- In case you missed it:
Arctic sea ice cover likely melted to its minimum extent for the year on September 16, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent fell to 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles), now the lowest summer minimum extent in the satellite record.
“We are now in uncharted territory,” said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. “While we’ve long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur."
- One book can change the world. In praise of Rachel Carson.
- Just read:
Glen A. Doherty, a security contractor and former member of the Navy SEALs, was killed in Libya on Sept. 12, 2012, while defending the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya. During a memorial service for Mr. Doherty and the three other Americans killed in the attack — the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Tyrone S. Woods and Sean Smith — President Obama said of Mr. Doherty: “He believed that his life he could make a difference, a calling that he fulfilled as a Navy SEAL…in Benghazi, as he tended to others, he laid down his life, loyal as always, protecting his friends.”
Mr. Doherty’s best friend and former SEAL Team 3 comrade, Brandon Webb, has written a goodbye letter that we are publishing in full.
- There's yet another wingnut legal challenge to Obamacare brewing. Jack Balkin:
My bottom line is that PLF's arguments are likely to fail under existing law. But, I also point out, that is hardly the end of the matter. Most constitutional scholars thought that the Commerce Clause arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius were implausible, and they garnered five votes on the Supreme Court. The events of the last two years should have taught us that the considered judgments of legal academics and legal professionals mean far less than we would like to think they do when a major political party forcefully takes a stand on a key constitutional question.
The real question is not what legal academics think. It is whether the Republican Party, conservative media, and conservative intelligentsia are up for another all-out assault on Obamacare. If they are, then the PLF's arguments will probably move quickly from "off the wall" to "on the wall;" and if the PLF can find a single federal district court to agree with them, it will be--to quote the immortal philosopher Yogi Berra--like deja vu all over again.
- Digby summarizes the entire Republican political ethos: They just cheat.
- You always knew it was Rush Limbaugh's ugly little secret.
- How many climate denialists could you fight off?
- Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathay is still championing bigotry.
- Kevin McClatchy, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, has come out:
He once did some arithmetic. Over the last four decades, he said: “Tens of thousands of people have played either professional minor league baseball or major league baseball. Not one has come out and said that they’re gay while they’re playing.” Nor has any active player in the principal leagues of football, basketball or hockey, America’s three other major professional sports. That silence is a sobering, crucial reminder that for all the recent progress toward same-sex marriage and all the gay and lesbian characters popping up on television, there remains, in some quarters, a powerful stigma attached to homosexuality.
Coaches, managers and corporate chieftains in those four big sports are almost as unlikely to come out as players are. Rick Welts rated the front page of The Times last year when, as the president and chief executive officer of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, he revealed that he’s gay.
McClatchy, whose interview with The Times was his first public acknowledgment of his sexual orientation, could do considerable good. He remains well known in baseball — he’s been informally advising the mayor of Sacramento on the city’s interest in having a major league team — and is the chairman of the board of the McClatchy Company, which publishes more than two dozen newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald.
- Yet another climate change denier lie debunked. The science is clear, but the liar deniers won't let that stop them.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016? Frack no or frack yes or frack hell no?
- President Obama has created a new national monument:
Republicans and Democrats in Congress have worked on the designation for two years, but it had stalled in the U.S. Senate.
"Making Chimney Rock a national monument will be an extraordinary boost for the region by preserving and protecting the site and driving tourism," said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
- By joining David Cameron's disastrous austerity regime in Great Britain, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has all but destroyed his party. The Lib Dems now poll as only Britain's fourth most popular, having dropped below the fringe anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-science, anti-tax UK Independence Party, which has never won a single seat in the House of Commons.
- It's that time of year in Bavaria.
- If you're going to ruin a piece of art, you might as well cash in on it.
- No Doubt is about to release its first album in eleven years, and return to tour with a collective eight kids in tow. The political angle?
Today, Stefani is a bona fide A-lister who was recently asked to host a fundraiser for President Obama at her house in LA. "My kids had a complete meltdown when Michelle Obama arrived. The exact opposite of what you want to happen when the First Lady turns up at your house," she smiles and Kanal looks at her proudly.And before the conservatives and Republicans start their usual whining about Hollywood liberals, perhaps they can explain Hollywood conservative Clint Eastwood's shameful and embarrassing performance at the Republican National Convention, or Hollywood Conservative Arnold Schwarzenegger's disastrous performance as California's governor.
- I'm with Misty:
Autumn is my very favorite season.
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