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 The end is not nigh

03.12.19 At lunch the other day a very unhappy ‘camper’ stated that our world has only a few years where humans can survive, she was an avid ABC listener. In a country that has so much going for it, one can only shake one’s head at such a thought. With peaches and cherries so cheap, fish and meat affordable for everyone, vegetables at nearly giveaway prices, everyone in a job in this coffee shops economy there is much to be thankful for. Why the left need to terrify people that the end of our world is nigh is beyond understanding. MM would like to make it clear, humans will be around and happy for thousands of years in the future, our beautiful balanced planet will not kill us off. Let’s let every one know we are in a climate scare bubble and it will burst as surely as it will rain. As the song goes “Be Happy” and read what Veronique de Rugy has to say about the US:At a time when our country seems as divided as ever and many are talking as if the end times are coming, it’s more important than ever to look at what we should be thankful for.
Unemployment is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years. Poverty is down, too. Since 1990, average life expectancy in the United States increased from 75.4 to 78.6 years. Our workplaces are also safer, as demonstrated by the 30% decline in the rate of workplace deaths from 1992 to 2017 and a 69% drop in the rate of workplace injury and illness.
Our cities and country as a whole are safer, with crime rates falling dramatically. In fact, Washington, D.C. experienced an incredible increase among the world’s safest cities ranking. It jumped from the 23rd safest city in the world in 2017 to number 7 in 2019. Negative indicators, such as teen pregnancies and abortion rates, are also declining.
While some argue that real wages have been stagnant for several decades — when measured with the correct inflation deflator and adjusted for fringe benefits, taxes and transfers — real incomes of ordinary Americans have unquestionably increased. The same is true of real median household income, especially after adjusting for household size.
While millions of manufacturing and other “middle-skill” jobs have disappeared, that decline has been more than offset by an increase in the number of high-skilled jobs. In fact, a look at the data reveals that while the middle class has indeed thinned out, it’s because more and more Americans are joining the upper class, a phenomenon that we should applaud. Meanwhile, the share of the low-income households has shrunk over the years.
Few of us realize how much better off we are today than were our grandparents and great-grandparents. For all the negative talk about how families struggle to survive on their current wages compared with prior decades, the fact is that this notion has more to do with our rising expectations of what we should be able to consume than with any genuine decline in our ability to consume. Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for instance, shows that if the average worker today wanted to achieve the living standard of 1950, he or she would only need to work for 11 weeks annually. To achieve the living standard of 1975, one would only need to work 23 weeks.
Of course, most people don’t choose to work so few weeks. We instead work most of the year to increase our relative standard of living compared to prior years. As economist David Autor explains in his research that asks, “Will automation take away our jobs?” (the answer is no), “Material abundance has never eliminated perceived scarcity.” In other words, the fact that most of us don’t realize how much more we have than those who came before us doesn’t negate the fact that we are incredibly lucky.
Our lives, especially those of lower-income workers, would get even better if state and local governments eliminated some of the policies that artificially obstruct access to better labor markets. Land and zoning regulations are great examples. These rules play an oversized role in increasing housing costs in higher-wage areas, making it harder for low-income workers to move and improve their situation.
Likewise, occupational-licensing statutes raise barriers separating workers from better jobs. These requirements obstruct interstate mobility, as licenses typically can’t be transferred across jurisdictions. They also increase the price of goods and services like child care, which hurts parents who wish to stay in the work force.
There are too many examples to list in this column. Yet removing just the barriers mentioned here would lead to more opportunities and better lives for those who are now frozen out of the gains enjoyed by many.
The truth is that if you look for bad news, you can easily find it. Some trends, such as the hike in opioid overdoses and teenage suicides or the fact that some workers have permanently dropped out of the labor force, are sources of real concern. However, looking for bad news is what most of us do most of the year. During this time of Thanksgiving, we should take a moment to focus on the good news. It will help us feel grateful for our lives.


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  • DT 03/12/2019, 6:22 am

    There is no climate emergency
    A global network of 700 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.
    Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming
    The geological archive reveals that Earth’s climate has varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases. The Little Ice Age ended as recently as 1850. Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are experi- encing a period of warming.
    Warming is far slower than predicted
    The world has warmed at less than half the rate predicted by IPCC on the ba- sis of modeled anthropogenic forcing and radiative imbalance. It tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.
    Climate policy relies on inadequate models
    Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as global policy tools. They blow up the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2. In addition, they ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial.
    CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth
    CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. Photosynthesis is a blessing. More CO2 is beneficial for nature, greening the Earth: additional CO2 in the air has promoted growth in global plant biomass. It is also good for agriculture, increasing the yields of crops worldwide.
    Global warming has not increased natural disasters
    There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more fre- quent. However, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.
    Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities
    There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050. If better approaches emerge, and they certainly will, we have ample time to reflect and re-adapt. The aim of global policy should be ‘prosperity for all’ by providing reliable and affordable energy at all times. In a prosperous society men and women are well educated, birthrates are low and people care about their environment.

    World Climate Declaration
    November 20, 2019


  • luk1955 03/12/2019, 6:52 am

    The rise in climate worriers is parallel to the decrease in our freedoms and liberties caused by these wackos. Who really are bullies looking to bully other people through legislation. And that control that the worriers salivate over is what drives these insane wackos to pursue the green agenda. And their anti life attitude is prominent in their adherence to the green communist fascist agenda.

    • DT 03/12/2019, 7:30 am

      Sadly and should concern us all the younger people are being convinced that socialism offers them a better future.

      Apparently the lack of education on history and politics has blinded them. And the mentality of cargo cult.

  • Pensioner Pete 03/12/2019, 8:38 am
    • DT 03/12/2019, 9:09 am

      The Ice Man Cometh.

  • Penguinite 03/12/2019, 9:12 am

    Greta is late for COP in Spain. Apparently her wind driven boat ran short of puff!

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