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kamaaina expatriate

Austin, TX

#1 Dec 20, 2009
Fred Hemmings complete b.s. opinions that "the alleged climate conference in Copenhagen is not about the climate" proves that this ex-jock needs to get the heck out of politics. What kind of fool actually believes that climate change is not taking place. If hs has an issue as to whether man's activities on Earth are affecting the climate is one thing, but to be SO IGNORANT as to pretend that the climate of the Earth has not dramatically and dangerously changed is a stupid and dangerous political trick used to gain support from foolish voters who think that only "God" can change the weather, or end Mankind on Earth.....no, Man is perfectly capable of ending the game ourselves.... Fred, you are an idiot
Suds

Honolulu, HI

#2 Dec 20, 2009
The department of public safety, does not even consider the safety of the public in their inept decisions. Could it be because a bunch of misfits are appointed to run the department based on political allignment and not on merit or ability? This governor has been a disaster for this state.
Hawaii 50

Nashville, TN

#3 Dec 20, 2009
Sen Hemmings: What? The "developed" countries have indeed contributed, ie., owned, "climate change". Get with the program. It's one Earth, one globe. If the USA, China, Japan, Europe alters the world's climate and causes floods, tsunamis, etc. for poorer countries, where lies the blame?
The problem, case in point, the massive snowstorm hitting the east coast. Numbskulls look at that and say, "See, the Earth's cooling".
All the while, the Artic ice shelves are crashing into the sea. The Polar Caps are melting. Got it?
Haleiwa Dad

Wahiawa, HI

#4 Dec 20, 2009
Medical care is not the issue, paying for it with other people's money is. US health outcomes are not worse than most other countries, when violence (our urban centers' fatherless families are not a medical issue) and infant mortality (few other countries count every baby, even premies, as we do, most count only live births surviving several days, so most infant mortality in other countries is not counted) are accounted for in the comparison. High cost of care is due to poor health habits in the population getting good treatment after the diseases strike. Few other countries have our rates of obesity, our poor, high calorie, high fat diets, and other intemperate habits. Yet our health outcomes from most cancers, heart disease, etc. are demonstrably better than most countries. We get cadillac treatment after neglecting preventive maintenance, and that costs a lot. Other people in the world flock to our healthcare system to get that treatment! It costs a lot because we get a lot. As for access to care, there is access for the uninsured (whose numbers are exaggerated), and several thorough studies have shown: death rates for uninsured and insured are very similar. Even financial hardship, bankruptcy, due to medical bills, is exaggerated: a careful look at the statistics shows the mere mention of medical bills puts the case into the 'bankruptcy because of' group, when in fact most bankrupts are due to consumer credit or too much house. Medical facilities do not sue for payment when anyone keeps to a payment plan, even if the payments will never cover the bill! Extending coverage and paying for it by others will increase usage, and will run up costs. Cost control by the big third-party payer means reduction in payments, not a true cost reduction: cost is shifted elsewhere or rationing occurs. Only when patients are the payers does real cost control occur, as in lasik eye surgery etc. There is no free lunch, but a population accustomed to liberty can be seduced into it by the siren call of the politicians and those who wish to do good with other people's coerced (tax) money. If the young uninsured must sign waivers or buy catastrophic care coverage, and such coverage were freed from State law restrictions, much of the uninsured problem goes away. 60% of medical care is already government provided! Don't bankrupt the country pushing it to 100%.
bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Dec 20, 2009
If that govt health "care" thing passes you will find that employers will quickly dump their health plan(s) for their employees to save $$$ and leave their employees fully depending on the Feds for all their health care. This is exactly what BO and the dems want. For all of us to be slaves to the government. You will give up your freedom and right to choose your own health care and take what ever BO and boys (and girls) cram down your throats. Shame on them for doing this and shame on you who put them in office.
This is only the first freedom you will be giving up in the next few years.
Kimo

Hilo, HI

#6 Dec 20, 2009
Have another drink Senator!

Copenhagen is about money, our money and power.

Google "Climategate"

"Hide the data"...
Kimo

Hilo, HI

#7 Dec 20, 2009
"Greg Roberts | April 18, 2009

Article from: The Australian

ICE is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.

