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Selected News For The Week Apr 21 – Apr 27

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    This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

    2 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Apr 21 – Apr 27”

    1. BillK

      From the UK’s Register:

      Gaia scientist Lovelock: ‘I was WRONG and alarmist on climate’

      By Andrew Orlowski

      Environmental luminary Dr James Lovelock says he now regrets being “alarmist” about climate predictions.

      Speaking to MSNBC, Lovelock admitted spicing up his books with headline-catching doomsday predictions.

      In 2006 Dr Lovelock predicted the Earth “would catch a morbid fever” that would destroy six billion people – “the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable,” he predicted. In 2009, he was telling the Guardian that “we may face planet-wide devastation worse even than unrestricted nuclear war between superpowers”.

      “I made a mistake,” the 92-year-old scientist now says.

      “We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” Dr Lovelock reflects. “The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time. It [the temperature] has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising – carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.

      “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened.”

      This puts Lovelock in the same territory as scientists such as MIT’s Professor Richard Lindzen.

      “A doubling of CO2, by itself, contributes only about 1°C to greenhouse warming,” Prof Lindzen explained [PDF]. …

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2....._clangers/

      That can’t have sat well with the libs at MSNBC…

    2. BillK

      From the Daily Caller, your Labor Department at work:

      Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

      A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

      The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

      Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

      “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

      The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

      Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

      “The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

      “I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

      In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field — literally on a tractor — when TheDC reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

      “What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

      http://dailycaller.com/2012/04.....rm-chores/

      But hey, it’s “for the children.”




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