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While you're stocking those supplies for the Frankenstorm, don't forget to pick up the Sunday New York Times so you can read that paper's editorial endorsement for President Obama. The editors start by explaining what's at stake.

The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold. The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster. An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to control their lives. Nearly 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, all Americans’ rights are cheapened by the right wing’s determination to deny marriage benefits to a selected group of us. Astonishingly, even the very right to vote is being challenged.
Then deliver a point by point endorsement of both what the president has done well, and what we can expect from Mr. Obama in a second term. It's a good reminder of many events and accomplishments over the last four years, and a handy reference when addressing your Obama doubting friends.
In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments. ...

Mr. Obama prevented another Great Depression. The economy was cratering when he took office in January 2009. By that June it was growing, and it has been ever since ...

If re-elected, Mr. Obama would be in position to shape the “grand bargain” that could finally combine stimulus like the jobs bill with long-term deficit reduction that includes letting the high-end Bush-era tax cuts expire. ...

Read it by candlelight. Share it with others in your storm shelter who think that the president hasn't accomplished much in his first term. Most of all, remember that the aftermath of this storm is not being handled by the crack Bush team and be thankful.

But even if we're don't have a president kicking back at the ranch preparing to give his heck-of-a-jobs to 'Brownie,' we're certainly not making much progress on the forces that may be driving this storm along with a series of weather disasters throughout the last few years. Naomi Klein digs into a kind of alternate approach to climate control that's gaining increasing support on the right – geoengineering. That is, instead of cleaning up the processes that are affecting the world's climate, we could add another process to counter the accumulation of greenhouse gases.

This summer, I had an experience... It was 5 a.m. and my husband and I were up with our 3-week-old son. Looking out at the ocean, we spotted two towering, black dorsal fins: orcas, or killer whales. Then two more. We had never seen an orca on the coast, and never heard of their coming so close to shore. In our sleep-deprived state, it felt like a miracle, as if the baby had wakened us to make sure we didn’t miss this rare visit.

The possibility that the sighting may have resulted from something less serendipitous did not occur to me until two weeks ago, when I read reports of a bizarre ocean experiment off the islands of Haida Gwaii, several hundred miles from where we spotted the orcas swimming.

There, an American entrepreneur named Russ George dumped 120 tons of iron dust off the hull of a rented fishing boat; the plan was to create an algae bloom that would sequester carbon and thereby combat climate change.

Despite international law against it, some would-be geoengineers aren't waiting to conduct experiments that can reshape the environment. George's experiment is only one of several plans in the works, and George is far from the biggest name involved.
Bill Gates has funneled millions of dollars into geoengineering research. And he has invested in a company, Intellectual Ventures, that is developing at least two geoengineering tools: the “StratoShield,” a 19-mile-long hose suspended by helium balloons that would spew sun-blocking sulfur dioxide particles into the sky and a tool that can supposedly blunt the force of hurricanes. ...

The appeal is easy to understand. Geoengineering offers the tantalizing promise of a climate change fix that would allow us to continue our resource-exhausting way of life, indefinitely. And then there is the fear. Every week seems to bring more terrifying climate news, from reports of ice sheets melting ahead of schedule to oceans acidifying far faster than expected. At the same time, climate change has fallen so far off the political agenda that it wasn’t mentioned once during any of the three debates between the presidential candidates.

While Climate Silence reigns in politics, it seems we're now moving toward solutions that are anything but. Like a child shoving our peas under the mashed potatoes, we've decided that dealing with the real problem is just so darn hard. So we're just going to cover it up. Of course, we don't have any idea what the long term effect of these experiments with planet Earth might be, but hey, no worries.

Instead, gather the kids around the lantern and let Frank Bruni delivers the scariest story of this Halloween season.

After "a couple of Cadillacs," a summer belly-flop abroad, a dismissive swipe at 47 percent of the population and a convention best remembered for Clint Eastwood’s chat with a chair, Mitt Romney is seemingly tied with President Obama. He has a real chance.
Scared yet? Bruni blames the razor thin margin not on what's happening on Wall Street, or Main Street, but on that other street -- Pennsylvania Avenue.
Obama isn’t quite the candidate, or politician, he’s cracked up to be. The One is a fraction of his reputed self. ...

The main cause for this contest’s closeness is arguably Obama — and the ways in which he has disappointed, confused and alienated some of the voters who warmed and even thrilled to him four years ago. During his first term, he at times misjudged and mishandled his Republican opposition. As a communicator, he repeatedly failed to sell his policies clearly and forcefully enough.

