The survey considered the work of some 29,000 scientists published in 11,994 academic papers. Of the 4,000-plus papers that took a position on the causes of climate change only 0.7% or 83 of those thousands of academic articles, disputed the scientific consensus that climate change is the result of human activity, with the view of the remaining 2.2% unclear.
The study described the dissent as a “vanishingly small proportion” of published research.
“Our findings prove that there is a strong scientific agreement about the cause of climate change, despite public perceptions to the contrary,” said John Cook of the University of Queensland, who led the survey.
A man in Sweden has died after trying to have sex with a hornet’s nest on his farm outside Ystad.
The 35-year-old, known only as Hasse, had 146 sting marks on his body, including 54 to his genitals, News Sweden said.
His body was found by a neighbour, who said Hasse was so swollen he initially mistook him for a whale carcass.
Hasse was unconscious when he was found but died an hour later from the injuries he sustained.
An autopsy of Hasse’s body showed semen on some of the dead wasps and a number of the victim’s pubic hair was found at the entrance of the nest. His fingerprints were also found on the nest, leading the police to believe he had been trying to have sex with the hornet’s nest when he was stung to death.
UPDATE: I’ve been informed this is possibly an urban legend, but I reject your reality and replace it with my own.
On today’s 700 Club, Robertson told a woman whose husband was cheating on her that she should stop focusing on the adultery and instead ponder, “Does he provide a home for you to live in, does he provide food for you to eat, does he provide clothes for you to wear, is he nice to the children…is he handsome?”
After encouraging the woman to focus on the positives rather than her husband’s adultery, which Robertson imagined to be a one night stand with a stripper in a hotel room, he said she should “give him honor instead of trying to worry about it.”
He also suggested the woman could have done more to prevent her husband from cheating: “But recognize also, like it or not, males have a tendency to wander a little bit and what you want to do is make a home so wonderful that he doesn’t want to wander.”
“What you have to do is say, ‘My husband was captured and I want to get him free,’” Robertson said, concluding that the woman should still be grateful that she lives in America: “Begin to thank God that you have a marriage that is together and that you live in America and good things are happening.”
(h/t: Right Wing Watch)
After listening to an answering machine message left last week, it was painfully obvious that former Pasadena Board of Education member Bill “Bib” Bibbiani did not have long to live.
“This is your last news scoop from me,” said the sometimes gruff but hugely personable Bibbiani, an ex-Marine who before being elected in 2004 had spent more than 30 years as an administrator in the Pasadena Unified School District.
Bibbiani, or Bib, as he was known to most people, had already successfully battled colon and pancreatic cancer. But now the disease was back, and it was everywhere.
“They did confirm every possible worst suspicion,” Bibbiani continued in the message. “I definitely only have six months. My wife and I have made a decision to decline all further treatment other than palliative care. The care they would give me to try and treat it may add a few weeks or a few months, but would make them [family members] miserable. I am sure I will talk to you again, but I am over and out. I love you dearly and I appreciate you.”
Unfortunately, Bibbiani did not have six months. He died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday at his North Hill Avenue home in Pasadena. He was 72.
Bibbiani is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, William, 31, and Andrew, 39; Andrew’s wife, Mayumi; and granddaughters Elizabeth, 9, and Katherine, 10. His remains will be cremated, Janet said. At press time, the Bibbiani family was in the beginning stages of planning a memorial service.
Bibbiani and Janet, avid motorcyclists, took their last trip together — a 150-mile ride to Frazier Park and back — on March 17. Bibbiani told this reporter that his latest medical diagnosis had been made a few weeks following the trip, after he had passed out while standing in line at the Automobile Club of Southern California office in Pasadena. Doctors later found that cancer had returned and spread to nearly every organ in his body.
Born Jan. 31, 1941 in Chester, Conn., Bibbiani, in his early years, personified in many ways the rebel image of the late 1950s and early ’60s. According to Janet, Bibbiani was the first person arrested during a riot that broke out during spring break in Fort Lauderdale in 1959. The event made national headlines, and Bibbiani’s picture ended up on the cover of Life Magazine.
A judge later gave Bibbiani two choices: Join the military or go to jail. Bibbiani joined the Marines and served for four years, at one point heading off to Vietnam.
“He was in the air over Vietnam for four hours shortly before the war escalated,” Janet recalled. “There was a coup or something and they decided not to put troops on the ground at that point. That was the closest he got.”
