GLOBAL WARMING VIII: THE GOOD NEWS At least they …

GLOBAL WARMING VIII: THE GOOD NEWS

At least they don’t expect an Upper North Atlantic “Little Ice Age” this century…though they withhold judgment about farther in the future. Though from what I understand from other sources, our hard data about the current state of the Gulf Stream, or of its changing, is woefully inadequate…so no guarantees. They really need tons more research, including buoy measuring devices throughout the North Atlantic and at various levels of depth under the surface. IOW, lots of money.

GET OUT OF IRAQ! Like most of us, I was deceived …

GET OUT OF IRAQ!

Like most of us, I was deceived by Bush/Cheney/Powell regarding the WMD threat to the United States posed by Hussein’s Iraq. Though never about any alleged link to 9/11. (Talk about “lying to the American people,” one of the proposed articles of impeachment against Nixon – and that was just about a third-rate domestic political break-in, not a war of aggression…even one placing us in peril of a nuclear war with Iran!!!) But for a long time I didn’t see that we could morally leave Iraq in a mess that we’d made. I have now recently come around to the position that we should get out of there by the end of this year. For me it’s been a combination of the growth of the anti-war movement…the Iraqi opinion polls…evidence suggesting the “civil war” has been manufactured by Washington…the total lack of a plan to deal with it even if it were genuine…the growing sense that to do so would require a HUGE increase in hardware and manpower and even the Draft…and that the right thing to do about a war that shouldn’t have happened is to end it.

“Support the troops”? Wait a minute, who comes first, the body politic, or “the troops”? This isn’t a dictatorship (officially) yet. In America the military serves the national interest, not the other way around. Bring them the hell home!

SUMMER FOOTBALL IN ALASKA? With Global Warming, w…

SUMMER FOOTBALL IN ALASKA?

With Global Warming, we can certainly expect an increase in heat-related deaths and injuries among National Football League players during summer training camp. So how about if they all move training camp, and even the pre-season (all ending before Labor Day), to Alaska? Think of it like baseball Spring Training in Florida and Arizona (now getting under way!). Although preseason games would have to be played ridiculously early in the day, since most of the 49th State is 4 hours behind the East Coast….

The Canadian Football League actually is well under way during the summer, and it’s not that much cooler in most of Canada than in most of the U.S. They may have trouble….

ROUNDUP So the United States Senate, arguably the…

ROUNDUP

So the United States Senate, arguably the premier debating chamber in the world (after Tony Blair kicked most of the Hereditary Peers out of the UK House of Lords), can’t debate anything unless 60 Senators agree to? This isn’t democracy, this is partisan gridlock. This is another instance of house rules prevailing over the Constitution, which prescribes only a few instances of supermajorities. This and Joe Lieberman’s threatening to switch parties once again suggest re-looking at supposedly-close election results from ’06, ’04, and ’02!

And a federal appeals court says Gitmo POWs need to go to Cuban courts? Well, maybe they’ll finally get some justice! As if the U.S. will ever obey a Cuban court order!!! Actually, the “neocon” who recently said the Constitution doesn’t bestow the right of Habeas Corpus spoke correctly, but for the wrong reason. Neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights “bestows” rights: GOD DOES. (Remember “endowed by their Creator”?!) The Constitution and the B of R merely recognize them, entrench them in the Constitution (to borrow Canadian terminology), requiring a Constitutional Amendment to abolish or modify them (as opposed to a simple legislative Act like in the UK). (The Constitution only allows habeas to be suspended temporarily “in cases of invasion or insurrection when the public safety may require it.” This says to me it can only be suspended on U.S. territory experiencing an invasion or insurrection, because it’d hamper putting down the invasion or insurrection – imperiling the physical safety of residents of said State or territory – for a time to accomodate prisoners’ needs for court hearings. Or maybe the U.S. forces can’t provide the safety required for a court’s functions for a time during such a disturbance. Certainly not for a protracted period of time, nor concerning prisoners from an overseas conflict not touching on U.S. territory.) Because all governments and their agents in the USA are limited, there must always be legal recourse against their overreaching, otherwise they aren’t really limited. Therefore any human being who finds himself in the custody of an American government or agent anywhere in the universe may file a writ of habeas corpus in any American court, to make sure his detention is in keeping with the limited powers of that government or agent. (Hence I believe the court erred in ruling against the German POWs after WW2.) And nowhere in the Constitution does it say the federal government may do anything it wants with non-American prisoners outside U.S. territory, disregarding the Constitution itself, domestic law, and what even in the 18th century they called “the law of nations.” Rights don’t belong to Americans, but to human beings (even if their own legal systems don’t recognize these all the time) – in Common Law terms, from time immemorial. The fact that a prisoner is alleged to be an “unlawful enemy combatant” doesn’t allow their jailer to be unlawful too. “Two wrongs don’t make a right” (no pun intended). If our alleged enemies reduce us to their own level of alleged illegality, they win.

