Some random thoughts from perusing the web…
2010 a Record Year for Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Despite a slow global economy, global greenhouse gas emissions set an all-time high in 2010, with greenhouse gas quantities in the atmosphere now even worse than the WORST-case scenario projected by experts several years ago. Just another day in climate change news, a day that also noted a giant crack found in an Antarctic glacier.
Perry Drunk? On Drugs? Or just being himself? – Rick Perry today was forced to respond to allegations that he was either drunk or on pain medications during a recent New Hampshire speech. Perry said no, he wasn’t drunk or on drugs. You know, there just MIGHT be a problem with your qualifications for president if people can’t tell if you’re acting normally, or if you are drunk or on drugs.
Senate GOP Blocks Infrastructure/Jobs Bill - Republicans again today showed that they will not allow any legislation to pass which might help the economy before next year’s elections. They know their best chance to oust Obama is for the weak economic conditions to continue until the election. Democrats have been trying to pass pieces of Obama’s jobs bill, without any success, thanks to GOP obstruction. Today, GOP senators blocked a $50 billion infrastructure bill designed to get Americans working again by funding work to repair road and rail networks. The bill would have been paid for by a 0.7% tax increase on people making more than $1,000,000 a year. The debate today is also yet another example of what a joke Republicans are when they call for “shared sacrifice”, when they continue to shield millionaires from even the tiniest of tax increases.
National Zoo Scientist Convicted of Poisoning Cats – A researcher at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. was convicted of poisoning stray cats in her neighborhood. My first thought is that there’s no end to the sickening things people will do. My second thought…I wonder if she’d be willing to help me with the neighbor’s cat that keeps EATING THE BIRDS AT MY FEEDERS!!! Ok, no, I would never do such a thing. But my GOD, what do you do with neighbors that refuse to restrain their cats? What do you do with neighbors who deny that their precious cat could ever catch, much less eat, a bird? It IS a very sweet cat, other than when it’s killing every living thing it comes across. But I have about had it with that cat, and with my neighbors behind me. We HAVE talked to them about it. They MUST see me when I’m chasing their cat out of my yard about 10 times a day on the weekend. If people want a pet, then for god’s sake, be prepared to act responsibly.
Nebraska 45, Northwestern 27 – I’m taking my 8-year old son to his first Nebraska football game this weekend! He’s not a sports fan at all, but I think he’ll get a kick out of it. He’s never been in an atmosphere like this. Northwestern has a bad record, but they led in each of the 5 games they lost, including leads over 3 ranked teams in the 2nd half. Northwestern has a great mobile QB in Dan Persa, and they can score on anyone. They can’t stop anyone though. I think Northwestern will give Nebraska all they can handle for the first half, before Nebraska pulls away in the second half.
Posted in Birds, Climate Change, Perusin' & Musin', Politics
Tagged antarctic, atmosphere, bill, cat, climate change, drugs, drunk, emissions, football, glacier, GOP, greenhouse gas, infrastructure, jobs, legislation, National Zoo, Nebraska Cornhuskers, New Hampshire, Northwestern, poison, poisoning, researcher, Rick Perry, scientist, Senate, speech
Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…
Warming related to clouds? Think again… – In case you haven’t followed it, climate change
idiots skeptics crowed when the peer-reviewed journal “Remote Sensing” recently published a paper by Roy Spencer that Fox News (of course), Forbes (of course), and other conservative “media” outlets touted as proof that climate change was a scam. Uh-oh, idiots skeptics. The paper was widely panned by REAL climate change scientists, and the journal’s editor has now resigned, admitting his journal shouldn’t have published it. I wonder if Fox or Forbes will report on THIS side of the story with the same fervor that they reported on the paper’s publication?
Photographer Fakes Nature Photos — Not a surprise that an award-winning nature photographer was caught digitally faking photos. It’s hard not to be cynical about “nature” photography after you’ve been involved in it for a while. It’s gotten to the point where more often than not when posting my photos for critique on nature photography websites, I’ll get comments saying I should “clone out” distracting branches or other photo elements. You know, “distracting” things like actual habitat. The saying “if it sounds to good to be true” can be altered to “if it looks to good to be true”, when it comes to nature photography. There are some truly amazing “nature” photos out there. There are also a heck of a lot of them that are either staged shots, or are digitally altered.
Divorce Rates High in Bible Belt — What?!?! How can this BE?!?!? How can divorce rates be so low in the godless, liberal Northeast, and so high in the morally superior Bible belt?!!? I like how the religious spokesmen in the article somehow take the facts and totally turn them around to come up with the conclusion that the “key to a divorce-proof marriage is strong faith”. If there’s one thing you QUICKLY learn from “perusin” the headlines, it’s that there’s no correlation between supposed religious belief and morality.
Republicans Skipping Obama’s Speech to Congress – How nice. Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for what a non-Republican has to say now. Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for the office of the presidency. The “my way or the highway” approach of the GOP, putting politics before the good of the country, is a hell of a good way to run us further into the ground.
Photo from iPhone 5 May have Surfaced! – WHO FLIPPIN’ CARES!?!?! I wonder what percentage of television or web ads are for cell phones/electronic devices? Am I the ONLY one who is perfectly happy with a cell phone that just makes calls? Am I the ONLY one who couldn’t care less that a photo of the next iPhone “may have surfaced”? Does this “story” REALLY deserve front page coverage on the Washington Post website?
Huskers Win! Fans in a Panic!! – Such is the nature of being a Nebraska Cornhusker fan! Nebraska beat a hopelessly outmanned UT-Chattanooga team last Saturday, 40-7, but the win has had many fans worried about how “bad” our offense looked. I’m a scientist! I’m a logical man!! But as a born and bred Husker, EVEN I am not immune to the dangers of Husker paranoia! It’s not enough that we win by 33 points! We must win every game! We must win impressively, or we Husker fans will worry! It’s in our blood!!!
Posted in Climate Change, Perusin' & Musin', Politics
Tagged Cloud Gate, digital photo fake, divorce, Forbes, Fox News, Gunnar Gloerson, iPhone 5, jobs, musing, Nebraska Cornhuskers, obama, perusing, religion, remote sensing, Republicans, Roy Spencer, skip, speech