Climate Research Group caught using taxes to lobby and party? NSF ticks it off

It must be some kind of misunderstanding. I’m sure the $25,000 Christmas Party was important to shed light on the impacts of climate change. (I think it’s already telling us something about invasive species.)

How could  fine, infinitely-caring experts do such a thing? (Could it be — character is destiny –and the self-serving are serving themselves?)

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Most Antarctic sea ice EVER

Third all-time record in a row. Interactive chart:


110% of Scotsmen Can’t Be Wrong

Not only are CNN’s percentages wrong, they add up to 110 percent!

New ISIS Propaganda Film Features Canadian-Sounding Fighter

New ISIS Propaganda Film Features Canadian-Sounding Fighter:

The militant group Islamic State released a slick and disturbing new propaganda film, “Flames of War,” narrated entirely in English and featuring an Islamic State fighter who speaks with an American or Canadian accent.

“The flames of war are only beginning to intensify. Wallahi, the fighting has just begun,” the fighter says before he turns to execute a group of Syrian Army soldiers just forced to dig their own graves on camera.

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New York set for massive climate march | Fox News

Organizers of the People’s Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to take part in the event in New York on Sunday Sept. 21.

Scheduled to take place two days before the city hosts the U.N. Climate Summit, the event is being touted as the largest climate march in history.

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Gallup: In U.S., More Hispanics Name Immigration as Top Problem

One in four U.S. Hispanics name immigration as the top problem facing the U.S., assigning more importance to the issue than the general public does. Among all adults, Republicans are now more likely than Democrats to say immigration is the No. 1 issue.


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DEA Shoot Grandmother Reaching For Baby During Raid

Police raid stock photo

Lilian Alonzo, a 49-year-old grandmother, was shot while trying to pick up an infant grandchild during a by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to her son. Police in raids elsewhere arrested two of Alonzo’s daughters in an oxycodone ring but neither of them lived with Lilian and no drugs, weapons, or cash was found in her home.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is investigating the shooting, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader, and believe that “one of the officer’s weapons discharged.” They’re expected to rule on whether the shooting was accidental, and an initial report could be released this month.

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Joe Biden’s Latest Language Gaffe

While extolling the virtues of his son Beau in a recent speech, our Clouseau-esque vice president launched into one of his folksy populist rants. “When he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Vice President Biden explained, “people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being—I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas.”

It’s likely Biden didn’t know Shylock had anything to do with Jews, writes David Harsanyi. So it’s not a big deal—or, it’s as big a deal as the dozens of stories we’ve had to endure about GOP gaffes. But is there any question that the repercussions for these sorts of mistakes are meted out asymmetrically? There is simply no way a Republican could get away with the buffoonery Biden peddles almost daily. 

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Laki caused 1783 – could Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano trigger another ‘Year Without a Summer’? | Watts Up With That?

Iceland-Bardarbunga-VolcanoEric Worrall writes: The British and Icelandic MET offices are expressing concern about the possible effect on the climate, of a potentially enormous volcanic eruption in Iceland. According to the UK’s The Express:

“BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the  erupts, experts have warned.

Britain could face a freezing winter if the Icelandic volcano erupts Britain could face a freezing winter if the Icelandic volcano erupts.
Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns.

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ISIS Threatens US Military Personnel Inside the United States

US military personnel are targeted on US soil at their homes by ISIS. 

Germany arrests 3 people in raids on suspected supporters of hardline Islamic group in Syria |

German police arrested two men and a woman

 German authorities have arrested three people in a series of raids on suspected supporters of a hardline Islamic group in Syria.

Federal prosecutors said they searched 10 apartments in Berlin, Frankfurt and Bonn on Monday. They arrested one person in each of the three cities.

Two of them, a German man identified only as Fatih K. and a Turkish man identified as Fatih I., are suspected to be current or former members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


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Subtraction Made Mazy

Common Core — making kids stupid. 


The Slow Creep Toward Saner Alcohol Policies


On beer, wine, and liquor issues, the country appears to be creeping toward saner policies. Success stories, deregulation, and voter-led changes are all signs of this trend. But for some—like Westover Winery—change hasn’t come fast enough.

Westover Winery was a small, family-owned, award-winning producer based in California’s Castro Valley. The company drew on a groundbreaking family history of winemaking. Several generations ago, in 1881, an aunt of owner William Westover Smyth had become the first documented woman winemaker in the state.

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Brigitte Gabriel responds to a Muslim woman claiming Muslims are portrayed badly

“It is time we take political correctness and throw it in the garbage where it belongs.”

Bill Maher responds to Charlie Rose’s comparison of Islam to Christianity.

“I think liberals should stop bullying me for pointing out that Islam is not like other religions. To claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. They do behead people [in Mecca]. Now if they were beheading people in Vatican City, which is the equivalent of Mecca, don’t you think there would be a bigger outcry about it? This is the soft bigotry of low expectations with Muslim people. When they do crazy things and believe crazy things, somehow it’s not talked about nearly as much.”

