More Americans believe in guardian angels than humans’ role in global warming, according to recent polls.
A Pew poll released late last month found that just 36 percent of Americans believe humans are responsible for accelerating global climate change, which scientists say mushroomed after the industrial revolution due to humans’ dependence on carbon-based fuels. [...]
The 36 percent who believe in human-caused climate change is fewer than the number of Americans who apparently believe they’re protected by guardian angels, some 55 percent, according to a poll published in 2008. [...]
That’s not all. A blog at the website of Foreign Policy notes that more Americans believe in UFOs and ghosts than do anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'll join in too. What are Palin's credentials for having anything to say at all on Climate Change? She's not the leader of the Republican party. She's not even a politician anymore. So, other than being a proven intellectual lightweight who wants to be president, what credentials does she have for the Washington Post to accept an op ed from her on this topic?
And another thing. I know for a fact that the Washington Post has published ghost written op eds in the past. But I'm not aware of them ever having published one that didn't at least pass the laugh test of credibility. Does anyone in their right mind actually believe for a moment that Sarah Palin knows the difference between the Chinese and Indian climate change proposals? Get real.
Much more over at Huffington Post.
Get real indeed.
Legalization of immigrants beneficial
The House voted Wednesday to extend $31 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes, to be financed with a tax increase on investment fund managers and a crackdown on international tax cheats.
A surprising percentage of the cash we spend on gifts is wasted money, experts say.
Gourmet Marijuana Restaurant Opens In Colorado
Remember that scene in the movie, "A Christmas Story" where the little boy gets his tongue frozen to a metal pole? Well it's happened to a 13-year-old ...
Girl licks pole in 10 degree weather; gets tongue stuck
What is it with 13-year-olds and cold weather and poles?
Cigarettes kill, but don't tell smokers?
Even faced reality, they still deny the world around them.
Of course, plenty of the deniers also are more than happy to accept government handouts to keep going.
To save the Murray River, though, the government has moved quickly and aggressively. Without partisan bickering, politicians have set aside $11.8 billion for a science-backed program that, among other things, pays irrigators not to suck the river dry.
Yet along the Murray, there is a climate-change conundrum that responsible politicians and smart scientists have yet to solve: Most farmers, the biggest losers as the river shrinks, simply do not buy the notion that southern Australia's climate is changing in a way that is probably irreversible. Their skepticism has withstood nearly 13 years of unrelenting drought, falling incomes and daily encounters with a river that is dying in front of their eyes.
Not the term we'd use.
In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants, from Jack in the Box and other burger places to chicken chains such as KFC, a USA TODAY investigation found.
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Two of the key questions in negotiating a global climate treaty in Copenhagen right now is how much funding rich nations should be giving industrializing ones to help them develop and produce clean energy. Rich nations like the US and many in the EU got to industrialize powered by coal and oil, so if we want them to develop with cleaner power, then we should be willing to lend a hand, right? Of course, this gets cast as a dire hurdle by the media--the New York Times' headline warns Climate Deal Likely to Bear Big Price Tag. But this is the wrong way to think about it. In fact, some studies have suggested that investing in renewable energy in developing countries could lead to a $100 billion boom in the solar industry.
From Bionanotech to Cleantech
A group of researchers under professor. Ehud Gazit (pictured above) at the Tel Aviv University were looking for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease when they discovered a new way to get peptides to self-assemble at high-temperatures in a vacuum. The resulting structure, pictured above, had some interesting physical properties that could make it useful not only for solar energy production, but also for electric car batteries. Read on for more details.
Jack Chartier, the chief of staff to the New York state comptroller with influence over billions in state pension funds, fell hard for aging actress Peggy Lipton (Mod Squad).
Since Chartier, 64, started confessing to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigators about how he abused his office in order to better impress Lipton, at least five powerful figures have been forced to plead guilty to crimes involving the pension fund. Those admitting felonies so far include the former leader of the state's Liberal Party, a Texas hedge-fund manager, a hugely successful investment adviser, and a pension fund broker.
