Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From Pam Geller's Site: Atlas Shrugged

Spineless: Obama Blames US Intel for His Failures on the Rise of Islamic State - Even in the worst of times, as the country and the world roils in chaos, Obama thinks only of his own precious hide, with never a thought for the country he chose to serve.  When the spineless Commander-in-Chief laid the blame of his failure on the Islamic State on US intel community on 60 Minutes last night, it belied the power of even the most delusional. For years I and a handful of my colleagues had warned of the rise of the jihadists in Libya, Syria and Iraq. This was no surprise. This was the outcome of a President who denied the global jihad, Islamic doctrine and the aspirational goals of Islamic supremacists. If I knew, the President of the United States didn’t?  And worse still, the man with no foreign policy experience...

British Muslima Terror Leader is Training Bombshell Army - This British woman who converted to Islam has become one of the most vicious, bloodthirsty and savage leaders of the global jihad. Again we ask the obvious question: how is it that millions of Muslims and Muslim converts “misunderstand” Islam in exactly the same way? This time last year, Samantha Lewthwaite, aka “The White Widow,” led a multinational Muslim militia in an attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. During the Westgate mall massacre, all the Muslims were released, and the non-Muslims were tortured and murdered in cold blood. 63 were murdered and over 175 people were wounded in the mass shooting. An army of female suicide bombers can accomplish a good deal more than men, particularly in the West where...

Al Qaeda Leader’s Chilling Warning to the US: ‘The Battle’ Will Be ‘Transported to the Hearts of Your Own Homes’ - No worries, my fellow Americans, Obama assures us that al Qaeda is on the run. Where they are running is a whole other matter. The JV team strikes again! “Al Qaeda Leader’s Chilling Warning to the West: ‘The Battle’ Will Be ‘Transported to the Hearts of Your Own Homes’” By Doug Urbanski, September 28, 2014 BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate vowed Sunday that his group would “use all possible means” to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance. In a 25-minute audio recording, Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani warned Western countries against taking part in the alliance in words that echoed...

Hamas-CAIR claims situation of Muslims in America similar to that of blacks in segregated South - It speaks to the Orwellian era we are unfortunately living in that the terror-tied CAIR could frame its supremacist, racist goals in a 60s-style civil rights narrative. There is no more supremacist, racist, misogynist, antisemitic system of governance than the sharia, and no group as dedicated to destroying individual rights, equality for all before the law and above all, the freedom of speech.

Blacks are still enslaved under the sharia in Muslim countries. The translation of black person in Arabic is abeed (slave). 20% of the population of Mauritania are blacks enslaved by Muslims. “Hamas-linked CAIR claims situation of Muslims in America similar to that of blacks in segregated South,” By Robert Spencer, September 29, 2014

Watch VIDEO: The Islamic State Releases Second Video with British Hostage - And while this video is obviously meant to taunt the US, the fact is that US weapons and aid sent to the rebels have wound up in the hands of the Islamic State. Many of the victories of the Islamic State were fought with American weaponry.  I think it’s apt that the Islamic State would open their propaganda video with the NY Times logo in the background. What major media publication has done more and showed as much sympathy for the jihad force?  Here is the Islamic State’s second propaganda video with their next beheading victim.

FULL TEXT, VIDEO Netanyahu at the UN: “The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith.” - Prime Minister Netanyahu is a singular voice of truth and reason. For those of us who do this work and are forced to listen the ramblings and meaningless rhetoric of President Obama, this is like manna from heaven. The only other world leader than you can speak of in the same breath as PM Netanyahu is Canadian PM Stephen Harper.

Former Imam Of Oklahoma Beheader’s Mosque Apologizes To the Islamic State Day After Beheading - The media still omits, censors, the jihad behind the Oklahoma beheading by devout Muslim Jah’Keem Yisrael. Part of that is the automatic self-enforcing sharia: the media parties never criticize Islam.  Another fact obscured by the media complicity is that these acts of jihad extend far beyond the beheader, plotter, and terrorist funder. There have been over 23,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11, each one with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. Every jihadist goes to mosque. And many of these Muslim leaders are closerthanthis with most members of the media. This imam, for example, is embraced by the media. The execrable Lisa Wangsness waxed poetic here at the Boston Globe about Imam Webb, “in life and words, Muslim leader...

