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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

26 April - Blogs I'm Following II

Berkeley and OaklandBerkeley and Oakland (Photo credit: martapiqs)
Climate Change Science & Technology Management...Climate Change Science & Technology Management Structure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Climate Change? The result of a very dry April...Climate Change? The result of a very dry April. Just a few small pools left in this small brook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
U.S. Marines move through the ruins of the ham...U.S. Marines move through the ruins of the hamlet of Dai Do after several days of intense fighting during the Tet Offensive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This time series, based on satellite data, sho...This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - DECEMBER 16:  British Pr...COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - DECEMBER 16: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) walks with Al Gore the former 45th Vice President of the United States during the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference on December 16, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. As politicians, world leaders and environmentalists meet to try and reach agreement on how to combat climate change, protestors have battled with police outside the conference and Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard resigned as summit president. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Nick Turse
How can it be that more than 40 years after the Vietnam War’s Tet offensive and after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, the U.S. military still doesn’t get guerrilla warfare? 

How can it be that decades of using the same line of mystifying incompetence is used to excuse using the same proven methods of destabilization with armed force ?  That's got to be right up there with calling a former jet jockey and ex President stupid for promoting torture, graft and corruption ; all traditional ( and profitable ) methods of promoting 'terror' taught in the School of the Americas, now WHINSEC.

A famous scientist makes a startling admission about Earth’s climate

The evidence slowly accumulates about the Good news – Global temperatures have stabilized, at least for now (3 February 2012).  Although what this means for future remains uncertain, this has disproved the more extreme predictions of catastrophe.  While most climate scientists acknowledge the pause, few of those forecasting disaster have changed their tune.  One of those few is James Lovelock:  “I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change“, interview with MSNBC, 23 April 2012 — Excerpt:
The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened. … The climate is doing its usual tricks.
There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now. … The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.
… We will have global warming, but it’s been deferred a bit.
( Odd he can admit he's been stuffed before by making hasty predictions....and immediately reiterate his previous position that predictions can be made. Nose Snort. 
And I know there are reports of a warming Arctic. It's likely time for an update on ocean currents conveying heat away - north -  from past practice of heating Europe.
Those linked comments presuppose co2 rise in advance of rising temperatures, though : still not shown to be the way it works despite reports to the contrary. Plus it presages an ice age. Good grief.  )


According to recent studies by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team of scientists at the University of California at Berkeley, our current global temperatures "are all over the map."
The scientist’s graphs following an exhaustive two-year study show that temperatures since the last cycle of global warming ended in the late 1990s have been "relatively stable."
While wide fluctuations in both land and sea-surface water temperatures have occurred on a global scale in the past 13-plus years since 1998, both northern Europe and much of the U.S. north of I-80 have seen "substantial cooling and a huge increase in winter snowfall that has led to widespread spring flooding." The spring seasons have been "unusually chilly and wet" with a record number of tornadoes sighted last spring along the violent ‘clashline’ points between I-80 and I-70 in the south-central U.S.

A provocative look at a planet in crisis

Written by James Bruges

The Little Earth Book covers issues as diverse as Water, Weapons of War, Inequality, Free Trade, Organics, Genes. It's new chapters feature:

  • Climate Change - alarming new findings on the dangers facing the world, and the action required
  • Understanding Islam* - why it is at odds with corporate capitalism.
  • Civilised Values - why does the USA, committed to democracy and freedom at home, so readily intervene elsewhere?
  • Ending Tyranny - the American Founders fled tyranny. The tyranny of the US corporations is now under legal assault from one man.
  • Nanotechnology - manipulating atoms: is success for science good for society?
* That's easy. Islam decries fraud - and our society is based on theft from the commons to become 'private property'. Else how does aboriginal land become sold by `deed` from the Crown (!) and controlled and taxed by the county ....which is steered by Real Estate brokers. So we use state inflatobucks - not pegged to any real value - to `buy` stolen property. Hm. Maybe that is fair after all.

What in the World Are They Spraying? (2010)

By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze.
Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: WHO is doing this and WHY. With the release of this video, all of that has changed.
Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called Geo-engineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water – all supposedly for the betterment of mankind.
Although officials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been underway since about 1990 – and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health.
We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it. Do not watch this documentary if you have high blood pressure.

( Libya redux - and we know how that worked out. Do you suppose providing arms and funds and recruits to assault the military might have something to do with `civil unrest`  )

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