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  • That Durn Global Warming

    04/14/2014 1:28:52 PM PDT · by mountn man · 27 replies
    Me | Today | Me
    It's April 14.I live just NW of Ohare Field of Chicago.IT'S SNOWING!!!Durned GoreBull Warming!
  • Scientists look to create ‘Problem-Free Cow’ with less emissions

    04/10/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Blog
    According to a fact sheet published by the White House late last month, part of the Obama Administration’s effort to curb greenhouse gases involves cutting “cow emissions.”The executive announcement has since boosted an interest in researching technology to accomplish the Administration’s environmental goals.The Financial Times reports that scientists now have a renewed interest in developing “a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.”The Cow of the Future Project, directed by Juan Tricarico, is looking for a “star athlete” of the bovine world, says FT. He says the Administration’s latest environmental...
  • $15 RTL-SDR for Radio Monitoring on your PC

    04/03/2014 1:08:47 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 65 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 3 April 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    This post is of interest to ham radio operators, and also anyone who wishes to monitor NOAA weather radio, police, fire, EMS, aircraft, marine, and other radio traffic using a $15 receiver plugged into your laptop. The Chinese USB "dongles", originally intended to receive the Far East mobile television service, are being re-purposed as VHF/UHF receivers for many different modulation schemes and protocols.  The software to re-purpose them runs either on a PC (Win/Mac/Linux), or on a single-board computer like a Raspberry PI (Raspian Linux). At about US$15, Ol' Backwoods just had to have one. The RTL-SDR receives on...
  • Kerry on UN climate change report: "Costs of inaction are catastrophic"

    03/31/2014 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31,2014 | Justin Sink
    The release of a United Nations report detailing the pervasive effects of climate change should serve as a call to action for the world’s nations to curb the emission of greenhouse gases, Secretary of State John Kerry argued Sunday night. In a statement issued by the State Department, Kerry called denial of climate change science “malpractice” and warned the “costs of inaction are catastrophic.”
  • Americans Spent $7.45 Billion In 3 Three Years Helping Other Countries Deal With Climate Change

    03/28/2014 10:36:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | March 27, 2014 | Alan Caruba
    A History of the Disastrous Global Warming Hoax “It is the greatest deception in history and the extent of the damage has yet to be exposed and measured,” says Dr. Tim Ball in his new book, “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science”. Dr. Ball has been a climatologist for more than forty years and was one of the earliest critics of the global warming hoax that was initiated by the United Nations environmental program that was established in 1972 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established in 1988. Several UN conferences set in motion the hoax that is...
  • Coldest October-March In The US In 102 Years

  • The Ice Hits the Fan in South Carolina

    03/11/2014 5:20:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | Gadget
    This is the story of my family's experience during the ice storm that hit the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of South Carolina and Georgia. My family and a network of friends, who live in the area, are reasonably prepared for any problems that may come our way with food and water storage, shelter, generators, et cetera. When the "ice hit the fan" in our area, we had a very real test of our preps that lasted five days, and some families were still without power seven days later.
  • Hiking to North Manitou Island {Michigan}

    03/10/2014 10:17:25 PM PDT · by shove_it · 7 replies
    On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasn’t been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out... (click the link for commentary and photos of a bold day of hiking)
  • Democrat Climate Caucus Reveals Its Stupidity.(Global Warming. The Religion of the Stupid.)

    03/10/2014 9:13:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | March 9, 2014 | Alan Caruba
    The nation seems to be passing through a period in which too many U.S. Senators have been elected without so much as a high school level understanding of what drives the Earth’s climate and it isn’t the 0.038% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. On Monday, March 10, some twenty of them will stay up overnight on the Senate floor, according to The Hill, “to bring attention to the impacts of climate change.” You don’t get more idiotic than that. Climate, measured in decades and centuries, is always in a state of change. Meanwhile, the weather anywhere in the...
  • Supercell-The Dark, Foreboding Power of Nature

    Supercell - the Dark, Foreboding Power of Nature
  • Great Lakes Approaching 100% Ice Cover – For The First Time On Record

    Lake Ontario is the only major holdout, and the forecast there is for extreme cold during the next two weeks. (more images and comments at the link)

