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Global warming: “Get it” while it’s hot

Posted by schroeder915 on June 30, 2006

Climate analysts Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. disagree with hurricane forecasters William Gray and Max Mayfield about what the causes are for higher ocean temperatures.

Everyone agrees that ocean temperatures have increased.

Gray and Mayfield have argued that temperatures have increased due to a long-term cycle known as the Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation.

Trenberth and Shea, on the other hand, argue that global warming is not something to think about in the future, but that the destructive effects of global warming are being visited upon us right now.

Last year … the temperature in the tropical Atlantic, where many hurricanes originate, was about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1901-1970 average.

The year produced the most named storms on record, using up the alphabet of names, plus six Greek-letter storm designations.

It also brought the most intense Atlantic storm on record (Wilma), the most intense storm ever to hit the Gulf of Mexico (Rita), and the most destructive storm on record (Katrina). …

In a study described in the Geophysical Research Letters, Trenberth and Shea said that the present rise in temperatures is only partly caused by the oscillation. …

In fact, they said, about 0.8 degrees of the extra temperature appears to have been caused by global warming. The oscillation accounted for only about 0.2 degrees, they said. They attributed the remainder to the after-effects of the 2004-2005 El Nino warm-water current in the Pacific Ocean and year-to-year variability.

Related:

Rebuild “America’s Wetland” — smarter

Are we missing the forest for the trees?

Warmer Atlantic may increase hurricane intensity

Global warming dissembling

Thanks for the oil!

Dumbyass’ glacial pace of action on global warming

China’s future contribution to global warming

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Global warming: “Get it” while it’s hot

Posted by schroeder915 on June 30, 2006

Climate analysts Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. disagree with hurricane forecasters William Gray and Max Mayfield about what the causes are for higher ocean temperatures.

Everyone agrees that ocean temperatures have increased.

Gray and Mayfield have argued that temperatures have increased due to a long-term cycle known as the Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation.

Trenberth and Shea, on the other hand, argue that global warming is not something to think about in the future, but that the destructive effects of global warming are being visited upon us right now.

Last year … the temperature in the tropical Atlantic, where many hurricanes originate, was about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1901-1970 average.

The year produced the most named storms on record, using up the alphabet of names, plus six Greek-letter storm designations.

It also brought the most intense Atlantic storm on record (Wilma), the most intense storm ever to hit the Gulf of Mexico (Rita), and the most destructive storm on record (Katrina). …

In a study described in the Geophysical Research Letters, Trenberth and Shea said that the present rise in temperatures is only partly caused by the oscillation. …

In fact, they said, about 0.8 degrees of the extra temperature appears to have been caused by global warming. The oscillation accounted for only about 0.2 degrees, they said. They attributed the remainder to the after-effects of the 2004-2005 El Nino warm-water current in the Pacific Ocean and year-to-year variability.

Related:

Rebuild “America’s Wetland” — smarter

Are we missing the forest for the trees?

Warmer Atlantic may increase hurricane intensity

Global warming dissembling

Thanks for the oil!

Dumbyass’ glacial pace of action on global warming

China’s future contribution to global warming

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I’m just askin’

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

How do 200,000 people evacuate from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania without camera images of highways crammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic?

And “the Susquehanna levees stand at 41 feet“?!!!

Is there something we can learn from this, or am I over-simplifying the facts?

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I’m just askin’

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

How do 200,000 people evacuate from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania without camera images of highways crammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic?

And “the Susquehanna levees stand at 41 feet“?!!!

Is there something we can learn from this, or am I over-simplifying the facts?

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A New Orleans ascension

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

Markus is poetic today, reminiscing about his father, an architect of some of the most unique landmarks in New Orleans:

My father designed this church. I recall standing as a very small child in the back and watching him climb perhaps fifty feet of scaffolding to reach the top of the buttresses to inspect some work. To a very small child it seemed as if he had ascended the very ramparts of heaven to consult with God about the progress of the work on His house. It is one of the most vivid memories of my childhood, one I can call up clearly at any time.

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The “war on terror” homecoming

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

Writing for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill reported that the Bush administration paid Blackwater mercenaries $950 a day to patrol New Orleans, totalling over $33.3 million, between September and December 2005, and “well surpassing the amount of Blackwater’s contract to guard Ambassador Paul Bremer when he was head of the US occupation of Iraq.” Meanwhile, New Orleans is being shortshrifted of funds needed for “job creation, hospital and school reconstruction, affordable housing and wetlands restoration.”

