No one really knows what causes asthma.  We do know asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways.  Causes of asthma symptoms vary for different people.  Still, one thing is consistent with asthma: when airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, the airways become inflamed, narrow, and fill with mucus.  Allergies with asthma are common problem.  Eighty percent of people with asthma have allergies to airborne substances such as tree, grass, and weed pollens, mold, animal dander, dust mites, and cockroach particles.  In one study, children who had high levels of cockroach droppings in their homes were four times more likely to have childhood asthma than children whose homes had low levels.  Asthma exacerbation after dust exposure is usually due to dust mite allergy.”

Questions about relationships between air pollution (ozone) and asthma is posted in the May 7, 2004 article in the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s website by University of Georgia Emeritus Prof. R. Harold Brown “Commentary:  Asthma and Pollution:  a Puzzling Picture”.  Prof. Brown pointed our urban areas in Georgia had less hospitalizations for respiratory illness than rural areas.  In addition, Prof. Brown wrote, “asthma rates increased in the 1980s and 1990s, at a time when Georgia’s air was becoming cleaner. Across the nation, asthma cases increased from about 35 per 1,000 population in 1982 to 55 in 1996.”  Finally Prof. Brown pointed out the timing of asthma hospitalizations did not match air pollution.  Ninety percent of the days air pollution exceeded the 85 ppb eight-hour ozone standard occurred in June-July-August; while 83 percent of hospitalizations occurred in other months.


European Renewable Energy performance for 2014 falls far short of claims


The appeal of something for nothing still is the same as the times when people bought snake oil as a cure all. Indeed a sucker is born every 10 seconds (compensating for birthrate since David Hannum was alive) so the perpetuum mobile sales pitch of wind/solar/tide energy is very popular. Never mind that all energy subtracted from the environment causes greater harm than energy produced by matter/energy conversion or even burning fossil fuels. As soon as enough windfarms are installed to alter windpatterns , enough solar panels have been installed to intercept the natural warming which actually causes winds the blow then the shortsighted will realize too late it was not such a good idea. Luckily i’m of an age i won’t suffer the consequences.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest essay by Ed Hoskins

Summary: By 2014 European Union countries had invested approximately €1 trillion, €1000,000,000,000, in large scale Renewable Energy installations.

This has provided a nameplate electrical generating capacity of about 216 Gigawatts, nominally about ~22% of the total European generation needs of about 1000 Gigawatts.

The actual measured output by 2014 from data supplied by the Renewables Industry has been 38 Gigawatts or 3.8% of Europe’s electricity requirement, at a capacity factor of ~18% overall.

However Renewable Energy production is dependent on the seasons, local weather conditions and the rotation of the earth, day and night.

So the Renewable Energy contribution to the electricity supply grid is inevitably erratic, intermittent and non-dispatchable.  It is therefore much less useful than dispatchable sources of electricity, which can be engaged whenever necessary to match demand and maintain grid stability.  That 3.8% Renewable Energy contribution to the grid is often not available when needed and obversely its…

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Olympische Spelen enkel-voor-Joden: moet dat echt?


door jezelf als groep buiten de algemene maatschappij te zetten veroorzaak je nu juist wat je niet wilt: als aparte groep behandelt worden.
Erg domme actie, contraproductief

Originally posted on Visionair België:

Dinsdagavond j.l. werden in Berlijn de Olympische Spelen voor Joden plechtig geopend, genaamd de ‘Maccabi-spelen’, genoemd naar de Joodse leider Judas Maccabeus uit de 2de eeuw voor onze tijdrekening. Het betreft hier een kopie van de Olympische Spelen, maar dan enkel Joden toegelaten, die eveneens vierjaarlijks wordt georganiseerd, telkens in een ander land.

Let wel: het gaat hier dus niet om een intern Israëlisch sportevenement, maar om een internationaal sportgebeuren waarvoor een bepaald rascriterium als absolute voorwaarde tot deelname geldt. Wie hier even met de ogen knippert, denkt dan allicht aan de fameuze Neurenberger rassenwetten uit nazi-Duitsland. En jawel: deze Maccabi-spelen gaan door in het stadion waar uitgerekend de Olympische Spelen van 1936 plaats vonden, zoals bekend één grote propagandashow voor het nazi-regime, en bedoeld als een ode aan het superieure Arische ras. Tot grote ergernis van Hitler won de zwarte atleet Jesse Owens er vier medailles. En…

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Yep, autism isn’t on the rise.

Yep, autism isn’t on the rise.

