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» September 26th, 2014
The L.A. Times, an excepted left leaning publication and considered a good soldier to the left run the attached article …
More evidence from the lefts own Koolaid drinkers that Mother Earth is going to do her own thing.
West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes
This article appeared on the 23rd – firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.
The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.
The Klamath River and the Pacific Ocean
A recent study finds that weakening winds accounted for more than 80% of the warming trend along the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and Northern California. Above, the Klamath River flows into the Pacific about 50 miles from the California-Oregon border. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Natural, wind-driven climate patterns in the Pacific Ocean, such as El Niño and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, are already known to exert a powerful influence on sea and land temperatures over years and even decades.
This latest research shows that similar changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation can drive trends that last a century or longer, overshadowing the effects of human-generated increase in greenhouse gases, the study’s authors said.
This does not call into question the concept of global warming.
- Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
“Changing winds appear to explain a very large fraction of the warming from year to year, decade to decade and the long-term,” said study leader James Johnstone, an independent climatologist who did most of the work when he was at the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean.
When coastal wind speeds weaken, they result in less evaporation from the sea surface and unusually low pressure that alters ocean currents and causes temperatures to rise over time.
The study found that weakening winds accounted for more than 80% of the warming trend along the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and Northern California. In Southern California, weaker winds were responsible for about 60% of the increased warming.
I have to give some credit to the LA Times for this article. Seeing both sides of the argument helps find the truth, and the truth is we still do not understand the mechanisms why the planet heats and cools. I would rather we call this Climate Study, since our human impact is not even a blink…
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If global warming had been the most powerful influence on land and sea temperatures, those temperatures would have been different, the study’s authors said. Most of the warming in the region occurred before 1940, when greenhouse gas concentrations were lower and winds were weaker, the study found. In contrast, winds have strengthened since 1980 and coastal ocean cooled, even as the rise in greenhouse gases has accelerated.
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The study focused only on trends at the regional level and did not offer conclusions about the influence of naturally occurring winds on warming throughout the world. If anything, the results reinforce what scientists have known for years: that global climate projections fall short in predicting how temperatures are actually changing at the regional scale.
Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., who was not involved in the study, said its conclusions about long-term trends were probably overstated because the quality of data from the early 20th century was poor and unreliable. The results may also reflect the fact that the northeast Pacific is an area of the globe where past studies have shown the “signal” of climate change is low relative to the “noise” of natural variability.
“There is no doubt that regionally, the changes in temperature are dominated by changes in the atmospheric circulation that likely have little or nothing to do with climate change,” Trenberth said. But, he added, “this does not call into question the concept of global warming.”
» September 26th, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — The world is making progress on items ranging from human rights to global warming, President Obama said Wednesday, but all of that could be undone by the largest threat: extremist violence.
In his annual address to the United Nations, Obama urged all countries and religions — especially Islam — to reject the extremist ideologies that fuel bloodshed and threaten global stability.
“As we look to the future, one issue risks a cycle of conflict that could derail so much progress,” Obama said. “And that is the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world.”
The president’s annual visit to the United Nations came the same week the United States began airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, one of the extremist groups cited by Obama. Attacks continued Wednesday. Last month, the president authorized similar strikes against the militant group in Iraq.
President Obama speaks during the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.(Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)
Air war in Syria could last years
The escalation prompted some critics to question whether the United States is the right country to address the problems of global violence.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking on CBS’ This Morning, protested the attacks in Syria, saying, “No terrorist group can be eradicated and destroyed through aerial bombardments.”
The threats of extremism dominated Obama’s crowded schedule Wednesday, the second of three days of U.N. meetings. It included an Obama meeting with the new prime minister of Iraq and a special U.N. Security Council session devoted to the problem of “foreign fighters.”
The council passed a resolution requiring countries to crack down on the recruitment of fighters who could move to other nations to launch attacks. That includes efforts to shut off financing for terrorist groups. To that end, Obama’s Treasury and State Departments announced sanctions on 24 groups and individuals they say have aided the movement of foreign fighters.
