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Andrew Freedman writes that Campaign for Climate Resilience Spreads Across U.S.:

In the wake of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $19.5 billion plan to make the Big Apple better prepared for future extreme weather events on the scale of Hurricane Sandy, dozens of other cities and counties in the U.S. are showing increased interest in pursuing so-called “climate resilience” plans.

On Tuesday, 45 local elected officials from cities A (Ann Arbor) to W (Washington, D.C.) signed on to a new campaign called Resilient Communities for America to share information and take actions that would bolster their communities against the multifaceted challenges posed by global climate change, including more frequent and severe extreme weather events and, in coastal cities, sea level rise.

Some cities, like New York, are already taking action. Broward County, Fla., is part of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact, which recently created a climate action plan that includes coastal flood protection measures. Broward County experienced flooding from Hurricane Sandy as well as a high tide event, damaging portions of the vital A1A coastal roadway. Farther south, the city of Miami is incorporating sea level rise into its Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan, slated to be completed by the end of the year.

And smaller cities are beginning to assess their climate change risks, too. Cambridge, Mass., for example, is conducting a $300,000 climate-change vulnerability assessment.

A major limitation facing local leaders, though, is a lack of federal assistance during this time of tight local budgets. A new report released on Wednesday points out that the federal government is spending far more money on post-disaster assistance than it is on pre-disaster preparation and mitigation.

The report, by the Center for American Progress, a progressive Washington think tank, found that the federal government spent just $22 billion on resilience efforts between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2013. This compares to the $136 billion the government doled out in separate disaster relief and recovery funds during the same period.

“Based on those figures, federal taxpayers spent nearly $6 for disaster recovery for every $1 spent to increase general community resilience over the past three years,” the report said.

According to FEMA, every dollar spent on enhancing communities’ ability to withstand extreme events reduces the cost of damage from such events by about $4.[…]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009The Staggering Cost of Playing it "Safe":

On December 22, 2001, a 28-year-old minor thug and former gang member from South London climbed onto a Boeing 767 bound for Miami.  On the sparsely booked flight, he settled into a window seat in an otherwise empty row. Ninety minutes into the flight, with the plane well out over the Atlantic, a flight attendant noticed smoke coming from his area. She informed him that as the flight was an American flight, no smoking was allowed. A few minutes later, he was hunched over in his seat when the attendant saw that he wasn't trying to light a cigarette. He was trying to light his shoe. The flight attendant, aided by passengers, acted quickly.  Richard Reid never got another chance to light his shoe bomb.

Thanks to the immediate action of the the those on board, there was no damage to the plane.  No injuries or loss of life.  

Since that day in 2001, every passenger entering a commercial airliner has been required to remove their shoes for inspection and X-ray. A precaution that is... massively, even breathtakingly idiotic.

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I feel like I'm reading the terms & conditions every time my mother texts me.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the farm bill failure, "The Republican War on Data," maneuvering on immigration reform, and Tom Edsall's NYT opinion piece, "Our Broken Social Contract." And that Edsall piece ended up being the basis for most of the rest of the show, so much was there wrapped up in it. Armando called in to join that conversation, plus give us a look at the day's Netroots Nation agenda. And just for kicks at the end, "If We Can't Stop Corporations from Hiding in Cayman Islands to Avoid Taxes, We All Need to Become Pirates." Where have we heard this idea before? Hint: Here!

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  •  Have a great weekend everyone! (10+ / 0-)

    ------"Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend."------- Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:31:41 PM PDT

  •  JUST for the humor. (4+ / 0-)
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    Immigration 1492:

    "Aw hell, go ahead and let 'em in. They look okay to me."

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:32:50 PM PDT

  •  It's pretty bad when dkos goes down and even (11+ / 0-)

    the site status site can't be found.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:35:53 PM PDT

  •  there's a political dimension to disaster relief (14+ / 0-)
    A new report released on Wednesday points out that the federal government is spending far more money on post-disaster assistance than it is on pre-disaster preparation and mitigation.
    post disaster relief buys you good will...pre-disaster preparations go unnoticed by voters or are considered profligate spending.

    El Camino Man, only you would understand Help me if you can, cuz you're an El Camino Man

    by Keith930 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:38:22 PM PDT

  •  "The Metric System...For the Love of God!" (2+ / 0-)
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    Canadian Bacon :)

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:43:18 PM PDT

  •  So what's the Plan for Miami... (4+ / 0-)

    ...jack the city up on pylons?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:46:47 PM PDT

    •  Oh, seawalls, pumps, stealing high ground (1+ / 0-)
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      from the poorer parts of town.