Okay, calm those crying children (and adults). Bruni still thinks Obama will chalk up a win, it's just that he believes that the president hasn't done a good job with a winning hand.

Down the soggy coast in Washington, Patrick Paxton branches out from his omsbudding role to pay tribute to another Democratic politician.

I had two encounters with George McGovern when I was young, close enough to get a clear impression of the man. He was one of the reasons that I became a journalist. It was popular then, in Richard Nixon’s years, as now, to paint liberals as soft, wimpy, malleable and muddle-headed. That didn’t describe McGovern.

McGovern was liberal, for sure, but he was as tough as tungsten. A B-24 Liberator bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Europe in World War II, McGovern reminded me of my father’s generation of grizzled combat veterans — steely, confident, taking no guff. These were men touched deeply by the war but also made more humane by it.

McGovern has garnered a good deal of post mortem praise this week. It should would have been nice if some of these voices had spoken up... say any time before this week.

While most are looking out for the next 24 hours, Dana Milbank scans the long-range forecast.

How to explain this budding “bromance,” as first lady Michelle Obama puts it, between her husband and Bill Clinton? ...

Sen. John McCain floated a theory last week about the bromance. The Arizona Republican, in a conference call for the Romney campaign Tuesday, told reporters that there are “some that think this may have a lot to do with 2016 and the president’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Of course, I would never suspicion such a thing, but there are some real jerks around who think that might be the case.”

Thank you, Senator McCain (I'm sure this whole thing is good for you, by the way). I mean who would be such a jerk to think that Presidents Clinton and Obama have reached some back room arrangement?
I am one of those jerks. I don’t subscribe to the prevailing theory that Clinton’s efforts to boost Obama are about solidifying his own legacy.
To Milbank's credit, he doesn't believe that President Obama has really offered any kind of promise when it comes to the current Secretary of State, but just that Bill Clinton is sure to notice that getting back into the White House will be easier if Hillary is part of a winning team.

Meanwhile, when warming up your freeze-dried meals, you can safely use the columns of:

Russ Douthat who blames President Obama for turning Sandra Fluke into a public figure and taking time to concern himself with women.

Thomas Friedman who declares that the most pro-life politician is Michael Bloomberg.

Maureen Dowd who has an article on the GOP insanity when it comes to women that might be interesting if you didn't have to muck through another week of personal anecdotes to find it.

And George Will who is writing about... God knows. Even if I had to live on a roof for two weeks while waiting for FEMA, I still wouldn't be miserable enough to read Will's latest "I throw all my 1980s columns in a blender and print whatever comes out" mishmash.

Originally posted to Devil's Tower on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:03 PM PDT.

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  •  I'd be happy to take some rain off your hands... (43+ / 0-)

    We're still way below the annual rainfall in my area of the Midwest. Maybe Bill Gates has a system for delivering the rain where it's needed. Is there a menu option for that in Windows 8?

    •  expecting 3-6" in DC area (14+ / 0-)

      also winds of 35-45 MPH with gusts of up to 60 from Sunday evening through Tues Midnight.

      Still lots of leaves on trees.

      Expect lots of snapped branches and downed trees

      and lots of downed power lines

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:10:26 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know what we're expecting (5+ / 0-)

        here...the local paper goes with AccuWeather and they're anything but.  (I'm about two hours NW of DC, in PA.)

        The thing is, the whole county is basically a flood plain, and any heavy rain involves some flooding.  A real hammering, and you have bridges floating away.  (Really.)  Today's paper told people to make sure their sump pumps are working, so there's almost certainly a run on sump pumps in the county.

        Here in the city, I just cross my fingers that the tree trimmers trimmed all the trees properly & the power stays on.  They're usually pretty good about that.

        But people in the county are bound to lose power if the storm's as massive as predicted.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:57:52 PM PDT

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        •  Current track for Sandy (4+ / 0-)

          Looks like it's landfall point moved north a bit overnight:
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          Cape May New Jersey is talking about flood levels not seen since records started being kept in the 1940's, because of the storm surge and high tide (with a full moon).

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:19:06 AM PDT

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          •  Sandy still hasn't made that left turn. (6+ / 0-)

            It may seem strange for us but we must pray that Sandy moves to the right.

