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What percentage, or what proportion, of the air around us is carbon dioxide? Is it
A) More than 50 percent
B) More than 25 percent
C) More than 10 percent, or
D) Less than 1 percent
So, what do you think? How much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere relative to other gases?
The answer is less than 1 percent. ……….. Did you know that? How many people do you think know that? The answer is significant, very significant, because climate change proponents claim that carbon dioxide is having a massive effect in the atmosphere? But how can something that is present in such tiny quantities in the atmosphere create such havoc. And actually, carbon dioxide is much much less than 1 percent of the gases in the atmosphere. It is actually 0.039 percent. So it is not even a half of a percent. In fact it is not even a tenth of a percent. It is about one twenty-fifth of a percent. If you look at it on a pie chart, carbon dioxide does not even show up. That’s how small a percentage it is. It exists in such small amounts that it is referred to in science as a trace gas. The dominant gases in the atmosphere are nitrogen (about 78%), and oxygen (about 20 percent).
If we were to represent carbon dioxide with dots, for every 2,500 dots of air, one dot would be carbon dioxide. This is how rare carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. And I started out with this point because I think it is the strongest evidence against global warming for the following reason: Continue reading…
Many people don’t seem to understand that there is a difference between real wealth and real growth on the one hand, and phony wealth and phony growth on the other. And the failure to recognize what’s real and what’s phony, has resulted in bad economic policies that focus on creating financial bubbles rather than on rebuilding America’s manufacturing base. People at the highest levels of academia and policymaking seem to believe that we can get out of the economic mess we’re in by creating phony wealth and turning our backs on the creation of real wealth.
So what is real and what is phony? And why is phony wealth and phony growth bad for a country? And how does this all tie in with the economic stagnation American has been facing for the past 20 years or so? Continue reading…
One of the most important issue that is not being discussed in America today is out of control children who have no discipline, who are downright lazy, and who just want to be entertained 24/7. We’re bringing up a generation of children who are unruly, irresponsible, and don’t want to make any sacrifices. And this is where the problem in education lies; it’s not the teachers, it’s not the lack of funding, it’s not the curriculum, and it’s not the standardized testing. We need to have a frank and honest discussion about the behavior and lack of effort from an increasing number of American children, because this is the real reason why education is deteriorating in America today – bad behavior and the lack of effort on the part of many students.
I am a former school teacher and I’ve seen the problem up close and personal. So I’m not speaking from theory. It’s not rocket science; like everything else, what you put in, is what you will get out. Education is no different from any other endeavor. The students who do well are usually the ones who are well behaved, they cooperate with the teacher, they complete their class work, they do their homework, and they value education. The ones who don’t do well are usually the exact opposite: they behave badly, they refuse to cooperate with teachers, they don’t complete their class work, they don’t do their homework, and they don’t value education. We need to confront the behavior and attitude of these students, as a society, and stop blaming their failure on everything else under the sun. The students are the ones who are causing the system to fall apart because they have the wrong attitude. Continue reading…
I believe that it is inevitable that America will at some point have a single payer national healthcare system, because it is the only system in the world that keeps cost down and cover everyone in a country. Politicians, both on the left and on the right, will eventually wake up to that fact once they have tried everything else and realize that healthcare is a special case that has only one solution – a single payer national healthcare system.
The private healthcare insurance market will eventually collapse because premiums will continue to skyrocket due to the fact that the nature of healthcare makes it incompatible with the free market. On the other side, ObamaCare will have to be abandoned because it is too complex and it doesn’t achieve lower cost and universal coverage. Continue reading…
I don’t think that you can talk about America’s economy and all the problems we’re facing right now without talking about the trade deficit that America been running for the past 20 years or so.
The trade deficit has to be the starting point in any discussion about the US economy, because its existence for such a long time is an indication that there is something fundamentally wrong with the US economy.
The USA cannot keep running away from this issue. It’s not going to go away unless something is done about it. And it is absolutely unconscionable that the politicians and the media just want to sweep it under the rug and pretend that it is not a problem.