As always with sudden increases the method of measuring has changed

The number of U.S. school children placed in special education programs due to autism more than tripled from 2000 to 2010, to nearly 420,000. But a new study argues much of that increase likely came as educators swapped one diagnosis for another. The overall percentage of kids diagnosed with a collection of brain development problems that includes autism remained unchanged, suggesting that children who used to be labeled with conditions such as “intellectual disability” were in fact autistic.“If you asked me, ‘Is there a real increase in the prevalence of autism?’ maybe there is, but probably much lower than the reported magnitude,” says Santhosh Girirajan, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park.In the new study, Girirajan and colleagues combed through data collected in each state for approximately 6.2 million U.S. school children with disabilities who are enrolled in special education programs. The information is collected each year under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Based on his or her diagnosis, each child was assigned to one of 13 broader categories, ranging from autism to physical challenges such as blindness.Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children in the autism category more than tripled from 93,624 in 2000 to 419,647 a decade later. Yet nearly two-thirds of that increase was matched by a decline in the rate at which children were labeled as having an “intellectual disability.” The number of kids in that category fell from 637,270 to 457,478.The data indicate that the autism rise is partly the result of students being moved from one category to another, Girirajan says.

New Science magazine

Probability of Obese People Reaching ‘Normal’ Weight Less Than 1%

Probability of Obese People Reaching ‘Normal’ Weight Less Than 1%

hilarious… So what is ‘Normal’ ?? What is ‘Obese’ ??? It’s beyond incredible a newspaper could print such non scientific  nonsense. As has been shown time and again ‘normal’ people suffer more, more often and longer from disease. They risk to die more from surgical interventions and are less likely to survive  life threatening afflictions.

WASHINGTON — Despite the fact that the diet industry does several billion dollars worth of business in the U.S. alone each year, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that most obese people will never achieve a “normal” weight.The Centers for Disease Control classify a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 as “overweight,” anything above that as obese.Nine years worth of data for 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women from the United Kingdom was analyzed by researchers from King’s College London, who found that the annual probability of reaching a normal weight was less than 1 percent for both groups — just 1 in 210 for obese men and 1 in 124 for obese women (obese = 30.0–34.9 BMI).For those with morbid obesity (BMI = 40.0–44.9), those odds decreased to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women.And, at least 50 percent of patients who managed to achieve a 5 percent weight loss were shown to have regained the weight within two years.Over the full course of the study, nine years, 1,283 men (about 1.67 percent) and 2,245 women (about 2.25 percent) managed to achieve a normal body weight.Participants who received bariatric surgery were excluded from the study.“Our findings indicate that current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients,” the study says.“…even when treatment is accessed, evidence suggests behavioral weight loss interventions focusing on caloric restriction and increased physical activity are unlikely to yield clinically significant reductions in body weight.”

Fear mongering article to promote ‘health’ industry

now for reality check:


Fat is not bad
Still not bad
Still not bad..
Still going …
And going…

London’s eco-buses running on diesel due to dud batteries


how utterly predictable, luckily it’s only taxpayers money so nothing is lost.

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

Not in Service Not in Service
The so-called ‘Boris bus’ or London’s ‘new Routemaster’, hailed as a wonder of green technology, is turning out to be an embarrassment, reportsBBC News:

I’m told that at the back of a bus depot, there is a large pile of power batteries that no longer work.

All have been removed from the new bus for London and are a crucial part of the hybrid system.

Drivers say that many buses across London are operating without them in place.

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Does certified organic farming reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production?

Does certified organic farming reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production?

No, quite the opposite actually 


The increasing prevalence of ecologically sustainable products in consumer markets, such as organic produce, are generally assumed to curtail anthropogenic impacts on the environment. Here I intend to present an alternative perspective on sustainable production by interpreting the relationship between recent rises in organic agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production. I construct two time series fixed-effects panel regressions to estimate how increases in organic farmland impact greenhouse gas emissions derived from agricultural production. My analysis finds that the rise of certified organic production in the United States is not correlated with declines in greenhouse gas emissions derived specifically from agricultural production, and on the contrary is associated positively overall agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. To make sense of this finding, I embed my research within the conventionalization thesis. As a result I argue that the recent USDA certification of organic farming has generated a bifurcated organic market, where one form of organic farming works as a sustainable counterforce to conventional agriculture and the other works to increase the economic accessibility of organic farming through weakening practice standards most conducive to reducing agricultural greenhouse gas output. Additionally, I construct my own theoretical framework known as the displacement paradox to further interpret my findings