Daily Mail on AFDI Ads: ‘Clearly, it’s not all Muslims, but there is a problem in Islam and we are prohibited from talking about it. Which is why our ad campaign is so essential.’ - As I explained yesterday, we honored a request by the Foley family and modified one of the ads in our series of jihad-awareness ads that went up today in New York City. Read the full story here. The replacement ad will be up this week. We did not receive a “cease and desist” letter. The Foleys do not own the photo and they had no legal basis for their request. The murder of James Foley was an act of war, like 9/11, and it is worldwide news. We removed the photo because the Foleys said it would cause them further distress. It was for this reason and this reason alone that we expended substantial resources retooling the ad to accommodate Mr. Foley’s parents, but this is a compassionate effort we chose to undertake to...

Islamic State’s “Emir Of Suicide Bombers” Raises $2 Million In Qatar - Further proof that Qatar must be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, and the reason why I joined the steering committee of the Qatar Awareness Campaign.  We are a coalition of concerned independent journalists and publishers, for the purpose of signing onto letters addressed to companies and individuals who are accepting money from Qatar. The reason? Qatar is responsible for: The Israel/Hamas war (they host, fund, and profit from Hamas – the tunnels are used for smuggling) Boko Haram (they fund and profit from Boko Haram – slave trade and narcotics) The Islamic State (they fund and profit from ISIS – narcotics and slaves). The Taliban (they fund and profit from the Taliban – heroin).

PHOTOS: AFDI Ads Hit the Streets in NYC Today - Our ads went up today on NYC urban panels (below) and 100 NYC buses. Below are the panels, bus photos to follow.

In the Wake of Oklahoma Beheading, The @NYDailyNews Slanders and Smears Pamela Geller and AFDI’s Jihad-Awareness Ads  - In yet another textbook case of media malfeasance and fallacious reportage, the NY Daily News attacks us for modifying one of our jihad-awareness ads after a request was made by the Foley family. It was never our intention to add to their pain, which was the sole reason why we changed the photo in the ad. All of the other ads went up today and are running on 100 New York buses. But the NY Daily sub-headline is reporting it this way: Foley’s parents joined critics saying the ads were bigoted and slanderous to law-abiding Muslims, prompting firebrand blogger Pamela Geller to pull the campaign and send a letter to the family. The Foley family did not say our ads were bigoted and scandalous, but this statement from the NY Daily News...

One of the most infamous and pernicious sponsors of Islamic jihad terror: Qatar - To the American Public: In light of the wars and violent turbulence that currently engulf the Middle East and parts of Africa, a coalition of concerned citizens, journalists, and activists are launching a campaign to expose a most infamous and pernicious sponsor of Islamic terror: the Gulf state of Qatar. Qatar, (pronounced “cutter,” or “gutter”), is, per capita, the richest country in the world ($93,352 in 2013). This is partly due to the fact that they control the third largest natural gas reserves in the world, the North Dome field in the Persian Gulf. It is also because Qatar has a mere 278,000 citizens, with a total population of 2.05 million; the remaining people in Qatar are a mix of well-paid ex-pats from...

Ali Sina: In Defense of Islamic State - In his speech addressed to the UN general assembly, Barak Hussein Obama said, “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones killing innocents.” He also stated, “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” We know about Mr. Obama’s admiration for Islam. The following are a few of his statements: · “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” · “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country” (i.e., USA, not Kenya). · “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” · “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an...

Netherlands: 14-year-old Muslim makes video supporting Islamic State and threatening to behead Jews - Europe is descending into madness…again. Even the Nazis weren’t this overt, and look what they accomplished. These savages have big plans for everyone, not just the Jews. Don’t kid yourself. “Dutch Pupil Threatens Beheading of Jews,” Bad News from the Netherlands, September 28, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): A 14-year-old Muslim pupil at De Spindel High School in Hengelo prepared a short film in which he expresses his sympathy for ISIS and threatens to behead Jews. The pupil has been suspended. The matter has since gone public and the parliamentarians Van Klaveren and Bontes, of the VN party, have put forward questions to the Minister of Security and Justice regarding this issue. They want to know what...

