Saturday, August 25, 2012


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On the Passing fo Neil Armstrong

In 1969, my family went over to Mrs. Olfson’s house to watch Apollo 11 lift off. I am not sure why we went next door to her house. I was 14, but I remember watching the launch with her on her TV. Not sure why we went next door, but often people l did that in those days, she used to make a coffee cake for our family on Saturdays, she was sweet, and her son was our dentist. That is how things are in small towns. Watching all the various liftoffs and landings in those days was a community affair, everyone watched; everyone cheered the news of Walter Cronkite. We were more of a community then. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, waiting as each one went up, and news came back of each progressively more complicated feat.

A few days later, I went to church camp, and I remember trying to watch the landing thru the windows of the camp owner’s house and being asked to go away, so we missed it. It was probably THE moment that caused me to question Christianity; I remember thinking, “Why wouldn’t these people want us to see this moment?” It was my first encounter with people who held science in low esteem. As far as my relationship to religion, it was all downhill from then on… all the questions began at that moment that led me to become a Buddhist – all the “why can’ts? why don’ts? And how comes?” I fumed at the counselors and couldn’t take any of it seriously. 

My life has been intimately linked to things related to space, I played spaceman, read books, watched TV shows such as “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek” built models of rocket ships and dreamed of living on Mars when I was older. The world of Bradberry and others became part of my dreams… a world where people could and did anything. So it was that Neil Armstrong, and his mysterious, humble manner and his achievement meant so much to me. 

The day before my son was born, I was sitting in a barber’s chair in Albuquerque New Mexico, and as was common then, the TV stopped and they showed the lift off of the space shuttle… we were stunned, and we all began to cry as we came to realize that something terrible had happened. That night, as I was glued to the TV watching Nightline, my son’s mother went into labor… and my son was born the next afternoon.

So it is that Neil Armstrong has gone to be with the stars and we have a robot wandering about Mars… the future promised me in the late 60’s hasn’t come to be exactly like I had thought.. .but I can say I live on another planet, than that that I was born on as well. Nothing is the same, and never will be.

Hearing the “Tranquility base here…” gives me chills still.

Godspeed Neil Armstrong.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Posted: 23 Aug 2012 06:15 AM PDT

by Daniel Souweine, via Grist

This week in Boston, Mass., the nation’s broadcast meteorologists will meet in their yearly conference sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). You probably don’t have it marked on your calendar, but from the point of view of the planet, it’s the most important meeting of weather reporters in history. Because the burning question in Beantown is whether weathercasters will embrace their responsibility to communicate how climate change is creating a new normal of dangerous, extreme weather.

Given the climate change-fueled storms, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires that have dominated the past year, global warming will undoubtedly be a “hot” topic at this year’s conference. But, amazingly, many broadcast meteorologists remain lukewarm to the subject: The majority of weathercasters, including many with AMS certification, don’t believe that humans are causing climate change, let alone that it’s dramatically shifting our weather patterns. These meteorologists are missing the opportunity to be journalistic heroes who can inform the nation about our increasingly poisoned weather.

For those weathercasters who want education on the subject, the conference will have plenty to provide, with panels like “Applying Climate Change to Google Earth,” “Climate Change and Ocean Stories,” and “Hot Topics for the Station Scientist.” But the source of the climate communication deficit is mostly not educational, it’s about politics. The ideological bent of some forecasters, and the pressures to avoid “controversial” subjects that might affect ratings, are leading some meteorologists to ignore science when airtime arrives. That’s why the staff of Forecast the Facts will be attending the conference, carrying a message from thousands of our members: that reporting on global warming is a professional and moral responsibility. Below are just a few of their powerful comments:

You have a captive audience and no other single spokesperson would be better to educate people so they can effect changes in their own lives and in how we as a nation or community address and deal with correcting this problem that impacts us all. – Peggy B., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
Surely as scientists you know the realities of climate change. We must share this scientific evidence with as many in the public as we can before it is too late. You have a unique position where you can make a real difference and educate the public to this ever dangerous reality. Please use factual evidence to educate our citizens about the difference between weather and climate and to explain the greenhouse effect so that it is easily understood. Thanks for taking on this vital task. — James L., Hardwick, Mass.
Everyone watches the weather and relies on local forecasting. I’d very much appreciate local forecasters/weather experts making the connection between climate change and current weather patterns, based on the latest data, and helping the public to distinguish between long-term variation and short-term variation. You can make a big difference in educating, motivating, and driving critical behavior change. — Henry K., Sparks, Nev.
These Forecast the Facts members are not alone. Most Americans want their meteorologists to report on climate change. According to a March 2012 Yale/George Mason survey, two out of three Americans believe that global warming is changing our weather and want to learn more. The survey also found that 58 percent of Americans [PDF] “would be interested in learning what my favorite TV weathercaster has to say about global warming.” Even those who aren’t expressly asking for that information are clearly in need. Over the past six years, 80 percent of Americans have been affected by extreme weather. Their local meteorologists are the ones who can help them understand what’s going on, and whether they should expect more.

