On this page I'm going to be posting FACTS about some things
that you might find interesting, disturbing, informative, or outrageous, and in many cases,
they will directly contradict conventional wisdom - in other words, what you
that JUST AIN'T SO!
Every outrage will have at least one link to a page
elsewhere on the web that verifies the fact. I'll provide links to sites or
organizations with opposing viewpoints, so you can see both sides. I hope, after
reading some of
these statements and checking the facts, that you might find your
own beliefs and long-held assumptions challenged enough to do even more
Ingrid Newkirk, national director of PETA (People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals) has stated "Six million Jews died in
concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in
slaughter houses." (Interview, Washington Post, 1983). PETA doesn't love
animals - they HATE humans. There's a big difference. She equates the
Holocaust with Colonel Sanders. She and her fellow animal rights activists would
have all scientific research involving animals ended and every animal from
earthworm to chimpanzee, afforded equal recognition and protection under the law
as that to human beings. Animal rights activists have threatened, terrorized,
disrupted, and in many other ways interfered with necessary, life-supporting and
life-saving medical research. This is OUTRAGEOUS. I
urge you to resist any fundraising, political or social movement that
attempts to equate the lives of rats and mice with human beings. People
quoted FOR and AGAINST animal research. You just have to decide
whether Alec Baldwin and Bill Maher carry more weight than Drs. Michael DeBakey,
C. Everett Koop, Jocelyn Elders and others. PETA was recently in the news when
they sponsored billboards across the nation, picturing New York Mayor Guiliani
and inferring a link between drinking milk and prostate cancer. They later
apologized for the misleading advertisements.
NewsFlash : Now we find that Newkirk WISHES that
Foot and Mouth disease would strike America -
"I openly hope that it comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence. It would be good for animals, good for human health and good for the environment."
Related Links :
for Medical Progress Educational Foundation
Eating Tasty Animals
Agricultural Subsidies and "Farm Aid"
You'd like to help Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young
help out the poor, struggling farmer, wouldn't you? You believe the gradual
decline of the "family farm" is a bad thing, don't you? You believe
America's farmers are a poor, downtrodden, economically-strapped
socio-economic group, don't you? Well, sorry to burst the bubble, but
all the above is untrue. America's farmers, for the most
part, are the most highly subsidized, overly protected, taxpayer funded special
interest group in the country. Farm family income has exceeded that
of non-farm family income for over 30 years. There are approximately 2 million
"farms" in this country, going by the Census Bureau definition of a
farm being any place with over $1000 per year of annual GROSS sales of
"farm products". They receive over 30 BILLION dollars a year in
government aid of all types.
About 18% of all farms account for over 75% of all 'farm and
commodity' output - everything from peas and corn to honey, milk, mohair (!!)
and hamburger. These 18% of farms collect over 2/3rds of the annual farm
subsidies, payouts, loans and direct grants of the USDA. In 1999, the US
Government paid "farmers" 22.7 BILLION dollars in crop subsidies
and payments, e.g. directly to farmers, primarily to keep food prices high. We
also paid over 14 BILLON dollars to poor people through the food stamp program
to buy food. This is OUTRAGEOUS!
We as tax payers are paying farmers to keep prices high, and poor people
(through food stamps) to buy food cheaply.
Supports and Subsidies
and agricultural price supports
The fallacy of overpopulation - "Just enough of me, way
too much of you."
We all remember Dr. Paul Ehrlich's famous gloom
and doom book - he so accurately predicted the terrible famines in India
and Egypt (NOT!), the riots and mass suicides in China (NOT!), food rationing
and the crumbling of the American economy (NOT!) and the price of wheat at $1000
a bushel (NOT! Try $2.00). By the way, Ehrlich is an entomologist by training,
an insect biologist.
Candidate Al Gore: "Malthus was right in
predicting that the population would grow geometrically." As the
father of FOUR children, Al should know. Note how he didn't start
"curbing growth" in his house - he wants YOU to start curbing growth
Overcrowding and overpopulation are at the root
of the world's "problems", right? If a country is
"overcrowded", that is the reason for its "poverty", and
thus "something should be done about overcrowding" , right?
Bangladesh has about 2100 people per square mile.
It's poor and poverty stricken. Must be the population density. Hong Kong
has about 14000 people per square mile. It's not so poor. It's not so poverty
stricken. Maybe it's not the population...
The earth is NOT overpopulated. There is NO
population bomb about to go off. Ehrlich is a fruitcake and Al Gore is a boob. Look at
the numbers - There are about 6 billion people on the planet. If you exclude
Antarctica, that gives you a population density of about 105 people per square
mile, approximately that of Tennessee. Of course, a lot of the earth's surface
is not habitable so let's for the sake of argument double the density, and round
up to 250 people per habitable square mile.
At that density, you could fit every man woman
and child on the planet, in the state of Pennsylvania with room left over. If
you take the population density of the United States, the entire world could
live in Europe - in other words, a two story colonial apiece on a half acre lot,
with attached garage. Every Man , Woman, and Child on the planet.
So why all the fuss about
"overpopulation" and "crowding" and the coming population
crisis? Well, to put it bluntly, it's racist. Fretting about overpopulation is a
perfectly valid way for liberals and progressives to be racist.
One of the main consequences (of a drop in
total fertility rates) will be a shift in where the world's population lives.
