The judge never learns – but he isn’t alone in ignorance, either

A familiar judge wastes more of our time over sanctuary city orders by Jazz Shaw – “It’s a stretch of the imagination to declare it a coincidence that this is the same judge they found to block a different sanctuary city order back in April.”

“The decision itself remains just as dubious as the previous ruling. Orrick is claiming that the President doesn’t have the authority to repurpose funds which Congress has already authorized. That’s vague at best and seems to ignore the fact that we’re talking about money given to the Executive Branch for the purpose of issuing grants. That means there’s an application process (which we’ve covered here before) and not everyone who applies for one will receive the funding. Further, it’s the Justice Department who determines the criteria for receiving such grants. Congress simply made the funding available to set up and maintain the program.

Evacuating a nuclear disaster areas is often a waste of time and money, says study by Philip Thomas – “We calculated that the Fukushima evacuation extended the population’s average life expectancy by less than three months.”

“To work out how much a specific nuclear accident will affect life expectancy, we can use something called the CLEARE (Change of life expectancy from averting a radiation exposure) Programme. This tells us how much a specific dose of radiation will shorten your remaining lifespan by on average.

The three month average loss suggests the number of people who will actually die from radiation-induced cancer is very small. Compare it to the average of 20 years lost when you look at all radiation cancer sufferers. In another comparison, the average inhabitant of London loses 4.5 months of life expectancy because of the city’s air pollution. Yet no one has suggested evacuating that city.

To support our research, colleagues at the University of Manchester analysed hundreds of possible large nuclear reactor accidents across the world. They found relocation was not a sensible policy in any of the expected case scenarios they examined.

the World Heath Organisation has documented the psychological damage done to the Chernobyl evacuees,

Nuclear refugees can’t be expected to understand exactly how radiation works, but they know when huge amounts of money are being spent. These payments can come to be seen as compensation, suggesting the radiation must have left them in an awful state of health. Their governments have never lavished such amounts of money on them before, so they believe their situation must be dire.

But the reality is that, in most cases, the risk from radiation exposure if they stay in their homes is minimal. It is important that the precedents of Chernobyl and Fukushima do not establish mass relocation as the prime policy choice in the future, because this will benefit nobody.

There were headlines yesterday that Antartic temperature records showed that the pause in global temperatures really didn’t exist and the path to human caused climate catastrophe continues apace. Then there’s comments about the New Antarctic Temperature Reconstruction by Steve McIntyre –

“Long-time CA readers will be aware of my long-standing interest in Antarctic ice core proxies, in particular, the highly resolved Law Dome d18O series. One of my first appearances in Climategate emails was a request for Law Dome data to Tas van Ommen in Australia, who immediately notified Phil Jones in Sauron’s Tower of this disturbance in the equilibrium of Middleearth. Jones promptly consulted the fiercest of his orcs, who urged that the data be withheld as follows: ” HI Phil, Personally, I wouldn’t send him [McIntyre] anything. I have no idea what he’s up to, but you can be sure it falls into the “no good” category.” I’ve discussed incidents involving Law Dome data on several occasions in the past. This is what the data looked like as of 2004: elevated values in the early first millennium, declining up to and including the 20th century.

Communism didn’t just hurt communist countries by John Sakellariadis – “On the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia this month, Douglas Murray points out in National Review that too many people in the West have already forgotten the crimes of communism

“In my most recent Wall Street Journal column (read it here), I argue that outside the communist world communism hurt no country more than India. If the subcontinental giant houses more poor people (268 million according to the World Bank) than any other country, it’s in part because India’s leaders — like so many others in the post-colonial world — looked upon the Russian Revolution with fondness rather than horror.

Since embracing economic reforms in 1991, India has rapidly recovered from its four-decade-long tryst with socialism. But though democratic India was lucky to escape the worst communist horrors — no gulags, no show trials, no mass starvation deaths by man-made famine — this has also meant that the country has failed to make a clean break with the past. Reforms have progressed only fitfully, and even now it’s not uncommon to read paeans to Indira Gandhi, arguably the most destructive post-colonial leader of any democracy.

 

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