Although he didn’t see combat overseas, Bibbiani waged his share of battles in Pasadena, mostly over public education.
Shortly after retiring from the district, Bibbiani jumped into the 2004 election for the Board of Education against heavily favored Christine Soto. The campaign was one of the district’s most expensive up to that time, with the two candidates collecting well over $127,000 in contributions. Bibbiani raised just more than $42,000 to Soto’s $85,000. Making matters worse for Bibbiani, Soto had the support of a number of sitting school board members and members of the Pasadena City Council.
In fact, support for Soto, an attorney, was so strong that Bibbiani had no expectation of winning.
“On election night, Soto was so confident of victory she had a huge party and everyone expected Bibbiani to lose,” political consultant Martin Truitt, who helped Bibbiani in that campaign, wrote in an email. “That night, I called Bib from the City Hall vote-counting room and told him that he was going to win and that he should come down and give interviews. Bibbiani responded in a deadpan voice, ‘Crap, I only wrote a concession speech,’ and we laughed and laughed. Bibbiani had character and nobility. He was a dear and trusted friend to many. He was a stand-up guy.”
Truitt learned something else about his client during their time together.
“For decades during the summer,” he wrote, “Bibbiani would tutor mostly black kids who had failed to graduate from high school in order to help them meet graduation requirements and get their diplomas. He never really talked about it. In fact, during his school board campaign in 2003, he didn’t even tell me about it until I discovered it myself.”
Bibbiani served on the school board during the administration of beleaguered Superintendent Percy Clark. Along with former Board member Esteban Lizardo and current Board member Scott Phelps, Bibbiani became a thorn in Clark’s side by constantly criticizing the bureaucratic top-down administration of the school district, which Bibbiani claimed was failing its students under Clark’s leadership.
After it was learned that Clark had plagiarized a column that he had submitted to the Pasadena Weekly, Bibbiani led a charge among board members in calling for Clark to resign in the wake of the scandal. Clark was eventually fired by the board, replaced by former Superintendent Edwin Diaz of Gilroy.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Bibbiani,” Diaz told the Weekly. “He was definitely a district supporter with strong opinions, but the best thing about him is when he was presented with new information that conflicted with his opinion he would examine it with an open mind. This is a huge loss for the community.”
“I just love the guy tremendously,” Phelps said. “He was like one of my surrogate fathers. He recruited me for the school board. I just loved the way he cared about people. He believed in helping people. He was a very practical guy. He was just a sweetheart.”
Bibbiani lost to Bob Harrison in his 2008 re-election bid. Since then, he continued commenting on local politics. Last spring, Bibbiani came out against Measure A, which called for switching from at-large to district elections in order to comply with provisions of the California Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racially polarized elections.
Bibbiani argued that changing the way board members were elected would not guarantee more Latino representation, as intended, but instead dilute the political strength of stakeholders in the education system, who, at that point, still had “seven potential advocates on the board, as opposed to just one representative, who could be less than functional as policymakers and may or may not racially represent families in those increasingly ethnically diversifying neighborhoods,” Bibbiani wrote in a guest column for the Weekly.
The results of the latest school board elections in March bore out many of Bibbiani’s contentions, with white incumbents easily winning re-election and Latino elected representation being completely eliminated from the board.
“Bill Bibbiani was highly dedicated to creating successful public schools and was prepared to speak loudly and sometimes in disagreement with the majority about what that goal would require,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. “All of us will remember Bill Bibbiani and I hope be inspired to continue his commitment to public education.”
“Bib had some great stories,” recalled Randy Ertll, head of El Centro de Accion Social in Pasadena. “I still remember him walking around the Ed Center with a cup of coffee. People would see him as a protector when he was on the school board, since he stood up for teachers and students. He had zero-tolerance for bullies.”
But perhaps the ultimate tribute to Bibbiani — a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast — came just hours after he had died Saturday morning. Seventy-five fellow riders on British motorcycles buzzed the family’s house, revving their engines in unison.
“[It] brought a tear to my eye,” Bibbiani’s son, William, posted on his Facebook page. “My dad would have particularly loved how close they all came to being arrested.”
Since Friday, more than 2,000 people have RSVPed to the march to “put the government on notice.”