Finally, Republican administrations habitually pick-and-choose which laws of the land they will “faithfully execute” – a “high crime” in my book! Usually they fail to execute environmental and business/workplace laws. Bush II does it, Bush I did it, probably Reagan and Nixon did it too. Therefore, Congress should set up an organ, maybe called the Congressional Legal Office, similar in structure to the General Accounting Office and the Congressional Budget Office. This CLO should institute an ongoing legal audit, to determine federal laws of the land which aren’t being executed by the Executive Branch – under any administration from here on out – or any independent federal agency. These could be statutes passed by Congress and signed by a President or overriding his veto, or federal court orders, agency regulations, treaties (HAHAHA!), previous administrations’ Executive Orders or directives still on the books, or even Constitutional or Common Law provisions. Three things this probably should not include are Justice Department failures to prosecute outside the Executive Branch, expenditures of federal funds without actual authorization of both Houses of Congress, and clearly-unconstitutional laws on the books: prosecutorial discretion and limited resources are legitimate traditional restrictions on prosecution and litigation (most can’t devote themselves to oral sex like Mr. Starr did), and challenging constitutionality of expenditures or laws is not likely to be countenanced by lawmakers always when necessary…though all three of these are ripe for further investigation and action under other rubrics. What the CLO should do, though, is when it finds an unexecuted law, notify House and Senate leaders, and the President or agency head, giving a set period of time to execute the law in question – perhaps as long as 18 months, since it may require separate appropriation of funds in the current or following fiscal year. The CLO’s enabling legislation should grant blanket, standing authorization to go to court to order the Executive Branch or agency involved to execute the law in question, if they fail to after notification. If the law is a court order or case law, I think the CLO should first see if any parties to the case are still around to consult with, but shouldn’t feel restricted if they don’t wish to return to court themselves, since in the end it’s THE PEOPLE’S interest that the Executive execute the laws of the land. In such a case, I guess the CLO would need to become an intervenor in the case, and move for a contempt-of-court finding against the Executive Branch or agency. Otherwise it’s a full-blown court case, just like private citizens and organizations – like environmental groups – have to do today to compel execution. (Though that sounds like something there should be a writ or simplified process for, stating the unexecuted law and presenting proof of failure to execute it…slam dunk!) After that, it’s contempt-of-court, with the normal punishments that can entail, including daily doubling of fines (hopefully against the official’s private, and not public, funds!!), and indeterminate imprisonment until the cause for contempt is removed – even of a President. Imagine that!!

WILLIAM DONOHUE HATES LIBERATED WOMEN The so-call…

WILLIAM DONOHUE HATES LIBERATED WOMEN

The so-called head of the so-called Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights speaks for very few. He may claim 350,000 members, but there are at least 75 million Catholics in the United States; do the math. If it wasn’t for the internet and Faux News, he’d have nobody…except maybe his priest and his bishop.

BTW, the League is tax-exempt. Maybe the IRS or Congress (if the Bush IRS won’t) should look into them. ‘Cause he sure does alot of politicking for a tax-exempt, supposedly-religious organization! He promotes Republicans, degrades Democrats, Socialists, Jews, “liberals,” Gays, promotes unprotected sex – What does any of this have to do with “defending individual Catholics and the institutional Catholic Church”???

Of course, if you disagree with the Pope or Bill, you’re “an anti-Catholic”…even if you’re Catholic!!!

