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CoolEdge - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
30 years of cooling (to 1980 or so) then 30 years warming They use the data on the warming half of one cycle, and call it "long term". They need 50 cycles, not one half of one cycle ... dishonest arses. They know damn well they start at the end of a long cooling period, yet don't account for it, and usual only a straight line linear regression for their argument, which hides the last 18 years…
CoolEdge - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
"The rest of Taylor’s article is just whitewash intended to distract readers from these facts." So these guys are mind readers, not scientists? They can read his intent? Or they are using personal attacks when they don't have facts on their side? I think the U of I boyz are the ones spinning here. Taylor notes this short time range ... readings from 1979 are not "long term" when it…
Expatriate - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
Al Gore is an idiot. There's no denying that. For the record, I bet Taylor understands the data just fine. That's how he knows where to cherry-pick.
Expatriate - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
For one, he's not explaining to the reader that there's a difference between polar ice cap extent and polar ice cap volume. People monitoring global warming are less concerned with polar ice extent than they are with the total amount of ice. Take a peek at the declining volume in the Arctic: "April 2015 volume was 26% below the maximum April ice volume in 1979 and 13% below the 1979-2014…
Givemeliberty - Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes - Quincy, IL News - Quincy
I think it'll come, its just going to take time and some education on the pro and anti side of the debate. People will soon see the sky will not fall.

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Too many governments? Downstate has the biggest share

10 months ago Bob Secter, Tribune reporter

Sparsely populated, Republican-leaning counties rail at big government while supporting lots of little ones

From Bob Secter, Tribune reporter:

Few places in Illinois vote more reliably Republican than Iroquois County, home to 1,120 square miles of mostly corn and soybean fields, 28,982 residents and, according to state records, 218 distinct units of government — one for every 133 residents.

In Democratic Cook County, population over 5.2 million and often held up as the poster child for government inefficiency, there are 539 governments in operation, one for every 9,723 people, records show.

The Land of Lincoln is also, indisputably, the land of sprawling local governments — a nation-leading 6,968 of them, according to oft-quoted U.S. Census Bureau data that appear to significantly lowball the number. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the official scorekeeper of such things for Illinois, puts the current tally of local governments at 8,459.

That bloat has become a subject of frequent political scorn, in particular of late from Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner, who often tells voters that the sheer volume of Illinois governments defies common sense and drives up tax bills and spending. In proposing new curbs on property tax hikes the other day, Rauner said he would help school districts and other local governments devise ways to save money by naming a task force to explore consolidation of government agencies.

"One thing we need to look at as an example, we have 7,000 units of government in Illinois. We have double your average state," he said. "We need to make long-term structural changes. … That is the key to prosperity."

A couple of problems could complicate that pledge by Rauner, who hopes to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November:

The state legislature in 2011 created a 17-person consolidation commission, among whose members is Jim Oberweis, the state senator from Sugar Grove who is also the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in November. So Rauner's task force might be deemed redundant.

What's more, records show the government proliferation problem to be particularly acute in lightly populated, conservative-leaning downstate counties — places Rauner is counting on for election support and where the prevailing sentiment about government is that there's way too much of it.

Indeed, state Rep. Jack Franks, chairman of that already existing commission, says the most legislative resistance to proposals aimed at merging or streamlining existing local governments has come from downstate Republicans. "It was like prying away their firstborn," said Franks, a Democrat from Marengo in McHenry County, where the ratio is 1 government for every 2,583 residents.

Topinka's office is the repository for annual financial reports filed by all tax-spending local public bodies in Illinois, whether the outlay is in the billions of dollars a year or just a few thousand.

As of April, the data showed Illinois sprinkled with 1,451 agencies dedicated to road and bridge maintenance, many of which overlap with the 1,431 townships in the state. The total of counties, cities, villages and towns is 1,399, while there are also 865 school districts, 847 farm drainage districts, 824 fire protection districts, 337 park districts, 333 library districts and 311 multitownship tax assessment districts.

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