Thankfully, some meteorologists have already heeded these calls. WLTX Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy of Columbia, S.C., does a weekly segment called Climate Matters, which explores how global warming is affecting the planet and his own community. KMGH-TV Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson of Denver and WBOC-TV Chief Meteorologist Dan Satterfield of Salisbury, Md., run popular blogs that contribute both breaking weather alerts and informative explanations of how humans are changing the weather. And others, like WPRI-TV meteorologist TJ Del Santo of Providence, R.I., have done stand alone segments on the climate change-fueled heat wave.

These intrepid reporters deserve our sincere appreciation; Forecast the Facts members have already been showing them love online, and we’re excited to convey our thanks in person this week. But too many meteorologists still fall far short of this ideal. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that when meteorologists refuse to accurately report on climate change, they quite literally put their viewers at risk.

Forecast the Facts is a grassroots community that exists to ensure that Americans receive accurate information about climate change. The growing incidence of climate-fueled extreme weather makes our work more urgent, and polls suggest that the recent heat waves, droughts, and mega storms are convincing the public that global warming is here. But whether Americans get the full story about these climate impacts depends largely on how the nation’s broadcast meteorologists report on the subject. We should know a lot more about where their community is headed after this week’s conference in Boston, and we’ll be filing daily dispatches to keep the public apprised.

The facts of climate change are now blowing in the wind. But the question remains: How many heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and megastorms must we have before weathercasters start to forecast the facts?

Daniel Souweine is the campaign director for, which seeks to ensure that Americans receive accurate information about climate change. This piece was originally published at Grist and was reprinted with permission.

Stoplight: What We've Learned

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Nate Silver sees improvement from Romney, but cautions that the Ryan effect could be short-lived.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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"What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."

— President Barack Obama

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Via JMG: Tropical Storm Threatens Tampa

Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining strength over warm waters and may become a Category 2 hurricane as it approaches Tampa just in time for the start of the GOP convention.
Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said a newly-formed tropical storm could threaten the site of next week's Republican National Convention by early next week. Storm warnings were issued Tuesday for portions of the eastern Caribbean Islands after Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the Atlantic Ocean. As of 5 p.m., Tuesday, Isaac had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Isaac is moving to the west at 17 mph. On its present track, it is expected to pass over the Windward Islands on Wednesday, moving into the Caribbean Sea.

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Via JMG: Ten Million Fewer Voters In 2012?

According to a new USA Today survey, this November another ten million Americans will join the 80 million who did not vote in 2008. A majority of those staying home this year say they support Obama.
A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote but aren't likely to do so finds that these stay-at-home Americans back Obama's re-election over Republican Mitt Romney by more than 2-1. Two-thirds of them say they are registered to vote. Eight in 10 say the government plays an important role in their lives. Even so, they cite a range of reasons for declaring they won't vote or saying the odds are no better than 50-50 that they will: They're too busy. They aren't excited about either candidate. Their vote doesn't really matter. And nothing ever gets done, anyway.

Even in 2008, when turnout was the highest in any presidential election since 1960, almost 80 million eligible citizens didn't vote. Curtis Gans, director of the non-partisan Center for the Study of the American Electorate, predicts that number will rise significantly this year. He says turnout could ebb to levels similar to 2000, when only 54.2% of those eligible to vote cast a ballot. That was up a bit from 1996, which had the lowest turnout since 1924.

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The above Huffington Post headline and image has wingnut heads exploding all over Twitter.

