California’s Diesel Rule Scam

California’s Diesel Rule Scam

The state imposes a rule based on phony science on all U.S. truckers.

James Enstrom
Oct. 18, 2015 7:50 p.m. ET

The Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are riding high after exposing Volkswagen ’s emission scam. But the self-proclaimed guardians are running their own regulatory racket. See their shakedown of Virginia-based trucker Estes Express Lines.

Under the Clean Air Act, the Golden State enjoys unique authority to impose stricter emission standards than the EPA, but only within its sovereign borders. Yet CARB exported its vehicle emission standards nationwide by forcing auto makers to re-engineer their fleets to state rules. Now the agency is trying to bring out-of-state truckers to heel.

In 2008 CARB banned diesel engines manufactured before 2010 from California roads. Under the rule, over a million truckers who operate in California, including 625,000 registered out of state, are required to replace their engines with a newer model or install a diesel particulate filter, which can cost more than their vehicles are worth.

This month CARB and EPA announced a $390,000 settlement with Estes—$100,000 of which goes to the U.S. Treasury—for failing to install filters on 73 of 500 trucks it operated in California between 2012 and 2014. Estes has since upgraded its entire California fleet.

CARB doesn’t have authority to subpoena documents from out-of-state businesses, so EPA assisted the investigation by asserting jurisdiction under California’s 2012 State Implementation Plan of the Clean Air Act that includes the truck rule. Last year EPA demanded that a dozen interstate trucking companies show compliance with California’s rule. A CARB spokesperson says the prosecution is “the first of what we hope are many cases.” Caveat trucker.

Not surprisingly, the green police claim they are protecting Californians. According to EPA, the truck rule will prevent 3,500 premature deaths between 2010 and 2025. Yet there’s little evidence linking diesel particulate matter with an increase in mortality in California, which has among the lowest age-adjusted death rates in the country.

Studies show a weak association between mortality and particulate matter in Appalachia and the Midwest, but virtually no correlation in the western United States. This may be because the chemical composition of particulate matter—which can be generated from dust, wildfires, pollen, power plants, mining and farming—varies by region. Diesel exhaust makes up a small fraction of these fine airborne particles.

Notably, the epidemiological study that CARB used to justify its truck rule in 2008 had to be corrected after it was revealed that the report’s lead staff scientist had purchased his statistics doctorate for $1,000 from a diploma mill. CARB later revised its estimates of premature deaths prevented by the rule down to 3,500 from 9,400. After discovering the deceit, CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols failed to inform the board and went ahead and propounded the regulations for adoption.

In other words, the regulations under which EPA and CARB are prosecuting truckers are based on dubious science. But when the cause is green virtue, such details don’t matter.

Another health myth bites the dust

Another health myth bites the dust

“Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture, and there is no clinical trial evidence that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources prevents fractures,” they wrote. “Evidence that calcium supplements prevent fractures is weak and inconsistent.”


Michaelsson has led research that found people who drank the most milk had more bone fractures and were more likely to die within a certain period than people who drank less.



How to recognize snake oil hypes

How to recognize snake oil hypes

Easy. They claim to heal/cure/relief many totally different afflictions. Whilst cannabis sativa has many psychoactive components one wonders why evolution went so wrong as to not incorporate the synthesizing of those components in the body if they have such enormously positive influence on all ailments claimed to to have an influence on.

The latest out there claim for marijuana: Marijuana may help heal broken bones

At least the word ‘may’ is included which pretty much renders the whole story nothing but a nice ‘if only’ .


Medical cannabis also provides bone tissue with mineralization, so it protects bones from further injury, making them less fragile. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future,” Gabet explained.This is not the first study devoted to the health properties of marijuana. It has been linked to effective treatment of epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson ‘s diseases. It is also used to soften the negative effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, treat chronic pain, and help people struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Yep. It’s a regular miracle cure for just about anything.

Risk Factors and preventive medicine delusions

Risk Factors and preventive medicine delusions

  1.  This is the same Cancer Society that ignores age as a dominant factor in developing cancer.
  2.  This the same Cancer Society that claims one-third of cancers are caused by tobacco, a claim that is not supported by reliable evidence.
  3. This is the same Cancer society that claims second-hand smoke at ambient levels causes cancer, with no reliable evidence of such a thing except the loony no threshold linear modeling methods of the scare mongers.
  4. This is the same Cancer Society that says one-third of cancers are caused by what we eat, one-third are caused by tobacco, and one-third by environmental toxins.

Nonsense. So how does that fit with Ernest debunking of risk factor scares or hypotheses?

Well it goes like this, as Ernest Says, when multiple causes are proposed it means that no one knows the cause and is just using associations, an observed relationship of events–easily possibly caused by randomness and not proof.

However, to have risks, and many risks, is a great opening for the nannies, isn’t it–if you do this, if you avoid that–on and on–opportunities for meddlers and public policy mandarins.So risk factor medicine in fact provides a jobs program for “Preventive Medicine” preachers.So many people like to preach–makes them feel special and superior.