France Charges 3 Jihadists with Planning Islamic Terror Attacks - The fact is that France charged three former moderate Muslims with plotting mass murder in the cause of Islam. “France charges 3 suspected jihadists with planning terror attacks,” Jerusalem Post, September 28, 2014 Brother-in-law of Muslim who gunned down four at Toulouse Jewish school among those being held. ISIS militants. (photo credit:ARAB MEDIA) Three French-national suspected jihadists, arrested in Turkey after traveling to Syria, were charged by the French Republic on Saturday with planning terrorist attacks.  They were charged with “criminal association with the aim of planning terrorist acts,” Pierre Dunac, one of the lawyers, told the French news agency, AFP. One of the suspects is Abdelouahab...

From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation

"Every age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on either by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation. Failing in these, it has some madness, to which it is goaded by political or religious causes, or both combined." -  Charles MacKay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, London 1852.
Obama’s £100 Billion Climate Promise May Sink UN Climate Deal

China’s Demand For UN
Climate Deal: $100 Billion

President Obama arrives [in Copenhagen] on Friday morning bent on applying a combination of muscle and personal charm to secure a climate change agreement involving nearly 200 countries. The world is looking to Mr. Obama to wrest some credible success from this process. The administration provided the talks with a palpable boost on Thursday when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared that the United States would contribute its share of $100 billion a year in long-term financing to help poor nations adapt to climate change. --The New York Times, 17 December 2009

What once seemed a harmless token of good will from rich countries to poor ones could derail negotiations over a global climate deal next year. Developing nations want industrial countries to contribute the $100 billion they promised for a Green Climate Fund by 2020 to pay for clean energy and other projects meant to help them adapt to a changing climate. That $100 billion was never realistic. Rich nations that were expected to contribute when the U.N. started the fund in 2010 aren't feeling rich anymore. Unless developing nations drop their demands, negotiations over a binding climate pact next year in Paris might be over before they really begin. --Zack Colman, The Washington Examiner, 29 September 2014

While President Obama challenged China at the United Nations to follow the U.S. lead in pushing for drastic reductions in national carbon emissions to save the planet from “climate change,” it appears that China has dramatically different ideas. As in: no. China insists that the U.S. and other developed countries endure most of the economic pain of carbon emission cutbacks, and need to make significantly more sacrifices in the months ahead. A promised $100 billion in annual climate financing that Western nations have already pledged to developing countries for carbon emission control and other actions by 2020 is only the “starting point” for additional Western financial commitments that must be laid out in a “clear road map,” which includes “specific targets, timelines and identified sources.” --George Russell, Fox News, 24 September 2014

Global communities might have missed India’s point at the climate summit in New York on September 23, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi made up for the loss four days later by articulating the country’s views on the necessary actions to be taken to face the challenges of climate change during his UN general assembly speech on 27th of September. In a remark which may disappoint rich nations, specifically the US, Canada and the European Union (EU) countries, Modi insisted on the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” (CBDR) and made it clear that this should “form the basis of continued action” in future. It’s a clear signal that India will not dilute its well-stated position when the country representatives would assemble in Lima, Peru in December for climate change negotiations in the run up to the global deal in Paris next year. --Vishwa Mohan, The Times of India, 28 September 2014

Have we beaten “peak oil”? For decades, it has been a doomsday scenario looming large in the popular imagination: The world’s oil production tops out and then starts an inexorable decline—sending costs soaring and forcing nations to lay down strict rationing programs and battle for shrinking reserves. But a growing tide of oil-industry experts argue that peak oil looks at the situation in the wrong way. The real constraints we face are technological and economic, they say. We’re limited not by the amount of oil in the ground, but by how inventive we are about reaching new sources of fuel and how much we’re willing to pay to get at it. --Russell Gold, The Wall Street Journal, 29 September 2014

