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Did You Hear The Koch Brothers Just Gave A Million Bucks To NPR To Cover Healthcare?

 

 

 

” No, you didn’t hear about that Koch gift to NPR, because it never happened. 

  But now that I have your attention, let me ask you whether you heard that a different funder, who also has a strong agenda on healthcare, just gave $1.3 million to NPR to report on this topic?

  No, you probably didn’t hear about that gift either, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—a grant that has caused zero controversy. 

  Come to think of it, I didn’t recall any controversy when RWJF gave National Public Radio $5.6 million to report on healthcare between 2008 and 2011, during a period when this was among the most politicized of all topics. 

  You’d think that somebody would at least have raised an eyebrow, given that RWJF is a strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other healthcare policy positions on the progressive side of the spectrum.

  God bless that foundation, if you ask me. But as a thought experiment, imagine if the Koch brothers had given the same amount of money to NPR to cover healthcare. 

  People would have gone nuts. “

 

Read all about the “progressive” funding hypocrisy at Inside Philanthropy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists Increasingly Moving To Global Cooling Consensus

 

 

 

” Critics of those who claim that man-made global warming is a serious threat to the planet and settled science frequently point to the fickleness of scientists on the issue, noting that in the 60s and 70s scientists were warning of just the opposite. It now appears the critic’s claims may have merit as a new consensus is beginning to once again return to the global cooling model.

  Adherents of man-made global warming have supported the issue in a way akin to that of religious zealots, even to the point of attempting to cover up evidence that runs contrary to their beliefs or portrays it in a negative light.”

 

   Face it , the data that is available regarding climate change on Earth is just not comprehensive enough for the scientific community to be handing down pronouncements of catastrophic climate change . 

 

” Global warming has been blamed for every recent catastrophe including wildfires in America even when they have been started by human activity, Hurricane Sandy, and even for the recent rash of cold spells that have descended upon much of the world.”

 

 The fact is that the thousands of years of man and his “destructive” policies are but a pimple on the butt of Earth history and it is the height of arrogance to assume that in such a short period of history we could so drastically effect the Earth .

 

However, even in the midst of their support for the theory, they appear to have acknowledged there are serious issues with claiming that record cold winters are the result of global warming. In the 1990s, they frequently made calls for governments to take steps to issue regulations to curtail “global warming.” However, they now generally do not use the phrase any longer, instead calling on combating “climate change.” “

    That arrogance , along with political pressure ,has generated a climate in the scientific community that refuses to allow anyone to be honest enough to admit that “we just don’t know” . Of course an admission of that frankness and honesty would not impress the grant givers and that is AGW science is really all about … job security , that and Statism . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paid Obama Care Propaganda in Major TV Shows Exposed: $500,000 Hollywood “Grant”

 

 

Published on Nov 12, 2013

” $500,000 Grant For Obama Care Propaganda in Prime Time TV Shows
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The Kids Aren’t All Right

 

 

 

 

 

” A word of caution for kids heading off to college this year: Your degree may be worth less and cost more than you think. Your job prospects will likely be grim, whether or not you get that sheepskin. Oh, and you’re on the hook for trillions in federal debt racked up by your parents and grandparents.

Washington has willfully ignored the looming crisis of entitlement spending, knowingly consigning young Americans to a future of crushing debt, persistent underemployment, and burdensome regulation. Politicians on both sides of the aisle share the blame.

This summer, Congress made a big bipartisan show of cutting student loan rates to 3.4 percent from an already artificially low 6.8 percent. But even that seemingly helpful gesture will wind up hurting the Americans it claims to help. Federal student aid, whether in the form of grants or loans, is the main factor behind the runaway cost of higher education. Subsidies raise prices, leading to higher subsidies, which raise prices even more. This higher education bubble, like the housing bubble before it, will eventually pop. Meanwhile, large numbers of students will graduate with more debt than they would have in an unsubsidized market.

And when those new, debt-laden graduates head out into the labor market with their overpriced diplomas, they may not be able to find a job. According to data provided to me by my Mercatus Center colleague, former Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) commissioner Keith Hall, fewer than half of Americans today between the ages of 18 and 25 are employed. For those in that cohort actively on the job market, the unemployment rate is 16 percent, versus 6 percent for job-seekers aged 25 and above.