            We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

            by PowWowPollock on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:57:03 AM PDT

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          •  With the Hurricane coming towards us, that has (5+ / 0-)

            diverted my attention completely away from polls and the election.  I have no anxiety about the anxiety right now but tons of anxiety about this storm. I cannot wait till Thursday as it will finally be over by then and hopefully power restored if it goes out.  

            But I never thought something would divert my attention from GOTV and this election but this Hurricane surely did that

            Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

            by wishingwell on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:04:35 AM PDT

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            •  we should be getting snow (3+ / 0-)
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              by then and they are predicting a real dump.  After that it will be flooding because with Lake Erie still warm it will melt quickly and cause great flooding.  Sigh.

              Everyone! Arms akimbo!

              by tobendaro on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:35:59 AM PDT

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              •  My friend who lives (0+ / 0-)

                in Harrisburg, PA said that the river is really low.

                Well, what she actually said was, "You could walk across it" which is hyperbole.

                But what she meant was, central PA can take a pounding.

                Nevertheless: All the places that normally flood are going to flood.

                Hey:  This Is a Flood Plain.  Flood Plains tend to, well, y'know, FLOOD.

                I don't know why people who build houses in flood plains don't know this.

                I DO know why developers who build developments in flood plains don't tell the buyers about what's gonna happen to their basements, though....

                To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                by Youffraita on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 02:13:10 AM PDT

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      •  I got all my rechargeable batteries charged and (3+ / 0-)
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        bought more batteries, I have at least a dozen battery operated candles, a half dozen flashlights, those flashlights you shake and do not require batteries, we are doing laundry non stop, and we are set to go if we get a power outage in PA.  

        We get a lot of floods in PA but we have never had a power outtage in our region that lasts more than an hour so I think I am prepared more for floods than windws and power going out.

        It is weird that I am used to flooding as it happens so much but love my electricity...which has never gone out even with 2 feet of creek water in my garage almost every year now.

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:59:54 AM PDT

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      •  winds of 35-45 (2+ / 0-)
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        Here in Chicago, that's called "breezy" . . . but it IS really scary how long the 60 mph and over winds are expected to last. Stay safe, dry, and warm.

  •  Pretty dull pundits today (3+ / 0-)
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    I didn't realize we published this early.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:25:58 PM PDT

  •  SF Giants on cruise control. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Geoengineering is very dangerous. (12+ / 0-)

    Jumping into it without knowing what you're doing is a really stupid idea.
    The iron dust bloom was highly visible and very alarming.

    •  President Obama should declare the equivalent of (2+ / 0-)
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      the Kennedy/NASA moon effort of the 60's for the ocean.
      We should have a public/private R&D effort to be able to explore the deep oceans, find solutions to climate change, and strategies for cleaning up environmental damage.
      Make Big Oil pay for it.
      There's other major possibilities: aquaculture, renewable energy ideas, etc.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:31:39 PM PDT

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      •  no unicorn? (1+ / 0-)
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        the doubts about climate change you see in the US are a real concern.  

        Somebody with huge amounts of political capital is going to have to spend time working on the voters here and change minds, before your ideas can work.

        There was opposition to making BP pay for the consequences of Deepwater Horizon, damn it!!

        Boy do I hope Obama has such capital in November 7th, for many reasons.

        •  Yes, the "pay for" part would be hard, but the (2+ / 0-)
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          rest of it would mean long term middle class jobs, opportunities for entrepeneurship, advances in science and R&D, and like NASA, it would have a "national security" subtext if not primary motivation.

          A lack of a well articulated, fairly simple, long-term national vision, is one of the knocks on the Obama admin.(I know they do have a long term plan, and I know the media is making no effort to help them communicate it, and the gop are obstructing it, etc. They have not been doing much to communicate it.)

          I think this would be something that would restore youth enthusiasm in an Obama/progressive direction.

          A lot of this is ongoing anyway, it would be good to have a cohesive national aspiration in this area.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:04:30 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      I wrote my comment before seeing this one.  Please have a wonderful Sunday, I hope your people are well.

    •  What we need are Mega-Engineering... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...Projects that work in harmony with the prevailing Environment conditions and likely near term Climate projections.

      The days of pretending we can and should be able to "control" nature ought be put in the same intellectual dustbin as "rain follows the plow."

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:19:33 AM PDT

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    •  It's about poverty - poor people buy lotto tickets (0+ / 0-)
      In the meantime, I would suggest it was history that led Old Massett to this pass. In our interview, Errol Winter and I talked about Old Massett, and he said the unemployment rate there was almost 70 per cent.

