Friday, February 14, 2020

What in News is Fake?

We don't have much use for Donald Trump.  His personal style is totally reprehensible.  However, he has piqued our attention to the topic of Fake News.  It is not that news agencies in the Main Stream Media (MSM) lie about what they report.  They just choose WHAT they report.  If a news item does not line up with their agenda, it gets ignored.

For example, consider the recent Senate Impeachment trial.  We just happened to listen to PBS when the Trump defense team was giving its arguments.  Remarkably, they referred to and quoted specific legal precedents, while the prosecution ignored those facts. 

Then we heard the Burisma evidence relative to Hunter Biden.  I didn't take any legal scholar or genius to recognize a completely obvious conflict of interest and apparent under-the-table bribe. However, that evening, none of the MSM bother to comment on what we heard.

No way Hunter Biden was qualified to serve on the Board of Directors of Burisma with an annual payment of over a million dollars.  It wasn't much different than Hillary Clinton accepting $675,000 for a speech.  Both situations were clearly payoffs.  But, the Democrats claim charges of corruption in both situations were debunked.  What does that mean?

Weren't both situations clear and obvious payoffs, bribes? Or is the argument that such payoffs have been established as legal? Is a political opponent not are permitted to engage in investigation of such underhanded activity for obvious corruption? 

My guess is that such under-the-table dealing is common practice in politics and woe be to anyone who tries to disrupt the gravy train.

So the problem is not just the misrepresentation of the facts by the MSM, but the intentional ignoring of those facts that don't support "the official agenda."  Trump's tweets are distracting and raw, but he has found a way to bypass the MSM censors.

With the upcoming election that task is not just to identify the lies, but also to point out the ignored truths.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Glacial Retreat of Glaciers

 We made a copy of this YouTube video because so much associated with Climate Change is alarmist one way or another.  Didn't want to lose this evidence of that alarmism in case the original YouTube video is vandalized. Here is the copy.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_vPxpyPcrkE8Oi9nLVq9CSs7M9VdqXdT

The following YCC article gives the other side of the story with its bit of propaganda.

The issue isn't whether or not the Glaciers are melting.  Contrary to the claims of the YCC, few reputable non-alarmist scientists would say that the Glaciers aren't melting.  They are.  

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Shape of Misinformation

The following meme is now being shared on FACEBOOK.  It is a classic example of how misinformation is used to polarize opinions.
The above meme does contain a lot of facts and appeals to many people's emotion regarding both climate change and the media.  The problem is - the meme contains one glaring lie - Dr. Judith Curry NEVER said Climate Change is a hoax.

Dr. Curry is a reputable climate scientist that recognizes the enormous complexity of climate science and urges people not to rush to simplistic solutions or causes based on correlation models, such as those promulgated by the IPCC.  The fact that she isn't one of the alarmists has designated her as a Climate Change Denier, which couldn't be farther from the truth.

Check out Dr. Curry's blog at https://judithcurry.com/

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Just the Facts - Climate Hysteria

An interesting article in Just Facts Daily discusses the climate hysteria extolled by activist Greta Thunberg verse reality.  However, before sharing it, we did our usual bias check. 
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/?s=Just+the+facts+daily

It reports (highlight is ours)
These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.
So here is the story.  Ignoring the emotionalism, the facts are revealing

https://www.justfactsdaily.com/climate-change-fears-of-teen-activist-are-empirically-baseless/
At a recent United Nations summit, 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg claimed that the Earth is on the brink of destruction and that older generations are betraying younger ones by not doing enough to stop climate change. The media has amplified these allegations by giving her speech broad, glowing coverage, but the fears she expressed are not grounded in reality.
But the Just Facts Daily article details the reality of the climate situation which is quite to the contrary. Maybe Thunberg is ahead of her time with her hysteria, but today, it looks like she clearly doesn't know what she is yelling about. 
In her speech, Thunberg raged that people “have stolen my dreams and my childhood,” which is arguably true. However, she blames the wrong culprits. Her anxiety and desperation are not the fault of adults who act in accord with the facts of this issue. Instead, Thunberg’s tormenters are the people who have indoctrinated her and many other youth with unfounded fears.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Are YOU a Source of Disinformation?

Disinformation is the deliberate spread of verifiably false or misleading content to gain financially or to deceive the public.

In 2016 and again in 2018, Russian agents posed as people on both sides of hot-button issues to foment distrust and discord. A recent study by Avaaz, a nonprofit that focuses on social media disinformation, found in the past three months fabricated news stories got 86 million views, more than three times as many as during the previous three months.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

GOOGLE and FACEBOOK OWN YOU

We never realized how intrusive GOOGLE was until our  GOOGLE TIMELINE popped up per chance.  We knew that the cellphone is constantly sharing one's location.  That's the price one pays to enjoy the features of cell service.  But how about GOOGLE showing where we have been when the phone was off, such as the places in Europe and Asia.

Of course, there is this blogger app.  It is great, easy to use, and we have dozens of blogs for which we do not pay anything.  As frequently told, "If you aren't paying for a service; YOU are the service."  We don't use FACEBOOK for that reason.  Instead we naively and freely give all that information to GOOGLE.

