Dilbert Dude on Climate

Let’s say 1% of climate scientists are actually involved in generating the temperature data and deciding what to include, what to smooth, what to replace, and so on. … What follows next is pure speculation, based on my years of experience in corporate America and my understanding of human nature. No. It’s all speculation. There is no actual analysis in the analysis. It’s built on speculation.

Second, if he knew how scientists actually work he would know that if the source data were bad, the model builders would notice when the models made predictions that didn’t fit. This is how they realized that the ocean data was off in the early 2000s. Everything downstream serves as validation of source data.

robertreich:

A group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. Shultz, Marty Feldstein and Greg Mankiw) is proposing a carbon tax starting the tax at $40 per ton, that would gradually increase. 

The proceeds of the tax would be distributed to every American.

The average family of four would receive $2,000 annually in dividends. As the tax rises, so would their dividends. Since everyone would receive the same amount of revenue from the tax regardless of their income level, the dividend would make a bigger difference for poorer families than for wealthier ones.

It’s a win-win: Less carbon in the atmosphere, and more equal distribution of income.

That it’s being proposed by Republicans doesn’t make the idea any less worthy. 

I’m aware that some on the left would rather use revenues from such a tax to invest in clean energy and other social causes rather than return the revenues directly to the public. That detail can be worked out.

The idea is getting a hearing in the White House. And in these dreadful times, that’s good news indeed.

“The average family of four would receive $2,000 annually in dividends. As the tax rises, so would their dividends. Since everyone would receive the same amount of revenue from the tax regardless of their income level, the dividend would make a bigger difference for poorer families than for wealthier ones.”

One thing red state voters don’t like about Obamacare is that it sucks:

It is absurd that someone whose income is 130% of the poverty line can go to a doctor but someone whose income is 140% (or 150%, 160%, etc.) of the poverty line cannot. Yet that is the reality the design of Obamacare has created. This design generates enormous resentment because it is actually bullshit that making a little more money makes health care unaffordable.

Why did people who are on Obamacare vote against Obamacare? Maybe because Trump promised them something better and Hillary promised them more Obamacare.

President Trump and Three Stooges Syndrome /r/politics:

I’m starting to see one of the disadvantages of making this list so long: People don’t believe it. Rather than seeing each item and realizing that Donald Trump really is that bad, they’re starting to dismiss the criticisms entirely. “The List” has offically contracted Three Stooges Syndrome, which is why next week I’ll be paring this down to just ten or fifteen links. All the good arguments in the world don’t do a whit of good if no one bothers to read them.

Amazing list. With sources. It’s shocking when you see the last two weeks in list form. In a normal world, any one of those items would be a news cycle dominating scandal. In Trumpworld it’s just a placeholder.

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else. -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)”

- The longer quote offers context.