From the beginning 25 years ago the arguments over climate science have dominated the scene and distracted us away from the fundamental problem: the prescribed method for preventing climate change is essentially replacing nearly all hydrocarbon energy, in the space of less than two generations. For the developing world, it means remaining poor for several more decades. The developing world needs to triple its energy supply over the next generation if it is going to raise hundreds of millions out of abject poverty, and that means using abundant hydrocarbon energy, not expensive boutique energy popular with ever-preening rich Americans and Europeans. The climate change community has reacted to this wreck of a policy not with second thoughts or openness to alternative frameworks, but with rage. --Steven Hayward, Forbes, 29 September 2014

Owen Paterson: Fight Against Climate Change ‘May Cause More Harm Than Global Warming’ 
No New Climate Targets Without Binding
UN Climate Agreement, EU Energy Chief

Measures to combat climate change may be causing more damage than current global warming, a former environment secretary has said. Owen Paterson, who was sacked in David Cameron’s reshuffle in July, attacked what he described as a “wicked green blob” of environmentalists for failing to explain the pause in global warming. --Matt Dathan, The Times, 28 September 2014
There has not been a temperature increase now for probably 18 years, some people say 26 years. So the pause is old enough to vote, the pause is old enough to join the army, the pause is old enough to pay its taxes. We were never told the pause was coming along, there are – as I understand it – about 30 different explanations for it and nobody explains why the pause is suddenly going to disappear and we’re going to get back on the track upwards. So I’m concerned that the measures being taken to counter projected dangers may actually be causing more damage now than those dangers. –Owen Paterson, The Times, 28 September 2014

Europe should only push ahead with its planned cuts to carbon emissions if the rest of the world agrees to a global climate change deal at a crunch summit in Paris next year, according to the EU’s energy chief. “If there is no binding commitment from countries as India, Russia, Brazil, the US, China, Japan and South Korea, whose governments are responsible for some 70% of global emissions, I think it is not really smart to have a -40% target,” the EU’s outgoing energy commissioner, Gunther Oettinger, told an oil and gas conference in Brussels. --Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 25 September 2014

In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris. The minister, Prakash Javadekar, said in an interview that his government’s first priority was to alleviate poverty and improve the nation’s economy, which he said would necessarily involve an increase in emissions through new coal-powered electricity and transportation. It would be at least 30 years, he said, before India would likely see a downturn in CO2 emissions. --Carol Davenport, The New York Times 24 September 2014

What cuts? That’s for more developed countries. The moral principle of historic responsibility cannot be washed away. India’s first task is eradication of poverty. Twenty percent of our population doesn’t have access to electricity, and that’s our top priority. We will grow faster, and our CO2 emissions will rise. --Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, The New York Times 24 September 2014

Two Nasa astronauts, whose photographs of Earth from space helped to start the environmental movement, believe the images have been “exploited” by campaigners against global warming. Charlie Duke, a member of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 who took one of the blue marble images, told last week’s Starmus science festival in Tenerife: “Climate science is bogus. The world has got no warmer for more than 15 years. It is a great irony that the images taken on the Apollo missions have been used in this way. We helped to start it [the environment movement] but I do not agree with it.” Walter Cunningham, who flew on Apollo 7, said: “Climate science is one of the greatest scientific fiascos of all time.” --Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times, 27 September 2014

Germany’s energy revolution—its energiewende—was supposed to blaze a trail, and show off a new way countries could meet their energy needs without wrecking their environment or the climate. It was an audacious experiment, but it’s hard to read much success out of it these days. It’s hard to imagine a worse set of outcomes for Germany — higher electricity prices, a rising reliance on the dirtiest fossil fuel around (coal), an accelerated phase out of one of the only zero-carbon baseload power sources around (nuclear), and a less diverse, less secure energy mix that leaves Germany exposed to the machinations of exporters like Russia. --Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest, 27 September 2014

Public Health: From the American Council on Science and Health: is Glum

Ho Hum. Blum is Glum, Posted September 26, by admin

Here she goes again. Deborah Blum couldn’t resist bemoaning the state of our environment—this time, trace chemicals in water. In her New York Times Sept 25th blog, “A Rising Tide of Contaminants,” Blum seems to be trying to convince us that we are drinking pure poison. If followed to its logical conclusion, one might wonder why anyone is still alive.