First he had to go after Mara Vanderslice, who I happen to know is very nice, a good person, religiously devout, helping candidates and nonprofits envision and work for the Common Good as still professed by some religious and political traditions in this country, meeting many religious communities’ needs in ways Repugs apparently don’t. I won’t link to his scummy words, but he had a problem with Mara having not been ‘religious’ all her young life…going to Earlham College (Trust me, Bill, it’s not run by the flaming liberal, pacifist kind of Quakers you’re thinking of, but rather these folks!!!)…having belonged to a “socialist” student group way back in college…having given a talk to an organization that did something Bill didn’t like when she was FOURTEEN!!!…for once or twice allegedly practicing civil disobedience in defense of the world’s poor and the environment (which we now know is burning to a cinder!). And as a result, Bill hobbled de jure President Kerry and Vice-President Edwards’ outreach to just the religious groups who are now so welcoming to Mara – groups Bill probably doesn’t approve of!

(The thing is, as Mara hints in her Earlham interview, because the so-called Religious Right has monopolized religious public language in this country since killing-off Rev. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, center-left candidates and groups who definitely have and hold religious and moral values which happen to align with some in the center-left whose values aren’t believed by them to be religious and moral – but are right there in the Bible and Holy Tradition and the Canons of the Church! – those candidates and groups literally don’t know how to talk about their faith and moral beliefs without risking sounding like they’re merely parrotting the RR to get “values voters” [the No. 2 lie that came out of the '04 election!]. Scandalously, the RR has succeeded in cutting-off at the knees any public religious faith in this country that isn’t theirs, i.e., conservative evangelical Protestantism or the Catholics, Jews, and Orthodox Christians they’ve deceived/seduced into bed with them. That’s one reason why I bring in religion here from time to time – without, I hope, beating readers up with it like they do!!! The fact is, most Catholics in the First World [at least] are happily left-of-center; in fact, for American Catholics, frequent church attendance generally correlates with “liberalism,” social tolerance, compassion, voting Democratic, etc., whereas for most U.S. Catholics, “conservatism” correlates with infrequent church attendance! One other thing here: I’d worry that this radical religious disempowerment by the RR of the rest of us might risk the personal faith of religious liberals – As much as they claim to care about your soul, you can go to hell if you disagree with them on anything, seems to be their perspective. Well, sure, look at all their 30,000 denominations, a new one every day! That’s productive!)

Anyway, now Donohue screams about a couple of women bloggers Edwards’ new presidential campaign hires to try to tap the internet’s potential – not because of anything they’ve said on Edwards’ behalf, but things they’ve written online long ago. Well, Billy-boy, guess what, we “liberals” have our loose cannons, too, just like you! BTAIM, often blogging isn’t so much the rough draft of history, as the brainstorm before the rough draft. But apparently, as we said when we were kids, you can dish it out but you can’t take it. Frankly, you should be ashamed about alot of the things you’ve said down through the years…pretty much every time you open your big fat mouth! The fact that you’re not poses questions about your claims to religiosity. (As for me, I am the worst of sinners.) Don’t you have anything more important to do than spy on uppity women and their pasts? You’d prefer ‘em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, wouldn’t you.

To coin a phrase, William Donohue, have you no sense of decency?

GLOBAL WARMING VII: THEY BURIED THE LEAD The full…

GLOBAL WARMING VII: THEY BURIED THE LEAD

The full report from those GW people from the beginning of the month won’t be available to us mortals for a few more months. But go here (PDF) (their “Summary for Policymakers” – think of it as ‘Global Warming for Dummies’!!) and scroll down to page 17, their ‘estimates of projected future climate change.’ This is where they explain why we’re in this for the very long haul – what I didn’t know is, it’s for A THOUSAND YEARS OR MORE!!!!:

“Both past and future anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions will continue to contribute to warming and sea level rise for more than a millennium, due to the timescales required for removal of this gas from the atmosphere.”