    02/27/2014 7:23:33 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies ^ | Feb. 27, 2014 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Every so often the faceless liberal lie machine is forced to reveal itself and a real person or organization has to stand by the fabricated “science” of the Al Gores of the world. The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been forced into the sunlight and it has been made to look foolish because it believes Gore and his “climate change” charlatans. NOAA’s prediction for November through January was that most of the continental United States would enjoy above normal temperatures. Why would they say otherwise when there is only emotion instead of science...
  • Video: Lake Michigan Ice Caves Off the Coast of Leelanau in Northern Michigan

    02/25/2014 5:22:35 PM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    MyNorth ^ | 20Feb 2014 | LISSA EDWARDS
    MyNorth vidoegrapher Kris Riley trekked a third of a mile to video the two-story high Lake Michigan ice caves off the coast of Leelanau County in Northern Michigan, north of the town of Leland. For days, crowds of awe-struck people have flocked to the shore to explore these magnificent natural formations that tower and arch in rugged glory after one of the coldest, stormiest winters in decades. If you aren’t one of the thousands who have slipped and slid out to this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena, you will want to see this video. And if you did make your way out there,...
  • Global Warming "Science"; What Investors Need To Know, Don't Just Trust The "Experts"

    02/21/2014 11:30:25 AM PST · by Etpa · 10 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | Robert Wagner
    Excellent expose of the pseudoscience promoted by the global warmers
  • How Comedians Are Making 'Climate Change' a Joke

    02/17/2014 2:38:50 PM PST · by Marcus · 9 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 17, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    One can figure out that the "science" of climate change has fallen on hard times when its chief defenders are not actual scientists, but rather a pair of comedians, Bill Maher and Bill Nye the former "science guy," according to Politico. Of course a third comedian, albeit an amateur one, is also flogging the idea. John Kerry is comparing "climate change" to the threat of WMDs. When one considers that controversy that ensued when the coalition forces that liberated Iraq failed to find much evidence of WMDs, it was perhaps an unfortunate analogy.

    02/17/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 17, 2014 | Donald C. Morton
    ABSTRACT The Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in September 2013 continues the pattern of previous ones raising alarm about a warming earth due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases. This paper identifies six problems with this conclusion – the mismatch of the model predictions with the temperature observations, the assumption of positive feedback, possible solar effects, the use of a global temperature, chaos in climate, and the rejection of any skepticism.
  • How much weather is being caused by climate change? Maybe 1 part in 1,000.

    02/17/2014 1:31:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Dr Roy Spencer's Global Warming blog ^ | February 14, 2014 | Dr. Roy Spencer, former NASA scientist
    In another silly pseudo-science rambling, the President’s science advisor, John Holdren, has recently stated, “Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.” Drought in California. Record snows in the East. It’s tempting for many to blame it all on our use of fossil fuels. What Causes Weather? Let’s start with the basics. Weather is caused by energy imbalances, primarily (1) between the solar heated surface of the Earth and the atmosphere above it, and (2) between different geographic regions (e.g. the tropics vs. high latitudes; the warm oceans versus cold continents in winter). These energy imbalances have associated temperature...
  • Farewell, Knights of Delingpole – and thank you, trolls

    02/15/2014 11:45:58 AM PST · by pluvmantelo · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 12, 2014 | James Delingpole
    A few years ago a friend who wishes to remain nameless suggested that it was about time I started writing a blog. "Why would I want to do that?" I said. "Because it's the future and you'd be good at it," he said. So I gave it a go and I've been here ever since. But not for any longer I'm afraid. Today is the sad day when I must bid you all farewell. I have been appointed Chief Sustainability Consultant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, working directly to one of my all-time- heroes Ed Davey, with...
  • Climate Craziness of the Week: Fish living near the equator will not thrive in future warmer oceans

    02/11/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 11, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Basic premise of this paper: 1. let’s take fish out of their natural ocean environment, 2. put ‘em in a tank where they are stressed, 3. crank up the temperature, 4. see if any fish die, 5. count dead fish, 6. assume natural adaptation is impossible 7. report news of future doom to the world via press release. Via Eurekalert: According to an international team of researchers, the rapid pace of climate change is threatening the future presence of fish near the equator. “Our studies found that one species of fish could not even survive in water just three degrees...
  • Al Gore Has A Fever: and a Hangover!