Blum’s piece is based upon studies by Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Swackhamer recently decided to measure certain chemicals in the Zumbro River, a tributary of the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota.

To no one’s surprise, she found chemicals in the water, including traces of pesticides and, gasp, prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Some of the drugs detected included acetaminophen (Tylenol), Prozac, antibiotics, and steroid hormones (birth control pills).

Blum adds, “Researchers realized more than 15 years ago that pharmaceuticals – excreted by users, dumped down drains – were slipping through wastewater treatment systems.”
Never one to be deterred by science, Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group chimes in “Our chemical safety net is more hole than net.” Cook is concerned that the The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate the environmental spread of pharmaceuticals. He adds, “Where does that leave us in terms of scientific understanding of what drugs to regulate?”

ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom, who needed both Tylenol and Prozac after reading this, is incredulous: “The ludicrous nature of these statements indicates that those involved in this cause are utterly clueless about chemistry, or being purposefully disingenuous simply to scare people.”

He adds, “Drugs do not ‘slip’ through wastewater plants. These plants were never designed to handle drugs in the first place. They treat bacteria from sewage. Anyone who thinks that thousands of drugs can be removed from wastewater has been reading too much science fiction. Or taking too much LSD (which is no doubt in the water as well.)

ACSH friend, and super-chemist, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society finds the entire article to be absurd. He says, “The reason that all of these chemicals are now being detected is enormous advances in analytical chemistry—not because there are more chemicals present. Compared to twenty years ago, the level of detection has improved between 1,000 and 1,000,000-fold. We are now able to measure chemicals at concentrations of about 1 part per trillion (PPT). To give you an idea of the magnitude of this, one PPT is equivalent to one second in 32,000 years.”

Dr. Schwarcz also notes, “To those who propose testing all of the chemicals, how exactly are you going to do this? Feed them to people? And where is the evidence of harm? People are living longer every year, and age-adjusted cancer rates have been steady for decades.”

Then, there’s the practical matter of how to keep these chemicals out of wastewater. Dr. Bloom says, “There are only two ways that this is possible. 1) Do not take antibiotics, birth control pills, antidepressants, or Tylenol. 2) Do not urinate, since this is how the drugs get into the water. Personally, I’m a big fan of urination. It makes me happy. Unlike this stupid article.”

Researchers claim association between antibiotics and childhood obesity - We say not so fast. - By the age of two, one in ten children are considered obese. Considering that obesity early in life puts one at greater risk of obesity later in life, childhood obesity is something to pay attention to. Now, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics claims to have found an association between the use — especially the use of multiple courses of treatment — with antibiotics before the age of two, and an increased risk of obesity by the age of five. However, despite the breathless headlines provoked by this apparent link, the methods used by the researchers need to be examined a little more closely.ACSH’s Ariel Savransky says, “This research is clearly missing this crucial lifestyle factor that may contribute to obesity in children. But it also makes a point that these lifestyle factors are extremely important in the early years of child’s life and parents and doctors should pay close attention to young children and their eating habits……..However, what the researchers failed to point out: children who need antibiotics four or more times before the age of two may also have some other underlying condition(s) which may predispose them to obesity and this is something else worth investigating further. And of course, this study should not be used to avoid prescribing antibiotics to children when necessary.”