      Rolling Stone does it again - I live in SoFla.  I am not planning to retire here.  I don't want to sell my current home even to accommodate moving my mom in with me.  I know I'll be leaving within 15 years and where I live now is not projected to be under water until 2050 or 2060.  

      But where I work?  If the timing is right, my office will be under water so often, by the time I'm 65, that my boss will finally decide that being there is not worth the effort.

      Great article (and I know some of the people that are quoted - lawyers and developers are the kind of people that are always in our conference room).  

      In a somewhat ironic note, the article talks about Liberty City being the "high ground" - if anybody recalls the McDuffy riots back in 1980, a good portion of the Miami area riot damage was THERE.  Real estate developers will get desperate and start buying up the depressed areas, pushing the working poor out - where will they go?  If there is no place where a non-millionaire can afford to live in Dade County, who will work in their restaurants, grocery stores?  What's the point of building and building, as your coast floods, your aquifer is nothing but salt-water, Turkey Point is threatened with a melt down with every big storm, nobody is there to work for you and your high ground mansion is only accessible by boat?  

      The Heat better learn to play basketball underwater, cuz their arena will be one of the first places to flood.

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:30:23 AM PDT

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      •  Further inland? Georgia? (1+ / 0-)
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        Real estate developers will get desperate and start buying up the depressed areas, pushing the working poor out - where will they go?  
        Maybe the Heat can change to playing water polo.  
        The Heat better learn to play basketball underwater, cuz their arena will be one of the first places to flood.  

        Renewable energy brings national global security.     

        by Calamity Jean on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:17:34 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not sure spending $billions in an attempt to (1+ / 0-)
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    weatherproof cities from major climate events is money well spent.  How about making sure the public schools have working physical science labs and decent libraries, or improving the public transportation/bus system instead?

    It's going to rain.  And the wind will blow sometimes.  That's life.  You can't eliminate every risk associated with living, without robbing public coffers of the funds needed to created opportunities for living.

    El Camino Man, only you would understand Help me if you can, cuz you're an El Camino Man

    by Keith930 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:52:35 PM PDT

    •  Because taking preventive and protective action... (13+ / 0-)

      ...costs a fraction of what it costs to wait until afterward:

      The technologies needed to accomplish this goal vary in cost and complexity. The St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, for instance, was essentially destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and has been rebuilt with a tornado-proof design that includes windows that can resist winds of up to 250 miles per hour at a cost of $170 per square foot—$70 more per square foot than standard windows. The cost of including a safe room designed to protect people from tornados in the construction of a new home can cost $8,000, and it costs about $10,000 to add to an existing home. (see attached spreadsheet for list of resilience technologies and cost)

      Several coastal Texas cities that are vulnerable to hurricanes recently invested in community shelters to protect their residents. Edna, Texas, built a $2.5 million hurricane shelter large enough to shield the town’s 5,500 residents from winds up to 300 miles per hour. The shelter also doubles as a high-school gymnasium. FEMA paid for 75 percent of it, and it plans to invest $683 million in similar shelters in 18 other states.

      New York and New Jersey are buying out homeowners with severely damaged homes located in flood-prone areas using federal funds provided under the Disaster Relief Act. This resilience measure is expensive and something many coastal communities cannot afford to undertake on their own.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:04:49 PM PDT

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      •  $ well spent, but it's like battening the hatches (4+ / 0-)
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        on the Titanic unless simultaneously we require new buildings, and retrofit old buildings, to greatly reduce their greenhouse* gas footprint.  Requiring all construction after Jan 1 2014 to meet LEED gold standards would be helpful.
         * Building solar greenhouses, on the other hand, can be part of the solution.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00:00 PM PDT

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        •  Totally agreed. I wrote something in this regard.. (4+ / 0-)

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06:45 PM PDT

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          •  That is an excellent Diary & Steve Silberman.. (4+ / 0-)
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            ..writung at Wired:Energy Web -  a visionary indeed

            The best minds in electricity R&D have a plan: Every node in the power network of the future will be awake, responsive, adaptive, price-smart, eco-sensitive, real-time, flexible, humming - and interconnected with everything else. ...

             The smarter energy network of the future, [the Electric Power Research Institute] believes, will incorporate a diversified pool of resources located closer to the consumer, pumping out low- or zero-emissions power in backyards, driveways, downscaled local power stations, and even in automobiles, while giving electricity users the option to become energy vendors. The front end of this new system will be managed by third-party "virtual utilities," which will bundle electricity, gas, Internet access, broadband entertainment, and other customized energy services. (This vision is reminiscent of Edison's original ambition for the industry, which was not to sell lightbulbs, but to create a network of technologies and services that provided illumination.)