    02/09/2014 10:48:06 AM PST · by xuberalles · 36 replies
    Self | 2/9/14 | Self
    The United States set over 4,000 record low temperatures during the past year, while the artic ice cap has grown by 30% and is now larger than it was in 1990. Ironically, while accepting his Nobel "Pina Colada" Prize in 2007, Al Gore claimed the North Pole would be "ice free" by 2013. Amazingly, he was only off by 920,000 square miles! Apparently Santa Claus burned the memo and bought another diesel Zamboni. Not only does Al suck at climatology, he really sucks at data sets; aka, empirical prognostications. Science fiction theater is a major, no? That's right, kiddies, Global...
  • Atlanta’s ice storm and memories of Winter nightmares gone by

    02/09/2014 8:38:30 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/9/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Reading what went on in Atlanta this week is just amazing! I moved to Florida after living near Chicago and the lake snow region of NW Indiana most of my life. We had to deal with bad ice storms in Southern Illinois when I was young and while at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Three inches of snow in Chicago is NOTHING. They got rid of a mayor that didn’t get and keep the roads open. I had to teach in Chicago Heights, IL when the temperature was -48 and the wind chill was -82. As I recall, I...
  • Over two-thirds of the continental USA covered with snow

    02/07/2014 5:18:06 PM PST · by CedarDave · 42 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 7, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Readers may recall our story from Dec 15th, 2013: Over half the USA covered in snow, the most in 11 years Now, it’ even more.Area Covered By Snow: 67.4% Area Covered Last Month: 48.1%
  • Sarah Palin:In preparation for the iconic Iron Dog and Iditarod races...

    02/06/2014 11:34:52 AM PST · by onyx · 25 replies
    Sarah Palin's Face Book Page ^ | February 6, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    In preparation for the iconic Iron Dog and Iditarod races, we spent a glorious day dog mushing with Iditarod great DeeDee Jonrowe! Filming this champ's efforts for Sportsman Channel was spectacular, and I can’t wait to share her story with you on “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” debuting April 3. DeeDee has the fastest time of any woman in the Last Great Race on Earth, she's been successfully competing for decades, and her unbelievable life story will inspire you to be an overcomer – I promise you! It was so much fun to host Jim Moret from “Inside Edition,”...
  • Global Warming Continues Assault on US

    01/30/2014 6:26:24 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 28 replies ^ | January 30, 2014 | RightWingPatriot
    Global warming is an evil scourge that has played havoc across the US recently. Temperatures in my home state of Florida have plunged with the latest cold snap, forcing me to turn on my home's heater to combat the insidious freezing power of global warming. As cold as it has gotten in Florida, other parts of the South were harder hit. In Alabama, thousands of students were trapped in their schools and forced to stay overnight. The biggest spectacle took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where roads shut down as thousands of drivers were stranded. It was like watching a scene...
  • The Polar Vortex: I'm Mad as Hell, and I'm Not Going to Take It Any More

    01/24/2014 6:23:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Penn St ^ | January 24, 2014
    I thought that my anger over the media's misuse of the term, polar vortex, during the first week of January (2014) had subsided until I heard references this week to a "piece of the polar vortex breaking away" and bringing the current siege of cold weather to the eastern half of the contiguous states. In the words of the late actor, Peter Finch, from his Oscar-winning performance in the film, Network, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more" (YouTube clip of his acclaimed rant).What is the polar vortex? For the record, the polar vortex...
  • Toure: Playing In Snow Is "Dancing On The Deck Of The Titanic" Because Of Climate Change

    01/23/2014 2:31:39 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 35 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 1-22-2014
    TOURE: "...... I’m sorry, I can only do so many fun, awe-struck stories about the weather and the extraordinary weather events without saying this is because of climate change. That's why we're having all of these extraordinary weather events and we don’t talk about it enough. When a quarter of America thinks these are not caused by human activities. When we act like all this is fun, you know what we are doing? We’re dancing on the deck of the Titanic."
  • Mayor Kaiser Wilhelm II Did Not Plow The UES of NYC, but WHY?