The results of ice-core drilling and sea ice monitoring indicate there is no large-scale melting of ice over most of Antarctica, although experts are concerned at ice losses on the continent’s western coast... "

"Well it seems we may have an answer to why the Arctic water temperatures were rising and the ice was melting – massive undersea volcanoes:

Recent massive volcanoes have risen from the ocean floor deep under the Arctic ice cap, spewing plumes of fragmented magma into the sea, scientists who filmed the aftermath reported Wednesday...

...Is it simply coincidence that the regions of the Arctic Ocean experiencing thin ice (which has so many ’scientists’ blowing hot air about Global Warming) is the same region that is right over these massive undersea volcanoes just discovered?"

"...This earthquake swarm was the largest in recorded history along a spreading mid-ocean ridge and prompted researchers to return to the area for further investigation.

In 2007 Sohn and his team stumbled across...Powerful eruptions sent a plume of carbon dioxide, helium, and liquid lava up into the Arctic waters. When the material cooled, rock debris fell to the ocean floor, he explained...."

How many undersea volcanos? They don't know. What percentage our plant food emissions are compared with natures, they don't know...

"Seems it would be prudent before we make today’s energy prices a fond memory as we embark on a fool’s errand to cut CO2 emissions to no effect."
Honolulu Resident

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 20, 2009
Poor little Sarah Jane Palin is shameless. And the media bit. It worked for Sarah. She will do anything to get her picture in the paper and to make it look like everyone is picking on her. She is pathetic, and now rich. I would not spend $4.89 for her book even if it came with a free rifle and binoculars to watch the Russians.
Unintended Consequences

Honolulu, HI

#9 Dec 20, 2009
bumpercrop wrote:
If that govt health "care" thing passes you will find that employers will quickly dump their health plan(s) for their employees to save $$$ and leave their employees fully depending on the Feds for all their health care. This is exactly what BO and the dems want. For all of us to be slaves to the government. You will give up your freedom and right to choose your own health care and take what ever BO and boys (and girls) cram down your throats. Shame on them for doing this and shame on you who put them in office.
This is only the first freedom you will be giving up in the next few years.
In an attempt to save money, many people will forego having any insurance, and simply pay the $750 max. fine eah year (for being uninsured). Then, when they get really sick or hurt and need insurance, they will sign up for insurance- which can't be denied, even for pre-existing conditions. If it's an emergency, they are at least guaranteed to be treated, whether they have insurance or not (as is the current policy). They can then sign up for insurance immediately thereafter.(Assuming they are physically able to- that is the gamble.)

Either pay a $750 fine each year, or about $4,000 in insurance premiums. I'm afraid many people, especially the young and healthy, will choose to just pay the fine, and only sign up for insurance when they absolutely need it.

The end result will be higher premiums for all the rest of us who do maintain continuous coverage.
Unintended Consequences

Honolulu, HI

#10 Dec 20, 2009
Haleiwa Dad wrote:
Medical care is not the issue, paying for it with other people's money is. US health outcomes are not worse than most other countries, when violence (our urban centers' fatherless families are not a medical issue) and infant mortality (few other countries count every baby, even premies, as we do, most count only live births surviving several days, so most infant mortality in other countries is not counted) are accounted for in the comparison. High cost of care is due to poor health habits in the population getting good treatment after the diseases strike. Few other countries have our rates of obesity, our poor, high calorie, high fat diets, and other intemperate habits. Yet our health outcomes from most cancers, heart disease, etc. are demonstrably better than most countries. We get cadillac treatment after neglecting preventive maintenance, and that costs a lot. Other people in the world flock to our healthcare system to get that treatment! It costs a lot because we get a lot. As for access to care, there is access for the uninsured (whose numbers are exaggerated), and several thorough studies have shown: death rates for uninsured and insured are very similar. Even financial hardship, bankruptcy, due to medical bills, is exaggerated: a careful look at the statistics shows the mere mention of medical bills puts the case into the 'bankruptcy because of' group, when in fact most bankrupts are due to consumer credit or too much house. Medical facilities do not sue for payment when anyone keeps to a payment plan, even if the payments will never cover the bill! Extending coverage and paying for it by others will increase usage, and will run up costs. Cost control by the big third-party payer means reduction in payments, not a true cost reduction: cost is shifted elsewhere or rationing occurs. Only when patients are the payers does real cost control occur, as in lasik eye surgery etc. There is no free lunch, but a population accustomed to liberty can be seduced into it by the siren call of the politicians and those who wish to do good with other people's coerced (tax) money. If the young uninsured must sign waivers or buy catastrophic care coverage, and such coverage were freed from State law restrictions, much of the uninsured problem goes away. 60% of medical care is already government provided! Don't bankrupt the country pushing it to 100%.
US mortality rates are also relatively higher due to driving fatalities. More Americans drive than in other countries, and so we have more deaths due to traffic fatalities.

