A couple of “for the record” items September 29, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, foolishness, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
A couple items of note that aren’t specifically Church-related but worth acknowledging nonetheless.
First up, a new study shows that almost all temperature data gathered in the US in support of “global warming” temperature models (to predict future temperatures under the dread influence of “climate change) has either been manipulated or is drawn from estimates. Since the US data makes up almost half of all data used in these models, the manipulation of data has caused models to predict far higher temperature rises than would show otherwise, since the data-fudging has involved lowering temps prior to 1965 and increasing those since:
We have written many times about the fact that the temperature data used in the alarmists’ global warming models are not original data as measured by thermometers. Rather, they are “adjusted” numbers, consistently changed to make the past look cooler and the present warmer, so that more billions of dollars will flow from the world’s governments to the climate alarmists who serve government’s cause. This is, in my opinion, the greatest scandal in the history of science.
This article at Watts Up With That? adds incrementally to that picture. John Goetz analyzes the U.S. temperature data that finds its way into “official” tabulations. This is particularly important because, while the U.S. represents only 6.6% of the total land area of Earth, we account for close to half of the data relied on by the Global Historical Climatology Network. This is a big topic, and you should study the Goetz article in its entirety if you have time. I am still digesting it.
But a few highlights are obvious. First, Goetz finds that approximately 92% (or even more, depending on how you calculate it) of US surface temperature data consists of estimated or altered values. Very little raw data finds its way into the warmists’ climate models–which, of course, is the way they want it. Second, the adjustments that are made to the U.S. data consistently skew the numbers as we have described many times before–they try to make the present look warmer, compared with the past.
Charts and other relevant info at the link above.
Secondly, a series of medical studies have purported to show that exposure to “endocrine-disrupting” chemicals may be significant factors in the vast increase in obesity and diabetes in recent decades. I know we have some medical professionals that read this blog, so perhaps they could chime in, but I am torn on this report. I think there is likely some presently unacknowledged causal agent in the extremely rapid increase in obesity, especially in the developed world, over and above our sedentary lifestyles, fast food, superabundance of donuts, and the like, but at the same time, medical research has generally embarrassed itself over the past several decades in constantly giving out contradictory advice: eggs are terrible for you, no, they’re good, butter will kill you like a shot to the head, eat margarine, no, margarine is poison!, etc.
So make what you will of this:
Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.
“The evidence is more definitive than ever before – EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health,” said Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin [heh] and chair of the task force that developed the statement. “Hundreds of studies are pointing to the same conclusion, whether they are long-term epidemiological studies in human, basic research in animals and cells, or research into groups of people with known occupational exposure to specific chemicals.”
The threat is particularly great when unborn children are exposed to EDCs. Animal studies found that exposure to even tiny amounts of EDCs during the prenatal period can trigger obesity later in life. Similarly, animal studies found that some EDCs directly target beta and alpha cells in the pancreas, fat cells, and liver cells. This can lead to insulin resistance and an overabundance of the hormone insulin in the body – risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
Epidemiological studies of EDC exposure in humans also point to an association with obesity and diabetes, although the research design did not allow scientists to determine causality. The research offers insights into factors driving the rising rates of obesity and diabetes. About 35 percent of American adults are obese, and more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Society’s Endocrine Facts and Figures report.