Union of Concerned Scientists’ Fundraising Tactics: A Cause For Concern

Hold on to your wallets! Anthony Watts has a new post showing how the so-called Union of Concerned Scientists is using half-truths and misrepresentations in their fundraising letters to manipulate people into giving them money. Note that the date referenced in footnote #1 of the Union’s second fundraising letter matches the date of the FOX News report. But Fox News was simply regurgitating a report provided by Reuters news service and curiously, UCS makes no mention that Reuters originated the report. That’s because so many uninformed people have been programmed by the  media, like Pavlov’s Dog, to foam at the mouth when they hear the mere mention of FOX News. It’s called the Fox News Syndrome and apparently it’s well understood by fundraisers to get certain groups to open up their wallets.

Question of the day: Why do some people who believe that pure motives are rare in the corporate world also believe that people making beaucoup bucks from the climate “crisis” are exempt from the same flaws and failings that afflict all groups of people?

Remember: Many so-called “Non-Profits” are indeed very profitable.

Read Watts’ Union of Concerened Scientists Post here.

Should We Trust Washington To “Invest” OUR Money

Forget for a moment that our federal government will soon owe $17 trillion in debt to its creditors and that these creditors expect to be paid back (with interest). Also, try to forget for a moment that this enormous sum will have to be paid off by future taxpayers.

President Obama, in his recent State of the Union Speech, called for continuing our “investments” in science and innovation. The ideas put forth in these state of the union speeches often sound good on their surface, but the devil is always in the details. Then there is the minor point – how does the federal government fund such investments when it  already carries a $16 1/2 trillion debt? (My apologies for ending your moment of forgetfulness).

We The People must demand that our leaders use our tax money wisely when investing it in science and innovation. The Solyndra approach used by this Administration to fund “preferred” technologies has been a miserable failure. Just that one mistake cost the taxpayers almost half a billion dollars when Solyndra went bankrupt. This is only one of several examples of big money being squandered on technology by the current Administration. The lesson here, which I doubt this Administration has learned, is that they are very poor money managers when it comes to “investing” in innovation and technology.

May President Obama and all of our public servants keep the following observations in mind as they continue throwing billions of our dollars at their favorite science “investments.”


“… the traditional concept [is] that to get anything to work requires a task force. The phenomenon was fortunately unknown to Galileo, Newton, or Einstein, or other masters of classical and quantum mechanics. But it has become a sociophysical requirement of recent years.” “The People’s Science.” W. O. Baker’s acceptance talk to the NSF National Science Board on receiving the Vannevar Bush Award in Washington, DC., May 21, 1981.

“The ideas of scientific discovery come one at a time from one person and one mind at a time. Sometimes two or three can aid each other. But scientific discovery cannot be collectivized, and it does not flourish in collectivized structures.” William O. Baker while Vice President, Research, Bell Labs. Science, Vol. 133, No. 3448 (January 27, 1961), pp. 255-262.

To learn more about Dr. William O. Baker click here.

A New Breakthrough Predicting Earthquakes?

Sun, planets and major moons

Photo credit: Jules Stoop / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Below is an excerpt from Applied Physics Research; Vol. 5, No. 1; 2013. The Factual Data on the Celestial Bodies Influences on Seismic Activity. By Sergey A. Vasiliev & Virginia Nina Tataridou, retirees from the Scientific Research Institute of Exploration Geophysics VNIIGeofizika (retired), Moscow, Russia.)

If these folks are really on to something here – it will be interesting to see how this plays out in helping us predict earthquakes.


Note: Since English is not their first language, we might forgive the imperfect grammar that follows.

