RUN FOR THE HILLS!!! THE MASSIVE HEAT WAVE IS COMING!!!
The arctic deep freeze trapping
is on track to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold is expected to ease in the coming days. Calgary
With a forecast low of -31C today,
could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896. Calgary
But factoring in the wind chill, it will feel even colder to people who have to brave the elements, said Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald.
It was not the hurricane season we expected, thank you.
With cataclysmic predictions that hurricanes would swarm from the tropics like termites, no one thought 2006 would be the most tranquil season in a decade.
Barring a last-second surprise from the tropics, the season will end Thursday with nine named storms, and only five of those hurricanes. This year is the first season since 1997 that only one storm nudged its way into the
Gulf of Mexico.
Where do I start? Scientists can’t predict anywhere close to the number of hurricanes in one year, but we are supposed to believe that they can predict the climate trends for decades to come?
Here’s more from the article explaining why there was a drop in hurricane:
Storms were starved for fuel after ingesting masses of dry Saharan dust and air over the
Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say the storm-snuffing dust was more abundant than usual this year.
In the season's peak, storms were curving right like errant field goals. High pressure that normally hunkers near Bermuda shifted far eastward, and five storms rode the clockwise winds away from
Finally, a rapidly growing El Nino, a warming of water over the tropical
Pacific Ocean, shifted winds high in the atmosphere southward. The winds left developing storms disheveled and unable to become organized.
As they say about the stock market: Past results are no indication of future performance.
I apologize for my skepticism, but there are too many variables and unknowns to make predictions for the climate change for the 21st century. We can’t predict weather for the next month and we can’t predict the number of hurricanes for the next year. How could you trust the prediction for the next 50 years? I’m sorry, but if you believe in global warming…I laugh at you.
Here is a visual aid...Stumble It!
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has died in hospital after being poisoned.
A spokesman for
said the ex-KGB agent has died after his condition had been deteriorating throughout the day. University College Hospital
The Metropolitan Police are investigating his death as "an unexplained death".
Mr Litvinenko's supporters have accused the Russian government of poisoning the 43-year-old, who had been given asylum and citizenship in
Britainafter fleeing . Russia
They said he was killed because he was investigating the murder last month of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead near her
This is only half of it. Apparently, there is another reason the Kremlin would want Litvinenko dead…
He was referring to allegations he made in a book, The FSB Blows up Russia, which accuses the Russian security services of causing a series of apartment block explosions in Moscow in 1999 that helped to propel Mr Putin into the presidency.
Basically, this guy was doing what the guys at Loose Change tried to do. However, there is a stark difference between what happened to the Loose Change kids and what happened to Litvinenko. One is dead, and the others are national celebrities. Wake up to reality please.
As much as James Carville annoys me, he knows what he’s talking about. He recently commented on Democratic party chairman Howard Dean:
“I would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its incompetence,” one strategist, James Carville, said of Mr. Dean.
Wow. This is coming from a Democrat here. A Democrat comparing someone to Donald Rumsfeld is like a Republican comparing someone to Osama bin Laden. So why is Carville so upset?
…Mr. Dean wasted an opportunity to make historic gains by refusing to take resources out of his effort to build up parties in all 50 states and put them into Congressional races.
…Republicans held 14 seats by a single percentage point and…a small investment by Mr. Dean could have put Democrats into a commanding position for the rest of the decade.
“There was a missed opportunity here,” he said. “I’ve sat down with Republican pollsters to discuss this race: They believe we left 10 to 20 seats on the table.”
Those dumb Republicans. Pure incompetence. Thankfully, Dean, if Carville is to be believed, appears to be just as dumb and incompetent. To be fair to Dean, the Dems should have taken over the country in 2004. So it isn’t just Dean that is dropping the ball. One could argue that Terry McAuliffe (Democratic chairman 2001-2005) was less successful against the Republicans and therefore less capable than Dean. I would argue that Dean is worse for the Dems, but that Republicans are in a freefall in terms of their own capability. In other words, Dean was/is in the right place at the right time, and the leadership in both parties is lacking.Stumble It!
The jester really is good at making us laugh. Stumble It!
Rap star Kanye West was named Best Hip Hop artist, but still came off as a sore loser at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
West apparently was so disappointed at not winning for Best Video that he crashed the stage Thursday in Copenhagen when the award was being presented to Justice and Simian for "We Are Your Friends."
In a tirade riddled with expletives, West said he should have won the prize for his video "Touch The Sky," because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons."
"If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility," West said.
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is scheduled to report to federal prison tomorrow, over the objections of federal prosecutors who say they still need his help to pursue leads on officials he allegedly bribed.
Sources close to the investigation say Abramoff has provided information on his dealings with and campaign contributions and gifts to "dozens of members of Congress and staff," including what Abramoff has reportedly described as "six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators."
There is so much going on here I don't know where to start.
The Republicans lost control of both houses of congress last week for two reasons:
I knew that something had to be done about
I knew that the destruction of
I also knew that these two issues would be hard to fix overnight and that other action would be needed to get the public eye off these issues and onto issues that favored Republicans.
I am not saying this to brag. I am saying it to show how DUMB the Republicans are. If I knew what would happen, surely the Republican leadership knew. So why didn't they do anything? I don’t have an answer to that. Hindsight is 20/20, but here is what they should have done.
Katrina, as stupid as it seems to me, was a real thorn in the side of the Republicans. Democrats were able to turn a natural disaster into a failure of the Republican Party. What the Republicans should have done is explain that a hurricane is unstoppable force of nature. They should have also explained that the failure of the
For instance, if the main source of violence in
If the violence is perpetrated by foreign fighters, the main objective of US forces should be to secure the Iraqi border.
If the problem is due to religious differences, then we should consider forcibly segregating the Sunni and Shia.
The Republicans in the House and Senate should have asked this question, answered it, explained their answer, and executed a plan to improve the situation in
Welfare reform, tax reform, Social Security reform, ending the death tax, ending the capitol gains tax, making the tax cuts permanent, and/or immigration reform. There was a litany of issues that the Republicans could have tackled. They did nothing, and paid the price. Normally I don’t mind a do-nothing congress, but when the Reps saw that they were poised to take a huge loss in the elections, they should have come together to get something done. It’s politics 101. If there is something bad on your record that is holding you back (
The 2006 “thumping” was a result of poor leadership in the Republican Party. The Democrats did not win because of their ideas. They won because of Republican ineptitude. Good riddance.Stumble It!
This is from the WSJ op-ed page a couples weeks back.
The most recent evidence on this subject comes from the mid-1990s, in the
's National Election Studies. These survey data uncover two facts. First, people who go to college are more likely to vote Republican than those who don't go to college. Adults 25 and under from Republican homes are, for example, 11 percentage points more likely to vote Republican if they attended college than if they didn't. And young adults from Democratic households are 11 percentage points less likely to vote Democrat if they've gone to college than if not. Universityof Michigan
Second, nearly everybody grows more likely to vote Republican as they age--but especially college graduates. It is no shock that the vast majority of people of all educational backgrounds from Republican homes vote Republican by age 40. It may come as more of a surprise that 40-year-olds with Democrat parents are far less likely to vote Democrat if they've gone to college than if they haven't. In fact, while three-quarters of the uneducated group still vote Democrat, the odds are only about 50-50 that the college graduates vote this way. And they've not all become skeptical political independents: Fully a third are registered Republicans.
It is ironic that Democrats are much more likely to support subsidizing college education, yet it appears the Republicans have much more to gain by it. We need more college graduates.Stumble It!