A Bit of Fact Checking


She Guevara (aka Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) was on CNN claiming that Medicare for all would be less expensive that our current healthcare because “incorporating the costs of all the funeral expenses of those who die because they can’t afford access to health care. That is part of the cost of our system.”

Speaking from my family’s experience, the cost of a funeral is generally a bargain compared to the cost of a few months of medical expenses for an elderly person, and downright cheap compared to the cost of a few months of cancer.

When the retirement age for Social Security was set at 65 back in the ’30s, that was slightly longer than average life expectancy. Increasing life expectancy has broken that system. I had to wait until I was 66 to collect a full-size Social Security check. If the system were now rigged as it originally was, I should be waiting to collect until I’m almost 80.

Putting us old folks on Medicare increases costs. Burying us would save money. Putting everyone on Medicare … if you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it’s “free.”

Math is hard.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The members of Team Kimberlin are liars, and as much practice as they’ve had, you’d expect that they’d be better at lying. OTOH, it may that they tell so many that they lose track so that their contradictions are what result in their being caught so easily and so often. Five years ago today, we took a look at Another Whopper from #BillSchmalfeldt.

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A reader sent me a link to an image posted on Twitter by Sore Loserman Bill. In it he writes,

I have never used Parkinson’s as a shield against anything.

Really?

Then what are these words doing in his Motion to Modify Peace Order? It’s filed pro se, so he’s told the court that these are his own words—

10. The Peace Order violates the Americans With Disabilities Act by discriminating against Respondent, an American with advanced Parkinson’s disease, by limiting his employment and his ability to engage in therapeutic employment and activities. Respondent has a right under the Act to freely engage in his employment activities. In fact, the law requires the Government to “accommodate” his disability. However, the Peace Order does just the opposite by restricting and limiting Respondent’s ability to work, earn a living, and engage in an activity that helps slow the progression of Parkinson’s.

Since the Motion is still before the court, I have no comment on the merits or lack thereof of this claim. However, the Gentle Reader is free to conclude whether or not the Cabin Boy has ever used or attempted to use Parkinson’s as a shield for his activities.

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The Maryland Court of Appeals refused to hear the Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt’s appeal and let the Circuit Court’s granting of the peace order stand. Of course, the Cabin Boy™ was suffering from some advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease five years ago, and the stress of my seeking to have him required to leave me alone was hastening the progression of his illness. He was wheelchair bound and unable to speak well enough to be interviewed via telephone. Or so he claimed. And there was no possibility of improvement. Or so he claimed.

Lying liars gotta lie.

Coffee is Good for You


That’s a finding of research done at the USC School of Medicine.

Drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease for African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites.

People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day — 18 percent reduced chance of death.

Time for my second cup of Blue Mountain.

Mmmmm … settled science.

Unsettled Science


The New York Times has a post up titled E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide. That headline is somewhat misleading. EPA Administrator Pruitt killed the regulation because its scientific basis had been challenged by outsiders, including scientists at the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

The ban would have eliminated chlorpyrifos, one of the most commonly used classes of insecticides. Pruitt has sent the agency staff back to resolve the questions raised by the USDA and others. So, for now, chlorpyrifos will still be used by farmers to protect their crops.

“It means that this important pest management tool will remain available to growers, helping to ensure an abundant and affordable food supply for this nation,” Sheryl Kunickis, director of the U.S.D.A. Office of Pest Management Policy, said in a statement Wednesday.

Read the whole thing. It give a glimpse into a turf war between two of the embedded bureaucracies and how pitting one against the other might be a useful strategy to reign in overregulation.