Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
The major challenge I have faced in preparing the class to write their essays has been confronting the stereotypes that students brought with them concerning gender in Latin America. Too many Americans think they know all about how females and males are supposed to behave south of the United States border with Mexico. American-made movies, television news and popular magazines all portray a land filled with aggressive machos addicted to a cult of virility and patient Marias—the humble females who dedicate themselves to the spiritual and moral sphere of life, sacrificing everything for the family. I have tried to get students to reflect on the socio-economic roots of such behavior, and why women of the lower classes are particularly at risk from both physical violence and sexual discrimination. These are: the prevalence in many countries of an agro-export economy with few jobs for women; the low-levels of industrialization which consign many urban women to housework; the high illiteracy rates, especially in the countryside; and the denial of political rights by authoritarian regimes. Few of my students, raised in middle class America, are comfortable with the idea that economic growth can come at the expense of women, a theme pursued in Third World feminist literature but not by the American press.
There are obvious holes in the education of Kent State students, and the Chairman of the History Department should move to fill them by requiring the uniquely qualified Professor Pino to prepare 3 courses titled:
- "Comparative Feminism: Origins of Islamist Practices of Clitorectomy and Honor Killing as a Factor in Unemployment Among Latin American Females."
- "Female Illiteracy under the Taliban: Consequences of Female Education as a Capital Offense."
- "The Benefits of Religio-Patriarchal Extremism for Islamic Women."
Oh, and the entire History faculty should be required to attend, and attain at least a "C" grade in these important studies, as a condition of continued employment. Either that, or all students signing up for his classes must read the Professor's blog and write a report demonstrating they understand his writings.
Monday, February 26, 2007
McGimsey’s puzzling question, “Whose taxes are paying for your property rights?”, she purports to answer in the same breath, “Mine are.” To rational beings, this is indeed bizarre. Unless McGimsey thinks she has some ownership interest in your property, how can her property taxes be relevant? I will suggest some possible translations.
McGimsey could say this because she believes property rights are rights granted by the government, not rights the government cannot take away. In this scenario, when the government takes your money, it grants you provisionary property rights. Property taxes are tribute. McGimsey thinks she has an ownership interest in your property, ipso facto, because a government exists. I favor this explanation, but there are others.
McGimsey could mean that without government to enforce contract law, private property would be a meaningless phrase. This has some merit. However, we suspect this is not her meaning because she says it in order to counter arguments favoring limited government. She argues that her property taxes enable, and therefore circumscribe, your property rights. This can only be an argument from privilege.
A bald statement of her position leads us to a third interpretation, related to the meaning of the term "rights." Ms. McGimsey may be convinced that her enjoyment of the rural character of Loudoun County trumps the rights of other property owners. She expects that paying taxes justifies total control of her environmental ambience. This might be summarized as - "I pay property taxes, in part, to protect the value of my property. My property will be worth more if I restrict how you use yours."
In passing we should note that the Center for Public Policy Research...”disapproved of the proposed management entity that would control the JTHG because taxpayers would have no say in determining its leadership.” And well they should disapprove: This is Confiscation without Representation.
Statists believe they have the right to constrain your pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in favor of their definition of greater good. As voters, this makes them troubling. As bureaucrats it makes them dangerous. Ms. McGimsey appears to qualify twice. She favors eminent domain by stealth.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
There is another Islam-and-ethanol kerfuffle taking place, this time in Philadelphia. It's about moving a retail sales location nearer a Mosque. The University of Pennsylvania's student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, reports:
Possible move of liquor store to 43rd, Walnut brings protest from local mosque
For students living on Beige Block, the potential move of the liquor store closer to the area may be a godsend.
Also, it's OK if you don't buy E-85. Feel free to refuse to live next to an ethanol factory. Let no OTC cough syrup pass your lips. Gargle not with Listerine. Divest yourself of all investments in wineries, brewing companies, distillers, or restaurants that serve drinks - don't forget your mutual funds. Mount a petition drive for a County ballot initiative to go "dry."
When you've achieved sufficient personal distance from ethanol, come back and we'll discuss where we should locate the liquor stores. We'll consider demands that punishment for student imbibing be expulsion for a first offense. We'll contemplate banning alcohol at all University functions, from faculty dinners to Communion in a University chapel.
