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03/23/15 07:27 AM #878    


Phillip Mathewson

03/23/15 09:13 AM #879    


James Flanagan


The subjects covered in Becky's educational background encompass the topics in climate change. I simply wanted to point that out. I have no idea what her experience with the subject is but she has the educational background to pursue it.  


03/23/15 10:26 AM #880    


Ruth Ann Lorenzato Sasser



Thanks you James for defending and supporting Becky and her educational background that qualifies her  to make an "intelligent" statement regarding climate change.

Thank you also for your other posts which I always enjoy.


03/23/15 12:49 PM #881    


Phillip Mathewson


Thanks.  College degrees will get one's foot in the door but what really counts is results.  I thought you might have more info on Becky.  I couldn't find much on her using Google.  Of course you won't find much on me either so that's not saying much. :-)

03/23/15 12:58 PM #882    


Phillip Mathewson

03/23/15 01:00 PM #883    


Phillip Mathewson

The MSM is beside themselves that Ted Cruz can actually speak without a teleprompter. Guess that's something they aren't used to.

03/23/15 04:57 PM #884    

Becky Ann Myton

Hi Jim,  Thanks for your support   I appreciate it

Hi Phil

Since you have been investigating I will give you a short summary of myy experience in environment and climate change.

After getting my PhD I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Honduras to set up a Biology Majors program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (Naional University).  I was then hired by the university and taught there and did research for 20 years.  I do have publications, from this period, but in Spanish.

In the  90's I worked as technical advisor for the Honduran Ministry of Environment.  One of my responsabilities was implementing the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and representing Honduras at the climate change Conferences of Parties (COPs).  It is during the COPs when countries debate climate change issues and formulate new treaties.  I was at two COPs (Geneva and Copenhagen) and also at the UN Rio +10  conference in Johannesburg, South Aftica to evaluate advances on both the climate change and biodiversity conventions.

In 2000 I started working for CARE in Honduras (5 years), Tajikistan (2.5 years), Bolivia (2.5 years) and Mozambique (2.5 years).   

I led several adaptation climate change projects while working for CARE and will briefly mention 3.

1.  DECREASING TEMPERATURE AND INCREASING PRECIPITATION:  In Tajikistan  hgh in the mountaims winters were starting earlier, were colder with more snow, and spring was coming later.  Farmers were in trouble becasue the growing season had become too short for traditional crops.  I got financing from the Canadian government to build inexpensive green houses where people could plant seeds several weeks before the thaw and then plant the plants after the spring thaw. The farmers were then able to harvest their crops.  The project was very very successful and spread rappldly

2.INCREASING TEMPERATURE AND  DECREASING PRECIPITATION:  In Bolivia, high in the Andes, glaciers are melting, temperature is  increasing and precipitation is decreasing. Water both for La Paz and for planting is becoming scarce.  CARE was asked for help by communities where we were working since they no longer could grow their crops. .  We started a project financed by the World Bank in both Ecuador and Bolivia constructing water collection ponds for irrigation. Farmers are now able to plant and harvest again, but this is just a temporary solution as  glaciers keep melting and water becomes scarcer.  

3.  INCRASING TEMPERATURE AND DECREASING AND UNPREDICTABLE RAINFALL: In southern Mozambique it has been getting hotter with less rainfall and more unpredictable rainfall.  CARE is carrying out a project promoting alternative crops to adapt to climate change.  Our participants were used to growing corn which requires a lot of water and fairly long growing season.  The yield had dropped substancially and the number of "lean months" increased.  CARE offered to give planting advice and sesame seeds to farmers as an alternative crop with an established market.  About 30 % ov the villagers accepted the offer and planted sesame.  The yield was  high and successfully sold.   The project expanded  quickly as we got. more requests for seeds. 

These are a few examples of adaptation to climate change projects I have worked on..  There are more.

Sorry for spelling errors.  I can't figure out how to use spell check. 





03/23/15 05:40 PM #885    

Richard Wendling

Hi, all,

The topics are varied and the responses are energetic so much that I'm sorry to have been absent.

When we, Americans, talk about taxation, it used to mean the Constitution mandated the Congress (beginning in the House of Representatives) to generate just enough taxation to cover current expenses and debt retirement. Though the above process began to be circumvented almost a century ago under Woodrow Wilson (D), it really began to run away from the Constitution under Franklin D. Roosevelt (D), John F. Kennedy (D) and Lyndon B. Johnson (D).

The original promise of the big government liars was that the graduated income tax would not go above 3%. Hah! So, soon the income tax will be 39%, inheritance at 50% and the top 50% of payers will still pay some 86% of the bill. The max under Eisenhower may have been 75%, but the Congress was often controlled by Demorats and business and personal deductions were more numerous under the then-agreed-upon social engineering tax policy.

As far as cheating is concerned, may I add that most Americans, at least those adhering to Judeo-Christian morality, will pay their fair share as long as they feel it is fair. As to those NOT adhering to Judeo-Christian morality, well, as we all know, anything goes.  As income tax rates, the number of taxes and fees and the amount of fines and regulatory costs all increase, the urge to cheat increases.