We aren't terrorists or fanatics.  No need to be paranoid, until of course, someone uses all that free information to cause to trouble. We are going to turn off a lot of that give-away.  The details are on our new PRIVACY page.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Another False Hate-mongering Narrative

      The following 2016 narrative is again floating around FACEBOOK (where else!).  According to SNOPES, this story has had two versions, both designed to rile up the less informed and hateful subscribers.

     Did a Teenaged Customer Argue with a Muslim Cashier Over His Cross Necklace? A viral story related a cross-related confrontation involving a 17-year-old boy in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

According to SNOPES the story is totally fictional, but nevertheless is promulgated for the purpose of creating hate.

CONGRATULATIONS: It is successful! Merry Christmas!  Here is the first comment that followed this FACEBOOK post that was shared with us.
Some aliens think this is their country and can make the rules, however, it is OUR country and they should be following our laws.
Naturally, any one wearing a hijab is an alien. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Steve Harvey's Raccoons

The misattributed note "How I feel about Trump" is on circulation again.  It has been debunked so many times one would think everyone know this claim is totally bogus.
https://www.factcheck.org/2019/05/the-raccoon-rant-not-written-by-steve-harvey/

Time is approaching for American Presidential elections so many are pulling out, dusting off, and recirculating old garbage.

Time for a new approach to political fakery - join those who feel obligated to stop the circulation. Democracy can only survive with an educated electorate.

Friday, October 4, 2019

It's Been HOT

September’s globally-averaged, bulk-layer atmospheric temperature anomaly of +0.61°C (+1.10°F) represented the warmest September reading of the past 41 Septembers in our satellite record. The jump from August was substantial (+0.23°C) and ranks among the largest month-to-month changes. (Several previous jumps were greater than 0.3°C however.) The warmth was global in extent with warmest September temperatures posted for both hemispheres and the tropical belt.


Read more at
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/03/global-temperature-report-september-2019/

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Global Climate Intelligence Group Formed

     The Global Climate Intelligence Group has attracted some 500 signatures from scientists, professionals and researchers from many nations for what began life scant weeks ago as the European Climate Declaration. Its objective is to put the science back into climate science.

     The group was initiated by Professor Guus Berkhout, who is emeritus professor of Geophysics in the Delft University of Technology and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

     He is joined by Professor Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, Professor Richard Lindzen, the world’s foremost climate scientist, Professors Reynald du Berger, Jeffrey Foss, Ingemar Nordin, Alberto Prestinzini, Benoît Rittaud and Fritz Vahrenholt from Canada,  Sweden, Italy, France and Germany respectively.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Climate Projections 30 Years Later

Scan the internet for status report on Climate 30 years after James Hansen's report to Congress essentially kick-off the Climate Change hysteria and nearly ALL left-leaning reports are "Hansen got it Right."  An example of the claims can be found here.
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2018/06/30-years-after-hansens-testimony/

Read the report in the Wall Street Journal, "Hansen got it wrong."
https://www.wsj.com/articles/thirty-years-on-how-well-do-global-warming-predictions-stand-up-1529623442

Kind of confusing.  So what really happened?  We ALSO found the following video in the RealClimate.org comment section.
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2018/06/30-years-after-hansens-testimony/



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2u_TIWPupw&feature=youtu.be

From the Real Climate article, one thing is certain -  there is a whole lot of 'cherry picking" going on. Hansen's report offers a little something for everybody.

Running our usual check of the reliability of RealClimate.org, we found
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/realclimate/ which addresses the accuracy of their reporting, but says nothing as to their bias.

As one reads the RealClimate.org report on Hansen's testimony, it appears quite accurate.  However, when one listens to the two sides in this debate, both sides seem to cling to Hansen's scenario A.  The alarmists use it to show how bad future climate will be, while the deniers show how bad the projections have been.  

What it does show is - how bad each side's claims are.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

FREE MONEY

The following video came to us via that sedulous source of information - FACEBOOK.  It addresses the current topic of the cost of higher education.



We traced it to https://reason.com/video/remy-all-my-loving-beatles-parody/ 

Media Bias Fact Check rates this source as follows:
Overall, we rate Reason Magazine Right-Center biased based on story selection that favors Libertarian positions and High for factual reporting due to mostly proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
It nicely treats in this parody the likely feelings of American voters on one of the suggested give-aways of the Democratic 2020 candidates for President.

Prevagen - Brain function

Prevagen (Quincy Bioscience) has been running an aggressive TV campaign claiming one can "experience improved memory, a sharper mind, and clearer thinking.  Is any of this true?  

Short answer is NO!

A review of the evidence indicates that these effects are not well substantiated. Likewise, the FDA has warned Quincy against claiming Prevagen could treat conditions such as head injuries and Alzheimer's disease and for failing to report adverse reactions. 

The FDA has also claimed that the key ingredient, apoaequorin, a synthetic protein, is not an acceptable ingredient in a dietary supplement. 