But wait, there's a bigger immediate problem.An online commenter to the story notes:
The case can't just be: "It is too near a school and to close to a center of religious devotion. It violates the zoning requirements. We oppose any deviation from the zoning law." Instead, it has to be a religious insult with moral implications for society at large. Not the community. Society. In such cases, you don't just fight the zoning board on the basis of existing law.
I did get the blogroll/links better organized. Any comments or suggestions will be considered.
I don't like how Day by Day works, especially the Sunday layout where you have to scroll over, back and down. I'm still thinking about it.
I am upgrading the TOC template. Missing features will be restored.
Posted by Hershblogger at 2/24/2007 10:23:00 AM
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Here is an interesting post on market driven health care from National Center Blog's David Hogberg, who picks a bone with someone named Matthew Holt.
Holt uses LASIK eye-surgery as an argument against consumer driven health care. Since LASIK cost has fallen 30 inflation-adjusted percentage points in the last decade and since customer satisfaction averages 93 percent, it seems a poor example. Apparently, Mr. Holt's complaints are that consumers are not well enough informed, and that advertising fails to reveal that the services of all providers are not identical.
The National Center Blog does a fine job of pointing out that this objection is basically twaddle, but let me add a bit, including a personal experience and some prognostication.
I'm near the front edge of the baby boomer cohort and until very recently, had had no experience with any medical condition that could be considered chronic, i.e. with long term implications. The short version of the story is that at the urging of my better half I undertook a sleep study to find a cure for what she claimed was a snoring problem.
The diagnosis of sleep apnea offered a choice of 60 percent successful surgery requiring an overnight stay in an ICU and 4 weeks of recovery, much of it very painful, or a potentially uncomfortable machine which I would probably have to use every night for the rest of my life.
I decided I'd try the machine first. I was naturally interested in the comfort features most likely to allow me to avoid surgery. So, I did some research. There is no central information source for these machines, but there are many vendors on the internet and a multitude of discussion groups and even blogs. I discovered a great deal about the machines through advertising, and I settled on certain features.
Armed with an idea about what I should look for, much in the way I would research a car or a major appliance, I obtained a second opinion and a prescription for this "Class A Medical Device." I expected my final decision to be made after a visit to some kind of showroom where I could estimate the utility for travel, the control functions, features I may not have already discovered and general reputation of various manufacturer's offerings. That is, I wanted to speak with a salesman.
Such a place only exists on the internet. Instead, I received a call from the respiratory technician of my doctor's choice, who informed me he had a particular device ready and could deliver it in a couple of days. I asked about the features that were important to me, features that had never been discussed with me by anyone in the not-consumer driven health care arena. I was informed that I did not need those features because my prescription did not specify them. I informed him that since I would likely be using this thing for the rest of my life, I thought the features did matter. After a great deal of goofing about with a health care system that had already decided I was not competent to participate in this decision, I got what I wanted.
The point is that the "health care system" isn't really prepared for consumer choice. The prognostication is, that as more baby boomers bump into such issues, they will bring both their expectations of consumer choice and their intransigent feelings of "specialness" to bear in ways the health care system had better get ready to appreciate, even if Matthew Holt never does.
LASIK enjoys 93% customer satisfaction because it involves cutting your eyes with a laser. I bet people tend to be interested in the success rates even more than I was with my machine.
Now, add to that the fact that a Health Savings Account combines the tax reduction advantages of a traditional IRA with the tax avoidance advantages of a Roth IRA. That is, contributions to an HSA are tax deductible and, if you spend the proceeds on health care they are never taxed.
You can pass on an HSA as an inheritance. You will not be able to do that with Mr. Holt's opinion.
Consumer interest in medical care is clear, and the market will supply more and more information as baby boomers demand it. We haven't had a free market in health care for decades and we don't have one now. Speculation about the dearth of this market is premature.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Today is the 2nd anniversary of The Other Club. Thank you to all who have visited, and special thanks to those who have contributed their own thoughts.