“If You ask seismologist – is there now the method of short-term (before a few days) forecast simultaneously of the location, time and magnitude of strong earthquakes which is vindicated with probability at least about 50 percent?- in most cases You get the answer – no, it is not exists. However, such innovative method exists and successfully passed the five-year practical testing in the Kamchatka Peninsula subregion that is little known. This is the method of Lezdinsh (2008). In result of his eighteen-year research Lezdinsh revealed correlation between earthquakes and positions of the planets, Sun and Moon relative to the Earth and the local horizon plane on the Kamchatka Peninsula subregion. On this (together with the seismological data monitoring) his method is based (Lezdinsh, 2008). Lezdinsh’s method effectiveness proves influences of the celestials bodies, including the planets, on seismic activity. This proof is difficult to refute. According to Lezdinsh’s practical data, action of each celestial body to seismic activity strongly depends on its position on ecliptic, that is, depends on its 􀟮 ecliptic longitude. At that, the influences of the different celestial bodies are essentially different both on the action force, and on character of the action dependence on ecliptic longitude of the celestial body. For example, according to Lezdinsh’s practical data, Mars, acts on seismic activity much more strongly the Sun.”

What Voter Fraud?

The Liberal Media is always quick to accuse Republicans of suppressing minority votes at election time, yet curiously they are never able to produce any evidence of this.

I wonder if the same media will be interested in a story that broke recently in Hamilton County, Ohio where an African-American woman has publicly admitted to voting at least twice for Barack Obama in the November election. She may have actually voted up to six times and is being investigated by the Hamilton County Board of elections. Her name is Melowese Richardson and you can watch the video of her “mea culpa” at the end of this story.

When the likes of MSNBC and other propaganda outlets and even attorney general Eric Holder promote this voter suppression lie about Republicans they are subverting our democratic process. It creates mistrust and suspicion among minorities.  Is it any surprise then that Melowese Richardson rationalizes voting more than once for Barack Obama because as she says Mr. Obama “has a right to sit as President of the United States.” Her assertion of that “right” is nothing but a product of the entitlement mentality that has become so pervasive in our country. Does she not realize that no one has a right to the office of the Presidency unless they are legally elected in conformity with the election laws of our land?  Does she think voting for the President of the United States is like voting for the next American Idol, where teenieboppers routinely vote multiple times for their favorite? Ms. Richardson sounds like a smart lady and I think she knows better.

Every election cycle there are people who are convicted of voter fraud, yet the liberal media for the most part turns a blind eye because most people indicted for voter fraud happen to be Democrats. Don’t believe me? – I have linked to examples of voter fraud stories below. It’s obvious to me that the Liberal Media doesn’t care about voter fraud if it helps their side. They are an absolute disgrace and by their lies and propaganda about Republican voter suppression and then silence when real voter fraud happens, they show they are willing to preside over the subversion and disintegration of our once great republic.

We need to start getting serious about voter fraud in this country before it’s too late and if Ms. Richardson is found guilty of voter fraud, she should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Let’s start by demanding that our lawmakers change the laws so that voters are required to show an ID when they show up at the polls. Don’t believe the left’s false argument that showing an ID puts an “undue burden” on minorities. C’mon! who is the left kidding? It’s hogwash! People routinely have to show their ID’s for everything from buying  six-packs to cashing checks to using their credit cards. Heck, you cannot get into an Obama fundraiser without a picture ID. Doesn’t that put an “undue burden” on the President’s minority supporters? The left’s argument against requiring voter ID’s should be mocked and ridiculed by every good person for the baloney that it is.

The investigation of Ms. Richardson has also revealed that she has been a poll worker for about 25 years. It makes one wonder if this is the first time she has voted more than once and what she has encouraged or allowed other voters to get away with at election time.

Lest I be accused of being racist, let me say this:

If you think I am unfairly picking on a little ol’ African-American lady you are mistaken on two counts. First, voter fraud should not be tolerated, period, no matter who commits it. And second, there are plenty of white people involved in voter fraud as you will see in the links below.


Watch the video HERE courtesy of YouTube and  local ABC News Affiliate WCPO.

