Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SAR #9316


Plans that rest on governmental change are fatally flawed.

Don't Panic:  The International Energy Agency's latest report has been poked and prodded and even accused of being less than forthcoming. The takeaway point is this: The IEA thinks the world is going to go on a fossil fuel diet, but even so will consume 105 mbd in 2030. They suggest that nearly half that oil – about 50 mbd – will come from fields that have yet to be found and developed, while only 25 mbd will come from current oil fields. They do not say where oil in those quantities will be found.

Career Path:  As more Americans compete with immigrants for pick-up work as day laborers, one wonders just what 'employment' means in government reports.

Asked & Answered:  “Do US businesses hate their workers?” Yes, why did you think anything had changed?

Cliff Note: The insurance companies are the problem, not the solution. They drive up the cost of health care. They avoid paying bills so effectively that hospitals and doctors have to hire their own bureaucracy to fight them. Since 1970, the number of physicians has increased by less than 200% while the number of administrators has increased by 3000%... 31 cents of every health care dollar goes to administrative costs, not toward providing care. H.R. 3962 would require 21 million Americans to buy private health insurance from the very industry that has caused the problem. It will give the insurers at least $70 billion in new annual revenue, from the taxpayers either directly or indirectly. This has nothing to do with health and much to do with insurance company profits.

Idle Hands:  While you are sitting around not finding work, why not give some thought to a nice vacation – airlines and hotels are offering really good deals and you're not doing anything anyway.

Good Question:  Why die for Karzai? Or for a pipeline?

Communal Housing:  So far Fannie and Freddie have taken $121 billion from the taxpayers. It's as though we the taxpayers have bought a million houses for our neighbors at $120,000 each. You going to the house warming?

New Data:  A new study suggests the percentage of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed by the earth and that going into the atmosphere has remained essentially the same for the last 150 years, even as the amount of CO2 emissions has climbed from 2 billion to 35 billion tons a year. Terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems apparently have a greater capacity to absorb CO2 than previously suspected. This research does not suggest how much longer this can continue. We've been lucky so far, but there must be some level at which the earth's systems will get full and force a much greater percentage of CO2 into atmosphere, accelerating the greenhouse effect.

I'll Drink to That:  British wineries have resumed making red wines, a practice they abandoned 600 years ago when the climate got too cool. Warmer springs and milder autumns in recent years are credited, avoiding any suggestion that the climate is actually warming.


Unknown said...

"Good Question: Why die for Karzai? Or for a pipeline?"

The only question of concern in my mind, is the one that asks who the Jihadi enemy supports and is supportive of the Jihadi enemy, and who the jihadi enemy does not support and is not supportive of the Jihadi enemy.

Anonymous said...

Cliff Note: ....

And what about iatrogenisis?

What would the Health Affect be if we had no Big Health? Maybe Economists should look at the whole Health Racket and try to determine exactly how much is actually Health and how much Fraud, Deceit and even detrimental treatment.

Like the Financial Racket where folks withdraw their assets and get into Gold or cash or commodoties, maybe they will start to realize that Big Health may actually be making them sick or even killing them. See Dr. Nortin Hadler, THE LAST WELL PERSON.

If the Big Banks don't deliver the goods why do folks even think Big Health will?

Anonymous said...

RE: I'll drink to that:

They used to be able to make red wine 600 years ago because the medieval coal fired power plants and clunker cars were soooo much dirtier than our current versions.


Anonymous said...

RE: I'll drink to that:

They used to be able to make red wine 600 years ago because the medieval coal fired power plants and clunker cars were soooo much dirtier than our current versions.


Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III said...

Anony 2:00. Quite to the point. How is it that even after our aunts and neighbors and friends and co-workers get shafted by the health insurance behemoths we still cling to the hope that This Time...

Or is our subscription to health insurance a foxhole grasp at straws in a hostile world? We pretend their benevolence outweighs their greed to keep from thinking about the realities.

And absent "health insurance" how much would the consumption of "health care" drop? What percentage of all this medical spending is actually needed or useful?


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