There is a thread connecting the first 2 TOC posts and events of the past week. The meaning of "Support the Troops" devolved further into far-left sophistry, the Senate refused to have a debate on strategy in Iraq, and the House laid plans to undermine our soldiers in Iraq.
Here are the posts from 19-Feb-2005.
TOC's second post provides some perspective on the Battle of Iraq:
It it useful to note that there were no non-binding resolutions being debated in either the Senate or the House on the surge at Iwo Jima. There was no Murtha plan to "slowly choke off the war by stopping the deployment of troops from units that have been badly degraded by four years of combat." Much less 18 hours.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The registration refused to work for me yesterday, s0 I delayed posting this. It is worth checking out. Courtesy of Democracy Project.
Attacks in Baghdad down by 80%
It's over. We don't need a surge. Pull American troops from Iraq.
John Edwards and Barack Obama beat her to it.
The following letter appeared in this morning's Lansing State Journal. Reading the first sentence, most people might expect that the author was preparing to excoriate Majority Leader Harry Reid for refusing to entertain more than a single recreational resolution regarding troop reinforcements in Iraq. Not exactly.
In fact, all but 7 Republicans were joined by Joe Leiberman, who is "your father's Democrat" - the only one - in voting not to cut off debate. It was the Democrats who wanted debate to end, so they could display the courage of their resoutions to be non-binding. The "political trick" in play is same one the Democrats used over and over to prevent up or down votes on judicial nominations. They became the first to use a filibuster for this purpose in the history of the United States. Up until the Democrats used it in this fashion, it was a standard Senate procedure. It would be interesting to hear Mr. Mathias' opinion on that.
Here is the only resolution the Democrats will allow to be "debated:"
Again, the vote to cut off debate was proposed by the Democrats, not the Republicans. The Republicans wanted to debate, and vote on, other resolutions on the topic. Harry Reid blocked any resolution except the Democrats', and refused to consider any amendments to it.
Here's an example, proposed by New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, of a resolution Harry Reid refused to consider:
You might think, with Rep. John Murtha planning stealth funding cuts over in the House, that the more deliberative and wise Senate Democrats would welcome an opportunity to reject any strategy designed to subvert reinforcement of our troops, in general, while they are in harm's way. Mark Steyn notes this from the Washington Post:
In another attempt at provoking a full debate, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., proposed a resolution backing Bush's plan to deploy 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. That resolution would also set firm benchmarks for the Iraqi government to achieve after the deployment.
Harry Reid also refused to allow this resolution to be introduced. If a debate were desirable, as contrasted with pure political opportunism, both resolutions should be presented for up or down votes.
Just what is the meaning of the term "debate" to Democrats and Mr. Mathias?
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Posted for Paladin, who is temporarily disconnected:
Jobs. Michigan needs more jobs. Ask anyone. Read any newspaper. Listen to any politician. More jobs are what we need. Better jobs are what we need. Manufacturing jobs are what we need.
The Wall Street Journal reports that in the 20 years between 1986 and 2006 right-to-work States like Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina added 104,000 auto industry jobs while union-fair-play States like Michigan, New York, and Ohio have lost 130,000 auto industry jobs.
Union membership in the United States has gone from 34% in the fifties to 12% in 2006. How much longer can Michigan afford to ride this curve? Where are the politicians who really do care about jobs? And why don’t we elect them?
Unions were needed in the 1930s. Unions thrived from 1945-1970 in the environment of the auto industry quasi-monopoly. And as long as the monopoly lasted, Michigan’s “fair play” laws could not do serious damage.
Those days are gone. Only free markets for capital, goods, and labor can restore Michigan’s greatness.
Harry Reid, 48 other Democrats and 7 GOP Senators -
The 7 Senators Who Voted to have a Vote For Defeat in Iraq:
Norm Coleman, Susan Collins, John Warner, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter, Chuck Hagel and Gordon Smith.
Nancy Pelosi, 228 other Democrats and 17 House Republicans -
The 17 Republicans Who Voted For Defeat In Iraq
In case you think the Democrats actually support the troops, John Murtha notes that this was Not the 'Real Vote'.