    01/22/2014 12:55:46 PM PST · by mononymous · 38 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 1/22/2014 | Mononymous1
    The UES wasn’t the only area in Manhattan that wasn’t plowed; in fact, as of 4:00 p.m. yesterday, it is KNOWN that most of the area shown in red in the following map was NOT plowed – not even once: The traffic on all major avenues in the red area was pretty much at standstill. Now, in fairness, I don’t know if all of the areas in green was plowed but someone ought to know. If the UES wasn’t plowed when, for instance, the UWS was, it’d seem that Kaiser Wilhelm II wasn’t going after just the 1 percenters...
  • Limbaugh just "swerved into" the "Mononymous1 Effect"

    01/22/2014 11:48:56 AM PST · by mononymous · 6 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 1/3/1014 | Mononymous1
    Here we are, it’s winter, it’s freezing cold outside, snow is on the ground and a global warming research ship is stuck in ice looking for evidence of melting and disappearing ice. I suppose this is really “climate change,” the lingo used to cover everything that needs a weather related explanation when the obvious is too simple and when it has to be pinned on mankind. So, for instance, if it is freezing cold outside, as it should be in winter; it is not global warming but “climate change” that gave us snow. If it is an extremely hot day...
  • Hannity: I Talked With My Wife – “We Are Going to Leave” New York State (Video)

    01/21/2014 8:11:34 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sean Hannity tells his audience he is leaving New York state after Cuomo’s comments. Sean said he discussed it with his wife and they are moving to Texas or Florida. “Look, I have contractual obligations, I can’t leave here. My kids are in school. And there are about over 100 people who that rely on me. People who have kids and mortgages and homes. I can’t selfishly pack up and leave. But my wife and I discussed last night Dana that we are going to leave. I wouldn’t pay a 10% state tax in Florida or Texas. I would save...
  • 'Deep Freeze' Adding Inches of Ice to Great Lakes Levels

    01/21/2014 5:20:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Because of low temperatures over the past few weeks there is more ice cover on the Great Lakes than in recent years. Experts are now trying to assess if that means lake levels will increase because of the added ice. "We have had very cold weather early this winter," Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "There is a lot more ice on the lakes. The ice cover on Lake Michigan is at 40 percent and it is at about 45 percent on Lake Huron. "There is a lot of research and experimentation...
  • Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level

    01/16/2014 6:25:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2014 | Tom Gantert
    When Donna McPherson of Lansing received an automated phone message alerting her that a "snow emergency" had been declared and that "non-essential" travel had been banned, she said it raised a question. McPherson said her family talked about whether Lansing police would pull over drivers and ask them why they were driving. In the midst of the winter storm this week, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero declared a snow emergency, which prohibited "non-essential" commercial, private and public travel on city roads. It raised questions about how much authority the government should have to ban travel during bad snow storms. In Indianapolis,...
  • When Beliefs are Non-Falsifiable and Infallible

    01/09/2014 10:08:54 PM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Stately McDaniel Manor ^ | 1-5-2014 | Mike McDaniel
    credit: Dealing as I do in the fetid fever swamp of politics, I often confront ideologues, people who are absolutely convinced of the supremacy and rightness of their position, no matter what.  My favorite Bookworm recently wrote an informative article on this very subject, via the gun control debate.  If you’ve not read her work, it’s surely worth your time, particularly so because while she still lives in California–Marin particularly–she is a recovering Progressive (she’s recovering nicely, thank you).My former Confederate Yankee co-blogger, Bob Owens, incorporated this observation into the CY masthead: Because liberalism is a persistent vegetative state....
  • Lab rat with a lab coat on becomes instant Global Warming Scientist

    01/07/2014 4:39:39 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | 1/6/14 | Gerry Emery
    MSNBC’s Al Sharpton dressed in a lab coat and stood behind fake test tubes in front of a cartoon setting on Friday and lectured everyone from Republicans to Fox News about the “facts” of “global waming.” Sharpton used part of his “Politics Nation: Science Lab” segment on MSNBC on Friday to exploit the arctic winter freeze hitting much of the country this weekend: “These right wingers are boiling over with denial. Just because it snows in winter doesn’t mean the planet isn’t getting warmer. Remember a UN panel said there’s a 90 percent probability that humans are the primary cause...
  • What Catastrophe?