In a local news channel interview pointed out by Politico, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier explained that this is an open disregard for DC law:
[W]hen you cross with firearms and you’re not in compliance with the law now you’re talking about a criminal offense and there’s going to be some action by police. Obviously there has been no permit filed by the organizer and we’ve not made contact with the organizer yet. But we will, and we’ll make sure they understand that if they want to pass through the District of Columbia with loaded firearms as long as they are in compliance with the firearms laws for transportation of firearms to the District, we’re all for it. But passing into the District of Columbia with firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such.
The Florida legislature passed a bill this week to impose new obstacles on challenging the death penalty in a state with the greatest number of exonerations. The bill’s intent was to shorten the time inmates wait for execution by imposing time limits for appeals and post-conviction motions, but DNA and other evidence often emerges years after a crime is committed – a concern that didn’t seem to faze Republican proponents of the bill who said swift justice is “not about guilt or innocence”:
“Is swift justice fair justice?” asked Democratic party Senator Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa attorney who voted against the bill. “We have seen cases where, years later, convicted people were exonerated,” she said. […]
But Republican Senator Rob Bradley said, “this is not about guilt or innocence, it’s about timely justice.” Frivolous appeals designed only for delay are not fair to victims and their families, he said. […]
“Only God can judge,” Matt Gaetz, a Republican who sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives, said last week during House debate. “But we sure can set up the meeting.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s denunciation of violence against Muslims during a speech to the Anti-Defamation League could be seen as offensive, according to Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Though the vast majority of his speech focused on the ADL’s importance in fighting hate crimes, some conservatives have become outraged that Holder denounced “misguided acts of retaliation” against Muslims. Kelly addressed the issue during a segment on Monday.
“He is speaking to the Anti-Defamation League, which is a group that fights anti-Semitism and he is lecturing that group on how they can’t be bigoted, and we can’t be ignorant, and we can’t have a backlash against Muslims,” Kelly said. “I mean, the context could be perceived by some to be somewhat offensive, that the Attorney General is perceiving the folks in front of him or others in this country are now getting ready to put on their bigoted clothes and go out there and exercise their ignorance as opposed to expressing outrage at the fact that we were attacked by two guys who apparently are followers of radical Islam.”
In the most recent case, Maricopa County has just settled a complaint against Arpaio, paying out $1.4 million in damages.
This is the ninth court case brought against “America’s sheriff” over corruption charges, and brings the total to $4.2 million dollars paid out in settlements.
The $4.2 million does not count the court costs, legal fees and other such activities that Maricopa has paid out recently for the honor of keeping Sheriff Joe Arpaio in office.
Instead of offering any evidence to substantiate his claims, he argues that the fact that the explosion at the plant was ruled an accident (and likely a result of loose regulations) is proof enough that the Obama administration is actually covering up an act of “Muslim terrorism” that was meant to kill George W. Bush, who lives in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas, of course, is approximately 77 miles north of West, but that doesn’t really matter.
See, as Klayman explains, Obama is “potentially even more dangerous than al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the mullahs in Tehran, or any terrorist group or nation state, combined” and a “traitorous ‘Muslim in drag,’” and only Klayman himself can comprehend and expose his diabolical schemes.
Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a Defense Department spokesman, said the military’s software filters detected malware at SBC.net and blocked the website. The malware since has been removed off the website, and the denomination’s website unblocked, he said.
“The Department of Defense is not intentionally blocking access to this site,” Pickart told The Tennessean in an email. “The Department of Defense strongly supports the religious rights of service members, to include their ability to access religious websites like that of the SBC.”
Social media sites were buzzing Thursday (April 25) over allegations that the military had blocked the website for other reasons. FoxNews first reported that Southern Baptist-endorsed chaplains on military installations had unsuccessfully tried to access SBC.net, and had received a message: “The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content.” The site was not blocked at the Pentagon, FoxNews said.
The Associated Press wrote a story summarizing what had happened, and that story was carried on websites around the world. Some Christians focused on the phrase “hostile content” and wondered whether the denomination’s traditional positions on abortion, gay marriage and the Bible were the reason the military was blocking the site.
Chris Chapman, the SBC Executive Committee’s director of information systems, said SBC.net — like the websites of many other organizations — is a target for hackers. He also said the military’s filters are at an “optimum level” in blocking content, not simply “recognizing invading viruses” but also blocking anything that possibly could be harmful.
I’m sure Bryan Fischer and his droogs will be falling all over themselves apologizing and correcting their error right away.