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky:

“Ask any American if they want thugs from a private, for-profit company with no official law-enforcement training roaming the streets of their neighborhoods. The answer will be a resounding NO.”

Who does Blackwater recruit into its mercenary army?

Among Blackwater’s ranks are “Chilean troops trained under the brutal rule of Augusto Pinochet”:

“We scour the ends of the earth to find professionals murderers,” company president Gary Jackson told the Guardian. “The Chilean commandos are very, very professional murderous, and they fit within the Blackwater system.”

Concluded Scahill:

Blackwater’s sweetheart deals, both domestic and international, are representative of how business has been done under Bush. They are a troubling indicator of a trend toward less accountability and transparency and greater privatization of critical government functions.

Related:

Mercenary executions in New Orleans

Blood Is Thicker Than Blackwater

(Hat tip: New Orleans Network).

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The “war on terror” homecoming

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

Writing for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill reported that the Bush administration paid Blackwater mercenaries $950 a day to patrol New Orleans, totalling over $33.3 million, between September and December 2005, and “well surpassing the amount of Blackwater’s contract to guard Ambassador Paul Bremer when he was head of the US occupation of Iraq.” Meanwhile, New Orleans is being shortshrifted of funds needed for “job creation, hospital and school reconstruction, affordable housing and wetlands restoration.”

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky:

“Ask any American if they want thugs from a private, for-profit company with no official law-enforcement training roaming the streets of their neighborhoods. The answer will be a resounding NO.”

Who does Blackwater recruit into its mercenary army?

Among Blackwater’s ranks are “Chilean troops trained under the brutal rule of Augusto Pinochet”:

“We scour the ends of the earth to find professionals murderers,” company president Gary Jackson told the Guardian. “The Chilean commandos are very, very professional murderous, and they fit within the Blackwater system.”

Concluded Scahill:

Blackwater’s sweetheart deals, both domestic and international, are representative of how business has been done under Bush. They are a troubling indicator of a trend toward less accountability and transparency and greater privatization of critical government functions.

Related:

Mercenary executions in New Orleans

Blood Is Thicker Than Blackwater

(Hat tip: New Orleans Network).

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Ray Ray’s myopia

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

I’m feeling like I need to make a big announcement soon. In the meantime, checking in with a couple other local bloggers this morning, bayoustjohndavid has a post that merits considerable attention:

I don’t know where this came from but there seems to be this incredible perception that we have done no planning.

Ray Nagin

And bayoustjohndavid’s now finding the recently-celebrated Times-Picayune advocacy journalism falling off into LEAP score territory:

I’m usually a fan of the paper’s op-ed writers, but I can’t remember the last time that one of them wrote a column that would earn more than a C.

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Ray Ray’s myopia

Posted by schroeder915 on June 29, 2006

I’m feeling like I need to make a big announcement soon. In the meantime, checking in with a couple other local bloggers this morning, bayoustjohndavid has a post that merits considerable attention:

I don’t know where this came from but there seems to be this incredible perception that we have done no planning.

Ray Nagin

And bayoustjohndavid’s now finding the recently-celebrated Times-Picayune advocacy journalism falling off into LEAP score territory:

I’m usually a fan of the paper’s op-ed writers, but I can’t remember the last time that one of them wrote a column that would earn more than a C.

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Benefit for wounded NOPD officer

Posted by schroeder915 on June 28, 2006

6/29/06 update: The event raised $50,000 for Gonzales. Donations accepted at any First Bank & Trust location.

There will be a benefit for NOPD officer Andreas Gonzales today:

New Orleans, LA – The New Orleans Police Department will hold a benefit at “Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World”, 233 Newton Street, in Algiers, Wednesday, June 28, 2006. The event, which kicks off at 7 p.m., is to assist Police Officer Andreas Gonzales, who was seriously injured in a shooting on May 22, 2006.

Officer Gonzales was shot four times by 21-year old Eddie Harrison III, a convicted felon, during a brief struggle after Harrison fled the scene of a traffic stop involving an acquaintance, 17-year old Joshua Hall.

Currently, Officer Gonzales is undergoing intense rehabilitation at Touro Hospital. He was partially paralyzed as a result of his injuries.

There will be food, music and a silent auction. Members of the NOPD are asking citizens and the business community for gift items to be auctioned at the event. Donations are also still being accepted at any First Bank and Trust location.

Tickets for this event are $25.00 and can be purchased at Blaine Kern’s and the following locations.

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