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I would enjoy this so much on those long night flights to Brasil... imagine the stars!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

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Via JMG: Burning Man Sues Over Fee Tripling

The operators of Burning Man, which begins next week, are suing their Nevada county hosts who have tripled their charge to provide police protection for the event.
Though this year's event, which runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, will not be affected, the 2013 festival is in jeopardy after Pershing County allegedly hiked the fees from $154,000 in 2011 to $448,000 this year. Defendants have acted not out of a neutral and objective concern for public safety issues, but because of their opposition to what they consider to be the content and culture of Burning Man, in violation of the First Amendment," the lawsuit states. Black Rock City has held Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Pershing County, Nev., since 1991. According to its website, the experimental arts event - which runs on a "free market" system and bans advertising - draws more than 50,000 people each year.
Burning Man has sold out for the last two years. Tickets ran from $240 - $420 depending on the date of purchase.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

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Via JMG: GOP Rep. Todd Akin: "Legitimately Raped" Women Don't Get Pregant

The blogosphere imploded today when Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) appeared on a talk show to declare that women who are "legitimately raped" do not get pregnant. And therefore abortion should be illegal in all cases. Akin's name and "legitimate rape" are now top trending topics on Twitter. Even the vicious teabaggers at Twitchy are appalled. Akin is running to unseat Sen. Clair McCaskill.
A 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found “rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency” and is “a cause of many unwanted pregnancies” — an estimated “32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.” In a tweet, McCaskill said she was “stunned” by Akin’s comments. Akin is perhaps the boldest among a crop of conservative 2012 nominees who could hamper GOP efforts to take back the Senate in the fall. Akin has called for an end to the school-lunch program and a total ban on the morning-after pill.
Akin is leading McCaskill by as more than eight points in the most recent polls. This may change that, don't you think?

JMG UPDATE: Surprising no one, the lone teabagger rushing to Akin's defense is Breitbart editor Dana Loesch, who has fired out multiple tweets telling GOP flacks to back off.

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Flashback: Paul Ryan And His Family To Benefit From The $45 Billion In Subsidies For Big Oil In His Budget

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 09:08 AM PDT

“Congressman could indirectly gain from plan to keep oil, gas tax breaks,” reads the headline in today’s print Washington Post. Online, that’s been watered down to “Ryan family companies hold stakes in energy business interests.” Climate Progress reported this story back in June 2011 after Ryan first introduced his radical, self-serving plan.

Paul Ryan’s budget, which means austerity for most Americans, turns out to mean prosperity for Ryan and his family.

That budget, which the GOP-led House adopted as its blueprint, slashes funding for everyone from seniors to the disabled to students while preserving $45 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for Big Oil over the next 10 years, as has been widely reported.

But what we have only just learned from Ryan’s financial disclosure forms for Congress (here) that were made public this week is “he and his wife, Janna, own stakes in four family companies that lease land in Texas and Oklahoma to the very energy companies that benefit from the tax subsidies in Ryan’s budget plan,” as The Daily Beast reported today.
Ryan’s father-in-law, Daniel Little, who runs the companies, told Newsweek and The Daily Beast that the family companies are currently leasing the land for mining and drilling to energy giants such as Chesapeake Energy, Devon, and XTO Energy, a recently acquired subsidiary of ExxonMobil.
These energy giants stand to profit directly from the $45 billion in subsidies and tax breaks.  How cozy!
When asked about the blatant conflict of interest, Ryan’s spokesperson offered up the newly-popular “wife” defense:
Ryan’s office says the congressman wasn’t thinking about himself or the oil companies that lease his land when he drafted the budget blueprint that extended the energy tax breaks. “These are properties that Congressman Ryan married into,” spokesman Kevin Seifert said. “It’s not something he has a lot of control over.”
Seriously.  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said his wife vetoed his presidential run.  Now Ryan’s office says he has no control over his ethics where family is concerned.  Apparently nobody ever explained to him what conflict of interest means.
“Sure, senior citizens should have to pay more for health care, but landholders like [Ryan] who lease property to big oil companies, well, their government subsidies must be protected at all costs,” says Melanie Sloan, the director of the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “It smacks of hypocrisy.”
In fact, if Ryan had actually cared about the deficit, he would have stripped these subsidies from his budget.  Back in 2005, President George W. Bush, a former oilman, explained that the profit potential in the oil industry drives exploration, not the subsidies:  “With $55 oil we don’t need incentives to the oil and gas companies to explore. There are plenty of incentives.”  Oil prices are hovering around $100 a barrel today.

So Ryan married into four investments whose asset value is between $265,000 and $650,000.  His family’s income last year from those investments was between $36,000 and $117,000.  Talk about your nest egg.
Presumably he wasn’t thinking about those investments when he voted repeatedly this year to protect Big Oil subsidies.

Finally, no doubt it is also just a coincidence that the House Budget Committee Chairman slashed funding for the major competitors to Big Oil, eliminating billions of dollars in investments in clean energy technologies.
We can be certain that Ryan wasn’t thinking about himself or the oil companies that lease his land when he made that choice.  He never does that kind of thinking at all.
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