Intelligence agencies estimate that more than 15,000 foreign fighters from 80 countries have traveled to training bases in Syria in recent years, Obama told the Security Council.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama defended the Syria and Iraq airstrikes that have targeted the al-Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan group, as well as Islamic State positions.
Citing the Islamic State’s record of violence, which includes beheadings of hostages, Obama told the delegates, “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”
Obama used the words “fanaticism,” “hate” and “evil” to describe the Islamic State, condemning it as a “network of death.”
President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” (Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” In 2013, President Obama references mass shootings as “acts of evil” while discussing gun-control proposals. “While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try it.” In 2002, President George W. Bush refers to Iran, North Korea, and Iraq as an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union Address. “States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”
In 2001, President George W. Bush calls the 9/11 terrorist attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror.” “Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. … Today our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature.”
In 1983, President Reagan labels the Soviet Union an “empire of evil” in an address to the National Association of Evangelicals. “So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all – and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.” In 1860, President Abraham Lincoln calls slavery “evil” in his Cooper Union Address: “This is all Republicans ask – all Republicans desire – in relation to slavery: as those fathers marked it, so let it again be marked, as an evil, not to be extended, but to be tolerated and protected only because of and so far as its actual presence among us makes that toleration and protection a necessity.”
The United States has assembled “a broad coalition” to defeat the militants, including Arab states, Obama said. He cited plans to train forces in Iraq and Syria to carry the fight on the ground against the Islamic State and other jihadists. He said, “We will neither tolerate terrorist safe havens, nor act as an occupying power.”
In calling on Muslims to denounce extremist ideology, Obama said a lethal group of terrorists “have perverted one of the world’s great religions.”
Thomas McDonnell, a professor of international law at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., said it’s commendable for Obama to speak out against global extremism. The challenge, he said, is that many people around the world see the United States as a longtime backer of repressive regimes, especially in the Middle East.
“We are not exactly a neutral arbiter,” McDonnell said. “It’s a complicated situation.”
Obama’s speech was in sharp contrast to his U.N. address last year. Then, he spoke of ending “a decade of war” that included Iraq and Afghanistan and having the United States shift away “from a perpetual war footing.”
Citing criticism of the United States, Obama acknowledged the nation’s faults, specifically last month’s fatal shooting by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Though “we have our own racial and ethnic tensions,” Obama said, the United States has “worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect.”
Post-Syria strike, Obama talks climate change, civil society
Noting hopeful signs around the world, Obama said the prospects of major wars between global powers are reduced, poverty rates are falling and the Internet is helping to educate millions.
But Obama also spoke of a “pervasive unease in our world” about events such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and Russian aggression in Ukraine — and terrorism.
“We come together at a crossroads,” he said. “Between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope.”
» August 5th, 2014
Join Our Nationwide Conference Call on the New AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework
American Principles in Action in partnership with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is hosting a nationwide conference call concerning the rollout of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History Curriculum Framework (APUSH) and exam.
Background The College Board, led by David Coleman, the “architect” of Common Core is rolling out the new APUSH course and exam next month (August 2014). The new APUSH Framework is an all-out assault on our country’s heritage. Jane Robbins with American Principles in Action stated this concerning the new APUSH Framework, “The redesigned Framework is best described as a curricular coup that sets a number of dangerous precedents. By providing a detailed course of study that defines, discusses, and interprets “the required knowledge of each period,” the College Board has in effect supplanted local and state curriculum by unilaterally assuming the authority to prioritize historic topics.”
Tanya Ditty, CWALAC of Georgia State Director and former AP U.S. History teacher made this statement concerning the new Framework, “When I first read the new APUSH Framework, I didn’t even recognize it as American history standards. From this Framework, I didn’t recognize it as my country.”
Here is a sampling of what our nation’s brightest high-school students can expect:
A relentlessly negative view of American history, which emphasizes every problem and failing of our ancestors while ignoring or minimizing their achievements.
Almost total silence about the Founding Fathers, including no mention of Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Adams, and almost none of the Declaration of Independence.
Omission of military history, battles, commanders, and heroes.
A biased and inaccurate view of many important facets of American history, including the motivations and actions of 17th-19th-century settlers, American involvement in World War II, and the conduct of and victory in the Cold War.
