It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity: Analysis Finds Bad Policies, Not Global Warming, to Blame for Tropical Diseases
A Brief Analysis issued by the Dallas, Texas-based National Center for Policy Analysis finds that the spread of such tropical diseases as malaria, cholera and dengue fever has more to do with bad government policies than global warming. The Brief Analysis, "Sick Argument: Global Warming and the Spread of Tropical Diseases," notes that Peru had been cholera-free for decades until 1991, when Peruvian officials took the advice of the U.S. EPA and ended water chlorination. More than 300 000 Peruvians contracted cholera the following year. The paper also notes that malaria was fairly widespread in the United States earlier this century when the temperatures were presumably cooler, with more than 120 000 cases in 1934. For more, contact Sterling Burnett at The National Center for Policy Analysis at 972/386-6272 or visit their website at www.ncpa.org.
The Myth of Scientific Consensus on Global Warming
Forget what you've read in the press or watched on television: There is no scientific consensus on global warming. A survey of over 400 German, American and Canadian climate researchers conducted by Dennis Bray of the Meteorologisches Institut der Unversitat Hamburg and Hans von Storch of GKSS Forschungszentrum found that 67 per cent of the researchers either disagreed or were uncertain about the proposition that climate change will occur so suddenly that a lack of preparation would devastate certain parts of the world -- the underlying assumption of the Kyoto treaty.
Close to half of the researchers -- 48 per cent -- indicated that they don't have faith in the forecasts of global climate models. For more information, obtain a copy of National Policy Analysis paper No. 177 by calling Mike Quickel at The National Center for Public Policy Research, 202/543-1286, or by visiting the website at www.nationalcenter.org.
Because you know the courts are for protecting consumers
A federal district court permitted the Department of Agriculture to implement the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact, which was "specifically designed to artificially raise the price of milk by creating a cartel" in the New England states to increase regional prices above federal levels. The compact boosts the minimum price for milk by 26 cents per gallon and hurts farmers, as well as consumers, who now must pay a "tariff" to sell their milk across state lines.
How about hogging the remote control?
A handout distributed by the Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline claims that "about one half of all women in Iowa have had domestic violence happen to them at some time in their lives." This alarming figure is based on a definition of domestic violence that includes such actions as "threatening to harm himself" and "controlling all the money, not allowing you to work, not allowing you to associate with certain people."
David Kelley to defend greed on ABC
David Kelley, Executive Director of the Institute for Objectivist
Studies, will appear on an ABC special on February 3, 1998 at 10:00pm
EST to defend greed.
Lawsuit Settlement Rings Teachers' Union's Bell; California
Teachers Association Must Repay $200 a Year to Resigning Members for Dues
Spent on Politics
RCMP exam re-written for minorities
The Toronto Star reported in January that a report on federal employment equity ordered the RCMP entrance exam be rewritten after some aboriginals and other visible minorities scored slightly lower than other potential recruits, says
"Aboriginal applicants to the RCMP tend to have significantly less formal education than applicants from other groups," the report said. "For some visible minorities there are also likely second-language issues in addition to educational ones."
The difference in scores on the entrance exam was "not of a great magnitude," but the report cited concerns over subtests involving written composition, logic and computation.
Work on a revised entrance exam was in "the very early stages," said the report, which covered 1996.
"We have to try to design tests that meet the requirements
of the kind of people we're looking for," said Sergeant Mike Gaudet,
an RCMP spokesperson in Ottawa. "We want to make sure there are no
Sounds like some systemic barriers to me.
...and speaking of the RCMP
Parents in two tiny Acadian communities say their children run and hide at the sight of a Mountie and they want the New Brunswick government to find out why.
A group of parents from the northeastern New Brunswick villages of Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Simon were in Fredericton on January 12 asking questions about an RCMP decision to use tear gas last year during a protest over threatened school closures.
The parents want a public inquiry into what they regard as excessive
use of police force to silence a group of Canadians protesting a government
To date, they have never received an apology and the government has refused to hold an inquiry.
U.S. Supreme court says lying can get you fired
Government agencies can punish employees who lie while being investigated
for employment-related misconduct, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously
But agencies are free, when it comes to dishing out noncriminal
discipline, to take such silence into consideration, he said.
Proving conservatives can be good statists too...
Ontario high school students will have to put in at least 40 hours
of volunteer work over four years to graduate under new curriculum guidelines
unveiled in early January.
Start a rebellion...murder someone...becoming a founding father
Two Liberal MPs, one from Quebec and the other from Manitoba,
say they will push a bill to exonerate Louis Riel if the government doesn't
move quickly to clear the Metis leader's name.
