest:
IPCC: International Pack of Climate Crooks
By Marc Sheppard, American Thinker

Unquestionably the world’s final authority on the subject, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's findings and recommendations have formed the bedrock of literally every climate-related initiative worldwide for more than a decade. Likewise, virtually all such future endeavors -- be they Kyoto II, domestic cap-and-tax, or EPA carbon regulation, would inexorably be built upon the credibility of the same U.N. panel's "expert" counsel. But a glut of ongoing recent discoveries of systemic fraud has rocked that foundation, and the entire man-made global warming house of cards is now teetering on the verge of complete collapse. 

Simply stated, we've been swindled. We've been set up as marks by a gang of opportunistic hucksters who have exploited the naïvely altruistic intentions of the environmental movement in an effort to control international energy consumption while redistributing global wealth and (in many cases) greedily lining their own pockets in the process.

Here in the states, left-leaning policymakers and their cohorts in the MSM have thus far all but ignored both the reality and implications of the fraud unveiled by Climategate, Glaciergate, Amazongate, and the myriad other AGW-hyping scandals that seem to surface almost daily. Remarkably, most continue to discuss "climate pollution" and "carbon footprints," and the  tragedy of Copenhagen’s failure, even as the global warming fever of their own contagion plunges precipitously. The president appears equally deluded, as passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill (as though the climate might somehow be managed by parliamentary edict) was one of the many goals he set forth in his State of the Union address last week.

But their denial will be short-lived as even the last vestiges of the green lie they so desperately cling to evaporate under the heat of the spotlight suddenly shining upon them. [link]
Yet Obama goes about his business as if nothing has changed.

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In a related item, David S. Van Dyke, in "The CFC Ban: Global Warming's Pilot Episode," makes a point that I've made over the years.  The same bunch of crooks and half-wits who push the global warming blarney argued a few decades ago that chloroflourocabons were creating "ozone holes," a never-proven theory that resulted - once Democrats in Congress got a hold of it - in increased costs amounting to billions of dollars when air conditioning systems and aerosol cans had to be replaced.