Archive for June 16, 2009

White House Releases Hysterical “Climate Change” Report

Obama needs lots more tax revenue to completely subjugate the country, so he’s released a paper detailing all those horrible things that are happening “right now!” from climate change. Rainfall! Ohmygawd, climate change causes torrential rainfall! Nobody ever had torrential rainfall before climate change. Or not enough rainfall. Oh, wait, yes they did. California has suffered from droughts lasting 200 years, but don’t let little things like “facts” get in the way of activism. Apparently the politicians and “environmentalists” think that we’re as stupid as they are.

WASHINGTON(AP) — Harmful effects from global warming are already here and worsening, warns the first climate report from Barack Obama’s presidency in the strongest language on climate change ever to come out of the White House.

Global warming has already caused more heavy downpours, the rise of temperatures and sea levels, rapidly retreating glaciers and altered river flows, according to the document released Tuesday by the White House science adviser and other top officials.

Dogs and cats sleeping with each other….it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine…..

What the HELL are these people talking about? Glaciers retreating? That has been proved over and over to be because of land use changes. The Antarctic ice shelves aren’t showing any sign of climate change. The torrential downpours here that caused so much property damage was because a *very* unseasonable cold front clashed with a warm front.

“There are in some cases already serious consequences,” report co-author Anthony Janetos of the University of Maryland told The Associated Press. “This is not a theoretical thing that will happen 50 years from now. Things are happening now.”

The White House document — a climate status report required periodically by Congress — contains no new research. But it paints a fuller, more cohesive and darker picture of global warming in the United States than previous studies and brief updates during the George W. Bush years. Bush was ultimately forced to issue a draft report last year by a lawsuit, and that document was the basis for this new one.

One administration official, Jane Lubchenco, called the new report a game changer that would inform policy but not dictate a particular solution.

“This report provides the concrete scientific information that says unequivocally that climate change is happening now and it’s happening in our own backyards and it affects the kind of things people care about,” Lubchenco said at a White House briefing. Her agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was among the key contributors to the document.

The “major disruptions” already taking place will only increase as warming continues, the authors wrote. They project the average U.S. temperature could rise by as much as 11 degrees by the end of the century.

These f***ing clowns can’t predict what temperature it will be on Monday of next week, so why in the hell should they be considered some kind of experts on what temperature it will be after they’re dead? The temperature trend is DOWN, you morons! Somebody’s momma didn’t slap the shit out of ’em near enough when they were little and look what happens. Shit spilling out everywhere.

“Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems,” the study said in one of its key findings, adding that it could affect the survival of some species.

Species have thresholds? Which species? Where are the thresholds? Who is crossing them?

For example in the past few decades, winters in parts of the Midwest have warmed by several degrees and the time without frost has grown by a week, according to the report.

Which parts? Seems to me that in the past few years frosts have been much earlier in the fall and later in the spring, so much so that planting and harvest is affected. Georgia lost a lot of the blueberry crop due to unprecendented cold weather in the spring, for cryin’ out loud. Brazil’s grapes froze on the vine!

Shorter winters have some benefits, such as longer growing seasons, but those are changes that require adjustments just the same, the authors note.

Yeah, that whole “having longer planting seasons with the ability to double crop and produce more food from the same land” has GOT to be stopped! It causes obesity or something.

“We’re already seeing impacts across the nation,” said co-author Virginia Burkett, coordinator of global change science at the U.S. Geological Survey. “The evidence is much stronger than it has been.”

Sounds like there wasn’t any evidence before and lots and lots of data falsification has been going on because they know that the Democrats aren’t actually going to check the facts. Hell, they won’t even bother to read the paper. They’ll just have somebody give them a synopsis using one syllable words. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that somebody whose job title is “coordinator of global change science” would find evidence of impacts from climate change. For the sarcasm challenged, yes, that is sarcasm dripping off the keyboard and pooling on the floor in a large, glowing puddle.

White House science adviser John Holdren said in a statement that the findings make the case for taking action to slow global warming — both by reducing emissions and adapting to the changes that “are no longer avoidable.”

Wait a minute….I thought it was climate change, not global warming. Now we’re back fighting global warming when there’s global cooling going on. Get with the program, dumbass!

It tells us why remedial action is needed sooner rather than later,” Holdren said.

Yeah, it DOES. A couple more cold years and even the morons that stay inside staring at their computer models instead of venturing outside into actual weather will realize that the jig is up.

Jerry Melillo, one of the report’s authors, said at a White House briefing Tuesday afternoon that if action is taken soon to reduce heat-trapping gases, chances improve for avoiding some of the effects detailed in the report.