The MSM I heard ‘only’ said “several centuries”!!! Call me Pollyanna, but I want to start counting from their watershed year of 1750, so we’re looking at AD 2750, or hopefully not many more centuries after that. (Just in time to get ourselves bombed back to the Stone Age – or worse – by an asteroid!) Anyway, at least what we might be able to do, someone said, is influence how much warming and sea rise: It can be bad, or it can be less bad. I vote for less bad!

“If radiative forcing were to be stabilized in 2100 at A1B levels, thermal expansion alone would lead to 0.3 to 0.8 m of sea level rise by 2300 (relative to 1980–1999). Thermal expansion would continue for many centuries, due to the time required to transport heat into the deep ocean.”

What that means is, 3 feet or more of sea rise in the next 200 years even if we halt temperature rise by the end of this century, and still more all the way till the 29th century or later because big, warmed fluids keep expanding, even if the icecaps stop melting and adding water to the oceans that way.

But we probably won’t be so lucky:

“The corresponding future temperatures in Greenland are comparable to those inferred for the last interglacial period 125,000 years ago, when paleoclimatic information suggests reductions of polar land ice extent and 4 to 6 m of sea level rise.”

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s >3 feet increase from thermal expansion of seawater, plus 18 feet from melting Greenland and other Arctic lands, and late word that we can expect some melt from Antarctica too. Here’s what the world will look like under 30 feet of water: Say goodbye to Derry City and coastal County Derry, Belfast, much of South Down, County Louth, Dublin, Wicklow City, Wexford, much of West Waterford and East Cork, Cork City, Tralee, Limerick City, Shannon, and much of Conamara, Ireland; Bristol, Portsmouth, the heart of London and the Thames Estuary, Canterbury, and much of east-central England; the heart of Glasgow and towns along the Firth of Forth in Scotland; much of Holland and Belgium and coastal Germany and NW France and Denmark, Stockholm, much of Kaliningrad and Gdansk, NE Italy, Cadiz, coastal Albania, Thessaloniki, the Nile Delta, the north Black Sea coast, the Marsh Arabs, the Persian Gulf coast, NW India/SE Pakistan, Mumbai, the Bay of Bengal coastline (including Bangladesh), Calcutta, Bangkok, southern areas of Vietnam and Cambodia, coastal areas of the East Indies, coastal Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, coastal Taiwan and NE China, Honolulu, many of the world’s Islands(!), Bethel and the Yukon Delta in Alaska, much of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and Seattle, the Lower Columbia from Portland to the Pacific; Eureka, California; much of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Central Valley of California; Salinas, Oxnard, Los Angeles Harbor, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, the waterfront of San Diego, and the Imperial Valley, Calif.; the Gulf of Mexico coast, much of south Florida, most of the eastern coastline of the U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, coastal Cuba and Haiti and the Dominican Republic, much of coastal Latin America, Buenos Aires, the Lower Amazon from Manaus to the Delta and the Atlantic; and coastal West Africa and Mozambique.

And these guys aren’t even factoring-in the release of gases from all that thawing permafrost!

DO YOU WANT TO OUTLAW ABORTION? OR SAVE UNBORN BA…

DO YOU WANT TO OUTLAW ABORTION? OR SAVE UNBORN BABIES!

Democrats for Life” are sponsoring their “95-10 Initiative,” a set of programs they say will reduce abortions by 95 percent in ten years.

Face it, there were abortions before Roe v. Wade, and there will be even if Roe is overturned or an outlawing Constitutional Amendment adopted – events not reasonably foreseen in the near- or middle-term future. “Conservatives” and “libertarians” accuse liberals of trying to outlaw everything with “government intervention,” but their own marriage to law-and-order vs. real prevention is unreasonable and potentially hypocritical – it risks sounding more like will-to-power than a sincere desire to save human beings. In fact, by giving insincere lip-service to anti-abortion, a generation of “conservative” politicians whose personal morals, business ethics, and inconsistency on “life” should make conservative anti-abortionists ashamed, and who have done less than they could have against abortion, have manipulated anti-abortion voters and organizations, and stolen their money.

Liberals against abortion – getting real about it!