Unfortunately, we also have a lot of deaths due to crime. But neither accidents nor murders reflect mortalities attributable to our health care system.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#11 Dec 20, 2009
Unintended Consequences wrote:
<quoted text>In an attempt to save money, many people will forego having any insurance, and simply pay the $750 max. fine eah year (for being uninsured). Then, when they get really sick or hurt and need insurance, they will sign up for insurance- which can't be denied, even for pre-existing conditions. If it's an emergency, they are at least guaranteed to be treated, whether they have insurance or not (as is the current policy). They can then sign up for insurance immediately thereafter.(Assuming they are physically able to- that is the gamble.)
Either pay a $750 fine each year, or about $4,000 in insurance premiums. I'm afraid many people, especially the young and healthy, will choose to just pay the fine, and only sign up for insurance when they absolutely need it.
The end result will be higher premiums for all the rest of us who do maintain continuous coverage.
You mean like how we already pay for uninsured and under insured motor vehicle insurance?
Kimo

Hilo, HI

#12 Dec 20, 2009
"...When Iraqi troops withdrew from Kuwait at the end of the Persian Gulf War in early 1991, they set fire to more than 600 oil wells and pools of spilled oil in Kuwait, a parting shot that exacted a significant economic toll on the country's lucrative petroleum industry. Connecticut-sized Kuwait contains about 9 percent of the world's total proven oil reserves, and petroleum revenues account for 95 percent of its export earnings.

Ignition of oil well fires also created a serious threat to environmental and human health in the Persian Gulf region. The Kuwait oil fires burned for more than eight months, consuming an estimated five to six million barrels of crude oil and 70 to 100 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. Between late February, when the first fires were ignited, and November 6, when the last fire was extinguished, smoke plumes containing a hazardous mixture of gaseous emissions and particulate matter engulfed a downwind area as large as 150 by 1000 kilometers.

The geography and climate of the Persian Gulf region affected the distribution of the oil well plumes, as well as the severity of their effect on human populations and natural ecosystems. Though Saudi Arabia and Iraq border Kuwait's petroleum fields, the region's strong prevailing northerly winds ensured that relatively tiny Kuwait bore the majority of the fires' ill effects. Uneven heating of the land and sea surfaces created local atmospheric inversions during the summer months that trapped smoke in the lower atmosphere, and occasionally caused the plumes to blanket the Kuwaiti land surface. Violent sandstorms, driven by intense summer winds, mixed sand and dust with the smoke plumes.

Kuwait's most productive petroleum reservoir, the greater Al Burqan field, accounted for the majority of the smoke, and for the greatest amount of incinerated oil. Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard set 365 of Al Burqan's approximately 700 wells on fire, and high subsurface pressures kept the fires burning despite heroic firefighting efforts. The Al Burqan fires also presented the greatest risk to human health because of the field's proximity to Kuwait City and the coastal towns where most of Kuwait's approximately two million inhabitants reside.

In general, smoke produced by burning unrefined petroleum contains a mixture of gases and particulate matter including carbon dioxide (CO2, carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx, volatile organics (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), hydrogen sulfide (H2), acidic aerosols, and soot.(Soot is composed of solid particles embedded in tar.)**Non-toxic carbon dioxide accounted for approximately 96 percent of the relatively clean-burning Kuwaiti crude oil smoke**. The other chemical elements and compounds in oil well smoke, however, can be toxic, carcinogenic (cancer-causing), and otherwise hazardous to human health, as well as ecologically and climatically disruptive in relatively small concentrations. Airborne measurements above the Al Burqan fires in May and June 1991 found that particulate matter and gases made up equal parts of the fires' non-carbonaceous emissions. The Al Burqan wells tap Mesozoicage limestone, dolomite, and sandstone layers containing high-grade crude oil and salt deposits, geologic factors that account for the fairly low concentrations of toxic emissions, and for the presence of salt crystals in the smoke plumes.