Translation: “Please, oh please let this thing pass so that nobody knows that it is the sun that controls the weather, we can take credit for it, and we can continue sucking off the taxpayer teat! Amen.”

“There are a lot of things that are potentially possible if we don’t bring climate change under control, and we would like to see them avoided,” said Melillo, a biologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Well, potentially I could win the lottery. Even better, potentially I could actually develop a singing voice, go on to win American idol, and be worshipped as a goddess incarnate everywhere I go because my angelic singing voice causes an immediate end to strife with world peace occurring wherever it is heard. Then I would be showered with money because shithole countries everywhere will be buying my CDs and playing them 24/7. The world economy would immediately leap into overdrive because no nation would have to fund their police, prisons, or military. I could take all my trillions, use it to fund a cure for death, and live forever. Potentially.

The report compiles years of scientific research and updates it with new data. It was produced by the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program, relying on government, academic and research experts.

Water — too much or too little — is a dominant theme through much of the report, which says that resource will continue to be a major problem in every region of the country.

“Water permeates this document,” Burkett said. She said the U.S. Southwest will get drier and hotter and that will be a crucial issue.

Oh, shit! A drought in the desert? Who the hell could see that one coming?

The nearly 200-page report has chapters examining the effects of global warming in each region — from coastal zoning officials who must consider sea rise to Midwestern farmers recalculating their planting seasons.

Oh God NOOOOOO! Don’t make the farmers recalculate their planting seasons! How could they possibly be competent enough to add or subtract a week on either end of the season?

Federal law requires comprehensive reports on global warming’s effects every four years. An environmental group sued to force the Bush administration to issue an early draft of this report last summer because one had not been written since 2000. Since that time, the language has become stronger, but mostly because of fresher research, scientists said.

Guess that “fresher research” didn’t reveal that we were getting colder, not warmer.

No wonder we’re in such a freakin’ budget mess with the Federal government spending so much money on incredibly stupid studies from environmental activists who would like nothing better than if people would just die already.

“The emphasis has shifted from just looking at the physical climate science to adapting to change,” Burkett said in an interview.

How about if you adapt to change when the government cuts you off the Federal teat? What in the hell do you idiots think will happen when people are starving because they can’t afford food and freezing because they can’t afford fuel? Do you *really* think that they’re going to say “oh, my, I guess we’ll just have to let mom and the kids die because it’s good for the environment”?

I’m all in favor of renewable fuels, of course. Somebody go harpoon a damn whale already. Or the authors of this ridiculous paper.

*sigh* I could make fun of this stupidity all day but I have other things I need to do. Y’all give it your best shot and post your views later.

Update: I consulted the weather report yesterday and, upon being assured that the rain chance was 20% for afternoon thundershowers and the temperature would be 99 or 100, I woke at the buttcrack of dawn. I needed to get the feeding out of the way so I could concentrate on mowing grass before the temperature got too high.

Imagine my surprise when, instead of the day growing lighter, it grew darker and started raining. Checking the weather report, I found that the afternoon temperature forecast had been revised downward.

Yet climate change scaremongers “scientists” shills advocating for huge tax increases can accurately forecast the temperature at the turn of the century. Riiiiight.

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9-Year-Old Miami Boy Florida’s First Swine Flu Fatality

Miami-Dade’s first swine flu death, a 9-year-old boy, was announced Tuesday by the Miami-Dade Health Department. It was also the first H1N1 flu death in Florida, which had 417 confirmed cases as of Friday.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the child had underlying health problems.

”Our hearts go out to the family and friends for their loss,” said Lillian Rivera, health department administrator.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viomonte Ros also expressed condolences.

”While most cases of H1N1 swine flu are mild, there are exceptions like this tragic case,” she said. “Nationally, the CDC is reporting 45 deaths associated with swine flu [and 17,855 confirmed cases], and as the flu progresses, that number will unfortunately rise.” Read the rest at MiamiHerald.com.

I really expected this to go away over the summer instead of continuing to spread and cause fatalities.

More from Dr. Flu about how we ain’t outta the woods yet.

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We may have a helluva time getting medical care even in a moderate flu scenario when the second wave arrives.

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More Peeping From the Bathroom

Four eggs have hatched so far this morning to join the two chicks hatched yesterday. It seems like every few minutes I’m interrupted by the frantic peeping of a chick that cannot locate mommy.

Why is the incubator in the bathroom of all places, you ask? Well, it is one place that I’m guaranteed to visit daily, unlike the living room. I still forget to turn those eggs twice daily as per incubator instructions. These poor lil’ eggs were turned a grand total of one time that I can remember throughout their incubation.