FDA delaysapproval for life-saving drugs - In his recent opinion piece published in the New York Post, ACSH friend and former trustee (and former FDA official) Dr. Henry Miller questions the FDA’s decision to grant permission for “expanded access” to experimental Ebola drugs, while products desperately needed to treat deadly diseases in the United States are still awaiting approval. Dr. Miller references Bexsero, a vaccine for meningitis B, and pirfenidone, a drug meant to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)—both drugs were approved by the European Union and Canada, yet the FDA still has not given the OK in the US. The delays of these drugs have had deadly consequences—MenB outbreaks continue to occur on college campuses, and an estimated 40,000 people die each year from IPF. “The FDA bases priorities on factors other than data and the nation’s medical needs. Africa’s Ebola outbreak is front-page news, so the FDA grants expanded access for an Ebola drug,” Dr. Miller explains.  Read his entire article from the New York Post here.

Clinical trials find that breast cancer drug Perjetaextends survival - Last year, the advisory committee to the FDA voted to advise approval of a cancer drug, Perjeta, that could be used to treat breast cancer patients before surgery. Now, a new clinical trial sponsored by Swiss drug maker Roche, found that patients taking this same drug used in combination with Herceptin lived about 16 months longer on average than those patients in the control group.

Half of HIV-infected gay and bisexual men not receiving adequate treatment - A recent study by the from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that half of gay and bisexual men infected with HIV are not getting the treatment they need to stay healthy. Gay and bisexual men are the demographic at highest risk for infection of HIV. Over half of all HIV infections occur in gay and bisexual men, although the group makes up about 2 percent of the population. A 2011 survey conducted as part of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) reported that almost 20 percent of gay and bisexual men tested for the virus were HIV positive.

A painful recommendation by the American Academy of Neurology - There is no doubt that the use and abuse of opioids—narcotics related to morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. is on the rise. There is also no doubt that the rate of addiction and overdose deaths are also headed upward. So, what do you do about it? And, does what you’re doing make sense? The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) thinks that it has a solution—stringent restrictions in the legal use of narcotic painkiller. In a new policy statement, the group said “The risks of opioids far outweigh their benefits in chronic pain conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain.”……ACSH’s Dr. Gil Ross says, “The sad truth is that management of chronic pain is a serious unmet medical need—even more than 200 years after these drugs were first used in the U.S. for pain control. While these academic ‘experts’ may feel it’s just fine and dandy to talk about ‘safe alternatives,’ the sad fact is that they don’t exist. Nor will we be seeing them anytime soon. Opioid addiction is a serious problem and so is chronic pain. This is, unfortunately, a case of the lesser of two evils. It is not clear which is worse.”

General Mills treads a find lne between activists and science - Shareholders of food company behemoth General Mills soundly rejected a move to eliminate genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients from the company’s product line. Earlier this year the company announced it was removing all GMO ingredients from its iconic Cheerios cereal, but didn’t announce any plans to duplicate that move with its other foods. Then, at an annual shareholders’ meeting, a proposal was raised to remove GMO ingredients from all of General Mills’ products — supposedly because they weren’t safe….. The truth about genetic engineering and food safety can be found here.

The use of PET-scan imaging to evaluate cognitive impairment and dementia - Recently, the FDA has approved new PET tracers “as clinical tools to estimate brain amyloid burden in patients being evaluated for cognitive impairment or dementia.” And these new tracers – tau-protein tracers – may be key to distinguishing between chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a degenerative disease of the brain often found in athletes – and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In distinguishing among the various causes of cognitive impairment — the late stages of which are called dementia — the presence of tau protein in the brain is of substantial importance. In combination with the detection of beta-amyloid plaques, their detection represents the hallmark of AD.

 Women’s heart attacks may not resemble the “typical”pattern, and too often kill - When most people picture heart attacks, they think of sudden, intense chest pain causing the person to grimace in agony, clutching his chest. However, the presenting symptoms of a heart attack can be totally different for women. In her opinion piece, “The Woman’s Heart Attack,” in Sunday’s issue of The New York Times, Martha Weinman Lear discusses why the gender differences in heart attack symptoms aren’t more widely known—and why both women and, unfortunately, many doctors need to be better informed….. Lear points out that contrary to popular belief, the biggest killer of American women is heart disease—not breast cancer. In fact, heart disease kills more women than all types of cancers combined…… So how do women know when a symptom is due to heart attack, or nothing to be worried about? “If it is a symptom unlike any you have experienced before, make the call,” Lear’s doctor tells her.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paradigms and Demographics Evening Edition