Voter Fraud in New York

Voter Fraud in Arkansas

Voter Fraud in Boston

Voter Fraud in Indiana

VA Congressman’s Son Caught on Tape

Read Congressional Findings on Voter Fraud Here

Where are all the Republican Voter Fraud Cases? I am not saying there aren’t any, it’s just that I cannot find them!

MSNBC’s Reign of Terror

Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of our great men, once wrote a friend:

“I agree with you in deriving our physical calamities from moral causes…. A bitter and unchristian spirit has likewise divided our citizens. We have not, it is true, erected a guillotine in our country, but we enjoy similar spectacles of cruelty in the destruction of public and private characters in our newspapers.” *

Things haven’t changed much, have they?

I’ve watched Maddow, Olberman, Matthews and others similar on MSNBC many, many times, so I don’t need anyone to tell me what to think about them. For those of you who have been told how horrible and racist Fox News is, but haven’t watched it for yourselves, you might want to take it upon yourselves to actually see if what you have been told is true. Give it at least two weeks. Fox News has excellent and fair reporting (not perfect). And they truly have nice, good and decent people working for them – they are not the rotten devils you have been told they are.

Some of you who watch MSNBC and other Liberal news outlets have been led to believe that most Republicans are racist. You have been lied to. Why? Because by demonizing their opponents, the left prevents people from listening to Republicans’ ideas, which may have merit. Another reason the left makes charges of racism is that it provokes in some people an immediate, prejudicial response, which requires no critical thinking. The trumped-up charges of racism and wars on women are nothing but propaganda meant to manipulate the feelings of certain groups. Independent, critical thinkers generally are not fooled by such propaganda. There is no Republican war on Gays, or Hispanics, or Women. These are all distractions meant to control these groups and maintain them as constituents in the Democrat party.

Why did MSNBC run the Rubio sipping water clip over 155 times? Answer: It’s part of a larger effort to neutralize an up and coming Hispanic conservative and make him look like a buffoon. It’s part of the left’s war on conservative minorities. That, is a real war. Many on the left show no respect for conservative minorities and heap nothing but disdain on them.

As far as our leaders go, we must not tolerate politicians who prefer to sow seeds of division, hatred and confusion, rather than discuss the difficult issues facing our country with well-reasoned and substantive arguments. The time they waste spewing their nonsense means less time spent offering solutions. Decent people do not try to manipulate others with false accusations of being homophobic, or racist or whatever.

Benjamin Rush’s observation about the media still applies today. Unfortunately, it appears we have learned nothing in the 220 years since he observed it. It’s time to stop once and for all the public name calling and character assassination that is so prevalent in our politics. We need to begin devoting only our intellects and all of our energies towards solving the dangerous problems that face our nation. That goes for Republicans too.

Our number one issue is economic, so lets start there. We need to revive the economy mainly through private, not public initiative. We must reduce government spending before the federal government becomes insolvent or destroys the value of our currency and our savings. We need fewer regulatory constraints on businesses. We must revise the tort system. If we do these things, there is no doubt in my mind that America will rise again. For that, I am sure, some will call me a racist.

For those of you who are not familiar with him, I would like to call your attention to that great man who was Benjamin Rush. Born in Philadelphia in 1746, Rush became a physician, patriot, author, educator, humanitarian and an early abolitionist. He was one among those brave men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor when they signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. According to L. H. Butterfield, editor of Rush’s letters, “Rush’s fame sprang from his own vigorous and magnetic personality; from his substantial accomplishments in medicine, psychiatry, education, and social reform; from the great body of his published writings; from his gifts as a teacher and lecturer; and finally, from the letters he wrote to scores of friends, relatives, patients, pupils and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“Long regarded by everyone except himself and perhaps a few other Philadelphians as the leading citizen of Philadelphia, the recipient of uncounted honors from his countrymen and from European courts and learned societies, Rush had achieved a reputation not surpassed by that of any other American physician for a century or more.”

Dear Reader: Please check back in the future for a page which I will wholly devote to Dr. Rush’s life and accomplishments.)


