Conspiracy Brews 2/1/14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

February 01, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The present is a rope stretched over the past.  The secret to walking it is, you never look down.”

Sean Stewart

 

Suggested Topics

 

— Did you watch the State of the Union speech?

 — Does APD have a problem and where will it go?

 — Who do you trust…Has your perception of politics changed over the years…if so, why?

 

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?”

Al Boliska

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll fee him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat.  Talk to a hungry man about fish and you’re a consultant.”

Scott Adams (Dogbert, Dilbert cartoons)


“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

Billy Wilder

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Make Mine Chikin’ — Read Below For The Reasons

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Chick-fil-A Aids Drivers Stranded by Winter Weather

As the snow fell and the number of stranded motorists mounted near Highway 280 near Birmingham, Alabama, the owner and workers of a Chick-fil-A restaurant opened their doors to feed and shelter those put out by the storm at no charge and with no strings attached.

On January 28, store owner Mark Meadows decided to close his
Chick-fil-A store for the day because employees were having trouble
getting to work and business was bound to be slow as people avoided
unnecessary travel. However, the weather had other ideas for Meadows and
his employees.

After leaving, several of his employees returned to the store saying
that the roads were nearly impassable and many other motorists were
already stranded on the side of the road, some for seven and eight hours
already.

“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” manager Audrey Pitt told Fox News’ Todd Starnes. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see.”

Read The Rest Of Breitbart Story

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Heroes & Zeroes From NM Business Coalition

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The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) will be in Santa Fe throughout the Legislative session.  We will be providing our popular Heroes and Zeroes report to keep you current on elected officials’ actions and legislation.  The report will highlight HEROES who do the right thing to help this state as well as the legislation that hurts the economy, our children and does ZERO good for New Mexicans.  With the ZEROES report, we will let you know who is sponsoring the bad legislation and who is supporting it.

NMBC OPPOSES:

            1)  Any attempt to further raid any permanent fund for any reason;

            2)  Any attempt to legislate through Constitutional Amendments on anything that is not a Constitutional issue.  This includes, but is not limited to, minimum wage, drug use, etc.

            3)  Picking winners and losers through tax concessions.

            4)  Either the House or the Senate bypassing the committee process and pulling legislation to the floor without due process.

NMBC SUPPORTS:

            1) Creating an economically viable environment for all businesses to thrive which includes:  a) Reasonable tax structure and regulation; b) reduced paperwork and bureaucracy; and c) the necessary infrastructure for operations.

            2) Correcting the licensing issue for undocumented persons;

            3) Improving our educational system to enrich our future work force.

A JOBS CREATED or KILLED Report Card will be published statewide at the end of the session. 

To start off with in 2014, here are a few ZEROES: 

HJR 3, CA Land Grant Fund for Education, Rep Jim Trujillo

SJR 10, CA Marijuana Possession, Use & Regulation, Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

SJR 12, CA Land Grant Fund Balance & Education, Senator Michael Sanchez

SJR 13, Minimum Wage, Senator Richard Martinez

President Obama considering an Executive Order on Minimum wage:  Usurping his power again to bypass Congress.


Please contact the New Mexico Business Coalition at (505) 836-4223 or nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org for more information.

P.O. Box 95735, Albuquerque, NM 87199, United States
You may unsubscribe or change your contact details at any time.
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Marita Noon: A Serious Threat Or Something Similar

Thanks to Ms. Noon for another thoughtful article.

Greetings!

I’ve been in Washington DC for the past week and have meetings on Capitol Hill Monday morning. (Expect future columns to reflect the new information I’ve gathered and new contacts made.)

Here on Sunday afternoon, I have a gap and thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to get this week’s column out to you early. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable nature of travel, while I completed Climate change: A serious threat (attached and pasted-in-below) yesterday afternoon and thought I’d sent it to my proofreader, she didn’t get it. I was out, but was able to jump through a few hoops and get it to her—and then, she got it to me and I sent it on to Townhall.com. After all the extra effort that went into getting everything worked out to get Climate change: A serious threat done, I was so disappointed to have awakened in the middle of the night to check on it, only to discover it wasn’t posted. This happens every now and then. I trust, as is usually the case when this happens, it will be up at midnight. All that is to explain why I’ve not included a link at the top as I usually do.