      The decimation of resource industries in the area had hit them hard, he said. People are desperate.

      "It's a hard life," Winter said. "They're in a very tough position. When people tell them to think outside the box, that's where they begin."

      http://www.vancouversun.com/...

      Thirty years ago, when I drove through Old Massett, it was not that different from third world conditions, in stark contrast with the new (read "white") town of Massett. My own interpretation is that the Haida people have been scammed again into spending money they don't have.

    •  Research is needed, esp. Ocean research (0+ / 0-)

      I totally agree that "not knowing what you are doing" is stupid and dangerous: ie. reckless.  That doesn't mean that we should ignore researching possible ways to help reduce CO2.  It doesn't mean that doing such research should pull any urgency away from reducing our carbon footprint and converting to renewable non-carbon energy.

       A basic fact is that fertilization is happening naturally from islands and volcanic eruptions.  While many oceanographers have grave concerns about it, there are many unknowns. We need the deep, thorough and detailed research in oceanology to understand what happens with iron fertilization.

      What George did was wrong in quite a few ways. The ban against commercial schemes is very appropriate. But let's not ignore legitimate researching to get the answer about what a very precautionary level might be that could help reduce C02 and support the oceanic food chain.

      “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

      by RandW on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 02:21:12 PM PDT

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  •  RAND poll today (10+ / 0-)

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:30:41 AM PDT

  •  Dumping that iron in the ocean is really stupid (11+ / 0-)

    Climate is an enormously complex system, not to mention the delicate chemistry of ocean water.  That fool has not a clue as to what he's doing and could easily cause great harm.

    I've seen this story before in other mediums; qualified scientists with decades of experience voiced the same opinion. Do not mess with stuff you don't understand, it will bite back at you, hard.  Our Earth is not yours to be such an idiot with.

  •  Nate Silver did not post numbers until 2 AM (11+ / 0-)

    I just put up a summary of the latest round in this diary to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:40:45 AM PDT

  •  There is a GREAT video on Mitt Romney (6+ / 0-)

    and his real record on taxes as Governor of MA, which I share in this post from last evening

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:41:43 AM PDT

  •  McCain is a bitter senile asshole (8+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:43:06 AM PDT

  •  Des Moines Register: Mitt b/c econ & partisanship (14+ / 0-)

    Des Moines Register Editor Rick Green said that because the economy is bad and he awful partisanship they're endorsing Romney.  

    So the Republicans are rewarded for their sabotage of the economy and the legislative process.

    They're rewarding hostage takers.  

    FUCK THEM.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:43:18 AM PDT

  •  CSPAN: what if there's an election dispute (1+ / 0-)
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    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:46:15 AM PDT

  •  CSPAN's grooming USA: popular vs electoral vote (2+ / 0-)
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    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:48:14 AM PDT

  •  CSPAN: Rom could win pop vote & Lose Elec College (1+ / 0-)
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    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:48:47 AM PDT

    •  Not likely. (10+ / 0-)

      For that to happen Romney would have to perform better than Bush didin the South.  Bush was generally around 57% in the deep south. McCain was about the same.  No way Romney does better.  First, he's Mitt Romney.  He's not an inspiring candidate. Second, he is a mormon looking for votes a region that is a bit sensitive on matters of religion.  Third, Democrats will turn out in the South to support Obama which will get him over 42%.

      Also keep in mind that all of the trackers show Obama leading in 3 of the 4 regions of the country.  

      Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

      by khyber900 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:20:56 AM PDT

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      •  My born-again neighbors who had "take back (1+ / 0-)
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        our country" signage on their lawns in 2010 and McCain and Bush signs for the previous elections have nothing...nada...on their lawn this year.  There are some that just won't be able to vote for a Mormon.  

        Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

        by Fury on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:31:28 AM PDT

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  •  Enjoyed this, Mark! (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the roundup.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:52:04 AM PDT

  •  I tend to agree (2+ / 0-)
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    That Obama has run an uninspired, defensive campaign and is to blame for jeopardizing his reelection. Once again democratic messaging fucking sucks. It never changes. There is no killer instinct.

    CNN has called it: Luke Skywalker vs. the Death Star is a tie!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:58:40 AM PDT

  •  Easy to be glib about geoengineering, but reality (3+ / 0-)
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    is different.

