Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Spot the BS

Not the first time DNews has tried to pawn politics as science or facts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Strip Searched for Tobacco

A student has claimed that they were strip searched for suspicion of possession of tobacco at a Jordan-Elbridge Central School District school. No mention of the students gender nor age.

Tobacco is so evil that we need to strip search children for it?

No matter how evil tobacco is, things may not go well for the school district.

Back in 2009 a school district was found to have violated a 13 year old girl's 4th amendment rights when she was strip searched for ibuprofen.

What is going on? These aren't even illegal substances. We can't sell them to children, but it's not like they are sneaking a weapon into school.

Children Sue Government Over Global Warming

NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen and several children are suing the U.S.Government over the continuing burning of fossil fuels contributing global warming. This ends up violating their future 9th amendment rights depriving them of life, liberty and property.

There has not been one computer model to get climate predictions right. There has been an 18 year measured pause in global warming. None of that matters if you can use children as pawns to further your agenda.

Monday, August 17, 2015

EPA Shakedown : It's all about the Green : July 2015

Shakedown stories from July 2015

Big Sky Energy : $0

If you are wondering why a $0 fine is on this list it is because this is a court ruling that was overturned that originally was a $492,800 fine. This make the list because of the outrageous nature of the original fine.

Big Sky Energy was found guilty in court of destroying wetlands but the problem is they were not informed of the trial. That's correct. Put on trial without a chance to defend themselves. Thank goodness this was overturned. Some government officials need to be put on trial for the original trial.

Ronald Foster : $400,000

Filled in a ditch. EPA claims it was a creek because two hills come together and collect water.

Stacey's Brook : $65,000

The fine is for contamination from the sewer system mingling with the storm drainage system. Bacteria has been found in the drainage water which empties on King's Beach.

This system, though, has been estimated to be 80 to 130 years old. So this system was created long before the EPA or regulations were created. There was no active violation of the regulations.

In addition no one knows where the contamination is happening and finding it has been likened to finding a needle in a haystack. So basically the bacteria has been blamed on the sewer system even though there is no direct proof. Could there be another source?

It has been suggested to use chlorine to treat the water to kill the bacteria but the EPA has struck down this proposal claiming that was every bit as bad as the original contamination.

Stacey's Brook and eventually the town of Swampscott have to upgrade their drainage and sewer systems.

Foster Poultry Farms : $112,500

Failed to meet the federal deadline for reporting significant quantities of chemicals stored at its facility in 2013. Carbon dioxide was one of the chemicals necessary to report.

Yup. Fined for slow paper work. Proper paper work was received.

Shining Ocean, Inc. : $16,575

Failed to meet the federal deadline for reporting significant quantities of chemicals stored at its facility from 2009 - 2013.

Yup. Another fine for slow paper work.

Wilcox Farms, Inc. : $15,625

Failed to meet the federal deadline for reporting significant quantities of chemicals stored at its facility in 2013.

Yup. Another fine for slow paper work. Proper paper work was received.

Navistar : $300,000,000

This is a currently unsettled case.

EPA claims Navistar used engines made in 2010 that did not conform to 2010 EPA emissions standards. Navistar claims it produced the engines if 2009 and put them in 2010 vehicles.

Even crazier is that the EPA claims Navistar did not follow procedures to get "transitory" exemptions to use the engines.

If the engine is made 2009 it is fine, but it is a crime if made in 2010. And I am unclear on the "transitory" exemption, but it sounds like if the engines were made in 2010 they would be legal if they filled out the correct paperwork, and probably payed for the exemption.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

EPA uses Carbon?

You know that evil of all evils; the thing that is causing global warming; the worst of the worst man produces ... CARBON!

Turns out the EPA is using a carbon treatment system to purify tainted water. I guess carbon isn't so bad, is it?

Treasury Secretary Supports the Iran Deal by Using Straw Man Argument

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has an op-ed piece in support of the Iran deal that will be published in the New York Times on Friday. His whole argument rests on the fact that rejecting it means we need to put sanctions on trading partners too.

That's it. That is his whole argument.

Doing so would be bad economically for us but we don't have to do that if the deal is rejected.

That is a straw man.

Government Studies the Painfully Obvious

The National Institutes of Health reports that in a study there are adult Americans that have experienced pain withing 3 months of that study. Amazing. As you grow older you might experience pain.

The study also finds people experiencing pain are more likely to have poor health and use more health care. Wow. It's almost as if when you are sick your body tells you that you are sick through pain. And who would've thought someone sick and in pain is more likely to use health care than a healthy person that is not in pain. It seems to defy logic!

And get this. People that still experience pain after medication might turn to yoga, massage, and meditation to manage the pain. Wow. Doing something about pain instead of just looking at it.

I've learned a lot today. Thank you for this study.

Government Finally Cuts Spending

Yeah! The government has finally cut some spending!

What have they cut?

Disposable plates and cutler!

I'm fine with this, but it is a bit silly. Most businesses consider these items a regular business expense. People eat at their desks sometimes so they can continue working. This is good for the company because they get more work out of their employees.

But if this saves us enough money so we can study shrimp on a treadmill, go for it!