The FTC is also pursuing a lawsuit against the company regarding its promotion of Prevagen.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Climate Marches

The title of the article reporting on these marches says, 
"We're Young, but we're not dumb."
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/20/762629200/mass-protests-in-australia-kick-off-global-climate-strike-ahead-of-u-n-summit?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news&mc_cid=519aa5d349&mc_eid=04c0268f4c

Actually, they are dumb. Most of these protesters have been led to believe it is just a matter of changing energy sources.

No easy solution exists, especially the misguided assumption that it is just a matter of adopting renewable energy.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/09/17/why-todays-renewables-cannot-power-modern-civilization/

The greatest challenge to the climate change is human population. That is the fix.

Misleading TV Ads - Surprise Medical Bills

Had a recent hospital stay.  Went to a hospital within your insurance network or accepts your insurance as billed.  Paid your deductible and fees charged by the hospital and the medical staff with whom you had direct interaction.  THEN after you think all bills have been paid, you receive a BIG bill from some medical provider, not in your network, who claims to have been involved in your care.  

Since they are not in your network, they are not limited to negotiated fees with your insurance company. You probably don't even remember them, such as an anesthesiologist, a lab, or diagnostician, who offered services not provided by the hospital and/or its directly employed staff.

This is a Surprise Medical Bill and there is a bill in Congress attempting to block this practice loathed by the public..

https://khn.org/news/surprise-fixing-out-of-network-bills-means-someone-must-pay/ 

Naturally, this legislation is disliked by groups responsible for the billing. They have been running misleading TV ads in Tennessee opposing legislation.
https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/tennessee-physician-staffing-firms-are-behind-ads-resisting-surprise-medical-bill-legislation?mc_cid=519aa5d349&mc_eid=04c0268f4c#stream/0 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

FAKE Climate News

      It's that time of the year when all eyes are on the hurricane activity in the Northern Hemisphere.  Dorian was a star performer.  Even contrary to warnings from Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, the climate alarmists are not missing their opportunity to yell "the sky is falling."  NPR announced it is devoting the week on September 22 to discussed what they label as the Climate CRISIS.  But what is REALLY happening, starting with the hurricane picture?

    For the past several years this blog has been monitoring the frequency and strength of hurricanes and found no scary trends in either.  But Dorian has everybody thinking, "better check the statistics again."  We found the following graphs 

by research meteorologist Dr. Ryan N. Maue (website: http://wx.graphics/tropical/) who keeps track of hurricanes and tropical cyclones. His data show, that as earth warmed from the cold spell in the 1970s (when the media were predicting return to another ice age) there has been no increase in frequency nor in the overall trend of energy in these storms.

Even National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says: 
In summary, neither our model projections for the 21st century nor our analyses of trends in Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm counts over the past 120+ yr support the notion that greenhouse gas-induced warming leads to large increases in either tropical storm or overall hurricane numbers in the Atlantic.  (Source)

Monday, September 16, 2019

WMO Secretary-General Rejects Climate ‘Doomsters and Extremists’

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization says that the alarmist narrative on climate change has gone off the rails and criticized the news media for provoking unjustified anxiety.
The IPCC reports have been read in a similar way to the Bible: You try to find certain pieces or sections from which you try to justify your extreme views. This resembles religious extremism.
Taalas hopes that mainstream media will become more critical and hopes more for a more diverse presentation of views and argues that all sides should be interviewed. 

https://www.thegwpf.com/wmo-boss-says-climate-discussion-has-gone-off-the-rails/ 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

AP Fact Checks DEM's Climate Science

CNN town hall with Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday 9/4/19

ELIZABETH WARREN: “We’ve got, what, 11 years, maybe, to reach a point where we’ve cut our emissions in half. ... We’d better be willing to put the resources into it because the alternative is unthinkable.” .

AP FACTS: These statements are out of step with science. Climate scientists don’t agree on an approximate time frame, let alone an exact number of years, for how much time we have left to stave off the deadliest extremes of climate change.

PETE BUTTIGIEG : "For me and everybody I know, for the children that we hope to have, for the people who will be alive at the turn of the century, when if we don't change what we're doing, we could lose half the world's oxygen because of what's going on in the oceans. That is unthinkable." 

AP FACTS: This is not sound science.  Climate scientists told The Associated Press that Buttigieg's claim that half of Earth's oxygen is at risk is false. You and your descendants can breathe easy about the planet's oxygen levels. There are other things to worry about from climate change, fossil fuel combustion and Amazon fires."

BETO O'ROURKE, proposing U.S. leadership on climate change: "Convene those other top wealthy economies to make sure that this is our focus, to save the lungs of the planet that produce 6 percent of the oxygen that we breathe and to ensure that we do not trigger a crisis in the Amazon. Once it is set, we will never be able to roll back. " 

AP FACTS: Lands of the Amazon are not "the lungs of the planet." That's a familiar phrase but not an accurate one. Oxygen production comes primarily from ocean sediments, not forests, which indeed generate oxygen but also consume it.

https://apnews.com/9d6adce79a774aa195e9e33b745d9fa0