    Not the reality of its dangers and the possibility of screwing things up even worse than they are, but

    we've decided that dealing with the real problem is just so darn hard. So we're just going to cover it up.
    is, in this context, so wrong as to be a flat-out lie.

    Ironically, the quote is actually right if you apply it to the hordes of rose-colored glasses environmentalists who seem to think that putting a little caulk in the windows, buying a prius, and shuffling all those poor dumb suburbanites off to city ghettos will solve the problem.

    The reality they cannot stand to address is this:

    Atmospheric CO2 has topped 390 ppm, and will top 400 ppm in the next few years.  Many scientists believe that 350ppm is the highest safe level that the earth can sustain, and many of those who don't buy in to 350 buy into 400.

    Remembering that CO2 lingers in the atmosphere for a very, very long time  --- ie, if CO2 emissions dropped to 0 today, it would take hundreds of years for the atmospheric concentration to return to, say, 19th century levels...

    CO2 emissions are going up, up , up thanks to emerging economies, especially China.  While a number of factors (including fracking-induced natural gas prices ---ewww!!! --- have caused US emissions to fall back to 1992 levels, China's emissions are growing by about 10% a year.  Chinese CO2 output is now nearly double that of the US, and will triple US output in the next few years.

    And all that is happening during a broken global economy.  Imagine what will happen when things pick up.

    If 400ppm is bad, and especially if 350ppm is bad, we may have little choice but to try some geoengineering because the atmospheric concentration is going to shoot well beyond 400 and stay there for a good long time.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:15:17 AM PDT

    •  I have this sinking feeling (4+ / 0-)

      that this (geoengineering) has been the "back up" plan for all the politicos.  No political person wants to commit political "suicide" by even mentioning the simple observation that the human race has destroyed its own environment.  

      •  If so, my hat is off to them for at least having a (0+ / 0-)

        backup plan.

        I don't give them that much credit.

        I find interesting your use of the past tense.

        I don't know if we're quite there yet, but you may be right.  It could be like those doomsday scenarios from the 60s -- nuclear missiles are launched and all you can do is wait for them to strike.

        If the leading scientists are right, we are in one big pickle (for however long we can grow cucumbers).

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:46:37 AM PDT

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      •  What are they going to say? (0+ / 0-)

        It wasn't real to begin with but we have a solution? Or, god warmed the planet and has now sent us secret instructions about how to fix it? I'd be much happier if they all suddenly decided they could make a HUGE fortune with green tech. But somehow that never occurs to them.

        •  It's why I'm mad at everybody... (0+ / 0-)

          environmentalists for focusing so much on regulation and government control, and everybody else for sticking their heads in the sand.

          The market really is a powerful mechanism and I absolutely cannot believe that there isn't a great big pile of money to be made.  Worse -- from my free market perspective -- I think there are a bunch of different scaled piles to be made.  Some things require large scale, some don't.

          Sigh.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:46:28 AM PDT

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    •  I read this book a year ago.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and was wondering when talk of geongineering would bubble up to the surface. I recommend it to anyone interested in the topic. Fixing the Sky, by James Rodger Fleming.  http://www.americanscientist.org/...

    •  You'll have time to avoid the trains (1+ / 0-)
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      See, first we would "strongly encourage" you to wear an "S" on your clothing for "Suburbanite" for a couple of years, and when shaming you for your relatively high carbon footprint doesn't adequately "adjust your perspective" THEN some of the more ardent proponents of my Movement have warned that we may have to consider rounding you up and herding you into the "Ghettos."

      To be completely honest, when I was at the most recent session of the "Suburban Concentration Pros and Cons" Seminar in my "Action Cell", someone asked if we would even be able to spare the resources and energy to relocate volunteers, let alone everyone. The answer was sobering, and while I won't bore you with the details, I came away believing that you will be able to enjoy your bucolic, Prius-free suburban paradise indefinitely: the list of other priorities will simply be greater. Our Cell will likely disband at the end of the year, and most of us will probably be "re-purposed" to Vertical Farming or Central City Heliostat placement.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 07:40:47 AM PDT

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      •  Prius-free suburbs? (1+ / 0-)
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        Haven't seen any of those.
        I would bet most Priuses live in suburbs.

        We can't afford one, but our teeny little flea car (Accent) does pretty well around town.  Our bicycles do better (weather permitting).

