Antarctica…..

Posted on May 28th, 2017 in Climage Change,Science,Trump Mania by Robert Miller

Antarctica is coming more sharply into focus, as climatologists, based on preliminary studies, have assessed the real dangers imposed by melting of the Antarctica ice and the threats that it poses to coastal cities. The New York Times is running a three part series on Antarctica, the first of which you can see HERE. This is a masterful piece of reporting, and it carries a message for all of us. The second part in this series you can view HERE.  The third part of this series you can view HERE (Each of them has a different local web address). This is a very important series, especially if you live in a coastal city.

  • More than 60% of the world’s fresh water resides in the ice sheets of Antarctica; and suddenly scientists are scrambling  for more data, alarmed by the threat of coastal flooding.  A few years ago most scientists thought they didn’t have to worry about Antarctica, it appeared to qualify as the picture of stability. But, a rapid deterioration of Antarctica would cause the sea level to rise so fast that tens of millions of coastal refugees would have to flee inland, causing societies to meet the breaking point of their culture and perhaps disintegrate. Climate scientists once regarded that scenario for disaster films. But now they cannot rule that out.
  • Recent computer forecasts suggest that if green house gas emissions continue at the high level that exists now, parts of Antarctica might break off some ice causing sea levels to rise six feet or more, by the end of this century. Remote as Antarctica seems to be, everyone who gets in a car, eats a steak or boards an airplane contributes to emissions that puts the coastal cities in jeopardy. If all the ice in Antarctica were to melt, like today, the sea level would rise by more than 160 ft! Research shows that if we burn all the fossil fuels known to exist, the collapse of the ice sheet will be inevitable.
  • Perhaps 25,000 years ago ice sheets began to melt and sea levels began to rise. Over several thousand years, coast lines began receded inland by as much as hundred miles.  Human civilization did not yet exist, but early societies of hunters and gatherers living along the world’s  shorelines would have watched the inundation claim their lands. Remnants of that ice age remain. A little bit of ice still clings to the mountains, but the main survivors are Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists once thought that further destruction of the ice sheets would take thousands of years. But starting in the 1970s, some warned that the ice sheets could be vulnerable and especially if the greenhouse gas emissions were not checked.
  • The race is on. Scientists are racing to understand what is happening to the ice shelf as the planet warms around it. They are also trying to measure the role of human-caused climate change in weakening other parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet, and to fathom how damaging warming seas and changing wind patterns might ultimately prove to be. To date now one seems able to answer these questions.
  • The answers carry profound implications. In the scientists’ worse case computer simulations, continued, continued global warming causes the Ross Ice Shelf to collapse starting as early as the middle of this century.

How anyone can stand and report that “global warming is a Chinese Hoax,” as President Trump stated throughout his campaign as a candidate for the presidency, I do not personally understand it. As Noam Chomsky once said “the Republican party is the worst party in history.”

RFM

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Breaking News………

Posted on May 20th, 2017 in Politics by Robert Miller

It seems like the Washington Post has become a better newspaper under Jeff Bezos’ leadership. At least that’s the way it seems to me. The founder of Amazon.com is making waves, as he continues to improve the Washington Post, which is now a rival for the New York Times. Not bad for a person that started out as an engineer, and quickly became an entrepreneur. The Washington Post has a new visual display showing the Russian connections for future use which you can view HERE. It is the most recent development which shows all the major players on the Trump squad, including some Russian players that we haven’t seen before; one must remember that an unidentified person of interest is now under investigation, and he/she is a member of the White House Staff, meaning that the investigation will be in an accelerated mode in the coming weeks and months.  This person, for obvious reasons has not been identified yet. (Jared Kushner, President Trumps son-in-law, has been identified as the new person under investigation).  All of these efforts point to an increasing level of pressure on the White House staff, especially give the fact, which we have seen reinforced lately, with many White House staffers, wondering if the are the next person to be thrown underneath the bus, as Donald Trump, in recent weeks has become famous for doing just that. The article that addresses this news and be seen HERE

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Paul Krugman devastates the Republican Party

Posted on May 18th, 2017 in General by Robert Miller

Recently, Paul Krugman wrote a devastating critique of the Republican party, which you can read HERE. Krugman begins by stating the obvious, that firing of Comey, head of the FBI, was because Comey was getting to close for comfort to President Trump, and was closing in on Trump’s efforts to collude with the Russians. Both Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader and Paul Ryan, the speaker of the house defended Trump’s firing of Comey.

Krugman goes on to emphasize that by approving Trump’s firing of Comey, they have they are now able to do what they always wanted: take health insurance away from those who need it to support, an nearly $1 trillion tax break to richest 1% of the wealthiest people in America.

He goes on to say that, for generations, during the Cold war the right-wing has impugned the left for being soft on Communism, and after 9/11 for being soft on terrorism.

But now we may have the real thing: circumstantial evidence that a hostile foreign  power may have colluded with a presidential campaign at the highest levels of our government.

  • “How did the whole party become so, well un-American? For this story now goes far beyond Trump.”
  •  “In some ways conservatism is returning to it’s roots. Much has been made of Trump’s revival of the term “America First.” the name of the movement opposed to U.S. intervention in WW II. What isn’t often mentioned is that many of the most prominent America-firsters weren’t just just isolationist’s they were actively sympathetic to foreign dictators; there’s more or less a straight line from Charles Lindbergh proudly wearing the medal he received from Hermann Gouring to Trump’s cordial relationship with Rodrigo Duterte, the literally murderous president of the Philippines.
  • “But the more prominent issue is the transformation of the Republican Party, which bears little if any resemblance to be, say during the Watergate hearings of the 1970s. Back then Republican members of congress were citizens first, partisan’s second. But today’s G.O.P. is more like a radical anti-democratic insurgency than a conventional political party.
  • “The political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein have been trying to explain this transformation for years, fighting an uphill  against the false equivalence that still dominates the punditry. As they note the G.O.P. hasn’t become “ideologically extreme”; it is  “dismissive of the legitimacy of it’s political opposition””
  • “So it’s naive to expect the Republicans to join forces with the Democrats to get to the bottom of the Russia scandal—-even if that scandal at the very roots of our national security. Today’s Republicans just don’t cooperate with Democrats, period. They’d rather work with Vladimir Putin. In fact some of them probably did.”

So there you have it, Paul Krugman is laying the blame for firing Comey, because Comey was getting to close and arrived at a place that was uncomfortable for President Trump. Comey even went so far to ask for additional resources, which means he was getting very close—–too close for President Trump’s comfort zone.

During the 1990s, Trump’s credit rating were so low he couldn’t get a decent American bank to give him credit. His son Donald Trump Jr said that we can borrow all the money we need from Russian sources, though he later retracted the statement. Mmm makes you wonder.

RFM


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