            I'm going to have to keep an eye out for more from the first..  
            EPRI was the first industrywide R&D consortium in America.
            ..of its kind.

            Plus too his ideas sound alot like Stacey Mitchell's ideas about a greater diversification of energy sources. Homeowners as producers and consumers. With energy divesification, massive overall power outages during storms will be limited because the sources are far greater in number.
            Plus it makes for a more engaged community

            Where economic power is diffused, political power is more widely and democratically exercised. And, likewise, as economic power becomes more concentrated, civic engagement slumps. - Stacey Mitchell
            I agree with the first comment by: Rolfyboy6 on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 06:03:20 PM PDT -  Way out ahead as usual Thanks, M. B.

            P.S. whether big Oil or other energy producers like it or not, with technology advances like hand held personal computers instead of only big mainframes or cell phones capable of TV broadcasting, clean energy independent homes will be the normal thing some day soon.
            That is where the smart investments are for the future. So until then our government has to lead on this investment imo. Just like on so many/most of the big infrastructure projects

        •  almost every rivet on the starboard... (6+ / 0-)

          ...side literally popped out of its joint seam when the Titanic struck the iceberg that sank it.  Do you know why? Because some idiot thought (the chief engineer in charge of construction) that he could save money by using a substandard $3 rivet, instead of the $6 top-of-the-line rivet the designer of the vessel called for. Had he bought the right rivet perhaps the historians would've written how the Titanic broke the record for crossing the Atlantic. So you see my point, Albanius. It  is, like the old adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's MB's thrust of his article.

          "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

          by ImpeachKingBushII on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:51:55 PM PDT

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          •  When CO2 was this high in the Middle Miocene (6+ / 0-)

            ... sea levels were about 30m (100 feet) higher: Tripati et al, 2009.  Coastlines were miles inland relative to now.

            The only adaptation that could suffice would be migration to higher ground by hundreds of millions or billions of people.

            The only preventive medicine available for that would be to lower CO2 below 350ppm (and similarly lower other GHGs like methane)  over the next 3-4 decades, according to top scientists like James Hansen.

            Some sea level rise, storm surge, stronger hurricanes are already baked in with a time lag of decades.  So yes, am in accord with MB's diary (and MB's response to my comment was "Totally agreed..."). I began by saying "money well spent". Intelligent adaptation measures as described are necessary investments, but necessary is not necessarily sufficient.  

            Unless we simultaneously invest in actual PREVENTION, the point of my comment, the disasters we are already seeing will be followed by catastrophe which would overwhelm proposed adaptations.


            There's no such thing as a free market!

            by Albanius on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:28:04 AM PDT

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            •  all true, but . . . (1+ / 0-)
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              that amount of sea level rise will take centuries, if not more.  Melting big blocks of landed ice is a slow process, and there's still a lot of cold water in the oceans to absorb the excess heat first.  So "adaptation" will work in the "human timeframe" . . . and the buildings now being built between ten and twenty feet above sea level in Berkeley will themselves be torn down (as were the buildings they replaced) long before they flood.

              And the chance of getting atmospheric CO2 to below 350ppm "over the next 3-4 decades" is zero.   You know where that leads.  At this point "prevention" is a lost cause, and "adaptation" is the only option (well . . . it's not an "option" at all . . . it's what's going to happen, one way or t'other).

              Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

              by Deward Hastings on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:21:45 AM PDT

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              •  Prevention of full polar melting IS feasible (0+ / 0-)

                but we are running out of time.  Scientists in recent years were shocked to observe actual polar melting  much faster than the models had predicted, due to such phenomena as lubrication of glacier movement by meltwater and melting of ice shelfs from the bottom.  So catastrophic overheating (as distinct from mere disasters) may commence later in this century.

                I abbreviated the scientists' recommendation: at least 80% reduction in annual GHG emissions by 2050, which would set us on a glide course back down to 350 ppm subsequently.

                IIRC, the current estimate is that would keep global temperature rise to about 2C, which would probably avoid runaway, uncontrollable positive feedbacks such as massive methane (CH4) release from thawing permafrost, which  would then lead to an additional 5-10C of warming, major polar continental meltdowns, and huge sea level rise.