No, the real votes intend to inflict a thousand cuts -
The Democrats' 'Slow-Bleed' Strategy
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Here is a comprehensive look at the topic of Dan Mulhern's anti-interview with Senator Carl Levin yesterday on WJIM.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Grammy Sweep by Dixie Chicks Is Seen as a Vindication
The market seems to agree - the Chicks 5-Grammy album ended up 16th on the Billboard 2006 album chart.
Mr. Jennifer Granholm, aka First Gentleman Dan Mulhern, was guest host on WJIM's Michael Patrick Shiels' show this morning. Mulhern perpetrated an "interview" with Senator Carl Levin on a topic for which he (Mulhern) was singularly ill prepared. The topic was a recent report by some Inspector General or other.
I put it that way because Mr. Mulhern did not know which Inspector General this was, what department the person serves or even if this person was male or female. For the record, that is the Department of Defense - where Mr. Thomas E. Gimble is Acting Inspector General.
Mr. Mulhern's abysmal ignorance did not prevent him from handing a soapbox to Senator Carl Levin, after an introduction so effusive as to bring tears to one's eyes - if one's name is Carl Levin. Most everyone else probably found themselves tending more toward emesis than lachrymation.
Levin seized the otherwise dead air to reiterate the myth that George Bush had claimed there was a direct connection between the 9/11 terrorists and Saddam Hussein. That Bush never claimed this is well known. That there were connections between al-Qaeda and Hussein is well documented. TOC, courtesy of Power Line Video, posted a cut from ABC News demonstrating this here.
Mr. Mulhern had no idea there is an alternate point of view on this topic. I mean, some androgynous, anonymous Inspector General's report - a report you've obviously never even seen summarized - must be interpreted solely by Carl Levin. I'm sure this gullibility made it easier for Mulhern to treat one of the most partisan of the players involved in the issue as a latter-day combination of Diogenes and Lincoln.
He could have Googled "Inspector General" - Gimble is the first hit. He could have checked the blogs - wingnut or moonbat. He could even have read the Washington Post, which recently had to abjectly apologize for confusing the IG's report with polemics issued by Carl Levin's office in 2004. From this effort could have arisen an interesting question or three.
It was not to be, Mulhern wasn't even informed enough to confuse these issues, much less ask an intelligent question. Pitiful, just pitiful.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The Democrats' non-binding resolution to "support the troops, but not the mission" is even less useful than this feel good symbolism: Lights on, nobody home
Would that the Blue Surge Scoot crowd's "debate" also consumed only 5 minutes, and with similar import. For one thing, I'm sure our congressional shenanigans cost more in US dollars, and carbon dioxide emissions from the participants, than was saved by a brief blackout of the Eiffel tower.
For another thing, US congressional encouragement of Islamofascists is far more harmful than French municipal encouragement of global warming zealots. The global warmers represent a supernatural belief system committed to moving our economy and population to 7th century levels through attrition. The other guys want it done via beheadings.
"Nobody home," describes both the GWZ and Democrats pretty well.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Last Thursday, TOC engaged in a little instant nostalgia via an 2004 OpEd regarding Joe Wilson's lies about uranium, Niger and Saddam. This demonstrated that, once adopted by the MSM, certain Leftists tropes become the basis for "the story" and cannot be displaced despite overwhelming contrary evidence. "Joe Wilson lied" is the reality. "Bush lied" is the story.
In a similar vein, the Washington Post thoroughly embarrassed itself last week. In its eagerness to see conspiracy in the Bush administration, the Post confused Senator Carl Levin's polemics with a report from the Pentagon inspector general. Byron York sums it up here: Oops [Byron York].
Fact checking normally would include correctly attributing a source, don't you think? The Post's retraction is merely a more sophisticated version of Dan Rather's "Fake, but accurate." defense.
CNN weighs in with a report that the Democrats find it expedient to blame Doug Feith for being right. Powerline comments:
The Pentagon inspector general conflates CIA's intelligence failures with manipulation of pre-war intelligence. In so doing, he is able to ignore historical fact and the report of the Senate committee on Select Intelligence as Power Line: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Here's the history they're trying to rewrite this week Courtesy of Power Line Video
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I did say I'd consider voting for John McCain when he recanted on Campaign Finance Reform.
