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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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Illinois opens insurance rate records to public

9 months, 2 weeks ago from the Associated Press

Website has filings from companies selling property, casualty, health and life insurance products

State officials announced Tuesday that Illinois is giving the public online access for the first time to forms filed by insurers when they set the rates they'll charge, a move that consumer advocates called a step in the right direction.

"We are pleased to provide consumers direct access to review rate and form filings," said Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron in a statement. Public access online "demonstrates our commitment to protecting consumers by providing assistance and information which fosters a competitive insurance marketplace," he said.

Consumer advocates welcomed the move but said the records are full of technical lingo and the site is difficult to navigate, making it difficult for most policyholders to understand. The website has filings from companies selling property, casualty, health and life insurance products.

"Without knowing exactly what they're looking for, it's unlikely a consumer will find information they need to educate themselves and participate in the process," said Dena Mendelsohn, a health policy analyst for Consumers Union, a public policy group. She said Oregon has made similar information easy for consumers to use and understand.

Still, the shift is hopeful news for advocates who've been pushing Illinois lawmakers for stronger regulation of health insurance rates, said Stephani Becker of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. Currently, Illinois regulators don't have the authority to deny rate increases that are excessive.

The change announced Tuesday means consumers will be able to search for rate filings using SERFF Filing Access, an online tool developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. SERFF stands for System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing.

"This is a library of past filings. There's no way to compare companies very well," said Becker, adding that the Shriver Center will try to work with the Department of Insurance to make the information more user-friendly.

"Disclosure is great, but the department needs to do more to allow consumers to understand what's in these rate filings," said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a group that supports regulating health insurance rates.

Illinois Department of Insurance spokeswoman Kimberly Parker said consumers with questions will be able to call the department for assistance.


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