                There is no silver bullet, not even the Tesla by itself, to shoot down GHG emissions, but Joe Romm on ClimateProgress explains how we can get there with  a "wedges" strategy, deploying multiple proven technologies to improve energy productivity and phase in renewable supplies to meet diverse end uses, adding up to an 80% reduction.

                There's no such thing as a free market!

                by Albanius on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:46:38 PM PDT

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                •  far too little, (0+ / 0-)

                  far too late.

                  We'll see 450ppm in 20 years, and a "glide" back to 350ppm would take centuries at best.  And we're not going to see "best".  We're going to blast right through that "2°C" like it's just a number on a blog.

                  Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

                  by Deward Hastings on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:10:42 PM PDT

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    •  What are the odds that New Orleans will be above (3+ / 0-)
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      water in fifty years?

      Not very good I would say. What are they going to do? Put in 100 nuclear-powered pumps?

      It reminds me of the king standing in the ocean commanding the tide to recede.

  •  This morning on Google: (4+ / 0-)
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    Top searches:
    1. Paula Deen
    2. Beef Recall
    3. Miley Cyrus
    I'm so clueless when it comes to pop-culture, that for a moment, I found myself wondering who the hell, "Beef Recall" was. I ain't kidding.
    I'm old enough to remember, "Dash Riprock" from the, "Beverly Hillbillies."



    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:58:09 PM PDT

  •  Andy for NSA Director (5+ / 0-)

    Found via The Dish

  •  Consider this in the light of human health: (6+ / 0-)
    According to FEMA, every dollar spent on enhancing communities’ ability to withstand extreme events reduces the cost of damage from such events by about $4.[…]
    Now, if that doesn't make sense, I'm damned if I know what does.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:33:07 PM PDT

  •  Maine gov. LePage: Corruption is the perfect word (8+ / 0-)

    This is Gov. LePage. This guy. Windmills are fake:
    "..they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious"

     LePage has been stopped by the people in his efforts to serve his donors, so he picked a corporate lobbyist to run the Dept. of Environmetal Protection. A choice that has allowed him to undue many of the environmental protection people voted into law.

    The lobbyist in the henhouse: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving? - Posted: June 20 Updated: Today at 4:25 PM

    For two years, public servant Patricia Aho has overseen Maine's environmental protection. But whom does she really serve? A seven-month investigation by the Telegram points to her former corporate clients. Part 1 of a 3-day series.
    LePage pickes a former corporate Lobbyist to head the DEP (Dept of environmental Protection) Patricia Aho..:

    The Portland Press Herald has been investigating LePage and the lobbyist, Patricia Aho, for approaching two years.

    Aho..  "forgot" to file paper work, and in doing so gave complete control of Flagstaff Lake to Florida Power & Light. The people have zero say now for the next three quarters of a century.

    Just a few of this womans doings:
     • Kid Safe Products Act – gone

     • Reduced enforcement actions by 49 percent against large developers and landowners.

     • Fought to roll back recycling programs that are strongly opposed by former clients of Aho and a still-active lobbyist

     • Oversaw a purge of information from the DEP’s website and a clampdown on its personnel, restricting their ability to communicate relevant information to lawmakers, the public, policy staff and one another.

    Every action that the people were against yet corporations  (Aho' former corp clients) wanted done she is now doing as the head of Maines DEP

    And this list is just a small part. - just rampant corruption

    I'll bet Bill of Portland Maine is all over this, I just haven't had time  to look - yet


  •  NN13 Interviews - Sam Seder (3+ / 0-)
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    Sam interviewed Markos Moulitsas, Digby, David Dayen, and others live at NN13 yesterday. You can listen on his site. Scroll down a little on the left and click the play arrow where it says 6/20 Netroots Nation 2013.

    Or search Majority Report on iTunes for free podcast.

    Today, he interviewed Cliff Schecter and Ari Berman and others. It is posted at the top of his page.

    •  Thank you. I'd never heard Digby before this.. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd heard Sam Seder, Markos and David Dayen. She sounds just like I'd imagied - smart.
      Kos has some optimism about our chances 2014 what with the GOP unraveling and no end of it in sight.