We invite all concerned parents, grandparents and citizens, whether you have students in AP courses or not, to join this very important conference call. A panel of experts will educate you on what the College Board has in store for America’s AP U.S. History students and will explain specific steps that can be taken to push back against this egregious attack on the U.S. History standards and curriculum.
Without state pushback, this new APUSH Curriculum Framework will go into effect this fall (2014). Without state pushback, APUSH teachers may have to ignore their own state’s U.S. History standards if they hope to prepare their students for success on the new APUSH exam – which will NOT cover material outside the new Framework.
Conference call details: Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 Time: 8:00 p.m. EST Conference Dial-in Number: (530) 881-1000 Participant Access Code: 632867#
Larry Kreiger- Teacher of SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years, specializing in AP U. S. History (APUSH).
Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member who has been working aggressively to delay the rollout of the new APUSH Framework.
Jane Robbins- Attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles in Action in Washington, D.C.
Click here for full bio of panelists. Click here for resources on the new APUSH Curriculum Framework.
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» August 5th, 2014
U.S. HISTORY TAKES DRASTIC LEFT TURN THIS FALL
AP course ‘rewrites America’s past, cuts out Founding Fathers’
By John Aman
High-school history teachers nationwide will give their top students a dark retelling of U.S. history this fall, courtesy of the College Board, a nonprofit college readiness firm led by Common Core architect David Coleman.
The College Board – which administers AP (advanced placement) courses and tests – is rolling out a revised curriculum framework for AP U.S. history, offering the 450,000 students who take AP U.S. history classes a hero-free account of America’s deeply stained past.
Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, calls the new AP U.S. history framework “a briefing document on progressive and leftist views of the American past,” one which “weaves together a vaguely Marxist or at least materialist reading of the key events with the whole litany of identity group grievances.”
Conservative author Stanley Kurtz asserts the College Board is “pushing U.S. history as far to the left as it can get away with at the high-school level.”
The new 124-page history curriculum is a dramatic departure from the five-page outline previously supplied by the College Board to guide AP U.S. history instructors. A much more detailed “history from below,” it focuses on how native Indians and Africans suffered at the hands of Europeans in the New World.
Founding Fathers omitted
It deletes the Pilgrims, John Winthrop, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln and other long-celebrated figures central to America’s founding and growth.
In their place, America’s future leaders are given a warts-only take on America’s past that casts European settlers as villains. These Europeans disrupted ecologically balanced native American society, bringing “widespread deadly epidemics,” a “caste system,” resource exploitation and slavery. The Europeans’ “belief in white superiority” was used, the framework declares, “to justify their subjugation of Africans and American Indians.”
Things got worse with the British. Instead of establishing a “city upon a hill,” as generations of students have been told, they are cast as bigots beholden to a “rigid racial hierarchy,” indicated by their failure to intermarry with native populations or Africans (John Rolfe and Pocahontas, notwithstanding).
The framework gives the father of the country, George Washington, a quick, passing nod, and the founding document, the Declaration of Independence, merits two brief mentions.
Meanwhile, Manifest Destiny was “built on a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority.” The framework omits black leaders like W.E. DuBois but asserts “prominent racist and nativist theories, along with Supreme Court decisions such as Plessy v. Ferguson, were used to justify violence as well as local and national policies of discrimination and segregation.”
The document’s treatment of the New Deal echoes Democratic Party tributes, asserting that President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era programs used “government power to provide relief to the poor, stimulate recovery, and reform the American economy.”
America’s central role in defeating Nazi Germany and Japan rescued much of the globe from a long night of tyranny, but the frameworks include no mention of the sacrifice of America’s “Greatest Generation.” Instead, the new College Board history curriculum announces that “the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values.”
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Larry Krieger, who has taught U.S. history for 35 years and written numerous widely popular AP and SAT exam prep books, said he reacted with shock and dismay when he read the framework earlier this year.
“It’s relentless left-wing indoctrination,” he said, calling it “antithetical to everything that I believe about teaching and our country’s history.”
Leftist bias, poorly written
“Leaving aside its very leftist bias, it is a very poorly written, unprofessional document,” said Krieger, adding he found it “boring” and “dispiriting.”