DECENCY RANT Maybe because I’m getting older – al…

DECENCY RANT

Maybe because I’m getting older – all of 43 – but I’m not interested in seeing anybody’s underpants in public, especially males’. And I’m sorry, girls – actually I’m doing you a favor here – but the hipbone is NOT the new cleavage, it’s a sign of malnutrition, made famous in the film footage of the Allies liberating the Auschwitz Nazi death camp at the end of World War 2. I’m not even interested in seeing anybody’s butt-crack in public – again, especially males’.

And can we agree that we won’t have to hear on over-the-air television:

  • God’s Name(s) in vain before 9pm?
  • Damn(ed), and Penis (in a sitcom), before 10pm?
  • B*tch and *ss before 11pm?
  • B*lls, P*ss(ed), and any part of *ssh*le, before Midnight?
  • Sh*t, F*ck, Pr*ck, and D*ck (these last two referring to a penis or a person [unless the last is his name]), never?

And that this even applies to syndication and/or reruns of shows? My thing isn’t that children don’t hear these things around their homes at any hours of the day or night. It’s more like, OTA TV is kind of like public discourse, and I prefer we maintain some civil standards, and reduced coarseness, in our public discourse. If I tune-in cable/satellite, I expect all kinds of sh*t, maybe because that’s how it was when I was mostly growing up, etc., in the ’70s and ’80s – cable was looser than OTA, you paid for it, it was supposedly unregulated, scrambled, etc.

And a digression on visual content on OTA TV: I’m not sure breast-side-cleavage (inside or outside) is decent, since it leaves so little to the imagination. And frankly, often it doesn’t even look good! (Male OR female!) Same with butt cleavage.

Am I being totally unreasonable?!?!?!

POLITENESS Please. Thank you or Thanks or Thanks…

POLITENESS

Please. Thank you or Thanks or Thanks alot. Excuse me. You’re welcome or Anytime or even No problem. (The traditional response to Thank you is not Thank you!!! Unless, of course, you’re genuinely and enthusiastically more grateful to them than they are to you…which is rare.) Would/Do you mind if. Could you.

And if you’re driving a large vehicle and parking it in a parking lot, try not to park it near the door, because then smaller vehicles, especially the Disabled who have to park between you and the door, can’t see around your vehicle to other moving vehicles coming down that aisle. Please.

PROFESSIONALISM No matter how you feel about some…

PROFESSIONALISM

No matter how you feel about someone, everyone deserves consideration, “common courtesy,” especially when transacting business or other public interaction. Call me old-fashioned….

FLA. MAY REQUIRE PAPER TRAILS In e-voting machine…

FLA. MAY REQUIRE PAPER TRAILS

In e-voting machines, that is. It’s better than nothing, which is what they have now, and which probably allowed at least one Republican stolen U.S. House seat. But the only real solution is low-tech: simple, hand-completed paper ballots, hand-counted in public, no matter how long it takes to count ‘em, with provisions for those unable to vote that way due to disabilities.

SHRINK SAYS BIN LADEN’S ‘BUSH AD’ SWUNG ’04 ELECTI…

SHRINK SAYS BIN LADEN’S ‘BUSH AD’ SWUNG ’04 ELECTION

Psychology Today article on “the 9/11 effect” theory: Fearmongering – like the conveniently-timed Osama tape the week before the vote – reinforces “conservatism.” [Don't know how long the article will be available free online.]

If it was really Bin Laden, that is….

Of course, tape or no tape, they had Ohio and the rest of the country, to the tune of millions of “votes,” in the bag, thanks to all those e-voting machines….

If it was Osama, one wonders if he expected Bush to be defeated, like the Spanish conservative government after the Madrid bombings “by al Qaeda” eight months before, with the winning Socialists there promising to take Spain out of the Iraq “Coalition”? Which of course he was…. Though if so, Bin Laden was unfamiliar with the tradition of fearmongering in U.S. elections….

I have hope in the conclusion of the Psych Today piece: that electoral terrorism may be psychologically overcome by asking voters “to consider carefully and be as rational as possible,” and/or “reminding people that as human beings, the things we have in common eclipse our differences”! “Simply reminding us to use our heads, it turns out, can be enough to make us do it.”

Though their implication is scary, that Americans usually vote their gut rather than in “‘a rational analytic mode, which takes effort and attention.'”

Real scary.