    01/07/2014 10:58:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ethan Epstein
    When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his...
  • The Global Warming Hoax Continues

    01/06/2014 4:40:37 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies ^ | January 6, 2014 | RightWingPatriot
    As temperatures plunge to record lows over the next few days with the "polar vortex", the proponents of the global warming hoax are still pushing their radical agenda. You would think that a severe cold snap had never happened in the US before with all the hysteria associated with this cold front by the mainstream media. What is the culprit? Global warming! Well, now global warming is actually "climate change", so I guess I should stick with that. I actually have to admit to some grudging admiration to how the progressive left steadfastly sticks to their lies, refusing any tiny...
  • This Calls for ROBOPLOW!

    01/06/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican/YouTube ^ | 06 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    <p>The Roboplow was invented by Rob Kinkey and isn't some frail little 'maybe' like early robotic vacuum cleaners.: if anything, it's overkill with 6-wheel-drive, 50" plow-blade, and serious power from it's electric motors that have it tearing down the driveway (can do 'donuts', see video below).</p>
  • This Sunday’s NFL Game in Green Bay: Coldest Ever?

    01/03/2014 11:03:17 AM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Dr. Roy Spencer ^ | 1/2/14 | Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
    The latest GFSx MOS temperature forecast is now -8 deg. F -10 deg. F for game time in Green Bay on Sunday evening for the playoff game between the Packers and the 49ers. This is getting awfully close to the record coldest NFL game temperature of -13 deg. F, set Dec. 31, 1967 at Lambeau Field during “The Ice Bowl”, the NFL Championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The 2nd coldest game was Jan. 10, 1982 at Riverfront Stadium during the AFC Championship game between Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers, at -9 deg. F, so Sundays game...
  • Climate Craziness ... : only the ‘cooler’ models are wrong – the rest say 4şC of warming by 2100

    12/31/2013 2:58:20 PM PST · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 31, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the University of New South Wales and Dr. Steven Sherwood: “Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect,” said Sherwood. “But what we are finding is that the mistakes are being made by the models which predict less warming, not those that predict more.” Yeah…right:
  • Joe Bastardi Saturday Summary December 21, 2013

    12/21/2013 1:59:58 PM PST · by Excellence · 8 replies ^ | December 21, 2013 | Joe Bastardi
    "The weather is raging and that's no bull," says Joe.
  • An urgent message from Santa

    12/09/2013 10:51:17 AM PST · by DManA · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on Nov 30, 2013 | GreenpeaceUK
    Man these people are sick sick sick.
  • 1st major snow of 2013 in our SW Idaho Valley

    12/07/2013 9:02:50 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 63 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7 Dec, 2013 | Jeff Head
    Here's a short video of out 1st major snow iof the season. 1st Major Valley Snow in SW Idaho, 2013 We've had a couple of dustings and a couple less than an inch, but last night we got 3-4 inches. It warmed up to 18 this morning, but we will be blow zero tonight. Stay warm out there!
  • New Movie Soon to be releashed; "Urban Elitism 216 Feet Under"

    11/08/2013 12:11:01 PM PST · by milehighmaniac · 16 replies ^ | 11/8/13 | Jeff Jacques
    As many of you know who follow my page I don't believe for one second in global warming or climate change. I’ve been a very outspoken advocate trying to inform people that the science connected to it is a fraud. It’s nothing but a control issue for Liberals to regulate everything from our energy resources, to our food supply, to what kind vehicles we drive etc. The worst of it is it’s destroying our national economy. The debate needs to be continued by those of us who know that its total nonsense and explain GW/CC for what it really is...
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Didn’t Get The Memo That It Was Supposed To Melt

    10/20/2013 12:55:53 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    WUWT ^ | 10/20/2013 | justthefactswuwt
    By WUWT Regular Just The Facts Per the graph above, Antarctic Sea Ice Extent has remained above the 1981 – 2010 “normal” range for much of the last three months and the current positive Antarctic Sea Ice Extent anomaly appears quite large for a planet supposedly on the verge of Dangerous Warming. Furthermore, in 2013 we had the third most expansive Southern Sea Ice Area measured to date;
  • ‘Aquino blames his hair loss, earthquake on Arroyo’ (Philippines)