Study itself might be fine, conclusions.. very doubtful

Study itself might be fine, conclusions.. very doubtful

Prolonged daily light exposure increases body fat mass through attenuation of brown adipose tissue activity


Increased light exposure has been associated with obesity in both humans and mice. In this article, we elucidate a mechanistic basis of this association by performing studies in mice. We report that prolonging daily light exposure increases adiposity by decreasing energy expenditure rather than increasing food intake or locomotor activity. This was caused by a light-exposure period-dependent attenuation of the noradrenergic activation of brown adipose tissue that has recently been shown to contribute substantially to energy expenditure by converting fatty acids and glucose into heat. Therefore, we conclude that impaired brown adipose tissue activity may mediate the relationship between increased light exposure and adiposity.


Disruption of circadian rhythmicity is associated with obesity and related disorders, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Specifically, prolonged artificial light exposure associates with obesity in humans, although the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here, we report that increasing the daily hours of light exposure increases body adiposity through attenuation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) activity, a major contributor of energy expenditure. Mice exposed to a prolonged day length of 16- and 24-h light, compared with regular 12-h light, showed increased adiposity without affecting food intake or locomotor activity. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that prolonged day length decreases sympathetic input into BAT and reduces β3-adrenergic intracellular signaling. Concomitantly, prolonging day length decreased the uptake of fatty acids from triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, as well as of glucose from plasma selectively by BAT. We conclude that impaired BAT activity is an important mediator in the association between disturbed circadian rhythm and adiposity, and anticipate that activation of BAT may overcome the adverse metabolic consequences of disturbed circadian rhythmicity.


source PNAS

Why is conclusion doubtful? Simple. Most of the study is based of measurements of British females. Not a country known for it’s prolonged natural daylight. As in the high Andes people adapted to shortage of oxygen by having a vastly improved oxygenation system, so do people with a shortage of daylight adapt as well.

Extrapolating this effect (if it’s there indeed) measured in the higher northern hemisphere to humanity in general is patently absurd. Again the new age way of thinking such a thing as ‘obesity’ can be objectively measured infiltrates formerly scientific reason.

For example being of a certain weight is a cultural thing. In many cultures being skinny means you’re poor, being not so is sign of affluence. In many African cultures being ample bodied is a sign of fertility in females. It’s hard to imagine this just came about without reason, more reserves to bear children comes to mind.

Only in the limited view of a part of western affluent world is being skinny a sign health. Which it isn’t. Skinny people are more often ill, are so longer, recover more slowly from hospital interventions and have little resistance to all nasty things nature can throw at a human.

An Outbreak of Epidemiological Hysteria

An Outbreak of Epidemiological Hysteria
Michael Fumento

THERE HAVE been far fewer cases of, and deaths from, Ebola Virus Disease (hereinafter “Ebola”) during the period of the recent outbreak than from numerous other endemic diseases that primarily afflict Africans, such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and childhood diarrhea. Yet there is a widespread sense, in the media and among the public, that particularly urgent measures must be taken to combat Ebola. This is owed in large part to estimates of future cases produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their representatives have accompanied the presentation of these estimates with powerful rhetoric, as have representatives of other public health organizations. Headlines predictably focus on the upper bound of the CDC estimate, rather than providing the range. Yet both the WHO and the CDC have arrived at their distressingly high figures by ignoring epidemiological principles successfully applied since the nineteenth century. These indicate that Ebola infections and even cases may have already peaked.

Continue at International Review of Science

Healty nutrition, vegetarian leaves a lot to be desired

Population-based studies have consistently shown that our diet has an influence on health. Therefore, the aim of our study was to analyze differences between different dietary habit groups in terms of health-related variables. The sample used for this cross-sectional study was taken from the Austrian Health Interview Survey AT-HIS 2006/07. In a first step, subjects were matched according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status (SES). After matching, the total number of subjects included in the analysis was 1320 (N = 330 for each form of diet – vegetarian, carnivorous diet rich in fruits and vegetables, carnivorous diet less rich in meat, and carnivorous diet rich in meat). Analyses of variance were conducted controlling for lifestyle factors in the following domains: health (self-assessed health, impairment, number of chronic conditions, vascular risk), health care (medical treatment, vaccinations, preventive check-ups), and quality of life. In addition, differences concerning the presence of 18 chronic conditions were analyzed by means of Chi-square tests. Overall, 76.4% of all subjects were female. 40.0% of the individuals were younger than 30 years, 35.4% between 30 and 49 years, and 24.0% older than 50 years. 30.3% of the subjects had a low SES, 48.8% a middle one, and 20.9% had a high SES. Our results revealed that a vegetarian diet is related to a lower BMI and less frequent alcohol consumption. Moreover, our results showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life. Therefore, public health programs are needed in order to reduce the health risk due to nutritional factors.

The Association between Eating Behavior and Various Health Parameters: A Matched Sample Study.