Here is why the trade deficit should be the number one topic in America today: Continue reading…
One of the most frustrating things for me is to sit and listen to “experts” talk about a problem. They take the simplest of things and make them unnecessarily complicated. And what’s even more frustrating is that oftentimes they do not offer practical solutions and specify definitively how the problem should be solved. It seems like the more experts we have, the more we are unable to solve problems. The expert cottage industry has been growing and growing and yet we’re no closer to any solutions to the major problems America and the world face. Have you ever thought of it? For example, each of the areas below has thousands of experts, and yet no one can offer solutions to anything even though these problems have been around for many, many years. Astonishing, isn’t it?
2) The education crisis in the USA
3) The persistent economic problems facing the USA (jobs & economic growth)
4) The USA debt problem
5) The USA healthcare crisis
6) The drug problem
7) Gangs & guns
8) Inner city poverty in the USA
9) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
10) Third World poverty
So why is it that experts are unable to solve problems? Here are a few reasons:
1) They complicate the problem instead of simplifying it, and therefore end up confusing themselves and everyone else.
2) They believe that a complicated solution is better than a simple solution, so they try to make the solution as complicated as possible to the point where it becomes impractical.
3) They put ideology and personal biases ahead of practical solutions, which often causes them to refuse to offer a solution because such a solution is contrary to their ideology or belief.
4) They don’t want to solve the problem because that would effectively kill the cottage industry for that area of expertise and their world as they know it will come to an end.
5) They don’t want to make value judgments about personal behavior or about what’s right and what’s wrong.
6) They simple don’t understand the problem.
Sometimes only a single reason from the above list applies to the particular situation, but often more than one apply. For example, let’s take education. I am very familiar with education because I am a former public school teacher, having taught Special Education in New York City for five years. The bottom line is that the vast majority of students who fail to make the grade either don’t put in the required effort, don’t study, don’t do their homework, don’t complete their class work, don’t cooperate with the teacher, can’t control their behavior, or don’t want to take instructions. And their parents either don’t want to supervise them and make sure they do the right thing, or can’t supervise them to make sure that they do the right thing. It’s that simple. We all know that we couldn’t have succeeded at school if we didn’t do the hard work that was necessary to pass the exams. But some students mess around all day and then go home and mess around even more, and the experts turn around and blame the teachers when the students fail. How stupid is that? It goes to show that the experts don’t understand the problem. It also goes to show that they are unable to simplify the problem. The next time there is a debate or discussion on TV about education, watch how they complicate the problem and end up confusing themselves and everyone else. They also don’t want to make value judgments about the kids and their parents; they don’t want to call out lazy and unruly kids and irresponsible parents, so they scapegoat teachers, blame funding, blame the curriculum, blame the “system”, etc., etc.
Another example is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This one kills me. Here we have the most powerful country in the world (the USA) unable to impose a solution on two of the tiniest nations on the planet (the Israelis and the Palestinians). And the failure to solve the problem stems from not understanding the problem, among other things. The problem between the Israelis and the Palestinians is mainly a dispute over land. That’s what caused the dispute and that’s what has to be dealt with in order to settle the dispute. We need to impose a settlement that is fair to both sides. And the fairest solution is to go back to the borders that existed when the state of Israel was created in 1949 and recognized by the United Nations. Many will say that I am being simplistic and that the dispute is not just over land. But this is why the conflict will never be solved. We cannot complicate things, we have to simplify and take one issue at a time, the main issue. Once we settle that it will be easier to move forward on other issues. But for now that is the main issue. We need to establish the borders and put security arrangements in place so that the two sides do not attack each other.
I propose a DMZ – Demilitarized Zone – (or multiple DMZ’s) around Israel similar to the DMZ between North and South Korea. That DMZ has worked relatively well for nearly 60 years now and has kept two nations who hate each other apart. The DMZ will be patrolled by forces from various countries, agreed upon by the two sides, or by a United Nations peace keeping force. This can all be easily worked out once both sides agree on the composition of the peace keeping force. So to summarize, here is my solution:
1) Go back to the original borders.
2) Establish a DMZ
3) Establish a peace keep force to patrol the DMZ.
There you go, plain and simple. Impose it on both sides and tell these two tiny nations that the world is tired of them fighting and they must comply. The solution is fair and just.
So it’s time we get rid of the experts and go back to commonsense. We can solve all of the problems in the world if we simplify instead of complicate, be honest about the situation instead of allow special interest and politics to influence us, and start admitting that certain things are wrong and shouldn’t be tolerated.