*Benjamin Rush to William Marshall, September 15, 1798. Letters of Benjamin Rush, Vol. II, p. 807

Honoring Jesse Jackson, Jr. … (and other corrupt politicians)

The names given to our federal correctional facilities are so sterile and bureaucratic-sounding that I think it’s time we begin renaming them. I have a suggestion for renaming the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Why not call it the Jesse Jackson, Jr. Correctional Facility or maybe something a little hipper like  Jesse J.J.’s Big House? After all shouldn’t we continue to honor the vanity of politicians by naming public buildings after them?

I guess the people who contributed to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign got the respect from him they deserved. I mean, if people finance the campaign of a politician whose main function, when he gets to Congress, is to fleece the taxpayers, what right do they have to complain when he fleeces them?

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Obama’s Lost Generation

“Nice work, if you can get it…”


Even though I tried to tune him out; I think I heard President Obama call for an increase in the minimum wage during his State of the Union speech last night.

I am sure this idea sounds great to those of his supporters who are attracted to speeches that sound good rather than ones that are grounded in reality. After all, the President’s call really gives an unthinking person the feeling that he, President Obama, really must “care” about those poor people at the bottom of the economic ladder.

For those who believe in this fantasy, I have a question: The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate in January for Black teenagers was 37.8% and a staggering 43.3% for Black, teenage males. My question is: How will raising the minimum wage help these teenagers find a job?

Answer: It won’t. In fact, raising the minimum wage will increase teenage unemployment. If many business owners cannot afford to hire and pay Black teenagers in their communities the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour why would anyone with an ounce of intelligence think that the same employers would jump at the chance to hire Black teenagers for the higher mandated wage of $9.00 an hour?

President Obama’s call for an increase in the minimum wage is nothing but pure feel-good politics and it is proof for me that even though African-Americans twice voted overwhelmingly for this man, the first Black President does not really care about what is in the best interest of his own people. If he did, then he would not be pushing a minimum wage increase which will make legitimate jobs increasingly unobtainable for many of America’s  Black youth, and White ones, and Hispanic ones and Asian ones too. If President Obama gets his way, maybe the new minimum wage law should be named the “Teenager Job Prevention Act” or the “Nail in the Coffin of Small Businesses Act,” because these would be truthful titles.

In the alternate universe embodied in President Obama’s rhetoric, bad ideas prosper and are lovingly supported by people who cannot, or who refuse to, grasp reality.

Unfortunately, the young people who are and who will be prevented from entering the workforce by unwise, “progressive” policies will truly end up being the “lost generation.” That is not good.

The Weather Outside is Frightful – Should we all become vegans and ride our bikes to work?

As I am writing this, Boston and other parts of New England are getting slammed with a whopper of a winter storm. Glad I’m not there.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love snow and Lord knows we need precipitation big time where I live, but who needs three feet of snow all at once?!

Now to the point. I know that the usual suspects have already begun bobbing up in the news, on TV, on the blogs, Facebook, etc. to tell us that “climate change” is indeed very serious and that we must drastically change our lifestyles lest we destroy planet Earth. And we are bound to hear things like “if only the Republicans would get out the way, we could save the planet.” These ninnies will hold up this latest winter storm, the one they are calling “Nemo,” as “proof” of the harm fossil fuels are doing to the Earth’s climate.

I’ll bet you ten to one that the alarmists in the media will refer to this issue in the wake of this latest winter storm as “climate change.” They probably will not identify the cause of this massive snow storm as “global warming” because it is hard to convince shivering people that warming is the cause. This back and forth switch between the phrases “climate change” and “global warming,” (depending on current weather conditions) long ago added to my suspicion that we were not being told the whole truth about this issue.