        We also do much better with locally grown produce than most cities do because, well, they grow a lot of it within ten miles of our house.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:50:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  interesting Tomasky post on DMR (4+ / 0-)
    This Romney endorsement editorial, if you actually bother to read it, is little more than a practical joke. First of all, it has all the hallmarks of having been ordered by the publisher over the objections of the editorial board. Normally, a sentence like "the Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement," translated into blunt English means: "Our idiot publisher forced this tripe down our throats, and we're counting on you the more knowledgeable readers to understand this."
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:18:53 AM PDT

  •  Douthat!! (shaking fist at sky) (11+ / 0-)
    tomorrow’s feminists may look back on his campaign’s pitch to women and see a different theme emerge: a weirdly paternalistic form of social liberalism, in which women are forever single girls and the president is their father, lover, fiancé and paladin all rolled into one. (Our future dissertation author may note with bemusement, for instance, that Dunham’s ad mirrors a similar advertisement cut for ... Vladimir Putin.)
    No, they won't. What they will remember is the right's endless parsing of women's rights as a "special interest", and Romney really doesn't want to take our rights away, and it's all just silly hysteria from women over nothing!

    Disappearing

    (this photograph is called "Disappearing Muslim Women":
    Boushra al-Moutawakel, a female photographer from Yemen, created this  stunning piece of photo-art as a commentary on how Muslim women in her country are literally disappearing from public life.)

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:24:42 AM PDT

  •  Sensata A Symbol of Romney Economics! (4+ / 0-)

    Pres. Obama should be holding rallies at Sensata, in Freeport, Ill, to expose the prinicpals and polices of Bain/Romney!

    Really Cool:

    NewsFromUnderground: Anonymous warns Karl Rove not to do it this time. They’re Watching!

    http://bit.ly/...

    •  Amen to That! (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to live in Freeport, a town whose jobs are drying up like late summer beans.  And - why the hell isn't Obama out and about today?  He can run the hurricane from Air Force One.  I thought he was coming to Green Bay. He should have three or four stops a day from now on.  Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze! Uzzzzzzzzzz!

  •  astonishing to me this race being close n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Yes, I am the Queen. Tweet me @QofTU

    by DFJtoo on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:32:45 AM PDT

  •  Just for fun (11+ / 0-)

    this is without gallup and rasmussen:

    and this is with them:

    In fact, this is them alone:

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:32:45 AM PDT

  •  If Romney should win and does everything he (2+ / 0-)
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    can to ruin the Obama Agenda on Day One, I have said this on another Website, that on Day Two, I am working for the Democratic Candidate that I feel can flatten Romney in 2016.  My reasons will be in a slogan......"Don't Get Mad; Get Even!

  •  Thank you for APR (2+ / 0-)
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    It's my favorite daily must read but I've never said so. Tipped and reccd and much appreciated.

    "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

    by Jim R on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:48:32 AM PDT

  •  Did anyone read the Des Moines Register (8+ / 0-)

    endorsement?

    That is the most hilarious endorsement I have ever read.  Clearly, that isn't the point of view of the editorial board.

    This is their reasoning.

    Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate.

    The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors. He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies. He successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority — and rightly so

    That is not me stopping because of fair use.   That is it.  The whole enchilada.  He is the guy because his priority is the economy!!  Rousing endorsement...

    Sounds like this endorsement was about as real as the I am doing fine recording from a hostage.  Liberal bloggers around the country should parody this and make it viral.  Frankly, I think the board wants this to get out.  They might as well have said "the aspens are falling"...

    I hope Iowans read between the lines...

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” Former Democratic Congressman - Tom Perriello "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - MHP

    by justmy2 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:05:46 AM PDT

    •  LOL (3+ / 0-)
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      Greg posted the almost exact same reaction from Michael Tomasky above:

      This Romney endorsement editorial, if you actually bother to read it, is little more than a practical joke. First of all, it has all the hallmarks of having been ordered by the publisher over the objections of the editorial board. Normally, a sentence like "the Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement," translated into blunt English means: "Our idiot publisher forced this tripe down our throats, and we're counting on you the more knowledgeable readers to understand this."
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/...

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:09:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Ohio poll that has both candidates tied at 49% (4+ / 0-)
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    makes me extremely nervous. I was beginning to feel confident and then I see this poll.  This poll confirms a memo that the Romney campaign put out to dispute the Time poll where Obama was ahead by 5 points.  This year's election is making me nervous. In 2008, all the national polls showed Obama leading, so even if you were skeptical of Obama winning, but at least  there was certainty. This year not so much. You have an economy that is slowly recovering, racial polarization has increased per the AP article. This is nerve wracking. I will continue GOTV but with trepidation.