    10/18/2013 12:38:12 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Manila Times ^ | 10/18/2013 | Rigoberto Tiglao
    That’s just one example how sarcasm and biting, even cruel humor the postings of netizens in cyberspace have been in reaction President Aquino’s most recent gaffe blaming his predecessor for his falling popularity ratings. Other such examples I’m afraid would be too vulgar to see print. There has been a tsunami of infuriation against Aquino that has reached that watershed level of ridicule in cyberspace. Social media has become a powerful alternative media challenging the reportage of mainstream media, which the president in his first three years kept under his thumb. Even Aquino has realized its power. His appellation now...
  • Military Radar Constantly Switched Off Due to Bad Weather (South Korea)

    10/17/2013 10:50:48 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/18/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    The South Korean military cuts off power to surveillance radars targeting North Korea and other electronic equipment more than 1,000 times a year for fear of damage from inclement weather. Electronic military equipment has been switched off due to bad weather some 5,645 times over the past five years, according to data the Defense Ministry submitted to lawmaker Han Ki-ho of the National Assembly Defense Committee on Thursday. Equipment was switched off in 852 cases in 2009, 1,231 in 2010, 1,382 in 2011, 1,332 in 2012, and 848 between January and August this year. In 5,250 cases the reason given...
  • China flood protests: Police out in force in Yuyao

    10/16/2013 6:37:56 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2013 | BBC
    The authorities in a city in eastern China are on high alert after angry residents clashed with police over the government's flood relief efforts. Armed police are out in force in Yuyao in Zhejiang province, after thousands of people protested in front of the government office there, throwing stones and overturning vehicles. Residents say little was done to help after Typhoon Fitow struck last week. Protests against officials are common, but rarely reported by state media. Residents in Yuyao have been in confrontation with the authorities since last week after complaining about what they say was a slow government response...
  • Typhoon Wipha whips through Tokyo area (Japan)

    10/16/2013 1:28:46 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan Times ^ | 10/19/2013 | Kyodo
    Typhoon Wipha brought strong winds and heavy rain to the Tokyo metropolitan area early Wednesday, shutting down large portions of the region’s transportation network. On Izu Oshima Island in the Pacific about 120 km south of Tokyo, at least 13 bodies were found and around 20 people were missing after several houses collapsed amid record rainfall of 122.5 mm per hour, according to local authorities and police. In Machida, Tokyo, a woman believed to be in her 40s died after being swept away by a swollen river, police said. Several bullet-train runs on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Joetsu, Nagano and Tokaido...
  • Colorado Flooding Aftermath: A First Hand Report

    10/11/2013 5:09:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies ^ | 10/13 | Roger I.
    Situational awareness was key to taking the right course of action. During the rains, after the 2nd bridge washed out, those of us on one of the "islands" that now define Jamestown got together at the 1-room schoolhouse. Most folks didn't understand what was happening, and thought that we'd be back up and running in a week or two, and that between the individual preppers and the government, we'd be up and running in a couple weeks. I had a talk with a friend that I regard as bright, and he simply said "I was in Katrina, and I can...
  • Climate change is dominated by the water cycle, not carbon dioxide

    10/10/2013 11:57:09 PM PDT · by kathsua · 24 replies
    Washington times ^ | October 7, 2013 | Steve Goreham
    CHICAGO, October 7, 2013 — Climate scientists are obsessed with carbon dioxide. The newly released Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that “radiative forcing” from human-emitted CO2 is the leading driver of climate change. Carbon dioxide is blamed for everything from causing more droughts, floods, and hurricanes, to endangering polar bears and acidifying the oceans. But Earth’s climate is dominated by water, not carbon dioxide. Earth’s water cycle encompasses the salt water of the oceans, the fresh water of rivers and lakes, and frozen icecaps and glaciers. It includes water flows within and between...
  • Carbon tax to come (to) China

    10/10/2013 9:38:44 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    China Daily ^ | 10/11/2013 | China Daily
    As Australia moves to scrap its pioneering carbon-pricing scheme, China is expected to have seven pilot pricing systems in place no later than 2015, followed by a national scheme, according to a new survey from the Australian National University. The survey, a joint initiative between the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy in the university's Crawford School of Public Policy and Beijing-based NGO China Carbon Forum, collected the opinions of 86 China-based carbon pricing experts. The survey found strong confidence that China will introduce carbon-pricing mechanisms in coming years, that the price of emitting carbon will rise over time and...