I have reached out to a few of the scientists involved in climate research because I don’t trust the media to get the story straight. We all know which side most journalists are on regarding global warming/climate change and we simply will never get a proper representation of the debate from them. I reached out because I know I don’t “know it all” and besides, I like to think that I have an open mind, so I decided to try to live up to that ideal. One of the scientists I reached out to works at one of the federally funded research and development laboratories here in New Mexico. It is a first-rate R&D facility. I wanted to get some first-hand, scientific opinions on the climate issue, which I will say can be very confusing to the average person. The man at this lab who I contacted has his PhD in Applied Physics and has worked on projects which including climate modeling. I specifically contacted him because he was actively involved in the public controversy over climate science and I wanted his side of it.

This physicist was very confident in his opinion that by adding CO2 and other greenhouse gases to the Earth’s atmosphere we are increasing global temperatures. Actually, he wouldn’t even call it his opinion, in his view it is scientific fact. He said that heat trapping gases are warming the planet, “which is required by the laws of physics.” Wow, inquire no further, the science must be settled!

But wait. This raises a question, if “global warming” is our problem, why isn’t it always referred to in the reporting as “global warming?” Why is the issue often referred to as “climate change” instead?  I’ve already hinted at this and will leave it to the reader to answer that question.

I recently saw a story at Science Daily that said the average American’s view of the climate issue varies back and forth like the weather; no actually it varies with the weather. What I think is in play all too often is that instead of trying to get at the truth most people just latch on to the things that seem to back up their beliefs. It’s human nature. But in evaluating the global climate it is pure silliness. Not the report, which seems to back up my observation when talking to people about the climate issue, but the fact that people are so easily swayed on this issue by the weather outside their window or being reported on the Weather Channel. That’s about as unscientific an approach to this issue as is possible. The AGW [i] crowd, people like Al Gore and others, know of this flaw in the average person’s thinking and use it to their advantage. Convince people that we are destroying our planet and you can raise a lot, and I mean a lot of money.

I used to work for an environmental activism group and I used to belong to World Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, Adirondack Council and others and I like many people would send them my hard-earned money. Many of these groups use the climate issue to raise a lot of money. They have an agenda and it is very lucrative. Do not expect them to give you a balanced view of the climate issue. If they did they would hurt their own pocketbooks and human nature being what it is, well you know …

So if the laws of physics demand that an increase CO2 in the atmosphere necessarily leads to more global warming, as was explained to me, why is it that there had been no statistically meaningful increase in global temperatures in the previous decade? The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere in those ten years had gone up significantly, so why didn’t global temperatures rise accordingly? It was recently reported by NOAA[ii] that 2012 was the 10th hottest year since 1880, the year that continuous and reliable records began being kept. Why wasn’t it the hottest? NOAA initially reported that it was the hottest year on record and then had to correct their mistake after it was pointed out to them. Sloppy work, eh? Could it be that the global climate is an extremely complex system that scientists are just barely beginning to understand? Why yes, I think that may be the case.

Another very prominent climate scientist with whom I have corresponded with, and who was very kind to me, published a report in 2009 in which he admitted that climate scientists were having trouble explaining the lack of recent, measurable global warming. One of his explanations, which he hopes to prove if it is true, is that the additional “energy,” what you and I call heat, may be hiding in the depths of our oceans. The problem, he explained, is that we don’t presently have the technology to accurately measure deep ocean temperatures. Sounds to me like there is still a lot to be learned about our very complex global climate system.

I started to touch on the politics and economics of the climate issue, but I will not elaborate too much upon this point except to say that if there is money to made and power to be gained by convincing the public that there is a crisis, then this “crisis” will be used by those who stand to benefit from it. And we all will pay for this at the expense of our wealth and our liberty.

While I think it is very probable that current human activity has an effect on the global climate; for the time being, I will remain skeptical about the global climate “crisis” which is already being blamed for the massive snow storm that’s currently dumping on New England. One thing I am sure of is that the climate is and always has been in flux and that violent weather was and always will be the norm with some sunny breaks in between.


[i] (AGW)Anthropogenic Global Warming, or, man-made warming.

[ii] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration