I’ve been in a tiny bit of a ‘funk’ lately. Between the return from Florida, the surprise arrival of some bills (including the daughter asking for a few thousand for this semester of college), a degree of nerve pinch in a lower back joint that has mostly resolved but sometimes isn’t quite settled, and even discovering that I can now add tomatoes to the things I get to not eat; well, motivation took a bit of a dive. That the keyboard checked out on me at the same time wasn’t helpful.
At any rate, I’ve gotten over my last couple of days of feeling really ‘reactive’ and having painful joints. That’s how I react to foods that cause an immune system spike. The tomato sauce rich meal I ate is “all behind me now” ;-) The book “The Arthritics Cookbook” does a very good job of laying out what to avoid. I’d gone for testing specific reactions and mostly just cut back on beef ( the spouse had to cut out tomatoes along with beef). Well, time passes and it looks like I’m now having arthritic flareups with high dose tomatoes. I’m going to re-read my copy of the book and see what else he listed that may also start being a problem. (It listed tomatoes.)
At any rate, after a couple of days of being a bit ‘fuzzy’ and not feeling well, I was ready to take on some things again. One of them was the email that I’d largely ignored for a couple of months…
Going through that email, I hit an interesting note from Eco Tretas per a statistic about Portugal. They have been having some very cold weather there this winter.
(BTW, he got selected for a ‘best Portuguese blog’ award in the voting… I think it was a science category, so you might want to give him some kudos! And it looks like even in Europe they are having a revolt of the public against the dogma, reflected in the vote of the people.)
What did he find? Well, look at that graph up at the top. Notice how during the summers (that are supposed to be horridly hot with people dropping like flies) the deaths are lower than during the winters. Notice how they do NOT go out of bounds compared to the 95% reference line? Now look at this last winter. See that giant spike during the extreme cold?
There are two factors that enter into this (hit the link for the full write-up) but IMHO both of them are what is in our future for all of us if the Agenda 21 crowd and their siblings the AGW Fanatics get their way. First off, it was just a cold winter. Not warming at all. Warmth is good, cold is bad. We’re getting colder and there’s nothing they can do to change that (though they are trying to hide it via ‘adjusting’ the temperature history, in my opinion.) But you can’t hide the dead bodies. The second thing is the rising costs of electricity. Obama and the Dimocrats (the worst of the most dim Democrats) want to have higher power costs and a ‘green power’ push. Portugal already “lived the dream” on that one. Prices have shot much higher. So fewer folks can pay the bill to keep the heat on.
Put less heating in the same winter as more cold, you get a spike in dead bodies.
It would be interesting to see if other countries have a similar ‘dead spike’ this winter in the cold areas. It would also be interesting to see if the one anomalous warm place, the eastern USA, had a dip. (Likely need to look at individual State data to sort it out from the West Coast where we’re still having an abnormally cold winter. Snow on Mt. Hamilton again today… picture soon…)
But the bottom line is pretty simple: You can cook some of the data some of the time, but you can’t cook all of the data all of the time; and pretty soon the dead bodies are going to start piling up. It’s kind of like The Trouble With Harry. You just can’t keep ’em buried…