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Spengler’s Interesting Analysis of Iran

Excerpt:

Tehran is tugged forward by the puppies of war: Hezbollah in Lebanon and its co-sectarians in Pakistan. With a population of 170 million, Pakistan has 20 million men of military age, as many as Iran and Turkey combined; by 2035 it will have half again as many. It also has nuclear weapons. And it is in danger of disintegration.

Against a young, aggressive and unstable Pakistan, Iran seems a moribund competitor. Iran’s fertility decline is the fastest that demographers ever have observed. As I reported on this site last February (Sex, drugs and Islam, February 24, 2009), Iranian fertility by some accounts has fallen below the level of 1.9 births per female registered in the 2006 census to only 1.6, barely above Germany’s.

Collapsing fertility is accompanied by social pathologies, including rates of drug addiction and prostitution an order of magnitude greater than in any Western country. Of the 15 countries that show the biggest drop in population growth since 1980, eight are in the Middle East, and the head of the United Nations population division calls the collapse of Islamic population growth “amazing”. Pakistan is the great exception, and that makes it the fulcrum of the Muslim world.

Ahmadinejad’s invective may be aimed at Jerusalem, but his eye is fixed on Islamabad. That explains the decisions of his masters in Tehran’s religious establishment who may have rigged, or at least exaggerated, his election victory. Pakistan’s ongoing civil war has a critical sectarian component which the Shi’ites never sought: the Taliban claim legitimacy as the Muslim leadership of the country on the strength of their militancy against the country’s Shi’ite minority. Were the Taliban to succeed in crushing Pakistan’s Shi’ites, Iran’s credibility as a Shi’ite power would fade, along with its ability to project influence in the region.

Read the rest at Asia Times; it’s worth your time.

Article brought to my attention via Fresh Bilge.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Seems To Be Shedding Passengers

CNN) — Authorities searched Tuesday morning for a passenger who apparently had fallen off a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

Man rescued hours after falling off cruise ship near Florida.

Trying to tread water for hours/days and not draw the attention of sharks doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend a vacation to me.

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Florida Unemployment Fund Will Be Out of Money in Two Months

When Gov. Charlie Crist signed legislation this month extending unemployment benefits for jobless Floridians, officials called the measure a “lifeline” for people struggling financially.

But lost in the news was a bigger problem.

Florida’s unemployment fund will run dry in just two months, forcing the state to borrow billions from the federal government to keep checks flowing to recipients. Read the rest at OrlandoSentinel.com.

Well, snap. By the time I get around to signing up for unemployment, there won’t be any funds left! I’ve never gotten unemployment before (but when I was an employer, I paid plenty into the fund), so I was kinda lookin’ forward to getting some of those dollars back.

Seriously, when our business crashed and burned after 9/11 and we really, REALLY needed cash and were selling off livestock, tools and vehicles in order to survive, we weren’t eligible for anything because we were self employed. Somehow we made it and were able to keep the house and a few acres, although we had to sell the farm up in Georgia.

At the time, I was devastated. I believe that I was in a depressed state for years. Now I see it for the blessing that it was. We had to learn to live on sharply reduced means because we had no other choice.

We were fortunate in having family and good friends that pitched in with temporary jobs, groceries, and even the loan of a vehicle (with insurance paid!) for several months because I had sold nearly everything of value. We bought that loaner vehicle as soon as SwampMan was back in a permanent job.

There are thousands of small business owners that are in dire financial straits, like we were, that are not eligible for unemployment benefits. My daughter, who works for the city, has seen the desperation, too. She told me that people are pleading to be allowed to work at temporary manual labor jobs that pay little more than minimum wage with no benefits.

There may be a family that you know of in a similar situation. If you have the means, paying them to help out with onerous household chores such as cleaning out the garage, cleaning out the gutters, washing windows, or anonymously mailing them a gift card redeemable at a grocery store, Wal-Mart, or a gas station will be greatly appreciated.

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Ronald Reagan Used to Say If You Want to Kill Something, Tax It!

Bonz made the following comment, and I thought it should be made into a post:

“I view it more as a health issue than a tax issue,” said Crist, a Republican who broke with a career-long opposition to tax increases. ” Ronald Reagan used to say if you want to kill something, tax it. It wouldn’t be bad if we killed smoking. It would save a lot of lives.”

As of July 1, Florida’s new cigarette tax is $1.34 per pack. An equivalent increase applies to smokeless and pipe tobacco, but not cigars.

The extra $1 tax is expected to generate more than $900 million a year, to be used to offset Medicaid costs and fund cancer research.

If you want to kill something,tax it……grab your ankles American middle class!

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