Friday, December 31, 2010

Ending 2010

Death Panels make a comeback

Earlier this month, the FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION BANNED DOCTORS FROM PRESCRIBING AVASTIN, a potent but costly drug, to patients WITH ADVANCED-STAGE BREAST CANCER. According to the FDA, the drug doesn't offer "a sufficient benefit in slowing disease progression to outweigh the significant risk to patients." Yet in some clinical trials Avastin has halted the spread of patients' cancer for months, PROVIDING RESPITE TO WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WRACKED BY PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PAIN.

Ponder the FDA's justification—there wasn't "sufficient" benefit in relation to Avastin's risks. SUFFICIENT ACCORDING TO WHOM? For your wife, mother or daughter with terminal breast cancer, ...

This is just the beginning. You can’t take a system (Medicare) which has major problems and take $500 billion out of it to insure another 30 million people and even begin to say you won’t affect healthcare. It nuts to even pretend that you can.

Actually, Bush Vetoed Bill with ‘End-of-Life’ Provisions

I’m going to take the death panel end-of-life planning conundrum down one point at a time to make this very clear for Americans to understand what THE PELOSI-LED DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO YOUR HEALTHCARE AND THEIR ATTEMPT TO TAKE COVER UNDER A BUSH-ERA LAW–THE MEDICARE IMPROVEMENT FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS ACT OF 2008.

The Hill reported that the Obama White House attempted to calm Americans’ fears of the dreaded death panels:

The Medicare policy will pay doctors for holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the Times. A similar provision was dropped from the new healthcare reform law after Republicans accused the administration of withholding care from the sick, elderly and disabled.

However, an administration spokesman said the regulation, which is less specific than the reform law’s draft language, IS ACTUALLY A CONTINUATION OF A POLICY ENACTED UNDER FORMER President George W. Bush.

However, what The Hill’s Jason Millman forgot to mention in his article was that President Bush VETOED the 2008 bill and the Democrats, along with some “good-willed” Republicans OVERRODE BUSH’S VETO forcing him to sign the legislation into law.

The Democrats are from the government, and they are here to help! If you believe this you probably won’t believe that Bush vetoed the bill.

China has seen the future, and it is coal

Cowlitz County in Washington State is across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore., which promotes mass transit and urban density and is a green reproach to the rest of us. Recently, Cowlitz did something that might make Portland wonder whether shrinking its carbon footprint matters. COWLITZ APPROVED CONSTRUCTION OF A COAL EXPORT TERMINAL FROM WHICH MILLIONS OF TONS OF U.S. COAL COULD BE SHIPPED TO ASIA ANNUALLY.

Both Oregon and Washington are curtailing the coal-fired generation of electricity, but the future looks to greens as black as coal. THE FUTURE LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE PAST….

I stopped here to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the left, but the article is worth a read. It gives you a perspective and the history of coal and what it’s meant to mankind. After you read it you may want to go back to my December 29th blog entry entitled You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows and see how the new energy is doing this winter.

The year that fizzled

It was the year that the economy started to recover and then slid back into a slump — only to offer reason for renewed hope in the final weeks.

When 2010 began, hiring and consumer spending were finally picking up. But then something changed in the spring — A COMBINATION OF THE DEBT TROUBLES IN EUROPE, THE FADING OF STIMULUS SPENDING AND THE USUAL CAUTION BY BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS after a financial crisis. By the summer, the unemployment rate was rising again, and AMERICANS’ ATTITUDES ABOUT THE FUTURE WERE AGAIN SOURING….

Among the big questions for 2011 are: HOW SEVERE WILL STATE AND LOCAL BUDGET CRISES TURN OUT to be? WILL EUROPE’S DEBT TROUBLES SPREAD TO SPAIN, PORTUGAL or elsewhere? Will Congress and the White House manage to focus on the long-run causes of the deficit — or instead CUT FEDERAL SPENDING IMMEDIATELY AND JEOPARDIZE THE RECOVERY? Will consumers continue to increase their spending and give businesses the confidence to hire?

To look back at 2010 and to look ahead, we have put together a series of charts. If there is an overall message, it’s that the economy still needs a whole lot of work.

It’s actually amusing to read the NYT take on this. They see cutting government spending as “jeopardizing the recovery,” yet they were behind raising taxes on the wealthy during a recession. I guess ideology trumps consistency and common sense in the Grey Lady’s world.

Bush and Obama agree—Environmentalist dismayed

The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision TO DENY POLAR BEARS ENDANGERED SPECIES STATUS.

In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the previous administration’s decision to give the polar bear the less-protective “threatened” species designation, a move that will frustrate environmentalists who hoped for stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act.

What is threatened with the global warming hysteria is common sense.

Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts

A new year is around the corner, and some climate scientists and environmental activists say that means we're one step closer to a climate Armageddon. But are we really?

Predicting the weather -- especially a decade or more in advance -- is unbelievably challenging. What's the track record of those most worried about global warming? Decades ago, what did prominent scientists think the environment would be like in 2010? has compiled eight of the most egregiously mistaken predictions, and asked the predictors to reflect on what really happened.

1. Within a few years "CHILDREN JUST AREN'T GOING TO KNOW WHAT SNOW IS." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, interviewed by the UK Independent, March 20, 2000.

Ten years later, in December 2009, London was hit by the heaviest snowfall seen in 20 years. And just last week, a snowstorm forced Heathrow airport to shut down, stranding thousands of Christmas travelers…..

2. "[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[BY 1996] THE PLATTE RIVER OF NEBRASKA WOULD BE DRY, WHILE A CONTINENT-WIDE BLACK BLIZZARD OF PRAIRIE TOPSOIL WILL STOP TRAFFIC ON INTERSTATES, strip paint from houses and shut down computers." Michael Oppenheimer, published in "Dead Heat," St. Martin's Press, 1990…..

That may be in doubt, however. Data from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows that precipitation -- rain and snow -- has increased slightly over the century.

3. "Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and MAY PRODUCE AN ICE-FREE ARCTIC OCEAN BY THE YEAR 2000." Christian Science Monitor, June 8, 1972.
Ice coverage has fallen, though as of last month, the Arctic Ocean had 3.82 million square miles of ice cover -- an area larger than the continental United States -- according to The National Snow and Ice Data Center….

And these are the folks who are saying, “Trust me.” Unless you are Charlie Brown you won’t give Lucy another chance to pull the football away as you try to kick it.

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