**Considering the dramatic appearance and scale of the Kuwait oil fires—satellite and space shuttle images showed the plumes extending across the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf, and the smoke blocked the sunlight from large areas for weeks at time—the environmental and human health effects of the fires were much less significant than expected**..."

Since: Aug 09

Kailua, HI

#13 Dec 20, 2009
Honolulu Resident wrote:
Poor little Sarah Jane Palin is shameless. And the media bit. It worked for Sarah. She will do anything to get her picture in the paper and to make it look like everyone is picking on her. She is pathetic, and now rich. I would not spend $4.89 for her book even if it came with a free rifle and binoculars to watch the Russians.
If she was so concerned about privacy on her vacation, then why was she so STUPID as to draw attention to herself with the McCain visor. Duh!

You are right of course. She wanted the publicity.
boondoggs

Honolulu, HI

#14 Dec 20, 2009
humans havoc on the environment is causing bi-polar weather patterns and unpredictable weather patterns. Hot is gonna get hotter, cold gonna get colder, crazy gonna get crazier. problem is when our growing seasons are going to get out of whack, causing food shortages.
Kimo

Hilo, HI

#15 Dec 20, 2009
Yeah and I suppose we're heating the climate up on Mars too!**LOLOL**

Sorry, the sun's bigger. Nuff said.

< http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/... ;

National Geographic Website:

"Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says
Kate Ravilious
for National Geographic News
February 28, 2007

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.

Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.(Get an overview: "Global Warming Fast Facts".)

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.

"The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars," he said."
boondoggs

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 20, 2009
maybe u should move to mars to confirm

“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”

Since: Mar 08

United States

#17 Dec 20, 2009
Thanks to Leon Siu for his letter. But Leon apparently does not know that Inouye was actually caught red-handed inserting the Akaka bill secretly into an appropriations bill, which then got passed during the last week of Congress in December 2000; and the Akaka bill then had to be surgically removed by passing a concurrent resolution of both the House and Senate on the last day before adjournment. See the details at
http://tinyurl.com/6e4ph

Inouye did it again in December 2001. He buried the Akaka bill in section 8,132 of the massive Defense Appropriations bill HR.3338 in a single sentence as follows:

"SEC. 8132. The provisions of S. 746 of the 107th Congress, as reported to the Senate on September 21, 2001, are hereby enacted into law."

Inouye's colleagues had to put the Senate into recess. They took INouye into the cloak room for a thrashing, and then ten minutes Inouye apologized -- sort of -- with a lame excuse. Read all about it at
http://tinyurl.com/628zm
boondoggs

Honolulu, HI

#18 Dec 20, 2009
The article added that "[t]he conventional theory is that climate changes on Mars can be explained primarily by small alterations in the planet's orbit and tilt, not by changes in the sun" and that "most scientists think it is pure coincidence that both planets are between ice ages right now."

http://mediamatters.org/research/200703020010
UH Senior

Honolulu, HI

#19 Dec 20, 2009
kamaaina expatriate wrote:
Fred Hemmings complete b.s. opinions that "the alleged climate conference in Copenhagen is not about the climate" proves that this ex-jock needs to get the heck out of politics. What kind of fool actually believes that climate change is not taking place. If hs has an issue as to whether man's activities on Earth are affecting the climate is one thing, but to be SO IGNORANT as to pretend that the climate of the Earth has not dramatically and dangerously changed is a stupid and dangerous political trick used to gain support from foolish voters who think that only "God" can change the weather, or end Mankind on Earth.....no, Man is perfectly capable of ending the game ourselves.... Fred, you are an idiot
Um NO ! YOU ( and Lying Al Gore Lying ClimateGate Idiots ) are a Nut ;)

The Climate has been changing for MILLIONS of years. Small Cycles,Meddium Cycles,Large Cycles.

There are a couple of excellent refutations of Al Gore's crap above ;)

Are you one of those who are green outside bur RED inside ? Hmmmmmmm ;)
UH Senior

Honolulu, HI

#20 Dec 20, 2009
boondoggs wrote:
The article added that "[t]he conventional theory is that climate changes on Mars can be explained primarily by small alterations in the planet's orbit and tilt, not by changes in the sun" and that "most scientists think it is pure coincidence that both planets are between ice ages right now."
http://mediamatters.org/research/200703020010
BS ! ALL the Planets have been warming.

Stop drinking that Idiot Gore crap.

That Loon is being discredited e very day.

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