Again, due to my travel schedule, I leaned heavily on a friend and climate change expert for this week’s column: Bob Endlich. We started with a piece that was written by Richard C.J. Somerville, climate scientist at the University of California, San Diego Institution of Oceanography. His op-ed was published in newspapers from coast-to-coast. It was so filled with false information that we couldn’t resist exposing the lies. We had fun putting Climate change: A serious threat together. I hope you find it to be a valuable weapon in your climate change arsenal—which you need because climate change is a serious threat (be sure to check out the links in the last paragraph)!

Please post, pass on and/or personally enjoy Climate change: A serious threat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Marita Noon, Executive Director

Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

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Climate change: A serious threat

The current cold covering a large portion of the country has, once again, brought out the climate change alarmists with claims of “serious threat.”

Due to his respected position, as climate scientist at the University of California, San Diego Institution of Oceanography, Richard C.J. Somerville’s recent “Cold comfort” column was published in newspapers throughout the country.

In it, he grouses that the public doesn’t take the “consequences” of climate change seriously—pointing out that they are “here and now.” He cites: “only 54 percent of the public sees it as a global threat to their countries—and only 40 percent of Americans do.”

Somerville suggests: “people either are scientifically illiterate or reject science when it conflicts with their core values or religious convictions.” He posits: “the medical profession and communication experts may have much to teach those climate scientists” because “Priming patients to appreciate the value of medical diagnostic tests has been shown to make them more likely to take these tests and then act on the results.”

What Somerville misses in the analogy is that the data backs up the medical case. For example, getting a mammogram catches breast cancer early and increases survival rates. The data has shown that medical science is correct.

On the contrary, the data doesn’t support the claims made by climate scientists—but they just keep making them. Apparently they believe the “big lie” propaganda technique used so effectively by Adolf Hitler.

In Somerville’s column, he offers several familiar, easily disproven statements:

  • “Low-lying areas are threatened by sea-level rise” which will result in “millions of environmental refugees” and
  • “Major threats to agricultural productivity as rainfall patterns change and as heat waves, floods, droughts and other weather extremes worsen.”

Because my expertise is in communications not climate, I reached out to someone who could help me: Robert Endlich—who does in fact have both the education and experience. Endlich, who served as a USAF weather officer for 21 years and holds a BS in geology and an MS in meteorology, offered me pages of data and documentation, which I’ve summarized for my readers.

Environmental Refugees

If the threat of “environmental refugees” sounds familiar, it should. The 2005 UN Environmental Program forecast 50 to 100 million climate refugees. A UN report by Norman Myers: “Environmental Refugees, an Emergent Security Issue,” presented at the 13th Economic Forum, in Prague, May 23-27, 2005 predicted: “The environmental refugees total could well double between 1995 and 2010,” and “When global warming takes hold, there could be as many as 200 million people overtaken by disruptions of monsoon systems and other rainfall regimes, by droughts of unprecedented severity and duration, and by sea-level rise and coastal flooding.” His report was accompanied by a map, indicating areas to be impacted by sea-level rise.

In early 2011, Gavin Atkins asked: “What happened to the climate refugees?” In his Asian Correspondent post, he used census records to show that the populations in the low-lying areas predicted to “flee a range of disasters including sea level rise” had actually grown—including no fewer than the top six of the very fastest growing cities in China.

Based on both in-person observation and historic evidence from Western Europe, Endlich has made a study of sea level rise. Citing geological features such as stream meanders upstream of Pisa on the Arno River and new shorelines on the coast of the Ligurian Sea, and history, he told me: “What may be news to many is that there is widespread evidence in the Mediterranean Basin and the English Channel coast that sea levels in Roman and Medieval periods were significantly higher than at present. The Roman port of Ostia Antica, the port at Ephesus, now in Turkey, and Pisa have histories showing the Mediterranean Seas significantly higher than today’s sea levels.”

