ICE CAPS SHRINKS 18% FROM PREVIOUS RECORD LOW
no message from me would be complete without some harbinger of the
coming apocalypse. This is a 88 cannon blast- the remaining sheet is
only 25-30% thickness of 30 years ago, so we are now actually seeing the
disappearance of 80-90% of the Ice Sheet since then!
Other leading ice scientists this week predicted
the complete collapse of sea ice in the Arctic within four years.
"The final collapse ... is now happening and will probably be complete
by 2015/16," said Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University.
Satellite shows solid ice
where floes actually exist, but the picture from the ocean is far
different. On an ON POINT show, a woman on science icebreaker that can
1/2M ice (think) says on a trip that made it up to 83 degrees N without
finding solid or big enough ice to moor to.. that "We could have made it
to the North Pole!"
Why this is so incredibly significant is
that it is the worst and most powerful instant feedback loop; shiny ice
absorbs 10% of the sun's heat, dark water absorbs maybe 85%, causing an
immediate 6-8x increase in warming, and delaying the winter freeze later and later!!
POLAR BEARS UNFROZEN OUT
enormous Arctic melt, esp.in Russian Arctic means Polar bears can't get
on the ice till much much later, maybe January this year, without
swimming hundreds of miles, where some have drowned. They almost exclusively eat seals that come up through holes in the ice pack, but loose or crumbling ice gives seals too many vantage points for air. A Russian expert expects them to be extinct in
but bears are smart- they may find a way to survive on land.. but
poaching and hunting is also taking a big toll- the remoteness of the
ice is their only salvation. By the way, polar bears are the only animal that
will routinely eat you
. Ask John Irving.
BIDEN KICKS RW BUTT
Late report, but if you haven't see it,
Jumpin Joe did well, pummeling the “Big Thinker”
the whole time.
In the beginning Joe seems to flub and stutter on a couple of lines,
but then he recovered. He was pumped up, over-caffeinated some say,
and did show disrespect to the Boy Wonder
the whole time: laughing,
guffawing, interrupting; but the most extreme national member of the
Repub Party deserved it
in spades. Radish wasted a lot of time at the
start on the Benghazi fulfural- a simple 3-day “scandal” that will be moot soon- as I
said BO screwed up trying to soft-peddle the obvious terrorism.
(Though I remember some journo swearing that there was a major
violent protest before the attack 2 weeks ago). And again, as I said,
the Repubs cut $150 mil from State Dept security. They set up
camera's weirdly- showing them looking in opposite directions, Joe
sometimes talking earnestly straight into the camera to the elderly.
When Ryan tried to upbraid JJ for interrupting, he came across as a
petulant jn. high nerd, and his whole presentation was loaded with
There were no full breaks, as in
collapses, by revoltin Ryan, but he was stunned w Biden gotcha, “Why
did you sent me 2 letters asking for Stimulus money?”, and by
Radish who pressed him on which deductions he would eliminate to pay
for his air budget. “Would you eliminate the mortgage deduction”
2 or 3 times, and Paul just flubbered: “We'll see” or something to that
effect. Biden had his talking points, numbers, and tales of
humanity prepped and ready and hammered the snot over and over again:
"$500 bil goes to the top 120,000 households in the Bush tax cuts, and
he wants to give them ANOTHER $500 bil!!" When Ryan talked up his 20%
flat tax cuts and magic funding sources, Joe was unequivocal- “It
has never worked!!. Oh, Now you're Jack Kennedy!” Paul did us all a
favor by emphasizing how he would outlaw abortion (you could hear
another 2% of women fleeing)- now about a 20 point spread between men and women- insane but no matter who the Repub is, men vote like robots for him. Somehow the novelty of 2 Catholic Veeps
battling never got to the Catholic Bishops categorically rejecting
Ryan's cruel Darwinian budget. Radatz only asked about their abortion stances as Catholics: Biden nailed the right tone, saying he supported his church, but wouldn't presume to force its opinions on others. I've long waited for some liberal to challenge
on abortion: “It IS a tragedy! Help me
stop it: expand Sex Ed, give people free birth control, day-after
pills. Let's cut abortions in half!” Call their no-nothing bluff.
Biden didn't make full use of his
closing statement- just saying “You know me, trust me.” , when I
would have liked him to repeat: “these people have wanted to
destroy SS, Medicare, Medicaid for 50 years... and THIS IS THE GUY
THAT WROTE THE PLAN. He's the first one to admit it!!!!
It is still incredible, after Sarah the
quitter, that Romney picked this hard-right extremist, as if he had a
death wish, or thought it displayed his toughness, instead of
recklessness.... but I think it was a father mentor thing- Ryan is
some energetic youngster who looks up to the Tin Man, and won't
overshadow him, even makes Romney look more natural. The 4rd
abominable GOP Veep choice in 5, starting from Quayle, the Dick,
Cheney, and Palin. The whole GOP is running from his budget, even if
they voted for it.
----For years, Paul Ryan has been the
shining champion of some really terrible ideas, and of a dystopian
vision of the political commonwealth in which the poor starve and the
elderly die ghastly, impoverished deaths, while all the essential
elements of a permanent American oligarchy were put in place. This
has garnered him loving notices from a lot of people who should have
known better. The ideas he could explain were bad enough, but the
profound ignorance he displayed on Thursday night on a number of
important questions, including when and where the United States might
wind up going to war next, and his blithe dismissal of any demand
that he be specific about where he and his running mate are planning
to take the country generally, was so positively terrifying that it
calls into question Romney's judgment for putting this unqualified
greenhorn on the ticket at all. Joe Biden laughed at him? Of course,
he did. The only other option was to hand him a participation ribbon
and take him to Burger King for lunch.----
You know what's the difference between
Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan?
There's no doubt BO will come out
swinging in the next debate, and he can do it when he sets his mind
to it. Look for Obama's solid 3-5 point lead to come back. The notion
that Americans would be even close to electing that cartoon plutocrat
though, is deeply distressing- his only constituency should be the
top 1%, but we are a shallow people, easily swayed by the latest
promise, the newest shiny beads hawked by unscrupulous hucksters..
and there as never been one as untethered and unprincipled as Mitt.
In truth, with probably Part 2 of the Recession and the Great Famine
coming, the next 4 years could be Hell in Earth for whoever is Prez.