Eighty-eight percent of population growth from 1990-1995 occurred in Asia and
Africa, and this trend will only continue. By 2050 Africa's population is
expected to triple while Europe's is expected to decline by 7 percent by 2050
(United Nations 1995, pp.5-6).
When was the last time someone complained about
the crowded conditions at the Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby, or Race Day at
Oxford? No, only cities with predominantly Brown or Yellow populations seem to
be "teeming", "packed", "masses of humanity",
"frighteningly overcrowded" - Ehrlich stated in The Population Bomb
that India was a lost cause, that it would never be self sufficient, that the US
should stop all food aid and literally let the poor (brown) beggars die
off. Twenty five years and a lot of population later, India is a NET
EXPORTER of food.
If you examine every argument in favor of curbing
"overpopulation", none hold up to logical evaluation. While the Earth
is indeed getting more populated, we're also getting "richer" (in
terms of per capita income) and living longer. AS A WHOLE, on the planet, we
live longer, eat better, get better medical care, have more "luxuries"
and in general enjoy a higher standard of living then ever before. All the
overpopulation people cry about is the "overpopulation" in the
"less developed" countries - not in Monaco or Paris or London, mind
you. Racism, pure and simple. Think about that next time someone complains
about "overpopulation" - see where they think it's
- is there such a thing?
Erin Brockovich vs. Pacific Gas & Electric - Big boobs in court or
just the same old titillation?
Upfront Confession: I HAVE NOT seen the movie "Erin
Brockovich". I base the following on commonly available information,
reviews, and other news articles that I've collected
The basic EB story: Foul-mouthed, unemployed single
mother takes on California's huge Pacific Gas & Electric utility
them of poisoning the drinking water of poor little Hinkley, CA. PG&E
denies allegations, both sides take case to PRIVATE arbitration,
PG&E coughs up record $333 million dollars, Brockovich hailed as
"hero of the little people", appears on Oprah, etc and
everything's ok now, right?
Well. not quite. Herewith the facts:
1) Because the arbitration was private, there is no
public record of the proceedings.
2) The law firm of Masry & Vititoe, primary
litigants, claimed a tidy 40% ($133 million) plus another $10 million for
"expenses". Erin herself got $2 million dollars plus a nice bonus.
To put it in perspective, SHE received more than 10 times the amount ANY
Hinkley resident did...
3) The payouts to the 650 townspeople who formally
entered the suit depended mainly on how friendly you were to the trial
lawyers. Some got as little as $25,000, rather than the proportional
$300,000 apiece they'd have gotten had the settlement been paid
out fairly. The payouts were supposed to be based on documented
medical claims or injuries, but many townspeople claim they were never
contacted for medical records or other information. Some residents are now suing
Erin and her lawyer buddies.
Among the claims - Masry and the others held the settlement amount for
over six months before beginning payouts. Why?...
4) The alleged "culprit" chemical in the
case, chromium-6, ( Cr-VI, as the EPA calls it) has
NEVER been shown to be toxic in water, and has
NEVER been cited by the EPA as a dangerous chemical when ingested in trace
amounts in drinking water. In fact, the EPA itself, hardly a friend of
large conglomerates or power companies, DECLINED to sue PG&E several
times, and advised Brockovich and her legal pals that "there is no
scientific evidence that the amounts of Chromium-6 in question caused any
demonstrable harm to the residents of Hinkley". In fact, the PG&E
workers at the plant, who presumably had far greater exposure to
Chromium-6 and in larger amounts, had a life expectancy EXCEEDING the
California state average. There is no doubt that airborne CrVI has
carcinogenic qualities, but there was never any question of AIRBORNE
contaminants - only that PG&E had been putting CrVI in groundwater (as
a byproduct of their natural gas transmission plant in question).
5) Two hot-shot personal injury lawyers who joined
with Brockovich's firm, Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack, were on very
friendly terms with the three retired judges who heard the case in arbitration. One had officiated at Girardi's wedding, another had been
Girardi's guest (via Gulfstream private jet) at the World Series. After
the case was heard, the three judges were guests of Girardi and Lack on a
week-long Mediterranean cruise for over 90 guests, including 11 other public and
private judges. One judge was quoted as saying "This gives decadence
a bad name".
So why did PG&E settle the case privately instead of
going to trial? Well, we can never be sure completely, since the case and
most of the arbitration proceedings are sealed, but there is evidence that
they considered the case a nuisance more than anything else. There is also
some evidence that the first set of attorneys hired by PG&E to defend
them in turn hired some "private investigators" whose dealings
with the townspeople were, shall we say, a bit on the "unsavory"
side. This probably would have been unpleasant and embarrassing in a
public trial. PG&E is an over $9 BILLION dollar company. Their
insurance carriers covered most of the settlements. $300 million
dollars might seem like a lot of money to you and me, but it may not be so
bad to a $9.4 BILLION company. Besides which PG&E was
allowed to pass on the settlement costs to ratepayers. In effect, it
didn't cost PG&E anything.
Here's the EPA's study
on Chromium-6 - look especially at section
Fumento's various reseached articles and myth-exploders.
News 20/20 Episode information
"Erin Brockovich" home page...( you can even
send "Erin" Postcards.. )
Still to come:
Love Canal - the truth seeps out
US Military invasions of free countries - just
where do you think the "halls of Montezuma" are, anyway?
Public Education - right or wrong?
The Americans with Disabilities Act