It’s also an anonymous document. While the College Board convened two committees composed of 27 college professors and teachers to oversee the new curriculum, the actual author or authors and the process used to produce it are unknown.
The framework is one of 34 AP courses that are being revised under the leadership of College Board president and CEO David Coleman, who arrived at the organization in 2012.
“When they hired David Coleman, the chief architect of Common Core, they effectively politicized the College Board,” Krieger asserted. “The first thing he did was to yoke the SAT to Common Core, and now we’re going to apply Common Core principles to AP courses.”
The College Board denies that Common Core elements have made their way into its new AP U.S. history curriculum, but College Board executive Lawrence Charap indicated otherwise in May. Charap, who leads the College Board’s History and Social Sciences Content Development Group, told a gathering of the Organization of American Historians that his boss, David Coleman, is implementing the Common Core approach in both the AP and SAT exams, according to a report from Mary Graybar, an English professor and Common Core critic who attended the conference.
Formed in 1900, the College Board is a deep-pocketed association of more than 6,000 educational institutions. It took in $759 million in fiscal year 2012 and reported a surplus of $45 million. Funding sources include the federal government, the Gates Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The organization has headquarters in Manhattan and Reston, Virginia, with six regional offices around the nation. It says its mission is to promote “excellence and equity in education.”
Krieger calls the new framework a “curricular coup” that shoves aside state-mandated history guidelines in favor of the new College Board curriculum.
Jane Robbins, an attorney who joined Krieger in a sharp critique of the new curriculum framework published this spring, said the framework is a radical departure from the state history standards they have reviewed.
“I would venture to guess it’s different from all states,” she said.
Krieger and Robbins report that a College Board-commissioned analysis turned up 181 specific elements required in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are missing from the new College Board history curriculum. Another study found that 134 elements required in the Alabama Standards for U.S. History were not in the framework.
The College Board’s new history curriculum for AP students “does commandeer how history is taught,” said Robbins, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.
Instead of following state-mandated history guidelines, AP history instructors will “teach to the test” to ensure that students do well on the AP U.S. history exam. Good AP test scores can enable students to skip college history survey courses or jump ahead to take more advanced courses.
Teachers “can’t really focus on state standards,” she explained, “because that is a whole different body of knowledge, in most cases, so the AP course therefore will replace the history standards.”
And the impact of the new curriculum will go beyond AP classes, Robbins said, since most AP history instructors teach other students as well.
“It’s very likely that whatever is taught in the AP class is going to be taught to some extent in the other history classes,” she stated.
“So this is actually a quite effective way of changing what’s taught in history classes all over the country, in both public schools and private schools.”
It’s also being done without much public scrutiny. The College Board posted its new framework on its website in 2012, but for unclear reasons that did not generate much reaction until this spring when Robbins and Krieger published their critique.
The College Board is also keeping its sample AP U.S. history exam for the new framework a tightly guarded secret. The sample test is provided only to certified AP U.S. history teachers who face the loss of the AP teaching credentials – a severe, career-busting consequence – if they disclose test questions.
Teachers around the nation have contacted Krieger to vent their concern, telling him, he said: “I don’t like this. This is wrong. Can you help?”
At the same time, teachers are “very afraid of repercussions for speaking out.” They fear, Krieger said, negative consequences from either the College Board or their local school system.
One teacher who attended a gathering of some 1,000 AP exam “readers” – those who read and evaluate student AP exam essays – told Krieger 90 percent of teachers there either detested the new framework or viewed it with skepticism.
The College Board did not respond to interview requests from WND but claims in the framework document that teachers have “flexibility” to teach relevant history topics outside the prescribed curriculum. However, the framework also emphatically states that the new AP U.S. history exam will be limited to information in the framework.
In boldface and underlined text, the College Board states: “Beginning with the May 2015 AP U.S. History Exams, no AP U.S. History Exam question will require students to know historical content that falls outside this concept outline.”