This jobs crisis will have long-term consequences for young Americans. A forthcoming paper in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics on Canadian college graduates by the economists Philip Oreopoulos, Till Von Wachter, and Andrew Heisz shows that in economies like ours, during normal times, the average person sees 70 percent of career wage growth in the first 10 years on the job. That is terrible news for people who are unemployed or underemployed at the start of their careers. The study also shows that those unlucky enough to graduate during a recession will suffer a 9 percent pay hit from the start of their careers-and it will likely take them a decade to climb out of that hole.

Weak economies always hit younger people hard, but this weak recovery is taking a particularly heavy toll, despite the massive government intervention in the form of stimulus and job programs. In fact, much of the uncertainty that gets in the way of employers hiring new full-time workers can be traced to government policies.

 

 

Illustration by RJ Matson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad News For Wind Energy

 

 

 

” It’s generally been  recognized that using wind to generate electricity is inefficient, costly, and unreliable.

Now the news is getting out that it’s even worse than previously thought.

The report, The Performance of Wind Farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark, issued by the Renewable Energy Foundation in London, established that capacity factors for on-shore wind farms decline from 24% in the first year of operation to 15% in year ten, and 11% in year 15.

These results are amazing, in that the literature usually indicates a consistent capacity factor of 30%, which is what financial projections are typically based on.

The report holds even worse news for off-shore wind farms.

In Denmark, output declined from 40% in the first year of operation to less than 15% in year 10.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Do The Koch Brothers Get All The Sunshine?

 

 

 

 

” Here’s a couple of data points that bear serious thought this week by transparency advocates celebrating Sunshine Week and by everybody else who cares about protecting and preserving a free and independent press:

1,130 – Number of results for search term “Koch Brothers” on The New York Times web site.

64 – Number of results for search term “The Tides Foundation” on The New York Times web site.

It’s equally certain that few reading this post know anything at all about the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, even though its roots go deep into the radical student movement of the 1960s and it has helped fund or startup virtually every significant liberal, progressive and radical cause in the years since.

Similar results appear from the same searches on The Washington Post web site, which turns up 277 links to the Koch Brothers and 11 for Tides. And on the New Yorker web site, Koch Brothers generated 35 links and none for Tides.

The contrast was even more dramatic on the Common Cause site, where the Koch Brothers were linked 4,560 times versus one for Tides.

Similar results appear from the same searches on The Washington Post web site, which turns up 277 links to the Koch Brothers and 11 for Tides. And on the New Yorker web site, Koch Brothers generated 35 links and none for Tides.

The contrast was even more dramatic on the Common Cause site, where the Koch Brothers were linked 4,560 times versus one for Tides.

 

Three Koch foundations made a total of 181 grants worth$25,405,525 in 2010 (most recent available records). The one Tides Foundation made a total of 2,627 grants worth $143,529,590 in 2010.”

 

 

 

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” Staggering Smith Electric may be next Solyndra”

” Smith makes electric powered trucks
favored by the Obama administration, yet
has never turned a profit and is heavily in
debt. Smith originally scheduled its IPO to
seek $125 million in new investment, but
cut that back to only $75 million, then
cancelled the offering outright.
“It is an astonishing disaster and it is likely
the next step might be a Chapter 11
bankruptcy filing,” said Eric Meltzer, a
Philadelphia-based manager of distressed
companies.
The failed IPO is being compared to
Solyndra because it also cancelled an IPO
just before filing for bankruptcy solar
energy company. Solyndra cancelled its
public offering just before filing for
bankruptcy. “

   Using the government method of venture capitalization , public cost , private profit , we’ll all be beggars soon enough .

   Well , almost all of us . If you happen to be connected you may share in the private profit while the rest of us get to share the public cost .

  ” As part of its Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home
(SUNPATH) project, DOE’s Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy (EERE) division
announced three awards in June to promote
high-volume solar energy production.
The largest of the three awards, totaling $25
million, went to Soitec Solar, a French
company, to build a solar production facility in
San Diego, CA. While Soitec is not in dire
financial straits like some other DOE-backed
companies , it posted hefty losses during its last
financial year, which ended March 31. A
number of its major financial indicators were
worse than the prior financial year.
According to a company report, Soitec posted a
gross profit of $63.1 million, down from $82.9
million the year before; operating losses of $
57.3 million, down from an operating profit of
$2.3 million the year before; and a net loss of
$70.5 million, up from $22.4 the year before
(all dollar amounts are converted from euros).