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1030, 03 Mar 19

Wisconsinites Falling All Over the Place

I blame Canada.

Wisconsin has the nation’s highest rate of deadly falls among the elderly, according to a report last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some 1,365 residents 65 or older died from falls in 2016, giving the state a rate more than double the national average.

Deaths from falls in Wisconsin outnumber deaths from breast and prostate cancer combined. Falls resulted in about 129,000 emergency room visits and nearly 16,000 hospitalizations in 2017, according to the state Department of Health Services. Medical charges for falls, paid mostly by the taxpayer-supported Medicare and Medicaid programs, exceeded $1 billion.

Exactly why Wisconsin tops the charts in fatal falls is not clear, but experts cite a few possible reasons: icy winters; excessive drinking, including among the elderly; the population is older and whiter than the U.S. average; and officials here might report falls as a cause of death better than in other states.


1030, 03 March 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I blame lack of promised global warming…and Canada.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Wrong again.  There is plenty of evidence of global warning.

  3. dad29

    Fortunately, “warming” stopped dead 10 years ago.  But as LeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy knows, it has nothing to do with this problem.  Kevin is wrong.

    It’s Russia.  When Trump builds the Moscow Trump Tower, as promised by Putin and his stooges here, then Falling Will Stop.

    Ask Hillary.  She knows all that stuff because she falls a lot, too!

  4. dad29

    LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy….you are seriously deficient in graph-reading 101.  Best check that out again, as it demonstrates that temps have been going down since 2016, and that’s assuming that the graph’s data is accurate.

    Let’s begin with “hottest on record.”  That actually means “since 1880”, when reliable stats began to be accumulated.  But it is certainly NOT the “hottest year” in global history, as any core-sample will tell you.

    By the way, how “hot” is “hot”?  Please note that your graph says 2014 is hotter than 2010 by .02C.  However, LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy, the margin of error on these reports is .1C–about 50X the “hotness” you worry about.

    Details matter.  Try again.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Unwrap the duct tape from around your head for a few minutes, I was being “tongue and cheek” like Owen.

    But it does stand to follow, if it is getting warmer, less ice to slip on…think of the lives we would save!

    …but we know ice is super abundant these days, and “Baby it’s Coldd Outside!”….more tongue and cheek for you PC libs that get in a snit about stupid things.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    So you admit you were wrong?  What a great day !!  Keep up the good work.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    Don’t get ahead of yourself.

    I was implying if the warming was happening, less ice would save lives.

    Given that we are currently chiseled in a glacier around here, hard to make any warming argument last 6 weeks.


  8. Mar

    I live in Arizona and we got about 2 feet of snow about 10 days ago.
    The snowbirds were quite upset with this snow and the cold winter we had compared to last years.

  9. dad29

    So LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy……

    What CAUSES all that warming (and cooling, in the ’70’s)?  Hmmmmmmmmmm?

    Hint:  NOT the Russians….

    By the way, you’re not helping yourself with NASA numbers bullshit.  Any idiot can plant thermometers in heat islands–or ignore atmospheric readings–for fun and profit, which motivates NASA and its deranged brother, the UN.

  10. jjf

    Yeah, because that’s the scientists do. They measure temps and make graphs, and then they just eyeball them and write papers.

  11. dad29

    They <strike>measure</strike> manipulate temps and… graphs

    Fixed.  You’re welcome!

  12. Le Roi du Nord


    Let’s keep on focus and go back to your original claim:

    “Fortunately, “warming” stopped dead 10 years ago”.

    In spite of several scientific studies that prove you wrong , you persist on blaming someone else for you errors.  Some folks just don’t chose to be smart.  Carry on.

  13. jjf

    And if you were a climate scientist and you noticed that some other scientist had falsified data, you could make quite a name for yourself if you uncover their bias.

    You think there isn’t a free market of ideas, that competition won’t cure the ills?  You’re convinced there’s big money to be made as a scientist if you just follow the orders of the secret society that no one has managed to document?

  14. dad29

    Not only my thought, Jiffy.

    Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc. How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).’  Judith Curry, Ph.D., formerly of Georgia Tech.

    Yes, it’s the money.  But I’m sure that you could dissent and break through!

  15. Merlin

    Nothing happens in any scientific discipline without money, so yes, it’s always about the money. There’s no such thing as immunity from the pressure of ROI in the real world. Follow the money.

  16. jjf

    Sure, let’s examine Judith Curry.

    So how does money exert such a strong power over an entire academic discipline, if there’s a worldwide marketplace of ideas?  Scholars move from state to state, from private to public, from country to country.  You think there’s a worldwide conspiracy?  Who’s in charge?

    And yet money doesn’t influence politics, right?

  17. dad29

    You’re really very tiresome, Jiffy.  Go write some code someplace.

  18. Kevin Scheunemann

    He is just a church of liberalism disciple through and through trying to convert everyone to his false religion. If

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