  •  the RW think tanks are sending t-points to their (1+ / 0-)
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    RW radio stations to counter this.

    does it require legislative effort? then the local RW stations will have a lot to say about it.

    how will the results be interpreted? will they be discussed in public, like single payer, lied about on 1200 radio stations for 20 years?

    it will be well timed and efficient. it needs to be efficient because there really aren't that many constituents that believe that shit- but they have the bully pulpit the rest of the 24 hours when obama is not actually on it because the left tolerates it, even lazily calls it just a free speech free ride.

    while the environmentalists work on their grassroots efforts all the talk radio local blowhards have to do is follow local GOP instructions, and timing is everything- especially when you have the loudest radio stations on the planet.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:02:31 PM PDT

  •  Untold bllions for "climate resilience" (5+ / 0-)

    but not a penny for preventing climate change!  It don't get no more Merkin than that.

    "You may very well think so, I could not possibly comment." ~ Francis Urquhart, pragmatic political philosopher

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06:21 PM PDT

  •  In other news, Jim Hansen called out some... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...anti-nukes in Environmental Science and Technology for their on going attempts to destroy the atmosphere.

    It was delicious, and I quote:

    Much as Sovacool et al. would prefer to live in a world in which near-term mitigation targets can be fully realized without nuclear, in the real world the urgency and scale of the climatecrisis require that we retain and expand all nonfossil electricity sources, especially those that can directly displace base load coal plants. The propagation of biased and misleading arguments against nuclear power by Sovacool et al. and others does a great disservice to the all-important goal of avoiding dangerous anthropogenic climate change.
    The bold is mine.

    Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 6718−6719

    This response comes after a nonsensical response to Hansen'[s recent paper in the same journal pointing out how many lives nuclear energy saved despite the fear and ignorance directed against by people who can't think.   There's a very strong inference on his part that said anti-nuke fear and ignorance kills people.

    Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (9), pp 4889–4895

    Well, yeah...

    I guess the fact that Hansen is getting a little more overtly pissed off by anti-nuke fear and ignorance will greatly reduce his popularity here, where he was once something of an icon.

    There's always been a lot of lip service here to having respect for science and scientists even if there seems to an abysmally low familiarity with what scientists do and say.

    Have a nice weekend.

    •  You know the drill: Most folks like science until (1+ / 0-)
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      they realize it disagrees with them.

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

      by dinotrac on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:06:52 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, there was a fine scientist who used to... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...write here who had exactly that sentiment in her profile statement:

        mem from somerville

        Her line was very similar to what you produced:

        mem owns her own company (that she does not shill here) training on open source software. PhD in molecular/cell biology in plant + animal systems, the kind of independent scientist people claim they want to hear from, until they dislike the conclusions.
        She used to be prolific here, but, although she apparently recently commented, I think she's been exhausted by the onslaught of agressive scientific ignorance here and comes here very, very, very rarely.

        Her fight was different than mine, and involved the fear and ignorance about genetic engineering that flies around here, but once one recognizes that the ignorance on the left is just as pernicious as ignorance on the right, one is left with a feeling of hopelessness about the future.

        I can't speak for her, don't know her personally, but I suspect that the way she feels is pretty similar to what I feel.

  •  Ultimate irony: Calgary Oil Office Bldgs. FLOODED (5+ / 0-)
    The oil and gas industry moved to shut down vulnerable facilities throughout southern Alberta as a deluge of water from the Bow and Elbow rivers cut off their downtown Calgary head office towers Friday.

    Thousands of workers were told to stay home overnight Thursday on the advice of civic officials and in reaction to power and potential natural gas supply cutoffs.

    World-leading CO2 emitters and climate change deniers, Alberta Tar Sands oil companies won't be able to get into their downtown office towers until the underground tunnels have been drained and electric transformers dried out. Nothing to see here, that's just weather. Just because Calgary had this same 1 in 100 years event in 2005 doesn't mean it's climate change!

  •  OT (3+ / 0-)
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    1)  The action alerts on this site have been messed up for weeks.  Anybody else noticing this?  The orange bar covers the headline.

    2)  I'm sure not reading here as much lately.  So many of the recced diaries have an abundance of truly hateful comments. Not worth it.

    3)  As reported a few hours ago, it appears Snowden will be arrested in Hong Kong.

  •  Whats even more breathtaking idiot! (0+ / 0-)

    Removing flip flops !

    Takin it to the Streets! time to GOTV

    by totallynext on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 02:58:38 AM PDT

  •  I'm So Happy The Underwear Bomber... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm So Happy The Underwear Bomber isn't known as the Suppository Bomber!

    Since that day in 2001, every passenger entering a commercial airliner has been required to remove their shoes for inspection and X-ray. A precaution that is... massively, even breathtakingly idiotic.

    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

  •  Climate Resilience is A Bloody Mary - So quit the (0+ / 0-)

    habit of addiction to fossil fuels already.

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