For Voter ID Opponents, This Was a Stunning Blow – On Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the injunction that had been issued against Wisconsin’s voter-ID law by a federal district court in April. The court told Wisconsin that it “may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.” In reaction, Kevin Kennedy, the state’s top election official, said that Wisconsin would take all steps necessary “to fully implement the voter photo ID law for the November general election.” The appeals court issued its one-page opinion within hours of hearing oral arguments in the appeal. As I explained in an NRO article in May, the district court judge, Lynn Adelman, a Clinton appointee and former Democratic state senator, had issued an injunction claiming the Wisconsin ID law violated the Voting Rights Act as well as the Fourteenth Amendment. Adelman made the startling claim in his opinion that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2008 upholding Indiana’s voter-ID law as constitutional was “not binding precedent,” so Adelman could essentially ignore it.  However, that was too much for the Seventh Circuit. It pointed out, in what most lawyers would consider a rebuke, that Adelman had held Wisconsin’s law invalid “even though it is materially identical to Indiana’s photo ID statute, which the Supreme Court held valid in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008).”…...

If Republicans run as Republicans they will win -  If Republicans run as Republicans they will win - Political pollsters have a tough job. They have to create formulas to determine if the person who they are interviewing is likely or unlikely to vote, and it is within this calculation that their reputations are made. Typically, those who are likely to vote in an off-year election are pretty set. They are the people who always vote in elections, and a few others who are motivated by specific issues. In a wave election, the numbers of those motivated by specific issues escalates changing the electoral landscape as the candidates who are beneficiaries of this increased participation sweep to victory. The 2014 election is rapidly looking like something new and different. Democrats are reportedly demoralized by the failed Obama Administration and general fatigue. Republicans, on the other hand, in an orgy of expectation that the primary elections believed the key to taking the Senate was getting the “electable” candidates nominated. And get them nominated they did….[conservatives] want to believe that the Republican Party is still the conservative political party and is not just a different gang of thieves looking to plunder America’s pocket books. If Republicans run as Republicans in the final weeks of this election, they still can turn this into a rout. But then, they might have to govern as conservatives, and perhaps they fear that even more than being backbenchers……

Devolution is needed in America too - The world watched and waited to learn the fate of Scotland following its vote on the referendum for independence. For many other regions within the U.K., including Wales and Northern Ireland; within Europe, including Spain’s Catalonia and Belgium’s Flanders; and states within the U.S., including Vermont, Texas and Alaska; Scotland’s vote energized and inspired separatists’ movements — even though they were disappointed with the outcome.  While Scotland voted “No,” and chose to remain in the United Kingdom, it made enough noise and caused enough concern in London, that, in effect, it won anyway. When the race appeared to be close Westminster panicked — the “parties went into scramble mode.” They vowed “to introduce legislation to grant Scotland’s semiautonomous government more powers [devolution] if voters reject independence.”….. Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, agrees. He told me: “A desire for ‘self-governance’ is hard wired into humans. When asked the question, ‘who should decide the things that affect your life?’ the vast majority of people will answer, ‘me.’ This extends to the idea that local governance is better than edicts from a distant government. People have more power locally. ‘Who decides? I decide.’”…. A report about Scotland, and other separatist movements, in the Business Insider states: “From early on in the campaign they also focused more on making it less about all the things the U.K. is doing wrong and more about how they can do it better.” In the West, we know we “can do it better.” Let your state and federal elected officials know that you support state management of public lands and that you want decisions made at the local level — because we can do it better.....