Under the creepy category of "A Real Bad Idea Which Reminds Us Of Another Purity Campaign"
Rabbi Nachum Eisenstein thinks he'll soon be able to answer the
perennial question, "Who is a Jew?"
"We hope they will be proud of the fact that we want to give them, like, a membership card, that you're full-fledged members in the Jewish nation," Eisenstein said.
Against a bitter political backdrop which has seen Israel struggle with recognizing of non-Orthodox Jews, Eisenstein's Jewish lineage committee is anxious to give its stamp of approval to Jews with the right family background. After years of researching Jewish genealogy, Eisenstein is confident he can weed out wannabe Jews, reducing the risks of intermarriage and the specter of assimilation.
Against that bitter political backdrop, Eisenstein's Jewish lineage committee is anxious to give its stamp of approval to Jews with the right family background. After years of researching Jewish genealogy, Eisenstein is confident he can weed out wannabe Jews, reducing the risks of intermarriage and the specter of assimilation.
California's Campaign Reform Initiative Goes National
Clinton Scandal Shows "Naked Abuse of Power,"
Says Project 21
"This recent situation with the President takes on a very
serious tone because this time the actions that are being alleged took
place in the White House and supposedly involved Vernon Jordan,"
says Stuart Pigler, aide to Michigan State Representative Dick Posthumus
and Project 21 member. "Surely, the American people will see
that character flaws such as these can effect sound judgement when conducting
the affairs of the country and creating policy. There's no avoiding
the word at this point."
Despite DOJ jihad and bad press -- Americans still like Microsoft
Despite a jihad by the Department of Justice against Microsoft
and bad press concerning their actions against it, Americans still have
positive feelings about the company.
A pleasant surprise at the University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley has been known for a lot of things, but a love of Ayn Rand isn't usually one of them.
According to a recent informal poll among freshman students, the individualist author's The Fountainhead was named the post popular book. In contrast, Alice Walker's The Color Purple was the most popular book in 1987.
Rand made the top ten both years and the novel made the top five in both years, a feat only match by J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.
"I think there's something in her books very appealing to students who are just forming their ideas about the world," said Steve Tollefson, a lecturer and faculty development coordinator who has been teaching freshman writing at UC for 25 years. "My only solace is that I think they get smarter here at Berkeley and outgrow her."
Or perhaps they already grew smarter Mr. Tollefson.
Ice storm the fault of humans, says Greenpeace
Though facing a gradual decline in its numbers, and an increasing
lack of relevancy among the public, Greenpeace still manages to come up
with some good copy.
Dems block renaming of Washington Airport after Reagan
GOP attempts to rename Washington National Airport after former
President Ronald Reagan have run into roadblocks by congressional Democrats,
who note the area's second biggest building already sports Reagan's name.
Democrats said politics had nothing to do with their concerns.
They eventually dropped their request to rename the Justice Department,
but complained that Republicans were refusing to consider any changes
to the bill.
"People have raised the question of whether it is appropriate to take the name of Washington off the name of this particular airport," he said. "There is some question as well about whether the Reagan family even wants this to be done," he said.
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., countered that renaming the airport in honor of Reagan would do no disservice to the nation's first president.
"Washington National Airport was not named after George Washington. It was named after the District of Columbia," he said.
President's Road Ban Violates Laws
At the end of January, the Clinton Administration placed a two-year moratorium on building new roads in the National Forest system for low road density areas of 1,000 acres or more. The moratorium would make these areas de facto wilderness areas in violation of the 1984 Wilderness Act which specifies that any federal lands not specifically designated wilderness areas must be managed for multiple uses. It would also bypass both the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act.
For its part, the Clinton Administration argues that the moratorium is necessary to, among other things, upgrade existing roads, "aggressively decommission old, unneeded...and unauthorized 'ghost roads,'" and to identify sustainable funding sources for maintaining the forest road system. Critics, however, believe the Administration's real motivation is to bring federal policy one step closer to banning timber harvests and other activities in National Forests. As a result, a new coalition of some 70 multiple-use and property rights groups, Communities for Forest Access, has been formed to fight the designation. To join the coalition or further information call Chuck Cushman at 360/687-3087. Information on the moratorium can also be obtained from the Oregon Lands Coalition at 503/363-8582.
Monica Lewinsky Helps Democrat Fundraising
Controversy sparked by alleged presidential mistress Monica Lewinsky appeared to be having a positive effect on Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraising. According to an AP report on the party's telemarketing, "[DNC] Chairman Steve Grossman said the average pledge rate was $28.35 the day before the allegations were made public [January 20], and it dropped to $25.13 two days later. The average pledge had jumped to $30.21 on January 27." This was the highest single day since the campaign began in mid-January. The Republican National Committee reports no change in the rates of return on their fundraising.
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