Help Obama Kickstart World War III

Help Obama Kickstart World War III, from the “Friends for Whatever Barack Obama Wants.”

A Brief History of Settled Science

A Brief History of Settled Science

Growing ice is evidence of warming

More sea ice is evidence of global warming. Less sea ice is global warming. Seriously? No wonder no one takes them seriously! 

With Antarctic sea ice breaking extent records again this week, the green fraternity has been forced to go the full Monty on the PR front in an effort to negate the impact. In an article today, Grist reports that the ever-expanding sea ice is in fact bad news.

For the third year in a row, the sea ice ringing Antarctica has set a new record. Its extent is the farthest now since observations began in the late ’70s, and scientists say the growth is largely the result of climate change.

Antarctic sea ice melts during the early part of the year but typically packs it back on by September. The ice broke last year’s record for extent on Monday, according to a report in New Scientist. It’s the latest evidence of a small but significant growth trend of about 1.5 percent per decade.

@CNN asks ‘Why worry about ISIS when the danger of Climate Change is so much more clear and imminent? ‘ | Watts Up With That?

CNN_landmarks-ISISVia CNN:

As thousands of people are expected to join the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21, in New York City — calling on world leaders and businesses to take serous and urgent steps to reduce global warming — the threat that climate change poses to the United States is both direct and undeniable.

The rise in mega-storms like Superstorm Sandy is already hurting coastal towns and our economy, while the rise in temperatures is causing droughts in the Great Plains and Southwest. Scientists have shown these effects will only increase.

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Dem Rep: 40 American ISIS fighters have already returned to the United States

Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.

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The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

Welfare infograph

The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.

via The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop.

Al Jazeera America sues former VP Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore recently filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera. Now they’re suing him right back.

Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

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AP News : AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe

The CIA was reportedly ordered to stand down on spying on friendly European governments. 

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

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At DNC, Biden praises ex-senator ousted for sexual misconduct | TheHill

Vice President Joe Biden was at a women’s event bashing Republicans when he walked himself right into another gaffe by praising an ex-senator who was expelled for sexual misconduct.

While bashing the GOP for leaving women and the middle class behind on Friday, Vice President Biden spoke favorably about a former Republican senator who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. 

“It’s Republicans who were involved, guys like [Sen.] Mac Mathias [R-Md.] and [Sen. Bob] Packwood [R-Oregon] and so many others,” Biden said, looking back fondly on GOP lawmakers who were once willing to work with Democrats on issues like the minimum wage. 

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House Dem: Obama’s Syria plan is ‘lame’ | TheHill

House Democrats are openly calling Obama’s plan “lame.”  

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels to combat Islamic militants “lame.”

Speier, one of 85 House Democrats who voted against the measure passed by the House and Senate this week, said that training up to 5,000 members of the Free Syrian Army to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “not a plan.”

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Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State – The Washington Post

US military leaders aren’t so sure about Obama’s strategy to fight the terrorist group. 

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

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Obama: ISIS threat ‘doesn’t frighten us’ –

Obama says the Islamic State “doesn’t frighten us.”

With approval in hand to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the ISIS terror group, President Barack Obama said Thursday the plan keeps with “the key principle” of U.S. strategy: No American combat troops on the ground.

“The American troops deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission,” he said in televised remarks from the White House.


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Mapping Independence from the UK

Though Scotland decided not to declare its independence, this map shows all the countries around the globe that were once part of the British Empire. 


Obama Might Send Armed Soldiers, On the Ground, to Help Fight ISIS—But Don’t Worry, They Won’t Be ‘Ground Troops’

That escalated quickly.The New York Times tries to clear things up:

Mr. Obama, in his White House speech and again to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., ruled [deploying ground forces] out. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that if airstrikes failed to vanquish the militants, he would recommend it to the president.

The White House has tried to square these two statements by offering an extremely narrow definition of combat: American advisers could be sent to the front lines alongside Iraqi and Kurdish troops, and could even call in airstrikes, without directly engaging the enemy. It is a definition rejected by virtually every military expert.

“Calling in airstrikes is just as much combat as firing a rifle at someone,” said John A. Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in a tank battalion in Iraq and helped write the Army’s counterinsurgency field manual. “What that guy really is doing is painting a house with a laser designator that results in that house being vaporized.”

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Can Police Resist Using New Military ‘Toys’?

After reporting a few years ago on some troubling jail incidents, Steven Greenhut writes, I decided to tour various Southern California jails to glean some insight. One tour jumped out. It was at an alternative-style jail, where unarmed guards patrolled a facility reminiscent of a community college. The top jailer explained why his guards did not have riot gear and military-style equipment. As soon as an agency buys new “toys,” he said, someone finds a reason to use them. Greenhut writes that this trend of police militarization recently hit new levels when the San Diego Unified School District acquired a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and Los Angeles schools got grenade launchers. 

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