Liberal Incivility and Gabby Giffords - When a gunman attempted to murder Rep. Gabriel Giffords in January 2011, the country was shocked by what was widely interpreted as an act that symbolized the incivility that had transformed American politics. That assumption, which was primarily aimed at undermining the Tea Party movement that had swept the midterm elections months before in the 2010 midterms, was soon debunked when we learned the shooter was an apolitical madman. But liberals have never ceased yapping about the implications of their opponents’ alleged meanness. Now it turns out the person who is doing the most to give the lie to this assertion is Ms. Giffords….. The kind of gutter politics practiced by Giffords’s advocacy group does nothing to further a productive debate about guns or any other issue. But it does bring to light the hypocrisy of liberals who believe their good intentions or inherent virtue should allow them to defame opponents in a manner they would decry as incitement to violence if it were directed at Giffords has begun to realize that empathy for her situation doesn’t translate into a willingness by the majority of Americans to embrace her positions on gun control, her intervention in political races is now taking on the aspect of a political attack dog rather than that of a sympathetic victim…… But it does bring to light the hypocrisy of liberals who believe their good intentions or inherent virtue should allow them to defame opponents in a manner they would decry as incitement to violence if it were directed at them…… 

Should We Sometimes Ignore Mass Murder but Condemn Lesser Sins? - Oddly, progressives often say “yes” to this question, and have been doing so for almost a century now. At the United Nations, President Obama stated: “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri—where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.”  Many listeners were jolted by the seeming comparison of a sad but unpremeditated killing in Ferguson with the Russian invasion of Crimea and the ISIS mass murder and beheading of those who disagree with them. According to Victor Davis Hanson, “Here is one of the staple dogmas of the Progressive mind: the sins and crimes of America that require apologies and reparations, even as the millions of dead, tortured, and imprisoned in other nations are shrugged off.”......Josephson published The Robber Barons in 1934....... “Before people pass judgment on Comrade Stalin they ought to come here and see his Works ….Stalin, however, was starving millions of Ukrainians and sending thousands of others to the Gulag in 1934, the year Josephson uttered those words. When Josephson finally left the Soviet Union and returned to America, he lamented, “How can I continue to write books merely for a living, when the form of society in which I live is repugnant?”

My Take – The history of Americans who lauded Stalin included FDR, who also liked Hitler and Mussolini until the war. A number of “progressives “ went to the Soviet Union and came back with glowing reports such as Lincoln Steffens who said, “I’ve seen the future and it works”. And Walter Duranty, working for the New York Times, received a Pulitzer Prize for his articles about the Soviet Union claiming no one was starving to death, in spite of the fact that every reporter there knew otherwise.
We see the same lack of proportion and integrity from the media constantly. The media went after the commissioner of the NFL 24/7 because they didn't like the decision he made over a wife beater. I kept asking - what crime did he commit that justified such intense scrutiny? Yet if you were to ask almost anyone about the Pakistani's who sexually molested children for many years in England no one would know what you were talking about - and that's just one small example. Outrage over small things while totally ignoring crimes so huge as to stagger the imagination. The same holds true regarding the environmental movement. The socialist monsters of the 20th century killed over 100 million innocent people, and the environmentalism has probably been responsible for the deaths of that many and more, starting with the ban on DDT. That's a story that isn't being played 24/7! No, instead we hear about a non-crime that doesn't fit the leftist narrative with blithering leftist idiots demanding that Goodell resign. Why?

Energy and Environmental Newsletter

By John Droz Jr.

Our latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter, is now online. There is some great material there, so please set aside some time to check it out. Below are some highlights.

 The CATO Institute has recommitted its "Center for the Study of Science" to cover more ground — especially in the energy arena. It asks the fundamental question: "What happens if science is being systematically distorted by the incentive structure for advancement in one’s profession?". Indeed, this is at the core of ALL of our technical matters, and in our opinion is THE issue of our times. Kudos to CATO to focus more on this!

 A newly released study by the Texas Comptroller is also significant. Texas has been a big promoter of renewables, but this report is full of disturbing data and dire warnings. For example it shows how the Summer is an extended period of high demand — yet of the 11,000 MW of installed wind energy, only a pathetic 963 MW (8+%) is typically available. The report states that this means that extensive fossil fuel backup is required.

 This is a sample of other interesting energy articles in the current Newsletter —
2014 HV McKay Lecture by Robert Bryce: More Energy Please!

Here are some examples of worthwhile global warming reports —
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