On Monday, we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880.The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each of these months, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature has never been higher, at least since we started recording these temperatures back in the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.
These kinds of records are becoming so regular that they’re starting to seem a lot less impressive. They’re shrug-inducing. But to think of them in that way is a mistake. A little context shows just how dramatic the warming of the globe, on a month-by-month basis, has actually been.
You see, for 355 months now (up through September), “every month on this planet has been warmer than the 20th century average,” according to Jessica Blunden, a scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The Post’s own Philip Bump, then writing at Grist, pointed out numbers like these back in November 2012, when the streak was only 332 consecutive months—but since then, every month has just added to the total. And now, we’re just shy of 30 years of unbroken warmer-than-average months. The last month that actually was not warmer than the 20th century average, according to Blunden, was February of 1985. (It was merely average, she says.)
A “pro-life” group called Children of God for Life is throwing a fit because Ebola vaccines currently being developed use cells derived from embryonic stem cells. Because it’s totally “pro-life” to let living people die of Ebola when it won’t save a single little blastocyst.
Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally effective.
Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developed their ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK-293 cells for their VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine in Canada, while Johnson and Johnson/Crucell developed theirs using PER C6 cells, derived from retinal tissue of an 18 week gestation aborted baby…
“It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them. Why not fast track a product that everyone can use in good conscience?” asked Vinnedge.
No, what’s irresponsible is shutting down stem cell research in the name of saving “babies” (the cells are actually derived from blastocysts that will never become babies) when that research could save the lives of actual people. That’s the exact opposite of “pro-life.”
I will once again point out that it’s not the Southern border that GOP demagogues should be riffing on if they are honestly worried about terrorists.
The man who allegedly drove his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, was a radicalized Muslim who may have acted alone but had links to other suspected fundamentalists, according to authorities.
The possible terror attack on Canadian soil and the soldier’s death were the first since the country joined the international effort against ISIS.
The 25-year-old suspect, Martin Rouleau, allegedly ran down the two soldiers as they walked in the parking lot of a St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, strip mall just before noon on Monday. The impact injured both men, and one soldier died at a local hospital. His name and rank have not been released. The second soldier’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned people whose cars have been recalled during the past two years for faulty air bag inflators to take them to dealers right away. The inflators are made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts. So far, automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide because of the problem.
“This message comes with urgency,” NHTSA said in a statement. The agency has been investigating the problem since June, and has cited reports of six inflators rupturing, causing three injuries.
The warning covers cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors and Ford. Passenger or driver air bags or both could be affected depending on the vehicle.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
More: Fury (2014) - IMDb
If you are a fan of WW2 action films this cannot possibly disappoint. If wartime combat violence puts you off, stay far away.
Now this is the way to make a film. Pre production was extensive and well funded. Kinda like what one thinks for an epic. Old school practical sets like an entire small town. Brought in real tanks from collectors/museums. Shot on film, using the maximum possible amount of practical effects where CG surely would have saved time and money the look is perfect. Real Sherman tanks, being driven and crewed by the cast. Great big landscape complete with hedgerows. One good hint at the detailed authenticity brought by using real tanks is when a crewman opens or shuts the hatch you can see the strain of the armor steel weight. Not acting.
The ensemble cast had a chemistry that was very evident. Brad Pitts acting has matured profoundly over the years and it pays off here. Judging by the ladies reactions I was with he looked great. Shia Lebeuf utterly destroys recent critics of his acting chops. Shia LeBeof trained for months with a national guard unit and shadowed a military chaplain. He may be losing his mind off camera but for this film he was nothing short of excellent.
Cinematography and sound design were beyond reproach.
That all having been said to be fair the combat violence if right up there ala Saving Private Ryan. Intense, close, grisly, and shocking. Old trope.-The tank hatches lack a simple lock to keep swarming enemy soldiers from just yanking the hatch open to attack the crew. The character development was lopsided. Flawless for our cast, weak with the enemy. That is forgivable because it reflects how Wardaddy sees the SS/Nazi units. A deadly pestilence to eradicate. Not the locals or young draftees but the hard core dead enders.