Endlich continued: “In 1066, William the Conqueror defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Less well-known is when William landed, he first occupied an old Roman fort now known as Pevensey Castle, which at the time was located on a small island in a harbor on England’s south coast. A drawbridge connected castle to mainland. Pevensey is infamous because unfortunate prisoners were thrown out this “Sea Gate,” so that their bodies would be washed away by the tide. Pevensey Castle is now a mile from the coast—further proof of higher sea levels fewer than 1000 years ago.”

The glacial-interglacial temperature data from the past 400,000 years shows each of the previous four interglacials significantly warmer than at present. In fact, a careful analysis of the ice cores from East Antarctica, published as a letter in Nature, shows that maximum temperatures from previous interglacials were at least 6C/10F warmer than present-day temperatures, with CO2 values then about 280 PPM, and today’s values near 400 PPM. Leaving one to ask: “if CO2 is such a strong cause of warming, why is it so cold today?”

Worsening weather extremes

Somerville stated: “The consequences include major threats to agricultural productivity as rainfall patterns change and as heat waves, floods, droughts, and other weather extremes worsen.” Endlich shared the following with me:

Heat Waves: Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology offered Senate testimony on January 16, 2014. She showed an analysis of 982 stations from the U.S. Historical Climate Network for the 48 continental states with more than 80 years of record.  The data show a strong peak of record maximum daily temperatures occurred in the 1930s, with no increasing trend in the post-WWII years when CO2 started its modern increase.

Of the 50 states, the number of state maximum record temperatures obtained from NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, by decade, shows that in the 1930s, 23 states set their all-time high temperatures, by far the largest number of such record highs. There has not been a single state record maximum set in the 21st Century.

Droughts: The most-often used indicator of drought is the Palmer Drought Severity Index. Curry’s testimony included a PDSI chart, showing the most severe droughts in the 102-year record 1910-2012, were in the 1930s and a lesser maximum in the 1950s. Data show no indication that drought severity has increased as CO2 has increased.

Floods: Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., from the University of Colorado, testified to the Senate EPW Committee on July 18, 2013. With respect to floods, he provided data from the US Geological Survey, which show in the U.S., floods have not increased in frequency or intensity since at least 1950, and that flood losses, as a percentage of GDP have dropped by about 75% since 1940, based on data from NOAA’s Hydrologic Information Center.

Somerville says that increasing CO2 will harm plant productivity, but the opposite is true.  First, realize that both plants and animals, including humans, are carbon-based life forms. With increasing CO2, there is an incredible array of beneficial effects spelled out in the book, The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment, by Craig Idso and Sherman Idso. The benefits include: increasing water-use efficiency; increasing biomass in roots, stems, flowers and nectar; larger seeds; avoiding human starvation and plant and animal extinctions; stimulating early plant growth; and resistance to plant diseases. The carbohydrates we consume when we eat are derived directly from CO2 in the atmosphere; carbohydrates are the source of the energy we need to survive and thrive.

Climate scientists, such as Somerville, do have something to learn from the medical profession: if you want people to heed your warnings, they need to be backed up by the data.

Somerville’s climate refugees cannot be found. In the recent past, interglacial periods were at least 6C/10F warmer than the present with a lot less CO2 in the air; and the Minoan, Roman and Medieval Warm periods were significantly warmer than at present. By historic accounts, sea levels were many feet higher as recently as 1066 and 1300 AD. His claims of heat waves, floods, drought and agricultural disruption are easily disproven by looking at real-world data.

Somerville’s argument points out: “climate change does involve serious threats.” The serious threat is the Obama/Podesta partnership pushing the executive order pen to punish people with new policies that kill jobs and increase energy costs all in the name of supposedly saving the planet.