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

    by Micheline on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:06:16 AM PDT

    •  it is close, and that's a good poll (4+ / 0-)
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      it's not the only poll in a well polled state.

      Late movement can happen, and Romney can win. The odds say he won't though.

      And, don't forget ground game wins states like this, as does early voting.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:10:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  From what I heard is that this poll always (0+ / 0-)

        hits final percentage on the mark.

        Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

        by Micheline on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:17:37 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  as I said, it's a good poll (1+ / 0-)
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          it's a close race. But it's not magically right. Selzer is terrific on IA, but also not always magically right.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:26:22 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  The poll is based on older data (3+ / 0-)
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          An important point to consider is that the poll was conducted  between 10/18 and 10/23 which was primarily before the third presidential debate. It seems that the data we've seen on polls conducted since then shows the President pulling ahead in Ohio.

          However, this election is going to be close so in my view the best thing to do is stay positive and work as hard as we can to GOTV! I live in Texas and am making phone calls to battleground states to do some little part. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who are volunteering their time, out there knocking on doors and leaving nothing behind in making sure President Obama is re-elected.

      •  We all know about the Obama ground game and (0+ / 0-)

        how it should give us an advantage. But do you know how much of a ground game the GOP has this time?  I understand that Romney outsourced it to the RNC.  From what I can tell from early voting, the GOP has vastly increased early participation. What we can't tell is whether those are election day voters just voting early or new or unlikely voters who are either enthused or voters that the GOP ground game has recruited.  So I guess my question is what do you know about the Romney "ground game"?  Is the increase in early voting indicative of enthusiasm? Or is it a result of a better GOTV for the GOP than in 2008?  Or is it just a transfer of election day votes?  Obviously this is THE question in NC. My other thought, which is based on anecdotal information from a very red area in NC is whether or not the Tea Party organization is making a difference in getting new votes out. Or at least new votes since 2008 as they may have voted in 2010. I have seen quite a bit of GOTV organizing from them here locally. I am wondering what other people have seen as far as the GOP ground game.

        Sorry for all the questions. I just haven't seen this addressed much.

        "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

        by stellaluna on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:35:16 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  most observers think GOP better than '08 (0+ / 0-)

          they'd almost have to be. Same observers think Dems better than 08 esp. with targeting sporadic voters. Also, RNC focused on locals as well as Prez, whereas OFA is only Prez. Romney-Allen but Obama, not Obama-Kaine.

          Messina specifically says that D early voting is sporadic voters. Don't know about GOP.

          We'll see.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 10:07:02 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Obama's ground game in the swing states (2+ / 0-)
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      will be good for at least a point or two. So even if that single poll showing Ohio tied is more accurate than all the other ones showing Obama in the lead anywhere from 2 to 5 points, our GOTV can win a squeaker on the ground.

      The other thing to remember, always, is that Obama's path to 270 is much easier than Romney's and always has been. Romney can't lose several swing states that polling now shows him as being behind in. His electoral map has always been dicey and still is.

      We are going to win, because we want it more. Our voters and our volunteers are fighting for their lives, their Obamacare, their Medicare, Medicaid for the disabled and the elderly, and women for the right to control their own bodies.

      Do you think millionaires are going to be knocking on doors and canvassing to fight for their 20 percent tax cut? Nope. And the social conservatives have never been too sure about Mitt. Yeah, they hate Obama, but it's going to be in the back of their minds that Mitt will sell them out in the end. They just don't trust the guy (rightly so), and this is going to affect how much effort they put out to elect him.

  •  Our culture of "Assholes" (4+ / 0-)
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    Earlier assholes presented examples of self-aggrandizement in the name of a larger moral cause. The newer style of self-aggrandizing asshole needs little or no such pretext.

    Donald Trump plainly likes being on the air. He is convincingly portrayed as an asshole in the documentary “Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?” (answer: Trump, as one man’s greed and ego brought down a whole sports league). Lately, however, Trump has become something closer to a media buffoon—except that he does not seem to be joking. Like Falwell, Trump believes there is something important in his appearing and reappearing in the news and on TV, without betraying any sense that a lot of us have a hard time seeing what that important something would be.

    Or, How Fox News created a new culture of idiots

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:13:08 AM PDT

  •  The truth about this election. (6+ / 0-)

    If you want a clear indication on where things will end up, go straight to Vegas.