Talk about cheating, let's look at the bottom of our economic ladder. How much tax money is given to the poor and downtrodden? The Federal "earned-income" tax credit sends cash to a certain percentage of citizens and soon, to a certain number of criminal aliens who will, naturally, vote for the Demorat gift-givers. We have the child welfare recipients for whom it is difficult to have a man in the house and for whom the benefit for children increases as does the number of them. And food stamps. And Medic-Aid. And foster-child care programs for the deposit of out-of-wedlock kiddies, etc.Cash is king in the bottom stratum for sure!

Moron cheating: I still collect and pay sales tax for a couple of states. Cheating is really low because there is little incentive. Businesses have figured out how to compete in the market place to make a profit given the current tax structure. Crony Capitalists have learned to cheat the system by giving large amounts of cash to politicians. Add the VAT, and the US will have further economic down trends and cheating will go up as people figure out how to. My fair tax is 10% (Caesar's alottment).

Even JFK (D) learned lower income tax rates generated more tax revenues. People kept more of their earned income and so worked harder/smarter. The Patent System actually worked. Higher taxes means hard work has reduced benefit and incentive. My fair tax is 10% (Caesar's alottment) and my debt reduction is a 1% real cut in total gov't spending in each of the next 6 years (the penny plan).

Don and many others have found working in academia (publish or perish) to be a gold mine of pay and benefit increases. Thank you, Jimmy F. Carter and your Dept. of mal-Education. After its creation, pay to "faculty", tuition to students and student loan debt soared in a market distortion due to Federal Government trying to fix a problem that did not exist except in the minds of Socialist social engineers. How does American education rank in the world? Seventeenth of fifty and (2014) $883billion for 54,876,000 public school kiddies or about $16,090.82 per kiddie. (Source: 

And, for Becky: Please note, many have noticed that "Global Warming" has transformed into "Global Climate Change." Warming went away because there has been no warming in 20 years. Check out how much moolah Al Gore will "earn" when carbon taxes and credits really go into effect. As for "change," it has always been with us. Four billion years ago, the surface temperature was about 200F, the oceans full of iron and acid, the atmospheric pressure was 2-3 times today's, and CO2 content was very high. With plate movement (tectonics were not even known twenty or so years ago), the plentiful organic matter now under northern polar water and ice turned to crude oil and gas. With the numerous ice ages of varying severity since, the temps as registered in the Antarctic ice cores have changed dramatically.

Knowledge is power. Rushing to judgement is always costly. And, as my friend, George Santayana, wrote in 1905, "Progresss, far from consisting in change, depends upon retentiveness...Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." And, oh, the pain, the pain.

03/23/15 06:59 PM #886    


Phillip Mathewson

Thanks for the update Becky.  You have had a busy and productive career.  Sounds like it has been very rewarding to you.


03/23/15 11:01 PM #887    

Dennis Sander

Jim F.

 Re #864:

Wow! How utterly beautiful and awe inspiring! Keep them coming!

I nominate you, and the class concurs,..( I think they do,, I'm sure they do,...if they don't,... they're nuts) to be our honorary "Director of All Things Visual and Beautiful"  Quite a lofty title indeed, but you are most worthy of it! We all thank you for sharing the wonder of  beauty itself!


03/24/15 09:01 AM #888    

Joseph Kiray

Fortunately,  when our Lord and Creator made Heaven and Earth as written in Genesis, he made it vast enough that none of us could or will ever figure it out, but He did tell us that He would never destroy the earth again.Therefore, Al Gore and the rest of the (what a brilliant man inventing the internet all by himself) climate enthusiasts might think about reading the Bible. Everything you need to know about your life is in there.

Perhaps we should think about where we will end up in eternity? Two choices and one of them is not good. Work on your eternal salvation and not on the temporal life here. When you check out you don't get to take anything with you....we could be gone today, tomorrow, certainly in the next 25 years or so.........I'd like to learn where most of you think you will go when you pass on from this life and why you think that way? If you don't want to talk about religion, please tell God that when you appear before the Almighty on your judgement day. Oh, Lord, it just wasn't important enough for us to talk about. We wanted to be entertained with a football game. Church? That was our time to sleep in. Family, they don't know who you are Lord...

When you look at the state of our great nation, it is not hard to figure out where we have errored in our ways. Let's start doing everything, "Under God" with capable leaders who will do what we the electorate chose them to do. Abortion, drugs, alcohol- how many of you have had or seen lives ruined with this nonsense?

Are any of our classmates critically ill and in need of an encouraging note from all of us? Love thy neighbor as thyself...perhaps the most difficult of all the commandments. Experts and scholars; just look up and thank God that you are able to breathe this great air that He made for each one of us..


03/24/15 10:43 AM #889    


Phillip Mathewson

Interesting quotes.  Certainly food for thought....