The latest victim is the biggest catch yet: Elliott Broidy, 52, is the former national finance committee chairman of the Republican National Committee and a personal friend of George W. Bush. Broidy was such a generous and prolific giver that he qualified as a "Super Ranger" on Bush's fundraising team, a designation for those ponying up $300,000-plus.
All told, according to Broidy's own confession last week to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone, he paid some $1 million to help grease the way for a quarter-billion-dollar state investment into his Markstone Capital Group.
As Broidy told the judge, all of these payments were made in pursuit of the end goal of persuading top officials in the comptroller's office to violate their sworn fiduciary duty as protectors of the immense $116 billion state pension funds.
Five families share how they got rid of their credit cards and are living on cash only.
A document posted online by the federal government could give insight into how to sidestep security.
From National Geographic:
The newfound orchid, part of the Platystele genus, hasn't yet had the type of scientific review that would lead to its official designation as a new species. But, Jost said, orchid expert Carl Luer, a researcher affiliated with the Missouri Botanical Garden, agrees that the plant is a unique species.
The bloom has, for now, no name. "It's just sitting here with lots of others that need to be described," Jost said. "These forests are just filled with new things."
Lindstein’s Superior Court complaint alleges human trafficking and violations of hour and wage laws at the church’s “Gold Ranch” compound near Hemet, a semirural area east-southeast of Los Angeles.
Lindstein says that from 1990 until 2006, starting when he was just 8 years old, he “performed this work as a virtual slave, working 16 to 24 hours days with no sleep, no time off and no personal freedom” at Gold Base, a mysterious and once-secret headquarters that “resembles a prison camp,” with razor wire, security guard patrols, surveillance posts and three roll calls each day.
Lin Rong, 27, had previously been deported from Japan for overstaying her visa. She was only discovered when she was arrested on separate charges.
Tokyo police said she had paid $15,000 (£9,000) to have the surgery in China.
It is Japan’s first case of alleged biometric fraud, but police believe the practice may be widespread.
An Australian coroner said Tuesday that participation in an intense self-help course led a woman to suffer a psychotic breakdown before she stripped naked and leaped to her death from an office window in front of horrified co-workers.
The coroner’s findings come four years after 34-year-old Rebekah Lawrence’s death in Sydney, providing a sense of relief to family members who had long argued the young woman never would have killed herself if not for her participation in a seminar called The Turning Point. [...]
Turning Point officials acknowledged during inquest hearings in August that the course was intense and included the controversial technique of childhood regressive therapy. Such therapy uses hypnotic techniques designed to emotionally regress people to childlike states so they can confront issues from their past.
Lawrence’s behavior changed as the course progressed, and in the hours before her death, grew particularly childlike, to the point where she could no longer dress herself. Over the span of a few days, she began to forget basic things such as her favorite song, tried to command the family dog with her mind and spoke of a fear of death.
On her last day alive, co-workers recall she became increasingly erratic and placed dozens of calls to Turning Point officials. The normally shy and quiet woman then stripped off her clothes, screamed at and shoved her supervisor, burst into song and dove out the window.
On Faux News, percentages don't add up to 100 and, apparently, 'zero tolerance' means unless we get caught.
Yesterday, during FAUX and Friends, the network provided these misleading numbers on a poll about climate change:
When confronted with the error, the executive producer of the show, Lauren Patterson, denied any mistake.
120% worth of responses to a poll isn't an error in FAUX world.
And, this was a denial despite the new FAUX "zero tolerance" policy for mistakes.
"Lauren Petterson clearly did not watch the segment in question. Host Steve Doocy agreed with Media Matters’ interpretation seeing as he attempted to add up these numbers as they appeared on air and said “so you get 90 – you got a lot of people.” On Faux News, percentages don't add up to 100 and, apparently, 'zero tolerance' means unless we get caught."
Silly facts can't get in its way.
FAUX falsified research to support its views.
What else is new.
Sarina, Ontario, Canada
Biel, Bern, Switzerland
Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
London, England, United Kingdom
Right now, you have some tough decisions ahead of you.
Emotions and logic aren't as unrelated as some might think.
Choose carefully, and be judicious before you give your final seal of approval, since your integrity is the glue that holds a complex system together -- namely, yourself!
Being at the center of things merits extra rewards, as your immediate future will surely illustrate.