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The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Sandia Tea Party To Host Municipal Candidates Forum

The following invitation is to be sent to all municipal candidates from the East Mountains and Estancia Valley areas.  We are posting this to alert citizens about the event and to have this serve as Sandia Tea Party’s invitation for citizens to attend.  We will place updates as we go forward, but for now, please mark the date and times on your calendar.  As soon as all candidates have accepted or declined the invitation,  we will post the agenda for the event along with a map showing the location for the event.

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A Permanent Press To Wrinkle Our Permanent Fund

A “permanent press,” on the legislature to dip or pump from New Mexico’s permanent fund continues from those believing money is the answer to our dismal ranking among the fifty states in education of children.  The following is posted with permission of the New Mexico Business Coalition.  Take it seriously … it contains sage advice.

The Truth About New Mexico’s Permanent Fund:  The NM State Land Grant Permanent Fund currently provides about 15% of the state’s general fund.  According to Doug Brown, a former State Investment Council Vice Chairman and current Dean of UNM’s Anderson School of Management, without money each year from the permanent fund, New Mexicans would be paying at least 15% higher taxes.  Read more HERE.
 

Why Do People Trying to Raid the Permanent Fund Hate our Children?  Billions of dollars have been spent over the past years under the heading of ‘Head Start’ and other early childhood education titles.  Yet our children’s educational success ranks at the bottom of the nation. 

At a recent New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) event in Albuquerque, Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self Governance, talked about New Mexico’s Permanent Fund asking “…what happened to all the money that has been wasted and all the lives that have been destroyed….” by those now wanting to raid the permanent fund?  See the video HERE.

 

Mafia Tactics by Partisan Leaders:  Some elected officials and Sam Bregman, the Chairman of the Democratic Party, have declared raiding New Mexico’s Permanent Fund their top priority for the 30-day legislative session.  Many are using tactics like pushing for a constitutional amendment, which the Governor cannot veto, and THREATENING any legislator who gets in the way. 

 

Senator John Arthur Smith responded to the threats from Sam Bregman: “…he doesn’t believe there’s any place for an individual that is trying to be financially responsible.”   Read more here.

DON’T TOUCH THE PERMANENT FUND:   The 5.75 percent annually withdrawn from our permanent fund already exceeds a maximum 5 percent cap that prudent states and economists recommend for preservation of the fund.  New Mexico absolutely cannot allow raising the level of distributions, if we want to provide for our children’s future educational needs.

If left alone, the fund will continue to grow and distributions will increase by more than the amounts currently sought by progressives, who obviously do not care about our children’s future.

CALL TO ACTION:  We urge New Mexicans to take a stand against harming our children’s future!  Please call or email all legislators, especially those serving in leadership of both chambers and tell them “DON’T TOUCH THE PERMANENT FUND.”

SENATE LEADERSHIP CONTACT INFO HERE:
Mary Kay Papen, Pro Tempore
Michael S. Sanchez, Majority Floor Leader
Stuart Ingle, Minority Floor Leader
Timothy M. Keller, Majority Whip
William H. Payne, Minority Whip

HOUSE LEADERSHIP CONTACT INFO HERE:
W. Ken Martinez, Speaker of the House
Rick Miera, Majority Floor Leader
Donald E. Bratton, Minority Floor Leader
Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Majority Whip
Nate Gentry, Minority Whip


ALL SENATORS CONTACT INFO HERE


ALL REPRESENTATIVES CONTACT INFO HERE


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Conspiracy Brews 1/25/14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

January 25, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

William J.H. Boetcker

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”

Evan Esar

 

Suggested Topics

 

— Who do you see winning the senatorial seat in NM…Udall, Clements, or Weh…and why?

 — Is NM in a death spiral and what can we do about it?

 

 — Who do you trust?

 

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

 

“On my income tax 1040 it says ‘Check this box if you are blind.’  I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away.”

Tom Lehrer

“A committee can make a decision that is dumber that any of its members.”

David Coblitz


“The human race is faced with a cruel choice:  work or daytime television.”

Unknown
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The Buck Stops In China

Before, you never knew where the buck would stop.  Under this administration you can safely wager it will stop at and stay in China.

Visit: Terrellaftermath

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