Attempt to derail framework
Krieger and Robbins are working to derail the framework’s implementation, alerting parents and legislators about the College Board’s new history. One pivotal battlefront is Texas, where state school board member Ken Mercer wants the College Board to postpone the implementation of the framework in his state for one year. He and another school board member have said they will push for a rule that requires AP classes to conform to Texas history standards.
Texas is one of the College Board’s largest customers. Mercer told WND that some 46,000 Texas high schoolers take AP U.S. history classes, more than 10 percent of the roughly 450,000 students that will be taking the class nationwide this fall. College Board President David Coleman and others executives from the AP firm have spoken with Mercer to allay his concern but Mercer remains opposed to the new framework.
He blasted the new framework as a “rewrite of American history.” “It’s so negative that only America haters like former Illinois professor Bill Ayers would like this.”
Mercer decried the glaring absence of uplifting aspects of the U.S. civil rights struggle, including the Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, the Tuskegee Institute, the Navajo code talkers and the election of Barack Obama.
“If you look at the lessons on civil rights, Martin Luther King is nowhere to be found. How can that be?”
Mercer also charged that the College Board is “usurping the authority of the states’ boards of education and the state legislatures” with the implementation of the new framework.
“I don’t believe there is any elected board in the nation that could pass what they have,” said Mercer. “These are unelected people who don’t have to stand before my constituents, and they’re taking the power away from the state board and state legislature in all 50 legislatures.”
The Texas school board won’t consider a new rule to force AP history instruction to follow state standards until it meets in September, by which time instructors will already be teaching the new curriculum across Texas.
Concerned Texans spoke out against the new AP U.S. history curriculum at a July 18 meeting of the Texas school board. Mary Bowen, a Texas teacher with 30 years of instructional experience told the board, “If parents up and down the neighborhoods knew that this is what would be taught to their children they would be rising up in droves against it.”
‘Not the story of dead, white men’
The College Board’s Debbie Pennington testified as well, assuring the board that the new framework leaves ample room for the state history standards.
“This is designed so state standards can be integrated. It’s not on its own. It’s supposed to work in partnership with you to get what you need.”
Pennington also gave insight into the College Board’s approach to U.S. history, asserting history “can be fuzzy in a lot of different places.”
“You’ve got to remember, this is not the story of dead, white men as taught by almost dead, white men,” she said, citing the words of a mentor. “There were other people there, too, and you’ve got to give room for that flexibility, you’ve got to give room for that flavor and a true understanding of all those issues.”
That view of U.S. history – especially as it is presented in the new AP U.S. history framework – “is designed to create a cynical generation,” Robbins countered.
“Cynicism does not coexist very well with pride in one’s country and the belief that this country can accomplish great things. So, to me, it’s very disturbing. It’s not just that it leaves [students] without some of the factual foundation they need to have but it really does create a different mindset that is going to makes them skeptical of any real belief in the country, that we are exceptional that we have something to offer the rest of the world.”
John Aman is a writer and communications consultant
» July 12th, 2014
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» June 28th, 2014
Horace Cooper is an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, co-chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board and a legal commentator.
Horace averages over 400 talk radio appearances per year representing Project 21, in addition to regular television appearances and interviews by the print media, also for Project 21.
Horace taught constitutional law at George Mason University in Virginia and was general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
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» June 27th, 2014
Published on Jan 18, 2014
Rabidly anti-gun CA State Senator Kevin de Leon (a Democrat from Los Angeles) made a real fool of himself at a press conference for his new gun control bill when he demonstrated both his command of the English language and the extent of his firearms knowledge.
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» June 27th, 2014
Trey Gowdy Didn’t Just Dress Down The
IRS Commissioner, He Left Him Naked
If half the members of Congress called the other half on their bull .. maybe, just maybe some good work would get done and a lot of the pork, backroom deals and overall fleecing of the American people would cease?
This is how a Congressional panelist should get to the bottom… check out this video:
» June 27th, 2014
Click Here, courtesy of CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyCJ8qhGjkg
» June 10th, 2014
General Boykin is one of the original members of the elite Delta Force. He has been a student of enemy tactics, and here explains how Obama is following a step by step plan to turn America into a dictatorship. Yes, this is exactly what we’ve been saying, but it’s good to hear it from him, too.