    Las Vegas does not include opinion when they set a line for a bet.  They know their stuff.

    President Obama - 185   FAVORITE TO WIN

    There is the truth.  

    Fox News can do their best to pretend their guy has some mo, or any lead, but they can't convince Las Vegas into their lie.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:19:56 AM PDT

  •  Disagree with Bruni (4+ / 0-)

    The reason the race is perceived to be razor thin is not because Obama disappointed. The reason is we have a very sophisticated right wing media apparatus in place that has changed perceptions about Obama's first term and the nature of this race. If not for this post-truth political media environment there would be no contest.

  •  2 Senate races on the knife's edge (3+ / 0-)
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    Princeton Election Consortium:

    North Dakota - Heitkamp v. Berg.  Heidi Heitkamp is being outspent, having received Rove dollars, and donations can make all the difference.

    Montana - Tester v. Rehberg.  Rehberg, a climate change denialist, is a member of the House Science Committee (!)

  •  tell me something-- (0+ / 0-)

    would you all be this hysterical about this weather system if it weren't an election year? i sure don't recollect this much screaming and yelling, especially about what THAT president should've been doing, when katrina wrecked havoc along the gulf coast, just all of the "heck of a job, brownie" sneering after it was over. and then all of this wailing that this weather system will cost the president the election when i still don't understand what the man is supposed to do. his name is obama, not dumbledore, he can't just wave a magic wand and quiesce the storm. people here are really pissing me off with these dumb-assed demands that he DO SOMETHING!!!!! gosh, this reminds me of 2008 and the crashing economy and the demands that CANDIDATE obama do something!!!

    either you believe the "chill the fuck out, i got this" graphic or you don't, but give me a break.

    •  Then you weren't paying attention (2+ / 0-)
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      There were numerous tracking diaries at the time. DK had better information on the storm and storm prep then most weather sites and all the major news sites.  We've long been blessed by diarists (and front pagers) with a deep understanding and interest in ts area, who have done a bang up job keeping the community informed.

    •  what mark said (0+ / 0-)

      the short answer is yes we would
      the longer answer is we always have.

      As for katrina, check it out: 2999 items listed. Those are only the ones tagged properly.  

      see also: http://www.dailykos.com/...

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:49:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I really don't get... (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, politicalceci

    ...George Will.

    And George Will who is writing about... God knows. Even if I had to live on a roof for two weeks while waiting for FEMA, I still wouldn't be miserable enough to read Will's latest "I throw all my 1980s columns in a blender and print whatever comes out" mishmash.
    Every so often, like once a month, he says something that flirts with making sense, a subliminal compulsion just to remind himself that he's not totally insane.

    Then, as you say, he returns to 1980's Reagan fantasy world.

    I think that's what happens when you have to rely on tea party wing nuts to keep your party afloat.

    You need to say something once in a while to make yourself feel better about how stupid your politics really are.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

    by jkay on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 07:56:49 AM PDT

  •  Maybe I was one of the exceptions to the (0+ / 0-)

    rule of those who voted for Obama, but I was as equally excited about defeating McCain as I was about electing Obama.  That might also account for the fact that I was never so disappointed in the decisions Obama made as president that I ever considered voting for someone else in this election.

    To be very honest, I was much more disappointed in Pelosi than I ever was with Obama.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:24:03 AM PDT

  •  I shouldn't say this but... (0+ / 0-)

    re Bruni, has anyone considered that maybe the main reason Obama did so poorly in the first debate was because, with a comfortable lead, he felt he could simply be himself? And that listless guy we saw is who Obama actually is?

    Why did he come off so poorly? Because, faced with a hyper-aggressive, dishonest, right-wing Republican bully willing to do or say anything to defeat him, his reaction was to be friendly and agreeable to the aggressor, to avoid fighting back or even pointing out the lies as much as possible but instead try to find common ground with the attacker and pretend half of his lies were actually true? I mean, what else has he been doing for the last four years? This is how he's governed, consistently. The problem is he and his advisors live in a bubble world where the leaders of the US professional classes (who are the real base of the contemporary Democratic Party) actually approve of this sort of behavior, they see it as statesmanlike or admirable or something like that, as members of the professional classes always value form over content, and "getting along" over effectiveness, and thus seemed to be unaware that no one else in America sees rewarding bullies as particularly admirable at all.

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