GLOBAL WARMING VI I think it’s now clear that fig…

GLOBAL WARMING VI

I think it’s now clear that fighting Global Warming is International Public Policy Issue Number One for the foreseeable future and beyond. Not “illegal immigration,” not Islamicide, not undermining the Russian Federation, not Israel, not even AIDS. (Though having a Number One does not preclude Numbers Two, Three, Four, etc.)

That means slowing the global anthropogenic net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, then stopping it, then starting to reduce them. We address the “net” by addressing its component parts as we are able. Therefore, it’s geocidal and sui-genocidal for “neocon” or quasi-neocon federal governments in the United States, Canada, and Australia to stand back from the Kyoto Protocol – as a start – simply because Communist China and India do, or because it means economic change for us. We now know that temperatures and sea levels, set on an upward trend by First-World (and more recently Second-World) fossil-fuel-based industrialization, will continue that way for the next 200 or more years. But to lessen those effects and eventually reverse them, even if it takes centuries, we must begin to act now. We know that desertification will increase over the next 200 or more years, hot summers will become increasingly more deadly, coastal and low-lying areas will be swamped, hurricanes will continue to strengthen, kill, and destroy: large parts of the currently-inhabited Earth will become actually or virtually uninhabitable. Plant and animal species will die-out at a faster rate, and desert and tropical plants and diseases will invade the temperate zones, just as temperate ones invade the Arctic. If the Gulf Stream slows or shuts down, paradoxically, far western Europe, Iceland (whose name actually doesn’t evoke frozen water but a Scandinavian pronunciation of Island, and whose inhabited zone actually enjoys relatively moderate winters currently), eastern Canada, and even the northeastern United States could be plunged into a Little Ice Age, within the space of just a decade whenever it happens, and lasting anywhere from a century to a milennium-plus, if not tempered by warm-water outflow from the North Polar region. (Did you read that?: warm-water outflow from the North @#!$% Pole“!!!) Widespread human death and migration – and/or war and social/economic/religious/cultural upheaval – are certainties throughout the world.

The picture will be complicated by “Peak Oil,” the overall global decrease in oil and natural-gas availability that may already be under way, not to be substantially affected by the comparatively small deposits that may lie in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or off the coasts of the Lower 48 United States, in the Caspian, the Rockall Shelf, the South China Sea, etc etc etc. *I* believe governments will subsidize petroleum extraction when business gives it up as no longer profitable, a certainty which Peak-Oil catastrophists neglect. However, the end is certain this century or soon after, and as they point out, we do not currently know of any richer energy source besides highly unsafe nuclear power – sure to become even less safe amid planetary upheaval. Petroleum fuels electric plants, transportation, manufacturing, even “a material we call plastic” on which modern life highly depends. It is also a key ingredient, believe it or not, in vaccines, many modern chemical compounds, and chemical fertilizers. Without it, it’s hard to see how the hypermodern technology and economics we’ve gotten used to in the last generation can persist, nor, perhaps worse, the medical and agricultural advances of the whole 20th century. Famine and pestilence, anyone? Coal, “clean” or dirty, will be no substitute for petroleum – but it will intensify Global Warming…along with the other things an increasingly-desperate humanity may take to burning for heat (in winter, still) and energy….

So, anything and everything we can do ASAP, anywhere, to fight Global Warming is IMPERATIVE. So if the First World can start cutting before China and India, GREAT! And of course, we must help them cut, too. And all the pre-industrial cultures/economies as well, most of which will need help dealing with the heat, in-place or where they migrate. All the known non-nuclear alternatives to fossil fuels won’t make up for petroleum, so humanity might need to take the advice of Orthodox Christianity and voluntarily cut back its demands and expectations – not essentials, but think how much of our current economies aren’t so necessary, are even harmful. Some technological “fasting” or abstaining will do us good, here and hereafter. Orthodoxy’s asceticism ethic dovetails nicely with those of faiths such as Buddhism and Quakerism (John Woolman’s “seeds of war,” etc.), as well as many of the remaining Indigenous cultures who live more within-their-means than many of us. The less dependent humanity – read The (so-called) Developed and Developing World – is on the things we use the fossil fuels for, the better for the whole human race and the planet. It’s wise to live within our means, and not ruin our nest, nor kill ourselves. Let God decide when to end the world.