No cable customer is immune from this phenomenon—even outspoken telecom analysts like Bruce Kushnick are in for bill shock. Kushnick, a frequent critic of Internet service providers, signed up for a Time Warner Cable “Triple Pay” package in 2012 and is now paying more than double the advertised rate.
“When I signed up, less than two years ago, it was advertised at $89.99 and today, less than two years later, the actual price is 110 percent more—now $190.77,” Kushnick wrote today in the Huffington Post.
For new customers signing up now, TWC’s Triple Play TV, Internet, and Phone package has an advertised rate of $109.99 per month for the first 12 months. Another $20 per month is added in the second year, but it’s hard to predict just how much it would cost two years from now. “After 24 months, regular rates in effect at that time apply,” the fine print says.
Consider three Queens neighborhoods with very similar median family incomes. In Flushing (pct 109) the median family income is $58,000; in Fresh Meadows (pct 107) it is $58,000, and in St. Albans and Springfield Gardens (pct 113) it is $59,000.
Flushing, with only 19% black and Latino residents, has a marijuana arrest rate of 89 per hundred thousand residents. Fresh Meadows is 32% blacks and Latinos and has a rate of 96 marijuana arrests.
But the St. Albans neighborhood is 93% black and Latino residents and has a marijuana arrest rate of 396 - four times that of Flushing and over three times that of Fresh Meadows. For marijuana arrests in these NYPD precincts with nearly identical family incomes, race trumps class.
I grew up in Queens so I know these neighborhoods. I haven’t lived in NYC for a little more than 10 years but I still have family there and continued to work in Manhattan even after I moved to NE PA.
- Flushing is large and has almost always had a diverse and ever changing makeup. Most recently it probably had the biggest Asian population in Queens.
- Fresh Meadows has been predominantly white for as long as I can remember. I was surprised to see that it had even 32% black & latino residents. That’s changed since I was growing up.
- I grew up in a neighborhood adjacent to St. Albans & Springfield Gardens and still have family and friends in southeast Queens where these neighborhoods are located. Like my neighborhood, these communities became majority black in the late ‘60’s, early ‘70’s as a result of white flight.
These are all working/middle class neighborhoods although housing was always more expensive in Fresh Meadows.
If there is another explanation other than racism to explain this disparity I’d really love to hear it.
On Islam: Patrick walked out of the Senate chamber in 2007 rather than listen to a Muslim deliver the opening prayer. “I think that it’s important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn’t mean we have to endorse all faiths, and that was my decision,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I surely believe that everyone should have the right to speak, but I didn’t want my attendance on the floor to appear that I was endorsing that.”
Five years later, he did it again. “We are a nation that allows a Muslim to come in with a Koran but does not allow a Christian to take a Bible to school,” Patrick explained, after walking out on another prayer, delivered this time by Imam Yusuf Kavacki. “We are a Judeo-Christian nation, primarily a Christian nation.”
He seems nice.
The polarization of media is driven by self selection? I find it humorous that this would be the lede at the LA times, when the real story here is that Hard Conservatives tend to get the majority of their news from just one source.
Die-hard liberals and down-the-line conservatives have segregated themselves into strikingly different news universes, relying on sources of information that often reinforce their views and discussing politics mostly with others of like minds, according to an in-depth new study.
Although few people manage to live in a complete ideological bubble, the most politically active and aware Americans - the ones who dominate election contests, particularly primaries, and drive discussions of political issues - have gone far in that direction, according to the data from a Pew Research Center project on political polarization and the media.
The roughly 1 in 5 Americans with consistently liberal or conservative views, based on a 10-question scale of political opinions, rely on very different sources of news and information, and nearly all the sources trusted by one side are heavily distrusted by the other.
It should also be no surprise to anyone that Conservatives are more self limiting than Liberals in their selected set of news-blinders, with Fox News being the overwhelming Conservative choice.
No single source dominates the audience on the left the way Fox dominates the right. CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the New York Times each were cited by 10% or more of consistent liberals as their chief sources of political and government news. Just over half of consistent liberals said they had gotten news from NPR or CNN in the week of the survey. Almost no consistent liberals cited Fox as their main source of news.