Here at ClimateProgress, we spend a lot of time debunking politicians who deny climate change based on scientifically murky grounds. On Thursday, it looked as though we’d have to do it again, after Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blocked a Senate resolution that would have simply stated that climate change is real. Inhofe said he objected to the resolution because the earth had experienced “no warming for the last 15 years;” and because 9,000 scientists had signed a petition expressing doubt that greenhouse gases cause global warming.
Fortunately, however, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) did the debunking for us, just seconds after Inhofe finished his tirade against the Obama administration for having his federal agencies “collude” together to promote a “global warming agenda.”
“I appreciate very much having had the opportunity to hear those words, from what I can only describe as an alternate reality,” Whitehouse began, before getting into detailed specifics rebutting each one of Inhofe’s points.
I still consider myself center right, even though I’ve registered Democrat as a renunciation of the current leadership and direction of the GOP, and I’ve also been a pretty firm supporter of Israel’s right to self defense even post partum from the GOP.
Here comes the however.
With each new settlement, each new price tag attack, with each new war, with each civilian death, and with each hard right statement, Israel is beginning to lose the cover of “just war” on the moral scales in my mind. What I used to perceive as a clear blue on red conflict instead is a blue ( with a tinge of purple) on red conflict. As this continues that purple streak grows and shades the blue more towards red.
From Michelle Goldberg:
The action didn’t last long. After issuing a few warnings for the demonstrators to move, the police swooped in, handcuffing people and carrying those who let their bodies go limp. Traffic was stopped for, at most, twenty minutes. Still, it didn’t seem like a futile effort, because this is a moment when it’s particularly important to break through the illusion, which pervades our politics, that American support for Israel and its war in Gaza is unshakable.
Already, there are anecdotal signs that conventional New York opinion, which tends to be liberal on everything except Palestine, is starting to shift. “If Netanyahu is so bothered by how dead Palestinians look on television then he should stop killing so many of them,” wrote Benjamin Wallace-Wells in a piece on New York magazine’s website last week, a sentiment that would have been hard to imagine coming from that publication a few years ago. Today, the magazine’s DC columnist Jonathan Chait, an occasionally hawkish veteran of The New Republic, has a post titled, “Why I Have Become Less Pro-Israel.” According to a recent CNN poll, while a majority of Americans continue to support Israel, 38 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the country, up fourteen points since February.
After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
The rebound reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department followed a sharp 2.1 percent annualized drop in economic activity in the January-March quarter. That figure was revised up from a previous estimate of a 2.9 percent drop. But it was still the biggest contraction since early 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession.
Last quarter’s bounce-back was broad-based, with consumers, businesses, the housing industry and state and local governments all combining to fuel growth. The robust expansion will reinforce analysts’ view that the economy’s momentum is extending into the second half of the year, when they forecast an annual growth rate of around 3 percent.
Looked outside this morning at work and it was gloomier than usual thanks to a fairly thick fog. Fog isn’t easy to work with but when it does work, it gives a wonderfully evocative look to the photographs.
So off to what has become my favorite go to location up here. Some monochrome, some color, all square ;)
Foggy enough that even the eagles didn’t care to fly…
Then, as Satty would put it, the drive home beckons…
Thanks for looking
The White House in the next few days is expected to declassify the long-awaited summary of a U.S. Senate committee study of a CIA program that used “enhanced interrogations” and secret prisons to extract information from captured militants, several officials familiar with the matter said.
Over the last two weeks, former directors and deputy directors of the CIA have been invited by the Obama administration to review a still-secret version of the 600-page Senate Intelligence Committee summary at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Officials familiar with its contents say it concludes that the CIA’s use of harsh “enhanced interrogation” methods such as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, on a handful of prisoners, and other stress tactics on a larger set of captured militants, did not produce any significant counter-terrorism breakthroughs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
Interesting. I came on to LGF and of course the first thing I saw was the article on Twitchy.
Which immediately made me think of the article my news aggregator discovered this morning, One on a psychological study on the differences between people and the groups they identify with relating to their reaction to assorted stimuli.
Specifically ‘conservatives’ react far more strongly to ‘negative stimuli’. Fear mostly. They often create fear when there is none immediately to hand.
Also interesting was a little bit near the end of the article. It turns out that a point I’ve often said here and elsewhere, that the poor are regarded as sinners, has been demonstrated to exist in another study.
Two things stand out about how conservatives talk about economy, Osorio said, based on several years of intensive observation and analysis. First is the “the tendency to compare it to something natural — a body or the weather or moving liquid,” she said. “But the other idea undergirding their worldview, and thus shaping perceptions of poverty, riches, inequality and desirable economic policy, is the idea that the economy exists for a specific purpose: to reward the good and punish the bad. It’s a moral arbiter; simply having great riches indicates you deserve them because the economy loves you the best. Thus, it follows that poor people deserve to be poor and we can know this because they’re poor.”
There are two things I will disagree with though.
This excessive reaction to negative stimuli is not limited to ‘conservatives’. The jacobins and the Bolsheviks were definitely not ‘conservative’ so it seems to me that a political ideology is chosen to deal with the fear caused by this phenomena.
I believe they’ll also have to consider the fact that, as I’ve pointed out before, that fear, anger and hate makes a person high.
Still, a fascinating article.
he stress of the governor’s office broke the marriage of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, developed a crush on a businessman who wanted favors from the governor, lawyers for the couple said Tuesday in the McDonnells’ federal corruption trial.
Prosecutors painted the McDonnells as a broke, greedy couple who traded favors in exchange for lavish gifts from Jonnie Williams, then chief executive of Star Scientific.
“Unlike the other man in her life, Jonnie paid attention to her,” said Bill Burck, Maureen McDonnell’s lawyer. Burck spent his opening statement tearing down Williams, saying the wealthy businessman duped the then-governor’s wife and that Williams’ version of the events that transpired between him and the McDonnells changed nine times.
At least 32 people were killed and several others wounded in a major terror attack by a mob armed with knives and axes in northwest China’s volatile Xinjiang province on the eve of Eid, in the latest violence blamed on Islamist militants.
Police shot dead 22 “attackers” and arrested 41 others when suspected Uygur militants attacked a government office and a police station in Elixku township in Kashgar’s Yarkand, or Shache on Monday, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported today.
At least 10 civilians were killed in the incidents, the report said adding that initial investigation showed it was a “premeditated terrorist attack.”
Big waves like those fit for surfing are not what we think of when contemplating the Arctic Ocean. The water is ice-covered most of the time — and it takes large expanses of open sea plus wind to produce mighty surf.
So the fact that researchers have now measured swells of more than 16 feet in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea, just north of Alaska, is a bit of a stunner. Swells of that size, researchers say, have the potential to break up Arctic ice even faster than than the melt underway there for decades thanks to rapid global warming.
The wave measurements, using sensors beneath the surface communicating via satellite, were recorded by Jim Thomson of the University of Washington and W. Erick Rogers of the Naval Research Laboratory in 2012 and reported in an article in Geophysical Research Letters this year.