This is not exactly what I had in mind, however: McCain Taps Cash He Sought To Limit
I was thinking of a principled re-commitment to the 1st Amendment and a pledge to undo the damage he's already done. That would also level the playing field instead of favoring incumbents. That's probably why it does not occur to him.
SARCASM ALERT: Weather does not equal Climate, but after the fashion of those who were telling us last month how Unseasonably Warm = Anthropogenic Global Warming...
For those of you in upstate New York, this will help pass the time while Snow Continues to Pile Up and up.
"Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years."
Global Warming Turns People Gay
One More Time, For the Stupid People
Václav Klaus about the IPCC panel
An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Close upon the heels of the Union of Concerned Scientists' laughably biased survey, we have a Global Warming Smear from UK tabloids being reported straight up by the Washington Post after vigorous fact-checking. That is, they applied the standard pioneered by the New York Times' Jayson Blair and infamously associated with Dan Rather.
As a result, the American Enterprise Institute is accosted by:
... Senators Bernard Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein and John Kerry sent a letter to Mr. DeMuth complaining that "should these reports be accurate," then "it would highlight the extent to which moneyed interests distort honest scientific and public policy discussions. . . . Does your donors' self-interest trump an honest discussion over the well-being of the planet?"
It not just free speech these Copperheads want suppressed, it's the scientific method.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Just in case there is someone out there who still does not believe Valerie Plame's lesser half Joe Wilson is a lying scumbag, or does believe that George Bush lied when he said: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Read this relatively restrained piece from Ann Coulter about the leading Oscar nominee for "Fastest Rewrite of History": Yellowcake and Yellow Journalism
The MSM know all this. TOC provided links here, and I wrote an OpEd that was published in the Lansing State Journal on the topic in July of 2004. I called it "Having your yellowcake and bleating it, too." I can't remember the LSJ title.
The fact that the MSM have known all this for years - they're even testifying about it at the Kafkaesque trial of Scooter Libby - and don't just merely ignore it, but still twist it 180 degrees - is disappointing if unsurprising. They continue to exploit Joe Wilson's lies to the detriment of the country.
Let's be clear, these lies may damage George Bush, but they damage the United States more by making it seem as if we are all as clueless as John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich and Dhimmi Carter.
The Democrats have tied the Senate in knots while they debate which version of a non-binding, non-confidence, nonsense-of-the-Senate motion to encourage al-Qaeda they want to pass.
Fortunately, life goes on - for a few less Islamofascists. Whole thing at the link.
Al Qaeda in Iraq Crumbling: al Masri on the run
Top Iraqi official held in raid Whole thing at the link.
Muqtada al-Sadr is the keyword as TOC has noted. If al-Zamili is not charged and tried, things are not going well.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The Union of Concerned Scientists has claimed that there is a conspiracy by the Bush administration to intimidate and censor climatology scientists in the United States on the topic of Global Warming.
It's a conspiracy, all right, just not the one the
The Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) at George Mason University is mentioned in this article, but not linked. It should have been, so I'll correct the oversight.
In counterpoint to the Union of Concerned Scientists we have actual State intimidation of climatologists being practiced in Oregon: Global warming debate spurs Ore. title tiff
Good luck with that. I look forward to Oregon's achievement of its proportional Kyoto reductions in the very near future.
H/T Drudge Report
In closing, here's a very brief summary of changes in major IPCC predictions between 2001 and 2006.
Temperature increases down one-third.
Radiative forcing down to 1.6 watts per square meter from 2.43 watts - also down by one-third.
Maximum sea-level increases down one-half.
What's up is the "certainty" of human activity as the cause for warming we haven't been able to detect for the last 5 years. From 66 to 90 percent. Up almost one-third.
I'll bet when the certainty reaches 100% we'll find the temperature, sea-level and radiative forcing numbers drop to statistically insignificant levels.
H/T A Dog Named Kyoto
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Perish the Thought reports What Joe Said --
That's Lieberman. On the Senate floor:
Click the link above. Read it all.
Glenn Reynolds is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. Reynolds is also the Instapundit, an important and prolific blogger. His book An Army of Davids, is highly recommended.
