February 13th, 2015
| By SETH BORENSTEIN
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades.
"Unprecedented drought conditions" — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.
"Nearly every year is going to be dry toward the end of the 21st century compared to what we think of as normal conditions now," said study lead author Benjamin Cook, a NASA atmospheric scientist. "We're going to have to think about a much drier future in western North America."
There's more than an 80 percent chance that much of the central and western United States will have a 35-year-or-longer "megadrought" later this century, said study co-author Toby Ault of Cornell University, adding that "water in the Southwest is going to become more precious than it already is."
Megadroughts last for decades instead of just a few years. The 1930s Dust Bowl went on for more than 35 years, Ault said.
The study is based on current increasing rate of rising emissions of carbon dioxide and complex simulations run by 17 different computer models, which generally agreed on the outcome, Cook said.
The regions Cook looked at include California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, most of Iowa, southern Minnesota, western Missouri, western Arkansas, and northwestern Louisiana.
Looking back in records trapped in tree ring and other data, there were megadroughts in the Southwest and Central Plains in the 1100s and 1200s that lasted several decades, but these will be worse, Cook said. Those were natural and not caused by climate change, unlike those forecast for the future, Cook said.
Because of changes in the climate, the Southwest will see less rain. But for both regions the biggest problem will be the heat, which will increase evaporation and dry out the soil. The result is a vicious cycle: The air grows even drier, and hotter, Cook said.
Scientists had already figured that climate change would increase the odds of worse droughts in the future, but this study makes it look worse and adds to a chorus of strong research, said Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona.
"These results are not surprising, but are eye-opening nonetheless," said Overpeck, who wasn't part of the research, in email.
February 13th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
Today the President voiced his extreme outrage over the murder of three Muslims by a militant-Progressive atheist in Chapel Hill:
(Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday described the deaths of three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina this week as "brutal and outrageous murders" and said no one in the United States should be targeted for their religion.
The president's statement came as the U.S. Justice Department said it would join the FBI's preliminary inquiry to determine whether the man accused in the Chapel Hill shooting on Tuesday broke any federal laws, including hate crime laws.
"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, offering his condolences to the victims' families.
However, in looking back at the September 2014 Islamist murder-by- beheading, of a Christian woman in Oklahoma, we could find no statement whatsoever, from President Obama.
In that case, Alton Nolan, was forcibly trying to convert workers at his former plant.
The White House, perhaps on behalf of the President, did issue a statement saying there would be no statement, nor did the White House offer any condolences.
What we did find was a letter, from the White House to the militant Islamic murderer's Mosque shortly after the event, congratulating the Mosque's efforts at 'community outreach.'
Today, an official from Washington D.C. flew in to Oklahoma to present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation.The message from President Barrack Obama, extending warm greetings from the American people during the Muslim holiday. “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice,” President Barack Obama said.
February 13th, 2015
By Jeff Dunetz
In order to cut off debate, believers of the global warming hypothesis disparagethose who are skeptical of it by comparing them to people who say the Holocaust never happened, calling them "deniers." Some, like Secretary of State Kerry, say skeptics are like members of the "flat earth society." But, a study by Yale Professor Dan Kahan to be published in Advances in Political Psychology reports that skeptics score slightly better in a quiz about climate science than believers.
As reported by FoxNews.com 2,000 respondents were asked "nine questions about where they thought scientists stand on climate science."
On average, skeptics got about 4.5 questions correct, whereas manmade warming believers got about 4 questions right.
One question, for instance, asked if scientists believe that warming would “increase the risk of skin cancer.” Skeptics were more likely than believers to know that is false.
Skeptics were also more likely to correctly say that if the North Pole icecap melted, global sea levels would not rise. One can test this with a glass of water and an ice cube – the water level will not change after the ice melts. Antarctic ice melting, however, would increase sea levels because much of it rests on land.
Antarctic ice should not be a problem, at least in the near term.
Liberals were more likely to correctly answer questions like: “What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures to rise?” The correct answer is carbon dioxide.
The believers who answered the above correctly are refusing to acknowledge that, 12,750 years ago, the Earth's average temperature was about the same as it is today - but, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere at the time was higher than current levels. They are also ignoring the fact that, during some of the Earth's ice ages, the CO2 levels were 5-10x higher than today.
A similar study conducted in 2012 and published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that global warming skeptics know just as much about science; but the study detailed above questioned respondents specifically about climate science.
Climatologists who are skeptical about the extent of man-made global warming say the results don’t surprise them.
“It's easy to believe in the religion of global warming. It takes critical thinking skills to question it,” Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, told FoxNews.com.Continue Reading
February 12th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
So, the Vice-President admonished his old "Butt'Buddy" in Iowa that he misses him, and badly.
Which might at least partially explain why America is constantly being screwed, perhaps vicariously from behind, by the Vice-President, along with his undeniably "strange bedfellows."
Neil Smith, "I miss you" stated the Vice-President, and even twice, in the same sentence.
America does too, Neil Smith, America, does too.
Might we suggest a re-hook-up?
America, at this point, could truly use the "Butt-Buddy" break.....and bring a friend for Obama, if you please?
(At least we now know where that single Iowa vote came from)
February 12th, 2015
A Montana homeowner was sentenced Thursday to 70 years in prison for the shotgun slaying of a German exchange student he found trespassing in his garage late one night last spring.
Markus Kaarma, 30, of Missoula, won't be eligible for parole for at least 20 years. A jury in December found him guilty of deliberate homicide in the April 27 shooting death of 17-year-old Diren Dede, of Hamburg, Germany.
Jurors rejected Kaarma's argument that he shot in self-defense under the so-called Castle doctrine because his home had been burglarized previously. Dede was unarmed, and three witnesses testified at the trial that Kaarma had spoken about shooting someone.
In handing down the stiff sentence, District Judge Ed McLean said Kaarma went beyond safeguarding his home when he fired his pump-action shotgun four times, hitting the intruder in the head with the final blast.
"You didn't protect your residence, you went hunting," McLean said. "And here you have a 12-gauge shotgun that's loaded. Not to protect your family but to go after somebody."
Diren Dede, a 17-year-old exchange student from Hamburg, Germany, was shot dead inside a Missoula, Mont., home on April 27, 2014. (Photo: Blackfoot Media Group)
"You are angry at the world and it's evident in your behavior," the judge added.
He dismissed Kaarma's claim he suffered from "anxiety" and an "anti-social disorder," saying it "doesn't excuse the anguish you have caused."
"You pose too great a risk to society to be anywhere else but the Montana State Prison. Good luck to you, son," McLean said.
"I'm sorry my actions caused the death of Mr. Dede," Kaarma told the judge before learning his fate.
Dede's father, Celal, traveled from Germany for the sentencing.
"It is justice," he said. "I am not happy. My son is dead."