Saturday, August 13, 2005

It's all in the name? 

How can a tropical storm--quite possibly soon to be a hurricane--be given the name Irene?

Irene poised to become hurricane

Check it out on dictionary.com:


Promoting peace; conciliatory

Enjoy your peaceful hurricane, folks. I guess in these times of global climate change, the term "peaceful hurricane" may make sense.

By the way, don't be too quick to throw out "global warming" for "global climate change". Seems the troposphere is a bit warmer than previously believed:

Researchers at Yale University tackled the weather-balloon record and found problems there, too. When the problems were fixed, that record showed warming as well.

"Both of them now show convincing evidence that the troposphere has warmed," Santer said.
The new data fit nicely with the models, particularly in the problematic tropics where the extra warming of the atmosphere is greatest.

"This study is significant because it removes one of the arguments that the climate skeptics have used," said Chiang.

Santer hopes his results will move the debate forward.

"Most reasonable scientists believe that we know enough now, that we've found strong causal links between human activity and the global warming we've already experienced," he said. "One would hope that the critics would recognize the reality of human-induced climate change and shift their focus to the real debate of what are we going to do about it."

Add another strike against Lomborg.


Das es nicht sehr gut... 

When the German Chancellor makes more sense than the US president, it's a sorry state of affairs...

Bush threatens Iran with:

"all options are on the table"

Schroeder notes:

" ... let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work."

Bush's full comment is almost insane:

"As I say, all options are on the table. The use of force is the last option for any president and you know, we've used force in the recent past to secure our country," he told state-owned Israel Channel One television.

Anyone who thinks the US is more secure now than when the Iraq fiasco started needs to seek psychological help immediately.


Civil War already happening in Iraq... 

Look at the numbers for the morgues in Baghdad alone...

In June, the Interior Ministry said 12,000 Iraqis had been killed nationwide by insurgents in the previous 18 months, but that figure excluded insurgents killed in military operations and civilians killed by American troops or Iraqi security forces.

The morgue's figures apply only to Baghdad, and there is no reason to believe that other cities are witnessing a parallel rise in violence. But the number of bodies received at Baghdad's morgue has risen steadily this year, from a low of 596 in March to July's 1,100. Last year the morgue received 8,035 bodies -- more than 60 percent of them gunshot victims -- but 2005 is on track to exceed that number.

But note that these numbers do not include many of the dead. It's HELL in Iraq.

Based on these figures, Baghdad has seen 20,000-50,000 violent deaths since Smugass was on the carrier...multiply this by 3-10X for the rest of the country...60,000 to 500,000 violent deaths in Iraq since the US Occupation began. These are numbers comparable to Poland 1944.


Hard to see through this crap... 

Just back from a week off with Faolin and the cubs

Back to the same old crap.

Flagging numbers in the approval rating, a Vietnam-like "insurgency": let's release a bunch of 9/11 tapes to see if we can get people mad again.

Not gonna work...trade deficit is up 6.1% in June. Nation heading for bankruptcy.

The United States imported a record amount of oil in June, and shipments of Chinese clothing and textiles soared, pushing the nation's monthly trade deficit to the third-highest level in history. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the June deficit jumped 6.1% to $58.8 billion, compared with a May deficit of $55.4 billion. The politically sensitive deficit with China also set a record, sent higher by a 39.2% surge in Chinese clothing and textile imports.

Word on the street...let's shop our way out of this...love my new cheap threads...don't I look nice with my fat pooch hanging over my saggypants?

Still no one sees what's coming...


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