Great Orators of the Democrat Party - PAST:
"One man with courage makes a majority.
" ~Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 
  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The buck stops here." 
  ~Harry S. Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." 
  ~John F. Kennedy
  Great Orators of the Democrat Party - PRESENT:
"It depends what your definition of 'is' is?'' 
  ~President William Jefferson Clinton

"Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage." 
  ~John Edwards
"What difference does it make?" (re: Benghazi) 
  ~Hillary Clinton

"I invented the Internet." 
  ~Al Gore

"The next person that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads up their $#%" 
  ~Joe Biden

"America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." 
  ~Barack Obama

"I have campaigned in all 57 states." 
  ~Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)

"You don't need God anymore; you have us  Democrats" ~Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) (A really, really stupid remark.)

"Paying taxes is voluntary." 
  ~Sen. Harry Reid

"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is.
  ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted 1998)

"You have a business. You didn't build that. Someone else did!"  ~Barack Obama (Quoted 2012)
      And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior Moron": 
"We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March,2010)  (As one Doctor said: And that is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.)

"Life is tough! It's even tougher when you're stupid.''
   ~ John Wayne


03/24/15 11:21 AM #890    


Phillip Mathewson


I don’t believe our planet will last forever.  Most scientists agree that stars have a life.  They are born, they live, and then they die.  Estimates put our sun and solar system at about 5 billion years old.  Estimates for our Sun’s death as a Super Nova are about another 5 to 6 billion years.  As our Sun dies so do all of the planets surrounding it and the whole cycle starts over.  This cycle is the same for all the stars in our Galaxy and presumably in the Universe.

03/24/15 05:43 PM #891    

Thomas Marshall

Hello Phil:  Waited for awhile to submit some of my ideas, so here they come.  You are " so far to the right" that  you sit" to the left 'of Harry Reid.  That's great as I am sitting next to you.  I just watched Neal Cavuto on Fox , he had Romney with him at the desk.  That man (Romney) even looks Presidental.  I'll bet you he will be the next President of the USA.  Mark my words and don't believe he isn't going to run.  Tom

03/24/15 07:04 PM #892    


Phillip Mathewson

I have a question that has been burning in my mind for quite some time.  Hopefully someone on this board can give me an answer. 


President Obama has set end dates to the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War where he is going to pull out all our troops and stop funding the wars.  He has already done tht in Iraq.  Why hasn’t he set an end date on stopping welfare and welfare payments?



03/24/15 07:53 PM #893    


Phillip Mathewson

Do I hear an Amen?


(Hmmmm...  A friend suggested to me that it could be because I am one of the 54% who pay taxes. Could that be true?)


03/24/15 09:24 PM #894    


Phillip Mathewson


This is too true to be funny.

The next time you hear a politician use the
Word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the 'politicians' spending
YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
But one advertising agency did a good job of
Putting that figure into some perspective in
One of its releases.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959. Our Senior year at Mt. Lebanon High School.

A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.

A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

A billion dollars ago was only
8 hours and 20 minutes,
at the rate our government
is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain...
let's take a look at New Orleans ...
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

Louisiana Senator,
Mary Landrieu (D)
was asking Congress for
To rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number...
What does it mean?

Well .. If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans
(every man, woman and child)
You each get $516,528

Or... If you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

Or... If you are a family of four...
Your family gets $2,066,012.

Washington , D.C

Are all your calculators broken??

Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax (Fed)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FU TA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
(And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
And our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world...
And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened?
Can you spell


And I still have to
Press '1'
For English.

I hope this goes around the
At least 100 times

What the hell has happened to our country?????

03/24/15 11:00 PM #895    


Phillip Mathewson

Wouldn't it be great if everyone in our class of '59 liked each other as we did back then?  I never remember being called a racist back then.  I never remember being hated for my political beliefs back then.  Tonight I offer this video as a sign of peace to all.

Enjoy life, it doesn't last forever.

03/25/15 09:29 AM #896    

Joseph Kiray

Amen, and a double Amen! Those quotes show why we are where we are now in this country and what has changed since our youth.


03/25/15 12:17 PM #897    


Maureen Reynolds Clark

Phil,  I can't answer your question about Troop Withdrawls, but I have another thought.  If Obama believes voting should be mandatory, shouldn't he start with Congress.   I wonder what the fines would be?

03/25/15 12:33 PM #898    


Phillip Mathewson

Obama missed over 300 votes during his term.  Mandatory voting is like Social Justice, neither one works.

03/25/15 02:21 PM #899    


James Flanagan

Penny Abbott sent me this link of photos. Beautiful colors and interesting creatures.  Enjoy   Jim

There are creatures in these photos that I didn't even know existed and some of the colors are so bright it almost hurts your eyes. Just awesome and breath-taking.

03/25/15 11:14 PM #900    


Phillip Mathewson

I wonder if President Obama will have another party in the Rose Garden for Bergdahl before he spends the rest of his life in prison. 

03/26/15 08:52 AM #901    


Phillip Mathewson

03/26/15 04:49 PM #902    


Maureen Reynolds Clark

Phil, if there is a Rose Garden Party, it should be a Susan Rice retirement/resignation affair.

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