Or we just turn it into Mercury…or Venus.

GLOBAL WARMING IV: NOT HOPELESS Trenberth said sc…

GLOBAL WARMING IV: NOT HOPELESS

Trenberth said scientists do worry that world leaders will take the message in the wrong way and throw up their hands. Instead, the scientists urged leaders to reduce emissions and also adapt to a warmer world with wilder weather.

“The point here is to highlight what will happen if we don’t do something and what will happen if we do something,” co-author Jonathan Overpeck at the University of Arizona said. “I can tell if you will decide not to do something the impacts will be much larger than if we do something.”

You make a difference on hundred of years time frame, but this is the future of the planet,” Trenberth told The Associated Press.

GLOBAL WARMING V This face will go down in world …

GLOBAL WARMING V

This face will go down in world history. (CNN video)

(She works for GW “Global Warming” Bush. I hope her resume is up-to-date!)

BIG TROUBLE If you liked Dave’s novel, you’ll lov…

BIG TROUBLE

If you liked Dave’s novel, you’ll love this snake!

DAVE BARRY’S BACKYARD Almost worth the heat and …

DAVE BARRY’S BACKYARD

Almost worth the heat and humidity, Class 1 hurricanes, etc.!!

CARTOON NETWORK PROMO For some reason there don’t…

CARTOON NETWORK PROMO

For some reason there don’t seem to be alot of pictures of the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” electronic promotional signs on the Web, so it’s hard to get a clear picture of them, but they don’t seem to be “packages” as some media are describing them…and there also doesn’t seem to be anything attached to them that could’ve exploded even if the batteries and motherboard and wires could’ve done so. FIRST RULE OF BOMBMAKING: INCLUDE BOMB! Don’t they teach that in police academies anymore??? Water cannon was uncalled for. Probably so was paralyzing the city.

GLOBAL WARMING III Greenland icecap fragments hou…

GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE II The Heir to the Throne c…

GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE II

The Heir to the Throne challenges the realm (so to speak) of America! Echoes of “the moral equivalent of war” of Pres. Carter during the ’70s Energy Crisis. But completely non-covered by U.S. media, AFAIK.

GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE: WE’RE FOOKED* Or to be mor…

GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE: WE’RE FOOKED*

Or to be more precise, 90 pct. or more probability we’ve fooked ourselves. (Or even more precise, the First and Second [ie, former Soviet/East Bloc] Worlds have fooked the planet. New huge coalburner Red China had the final percentage fudged.)

  • Sea levels rising 3 feet or more, over just the next 93 years, by AD 2100.
  • Man-caused rises in temperatures and sea levels will continue “for centuries” no matter what we do about greenhouse gas emissions.
  • And these are conservative estimates! (Governments were involved in the report, so you know it’s gonna be alot worse!!)
  • The recent stronger North American hurricanes are definitely caused by this man-made global warming.
  • Watch insurance rates skyrocket, or even just get out of the business entirely.
  • Invest in sea walls, levees…or if New Orleans is any indication, inland refugee housing! And real estate in the Northern Rockies? the Canadian Rockies?? Alaska and Yukon??!

And the “neocon” solution is more climate change, so the world’s poor can buy (and fuel) air-conditioners!!!!! IOW, Let ‘em eat cake! NOW who’s the ‘monarchist’ (in the bad sense)?!!!

(*-As they say in Ireland.)

CHRISTIAN DATING RULES??? I’m not aware of any do…

CHRISTIAN DATING RULES???

I’m not aware of any doctrine in Christianity specifying which gender proposes marriage!!! Of course, what we may actually be dealing with here is “missionaries” exporting not Christianity but American or Western culture.

From the 1950s, that is!!!

Which, for many Protestants (as in the linked story) and Catholics, *is* the “Early Church” they seek to emulate!!!! (People who thought Walmart selling a T-shirt saying, “Someday a woman will be President” was against Family Values! It didn’t even say what party the woman President would be, or what ideology!)

For an Earlier Church – 1,900 years earlier! – try here. Or here.

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