So are these pieces on the Second Amendment.
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, "A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment" . 62 Tenn. L. Rev. 461-511 (1995).
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan and Kates, Donald, "The Second Amendment and States' Rights: A Thought Experiment" . 36 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1737-1768 (1995)
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan and Denning, Brannon P., "Telling Miller's Tale" . 65 Law & Contemp. Probs. 113 (Spring 2002)
The Second Amendment is the reef upon which Rudy Giuliani's Presidential run may, and should, founder. Let us examine why the Second Amendment is a problem for the ex-Mayor.
Here, Guiliani tells Sean Hannity that he understands the Second Amendment to be optional depending upon demographics and circumstance.
The Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
What part of "shall not be infringed" is subject to the "reasonable and sensible" "tactical" requirements of the Mayor of New York City? What sort of Mayor favors violating the Constitution because the Brady Bill was "part of the crime bill." - because the ends justify the means?
Leaving abortion to the States, Rudy, in combination with appointing constructionist judges (a "trust me"), might even fly. Dodging "do you think it's acceptable if citizens have the right to carry a handgun?" with, "You've got to regulate, consistent with the Second Amendment.", will not.
And it makes me really, really wonder about what you mean by "constructionist judges." Really, really wonder.
Monday, February 05, 2007
You can listen to the interview here: The Glenn and Helen Show: Michael Yon from Camp Victory
An excerpt, Michael Yon on the surge:
As Joseph Heller said in Catch-22 - "The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."
Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette - Surging On
Climate of Opinion
"The latest U.N. report shows the "warming" debate is far from settled."
An astrophysicist changes his mind.
The real deal?
"Against the grain: Some scientists deny global warming exists"
A climatologist objects.
Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?
An independent summary from the Fraser Institute shows that the scientific evidence about global warming remains uncertain. The main points:
Independent Summary for Policymakers
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
You should read all of the links.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Ga. Crash Victim Says Dog Saved Her Life
However, such a cat is more likely to drag a person 50 yards away from the highway in order to enjoy an undisturbed meal.
Update 5:02PM : I did not forget about large canine predators in the wild. I've heard of Wolves. I understand I'm comparing domesticated canines to undomesticated felines.
The point being that, aside from the fact Paris Hilton couldn't carry one in her handbag, there are reasons we haven't domesticated even Felis rufus at 20 pounds.
Next up would be Lynx canadensis topping out at maybe 40 pounds.
Comparable in weight to a Shepherd, we have the 90 - 150 pound Felis concolor.
"Nice kitty. How about a treat?! .......SIT! SIT!! .....................SH*T..."
Anti-missile missiles, then?
A- Politics first, science second
B- Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, was a special advisor to Margaret Thatcher from 1982 to 1986. He may be known to you as the person who sent this letter to Senators Snowe and Rockefeller on the occasion of their threats against ExxonMobil.
He is not a climatologist. In the following he is not acting as a scientist. He's simply fisking the IPCC Summary Report. Read the whole thing: IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
C- Lord Monckton published an even more extensive examination of the IPCC's own data last November in the Sunday Telegraph. Apocalypse cancelled
D- Professor Robert Giegengack, 67, teaches environmental analysis, a popular science elective among University of Pennsylvania arts and sciences undergrads.
With a master’s degree in geology from Colorado and a PhD from Yale he’s focused his research on rocks and climate change since 1970. He set up Penn’s environmental studies program, and ran it for more than three decades.
He isn’t getting grants from Big Oil. He voted for Gore in 2000 and says he’d probably vote for him again. He is credible politically and scientifically - and he’s not part of “the consensus.”
Philly Magazine reports further about Giegengack's analysis of global warming hysteria:
The pity is that getting clean water to people is something the UN might actually be able to accomplish. Sure, it would cost 5 times as much as it should and take 3 times as long, but the UN's already had more than enough time and more than enough money.
The question is why those 2 million people are still dying every year from polluted water. One answer is that it's just easier for the UN to fret about Kyoto.
See also, other TOC posts.
Update: 1:53PM Do NOT miss Mark's Steyn. What's so hot about fickle science?